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  • Bangkok to choose governor as national election looms
    MILLIONS of Bangkok voters will elect a new governor on Sunday in the first major polls since pro-democracy protests rattled Thailand’s capital, with a former minister ousted in the 2014 military coup leading the race. The poll comes as embattled Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha fights to hold his ruling national… Read more »
  • Anthony Loke says DAP not in discussions with non-PH parties
    DAP has not been involved in discussions with non-Pakatan Harapan (PH) parties as its focus now was on consolidating itself for the 15th general election (GE15), party secretary-general Anthony Loke said.  He said scenarios such as the possibility of working with Perikatan Nasional (PN) under a ‘big tent’ approach to… Read more »
  • Alvin Goh submits representation over forfeiture suit
    THE High Court was told today that Alvin Goh Leong Yeong submitted a representation against the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) application to forfeit his money amounting to RM60,232.01 as well as money belonging to two of his companies. MACC deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib said the Attorney-General Chamber (AGC)… Read more »
  • Two cases of monkeypox confirmed in Canada
    CANADA reported its first two confirmed cases of monkeypox last night, adding to the growing number of cases in Europe and North America of the contagious, but rarely deadly disease. “Tonight, the Province of Quebec was notified that two samples received by the NML (National Microbiology Laboratory) have tested positive… Read more »
  • Hishammuddin says armed forces veterans welfare never sidelined
    THE open attitude that has always been adopted by the Defence Ministry assures that the  Malaysian armed forces veterans will never be sidelined, said Senior Defence Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. Hishammuddin said veterans have been given priority in various areas including being given access to education, healthcare and housing. Read more »
  • Multiple avenues of assistance for single mothers in Sarawak to do business, state assembly told
    VARIOUS forms of assistance is channelled through the Sarawak Social Welfare Department (JKMS) and the Sarawak Women and Family Department (JWKS) to help single mothers who wish to run a micro business to improve their economic status, the State Legislative Assembly was told today. Deputy Minister for Women, Childhood and… Read more »
  • US says Hotel Rwanda hero ‘wrongfully detained’
    THE United States said it has determined that Hotel Rwanda hero Paul Rusesabagina has been “wrongfully detained” by Kigali, which handed him a 25-year prison sentence. Rusesabagina, who holds US permanent residence and Belgian citizenship, denounced Rwandan President Paul Kagame as a dictator and was found guilty of “terrorism” charges… Read more »
  • Khairy to lead Malaysian delegation to World Health Assembly
    HEALTH Minister Khairy Jamaluddin will lead the Malaysian delegation to Geneva, Switzerland to attend the 75th World Health Assembly (WHA75), World Economic Forum (WEF) and 151st session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board (EB151) from May 22 to 30. The Health Ministry (MOH) in a statement today said it was very important… Read more »
  • Talks to give Sarawak legislative powers over tourism slow going
    DISCUSSIONS to confer Sarawak with powers of legislation over tourism have been “a little bit slow”, Abdul Karim Hamzah said. The state tourism, creative industry and performing arts minister told The Malaysian Insight that negotiations with the federal government to move the tourism matter in List I (the federal list) of… Read more »
  • ‘Insane’ sanctions or food supplies, Russia’s Medvedev tells West
    DMITRY Medvedev, Russia’s ex-president and now senior security official, said the West should not expect Russia to continue food supplies if it slaps the latter with devastating sanctions over Ukraine. “Our country is ready to fulfil its obligations in full, but also expects assistance from trading partners, including on international… Read more »
  • Malaysia entering serious food security conundrum
    ARABLE land is defined by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation as land currently used, or potentially capable of being used, to grow seasonal crops. This definition excludes land used for pasturing, tree-farming or more durable agricultural products, such as vineyards, orchards, and coffee and rubber plantations. Read more »
  • What has happened to the National Anti-Corruption Plan 2019-2023?What has happened to the National Anti-Corruption Plan 2019-2023?
    THE Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Center) is deeply concerned that the National Anti-Corruption Plan 2019-2023 (NACP) has been sidelined once and for all, following yesterday’s statement from Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob introducing MyGovernance, a new plan to institutionalise good governance principles and practices in government agencies. Read more »
  • N. Korea logs more than 2 million suspected Covid cases
    NORTH Korea reported more than 260,000 new suspected Covid-19 cases today, with the total number of such cases surpassing two million, just eight days after it first confirmed the virus outbreak, according to Yonhap news agency. A total of 263,370 people showed symptoms of fever and two deaths were reported… Read more »
  • Where are the promised school lockers, Teo asks MOE
    THE Education Ministry (MOE) must explain what happened to the lockers it promised to install in schools to address the issue of heavy school bags, said former deputy education minister Teo Nie Ching. She said it has been two months since the announcement, and some schools have resorted to resolving… Read more »
  • Canada to ban Huawei, ZTE from 5G networks
    CANADA is to ban Chinese telecommunications giants Huawei and ZTE from its 5G wireless networks due to national security concerns, said officials yesterday. The long-awaited move follows the United States and other key allies, and comes on the heels of a diplomatic row between Ottawa and Beijing over the detention… Read more »
  • Tourism ministry recommends states rebrand products
    THE Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry has recommended that each state in the country to come out with new tourism products to further strengthen the sector and attract more tourists, especially from abroad. “Apart from local tourists, we also get requests from outside to highlight new (tourism) products in the… Read more »
  • Prosecution wants Arul Kanda to testify against Najib
    THE prosecution in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) audit report case seeks to call Arul Kanda Kandasamy as a witness to testify against his co-accused in the trial, Najib Razak, at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur today. Senior deputy public prosecutor Gopal Sri Ram made the application before judge… Read more »
  • 1955 Mercedes sells for €135 million, world’s most expensive car
    A 1955 MERCEDES-BENZ, one of only two such versions in existence, was auctioned off earlier for a whopping €135 million (RM626 million) this month, making it the most expensive car ever sold in the world, announced RM Sotheby’s yesterday. “A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe has been sold at… Read more »
  • Zuraida looking to halve palm oil export tax
    THE Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities is discussing with the Ministry of Finance about reducing Malaysia’s palm oil export tax from 8% to 4-6%. Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said Malaysia should slow down its biodiesel mandate to help meet global demand amid an edible oil shortage. Read more »
  • Japan’s Quad summit eyes unity on China, if not Ukraine
    THE leaders of Japan, India, Australia and the United States meet in Tokyo next week seeking common ground on countering China, despite differences over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The loosely organised “Quad” grouping is united by its desire for a counterweight to China’s expanding economic, military and technological influence. Read more »
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