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KUALA LUMPUR: Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa (pic) denied reports claiming that government contract workers would have their services terminated by December this year.

He said the government did not intend to terminate the contracts of its staff this year.

"It's a false news and a lie spread by irresponsible individuals with no authority," he said in a statement Tuesday.

A news portal reported today that government contract workers would not have their contract renewed, but instead would find it to be terminated from December this year.

The portal, citing sources, said the information was obtained from a meeting on Monday morning. 



KUALA TERENGGANU: Fifteen relief centres have been opened to house the increasing number of flood evacuees in Terengganu.  

The number of flood victims had increased from 255 on Monday to 1,451 from 406 families Tuesday.  

The centres are located in Kemaman (991 evacuees), six in Hulu Terengganu (279), four in Dungun (184) and one in Marang (eight).  

The flood situation, however, has improved in Hulu Terengganu.  

The Seri Puteh hall in Tok Lawit as well as four other relief centres have

KUALA LUMPUR - Traffic was reported to be moving smoothly on major highways as at 9am but volume is expected to pick up after 2pm as city folk return from the holidays in their hometowns and villages.

A spokesman of the Highway Traffic Control Centre at Plus Expressways Sdn Bhd told Bernama the traffic situation was under control on the north- and south-bound stretches of the North-South Expressway.

A spokesman of the Malaysian Highway Authority said no congestion was reported on the East

BATU PAHAT: A total of 15 relatives of the Malaysians victims that perished in a bus crash in Chiang Mai are now on their way to Thailand.

The group left Batu Pahat at around 5am Monday in a van headed for Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), where they are expected to board a Thai Airways flight at around 1pm and arrive in Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport in at 5pm.

Chiu Travel manager Terence Yung said the group would then travel to Chiang Mai on a domestic flight.


KOTA BARU: Thirty-six people from 11 families were the first to be evacuated from their homes after floods lashed the Kuala Krai district Monday.  

According to the eBanjir portal, the families from Mengkebang were relocated to the district's veterinary office at 7pm.  

The number of flood victims was expected to increase Tuesday due to the incessant rains.  

The portal also reported that water levels for five rivers statewide breached the warning mark.  

Heavy rains in the southern

National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) is expected to hold a special press conference on Monday to explain the maximum level of salary deduction imposed on civil servants to repay their loans.

However, its chairman Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah said the explanation would only be given after they had examined all the relevant policies, or whether there was a need for PTPTN to issue a press statement on the matter.

"We will hold a press conference on Monday or issue a press release if

PETALING JAYA: The family of deceased Malaysian Bernard Then Ted Fen is appealing to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to help expedite the process of identifying and bringing home the remains.

"We were not informed by the authorities that they found the body," Then's brother Christopher Then Ted Loong told The Star on Tuesday night.

"My family is very depressed and we appeal to our PM to help expedite the process of identifying and repatriating Bernard's remains to my family," added

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