• RM690 million to maintain PM’s private jet, PKR reveals - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 31, 2015.Putrajaya will spend some RM690 million to maintain a newly-acquired private jet used by the prime minister for the next 15 years, PKR's Rafizi Ramli revealed today. He said that the cost including services to maintain an older private jet for the next seven years, the total costs for operation, maintenance and management (OMM) of both aircraft would come to a whopping RM1.098 billion. "The contract for OMM for the new ACJ320 jet shows that the costs have been set at RM46 million per year.

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  • Prime minister’s private secretary dies – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today announced the death of his private secretary Datuk Mohd Po'ad Jelani. He paid tribute to Mohd Po'ad…

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  • Chaos for consumers tomorrow as traders struggle with GST

    — Reuters pic KAJANG, March 31 — Consumers may be dealing with a chaotic scene tomorrow as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) remain uncertain on how to implement the Goods and Services Tax (GST). SME Association of Malaysia deputy president Michael Kang said consumers could suffer from traders’ confusion in implementing the GST, noting also the cost of complying with the new consumption tax system. “Most traders will increase prices and there are many reasons — due to compliance cost and RM (ringgit) drop, where they need to install software and hire new people such as accountants,” Kang told Malay Mail Online. He also said some traders who refused to attend the government’s GST training courses are getting the wrong advice from software companies or accountants on how to file tax invoices.

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  • More than 100 flights cancelled over Thai airlines safety concerns

    — Reuters picBANGKOK, March 31 — China has joined South Korea and Japan in stopping Thai airlines from flying charters and new routes because of safety concerns highlighted by an international audit, Thai officials said yesterday. The move will come as a blow to Thai carriers that have just started recovering after a poor 2014 when political protests slashed the number of tourists visiting Thailand. About 100 charter flights to Japan alone have been cancelled and some 30,000 tickets either refunded or modified, the director general of Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Somchai Piputwat told reporters yesterday. Budget carriers have been worst hit though national carrier Thai Airways International, which is in the midst of a major restructuring, has also been prevented from expanding because of the halt, Thai officials said.

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  • No way to stop GST except through ballot box, says Guan Eng

    — Picture by K.E. OoiGEORGE TOWN, March 31 — The goods and services tax (GST) due tomorrow cannot be reversed short of voting in a new federal administration, DAP’s Lim Guan Eng said today. According to the DAP secretary-general, he consulted lawyers about possibly suing Putrajaya to stop the rollout of the new consumption tax, but was told there is no legal avenue to do so. “As far as we are concerned, we can’t go to the courts to stop GST so the only way now to end it is to change the federal government,” he told reporters after visiting yet another shop in Bukit Mertajam that is closing down due to GST. Since early this year, several sundry shops — some decades old — located on the island have decided to close down their businesses due to the complexities in implementing the six per cent consumption tax.

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  • Gang rivalry behind full-moon party attack, says Penang CPO

    — Picture by K.E. OoiGEORGE TOWN, March 31 — The attack on an infant full-moon party on Sunday night is believed to be a fight involving the “04” Indian gang, said Penang Police Chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi. According the Abdul Rahim, a 50-year-old man who was slashed several times in the attack by about eight assailants was just a guest in the event at a restaurant in Tanjung Tokong. “He was only trying to stop them so he was slashed,” Abdul Rahim told reporters after a promotion presentation ceremony at the Penang police headquarters this morning. “It is a fight between the Indian thug gang members,” he said.

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  • When the success of one nation casts shadows on the failures of another - The Malaysian Insider

    Not many were shocked at the news that Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew died on March 23, weeks after being in intensive care. The unending crowds who queued for hours to pay their last respects and the thousands of honest, poignant outpourings of grief and tributes gave those of us who were mere observers a glimpse into the mark Kuan Yew made, not just on Singapore, but on the world. Almost every accolade given to Kuan Yew has acknowledged his role in driving a tiny nation from obscurity into one of the world’s most successful economies. Article after article, and in every obituary and compliment, the success of Kuan Yew and that of Singapore – the absolute object of his passion – have been laid out for all the world to behold and, for some of us, to envy.

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  • GST forces Chinese shop to close after 74 years - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, March 30, 2015.Yew Chian Hooi's Chinese medicine shop 'Ban Swee Choon' in Bukit Mertajam is opening tomorrow for the last time after 74 years in business. It will be closed for good come Wednesday, the day the goods and services tax (GST) begins implementation. The shop was founded by Yew's late father in 1941 and survived the second World War, the Japanese occupation and years of ups and downs. Yew said he did not support the government's move to implement the GST because he was not convinced that it was a good thing.

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  • In memory of Tunku and LKY – Zaid Ibrahim - The Malaysian Insider

    I was at the Singapore High Commission over the weekend, penning a short condolence message in memory of the late Lee Kuan Yew. I felt sad that our own founder Tunku Abdul Rahman was not so lucky. The present leaders and some people in Malaysia did not feel such reverence for him in the end. We no longer care about the legal and economic framework that Tunku started when he gained our independence from the British in 1957 and when he successfully formed the Federation of Malaysia.

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  • Customs chief spewing nonsense over warning on price hikes, says DAP - The Malaysian Insider

    Customs director-general Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad warns those who increased their profit margins for the next 15 months following GST will be penalised.‎ – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 31, 2015.DAP has hit out at the Royal Malaysian Customs for resorting to "wild threats and ridiculous regulations" to mitigate any inflation that would arise once the goods and services tax (GST) takes effect tomorrow. Its publicity chief Tony Pua said the Customs director-general's "panicked" warning yesterday that businesses must not increase profit margins for the next 15 months, was not just unlawful, but also impossible to administer. ‎"Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad seems to have forgotten that we don’t live in a communist country like the Soviet Union or the Mao Tze Tong China of the past where the government controls all prices and profit margins," said Pua in a statement today.

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  • GST comes knocking with a riddle: What goes up, what goes down?

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — It’s just a day before 30 million Malaysians make history together, letting in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and flushing out the old Sales and Services Tax. Putrajaya calls it the revolutionary and transparent tax system that will diversify the government’s income source, economists sigh with relief at this long-awaited economic reform, the federal opposition caution that the poorer Malaysians will suffer amid already rising living costs. Could it be true that some items will become cheaper with the GST rate of six per cent taking the place of the old 10 per cent sales tax?

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  • Incredible drone footage of the world’s largest cave in Vietnam (VIDEO)

    HANOI, March 31 —An adventurer has unveiled stunning footage taken using a drone of the world’s largest cave, the Hang Son Doong in Vietnam. Ryan Deboodt took a drone inside Hang Son Doong and captured stunning footage that shows off a world

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  • Which countries cook the most – and the least - The Malaysian Insider

    The findings of a new report reveal some interesting trends when it comes to how the world cooks, with a breakdown of which countries cook the most, the…

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  • Only one TransAsia pilot fails latest safety test after crash - The Malaysian Insider

    TransAsia Flight GE235 crashed upside down into a shallow river shortly after taking off from a downtown Taipei airport.Only one of 53 pilots at TransAsia Airways Corp failed a second-round proficiency test held in the wake of a crash last month which killed 43 people, Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said on Tuesday. A first round of testing saw 10 pilots out of 49 fail an oral test to evaluate a pilot's ability to handle an aircraft during engine failure and another 19 did not attend the test, leading to the suspension of all 29.

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  • An open letter to Lim Kit Siang — Dave Anthony

    I salute you as the elder statesman of Malaysia who has raised a consistent voice over the years. Today we are in the cusp of a political crisis and yours is the only lonely voice calling for a Malaysian solution. Pakatan Rakyat, whichever way we look at it, is no longer a viable reality. The DAP and PAS are quite clear where they stand on the hudud issue.

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  • Shafee wins extended injunction against Malaysian Bar

    ― Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — The Special Appeals Court has granted Tan Sri Muhd Shafee Abdullah an ad interim injunction pending the disposal of an inter parte suit, effectively preventing the Bar Council from discussing the lawyer’s controversial conduct. Shafee’s chief counsel, Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, said the injunction acts as “a fresh order of the court” to stop the Bar from tabling a motion to condemn the Umno-linked lawyer for his public disclosure of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s Sodomy II trial details. “So the next thing to do was to file for an ad interim injunction which is a fresh order of the court to preserve the status quo... until the disposal of the inter parte suit,” he told reporters after discussing the matter in chambers.

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  • Why the bad grammar on PMO’s website if Malaysia’s English so good, asks DAP - The Malaysian Insider

    – PMO website screenshot, March 30, 2015.A DAP lawmaker today questioned the deputy education minister's claim that Malaysia's standard of English is better than Singapore's when grammatical errors can be found even in the Prime Minister's Office's official website. Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming (pic, right) said the minister, P. Kamalanathan, should focus on the task at hand which was to improve the standard of English among English teachers, and stop making inaccurate comparisons.

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  • 5 nutrition tips for better sleep - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP/Relaxnews pic, March 30, 2015.March is World Sleep Month, which means research institutes around the globe are releasing reports on the importance of shut-eye, as well as tips on how to get enough. In France, after observing the link between eating habits and sleep hygiene in a recent study, the National Institute of Sleep and Vigilance (INVS) and the health insurer MGEN share suggestions on how to eat to improve the chances of getting a good night's rest. Never skip dinner: "If the body has not consumed enough energy, sleep will be fragmented. One must eat enough to make it through until morning," explains INSV president Damien Léger.

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  • Anxious families hit the stores ahead of GST - The Malaysian Insider

    Checks by The Malaysian Insider show that many of them are from families with young children, who stock up on essentials like diapers, milk and baby food. Mother of two, Azarina Mat Shaari, 37, bought three months' worth of items that her children would need.

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  • Tax refund to be paid within two days, says IRB CEO

    — Reuters picBANGI, March 30 — Taxpayers who overpaid their taxes could received refund from the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) in a period of two days after submitting the income tax return forms (BNCP), said IRB chief executive officer Tan Sri Dr Mohd Shukor Mahfar. He said the refunds would be paid to taxpayers if all the information given to IRB was complete and correct.

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