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crackdown on gambling
condemns Israeli violence
urge precautions against HFM disease
Virus claims new victims
lauds Malaysiakini press freedom award
to study Apostasy Bill
on plunging newspaper readership reveals shock results
contemplates expulsion of 10 million Malaysians
attempts world record
project to be revived
Transport System to be implemented
|UMNO attempts world record
|In true 'Malaysia Boleh!' spirit, UMNO will
be organising a nationwide competition to compile the world’s longest list
of proposed times when the Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will retire.
This follows a statement by the Prime Minister last October that he will
retire when UMNO has younger people supporting the party.
This was the latest in a long series of announcements
of his impending retirement. Mahathir had earlier promised that he would
retire after the Commonwealth Games in 1998. He then announced that he
would retire after the Asian economic crisis was over. He then announced
that he would retire when the people give him the signal. He then announced
that he would retire as soon as he found a suitable deputy Prime Minister.
Various other retirement announcements followed, the latest
of which was when he announced the new Cabinet line-up last November and
again at the UMNO General Assembly in May, when he said he might retire
by the year 2003.
An UMNO spokesman who refused to be named said that the
aim of the competition was to provide the Prime Minister with a handy list
before he runs out of more excuses for staying in power. UMNO hopes that
they could compile a list of at least a few thousand other possible announcements
for the Prime Minister’s use before they announce a winning entry. Among
the top runners so far are "When the cows come home", "When
pigs can fly" and "When hell freezes over".
Readers of 'Not The New Straits Times' can send their
entries for the "When Will The PM Retire?" Caption Writing Competition
to the Deputy Prime Minister's office.
Sarawak residents warmly welcome
Mahathir's announcement that the
Bakun Dam project will be revived
|Bakun project revived
The government announced it is considering the
revival of original plans for the RM15 billion Bakun Hydroelectric Project.
The Prime Minister said that the government is reviving the project, which
was shelved in 1998 by his former deputy Prime Minister …errr .. Anwar
Ibrahim. A revival of the project would make it the highest dam in Southeast
Asia. Even today, it already holds a world record of sorts. An area of
forest the size of Singapore has been cleared, three massive diversion
tunnels have been constructed and a resort has built at the site – making
it the only three-hole golf resort in the world, with the world’s largest
|Intelligent transport system to be implemented
Works Minister, S Samy Vellu, announced the purchase
of RM400 million Intelligent Transport System in the 2001 National Budget.
It was not made clear how the system would improve road efficiency, but
it is thought that the system will incorporate 'intelligent' features such
as automatically detecting the amounts of cash carried in each vehicle,
so maximum toll rates can be charged; advising drivers of the longest roundabout
routes they can take so they pass through as many toll booths as possible;
and identifying alternative routes to toll highways that can be closed
down for remedial works.