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Nation 02 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Bid to smuggle fireworks and cigarettes foiled

Johor Customs ended 2002 with a bang when it foiled an attempt to smuggle in firecrackers, fireworks and cigarettes worth some RM2mil.

Business 02 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

2002 a bumper year for commodities

LAST year was a bumper year for world commodity markets, unlike those for equities.

Lifestyle 03 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Looking for new blood

DESPITE the lack of finances, rumours are already spreading about movements and manoeuvres during the current transfer window, writes SHAUN ORANGE.

Nation 04 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

'Johor bans 'sale of 'Mexican 'jumping 'beans'

The State Agriculture Department has banned the sale of #8220;Mexican jumping beans#8221; - which are considered a pest - after confirming that no import permit has been issued for the beans.

Business 04 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Moment of truth for rubber industry

IT WILL soon be time for speculation to yield completely to reality. At least, this is the case for those who have taken part in the share market whirl #8211; the so-called I>Reactorrim /I>play #8211; that has lifted the prices of several counters following announcements of joint ventures (JVs) to consolidate rubber smallholdings.

Other Sport 04 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Koubek dumps the champ

Moroccan Younes El Aynaoui#8217;s hopes of defending his Qatar Open title lay in tatters after he lost a tight semi-final battle 7-6, 7-6 to Austria#8217;s Stefan Koubek.

Business 04 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

RM5.6b November trade surplus

THE trade surplus in November rose to RM5.6bil from a restated RM4.8bil in October, marking the 61st consecutive month of surplus, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti) said.

Nation 04 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Ex-Snap members await Pak Lah's decision

Members of the de-registered Sarawak National Party (SNAP) are anxious to know if Home Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will entertain an appeal to quash the Registrar of Societies#8217; decision to de-register the party.

Other Sport 04 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Serena settles score with Clijsters as US power into final

World number one Serena Williams settled a score with Kim Clijsters at the Hopman Cup in Perth Friday as the United States beat Belgium 2-1 to reach the final.

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.