Ahd, Sep

KENINGAU - Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said it is safe for international tourists to visit Sabah.

He said he has full confidence in the control of security by the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) and thus the Land Below The Wind is safe for international tourists.

"Security for international tourists in Sabah is assured," he told reporters after opening the 1M Voluntourism Plant A Tree Programme under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) here.

According to Nazri, he had earlier brought the Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia to visit Sabah east coast and the envoy's reaction was that the state was safe for tourists.

"He acknowledged the situation is safe," Nazri added.

Meanwhile, Nazri said his ministry would also be organising visits for other ambassadors in stages for them to obtain first hand observation at the situation in the state.

"I will also be going to other countries to clarify the situation...I will invite the ambassadors to look at the situation for themselves," he said.

Meanwhile State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun who concurred with Nazri said all east coast resorts in Sabah were

KAPIT - Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg has a vision to make Kapit Division as a centre for international biodiversity research.

He said the division has plenty of biodiversity resources that could be used to make medicines or other biotechnology products.

"We can bring in researchers to study our trees, our leaves, our biodiversity resources," he said when at the meet-the-people dinner function at Kapit Civic Centre last night.

He said it was his vision and the

KUALA LUMPUR - Advisers to the national leader must be open-minded and be prepared to accept the views of others, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The Deputy Prime Minister said this was because they played an important role in helping the leader administer the country with excellence.

"A good adviser must accept advice from outside. If he still maintains old-fashioned ideas and feel the intellectual egoism is with him, just wait for the ruin to follow. This is

KUALA LUMPUR - Muslim World League has praised the Malaysian move in absorbing the concept of 'wasatiyyah' (moderation) including in the field of education and national unity.

The league's secretary-general, Sheikh Dr Mohammed Abdul Karim Al-Issa said the efforts by Malaysia had given the picture what Islam was all about which actually promoted moderation at all levels in life.

"It gave significant returns to the reputation of Islam in terms of the economy, security, peace and so on.


KUALA LUMPUR - Following his appointment as Special Functions Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein is entrusting senior officials in the Defence Ministry with carrying out improvements to strengthen the armed forces.

These improvements include veteran welfare, preparedness, military diplomacy and the National Service module.

Hishammuddin said he wanted senior officials in the armed forces to effectively execute the plans. If they do, then the minister could perform his new duties

BESUT - The Federal Government through the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry had allocated RM1.15 billion to implement 34 projects in Terengganu this year.

Its Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said it involved an allocation of RM1.12 billion for 14 main projects while the rest involved small projects.

"All these projects which are entrusted to the Terengganu Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) are to help the people in the state by tackling problems like floods

KUALA LUMPUR - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wished happy new year to the Indian community in Malaysia who celebrate the occasion.

"Happy New Year - Chittirai and Vishu as well as Vaisakhi to the Indian community who are celebrating," he said in a post on Twitter.

The respective new year events are celebrated by the Tamil, Malayali and Sikh communities.

Najib also congratulated national cyclist Azizulhasni Awang who emerged as the world keirin champion for the first time at the

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