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August 25, 2018 6:56 AM Awards not merely for those who support leaders in power: Mahathir

LANGKAWI: Awards will only be given to those who serve the nation and not for individuals whose only contribution is supporting leaders in power, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He said the conferring of honours should not be taken lightly as had been done by the previous Barisan Nasional government. "When Najib was in power, everyone got rewarded 59

August 25, 2018 4:56 AM Balakong by-election: Candidates, party machinery wooing voters

KAJANG: It would not be an understatement to say that veteran politician Lim Kit Siang is a celebrity among many communities, and in Balakong, he draws crowds who turn up in large numbers to hear him speak. When he turned up at the Pekan Batu 11 market in the Balakong state constituency recently, large crowds followed him around, sticking their hands 49

August 25, 2018 2:50 AM 'Snake alert' issued in India's flood-hit Kerala

NEW DELHI: Hospitals are readying anti-venom and flood victims returning home in the Indian state of Kerala have been told to stay alert as receding waters leave behind a glut of snakes. Local media reports warned that snakes may be "hiding in cupboards" or under carpets, among clothes or inside washing machines in homes previously submerged by floods 87

August 25, 2018 1:47 AM MOH refutes allegation that cancer patients face higher charges at public hospitals

KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Health (MOH) today refuted the allegation that cancer patients had to pay RM400 for cancer drugs alone when seeking treatment at public hospitals. MOH secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Chen Chaw Min (pix) said the charge was not just for a box of Tamoxifen atau Letrozole (breast cancer drugs) as claimed, but rather for the total 35

August 24, 2018 12:58 PM No charges owed to Seletar Airport over Jho Low's jet

SINGAPORE: No charges are owed to Seletar Airport over the private jet allegedly belonging to fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho or Jho Low parked at the airport, according to the Changi Airport Group (CAG). "The private jet in question is parked at a private company's hangar at Seletar Airport. There are no charges owed to Seletar Airport," a CAG spokesman 158

August 24, 2018 11:41 AM IRB confirms RM16.046b unreturned tax refunds

PETALING JAYA: The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) today confirmed that the previous government did not return a total of RM16.046 billion in excess income tax and real property gains tax as at May 31, 2018 to taxpayers, mainly due to the shortfall in the Tax Refund Fund (TBBC). This, it said, involves 1.65 million cases comprising companies, individuals 79

August 24, 2018 8:49 AM Najib calls for RCI on unrefunded GST, overpaid taxes

KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak today urged the government to immediately set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on the issue of unrefunded Goods and Services Tax (GST) and overpaid income tax and property gains tax. He said this was necessary because RM35 billion of public funds was involved. "This is to find out the truth 58

August 24, 2018 6:22 AM Canada concerned over reported Saudi death sentences for activists

MONTREAL: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed concern Thursday over reports that human rights activists in Saudi Arabia face the death penalty. The two countries are locked in a diplomatic dispute triggered by Canadian criticism of the kingdom's human rights record, but Trudeau said Canada continues to "engage diplomatically" with Saudi Arabia 78

August 24, 2018 6:13 AM Saudi medical trainees' departure from Canada delayed

OTTAWA: Saudi medical students may remain in Canada and care for patients up to three weeks past a deadline that Riyadh had set for their departure amid a diplomatic spat, several universities confirmed Thursday. The extension to Sept 22 was granted after Saudi Arabia, outraged over Canadian calls for the release of activists, ordered all Saudi students 71

August 24, 2018 5:17 AM 'Malaysia 1' number plate collects record RM1.1m

PUTRAJAYA: The "Malaysia 1" special number plate received a bid of RM1.1 million, making it the highest amount paid for a single car plate. Transport Minister Anthony Loke said the government has collected over RM13.16 million for the "Malaysia" special plate series, with a total of 3,353 successful tenders from an overall 9,166 bidders 46