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Cheers greet OIC leaders

Cheers from thousands of Malaysians greeted leaders of the OIC as they drove to the palatial Putrajaya Convention Centre for the opening of the three-day OIC Summit yesterday.


Through thick and thin for 34 years

True to the name of the foundation Yayasan Budi Penyayang of which she is chief executive officer, Leela Mohd Ali is a I>penyayang/I(caring person) to her best friend Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood.


Prince of Swing raises RM100,000

Canada's newly crowned 'Prince of Swing' Michael Buble did his bit for Malaysian charity when he performed at an exclusive, closed-door concert for 300 guests recently and raised RM100,000 for three charities.


New image for batik

Batik may be seen by some as conservative apparel often worn at formal events. However, a group of local designers is out to change that perception.

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Yuju Opera star wins award

CHINESE Yuju Opera artist Chen Bailing (stage name Xiao Xiangyu) won the 2003 Mont Blanc Arts Patronage Award last week honouring her devotion to promoting the development of Yuju Opera as well as her work to promote the education of children from poor areas.


Open tender is the best policy

THE announcement by Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi that most government procurement and contracts would be done through open tender is a policy that should be welcomed by all, especially the business community.


Guidance for orphans

For the ninth year running, Universiti Malaya's Fifth Residential College ran an Orphans Welfare Project called I>Kebatim 2003/I>.


Umno ‘gaining acceptance in Kelantan’

There is increasing confidence among Kelantan folk in Umno, auguring well for a Barisan Nasional victory in the state in the general election, party secretary-general Tan Sri Khalil Yaakob said.


Facing up to the next test

For the first time in 22 years, the Barisan Nasional election campaign will be headed by a new man. The coming general election has been regarded as the first real test for Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. WONG CHUN WAI writes why Abdullah needs a resounding endorsement in the polls to carry out his agenda.


Endon's labour of love bears fruit

Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood readily lends a hand to the local arts and culture scene, writes VERONICA SHUNMUGAM.