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Anonymous letter writer changes life of neighbour
SEREMBAN: A family of six who lives in a rundown house in Bukit Temiang will have their home repaired thanks to a concerned neighbour who wrote to Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan. [...]
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Man slaps Malaysian woman at bus stop for not wearing headscarf, video goes viral
PETALING JAYA - Footage of a man slapping a woman, allegedly for not wearing a headscarf, has gone viral on social media. In the video, the man is seen speaking loudly to a group of women seated at a bus stop, believed to be in Penang. The man singles out one of the women, asks about her religion, and questions the way she is dressed. He loudly berates the woman, who is dressed in black and sports light brown hair, although she tries to ignore him and makes a call on her phone.   [...]
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64,000 police personnel to be deployed for GE14
PASIR GUDANG: Police will deploy 64,000 police personnel for the coming 14th General Election (GE14) nationwide, Federal police's Internal Security and Public Order Department director Comm Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah said today. Zulkifli said he had visited police and marine police here in the past two days. He was speaking to the media after testing a patrol boat at Dalac Marine Engineering and Services at Teluk Jawa, here, today. He said he is satisfied that the Johor police are prepared and have done simulation exercises for GE14. The 64,000 police personnel to be deployed comprise the General Operations Force (GOP), Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) and police. They will be posted at various polling stations to ensure public order. On top of that, another 5,000 voluntary police will be stationed at police stations to assist operation on polling day. "We have enough police personnel and assets in the GE14," Zulkifli said. He said the next schedule simulation exercise will be held in February. The drill exercise aims to have tested police teams' responses to social unrest in five different phases , namely post-dissolution of Parliament, nomination day, the campaigning period, polling day and the post-general election period. On the development of Pengerang, Zulkifli Abdullah said police suggest that the government increases the Pengerang marine police personnel when Petronas' Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) is in operation. He said there will be many foreign vessels using the waterway there. [...]
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RMN: Stranded tourists in Pulau Tioman evacuated
KUANTAN, Jan 17 ― Some 110 people, including 98 tourists who were stranded for five days in Pulau Tioman due to inclement weather and rough seas were evacuated today. The group comprising 54 foreigners, 44 local tourists and 12 islanders arrived at the Tanjung Gelang Naval Base here via the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) vessel, “KD Terenggganu”, at 6.45pm after departing from Air Batang, Pulau Tioman. RMN Maritime Region (I) chief, Rear Admiral Datuk Mohamad Adib Abdul Samad said: “We did not incur any problem (during the evacuation process) except that some of them suffered sea sickness. “In fact, the sea is rough today, with big waves measuring 3.5 to four metres in height, which is unsafe for ferries and small boats,” he told reporters here. Mohamad Adib said the vessel left for the island last night and arrived there about 3am, while the evacuation process began at 7.30am before making the journey back to the mainland at 10am. Meanwhile, National Disaster Management Agency operations coordination division director, Dr Jafri Abdul Jalil thanked the RMN for its swift action in helping to evacuate the stranded victims. “We also hope tourists can plan better in the future and minimise travel to the island during the monsoon season to avoid such situation,” he said. ― Bernama [...]
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State government allocates RM5.8m for building 11 new Kemas preschools — Fatimah
Fatimah KUCHING: The state government will spend RM5.8 million on building 11 new Community Development Department (Kemas) preschools to replace the ones in dilapidated condition. They are among the 109 preschools found to be in need of replacement by Sarawak Early Childhood Development Council (MPAKS) . Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah said she had put up a proposal to the federal government to assist in rebuilding the remaining preschools. “Construction works will begin soon and are expected to complete by end of this year,” she told reporters at a press conference after chairing an MPAKS meeting yesterday. The pre-schools are Tabika Rh Serit Kapit, Tabika Rh Pillai Kapit, Tabika Rh Tunjang Sg Lelabi, Tabika Selangan Sarikei, Tabika Rh Jamba Kapit, Tabika Kpg Sagah Petra Jaya, Tabika Sg Malikat Marudi, Tabika Manok Machal Kapit, Tabika Kpg Ampungan PCK Borneo, Tabika Kpg Manting Lawas and Tabika Kpg Sg Tapang Stampin which have an enrolment of eight to 34 children each. MPAKS will be focusing on five aspects this year under their Strategic Plan 2018, including professional development for practitioners (teachers). The council will also conduct research and development to identify any weak points in early childhood education in Sarawak, and find the best solution. Fatimah also said MPAKS aimed to increase the quality of support for educators and operators so as to create quality preschools. “Quality teachers and quality preschools will result in quality students,” she pointed out. Also present were Women, Family and Early Childhood Education Assistant Minister Rosey Yunus, the ministry’s permanent secretary Dr Saadiah Abdul Samat and Women and Family Department director Noriah Ahmad. [...]
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What's in your copy of The Star today? (Jan 17)
Check out these exclusives in your newspaper today. [...]
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Disabled woman uses tongue to operate smartphone, promote mum’s business online
PENDANG, Jan 17 ― Who would have thought that a person with deformed hands and feet will be able to operate a smartphone using only her tongue? Nursamawati  Mahmud, 33, uses her smartphone not only to access social media websites such as Facebook, Instagram and WeChat, but also to promote her family’s soy and chilli sauce business under “Mahmudah” brand. Nursamawati, who is from Kampung Gelong Gajah here, said her efforts had increased the demand for the products and each month about 4,000 bottles were sold since 2015. The eldest of five children, who is affectionately called “Kak Long” by her family members, said she currently had more than 1,000 friends on Facebook. Meanwhile, Nursamawati’s mother Saudah Shaari, 55, said her daughter, was a very determined and strong person. “Kak Long always wants to see my business to succeed, even though our sales are slightly affected this year due to competition but she never gives up and always operates her smartphone to promote it,” she told reporters here today. ― Bernama [...]
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Malaysia's Islamic department wants to meet cosmetics entrepreneur after rumours she may be a 'he'
PETALING JAYA: The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) has expressed its willingness to meet cosmetics entrepreneur Nur Sajat (pic) following rumours that she may be a transgender. The Star's Malay-language portal mStar reported that Jakim's family, social and community development division deputy director Dr Izwan Khusus extended the invitation to Nur Sajat through an open letter posted on Facebook on Tuesday (Jan 16). [...]
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Japan city on alert for deadly blowfish
TOKYO: A Japanese city has activated an emergency warning system to alert residents to avoid eating locally purchased blowfish after a mix-up saw toxic parts of the delicacy go on sale. A supermarket in Gamagori in central Japan sold five packages of fugu fish without removing the livers, which can contain a deadly poison. Three of the potentially lethal specimens have been located, but the other two have not been found, local official Koji Takayanagi said. "We are calling for residents to avoid eating fugu, using Gamagori city's emergency wireless system," which broadcasts over loudspeakers located around the city, he said. Fugu is one of Japan's most expensive winter delicacies and is often served in thin slices of sashimi or hot pot. But the fish's skins, intestines, ovaries and livers contain a poison called tetrodotoxin that can be fatal. The part of the fish that contains the deadly poison differs from one kind of fugu to another. Japanese chefs are required to obtain a special permit to prepare the fish, but several people in Japan are killed each year by incorrectly prepared fugu, with dozens more suffering non-fatal side effects, according to the health ministry. "Eating a blowfish liver can paralyse motor nerves, and in a serious case cause respiratory arrest leading to death," regional officials said in a warning statement. – AFP [...]
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DPM: Integrity key to better nation
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16 — The government is reviewing the National Integrity Plan to go in tandem with the aspirations of National Transformation 2050 (TN50), Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today. The Home Minister said this showed the federal government is aware that integrity is the key factor in building a solid nation. “The National Integrity Plan is a long term commitment under our fifth Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. “We are committed to achieve all the targets in the National Integrity Plan as evident in the many efforts including making it compulsory for government agencies to have their own Integrity Unit since 2013. “We will ensure the agenda of integrity appreciation will continue. It is therefore important for us to review the Plan so that it matches the current needs and demands,” he said in his address at a discussion themed “Building a Nation With Integrity” at the Malaysian Institute of Integrity here today. He added the government will also continue to empower the Institute by providing more resources, including funding. At the event, Ahmad Zahid launched two books published by the Institute titled “The Value of Integrity In Many Religions – Fostering an Understanding’ and ‘Pre-school Integrity Module”. The Module, he said, was finalised upon conducting a pilot study at 11 pre-schools and the outcome had convinced the Education Ministry to implement it at all preschools and kindergarten under its jurisdiction. “I hope other ministries would also review the importance of integrity and try to adopt it. “Integrity should be instilled from a young age so that the younger generation will become better leaders that possess high level of integrity in the future,” he said. He also launched the Integrity Data Center, an informative and interactive system which shows all the data, trends and issues relating to the nation’s integrity, and Malaysian Integrity Data Lab, an inst [...]
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Malaysia PM urges Myanmar to end Rohingya crackdown
Malaysia's prime minister urges Myanmar to end its crackdown on the Muslim Rohingya minority, warning that Islamist extremists may exploit the crisis. [...]
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Dr M: Any disagreement over my PM-designate status an internal affair
PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says Selangor PKR's apparent disagreement over his candidacy as prime minister-designate was an "internal affair" and should be resolved within the party. [...]
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