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In this Year of the Tiger, let’s do something to save endangered tigers. The culprits in the video below are just the small fry: it’s the middlemen who make the most profits.

Read the full Channel 4 report here.

1600: The crowd has dispersed as the protest ends peacefully. Meanwhile, Umno Youth’s Tun Faisal reports via Twitter that some 5,000 people turned up for a Juara Rakyat event in Sembrong, Johor.

1537: The police have prohibited the crowd from gathering outside the school-gate; so the protesters have moved across the road but they are still facing the school. Riot police have positioned themselves in front of the gate.

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1503: A small truck carrying about a dozen riot police personnel arrives.

1502: The police had given the crowd until 3.00pm to disperse. A Pas member is now negotiating with them. He says the protesters just want to know why Umno is using a school.

Big Pharma firms usually peddle  wonder drugs and vaccines citing “evidence-based medicine” and “real science” to back up their claims – so tell me, how did a medical researcher receiving grants from these firms get away with fabricating research data for 13 years?

A US doctor, a former member of Pfizer Inc’s speakers’ bureau, has reportedly agreed to plead guilty to accusations of having launched “one of the biggest research frauds in medical history”.

Dr Scott Reuben has been charged with accepting a US$75,000 Pfizer grant to study Celebrex in 2005: problem is no patients were ever enrolled in the study! His research, published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, “proved” that the painkiller helped reduce pain during post-surgical recovery.

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Tengku Razaleigh explains his stand on various issues and tackles the questions: Will you leave Umno? What will happen to Umno?

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The cross-examination of key prosecution witness, Saiful, in Anwar’s sodomy trial will have to wait after the judge this morning adjourned proceedings to 25 March.

Anwar’s defence counsel was ready to cross-examine Saiful. “We do not want to be accused of delaying tactics,” said Karpal Singh. “We are prepared to carry on.”

The adjournment follows Anwar’s decision to appeal to the Court of Appeal against High Court judge Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah’s decision this morning not to recuse himself on the basis there was no evidence that he had been biased.

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1603: Karpal wants to appeal to the Federal Court. But judges maintain a proper application needs to be submitted. Stay denied. Court adjourned.

1547: A 15-minute break presumably for judges to decide whether a stay should be given.

1540: The judge said that a proper application for appeal to the Federal Court has not been filed, reports Jonson. Karpal continues to outline reasons a stay of the sodomy trial should be granted.

1535: The court has agreed with the SG: the medical record is not conclusive and corroborative. The appellant has not shown the charge against him is oppressive and an abuse of the court process. Appeal dismissed.

Umno supporters have protested at what they perceive to be interference in Malaysian affairs by a group of Australian MPs.

Mind your own business, Aussie MPs: Umno Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin addresses a crowd this morning. – Photo twittered by Khairy

Khairy later handed over a protest note to Penny Williams, the Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia.