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  1. Middle Income Trap
    Many countries caught in the middle-income trap have deliberately jump-started their economy through a high wage policy
  2. Burj Khalifa
    This is now officially the tallest building in the world. It stands at 828 meters tall with 200 stroreys. It is almost twice the height of Malaysia's Petronas Towers
  3. Caught for Khalwat
    52 unmarried Muslim couples were caught in a raid by the Malaysia's morality police during the New Year Eve celebrations here. They face jail terms of up to 2 years and if found guilty.
  4. Carcosa's Future
    As the year rolls to an end, what will happen to this grand place which was once the home of British governors in Malaya? It had been converted into a luxurious hotel with 13 rooms in 2004. The hotel will be closed on 31 December 2009.
  5. Cheapest Cigarettes RM6.40
    From 1st January 2010, the cheapest cigarettes in the market will cost RM6.40 per pack of 20s.
  6. Wain's Book Still Pending
    The Home Ministry is still studying the contents of the book authored by Barry Wain titled "Malaysian Maverick: Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times", before making a decision on its circulation in Malaysia, said a statement from the ministry here on Saturday.
  7. Mahathir dares Barry Wain
    Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has challenged the author to provide documented proof that he had wasted RM100bil during his tenure as PM. Dr Mahathir said he reserved his right to sue author Barry Wain, who is with Singapore think-tank Southeast Asian studies, for libel.
  8. New Currency Declaration
    In line with the global effort to combat money-laundering and terrorism financing, Malaysia's Bank Negara Malaysia or BNM has issued a new currency declaration requirement at all entry and exit points in the country.
  9. Malaysian Maverick
    The recently published book by Barry Wain, an Australian journalist, is the first independent and full-length study of Dr. Mahathir. The book credits Dr. Mahathir with Malaysia's economic progress but blames him for the losses of more than RM100 billion during his 22 years tenure as prime minister of Malaysia.
  10. Putrajaya: Good move or a waste of money?
    By day, the administrative capital of Putrajaya is a place of majestic buildings bustling with thousands of civil servants and visitors. But by night, the area is virtually a ghost town as nearly everything grinds to a halt.
  11. Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Ends on High Note
    The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) has clinched a total of 28 conventions this year, adding more events to its growing business tourism portfolio;
  12. Penang to hold own team-building program to replace BTN
    The Penang Government has barred state civil servants from attending the National Civics Bureau (NCB) courses with immediate effect on grounds that the courses only promoted Barisan Nasional's political agenda.
  13. Batu Bersurat in Kuala Trengganu Listed as UN Treasure
    Malaysia said Wednesday that a stone artefact which dates Islam's arrival over a century earlier than previously thought has been put on a UN list of the world's most valuable documents.
  14. Is Islamic Finance Malaysia's Next Big Thing?
    Islamic finance is designed to comply with Shariah law, forbidding interest on loans and investment in gambling, alcohol and other industries deemed unethical in Islam. It substitutes profit-sharing for interest, though profit shares can be pre-set to mirror interest on conventional loans.
  15. 40 Richest Malaysians
    - compiled by Forbes Asia. Robert Kuok scored the perfect 10.
  16. Nationwide Dengue Alert
    The Health Ministry has announced a nationwide dengue alert following an increase of 99 reported dengue cases within a week with two deaths in Malacca and one in Penang.
  17. Can One Buy Beer In Muslim Malaysia?
    How do you sell beer in a country where about 60 percent of the population is Muslim and forbidden by the government to buy it?
  18. Traders Hotel Puteri Harbour
    Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has signed an agreement with Themed Attractions and Resorts Sdn Bhd (TAR), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Berhad - the investment holding arm of the Government of Malaysia - to open, and operate Traders Hotel, Puteri Harbour, Iskandar, Malaysia.
  19. Dreadful GST Proposal
    Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak made a sudden announcement that a Bill relating to the proposed introduction of the goods and services tax (GST) will be tabled for first reading at the end of the current Dewan Rakyat sitting.
  20. Investors Put Off
    Investors put off by Malaysia's high-cost, low-speed broadband.
  21. Selangor boycotts Biro Tata Negara
    The Selangor government has barred all students in state-owned higher-learning institutions, civil servants and employees in state government-linked companies (GLCs) from attending nation-building programmes carried out by Biro Tata Negara (BTN).
  22. Tighter Visa Requirement For Students
    Visa on arrival (VOA) will only given to students of certain countries to ensure that only those who are truly qualified are allowed to further their studies in Malaysia.
  23. Value-Added Tax
    Malaysia's government will introduce a bill to bring in a goods and services tax in the current sitting of Parliament.
  24. Malaysian Rhino
    German Campaign to Protect Malaysian Rhino From Extinction
  25. Iskandar Malaysia Reaps RM50 Billion
  26. MACC Ropes In Top British Pathologist Peter Vanezis


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