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KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian police will tighten security at the nation's borders, especially in the waters near the Philippines, following the declaration of martial law by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in the Mindanao region.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic) said, however, that the department will not increase the number of personnel required for the task.

"We have taken precautions, and are always aware of what is happening in the Philippines," he told Bernama on Wednesday.

Following the declaration, Philippines military has ordered more than 200,000 people in the city of Marawi, Mindanao to leave their homes.

The order was issued shortly after Duterte's spokesman, Ernesto Abella made an announcement on Tuesday on behalf of the president declaring martial law in the region, after fierce clashes between the army and Islamic State-linked militants.

Meanwhile, a local resident who requested anonymity said that most residents concurred with the military command, and had moved to the cities of Zamboanga, Pagadian and Cotabato, about 10 to 12 hours away from Marawi.

The resident, when contacted by the Bernama News Channel via WhatsApp, said there

PETALING JAYA - Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has given his approval for the three PAS executive councillors to remain in the state government until the next general election. 

In a statement issued by the Sultan's private secretary Datuk Munir Bani on Thursday, the Selangor Sultan said that the position of the three PAS exco members should remain for the betterment of the people and in efforts to develop the state. 

"His Royal Highness has taken into consideration the mandate given


PUTRAJAYA - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak recognised arts activists as 'role models' who are influential in spurring the direction of the nation and the shaping of the National Transformation 2050 (TN50).

He said the influence of arts activists could not only shape the national direction in the creative and entertainment industry but also in shaping the face of the nation and an excellent society.

"Arts activists are outstanding role model and par excellence. They shape the

KENINGAU - Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said it is safe for international tourists to visit Sabah.

He said he has full confidence in the control of security by the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) and thus the Land Below The Wind is safe for international tourists.

"Security for international tourists in Sabah is assured," he told reporters after opening the 1M Voluntourism Plant A Tree Programme under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS)

BANGKOK -The Malaysian Army and Royal Thai Army will further enhance existing ties and cooperation through the signing of the Terms of Reference (ToR).

Malaysian Army Chief General Datuk Seri Zulkiple Kassim said ToR would ensure the relationship between the two armies is expanded to include matters outside the General Border Committee (GBC).

"The Terms of Reference will open up more opportunities for both armies to further develop the existing ties and cooperation," he told Bernama in an

SEPANG - About 80 per cent of the 6,389 National Service (NS) Training Programme 2.0 Group 1 Series 14/2017 who graduated on Sunday, agreed to accept the offer to pursue their studies in technical skills at several Public Skills Training Institutes (ILKA) and Private Skills Training Institutes ( ILKS) nationwide.

Defence Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Johari Baharum said trainees might be offered further education through the second phase of the NS programme, where they would have the

KAPIT - Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg has a vision to make Kapit Division as a centre for international biodiversity research.

He said the division has plenty of biodiversity resources that could be used to make medicines or other biotechnology products.

"We can bring in researchers to study our trees, our leaves, our biodiversity resources," he said when at the meet-the-people dinner function at Kapit Civic Centre last night.

He said it was his vision and the

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