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Malaysian passport in top six most powerful

Home Sabah National Business Sport Features Home / National News Malaysian passport in top six most powerful Published on: Saturday, February 24, 2018 Putra Jaya: Malaysian international passport is in the top six of most powerful passports in the world based on the 2018 Passport Index developed by global financial advisory firm, Arton Capital.

The Passport Index is a reference point on all passports' rankings based on the number of countries that can be visited by people of a country without requiring a visa, or with a visa-on-arrival.

Immigration Department Director-General Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the recognition was something expected as the Malaysian passport met the guidelines set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), and that it was now accepted in 157 countries without requiring visa.

"Looking at history, Malaysian passport is the world's first passport that is equipped with chip-based biometric security features," he said in a statement Friday.

Mustafar said the passport was further enhanced with additional security features to meet ICAO's Document 9303 standards in 2013, while the chip was included in the biodata page in 2016.

He also said the latest version of the Malaysian passport came with 50 additional security features and a more unique design reflecting the country's landmarks, local flora and fauna, as well as the five principles of "Rukun Negara" (National Principles), he said.

"These additional security features have enhanced the trustworthiness of the people and international authorities to further strengthen (the passport's) use overseas," he said.

Mustafar said the application for Malaysian passport could be made online, and the new passpo rt could be completed within an hour after payment was made, ahead of developed countries in the world.

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Tawau school destroyed in fire

Home Sabah National Business Sport Features Home / Sabah Local News Tawau school destroyed in fire Published on: Saturday, February 24, 2018 Tawau: A total of 139 pupils, 23 teachers and three staff of SK Sentosa at Mile 4, Jalan Apas, here, lost their school when its two wooden buildings were destroyed in a fire at about 12.15pm on Friday.

The school, built 17 years ago, was the first to be destroyed by fire this year.

The school's administrative assistant, Rosdiana Malla, said she was resting in the mini hall when she was awakened by a secondary school student informing her of a fire in the school compound.

"The student asked me, 'Isn't the school office on fire?' I rushed out of the hall and saw a fire was spreading.

< p> Before the incident, there was a blackout around noon but I thought it was normal.

Shocked and panicked, I ran away from the area and asked a parent to call firefighters.

I then contacted the headmaster," she said.

Rosdiana said she was alone in the office at the time of the incident as the school session had already ended and two of her counterparts had left for Friday prayers while another had gone home.

Headmaster Sofiah Md Ali said the destroyed building on the left housed the general office, teacher's office, library, mini hall, store and textbooks storage, while the building on the right housed recovery rooms and four classrooms.

She said she was saddened by the incident although she joined the school only in 2012, adding that it carried much sentimental values to the students and teachers as is had been occupied since the 1990s.

"We were not able to save any important belongings…eve rything was gone," she said.

According to Sofiah, SK Sentosa is scheduled to move to the SMK Kabota old building as their new school building and the army had agreed to assist them in transporting their school equipment on March 2.

"Next week is supposed to be our last week here because we had received an approval letter from the Education Ministry to move to the SMK Kabota old building.

"We were in the process of moving out and had already packed some of our belongings," she added.

Sofiah said they lost teachers' personal files, students' files, four computers, 40 1Malaysia laptops, a cart, a safety box, LCD and a table, adding that textbooks and library books were moved earlier.

Meanwhile, district Fire and Rescue Department Chief Sharudy Delamin said four fire engines with nine firefighters were deployed to the scene after receiving a distress call at 12.18pm.

He said when the t eam arrived, the two buildings which were only three metres apart were 95 per cent burnt.

"The fire spread very quickly because the buildings were made from wood.

We immediately conducted a cooling operation to save another building which was seven metres away from the two.

"Luckily, the school session had already ended and no casualties were reported in the incident," he said.

The cause of the fire and total losses are still under investigation.

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Runner Evelyn Ang still on life support, says cousin

Wendy Goh, in a Facebook post, clears the air about cousin’s condition, asks for media to give family some privacy.

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GEORGE TOWN: A close relative of Evelyn Ang, who is still in a coma after she was hit by a car while participating in a marathon on Dec 10 last year, today cleared the air on her condition at the Sungai Buloh Hospital.

Wendy Goh, who is Evelyn’s cousin, said she felt compelled to write the post after reading numerous condolence messages, following media reports which stated that Ang would be taken off life support.

Wendy said as of 7.45am today, Evelyn, 44, was still on life support, and pointed out that Evelyn’s husband, Dennis, has no plans to take her off life support.

“Dennis has made it clear that Evelyn wil l go at her own pace when she is ready,” Goh wrote on her Facebook.

Goh also set the record straight on the number of surgeries Evelyn has had since the incident â€" a total of 12 surgeries â€" adding that Evelyn also suffered one heart attack.

“Appreciate if everyone can pray for Evelyn to be at comfort and continue to send positive vibes to both Dennis and Evelyn. Thank you. Much love to all,” she said.

Goh further asked for the media to give some privacy to the family and requested that there be no interviews.

“For members of the press reading this, please allow the family their time and space. No interviews, please,” she said.

It was widely reported yesterday that Evelyn’s family had decided to take Evelyn off life support.

A report by The Star yesterday quoted an unnamed family member as saying they were informed by doctors that Evelyn’s internal organs had shut down, thus placing her on life support was no longer necess ary.

The family member added that doctors had told them that Evelyn would only survive a few hours without the life support.

In a Facebook posting yesterday, Evelyn’s sister Caroline Ang said: “Please say your last goodbyes to her by today. PM (personal message) me for ward info. Pray for miracle though.”

Evelyn was one of three runners of the Klang City International Marathon injured in the incident.

On Feb 20, mechanic Teoh Thiam Lim, 28, was charged in the Klang Magistrate’s Court with reckless and dangerous driving that resulted in the runners being hit by his car.

Teoh, who pleaded not guilty, was charged with driving a Proton Iswara in a reckless manner that could endanger others at Batu 2, Jalan Kapar at about 4.30am on Dec 10.

The charge, under Section 42(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987, provides for a maximum jail term of five years and a fine of up to RM15,000 upon conviction.

Family prepares to bid com atose runner Evelyn Ang farewell

Mechanic pleads not guilty to plowing into marathon runners with his car

3 injured after car plows into Klang marathon runners


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From Tun Razak to Ashman: Chinese hail Najib's 'three generations' of good ties

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Datuk Seri Najib Razak arrives at the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia's (Huazong) Chinese New Year gathering in Kuala Lumpur February 24, 2018. ― Picture by Shafwan ZaidonDatuk Seri Najib Razak arrives at the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia's (Huazong) Chinese New Year gathering in Kuala Lumpur February 24, 2018. ― Picture by Shafwan ZaidonKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 24 â€" Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is not only a prime advocate of good ties between Malaysia and China, but his own family has also had good relation s with China for three generations, the local ethnic Chinese community said today.

Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah, president of the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) that oversees all local Chinese associations, said Najib had in his official capacity formed good ties with China.

“From the 1990s, Datuk Seri Najib first as defence minister, education minister, deputy prime minister until the position now as prime minister has visited China many times.

“In between, he brought his mother Tun Rahah Mohammad Noah to revisit places there, and also sent his son Ji Ping to China to learn Mandarin. One family, three generations â€" have a very close and good relationship with China,” he said, referring to Najib’s son Norashman whose name in Mandarin is Ji Ping.

Pheng said Najib had continued his late father and former prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein’s legacy of establishing diplomatic ties with China, declaring Najib to be the one who had formed the closest ties and trade relations with China out of all the prime ministers in Malaysia.

“To Malaysians, the late prime minister Tun Razak definitely is the most important promoter of Malaysia-China’s diplomatic ties, while Datuk Seri Najib Razak is the most important promoter of Malaysia-China’s relations,” he declared.

Stressing the importance of political stability in maintaining the good ties between Malaysia and China, Pheng further said: “As the Chinese community or citizens, we don’t hope and cannot allow the good relations between Malaysia and China that has been built up over many generations by predecessors and leaders to be affected and destroyed because of some people’s agenda and political reasons.”

Pheng was speaking at Huazong’s Chinese New Year gathering that was attended by 1,200 people, including those from 118 Chinese associations, Najib, his wife Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor as well as minister s Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, and Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong.

Later in a speech at the same event, Najib highlighted that his father was the first Southeast Asian leader then to establish diplomatic ties with China back in 1974, adding that China’s leaders never fail to mention his father’s role in initiating ties when he visited.

Museum

In his speech, Pheng requested that the government provide financial assistance for the Malaysian Chinese museum that is currently slated for completion by the end of this year.

It is understood that the museum will include over 1,000 collected artefacts and replicas that will be spread out over 11,000 square feet in Wisma Huazong, which itself was built with a RM8-million assistance from the federal government.

Najib noted that the federal government had previously approved tax deduction on RM43 million of donations from the corporate sector for the constructio n of Huazong’s now-completed headquarters Wisma Huazong, adding that his request to a highway concessionaire saw Huazong saving RM2.5 million.

As for the museum, Najib said he was told it would show the contributions of the Malaysian Chinese in the country, including during the fight for independence and in the development of the nation.

“The government wishes to contribute dollar per dollar in the running of this museum so that we can tell future generations and all Malaysians that this country was built on the sweat, tears and entrepreneurial drive of the Chinese working together with the Malays, Indians and the other ethnic groups in Malaysia,” he said, adding that this was the “unity in diversity” that Malaysia wished to promote.

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Malaysian passport 6th most powerful in the world

Malaysian passport 6th most powerful in the world

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Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi shows his passport that allows the bearer to travel to 157 countries without a visa, at passport printing factory Datasonic Manufacturing Sdn Bhd in Petaling Jaya, on December 21 last year. â€" The Malaysian Insight file pic, February 24, 2018.

THE Malaysian passport is the sixth most powerful passport in the world, according to Arton Capital’s 2018 Passport Index.

The index developed by the global financial advisory firm ranks the travel document according to the number of countries the holder may visit without a visa or visa-on-arrival.

Immigration Department director-general Mustafar Ali said the high ranking was not unexpected as the Malaysian passport met the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), and was accepted without need of a visa in 157 countries.

“Malaysian passport is the world’s first passport that is equipped with chip-based biometric security features,” he said in a statement here yesterday.

Mustafar said the passport was further enhanced with additional security features to meet ICAO’s Document 9303 standards in 2013, while the chip was included in the biodata page in 2016.

The latest version of the Malaysian passport came with 50 additional security features and a more unique design reflecting the country’s landmarks, flora and fauna, as well as the five principles of Rukun Negara, he said.

He said the additional security features had enhanced the trust international authorities had in the Malaysian passport as well as its acceptability overseas.

Mustafar said applications for the passport could be made online and a new passport would be ready for collection within an hour after payment was made, a speedy process that was ahead of many developed countries. â€" Bernama, February 2, 2018.

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Najib: Changes to education system needed to meet challenges

Prime Minister Najib Razak says the education system is set for realignment after GE14 to prepare the people for the Industrial Revolution 4.0.

najib-razak-pm-malaysia-1KUALA LUMPUR: The government will likely realign the education system to be able to meet the challenges of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0), says Prime Minister Najib Razak.

He said this could be achieved if the government continued to enjoy the people’s mandate at the coming 14th general election (GE14).

“This is one of my concerns and post-GE, with the mandate of the rakyat, we’ll have to look closely at this and probably make the changes,” he said at the townhall session with Axiata and Celcom employees at Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil, near here yesterday.

Najib said such a mo ve would ensure that future generations were equipped with knowledge and skills to face IR4.0.

Also present were Axiata Group president and group chief executive officer Jamaludin Ibrahim.

Queried on the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) agenda, Najib said the 30-year timeframe from 2020 was enough to effect changes and see outstanding results for the future.

On another matter, the prime minister said Malaysians should continue to respect one another with a view to strengthening unity in the country.

“We need to impart certain core values like learning to interact with one another and learn to respect each other so that Malaysia can progress as a harmonious country.

“If you can create more moments of unity, we can strengthen our unity, and we have to fight any form of extremism,” he said.

Questioned on concerns over the rising cost of living, Najib said the government had taken various measures to address the issue.

Among ot hers, he said, the government had introduced programmes to meet the people’s needs including the establishment of Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M) 2.0, Jualan Sentuhan Rakyat as well as the implementation of the Mass Rapid Transit transport system and various subsidised schemes.


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At Huazong CNY do, Najib hopes Chinese 'choose right' in GE14

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Datuk Seri Najib Razak speaks during the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia's (Huazong) Chinese New Year gathering in Kuala Lumpur February 24, 2018. ― Picture by Shafwan ZaidonDatuk Seri Najib Razak speaks during the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia's (Huazong) Chinese New Year gathering in Kuala Lumpur February 24, 2018. ― Picture by Shafwan ZaidonKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 24 ― Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today said he hoped the ethnic Chinese community will choose the “right choice” in the upcoming 14th general elections (GE14 ).

Najib also cautioned that Malaysia's blossoming ties with China would suffer and plunge to its lowest point if the federal Opposition won in the next general elections.

“Today we celebrate ‘Hari Raya Tahun Baru Cina’ (Chinese New Year), soon we will celebrate another ‘Hari Raya’ that is called ‘Pilihan Raya’ (election).

“And I hope when the time comes, you will be able to make the right choice,” he said in a speech at the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia's (Huazong) Chinese New Year gathering.

Earlier, Najib had said: “I'm confident that if you decide in a proper and right manner, not based on any emotions, but based on facts and reality, I'm sure you will make the right choice when the time comes.”

In the gathering attended by 1,200 people from 118 local Chinese associations, Najib pointed out that Malaysia-China ties are currently at an “all-time high”.

“You know the things [the government] are doing, but what is unfortunate is some Opposition politicians are trying to confuse and to sow hatred among the people; accusing us of surrendering sovereignty,” said Najib, who is also chairman of ruling coalition Barisan Nasional.

He said the federal Opposition has been “telling lies” such as the claim that those who buy Forest City condominiums in Johor would receive citizenship and the allegation that the Malaysia China Kuantan Industrial Park is part of China which Malaysians cannot enter.

“All these things are really designed to sow feelings of distrust between Malaysia and China. In fact, our previous leader has stated that if the get power, they intend to cancel all the contracts that we have with China,” he said, without naming the leader that he was referring to.

“We cannot allow that, if the Opposition takes over, the relationship with China will deteoriate, instead of being highest-level ever, it will be lowest level ever,” he cautioned.

“This is something we must not allow because the mutual benefit is enormous between Malaysia and China and that relationship under my leadership as Prime Minister and colleagues will continue to be further strengthened in the future,” he added.

Najib's BN coalition is expected to go head on with the federal opposition Pakatan Harapan that is chaired by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in the election that must be held by August 2018.

The 14th general election can also be called earlier, but the federal government has yet to announce when it will be held.

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