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  • It's lights on at faraway Kota Marudu village +

    KOTA MARUDU: Rubber-tapper Tarahing Masanim, 47, had little education. But today the grandmother of nine is her village’s only solar power installer and repairer all rolled into one; an engineer so to speak. And it’s not just a matter of making renewable power available to her faraway village of Sonsogon Magandai, it’s a service that transforms the lives of the village which, like many in rural Sabah, did not have electricity supply. It is also a service that transforms her life – the RM15 each family pays her per month gives her family a healthy supplementary income in addition to yields Read More
  • Fire and Rescue Dept saves five-month-old baby’s life with first medevac +

    KOTA KINABALU: The Fire and Rescue Department managed to save a five-month-old baby’s life with their first medevac by helicopter in Sabah. According to the department’s spokesperson, Affendy K Ramin, a request was received from the Tawau hospital early yesterday morning for a medevac. “The baby, Nur Amirah Natasya suffered diaphragmatic hernia which caused a cavity in the diaphragm, a muscle separating the lungs and the abdomen. “The cavity caused her intestines to intrude into the thoracic cavity causing breathing difficulties and affecting her food intake,” Affendy said, adding that surgery was required to rectify her condition. The baby was Read More
  • UMS welcomes over 4,000 new students +

    KOTA KINABALU: Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) welcomed over 4,000 new students who registered for the 2015/2016 session yesterday. Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Mohd Harun Abdullah said during a press conference that in addition to local applicants, UMS will be receiving 138 international students as well. “We have offered places to a total of 4,481 candidates, who have responded to our offer,” said Harun. “This includes 138 international students.” “Despite the fact that this number has decreased compared to last year’s figure, it is a good sign that there is more diversity in terms of our students’ nationality. For example, we Read More
  • 2015 National Day Celebrated In High Spirit - Salleh Said +

    KUALA LUMPUR, -- The National Day 2015 celebration at the Dataran Merdeka was greeted with enthusiasm by the various races with more than 50,000 people witnessing the event, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak. He said the presence of the large crowd at the venue reflected the solidarity of the people in celebrating the National Day in a happy mood and patriotic spirit despite facing various challenges. He disclosed this to reporters after attending the parade and procession in conjunction with the 2015 National Day Celebration at the Dataran Merdeka Monday. Salleh also expressed satisfaction with Read More
  • Free Wi-Fi at 135 hotspots in Johor soon +

    JOHOR BARU: Come Jan 1, there will be 135 hotspots in the state where Internet users can enjoy free Wi-Fi. The service kicked off yesterday at Dataran Bandaraya, a public field, which was the first of 135 hotspots that would be gradually introduced. “It will be implemented and extended to other areas and districts in stages by January next year,” said Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin. The free Wi-Fi service offered by the state government was to provide convenience to the people, he said at the launch in conjunction with the National Day countdown celebrations here on Sunday. Among Read More
  • Johor Sultan Presents Special Forces Regiment 50th Anniversary Medals +

    MERSING, -- The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar Tuesday presented the Special Forces Regiment Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal to the Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail and the Tunku Panglima of Johor, Tunku Abdul Rahman in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Special Forces Regiment at Camp Iskandar here. Also receiving the same medal at the anniversary parade were Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) Chief Gen Tan Sri Dr Zulkifeli Mohd Zin and Army chief Gen Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Mohamed Noor. Other recipients of the medal were Gen (R) Tan Sri Borhan Ahmad, Lt Gen (R) Datuk Read More
  • National biodiversity policy being reviewed to include challenges to eco-tourism +

    PUTRAJAYA: The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry is currently reviewing the National Biodiversity Policy to include the importance of and challenges to the growing eco-tourism industry. Its deputy minister Datuk Hamim Samuri said the policy balanced the need for conservation and introduced several targets for sustainable tourism. He said in order to improve the value of eco-tourism sites and conservation efforts, the policy also indicated the need for sites to be internationally recognised, under UNESCO World Heritage, Ramsar (wetlands of international importance), Man and Biosphere (MAB) or East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership. “For parks or eco-tourism sites to be self-sustaining, it Read More
  • KPKT Launches iSelamat.my Website +

    KUALA LUMPUR, -- The Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government (KPKT) today launched the iSelamat.my website which provides information on crime hotspots in areas under local councils. Its minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said for a start, the pioneer project will provide such information involving 14 municipalities, in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor and Penang. Next year, it would be extended to include areas under 18 local councils in 10 other states including Sabah and Sarawak, he said in his speech for the launching of the website here Tuesday. He added that the information is based on facts, is consumer-friendly Read More
  • MAvA aims to train more aviation personnel in Asean region: Liow +

    PUTRAJAYA: Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the Malaysia Aviation Academy (MAvA) aimed to train more aviation personnel, particularly in the Asean region. He said MAvA's recognition as an associate member of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) TrainaIr Plus Programme (TPP) network of training organisations marked a momentous milestone in global aviation excellence. "I am confident that MAvA will be able to fully capitalise on the TPP membership to strengthen its role within the global aviation training community. "Malaysia will take the lead to train more international personnel in the aviation sector, especially in the Asean region," Read More
  • Mosti Establishes BITX Lab To Flourish Domestic Technological Innovation +

    KUALA LUMPUR, -- Malaysia establishes an innovation laboratory called Big Data IoT (Internet Of Things) Technology Accelerator (BITX) Lab in facilitating technology and innovation development as an effort to make the internet as the source of the nation's economic growth. Established by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), the lab will be located at MIMOS Berhad (MIMOS) Technology Park Malaysia as a focal point for IoT Malaysia's first ecosystem. Science, Technology and Innovations Minister Datuk Madius Tangau said the lab should serve as a technology reference centre and facilitate open innovation activities among industries, academia and government research institutions. Read More
  • durians from Terengganu now available in China +

    KUALA TERENGGANU, — The ‘D24’ and ‘Musang King’ durians from Hulu Terengganu, Setiu and Besut are chosen by the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) to be exported abroad as frozen durian. Terengganu FAMA director Hasan Jusoh said frozen durian had great potential and highly demanded especially in China because it was considered a premium product among consumers in the country. He said the vacuum-packed durian pulp was more practical and odorless without changing the taste of the king of fruit. “In this state, selected durians collected from the three areas will then be sent to the processing centre in Jerantut, Pahang Read More
  • Malaysia Will Remain An Open Economy, Says Mustapa Video +

    KUALA LUMPUR, -- Malaysia will remain an open economy with its liberal investment policies providing the impetus for it to emerge as a developed economy within the next five years, Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed. Besides the many areas Malaysia has liberalised over the years, the services sector would be pivotal in generating growth for the economy which was poised to be major investment destination in East Asia. "Malaysia has worked towards this (open economy) and will continue to do so," he said at the first East Asia Investment Forum during the Ministerial Roundtable along with Read More
  • SURROGATE MUM PLAN TO SAVE RHINO +

    KOTA KINABALU: A dramatic, last-ditch plan to save the iconic Sumatran rhino from extinction has been launched by an international team including experts from Malaysia. The initiative involves implanting a lab-created embryo into a surrogate mother. But none of the surviving few animals held at a sanctuary in Sabah are healthy enough to breed. The last hope for Malaysia’s rhinos could be the import of a healthy female from Indonesia, Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) director William Baya said yesterday. Now the SWD is working closely with a group of German experts from the Institute of Zoo and Wildlife, Berlin as Read More
  • ASEAN Countries Encouraged To Promote Broader Use Of Renminbi +

    KUALA LUMPUR, -- ASEAN countries are encouraged to promote a broader use of China's renminbi in trade and investment as it is the region's biggest trading partner, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said. "In Malaysia, that's one of our strategies. It is our policy to diversify the use of currencies and our central bank is driving this process. "We hope more ASEAN countries would do that. The move makes a lot of sense because China is our biggest trading partner," he told the media at the 47th ASEAN Economic Ministers' Meeting and Related Meetings here today. Mustapa Read More
  • Aggressive Promotion Needed For Labuan's Tourism Sector - Ermeiyati +

    LABUAN, -- Labuan is considered a potential tourist destination in the region, albeit the low pace of development. Tourism and Culture Deputy Minister Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin said there was a need for aggressive promotion to market domestically and internationally, the island's existing tourism products . "Based on my visit today to the homestay and briefings by my Labuan Tourism Office and the member of Parliament here, there are tourism icons that can be further promoted and some attractions to be explored," she told a press conference after witnessing the Labuan Strongest Man Competition 2015, here, Sunday. She said in future, the Read More
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