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Insurance Firms Speed Up Claims Process

KUALA LUMPUR: Members of the Life Insurance Association of Malaysia (LIAM) have agreed to speed up the claims process for compensation payouts to the next of kin of passengers and crew of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Its president, Vincent Kwo, said its members had agreed to waive the requirement of death certificates and speed up claims payment within a week after beneficiaries were confirmed.

Website to Help Road Users Plan Trips

KUALA LUMPUR: Road users travelling this holiday season can look forward to a safer, more convenient journey with the use of, a one-stop highway information website easily accessible on the web. The website is the latest initiative from Association of Highway Concessionaires of Malaysia (PSKLM) aimed to aid the public in a better driving experience, especially during the busy Hari Raya period.

Bulb Users Blow Out Tin Lamps

KUCHING: There was a time when oil lamps decorated Malay villages in the final week of Ramadan, but today, it is a dying heritage. Many households now use electric bulbs. Tinsmith Ho Chin Hin, 59, remembers working extra time to make sure he had enough tin oil lamps before the Malam tujuh likor.

Preparing for Long Trip Home

KUALA LUMPUR: HARI Raya is only three days away with many from the east coast are preparing themselves for the annual exodus from the cities. Nur Fazrini Mohd Fauz, 20, is all excited about going back to her hometown of Kota Baru, Kelantan.

`Pakatan May Table No-Confidence Vote'

KUALA LUMPUR: A senior Pas leader says Pakatan has no option, but to table a motion of no-confidence at the Selangor State Assembly to remove Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim as menteri besar. Pas assistant secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said it was unlikely that Khalid would resign despite mounting pressure from the Pakatan leadership.

Khalid Gets Timely Boost

SHAH ALAM: IT is far from over for Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim in his quest to remain as menteri besar amidst the mounting pressure for him to resign. Yesterday, Khalid received a boost when Selangor Pas Youth announced it would take his side.

Rafizi's Motive Questioned

SHAH ALAM: THE PKR faction backing Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is questioning whether those trying to oust him stand to financially benefit from the move. This follows reports of a plan to revise terms in the state water consolidation exercise after Khalid's removal. A member of Khalid's faction yesterday criticised PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli for coming up with the plan.

`Floating Cigs' Seized

JOHOR BARU: Police have crippled a smuggling syndicate using a new method and seized 18,000 packets of contraband cigarettes worth RM181,440 in the waters off Mersing last Wednesday. Southern Region Marine Police commander Assistant Commissioner Paul Khiu Khon Chiang said the syndicate had used what was believed to be a new tactic to smuggle the cigarettes into the state.

Uim to Offer Only Postgrad Courses

PUTRAJAYA: The Universiti Islam Malaysia (UIM) yesterday officially received the green light to become the first higher learning institution in the country to offer only post-graduate courses. The institution, previously known as Kolej Islam Malaya and formed in 1955, would begin operations at year-end in Cyberjaya.

Singapore Car Fee Capped at Rm50

JOHOR BARU: THE Transport Ministry will cap the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) charge for Singaporean-registered vehicles entering Johor at not more than RM50 (S$20). Deputy Minister Datuk Aziz Kaprawi said any decision on the VEP charge would not be made at the expense of tourist arrivals and the Visit Malaysia Year campaign.

All Bodies to Leave Ukraine by Tomorrow

KIEV: The last of the bodies of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims retrieved by pro-Russian separatists will be flown out tomorrow. Forensics and Disaster Victim Identification teams in Kharkiv are expected to finish scanning and tagging the remains of the victims by today.

Fostering Bumi Entrepreneurship

THE country is not short of entrepreneurial interest during the holy month of Ramadan, when many stalls are set up in cities and towns to cater to the Muslims for their buka puasa (breaking of fast). Many office workers even take leave to sell food and Raya cookies. Equally interesting, the hotels also provide a month-long campaign for buka puasa providing Malay dishes of all varieties.

United in Quest for the Truth

IN a special sitting of Parliament convened recently urging for a comprehensive investigation into the cause of the MH17 tragedy by an independent international body, the motion, which extended the House's deepest regret for the misfortune, was carried unanimously. A profound show of solidarity cutting across both sides of the political divide, uncommon in the current parliamentary make-up, "records its condolences and commiseration as well as (its) deepest sympathies" to grieving families an...

Clock Ticking for Bangsamoro Plan

ALL is not well with the ever-treacherous journey to real and meaningful political autonomy for the Moros of Mindanao in the Philippines, despite the much-heralded clinching of a Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) after years of twists and turns despite the best efforts of the international community under Malaysian auspices. Officials who are parties to the agreement from both the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have admitted as much in recent ...

Dealing with Tragedies and Life After Death

AS a nation, Malaysia has been relatively fortunate not to constantly lose its people because of natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, tsunamis or prevalent diseases. However, from time to time, the nation as a whole grieves because of loss of lives due to tragedies of landslides, capsized boats, bus accidents or other calamities. Two air tragedies, which have grasped the minds of Malaysians and captured world headlines are the tragedy of missing MH370 and the crash of MH17, alleged to ...

In Grief, We Are All United As One

JUST when I thought nothing could get any worse after MH370, it did. The recent aviation tragedies have challenged our sanity. At the same time, they mock our ability to ascertain events around us with a clear mind and with sound judgment. Though it pains us a great deal to read the writing on the wall, we all know that every day, hope fades of ever finding the survivors of flight MH370. Some believe that the jetliner must be lying somewhere on the seabed of the cold, isolated depths of the s...

Brics Alternative Takes Shape

ALMOST exactly 70 years after the signing of the Bretton Woods agreement, five major emerging economies, known collectively as BRICS, have created new institutions that would initially supplement and could eventually replace the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which have failed to respond adequately to the needs of a changing world. The five countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - announced the creation of a New Development Bank (NDB) with an authoris...

When Cnn Tries to Be 'Objective'

WATCHING Diana Magnay deliver her live report on CNN from a hill in southern Israel last Thursday intrigued me. Looking exhausted and a bit distressed, but still forceful in her articulation, she explained, amid cheering from an Israeli crowd, that "it is an astonishing macabre and awful thing really to watch this display of fire in the air", referring to blazes of rockets that were visible from where she was.

Campus Hostel Stay Based On Merit System

WE refer to the letter "Students' woes: protect their welfare and safety" (NST, July 14) by M.F. of Kota Kinabalu. The writer said medical students were not offered accommodation at Kolej 17, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), and that many final- year medical students were denied accommodation for the 2014/15 session.

Dignity and Respect for the Victims

WATCHING the two military aircraft carrying the remains of some of the 298 passengers of MH17 touching down at Eindhoven Airport in the Netherlands on CNN, one cannot help but to be overcome by emotion. The Dutch government must be applauded for making all arrangements to grant the fullest respect and dignity to the victims' remains as they were brought back from Kharkiv in Ukraine.

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