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  • Friday, 26 Nov 2004

Premises gutted  

SITIAWAN: The temporary premises of the 70-year-old Sitiawan Recreation Club at Jalan Tok Perdana here was gutted in an early morning fire. 

Nine firemen from the Seri Manjung Fire and Rescue Department took more than an hour to control the blaze which started at about 6.30am. Club vice-president A. Damadram estimated damage to be RM200,000. 

Award for Dr M  

KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been picked the first recipient of the Honorary Chartered Fellowship Award by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) United Kindgom. 

CILT Malaysia president Abdul Radzak Abdul Malek said Dr Mahathir was chosen by the committee members of Britain's CILT for his role in developing the logistics sector. 

He said Dr Mahathir was the first world leader to be selected for the award as the committee felt he was the “key man” and “the biggest logistician” in logistics development. 

‘Council to decide’  

KUALA LUMPUR: Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz is leaving it to the Supreme Council to decide whether party veterans can be grouped under a new wing. 

“There is already a movement for Umno veterans. It may be sufficient. However, it is up to the council to decide,” she told reporters after attending the 2005 Panasonic scholarship presentation ceremony here yesterday. 

She cited veterans in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, who had played an active role in helping Barisan Nasional win in the area in the general election last March. 

Rohingya status  

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Home Affairs Minister Datuk Tan Chai Ho said the ministry had received no directive to recognise Myanmar Muslims or Rohingyas as refugees. 

“The Government is still reviewing the status of Rohingyas, and so far there's no directive to recognise them as refugees,” he said at the Parliament lobby. 

There are some 10,000 Rohingyas in Malaysia. They first came to the country 1984, and arrived in large numbers in 1992 following trouble in Myanmar. 

Raya open house 

PETALING JAYA: The Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry will hold the Malaysia Hari Raya open house at Dataran Putrajaya on Nov 27. 

Free bus services will be provided at the Putrajaya ERL station in Precinct 1, Jalan Reko Bus Terminal in Kajang, Bangi commuter stations and the Dengkil Mosque. 

The service begins at 4pm and ends at midnight. Those commuting via ERL will be given discounted return fares of RM15 from KL Sentral to Putrajaya. The train service will also be extended to 2am.  

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