• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 7-Eleven apologises for GST price error | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: 7-Eleven Malaysia Holdings Berhad yesterday apologised to all consumers affected by the Goods and Services Tax (GST) pricing error for selected items sold at its stores earlier yesterday. Its general manager (marketing) Ronan Lee said the pricing error occurred due to a technical system error in its point-of-sale system. Lee said as soon as the system error was discovered, they immediately took action to withdraw these products from sale so that their customers would not be inconvenienced further. For anyone who was impacted yesterday, the company requests them to contact it by using private message via 7-Elevan Malaysia's official Facebook page or email to marketing@7eleven.com.my with contact details.

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  • Telcos taking advantage of GST to increase prices | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Telecommunication (telcos) providers have taken advantage of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to charge consumers a tax it has been absorbing the last 20 years, in a move to defray potentially millions in costs. According to a source familiar with the matter, telcos have always absorbed the 6% service tax imposed on reloads for prepaid cards. It is understood, however, that with the implementation of GST, a number of telcos have taken the opportunity to add it on to reloads sold, despite being told that they should maintain the prices as per the norm. Altel, Digi and Maxis are a few companies which have clearly stated that its reload prices for prepaid cards now come with the GST.

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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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  • Penang is killing George Town — Shamsher Singh Thind

    Although I am happy that there is finally a city council in the state of Penang, there are several issues that have been bothering me for some times. The newest city in Malaysia is known as Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (Penang City) and not as Bandaraya George Town (George Town City). It is therefore a lie to say that George Town’s city status has been restored on 1 January 2015. George Town was the only city in Malaya and the first city in Malaysia.

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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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  • Safety box found by the roadside – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo

    MIRI: Several members of the public here were stunned when they came across a safety box by the roadside in Jalan Krokop yesterday morning. Upon checking, the police found nothing inside the safety box and that it belonged to a Chinese association also located at Jalan Krokop based on a name sticker on it.

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  • GST: Greedy coffee shop owners told to stop cheating – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo

    KUCHING: A number of coffee shops in the state that are not affected by the Goods and Services Tax (GST) raised prices of their drinks yesterday to fleece customers. “Most coffee shop owners in Sarawak still maintain the same price as before the implementation of GST.

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  • Former chief justice says Kelantan can implement hudud – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    – April 1, 2015.The Kelantan government can implement the hudud law without having the Federal Constitution amended if it confines itself to the offences under the State List, said former Chief Justice Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad. He said the offences in List II (State List) of the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution were adultery; accusing someone of adultery; consuming intoxicating drinks and apostasy.

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  • Over 100 GST complaints on telco top-up prices, ministry says

    — File picPUTRAJAYA, April 1 — Flooded with more than 400 calls on the first day of the goods and services tax (GST) taking effect, the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry said today that the majority concerned the price increase in prepaid phone cards. The ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad said a total of 419 calls were made to the government’s GST hotline, adding that 118 of those callers complained about the telecommunications companies under the anti-profiteering law. “The most popular complaint, 33 per cent was about prepaid top-ups,” he told reporters at the Finance Ministry here during a joint press conference with Customs GST director Datuk Subromaniam Tholasy.

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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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  • Giuliana Rancic: 'I Know I'm Too Thin'

    Hoping to quiet her critics, Giuliana Rancic speaks out explaining why she's so thin. How much of it is related to her cancer battle?

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  • Najib goes shopping, observes GST implementation – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo

    PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak surprised shoppers by appearing at a hypermarket in Kota Damansara here on the first day of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Najib, who was attired in dark pants and a white, long-sleeved shirt, arrived at the hypermarket at 4.45pm and checked on the prices of goods. The prime minister was accompanied by the chief activist of the Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association (PPIM), Datuk Nadzim Johan; Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (FOMCA) president Datuk N Marimuthu and Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) president SM Mohamed Idris.

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  • Hadi on hudud: ‘70,000 people are not going to have their hands cut off’

    — Picture by Saw Siong FengKUALA LUMPUR, April 1 — The Malaysian Islamic leader spearheading a campaign for severe Shariah punishments chuckles as he dismisses the firestorm that has ensued, saying visions of thousands of law-breakers with amputated limbs are way off the mark. Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s party has passed a law in its northern stronghold permitting amputation for thieves and stoning for adulterers, heightening fears about growing Islamisation in the moderate-Muslim country and threatening to break apart a successful three-party opposition coalition. PAS’ law in conservative Kelantan is unlikely to be implemented due to federal constraints, but has sparked debate in the Muslim-majority nation and riled PAS’ ethnic Chinese and multi-racial party allies. Hadi, the PAS president, told AFP in an interview that the “hudud” penalties were largely symbolic and would be “almost impossible” to impose on law-breakers, even if implemented, due to strict limits on their use under Islamic law.

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  • WhatsApp adds free voice calling - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP/Relaxnews pic, April 1, 2015.The messaging app has officially added voice calling, a long-teased feature that was previously available only by invitation. After making a name for itself with free text messaging, WhatsApp is breaking into the VoIP market with its latest feature, introduced in the latest update for Android (2.12.19) and soon to come to iOS. The move places WhatsApp in direct competition with Microsoft's Skype and Rakuten's Viber, both of which allow users to make voice calls between online contacts and – for a fee – to any number, landline or mobile. Given the massive scale of WhatsApp's user base (over 500 million worldwide), the app is now also a significant alternative to mobile operators' pay-as-you-go plans.

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  • Milk in, mosquitoes out as Anwar 'reforms' prison

    Inmates are being served milk three times a week and the prison area fogged.

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