WHINING NATION (Sept 29): Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad chided Malaysians who always complain and raise objections when the Government implements a policy or project for their long-term benefit. The Prime Minister said protests and objections by the public had always hindered the implementation of projects that could actually benefit the community.
NO COMING BACK (Sept 29): The Government has rejected a request from Chin Peng, the former secretary-general of the outlawed Communist Party of Malaya, to return to the country now.
BETTER TRACKING (Sept 30): Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad has directed all government agencies, companies and statutory bodies to record every single transaction that they make for easy monitoring.
REVIEW DECISION (Sept 30): The Consumers Association of Penang wants the Government to review its decision to impose anti-dumping duties on newsprint, saying it will affect consumers.
NEW BOOK (Sept 30): A book on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad depicting his student and bachelor days, his family life, career in politics, his achievements and his vision for the country is now accessible to every Malaysian. Mahathir Menjulang Martabat Malaysia (Mahathir Uplifts Malaysia's Integrity) is written by Dr Zahidi Datuk Zainol Rashid, who is with the Kedah Public Library Corp.
CENSORSHIP (Sept 30): Members of performing arts community have expressed concern over City Hall's newly-formed committee to evaluate scripts for theatre performances. The group said the stringent guidelines equal censorship.
GOOD MODEL (Oct 1): The Election Commission has declared that the Malaysian democracy model is very much alive although there are still some weaknesses that can be overcome over time. Its chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said democratic elections had been held 10 times and had resulted in the establishment of legitimate and responsive governments since independence.
PYGMY ELEPHANTS EXPORT (Oct 1): A dozen Borneo pygmy elephants in Sabah will find themselves in Chinese and Japanese zoos barely a month after it was confirmed that the animals belonged to a new subspecies. It is learnt that the animals were captured from the wild by a renowned animal trader in Sabah after he purportedly convinced the Sabah Wildlife Department to allow them to be exported.
PROBE CLAIMS (Oct 2): The Anti-Corruption Agency has been directed to investigate all claims for expenses made by Members of Parliament that are considered excessive.
BORROWERS TO GAIN (Oct 4): Under the proposed amendments to the Pawnbrokers Act 1972, pawnbrokers will have to return the excess amount to borrowers who default on payment if they sell the items pawned for a higher sum than the loan taken.
RUNNING AGAIN (Oct 4): Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is almost certain to run in next May's presidential election, reversing course after pledging last not to stand, a close aide said on Friday. Despite her pledge not to stand, Arroyo has been increasingly expected to reverse course and announce her candidacy.
JAPANESE ORGY (Sept 29): Hundreds of Japanese tourists and Chinese prostitutes held a three-day orgy at a luxurious hotel in southern China, sparking outrage and prompting police to launch an investigation.
BOMBER GETS DEATH (Oct 3): A court sentenced to death the man who commanded the Bali nightclub bombings, wrapping up the trials of the four main accused ahead of the first anniversary of the atrocity. Islamic militant Mukhlas now joins a younger brother on death row. NOT FOUND (Oct 4): The US-led team hunting for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has found no stockpiles of biological or chemical weapons six months after the United States launched a war against Baghdad to remove such a threat, CIA adviser David Kay said.
GLOBAL PROTEST (Sept 29): Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters staged demonstrations around the world on Saturday venting their anger at the US-led invasion of Iraq and calling for an end to the occupation.
DARKNESS IN ITALY (Sept 29): A massive blackout hit Italy on Sunday, cutting power to millions of Italians who woke up to find their phone lines silent and their television black, while drivers struggled through streets without traffic lights and trains remained stuck on the tracks.
MOON MISSION (Sept 29): Europe's first mission to the moon has blasted off abroad a European Ariane rocket from French Guiana, space officials said.
DEADLINE DEMOCRACY (Oct 2): UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has set a timetable for ending military rule in Myanmar and turning the country into a democracy by 2006.
USING FUEL RODS (Oct 3): North Korea said it has completed reprocessing its 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods and is using plutonium extracted from them to make nuclear weapons.
NOBEL LITERATURE PRIZE (Oct 3): J. M. Coetzee has won the Nobel Literature Prize. He is considered to be one of South Africa's finest writers whose works give voice to the anguish of his home country.
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