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MALAYSIA AUTHORITIES ENCOURAGE MUSLIMS NOT TO USE THE WORD ‘RIP’

THEREALSINGAPORE 18 April 2014 - 7:38am

Following the death of Karpal Singh and the outpouring of grief, Muslims were reminded by the National Fatwa Council today that they were not encouraged to use the phrase “Rest in Peace" (RIP) to a non-Muslim because the term had Christian connotations. In a statement issued on its website, www.e-fatwa.gov.my, the National Fatwa Council said Muslims could express their condolences to non-Muslim families. "Condolences can be expressed to a non-Muslim family as long as there are no religious implications," it said.


MALAYSIA IS INTERESTED IN BUYING RUSSIAN AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS

THEREALSINGAPORE 18 April 2014 - 7:15am

Malaysia is likely highly interested in acquiring Russia’s latest air defense missile systems, building on existing bilateral military-technical cooperation, Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said Monday. “Experts at Rosoboronexport expect an increased interest on the Malaysian side in the medium-range surface-to-air missile system Buk-M2E and the short-to-medium-range ground-based air defense system Pantsir-C1, the Kornet-E/EM and Metis-M1 anti-tank missile systems, and Mirazh, Sobol and Mangust class patrol boats,” the company said in a statement ahead of the DSA-2014 Asian International arms expo.


TUN M: WHY KEEP THE CAUSEWAY?

THEREALSINGAPORE 18 April 2014 - 7:10am

FORMER prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the current Causeway linking Malaysia and Singapore should be removed if plans to build a Friendship Bridge were to go ahead. He said there was no longer any need for a Causeway if the bridge was built. "The Causeway prevents water from flowing underneath and it is dirty … it prevents people from moving around. "There is big traffic jam in Johor Baru as no bridge is built," he told reporters after a public lecture entitled 


FACEBOOK ROLLS OUT 'NEARBY FRIENDS' FEATURE

THEREALSINGAPORE 18 April 2014 - 6:47am

Facebook on Thursday began rolling out a feature allowing users of its mobile app to use smartphone location to discover friends near them. The optional "nearby friends" feature "helps you discover which friends are nearby or on the go," said product manager Andrea Vaccari in a blog announcement. "If you turn on Nearby Friends, you'll occasionally be notified when friends are nearby, so you can get in touch with them and meet up," Vaccari said. 


THE GUARDIAN: OCCUPY WAS RIGHT, CAPITALISM HAS FAILED THE WORLD

THEREALSINGAPORE 17 April 2014 - 4:47pm

The École d'économie de Paris (the Paris School of Economics) is actually situated in the most un-Parisian part of the city. It is on the boulevard Jourdan in the lower end of the 14th arrondissement, bordered on one side by the Parc Montsouris. Unlike most French parks, there is a distinct lack of Gallic order here; in fact, with lakes, open spaces, and its greedy and inquisitive ducks, you could very easily be in a park in any British city. The campus of the Paris School of Economics, however, looks unmistakably and reassuringly like nearly all French university campuses.


DAP’S KARPAL SINGH KILLED IN CAR CRASH

THEREALSINGAPORE 17 April 2014 - 3:05pm

Veteran opposition lawmaker Karpal Singh, 73, was killed in a car accident along the North-South Highway near Gopeng, Perak early this morning. “With deep regret I announce the passing of my father YB Karpal Singh. Details will follow,” he posted on his official Twitter account, @GobindSinghDeo.His son and Puchong MP, Gobind Singh Deo, confirmed Karpal’s death on Twitter at about 3.30am. The Bukit Gelugor MP died on the spot in the 1.30am accident as did his long-time aide, Gobind told The Star Online.


FAKE JJ LIN IN CHINA MADE $290,000 AND DECEIVED FANS FOR OVER TWO YEARS

THEREALSINGAPORE 16 April 2014 - 2:42pm

Sporting local mandopop singer JJ Lin's hairstyle and his trademark dimpled-smile, this 'clone' from China sang his hit songs and fooled his fans for more than two years. Fan Yixian, who used to be a DJ and a taxi driver in mainland China, has caused an outrage among JJ Lin's fans by pretending to be the popular singer and getting paid around NT$7 million (S$290,000) for performances in nightclubs, according to AsiaOne.


UK HAIR SALON TARGETED BY NORTH KOREAN AGENTS OVER KIM JONG-UN ‘BAD HAIR DAY’ POSTER

THEREALSINGAPORE 16 April 2014 - 11:32am

BRITISH police said they had intervened after North Korean embassy officials reportedly told a London hairdresser to take down a discount haircuts advert featuring leader Kim Jong-un. Mo Nabbach told the London Evening Standard newspaper that two officials from the Stalinist state’s mission took pictures of the M&M Hair Academy in Ealing, west London. They then ordered him to remove the “disrespectful” poster, he said. The poster featured a large picture of Kim’s distinctive short-back-and-sides hairdo with the slogan: read: “Bad hair day? 15 per cent off all gent cuts through the month of April.” “I told them this is England and not North Korea and told them to get their lawyers,” the newspaper quoted Mr Nabbach as saying.


INDONESIAN CHIEF OF ARMY APOLOGISES FOR THE NAMING OF KRI USMAN HARUN

THEREALSINGAPORE 15 April 2014 - 10:13pm

The Indonesian Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces, General Moeldoko, has apologised to Singapore for the recent naming of a warship the KRI Usman Harun after two marines who bombed MacDonald House in Singapore in 1965. Moeldoko explained that Indonesia meant no ill will in the name and had not intended to stir up emotions. He also said that the incident has been a learning experience and he is confident that ties between Singapore and Indonesia's militaries can continue to grow in future. 


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