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Sizing us up

In a recent survey, Malaysians were reported to be an old-fashioned lot sticking to old values, with 35% of the population falling in the Kampung Traditionalist category. The rest are the Bangsa Baru (young progressives), Wannabes, Loners, Urban Traditionalists, and the 'Bochap' (people who are not bothered). PATSY KAM and S.S.YOGA speak to the folk in the street to find out where they fit in.


Hanging in the balance

In the heart of the South American continent lies the Pantanal, the world#8217;s largest wetland stretching over 145,000sqkm. With its spectacular beauty and amazing diversity of flora and fauna, this immense landlocked river delta would seem like an ecological paradise made for ecotourism, except that tourism is not bringing in the much-needed prosperity. Growing socio-economic pressures have shifted the focus to industrial development as the answer to the region's woes.


Invest in our children

B>BANGKOK:/BFacts presented at the sixth ministerial consultation of the East Asia and Pacific region, which ended on Wednesday in Denpasar, make it clear that children continue to be the objects of abuse and neglect at the hands of adults.

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Honorary citizenship for Everest hero Hillary

B>KATHMANDU:/BEverest hero Sir Edmund Hillary will be bestowed a rare #8220;honorary Nepalese citizenship#8221; at a gala Everest Golden Jubilee celebration in the Nepalese capital on May 29, a Nepalese newspaper reported Thursday.


Probe into status of deported 11

Malaysia is investigating a claim by the Philippines that 11 children deported to Zamboanga City from Sabah earlier this year are not its citizens.

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Law catches up with polygamous husband

HE TIED the knot a second time while he was still married to his first wife.


Strangers in the night

Sometimes it#8217;s not the places that make the memories but the weird and wonderful people one meets, muses CLARENCE CHUA.


77,000 more register as voters

A total of 77,096 new voters have registered with the Election Commission (EC) in the first quarter of this year.


Chairman expects satisfactory 2003 showing from Star group

STAR Publications (M) Bhd chairman Yong Ming Sang said he expected the group to perform satisfactorily in the current financial year to Dec 31, if the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak was contained and newsprint prices remained stable.


Re-examine need for FIC, MICCI urges government

MALAYSIAN International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Micci) has proposed to the government to re-examine the existence of the Foreign Investment Committee (FIC) as it seems to have outlived its role as the guardian of national interest.