Enter the ‘majestic peacock’

GEORGE TOWN: A 6ft tall peacock kavadi is set to make an appearance this Thaipusam in Penang, along with other colourful kavadis that will be making a grand comeback after two years. Read full story

Special teams to expedite check-ins

SEPANG: Special Quick Response Teams (QRT) have been trained by the Immigration Department to man the check-in counters at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) during peak hours, with the goal of clearing 780 visitors in one hour, according to its director general, Datuk Seri Khairul Dzaimee Daud. Read full story

Bad travel agents risk losing licence

KUCHING: Action will be taken against any travel agent found to have flouted the law in their operations, says Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing. Read full story

First ‘all-hands’ meet with envoys

KUALA LUMPUR: It was a full show as heads of foreign missions here were invited to what was described as a “first” – an inter­active session with the Foreign Minister. Read full story

2 more Sabah districts flooded, Johor situation improving

THERE was a slight increase in the number of flood victims in Sabah as two more districts in the state were hit by floods this evening, while the situation in Johor is reported to be improving. IN SABAH, the number of evacuees rose to 690 people from 204 families, who were placed at 14 relief […]

Pakistan police detain 23 suspects after deadly mosque blast

POLICE in Pakistan have detained 23 people in connection to a blast at a mosque inside a police headquarters that killed 101 people, a senior official who asked not to be named said Wednesday. Authorities are also probing into the possibility that people inside the compound helped coordinate the attack, the senior provincial police official […]

MACC urges reevaluation of anti-graft plan

THE National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP) 2019-2023 needs to be reevaluated to prioritise high-impact initiatives, says Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Policy, Planning and Research director Mohd Hafaz Nazar.  He said it could bring significant and rapid changes to the level of governance, transparency, integrity and accountability to effectively support the ongoing fight against corruption and abuse […]

Govt launches campaign on subsidised RON95, diesel sales ban for foreign vehicles

THE Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Ministry has launched an advocacy campaign pilot project on the ban of subsidised RON95 petrol and diesel sales to foreign-registered vehicles before expanding it nationwide. Ministry deputy enforcement (operations) director Shamsul Nizam Khalil said Perlis was chosen for the pilot project because petrol stations in the state, which […]

Hong Kong economy shrank 3.5% in 2022

HONG Kong’s economy shrank by 3.5% in 2022, with exports plunging and the city’s worst-ever coronavirus outbreak battering businesses, the government announced today, while saying it hoped China’s reopening would spur a recovery. Vast swathes of Hong Kong’s economy were shut down at the start of the year, when the territory recorded one of the […]