• Ahmad Shabery blasts TMI for twisting statement on GST

    — Picture by KE OoiKUALA LUMPUR, May 3 — Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek today hit out at a news portal for allegedly twisting his statement on the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Ahmad Shabery said he had never stated that the action of a hypermarket chain to absorb the GST as contravening the law. "Saya xpernah ckp Serap GST melanggar undang2, #TheMalaysianInsiderSpin kenyataan saya, xhabis2 buat fitnah TMI ni, (I have never said that absorbing the GST contravenes the law, #TheMalaysianInsiderSpins my statement, no ending to lying, this TMI)," he said in his latest tweet. Yesterday, the portal had carried a news report quoting Ahmad Shabery as saying the decision made by hypermarket chain Mydin to absorb the GST for consumers for the first three months could be regarded as violating the law.

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  • Paul Low, how much lower can we go?

    COMMENT All walls of decency and tolerance have been broken down.

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  • Illegal Myvi race cause of deadly DUKE accident? - The Malaysian Insider

    Police are investigating claims that a fatal accident which killed a family of three at the Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway (DUKE), in Kuala Lumpur, early today, could have been caused by an illegal race involving six Myvi cars, Bernama reported. In the accident which happened about 1am, Fairuz Nizam Husain, 35, his wife Nova Safitri Azhari, 25, and their 7-month-old daughter, Nur Firuza Annisa were killed when their Pajero crashed with two Myvi cars.

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  • Time to replace the A-G, says Utusan - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 3, 2015.Umno mouthpiece Utusan Malaysia today said Putrajaya should seek a replacement for Attorney-General (A-G) Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, citing his ailing health and long years in service. The paper's editors, writing under the pseudonym Awang Selamat, said although Gani's contribution in the past 12 years could not be denied, the time has come for him to step down. "Rumour has it that Gani is on leave due to health problems. Personally, Awang is of the opinion that it is not right for Gani to continue to be burdened by such a heavy and challenging task," said the weekly column, "Bisik-Bisik Awang Selamat", which added that Gani was not interested in continuing on the A-G when his contract expires.

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  • In the afterlife, you reap what’s burned for you - Regional | The Star Online

    WHEN archaeologists started to open up ancient Chinese tombs in the 1930s, they were puzzled to discover items made from clay, stone and bone in the shape of gold ingots. At that point, scientists surmised that the modest replicas were buried along with the dead in the hope that they would count as real gold in the afterlife. Perhaps the most extravagant example of decking out the dead lies in modern day Xian, where the Chinese emperor Qin Shihuangdi, who died in 210 B.C., had himself buried with an entire terracotta army: full-sized clay replicas of several thousand human beings, more than 100 chariots and 600 horses. The selection of burnable funeral goods is especially vast in Hong Kong.

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  • Rompin: Of giant prawns, sailfish and tourism - Nation | The Star Online

    ROMPIN: If you are in Rompin you are likely to come across restaurants or stalls promoting udang galah (giant river prawns). Whether it’s prepared masak lemak cili api, masak merah or with noodles, Rompin swear by this delicacy. Now that Rompin is in the spotlight because of a looming by-election, the demand for these crustaceans has increased several times fold. Udang galah seller Wan Rosdi Wan Zakaria claims that the Rompin prawns are in high demand because they are tastier.

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  • Najib, Rosmah must explain source of wealth

    Vijay47: It is fully understandable that groups like Mubarak (Malaysian Council of Former Elected Representatives) excel in bending low like MP P Kamalanathan in their fervour to honour, defend and praise PM Najib Razak. They demand that the PM's personal lifestyle be not questioned. Mubarak president Abdul Aziz Rahman adds that Najib comes from a wealthy dynasty, hence justifying his opulent, rich and famous ways.

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  • So why do Singaporeans want to go to New Zealand?

    Singapore vs Malaysia. I nominate New Zealand. Because more and more people seem to be asking themselves: Singapore or New Zealand? New Zealand, of course, offers a lot more space (268,000km2 vs 700km2) and we have a bit more money (total GDP SG US$300 billion or RM1,078 billion, NZ US$230 billion, per capita SG $55,000 NZ $45,000).

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  • Isn’t there a single honest man left in Umno?

    Someone must have gotten to former deputy higher education minister Saifuddin Abdullah. As former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad has asked, if your wife is a murderer, do you still support her? As for moderation, ask yourself honestly whether Najib Abdul Razak and his government have been practising moderation. CQ Muar: If only Najib were free from those controversial accusations and alleged scandals, I would readily agree he would make a fine prime minister of this country.

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  • Sadly, we’re way out of tune - Nation | The Star Online

    IF you have always dreamt of watching Madonna, Shakira or Lady Gaga performing live in Malaysia, you can dream on. This does not include the international stars, namely Beyonce, who pulled out of their agreed show due to their unwillingness to comply to the strict concert rules in Malaysia and fear of religious backlash.

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  • Lack of response from PKR sees 300 join Barisan-friendly party - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, May 2 2015.Lorry driver S. Muniswaran only wanted to get two makeshift tents, which could be used for community events in his neighbourhood of Taman Siakap in Seberang Jaya. When he could not get them after repeated requests, he got fed up and decided to leave PKR last month. Tonight, the 33-year-old who joined PKR almost 17 years ago and some 300 other residents from Taman Siakap submitted their forms to the Malaysian Indian United Party (MIUP), a party friendly to ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN). If PKR could get them for us, we wouldn't have to rent them.

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  • Execution of drug convicts leaves a big mess for Jokowi

    Whatever positive outcome President Joko Widodo had expected of this week’s executions of eight drug convicts, it’s clear he has failed to achieve it. The dramatic execution of the inmates, seven of whom were foreign nationals, has made a big mess of things, bringing into disrepute the president’s global standing, and straining Indonesia’ s diplomatic ties with several countries, especially Australia. Even in Indonesia, where support for capital punishment for drug traffickers is strong, the mass execution managed to polarised the country, further alienating a big chunk of his supporters who have already started to lose patience with his leadership. On Wednesday shortly after midnight, eight convicted drug traffickers from Indonesia, Australia, Brazil, Nigeria and Ghana were shot dead by a firing squad.

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  • The noose tightens around 1MDB – Sir Wenger Khairy - The Malaysian Insider

    Yesterday, the Umno Cheras division chief made a very telling change of mind. Writing in the Umno Cheras portal and later through an interview with Malaysiakini, he called for the police and the authorities to speed up the investigation into the 1MDB scandal and to haul up controversial businessman Taek Jho Low for questioning. The US$1.1 billion funds in question were related to one of the key issues raised by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, which was the whereabouts of the proceeds from the redemption of the investments held in Cayman Islands.

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  • Installation ceremony of the 35th Sultan of Perak begins | theSundaily

    KUALA KANGSAR: The start of the events in conjunction with the installation ceremony of the 35th Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, began with the announcement in front of the Panca Pesada (royal bath platform) at Istana Iskandariah grounds here today. Sultan Nazrin made the announcement after the Orang Besar Lapan, Orang Kaya Kaya Seri Adika Raja Shah Bandar Muda Datuk Seri Mohamad Othman Zainal Azim sought an audience with him to begin the event. Following this, the doa was recited by Perak mufti Tan Sri Dr Harussani Zakaria, followed by the nobat" (royal musical ensemble). Some 300 guests attended the event including the Raja Muda Perak Raja Jaafar Raja Muda Musa, and Raja Di Hilir Perak Raja Iskandar Dzulkarnain Idris A' fifullah Shah, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and Exco members.

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  • Man dies from smoke inhalation after fire breaks out in house | theSundaily

    JOHOR BARU: A man is believed to have died of smoke inhalation when he was trapped on the top floor of his double-storey terrace house here when fire broke out today. Lee Yoo On, 50, who worked as a driver in Singapore, could not escape because of the intensity of the blaze but his 22-year-old daughter and 19-year-old son managed to escape from the window on the second floor with the help of neighbours. Johor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director Mohd Rizal Buang said the Tebrau fire and rescue station received a distress call at 7.17am and firemen in two fire engines rushed to the house at Jalan Rumbia, Taman Daya, immediately.

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  • Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao: How Much Money Is At Stake?

    The numbers are staggering when you look at how much money will be made when Floyd Mayweather fights Manny Pacquiao in Vegas.

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  • Prince Williams’s new baby first royal affected by new succession laws

    — Reuters picLONDON, May 2 — The birth of Britain’s royal baby girl is a cause for celebration not just across the Commonwealth realms but also for campaigners as the princess benefits from an historic change in the succession laws. Prince William and his wife Kate’s daughter, who was born today, is the first major royal who cannot be overtaken in the line of succession to the throne by any future younger brothers. British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced on March 28 that laws to end centuries of male primogeniture had taken effect, following the enactment of the required laws in Australia. The princess is fourth-in-line to the throne, after Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son Prince Charles, Charles’s eldest son Prince William, and her older brother Prince George.

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  • Americans too fast for Bolt to catch in relay - Athletics | The Star Online

    Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay powered the Americans to a five-meter advantage through three legs of the highly anticipated race and Ryan Bailey brought the team home in 37.38 seconds. Bolt, who had missed last year's inaugural World Relays, made up ground on Bailey in their anchor leg but could not close the gap as Jamaica, running their 2013 world championship team, finished second in 37.68.

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  • 10 things to look out for when buying property in Malaysia

    Malay Mail Online spoke to Knight Frank Malaysia managing director Sarkunan Subramaniam, real estate lawyer Chris Tan and senior real estate negotiator at Property Hub, Roy Teo and found out the top 10 factors to look out for when hunting for the right piece of property. We are not just talking about the landscaping of the landed property or the compound the condominium sits on. It goes without saying that your property must be at least pleasant to look at and well kept. Sarkunan said the area or neighbourhood where the property is located has to be taken into account as well.

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  • Don’t criminalise protesters – Khaw Lake Tee - The Malaysian Insider

    The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) is pleased to note that the May Day / Anti-GST Rally in Kuala Lumpur on May 1, 2015 was largely peaceful and well facilitated by the police. However, the Commission has identified a number of areas where the right to freedom of peaceful assembly can be better enhanced. The Commission regrets the arrests of several participants following the peaceful assembly, and calls on the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all detained persons, as the right to participate in a peaceful assembly is critical to a functioning democracy. The Commission repeats that the right to freedom of peaceful assembly in Malaysia is guaranteed in Article 10 of the Federal Constitution, Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and Article 24 of the Asean Declaration of Human Rights.

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