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PUTRAJAYA - The Government is committed to looking after the interests of non-Muslims, and the deferment of the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 was to review it so that it would not become mere polemic.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi assured that the Government was not backtracking on its commitment to amend the Act. Instead, he said, it wanted the proposal reviewed so that it would not be detrimental to the country.

“We are committed to taking other religions into consideration but the Government feels that, based on the concerns raised by certain groups and individuals, the matter needs to be reviewed.

“We want to ensure that the amendments are not against Islamic fatwa or the Federal Constitution,” he said after attending the Home Ministry’s monthly gathering.

The amendments to the Act will ensure that children cannot be unilaterally converted by any one parent.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said the Attorney-General was asked to study the feedback and to relook the proposed amendments together with religious and legal experts.

There have been calls for the Government to postpone the tabling of the proposed amendments, including from Perak Mufti Tan

ALOR SETAR - The recent news of Sultan of Kedah Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah (pic) being critically ill is not true, said the Comptroller of the Royal Household/Principal Private Secretary of the Sultan of Kedah, Datuk Paduka Syed Unan Mashri Syed Abdullah.

Syed Unan expressed disappointment over the malicious intent of certain quarters in spreading the rumours that the Kedah Ruler was seriously ill.

"This sort of rumour has spread in the past too and usually happens when there is a

PETALING JAYA - Police have received a report regarding a man brutally attacking a guard dog in Bandar Kinrara.

The incident went viral after a video was released online.

In the video, believed to have been recorded on April 2, the man is seen attacking the dog at a guardhouse after it broke free from its leash.

The man, a Singaporean according to the video, fell from his bicycle after being startled by the dog.

However, at no point in the video does the dog attack him.

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NEW DELHI - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has wrapped up his six-day visit to India.

The Prime Minister, who left the Indian capital late Tuesday night, described his trip as a huge success with US$36bil (RM159.26bil) worth of projects and investments secured.

"Our relations with India are at an all-time high. I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his grand efforts and contributions," Najib told Malaysian journalists at the Malaysian High Commission here before departing for Kuala Lumpur.


SEREMBAN - Individuals illegally occupying the official residence of the Undang of Johol – one of the four powerful chieftains in Negri Sembilan – can be slapped with a charge for criminal trespass if they continue to ignore a notice to vacate the premises.

“We regret we have to go to the extent of disconnecting water and electricity supply to get these individuals to leave.

“Despite that, they have not budged,” said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, adding that he was unsure how many

NEW DELHI - The Malaysian government has agreed to offer five percent of the places at its public higher learning institutions (IPTA) for medical, dentistry and pharmacy courses to foreign students beginning this year.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the decision was made in line with the liberalisation of education in IPTA, parallel to the country's endeavour to become an education hub.

He said public universities with the three programmes could set aside five percent of the

THE enforcement of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) has been extended for another five years after a lively debate.

The extension to the Act was allowed after it was passed with a bloc vote of 93 MPs supporting the motion while 77 rejected it.

Opposition MPs had voiced their disagreement over the motion, continuously interjecting as Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed tried to wind up debate on it late last night.

Despite a warning by Speaker Tan Sri

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