• 'Lonely' Dr M mobbed at national mosque

    The crowd surrounds the ex-PM, snapping photos and selfies.

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  • PAS: Hasan Malek should be a comedian

    Party shocked to hear from the minister that people understand the GST.

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  • Missing trekker’s wife clings to hope, appeals to Najib for help - The Malaysian Insider

    – April 17, 2015.The wife of Malaysian trekker Dennis Lee Thian Poh who has been missing for 12 days is struggling to hold on to hope. Jennifer Peters made fliers with Lee’s picture with an offer of a reward to be distributed to local Nepali villagers. Jennifer  flew to Nepal soon after being notified of Lee’s disappearance. "Dennis (Lee) and his wife Jennifer will be celebrating their second wedding anniversary on April 18 and the family hopes very much they will be able to celebrate it together," said the friend.

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  • You’re not welcome here, Isma’s Egypt chapter tells DAP

    ― Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, April 17 — The Egypt chapter of Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) denounced today DAP’s visit to the Middle East as polluting the motherland of Muslim prophets. The Islamist group said DAP’s dialogue session with Malaysians there was just a facade for its “evil agenda” to erode the identity of Muslims, claiming that the secular opposition party had consistently fought against the position of Islam and Malays in Malaysia. “DAP is holding a trip to the Middle East, Egypt and Jordan to hold dialogue sessions with Malaysian community here…Their presence is very much unwelcomed,” Egypt Isma chairman Umar Farouq Morhalim said in a statement.

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  • Firms of 15 local families worth 76pc of Malaysia’s GDP, report says

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, April 17 — The top 15 families in Malaysia control assets worth 76 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), The Economist reported. In Hong Kong, the top 15 families control assets worth 84 per cent of the GDP, compared to 48 per cent in Singapore and 47 per cent in the Philippines, according to the London-based current affaird magazine’s special report today on family companies. “McKinsey, a consultancy, calculates that by 2025 an extra 4,000 founder- or family-owned companies could hit sales of US$1 billion (RM3.64 billion),” said The Economist in the report titled “Family companies: To have and to hold”. “If this proves correct, family firms in emerging markets might then make up nearly 40 per cent of the world’s large companies, compared with 15 per cent in 2010,” the report added.

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  • China builds runway in disputed South China Sea region - The Malaysian Insider

    An airstrip construction on the Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea.– Reuters pic, April 17, 2015.China is rapidly building an airstrip on an artificial island in disputed South China Sea waters, recent satellite pictures show, potentially ramping up tensions with several Southeast Asian neighbours. Fiery Cross was little more than a reef when China began land reclamation works, to turn it into an island in late 2014. Now, satellite images taken last week by DigitalGlobe and shown on the website of the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) show the runway, estimated at 3,110 metres in total, more than one-third complete, it says. When in operation, it says, it will be able to "accommodate almost any type of aircraft that China would want to land".

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  • Malaysian charged for armed robbery in Singapore 26 years after crime

    — Today file pictureSINGAPORE, April 17 — A Malaysian man was charged in court yesterday for armed robbery — 26 years after he committed the crime. Thoo Ing Lai, 53, who had a warrant of arrest issued on him by the State Courts, was arrested in Malaysia with the help of the Royal Malaysia Police. The case took place in 1989, at a commercial building along Upper Bukit Timah Road on March 2 that year. In a statement, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Police (investigations and intelligence) Tan Chye Hee thanked the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) for their support.

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  • 'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice' Trailer Leaks, Fans React

    The first trailer for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" has leaked and fans appear to be having mixed reactions.

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  • Ex-PM: Najib gave me the silent treatment

    UPDATED 7.45PM This was after he queried bridge delay.

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  • Chinese billionaire ignores Xi clampdown one AmEx swipe at a time

    — AFP picBEIJING, April 17 — President Xi Jinping’s austerity drive has sent China’s high rollers running for cover, emptying casinos and golf courses as vin ordinaire becomes the new Chateau Lafite. Billionaire art collector Liu Yiqian doesn’t seem to have gotten the memo. Liu, 52, is a classic rags-to-riches story of new China, a high school dropout who made his fortune in the country’s nascent stock trading of the 1980s and ‘90s. In July he caused an online furore in China for drinking tea from a 500-year-old ceramic bowl that once belonged to revered Emperor Qianlong.

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  • Asus VivoWatch boasts 10-day battery life - Tech News | The Star Online

    At its Zensation exhibit at Design Week in Milan (April 14-19), Asus is showcasing the Vivowatch, a new wearable promising up to 10 days between charges, the longest battery life ever seen on a smartwatch.

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  • Nine-year-old boy hides in school toilet to outwit suspicious stranger - Nation | The Star Online

    During the 6.30pm incident on Monday, the Primary Three pupil from SJK (C) Sin Min (A) here was said to have been approached by a man wearing a cap outside the school toilet after classes ended. The man, whom the boy did not know, told him that he had been asked by his parents to pick him up from school. The boy’s father later came to fetch him. SJK (C) Sin Min (A) headmaster, known as Lim, said he had spoken to the parents of the boy.

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  • Singaporeans rush for Ringgit as its dollar hits new high - Nation | The Star Online

    SINGAPORE: Business is booming for money changers here in the last two days as the Singapore dollar rose to its highest level in recent memory against the Malaysian Ringgit. One Singapore dollar could buy RM2.7234 Wednesday - the weakest the Malaysian currency has been against the Singdollar since at least 1981. A long queue of people, mainly wishing to buy Ringgit, formed at Crante Money Changer in People's Park Complex yesterday, where the rate was S$1 to RM2.696. Next door, Mr Muhamed Nasu, 41, co-owner of money changer Haji Rahmathullah Store, said he would bring in "a few hundred thousand" more Ringgit today to cope with the demand.

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  • Company charged with ferrying passengers without licence at klia2 - The Malaysian Insider

    Authorities have charged a travel and tours company based at KLIA 2, with operating vehicles and ferrying passengers without licence.– The Malaysian Insider file pic, April 17, 2015.A travel and tours company, believed to be linked to Uber, is facing two charges of operating vehicles and ferrying passengers without licence, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 terminal. If found guilty, the company can be fined up to RM100, 000 and the vehicles could be forfeited by the government, under the Land Public Transport Act 2010. The company has claimed trial and the prosecution yesterday during a case management, released documents to lawyer Hamidi Mohd Noh who is appearing for Trupio. Hamidi refused to comment on the case when approached by The Malaysian Insider.

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  • This Singaporean video will leave you ‘Stunned Like Vegetable’

    Singaporean sitcom star Chen Tianwen is making the rounds online because of his kitschy music video “Unbelievable”. The video was originally produced for Singapore’s Channel 5 sitcom “Spouse for House 2” but it has taken a life of its own after Time Magazine chose to run a feature on it recently. The video is supposed to explain in flashback why Chen’s character says “un-n-n-n-n-believable” all the time in the sitcom. The video uploaded on YouTube has already racked over 300,000 views in a couple of days.

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  • Chong Wei vows to work hard for Olympic qualifying if BWF panel clears him

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, April 17 — National badminton champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei does not target any medals in the 28th SEA Games in Singapore from June 5 to 16. The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) had decided to field Chong Wei only in the team event at the regional biennial games. “If the doping case favours me, I need to compete in as many tournaments as possible to collect Olympic qualifying points. “After having not played since the Incheon Asian Games (Sept 2014), I need to gain back my rhythm.

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  • Kedah Umno wings urge Mukhriz to keep mum on Najib – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    The three wings of Kedah Umno have advised Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir against making a statement on April 24 on the state Umno stand on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Kedah Umno Youth chief Datuk Shaiful Hazizy Zainol Abidin said the request was made by the Kedah Umno Youth, Wanita Umno and Puteri Umno to Mukhriz at a meeting in Alor Star today.

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  • Najib gets royal backing from Pahang sultan

    UPDATED 7.48PM He says Najib is a hardworking leader and people should stop criticising.

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  • Contractors extorted by triads, causing project delays, says Zahid - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, April 16, 2015.The trend among gangsters to extort protection money from contractors is affecting the progress of the construction industry, said Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. He said the Home Ministry was made aware of this nationwide trend through complaints from contractors. "If contractors are being pressured to pay such sums, the costs of construction will increase and choke them, or even if only small sums are paid, delays are bound to happen," he said after launching the annual general meeting of the Perak Malaysian Malay Contractors Association in Ipoh today.

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  • Bloomberg Video: Japan’s elderly actually want to go to jail?

    As Japan’s population ages, the country’s prisons are finding themselves filling the role of rest homes, as elderly people with nowhere else to go commit crimes to get inside to safety. — Bloomberg

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  • No BN witch-hunt if Pakatan takes Putrajaya, leaders say

    — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) does not plan on hunting down corrupt Barisan Nasional (BN) politicians should the pact come to power, several leaders pledged, saying they were more concerned with governing justly instead of jailing their foes. Citing the case of jailed PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, DAP MP Liew Chin Tong said PR believes no individual deserves to be treated the same way. “I don’t think Pakatan should be in the business of a witch-hunt. “There should not be a case like the way Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is treated under any new government,” he told Malay Mail Online.

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  • Sarawak DAP lawmaker calls for end to sugar price-fixing - The Malaysian Insider

    – Pic courtesy of oze.my, April 17, 2015.Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen has questioned the fixing of the retail price of sugar at RM2.80 per kg when it should be at RM1.60 to reflect the prevailing low price in the global market. The Bandar Kuching MP said the retail price would drop to RM1.60 per kg if Putrajaya were to end the importation of sugar in the hands of four Umno-linked companies and abolish the price-fixing policy for the commodity.

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  • Guan Eng to sue Malay daily | theSundaily

    GEORGE TOWN: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng plans to sue a local Malay daily over an article which stated he was in charge of Muslim endowment land (tanah wakaf) in Penang. Lim said the statement was slanderous against the state government as well as against the administration of Islam in Penang. Backing him up was Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim and Penang Islamic Religious Council president Datuk Salleh Man. Abdul Malik said since Pakatan Rakyat (PR) assumed administrative control in March 2008, Lim was never involved in managing such land.

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  • PSM: Why MPs get a pay hike but not workers?

    'If they see the rationale to hike MPs' salaries, why not the minimum wage?'

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  • JDT goalie sacked for swearing at policeman

    Mohd Anis faces a five-year prison sentence and or fine if found guilty.

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  • BMW passing on GST gains in lower vehicle prices, says CEO

    German premium automaker BMW Malaysia Sdn Bhd is revising the prices of all its BMW and MINI vehicles lower by up to 1.9 per cent. The BMW Motorrad will be lower by up to 18 per cent. In a statement today, the premium automaker said the revision was to transfer the benefits gained from the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to customers. The company delivered 1,729 BMW, MINI and Motorrad vehicles in the first quarter of 2015. “This performance is in tandem with what we have observed in the Malaysian auto industry due to over-speculation on pricing post-GST,” said managing director and chief executive officer Alan Harris.

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  • Lawyer seeks removal of temple chairman | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: A lawyer filed a civil suit at the High Court today seeking for the removal of the chairman of the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Batu Caves. M. Manoharan filed the suit against Tan Sri R. Nadarajah, the chairman of the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Devasthanam, which manages the Batu Caves temple.

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  • DAP’s Middle East jaunt worries Malaysian Islamists

    — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, April 16 — DAP MP Zairil Khir Johari was made to explain today the secular party’s trip to Jordan and Egypt this week, after Islamist group Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) ran an editorial alleging it was another one of DAP’s ploys to recruit and “manipulate” young Malays. According to the Bukit Bendera MP, the trip to Jordan from Monday until yesterday had included dialogues with academic groups, a visit to a refugee camp and a meeting with Malaysian students in the Arabic kingdom.

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  • Indian village gets ‘world’s cheapest bottled water’

    — Reuters picMADHUSUDANKATI, April 16 — Charity workers have teamed up with an impoverished village in eastern India to develop what they say is the world’s cheapest bottle of drinking water — costing less than one US cent. After years of suffering illnesses from drinking polluted ground water, residents of Madusudankati are now receiving clean bottled supplies thanks to a new purification plant. “I saw a ray of hope when I heard that a water purifying plant would be installed in our village,” local farmer Pralay Mallick said. Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Indian charity Sulabh International, said the plant started operating several months ago with the capacity to produce 8,000 litres of potable water per day.

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  • Seek public views on LRT, cable car projects, says group - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, April 16, 2015.Penang non-governmental organisation, Citizens Awareness Chant Group (Chant), has lauded plans by the state to introduce a light rail transit (LRT) system and cable car service to overcome its transportation problems. However, Yan Lee, the legal adviser of the group that supports sustainable public transportation, said while the whole idea "sounds brilliant and fantastic", there should also be public consultation. "We propose that the Penang government, which has on many occasions declared itself to be a people-centric government, arranges a public consultation for the people," he said in a statement today.

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  • Missing trekker’s family tries to remain positive as search enters 12th day

    The search for Malaysian amateur trekker Dennis Lee Thian Poh who disappeared while crossing the Pokhara-Msutang route in Western Nepal entered its 12th day today. A search and rescue (SAR) operation comprising 63 Nepalese army and police personnel aided by sniffer dogs is combing the adjoining areas to locate the 48-year-old businessman. He said Lee’s family members had also joined in the SAR. “Although they (family members) remain positive, we need to understand that they are exhausted, confused and frustrated at times,” he added.

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  • Online spies eyeing Malaysia’s growing political clout, cybersecurity firm says

    — Reuters picPETALING JAYA, April 17 — Malaysia is likely being targeted in online espionage operations due to interest in the country’s growing economic and political importance, cybersecurity firm Kaspersky’s principal security researcher Vicente Diaz said. “It’s more about the economy,” he told reporters at the briefing on cybersecurity in Malaysia. “But in countries like Malaysia, I think that it’s because Malaysia is becoming a more interesting country in terms of geopolitics, economy, the companies are becoming more successful.

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  • Special rules for church imports to Sabah, Sarawak still being discussed, Putrajaya says

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUCHING, April 16 — Putrajaya is now in the process of gathering feedback and views from church leaders and importers of religious materials in its bid to formulate special guidelines for Christian goods bound for east Malaysia, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said. After a dialogue session with Sarawak church leaders today, the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department announced that he and Home Ministry officials will meet with stakeholders in Sabah on the matter next Friday.

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  • Oversubscription of Malaysia’s global sukuk a good sign for ringgit

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, April 17 — The oversubscription of Malaysia’s US$1.5 billion (RM5.4 billion) sukuk shows that the ringgit is still a good currency for investors to hold despite the negative perceptions as well as the poor outlook on emerging currencies. Market experts told Bernama the oversubscription of the government’s inaugural long-tenured sukuk marked the global investors’ confidence in Malaysia’s creditworthiness and financial system. They believed the ringgit is ‘undervalued’ and is experiencing a trading pattern, despite the country’s strong fundamentals with its diversified economy and surplus in trade, among others. The sukuk issuance helps the local currency to surge to 3.6240/6270 against the US dollar as at 5pm today from yesterday’s close of 3.6520/6550.

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  • Taiwan factory workers win US$18 m over cancer deaths | theSundaily

    TAIPEI: Workers from a factory in Taiwan which leeched toxic chemicals they say resulted in 200 deaths from cancer and more than 1,000 other cases of the disease won a Tw$564.45 million ($18 million, RM65 million) payout from US electronics company RCA on Friday. A summary of the verdict in the long-running legal battle by former workers at the RCA factory in northern Taoyuan found that groundwater at the site had been contaminated with various hazardous chemicals which could cause cancer. It added that the level of organic solvents in the soil and groundwater at the factory, which closed more than 20 years ago, seriously exceeded standards. "According to an expert witness... there is cause and effect between the damages to the plaintiffs' and their family members' health and long-term exposure to organic solvents," the statement said.

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  • Australia reportedly uses navy ship to send asylum seekers back to Vietnam

    — Reuters picMELBOURNE, April 17 — Australia is sending a group of asylum seekers back to Vietnam on a navy ship after they were apparently intercepted at sea, an Australian newspaper reported today. The Australian supply ship HMAS Choules was anchored off the Vietnamese coast as part of the operation to hand back nearly 50 asylum seekers, the West Australian newspaper reported. Australia has been criticised at home and abroad for its tough immigration policies, including sending asylum seekers to camps in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, where they face long periods of detention.

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  • Burst water pipe causes traffic diversion in heart of KL - Nation | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: A 100-metre stretch of road on Jalan Bukit Bintang has been closed to traffic after a water pipe burst near a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) construction site here, Thursday morning. The pipe reportedly burst near the Audi Showroom between the Jalan Imbi and Jalan Bukit Bintang Intersection at about 7am and a portion of the affected road was closed off. MRT Corp in a statement, confirmed the incident and said traffic from Jalan Tun Razak towards Pavillion Shopping Centre has been diverted to Jalan Imbi.

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  • ‘Excavation jackpot’ at Singapore’s Empress Place archaeological dig

    — Today picSINGAPORE, April 16 — Excavation works at Empress Place — the biggest archaeology project to be conducted in Singapore — have uncovered the largest-ever haul of findings here, said National Heritage Board (NHB) today. The two-month-long project, situated in front of the Victoria Concert Hall, came to an end last Sunday (April 12), with an estimated two tonnes worth of artefacts found. It was a collaboration between NHB and the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. These artefacts, said lead archaeologist Lim Chen Sian, provide even more insights into Singapore’s early beginnings, and may reveal more details about life back in Singapore even before the early colonial days.

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  • Fans flame Chelsea because ‘we’re boring’, Mourinho claims

    — Reuters picLONDON, April 17 — The self-styled “Special One” faces what he agreed is a special fixture this weekend but Jose Mourinho refused to accept that beating Manchester United to establish a 10-point lead with six games left would mean Chelsea had won the Premier League. His team are seven points clear with a game in hand and closest rivals Arsenal are involved in an FA Cup semi-final tomorrow at the same time as third-placed United — a further point behind — visit Stamford Bridge. Chelsea travel to Arsenal the following week, so winning their next three games would secure the title for the first time since 2010. “What’s in my mind is just to win three points tomorrow,” Mourinho told a news conference today.

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  • Ex-airline employee granted leave for judicial review | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: A High Court granted leave for a judicial review to a former employee of an airline company to cancel a decision in relation to a representation made, after dismissal from service. High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Datuk Asmabi Mohamad granted leave to Sharifah, in her chambers, today. Sharifah Nazriah Sayed Mahadi, 53, filed the judicial review on Feb 12, 2015 and named the Director General (DG) of Industrial Relations Malaysia and Malaysian Airline System Berhad as respondents.

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