• More than 100 flights cancelled over Thai airlines safety concerns

    — Reuters picBANGKOK, March 31 — China has joined South Korea and Japan in stopping Thai airlines from flying charters and new routes because of safety concerns highlighted by an international audit, Thai officials said yesterday. The move will come as a blow to Thai carriers that have just started recovering after a poor 2014 when political protests slashed the number of tourists visiting Thailand. About 100 charter flights to Japan alone have been cancelled and some 30,000 tickets either refunded or modified, the director general of Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Somchai Piputwat told reporters yesterday. Budget carriers have been worst hit though national carrier Thai Airways International, which is in the midst of a major restructuring, has also been prevented from expanding because of the halt, Thai officials said.

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  • When the success of one nation casts shadows on the failures of another - The Malaysian Insider

    Not many were shocked at the news that Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew died on March 23, weeks after being in intensive care. The unending crowds who queued for hours to pay their last respects and the thousands of honest, poignant outpourings of grief and tributes gave those of us who were mere observers a glimpse into the mark Kuan Yew made, not just on Singapore, but on the world. Almost every accolade given to Kuan Yew has acknowledged his role in driving a tiny nation from obscurity into one of the world’s most successful economies. Article after article, and in every obituary and compliment, the success of Kuan Yew and that of Singapore – the absolute object of his passion – have been laid out for all the world to behold and, for some of us, to envy.

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  • Gang rivalry behind full-moon party attack, says Penang CPO

    — Picture by K.E. OoiGEORGE TOWN, March 31 — The attack on an infant full-moon party on Sunday night is believed to be a fight involving the “04” Indian gang, said Penang Police Chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi. According the Abdul Rahim, a 50-year-old man who was slashed several times in the attack by about eight assailants was just a guest in the event at a restaurant in Tanjung Tokong. “He was only trying to stop them so he was slashed,” Abdul Rahim told reporters after a promotion presentation ceremony at the Penang police headquarters this morning. “It is a fight between the Indian thug gang members,” he said.

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  • 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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  • Search for MH370 could be called off soon, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, March 31, 2015.The search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 could soon be called off as more than a year of trawling the Indian Ocean continues to provide no clues to the whereabouts of the missing aircraft. According to a report by UK daily The Mirror, leaders from China, Australia and Malaysia are scheduled to meet in Kuala Lumpur in two weeks’ time to discuss the future of the mission, while Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss was quoted as saying that his government would “have to make other decisions… about how long the search should continue”. “We remain cautiously optimistic about finding the plane, with over 40% of the priority search area covered so far.

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  • Customs chief spewing nonsense over warning on price hikes, says DAP - The Malaysian Insider

    Customs director-general Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad warns those who increased their profit margins for the next 15 months following GST will be penalised.‎ – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 31, 2015.DAP has hit out at the Royal Malaysian Customs for resorting to "wild threats and ridiculous regulations" to mitigate any inflation that would arise once the goods and services tax (GST) takes effect tomorrow. Its publicity chief Tony Pua said the Customs director-general's "panicked" warning yesterday that businesses must not increase profit margins for the next 15 months, was not just unlawful, but also impossible to administer. ‎"Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad seems to have forgotten that we don’t live in a communist country like the Soviet Union or the Mao Tze Tong China of the past where the government controls all prices and profit margins," said Pua in a statement today.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Which countries cook the most – and the least - The Malaysian Insider

    The findings of a new report reveal some interesting trends when it comes to how the world cooks, with a breakdown of which countries cook the most, the…

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  • Looming GST spurs gold rush - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, March 31, 2015.Days before the goods and services tax (GST) kicks off, jewellery stores along Jalan Masjid India in Kuala Lumpur were filled with customers on a gold-buying spree before the precious metal is taxed 6% beginning tomorrow. For Deen Jewellers shop manager Shaik Abdul Kadir, such was a rare and surprising sight, especially on a Monday. "It is really surprising to find so many customers coming into the jewellery store on a Monday," he said. He said it looked similar to the panic-purchases of consumer products, with customers at his jewellery store appearing to be on a similar panic-buying mode in a bid to to avoid paying the 6% tax.

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  • The boy who was given up for dead

    MARCH 31 — It is a sunny blue sky day, not a cloud in sight and perfect temperatures. I’m sitting outside one of the largest hospitals in the US. The sound of cranes and construction, water flowing

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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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  • Why Malaysians join IS: Cult, broken families, money problems, says home minister

    The top three factors that lead Malaysians to join the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) include broken families and financial difficulties, Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today. Zahid said individuals who become militants also tend to be obsessed with the organisations that they join or with the leaders of such groups. “I am of the view that from the findings of Interpol and our police, that it’s not because of ideology, but because of belief, cult,” the Bagan Datok told Parliament today. According to Zahid, police have to date nabbed 75 individuals suspected of being involved in terrorism — including 13 foreigners that have since been ejected from Malaysia.

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  • Incredible drone footage of the world’s largest cave in Vietnam (VIDEO)

    HANOI, March 31 —An adventurer has unveiled stunning footage taken using a drone of the world’s largest cave, the Hang Son Doong in Vietnam. Ryan Deboodt took a drone inside Hang Son Doong and captured stunning footage that shows off a world

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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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  • 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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  • 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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