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KAMPAR - The Perak Menteri Besar’s Retreat that was initiated in February last year enabled Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir to endear himself to about 165,000 people in various localities in the state.

Zambry said the retreat, which has entered its 10th series, implemented more than 1,000 programmes to listen to various issues and problems of the people.

“The programmes implemented were not necessarily those drawn up earlier but also included those which were arranged at the 11th hour just before meeting the people,” he said to reporters in Malim Nawar near here today.

Zambry had handed out land titles to 144 participants of the Structured Villages Programme in Gua Sanding and Kampung Changkat Tualang as well as 16 participants of the Bukit Pekan Collective Farming Programme.

Earlier, he also launched a ground-breaking for 54 units of Rumah Amanjaya Tualang Sekah on 2.94 hectares. The houses, subsidised by the government, were for sale at RM70,000 per unit.

Zambry also said that his going down to the ground with state executive councillors to clean an area of Malim Nawar of refuse was an ongoing effort to instill in the people in the localities the need to ensure

BEIJING - Kuala Lumpur's move to establish counter-terrorism cooperation with Beijing and the focus on combating cybercrime are among the highlights of Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's three-day working visit to China, beginning Monday.

The deputy prime minister is scheduled to attend the 86th General Assembly of Interpol, here, on Tuesday which will be opened by People's Republic of China (PRC) President Xi Jinping.

According to a statement made available to Malaysian press, here, Ahmad


KUALA LUMPUR - Helping Malay­sians own comfortable homes is among the Government’s top priorities, says the Prime Minister.

“The People’s Housing Project (PPR) is very important for the Government and we have allocated RM6bil for the project nationwide.

“To date, 83,759 units have been completed while another 25,000 units are on the way,” said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Najib was speaking before handing over keys to new residents of PPR Sri Aman in Kepong and the launch of the Youth

PUTRAJAYA - "If you want to say that I am a perfectionist, yes I admit, but I am also human, sometimes I overlooked (something)," former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the Bank Negara Malaysia's (BNM) foreign exchange (forex) losses in the early 1980's today.

Dr Mahathir said that in reply to Conducting Officer Datuk Suhaimi Ibrahim, who suggested that Dr Mahathir was a perfectionist and meticulous person who would pay great attention to

PUTRAJAYA - Due to “security concerns”, police did not allow the Better Beer Festival to go on, said Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

The MCA president said during the Cabinet’s weekly meeting the authorities cited safety as one of the reasons for calling off the festival.

“I raised the issue in Cabinet and made it clear that if the event was cancelled due to political grounds, then we could not accept that reasoning.

“But we were told that the cancellation was due to security concerns,” Liow told

PUTRAJAYA - All schools must adhere to high safety standards to protect students from harm, says Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The Deputy Prime Minister said there would be greater emphasis on safety standards, including conditions at tahfiz schools.

“Schools should also have procedures in place for quick responses during emergencies.

“I cannot emphasise this enough. Management and school authorities need to be committed to this and invest in keeping their premises safe,” he said when

MELAKA - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has called on all members of the public to join hands with the commission to be their eyes and ears in combating corruption.

MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad urged the participation of everyone from all levels of society for the Friends of Anti-Corruption Revolution Movement (GERAH) programme, launched on Aug 1.

Speaking at the launch of the state-level 'Kembara Jelajah Anti Rasuah' campaign at the Portuguese Settlement

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