• Mangoes for RM40? - Nation | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: Mangoes for RM40 a kilo, anyone? Apparently yes, for the harumanis variety.

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  • View from the Umno grassroots –  Muhammad Azaham Wahab - The Malaysian Insider

    I am a member of Umno who had served the party for a good 40 years and was a Branch Chairman for 23 years. I also served for a few years at the division level and consider myself a grassroots leader of Umno and am qualified to say that I embody the sentiments of members at the grassroots level. As a branch leader for more than 20 years, we have always obeyed the higher ups in Umno and slogged at every election to ensure the success of Umno-Barisan. I was proud of Umno and my MCA and MIC friends because for whatever weakness Barisan had we were brothers in arms to develop the country.

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  • Adi Putra, the forgotten child genius - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, May 24, 2015.Some years ago, child genius Adi Putra Abd Ghani made waves with his speed and skill at solving mathematical problems at a tender age. Now 16, Adi is still pursuing his mathematical passion locally and overseas – but on his own, a forgotten genius let down after various promises made to him by the Federal government fizzled out. Crowned the Islamic Mathematician of the century by the Riau University in Indonesia in 2009, Adi had produced 235 mathematical formulas and published 12 of them in a book titled "Seni Matematik Islam" (The art of Islamic Mathematics).

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  • Stop being a hypocrite, DAP tells Najib - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 24, 2015.Datuk Seri Najib Razak should stop being a hypocrite blaming traders for hiking up prices following the rollout of the goods and services tax (GST), while backing the "single biggest profiteering exercise" by mobile telecommunications companies. Its national publicity chief Tony Pua said the prime minister was being a "complete hypocrite" for shifting the entire blame of substantial price hikes on traders when his own minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek had defended the telcos move not to absorb the 6% GST.

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  • 10 things about: Marina Mahathir who doesn’t care what people think about her

    The prominent social activist, who is also the eldest child of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, receives requests for speaking engagements every day, even as she is busy with Muslim women’s rights NGO Sisters in Islam (SIS) and the informal group Malaysians for Malaysia group.

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  • Penang turns down suggestion to house Rohingyas, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, May 24, 2015.Penang wants Putrajaya to house the Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees in land owned by the federal government, reports The Star. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said this was because the state had limited space, both on the island and the mainland. He told the English daily that there were some 50,000 Rohingyas in Penang since the last six years and that state lands could not be used to house them. Lim also reiterated that Penang needed to be kept abreast of any plans to host the migrants in the northern state.

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  • 1MDB saved us money? — Goh Wei Liang

    Most of us are short of filing for a missing persons report on 1MDB management. Leaving the Prime Minister and the Government alone when under attacked for your mess is definitely not professional, what more to say with the flip-flop Parliamentary replies that were based on points submitted to the Ministry. a) 1MDB bought the IPPs. I’m not sure if these people are actually experts or consultants but as much as I know with my amateurish knowledge, Petronas subsidies do not benefit only these private companies or IPPs.

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  • Rohingyas: A worthless people?

    That is the reality that Myanmar’s Rohingya people have faced for decades. Whatever their origins — recent migrants from Bangladesh (as the Myanmar government claims) or people who have called the country home for generations (as the Rohingya themselves claim) — the restrictions placed on the community by the Myanmar authorities violate dozens of fundamental human rights. Unlike the more economically minded boat people from parts of Asia making runs to Australia, the Rohingya, it seems, are happy to go anywhere: Indonesia, Thailand Bangladesh... anywhere but Myanmar. But fearing a flood of refugees — if even a small trickle is allowed in — none of Myanmar’s neighbours have agreed to take in the pitiful boat people.

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  • 1MDB saved us money? – Goh Wei Liang - The Malaysian Insider

    I have not penned my thoughts down in an article about 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) since this circus began. Most of us are short of filing for a missing persons report on 1MDB management. You run the operations on a daily basis, not Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. a) 1MDB bought the IPPs.

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  • PAS leaders who only know how to read Quran not fit as PM, says Mat Taib - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, May 23, 2015.Former Selangor menteri besar Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib said he is beginning to lose interest in PAS because emerging leaders in the Islamist party appeared to be not in touch with real world issues. Speaking at a forum in Petaling Jaya today, Muhammad, who is also known as Mat Taib, said of late, he noticed there was the so-called ulama (clergy) coming back from the Middle East who wanted to become leaders in the party. "They can memorise the Quran and Hadith but when we ask them to explain about 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Bhd), they say they don't really understand the issue. "So, if you want to become leaders but can only read the Hadith and Quran, then to me, you are not fit to be PM. What's more, our country is multi-racial," he said.

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  • Century eggs: An adventure for your palate

    — Picture by Elaine HoKUALA LUMPUR, May 23 — Firstly, if you’ve got any concerns regarding century eggs (and I think I might know what your concern is exactly), let me assure you they are NOT made by soaking eggs in horse urine. Century eggs are actually made by packing eggs with a mixture of clay, ash, salt, lime and rice hulls for several weeks as a method of preservation. Also known as thousand-year or millennium eggs, they are a popular ingredient in Chinese cuisine, where they are either consumed as it is or accompanied by other ingredients. To prepare century eggs, it is the alkaline medium of the preserving ingredients that brings about the changes in their texture and flavours, which further eliminates any need of anything acidic.

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  • Guan Eng: Hadi wants PAS-Umno unity government - Nation | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: Lim Guan Eng has said his political partner-turned-nemesis Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang is harbouring an intention to partner with Umno. "I think his real intention in attacking us is that he wants to form a unity government with Umno and Barisan," said the DAP secretary-general. On Friday, Hadi said that PAS was ready to end ties with DAP because the party created a shadow cabinet without the involvement of the Islamist party and PKR. Hadi, who is Marang MP, also said DAP could be easily replaced with other non-Muslim groups as the party was not the only one representing other races.

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  • Nepal landslide blocks river, raising flash flood fears

    ― Reuters picKATHMANDU, May 24 — Nepali authorities urged thousands of villagers today to move to safety after a landslide likely triggered by recent earthquakes blocked a river, raising fears of a devastating flash flood, officials said. The landslide at Ramche village in Myagdi district, about 140 km (90 miles) northwest of Kathmandu, struck yesterday night and blocked the Kali Gandaki River. "We have asked villagers along the river side in these districts to move to safer places," interior ministry official Laxmi Prasad Dhakal told Reuters, referring to the districts of Parbat, Syangja, Gulmi, Palpa, Nawalparasi and Chitwan. The river flows into India where it is known as the Gandak.

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  • Longer, stronger…study reveals more reasons to take your vitamin E - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, May 24, 2015.Long established as a powerful antioxidant, vitamin E is important for the membrane that envelops your muscle cells, promoting proper healing from the natural tears that take place when you work out, according to a new study. "Every cell in your body has a plasma membrane, and every membrane can be torn," says corresponding author Dr Paul L. McNeil, cell biologist at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University. The study, which was published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine, has implications for muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain injury, common diabetes-related muscle weakness and – of course – body builders. "Part of how we build muscle is a more natural tearing and repair process – that is the no pain, no gain portion – but if that repair doesn't occur, what you get is muscle cell death," says McNeil.

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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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  • It’s a sea of red in FA Cup final - Football | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: It was an actual sea of red. Kelantan fans were in full force for the FA Cup final as their team take on Lions XII in the sold out 100,000-capacity National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Saturday. The Red Warriors fans numbered almost 95,000 to paint the stadium red and overwhelm the 4,000 Lions fans traveling from down south. Over 30 buses came directly from Kelantan while others poured out from the Bukit Jalil monorail station.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • As graduate numbers grow, Singapore faces hard truth: Not all degrees are equal

    — TODAY picSINGAPORE, May 23 — After graduating with a second-class upper degree in human resource management, Tan, 30, took some time to land a full-time job and he is currently doing administrative work — buying office supplies and processing claims. A PhD holder in biomedical sciences, Dr Christopher Yang, was a research fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine when he made the switch into the financial sector four years ago. “I had to seriously think about my career path and prospects,” said Dr Yang, who is now an accredited financial adviser. In Asia, Taiwan and South Korea have been experiencing an oversupply of graduates, with double-digit youth unemployment rates.

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