• PAC man to 1MDB boss: ‘Show us your tickets and bookings. We want to know where you went’

    ― File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 28 ― Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member Tony Pua demanded today to know the exact whereabouts of 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) chief executive Arul Kanda Kandasamy and former CEO Datuk Shahrol Ibrahim Halmi when they were summoned to testify before the parliamentary panel. The Petaling Jaya Utara MP said he also wants to know if the duo’s flight tickets were booked before or after the PAC’s notice was given, as well as the date of the meetings they were to attend abroad. “I want 1MDB president Arul Kanda and the former CEO to tell us, if they are not twisting and turning, where were they on the 25th and 26th of May when PAC asked them to attend and what meeting were they having overseas such that they could not attend the PAC. “These are questions that we will ask again when they come to see PAC on the date that will be fixed by the PAC chairman,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here.

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  • Dr M: LHDN probed me but not the super rich

    Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today lamented that he had to face routine raids from the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) when he was a practising doctor but super rich ministers today get off scott-free. "Government officials who live beyond their means are normally probed by LHDN. "I myself have routinely faced raids by LHDN when I had a clinic.

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  • Bar Council to issue show cause letter to Umno lawyer - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, May 28, 2015.The Bar Council is preparing a show-cause letter ‎to Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah for professional misconduct, after he went on a road show to discuss Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy conviction, its president Steven Thiru said. He said the process had to be completed before the Bar could lodge a complaint against the Umno lawyer with an independent disciplinary board‎. "We are still coming up with the show-cause letter, which we will hand to Shafee once it is completed," ‎Steven said during a press conference at the Bar Council headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.

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  • Unfair to blame entire Cabinet for 1MDB wrongs, minister says

    Bernama picKUALA LUMPUR, May 28 — A minister protested today against claims that the entire Cabinet should be held responsible for the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy, saying it would be unfair to do so when he and his colleagues were just as unclear as the public over the firm’s allegedly opaque deals. According to Malaysiakini, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said his fellow ministers have been actively raising questions on 1MDB during Cabinet meetings. “We are responsible Cabinet members. Shafie was reportedly asked to respond to former finance minister Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah who said recently that the entire federal Cabinet should be held responsible for the 1MDB controversy.

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  • A-G fails to stop malicious prosecution suit, ordered to file defence - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 28, 2015.Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail and nine others who are being sued for abuse of power and malicious prosecution have failed to stop the trial from proceeding in the High Court. Judge Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera today refused a stay proceeding pending their appeal in the Federal Court. Cheetan Jethwani, who represented lawyer Rosli Dahlan and former commercial crime investigation director Datuk Ramli Yusuf, said the judge held that there was no special circumstances to stay proceeding. Vazeer also ordered Gani and the other defendants to file their defence within 30 days.

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  • Uighur-Han marriages a reflection of China’s ethnic tensions

    — AFP picHOTAN (China), May 28 — It was not until late on her wedding day that Aygul told her parents she was even in a relationship. Against a backdrop of prejudice and violence, inter-ethnic marriages between Uighurs, a mostly Muslim minority who speak a Turkic language, and China’s ethnic majority Han are extremely rare. Uighurs in their home region of Xinjiang have long chafed under Beijing’s yoke and say they face restrictions on religion, language and culture, with some yearning for independence. Official media have laboured to showcase Han-Uighur marriages—with couples singing the praises of the government and Communist Party—as a symbol of “ethnic unity”.

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  • Arul Kanda says Sarawak Report lying over 1MDB bank statement - The Malaysian Insider

    Whistleblower portal Sarawak Report is lying about 1Malaysia Development Bhd by providing "false information and direct unfounded allegations" about the debt-laden strategic investor's bank statements, its president Arul Kanda Kandasamy said today. Sarawak Report recently published a blogpost saying that Arul provided a false statement to central bank, Bank Negara Malaysia, about 1MDB's cash in Swiss private bank BSI in Singapore.

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  • Monday is D-Day for MAS staff - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Monday will be red letter day for 20,000 Malaysia Airlines (MAS) employees. The airline’s new chief executive officer Christoph Mueller made it clear that this difficult period of anxiety will be over then. On June 1, termination letters will be sent out to all the employees but about two-thirds of the staff will be offered jobs with the new company, MAS Bhd. They have until June 12 to decide if they want to join up on new terms. The new airline, a smaller entity, will only be able to accommodate about 14,000 employees.

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  • Helicopter pilot injured in forced landing at KK airport - Nation | The Star Online

    KOTA KINABALU: A female trainee helicopter pilot was injured after making forced landing at the Kota Kinabalu international airport at about noon.

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  • Russia calls FIFA probe an 'illegal' application of U.S. laws - World | The Star Online

    The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that the arrests of officials with the soccer governing body FIFA appeared to be an illegal attempt by the United States to impose its laws on foreign states. "Without going into details about the charges that have been brought up, we point to the fact that this is another case of the illegal extraterritorial application of U.S. laws," the ministry said in a statement on its web site. It said it hoped the arrests will not be used to tarnish FIFA's image and will not cast a shadow on the organization's decisions, including personnel decisions.

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  • Buses for the people - Community | The Star Online

    SHAH Alam, Subang Jaya and Klang residents’ dream of enjoying free public transportation will come true in July when the Selangor government starts its free bus services in the three townships. The bus service will enable about 24,000 people to travel around those three areas for free and with ease. Selangor Investment, Industry (SME) & Commerce and Transportation committee chairman Datuk Teng Chang Khim said the project would cost RM3.6mil a year. The money is from the transportation committee budget, costing RM1.2mil for each 10km route, he added.

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  • The ultimate betrayal of the Singapore constitution – Tan Wah Piow - The Malaysian Insider

    Lawrence Wong, the Singapore Minister for Culture, Community and Youth reminds me of a second-hand car salesman when I read about his recent remarks as to why the government is considering legislation to protect the name and images of Lee Kuan Yew. Ostensibly this proposed initiative is to prevent the “commercial exploitation” of Lee Kuan Yew’s name and images. Various media quoted Lawrence Wong as citing an example, the Singapore bakery which marketed a new line of Lee bu kai ni  李不开你 buns to coincide with the Lee Kuan Yew’s mourning period.

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  • Richest Australian Rinehart loses control of family trust - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, May 28, 2015.Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart was Thursday ordered by a court to relinquish control of a multi-billion dollar family trust to her eldest daughter, culminating a long and bitter feud. The New South Wales Supreme Court appointed Bianca Rinehart as head of the trust, reportedly worth Aus$4.0-5.0 billion (RM11-15 billion), which was established by her grandfather, the late mining magnate Lang Hancock. It ordered Gina Rinehart to deliver the trust documents and accounts to her daughter.

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  • Terrorised by loan sharks, victims appeal to government for help - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Ista Kyra Sharmugam, May 28, 2015.After being terrorised by illegal money lenders for failing to pay their loans, several women from Kampung Manjoi, near Ipoh, Perak, are seeking the government's assistance to fund their small businesses. The group of six claimed they were forced to turn to illegal money lenders after they failed to obtain loans from financial institutions such as the National Entrepreneur Group Economic Fund (Tekun).

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  • Stubborn motorists cause traffic congestion in JB - The Malaysian Insider

    The traffic congestion in Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, in Johor Baru, Johor has worsened following the rising popularity of the Danga City Mall (DCM) Expo Hall as a venue for major events. Motorists heading to the DCM finds it difficult to make a U-turn at the traffic lights due to the obstruction posed by the illegally parked cars.

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  • Close call for Shanghai-bound SIA flight after double engine failure - The Malaysian Insider

    A potential tragedy was averted last Saturday when a Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight to Shanghai suffered a loss of power to both engines. Singapore's Straits Times reports that the incident on SIA flight SQ836 occurred at an altitude of 39,000 feet, about 3.5 hours into the flight amid bad weather.

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  • Putrajaya denies knowledge of human smuggling camps - The Malaysian Insider

    After contradicting statements over the human trafficking camp found on Bukit Wang Burma in Wang Kelian, Perlis, Malaysian authorities today insisted they never had any indication that such a place existed. Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the authorities had no information that suggested there were human trafficking camps on the hill, which was 571m above sea level and inaccessible.

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  • Putrajaya to bar Bibles with ‘Allah’ in West Malaysia under proposed SOP - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 28, 2015.A new set of guidelines being proposed by Putrajaya could see Malay-language Bibles with the word "Allah" being barred from Peninsular Malaysia, going against the pledge by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in April 2011 to allow the holy books to be distributed nationwide. The draft standard operating procedure (SOP) was unveiled by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, to Christian leaders in Sabah and Sarawak in April, and to the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) on May 18.

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  • Executive taxi company offers employment to MAS staff - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Lavanya Lingan, May 27, 2015.An executive taxi company had come forward to offer employment to Malaysia Airlines (MAS) employees who are facing retrenchment. The retrenched staff could take this opportunity to venture into the taxi business," Premium Big Blue Taxi Services adviser Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail said. He said the company would waive the deposit required that could cost between RM6,000 and RM8,000 depending on the taxi model.

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  • 11MP has odour of minyak angin - The Malaysian Insider

    Over the last seven columns, I’ve said the 11MP should (1) reduce government assumptions of racial homogeneity; (2) reduce wealth inequality; (3) reduce human insecurity; (4) reduce the number of elite; (5) stop spin doctoring. The 11MP doesn’t recognise that Malaysians mingle daily with more than 6.7 million foreigners because of the low minimum wage and stifling of workers’ rights (in the lower occupations the ratio of foreigners to Malaysian Indians is 8:1).

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