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  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 24 Nov 2004

THE issue of study loan repayments does not arise in the event the student dies, said Higher Education Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Dr Adham Baba. 

The loan repayment would not be referred to the family of the deceased because claims would be made directly to the appointed insurance companies, he said in his reply to Idris Haron (BN –Tangga Batu). 

Since 1997, a total of 484 such cases had happened and the ministry had referred the matter to Takaful Malaysia and Takaful Nasional. 

  • PETRONAS has been accorded an international corporation status by the Fortune Global 500 Magazine in its August issue for its financial accomplishment. 

    Finance Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Hilmi Yahaya said Petronas was listed ninth in the world based its net profit in the petroleum industry. 

    Hilmi said Petronas recorded its best financial performance in the year ending March 31, 2004, with revenue of RM97.5bil, while net profit was RM23.7bil.  

  • THE Cabinet will discuss the candidate for Public Accounts Committee chairman today. 

    Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz said he would bring the matter up before the Cabinet. 

    He was responding to Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang's call to elevate Kepong MP Dr Tan Seng Giaw from PAC deputy chairman to chairman. 

    The PAC chairman's position was left vacant after Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib's election as the Speaker on Monday. 

  • THE Health Ministry has 46 counsellors at all its hospitals nationwide but psychiatric treatment is given only to those under extreme stress. 

    In a written reply to Dr Yee Moh Chai (BN – Kota Kinabalu), Health Minister Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek said those experiencing extremely stressful situations included those with the tendency to commit suicide or injure others. 

    Dr Chua said the services of psychiatric experts were mainly available at state hospitals.  

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