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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 promises. We are a proven government through our track record.

"The BN government has succeeded in ensuring political stability in Sabah, creating peace and harmony, transforming Sabah and ensuring Sabah's security continues to be assured ... that is the success of the BN government,"he said in his speech at the Dinner with the Sabah Community Leaders here tonight.

Also present at the event were Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman, Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, Cabinet ministers and BN component party leaders.

Najib said the government would also continue to increase the allocation to champion the welfare of Sabahans.

Meanwhile, Najib asked the Sabah BN to

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

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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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)

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