• Local actor fined for showing disrespect to traffic policeman - The Malaysian Insider

    A promo poster for the screening of local TV series 'Ariana Rose' which stars Keith Foo, among others.– Pic from official 'Ariana Rose' Facebook page, May 25, 2015.A local actor was imposed a fine of RM100 or 10 days' jail by the Magistrate's Court in Kuala Lumpur today for insulting a traffic policeman. Keith Foo Chuan Chin, 32, admitted before Magistrate Nur'Aminahtul Mardiah Md Nor to committing the offence near the roundabout to Kampung Pandan at Jalan Davis in Kuala Lumpur at 4.30am on March 15. His fiancee, Kim Raymond who had accompanied him to court, settled the fine for him. According to the facts of the case, the "Ariana Rose" drama series actor who also starred in "Love You Mr Arrogant", hurled the words, "Kau siapa, kau ingat kau polis besar sangatkah, bodoh", at Faizul Amri Md Zan.

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  • Lord Mayor of London: I’m a Malaysian - Nation | The Star Online

    JOHOR BARU: “Saya adalah orang Malaysia (I’m Malaysian)” were the first few words uttered by the Lord Mayor of London Alan Yarrow as he addressed a crowd here. Yarrow, who visited the Johor Area Rehabilitation Organisation (Jaro) here yesterday with his wife Gilly, was on a two-day working visit to Malaysia, with a special tour to this city. As for Jaro, Yarrow said the organisation held fond memories for him as his mother Paula Yarrow was one of the volunteers at the centre.

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  • DAP: 1MDB CEO skipping PAC hearing shows something ‘seriously’ wrong

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy’s decision to skip the Public Accounts Committee’s hearing tomorrow confirms doubts over the debt-laden state-owned firm, DAP’s Lim Kit Siang said today. The DAP parliamentary leader said the planned absence of Arul Kanda and his predecessor Datuk Shahrol Ibrahim Halmi from the PAC hearing is the last straw that breaks the camel’s back in the controversy.

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  • City of Dreams turning into Tanjung Tokong residents’ nightmare - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Dalbinder Singh Gill, May 25, 2015.Despite objections from residents and the local assemblyman, the Penang Island City Council has approved yet another high-density development project in the Tanjung Tokong suburb of George Town, Penang. Avalon and Acacia Residents Association (AWA) of Seri Tanjung Pinang are strongly opposing the project dubbed as the "City of Dreams" (COD) comprising 572 units of service apartments which translates into a density of 156 units per acre (0.4ha).

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  • Man killed after vehicle crashed at Sunway toll plaza

    A man was killed after his vehicle skidded and crashed into a lane divider at Sunway Toll Plaza, Petaling Jaya early today. Subang Jaya police chief, ACP Yahaya Ramli said the accident at 4.40am near the exit to the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) killed Beh Chee Kong, 41. The transport company manager was driving from Bandar Sunway to Puchong when the vehicle skidded and crashed into a lane divider at the toll plaza. “The initial police investigation found that the road shoulder was unpaved and the road was dry and without sand.

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  • Overpriced food caused by human error, says restaurant owner | theSundaily

    GEORGE TOWN: The popular 'nasi kandar' restaurant, Kayu Nasi Kandar in Bukit Jambul, has clarified that the price of its ladyfingers on a receipt, which went viral over social media recently, was caused by human error. Its managing director Burhan Mohamed said the right pricing for the ladyfingers in the restaurant was RM2 for five pieces and not RM20 as posted in the Internet. "Our cashier made an error, instead of RM2, he mistakenly punched RM20 for the item," he told a press conference at the restaurant today. Burhan also justified the RM2.50 price of its 'roti canai telur', saying it is reasonable with the services and quality provided by the restaurant.

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  • Two foreigners drown after being chased by a man while sightseeing

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — Two foreign women are missing and feared drowned in Sungai Klang, Brickfields here, while two others were rescued in an incident yesterday. Seputeh Fire and Rescue Station chief, Japari Tajuddin said a group of five women, aged 18 to 20 years, were purportedly chased by a man on a motorcycle while they were sightseeing, resulting in four of them to jumping into the river in the 7pm incident. The three rescued women were taken to the Brickfields District Police Headquarters to have their statements recorded. “Currently, firemen from the Hang Tuah Fire and Rescue Station are conducting a search and rescue operation along the river using torchlights but are hampered by the darkness,” he said.

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  • Perlis ruler says no need for ‘Indera Kayangan’ in state’s name - The Malaysian Insider

    – May 25, 2015.The Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail has commanded that there should be no addition to the state's name, such as "Indera Kayangan" or "Darul", and be called just Perlis, as enshrined in the state constitution. He said the constitution had been signed by his father, the late Tuanku Syed Putra Syed Hassan Jamalullail only with the name Perlis for the state, without any addition.

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  • 1MDB bosses confirm will attend PAC probe - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, May 25, 2015.1Malaysia Development Berhad’s (1MDB) top bosses have denied they are skipping a meeting with a parliamentary probe on the troubled company, saying that they “look forward” to telling their side of the story. 1MDB group executive director and CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy said he and 1MDB board of directors member Datuk Shahrol Halmi will appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which is investigating the company. “As confirmed by the PAC chairman, the date for this appearance is currently being finalised, due to a date proposed earlier being in conflict with previously scheduled overseas commitments. “Both, Arul Kanda and Datuk Shahrol Halmi, look forward to appearing before the committee and having the opportunity to clarify 1MDB's position," Arul Kanda said in a brief statement here.

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  • Ban on book about ex-Sabah leader stays, says Zahid - The Malaysian Insider

    – 4.bp.blogspot.com pic, May 25, 2015.Putrajaya is maintaining its 37-year ban on a biography of a former Sabah Kadazan leader as it deemed it to be harmful to the country's interests and federal security. Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said The Golden Son of the Kadazan was banned from the country on June 22, 1978 under the Internal Security Act. "The book was banned because it contains excessive criticism against the federal government, among them making certain decisions hastily in Sabah. As such, the contents of the book is feared to be harmful or may cause harm to security and public order if it is not banned," he told Darell Leiking (PKR-Penampang) in a written reply.

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  • Don’t stress yourself out over GST and IMDB, says Shahidan Kassim - Nation | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: Think positive and don't stress yourself thinking about GST and 1MDB. "Think positive about GST...1MDB.If you think positive then there will be lower stress levels, " he said when answering a question in Parliament about stress-related dangers by Datuk Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar (BN-Kuala Kangsar).

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  • 'Bad moon rising for PAS under current leaders'

    INTERVIEW Ahmad Awang says party will do badly in GE if they stay.

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  • Rohingyas: A worthless people?

    That is the reality that Myanmar’s Rohingya people have faced for decades. Whatever their origins — recent migrants from Bangladesh (as the Myanmar government claims) or people who have called the country home for generations (as the Rohingya themselves claim) — the restrictions placed on the community by the Myanmar authorities violate dozens of fundamental human rights. Unlike the more economically minded boat people from parts of Asia making runs to Australia, the Rohingya, it seems, are happy to go anywhere: Indonesia, Thailand Bangladesh... anywhere but Myanmar. But fearing a flood of refugees — if even a small trickle is allowed in — none of Myanmar’s neighbours have agreed to take in the pitiful boat people.

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  • Refugee crisis: Singapore taking wise approach — Priscilla Poh Beng Hoon

    I support Singapore’s position of not accepting any refugees, especially when the Rohingya migrant crisis is one rooted in domestic issues. Some have said that if Singapore does nothing, we cannot escape the blame for the refugees’ plight. Singapore has rendered humanitarian help in terms of manpower, money and relief items when countries were struck by natural calamities, and in search-and-recover operations in incidents such as last year’s AirAsia crash. It also has a regional disaster-relief coordination centre located at the Changi Command and Control Centre to coordinate humanitarian assistance for disaster relief efforts.

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  • Tiger ‘unintentionally’ mauled Thai abbot at controversial Tiger Temple, doctor says

    — File picBANGKOK, May 25 — A tiger that mauled the abbot of a Thai temple under fire over the welfare of dozens of big cats in its care “didn’t intend” to attack him, the monk’s doctor said today. Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua in western Kanchanaburi province — commonly known as the “Tiger Temple” — is home to nearly 150 tigers and has long drawn tourists who flock there to be photographed next to the monks’ feline pets. But the monastery has also had a controversial reputation among animal rights groups and Thai wildlife officials who say it is breaking the law in keeping the cats. On Saturday, abbot Luang Ta Jan, 64, was admitted into intensive care at Thanakarn Hospital with injuries including a bleeding facial wound as well a broken arm and tooth, his doctor and hospital director Sahathep Sawarngnet told AFP.

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  • No giant rat in Subang Jaya, says Hannah Yeoh - The Malaysian Insider

    – Facebook pic, May 25, 2015.Selangor Speaker Hannah Yeoh today denied the existence of a giant rat in her state constituency of Subang Jaya, saying that a photograph which was spread through social media yesterday was inaccurate. Yeoh said the picture of the rat, which was caught by residents of USJ11, could have been modified to make it appear bigger than normal-sized rodents. The operation was led by Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) councillor and Zone 3 Residents' Committee. The furore was said to have started when Facebook user Sian Liam See posted a photograph of a giant rat, saying the rodent had been caught in front of Thiagan and Kumar Dental Clinic in USJ 11/1J in Subang Jaya.

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  • Court says EC must reply to Anwar’s suit in two weeks - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 25, 2015.The Election Commission (EC) and its chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof have been ordered to file their affidavit within two weeks in response to a suit filed by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who was barred from voting in the recent Permatang Pauh by-election. The former opposition leader's lawyer, Raul Lee, said High Court deputy registrar Norhasniah Abdul Razak gave the order today during a case management.

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  • Imagining a different future – M. Bakri Musa - The Malaysian Insider

    Much is at stake for Malays. Only those lulled by Hang Tuah’s blustery “takkan Melayu hilang di dunia” (Malays will never be lost from this world) would pretend otherwise. There is however, a fate far worse, and that is for Malaysia to be developed but with Malays shunted aside, reduced to performing exotic songs and dances for tourists. There are about 17 million Malays in Malaysia, comparable to the population of the Netherlands.

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  • British designer growing trees into furniture - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP/Relaxnews pic, May 25, 2015.Deep in the English countryside, there's a bizarre sight: rows of trees being grown into upside-down chairs, slowly taking shape over years of careful nurturing. Around 150 armchairs, 100 lampshades and other items including mirror frames are being grown out of the ground in a highly unusual adventure in furniture design. The brainchild of Gavin Munro, his Full Grown company has produced some early prototypes, with each item one solid, seamless piece of wood. On a farm also containing a micro-brewery, a smokery, flower cultivation and plenty of sheep, the rows of trees are growing around blue corrugated plastic frames.

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

    ― Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 24 — 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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