• 'Roti jala' hadith have scholars in a knot

    Perlis mufti blocks preacher Kazim Elias over a 'false hadith' on roti jala.

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  • Two Malaysians in Isis beheading video identified, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 4, 2015.Bukit Aman has identified two Malaysians who were spotted in a beheading video by Isis, The Star Online reported today. Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division principal assistant director Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ayub Khan was reported as saying that the two are 20-year-old Mohd Faris Anuar from Kedah and Muhamad Wanndy Muhamad Jedi, 26, who is from Malacca. The report said that the duo are believed to be part of a new group of militants comprising Malaysians and Indonesians - Majmu'ah al Arkhabiliy.

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  • Why are the Chinese so unhappy with Putrajaya?

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — Malaysia’s Chinese and other minority ethnic groups have grown more disillusioned with Putrajaya over recent years, analysts said, owing to a general belief that the country’s leaders have alienated them in their quest to stay ahead in the political game. This was reflected in the public opinion survey by independent pollster Merdeka Center released last week, which showed a dip in happiness felt by the Chinese towards the government in January this year. “Minorities, including those in Sabah, are very concerned at how the Malay ruling elite has been behaving,” Merdeka Center’s director Ibrahim Suffian said. Ibrahim said the growing influence of the federal opposition in recent years has created greater competitive fervour in the political game, forcing leaders in the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) to resort to “all sorts of things” to shore up support, including embarking on measures that have driven a wedge between the races.

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  • Malaysian teen in Syria is now pining for mum - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: After taking up arms in Syria five months ago, Malaysian teenager Hidayat Azman is now pining for his mother. Hidayat, also known as Abu Islam, who just turned 19 three weeks ago, posted on Saturday, “I miss u mum….love u forever” on his Facebook together with a photograph showing his lonely existence in a barren land. Hidayat, who went to a pondok school in mainland Penang before briefly continuing his studies in Egypt, claimed he went to Syria last year with his mother’s blessing.

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  • Guard shoots fleeing robber in leg during RM500k heist in Bayan Baru

    Despite security guards firing five shots at two fleeing robbers, they managed to escape with a sack containing RM500,000 from a security van parked some distance from a bank in Bayan Baru near here today. It is believed the shots fired by the security guard injured one of the robbers in the 11am incident. While one of the robbers escaped on a motorcycle, the other fled from the scene in the direction of a residential area. Penang CID chief Datuk Mazlan Kesah said due to their fear of being shot, the robbers, one of whom was armed with a pistol, only managed to escape with one sack filled with RM500,000 while another bag with RM300,000 was abandoned on the road.

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  • PM orders independent audit of 1MDB accounts for PAC perusal

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has ordered the Auditor-General to conduct an independent check of 1 Malaysia Development Berhad's (1MDB) accounts, his office said today. The A-G's report, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement, will subsequently be handed over to Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for inspection. It noted that the committee is a bipartisan panel as it comprises parliamentarians from Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) parties. “If any wrongdoing is proven, the law will be enforced without exception," Najib was quote as saying in the statement.

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  • Gang member survives ride-by shooting

    — file picPETALING JAYA, March 3 — The right-hand man of a millionaire drug lord and leader of Gang 36, survived after being shot at six times from close range in Kajang yesterday. The man identified as M. Thanabalan is the younger brother of former MIC Hulu Langat division youth chief M. Kalaiarasu, who also survived after being shot at three times in 2010. The shooting, the third in three weeks, prompted police to step up operations against gangland activities. Thanabalan — better known as Kajang Balan — in his late 30s was shot when he stopped at a traffic junction on Jalan Reko at 12.30pm.

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  • MH370 families trapped in ‘black hole’ one year later - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 4, 2015.Chinese businessman Li Hua suffered a stroke, has considered suicide, and his wife has been hospitalised with heart trouble, all since their daughter went missing on flight MH370. A. Amirtham, a retired Malaysian clinic worker, suffers fainting spells and a lack of sleep and appetite over the disappearance of her only son Puspanathan. Li Jiuying is tormented by the loss of her big brother Li Guohai and the burden of lying to their elderly mother that he was not on the flight. One year after the Malaysia Airlines jet vanished, next of kin are trapped inside what one describes as a "black hole" of emotional and often physical suffering.

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  • Malaysians biggest believers in fuel saving myths in Asia, survey shows

    ― File picKUALA LUMPUR, March 4 ― More people in Malaysia believe in fuel-saving myths such as filling up their tanks late at night to get more mileage than any other Asian country, according to a survey done by Dutch oil company Shell. The survey also found that 68 per cent of Malaysian drivers believe that warming up their engines before starting their journey would improve fuel efficiency, while 53 per cent think that they can save fuel by keeping the engine running while idle instead of turning it off. The survey was conducted on 7,000 drivers aged 18 to 40 in India, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam to look into fuel efficiency beliefs and behaviours of Asian drivers. It found that seven out of 10 Asians warm up their engines before starting their journeys, while 47 per cent turned on their air-conditioning to avoid wind resistance and 34 per cent burped their cars to purportedly achieve greater fuel efficiency.

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  • Teachers in conversion of student transferred - Nation | The Star Online

    KOTA KINABALU: A teacher couple linked to the purported conversion of a 16-year-old student at SMK Kinarut have been transferred. Sabah education director Datuk Jame Alip said the couple who were teachers at SMK Kinarut had asked to be posted to other schools late last year following the alleged conversion. Jame said the husband and wife were now serving at SMK Inanam SMK Agama Tun Ahmadshah. “It is the best for everyone,” he said after announcing the overall SPM results at the Wisma Pendidikan here yesterday.

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  • Divorced couple encounter turns ugly – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    KUCHING: An encounter between a recently-divorced couple at the Syariah court here on Monday morning turned ugly following a punch-up between a man and his ex-wife’s two male friends. The incident occurred in the lobby of the court at Jalan Haji Taha when the 40-something ex-husband came across his former wife and asked her about the two younger men who had accompanied her to the complex.

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  • Flash flood causes massive traffic congestion in Jalan Cheras | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: Heavy rain of over an hour in the city today caused flash flood and massive traffic congestion in Jalan Cheras near the Taman Billion roundabout, Cheras.

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  • Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman is fit for a king — or Kanye West (VIDEO)

    GENEVA, March 4 ― Mercedes has finally unveiled the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman, a limited-edition limo that will cost US$1 million (RM3.65 million) in armoured form. The car, which made its global debut yesterday at the Geneva Motor Show, is a new version of the Pullman Mercedes first made in 1963 as a conveyance for high-ranking monarchs and heads of state.

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  • Prolonged use of paracetamol may increase health problems

    — AFP/Relaxnews picNEW YORK, March 4 — Doctors may be under-estimating the risks to patients from long-term use of paracetamol, the world’s most popular painkiller, researchers said yesterday. Led by Philip Conaghan at the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine in northern England, the team analysed data from eight previously published studies into long-term paracetamol use. The data came only from people who had paracetamol prescribed by a doctor, as opposed to over-the-counter purchases. Two of the eight studies had found an increased risk of mortality, up to 63 per cent, among long-term paracetamol users, compared to those who had not been prescribed the drug during the study period.

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  • Education Ministry offering bursaries to 2014 SPM top achievers – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    Students who scored 9A+ and above in the 2014 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination will each be automatically offered a bursary to take up a preparatory…

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  • Meet Ferrari 488 GTB: The 458 Italia’s replacement

    — Reuters picGENEVA, March 4 — Yesterday, in Geneva, Ferrari launched the first turbocharged car it has made in decades: the 488 GTB. It also happens to be the most beautiful car on the show floor. The nose of the thing rounds as it reaches the hips, and the delicately sculpted air vents along the side look elegant in Ferrari red. “Ferrari has a meaning,” company boss Amedeo Felisa told reporters yesterday morning.

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  • Cops wrong for claiming #KitaLawan against the law, Paulsen says

    — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — The police have no power to declare #KitaLawan or any other rally unlawful, Lawyers for Liberty’s (LFL) Eric Paulsen claimed today, noting the country’s law on public assemblies was ruled unconstitutional by the courts last year. In a statement here, the LFL executive director told Dang Wangi district police chief ACP Zainol Samah not to “feign ignorance” of the law, reminding the latter of the case involving PKR lawmaker Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad. On April 25 last year, the Court of Appeal acquitted Nik Nazmi of an illegal assembly charge after ruling that it was unconstitutional to criminalise spontaneous public assemblies in breach of the 10-day notice required under Section 9(1) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012. The three-person bench said that Section 9(5) of the PAA ― which imposes a maximum RM10,000 fine for non-compliance ― ran counter to the Federal Constitution and must be struck out.

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  • File BR1M appeals by March 31, says deputy finance minister

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengPUTRAJAYA, March 4 — A total of 973,067 applicants for the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) aid scheme who have been rejected can submit their appeals at the latest by March 31, said Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan. He said the appeal could be made manually by filling in an appeal form which could be downloaded from ebrim.hasil.gov.my and submitting it at any of the 85 branches of the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN). “The appeals cannot be done online as the applicants must submit information or supporting documents for their applications,” he said at a media conference held at the Finance Ministry, here today.

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  • US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines | theSundaily

    MANILA: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found the Japanese Navy's biggest warship at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines, 70 years after US forces sank it. Allen posted a photo on Twitter on Tuesday of the World War II battleship Musashi's rusty bow, which bore the Japanese empire's Chrysanthemum seal. The American billionaire, who has also pursued space exploration, said his luxury yacht and exploration ship, the M/Y Octopus, found the Musashi one kilometre deep on the floor of the Sibuyan Sea.

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  • Manager may have been killed by mistake

    — AFP picBUTTERWORTH, March 4 — The family of E. Selvakumar, 54, who was shot dead in his car on Sunday night, claimed he was innocent and could have been a “victim of circumstances”. A relative, who declined to be named, said at the family home in Taman Villa Palma here that Selvakumar was “just being with a friend” when the incident occurred at the intersection of Jalan Scotland and Jalan York at 9.30pm. Selvakumar was killed instantly when a motorcycle pulled up next to his car and the pillion rider opened fire seven times. Selvakumar’s friend, aged 61, escaped unhurt.

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