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China demands Malaysia ensure safety of Chinese after kidnap

By Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah and Ben Blanchard KUALA LUMPUR/BEIJING (Reuters) - China demanded that Malaysia ensures the safety of its nationals on Thursday, after armed men abducted two women, a Chinese tourist and a Philippine hotel worker, from a Malaysian diving resort on Borneo island. The unidentified gunmen kidnapped the two women on Wednesday night from Singamata island off the coastal town of Semporna in Malaysia's eastern state of Sabah.

Gunmen abduct Chinese tourist from Borneo resort

Gunmen have abducted a Chinese tourist and a Filipino worker from a dive resort on Malaysia's Borneo island, a report said Thursday, at a time of heightened tensions between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing over missing Flight MH370. The incident also adds to growing concerns about security in that part of the island after last year's bloody armed assault by Islamic guerillas from the southern Philippines.

Greenpeace accuses P

Environmental group Greenpeace on Wednesday accused US consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble of responsibility for the destruction of Indonesian rainforests and the habitat of endangered orangutans and tigers. In an extensive new report, Greenpeace said the company was using Indonesian palm oil from suppliers with links to the destruction of ancient rainforest, haze-inducing forest fires and an orangutan "graveyard". The company uses Indonesian palm oil in its popular household products, including Head & Shoulders and Pantene shampoos and Gillette shaving gel.

Malaysians ask king to block post for Borneo state boss

A coalition of Malaysian rights groups has launched a petition urging the country's king to block a new posting for a controversial state leader who resigned after decades of graft allegations. Taib Mahmud, who has been chief minister of resource-rich Sarawak state on Borneo island since 1981, resigned last week following mounting claims of corruption and environmentally disastrous policies. One of Malaysia's most powerful political figures, the 77-year-old is widely rumoured to be eyeing the traditionally ceremonial position of state governor.

Malaysians ask king to block post for Borneo state boss

A coalition of Malaysian rights groups has launched a petition urging the country's king to block a new posting for a controversial state leader who resigned after decades of graft allegations. Taib Mahmud, who has been chief minister of resource-rich Sarawak state on Borneo island since 1981, resigned last week following mounting claims of corruption and environmentally disastrous policies. One of Malaysia's most powerful political figures, the 77-year-old is widely rumoured to be eyeing the traditionally ceremonial position of state governor.

Controversial Malaysian state boss to resign

The controversial chief minister of Malaysia's Sarawak state announced his resignation Wednesday but is widely expected to retain influence behind the scenes and through a business empire built via what critics have called flagrant corruption. One of Malaysia's most powerful political figures, Taib Mahmud, 77, has been chief minister of resource-rich Sarawak since 1981, implementing ambitious plans to develop the backward state, Malaysia's largest, on Borneo island.

Controversial Malaysia state boss due to 'retire', but keep influence

By Niluksi Koswanage KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The chief minister of Malaysia's Sarawak is expected to step down this weekend after 33 years in charge of the resource-rich state that have been key to keeping the national coalition in power but marred by corruption allegations and deforestation. Taib Mahmud, 77, said he will inform Sarawak's governor on Saturday of his plans to retire, the Bernama state news agency reported. His announcement on Monday follows a series of meetings with his political allies.

Malaysia's once-nomadic Penan caught between two worlds

Through eons spent roaming Borneo's rainforests, Malaysia's Penan people became supremely adapted to surviving, and thriving, in the wild. But that has left the Penan -- keepers of a rapidly-disappearing semi-nomadic culture -- equally unprepared for the transition to a modern world that is closing in fast. "Under the old ways we could do whatever we wanted and easily find what we need in the forest," said Dau Labong, headwoman of the ramshackle settlement of Long Keluan in the rugged interior of Sarawak, Malaysia's largest and wildest state.

Brunei, Poland establish bilateral defense ties

Brunei, Poland establish bilateral defense ties BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Dec. 6 (Xinhua)-- Brunei and Poland have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning the development of mutual defense relations between the two countries, according to the Defense Ministry's website on Friday.

Eye Glass Program Launched in Brunei

Eye Glass Program Launched in Brunei BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ophthalmology Department, Ministry of Health and Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) Brunei to launch "The Eye Glass Program" on Thursday. Under the MoU, both parties will work together to provide free glasses to those individuals in need or those are not affordable, according to the criteria under this program.
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