• Rosmah a ‘smart, brave’ Muslim woman, aide tells ex-Umno minister

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, May 22 — In defending Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor from criticism, an aide has shot back at former Umno minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim for ridiculing the prime minister’s wife. According to a report by Malaysiakini, Rosmah’s personal assistant Rizal Mansor accused Zaid of forgetting “his morals” and overlooking her vast contributions to Malaysia. Rizal stressed that Rosmah’s priority has always been the safety and security of Malaysia and its citizens. “It is time for Zaid to come out of the shell and accept the fact that Rosmah is a smart and brave Muslim woman.

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  • Why didn't you resign, Muhyiddin asked

    Rafizi tells DPM that his hands are just as soiled with regard to the 1MDB issue.

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  • 7 shocking quotes from Muhyiddin during secret UMNO meet

    "Sack all the 1MDB board!" "Aku yang akan jadi pengarah pilihanraya ini!" These are just some of the quotes caught on video from Deputy PM Muhyiddin, during an UMNO training session in Janda Baik recently. #1mdb #ahmadmaslan #muhyiddinyassin

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  • Zahid orders probe on maker of DPM’s ‘sack 1MDB’ video

    ― File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 22 ― Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has ordered an investigation on the person responsible for recording Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's “sack 1MDB” speech last week. According to two Umno-linked websites mykmu.net and suara.tv, Ahmad Zahid wants a probe on both the video maker and those responsible for spreading the controversial clip, which was picked up yesterday by the media. Mykmu.net published a message from Ahmad Zahid purportedly sent via WhatsApp that said the video maker, a deputy division leader was not supposed to attend the closed door training event under the party's Keris 2314 programme that was held in Janda Baik. Muhyiddin, he explained, had attended the event in his capacity as the Pagoh Umno division chief.

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  • The inevitable fall of Barisan Nasional – Puthan Perumal - The Malaysian Insider

    As  night  follows  day,  governments  of  the day will eventually change. It is simply because the people, over time, come to realise that a particular government, and its manner of administration, is no more suitable with the current times. Sometimes, a  particular  government  of  the  day  refuses  to let go of  power  and will do all that is necessary (and unnecessary)  to be in power and remain  relevant. It  is  in  these  circumstances where we shall  see a "fall" of a particular government.

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  • Money worries keep over 60pc of Malaysian retirees awake at night, HSBC report finds

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, May 22 — Living inheritance is a cause for concern for retirees in Malaysia where 63 per cent of retirees are worried about not being able to support family or friends financially, according to an HSBC report. It said Malaysia has the highest percentage of concern for this concern in the world, followed by Brazil and Mexico at 58 per cent, while Singapore (54 per cent). A total of 54 per cent Malaysians are also concerned of being reliant on family or friends for financial support, the HSBC report entitled “The Future of Retirement Choices for Later Life” said. Despite no longer being in paid employment, it said 86 per cent of Malaysian retirees would continue to provide regular financial support to at least one family member (including a spouse) and friends, including their adult children (above 16) and grandchildren, while some support their parents.

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  • After conviction, ex-NFC consultant claims conspiracy to protect former clients

    ― Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 22 ― A former consultant for the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) today claimed that he was made a scapegoat in a political conspiracy to protect the family of former minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil over the RM250 million cattle farming debacle in 2012. Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail, who was recently found guilty of cheating and 17 counts of money laundering, claimed he has official papers to back his claims that Putrajaya was protecting Shahrizat and her husband, NFCorp executive chairman Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail. “There is a conspiracy going on now to bring me down,” Shamsubahrin told reporters at his office here.

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  • Explanation on 1MDB-Singapore bank deal not a mistake, but blatant lie – Nawawi Mohamad - The Malaysian Insider

    Its investment in the Cayman Islands was also questionable because the island has been associated with the money laundering by the underworld. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has also expressed his frustration in trying to understand what has been going on, all leading to 1MDB being in debt amounting to RM42 billion, with almost half not being accounted for as yet. Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been attacked by Dr Mahathir and must be fully aware of the repercussions of the attacks, which have also demanded he step down as prime minister. It is therefore a very serious matter and despite the cool façade Najib must have taken it seriously.

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  • PKR: Penang, Selangor excluded from 11MP competitive city list as political punishment

    ― File picSHAH ALAM, May 22 ― Penang and Selangor's exclusion from the 11th Malaysia Plan's (11MP) City Competitiveness Master Plan was done with the intention of punishing the Pakatan Rakyat state governments, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail claimed today. She added that it was “not right” for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to make such a decision when he is supposed to have the best interests of all Malaysians at heart. “It's not right because it's as if they are punishing the Penang government and the Selangor government.

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  • Marina Mahathir moots international campaign against Myanmar to resolve refugee crisis

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, May 22 — Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir suggested today that the international community campaign against the Myanmar government’s persecution of the Rohingya minority, similar to the anti-apartheid campaign in South Africa. She said it is important to tackle the root cause of the refugees fleeing Myanmar, which is to end the persecution of the Rohingyas there. “I’m just wondering whether there is a need to start an international campaign to pressure Burma, much like the anti-apartheid campaign that was used to pressure South Africa in the old days. A Rohingya migrant holds her child's hand as they wait for breakfast inside a temporary compound for refugees in Kuala Cangkoi village in Indonesia's Aceh Province May 17, 2015.

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  • Ex-NST boss asks finance ministry: Is TNB next to bail out 1MDB?

    ― File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 22 ― Veteran newsman Datuk A. Kadir Jasin today raised concerns that Putrajaya may look to national utilities company Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) to bail out troubled state-owned fund 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), when tempers have yet to cool over a controversial land deal involving the country's pilgrimage fund. The former editor-in-chief of English daily New Straits Times said it is “unthinkable” that Prime Minister Datuk Najib Razak would make such a move now, when the federal government is still reeling from an expose revealing that Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH) had paid nearly RM190 million to 1MDB for 1.5 acres of land in the Tun Razak Exchange. “Is it true that the MoF is mulling or is already on the verge of nominating Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) as key rescuer of 1MBD and to facilitate the exercise TNB will be taken private?” he said, referring to the Finance Ministry in the latest entry on his blog. LTH sparked controversy recently when it bought a 1.56-acre plot of land in the Tun Razak Exchange from debt-laden 1MDB for RM188.5 million, 43 times higher than what the state investment fund had purchased it for from the government.

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  • Johor sultan triggers controversy with Perth land purchase, says paper - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 21, 2015.The Johor sultan has bought prime riverside property in Perth for A$8.5 million (RM24.21 million), sparking controversy in the western Australian capital, reports The West Australian. The daily reported that the sultan emerged an unlikely player in plans to restore the historic Sunset Hospital after paying A$8.5 million for 1,993sqm of land. West Australian Premier Colin Barnett welcomed the sale but the local council, the city of Nedlands, reiterated its long-time opposition to any sale of the land – the last strip of available land in the exclusive western suburbs. Public comments were mixed with some saying the sale would bring Perth closer to Southeast Asia, while many others were critical about foreigners buying western Australia land.

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  • Anita Sarawak missing for 2 months now, says half-sister - The Malaysian Insider

    – YouTube screenshot, May 21, 2015.International entertainer extraordinaire Anita Sarawak has been totally uncontactable since March, sparking concerns about her whereabouts and health, her half-sister told a Singapore online portal recently. Former model and actress-singer Noor Kumalasari Mohamad Taib said it was very unlike the Singapore-born Anita – who also has a large fan base across the border – to suddenly disappear and not keep in touch with either family or friends for such a long period of time. Maybe she is just busy travelling and taking things slowly,” said Noor Kumalasari. Noor Kumalasari said that during a phone call two months ago, Anita had said she was retiring from showbusiness and was “not interested” in holding any more performances.

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  • Ringgit poised for biggest weekly drop in 2 months

    – File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 22 — Malaysia’s ringgit headed for its biggest weekly loss in two months as speculation the Federal Reserve is on track to raise interest rates spurred gains in the dollar. The ringgit weakened 0.8 per cent from May 15 to 3.5915 a dollar as of 10.14am in Kuala Lumpur, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Consumer prices in Malaysia probably increased 2.2 per cent in April from a year earlier, after gaining 0.9 per cent the previous month, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey before data due at noon local time today. The government will allocate RM260 billion for development expenditure from 2016 to 2020, including funds to increase power capacity, according to a plan presented by Prime Minister Najib Razak in Parliament yesterday.

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  • New Zealand glacier body identified after 42 years - Regional | The Star Online

    A New Zealand hiker’s body that lay frozen in a glacier for more than four decades has been formally identified, police said Thursday. David Erik Moen, 19, was caught in an avalanche in September 1973 on the South Island’s remote Tasman glacier, they said, after searchers at the time failed to locate his body. Police said the tests showed the body, which media reports described as "well preserved" when discovered after almost 42 years in the frozen wilderness, was Moen.

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  • Nestle challenges Indian order on Maggi noodles recall - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP/Relaxnews pic, May 21, 2015.Nestle India Ltd has taken issue with an order from regional food inspectors in a northern Indian state to recall a batch of Maggi noodles on the grounds that it contained dangerous levels of lead. The Food Safety and Drug Administration (FDA) in Uttar Pradesh said high lead content was found during routine tests on two dozen packets of instant noodles, manufactured by Nestle India, a subsidiary of Swiss-based Nestle SA. Local FDA officials said all the packets of instant noodles tested in the state-run laboratory were contaminated.

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  • Petronas mum over opportunity to buy TRX land

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, May 22 — Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) refused to comment today whether it would purchase the controversy-hit RM188.5-million plot of land in Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) to add to its land bank. Petronas president and chief executive Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin refused to answer a reporter’s enquiry on the matter after announcing the group’s results for the first quarter of 2015. When met after the press conference, Wan Zulkiflee stayed mum and just shook his head slightly. Following advice from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH) announced on May 9 that it will sell its TRX land plot a week after, just a month after buying it from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

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  • Race to the finish while still stuck on first lap, say critics on 11MP - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 22, 2015.Two things have struck observers about Putrajaya’s 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) presented yesterday – where the money is going to come from, and why policies which should have been achieved are still being worked on so close to the finish line. Putrajaya yesterday promised that RM260 billion worth of polices in the 11MP will take Malaysia through the last five-year lap of the development race to join the club of advanced economies. By 2020, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said, Malaysia should have a national income per person (GNI) of US$15,000 per person (about RM55,500), provided the economy grows at 5% to 6% a year in the next five years.

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  • Biker with expired road tax dies fleeing roadblock - The Malaysian Insider

    A 21-year-old motorcyclist was killed when he tried to avoid a police roadblock in Jalan Loke Yew, Kuala Lumpur, and collided with a car, The Star reported today. Police said the motorcyclist, who had an expired road tax, tried to avoid the roadblock by going up on the road divider in an attempt to make a U-turn.

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  • Muhyiddin stands by his earlier statement on 1MDB board | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pix) today admitted that he told the Prime Minister to sack the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) board members. Speaking to reporters at the parliament lobby, he said he made the statement at a closed door meeting and that there was nothing new about it. Asked on how Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak responded to his statement, he replied "tiada apa-apa" (there was nothing). "He (Najib) has never brought up any issue about the video to me.

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