Any govt will need a strong Malay party as backbone, analysts say

A STRONG Malay party is vital for any ruling coalition to ensure political stability as the growing majority of the population in the country consists of Malays, political analysts said. They said any administration in Putrajaya will be unstable and open to uncertainties without a Malay party as the backbone of the ruling pact.

Farmers demand long-term solution to vegetable dumping

PUTRAJAYA must offer long-term solutions to the problem of vegetable dumping by local growers, largely caused by oversupply because of imports from China and Thailand, farmers said. They said this was a recurring issue for them.

Pupil started deadly Guyana dorm fire over confiscated phone

THE weekend school dormitory blaze that killed 19 minors in central Guyana was started by a disgruntled pupil angry at having her mobile phone confiscated, a government source told AFP yesterday. An official police report confirmed that “a female student is suspected of having set the devastating fire because her cellular phone was taken away.”

Insolvency Act amendments under debate

AMENDMENTS to the Insolvency Act 1967 will include two new categories for individuals to be discharged from bankruptcy, says Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said. Read full story

Law mulled to halt the scalpers

SEVERAL provisions of the law will be studied to prevent further instances of scalping, says the Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Ministry as well as the Commun­ications and Digital Ministry. Read full story

The Star’s senior editor is PM’s new media head

KUALA LUMPUR: The Star’s senior editor Rozaid Abdul Rahman (pic) has been appointed as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s media and strategic communications director with immediate effect. Read full story

The smallest constituency with the highest population

PUTRAJAYA: Pengkalan Kota, a state constituency in Penang, is the smallest constituency with the highest population density of 21,061 persons per sq km according to the Department of Statistics Malaysia’s (DOSM) Subnational State Legislative Assembly (SLA) 2023 report. Read full story

Regent: Wang Kelian project will help boost ecotourism

KUALA PERLIS: The Wang Kelian, Perlis – The Forgotten Valley (Wang Kelian, Perlis – Lembah Yang Kian Hilang) documentation project is seen as capable of contributing to the development and boosting of the ecotourism industry in the state, said the Regent of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail. Read full story

Disputed seats delay BN-PH talks

KLANG: While Perikatan Nasional’s Bersatu and PAS have concluded their seat negotiations in Selangor, Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional are still haggling. Read full story