• Marina Mahathir: Sorry, but not heading for departure gate yet

    ― Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — Those hoping to see the last of Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir will have to keep on waiting, after the social activist who declared she would quit Malaysia if hudud is enforced here today said she is not leaving yet. In a Facebook post to clarify the declaration she made during an interview with Malay Mail Online, the daughter of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that while she was not readying to leave, she stood by her disagreement towards hudud and the growing religious conservatism here. Acknowledging that Malaysia was not yet on the same level as repressive regimes such as Saudi Arabia or Iran, she nevertheless said that the country was headed down the same path where diversity and acceptance were increasingly being eroded. “So no, sorry, I’m not going anywhere because if I did I would be constantly searching for the Malaysia I grew up in, where people did not constantly stand in judgment of one another based on what they wore, when people did not call you a traitor to your community just because you think and are different, where people did not think it’s a good idea to have different laws for different people and believe that’s justice, as some do today.

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  • Adi Putra, the forgotten child genius - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, May 24, 2015.Some years ago, child genius Adi Putra Abd Ghani made waves with his speed and skill at solving mathematical problems at a tender age. Now 16, Adi is still pursuing his mathematical passion locally and overseas – but on his own, a forgotten genius let down after various promises made to him by the Federal government fizzled out. Crowned the Islamic Mathematician of the century by the Riau University in Indonesia in 2009, Adi had produced 235 mathematical formulas and published 12 of them in a book titled "Seni Matematik Islam" (The art of Islamic Mathematics).

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  • Dr Mahathir: Najib did not tell truth about 1MDB cash in Singapore - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has accused Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak of not telling the complete truth when he told Parliament that money held by government investment arm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is being kept in Singapore. “No money was banked into BSI Bank in Singapore. It is unclear what is in the documents, but it is clear it is not cash,” said Dr Mahathir in a blogpost on Sunday. In January, the Finance Ministry said 1MDB had deposited the funds it had redeemed from its offshore account in the Cayman Islands into BSI Bank, with the amount held in US dollars.

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  • Ferocious ‘tigers’ on guard at rest stop - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Jerry Francis, May 25, 2015.Motorists stopping at the Sungai Perak rest stop, on the bank of the Perak River, along the North-South expressway are in for a surprise. Ferocious-looking tigers in cages are placed at various strategic locations around the rest stop. Traders in the rest area claimed that the monkeys had been causing havoc for quite some time. There are fences to prevent other wild animals to get into the rest area but they certainly post no hindrance to the monkeys.

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  • 15 year-old schoolgirl, boyfriend detained in Jaim operation | theSundaily

    MALACCA: A 15 year-old schoolgirl and her 22 year-old boyfriend were among four couples detained in an operation by Malacca Islamic Religious Department (Jaim) early today. Jaim director Ismail Hamid said the form three school student from Masjid Tanah, Alor Gajah and her partner were detained in a room of a budget hotel in Jalan Tun Ali at 2.50am. "Jaim will inform the matter to her parents and the school authority," he told reporters here today.

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  • Rohingyas: A worthless people?

    That is the reality that Myanmar’s Rohingya people have faced for decades. Whatever their origins — recent migrants from Bangladesh (as the Myanmar government claims) or people who have called the country home for generations (as the Rohingya themselves claim) — the restrictions placed on the community by the Myanmar authorities violate dozens of fundamental human rights. Unlike the more economically minded boat people from parts of Asia making runs to Australia, the Rohingya, it seems, are happy to go anywhere: Indonesia, Thailand Bangladesh... anywhere but Myanmar. But fearing a flood of refugees — if even a small trickle is allowed in — none of Myanmar’s neighbours have agreed to take in the pitiful boat people.

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  • Refugee crisis: Singapore taking wise approach — Priscilla Poh Beng Hoon

    I support Singapore’s position of not accepting any refugees, especially when the Rohingya migrant crisis is one rooted in domestic issues. Some have said that if Singapore does nothing, we cannot escape the blame for the refugees’ plight. Singapore has rendered humanitarian help in terms of manpower, money and relief items when countries were struck by natural calamities, and in search-and-recover operations in incidents such as last year’s AirAsia crash. It also has a regional disaster-relief coordination centre located at the Changi Command and Control Centre to coordinate humanitarian assistance for disaster relief efforts.

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  • How straight are you? - Ask Dr G | The Star Online

    Before you start writing in to complain about me crossing the line, asking a too provocative question in a conservative society, let me assure you I am referring to the geometrical straightness of a man’s sexual organ. Sidney Poitier, the first African American actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor once said: “I know how easy it is for one to stay well within moral, ethical and legal bounds through the skilful use of words, and thereby spin, sidestep, circumvent or bend of a truth completely out of shape. How the curvature of the male external genitalia is a “bend of a truth” and “completely out of shape” is the topic of our discussion today. Obviously, with my wife being pregnant for the last six months, my sexual activity has been confined to moments of “self indulgence”.

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  • Why auditors can’t guarantee there was no fraud at 1MDB - The Malaysian Insider

    The backers of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) have argued that because international accounting firms like KPMG and Deloitte have signed off all 1MDB's accounts from FY2010 to FY2014, this meant no money has gone missing and no fraud has occurred. Owing to the inherent limitations of an audit, there is an unavoidable risk that material misstatement may not be detected, even when the audit is planned and performed in accordance with international accounting standards.

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  • Man killed while out buying medicine for fiancee - The Malaysian Insider

    The victim, known only as Subramaniam, had gone to buy medicine for his fiancee and had parked his motorcycle in front of a supermarket in Taman Puchong Perdana, Subang Jaya, Selangor, at about 8.30pm on Friday when the men approached him and started attacking him. Subramaniam managed to flee but he was hit by a car and the impact almost severed his head, the daily reported. His assailants fled after they saw the car crashing into Subramaniam, police said, adding that the driver also sped off. District police chief Asst Comm Yahaya Ramli said Subramaniam was slashed several times on the body by his attackers.

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  • DPM gets limp response on 11MP in Rembau

    UPDATED 2.20PM Muhyiddin finds 5,000-strong crowd uninterested in the new plan.

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  • Malaysians slam brakes on vehicle buys as GST hits

    ― File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 23 — Vehicle sales in Malaysia fell nearly 33 per cent in April following the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), in a further indication of the effects of the new consumption tax on the economy. Combined private and commercial vehicle sales dropped from 67,314 to 45,187 during the space of a month, with the main variable being the new tax that replaces the previous Sales and Services Tax (SST). National carmakers Proton and Perodua were among the hardest hit, with sales volume falling by 5,556 — over half of what Proton sold the month before — and 4,913 respectively month-to-month following the introduction of the GST. The current best-selling luxury marque, Mercedes Benz, also saw its sales dip by less than 5 per cent month on month.

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  • 10 things about: Marina Mahathir who doesn’t care what people think about her

    The prominent social activist, who is also the eldest child of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, receives requests for speaking engagements every day, even as she is busy with Muslim women’s rights NGO Sisters in Islam (SIS) and the informal group Malaysians for Malaysia group.

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  • Afghan weddings: bigger, fatter and hard to tame - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, May 24, 2015.With a burst of confetti, dancers clap and twirl around a garland-bedecked groom as Afghanistan's wedding season kicks into high gear, but lawmakers pushing for austerity are bent on taming out-of-control guest lists. Kabul wedding halls with Las Vegas-style razzle dazzle are busy as Afghans rush to get hitched before next month's Ramadan fasting begins, in a colourful contrast to the Taliban era when musical revelry and dancing were banned. Hundreds of people – not counting the ubiquitous wedding crashers – typically attend celebrations in these halls segregated by gender, with a bulging guest list seen both as a social obligation and a totem of affluence. "In Afghanistan you invite the whole village, the whole tribe, everyone who ever invited you to their wedding – and they bring their own guests," Akbar Sabawoon said over the din of drumbeats in Qasr-e-Paris (Paris Palace), a neon-spangled hall with a huge replica of the Eiffel Tower in the forecourt.

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  • Hamilton responds to Monaco GP gaffe with grace and dignity

    — Reuters picMONACO, May 25 — Lewis Hamilton responded with the grace and dignity of a champion yesterday when he fought back his emotions after an extraordinary tactical error by his Mercedes team cost him victory at the Monaco Grand Prix. The two-time champion and current series leader was on course for a well-deserved and comfortable triumph ahead of his team-mate and nearest rival Nico Rosberg until, following a Safety Car intervention with 15 laps remaining, Mercedes called him in to pit for new tyres. It was an unexpected decision that transformed Hamilton’s luxurious 21-seconds lead into third place, costing him victory and a clear 27 points lead in the title race. Rosberg won and now trails Hamilton by 10 points after six races this year.

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  • Nasi kandar restaurant selling 'roti canai telur' at RM2.50 raided | theSundaily

    GEORGE TOWN: A famous 'nasi kandar' restaurant in Bukit Jambul was raided today by the Enforcement Division of the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (KPDNN), Penang for selling 'roti canai telur' at RM2.50. State KPDNKK Enforcement deputy head Chin Ching Chung said the inspection was carried out at 10.40am after the department received a consumer's complaint that the price of 'roti canai telur' before the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was RM1.80. "The restaurant operator is given three days to submit relevant documents and reasons for raising the price before enforcement action is taken," he said when contacted.

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  • Stop being a hypocrite, DAP tells Najib - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 24, 2015.Datuk Seri Najib Razak should stop being a hypocrite blaming traders for hiking up prices following the rollout of the goods and services tax (GST), while backing the "single biggest profiteering exercise" by mobile telecommunications companies. Its national publicity chief Tony Pua said the prime minister was being a "complete hypocrite" for shifting the entire blame of substantial price hikes on traders when his own minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek had defended the telcos move not to absorb the 6% GST.

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  • PAS leaders who only know how to read Quran not fit as PM, says Mat Taib - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, May 23, 2015.Former Selangor menteri besar Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib said he is beginning to lose interest in PAS because emerging leaders in the Islamist party appeared to be not in touch with real world issues. Speaking at a forum in Petaling Jaya today, Muhammad, who is also known as Mat Taib, said of late, he noticed there was the so-called ulama (clergy) coming back from the Middle East who wanted to become leaders in the party. "They can memorise the Quran and Hadith but when we ask them to explain about 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Bhd), they say they don't really understand the issue. "So, if you want to become leaders but can only read the Hadith and Quran, then to me, you are not fit to be PM. What's more, our country is multi-racial," he said.

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  • Marina: Hudud or not, I’m staying - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Daughter of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad hates to live in Malaysia if hudud were to be implemented. But she would not give the proponents of PAS’ version of hudud the satisfaction of seeing her leave the country.

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  • Senior customs officers with millions in bank under probe, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    Senior customs officers in Sabah with millions of ringgit in their bank accounts are being investigated by authorities, which have frozen 69 bank accounts linked to customs officers in the state, The Star reported. The 69 accounts were reported to be among 1,623 bank accounts worth RM560 million belonging to individuals and companies that were frozen in an ongoing crackdown on smuggling by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) under "Ops BS". Quoting a source, the report said that several of the senior customs officers were living beyond their means and were being investigated for allegedly accepting bribes linked to smuggling. Two major Sabah smuggling kingpins operating in Sipitang and Keningau have also been picked up in the crackdown under Ops BS, an integrated multi-agency sting which began last week in the state.

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