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Letters 05 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

A kampong boy made good

After 19 years as political secretary to the Prime Minister, Datuk Abdul Aziz Shamsudin was made Deputy Education Minister two years ago. But things did not come on a silver platter for this kampung boy. B>Shahanaaz Habib /B>has the story.

Lifestyle 18 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Still the diva

Sharifah Aini is one of Malaysia#8217;s most recognised entertainers. After 35 years in the business, she will release her 77th album next month, followed by her swansong album in August. In an exclusive interview, the First Lady of Song explains why she will retire in three years when she turns 50!

Letters 19 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

A united move on Kelantan

The Prime Minister's visit to Kelantan this week upped the tempo in Umno's bid to recover the Malay heartland, writes B>JOCELINE TAN/Bwho was there. The revamp of the State Umno leadership also signals the start of more changes to come.

Lifestyle 21 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Plural marriages

Khadijah from Kuala Lumpur writes in to provide a clearer view on the much discussed issue of polygamy in Islam.

Business 22 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Founder taking popular Mecca-Cola to the Middle East

#8220;Mecca-Cola#8221; inventor Tawfik Mathlouthi is bringing his popular product to the Middle East, confident that in troubled times a politicised soft drink will sell in the heart of the Islamic world.

Nation 23 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

PM: Be brothers once more

Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad has sent a heartfelt message to all Muslims in the world on the need for them 'to embrace each other as brothers and return to the true teachings of Islam,' or risk being continuously oppressed and their religion treated with contempt.

Nation 24 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Bomoh: I’ll go to hell if teachings are deviant

Bomoh Ismail Harun, 67, has claimed that he had never intended to preach deviant teachings when he introduced the I>Ajaran dan/II>Fahaman Perjalanan 21 Laduni Rahmatullah,/Iwhich has been banned by the state Islamic Religious Council (MAIPP).

Nation 26 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Hadi: Reps' kids can get zakat

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said the children of Terengganu state executive councillors are eligible to receive I>zakat/I(tithes) as they belonged to the I>Fisabilillah/I(in the path of Allah) group.

Lifestyle 27 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

An outdated practice?

SEVERAL Muslim men express their take on polygyny in Islam and how they feel about a practice that allows them to take up to four wives. JACQUELINE ANN SURIN speaks to them at a meeting of Islamic groups.

Letters 28 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Down to earth lecture on unity

It was simple straight-talk, no euphemism or honey-coated rhetoric. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad was in no mood to play to the gallery, when he spoke to about 2,000 students and academics on Muslim Unity in the Face of Challenges and Threats at the ancient seat of Islamic learning, Al Azhar University in Cairo last week, writes K. PARKARAN.