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  • Civil servants should not be complacent, says Jainab +

    KOTA KINABALU: Educators need to double efforts to improve quality of service so that they become an example for other public service providers, said Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs, Datuk Jainab Ahmad. She said this was important because the public, especially parents, always measured a teacher’s performance based on the quality of service. Civil servants should not become complacent quickly, she said, but should continue to strive in improving their quality of service. “Students are the pillars of this nation and future leaders of the country. That is why they must be given the proper care, guidance and Read More
  • Education Ministry Named VMware Innovation Awards Winner +

    KUALA LUMPUR, -- The Ministry of Education is among a select list of honorees at the VMware Innovation Awards during VMworld® 2014 for its efforts to modernize education in Malaysia and bridge the urban-rural digital divide. The Ministry was recognised for Transforming IT by defying convention with its deployment of 25,000 virtual desktops at 1,250 schools across the country. This was achieved through the ministry's collaboration with Bitara Induk Sdn. Bhd. a leading local systems integrator, and US based VMware Horizon and Teradici, said a statement issued today by Teradici in San Franciso. The statement said as of March 2014, students, Read More
  • Halal industry provides many opportunities +

    KOTA KINABALU: The development of the halal industry in Sabah is set to improve the income and the quality of life of the people through trade, investment, provision of services and employment opportunities. Assistant Minister of Industrial Development, Datuk Bolkiah Ismail said the government was confident that increased involvement of companies in the halal industry would provide a significant impact on the state’s economy. Bolkiah said this when officiating the Halal Outreach Programme (HOPE) 2014 at the Promenade hotel here yesterday. His speech was read by the Permanent Secretary to the Industrial Development Ministry, Datuk Hashim Paijan. Bolkiah said the Read More
  • PM: Malaysia’s foreign policy based on justice +

    PUTRAJAYA, — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today reiterated that Malaysia’s foreign policy will always be based on the principles of justice in all aspects. This was the reason why he had gone to Gaza as he wanted to stress the importance of the politics of solidarity and unity between the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Hamas, besides channeling humanitarian aid to the victims of the Israeli bombardment there, he said. “Imagine if the PLO and Hamas were together, there would not have been any uprising in Egypt. If there was no war in Syria, the wellbeing of the Muslims Read More
  • Malaysia to apply Syariah index from 2015 +

    Najib at the assembly of 'ulama' (Islamic scholars) PUTRAJAYA: The Syariah index to gauge a country’s achievements in the implementation of Islamic law requirements will be applied beginning January next year, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. He said a comprehensive index was being developed through an effort spearheaded by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) in collaboration with the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) and the Islamic Missionary Foundation Malaysia (YADIM). “It is highly polemical; some say our country is Islamic and some say it is not. How are we attempting to fulfil the requirements Read More
  • MyCC Appoints Four New Members Of Commission, Retains Four Others +

    KUALA LUMPUR,-- The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) has appointed four new members of commission and retained four others, including its Chairman, Tan Sri Siti Norma Yaakob, for the second term. Other reappointed for the second term are International Trade and Industry Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria, Perdana University Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Sothi Rachagan, and Malaysian Bar Council former president Ragunath Kesavan. Economic Planning Unit Director-General Datuk Dr Rahamat Bivi Yusoff continues serving her first term as member of the commission this year, MyCC said in a statement Wednesday. The newly appointed members of Read More
  • Greater Collaboration Vital To Internationalise Islamic Finance +

    KUALA LUMPUR, -- Collaboration between Islamic finance market players must be strengthened further in the effort to ensure continuous growth of the industry, especially in the international arena, said Kamarul Ariffin Mohd Jamil, Chief Executive Officer of Affin Islamic Bank Bhd. "A lot of effort has been taken by regulators and players so far in growing the Islamic finance industry and in providing competitive and sustainable offerings, whether for the traditional or non-traditional markets. "However, greater collaboration among stakeholders would provide the necessary leverage to stimulate further growth "If you believe in internationalising Islamic finance, there is no other way to Read More
  • City Point Complex and Hotel Suites earmarked as branded retail mall +

    KOTA KINABALU: The City Point Complex and Hotel Suites project costing some RM300 million will be earmarked as a branded retail mall offering niche products when completed later. The pilling works is expected to start in mid-December this year, as the building plan is expected to be approved within the next two months, said Arah Permai Sdn Bhd, managing director Francis Goh at Wisma Kinsabina yesterday. The ground breaking ceremony will be performed in January 2015, and the project is scheduled to be ready in 42 months, said Francis after a site inspection and briefing for Sabah United Chinese Chamber Read More
  • MATRADE wants more Sabahan companies to join cross border division +

    KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) is calling more business companies from Sabah to join their cross border division to expand their businesses abroad. In making the call, Regional Director of Matrade Sabah, Faizal Haris said to date, only 130 Sabahan companies benefited from the agency’s assistance. He said most of the registered companies are involved with the food and beverages industry, namely seafood and cocoa industry. “We need more sectors from energy, construction, oil and gas, telecommunication, logistics and services industry to join us,” he said when talking to the reporters yesterday. The Matrade Sabah Chapter Read More
  • Utilise fund provided by financial institutions, TERAS told +

    KOTA KINABALU: High performing bumiputera companies (TERAS) in Sabah have been reminded to fully make use of the Teras Fund provided by financial institutions. A total of RM520 has been allocated for the Teras Fund and to date RM91.6 million has been approved for104 Teras companies all across the country. Head of the Sabah Development Corridor TERAJU programme, Yusof Wahid said in Sabah less than 10 Teras companies have applied to the fund for a sum of less than RM5 million. “I urge Teras companies in Sabah to make use of the fund to expand their businesses further afield,” he Read More
  • Agrobazaar Promotes Malaysian Products, Launchpad To Access New International Market - Najib +

    SINGAPORE, -- The agrobazaar, a permanent platform for Malaysia's products in another country, will help provide a platform to bring more products direct from farms to promote Malaysian products. It will also serve as a jump-off point for Malaysian producers to access new international markets, says Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. "It will allow Malaysia's premium food items - not just fruit, but halal foods, and regional specialties - a place to shine," he said in his address at the official opening of Agro Bazaar Malaysia in Singapore here Wednesday. Najib, together with his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong, officiated Read More
  • Anifah thanks Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain for supporting M’sia’s candidature to UNSC +

    Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak (right) with Anifah (left) during the courtesy call KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman has thanked Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain leaders for their expression of support for Malaysia’s candidature for a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the 2015-2016 term. The appreciation was expressed during his visits to the three countries from August 21-26, according to a Foreign Ministry statement here yesterday. It said the main purpose of the visits was to lobby support for Malaysia’s candidature to the UNSC. Malaysia had already held a UNSC non-permanent seat thrice previously, when Read More
  • Elephant And Tiger Conservation Centres To Be World Class Eco-Tourism Attractions +

    TEMERLOH:The Tiger Valley Project, in the Krau Forest Reserve, Bukit Rengit and the Kuala Gandah National Elephant Centre, upgraded with several latest attractions, will boost the area into a world class eco-tourism area in several years. Natural Resource and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G Palanivel said the Tiger Valley Project would be developed under the 11th Malaysia Plan on a 80 ha area with the aid of experts from India, United States and United Kingdom. "We will develop it on a 80 ha area following the international standard of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to avoid being accused of Read More
  • Matrade eyes US$10 mln in business deals at Mongolian trade fair +

    KUALA LUMPUR:Malaysia External Trade Development Corp (Matrade) is eyeing US$10 million business deals at its participation at the trade fair in Mongolia. Its director for Business Services and Building Materials Section, Ong Yew Chee, said Matrade would coordinate the participation of ten Malaysian firms at the Ulaanbaatar Partnership International Trade Fair 2014 from Sept 11-15, 2014. “The companies are from the food and beverages, creative, logistics and professional services sectors. “We are still waiting for confirmation from a private university to be one of the participants as the educational sector there has a lot of potentials,” he said at a Read More
  • Talisman Malaysia eyes threefold boost from Kinabalu offshore block +

    KOTA KINABALU:Canada-based oil and gas company, Talisman, is eyeing a threefold boost in oil production following the successful drilling of six new oil wells at its Kinabalu offshore block which is expected to produce between 16,000 to 17,000 barrels of oil a day. “Sabah is contributing a major part of Malaysia’s oil and gas production, and we’re very excited at this growing potential,” Talisman Malaysia’s Acting Manager, Duncan Smart told reporters yesterday after the company’s Kota Kinabalu Hari Raya Open House at the Pacific Sutera Harbour. The company had since completed its offshore oil operations at the Kinabalu block in Read More
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