• Hasan Malek denies resigning over imminent petrol price hike, blasts fake Facebook post

    — Picture by Malay MailKUALA PILAH, March 31 — Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek today denied a Facebook report that he was stepping down following the hike in petrol prices tomorrow. Hasan claimed certain quarters had falsified his Facebook account, and had put in the entry that he would resign if the prices of petrol (RON95, RON97 and diesel) go up on April 1. "I hope the people can evaluate and do not believe the report," he told reporters after a ceremony to hand over aid to the Village Development and Security Committees in the Kuala Pilah Parliamentary constituency here, today. According to the report, "Datuk Seri Hasan Malek gives his assurance there would be no hike in the prices of petrol and diesel soon, despite a slight increase of the fuels in the market.

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  • We need you to report without fear or favour, Umno man tells journalists after TMI arrests

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — Umno member Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah urged journalists today to continue reporting without fear or favour despite the arrest of four journalists from news portal The Malaysian Insider (TMI) and their publisher for sedition. Saifuddin, who is currently a columnist and used to be an editor, also said that things have gone from “bad to worse” now, amid a slew of investigations under the Sedition Act 1948 against opposition politicians and social activists as well. “This persecution might affect some, but my plea is, please be steadfast,” Saifuddin told Malay Mail Online.

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  • Sultanah Pahang and Jackson visits centre - Community | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Superstar Jermaine Jackson is in town but this time, he is not singing for his fans. A member of the pop group The Jacksons, he was accompanying Sultanah Pahang Sultanah Kalsom in paying a visit to the OrphanCare Foundation in Kampung Tunku near here. Jackson lauded the initiatives of the foundation, whose patron was Sultanah Kalsom. Meanwhile, Sultanah Kalsom urged more individuals and companies to support the foundation’s noble efforts.

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  • Umno MP: Putrajaya may face backlash over perceived ‘excessive’ actions on TMI editors

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — The federal government may face a backlash from the perceived "excessive" arrests and sedition probe of news portal The Malaysian Insider's (TMI) editors, Umno MP Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said today. Nur Jazlan said he believed TMI's report was just an "honest mistake" that could have been dealt with a defamation suit by the Conference of Rulers, instead of a sedition probe. "If the public thinks this arrest shouldn't have been done because of the mistake in the story that could have been dealt with other laws, then there will be a negative perception on government," the Pulai MP told reporters in Parliament when asked if the arrests were meant to intimidate journalists. "But for editors of Insider to be hauled in, arrested and put in jail for a story which I think is an error, I think that may be perceived as excessive by the people and may have a backlash on the government in the longer-term," said Nur Jazlan, who is also chairman of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee.

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  • RM690 million to maintain PM’s private jet, PKR reveals - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 31, 2015.Putrajaya will spend some RM690 million to maintain a newly-acquired private jet used by the prime minister for the next 15 years, PKR's Rafizi Ramli revealed today. He said that the cost including services to maintain an older private jet for the next seven years, the total costs for operation, maintenance and management (OMM) of both aircraft would come to a whopping RM1.098 billion. "The contract for OMM for the new ACJ320 jet shows that the costs have been set at RM46 million per year. This means that in the next 15 years, when the hire purchase agreement ends, the total OMM costs will be RM690 million," he said in a press conference at the Parliament lobby today.

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  • Prime minister’s private secretary dies – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today announced the death of his private secretary Datuk Mohd Po'ad Jelani. He paid tribute to Mohd Po'ad…

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  • More than 100 flights cancelled over Thai airlines safety concerns

    — Reuters picBANGKOK, March 31 — China has joined South Korea and Japan in stopping Thai airlines from flying charters and new routes because of safety concerns highlighted by an international audit, Thai officials said yesterday. The move will come as a blow to Thai carriers that have just started recovering after a poor 2014 when political protests slashed the number of tourists visiting Thailand. About 100 charter flights to Japan alone have been cancelled and some 30,000 tickets either refunded or modified, the director general of Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Somchai Piputwat told reporters yesterday. Budget carriers have been worst hit though national carrier Thai Airways International, which is in the midst of a major restructuring, has also been prevented from expanding because of the halt, Thai officials said.

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  • Chaos for consumers tomorrow as traders struggle with GST

    — Reuters pic KAJANG, March 31 — Consumers may be dealing with a chaotic scene tomorrow as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) remain uncertain on how to implement the Goods and Services Tax (GST). SME Association of Malaysia deputy president Michael Kang said consumers could suffer from traders’ confusion in implementing the GST, noting also the cost of complying with the new consumption tax system. “Most traders will increase prices and there are many reasons — due to compliance cost and RM (ringgit) drop, where they need to install software and hire new people such as accountants,” Kang told Malay Mail Online. He also said some traders who refused to attend the government’s GST training courses are getting the wrong advice from software companies or accountants on how to file tax invoices.

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  • No way to stop GST except through ballot box, says Guan Eng

    — Picture by K.E. OoiGEORGE TOWN, March 31 — The goods and services tax (GST) due tomorrow cannot be reversed short of voting in a new federal administration, DAP’s Lim Guan Eng said today. According to the DAP secretary-general, he consulted lawyers about possibly suing Putrajaya to stop the rollout of the new consumption tax, but was told there is no legal avenue to do so. “As far as we are concerned, we can’t go to the courts to stop GST so the only way now to end it is to change the federal government,” he told reporters after visiting yet another shop in Bukit Mertajam that is closing down due to GST. Since early this year, several sundry shops — some decades old — located on the island have decided to close down their businesses due to the complexities in implementing the six per cent consumption tax.

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  • Crash pilot had been treated for suicidal tendencies - World | The Star Online

    The German pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in the French Alps last week was treated for suicidal tendencies years ago before he received his pilot's licence, German prosecutors said on Monday. This was the first acknowledgement from German officials that the pilot, Andreas Lubitz, had suffered bouts of depression and it is likely to intensify a debate about how airlines screen and monitor their pilots. Investigators believe Lubitz, serving as co-pilot on a Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Duesseldorf on March 24th, locked the captain out of the cockpit and steered the Airbus A320 plane into the side of a mountain while passengers screamed in horror. Lufthansa, the parent of the budget airline, has said it was not aware of anything in the 27-year-old's past which suggested he might have posed a risk.

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  • Gang rivalry behind full-moon party attack, says Penang CPO

    — Picture by K.E. OoiGEORGE TOWN, March 31 — The attack on an infant full-moon party on Sunday night is believed to be a fight involving the “04” Indian gang, said Penang Police Chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi. According the Abdul Rahim, a 50-year-old man who was slashed several times in the attack by about eight assailants was just a guest in the event at a restaurant in Tanjung Tokong. “He was only trying to stop them so he was slashed,” Abdul Rahim told reporters after a promotion presentation ceremony at the Penang police headquarters this morning. “It is a fight between the Indian thug gang members,” he said.

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  • When the success of one nation casts shadows on the failures of another - The Malaysian Insider

    Not many were shocked at the news that Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew died on March 23, weeks after being in intensive care. The unending crowds who queued for hours to pay their last respects and the thousands of honest, poignant outpourings of grief and tributes gave those of us who were mere observers a glimpse into the mark Kuan Yew made, not just on Singapore, but on the world. Almost every accolade given to Kuan Yew has acknowledged his role in driving a tiny nation from obscurity into one of the world’s most successful economies. Article after article, and in every obituary and compliment, the success of Kuan Yew and that of Singapore – the absolute object of his passion – have been laid out for all the world to behold and, for some of us, to envy.

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  • In memory of Tunku and LKY – Zaid Ibrahim - The Malaysian Insider

    I was at the Singapore High Commission over the weekend, penning a short condolence message in memory of the late Lee Kuan Yew. I felt sad that our own founder Tunku Abdul Rahman was not so lucky. The present leaders and some people in Malaysia did not feel such reverence for him in the end. We no longer care about the legal and economic framework that Tunku started when he gained our independence from the British in 1957 and when he successfully formed the Federation of Malaysia.

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  • Incredible drone footage of the world’s largest cave in Vietnam (VIDEO)

    HANOI, March 31 —An adventurer has unveiled stunning footage taken using a drone of the world’s largest cave, the Hang Son Doong in Vietnam. Ryan Deboodt took a drone inside Hang Son Doong and captured stunning footage that shows off a world

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  • Customs chief spewing nonsense over warning on price hikes, says DAP - The Malaysian Insider

    Customs director-general Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad warns those who increased their profit margins for the next 15 months following GST will be penalised.‎ – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 31, 2015.DAP has hit out at the Royal Malaysian Customs for resorting to "wild threats and ridiculous regulations" to mitigate any inflation that would arise once the goods and services tax (GST) takes effect tomorrow. Its publicity chief Tony Pua said the Customs director-general's "panicked" warning yesterday that businesses must not increase profit margins for the next 15 months, was not just unlawful, but also impossible to administer. ‎"Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad seems to have forgotten that we don’t live in a communist country like the Soviet Union or the Mao Tze Tong China of the past where the government controls all prices and profit margins," said Pua in a statement today.

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  • GST forces Chinese shop to close after 74 years - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, March 30, 2015.Yew Chian Hooi's Chinese medicine shop 'Ban Swee Choon' in Bukit Mertajam is opening tomorrow for the last time after 74 years in business. It will be closed for good come Wednesday, the day the goods and services tax (GST) begins implementation. The shop was founded by Yew's late father in 1941 and survived the second World War, the Japanese occupation and years of ups and downs. Yew said he did not support the government's move to implement the GST because he was not convinced that it was a good thing.

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  • GST comes knocking with a riddle: What goes up, what goes down?

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — It’s just a day before 30 million Malaysians make history together, letting in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and flushing out the old Sales and Services Tax. Putrajaya calls it the revolutionary and transparent tax system that will diversify the government’s income source, economists sigh with relief at this long-awaited economic reform, the federal opposition caution that the poorer Malaysians will suffer amid already rising living costs. Could it be true that some items will become cheaper with the GST rate of six per cent taking the place of the old 10 per cent sales tax?

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  • Tax refund to be paid within two days, says IRB CEO

    — Reuters picBANGI, March 30 — Taxpayers who overpaid their taxes could received refund from the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) in a period of two days after submitting the income tax return forms (BNCP), said IRB chief executive officer Tan Sri Dr Mohd Shukor Mahfar. He said the refunds would be paid to taxpayers if all the information given to IRB was complete and correct.

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  • Which countries cook the most – and the least - The Malaysian Insider

    The findings of a new report reveal some interesting trends when it comes to how the world cooks, with a breakdown of which countries cook the most, the…

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  • Search for MH370 could be called off soon, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, March 31, 2015.The search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 could soon be called off as more than a year of trawling the Indian Ocean continues to provide no clues to the whereabouts of the missing aircraft. According to a report by UK daily The Mirror, leaders from China, Australia and Malaysia are scheduled to meet in Kuala Lumpur in two weeks’ time to discuss the future of the mission, while Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss was quoted as saying that his government would “have to make other decisions… about how long the search should continue”. “We remain cautiously optimistic about finding the plane, with over 40% of the priority search area covered so far.

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