JOHOR BAHRU, The Johor state government provided 23 buses for 1,000 Johor students studying at 11 institutes of higher learning (IPT) across the country to return home for Hari Raya Aidilfitri

State Education and Information Committee chairman Aznan Tamin said the state government allocated RM100,000 through the Johor Student Free Bus Jom Balik Raya Programme in conjunction with the 2024 Aidilfitri Holiday which began on March 29 until yesterday.

“The state government under the leadership of Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi is always committed to looking after the welfare of young people.

“This initiative is to ensure Johor students who are far away in IPT throughout Malaysia return to the southern state comfortably and safely, as well as being able to reduce the burden of transportation costs to celebrate with their beloved families,” he said in a statement today.

Aznan said among the IPTs involved were Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Universi
ti Sultan Zainal Abidin and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu.

He said the initiative also received the cooperation from Yayasan Pelajaran Johor, Johor State Islamic Religious Council, Gabungan Anak Johor and Persatuan-Persatuan Mahasiswa Anak Johor.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency


KUALA LUMPUR, Traffic flow on several major highways was reported to be smooth as of 10 pm today.

However, a Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) spokesman said vehicles are reported to be moving slowly from Rawang to Sungai Buaya due to an accident involving several vehicles and a pedestrian.

“So far only the emergency lane can be used and diversion works are underway. At the same time, there is an increase in the number of vehicles at the Gombak toll plaza, but the traffic is flowing smoothly,” said the spokesman.

In addition, traffic flow on nearly all major highways nationwide including at the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway (KLK), East Coast Expressway 1 (LPT1) and LPT2 is reported to be flowing smoothly as of now.

The public can obtain the latest traffic updates via the PLUSLine toll free number at 1-800-88-0000 and X site @plustrafik or LLM line 1-800-88-7752 and X site @llmtrafik.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency


KUALA LUMPUR, Deputy Minister of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Datuk Ramanan Ramakrishnan is determined to continue to empower the economy in line with efforts to achieve the vision and mission of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

After 100 days at the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (KUSKOP), he said his main focus, together with Minister Datuk Ewon Benedick and the entire top leadership of KUSKOP, is to continue boosting the economy for the people and the country.

“I see this appointment as a recognition and trust of the people and the country that should be carried as best as possible. It is a great responsibility that needs to be carried out with integrity, sincerity and honesty for the sake of political stability, economy and the prosperity of the country.

“100 days have provided various experiences and lessons to gain knowledge at KUSKOP and to continue moving forward with all agencies under this ministry. I see this responsibility as the best platform to dev
elop the entrepreneurial sector of micro, small and medium enterprises (PMKS),” he told Bernama today.

In advancing this agenda he will organise initiatives and programmes that are relevant to the needs of PMKS.

This is to ensure that every step taken will provide real benefits to the entrepreneurial community, including providing investment opportunities, access to training and development, as well as support in business management,” he said.

Explaining further during the 100 days at KUSKOP, Ramanan said several diplomatic ties had been arranged involving representatives of Asian countries including India, Singapore and China.

“KUSKOP is also making plans for the Prime Minister’s visit to India this year,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency


GUA MUSANG, The Gua Musang district police headquarters’ Investigation and Traffic Enforcement Department implemented a measure to disperse traffic on the Gua Musang-Kuala Lipis and Gua Musang-Kuala Krai routes.

Its chief, Supt Sik Choon Foo said the method (controlling traffic manually) was carried out to overcome problem caused by the increase of vehicles entering Kelantan in conjunction with the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays.

He said traffic control will be assisted by general personnel on duty and Volunteer Department officers, adding that there has been a rise in the number of vehicles entering this district since yesterday.

“So far, this traffic dispersal measure has been implemented three times where the opposite direction of traffic will be temporarily stopped to allow traffic in locations experiencing congestion to use both lanes,” he told Bernama today.

Elaborating further, Sik said this method will be carried out for a distance of five kilometres for a period of 10 to 20 minutes.

‘The (traffi
c dispersal) method was carried out in two locations; once in Kampung Mentara, bordering Merapoh, Pahang, and twice in Bandar Utama,’ he said.

Sik said the method has been used by the Gua Musang IPD for the past three years during festive seasons.

He also said that apart from the increase in vehicles, road accidents also contributed to the slow traffic flow this evening.

“There was an accident at Gua Sejuk, near Felda Chiku 1, causing the route to be impassable to traffic this afternoon.

“The incident caused traffic congestion in both directions,” he added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency


MARANG, Today marked a profoundly joyous occasion for 163 inmates at Marang Prison as they were granted release under the MADANI-Ihsan release programme, coinciding with this year’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Terengganu Prisons director, Hamid Taha, stated that these inmates were convicted of minor crimes such as trespassing, possessing small amounts of drugs, and breaching restricted areas.

He clarified that all of them would be monitored and required to report according to the schedule set by the prison authorities.

“This release is to allow them (the inmates) to reintegrate into society before being released at the end of their actual sentence period.

“We hope they will seize this opportunity with full repentance and gratitude to become better individuals,” he said during his visit to Marang Prison today.

Hamid noted that the licensed release also enables these inmates to secure employment, thus laying the groundwork for a better and more assured future.

He also highlighted that the department has secure
d jobs for the inmates in sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, animal husbandry, and animal food production with a minimum monthly salary of RM1,500.

“The youngest released inmate is 23 years old, while the oldest is 55. They still have a long future ahead of them. Opportunities must be provided for them to reintegrate into the community and build a new life alongside their families,” he said.

He added that all inmates are allowed visitors on the third day Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency