• PAC man to 1MDB boss: ‘Show us your tickets and bookings. We want to know where you went’

    ― File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 28 ― Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member Tony Pua demanded today to know the exact whereabouts of 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) chief executive Arul Kanda Kandasamy and former CEO Datuk Shahrol Ibrahim Halmi when they were summoned to testify before the parliamentary panel. The Petaling Jaya Utara MP said he also wants to know if the duo’s flight tickets were booked before or after the PAC’s notice was given, as well as the date of the meetings they were to attend abroad. “I want 1MDB president Arul Kanda and the former CEO to tell us, if they are not twisting and turning, where were they on the 25th and 26th of May when PAC asked them to attend and what meeting were they having overseas such that they could not attend the PAC. “These are questions that we will ask again when they come to see PAC on the date that will be fixed by the PAC chairman,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here.

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  • Dr M: LHDN probed me but not the super rich

    Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today lamented that he had to face routine raids from the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) when he was a practising doctor but super rich ministers today get off scott-free. "Government officials who live beyond their means are normally probed by LHDN. "I myself have routinely faced raids by LHDN when I had a clinic.

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  • Bar Council to issue show cause letter to Umno lawyer - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, May 28, 2015.The Bar Council is preparing a show-cause letter ‎to Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah for professional misconduct, after he went on a road show to discuss Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy conviction, its president Steven Thiru said. He said the process had to be completed before the Bar could lodge a complaint against the Umno lawyer with an independent disciplinary board‎. "We are still coming up with the show-cause letter, which we will hand to Shafee once it is completed," ‎Steven said during a press conference at the Bar Council headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.

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  • Arul Kanda says Sarawak Report lying over 1MDB bank statement - The Malaysian Insider

    Whistleblower portal Sarawak Report is lying about 1Malaysia Development Bhd by providing "false information and direct unfounded allegations" about the debt-laden strategic investor's bank statements, its president Arul Kanda Kandasamy said today. Sarawak Report recently published a blogpost saying that Arul provided a false statement to central bank, Bank Negara Malaysia, about 1MDB's cash in Swiss private bank BSI in Singapore.

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  • Monday is D-Day for MAS staff - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Monday will be red letter day for 20,000 Malaysia Airlines (MAS) employees. The airline’s new chief executive officer Christoph Mueller made it clear that this difficult period of anxiety will be over then. On June 1, termination letters will be sent out to all the employees but about two-thirds of the staff will be offered jobs with the new company, MAS Bhd. They have until June 12 to decide if they want to join up on new terms. The new airline, a smaller entity, will only be able to accommodate about 14,000 employees.

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  • A-G fails to stop malicious prosecution suit, ordered to file defence - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 28, 2015.Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail and nine others who are being sued for abuse of power and malicious prosecution have failed to stop the trial from proceeding in the High Court. Judge Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera today refused a stay proceeding pending their appeal in the Federal Court. Cheetan Jethwani, who represented lawyer Rosli Dahlan and former commercial crime investigation director Datuk Ramli Yusuf, said the judge held that there was no special circumstances to stay proceeding. Vazeer also ordered Gani and the other defendants to file their defence within 30 days.

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  • Terrorised by loan sharks, victims appeal to government for help - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Ista Kyra Sharmugam, May 28, 2015.After being terrorised by illegal money lenders for failing to pay their loans, several women from Kampung Manjoi, near Ipoh, Perak, are seeking the government's assistance to fund their small businesses. The group of six claimed they were forced to turn to illegal money lenders after they failed to obtain loans from financial institutions such as the National Entrepreneur Group Economic Fund (Tekun).

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  • The ultimate betrayal of the Singapore constitution – Tan Wah Piow - The Malaysian Insider

    Lawrence Wong, the Singapore Minister for Culture, Community and Youth reminds me of a second-hand car salesman when I read about his recent remarks as to why the government is considering legislation to protect the name and images of Lee Kuan Yew. Ostensibly this proposed initiative is to prevent the “commercial exploitation” of Lee Kuan Yew’s name and images. Various media quoted Lawrence Wong as citing an example, the Singapore bakery which marketed a new line of Lee bu kai ni  李不开你 buns to coincide with the Lee Kuan Yew’s mourning period.

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  • U2 tour manager dies in LA hotel - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, May 28, 2015.U2's longtime tour manager died Wednesday in Los Angeles, where the Irish rockers are playing a series of concerts, the band said. Dennis Sheehan, who was in his late 60s, was pronounced dead in his hotel in West Hollywood, where paramedics were called around 5.30am to treat a person for a reported cardiac arrest, TMZ said. "We've lost a family member, we're still taking it in," said U2 frontman Bono in a statement issued by the band's publicist.

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  • Buses for the people - Community | The Star Online

    SHAH Alam, Subang Jaya and Klang residents’ dream of enjoying free public transportation will come true in July when the Selangor government starts its free bus services in the three townships. The bus service will enable about 24,000 people to travel around those three areas for free and with ease. Selangor Investment, Industry (SME) & Commerce and Transportation committee chairman Datuk Teng Chang Khim said the project would cost RM3.6mil a year. The money is from the transportation committee budget, costing RM1.2mil for each 10km route, he added.

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  • Stubborn motorists cause traffic congestion in JB - The Malaysian Insider

    The traffic congestion in Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, in Johor Baru, Johor has worsened following the rising popularity of the Danga City Mall (DCM) Expo Hall as a venue for major events. Motorists heading to the DCM finds it difficult to make a U-turn at the traffic lights due to the obstruction posed by the illegally parked cars.

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  • ‘1MDB’s audited assets worth rm51.4 billion’

    KUALA LUMPUR: The total worth of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) audited assets for the financial year ended March 31, 2014 was RM51.4 billion, the Dewan Rakyat was told yesterday. The assets comprised current assets worth RM19.5 billion and non-current assets valued at RM31.9 billion, according to a written reply from the Finance Minister to a question from Wong Chen (PKR-Kelana Jaya). It said 1MDB has solid assets, including two sites earmarked for the Tun Razak Exchange and Bandar Malaysia in the capital.

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  • Putrajaya to bar Bibles with ‘Allah’ in West Malaysia under proposed SOP - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 28, 2015.A new set of guidelines being proposed by Putrajaya could see Malay-language Bibles with the word "Allah" being barred from Peninsular Malaysia, going against the pledge by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in April 2011 to allow the holy books to be distributed nationwide. The draft standard operating procedure (SOP) was unveiled by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, to Christian leaders in Sabah and Sarawak in April, and to the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) on May 18.

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  • Putrajaya denies knowledge of human smuggling camps - The Malaysian Insider

    After contradicting statements over the human trafficking camp found on Bukit Wang Burma in Wang Kelian, Perlis, Malaysian authorities today insisted they never had any indication that such a place existed. Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the authorities had no information that suggested there were human trafficking camps on the hill, which was 571m above sea level and inaccessible.

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  • Ponzi scam woman missing - Regional | The Star Online

    LEONG Lai Yee, the woman at the centre of an alleged million-dollar ponzi scam who has been uncontactable for more than a week, has been reported missing. Investors who say they are owed a total of $60mil (RM161mil) fear that she has left the country. Last week, about 60 investors came forward to say they had given Leong money, which she said would be used to buy distressed properties in prime districts to be sold at a profit to overseas buyers. An investor who gave his name only as Ong went to her house in Tanah Merah on May 16 after she did not reply to text messages, and calls to her and her husband’s phones could not get through.

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  • Malaysian cuisine to take centre stage at 3-day KL food fest - The Malaysian Insider

    Purveyors and lovers of Malaysian cuisine can look forward to this weekend's KL Big Kitchen Festival that will showcase interactive cooking sessions…

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  • Australia’s search for MH370 under scrutiny - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters file pic, May 28, 2015.Nearly a year after embarking on a multi-million dollar quest to solve one of aviation's greatest unsolved mysteries, authorities and search teams are being criticised over their approach to finding flight MH370 in the remote southern Indian Ocean. The Australian-led search, already the most expensive in aviation history, has found no trace of the Malaysia Airlines jet or its 239 passengers and crew, prompting calls for a rethink into the way the mission is conducted. Experts involved in past deep water searches say the search to find MH370 could easily miss the plane as Dutch company Fugro NV, the firm at the forefront of the mission, is using inappropriate technology for some terrain and inexperienced personnel for the highly specialised task of hunting man-made objects. Heightening concerns, Australian authorities said yesterday that another search vessel, the Go Phoenix, which is using the world's best deep sea search equipment and crew provided by U.S. firm Phoenix International Holdings Inc, would pull out within weeks.

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  • Executive taxi company offers employment to MAS staff - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Lavanya Lingan, May 27, 2015.An executive taxi company had come forward to offer employment to Malaysia Airlines (MAS) employees who are facing retrenchment. The retrenched staff could take this opportunity to venture into the taxi business," Premium Big Blue Taxi Services adviser Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail said. He said the company would waive the deposit required that could cost between RM6,000 and RM8,000 depending on the taxi model.

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  • Mass graves open ‘Pandora’s box’ of misconduct

    — Picture by Sayuti ZainudinPETALING JAYA, May 28 — Many more are expected to be hauled up following the arrests of 12 policemen allegedly linked to human smugglers at the Malaysia-Thailand border. An overhaul within the Forestry Department, Immigration Department and police is on the cards. This undated handout photo made available on May 25, 2015 by the Royal Malaysian Police shows an abandoned migrant detention camp used by people-smugglers in a jungle near the Malaysia-Thailand border in Genting Perah.

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  • Duggar Scandal: A 'House Of Horrors'?

    New alleged details emerge in the Duggar family scandal. What did Jim Bob know? What was reported to police? And how is Oprah involved?

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