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June 22, 2018 1:15 PM Refugee returns to Syria must be coordinated with UN: Merkel

BEIRUT: The return of Syrian refugees to their homeland can only happen in coordination with the United Nations, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday during her two-day visit to Lebanon. Refugee returns have been a hot-button issue in Lebanon, a small country that has the world's highest number of refugees per capita. "We want to contribute 5

June 22, 2018 12:05 PM Sabah ministry proposes one district, one industry concept

TUARAN: The Sabah Trade and Industry Ministry is currently conducting a study to create a sustainable industry for each district in the state. Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau said the ministry would be visiting a number of districts soon. "Initially, we will hold a 'Tamparuli Fest' in Tuaran district next month, which will be launched 4

June 22, 2018 10:19 AM Former labuan MP invited to join Warisan: Salim

LABUAN: Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) Labuan chief coordinator Salim Abdul Rahman said today former Labuan MP Datuk Suhaili Abd Rahman had neither the intention to grab power nor to be the Labuan divisional chief. He said he had invited Suhaili to join Warisan to help strengthen the party on the duty-free island. "It was actually we who offered him to take the lead as he had a proven 4

June 22, 2018 2:32 AM Powerful 6.1-magnitude quake strikes Vanuatu: USGS

SYDNEY: A powerful 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Vanuatu Friday, US seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning issued. The quake struck at a depth of 21km some 30km west of the Pacific nation's capital Port Vila, the US Geological Survey said. USGS said there was low likelihood of casualties and damage although 3

June 21, 2018 1:03 PM Kuala Kangsar needs new hospital

KUALA KANGSAR: A new hospital with 150 beds should be built in Kuala Kangsar to provide better health and medication services to the people. Perak Communication, Multimedia, NGO and Cooperative Development Committee chairman Hasnul Zulkarnain Abd Munaim said the new hospital would also enable the local people to seek specialist treatment. He said the existing 3

June 21, 2018 11:26 AM Penang to pilot rent-to-own scheme in bid to increase home-ownership

GEORGE TOWN: Penang will be piloting a rent-to-own (RTO) scheme for those eligible to purchase low-cost (LC) and low-medium-cost (LMC) units to increase home-ownership in the state. Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the initiative could also help to ease their financial burden as they would not have to service home loans. He said the scheme would also help address 4

June 21, 2018 10:44 AM Guan Eng appears utterly confused

Guan Eng says that RM3 billion was stolen from TRX in order to service 1MDB’s debt. He also says that the govt will now need to bail out TRX with an additional RM2.8 billion in order to complete the project which would then make a profit as it will bring in at least RM7.6 billion in sales. Only the uneducated and those without any sense of logic will believe 3

June 21, 2018 7:53 AM Children's Wellbeing Roadmap to be released in a month: Wan Azizah

PUTRAJAYA: An integrated and comprehensive Children's Wellbeing Roadmap will be drawn out in a month to address various problems plaguing children, including refugees and the marginalised. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail stressed that the country had failed to ensure the wellbeing of children, despite the millions spent for almost 3

June 21, 2018 5:56 AM Special committee to discuss with Bernas on monopoly issue

KUALA LUMPUR: The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry and the special committee chaired by Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali will hold a series of discussions with Syarikat Padiberas Nasional Berhad (Bernas) to study Bernas' monopoly over the country's rice supply, including its sole right to import rice until 2021. Its minister 5

June 20, 2018 10:02 AM Malaysian embassy monitoring Lake Toba boat capsize incident

JAKARTA: The Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta is monitoring the boat capsize incident in Lake Toba, Sumatra for any Malaysians involved in the tragedy which struck on Monday. An embassy spokesman said the embassy was still trying to get information on victims and was monitoring the search and rescue operation conducted by Indonesian authorities. "The embassy 3