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KUALA LUMPUR - The Dewan Rakyat which was in a marathon session for almost 20 hours, ended at 5.05am this morning, setting a new record as the longest Parliament session, surpassing the old time of 4.25am.

Parliament was adjourned after the Tourism Tax Bill 2017 that was tabled by Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz was passed with a rousing majority.

In 2015, the Dewan Rakyat set a record for the longest session when it was adjourned at 4.25am, surpassing the previous longest session that ended at 3.21am.

When winding up debate for the Bill, Mohamed Nazri said revenue from Tourism Tax would be in the region of RM654.62 million if the overall occupancy rate for the 11 million 'room night' in the country can achieve 60 percent.

The Tourism Tax Bill will allow the government to impose tourism tax and levied on a tourist staying at any accommodation premises made available by an operator at the rate fixed by the minister in accordance with Section 8.

It shall be the duty of a tourist to pay the tourism tax to the operator of the accommodation premises.

"With proper promotion and 80 percent occupancy rate, RM872.82 million can be collected," said

INDIA may not be a super-train maker, but its expertise in laying the tracks fits nicely with Malaysia’s priorities.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said India’s know-how in electrified double-track rail could help Malaysia improve rail connections and promote the ports.

“With our roads having been improved, rail is the key focus of our transportation policy. We are very keen to look at India’s proposals,’’ he told The Star here.

A railway infrastructure project pact was signed

KUALA PILAH - The government is committed and serious in assisting the people especially those in rural areas to tackle the cost of living by organising various initiatives among them 'MyBest Buy' programme.

The programme organised by the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) is an effort under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) with the aim of helping the people save by offering goods, five to 20 per cent cheaper.

The Malaysian Ambassador to Cambodia Datuk Seri Hasan Malek

PETALING JAYA - The police will be empowered to act aggressively in the war against drugs, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic).

"There is an alarming trend of drug-related offences cases and we must nip the problem in the bud as it is growing at an alarming rate and has become a national threat.

"Based on Prisons Department records, there has been marked increased in drug offenders in all prisons nationwide," the Home Minister said after chairing the Malaysian Crime Prevention

PUTRAJAYA - Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli should be grateful that oil giant Saudi Aramco has to invest in Malaysia, said Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department - who was involved in the negotiations with Saudi Arabia on the US$7bil investment deal - said the agreement would generate thousands of jobs for Malaysians.

“As many as 60,000 jobs will be created at the Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated (RAPID) project in Pengerang, Johor. If Rafizi says

NIBONG TEBAL - Some 1,000 motorcyclists – most of them youths – received free petrol for their machines at the Bandar Tasik Mutiara Petronas Station near here.

The free fuel was distributed by Nibong Tebal Umno Youth with the co-operation of the State Unmo Youth division.

State Umno liaison committee chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman said the free petrol distribution was in appreciation of the youths’ co-operation in program­mes organised by the district Umno Youth.

He said the fuel

KUALA LUMPUR – Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd (Rapid Rail), the operator of the Rapid KL LRT Kelana Jaya Line wishes to apologise to its customers for the delays on the Kelana Jaya LRT Line last night. 

“We had a fault in a component of the signalling and communication equipment at the Vehicle Control Centre at approximately 8pm, disrupting the operations of the 43 trains along the LRT Kelana Jaya Line. 

“As a result of the fault and service disruption, we had to identify and account for all the trains

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