NS KICKS OFF: (Feb 16) More than 26,000 youths left home on Feb 16 as the pioneer group for National Service. The exercise brings together 18-year-olds of different ethnic and religious backgrounds for a three-month patriotic stint.
ELECTION MOVES: (Feb 18) Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will chair two important meetings, which many believe are indications that the general election could be imminent.
PROBE FOREIGN ROLE: (Feb 20) Malaysia wants the International Atomic Energy Agency to investigate five Europeans and two Turks over their roles in the black marketeering of components for nuclear weapons.
EX-CEO CHARGED: (Feb 17) Former Perbadanan Nasional Berhad chief executive officer Shaharin Shaharudin was charged with two counts of criminal breach of trust involving a total of RM462,900.
60 YEARS' JAIL: (Feb 19) An auxiliary police constable was given the maximum sentence of 60 years' jail after he admitted to three counts of incest with two of his daughters, aged 12 and 21.
KASITAH QUITS: (Feb 17) Land and Co-operative Development Minister Tan Sri Kasitah Gaddam submitted his letter of resignation to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
EPF DECLARES DIVIDEND: (Feb 20) The 10 million EPF contributors will get a dividend of 4.5% for last year – an increase of 0.25% from 2002.
LETTER OF PROTEST: (Feb 14) Malaysia will write a letter to the US embassy expressing its displeasure and disappointment for being singled out as being involved in illegal proliferation of nuclear weapons, said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.
CANCER CASES DOUBLED: (Feb 14) Childhood cancer cases in Peninsular Malaysia have more than doubled over the past 10 years, Health Minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng said.
RM35MIL SALES: (Feb 15) The Malaysia Airlines Travel Fair 2004 proved to be a soaring success, raking in a whopping RM35mil in estimated sales.
NEW EXPRESSWAY: (Feb 15) A new expressway is in the pipeline to link various development projects in the fast-growing northern part of the Klang Valley, west of Kuala Lumpur. The 23km-expressway will be an extension of Sprint’s Penchala Link.
NEW CHAIRMAN: (Feb 16) Berjaya Group Bhd executive director Datuk Mohamed Annuar Zaini was appointed Bernama chairman. His two-year term at the national news agency took effect from Feb 1.
Foreign200 DIE IN TRAIN BLASTS: (Feb 18) Runaway train cars carrying fuel and industrial chemicals derailed and caught fire, setting off explosions in north-eastern Iran that killed about 200 people, injured hundreds and devastated five villages, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.
BIRD FLU IN CATS: (Feb 20) The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu has been detected in a leopard, a tiger and two domestic cats in the first confirmed cases of the disease in the cat family, researchers said.
ROOF COLLAPSES: (Feb 15) Rescue workers with search dogs picked through the ruins of an indoor water park whose roof crashed down on hundreds of people, hoping to find survivors a day after the collapse that killed at least 26 and injured more than 100 others.
PAEDOPHILES IN BALI: (Feb 16) Hundreds of Balinese children are feared to have been abused and abducted, and some even killed, by paedophiles belonging to a child sex network operating in the Indonesian resort island, an investigation by The Australian newspaper alleged.
ABORIGINES RIOT: (Feb 16) Aborigines rioted in a black ghetto near the centre of Sydney over the death of a teenage boy, hurling Molotov cocktails and bricks at police in a nine-hour battle.
TAIWAN POLLS: (Feb 20) Taiwan's presidential election campaign starts on Feb 21 in what is shaping up to be a spiteful contest hinging on the island's fraught relations with mainland China and a controversial referendum.
BORDER SECURITY FENCE: (Feb 17) Thailand will build a security fence along parts of its border with Malaysia as part of efforts to bring an end to deadly unrest in the Muslim-majority south, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said.
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