Kha, Feb

DURING the Korean Thanksgiving holidays in early October, the airport was flooded with people leaving the country in huge waves.

So where were these people going? In fact, the number one travel destination for the South Korean people was once again, Asean. More than 600,000 people travelled to Asean during the holiday.

To South Korea, Asean is a very close partner and neighbour, and the two sides have close cooperation and exchange in a variety of areas.

Asean and South Korea became dialogue partners in 1989. From then until today, for almost three decades, there has been remarkable development in this partnership, with significant milestones achieved.

Also, South Korea’s investment to Asean increased from US$92mil in 1989 to US$5.1bil in 2016, a 55-fold increase. To note, South Korea’s investment in Asean surpassed that in China, by more than two times this year.

In this regard, Asean-South Korea relations serve as a model for a fast-developing and fast-evolving partnership.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, soon after his inauguration, recognised the importance of South Korea’s partnership with Asean. Such acknowledgement will serve as a critical foundation for another

GEORGE TOWN - The search and rescue (S&R) operation for the remaining two victims of the landslide at a housing project site in Lembah Permai, Tanjung Bungah here enters its third day, today.

The two missing victims have been identified as Yuan Kouk Wern, 27, a local, and Muhammad Monirul Islam, a Bangladeshi.

As at 9 pm yesterday, nine bodies had been recovered, and identified as Myanmar nationals Yunus Nazir Huson, Muhammad Elyas Mustak and Rahmatullah Mohd Sidiq; Bangladeshi nationals

BANGI - The 'pass-out challenge', a game which involves applying enormous pressure to the chest until the person is rendered unconscious, is banned in all schools with immediate effect, Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said on Monday.

He said action would be taken against anyone plating the game in school.

Further instruction would be issued to the teachers in-charge of students' affairs and hostel wardens to take action against those playing the game, he said.

He told reporters

KUALA LUMPUR - Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak has denied allegations that the federal government controlled the powers of the state governments in Malaysia.

Denying the allegations, Salleh pointed out that the Malaysian government was more accurately called the federal government instead of the central government because the Malaysian government is the property of all Malaysians in the Federation of Malaysia.

"Malaysia is using the federal state

COX'S BAZAR (Bangladesh) - Malaysia will assign a humanitarian and welfare attache to Bangladesh to fulfill the government's commitment in helping Rohingya ethnic refugees currently sheltered at refugee camps in Bangladesh.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said he would raise the matter in the Cabinet next week to expedite the process.

"The attache, from the National Security Council (MKN) will be based at the Malaysian High Commission in Dhaka. He will assist the high

KUALA LUMPUR - Motorists using the Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH), the Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE), the Kemuning-Shah Alam Expressway (LKSA) and the Kajang SILK Highway (SILK) will enjoy a 10 percent toll discount in conjunction with Deepavali.

Group chief executive officer of PROLINTAS Datuk Mohammad Azlan Abdullah said in a statement on Wednesday, the toll discount would begin from 6 am on Oct 18 until 6 am Oct 19 for class 1 vehicles only.

"The discount will hopefully

PUTRAJAYA - Government information managed and stored in digital format must be handled according to established procedures and provisions, says Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.

He said this was to prevent any leakage of information that could be manipulated and exploited by certain groups out to discredit the Government.

“Leaked government information is often misconstrued by this group, resulting in the spread of false news among the people.

“It is important to be

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