EU says Poland, Hungary bans on Ukraine grain ‘unacceptable’

THE European Union’s executive arm today denounced bans imposed by Poland and Hungary on imports of grain and other food from Ukraine. Ukraine’s grain exports have been transiting through the European Union to other countries since the war-torn nation’s traditional Black Sea routes were blocked by Russia’s invasion.

Kelantan MMEA arrests 4 Vietnamese for illegal fishing

THE Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) seized a boat and arrested four Vietnamese nationals for illegally fishing in Malaysian waters on Saturday. Director Syed Nor Adli Syed Ab Rahman said the boat was stopped 161nm off Tok Bali beach at 10.37am.

Selangor water supply adequate, says exco

WATER levels at dams and rivers in Selangor are still adequate with a suitable amount of rainfall so far, state Infrastructure, public amenities and agriculture modernisation committee chairman Izham Hashim said. “Currently there are no issues in Selangor,” he said in Shah Alam today.

Merkel to get Germany’s top honour despite criticism

FORMER chancellor Angela Merkel will receive Germany’s highest honour today despite facing continued criticism of her legacy since leaving office, especially over her policy towards Moscow.   Merkel, who led Europe’s biggest economy from 2005 to 2021, is due to receive the special class Grand Cross from President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in the evening.  

Ikea cuts ties with agency for charging fees to migrant workers

IKEA Malaysia has cut ties with one of its labour suppliers after the agency was found to have charged Nepali migrant workers fees to secure employment, in breach of the furniture maker’s policy. A report by the Financial Times revealed that security guards had paid up to US$1,000 (RM4,470) for their posts.

Anwar greenlights Sarawak’s proposal to start boutique airline

PRIME Minister Anwar Ibrahim has agreed in principle to the Sarawak government’s proposal to establish a state-owned boutique airline aimed at stabilising flight prices from the peninsula to Borneo.  Anwar said the presence of the airline could resolve the issue of costly airfare between the peninsula to Sarawak and Sabah. 

Indian villages under curfew after deadly tiger attacks

HUNDREDS of villagers in northern India were under orders not to leave their homes after dark tonight after two people were killed in tiger attacks, authorities said. Last week, India said its wild tiger population had risen above 3,000 but the growing numbers combined with habitat loss and urban expansion are leading to more attacks.

MACC releases Sivakumar’s officers

THE Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has released two officers from the Human Resources Ministry who were remanded to assist investigations into the recruitment of foreign workers.  Quoting a source from MACC, The Star reported that the duo’s remand order ended today.