• Ringgit falls against Singapore dollar, limiting mass-market gaming revenues

    ― Reuters picSINGAPORE, April 2 ― The Malaysian ringgit's fall to 17-year lows against the Singapore dollar will limit the city state's mass-market gaming revenues even after the opening of Genting Singapore's new hotel close to Malaysia's border, analysts said. Like its rival Las Vegas Sands' Marina Bay Sands, Genting is trying to improve its appeal to mass-market players as it battles a slowdown in its high-roller business amid weakness in the Chinese economy. But whereas the Chinese are the major players in Singapore's VIP gaming business, Malaysians and Indonesians are its top mass-market foreign gamblers, and this sector is being hit by the regional currency fluctuations.

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  • Selangor still rejects GST, Azmin says one day after tax rollout

    Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali said today his government remains firm in its objection to the Goods and Services Tax (GST), insisting that although the system is now in place, he still believes it to be regressive in nature and an inappropriate method of increasing federal income. In reply to a question by Datuk Amiruddin Satro (BN-Jeram) Azmin told the Selangor legislative assembly this morning that Putrajaya’s logic that GST would open up a new source of income for the country was a “wrong philosophy”. “Income tax is still high and has only reduced by one or two per cent and (with GST) the 90 per cent of people who do not have to pay tax previously since they do not fall under the income tax bracket are now forced to pay, while the 10 per cent existing taxpayers are not affected,” Azmin said. “That’s why I say this is an aggressive form of tax that taxes the poor and not the rich, so we the state government are firm in rejecting this tax,” he added.

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  • Why GST for sardine but not lobster?  — Tay Tian Yan

    There was a group of GST protesters throwing out this question in front of the Customs Department headquarters. Sardine is a very common food for ordinary citizens, especially the lower to middle-income groups. So, the poor will have to pay GST for sardine while the financially loaded can escape GST for gulping the lobster? It was said that the officials at the Customs Department were somewhat embarrassed and dumbfounded.

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  • Student-magnet fried rice at Subang Jaya - The Malaysian Insider

    Starting this month, the GST or Goods and Services Tax will be imposed. If you’re wondering if this means you have to cut down on eating out, think…

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  • Muslim doctors to ‘resign temporarily’ for amputation job, Kelantan hudud panellist claims

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, April 2 — Kelantan may hire Muslim doctors to perform amputations under its Shariah Criminal Code (II) Enactment after a group signalled their willingness to “resign temporarily” from their posts to carry out the job. Dr Azhar Abdullah, a member of Kelantan’s hudud implementation committee, claimed that the group of Muslim medical experts had offered their services in order to ensure the punishment will be administered professionally. “For the Muslim doctor society, they see the punishment as not contradicting to their profession as doctors, to amputate patients and convicted criminals. Because to them it is a responsibility,” Azhar told a forum here organised by the University of Malaya Muslim Students Association last night.

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  • A rant on lazy-minded GST advocates and protesters ― Hafidz Baharom

    APRIL 2 ― It is now the second day of the introduction of the six per cent goods and services tax (GST), and so begins the insanity. From idiotic tweets from a ministry asking people not to “gelabah biawak”, to an MP of a teeny tiny island and also the chairman of Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd, telling people to colonise the moon to avoid the tax, it was a Feast of Fools.

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  • Shoppers find GST charged on zero-rated items

    Checks find prices go up on supplies and provisions said to be exempt.

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  • Sanitary pads cost more now, says DAP lawmaker - The Malaysian Insider

    Despite Putrajaya's reassurances that women will not face the brunt of the goods and services tax (GST) which was implemented yesterday, the cost of…

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  • Putrajaya warns telcos against raising prices of mobile services - The Malaysian Insider

    – File pic, April 2, 2015.Putrajaya today warned telcos of legal action if they continued to charge extra for postpaid and prepaid telecommunications services, as the 6% goods and services tax (GST) was replacing the previous service tax of 10%. Deputy finance minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan said the broad-based consumption tax replaces the old service tax, which was also charged at 6% on prepaid services.

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  • Claim GST refund from 7-Eleven outlets, newspaper buyers told

    Those who bought newspapers from 7-Eleven convenience stores yesterday but were charged a six per cent tax should seek a refund, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan said today. Anyone who paid GST for newspapers, go to 7-Eleven and claim back,” the Pontian MP told Parliament today. Yesterday, 7-Eleven posted an apology on its official Facebook page. “On behalf of 7-Eleven Malaysia Holdings Berhad we would like to issue an apology to all consumers who were affected by the GST pricing error for selected items sold at 7-Eleven Malaysia stores earlier today, 1st April 2015, which occurred due to a technical system error in our point-of-sale system.

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  • LKY: To us, he was an island

    From the top of the steps I shout to the rowdy multinational crew after a day of university revelry masked as debating, “Anyone from Singapore?” They shouted back — “Nooooo!!!!” To this I screamed, “Time for Lee Kuan Yew jokes, then.” Laughter broke out, and fictional constructs were hurt without restraint. In fact we were likelier emboldened since much of Jurong is reclaimed land, which means Malaysian sand, so we were probably more in Malaysia than in Singapore. Today, I have to admit with the passing of Lee Kuan Yew or LKY — our favourite topic of mirth, envy and reflection south of Johor Baru — a realigning must ensue, of what was, is and will be for Malaysia-Singapore relationships, and in the same breath Malaysia per se. For no foreign citizen has had as much impact on Malaysia as that man.

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  • FBI confirms death of Malaysian militant after finger DNA - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 2, 2015.The US Federal Bureau of Investigation said it has confirmed that Zulkifli Hir, one of its "most wanted terrorists," was killed in a raid in the Philippines in January. A person familiar with the investigation said the FBI was able to confirm Zulkifli's death in part through DNA analysis of a severed finger that Philippine authorities collected from the gruesome scene of a raid that left Zulkfli dead.

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  • Consumers getting short end of GST stick

    In Petaling Jaya, a bakery decided to raise the price of selected buns and pastries by between 10 and 20 sen. Malay Mail photographer Razak Ghazali said he went to a pharmacy in Kelana Jaya to buy six packets of rehydration salt, which normally costs RM1.50 each. Checks at another pharmacy in Section 14, Petaling Jaya, showed the price tags of toiletries were removed, leaving customers confused.

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  • Petrol station owners claim they are losing money - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Fluctuating fuel prices have not caused any problem in running petrol stations, but dealers said they are losing money. Petrol Dealers Association of Malaysia president Datuk Hashim Othman said a centralised system was used to key in the prices of petrol and diesel, and there has been no trouble so far. “When the prices go up, they only offset the money that we lost when the prices went down. Petrol prices have been fluctuating since the decision of the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry to set the market prices of RON95 and diesel based on a managed float last year.

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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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  • 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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  • In tycoon spat, Sukamto ordered to pay Indonesian magnate Low S$132m

    ― Today picSINGAPORE, April 2 — The dramatic fallout between two tycoons, which has dragged on in the courtroom for more than six years, has ended with a High Court ordering one to pay the other S$280,000 (RM758,111) in damages for defamation — believed to be one of the highest for such cases not involving politicians. Sukamto Sia, 55, must also pay Indonesian magnate Low Tuck Kwong an additional S$132 million for an initial share sale that was foiled by his defamatory remarks. The legal feud between the former friends began in July 2008 when Low was one month from an initial public offering launch for coal producer Bayan Resources.

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  • 'Halal' GST will not burden rakyat, says Najib | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: The newly-implemented Goods and Services Tax (GST) is approved "halal" and will not burden the rakyat. In his opening speech at the World Halal Summit 2015 today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said extensive studies were made before the government decided to introduce the new tax regime. "I suppose we could argue that as it (GST) coincides with the halal gathering that we have here today, it makes GST halal as well," Najib jokingly said in his keynote address, much to the amusement of more than 1,000 participants at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here. "But in fact it is as the National Fatwa Council that GST has said it is in fact halal," he added.

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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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  • Minister defends arrests, says TMI cries wolf

    ‘The audience run helter-skelter, stampeding each other. It turns out there is no fire.’

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