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August 15, 2018 12:11 PM 4,499 school dropouts in Johor

ISKANDAR PUTERI: A total of 4,499 out of 579,923 students in Johor have dropped out of school, the State Assembly was told today. State Youth, Sports and Culture Committee chairman Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar said among factors contributing to school dropout cases were financial constraints, lack of interest in studies, parental divorce and disciplinary problems 41

August 15, 2018 3:15 AM Georgia hopes to sign MoU on tourism cooperation with Malaysia by year-end

KUALA LUMPUR: Georgia is keen to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Malaysia aimed at boosting bilateral tourism between the two countries, says its Ambassador to Malaysia Nikoloz Apkhazava. He said the MoU in the field of tourism will be crucial to expanding bilateral collaboration in the related sectors, including exchanging information 48

August 14, 2018 3:39 PM YTL Hospitality REIT acquiring Hokkaido ski resort for RM222.5m cash

PETALING JAYA: YTL Hospitality REIT (YTL REIT) is acquiring The Green Leaf Niseko Village for ¥6 billion cash (RM222.5 million) from Niseko Village KK (Niseko Village), an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of YTL Corp Bhd. In a filing with Bursa Malaysia today, YTL REIT said its wholly owned subsidiary Starhill REIT Niseko GK (Starhill Niseko) has entered 41

August 14, 2018 1:07 PM Malakoff, Touch Meccanica extend MoU on green energy

PETALING JAYA: Malakoff Corp Bhd, which has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Touch Meccanica Sdn Bhd to co-develop two energy projects, said the parties have mutually agreed to extend the MoU period for six months, from July 7, 2018 to Jan 7, 2019. Earlier this year, the power producer said the projects, namely large scale solar photovoltaic 38

August 14, 2018 6:40 AM Govt yet to finalise terms, conditions of Tan's appointment as special envoy to China

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has yet to finalise the terms and conditions of the appointment of DAP national chairman Tan Kok Wai (pix) as the special envoy to China, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said the terms and conditions would only be decided upon at the coming Pakatan Harapan 37

August 13, 2018 2:35 PM Petronas takes 30% stake in Rufisque block, marks entry into Senegal

PETALING JAYA: Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), through subsidiary PC Senegal Ltd, recently signed a farm-in agreement with Total E&P Senegal SAS, a subsidiary of France's Total, for a 30% participating interest in the Rufisque Offshore Profond block, marking its entry into Senegal. Total will maintain operatorship with 60% equity alongside Société 34

August 13, 2018 10:22 AM Parliament should establish joint committee on country's financial status

KUALA LUMPUR: Former International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed is urging the government to set up a Joint Parliamentary Committee to narrow the disparity in opinion on Malaysia's financial status. In a statement today, he said the committee should comprise representatives who cut across political differences and cover all aspects 40

August 13, 2018 7:15 AM GST refund shortfall more than we thought: Lim

KUALA LUMPUR: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has clarified that the amount left in the government's trust fund meant for Goods and Services Tax (GST) refunds was not RM1.486 billion, but only a tenth of that figure. He said in his speech in the Dewan Rakyat last week, he had revealed that the total outstanding amount of GST refunds since its introduction 38

August 12, 2018 2:07 PM Remains of seven Kiwi soldiers from WWII to be repatriated

TAIPING: The remains of seven New Zealand soldiers who died in World War II were exhumed from the Commonwealth War Graves in the Kamunting Camp and transported to Wardieburn Camp in Kuala Lumpur today and will be flown home on Aug 20. The forensic analysis process and reconciliation was conducted at Taiping Hospital while identification was done at the camp. A total 39

August 12, 2018 8:51 AM Sabahan doctors, specialists would be encouraged to serve locally

KUNAK: Prospective doctors and specialists from Sabah will be encouraged to serve locally due to the shortage of staff in the state. Sabah Health and People's Wellbeing Minister Stephen Wong Tien Fatt said this was among the efforts taken by the state government to reduce the high doctor-patient ratio. "Prospective Sabahan doctors and specialists can serve 45