• Telcos taking advantage of GST to increase prices | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Telecommunication (telcos) providers have taken advantage of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to charge consumers a tax it has been absorbing the last 20 years, in a move to defray potentially millions in costs. According to a source familiar with the matter, telcos have always absorbed the 6% service tax imposed on reloads for prepaid cards. It is understood, however, that with the implementation of GST, a number of telcos have taken the opportunity to add it on to reloads sold, despite being told that they should maintain the prices as per the norm. Altel, Digi and Maxis are a few companies which have clearly stated that its reload prices for prepaid cards now come with the GST.

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  • 7-Eleven apologises for GST price error | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: 7-Eleven Malaysia Holdings Berhad yesterday apologised to all consumers affected by the Goods and Services Tax (GST) pricing error for selected items sold at its stores earlier yesterday. Its general manager (marketing) Ronan Lee said the pricing error occurred due to a technical system error in its point-of-sale system. Lee said as soon as the system error was discovered, they immediately took action to withdraw these products from sale so that their customers would not be inconvenienced further. For anyone who was impacted yesterday, the company requests them to contact it by using private message via 7-Elevan Malaysia's official Facebook page or email to marketing@7eleven.com.my with contact details.

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  • Over 100 GST complaints on telco top-up prices, ministry says

    — File picPUTRAJAYA, April 1 — Flooded with more than 400 calls on the first day of the goods and services tax (GST) taking effect, the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry said today that the majority concerned the price increase in prepaid phone cards. The ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad said a total of 419 calls were made to the government’s GST hotline, adding that 118 of those callers complained about the telecommunications companies under the anti-profiteering law. “The most popular complaint, 33 per cent was about prepaid top-ups,” he told reporters at the Finance Ministry here during a joint press conference with Customs GST director Datuk Subromaniam Tholasy.

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  • Factory worker turned Apple supplier becomes China’s richest woman

    — Reuters picBEIJING, April 1 — A former factory worker who founded a company supplying Apple, Samsung and other technological giants with touchscreen glass has become China’s richest woman, reports said, with a fortune surpassing US$8 billion (RM29.5 billion). The wealth of Zhou Qunfei, chairwoman and president of Hunan-based Lens Technology, soared after the firm’s debut on the Shenzhen stock exchange last month, after which its shares surged by their daily limit for 10 consecutive days. Zhou worked as a factory girl at a different glass company before starting her own business in 2003. According to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, its covers are used in nearly 21 per cent of the world’s smartphones.

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  • Former chief justice says Kelantan can implement hudud – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    – April 1, 2015.The Kelantan government can implement the hudud law without having the Federal Constitution amended if it confines itself to the offences under the State List, said former Chief Justice Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad. He said the offences in List II (State List) of the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution were adultery; accusing someone of adultery; consuming intoxicating drinks and apostasy.

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  • Penang is killing George Town — Shamsher Singh Thind

    Although I am happy that there is finally a city council in the state of Penang, there are several issues that have been bothering me for some times. The newest city in Malaysia is known as Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (Penang City) and not as Bandaraya George Town (George Town City). It is therefore a lie to say that George Town’s city status has been restored on 1 January 2015. George Town was the only city in Malaya and the first city in Malaysia.

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  • Mitsubishi Motors announces post-GST new vehicle prices

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, April 1 — In line with the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the official distributor of Mitsubishi Motors vehicles in Malaysia, Mitsubishi Motors, has announced new prices for its vehicles, with reductions ranging from RM200 to RM2,000. In a statement today, the company said among the new on-the-road car prices included all complete-built-up and complete knocked-down models.

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  • Milk in, mosquitoes out as Anwar 'reforms' prison

    Inmates are being served milk three times a week and the prison area fogged.

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  • Hadi on hudud: ‘70,000 people are not going to have their hands cut off’

    — Picture by Saw Siong FengKUALA LUMPUR, April 1 — The Malaysian Islamic leader spearheading a campaign for severe Shariah punishments chuckles as he dismisses the firestorm that has ensued, saying visions of thousands of law-breakers with amputated limbs are way off the mark. Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s party has passed a law in its northern stronghold permitting amputation for thieves and stoning for adulterers, heightening fears about growing Islamisation in the moderate-Muslim country and threatening to break apart a successful three-party opposition coalition. PAS’ law in conservative Kelantan is unlikely to be implemented due to federal constraints, but has sparked debate in the Muslim-majority nation and riled PAS’ ethnic Chinese and multi-racial party allies. Hadi, the PAS president, told AFP in an interview that the “hudud” penalties were largely symbolic and would be “almost impossible” to impose on law-breakers, even if implemented, due to strict limits on their use under Islamic law.

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  • Objective comparison of Malaysia and Singapore 50 years after separation — Ong Hean Teik

    APRIL 1 — The passing of Lee Kuan Yew has stimulated a lot of discussion among my schoolmates on Facebook. We left Penang Free School about 40 years ago, and many were convinced Singapore under Lee has done much better than Malaysia. It is

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  • Singapore after Lee Kuan Yew – Hamish McDonald - The Malaysian Insider

    When James Minchin, an Anglican priest from Australia who had lived in Singapore for many years, wrote an insightful book about its then prime minister Lee Kuan Yew in 1986, he gave it the title “No Man is an Island”. Yet when this week, after Lee died at the age of 91, his son and current prime minister Lee Hsien Loong broke the news to the nation by stating: “We won’t see another man like him.

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  • Reports: Video of Germanwings crash surfaces, showing ‘cabin chaos’

    A French rescue worker inspects the remains of the Germanwings Airbus A320 at the site of the crash, near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps March 29, 2015.— Reuters picPARIS, April 1 ― A video purportedly showing the final seconds inside the cabin of the ill-fated Germanwings airliner minutes before it crashed emerged yesterday, with two European media claiming to have seen the footage. One sequence reportedly shows a chaotic scene with passengers screaming “My God”. French magazine Paris Match and German daily Bild said the authenticity of the video filmed on a mobile phone is “unquestionable” and that it had been retrieved from the wreckage of last Tuesday's crash. The recording lasting just a few seconds showed that passengers knew what was happening to them before the plane crashed into the French Alps, instantly killing all 150 people on board, according to the reports.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • GST brings curtain down on sundry shops | theSundaily

    Hoong Hing Penjual Borong, Kwong Ann and Tong Seng – are typical family-run businesses and have been in existence for more than 60 years. Another shop in Bentong, Chow Siew Futt, met a similar fate at the end of January, Sin Chew Daily reported today. Meanwhile, the owner of Foh Cheong, a mini-market in the same town, is also in a spot but has yet to make up his mind on what to do next. Eighty-year-old Lee Hoong, who inherited the shop from his father in the 1970s, dreaded thinking of the challenges posed by GST.

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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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  • Tough day expected at supermarkets as GST kicks in

    — file picPETALING JAYA, April 1 — Several hypermarkets and supermarkets closed operations early yesterday in view of the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) kicking in today. A hypermart staff in Subang Jaya met earlier yesterday said all employees were involved in changing the old price tags into new ones and the process might take the whole night. According to industry players, the management of several hypermarkets were not very confident the new system would run smoothly and their main fear was to answer queries from customers regarding prices.

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  • Maybank and CIMB agree RM3.2 billion deal with Cititower - The Malaysian Insider

    The investment banks of Malaysia's two largest lenders by assets, Malayan Banking Bhd and CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, have signed an agreement with real…

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  • McDonald’s to test all-day breakfast menu - The Malaysian Insider

    After enforcing a strict set of designated breakfast hours, McDonald’s will be testing an all-day menu that extends beyond the 10.30am cutoff which…

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