NATIONThursday, July 12, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR: MAS and AirAsia won accolades in the SKYTRAX World Airline Awards held at Farnborough International Air Show, United Kingdom.
SHAH ALAM: A temporary contra flow route will be created for users of the Kesas Highway from KM40 until KM38.6 for three days from Monday.
PUTRAJAYA: The People's Volunteer Corps (Rela) will be stationed at shopping complexes to curb crimes, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
JOHOR BARU: Paranormal researcher Syed Abdullah Syed Hussein Al-Attas, better known as Uncle Seekers, was released Thursday but rearrested for investigations under the Sedition Act 1948.
KUALA LUMPUR: Police confirmed that Khalil Afandi Hamid and a woman who went amok at the entrance of the Prime Minister's Department in Putrajaya on Monday, had acted on his own and had no connection with any deviant religious group.
KUALA LUMPUR: The national economy is too dependent on a labour force with Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia or Form Five (SPM) level of education, said Malaysian Islamic Understanding Institute (Ikim) director-general Datuk Nik Mustapha Nik Hassan.
IPOH: The Election Commission (EC) is drawing up a code of ethics for the caretaker government which will administer the country from the time of dissolution of parliament for the general election until the formation of the new government.
GEORGE TOWN: A cowherd stumbled on a week-old baby boy abandoned at a vacant house belonging to the former’s family in Lorong Kulit Thursday.
PUTRAJAYA: Teachers need to find ways to build students' "intellectual capital" to prepare them for the future, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
SHAH ALAM: The Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister’s power to forcefully take over water operations from concessionaires under the Water Services Industry Act (WSIA) only applies during an emergency.
KUALA LUMPUR: The premium charges are not the reason for or affecting the steep rise in house prices, said Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussein.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s crime index fell by 10.1% between January and May this year, Pemandu said on Thursday.
KUCHING: Two youths were found shot and injured around 11am on Thursday outside a cafe near the RH Plaza BDC building.
BUKIT MERTAJAM: A pre-dawn accident on the Penang Bridge caused a massive traffic jam for motorists travelling from the island to the mainland, making the morning rush hour to work worse as vehicles queued for several kilometres on Jalan Tunku Kudin and Jalan Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu on the island.
SHAH ALAM: It is more cost efficient to build the Langat 2 water treatment plant than to reduce water loss in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya by 10%, said Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry water sector senior division secretary Sutekno Ahmadbelon.
PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has launched the SME Masterplan (2012-2020) which the Prime Minister has described as a ‘game changer’ to take the small and medium enterprises to a higher level.
IPOH: Two teenage siblings were killed after their car hit a wild boar darting across the road and crashed onto a roadside wall along Jalan Kuala Kangsar-Gerik Thursday.
GEORGE TOWN: Penang Hospital has appealed to the next-of-kin of two dead people to come forward and claim their bodies from the Forensic Medical Department of the hospital.
KUALA LUMPUR: A spa manager was acquitted and discharged by a Sessions Court here of allegations that he had forced two Indonesian nationals into prostitution.
PUTRAJAYA: The Election Commission (EC) is studying a proposal to allow all Malaysians overseas to cast their ballots by post, on condition they had returned to the country at least once in the five years before the general election.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Sedition Act 1948 will be repealed and replaced with a new National Harmony Act in the latest measure under the country’s political transformation plan, announced Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
PETALING JAYA: A global survey has revealed that Malaysians are among the worst credit card repayers in the Asia-Pacific region.
PASIR MAS: After 14 years of marriage, a couple here split up when the husband allegedly could no longer convince his wife to join his political party.
PETALING JAYA: A decision by the state government to appoint audit firms to review Talam Corporation’s debt restructuring exercise misses the point of public interest in this case, said a consumer-based non-governmental organisation in Selangor.
SHAH ALAM: Five local audit firms of international standing will be appointed by the Selangor Government to review Talam Corporation’s debt restructuring exercise that ended in questionable deals worth over RM1bil.
PETALING JAYA: Trinity Corporation Bhd (formerly known as Talam Corporation Bhd) gave the assurance that the Selangor government will not lose out following the auctioning of a piece of land in Danau Putra by a bank.
PETALING JAYA: The brother of alleged deviant Khalil Afandi Abd Hamid said he is worried about his safety after Monday’s incident of a sword-wielding pair going on a rampage in Putrajaya.
KUALA LUMPUR: From quiet chuckles to loud guffaws, two young men had the crowd in stitches laughing for more as they took the stage with their humorous take on a serious topic – HIV/AIDS.
SHAH ALAM: A social media council needs to be set up in the country to discuss various issues and aspects relating to the law and usage of the media.
BANGKOK: The R.AGE team received the World Young Reader Prize at a ceremony during the Asia-Pacific World Young Reader Summit 2012.
GEORGE TOWN: Seven people walked past snatch theft victim Tan Kim Chuan, 60, without lifting a finger to help her as she lay unconscious on the road with a cracked skull at the Rifle Range flats.
BALIK PULAU: Fatimah Ahmad woke up with a shock at 4am – a robber had a knife to her throat.
JOHOR BARU: Taxi driver Abdul Rahman Abdul Hamid felt grateful that he had a regular customer who took his taxi to work daily.
GEORGE TOWN: Airport cargo worker B. Saravana Kumar, 37, had just returned home after his night shift early on Tuesday morning and was getting ready to sleep when his mother-in-law told him to help a woman who had fallen down by the roadside.
KUALA LUMPUR: Combating crime will be more effective with strong co-operation from the public, said Federal CID Director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Mohd Zinin.
KUALA LUMPUR: The parents of a teenage girl who was attacked when their apartment was broken into early this month have fled their home and now live in their car outside a hospital near here.
PUTRAJAYA: Former Ladang Bukit Jalil workers have been given the assurance that they will not be evicted from their houses after their land was taken over for development.
SHAH ALAM: The notices put up at a Kuala Selangor cineplex stating that unmarried Muslim couples should not sit together are merely reminders, said Selangor PAS commissioner Dr Rani Osman.
KUALA LUMPUR: An estimated 7,000 potential cadaveric organ donors die in Malaysia every year yet there is an acute shortage of organs for transplant here.
SHAH ALAM: Hundreds of people marched to the state secretariat building here and demanded that the state government stop politicising the management of Universiti Selangor (Unisel).
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian-owned entertainment portal Mingbo has launched a new social networking site in Shanghai with an eye on the massive Chinese market.
KUALA LUMPUR: Millions of ringgit of Malaysian artworks have been sold since the 1Malaysia Contemporary Art Festival (1MCAT) kicked off three years ago, said Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen.
KUALA LUMPUR: Sales executive M. Meenachi Sundram Pillay, 29, was living a normal and healthy life until early this year when he was diagnosed with brain tumour.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Negara was told that action was taken against 799 traders who were found to have sold their premise licences to foreigners between January and October last year.
KUALA LUMPUR: Bank Negara scholars Zul-Fadzli Abu Bakar and S. Mahalatchmi will be among the few Malaysians entering Ivy League universities in the United States this year.
KUALA LUMPUR: The status of applications to public institutions of higher education (IPTA) for Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) holders or equivalent for the academic year 2012/13 will be announced tomorrow.
PETALING JAYA: Former pop female group Elite singer Sasha Saidin has refused to divulge the details and the reasons for her divorce from Salyo Priyanto after a six-year marriage.
MALACCA: The Health Ministry has proposed to absorb practitioners of traditional and complementary medicine (TCM) as civil servants.
IPOH: A snatch thief’s crime spree was finally brought to an end after he was nabbed by police in Bercham here.
GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Port Sdn Bhd (PPSB) Workers Union fully supports the proposed privatisation of the port.
GEORGE TOWN: DAP will contest up to 60 parliamentary seats in the general election, party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said.
KOTA KINABALU: Almost 900,000 people in Sabah are non-Malaysians but it is not the business of the National Statistics Department to question where they come from.
A FEMALE employee at a convenience store was traumatised after a man in his 30s exposed his private parts in front of her.
CHINA Press reported that a would-be male escort got cheated when he responded to a flyer looking for gigolos.
MORE effort is needed to increase student enrolment in Tamil schools, said an academic.