Customs Dept targets 2017 GST collection of RM42 billion

By NOR SHAYAUMIL QHAIRIL - Saturday, 21 January 2017.

PUTRAJAYA: The Customs Department targets to collect up to RM42 billion in Goods and Services Tax (GST) this year, compared with RM41.2 billion in 2016.


Teenager feared downed off Banggi island, body found 2 days later

By AARON LEE - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 22:51

KUDAT: The search for a missing teenager who was feared drowned near Banggi Island on Thursday, ended when the body was found some 30 meters from the Dogoton camp this afternoon.

Education Ministry upset over news portal's misquotation of Harvard professor's remarks on M'sian higher learning

By MELISSA DARLYNE CHOW - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 22:03

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry has expressed regret over how the opinions of Harvard researcher Prof Lant Pritchett, on the state of higher education in Malaysia, was wrongly characterised in the headline of a news portal recently.

1,000 Chatime workers in limbo as franchise's fate thrown into doubt

By Farezza Hanum Rashid - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 21:38

KUALA LUMPUR: The livelihood of over 1,000 workers is at stake with the premature termination of the Chatime franchise by franchisor La Kaffa International Co. Ltd. of Taiwan.

Umno to discuss participation in 'Himpunan RUU355' at Supreme Council meeting

By Bernama - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 21:34

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno will discuss its participation at the Pas-led ‘Himpunan RUU355’ – a rally demonstrating support for Pas’ Bill on the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) 2016, or Act 355 – at the party's Supreme Council meeting on Jan 27.

Four women remanded over alleged Bangi nursery abuse case

By Bernama - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 21:29

KUALA LUMPUR: Four women, who were detained by police to facilitate investigations into the alleged abuse of three children at a nursery in Bangi near here, have been remanded until tomorrow.

Pahang Crown Prince visits gutted Cameron Highlands market, emphasises safety

By Nuradzimmah Daim - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 21:26

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Tengku Mahkota of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has reminded local authorities, especially in Pahang, to ensure that safety is made a major criterion when approving business licenses.

DPM post: Azmin says not privy to Dr M-DAP discussions

By DAWN CHAN - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 21:20

SHAH ALAM: PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said today he is unaware about the discussions between Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and DAP over the issue surrounding the deputy prime minister's post.

Klang's Rohingya community selflessly contributing to 'Food Flotilla to Myanmar'

By DAWN CHAN - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 21:08

KLANG: The Rohingya Muslim community living in Meru, here, may not have much, but they are contributing all they can, including bags of rice and clothing, to be shipped off to their brothers and sisters back home via the Food Flotilla to Myanmar, which will depart for Yangon on Feb 3.

MCA, NGO treat four Kajang orphanages to unforgettable CNY lunch

By NOORSILA ABD MAJID - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 21:02

KAJANG: The Persatuan Meninggikan Akhlak Cheers Yin Khor Kajang, in collaboration with the MCA Hulu Langat, spread early Chinese New Year cheer to children from four orphanages and 20 single mums during a charity lunch here this afternoon.

Sarawak longhouse razed by fire; 180 left homeless

By ADIB POVERA - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 20:14

MUKAH: Up to 180 people were left homeless today after an 18-door longhouse at Batu 20, Jalan Mukah-Selangau here was destroyed in a fire.

Transport Ministry lauds Singapore's willingness to retract RRC

By Halim Said - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 20:06

JOHOR BARU: The Singapore government's willingness to retract the Reciprocal Road Charge (RRC) is a welcome move, said Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi.

Penang to get own UTC this year, says Reezal

By Audrey Dermawan - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 19:23

KEPALA BATAS: Penang has received the green light for its very first Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) which is expected to be operational this year.

Thai police nab 'Asean drug lord' who supplied drugs to Malaysia, Singapore

By Bernama - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 19:20

BANGKOK: A Laotian man, dubbed the 'Asean Drug Lord' for allegedly orchestrating a network spanning the South East Asian region, including Malaysia, was arrested by the Thai police in a sting operation at the busy Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Apologise to media for accusation of 'making up stories', Kit Siang told

By HANA NAZ HARUN - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 19:16

PETALING JAYA: DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang should make a public apology for accusing news outlets of purveying fake news and making up stories about his "secret agreement" to become deputy prime minister if the opposition comes to power.

Heavy rains exacerbate T'ganu floods, thirteen schools closed

By Adrian David and Zarina Abdullah - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 19:01

KUALA TERENGGANU: Continuous heavy rain, which has worsened the flood situation in the state, has forced the evacuation of 2,358 people from 666 families in four districts, as of 2pm today.

PM congratulates President Trump on inauguration

By HASHINI KAVISHTRI KANNAN - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 18:48

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has extended his congratulations to US President Donald Trump on his inauguration.

Three Filipinos nabbed by NRD for using fake MyKad

By Halim Said - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 17:56

JOHOR BARU: Three Filipinos were arrested by the National Registration Department (NRD) at Sungai Rengit, Pengerang, on Thursday for using fake MyKad.

Lucky escape: Elderly couple cross Malacca bridge moments before collapse [VIDEO]

By ARNAZ M. KHAIRUL - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 17:51

SUNGAI RAMBAI: A 71-year old pensioner thanked his lucky stars for his safe passage across the Penghubung Kasih Bridge just moments before it collapsed yesterday.

NGOs raise red flag over Selangor retailers' 20 sen charge for plastic bags

By Hariz Mohd - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 17:46

SHAH ALAM: Four non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Selangor are calling on the state government to review the 20 sen charge to consumers for every plastic bag they request when shopping.

Famous cat statue in Kuching gets CNY facelift

By Esther Landau - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 17:43

KUCHING: As the Chinese New Year celebration draws near, the cat statue at the Padungan roundabout here has been given a makeover.

Two teens in separate Kelantan villages drown in canals

By SULAIMAN JAAFAR - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 17:40

PASIR MAS: A 16-year-old drowned after slipping and falling into an irrigation canal at Kampung Kenjing in Repek here this morning.

Farming couple see livelihood swept away by T'ganu floods

By NOOR AZNIDA ALIAS - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 17:22

SETIU: A farming couple lost RM1,000 worth of kangkung they were preparing to sell when their supplies were swept away by strong flood waters in Kampung Padang Jawi last night.

Najib listens to Sarawak people's aspirations, says Abdul Rahman Zohari

By ADIB POVERA - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 17:05

PETRA JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Razak is a prime minister who is willing to listen to the aspirations of the Sarawak people, said Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari Abang Openg.

DNA tests needed to determine origin of elephant tusks seized in North Kalimantan: Sabah Wildlife Dept

By OLIVIA MIWIL - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 17:01

KOTA KINABALU: Further investigations are needed to determine if the elephant tusks seized by Indonesian authorities a week ago in North Kalimantan belonged to the two pygmy elephants killed in Sabah last month.

Govt mulls using NRD fine structure for those who lose their passports

By Rizalman Hammim - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 16:08

JOHOR BARU: The government is considering basing the fine structure for those who lose their passports to the one used by the National Registration Department (NRD) for lost or stolen MyKads.

Leukaemia sufferer on Umno-sponsored umrah trip dies in Medina

By NOOR AZNIDA ALIAS - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 15:54

DUNGUN: Leukaemia patient Muhammad Ramadhan Alias, 20, who was sponsored by the Umno Welfare Bureau and state government to perform the umrah, died in Medina this morning.

Sabah flooding eases, all evacuation centres closed

By OLIVIA MIWIL - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 15:48

KOTA MARUDU: All 11 flood evacuation centres here and one in Pitas were officially closed this morning.

Wan Junaidi to head BN's Tanjung Datu by-election machinery

By ADIB POVERA - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 15:41

PETRA JAYA: Santubong member of Parliament Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, who is also the Natural Resources and Environment Minister, has been announced as the Barisan Nasional (BN) election machinery director for the Tanjung Datu by-election.

Abdul Rahman Zohari is new PBB president

By ADIB POVERA - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 15:36

PETRA JAYA: Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari Abang Openg today announced a reshuffle in the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu’s (PBB) top leadership.

Warisan wary of Sabah opposition leaders' party-jumping habit

By OLIVIA MIWIL - Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 15:30

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah is not keen on working with other local-based opposition parties due some of the leaders' bad reputation of "jumping parties".