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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 high risk behaviours, prevention of chronic diseases and the importance of personal hygiene and self-care.

"No point rushing to clinics or hospitals for every medical problem when some could be addressed within the confines of their homes.

"But for self-care to be successful, proper education and simple messages are required and the Ministry of Health must invest substantially to bring such information to the public wherever they may be, whether they are internet-savvy or otherwise" he told Bernama.

Dr Ismail said that in this connection, the younger generation would be a challenging group to handle as they had their own thoughts and inclinations but this did not mean that the authorities

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

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

PETALING JAYA - Drawing up and enforcing stricter rules on motorcycle exhaust systems will be a better way to curb emissions, said Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Aziz Kaprawi.

He said the management of carbon emissions by vehicles is under the jurisdiction of the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and Natural Resources and Environment Ministry.

"JPJ could carry out enforcement on all motorcycles that have modified their exhaust systems which are not in accordance with the law," he

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