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KUALA LUMPUR: The Fujian-Malaysia Tourism Promotion Cen­tre, which is set up here, is a symbol of the strong bilateral relations between China and Malaysia that has been established for a long time.

Tourism Malaysia chairman Wee Choo Keong said the centre, being the first ever to be established outside of Fujian by the Fujian Provincial Tourism Bureau, was a crucial step to further boost tourism.

“I believe this two-way mutual relationship will certainly benefit both nations and this will eventually generate a large amount of income to our country,” Wee said after the opening ceremony of the Fujian-Malaysia Tourism Promotion Centre.

Also present was deputy director of Fujian Provincial Tourism Bureau Chen Yi Hui.

Fujian, which is located on the south-east coast of China and has a population of 34 million people, is famous among tourists for its luscious mountains and crystal clear shallow streams.

“The Fujian promotion centre counter will help Malaysia further boost its tourism economy as China is currently the third largest country in terms of tourist arrival to Malaysia,” stressed Wee.

“We hope to have more provinces from China setting up their promotion centre as it will

KUALA LUMPUR- A magnitude 4.7 earthquake hit Ranau, Ranau, Sabah at 12.10 am Monday.

According to a Malaysian Meteorological Department statement, the epicenter was 16 kilometers west of Ranau town.

The statement said tremors from the quake could be felt throughout the state.

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SEMPORNA- The Region Four Marine Police Force (PPM) issued 17 summonses for various offences against boats operating in the waters of Semporna under the 'Operasi Selamat Laut' operation yesterday.

Region Four PPM commander ACP Mohamad Madun said 44 local boats were inspected in the operation between 7 am and 11 am.

"The summonses were issued under the Merchant Shipping Ordinance and the cases were investigated under the Ports and Harbours Enactment 2002," he said in a statement today.

He

PUTRAJAYA- Waste and food scraps disposed in trash cans that are not tightly closed is the main cause of rat infestation at markets, food courts and recreation areas, said Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government deputy minister, Datuk Halimah Mohd Sadique.

She said waste dumping in the streets, near eateries, recreation areas and failure of food traders to ensure cleanliness and hygiene at their stalls also attract the rodent.

"Leftover food must be discarded in tightly closed bins and

KUALA LUMPUR- Attitude of taxi drivers and safety aspect should be emphasised to get more more tourists to come to the federal capital, which has been ranked the seventh best value city break destination by the world's largest travel site, TripAdvisor, recently.

Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) president Hamzah Rahmat said many taxi drivers had a lackadaisical attitude, where some of them were rude to passengers and did not want to use the meter.

"Taxi drivers, as the

SETIU- The Terengganu Wildlife and National Parks Department (Wildlife) has identified four locations in three districts in the state which attracted wild elephants, especially during the fruit season.

Its director, Yusoff Shariff said there were Air Putih and Pasir Gajah in Kemaman, Hulu Seladang in Setiu and in Hulu Besut.

He said the department had so far caught three wild elephants in the affected areas this year and the pachyderm had been transferred to the National Park.

"I hope

BANGKOK: Swiss national Xavier Andre Justo has claimed that he was promised US$2mil (RM7.6mil) in exchange for data he stole from his former employer PetroSaudi International.

Justo, who is now jailed in Thailand in connection with attempting to blackmail his former employer told The Straits Times in a prison interview that he was never paid what he was promised by a prominent Malaysian businessman. Justo claimed a deal was reached in Singapore in February on the sale of the documents, which

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