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Nation 22 Nov 2020 | 7:00 AM

Govt initiatives in Budget 2021 get the thumbs up

“I am relieved that the government has allowed us to take out money from Account 1 of our Employees Provident Fund (EPF). I sell flowers and cookies from home to earn a living while my husband works in Singapore. My business was badly hit due to Covid-19 and my husband was unable to send back as much money as he used to as he now has extra expenses to bear due to the closure of the border. He used to travel back and forth between Johor and Singapore daily but he now has no choice but to remain in Singapore where he has to fork out extra cash for his rent there as well as for his daily basic needs. I am depending on my sales here for my five children who are between 14 and 24-years-old. Three of them are schooling while two are still looking for jobs. The money from the EPF really helps to ease our burden but I have made it a point to only take it out when we are desperate. ”S. Sumathi, 47, trader

Letters 21 Nov 2020 | 7:00 AM

Internet connectivity is a key enabler

From PROF DATUK DR AHMAD IBRAHIM Fellow, Academy of Sciences Malaysia.

World 19 Nov 2020 | 12:55 AM

Social isolation makes more young people vulnerable to radicalisation: UK police

LONDON, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- The impact of COVID-19, social isolation and a rise in hateful extremism online are creating a "perfect storm", making more young people vulnerable to radicalisation and other forms of grooming, Britain's Counter Terrorism Police (CTP) said Wednesday.

World 11 Nov 2020 | 12:05 AM

NW China's Gansu lifts 5.5 mln people out of poverty in 7 years

LANZHOU, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- Northwest China's Gansu Province lifted 5.5 million people out of poverty from 2012 to 2019, achieving a decisive victory in poverty eradication, the local government said Tuesday.

Nation 11 Nov 2020 | 7:00 AM

BPR scheme safeguards welfare of vulnerable groups

PETALING JAYA: From the time his wife passed away in April this year, Chitramaniam Ponnusamy’s life has been a constant struggle between finding work to support his family and caring for his three children aged four, six and 15.