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MANAMA - Johor and Bahrain are set to explore more cooperation in the fields of oil and gas (O&G), tourism, healthcare and education following the official visit of Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.

This follows a private meeting between the Johor ruler and Bahrain's King Hamad Isa Al Khalifa as well as Bahrain Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday.

The ruler brought along a Johor delegation of 12 Johor state officials, captains of industry and leaders of government-linked companies who are promoting possible tie-ups that can benefit both Malaysia and Bahrain.

Among those who attended the private meeting were Iskandar Regional Development Authority chief executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, and Johor Corporation president and chief executive Datuk Kamaruzzaman Abu Kassim.

Ismail said the private discussion between the Johor delegation and King Hamad and Prince Khalifa could signal Bahrain's involvement in the Iskandar Malaysia development region.

"The discussion was aimed at strengthening relations between Bahrain and Johor specifically, and Malaysia in general.

"There are several opportunities that can be explored in economic and social

KOTA BARU - Kelantan Umno has condemned the attack at a mosque in Egypt last Friday which saw at least 305 people killed.

Its information chief Datuk Alwi Che Ahmad described the attack as a cruel and inhumane act.

He said the incident showed that the attackers were worse than animals.

"Kelantan Umno condemns this cruel attack.

"The attackers claim to be Islamic fighters but behave like animals," said Alwi, who is also state Barisan Nasional secretary.

The Kok Lanas assemblyman said the

KUALA LUMPUR - The incomes of 126 federal statutory bodies under 23 ministries have increased 6.9% to RM109.232bil, compared with RM102.169bil in 2015, said the Auditor-General’s Report 2016 (Series 2).

According to the report, RM90.63bil of this total was self-generated revenue, RM13.54bil in management grants and RM5.07bil in settlement of other grants.

It also said the Finance Ministry had the highest revenue at RM62.44bil, followed by the Higher Education Ministry with RM17.24bil, the

KUALA LUMPUR - The Penang government is set to increase its water conservation surcharge to RM1 from 48 cents per 1,000 litres by the end of the year.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was previously reported as saying that the hike would take place for water consumption exceeding 35,000 litres each month. 

According to Lim, the hike is meant reduce the rate of water wastage in Penang.

He said that the Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) would send an application to increase the water

KUALA LUMPUR - The completed work declaration for two projects under the Youth and Sports Ministry, valued at RM337,575 were signed before the completion of actual construction work, the Auditor-General’s Report revealed.

According to the 2016 Auditor-General’s Report (Series 2), tabled in the Dewan Rakyat, declarations were signed for two sports courts, one in Kg Medan and one in Kg Lubok Buntar, both in Kulim, Kedah, under the Projek Gelanggang Sukan.

The project in Kg Medan, which was

PETALING JAYA - Malaysia is seeking re-election to the Council of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for the seventh consecutive term, the Transport Minister said.

Hoping that Malaysia could continue playing a role in creating safer seas and sustainable maritime transport for the global maritime industry, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Malaysia would submit its candidacy at the 30th IMO general assembly being held in London from yesterday to Dec 6.

“As one of the leading players in

KUALA LUMPUR - The Government has proposed to revert to the original position of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which will allow the court to decide a punishment of either death or life imprisonment with whipping.

Under the Act currently, any person convicted of trafficking in dangerous drugs shall be punished with death under Section 39B.

The section was first included via an amendment to the Act in 1975.

The amendment originally stated that a person convicted shall receive either death or

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