• Bicycle allowance among culprits in MAS financial drain, says new boss - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters file pic, May 29, 2015.Some 180 types of allowances paid out by Malaysia Airlines, including a monthly bicycle allowance to one employee, contributed to its financial drain, The Star reported today. It quoted MAS chief executive officer Christoph Mueller as saying that huge overtime claims, over-priced contracts and salaries also added to the airline's costs. But Mueller said that this phenomenon was also prevalent in many airlines.

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  • Arul Kanda explains why he could meet Shahrir but not PAC - The Malaysian Insider

    – May 29, 2015.Under fire for not turning up at a scheduled inquiry by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday, 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) president and group executive director Arul Kanda Kandasamy insisted he was abroad at the time. He also confirmed that he met Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) president, Tan Sri Shahrir Samad the following night in Kuala Lumpur, but said this was only after he returned to Malaysia.

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  • Is Jho Low back in town?

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — Flamboyant and controversial businessman Low Taek Jho is believed to have returned to Kuala Lumpur via a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong yesterday evening, according to news portal The Ant Daily. According to the report, the tycoon called Jho Low took the CX729 flight that landed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 7.43 pm yesterday, before he was whisked away by a tall ethnic Indian man. Low’s return came amid a tumultuous time for strategic fund 1 Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), which has been repeatedly linked to him. Responding to the PAC saying it will not yet summon Low for its investigation, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin insisted there was too much speculation about the former’s involvement with 1MDB to be ignored.

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  • 1MDB gets US$1 billion payment from IPIC

    KUALA LUMPUR: 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) has entered into a binding agreement with the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) and its unit, Aabar Investments (Aabar), involving a payment of US$1 billion which will be used to repay loans. “While options are being pursued with respect to the monetisation of Edra Energy, the Ministry of Finance will remain a key shareholder in TRX and Bandar Malaysia, which will raise equity via third party investors.

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  • Renovation of terrace houses not in harmony, say Bangsar Baru folk - Community | The Star Online

    VARIOUS terrace house renovations around the Bangsar Baru area have caused many raised eyebrows among the community who are worried about its safety, legality as well as its jarring design that does not fit in with the rest of the neighbourhood. Earlier this month, the matter was raised in a resident dialogue with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) by Bangsar Baru Residents Association (BBRA) past president Chang Kek Wei. “There are quite a number of renovations going on in the area. “The problem is that these homes are rebuilt into much larger homes, a storey higher than its immediate neighbours, and the facade is such that it does not look in harmony with the other houses” he said.

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  • Abu Dhabi firm to throw 1MDB US$1b lifeline, minister says

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — 1 Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) will receive US$1 billion (RM3.67 billion)  from Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) to repay a US$975 million loan maturing soon, Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah said today. According to the second finance minister, the payment secured from IPIC and its subsidiary, Aabar Investments, is part of the rationalisation plan he presented to the Cabinet to help the indebted firm meet its loan obligations and reduce its liabilities.

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  • MAS union warns of possible protest by retrenched staff

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — A union representing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) employees who may find themselves jobless next week has sought legal recourse and may resort to staging a protest due to the “unjustifiable” terminations. According to local daily New Straits Times, the National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) is currently in talks with legal experts on the lawfulness of MAS firing 8,000 of its 20,000 employees, adding that it will protest the unjustified termination if necessary. “What happens to those who do not agree to the retrenchment conditions or those who do not sign the rehiring offer letters? “We are also looking to proceed on grounds of unjustifiable dismissal and we may stage a protest against the terminations,” Nufam president Ismail Nasaruddin was quoted saying.

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  • Bar Council to issue show cause letter to Umno lawyer - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, May 28, 2015.The Bar Council is preparing a show-cause letter ‎to Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah for professional misconduct, after he went on a road show to discuss Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy conviction, its president Steven Thiru said. He said the process had to be completed before the Bar could lodge a complaint against the Umno lawyer with an independent disciplinary board‎. "We are still coming up with the show-cause letter, which we will hand to Shafee once it is completed," ‎Steven said during a press conference at the Bar Council headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.

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  • Court awards damages to former athlete who became paralysed following surgery | theSundaily

    GEORGE TOWN: The Penang High Court today awarded damages of RM639,818.75 to a former national athlete who became paralysed following a failed spinal surgery ten years ago. Judicial Commissioner Datuk Azmi Ariffin in his hour-long judgement, ordered the orthopaedic specialist Dr.

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  • BNM deputy governor raises concern over insurance fraud

    — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — Insurance fraud continues to grow at an alarming pace worldwide with the magnitude to some extent aggravated by technological advancement, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) Deputy Governor Datuk Muhammad Ibrahim said. He said in the UK, home to the biggest insurance market in Europe and the world’s third largest, insurance claims fraud exceeded £2.1 billion, of which nearly 60 per cent concentrated in the motor (vehicle) insurance. He said the situation was no different in Malaysia as insurance fraud was also serious in motor segment, with an estimated loss of RM760 million suffered by insurers and takaful operators in 2013 alone.

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  • Surprise US$2,000 tip leaves restaurant staff in shock

    — AFP picWASHINGTON, May 29 — A Washington man shocked the staff of a neighbourhood restaurant earlier this week by leaving a US$2,000 for a meal of beer and gumbo he shared with a friend, the proprietor said Wednesday. The man, described by Blue 44’s owner Chris Nardelli as a gumbo-loving regular who lives nearby, left the tip on a US$93 bill on Monday night. “Thank you for the gumbo!” he wrote on the bill after indulging his taste for the Louisiana Creole dish, a specialty of the house. “It was pretty shocking to say the least,” said Nardelli, who also is a chef and bartender at the four-year-old restaurant in the Chevy Chase neighbourhood.

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  • Not merely Java jive ― Tunku ’Abidin Muhriz

    MAY 29 ― When I was in Jakarta last month to meet Indonesian President Joko Widodo and several ministers, I was repeatedly startled by the prominent display of statues and paintings — not only of humans and animals but also mythological creatures — which adorned the halls and gardens of grand official buildings. When conversations got dry I studied my hosts’ batik shirts and marvelled at the prevalence of dragons, birds, fish and butterflies festooned in them. Today, royal buildings and ceremonies serve as important bulwarks to the erasure of certain traditions from public memory — the carvings at Istana Lama in Seri Menanti includes mystical birds, and the recent enthronement of the 35th Sultan of Perak saw gold dragon and snake armlets being worn. A more recent trip to Yogyakarta and Surakarta left me more provoked by our comparative abandonment of cultural history.

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  • Indonesia proposes RM1,200 monthly pay for housemaids - The Malaysian Insider

    Indonesia has submitted a proposal paper to the Human Resources Ministry to consider improving the working conditions of Indonesian maids in Malaysia, including increasing the monthly salary. Indonesia Embassy's deputy chief of mission Hermono said the new proposed wage was RM1,200 per month which is up from the currentRM800 per month.

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  • No respite yet for Malaysia’s stock market - Business News | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: The FBM KLCI again slipped into the red early Friday as  investors were disappointed with most of  the corporate results amid  also growing anxiety over the plunge in China markets the previous day. At 9.25am, the KLCI was down 4.58 points or 0.26% to 1,750.98. JF Apex Research said following the negative performance of global markets due to Greece, “we expect the KLCI to remain lacklustre with immediate support at 1,747”. BIMB Securities Research expect the local market to remain bearish due to poor sentiment.

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  • Petaling Street ‘stripper’ ordered to check into mental hospital

    — YouTube videograbKUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — The woman who removed her clothing in the centre of the Petaling Street tourist hotspot on April 24, 2015, has been ordered to undergo a month-long psychiatric evaluation, The Star Online reported. Magistrate Nur A’minahtul Mardiah Md Nor today ordered Persana Avril Sollunda to be warded at Hospital Bahagia under section 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which allows for those suspected of not being of sound mind to undergo observation and receive psychiatric treatment. If Sollunda fails to turn up at Hospital Bahagia by the end of today, bail will be forfeited and a warrant of arrest will be issued, Star Online quoted the magistrate as saying. After Sollunda has undergone the month-long observation, she will have to produce a psychiatric report from Hospital Bahagia at her next court mention on July 2.

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  • Scientists find the mystery behind the holes in Swiss cheese

    After about a century of research, Swiss scientists have finally cracked the mystery of the holes in Swiss cheese. Experts from Agroscope, a state centre for agricultural research, said the phenomenon — which marks famous Swiss cheeses such as Emmental and Appenzell — was caused by tiny bits of hay present in the milk and not bacteria as previously thought. They found that the mystery holes in such cheeses became smaller or disappeared when milk used for cheese making was extracted using modern methods. “It’s the disappearance of the traditional bucket” used during milking that caused the difference, said Agroscope spokesman Regis Nyffeler, adding that bits of hay fell into it and then eventually caused the holes.

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  • 1MDB guilty until proven innocent, Dr M says

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — Unless proven innocent, it must be assumed that the management of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) had misappropriated the funds invested in Cayman Islands, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today in his continued tirade against the troubled state investment firm. The former prime minister said although the money had been redeemed and is now parked in a Singapore bank, it has yet to be proven that the funds are in actual tangible form.

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  • Rohingya migrants seen months ago in Perlis, villagers claim

    — Reuters picKANGAR, May 29 — Some villagers today recalled having seen people believed to be from the Rohingya community in Kampung Wang Kelian several months ago, usually in mosques. One of them, Ayub Mohd Affendy, 25, said he had seen the Rohingya, some of them in their teens, in mosques and that they were shabbily dressed, thin and weak. Another villager, Zulhasman Isman, 46, said it did not cross his mind at all that such a large gravesite of alleged victims of human traffickers would be found in Perlis. Up to 139 graves of alleged victims of human traffickers have been found in Bukit Wang Burma in Wang Kelian, Perlis, close to the Malaysia-Thailand border.

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  • Finance Ministry giving Parliament ‘useless’ replies on 1MDB, Pua says

    ― File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 28 ― DAP MP Tony Pua today castigated the Finance Ministry for providing what he described as “useless” replies to Parliament on the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy. The Petaling Jaya Utara MP said the ministry should do due diligence and get the most accurate answers, instead of relying on “hearsay” claims from 1MDB. “This is highly irresponsible of the Minister of Finance as well as the Ministry of Finance because the answer in Parliament cannot be on hearsay. “Ministry of Finance have to be certain of the answer that is provided in Parliament because the Parliament is the highest legislative institution of the land.

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  • Why do Malaysians hate migrants? - The Malaysian Insider

    Why do Malaysians hate migrants? When a racial riot broke out in southern Italy sometime in early 2010, the mindless attacks on African immigrants prompted Pope Benedict XVI to respond by reminding people that, "an immigrant is a human being, different in background, culture and tradition, but a person to be respected, and possessing rights and duties". Malaysians tend to get emotional when such issues arise and share the same concerns with the rest of the world when it comes down to how we feel about migrants. Whether you want to believe or not, Malaysia is one of those countries made up of migrants.

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