150 animals die each time flood hits, says rights group

AN average of 150 pets and strays, mainly cats and dogs, die when an area is hit by floods, an animal rights group said. Persatuan Haiwan Terbiar Malaysia president Kalaivanan Ravichandran said this figure was only an estimate, adding that the number could be higher depending on localities.

Travel industry fears luxury goods tax will affect tourism

PUTRAJAYA’s proposal to impose a luxury goods tax on certain types of luxury items such as watches and fashion accessories is giving those in the tour and travel industry the jitters. A hotly debated topic, there is a fear among them that the tax will cause Malaysia to lose its reputation as a shopping paradise […]

Biden signs law declassifying US intel on Covid origin

US President Joe Biden yesterday signed into law a bill requiring the release of intelligence materials on potential links between the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan. “We need to get to the bottom of Covid-19’s origins…, including potential links to the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Biden […]

Raya worries over egg, chicken, veg prices

GEORGE TOWN: Although the supply of eggs at markets and retail stores in Penang has stabilised, ­several traders fear there could be a shortage when Ramadan begins in the middle of this week, followed by Hari Raya Aidilfitri a month later. Read full story

Khaled: Restrictions under Act will be removed

PETALING JAYA: All sections restricting the freedom of students and academicians, including ­lecturers, under the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971 (UUCA) will be abolished, says the Higher Education Minister. Read full story

A tribute to the fallen heroes

KUALA LUMPUR: It was an exciting scene as police personnel acted out a pantomime based on the Lahad Datu tragedy, but for five of the performers, it was only too real. Read full story

‘Datuk Roy’ out on bail in Jana Wibawa probe

PUTRAJAYA: “Datuk Roy” – or Mohd Hussein Mohd Nasir – has been released on bail after having been held on remand to assist the investigation relating to the Jana Wibawa probe. Read full story

Hannah questioned by cops

KUALA LUMPUR: Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh has given her statement to the police over investigations into the Jom Ziarah Gereja programme. Read full story

Johor’s ‘flood bowl’

JOHOR BARU: Weeks after the heavy rains that caused massive flooding in Johor stopped, many in Batu Pahat are still being forced to wade through the waters. Read full story