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PETALING JAYA - Flights in and out of Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport are currently suspended and incoming planes are being diverted as a result of the incident onboard Malaysian Airlines Flight MH128, which returned to the airport after takeoff.

In an e-mail exchange, the airport's head of communications Grant Smith said they are unable to confirm specific destinations for individual flights.

Several departing flights were also held on the ground at the airport, and incident response is being coordinated through Victoria Police.

In an official statement early Thursday morning, Victoria Police confirmed that a man tried to enter the cockpit and "threatened the safety of passengers and staff".

"Emergency services were called to Tullamarine Airport around 11.40pm last night after a request for assistance from an airline," said Victoria Police media officer Senior Constable Adam West.

West said that the plane landed safely at the airport and the passengers had exited the plane and were speaking to investigators.

"There appears to be no imminent threat to passengers, staff or public and the investigation is ongoing," he said.

According to Smith, all flights are impacted at this

PETALING JAYA - Air traffic control audio from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH128 has been posted online, revealing further details of the incident involving a disruptive passenger.

According to a Sydney Morning Herald report, a male voice can be heard saying: "We have a passenger trying to enter the cockpit".

The Kuala Lumpur-bound flight from Melbourne was diverted back to Melbourne because of a "disruptive passenger" on Wednesday night.

The Australian daily reported that about three minutes

SEREMBAN - Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has agreed to allocate RM600,000 to upgrade Masjid Kariah Paroi Jaya.

Speaking after performing terawih prayer here tonight, Zahid said, besides improving the mosque’s facilities, the fund should also be used to expand religious programmes at the mosque.

“More religious classes and programmes should be conducted to enliven the mosque and attract more people to it. A mosque should be more than meets the eye.

“I hope the fund

PUTRAJAYA - Eight ministries achieved the 100 per cent key performance indicator (KPI) target under the Ministry Bumiputera Economic Empowerment (PEB) programme last year (2016), said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

They are the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry; Home Ministry; Foreign Ministry; Youth and Sports Ministry; Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry; Rural and Regional Development Ministry; Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry; and Women, Family and

PETALING JAYA - A Malaysia Airlines flight from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur was diverted back to Melbourne 20 minutes after take-off because of a disruptive passenger.

MH128, which took off from Tullamarine Airport at 11.11pm local time, was to arrive at Kuala Lumpur at 5.28am today.

A MAS statement yesterday said the flight turned back to Melbourne “after the captain was alerted by a cabin crew (member) of a passenger attempting to enter the cockpit”.

“Safety and security are of Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA - Muslims in Malaysia must reject all forms of extreme teachings which could lead to destruction such as animosity with each other or taking their own lives in the name of Islam, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Commenting on the suicide bombing incident in Manchester, England and clashes between Philippine security forces and militants in Marawi, Mindanao which involved Malaysians recently, he said among the pillars of Islamic teachings was to protect one's own life

MELAKA - The Melaka government has stopped issuing family entertainment licences in the state to make way for a review on the existing licensed operators, said Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.

He said the move was to identify the operators who had been abusing such licences by turning the outlets into gambling dens, although the state government had previously reviewed and issued the licences.

Idris also said the cessation period had not been decided as the state government

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