Isn, Jul

CANBERRA - Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has arrived in Australia tonight for a three-day working visit.

The executive jet carrying Zahid touched down at the Defence Establishment Fairbairn Airbase in Canberra at 12 midnight (Malaysian time 9.30pm).

The Deputy Prime Minister was accompanied by Deputy Home Minister Datuk Masir Kujat and greeted on arrival by Malaysian High Commissioner to Australia Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad and Malaysian High Commission staff.

The visit was upon the invitation of Australia’s Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton.

Zahid, who is also Home Minister, is expected to pay a courtesy call to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the Parliament House here tomorrow.

He will also be meeting Australia’s Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan.

The working visit by Zahid to Australia will focus on further strengthening bilateral relations on matters related to security, counter-terrorism and transnational crimes where he will also exchange views with Aussie leaders on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

On Tuesday, Zahid will fly to Sydney, where he will meet the Governor of New South

SANDAKAN - Beginning June 1, goods shipped from Peninsular Malaysia to Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan will no longer need to be done via Malaysia-flagged vessels.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the two states and Labuan would be exempted from the cabotage policy.

“However, the policy will still be applicable to cargo shipping operations within Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan,” said Najib when launching an Ekspresi Negaraku patriotism event at the Sandakan municipal field here

PUTRAJAYA - Malaysia Vision Valley (MVV) will be a well-planned and sustainable development conducive for work, play and living.

Covering 153,000ha of Seremban and Port Dickson, Negri Sembilan, the project is part of the Govern­ment’s vision for Greater Kuala Lumpur that will be undertaken in stages up to 2045.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said it would focus on high-technology manufacturing, tourism and wellness, skill-based education and research, and specialised services – in

KUALA LUMPUR - The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry is looking into the case involving the death of tahfiz schoolboy Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gaddafi.

Its Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the ministry was seriously looking into the matter and would continue to monitor the development of the case with the help from the police.

“We hope the investigation will be conducted immediately to find out the cause of the incident and death,” she said in a statement here

PUTRAJAYA - Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman will officially open the Malay­sian Embassy in the Vatican during a visit to the Holy See.

“The opening of the embassy marks an important milestone and will elevate relations between Malaysia and the Holy See to greater heights,” Wisma Putra said in a statement.

During this inaugural visit from today till Wednesday, Anifah is scheduled to meet his counterpart, the Most Reverend Archbishop Paul Gallagher, and Vatican Secretary of State

PUTRAJAYA - While loyalty towards leadership is essential in any country, the government does not demand one to be a blind follower, nor does it practice dictatorship, says the Prime Minister.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that loyalty in action and thinking would ensure stability of a nation and Islam requires its followers to heed to their leaders for as long as they are not evil or oppressive.

“Essentially, the public should support the Government which has carried out many efforts and

ARAU - Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail has challenged school principals nationwide to meet the goals of the national education philosophy to enable Malaysia to become a centre of excellence in the education sector.

He said its success lies in the ability of the educators to master information technology development before Malaysia could export knowledge.

"These goals can be achieved with commitment, vision and clear objectives based on integrity and ethics as well as

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