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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 on Monday between CIDB Holdings Sdn Bhd and Ircon International Ltd, India’s famed engineering and construction company specialising in transport infrastructure.

It was one of 31 agreements inked between Malaysia and India.

The deals, worth a total of US$36bil (RM158.68bil), were signed to mark Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s official visit to India.

Liow, who is here with the Prime Minister, said India held the edge in the bid to redevelop the 83km Port Klang-Seremban line.

Under the project estimated at between RM4bil and RM6bil, tracks for freight will be built to bypass KL Sentral, where most of the country’s rail traffic converges to create a bottleneck.

“This will de-congest the

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

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

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

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