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KUALA LUMPUR - The establishment of the ASEAN Community by year-end will not only benefit its people but propel the region to be a more developed and integrated bloc, said Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

To realise the vision, various plans had been undertaken throughout this year to steer ASEAN's peoples to together uphold the advocacy of creating a truly people-centred ASEAN, he said.

"ASEAN will be a more powerful vehicle for the realisation of our peoples' aspirations, good governance, transparency, high standard of living, sustainable development, further empowerment of women and create greater opportunity," he said in his opening remarks at the Plenary Session of the 27th ASEAN Summit here Saturday.

ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The plenary session was attended by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the Philippines President Benigno S Aquino III, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Laos Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong.

Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen; Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Myanmar President

KUALA LUMPUR- The 10 leaders of ASEAN cemented a key convention in the Malaysian capital Saturday to demostrate their commitment in protecting victims of trafficking and combating trafficking in persons in the region.

The signing ceremony of the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP), was led by Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The convention establishes a legal framework for the region to effectively address the issue of

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has proposed several steps to be implemented once the Asean Community is launched.

For a start, Najib said the Asean business travel card can be implemented.

"At the airports, where there is Asean lane, it is a feeling you have as a member of Asean. It means something.

"If Apec can do it, why can't Asean, " he said at the Asean Business and Investment Summit here.

The Prime Minister said some of the doable steps can be the next journey

KUALA LUMPUR: The issue of RM2.6 billion donation deposited into prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's account is not related to investigations into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), said Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Datuk Hasan Arifin today.

The PAC chairman stressed that the public must be clearly informed of the difference, he said.

"You must understand that 1MDB and RM2.6 billion are entirely different subjects. 1MDB has nothing to do with the RM2.6 billion...let the

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 (Bernama) -- Malaysia and the United States have agreed to make Malaysia a counter-messaging centre to fight violent extremism.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when disclosing this after bilateral talks with US President Barack Obama in Malaysia's capital Friday said that they held similar positions in terms of combating violent extremism and both agreed to work closely to make the Southeast Asian region safer.

Najib pointed out that Southeast Asia

KUALA LUMPUR: France has given its assurance on the safety of Malaysian students in the country, but has urged them to be vigilant following last Friday's deadly attacks in Paris.           

French Ambassador to Malaysia Christopher Penot said that French security forces had been placed on full alert to ensure the safety of people in France.

"We are trying to prevent further attacks and we are doing our best to ensure the security of everyone in France, including tourists and

PUTRAJAYA - Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today instructed the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to take action against individuals who insult the religion, even though they are abroad.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, said freedom of speech or a world without borders cannot be used as the basis of innovation, to the extent of tearing up pages of the Quran and using them as toilet paper.

"This is a total insult and very unbecoming

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