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SYDNEY: Australia urged the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to support the establishment of an international tribunal to prosecute those suspected of downing Malaysia Airlines [MLYAF.PK] jet MH17 in eastern Ukraine last year.

Malaysia, part of the 15-member council until 2016, distributed a draft resolution on the tribunal last week, which it hoped could be adopted later this month. It is a joint proposal with Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Ukraine.

However, the move has been dismissed by Russia, which is a veto-wielding permanent member on the 15-member council, along with France, Britain, China and the United States. Russia has the option of blocking the proposal if it is put to a vote.

"The establishment of an international criminal tribunal ... would send a clear message that the international community will not tolerate acts that threaten international peace and security by endangering civil aviation," Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement.

"A tribunal established by the Council would ensure broad international support for prosecutions and would maximise the prospects of securing international cooperation, which will be

PETALING JAYA: Malay youth are apparently worried about survival in the current economic climate rather than concern themselves with racial or political issues.

A viral video clip, posted by Majlis Tindakan Ekonomi Melayu Bersatu (MTEM) on Facebook Wednesday, shows a 23-year-old woman named Zahra speaking about the financial struggles she and those of her generation face.

"When I was a student, I always dreamt about my life after graduating. Because of the big salary that I thought I would

NEW YORK: Malaysia has asked the United Nations Security Council to set up an international tribunal to prosecute those suspected of downing a passenger airliner last year in eastern Ukraine, but Russia dismissed the move on Thursday.

Malaysia, a member of the 15-member council, distributed a draft resolution late on Wednesday, which it hoped could be adopted later this month, diplomats said. 

It is a joint proposal by Malaysia, Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Ukraine.


KUALA KANGSAR: The Electric Train Service (ETS) from Kuala Lumpur to Padang Besar will start running from Friday.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said trains would ply the northern route twice daily, with fares from Kuala Lumpur to Padang Besar priced at RM81.

"We have ordered 10 sets of the electric trains, and once they are ready, the frequency will increase," he added.

Liow was speaking to reporters after a test run on one of the brand new electric trains from Batu Gajah to

MALACCA: All state roads will be capped with a speed limit at 70kph from Friday until July 26, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron. 

He said the speed limit was lowered from 80kph to ensure a smooth flow of traffic during the Hari Raya holidays. 

“We gazetted the speed limit at today's exco meeting, which means that motorists can be slapped with summonses if they violate the traffic regulation,” he said on Thursday.

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JOHOR BARU: Consumers in several parts of Johor Baru have been advised to store sufficient water from July 11 to 13, due to repair work to a damaged main pipe.

SAJ Holdings Sdn Bhd corporate communication chief Jamaluddin Jamil said the 48-hour water disruption would start from 6pm on Saturday and end at 6pm on next Monday, and affect some 164,000 consumers.

He said the pipe located at Jalan Taruka, which supplied water to three main water tanks, was damaged due to on-going land reclamation

WE are seeing a seemingly never-ending struggle and fighting around us and beyond our shores. Painfully, we have to accept that even a geo-political conflict in an alien country could take a toll on our nation and our citizens. A plane carrying our national colours and nearly 300 people from more than 10 countries, including our own, was shot down over hostile territory in a distant land. Can we just imagine it did not happen and we are not part of that catastrophe? No, it is too hurting and

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