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Saturday, August 02, 1997

Teachers to get better salaries with 'automatic promotion'
Teachers who have reached their maximum salary can now look forward to a time-based promotion which places them on a higher grade automatically. Education Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said this meant some 230,000 teachers need not wait for vacancies to be promoted to a higher scale. He said they would be moved to the next higher grade automatically after two years in their maximum salary scale.

Games tickets at affordable prices
Some 1.3 million tickets priced as low as RM5 will be on sale from next month for the 16th Commonwealth Games with a view to attracting a maximum number of local and foreign visitors.

Six hazy areas rated 'unsafe'
Six areas were classified "unsafe" under the Department of Environment's Air Pollutant Index as at noon yesterday. They were Seberang Perai (126), Klang (124), Kuala Lumpur (108), Kuching (108), Sungai Petani (106) and Gombak (103).

Govt to step in if dispute unresolved
The Government will intervene in the contractual dispute between Bakun Hydroelectric Company (BHC) and contractor ABB consortium after their meeting next week. Energy, Telecommunications and Posts Minister Datuk Leo Moggie said both parties had, after their last fruitless meeting on July 24, agreed to hold discussions again by the end of next week.

Pakistan keen to join Apec and Asem
Pakistan is keen to become a member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) and Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem). Visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed the interest during bilateral talks with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday.

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August BLR ceilings to stay at July levels
Bank Negara has instructed banks and finance companies to retain their respective maximum quoted base lending rates (BLRs) for August at 9.67 per cent and 11.46 per cent.

9pc higher half-year profit for Telekom
Telekom Malaysia Bhd has registered an unaudited 9.1 per cent increase in pre-tax profit to RM1.197 billion for the half year ended June 30, 1997, which is lower than expected by the company.

Gadek to increase non-HP loans
Financial services group Gadek Capital Bhd, whose hire-purchase business currently accounts for 70 per cent of its total loan portfolio, plans to give greater emphasis to its other loan operations.

Super processors made in Penang
Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD) has made its Penang plant the global manufacturing centre for its most advanced product -- the AMD-K6 MMX enhanced processor (K6).

A giant task
Just a year ago, Penang were the laughing stock of the FA Cup. They lost to amateur side Johor FC 4-1 on aggregate in the first round and became among the earliest state teams to be bundled out. But what a difference a year has made. Now, they are set to take on Selangor in the final at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh and, if things go their way, lift their first trophy in 23 years.

Maybank go down to first defeat
Former champions Maybank crashed to their first defeat when they were outplayed by Tenaga Nasional 4-1 in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) at the Bukit Jalil Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Winning start for Malaysia
The Malaysian Selection survived a tense opening game to edge India by nine runs in the World Super 8s cricket international at Bukit Kiara here yesterday. The Malaysians, who went in to bat first, piled up 128 for six while India were all-out 119 runs in the 14 overs match.

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Taking the plunge

Payar, one of Langkawi's 99 islands, is Malaysia's finest marine park, an underwater haven for diving. Landlubber Kee Hua Chee goes off the deep end in his first attempt at scuba diving and emerges from Neptune's kingdom to tell a fishy tale.
Magical, subterranean world

Feel at home at the Sheraton
How does a hotel establish a reputation? Many of Asia's fine hotels have developed theirs over many decades of operation. Since opening two months ago, the Sheraton Subang Hotel and Towers, has created an impact in the city. Perhaps the name Sheraton helps as people know they can expect high international standards.

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