LAST_UPDATESun, 22 Jul 2018 10am

What Are Today's Headlines?

The English dailies today featured on the new ADAM50 scheme for newborns in 2018, youths doing good and bad deeds during the New Year’s Eve, a daring heist in a Cheras shopping mall and PAS continuing to demand an RCI for the Memali tragedy despite Mahathir's apology.

Baby Investors – Babies born from 2018 to 2022 will be eligible to receive a special Amanah Dana Anak Malaysia 2050 (ADAM50) unit trust of RM200, The Star reports. This will encourage families, especially children, to save and invest for the future.

Nice And Naughty – One group of youth volunteers collected trash from the KLCC Park after celebrations ended, on the other hand another two groups of youths faced-off in a rempit clash, MalayMail reports.

3-Minute Heist – theSun reported on the New Year’s Eve heist by ten robbers at a crowded mall in Taman Segar, Cheras, who escaped with RM1.5 million worth of jewellery after just three minutes. The robbers were armed with hammers and a shotgun, and wore full-face helmets.

Pas Dismisses Dr M’s Apology, Insists On Memali RCI – PAS says Tun Dr Mahathir’s apology for the Memali incident at the PPBM delegates assembly rings hollow, according to the New Straits Times. The party still insists for a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) into the bloody incident to obtain justice for the victims.

As today is the first school day for 2018, the Malay dailies are reporting on the preparations by the Ministry of Education for this year, and memories of parents of their school days. Other Malay dailies reported on the call for the Memali tragedy RCI and for PAS members to remain loyal to the party.

Sesi Sekolah 2018 Bermula (2018 School Term Begins) – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wishes a happy return to the schools for the teachers and students who began their term yesterday, reported Utusan Malaysia. Minister of Education, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid thanked parents and school administration for their commitment during registration and orientation.

Sesi Sekolah 2018 Bermula (2018 School Term Begins) – 135,761 Standard One students in Johor, Terengganu, Kedah and Kelantan started their school year yesterday, according to Kosmo!.

Semangat Hari Pertama Bersekolah (A Memorable First Day Of School) – Some new students in Kota Bharu were greeted by the presence of Milo vans which distributed delicious chocolate malt drinks, Harian Metro reports. The vans also ignited nostalgia among the parents who brought their children.

Segerakan RCI Tragedi Memali (Hasten RCI For The Memali Tragedy) – Berita Harian featured on the calls by many parties to create a RCI to investigate the 1985 Memali tragedy that killed 18 individuals under the administration of Tun Dr Mahathir.

Jangan Lupa Janji (Don’t Forget Your Oath) – PAS reminds Pokok Sena assemblyman, Datuk Mahfuz Omar to stay true to his oath if he wants to leave the party, according to Sinar Harian. One of the oath is that if a member wishes to leave the party, then he or she must vacate the elected seat held by the individual as well.

The Chinese vernacular dailies reported on money laundering activities by criminal groups, and a suicide case in Taiping.

MACC: Underground Banks Are Money-Laundering Accomplices – Sin Chew Daily reported that MACC have uncovered leads indicating criminal gangs are laundering money and bribing officials using the services of illegal banking services providers. If they want to bribe an officer, they only need to hand the amount to an illegal banker masquerading as a money changer, and the money will be transferred to a foreign-affiliated currency exchange shop for the money to be withdraw.

“I Am Already Dead” – China Press frontpaged the suicide of an 18-year-old youth who fell to his death from the sixth floor of a shopping mall in Taiping on New Year’s Eve. Before committing suicide, he left his last words on Facebook.

-- mD