• RM690 million to maintain private jet, PKR reveals - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 31, 2015.Putrajaya will spend some RM690 million to maintain a newly-acquired private jet used by the prime minister for the next 15 years, PKR's Rafizi Ramli revealed today. He said that the cost including services to maintain an older private jet for the next seven years, the total costs for operation, maintenance and management (OMM) of both aircraft would come to a whopping RM1.098 billion. "The contract for OMM for the new ACJ320 jet shows that the costs have been set at RM46 million per year.

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  • Prime minister’s private secretary dies – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today announced the death of his private secretary Datuk Mohd Po'ad Jelani. He paid tribute to Mohd Po'ad…

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  • More than 100 flights cancelled over Thai airlines safety concerns

    — Reuters picBANGKOK, March 31 — China has joined South Korea and Japan in stopping Thai airlines from flying charters and new routes because of safety concerns highlighted by an international audit, Thai officials said yesterday. The move will come as a blow to Thai carriers that have just started recovering after a poor 2014 when political protests slashed the number of tourists visiting Thailand. About 100 charter flights to Japan alone have been cancelled and some 30,000 tickets either refunded or modified, the director general of Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Somchai Piputwat told reporters yesterday. Budget carriers have been worst hit though national carrier Thai Airways International, which is in the midst of a major restructuring, has also been prevented from expanding because of the halt, Thai officials said.

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  • No way to stop GST except through ballot box, says Guan Eng

    — Picture by K.E. OoiGEORGE TOWN, March 31 — The goods and services tax (GST) due tomorrow cannot be reversed short of voting in a new federal administration, DAP’s Lim Guan Eng said today. According to the DAP secretary-general, he consulted lawyers about possibly suing Putrajaya to stop the rollout of the new consumption tax, but was told there is no legal avenue to do so. “As far as we are concerned, we can’t go to the courts to stop GST so the only way now to end it is to change the federal government,” he told reporters after visiting yet another shop in Bukit Mertajam that is closing down due to GST. Since early this year, several sundry shops — some decades old — located on the island have decided to close down their businesses due to the complexities in implementing the six per cent consumption tax.

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  • Gang rivalry behind full-moon party attack, says Penang CPO

    — Picture by K.E. OoiGEORGE TOWN, March 31 — The attack on an infant full-moon party on Sunday night is believed to be a fight involving the “04” Indian gang, said Penang Police Chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi. According the Abdul Rahim, a 50-year-old man who was slashed several times in the attack by about eight assailants was just a guest in the event at a restaurant in Tanjung Tokong. “He was only trying to stop them so he was slashed,” Abdul Rahim told reporters after a promotion presentation ceremony at the Penang police headquarters this morning. “It is a fight between the Indian thug gang members,” he said.

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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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  • When the success of one nation casts shadows on the failures of another - The Malaysian Insider

    Not many were shocked at the news that Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew died on March 23, weeks after being in intensive care. The unending crowds who queued for hours to pay their last respects and the thousands of honest, poignant outpourings of grief and tributes gave those of us who were mere observers a glimpse into the mark Kuan Yew made, not just on Singapore, but on the world. Almost every accolade given to Kuan Yew has acknowledged his role in driving a tiny nation from obscurity into one of the world’s most successful economies. Article after article, and in every obituary and compliment, the success of Kuan Yew and that of Singapore – the absolute object of his passion – have been laid out for all the world to behold and, for some of us, to envy.

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  • 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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  • Customs chief spewing nonsense over warning on price hikes, says DAP - The Malaysian Insider

    Customs director-general Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad warns those who increased their profit margins for the next 15 months following GST will be penalised.‎ – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 31, 2015.DAP has hit out at the Royal Malaysian Customs for resorting to "wild threats and ridiculous regulations" to mitigate any inflation that would arise once the goods and services tax (GST) takes effect tomorrow. Its publicity chief Tony Pua said the Customs director-general's "panicked" warning yesterday that businesses must not increase profit margins for the next 15 months, was not just unlawful, but also impossible to administer. ‎"Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad seems to have forgotten that we don’t live in a communist country like the Soviet Union or the Mao Tze Tong China of the past where the government controls all prices and profit margins," said Pua in a statement today.

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  • In memory of Tunku and LKY – Zaid Ibrahim - The Malaysian Insider

    I was at the Singapore High Commission over the weekend, penning a short condolence message in memory of the late Lee Kuan Yew. I felt sad that our own founder Tunku Abdul Rahman was not so lucky. The present leaders and some people in Malaysia did not feel such reverence for him in the end. We no longer care about the legal and economic framework that Tunku started when he gained our independence from the British in 1957 and when he successfully formed the Federation of Malaysia.

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  • GST comes knocking with a riddle: What goes up, what goes down?

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — It’s just a day before 30 million Malaysians make history together, letting in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and flushing out the old Sales and Services Tax. Putrajaya calls it the revolutionary and transparent tax system that will diversify the government’s income source, economists sigh with relief at this long-awaited economic reform, the federal opposition caution that the poorer Malaysians will suffer amid already rising living costs. Could it be true that some items will become cheaper with the GST rate of six per cent taking the place of the old 10 per cent sales tax?

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  • Which countries cook the most – and the least - The Malaysian Insider

    The findings of a new report reveal some interesting trends when it comes to how the world cooks, with a breakdown of which countries cook the most, the…

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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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  • Incredible drone footage of the world’s largest cave in Vietnam (VIDEO)

    HANOI, March 31 —An adventurer has unveiled stunning footage taken using a drone of the world’s largest cave, the Hang Son Doong in Vietnam. Ryan Deboodt took a drone inside Hang Son Doong and captured stunning footage that shows off a world

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  • Looming GST spurs gold rush - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, March 31, 2015.Days before the goods and services tax (GST) kicks off, jewellery stores along Jalan Masjid India in Kuala Lumpur were filled with customers on a gold-buying spree before the precious metal is taxed 6% beginning tomorrow. For Deen Jewellers shop manager Shaik Abdul Kadir, such was a rare and surprising sight, especially on a Monday. "It is really surprising to find so many customers coming into the jewellery store on a Monday," he said. He said it looked similar to the panic-purchases of consumer products, with customers at his jewellery store appearing to be on a similar panic-buying mode in a bid to to avoid paying the 6% tax.

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  • The boy who was given up for dead

    MARCH 31 — It is a sunny blue sky day, not a cloud in sight and perfect temperatures. I’m sitting outside one of the largest hospitals in the US. The sound of cranes and construction, water flowing

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  • Cops fail to obtain remand orders for TMI editors

    The three editors from The Malaysian Insider (TMI) picked up last night for a sedition probe will be released at 7pm today, the news portal’s lawyer confirmed after a magistrate rejected a police application to remand the trio. The lawyer, Syahredzan Johan, took to microblogging site Twitter this afternoon to confirm the news. “Remand application for Lionel Morais, Zulkifli Sulong and Amin Iskandar denied by Magistrate Tuan Nazri Bin Omran,” he wrote, referring to the portal’s managing editor, Bahasa Malaysia editor and features and analysis editor.

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  • ‘Why must 1MDB park RM4b in Singapore bank?’ | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: A veteran journalist today questioned the need for 1Malaysia Development Bhd to park RM4 billion in a small private bank in Singapore that has also suffered millions of dollars in losses, instead of repaying its debts to Maybank and RHB Capital. Datuk A. Kadir Jasin, the former group editor-in-chief of The New Straits Times, said in his blog (The Scribe) that it is suspicious that 1MDB would choose BSI Bank Limited Singapore when government-linked firms like Khazanah Nasional Bhd and EPF normally placed their funds in large local and international banks. "Keeping the money in Singapore is mysterious enough and keeping it with a private bank makes it suspicious," Kadir said.

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  • Jamie Oliver regrets heating up Gordon Ramsay food feud | theSundaily

    SYDNEY: British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver said Tuesday he regretted saying rival cook Gordon Ramsay was jealous of his success and brushed off their simmering food feud as "no big deal". Both are successful celebrity television chefs and have traded barbs before – with Ramsay recently chiding the younger Oliver for not attending the launch of his own Hong Kong eatery, Jamie's Italian. Oliver, in Australia as part of his "revolution" to champion food education in schools, hit back on Sunday. "Gordon will do anything to try and take the piss out of me because he is deeply jealous and can't quite work out why I do what I do and why he can't do that," he reportedly told the Daily Mail.

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  • Rogue cabbies charge double revised rates

    In a two-day exercise last week, Malay Mail visited several areas where taxi drivers were known to charge flat rates instead of using the meter. Our photographer Azneal Ishak was also forced to pay RM38 for a 400m journey after he sat in an orange taxi at Petaling Street. Four refused to drive to the intended destination (Bukit Bintang and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman) between 3pm and 5.30pm because of traffic congestion.

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