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KUALA LUMPUR : The government will decide soon on the succession plan for a new Bank Negara governor, said Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Speaking to Malaysian journalists at the end of his week-long working visit to the United States here Wednesday (Thursday in Malaysia), Najib said the decision was for the government to make.

Najib was asked to comment on the succession plan and a news report quoting Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz as saying she did not want any politician to take over the position at the central bank.

Zeti, who is due to retire in April, had said in Kuala Lumpur that she would not stay for another term.

She said the process of finding a successor was being undertaken by the Governance Committee of the Bank Negara Malaysia Board which comprises independent directors from the private sector.

Replying to another question, Najib said that upon his return to Malaysia he would discuss with Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi the plan for the country to recruit 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers which has raised concerns.

I think we need to make sure that whatever move we make will fulfil the needs of the

ALOR SETAR : An elderly woman died while two of her family members survived a fire incident in Taman Nuri, Alor Setar, Kedah, early this morning.

The incident – which happened at around 4am, is believed to have occurred when 59-year-old Fadziah Che Othman was sleeping.

According to Jalan Tun Razak Fire and Rescue Department Enforcement Officer Mohd Helmi Badrul Hussin, the fire started at the back of the house before spreading to other areas.

Her two family members managed to escape while

KOTA TINGGI : Four men who were reported missing since Wednesday were found dead near an oil palm plantation at KM42 of Jalan Kota Tinggi-Mersing this morning.

They were found in the Honda Accord car they were travelling in, in a river by nearby farm workers around 9.20am.

Mersing police chief, DSP M. Kumar, said the bodies had been taken to Mersing Hospital.

"Police are investigating the case. We're trying to get more information from the victims' families.

"Preliminary police

TAWAU : A foreign teenage boy was killed after being stabbed with a knife while trying to help his friend who was involved in a fight with a man at a workers' living quarters in Gunung Rara, Ladang Imbak, Jalan Kalabakan, last night.

Tawau police chief, ACP Fadil Marsus said the deceased was identified as Mahmud Kurniawan, 16, who had two stab wounds on the neck and abdomen.                

He said Mahmud's friend, Isra Kurniawan, 15, was also injured in the clash and was receiving treatment

KUALA LUMPUR : Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been described as an extraordinary individual.

According to his deputy, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Najib is a leader who always sees the good in others.

"Although we may have heard something about someone, Datuk Seri Najib always choose to ignore the 'bad stuff' and focus on the good in a person," said Ahmad Zahid.

He deemed Najib's extraordinary personality might be fated as he was destined to face tremendous challenges.


KUALA LUMPUR : Prasarana Malaysia Bhd has collaborated with Transport for London for a work placement programme to facilitate the exchange technical and operational information in public transportation.

Prasarana President/Group Chief Executive Officer Datuk Azmi Abdul Aziz said this was part of Prasarana's initiatives to further enhance its capabilities to become a global integrated public provider.

"We want to give enough room and opportunities to Prasarana's employees to improve their

Looks like Ambiga and gang has finally experienced first-hand the Tai-Chi skills of Penang CM Lim Guan Eng.

Ambiga is president of the National Human Rights Society (HAKAM) and she released a press statement yesterday exposing Lim Guan Eng's many spins.

Over the past months, HAKAM had confronted LGE in a series of meetings about the hill-top developments in Penang leading to the numerous "Botak Hills" - which is actually illegal under state law.

But LGE told them as saying that all these

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