• Putrajaya fails to stop Rafizi’s application to challenge legality of banking law - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, April 27, 2015.Putrajaya has failed in its bid to stop an application by Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli to challenge the constitutionality of the repealed Banking and Financial Insitutions Act (Bafia). The Shah Alam Sessions Court today ruled that Putrajaya’s objection was frivolous and lacked merit. Judge Rozina Ayob fixed May 15 to hear submissions whether the High Court could hear and rule on the constitutionality of Bafia.

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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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  • Chong Wei had no intention to cheat, BWF doping panel finds

    — Bernama picKUALA LUMPUR, April 27 — The Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed today its decision to suspend badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei from active competition for eight months, but said although the national player did violate an anti-doping regulation, he had not done so with intent to cheat. In a statement on its website, the authority found that Lee had indeed been "negligent" when he took the banned substance Dexamethasone, but the degree of negligence was "rather light" as he had not known at the time that he had ingested the substance. According to BWF, the panel hearing Lee's case said that it is "convinced this is not a case of doping with intent to cheat". The panel also found it "correct and fair" to backdate the eight month suspension order to the date that Lee's sample was collected last year.

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  • MCA veep must apologise for insulting all housewives, Pakatan insists

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayPERMATANG PAUH, April 27 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) members accused today an MCA leader of criticising PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and by extension, all housewives in Malaysia. Batu Tiga assemblyman Rodziah Ismail cited a report published on news portal Malaysiakini that she said had reported MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun insulting the role of all housewives in Malaysia, insisting that Chew issue an apology. “She fails to understand the significance of a housewives’ (sic) voice and the strength it can carry in a parliamentary sitting,” the PKR assemblyman said in a statement, referring to Chew’s purported insult to Dr Wan Azizah and all housewives.

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  • Top Japanese restaurant defends foreign policy - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, April 27, 2015.A top-notch Michelin-starred sushi restaurant in Tokyo on Monday defended its special reservation rules for foreigners after a report in Japan it had refused to accept a booking from a Chinese customer. Sushi Mizutani, which has two of the coveted Michelin stars, told AFP it has an "across-the-board policy" of not accepting bookings by non-Japanese customers – unless they are made through a hotel concierge or a credit card company. "(Non-Japanese) customers may not show up for their reservations," a member of staff at the restaurant said, adding employees do not have the foreign language proficiency to explain requirements to patrons. The confirmation came after a report that the restaurant, located in Tokyo's glitzy Ginza district, had refused to take a reservation for Chinese journalist Mo Bangfu.

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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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  • 'Cops harassing PKR campaign workers' claim

    PMTG PAUH Volunteers are apparently questioned as to who attended PKR ceramah.

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

    Tun Faisal said Mahathir didn't say that only RM5.8bil of debt is gov't-backed.

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  • Nepal quake: Cycling team ready to return home - Videos | The Star Online

    In a telephone interview from Nepal, the leader of the KE7B cycling team says on Sunday that the team which was supposed to go on a cycling expedition on Mount Everest, has ended its trip following the devastating earthquake.

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  • KL-Singapore high-speed rail may miss 2020 deadline, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    The multi-billion ringgit high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is expected to miss its 2020 deadline by two years, Singapore's Business Times reported today. Citing unnamed sources, the business paper said 2022 may be a more realistic deadline as there were many unresolved issues in the mammoth project, which is estimated to cost nearly RM40 billion. More time is needed to sort some aspects out so that it can take off smoothly," a source close to the project was quoted as saying by The Business Times.

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  • Paris Hilton Gives Update On Aunt Kim Richards; Shows Support For Bruce Jenner

    At the annual Race to Erase MS event, Paris Hilton talks about her aunt, Kim Richards, and voices support from Bruce Jenner.

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  • Upgrades to LRT stations coming soon, says Prasarana - The Malaysian Insider

    Prasarana group managing director Azmi Abdul Aziz said they did not want the stations to merely be a transit stop for users, but that Prasarana was looking for ways to enhance commuter experience at the stations. “In the long run, we are looking at providing facilities for the younger generation at the stations.

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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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  • Schumacher's son wins on his debut F4 weekend - Motorsport | The Star Online

    Michael Schumacher's 16-year-old son Mick sprayed the winner's champagne after capping an impressive debut weekend in German Formula Four with the first victory of his motor racing career on Sunday. Competing for the Dutch-based Van Amersfoort Racing team, the German lined up second on the grid for the last of three races at Oschersleben and made a quick getaway to lead from the start. Schumacher, who leads the rookie standings and is fifth overall in the championship, ended the 30-minute race behind the safety car with Australian team mate Joey Mawson second and fellow rookie Thomas Preining third.

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  • Israeli air strike kills four planting bomb at Syria frontier - source - World | The Star Online

    An Israeli air strike killed four militants on Sunday as they placed an explosive on a fence near Israel's frontier with Syria in the annexed Golan Heights, an Israeli military source said. "Four terrorists placed an explosive on a fence near Majdel Shams and an Israeli aircraft shot and killed them," the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity, and identifying a village in the territory at the foot of strategic Mount Hermon. Tensions have risen in the Golan Heights, territory Israel captured from Syria in a 1967 war and later annexed in a move never recognised internationally, amid the civil war raging in Syria in the past four years.

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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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  • Hong Kong chief executive pays courtesy call on Najib | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak today received a courtesy call from Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Chief Executive, CY Leung on the sidelines of the 26th Asean Summit.

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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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  • Borobudur in 36 hours

    YOGYAKARTA, April 26 ― A two-and-a-half-hour direct flight from KL to Yogyakarta followed by a 90-minute drive to Borobudur makes it an ideal weekend destination to refresh and inform. So we packed light and took up this adventure one weekend to visit this UNESCO World Heritage site located in unspoilt surrounds with a handful of wonderful boutique resorts. We had only about 36 hours in Borobudur, but thanks to the efficient planning of Villa Borobudur we had complimentary transport from airport to Villa, and then tours of the area. The Borobudur site, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the world’s largest Buddhist temple as well as one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world.

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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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  • Penang Harmony Street walk lauded - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: The “Harmony Street” walk in Penang to symbolise that Malaysia is a land of religious harmony has continued to gain attention from academics and activists. “It displayed cohesion as an everyday experience,” said Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria, principal research fellow for UKM’s Institute of Ethnic Studies. The walk, which was organised by The Star, saw the participation of Star Media Group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, Global Movement of Moderates chief executive officer Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and activists, among others.

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  • What we must do – Thomas Fann - The Malaysian Insider

    Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan posed this question at the Asean People’s Forum on human rights: What have we done to deserve this stifling of various freedoms by Putrajaya? What a great question for us to ask ourselves and ask of this Barisan Nasional government. We get plundered, lorded over, insulted and told to migrate if not happy by our public servants.

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  • Cops: Public objection reason why support withdrawn for Thirst 2015

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, April 26 — Objections from the public and Selangor lawmakers resulted in the withdrawal of support for Thirst 2015, the Serdang police said today. In a statement this evening, the police said that they originally had no problems with the application for the temporary entertainment permit for the concert by organisers Future Sound Asia Sdn Bhd on March 25. “The MPSJ (Subang Jaya Municipal Council) had then rejected the application on April 6, although it was then approved with certain conditions imposed on April 22 after the organisers appealed to MPSJ. “On April 24, PDRM (the Royal Malaysian Police) had concluded to not support (the concert) after receiving objections and feedback on April 23 from society, as well as the office of the state assemblymen about the concert,” the statement read.

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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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  • Factbox - Foreigners in Nepal at time of deadly earthquake - World | The Star Online

    MUMBAI (Reuters) - Here are details released by some foreign governments on citizens who found themselves in Nepal at the time a strong earthquake hit on Saturday, killing more than 2,450 people.

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  • Three U.S. citizens dead in Nepal earthquake - World | The Star Online

    Three Americans have died in the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal, the U.S. State Department said on Sunday, including a woman who died when an avalanche triggered by the temblor struck the climbers' base camp on Mount Everest. The woman, Marisa Eve Girawong, was a physician's assistant who worked for Madison Mountaineering, a Seattle-based guide service, according to Kurt Hunter, the company's co-founder and chief technology officer. Girawong, who was from Edison, New Jersey, according to media reports, was among more than a dozen people who perished in the Mount Everest avalanche.

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  • Ratan Tata buys stake in Xiaomi - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 26, 2015.Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of the holding company of India's Tata conglomerate, has acquired a stake in Xiaomi Technology, a deal that is likely to bolster the Chinese phone maker's presence in the world's third-largest smartphone market. Financial details of the unspecified stake bought by Tata in Xiaomi, the first by an Indian, were not disclosed in the statement issued by the Chinese company today.

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  • Musa urges leaders to work towards the good of country - Videos | The Star Online

    Tun Musa Hitam calls on Malaysians to focus on “alleviating the socio-economic conditions” instead of falling into “the trap of being diverted” by political games.

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  • Double-decker for stage bus services in KL to debut next month | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: Klang Valley bus commuters will be getting a new ride soon, as Rapid KL is set to introduce a double-decker bus service next month. The double-decker buses will be serving the high capacity routes around the Klang Valley, especially from Cheras and Shah Alam to the capital city as well as the inner routes in the city centre.

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  • Chelsea edge closer to title with Arsenal draw - Football | The Star Online

    The man selling 'Chelsea Champions 2015' scarves outside The Emirates was a little premature but he is unlikely to be asked for refunds after they ground out a 0-0 Premier League draw at Arsenal on Sunday. Apart from three penalty appeals, the strongest of which saw Arsenal's goalkeeper clatter into Chelsea's Oscar in the first half and put the Brazilian in hospital, there was precious little to raise the pulse on a dreary afternoon in north London.

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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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  • Saudi military plane crashes during training - World | The Star Online

    CAIRO (Reuters) - A Saudi pilot and a trainee were killed on Sunday when their military plane crashed during training, the official Saudi Press Agency said.

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  • Minister promises savings of up to 20% at farmers’ markets – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    Effective June 1, consumers will enjoy savings of up to 20% on essential goods at the farmers' markets, said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister,…

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  • Quake overwhelms Nepal's weak healthcare system - World | The Star Online

    A massive earthquake in Nepal has exposed the woeful state of its medical facilities as hospitals struggle to treat vast numbers of injured with limited supplies and staff. The country of 28 million has only 2.1 physicians and 50 hospital beds for every 10,000 people, according to a 2011 World Health Organization report. The situation is worsening a humanitarian crisis triggered by Nepal's worst earthquake in 81 years. Casualties are expected to rise, as many more people are feared trapped in debris across the country, from the capital Kathmandu to remote villages and mountain peaks.

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  • No entry for motorbikes in public parks - Community | The Star Online

    MOTORCYCLISTS are prohibited from riding their bikes on walkways in public parks of Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib said City Hall (DBKL) would take firm action on errant motorcyclists and build barriers to prevent them from riding on those paths. “Motorcyclists are endangering pedestrians and families at the park. “We have issued 20 summonses to motorcyclists who were riding on the walkways in Perdana Botanical Gardens, Titiwangsa and Kepong Metropolitan Park.

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  • US dollar peg to remain, says HK chief executive - Business News | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: The policy to keep the Hong Kong dollar pegged against the US dollar will remain although the Asian currencies have come under increasing pressure due to the volatility in the dollar. Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying said that the policy of pegging the Hong Kong dollar to the US dollar has been operating well and he was not going to change it. “Yes we had to sell Hong Kong dollars (in recent weeks) to maintain the peg but the amount deployed is quite small relative to the inflows. The Hong Kong dollar has been pegged to the US dollar when capital started to flow out prior to the handover of the special administrative region by the United Kingdom back to China in July 1997.

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  • Heavyweight appetizer sets up Mayweather-Pacquiao - Boxing | The Star Online

    Wladimir Klitschko joined Joe Louis in the record books with his title bout on Saturday but the event took a decided back seat to boxing's latest 'Fight of the Century' -- Mayweather v Pacquiao. Klitschko matched the legendary Louis by climbing into the ring for his record-tying 27th world heavyweight championship fight but the Ukrainian's win against Bryant Jennings was a mere prelude to bigger things. "This event with Wladimir Klitschko, heavyweight champion of the world returning to Madison Square Garden, is the perfect hors d'oeuvre to what the main course will be next week," Peter Nelson, HBO sports programming vice president, told Reuters.

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  • Fighting escalates across Yemen, air strikes on capital Sanaa - World | The Star Online

    ADEN/CAIRO (Reuters) - Air raids, naval shelling and ground fighting shook Yemen on Sunday in some of the most widespread combat since a Saudi-led alliance intervened last month against Iranian-allied Houthi militia who have seized large tracts of the country. There were at least five air strikes on military positions and an area near the presidential palace compound in the Houthi-held capital Sanaa at dawn on Sunday, while warships pounded an area near the port of the southern city of Aden, residents said. Life has really become unbearable in this city," a Sanaa resident who gave his name as Jamal told Reuters. The strikes on Sanaa were the first since the Saudi-led coalition said last week it was scaling back a campaign against the Houthis.

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  • Three suspects held in French investigation into failed church attack - World | The Star Online

    French police were holding three people for questioning on suspicion they may be accomplices of an Algerian man suspected of planning to attack at least one French church, several French media said on Sunday. The Paris prosecutor's office declined to comment. French magistrates have already placed the 24-year-old Algerian, who is suspected of murdering a woman and planning a gun attack on churchgoers in a Paris suburb, under formal investigation on Friday. Le Figaro.fr, citing a source close to the matter, said the three men arrested over the weekend were questioned on Sunday by the anti-terrorism section of the Paris police.

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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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