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KUALA LUMPUR - Housing is a top agenda of the government in championing the interests and wellbeing of the people, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said the proliferation of affordable housing projects was proof of the government's commitment to facilitate home ownership according to the people's means.

"We have many agencies managing affordable housing programmes which have received overwhelming response like the 1Malaysia Civil Servants Housing Scheme (PPA1M), 1 Malaysia People's Housing Scheme (PR1MA), the Affordable Homes Programme (RUMAWIP)," he said when handing over the keys for the 1Razak Mansion Housing Project here today.

The Prime Minister said that apart from these, housing redevelopment was another initiative by the government to provide comfortable housing for the people like the 1Razak Mansion in Sungai Besi, which before this was known as the Razak Mansion public housing scheme.

A total of 658 new housing units were built under the redevelopment initiative, each with a floor space of 800 square feet as compared to 399 to 504 square feet before, and come with three rooms, two bathrooms besides the provision of various public facilities.


KUALA LUMPUR - The Ministry of Health must invest substantially on easy-to-understand information to the public to promote healthy lifestyles because Malaysians generally are an unhealthy lot, former Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said today.

He said it was vital for the public to be kept well informed on current health issues at all times through the print, electronic and social media in order for them to be taught about the promotion of healthy lifestyles, avoidance of

KUALA LUMPUR - World number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei's (pic) victory in the All England Open Badminton Championships 2017 certainly had Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak rejoicing.

"Datuk Lee Chong Wei you made all Malaysians proud of you! Superb display of skills and fighting spirit," the Prime Minister said in his Twitter account.

Chong Wei added a fourth All England men's singles title to his impressive collection by beating Shi Yuqi from China at Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England, Sunday

KUCHING - Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today pledged to help realise the undertaking given by the Sarawak government led by the late Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

He urged the people of Sarawak to extend their full support to the new Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari like they did for Adenan.

"I hope we, particularly (new Chief Minister) Datuk Amar Abang Johari, can fulfill his (Adenan's) promises for the development of Sarawak, especially in translating the undertaking

PUTRAJAYA - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today announced that the government would go ahead with the decision to corporatise the Customs Department with a better service scheme.

Najib who is also the Finance Minister said the move to corporatise the Customs was delayed following the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on April 1, 2015.

"Looking at the excellent performance of the Customs Department in carrying out their duties, the government will corporatise the

KUALA LUMPUR - The impending collaboration between national car company, Proton, and a foreign strategic partner (FSP) will not only maximise the manufacturing capacity at both its Shah Alam and Tanjung Malim plants but also allow the company to compete effectively, regionally and globally.

The partnership will also enable Proton to compete with car manufacturers like Honda, Toyota and others.

Dr Irwan Shah Zainal Abidin, Director of the Asian Research Institute of Banking and Finance, said

GEORGE TOWN - Penang Gerakan Youth acting chief Jason Loo today took the lead in planting the first tree at Bukit Botak (Bukit Relau) after claiming that the Penang DAP government failed to fulfill its promise over the last three years to green the area.

Loo said he hoped that Penangites would support the move to plant a tree each there and revive the hope to make Bukit Botak green again.

"Time flies and Bukit Botak is still 'botak' (barren). Penangites actually prefer trees (to restore the

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