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LABUAN - People may no longer have to fly in or take an hour’s ferry ride to Labuan from the Sabah mainland under a plan for a bridge connecting the island to Menumbok.

The bridge is set to become a reality under the Labuan Development Blueprint announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to transform the international financial centre.

Although the Government had only approved the feasibility study so far, he said the bridge was necessary to spur the island’s economic growth, currently hit by the international oil and gas downturn.

“It is not just a feasibility study for a bridge but a study on the best implementation method,” he told Labuan folk at Carnival Rakyat where he launched the blueprint yesterday.

The economic modernisation of Labuan, added Najib, was necessary as the recent oil and gas downturn had affected Labuan folk.

“Oil prices are improving, although we don’t expect them to go as high as previously,” he said.

Najib hopes the study will be completed soon so that a decision can be made.

Labuan residents have been looking forward to a bridge for a long time.

While critics had said that the cost of such a bridge would not be viable, Najib said it

KOTA KINABALU - "I have approved many allocations in Sabah as I am very committed in developing this state,"said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Najib, who is also the Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, said the move to approve numerous allocations during working visits to Sabah was not due to the impending general election.

"I want to make sure that the development gap between Semananjung and Sabah can be narrowed down. We are not like the opposition which only knows how to sell

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

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BUTTERWORTH - Despite being surrounded by development, poverty remains a problem for residents of Kampung Manis in Prai.

The 70-year-old village, previously known as Kampung Selut, is ringed by a sugar mill, a railway station and a port.

Located between Taman Inderawasih and the Prai River, its 1,000 residents live in dilapidated homes without proper sanitation or basic necessities.

Grass cutter R. Gunasegaran, 50, said his house turns into an “island” during downpours.

Gunasegaran also

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

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