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PETALING JAYA - It is disrespectful to suggest that non-Malays were not part of the struggle against communists in the country, said an army veteran group.

Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association (Macva) president Major (Rtd) Tan Pau Son said non-Malays had risked their lives to protect the country from threats during the emergency.

“We served and risked our lives. When you are in the jungle, the (communists’) booby traps do not distinguish between Chinese, Malay, Indian, Iban or Caucasian legs. When it explodes, it explodes. Many of my friends died,” he said here yesterday.

Tan was commenting on Ummah president Ismail Mina Ahmad’s earlier remarks that only Malays were part of the resistance against the communist insurgency.

He said when Macva was formed a few years ago, it received applications from about 1,000 Chinese armed forces veterans within a short span of time.

“This number only accounts for those still alive. What about those who have passed away?” said the Royal Military College graduate.

“We (veterans) are very hurt by his remarks,” he said.

Macva, said Tan, would step up efforts in disseminating information about the veterans who served during the

PETALING JAYA - All low and medium-cost strata residence in Selangor will be equipped with kindergarten and nursery facilities if Barisan Nasional is given the mandate to govern Selangor again in the coming 14th General Election.

Selangor UMNO Liaison Committee chairman Tan Sri Noh Omar said the effort was to facilitate young couples sending their children to nurseries and kindergartens in their residential areas.

"We will streamline the effort by adopting the KEMAS (Community Development

JOHOR BARU - It’s happy faces all around at the four toll plazas across the country where toll was abolished at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day.

In the city, where it is now free to travel along the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL), businessman S. Veeran hopes to set aside over RM3,000 in savings from not having to pay toll.

The 31-year-old, who travels via the EDL to Singapore, used to spend about RM13.80 daily.

“I have been paying a lot since travelling to Singapore almost two years

PUTRAJAYA - All schools here will no longer implement class streaming according to the academic ability of students this year, said Putra­jaya Federal Territ­ory Educa­tion director Roaini Jaafar.

According to Bernama, she said the move to combine students of mixed abilities in the same class was in line with 21st century learning and had been accepted by parents here.

“This will enable students who have mastered reading, calculating and writing to co-operate with and guide the less able

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KUALA LUMPUR - The Government will ensure adequate aid to flood victims, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

In a Twitter post, the Prime Minister reminded those affected to persevere, prioritise their own safety and follow the instructions of the authorities.

“I am monitoring the situation in the flood-hit states,” he said.

Floods have struck Pahang, Johor, Terengganu, Kelantan, Sabah and Sarawak, with victims evacuated to relief centres and schools closed.

Pahang Civil Defence Force (APM)

SEREMBAN - A visit to some schools here showed that not all pupils are carrying heavy school bags, which may mean that verna­cular schools are adhering to a circu­lar on limiting the use of workbooks.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon visited SJK(C) Sin Hua to check whether vernacular schools were adhering to the circular.

Chong, who was surprised to see some of the pupils with a heavy load, said he hoped that schools would abide by the ministry’s directive that pupils from Years

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