• Newspaper boycott leaves many ignorant about GST, says Muslim preacher - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, May 5, 2015.Popular Islamic speaker Datuk Kazim Elias last night urged Permatang Pauh voters to end their boycott of mainstream news outlets in order to get accurate information on the goods and services tax (GST). He said some consumers were being duped into paying taxes for items that were actually “GST-free”, as their boycott had left them uninformed about the new tax system. "We don't read the newspapers, we don't watch the news, so we end up duped," said Kazim during Barisan Nasional's (BN) mammoth ceramah at the SMK Permatang Pasir, Permatang Pauh. The preacher, who appears in the television programme Kalau Dah Jadi Jodoh, said other countries with GST enforced the tax on many goods and services.

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  • Father of pregnant airbag victim sues Takata, Honda - The Malaysian Insider

    – Pic courtesy of Welhelmo Rodriguez Caido Jr, May 5, 2015.The father of a heavily pregnant Malaysian woman who died after being hit by shrapnel from a defective airbag is suing automaker Honda Motor Co and equipment manufacturer Takata Corp, Bloomberg reported. Law Suk Leh, 42, was killed in a car crash on July 27 last year. In an interview with Bloomberg, attorney Kevin Dean said Ngee Chiong was suing the automakers in the United States because “the defective inflator at issue” had been manufactured in LaGrange, Georgia.

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  • We were not racing on DUKE, say Myvi club members - The Malaysian Insider

    Members of the Familia Myvi Club have denied that they were racing on the Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway (DUKE) before an accident that killed a couple and their infant child, The Star reported. The female driver of the Myvi which crashed into the victims’ vehicle had also reportedly told police that it was the victims' Pajero which had swerved into her lane and caused her to lose control of her car, the daily reported. An eyewitness, Muhammad Zaki Abdullah, 18, however, told The Star that he saw the Myvi convoy speeding. The drivers of the two Myvi cars involved in the accident have been released on police bail.

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  • PAS campaigns for Wan Azizah as polling nears - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, May 5, 2015.The Permatang Pauh by-election might have kicked off on shaky ground amid talk of a boycott by disgruntled PAS members in the early stages and worries that Chinese votes could be swayed over the Islamist party’s plan to implement hudud. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, May 5, 2015.However, after a ceramah last night, such worries may be put to rest as PAS leaders were warmly received as they stumped for PKR's Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. PAS central committee member and state deputy commissioner Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa received a high-spirited welcome by the predominately Chinese crowd at the Moral Uplifting Society premises. The Parit Buntar MP, who is known for his interfaith work, spoke after DAP  secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah but managed to hold the crowd's attention, speaking about the unity and solidarity among PR parties in facing their common enemy, Barisan Nasional.

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  • More pig farms and nightclubs if ‘ultra kiasus’ win in Dr M-Najib row, Ridhuan Tee warns

    — File picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — Controversial columnist Ridhuan Tee Abdullah warned today that Putrajaya could fall into the hands of the “ultra kiasu” if the conflict between Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Najib Razak to continues to persist unabated. He said the ferocity of Dr Mahathir’s recent attacks on Najib “frightens” him as it puts Malay unity at risk, and could ultimately lead to a total split in the country’s dominant ethnic group. The UEC (Unified Examination Certificate) will be endorsed,” he said, referring to the China-recognised education certificates issued by independent Chinese secondary schools here. Tee often uses the “ultra kiasu” euphemism to refer to those in the DAP, the Chinese and the Christians, although he has also denied targeting only the Chinese.

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  • Ambiga flays 'faceless cowards' of Bukit Aman

    Former Bar Council head relates her experience during detention.

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  • Psychologist: Will RM8,750 Islamic ‘anti-hysteria kit’ work for everyone?

    A clinical psychologist has questioned the application of a so-called “anti-hysteria kit” sold by a local university for RM8,750, asking if its claimed Islamic elements will allow it to work on people of all faiths. Vizla Kumaresan said this and other questions about the kit marketed by Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) needed answering, particularly as hysteria was not a condition unique to Muslims. Would this RM 8,750 kit be applicable to non-Muslims? “Are they going to say hysterical reactions among Muslims are different from non-Muslims?” asked the consultant clinical psychologist from the MindWorks Psychology and Counselling Centre.

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  • Twitter cop gets brickbats from Umno – Sir Wenger Khairy - The Malaysian Insider

    Without a doubt, the current IGP is the most unpopular inspector-general of police in the history of the country. Never before has an IGP been criticised not only by members of the opposition, but even by an Umno division chief.

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  • Americans too fast for Bolt to catch in relay - Athletics | The Star Online

    Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay powered the Americans to a five-meter advantage through three legs of the highly anticipated race and Ryan Bailey brought the team home in 37.38 seconds. Bolt, who had missed last year's inaugural World Relays, made up ground on Bailey in their anchor leg but could not close the gap as Jamaica, running their 2013 world championship team, finished second in 37.68.

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  • Ministry considers appealing for convicted ex-Mara student in London – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    The Ministry of Rural and Regional Development will consider whether to appeal to the Southwark Crown court in London to reduce the sentence imposed on former Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) loan student Nur Fitri Azmeer Nordin, 23. Its minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic) said this when commenting on the London court's decision to sentence Nur Fitri to five years in prison on 13 offences of possessing more than 30,000 pornographic images and videos of children.

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  • Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao: Stars Hit Vegas

    Some say the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight didn't live up to the hype - but the star power certainly did!

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  • Finland's likely next PM seeks deal with euro-sceptical The Finns - World | The Star Online

    Finland's likely next prime minister, Juha Sipila, said on Monday his Centre Party will make a special effort to find common ground with The Finns party, which wants a rebate on European Union payments and tighter restrictions on immigration, as he tries to put together a governing coalition. Sipila, whose party won an April 19 parliamentary election with 21.1 percent of vote, said while he had several possibilities for putting together a coalition government, he had formed a team to work on difficult questions with The Finns, the second-biggest group. "I think the election result requires us to thoroughly investigate whether we can find an understanding that could work as a basis for the government programme negotiations," Sipila told reporters in the parliament.

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  • Instant Access: Kris Jenner In Tears

    Kris Jenner breaks down in tears discussing Bruce Jenner's transition in the first promo for E!'s 'About Bruce.' Stephanie Bauer takes a closer look.

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  • Honda HR-V: Why 13,000 people want this Urban SUV

    — Picture by YS Khong KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — Just barely three months following its launch, the Honda HR-V has 13,000+ buyers, according to an announcement by Honda Malaysia when we attended its media test drive on beautiful Langkawi Island last week. Mr Okabe said that the HR-v was designed using the Honda Jazz platform (you could have fooled me on that, as the HR-V looks completely different) and that it was designed to be an SUV, but t to have the same driving feel as a car, and car-like features.

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  • Woman found dead at neighbour’s house after drinking session

    SIBU: A mother of four was found dead in her neighbour’s house at Kapor Road here yesterday morning after allegedly consuming excessive amount of liquor. On Sunday, she had prepared dinner for her children before going to a neighbour’s house to have drinks with five neighbours. The drinking session was believed to have ended at about 11.30pm when all present fell asleep. According to neighbours, the deceased had a habit of drinking liquor.

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  • Amid support for Najib, Umno leaders starting to question, says former minister - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, May 3, 2015.Umno division chiefs are beginning to realise that people are not happy with Datuk Seri Najib Razak, even as the party leaders continue to express their strong support for his leadership, former information minister Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin said. He said that it was wrong to assume that Ummo division leaders were mere yes-men who "swallowed" the country's leaders' every word. "There are Umno division chiefs who realise that the support of the 'red shirts' to the top leadership can no longer represent the rakyat's support," wrote Zainuddin on his blog today.

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  • Orphaned child to home minister: Punish those responsible for my parents’ death

    Those were the words of Nur Firuza Amira, 7, who lost her father Fairuz Nizam Husain, 35, mother Nova Safitri Azhari, 25, and her youngest sister Nur Firuza Annisa, seven months, in a three-vehicle pile-up at Km6.2 of the Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (Duke) on Saturday. She uttered the words to Home Minister Ahmad Zahid when he visited the victims’ family in Taman Batu Muda, Batu Caves here today.

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  • Giving new life to old photos - Tech News | The Star Online

    DO YOU have precious old photos that have faded or been badly damaged? Thing is, over time, photographs degrade, either due to mishandling (scratches, tears, folds) or humidity and sunlight which can result in strong colour casts in your old photos. The situation is quite different today – with the power of Adobe Photoshop, there’s a lot you can do to restore your old photos to nearly pristine condition. As a bonus, we’ll also go one step further and show you how to add colour to black and white photos – while it’s easy to overdo such a thing, subtle addition of colour to monochrome images can produce an interesting photo.

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  • BN turns GST debate into a racial issue

    Commentable: It is unbelievable how these people coming from the BN stable seem to horse around with us whenever the discussion is about parting with our hard-earned money. MCA Wanita chief Heng Seai Kie, even if your statement is true and makes sense, does it matter whether the Malays pay more than the Chinese or the Indians or the ‘lain-lain’, and is that some consolation to the other races? Like everyone else, the Malays have their own commitments and financial problems but in the end, they still have to make ends meet and put food on the table.

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  • Overweight diabetes patients outlive slimmer ones, study shows - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, May 5, 2015.Patients with type-2 diabetes who are overweight but not obese outlive diabetics of normal weight, scientists reported on Monday, in another example of the “obesity paradox”. Although public health officials issue dire warnings about the consequences of overweight, and employers are pressuring workers to slim down via “wellness programmes”, the relationship between weight and longevity is paradoxical: Studies show that although obesity increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), overweight patients with CVD live longer than patients of normal weight. Similarly, obesity increases the chances of developing type-2 diabetes.

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