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IT will be an old familiar feeling for Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when he arrives in the Indian capital on Wednesday.

This marks his fourth official visit to India since taking office in 2009, coming on the heels of his high-profile appearances in Chennai and New Delhi less than a year ago.

Last April, Indian and Malaysian business leaders signed one of the biggest trade deals in Malaysian history – US$36bil (RM158.68bil).

The amount was even higher than the RM144bil worth of deals signed by Malaysia in China just four months earlier.

India’s relationship with the 10-nation regional grouping is a key pillar of its foreign policy and foundation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Act East Policy.

The world’s largest democracy became a Sectoral Partner of Asean in 1992, Dialogue Partner in 1996 and Summit Level Partner in 2002, leading to its upgrading as a Strategic Partner in 2012.

Political observers said Najib’s presence at the two-day Comme­morative Summit, themed “Shared Values, Common Destiny”, on Thursday, recognises the geo-political importance of India to Asean.

“His visits to India also prove his interest to widen engagement with a country that is predicted to be the

LABUAN - People may no longer have to fly in or take an hour’s ferry ride to Labuan from the Sabah mainland under a plan for a bridge connecting the island to Menumbok.

The bridge is set to become a reality under the Labuan Development Blueprint announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to transform the international financial centre.

Although the Government had only approved the feasibility study so far, he said the bridge was necessary to spur the island’s economic growth

BUTTERWORTH - Despite being surrounded by development, poverty remains a problem for residents of Kampung Manis in Prai.

The 70-year-old village, previously known as Kampung Selut, is ringed by a sugar mill, a railway station and a port.

Located between Taman Inderawasih and the Prai River, its 1,000 residents live in dilapidated homes without proper sanitation or basic necessities.

Grass cutter R. Gunasegaran, 50, said his house turns into an “island” during downpours.

Gunasegaran also

PETALING JAYA - All low and medium-cost strata residence in Selangor will be equipped with kindergarten and nursery facilities if Barisan Nasional is given the mandate to govern Selangor again in the coming 14th General Election.

Selangor UMNO Liaison Committee chairman Tan Sri Noh Omar said the effort was to facilitate young couples sending their children to nurseries and kindergartens in their residential areas.

"We will streamline the effort by adopting the KEMAS (Community Development

KOTA KINABALU - "I have approved many allocations in Sabah as I am very committed in developing this state,"said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Najib, who is also the Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, said the move to approve numerous allocations during working visits to Sabah was not due to the impending general election.

"I want to make sure that the development gap between Semananjung and Sabah can be narrowed down. We are not like the opposition which only knows how to sell

PETALING JAYA - It is disrespectful to suggest that non-Malays were not part of the struggle against communists in the country, said an army veteran group.

Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association (Macva) president Major (Rtd) Tan Pau Son said non-Malays had risked their lives to protect the country from threats during the emergency.

“We served and risked our lives. When you are in the jungle, the (communists’) booby traps do not distinguish between Chinese, Malay, Indian, Iban or

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