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PETALING JAYA - Malaysia is seeking re-election to the Council of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for the seventh consecutive term, the Transport Minister said.

Hoping that Malaysia could continue playing a role in creating safer seas and sustainable maritime transport for the global maritime industry, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Malaysia would submit its candidacy at the 30th IMO general assembly being held in London from yesterday to Dec 6.

“As one of the leading players in Asean’s growing maritime sector, Malaysia is strongly committed to playing our part in enhancing the standards of safety and security, not to mention promoting greater international cooperation among maritime nations,” he said in a statement issued on Sunday.

Liow, who is representing Malaysia at the IMO general assembly, said Malaysia is focused on upholding IMO’s international standards and regulations as well as supporting its capacity building and technical cooperation programmes.

Malaysia has been an IMO member since 1971 and has served the IMO council for six consecutive terms since the 2006/2007 term. 

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KUALA LUMPUR - The Penang government is set to increase its water conservation surcharge to RM1 from 48 cents per 1,000 litres by the end of the year.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was previously reported as saying that the hike would take place for water consumption exceeding 35,000 litres each month. 

According to Lim, the hike is meant reduce the rate of water wastage in Penang.

He said that the Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) would send an application to increase the water

MELAKA - The supportive role of wives of elected and former elected representatives is important as a driving force for their spouses, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

In this regard, he said, interaction among members of the welfare bodies of wives of elected and former elected representatives nationwide, which were non-profit organisations, could be a morale booster for these spouses.

"Indeed in each general election, there will be at least 30 per cent new faces

KUALA LUMPUR - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has congratulated three Malaysian scientists who won prestigious awards in conjunction with the 17th Asean Ministerial Meeting on Science and Technology in Myanmar last month.

"Am very proud of the recognition Dr Hafizal Mohamad, Dr Leong Wai Yie and Prof Chong Mei Fong received at the Science and Technology Awards Ceremony of the 17th Asean Ministerial Meeting on Science and Technology in Myanmar. Keep up the outstanding work

KUALA LUMPUR - The Government has proposed to revert to the original position of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which will allow the court to decide a punishment of either death or life imprisonment with whipping.

Under the Act currently, any person convicted of trafficking in dangerous drugs shall be punished with death under Section 39B.

The section was first included via an amendment to the Act in 1975.

The amendment originally stated that a person convicted shall receive either death or

KUALA LUMPUR - Action has been taken against the Barisan Nasional MPs who were absent during a surprise bloc vote to pass Budget 2018 allocations for a ministry, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic).

Two days ago, Barisan won the bloc vote on allocations to the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry by a razor-thin one vote difference with 52 MPs voting for and 51 against.

"I have taken action, I have already advised them (absent MPs) that they should be more serious

IPOH - The Government has pledged RM3mil for the setting up of the Asean Centre For Islam, Peace and Non-Violence at Universiti Sultan Azlan Shah (USAS), says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said the centre in Kuala Kangsar and the existing Counter-Messaging Centre could complement the work of the King Salman Centre For International Peace in enhancing the nation’s role in countering terrorism and extremism at the international level.

“Besides the military aspect

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