• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hard for PM, wife to let go of daughter

    Protests and pressure for PM to resign fails to take the shine off wedding.

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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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  • 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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  • Rogue cabbies charge double revised rates

    In a two-day exercise last week, Malay Mail visited several areas where taxi drivers were known to charge flat rates instead of using the meter. Our photographer Azneal Ishak was also forced to pay RM38 for a 400m journey after he sat in an orange taxi at Petaling Street. Four refused to drive to the intended destination (Bukit Bintang and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman) between 3pm and 5.30pm because of traffic congestion.

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  • GST to force a shift in the modern Malaysian family - Veronica Anne Retnam - The Malaysian Insider

    Three other children aged one to four, along with a few other children, are in the care of a 13-year-old sister. This could well be the new family in the neighbourhood to service some restaurants. One family has graduated after long service, with one daughter working there from when she was in Year 3 to at least Form Two. Another family has taken over, and it’s a single mother and her children.

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  • Azmin: PKR headquarters raid illegal | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) today condemned as "illegal and unwarranted" the police raid on its headquarters here. Selangor Mentri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is PKR deputy president, said the party holds the home minister and Inspector-General of Police responsible for the raid and demands for the harassment against the opposition to stop. "It is unconstitutional and a gross abuse of power and amounts to an attack on the opposition collectively," Azmin said in a statement issued today. Six policemen had taken Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli in handcuffs to the headquarters today and broke the door to his office.

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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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  • Badminton chief coach Rashid Sidek wants out, again

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — National singles chief coach Rashid Sidek has once again turned his back on the BA of Malaysia (BAM), leaving the national association in further disarray. National doubles women coach Rosman Razak has also quit the national stable. Rashid’s exit comes in the wake of BAM’s decision to offer all coaches a new two-year contract extension after a three-month delay which saw Rashid, Tey Seu Bock, Jeremy Gan, Rosman, Wong Tat Meng, Pang Cheh Chang and Tan Kim Her hired on a monthly basis after their terms expired last December. Last week BAM president Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff announced all coaches in the national body would be offered a new two-year contract extension subjected to KPI.

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  • Germanwings air crash: Last minutes of ill-fated flight revealed

    — Reuters picBERLIN, March 30 — The Germanwings flight started like any other, the conversation in the cockpit normal, with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz offering no indication of the horror he would allegedly inflict. This is how Flight 4U 9525, which investigators believe Lubitz deliberately steered into a French mountainside, unfolded according to French prosecutors and Germany’s Bild newspaper. Both accounts are based on information from the cockpit voice recorder captured by one of the black boxes discovered among debris of the Airbus A320 that crashed in the Alps Tuesday. A French fireman stands in a gymnasium near maps that show the terrain where an Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps, near Seyne-les-Alpes, March 24, 2015.

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  • Press Digest - Eateries raise prices by a hefty 20% | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Some eateries have already increased their prices ahead of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) tomorrow – and by a hefty 20%! While housewives thronged hypermarkets and supermarkets busy stocking up on non-perishable items on the last weekend before GST becomes effective, a good number of eateries in the Klang Valley, particularly food hawkers, have quietly readjusted their prices, Nanyang Siang Pau reported today. According to the report, readers called up to complain about big increase in prices charged by eateries, including hawkers who have raised their "pan mee" by RM1 a bowl to RM7, citing the impending GST. A glass of Chinese tea, perhaps the cheapest drink available at eateries, has also gone up by 20 sen to 70 sen, lamented one of the readers, who questioned the basis for the 40% increase.

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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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  • Tunku Mahkota of Johor heads 83 award recipients | theSundaily

    JOHOR BARU: The Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, the eldest son of the Sultan of Johor, topped the list of 83 recipients of awards and medals bestowed today in conjunction with the coronation of Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar on March 23.

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  • Shopping mad till the dawn of GST - Nation | The Star Online

    At some places, the shelves for toilet rolls and floor cleaner had been emptied out. Social media manager Helena Singh, 29, said she waited almost an hour outside a supermarket here to avoid the crowd. The mother of two children said she had made other purchases at another shopping mall last week for items such as toilet paper, detergent, household goods and chocolates, which cost her about RM600. Insurance agent Kelvin Chong, 36, said he wanted to restock on certain household items.

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  • MAS customers subject to 6pc GST starting Apr 1

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — Beginning April 1, Malaysia Airlines customers will be subjected to the six per cent Goods & Services Tax (GST) on applicable goods and services supplied by the national carrier. This implementation adheres to the

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  • Really, GST is to help pay salaries, pension for civil servants? – TK Chua - The Malaysian Insider

    International Trade and Industry Minister, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, said the goods and services tax (GST) is to diversify revenue source and to help pay for salaries and pension of public servants. In one stroke, it is hope that GST will gain the support of more than a million public servants and a few hundred thousand pensioners. Also, by stating that GST is to diversify revenue sources, Mustapha has also implied that present revenue source is too narrow and insufficient to cover the increased expenditure of the government.

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  • Oil prices fall as Iran, world powers seek nuclear deal - The Malaysian Insider

    Brent crude oil prices fell below US$56 a barrel on Monday, extending steep losses from the previous session, as Iran and six world powers tried to reach…

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  • Four-year-old leaves home in the middle of the night to get a slushie (VIDEO)

    A Philadelphia bus driver says he was shocked to see a wet, shivering toddler board his bus just before 3am yesterday morning. Not this time of night’,” says SEPTA bus driver Harlan Jenifer. Four-year-old Annabelle reportedly told customers she was on her way to a store to buy a “slushie”. But she didn’t make it... the bus driver’s parental instincts took over when he spotted her at the bus stop... and he cared for the child until police responded.

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