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Commentary: Are civil servants the biggest winners in Malaysia's 2018 Budget?

Many say Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's 2018 budget brought cheer to Malaysian civil servants who form an important voting bloc in an election year. Tricia Yeoh discusses how much of an impact these benefits will have.

Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run accident

KOTA KINABALU: A pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run accident on the Tuaran road near here early Sunday. The 30-year-old local, who was suspected drunk, was said to be walking along a road when a vehicle knocked into him at about 2am near the Bandar Siera roundabout.

'This initiative is close to the heart of the Prime Minister.' - Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan

KOTA KINABALU: A nationwide initiative to match unemployed graduates with potential employers will continue next year with the private sector contributing to its funding. Skim Latihan 1Malaysia is expected to benefit some 25,000 unemployed graduates next year, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

Designer is charged with cheating again

SHAH ALAM: A designer who went viral on the social sites for his design of a feminine robe, the "Jubah Pahlawan", was charged in the Magistrate's Court here again Friday, also for cheating, and this time, involving RM50,000 and the victim, a hospital nurse, three years ago. Ahmad Syubaili Aziz, 31, who also runs a nasi lemak business, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge before Magistrate Raja Noor Adilla Raja Mahyaldin.

Singapore receives first import of live pigs from Malaysia in 18 years

SINGAPORE: The first shipment of live pigs from Malaysia in 18 years arrived in Singapore on Saturday , said the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority . Imports of live pigs and raw pork from Malaysia were suspended in 1999 due to a Nipah virus outbreak.

G.E.M. dazzles Malaysian fans

KUALA LUMPUR: Mandopop diva G.E.M. dazzled Malaysian fans at her concert here on Saturday night. Screaming fans sang along to hits by the powerhouse songstress, whose real name is Tang Tsz Kei, at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil.

Pairin: Dr M insincere about reviewing Malaysia Agreement

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan has slammed Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for saying he would support a review of the Malaysia Agreement 1963. He said Dr Mahathir's statement on the subject was just a ploy to gain votes for the opposition, adding that issues raised regarding state rights were forbidden from being discussed during the former prime minister's tenure.

Report shows Takata recall still moving slowly

In this Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, a Honda technician works on an airbag during a free airbag replacement event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Honda and some of the people suing the company over faulty Takata air bag inflators have agreed to a $605 million settlement.

India Hikes Import Duty On Malaysian CPO

By S. Joan Santani KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18 -- The Indian government has raised the import duty on Malaysian crude palm oil to 15 per cent from 7.5 per cent previously, in order to control cheaper shipments and to support its local refiners. Similarly, the import tax on soya and sunflower have been raised to 17.5 per cent and 12.5 per cent, respectively.

Malaysia, US, Enhance Cooperation Via Joint Military Exercise

Malaysia and the United States continue to enhance security cooperation via the Special Warfare Forces of the Royal Malaysian Navy and the Special Operation Forces of the United States Army. The bilateral military exercise from Nov 6 to Nov 16 involving more than 20 members of Unit 2 Paskal KD Sri Semporna and 12 members of the Green Beret, focused on maritime security and the terrorist threat.

Filipino faces death for having 50.77gm syabu in Sembulan

Kota Kinabalu: An unemployed Filipino was tentatively charged at the Magistrate's Court here with trafficking 50.77gm of syabu. Wedzliy Minit, 42, is accused of committing the offence at 4.20pm on Nov 2 by the roadside at Sembulan, here.

Number of flood evacuees in Kedah rises to 930

ALOR SETAR: The number of flood evacuees in several areas in Kedah rose to 930 as at 8am on Friday compared with 718 on Thursday night. Kubang Pasu Civil Defence Force officer Capt Kamalruzamal Kasa said the 930 people from 250 families were being housed at six evacuation centres in the Kubang Pasu and Kota Setar districts.

Moderation A Necessity For Malaysia, Says Najib

'Wasatiyyah' or moderation is not only a part of Malaysia's tradition but a necessity for Malaysians in a country with a diversity of faiths and ethnicities, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today. This, however, would only be the case if moderation was practised with acceptance, respect and true mutual understanding, he said.

Survey: Malaysians work most hours but are least productive

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians work an average of 15 hours more than their contracted hours each week, surpassing Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia, but has one of the highest percentage of productivity loss. A newly-released workplace survey conducted by AIA Vitality found that Malaysian employees are overworked, stressed, lead unhealthy lifestyles, and as a result, are at high risk of health problems and productivity loss.

Jumbo found shot dead in Tawau

Kota Kinabalu: Yet another Borneo Pygmy Elephant was found dead from bullet wounds at an oil palm estate at a plantation near Kalabakan in Tawau. The bull elephant, with its tusks intact, was likely shot by poachers said, Sabah Wildlife Department Director Augustine Tuuga, Thursday.

Malaysia On Track To Register Stronger Growth -- BNM

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 17 -- The Malaysian economy is on track to register higher growth of 5.2 - 5.7 per cent in 2017 compared to 4.2 per cent in 2016, given the continued strong performance in the third quarter. Bank Negara Malaysia , in its 'Economic and Financial Developments in Malaysia in the Third Quarter of 2017' released here today, said domestic demand was expected to support this expansion.

Big business: Filipinos are currently the second largest group of domestic workers in Malaysia.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Philippine government's decision to suspend its domestic workers from working abroad has put Malaysians who want them in a quandary. According to Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the Philippine Department of Labour and Employ ment has suspended the acceptance and processing of new applications of overseas employment certificates.