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June 10

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 10, 2018 @ 19:47

MRL refutes claim that ECRL project involves buyout of stakes in two property firms

Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) rubbished allegation that the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project requires China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC) to nominate an unrelated company to buy stakes in two construction firms for a total of USD315 million (RM1.24 trillion). MRL, which is ECRL project and asset owner, also refuted a claim that the clause - purportedly where the nominated company would buy 70 per cent of Putrajaya Perdana Bhd for USD244 million (RM957 million) and 90 per cent of Loh & Loh for USD71 million (RM283 million) - is part of the loan agreement between it and Export-Import Bank of China. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 10, 2018, @ 19:43

Women-in-Cabinet quota in due time: Wan Azizah

Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (pix) says the proposal to have women making up 30% of the Cabinet is a target and there is no insistence that the quota must be implemented, as capability is also a very important factor to consider in the choice of ministers.

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A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 10, 2018, @ 19:20

Chong wants Sarawak Cabinet, senior state officials to declare asset

Sarawak Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Chong Chieng Jen wants Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to ensure ministers, assistant ministers and top government officials in the state to declare their assets. Chong said the move would be in line with the asset declaration policy implemented by the federal government in the effort to prevent corruption. | Read more >   |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 10, 2018, @ 19:10

Minister: BN’s Indian blueprint to be reviewed, fine-tuned

The PH government will make necessary adjustments to the Malaysian Indian Blueprint initiated by the previous BN government as part of its efforts to assist the country’s B40 category. Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran said the blueprint would not only be reviewed, but also fine-tuned to empower its target community.. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Budget | June 10, 2018, @ 18:46

Car clubs donate RM311,000 to THM

Tabung Harapan Malaysia (THM) today received RM311,000 from 17 car clubs from across the country through the organising of the "Drive To A Greater Malaysia" charity convoy. The handover of the donation from the event, organised by the Weekend Drive Group (WDG) involving 320 drivers of various types of vehicles, was done by its chairman Datuk Nordin Ahmad at Dataran Masjid Putra, here.

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A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 10, 2018, @ 18:39

Maszlee: Stern action to be taken on RM1.25bil Sarawak solar project

Stern action has been taken against a RM1.25bil solar hybrid project in Sarawak which was allegedly granted to a car-rental company under the instructions of former premier Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, said Education Minister Maszlee Malik. 

| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 10, 2018 @ 18:34

Sarawak PH will honour promise to give 20 per cent oil royalty to state

Sarawak Pakatan Harapan will keep its promise to give 20 per cent oil royalty to the state but it requires more time because of the court application filed by Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) recently.. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 10, 2018 @ 16:47

Flexi - hours work arrangement for women should be implemented - DPM

Flexible working hours for women in relevant employment areas should be implemented in this country, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.She said it was to optimise the role and contribution of women in the employment sector while they remain committed to balancing their responsibilities as a wife and mother. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 10, 2018 @ 17:02

RM100,000 bounty on Jho Low's head, says Lim Lip Eng

An anonymous businessman is offering RM100,000 to anyone who can bring financier Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, back to Malaysia. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | Benefits | June 10, 2018 @ 16:43

Items sold at 732 farmer's markets are quality, reasonably priced products: Minister

All essential and food items including fresh commodities available at 732 farmer’s markets nationwide are quality products, which are being sold at an affordable price. That was the assurance given by Agriculture and Agro-based Minister Salahuddin Ayub as Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) kicked off its “Jualan Jimat Belanja Aidilfitri@Pasar Tani” campaign held in conjunction with the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 10, 2018, @ 15:52

Tun M set to woo investors in Japan, reduce dependence on Chinese investments

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad is set to woo investors and offer business deals during a trip to Japan that starts on Sunday, as he looks to cover a gaping debt hole and shift the country away from dependence on Chinese investments. The visit marks his first foreign trip after returning to power in a shock election result last month, and indicates a shift back to the 92-year-old's 'Look East' policy to strengthen ties with east Asia, especially Japan.

 | Read more >   |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 10, 2018 @ 15:35

Draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020 to be finalised after Aidilfitri

A decision is expected to be made later this month over the plan to gazette the much-debated draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020. Issues related to the draft of the local plan as per the Federal Territory (Planning) Act 1982 would be among several matters discussed among all 11 Pakatan Harapan Members of Parliament in the Federal Territory, who will meet after Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Rural Development Minister Rina Mohd Harun, who is among the 11 MPs, said the federal lawmakers have conducted two meetings over the plan to gazette the draft of the local plan.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | Opposition | June 10, 2018, @ 15:26

KLIA needs urgent upgrading, says ex-Transport Minister

The 20-year old Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) needs urgent upgrading as congestion has caused a decline in its service quality and efficiency, says former Transport Minister Tan Sri Ong Tee Keat.

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A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 10, 2018, @ 15:12

ECRL owner says project already 14pc completed, awaiting Putrajaya’s decision on review

Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL), the project owner of the 688km East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), said it would continue to provide information for the review of the project as it awaits the federal government’s decision on it. Its corporate communications department said the ECRL has made 14.33 per cent in the overall progress of its construction, which includes the setting up of base and satellite camps in all eight sections of the project, land acquisition, site clearing and construction of road access to date.

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A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 10, 2018, @ 13:14

Six measures for best health services: Dzulkefly

The Ministry of Health will implement six measures to address various issues related to health services and facilities to ensure the provision of best health services to the people, said Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad. He said the first measure was to raise the capacity of public hospitals by building new facilities and at the same time upgrading the existing ones. | Read more >   |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 10, 2018, @ 12:30

Come home, health minister urges doctors, specialists overseas

Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad has appealed to Malaysian doctors and specialists working overseas to return to the country to work. In an interview with Malaysiakini, Dzulkefly said that he hoped many of those working overseas will come back in light of a “new Malaysia” following Pakatan Harapan’s surprise victory on May 9. “I hope they (specialists) would return home in droves. In the recent elections, we had seen the vigour for people to come back to vote for a new Malaysia,” he told the online portal.

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A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 10, 2018, @ 11:30

New monitoring system to check antibiotics in animals to check antibiotics in animals

STEPS are being taken at various levels to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – from checking drug sales to creating a system to monitor antibiotic levels in food animals. A new system will be developed by the Veterinary Services Department (DVS) to check the levels of antibiotics in poultry and livestock to ensure it is safe for human consumption.

| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 10, 2018, @ 11:30

Non-Muslims have right to debate Shariah Bill too, says Anwar

All Malaysians have the right to debate laws that could potentially affect them, including the proposed amendment to the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 355, said Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. In an interview with The Star, the PKR de facto leader said that advocates of the Bill should not dismiss the concerns of those who are wary of the amendment, especially non-Muslims.. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 10, 2018 @ 09:25

Sirul on Interpol Red Notice since 2015

ALTHOUGH convicted killer Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar may have escaped the gallows by hiding behind Australian law, which is against the death penalty, he will be constantly looking over his shoulder as long as the Interpol Red Notice Alert issued against him is in effect. The Interpol General Secretariat told the New Sunday Times that the Red Notice Alert issued against Sirul since January 2015 would remain valid until he was arrested and extradited to Malaysia.  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 10, 2018 @ 08:28

Declaration of assets: Ministers' worth revealed to public

THREE cabinet ministers have no qualms about letting the public know how much they are worth. Those interested in knowing the net worth of defence, health and agriculture and agro-based industry ministers can see for themselves what the three have under their names. Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu, who holds the defence portfolio, is worth RM688,000. His deputy president, Salahuddin Ayub, who is agriculture and agro-based industry minister, has a little more to his name — RM740,000. Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad is worth RM1.98 million.  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 10, 2018

City Hall not involved in Skybridge project – mayor

Contractor Petrofiq Sdn Bhd has to deal with the Public Private Partnership Unit (UKAS) to resolve the Skybridge hiatus, said Kota Kinabalu City Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai. Yeo explained the federal funded Skybridge involved UKAS and Sunsea Development Sdn Bhd.| Read more >  |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 10, 2018

Smooth transition for O&G players come July 1

Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) has assured oil and gas (O&G) industry players of a smooth transition once it takes full regulatory authority over the upstream and downstream aspects of Sarawak’s O&G industry from July 1. With less than a month to go, O&G players have voiced their concerns on whether their operations would be affected. Petros chief executive officer (CEO) Saau Kakok said most, if not all, entities undertaking activities in the local O&G industry will need to apply or reapply for their respective licences and leases through Petros.| Read more >  |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 10, 2018

On Tuesday (June 12) the Sarawak government and PETROLIAM Nasional Bhd (Petronas) will be engaged in a Federal court case that neither side could afford to lose. Petronas formally lodged a suit in the Federal Court last Monday seeking confirmation that it is the exclusive owner of petroleum resources in the country, including in Sarawak. While the hearing appears to be a case between Petronas and the Sarawak government as one of the parties, in reality it is a fight between the federal government and Sarawak and states with O&G resources.

| Read more >  |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 10, 2018, @ 07:43

Express your views but within reason, PKR leader urges Malaysians

The days of inti­mi­dating people whose views are not in agreement with the Govern­ment are over, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. He noted that there was a debate on where lines demarcating the boundaries of freedom of expression should be in a multiracial and multireligious country. “But to go back to the old regime’s methods of intimidating people the moment they disagree with you is certainly out of the question,” he said. | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 10, 2018, @ 07:00

Former SRC director Suboh surrenders to MACC

Former SRC International director Datuk Suboh Md Yassin is believed to have surrendered to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission following a probe by the anti-graft body. Suboh was arrested by the MACC and had his statement recorded after he returned to Malaysia from overseas last week, news portals reported. The portals quoted sources as saying that he surrendered to the MACC and was given full witness protection. | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Opposition | June 10, 2018, @ 07:00

Annuar: I will contest Umno deputy president post

Umno information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa will be contesting the deputy president’s post in the June 30 party election. “After taking into consideration the current situation within the party, and discussing with senior party leaders at the national and state levels, I will offer to contest the deputy president’s post.

| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Opposition | June 9, 2018, @ 23:00

Umno concerned over moves to make Felda, UiTM open to all races

Umno has expressed concern over pressure from certain quarters to open up Felda settlers’ schemes as well as admission to Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) to all races. The party’s Strategic Communications Unit in a statement said that at the same time, there was such move for new villages and Chinese and Indian education institutes to be more ‘inclusive’.

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A New Malaysia | Govt Budget | June 9, 2018, @ 21:46

Tabung Harapan collects over RM54 million in donations

Tabung Harapan Malaysia has amassed over RM54 million in donations since it was set up by the Pakatan Harapan government on May 30. As of 3pm today, the fund has collected RM54,897,847.39

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A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 9, 2018, @ 20:48

English proficiency test help boost self-esteem of civil servants: Maszlee

The decision to make it compulsory for senior government officials to take the English Language proficiency test will boost their self-esteem when communicating with foreigners, said Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik. He said this was important as the nation is now getting global attention from countries which want to learn how Malaysia managed a peaceful transition of power recently.

 | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 9, 2018, @ 20:07

Gov't to review environmental issues affecting fishermen: Salahuddin

The government will review the status of environmental issues and the extent to which they have affected fishermen to determine the level of assistance to be channelled to them. Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Salahuddin Ayub said assistance covered costs of living, grants and various seasonal assistance, as many fishermen had lost their source of income lately due to pollution from certain projects, including a coastal embankment project in Mukim Serkat, here. "This review is not to abolish (assistance) but to determine the current level of pollution and how much assistance needs to be provided. More importantly, I will ensure the data is authentic and not merely manipulated for political reasons. | Read more >  |  SunDaily

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June 09

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 9, 2018, @ 20:55

Govt open to suggestions to build new Malaysia, says DPM

The government is open to feedback from all layers of society to help build a new and better Malaysia, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. She said this would enable the government to plan development to be implemented more comprehensively with the involvement of the whole society. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 9, 2018, @ 20:20

I did not mess up the judiciary, says Dr M

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has absolved himself of allegations that he instigated the sacking of then-lord president Tun Mohamed Salleh Abas in 1988. He told Sinar Harian in an interview published on Saturday (June 9) that he had no hand in sacking Salleh and two Supreme Court judges 30 years ago, but rather, it was the work of the then-attorney general Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman. Dr Mahathir claimed Abu Talib acted on orders from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at the time.

| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 9, 2018, @ 19:57

Government to resolve issue of housemen placement

The Health Ministry will solve the glut of medical graduates and new nurses who have yet to get placements in government hospitals. Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the glut was due to an increase in medical graduates from local and foreign institutions. Also to enforce a moratorium on medical programmes with the cooperation of the Education Ministry up to April 30, 2021 with the aim of imposing quota on medical graduates by universities in the country.  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 9, 2018, @ 19:51

MoA, KPDNKK coordinate price control; ensure sufficient supply of goods

The Sabah Ministry of Infrastructure Development will provide standby pumps in each district to overcome the problem of water shortage. Its minister, Datuk Peter Anthony, said the ministry will provide at least one or two standby pumps in each district to replace faulty standby pumps. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 9, 2018, @ 19:50

Dr M: My two-year stint as PM is only a suggestion and could be longer

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is supposed to relinquish the premiership to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in two years' time, but the veteran statesman says his stint could be extended beyond that. Dr Mahathir acknowledged that two years was the initial decision, but this was not set in stone. "It (the two years) is a suggestion, but we are not fixed on this. It could be earlier, or even later. "The priority is to return the nation's wealth and build our economy to become more sustainable.| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 9, 2018, @ 19:15

School leavers should be encouraged to join ILP: Kulasegaran

The Human Resource Ministry will be working with the Education Ministry to encourage more school leavers to join Industrial Training Institutes (ILP), as most of the students managed to find employment after graduating. Minister M. Kulasegaran said the people, especially school leavers, needed to change their perception on ILP's programme which was labelled as "not up to the mark". "The perception that joining such institutions will dirty one's hands must be changed. | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 9, 2018, @ 19:15

Standby pumps to overcome water shortage woes in Sabah

US investigators probing the 1MDB sovereign wealth fund set up by former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak would prefer Malaysia be the one to file criminal charges against any Malaysian official. "That's how its supposed to work," a US law enforcement official said. US investigators recently accelerated their investigations after Najib lost last month's election, three sources with direct knowledge of the probe said. | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 9, 2018, @ 19:05

Sarawak PKR lodges report over DA424M-NG Diamond plane purchase

PKR Sarawak today lodged a police report against the state government for the latter's alleged purchase of a 'DA424M-NG Diamond' plane worth RM35 million. | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 9, 2018, @ 17:57

Govt seeks to restore nation's wealth within two years: PM

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who has previously professed his intention to hold the Prime Ministership for just two years, has stressed that the government will prioritise efforts at restoring the wealth and rescuing the nation's economy within this period. However, he said the two years was not a time frame, but more of a proposal that might be achieved sooner or later, depending on the circumstances.

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A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 9, 2018, @ 17:20

Dr M and Anthony Loke offer friendly advice in road safety video

Road users this festive season can take heed of some friendly advice from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 9, 2018, @ 14:21

Notices issued to traders who fail to adjust prices

The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) has issued eight notices to traders for failing to adjust their prices since the implementation of the zero-rated Goods and Services Tax (GST).  “We received 1,200 complaints and have inspected more than 300,000 premises between June 1 and yesterday. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 9, 2018, @ 13:57

Kadir Jasin resigns as Council of Eminent Persons spokesman

Kadir Jasin has resigned as Media and Communications head of the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP), according to a Bernama tweet. Kadir came under fire for his recent views on the Yang diPertuan Agong. The veteran newsman, who is also a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia supreme council member, in his personal blog post said that some RM257mil was spent for the upkeep and personal expenditure of Sultan Muhammad V in the 16 months since he became the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 9, 2018, @ 14:03

US 1MDB investigators would prefer M'sia to file criminal charges

US investigators probing the 1MDB sovereign wealth fund set up by former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak would prefer Malaysia be the one to file criminal charges against any Malaysian official. "That's how its supposed to work," a US law enforcement official said. US investigators recently accelerated their investigations after Najib lost last month's election, three sources with direct knowledge of the probe said. | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 9, 2018, @ 14:00

Mahathir calls for review of Trans-Pacific trade pact

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad called for a review of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, saying smaller economies like Malaysia were at a disadvantage under the current terms. | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 9, 2018, @ 12:32

Special Aidilfitri payment was merely an announcement by the previous government

The RM1,500 special Aidilfitri payment for civil servants promised by the previous government was merely an announcement that was not part of an allocation under 2018 Budget. The Ministry of Finance (MOF) said that the matter needs to be validated by the Accountant-General’s Department, whereby its related 2017 circular letter number five has been cancelled and replaced with 2018 circular letter number one. “Accountant-General Datuk Saat Esa also confirmed that the allocation for the special Aidilfitri payment, as announced by former prime minister (Datuk Seri Najib Razak) in 2018 Budget on Oct 27 last year, need to be approved as a Supplementary Supply Bill 2018. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 9, 2018, @ 11:43

PKR deputy president gets wider powers

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is entrusting deputy president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Datuk Seri Azmin Ali with wide powers over the economy, the latest move that could stoke rivalries within parties of the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition and allow him to gain the upper hand over premier-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim.  Sources told The Straits Times that Azmin, as Minister of Economic Affairs, will oversee Malaysia's biggest companies, including state oil giant Petronas, sovereign wealth fund Khazanah and savings manager Perbadanan Nasional Berhad, which are collectively worth more than RM1tril. Crucial agencies that guard the welfare of the Malay-Muslim majority such as the Federal Land Development Authority, pilgrimage fund Tabung Haji and a swathe of units and departments that help Malay entrepreneurs will also be placed under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MEA).| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 9, 2018, @ 10:00

Two years in office? I could leave earlier, or even later, Dr M says

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the two year timeframe in office he gave himself was not set in stone and he considers it a mere suggestion. Malay daily Sinar Harian reported that Dr Mahathir’s priority is on improving the Malaysian economy and problems in good governance after he led the Pakatan Harapan alliance to victory in the recent polls against Barisan Nasional (BN). | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 9, 2018, @ 12:30

More scandals to be uncovered in 'red files', Guan Eng says

The dust has not settled just yet as Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng hinted of certain “red files” which will open a floodgate of scandals following the probe at the ministry which he took over under a new government.. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 9, 2018, @ 09:36

Dr Mahathir denies rejecting monarchy

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that what he was doing to the Malay Rulers did not mean that he rejected the royal institution. On the other hand, he said, what was being done, including the drafting of a law to set up a Special Court for the Rulers, was merely to avoid the Rulers from incurring the anger of the people to the extent of causing the people to revolt."We have to take care, the Rulers must not be involved in activities that the people do not like. The people do not have the power, but if they are angry, they will revolt. Do not let this happen.

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A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 9, 2018, @ 07:00

Main focus on Penang flood mitigation, first-term exco Zairil says

Penang’s main focus for the next five years is to implement its planned flood mitigation projects, with hopes of approval from Putrajaya for RM1 billion worth of additional projects, said Zairil Khir Johari. The first-term state executive councillor (exco) said Penang would need to implement at least 13 flood mitigation projects worth about RM1 billion over the next five years. “If the federal government can approve these projects, it would be good but if they want to scale it down, we don’t have to implement all of the projects, maybe some of it first, this would be better than nothing,” he said in an interview with Malay Mail.

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A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 9, 2018, @ 08:38

GIACC to handle asset declarations

The newly-established National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption (GIACC) will be the custodian of information on assets declared by ministers, deputy ministers, political secretaries and top government officials. The centre is headed by Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed, who is former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief commissioner.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 9, 2018, @ 08:36

Jho Low reached out to Dr M over 1MDB after he became PM

Controversial businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, reached out to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad after he was sworn in as Prime Minister to offer his assistance on matters related to 1MDB, reported Malaysiakini. "Soon after Tun (Mahathir) became PM, Low sent out feelers that he was willing to cooperate in the 1MDB case. "The feelers were sent to people close to Mahathir. I think this led to Low being formally summoned by the authorities," a government source was quoted as telling the news portal. | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 9, 2018, @ 07:20

Study on stiffer penalties needed, says Loke

A study on sentences being imposed on those responsible for fatal accidents will be carried out to find out whether stiffer penalties are necessary, says Transport Minister Anthony Loke. He said punishments for these offences under the Road Transport Act and other related laws will be reviewed.

| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 8, 2018, @ 23:00

Cops: Two nabbed over Klang provocative banners, probed under Sedition Act

The provocative banners that were discovered earlier today in Pandamaran, Klang are being investigated under the Sedition Act and two individuals have been arrested over the incident, police confirmed today. | Read more > | Malaymaii 

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June 08

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 8, 2018, @ 22:00

Negri Sembilan MB, excos to declare assets

Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Aminuddin Harun said it is compulsory for him and all 10 state executive councillors to declare their assets within a month. He said the declaration will be made to the people in line with new government’s commitment to transparency. “This decision was taken at the state executive council meeting on Wednesday. In fact, I myself declared my assets to INVOKE Malaysia and can be looked up at its website. As such, I want all excos to declare their assets as well. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 8, 2018, @ 21:21

AGC already has Syariah division to address issues related to Syariah law

The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) today clarified that it indeed has a Syariah and Harmonisation of Law Division to address issues related to Syariah law at the federal and international levels. In a statement today, the AGC said it also had a Council of Experts (Multi Disciplines) which counts among its members, Tan Sri Sheikh Ghazali Abdul Rahman, an expert in Syariah law.

 | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 8, 2018, @ 20:06

Gobind tells RTM to get more World Cup matches, reveals Maxis as main sponsor

Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo has instructed Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) to procure the rights to broadcast more 2018 FIFA World Cup matches than the 41 initially planned for. At a buka puasa event held at the ministry here on Friday (June 8), he also revealed that Maxis is the main sponsor for the broadcasts on RTM.

| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 8, 2018

Sabah to introduce Mesej Tourism Programme to boost income of rural people

The Sabah Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB) will introduce a number of new programmes, including the Mini Estet Sejahtera (Mesej) Tourism programme, to economically empower the rural population. “Carrying on with the existing programmes at KPLB, I also wanted to introduce the Mesej Tourism programme. The first area that we chose to implement this programme is in Kadamaian which has great rural tourism potential and the first village I have identified for this purpose is Kampung Sayap,” he said at the launch of the Kadamaian assemblyman’s service centre in Kampung Piasau Kota Belud, here today.| Read more >  |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 8, 2018, @ 19:26

Evicted PPR residents get alternative homes

After much protest over their eviction from a public housing scheme, five families from the Padang Tembak People's Housing Project (PPR) have been given a respite by the authorities. Following discussions carried out between state housing exco Jagdeep Singh Deo, the affected families and representatives from non-governmental organisations, four of the families were offered alternative accommidation, while the fifth family was allowed to continue living at their unit. He said the four families were offered terrace houses in Batu Kawan with a monthly rental of RM170. This comes after authorities had locked down their units after the affected families were deemed unqualified under PPR housing guidelines. | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 8, 2018, @ 18:45

National Disaster Management Agency to expand presence throughout the country, says DPM

The National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) will open management centres in all stated nationwide to encourage people to be more involved in its efforts so that the agency role is more effective, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail today. She said currently Nadma operates only in one control centre and will despatch its staff to other states when the need arises.

 | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 8, 2018, @ 18:45

Malaysia may ask DoJ to get Goldman Sachs to return US$600m 1MDB fees, sources say

Malaysia is considering asking the US Department of Justice (DoJ) to get Goldman Sachs to return nearly US$600 million (RM2.39 billion) in fees it earned from bonds raised for scandal-tainted 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), two sources familiar with the matter said today. Malaysian authorities want to ask the DoJ, which is pursuing a corruption and money laundering probe at 1MDB, a state fund, to get Goldman to disgorge profits it made from the sale, after which Malaysia would claim the money, both sources said. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 8, 2018, @ 18:37

Australia confirms: No extradition for Sirul … yet

The Australian government has confirmed that there has been no agreement yet between it and Malaysia to extradite convicted murderer Sirul Azhar Umar. However, it said discussions are ongoing between the two countries.   | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 8, 2018, @ 17:23

HR Ministry to to study Singapore model on managing foreign workers

The Human Resource Ministry will be studying the Singapore model in managing foreign workers, according its minister, M. Kula Segaran. He said this was because the city-state recorded a low absconding rate among foreign workers.  He noted that entry of foreign workers to the country would henceforth "go through a fine tooth comb" so as to look after the interests of Malaysian workers. "Influx of foreign workers who are lowly paid will likewise impact income of locals," he said. | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 8, 2018, @ 17:10

Tourism Malaysia pledges support in MACC's Smart Tourism probe

Tourism Malaysia has pledged its full cooperation to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in their investigation of the Smart Tourism project.  The project came to public attention when a blogger raised concerns over the deal and questioned the speed with which it was approved just prior to the May 9 general election. The blogger labelled the RM99 million deal with a local company – which had acted as a go-between for Tourism Malaysia and Tencent Group “to promote Malaysia on social media platforms” – as a “Speedy Gonzales contract.”

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | Opposition | June 8, 2018, @ 17:07

Najib tells Pakatan: Don't use incorrect info as basis to cancel projects that benefit the people

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has denied that the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project was based on scheduled payments, as claimed by the Pakatan Harapan Government.  "I understand that the payments for the ECRL project are based on the level of construction achieved and not on timeline as claimed by Pakatan.   "However, this has not stopped Pakatan from using incorrect information as a reason to scrap this beneficial project to the rakyat," he said in a statement on his Facebook page on Friday (June 8).  

Najib lamented that Pakatan wanted to cancel or postponed the ECRL project, although phase one from Gombak to Kota Baru has been 20% completed.  

| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 8, 2018, @ 16:52

Health Ministry refute claims that Pharmaniaga monopolises biopharmaceutical supply in the country

The Health Ministry has refuted claims that Pharmaniaga Bhd is the sole concessionaire in the country which supplies biopharmaceutical products. Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said it is incorrect to state that Pharmaniaga is the only concession holder as there are also other vendors supplying directly to all health facilities under the ministry. "As of last year, the ministry’s expenditure for medicines and consumable items were around RM3.3 billion, and about 33.4 per cent (RM1.1 billion) of the Ministry’s pharmaceutical spending was from the concessionaire company, while 6.6 per cent (RM2.2 billion) were purchased by the facilities through central contracts or quotations. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 8, 2018, @ 16:51

Penang Forum calls on govt to review PTMP

Penang Forum, a loose coalition of non-political civil society groups called on the Pakatan Harapan (PH) state government to review the RM46 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) mega project. In line with the federal call to review all mega projects, the Penang Forum steering committee said this should apply to the PTMP as well. | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 8, 2018, @ 16:15

Civil servants can't hold more than 5 positions in GLCs'

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that government officers are no longer allowed to hold more than five positions in government-linked companies. The latest directive is meant to improve governance and transparency, he also said it was to prevent instances whereby a government officer was found to have held at least 68 positions in various GLCs. "We are aiming to reduce this to not more than five positions at a single time. "We do not even want to encourage officers to hold two to three more positions, but sometimes it is unavoidable," he told reporters after chairing the first Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption (JKKMAR) meeting at Putra Perdana, here, today. | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 8, 2018, @ 16:04

Singapore issued warrant of arrest for Jho Low in 2016

The Singaporean authorities have stated that its law enforcement and regulatory agencies have been actively investigating possible money-laundering and other offences pertaining to controversial sovereign fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) since March 2015. In a joint statement by Singapore's Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC); Commercial Affairs Department, Singapore Police Force (CAD) and Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), today, it said that they had issued warrants of arrest in April and May 2016 for Low Taek Jho and Tan Kim Loong.

 | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 8, 2018, @ 15:24

Penang to prioritise PR1MA housing projects

The PR1MA's housing project at three-sites in Gelugor, Batu Ferringhi and Permatang Pauh on the mainland will be given top priority, said state Housing Department Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo. He said the project which was mooted by the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government will be fast-tracked. | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 8, 2018, @ 13:45

Govt to draft new bill to curb money politics

The government will draft a new bill to combat money politics, apart from introducing punitive laws against leakages and wastage of government funds. National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption (GIACC) director-general Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed also said all ministries were required to identify at least three issues concerning laws, policies or current regulations in order to curb corruption at the respective ministries and their agencies. “The government will draw up new laws that can take punitive actions against (government) officers who have deliberately caused leakages and wastage of government funds. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 8, 2018, @ 15:06

PM: We know where Jho Low is, we just can’t get to him

Wanted man Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, is hiding in a country where he cannot be extradited, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The Prime Minister confirmed that authorities are seeking to bring Low back to Malaysia over the businessman’s alleged involvement in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.| Read more > | TheStar

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A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 8, 2018, @ 13:10

Govt may consider commuting Sirul's death sentence to imprisonment

Sirul Azhar Umar, the former policeman who was sentenced to death in 2006 for the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu, may see his punishment commuted to life imprisonment. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that with the reduced sentence, Sirul would perhaps be more open to come back to Malaysia. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 8, 2018, @ 12:45

Putrajaya bans gifts for ministers, deputies, and pol-secs

The Pakatan Harapan government has announced that the “no-gift” policy will be extended to include ministers and their support staff. Governance, Integrity and Anti Corruption Centre (GIACC) head Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed told a press conference today the policy now only applies to the civil service and not elected representatives and their officers.

 | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 8, 2018, @ 12:40

Govt did not seek Sirul's extradition back to M'sia: Mahathir

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has refuted claims that the government has requested its Australian counterpart for the extradition Sirul Azhar Umar. Mahathir said the possibility of Sirul returning to the country is unlikely unless the latter's death sentence for murdering Mongolian model Altantuya Sharibuu is commuted to life imprisonment instead.

| Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 8, 2018, @ 12:17

Ramkarpal: Consider setting up RCI for Altantuya’s case

DAP lawmaker Ramkarpal Singh has urged the Government to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu. This would need the approval of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, acting on the advice of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, he said in a statement Friday. Ramkarpal was responding to a UK news report that Australian authorities have approved Malaysia's request to extradite convicted killer Sirul Azhar Umar, who is expected to return to the country within a month.

| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 8, 2018, @ 12:05

Meeting to be arranged between Mahathir and Altantuya's father

A meeting will be arranged between Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Setev Shaariibuu, the father of murdered Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu.. | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Opposition | June 8, 2018, @ 12:00

Hishammuddin says not going for Umno posts

Acting Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said he will not vie for any national posts in the party’s internal election. Hishammuddin, who is officially an Umno vice president, had been tipped to enter a formal bid to be the party’s No. 2 leader.  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 8, 2018, @ 12:00

Minister wants all states to have transport portfolio

Transport Minister Anthony Loke suggested today for all states to introduce a portfolio for transport, saying this would greatly improve road safety and awareness.

Loke also said it would go towards increasing adoption of public transportation. “Each state government should consider having a transport portfolio in their administration. This would allow the respective councillors to help allay any concerns over public transportation and help raise awareness on road safety.  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 8, 2018, @ 12:00

Socso to hunt down errant employers starting August

Employers who have yet to register or pay their employees’ contributions under the Social Security Organisation scheme have a month-long grace period to get their house in order before facing the consequences. Human Resource Minister M. Kulasegaran said Socso will launch a nationwide campaign to hunt down those who have failed to register or pay contributions in August, after a ‘cooling off’ period in July. As of December 2017, there are 6.8 million active workers nationwide working for 435,801 employers registered under Socso.  However, 10 per cent of registered employers have yet to register their employees under the scheme.

 | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Opposition | June 8, 2018, @ 11:52

SUPP to leave Barisan Nasional coalition, source

Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) will leave the Barisan Nasional coalition, a source within the party has confirmed. SUPP, formed in 1959, is the oldest political party in Sarawak. Its top leadership had gathered at their headquarters in Kuching on May 14 and decided that SUPP needs to chart a new direction following its dismal showing in the May 9 polls. A top SUPP source told The Star on Thursday (June 7) that party leaders will convey their decision to Sarawak Barisan chairman Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg.

| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 8, 2018

Langkawi New City Project proposal still valid – Ting

As far as Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing is concerned, the proposed Langkawi New City Project is still valid and will take off soon. At a press conference here today, he talked at length about how he spent the last 25 years planning the project and obtaining the approval from the authorities. Ting insisted that the project “is still valid” even though the new Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir had recently said his state government had never received any proposal for the RM30 billion project. | Read more >  |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 8, 2018

Ting Pek Khiing confirms arrest warrant on him

Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing has confirmed that a warrant of arrest has been issued on him by the Kuala Lumpur High Court. “Yes, the police is arresting me, so be it,” he confirmed in Foochow, when contacted by The Borneo Post.| Read more >  |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 8, 2018, @ 11:25

Dr M says not against royals, wants to save them from rakyat’s anger

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has denied rejecting the Malay royal institution as perceived by some groups in the aftermath of delays in his swearing in ceremony and the recent appointment of the Attorney General (AG). Instead, the 92-year-old who lived to become prime minister twice asserted that his controversial actions after the May 9 general election have strictly adhered to the law as he wishes to save the royal institution, Sinar Harian reported today.  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 8, 2018, @ 10:52

Ex-Felda officers sentenced to jail for RM47.6m CBT

Two former Felda senior officers, one of them a Datuk, were sentenced to 5 years and 2 years in jail respectively for committing criminal breach of trust (CBT) involving RM47.6 million from a fund for a fish breeding project four years ago. Sessions Court’s Judge Allaudeen Ismail meted out the sentence against Muhammad Sufi Mahbub, 53, and Datuk Faizoull Ahmad, 57, a former deputy director-general and former director-general respectively – after the defendants failed to raise reasonable doubt against prosecution’s case. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 8, 2018, @ 09:00

EPF scheme for housewives hits legal snag, govt to find other ways to fulfil manifesto promise

The Government is still looking at ways to fulfil its manifesto promise to have an Employees Provident Fund (EPF) scheme for housewives. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said according to the law, the husbands' EPF contribution cannot be transferred to their wives. "There is a problem in Section 51, you cannot touch the EPF contributed by the husband. The husband cannot take 2% out of the 11% of his EPF contribution for the wife," she told reporters after her first official visit to the National Population and Family Development Board on Thursday (June 7).| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 8, 2018, @ 09:00

Report: Australia agrees to extradite Sirul

Australian authorities have finally agreed to repatriate Sirul Azhar Umar following a fresh attempt by Putrajaya to have the convicted murderer extradited, The Guardian reported. According to the British newspaper, a source said Malaysia and Australia jointly agreed on the terms for the extradition of the former police commando, who was sentenced to death here for murdering Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 8, 2018, @ 08:52

Audit on illegal computer classes in Chinese vernacular schools done tomorrow

The Selangor Education Department is expected to complete its audit tomorrow on alleged illegal computer classes in all Chinese vernacular schools. The audit, which was launched on Tuesday following continuous pressure and complaints from aggrieved parents, also includes canteen management, students per capita expenses and bookstore management. Persatuan Jaringan Ibubapa Pencinta Pendidikan Bahasa Zhong Hua (Jia Zong) adviser Edward Neoh Chuan Tat claimed that there is a clear breach of the Education Act 1996 by conducting the computer literacy classes within school hours. | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 8, 2018, @ 08:52

National Feedlot Centre rebranding exercise to be announced next month

The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry is expected to announce the rebranding of the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) project next month, in an effort to revive its operations. He said the project must be revived immediately for the government to achieve the 30% target of local beef production while reducing dependence on imported meat. | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 8, 2018, @ 08:00

DPM urges Yapeim to evaluate effectiveness of its programmes

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has urged the Malaysian Islamic Economic Development Foundation (Yapeim) to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of its programmes to ensure that target groups will eventually be self-reliant and able to contribute to the ummah. According to Dr Wan Azizah, Yapeim, established in 1976, was rebranded in 1984 in an effort to elevate the status and quality of Muslims in the country by 2020.  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 8, 2018, @ 07:52

Be fair in prosecuting 1MDB suspects, new AG urged

Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman, who heads the special committee on 1Malaysia Deve­lopment Bhd (1MDB), says Attorney General Tommy Thomas must be fair in prosecuting those allegedly involved in the scandal.
| Read more >  |  TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 8, 2018, @ 00:29

Bernas not closing down, only rice monopoly affected: Salahuddin

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Salahuddin Ayub said the government is not planning to close down Padiberas Nasional Berhad (Bernas) though the company's monopoly over the supply of rice has been reduced. He said the government was only planning to break up the company's monopoly to supply rice by granting the same licence to several other companies. "We are not trying to do away with Bernas but as time goes by, we see there are problems and the need to break the monopoly enjoyed by Bernas. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 8, 2018, @ 19:25

Arrest warrant issued for Ting

Ting Pek Khiing has been served with an arrest warrant following his failure to appear in court in a suit involving him and his creditors demanding for monies to be repaid.  According to The Edge Financial Daily, the order to attend a public enquiry hearing was issued for Ting and his wife, Puan Sri Wong Sui Choo, after it was revealed that the bankrupt businessman had planned to embark on a RM30bil development project in Langkawi. It was also reported that Ting has been a bankrupt since 1991 while two bankruptcy orders were also filed against him in 2010 although a fourth document stated that he is "not bankrupt". According to The Edge Financial Daily, Ting has yet to be discharged from bankruptcy by the Director General of Insolvency and the total debt owed by Ting to the creditors exceeds RM390mil.

| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 8, 2018

Closing ranks in defending rights

Sarawak lawyers from both sides of the political divide rally to protect Sarawak’s rights in the oil and gas industry. Yesterday, nearly 50 lawyers from across the state, some of whom have different political affiliations and ideologies, had a meeting with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to give input and ideas pertaining to the Petroleum Development Act (PDA) 1974. The meeting was held following Petronas’ action to seek legal redress in the Federal Court, to its oil and gas rights in the state.

| Read more >  |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 8, 2018

Former Sepanggar MP lodges MACC report against Musa over land deals

Former Sepanggar MP Datuk Jumat Idris has lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) urging it to look into the alleged land corruption deals of former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman..| Read more >  |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 7, 2018, @ 23:00

MACC said to plan arrest of Jho Low and ex-Goldman banker Ng

Malaysian authorities conducting a probe into troubled state investment fund 1MDB have issued an arrest warrant for financier Low Taek Jho and are preparing warrants for two others, including a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc banker, people with knowledge of the matter said. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has also issued an arrest warrant for Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil, a former official at a 1Malaysia Development Bhd unit, according to one of the people. The agency is preparing warrants for the fund’s ex-chief, Shahrol Halmi, and Roger Ng, a former Goldman Sachs banker focused on Malaysia who left the firm in 2014, the people said.

 | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 7, 2018, @ 22:00

Anwar suggests special appointee within AGC to oversee Islamic law, issues

PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today suggested that Attorney General (AG) Tommy Thomas appoint a dedicated person within the Attorney General’s Chambers to oversee Islamic law issues. “He has a difficult job to carry out, and one of it is to oversee the place of Islam in the Constitution and its laws.  | Read more > | Malaymail

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A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 7, 2018, @ 20:57

Apandi no longer Tabung Haji director

Former attorney-general Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali has resigned as a board member of Tabung Haji (TH) on June 4. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 7, 2018, @ 20:53

Latchkey kids to be discussed at first meeting of National Family and Consultative Council in August

The National Family and Consultative Council will hold its first meeting under the stewardship of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail in August. She said the council will be represented by 15 government personnel and 8 representatives from non-government organisations. “Among the key issues that will be discussed is review in the implementation of the 8-year-old policy while taking into account the issues which face families these days.  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 7, 2018, @ 20:43

RM2.6b received by Najib now subject to further examination: IRB

Its chief executive officer, Datuk Seri Sabin Samitah, said in light of the disclosure by the current chief of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Datuk Seri Shukri Abdull and ongoing investigations pertaining to all issues related to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), the tax treatment for the said RM2.6 billion that was decided on Feb 16, 2016, was now subject to further examination. | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 7, 2018, @ 19:43

Independent board to address complaints against HRDF, says Kulasegaran

The Human Resources Ministry will set up an independent board soon to investigate and address complaints against the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), said its minister M. Kulasegaran today. “We need an effective mechanism to deal with the problems and issues raised as this is an essential aspect of the fund,” he said during the townhall session on the new direction of HRDF’s Registered Training Provider here today.

 | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 7, 2018, @ 19:25

Justo lodges reports against 1MDB-linked UK entities at Scotland Yard

Swiss whistleblower Xavier Andre Justo (pic) has filed criminal complaints in London against a few UK companies and individuals involved in the PetroSaudi-1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) deal.

| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 7, 2018, @ 19:13

Express buses will be stopped mid-journey if found to have unpaid summonses

Bus companies have been warned that their vehicles and drivers caught with outstanding summonses would not be allowed to continue their journey, even if their bus is laden with passengers. Transport Minister, Anthony Loke said the move, beginning Friday (June 7) until June 22, is part of the Road Safety Campaign and Integrated Ops enforcement action in conjunction with the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 7, 2018, @ 19:07

Socso to cover employees who work for their spouses' companies

The Social Security Organisation (Socso) will extend coverage to spouses who work for their entrepreneur partners, with effect from July 1, 2018.

| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 7, 2018, @ 19:01

Daim: Only right for Pribumi to open doors to Umno members

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia should welcome Umno members who want to join the party, says Tun Daim Zainuddin. “We should allow new members to join Pribumi. Remember, Pribumi was established to attract disillusioned Umno members.

| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Budget | June 7, 2018, @ 18:37

States to get a total of RM8.16b in federal allocation this year

All states in the country will be receiving a total of RM8.16 billion in federal allocation for this year, with the annual allocation to be continued as usual. According to the Finance Ministry, the National Finance Council has agreed that the federal government will be providing contributions to the respective State Reserve Fund (KWRN) for the year 2020 at RM430 million. "For the record amount of contributions approved for 2019 is RM290 million and this year (RM330 million)," the ministry stated in a statement today following the National Finance Council meeting at the ministry today.

 | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 7, 2018, @ 17:12

Education Ministry pulls the plug on SKPMg2 audit exercise

The Education Ministry has decided to pull the plug on the second wave of Malaysia Education Quality Standard (SKPMg2) auditing exercise, effective immediately. Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik, announcing this on Thursday, said training and guidance sessions for SKPMg2, however, would still continue in order to improve school management.

He said the SKPMg2 was created to ensure the continued transformation of the country’s education for it to be in line with the need for education at a global level. “However, the auditing process to verify the SKPMg2 data input for 2017 has triggered misunderstanding and ‘restlessness’ among teachers.

| Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 7, 2018, @ 17:00

Tabung Harapan nears RM50m mark

The Tabung Harapan Malaysia (THM) that was set up over a week ago has almost breached the RM50 million mark with its latest figure as of 3pm today.

 | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 7, 2018, @ 14:42

Federal govt to channel 5% of oil royalties to states

Terengganu Mentri Besar Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar said the federal government will be channeling at least 5% in oil royalties directly to the state governments' coffers. "Before this, it was channeled to the federal development agencies in the states. "But now Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has pledged to send the money directly to the state governments which includes Terengganu," 

The channeling of oil royalties, Ahmad Samsuri said was being done by the federal government irrespective of the state governments' political affiliations. Along with Terengganu, the states involved with the distribution of oil royalties include Kelantan, Sarawak and Sabah. At present Sabah and Sarawak receive 5% oil royalties, while Terengganu has not received oil royalties since 2000. Kelantan has been receiving "wang ehsan" (compassionate payment) in lieu of oil royalties since 2010. | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 7, 2018

PKR, DAP, Amanah members hold peaceful protest, lodge report with MACC against Taib

A group of about 150 Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) Baram members held a peaceful protest in front of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office at the federal complex, here yesterday afternoon. The protesters led by PKR Baram chief, Roland Engan and secretary Dennis Along were seen carrying banners, besides shouting “Bebas Rasuah” (Corruption Free), “Investigate Taib Mahmud” and urging Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud to step down as the Yang Di-Pertua Negeri.

| Read more >  |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 7, 2018, @ 14:10

States to get oil royalties back, Terengganu MB says

Putrajaya has agreed to pay royalties to all oil-producing states, Terengganu MB Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar said today. He said the assurance was given by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad during the first National Finance Council meeting under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government here earlier that was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and the mentris besar of Kelantan, Perak, and Johor as well as the secretaries-general of ministries. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 7, 2018, @ 14:04

Enough information that Jho Low is main criminal in 1MDB - Muhyiddin

The authorities have sufficient information that Low Taek Jho or Jho Low is among the main criminals that caused the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal to become the biggest crime in the world, Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 7, 2018, @ 13:54

Jho Low asks lawyers to contact MACC

Billionaire financier Low Taek Jho has instructed his lawyers to get in touch with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). This follows reports that the anti-graft agency wants to question him regarding SRC International Sdn Bhd, once a subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

| Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 7, 2018, @ 13:45

Sabah Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry to crack down on overspending

The Sabah Agriculture and Food Industries Minister wants to clamp down on excessive spending for the Sabah Farmers, Breeders and Fishermen Day (HPPNS) annual celebrations. | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 7, 2018, @ 13:31

Dr Mahathir and Dr Ahmad Zahid meet

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad met with Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on Thursday (June 7).| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 7, 2018, @ 13:25

MACC looking for Jho Low, Nik Faisal over SRC probe

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is looking for Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low, and another individual in its probe into SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).   In a statement on Thursday (June 7), the MACC said it was looking for 47-year-old SRC International director Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil Nik Othman Arif Kamil and the 37-year-old Low.    | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Opposition | June 7, 2018, @ 11:00

Sarawak parties to meet June 12 to discuss leaving BN

Sarawak Barisan Nasional component parties will meet on June 12 to decide whether to leave the coalition. This comes after news reports that Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, also the Chief Minister, had told Barisan acting chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi that PBB would be destroyed if it did not distance itself from the coalition. The other parties are Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), and the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP). | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 7, 2018, @ 11:31

Patriot calls for investigation of defence contracts

The National Patriots Association (Patriot) has called on the Investigative Committee of Administrative Affairs, Procurement and Finance to investigate all major procurement of defence capital equipment of the three armed services from year 2000 onwards.

As Ambrin had announced that the Defence Ministry will be his first priority for investigations, Mohamed Arshad opined that the ministry with its huge budget allocation provides ample opportunity for corruption to defence contractors. "Furthermore there is also the case of the 40,000ha of military land allegedly privatised. "Procurement exercises ran into billions of ringgit and there had been allegations of some senior military officers involved as parties to corruption in connivance with defence contractors.

 | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 7, 2018, @ 11:08

Dr Mahathir chairs first National Finance Council meeting

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is at the Finance Ministry here to chair the National Finance Council meeting.   | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 7, 2018, @ 09:07

City Hall documents seized by MACC dates back to 2008

Documents seized by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers in Tuesday's raid on Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) were related to the sale of land dating back to 2008, said Kuala Lumpur Mayor Tan Sri Mhd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz.  "The documents had information of all records of the land sales, the cost and the purpose of the transactions from Fuad's time to the current deals," he told theSun.

MACC raided Menara DBKL and seized documents related to the sale of 64 lots of DBKL land worth RM4.28 billion. | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Opposition | June 7, 2018

No conclusion yet on leaving BN – PBB supreme council member

A Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) supreme council member today played down a news carried by an online news portal that party president Datik Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg had told Barisan Nasional (BN) acting chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi that they are quitting the coalition.

| Read more >  |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 7, 2018, @ 09:07

Transport Ministry to create APAD

The Transport Ministry will set up its new entity, the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD), which will be spearheaded by a director-general to implement policies on the development of the land public transport sector in the country. Minister, Anthony Loke Siew Fook said the Cabinet today agreed to the establishment of the agency after Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced the disbandment of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) in the middle of last month. | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Opposition | June 7, 2018, @ 08:29

Sarawak ruling party to pull out of BN

Sarawak's ruling party is set to pull out of Barisan Nasional, crippling the coalition's hope of returning to federal power. Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu's (PBB) withdrawal from BN will take place despite a last-minute plea by the coalition's acting chief, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, The Malaysian Insight reported today. The dominant Sarawak party has 13 parliamentary seats and has been a powerful vote bank for BN. PBB is BN's second-largest component.

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A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 7, 2018, @ 07:25

Policy changes and new initiatives soon

Signalling a major policy change over defence and administrative issues, the Prime Minister has outlined several initiatives that the Government will undertake from now on. For starters, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad does not want warships on either the Straits of Malacca or the South China Sea. | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 7, 2018, @ 07:25

Separation of powers top of the agenda, says AG

The separation of powers between the Attorney General (AG) and the Public Prosecutor’s office is among the objectives that Tommy Thomas will work on. The newly appointed AG said he always favoured the separation of powers between the two offices.

 | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 7, 2018, @ 07:25

Bill will forbid elected reps from being CM more than twice

The state government will table a Bill that forbids an elected representative from being appointed as chief minister more than twice. | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 7, 2018, @ 07:25

Graft investigation related to book project widens

More witnesses will be called in to assist in a graft probe involving a director of Permodalan Usahawan Nasional Berhad (PUNB) in relation to a book project, sources said. So far, three key witnesses have had their statements recorded by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). It is learnt the MACC has started an investigation against the board member over alleged abuse of power.

 | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 7, 2018, @ 07:25

Ambrin out of retirement to head panel on governance

Just over a year after he retired as Auditor-General, Tan Sri Ambrin Buang (pic) is back in the fray – this time as chair of a special committee to investigate governance in ministries and agencies. Ambrin, 68, is the latest addition to the ranks of former high-ranking officials roped in by Tun Dr Maha­thir Mohamad’s Pakatan Harapan administration to address the previous administration’s wrongdoings and improve governance.  | Read more > | TheStar

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June 05

A New Malaysia | New Policies  | June 5, 2018, @ 19:10

Donations continue to pour in for Tabung Harapan Malaysia

Tabung Harapan Malaysia has amassed over RM35 million in donations from the public in just six days since it was established. As of press time yesterday, the fund has collected RM35,772,017.10.

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A New Malaysia | New Policies  | June 5, 2018, @ 18:55

Cabinet paper on health advisory council will be tabled next week: Dzulkefly

A Cabinet paper on the proposed establishment of the Health Advisory Council will be tabled next week said Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad. He said the council, which would comprise five to seven experts in various fields, would serve as an advisory body, problem solver and think tank in boosting the healthcare sector delivery. | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 5, 2018, @ 18:25

Bank Negara governor’s exit terms being discussed, may resign tomorrow, sources claim

Terms under which Malaysian central bank governor Tan Sri Muhammad Ibrahim would leave are being discussed and his resignation could be announced as early as tomorrow, two people aware of the discussions told Reuters today. Muhammad’s offer to resign was reported by Bloomberg earlier today.

| Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 5, 2018, @ 17:58

Speed limit on federal and state roads reduced during Raya period

Speed limit on federal and state roads will be reduced in conjunction with the National Hari Raya Aidilfitri Road Safety campaign. Works Ministry in a statement today said speed limit at federal roads will be lowered to 80 kilometre per hour (km/h) from 90 km/h while speed limit at the state roads will be reduced from 80km/h to 70km/h. It said speed reduction would take effect from June 8 until June 22 and will be monitored through the ministry’s Op Bersepadu (joint operations).. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 5, 2018, @ 17:34

Sabah govt should take proactive steps, intervene Petronas' oil ownership suit

The Sabah government has been urged to take proactive steps over Petroliam Nasional Berhad’s (Petronas) application to the Federal court in seeking for a declaration on their ownership rights of the oil resources in the country. The national oil company had filed an application following a move by the state of Sarawak to take a more active interest in its local resources. Liberal Democratic Party president Datuk Seri Teo Chee Kang said any ruling made by the Federal Court will surely have far reaching implications to Sabah as a state with the largest oil reserve in Malaysia. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 5, 2018, @ 17:52

KL mayor instructs DBKL to give full cooperation to MACC following raid

Mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz said full cooperation will be given to Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers following a raid on the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) headquarters on Tuesday (June 5).   "We were not informed about the raid, but MACC officers do come to DBKL to check from time to time," he said.  Asked if the raid was related to an investigation involving the sale of 64 parcels of land by DBKL, he merely said, "most probably", and declined to reveal more.

 | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies  | June 5, 2018, @ 17:49

Committee set up to manage foreign workers, illegals

The Home Ministry (KDN) will set up a special committee to study and spruce up the aspects of management of foreign workers and overcome the problem of influx of foreign workers in the country. Its minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the committee also involved the Human Resource Ministry and several other agencies which would be responsible for assessing all standard operating procedures (SOPs) and available laws on foreign workers including illegal immigrant-related regulations (PATI).

"We know the influx of immigrants and illegal immigration can have a big impact on the country, especially on social issues, security and job opportunities.. | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 5, 2018, @ 17:30

Minister will no longer screen Industrial Court cases, says Kulasegaran

The power of the minister in terms of reference and screening before a case is brought to the Industrial Court will be cancelled, to enable the settlement of the case between the employer and the employee to be accelerated. Minister of Human Resources M. Kulasegaran said so far there were about 1,300 outstanding cases requiring referrals and ministerial decisions to be brought to the Industrial Court.

| Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 5, 2018, @ 16:50

Lim summons Irwan, Najib to explain lopsided SSER deal

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng today summoned former Treasury Secretary-General, Tan Sri Irwan Serigar Abdullah, and ex-prime minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to explain the lopsided and dubious RM9.4 billion deal signed by Suria Strategic Energy Resources Sdn Bhd (SSER). "The Board of Directors (of SSER) and Tan Sri Irwan Serigar in particular, must answer as to why SSER signed such a lopsided contract that clearly jeopardises the interest of the Malaysian people and government. "In addition, we would seek the assistance of former Finance and Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak

 | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul  | June 5, 2018, @ 15:24

MoF reveals suspicious transactions involving Trans-Sabah Gas Pipeline and Multi-Product Pipeline

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) revealed today that two multi-billion projects, the Multi-Product Pipeline (MPP) and Trans-Sabah Gas Pipeline (TSGP) were done on lopsided terms which led to about 88% of the projects total value of RM9.4 billion paid out, even though only 13% of work on the three-year projects have been executed. The MPP involves a 600km multi-product petroleum pipeline connecting Melaka and Port Dickson to Jitra, Kedah costing approximately RM5.35 billion. The TSGP, on the other hand, was to build a 662km gas pipeline from Kimanis Gas Terminal to Sandakan and Tawau, costing approximately RM4.06 billion. | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies  | June 5, 2018, @ 13:48

Employers who default on HDRF given grace period

Employers, who have failed to register as levy contributors or have defaulted payment to the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF), have until July 1 to comply with the law. Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran gave the errant employers a grace period until June 30. They are aware that they have committed an offence under Section 13(1) of the Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad Act 2001, which carries a maximum fine of RM10,000 or maximum one-year jail term or both, he said.  "Under the law, employers are required to pay 1% of the worker's monthly salary to enable training and skills upgrading of the Malaysian workforce." He said it is mandatory for companies with 10 workers and above to register with HRDF while it is optional for those with less than 10 workers. He also urged employers or businesses with financial difficulties to engage HRDF to resolve the matter.  | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 5, 2018, @ 15:42

MACC officers seize documents from DBKL HQ

Five Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers are currently at Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Menara 1 to seize documents linked to the sale of 64 lots of DBKL land between 2014 and 2018. A source told the New Straits Times that the team arrived at 2pm and is now in the Economic Planning and Development Department watching its staff sorting out the documents. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul  | June 5, 2018, @ 14:45

New billion-ringgit scandal discovered in MoF ‘red files’

Suria Strategic Energy Resources Sdn Bhd was paid RM8.3 billion from a RM9.4 billion project despite only completing 13 percent of the work, the Finance Ministry said today. The irregularity was the latest discovered among the ministry’s so-called “red files” that were previously restricted to a select few officials and within which was buried the full extent of the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) deception and scandal. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 5, 2018, @ 14:35

1Malaysia Clinics to be renamed, facilities enhanced

The Health Ministry will enhance 1Malaysia Clinics by allocating doctors and a proper drug-dispensing unit to address the long waiting times for patients. At present, most 1Malaysia Clinics are run by medical assistants and nurses. Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said that 1Malaysia Clinic will be renamed to reflect the fact that they are for the rakyat. “One way is to transform Klinik 1Malaysia to a rakyat clinic,” he said in his first monthly meeting with the ministry staff on Tuesday. He added the ministry has come up with measures such as the building of nine hospitals, enhancing government health clinics, as well as considering the use of private health facilities.

 | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 5, 2018, @ 14:28

MoF reveals RM9.4bil gas pipeline scandal

The Finance Ministry (MoF) has discovered two gas line projects totaling RM9.4bil, where 88% of the amount has been drawn down - but only 13% of the work had been completed.  This is one of the projects ‘kept hidden’ under the red files away from the scrutiny of the most officials in the Treasury. The projects were handled by a MOF Suria Strategic Energy Resources Sdn Bhd (SSER).  

 | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies  | June 5, 2018, @ 14:28

Immigration ban on PTPTN, IRB defaulters lifted with immediate effect

The Immigration Department has lifted the travel ban for all education loan defaulters and tax defaulters effective June 1. Having cleared some 265,149 defaulters of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) from its blacklist, the authority said that there is still a balance of 168,289 defaulters in the blacklist, which will be removed by June 15. There are to-date a total of 636,202 names in the Immigration travel restriction, which have been blacklisted by several other agencies.

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A New Malaysia | Overhaul  | June 5, 2018, @ 13:47

June 19 hearing of Najib's application to strike out Mkini Dotcom's defence

The High Court will hear on June 19 an application by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Umno executive secretary Datuk Ab Rauf Yusoh to strike out Mkini Dotcom Sdn Bhd's defence.

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A New Malaysia | Overhaul  | June 5, 2018, @ 13:30

Ex-CJ calls for review on rules against civil servants’ political involvement

Former Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi called for The Public Officers (Conduct and Discipline) Regulations 1993 to be amended to tighten rules against political involvement of public servants and employees of statutory bodies and GLCs. At the moment, he said Malaysian civil servants were not totally prohibited from participating in party politics with those below a certain rank being allowed to hold positions up to a certain level, while those above certain positions were not. He said the duty to observe reserve in politics did not also apply to those in GLCs with this freedom often leading the employees in GLCs to indirectly participate in partisan politics. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 5, 2018, @ 13:26

Govt urged to regulate cost of private healthcare

The government has been urged to regulate the cost of private healthcare as part of its efforts to lessen the cost of living. Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (Fomca) Datuk Dr Paul Selvaraj said the move would also ensure better healthcare quality for all. He said that was among the five measures suggested by Fomca during a meeting with the Council of Eminent Persons today.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul  | June 5, 2018, @ 12:59

Action against former AG Apandi depends if report lodged: Muhyiddin

The authorities will act against former Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, whose service was terminated on Monday night if any reports are lodged against him, said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. The Home Minister said the ministry would investigate any reports lodged against any persons, regardless if he was holding a position or otherwise if there was enough evidence to open a case.

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A New Malaysia | Overhaul  | June 5, 2018, @ 12:30

Minister gives PPR owners 90 days to lose foreign tenants

Owners of People’s Housing Project (PPR) units have three months from today to evict any foreign tenants from their premises, said Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin. She said the grace period was already lenient as the public housing units are never meant to be sublet, especially not to foreigners. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul  | June 5, 2018, @ 12:30

Minister gives PPR owners 90 days to lose foreign tenants

Owners of People’s Housing Project (PPR) units have three months from today to evict any foreign tenants from their premises, said Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin. She said the grace period was already lenient as the public housing units are never meant to be sublet, especially not to foreigners. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 5, 2018, @ 10:35

Zuraida eyes redeveloping Highland Towers site

The Housing and Local Government Ministry will study the feasibility of demolishing the remaining Highland Towers structures so the land may be repurposed if suitable. Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said the towers abandoned following the 1993 collapse have become an eyesore and hive of criminal activity. “The remaining two towers are used as drug dens and criminal hideouts, worrying others around it. “To this end, I will form a special taskforce to review the feasibility of Highland Towers’ land,” she said during a press conference at the ministry.

 | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul  | June 5, 2018, @ 09:01

Govt mulls task force to probe French submarine deal

The Cabinet is discussing the setting up of a special task force to investigate alleged corruption during the purchase of two French submarines in 2002 when the defence ministry was headed by embattled former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak. French financial prosecutors are probing the sale of the Scorpene-class submarines built by state-controlled warship builder DCN International (DCNI), and have placed Abdul Razak Baginda, a former aide to Najib, under formal investigation in connection with the deal.

Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu said today that a proposed task force looking into the deal will be discussed in Cabinet, but did not elaborate further.

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A New Malaysia | New Govt  | June 5, 2018, @ 08:44

Anwar: I will be back in Parliament within months

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will contest a by-election within months to get back into the Dewan Rakyat. The de facto PKR leader is speeding up his return to Parliament after his pardon from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and release from prison slightly more than two weeks ago. "I may speed up the process because there's nothing wrong with me being a member of parliament," he was quoted by The Malaysian Insight as saying today. | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt  | June 5, 2018, @ 08:20

Sarawak ready to face Petronas in court

The Sarawak government will face Petronas in court to resolve any dispute over the state's rights on its oil and gas resources, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing said today. This comes after Petronas filed a court application today to clarify its position as the "exclusive owner of petroleum resources as well as regulator" for the upstream industry throughout the country.  "SUPP promises to fight to the end for the return of our rights and the ownership of our oil and gas. As we were given the mandate to be part of the Sarawak government in the last Sarawak election in 2016, we will not back down from our promises," Sim said in a statement. "We cannot allow a government-linked corporation to claim its rights over our sovereignty in oil resources in order to siphon our wealth out to the Peninsula again."

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A New Malaysia | New Policies  | June 5, 2018, @ 08:11

HR minister wants to cast wider social safety net by amending Socso Act

Having dealt with various labour-related cases in his more than 30 years legal practise, M. Kulasegaran said he requested the Human Resource Minister’s post when the formation of Cabinet was underway. 

“I want to cast a wider social safety net to include every working Malaysian,” he said, adding that his ministry's legal adviser had been told to look into it.

The Act, noted Kulasegaran, does not cover those in the army, navy and civil service. He is also looking to  cutting down cost in the ministry.“Instead of having all officers coming to Putrajaya for meetings, we can have video conferencing or communicate through emails,” he said. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 5, 2018, @ 07:14

King consents to Tommy Thomas as AG

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V, has consented to the appointment of Tommy Thomas (pic) as the new Attorney-General (AG). In a statement, the Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Wan Ahmad Dahlan Ab Aziz said the King, on the advice of the Prime Minister, has given the approval to the appointment of Thomas as the AG according to Article 145 (1) of the Federal Constitution. The Agong, said Wan Ahmad, has also called on Malaysians to accept the appointment of the AG, adding it should not create conflict as every Malaysian should be treated fairly regardless of their race or religion.

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A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 5, 2018, @ 07:25

MACC quizzes Rosmah today

When Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor arrives at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commis­sion (MACC) headquarters in Putrajaya today, it will be the first time that the wife of a former prime minister has been called to give a statement to the authorities over a corruption probe. Rosmah is scheduled to have her statement taken by MACC officers at 11am, about two weeks after her husband Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was questioned in the investigation related to SRC International Sdn Bhd.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 5, 2018, @ 07:00

Kula: We’re serious about tackling illegal workers’ problem

The Government is serious about tackling the problem of illegal foreign workers and the Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran warned errant employers that they will be hauled up. He said there will be clampdown and those caught will be charged for violating immigration laws.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 5, 2018

Petronas suit: Has Dr M agreed?

Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) yesterday dropped a bombshell in its decision to seek legal redress to its oil and gas rights in Sarawak. The suit comes two months after the Sarawak government announced that a new regulatory framework over the oil and gas industry would come into force effective July 1. When the regulatory framework, which is also applicable to Petronas, comes into force, actions and penalties will be taken against any person or company including its contractors, sub-contractors and vendors operating in Sarawak without licences issued by Sarawak government. The Sarawak government has confirmed that it has been made a party in the suit brought by the national oil corporation and the application for leave made under Article 4(4) of the Federal Constitution would be heard in Putrajaya on June 12. | Read more >  |  BorneoPost

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Building A New Malaysia (column 1)

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June 06

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 6, 2018, @ 23:10

PKR polls in August, says party sec-gen

Parti Keadilan Rakyat will be holding its polls at the end of August, said its secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail. He said that although the term of office of its leaders at the divisional and central level only ended on February 22 next year, the polls could not be held beyond the 18-month extension given to the party (on holding the polls), which expires on November 21. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 6, 2018, @ 22:03

Bernas' monopoly ends

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Salahuddin Ayub announced that the monopoly to import rice by Padiberas Nasional Bhd (Bernas) has been terminated as per the Cabinet decision today. Pursuant to this, he said a working paper on breaking up the monopoly with feedback from the ministry and other stakeholders would be drafted before being submitted to the government for further action.   | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | myBenefits | June 6, 2018, @ 21:58

List of 22 controlled items for Aidilfitri 2018

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today announced the list of 22 controlled items listed under the Price Control Scheme for Aidilfitri 2018. In a statement today, Mahathir said the implementation of the scheme will take effect from June 8 to 22 under the the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.  For failure to use the pink price tag on the controlled items, the individual could be fined up to RM10,000, while for a company, up to RM20,000. Any complaint related to the controlled items could be channelled to 1Malaysia One Call Centre (1MOCC) by calling 03-8000 8000, or to Information and Strategic Operation Centre (PIGOS) at 03-8882 6245 / 6088, or via Ex ADU mobile app, or email to e-aduan@kpdnkk.gov.my. | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Budget | June 6, 2018, @ 21:52

Gov't to look into claims of RM256.9m allocation for King: Dr M

The government will look into claims that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V received RM256.9 million in allocations between January 2017 and April this year. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he had heard of the so-called allegation but has yet to read the said article highlighting the matter. He said he will study the allegations to determine its authenticity.

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A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 6, 2018, @ 21:10

Maszlee tells varsities to let students organise their own programmes, forums

Education Minister Maszlee Malik has instructed public universities today to remove barrier poles at the main entrances of their campuses. He said this would help to remove any barrier for society to engage in intellectual discussion and dialogue as well as exchanging ideas. “We want the universities’ environment to be on the same level as those in developed nations, such as Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge,” he said following the ministry’s buka puasa event at SMK Putrajaya Presint 11(1) here.

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A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 6, 2018, @ 20:10

Remove barriers at main entrances, Maszlee tells varsities

Public universities have been ordered to no longer suppress intellectual programmes or forums on campus, so as to make Malaysia’s academic field more open. Education Minister Maszlee Malik said with the Pakatan Harapan (PH) victory in the last general election, there should be no stifling of intellectual discourse in the country. “I urge the vice-chancellors and their deputies, especially those handling student affairs to not cancel or otherwise disrupt any such programmes that are organised by the students themselves or who were invited by them,” he said. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 6, 2018, @ 20:03

Dr M: Let court decide on PDA dispute

The government will leave it to the court to decide on the dispute between the Sarawak state government and national oil company Petronas on the Petroleum Development Act (PDA) 1974. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government “will honour the devolution of powers agreement made by the previous government with the Sarawak state government.”  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 6, 2018, @ 18:46

Full Cabinet announcement to be made next week

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he will be announcing the names of those who will be helming the remaining vacant Cabinet positions next week. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 6, 2018, @ 15:37

Gas pipeline scandal: Guan Eng and MACC to visit China

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng will be visiting China to discuss the two gas pipeline projects totalling RM9.4bil that was paid to China companies based on timelines, and not on progressive work completion milestones. | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 6, 2018, @ 15:10

Govt to review bank loan terms for first-time home buyers

A new mechanism will be introduced to ease the bank loan application process for young Malaysians to buy their first property, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.He said the current terms and conditions set by banks are too strict.“We found that banks are too strict with housing loans and this makes it difficult for people to own a house.

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A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 6, 2018, @ 14:50

Dr M mum on Kadir Jasin’s claim Agong cost RM257m in 16 months

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad declined to comment today on PPBM leader Datuk A. Kadir Jasin’s assertion that the government allocated RM257 million for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong since January last year..

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A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 6, 2018, @ 14:50

Dr M announces 10pc cut in entertainment allowance for senior civil servants

The entertainment allowance for senior government servants on grade Jusa A and above will be deducted by 10 per cent effective July this year.“This is part of the government’s austerity drive,” said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad when announcing it at the media conference after chairing the Cabinet meeting, here today.| Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 6, 2018, @ 14:40

Allocations to all constituencies before Raya, says Dr M

Putrajaya will disburse the allocations to all MPs and states for the upkeep of their constituencies before Hari Raya Puasa which falls on June 15.Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also said Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmakers will also receive allocations, but at a lower amount than their Pakatan Harapan (PH) peers.“We will give the allocation to them, but of course it would be a little less. RM500,000 to us, and RM100,000 to them,” he said in a news conference in Putrajaya after a Cabinet meeting.

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A New Malaysia | Benefits | June 6, 2018, @ 14:39

Felda, Felcra settlers get special RM450 Raya payment

All Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) and Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation (Felcra) settlers will each receive a Hari Raya special incentive payment of RM450 each, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) has announced.The Prime Minister said on Wednesday (June 6) that the Government will bear the cost of the incentive for Felda settlers at a cost of RM50mil. | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 6, 2018, @ 14:30

New AG: 1MDB is top priority, no one will be spared

Newly minted Attorney-General Tommy Thomas said his topmost priority in assuming his role will be the 1MDB scandal and that no one will be spared in the investigation. "The government's first priority will be all matters pertaining to the 1MDB investigation," he said at the lobby