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LAST_UPDATEWed, 21 Feb 2018 1pm

What Are Today's Headlines?

The fire at the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) made the front page of the English dailies today.

Fire At EPF – 550 staff and members of the public were forced to evacuate the EPF building after sparks of fire set the building on fire, theSundaily reports.

Clad In Flames – Malay Mail reports on the fire department saying that the flames at the EPF building were aggravated further by flammable cladding material, adding that the department will no longer certify buildings that use unapproved cladding material.

Cladding Factor In EPF Fire – Despite the extensive damage caused by the engulfing flames yesterday, New Straits Times reports that information and savings of contributors were not affected.

No, It’s Not True! – On its front page, The Star reports that news about contributors’ information and savings have been compromised, which have been going around not long after the fire broke out, were simply untrue as EPF assured the public that their data and savings are safe.

Similarly, the Malay dailies reported on the fire that broke, aside highlighting the parliamentary seats that are expected to see stiff competition in the upcoming general election, the expansion of Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M) and the tragic death of a student who was killed by a lawn mower.

Bangunan Bersejarah KWSP Petaling Jaya Terbakar (Fire At Historical EPF Petaling Jaya Building) – Sparks from welding works on the first floor was the cause of the fire after the sparks caught the building’s flammable cladding material, Kosmo! reports.

46 Kerusi Tumpuan (Stiff Competition In 46 Parliamentary Seats) – In an exclusive, Berita Harian reports that 46 parliamentary seats, including 29 seats held by Barisan Nasional (BN) representatives will see stiff competition in the 14th General Election (GE14).

KR1M 2.0 Diperluas (KR1M 2.0 Expanded) – The public will be able to enjoy purchasing essential goods at lower prices when the newly-launched KR1M 2.0 is expanded to privately owned sundry shops, Utusan Malaysia reports.

Traktor Rumput Ragut Nyawa (Lawn Mower Kills Student) – Sinar Harian front paged news about a student who was killed in a freak accident when a blade from a lawn mower hit her head during a sports day rehearsal, while two others were injured.

Bilah Ragut Kasih (Blade Took Away Life Of Loved One) – The younger brother to the student who was struck by a lawn mower blade expressed his sorrow where Harian Metro reported him saying that he no longer has anyone to fight and be affectionate with.

The vernacular dailies also front paged the news on the fire at the EPF building.

Don’t Worry, Your EPF Savings Have Not Gone In Smoke – Following the huge blaze at the EPF building on Jalan Gasing yesterday, China Press reports on EPF assuring its nearly 15 million members that their retirement money and data had not been compromised in the fire.

EPF Building On Fire, No Withdrawal Can Be Made Is Fake News – Sin Chew Daily reports that fake news on the EPF announcing that the EPF system will be down for a month and cannot withdraw money during this period have been spread on social media.

-mD