• New petrol, diesel price to take effect at midnight – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    – Pic courtesy of Nestle, February 28, 2015.The new retail price for petrol and diesel for March will take effect after midnight tonight, says Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek. On February 1, the government announced a reduction in the retail prices for fuel, by 21 sen and 11 sen per litre, respectively for RON95 and RON97 petrol, and 23 sen per litre for diesel. To that effect, the fuel price for the month of February was R1.70 per litre for RON95, RM2 per litre for RON97, while the price of diesel was RM1.70 per litre. On the campaign by Nestle, Hasan said Nestle's proactive step to offer consumers a price reduction of between 8% and 33% under a good value for money campaign was laudable and a move in the right direction to enrich the lives of consumers by offering high-quality products at the most affordable prices.

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  • Mainland Chinese family ejected from flight over seatbelt dispute - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: A three-year-old boy who refused to fasten his seatbelt during a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight caused his family to be ejected from the aircraft, but not before sparking a commotion on board and delaying the flight. The Straits Times reported that the boy’s parents, a mainland Chinese couple, were urged to secure their three-year-old in his seat moments before flight CX564 was due to take-off from Bangkok at 3.15pm on Tuesday. Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported a passenger by the surname Lau telling Apple Daily that the boy had refused to sit down and wear his seatbelt. A video taken by Lau showed another female passenger getting irritated with the commotion and asking the flight crew to “call the police”.

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  • The Dress That Broke The Internet

    Blue and black? Gold and white? It's a debate that still rages on. The stars weigh in! Plus, meet the woman who started the whole thing!

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  • Ghosts of MH370 to haunt new MAS CEO’s first week, UK paper says

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 — Christoph R. Mueller faces a daunting week ahead of him when he assumes his role as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of ailing flag carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS), just days shy of the one year anniversary to Flight MH370’s disappearance. UK newspaper The Independent said in a report that Mueller’s to-do list will be “unappetising”, as he not only has to restore public confidence in the airline but will also have to cut jobs as part of the airline’s restructuring plan. “Next weekend, he (Mueller) and his airline will be in a media spotlight as the world remembers MH370. While his staff grieve for lost colleagues, he knows that many of them will also lose their jobs as the airline ‘restructures’,” the UK paper said yesterday, referring to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukrainian airspace back in July last year.

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  • Ridhuan, if this happens to your little girl would you fault her body for rape? ― Zhu Mohammad

    FEBRUARY 27 ― Su-Lyn, I read your column and am outraged by Ridhuan Tee's comment that a woman's body on its own is an invitation to rape. Like a lot of kids at that age who are attached to their grandparents, I was to my grandfather on my father's side, who I think at that time was about 67 or so.

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  • Despite threats, Muslim evangelical group invites critics to discuss Islam

    ― Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 — An Islamic evangelical group accused of covertly amending the religious records of non-Muslims today urged critics of Islam to come forward and discuss their fears about the religion with them. The group called the Multiracial Reverted Muslims (MRM) said despite having received numerous threats against them and their family members, they would not respond in kind. MRM president Firdaus Wong Wai Hung said he does not understand why some non-Muslims have reacted aggressively against the non-governmental organisation (NGO) as the body has not forced anyone to accept free Qurans. “Accepting the Quran does not make one Muslim… I don’t know why non-Muslims are afraid and angry… must only ask them,” he told a press conference at the NGO’s office here.

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  • Famous Thai temple to build separate toilets for non-Chinese | theSundaily

    BANGKOK: A famous temple in northern Thailand will build separate toilets for Thais and other non-Chinese tourists, officials confirmed Saturday.

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  • Rafizi calls PM’s bluff over Harakah suit threat

    — File picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 — PKR’s Rafizi Ramli invited Malaysians today to openly criticise Datuk Seri Najib Razak, saying the public should not be cowed by his threat to sue PAS organ Harakah as the prime minister would not likely proceed with the legal challenge. In a statement here, the PKR secretary-general pointed out that Najib had similarly threatened to sue him last year for criticising his administration’s removal of fuel subsidies but has yet to file the case in court. “Therefore, I would advise Najib to sue me first before threatening to sue others,” Rafizi said. “I would also like to encourage more people to criticise Najib and not to be afraid by his suit threats because up until today, he has yet to sue anyone, not even his number one critic Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad,” the Pandan MP pointed out.

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  • Waiters from hell, customers from other planets - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: “If you don’t like the taste of our food, don’t come here,” said a stall owner in a kopitiam in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. The owner, who wants to remain anonymous, was responding to a customer’s complaint that his meal was not up to his taste buds. Welcome to the world of service — where customers and waiters passionately trade barbs about how bad the other is. Waitress Karmila Zainudin, 27, said there were instances when customers cancelled their orders, claiming that the service was too slow.

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  • Agong has last word on Anwar’s pardon, say lawyers

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 — Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah is the final arbiter of Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s petition for a royal pardon, criminal lawyers have said. Although Anwar’s appeal will technically be decided by the Federal Territories Pardon Board, Tuanku Abdul Halim will be the one who decides whether or not the petition is granted. “(T)he other members of the (pardons) board serve a more advisory role,” lawyer Rajpal Singh, a former Bar Council Criminal Practice Committee chairman, told Malay Mail Online. Apart from the ruler, the pardons board includes Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor, and three other members appointed by the Agong on the recommendation of the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

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  • Zahid blames ‘masterminds’ behind drug trafficking syndicates

    — Picture by Choo Choy May SEREMBAN, Feb 28 — There are currently 3,276 prisoners on death row in the country, for drug trafficking. Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the death sentence has not deterred drug traffickers. “This is because there are masterminds supporting them with lawyers to free them of the charge and escape the law,” he told reporters after launching the National Anti Drugs Day 2015, here today. Ahmad Zahid said while the country’s laws were considered adequate for the culprits, cooperation from the society was crucial in curbing drug abuse.

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  • Was judge Hishamudin overlooked for promotion due to Ayer Molek case, asks DAP - The Malaysian Insider

    The opposition party’s parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang said Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria, as chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC), should explain this. He also speculated that this could be a case of former Chief Justice Tun Eusoffe Chin exacting his final vengeance. "Is the Ayer Molek case one reason why Justice Hishamudin has been denied elevation to the Federal Court twice – a case of former CJ Eusoffe Chin exacting his final vengeance?

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  • Defiant Netanyahu takes anti-Iran campaign to US - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, February 28, 2015.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu takes his long-running campaign to deny Iran nuclear arms to Washington next week, asking Congress to torpedo an emerging US nuclear deal with Tehran. Netanyahu has infuriated the White House and Democrat lawmakers by accepting the invitation by Republicans to speak on Capitol Hill, in what Israel's Haaretz newspaper calls "the speech of his life". Israeli commentators and US officials are saying Tuesday's speech, two weeks before Netanyahu fights an election for a third consecutive term in office, endangers what has historically been bipartisan US political support. "The chances of shooting down the (emerging Iran) agreement depend on enlisting a majority of two-thirds of the members of Congress, which could overcome President (Barack) Obama's expected veto and impose new sanctions on Iran," columnist Ben Caspit wrote in the Maariv daily.

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  • Penang Umno man believed sacked after 1MDB complaint, report says

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 — Umno’s Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan, the Penang Umno divisional leader who lodged a complaint against 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), may soon receive sacking orders from the ruling party, a report claimed today. According to news portal Malaysiakini, the Batu Kawan Umno deputy chief is unsure, however, of the news, which he said he received from his friends who heard it on TV3. Khairuddin also reportedly refused to speculate if his alleged sacking may be due to his 1MDB report. Penang Umno chief Datuk Zainal Abidin Osman, when contacted by the news portal, would neither confirm nor deny the news.

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  • Indonesia’s stance ‘clear’ on Australians’ executions, says Jokowi - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, February 28, 2015.Indonesian President Joko Widodo has said his country's stance is "clear" on the pending executions of two Australian drug smugglers, despite the suggestion by Australia's prime minister that he is "carefully considering" his position. The executions by firing squad of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, the Australian ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" drug smuggling gang, are believed to be imminent. Their appeals for presidential clemency, typically the final chance of avoiding death, were recently rejected by Widodo, better known as Jokowi, and a court this week dismissed a bid to challenge that decision. The looming sentences have dramatically heightened tensions between Australia and Indonesia, fraying ties that were only just recovering from a spying row.

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  • 1MDB complainant loses Umno post over bankruptcy case

    — AFP pic KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 — The Penang Umno leader who made headlines for lodging complaints against 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) has been relieved of his party post over a bankruptcy case last year. According to Penang Umno liaison committee secretary datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir, Datuk Khairuddin Abu Hassan’s sacking order was in accordance with the party’s constitution and conference rules, national news agency Bernama reported. “He (Khairuddin) had been declared as a bankrupt by the court on May 24 last year and a report on the status had been made to the national Umno headquarters,” he was quoted saying in a statement. He added, however, that despite losing his position as Batu Kawan Umno Youth vice-chairman, Khairuddin still remains a party member and is allowed to attend Umno’s annual conference at the branch level.

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  • ‘AG has powers to commute death sentence'

    This is to get around the Australian law preventing his extradition back home.

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  • Walk the talk, Sarawak DAP tells Najib - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, February 28, 2015.Sarawak DAP today reminded Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to keep his promise and not pay lip service in his request for all Malaysians to join him fight against all forms of extremism in the country. "Walk the talk," state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said, in response to the prime minister's appeal which he made last night at the Kuching North City Hall's (MBKS) Chinese New Year (CNY) open house in Padungan. Najib made the request in front of more than 5,000 people – most of them Chinese - who had thronged the city's community hall for the dinner and to watch the fireworks display and appealed to them to join him in the fight to preserve Malaysia's peace and stability. "Umno is full of extremists.

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  • 300 households oppose conversion of carpark in PJ - Community | The Star Online

    RESIDENTS of Taman Mayang in SS25, Petaling Jaya, have objected to the conversion of a multi-level carpark in Jalan SS25/24 into a warehouse as it would aggravate traffic congestion. SS25 Taman Mayang Rukun Tetangga (RT) chairman Chan Chow Wang said about 300 households have expressed their disappointment that the owner of the carpark had been allowed to misuse the building as a warehouse.

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  • 1MDB cash flow under pressure - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 28, 2015.1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) failure to get a RM3 billion cash injection from the Finance Ministry will put more pressure on its cash flow, as it has interest payments of some RM750 million due in the next three months on the four RM28 billion worth of bonds it has issued. A US$66 million (RM238 million) half-year interest payment on the US$3 billion bond issued by 1MDB Global Investments Ltd is due in March. The other half-year interest payment amounting to US$105 million (RM378 million) is due in May for the two bonds totalling US$3.5 billion raised to buy its power assets. The total interest payment each year is US$342 million (RM1.23 billion).

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