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Guan Eng revives Ismail Sabri issue, asks if Chinese to blame for pricier fuel

Bloomberg Video: Zenvo hopes to shift gears with the ST1 supercar
Zenvo, a supercar manufacturer from Denmark, have built the 1104 horsepower ST1. But they want to do more than build a light, fast car; they want to build a brand that can survive in a market renowned for failure. — Bloomberg Read More

March 1, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, March 1 — Lim Guan Eng said today that the March fuel rate hike has exposed the “racist lies” of Umno minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who recently... Read more

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

March 1, 2015

KUALA 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... Read more

Pictures of the Day

China MH370 next-of-kin pray at Thean Hou temple

  • Chinese relatives of passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 pray at the Thean Hou temple in Kuala Lumpur, March 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Chinese relatives of passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 pray at the Thean Hou temple in Kuala Lumpur, March 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Chinese relatives of passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 pray at the Thean Hou temple in Kuala Lumpur, March 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Chinese relatives of passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 pray at the Thean Hou temple in Kuala Lumpur, March 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Wang Run Xiang, 58, the mother of a passenger aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, wipes her eyes at the Thean Hou temple in Kuala Lumpur, March 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Wang Run Xiang, 58, the mother of a passenger aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, wipes her eyes at the Thean Hou temple in Kuala Lumpur, March 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

  • Chinese relatives of passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 pray at the Thean Hou temple in Kuala Lumpur, March 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

    Chinese relatives of passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 pray at the Thean Hou temple in Kuala Lumpur, March 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

Agrobank targets microfinancing of RM240m this year

March 1, 2015

SEREMBAN, March 1 — Agrobank has target microfinancing of RM240 million for this year. President and Chief Executive Officer Datuk Wan Mohd Fadzmi Wan Othman said in this regard, among the steps to be taken by the bank is the expansion of products through cooperation with agencies in the Agricultural and Agro-based Industry Ministry, to... Read more

Bloomberg Video: Hero or criminal? Exposing Luxembourg’s tax secrets
The whistleblower at the centre of a tax scandal involving some of the world’s biggest companies speaks to Bloomberg. Antoine Deltour faces up to five years behind bars for leaking documents from global accountancy giant PwC’s Luxembourg offices. — Bloomberg Read More

Nicol through to quarter-finals of Windy City Open

March 1, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, March 1 — Malaysia's squash queen Datuk Nicol David is on track for her maiden Windy City Open title after advancing to the quarter finals in Chicago today. The world number one, only took 27 minutes to dismiss Egypt's qualifier Heba El Torky in 11-5, 11-4 and 11-7. The 31-year-old Penangite who won the Cleveland Classic in the US earlier this month, will be meeting England's Alison Waters in the quarter-finals. Waters... Read more

US-Israel relationship takes a beating from Iran talks, Netanyahu speech

March 1, 2015

WASHINGTON, March 1 — As relations between President Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu hit a new low over the Israeli prime minister’s planned speech to Congress and a looming deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, there are growing signs it could damage the broader US-Israeli alliance. Already there has been some fraying of the usually... Read more

Next Media Video: Prominent Russian opposition leader assassinated near Kremlin
Russia was thrown into shock and mourning after Boris Nemtsov, a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, was fatally shot near the Kremlin days before a major opposition rally. — Reuters Read More

Ipoh’s top notch lunch pick: Chinese comfort food at Wong Koh Kee

By James Tan
March 1, 2015

IPOH, March 1 — The Old Town is well known for its diverse range of hawker eats and fair share of vintage cafes; the latter which have gradually been injecting life back to the otherwise sleepy side of town past noon. The sudden rise of coffee culture in Ipoh, coupled with murals painted on walls within the Old Town enclave and the opening... Read more

The ‘Junk Burger’ is stuffed with caramelised onions, four different types of mushrooms and Cheddar cheese atop a thick slab of minced beef patties. — Picture by KE Ooi

The ‘Junk Burger’ is stuffed with caramelised onions, four different types of mushrooms and Cheddar cheese atop a thick slab of minced beef patties. — Picture by KE Ooi Read More

Major sound-and-light show planned for Waterloo bicentenary

March 1, 2015

BRUSSELS, March 1 — The battlefields of Waterloo in Belgium will resonate to a huge sound-and-light show on June 18 to mark the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s defeat at the hands of British and Prussian forces, organisers said Tuesday. Hundreds of performers will take part in the open-air evening event titled “Inferno”, which will have... Read more

Cover Media Video: Ed Sheeran’s wild post-Brits celebration
Ed Sheeran celebrated his Brits success with a passionate display with his girlfriend earlier this week. ― Cover Media Read More

Crisis in rear-view mirror as Geneva motor show revs up

March 1, 2015

GENEVA, March 1 — The front end of McLaren’s brand new P1 GTR seems to form a knowing smirk, a pointer perhaps towards the race-track ready motor powering this US$2 million (RM7.2 million) dream car. It is one of 90 sleek never-before-seen machines due to have their world premieres when the Geneva Motor Show opens on Thursday. After being... Read more

Belstaff x Mr Porter: One man’s lifelong affair with Mercedes-Benz
Watch as Mercedes-Benz restoration specialist JG Francis puts a 1973 250C Coupé through its paces at the Joshua Tree National Park in the California desert. — Vimeo Read More

China’s wild panda population up nearly 17pc, census reveals

March 1, 2015

BEIJING, March 1 — China’s population of wild giant pandas jumped nearly 17 per cent over a decade – state media reported, citing an official survey – with conservation measures credited as being behind the increase. The investigation by the State Forestry Administration (SFA) found that by the end of 2013 China had 1,864 giant pandas alive... Read more

Construction workers go about their work in front of a mural advertising the various services available at a dental clinic for residents in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, March 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

Construction workers go about their work in front of a mural advertising the various services available at a dental clinic for residents in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, March 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

What’s the best smartwatch on the market?

March 1, 2015

LOS ANGELES, March 1 — The market for smartwatches is still very much in its infancy and because companies have no clear idea what exactly consumers want from timepieces, they’re letting their imaginations run wild with some interesting results. The latest company to test the waters of consumer opinion is LG. At the Mobile World Congress,... Read more

A man uses a mobile phone to photograph a demonstration by supporters of the ‘Anti-Islamisation’ Pegida movement in Newcastle, northern England, March 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

A man uses a mobile phone to photograph a demonstration by supporters of the ‘Anti-Islamisation’ Pegida movement in Newcastle, northern England, March 1, 2015. — Reuters pic Read More

Nepal’s Raniban Retreat: Where spectacular views of the Himalayas rule

By Vivian Chong
March 1, 2015

POKHARA, March 1 — How long does it take to climb 500 steps? For the active, a mere 10 minutes should do it but if you’re one of the porters at Raniban Retreat, that would be about five minutes too long — and that’s with luggage in hand or on their backs. They will relieve you of your bags and sprint up the man-made stone stairs in no time,... Read more

A man rides his bike as people visit Areios Pagos hill, with the archaeological site of the Acropolis in the background, in Athens, March 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

A man rides his bike as people visit Areios Pagos hill, with the archaeological site of the Acropolis in the background, in Athens, March 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

Celebrated Turkish novelist Yasar Kemal dies at 92

March 1, 2015

ISTANBUL, March 1 — Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey’s most prominent writers and a nominee for the Nobel Literature award, has died aged 92, state media said yesterday. Kemal died in an Istanbul hospital where he was being treated for pulmonary complications and cardiac arrhythmia since January 14, the official Anatolia news agency said. His... Read more

Peyton Bowen, 18, of Hillsdale College (Michigan) waits to have her copy of Dana Loesch’s book ‘Hands Off My Gun’ signed at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbour, Maryland, March 1, 2015. — Reuters pic

Peyton Bowen, 18, of Hillsdale College (Michigan) waits to have her copy of Dana Loesch’s book ‘Hands Off My Gun’ signed at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbour, Maryland, March 1, 2015. — Reuters pic