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Yes, Malaysians are united in grief over the twin tragedies of Flight MH370 and Flight MH17. How could anyone not be moved to tears and feel a sense of hollowness by the numbing loss of both these incidents?

But let us not demean this period of mourning and introspection by milking the shooting down of the aircraft for cheap political gain or gimmicky headlines. There has been no shortage of attempts by Barisan Nasional politicians and the mainstream media to turn the Flight MH17 tragedy into the coming out party for the Najib administration; supposedly a showcase of the Prime Minister’s empathy, diplomatic skills and great skill at uniting this nation.

Lost in all the mulch has been the fact that Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been prime minister of Malaysia for more than five years, and not three months.

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SEPANG, Aug 24 — For chief pilot Captain Datuk Missman Leham, flying home the remains of 20 victims of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH17 aircraft tragedy on Friday, was his most difficult task since joining MAS, about 33 years ago.

He said the 12-hour flight was also the most emotional for him because he knew who the special passengers on board the MH6129 aircraft were.

Missman knew some of them personally.

“Already felt sad two, three days before the departure, because we know this is the most important flight and awaited by many, specifically for the next-of-kin of the victims,” he said when met after a ceremony to honour the victims of the Flight MH17 tragedy at the KL International Airport’s Bunga Raya Complex here today.

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Three days ago, Deputy Education Minister P.Kamalanathan said that for this year’ public university intake, limited places of medical programmes were offered so as to control the number of new medical graduates and avoid a flood of new doctors in the employment market.

He revealed that a total of 1,163 students with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.00 had applied to do medicine, but offers were only made to only 418 of them and the selection was also based on interview results.

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Malaysia’s Catholic Church will continue its fight to use the word “Allah” in its weekly publication, Herald, when it files a review application next week to set aside the Federal Court’s dismissal of its application to appeal the ban, one of its lawyers said.

The lawyer told The Malaysian Insider that the church’s review application, which could be filed as early as Monday, will also seek a new bench to rehear the leave application.

“We are compelled to file this application due to serious errors of law in the majority judgment,” the lawyer told The Malaysian Insider.
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Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) chief executive officer Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid has tendered his resignation over the accident at an MRT worksite near Kota Damansara last night which claimed the lives of three workers.

Azhar said his decision to resign was in line with MRT Corp taking full responsibility for the incident.

“As the head of MRT Corp, I am taking personal responsibility for the incident and this is the correct thing to do. I have informed the Chairman of MRT Corp, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, of my decision,” he says.

Azhar was appointed CEO of MRT Corp on September 1, 2011 following the Government’s decision to set up the company to take over the ownership and development of the Klang Valley MRT Project from Syarikat Prasarana Malaysia Bhd.

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The government has offered places to only 418 brilliant students to take up medical studies (first degree) at public institutions of higher learning for this year’s intake.

Deputy Education Minister P.Kamalanathan (pic) said the limited number of offers was meant to control the number of new medical graduates and avoid a flood of new doctors in the employment market.

“A total of 1,163 students with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.00 applied to do medicine, but offers were only made to only 418 of them and the selection was also based on interview results.

“We made this decision following discussions with the Health Ministry and the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC),” he told reporters here today.

He said the others who were not offered medical studies were offered other courses, but related to the field.

He said this in response to complaints by students with CGPA of 4.0 in the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) and matriculation who failed to get offer to study medicine.

Kamalanathan advised those who failed to get places at IPTA to appeal to the Education Ministry online at upu.moe.gov.my before August 23.

“A total of 37,467 students have received offers at IPTA, there might be some students who are not happy with their course.

“For them, I suggest they accept the course and register first, then put appeal in writing directly to the university concerned,” he added.

The ministry, he said, made sure that all students with CGPA of 4.00 received offers at IPTA for the 2014/2015 academic session. – Bernama, August 18, 2014.

- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/fewer-places-for-m edicine-due-to-glut-of-doctors-says-ministry-bernama#sthash.ICQWzKe5.d puf

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad berkata hari ini beliau terpaksa menarik balik sokongan dan terpaksa mengkritik kerajaan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak kerana prestasinya lebih buruk daripada penggantinya Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Bekas perdana menteri paling lama berkhidmat itu berkata, beliau terpaksa berbuat demikian kerana Najib tidak mengambil iktibar daripada prestasi buruknya dalam Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU13) lalu.

“Saya tidak ada pilihan selain menarik balik sokongan saya. Ini pun tidak berkesan. Oleh itu terpaksalah saya menegur,” kata Dr Mahathir melalui tulisan di blognya, www.chedet.cc.

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Finally, the decision made in PR Council that Wan Azizah to be the MB of Selangor. Let’s pray that Wan Azizah can take over the MB post successfully. We need to move on.

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The Pakatan Rakyat presidential council has decided to nominate only PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the new Selangor Menteri Besar, despite a suggestion from PAS to include Azmin Ali as a candidate for the post.

PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said PAS’s proposal to nominate PKR deputy president Azmin Ali had been set aside because Azmin wished to stand by the party position.

“Azmin said he would stick by the party’s decision to nominate Dr Wan Azizah as the MB candidate. We will continue with the process and present the decision to the Sultan,” Anwar told a press conference at the Empire Hotel, Subang Jaya this evening.

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