PM Expresses Government Commitment Over Affordable Housing

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GEORGE TOWN, Aug 17 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak today expressed the government commitment to continue to focus on providing more affordable housing for the low- and middle-income groups. He said the concept of comprehensive and holistic development was most necessary to ensure that these groups had the capacity

Three Airlines Interested In Air Berlin Assets

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FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Aug 17 – Air Berlin is in talks with three competitors about buying up its assets, the insolvent airline’s boss said Thursday, warning that not all jobs would be saved. “Aside from Lufthansa, we are in contact with two other interested parties from the aviation industry,” Air Berlin chief

Malala Wins Place At Oxford University

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LONDON, Aug 17 – Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for advocating education for girls in her native Pakistan, announced Thursday she has won a place to study at Oxford University. “So excited to go to Oxford!!” the 20-year-old posted on Twitter, along with a picture of

Germany: Trump’s Far-Right Defence ‘A Huge Mistake’

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BERLIN, Aug 17 – Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Thursday US President Donald Trump had made “a huge mistake” by failing to clearly condemn a white supremacist, neo-Nazi and “alt-right” rally. Trump on Tuesday said there had been “very fine people, on both sides” at a violent clash between the far

Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement Leaders Jailed

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HONG KONG, Aug 17 – Joshua Wong and two other young leaders of Hong Kong’s huge Umbrella Movement rallies in 2014 were jailed Thursday for their role in the pro-democracy protests. Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were sentenced to six months, eight months and seven months respectively after the Court of

Terengganu To Set Up Digital Hubs

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KUALA TERENGGANU, Aug 17 – The Terengganu government has identified two locations, namely Kampung Ladang here and Kampung Telaga Papan in Setiu to be developed as digital hubs in the state. Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman said development of the digital hub in Ladang would be carried out through an allocation of RM17 million from the

DPM: Malaysia Targets US Visa Waiver Through SKIN

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 – Malaysia targets to be the third Asean country accepted into the United States Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) through the implementation of the National Immigration Control System or SKIN (Sistem Kawalan Imigresen Nasional) by 2021. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the government was optimistic of achieving this mission following the

IGP: No Time Frame For Curfew In ESSZone

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KOTA KINABALU, Aug 17 – Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said there was no time frame to impose the curfew in the waters off seven districts in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone). He said the curfew would be imposed for as long as there were threats in the east

KL Is Second Most Liveable City In Southeast Asia

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PETALING JAYA, Aug 17 – Kuala Lumpur has been ranked as Southeast Asia’s second most liveable city after Singapore. The Malaysian city is placed No. 70 in a global ranking of liveable cities. The latest Global Liveability Ranking released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on Wednesday puts Kuala Lumpur ahead of

Four Schools Remain Closed Due To Floods In Sarawak

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MIRI, Aug 17 – Four primary schools remained closed here today,  including two which were closed since Monday, due to the floods. Sarawak Disaster Management Committee Secretariat said the two schools were Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Kuala Kebulu and SK Bukit Balai, while the other two schools were SK Long Lenei and SK Nanga Kain, which were closed since

Oil Price: Weekly Fuel Price Determination Stays

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 – The weekly determination of the retail prices of petrol and diesel will stay, and the government has no plan to revert to the monthly determination of fuel prices. Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK) Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin said this was because the weekly determination was

MH370 Response Team Assesses Proposals From Interested Parties

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 – The MH370 Response Team is assessing several proposals from the interested parties to search for the vanished Flight MH370 jetliner, says Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Director-General Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman. He said this in light of all available information including the newly-released Commonwealth Scientific and

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