• Ismail Sabri peeved by criticism from Umno, MCA

    Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said he was "sad" that there were Umno and MCA members who criticised his policy of not helping people from opposition wards. In a post on his Facebook page today, Ismail Sabri said his words had been subject to "spin" and accused the DAP-led Penang government of sidelining people in BN-held constituencies. Thus opposition figures such as (DAP secretary-general) Lim Guan Eng attacked me for discrimination. "But what is sad is that BN component party MCA is like DAP in attacking me.

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  • More pig farms and nightclubs if ‘ultra kiasus’ win in Dr M-Najib row, Ridhuan Tee warns

    — File picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — Controversial columnist Ridhuan Tee Abdullah warned today that Putrajaya could fall into the hands of the “ultra kiasu” if the conflict between Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Najib Razak to continues to persist unabated. He said the ferocity of Dr Mahathir’s recent attacks on Najib “frightens” him as it puts Malay unity at risk, and could ultimately lead to a total split in the country’s dominant ethnic group. The UEC (Unified Examination Certificate) will be endorsed,” he said, referring to the China-recognised education certificates issued by independent Chinese secondary schools here. Tee often uses the “ultra kiasu” euphemism to refer to those in the DAP, the Chinese and the Christians, although he has also denied targeting only the Chinese.

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  • Ambiga flays 'faceless cowards' of Bukit Aman

    Former Bar Council head relates her experience during detention.

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  • We were not racing on DUKE, say Myvi club members - The Malaysian Insider

    Members of the Familia Myvi Club have denied that they were racing on the Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway (DUKE) before an accident that killed a couple and their infant child, The Star reported. The female driver of the Myvi which crashed into the victims’ vehicle had also reportedly told police that it was the victims' Pajero which had swerved into her lane and caused her to lose control of her car, the daily reported. An eyewitness, Muhammad Zaki Abdullah, 18, however, told The Star that he saw the Myvi convoy speeding. The drivers of the two Myvi cars involved in the accident have been released on police bail.

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  • BN turns GST debate into a racial issue

    Commentable: It is unbelievable how these people coming from the BN stable seem to horse around with us whenever the discussion is about parting with our hard-earned money. MCA Wanita chief Heng Seai Kie, even if your statement is true and makes sense, does it matter whether the Malays pay more than the Chinese or the Indians or the ‘lain-lain’, and is that some consolation to the other races? Like everyone else, the Malays have their own commitments and financial problems but in the end, they still have to make ends meet and put food on the table.

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  • Honda HR-V: Why 13,000 people want this Urban SUV

    — Picture by YS Khong KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — Just barely three months following its launch, the Honda HR-V has 13,000+ buyers, according to an announcement by Honda Malaysia when we attended its media test drive on beautiful Langkawi Island last week. Mr Okabe said that the HR-v was designed using the Honda Jazz platform (you could have fooled me on that, as the HR-V looks completely different) and that it was designed to be an SUV, but t to have the same driving feel as a car, and car-like features.

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  • Azmin slams top cop for arresting May Day protesters - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, May 4, 2015.PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali lashed out at Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar last night for arresting May Day rally-goers, which included Pakatan Rakyat leaders and prominent activists, over the past few days. Calling Khalid an Umno lackey, Azmin said that he wondered if the IGP was really concerned about the people's safety when police started hauling up rally participants who were protesting against the implementation of goods and services tax (GST).

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  • Is this little boy the reincarnation of Bruce Lee? (VIDEO)

    This Japanese child with an extraordinary knack for nunchuck can keep up with Bruce Lee’s classic martial arts films — move for move. In the clip, a five-year-old named Ryusei recreates one of the most famous moments in martial arts film history: The kung fu master’s nunchuck battle from “Game of Death”.

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  • Two dead, one wounded at US Mohammed cartoon contest

    WASHINGTONL: Two suspects who may have been carrying bombs were shot dead Sunday, and a police officer was wounded, outside a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas, organizers said. The American Freedom Defense Initiative organized the event featuring far-right populist Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who has been outspoken against Muslims. “#garlandshooting cop shot – two suspects dead, awaiting bomb squad for possible explosives at our free speech event #sharia,” political activist and AFDI co-founder Pamela Geller wrote on Twitter. Wilders also commented on the incident, saying: “Shots fired at Garland Mohammed cartoon free speech event.

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  • RM1.8m for a home in Penang is not ‘affordable’, Pua tells minister

    — File picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — Tony Pua said today that Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan had twisted facts when he accused Penang of blocking Putrajaya’s efforts to build affordable homes in the state, claiming the federal projects the minister was referring to had involved properties costing up to RM1.8 million per unit. The DAP federal lawmaker said this is likely the reason why Abdul Rahman, who is urban wellbeing, housing and local government minister, does not dare meet face-to-face with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to discuss his accusation. “Is it because the Housing Minister is probably too afraid to meet because he actually knows the real truth of the matter, and he doesn’t want to end up like a miserable loser after meeting Lim Guan Eng,” Pua said in a statement here.

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  • Singapore’s Tiger Moms a headache to government looking to draw more students into trade

    — Reuters picSINGAPORE, May 4 — Singaporean Carmen Kok regrets that she never made it to university. “You can’t rise up in Singapore without a degree,” said Kok, 47, who plans to spend three times what she makes in a year as a hairdresser to send her daughter to college in South Korea. Singapore’s Tiger moms are becoming a headache for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is trying to persuade the population that they don’t need to go to university to have a good career. Lee, who graduated from Cambridge University in England with top honours, is leading a campaign that includes speeches and roadshows to persuade more youths to join the workforce under a system modelled on Germany’s apprenticeship system.

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  • Amid support for Najib, Umno leaders starting to question, says former minister - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, May 3, 2015.Umno division chiefs are beginning to realise that people are not happy with Datuk Seri Najib Razak, even as the party leaders continue to express their strong support for his leadership, former information minister Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin said. He said that it was wrong to assume that Ummo division leaders were mere yes-men who "swallowed" the country's leaders' every word. "There are Umno division chiefs who realise that the support of the 'red shirts' to the top leadership can no longer represent the rakyat's support," wrote Zainuddin on his blog today.

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  • Rompin win will pave the way for hudud, says PAS veep - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, May 4, 2015.PAS has drawn out the hudud card in Rompin ahead of polling for the parliamentary by-election tomorrow, saying that an additional seat in the Dewan Rakyat would help them enforce the Islamic law. Vice-president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man in his campaign speech in Muadzam Shah, Pahang, yesterday said a PAS win in Rompin would help its efforts to implement the law of Allah. Former PAS candidate for Rompin, Noridah Salleh said that an increase in the number of parliamentary seats for the Islamist party was crucial in allowing hudud to be implemented and also to strengthen the position of Islamic law in the country.

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  • 3 top GST-free restaurants in Klang Valley - The Malaysian Insider

    The Goods and Services Tax (GST) has come into force for a month now, and because we know many of you are feeling that pinch eating out at your favourite restaurant, we’ve listed down three of our favourite spots that are doubly awesome because they’ve absorbed the 6% tax. Simply Mel's is the first place that springs to mind whenever we think of authentic Kristang (Malaccan-Portuguese) food, and now we have more reason to feast there.

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  • 2 gunmen shot dead at anti-Islam art show near Dallas - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, May 4, 2015.Two gunmen who opened fire yesterday at an anti-Islam art exhibit near Dallas featuring depictions of the Prophet Muhammad were themselves shot dead at the scene, a local CBS television affiliate and other local media reported, citing police. The shooting was reported shortly before 7pm local time in the Texas city of Garland at the Curtis Culwell Center, a special-events venue that hosts graduation ceremonies, concerts, trade shows, weddings and sporting events.

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  • British grandmother vows to look Indonesian executioners in the eye

    ― AFP picLONDON, May 4 ― A British grandmother on death row in Indonesia is writing goodbye letters to her family and believes she could be executed at any time, she wrote in an article yesterday. Lindsay Sandiford, 58, said she was expecting to die shortly, after seven foreign drug convicts were executed last week, causing a storm of international protest. Sandiford, originally from Redcar in northeast England, wrote that she planned to sing the cheery popular song “Magic Moments” when facing the firing squad. Sandiford was sentenced to death on the island of Bali in 2013 after she was convicted of trafficking drugs.

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  • Americans too fast for Bolt to catch in relay - Athletics | The Star Online

    Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay powered the Americans to a five-meter advantage through three legs of the highly anticipated race and Ryan Bailey brought the team home in 37.38 seconds. Bolt, who had missed last year's inaugural World Relays, made up ground on Bailey in their anchor leg but could not close the gap as Jamaica, running their 2013 world championship team, finished second in 37.68.

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  • Penang CM wants written guarantee of GST exemption on spending - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, May 3, 2015.Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng today said he required a written assurance from a federal minister that the state government will not have to pay the goods and services tax (GST) on its expenditure. In standing by his statement that the state government was facing an estimated RM47.9 million in GST fees this year, Lim said he required a minister's written confirmation to support Penang Barisan Nasional chairman Teng Chang Yeow's claim that the payments were not necessary.

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  • PAC to quiz those linked to 1MDB - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 4, 2015.The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has unanimously agreed to question those involved in the setting up, management and regulating of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), the government-owned strategic investor which has racked up debts totalling RM42 billion since 2009 and is now under probe by the auditor-general. The Malaysian Insider learnt that PAC will start its hearings after May 18 when the next Dewan Rakyat parliamentary session resumes. The hearing will continue from the last hearing on the matter in 2012. "They will start with Ministry of Finance officials who help set up 1MDB, followed by 1MDB executive, the company board, and the auditors," a source told The Malaysian Insider.

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  • Man beaten up for showing middle finger

    SIBU: His obscene gesture of showing the middle finger at a driver and his friends caused a pedestrian to be beaten up last Saturday. Fortunately, the group did not break his middle finger but only hit him on his head and legs, causing the 41-year-old civil servant to sustain injuries on his left leg, right eye and the back of his head. The incident occurred at 1am when the civil servant was walking past a car which was parked at Brooke Drive. In retaliation, the man showed the driver his middle finger and walked away.

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