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PUTRAJAYA - Visit Malaysia Year campaign will be held again in 2020, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“The campaign seeks to ensure that Malaysia remains a desirable destination for visitors from all over the world,” he said.

“Visit Malaysia Year 2020 (VMY2020) is a national mission. It will be the catalyst to drive the tourism industry further and achieve the visions outlined in the Malaysian Tourism Transformation Plan.

“I want all ministries and agencies to give their full support towards this programme,” he said after chairing the Cabinet Committee on Tourism meeting yesterday.

The committee took note of how the tourism industry fared in 2016, contributing 14.8% or RM182.4bil towards the nation’s Gross Domestic Product and was the third biggest contributor among National Key Economic Areas sector, bringing RM73.3bil to the Gross National Income.

-THE STAR

KUALA LUMPUR - The government will continue paying attention and tending to the needs of the Chinese community to ensure that they will prosper together with the country, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The prime minister said the Chinese community had not only played important roles in terms of economic and business development, but had also contributed to the country's struggle to obtain independence.

"I am sure everyone remembers our Independence heroes such as Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Tun

KUALA LUMPUR - The High Court will on Thursday give its decision on an application to strike out a suit by moderation advocate Mohamed Tawfik Ismail, who sought to challenge PAS' Private Member's Bill.

The Private Member's Bill, better known as RUU355, seeks to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 to give the court the power to mete out harsher punishments.

Tawfik's counsel Rosli Dahlan told reporters this after meeting High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge

PETALING JAYA - The continuous expose of the mega Penang undersea tunnel project by MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong appears to be rattling the DAP, said Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications (BNSC) deputy director Datuk Eric See-To.

These exposes, he said, must have put DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng under pressure as the party is re-negotiating with Parti Amanah Negara on who would contest the Ayer Hitam seat (in Johor), held by Dr Wee.

Within two weeks of DAP giving

KUALA LUMPUR - Dewan Rakyat secretary Datuk Roosme Hamzah and Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia have successfully struck out a suit by Petaling Jaya Selatan MP Hee Loy Sian for allegedly rejecting 1MDB-related questions in Parliament.

High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Kamaludin Said made the order in chambers in the presence of all parties Monday.

Hee's counsel N. Surendran said that Justice Kamaludin granted the application by Roosme and Pandikar to strike out his

PUTRAJAYA - Declaring that 2018 will be a year of success and impressive results for Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has pledged to work and strive harder for the betterment of all.

The Prime Minister said he wanted this year to be special and this could be achieved if policy makers and civil servants continued to work together to bring greatness to the country and the people.

“I will work harder and I am determined to deliver more for the people. So will my deputy (Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad

KOTA BARU - The Government is looking into introducing laws to curb fake news, which is a threat to political stability and public order, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said the move was necessary because the people could be instigated to hate the Government or commit uprisings due to the influence of fake news.

“We don’t want fake news to spread. This does not mean we control the Internet. The Internet is free, but the freedom must exist with elements of accountability,”

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