NATIONSunday, September 16, 2012
SUNGAI PETANI: A teenage girl died and her older sister was seriously injured when the wheels of their motorcycle got caught on a railway track before the machine was rammed by a train at a closed-level crossing here Sunday.
BINTULU: Merdeka Day, which falls on Aug 31, and Malaysia Day, which falls on Sept 16, are equally significant dates, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak said, urging an end to squabbles and debates about which of the two dates was more important.
GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Malay Contractors Association has asked the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) to establish a centralised tender advertisement system to boost contractors' work performance.
KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore's Ministry of Manpower said Sunday that there was no ban on workers from Sabah and Sarawak coming to work in the republic.
BUKIT MERTAJAM: Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaludin said the movement was disappointed with the irresponsible producer of the anti-Islamic movie "Innocence Of Muslims" and planned to hold a major protest against it on Friday.
PETALING JAYA: A passerby narrowly missed being hit by a newborn baby girl tossed out of Desa Mentari flats.
BACHOK: In a bid to encourage breast-feeding, the Kelantan Health Department has asked business owners to create baby-friendly areas in their premises where women could breastfeed their children.
KUALA LUMPUR: A group of students protested peacefully near Dataran Merdeka here Sunday demanding a reform of campus polls, alleging a lack of transparency
KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor will certainly face a critical water crisis if the state government continues to block the construction of the Langat 2 water treatment plant, a water management expert warned Sunday.
BUKIT GANTANG: PLUS Malaysia Bhd is currently studying strategic locations to build more Rest and Service Areas (R&R) along the North-South Expressway (NSE).
SIBU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Sunday Malaysia certainly welcomed change, but change that was well-structured, organised and systematic and not disorganised and chaotic.
ALOR SETAR: More affordable homes targeted at those with incomes of between RM3,000 and RM6,000 will be built in major cities, said Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung.
KOTA KINABALU: A Malaysia Day gathering turned tragic when five people were killed and three others critically injured in a car crash after midnight.
JOHOR BARU: Iskandar Malaysia, an economic development project promoted by Khazanah Nasional Berhad, will give the young in Johor a better future, says Johor Baru Member of Parliament Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad.
KOTA KINABALU: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, concluded their four-day visit to Malaysia Sunday.
SABAK BERNAM: Welcome to the land of the Hornbills – and no, it’s not in Sarawak. Kampung Sungai Panjang here has been playing host to hornbills which have made the village their roosting ground.
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Miss Malaysia World Nadia Heng has been “sold” for RM600 but it was no slave trade; it was an “auction” for a good cause.
PEKAN: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak says Umno and the Barisan Nasional are not yet in the comfort zone in getting the support of voters.
PETALING JAYA: The Education Ministry says it has nothing to do with the reported guidelines for parents and teachers to spot lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) tendencies of their children and students.
PETALING JAYA: The so-called guidelines to help parents and teachers track lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) symptoms in their childen have sterotyped the group, experts and psychologists here said.
KUALA LIPIS: Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein announced the arrests of several individuals who allegedly stomped and urinated on photographs of PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
KUCHING: As we celebrate the 49th anniversary of the forming of Malaysia, The Star spoke to several people on their Malaysia Day wishes. Here is what they said.
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has reminded Malaysians to continue to strongly protect the success in uniting the people of various races, religions and cultures in the country.
SIBU: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Federal Government understood the need to appreciate Sarawak’s aspirations, interests and sensitivities by working together as “one Malaysia and one family”.
BINTULU: Over 15,000 people from all walks of life are expected to celebrate the 49th anniversary of the formation of Malaysia here tonight.
LAHAD DATU: On the eve of Malaysia Day, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ended their four-day whirlwind visit to the country by taking in the beauty of North Borneo’s tropical rainforest.
WHEN I was in my early 20s, what seems like an eternity ago, I went backpacking in Europe.
KOTA KINABALU: Malaysians have been reminded about Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s attempt to overthrow the Barisan Nasional Federal Government in the run-up to the 2008 Malaysia Day.
PETALING JAYA: The winner of Star Radio Group’s Merdeka Day “virtual” treasure hunt feels the contest has made him a “prouder Malaysian”.
NUSAJAYA: Thousands of visitors thronged the Legoland Theme Park Malaysia when it opened its doors to the public for the first time.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry plans to have 175 1Malaysia clinics by year-end due to the high demand, said Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
KUALA LUMPUR: The crowd roared with excitement at the sound of screeching tyres, screaming engines, and roaring exhaust pipes after Malaysia’s female drift driver Leona Chin took the wheel at The Star Motor Carnival’s drifting demonstration.
KUALA LUMPUR: Fresh from the production line, the newly-launched Ford Focus is among some 50 cars from a dozen brands that can be seen, bought or test-driven at The Star Motor Carnival at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil here.
KUALA LUMPUR: Even if you are not shopping for a car at The Star Motor Carnival, there are loads of automotive products and services to capture your fancy.
KUALA LUMPUR: Drop by Stage A at The Star Motor Carnival and be mesmerised by a dazzling performance by ace illusionist Mahdi “Moudini” Moammer.
PETALING JAYA: Leading Internet search engine Google has received an official complaint from Malaysia and a request to remove clips of the controversial anti-Islam film The Innocence of Muslims from its YouTube site.
HULU TERENGGANU: The Home Ministry has taken safety measures to protect parties that have become targets of angry Muslims over a film that insulted Prophet Muhammad, including patrolling the US embassy.
BATU PAHAT: The MCA plans to hold a series of mass dinners – that would draw between 5,000 and 10,000 people at each event – across the country.
SELAYANG: The “environment” is right for Barisan Nasional to wrest Selangor back but success will depend on whether Umno members can refrain from acts of sabotage, set aside personal disappointments and work together.
KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin urged Malaysian youths to become active players instead of being mere bystanders as Malaysia moves forward.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Energy Commission’s Diamond Building in Putrajaya was named the most energy-efficient building at the Asean Energy Awards (AEA) 2012 held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
KUALA LUMPUR: A group of thieves tried to blowtorch their way into an ATM but were unsuccessful and fled the scene leaving behind their equipment.
GEORGE TOWN: Penang Umno has condemned the “attacks” on the Penang DAP headquarters and three assemblymen’s service centres which were splashed with red paint.
KUALA LUMPUR: “Refreshing” – that’s how Maybank deputy president and Community Financial Service head Lim Hong Tat summed up the gala dinner feast hosted by South Korean celebrity chef Edward Kwon here yesterday.
KUALA LUMPUR: Corruption in the Federal Territory has been dealt a crushing blow with the conviction rate on cases reaching a new high of 90% last year.
JOHOR BARU: Police have crippled a drug syndicate here which mixed anxiety treatment pills with ketamine to give addicts an extra kick, said state police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Shariff.
PETALING JAYA: Passengers on board a Malaysia Airlines flight from Chennai to Kuala Lumpur had a scare when the plane developed a technical glitch and had to be diverted to Penang.
GEORGE TOWN: It was a trip down memory lane for about 10 family members of the late Tan Sri Wong Pow Nee as they looked at old photographs featuring Penang’s first chief minister.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) needs to have an edge in a war on a new front – cyberspace, says Defence Forces Chief Jeneral Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zain.
KOTA KINABALU: Malaysian authorities are looking into claims that a mobile storage depot off Labuan island is being used by Iran to export its crude oil, thus evading international sanctions.
IT has been three years now since Sept 16 was declared a national public holiday and we started celebrating Malaysia Day.
On The Beat
THE guidelines drawn up by two organisations warning parents to be wary should their sons start wearing tight-fitting, sleeveless or V-collared shirts or colourful attire to show off their muscular bodies have got this writer worried.
IN Malaysia, as around the globe, we have seen a significant rise in the number of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts initiated in the private sector.
AS we celebrate Malaysia Day today, it is heartening to know that while ignorance still reigns, there is a growing awareness of their fellow cousins from east Malaysia among Orang Semenanjung.
THE press should not be hindered by laws of contempt or sub judice, says English barrister Lord David Pannick QC.
THE Bar Council’s biennial law conference takes on an international flavour this year as it prepares members and other professionals to meet the challenges of a globalised economy.
CHIEF Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria is very clear about the sort of judicial system he wants – a stable one.
THE moderates among us in all faith traditions must work together to combat extremists, who just want to stir up trouble.
OF late, the Janji Demokrasi Merdeka countdown has drawn attention for the wrong reasons. Why did a group of youths stomp on and moon the picture of the Prime Minister and what should be done?