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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 Department) kindergarten concept and the cost will be relatively cheaper as it is borne by the government," he said after launching the National Blue Ocean Strategy Social Transformation programme here today.

Earlier, Noh who is also the Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Minister, announced an allocation of RM6 million to carry out repair and maintenance works at the Mentari Court Apartment here, which is occupied by 15,000 residents.

He said the government had also approved RM10 million to install solar mosquito traps namely the Integrated Mosquito Management system at dengue hotspots as an effort to address the issue in the Klang Valley area, especially in Selangor, which

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KUALA LUMPUR - The Government will ensure adequate aid to flood victims, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

In a Twitter post, the Prime Minister reminded those affected to persevere, prioritise their own safety and follow the instructions of the authorities.

“I am monitoring the situation in the flood-hit states,” he said.

Floods have struck Pahang, Johor, Terengganu, Kelantan, Sabah and Sarawak, with victims evacuated to relief centres and schools closed.

Pahang Civil Defence Force (APM)

SEREMBAN - A visit to some schools here showed that not all pupils are carrying heavy school bags, which may mean that verna­cular schools are adhering to a circu­lar on limiting the use of workbooks.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon visited SJK(C) Sin Hua to check whether vernacular schools were adhering to the circular.

Chong, who was surprised to see some of the pupils with a heavy load, said he hoped that schools would abide by the ministry’s directive that pupils from Years

JOHOR BARU - It’s happy faces all around at the four toll plazas across the country where toll was abolished at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day.

In the city, where it is now free to travel along the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL), businessman S. Veeran hopes to set aside over RM3,000 in savings from not having to pay toll.

The 31-year-old, who travels via the EDL to Singapore, used to spend about RM13.80 daily.

“I have been paying a lot since travelling to Singapore almost two years

PUTRAJAYA - All schools here will no longer implement class streaming according to the academic ability of students this year, said Putra­jaya Federal Territ­ory Educa­tion director Roaini Jaafar.

According to Bernama, she said the move to combine students of mixed abilities in the same class was in line with 21st century learning and had been accepted by parents here.

“This will enable students who have mastered reading, calculating and writing to co-operate with and guide the less able

PUTRAJAYA - Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is attempting to challenge three laws that abrogate the mandatory requirement for Bills to be assented by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The PKR adviser is seeking to declare that Section 12 of the Constitution (Amendment) 1983 (Act A566), Section 2 of the Constitution (Amendment) 1984 (Act A584) and Section 8 of the Constitution (Amendment) 1994 (Act A885) are ultra vires Article 4(1) of the Federal Constitution.

He named the Government as the sole respondent

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