School holidays extension not urgent, say teachers, parents

THERE is no urgent need to extend the school holidays due to extreme heat as other measures could be taken to prevent heat stroke, teachers and parents groups said.  Parent Action Group for Education (Page) chairman Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said one such measure is to get rid of the ties, blazers and waistcoats that […]

Umno unaffected by ex-leaders contesting for Perikatan, says youth chief

SELANGOR Barisan Nasional (BN) will not be affected if former Umno leaders or candidates want to contest in the state elections under different parties, said state Umno Youth leader Mohd Imran Tamrin. Imran said Umno is not intimidated by news that the party’s former big hitters are going to contest in the state polls.

UN sending envoy over ‘unprecedented’ Sudan war fallout

THE top United Nations humanitarian official is heading to the Sudan region due to the rapidly unfolding impact of the war there and its wider fallout, UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres said yesterday. The announcement came shortly after rival Sudanese forces announced the extension of a truce they have largely violated, as warplanes roared overhead and […]

Human Resource Ministry to amend union recognition process

THE Human Resource Ministry will make several amendments to the process of recognising workers’ unions to give workers an avenue to fight for their rights and to seek justice. Human Resource Minister V. Sivakumar said the matter would be given due attention by the government since there are employers who refuse to recognise unions in […]

Asean countries to meet over haze

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will be meeting its regional neighbours to discuss the transboundary haze, especially as the El Nino phenomenon is expected to ­herald hotter and drier weather in the middle of the year. Read full story

Ipoh’s namesake is disappearing

IPOH: There are only two iconic Ipoh trees left standing in public spaces in the city. The tree, which gave the city its name, has just about disappeared. Read full story

‘High time for progressive wages’

PETALING JAYA: It is timely for Malaysia to think about implementing progressive wages or ­living wages to compensate for the increasingly steep cost of ­living, says the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC). Read full story