• 'Dr M failed to explain 1MDB issues properly'

    Tun Faisal said Mahathir didn't say that only RM5.8 billion of 1MDB's debt is gov't-backed.

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  • Can fools be in Cabinet, asks Perlis mufti after Ahmad Maslan’s remarks - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, April 26, 2015.Perlis mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainal Abidin has taken Datuk Ahmad Maslan to task for reportedly saying that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad lacked understanding about the goods and services tax (GST). Without naming the deputy finance minister, Asri said he now wondered whether a fool could be appointed to important posts in the government.

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  • Woman strips to avoid paying for meal - Nation | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: An unidentified woman stripped off her clothes to avoid paying for a meal worth around RM18 in Petaling Street here. The woman went to a chicken rice restaurant with a man around 3pm on Thursday. A nearby stall owner identified only as Wong said the woman had two plates of chicken rice before trying to leave without paying. “When the restaurant operator tried to stop her, she denied having eaten there.

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  • Elizabeth Wong is wrong ― Concerned Lawyers for Justice

    APRIL 26 ― Concerned Lawyers for Justice (CLJ) refers to the Malay Mail Online news report of 21 April 2015 titled “Churches may operate in commercial areas without permits, Selangor exco says”. CLJ notes that the news report quotes Elizabeth Wong, a Selangor executive councillor and co-chair of the Selangor state committee on non-Islamic affairs (HESI) stating that the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MBPJ) has been allowing churches to operate without permits since 2008 (the starting point presumably being when the Pakatan Rakyat state government came to power in Selangor) and that all such churches have since then only needed to notify HESI, supposedly in accordance with Article 11 of the Federal Constitution guaranteeing freedom of worship.

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  • Singapore mother of toddler thanks the two Indian nationals who saved her daughter's life - Regional | The Star Online

    SINGAPORE: The mother of a two-year-old child - on Friday - thanked the two men who saved her daughter from falling from her second-floor flat a day earlier. "I just want to thank them for saving my daughter's life, "Naureen Saniri, 27, told The Straits Times in a video interview as she teared. Indian nationals Subramanian Shanmuganathan and Ponnan Muthukumar had been working on the roads near Block 371 Jurong East Street 32 on Thursday, when they saw the child hanging precariously. For their heroic acts, the two foreign workers received the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) Public Spiritedness Awards on Friday.

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  • Wan Azizah: The most qualified leader in the country! — Karamjit Gill

    Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is starting to look like the only capable leader in this country; or rather shall I say the only capable leader in PKR. Supporters from both sides of political divide are vehemently voicing their opinion on Wan Azizah’s candidacy in the Permatang Pauh by-election. From a practicing medical doctor to a politician overnight, is Wan Azizah the best PKR has to offer? Wan Azizah’s involvement in politics begun after Anwar Ibrahim was jailed in the late 90’s. She was elected as a Member of Parliament for Pematang Pauh in 1999 and continued to hold the position till 2008.

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  • Jho Low’s company received US$330mil, says whistle-blower | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Whistle-blower Sarawak Report claims to have obtained new documents to show that Good Star Limited, a company controlled by businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, had received the entirety of a US$330 million (RM1.18 billion) “loan” from 1Malaysia Development Fund (1MDB) in 2011. It said the loan had been authorised by 1MDB, supposedly in favour of its former joint venture partner PetroSaudi International although Jho Low has repeatedly maintained that he has held no role in 1MDB and made no profit from its investment dealings. Sarawak Report has earlier alleged that PetroSaudi directors had agreed to “act as front” for Jho Low and that out of a total of US$1.5 billion (RM5.36 billion) already invested in PetroSaudi between September 2009 and September 2010, US$860 million (RM3.07 billion) had been secretly siphoned into Good Star’s RBS Coutts bank account in Zurich.

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  • 12 arrested, explosives seized over attempt to cause ‘chaos’, tweets IGP - The Malaysian Insider

    Malaysia 12 arrested, explosives seized over attempt to cause ‘chaos’, tweets IGP BY MUZLIZA MUSTAFA Published: 26 April 2015 2:01 PM Police have foiled an attempt

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  • The urban fisherman of Puchong

    PHOTO ESSAY Radin makes a living from fishing at a former mining pond.

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  • 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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  • Dr M: I backed Najib as PM out of gratitude to his father - Nation | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he lobbied for Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to become prime minister because of his gratitude to the latter's father Tun Abdul Razak.

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  • Teacher wins car in time for wedding - The Malaysian Insider

    – Pic supplied, April 25, 2015.A teacher at the Penang Japanese School could not have asked for a better wedding gift when she won a Nissan Sylphy in a recent contest by Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM). Noor Atikah Sunar, 24, had taken part in the the Nissan Chinese New Year (CNY) ‘Test Drive and Win a Fortune’ sales campaign contest which was held in January and February. All Nissan owners were entitled to eight contest entry forms, while those who test drove a Nissan car were entitled to one contest entry form.

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  • Nude photo stirs Japan polls - Regional | The Star Online

    TOKYO: A naked nationalist is stirring up election billboards in Japan, offering a bit of colour – and a lot of flesh – to get out the vote. Right winger Teruki Goto is pictured on his campaign poster in his birthday suit, wielding a samurai-style sword in front of two Rising Sun flags and the imperial chrysanthemum crest. Elections in Japan tend to be very staid affairs: candidates’ campaigns generally consist of them wearing a sash bearing their name as they stand outside train stations greeting commuters – most of whom do their best not to make eye contact. Each candidate is allowed to print a limited number of flyers while their posters – usually formulaic headshots with a vacuous slogan along the lines of “Making things better” – must be corralled on huge election noticeboards, alongside everyone else’s.

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  • Victoria Beckam says daughter Harper is ‘a little tomboy’

    — Cover MediaLOS ANGELES, April 25 — Victoria Beckham says her daughter Harper is “a little tomboy”. The former Spice Girl has the three-year-old with husband David. The couple also have three sons and Victoria revealed her little girl adores her big brothers. Victoria and footballer David have been married for 15 years and split their time between America and England with Harper and boys Brooklyn, 16, Romeo, 12 and ten-year-old Cruz.

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  • Ahmad Mazlan declines invitation to debate on GST | theSundaily

    GEORGE TOWN: Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Mazlan has made it clear that he will not debate on the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which has been implemented throughout the whole country, with the Penang PKR Angkatan Muda Keadilan (AMK) youth wing. Citing the invitation from the wing, he said there are plenty of ways that he can use to explain the issues involved to the people and need not necessarily explain the issue to the opposition on their own turf. Ahmad said that he has so many other channels to clarify the GST to the people since he made his presence in Permatang Pauh, adding that he does not need the opposition stage to explain the tax system.

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  • Nokia issues rebuttal to report it plans to make phones again

    — Reuters picHELSINKI, April 26 — Finland’s Nokia denied reports in Chinese media that it planned to return to manufacturing phones. “Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. However, Nokia has said it is looking into returning to the smartphones business by brand-licensing. Nokia sold its phone business to Microsoft last year, but just months after that it launched a new brand-licensed tablet computer, produced under license by Taiwan’s Foxconn, with an intention to follow up with more devices.

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  • Saudi prince deletes tweet on car offer for pilots - Regional | The Star Online

    RIYADH: A billionaire Saudi prince has purportedly deleted a controversial tweet in which he offered 100 luxury Bentley cars to air force pilots who took part in Saudi-led operations over Yemen. The tweet cannot be found on the official account of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, @Alwaleed_Talal which has more than three million followers. A purported image of his message circulated on the Internet after Twitter users said it was removed from his account. The message congratulated the Saudi government “on the success” of the initial 27-day air campaign against Iran-backed Syiah rebels in Yemen, and on the start of a new phase which began on Wednesday.

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  • Cops force last minute cancellation of Thirst concert, says Serdang MP - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 26, 2015.The Thirst 2015: We Are All Stardust concert, scheduled to take place last night, was cancelled because the police withdrew their support for it at the last minute, Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming said. He said the police sent a letter to the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) on Friday saying they would not support the concert, leaving the council no choice but to withdraw the concert's permit at the 11th hour. "On the afternoon of Friday, April 24, the police sent a letter to MPSJ stating that they would not support the concert.

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  • Malaysia’s first net provider Jaring in liquidation - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 25, 2015.Malaysia's first internet provider Jaring Communications Sdn Bhd has been put under the care of a liquidator after a court order last Thursday. The news was met with a mix of sadness and happiness by a key figure who was instrumental in pioneering the internet service in the country some 30 years ago, Dr Mohamed Awang Lah. In a Facebook posting yesterday, the former Jaring chief executive officer said he was sad that the entity he had helped to start back in 1986 under the name RangKoM, later launched as Jaring in 1992, had been left to deteriorate into the present condition.

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  • Honda overtakes Toyota to become non-national champion - Business News | The Star Online

    HONDA has overtaken Toyota to become the bestselling non-national automotive marque in Malaysia, based on sales data in the first quarter of 2015. Honda sales jumped 41.7% year-on-year to 22,145 units in the first three months of this year - driven by the jump in sales of its sport utility vehicles (SUVs), noted CIMB Research. In contrast, sales of Toyota passenger cars and commercial vehicles dropped 40% and 13% year-on-year to 10,722 and 5,519 units respectively, in the quarter under review. CIMB Research says Honda is now the clear leader in the non-national segment, with a 13.2% share of the market.

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  • End of the road for Malaysians in Wuhan - Badminton | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: National shuttler Chong Wei Feng was sent packing on a day when China ruled supreme in the men’s singles at the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC). Wei Feng squandered a healthy lead at 13-10 before losing 18-21, 9-21 to former world junior champion Tian Houwei of China in the quarter-finals in Wuhan. Houwei joined three of his more illustrious team-mates – Lin Dan, Chen Long and Wang Zhengming into the last four, assuring the host of at least one title.

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  • Nine more held over brutal attacks on security guards - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Nine more men have been arrested in connection with the brutal torching of a security guard in Klang and the slashing of six others. The suspects, said to be hardened criminals aged between 22 and 59, were rounded up by police following several raids on Tuesday. Three men were arrested at about 4.30am at Jalan Meru, Klang, followed by five others at Jalan Changkat Asa, Hulu Bernam. The last suspect was detained in Jalan Teratai in Meru, Klang, at about 10pm the same day.

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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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  • Nepal quake death toll reaches 758 - home ministry - World | The Star Online

    The death toll in the earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday has risen to 758, a home ministry official said, of which 467 were in the Kathmandu Valley that is the most heavily populated part of the Himalayan country. Earlier, a home ministry official said that 181 people had died in the capital Kathmandu in the quake, which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale.

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  • The first cell phone call was an epic troll (VIDEO)

    On April 3, 1973, an engineer named Martin Cooper did something crazy: He made a phone call while walking down the street. Cooper was heading up a team of engineers at Motorola who were working to build the world’s first cellular telephone. He hoisted the thing up to his ear and dialed up Joel Engel, who was doing similar work at AT&T, to tell him he had a functional portable phone.

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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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  • Four cornered fight in Permatang Pauh by-election - Nation | The Star Online

    BUKIT MERTAJAM: The Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election will be a four cornered fight between Barisan Nasional, PKR, Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) and one independent candidate.

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  • Permatang Pauh PAS leader behind ‘PKR boycott’ joins Pakatan at nomination day - Nation | The Star Online

    PERMATANG PAUH: The PAS leader who has been at the centre of the PAS boycott storm joined his Pakatan Rakyat colleagues at the nomination centre for the Permatang Pauh by-election on Saturday.

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  • Khairy rubbishes claims that Umno Youth plans to topple Najib

    — file picture BUKIT MERTAJAM, April 25 — Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin today denied claims that a movement within Umno Youth was attempting to topple Umno President Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. He said such claims were baseless in nature and aimed at causing infighting among Umno leaders. “It is an attempt to disrupt the unity among Umno leaders, especially between me and the Umno President. This I feel is an attempt to cause friction between the party President and Umno Youth.

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  • Mercy pleas for Indonesia death row inmates as families arrive - Regional | The Star Online

    The foreigners -- two from Australia, one each from Brazil, France and the Philippines, and four from Africa -- have all lost appeals for clemency from President Joko Widodo, who argues that Indonesia is fighting a drugs emergency.

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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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  • The good, bad and ugly of street artist Ernest Zacharevic’s murals

    — TODAY picSINGAPORE, April 26 — Just search the hashtag #penangstreetart or Google “Georgetown murals” and more likely than not, images by artist Ernest Zacharevic pop up. Zacharevic is so synonymous with Penang that its tourism board, Visit Penang, has one of his artworks — that famous mural of two carefree children on a bicycle — as its official Instagram photo. Tourists follow maps and embark on trails to seek out his murals scattered throughout Georgetown. On the other hand, it brings in a lot of dramatic dynamics — suddenly, street art is attracting so much (attention),” he said.

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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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  • Chinese are left behind at Shanghai’s Auto Show — Bertel Schmitt

    APRIL 26 — The task of every major car show is to reflect the state of the auto industry, but few live up to the challenge as well as Shanghai’s auto show. Like the Chinese market itself, the show is big, chaotic and perplexing, and attendance is de rigueur for anyone who’s anyone in the global car business. The glittering new products and concepts being unveiled at Auto Shanghai 2015 by the global major automakers confirm China’s status as the most important car market in the world. But they also provide a poignant counterpoint to the more modest offerings on display from China’s homegrown producers.

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  • Ipoh shines bright with LED lights - The Malaysian Insider

    The Ipoh City Council (MBI) is considering the installation of LED (light-emitting diode) streetlights along city roads as a cost-saving solution. MBI…

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  • 146 nabbed in anti-loanshark ops, say police - Regional | The Star Online

    THE police have arrested 146 people in a four-day anti-loansharking blitz that ended on Thursday.

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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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  • Cancer survivor treats less fortunate to cakes - Nation | The Star Online

    GEORGE TOWN: While many would indulge themselves on their birthdays, Sukhveer Kaur chose to celebrate her 50th birthday in the streets with the homeless, trishaw riders and passers-by. Sukhveer and her husband Daljit Singh, who are both cancer survivors, threw a simple yet meaningful tea party in Penang Road on Thursday, the day she turned 50. Sukhveer, who is a motivational speaker as well as a volunteer at various charitable bodies, treated guests to cakes and drinks. “I know many of them (the homeless and trishaw riders) have not celebrated their birthdays for years.

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  • Turkey says 'rejects and condemns' Putin calling 1915 Armenian massacre 'genocide' - World | The Star Online

    Turkey said on Friday that it rejected and condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin calling the 1915 mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a genocide. "Considering the mass killings, exiles...that Russia has carried out in the Caucasus, Central Asia and in eastern Europe over the past century...we think it should be the one that knows best what a genocide is and what its legal dimensions are," a foreign ministry statement said.

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  • United States seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot - World | The Star Online

    The United States has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia and as China expands its military presence in the South China Sea. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in a speech in Arizona, has outlined Washington's next phase in its Asia "pivot", deploying its most sophisticated destroyers, bombers and fighters to the region.

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