• PAC man to 1MDB boss: ‘Show us your tickets and bookings. We want to know where you went’

    ― File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 28 ― Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member Tony Pua demanded today to know the exact whereabouts of 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) chief executive Arul Kanda Kandasamy and former CEO Datuk Shahrol Ibrahim Halmi when they were summoned to testify before the parliamentary panel. The Petaling Jaya Utara MP said he also wants to know if the duo’s flight tickets were booked before or after the PAC’s notice was given, as well as the date of the meetings they were to attend abroad. “I want 1MDB president Arul Kanda and the former CEO to tell us, if they are not twisting and turning, where were they on the 25th and 26th of May when PAC asked them to attend and what meeting were they having overseas such that they could not attend the PAC. “These are questions that we will ask again when they come to see PAC on the date that will be fixed by the PAC chairman,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here.

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  • Dr M: LHDN probed me but not the super rich

    Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today lamented that he had to face routine raids from the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) when he was a practising doctor but super rich ministers today get off scott-free. "Government officials who live beyond their means are normally probed by LHDN. "I myself have routinely faced raids by LHDN when I had a clinic.

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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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  • 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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  • Unfair to blame entire Cabinet for 1MDB wrongs, minister says

    Bernama picKUALA LUMPUR, May 28 — A minister protested today against claims that the entire Cabinet should be held responsible for the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy, saying it would be unfair to do so when he and his colleagues were just as unclear as the public over the firm’s allegedly opaque deals. According to Malaysiakini, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said his fellow ministers have been actively raising questions on 1MDB during Cabinet meetings. “We are responsible Cabinet members. Shafie was reportedly asked to respond to former finance minister Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah who said recently that the entire federal Cabinet should be held responsible for the 1MDB controversy.

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  • Najib set to make nationwide tour - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is hitting the road for a nationwide tour to deliver a message that he is still in charge and not bowing to pressure to step down. The Prime Minister returned from Japan on Tuesday night to a week packed with meetings and events that will also see him going to Perlis on Saturday to meet Umno leaders, have lunch at Dewan Wawasan 2020 in Kangar and pre­sent awards to the “Desa Sejahtera 1Malaysia” winners in Kampung Kurong Tengar in Kuala Perlis. In the past weeks, Najib attended several other large gatherings.

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  • Uighur-Han marriages a reflection of China’s ethnic tensions

    — AFP picHOTAN (China), May 28 — It was not until late on her wedding day that Aygul told her parents she was even in a relationship. Against a backdrop of prejudice and violence, inter-ethnic marriages between Uighurs, a mostly Muslim minority who speak a Turkic language, and China’s ethnic majority Han are extremely rare. Uighurs in their home region of Xinjiang have long chafed under Beijing’s yoke and say they face restrictions on religion, language and culture, with some yearning for independence. Official media have laboured to showcase Han-Uighur marriages—with couples singing the praises of the government and Communist Party—as a symbol of “ethnic unity”.

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  • Arul Kanda says Sarawak Report lying over 1MDB bank statement - The Malaysian Insider

    Whistleblower portal Sarawak Report is lying about 1Malaysia Development Bhd by providing "false information and direct unfounded allegations" about the debt-laden strategic investor's bank statements, its president Arul Kanda Kandasamy said today. Sarawak Report recently published a blogpost saying that Arul provided a false statement to central bank, Bank Negara Malaysia, about 1MDB's cash in Swiss private bank BSI in Singapore.

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  • Monday is D-Day for MAS staff - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Monday will be red letter day for 20,000 Malaysia Airlines (MAS) employees. The airline’s new chief executive officer Christoph Mueller made it clear that this difficult period of anxiety will be over then. On June 1, termination letters will be sent out to all the employees but about two-thirds of the staff will be offered jobs with the new company, MAS Bhd. They have until June 12 to decide if they want to join up on new terms. The new airline, a smaller entity, will only be able to accommodate about 14,000 employees.

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  • Islamic laws must fall in line with Federal Constitution, Putrajaya says

    ― File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 28 ― Any move to implement a Shariah criminal law must abide by the Federal Constitution and correspond with existing laws to fulfill the principles of justice and fairness, a senior minister said today. Minister in charge of Islamic affairs Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said the onus falls on the state governments to make sure that whatever Islamic law that they intend to enforce falls in line with the country's apex law. “Hence, the implementation of Islamic laws must be done in a structured manner and within the ambit of the Federal Constitution, especially in limiting the use of Islamic laws to only Muslims to preserve the nation's stability and harmony,” he said in a written parliamentary reply. Last March 19, the Kelantan state assembly approved the Shariah Criminal Code (II) (1993) 2015 Enactment with 31 votes from PAS lawmakers supported by 12 from Umno.

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  • Helicopter pilot injured in forced landing at KK airport - Nation | The Star Online

    KOTA KINABALU: A female trainee helicopter pilot was injured after making forced landing at the Kota Kinabalu international airport at about noon.

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  • The ultimate betrayal of the Singapore constitution – Tan Wah Piow - The Malaysian Insider

    Lawrence Wong, the Singapore Minister for Culture, Community and Youth reminds me of a second-hand car salesman when I read about his recent remarks as to why the government is considering legislation to protect the name and images of Lee Kuan Yew. Ostensibly this proposed initiative is to prevent the “commercial exploitation” of Lee Kuan Yew’s name and images. Various media quoted Lawrence Wong as citing an example, the Singapore bakery which marketed a new line of Lee bu kai ni  李不开你 buns to coincide with the Lee Kuan Yew’s mourning period.

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  • Buses for the people - Community | The Star Online

    SHAH Alam, Subang Jaya and Klang residents’ dream of enjoying free public transportation will come true in July when the Selangor government starts its free bus services in the three townships. The bus service will enable about 24,000 people to travel around those three areas for free and with ease. Selangor Investment, Industry (SME) & Commerce and Transportation committee chairman Datuk Teng Chang Khim said the project would cost RM3.6mil a year. The money is from the transportation committee budget, costing RM1.2mil for each 10km route, he added.

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  • Richest Australian Rinehart loses control of family trust - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, May 28, 2015.Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart was Thursday ordered by a court to relinquish control of a multi-billion dollar family trust to her eldest daughter, culminating a long and bitter feud. The New South Wales Supreme Court appointed Bianca Rinehart as head of the trust, reportedly worth Aus$4.0-5.0 billion (RM11-15 billion), which was established by her grandfather, the late mining magnate Lang Hancock. It ordered Gina Rinehart to deliver the trust documents and accounts to her daughter.

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  • Terrorised by loan sharks, victims appeal to government for help - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Ista Kyra Sharmugam, May 28, 2015.After being terrorised by illegal money lenders for failing to pay their loans, several women from Kampung Manjoi, near Ipoh, Perak, are seeking the government's assistance to fund their small businesses. The group of six claimed they were forced to turn to illegal money lenders after they failed to obtain loans from financial institutions such as the National Entrepreneur Group Economic Fund (Tekun).

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  • Stubborn motorists cause traffic congestion in JB - The Malaysian Insider

    The traffic congestion in Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, in Johor Baru, Johor has worsened following the rising popularity of the Danga City Mall (DCM) Expo Hall as a venue for major events. Motorists heading to the DCM finds it difficult to make a U-turn at the traffic lights due to the obstruction posed by the illegally parked cars.

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  • If Hadi is re-elected as PAS president – CK Foo - The Malaysian Insider

    Here's the problem: if PAS stays in Pakatan with Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang still as president, then the working environment in the coalition will be very toxic. Pakatan Rakyat is as good as dead, or as the Malay saying goes: " Segan hidup, mati tak mahu". Hadi exhibits the tendency of wanting to be the alpha male in the coalition arrangement. As the Selangor menteri besar crisis showed, should Hadi still lead PAS, the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition as a viable opposition will become untenable and unstable.

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  • Travel agents now hit by tax woes

    KOTA KINABALU: Travel agents, especially those providing ticketing services, are losing money monthly as they are unable to claim back their input tax paid to the Royal Malaysian Customs Department. Sabah Association of Tour and Travel Agents (SATTA) chairman, Datuk Seri Winston Liaw, lamented that travel agents in Sabah are on a survival margin because they cannot claim back their input tax as the Customs Department does not accept the BSP/IATA report (Bank Settlement Plan/International Air Transport Association) as the supporting document when making the claim. Travel agents have already been suffering for the past one and half years due to unfortunate incidents like the MH370 and kidnappings. “Travel agents have lost at least 40 per cent of their business compared to the previous years.

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  • Putrajaya to bar Bibles with ‘Allah’ in West Malaysia under proposed SOP - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 28, 2015.A new set of guidelines being proposed by Putrajaya could see Malay-language Bibles with the word "Allah" being barred from Peninsular Malaysia, going against the pledge by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in April 2011 to allow the holy books to be distributed nationwide. The draft standard operating procedure (SOP) was unveiled by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, to Christian leaders in Sabah and Sarawak in April, and to the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) on May 18.

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  • ‘1MDB’s audited assets worth rm51.4 billion’

    KUALA LUMPUR: The total worth of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) audited assets for the financial year ended March 31, 2014 was RM51.4 billion, the Dewan Rakyat was told yesterday. The assets comprised current assets worth RM19.5 billion and non-current assets valued at RM31.9 billion, according to a written reply from the Finance Minister to a question from Wong Chen (PKR-Kelana Jaya). It said 1MDB has solid assets, including two sites earmarked for the Tun Razak Exchange and Bandar Malaysia in the capital.

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