Ahd, Sep

GEORGE TOWN - The situation in the flood-affected areas of Penang continued to improve, and the number of evacuees dropped to 3,482 as at 6 am today compared to 5,729 overnight.

A spokesman of the Police Flood Operations Room said the evacuees were being housed at 25 relief centres in Seberang Perai Utara and Seberang Perai Tengah.

"Up to 2,588 evacuees are at 13 relief centred in Seberang Perai Utara and 894 at 12 centres in Seberang Perai Tengah," he said.

The weather in Penang today is fine, he added.

Bernama conducted a check and found out that people were cleaning their houses with the aid of volunteers.

Several of them expressed the hope that more volunteers would be available to help them as their houses were filled with mud and other sediment.

Almost the whole of Penang was affected by floods following gale-force winds and heavy rain that struck the state from last Saturday, prompting Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to appeal for federal assistance.

The floods claimed seven lives, and the wind and rain damaged property and uprooted trees in several areas.



GEORGE TOWN - Two more people have perished in Penang’s flood disaster, bringing the latest death toll to seven.

The figure rose after two bodies were found in a house in Jalan Mata Kucing, Air Itam and in front of Stadium Bandaraya here.

"The sixth victim has been identified as Tan Ah Peow, 45. He was found by his neighbour at 2pm.

“The seventh victim, also a man, was found by a member of the public at 2.40pm,” said Timur Laut district police chief ACP Anuar Omar.

He said no identification

PUTRAJAYA - The Malaysian Indian Blueprint (MIB) launched in April, will effectively resolve socio-economic problems faced by the community over a period of 10 years, said MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

He said various development programmes have been outlined in the master plan to address critical issues which have been plaguing the Indian community.

Dr Subramaniam, who is also Health Minister, described the blueprint as a sincere and honest move by Prime Minister Datuk Seri

KLUANG - Parents who fail to register their children within 60 days after their birth will be fined RM1,000.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the fine, which would be imposed with immediate effect, was not for purposes of revenue collection but to compel parents to register their children's births within the prescribed period.

The fine for late registration was RM50 previously.

“The Government made a decision (to increase the penalties) after the amendments to the Births

HE shot to fame following his goal-scoring exploits in the recent 2017 Kuala Lumpur Sea Games.

But for football sensation and national striker, N. Thanabalan, even with immense popularity, nothing much has changed.

“The only thing that has changed is, perhaps, more fans are starting to recognise me.”

“It is a new experience for me. But I keep telling myself that popularity shouldn’t get to my head and that my journey doesn’t end here. I have a long way to go and a lot of things to learn and

KUALA LUMPUR - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is determined to create a positive impact on the lives of the Indian community in this country in line with national excellence.

The Prime Minister said the Deepavali celebration this year was very special as their hopes and aspirations have been carved in the Malaysian Indian Blueprint (MIB) launched last April.

"Deepavali is back to illuminate the atmosphere. The lighted lamps and kolam decorations are the reflection of our harmonious living

KOTA KINABALU - The federal government will take up to two years to study the effectiveness of the recently-abolished cabotage policy in reducing the prices of goods in east Malaysia and Labuan.

Deputy Transport minister Datuk Abd Aziz Kaprawi said a task force has been set up to conduct the analysis.

“The government exempted the cabotage policy following requests from local leaders (on the effects of the policy) on prices.

“However, some (players in the) local shipping industry (have

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