• Sarawak Report says it has ‘thousands of documents’ on 1MDB, Jho Low, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    Sarawak Report editor and founder Claire Rewcastle Brown said she has thousands of documents on 1MDB operations, following a report on the investment fund and its links to Jho Low.Whistleblower site, Sarawak Report has obtained "thousands of documents" on 1Malaysia Development Berhad's (1MDB) operations, as well as businessman Low Taek Jho's role in the government-owned strategic investment fund, its editor and founder Claire Rewcastle Brown said. Rewcastle told news portal Malaysiakini in an email interview that she had taken about two years to scrutinise the documents with other journalists before releasing a series of exposés on the company and the controversial tycoon better known as Jho Low, over the past few weeks. She said the documents had not been obtained illegally, but refused to divulge her sources. "In fact, I had neither forged nor hacked to get this material, but I thank PetroSaudi for at least acknowledging the authenticity of the documents I have published.

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  • Drastic cuts to fly high again - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: The big cuts at Malaysia Airlines (MAS) have started. The big move to MAS’ new headquarters at KLIA from Subang will begin on April 1, where at least 1,300 of its employees will be relocated in stages. The current MAS will cease to operate by June 30 and its operations will be migrated to a new airline, Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB), which starts on July 1. The new airline will have 10% less capacity and will focus on profitable domestic and regional routes.

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  • Angry housewives go to police after Rosmah’s picture on pig - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, March 2, 2015.A Facebook posting showing Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor superimposed with a pig's body has caused an uproar among a group of housewives in Penang. The group, made up of Umno members, women non-governmental organisations, single mothers and housewives from Bayan Baru, lodged 11 police reports against a Facebook user, identified as Peter Lee, urging swift investigations by the authorities. Bayan Baru Umno information chief Kuraishah Syed Mohamad said it was unfortunate that people these days go to such extremes to offend leaders in the country. "The person who did this must face the music," she said outside the Bayan Baru police station.

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  • Sacked airman testifying in MH370 suit bound by OSA, armed forces chief insists

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, March 3 — Former air force major turned expert witness Zaidi Ahmad may testify in a lawsuit against Putrajaya over Flight MH370 but remains bound by the Official Secrets Act (OSA), Armed Forces chief General Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin said today. Zulkiefli said that the armed forces had “nothing to hide” after it was pointed out that Zaidi’s testimony could implicate the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) in the aviation mystery, but was quick to note that the sacked airman may not disclose information detrimental to national security.

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  • Fewer students score all ‘As’ in 2014 SPM exam – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, March 3, 2015.Fewer students scored A+, A and A- in last year's Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination, mainly because of a changed format for questions that required a different way of thinking, it was revealed in Putrajaya today. Director-general of Education Datuk Seri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said 11,289, or 2.6%, of the 455,839 candidates who sat for the examination last year obtained the A grade in all the subjects they took, down from the 13,970 in 2013. He said the drop in the number of these A-grade students was due to, among others, the habit of spotting (forecasting) questions, thinking that the questions would be the same, thus making them revise lessons in the old way. "However, candidates who focus on lessons and knowledge will continue to secure excellent results," he said when announcing the analysis of the 2014 SPM results.

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  • Nephew of ex-CM killed after attack at his cafe - Nation | The Star Online

    KOTA KINABALU: A nephew of former chief minister Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee died after an attack by an enraged worker at his own restaurant. Darren Kong died on his 36th birthday. The businessman was killed after he was slashed repeatedly on the head, neck and hands during the 5pm incident on Sunday at the Asia Cafe in the east Lahad Datu district. Lahad Datu police chief Asst Comm Hamza Ahmad said a 37-year-old foreigner had been nabbed within an hour of the attack.

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  • DAP calls for MACC to probe official statement on Najib’s family inheritance - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 3, 2015.The DAP wants the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to launch a full investigation into the official statement by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) that attributed Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife's spendings to his inheritance. DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang called on the commission to start a full-scale probe after Umno-controlled daily Utusan Malaysia reported yesterday that Najib himself dismissed talk about the extent of the inheritance left behind by his father, the late prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein. "What then is one to make of the PMO statement in the New York Times," the DAP parliamentary leader said.

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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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  • Chinese box office beats the US for the first time in February - The Malaysian Insider

    The Chinese monthly box office brought in more revenue than its US equivalent for the first time in history in February. A record-breaking Lunar New Year…

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  • Sirul to meet his mother and PAS rep in Sydney today - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Convicted murderer Sirul Azhar is set to meet his mother Piah Samad and PAS information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar today at the immigration detention centre in Villawood, Sydney. One of the delegation members Dr Syed Azman Syed Ahmad said they arrived in Sydney at about noon Australian time on Monday. On arrival at the Sydney International airport, Piah, 72 was reported to have told Harakah Daily that she wanted Sirul to remain in Australia, as she felt his safety was more guaranteed over there.

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  • US teacher hangs herself in classroom

    —AFP picLOS ANGELES, March 3 — A popular California school teacher hanged herself in her classroom yesterday and was found by students arriving for their morning lessons, police said. Jillian Jacobson, 31, was pronounced dead at the scene at El Dorado High School in Placentia, some 30 miles (50 km) southeast of Los Angeles, said a spokesman.

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  • Depreciating ringgit causing price hike, not traders, says Rafizi - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 3, 2015.The depreciating ringgit against the US dollar is contributing to dearer goods despite the plunge in global fuel prices and cheaper locally manufactured products, said PKR, citing a government index to measure factory prices of goods. Party secretary-general Rafizi Ramli said traders are not responsible for the high prices of goods and services as the Producer Price Index (PPI) for Domestic Economy in January this year decreased by 0.4% as compared with December 2014, while year-on-year comparison showed a drop of 7%. Coupled with the fact that Malaysia is heavily dependent on imported goods especially on food, this will definitely affect the prices of goods paid by consumers, he said. "I have repeatedly said the depreciation of the ringgit is not something that should be taken lightly because it affects import pricing.

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  • Stop blaming the Chinese for your own weaknesses, Azmin tells Putrajaya - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 2, 2015.Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali in a Sinar Harian report said today that blaming the Chinese community for inflation was just an excuse to cover up Putrajaya's own failures in managing the country's economy. In the report, Azmin said the rising prices of goods in recent times had nothing to do with race and that accusing one community of being responsible for it was regrettable. “Don't blame the Chinese whenever there is inflation and play up racial sentiments to cover up your own weaknesses,” he said. It does not matter if you are Malay, Chinese, Indians or Kadazans," the Bahasa Malaysia daily reported him as saying.

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  • Flight path over Penang a ‘last farewell’ for MH370 pilot, reports UK daily - The Malaysian Insider

    – March 2, 2015.Just days before the first anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, a senior Boeing 777 captain with a major commercial airline has weighed in on the mystery, alleging that it was the work of the pilot. Captain Simon Hardy's theory was reported in UK newspaper Daily Mail today, where he said the main clue was that after flying across the border between Thailand and Malaysia, the aircraft made a sharp u-turn towards Penang, one of three turns made in quick succession. According to Hardy, the doomed MAS flight seemed to be taken on an emotional "last farewell", as in a fly-past of the pilot's home island of Penang. "The unusual overflying of Penang is ‘perhaps the only clue to the perpetrator'.

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  • PKR leader urges Sarawak to review entry ban – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    PKR today requested the Sarawak government to review the ban imposed on several of the party's senior leaders from entering the state. Its deputy president,…

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  • Azmin: CM’s remark about opposition ‘positive’ for state – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    KUCHING: PKR has welcomed Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s recent remark that members of the opposition in the state were not his enemies. Its deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is also Selangor Menteri Besar, described the Chief Minister’s remark, which was made during an interview by TV1, as “something very positive” for the state. “I, on behalf of PKR, welcome his statement as it is something very positive. Opposition members are also people and citizens of the state,” he said at the launching of PKR Petra Jaya Elections Operations Room on Sunday.

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  • Slow poisoning of residents around Diamond Valley, in Penang – Ravinder Singh - The Malaysian Insider

    “Diamond Valley” is a light industrial estate in Permatang Damar Laut, Bayan Lepas, Penang with residential areas bordering it. Every now and then, residents in the surrounding areas are subjected to foul smelling, stinking and acrid smoke that is blown into the residences by wind. Complaints made to the Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang (MPPP) and the Jabatan Alam Sekitar (JAS) over the past several years have not brought about any change. On one occasion they caught someone red-handed dumping the waste there and the information was given to the MPPP for further action.

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  • 1MDB should explain what went wrong or otherwise – Nawawi Mohamad - The Malaysian Insider

    Initially, 1MDB was to develop the Sungei Besi Royal Malaysian Air Force Base and the scope includes commercial development and housing projects associated to the PR1MA housing scheme in Sungei Besi, Kuantan and Sendayan. In lieu of the Sungei Besi airbase, 1MDB has to construct a replacement airbase in Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan. If these projects have been successful, then Datuk Seri Najib Razak would not hesitate to capitalise on them. Later like magic, 1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy announced that 1MDB managed to recoup back the funds, but he has not be able to show solid proof that indeed the money is there.

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  • Putrajaya receives first Petronas dividend payout - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 3, 2015.The government has received the first dividend payment from state oil company Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), said Ministry of Finance (MoF) secretary-general of treasury Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah. “Petronas has agreed to pay the government RM26 billion in dividend [for the financial year ended December 31, 2014] , and there is no two-ways about it. Last week, Petronas announced a dividend payment of RM2 billion for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014, bringing the total payout for the year to RM26 billion.

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  • Japan offers degree scholarships for Malaysians | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Japanese government has opened application for Malaysians to pursue their studies for bachelor and masters degree programme under its government of Japan sponsored scholarships, better known as Monbukagakusho. The programme offers a monthly allowance of 117,000 yen (RM3,500) for bachelor degree level and 143,000 yen (RM4,300) for masters level with the application closed on March 20, 2015 for civil servants and March 27 for non government employees, said a statement from the Japanese embassy here today. The scholarship for the bachelor degree programme will start from April 2016 for five to seven years and the masters degree from April or October 2016 for 18 months or two years.

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