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GEORGE TOWN - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today expressed the government commitment to continue to focus on providing more affordable housing for the low- and middle-income groups.

He said the concept of comprehensive and holistic development was most necessary to ensure that these groups had the capacity to own equity.

"It is for this reason that I recently changed the original criteria to the concept of well-being transformation. When we emphasise well-being transformation, it involves the question of property ownership.

"For me, property ownership is more meaningful than equity ownership for an individual because land is a substantial asset of value to our families.

"As such, we see housing development not solely from the perspective of an economic project but in the concept of development of the people and development of bumiputeras based on the well-being concept," he said during a visit to the Casa Anggun housing project in Sungai Nibong here.

The second phase of the project involved the construction of 340 units of medium-cost houses of 800 to 900 sq ft at the starting sale price of RM324,000, twenty per cent cheaper than the market price, and which were

PUTRAJAYA - The 2017 Merdeka Day celebration on Aug 31 will see a re-enactment of the independence declaration.

Multimedia and Communication Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said the celebration's venue, Dataran Merdeka, would be designed to look like Stadium Merdeka, where the original declaration occurred.

“This year's celebration will be a different from previous years. Instead of the usual parade, the celebration will re-enact the Merdeka declaration in 1957.

“Dataran Merdeka

PUTRAJAYA - The Community Relation Council for the National Blueprint for the Indian Community held its first meeting Tuesday to discuss and implement initiatives under the plan that was launched in April.

The meeting attended by 30 representatives from non governmental organisations, political parties, corporate bodies and community leaders was chaired by MIC President Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam who is also the Health Minister.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Dr Subramaniam said

ALOR STAR - Teachers should not be afraid to lodge a report should they be threatened by student bullies.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said teachers also should not be scared to highlight the matter for fear that it could compromise the school’s reputation.

He stressed that bullying can lead to gangsterism and it must be promptly addressed through report and action by both the teachers and the school.

“Most teachers do not come forward because they are afraid for their own

EREMBAN - Lenggeng Assemblyman Datuk Ishak Ismail, who died of a heart attack last night, was a leader with the people's interests at heart and despite his serious look, was a fun person who liked to make jokes.

During state assembly sitting, his participation in the debate would be much awaited, especially by media members, as he would always interspersed his speech with jokes which sometimes helped to break the boredom of the lengthy meeting.

A recording of his speech during the UMNO

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia is able to record many achievements that can be proud of even though faced with many challenges, from global market uncertainty, fall in oil prices, to actions to sabotage the economy and tarnish the country by the opposition.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said overall, the nation's economic performance for the first quarter of 2017 remained stable and strong, expanding by 5.6 per cent, with foreign direct investment (FDI) rising to RM17 billion.

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LANGKAWI - Hardly a year of being admitted as a member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) has been given the honour to host PATA Travel Mart 2018.

Lada chief executive officer Datuk Azizan Noordin said that the event would be an impetus to propel Langkawi to the next level of tourism development.

"Since we need to push Langkawi to the next level, we collaborated with Tourism Malaysia and the Tourism and Culture Ministry to bid for PATA

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