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Land Office Probe `Overdue'

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: AUTHORITIES cleaning up the "mess" in Cameron Highlands, including the systemic corruption and abuse of power, want its Land and District Office to be given a thorough shakedown. They said this would allow graft-busters investigating the devastation to know exactly "who did what".

`Developments in Penang Hillslopes Worrying'

GEORGE TOWN: Many hillslopes in Penang have been cleared for housing, especially for posh residential projects, said state Barisan Nasional secretary Datuk Omar Faudzar. He said checks conducted by geological experts had cited the hillslopes in Bukit Gambir, Bukit Bendera, Paya Terubong, Relau and Sungai Ara on the island as areas that could be prone to environmental disasters.

Soldiers, Cops Begin Night Patrols

PUTRAJAYA: Soldiers and policemen have begun a massive operation to weed out illegal immigrants in Cameron Highlands to prevent land clearing there. Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the team began operations on Saturday night following Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's instructions to carry out patrols to nab the culprits.

Muhyiddin to Discuss Rehab Plan

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: A HOLISTIC rehabilitation plan for Cameron Highlands is set to be implemented soon. Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob told the New Straits Times that Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin would visit here today for a fact-finding mission to solidify the rehabilitation plan.

`Don't Worry, Have Faith in Umno'

FAR REACHING: In a wide-ranging interview with Mingguan Malaysia published yesterday, Prime Minister and Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak addressed the concerns of Malays, spoke on Umno's transformation plan and the Bumiputera economic agenda, responded to criticisms by former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and touched on the question of Chinese support for Barisan Nasional. Najib, who came into office in 2009, also spoke about how Umno, the backbone of BN that has ruled the country sin...

`Exercise Restraint During Debates'

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein urged party delegates not to be emotional when debating the topic of vernacular schools at the Umno general assembly, which starts tomorrow. Hishammuddin, who is also defence minister, advised delegates to keep in mind the importance of national unity while debating the issue, which has received renewed attention after Petaling Jaya Utara Umno deputy division chief Mohamad Azli Mohamed Saad recently claimed that the existence o...

Dr M `No Show' at Perkasa Event

KUALA LUMPUR: There were murmurs of disappointment at the National Unity Convention at Pusat Islam here yesterday when it was made known that former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad could not attend the event organised by Perkasa. Dr Mahathir, patron to the Malay rights non-governmental organisation, was said to be not feeling well.

`We Will Hear Students' Views and Grouses'

KUALA LUMPUR: UMNO is the only party that listens to the voice of the younger generation and provides them the platform to present their views and ideas. Deputy Prime Minister and Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the party, in its effort to encourage students to be part of the country's policy-making process, had once again agreed to provide a slot to the Umno Overseas Club to participate in the debate during the general assembly.

Mb: I Am On Rakyat's Side

FULFILLING PROMISES: Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir talks to Adie Suri Zulkefli on protecting Malay rights and his plans to develop the state Question: What is the confidence level among Umno members since Barisan Nasional wrested Kedah back from the opposition?

Dap Man Raps Lim Over Luxury Car

BUKIT MERTAJAM: A LAW lecturer stunned the 300 delegates at the Penang DAP convention here yesterday when he asked party secretary- general Lim Guan Eng embarassing questions about the purchase of a Mercedes-Benz as his official car. Shamsher Singh Thind wanted Lim, who is also chief minister, to explain the purchase of the luxury vehicle when the latter had criticised the Terengganu menteri besar for acquiring a similar model.

`Highway Safe for Motorists'

KUALA LUMPUR: THE construction of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line Extension Project (LEP) near Subang Jaya was put on hold following an anomaly identified on a gantry crane on Saturday. A Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd LRT-LEP project spokesman said the contractor was conducting preparatory work for the lifting of segmental box girders at 4pm when he noticed an anomaly on the gantry crane on the pier, located at Km19 of the Federal Highway.

Mine Worker Afraid to Go to Work

SRI AMAN: Muhadip, an Indonesian in his 30s, had been showing up every work day for the past four years before 7am. Saturday was no different. But that day would end differently for Muhadip and about 30 others at Silantek Quarry, Pantu, near here. "I was monitoring machines at the site while others worked inside the tunnel.

China Needs to Win Technological Race

IN the book The Governance of China (Foreign Languages Press, Beijing, 2014), which is a compilation of some 80 recent speeches by President Xi Jinping, the leader of Asia's largest country talks about the need for the country to develop in no uncertain terms. A strong strain of realism and pragmatism runs through all the speeches by Xi, where he realistically appraises China's prospects in the future and notes that two main obstacles stand in the way of China's rise: the structural and insti...

Highlands Need High Integrity

INSTRUCTIONS from well-connected offices and their incumbents, no matter how ambiguous, can have the effect of placing an officer in an awkward position, especially in the Malay states where a sultan reigns. Like it or not, feudalism remains palpable despite the declared changed construct to one of constitutional monarchy. Myths, mysteries and mystiques are the handmaiden of feudal invulnerability, which keeps the monarch aloof and, yet, powerful. Hence, the claimed influence of the "yellow l...

Islam has Long Preached Sustainable Living

I RECENTLY spoke at a conference on sustainable development organised by the Institute for Islamic Development (Ikim), the nation's think thank on Islam. The theme for the conference was "Understanding the Islamic perspectives of sustainable development". Though the conference was meant to deliberate on the Islamic interpretation of sustainable development, participants from other religions also came. In fact, there was a paper by a speaker from a Buddhist education organisation from Thailand...

Stampeding Black Elephants

I PARTICIPATED in the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, last week and learned a new phrase: "a black elephant". A black elephant, explains the London-based investor and environmentalist, Adam Sweidan, is a cross between "a black swan" (an unlikely, unexpected event with enormous ramifications) and the "elephant in the room" (a problem that is visible to everyone, yet no one wants to address it, even though we know that one day, it will have vast, black-swan-like consequences). "Curre...

The Value of Varsity Research

UNIVERSITIES serve two fundamental purposes. First of all, they are factories that produce the talent and leadership required by society. Secondly, they are powerhouses for innovation through research. Universities undertake two types of research - basic and applied. Basic research satisfies our curiosity of the world we live in, its intricacies and mysteries. John Finnis, in his 1980 book, Natural Law and Natural Rights, identifies seven basic pursuits that collectively advance societal welf...

Pahang Sultan On the Same Page As the People

IT was past noon on Thursday and Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah had just appeared after a two-hour briefing on what had been going on in Cameron Highlands over the past month. The monarch was among others briefed on the Nov 5 mud floods and landslides in several towns in the highlands that had claimed five lives. While making his way into his self-driven white four-wheel- drive vehicle, he was stopped by several of his subjects, who were troubled by the goings-on.

Use Mobile Phones Safely

THE first mobile phone debuted in April 1973. Our lives changed drastically as communication became so much easier. The fear, however, has always been there - is this new technology safe? What could happen? Will it cause cancer and infertility? Studies concluded that there was potential harm with long-term use of cell phones, while others contradict the findings.

Caution, Care Must Prevail

IT is November and some countries welcome Thanksgiving, but in Malaysia, it marks the beginning of the monsoon season. The whole country will be affected by the season with those in the peninsula's east coast - Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang - being more likely to experience bad weather that will result in floods. In preparation for these worrying weather patterns, it is advisable for everyone to gear up and take steps to deal with this catastrophe.

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