• MB willing to ride rough seas with DPM, Umno

    UPDATED 3PM He will stick with party's leadership through rough political seas.

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  • Man killed while out buying medicine for fiancee - The Malaysian Insider

    The victim, known only as Subramaniam, had gone to buy medicine for his fiancee and had parked his motorcycle in front of a supermarket in Taman Puchong Perdana, Subang Jaya, Selangor, at about 8.30pm on Friday when the men approached him and started attacking him. Subramaniam managed to flee but he was hit by a car and the impact almost severed his head, the daily reported. His assailants fled after they saw the car crashing into Subramaniam, police said, adding that the driver also sped off. District police chief Asst Comm Yahaya Ramli said Subramaniam was slashed several times on the body by his attackers.

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  • 7 shocking quotes from Muhyiddin during secret UMNO meet

    "Sack all the 1MDB board!" "Aku yang akan jadi pengarah pilihanraya ini!" These are just some of the quotes caught on video from Deputy PM Muhyiddin, during an UMNO training session in Janda Baik recently. #1mdb #ahmadmaslan #muhyiddinyassin

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  • Cash-strapped 1MDB needs RM5b this year, RM1.4b in annual interest

    ― File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 23 — State investment firm 1 Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) will need to overcome its liquidity issues to meet RM5 billion in loan payments this year and an estimated RM40 billion in principal and interest payments by 2023, The Star reported today. According to the report, 1MDB must meet massive repayments totalling RM13 billion in 2022 and another RM11.7 billion in 2023, based on lump sum payment of the loan principal upon maturity. It further estimated that the state-owned firm will have to make annual interest payments of at least RM1.4 billion, based on its current liabilities and prevailing interest rates. Additionally, the firm was forced to use some of its capital earmarked for the development of the Tun Razak Exchange here to meet interest payments.

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  • Senior customs officers with millions in bank under probe, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    Senior customs officers in Sabah with millions of ringgit in their bank accounts are being investigated by authorities, which have frozen 69 bank accounts linked to customs officers in the state, The Star reported. The 69 accounts were reported to be among 1,623 bank accounts worth RM560 million belonging to individuals and companies that were frozen in an ongoing crackdown on smuggling by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) under "Ops BS". Quoting a source, the report said that several of the senior customs officers were living beyond their means and were being investigated for allegedly accepting bribes linked to smuggling. Two major Sabah smuggling kingpins operating in Sipitang and Keningau have also been picked up in the crackdown under Ops BS, an integrated multi-agency sting which began last week in the state.

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  • Malaysians slam brakes on vehicle buys as GST hits

    ― File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 23 — Vehicle sales in Malaysia fell nearly 33 per cent in April following the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), in a further indication of the effects of the new consumption tax on the economy. Combined private and commercial vehicle sales dropped from 67,314 to 45,187 during the space of a month, with the main variable being the new tax that replaces the previous Sales and Services Tax (SST). National carmakers Proton and Perodua were among the hardest hit, with sales volume falling by 5,556 — over half of what Proton sold the month before — and 4,913 respectively month-to-month following the introduction of the GST. The current best-selling luxury marque, Mercedes Benz, also saw its sales dip by less than 5 per cent month on month.

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  • For some Muslim women, divorce not the end of marital hell

    — Pictures by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, May 23 ― Aida Melly Tan Mutalib spent eight years in an arranged marriage until, in 1996, she decided to divorce her abusive husband who had taken a second wife. It took her nearly eight more years before she finally got her divorce ― years spent going in and out of courts due to the tortuous bureaucracy in the Shariah court, which women’s group said continues to be hostile towards Muslim women. Aida Melly’s case has served as the watershed moment for the Muslim women’s rights movement, but almost 20 years on, single mothers and activists told Malay Mail Online little has changed with the Islamic legal system. It’s a waste of time,” said an older single mother named Mariam Abdul in a recent interview.

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  • Why this video of a South Korean woman removing her makeup got over three million hits

    A video of a South Korean woman removing make-up from half her face has gone viral. The video which was uploaded on May 2 is simply that — a woman removing makeup. But, a make up artist TODAY spoke with said achieving that effect is possible with a skilled hand. Sharhana Mohd Sharif who has been a makeup artist for Lyanaz Bridal Gallery for five years said there are techniques to make one’s eyes look bigger.

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  • PAS ready to split with DAP - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: PAS is ready to end ties with DAP, according to an online report citing Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

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  • My appointment as Najib’s PR man ‘nothing special’, says Lim Kok Wing - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 23, 2015.Advertising man Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing, who is now Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's new public campaign coordinator, says his appointment is “nothing special”. “I’ve been working with the Malaysian government since 1974 on the New Economic Policy. My appointment serves as a continuation of the role that I play in supporting the government,” he was quoted as saying in The Star Online today.

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  • Working to retain the women workforce

    COMMENT We have a problem, as a nation, in retaining women in the workforce. According to the Labour Force Survey Time Series Data 1982-2013 released by the Department of Statistics, it is estimated that there were 327,700 women in Penang’s workforce in 2013. In other words, the participation rate of women in the labour force in Penang was 57 percent. In comparison, the national women’s labour force participation rate during that period was 52.4 percent.

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  • 1MDB’s problems reminiscent of Renong, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 23, 2015.There are striking resemblances between 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and Renong Bhd which collapsed amid major debts in 2001, StarBiz reported today, adding that 1MDB would likely struggle to market its land development rights in light of its financial problems. Like 1MDB, Renong too faced multiple debts, having chalked up arrears of over RM20 billion in the late 1990s as well as an RM3.2 million put option that its major shareholder, Tan Sri Halim Saad, had to fulfil. Halim, who was in 1984 taken in by former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin to become Umno’s sole corporate nominee, had built up Renong into Malaysia’s largest conglomerate, with ventures in the banking, construction, telecommunications, real-estate development and tolled-roads industries.

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  • Why didn't you resign, Muhyiddin asked

    Rafizi tells DPM that his hands are just as soiled with regard to the 1MDB issue.

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  • 5 reasons why taking in the Rohingya refugees is good for M’sia –...

    In the past few days, many of you might have been hearing the term ‘Rohingya‘ appear very often on your newsfeeds. The Rohingya people made big news in Malaysia recently after it was found out that Malaysian officials turned away 2 boats carrying hundreds of people. 11 May – About 1400 Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees land in Langkawi, Malaysia, they are detained by Malaysian authorities. 12 May – Malaysia and Thailand increase border activity to hold back tides of migrants.

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  • Mother found pushing dead toddler on swing in US park - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, May 23, 2015.A Maryland mother was found early yesterday pushing her dead 3-year-old boy on a park swing, authorities said. Deputies responded to a call around 7am to check on a woman who witnesses said had been pushing a child for hours on a swing at Wills Memorial Park in La Plata, about 55 km south of Washington, DC, said Charles County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson. One witness told deputies she found it strange that the woman had been pushing the child for an unusually long period of time, possibly since the day before, Richardson said. When the officers arrived they found the 24-year-old woman still pushing the child in the swing, and they realised immediately that the boy was dead, Richardson said.

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  • How an Iraqi friar saved ancient Christian manuscripts from Isis - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, May 23, 2015.Bullets whistled overhead, a black Islamic State flag flapping in the distance, but all Friar Najeeb Michaeel could think of as he fled the jihadists was how to save hundreds of ancient Iraqi manuscripts in his possession. "You are going to get us killed with your archives," Michaeel's assistant Watheq Qassab grumbled as he struggled to carry six boxes of the documents dated between the 13th and 19th century across the border from Iraq into Kurdistan in August last year.

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  • With more homes than all of Singapore combined, inevitable glut hits Iskandar

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, May 23 — Frenzied construction by developers hoping to tap the real estate potential of the Iskandar region is ironically leading to a glut that is depressing property value in the southern economic development corridor. According to a report by the Financial Times, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has already sounded a warning over the 336,000 private residential units either built or being built in Iskandar to target buyers from the republic. The figure exceeds the total of all completed private homes on the market in the island state, said the MAS, illustrating the margin with which supply will exceed demand in Iskandar. The development in Iskandar also far outstrips any that are meant for local buyers in the rest of Johor, which official figures put as 38,000 under construction and a further 48,000 in the planning stage.

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  • DPM gets limp response on 11MP in Rembau

    UPDATED 2.20PM Muhyiddin finds 5,000-strong crowd uninterested in the new plan.

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  • The inevitable fall of Barisan Nasional – Puthan Perumal - The Malaysian Insider

    As  night  follows  day,  governments  of  the day will eventually change. It is simply because the people, over time, come to realise that a particular government, and its manner of administration, is no more suitable with the current times. Sometimes, a  particular  government  of  the  day  refuses  to let go of  power  and will do all that is necessary (and unnecessary)  to be in power and remain  relevant. It  is  in  these  circumstances where we shall  see a "fall" of a particular government.

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  • Families leaving for Isis as Malaysia not Islamic enough, says top anti-terrorism cop - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, May 23, 2015.Police have observed a recent trend among Malaysians joining the terror group the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (Isis): they are young families willing to give up everything here for a life under a caliphate because they think Malaysia is not Islamic enough, a senior counter-terrorism official said. “To these families, it was a ‘dream come true’ to have migrated from Malaysia, which they label as 'taghut', to a pure Islamic government under a caliph's rule,” Police Counter-Terrorism Division principal assistant director Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said.

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