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BANGKOK -The Malaysian Army and Royal Thai Army will further enhance existing ties and cooperation through the signing of the Terms of Reference (ToR).

Malaysian Army Chief General Datuk Seri Zulkiple Kassim said ToR would ensure the relationship between the two armies is expanded to include matters outside the General Border Committee (GBC).

"The Terms of Reference will open up more opportunities for both armies to further develop the existing ties and cooperation," he told Bernama in an interview here Thursday.

He said it included personnel exchanges, social and community activities and joint exercises.

Closer ties between the army of Malaysia and Thailand would benefit the people of both countries,said Zulkiple.

The two sides, according to him, also planned to hold the "Army to Army Talk" programme under the ToR aimed at building closer networking between the army officers of the two countries, especially at the mid level.

He hoped the close relationship and strong network among the mid level army officers of Malaysia and Thailand, that was nurtured through the initiative, would endure and develop further particularly when they become the top brass.

"When they (Malaysian


PUTRAJAYA - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak recognised arts activists as 'role models' who are influential in spurring the direction of the nation and the shaping of the National Transformation 2050 (TN50).

He said the influence of arts activists could not only shape the national direction in the creative and entertainment industry but also in shaping the face of the nation and an excellent society.

"Arts activists are outstanding role model and par excellence. They shape the

KENINGAU - Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said it is safe for international tourists to visit Sabah.

He said he has full confidence in the control of security by the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) and thus the Land Below The Wind is safe for international tourists.

"Security for international tourists in Sabah is assured," he told reporters after opening the 1M Voluntourism Plant A Tree Programme under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS)

KUALA LUMPUR - Following his appointment as Special Functions Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein is entrusting senior officials in the Defence Ministry with carrying out improvements to strengthen the armed forces.

These improvements include veteran welfare, preparedness, military diplomacy and the National Service module.

Hishammuddin said he wanted senior officials in the armed forces to effectively execute the plans. If they do, then the minister could perform his new duties

SEPANG - About 80 per cent of the 6,389 National Service (NS) Training Programme 2.0 Group 1 Series 14/2017 who graduated on Sunday, agreed to accept the offer to pursue their studies in technical skills at several Public Skills Training Institutes (ILKA) and Private Skills Training Institutes ( ILKS) nationwide.

Defence Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Johari Baharum said trainees might be offered further education through the second phase of the NS programme, where they would have the

KAPIT - Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg has a vision to make Kapit Division as a centre for international biodiversity research.

He said the division has plenty of biodiversity resources that could be used to make medicines or other biotechnology products.

"We can bring in researchers to study our trees, our leaves, our biodiversity resources," he said when at the meet-the-people dinner function at Kapit Civic Centre last night.

He said it was his vision and the

KUALA LUMPUR - Advisers to the national leader must be open-minded and be prepared to accept the views of others, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The Deputy Prime Minister said this was because they played an important role in helping the leader administer the country with excellence.

"A good adviser must accept advice from outside. If he still maintains old-fashioned ideas and feel the intellectual egoism is with him, just wait for the ruin to follow. This is

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