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Base is key to regional security, says Goh

CHANGI Naval Base is an important link in the regional security framework needed to combat the threat of terrorism, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong said when he declared it open on Friday.


Higher oil prices to fuel deepwater exploration

Deepwater oil exploration in Malaysia will significantly increase as crude oil prices hit new highs, Schlumberger vice-president and general manager (Malaysia, Brunei and Philippines) Steve Kaufman predicts.


Paying pirates protection money for ‘safe fishing’

Malaysian fishermen have been paying protection money to pirates in the Straits of Malacca for 'safe fishing certificates', a Fisheries Department official said.


Right royal golf in Brunei

After samping the imperial grace of the Empire Country Club course, GRAHAM SIMMONS vows to lower his golf handicap to do the course justice.


French fine dining in Kuantan

The East Coast is known for a wide range of good food, but mention French cuisine, and you would probably get a confused look. If you are in Kuantan, fret no more. Head for Le Parisien, a restaurant operated by Frenchman Alexandre Stephane, and his Malaysian wife, Azrita Abdullah. Now into its fourth year of operation, Le Parisien started off in Kuantan town before Stephane decided to move it to its present location two years ago.


Boy swept away by floods

A four-year-old boy was swept away after falling into a drain as three days of rain caused floods and landslips in various parts of Sabah.


Earthquake tremors felt in Miri and Bintulu

Tremors from an earthquake, which occurred in the South China Sea at 7.29am yesterday, were felt in several places in Sarawak, including Miri and Bintulu.


From boat people to boat tourists

B>MANILA:/BIn its provocative decision to send tourists to the disputed Spratlys, Vietnam is incurring the ire not only of the other claimants but also of Asean. Vietnam is showing the arrogance that is not to be expected of a relatively new member of Asean that, after all, is committed to fostering comity and understanding in the region.


Show me the money

DID you know that salt, cattle and even cowrie shells were once used as money? As it is, the word 'salary' comes from the Latin word I>salarium/I>, meaning 'of salt', and 'fee' comes from the German word for cattle. You can learn such interesting trivia on money matters at Trigometric, a currency specialist shop and gallery in Amcorp Mall, Petaling Jaya.


Getting the STAR treatment

A recent article in I>Newsweek/Imagazine haughtily trumpeted that 'for the truly status-conscious, it's not where you go that matters; it's where you stay.' By that token, the destination hotel in Borneo - with all due credit to the island's attraction and mystique - must surely be the luxurious Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort (STAR) in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.