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Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the federal government gives its assurance that it will hand over the empowerment rights of Sarawak to the state government.

He, however, said it would be done only through discussions with the state BN headed by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

“I understand Sarawak wants partnership with the federal government, to be independent within Malaysia. We want to take care of Sarawak’s feelings; thus, their rights will be preserved.

“I don’t want to take away their rights. We will discuss this nicely and review all the laws that were agreed upon during the formation of Malaysia,” he said at the leaders-meet-the-people session at Bintulu Civic Centre yesterday. More than 15,000 attended the gathering.

On the proposed Batang Lupar bridge project, which would be the longest in the country upon completion, Najib said it would be built to boost coastal development in the state.

“The financing is to be done jointly by the federal government and state government. The federal government will contribute 50 per cent and state government 50 per cent.

“I don’t know about the cost. If Sg Sadong bridge cost around RM211 million with a total of

We have begun a series of talks with the PM and myself with regards to such rights under the Constitution, Malaysia Agreement, the Inter-Governmental Committee Report, the Cobbold Commission recommendations and the autonomous position of Sarawak in Malaysia.

The talks will be carried out in three phases.

The first phase is on administrative powers, 2nd phase on our state rights under the constitution & 3rd phase on financial management.

The results of the first phase of talk held

KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia truly lost a great leader the day the country's second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein died in 1976, describing it as a personal loss to him.

Dr Mahathir, who himself served as prime minister, said he was particularly saddened because he owed everything to Tun Razak.

He recalled his expulsion from UMNO and that people who were expelled before him never returned, their political career blighted.

"But he not only allowed me to return

KUALA LUMPUR - Since becoming prime minister in 2009, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's work pace can only be described as punishing because there's so much on his plate as he goes about tackling the nation's woes especially during this period of weakening world economy.

Observers can't help but liken his "workaholic" disposition to that of his father, second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein who died exactly 40 years ago at age 53.

Just on Saturday, Najib underwent a minor surgery for a

The police and military are to step up joint patrols in strategic, touristic and public areas to reassure the people of their safety in view of recent terrorist attacks abroad.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said this was one of the decisions adopted at today's meeting of the National Security Council which discussed security measures in the wake of the attacks.

Najib said the joint patrols would be implemented immediately to send a signal that the authorities were in control of

Three Road Transport Department (JPJ) officers are among 14 individuals collared by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in connection with the issuance of Kopi-O licences (licences obtained illegally).

The graft buster’s special operation was launched on Jan 11 this year and is on-going. Those detained included nine members of the public who tried to acquire such licences and two middlemen.

The 14, aged between 19 and 50 years, were picked up from Limbang, Miri, Bintulu and Sibu

Malaysia’s economic growth has been impressive in the current context of the turmoil in global markets, said MIDF Amanah Investment Bank Bhd Head of Research Zulkifli Hamzah.

He said although prices of commodities, such as oil, have tumbled, Malaysia has succeeded in generating growth, creating job opportunities and improving the standard of living.

“The devaluation of the Ringgit, although viewed negatively by the people, has benefited the export-oriented industries, especially the

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