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  • Saturday, 29 Apr 2006

LURING TOURISTS FROM CHINA: The Tourism Ministry aims to attract at least one million Chinese tourists to Malaysia in 2008. Deputy Minister Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai urged every Malaysian to play their role to promote the country to the Chinese. “The ministry is the manager and assistant manager in the effort to attract tourists to Malaysia, and you are the salesman to promote the beauty of the country to Chinese tourists,” he said at a Malaysia-China Friendship Association dinner. Lim said there were 550,000 Chinese tourists in 2004 but the number dropped to 350,000 last year. 


MANY DOCS IN THE DARK OVER ACT: Many general practitioners are still not aware that private clinics should be registered under the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act. “This regulation is good for all private medical practitioners as it would weed out the quacks and foreign doctors operating clinics,” said Malaysian Medical Association president Datuk Dr Teoh Siang Chin. Another misinterpreted requirement, he said, was the need to prepare a financial statement. 


ILLEGAL VCD SELLER CHARGED: A trader in Arau, Perlis, was charged in a magistrate’s court with possessing 17 pornographic VCDs. Chong Chin Leong, 24 was also charged with illegally selling 207 other VCDs. He was alleged to have committed both offences at a market stall at 11.05am on Wednesday. Chong pleaded not guilty to both charges. Trial is fixed for Oct 16. 


BIRD’S NEST SHOP ROBBED: Three men robbed a shop of some RM250,000 worth of bird’s nests in Subang Jaya on Thursday. The robbers had rounded up the manager and three employees and locked them in a storeroom at the shop in USJ 10. Police said the victims were released half-an-hour later after another worker, who was out at the time of the robbery, found them. 


INDONESIAN FISHERMEN DETAINED: Four Indonesian fishermen were detained in Parit Jawa for not having work permits during a marine police operation. Muar marine police chief Asst Supt Ghazali Haron said the owners of the two trawlers the fishermen were using were booked for hiring and harbouring illegal immigrants. 

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