• Study: Eat rice with chopsticks to reduce blood sugar level - Regional | The Star Online

    SINGAPORE: If you want to control your blood sugar levels, one effective way could be to eat rice with chopsticks, say local nutrition experts.

    The Star q
  • Najib sues Tony Pua over 1MDB, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, March 6, 2015.Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is suing DAP national publicity chief Tony Pua for defamation over comments on debt-laden strategic investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd, Malaysiakini reported. The suit is believed to be over a speech Pua made at a party fundraiser last November, where the lawmaker allegedly said Najib had robbed the people. The portal reported that the suit was filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court yesterday by law firm Hafarizam Wan Aisha and Mubarak. In an immediate response, Pua told The Malaysian Insider said that he had already responded to the letter of demand sent by the prime minister in November.

    The Malaysian Insider q
  • 'Extreme nudity' in Najib's administration

    COMMENT Transparency and accountability like no other PM has practised.

    Malaysiakini q
  • My former schoolmate who never returned to Malaysia - The Malaysian Insider

    Of course, he and I are the same age (37 years old this year, and proud of it!) and for the sake of context, I would like to let everyone know that he is a Chinese Malaysian. He left Malaysia right after the SPM examination to further his studies in the US. As we chatted over coffee, I asked him why he never came back to Malaysia to look for a job. His sister went to university in New Zealand and decided to head back to Malaysia as soon as she graduated to get a job in the IT industry.

    The Malaysian Insider q
  • Guan Eng to skip pro-Anwar rally due to work

    UPDATED 2.49PM Penang chief minister says his duties come first.

    Malaysiakini q
  • Don’t shoot the messenger over 1MDB mess, says DAP - The Malaysian Insider

    - The Malaysian Insider pic, March 6, 2015The DAP today questioned why Umno minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was 'shooting the messenger' over controversies surrounding debt-laden 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) instead of blaming those who robbed Malaysia and its taxpayers of their money. The party's publicity chief Tony Pua said that the opposition, the media and financial analysts have been raising questions about the fund over the last five years, but Putrajaya and its ministers have not taken heed. The DAP lawmaker said the public cannot be blamed for raising concerns over the solvency of the fund after it failed to pay a relatively small debt of RM2 billion upon missing at least three deadlines and needing a last minute loan from local tycoon Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan. Ahmad Zahid had reportedly said that the attacks and unsubstantiated claims by certain parties on 1MDB would affect the country's image and is seen as a concerted attack on Malaysia.

    The Malaysian Insider q
  • Tan Sri's son feared dead in burnt car | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: The son of an ex-political advisor to former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is feared dead following the recovery of a charred body of a man in a burnt car at Bukit Damansara today. Police traced the razed car, a silver Perodua Myvi three hours later to the 80-year-old political advisor who is a Tan Sri and was told by the man that his 40-year-old son had left the house in the vehicle at 9am. The Tan Sri's house was barely a kilometre from the site where the burnt car was found. At about 10.30am, members of the Pantai Fire and Rescue department received a call from a security guard who reported spotting thick smoke billowing from a jungle at Jalan Setia Bestari.

    theSundaily.my Highlights q
  • Is it illegal to stop the spread of Islam to non-Muslims? – Ravinder Singh - The Malaysian Insider

    So Isma has admitted that the giving of free Qurans is a proselytisation project, which was denied earlier, and not a no-strings-attached project to help non-Muslims understand Islam and dispel their fears of Islam as a religion of extremism. Razali Zakaria, a senior editor with Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia’s (Isma) media wing, Media Isma Sdn Bhd, is blowing hot and cold that non-Muslims are trying to stop the spread of Islam among Malaysians by complaining about the distribution of free copies of the Quran. He reminded non-Muslims that the Federal Constitution allows Muslims to convert anybody, whereas non-Muslims may only spread their teachings among themselves and not to Muslims.

    The Malaysian Insider q
  • Darkness, barbed wire fail to stop vigil for Anwar - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, March 6, 2015.The streetlights leading to the Sungai Buloh prison were switched off and a barbed wire barricade was pushed forward but that did not stop a crowd from turning out for the vigil last night to show support for the release of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Former Bar Council president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan told the crowd they should not be cowed when faced with obstacles like the darkness but that they must do everything legally possible to release Anwar from prison. After Ambiga finished speaking, Anwar's daughter Nurul Izzah, who is also PKR vice-president and Lembah Pantai MP, took the microphone and recited a poem with the message that her father was innocent.

    The Malaysian Insider q
  • Bangladesh seizes US$1.4 million in gold from North Korean diplomat - The Malaysian Insider

    Bangladesh's customs officers caught a North Korean diplomat trying to smuggle an estimated US$1.4 million (RM5 million) worth of gold into the country, a senior official said on Friday. "We recovered the gold, both in the form of bar and ornaments, from Son Young Nam, the First Secretary of the North Korean Embassy in Dhaka," said Moinul Khan, the Director General of the Custom Intelligence department, adding the gold weighed about 27 kilogrammes in total. The diplomat was released, but Bangladesh is seeking to press charges.

    The Malaysian Insider q
  • 1MDB to be dismantled under debt plan, say sources | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's indebted and controversy-ridden state investor 1MDB will be left as a skeletal structure and possibly dissolved under a debt repayment plan in which most of its assets will be sold, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. The power and property fund, a pet project of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak with assets worth US$14 billion (RM51 billion), was hit by losses last year and nearly defaulted on a loan payment. The near-miss drove down the ringgit currency and Malaysian government bonds and prompted calls from opposition leaders to make the fund's accounts more transparent. Under the aggressive restructuring plan, crafted by new boss Arul Kanda and blessed by the government, the fund will sell 80% of its power unit Edra Energy via a stock market listing, three sources with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters.

    thesundaily.my q
  • Apple's rivals hope its Watch will boost its own wearable tech - Tech News | The Star Online

    BARCELONA: Apple's rivals want to benefit from its magic, hoping that its long awaited new smartwatch will finally conjure demand for wearable technology that has so far generated more buzz about its potential than actual sales. Gizmos that users wear on their bodies have yet to live up to the hype as the next big thing in technology. "If Apple is successful, it'll create a rising tide that will lift the whole market," said Ben Wood, a top gadget reviewer at technology market research firm CCS Insight. His company predicts Apple will sell 20 million of its new smart watches this year, helping spur 150% growth in the wearable technology sector to 75 million gadgets, rising to 350 million by 2018.

    The Star q
  • PKR veep downplays 'too busy to rally' issue

    On the street, he says, there are no titles such as MPs or state assemblypersons.

    Malaysiakini q
  • Banjarbaru to add 3,000 hectares agricultural land – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    BANJARBARU, South Kalimantan: Banjarbaru Mayor Ruzaidin Noor said the government this year to program the addition of 3,000 hectares of agricultural land in some areas, Antaranews reported. “The addition of 3,000 hectares of agricultural land is a strategic program that is ready to run throughout 2015,” he said in Banjarbaru on Thursday. Agricultural expansion program aims to add Banjarbaru agricultural region, which was originally of 18,000 hectares to 21,000 hectares.

    BorneoPost Online q
  • Ahead of executions, Australia protests Indonesia’s treatment of death row men

    — Reuters picSYDNEY, March 6 — Australia has formally complained to Indonesia over the treatment of two men facing the firing squad, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said today, amid reports their execution could be delayed for up to 10 days. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the so-called “Bali Nine” drug trafficking gang, were moved on Wednesday to the place where they are due to be killed. Australia was dismayed at the level of security used to transport them from Bali to the so-called “execution island” of Nusakambangan with dozens of armed police on hand, and outraged that photographs emerged from on board the plane. One picture showed a smiling Denpasar police chief commissioner Djoko Hari Utomo apparently posing for a selfie with his hand on the back of a seated Chan, who was ashen-faced.

    The Malay Mail Online | All q
  • Time for Japan to kill off zombie company Sharp — William Pesek

    As Japan Inc. icons go, the beleaguered tech giant counts as borderline royalty. Founded in 1912, the year Emperor Meiji, whose reforms transformed Japan from feudal state to capitalist power, died, Sharp was among the core engines of the nation's global ambitions. Now, it's hard to figure out a business in which Sharp can really excel. Despite a slew of cosmetic tweaks since then — raising equity from the public, selling off stakes in businesses and, in June 2013, naming a new president, Kozo Takahashi — the bleeding has not stopped.

    The Malay Mail Online | All q
  • The ‘non-Bumis’ in our lives - The Malaysian Insider

    Sometime in late 1998, Father Lawrence Andrew, the editor of Catholic weekly Herald, was called in to substitute the parish priest for the Sunday morning mass at the Church of Our Lady of Fatima in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. It was a period known for its "Reformasi" protests, not long after the sacking and subsequent arrest of former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Fr Lawrence said then that so many people were complaining about the government and those in authority but they did not realise that the "sick" state of the country was not due only to the actions of those in power. Fr Lawrence explained how the ills of society reflects back on ourselves, with such wrongdoings or bad behaviour being manifested on a larger scale with even greater abuses by those to whom we have entrusted the nation and all that it holds.

    The Malaysian Insider q
  • Why distribute only the Quran?

    Religious dialogue need not be painful.

    Malaysiakini q
  • Hanipa's stitch in time could have saved Dzul

    COMMENT Latterly PAS has invited the violence that may mar its image.

    Malaysiakini q
  • Are middle-class Malaysians worth fighting for? – TK Chua - The Malaysian Insider

    A piece on The Malaysian Insider on “extremely transparent”, in fact “extreme nudity”, has prompted me to think long and hard on middle-class Malaysians – Malaysians who are not exactly stupid or ignorant and yet they have demonstrated every trait of those characteristics for whatever reason. It has also made me wonder whether middle-class Malaysians are capable of change or they are even worth fighting for. And if we want to fight corruption and attain integrity, we just need to appoint someone from Transparency International as an integrity minister.

    The Malaysian Insider q