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BN Needs Chinese Representation In Government

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SANDAKAN – The Barisan Nasional government, once formed after the 14th general election, will need more representation from the Chinese community in the Cabinet, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. The Prime Minister said this was to ensure that the Cabinet had a strong representation from among the multiracial leaders which could ensure that all…

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Death Toll Rises To 23 After Two Bomb Attacks Rock Afghan Capital

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KABUL – At least 23 people, including two assailants, were killed and 27 others wounded after two suicide bomb blasts rocked a diplomatic district in central Kabul on Monday morning, officials said, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. The latest figures showed that 21 people were killed in Monday morning’s two explosions and 27 others wounded,…

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Malaysia Needs To Accelerate Private Investment

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KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia needs to accelerate private investment to achieve higher productivity and add more value to products and services in order to lift the income level of the people, especially the Bottom 40 per cent of households (B40) group. Sunway University Business School’s Professor of Economics Prof Yeah Kim Leng said Malaysia needed…

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GE14: Contesting Parties Must Not Practise Politics Of Hatred

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SIPITANG – Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak wants all parties contesting in the 14th general election (GE14) not to practice the politics of hatred that will eventually split the racial unity in the country. He said leaders of all parties contesting in the general election should avoid inciting hatred among…

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65,000 New Posts Approved To Meet Needs Of Govt Agencies

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KUALA LUMPUR – The government has approved 65,000 new posts in the public service this year in line with the evolution of National Transformation 2050 (TN50). The Chief Secretary to the Government (KSN) Tan Sri Ali Hamsa said the addition was made on the urgent requests of several departments which needed more staff in their…

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Najib Wise Choice At The Polis, Najib Tells The People

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SANDAKAN – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today called on the people to make a wise choice at the polls on May 9 and elect the party that can make their lives better in the future. The Prime Minister said the criteria for selection should not favour the party which plays on the people’s emotions,…

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Equal Education Opportunities For Orang Asli Children

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PEKAN – The Orang Asli community in the country is now more open to think deeply about future planning, especially in the field of education that will guarantee a brighter future. It was acknowledged by Pekan district’s SPM Excellence Student Award recipient, from the Orang Asli community, Azni Muhammad, 18, who viewed education as the…

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Chua Reaches Out To Kota Lama Voters Via Youth

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KOTA BHARU – MCA’s sole candidate Chua Hock Kuan, who is contesting in the Kota Lama state seat in the 14th general election (GE14), is reaching out to the voters through the empowerment of the young and veterans as his main vision. The 38-year-old MCA Youth Sports Bureau chairman said he proposed that a closed…

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Malaysia’s Reserves Remain Usable As At End-March 2018

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KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s reserves remained usable as at end-March 2018 with official reserve assets at US$107.82 billion, in accordance with the International Monetary Fund’s Special Data Dissemination Standard (IMF SDDS) format. In a statement, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) said other foreign currency assets amounted to US$1.32 billion. “For the next 12 months, the pre-determined…

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Additional UTK, VAT 69 Commando Personnel Under Study

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MELAKA – The requests to increase the personnel and expand the Special Actions Unit (UTK) and VAT 69 Commandos of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) are now being studied, says the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa. He said the process was being carried out by the Finance Department and the…

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Government Aid Will Cease If Opposition Rules

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PADANG TERAP (Kedah) – The people will no longer be able to enjoy government aid if the opposition takes over the administration of the country, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today. He said the World Bank recently questioned the opposition ability to govern effectively if they planned to abolish the goods and…

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Elevated Highway To Link Bangsar To Pusat Bandar Damansara

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KUALA LUMPUR – The construction of an elevated highway from the junction of the Sprint Highway with Jalan Maarof to Jalan Semantan will shorten the journey from Bangsar to Pusat Bandar Damansara and it is expected to be completed in June 2020. Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the 1,340 metre…

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UMNO Members Should Remain Steadfast With Party’s Struggle

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SEMPORNA – UMNO members in Semporna have been reminded to remain steadfast to the party’s political struggle and not confuse or mix family relationships with that of the party. Semporna UMNO Division acting chief Datuk Seri Nasir Tun Sakaran said family would always be family, but as UMNO members, they needed to remain firm in…

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Afghan Forces Kill Eight Taliban Militants In Air Raids

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KABUL – Eight Taliban militants were killed after government forces raided their hideouts in Afghanistan’s Kunduz and Takhar provinces, China’s Xinhua news agency reported quoting an army spokesman on Monday. The spokesman, Ghulam Hazrat Karimi said air strikes over Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province late Sunday killed three militants including Taliban group commander Mullah Zulfiqar…

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PM Najib Decribed As Champion THe Fisherman’s Cause

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SUNGAI PETANI – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has been described as the champion of the fishermen’s cause as various initiatives have been implemented by the government under his leadership to ensure the welfare of the fishing community continued to be looked after including providing more comfortable housing facilities for them. This was…

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Najib, Two Others Succeed In Stopping GANT1

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PUTRAJAYA – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and two others succeeded in their application to strike out a lawsuit filed against them by 10 Gerakan Anak Muda Tolak Najib (GANT1) members over payments by 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) to International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC). This followed a decision by the Court of Appeal…

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14 People Detained One Ton Of Cocaine Seized In South Mexico

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MEXICO CITY – Mexican authorities arrested 14 people, including six Ecuadoreans and one Colombian, in an operation involving two boats off the coast of Acapulco, from which they seized almost a ton of suspected cocaine, the Navy Secretariat (Semar) reported on Saturday. “The detention of 14 suspected criminals was carried out and almost a ton…

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Repeated Crimes Involving Released Convicts In Malaysia Lowest

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MELAKA – The rate of repeated crimes among released convicts in the country at 7.6 per cent, is the lowest in the ASEAN region, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. He said the low rate of repeated crimes was the outcome of the country’s approach that prison was not not just…

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411 Secondary School Students Tested Positive For Drugs

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KUALA LUMPUR – Four hundred and eleven secondary school students throughout the country have screened positive for drugs in the first two months of this year, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Deputy Education Minister II Datuk Chong Sin Woon said from the total, 403 cases were detected through urine tests conducted by the National…

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Security Guard, Technician Charged With Supporting Terrorism

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JOHOR BAHRU – Two security guards and a technician were charged in the Sessions Court here today with supporting terrorism. The technician, Mohd Zaki Ibrahim, 49, was charged with possession of video recordings on Daesh in a Samsung SM-G900F handphone and a Samsung SM-T535 tablet, which belonged to him at the TNB officers’ room, Pencawang…

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PM Approves RM200 Mln To Develop 12 Fishermen Resettlements Nationwide

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SUNGAI PETANI – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today announced the approval of an RM200-million allocation for 12 fishermen resettlement projects in the country. The Prime Minister said these projects were part of the transformation plan implemented by the government to make Malaysia a developed country. “We do not want fishermen to be exempted from…

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US Adult Film Star Describes Alleged Affair With Trump

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WASHINGTON – Stormy Daniels, a US adult film star who allegedly had a sexual relationship with President Donald Trump, told her story in an interview with a local current affairs program on Sunday. Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, said that she had sex with Trump in July 2006, which was consensual, and they…

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SAR Ops Centre Relocated To Batu Pahat

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MUAR – The search-and-rescue operations centre set up at Pantai Leka in Parit Jawa to search for missing crewmen of a capsized sand-dredger has been moved to the Batu Pahat Maritime Office. The centre began operating at Batu Pahat after the one at Pantai Leka was closed at noon today, said Southern Region Maritime Malaysia…

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13 Hurt As Bus Flips Over In Mexico

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CANCUN, Mexico – Thirteen French tourists were injured when their bus overturned near this resort city, Mexico’s Federal Police said. The accident occurred around 1:40 pm Sunday as the bus, carrying 18 French nationals, left Cancun on an excursion to the Riviera Maya. The driver apparently fled the scene, police said. Injured passengers were taken…

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Intervention Programme Can Unleash Extraordinary Talents Of Children With Autism

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MELAKA – An intervention programme, such as Permata Kurnia, has important roles in unleashing extraordinary talents of children with autism and thus shaping them to become active citizens who contribute to the nation’s success, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said. He said early intervention could guarantee a better future for children, especially those…

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Police Have List Of Possible Election Troublemakers

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KUALA LUMPUR – The police have identified individuals and organisations with the potential to launch surprise last-minute attacks aimed at creating chaos during the 14th general election to be called soon, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today. The Deputy Prime Minister said such an attack took place during the last general election when…

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Najib Announces RM290 Mln Allocation For Flood Mitigation In Melaka

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JASIN – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has announced an allocation of RM290 million to implement four flood mitigation projects in Melaka this year. He said the four projects were in Jasin involving a cost of RM60 million, in Merlimau (RM36 million), in Sungai Duyung (RM164 million) and in Kampung Gajah (RM30 million).…

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Annuar Musa Tells Opposition Not To Underestimate People’s Wisdom

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SEREMBAN – Barisan Nasional Publicity and Information Bureau chairman Tan Sri Annuar Musa has reminded the political opposition not to underestimate the people’s wisdom especially with regard to the 14th general election to be held soon. He said the people were wise enough to evaluate what BN and UMNO had done for them. “We are…

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Number Of Civil Servants Will Not Be Reduced

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Government is satisfied with the current number of civil servants and has no plans to reduce it, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun said the government also disagreed with claims by certain quarters that there were too many civil servants in…

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Nepalese Man Wanted In Murder Probe

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GEORGE TOWN – Police are looking for a Nepali man to assist investigation on the death of an Indonesian woman whose decaying body was found in a cupboard in a house at Flat Green Garden, Air Itam here last Monday. Timur Laut district police chief ACP Anuar Omar identified the Nepali man as Sadip Gurung,…

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