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More aggressive promotions needed to tap Labuan's tourism potential

By Jailani Hasan


LABUAN (Bernama) -- Labuan must aggressively promote itself as a value-for-money destination in order to boost its domestic and international tourism appeal, according to Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Datuk Tan Cheng Kiat.          

The duty-free-island, which is also an oil and gas and international financial hub, needs to take tourism to a whole new level and harness the huge potential to grow its economy.

Tan was among a group of 17 peninsular-based investors who made a three-day business exploration trip to Labuan last week. They voiced out their concerns about the lack of investment and tourism promotions by the local authority and industry players and said this might slow down the island’s economic growth.


India faces tough questions after denying visa to Kosovo boxer

By Shakir Husain

Bernama's correspondent in New Delhi Shakir Husain shares his take on the happenings in India.


NEW DELHI (Bernama) -- India is facing some serious questions after denying a visa to Kosovo boxer Donjeta Sadiku for the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships in New Delhi.

Sadiku was denied entry because India does not recognise her country, the Republic of Kosovo.

International sporting bodies reacted strongly to the visa denial, raising the stakes for India over the issue.


Campaign to raise more awareness on cybercrime

By Ali Imran Mohd Noordin


KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- In view of the alarming rise in cybercrime in Malaysia, the government is taking serious steps to address the scourge.

As Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo himself has said, cybercrime was posing a serious threat to Malaysians who were losing their hard-earned money, amounting to hundreds of thousands of ringgit, to scammers.

The Communications and Multimedia Ministry, through the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), has had several discussions with Bukit Aman's Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) to seek ways to combat the cybercrime menace, according to a press statement issued by Gobind on Oct 8.


Bumiputera Entrepreneur Making Good In Cabinet Building Business

By Fairus Mohd

PEKAN (Bernama) --  Talent, determination, confidence and perseverance are all that one needs to build a business from scratch.

Althahir Abdul Rashid has these qualities in abundance and today, he is the owner of a thriving enterprise specialising in designing and building kitchen cabinetry.

His gallery, called Total Kitchen, located in a three-storey shoplot at Jalan Teluk Sisek in Kuantan is a testimony to the success of the business he embarked on some 20 years ago.


Seoul's Futuristic Metro

By Ravichandran D.J Paul


SEOUL (Bernama) -- One of the key features of any modern metropolis is its metro, namely the intra-city rail transport that makes travelling across the traffic-choked city a breeze.

However, planning, implementing and maintaining a metro system is not only costly but also requires in-depth knowledge and expertise. This is especially so when there are different train systems making up the metro, like in Malaysia where the metro network comprises the MRT, LRT, ERL, monorail and KTM rail lines. Many of the metros of the world today are constantly finding ways to keep their maintenance cost and downtime of their rail assets at a minimum. Hence, excellent management practices, effective in-house maintenance and development of indigenous technologies are crucial for any metro operator. 

Though the metro system puts Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur on a par with many major cities of the world, the country has lots to learn in being innovative in managing and maintaining the system efficiently for the future.  


Show More Compassion to Animals

By Muhammad Basir bin Roslan


KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Nothing can be more therapeutic than having an adorable cat as a pet, so says Muhammad Hasbullah Ibrahim.

The 28-year-old secretary of the Malaysia Cat Club has been a cat lover since young and is now the proud owner of seven cats of different breeds.

His love affair with felines started after he rescued four stray kittens from being bitten by a dog by the roadside sometime back. He decided to give them a home and named them Moktam, Shuteh, Leo and Belang.


Fikirlah: Reform The Way We Use Public Toilets

By Adnan Jahaya


KANGAR (Bernama) -- Imagine you are in a public place, when you feel the sudden and very urgent call of nature.

For many Malaysians, this can be one of their worst nightmares. Our public toilets are notoriously known to be smelly, filthy, wet and disgusting.

As such, many would try their best to “hold it in” no matter how much they need to “go” – at least until they get home or to a facility deemed cleaner.