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KUALA TERENGGANU - A total of 374 people from 102 families have been evacuated to 17 relief centres in Terengganu, following worsening floods.

The Social Welfare Department’s http://infobanjir.jkm.gov.my/ portal reported that the evacuees comprised 104 men, 121 women, 78 boys, 66 girls, and five infants.

The number included one female senior citizen and three male disabled persons.

In Besut, police said an additional 12 people from five families were evacuated to Sekolah Kebangsaan Kuala Besut 2 last night, bringing the total number of evacuees to 39 from 11 families.

District police chief Superintendent Mohd Zamri Mohd Rowi said the school was opened at 7.40pm to house the victims after they had to vacate their flood-hit homes.

Zamri said the evacuees were from four villages, namely Kampung Alor Teratai, Kampung Kayu Kelat, Kampung Telok Bayu and Kampung Pachakan.

"The evacuees included three disable people and 15 children," he said, adding that clogged drains had also contributed to the floods.

Meanwhile, Terengganu Civil Defence Force director Lt Col Che Adam Abdul Rahman advised the public to refer to the authorities for accurate and timely information on the monsoon

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

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 - 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

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