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Muhyiddin: Nation's success is based on workers' efforts

Posted: 30 Apr 2014 09:35 AM PDT

PETALING JAYA: The government will continue to appreciate and recognise workers' efforts and contributions to the country's growth, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

In a press statement, Muhyiddin said that the unemployment rate in Malaysia is the lowest in the world at 3.2% and our economy is expected to grow 5 to 5.5% this year.

"Workers in Malaysia are very fortunate to once again be able to celebrate Labour Day in a thriving economic environment.

"Labour Day is celebrated as the country and society values employee contributions to the development of the country since independence.

"Apart from the peace that we've enjoyed all these years, the support and contribution of all parties, especially the workers towards work and government policies is also the 'backbone' to the country over the years," he said.

He also hopes that the relationship between the government, workers and trade unions will be improved.

"I would like to thank all the workers who have been working diligently to drive our nation into a high income nation.

"Without  faithful and dedicated workers, it won't be possible to achieve developed nation status by 2020," said Muhyiddin.

Queen of Keroncong Kartina Dahari passes away

Posted: 30 Apr 2014 07:57 AM PDT

PETALING JAYA:  Malay music doyenne Kartina Dahari (pic), famously known as the 'Queen of Keroncong' passed away in Singapore on Wednesday evening.

It had been reported that the 73-year-old artiste had been suffering from cancer.

Kartina's last public appearance was at a tribute concert dedicated to her music, at the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore in 2013.

The 'keroncong' is a traditional Malay folk music genre popular from the 1960s to 1990s.

The late Kartina leaves behind three children.

Her remains will be laid to rest on Thursday. - Bernama 

Prime Minister pays tribute to record holders at Malaysia Book of Records event

Posted: 30 Apr 2014 07:30 AM PDT

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) held its biggest event yet, billed Night Of Achievers, at One World Hotel in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya Wednesday night to honour more than 90 record holders, 60 of whom were present to accept their awards.

The event was graced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Najib, in his speech, said the record holders and achievers who had made it into the MBR were an inspiration to future generations.

He said with the MBR, their feats and achievements would be widely known and discovered by the younger generation.

"The one thing about records is that they are made to be broken. Your success and your achievements will drive others to excel, to train hard so that they might run faster, to study hard so that they might travel far.

"This is your legacy, and I cannot think of a better one," said Najib.

The Prime Minister also launched the ninth edition of the MBR at the event which was telecast live on the LED display of the Umno building in Kuala Lumpur.

Among the record holders honoured in the Icon of Malaysia category were singers Datuk Siti Nurhaliza and Dato Shake. Others in the category included renowned shoe designer Datuk Jimmy Choo, tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan, astronaut Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and AirAsia group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.

Among the other categories were Outstanding Business Awards, Arts & Entertainment Awards, Outstanding Sports Awards, Human Anatomy Awards, and Outstanding Individual Awards.

Child star Crystal Lee, 11, was conferred an award for being the youngest Malaysian to be named Best Actress at last year's Shanghai International Film Festival, for her role in the Hong Kong movie, Unbeatable.

Guests at Wednesday's event were entertained to performances by Siti, Dato Shake, Datuk Elaine Kang and rock queen Ella.

"It is the largest gathering of record holders in the country," said MBR founder and managing director Datuk Danny Ooi of the event. "It is a significant moment for us as we have more than 1,000 guests and 100 celebrity record holders in attendance."

The MBR was first published in 1995.

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