KOTA BHARU, The construction of houses in Kelantan should feature an Islamic concept, and be used as the main support for real estate development in the state, said State Assembly Speaker Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah.

He said that the concept is not only measured based on its physical form, but it is necessary to take into account and understand the basis of Islam in its construction.

‘Among them are the construction of houses according to the direction of the Qibla, toilets which are not too narrow, the division of space which protects the aurat (modesty) and privacy of the owner’s family, and has at least three rooms.

‘In the same way, we recommend that the construction of a mosque is in the middle and not at the end or corner of the residential area, to make it easier for the residents to attend prayers,” he told reporters, after officiating the housekey presentation of Taman Kota Jembal Phase 4 and Mesra Aidilfitri gathering, here today.

He said that although it is not a mandatory condition or policy
, the original concept and idea of an Islamic residence needs to be applied in real estate development in the state, especially projects developed by the Kelantan State Economic Development Corporation.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Cambodian Top Diplomat Celebrates the Spirit of ASEAN – Unity in Diversity – through ASEAN Bazaar

H.E. SOK Chenda Sophea, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, celebrated the spirit of ASEAN – unity in diversity – through the ASEAN Bazaar organised by the Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh on April 27.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in his opening remarks, the Deputy Prime Minister highlighted the significance of the event to showcase ASEAN high quality products and craftsmanship, raise ASEAN awareness among the public, and further promote an exchange of ASEAN diverse culture, heritage, long tradition and foods.

The Bazaar was also part of economic diplomacy which aligned perfectly with the vision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s Economic Diplomacy Strategy and particularly the Economic Diplomacy Strategy 2024-2028.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse


KUCHING: Water is an important component which acts as a stabiliser and catalyst for sustainable national development, said Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

Fadillah, who is also the Minister of Energy Transition and Water Transformation (PETRA), said that inequality in the distribution of water resources, limited access to water supply and sanitation services, as well as the flawed distribution of social, economic and environmental benefits, can be an obstacle to the peace and stability of the country.

‘Therefore, it is my great wish that the concept of water diplomacy be extended to various parties, in fostering innovative solutions through dialogue, data sharing and joint decision-making, so that the risk of conflict can be reduced, and further achieve the desire of ‘Water for Peace’,’ he said when speaking at the World Water Day 2024 celebration, here, today.

Fadillah said that, in Sarawak, a total of 46 water-related projects, covering 33 extension projects and 13 new projects, with p
roject costs of RM6.01 billion, have been approved.

He said that the total allocation which was approved for this year’s implementation (Fourth Rolling Plan, 2024) was RM298 million.

‘These approved projects include flood and coastal flooding protection, coastal erosion, estuary conservation, study for Integrated River Basin Management, sewerage treatment plant development, treatment plant sludge, sewerage system development and upgrading of water treatment plants.

‘The federal government is confident that, with the completion of the entire multi-scope project, it will be able to overcome the issue of water disasters, reduce the risk of coastal erosion, improve the delivery of water supply and sewerage and have a positive impact on the people of Sarawak,’ he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Cambodia Pins Enhancement of Favourable Investment Climate to Attract More Investment

The Royal Government of Cambodia has pledged to further enhance the investment climate and build more confidence of business persons and investors aiming to attract new investment to the country, Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet, Prime Minister of Cambodia, said on Sunday.

He made the remarks in a get-together with members of the informal economic unions and academic staff associations on the occasion of the 138th Anniversary of International Labour Day at the Chroy Changvar International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Phnom Penh.

‘The government has placed a number of reform programmes to make Cambodia a favourable and convenient place for both local and foreign investors and businessmen,’ the Prime Minister said. ‘The more investment flows into the country, the more jobs are created for our people and this contributes to the country’s economic development.’

Samdech Thipadei also underscored the nation’s stability – politically, economically and in terms of security – in building bold confidence
to investors and businessmen to step in the Kingdom.

‘Due to peace and macroeconomic stability, more foreign investors are coming into Cambodia,’ the Premier underlined.

Cambodia attracted fixed-asset investment of US$2.2 billion in the first quarter of 2024, a sharp rise of 649 percent compared to the same period last year, according to a Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC)’s report.

CDC approved 106 investment projects during the said January-March period, up from only 39 projects over the same period last year, generating approximately 107,000 jobs for the locals, pointed out the report.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse


KUALA TERENGGANU, The Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, bestowed the Terengganu Darul Iman state honours on 104 individuals at Istana Syarqiyyah here today, in conjunction with his 62nd birthday.

Accompanying the Sultan were the Sultanah of Terengganu, Sultanah Nur Zahirah, and the Yang Dipertuan Muda of Terengganu, Tengku Muhammad Ismail, as well as Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar.

Armed Forces Chief, General Tan Sri Mohammad Ab Rahman, and Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Razarudin Husain, led the list of recipients, with the Seri Setia Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Terengganu (SSMZ), carrying the title Datuk Seri.

This was followed by the conferment of the Setia Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Terengganu (DSMZ), with the Datuk title, to Ministry of Education secretary-general Datuk Indera Nik Nasarudin Mohd Zawawi.

Also conferred with the DSMZ was Army Deputy Chief, Lt General Datuk Tengku Muhammad Fauzi Tengku Ibrahim.

His Majesty also bestowed the Darjah Kebesaran Dat
uk Paduka Mahkota Terengganu (DPMT) Yang Amat Dihormati upon 25 individuals.

Among them were members of the Terengganu state government exco, Wakaf Mempelam state assemblyman Wan Sukairi Wan Abdullah, and Kuala Terengganu City Council Mayor Rosli Latif.

Sultan Mizan also bestowed the Setia Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Terengganu (SMZ) Yang Amat Terpilih upon 21 recipients; the Setia Mahkota Terengganu (SMT) Yang Amat Dihormati upon 14 recipients; the Ahli Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Terengganu (AMZ) Yang Amat Terpilih upon 13 recipients; and the Ahli Mahkota Terengganu (AMT) Yang Amat Dihormati upon 27 recipients.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency