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  • Friday, 28 Feb 2003

EPF awarded ISO cert 

KUALA LUMPUR: The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has been awarded the Malaysian Public Service MS ISO 9000 Quality System Certification by the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit.  

The certification is a validation to the EPF for having implemented a quality system in accordance with the MS ISO 9002: 1994 which covers registration and cancellation of employers’ accounts, management of employers’ accounts and enforcement activities taken against employers who do not comply with the EPF Act. 

The ISO certificate exemplifies the EPF’s continuous commitment to improve its service quality to fulfil the expectations of its customers. 

MPI gets new chairman 

PETALING JAYA: New Straits Times group editor Datuk Ahmad A. Talib was elected the new chairman of the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI), replacing veteran journalist Datuk Mazlan Nordin who has led the MPI for 15 years. 

Kumpulan Karangkraf editor-in-chief Abdul Jalil Ali was elected deputy chairman while The Star deputy managing editor Chua Yew Kay was re-elected secretary and treasurer. 

The election of new office-bearers was held at its annual general meeting here. 

Chin in stable condition 

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui is in stable condition following heart bypass surgery at the National Heart Institute (IJN) here three days ago. 

Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said Chin, 57, was admitted into IJN on Feb 20 after complaining of chest pains. 

“The surgery was successful and he informed us that he is now feeling better and has begun walking around the ward,” he said after visiting Chin. – Bernama 

34 GROs held at hotel 

SEREMBAN: The Negri Sembilan Immigration Department detained 34 illegal immigrants found to be working as guest relations officers (GROs) at a budget hotel in Taman AST on Wednesday. 

Its chief Salleh Bahari said the 21 Indonesians, 12 Chinese and a Thai were also providing sexual services to clients. 

“Some of them tried to climb to the rooftop to evade arrest but we managed to catch them,” he said, adding that two men were also detained for harbouring the GROs.  

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