• More pig farms and nightclubs if ‘ultra kiasus’ win in Dr M-Najib row, Ridhuan Tee warns

    — File picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — Controversial columnist Ridhuan Tee Abdullah warned today that Putrajaya could fall into the hands of the “ultra kiasu” if the conflict between Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Najib Razak to continues to persist unabated. He said the ferocity of Dr Mahathir’s recent attacks on Najib “frightens” him as it puts Malay unity at risk, and could ultimately lead to a total split in the country’s dominant ethnic group. The UEC (Unified Examination Certificate) will be endorsed,” he said, referring to the China-recognised education certificates issued by independent Chinese secondary schools here. Tee often uses the “ultra kiasu” euphemism to refer to those in the DAP, the Chinese and the Christians, although he has also denied targeting only the Chinese.

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  • Ambiga flays 'faceless cowards' of Bukit Aman

    Former Bar Council head relates her experience during detention.

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  • We were not racing on DUKE, say Myvi club members - The Malaysian Insider

    Members of the Familia Myvi Club have denied that they were racing on the Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway (DUKE) before an accident that killed a couple and their infant child, The Star reported. The female driver of the Myvi which crashed into the victims’ vehicle had also reportedly told police that it was the victims' Pajero which had swerved into her lane and caused her to lose control of her car, the daily reported. An eyewitness, Muhammad Zaki Abdullah, 18, however, told The Star that he saw the Myvi convoy speeding. The drivers of the two Myvi cars involved in the accident have been released on police bail.

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  • BN turns GST debate into a racial issue

    Commentable: It is unbelievable how these people coming from the BN stable seem to horse around with us whenever the discussion is about parting with our hard-earned money. MCA Wanita chief Heng Seai Kie, even if your statement is true and makes sense, does it matter whether the Malays pay more than the Chinese or the Indians or the ‘lain-lain’, and is that some consolation to the other races? Like everyone else, the Malays have their own commitments and financial problems but in the end, they still have to make ends meet and put food on the table.

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  • Ismail Sabri peeved by criticism from Umno, MCA

    Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said he was "sad" that there were Umno and MCA members who criticised his policy of not helping people from opposition wards. In a post on his Facebook page today, Ismail Sabri said his words had been subject to "spin" and accused the DAP-led Penang government of sidelining people in BN-held constituencies. Thus opposition figures such as (DAP secretary-general) Lim Guan Eng attacked me for discrimination. "But what is sad is that BN component party MCA is like DAP in attacking me.

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  • Mat Sabu nabbed for sedition over anti-GST rally

    — Picture by K.E. OoiKUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu has been arrested for sedition following his involvement in last week’s rally against the Goods and Services Tax rally, making him the latest to be nabbed in an apparent police crackdown on demonstrators. Mohamad, or popularly known as Mat Sabu, confirmed this afternoon that he was arrested after turning up at the Dang Wangi police headquarters to have his statement on his participation in the rally recorded. Under the Sedition Act,” Mat Sabu told Malay Mail Online. The highly-anticipated May Day rally organised by civil society movement #KitaLawan last week drew more than 10,000 to the streets of the capital in a massive show of protest against the GST that came into effect on April 1.

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  • Honda HR-V: Why 13,000 people want this Urban SUV

    — Picture by YS Khong KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — Just barely three months following its launch, the Honda HR-V has 13,000+ buyers, according to an announcement by Honda Malaysia when we attended its media test drive on beautiful Langkawi Island last week. Mr Okabe said that the HR-v was designed using the Honda Jazz platform (you could have fooled me on that, as the HR-V looks completely different) and that it was designed to be an SUV, but t to have the same driving feel as a car, and car-like features.

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  • Azmin slams top cop for arresting May Day protesters - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, May 4, 2015.PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali lashed out at Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar last night for arresting May Day rally-goers, which included Pakatan Rakyat leaders and prominent activists, over the past few days. Calling Khalid an Umno lackey, Azmin said that he wondered if the IGP was really concerned about the people's safety when police started hauling up rally participants who were protesting against the implementation of goods and services tax (GST).

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  • RM1.8m for a home in Penang is not ‘affordable’, Pua tells minister

    — File picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — Tony Pua said today that Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan had twisted facts when he accused Penang of blocking Putrajaya’s efforts to build affordable homes in the state, claiming the federal projects the minister was referring to had involved properties costing up to RM1.8 million per unit. The DAP federal lawmaker said this is likely the reason why Abdul Rahman, who is urban wellbeing, housing and local government minister, does not dare meet face-to-face with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to discuss his accusation. “Is it because the Housing Minister is probably too afraid to meet because he actually knows the real truth of the matter, and he doesn’t want to end up like a miserable loser after meeting Lim Guan Eng,” Pua said in a statement here.

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  • MAS cannot recover with bloated workforce, says think-tank - The Malaysian Insider

    Malaysia Airlines (MAS) cannot recover if it continues to have a bloated workforce, according to the head of a local think-tank. Datuk Dr Chin Yew Sin, who is President of the International Strategy Research Centre, lauded Khazanah Nasional Bhd Managing Director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar for taking a firm stand in cutting 6,000 jobs as part of the sovereign wealth fund's 12-point Recovery Plan for the ailing national carrier. "The Recovery Plan provides for a more ideal 14,000 workforce size, and retaining the 6,000 staff earmarked to leave is a recipe for failure. "This is a comprehensive and holistic restructuring to stop the national airline from haemorrhaging cash," Chin said.

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  • Narcotics officer found dead in submerged police car - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Police confirmed that the body found inside a police car recovered from a former mining pond in Puchong yesterday is that of Asst Supt V. Sivanathan, a narcotics officer. Kuala Lumpur Narcotics Criminal Investigation chief Asst Comm Wan Abdullah Ishak said the 34-year-old was an officer attached to the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarter’s narcotics department. It is believed that ASP Sivanathan, who was on duty, lost control of the car while driving along Jalan Meranti Permai where a sharp bend lies, right next to the lake. The car was fished out yesterday after a two-day search by divers from the Fire and Rescue Department, Royal Malaysian Navy and marine police.

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  • Two dead, one wounded at US Mohammed cartoon contest

    WASHINGTONL: Two suspects who may have been carrying bombs were shot dead Sunday, and a police officer was wounded, outside a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas, organizers said. The American Freedom Defense Initiative organized the event featuring far-right populist Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who has been outspoken against Muslims. “#garlandshooting cop shot – two suspects dead, awaiting bomb squad for possible explosives at our free speech event #sharia,” political activist and AFDI co-founder Pamela Geller wrote on Twitter. Wilders also commented on the incident, saying: “Shots fired at Garland Mohammed cartoon free speech event.

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  • With 42 million YouTube hits, Ireland’s ‘Singing Priest’ now a global sensation

    — AFP picDUBLIN, May 4 — From an improvised studio in his house in a rural corner of Ireland, Father Ray Kelly has become a global singing sensation and new fans now mingle with long-time parishioners in his flock. The 62-year-old clergyman’s unexpected music career kicked off a year ago and now includes a platinum-selling album, 42 million YouTube hits and chat show appearances all across the world. Twelve months ago, Kelly sang a version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah’ during a wedding ceremony of an unsuspecting couple in his small parish of Oldcastle, 100 kilometres (62 miles) northwest of Dublin. The video has almost 42 million hits and is going up about 35,000 every day,” Father Kelly told AFP in an interview in the parish house he shares with his two King Charles Spaniel dogs — Biddy and Buddy.

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  • Amid support for Najib, Umno leaders starting to question, says former minister - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, May 3, 2015.Umno division chiefs are beginning to realise that people are not happy with Datuk Seri Najib Razak, even as the party leaders continue to express their strong support for his leadership, former information minister Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin said. He said that it was wrong to assume that Ummo division leaders were mere yes-men who "swallowed" the country's leaders' every word. "There are Umno division chiefs who realise that the support of the 'red shirts' to the top leadership can no longer represent the rakyat's support," wrote Zainuddin on his blog today.

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  • Discover hidden food gems at Ipoh’s Tim Shun Loong

    – Pictures by James TanIPOH, May 3 — Every once in a while, we stumble upon some hidden gems, those unassuming kopitiams just around the corner with unimaginative names but that are perpetually packed with people. In Ipoh, it is hard to keep track of the number of proliferating kopitiams, cafes, restaurants and everything in between, what more with a barrage of new commercial centres taking over several spots in the city. The variety, for one, is an alluring factor at places like these; you usually see stalls selling noodles, rice, snacks, sweets and savouries being dished out on the spot by locals (in Ipoh, hiring of foreign workers to cook hawker food is still fairly rare), so there really could be something for everyone.

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  • PAC to quiz those linked to 1MDB - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 4, 2015.The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has unanimously agreed to question those involved in the setting up, management and regulating of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), the government-owned strategic investor which has racked up debts totalling RM42 billion since 2009 and is now under probe by the auditor-general. The Malaysian Insider learnt that PAC will start its hearings after May 18 when the next Dewan Rakyat parliamentary session resumes. The hearing will continue from the last hearing on the matter in 2012. "They will start with Ministry of Finance officials who help set up 1MDB, followed by 1MDB executive, the company board, and the auditors," a source told The Malaysian Insider.

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  • Man beaten up for showing middle finger

    SIBU: His obscene gesture of showing the middle finger at a driver and his friends caused a pedestrian to be beaten up last Saturday. Fortunately, the group did not break his middle finger but only hit him on his head and legs, causing the 41-year-old civil servant to sustain injuries on his left leg, right eye and the back of his head. The incident occurred at 1am when the civil servant was walking past a car which was parked at Brooke Drive. In retaliation, the man showed the driver his middle finger and walked away.

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  • Still an asterisk over Mayweather’s legacy - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, May 4, 2015.Heading into the much hyped 'Fight of the Century', Floyd Mayweather Jr. repeatedly said his welterweight showdown with Manny Pacquiao was all about defining his legacy while preserving a perfect record as a professional. In many ways, it was a case of 'job done' on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena where the 38-year-old American once again showcased his brilliant defensive skills as he won a unanimous decision over Pacquiao in their title bout. Pacquiao is renowned for his aggression and speed but the Filipino southpaw was continually outsmarted by Mayweather who, despite back peddling for much of the bout, controlled the pace of the fight and the geography of the ring. Mayweather, a polarizing figure because of his arrogance and flamboyant showmanship, improved his career record to 48-0 and said during the post-fight news conference that he would fight once more, in September, before retiring from the sport.

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  • Giving idiots the keys

    And it’s not just the six “racers”, who probably couldn’t wait to save enough money so they could take their cars out for a couple of laps at the Sepang International Circuit without having to trouble the cops or oncoming traffic. It’s people who’ve had one pint too many and think that the blurry truck-looking thing in front of their car will magically disappear as they floor the accelerator.

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  • Narcotics officer’s body found after two nights in pond

    After two nights of searching, a rescue team finally managed to fish out the body of a narcotics police officer along with his police car, which plunged into a mining pond after veering off the road in Taman Meranti Perai, Puchong. Sepang acting police chief Supt Abdul Aziz Ali said the body of ASP V. Sivanathan, from the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters, was recovered at 11.50am yesterday. He said the search team — involving divers from the Fire and Rescue Department, Royal Malaysian Navy and Marine Police — located the victim in a Proton Waja 15m inside the pool at about 10.30 am.

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