• Permatang Pauh PAS leader behind ‘PKR boycott’ joins Pakatan at nomination day - Nation | The Star Online

    PERMATANG PAUH: The PAS leader who has been at the centre of the PAS boycott storm joined his Pakatan Rakyat colleagues at the nomination centre for the Permatang Pauh by-election on Saturday.

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  • Singapore mother of toddler thanks the two Indian nationals who saved her daughter's life - Regional | The Star Online

    SINGAPORE: The mother of a two-year-old child - on Friday - thanked the two men who saved her daughter from falling from her second-floor flat a day earlier. "I just want to thank them for saving my daughter's life, "Naureen Saniri, 27, told The Straits Times in a video interview as she teared. Indian nationals Subramanian Shanmuganathan and Ponnan Muthukumar had been working on the roads near Block 371 Jurong East Street 32 on Thursday, when they saw the child hanging precariously. For their heroic acts, the two foreign workers received the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) Public Spiritedness Awards on Friday.

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  • GST – show me the money, show us our money - Business News | The Star Online

    WHY am I not surprised that the furore of the goods and services tax (GST) debate has now moved to the service tax? Service tax has been around for umpteen years and never disputed as consumers have a choice. GST is a compulsory consumption tax and you have no choice but to pay as you consume. Trust me, GST is here to stay and so will the service tax.

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  • Video of 'stripper' in Petaling Street causes stir on social media - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: A video shared on YouTube of an unidentified woman stripping her clothes in Petaling Street over an argument is causing a stir on social media.

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  • Swedish cops on vacation hailed for subduing bloody fight in New York

    — Reuters picNEW YORK, April 25 — Four burly Swedish police officers were hailed as heroes and set hearts aflutter with their model-like looks after they put aside their New York vacation to subdue a bloodied fight. The Swedes were taking the subway to a Broadway performance of "Les Miserables" on Thursday night when the train operator suddenly put a frantic call out for any police officers on the train. "We thought maybe someone needed help," rookie cop Samuel Kvarzell, 25, was quoted as saying by the New York police department. The Swedes said they found one homeless man beating another.

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  • Khairy rubbishes claims that Umno Youth plans to topple Najib

    — file picture BUKIT MERTAJAM, April 25 — Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin today denied claims that a movement within Umno Youth was attempting to topple Umno President Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. He said such claims were baseless in nature and aimed at causing infighting among Umno leaders. “It is an attempt to disrupt the unity among Umno leaders, especially between me and the Umno President. This I feel is an attempt to cause friction between the party President and Umno Youth.

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  • 1MDB one of the factors ringgit was down, says banking group - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 24, 2015.CIMB Group’s regional head of foreign exchange and foreign exchange options trading, Selvaraj Sinnan, believes that beleaguered strategic development company 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) was “a big factor” behind the recent fall of the ringgit. “1MDB was obviously a big factor that has been bringing the ringgit down in the last almost five months and it has been well factored in the market… but despite this, it (the ringgit) has strengthened,” said Selvaraj today. The two-day event, which ends today, is jointly organised by Bursa Malaysia and CIMB Group.

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  • Kit Siang, you are still da man

    COMMENT In seeking justice and fairness, he has experienced the worst.

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  • Honda overtakes Toyota to become non-national champion - Business News | The Star Online

    HONDA has overtaken Toyota to become the bestselling non-national automotive marque in Malaysia, based on sales data in the first quarter of 2015. Honda sales jumped 41.7% year-on-year to 22,145 units in the first three months of this year - driven by the jump in sales of its sport utility vehicles (SUVs), noted CIMB Research. In contrast, sales of Toyota passenger cars and commercial vehicles dropped 40% and 13% year-on-year to 10,722 and 5,519 units respectively, in the quarter under review. CIMB Research says Honda is now the clear leader in the non-national segment, with a 13.2% share of the market.

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  • Party before papa, 'feeble' Mukhriz told

    Kedah lawmaker says MB cannot differentiate between party and family.

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  • Foreign worker who saved Singaporean toddler identified - Regional | The Star Online

    SINGAPORE: The foreign worker whose heroic act saved a three-year-old girl's life has been identified as 'Shammugun'. Reader Jona Pang told Singapore's The Straits Times that she managed to chat and take pictures with the worker, whom she said "deserves more recognition for what he did for saving a life". Shammugun has been hailed as a hero after he climbed to the second floor of Housing Board Block 371 Jurong East Street 32 to save a toddler whose head was stuck between the rails of an external clothes-drying rack outside the service yard. The worker, who was repairing the roads nearby when the incident happened on Thursday afternoon, climbed onto the ledge and carried the crying toddler up.

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  • Victoria Beckam says daughter Harper is ‘a little tomboy’

    — Cover MediaLOS ANGELES, April 25 — Victoria Beckham says her daughter Harper is “a little tomboy”. The former Spice Girl has the three-year-old with husband David. The couple also have three sons and Victoria revealed her little girl adores her big brothers. Victoria and footballer David have been married for 15 years and split their time between America and England with Harper and boys Brooklyn, 16, Romeo, 12 and ten-year-old Cruz.

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  • Permatang Pauh by-election: BN and PKR candidates arrive for nominations - Nation | The Star Online

    PKR will be fielding its president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, 63, while Suhaimi Sabudin, 44, was named the Barisan Nasional candidate. Several independent candidates are also expected to file their nominations, which will close at 10am.

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  • Woman strips off in Petaling Street to avoid paying for chicken rice

    — YouTube videograbKUALA LUMPUR, April 24 — A woman yesterday removed her clothing in the centre of the Petaling Street tourist hotspot here in a reported bid to avoid a RM18 bill for her meal. According to The Star, the woman and her male companion – both believed to be foreigners – ate two plates of chicken rice before attempting to leave without paying. “When the restaurant operator tried to stop her, she denied having eaten there,” a neighbour to the restaurant, identified only as Wong, told the newspaper. Citing eyewitnesses, The Star said the woman’s male companion and the restaurant operator engaged in a scuffle, but the two foreigners ran off when policemen arrived.

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  • PKR apologises over statement against PAS president | theSundaily

    BUTTERWORTH: In the last moments before nomination day, PKR has finally made a private apology and explanation over their statement against PAS president Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang submitting the private bill of Hudud to the party's Permatang Pauh division in attempt to retain the parliamentary seat in the upcoming by-election. PAS Permatang Pauh division committee member Jamsari when contacted by theSun, said that they had just finished a meeting with PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah and the party's deputy president Azmin Ali at a hotel in Seberang Jaya at 9pm tonight. "Azmin Ali has apologised to us and explained that there is some misunderstanding over their statement made against Hadi Awang submitting the private bill of hudud," Jamsari explained.

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  • Najib: The old must give way to the young

    UPDATED 7.15PM The prime minister seems to be referring to Dr Mahathir.

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  • Saudi prince deletes tweet on car offer for pilots - Regional | The Star Online

    RIYADH: A billionaire Saudi prince has purportedly deleted a controversial tweet in which he offered 100 luxury Bentley cars to air force pilots who took part in Saudi-led operations over Yemen. The tweet cannot be found on the official account of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, @Alwaleed_Talal which has more than three million followers. A purported image of his message circulated on the Internet after Twitter users said it was removed from his account. The message congratulated the Saudi government “on the success” of the initial 27-day air campaign against Iran-backed Syiah rebels in Yemen, and on the start of a new phase which began on Wednesday.

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  • Penang boy is world's best youth photographer - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: A still image of an alley behind a house where he grew up landed 19-year-old Tan Yong Lin the title of 'Youth Photographer of the Year" at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Tan, who won the competition with his entry titled 'Back alley", said it was taken at his grandmother's house in Alor Setar, Kedah. According to a press release by the World Photography Organisation (WPO) the youth competition is open to all photographers aged 19 and under and is judged on a single shot. It said that Tan was flown to London and presented with his award and the latest Sony Digital imaging equipment at a gala ceremony attended by industry leaders.

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  • Teacher wins car in time for wedding - The Malaysian Insider

    – Pic supplied, April 25, 2015.A teacher at the Penang Japanese School could not have asked for a better wedding gift when she won a Nissan Sylphy in a recent contest by Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM). Noor Atikah Sunar, 24, had taken part in the the Nissan Chinese New Year (CNY) ‘Test Drive and Win a Fortune’ sales campaign contest which was held in January and February. All Nissan owners were entitled to eight contest entry forms, while those who test drove a Nissan car were entitled to one contest entry form.

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  • Cancer survivor treats less fortunate to cakes - Nation | The Star Online

    GEORGE TOWN: While many would indulge themselves on their birthdays, Sukhveer Kaur chose to celebrate her 50th birthday in the streets with the homeless, trishaw riders and passers-by. Sukhveer and her husband Daljit Singh, who are both cancer survivors, threw a simple yet meaningful tea party in Penang Road on Thursday, the day she turned 50. Sukhveer, who is a motivational speaker as well as a volunteer at various charitable bodies, treated guests to cakes and drinks. “I know many of them (the homeless and trishaw riders) have not celebrated their birthdays for years.

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  • Nazir ‘frustrated’ with pace of AEC implementation - Business News | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: CIMB Group Holding Bhd chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak is frustrated with the pace of the implementation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC), which has a year-end implementation date. Nazir said that his frustration was due to the pace of the integration and what was being promised. Nazir suggested three “game-changing” moves to push forward the regional economic integration agenda.

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  • Toddler badly bruised after caning by babysitter - Nation | The Star Online

    JOHOR BARU: A housewife was shocked to see bruises all over her three-year-old daughter, who is believed to have been caned by her babysitter. Lau Hui Choon, 33, had been sending her daughter and year-old son to the babysitter at Taman Sri Yaacob in Skudai here for a few days after finding out about her services online. Lau, who is starting a new job next week, said she gave the cane to the babysitter, in her 50s, to discipline her children when they were under her care. Lau said she received a telephone call from the babysitter around 8pm on Thursday asking her to pick up her children.

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  • Farewell, Ayah Halim Abdul Hamid, a warrior of great compassion — Michelle Yesudas

    I recall the first time I ever met him was when I took him to Jinjang lockup to visit Adam when he was in lockup for the May 13 Blackout forum, in May 2013. Ayah Halim Abdul Hamid and Pak Samad were the finest road-trip buddies, I must add.

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  • Display service charge notice or face RM100,000 fine - Nation | The Star Online

    PUTRAJAYA: Hotels and restaurants that impose service charge must display notices informing customers of the fee from May 1 or risk a fine of up to RM100,000. The notices must be displayed at the entrance or any spot that is vi­­sible to potential customers, said Do­­mestic Trade, Cooperatives and Con­sumerism Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad. According to the order, the notice must display the expression “all prices or charges are subject to __% service charge” in capital letters with the height of the lettering measuring no less than 5cm. “The notice must be in Bahasa Malaysia or in Bahasa Malaysia followed by a translation of the expression in any other language,” he told a press conference yesterday.

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  • Malaysia Airlines undergoing transformation pains - Business News | The Star Online

    THE restructuring of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will probably leave the airline to be a shell of its former self. Routes and jobs are being cut, and its pilots are looking to hop to other airlines as uncertainties loom. What puzzle many is who is really making all those decisions on route cuts at a time when MAS group CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya prepares to leave the airline at the end of the month. Christoph Mueller will succeed him on May 1 as MD and group CEO of MAS.

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  • Ride along on Fury 325, one of the world’s scariest roller coaster (VIDEO)

    NEW YORK, April 25 — Fury 325 at Carowinds in North Carolina is roller coaster designer Rob Decker's latest creation. The towering steel structure isn't just the world's tallest gigacoaster, it's also a study in human psychology. Decker explains

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  • Oil royalty talks reached an impasse, says Sarawak chief minister - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, April 24, 2015.Despite admitting Sarawak has not made any headway in its negotiation with national oil firm Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) for an increase in oil and gas royalty payment, chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has set a target to conclude the wrangling “by the end of this year”. Sarawak is demanding an increase of 15% royalty, from the paltry 5% it currently receives, to 20%, on oil and gas extracted from the state.

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  • Moderate preparations in royal town for coronation - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Jerry Francis, April 24, 2015.The royal town of Kuala Kangsar, about 50km from Ipoh, is being moderately spruced up for the coronation of Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah as the 35th Sultan of Perak on May 6. It is the wish of the Sultan that the ceremony should do away with “extravagance and luxury”.

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  • Affordable travel packages to destinations around the world - Community | The Star Online

    Reliance Travel is offering various travel packages at low prices. July is a good time to travel as daytime is longer so there will be more time for sightseeing and exploration. Reliance Travel director Tan Kai Seng said outbound travelling was not affected by the goods and services tax (GST) implementation, hence customers should not feel that travelling is expensive and out of reach.

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  • No vision in Dr M’s Vision 2020, Umno leader says

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, April 23 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s pessimism over Malaysia’s developed nation goal is rooted in the former prime minister’s own failure to define his Vision 2020, said Umno’s Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak. In retort to Dr Mahathir saying that Malaysia will lack the characteristics of developed nations despite being able to meet the economic benchmarks needed to qualify as one, the veteran Sabah leader said the omission was entirely the former’s fault. “In the first place, Vision 2020 was merely an aspiration that did not have any details.

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  • Nine more held over brutal attacks on security guards - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Nine more men have been arrested in connection with the brutal torching of a security guard in Klang and the slashing of six others. The suspects, said to be hardened criminals aged between 22 and 59, were rounded up by police following several raids on Tuesday. Three men were arrested at about 4.30am at Jalan Meru, Klang, followed by five others at Jalan Changkat Asa, Hulu Bernam. The last suspect was detained in Jalan Teratai in Meru, Klang, at about 10pm the same day.

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  • PM: Let younger ones decide how to fulfil Vision 2020 - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: The Prime Minister included a personal narrative in his call for the younger generation to be given the space to decide how to fulfil Vision 2020, by talking about his daughter. In an audio speech posted on his website yesterday, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak spoke about “letting his daughter go” when she got married. “But when the time comes, I will still have to let her go, with a heavy heart, so she can lead her life independently,” Najib said in the address. Vision 2020, said Najib, was mooted by former leaders for the well-being of the future generation, who should be given the platform to realise this mission.

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  • For desperate migrants, shipwrecks a risk worth taking

    — AFP picALEXANDRIA, April 25 — Syrian refugee Fares al-Bashawat knows his two daughters may drown trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. His wife and two other daughters already reached Italy by boat, days after a shipwreck killed hundreds of other migrants. Bashawat, who says he was shot and tortured in Syria before the family escaped to Egypt, is planning to send two more of his children from the port city of Alexandria. Bashawat shows his 10-year-old son Nemr a photograph of the boy’s mother and two of his sisters dining out in a restaurant in Italy.

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  • The animals of southern Africa and the creature called the Victoria Falls - Africa | The Star Online

    A recent media trip to Johannesburg and Livingstone in Zambia, plus an excursion to Botswana’s Chobe National Park, showcased just how different a holiday in southern Africa can be. Everybody knows that creature encounters in Africa are more thrilling because over there, you get to be where an abundance of animals roam wild and free.

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  • GHL, Managepay on steady rise after Bank Negara move - Business News | The Star Online

    Since Bank Negara announced its Payment Card Reform Framework early this year, there has been obvious traction and new developments in the payment industry. This is evident in the share price performance of GHL Systems Bhd and Managepay Systems Bhd (Mpay), the two direct beneficiaries of Bank Negara’s measures. Year to date, GHL Systems is up 68% to RM1.20, while Mpay is up 55.81% at its current price of 33.5sen. Are they benefitting simply because Bank Negara is making it compulsory for more card terminals to flood the market?

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  • Jiangsu province fines Mercedes-Benz RM205mil - Regional | The Star Online

    Beijing: Jiangsu province has announced a 350-million-yuan (RM205mil) fine on Mercedes-Benz, and 7.87-million-yuan (RM4.61mil) fine on some of its dealerships for their monopolies in finished vehicles and auto parts. Jiangsu Provincial Price Bureau announced that Mercedes-Benz and the dealerships in Jiangsu province entered into monopoly agreements that violated Chinese anti-monopoly laws. The German luxury carmaker said in its written reply that “Mercedes-Benz fully respects and accepts the findings and punishment decision, and will comply immediately.

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  • More ‘clone’ vehicles may surface in RTD-MACC operation

    The Road Transport Department (RTD) is confident that more cloned vehicles will be seized in the big operation being conducted with the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC). RTD director-general, Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad said the nationwide operation was also to uncover individuals involved in the syndicate. “We are confident that more cloned vehicles will be seized,” he told reporters after launching Melaka state JPJ Day at Bukit Katil here today. He was commenting on the seizure of 153 cloned vehicles in a big operation conducted by the two agencies over the past five months.

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  • Negri Sembilan to get 2 more expressways, says MB - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Darwish Zainal, April 24, 2015.Two new expressways are in the pipeline for Negri Sembilan, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan. Speaking in state assembly sitting recently, Mohamad said the two new expressways will be built under the 11th Malaysia Plan. “The first expressway will be linking KL International Airport (KLIA) to Senawang.

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  • Maybank’s Farid named CEO of The Year - Business News | The Star Online

    Kuala Lumpur: Malayan Banking Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Farid Alias was named CEO of The Year in the Asean Business Awards (ABA) 2015, which recognises outstanding enterprises in the Asean business community. Farid, appointed group president and CEO of Maybank Group in August 2013, was awarded for his management and business strategy skills. Another prestigious ABA award, the Lifetime Achievement Award, went to Royal Selangor’s Tan Sri Yong Poh Kon.

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  • China's smartphone makers bet on cricket, Bollywood to conquer India - Tech News | The Star Online

    China's smartphone makers are drafting in cricket teams and Bollywood stars to conquer India, their largest overseas market and a key testing ground for their international expansion, as they try to rebrand as more than just sellers of cheap handsets.

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