• Girl injured in by alleged road bully | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: A video of a 27-year-old girl allegedly assaulted by a taxi driver at a petrol station at Jalan Persiaran Kayangan in Section 7 Shah Alam has gone viral on social media. According to Shah Alam police chief ACP Azisman Alias, the incident happened on March 29 and started after an accident between their cars at about 3.30pm. Azisman added that both the girl and the cabbie lodged police reports at Shah Alam police station and the girl's father who also turned up later at the police station assaulted the taxi driver.

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  • We need you to report without fear or favour, Umno man tells journalists after TMI arrests

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — Umno member Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah urged journalists today to continue reporting without fear or favour despite the arrest of four journalists from news portal The Malaysian Insider (TMI) and their publisher for sedition. Saifuddin, who is currently a columnist and used to be an editor, also said that things have gone from “bad to worse” now, amid a slew of investigations under the Sedition Act 1948 against opposition politicians and social activists as well. “This persecution might affect some, but my plea is, please be steadfast,” Saifuddin told Malay Mail Online.

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  • Over nine in 10 Malaysians ready to quit country for jobs, survey shows

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — Ninety three per cent of Malaysians are prepared to leave the country in search of jobs and experience, according to a new employment survey that has dire implications on Malaysia’s chronic brain drain. In its regional survey, recruitment firm Hays found that just seven per cent of Malaysians would not move abroad for better job prospects, career advancement or better lifestyles. This mobility is compounded by a previous Hays study that showed five per cent of the Malaysian workforce exited the country annually, with Singapore being the prime destination.

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  • Fuel prices remain unchanged for April – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo

    KUALA LUMPUR: The retail prices of RON95, RON97 and diesel for April 2015 remain unchanged, according to the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (MDTCC) yesterday.The price of RON95 is unchanged at RM1.95 per litre, RON97 at RM2.25

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  • Two national badminton coaches leave for better offers - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 31, 2015.National coaches Rashid Sidek and Rosman Razak have decided to not renew their contracts which ended today, despite a review of salary by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM). BAM technical director Morten Frost Hansen said the coaches had made the decision after receiving better offers from other parties. "From the BAM part, we would like to thank both the coaches for having done a great job over the years and wish them all the best and good luck for the future," he said in a press conference at the Malaysia Open Premier Super Series at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil today. "She (Pek Siah) is actually an experienced coach, she has experience in Japan as well as some international exposure.

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  • Perak state assembly starts off on the wrong footing | theSundaily

    IPOH: The third term of the 13th state assembly sitting started on the wrong footing when 26 Pakatan Rakyat (PR) assemblymen wore black suits instead of the ceremonial dress, which was officiated by the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizuddin Shah here today. Clearly unhappy with the turn of events, Sultan Nazrin even snubbed the traditional group photography session with the elected representatives from PR and Barisan Nasional. After delivering his speech, he left the state secetariat building. All the 31 BN assemblymen attended the opening session in their ceremonial dress.

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  • Sultanah Pahang and Jackson visits centre - Community | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Superstar Jermaine Jackson is in town but this time, he is not singing for his fans. A member of the pop group The Jacksons, he was accompanying Sultanah Pahang Sultanah Kalsom in paying a visit to the OrphanCare Foundation in Kampung Tunku near here. Jackson lauded the initiatives of the foundation, whose patron was Sultanah Kalsom. Meanwhile, Sultanah Kalsom urged more individuals and companies to support the foundation’s noble efforts.

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  • Ipoh High Court allows Jude Pereira to practise law – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 31, 2015.The Ipoh High Court here has allowed a former investigating officer (IO) in Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's second sodomy case to be admitted to the Bar as advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya after ruling he has fulfilled certain conditions. Judicial Commissioner S. M. Komathy Suppiah made the order today, after Judy Blacious s/o AF Pereira (also known as Jude Pereira) gave a personal undertaking to attend human rights seminars, forums, activities or programmes organised by the Bar Council, or the Perak Bar, for eight hours in three months' time.

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  • Retailers dread long queues and angry customers - Nation | The Star Online

    JOHOR BARU: Some supermarket operators and shop owners are having sleepless nights, expecting long queues and angry customers as GST rolls out. Supermarket manager S. Thila, 46, said she is bracing for long lines at the service desk from tomorrow because customers may be confused. “We are preparing to face angry customers who may not understand the new tax and insist on refunds,” she said. Thila said that over the past few months the supermarket has been highlighting prices of products that will be seeing an increase following the implementation of GST.

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  • RM690 million to maintain PM’s private jet, PKR reveals - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 31, 2015.Putrajaya will spend some RM690 million to maintain a newly-acquired private jet used by the prime minister for the next 15 years, PKR's Rafizi Ramli revealed today. He said that the cost including services to maintain an older private jet for the next seven years, the total costs for operation, maintenance and management (OMM) of both aircraft would come to a whopping RM1.098 billion. "The contract for OMM for the new ACJ320 jet shows that the costs have been set at RM46 million per year. This means that in the next 15 years, when the hire purchase agreement ends, the total OMM costs will be RM690 million," he said in a press conference at the Parliament lobby today.

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  • When the success of one nation casts shadows on the failures of another - The Malaysian Insider

    Not many were shocked at the news that Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew died on March 23, weeks after being in intensive care. The unending crowds who queued for hours to pay their last respects and the thousands of honest, poignant outpourings of grief and tributes gave those of us who were mere observers a glimpse into the mark Kuan Yew made, not just on Singapore, but on the world. Almost every accolade given to Kuan Yew has acknowledged his role in driving a tiny nation from obscurity into one of the world’s most successful economies. Article after article, and in every obituary and compliment, the success of Kuan Yew and that of Singapore – the absolute object of his passion – have been laid out for all the world to behold and, for some of us, to envy.

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  • Umno MP: Putrajaya may face backlash over perceived ‘excessive’ actions on TMI editors

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — The federal government may face a backlash from the perceived "excessive" arrests and sedition probe of news portal The Malaysian Insider's (TMI) editors, Umno MP Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said today. Nur Jazlan said he believed TMI's report was just an "honest mistake" that could have been dealt with a defamation suit by the Conference of Rulers, instead of a sedition probe. "If the public thinks this arrest shouldn't have been done because of the mistake in the story that could have been dealt with other laws, then there will be a negative perception on government," the Pulai MP told reporters in Parliament when asked if the arrests were meant to intimidate journalists. "But for editors of Insider to be hauled in, arrested and put in jail for a story which I think is an error, I think that may be perceived as excessive by the people and may have a backlash on the government in the longer-term," said Nur Jazlan, who is also chairman of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee.

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  • In memory of Tunku and LKY – Zaid Ibrahim - The Malaysian Insider

    I was at the Singapore High Commission over the weekend, penning a short condolence message in memory of the late Lee Kuan Yew. I felt sad that our own founder Tunku Abdul Rahman was not so lucky. The present leaders and some people in Malaysia did not feel such reverence for him in the end. We no longer care about the legal and economic framework that Tunku started when he gained our independence from the British in 1957 and when he successfully formed the Federation of Malaysia.

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  • Glaring spotlight on Dr M’s legacy with LKY gone

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — Singapore founding father Lee Kuan Yew’s death leaves Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the last of the “Machiavellian” leaders of the region, and is inviting comparison between the two men’s legacy and achievements. In one such evaluation by the Associated Press, Lee was lauded for transforming Singapore from a swampy backwater into an efficient first-world state with good governance while Dr Mahathir is described as fostering political patronage through cronyism and achieving less than his contemporary despite greater resources.

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  • ‘Greed and fear’ causing ringgit fluctuation - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 31, 2015.Uncertainties in the currency market driven by greed and fear have led to the fluctuation of the value of the ringgit, which should be trading at RM3.30 against the US dollar based on the currency fundamentals, says Malayan Banking Bhd president and chief executive Datuk Abdul Farid Alias. Asked whether rising interest rates would affect the local currency, Abdul Farid said a lot of volatility is driven by liquidity movement.

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  • Who are the real ulama? - IKIM Views | The Star Online

    It would be a gross injustice to undermine, let alone to deny altogether, their place and role in the Muslim community. ULAMA (plural for alim) is an Islamic term, which literally means “the men of know­ledge”. According to the Quran and the prophetic tradition, the ulama are the heirs of the Prophet, and they are the truly fearful of God among His servants. Knowing their true contribution to the religion of Islam, it would be a gross injustice to undermine, let alone to deny altogether the place and the role of the ulama in the Muslim community.

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  • Sultan Nazrin wants Perak assembly sitting to be the pride of the people | theSundaily

    IPOH: The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah today expressed the desire to see the Perak State Assembly sitting to become the pride of the people in the state and a source of reference in terms of the proceedings, quality of debates and decorum of the members. "The professional qualifications and wealth of experience possessed by the Assemblymen can be demonstrated in their maturity and wisdom in analysing the main issues and policies rationally and in the best manner possible to avoid sensationalisation which are personal in nature," the Sultan said when opening the first sitting of the third term of the 13th Perak State Legislative Assembly, here. The sitting this time also created history with the maiden appearance of Sultan Nazrin as the 35th Sultan of Perak since he was proclaimed on May 29, 2014.

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  • Gang rivalry behind full-moon party attack, says Penang CPO

    — Picture by K.E. OoiGEORGE TOWN, March 31 — The attack on an infant full-moon party on Sunday night is believed to be a fight involving the “04” Indian gang, said Penang Police Chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi. According the Abdul Rahim, a 50-year-old man who was slashed several times in the attack by about eight assailants was just a guest in the event at a restaurant in Tanjung Tokong. “He was only trying to stop them so he was slashed,” Abdul Rahim told reporters after a promotion presentation ceremony at the Penang police headquarters this morning. “It is a fight between the Indian thug gang members,” he said.

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  • Dear last-minute shopper, is GST truly a life-changing experience?

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — Perhaps you have seen the long snaking lines of shoppers or the empty shelves as Malaysia stocks up ahead of the arrival of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) tomorrow..   Traders are seeing brisk business with even big

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  • Hasan Malek denies resigning over imminent petrol price hike, blasts fake Facebook post

    — Picture by Malay MailKUALA PILAH, March 31 — Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek today denied a Facebook report that he was stepping down following the hike in petrol prices tomorrow. Hasan claimed certain quarters had falsified his Facebook account, and had put in the entry that he would resign if the prices of petrol (RON95, RON97 and diesel) go up on April 1. "I hope the people can evaluate and do not believe the report," he told reporters after a ceremony to hand over aid to the Village Development and Security Committees in the Kuala Pilah Parliamentary constituency here, today. According to the report, "Datuk Seri Hasan Malek gives his assurance there would be no hike in the prices of petrol and diesel soon, despite a slight increase of the fuels in the market.

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