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Presidential contenders back reform

Taiwan took a first step towards halving its brawling parliament yesterday in a move backed by both contenders in the island's hotly contested presidential election as underscoring their political reform credentials.

More talks

More than 1,000 delegates representing governments and relevant organisations are meeting in Kuala Lumpur from Feb 23 to 27 for the first meeting of the parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (MOP1).

More than 120 nations adopt KL Declaration

Environment ministers and government representatives from more than 120 countries have adopted the Kuala Lumpur Declaration which commits them to a rapid and effective implementation of measures aimed at reducing biodiversity loss.

Ministry has done its best over MTUC issues, says Fong

The Human Resources Ministry will prepare the appropriate response to the Cabinet on the 10-point memorandum the MTUC wants to submit to the Prime Minister.

MTUC has right to seek PM's help, says Fong

It is up to the MTUC to ask Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to help resolve labour problems, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn.

Support swells for Pak Lah in fight against corruption

Malaysians must rally behind Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in his bid to rid the nation of corruption, said former UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Datuk Param Cumaraswamy.

People against torture

Even now torture still takes place in many countries around the world. Amnesty International#8217;s campaign coordinator on torture, Rafael Barca, speaks to ALLAN KOAY about the movement#8217;s latest effort to rally people around the world against torture.

MTUC lodges complaint against Govt to ILO

The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has filed a complaint against the Government to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for refusing the formation of unions in certain sectors.

Stricter enforcement needed to combat smoking

THE anti-smoking groups seem to be as pleased as punch over the Government's intention to ratify the first international treaty on tobacco control this month. V.K. Chin comments.

Health advocates welcomed treaty on tobacco control

Public health advocates have welcomed the government's decision to sign and ratify the first international treaty on tobacco control, saying that it would empower the Government to move forward in its anti-tobacco efforts.