• Is Jho Low back in town?

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — Flamboyant and controversial businessman Low Taek Jho is believed to have returned to Kuala Lumpur via a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong yesterday evening, according to news portal The Ant Daily. According to the report, the tycoon called Jho Low took the CX729 flight that landed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 7.43 pm yesterday, before he was whisked away by a tall ethnic Indian man. Low’s return came amid a tumultuous time for strategic fund 1 Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), which has been repeatedly linked to him. Responding to the PAC saying it will not yet summon Low for its investigation, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin insisted there was too much speculation about the former’s involvement with 1MDB to be ignored.

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  • Bicycle allowance among culprits in MAS financial drain, says new boss - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters file pic, May 29, 2015.Some 180 types of allowances paid out by Malaysia Airlines, including a monthly bicycle allowance to one employee, contributed to its financial drain, The Star reported today. It quoted MAS chief executive officer Christoph Mueller as saying that huge overtime claims, over-priced contracts and salaries also added to the airline's costs. But Mueller said that this phenomenon was also prevalent in many airlines.

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  • Arul Kanda explains why he could meet Shahrir but not PAC - The Malaysian Insider

    – May 29, 2015.Under fire for not turning up at a scheduled inquiry by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday, 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) president and group executive director Arul Kanda Kandasamy insisted he was abroad at the time. He also confirmed that he met Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) president, Tan Sri Shahrir Samad the following night in Kuala Lumpur, but said this was only after he returned to Malaysia.

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  • Renovation of terrace houses not in harmony, say Bangsar Baru folk - Community | The Star Online

    VARIOUS terrace house renovations around the Bangsar Baru area have caused many raised eyebrows among the community who are worried about its safety, legality as well as its jarring design that does not fit in with the rest of the neighbourhood. Earlier this month, the matter was raised in a resident dialogue with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) by Bangsar Baru Residents Association (BBRA) past president Chang Kek Wei. “There are quite a number of renovations going on in the area. “The problem is that these homes are rebuilt into much larger homes, a storey higher than its immediate neighbours, and the facade is such that it does not look in harmony with the other houses” he said.

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  • 1MDB gets US$1 billion payment from IPIC

    KUALA LUMPUR: 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) has entered into a binding agreement with the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) and its unit, Aabar Investments (Aabar), involving a payment of US$1 billion which will be used to repay loans. “While options are being pursued with respect to the monetisation of Edra Energy, the Ministry of Finance will remain a key shareholder in TRX and Bandar Malaysia, which will raise equity via third party investors.

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  • MAS CEO: Overtime claims abuse, paid perks added to airline’s troubles

    Muller said that there has been a 'bad practice' of the 'abuse of overtime' claims in MAS, which had contributed to the company’s financial hardship.. — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — Various allowances, massive overtime claims abuse and over-priced contracts is why up to 8,000 Malaysia Airlines (MAS) employees will have to be retrenched on Monday, the company’s new chief executive Christoph Mueller said today. In an interview with local daily The Star, Mueller said that there has been a “bad practice” of the “abuse of overtime” claims in MAS, which had contributed to the company’s financial hardship. “Overtime became, in certain areas of our company, a hidden currency for base pay substitution.

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  • 1MDB guilty until proven innocent, Dr M says

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — Unless proven innocent, it must be assumed that the management of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) had misappropriated the funds invested in Cayman Islands, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today in his continued tirade against the troubled state investment firm. The former prime minister said although the money had been redeemed and is now parked in a Singapore bank, it has yet to be proven that the funds are in actual tangible form.

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  • Surprise US$2,000 tip leaves restaurant staff in shock

    — AFP picWASHINGTON, May 29 — A Washington man shocked the staff of a neighbourhood restaurant earlier this week by leaving a US$2,000 for a meal of beer and gumbo he shared with a friend, the proprietor said Wednesday. The man, described by Blue 44’s owner Chris Nardelli as a gumbo-loving regular who lives nearby, left the tip on a US$93 bill on Monday night. “Thank you for the gumbo!” he wrote on the bill after indulging his taste for the Louisiana Creole dish, a specialty of the house. “It was pretty shocking to say the least,” said Nardelli, who also is a chef and bartender at the four-year-old restaurant in the Chevy Chase neighbourhood.

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  • Indonesia proposes RM1,200 monthly pay for housemaids - The Malaysian Insider

    Indonesia has submitted a proposal paper to the Human Resources Ministry to consider improving the working conditions of Indonesian maids in Malaysia, including increasing the monthly salary. Indonesia Embassy's deputy chief of mission Hermono said the new proposed wage was RM1,200 per month which is up from the currentRM800 per month.

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  • Petaling Street ‘stripper’ ordered to check into mental hospital

    — YouTube videograbKUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — The woman who removed her clothing in the centre of the Petaling Street tourist hotspot on April 24, 2015, has been ordered to undergo a month-long psychiatric evaluation, The Star Online reported. Magistrate Nur A’minahtul Mardiah Md Nor today ordered Persana Avril Sollunda to be warded at Hospital Bahagia under section 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which allows for those suspected of not being of sound mind to undergo observation and receive psychiatric treatment. If Sollunda fails to turn up at Hospital Bahagia by the end of today, bail will be forfeited and a warrant of arrest will be issued, Star Online quoted the magistrate as saying. After Sollunda has undergone the month-long observation, she will have to produce a psychiatric report from Hospital Bahagia at her next court mention on July 2.

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  • Finance Ministry giving Parliament ‘useless’ replies on 1MDB, Pua says

    ― File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 28 ― DAP MP Tony Pua today castigated the Finance Ministry for providing what he described as “useless” replies to Parliament on the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy. The Petaling Jaya Utara MP said the ministry should do due diligence and get the most accurate answers, instead of relying on “hearsay” claims from 1MDB. “This is highly irresponsible of the Minister of Finance as well as the Ministry of Finance because the answer in Parliament cannot be on hearsay. “Ministry of Finance have to be certain of the answer that is provided in Parliament because the Parliament is the highest legislative institution of the land.

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  • Kelantan PAS slams Zairil over hudud statement - Nation | The Star Online

    KOTA BARU: Kelantan PAS has slammed DAP’s Zairil Khir Johari for claiming that syariah criminal laws intended to be implemented in the state were PAS’ own creation. “Zairil is talking nonsense about hudud. Just because he visited two Middle East countries, he’s come up with this conclusion without any supporting argument,” said PAS deputy commissioner Datuk Mohd Amar Abdullah (pic). The Bukit Bendera MP was recently on a trip to Jordan and Egypt together with DAP MPs Teresa Kok, Liew Chin Tong and Steven Sim and party adviser Lim Kit Siang.

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  • Why do Malaysians hate migrants? - The Malaysian Insider

    Why do Malaysians hate migrants? When a racial riot broke out in southern Italy sometime in early 2010, the mindless attacks on African immigrants prompted Pope Benedict XVI to respond by reminding people that, "an immigrant is a human being, different in background, culture and tradition, but a person to be respected, and possessing rights and duties". Malaysians tend to get emotional when such issues arise and share the same concerns with the rest of the world when it comes down to how we feel about migrants. Whether you want to believe or not, Malaysia is one of those countries made up of migrants.

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  • Has Putrajaya abandoned 10-point solution for Malay bible, asks DAP lawmaker - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, May 28, 2015.A DAP lawmaker wants to know if Putrajaya has abandoned its 10-point solution on the Al-Kitab after its latest guidelines that bar Christian publications with the word “Allah” from entering Peninsular Malaysia. Seputeh MP Teresa Kok said an explanation was needed from Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, who unveiled the standard operating procedure (SOP) draft to Christian leaders in Sabah and Sarawak in April, and to the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) on May 18.

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  • Bar Council to issue show cause letter to Umno lawyer - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, May 28, 2015.The Bar Council is preparing a show-cause letter ‎to Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah for professional misconduct, after he went on a road show to discuss Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy conviction, its president Steven Thiru said. He said the process had to be completed before the Bar could lodge a complaint against the Umno lawyer with an independent disciplinary board‎. "We are still coming up with the show-cause letter, which we will hand to Shafee once it is completed," ‎Steven said during a press conference at the Bar Council headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.

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  • A critique on our education system – Eyda Ebraheem - The Malaysian Insider

    I personally think that the education system applied in Malaysia nowadays is no longer relevant with the purpose of educating the nations. What the students have been practising all this while is the repetition process of studying, perform well, graduate, and get a job. This is because a student’s goal is driven by what has been set by the education system, as to fill in the vacancies in the industrial sector, which eventually give profits to the government. I feel that this process is an act of exploitation of the students.

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  • Best things to eat at Malacca’s Jonker night market - The Malaysian Insider

    – HungryGoWhere pic, May 29, 2015.Jonker Walk is arguably the hotbed of all activity when you're in Malacca. During the day, it's also impossible to miss out on the plethora of tantalising food available. There's the ubiquitous chicken rice balls, icy cendol with gula Melaka, and even a bunch of cool cafes to placate the caffeine addict in you. On Friday and Saturday nights however, Jonker Walk turns into a massive night market with throngs of people flooding the streets looking to savour a piece of the Malaccan nightlife.

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  • Cabinet should reject any 1MDB bailout plan – Sir Wenger Khairy - The Malaysian Insider

    Tomorrow, Second Finance Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, is set to unveil a bailout plan for 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). He will attempt to sway Cabinet opinion with fancy talk of matching assets with debt and restructuring. Husni will try to argue that this plan will help solve the 1MDB problem and he will try to seek Cabinet’s approval on the matter. All eyes will be on the eight powerful ministers who sit in Cabinet, who are secretly or not so secretly opposed to using more public funds to bailout 1MDB.

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  • Car seriouly damaged after engine fire

    A political secretary to the chief minister, Pao Kiu Chuan, who happened to be there, helped to get a fire extinguisher and joined a few passers-by to put out the fire. Ten firemen in a fire engine arrived at 3.57pm and moved two cars away from the burning car.

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  • Joshua Wong might be Christian agent, says Isma’s lawyer wing

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, May 28 — Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, a known Christian, would have brought his religious agenda here if he had been allowed into the country, said iPeguam, the legal wing of Islamist group Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma). Defending Malaysia’s move to deport Wong back to Hong Kong, the wing said foreigners should stay away from teaching Malaysians how to practise democracy in its own land. “The fact is, the anti-government activities pioneered by Joshua Wong in Hong Kong was closely linked to the Christian religion.

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