• Final minutes of doomed Germanwings flight - The Malaysian Insider

    The flight started like any other, the conversation in the cockpit perfectly normal, with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz offering no indication of the horror he would soon allegedly inflict on the other 149 people on board flight 4U 9525. "For the first 20 minutes, they spoke in a normal fashion, courteous, like normal pilots. There was nothing abnormal," French prosecutor Brice Robin told reporters today. He was relaying information from the cockpit voice recorder, captured by one of the "black boxes" discovered among the debris of the Airbus A320 that crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday.

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  • Electric Train Service to be in operation in a few months | theSundaily

    GEORGE TOWN: It is good news for commuters for when the Korean-made Electric Train Service (ETS) is in operation in another few months they can reach their destinations faster. The Electrified Double Tracking Project (Ipoh-Padang Besar) train spanning 329km linking Ipoh in Perak to Padang Besar in Perlis increases the accessibility of major cities.

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  • Pilot in Germanwings crash was locked out of cockpit, NY Times reports - The Malaysian Insider

    Investigators have retrieved cockpit voice recordings from one of the "black boxes" of the German jet that crashed in the Alps, killing everyone onboard, and the New York Times said the audio showed one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in before the plane went down. "The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer," an unnamed investigator told the Times, citing the recordings. The retrieval of the recordings came as French President Francois Hollande, Germany's Angela Merkel and Spain's Mariano Rajoy travelled to the crash site in a remote French Alpine region to pay tribute to the 150 victims, mostly Germany and Spanish.

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  • Bar Council fights Shafee's gag order

    It has filed an application to set aside the injunction obtained by the senior lawyer.

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  • The hudud rock now in Najib’s place

    Will Najib have the last laugh? Kim Quek: That the Kelantan hudud push was an Umno plot to split Pakatan Rakyat is no news, as that has been common knowledge. What is intriguing is the nature and extent of Abdul Hadi Awang’s tete-a-tete with Najib Abdul Razak behind the scenes. Now that it looks apparent that Najib is going to back down from Umno’s public pledge to PAS to realise its hudud dream, has some kind of disillusionment set in among the ulama faction led by Hadi?

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  • Shafee responsible for his own conduct, no government backing, says Nancy on Umno lawyer’s road shows

    — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — Umno lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah is responsible for his own conduct and did not receive Putrajaya’s backing for the road shows he attended after Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy conviction, de facto law minister Nancy Shukri said today. Nancy stressed that Shafee also did not receive any nod from Putrajaya to participate in the road shows where he allegedly vilified and shamed Anwar. The minister pointed out to Parliament today that Shafee’s contract to act as the deputy public prosecutor (DPP) had also ended after Anwar’s case was wrapped up. “His (Shafee) agreement under the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) ended when the case ended.

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  • Phone interception reveals ‘crown prince’ gave ‘green light’ to attack cops – officer – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo

    KOTA KINABALU: The High Court here was yesterday told that a phone interception revealed that the late self-proclaimed Sultanate of Sulu crown prince Agbimuddin Kiram had given the ‘green light’ to attack the Malaysian police if there was something going to happen. Supervising officer of the communication interception division, Muhammad Fauzarri Jaidin, told Justice Stephen Chung that in the phone call made by the accused Al Wazir Osman @ Abdul, Datu Agbimuddin told Al Wazir that their 200 men could defeat Malaysia and they (referring to 200 men) could attack the police if anything happened.

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  • Misbehaving Chinese tourists major headache for Thais

    Public outrage forced the Thai government to issue thousands of Chinese-language etiquette manuals last month in an effort to ensure sightseers behave themselves. Feathers were ruffled anew in March when a Thai model posted a video on Facebook accusing Chinese tourists of jumping the queue at an airport, prompting heated debate from Thai and Chinese bloggers. But with Thailand struggling to revive a stagnant economy after a military coup ended months of political unrest last year, tour operators in the ‘Land of Smiles’ say they have no choice but to grin and bear it. Tourism accounts for nearly 10 per cent of the country’s economic output and Chinese holidaymakers are Thailand’s largest group of overseas visitors.

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  • The LKY I knew — Tan Tian Yan

    There have been too many things talked and written about Lee Kuan Yew. But, there is something I would like to share with you here, the LKY that I saw myself. It happened six years ago during LKY's last visit to Malaysia. One day, I received a call that LKY invited the local media for a breakfast get-together at the hotel he put up with in KL.

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  • Come GST, time to stash cash under our pillows?

    KINIBIZ The upcoming goods and services tax (or GST) has Tiger’s tail tangled in knots. First, she was informed that GST would be charged on her credit card annual fee. Now it is set in stone that banks will also charge GST. Tigers are frugal members of the animal kingdom.

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  • Customer goes berserk at fastfood restaurant – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo

    The incident, which was captured by closed-circuit television (CCTV), occurred around 2.30am when the customer complained that he did not receive two cups of hot Milo that he had paid for. The outlet manager attended to him and placed a new order for him before turning to attend to other waiting customers.

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  • Who can save our country? – Nawawi Mohamad - The Malaysian Insider

    With Datuk Seri Najib Razak as prime minister, our country’s funds are going down the drain and the government is spending our money like nobody’s business. But the main reason why Najib has a free hand on spending our money is because there are still many people, especially the voters, who continue voting Umno/BN into power, in every general election, 13 GEs so far! Knowing that the Umno/BN is a minority government, Najib has been quick to consolidate power by empowering his sycophants, from the civil service, within the government and outside. Thus, Najib is now almost invincible.

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  • Saudi Arabia has 150,000 troops for Yemen operation - Arabiya TV - World | The Star Online

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is contributing 100 warplanes and 150,000 soldiers to the military operation in Yemen, al-Arabiya television reported on Thursday.

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  • DAP can lose Penang without PAS, claims Kelantan deputy MB

    — File picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — The DAP can lose Penang in the next general election if PAS is no longer its Pakatan Rakyat (PR) ally, a top official from the Islamist party has said. Kelantan Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah told Umno-owned daily Utusan Malaysia yesterday that the DAP needs PAS to get Malay votes. “If there is a split in the opposition pact, DAP will lose out,” Amar was quoted saying. “It is unsure whether [DAP] can defend Penang if PAS is not in the opposition pact.

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  • Crazy to spend RM300 million on new KL City Hall buildings, says Kok - The Malaysian Insider

    – Photo courtesy of duniafashyon.com, March 26, 2015.It is "crazy" for the government to spend RM300 million on the new Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) building, says DAP lawmaker Teresa Kok. Kok, who is a DAP vice-president, was responding to the answer given to her in Parliament after she submitted a verbal question to Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor on the details of the construction of the new DBKL building and the benefit of building it when the economy was not doing well. It was reported in The Star in November that the DBKL redevelopment would involve the demolition of the existing 12-storey council building dubbed Menara DBKL 2 and the construction of a new building on the site. Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib had announced that Menara DBKL 2 would be torn down and replaced with a skyscraper to create more office space, as DBKL intended to locate all departments under one roof.

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  • ‘I value friendship more’, Khir Toyo says after apology to Khalid

    — Bernama picSHAH ALAM, March 26 — Former Selangor Mentri Besar Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo said today that he values “friendship” more than enmity as he expressed gratitude for the chance to settle two defamation suits filed against him by his successor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim. The two suits were dropped earlier this afternoon after Dr Khir read out his “sincere” apology to Khalid for issuing defamatory remarks against him in 2009. “For me, what’s important is friendship. “I think the action of apologising and forgiving is good, and I as the younger one should do it,” the Umno man told reporters here after the cases were settled at the Shah Alam High Court.

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  • Keeper of the Rulers' Seal: Conference of rulers did not make stand on Kelantan hudud law | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Keeper of the Rulers' Seal today lodged a police report denying any statement had been issued on the stand of the Conference of Rulers on the proposed implementation of the hudud law in Kelantan. Datuk Seri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad said the report was made at the Jalan Travers Police Station also stated that reports on the matter were untrue. "The Conference of Rulers has never discussed the matter at its meetings. "The office (of the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal) did not issue a press statement dated March 25 on the matter," he said in a statement today.

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  • #KitaLawan given until midnight to leave Dataran Merdeka

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — Participants of the on-going #KitaLawan sit-in event at Dataran Merdeka were told by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to clear out of the venue by midnight, organisers said. In a brief media statement, the organisers said DBKL officers visited the site tonight and told those attending the sit-in to “vacate” as soon as possible. “This is another form of threat from the authorities. The organisers said, however, that they believe participants may be forced out of the venue.

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  • Gonorrhoea cases on the rise; 10-year-olds inflicted, too – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo

    KOTA SAMARAHAN: Cases of Gonorrhoea – a sexually transmitted disease (STD) – in the state increased from 535 cases in 2013 to 683 cases last year, and some victims were 10 years old. Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said for those aged 10 to 17, there were 53 cases in 2013 and 49 cases in 2014. “Gonorrhoea cases in Samarahan and Asajaya Districts are also worrying. “There were 68 cases (including 11 cases among those aged 10 to 17 and 49 cases among those aged 18 to 29) in 2013, and it rose to 96 cases (including 12 cases among those aged 10 to 17 and 64 cases among those aged 18 to 29) last year,” she told reporters yesterday after officiating at the ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health Problems Among Teenagers’ here.

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  • Sarawak PKR demands Mara response on rule restricting Christian students - The Malaysian Insider

    Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian (pic) is questioning whether Mara Junior Science College's (MRSM) controversial rule banning non-Muslim students from conducting any religious activities and displaying religious items had been withdrawn following the removal of the online version of the college's handbook for new students. Rule No 9 in the handbook, which also banned Christian students from wearing crucifix at all its campuses, had incurred the wrath of parents, particularly in colleges like the Betong MRSM where non-Muslim students are the majority.

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