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KOTA KINABALU - The distribution of the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) has assisted those in the lower income group in the state, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman (pic) said.

He said the state government fully supports BR1M as a “sound government policy” because it provides relief for those who need some form of financial assistance.

"BR1M payments may seem insignificant to some but they go a long way to help those whose earnings are low or non-existent,” he said in a statement Monday.

The Chief Minister, who came out in support of the BR1M policy in the wake of criticism by the opposition, including Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, said the cash assistance is testimony of the Government's efforts to genuinely ease the people's burden.

"Some of its detractors are changing their minds now. By saying that they will continue with the payments if they capture Putrajaya shows that they realise the benefits it has brought to the people," he said.

He said the about-turn by some on BR1M also appears to be a political ploy to win the people over.

"The people must realise that BR1M is a policy implemented under the Barisan Nasional government led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun

KUALA LUMPUR - Thirty umrah pilgrims who have been stranded in Madinah, Saudi Arabia since Jan 2, have not been told of their return flight to Malaysia.

Ikatan Rakyat Insan Muslim Malaysia president Amir Amsaa Alla Pitchay said they received a complaint from a son of one of the pilgrims who bought the packages from a local travel agency based in Setapak.

"They flew to Madinah on Dec 23 after paying RM3,500 for each umrah package and was scheduled to return home on Jan 2. They experienced

Press Statement by CM Adenan

I had a meeting with the Prime Minister and Datuk Wan Zulkifli Wan Ariffin, CEO of Petronas yesterday at the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya. We have these amicable agreements that:

1) The appointment of Sarawakian as a member of the board of directors of Petronas. The State Secretary will represent Sarawak.

2) The 192 posts now vacant are to be advertised in local papers and to be filled by Sarawakians. Petronas is to consult the State Government if no

The Works Ministry confirmed that the Penang state government has yet to submit documents or fixed any dates to meet the ministry regarding the third bridge project.

Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof in a statement today reiterated that his ministry was committed to a fair evaluation of the third bridge proposal that will link the Penang island to the mainland.

"We remind the Penang government to share with us all the relevant documents so that we are able to make an informed decision

KUALA LUMPUR - The Titiwangsa Lake Garden here will be entirely closed to the public for all activities from Jan 2017 to Dec 2018.

A statement from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) today said it was to give way to the implementation of the 'River of Life' project which involved the whole park.

"The upgrading of the park is for the convenience and comfort of visitors in the future," he said adding that the appointed contractor would begin installing hoardings in January.

"During the shutdown

Barisan Nasional “welcomes” the birth of another political party as it will weaken the Opposition further, says Rahman Dahlan.

“It’s a healthy democratic process. As far as BN is concerned, we are ready for any eventualities,” said the BN strategic communications director this evening.

“In fact, we believe the new coalition will only weaken the Opposition further and strengthen the chances of BN to win big in the next General Election.

“We will continue to rigorously fight for our principles

KUALA KANGSAR - The Election Commission expects a 75% voter turnout in the Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar by-elections on Saturday, a lower estimate compared to the 13th General Election.

Its chairman, Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah, said the expected lower turnout was due to voters who are unable to return to cast their ballots.

“The turnout was 88% in Sungai Besar during the last general election, but this time we expect about 75% in both areas.

“Voters living outside Perak may not want

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