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Jakoa objects to Kelantan’s plan to convert Orang Asli

KUALA LUMPUR: It is not right for people to take advantage of the Orang Asli communities and trick them into religious conversions, says Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) director-general Prof Dr Juli Edo.


NGOs want IPCMC to be set up

A CONCERTED effort is underway in Parliament to push for the swift setting up of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).


Into the depths of the country

A lawyer with an urban background relishes the challenges of dealing with issues that rural communities are facing. Newly minted Deputy Rural and Regional Development Minister Sivarasa Rasiah shares experiences and plans after five months on the job.


Sivarasa Rasiah: A politician who’s always on the go

WITH having to travel to far-flung villages in Malaysia – often over rough terrain – the work of the Deputy Rural and Regional Development Minister can be physically taxing.


Federal govt to help Kelantan with orang asli land issue

KOTA BARU: The federal government will help Kelantan to expedite the gazetting of orang asli land reserve in the state where there is currently a blockade standoff between members of the Temiar tribe and a plantation company.


Youths get help with mobile businesses

SIBU: The Government has launched the Mobile Entrepreneur Programme (Mobilepreneur@KKLW) to enable young entrepreneurs in rural areas to operate mobile businesses without having to rent a shop, Deputy Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi said.


Awang Adek appointed new Mara chairman

PETALING JAYA: Former deputy minister Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin has been appointed the new chairman of Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara).


Najib grants RM8.5mil to improve Machang

MACHANG: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has granted an allocation of RM8.5mil to improve facilities and amenities here.


Rewards for villagers’ efforts

RURAL and Regional Development Ministry appreciates and recognises the efforts of village leaders and people through the Anugerah Desa Perdana competition every year.


Joint celebration for Gawai and Raya

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Sarawak Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud and wife Toh Puan Ragad Kurdi Taib joined hundreds of guests at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak’s (Unimas) colourful, multicultural “Ngabang Raya” celebration.