• Police arrest #KitaLawan organisers tonight ahead of rally - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, March 27, 2015.Police have begun their round up of opposition figures ahead of a massive rally in the city tomorrow, the same day the prime minister is hosting his daughter's wedding reception, arresting Rafizi Ramli earlier this evening, followed by Tian Chua and activist Hishamuddin Rais tonight. Rafizi, the PKR secretary-general was detained at 2.45pm at his service centre in the Pandan constituency. Tian Chua, the Batu MP whose full name is Chua Tian Chang, was also asked by police to turn himself in to the Dang Wangi police headquarters tonight, according to PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil.

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  • Kuan Yew and I — Dr Mahathir Mohamad

    I cannot say I was a close friend of Kuan Yew. Kuan Yew became well known at a young age. I first met Kuan Yew when I was a member of Parliament in 1964 after Singapore joined Malaysia in 1963. Actually I never went to Singapore to stir up trouble.

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  • Unwell Rafizi detained tonight, remanded tomorrow, says lawyer - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, March 27, 2015.PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli will be detained tonight at the Jinjang police detention centre and brought before a magistrate for a remand hearing tomorrow, his lawyer said. Lawyer Melissa Sasidaran added that Rafizi is in poor health and will be taken to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital later tonight. "And he's not well, after asking many times, only now the police are taking him to hospital," Melissa told The Malaysian Insider. In the statement, he urged PKR leaders to mobilise members for the #KitaLawan rally to be held in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow afternoon.

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  • We did not tell supporters to disrupt wedding of PM’s daughter, says PKR - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, March 27, 2015.PKR has denied reports that it has instructed its members to disrupt the wedding reception of the prime minister's daughter at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) tomorrow. Party communication director Fahmi Fadzil said today that the reports were not true as KLCC was not one of the locations selected for tomorrow's #KitaLawan rally in Kuala Lumpur. He said PKR was mobilising its members to participate in the rally to demand for the release of its de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

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  • Germanwings captain tried to smash into cockpit with axe | theSundaily

    BERLIN: The captain locked out of the cockpit of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps used an axe to try and force his way back in, German daily Bild said on Friday, citing security sources. Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared to have deliberately flown the plane into the side of a remote mountain after locking the captain out of the cockpit, French officials have said, killing himself and all 149 others aboard Tuesday. The cockpit flight recorder showed that the captain repeatedly knocked and tried to get back in as the plane went into its fatal descent, French prosecutors said.

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  • Netizens ridicule GST music video by Customs - The Malaysian Insider

    Customs Department's pro-GST video on YouTube is drawing ridicule over its content.A music video created by the Customs Department hailing the virtues of implementing the goods and services tax (GST) has gone viral, with netizens flaying the effort as "sad", "cheesy" and "reminiscent of the 1970s". "Actors" in the GST video, who appear to be Customs officers, are seen happily dancing along to a rather catchy tune, which sings of how GST "will help make the country more competent" and "lead us to achieve Vision 2020".

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  • Worry about Najib, not Othman Wok – Sir Wenger - The Malaysian Insider

    Nasty pro-Najib bloggers has decided to run down Tuan Haji Othman Wok, one of the last remaining first generation leaders of Singapore. In their eagerness to show off their “race, language and religion” credentials, they have accused Mr Othman of selling out the Malay race whilst at the same time, they are silent when Jho Low takes USD 700million (RM2, 567 million) of Malay wealth to fund his partying ways. Immature bloggers ignorant of history and who have bad breath because “kalau dia buka mulut, masih DAP hidu bau susu” should not condemn him because he decided to partner with Mr Lee Kuan Yew within the PAP cabinet. Singapore has a different model than Malaysia.

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  • Forbes writer: Weak English, school system leaves Malaysian workforce vulnerable in region

    — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, March 27 — Malaysians’ deteriorating command of English and education system leaves its workforce vulnerable to regional competitors that are both cheaper and improving, a Forbes magazine contributor wrote today. An opinion piece published by the American business magazine noted that the use of English, “the language of the global economy that is transforming Southeast Asia”, has steadily declined here in the past four decades. “National educational policy has made it hard to find qualified teachers of English, covered in Forbes Asia in 2012,” Donald Frazier, the writer in the opinion piece, noted. He noted that this has forced many Malaysian to attempt to address the weakness themselves, most notably in the explosion of international schools here that use English as the medium of instruction.

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  • 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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  • Apple CEO to give away all his money - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 27, 2015.Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook is joining the roster of the very rich who are giving away their wealth. Fortune magazine cited the head of the world's largest technology corporation as saying he planned to donate his estimated US$785 million (RM2.88 billion) fortune to charity – after paying for his 10-year-old nephew's college education. "You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change," Cook told the magazine. Fortune estimated Cook's net worth, based on his holdings of Apple stock, at about US$120 million.

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  • Malaysians living in the UK to pay health surcharge - The Malaysian Insider

    – Photo courtesy of labourlist.orgAll nationals from outside Europe including Malaysians coming to live in the United Kingdom for more than six months will be required to pay a health surcharge from April 6, in order to gain access to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). The health surcharge will be £150 (RM820) per year for students and £200 (RM1,095) per year for other individuals.

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  • Sacked ‘Top Gear’ star Clarkson defends attack victim - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 27, 2015.The outspoken former presenter of hit car show "Top Gear" Jeremy Clarkson on Thursday defended the co-worker he attacked in a fracas that led to his sacking by Britain's BBC. Clarkson's contract was not renewed after an internal BBC investigation found he physically attacked a "Top Gear" producer, Oisin Tymon, after a lengthy verbal tirade. Clarkson, 54, has yet to comment on the decision, but paused to defend Tymon when stopped by reporters outside his London home. Clarkson flagged the incident to the BBC after Tymon took himself to hospital following the outburst, which reportedly occurred because Clarkson was annoyed at a lack of hot food.

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  • Secret Chinese airport brought down to earth by chopper crash – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo

    BEIJING: A secret private airport illegally built by a wealthy businessman in China was exposed after he crashed his helicopter, killing a passenger, state-run media said yesterday. Private aircraft ownership by China’s wealthy elite has grown in recent years, but the military controls airspace and is reluctant to permit private flights. A businessman surnamed Li crashed a helicopter into a reservoir when flying in the eastern province of Anhui last week, the Global Times reported. Li — the chief manager of a construction machinery company who paid over one million yuan ( 160,000) for his chopper — swam to safety but a 25-year-old male passenger was killed, it said.

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  • Mercedes to build world’s first premium pick-up - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP Relaxnews pic, March 27, 2015.The German luxury brand says that it plans to enter the market by 2017 and that its first pick-up will take styling cues from its SUV range and comfort cues from its existing executive sedans. Mercedes says that the decision to move into the mid-size pick-up market, currently dominated by US brands, is because of a huge shift in recent years – from commercial to personal use and from wanting something that is utilitarian to wanting a vehicle that is as comfortable and refined as it is practical. And although the US is the world's biggest pick-up market – one in 10 vehicles sold in the country over the last 12 months was a pick-up – Mercedes plans to initially target its luxury model at the Latin American, European and Australian markets. "We can perfectly serve customers looking for a vehicle that offers a high level of utility and at the same time has the comfort, safety, and design of a Mercedes-Benz passenger car," said Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

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  • Don’t burn the house down – Adli Ghazi - The Malaysian Insider

    My dear brothers and sisters My dear Malaysians Melayu Cina India Sabahan Sarawakians and my Lain-lain siblings Why do we let the angst of politicians…

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  • Mr Prime Minister, please save Malaysia. - The Malaysian Insider

    As you are well aware Mr Prime Minister, PAS through its president, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, plans to introduce a private member's bill in Parliament to amend the Syariah Courts Act (Criminal Jurisdiction) 1965, to enable the state of Kelantan to introduce hudud laws. Sir, the introduction of such a bill in Parliament is clearly against the Federal Constitution. Firstly, Article 160 (2) of the Constitution clearly stipulates that the word law includes only written law, the common law, and any customs or usage having the force of law. Secondly, under Schedule 9, List 11, Item 1 of the Constitution, states only have the authority to legislate on matters relating to “ ... creation and punishment of offences by professing the religion of Islam against the precepts of that religion, except in regard to matters included in the Federal list (emphasis added).

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  • Ministry busts traders offering ‘pre-GST’ sales

    PETALING JAYA, March 26 — Action has been taken against five businesses for holding pre-Goods and Services Tax (GST) sales from January. Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek said action was taken under the

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  • Get ready for GST – Sin Chew Daily - The Malaysian Insider

    The goods and services tax (GST) will definitely be implemented on April 1, 2015 and 6% tax will be imposed to all taxable items. The higher the price, the more tax consumers will have to pay. However, the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry said that to prevent profiteering from price hikes, 2,000 enforcement personnel will be mobilised the next day after GST is implemented, to carry out large-scale enforcement operations. It is just a few days left before the implementation of GST but some traders are still confused about the standard for taxable goods and services.

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  • Local authors claim Education Ministry stole their works

    Screenshot of Sharon Bakar’s Facebook page in which authors posted complaints alleging the Ministry of Education used their works without attribution and paying royalties.KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 — Literary aficionados have cried foul over the Education Ministry allegedly using a local author’s short stories in the Form Five public examination syllabus without obtaining his permission or paying him royalties. Chua Kok Yee commented today on independent publisher Sharon Bakar’s Facebook post that the alleged theft involved three of his short stories – “Embracing Your Shadow”, “Thieving Daughter” and “Sambal without Anchovies” – from his short story collection “Without Anchovies” published in 2010 by Silverfish Books. “‘THREE of my short stories are selected as required reading for SPM Literature in English. Malay Mail Online understands that Chua, Silverfish Books and an agent from the Education Ministry met back in 2012 to discuss the possibility of Chua’s stories being used for the SPM English Literature syllabus.

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  • DAP man lodges complaint against 1MDB auditors

    — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, March 27 — DAP lawmaker Tony Pua filed a complaint today with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) against 1 Malaysian Development Berhad’s (1MDB) auditors for signing off on alleged discrepancies in the firm’s financials. The Petaling Jaya Utara MP wants the audit body to probe KPMG Chartered Accountants and Ernst and Young over their alleged failure to report suspected fraud in the state investment arm’s transactions. Pua listed five allegations for MIA to investigate, all involving KPMG’s alleged failure to report either intentionally or out of negligence key details that could prove impropriety in 1MDB’s transactions.

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