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Wilfred: TN50 can be realised with strong foundation in science and technology

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians must be aware that science and technology is the foundation and the backbone behind the rise of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) said Datuk Wilfred Marius Tangau.

The Science, Technology and Innovation Minister said this in his address at the Asean 2050 forum on the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution'.

"In Professor Klaus Schwab's (founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum) book on the 4IR, we were told this revolution would be fundamentally different from the previous three and characterised by the advances and convergence of technology.

Selangor government needs to present better 2018 budget to boost state economy

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor state government must present a viable budget proposal for 2018 that can actually boost the state economy, Selangor Barisan Nasional said Thursday.

Its deputy chairman Datuk Mat Nadzari Ahmad Dahlan said the PKR-led state should prove their capability instead of riding on the successes brought in by the Federal government and claiming it as theirs.

"We are hoping that the state budget for 2018 that will be tabled tomorrow would contain original initiatives by the state administration which can spur Selangor's economic growth.

Sekolah Seni Malaysia Perak brings honours to Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: (SSeMP) brought honours to themselves and the nation with their win at the Monolit Fest International talent in Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday.

It was a first such win for a Malaysian arts school at an international event.

The school representative’s Mek Mulung and Jikey dance routines using traditional Malaysian instruments at the festival saw them grab the first prize at the festival’s Competition of Dance, Song, Musical Instruments and Original Genre competition.

The routines by five of SSeMP’s students also saw them performing with traditional musical instruments such as drum and Gong also received a special prize from the judges for their outstanding performance on Nov 1 at the festival which took place at Lloret de Mar, Barcelona.

English 'clinics' for village kids

MEMBAKUT: WHEN Dr Zainab Kassim is not teaching or providing specialised care for newborns, she returns to her quiet coastal village here to give English language “treatment” to children.

Based in the United Kingdom, the 44-year-old Membakut-born neonatologist at London’s Kings College Hospital would bring about 40kg of English books for her English Corner house when she flies home.

As of this month, Dr Zainab has brought more than 200kg of reading materials that she collected from donors or purchased from second-hand bookstores in London.

“I want to build bookshelves and fill this (English Corner house) project with a variety of books that are suitable for readers of all ages. I want to transform this space into an English library and clinic,” she told the New Straits Times while giving a tour of the newly-renovated building in SK Pengiran Jaya Pimping.

Finland to open doors to 150,000 international students

KUALA LUMPUR: The Finnish government is opening its doors to 150,000 international students to study in Finland by year 2020.

Finnish Ambassador to Malaysia Petri Puhakka said students could study in various fields conducted in English including forestry, information and communication technology (ICT), green technology, teaching as well medicine.

“The remarkably lower cost of living in Finland compared to the United Kingdom and United States and that our universities topped global rankings make Finnish institutions an attractive alternative for international students,” he told Bernama at the launch of Edunation Finland here, today.

Police to dig into 'Datuk Seri' alleged past cases: Deputy IGP

BUKIT KAYU HITAM: Police will dig up the 10 case files involving a ‘Datuk Seri’ following new findings that the man had links to many past cases.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said police would look into all the cases believed to go as far back as 2009.

He said the 29-year-old is now under remand for an assault and drug abuse case, and police would use the time to probe into the 10 alleged cases.

“We need to look into each of the case to get details on the investigations,” he told reporters after accompanying Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to visit the first phase of the new Bukit Kayu Hitam Immigration, Customs and Quarantines Complex project on Thursday.

Selangor Sultan incensed by Dr M's Bugis remarks; royal council calls for sedition probe

SHAH ALAM: The Sultan of Selangor is incensed with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for his derogatory remarks against the Bugis community.

In a statement, Selangor Council of the Royal Court secretary Hanafisah Jais said Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah met with the royal council today, adding that he viewed the former prime minister’s statement with grave concern and disappointment.

She said the members of the council, after meeting the ruler, were of the view that a sedition probe against Dr Mahathir was warranted.

Hanafisah said Dr Mahathir’s statement, delivered at the Sayangi Malaysia, Hapuskan Kleptokrasi rally organised by Pakatan Harapan in Petaling Jaya on Oct 14, was aimed at inciting hatred, feelings of insult and other negative perceptions against the Bugis community by calling them pirates, robbers and criminals.

Man claims he has 60 audio recordings of MIC leader who solicited for sexual favours

KUALA LUMPUR: Following the revelation that a former MIC branch chairman had allegedly solicited sexual favours in return for job placement, a man has now come forward and claimed he has 60 audio recordings of the suspect.

An online portal reported the man had revealed that the alleged perpetrator had been set up for the last three weeks.

"I happen to know the victim's family. The woman in the audio clip is a single mother and although suffering from poverty, she managed to educate her daughter to the point of getting a degree.

"The girl found it difficult to get a job despite going for 20 to 30 interviews. This was when the family came across the accused, who promised to help out," the man said in the video.

Prince Charles, Camilla arrive on official visit to Malaysia

SEPANG: Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, arrived today on an official visit to commemorate the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations between Malaysia and the United Kingdom.

The Royal Air Force aircraft carrying, Their Royal Highnesses landed at KLIA at 6.45 pm, they were welcomed by Minister-in-Attendance Datuk Seri S. K. Devamany, who is Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

Also present were Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican and the British High Commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell.

Sultan of Kedah receives award from Sultan of Perak

KUALA LUMPUR: Sultan Sallehuddin Almarhum Sultan Badlishah of Kedah heads the list of recipients of awards and medals to be conferred in conjunction with the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah’s 61st birthday celebration.

The Kedah sultan will receive the Darjah Kerabat at the investiture which will be held at the Balairung Seri, Istana Iskandariah, Kuala Kangsar, on Sunday.