• Firemen catch 400kg copper-coloured croc in Banting - The Malaysian Insider

    The sleepy hollow of Kampung Olak Lempit in Banting, near Shah Alam, Selangor, was a hive of jittery activity when a four-metre long crocodile weighing 400kg came a-calling last night. The crocodile appeared lost as it made its way into the village.

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  • Mum saves son from being abducted outside school - The Malaysian Insider

    A woman saved her 8-year-old son from being abducted outside his school in Plentong, Johor Baru, The Star reported. Just as the boy was entering the school compound, a car with two men inside suddenly pulled up. Sri Alam OCPD Supt Abdul Samad Salleh said investigation was ongoing, but declined to elaborate, The Star reported.

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  • Alvin Tan sparks ire again with ‘R&B cover’ of Muslim call to prayer

    Fugitive Alvin Tan is under the spotlight again, this time with a video on his official Facebook page lampooning the azan, or the Muslim call to prayer, with an “R&B cover”. In the two-minute-and-50-second video, Tan appears topless with a pair of sunglasses on, and plays a keyboard while reciting the azan in full. “My latest goal is to get all mosques in Malaysia to play my cover instead of having them old geezers hunched over the mics, straining their vocal chords and cracking their voices,” Tan said in the sarcastic status update that accompanied the video. At the time of writing, the video has received over 100 likes and over 700 shares, nine hours after it was published.

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  • Student conned of RM4,670 by senior citizen | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: A Segi college student, Wong Sing Zeh, has come forward to alert the public on a conman in his fifties who gives a tale of having lost his wallet and seeks money to go home in Sabah and subsequently fleece the good samaritan off their monies with more soppy tales. Wong's dilemma started on March 28 when the man who identified himself as Lai Fui Peng asked her for RM500 to buy a plane ticket to return to Sandakan, Sabah for Qing Ming festival as he lost his wallet. Feeling sympathetic, she who worked part-time at Giant USJ 1, gave him RM500 and purchased RM25 air time for his prepaid mobile phone. MCA Public Complaints Bureau chief Datuk Seri Michael Chong cautioned the public about conmen who use various tactics to scam people off their money.

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  • Bomoh rapes bride-to-be instead of restoring her virginity - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: A bride-to-be was so worried that her fiancé would reject her if he found out she was not a virgin that she sought a bomoh’s help to fix her hymen. Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Rashid Abdul Wahab said the woman, who works as a secretary, was engaged to be married this month. On March 27, she sought help from the bomoh in Semenyih to “repair her hymen”. “The bomoh offered her three ways to heal her hymen,” ACP Abdul Rashid told reporters at the Kajang police headquarters yesterday.

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  • Let Taman Medan church have its cross back, MIC Youth says

    — Picture by Choo Choy May KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 — MIC Youth today urged authorities to allow the Taman Medan church that was forced by protesters to remove it cross to reinstall the religious symbol, despite noting the move would cause a “flash point” in Muslim-Christian relations. MIC Youth chief C. Sivarraajh said the church should not have succumbed to pressure from the protesters to remove the cross on Sunday as the Federal Constitution guarantees religious freedom for non-Muslims. “They should put the cross back this very minute as a symbol of their faith, which is guaranteed under the Constitution. He said the church had made a “mistake” by removing the cross in the area that he claimed has a sizeable Indian community, some of whom are Christians.

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  • Beware your wife’s behaviour, mufti warns country’s leaders - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 20, 2015.Perlis mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin has warned the country's leaders of the behaviour and the "trickery" of their wives if they did not want to be scorned by the people, as this could lead to the destruction of their political careers. However, it was not clear to whom it was directed although Asri had used the term "first lady" and had mentioned several names of wives of world leaders. "In certain countries, the behaviour of a woman carrying the title of 'first lady' can destroy the careers and political future of a world leader. "So it was not surprising when Elena Ceausescu, the wife of Romania's former president Nicolae Ceausescu, was sentenced to death along with her husband because they had wasted away the country's wealth and had abused their power.

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  • Nufam president to take MAS to court over dismissal - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, April 21, 2015.National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) president Ismail Nasaruddin is challenging his sacking by Malaysian Airlines (MAS) in November 2013 at the Industrial Court, where a hearing is scheduled on April 28. He said he was suing his ex-employer for unreasonable dismissal, which he claimed was following a media statement by the union, calling for the resignation of MAS chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya then.

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  • Singapore teen behind YouTube video insulting Christians bailed out by counsellor

    — Today picSINGAPORE, April 21 — Amos Yee, the teenager facing three criminal charges for content he posted online, was today released from custody after youth and family counsellor Vincent Law posted bail for him. “It seems that the charge said he made disparaging remarks against Christianity. Amos is being represented by Alfred Dodwell and Chong Jia Hao from Dodwell & Co LLC, and Ervin Tan from Michael Hwang Chambers LLC. The team is working on a pro bono basis. Amos will appear before the court again on April 30 for a pre-trial conference, where his bail conditions will be reviewed, among other things.

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  • Ivory-smuggling destination Thailand makes ‘biggest seizure’ of tusks - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 20, 2015.Thai customs officials have seized four tonnes of ivory worth US$6 million (RM21.6 million), authorities said on Monday, in what the department called the largest bust of its kind in Thailand's history. The elephant tusks were hidden in bags containing dried beans in containers originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Thai Customs Department said in a statement, and were bound for Laos. The seizure comes as Thailand – a top destination for African ivory smuggling in Asia – is under increasing pressure to crack down on its illegal ivory trade.

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  • Cash reward for information on tax evaders | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Cash rewards will be given to individuals who provide information to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) on those who refuse to declare and pay their taxes. Its public relations officer Masrun Maslim said the reward is an effort taken by the board to encourage tax evaders into paying their taxes or face an audit by them. “We will reward those individuals who come to us with information on those who refrain from the obligation of tax declaration and payment. “We are encouraging anyone who has any information on tax evaders to report directly to us,” he told theSun when contacted yesterday.

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  • Cross protesters had ‘extreme ideas’, local Umno chief says

    — Picture by Melissa ChiPETALING JAYA, April 20 — The protest to demand the removal of a cross outside a Taman Medan church would have escalated if police and Umno members did not intervene, Datuk Abdullah Abu Bakar said today. The Taman Lindungan Jaya Umno branch chief and elder brother to the Inspector-General of Police said the residents had reached out to him because of his seniority and because he has lived in the area since 1976. He was accompanied by Munaliza Hamzah, 52, Harun Ismail, 58 and Datuk Mad Shah Abu Anas, 54 — all Umno members and residents of the area who helped mediate the issue. Abdullah, who is also the chairman at a security firm, was present along with Munaliza, Harun and Mad Shah at the protest to speak to a church representative to communicate the protesters’ grouses.

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  • Humans are losing healthy bacteria to modern lifestyles: study - Features | The Star Online

    A new study comparing bodily bacteria between a remote Amazonian tribe and other groups reveals that our bodies are losing beneficial microbes. Everyone’s body is brimming with bacteria, and these microbes do plenty of good things like building the immune system and helping digestion. A study looking at the gut, mouth and skin microbes in people from a small, isolated tribe in southern Venezuela’s Amazonian jungles shows just how much modern life may be altering humankind’s bodily bacteria.

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  • Josh Hartnett 'regrets saying no to people' | theSundaily

    The 36-year-old actor has admitted he regrets not accepting the chance to star as Batman in the Christopher Nolan-directed reboot of the series, and thinks the decision led to him being overlooked for other coveted roles. Josh thinks the decision caused him to miss out on a role in the 2006 film 'The Prestige', which starred Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman and his ex-girlfriend Scarlett Johansson.

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  • Perodua hosting Myvi 10th anniversary celebration - The Malaysian Insider

    – Picture from wikipedia, April 21, 2015.Second national car maker Perodua is organising the Myvi 10th anniversary celebration, at Setia Alam City Mall in Shah Alam on May 23 and 24, to herald the success of the iconic model. Its president and chief executive officer, Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said in conjunction with the celebration, Perodua is calling on all Myvi owners and drivers to assemble for the "Myvi Nation, the Biggest Myvi Gathering" at the same venue on May 24.

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  • Indonesian president to investors: if you have a problem, call me - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 20, 2015.President Joko Widodo urged investors on Monday to come to Indonesia, promising "incredible profits" and assuring them that if they run into any problems they can give him a call. Widodo, who was elected president six months ago amid hopes that he would bring much-needed reform to Asia's fifth-largest economy, has come under fire recently for failing to deliver radical change and a series of policy reversals. Addressing a World Economic Forum meeting in Jakarta, he conceded that Indonesia now faced significant challenges, and compared them to the country's over-reliance on crude oil exports when oil prices crashed after the 1970s boom. "Today we are in the same situation," he said, referring to the push needed after the collapse of oil prices to build industries from textiles and garments to paper and palm oil.

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  • Appeals court upholds RM100,000 award in damages to comedian | theSundaily

    PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal here today upheld a high court decision to award RM100,000 in damages to actor and comedian Johan Raja Lawak who sued a drama film director and his company for injuries sustained by the entertainer. The three-member panel chaired by Justice Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus however, set aside the RM20,000 damages awarded by the high court to Johan's wife, Rozlinawaty Ismail. The panel, also comprising justices Datuk David Wong Dak Wah and Datuk Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid, unanimously allowed the appeal by director Mohd Javed Mohd Nizar and his production company, Juara Filem Sdn Bhd on liability and damages awarded to Rozlinawaty, but dismissed their appeal on liability and quantum of damages to Johan.

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  • Gerakan seeking solution to hudud issue | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: A legal team of five lawyers from Gerakan today attended a court hearing on a case filed on March 19 to challenge the constitutionality of the Syariah Criminal Code II Enactment 1993 (Amendment 2015). Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong said in a statement that the move made in the hope of finding a permanent solution to the hudud issue. "Our legal team is well prepared and we have a strong locus standi in mounting a legal challenge against the constitutionality of hudud. It is our fervent hope to seek a permanent solution to this (issue)," he added.

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  • Service charge: It’s entirely up to customer

    The GST, effective April 1, was fixed at six per cent. With the introduction of GST, sales tax rated at 10 per cent and service tax (six per cent) have been abolished. However, along with the implementation of the new tax system, many issues have been raised that need to be addressed, one of them regarding service charge. Some might not be aware that service charge has nothing to do with the authorities. While generally, customers did not seem to object to paying service charge, there have been abuses.

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  • Ringgit ends higher against US dollar

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, April 21 — The ringgit ended higher against the US dollar today on higher demand in line with regional performance, a dealer said. At 5pm today, the ringgit was quoted at 3.6355/6385 against the greenback at 3.6200/6230 yesterday. “The euro was weighed down by the European Central Bank’s bond-buying programme and the risk of Greece leaving the single currency in the near term,” he told Bernama. Meanwhile, the ringgit was quoted mostly higher against other major currencies.

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  • MRT project 61% complete | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: The overall progress of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project has reached 61.9%, said MRT Corp chief executive officer, Datuk Seri Shahril Mokhtar said today. Phase 1 between Sungai Buloh to Jalan Semantan is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 and from Jalan Semantan to Kajang would be completed by July 2017,” Shahril told the media after the commemoration ceremony to mark the completion of tunneling works for the Klang Valley MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line.

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  • Sultan of Johor coronation celebrations conclude | theSundaily

    JOHOR BARU: The ceremony to bring down the flag signifying the conclusion of celebrations in conjunction with the coronation of the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, since last month, was carried out today. The ceremony, beginning at 9am at the Istana Besar Memorial, was witnessed by the President of the Johor Royal Council, Datuk Abdul Rahim Ramli. The ceremony began with the reading of prayers by Johor Mufti Datuk Mohd Tahrir Shamsudin shortly after the Head of Ceremonies Datuk Abdul Latiff Yusoff called for the commencement of the ceremony. The flag was then handed over to Abdul Rahim.

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  • Overturned trailer causes massive crawl in Johor Baru - Nation | The Star Online

    JOHOR BARU: An overturned trailer along one of the busiest roads here has caused a bumper-to-bumper crawl. Traffic was backed up from around 6am on Tuesday after a trailer rammed into an overhead road sign and crashed into a divider before overturning at KM8.5 of Jalan Johor Baru-Ayer Hitam. “The trailer slid to the right side of the road, causing the signboard's pole to break and collapse to the ground,” Johor Baru North deputy OCPD Supt Beh Eng Lai confirmed. The accident has caused an 8km crawl from Skudai heading in and out of the city, he said.

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  • MAS union: We support restructuring exercise for airline - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: The Malaysia Airlines Employees Union has pledged its support for the restructuring of the airline, saying it would work towards ensuring its impact would be mitigated with compassionate packages for those leaving MAS. As for employees who stayed on, the union hoped that there would be “attractive packages and terms of conditions”. In a statement yesterday, its president Alias Aziz said the union was grateful for the setting up of the Corporate Development Centre (CDC), which would provide re-skilling and placement services for employees who were leaving the airline. Alias said the union wanted the employee migration to be conducted in stages so that the staff would have sufficient time to cope with the transition.

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  • And the 2015 world’s most beautiful island goes to…

    PARIS, April 21 — Located north of the Dominican Republic and east of Cuba, Providenciales is a little paradise in the Caicos archipelago, part of the Turks and Caicos Islands, a British Overseas Territory. According to the 2015 Travellers’ Choice

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  • MAS revises excess baggage fee - The Malaysian Insider

    Malaysia Airlines (MAS) said its revised excess baggage fee structure will come into effect on April 22. Previously applied regional rates per blocks of…

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  • EPF looking for feedback on full savings withdrawal age | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) yesterday opened consultations on several proposals designed to address issues related to the inadequacy of retirement savings among members for the long term. EPF chief executive officer Datuk Sharil Ridza Ridzuan said through the members consultation exercise, the fund is seeking a consensus on the issue concerning the alignment of the retirement age determined by the government and the age for full withdrawal of savings. » to maintain the current withdrawal age at 55 years and introduce 60 years for those working past the age of 55.

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  • New basic salary for lowest-paid civil servants by end of year – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 20, 2015.The government will announce a new basic salary for 3,072 civil servants in the Grade 11 group who are currently earning a monthly salary of between RM823 to RM850 by the end of this year, said Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal. He said those in this grade, the lowest in the public service, comprised people who entered it with a Penilaian Menengah Rendah qualification, including general office assistants, operations assistants, and drivers, whose total take-home salary and allowance amounted to between RM1,257 and RM1,275. "The government is aware of the group with the low minimum salary.

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  • Give us your side, PAC tells firm blamed for ‘delayed’ KTMB project

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, April 21 — The Public Accounts Committee today invited the firm implicated in a Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) project the watchdog had labelled as “delayed”, to provide its side of events. PAC chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said that while the committee usually only summoned ministries and government agencies as part of its investigations, it was open to hearing from Hisniaga Sdn Bhd that had disputed the committee’s findings. Malay Mail Online today reported the firm as contesting both the reported delay in the Kempas Baru depot project as well as the PAC’s description of Hisniaga as “technically insolvent”. “This will ensure the PAC Report that is prepared over the issue to be truly complete, comprehensive, fair and balanced, not only to the government but to all parties involved in the project,” the Pulai MP said in a statement today.

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  • EPF made hefty profit from sale of London property, says CEO

    — Bernama picKUALA LUMPUR, April 20 — The sale of One Sheldon Square in London to British Land, the UK’s largest real estate company, for £210 million (RM1.13 billion) is a record for a property in that area of the city, the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) said. EPF chief executive officer Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan said the EPF made a hefty profit from the sale as the property was purchased at £150 million in 2010.

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  • China to launch 3 new free-trade zones - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, April 20, 2015.China will launch three new free-trade zones on Tuesday, official media said today, building on a project that began in Shanghai to much fanfare but has so far undershot expectations. The free-trade zones (FTZs) will be opened in the southern province of Guangdong, the northern port of Tianjin and the eastern province of Fujian, reported the website of the People's Daily, the ruling Communist Party's mouthpiece. Each will cover around 120 sq km, the State Council, China's cabinet, said.

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  • Check with police before having #KitaLawan May 1 rally, says IGP - The Malaysian Insider

    –The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, April 21, 2015.Police have urged #KitaLawan organisers to liaise with Dang Wangi police before going ahead with their planned rally on May 1. Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today that the #KitaLawan organisers should emulate what PAS had done with their own anti-GST (goods and services tax) protest held in Padang Merbuk, which ended without any untoward incident.

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  • LRT maps not ‘rail McCoy’ - Nation | The Star Online

    GEORGE TOWN: Two images known as the ‘Penang Rail Tran-sit Map’ circulating on social media have been described as visuals put together of something which has yet to be finalised. State Traffic Management Unit chief engineer Lim Thean Heng said the superimposed images consist of a combination of loop alignments and transit corridors in Penang. “The image tries to incorporate what has been conceptualised according to the Penang Transport Master Plan. “It places together the loop tram alignments and the three transit corridors in the northern, southern and western direction in one map.

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  • Mother of autistic child creates ‘Talk Different’ universal language app

    — AFP picPARIS, April 20 — The French mother of an autistic child has created what is believed to be the world’s first smartphone application allowing people speaking different languages — or those incapable of speech at all — to communicate together, French company Sogeti said today. Marie Spitz developed the “Talk Different” app that uses 700 images, colours, icons and sounds to create messages based on alternative communication techniques she practised to interact with her daughter Pauline, whose autism severely limits her speech capacity. The key to “Talk Different,” Spitz says, is the ease and accessibility that allows lost travellers, the vocally- or hearing-impaired or other verbally isolated users to construct messages on smartphones or pads that virtually anyone else will understand. It was introduced for purchase and downloading on Google Play and Apple Store in nine international languages today by Sogeti, an affiliate of French computing service giant Capgemini.

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  • Standard Chartered appoints Loo as head of retail clients - Business News | The Star Online

    In a press release on Tuesday, Standard Chartered said Loo brings in more than 15 years of experience in retail banking covering strategy, product management, operations, collections and recovery, IT and project management over a range of retail products and support functions.

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  • Keep withdrawals at 55, ASLI urges EPF as it hails enhanced measures

    The Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI) welcomes the Employees Provident Fund’s (EPF) newly proposed enhancement and improvement initiatives as long as the pension fund provide the flexibility for members to withdraw their savings at the age of 55. ASLI director Tan Sri Dr Ramon Navaratnam said with the flexibility, EPF members should be able to opt out at the age of 55 or later at their own choice.

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  • Crude oil rebound sustainable - Business News | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: US Light sweet crude oil futures rebounded strongly from the recent low of US$42.03 on March 18 to a high of US$57.42 on April 16 before turning rangebound on consolidation. The next target is the uppermost 200-day SMA US$71.24 of which a successful major breakout would see the fate of crude oil prices turning brighter.

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  • Penang’s sanctity disrespected — S.M. Mohamed Idris

    APRIL 20 — The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are disappointed with the Penang State Planning Committee (SPC) chaired by the Chief Minister for approving conversion of hill reserve land to residential

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