• Terengganu issues dress code for tourists

    UPDATED 10.16PM State media reported this but the article was later taken down.

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  • The Dress That Broke The Internet

    Blue and black? Gold and white? It's a debate that still rages on. The stars weigh in! Plus, meet the woman who started the whole thing!

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  • Malaysia 8th worst in government curbs on religion, says study - The Malaysian Insider

    Malaysia has been ranked among the top 10 countries with very high government restrictions on religion, according to the latest findings of US-based think tank Pew Research Center. The findings, which cover 2013, put Malaysia at the eighth spot in the "very high" category among countries known for state interference or curbs on religion. Malaysia was ranked just a spot lower than Saudi Arabia, while neighbouring Brunei and Singapore were placed at the 15th and 18th spots, respectively. Malaysia increased its score on restrictions imposed by the state, climbing to 7.9 out of 10 in 2013, from 7.6 the year before.

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  • Anwar a ‘family man’, image smeared by detractors, daughters say

    — Pictures by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — Smear tactics may be a reality of vicious politics, but Nurul Nuha Anwar said she will never accept the allegations aimed at father Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim both online and in the media. From attacks on his personal character as well as claims on his supposed thirst for political power, the second daughter of the jailed opposition leader said he was nothing like what detractors sought to portray him to be. For the 31 year-old, the Anwar she knows and loves is a family man, a doting grandfather and a voracious reader. “But the truth is, the person he is made out to be is different from the person he actually is,” Nurul Nuha told Malay Mail Online in a recent interview.

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  • Cobra gives elderly man the jitters – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    KUCHING: An elderly man was said to have got the shock of his life when he saw a cobra in front of his house at RPR Batu Kawa here early yesterday. The cobra was seen slithering on top of a concrete marker belonging to Kuching Water Board. The house owner, in his 50s, was opening the door around 10am when he saw the reptile coming from his neighbour’s house.

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  • Batu Kawan Umno vice-chief Khairuddin sacked - Nation | The Star Online

    GEORGE TOWN: Umno has sacked Datuk Seri Paduka Khairuddin Abu Hassan (pic) as the party's Batu Kawan division vice-chairman. The party's Penang state secretary Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir said Saturday he had received a copy of the letter from Umno headquarters, which decided to sack Khairuddin, who had lodged two police reports against 1Malaysia Development Berhad. “His sacking is in accordance with the Umno Constitution and Umno Conference Regulations.

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  • MH370: Australia says hunt for missing jet may be called off soon

    — Reuters piCANBERRA, March 2 — The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 cannot go on forever, Australia’s deputy prime minister said, and discussions are already under way between Australia,China and Malaysia as to whether to call off the hunt within weeks. Investigators believe it was flown thousands of miles off course before eventually crashing into the Indian Ocean. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss told Reuters that a decision would have to be taken well before then as to whether to continue into the vast 1.1 million sq km area around the primary search zone if nothing has been found. A Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft prepares to fly out from Perth International Airport, to participate in the continuing search in the southern Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, April 16, 2014.

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  • Mainland Chinese family ejected from flight over seatbelt dispute - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: A three-year-old boy who refused to fasten his seatbelt during a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight caused his family to be ejected from the aircraft, but not before sparking a commotion on board and delaying the flight. The Straits Times reported that the boy’s parents, a mainland Chinese couple, were urged to secure their three-year-old in his seat moments before flight CX564 was due to take-off from Bangkok at 3.15pm on Tuesday. Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported a passenger by the surname Lau telling Apple Daily that the boy had refused to sit down and wear his seatbelt. A video taken by Lau showed another female passenger getting irritated with the commotion and asking the flight crew to “call the police”.

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  • Heat stroke poser over boy’s death

    — Pictures by Shafiq ZainBANTING, March 1 — He was an athletic 17-year-old who played football and hockey. Paul Arven Navies started complaining of headaches during a football match on Friday. Now, his family have many unanswered questions regarding his death. Earlier at the Telok Datok health clinic, they claimed a staff member there said heat stroke could have played a role in the incident.

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  • Federal govt promised to repair turf, says Guan Eng

    — Picture by K.E. OoiGEORGE TOWN, March 2 — Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said it was the federal government’s responsibility to repair the deplorable hockey pitch at the Seberang Prai Municipal Sports Complex in Bertam, Kepala Batas. Saying the federal government had often failed to deliver on its promises, he insisted it was their duty to repair the turf, despite it being managed by the local council. “It is the federal government’s duty to give the funds. Lim said the state government was adamant in not providing funds to the sports complex to ensure Putrajaya will commit when making promises in the future.

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  • Ghosts of MH370 to haunt new MAS CEO’s first week, UK paper says

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 — Christoph R. Mueller faces a daunting week ahead of him when he assumes his role as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of ailing flag carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS), just days shy of the one year anniversary to Flight MH370’s disappearance. UK newspaper The Independent said in a report that Mueller’s to-do list will be “unappetising”, as he not only has to restore public confidence in the airline but will also have to cut jobs as part of the airline’s restructuring plan. “Next weekend, he (Mueller) and his airline will be in a media spotlight as the world remembers MH370. While his staff grieve for lost colleagues, he knows that many of them will also lose their jobs as the airline ‘restructures’,” the UK paper said yesterday, referring to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukrainian airspace back in July last year.

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  • Argentine Diaz to leave JDT for Brazilian club, says Tengku Ismail - The Malaysian Insider

    Jorge Pereyra Diaz (pic) has decided to leave Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) after a Brazilian club wanted to buy the Argentine player. Johor Football Association…

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  • Dismissing suit threat, The Edge says will keep publishing Jho Low, 1MDB articles

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, March 1 — The Edge Media Group said today it will continue to publish articles on Low Taek Jho and his alleged links to the controversies surrounding 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), despite facing possible legal action by the Malaysian billionaire. In a brief statement that ran in its business weekly The Edge, group CEO and publisher Ho Kay Tat said the group has received several letters from Low’s lawyers accusing the group of allegedly defaming Low. “We would like to state here that The Edge Media Group stands by all the articles we have published about Mr Low and about 1Malaysia Development Bhd, and we will continue to publish news stories about Mr Low and 1MDB as and when it is merited,” Ho said. The statement also attached the first page of the latest legal notice the group received dated February 26, demanding a retraction of an allegedly false and defamatory assertion published by the group’s news portal The Malaysian Insider (TMI).

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  • Despite price hike, petrol dealers at losing end

    Several petrol station operators in the country have been suffering losses of up to RM120,000 since the introduction of managed float system in December, according to the Petrol Dealers Association Malaysia. “The recent increase in fuel prices will not make any difference to the dealers because the commissions and margins are fixed by the government. “We don’t want the fuel prices to keep going up and down. He said compared to the current managed float system, an automatic pricing system makes the price more stable and it enables operators to budget the fuel costs.

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  • 1MDB’s first US$1billion money trail - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 1, 2015.From 2009 to 2014, 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s (1MDB) initial US$1 billion was shuffled and swapped around, in an apparent bid to avoid scrutiny by its string of external auditors, The Edge Malaysia reported. 1MDB invested US$1 billion into a US$2.5 billion joint venture with PetroSaudi Holdings Cayman Ltd, a private Saudi Arabian company whose main shareholder was a businessman named Tarek Obaid. However, PetroSaudi Holdings did not inject any money into the joint venture, and its 60% equity was in the form of a valuation of assets worth US$1.5 billion. Once it was formed, the joint venture firm immediately had to repay a mysterious “loan” of US$700 million to PetroSaudi Holdings, leaving it with only US$300 million before it had even begun operations.

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  • Iban community riled by names for hornbills – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    Everything, as the rejoicing of two offspring of the Oriental pied hornbill turned sour, as unwittingly the naming of two offspring after ‘Kumang’ and ‘Keling’ angered the Iban community here due to its deep religious connotations. Given the names by a committee member of Piasau Nature Reserve (PNR), Musa Musbah, the unexpected reaction yesterday was that the act not only touched on the sensitivities of the Iban, but is actually insulting and disrespectful to the beliefs of the community. PNR understood ‘Keling’ to be an Iban prince and ‘Kumang’ as a princess, and presumed it would resonate with nature lovers but it turned out to be offensive, a public Iban figure said. “Kumang and Keling are people of ‘Panggau Libau’ (a place of the gods) and they are ‘Petara’ (gods) of the Iban community and should not be levelled with the animals, or their names should not be given to animals,” said an activist of the Iban community here, Bill Kayong.

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  • Religious controls in Malaysia worse than Syria, Brunei, study finds

    — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, March 1 — Malaysia practices some of the most stringent controls on religion in the world, ranking seventh out of the 198 countries surveyed in an annual study on religious restrictions and hostilities. The study, published by US-based Pew Research Centre on its website this week, found that Malaysia’s penchant for religious controls worsened in 2013, scoring 7.9 out of 10 points on the Government Restriction Index (GRI). Malaysia’s 2013 score also ranks it as more restrictive on religion compared to Saudi Arabia, Syria and Southeast Asian neighbours Myanmar, Brunei and Singapore – all of which were ranked among the 18 countries with a very high rate of religious restrictions. Malaysian respondents replied in the affirmative when asked if the government interferes with worship or other practices of religious groups, and also on harassment and intimidation of religious groups by the government.

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  • Million-ringgit grant from CM ‘windfall’ for Chinese education – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    MIRI: The announcement of a RM4-million allocation for 14 Chinese independent schools across the state is deemed a ‘windfall’ by the Chinese community here. For local Chinese businessman Anthony Ling, things seem to be in order and well-organised since Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem took state leadership a year ago. “As far as distribution of grants goes, it has been fair and equal – thanks to the chief minister,” he told The Borneo Post yesterday. “We, the Chinese, are grateful to him for all that he has done for the community – above all, for his RM4 million allocation for Chinese independent schools in the state.

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  • English FA chief wants action before another ‘Lampard moment’ - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, February 28, 2015.English FA chairman Greg Dyke warned football today not to wait for "another Frank Lampard moment" before adopting video technology to help referees rule on major incidents in matches. Lampard "scored" a valid goal against Germany at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa in 2010 but it was not given because none of the officials saw that the ball had crossed the line. FIFA president Sepp Blatter, traditionally a staunch opponent of goal-line technology, changed his mind after that incident and technology to determine whether a ball has crossed the line was used at last year's World Cup in Brazil. Dyke, speaking to reporters after the annual meeting of the law-making International Football Association Board (Ifab), was unhappy that Ifab rejected an idea from the Dutch FA to continue trials of their video technology system in Dutch Cup matches.

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  • Schoolgirl in conversion controversy yet to go to a new school - Nation | The Star Online

    KOTA KINABALU: A 16-year-old schoolgirl in the centre of a purported religious conversion controversy last month is still waiting for her transfer to a new school. Penampang MP Darell Leiking, who is her family’s lawyer, said the transfer process was still in progress and was expected to be completed soon. The girl’s father Jilius Yapoo questioned the alleged conversion and stressed that he did not give his consent. The Sabah Education Department also explained that there was no conversion and the warden concerned had moved to another school.

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