• The 21 years of mismanagement that brought MAS to its knees - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 27, 2015.Beginning September, Malaysia Airline System Bhd, the company Malaysians know as the national carrier since 1972, will cease to exist. It would instead be replaced by a new company, Malaysia Airlines Bhd, to be fully owned by Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional before a planned re-listing in Bursa Malaysia by 2019. This, however, is not the first time MAS has been subjected to a turnaround plan or a bid to save the airline.

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  • Great Wall of Gopeng hides priceless Gaharu hybrid - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Jerry Francis, May 27, 2015.The Great Wall of Gopeng, just about 25km south of Ipoh, has become a tourist attraction and an icon of the once thriving tin-mining town. Of course, it can never be as “great” as the one in China, but it is becoming known not because of the 3m high wall but for what lies within – the Gaharu Tea Valley. Inside the walled enclosure are about 200,000 trees of a valuable species of Gaharu, which is commonly known as Agarwood. In different parts of the world, it is also known as Aloeswood, Eaglewood, Oud or Jinko, comprising 17 species in total.

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  • Need for PM’s approval on 1MDB deals a known fact, CEO says

    ― Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — The requirement to obtain the prime minister’s written approval for any financial deals undertaken by 1 Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) was never hidden from public knowledge, the troubled fund’s chief executive said today. Arul Kanda Kandasamy said there was nothing dubious about the matter as the investment arm’s Memorandum of Articles and Association Agreement (M&A) can be easily accessed by anyone. “These documents, along with the company’s financial accounts, have always been available to the public via the Companies Commission Malaysia,” Arul Kanda said in an email reply to Malay Mail Online.

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  • 1MDB makes a fool of every citizen, institution including Parliament – J. D. Lovrenciear - The Malaysian Insider

    The latest revelation by Bank Negara Governor is spine chilling. Hot on its heels we also learn that the two top guns of 1Malaysian Development Bhd (1MDB) snubbed the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) by asking for a 30-day grace period. And if that is not enough the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak hollers all the way from Japan that the duo will not run away and will keep their date with PAC.

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  • Secret Recipe blames central kitchen upgrading for halal cert loss

    Screencap taken from Jakim's Facebook page.KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — Local restaurant chain Secret Recipe claimed today that it lost its halal certification because of “cleanliness issues” caused by upgrading works at its central kitchen. According to news portal The Malaysian Insider, Secret Recipe Manufacturing Sdn Bhd chief executive Datuk Steven Sim said they have rectified the problem and that the restaurant chain is now ready for an inspection from the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim).

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  • Shafie, Zahid not contradicting each other over leaked Muhyiddin video, says Umno Youth - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, May 26, 2015.Two Umno vice-presidents had not contradicted each other over the disciplinary action to be taken against the party leader who had distributed a video of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin calling for the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) board to be sacked, said Khairy Jamaluddin today. The Umno Youth chief said vice-presidents Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal were consistent that disciplinary action had to be taken against a deputy division chief who recorded the video.

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  • Bank Negara confirms told about 1MDB-BSI ‘cash’ issue by Singapore

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 26 —  Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) today confirmed receiving a report from its Singapore counterpart on a complaint lodged by BSI Bank about 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) account that the Swiss bank was handling. BNM Governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz said the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) had furnished its report on its investigations into the account, which recently caused controversy here when it was revealed that the US$1.103 billion (RM3.985 billion) kept in it was in “units” and not cash as previously claimed. “They have announced to send the report to us and yes, we did receive it,” Zeti said during a press conference on the Labuan Financial Services Authority Annual Report 2014 here today. But she declined to divulge the contents of the report, which former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad previously insisted contained information to show 1MDB lied about having cash in BSI Bank.

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  • Converting children unilaterally is un-Islamic, court told in Indira Gandhi case

    — The Malay Mail picPUTRAJAYA, May 26 — Muslim convert Muhammad Ridhuan Abdullah’s conversion of his three Hindu children to Islam without obtaining their mother’s consent was invalid as it did not comply with Islamic law requirements, the Court of Appeal heard today. The three children’s Hindu mother, M. Indira Gandhi, had in 2013 managed to get the civil Ipoh High Court to quash the unilateral religious conversion, but the Perak Islamic Religious Department (JAIPk) and other bodies appealed against the verdict.

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  • What exactly are 1MDB assets in S’pore bank?

    How could a statement on a paramount issue like 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) be casually written by a lowly ministry official without the approval of the finance minister whose job is on the line? Wg321: Why is the Finance Minister II Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah dishonest? On March 10, 2015 in a written reply in Parliament, PM Najib Razak said the US$1.103 billion (RM3.9 billion) which were held in the Singapore bank is in the form of cash. This statement had been corroborated by 1MDB president and group executive director, Arul Kanda Kandasamy.

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  • India heatwave kills 800 as capital's roads melt | theSundaily

    HYDERABAD, India: At least 800 people have died in a major heatwave that has swept across India, melting roads in New Delhi as temperatures neared 50°C. In the worst-hit state of Andhra Pradesh, in the south, 551 people have died in the last week as temperatures hit 47°C on Monday. "The state government has taken up education programmes through television and other media to tell people not to venture into the outside without a cap, to drink water and other measures," said P. Tulsi Rani, special commissioner for disaster management in the state.

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  • Nurul Izzah: ‘They can’t lock us all up’

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — Malaysia’s most wanted are not criminals but those who seek the equal distribution of wealth, those who reject extremism and those who demand good governance, PKR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar said today. The eldest daughter of former opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim accused the Barisan Nasional (BN) government of wanting to silence her father and Malaysians who want a just and democratic country. “Reformists in my country are the most wanted, and the most feared by our government. Because we are the future — with a zeal for reforms,” she said in a speech during the Freedom Forum in Oslo today that was sent to the press.

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  • Guan Eng: Stop asking Penang about Rohingya

    — Picture by K.E. OoiGEORGE TOWN, May 26 — Penang has washed its hands off the Rohingya refugee issue and blamed Putrajaya for refusing to cooperate with the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state government. Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said his administration will no longer answer questions on the Rohingya, ending a verbal tiff between the state and the federal Home Ministry that told Penang to house the ethnic minority from Myanmar to prove its seriousness about human rights. “We offered to cooperate and asked for more information when they said they want to place the refugees here but our offer was ignored and we did not get any information from the Home Ministry or the police on this at all,” Lim said in a press conference at his office today. A Rohingya migrant holds her child's hand as they wait for breakfast inside a temporary compound for refugees in Kuala Cangkoi village in Indonesia's Aceh Province May 17, 2015.

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  • Giant rat photo goes viral on social media | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: A photograph of a gigantic rat, allegedly caught during an operation in USJ11, is now making rapid rounds on the the social media. However, there is nothing to get worked up about as this is not a species of some mutated rodent, but merely the result of the angle the photograph was taken.

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  • Najib had control of TIA, but what about 1MDB?

    EXCLUSIVE PM’s approval needed for all of TIA's financial commitment, including investments.

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  • Assuring words from CEO

    KUCHING: As the whole staff of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) numbering about 20,000 await the termination of their services in the national carrier’s complete restructuring exercise, those who would not be absorbed into its new setup were assured of a fair deal. This assurance was given by chief executive officer Christoph Mueller to The Borneo Post yesterday after his courtesy call on Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here yesterday. It has been reported by the media that up to 8,000 of the total workforce would not be employed in the new airline. Mueller said his management and administrative teams were in the midst of meeting various unions of MAS including those from Sarawak yesterday.

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  • Lack of support for Adi Putra hypocritical of Putrajaya, say educationists - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, May 26, 2015.The lack of support given to child genius Adi Putra Abd Ghani showed that Putrajaya was "hypocritical", said an educationist, who compared the government's treatment of the Mathematics prodigy with a scholar who was convicted of paedophilia in London recently. Zairil Khir Johari, a DAP parliamentarian who is vocal on education issues, said today Putrajaya's treatment of the 16-year-old Adi Putra was "horrible and hypocritical".

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  • The limits of Malaysian compassion

    Having worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, dealing with refugees on a daily basis, my heart hardens when I hear people expressing shock and horror that people were being tortured and dying on a regular basis.

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  • Outrage after Australian mother abandons children to join Islamic State

    — AFP picSYDNEY, May 26 — A Sydney mother has abandoned her two children and fled to Syria for a new life under the Islamic State group, media reported today, becoming one of more than 100 Australians who have joined the jihadists. The Australian government said it was deeply disturbed by the report and that it was monitoring the situation closely. The Sydney Daily Telegraph said Jasmina Milovanov, a 26-year-old Muslim convert, left her children, aged five and seven, with a babysitter earlier this month and never returned. It cited her ex-husband as saying she sent a text message telling him she was in Syria.

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  • China’s yuan ‘no longer undervalued, says IMF - The Malaysian Insider

    China's yuan currency, which Washington has long alleged was manipulated, is "no longer undervalued", the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday. "Our assessment now is that the substantial real effective appreciation over the past year has brought the exchange rate to a level that is no longer undervalued," the IMF said in a statement after a consultation mission to China. The value of the yuan, also known as the renminbi, has been a source of tension for years with China's major trade partners, led by Washington, accusing Beijing of keeping it artificially low to give Chinese exporters an unfair competitive advantage, which Beijing denied.

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  • Reprint for SJKC Year 5 History book to correct factual errors, Education Ministry says - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, May 26, 2015.The Education Ministry will reprint Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Year Five History textbook to amend errors. Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan said the decision was made after receiving a report by a History Textbook and Curriculum Reference Expert team on the matter.

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