• Implication of IPIC bailout – Sir Wenger Khairy - The Malaysian Insider

    1MDB has got an US$1 billion (RM3.7 billion) bailout from International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) and Aabar & Associates to settle the syndicated…

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  • MAS, I’m beginning to like this Mueller fella – Anas Zubedy - The Malaysian Insider

    When I graduated back in 1988, I joined a multinational company. The company allowed us to claim in full, and I found it ridiculous to pay RM1 or RM2 apiece for laundry. Yes, I had to use my own money, but it was better than wasting the company money – the organisation that provided me with a living and a great avenue to learn and better my skills. In the days where there were no mobile phones or phone cards, I used to change notes to coins and use my own money to make my personal calls instead of using the company line which I considered “haram” or sinful.

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  • Is Malaysia on a fire sale? – J.D. Lovrenciear - The Malaysian Insider

    The latest news outbreak that UAE’s International Investment Petroleum Company (Ipic) is now rushing to save Malaysia's official investment arm from the jaws of money lenders is even more frightening than all the past allegations, evidence and counterarguments we have been fed so far. Malaysia’s Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah is even “pleased to announce” to the Cabinet this latest brokered deal. Citizens are demanding crystal clear answers to several painful questions that they cradle feverishly in their bosom, all for the sake of Malaysia, today and tomorrow. Yes, Bernama, the Malaysian national news agency, reports that 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) will provide the “Good Samaritan” lenders “with a number of financial assets”.

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  • The flag carrier’s painful restructuring — Tay Tian Yan

    Luckily this was noted by the stewardesses on board, who gave him special attention. A stewardess helped him fill the disembarkation form, poured him few glasses of Whisky and sat beside him listening to his stories. Before alighting, the old gentleman even managed to get the stewardess’ mobile number. What I was trying to say is: Will an ordinary passenger ever get such attention and service from the cabin crew?

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  • Housewife still get summonses for car written off 9 years ago - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Wong Tuck Keong, May 30, 2015.A housewife from Kledang, Ipoh, Perak, was shocked to have received RM700 worth of traffic summonses and more than RM350 in compound notices for a vehicle that had been written off nine years ago. Sit Poh Yee, 41, said the fines in her name kept coming, up until March this year, although she no longer possessed the Proton Wira Aeroback, registered as AEX 3233, which was declared a "total loss" by her insurance company after a road accident in 2006. "When I first started receiving the fines and compound notices, I made a complaint to the Road Transport Department (RTD) and even lodged a police report. "However, nothing was done to remove my name as the vehicle owner of a car I no longer own," she said when met at the Perak MCA public service and complaints bureau yesterday.

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  • Study: Ikan bilis is good for you, but don’t clean them

    Researchers from the Singapore Institute of Clinical Sciences (SICS) said that whole ikan bilis found at hawker stalls, like nasi lemak vendors, are healthier than the “cleaned” anchovies ― where the head and bones are removed ― sold at supermarkets and upscale eateries. The research study, which was conducted in Singapore and published on May 20 in Elsevier’s Food Chemistry Journal, found that whole anchovies with the head, organs and bones intact, are richer in nutrients such as calcium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and iron, compared to cleaned anchovies without those parts.

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  • 1MDB to be ‘wound down’, Abu Dhabi firms to help cut extra RM16b in debt

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — The deal with International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) and its Aabar Investments unit could remove another RM16 billion in debt from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) that will be wound down, according to national news agency Bernama. In its report, Bernama asserted that the two Abu Dhabi firms that will extend a US$1 billion payment to 1MDB next month could take on more of the firm’s debts via additional deals in coming weeks. It further added that 1MDB will be wound down by next year and its operations transferred to three separate firms. “[The] deal reached with Abu Dhabi-based IPIC and Aabar will help reduce the debt by RM16 billion and in exchange, 1MDB will provide IPIC and Aabar with a number of financial assets, including units that are held in the company’s BSI Singapore account,” Bernama reported.

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  • Decomposed body found buried in Kepong house - The Malaysian Insider

    A decomposed body was found cemented in the kitchen floor of a terrace house in Taman Usaha Jaya, Kepong, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday. Gombak police chief ACP Ali Ahmad said police were informed of the gruesome discovery by the daughter of the houseowner who wanted to renovate the house after it was left vacant about a month ago. According to him, the body could not be identified as it had decomposed and there was no personal identification document found.

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  • Bicycle allowance among culprits in MAS financial drain, says new boss - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters file pic, May 29, 2015.Some 180 types of allowances paid out by Malaysia Airlines, including a monthly bicycle allowance to one employee, contributed to its financial drain, The Star reported today. It quoted MAS chief executive officer Christoph Mueller as saying that huge overtime claims, over-priced contracts and salaries also added to the airline's costs. But Mueller said that this phenomenon was also prevalent in many airlines.

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  • Lawyer applies to withdraw as Azilah’s counsel in civil suit by Altantuya family - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 29, 2015.Lawyer Datuk Hazman Ahmad's application to withdraw as former chief inspector Azilah Hadri's counsel in the suit filed by deceased Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu's family will be heard on June 11. High Court judge Datuk Suraya Othman fixed the date in chambers when the application was brought before her for case management today.

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  • SS2 durian traders face thorny problem

    — Picture by Azneal IshakPETALING JAYA, May 30 — If you are looking for the famous durian stalls of SS2, they have moved to Section 19. The Petaling Jaya City Council decided to move them on grounds that SS2 is congested. The move has not gone down well with traders and durian lovers who are complaining that the new stalls are too small and that Section 19 is secluded. Malay Mail found the stalls at SS2 closed yesterday with workers cleaning the premises besides directing customers to Section 19.

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  • Anwar wins bid to strike out Nalla’s, Utusan’s defence statements on previous convictions

    PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal here yesterday granted Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s application to strike out the majority judgement of his sodomy case in 1998 used by Senator Datuk S. Nallakaruppan and two others in their defence statements in the RM100 million suit filed by Anwar against them. Leading the three-judge panel, Judge Datuk Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim said they unanimously allowed this appeal and set aside the decision of the High Court. The other two judges were Datuk David Wong Dak Wah and Datuk Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim. Melayu (Malaysia) Bhd and its Editor-in-Chief Datuk Abdul Aziz Ishak to retain most of their statements of defence in case.

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  • Restaurants urged not to sell food to Muslims during Ramadan - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Noel Achariam, May 30, 2015.Malaysian Muslim Restaurant Owners Association (Presma) will take stern action against any of its members, who allow Muslims customers to eat at their business premises during the fasting month of Ramadan. Presma president Noorul Hassan Saul Hameed said they could also revoke the membership of the operator if it failed to abide by the directive.

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  • Renovation of terrace houses not in harmony, say Bangsar Baru folk - Community | The Star Online

    VARIOUS terrace house renovations around the Bangsar Baru area have caused many raised eyebrows among the community who are worried about its safety, legality as well as its jarring design that does not fit in with the rest of the neighbourhood. Earlier this month, the matter was raised in a resident dialogue with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) by Bangsar Baru Residents Association (BBRA) past president Chang Kek Wei. “There are quite a number of renovations going on in the area. “The problem is that these homes are rebuilt into much larger homes, a storey higher than its immediate neighbours, and the facade is such that it does not look in harmony with the other houses” he said.

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  • ‘I dug my friend’s grave,’ says escaped transit camp victim

    — Bernama picALOR SETAR, May 29 — Digging his friend’s grave was one of the unforgettable experiences for Rohingya Mohamad Toha Naziullah, who escaped the horrifying human trafficking transit camp over a year ago. After undergoing two months’ detention, Mohamad Toha, 23, ran away from the camp, which was located in a dense forest area of Wang Kelian, near here, at the Malaysia-Thailand border. Mohamad Toha was among thousands of Rohingyas fleeing persecution in Myanmar but only to fall into the hands of traffickers and extortionists, which in many cases saw them witnessing deaths and suffering from abuse and hunger. One day, the caretakers pulled Yunus out and demanded RM8,000 payment for his freedom to Malaysia, said the grief stricken Mohamad Toha.

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  • Company director sought over RM5.7m loan

    PUTRAJAYA: The police are looking for a director of Rossington Consolidated Sdn Bhd (RCSB) to assist them in the investigation into the use of a forged support letter of the Education Ministry to obtain a RM5.7 million loan from CIMB Bank. A police investigation showed that the company had obtained the loan, he said in a statement yesterday.

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  • Is Jho Low back in town?

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — Flamboyant and controversial businessman Low Taek Jho is believed to have returned to Kuala Lumpur via a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong yesterday evening, according to news portal The Ant Daily. According to the report, the tycoon called Jho Low took the CX729 flight that landed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 7.43 pm yesterday, before he was whisked away by a tall ethnic Indian man. Low’s return came amid a tumultuous time for strategic fund 1 Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), which has been repeatedly linked to him. Responding to the PAC saying it will not yet summon Low for its investigation, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin insisted there was too much speculation about the former’s involvement with 1MDB to be ignored.

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  • Teacher killed in Beluran car-bus collision

    TELUPID: A 30-year-old teacher from SK Wonod, Telupid was killed when the Toyota Vios car he was driving collided head-on with an express bus at Kilometer 4, off Telupid-Ranau bypass. Beluran police chief Supt Sivanathan Velautham said the victim, Ahmad Firdauz Husin from Malacca, was driving alone when the incident happened around 2.35pm. “The impact of the crash resulted in the car being dragged for about 50 metres,” he said, adding that Ahmad Firdaus’ body was removed from the vehicle by firemen and sent to the Telupid Hospital.

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  • Arul Kanda explains why he could meet Shahrir but not PAC - The Malaysian Insider

    – May 29, 2015.Under fire for not turning up at a scheduled inquiry by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday, 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) president and group executive director Arul Kanda Kandasamy insisted he was abroad at the time. He also confirmed that he met Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) president, Tan Sri Shahrir Samad the following night in Kuala Lumpur, but said this was only after he returned to Malaysia.

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  • Kelantan PAS slams Zairil over hudud statement - Nation | The Star Online

    KOTA BARU: Kelantan PAS has slammed DAP’s Zairil Khir Johari for claiming that syariah criminal laws intended to be implemented in the state were PAS’ own creation. “Zairil is talking nonsense about hudud. Just because he visited two Middle East countries, he’s come up with this conclusion without any supporting argument,” said PAS deputy commissioner Datuk Mohd Amar Abdullah (pic). The Bukit Bendera MP was recently on a trip to Jordan and Egypt together with DAP MPs Teresa Kok, Liew Chin Tong and Steven Sim and party adviser Lim Kit Siang.

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