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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 said this was a national programme. When it is a national policy or programme, anyone who becomes the Youth and Sports Minister has to continue," he told reporters during a special interview.

NFDP was launched on April 10, 2014 by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, along with the Mokhtar Dahari National Football Academy in Cherating, Pahang, as an effort to restore the glory of football in the country, and to become a force to be reckoned with on the international stage.

The plan, supported by the government as a whole, is not limited to the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and includes the likes of the Ministry of Education and the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).

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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

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

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

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

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