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Putrajaya should take the election pledges made by federal ministers seriously and not assume Sarawak would always be BN’s “fixed deposit”, said Sarawak BN Backbenchers Club Chairman Abdullah Saidol.

He also told reporters in the state assembly here today that the Federal Government should not take lightly Sarawak’s efforts to pursue greater autonomy rights and devolution of powers.

“Any promise made by the federal ministers during the state elections should not be taken for granted.

“They should take it seriously,” he said, repeating his call made during his motion of thanks to Sarawak Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud’s opening speech.

“They should not assume that Sarawak will always be a ‘fixed deposit’ if promises are not kept or when our efforts to request various development funds do not get attention.”

Abdullah, who is Semop assemblyman, said he was acting on a directive by Chief Minister Adenan Satem that backbenchers should be truthful, as all state assemblymen, including the ones without a state government portfolio, are equally elected by the people.

“I am not against the government. I am just voicing out the real situation in the rural areas.

“As an elected

THE HAGUE - German and Swiss authorities have carried out raids seizing documents after learning a German private detective had investigated the MH17 air disaster, Dutch officials and media said Tuesday.

Among the objects seized during last week’s raids were “apparently explosive papers” which Dutch investigators hope may narrow down the search for those behind the 2014 tragedy, said the daily De Telegraaf.

All 298 passengers and crew -- the majority of them Dutch -- died when Malaysia

Malaysia's mesmerising culture and mouth-watering cuisine took centre stage at the recently-organised 'Malaysia Culture Day' in Krakow, Poland.

Presided over by Malaysian ambassador to Poland Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, the event also featured a Malaysian traditional fashion show as well as a Malay wedding presentation, narrated in English and Polish.

The Malaysian traditional dance segment was performed by Polish and Malaysian medical students from Warsaw University and Jagiellonian

KUALA LUMPUR – Australian Transport Safety Bureau chief Martin Dolan said the underwater search off the West Australian coast for the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 will be called off as soon as July, unless significant new evidence emerges.

Dolan who is the person in charge of the search for the missing plane, said the Australian government had commissioned a search covering 120,000 square kilometres and they had about 15,000 square kilometres left to go, ABC.net.au reported.

"At this stage

KUALA KANGSAR - Barisan Nasional candidate in the Kuala Kangsar by-election Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid remains strong, despite the various accusations aimed at her on the social media and websites, said her son, Wan Emir Astar Wan Mohammad Khair-il.

Wan Emir, 26, who is the oldest sibling, has taken onto himself the responsibility of campaigning for his mother, who is still observing the "iddah" (the mourning period which Muslim women have to observe following their death of their spouse, or

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) secretary-general Rafizi Ramli has been urged to furnish proof on his allegations of demand for money and women in dealings with the PKR-led Selangor government to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

PKR president Datuk Seri Datin Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said, at the same time, the party's political bureau would also scrutinise the claims which were raised by the Pandan Member of Parliament several days ago.

"If it involves a party member, the member will

KUALA LUMPUR -- The Auditor-General's Report 2015 Series 1 tabled in Dewan Rakyat Wednesday showed excellent financial management performance by government agencies compared to the previous year.

Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang said 180 ministries, departments and federal government agencies received Excellent (5-star) ratings compared to only 114 in 2014.

"This significant achievement has indicated that the implementation of the Accountability Index has prompted Controlling Officers to

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