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KUALA LUMPUR - The Health Ministry will hold talks with the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry to set a ceiling price for medicines.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the objective of the talks was to draw up a policy to control the price of medicines to enable the poor to also buy them.

"This will give us a chance to help the poor. This is one way to ensure that this group gets the necessary treatment.

"We will see how we can find an effective way. I hope we can help many people get the optimal treatment," he said in his winding-up speech for the royal address for the home ministry at the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.

He said the price of medicines for chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart problems on the market was high.

Separately, Dr Subramaniam agreed there was still shortage of specialists in government hospitals, but the ministry was confident this issue would be resolved soon.

"In 2012, we trained 300 specialist doctors in various fields, and this has increased to 1,000 a year. This shows a three-fold increase," said the Segamat MP, adding the ministry was targeting to train 1,500 specialist doctors by next year.

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LUMUT - The state government will continue with its Perak Foundation Education Bursary to assist students from families earning less than RM3,000 a month to help further their education to higher level.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir said to date, the state government had assisted more than 14,000 students since it was introduced in 2009.

He said the aid was given to needy Perak-born students at public and private institutions of higher learning at diploma and degree

PUTRAJAYA - Police have obtained an Interpol Red Notice for the arrest of four North Koreans believed to be involved in the killing of Kim Jong-nam.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said this was the latest development in the investigation into the case, which he said was ongoing.

“We have obtained the red notice for the four North Korean men who were at the airport during the incident. We believe they have since left for Pyongyang. We are hoping to get them through

KUALA LUMPUR - A total of 1,129 of the 7,370 students in the Mara Junior Science Colleges (MRSM) obtained 9As in all subjects in the 2016 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination.

This was 15.31 percent of the total number of students, compared to 14.69 percent in 2015.

"Once again, the MRSMs have achieved excellent results, with all 48 MRSMs attaining the same performance as before, with 100 percent passes," Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in a

KUALA LUMPUR - The DNA used to identify Kim Jong-nam’s body was from his son, says Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said Malaysian officials had gone to the location of the son to retrieve the DNA.

“We went there and collected the DNA,” he said.

Asked on the whereabouts of the son and what DNA it was, he said he could not reveal the details.

The Deputy Prime Minister added that he would check on the consent documents submitted by the next of kin through the Foreign

 

PUTRAJAYA - Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has urged Myanmar to immediately end the crisis faced by the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine state.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the International Rohingya Conference 2017 here, he said the action would prove to the ASEAN communities that Myanmar had a big heart and could accept Muslim minority Rohingya as one of their citizens.

"If Myanmar does not want to recognise the Rohingya as their citizens, then they

KOTA BARU - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) detained a former Kelantan International, Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI) director for allegedly making fraudulent claims totalling to about RM600,000.

According to a source, the 35-year-old former director was detained at his office at the Public Services Department in Putrajaya on Tuesday afternoon by a Kelantan MACC team.

The source said MACC received reports on the alleged false claims made by the former director since holding

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