The Straits Times, 26 April 2000

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  • 85 1 Where are the hostages? PHILIPPINE Muslim extremist Sipadan on Sunday. In Sabah, group Abu Sayyaf yesterday claimed Malaysian navy commandos responsibility for abducting 21 remained on stand-by for the order people from the Malaysian island of to hit the captors' hideout. See Pages 2, 46 and 47 JOSE RAYMOND SIPADAN!
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  • 527 1  -  LYDIA LIM By UNIFORMED POLICE OFFICERS WILL PATROL THE AREA TWICE A DAY AND THEY WILL ADOPT 'A MINIMALIST, HANDS-OFF APPROACH'. Citizens can go there seven days a week from 7 am to 7 pm to speak on any subject, but must
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  • 440 1  -  EDNA KOH 500,000 ACCOUNTS AFFECTED Bv AT least 500,000 POSBank and DBS Bank account holders will be forced to choose one of three options from June 1. Top up their account balances to the minimum of S500; Pay a monthly service charge of $2, for
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    • 450 2  -  LUZ BAGUIORO By PHILIPPINES CORRESPONDENT But the Philippine authorities say the claim by radical Muslim group Abu Sayyaf cannot be verified yet MANILA The Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf group yesterday claimed responsibility for kidnapping 21 people from the Malaysian resort island of Sipadan and
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    • 224 2  -  BRENDAN PEREIRA By MALAYSIA CORRESPONDENT KUALA LUMPUR Five men were arrested yesterday as police scoured the waters near southern Philippines, where Muslim rebels are believed to be holding 21 hostages kidnapped from Sipadan on Sunday. Sabah Police Commissioner Mamat Taib said the five included two former
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    • 264 2 HE WAS the top arts student of his year at the former Nanyang University, and worked as a civil servant before he decided to become a church man. Yesterday, Reverend Canon Dr John Chew, 52, was installed as the eighth Anglican bishop of Singapore, leader of 25,000
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    • 598 3  -  CHUA MUI HOONG Bu Debate continues on May 9 PARLIAMENT will sit on May 9 to enable MPs to raise further questions on the immigration-offenders problem. Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng's reply on the issue was cut short by the end
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    • 170 3 Illegal tenants: Man jailed 20 months A SHOPKEEPER who sublet the upper storey of a shophouse to 12 illegal immigrants has been jailed 20 months for harbouring them. Kir Chuee Huat, 51, had failed to check on his tenants' immigration status, a district court heard yesterday. While his conduct was
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    • 276 3 BRISTOL (England) How did our garden go? That was the question a bewildered English couple faced on Monday after thieves made off with their entire back yard, including trees and a small pond. They dug up conifers and shrubs, swiped cement ornaments, a sundial, benches and
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    • 363 4  -  KAREN WONG Hu It is evident from my client's conduct and cooperation that the $2-million bail is sufficient to ensure his attendance in court. Mr Tail Chee Meng, Kwek's lawyer That's the amount former MD is accused of taking from company Fresh charges raise the stakes in case against
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    • 227 4 That's what firm owes creditors A PROVISIONAL liquidator has been appointed for a well-known company, Tong Tien See Construction Pte Ltd, which owes at least $56 million to creditors. The contracting company's petition to place itself under judicial management was rejected yesterday by Justice M.P.H. Rubin. The company, with
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    • 114 4  -  KRIST BOO Bu THREE men were found dead in a sewage manhole in the financial district yesterday evening. They were workers laying fibre optic cables underground for traffic lights. The manhole is in Chulia Street outside UOB Plaza. Police received a call at 6.30 pm
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    • 185 4 BANGKOK A young British tourist was killed and her father and sister wounded when a bull elephant ran amok at a seaside resort in Pattaya, poEce said yesterday. Miss Andrea Taylor, 23, was pronounced dead in hospital after being trampled and gored by the elephant at
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    • 413 7 Air force jets and helicopter gunships hit rebel positions after the Tamil Tiger guerillas capture the sprawling army base of Elephant Pass COLOMBO Sri Lanka's air force bombed camps of Tamil Tigei' rebels on a strategic causeway yesterday as soldiers dug
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    • 611 8 Global Nuclear Arms Control 'Disarmament should be conducive to the enhancement of every country's general security instead ofbecoming the instrument and means for a few countries to strengthen their military superiority by weakening or restricting other countries. Mr Sha Zukang,
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    • 290 8 Four nations urged to ratify nuclear pact UNITED NATIONS With 187 countries committed to the Nuclear Non-pro-liferation Treaty, world leaders have urged four remaining countries to ratify the treat) and to join efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. Those four countries India. Pakistan, Israel and Cuba drew mention
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    • 260 8 Backgrounder THE Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is a landmark international treaty aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, promoting cooperation in peaceful uses or nuclear energy and moving towards a goal of nuclear disarmament The treaty was opened for signature
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    • PEOPLE
      • 113 10 Marriage on hola for Bond girl MICHELLE'S BUSY MAKING FILM IPOH Malaysia-born Hongkong star Michelle Yeoh. the ex-Bond girl who has taken on a new role as a producer, does not plan to get married until she completes the flick. Yeoh, who hails from this city, flew in with her
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      • 80 10 LOS ANGELES Actor Pierce Brosnan James Bond on the silver screen is to rr .ry his companion, forme ournalist Keely Shaye-Sn -th, in a private ceremo. in May in his native Ireland. Brosnan, 47, recently purchased a 250 sq m villa in Malibu, with
        Los Angeles Times; AFP  -  80 words
      • 170 10 NEW YORK The chairman of Nike, Mr Phil Knight, will not make a planned US$3O million (Sssl million) contribution to help his alma mater, the University of Oregon, renovate its athletic stadium because of the university's decision to join an antisweatshop group. Mr Knight, a
        New York Times  -  170 words
      • 151 10 COURT THROWS OUT SIMPSON'S LAWSUIT LOS ANGELES A lawsuit seeking telephone records that O.J. Simpson says would exonerate him in the killings of his former wife and her friend has been dismissed by a US federal judge. "I think your lawsuit here borders on being frivolous," US District Judge Dean
        AP  -  151 words
      • 55 10 Allen Richardson, a man who escaped from a US prison work camp 29 years ago and has since lived in Canada, on Monday agreed to return to jail to finish serving his four-year sentence for drug offences. Chilean writer Jorge Edwards has won the Miguel de Cervantes Award, the most
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      • 35 10 Quoteworthy A man like me does not need to hire anyone to kill someone else. I would do it myself. Mr Chalcrm Yubamrung, a Thai politician, demiiig involvement in the death of a public prosecutor
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    • 62 13 AFP Dressed in a pink frock, three-year-old Lashawn Johnson spies a pink Easter egg on the White House lawn and descends upon it. The Maryland lass had joined hundreds of other children from all over the US on the White House grounds to
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      • 30 13 JUPITER'S innermost moons are oddly shaped worlds battered by meteorites and bathed in intense radiation, according to images and measurements released from Nasa's Galileo spacecraft. AP
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      • 34 13 AN airport radar system that collapsed at Logan International Airport, Boston, delaying hundreds of Easter weekend flights, was replaced on Monday and the new radar was tracking flights by afternoon. AF
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      • 46 13 ABOUT 12,000 children in the Mexican capital are vie- tims of sexual exploitation through prostitution, pornography and sex tourism, according to an official report published on Monday. The main victims are girls from extremely poor families from rural communities. AFP
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      • 35 13 A PRISONER was stabbed to death with a sharpened table knife in a Dublin jail on Sunday after his snoring drove a cellmate into a violent rage, newspapers reported. Reuters
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      • 35 13 LABOLR Party dissident Ken Livingstone is such a certainty to win the election for mayor of London that one bookmaker announced on Monday it had stopped taking bets. AFP
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    • 483 13 Elian's cousin 'made threats' US Justice Department claims that Marisleysis Gonzalez hinted there were guns in the Miami home, which led to concerns of a volatile situation WASHINGTON The cousin of Cuban shipwreck survivor Elian Gonzalez made a "threatening" statement two days before armed federal agents stormed into a Miami
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    • 232 13 MIAMI Miami's irate Cuban American leaders called for a general strike yesterday in protest against the armed pre-dawn raid in which Cuban castaway Elian Gonzalez was seized from his Miami relatives. Calling the protest "Dead Tuesday", powerful exile leaders asked residents of
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    • 352 14 New law protects them from dismissal during the first eight weeks of a strike, but employers fear it could revive the union militancy of the 1970s LONDON The British worker has won back his right to strike without fear of losing his job
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      45 14 AFP As part of Nato's efforts in Kosovo to maintain peace and heal the scars of war these Kosovo Force (KFOR) Greek soldiers melt down weapons confiscated during the disarmament process in the oven of a metal factory in Obilic near Pristina.
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    • 444 17 The unrest was sparked when Saudi security forces stormed mosques belonging to Ismaili Muslims and arrested three senior clergymen SANA (Yemen) A clash between members of a Muslim minority and security forces in Saudi Arabia on Sunday night left at least 40 people dead, far
      AP; AFP; JALEHA HASHIM  -  444 words
    • 547 19 Skydiver knocked out cold in air by team mate FREE-FALLING STUNT THAT WENT AWRY ON May 5, 1991, a parachute stunt team jumped out of the airplane at an altitude of 3,800 m. The members went into formation to perform manoeuvres while free-falling near an Alberta town. They were to
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    • 670 21 It looked like a riot fight ...I saw a lot of people running, jumping, hitting on each other. Mr Michael Hatcher, 19, who was visiting the zoo with his girlfriend 'I saw a man with something in his pocket. He said, "Get out of
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      • 852 22  - Pssst, do you want a degree MARY KWANG BY China Correspondent Why it's such a lucrative business Employers can afford to be choosy given the massive unemployment, so a degree acts as a leverage In China, traditional reverence for education remains strong, and a degree is seen as an investment
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      • 1012 22  - In Colombo, children are taught by parents to lie, cheat and bluff to get into top schools FEIZAL SAMATH By IN COLOMBO THE parent of a middle-class boy faked some certificates and paid an enormous sum to a "fixer" to ensure his child won admission to a prestigious government school
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      • 264 23  -  Mary Kwang FAKE papers cost 300 yuan (SSSB) to 3,000 yuan (SssBo) a set, depending on the quality of the forgery, the qualification required and the university whose degrees are to be forged. Forgeries for a much sought-after university may be cheaper than for less well-known colleges
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      • 405 23 It hopes to authenticate transcripts and certificates TO HELP fight counterfeiters, the Chinese government is building up a computer bank of degree-holders that will help it authenticate degrees, transcripts and other certificates. The State Council Academic Degree Commission started work on the database several
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    • 408 24 Smiling at the end of the ordeal, Mr Havato Akiyama, left, leaves the police station with Tom; while above, Yuichi Mizutani is led away by the police at the Hodogava police station. The former cabby had kidnapped the boy who was on his
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    • 99 24 Pre-paid phones 'boon for criminals' TOKYO A top Japanese official said yesterday that illegal aliens could use pro-paid mobile phone services to commit crimes because no identification was required. "They can be easily used by illegal foreigners to sell drugs and arc extremely difficult to trace," Mr Kosuke Mori, chairman
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    • 49 26 AFP While Mei-mei, the robot waitress may not battle Darth Vader like its reel-life counterpart R2D2, she sure knows how to serve a cuppa. The 10 million yen (S$ 160,000) robot makes her "service" debut at a Chinese restaurant in Kawasaki citv, Tokvo.
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    • 333 26 Some 100 outgoing senior officials will receive NTS6OO million in taxpayers' money when the island's government changes hands next month TAIPEI When the Taiwanese government changes hands after the inauguration of President-elect Chen Shui-bian on May 20, up to NT$6OO million (5532.4 million) in
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    • 246 26 TAIPEI Increasing the pressure on Taiwan to accept Beijing's terms for talks, a top Chinese official has warned that a refusal by the island to agree that it is an inseparable part of China would create a "very unstable situation". The remarks by Mr
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    • 512 27 TAIWAN'S ADVANCED AIRCRAFT A shortage of personnel to man the expensive aircraft from the United States and France is forcing Taiwan to consider putting these planes aside TAIPEI Taiwan can afford the best and most expensive jet fighters, but a shortage of pilots
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      73 28 AP laiwanese coast Ouard otticers question three Chinese fishermen, caught fishing in restricted Taiwanese waters off Nankan Island in the Matsu Island group, about 130 km from Taiwan. Despite Taiwan's ban on direct trading with China, small trading between fishermen and cross-boundary fishing still goes on. Last
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    • 331 28 Both sides maintain that no country should dominate others and say that negative effects of globalisation should be reduced and restricted PRETORIA Visiting Chinese President Jiang Zemin and his South African counterpart Thabo Mbeki yesterday signed the Pretoria Declaration, pledging mutual support
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    • 243 29 Guangxi scandal: More arrests expected BEIJING More arrests are expected as a huge bribery scandal revolving around sacked Communist Party official Cheng Kejie continued to unfold in the southern Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. An official from the Guangxi People's Procuratorate saia yesterday that arrest warrants for four more Guangxi officials
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    • 269 29 Falungong anniversary: Scores detained The spiritual movement marks the first anniversary of a mass sit-in with protests in Tiananmen Square. About 100 followers are arrested BEIJING Scores of Falungong members were detained in Tiananmen Square yesterday for protests on the first anniversary of a mass sit-in that sparked an official
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    • 531 30 Mori to take first bite at international diplomacy The Japanese premier begins his G-8 tour this weekend with the aim of getting to know the world leaders before he hosts the summit in July TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, who took the reins from his stricken predecessor earlier this
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    • 514 31 'Fair trade' caravans and adverts of Chinese sweatshop workers are used to pressure undecided Democrats in the House of Representatives WASHINGTON Opponents of President Bill Clinton's landmark trade pact with China intensified their lobbying campaign yesterday, with "fair trade" caravans through
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    • 333 31 Delegation will study Chinese commitment to trade rules WASHINGTON US Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman has left for China accompanied by four members of Congress to study Beijing's commitment to market opening agreements, his office said. They were scheduled to arrive in Beijing yesterday and
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    • 96 32 SOUTH KOREAN MEDIA: North Korean leader Kim Jong II could soak up the pomp and let Mr Kim Yong Nam, the ceremonial head »tate, deal with task of begging aid. President Kim would return home humiliated. SOUTH KOREAN OFFICIALS: President's Office insisted that the meeting and
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    • 423 32 Debate over the wording of the June summit agreement underscores the cultural divide between the two long-time arch-rivals SEOUL It had the makings of a diplomatic nightmare: Was there a loophole in a summit deal allowing North Korea's leader to duck out of talks with
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    • 276 32 Pyongyang may expel Japanese Red Army hijackers TOKYO North Korea may expel the four remaining members of the Japanese Red Army group it has sheltered for 30 years, the latest evidence of a diplomatic offensive by Pyongyang, a Japanese newspapersaid yesterday The report came as preparations are under way for
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    • 498 34 Abdurrahman's decision to dismiss two key financial ministers may lead to senior politicians withdrawing their factions from the Cabinet Backgrounder Reshuffle rumours THERE have been rumours for many weeks that President Abdurrahman was planning to reshuffle the Cabinet, and in particular, to remove several
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    • 46 34 Farmers' silent protest INDONESIAN farmers from the Sumatra province of Riau sit with their hands tied behind their backs and their mouths covered, protesting against the corruption of farming credits totalling 6.7 billion rupiah (Ssl.4 billion) by individuals within their provincial administration during Suharto's rule. AFP
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    • 165 34 Militaiy spokesman defends business ventures JAKARTA The spokesman for the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) yesterday defended the military's business ventures, saying it would be impossible to survive on state funds alone. If the current government tried to curb or even try to restrict the military from conducting business it would
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    • 346 35 Ties hit as Gus Dur puts off Aussie trip Relations between the two countries look set to decline again following a spy incident in East Timor involving an Australian soldier JAKARTA IndonesiaAustralia diplomatic relations appeared set to decline further when the government announced President Abdurrahman Wahid's trip to Australia next
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    • 405 35 Wiranto to testify on atrocities in Timor Generals to be called up Former military chief General Wirante. TNI intelligence chief Zacky Anwar Makarim. Former chief of the East Timor Military Command Timbul Silaen. The trials are expected to start next month JAKARTA Former defence forces commander General Wiranto and several
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    • 148 35 JAKARTA The spokesman for the Indonesian armed forces (TNI) said yesterday that the military will accept any verdict in the trial of 24 soldiers charged with massacring civilians in Aceh province. "We will support whatever decision will be," ViceAir Marshal Graito Usodo said.
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    • 254 39 American paedophile jumps bail in Thailand BANGKOK A self-con-fessed American paedophile has jumped bail in Thailand and disappeared, prompting the United States yesterday to express its "grave concern" and warn he would be pursued. Eric Rosser, 48, a pianist who worked at the Oriental Hotel here and was arrested in
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    • 563 41  -  JAMES EAST Under pressure from poll watchers, a rapid action force of military and police has been formed to prevent fraud during Saturday's Senate vote By l\" BANGKOK SOLDIERS and police are to be sent to Thailand's so-called mafia heartland to ensure
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    • 474 46  -  CHONG CUEE KIN IN SEMPORNA Sipadan' s resorts are almost empty of tourists as heavily armed policemen keep boats at bay after pirates raided the island and took 20 people hostage SEMPORNA Sipadan island is no longer the idyllic diving haven it used to be
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    • 419 48 Candidates for top Umno posts halt campaigns The contestants have agreed to stop campaigning ahead of the party elections in an effort to curb money politics and political abuses, says PM FOR UNITY'S SAKE: The pledge THE document states: 'For the sake of the inteiest ot the party, religion and
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    • 165 48 Ministry suspends weekly political tabloid KUALA LUMPUR The government has suspended a weekly tabloid popular for its hard-hit-ting political commentaries, risking further criticism over its stringent press curbs. The Home Ministry suspended the publication of the Malay-lan-guage Eksklusif newspaper last Saturday and refused to renew its annual printing permit. The
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    • 132 49 More illegal discos thriving KUALA LUMPUR More illegal discos are operating after licensed hours until as late as the following afternoon. The discos, which open after 3 am, are patronised by those who still wish to party up to 4 pm, Kuala Lumpur narcotics chief ACP Zuber Shariff was quoted
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    • 461 49 Rampant drug abuse worsens Government directs the authorities to use an integrated approach in a bid to bring the problem under control More teens hooked now Initially those aged between 40 and 50 were victims of the abuse but teenagers are more hooked to it now, especially to ecstasy pills.'
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    • 527 50 The government has decided to relax the rules, which will enable parents with children aged 10 and above to utilise their savings from the fund CHANGING THE RULES: Govt acts after appeals from parents AT PRESENT, only parents whose children are studying at
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      49 51 United Engineers Malaysia Berhad IUEM) manager Suhaila Abdullah shows off the furnished condominium given to Mount Everest climber M. Mahendran. He is one of the four heroes honoured with this RM300,000 (*****,000) gift for planting the Malaysian flag on the world's highest peak. NEW STRAITS TIMES
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      • 211 51 KUALA LUMPUR The Science, Technology and Environment Ministry- plans to kickstart its programme to bring back local scientists working overseas with a review of the national science and technology- policy. Minister Law Hieng Ding said the ministry wanted to revive the Returning
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      • 126 51 Move to make Penang a 'retirement' destination PENANG Penang is luring more Japanese migrants, especially elderly folk, following a pilot programme to make the state a retirement destination. Japanese ambassador Hideki Harashima said some 17 people, aged in their 60s, had taken part in a 10-day experi- mental tour of
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    • 394 51 Women should not stand for office, says PAS In explaining why the party has not fielded any female candidates, the vice-president says there is too much mud-slinging in political campaigns KUALA LUMPUR Women should not be involved in politics, says PAS. Party vice-president Senator Hassan Snukri said there was still
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      • 63 51 139 ILLEGAL WORKERS HELD IN RAID AUTHORITIES in Kemaman, Terengganu, detained 139 illegal workers, including workers from Britain and the Netherlands, in a raid at a project site of the national oil company Petronas on Sunday. State immigration director Zamberi Abdul Aziz, who led the operation, said others arrested were
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      • 56 51 A 28-YEAR-OLD technician has been shot dead in the third floor parking lot of a condominium in Kuala Lumpur. Mr Kong Theim Kok had just returned to his house to celebrate his birthday with his girlfriend. Mr Kong was shot twice in his left arm
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      • 52 51 THE Penang International Airport, being renovated at a cost of RMSO million (SS23 million), will keep its marine life theme. Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the theme would be maintained because Penang was an in- ternationally known island resort, The
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      • 51 51 THREE people were reported to have died after taking the anti-impotence drug Viagra as of April 7, said Health Ministry parliamentary secretary S. Anpalagan. He said those who died after taking the drug were a heart patient, 60, a diabetic, 55, and a 30-year-old man.
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      • 57 51 UNIVERSITY Malaya economics lecturer Prof Dr Jomo Kwame Sundram withdrew his suit against the Election Commission at the High Court on Monday. Dr Jomo had sought a declaration that the Nov 29 general election was null and void without the inclusion of 680,000 newly registered voters.
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      • 35 51 FOUR fishermen cheated death when their boat collided with a trawler off Pulau Cepu, Langkawi, on Monday night. The incident occurred when the fishermen were returning from a fishing trip. Bernama
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