Monday, May 18, 2009



Ministry tracking down 106 on AirAsia flight
PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry is tracking down 101 passengersand five crew members of AirAsia AK5358 flight to Penang on May 13, thesame flight taken by a woman who has been infected with influenza A(H1N1).

Three MH091 passengers quarantined
JOHOR BARU: Three passengers of Malaysia Airlines flight MH091from Newark, New Jersey, in the United States, were among seven peopleput under quarantine in Johor for the screening of the H1N1 virus.

Woman killed by boyfriend
KULIM: A heated argument, believed to be triggered by jealousy,ended on a tragic note when a 22-year-old woman allegedly died at thehands of her boyfriend in Taman Perak here yesterday.

Rebates for direct insurance
PETALINGJAYA: Come July 1, car owners who buy motor insurance directly frominsurance companies without using the services of an agent will qualifyfor mandatory rebates, a move that could render agents redundant.

Anifah prepared to face any legal action by Anwar
SEPANG:Foreign Minister Datuk Anifah Aman stands by his claim that OppositionLeader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim offered him the Deputy Prime Minister’spost as an incentive to join Pakatan Rakyat.

Changes to Umno constitution nearing completion P
AGOH:The draft for the proposed amendments to Umno’s constitution isexpected to be completed within two weeks, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassinsaid.

Popular show 3R launches 14th season
KUALA LUMPUR: The award-winning television programme 3R – Respect, Relax and Respond – for young women launched its 14th season at Capsquare, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday.

Woman found in a pool of blood, former beau detained
KULIM:A 26-year-old man has been detained following the death of a22-year-old woman, who was found in a pool of blood in her room inTaman Perak here.

417,000 ex-NS trainees for gathering
KULIM:Some 417,000 former national service trainees who attended theprogramme over the last five years will be regrouped to gauge whetherthey still have the patriotism spirit.

Groom driven by a desire to make big day truly memorable
KOTABARU: Unlike other couples who use luxury cars for their wedding day,transport company worker Lim Kian Hong went on a prime mover to pickhis bride up.

Special Umno training to lift morale and confidence
MUAR:Umno will launch a special political training programme to lift themorale and confidence of its members since the 12th general election.

New economic model to improve people’s per capita income
PAGOH:The government is formulating a new economic model to improve thepeople’s income, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.

Immediate home quarantine a must for those who took Flight AK5358
PUTRAJAYA:Health departments nationwide have been directed to place underimmediate home quarantine all those on AirAsia Flight AK5358 lastWednesday from the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang to Penang.

Another flight passenger warded pending test results
JOHORBARU: A passenger on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH091 from Newark, NewJersey, has been warded at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital while threeothers are under home quarantine.

Ministry compiling list of people to find
GEORGETOWN: The Health Ministry is compiling a list of people the 21-year-oldinfluenza A (H1N1) patient had come in contact with so that they can betracked down, state Health, Welfare, Caring Society and EnvironmentCommi-tee chairman Phee Boon Poh said.

Commandants told to be on alert at NS camps
SEREMBAN:National service camp commandants nationwide have been reminded toimmediately report to the nearest hospital any symptoms of influenza A(H1N1) or meningitis among NS trainees.

Malaysian student games to go on in Illinois
NEWYORK: The Malaysian Midwest Games 2009 will go on in Illinois despite adirective from the Public Service Department (PSD) and two majorstudent sponsors to their scholars not to participate in the event dueto the influenza A (H1N1) virus scare.

Man rushed to hospital after fainting on plane
KUCHING:A Kuala Lumpur-bound AirAsia flight from Sandakan, Sabah, was forced tomake an emergency landing here after a passenger fainted on board.

622 pig farms nationwide inspected for H1N1 virus
JITRA:Some 70% of 700 pig farms nationwide have been inspected to ensure theyare free of the influenza A (H1N1) virus, Agriculture and AgrobasedIndustry Deputy Minister Datuk Mohd Johari Baharom said.

13 illegals discharged
PUTRAJAYA:Thirteen of the illegal immigrants from the Juru detention camp whowere hospitalised for suspected leptospirosis have been discharged fromhospitals in Penang, said the Health Ministry.

Patient recovers from meningitis
GEORGETOWN: A state Road Transport Department (JPJ) employee who contractedbacterial meningitis at the JPJ academy in Malacca has recovered.

Teacher ‘did not die from contagious meningitis’
JOHOR BARU: The secondary school teacher who died at the Batu Pahat Hospital yesterday did not contract contagious meningitis.

Trainee died of acute pericarditis, stresses health dept
SEREMBAN:A trainee from the Police Training Centre (Pulapah) in Air Hitam, nearBahau, died of acute pericarditis, or inflammation of the sacsurrounding the heart, and not meningitis.

Frontliners must be fully protected, says MTUC
PETALINGJAYA: The MTUC is calling on the authorities to implement effectivemeasures to protect all frontline workers, especially those from theaviation and healthcare sectors, against the influenza A(H1N1) virus.

JPJ to meet cabbies
KUALALUMPUR: The Road Transport Department (JPJ) will meet taxi drivers andassociations soon to discuss the problems they face when applying forPublic Service Licences (PSVs).

Bill Clinton to speak at KL congress
KUALALUMPUR: Former US president Bill Clinton will share his views on how toovercome challenges facing the world until 2025 at the Sixth WorldChambers Congress here next month.

Ministry to start pitching low-interest loans
IPOH:The Youth and Sports Ministry will go on a nationwide roadshow topromote its Youth Economic Promotion Council low-interest loans.

NGOs: Suhakam KPI system should be transparent
KUALALUMPUR: Two human rights non-governmental organisations (NGOs) havecalled on the Government to make transparent the process of assessingSuhakam commissioners by a key performance indicator (KPI) system whenit asks Parliament to delete two other clauses in the newly passedSuhakam (Amendment) Act, 2009.

MIC backs MCA on awarding of scholarships
KUALALUMPUR: The MIC is supporting the MCA’s suggestion that the PublicService Department award scholarships based on meritocracy.

Express yourselves, Wanita MCA members told
KUALALUMPUR: Wanita MCA members must empower themselves by learning how toblog and express their views, party Wanita deputy chief Datuk Yu ChokTow said.

Green concert on June 7
PETALINGJAYA: In conjunction with Environment Week, the Selangor MCA Youth willbe organising a concert called “A Green Symphony” on June 7.

Penang Umno proposes youthful professional for Penanti
BUKITMERTAJAM: Penang Umno has proposed a young professional to representthe party if Barisan Nasional chooses to contest the Penantiby-election on May 31.

Cousins gang-raped during double date
IPOH: Two cousins thought they were in for a romantic night with their boyfriends.

Political education course for Umno Youth leaders
MALACCA:Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin has called on Umno Youth divisionsnationwide to organise a course on political education for theirleaders and committee members in preparation for the next generalelection.

PAS leader does not rule out money politics
KOTABARU: PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat does not ruleout the existence of money politics among aspirants vying for posts inthe June party elections.

Nik Aziz: Talks won’t resolve crisis
KOTABARU: PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat said he doesnot want any talks between the opposition and Barisan Nasional toresolve the political crisis in Perak.

Ministry out to curb human trafficking
KLUANG:The Home Ministry has set the curbing of human smuggling as one of itskey performance indices (KPI), given the recent tragedy in Pengerangthat claimed the lives of several Indonesians.

Ruler concerned over attempts to ‘undermine social contract’
KANGAR:The Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail isconcerned over what he described as attempts to undermine the socialcontract which has been the ingredient for the harmonious relationshipamong the people.

Liu threatens to picket over third bridge issue
KLANG:Selangor Local Government, Study and Research Committee chairman RonnieLiu has threatened a picket if the Federal Government fails to act onKlang’s third bridge issue.

No PPP polls since 1996
PETALINGJAYA: The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has not held party electionssince 1996, several senior party members alleged.

The best things in life come to Hillary
KUALALUMPUR: Pouring out creative thoughts on paper paid off for Hillary WeeWei Lee, 17, who bagged the grand prize at the Impac Dublin LiteraryAward for Young Malaysians essay writing competition this year.

Nazri: Bar Council supposed to be a role model
KUALAKANGSAR: The Bar Coun-cil’s decision to sue the Government over the May7 detention of five legal aid lawyers is an attempt to intimidateenforcement authorities from discharging their duties, Minister in thePrime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz saidyesterday.

A chance for students to build nation
KUALALUMPUR: University students must take an active role in supporting the1Malaysia concept for it to work at the national level.

Secrets to a successful career
PETALINGJAYA: People who are successful in their careers are often those whoare best informed and advised. They are constantly assessing theirskills, evaluating their values and personal aspirations and makingadjustments along the way.

23,000 jobs still available
KUANTAN:There are many jobs still available for Malaysians who are not choosy,Deputy Human Resources Minister Senator Datuk Maznah Mazlan said.

Extend RM5,000 discount offer to CKD cars, Govt urged
IPOH:The Government should consider extending the RM5,000 discount offer tocustomers who trade in their 10-year-old national cars tocompletely-knocked-down (CKD) models.

Joon Seng a big winner on his birthday
IPOH:SMK Methodist Tanjung Malim student Michael Goh Joon Seng received hisbest-ever birthday present when his team emerged champions in the uppersecondary category of the RHB-The Star Mighty Minds 2009 Perak statechallenge.

7.5kg ketamine hidden in photo frames seized
ALORSETAR: An Indian national’s attempt to smuggle in 7.5kg of ketamineworth RM135,000 by hiding the drugs in 14 picture frames was foiled bythe Customs Depart-ment.

Big ammo seizure from boat KOTAKINABALU: Police seized 36,000 rounds of ammunition from a passengerboat docked at the Tawau jetty in the east coast of Sabah.

Toilet king of Malaysia calls it a day
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s “toilet king” is stepping down next month after a five-year reign.

Giant sells 250,000 chickens after capping price
PETALINGJAYA: The Giant chain of hypermarkets have sold more than 250,000chickens in the past week since capping its price at RM4.89 a kilounder a price stabilisation fund.

Uthayakumar to defy notice to appear in Kamunting
KUALALUMPUR: Former ISA detainee P. Uthayakumar will defy a notice from thepolice ordering him to return to the Kamunting detention camp to appearbefore an advisory panel on Thursday.

Attack of the bees for five climbers
TANGKAK:Three climbers were warded and two others suffered painful stings afterthey were attacked by a swarm of bees at Gunung Ledang on Saturday.

Don’t repeat mistakes, Sabah told
KOTAKINABALU: The state government has been urged not to get involved inrunning a private hospital but instead concentrate on improving thepublic healthcare system.

Sikh duo kick off unity walk
KUALALUMPUR: Dya Singh, a Sikh musician based in Melbourne, and Vic Briggs,who is now known as Vikram Singh, a former member of the 60s pop bandThe Animals, kicked off their 38.2km walk from Taman Tasik PermaisuriCheras to Malacca.

PAS slammed for cronyism
KOTABARU: Kelantan Umno Youth chief Anuar Safian has slammed the PAS-ledstate government for practising cronyism, saying it was against Islamicteachings.

25 scouts honoured with medals
KOTABARU: The Kelantan scout movement awarded 25 medals of appreciation toits members to commemorate 100 years of the Malaysian Federation ofScouts.

Protecting children from harmful toys
BERA (Pahang): Regulations to ensure safety standards for toys will be introduced soon.

Two on m-cycle killed on highway
KUALALUMPUR: A motorcyclist and his pillion rider were killed in an accidenton the Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE) here yesterday.

Body of newborn found in bin
KUALALUMPUR: A shop assistant had found the body of a newborn baby in arubbish bin in Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lok near the Central Market onSaturday night.

Expert warns of unhealthy practices that can shake marriage
MALAYSIANmen may be at risk of erectile dysfunction (ED) at a young age if theyare addicted to masturbation, frequently watch pornographic videos andvisit massage parlours which offer “extra” services, reported Metro Ahad.

Superbikers off for Xinjiang adventure
TWELVE superbikers from Malay-sia are set to hit the road on a 6,500km tour of China’s northwest Xinjiang province, Sin Chew Daily reported.

Temples urged to conduct religious classes
INDIAN temples in the country have been urged to conduct religious classes for schoolchildren at their premises, Tamil Nesan reported.

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