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January 19, 2018 10:36 AM Najib approves construction of new school in Kota Marudu

KOTA MARUDU (Sabah), Jan 19 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak today announced the approval for the construction of a new school here. The prime minister said Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Marak Parak would be built at a cost of RM35 million. The request for the construction of SMK Marak Parak was made by Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister and Kota Marudu 3

January 19, 2018 3:10 AM Ministry calls on rubber smallholders and rubber tappers to apply for monsoon aid

PUTRAJAYA: The Plantations Industries and Commodities Ministry has called upon the 152,696 rubber smallholders and rubber tappers in the country to apply for its "monsoon season aid" (BMT) by Jan 31 in order to enjoy an RM200 benefit for three months. Its minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Kong (pix) said the BMT amounting to RM261 million was approved during 3

January 12, 2018 2:42 PM Berlusconi throws flat tax plan into election campaign

Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi attends a news conference in Rome in this November 25, 2013 file photo. — Reuters picMILAN, Jan 12 — A promise of a flat tax by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi today sparked sharp reactions from opponents ahead of a general election and head-scratching among economists. Campaigning ahead of a general 10

January 12, 2018 4:58 AM AirAsia, AirAsia X shares up on possibe route recalibration

Tan Sri Tony Fernandes speaks to the media in Kuala Lumpur June 28, 2016. ― Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12 — The shares of budget airline AirAsia and its long-haul affiliate, AirAsia X, were up in the morning session today. It comes on the back of a series of tweets by AirAsia Bhd’s Group Chief Executive, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, hinting 8

January 10, 2018 1:35 PM More medical specialists quitting govt hospitals every year, health minister says

Subramaniam said 170 government medical specialists resigned last year, an increase from 158 the previous year. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaPUTRAJAYA, January 10 — The number of medical specialists resigning from the government hospitals has increased annually due to the public-private sector income disparity. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam 13

January 9, 2018 9:08 AM Penang gives RM1.02m to Penang mission schools

Lim (centre), who presented the cheques to the schools in Komtar today, said this was the 10th year the current administration was giving out allocations to these schools. — Picture by Sayuti ZainudinGEORGE TOWN, Jan 9 — Penang presented a total allocation of RM1.02 million to 21 mission schools in the state today while calling on Putrajaya to give RM10 million 11

January 9, 2018 7:16 AM S. Korea to stick with Japan 'comfort women' deal

SEOUL: South Korea will not seek to renegotiate a deal with Japan on wartime sex slavery, it said Tuesday, despite new President Moon Jae-In saying on the campaign trail he "could not accept" the agreement. The issue of women forced into sexual slavery for Japanese troops during World War II is a hugely emotional one that has long marred ties between 7

January 8, 2018 4:38 AM Special payout for civil servants, pensioners today

PETALING JAYA: Civil servants and government retirees will today receive their special payment that was announced in Budget 2018. Civil servants will receive the first payment of RM1,000 today and RM500 during Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Government pensioners will receive RM500 today and RM250 during Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul 23

January 8, 2018 1:59 AM PM: Civil servants, pensioners to get special payment today

The 1.6 million strong workforce and 775,000 pensioners will each receive RM1,000 and RM500 respectively. — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8 — Civil servants and government pensioners will receive the special payment that was allocated under Budget 2018 today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had announced. The 1.6 million strong workforce and 775,000 pensioners 11

January 7, 2018 1:00 AM A month by month calendar of thriftiest N. American destinations to visit in 2018

Booking.com says that July will be the most affordable time of year to visit New York in 2018. ― AFP picNEW YORK, Jan 7 ― With a new travel year unfolding before us, the most eager among us are already plotting out their 2018 holidays. For those with lighter post-holiday wallets and budget-conscious travel styles, online hotel reservation site Booking 17