NATIONMonday, July 23, 2012
PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak on Monday presented Felda Group zakat (tithe) payment for the year 2011 amounting to RM30.6mil to 14 state zakat collection centres here.
KUALA LUMPUR: The controversial 1.2ha land near Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT) Effingham in Bandar Utama would be used to build a sports field and hostel for needy Indian students, MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said on Monday.
KOTA KINABALU: United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO) deputy president Datuk Seri Wilfred Bumburing resigned as Barisan Nasional chairman for Tuaran on Monday amidst new speculation that a snap general election is likely to be called in September this year.
KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Director of Management (Training), Bukit Aman Management Department, Datuk Abd Rahim Hanafi had been appointed as the new Chief Police Officer of Penang effective last Friday.
BUTTERWORTH: A gas leak at an ice cube processing factory drew panic among workers at nearby factories in the Small Industrial Area at Sungai Lokan here on Monday.
KLANG: Trouble is brewing in the Kapar PKR division, with Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam being slammed by the party's division chief for confirming his candidacy in the next general election.
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court on Monday ruled that the Terengganu government has no legal right to proceed with a suit against PAS Batu Buruk assemblyman Dr Syed Azman Syed Ahmad Nawawi and three others over an article relating to the state's purchase of school uniforms.
PUTRAJAYA: The Selangor government is going ahead with its planned takeover of the water operations from concessionaire Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas), State Executive Councillor Dr Xavier Jayakumar said Monday.
GEORGE TOWN: Police arrested two men believed to have been actively involved in house break-in cases in Timur Laut since 2010 in an anti-crime operation in Tanjung Tokong Sunday.
KUALA LUMPUR: Six contributors of the Employees Provident fund (EPF) have been found guilty of making fraudulent withdrawals between April and June this year.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Session Court Monday acquitted and discharged a businessman of illegal possession of two rifles, eight pistols, 856 rounds of ammunition and three hand grenades seven years ago.
KUANTAN: Three male students and a senior citizen died in three separate accidents in Pahang Sunday.
SHAH ALAM: A group led by Selangor PKR Youth gathered outside Wisma Rozali here at noon Monday to protest against water concessionaire Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) for allegedly failing to run operations efficiently.
PUTRAJAYA: There is currently no need for water rationing in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Dengkil Rest and Service Areas (RSAs) along the Elite Highway will be temporarily closed Tuesday and Wednesday for maintenance.
PETALING JAYA: The first batch of Malaysian students are expected arrive home from Syria on Wednesday as part of the Government’s evacuation exercise.
PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Government will go ahead and issue tenders for the construction of the Langat 2 water treatment plant by next month, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
SHAH ALAM: A former Kuala Langat OCPD, who is now a senior officer in Bukit Aman, was charged at a magistrate’s court here Monday with driving recklessly and causing the deaths of two 15-year-old boys more than three years ago.
SHAH ALAM: Civil servants in Selangor will get the same amount of Hari Raya bonus as their federal counterparts.
KUALA LUMPUR: A moderate earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale hit Irian Jaya, Indonesia at 8.22am Monday.
KUALA LUMPUR: Political cartoonist Zulkiflee SM Anwar Ulhaque will know on Friday the High Court's ruling in his suit against the Government, Home Ministry and three others over the seizure of his 66 books and a painting in 2010.
PETALING JAYA: Bad shopping habits and dishonesty are causing retailers to lose millions of ringgit monthly.
PUTRAJAYA: Acupuncture may play a role in easing pain during surgery in the future when more people are trained for it, said Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
PETALING JAYA: The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) is investigating the Cameron Highlands Floriculturist Association (CHFA) for allegedly fixing prices of flowers sold to distributors and wholesalers.
GEORGE TOWN: Local hawkers are miffed that a travel website has ranked Penang third, behind Singapore, as a global food destination.
PETALING JAYA: Some 138 Malaysian students and workers from Syria are expected to touchdown at the KL International Airport (KLIA) tomorrow.
BACHOK: The Finance Ministry is studying, with a view to restructuring all forms of subsidies, especially oil and gas, to ensure that they meet the target groups and help to reduce the burden of low-income earners.
PETALING JAYA: Shopping malls – the scene of several crimes in recent days – can do more to beef up security measures, an expert said.
KUALA LUMPUR: Tourists and expatriates are among those who have thronged the Ramadan bazaar in Kampung Baru.
PETaLING JAYA: Pos Malaysia Bhd has introduced a 50 sen flat rate to post festive cards under 50gm to anywhere in the country.
KOTA BARU: The Kelantan Government has not ruled out the possibility that some of its officials are “on the take” in the reported illegal gold mining operations in the jungles of Gua Musang and Jeli.
GEORGE TOWN: This is the place where the goose is cooked – in a spicy mouth-watering way.
IPOH: Making the installation of radio frequency identification (RFID) a requirement for the export of bird’s nests to China is an unfair move to swiftlet farmhouse operators, Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said.
IPOH: Chinese education should not be viewed as a racial issue. It should be seen as a system that produces talent that can contribute to the country’s economic development, said Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
TEMERLOH: Over 500,000 patin and tilapia, reared in 350 cages in Sungai Semantan and Sungai Pahang, are under threat due to rampant poisoning.
PETALING JAYA: C.S. Lim (not her real name) is a self-confessed “poker” of fruits and vegetables.
PETALING JAYA: Proper parental guidance is necessary to ensure that children do not imitate the violence they see on TV, experts and parents said.
KUALA LUMPUR: Sarlah Muthukumar was only 10 when her mother passed away, leaving her to look after her two younger siblings while their father struggled to earn a living selling kacang putih.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation has suggested that religious organisations be included in the planned committee to handle victims of kidnap and violent crimes.
ALOR SETAR: Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak has defended the logging at the Gunung Inas forest reserve, saying that the state government adhered to all the rules.
MELBOURNE: A young Malaysian lawyer has been featured by a leading Australian university as an alumnus who has made a global impact.
KOTA KINABALU: Taxi drivers in Tawau are putting on hold plans to change their tyres although they have received the Government’s RM520 tyre vouchers under the 1Malaysia People’s Taxi (TRIMA) assistance scheme.
SERDANG: A tailor who was battling depression finally snapped and attacked his youngest son before setting his Taman Serdang Utama home on fire.
GENTING HIGHLANDS: Like most of their teammates, lion dance performers Goh Jie Wei and Lim Ting Cong had only hoped to do their best in their debut at an international competition.
PETALING JAYA: A total of 156 development projects in Selangor have to be put on hold as Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) claims that it does not have the capacity to provide treated water, Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) councillors said.
KUALA LUMPUR: MIC wants PKR vice-president N. Surendran to be punished if his allegation that MIC was behind the acid attack threat against him turned out to be false.
KOTA KINABALU: The state is monitoring hillslope development across the state to ensure that it is carried out according to guidelines, said state Local Government and Housing Assistant Minister Datuk Edward Yong Oui Fah.
ALOR SETAR: Police have detained a man in connection with the murder of a former Wanita Umno branch chief at her home in Jeneri, Sik.
PETALING JAYA: The 1Malaysia Student Discount Card (KDS1M) has been introduced for university students.
KUALA LUMPUR: The fight against corruption needs to begin as early as pre-school if the longstanding problem of bribery is to be nipped in the bud, said Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) Anti-Corruption NKRA director D. Ravindran.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Reducing Crime National Key Results Area (NKRA) will address specific issues that are of major concern to the public in its second phase of implementation, which include occurrences of house break-ins, parents’ concerns on safety of their children in schools and robberies at commercial areas, such as car parks and shopping malls.
KOTA KINABALU: Small business owners here and Sepanggar are hoping to see an increase in their income during Ramadan and Hari Raya with the aid they received from the Azam Niaga programme.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Transport Ministry aims to increase the daily ridership for the Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd’s (KTMB) MyKomuter train services to 130,000 passengers by the end of this year, following the arrival of 13 new sets of six-car trains, which will be fully operational by the end of next month.
SUBANG: The Arsenal team arrived in Malaysia for their 2012 Asia Tour to a roaring reception from its Malaysian supporters, who came out in droves to welcome them.
KUALA LUMPUR: As a child from Nepal’s hilly, rural district of Sindhupalchok, Maya Gurung has often dreamed of scaling the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest.
PETALING JAYA: An early morning scuffle between a group of unruly Taman Medan residents and the police ended with the arrest of a 27-year-old man.
PETALING JAYA: After years of being bred in captivity, preparations are finally under way to release the Malayan gaur back into the wild.
PETALING JAYA: Students nationwide are making a beeline for KFC outlets with their friends, armed with a video camera in one hand and KFC vouchers in the other.
LONDON: In the swanky West End here, joining other upscale labels in setting up shop is iconic British brand Lotus – courtesy of its Malaysian parent company.
KUCHING: Helicopter crash victim 27-year-old quantity surveyor Siti Khuzaimah Anuar who was engaged to be married at the end of the year, has been laid to rest.
JOHOR BARU: Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon has rubbished Opposition claims that the party has lost its will and power.
JOHOR BARU: Police are in hot pursuit of two robbers who managed to escape following a car chase from here to Ayer Hitam.
KOTA KINABALU: A primary school block was razed in an early morning blaze that was preceded by an explosion.
KOTA MARUDU: The Opposition is devoid of ideas and is only playing on the sentiments of the Sabah people by raising issues that are already part of Barisan Nasional’s struggle, said Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.
JOHOR BARU: Drain covers in Taman Maju Jaya keep going missing every other day, but nobody has been able to catch the thieves.
KOTA KINABALU: A 19-member survey team, financed by the Federal Government, will be marking the limits of over 10,000ha of land in remote Sook and Sipitang districts for the purpose of issuing communal grants.
BESUT: Terengganu police is planning to form a “bicycle brigade” to make it safer for tourists holidaying at the scenic Redang and Perhentian islands.
PADANG SERAI: More than 23,500 families earning below RM2,000 a month have received RM10mil in aid under the Teman 1Azam programme to help improve their livelihood.
BALIK PULAU: Residents of Kampung Genting here are relieved after plans to acquire their land for the building of a women’s university were called off.
KUALA KRAI: About 25,000 residents in seven villages in the Manek Urai state constituency, who have been without water supply for a month, want the state government to resolve the problem at once.
PETALING JAYA: The MTUC has called on the private sector to extend the retirement age from 55 to 60 years immediately rather than wait for the law to be implemented.
A FATHER had to spend the first day of Ramadan in the lock-up for whipping his two sons with a belt.
A CLERK from Yong Peng in Johor spent more than RM100 on four pillows only to find out that they were filled with rubbish such as facial masks, pieces of cloth and torn sponges, reported China Press.
THE Consumers Association of Penang said the increase in thefts at Indian temples are due to the negative influence of Tamil films and serial dramas, reported Makkal Osai.