• Apple CEO to give away all his money - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 27, 2015.Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook is joining the roster of the very rich who are giving away their wealth. Fortune magazine cited the head of the world's largest technology corporation as saying he planned to donate his estimated US$785 million (RM2.88 billion) fortune to charity – after paying for his 10-year-old nephew's college education. "You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change," Cook told the magazine. Fortune estimated Cook's net worth, based on his holdings of Apple stock, at about US$120 million.

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  • Final minutes of doomed Germanwings flight - The Malaysian Insider

    The flight started like any other, the conversation in the cockpit perfectly normal, with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz offering no indication of the horror he would soon allegedly inflict on the other 149 people on board flight 4U 9525. "For the first 20 minutes, they spoke in a normal fashion, courteous, like normal pilots. There was nothing abnormal," French prosecutor Brice Robin told reporters today. He was relaying information from the cockpit voice recorder, captured by one of the "black boxes" discovered among the debris of the Airbus A320 that crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday.

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  • Hadi breaks his silence on hudud | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: After a long silence, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has come forward to provide an explanation to the public on the controversy surrounding the planned implementation of hudud in Kelantan. In an open letter posted on his Facebook page, Abdul Hadi questioned Muslims who had repeatedly given excuses against the implementation of hudud, by using Islamic terms to justify their excuses. Abdul Hadi said the private member's bill proposed by PAS is not a hudud bill, but amendments to the Syariah Courts Act (Criminal Jurisdiction) 1965, which is only applicable to Muslims. Abdul Hadi said various seminars and dialogues had been held for the public to understand before the hudud enactment was brought to the Kelantan State Legislative Assembly.

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  • Three killed in multi-vehicle accident on NKVE - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Three people were killed and another seriously wounded in a deadly multi-vehicle collision on KM14.4 of the North Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) heading to Damansara from Subang. Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director of operations Mohd Sani Harul said a distress call was received at around 6.50am Thursday, alerting authorities of the accident. Mohd Sani said a 10-tonne garbage truck collided with four vehicles in the early morning incident.

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  • Secret Chinese airport brought down to earth by chopper crash – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo

    BEIJING: A secret private airport illegally built by a wealthy businessman in China was exposed after he crashed his helicopter, killing a passenger, state-run media said yesterday. Private aircraft ownership by China’s wealthy elite has grown in recent years, but the military controls airspace and is reluctant to permit private flights. A businessman surnamed Li crashed a helicopter into a reservoir when flying in the eastern province of Anhui last week, the Global Times reported. Li — the chief manager of a construction machinery company who paid over one million yuan ( 160,000) for his chopper — swam to safety but a 25-year-old male passenger was killed, it said.

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  • Sacked ‘Top Gear’ star Clarkson defends attack victim - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 27, 2015.The outspoken former presenter of hit car show "Top Gear" Jeremy Clarkson on Thursday defended the co-worker he attacked in a fracas that led to his sacking by Britain's BBC. Clarkson's contract was not renewed after an internal BBC investigation found he physically attacked a "Top Gear" producer, Oisin Tymon, after a lengthy verbal tirade. Clarkson, 54, has yet to comment on the decision, but paused to defend Tymon when stopped by reporters outside his London home. Clarkson flagged the incident to the BBC after Tymon took himself to hospital following the outburst, which reportedly occurred because Clarkson was annoyed at a lack of hot food.

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  • Shafee responsible for his own conduct, no government backing, says Nancy on Umno lawyer’s road shows

    — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — Umno lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah is responsible for his own conduct and did not receive Putrajaya’s backing for the road shows he attended after Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy conviction, de facto law minister Nancy Shukri said today. Nancy stressed that Shafee also did not receive any nod from Putrajaya to participate in the road shows where he allegedly vilified and shamed Anwar. The minister pointed out to Parliament today that Shafee’s contract to act as the deputy public prosecutor (DPP) had also ended after Anwar’s case was wrapped up. “His (Shafee) agreement under the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) ended when the case ended.

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  • Electric Train Service to be in operation in a few months | theSundaily

    GEORGE TOWN: It is good news for commuters for when the Korean-made Electric Train Service (ETS) is in operation in another few months they can reach their destinations faster. The Electrified Double Tracking Project (Ipoh-Padang Besar) train spanning 329km linking Ipoh in Perak to Padang Besar in Perlis increases the accessibility of major cities.

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  • Misbehaving Chinese tourists major headache for Thais

    Public outrage forced the Thai government to issue thousands of Chinese-language etiquette manuals last month in an effort to ensure sightseers behave themselves. Feathers were ruffled anew in March when a Thai model posted a video on Facebook accusing Chinese tourists of jumping the queue at an airport, prompting heated debate from Thai and Chinese bloggers. But with Thailand struggling to revive a stagnant economy after a military coup ended months of political unrest last year, tour operators in the ‘Land of Smiles’ say they have no choice but to grin and bear it. Tourism accounts for nearly 10 per cent of the country’s economic output and Chinese holidaymakers are Thailand’s largest group of overseas visitors.

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  • The hudud rock now in Najib’s place

    Will Najib have the last laugh? Kim Quek: That the Kelantan hudud push was an Umno plot to split Pakatan Rakyat is no news, as that has been common knowledge. What is intriguing is the nature and extent of Abdul Hadi Awang’s tete-a-tete with Najib Abdul Razak behind the scenes. Now that it looks apparent that Najib is going to back down from Umno’s public pledge to PAS to realise its hudud dream, has some kind of disillusionment set in among the ulama faction led by Hadi?

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  • Come GST, time to stash cash under our pillows?

    KINIBIZ The upcoming goods and services tax (or GST) has Tiger’s tail tangled in knots. First, she was informed that GST would be charged on her credit card annual fee. Now it is set in stone that banks will also charge GST. Tigers are frugal members of the animal kingdom.

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  • Bar Council fights Shafee's gag order

    It has filed an application to set aside the injunction obtained by the senior lawyer.

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  • Co-pilot ‘deliberately’ crashed Germanwings plane — Prosecutor – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo

    MARIGNANE, France: The co-pilot ‘deliberately’ initiated the descent of the Germanwings flight that crashed into the French Alps and refused to open the door to the pilot who was outside the cockpit, the lead investigator said on yesterday. The co-pilot, named as 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz, appeared to “show a desire to want to destroy” the plane, prosecutor Brice Robin told reporters. “The co-pilot was alone at the controls,” said Robin, presenting information gathered from the ‘black box’ recorder that records sounds and conversations from the cockpit. The co-pilot turned the ‘flight monitoring system’ button to initiate the plane’s descent and spoke ‘not a single word’ during the last 10 minutes before the plane crashed.

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  • ‘I value friendship more’, Khir Toyo says after apology to Khalid

    — Bernama picSHAH ALAM, March 26 — Former Selangor Mentri Besar Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo said today that he values “friendship” more than enmity as he expressed gratitude for the chance to settle two defamation suits filed against him by his successor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim. The two suits were dropped earlier this afternoon after Dr Khir read out his “sincere” apology to Khalid for issuing defamatory remarks against him in 2009. “For me, what’s important is friendship. “I think the action of apologising and forgiving is good, and I as the younger one should do it,” the Umno man told reporters here after the cases were settled at the Shah Alam High Court.

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  • Water supply disruption in Shah Alam, Klang next Tuesday, Wednesday | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: Several areas in Klang and Shah Alam are expected to face a temporary water supply disruption from 9pm on March 31 to 7am on April 1, according to Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas). It said in a statement today that the disruption is due to upgrading works.

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  • Threats against BFM host sign of patriarchal, misogynistic Malaysia, forum told

    The fierce backlash a BFM journalist received over a video discussing hudud had less to do with Islamic law and more to do with the misogynistic and patriarchal nature of modern-day Malaysia, several panellists told a forum last night. The panellists, which included lawyers and lawmakers, said if Aisyah Tajuddin, the journalist who received rape and death threats for questioning the implementation of hudud in Kelantan, had been a man, the backlash would not have been as violent. “I’m confident, if Edry was the host in that episode of Kupas, I’m confident no one would threaten to rape him,” Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari said of Projek Dialog’s Edry Faizal, the intended host for the BFM video.

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  • Airlines scramble to toughen up cockpit rules after Germanwings crash (VIDEO)

    Airlines and policy makers rushed to mandate two crew members be in the cockpit at all times following revelations that the co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight deliberately crashed the plane when left alone at the controls. British low-cost carrier easyJet was the largest company to announce a change in policy yesterday after French prosecutors said co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked out the pilot before slamming the Airbus A320 into a mountain on Tuesday. Similar announcements in the wake of the French Alps crash that killed all 150 people on board came from the Canadian government, Icelandair and Norwegian Air Shuttle. Germany’s aviation association BDL said it too wanted to introduce a two-person cockpit rule among its members, while Lufthansa said the measure would be discussed at an industry meeting today.

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  • The LKY I knew — Tan Tian Yan

    There have been too many things talked and written about Lee Kuan Yew. But, there is something I would like to share with you here, the LKY that I saw myself. It happened six years ago during LKY's last visit to Malaysia. One day, I received a call that LKY invited the local media for a breakfast get-together at the hotel he put up with in KL.

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  • Malaysian varsities fail to make global list of fastest-rising universities - The Malaysian Insider

    – NTU pic, March 27, 2015.Malaysian universities have failed to make the Times Higher Education (THE) list of the world’s seven fastest-rising young universities in the world, even as neighbouring country Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) debuts at first place despite being just 24 years old. The list features institutions of higher learning under the age of 50 which have risen the most number of places in the annual top 400 THE World University Rankings since 2011, as well as the forthcoming THE 100 Under 50 Rankings. However, while NTU, which was founded in 1991, has managed to rise 108 places in the THE World University Rankings in just four years, not a single Malaysian university made the cut.

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  • Crazy to spend RM300 million on new KL City Hall buildings, says Kok - The Malaysian Insider

    – Photo courtesy of duniafashyon.com, March 26, 2015.It is "crazy" for the government to spend RM300 million on the new Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) building, says DAP lawmaker Teresa Kok. Kok, who is a DAP vice-president, was responding to the answer given to her in Parliament after she submitted a verbal question to Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor on the details of the construction of the new DBKL building and the benefit of building it when the economy was not doing well. It was reported in The Star in November that the DBKL redevelopment would involve the demolition of the existing 12-storey council building dubbed Menara DBKL 2 and the construction of a new building on the site. Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib had announced that Menara DBKL 2 would be torn down and replaced with a skyscraper to create more office space, as DBKL intended to locate all departments under one roof.

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