• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anxious families hit the stores ahead of GST - The Malaysian Insider

    Checks by The Malaysian Insider show that many of them are from families with young children, who stock up on essentials like diapers, milk and baby food. Mother of two, Azarina Mat Shaari, 37, bought three months' worth of items that her children would need.

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  • Azmin: PKR headquarters raid illegal | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) today condemned as "illegal and unwarranted" the police raid on its headquarters here. Selangor Mentri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is PKR deputy president, said the party holds the home minister and Inspector-General of Police responsible for the raid and demands for the harassment against the opposition to stop. "It is unconstitutional and a gross abuse of power and amounts to an attack on the opposition collectively," Azmin said in a statement issued today. Six policemen had taken Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli in handcuffs to the headquarters today and broke the door to his office.

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  • GST to force a shift in the modern Malaysian family - Veronica Anne Retnam - The Malaysian Insider

    Three other children aged one to four, along with a few other children, are in the care of a 13-year-old sister. This could well be the new family in the neighbourhood to service some restaurants. One family has graduated after long service, with one daughter working there from when she was in Year 3 to at least Form Two. Another family has taken over, and it’s a single mother and her children.

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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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  • Badminton chief coach Rashid Sidek wants out, again

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — National singles chief coach Rashid Sidek has once again turned his back on the BA of Malaysia (BAM), leaving the national association in further disarray. National doubles women coach Rosman Razak has also quit the national stable. Rashid’s exit comes in the wake of BAM’s decision to offer all coaches a new two-year contract extension after a three-month delay which saw Rashid, Tey Seu Bock, Jeremy Gan, Rosman, Wong Tat Meng, Pang Cheh Chang and Tan Kim Her hired on a monthly basis after their terms expired last December. Last week BAM president Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff announced all coaches in the national body would be offered a new two-year contract extension subjected to KPI.

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  • Germanwings air crash: Last minutes of ill-fated flight revealed

    — Reuters picBERLIN, March 30 — The Germanwings flight started like any other, the conversation in the cockpit normal, with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz offering no indication of the horror he would allegedly inflict. This is how Flight 4U 9525, which investigators believe Lubitz deliberately steered into a French mountainside, unfolded according to French prosecutors and Germany’s Bild newspaper. Both accounts are based on information from the cockpit voice recorder captured by one of the black boxes discovered among debris of the Airbus A320 that crashed in the Alps Tuesday. A French fireman stands in a gymnasium near maps that show the terrain where an Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps, near Seyne-les-Alpes, March 24, 2015.

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  • Tax refund to be paid within two days, says IRB CEO

    — Reuters picBANGI, March 30 — Taxpayers who overpaid their taxes could received refund from the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) in a period of two days after submitting the income tax return forms (BNCP), said IRB chief executive officer Tan Sri Dr Mohd Shukor Mahfar. He said the refunds would be paid to taxpayers if all the information given to IRB was complete and correct.

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  • Beware of criticising Chinese tourist - Regional | The Star Online

    BANGKOK: As the battle over the behaviour of Chinese tourists rages on Thai social media, one combatant has come away with tears in her eyes. Pin-up model Duangjai “Jha” Phichitamphon found herself at the centre of a controversy last week after a video of her criticising Chinese tourists went viral. Jha recorded the video at the airport in Jeju, South Korea, where unruly Chinese tourists pushed past her and other polite Thais in what up until then had been an orderly queue at the tax refund counter. Being jostled left and right, Jha’s temper rises as the video goes on and her language becomes increasingly impolite.

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  • Speaker rejects opposition motion to sack top cop - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, March 30, 2015.The Dewan Rakyat Speaker today rejected a motion by PKR lawmaker Sim Tze Tzin to sack the inspector-general of police (IGP), amid concerns that the nation's top cop was abusing the colonial-era Sedition Act to silence dissent. Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia rejected Sim's motion in chambers, on grounds that Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar's actions as the IGP were allocated to him under the laws to ensure the nation's security and public order.

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  • Ahead of GST, Perodua dealers plead for return of 10pc sales tax

    Claiming they would end up doubly taxed, Perodua dealers implored the government today to allow them to reclaim the 10 per cent sales tax paid on new vehicles that have been added to their inventory ahead of Wednesday when the goods and services tax (GST) kicks in. Perodua Dealer Association President Wan Kamal Wan Ismail said dealers have already paid the 10 per cent sales tax currently imposed on each new vehicle secured, and will end up paying another six per cent on every sale under the GST. "Perodua dealers consist mainly of medium-sized companies and losses on this scale will have a huge impact on our business, especially on our cash flow and profitability," he added.

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  • Ridhuan Tee: Although incomplete, PAS hudud is ‘real hudud’

    — YouTube videograbKUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — Controversial lecturer Ridhuan Tee Abdullah defended PAS today, claiming the Islamist party’s proposed version of the hudud law in Kelantan is the real deal although he admitted the enactment could be improved. Despite his admission, Tee urged Kelantan to go on ahead with the imperfect laws, pointing out that should hudud fail, the east coast state would be the only one affected. Are they afraid they will be charged with hudud?” Tee asked in his column in Malay daily Sinar Harian. Give it a chance,” the Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin lecturer added.

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  • Crete’s mystery croc killed by cold snap

    — Reuters picHERAKLION, (Greece), March 30 — A man-eating crocodile that became an attraction on the Greek island of Crete last year after its mysterious appearance in a lake has died, probably of cold, an official said today. “The crocodile was found dead on Sunday,” regional water management official Vangelis Mamangakis told AFP. Nickhamed Sifis – Cretan for Joseph – the Nile crocodile had assumed nationwide notoriety after being discovered last summer at an artificial lake. Crete was hit with a cold snap in February, with temperatures in some areas falling close to freezing.

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