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KUANTAN - Prof Dr Tatiana A. Denisova may be born a Russian and not a native speaker of Malay language, but her passion for Jawi script enables her to be exceptionally good in reading and understanding Malay folklores and literature, which are mostly written in Jawi script.

Denisova, 57, said her passion for Jawi script began when she was studying Islamic History at the St Petersburg State University in Russia.

"One day I found a magazine on Malay Muslim history and culture, which was translated into Russian language. I found the subject very interesting to pursue because at that particular time, I have no interest whatsoever in other fields, like economy.

"After reading that magazine, I immediately set my mind that it was something that I wanted to study at university," she said when met at the closing ceremony of the two-day International Seminar on Jawi Script at Kolej Universiti Islam Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah here today.

The ceremony was graced by Tengku Mahkota of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and was also attended by Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.

Denisova, 57, said the fact that most of the reference books for her course at the university were

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak has approved an allocation of RM50 million for the construction of the 22km road from Nanga Ngungun to Nanga Jagau.

He made the announcement while making a visit to Rumah Taboh at the Rascom Resettlement Scheme in Nanga Ngungun today.

"The government is deeply committed in providing development for the people particularly those staying in the rural areas," he said.

The construction of the road later will enable settlers from Ulu Ngemah, who were moved

Malaysia’s strong financial system even among its Asean peers and beyond, has not only impressed others but is being sought after by many, says the World Bank Group.

Country Director, South-East Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand), East Asia and Pacific Region Dr Ulrich Zachau said these countries were seeking Malaysia’s expertise to improve their financial systems.

He said Malaysia emerged stronger, among others, in terms of access to credit and the number of people

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak said he has full confidence in the leadership of Tan Sri Adenan Satem as Sarawak Chief Minister.

"We can see that as chief minister, Tan Sri Adenan Satem has gone all out to develop Sarawak and he is my comrade-in-arms whom I can depend on to ensure Sarawak's future in Malaysia," he said.

Najib said this a gathering of leaders with the people at Kampung Suba Buan, Bau about 43 kilometres from Kuching today.

The prime minister urged the people of

The US$2 billion (US$1 = RM4.07) investment commitment from China Railway Group Ltd (CREC) in Bandar Malaysia will lead to more foreign direct investments (FDIs) flowing into the country, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

As a major multinational player, CREC's confidence in Bandar Malaysia as a valuable investment underlies its confidence in Malaysia's economy.

Najib said CREC acted as an impressive first mover in Bandar Malaysia with its US$2 billion commitment that would attract

We in Parti PBB Sarawak would like to refer to the numerous social media comments with regard to Adenan's "tongue-in-cheek" jokes which he made to the light-hearted PM Najib before an equally light-hearted "open-minded" large audience comprised of all races. He merely and plainly jested (not seriously cajoled) PM "to take an Iban wife " if he were to learn with some fluence the Iban language.

He made this plain and clear jest when referring to Najib's frequent visits to Sarawak announcing many

The Pan Borneo Highway will benefit Sarawak in terms of development, economy and unity.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the project would not only be a catalyst for economic growth but a game changer that would bring huge transformations to the state’s landscape.

The RM16-billion project was also expected to create an eight-fold multiplier effect on the state’s economy, he said.

“Thirdly, if we want to be a united and developed state, we must ensure a better and effective

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