• 1MDB makes a fool of every citizen, institution including Parliament – J. D. Lovrenciear - The Malaysian Insider

    The latest revelation by Bank Negara Governor is spine chilling. Hot on its heels we also learn that the two top guns of 1Malaysian Development Bhd (1MDB) snubbed the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) by asking for a 30-day grace period. And if that is not enough the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak hollers all the way from Japan that the duo will not run away and will keep their date with PAC.

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  • Bank Negara confirms told about 1MDB-BSI ‘cash’ issue by Singapore

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 26 —  Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) today confirmed receiving a report from its Singapore counterpart on a complaint lodged by BSI Bank about 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) account that the Swiss bank was handling. BNM Governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz said the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) had furnished its report on its investigations into the account, which recently caused controversy here when it was revealed that the US$1.103 billion (RM3.985 billion) kept in it was in “units” and not cash as previously claimed. “They have announced to send the report to us and yes, we did receive it,” Zeti said during a press conference on the Labuan Financial Services Authority Annual Report 2014 here today. But she declined to divulge the contents of the report, which former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad previously insisted contained information to show 1MDB lied about having cash in BSI Bank.

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  • What exactly are 1MDB assets in S’pore bank?

    How could a statement on a paramount issue like 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) be casually written by a lowly ministry official without the approval of the finance minister whose job is on the line? Wg321: Why is the Finance Minister II Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah dishonest? On March 10, 2015 in a written reply in Parliament, PM Najib Razak said the US$1.103 billion (RM3.9 billion) which were held in the Singapore bank is in the form of cash. This statement had been corroborated by 1MDB president and group executive director, Arul Kanda Kandasamy.

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  • Shafie, Zahid not contradicting each other over leaked Muhyiddin video, says Umno Youth - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, May 26, 2015.Two Umno vice-presidents had not contradicted each other over the disciplinary action to be taken against the party leader who had distributed a video of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin calling for the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) board to be sacked, said Khairy Jamaluddin today. The Umno Youth chief said vice-presidents Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal were consistent that disciplinary action had to be taken against a deputy division chief who recorded the video.

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  • Withdrawal of halal certificate from Secret Recipe not due to use of prohibited food items: Jakim

    PUTRAJAYA: The ‘halal’ certificate issued to Secret Recipe Manufacturing Sdn Bhd has been withdrawn not because of offences involving the use of prohibited items in the processing of its products, said the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim). Jakim director of Halal Hub Division, Hakimah Mohd Yusoff, in a statement here today, said the certificate was withdrawn, effective May 7, after it was found that the company had breached the Malaysian Halal Certification Procedure Manual on hygiene and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). The statement was issued to clarify the issue on the withdrawal of the ‘halal’ certificate from Secret Recipe which had gone viral on social websites. Hakimah said the company could re-apply for the certificate after it hadtaken necessary action to rectify the matter.

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  • Nurul Izzah: ‘They can’t lock us all up’

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — Malaysia’s most wanted are not criminals but those who seek the equal distribution of wealth, those who reject extremism and those who demand good governance, PKR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar said today. The eldest daughter of former opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim accused the Barisan Nasional (BN) government of wanting to silence her father and Malaysians who want a just and democratic country. “Reformists in my country are the most wanted, and the most feared by our government. Because we are the future — with a zeal for reforms,” she said in a speech during the Freedom Forum in Oslo today that was sent to the press.

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  • Giant rat photo goes viral on social media | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: A photograph of a gigantic rat, allegedly caught during an operation in USJ11, is now making rapid rounds on the the social media. However, there is nothing to get worked up about as this is not a species of some mutated rodent, but merely the result of the angle the photograph was taken.

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  • When an ex-PM accuses the PM of lying

    Kingfisher: It is a sad episode in the annals of our governance culture when a sitting PM is identified for having lied in matters of fiscal responsibility as finance minister by none other than a former PM.

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  • Converting children unilaterally is un-Islamic, court told in Indira Gandhi case

    — The Malay Mail picPUTRAJAYA, May 26 — Muslim convert Muhammad Ridhuan Abdullah’s conversion of his three Hindu children to Islam without obtaining their mother’s consent was invalid as it did not comply with Islamic law requirements, the Court of Appeal heard today. The three children’s Hindu mother, M. Indira Gandhi, had in 2013 managed to get the civil Ipoh High Court to quash the unilateral religious conversion, but the Perak Islamic Religious Department (JAIPk) and other bodies appealed against the verdict.

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  • 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).

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  • Reprint for SJKC Year 5 History book to correct factual errors, Education Ministry says - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, May 26, 2015.The Education Ministry will reprint Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Year Five History textbook to amend errors. Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan said the decision was made after receiving a report by a History Textbook and Curriculum Reference Expert team on the matter.

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  • Najib’s brother says 1MDB no-show ‘unacceptable’ - The Malaysian Insider

    – Instagram screenshot, May 26, 2015.The prime minister's brother Datuk Seri Nazir Razak has described 1Malaysia Development Berhad's (1MDB) failure to testify at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing scheduled for today as "unacceptable". He was referring to 1MDB group executive director and CEO Arul Kanda and former chief executive officer Shahrol Halmi's abrupt request for a 30-day extension before testifying to the PAC, citing important overseas appointments. The CIMB chairman has been vocal in his criticism against 1MDB, a Finance Ministry-owned state investment vehicle, established in 2009, which has chalked up debts of up to RM42 billion.

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  • Unused Rolls Royce, just another collectible | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: Just another one of his collections ... A black Phantom Rolls Royce sits unused in Kuala Lumpur after it was purchased for Sarawak Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud when he is in town. According to The Sarawak Report, it was purchased late last year and costs about RM2 million.

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  • Tiger ‘unintentionally’ mauled Thai abbot at controversial Tiger Temple, doctor says

    — File picBANGKOK, May 25 — A tiger that mauled the abbot of a Thai temple under fire over the welfare of dozens of big cats in its care “didn’t intend” to attack him, the monk’s doctor said today. Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua in western Kanchanaburi province — commonly known as the “Tiger Temple” — is home to nearly 150 tigers and has long drawn tourists who flock there to be photographed next to the monks’ feline pets. But the monastery has also had a controversial reputation among animal rights groups and Thai wildlife officials who say it is breaking the law in keeping the cats. On Saturday, abbot Luang Ta Jan, 64, was admitted into intensive care at Thanakarn Hospital with injuries including a bleeding facial wound as well a broken arm and tooth, his doctor and hospital director Sahathep Sawarngnet told AFP.

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  • Nazir Razak berates past, present 1MDB chiefs for ditching PAC hearing

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — Datuk Seri Nazir Razak said it was “unacceptable” for 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) chief executive Arul Kanda Kandasamy and his predecessor Datuk Shahrol Ibrahim Halmi to miss the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing today. Taking to the Instagram photo-sharing social network, the CIMB Group chairman and brother to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said their intentional absence was insufferable given how the firm’s problems have affected the country. Yesterday, PAC chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said his committee has for now agreed to skip plans to question Arul Kanda Kandasamy and Shahrol as both will be unable to attend a PAC hearing scheduled for today.

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  • Guan Eng: Stop asking Penang about Rohingya

    — Picture by K.E. OoiGEORGE TOWN, May 26 — Penang has washed its hands off the Rohingya refugee issue and blamed Putrajaya for refusing to cooperate with the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state government. Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said his administration will no longer answer questions on the Rohingya, ending a verbal tiff between the state and the federal Home Ministry that told Penang to house the ethnic minority from Myanmar to prove its seriousness about human rights. “We offered to cooperate and asked for more information when they said they want to place the refugees here but our offer was ignored and we did not get any information from the Home Ministry or the police on this at all,” Lim said in a press conference at his office today. A Rohingya migrant holds her child's hand as they wait for breakfast inside a temporary compound for refugees in Kuala Cangkoi village in Indonesia's Aceh Province May 17, 2015.

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  • Mysterious fires, voices haunt Bercham family - The Malaysian Insider

    A family in Taman Rima Gamelan, in the Ipoh suburb of Bercham, Perak, claimed they had been haunted by mysterious fires in their house, Sinar Harian reported. The report claimed that the incidents had started after a family member, Mohd Syafiq Hassan, 17, had helped a neighbour who faced similar problems.

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  • Bumi equity 50% now if policies carried out, says economist - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 26, 2015.Bumiputeras would be controlling 50% of all corporate stock in Malaysia had the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) administrations carried out pro-Bumi business policies, said a prominent economist who helped in drafting them for the government. Universiti Malaya's (UM) Tan Sri Kamal Salih said this as Putrajaya pushed its Bumiputera business agenda in the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) launched on May 21. Kamal said 11MP’s target of achieving 30% Bumiputera corporate equity would likely fail without structural reforms to the agencies and departments tasked with carrying out the agenda. This is because many of the strategies in the 11MP’s were similar to those created and implemented by the previous administration under Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

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  • Minister: How can 1MDB survive with such bad publicity?

    — File picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) can overcome its financial problems, but the indebted firm is being hampered by negative media coverage and criticism, a minister has said. Urban Well-Being, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan pointed out that it was unreasonable to expect any company to continue operating normally with the amount of controversy that greets 1MDB’s every move. Concerned that with all this bad publicity, how can any company survive in this kind of environment where everybody is squeezing them (1MDB) out of oxygen?” he asked Malay Mail Online in a recent interview. Fears that public funds may be used to “bail out” the state-owned firm that reportedly accumulated RM42 billion in debt in just over five years has prompted opposition towards its transactions, both old and new.

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  • A disconnected world – Desi Anwar - The Malaysian Insider

    Recently, I had a conversation with the Venerable Master Chin Kung, an 89-year-old Buddhist monk currently residing in Hong Kong. Master Chin Kung has studied Buddhism for 64 years and for the last 57 years has been teaching and giving lectures on the pure teachings of the Buddha Shakyamuni.

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