• GST forces Chinese shop to close after 74 years - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, March 30, 2015.Yew Chian Hooi's Chinese medicine shop 'Ban Swee Choon' in Bukit Mertajam is opening tomorrow for the last time after 74 years in business. It will be closed for good come Wednesday, the day the goods and services tax (GST) begins implementation. The shop was founded by Yew's late father in 1941 and survived the second World War, the Japanese occupation and years of ups and downs. Yew said he did not support the government's move to implement the GST because he was not convinced that it was a good thing.

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  • Hard for PM, wife to let go of daughter

    Protests and pressure for PM to resign fails to take the shine off wedding.

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  • Azmin: PKR headquarters raid illegal | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) today condemned as "illegal and unwarranted" the police raid on its headquarters here. Selangor Mentri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is PKR deputy president, said the party holds the home minister and Inspector-General of Police responsible for the raid and demands for the harassment against the opposition to stop. "It is unconstitutional and a gross abuse of power and amounts to an attack on the opposition collectively," Azmin said in a statement issued today. Six policemen had taken Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli in handcuffs to the headquarters today and broke the door to his office.

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  • Why the bad grammar on PMO’s website if Malaysia’s English so good, asks DAP - The Malaysian Insider

    – PMO website screenshot, March 30, 2015.A DAP lawmaker today questioned the deputy education minister's claim that Malaysia's standard of English is better than Singapore's when grammatical errors can be found even in the Prime Minister's Office's official website. Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming (pic, right) said the minister, P. Kamalanathan, should focus on the task at hand which was to improve the standard of English among English teachers, and stop making inaccurate comparisons.

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  • Press Digest - Eateries raise prices by a hefty 20% | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Some eateries have already increased their prices ahead of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) tomorrow – and by a hefty 20%! While housewives thronged hypermarkets and supermarkets busy stocking up on non-perishable items on the last weekend before GST becomes effective, a good number of eateries in the Klang Valley, particularly food hawkers, have quietly readjusted their prices, Nanyang Siang Pau reported today. According to the report, readers called up to complain about big increase in prices charged by eateries, including hawkers who have raised their "pan mee" by RM1 a bowl to RM7, citing the impending GST. A glass of Chinese tea, perhaps the cheapest drink available at eateries, has also gone up by 20 sen to 70 sen, lamented one of the readers, who questioned the basis for the 40% increase.

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  • MyVi driver burnt to death in two-car collision | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: The driver of a Perodua MyVi was burnt to death when the vehicle burst into flames upon collision with a BMW car at the Kuala Lumpur-Putrajaya Highway (Maju Expressway-MEX) today. The BMW driver escaped unhurt. Kuala Lumpur traffic investigation and regulation staff officer DSP S. Markandan said initial investigation revealed the MyVi was registered in the name of a man from Kuching, Sarawak. Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department director, Khirudin Drahman said a team of firemen arrived at the location about 15 minutes after the crash, only to find the MyVi totally burnt.

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  • Germanwings air crash: Last minutes of ill-fated flight revealed

    — Reuters picBERLIN, March 30 — The Germanwings flight started like any other, the conversation in the cockpit normal, with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz offering no indication of the horror he would allegedly inflict. This is how Flight 4U 9525, which investigators believe Lubitz deliberately steered into a French mountainside, unfolded according to French prosecutors and Germany’s Bild newspaper. Both accounts are based on information from the cockpit voice recorder captured by one of the black boxes discovered among debris of the Airbus A320 that crashed in the Alps Tuesday. A French fireman stands in a gymnasium near maps that show the terrain where an Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps, near Seyne-les-Alpes, March 24, 2015.

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  • PAS man slams emotional comments on hudud in social media - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, March 29, 2015.PAS national unity committee chairman Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa has expressed concern over reactions and comments on the recently amended Kelantan Shariah Criminal Code II Enactment 1993, especially those on social media sites. He said ethics were not observed by most social media users when posting comments on the issue. "They are not even experts and the way they write is riddled of emotions," he said, citing the recent threats posted online against BFM business radio station journalist Aisyah Tajuddin as an example. Following the passing of the bill by Kelantan legislative assembly to amend the enactment more than a week ago, the station uploaded the BFM Projek Dialog “BFMKupas” video clip, raising questions about hudud and comparing it with bread and butter issues.

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  • Tunku Mahkota of Johor heads 83 award recipients | theSundaily

    JOHOR BARU: The Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, the eldest son of the Sultan of Johor, topped the list of 83 recipients of awards and medals bestowed today in conjunction with the coronation of Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar on March 23.

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  • Kita Lawan, a divided Pakatan and the wedding

    Three reasons why turnout was soggy at yesterday’s ‘wedding march’ for Najib.

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  • An open letter to Lim Kit Siang — Dave Anthony

    I salute you as the elder statesman of Malaysia who has raised a consistent voice over the years. Today we are in the cusp of a political crisis and yours is the only lonely voice calling for a Malaysian solution. Pakatan Rakyat, whichever way we look at it, is no longer a viable reality. The DAP and PAS are quite clear where they stand on the hudud issue.

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  • CEO admits blind association renting space in Rawang eye hospital owned by wife

    — file picKUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) chief executive officer Datuk S. Ganeson confirmed the Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital was renting his wife’s building in Rawang, admitting it was bound to be an issue. Wisma Supiah Kanagam, located at Jalan SJ1, was rented out to the hospital since 2012. The hospital operates a clinic on the ground floor while a MAB-led programme to train visually-impaired phone operators is held at the upper floor. Two thirds of MAB council members sit in the hospital board.

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  • My year in Singapore

    MARCH 30 -- It was a dream job. 2001. I joined a banking project in Singapore.  One time I was on this flight, there was this anorexically challenged guy bragging about his job in Kiasu-land...

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  • Beware of criticising Chinese tourist - Regional | The Star Online

    BANGKOK: As the battle over the behaviour of Chinese tourists rages on Thai social media, one combatant has come away with tears in her eyes. Pin-up model Duangjai “Jha” Phichitamphon found herself at the centre of a controversy last week after a video of her criticising Chinese tourists went viral. Jha recorded the video at the airport in Jeju, South Korea, where unruly Chinese tourists pushed past her and other polite Thais in what up until then had been an orderly queue at the tax refund counter. Being jostled left and right, Jha’s temper rises as the video goes on and her language becomes increasingly impolite.

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  • Cops arrest 3 TMI editors for sedition over hudud report linked to rulers

    — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — Three editors from news portal The Malaysian Insider (TMI) are now custody after nearly a dozen policemen and officers from the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) raided its Petaling Jaya office this evening. The news portal’s lawyer Syahredzan Johan confirmed that managing editor Lionel Morais, Bahasa news editor Amin Shah Iskandar and features and analysis editor Zulkifli Sulong were arrested under the Sedition Act 1948 and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. “Confirmed arrested,” Syahredzan said in a text message when asked about the status of the three editors.

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  • 5 nutrition tips for better sleep - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP/Relaxnews pic, March 30, 2015.March is World Sleep Month, which means research institutes around the globe are releasing reports on the importance of shut-eye, as well as tips on how to get enough. In France, after observing the link between eating habits and sleep hygiene in a recent study, the National Institute of Sleep and Vigilance (INVS) and the health insurer MGEN share suggestions on how to eat to improve the chances of getting a good night's rest. Never skip dinner: "If the body has not consumed enough energy, sleep will be fragmented. One must eat enough to make it through until morning," explains INSV president Damien Léger.

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  • Monorail service delayed as coach tyre catches fire - The Malaysian Insider

    – Pic courtesy of Malaysian Fire Department, March 30, 2015.The monorail service was temporarily delayed when a tyre of a two-car train coach caught fire at the Titiwangsa Station this morning. Chief operations officer of the Kuala Lumpur Fire Station, Shamsol Maarif Saibani said the station received a call at 8.52am regarding the fire and a team of firemen arrived at the scene about five minutes later. Immediately upon arrival, all train passengers were ordered out of the coaches and the monorail operator was directed to move the burning coach to a location further away from the buildings.

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  • Malaysian and Bangladeshi’s rivalry over Indonesian girl ends in death - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: A jealous taxi driver ended up dead when he confronted a man whom he thought had something going on with his Indonesian girlfriend. Mohd Alias Mahani, 55, was slashed to death when he went to see the guy who is from Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi ran away and headed to Jalan Kepayang while Mohd Alias gave chase. When Mohd Alias did not return, the friend got out of the taxi and went to look for him.

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  • MAS customers subject to 6pc GST starting Apr 1

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — Beginning April 1, Malaysia Airlines customers will be subjected to the six per cent Goods & Services Tax (GST) on applicable goods and services supplied by the national carrier. This implementation adheres to the

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  • Runaway rhino kills one, injures six in Nepal | theSundaily

    KATHMANDU: A rhinoceros that had wandered off a wildlife reserve rampaged through a town in central Nepal on Monday, leaving one woman dead and six people injured, police said. A local police official said the animal travelled some 20km from the unfenced reserve to the town in Makwanpur district where it chased down startled pedestrians as well as vehicles. "The rhino hit and killed one 61-year-old woman, and injured six others," said Shishu Sharma, Makwanpur police spokesperson. Sharma said the animal appeared to have calmed down and was now resting behind a hospital in Hetauda town.

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