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RM15m Goes Up in Smoke Daily

Despite an aggressive campaign by the government to say "tak nak" to cigarettes, Malaysians are smoking 30 million sticks a day, which adds up to a staggering RM6 billion going up in smoke a year. 

VW Believes Talks on Proton Not Fully Ended

FRANKFURT: Despite a categorical statement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi that talks between Volkswagen (VW) and Proton Holdings had ended without any tangible result, sources at the Wolfsburg-based VW are still clinging on to the belief that the talks have not fully ended.

Corporate Tax Cut Won't Hurt Revenue: Malaysia

"A shortfall of some RM500 million will not affect total collection as we can make up by enhancing tax compliance, such as conducting more audits on companies and regular checks on employers (for implementing schedular tax deduction on employees," IRB chief executive officer and director-general Hasmah Abdullah told Business Times in an interview. 

Public Demands Stop to Mat Rempit Menace

This was the sentiment of an outraged public who wants the authorities to put a stop to the Mat Rempit menace once and for all.

PM: Outside Jobs Must Not Affect Official Duties

PUTRAJAYA: Civil servants who still need to take on part-time jobs despite the recent pay increase must ensure their work with the government is not affected, the prime minister said. Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the government had given a larger percentage increase to lower-ranking workers because it was mindful of the difficulties they had in providing for their families, especially those with many children. 

PM to Wed on Saturday: Only Close Family Members to Attend the Wedding

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will marry Jeanne Abdullah this Saturday. The simple wedding will be held at Seri Perdana and attended by close family members only. Jeanne, 53, received her education at Sekolah Menengah Assunta and has wide experience in administration and hotel management.

Child Act to be Amended in Next Sitting of Parliament

KUALA LUMPUR: The Child Act 2001 will be amended in the next sitting of Parliament at the end of next month, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said yesterday.

XIAMEN: China Harbour Engineering Co Ltd (CHEC), which is currently constructing the 3.8km Jimei Bridge here, expects to start work on the second Penang bridge in November for completion in 2011.

Cyber Safety: How to Protect Your Kids
THEY say that curiosity killed the cat. And, it may very well send your computer system crashing as well. Every time you open some advertisement box or pop-up icon that appears while you're web-cruising, you could be opening yourself up to a host of spyware that attaches itself to your system.

Stricter Tests on Imports From China for Contamination
PETALING JAYA: More stringent checks are being conducted on made-in-China food products imported here following the alarming number of such items being found contaminated with health risk agents globally.

PM Launches Initiative to Accelerate Economic Growth
PETALING JAYA: The second of four economic corridors that make up the bulk of the 9th Malaysia Plan development programmes will be launched in Alor Star by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today. 

Economists: NCER Plan to Balance Regional Development
KUALA LUMPUR: The Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) is seen as a long-term initiative to tap the existing potential in the northern states of the peninsula and to narrow the difference in development that has taken place throughout the country. 
The Form Five student, Daud Nordin, who was expelled from SMK Bandar here, will be reinstated after he submits an appeal and attends a three-day motivational course. 
BUTTERWORTH: The Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) project will see the transformation of Penang into a modern, vibrant city and a major logistics and transportation hub.

PM to Chair NCER Body
TAIPING: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will chair the coordinating body that will oversee the implementation of projects and programmes for the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER).
KUALA LUMPUR: People without integrity, honesty and morality should be prevented from holding public office. The Raja Muda of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah said the fight against corruption should see good governance with figures in authority being qualified for such positions.
PETALING JAYA: Nepalese ex-servicemen and Gurkhas are the only foreigners allowed to work as security guards in Malaysia.

Police told to Explain 'Sloppy' Job
KUALA LUMPUR: The Internal Security Ministry wants the police to give a written explanation over the "sloppy investigation" which allowed two men to walk free of a murder charge.
Certainly, Penang had lost its industrial dynamism of the 1970s and 1980s, as with the likes of Mada, Keda, and Perda along with the other regional development initiatives (Dara, Kejora and Kesedar, etc) that were launched with the Third Malaysia Plan (1976-1980)...
KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor's most frequently consumed vegetables have been found to be highly contaminated with carcinogenic pesticide residues.This was the finding of a study done by the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
KUALA TERENGGANU: Get ready to implement the Eastern Corridor Economic Development Region (ECER) ? that is the message from the Prime Minister to the three east coast state governments.

Speak Up but Say it Well: Think of Positives, says Najib
KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has asked Malaysians, particularly politicians, to stop "raising contentious issues in a contentious manner" and cast all polemics aside on the occasion of the 50th Merdeka celebrations.