• Chong Wei had no intention to cheat, BWF doping panel finds

    — Bernama picKUALA LUMPUR, April 27 — The Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed today its decision to suspend badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei from active competition for eight months, but said although the national player did violate an anti-doping regulation, he had not done so with intent to cheat. In a statement on its website, the authority found that Lee had indeed been "negligent" when he took the banned substance Dexamethasone, but the degree of negligence was "rather light" as he had not known at the time that he had ingested the substance. According to BWF, the panel hearing Lee's case said that it is "convinced this is not a case of doping with intent to cheat". The panel also found it "correct and fair" to backdate the eight month suspension order to the date that Lee's sample was collected last year.

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  • Putrajaya fails to stop Rafizi’s application to challenge legality of banking law - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, April 27, 2015.Putrajaya has failed in its bid to stop an application by Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli to challenge the constitutionality of the repealed Banking and Financial Insitutions Act (Bafia). The Shah Alam Sessions Court today ruled that Putrajaya’s objection was frivolous and lacked merit. Judge Rozina Ayob fixed May 15 to hear submissions whether the High Court could hear and rule on the constitutionality of Bafia.

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  • Can fools be in Cabinet, asks Perlis mufti after Ahmad Maslan’s remarks - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, April 26, 2015.Perlis mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainal Abidin has taken Datuk Ahmad Maslan to task for reportedly saying that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad lacked understanding about the goods and services tax (GST). Without naming the deputy finance minister, Asri said he now wondered whether a fool could be appointed to important posts in the government.

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  • Court to consider ‘Bali Nine’ appeal, rejects Filipina bid - The Malaysian Insider

    Indonesia's Constitutional Court has agreed to consider a last-ditch legal challenge brought by two Australian death row convicts, a lawyer representing…

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  • MCA veep must apologise for insulting all housewives, Pakatan insists

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayPERMATANG PAUH, April 27 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) members accused today an MCA leader of criticising PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and by extension, all housewives in Malaysia. Batu Tiga assemblyman Rodziah Ismail cited a report published on news portal Malaysiakini that she said had reported MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun insulting the role of all housewives in Malaysia, insisting that Chew issue an apology. “She fails to understand the significance of a housewives’ (sic) voice and the strength it can carry in a parliamentary sitting,” the PKR assemblyman said in a statement, referring to Chew’s purported insult to Dr Wan Azizah and all housewives.

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  • 'Dr M failed to explain 1MDB issues properly'

    Tun Faisal said Mahathir didn't say that only RM5.8 billion of 1MDB's debt is gov't-backed.

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  • 'Cops harassing PKR campaign workers' claim

    PMTG PAUH Volunteers are apparently questioned as to who attended PKR ceramah.

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  • Top Japanese restaurant defends foreign policy - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, April 27, 2015.A top-notch Michelin-starred sushi restaurant in Tokyo on Monday defended its special reservation rules for foreigners after a report in Japan it had refused to accept a booking from a Chinese customer. Sushi Mizutani, which has two of the coveted Michelin stars, told AFP it has an "across-the-board policy" of not accepting bookings by non-Japanese customers – unless they are made through a hotel concierge or a credit card company. "(Non-Japanese) customers may not show up for their reservations," a member of staff at the restaurant said, adding employees do not have the foreign language proficiency to explain requirements to patrons.

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  • Everything a ‘pan mee’ should be, in the heart of OUG - The Malaysian Insider

    The Malaysian Insider hunted down 30 cheap and good food spots around the Klang Valley and will reveal one for each day of the month of April. Nestled within the busy morning market area of OUG along Old Klang Road is a shop that sells only “pan mee”, a Chinese noodle dish that can be served with soup or dry, with the standard accompaniments of fried anchovies, minced pork and shredded mushrooms. J&E Little Kitchen started out as a stall operating from one of the nearby coffeeshops, but over time, the popularity of their “pan mee” enabled them to venture out on their own and into their very own shop. They’re extremely generous with the condiments at J&E, and my dining partner’s entire bowl of basic noodles (RM5.50) was piled high with minced pork, shredded mushrooms, crispy anchovies and lovely, leafy spinach.

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  • KL-Singapore high-speed rail may miss 2020 deadline, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    The multi-billion ringgit high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is expected to miss its 2020 deadline by two years, Singapore's Business Times reported today. Citing unnamed sources, the business paper said 2022 may be a more realistic deadline as there were many unresolved issues in the mammoth project, which is estimated to cost nearly RM40 billion. More time is needed to sort some aspects out so that it can take off smoothly," a source close to the project was quoted as saying by The Business Times.

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  • PKR warns of fake statements in Permatang Pauh campaign - The Malaysian Insider

    PKR national strategy chief Sim Tze Tzin said the graphics were made by Umno's cybertroopers – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 27, 2015.PKR is crying foul over material used in the Permatang Pauh by-election that it says are aimed at driving the party and its ally PAS apart in their campaign for the seat. Pictures have been circulating showing PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail with a statement that reads "Jika PAS tidak menyukai saya sebagai calon, saya juga tidak perlukan undi mereka". PKR national strategy chief Sim Tze Tzin said the statement was fake and stressed Dr Wan Azizah never made such a remark. "It is obvious that the graphics were made by Umno's cybertroopers," he said in a press conference at Yayasan Aman in Penanti this morning.

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  • Nepal quake: Cultural heritage destroyed - Videos | The Star Online

    The earthquake that hit Kathmandu on Saturday destroyed many temples and statues that were built between 12th-18th centuries.

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  • The urban fisherman of Puchong

    PHOTO ESSAY Radin makes a living from fishing at a former mining pond.

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  • Wan Azizah: The most qualified leader in the country! — Karamjit Gill

    Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is starting to look like the only capable leader in this country; or rather shall I say the only capable leader in PKR. Supporters from both sides of political divide are vehemently voicing their opinion on Wan Azizah’s candidacy in the Permatang Pauh by-election. From a practicing medical doctor to a politician overnight, is Wan Azizah the best PKR has to offer? Wan Azizah’s involvement in politics begun after Anwar Ibrahim was jailed in the late 90’s. She was elected as a Member of Parliament for Pematang Pauh in 1999 and continued to hold the position till 2008.

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  • Jho Low’s company received US$330mil, says whistle-blower | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Whistle-blower Sarawak Report claims to have obtained new documents to show that Good Star Limited, a company controlled by businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, had received the entirety of a US$330 million (RM1.18 billion) “loan” from 1Malaysia Development Fund (1MDB) in 2011. It said the loan had been authorised by 1MDB, supposedly in favour of its former joint venture partner PetroSaudi International although Jho Low has repeatedly maintained that he has held no role in 1MDB and made no profit from its investment dealings. Sarawak Report has earlier alleged that PetroSaudi directors had agreed to “act as front” for Jho Low and that out of a total of US$1.5 billion (RM5.36 billion) already invested in PetroSaudi between September 2009 and September 2010, US$860 million (RM3.07 billion) had been secretly siphoned into Good Star’s RBS Coutts bank account in Zurich.

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  • Heavyweight appetizer sets up Mayweather-Pacquiao - Boxing | The Star Online

    Wladimir Klitschko joined Joe Louis in the record books with his title bout on Saturday but the event took a decided back seat to boxing's latest 'Fight of the Century' -- Mayweather v Pacquiao. Klitschko matched the legendary Louis by climbing into the ring for his record-tying 27th world heavyweight championship fight but the Ukrainian's win against Bryant Jennings was a mere prelude to bigger things. "This event with Wladimir Klitschko, heavyweight champion of the world returning to Madison Square Garden, is the perfect hors d'oeuvre to what the main course will be next week," Peter Nelson, HBO sports programming vice president, told Reuters.

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  • Upgrades to LRT stations coming soon, says Prasarana - The Malaysian Insider

    Prasarana group managing director Azmi Abdul Aziz said they did not want the stations to merely be a transit stop for users, but that Prasarana was looking for ways to enhance commuter experience at the stations. “In the long run, we are looking at providing facilities for the younger generation at the stations.

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  • Elizabeth Wong is wrong ― Concerned Lawyers for Justice

    APRIL 26 ― Concerned Lawyers for Justice (CLJ) refers to the Malay Mail Online news report of 21 April 2015 titled “Churches may operate in commercial areas without permits, Selangor exco says”. CLJ notes that the news report quotes Elizabeth Wong, a Selangor executive councillor and co-chair of the Selangor state committee on non-Islamic affairs (HESI) stating that the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MBPJ) has been allowing churches to operate without permits since 2008 (the starting point presumably being when the Pakatan Rakyat state government came to power in Selangor) and that all such churches have since then only needed to notify HESI, supposedly in accordance with Article 11 of the Federal Constitution guaranteeing freedom of worship.

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  • Cops: Public objection reason why support withdrawn for Thirst 2015

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, April 26 — Objections from the public and Selangor lawmakers resulted in the withdrawal of support for Thirst 2015, the Serdang police said today. In a statement this evening, the police said that they originally had no problems with the application for the temporary entertainment permit for the concert by organisers Future Sound Asia Sdn Bhd on March 25. “The MPSJ (Subang Jaya Municipal Council) had then rejected the application on April 6, although it was then approved with certain conditions imposed on April 22 after the organisers appealed to MPSJ. “On April 24, PDRM (the Royal Malaysian Police) had concluded to not support (the concert) after receiving objections and feedback on April 23 from society, as well as the office of the state assemblymen about the concert,” the statement read.

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  • Paris Hilton Gives Update On Aunt Kim Richards; Shows Support For Bruce Jenner

    At the annual Race to Erase MS event, Paris Hilton talks about her aunt, Kim Richards, and voices support from Bruce Jenner.

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  • Fifth Harmony On Helping Fan With 'Promposal'

    At the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards, Fifth Harmony talks about their nominations and how they helped a fan pull off a great 'promposal.'

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  • Double-decker bus to debut in KL next month | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: Klang Valley bus commuters will be getting a new ride soon, as Rapid KL is set to introduce a double-decker bus service next month. The double-decker buses will be serving the high capacity routes around the Klang Valley, especially from Cheras and Shah Alam to the capital city as well as the inner routes in the city centre.

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  • Schumacher's son wins on his debut F4 weekend - Motorsport | The Star Online

    Michael Schumacher's 16-year-old son Mick sprayed the winner's champagne after capping an impressive debut weekend in German Formula Four with the first victory of his motor racing career on Sunday. Competing for the Dutch-based Van Amersfoort Racing team, the German lined up second on the grid for the last of three races at Oschersleben and made a quick getaway to lead from the start. Schumacher, who leads the rookie standings and is fifth overall in the championship, ended the 30-minute race behind the safety car with Australian team mate Joey Mawson second and fellow rookie Thomas Preining third.

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  • The first cell phone call was an epic troll (VIDEO)

    On April 3, 1973, an engineer named Martin Cooper did something crazy: He made a phone call while walking down the street. Cooper was heading up a team of engineers at Motorola who were working to build the world’s first cellular telephone. He hoisted the thing up to his ear and dialed up Joel Engel, who was doing similar work at AT&T, to tell him he had a functional portable phone.

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  • What we must do – Thomas Fann - The Malaysian Insider

    Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan posed this question at the Asean People’s Forum on human rights: What have we done to deserve this stifling of various freedoms by Putrajaya? What a great question for us to ask ourselves and ask of this Barisan Nasional government. We get plundered, lorded over, insulted and told to migrate if not happy by our public servants.

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  • Penang Harmony Street walk lauded - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: The “Harmony Street” walk in Penang to symbolise that Malaysia is a land of religious harmony has continued to gain attention from academics and activists. “It displayed cohesion as an everyday experience,” said Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria, principal research fellow for UKM’s Institute of Ethnic Studies. The walk, which was organised by The Star, saw the participation of Star Media Group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, Global Movement of Moderates chief executive officer Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and activists, among others.

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  • Chinese are left behind at Shanghai’s Auto Show — Bertel Schmitt

    APRIL 26 — The task of every major car show is to reflect the state of the auto industry, but few live up to the challenge as well as Shanghai’s auto show. Like the Chinese market itself, the show is big, chaotic and perplexing, and attendance is de rigueur for anyone who’s anyone in the global car business. The glittering new products and concepts being unveiled at Auto Shanghai 2015 by the global major automakers confirm China’s status as the most important car market in the world. But they also provide a poignant counterpoint to the more modest offerings on display from China’s homegrown producers.

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  • Musa urges leaders to work towards the good of country - Videos | The Star Online

    Tun Musa Hitam calls on Malaysians to focus on “alleviating the socio-economic conditions” instead of falling into “the trap of being diverted” by political games.

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  • The good, bad and ugly of street artist Ernest Zacharevic’s murals

    — TODAY picSINGAPORE, April 26 — Just search the hashtag #penangstreetart or Google “Georgetown murals” and more likely than not, images by artist Ernest Zacharevic pop up. Zacharevic is so synonymous with Penang that its tourism board, Visit Penang, has one of his artworks — that famous mural of two carefree children on a bicycle — as its official Instagram photo. Tourists follow maps and embark on trails to seek out his murals scattered throughout Georgetown. On the other hand, it brings in a lot of dramatic dynamics — suddenly, street art is attracting so much (attention),” he said.

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  • 12 arrested, explosives seized over attempt to cause ‘chaos’, tweets IGP - The Malaysian Insider

    Malaysia 12 arrested, explosives seized over attempt to cause ‘chaos’, tweets IGP BY MUZLIZA MUSTAFA Published: 26 April 2015 2:01 PM Police have foiled an attempt

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  • Ratan Tata buys stake in Xiaomi - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 26, 2015.Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of the holding company of India's Tata conglomerate, has acquired a stake in Xiaomi Technology, a deal that is likely to bolster the Chinese phone maker's presence in the world's third-largest smartphone market. Financial details of the unspecified stake bought by Tata in Xiaomi, the first by an Indian, were not disclosed in the statement issued by the Chinese company today.

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  • Factbox - Foreigners in Nepal at time of deadly earthquake - World | The Star Online

    MUMBAI (Reuters) - Here are details released by some foreign governments on citizens who found themselves in Nepal at the time a strong earthquake hit on Saturday, killing more than 2,450 people.

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  • No immediate threat to Asean Summit, say police - Nation | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: Police said there was no immediate threat to the Asean Summit following the arrests of 12 IS militants who were planning bomb attacks in the Klang Valley. Federal Internal Security and Public Order department director Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Muhammad Fuad Abu Zarim said security at the summit was sufficient and that they were remaining vigilant.

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  • Three U.S. citizens dead in Nepal earthquake - World | The Star Online

    Three Americans have died in the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal, the U.S. State Department said on Sunday, including a woman who died when an avalanche triggered by the temblor struck the climbers' base camp on Mount Everest. The woman, Marisa Eve Girawong, was a physician's assistant who worked for Madison Mountaineering, a Seattle-based guide service, according to Kurt Hunter, the company's co-founder and chief technology officer. Girawong, who was from Edison, New Jersey, according to media reports, was among more than a dozen people who perished in the Mount Everest avalanche.

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  • Thousands beg Australia not to deport autistic Filipino boy - The Malaysian Insider

    The mother of an autistic Filipino boy she says faces deportation because he would be a burden to the Australian taxpayer presented a petition Monday signed by tens of thousands of people begging authorities to let him stay. But he was diagnosed with autism in 2008, a condition the Migration Review Tribunal said posed a "significant cost" to the Australian community in denying the family a visa extension, his mother told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Maria Sevilla, who said she pays tax and has private health insurance, is on a work visa, which expired Monday.

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  • Cops force last minute cancellation of Thirst concert, says Serdang MP - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 26, 2015.The Thirst 2015: We Are All Stardust concert, scheduled to take place last night, was cancelled because the police withdrew their support for it at the last minute, Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming said. He said the police sent a letter to the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) on Friday saying they would not support the concert, leaving the council no choice but to withdraw the concert's permit at the 11th hour. "On the afternoon of Friday, April 24, the police sent a letter to MPSJ stating that they would not support the concert.

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  • No entry for motorbikes in public parks - Community | The Star Online

    MOTORCYCLISTS are prohibited from riding their bikes on walkways in public parks of Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib said City Hall (DBKL) would take firm action on errant motorcyclists and build barriers to prevent them from riding on those paths. “Motorcyclists are endangering pedestrians and families at the park. “We have issued 20 summonses to motorcyclists who were riding on the walkways in Perdana Botanical Gardens, Titiwangsa and Kepong Metropolitan Park.

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  • Saudi military plane crashes during training - World | The Star Online

    CAIRO (Reuters) - A Saudi pilot and a trainee were killed on Sunday when their military plane crashed during training, the official Saudi Press Agency said.

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  • Desperate Nepalese sleep in open as aftershocks spread fear - World | The Star Online

    Thousands of desperate Nepalese spent another night in the open in the early hours of Monday, terrorised by strong aftershocks that continued to shake the country two days after a massive quake struck, killing almost 2,500 people. Across the capital, Kathmandu, and beyond, exhausted families whose homes were either flattened or at risk of collapse laid mattresses out on streets and erected tents to shelter from rain. The sick and wounded also lay out in the open, unable to find beds in the city's overwhelmed hospitals. A total of 2,460 people were confirmed killed in the 7.9 magnitude quake, making it the worst such disaster to hit Nepal since 1934 when 8,500 died.

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  • US dollar peg to remain, says HK chief executive - Business News | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: The policy to keep the Hong Kong dollar pegged against the US dollar will remain although the Asian currencies have come under increasing pressure due to the volatility in the dollar. Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying said that the policy of pegging the Hong Kong dollar to the US dollar has been operating well and he was not going to change it. “Yes we had to sell Hong Kong dollars (in recent weeks) to maintain the peg but the amount deployed is quite small relative to the inflows. The Hong Kong dollar has been pegged to the US dollar when capital started to flow out prior to the handover of the special administrative region by the United Kingdom back to China in July 1997.

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