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Marris allocation need not be reflected in S'gor Estimated Expenditure books: Exco

SHAH ALAM: Selangor has denied allegation that it failed to declare federal allocation for road repairs in the state's 2018 Budget.

State exco member Zaidy Abdul Talib said the allocation channeled under the Malaysian Road Record Information System (Marris) does not need to be reflected in the Selangor Estimated Expenditure books.

He said Marris allocation received from the federal government goes into a trust fund for state roads maintenance, which was set up in 2013.

Tanjung Bungah communities living on high alert following landslide and sinkhole

GEORGE TOWN: The Tanjung Bungah communities here are living on high alert following the landslide and sinkhole incidents where parts of the newly-built luxury houses had collapsed on Sunday.

Coastal Tower resident Reuben J. Israel, 53, said he had learnt about the incident when one of his friends shared the images of the houses in their WhatsApp group last night.

“I was shocked by the images as my condominium is located about 500 metres from the affected area.

“Previously, there were lots of blasting and construction noises coming from the area and I personally believed this project is not suitable as it was really near to the hillside,”said the father of two.

Reuben, who has lived near the area for six years, claimed many residents were unhappy with the project as it had destroyed a water-catchment area and natural habitat of animals.

Penangites start massive clean-up on Monday

GEORGE TOWN: A massive cleanup effort is underway in flood-ravaged areas in Penang on Monday.

As the flood waters recede, displaced families across the state returned to their ruined homes to assess the damage and start the clean-up work.

Various civil society groups, federal and state government agencies assisted in the massive effort by providing manpower and preparing vehicles to move the rubbish.

A resident, Muhammad Najib Rosli, 28, said low water pressure however slowed down their work.

He said his family only finished cleaning up half of their home in Jalan P. Ramlee despite starting early.

"The three-metre high water starting to subside since last night and we decided do clean the house today." said Najib, who worked in Kuala Lumpur and rushed back to help last night.

KL officially bids for Unesco's World Book City title in 2020

PARIS: Malaysia has officially announced Kuala Lumpur's bid for the United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’ (Unesco) World Book City title in 2020.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid announced this in his speech at the world body's 39th general assembly's policy debate session.

Mahdzir, who is also the Malaysia Unesco National Commission president, told the assembly that the prestigious World Book City (WBC) status is crucial to nurturing reading habits among Malaysians.

"(Underscoring) our commitment, Malaysia and the city of Kuala Lumpur, intend to bid for the title of Unesco World Book Capital in 2020," he said in the speech.

Prince Charles and spouse Camilla officially start their royal visit to Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: British heir to the throne Prince Charles kicked off his maiden visit to Malaysia by visiting the Islamic Arts Museum today.

The event was hosted by Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah.

Charles toured the museum’s permanent gallery where he was briefed on various Islamic exhibitions by its head curator Dr Heba Nayel Barakat.

According to Heba, Charles was attentive during the walkabout around the museum and had asked many questions and shown a particular interest in calligraphy-themed exhibitions.

Penang's Sept 15 flood victims to get cash aid by third week of Nov

GEORGE TOWN: Penang government will make payment of RM400 as aid for the Sept 15 flood victims by the third week of this month.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the special committee to vet applications from the victims was processing the forms.

"Phee Boon Poh (Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman) will make an announcement on the payment to the victims but I believe it would be done by Nov 19 .

"There are about 7,000 applications, and we want to pay cash. Time needed for necessary arrangements to be made," he said at a press conference today.

4-year-old son of MH17 crewmember steals show at cheque presentation ceremony

SHAH ALAM: When asked what their ambitions are, children usually say they want to be a doctor, or famous, or a superhero, when they grow up.

But 4-year-old Abderrahman Hakimi took everyone by surprise when he said: “I want to marry mama” in front of a large audience on Wednesday.

Abderrahman is the only child of Flight MH17’s first officer Ahmad Hakimi Hanapi and Sharifah Asma'a Syed Alwi Al Junied.

The young boy and his mother were attendees of a function on Nov 1 in Kuala Lumpur, which saw RM1.6 million from the Flagbearer Education Association fund handed out to 40 children of 23 cabin crew members of Malaysia Airlines flights MH370 and MH17, which met with tragedy in 2014.

Source countries charging too much for maids, says Pusma

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Association of Human Resources (Pusma) has urged the government to reduce the cost of hiring foreign domestic workers by holding discussions with the nine source countries involved.

Pusma president Siti Zarina Ismail said the discussions were necessary to reduce the “exorbitant fees” currently imposed by employment agencies in the source nations, including Indonesia and the Philippines.

“The amount that we have to pay to the agencies in Indonesia is about RM12,500 and the price keeps increasing. In the Philippines, the cost (of hiring a maid) is about RM6,500.

Doctor's death: Health Ministry awaiting post-mortem report

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry is awaiting a post-mortem report on the body of a doctor who was found dead in his rented room in Kampung Nyior Sepohon, Terengganu.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said it was now up to the police to conduct further investigations.

“The body was found in a decomposed state. Therefore, we have to wait for a post-mortem report,” he told reporters at the National Tamil Education Figures (Tokoh) Awards Ceremony.

The body of Dr Mohd Muaz Mohd Sabri, 29, who was attached to Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital (HSNZ) was found on the bed at 10.40pm by the owner’s son who had opened the room door, surprised that the deceased had not gone out of the house for several days.

Marine police stub out smuggling attempt, seize illicit cigarettes worth RM2.4mil

JOHOR BARU: Marine police foiled an attempt to smuggle contraband cigarettes worth RM2.4 million off the coast of Tanjung Labuh in Batu Pahat on Monday.

The authorities seized 204,500 cartons of the illicit cigarettes from a bonded truck during an operation at about 3am.

Region Two Marine Police chief Assistant Commissioner Paul Khiu Khon Chiang said that a 41-year-old Malaysian lorry driver was detained to assist in the investigation.

"A marine police team spotted the lorry parked about 800m away from the Tanjung Labuh beach, and trailed it for several kilometres before the vehicle came to a stop.