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PUTRAJAYA - The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) mega project is a 'game changer' and 'mindset changer' for the people on the East Coast with the arrival of the modern era in their area, said Prime Ministeri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

"I was involved in a programme in Bachok, Kelantan several months ago. The residents could not imagine such a modern and sophisticated rail service in their midst when they saw how the train looked like.

"When I saw their reaction, I realised that the project is not only a 'game changer' but also also a 'mindset changer'. It opens the minds of the rural populace in the East Coast that the modern era has arrived in their region," he said.

Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said this when opening the 'Negaraku' ECRL Industry Training Project at the Finance Ministry here today.

He said the economic growth rates in Terengganu, Kelantan and Pahang were each expected to increase by 1.5 per cent through the implementation of the ECRL.

According to Najib, based on government studies, 95 per cent of respondents supported the project which simultaneously showed it received the support and prompting of the people.

On the training programme, the prime

KUALA LUMPUR - Socio-Cultural Advisor to the Government Tan Sri Rais Yatim will discuss with the Education Ministry on making ''budi'' or cultural guidance a compulsory subject at schools and higher learning institutions.

Rais who is also International Islamic University Malaysia president said such a subject was vital in shaping the foundation of the culture and way of life of the people in the country in a bid to to create a high-cultured society.

"In line with the recent Cultural Congress

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia Airlines Flight MH725 from here experienced a damaged tyre (pix) upon landing at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta amidst heavy rain Tuesday.

The plane taxied safely and no passenger or crew were injured, according to a statement published by the airline on its Facebook.

"Malaysia Airlines apologises for any inconvenience and delay for our customers related to this incident," the statement said.

The airline added that it was working with the airport authorities to

KUALA LUMPUR - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today reminded Muslims to enhance their obedience and submission to Allah, like performing the tarawih prayer at mosques and surau, during the month of Ramadan, with only about two more weeks left.

He said they should not let go of the opportunity offered during this holy month to seek forgiveness from Allah (God).

"I hope we remain spirited to celebrate the nights of Ramadan at mosques and surau in joining the congregation to perform the

KUALA LUMPUR - Some RM300 million has been allocated for the maintenance and upgrading of about 75,000 People''s Housing Project (PPR) and low-cost apartments in Kuala Lumpur.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the maintenance cost also includes repair and upgrading of flats and apartments under Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

"We have identified the PPR and apartments that need repair to damaged elevators, leaking toilets and potholes that need urgent

KUALA LUMPUR - The Tourism Tax, which is set to see rates of between RM2.50 and RM20 charged for a night's stay, will be enforced as scheduled on July 1, said Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz (pic).

He rejected a report from a news portal which claimed the implementation of the tax would be postponed.

"The gazette (on Tourism Tax) is automatic, in accordance with the country's procedures, when it is approved by the Parliament, the gazette is automatic.

"If we want to say it

PUTRAJAYA - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today launched three major documents under the National Development Plan to chart a more dynamic, balanced and resilient development roadmap for the country in tackling future challenges.

The documents are the Third National Physical Development Plan (RFN3), Second National Urbanisation Plan (DPN2) and National Rural Physical Planning Policy (DPF Desa Negara).

Najib said the three documents for the National Development Plan were very

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