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LANGKAWI - Hardly a year of being admitted as a member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) has been given the honour to host PATA Travel Mart 2018.

Lada chief executive officer Datuk Azizan Noordin said that the event would be an impetus to propel Langkawi to the next level of tourism development.

"Since we need to push Langkawi to the next level, we collaborated with Tourism Malaysia and the Tourism and Culture Ministry to bid for PATA Travel Mart 2018, and we got it, " he told Bernama.

He said the event was tentatively scheduled for three consecutive days from Sept 12, 2018 at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC), the venue of the biennial Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition.

"We foresee that about 3,000 people will be coming to the Travel Mart, including exhibitors, buyers, media, government representatives, and from the PATA Secretariat, " he added.

Azizan said a number of forums would be held during the Travel Mart, featuring speakers from around the world, including Malaysia who would make presentations on Langkawi as a geopark destination, as well as other tourism attractions

PUTRAJAYA - The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) mega project is a 'game changer' and 'mindset changer' for the people on the East Coast with the arrival of the modern era in their area, said Prime Ministeri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

"I was involved in a programme in Bachok, Kelantan several months ago. The residents could not imagine such a modern and sophisticated rail service in their midst when they saw how the train looked like.

"When I saw their reaction, I realised that the project is not

KUALA LUMPUR - Some RM300 million has been allocated for the maintenance and upgrading of about 75,000 People''s Housing Project (PPR) and low-cost apartments in Kuala Lumpur.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the maintenance cost also includes repair and upgrading of flats and apartments under Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

"We have identified the PPR and apartments that need repair to damaged elevators, leaking toilets and potholes that need urgent

KUALA LUMPUR - The Tourism Tax, which is set to see rates of between RM2.50 and RM20 charged for a night's stay, will be enforced as scheduled on July 1, said Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz (pic).

He rejected a report from a news portal which claimed the implementation of the tax would be postponed.

"The gazette (on Tourism Tax) is automatic, in accordance with the country's procedures, when it is approved by the Parliament, the gazette is automatic.

"If we want to say it

KUALA LUMPUR - Socio-Cultural Advisor to the Government Tan Sri Rais Yatim will discuss with the Education Ministry on making ''budi'' or cultural guidance a compulsory subject at schools and higher learning institutions.

Rais who is also International Islamic University Malaysia president said such a subject was vital in shaping the foundation of the culture and way of life of the people in the country in a bid to to create a high-cultured society.

"In line with the recent Cultural Congress

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia Airlines Flight MH725 from here experienced a damaged tyre (pix) upon landing at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta amidst heavy rain Tuesday.

The plane taxied safely and no passenger or crew were injured, according to a statement published by the airline on its Facebook.

"Malaysia Airlines apologises for any inconvenience and delay for our customers related to this incident," the statement said.

The airline added that it was working with the airport authorities to

KUALA LUMPUR - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today reminded Muslims to enhance their obedience and submission to Allah, like performing the tarawih prayer at mosques and surau, during the month of Ramadan, with only about two more weeks left.

He said they should not let go of the opportunity offered during this holy month to seek forgiveness from Allah (God).

"I hope we remain spirited to celebrate the nights of Ramadan at mosques and surau in joining the congregation to perform the

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