• GST – show me the money, show us our money - Business News | The Star Online

    WHY am I not surprised that the furore of the goods and services tax (GST) debate has now moved to the service tax? Service tax has been around for umpteen years and never disputed as consumers have a choice. GST is a compulsory consumption tax and you have no choice but to pay as you consume. Trust me, GST is here to stay and so will the service tax.

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  • Video of 'stripper' in Petaling Street causes stir on social media - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: A video shared on YouTube of an unidentified woman stripping her clothes in Petaling Street over an argument is causing a stir on social media.

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  • Toddler badly bruised after caning by babysitter - Nation | The Star Online

    JOHOR BARU: A housewife was shocked to see bruises all over her three-year-old daughter, who is believed to have been caned by her babysitter. Lau Hui Choon, 33, had been sending her daughter and year-old son to the babysitter at Taman Sri Yaacob in Skudai here for a few days after finding out about her services online. Lau, who is starting a new job next week, said she gave the cane to the babysitter, in her 50s, to discipline her children when they were under her care. Lau said she received a telephone call from the babysitter around 8pm on Thursday asking her to pick up her children.

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  • Kit Siang, you are still da man

    COMMENT In seeking justice and fairness, he has experienced the worst.

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  • Woman strips off in Petaling Street to avoid paying for chicken rice

    — YouTube videograbKUALA LUMPUR, April 24 — A woman yesterday removed her clothing in the centre of the Petaling Street tourist hotspot here in a reported bid to avoid a RM18 bill for her meal. According to The Star, the woman and her male companion – both believed to be foreigners – ate two plates of chicken rice before attempting to leave without paying. “When the restaurant operator tried to stop her, she denied having eaten there,” a neighbour to the restaurant, identified only as Wong, told the newspaper. Citing eyewitnesses, The Star said the woman’s male companion and the restaurant operator engaged in a scuffle, but the two foreigners ran off when policemen arrived.

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  • Party before papa, 'feeble' Mukhriz told

    Kedah lawmaker says MB cannot differentiate between party and family.

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  • 1MDB one of the factors ringgit was down, says banking group - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 24, 2015.CIMB Group’s regional head of foreign exchange and foreign exchange options trading, Selvaraj Sinnan, believes that beleaguered strategic development company 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) was “a big factor” behind the recent fall of the ringgit. “1MDB was obviously a big factor that has been bringing the ringgit down in the last almost five months and it has been well factored in the market… but despite this, it (the ringgit) has strengthened,” said Selvaraj today. The two-day event, which ends today, is jointly organised by Bursa Malaysia and CIMB Group.

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  • Swedish cops on vacation hailed for subduing bloody fight in New York

    — Reuters picNEW YORK, April 25 — Four burly Swedish police officers were hailed as heroes and set hearts aflutter with their model-like looks after they put aside their New York vacation to subdue a bloodied fight. The Swedes were taking the subway to a Broadway performance of "Les Miserables" on Thursday night when the train operator suddenly put a frantic call out for any police officers on the train. "We thought maybe someone needed help," rookie cop Samuel Kvarzell, 25, was quoted as saying by the New York police department. The Swedes said they found one homeless man beating another.

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  • Najib: The old must give way to the young

    UPDATED 7.15PM The prime minister seems to be referring to Dr Mahathir.

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  • Penang boy is world's best youth photographer - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: A still image of an alley behind a house where he grew up landed 19-year-old Tan Yong Lin the title of 'Youth Photographer of the Year" at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Tan, who won the competition with his entry titled 'Back alley", said it was taken at his grandmother's house in Alor Setar, Kedah. According to a press release by the World Photography Organisation (WPO) the youth competition is open to all photographers aged 19 and under and is judged on a single shot. It said that Tan was flown to London and presented with his award and the latest Sony Digital imaging equipment at a gala ceremony attended by industry leaders.

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  • Nazir ‘frustrated’ with pace of AEC implementation - Business News | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: CIMB Group Holding Bhd chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak is frustrated with the pace of the implementation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC), which has a year-end implementation date. Nazir said that his frustration was due to the pace of the integration and what was being promised. Nazir suggested three “game-changing” moves to push forward the regional economic integration agenda.

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  • PKR apologises over statement against PAS president | theSundaily

    BUTTERWORTH: In the last moments before nomination day, PKR has finally made a private apology and explanation over their statement against PAS president Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang submitting the private bill of Hudud to the party's Permatang Pauh division in attempt to retain the parliamentary seat in the upcoming by-election. PAS Permatang Pauh division committee member Jamsari when contacted by theSun, said that they had just finished a meeting with PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah and the party's deputy president Azmin Ali at a hotel in Seberang Jaya at 9pm tonight. "Azmin Ali has apologised to us and explained that there is some misunderstanding over their statement made against Hadi Awang submitting the private bill of hudud," Jamsari explained.

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  • Foreign worker who saved Singaporean toddler identified - Regional | The Star Online

    SINGAPORE: The foreign worker whose heroic act saved a three-year-old girl's life has been identified as 'Shammugun'. Reader Jona Pang told Singapore's The Straits Times that she managed to chat and take pictures with the worker, whom she said "deserves more recognition for what he did for saving a life". Shammugun has been hailed as a hero after he climbed to the second floor of Housing Board Block 371 Jurong East Street 32 to save a toddler whose head was stuck between the rails of an external clothes-drying rack outside the service yard. The worker, who was repairing the roads nearby when the incident happened on Thursday afternoon, climbed onto the ledge and carried the crying toddler up.

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  • Display service charge notice or face RM100,000 fine - Nation | The Star Online

    PUTRAJAYA: Hotels and restaurants that impose service charge must display notices informing customers of the fee from May 1 or risk a fine of up to RM100,000. The notices must be displayed at the entrance or any spot that is vi­­sible to potential customers, said Do­­mestic Trade, Cooperatives and Con­sumerism Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad. According to the order, the notice must display the expression “all prices or charges are subject to __% service charge” in capital letters with the height of the lettering measuring no less than 5cm. “The notice must be in Bahasa Malaysia or in Bahasa Malaysia followed by a translation of the expression in any other language,” he told a press conference yesterday.

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  • Malaysia Airlines undergoing transformation pains - Business News | The Star Online

    THE restructuring of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will probably leave the airline to be a shell of its former self. Routes and jobs are being cut, and its pilots are looking to hop to other airlines as uncertainties loom. What puzzle many is who is really making all those decisions on route cuts at a time when MAS group CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya prepares to leave the airline at the end of the month. Christoph Mueller will succeed him on May 1 as MD and group CEO of MAS.

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  • Oil royalty talks reached an impasse, says Sarawak chief minister - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, April 24, 2015.Despite admitting Sarawak has not made any headway in its negotiation with national oil firm Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) for an increase in oil and gas royalty payment, chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has set a target to conclude the wrangling “by the end of this year”. Sarawak is demanding an increase of 15% royalty, from the paltry 5% it currently receives, to 20%, on oil and gas extracted from the state.

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  • Farewell, Ayah Halim Abdul Hamid, a warrior of great compassion — Michelle Yesudas

    I recall the first time I ever met him was when I took him to Jinjang lockup to visit Adam when he was in lockup for the May 13 Blackout forum, in May 2013. Ayah Halim Abdul Hamid and Pak Samad were the finest road-trip buddies, I must add.

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  • No vision in Dr M’s Vision 2020, Umno leader says

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, April 23 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s pessimism over Malaysia’s developed nation goal is rooted in the former prime minister’s own failure to define his Vision 2020, said Umno’s Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak. In retort to Dr Mahathir saying that Malaysia will lack the characteristics of developed nations despite being able to meet the economic benchmarks needed to qualify as one, the veteran Sabah leader said the omission was entirely the former’s fault. “In the first place, Vision 2020 was merely an aspiration that did not have any details.

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  • Affordable travel packages to destinations around the world - Community | The Star Online

    Reliance Travel is offering various travel packages at low prices. July is a good time to travel as daytime is longer so there will be more time for sightseeing and exploration. Reliance Travel director Tan Kai Seng said outbound travelling was not affected by the goods and services tax (GST) implementation, hence customers should not feel that travelling is expensive and out of reach.

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  • Heroic foreign worker saves stuck Singaporean toddler - Regional | The Star Online

    SINGAPORE: A foreign worker here has been hailed as a hero after he climbed to the second floor of a Housing Board block at Jurong East Avenue 1 to save a toddler whose head was stuck between the railings. According to blogger Alvin Lim, a passer-by who first saw the toddler in that precarious position on Thursday afternoon shouted for help. A foreign worker who was working on road repairs nearby then came to the rescue. In the videos provided by Lim's friend who was at the scene, the worker was seen pulling himself up effortlessly onto the ledge and holding the crying toddler up, while trying to get him back onto the other side of the ledge.

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  • Negri Sembilan to get 2 more expressways, says MB - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Darwish Zainal, April 24, 2015.Two new expressways are in the pipeline for Negri Sembilan, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan. Speaking in state assembly sitting recently, Mohamad said the two new expressways will be built under the 11th Malaysia Plan. “The first expressway will be linking KL International Airport (KLIA) to Senawang.

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  • More ‘clone’ vehicles may surface in RTD-MACC operation

    The Road Transport Department (RTD) is confident that more cloned vehicles will be seized in the big operation being conducted with the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC). RTD director-general, Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad said the nationwide operation was also to uncover individuals involved in the syndicate. “We are confident that more cloned vehicles will be seized,” he told reporters after launching Melaka state JPJ Day at Bukit Katil here today. He was commenting on the seizure of 153 cloned vehicles in a big operation conducted by the two agencies over the past five months.

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  • Moderate preparations in royal town for coronation - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Jerry Francis, April 24, 2015.The royal town of Kuala Kangsar, about 50km from Ipoh, is being moderately spruced up for the coronation of Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah as the 35th Sultan of Perak on May 6. It is the wish of the Sultan that the ceremony should do away with “extravagance and luxury”.

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  • 21 foreign students ‘critical’ after Moscow dorm fire

    — Reuters picMOSCOW, April 23 — Twenty-one foreign students were today in a critical condition in hospital after fire ripped through a student residence in Moscow, an official said. The 16-storey dormitory, which belongs to one of Russia’s top medical schools, caught fire late yesterday, leaving a total of 43 people in need of medical attention. Of the 43, 36 were still in hospital as of this morning with 21 of them in “critical condition”, a spokeswoman for the city of Moscow told AFP. The dormitory belongs to the Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, one of the country’s oldest medical schools.

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  • Jiangsu province fines Mercedes-Benz RM205mil - Regional | The Star Online

    Beijing: Jiangsu province has announced a 350-million-yuan (RM205mil) fine on Mercedes-Benz, and 7.87-million-yuan (RM4.61mil) fine on some of its dealerships for their monopolies in finished vehicles and auto parts. Jiangsu Provincial Price Bureau announced that Mercedes-Benz and the dealerships in Jiangsu province entered into monopoly agreements that violated Chinese anti-monopoly laws. The German luxury carmaker said in its written reply that “Mercedes-Benz fully respects and accepts the findings and punishment decision, and will comply immediately.

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  • Scandals and silly distractions — Zaharom Naim

    The multi-billion ringgit 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal just keeps growing bigger and bigger, threatening to not only destroy groups and individuals but also engulf all of us and, of course, our country. Overshadowed by this scandal has been the sad and sorry tale of major losses incurred last year by that traditional cash cow, Petronas. Quietly, according to chartered accountant and blogger, Anil Netto, Petronas reported ‘impairment losses’ of RM23.3bn in its accounts for 2014. The Federal Territories Minister, Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, led the recent charge of the ninnies.

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  • Press Metal to press on despite aluminium glut - Business News | The Star Online

    PRESS Metal Bhd, the shares of which had been battered over the past few days, believes that worries over a global supply glut in aluminium will be temporary as China gets ready to remove an export tax on the metal starting next month. Global prices of aluminium have slumped as a glut emerges with China exporting more aluminium in the first quarter of 2015. Reports say exports of unwrought aluminium and aluminium products from China surged 43% in the first quarter of this year to 1.2 million tonnes, worsening a glut situation in the commodity where global giant Alcoa reversed earlier estimates of a deficit to a big surplus of the metal in the global market. Earlier this month, Alcoa projected that the global aluminium market will see an oversupply of 326,000 tonnes in 2015 compared with a forecast of a deficit of 38,000 tonnes it estimated in January.

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  • Maybank’s Farid named CEO of The Year - Business News | The Star Online

    Kuala Lumpur: Malayan Banking Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Farid Alias was named CEO of The Year in the Asean Business Awards (ABA) 2015, which recognises outstanding enterprises in the Asean business community. Farid, appointed group president and CEO of Maybank Group in August 2013, was awarded for his management and business strategy skills. Another prestigious ABA award, the Lifetime Achievement Award, went to Royal Selangor’s Tan Sri Yong Poh Kon.

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  • Boy falls to his death from apartment in Cheras - The Malaysian Insider

    A 7-year-old boy fell to his death from the seventh floor of an apartment in Bandar Mahkota Cheras, said the Fire and Rescue Department today. The boy…

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  • DAP rep wants MACC to probe SEB deal with French firm fined for graft

    — Reuters picKUCHING, April 23 — A DAP assemblyman today urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate the RM160 million contract awarded by Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) to a French firm that was fined for corruption. “The investigation should be centred on two key persons who sit on the SEB,” Violet Yong Wui Wui, the state lawmaker for Pending, said in the Sarawak state legislative assembly today. She alleged these two officials are responsible in procuring most of SEB project. “We want to know why SEB is dealing with a sleazy company, Alstom, despite knowing fully well that it is a corrupt company,” she said.

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  • Bee Yin concerned about LRT route changes | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Damansara Utama assemblywoman Yeo Bee Yin is concerned about the recent route amendments to the Light Rail Transit (LRT) line 3 project which is part of the Urban Rail Development Plan (URDP). The URDP will connect Bandar Utama to Johan Setia in a total length of 36km. The proposed LRT 3 will provide four interchange stations that would allow passengers easy transfer with other transit systems such as the Kelana Jaya LRT, the upcoming MRT1, KTM and the BRT federal highway. Yeo said she is concerned because Prasarana Negara Bhd, who are overseeing the development of the LRT 3 have changed the route of their tracks without informing the stakeholders involved.

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  • PJ mulls integrated public transportation system - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, April 24, 2015.Plans are underway to have an integrated public transportation system in Petaling Jaya to keep pace with the rapid development and provide an efficient and seamless travel. In looking at a more holistic approach on public transportation, the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has been organising a series of seminars and workshops to get feedback from stakeholders. Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) Training Centre general manager Khairiah Talha said the main aim of the seminars and workshops was to assist MBPJ on the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) plan and to provide a better understanding to stakeholders on integrated public transportation.

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  • China's smartphone makers bet on cricket, Bollywood to conquer India - Tech News | The Star Online

    China's smartphone makers are drafting in cricket teams and Bollywood stars to conquer India, their largest overseas market and a key testing ground for their international expansion, as they try to rebrand as more than just sellers of cheap handsets.

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  • Tin price slump hindering plans to develop new mines - Business News | The Star Online

    THE current slump in global tin prices, trending almost at a six-year low, are putting the brakes on plans of many global tin-based companies that are vying to develop new mines. China, previously a net importer of tin, has turned into a net exporter of tin metal for the first time in seven years and the global tin market has moved into surplus situation last year since the global financial crisis, says tin analysts. One such company facing these headwinds is Malaysia Smelting Corp Bhd (MSC), the world’s second largest tin producer producing around 35,000 tonnes annually.

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  • Fire breaks out in Malaysian students’ hostel in Moscow, 21 affected - The Malaysian Insider

    A fire broke out in a hostel housing Malaysian students at the Russian National Research Medical University (RNRMU) in Moscow at 11.30pm last night, according…

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  • We need real action on Palestine – Jakarta Globe - The Malaysian Insider

    Despite all of its domestic problems, Indonesia has never shied away from engaging with the world, and has become a force in mediating for peace in many disputes and conflicts. Just 10 years after its independence from colonial rule, Indonesia held the Asian-African Conference in Bandung, one of the most impactful events in the post-war era. The spirit of that event inspired nations in Asia, Africa and elsewhere to break the shackles of imperialism and injustice. The United States recognises this.

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  • Colourful macaws bring beauty to chaotic Caracas - The Malaysian Insider

    In the 1970s, at the foot of the Caribbean mountain range flanking Caracas, a motorcycle-riding Italian immigrant turned heads for being inexplicably chased…

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  • Reuters Video: 3D printing technique used in tumour removal surgery in S.China

    Chinese surgeons used 3D printing technology to help them remove a liver tumour from a 35-year-old patient in south China’s Guangdong Province yesterday (April 22). — Reuters

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  • YouTube celebrates 10-year anniversary - The Malaysian Insider

    A decade ago on today YouTube made history when its co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded the site's first video. The video-sharing site, which…

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  • Schalke's European hopes dented by 2-0 loss at Mainz - Football | The Star Online

    Schalke 04's Europa League qualifying hopes were hit when they slumped to a 2-0 Bundesliga defeat at Mainz 04 with central defender Stefan Bell scoring twice in three minutes on Friday. The 23-year-old former German youth international first tapped in after Schalke, without a win in their last six games, failed to clear a corner in the 28th minute. Schalke, who have already written off making the Champions League, are stuck in fifth place on 42 points with four matches left, level with sixth-placed Augsburg, who play on Saturday.

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