• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Rosmah a ‘smart, brave’ Muslim woman, aide tells ex-Umno minister

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, May 22 — In defending Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor from criticism, an aide has shot back at former Umno minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim for ridiculing the prime minister’s wife. According to a report by Malaysiakini, Rosmah’s personal assistant Rizal Mansor accused Zaid of forgetting “his morals” and overlooking her vast contributions to Malaysia. Rizal stressed that Rosmah’s priority has always been the safety and security of Malaysia and its citizens. “It is time for Zaid to come out of the shell and accept the fact that Rosmah is a smart and brave Muslim woman.

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  • How much taxpayer funds are wasted on political uniforms? – J.D. Lovrenciear - The Malaysian Insider

    As we begin to witness Umno and its component political parties running helter-skelter in these troubled times of political instability, there is one very noticeable practice that deserves a thorough investigation. Have you noticed the increased frequency of political party gatherings, and rallies included? Have you also noticed that each time the Umno or Barisan Nasional people gather, they are always clothed in some new uniform? Even, when the deputy prime minister meets divisional leaders in a highly-secretive gathering, the audience and the speaker himself are donned in a brand spanking new uniform.

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  • Another 5 movies in Malaysian cinemas worth checking out

    MAY 23 ― It was only last week that I wrote about the increasing variety of films available in Malaysian cinemas, which is actually much better than most people think it is. The only blockbuster on that list was Mad Max: Fury Road while the other four are a mixture of genre films, independent films and a star-studded auteur comedy. Not bad for a film distribution scene that most people think only serves blockbuster fodder. As if to prove my point even further, the distributors have served up even more variety this week, as I find myself in the giddy position of being able to recommend another five films currently playing in Malaysian cinemas that might just interest you, dear reader.

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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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  • A family that eats together surfs together

    ― Malay Mail pixPETALING JAYA, May 23 — Five people — two adults and three children — sit in a restaurant waiting for their meals to arrive. Instead of having conversations, everyone is hooked on their smartphones. Malay Mail visited several eateries recently and we encountered many families busy fiddling with their phones despite having their loved ones around. Retired Customs officer B. Venugopalan felt as long as a family goes out together it does not matter if they are on their phones.

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  • Thousand risky GST statements to face legal action

    Legal action will be taken against nearly 1,000 risky Goods and Services Tax (GST) statements sent from May 1, said Customs Department GST director T. Subromaniam. He said the agency's review through the MyGST system revealed there was a possibility of inaccurate declaration, underpayment of GDT, overclaims on tax input, tax evasion or tax fraud.

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  • Sacking of PJ’s legal director sends right signal - The Malaysian Insider

    The Coalition of Good Governance (CGG) welcomes the news that the Petaling Jaya City Council's (MBPJ) disciplinary board was convened to hear the case of a legal director of the council who has now been sacked after a two-year probe found that he had acted improperly when awarding billboard contracts to a media company. This is a significant case and Petaling Jaya as a local government, is sending the right signal to other governments, be it local, state or federal government that governance involves the right to collect tax, the right to representation by the citizens, the upkeep of integrity to ensure the tax money is spent appropriately and if there are abuses, actions are to be taken.

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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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  • KR1M outlets across state ordered to take ‘Kicap Masin’ off shelves

    KUCHING: All Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M) outlets in the state have been ordered to remove the KR1M-brand salty soya sauce (Kicap Masin) off the shelves amid food safety concerns. Assistant Minister of Public Health Datuk Dr Jerip Susil said the move came after the state Health Department issued a notice two days ago to all KR1M retailers. “Health officers in all divisions state-wide have gone to the ground to identify and monitor this product since we issued the notice on Thursday. Dr Jerip added that his ministry did not waste any time to send health officers and enforcement personnel to the ground to check on the product after the notice was circulated.

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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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  • Jamilah moved to tears by Adenan’s commitment

    BEKENU: Datin Patinggi Datuk Jamilah Anu has been moved to tears by the sincerity and commitment of her husband Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem in serving the people and the state. “I am not saying that because he is my husband, but that is his sincerity like being in the office from 10am to 6pm or until his work is done when he is not attending functions,” said Jamilah, who is Association of Wives of Ministers and Assistant Ministers of Sarawak (Sabati) president. Jamilah pointed out that it is impossible for Adenan to visit every nook and corner of the state and as such is helped by the media, political secretaries, cabinet ministers and elected representatives in his mission. On the celebration, she said it is most appropriate to recognise the responsibility of both parents together, calling on fathers to ensure they also tend to the emotional needs of their children.

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  • Anita Sarawak missing for 2 months now, says half-sister - The Malaysian Insider

    – YouTube screenshot, May 21, 2015.International entertainer extraordinaire Anita Sarawak has been totally uncontactable since March, sparking concerns about her whereabouts and health, her half-sister told a Singapore online portal recently. Former model and actress-singer Noor Kumalasari Mohamad Taib said it was very unlike the Singapore-born Anita – who also has a large fan base across the border – to suddenly disappear and not keep in touch with either family or friends for such a long period of time. Maybe she is just busy travelling and taking things slowly,” said Noor Kumalasari. Noor Kumalasari said that during a phone call two months ago, Anita had said she was retiring from showbusiness and was “not interested” in holding any more performances.

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  • Jeweller dies after assault outside shop | theSundaily

    JOHOR BARU: A jeweller in his 40s died after he was stabbed with a sharp object by a man who assaulted him outside his shop in Jalan Datuk Kapten Ahmad near the Kluang town centre today, police said.

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  • Money worries keep over 60pc of Malaysian retirees awake at night, HSBC report finds

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, May 22 — Living inheritance is a cause for concern for retirees in Malaysia where 63 per cent of retirees are worried about not being able to support family or friends financially, according to an HSBC report. It said Malaysia has the highest percentage of concern for this concern in the world, followed by Brazil and Mexico at 58 per cent, while Singapore (54 per cent). A total of 54 per cent Malaysians are also concerned of being reliant on family or friends for financial support, the HSBC report entitled “The Future of Retirement Choices for Later Life” said. Despite no longer being in paid employment, it said 86 per cent of Malaysian retirees would continue to provide regular financial support to at least one family member (including a spouse) and friends, including their adult children (above 16) and grandchildren, while some support their parents.

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