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MP To Broach ‘Abandoned’ Lawas Hospital Project With Health Ministry

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KUCHING – The proposed Lawas Hospital project will be duly brought to the attention of the Health Ministry. Selangau member of parliament Baru Bian said this after learning that the hospital which was already approved for construction back in 2011 at a cost of RM121 million and scheduled to be ready in three years had…

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Finance Ministry Adviser In Sabah Water Dept Graft Probe Released On Bail

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KOTA KINABALU: An adviser to the Sabah Finance Ministry, who was detained in connection with graft investigations into alleged misuse of RM3.3bil federal water projects, has been released on RM500,000 bail. The 62-year-old government official, whose six-day remand expired Wednesday, was brought to the magistrate’s court here before being granted Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) bail…

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Alias Ahmad Appointed Education Ministry Sec-Gen

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PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad has been appointed as the Secretary-General of the Education Ministry, effective from Sept 3, taking over from Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad who is on mandatory retirement, said Chief-Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa. Prior to the appointment, Alias, 58, was Secretary of the National Security Council,…

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Provide Air-Conds In Classrooms, Parents Urge Govt

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PETALING JAYA: Parents want long-term solutions such as air-conditioned classrooms to safeguard the health of their schoolgoing children against haze. Managing director Edward Neoh said the Government should seriously look into installing air-conditioning units in all classrooms so there would be no need for schools to close during severe periods of haze. Many parents were…

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Education Ministry Wants Review Of Security In Schools

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JOHOR BARU: The Education Ministry wants all state directors to review the contracts of security companies appointed to keep schools and children safe. Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (pic) said some schools hired guards who do not have the basic knowledge or skills in providing security. Mahdzir said the ministry has discussed the issue at…

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More Affordable Hepatitis C Treatment To Be Available Soon

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PETALING JAYA: Affordable Hepatitis C treatment will soon be available for patients once trials on generic drugs are completed. The non-profit Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), of which the Malaysian Health Ministry is a founding member, and Egyptian drug manufacturer Pharco Pharmaceuticals on Wednesday signed agreements covering clinical testing and scale-up of a Hepatitis…

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Alias Ahmad Is National Security Council Secretary

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PUTRAJAYA: Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad has been appointed the National Security Council Secretary. Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, in a statement here today, said Youth and Sports Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Jamil Salleh would take as Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry’s secretary-general.…

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Ministry To Probe On RM4.20 Iced Milo

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KUCHING: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry here has issued a show-cause notice to a food court operator at a large supermarket here who has been charging high prices for drinks. The issue went viral on Facebook after people shared the receipts for two glasses of iced milo at RM8.40, a glass of iced…

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Health Ministry To Extend More Smoke-free Zones

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry is studying new areas to be made smoke-free zones before gazetting the areas, the Dewan Negara was told today. Its Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said right now, the ministry was in the midst of discussions with the relevant agencies and non-governmental organizations for the purpose. “The plan…

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Education Ministry Has No Debt With School Construction Contractors

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry does not owe any contractor any debt with regard to school construction projects, says Deputy Minister P. Kamalanathan. He said the ministry was obliged under the Treasury Instruction (AP) 103 and financial regulations to settle any claim for payment from contractors, within 14 days upon receiving the relevant documents. “It…

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PAC To Summon Ministries, Government Department, Agencies Over AG Report

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will summon nine ministries and five government departments and agencies to provide clarification on the 3rd series of the 2013 Auditor General’s Report that was presented in Dewan Rakyat, Monday. Its chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the nine ministries are the Ministry of Women, Family and…

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