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Perlis MB fights back: Conversion legislation being spun out of context

By ILI SHAZWANI - Friday, 9 December 2016.

KANGAR: The Perlis government today stressed that its amendment of a piece of legislation on the conversion of minors to Islam, did not change any aspect of the existing law, except in name.

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South Korea's President Park impeached in parliamentary vote

By Reuters - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 15:46

SEOUL: South Korean lawmakers on Friday voted overwhelmingly to impeach President Park Geun-hye over an influence-peddling scandal, setting the stage for her to become the country’s first elected leader to be pushed from office in disgrace.

UPSR, aye or nay? Fate to be known in 6 months

By Halim Said - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 15:32

BATU PAHAT: The Education Ministry will make its decision to maintain or abolish the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) in the next six months.

MIC, MCA leaders slam Perlis govt legislation allowing unilateral conversion of minors to Islam

By HANA NAZ HARUN - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 15:31

KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional component party leaders have slammed the Perlis government for passing a legislation to allow for unilateral conversion of a minor to Islam.

Bride-to-be grieves for groom killed in Indonesian quake

By AFP - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 15:11

DAYAH TIMU, Indonesia: On her wedding day, Yusra Fitriani wept as she laid a ceremonial rose-printed cloth over her bridal bed, after the happiest day of her life turned to tragedy in a flash.

Sabah maritime kidnapping, looting ends in bloody shootout; Three dead, two missing

By Kristy Inus - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 15:06

SEMPORNA: The most beautiful waters in the world were the unlikely setting for an orgy of violence, and a deadly confrontation between bloodthirsty, modern-day pirates and fearless law enforcement personnel here last night.

Aceh quake: Survivors' faith remains unshakeable despite tragedy [VIDEO]

By MOHD NASARUDDIN PARZI - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 11:54

PIDIE JAYA: Despite being without any electricity for the last three days, the Muslim community in Aceh have remained steadfast and are still making their way en masse to the mosque to perform their 'subuh' prayers.

'Weaker ringgit won't affect HSR'

By SHAREN KAUR - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 11:03

KUALA LUMPUR: The weaker ringgit is unlikely to have a contagion effect on the cost to build the 350km High-Speed Rail (HSR) linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Developer addressing DOE concerns

By ARNAZ M. KHAIRUL AND ARFA YUNUS - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 11:02

KUALA LUMPUR: The developer of the Kuala Linggi International Port (KLIP) project, Linggi Base Sdn Bhd, said the company was in the process of fulfilling all requirements in the detailed environmental impact assessment (DEIA) on the RM12.5 billion project as required by the Department of Environme

Corruption destruction: MACC aims to eliminate graft in M'sia by 2020

By THARANYA ARUMUGAM - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 10:49

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission ( MACC) has adopted a set of new goals in its aim to eliminate corruption by 2020.

Jokowi visits Aceh quake victims [VIDEO]

By Bernama - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 09:57

JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo today visited the victims of Wednesday’s earthquake in Aceh province that claimed the lives of 102, injured over 1,000 and left more than 10,000 homeless.

Security forces shoot dead three kidnappers in Lahad Datu waters

By AVILA GERALDINE - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 01:14

KOTA KINABALU: Security forces have shot dead three members of a kidnap-for-ransom group from the southern Philippines in Merabung waters off Lahad Datu.

Sultan of Terengganu restores MB's Datuk Seri title

By Bernama - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 21:58

KUALA TERENGGANU: The Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin has consented to restore the Terengganu State Award to Menteri Besar Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman.

'Everything destroyed': Aftermath of Indonesia's latest quake destruction

By AFP - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 21:31

Kuta Pangwa, Indonesia: When the earthquake struck before dawn, Marthonis and his family had no time to run out of their home before it collapsed into ruins around them.

Nik Nazmi fined RM1,500 for organising Blackout 505 rally

By RAHMAT KHAIRULRIJAL - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 19:02

SHAH ALAM: PKR Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad was fined RM1,500, in default, two weeks’ jail by the High Court here for organising the Blackout 505 rally three years ago.

Aftershock rattles Aceh as search and rescue efforts continue

By Bernama - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 18:25

JAKARTA: An aftershock of 3.9-magnitude struck the Pidie Jaya regency of Aceh Province in Indonesia's Sumatra island at 8am Thursday, as people were picking up the pieces following Wednesday's earthquake that left 102 dead, 252 injured and one missing.

Rahman Dahlan clears the air, CCCC not blacklisted by World Bank

By ZAFIRA ANWAR - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 17:14

KUALA LUMPUR: The company tasked to execute the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), is not blacklisted by the World Bank.

Muslim separatists, Thai gov't, to resume peace talks in Malaysia

By Reuters - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 17:06

BANGKOK: Thailand on Thursday said peace talks with Muslim separatists would resume in Malaysia next week after a round in Sept ended without progress.

Najib: Govt policies are good but implementation needs improvement

By HANA NAZ HARUN - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 13:48

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today acknowledged that while government policies in place were good, its implementation was still weak.

No talks with China on settling payment disputes, says 1MDB chairman

By TASNIM LOKMAN - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 12:48

KUALA LUMPUR: 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) is not in talks with China about settling any payment disputes, said its chairman Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah.

Remand for Datuk Ong Teik Kwong's bodyguard extended, second detainee freed

By BALVIN KAUR - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 12:24

GEORGE TOWN: The remand for a bodyguard, who allegedly fatally shot his employer, Datuk Ong Teik Kwong, and opened fire on members of the public here, has been extended for another seven days from today.

PM launches programmes to spur social enterprise sector

By ADRIAN LAI - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 12:17

KUALA LUMPUR: The government is set to introduce two landmark programmes that will provide recognition, benefits and incentives for the country’s fledgling social enterprise sector, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced today.

Malacca govt to help secure approvals for RM12.5b KLIP project

By ARNAZ M. KHAIRUL AND ARFA YUNUS - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 11:53

KUALA LUMPUR: THE RM12.5 billion Kuala Linggi International Port (KLIP) project by TAG Marine Sdn Bhd cannot commence until the company has obtained all the necessary approvals.

Fishermen fear for their livelihoods

By ARNAZ M. KHAIRUL - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 11:51

MALACCA: The fishing industry will suffer the most from excessive reclamation and the West Malacca Fishermen’s Association does not want to see another mammoth project further depleting resources.

Weigh socio-economic gains against ecological losses, authorities urged

By ARNAZ M. KHAIRUL - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 11:49

MALACCA: The long-term effect of land reclamation could be felt by the masses as marine-based produce and services deplete, along with coastal livelihoods, eventually directly impacting the cost of living.

Rescuers comb Aceh earthquake rubble for second day

By AP - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 10:27

MEUREUDU: Rescue workers, soldiers and police combed through the rubble of a devastated town in Indonesia’s Aceh province early Thursday, resuming a search for earthquake survivors that was halted at night by rain and blackouts.

Ringgit opens at 4.42 against USD

By Bernama - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 10:18

KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit opened higher against the US dollar today on better buying support and following Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) measures to enhance the liquidity of the foreign exchange market.

Foreign Ministry: Report of haj/umrah visa hike cancellation untrue

By FAIRUZ MOHD SHAHAR - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 09:48

PUTRAJAYA: The Foreign Ministry has denied reports that the Saudi Arabian government has announced the cancellation of new visa fees for haj and umrah pilgrims.

Najib: Malaysia ready to extend aid to quake-hit Aceh

By NST ONLINE - Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 23:03

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is ready to extend aid to Indonesians in Pidie Jaya, following a devastating earthquake which struck the Aceh province in northern Sumatra, early this morning.

Night market trader charged with harbouring two IS militants

By Ahmad Fairuz Othman - Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 21:07

BATU PAHAT: A 31-year-old pasar malam trader was charged at the magistrate's court here with harbouring two Islamic State militants planning to launch attacks in Johor between July and August this year.

Oil spill on NKVE, massive jam hits

By TEOH PEI YING - Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 20:52

KUALA LUMPUR: A lorry carrying used engine oil caused a massive traffic jam along several roads after it overturned at KM3.1 on the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE).