• 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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  • When an ex-PM accuses the PM of lying

    Kingfisher: It is a sad episode in the annals of our governance culture when a sitting PM is identified for having lied in matters of fiscal responsibility as finance minister by none other than a former PM.

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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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  • Profiteering much? Kayu Nasi Kandar in the soup again over RM20 ladies’ fingers

    The Kayu Nasi Kandar restaurant in Bukit Jambul is in trouble with the Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Ministry for the seond time in three days over allegations of overcharging patrons. This time around, an irate customer’s complaint about paying through his nose for ladies’ fingers went viral on social media. The enforcement officers, who visited the eatery yesterday, had paid a call on the restaurant late last week  to investigate a claim it had billed a customer RM2.50 for a roti telur. Restaurant owner and managing director Burhan Muhamad, who was present during the spot check, initially blamed the exhorbitant price of ladies’ fingers on human error, but later pointed the finger at the system.

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  • Welcome to ‘char siew’ heaven at Char Siew Yoong, Cheras - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 26, 2015.Good char siew, or barbecued pork belly, is always tender and juicy with a sweet, caramelised glaze. Great char siew is all that, but with a superior choice of cut that has thin layers of fat interspersed with lean meat so each mouthful has an equal meaty bite with a slight burst of fatty juices.

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  • Unused Rolls Royce, just another collectible | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: Just another one of his collections ... A black Phantom Rolls Royce sits unused in Kuala Lumpur after it was purchased for Sarawak Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud when he is in town. According to The Sarawak Report, it was purchased late last year and costs about RM2 million.

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  • Bumi equity 50% now if policies carried out, says economist - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 26, 2015.Bumiputeras would be controlling 50% of all corporate stock in Malaysia had the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) administrations carried out pro-Bumi business policies, said a prominent economist who helped in drafting them for the government. Universiti Malaya's (UM) Tan Sri Kamal Salih said this as Putrajaya pushed its Bumiputera business agenda in the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) launched on May 21. Kamal said 11MP’s target of achieving 30% Bumiputera corporate equity would likely fail without structural reforms to the agencies and departments tasked with carrying out the agenda. This is because many of the strategies in the 11MP’s were similar to those created and implemented by the previous administration under Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

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  • Mysterious fires, voices haunt Bercham family - The Malaysian Insider

    A family in Taman Rima Gamelan, in the Ipoh suburb of Bercham, Perak, claimed they had been haunted by mysterious fires in their house, Sinar Harian reported. The report claimed that the incidents had started after a family member, Mohd Syafiq Hassan, 17, had helped a neighbour who faced similar problems.

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  • No giant rat in Subang Jaya, says Hannah Yeoh - The Malaysian Insider

    – Facebook pic, May 25, 2015.Selangor Speaker Hannah Yeoh today denied the existence of a giant rat in her state constituency of Subang Jaya, saying that a photograph which was spread through social media yesterday was inaccurate. Yeoh said the picture of the rat, which was caught by residents of USJ11, could have been modified to make it appear bigger than normal-sized rodents. The operation was led by Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) councillor and Zone 3 Residents' Committee. The furore was said to have started when Facebook user Sian Liam See posted a photograph of a giant rat, saying the rodent had been caught in front of Thiagan and Kumar Dental Clinic in USJ 11/1J in Subang Jaya.

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  • Minister: How can 1MDB survive with such bad publicity?

    — File picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) can overcome its financial problems, but the indebted firm is being hampered by negative media coverage and criticism, a minister has said. Urban Well-Being, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan pointed out that it was unreasonable to expect any company to continue operating normally with the amount of controversy that greets 1MDB’s every move. Concerned that with all this bad publicity, how can any company survive in this kind of environment where everybody is squeezing them (1MDB) out of oxygen?” he asked Malay Mail Online in a recent interview. Fears that public funds may be used to “bail out” the state-owned firm that reportedly accumulated RM42 billion in debt in just over five years has prompted opposition towards its transactions, both old and new.

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  • Local actor fined for showing disrespect to traffic policeman - The Malaysian Insider

    A promo poster for the screening of local TV series 'Ariana Rose' which stars Keith Foo, among others.– Pic from official 'Ariana Rose' Facebook page, May 25, 2015.A local actor was imposed a fine of RM100 or 10 days' jail by the Magistrate's Court in Kuala Lumpur today for insulting a traffic policeman. Keith Foo Chuan Chin, 32, admitted before Magistrate Nur'Aminahtul Mardiah Md Nor to committing the offence near the roundabout to Kampung Pandan at Jalan Davis in Kuala Lumpur at 4.30am on March 15. His fiancee, Kim Raymond who had accompanied him to court, settled the fine for him. According to the facts of the case, the "Ariana Rose" drama series actor who also starred in "Love You Mr Arrogant", hurled the words, "Kau siapa, kau ingat kau polis besar sangatkah, bodoh", at Faizul Amri Md Zan.

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  • Lord Mayor of London: I’m a Malaysian - Nation | The Star Online

    JOHOR BARU: “Saya adalah orang Malaysia (I’m Malaysian)” were the first few words uttered by the Lord Mayor of London Alan Yarrow as he addressed a crowd here. Yarrow, who visited the Johor Area Rehabilitation Organisation (Jaro) here yesterday with his wife Gilly, was on a two-day working visit to Malaysia, with a special tour to this city. As for Jaro, Yarrow said the organisation held fond memories for him as his mother Paula Yarrow was one of the volunteers at the centre.

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  • Man killed after vehicle crashed at Sunway toll plaza

    A man was killed after his vehicle skidded and crashed into a lane divider at Sunway Toll Plaza, Petaling Jaya early today. Subang Jaya police chief, ACP Yahaya Ramli said the accident at 4.40am near the exit to the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) killed Beh Chee Kong, 41. The transport company manager was driving from Bandar Sunway to Puchong when the vehicle skidded and crashed into a lane divider at the toll plaza. “The initial police investigation found that the road shoulder was unpaved and the road was dry and without sand.

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  • DAP: 1MDB CEO skipping PAC hearing shows something ‘seriously’ wrong

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy’s decision to skip the Public Accounts Committee’s hearing tomorrow confirms doubts over the debt-laden state-owned firm, DAP’s Lim Kit Siang said today. The DAP parliamentary leader said the planned absence of Arul Kanda and his predecessor Datuk Shahrol Ibrahim Halmi from the PAC hearing is the last straw that breaks the camel’s back in the controversy.

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  • Tiger ‘unintentionally’ mauled Thai abbot at controversial Tiger Temple, doctor says

    — File picBANGKOK, May 25 — A tiger that mauled the abbot of a Thai temple under fire over the welfare of dozens of big cats in its care “didn’t intend” to attack him, the monk’s doctor said today. Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua in western Kanchanaburi province — commonly known as the “Tiger Temple” — is home to nearly 150 tigers and has long drawn tourists who flock there to be photographed next to the monks’ feline pets. But the monastery has also had a controversial reputation among animal rights groups and Thai wildlife officials who say it is breaking the law in keeping the cats. On Saturday, abbot Luang Ta Jan, 64, was admitted into intensive care at Thanakarn Hospital with injuries including a bleeding facial wound as well a broken arm and tooth, his doctor and hospital director Sahathep Sawarngnet told AFP.

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  • Body of Indonesian woman recovered, one more yet to be found | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: The body of one of two Indonesian women, who were feared drowned after they and three others jumped into Sungai Klang from a bridge in Brickfields on Sunday, was recovered today. Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department operation deputy director, Azizan Ismail, said the body was recovered at 12.30pm today in the waters below the Brickfields bridge after they were informed by the police. The two women and the three others, also Indonesians, jumped into the Sungai Klang in what is believed to be an attempt to escape from two men on a motorcycle on Sunday evening.

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  • Court says EC must reply to Anwar’s suit in two weeks - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 25, 2015.The Election Commission (EC) and its chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof have been ordered to file their affidavit within two weeks in response to a suit filed by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who was barred from voting in the recent Permatang Pauh by-election. The former opposition leader's lawyer, Raul Lee, said High Court deputy registrar Norhasniah Abdul Razak gave the order today during a case management.

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  • Human trafficking victim: We were treated like animals

    — Pictures by Firdaus LatifKUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — Following the discovery of mass graves where hundreds of starved and tortured migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh were buried at abandoned detention camps in Wang Kelian and Padang Besar, Malay Mail met up with Mohd Junaid Ahmad Mohd Yunus, 29, who made the perilous journey from Myanmar to Thailand by boat and by foot to Malaysia four years ago. He recalls that Myanmar army personnel had warned that those living in his village would either end up dead or become slaves to human traffickers if they did not flee the country. After surviving the human trafficking camp in Thailand, he was able to integrate into the Rohingya community in Malaysia.

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  • Mass graves in Perlis: Victims may have been tortured and killed

    — AFP picWANG KELIAN (Perlis), May 26  — Police yesterday discovered 139 mass graves, each believed to be holding the remains of between three and four Rohingya and Bangladeshis, in 28 abandoned migrant “prison camps’’ a stone’s throw from the Malaysia-Thai border. Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said they made the gruesome discovery in thick jungle on hilly terrain on Friday. Khalid said there was evidence those held by the human traffickers could have been tortured as well. 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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  • Where did SRC’s RM3.81 billion end up, DAP asks again - The Malaysian Insider

    – Gobi Coal & Energy Ltd screenshot, May 26, 2015.Putrajaya should reveal where RM3.8 billion of SRC International funds had gone to, a DAP lawmaker said today, after it was revealed that its investments in Gobi Coal & Energy Ltd was only valued at US$60 million (RM216 million). Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua said that Malaysians were interested to know where the money, borrowed from the Retirement Fund Incorporated (KWAP), had gone in light of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, which has racked up RM42 billion in debts. "In the light of the questionable 'level 3 assets' of RM13.4 billion in SRC International’s former parent, 1MDB which appears to have gone missing, Malaysians are also interested to know if RM3.81 billion, most of which is also classified as 'level 3 asset’ is missing," he said in a statement today.

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