• Terrorised by loan sharks, victims appeal to government for help - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Ista Kyra Sharmugam, May 28, 2015.After being terrorised by illegal money lenders for failing to pay their loans, several women from Kampung Manjoi, near Ipoh, Perak, are seeking the government's assistance to fund their small businesses. The group of six claimed they were forced to turn to illegal money lenders after they failed to obtain loans from financial institutions such as the National Entrepreneur Group Economic Fund (Tekun).

    The Malaysian Insider q
  • ‘1MDB’s audited assets worth rm51.4 billion’

    KUALA LUMPUR: The total worth of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) audited assets for the financial year ended March 31, 2014 was RM51.4 billion, the Dewan Rakyat was told yesterday. The assets comprised current assets worth RM19.5 billion and non-current assets valued at RM31.9 billion, according to a written reply from the Finance Minister to a question from Wong Chen (PKR-Kelana Jaya). It said 1MDB has solid assets, including two sites earmarked for the Tun Razak Exchange and Bandar Malaysia in the capital.

    BorneoPost Online q
  • Stubborn motorists cause traffic congestion in JB - The Malaysian Insider

    The traffic congestion in Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, in Johor Baru, Johor has worsened following the rising popularity of the Danga City Mall (DCM) Expo Hall as a venue for major events. Motorists heading to the DCM finds it difficult to make a U-turn at the traffic lights due to the obstruction posed by the illegally parked cars.

    The Malaysian Insider q
  • Putrajaya to bar Bibles with ‘Allah’ in West Malaysia under proposed SOP - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 28, 2015.A new set of guidelines being proposed by Putrajaya could see Malay-language Bibles with the word "Allah" being barred from Peninsular Malaysia, going against the pledge by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in April 2011 to allow the holy books to be distributed nationwide. The draft standard operating procedure (SOP) was unveiled by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, to Christian leaders in Sabah and Sarawak in April, and to the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) on May 18.

    The Malaysian Insider q
  • Mass graves open ‘Pandora’s box’ of misconduct

    — Picture by Sayuti ZainudinPETALING JAYA, May 28 — Many more are expected to be hauled up following the arrests of 12 policemen allegedly linked to human smugglers at the Malaysia-Thailand border. An overhaul within the Forestry Department, Immigration Department and police is on the cards. 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.

    The Malay Mail Online | Malaysia q
  • Australia’s search for MH370 under scrutiny - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters file pic, May 28, 2015.Nearly a year after embarking on a multi-million dollar quest to solve one of aviation's greatest unsolved mysteries, authorities and search teams are being criticised over their approach to finding flight MH370 in the remote southern Indian Ocean. The Australian-led search, already the most expensive in aviation history, has found no trace of the Malaysia Airlines jet or its 239 passengers and crew, prompting calls for a rethink into the way the mission is conducted. Experts involved in past deep water searches say the search to find MH370 could easily miss the plane as Dutch company Fugro NV, the firm at the forefront of the mission, is using inappropriate technology for some terrain and inexperienced personnel for the highly specialised task of hunting man-made objects. Heightening concerns, Australian authorities said yesterday that another search vessel, the Go Phoenix, which is using the world's best deep sea search equipment and crew provided by U.S. firm Phoenix International Holdings Inc, would pull out within weeks.

    The Malaysian Insider q
  • If Hadi is re-elected as PAS president – CK Foo - The Malaysian Insider

    Here's the problem: if PAS stays in Pakatan with Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang still as president, then the working environment in the coalition will be very toxic. Pakatan Rakyat is as good as dead, or as the Malay saying goes: " Segan hidup, mati tak mahu". Hadi exhibits the tendency of wanting to be the alpha male in the coalition arrangement. As the Selangor menteri besar crisis showed, should Hadi still lead PAS, the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition as a viable opposition will become untenable and unstable.

    The Malaysian Insider q
  • 11MP has odour of minyak angin - The Malaysian Insider

    Over the last seven columns, I’ve said the 11MP should (1) reduce government assumptions of racial homogeneity; (2) reduce wealth inequality; (3) reduce human insecurity; (4) reduce the number of elite; (5) stop spin doctoring. The 11MP doesn’t recognise that Malaysians mingle daily with more than 6.7 million foreigners because of the low minimum wage and stifling of workers’ rights (in the lower occupations the ratio of foreigners to Malaysian Indians is 8:1).

    The Malaysian Insider q
  • No room for staff unions as MAS ‘reboot’ takes off in September - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 27, 2015.MAS Employees Union (Maseu), the airline's biggest and most powerful workers union, will effectively cease to exist once Malaysia Airlines (MAS) completes its restructuring exercise. Maseu, which represents some 13,500 MAS employees, is expected to be dissolved as the new management has indicated that the union did not have a place in the new company, which will start operations on September 1. The union, resigned to this for the moment, is looking at turning itself into a cooperative in the new entity. Maseu executive secretary Mohd Jabarullah Abd Kadir confirmed this and told The Malaysian Insider that two extraordinary general meetings had been held recently to discuss the possible dissolution of the union.

    The Malaysian Insider q
  • Refugees sighted before discovery of graves | theSundaily

    PADANG BESAR: Before the gruesome discovery of mass graves and camps, locals in Kampung Wang Kelian saw refugees coming down the hill in search of help. Villager Lyza Ibrahim, 37, told theSun that she and her husband stumbled upon a group of people whom she believes are Rohingya refugees last month. "I was with my husband late in the evening when we were just about to close our warung, we saw a group of people, about ten of them, they look tired and some looked malnourished.

    theSundaily.my Highlights q
  • The 21 years of mismanagement that brought MAS to its knees - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 27, 2015.Beginning September, Malaysia Airline System Bhd, the company Malaysians know as the national carrier since 1972, will cease to exist. It would instead be replaced by a new company, Malaysia Airlines Bhd, to be fully owned by Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional before a planned re-listing in Bursa Malaysia by 2019. This, however, is not the first time MAS has been subjected to a turnaround plan or a bid to save the airline.

    The Malaysian Insider q
  • Executive taxi company offers employment to MAS staff - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Lavanya Lingan, May 27, 2015.An executive taxi company had come forward to offer employment to Malaysia Airlines (MAS) employees who are facing retrenchment. The retrenched staff could take this opportunity to venture into the taxi business," Premium Big Blue Taxi Services adviser Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail said. He said the company would waive the deposit required that could cost between RM6,000 and RM8,000 depending on the taxi model.

    The Malaysian Insider q
  • 200,000 residents demand EKVE project to be stopped | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: A group of community leaders today reiterated their demand that the Selangor state government put a halt to the proposed East Klang Valley Expressway (EKVE) project. “We have been seeking a meeting with him and the Mentri Besar (Mohamed Azmin Ali) but neither has responded to us on this matter,” said the residents’ representative, Dr Mohamed Rafick Khan Abdul Rahman, at a press conference here today.

    thesundaily.my q
  • No more delays, PAC warns Arul Kanda - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 27, 2015.The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today dismissed 1MDB's top executive's excuse for failing to attend its proceedings, and said no more second chances would be given to them once they are summoned again. Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohd said 1MDB president and group executive Arul Kanda Kandasamy and former chief executive officer (CEO) Datuk Shahrol Halmi would be summoned after PAC called up auditing firms Deloitte and KPMG. Whether Arul got his notification late from MOF (Finance Ministry), that's not our concern.

    The Malaysian Insider q
  • Lenovo unveils 3 new laptops - The Malaysian Insider

    Said to be simple and functional, the Lenovo Z41, Lenovo Z51 and ideapad 100 notebooks were unveiled yesterday. Multimedia workstations designed to…

    The Malaysian Insider q
  • Smartwatch market tiny despite buzz over wearables

    Fitness and activity trackers have however, already carved out a niche, clocking up 13.6 million sales over the past 12 months — 44 per cent of the entire wearables market. And the buzz around wearables — which GfK defines as smartwatches, wearable cameras, headsets, smart glasses and health and fitness trackers — has clearly started building.

    The Malay Mail Online | Tech/Gadgets q
  • Great Wall of Gopeng hides priceless Gaharu hybrid - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Jerry Francis, May 27, 2015.The Great Wall of Gopeng, just about 25km south of Ipoh, has become a tourist attraction and an icon of the once thriving tin-mining town. Of course, it can never be as “great” as the one in China, but it is becoming known not because of the 3m high wall but for what lies within – the Gaharu Tea Valley. Inside the walled enclosure are about 200,000 trees of a valuable species of Gaharu, which is commonly known as Agarwood. In different parts of the world, it is also known as Aloeswood, Eaglewood, Oud or Jinko, comprising 17 species in total.

    The Malaysian Insider q
  • Blue Cash Everyday® Card

    3% Cash Back at US Supermarkets. $100 Cash Back. Learn More. Apply!

  • Guan Eng asks Hadi: Why disrespect us if you’re still with us?

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 27 — DAP’s Lim Guan Eng demanded today that PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang explain why he has been working outside the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) framework when he still claims to be loyal to the pact. The DAP secretary-general listed five questions that he said Hadi should answer to prove his commitment to PR, including the latter’s alleged refusal to adhere to the pact’s agreed policy on hudud, his recently expressed support for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and apparent support for the notion of teaming up with Umno to form a unity government. If Hadi can not keep his promises, how then can DAP co-operate with Hadi on the basis of mutual trust and respect?” Lim asked in a statement.

    The Malay Mail Online | Malaysia q
  • Secret Recipe blames central kitchen upgrading for halal cert loss

    Screencap taken from Jakim's Facebook page.KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — Local restaurant chain Secret Recipe claimed today that it lost its halal certification because of “cleanliness issues” caused by upgrading works at its central kitchen. According to news portal The Malaysian Insider, Secret Recipe Manufacturing Sdn Bhd chief executive Datuk Steven Sim said they have rectified the problem and that the restaurant chain is now ready for an inspection from the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim).

    The Malay Mail Online | Malaysia q
  • Concerned over congestion, residents want EKVE design altered - The Malaysian Insider

    Twenty-three residents associations in Ampang, Selangor, are urging the authorities to alter the design of the East Klang Valley Expressway (EKVE) that will pass through their neighbourhood. The residents are concerned that the RM1.55 billion expressway, which will end at Jalan Ukay Perdana (UKP) and exit to the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2), will have an adverse impact on the traffic conditions in their area. They want the authorities to build a flyover instead of linking the EKVE to Jalan UKP in their housing scheme.

    The Malaysian Insider q