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PUTRAJAYA - Malaysia is expected to be free of the El Nino and La Nina phenomenon this year, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

He said based on the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) report, the country is expected to receive normal rainfall for September and October this year while occurrences of exceptionally high temperature, drought and haze are also not expected.

"MetMalaysia's forecast since last year until now is very accurate. I am confident, with this forecast, our country will not experience severe effects of the El Nina and La Nina phenomenon this year," he said at a news conference after chairing the National Haze and Dry Weather Committee meeting here Tuesday.

Wan Junaidi said the meeting agreed on a thorough monitoring of the peat soils with frequent combustion by activating the Fire Prevention and Peat Soil Management Operations programme's operational procedures.

Hence, he said the Mineral and Geoscience Department would conduct a comprehensive study on the construction of check dams and tube wells to address the haze problem through peat soil management.

He said the tube wells is a ground water

KUALA LUMPUR - Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai is the main character in the short video by multi-talented Pete Teo and Liew Seng Tat's new project titled 'Citizens', produced in conjunction with the upcoming National Day celebration.

In the five-minute video which was released on YouTube today, Liow played dual roles as a minister and a citizen conversing to each other on the spirit of nation building.

Teo in a statement issued in the Facebook of 'Citizens' last Friday said the

SHAH ALAM - The Selangor Barisan Nasional (BN) today expressed sadness and concern over the issues that have tarnished the good name of Universiti Selangor (Unisel), which was set up by the then BN-led state government in 1999.

Deputy chairman Datuk Mat Nadzari Ahmad Dahlan said the state government's intention at that time was to make Selangor a distinguished regional education hub, but now the fate of the university's students and staff continued to be neglected by the non-stop issues

PETALING JAYA - Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar on Monday challenged Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali to a debate on issues concerning the management of the People's Housing Project (PPR).

Noh said he was making the challenge following misleading statements issued by Selangor government and Mohamed Azmin, including blaming the federal government for problems facing PPR in the state.

"We can debate the matter or discuss it at a forum

PUTRAJAYA - National Day should be celebrated with a sense of awareness, responsibility and cooperation among the people, said National Civics Bureau (BTN) director-general Datuk Ibrahim Saad.

He said this celebration could instil patriotism, the spirit of love and affection for the country to Malaysians, especially the youth.

"The people should appreciate the fruits of independence and the contributions and sacrifices of past generations need to be remembered as they are responsible for

KUALA LUMPUR - The government still bear the medical cost of its employees and their dependents , federal retirees and the less affordable patients seeking treatment at the National Heart Institute (IJN), said Health Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Chen Chaw Min.

However, he said, they would have to meet certain stipulated conditions to be able to enjoy the facility.

One of conditions, he said, was that they would have to get reference letter from specialists at any government

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

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