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PUTRAJAYA - All schools must adhere to high safety standards to protect students from harm, says Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The Deputy Prime Minister said there would be greater emphasis on safety standards, including conditions at tahfiz schools.

“Schools should also have procedures in place for quick responses during emergencies.

“I cannot emphasise this enough. Management and school authorities need to be committed to this and invest in keeping their premises safe,” he said when opening the Conference on Occupational Safety and Health 2017 here yesterday.

He added that the views of experts from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) would also be sought in investigations into the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz fire.

The task force, headed by Dr Ahmad Zahid himself, will meet today.

The pre-dawn fire on Sept 14 claimed the lives of 21 students and two teachers at the religious school in Jalan Datuk Keramat in Kuala Lumpur.

Police said the incident was a revenge arson attack.

Seven youths, aged between 11 and 18, were arrested in connection with the incident.

Niosh chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said his recommendations would be for

PUTRAJAYA - "If you want to say that I am a perfectionist, yes I admit, but I am also human, sometimes I overlooked (something)," former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the Bank Negara Malaysia's (BNM) foreign exchange (forex) losses in the early 1980's today.

Dr Mahathir said that in reply to Conducting Officer Datuk Suhaimi Ibrahim, who suggested that Dr Mahathir was a perfectionist and meticulous person who would pay great attention to

PETALING JAYA - Kedah's Sultan Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, has passed away at the age of 89.

He passed away at 2.30pm on Monday.

The Kedah ruler made history when he became Agong for the second time in 2012 after being installed for the first time in 1970.

Tuanku Abdul Halim ended his term as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong last December and was replaced by Kelantan ruler Sultan Muhammad V.

He received his early education at Sekolah Melayu Titi Gajah and then went to the Sultan Abdul

KUALA LUMPUR - Umno Youth is standing in solidarity with the Rohingya people from Myanmar by staging two protests here today.

The first will be held in front of the United Nations’ Malaysia headquarters in Jalan Dungun, Damansara Heights at 10am and later in front of the Myanmar Embassy here after Friday prayers at 3pm.

Umno youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin announced about the protest at a press conference at the Putra World Trade Centre on Thursday.

“We are asking the government to once again

MELAKA - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has called on all members of the public to join hands with the commission to be their eyes and ears in combating corruption.

MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad urged the participation of everyone from all levels of society for the Friends of Anti-Corruption Revolution Movement (GERAH) programme, launched on Aug 1.

Speaking at the launch of the state-level 'Kembara Jelajah Anti Rasuah' campaign at the Portuguese Settlement

KUALA LUMPUR - All ideas discussed with online friends during chats relating to #Bajet2018 will be studied and considered for the 2018 Budget, said Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The Prime Minister said this on his blog NajibRazak.com in connection to the ideas brought up during a chat session at a shopping complex here tonight.

This includes the views of real-estate expert Faizul Ridzuan who said he was grateful for the government’s efforts to provide many housing projects like the 1Malaysia

 

PUTRAJAYA - Former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) was present at the Palace of Justice here on Thursday to testify at the proceedings of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into foreign exchange losses by Bank Negara Malaysia around the 1990s.

The former finance minister, who is now serving a jail sentence, was escorted by Prison Department personnel when entering the Palace of Justice at about 8.40am.

The vehicle bringing Anwar, which was escorted by vehicles from

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