• 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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  • Hard for PM, wife to let go of daughter

    Protests and pressure for PM to resign fails to take the shine off wedding.

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  • Azmin: PKR headquarters raid illegal | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) today condemned as "illegal and unwarranted" the police raid on its headquarters here. Selangor Mentri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is PKR deputy president, said the party holds the home minister and Inspector-General of Police responsible for the raid and demands for the harassment against the opposition to stop. "It is unconstitutional and a gross abuse of power and amounts to an attack on the opposition collectively," Azmin said in a statement issued today. Six policemen had taken Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli in handcuffs to the headquarters today and broke the door to his office.

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  • Eateries raise prices by a hefty 20% | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Some eateries have already increased their prices ahead of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) tomorrow – and by a hefty 20%! While housewives thronged hypermarkets and supermarkets busy stocking up on non-perishable items on the last weekend before GST becomes effective, a good number of eateries in the Klang Valley, particularly food hawkers, have quietly readjusted their prices, Nanyang Siang Pau reported today. According to the report, readers called up to complain about big increase in prices charged by eateries, including hawkers who have raised their "pan mee" by RM1 a bowl to RM7, citing the impending GST. A glass of Chinese tea, perhaps the cheapest drink available at eateries, has also gone up by 20 sen to 70 sen, lamented one of the readers, who questioned the basis for the 40% increase.

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  • Why the bad grammar on PMO’s website if Malaysia’s English so good, asks DAP - The Malaysian Insider

    – PMO website screenshot, March 30, 2015.A DAP lawmaker today questioned the deputy education minister's claim that Malaysia's standard of English is better than Singapore's when grammatical errors can be found even in the Prime Minister's Office's official website. Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming (pic, right) said the minister, P. Kamalanathan, should focus on the task at hand which was to improve the standard of English among English teachers, and stop making inaccurate comparisons.

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  • Germanwings air crash: Last minutes of ill-fated flight revealed

    — Reuters picBERLIN, March 30 — The Germanwings flight started like any other, the conversation in the cockpit normal, with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz offering no indication of the horror he would allegedly inflict. This is how Flight 4U 9525, which investigators believe Lubitz deliberately steered into a French mountainside, unfolded according to French prosecutors and Germany’s Bild newspaper. Both accounts are based on information from the cockpit voice recorder captured by one of the black boxes discovered among debris of the Airbus A320 that crashed in the Alps Tuesday. A French fireman stands in a gymnasium near maps that show the terrain where an Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps, near Seyne-les-Alpes, March 24, 2015.

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  • An open letter to Lim Kit Siang — Dave Anthony

    I salute you as the elder statesman of Malaysia who has raised a consistent voice over the years. Today we are in the cusp of a political crisis and yours is the only lonely voice calling for a Malaysian solution. Pakatan Rakyat, whichever way we look at it, is no longer a viable reality. The DAP and PAS are quite clear where they stand on the hudud issue.

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  • Cops arrest 3 TMI editors for sedition over hudud report linked to rulers

    — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — Three editors from news portal The Malaysian Insider (TMI) are now custody after nearly a dozen policemen and officers from the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) raided its Petaling Jaya office this evening. The news portal’s lawyer Syahredzan Johan confirmed that managing editor Lionel Morais, Bahasa news editor Amin Shah Iskandar and features and analysis editor Zulkifli Sulong were arrested under the Sedition Act 1948 and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. “Confirmed arrested,” Syahredzan said in a text message when asked about the status of the three editors.

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  • My year in Singapore

    MARCH 30 -- It was a dream job. 2001. I joined a banking project in Singapore.  One time I was on this flight, there was this anorexically challenged guy bragging about his job in Kiasu-land...

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  • Tunku Mahkota of Johor heads 83 award recipients | theSundaily

    JOHOR BARU: The Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, the eldest son of the Sultan of Johor, topped the list of 83 recipients of awards and medals bestowed today in conjunction with the coronation of Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar on March 23.

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  • Ahead of GST, Perodua dealers plead for return of 10pc sales tax

    Claiming they would end up doubly taxed, Perodua dealers implored the government today to allow them to reclaim the 10 per cent sales tax paid on new vehicles that have been added to their inventory ahead of Wednesday when the goods and services tax (GST) kicks in. Perodua Dealer Association President Wan Kamal Wan Ismail said dealers have already paid the 10 per cent sales tax currently imposed on each new vehicle secured, and will end up paying another six per cent on every sale under the GST. "Perodua dealers consist mainly of medium-sized companies and losses on this scale will have a huge impact on our business, especially on our cash flow and profitability," he added.

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  • MAS customers subject to 6pc GST starting Apr 1

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — Beginning April 1, Malaysia Airlines customers will be subjected to the six per cent Goods & Services Tax (GST) on applicable goods and services supplied by the national carrier. This implementation adheres to the

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  • Yoga guru threatened by IS members | theSundaily

    GEORGE TOWN: An Indian yoga guru who was on a tour in Penang was allegedly threatened by members of the Islamic State militant group few days ago.

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  • Debt-ridden eye hospital mulls hiring PI

    — Picture by Malay MailKUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — The Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital, despite having suffered a RM3.5 million deficit, is contemplating hiring a private investigator to uncover moles within. The minutes of the council meeting on August 16 last year read “the hospital was suffering from a deficit of RM3,460,000 mainly due to reduction in patient load and staff salary”. It remains unclear if the hospital’s accounts are still in the red. The hospital’s chairman Tengku Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar confirmed the matter.

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  • Kita Lawan, a divided Pakatan and the wedding

    Three reasons why turnout was soggy at yesterday’s ‘wedding march’ for Najib.

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  • As GST kicks in, call to rescue Malaysia from low-wage rut - The Malaysian Insider

    As wage earners brace for higher spending under the goods and services tax (GST) that takes effect on Wednesday, they will feel the brunt of decades of Malaysia's economic policies which have kept wages low and local industries uncompetitive. Low wages have not helped the government improve its revenue, as only 1.7 million Malaysians pay income tax out of a workforce of 12 million, and Putrajaya is seeking to increase earnings with the broad-based consumption tax. But low wages are the legacy of Malaysia's industrialisation policy, which has long focused on making the country a low-cost, low value manufacturing hub.

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  • Police raid PKR HQ over Rafizi's circular

    UPDATED 6.45PM Police broke down his office door and seized four computers.

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  • Ridhuan Tee: Although incomplete, PAS hudud is ‘real hudud’

    — YouTube videograbKUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — Controversial lecturer Ridhuan Tee Abdullah defended PAS today, claiming the Islamist party’s proposed version of the hudud law in Kelantan is the real deal although he admitted the enactment could be improved. Despite his admission, Tee urged Kelantan to go on ahead with the imperfect laws, pointing out that should hudud fail, the east coast state would be the only one affected. Are they afraid they will be charged with hudud?” Tee asked in his column in Malay daily Sinar Harian. Give it a chance,” the Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin lecturer added.

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  • Pak Mie, heroic animal lover - People | The Star Online

    The untimely demise of Pak Mie from a stroke last Sunday left many who knew him in deep shock and sadness. What happens now to Pak Mie’s animal shelter in Kedah? Muhammad Azmi Ismail, known far and wide simply as Pak Mie, and his wife, Halijah Idris, fondly called Mak Intan, became celebrities when an amateur documentary about their unaided efforts in managing an animal shelter went viral online in 2013.

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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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