• Photo of Vietnamese girl crying beside her dead dog that was believed to be cooked goes viral - Regional | The Star Online

    SINGAPORE: A picture of a girl crying beside her dead dog, believed to have been cooked at a meat stall, has gone viral online. Quoting People's Daily Online, a Chinese website, British news site Daily Mail said the five-year-old from northern Vietnam had been looking for the missing dog named "Flower" for a few days. When she passed by a local dog meat stall, she immediately recognised the cooked dog lying on the street as hers. "That's Flower," cried the girl while rushing over to the dog's cooked body, Daily Mail reported.

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  • Sarimah weds Tunku Jamie

    KUALA LUMPUR: Popular celebrity and TV host Sarimah Ibrahim tied the knot with Tunku Nadzimuddin Tunku Mudzaffar, a member of the Negri Sembilan royal family, in a solemnisation ceremony which took place at the Prince Hotel here today.

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  • Ringgit falls against Singapore dollar, limiting mass-market gaming revenues

    ― Reuters picSINGAPORE, April 2 ― The Malaysian ringgit's fall to 17-year lows against the Singapore dollar will limit the city state's mass-market gaming revenues even after the opening of Genting Singapore's new hotel close to Malaysia's border, analysts said. Like its rival Las Vegas Sands' Marina Bay Sands, Genting is trying to improve its appeal to mass-market players as it battles a slowdown in its high-roller business amid weakness in the Chinese economy. But whereas the Chinese are the major players in Singapore's VIP gaming business, Malaysians and Indonesians are its top mass-market foreign gamblers, and this sector is being hit by the regional currency fluctuations.

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  • Why GST for sardine but not lobster?  — Tay Tian Yan

    There was a group of GST protesters throwing out this question in front of the Customs Department headquarters. Sardine is a very common food for ordinary citizens, especially the lower to middle-income groups. So, the poor will have to pay GST for sardine while the financially loaded can escape GST for gulping the lobster? It was said that the officials at the Customs Department were somewhat embarrassed and dumbfounded.

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  • Japan's defence minister denies aliens had entered nation, in response to Parliament query - Regional | The Star Online

    TOKYO (AFP): Alien spaceships have never entered Japanese airspace, the country's defence minister has told parliamentarians, after being questioned about a possible aerial invasion by little green men. General Nakatani said the nation's war planes can be scrambled whenever there is a report of an unidentified flying object (UFO) but, so far, they had not encountered visitors from space. "When the Air Self-Defence Force detects indications of an unidentified flying object that could violate our country's airspace, it scrambles fighter jets if necessary and makes visual observation," he said.

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  • Selangor still rejects GST, Azmin says one day after tax rollout

    Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali said today his government remains firm in its objection to the Goods and Services Tax (GST), insisting that although the system is now in place, he still believes it to be regressive in nature and an inappropriate method of increasing federal income. In reply to a question by Datuk Amiruddin Satro (BN-Jeram) Azmin told the Selangor legislative assembly this morning that Putrajaya’s logic that GST would open up a new source of income for the country was a “wrong philosophy”. “Income tax is still high and has only reduced by one or two per cent and (with GST) the 90 per cent of people who do not have to pay tax previously since they do not fall under the income tax bracket are now forced to pay, while the 10 per cent existing taxpayers are not affected,” Azmin said. “That’s why I say this is an aggressive form of tax that taxes the poor and not the rich, so we the state government are firm in rejecting this tax,” he added.

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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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  • Petrol station owners claim they are losing money - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Fluctuating fuel prices have not caused any problem in running petrol stations, but dealers said they are losing money. Petrol Dealers Association of Malaysia president Datuk Hashim Othman said a centralised system was used to key in the prices of petrol and diesel, and there has been no trouble so far. “When the prices go up, they only offset the money that we lost when the prices went down. Petrol prices have been fluctuating since the decision of the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry to set the market prices of RON95 and diesel based on a managed float last year.

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  • Some outlets hit by GST hiccups - Nation | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Customs Department has warned of hiccups in the roll-out of the Goods and Services Tax, but for 24-hour restaurant Al-Rawsha, it did not expect a glitch right after the clock ticked past midnight. At 12.01am yesterday, the restaurant found that its customers were still being charged the old amount, without an extra 6% added on. The eatery, which specialises in Arabic food and did not have a service charge, immediately called its vendor. The restaurant’s communications team told The Star that customers and staff were surprised to note the absence of the GST in their bills.

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  • 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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  • A rant on lazy-minded GST advocates and protesters ― Hafidz Baharom

    APRIL 2 ― It is now the second day of the introduction of the six per cent goods and services tax (GST), and so begins the insanity. From idiotic tweets from a ministry asking people not to “gelabah biawak”, to an MP of a teeny tiny island and also the chairman of Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd, telling people to colonise the moon to avoid the tax, it was a Feast of Fools.

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  • Delta Air to take payments via Alipay from Chinese travellers - Tech News | The Star Online

    Delta Air Lines Inc has become the first US airline to accept payments via Alipay, the PayPal-like service run by an Alibaba Group Holding Ltd affiliate that is used by hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers.

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  • Sanitary pads cost more now, says DAP lawmaker - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, April 2, 2015.Despite Putrajaya's reassurances that women will not face the brunt of the goods and services tax (GST) which was implemented yesterday, the cost of sanitary pads has now increased, a DAP lawmaker said. Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching said that the increase in the prices of sanitary pads only showed that Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah has cheated the women of Malaysia. "A check at Tesco will bring Malaysian women, who have believed Ahmad Husni and the Ministry of Domestic Trade, great disappointment," she said in a press conference at the Parliament lobby today.

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  • Michelle Rodriguez On Her 'Furious 7' Stunt Scenes

    Michelle Rodriguez tells Access' Stephanie Bauer about her intense stunt scenes in 'Furious 7.' Plus, hear her favorite Paul Walker memory.

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  • Putrajaya warns telcos against raising prices of mobile services - The Malaysian Insider

    – File pic, April 2, 2015.Putrajaya today warned telcos of legal action if they continued to charge extra for postpaid and prepaid telecommunications services, as the 6% goods and services tax (GST) was replacing the previous service tax of 10%. Deputy finance minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan said the broad-based consumption tax replaces the old service tax, which was also charged at 6% on prepaid services.

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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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  • Primordial predator prawn with spiky claws unearthed - Features | The Star Online

    A remarkable fossil site in Canada has offered up the half-billion-year-old remains of a four-eyed arthropod predator with a pair of spiky claws. Scientists have unearthed nicely preserved fossils in British Columbia of the 508 million-year-old animal, named Yawunik kootenayi, that looked like a big prawn with a bad attitude and was one of the largest predators of its time. Including its claws, Yawunik measured about 22.5cm long. The fossil beds in Kootenay National Park where it was found were in a previously unexplored area of the Burgess Shale rock formation that for more than a century has yielded exceptional remains from the Cambrian Period, when many of the major animal groups first appeared.

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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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  • Feasting monitor lizards lead to grim discovery - Nation | The Star Online

    Villagers of Kg Lembising stumbled on the woman, whose body was found wrapped in a blanket, after they saw the lizards gathered around something with a strong smell and went nearer to have a look. Penampang district police chief Deputy Supt Azmir Abd Razak said a team was sent with firemen to retrieve the body.

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