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KUALA LUMPUR - Following his appointment as Special Functions Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein is entrusting senior officials in the Defence Ministry with carrying out improvements to strengthen the armed forces.

These improvements include veteran welfare, preparedness, military diplomacy and the National Service module.

Hishammuddin said he wanted senior officials in the armed forces to effectively execute the plans. If they do, then the minister could perform his new duties better.

“How will I be able to carry out my duties if they are still dependent on my personal advice and guidance?”

Hishammuddin, who retains his role as Defence Minister, said he did not regard his new role as special treatment but a duty entrusted in him to be carried out sincerely and honestly.

“My main task now is to help the Prime Minister oversee efforts to safeguard security in Sabah,” he said.

His role is to ensure Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone) Defence Committee head Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak works closely with the Esszone advisory board on strengthening the security efforts, especially in the East Coast of Sabah.

The board is jointly chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Home

KUALA LUMPUR - Advisers to the national leader must be open-minded and be prepared to accept the views of others, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The Deputy Prime Minister said this was because they played an important role in helping the leader administer the country with excellence.

"A good adviser must accept advice from outside. If he still maintains old-fashioned ideas and feel the intellectual egoism is with him, just wait for the ruin to follow. This is

KUALA LUMPUR - Muslim World League has praised the Malaysian move in absorbing the concept of 'wasatiyyah' (moderation) including in the field of education and national unity.

The league's secretary-general, Sheikh Dr Mohammed Abdul Karim Al-Issa said the efforts by Malaysia had given the picture what Islam was all about which actually promoted moderation at all levels in life.

"It gave significant returns to the reputation of Islam in terms of the economy, security, peace and so on.


KUALA LUMPUR - The National Football Development Programme (NFDP) will remain a government policy to achieve footballing excellence, no matter who leads the Ministry of Youth and Sports in the future.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the programme, which celebrates its third anniversary Sunday, had received approval from the Cabinet prior to its implementation.

"This is a national programme launched by Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) and during the launch, he had

BESUT - The Federal Government through the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry had allocated RM1.15 billion to implement 34 projects in Terengganu this year.

Its Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said it involved an allocation of RM1.12 billion for 14 main projects while the rest involved small projects.

"All these projects which are entrusted to the Terengganu Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) are to help the people in the state by tackling problems like floods

KUALA LUMPUR - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wished happy new year to the Indian community in Malaysia who celebrate the occasion.

"Happy New Year - Chittirai and Vishu as well as Vaisakhi to the Indian community who are celebrating," he said in a post on Twitter.

The respective new year events are celebrated by the Tamil, Malayali and Sikh communities.

Najib also congratulated national cyclist Azizulhasni Awang who emerged as the world keirin champion for the first time at the

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

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