• Kelantan PAS slams Zairil over hudud statement - Nation | The Star Online

    KOTA BARU: Kelantan PAS has slammed DAP’s Zairil Khir Johari for claiming that syariah criminal laws intended to be implemented in the state were PAS’ own creation. “Zairil is talking nonsense about hudud. Just because he visited two Middle East countries, he’s come up with this conclusion without any supporting argument,” said PAS deputy commissioner Datuk Mohd Amar Abdullah (pic). The Bukit Bendera MP was recently on a trip to Jordan and Egypt together with DAP MPs Teresa Kok, Liew Chin Tong and Steven Sim and party adviser Lim Kit Siang.

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  • Renovation of terrace houses not in harmony, say Bangsar Baru folk - Community | The Star Online

    VARIOUS terrace house renovations around the Bangsar Baru area have caused many raised eyebrows among the community who are worried about its safety, legality as well as its jarring design that does not fit in with the rest of the neighbourhood. Earlier this month, the matter was raised in a resident dialogue with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) by Bangsar Baru Residents Association (BBRA) past president Chang Kek Wei. “There are quite a number of renovations going on in the area. “The problem is that these homes are rebuilt into much larger homes, a storey higher than its immediate neighbours, and the facade is such that it does not look in harmony with the other houses” he said.

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  • MAS CEO: Overtime claims abuse, paid perks added to airline’s troubles

    Muller said that there has been a 'bad practice' of the 'abuse of overtime' claims in MAS, which had contributed to the company’s financial hardship.. — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — Various allowances, massive overtime claims abuse and over-priced contracts is why up to 8,000 Malaysia Airlines (MAS) employees will have to be retrenched on Monday, the company’s new chief executive Christoph Mueller said today. In an interview with local daily The Star, Mueller said that there has been a “bad practice” of the “abuse of overtime” claims in MAS, which had contributed to the company’s financial hardship. “Overtime became, in certain areas of our company, a hidden currency for base pay substitution.

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  • Bicycle allowance among culprits in MAS financial drain, says new boss - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters file pic, May 29, 2015.Some 180 types of allowances paid out by Malaysia Airlines, including a monthly bicycle allowance to one employee, contributed to its financial drain, The Star reported today. It quoted MAS chief executive officer Christoph Mueller as saying that huge overtime claims, over-priced contracts and salaries also added to the airline's costs. But Mueller said that this phenomenon was also prevalent in many airlines.

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  • Arul Kanda explains why he could meet Shahrir but not PAC - The Malaysian Insider

    – May 29, 2015.Under fire for not turning up at a scheduled inquiry by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday, 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) president and group executive director Arul Kanda Kandasamy insisted he was abroad at the time. He also confirmed that he met Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) president, Tan Sri Shahrir Samad the following night in Kuala Lumpur, but said this was only after he returned to Malaysia.

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  • 1MDB guilty until proven innocent, Dr M says

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — Unless proven innocent, it must be assumed that the management of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) had misappropriated the funds invested in Cayman Islands, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today in his continued tirade against the troubled state investment firm. The former prime minister said although the money had been redeemed and is now parked in a Singapore bank, it has yet to be proven that the funds are in actual tangible form.

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  • Finance Ministry giving Parliament ‘useless’ replies on 1MDB, Pua says

    ― File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 28 ― DAP MP Tony Pua today castigated the Finance Ministry for providing what he described as “useless” replies to Parliament on the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy. The Petaling Jaya Utara MP said the ministry should do due diligence and get the most accurate answers, instead of relying on “hearsay” claims from 1MDB. “This is highly irresponsible of the Minister of Finance as well as the Ministry of Finance because the answer in Parliament cannot be on hearsay. “Ministry of Finance have to be certain of the answer that is provided in Parliament because the Parliament is the highest legislative institution of the land.

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  • Surprise US$2,000 tip leaves restaurant staff in shock

    — AFP picWASHINGTON, May 29 — A Washington man shocked the staff of a neighbourhood restaurant earlier this week by leaving a US$2,000 for a meal of beer and gumbo he shared with a friend, the proprietor said Wednesday. The man, described by Blue 44’s owner Chris Nardelli as a gumbo-loving regular who lives nearby, left the tip on a US$93 bill on Monday night. “Thank you for the gumbo!” he wrote on the bill after indulging his taste for the Louisiana Creole dish, a specialty of the house. “It was pretty shocking to say the least,” said Nardelli, who also is a chef and bartender at the four-year-old restaurant in the Chevy Chase neighbourhood.

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  • Why do Malaysians hate migrants? - The Malaysian Insider

    Why do Malaysians hate migrants? When a racial riot broke out in southern Italy sometime in early 2010, the mindless attacks on African immigrants prompted Pope Benedict XVI to respond by reminding people that, "an immigrant is a human being, different in background, culture and tradition, but a person to be respected, and possessing rights and duties". Malaysians tend to get emotional when such issues arise and share the same concerns with the rest of the world when it comes down to how we feel about migrants. Whether you want to believe or not, Malaysia is one of those countries made up of migrants.

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  • Best things to eat at Malacca’s Jonker night market - The Malaysian Insider

    – HungryGoWhere pic, May 29, 2015.Jonker Walk is arguably the hotbed of all activity when you're in Malacca. During the day, it's also impossible to miss out on the plethora of tantalising food available. There's the ubiquitous chicken rice balls, icy cendol with gula Melaka, and even a bunch of cool cafes to placate the caffeine addict in you. On Friday and Saturday nights however, Jonker Walk turns into a massive night market with throngs of people flooding the streets looking to savour a piece of the Malaccan nightlife.

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  • Car seriouly damaged after engine fire

    A political secretary to the chief minister, Pao Kiu Chuan, who happened to be there, helped to get a fire extinguisher and joined a few passers-by to put out the fire. Ten firemen in a fire engine arrived at 3.57pm and moved two cars away from the burning car.

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  • Cabinet should reject any 1MDB bailout plan – Sir Wenger Khairy - The Malaysian Insider

    Tomorrow, Second Finance Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, is set to unveil a bailout plan for 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). He will attempt to sway Cabinet opinion with fancy talk of matching assets with debt and restructuring. Husni will try to argue that this plan will help solve the 1MDB problem and he will try to seek Cabinet’s approval on the matter. All eyes will be on the eight powerful ministers who sit in Cabinet, who are secretly or not so secretly opposed to using more public funds to bailout 1MDB.

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  • Chinese medicine halls shocked over ban on liquor sale - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, May 29, 2015.Chinese medicine halls in the Petaling district are upset over the ban on the sale of liquor in their shops. “The medicine halls have already paid for a liquor licence. Firstly, the alcohol in the medicine is different, it is to treat illnesses. "Secondly, if it is the hard liquor, why suddenly do this?

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  • Scientists find the mystery behind the holes in Swiss cheese

    After about a century of research, Swiss scientists have finally cracked the mystery of the holes in Swiss cheese. Experts from Agroscope, a state centre for agricultural research, said the phenomenon — which marks famous Swiss cheeses such as Emmental and Appenzell — was caused by tiny bits of hay present in the milk and not bacteria as previously thought. They found that the mystery holes in such cheeses became smaller or disappeared when milk used for cheese making was extracted using modern methods. “It’s the disappearance of the traditional bucket” used during milking that caused the difference, said Agroscope spokesman Regis Nyffeler, adding that bits of hay fell into it and then eventually caused the holes.

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  • Ulama leadership Mat Sabu once promoted in PAS likely to be his undoing - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, May 29, 2015.As PAS heads into crucial elections next month, the concept of “leadership of the ulama” which transformed the party, could ironically be the undoing of many of the leaders who introduced it in the party, including its veteran activist and deputy president, Mohamad Sabu. Speaking at a talk in Universiti Malaya recently, Mohamad, or Mat Sabu as he is fondly known, said the concept which was promoted some 30 years ago by a group of young PAS leaders who visited post-revolution Iran, including himself, was now being used as a platform to go up against the party hierarchy. Mat Sabu said in the past, only scholars with a deep understanding of Islam were called “Tuan Guru”, a Malay term which literally means “master-teacher” and usually reserved for the most esteemed experts and teachers of Islamic theology. “(Late PAS president) Datuk Fadzil Noor himself told others not to refer to him as Tuan Guru.

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  • Prudent to ban liquor sales at Chinese medicine shops - The Malaysian Insider

    We welcome the decision by the Petaling District Licensing Council to ban liquor sales at Chinese medicine shops. Liquor as a product should not be mixed with medicine whether Chinese or Indian or Malay or modern medicine. We have nothing against Chinese medicine shops. Poor people of all races go to Chinese medicine shop.

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  • Dr M: Tax man probed me but not the mega-rich

    Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today lamented that he had to face routine raids from the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) when he was a practising doctor but super rich ministers today get off scott-free. "Government officials who live beyond their means are normally probed by LHDN. "But when ministers or public individuals are known to live overly wealthy lifestyles, no investigation is conducted," he said in a blog posting today. "I myself have routinely faced raids by LHDN when I had a clinic.

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  • ‘I just wanted to die,’ says human trafficking victim

    Speaking exclusively to Bernama today, Nurul Amin Nobi Hussein, 25, said during the two months he was held at the transit camp in Wang Kelian last year, he lost all hope of surviving and only thought of death. This undated handout photo made available on May 25, 2015 by the Royal Malaysian Police shows an abandoned migrant detention camp used by people-smugglers in a jungle near the Malaysia-Thailand border in Genting Perah.

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  • Failure to adhere to KPDNKK’s notice, Burger King fined RM40,000

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Burger King franchise restaurant was fined RM40,000 by the Sessions Court here yesterday for failure to produce information on the increased price of goods sold at its premises. J...

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  • A critique on our education system – Eyda Ebraheem - The Malaysian Insider

    I personally think that the education system applied in Malaysia nowadays is no longer relevant with the purpose of educating the nations. What the students have been practising all this while is the repetition process of studying, perform well, graduate, and get a job. This is because a student’s goal is driven by what has been set by the education system, as to fill in the vacancies in the industrial sector, which eventually give profits to the government. I feel that this process is an act of exploitation of the students.

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