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

    Tun Faisal said Mahathir didn't say that only RM5.8 billion of 1MDB's debt is gov't-backed.

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  • Woman strips to avoid paying for meal - Nation | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: An unidentified woman stripped off her clothes to avoid paying for a meal worth around RM18 in Petaling Street here. The woman went to a chicken rice restaurant with a man around 3pm on Thursday. A nearby stall owner identified only as Wong said the woman had two plates of chicken rice before trying to leave without paying. “When the restaurant operator tried to stop her, she denied having eaten there.

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  • Cops force last minute cancellation of Thirst concert, says Serdang MP - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 26, 2015.The Thirst 2015: We Are All Stardust concert, scheduled to take place last night, was cancelled because the police withdrew their support for it at the last minute, Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming said. He said the police sent a letter to the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) on Friday saying they would not support the concert, leaving the council no choice but to withdraw the concert's permit at the 11th hour. "On the afternoon of Friday, April 24, the police sent a letter to MPSJ stating that they would not support the concert.

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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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  • Nine more held over brutal attacks on security guards - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Nine more men have been arrested in connection with the brutal torching of a security guard in Klang and the slashing of six others. The suspects, said to be hardened criminals aged between 22 and 59, were rounded up by police following several raids on Tuesday. Three men were arrested at about 4.30am at Jalan Meru, Klang, followed by five others at Jalan Changkat Asa, Hulu Bernam. The last suspect was detained in Jalan Teratai in Meru, Klang, at about 10pm the same day.

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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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  • GST – show me the money, show us our money - Business News | The Star Online

    WHY am I not surprised that the furore of the goods and services tax (GST) debate has now moved to the service tax? Service tax has been around for umpteen years and never disputed as consumers have a choice. GST is a compulsory consumption tax and you have no choice but to pay as you consume. Trust me, GST is here to stay and so will the service tax.

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  • Dr M: I backed Najib as PM out of gratitude to his father - Nation | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he lobbied for Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to become prime minister because of his gratitude to the latter's father Tun Abdul Razak.

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  • Malaysia’s first net provider Jaring in liquidation - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 25, 2015.Malaysia's first internet provider Jaring Communications Sdn Bhd has been put under the care of a liquidator after a court order last Thursday. The news was met with a mix of sadness and happiness by a key figure who was instrumental in pioneering the internet service in the country some 30 years ago, Dr Mohamed Awang Lah. In a Facebook posting yesterday, the former Jaring chief executive officer said he was sad that the entity he had helped to start back in 1986 under the name RangKoM, later launched as Jaring in 1992, had been left to deteriorate into the present condition.

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  • Stop converting houses into business premises, say Bangsar folk - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, April 25, 2015.Bangsar residents are seeing red over the increasing number of houses being converted into shops, offices, kindergartens and boutiques, among others. They said the problem had been worsening in the affluent Kuala Lumpur suburb over the past 10 years and it has caused traffic congestion, parking woes and security issues in the affluent Kuala Lumpur suburb. Bukit Bandaraya Residents Association president, Datuk Mumtaz Ali, questioned City Hall's logic in allowing so many kindergartens to be set up in the area. "What is the basis and what study has City Hall done on the correlation between the demographics in the area and the need for so many kindergartens?" he asked, adding that there were too many kindergartens in the neighbourhood which is made up of mostly senior citizens.

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  • Chinese are left behind at Shanghai’s Auto Show — Bertel Schmitt

    APRIL 26 — The task of every major car show is to reflect the state of the auto industry, but few live up to the challenge as well as Shanghai’s auto show. Like the Chinese market itself, the show is big, chaotic and perplexing, and attendance is de rigueur for anyone who’s anyone in the global car business. The glittering new products and concepts being unveiled at Auto Shanghai 2015 by the global major automakers confirm China’s status as the most important car market in the world. But they also provide a poignant counterpoint to the more modest offerings on display from China’s homegrown producers.

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  • Permatang Pauh PAS leader behind ‘PKR boycott’ joins Pakatan at nomination day - Nation | The Star Online

    PERMATANG PAUH: The PAS leader who has been at the centre of the PAS boycott storm joined his Pakatan Rakyat colleagues at the nomination centre for the Permatang Pauh by-election on Saturday.

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  • Singapore mother of toddler thanks the two Indian nationals who saved her daughter's life - Regional | The Star Online

    SINGAPORE: The mother of a two-year-old child - on Friday - thanked the two men who saved her daughter from falling from her second-floor flat a day earlier. "I just want to thank them for saving my daughter's life, "Naureen Saniri, 27, told The Straits Times in a video interview as she teared. Indian nationals Subramanian Shanmuganathan and Ponnan Muthukumar had been working on the roads near Block 371 Jurong East Street 32 on Thursday, when they saw the child hanging precariously. For their heroic acts, the two foreign workers received the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) Public Spiritedness Awards on Friday.

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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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  • Malaysia Airlines undergoing transformation pains - Business News | The Star Online

    THE restructuring of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will probably leave the airline to be a shell of its former self. Routes and jobs are being cut, and its pilots are looking to hop to other airlines as uncertainties loom. What puzzle many is who is really making all those decisions on route cuts at a time when MAS group CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya prepares to leave the airline at the end of the month. Christoph Mueller will succeed him on May 1 as MD and group CEO of MAS.

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  • Four cornered fight in Permatang Pauh by-election - Nation | The Star Online

    BUKIT MERTAJAM: The Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election will be a four cornered fight between Barisan Nasional, PKR, Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) and one independent candidate.

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  • Swiss hotel schools eye another century as ‘world’s best’ (VIDEO)

    But all the servers, the impeccably dressed guests and even the kitchen staff sending out elaborately decorated plates are in fact students at one of Switzerland’s famous hotel management schools. “This is part of the student’s learning experience,” said Stephane Bernard, a service instructor at the Glion school, overlooking the picturesque town of Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva. The school is ranked among the top three such establishments in the world, all in Switzerland. For more than a century, hotel management schools in the wealthy Alpine nation have been considered the best and draw students from around the globe.

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  • Swedish cops on vacation hailed for subduing bloody fight in New York

    — Reuters picNEW YORK, April 25 — Four burly Swedish police officers were hailed as heroes and set hearts aflutter with their model-like looks after they put aside their New York vacation to subdue a bloodied fight. The Swedes were taking the subway to a Broadway performance of "Les Miserables" on Thursday night when the train operator suddenly put a frantic call out for any police officers on the train. "We thought maybe someone needed help," rookie cop Samuel Kvarzell, 25, was quoted as saying by the New York police department. The Swedes said they found one homeless man beating another.

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  • Honda overtakes Toyota to become non-national champion - Business News | The Star Online

    HONDA has overtaken Toyota to become the bestselling non-national automotive marque in Malaysia, based on sales data in the first quarter of 2015. Honda sales jumped 41.7% year-on-year to 22,145 units in the first three months of this year - driven by the jump in sales of its sport utility vehicles (SUVs), noted CIMB Research. In contrast, sales of Toyota passenger cars and commercial vehicles dropped 40% and 13% year-on-year to 10,722 and 5,519 units respectively, in the quarter under review. CIMB Research says Honda is now the clear leader in the non-national segment, with a 13.2% share of the market.

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  • End of the road for Malaysians in Wuhan - Badminton | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: National shuttler Chong Wei Feng was sent packing on a day when China ruled supreme in the men’s singles at the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC). Wei Feng squandered a healthy lead at 13-10 before losing 18-21, 9-21 to former world junior champion Tian Houwei of China in the quarter-finals in Wuhan. Houwei joined three of his more illustrious team-mates – Lin Dan, Chen Long and Wang Zhengming into the last four, assuring the host of at least one title.

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  • Toddler badly bruised after caning by babysitter - Nation | The Star Online

    JOHOR BARU: A housewife was shocked to see bruises all over her three-year-old daughter, who is believed to have been caned by her babysitter. Lau Hui Choon, 33, had been sending her daughter and year-old son to the babysitter at Taman Sri Yaacob in Skudai here for a few days after finding out about her services online. Lau, who is starting a new job next week, said she gave the cane to the babysitter, in her 50s, to discipline her children when they were under her care. Lau said she received a telephone call from the babysitter around 8pm on Thursday asking her to pick up her children.

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  • Indonesian prison officer arrested with three live bullets at airport - Nation | The Star Online

    GEORGE TOWN: An Indonesian prison officer was arrested at the international departure hall of the Penang International Airport when police found three live bullets in his sling bag. The 41-year-old was supposed to board a plane at noon on Friday back to Medan, Indonesia, when the contents in his sling bag triggered suspicions of the auxiliary police after it went through the scanners. Upon inspection, three .32 R.P Auto bullets were discovered. Balik Pulau OCPD Supt Lai Fah Hin said on saturday that the Indonesian Consulate in Penang had since been informed about the incident.

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  • Khairy rubbishes claims that Umno Youth plans to topple Najib

    — file picture BUKIT MERTAJAM, April 25 — Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin today denied claims that a movement within Umno Youth was attempting to topple Umno President Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. He said such claims were baseless in nature and aimed at causing infighting among Umno leaders. “It is an attempt to disrupt the unity among Umno leaders, especially between me and the Umno President. This I feel is an attempt to cause friction between the party President and Umno Youth.

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  • Nude photo stirs Japan polls - Regional | The Star Online

    TOKYO: A naked nationalist is stirring up election billboards in Japan, offering a bit of colour – and a lot of flesh – to get out the vote. Right winger Teruki Goto is pictured on his campaign poster in his birthday suit, wielding a samurai-style sword in front of two Rising Sun flags and the imperial chrysanthemum crest. Elections in Japan tend to be very staid affairs: candidates’ campaigns generally consist of them wearing a sash bearing their name as they stand outside train stations greeting commuters – most of whom do their best not to make eye contact. Each candidate is allowed to print a limited number of flyers while their posters – usually formulaic headshots with a vacuous slogan along the lines of “Making things better” – must be corralled on huge election noticeboards, alongside everyone else’s.

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  • Former champ Lewis offers tips to Klitschko challenger - Boxing | The Star Online

    Champion Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Bryant Jennings each had a special guest at Friday's weigh-in for their heavyweight title clash, with former champions Vitali Klitschko and Lennox Lewis on hand. The title holder's older brother was able to take a brief leave from his role as mayor of Kiev in war-torn Ukraine, while Lewis came to support his friend Jennings in Saturday's championship bout at Madison Square Garden. The 39-year-old Klitschko (63-3), making his 18th title defence in a nine-year run as heavyweight champion, tipped the scales in the lobby of the Garden at 241.6 pounds. Unbeaten American Bryant (19-0) weighed in at 226.8.

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  • Saudi prince deletes tweet on car offer for pilots - Regional | The Star Online

    RIYADH: A billionaire Saudi prince has purportedly deleted a controversial tweet in which he offered 100 luxury Bentley cars to air force pilots who took part in Saudi-led operations over Yemen. The tweet cannot be found on the official account of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, @Alwaleed_Talal which has more than three million followers. A purported image of his message circulated on the Internet after Twitter users said it was removed from his account. The message congratulated the Saudi government “on the success” of the initial 27-day air campaign against Iran-backed Syiah rebels in Yemen, and on the start of a new phase which began on Wednesday.

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  • Teacher wins car in time for wedding - The Malaysian Insider

    – Pic supplied, April 25, 2015.A teacher at the Penang Japanese School could not have asked for a better wedding gift when she won a Nissan Sylphy in a recent contest by Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM). Noor Atikah Sunar, 24, had taken part in the the Nissan Chinese New Year (CNY) ‘Test Drive and Win a Fortune’ sales campaign contest which was held in January and February. All Nissan owners were entitled to eight contest entry forms, while those who test drove a Nissan car were entitled to one contest entry form.

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  • 146 nabbed in anti-loanshark ops, say police - Regional | The Star Online

    THE police have arrested 146 people in a four-day anti-loansharking blitz that ended on Thursday.

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  • Victoria Beckam says daughter Harper is ‘a little tomboy’

    — Cover MediaLOS ANGELES, April 25 — Victoria Beckham says her daughter Harper is “a little tomboy”. The former Spice Girl has the three-year-old with husband David. The couple also have three sons and Victoria revealed her little girl adores her big brothers. Victoria and footballer David have been married for 15 years and split their time between America and England with Harper and boys Brooklyn, 16, Romeo, 12 and ten-year-old Cruz.

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  • Turkey says 'rejects and condemns' Putin calling 1915 Armenian massacre 'genocide' - World | The Star Online

    Turkey said on Friday that it rejected and condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin calling the 1915 mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a genocide. "Considering the mass killings, exiles...that Russia has carried out in the Caucasus, Central Asia and in eastern Europe over the past century...we think it should be the one that knows best what a genocide is and what its legal dimensions are," a foreign ministry statement said.

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  • Nepal quake death toll reaches 758 - home ministry - World | The Star Online

    The death toll in the earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday has risen to 758, a home ministry official said, of which 467 were in the Kathmandu Valley that is the most heavily populated part of the Himalayan country. Earlier, a home ministry official said that 181 people had died in the capital Kathmandu in the quake, which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale.

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  • Ipoh shines bright with LED lights - The Malaysian Insider

    The Ipoh City Council (MBI) is considering the installation of LED (light-emitting diode) streetlights along city roads as a cost-saving solution. MBI…

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  • Jockey wins suit over disqualification and fine - Nation | The Star Online

    GEORGE TOWN: A jockey who was disqualified for two years and fined RM70,000 by the Malayan Racing Association (MRA) for allegedly throwing a race in 2012 has won his suit for loss of livelihood against the association. High Court judge Justice Mohd Zaki Md Yasin ruled in favour of S. Sandana Kumar, 40, who had sued K. Krishna Kumar, 52, in the latter’s capacity as the public officer of MRA, which is the regulatory body on horse racing in Malaysia and Singapore. Mohd Zaki ordered for Sandana to be reinstated and declared that he is a professional jockey with a valid licence to participate in race events organised by the MRA.

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  • PAS poser in Permatang Pauh by-election - Nation | The Star Online

    PERMATANG PAUH: The big question in Permatang Pauh this morning is whether PAS will put up an independent candidate in the by-election when nominations open at 9am. The hall in Seberang Jaya, where PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was presented as PKR's candidate, was packed with supporters but the PAS presence was visibly missing.

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  • AirAsia honoured at 6th Asean Business Awards event - The Malaysian Insider

    AirAsia Bhd has been awarded the “Priority Integration Sector Award in Aviation”, at the sixth Asean Business Awards event in Malaysia, in recognition of its performance and achievements in the aviation sector. Executive Chairman of AirAsia Bhd and Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia X Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said the low-cost carrier is proud that Malaysia is chairing Asean this year, and as a “Truly Asean” airline, the group will continue supporting the initiatives Malaysia is taking, to achieve the goals set during its chairmanship.

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  • Affordable travel packages to destinations around the world - Community | The Star Online

    Reliance Travel is offering various travel packages at low prices. July is a good time to travel as daytime is longer so there will be more time for sightseeing and exploration. Reliance Travel director Tan Kai Seng said outbound travelling was not affected by the goods and services tax (GST) implementation, hence customers should not feel that travelling is expensive and out of reach.

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  • PKR apologises over statement against PAS president | theSundaily

    BUTTERWORTH: In the last moments before nomination day, PKR has finally made a private apology and explanation over their statement against PAS president Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang submitting the private bill of Hudud to the party's Permatang Pauh division in attempt to retain the parliamentary seat in the upcoming by-election. PAS Permatang Pauh division committee member Jamsari when contacted by theSun, said that they had just finished a meeting with PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah and the party's deputy president Azmin Ali at a hotel in Seberang Jaya at 9pm tonight. "Azmin Ali has apologised to us and explained that there is some misunderstanding over their statement made against Hadi Awang submitting the private bill of hudud," Jamsari explained.

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  • Mercy pleas for Indonesia death row inmates as families arrive - Regional | The Star Online

    The foreigners -- two from Australia, one each from Brazil, France and the Philippines, and four from Africa -- have all lost appeals for clemency from President Joko Widodo, who argues that Indonesia is fighting a drugs emergency.

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  • Vacant site in Klang town turned into a dumpsite - Community | The Star Online

    AN abandoned construction site meant for a shoplot at the junction of Jalan Mohet and Jalan Pulasan in Klang’s Little India has been turned into a dumpsite for domestic garbage, scrap metal and construction debris. At 10.15am on Thursday, several men were seen dumping construction debris using a tractor. Klang Municipal Council (MPK) president Datuk Mohammad Yacob is seeing red over the illegal dumping.

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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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