• Angry housewives go to police after Rosmah’s picture on pig - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, March 2, 2015.A Facebook posting showing Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor superimposed with a pig's body has caused an uproar among a group of housewives in Penang. The group, made up of Umno members, women non-governmental organisations, single mothers and housewives from Bayan Baru, lodged 11 police reports against a Facebook user, identified as Peter Lee, urging swift investigations by the authorities. Bayan Baru Umno information chief Kuraishah Syed Mohamad said it was unfortunate that people these days go to such extremes to offend leaders in the country. "The person who did this must face the music," she said outside the Bayan Baru police station.

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  • Flight path over Penang a ‘last farewell’ for MH370 pilot, reports UK daily - The Malaysian Insider

    – March 2, 2015.Just days before the first anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, a senior Boeing 777 captain with a major commercial airline has weighed in on the mystery, alleging that it was the work of the pilot. Captain Simon Hardy's theory was reported in UK newspaper Daily Mail today, where he said the main clue was that after flying across the border between Thailand and Malaysia, the aircraft made a sharp u-turn towards Penang, one of three turns made in quick succession. According to Hardy, the doomed MAS flight seemed to be taken on an emotional "last farewell", as in a fly-past of the pilot's home island of Penang. "The unusual overflying of Penang is ‘perhaps the only clue to the perpetrator'.

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  • Stop blaming the Chinese for your own weaknesses, Azmin tells Putrajaya - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 2, 2015.Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali said today that blaming the Chinese community for inflation was just an excuse to cover up Putrajaya's own failures in managing the country's economy. “Don't blame the Chinese whenever there is inflation and play up racial sentiments to cover up your own weaknesses,” he said. It does not matter if you are Malay, Chinese, Indians or Kadazans," the Bahasa Malaysia daily reported him as saying. Azmin's remark comes after Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob started a firestorm last month after he urged Malay consumers to boycott Chinese businesses over the latter’s refusal to lower prices after the drop in oil prices.

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  • After Islamic dress code furore, Terengganu MB says come as you are

    ― Bernama picKUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman denied that the state issued an Islamic dress code barring tourists from wearing revealing attire, claiming today he was surprised to hear that the story went viral. He added that such rules to police tourists’ attire were unnecessary as there were already sufficient laws to ensure public modesty. “I've already asked the exco chairman to explain the statement … The state government has never planned to issue dressing guidelines for tourists,” Ahmad Razif said as quoted by news portal Sin Chew Daily, referring to State Tourism and Cultural Affairs executive committee (exco) chairman Datuk Mohd Jidin Shafee.

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  • Baggage on MAS flights go missing | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Several passengers of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flights have taken to Twitter to voice their frustrations about their missing luggage. According to tweets that were directed to MAS' twitter account, these passengers who were on various different flights during the weekend, complained that they had not received their bags despite having already arrived at their destinations. "You have just failed to connect a plane's worth of luggage, including mine, from London to Phnom Penh. Feels great after 17 hours [of] travel," tweeted one of the passengers, known as Katy Oglethorpe, in her twitter account on Saturday.

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  • Ringgit falls, leading retreat in Asian currencies on China rate cut

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, Mar 2 — The ringgit fell, leading losses among Asian currencies, on concern China’s latest interest-rate cut will spur weakness in the yuan and hurt Malaysia’s exports. The People’s Bank of China lowered its benchmark lending and deposit rates by a quarter percentage point effective yesterday to shore up growth in the world’s second-largest economy. China is Malaysia’s second-biggest export market, after Singapore, and the yuan dropped to a two-year low against the dollar today. “The weekend rate cut affirms the easing bias that the Chinese authorities have,” said Jonathan Cavenagh, a currency strategist at Westpac Banking Corp in Singapore.

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  • The Netherlands offers expertise to help develop Penang - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 2, 2015.The Netherlands has expressed interest in working with Penang to turn the city into an international city of the future, Dutch Ambassador to Malaysia Harry Molenaar said today. He said his country, which has a strong bond with Malaysia, would like to "team up" with Penang to realise the plan. He said The Netherlands would like to be a part of Penang's ambitious plan.

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  • Ringgit closes lower against the US dollar - The Malaysian Insider

    The ringgit fell against the US dollar in late trading on Monday as the greenback gained on better US data, a currency trader said. At 5pm, the local currency…

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  • Visiting Terengganu? Dress this way

    — Reuters file picKUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — Tourists and visitors to Terengganu may have to shop for new clothes before they visit as the state government will introduce an Islamic dress code barring revealing attire. According to The Star on its website today, the new dress code will be distributed soon to all travel agents both in Malaysia and in neighbouring countries. The guideline that is specifically addressed to tourists were initially publicised in an article on the state government’s website, Teganukita, that has since been removed. The east coast state of Terengganu is almost entirely Malay-Muslim, with only a handful of other ethnic minorities residing there.

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  • PAS stands by Harakah piece, tells Najib ‘see us in court’

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — PAS today refused to retract an article by party mouthpiece Harakah Daily linking Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s stepson to 1 Malaysia Development Bhd funds or apologise as demanded by the prime minister. The Islamist party’s lawyer and central working committee member Hanipa Maidin said Harakah Daily was entitled to publish the report as it was matter of public interest, adding that PAS was prepared to defend its newsletter against Najib’s legal action. “We are ready to meet him in court... this is an issue of public interest and we are not afraid as it involves public funds,” Hanipa, who is also Sepang MP, told a press conference at the party’s head office here. PAS received the letter of demand from Najib’s lawyers last Thursday in which the prime minister gave the party paper two days to retract the article and refrain from publishing similar ones in future.

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  • Religious schools not hotbeds for producing extremists, says minister – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, March 2, 2015.Religious schools are not hotbeds for churning out recruits for extremist activities or involvement in Isis, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom. He said there was a perception lately that religious schools were turning out extremists for Isis's activities in Syria and Iraq. He said, on the other hand, religious schools could instil an educational foundation in a more systematic and effective manner in the students and allow the young generation to steep themselves in knowledge in greater details. Religious schools, he said were the apt places to give the best exposure and mechanism for the current generation to understand if whatever is being carried out contravened Islam or otherwise.

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  • Two petrol stations temporarily shuttered for closing before fuel hike

    — File picture by Shahir OmarKUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — The government has temporarily suspended two petrol stations in Kelantan for closing almost two hours ahead of the 25 sen fuel price hike on Sunday, despite having adequate fuel supply. Local daily Utusan Malaysia reported today Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Kelantan director Datuk Abdul Ghani Harun as saying that the two petrol stations were the only ones out of 167 operators in the east coast state that had stopped selling fuel early. According to Ghani, the two petrol stations had claimed that they had faulty pumps and that their fuel supply was cut off.

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  • STPM results 2014: Percentage of students scoring perfect CGPAs increase - Nation | The Star Online

    SELAYANG: The percentage of students scoring a perfect Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) for their Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) has increased.

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  • PetroSaudi’s US$1.5 billion assets non-existent, says DAP lawmaker - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, March 2, 2015.The US$1.5 billion (RM5.4 billion) worth of assets PetroSaudi International (PetroSaudi) injected into the 2009 joint venture with 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was non-existent, DAP said today, adding that the strategic investment fund had been aware of this all along. DAP lawmaker Tony Pua told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today that while 1MDB had invested US$1 billion into the joint venture, known as 1MDB PetroSaudi Limited, PetroSaudi had merely used an oil field belonging to Turkmenistan as its asset.

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  • Don’t sweep S’wak Report on 1MDB under carpet

    It is time Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak came out from his long hibernation and explain in detail all these allegations. The person who can shed light and truth on the entire deal and where the US$700 million actually went is 1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy. Please speak to Arul Kanda and take along an independent accountant when you do. Commentable: Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad is absolutely right when he said “somebody must be doing something stupid”.

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  • Cobra gives elderly man the jitters – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    KUCHING: An elderly man was said to have got the shock of his life when he saw a cobra in front of his house at RPR Batu Kawa here early yesterday. The cobra was seen slithering on top of a concrete marker belonging to Kuching Water Board. The house owner, in his 50s, was opening the door around 10am when he saw the reptile coming from his neighbour’s house.

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  • Appeal to PM to be more Inclusive for national unity – Ramon Navaratnam - The Malaysian Insider

    Our Prime Minister made a significant speech to the Malay Solidarity Gathering at the Putra Indoor Stadium at Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur, last Saturday Feb 28th. This is a courageous call by the PM and will be welcomed and supported by all reasonable Malaysians! In all our socio economic development we need to bear in mind the overall basic need to be more Inclusive in order to reduce polarisation and to enhance our weakening national unity!

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  • We’re with Ahok. Are you with us, Jokowi? - Jakarta Globe - The Malaysian Insider

    Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has never been one to back down from a fight, and on Friday he showed he wouldn’t be cowed by the City Council in a tussle over the city’s 2015 budget. He first paid a visit to his old friend, the previous governor, Joko Widodo, who just so happens to be president, to fill him in on the council’s attempt to tack on Rp 12.1 trillion (RM3.4 billion) of unauthorized funding onto City Hall’s original budget of Rp 78 trillion. Then he headed over to every crooked politician’s worst nightmare, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), to report the councilors’ shenanigans, and came away with a promise that antigraft investigators would look very closely at the two boxes’ worth of documents that he left them. Basuki is a politician like no other – brash and abrasive, but always principled.

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  • Break up in PAS imminent and it’s all PasMa’s fault, party man claims

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — There is no saving PAS from breaking apart come its annual muktamar or general assembly this June due to concerted efforts by a group bent on challenging the current leadership, the Islamist party's research operating officer warned today. PAS Research Centre operating officer Dr Mohd Zuhdi Marsuki said the creation of PasMa — a non-governmental organisation founded by Kuala Kedah PAS division chief Datuk Phahrolrazi Zawawi — is a far greater threat to party unity compared to the long standing disagreements between the ulama and professional factions. "For example, the existence of Pasma now is no longer as a NGO but instead it is seen as working towards becoming a political party," Mohd Zuhdi was quoted as saying by Malay daily Sinar Harian. "They (PasMa) are seen as more accepted by DAP compared to PAS in issues related to religion because PasMa are seen as more accomodative compared to us (PAS) who are more strict in upholding the sanctity of Islam," he added.

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  • Brother of jailed Australian facing execution in Indonesia begs for compassion

    — ReuterJAKARTA, March 2 — The brother of an Australian facing imminent execution in Indonesia has appealed on national television for President Joko Widodo to spare the drug smuggler’s life. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the so-called “Bali Nine” drug trafficking gang, were convicted of trying to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia in 2005 and sentenced to death the following year. The men, in their early 30s, recently lost their appeals for presidential clemency, typically a death row convict’s last chance to avoid the firing squad, and are expected to be put to death soon.

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