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KUALA LUMPUR - The accusation against the Prevention of Crime Act (POCA), describing it as draconian and not vary from the Internal Security Act (ISA), is untrue, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.

Nur Jazlan said this was because POCA would provide more secure rights to the detainees compared to the ISA.

"In the past, under the ISA, minister had the full power, with a signature of a minister, an individual can be detained for up to 60 days and the minister can also issue detention order.

"However, with POCA, the authorities can apply for remand twice, which are at the 21st and the 38th days," he said when winding up the debate on the Prevention of Crime (Amendment) Bill 2017 at the Dewan Negara sitting on Monday.

The bill was later passed.

The amendments, among others, aimed at speeding up the decision-making process by the Crime Prevention Board on a certain case and facilitating the management of the board's duties as well as giving the authorisation to the board to instruct the investigation officer to accelerate the preparation of the report.

The amended POCA also implemented the use of the electronic monitoring device on those under watch, hence

KUALA LUMPUR - There is sufficient supply of livestock nationwide for the Aidiladha celebration this Sept 1, said Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman.

Based on statistics from the Department of Veterinary Services, he said the total supply of cow and buffalo stock for this month was 43,418, heads, including 9,718 which were imported.

The total supply of goats and sheep this month is 31,726, where 20,200 are local livestock while 11,526 are

KUALA LUMPUR - Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said it is compulsory for every hotel in Malaysia to register with his ministry.

He said the rule will facilitate collection of the Tourism Tax, which comes into effect on Aug 1.

“The Tourism Tax is (applicable to) foreign tourists staying at hotels with more than five rooms,” Nazri told reporters after witnessing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Adelaide Festival Centre's OzAsia Festival and the

PUTRAJAYA - Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) settlers have expressed their gratitude to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for granting special incentives to ensure the welfare and prosperity of the community.

Felda settlers' head Samsudin Othman said the short, medium and long-term incentives were welcome news for all 112,635 settlers in the 317 Felda settlements across the country, to help ease their burden and the debt relief incentive would provide relief to settlers.

"We

MECCA - With Masyair less than 10 days away, this year’s haj season has entered its critical phase, the head of Malaysia’s 1438H haj delegation Datuk Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman said.

“We have moved into the period of haj’s climax. We must ensure everything proceeds smoothly. This will be our focus moving forward,” he said in a special address to Tabung Haji (TH) officers in the Holy Land.

The TH gathering at Abraj Al-Janadriyah here, streamed live to TH offices in Madinah and Jeddah, was

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia is positive of attaining the Tier One by complying fully with the minimum standards to curb human trafficking crimes, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

According to the United States annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report released by the United States State Department on June 27, Malaysia has upgraded to Tier Two as a country that did not fully meet the minimum standards of the United States Human Trafficking Victims Protection Act 2000

SERDANG - The Government will study in depth the request from the Indian Muslim community to be recognised as Bumiputra, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) said.

He said, however, the matter of how it would be implemented required further research in terms of administration or gazettement.

"I heard the demand made by the Federation of Malaysian Indian Muslim Associations (Permim) president Dhajudeen Shahul Hameed, and I accept that Indian Muslims are like Bumiputras," he said at

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