Malaysia GDP growth better than anticipated

GOOD SHOWING: (Feb 25) Malaysia’s gross domestic product grew by 5.2% last year – beating expectations of most analysts – on the back of higher consumer spending, soaring exports and stronger growth in investments. 


READY FOR POLLS: (Feb 23) In the strongest indication that the general election is around the corner, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said on Monday night that Barisan Nasional was ready to face the people in the polls. 


YOUTH PROJECT: (Feb 22) Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi launched the national service programme which he said would mould the youth of today to be the front-liners of a developed Malaysia in 2020. 


CAMERONS LANDSLIDE: (Feb 24) A massive landslide near Habu in Ringlet cut off Tanah Rata and the upper parts of the Cameron Highlands via Tapah. 


NO SANCTIONS: (Feb 24) Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is confident that the United States will not impose sanctions on Malaysia because a Malaysian company had unwittingly been involved in the production of components of a nuclear centrifuge. 


BARRIER TO GROWTH: (Feb 22) Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail has expressed his concern over social ills like rape and incest that have become rampant. 


WATER WOES: (Feb 23) Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said rapid development in the Klang Valley has put water resources under strain. 


REGISTRATION DRIVE: (Feb 21) The Government and women's groups will launch a nationwide campaign to get couples who have tied the knot through customary rites after 1982 to register their marriages.  


CHECKS INCREASED: (Feb 22) The Health and Agriculture ministries have stepped up measures to prevent the avian flu virus from infecting Malaysian birds. 


SAME DAY: (Feb 27) Malaysians will soon be able to renew their passports on the same day once the Immigration Department moves to its new headquarters in Putrajaya in the middle of this year. 


DROP IN PASSES: (Feb 26) Nine out of 22 subjects offered in the STPM examination last year saw a marked decline in passes although the number of top scorers increased from 624 to 767. 


UPSR FRAUD: (Feb 25) The Education Ministry has confirmed that there were elements of fraudulent practice in SK Pulau Chapa, Kubang Pasu, where weak Year Six pupils were substituted with top Year Five pupils for the 2002 UPSR exam. 


Foreign News


MASSIVE QUAKE: (Feb 24) Nearly 600 people were feared dead after a powerful earthquake rocked north-eastern Morocco.  


PRESIDENT KILLED: (Feb 26) Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski was killed on Thursday when his plane crashed into Bosnian mountains in thick fog. 


IRAN NUKE DEALS: (Feb 22) As President George W. Bush pushes a global effort against proliferation, Russia and Japan have signalled plans for more co-operation with Iran, which the United States considers a growing nuclear threat. 


ISRAEL FACES ICJ: (Feb 23) Palestinians called on the International Court of Justice to declare Israel's West Bank barrier illegal, arguing it would wreck the chances of a peaceful settlement in the Middle East and would not halt suicide attacks.  


IRAQ POLL: (Feb 23) UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said elections in Iraq could not take place until late this year or early next year, provided Iraqis enacted an election law, among other steps. 


VIOLENT START: (Feb 25) Sri Lanka’s election campaign got off to a violent start with at least 40 activists wounded in clashes as Tiger rebels warned against preventing minority Tamils from voting. 


BRITAIN SPIED: (Feb 26) British intelligence spied on UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in the run-up to the Iraq war according to former British Cabinet minister Clare Short. 


REBELS TAKE OVER: (Feb 27) Rebel forces seeking to overthrow Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide took control of Mirebalais city, only 57km north-east of Port-au-Prince. 


DEATH SENTENCE: (Feb 27) Former Japanese cult guru, Shoko Asahara, was sentenced to hang for masterminding a sarin nerve gas attack on subway trains in Tokyo in 1995 that killed 12 and sickened thousands.  

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