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Malaysia detains Vietnamese fishing boat off Terrengganu
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) A Vietnamese fishing vessel was detained for encroaching into Malaysian waters despite attempts by a Vietnamese enforcement agency boat to stop local authori...
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We need more than body cameras on enforcement officers
I COMMEND the proposal to equip enforcement officers with body cameras to increase their level of transparency and avoid ambiguity in any disputes between them and suspects, “Cops to start using bod...
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Merger of universities worth considering
I REFER to the letter “Merger for quality education” (The Star, Sept 18) by Prof Dr Mohd Cairul Iqbal Mohd Amin and I absolutely agree with his opinions on merging universities for overall quality...
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Overall air quality improves in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR - The overall air quality in Malaysia improved on Saturday (Sept 21) with the majority of states seeing a drop in the Air Pollutant Index (API) readings, leaving none in the hazardous and...
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12 tonnes of cocaine worth $791m seized
GEORGE TOWN • In the biggest drug haul seen in Malaysia, police in Penang have seized 12 tonnes of cocaine worth RM2.4 billion (S$791 million) that traffickers had tried to pass off as coal.
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Johor may cut RM1m threshold for foreigners to buy homes
JOHOR BARU • The Johor government is looking at lowering the RM1 million (S$330,000) threshold for foreigners to buy property as it aims to clear 51,000 unsold properties in the southern Malaysian s...
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Eateries in Penang suffer but food delivery firms do brisk business
GEORGE TOWN • While restaurants and traders in Malaysia are suffering from the haze, online food delivery companies are laughing all the way to the bank.
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I will decide on the transition date: Dr Mahathir
KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said that he would be setting the time and date when he would hand over the premiership to his successor Datuk Se...
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12 tonnes of cocaine worth US$575 million seized in Malaysia's largest drug bust
GEORGE TOWN: Malaysian police have seized 12 tonnes of cocaine worth RM2.4 billion (US$575 million) in the largest drug haul ever in the country.
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Johor govt mulling over lowering RM1m threshold for property purchases by foreign buyers
JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Johor government is looking at lowering the current RM1 million (S$330,000) threshold for foreigners to buy property, as an incentive to clear 51,000 unso...
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ECRL project will continue as planned, says Dr M
KUALA LUMPUR: The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) will continue as planned unless the company involved in the project can negotiate with China, says Tun Dr Mahathir...
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Malaysia's biggest drug bust: 12 tonnes of cocaine worth S$791m seized in Penang
GEORGE TOWN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - In the biggest drug haul ever seen in Malaysia, police seized 12 tonnes of cocaine worth RM2.4 billion (S$791 million) here.
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Jalan Gasing EPF building to shut down
PETALING JAYA: The Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) building on Jalan Gasing here, which was partially destroyed in a fire last year, is now permanently closed.
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Helping childless couples find hope
In this exclusive interview with The Star, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah spoke about the difficult times she went through in trying to start a family which event...
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Queen: We like to be approachable and at ease with the people
In this exclusive interview with The Star, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah explains why she and the King are always at ease with the people.
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Malaysia's Queen: It's important to be humble and nice to all
KUALA LUMPUR - It was a resplendent room inside Istana Negara and the interviewee was dressed in an elegant floral baju kurung.
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Raja Permaisuri debunks celebrity status, says what people see of royal couple is as is
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 ― Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah does not like to stand on ceremony.
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Haze in Malaysia: Over 1.7m students affected by school closures; employers urged to allow workers to work from home
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A total of 2,646 schools in Malaysia will be closed on Friday (Sept 20) due to the haze situation, affecting over 1.7 million students.
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Haze taking its toll on eateries in Malaysia but online food delivery firms enjoy brisk business
GEORGE TOWN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - While restaurants and traders in Malaysia are suffering from the haze, online food delivery companies are laughing all the way to the bank.
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Haze taking its toll on businesses
GEORGE TOWN: While restaurants and traders are suffering from the haze, online food delivery companies are laughing all the way to the bank.
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Queen: It’s important to be humble and nice to all
THE STAR EXCLUSIVE: KUALA LUMPUR: It was a resp­lendent room inside Istana Negara and the interviewee was dressed in an elegant floral baju kurung.
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Helping childless couples find hope
THE STAR EXCLUSIVE: KUALA LUMPUR: It has been just eight months since she became the queen.
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Indonesia gets tough on firestarters, 230 arrested
Indonesian police announced the arrest of 230 people suspected of starting fires which triggered the haze that is now gripping Malaysia, Singapore and the republic itself.
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Warning to traders: Ceiling price for five types of masks set, do not raise prices
PETALING JAYA (Sept 19): The ceiling price for five types of masks against the current haze “has been set” and traders have been warned not to raise their prices.
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Deep irony of the haze situation
I READ with much interest the report “Jokowi calls for culprits to be punished” (The Star, Sept 18).
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1MDB trial: Terengganu Sultan Mizan described Jho Low as an 'unsavoury character'
KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Terengganu Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin had his reservations about fugitive financier Low Taek Jho and once described him as an unsavoury character.
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Corruption trial adjourned as Tengku Adnan files motion for judge to recuse himself
KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Kuala Lumpur High Court on Thursday (Sept 19) adjourned the corruption trial involving Umno MP Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor to give time for the prosecuti...
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Former La Salle teacher dies
PETALING JAYA: La Salle Brother Harold Reynolds, who spent his adult life as an educator in Malaysia, has died in the Philippines.
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Mum of Malaysian teen who died from TB claims daughter was not treated in time
GEORGE TOWN - "My heart is broken.
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Inquests for deaths caused by police shootings: Madpet
COMMENT | Malaysians Against Death Penalty & Torture (Madpet) wants inquests to be conducted for all deaths caused by police shootings to determine that it was in compliance with the law.
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ABC’s future hazy as major publishers plan to pull out
BATTERED by the sharp decline in print newspaper sales in the country, several major newspaper publishers want to end the decades-long independent audit of their sales numbers in a move that could dea...
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Reaping the heavy price of populist policies
THE Goods and Services Tax (GST) is once again the focus of comments by politicians and economists.
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Do the right thing and vaccinate your children
WE refer to the letter “Why parents fear vaccines” (The Star, Feb 22), which states that parents’ fear of vaccine or vaccine hesitancy and refusal is related to cases like Hannah Poling’s. We ...
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Compile the relevant facts, warts and all
I REFER to the report “’Orang Asli not part of income survey’” (The Star, Sept 2).
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More schools closed in Malaysia's Sarawak as haze worsens, 138,384 students affected
MIRI (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The haze situation has worsened in Sarawak and forced 337 schools in nine districts to shut down on Wednesday morning (Sept 18).
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Mum: My daughter Carmen is gone
GEORGE TOWN: “My heart is broken. Every time I close my eyes, I see my daughter, ” said a devastated mother who lost her daughter to tuberculosis (TB).
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Abu Kassim: Political funding law to be tabled in Oct
A law to regulate political financing is expected to be tabled at next month's Parliament session said National Centre for Governance, Integrity, and Anti-Corruption (GIACC) director-general Abu Kassi...
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Young Malaysians signing into lucrative, millionaire-making esports world
Esports in Malaysia has grown exponentially in recent years, what with the government allocating RM10 million (S$3.3 million) in Budget 2019 to develop the electronic sporting scene in the country, an...
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More operations needed to weed out loan sharks, say Johor MCA
JOHOR BARU: The efforts of putting a stop to ah long syndicates in the state have been described as timely, but more operations should be carried out to weed out the problem.
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Lip Eng files report against Ismail Sabri over DAP, halal cert remarks
DAP lawmaker Lim Lip Eng has lodged a police report against Umno vice-president Ismail Sabri Yaakob over comments the latter made about DAP and halal certification.
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Playing the game right: Young Malaysians are marking their spots in the eSports world
Young Malaysians are getting a headstart in the lucrative, millionaire-making eSports world.
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Make this a proud showcase
PRIME Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is scheduled to meet the landowners of Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur, on Sept 21 to discuss its redevelopment plan (“Dr M to sit in on meeting between FT Ministry...
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This is why preserving our forests is so important
I REFER to the letter “Merbau good choice as national tree” (The Star, Sept 4; online at bit.ly/star_merbau).
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Haze shuts 298 schools in Sarawak, 128,291 students affected
MIRI (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The haze situation has worsened in Sarawak, forcing 298 schools in eight districts to shut down on Tuesday morning (Sept 17).
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Where will Malaysia’s next big music star come from?
Have you ever wondered how some of Malaysia's biggest music artistes were discovered?
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From clicks to bricks
Petaling Jaya: Retail Group Malaysia managing director Tan Hai Hsin said more Malaysians are shopping online but the market size is “still insignificant” to affect retail...
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Malaysian man suspected of taking upskirt pictures in KL dies trying to evade police
KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A 53-year old man who was suspected of taking upskirt pictures died in a struggle while trying to evade the police in upscale Bangsar district in Kuala Lump...
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'Hadi has shown his true colours with DAP and S'wak claim'
MP SPEAKS | PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang has shown his true colours with his fake news and hate speech about DAP and Sarawak politics, providing the second proof within 48 hours that the National Co...
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Family of man killed in shootout wants cops to reveal wife’s whereabouts
PETALING JAYA: Family members of a man killed in a shootout with police on Saturday claim that authorities are withholding information on his wife who was present during the incident and has not been ...
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Be careful with your hurtful words, says former top brass
Former Defence Forces chief Gen (Rtd) Tan Sri Mohamed Hashim Mohd Ali says there is a need to put a stop to fake news to ensure Malaysia remains progressive.
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Citizens taking responsibility
THERE is increasing public alarm about the current state of national unity and social harmony in our country.
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Saudi oil facilities attack: No hike in petrol pump prices in Malaysia yet
PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Any significant drop in Saudi Arabia's oil production due to the attacks on its facilities will have an upward effect on global oil prices, Prime Minister Maha...
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Lozenges, eye drops in high demand as Malaysians cope with adverse effects of haze
GEORGE TOWN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Eye drops, throat lozenges and antihistamines for stuffy nose are in high demand as Malaysians try to stave off the adverse effects of the haze.
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21 loan sharks caught in major bust in Johor; many of their targets are those working in Singapore
JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Illegal moneylenders now operate from luxury condominiums and high-end houses across the Johor state as they offer loans to those desperate for fast cash.
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PAS-Umno alliance: Who’s to blame?
The just solemnised alliance of Umno-PAS is bad news for Malaysians who have worked for anti-racist solutions to our nation’s challenges since colonial times.
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Lip Eng gives Ismail Sabri 24 hours to retract DAP-halal certification claim
Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng is demanding an apology from Umno's Ismail Sabri Yaakob over the latter's claim that the halal certification process was transferred from Jakim to the Finance Ministry.
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Over 300 schools closed as Johor air quality hits unhealthy levels, affecting 90,000 students
JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The worsening haze situation in Johor, Malaysia has led to the closure of more than 300 schools and kindergartens in Muar, Tangkak and Pontian, affecting abou...
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Jakim denies Ismail Sabri's claims over halal certification
Jakim has denied a remark made in a speech by Umno vice-president Ismail Sabri Yaakob who claimed on Sept 13 that Malaysia's halal certification process now falls under the Finance Ministry.
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Malaysia's Queen back on Twitter, expresses disappointment
PETALING JAYA • The Queen of Malaysia yesterday reactivated her Twitter account to express disappointment over the arrest of a man who had allegedly posted a seditious tweet aimed at her.
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Umno-PAS alliance - who's to blame?
COMMENT | The just solemnised alliance of Umno-PAS is bad news for Malaysians who have worked for anti-racist solutions to our nation’s challenges since colonial times.
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Thousands throng PWTC to witness signing of Umno-PAS pact
KUALA LUMPUR: Thousands of supporters from PAS and Umno thronged Putra World Trade Centre on Saturday (Sept 14), as the two former political rivals is set to form a...
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Northern Malaysia gets respite from haze but air quality in south still unhealthy
GEORGE TOWN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Folks in northern Malaysia have the heavens to thank for as a steady wind blowing in from the northwest has taken much of the haze away.
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Malaysian Queen reactivates Twitter account, disappointed about arrest over alleged cyberbullying
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Queen of Malaysia has reactivated her Twitter account to express disappointment over the arrest of an individual who had allegedly posted a seditious t...
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Malaysian Cabinet holds special meeting to map out country's economic development
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia's special Cabinet meeting on Saturday (Sept 14) to map out the economic development of the country will present one of Pakatan Harapan's biggest c...
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The Star tops frequently read list
PETALING JAYA: The Star and The Star Online have come out tops as Malaysia’s most frequently read English language newspaper and online news portal, a media consumption study has found.
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Welcome to your digital future
The #mydigitalmaker movement, launched by MDEC in 2016, has gone on to see promising results, opening doors for young Malaysian students everywhere. Come to the...
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'Cosplay killer' escapes the gallows in Malaysia
PUTRAJAYA • A self-employed man in Malaysia dubbed the "cosplay killer" has escaped the gallows for the 2013 murder of his teenage girlfriend whose remains he stuffed in a suitcase, The Star reporte...
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Why Umno supports PAS, Zahid explains
Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi offered The Star an exclusive interview to explain himself why Umno had decided to consort with its once-sworn enemy, PAS.The two political parties are ...
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Malaysians to join Global Climate Strike on Sept 21
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 — Malaysians will take part in the Global Climate Strike this month, The Star reported today.
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Malaysian man dubbed 'cosplay killer' gets 22 years' jail, instead of death, upon appeal
PUTRAJAYA - A self-employed man dubbed the "cosplay killer", escaped the gallows in Malaysia on Thursday (Sept 12) for the 2013 murder of his teenage girlfriend whose remains he stuffed in a suitcase,...
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Malaysian government to re-table anti-fake news Bill
KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Malaysian government will re-table a Bill to abolish the Anti-Fake News Act in the next parliamentary meeting, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Dep...
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2013 cosplay killer has death sentence reversed on appeal
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 — Poon Wai Hong who was sentenced to die for killing a cosplayer in 2013 successfully appealed his murder conviction yesterday and will now serve 22 years’ imprisonment inste...
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Schools closed in several Malaysian states, face masks distributed to students amid worsening air quality
KLANG (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Amid the worsening air quality, a total of 29 schools in Selangor will be closed on Friday (Sept 13).
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Johor to conduct cloud-seeding operations to solve water shortage problems
ISKANDAR PUTERI (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Johor state government is expected to conduct five cloud-seeding operations in the near future in an effort to solve water shortage issues, said stat...
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Survey: Star most read English newspaper, online news site
PETALING JAYA: The Star, Harian Metro and Sin Chew Jit Poh are the most frequently read newspapers and news portals in their respective language categories, according...
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Man dubbed 'cosplay killer' gets 22 years' jail, instead of death, upon appeal
PUTRAJAYA (ANN): A self-employed man dubbed the "cosplay killer", escaped the gallows on Thursday (Sept 12) for the 2013 murder of his teenage girlfriend whose...
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M’sia ready for Global Climate Strike
PETALING JAYA: Haze or no haze, Malaysia will be joining the Global Climate Strike this month, starting with a month-long Ops Darurat Iklim (Climate Emergency...
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Malaysian man dubbed 'cosplay killer' gets 22 years' jail, instead of death, upon appeal
PUTRAJAYA - A self-employed man dubbed the "cosplay killer", escaped the gallows in Malaysia on Thursday (Sept 12) for the 2013 murder of his teenage girlfriend whose remains he stuffed in a suitcase,...
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Council budget planning meetings meaningless and fruitless, say residents
PETALING JAYA (Sept 12): Every year, the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) holds a meeting with its ratepayers to get their views before implementing the city's budget.
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Why Umno supports PAS, Zahid explains
KAJANG: As I trailed behind the latest Mercedes into the driveway of a grand-looking bungalow in Country Heights, we were told this is where we will be interviewing the...
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Penang to 'work hard' to provide affordable housing
GEORGE TOWN (Sept 12): Penang Development Corp (PDC) will have to “work hard” to provide affordable housing for residents of the state.
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Malaysians rallying to get Queen to reactivate her Twitter account
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysians from all walks of life are rallying behind a campaign on Twitter to try to get the Queen of Malaysia, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah ...
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Labour and land issues in padi farming
I REFER to the report “Padi estates for better yield” (The Star, Sept 11), which quoted Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as saying that padi farmers can rise out of poverty if they are prepa...
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Simply being around is a good start
I REFER to the report “Suicide cases on the rise” (The Star, Sept 11).
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Friends and colleagues bid last farewell to veteran journalist
KUALA LUMPUR: Friends and colleagues from the media paid tribute to veteran journalist Johan Fernandez Abdullah, 71, who died here after an illness.
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Pahang school to be closed on Sept 12 due to worsening haze situation
KUANTAN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - At least one school in Malaysia's Pahang state, SK Rompin in Kuala Rompin, will be closed on Thursday (Sept 12), due to the very unhealthy Air Pollution Index (A...
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'The facts speak for themselves': Malaysia minister Yeo Bee Yin slams Indonesia's denial of haze
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin says that data clearly shows that Indonesia is responsible for the haze i...
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Veteran journalist Johan Fernandez dies
PETALING JAYA: Veteran journalist Johan Fernandez (pix), 71, has passed away at 6am today.
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Lead by example to curb graft
REFERRING to the report “Government committed to making Malaysia graft-free” (The Star, Sept 10), this would indeed fulfil the mandate entrusted to it by the rakyat at the last general election.
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Riders not the sole cause of motorcycle accidents
I REFER to the letter “Motorcycles and road safety” by George Thomas (The Star, Sept 3).
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Ex-StarMetro editor Johan Fernandez dies
PETALING JAYA: Veteran journalist and former StarMetro editor Johan Fernandez, 71, has died.
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Malaysians lament on social media as air quality deteriorates due to haze
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK, AFP) - Malaysians have taken to social media to lament about how the haze is affecting them as air quality continued to worsen due to transboundary haze blan...
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No more land deals for YWP
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 10): In view of the controversies surrounding the Federal Territory Foundation (YWP), its chairman Khalid Abdul Samad said it has decided to stop venturing in businesses involving l...
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Boycotts along racial, religious and nationalistic lines are hypocritical: The Star columnist
KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) -Regardless of their nationality, race and religion, it's irrational and impractical for anyone to still talk about boycott in the age of global economy.
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Malaysian blind football film to premiere in London
PETALING JAYA - An inspiring documentary on Malaysia's "Harimau Buta" national blind football team is set to captivate audiences in London, Manchester and Newcastle in the following weeks.
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Insurance industry issues
WITH reference to the views expressed by the National Consumer Complaint Centre’s (NCCC) S. Baskaran that were published under the heading “Crafty agents, naive consumers” (The Star, Sept 6; onl...
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To ease haze, Malaysia ready to give Indonesia a helping hand to put out forest fires
KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia is all ready to help Indonesia put out its raging fires in Kalimantan and Sumatra in order to ease the severe haze in the region, said Energy, Scie...
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We must acknowledge government shortcomings, says Anwar Ibrahim
KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Anwar Ibrahim wants the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government to recognise the failures of policies and the need to review s...
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Male jumbos may be evolving 'tuskless' to survive poaching
KOTA KINABALU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Hunted for their tusks, the Borneo pygmy elephant may be evolving without their tusks in Sabah's wild.
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Stronger laws to save our wildlife
THE front page of The Star on Sept 4 reported “IGP proposes whipping for wildlife poachers and smugglers” (online at bit.ly/star_wildlife).
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