• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • ‘1MDB’s audited assets worth rm51.4 billion’

    KUALA LUMPUR: The total worth of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) audited assets for the financial year ended March 31, 2014 was RM51.4 billion, the Dewan Rakyat was told yesterday. The assets comprised current assets worth RM19.5 billion and non-current assets valued at RM31.9 billion, according to a written reply from the Finance Minister to a question from Wong Chen (PKR-Kelana Jaya). It said 1MDB has solid assets, including two sites earmarked for the Tun Razak Exchange and Bandar Malaysia in the capital.

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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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  • 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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  • Australia’s search for MH370 under scrutiny - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters file pic, May 28, 2015.Nearly a year after embarking on a multi-million dollar quest to solve one of aviation's greatest unsolved mysteries, authorities and search teams are being criticised over their approach to finding flight MH370 in the remote southern Indian Ocean. The Australian-led search, already the most expensive in aviation history, has found no trace of the Malaysia Airlines jet or its 239 passengers and crew, prompting calls for a rethink into the way the mission is conducted. Experts involved in past deep water searches say the search to find MH370 could easily miss the plane as Dutch company Fugro NV, the firm at the forefront of the mission, is using inappropriate technology for some terrain and inexperienced personnel for the highly specialised task of hunting man-made objects. Heightening concerns, Australian authorities said yesterday that another search vessel, the Go Phoenix, which is using the world's best deep sea search equipment and crew provided by U.S. firm Phoenix International Holdings Inc, would pull out within weeks.

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  • PAS’s hudud is political, not religious, says DAP after Mideast visit - The Malaysian Insider

    – DAP Mesir Facebook pic, May 28, 2015.As PAS rallies Muslim MPs to support a private member's bill in Parliament to allow Islamic capital punishments, or hudud, to be imposed in Kelantan, DAP says the plan is political and not religious, and a tool to divide the opposition. This was among conclusions reached by a DAP delegation to Egypt and Jordan last month to learn about political Islam and how religious laws were applied in other Muslim nations.

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  • The 21 years of mismanagement that brought MAS to its knees - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 27, 2015.Beginning September, Malaysia Airline System Bhd, the company Malaysians know as the national carrier since 1972, will cease to exist. It would instead be replaced by a new company, Malaysia Airlines Bhd, to be fully owned by Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional before a planned re-listing in Bursa Malaysia by 2019. This, however, is not the first time MAS has been subjected to a turnaround plan or a bid to save the airline.

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  • Mass graves open ‘Pandora’s box’ of misconduct

    — Picture by Sayuti ZainudinPETALING JAYA, May 28 — Many more are expected to be hauled up following the arrests of 12 policemen allegedly linked to human smugglers at the Malaysia-Thailand border. An overhaul within the Forestry Department, Immigration Department and police is on the cards. This undated handout photo made available on May 25, 2015 by the Royal Malaysian Police shows an abandoned migrant detention camp used by people-smugglers in a jungle near the Malaysia-Thailand border in Genting Perah.

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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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  • If Hadi is re-elected as PAS president – CK Foo - The Malaysian Insider

    Here's the problem: if PAS stays in Pakatan with Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang still as president, then the working environment in the coalition will be very toxic. Pakatan Rakyat is as good as dead, or as the Malay saying goes: " Segan hidup, mati tak mahu". Hadi exhibits the tendency of wanting to be the alpha male in the coalition arrangement. As the Selangor menteri besar crisis showed, should Hadi still lead PAS, the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition as a viable opposition will become untenable and unstable.

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  • Brickfields residents, traders welcome 100 Quarters demolition - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Noel Achariam, May 28, 2015.Despite earlier reservations, most stakeholders in Brickfields, Little India, are now keen to see the change that will soon take place at the site of the 99-year-old 100 Quarters in Jalan Rozario, in the Brickfields township of Kuala Lumpur. Brickfields resident S. Balasingam said it was good that Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd (MRCB) was demolishing the former government quarters.

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  • Secret Recipe blames central kitchen upgrading for halal cert loss

    Screencap taken from Jakim's Facebook page.KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — Local restaurant chain Secret Recipe claimed today that it lost its halal certification because of “cleanliness issues” caused by upgrading works at its central kitchen. According to news portal The Malaysian Insider, Secret Recipe Manufacturing Sdn Bhd chief executive Datuk Steven Sim said they have rectified the problem and that the restaurant chain is now ready for an inspection from the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim).

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  • Rohingya boat people recount horrors of episode at sea (VIDEO)

    Fleeing violence at home, they found more at sea...and now these Rohingya refugees have returned to Myanmar, the land they thought they’d left behind. Muslims, they paid human traffickers to smuggle them out of Buddhist Myanmar and into Malaysia or Indonesia. 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. A Rohingya migrant woman covers her face in Kuala Cangkoi village inIndonesia's Aceh Province May 17, 2015.

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  • 1MDB CEO says never gave false bank statements to Bank Negara

    ― File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 28 ― 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) chief executive Arul Kanda Kandasamy accused whistleblower site Sarawak Report today of publishing lies, saying he has never provided false bank statements on the firm's assets in Singapore to Bank Negara. “To state otherwise is blatantly false and incorrect, as are any allegations that are based on this premise,” Arul Kanda said.

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  • Uncle threatens to stab 14-year-old niece who threw rocks on roof - Nation | The Star Online

    KUALA TERENGGANU: A 40-year-old man went berserk and threatened to stab his own niece with a keris after she threw rocks at the roof of his house. Terengganu CID chief ACP Wan Abdul Aziz Wan Hamzah said a police report was made by the suspect's sister on Monday at 6pm. "The suspect who is from Kampung Banggul Kepong here has threatened to kill his 14-year-old niece with a keris," he said when met at the state's police headquarters here, on Wednesday.

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  • No room for staff unions as MAS ‘reboot’ takes off in September - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 27, 2015.MAS Employees Union (Maseu), the airline's biggest and most powerful workers union, will effectively cease to exist once Malaysia Airlines (MAS) completes its restructuring exercise. Maseu, which represents some 13,500 MAS employees, is expected to be dissolved as the new management has indicated that the union did not have a place in the new company, which will start operations on September 1. The union, resigned to this for the moment, is looking at turning itself into a cooperative in the new entity. Maseu executive secretary Mohd Jabarullah Abd Kadir confirmed this and told The Malaysian Insider that two extraordinary general meetings had been held recently to discuss the possible dissolution of the union.

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