• The Dress That Broke The Internet

    Blue and black? Gold and white? It's a debate that still rages on. The stars weigh in! Plus, meet the woman who started the whole thing!

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  • Famous Thai temple to build separate toilets for non-Chinese | theSundaily

    BANGKOK: A famous temple in northern Thailand will build separate toilets for Thais and other non-Chinese tourists, officials confirmed Saturday.

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  • Penang Umno man believed sacked after 1MDB complaint, report says

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 — Umno’s Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan, the Penang Umno divisional leader who lodged a complaint against 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), may soon receive sacking orders from the ruling party, a report claimed today. According to news portal Malaysiakini, the Batu Kawan Umno deputy chief is unsure, however, of the news, which he said he received from his friends who heard it on TV3. Khairuddin also reportedly refused to speculate if his alleged sacking may be due to his 1MDB report. Penang Umno chief Datuk Zainal Abidin Osman, when contacted by the news portal, would neither confirm nor deny the news.

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  • ‘AG has powers to commute death sentence'

    This is to get around the Australian law preventing his extradition back home.

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  • Forbes: Daughters of Malaysian billionaires among most powerful Asian businesswomen

    — Pic courtesy of YTL Community KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — The daughters of two Malaysian billionaires were among the dozens listed by Forbes as the most powerful female entrepreneurs in Asia. Tan Lei Cheng, daughter of  IGB Corporation Berhad’s major shareholder Datuk Tan Chin Nam, and Ruth Yeoh, daughter of YTL Group chief Tan Sri Datuk Francis Yeoh were named in “Asia’s Power Women 2015” and “Asia’s Power Businesswomen, 2015: 12 To Watch” respectively.

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  • Was judge Hishamudin overlooked for promotion due to Ayer Molek case, asks DAP - The Malaysian Insider

    The opposition party’s parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang said Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria, as chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC), should explain this. He also speculated that this could be a case of former Chief Justice Tun Eusoffe Chin exacting his final vengeance. "Is the Ayer Molek case one reason why Justice Hishamudin has been denied elevation to the Federal Court twice – a case of former CJ Eusoffe Chin exacting his final vengeance?

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  • Federer trounces teenager Coric in Dubai semi-finals - Tennis | The Star Online

    Roger Federer trounced Croatian teenager Borna Coric 6-2 6-1 at the Dubai Championships on Friday to set up a potential final showdown with world number one Novak Djokovic. Federer may have failed to win a grand slam title since triumphing at Wimbledon in 2012 but he remains a formidable competitor as Coric discovered in their semi-final. The 18-year-old, who last year became the youngest player to crack the top 100 since Rafa Nadal burst through in 2003, had high hopes of reaching his first ATP final after thumping Andy Murray in the last eight but found himself on the receiving end of a Federer masterclass.

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  • 1MDB cash flow under pressure - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 28, 2015.1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) failure to get a RM3 billion cash injection from the Finance Ministry will put more pressure on its cash flow, as it has interest payments of some RM750 million due in the next three months on the four RM28 billion worth of bonds it has issued. A US$66 million (RM238 million) half-year interest payment on the US$3 billion bond issued by 1MDB Global Investments Ltd is due in March. The other half-year interest payment amounting to US$105 million (RM378 million) is due in May for the two bonds totalling US$3.5 billion raised to buy its power assets. The total interest payment each year is US$342 million (RM1.23 billion).

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  • Couple slammed for being rude to cop - In Other Media | The Star Online

    A video uploaded by the couple on social media showed the female driver refusing to listen to the policeman who, she claimed, had ordered her to go to the station after he found her driving licence was expired. Netizens supported the policeman, saying he was merely doing his duty. Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) graduates from Chinese independent schools are encouraged to apply for places in teacher training institutes. The United Chinese School Teachers’ Association (Jiao Zong) chairman Ong Chiow Chuen said graduates interested to be primary school teachers should not miss the chances.

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  • Islamic State must keep expanding to survive - financial report - World | The Star Online

    International investigators said on Friday that in order for the Islamic State to remain financially viable it would have to further expand territory it controls in Iraq and Syria and take over more resources. The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) said in a report that the Islamist group's need for large amounts of money to govern areas it has conquered meant it was uncertain how long it could finance its current level of activity. "In order to maintain its financial management and expenditures in areas where it operates, (Islamic State) must be able to seize additional territory in order to exploit resources," it said. The task force, which is made up of government officials from around the world who are combating money laundering, noted that the group had generated large amounts of money by appropriating oil fields and from criminal activity such as theft and extortion.

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  • Zunar’s book launch disrupted again, cartoonist faces possible arrest - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, February 28, 2015.Police have disrupted the second attempted launch of cartoonist Zunar's latest book, ROS in Kangkongland, and will arrest the satirist if he proceeds with the event on the book featuring the prime minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor. Zunar, whose full name is Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, said he was told by police officials that he would require a permit to continue with the launch, held at Brickfields in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, today.

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  • One worker killed, another injured at MRT construction site - The Malaysian Insider

    The MRT line construction crew, and Fire and Rescue Department staff at the site of an accident that saw one worker killed and another injured at MRT Corp's Semantan site this afternoon.– The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, February 27, 2015..One Bangladeshi worker has died in an accident at the Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (MRT Corp) construction line’s Semantan site in the capital today while another injured has been sent to hospital. In a statement, the MRT Corp said Rijaul Abdul Goni, 40, died on the spot while his compatriot identified as Shanaullah, 37, has been sent to Kuala Lumpur Hospital. It said a third worker identified as Rozlu Karim escaped injury. This will reveal the cause of death, and we will share this information once it is available”, said MRT Corp’s director of strategic communications & PR Amir Mahmood Razak.

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  • Top self-defence tips - Community | The Star Online

    Metro Online looks at some tips to better prepare you in the event of an attack.

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  • Illegal and inconvenient - Community | The Star Online

    MORE and more people are parking their vehicles on Jalan Kemajuan in Petaling Jaya. Most of the culprits are patrons and customers of restaurants located along a major section of this main road. Vehicles were parked illegally on one lane of the road in both directions of Jalan Kemajuan.The situation is worse during lunch and dinner hours. Section 52 resident G. Krishnan questioned why the authorities were not taking action.

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  • Ismail Sabri, Pasar Tani traders are neither stupid nor ignorant – TK Chua - The Malaysian Insider

    A few days ago, Agriculture and Agri-based Industries Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob made a statement that the licences of Pasar Tani traders will not be renewed if they continue to buy from the middlemen by June. He said traders should instead buy directly from producers or Fama collection centres throughout the country. Threatening not to renew the traders’ licences will only make the supply situation worse if he is not careful. What assurances has he got that the prices charged by the producers/Fama collection centres and the final cost incurred by the traders will be more competitive compared with buying the supplies from the middlemen?

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  • Najib says wouldn’t let 1MDB be used for personal gain

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib has expanded on his decision to take legal action against PAS’s Harakah Daily over a report linking his stepson to 1 Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), saying he would never allow public funds to be misused. Najib wrote on Facebook last night to say that while he accepts criticism as prime minister, he will not stand idly by when unfounded allegations are aimed at his family. “I would like to emphasise here that 1MDB is a strategic investment firm owned by the government of Malaysia, and I would never allow anyone to use or divert public funds for their personal gain,” Najib wrote.

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  • Body of maintenance worker found in Sg Tengi dam – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

     The body of a dam maintenance worker, Azhar Gumri, 40, was found early this morning in Sungai Tengi Dam, Bestari Jaya, today. Selangor Fire and Rescue…

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  • Lacking numbers, PAS’s hudud plan doomed to fail in Parliament, say analysts - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, February 28, 2015.PAS's plan to implement hudud or the Islamic penal code in Kelantan by tabling a private member's bill in Parliament is doomed to fail, analysts say, as the party lacks the numbers to push the bill through, in addition to being hampered by parliamentary procedures. The Islamist party has 21 federal seats, and even if all the Muslim MPs (87 from Barisan Nasional, 16 PKR and 2 DAP) were to support the bill, it would still be short of the two-thirds or 148 votes required to amend the Federal Constitution, they said. "I don't think they will succeed this time, the chances are quite low, as even among the Muslim MPs, they are not completely unanimous over PAS's move," said analyst Wan Saiful Wan Jan, who heads Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas). Moreover, government business by convention takes precedence and has to be completed first, but as DAP strategist and Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming noted, it is usually rare for government business to be fully completed before the end of every sitting.

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  • Woman in coma gives birth to baby girl - In Other Media | The Star Online

    A woman in Kuala Terengganu, who has been in a coma for the last four months gave birth to a baby girl via surgery. Noor Laila Razak, 33, had fallen into a coma four months ago due to encephalitis, when she was about five months pregnant. The woman’s husband, Rusili Yusof, 35, said although the couple’s daughter Noor Shafikah was born underweight the family was grateful that she was heatlhy.

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  • Quebec judge denies woman hearing until hijab removed - CBC - World | The Star Online

    A Quebec judge told a Muslim woman appearing in a Montreal courtroom she would not hear her case until she removed her head scarf, CBC news reported on Thursday. The broadcaster, citing an audio recording it obtained of the proceedings, said Judge Eliana Marengo was heard telling Rania El-Alloul on Tuesday that the courtroom is a secular place, and that she was not suitably dressed. Quebec's Ministry of Justice did not immediately respond after business hours to a request for comment on the case. Judge Marengo could not be reached for comment.

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