• Visiting Terengganu? Dress this way

    — Reuters file picKUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — Tourists and visitors to Terengganu may have to shop for new clothes before they visit as the state government will introduce an Islamic dress code barring revealing attire. According to The Star on its website today, the new dress code will be distributed soon to all travel agents both in Malaysia and in neighbouring countries. The guideline that is specifically addressed to tourists were initially publicised in an article on the state government’s website, Teganukita, that has since been removed. The east coast state of Terengganu is almost entirely Malay-Muslim, with only a handful of other ethnic minorities residing there.

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  • Terengganu issues dress code for tourists

    UPDATED 10.16PM State media reported this but the article was later taken down.

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  • Jho Low allegedly siphoned off US$700 million from 1MDB, says website - The Malaysian Insider

    Businessman Jho Low orchestrated the 2009 joint venture between 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and PetroSaudi International to allegedly siphon off US$700 million from the strategic development fund, whistleblower website Sarawak Report has claimed. The UK-based website revealed that the 1MDB PetroSaudi joint venture company's US$700 million loan repayment to PetroSaudi in 2009 was a front and the funds channelled to a firm allegedly owned by Low, called Good Star Limited.

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  • The colour blind racist

    My dad started his long career as an oilman in Brunei Darussalam, which although was practically next door to my home state of Sabah, still required a passport to gain passage because, well, it’s another country. And after years of being reminded of my colour “deficiency”, I was vindicated last week.

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  • Malaysia 8th worst in government curbs on religion, says study - The Malaysian Insider

    Malaysia has been ranked among the top 10 countries with very high government restrictions on religion, according to the latest findings of US-based think tank Pew Research Center. The findings, which cover 2013, put Malaysia at the eighth spot in the "very high" category among countries known for state interference or curbs on religion. Malaysia was ranked just a spot lower than Saudi Arabia, while neighbouring Brunei and Singapore were placed at the 15th and 18th spots, respectively. Malaysia increased its score on restrictions imposed by the state, climbing to 7.9 out of 10 in 2013, from 7.6 the year before.

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  • Hudud: Umno has trapped and shackled Pas — P Ramakrishnan

    No one dreamt that Pas would be easily enticed to cooperate with Umno. It has promised to support Pas when the hudud bill is tabled on 18 March in the Kelantan state assembly. This is being taken as support for hudud — which is utterly fallacious. Can it vote against the Pas hudud bill?

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  • '1MDB funds went to PetroSaudi, no one else'

    The Saudi Arabian oil company says news reports on its 1MDB deal are 'malicious'.

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  • Mainland Chinese family ejected from flight over seatbelt dispute - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: A three-year-old boy who refused to fasten his seatbelt during a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight caused his family to be ejected from the aircraft, but not before sparking a commotion on board and delaying the flight. The Straits Times reported that the boy’s parents, a mainland Chinese couple, were urged to secure their three-year-old in his seat moments before flight CX564 was due to take-off from Bangkok at 3.15pm on Tuesday. Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported a passenger by the surname Lau telling Apple Daily that the boy had refused to sit down and wear his seatbelt. A video taken by Lau showed another female passenger getting irritated with the commotion and asking the flight crew to “call the police”.

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  • Deadly bacteria released from US high-security lab - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 2, 2015.US officials in Louisiana are investigating how a dangerous and often deadly bacteria got out of a high-security laboratory at a research facility, USA Today reported yesterday. Authorities told the newspaper there was no risk to the public, though the extent of the contamination remains unknown after the safety breach at the Tulane National Primate Research Center.

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  • Ghosts of MH370 to haunt new MAS CEO’s first week, UK paper says

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 — Christoph R. Mueller faces a daunting week ahead of him when he assumes his role as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of ailing flag carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS), just days shy of the one year anniversary to Flight MH370’s disappearance. UK newspaper The Independent said in a report that Mueller’s to-do list will be “unappetising”, as he not only has to restore public confidence in the airline but will also have to cut jobs as part of the airline’s restructuring plan. “Next weekend, he (Mueller) and his airline will be in a media spotlight as the world remembers MH370. While his staff grieve for lost colleagues, he knows that many of them will also lose their jobs as the airline ‘restructures’,” the UK paper said yesterday, referring to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukrainian airspace back in July last year.

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  • Batu Kawan Umno vice-chief Khairuddin sacked - Nation | The Star Online

    GEORGE TOWN: Umno has sacked Datuk Seri Paduka Khairuddin Abu Hassan (pic) as the party's Batu Kawan division vice-chairman. The party's Penang state secretary Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir said Saturday he had received a copy of the letter from Umno headquarters, which decided to sack Khairuddin, who had lodged two police reports against 1Malaysia Development Berhad. “His sacking is in accordance with the Umno Constitution and Umno Conference Regulations.

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  • Anwar a ‘family man’, image smeared by detractors, daughters say

    — Pictures by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — Smear tactics may be a reality of vicious politics, but Nurul Nuha Anwar said she will never accept the allegations aimed at father Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim both online and in the media. From attacks on his personal character as well as claims on his supposed thirst for political power, the second daughter of the jailed opposition leader said he was nothing like what detractors sought to portray him to be. For the 31 year-old, the Anwar she knows and loves is a family man, a doting grandfather and a voracious reader. “But the truth is, the person he is made out to be is different from the person he actually is,” Nurul Nuha told Malay Mail Online in a recent interview.

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  • Despite price hike, petrol dealers at losing end

    Several petrol station operators in the country have been suffering losses of up to RM120,000 since the introduction of managed float system in December, according to the Petrol Dealers Association Malaysia. “The recent increase in fuel prices will not make any difference to the dealers because the commissions and margins are fixed by the government. “We don’t want the fuel prices to keep going up and down. He said compared to the current managed float system, an automatic pricing system makes the price more stable and it enables operators to budget the fuel costs.

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  • Religious controls in Malaysia worse than Syria, Brunei, study finds

    — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, March 1 — Malaysia practices some of the most stringent controls on religion in the world, ranking seventh out of the 198 countries surveyed in an annual study on religious restrictions and hostilities. The study, published by US-based Pew Research Centre on its website this week, found that Malaysia’s penchant for religious controls worsened in 2013, scoring 7.9 out of 10 points on the Government Restriction Index (GRI). Malaysia’s 2013 score also ranks it as more restrictive on religion compared to Saudi Arabia, Syria and Southeast Asian neighbours Myanmar, Brunei and Singapore – all of which were ranked among the 18 countries with a very high rate of religious restrictions. Malaysian respondents replied in the affirmative when asked if the government interferes with worship or other practices of religious groups, and also on harassment and intimidation of religious groups by the government.

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  • Cobra gives elderly man the jitters – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    KUCHING: An elderly man was said to have got the shock of his life when he saw a cobra in front of his house at RPR Batu Kawa here early yesterday. The cobra was seen slithering on top of a concrete marker belonging to Kuching Water Board. The house owner, in his 50s, was opening the door around 10am when he saw the reptile coming from his neighbour’s house.

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  • Fuel prices up by 25 sen from today - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Motorists will pay 25 sen more for RON95, RON97 and diesel from today. Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek said the new pricing was based on the average costs of fuel for February as well as the currency exchange rate as at 12.01am today. The retail price for both RON95 and diesel is now at RM1.95 – up from RM1.70 – while RON97 is now RM2.25, up from RM2. “The Government will monitor the market prices of the product and the exchange rates to set the retail price for petrol and diesel in the following months,” he said.

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  • We’re with Ahok. Are you with us, Jokowi? - Jakarta Globe - The Malaysian Insider

    Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has never been one to back down from a fight, and on Friday he showed he wouldn’t be cowed by the City Council in a tussle over the city’s 2015 budget. He first paid a visit to his old friend, the previous governor, Joko Widodo, who just so happens to be president, to fill him in on the council’s attempt to tack on Rp 12.1 trillion (RM3.4 billion) of unauthorized funding onto City Hall’s original budget of Rp 78 trillion. Then he headed over to every crooked politician’s worst nightmare, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), to report the councilors’ shenanigans, and came away with a promise that antigraft investigators would look very closely at the two boxes’ worth of documents that he left them. Basuki is a politician like no other – brash and abrasive, but always principled.

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  • Heat stroke poser over boy’s death

    — Pictures by Shafiq ZainBANTING, March 1 — He was an athletic 17-year-old who played football and hockey. Paul Arven Navies started complaining of headaches during a football match on Friday. Earlier at the Telok Datok health clinic, they claimed a staff member there said heat stroke could have played a role in the incident. His cousin Edmond George, 46, said the family needed time and space to mourn before making the next move.

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  • Service charge at hotels, restaurants not compulsory, says Ahmad Maslan – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, February 28, 2015.The 10% service charge imposed by hotels and restaurants need not be paid after the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is implemented, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan said today. He said the proposal to rename the service tax to hotel or restaurant charge should also be implemented immediately so that consumers did not confuse it with the GST. "The service tax imposed by hotels and restaurants does not go to the government. "So I want to inform that you don’t have to pay the 10% service charge if their service is not good," he told reporters in Bukit Gantang today.

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  • MH370: Australia says hunt for missing jet may be called off soon

    — Reuters piCANBERRA, March 2 — The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 cannot go on forever, Australia’s deputy prime minister said, and discussions are already under way between Australia,China and Malaysia as to whether to call off the hunt within weeks. Investigators believe it was flown thousands of miles off course before eventually crashing into the Indian Ocean. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss told Reuters that a decision would have to be taken well before then as to whether to continue into the vast 1.1 million sq km area around the primary search zone if nothing has been found. A Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft prepares to fly out from Perth International Airport, to participate in the continuing search in the southern Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, April 16, 2014.

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