• '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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  • 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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  • Be prepared for ‘brutal fight’, Bar chief warns backers of second legal body

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, March 5 — Malaysian Bar president Christopher Leong has told proponents of an alternative Bar Council to get ready for “the most brutal fight” by the professional legal body to safeguard its independence. Leong said the proposal for an alternative to the Malaysian Bar, which represents lawyers in peninsular Malaysia and has some 16,000 members, will greatly harm the administration of justice, the legal profession and the country’s reputation. “They will have a fight on their hands and we would defend the Malaysian Bar vociferously and mightily; without fear or favour,” Leong told Malay Mail Online in an interview yesterday.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Leaked transcript to oust Hadi a fake, says Guan Eng - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, March 4, 2015.There is no truth to a purported “leaked” transcript of a meeting between Persatuan Ummah Sejahtera Malaysia (PasMa) president Datuk Phahrolrazi Zawawi and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, which contained plans to oust PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. Lim said the alleged conversation to remove Hadi never took place during the meeting, which was held at his Komtar office on January 12. It may be a fake transcript.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • New IS militant wing for Malaysians, Indonesians uncovered

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — A new terrorist group called Majmu’ah al-Arkhabiliy consisting of Malaysians and Indonesians has been detected by local authorities, reported a local news portal today. The group under the command of Islamic State (IS) militants was discovered by intelligence agencies last year, The Star reported Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division principal assistant director Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ayub Khan as saying. “They have about 100 members and we are still in the midst of identifying the number of Malaysians involved in the group,” The Star quoted him as saying.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Selangor govt rejects 3-month bonus for MBPJ staff | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: The Selangor state government has rejected the Petaling Jaya City Council's (MBPJ) proposal to award a three-month bonus to its employees who performed well in their Key Performance Index (KPI) for the year 2014. According to a statement released yesterday by Selangor Mentri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali, the Selangor Executive Council in a meeting held earlier in the day, had reviewed MBPJ's proposal for the bonus and decided to reject it. "The State would like to stress that all local councils should be responsible in understanding and complying with the main motive of their formation, which is to provide the best service for the people. "Thus, local councils are requested to obey the State's policies to be consistent with Section 10(9) of the Local Government Act 1976," said Azmin.

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