• Agong has last word on Anwar’s pardon, say lawyers

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 — Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah is the final arbiter of Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s petition for a royal pardon, criminal lawyers have said. Although Anwar’s appeal will technically be decided by the Federal Territories Pardon Board, Tuanku Abdul Halim will be the one who decides whether or not the petition is granted. “(T)he other members of the (pardons) board serve a more advisory role,” lawyer Rajpal Singh, a former Bar Council Criminal Practice Committee chairman, told Malay Mail Online. Apart from the ruler, the pardons board includes Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor, and three other members appointed by the Agong on the recommendation of the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

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  • Forbes: Daughters of Malaysian billionaires among most powerful Asian businesswomen

    — Pic courtesy of YTL Community KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — The daughters of two Malaysian billionaires were among the dozens listed by Forbes as the most powerful female entrepreneurs in Asia. Tan Lei Cheng, daughter of  IGB Corporation Berhad’s major shareholder Datuk Tan Chin Nam, and Ruth Yeoh, daughter of YTL Group chief Tan Sri Datuk Francis Yeoh were named in “Asia’s Power Women 2015” and “Asia’s Power Businesswomen, 2015: 12 To Watch” respectively.

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  • 20 richest M'sians: Mokhzani slides off list

    KINIBIZ He suffers the biggest drop in the latest ranking released today.

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  • MH370 secretly landed in Kazakhstan, says American author – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, lost for nearly a year, might have secretly landed in Kazakhstan, says an American science writer. Jeff Wise, who is also CNN’s aviation analyst, said there may have been ‘deliberate tampering’ in the search data to make the Boeing 777 appear to have gone in another direction. Wise earlier wrote an article for the New York Magazine suggesting that its navigational data had been meddled with, to leave trails of inaccurate information which convinced officials that the plane flew south. In the article, however, Wise said he wasn’t sure of why Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted the Malaysian passenger plane.

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  • Going beyond the Razak inheritance talk – K L Lau - The Malaysian Insider

    Recent commentaries and news reports are talking about a rift between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his brothers, as well as reports about the Razak family’s inheritance. The people are not against Najib or his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor or the four Razak siblings. But the public is really concerned with  the ‘’incorrigible’’ corrupt culture and money politics of Umno largely attributed to the period of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's reign that he (Najib) has inherited together with poor governance.

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  • For Rosmah, Rafizi starts hairy campaign

    The PKR lawmaker's campaign is called #turunharga dandanrambut.

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  • Passengers injured on recent Thai Airways flight to be compensated – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    Thai Airways will compensate 11 people who were injured after its A340-600 jet was hit by an air pocket en route from Japan to Thailand yesterday. The…

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  • Actress told to pay ex-driver RM150,000 - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Mukhriz Hazim, February 26, 2015.A former driver of a local actress has been awarded RM150,000 in damages after the High Court found Zahida Mohamed Rafik liable of defaming him. Judge Datuk Hue Siew Kheng said Noor Azman Azemi has proved all the ingredients of defamation on the balance of probability. Hue also dismissed Zahida's counter claim for the return of RM200,000 allegedly taken by the driver. She also awarded Noor Azman RM40,000 as costs.

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  • I fought for all Muslims, says Borders manager after court frees her - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 26, 2015.Borders Bookstore manager Nik Raina Nik Abdul Aziz said her legal battle with Islamic authorities over a charge of selling and distributing a book deemed to be against Islam had changed her and made her realise her larger role to ensure other Muslims are not harassed for doing their jobs. Given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal by the Shariah High Court today, Nik Raina said she had been a shy and reserved person before the raid on May 23, 2012 on the bookstore where she worked, but her ordeal had turned her into a more outspoken person. Nik Raina said most of the management staff at Borders are Muslims, and she feared they could be subject to the same intimidation if she did not stand up for her rights in facing the charges. "I stand here today not only for myself, but for all my colleagues, especially the Muslims who could face the same action by the religious authorities for merely doing our jobs," she said outside the court today.

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  • Atheist blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, February 27, 2015A prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin was hacked to death with machetes by unidentified assailants in Dhaka yesterday, police said, with the atheist writer's family claiming he had received numerous threats from Islamists. The body of Avijit Roy, founder of Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog site which champions liberal secular writing in the Muslim-majority nation, was found covered in blood after the attack which also left his wife critically wounded.

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  • Malaysia is education destination of last resort – S. Ramakrishnan - The Malaysian Insider

    Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh claims that Malaysia’s higher education system is now on par with developed nations like the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia in view of the fact that the 135,000 foreign students here make up 10% of all students in local institutions of higher learning.  Many Chinese students are enrolled in local colleges that have twinning programmes with foreign universities. Malaysia is a stepping stone for these students to get foreign degrees or migrate to a third country. Students from China choose Malaysia as they feel at home here with the local Chinese culture, and food is affordable.

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  • Shell reduces petrol prices by 2 cents - Regional | The Star Online

    OIL giant Shell reduced its petrol pump prices by 2 cents. On Tuesday, consumer watchdog Con­sumers Association of Singapore (Case) said that oil companies were “profiteering” from the recent Government petrol duty hike. Shell’s 95-octane grade now costs S$2.02 (RM5.38) a litre before discount, while its 98-octane grade is priced at S$2.26 (RM6.02) per litre. While this is 2 cents lower than yesterday, prices are still higher than the Government’s announced duty hike of 15 cents a litre for intermediate grade petrol and 20 cents a litre for premium petrol.

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  • Can an A-G probe have any real impact on 1MDB? - The Malaysian Insider

    Scrutiny on troubled 1Malaysia Development Fund (1MDB) is tightening with an unprecedented call by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) asking the Auditor-General to audit the debt-ridden government-backed fund. Although welcomed, the best that the public can realistically hope for out of an official investigation on 1MDB is that the company will not crush the country with anymore debt, says PKR MP Rafizi Ramli. Based on past trends, the national auditor's uncovering of wastage, leakage and dubious procedures in government bodies have yielded public uproar, but little punitive and remedial action. The PAC in a statement yesterday said it would also launch its own investigation into 1MDB, after the Auditor-General audits the company.

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  • Drinking coffee may lower risk of multiple sclerosis – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    WASHINGTON: People who drink four to six cups of coffee daily may be less likely to get multiple sclerosis, according to international research out Thursday. “Caffeine intake has been associated with a reduced risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases,” said lead author Ellen Mowry of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. “Our study shows that coffee intake may also protect against MS, supporting the idea that the drug may have protective effects for the brain,” she added. The findings of a US and Swedish study — released ahead of the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting in Washington — each compared more than 1,000 MS patients to a similar number of healthy people.

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  • From party boy to philanthropist, Jho Low credits late granddad for turnaround

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — Billionaire Low Taek Jho is trying to shed his old party boy image and make a name for himself as a philanthropist, a shift he believed was only made possible by his late grandfather’s advice years ago. According to Low, his grandfather, Low Meng Tak, had reprimanded him shortly after his lavish partying lifestyle — which included public outings with American “celebutante” Paris Hilton — made international headlines back in 2010. “I was sat down by my grandfather, and he gave me a talking-to: ‘Being showy and flamboyant is not something you want to do,’” the businessman commonly known as Jho Low told Forbes business magazine in a recent interview. Low’s grandfather died of leukaemia in 2013.

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  • Assyrian Christians describe harrowing flight from IS – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    BEIRUT (LEBANON): Danny Jano, an Assyrian Christian, fled with his family in their pyjamas when they heard that Islamic State group jihadists were approaching their home in northeast Syria. “It was the longest and most difficult five hours of my life,” he said by telephone from the provincial capital Hasakeh where they took refuge.

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  • New Honda HR-V a mix of all the good things a car needs | theSundaily

    You may have heard of all the hype surrounding the all new Honda HR-V, and you have to give the creative young minds at Honda Malaysia credit for the well placed and perfectly executed promotions for the HR-V. It must be said that the design of the HR-V is its most striking feature, if this is the direction Honda is heading with all of its cars in the future; its Japanese competitors truly have something to be worried about.

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  • Lawyers targeting Bar Council chief down to 99 after one says name falsely used

    ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — A lawyer today denounced a group of 100 legal practitioners for fallaciously listing her as among their ranks in demanding Malaysian Bar president Christopher Leong apologise over remarks on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy prosecution. NorJehan Abu Bakar, who is based in Pahang, said on Facebook that she had declined an invitation last Saturday to join the self-dubbed G100 and was surprised when she later saw the group’s letter published on Malay Mail Online criticising Leong and listing her as a member. Unethical!” NorJehan told Malay Mail Online, referring to G100’s letter titled “Censuring Christopher Leong of the Bar Council for bringing the judiciary into contempt — 100 Practising Lawyers”. She said in her Facebook post that she had no quarrel with the Bar Council, stressing that her fight has always been for environmental issues.

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  • Lee Kuan Yew still in intensive care - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, February 26, 2015.Singapore's first prime minister and the man widely credited with the city-state's economic success, Lee Kuan Yew, is still on mechanical ventilation in an intensive care unit in hospital, the prime minister's office said on Thursday. Although Lee has receded from the public and political scene, his health is watched closely as he is still seen as an influential figure for the government of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his oldest son. Even Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin posted on his Facebook about the rumours late on Wednesday. Lee, a Cambridge-educated lawyer, is widely credited with building Singapore into one of the world's wealthiest nations on a per capita basis with a strong, pervasive role for the state and little patience for dissent.

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  • Robert Kuok retains top spot on Forbes Malaysia Rich List – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    Tan Sri Robert Kuok and several other business tycoons have retained their positions in the latest Forbes Malaysia Rich List, despite a dent in their nett…

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