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TEMERLOH - One hundred and eighty-eight projects or 74 per cent of the 253 abandoned housing projects in peninsula Malaysia were revived between 2009 and April 30, with government funds amounting to RM250 million.

Urban well-being, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar said the 188 projects involved 50,883 housing units and 34,293 buyers while the remaining 17 projects (4,475 units; 3,162 buyers) were being revived.

He added that the ministry was also making preliminary plans to rehabilitate 48 other projects (8,932 housing units; 6,082 buyers) to ensure that all 253 projects would be fully completed.

"We need developers that are really capable of helping the government to save these abandoned projects because the payment method is not the same as that for new housing projects. "The government only makes the payment after the project has obtained the Certificate of Fitness for Occupation (CFO), which meant that the developer needs to first fork out their own capital. We received many offers from developers but some withdrew after viewing the project sites," he said.

Noh said this at a press conference after attending the handing over of house keys and CFO at a

TANAH MERAH - The Education Ministry is in the midst of upgrading internet access to high-speed in all schools to facilitate teaching and learning using the latest technology.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said of the 10,000 schools in the country, internet access had been increased to high-speed in 6,000, mostly in the urban areas.

"Another 4,000, including those in the rural and interior areas are being upgraded and this will be completed by 2018," he told reporters after

PETALING JAYA - Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has given his approval for the three PAS executive councillors to remain in the state government until the next general election. 

In a statement issued by the Sultan's private secretary Datuk Munir Bani on Thursday, the Selangor Sultan said that the position of the three PAS exco members should remain for the betterment of the people and in efforts to develop the state. 

"His Royal Highness has taken into consideration the mandate given


PUTRAJAYA - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak recognised arts activists as 'role models' who are influential in spurring the direction of the nation and the shaping of the National Transformation 2050 (TN50).

He said the influence of arts activists could not only shape the national direction in the creative and entertainment industry but also in shaping the face of the nation and an excellent society.

"Arts activists are outstanding role model and par excellence. They shape the

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian police will tighten security at the nation's borders, especially in the waters near the Philippines, following the declaration of martial law by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in the Mindanao region.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic) said, however, that the department will not increase the number of personnel required for the task.

"We have taken precautions, and are always aware of what is happening in the Philippines," he told Bernama

BANGKOK -The Malaysian Army and Royal Thai Army will further enhance existing ties and cooperation through the signing of the Terms of Reference (ToR).

Malaysian Army Chief General Datuk Seri Zulkiple Kassim said ToR would ensure the relationship between the two armies is expanded to include matters outside the General Border Committee (GBC).

"The Terms of Reference will open up more opportunities for both armies to further develop the existing ties and cooperation," he told Bernama in an

SEPANG - About 80 per cent of the 6,389 National Service (NS) Training Programme 2.0 Group 1 Series 14/2017 who graduated on Sunday, agreed to accept the offer to pursue their studies in technical skills at several Public Skills Training Institutes (ILKA) and Private Skills Training Institutes ( ILKS) nationwide.

Defence Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Johari Baharum said trainees might be offered further education through the second phase of the NS programme, where they would have the

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