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KUALA LUMPUR - It is crucial for regional defence leaders to sit down and come up with an action plan to fight terror, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said.

“A united multi-state front would shatter any dreams of a utopian Islamic caliphate in the region.

“Together with my Indonesian and Philippine counterparts, we have addressed the growing threat of the Islamic State,” he said during his session at the Putrajaya Forum 2018 at Matrade here yesterday.

The event is held in conjunction with the Defence Services Asia and National Security Asia exhibition.

He said the Trilateral Cooperative Arrangement initiative would see Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines cooperating to provide coordinated naval and air patrols in the waters near the eastern coast of Malaysia.

“We must realise that militant groups in the area have internationalised their operations across boundaries.

“The threat of the Islamic State can only be addressed via closer cooperation between and within nations,” he said.

Hishammuddin said there were also lessons to be learnt from the recapture of Marawi from the Maute group and its followers.

“In assessing implications on stability, there

KUALA LUMPUR - The aspirations of Malaysian youths for the country’s future into 2050 are now officially with the Prime Minister.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin handed over the 2050 National Transformation (TN50) Youth Canvas Report – containing a compilation of refined aspirations for the next phase of the country’s development – to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak before a gathering here last night.

It was the culmination of a year-long national discourse which kicked off on Jan 19

PETALING JAYA - BR1M payouts have been helpful to low-income groups, experts say.

“The aid is handy for eligible recipients who need the cash for short-term spending needs,” said Lee Heng Guie, executive director of the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia’s Socio-Economic Research Centre.

Studies had shown that consumer spending by low-income groups increased since BR1M was implemented, he said.

“Mostly, they use the cash to buy necessities – basic items,” he

KUALA LUMPUR - National motorcycle racer Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah has received a pat on the back from none other than Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for becoming the first Malaysian to compete in the 2018 World MotoGP Championship.

“Congratulations Hafizh Syahrin, Malaysia’s first rider to compete in MotoGP for entire season,” Najib tweeted last night.

Hafizh, nicknamed ‘Pescao 55’, made history after competing for the full season with the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team.

The 23-year-old

PETALING JAYA - The Penang government can no longer deny that the procurement guidelines for the state’s mega project were not met by the special purpose vehicle (SPV), said Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

The MCA deputy president said with the revealing confirmation from the SPV of Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd (CZC), the state government is now compelled to provide an answer.

“The admission by the SPV that it did not meet the RM381mil minimum paid-up capital but will eventually reach

AFTER a year of discourse and gathering aspirations and ideas from the younger generation for the 2050 National Transformation (TN50), Youth and Sports Ministry is ready to present the final report to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Since January last year, the ministry has engaged youths nationwide through dialogue sessions, workshops and online channels to listen to their aspirations and ideas for the future of the country.

The grassroots approach from bottom up is the

KUALA LUMPUR - Datuk Seri Najib Razak today said an additional allocation of RM3 million would be provided to improve the facilities at the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP)- Hospital Selayang Cataract Surgery Centre here in a bid to help the people, especially the underprivileged members of the community.

The prime minister said the allocation was for the procurement of state-of-the-art equipment to enable the centre, located in Jalan Kuching here, to improve its

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