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SETIU - The Terengganu state government will not build a new runway on Pulau Redang, but will instead maintain the existing one, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman.

He said the decision was made after taking into account the risk factors and views from relevant quarters, especially in relation to cost and tourism impact.

However, he said, the state government would build several outlets at the Pulau Redang Airport for local entrepreneurs to sell souvenirs and other essential items.

"We (the state government) have decided to maintain the existing airport and also agreed that it is only for the use of ATR-72 aircraft. We just need to add more facilities by increasing the number of outlets," he added.

He told this to Bernama after a briefing by the State Tourism Department on the airport's potential.

The Pulau Redang Airport has a runway which is 1,050-metre long and 30-metre wide.

Prior to this, tourists flew in to the island via Berjaya Air which began operating flights from Subang in 2000, followed by Seletar, Singapore, a year later, and then from Changi, Singapore, in 2010.

However, the airline ceased its flight to the island since last year due to the

PUTRAJAYA - The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) is in need of two vessels to function as motherships to beef up security control and surveillance in the country's waters, especially to curb intrusion by foreign fishing boats and smugglers, it was stated here.

MMEA director-general Maritime Admiral Datuk Zulkifli Abu Bakar said these vessels, which would be able to carry more food and fuel supplies for operations, would most probably be stationed in the waters of Beting Patinggi

PUTRAJAYA - The spat over the tourism tax between Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz and the Sarawak and Sabah governments is now resolved, says Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic).

The Deputy Prime Minister said the issue was brought up during the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, and it was agreed that no more should be said of the matter.

"The Prime Minister chaired the Cabinet meeting and we decided that the issue is resolved, and that no more statements should be made by federal

KUALA LUMPUR - Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak advised the people not to trust reports released by Sarawak Report, saying the news portal harboured a specific motive to topple the leadership of the country.

He said the news portal aimed to spread slander to undermine the reputation of the country's leaders.

"Sarawak Report is an online paper which has only one goal - to slander our leaders.

"As such, the people cannot accept its reports outright because

PUTRAJAYA - Former Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) chairman Tan Sri Isa Samad and his wife Bibi Sharliza Mohd Khalid are at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office here to have their statements recorded.

The couple, who arrived in a black car at 9.40am on Wednesday, swiftly made their way into the office without addressing the media stationed here.

They were summoned by the MACC to have their statements recorded over issues involving FGV.

On Monday, Prime Minister

PUTRAJAYA - The 2018 Budget will be tabled at the Dewan Rakyat on Oct 27.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Government would be holding sessions with stakeholders to hear their views and suggestions in formulating the budget.

"We want to hear everyone out because we are a Government that is open and puts the people first.

"We want to ensure we present a Budget that meets the need of each segment of the population," he said at the 2018 Budget Consultation session.

Najib

PUTRAJAYA - The government has projected that its expenditure on retirees will increase to a whopping RM100 billion by 2050 due to the trend of life expectancy among Malaysians increasing from 75 to 85 years, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said the were 775,000 civil service retirees at the moment, and the number was expected to surge to 1.5 million by 2050.

"Last year alone, government expenditure on retirees was RM20.35 bilion...The government is studying the trend and

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