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Poem on Malaysia’s diversity wins hearts

A TEAM of 21 pupils from SK Convent (2) Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur, emerged champions in the primary school category of the inaugural Bank Rakyat Choral Speaking Competition at Esplanade, Suria KLCC.

(Back row, from second left) Nizam and Kannaghe with the SK Convent (2) Bukit Nanas pupils as they celebrate their win in the primary school category at the inaugural Bank Rakyat Choral Speaking Competition at Esplanade, Suria KLCC. — Photos: SHAARI CHE MAT/The Star

MPSJ extends deadline for legalising home renovations

THE deadline for the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) programme on legalising illegal home renovations or extensions has been extended to Dec 31.

Home renovations and extensions are common but not all work carried out has MPSJ’s approval. 
Photo shows a comparison of houses that had been renovated compared to the original design in the PJS 7 area. — FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

Church does its bit for a better Malaysia

JOHOR BARU: The Bukit Indah Church of Praise Johor Baru has donated RM20,000 to Tabung Harapan Malaysia to mark its 30th anniversary celebration.

Cheo (second from left) receiving the mock cheque from Yeo (right) and the church’s treasurer Patrick Hua (second from right).

DBKL should ensure only trusted firms engage in high-rise maintenance

KUALA Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) Commissioner for Building (COB) should form a panel of certified and experienced maintenance companies to better manage the facilities at apartments and condominiums, says Kepong Community Centre head Yee Poh Ping

Association of Churches unite in prayer for the nation

SIBU: Christians from the various denominations under the Association of Churches in Sarawak (ACS) Sibu showed their love for the country by participating in a Malaysia Day prayer service.

Open sky policy will improve rural air connections

MIRI: It is high-time for Sarawak to have an open-sky policy for not just urban flight services but also rural air services, said the Rurum Kelabit Association that represents the 10,000 odd minority Kelabit ethnic natives.

Rural Sarawak needs more airlines with small planes like this MasWing aircraft to offer more regular flights daily.

Sarawak Timber Association comes to the aid of school fire victims

KUCHING: The Sarawak Timber Association (STA) has contributed RM30,000 to a fund for the victims of a fire that engulfed the teachers’ quarters at SK Batu Bungan in Mulu.

Sarawak Timber Association treasurer Philip Choo (second left) presenting the cheque to Michael. Looking on from left are the ministry’s permanent secretary Datuk Sudarsono Osman, STA council member Stephen Hii and Education Department representative Omar Mahli.

Protecting buffer zones to make the cut

THE buffer zones of Royal Belum State Park must be protected to prevent logging and ensure the forest reserve makes it into the heritage list of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

A boat heading into the Royal Belum rainforest.

Rain town shines on Malaysia Day

RAIN did not deter hundreds of Taiping folk from attending the state-level Malaysia Day celebration at Dataran Warisan Taiping.

Actors depicting our first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman’s struggle to gain independence for the country in a play on Malaysia Day in Taiping. — Photos: RONNIE CHIN/The Star

Portrait of a Chinese opera lover

CLASSIC Teochew Opera stories came to life in Penang through the sterling performance of Tan Wei Tian — a relative veteran despite being only 15.

Wei Tian (left) and Yap Ting performing an excerpt from the Chinese classic tale, Butterfly Lovers, at the Cheah Kongsi in George Town, Penang. — Photos: JEREMY TAN/The Star