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Nation 05 Oct 2003 | 12:00 AM

Don't do away with travel agents, airlines told

Airlines should not do away with travel agents as they are an important element in the growth of the tourism industry, said Malaysian Indian Travel Agents (Mita) president A. Sevaguru.

AseanPlus News 03 Oct 2003 | 12:00 AM

One wild, wonderful week in October

THE week-long National Day holiday which started from Oct 1 has become both an occasion for celebrating the birth of the nation and a time for people to relax, reunite - or tie the marriage knot.

Nation 03 Oct 2003 | 12:00 AM

Checkpoint unable to cope

The Immigration, Customs and Quarantine checkpoint at Sarawak's boundary with Brunei in Sungai Tujuh, Kuala Baram, needs to be better equipped to handle the sudden influx of visitors from the sultanate, said an elected representative.

AseanPlus News 30 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

Grand expo centre coming up in Suzhou

SUZHOU City, a tourist hot spot in east China, started building a grand expo centre last Saturday in the China-Singapore Industrial Park with an investment of roughly 2.2 billion yuan (RM1bil).

Nation 24 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

Asean can offer much to Sweden, says Dr Mahathir

Swedish companies should use Malaysia as a platform to expand into Asean and the Asia Pacific region, Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.

AseanPlus News 15 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

Australia may change airline routes to avoid SARS threat

Australia is talking with major airlines and the Singapore government about changing routes this northern winter to avoid an industry crisis if there is another Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak, the tourism minister said yesterday.

Nation 14 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

PM presents last budget with the people at heart

B>FOR THE RAKYAT (Sept 13):/BDatuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad presented a bag of goodies to the rakyat in his last budget as Prime Minister and Finance Minister. However, smokers and drinkers will be hit hard by a 20% hike in import and excise duties on cigarette and tobacco products and 10% on liquor. Among the goodies are road tax exemption for motorcycles of engine capacity less than 150cc; setting up of a village micro-credit scheme, and putting in an additional RM1bil to the micro-credit scheme for small businesses; allowing low-income single mothers to buy low and medium-cost houses from Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd at a 20% discount; and intensive focus on small and medium-sized industries via formation of a high-level council.

AseanPlus News 13 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

SARS fears recede as patient recovers

B>SINGAPORE:/BFears of a new SARS outbreak receded in Singapore yesterday as a medical researcher treated for the deadly virus appeared to be recovering quickly and Taiwan ended mandatory temperature checks on Singapore travellers.

AseanPlus News 11 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

New SARS case baffles investigators

A scientist who tested positive for the SARS virus in the world's first reported infection for three months may well have caught it in a laboratory, Singapore said yesterday.

AseanPlus News 10 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

Hong Kong on high SARS alert

Hong Kong was on high alert for a possible return of the deadly SARS virus after Singapore authorities revealed a new case, a health department spokesman said yesterday.