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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 country's small ambassadors, should show good examples by appreciating tourists because it is part of their job to bring passengers to desired destinations," he told Bernama here.

He said the relevant authorities should conduct more frequent monitoring to ensure problems raised by taxi passengers could be addressed promptly.

Patrols and enforcement should also be stepped up at tourist destinations to ensure safety of the visitors, he added.

Meanwhile, the owner of Elaf Al Massa Travel & Tours, Awiah Maarip said Kuala Lumpur could attract more visitors by having more factory outlets equipped with hotel facilities and shuttle service.

She said Kuala Lumpur would also made a good venue

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- Cabinet ministers and the members of Parliament, as well as netizens, today took the opportunity to wish Prime Ministry Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak a happy 62nd birthday through the twitter accounts.

Najib was born on July 23, 1953, in Kuala Lipis, Pahang.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, in his Twitter account, @shaberyc, at 7.20 am tweeted "Happy Birthday Datuk Seri Najib! Hope patience and sincerity be the strength in discharging your

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

PETALING JAYA: Batu MP Tian Chua and several activists have been barred by the Immigration Department from leaving the country.

"With the latest travel ban, I'm completely stuck in Peninsular Msia - already barred from Sabah & Sarawak, now can't go overseas or even Spore," Tian Chua said on Twitter on Thursday.

Activists Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Maria Chin Abdullah, Hishamuddin Rais and Adam Adli Abdul Halim are among those who have also been stopped from going abroad.

Ambiga said she

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