• Marina Mahathir: Sorry, but not heading for departure gate yet

    ― Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — Those hoping to see the last of Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir will have to keep on waiting, after the social activist who declared she would quit Malaysia if hudud is enforced here today said she is not leaving yet. In a Facebook post to clarify the declaration she made during an interview with Malay Mail Online, the daughter of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that while she was not readying to leave, she stood by her disagreement towards hudud and the growing religious conservatism here. Acknowledging that Malaysia was not yet on the same level as repressive regimes such as Saudi Arabia or Iran, she nevertheless said that the country was headed down the same path where diversity and acceptance were increasingly being eroded. “So no, sorry, I’m not going anywhere because if I did I would be constantly searching for the Malaysia I grew up in, where people did not constantly stand in judgment of one another based on what they wore, when people did not call you a traitor to your community just because you think and are different, where people did not think it’s a good idea to have different laws for different people and believe that’s justice, as some do today.

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  • Dr Mahathir: Najib did not tell truth about 1MDB cash in Singapore - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has accused Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak of not telling the complete truth when he told Parliament that money held by government investment arm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is being kept in Singapore. “No money was banked into BSI Bank in Singapore. It is unclear what is in the documents, but it is clear it is not cash,” said Dr Mahathir in a blogpost on Sunday. In January, the Finance Ministry said 1MDB had deposited the funds it had redeemed from its offshore account in the Cayman Islands into BSI Bank, with the amount held in US dollars.

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  • Adi Putra, the forgotten child genius - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, May 24, 2015.Some years ago, child genius Adi Putra Abd Ghani made waves with his speed and skill at solving mathematical problems at a tender age. Now 16, Adi is still pursuing his mathematical passion locally and overseas – but on his own, a forgotten genius let down after various promises made to him by the Federal government fizzled out. Crowned the Islamic Mathematician of the century by the Riau University in Indonesia in 2009, Adi had produced 235 mathematical formulas and published 12 of them in a book titled "Seni Matematik Islam" (The art of Islamic Mathematics).

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  • Give us a worthy leader, and this nation will rise again - The Malaysian Insider

    Likewise, how great our nation will be is, unfortunately, very much dependent on how great our leaders are. By that measure alone, Malaysia seems to be doomed. The recent mounting calls for our present Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to step down has posed a pertinent question in every concerned Malaysian’s mind – If Najib relinquishes his post, who then is qualified to lead this nation at such a time of great political and economic volatility? But if you’re like me and have witnessed the countless changes within our country’s top echelon of leaders, and have been disappointed just as many times with the incompetency of those in charge, then the prospect of Najib’s resignation does not at all bring optimism that things will change for the better.

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  • Kedah cannot afford to house boat people, says Mukhriz - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, May 24, 2015.The Kedah state government wants the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the federal government to overcome the constraints faced by the state in facing a flood of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants. Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said the state could not afford to accommodate them as there were too many of them compared to the facilities available. Kedah has been facing a flood of illegal Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants since two weeks ago when 1,158 of them were arrested after landing in Langkawi on May 11. They were then moved in stages to the Belantik Immigration Detention Centre in Sik, Kedah.

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  • Under house arrest on Fridays

    In a week, starting June 1, Muslim men in the northern state of Kedah may now be liable for a fine not more than RM1,000 and jail not more than six months, or both for missing Friday prayers three weeks in a row. The Federal Territories, for example, also criminalises skipping Friday prayers in Section 20 of its Shariah Criminal Enactment, with the exact penalty. So do Perak in its Section 23, and Negri Sembilan in its Section 113, among others. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaMost of the laws governing Friday prayers require a Muslim man to register at a mosque that represents a kariah, or a parish.

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  • ‘Beautiful Mind’ mathematician John Nash killed in car crash - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, May 24, 2015.Mathematician John Nash, a Nobel Prize winner who inspired the movie "A Beautiful Mind," was killed in an auto accident along with his wife in New Jersey, ABC News reported. The Oscar award-winning film "A Beautiful Mind" starring Russell Crowe was loosely based on Nash's longtime struggle with schizophrenia.

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  • Bangladeshi worker killed in Tun Razak Exchange MRT accident - The Malaysian Insider

    – Filepic courtesy Gamuda.A worker was killed following an accident at the Tun Razak Exchange MRT underground construction site in Kuala Lumpur today. The Bangladeshi worker, identified as Safikul, 28, was dismantling a temporary structure used for slab work with a group of workers when it gave way and collapsed at 1.15am. MMC Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd, the main contractor for the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit, tonight confirmed the incident and said Safikul was trapped under the debris while the other workers who were with him escaped unhurt.

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  • How straight are you? - Ask Dr G | The Star Online

    Before you start writing in to complain about me crossing the line, asking a too provocative question in a conservative society, let me assure you I am referring to the geometrical straightness of a man’s sexual organ. Sidney Poitier, the first African American actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor once said: “I know how easy it is for one to stay well within moral, ethical and legal bounds through the skilful use of words, and thereby spin, sidestep, circumvent or bend of a truth completely out of shape. How the curvature of the male external genitalia is a “bend of a truth” and “completely out of shape” is the topic of our discussion today. Obviously, with my wife being pregnant for the last six months, my sexual activity has been confined to moments of “self indulgence”.

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  • Century eggs: An adventure for your palate

    — Picture by Elaine HoKUALA LUMPUR, May 23 — Firstly, if you’ve got any concerns regarding century eggs (and I think I might know what your concern is exactly), let me assure you they are NOT made by soaking eggs in horse urine. Century eggs are actually made by packing eggs with a mixture of clay, ash, salt, lime and rice hulls for several weeks as a method of preservation. Also known as thousand-year or millennium eggs, they are a popular ingredient in Chinese cuisine, where they are either consumed as it is or accompanied by other ingredients. To prepare century eggs, it is the alkaline medium of the preserving ingredients that brings about the changes in their texture and flavours, which further eliminates any need of anything acidic.

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  • Stop being a hypocrite, DAP tells Najib - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 24, 2015.Datuk Seri Najib Razak should stop being a hypocrite blaming traders for hiking up prices following the rollout of the goods and services tax (GST), while backing the "single biggest profiteering exercise" by mobile telecommunications companies. Its national publicity chief Tony Pua said the prime minister was being a "complete hypocrite" for shifting the entire blame of substantial price hikes on traders when his own minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek had defended the telcos move not to absorb the 6% GST.

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  • 15 year-old schoolgirl, boyfriend detained in Jaim operation | theSundaily

    MALACCA: A 15 year-old schoolgirl and her 22 year-old boyfriend were among four couples detained in an operation by Malacca Islamic Religious Department (Jaim) early today. Jaim director Ismail Hamid said the form three school student from Masjid Tanah, Alor Gajah and her partner were detained in a room of a budget hotel in Jalan Tun Ali at 2.50am. "Jaim will inform the matter to her parents and the school authority," he told reporters here today.

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  • 6 prostitution kingpins detained under crime act, says top cop - The Malaysian Insider

    Six prostitution kingpins have been detained under the Prevention of Crime Act this year, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today.…

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  • Mangoes for RM40? - Nation | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: Mangoes for RM40 a kilo, anyone? Apparently yes, for the harumanis variety.

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  • Letting nature reign as durians fall at Green Acres - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, May 24, 2015.The durian season is arriving in Balik Pulau, Penang, and Eric Chong and his wife Kim Wong are looking at a busy time ahead at their durian farm in Balik Pulau. But there is more to the Green Acres durian farm than meets the eye. People will get their fill of durians and a tour around the 16-acre farm, but the special extra for visitors is a crash course on chemical-free and environmentally-friendly farming. It is quite obvious that Chong and Wong, who also run an events management and corporate training company, manage the farm differently.

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  • View from the Umno grassroots –  Muhammad Azaham Wahab - The Malaysian Insider

    I am a member of Umno who had served the party for a good 40 years and was a Branch Chairman for 23 years. I also served for a few years at the division level and consider myself a grassroots leader of Umno and am qualified to say that I embody the sentiments of members at the grassroots level. As a branch leader for more than 20 years, we have always obeyed the higher ups in Umno and slogged at every election to ensure the success of Umno-Barisan. I was proud of Umno and my MCA and MIC friends because for whatever weakness Barisan had we were brothers in arms to develop the country.

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  • Longer, stronger…study reveals more reasons to take your vitamin E - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, May 24, 2015.Long established as a powerful antioxidant, vitamin E is important for the membrane that envelops your muscle cells, promoting proper healing from the natural tears that take place when you work out, according to a new study. "Every cell in your body has a plasma membrane, and every membrane can be torn," says corresponding author Dr Paul L. McNeil, cell biologist at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University. The study, which was published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine, has implications for muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain injury, common diabetes-related muscle weakness and – of course – body builders. "Part of how we build muscle is a more natural tearing and repair process – that is the no pain, no gain portion – but if that repair doesn't occur, what you get is muscle cell death," says McNeil.

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  • Forget the chicken, try some roasted duck rice!

    Roasted duck rice may not be as popular or ubiquitous as Hainan chicken rice but Penang does have a few hawker stalls offering really good roasted duck rice alongside chicken, roast pork and Chinese sausages. Secondly, the skin has to be roasted to just the right crackling crispy texture where a single bite will elicit a crunch like biting into the thinnest of crispy crackers and also a juicy burst of natural flavours of the duck meat. Often considered a red meat, duck meat is darker and tougher than the soft tenderness of chicken but if cooked in just the right temperature, it will be just as tender. Roasted duck rice is served pretty much like the Hainan chicken rice except with one marked difference: it always comes with a thick, savoury gravy.

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  • As Pakatan chasm grows, Kit Siang pines for Nik Aziz

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 24 — DAP’s Lim Kit Siang today burst into eulogy for late PAS spiritual leader Datuk Niz Aziz Nik Mat, whom he said would not have allowed ties within Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to reach the current brink of disaster. Warning that PR may only have another fortnight to survive — PAS will hold its party elections next month — the DAP parliamentary leader sought repeatedly to remind the Islamist party of Nik Aziz’s refusal to entertain co-operation with Umno as well as his commitment to PR. Collaboration within the federal opposition pact, particularly between PAS and DAP, have all but ceased owing to increasing acrimony over the Islamist party’s insistence on wanting to enforce hudud, the Islamic penal code, in Kelantan.

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  • 1MDB saved us money? – Goh Wei Liang - The Malaysian Insider

    I have not penned my thoughts down in an article about 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) since this circus began. Most of us are short of filing for a missing persons report on 1MDB management. You run the operations on a daily basis, not Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. a) 1MDB bought the IPPs.

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