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The Community Rehabilitation Programme (CRP) for prisoners is among programmes implemented under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) to better people’s lives while reducing cost, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Under this programme, inmates who are not classified as hardcore criminals are given vocational training, including in agriculture, so they can have a source of income.

They are placed in protected areas which are not prisons, so we do not have to spend money to build new prisons, the Prime MIinister said in reply to a question by Datuk Juslie Ajirol (BN – Libaran) in Parliament.

Juslie had asked about government efforts to optimise spending under NBOS.

This had managed to break the silo system which had affected government programmes before this, he said.

One of the best examples of NBOS’ effectiveness was the Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) which operates beyond the regular opening hours – from 8.30am to 10pm daily including weekends, he said.

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KUALA LUMPUR - Atheism should not be allowed in Malaysia for any citizen as it contradicts both the Federal Constitution and the Rukunegara, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki (pix).

He said atheist ideologies were dangerous as they were being propagated to not only Muslims but to the non-Muslims in Malaysia.

“Atheism contradicts the first principle of the Rukunegara, which is a belief in God.

“We need to understand, that in the Malaysian

KUALA LUMPUR - Only one complaint has been received so far over the selective ban which prevents tudung-clad women from working frontline jobs in the hotel industry.

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz (pix) said investigations were still being carried out over the complaint.

“We are collecting information about the complaint," he said in reply to a question by Anuar Abd Manap (BN - Sekijang) in Parliament on Thursday (Nov 23).

Nazri did not furnish details about

GEORGE TOWN - The images of people carrying the elderly and sick through the waters during Penang’s flood brought tears to war veteran James Jeremiah.

The only surviving World War II veteran of Penang’s Eurasian “E” company, Jeremiah, 94, reminisced about how he and his comrades had to carry the dead and injured during the Japanese bombing campaign.

“It was more horrifying than the flood as there were many who had their limbs blown off during the relentless bombing.

“Fear of death could be

KUALA LUMPUR - Authorities have identified slip-prone tracks after a cargo train derailed at Keretapi Tanah Melayu's (KTM) Bank Negara station Thursday (Nov 23) morning, disrupting railway services in Klang Valley.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pix) said the operational problem by KTM was viewed seriously while measures have been put in place to further improve the situation.

"In certain areas we have told KTM operators to slow down the traffic and we are in the midst of

KUCHING - Malaysia must be ready for disruptive change by adjusting its policies to meet the changing circumstances, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Prime Minister cautioned that the country would lose its competitive edge and be overtaken if it was not well prepared.

“We cannot and must not allow that. We knew that if we are to achieve our goal of becoming a high-income nation by 2020, we had to make changes. And that is true leadership,” he said when opening the 13th World Islamic

KUALA LUMPUR - More people-­centric infrastructure projects will be delivered by the Government, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said that Malaysia is on the right track when it comes to public infrastructure and the Government has clear and concise public deve­lopment programmes.

“We have delivered and we will continue to deliver more facilities for the people,” he said, adding that such projects were no longer just infrastructure or basic amenities, but “infra-rakyat”

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