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ANM in the News Archive November 11 - 20,  2020

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November 30, 2020

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 30 2020 @ 17:00

Warisan whip says MPs sat out Budget 2021 bloc vote to show Anwar, Pakatan they’re no pushovers

Parti Warisan Sabah has been aligned with Pakatan Harapan (PH) on many things at the federal level until today, when its MPs chose to absent themselves in the Dewan Rakyat during two key votes on the Budget 2021 Supply Bill.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 30 2020 @ 20:00

PN wins two bloc votes for Budget 2021 allocations

The ruling Perikatan Nasional pact scored two victories in the Dewan Rakyat today – winning the bloc voting for Budget 2021 allocations for the Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) and the Finance Ministry.|Read more >|TheVibes

 

New Malaysia | Govt: MoF | Nov 30 2020 @ 17:00

Zafrul: Govt hasn't yet withdrawn guarantee for Penang LRT project

The federal government has yet to decide on withdrawal of its sovereign guarantee for a US$500 million (RM2.04 billion) Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan application by the Penang government to partly finance its RM9.5 billion light rail transit (LRT) project.|Read more >NST

 

New Malaysia | Govt: MoF | Nov 30 2020 @ 17:00

There’s never been govt guarantee on Penang LRT loan’

The government has not withdrawn Penang’s application for a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the state’s LRT project, Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz told the Dewan Rakyat today.|Read more >|TheVibes

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 30 2020 @ 17:00

Dewan Rakyat approves supply Bill 2021 for PM’s Dept at committee stage

The Dewan Rakyat today approved the 2021 Supply Bill for the the Prime Minister’s Department (JPM) at committee stage through block voting.|Read more >|SunDaily

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November 30, 2020

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 30 2020 @ 17:00

Opposition again fails to stop Finance Ministry’s RM21b spending for Budget 2021 in second bloc vote of the day

The Opposition failed to block the Ministry of Finance’s expenditure under the 2021 Supply Bill for a second time today when a bloc vote was called, with 107 ayes and only 95 nays.|Read more >NST

 

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 30 2020 @ 17:00

RM200 mil for government agencies' contractual staff: Mohd Redzuan

Following accusations by opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that the Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) will be spending RM200 million on contractual staff, Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof said the funds are for various government agencies.|Read more >|TheVibes

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 30 2020 @ 16:00

Minister assures no room for ‘hanky-panky’ in govt’s partnership projects after unit shifted back from MoF to PM’s Dept

Projects involving the government’s partnership with private companies will not involve any abuse of power or “hanky-panky”, a minister has given his assurance today. |Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Covid-19 Bill | Nov 30 2020 @ 14:00

Amendment to Temporary Measures for Govt Financing (Covid-19) Act tabled for first reading

The Temporary Measures for Government Financing (Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19)) (Amendment) Bill 2020 for additional expenditure of RM20 billion was tabled in the Dewan Rakyat today.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Opposition | Nov 30 2020 @ 14:00

Opposition wants Parliamentary Services Act to be revived

The Opposition has called for the Parliamentary Services Act to be reinstated to ensure the parliament's autonomy and independence from the executive branch.|Read more >NST

New Malaysia | Govt: MoF | Nov 30 2020 @ 14:00

‘No rent relief fund’, says minister

Deputy Finance Minister says protections under Covid-19 Act include a bar against eviction for non-payment of rent only until December 31|Read more >|TheVibes

New Malaysia | Govt assistance | Nov 30 2020 @ 13:00

Green entrepreneurship initiative Jaguh to be launched in January — Tuan Ibrahim

The Jana Graduan Hijau (Jaguh) initiative, aimed at providing opportunities for graduates to get involved in sustainable green entrepreneurship, will be launched in January next year.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 30 2020 @ 13:00

Anwar tells PMD to justify RM11b allocation including RM181m for political appointees

Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim questioned today the RM11.7 billion allocation for the Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) under Budget 2021, or RM1 billion more than this year. |Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Opposition | Nov 30 2020 @ 13:00

Explain RM1 billion for unnamed ‘special projects’, MP urges govt

The lack of detail in Budget 2021's RM1 billion allocation for special projects under the Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) raises transparency issues, Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau told the Dewan Rakyat today.|Read more >|TheVibes

New Malaysia | Govt assistance | Nov 30 2020 @ 11:00

Move to boost digital skills

#SayaDigital programme set up by MDeC to facilitate adoption of new normal by local businesses|Read more >|SunDaily

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November 29, 2020

New Malaysia | Govt: MoH | Nov 29 2020 @ 09:00

MOH to ensure Covid-19 vaccine fulfils WHO requirements - Health DG

The Health Ministry (MOH), through the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA), will ensure that the Covid-19 vaccine approved to be registered and marketed in Malaysia is safe, of good quality and has optimum efficacy according to requirements set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).|Read more >|SunDaily

 

November 28, 2020

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 28 2020 @ 20:00

Tengku Zafrul says RM500m additional spending in Budget 2021 won’t affect country's deficit

Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz has assured the public today that Putrajaya’s deficit will not be affected despite an additional RM500 million spending proposed in the Budget 2021.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | 2020 Political Crisis | Nov 28 2020 @ 18:00

Bumi party Bersatu announces associate wing after entry of non-Malay defectors from PKR

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced today that the party will amend several things in its constitution, including the establishment of an associate member wing.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | 2020 Political Crisis | Nov 28 2020 @ 18:00

PM: Bersatu, Umno, Pas leaders agree to put aside differences for Malay unity

The top leadership in Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), Umno and Pas have agreed to strengthen the cooperation among the three parties to avoid the Malay unity agenda from becoming an elusive dream.|Read more >NST

 

New Malaysia | Govt assistance | Nov 28 2020 @ 18:00

Government to focus on increasing food production from next year

The targeted incentive relief, introduced in the agriculture and food industry sectors, is one of the areas to be strengthened in order to achieve the 2021 goal to significantly increase food production.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | 2020 Political Crisis | Nov 28 2020 @ 18:00

Just let us contest Gerik by-election, Umno president Zahid tells Bersatu, PAS

Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has expressed hope that the party will be given a walkover in the Gerik parliamentary by-election in Perak, in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | New Propositions | Nov 28 2020 @ 18:00

Bersatu Youth moots talent-matching system for grads

Armada today proposed that Malaysia’s technical and vocational education and training system be empowered to help graduates secure jobs that match their skills and interests. |Read more >|TheVibes

New Malaysia | Covid-19 | Nov 28 2020 @ 17:00

Target of 30% Malaysians vaccinated against Covid-19 next year, PM says

A total of 9.6 million people, or 30% of Malaysia’s population, are expected to be vaccinated against Covid-19 next year, said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today. |Read more >|TheVibes

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November 28, 2020

New Malaysia | Govt: EPF | Nov 28 2020 @ 16:00

Employers can submit employees’ applications to maintain 11 pct contribution from Dec 14 -EPF

Employers may submit beginning Dec 14, 2020, their employees’ applications to maintain the latter’s share of statutory contribution rate at 11 per cent , said the Employees Provident Fund (EPF).|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 28 2020 @ 15:00

Opposition MPs frustrated, regret not supporting budget bloc voting

Parti Amanah Negara vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa is the latest Pakatan Harapan lawmaker to express regret over not supporting bloc voting for the budget.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt assistance | Nov 28 2020 @ 09:00

Revitalising graduates via reskilling and upskilling

Graduates are a vital part of the workforce in a country. They play a vital function as the core of innovation that contributes to the well-being of the economy.|Read more >NST

 

New Malaysia | Govt: FT | Nov 28 2020 @ 08:00

Assesment tax objection hearing to go online

The Assessment Tax Objection Hearing Session for the revised terms on April 1 and July 1 2020 will be held online on Dec 1, 2 and 3.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | 2020 Political Crisis | Nov 28 2020 @ 07:00

After Budget vote debacle, sources say Anwar asked for a week to prove majority support and will quit as Pakatan’s chief if he cannot

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is said to have pleaded with his Pakatan Harapan (PH) allies to give him “one more week” to prove he commands the majority in Dewan Rakyat, after failing to challenge Budget 2021 this week. |Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | 2020 Political Crisis | Nov 28 2020 @ 00:00

Apologise or see DAP split with PKR, Anwar told

DAP Youth has demanded that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim apologise to the public and his Pakatan Harapan allies over his last-minute directive to opposition MPs that led to Budget 2021 being passed at the policy stage yesterday. |Read more >|TheVibes

November 27, 2020

New Malaysia | Covid-19 | Nov 27 2020 @ 20:00

Covid-19: M’sia negotiating with 10 companies for vaccine - Muhyiddin

The government is actively negotiating with 10 of the 12 companies whose Covid-19 vaccine is in the third phase of clinical study, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Covid-19 | Nov 27 2020 @ 19:00

Mandatory Covid-19 screening for all foreign workers beginning Dec 1

From Dec 1, all foreign workers nationwide are required to undergo mandatory Covid-19 screening, with their respective employers bearing the cost of the procedures.|Read more >NST

 

New Malaysia | Govt: MoF | Nov 27 2020 @ 19:00

Putrajaya cancels Penang’s RM2 bil loan requiring govt guarantee

The federal government has decided to cancel a US$500 million (RM2.035 billion) loan by a regional bank, which it has needed to guarantee, to finance Penang’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. |Read more >|TheVibes

New Malaysia | Covid-19 | Nov 27 2020 @ 16:00

Govt signs deal with Pfizer for 12.8 mil Covid-19 vaccine doses - Muhyiddin

The Malaysian government, through the Health Ministry, has signed a preliminary purchasing agreement with pharmaceutical company Pfizer to obtain 12.8 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to meet the immunisation needs of 20 per cent or 6.4 million Malaysians.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt: EC | Nov 27 2020 @ 13:00

Simultaneous by-elections for Gerik, Bugaya on Jan 16

Face-to-face campaign activities, like ceramah, house visits, walkabouts and distribution of pamphlets, not allowed|Read more >|SunDaily

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November 27, 2020

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 27 2020 @ 13:00

Kadir Jasin: Pakatan’s ‘perplexed’ strategy to allow Budget 2021 to pass could be attributed to Anwar not risking angering the Agong

Veteran newsman Datuk A. Kadir Jasin said today that Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim might have heeded the advice of the nation’s ruler in allowing the budget to pass or risk angering the monarch.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt assistance | Nov 27 2020 @ 09:00

KPT-MEDAC Siswapreneur programme to help 20,000 student entrepreneurs

A total of 20,000 student entrepreneurs from public universities, polytechnics and community colleges will receive micro-credit financing through an allocation of RM20 million under the KPT-MEDAC Siswapreneur programme.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 27 2020 @ 05:00

Why did Amanah MPs stand against Budget 2021 when Pakatan did not? Khalid Samad explains

Parti Amanah Negara lawmakers who rose to try and force bloc voting on Budget 2021 were not informed that Pakatan Harapan MPs had been told to stand down from opposing the federal spending plan, Khalid Samad asserted last night.|Read more >|Malaymail

November 26, 2020

New Malaysia | Govt: MoHR | Nov 26 2020 @ 22:00

No more compromise on workers' housing act, says govt

The Labour Department (JTK) will no longer compromise with employers who fail to comply with the Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities (Amendment) Act 2019 (Act 446) as they have already been given a three-month grace period to comply with the legislation enforced in June.|Read more >|TheVibes

 

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 26 2020 @ 21:00

Elections meaningless, says Dr Mahathir after Budget 2021 passes

Lawmakers shirked their responsibilities to the electorate when they allowed a backdoor government to push through a budget meant to keep them in power instead of mitigating the economic downturn and the pandemic, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.|Read more >|TheVibes

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 26 2020 @ 20:00

Amid Budget 2021 vote backlash, DAP sources say MPs toeing line set by Anwar but some upset with decision

Sources from DAP have explained that all its MPs received instruction from Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim against bloc voting for the Budget 2021 that was subsequently approved in the first stage earlier.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 26 2020 @ 19:00

Here’s the list of improved goodies announced for Budget 2021

WIth several new and improved measures for Budget 2021, the shaky Perikatan Nasional (PN) government managed to overcome arguably one of its biggest hurdles after the federal spending plan passed the policy stage in Parliament today.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 26 2020 @ 18:00

Opposition not demanding physical Budget vote tally bizarre, say analysts

The opposition’s behaviour during the Budget 2021 vote at the policy level today is bizarre, said analysts, as its MPs did not back Datuk Seri Mahfuz Omar’s (PH-Pokok Sena) call for a physically tally.|Read more >|TheVibes

 

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 26 2020 @ 18:00

RM300 one off payment to police, Rela shows govt's appreciation

As a member of the General Operations Force (GoF), Inspector Raja Zulkhairi Raja Omar has been deployed to oversee Op Benteng.|Read more >NST

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 26 2020 @ 17:00

Motion to cut Jasa's allocation to be tabled

Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz will table a motion to reduce the RM85 million allocation for the Special Affairs Department's (Jasa) for 2021.|Read more >NST

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November 26, 2020

New Malaysia | Govt | Nov 26 2020 @ 17:00

Over 2,000 investigation papers involving graft by civil servants

Over 2,000 investigation papers have been opened to probe complaints of corruption, abuse of power and misappropriation involving civil servants over the last five years, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 26 2020 @ 15:00

All contributors to EPF can now apply to withdraw up to RM10,000, says finance minister

All contributors to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) whose income are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic can now apply to withdraw their savings, Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz has said today.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 26 2020 @ 15:00

Budget 2021 passed at policy stage

The first Perikatan Nasional Budget passed at the policy stage after 12 days of heated debate in the Dewan Rakyat.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 26 2020 @ 14:00

Automatic loan moratorium extended for B40, small businesses: minister

Individuals from the B40 group as well as micro and small enterprises will get an automatic loan moratorium extension next year, Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz told the Dewan Rakyat.|Read more >|TheVibes

New Malaysia | Govt: State | Nov 26 2020 @ 14:00

Johor govt triples 2021 allocation for Opposition reps

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad today announced a threefold increase in the allocations for Opposition assemblymen from next year.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Govt: MACC | Nov 26 2020 @ 14:00

MACC begins probe into RM30mil in unpaid royalties to artistes

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has initiated a probe into alleged unpaid royalties to recording artistes.|Read more >NST

 

New Malaysia | Govt: State | Nov 26 2020 @ 13:00

MB: Johor civil servants to get one-off special incentive of at least RM1,000

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad today announced that the state’s civil servants will receive a one-off special incentive of half a month’s salary or a minimum of RM1,000.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | RUU355 | Nov 26 2020 @ 13:00

RUU355 back on the table next year

The amendments to the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, also known as RUU355, is expected to be tabled next year, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs) Ahmad Marzuk Shaary (PAS-Pengkalan Chepa) told the Dewan Rakyat today.|Read more >|TheVibes

 

New Malaysia | 1MDB | Nov 26 2020 @ 09:00

1MDB, SRC debts: With RM44.54b outstanding, here’s how much Putrajaya will have to pay in installments next year

Putrajaya has to repay RM3.272 billion in 2021 in loan installments and interest on debts, out of a combined outstanding amount of RM44.5 billion of government-guaranteed debts owed by 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and its former subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 26 2020 @ 06:00

Budget 2021 vote: What will happen and what’s at stake

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is set to put his maiden Budget to a vote today, in what could be his toughest political test since taking office in March.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 25 2020 @ 23:00

Can’t support Budget as if signing blank cheques: Dr Mahathir

Many people are uneasy with Budget 2021 because it is an effort to hand out money with no clear objective other than to shore up support, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed tonight.|Read more >|TheVibes

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November 25, 2020

New Malaysia | Opposition | Nov 25 2020 @ 20:00

‘Unreasonable to have only two opposition lawmakers in each parliamentary select committee’

It is unreasonable and unfair to have only two opposition lawmakers in each parliamentary select committee, said Teo Nie Ching (Kulai-Pakatan Harapan) today.|Read more >|TheVibes

New Malaysia | Govt: MoT | Nov 25 2020 @ 19:00

Wee holds fast to cancellation of cabotage exemption

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong today continued to explain his decision on the cabotage policy exemption for undersea cable repairs by foreign owned vessels.|Read more >|TheVibes

New Malaysia | Govt: MoHR | Nov 25 2020 @ 18:00

Foreign workers who are Sosco contributors eligible for subsidised Covid-19 test

Foreign workers who are Social Security Organisation (Socso) contributors will qualify for the subsidised Covid-19 screening test under the Prihatin Screening Programme (PSP Perkeso) soon.|Read more >NST

New Malaysia | Govt: PDRM | Nov 25 2020 @ 15:00

Police have reopened investigations into death of Teoh Beng Hock - KDN

The police (PDRM) have reopened investigations into the death of Teoh Beng Hock who was found dead on July 16 2009, under Section 342 of the Penal Code (Wrongful Confinement).|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Govt: MCMC | Nov 25 2020 @ 14:00

Saifuddin: Jasa to be rebranded as J-Kom, won’t function as govt propaganda machine

The Special Affairs Department, otherwise known as Jasa, will be rebranded as the Community Communications Department (J-Kom) and will not operate as a political propaganda machine for the government, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah assured today.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Govt: TH | Nov 25 2020 @ 14:00

Urusharta Jamaah declares RM9.95 bil net loss

Government to inject RM17.8 bil to Tabung Haji on a regular basis for 10 years to ensure agency recovers and continues to function|Read more >|TheVibes

New Malaysia | Govt: PAC | Nov 25 2020 @ 13:00

PH MPs to Zahid: Explain foreign workers' 'special approvals'

Over half a million "special approvals" were issued between 2016 and 2018 for foreign workers' admission into the country and former home minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi must provide an explanation for the alarming figure.|Read more >NST

New Malaysia | Scandal: MoE contract | Nov 25 2020 @ 09:00

Education Ministry awarded RM1.9 mil TV contract to weak company

Radius One bagged tender to produce 800-episode series despite having a negative net worth|Read more >|TheVibes

New Malaysia | New initiatives | Nov 25 2020 @ 00:00

Assemblyman offers discounted rate for Covid-19 test

Playing his part in containing the Covid-19 pandemic, Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran (pix) is offering the public screening for the coronavirus at a discounted rate of just RM70.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

November 24, 2020

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 24 2020 @ 23:00

New taxes only when economy recovers, says Tengku Zafrul

The introduction of any new taxes will only be implemented when the economy has recovered, said Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz.|Read more >NST

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Nov 24 2020 @ 18:00

Monitoring stations able to monitor various types of pollution, says Tuan Ibrahim

Thirty monitoring stations to be set up under a RM40 million 2021 Budget allocation are not limited to detecting water contamination but also capable of detecting various types of environmental pollution.|Read more >NST

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November 24, 2020

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