• 1MDB guilty until proven innocent, Dr M says

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — Unless proven innocent, it must be assumed that the management of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) had misappropriated the funds invested in Cayman Islands, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today in his continued tirade against the troubled state investment firm. The former prime minister said although the money had been redeemed and is now parked in a Singapore bank, it has yet to be proven that the funds are in actual tangible form.

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  • Bicycle allowance among culprits in MAS financial drain, says new boss - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters file pic, May 29, 2015.Some 180 types of allowances paid out by Malaysia Airlines, including a monthly bicycle allowance to one employee, contributed to its financial drain, The Star reported today. It quoted MAS chief executive officer Christoph Mueller as saying that huge overtime claims, over-priced contracts and salaries also added to the airline's costs. But Mueller said that this phenomenon was also prevalent in many airlines.

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  • Arul Kanda explains why he could meet Shahrir but not PAC - The Malaysian Insider

    – May 29, 2015.Under fire for not turning up at a scheduled inquiry by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday, 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) president and group executive director Arul Kanda Kandasamy insisted he was abroad at the time. He also confirmed that he met Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) president, Tan Sri Shahrir Samad the following night in Kuala Lumpur, but said this was only after he returned to Malaysia.

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  • MAS union warns of possible protest by retrenched staff

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — A union representing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) employees who may find themselves jobless next week has sought legal recourse and may resort to staging a protest due to the “unjustifiable” terminations. According to local daily New Straits Times, the National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) is currently in talks with legal experts on the lawfulness of MAS firing 8,000 of its 20,000 employees, adding that it will protest the unjustified termination if necessary. “What happens to those who do not agree to the retrenchment conditions or those who do not sign the rehiring offer letters? “We are also looking to proceed on grounds of unjustifiable dismissal and we may stage a protest against the terminations,” Nufam president Ismail Nasaruddin was quoted saying.

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  • Finance Ministry giving Parliament ‘useless’ replies on 1MDB, Pua says

    ― File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 28 ― DAP MP Tony Pua today castigated the Finance Ministry for providing what he described as “useless” replies to Parliament on the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy. The Petaling Jaya Utara MP said the ministry should do due diligence and get the most accurate answers, instead of relying on “hearsay” claims from 1MDB. “This is highly irresponsible of the Minister of Finance as well as the Ministry of Finance because the answer in Parliament cannot be on hearsay. “Ministry of Finance have to be certain of the answer that is provided in Parliament because the Parliament is the highest legislative institution of the land.

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  • Car seriouly damaged after engine fire

    A political secretary to the chief minister, Pao Kiu Chuan, who happened to be there, helped to get a fire extinguisher and joined a few passers-by to put out the fire. Ten firemen in a fire engine arrived at 3.57pm and moved two cars away from the burning car.

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  • Why do Malaysians hate migrants? - The Malaysian Insider

    Why do Malaysians hate migrants? When a racial riot broke out in southern Italy sometime in early 2010, the mindless attacks on African immigrants prompted Pope Benedict XVI to respond by reminding people that, "an immigrant is a human being, different in background, culture and tradition, but a person to be respected, and possessing rights and duties". Malaysians tend to get emotional when such issues arise and share the same concerns with the rest of the world when it comes down to how we feel about migrants. Whether you want to believe or not, Malaysia is one of those countries made up of migrants.

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  • Chinese medicine halls shocked over ban on liquor sale - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, May 29, 2015.Chinese medicine halls in the Petaling district are upset over the ban on the sale of liquor in their shops. “The medicine halls have already paid for a liquor licence. Firstly, the alcohol in the medicine is different, it is to treat illnesses. "Secondly, if it is the hard liquor, why suddenly do this?

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  • A-G fails to stop malicious prosecution suit, ordered to file defence - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 28, 2015.Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail and nine others who are being sued for abuse of power and malicious prosecution have failed to stop the trial from proceeding in the High Court. Judge Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera today refused a stay proceeding pending their appeal in the Federal Court. Cheetan Jethwani, who represented lawyer Rosli Dahlan and former commercial crime investigation director Datuk Ramli Yusuf, said the judge held that there was no special circumstances to stay proceeding. Vazeer also ordered Gani and the other defendants to file their defence within 30 days.

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  • Prudent to ban liquor sales at Chinese medicine shops - The Malaysian Insider

    We welcome the decision by the Petaling District Licensing Council to ban liquor sales at Chinese medicine shops. Liquor as a product should not be mixed with medicine whether Chinese or Indian or Malay or modern medicine. We have nothing against Chinese medicine shops. Poor people of all races go to Chinese medicine shop.

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  • Best things to eat at Malacca’s Jonker night market - The Malaysian Insider

    – HungryGoWhere pic, May 29, 2015.Jonker Walk is arguably the hotbed of all activity when you're in Malacca. During the day, it's also impossible to miss out on the plethora of tantalising food available. There's the ubiquitous chicken rice balls, icy cendol with gula Melaka, and even a bunch of cool cafes to placate the caffeine addict in you. On Friday and Saturday nights however, Jonker Walk turns into a massive night market with throngs of people flooding the streets looking to savour a piece of the Malaccan nightlife.

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  • Bar Council to issue show cause letter to Umno lawyer - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, May 28, 2015.The Bar Council is preparing a show-cause letter ‎to Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah for professional misconduct, after he went on a road show to discuss Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy conviction, its president Steven Thiru said. He said the process had to be completed before the Bar could lodge a complaint against the Umno lawyer with an independent disciplinary board‎. "We are still coming up with the show-cause letter, which we will hand to Shafee once it is completed," ‎Steven said during a press conference at the Bar Council headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.

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  • Scientists find the mystery behind the holes in Swiss cheese

    After about a century of research, Swiss scientists have finally cracked the mystery of the holes in Swiss cheese. Experts from Agroscope, a state centre for agricultural research, said the phenomenon — which marks famous Swiss cheeses such as Emmental and Appenzell — was caused by tiny bits of hay present in the milk and not bacteria as previously thought. They found that the mystery holes in such cheeses became smaller or disappeared when milk used for cheese making was extracted using modern methods. “It’s the disappearance of the traditional bucket” used during milking that caused the difference, said Agroscope spokesman Regis Nyffeler, adding that bits of hay fell into it and then eventually caused the holes.

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  • ‘I just wanted to die,’ says human trafficking victim

    Speaking exclusively to Bernama today, Nurul Amin Nobi Hussein, 25, said during the two months he was held at the transit camp in Wang Kelian last year, he lost all hope of surviving and only thought of death. This undated handout photo made available on May 25, 2015 by the Royal Malaysian Police shows an abandoned migrant detention camp used by people-smugglers in a jungle near the Malaysia-Thailand border in Genting Perah.

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  • Cabinet should reject any 1MDB bailout plan – Sir Wenger Khairy - The Malaysian Insider

    Tomorrow, Second Finance Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, is set to unveil a bailout plan for 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). He will attempt to sway Cabinet opinion with fancy talk of matching assets with debt and restructuring. Husni will try to argue that this plan will help solve the 1MDB problem and he will try to seek Cabinet’s approval on the matter. All eyes will be on the eight powerful ministers who sit in Cabinet, who are secretly or not so secretly opposed to using more public funds to bailout 1MDB.

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  • 'San Andreas': 10 Things Only Dwayne Johnson Can Get Away With!

    If anyone is going to take on the biggest earthquake in recorded history, it has to be Dwayne Johnson – 9.6 ain't got nothing on The Rock! A massive disaster movie about an estranged husband and wife traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco in order to save their daughter in the midst of an epic catastrophe (one so big there was a cruise ship colliding into a San Francisco skyscraper!) takes some serious suspension of disbelief and some credit to Dwayne for doing things only he can do (and get away with) with such ease on the big screen. AccessHollywood.com counts down 10 times The Rock goes full Rock in "San Andreas"!

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  • Lamborghini confirms launch of new SUV in 2018

    — AFP picMODENA, May 28 — The new car will become just the third model in the company's current range and will aim to be the fastest and one of the most luxurious in its class. Announcing the news yesterday, Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann said: “This is a proud moment for everybody in Lamborghini. The company expects to sell 3,000 examples of the car, which will be based on the Urus concept, unvield in 2012 at the Beijing autoshow, and which will be built in the company's home town. “The new SUV will be made in Sant'Agata Bolognese, demonstrating our commitment to safeguarding the values of ‘Made in Italy' worldwide,” said Winkelmann.

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  • Rohingya refugees may have invited relatives over, say police

    — Reuters picWANG KELIAN, May 28 — The police today claimed that Rohingya refugees settled in Malaysia a long time ago could have coaxed their relatives to come over. Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said these refugees could have possibly invited their relatives to come to Malaysia in search of jobs. “We have information that they are the ones inviting them (their relatives) to come to Malaysia to work.

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  • Foreign-born college graduates hot commodity in US tech fields

    — Reuters picNEW YORK, May 29 — Ask any US recruiter: Competition for science, technology and engineering talent is getting fierce. Benefiting big from that trend are foreign-born college graduates, who are seeing fast wage gains as they help American employers fill those hot jobs. Among full-time wage and salary workers in the US with a bachelor’s degree or more, those who were born outside the country earned higher wages than native-born workers for the second year in a row in 2014, according to Labour Department data. Unadjusted for inflation, median wages increased a sluggish 3.6 per cent for native-born college graduates from 2010 to 2014, while they rose 9.2 per cent in the same period for foreign-born workers with at least a bachelor’s.

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  • An eye for detail | theSundaily

    HARIHARAN Arasu (pix) is our very own homegrown talent destined to make Malaysia proud. At only 24, the young and upcoming fashion designer has not only rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in the industry but has to date won over the hearts of judges at multiple competitions with his inspiring creations. Avant garde designs aside, Hariharan gets his inspirations closer to home when it comes to his brand, Ardana Haran. Inspired by the hermaphroditic Indian god Ardhanarishvara, for both the brand name and his designs, Ardana Haran is Hariharan's brainchild which embodies the merging of modern and traditional fashion by incorporating his Indian heritage in his designs.

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