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Recent Events Reflect Maturity of Rulers, Say Observers

By Ali Imran Mohd Noordin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The manner in which the nation's rulers handled the recent developments involving the stepping down of Sultan Muhammad V as Yang di-Pertuan Agong reflects the maturity and robustness of the institution of monarchy, say observers.

If the situation had not been dealt with swiftly and sagaciously, it could have led to a crisis.

"It (recent events) was a maturing process for the institution of monarchy. We all saw how harmoniously the Conference of Rulers handled the issue, which could have triggered a crisis if it was not dealt with properly," constitutional law expert Associate Prof  Shamrahayu Abd Aziz told Bernama.

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Methadone Proven Effective for Opioid Abuse

By Kurniawati Kamarudin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The Health Ministry's methadone therapy for opioid addiction has proven to be successful.

Introduced 14 years ago, this treatment approach is seen to be the most effective way to reduce the risk of  HIV infection among intravenous drug users who share infected needles, according to Health Ministry public health specialist Dr Fazidah Yuswan.

Methadone, a drug used to treat dependency on opioids such as heroin, has been used by several countries such as the United States since the 1960s but Malaysia only started using it in 2005.

New Minimum Wage to Benefit 1.28 Million Workers

By Sakini Mohd Said

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The new year has brought some cheer to private-sector blue-collar workers and employees in the lower salary scales with the enforcement of the higher minimum wage of RM1,100 a month or RM5.29 an hour starting Jan 1.

Announced by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng during the tabling of Budget 2019 on Nov 2, the new minimum wage will benefit some 1.28 million workers or 18.1 percent of the 7.05 million workforce in the private sector that work at least six hours a day or 20 days a month. (These statistics are based on the Department of Statistics Malaysia's 2017 Salaries and Wages Survey Report.)

This is also the first time the minimum wage is being standardised for the peninsula and Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan.

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