By Sakini Mohd Said

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Rashdan (not his real name) seemed to have it all - a good job in the private sector that paid him well, as well as a lovely family, house and savings.

Then, he met an old friend who introduced him to an investment scheme that purportedly yielded lucrative returns. Having fallen for that hook, line, and sinker, Rashdan, 39, handed several hundred thousand Ringgit to his friend.

Then, his life turned topsy-turvy. The so-called investment scheme went bust, he lost all his money and whatever property he owned. He was declared a bankrupt and, worse still, his wife and three children left him.

Rashdan can be forgiven for falling for the scam as it was the first time he had invested in a scheme he had very little knowledge of.

On the other hand, Bakar (not his real name) has been scammed previously, yet he would willingly fork out his money if someone told him of an "attractive" investment scheme.

By Ali Imran Mohd Noordin

KUALA BERANG (Bernama) -- At first glance, they look like fried fish balls but the minute you sink your teeth into a piece, you know it is something else.

By Abdul Aziz Harun

KUCHING, Sept 13 (Bernama) -- On paper, the 2,000-kilometre long Pan Borneo Highway stretches from Telok Melano at the southwestern tip of Sarawak to Serudong in Sabah across Brunei. Now in its third year of implementation, the mega project is being viewed as a potential game changer that can catalyse the economic growth in the areas where the road traverses.

Quite unlike Peninsular Malaysia's 772km-long PLUS highway where motorists have to pay a toll of more than RM100 to travel from Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah, to Johor Bahru, the Pan Borneo Highway is going to be toll-free.

By Ainul Huda Mohamed Saaid KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 (Bernama) -- Nur 'Atieqah Mohd Zainudin is one enterprising young lady.

By Ainul Huda Mohamed Saaid

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- It is usual for retiree Sharon Tan to go out with her group of friends every now and then for a meal and some shopping.

By Ali Imran Mohd Noordin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Several weeks ago, Malaysians were appalled when an amateur video surfaced showing how rice could be kneaded into rubber balls that bounce when thrown on the floor. The video lent credence to widespread rumours that the rice available in the market have been mixed with plastic rice.

By Larissa Hilary Rajit Lumandan

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- "Do you know that this is urgent? Do you even know what I want? Or you're just plain stupid to understand anything? You can't even do a simple customer service job!" These are the nasty lines that Zati Farhana Zulkarnain has come across many times as a customer service representative.