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June 20 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 20,2018, @ 23:54

Communications and Multimedia Ministry to audit two MCMC funds

The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia will conduct an audit on two Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) fund groups following enquiries regarding their management. Its minister Gobind Singh Deo (pix) revealed the two funds as MCMC Fund, established under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, and the Universal Service Provision (USP) Fund, established under the Communications and Multimedia (Universal Service Provision) Regulations 2002.​ | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 20,2018, @ 22:35

Najib explains why he had so many luxury handbags, cash and valuables

Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak says he shouldn't be blamed for the multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal, and declares he knows nothing about money from the state fund appearing in his personal account. He does, though, have explanations for the vast sums of cash, luxury handbags and jewellery recently seized from his homes by the Malaysian authorities.​

  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 19, 2018, @ 22:33

Jalan Masjid India traders say they did not pay for Ramadan bazaar lot

A group Jalan Masjid India traders have defended a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Youth leader, linked to a Ramadan bazaar fiasco at the area, saying they did not pay a single sen to him to secure the lots. Instead, Mohd Azman Abdul Rahman, who represented the group, said Bukit Bintang PPBM Youth chief Mohd Noorhisyam Abd Karim and Bukit Bintang member of parliament Fong Kui Lun, had assisted them in obtaining the licences. "Traders, for the first time, can operate their businesses legally here," | Read more > | NST


A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 20,2018, @ 21:25

Selangor MB optimistic of resolving water restructuring issue next month

Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari is confident that the much-delayed water industry restructuring in the state will be finalised soon.​ | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 20,2018, @ 20:30

PM agrees to reopen Altantunya case if there is credible evidence: Ramkarpal

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has agreed to reopen the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder case provided credible evidence is available and the rule of law is abided, said lawyer Ramkarpal Singh. |Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 20, 2018, @ 17:40

Minister: Health Ministry’s Health Promotion Board to go

The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government has decided to abolish the Health Promotion Board (MySihat) as part of its rationalisation plan, Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said today.  MySihat is a statutory body placed under the Health Ministry. It was established in 2006 and is governed by an independent body consisting of representatives from relevant ministries, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and professionals who are experts in health promotion. The body aims to promote health. Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 20, 2018, @ 17:40

Contracts for RM5b coastal highway project will be open tender, says Sarawak DCM

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg has directed that contracts for the construction of an RM5 billion coastal highway project will be awarded through open tender, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing said today. Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promises | June 20, 2018, @ 17:29

Broadband prices in Malaysia to drop by 25pc year-end, says Gobind

Broadband prices in Malaysia could be reduced by up to 25 per cent by the end of the year, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo announced today. This was following the ministry’s implementation of the Mandatory Standard on Access Pricing (MSAP) revision starting on June 8. Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 20,2018, @ 17:39

Tony Pua gets to appeal against the injunction on 1MDB video

The Apex Court has granted leave to Tony Pua (pix) to appeal against an interim injunction won by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak on a video uploaded on the Damansara MP's Facebook page on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal. The three-man bench led by Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop agreed that there are questions regarding the case that needed to be answered in court.

 | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies |June 20, 2018, @ 17:27

MCA: Guan Eng's corruption exposes must go way back to Dr M's former term as PM

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng's efforts to expose all previous incidents of corruption and mismanagement must go back to the time of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's tenure as the fourth Prime Minister, said MCA.  The party's publicity spokesman, Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker, said Lim must be impartial and "not leave any stone unturned".  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul |June 20, 2018, @ 17:10

Teoh Beng Hock case likely to be re-opened

The investigation into the death of Teoh Beng Hock is likely to be re-opened, according to sources. DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng will be holding a press conference on the case together with the party's deputy chairman Gobind Singh Deo and organising secretary Anthony Loke Siew Fook later Wednesday evening. Teoh, 30, was found dead on July 16, 2009, on the fifth-floor corridor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam after giving a statement at the Selangor MACC's office on the 14th floor of the building. | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promises | June 20, 2018, @ 17:29

Broadband prices in Malaysia to drop by 25pc year-end, says Gobind

Broadband prices in Malaysia could be reduced by up to 25 per cent by the end of the year, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo announced today. This was following the ministry’s implementation of the Mandatory Standard on Access Pricing (MSAP) revision starting on June 8. Read more > | Malaymail

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June 20 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 20, 2018

Govt likely to freeze crabs export from Tawau, Semporna

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry is likely to freeze the overwhelmingly on crabs exportation in Tawau and Semporna while will make a careful study of mechanisms on it for the win-win solutions as part of preserving Sabah as a seafood heaven for the locals and tourists.  | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 20, 2018

Ministry to restrict sale of lobsters

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry will make a careful study of policies relating to lobsters, both wild and those bred in farms, said its minister, Junz Wong. According to Junz, he is determined to enforce a restriction on the catching of wild lobsters, as many irresponsible persons have been catching lobsters of any sizes, with some just finger size that are caught and consumed.  | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 20,2018, @ 16:46

Najib, Umno drop suit against Malaysiakini

After withdrawing from a couple of defamation suits, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak dropped his suit against Mkini Dotcom Sdn Bhd today.

Lawyer A. Surendra said the counsel for Najib applied to withdraw his case during a meeting in the chambers of judge Datuk Faizah Jamaludin. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 20, 2018, @ 15:14

Traffic problems in Subang on top of assemblyman’s to-do list

At the top of Subang Jaya assemblyman, Michelle Ng’s priority list is better traffic conditions in Subang Jaya. In an interview with Malay Mail, Ng said that one of the biggest problems plaguing Subang Jaya residents is rush-hour traffic. Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 20, 2018, @ 14:21

First Penang PR1MA Project to begin after three year delay

After a three year delay, Penang’s first 1Malaysia Peoples’ Home (PR1MA) project will begin construction by the end of this year. State Local Government, Housing and Urban and Rural Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the project had been given the green light by the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) prior to the 14th General Election. | Read more >  | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 20, 2018, @ 13:59

Tender for the seawall to be called by this year

The sea wall along the Padang Kota Lama promenade here will be reconstructed to minimise seawater, triggered by giant waves, from flooding the road and damaging parked vehicles along the stretch. The sea wall, stretching from Medan Renong to the nearby Navy base, will be built at a cost of more than RM10 million, to be borne by the Penang Island City Council. In recent days, Penang has been hit by strong winds and rough seas due to the inter-monsoon period. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 20, 2018, @ 13:07

Dr Mahathir's formula for South China Sea peace: Forget the warships

Keep out the warships and instead, have joint small-boat patrols – that is Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s prescription for maintaining peace in the disputed and resource-rich South China Sea. “I think there should not be too many warships. Warships create tension,” the 92-year-old leader told the South China Morning Post in an exclusive interview.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 20, 2018, @ 11:00

Dr M says not anti-China, but against lopsided deals

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad wants to strengthen diplomatic and trade ties with China, but urged the country’s investors to offer more benefits to local players. In an interview with Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post, the 92-year-old said Malaysia will continue to welcome foreign investments, especially from major powers such as China, provided these result in jobs, skills transfer and a larger market for local products.

Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 20, 2018, @ 11:00

Dr M says Pakatan honeymoon won’t last forever

Pakatan Harapan must prepare for a time when it will no longer enjoy the current level of overwhelming public support, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The prime minister was equally realistic about his own popularity, saying that being in power inevitably meant that the public would eventually grow weary of him.

Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 20,2018, @ 10:07

Deployment of army troops in Saudi Arabia to be reviewed: Mat Sabu

Malaysia will be reviewing its current deployment of its Armed Forces personnel in Saudi Arabia and is expected to make a decision on it in the nearest time, said Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu. In a statement, today, Mohamad Sabu said the government is reviewing the previous government's decision to place Armed Forces (ATM) troops in Saudi Arabia for the purpose of preparing for the evacuation of Malaysians in Yemen. "Malaysia has never been involved in an attack on Yemen, which is also an Islamic state.

 | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 20, 2018

Laws related to rights of natives to be reviewed

Laws related to the rights of natives in Sabah need to be reviewed, said Assistant Law and Native Affairs Minister Jannie Lasimbang. Presently there are over 150 laws in Sabah, she disclosed. She stated that it was imperative for the Sabah Government to look into the interests of the communities and the environment so that they would be looked after.  | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | Budget | June 20 ,2018, @ 08:26

Fund swells to RM88 million

In just one day, the Tabung Harapan Malaysia fund grew by some RM13 million, thanks to more generous donations from the public. As of 3 pm today, the fund stands at RM88 million. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies |June 20, 2018 ,@ 07:05

Dr M: Let Malaysia continue occupying islands in the South China Sea

Malaysia wants to continue occupying the islands we have called our own in the territorial disputes in the South China Sea, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Dr Mahathir told the South China Morning Post that Malaysia wants to retain these islands and is not interested in occupying any others. “China claims the South China Sea is theirs, but those islands have always been regarded as ours for a long time. So we want to retain them,” Dr Mahathir told the Hong Kong publication. | Read more > | TheStar

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June 19

A New Malaysia | Opposition | June 19, 2018, @ 23:38

Combating money politics top priority for Umno, says Ku Li

Getting rid of money politics would be the most important issue to be taken up in order to ensure Umno’s integrity and the trust of the people can be restored. Umno presidential candidate Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said the party should place the utmost importance on this as it touches on moral issues. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | Budget | June 19, 2018, @ 23:00

Ku Li: Finance minister’s statement made people sell their shares

Umno veteran Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah today said that if he were finance minister, he would not define the country’s real debt. The Gua Musang division chief and potential candidate for the party presidency said that Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng lumped Malaysia’s debts together, making it appear that the government’s debt is over RM1 trillion. “I think it depends on how you do it, but it is not necessary to do it as such (revealing the total debt),” he said in an interview with Astro Awani.

Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 19, 22:27

Land price disputes likely to delay RTS project

The Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) may take extra time to be completed as the negotiations on land acquisition in the Kim Teng Park housing estate may take longer due to land price disputes. The 4km cross border railway is currently scheduled to be completed in 2024.  "The owners of land in Kim Teng Park are not satisfied with the prices offered," he said. "We need more time to sort out the land price issue which costs about RM300 million." | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 19, 2018, @ 21:36

Reduction in revenue sharing fee will aid airport development: MAHB

Under the airport operating agreement with the government, MAHB is charged about 11.5 per cent for the revenue sharing fee from its both aeronautical and non-aeronautical revenue. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 19, 2018, @ 21:00

Embezzlement, bribery likely charges against Najib in ‘perfect case’ against 1MDB suspects, says Dr M

Embezzlement and bribery with government money are among the charges that Malaysia is looking to bring against former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak following a probe into funds allegedly looted from the state-run fund 1MDB, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today. Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 19, 2018, @ 19:36

Government wants to bring back 'Look East Policy' on a bigger scale, says PM

Malaysia could extend new tax incentives for foreign investment in areas such as technology if companies promise to create better-paid jobs for Malaysians, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday. "The government now wants to bring back the Look East policy on a bigger scale," Mahathir said. --Reuters | Read more > | NST

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June 19

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 19, 21:12

Chow hopes LRT project is implemented within five years

Penang Chief Minister, Chow Kon Yeow is targeting for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) project under Penang Transport Master Plan to begin during his tenure. Chow said the LRT project would take a longer time to complete in Penang but he hoped to see the project commence within five years. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Opposition | June 19, 2018, @ 21:04

Is PH willing to gamble away Malaysia's economic stability, asks Umno

Umno has voiced its concern over the downward trend seen in Bursa Malaysia, which it says could affect the performance of fund investment entities if it is allowed to decline even further. Umno, in a statement via its Strategic Communications Unit, said the situation affects entities such as the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) in issuing dividends in the future. Also affected by the impact of declining share prices of public listed companies in Bursa Malaysia, are the likes of Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB), Retirement Fund Inc (KWAP) and Tabung Haji. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 19, 2018, @ 20:40

Johor MB to discuss high-speed rail, Batu Puteh issues with PM

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian said today he hopes to meet Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad soon to discuss issues related to the proposed Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) and Pulau Batu Puteh. Osman said today he had written to Dr Mahathir on his intention of hopefully having the meeting next week. “I will state the Johor government’s stand on these two issues after my meeting with the prime minister.

| Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 19, 2018 @ 20:22

Dr M instructed me to expose financial scandals, says Guan Eng

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (pic) has explained that his actions in revealing the financial scandals from the previous administration were done on the instruction of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. “All the exposé of scandals related to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and other scandals were done on the instruction of the Prime Minister,” he said in a statement on Tuesday. Lim was responding to PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s suggestion that he asked other ministers or the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to expose scandals as his position as the Finance Minister is deemed “sensitive”. | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 19, 2018, @ 19:30

Dr M: Malaysia could extend tax breaks for key foreign investors

Malaysia could extend new tax incentives for foreign investment in areas such as technology if companies promise to create better-paid jobs for Malaysians, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 19, 18:53

IRC makes seven recommendations on institutional reform

IRC is currently looking into:
>> revamping the structure of judicial appointments;
>> limiting the concentration of executive power of a single individual;
>> abolition of oppressive legislation, namely the Anti-Fake News Act of 2018 and the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012;
>> reforms in enforcement and government agencies;
>> parliamentary reforms,
>> vetting processes for key public appointments with the aim of achieving a corruption-free society.

 | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 19, 2018, @ 18:24

MACC raids Finas; Gobind says no compromise if corruption involved

The Communications and Multimedia Ministry will not compromise nor will it protect anyone if any there are elements of corruption or abuse of power found in any agency under its purview. The raid had to do with several allocations Finas had received.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 19, 2018, @ 17:55

Ramadan bazaar scandal, another report lodged

Another report on the abuse of power and the misappropriation of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall's (DBKL) Ramadan Bazaar was handed over to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today. Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman had also sent a similar report on the scandal to the MACC yesterday.  PPBM's Superior Council Member, who is also the Head of Integrity Bureau, Anti-Corruption & Misuse of Unite Youth, Dr Muhammad Faiz Na'aman together with the youth representatives of the national PPPBM, was present at MACC's headquarters to submit a report on the scandal.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 19, 2018 @ 17:22

Report: Malaysia seeks to lay multiple charges against Najib over 1MDB, says Dr M

Embezzlement and bribery with government money are among the charges that Malaysia is looking to bring against former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak following a probe into funds allegedly looted from the state-run fund 1MDB, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday.    | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 19, 16:54

Good chance of reopening Altantuya's murder case

There is a good chance of the case of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu's murder being continued, following the emergence of fresh evidence and the reopening of cold leads, according to lawyer Ramkarpal Singh. Ramkarpal, who is acting as counsel for Altantuya's father, Setev, described today's meeting with Attorney-General (AG) Tommy Thomas as "a fruitful exchange". | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 19, 2018 @ 16:11

IRC to submit proposed reforms next month

The Institutional Reform Committee (IRC) will submit its final report, with recommendations to seven key institution, to the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) by July 15. “We have submitted our forth report to the council with the final report to be submitted by the middle of July.

| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Budget | June 19, 2018, @ 16:16

Tabung Harapan up by more than RM13m since yesterday

Tabung Harapan Malaysia’s collection has increased by more than RM13 million in just one day. The Ministry of Finance said the crowd-funded effort to cover the country’s debts has received RM88,365,035.07 as at 3 pm today — up from RM75,096,295.04 yesterday.

Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 19, 2018, @ 16:01

Authorities urged to issue Sipadan permits to local operators

The Semporna Bumiputera Tour Operators Association is appealing to the authorities to allocate some Sipadan island permits to local operators. At the moment, 12 big companies are given a quota of 120 daily permits to take tourists to the island. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 19, 16:39

Business as usual for MaGIC, says CEO

The future of the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) seems secure for now following the attendance of Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng for one of its events at its building here today. During the launch of MaGIC's Global Accelerator Programme (GAP), Lim expressed his support for social and technological entrepreneurs during his speech.

| Read more > | SunDaily

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June 19

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 19, 15:47

Give us time to fulfil our promises, says Guan Eng

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (pix) hopes the people can give the government time, at least until the country's financial situation improves, before fulfilling the promises made in its election manifesto. He said the current national financial situation is not good due to government debt of RM1 trillion. "We are still committed to fulfilling our election manifesto. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 19, 2018, @ 14:51

Trouble brewing over new Selangor MB appointment

Trouble appears to be brewing over the Selangor Menteri Besar post, with claims emerging that Amirudin Shari’s appointment as the new MB did not receive the endorsement of Pakatan Harapan (PH) parties. PKR’s Ijok state assemblyman, Dr Idris Ahmad, said Amirudin only had the support of the outgoing MB (and Selangor PH chief) Datuk Seri Mohd Azmin Ali, while he (Idris) had the support of all parties within PH.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 19, 15:16

Altantuya's father renews demand for justice over model's murder

Justice and revelation of the truth was the focus of slain Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu's father, Setev, today. Her father said the death of his daughter was like cancer that had spread through his family and he was now hoping the new Federal Government would be able to find the cure – to get to the truth of her murder.

 | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 19, 2018, @ 11:20

Perak reps lodge report over medicine monopoly claims, demand Subra’s explanation

Two Perak DAP assemblymen have lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), urging the anti-graft body to probe recent revelations of a billion-ringgit medical supply monopoly. Keranji assemblyman Chong Zhemin and Malim Nawar assemblyman Leong Cheok Keng lodged the report at Perak MACC headquarters today and pressed the commission to get to the bottom of the allegations.

Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 19, 2018, @ 11:02

Rep questions use of generator at school in area with 24-hour electricity supply

Why use diesel powered generator for electricity at a primary school in an area where utility is available round the clock? The question was raised by Puncak Borneo Member of Parliament Willie Mongin who said he was surprised when he was told SK Kambug still uses generator for power. Willie said residents in the area where the school is located about 70km from here, has long enjoyed 24-hour electricity supply. “This means RM9,000 is spent every month on diesel alone. This does not include maintenance and operating charges.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 19, 2018, @ 10:50

Report: EPF loses RM6b in investment value post-election

The Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) has witnessed its investment value in 10 public-listed companies (PLCs) drop by 12 per cent or RM6.09 billion, a month after the election that saw the fall of the incumbent Barisan Nasional (BN) government. Financial daily The Edge reported that in the aftermath of a stock market meltdown post GE14, the value of EPF’s investment in the 10 companies has dropped sharply from RM51.21 billion to RM45.12 billion within just a month. Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 19, 2018, @ 10:36

Agents have bidding cartel for drug supply contracts, source claims

Companies looking to supply medicine to the government would take turns to bid and limit competition, according to the person who exposed an alleged supply cartel raking in billions in commissions. Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 19, 2018 @ 10:44

Altantuya's father to meet Dr M on Wednesday

The father of murdered Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu will be meeting with the Prime Minister on Wednesday (June 20). The family's lawyer, Ramkarpal Singh confirmed that Dr Setev Shaariibuu (pic) would meet Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at 5pm in Putrajaya.

 | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 19, 1040

Amirudin Shari sworn in as Selangor MB

Amirudin Shari has just been sworn in as the 16th Mentri Besar of Selangor, taking over from Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

Amirudin took his oath of office and was sworn in before Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah at Istana Alam Shah. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 19, 2018 @ 09:36

Ijok assemblyman Dr Idris rubbishes allegations of corruption

Ijok assemblyman Dr Idris Ahmad has rubbished allegations that he was involved in the misappropriation of funds from PTPTN loans. "I was made to understand that these allegations have been made via social media.

"This is the work of a liar and coward," he said during a press conference at his home on Tuesday. The message, which had made its rounds on social media on Monday, claimed that the assemblyman had allegedly misappropriated funds from PTPTN loans meant for Vision College students.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 19, 09:46

Experts say no to alternative HSR plan

A proposal for an alternative to the High-Speed Rail (HSR) project between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur has little merit and should not be considered in the immediate future. Experts theSun spoke to have given the thumbs-down to the proposal for an alternative to the project, that will utilise the existing double-track infrastructure of Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM). Economist Prof Dr Barjoyai Bardai said although the alternative would cut costs by as much as RM50 billion, it would still not be feasible as it would yield a very low return on investment.

| Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 19, 2018

Don’t bring money to my house — Shafie

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Abdal warned ‘towkays’ not to bring money to his house as he would call the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to catch them. He said they needed to start from now, a new government, a new Sabah not only with many resources but also among the developed states. Shafie said his intention was to serve the people, and the people had spoken – voices that wanted changes.

 | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 19, 2018

Developers awaiting new govt’s housing policy announcements

Sabah property developers and investors have put property launches on hold pending the new government’s housing policy announcements after the 14th general election (GE14). The Sabah Housing and Real Estate Developers Association (Shareda) president Chew Sang Hai said the housing market had gone quiet with no new property launches this year thus far. “Developers are currently still selling old stocks,” he said in an interview here yesterday. | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 19, 2018

City Hall cleans up Tg Aru beach

Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai yesterday monitored a clean-up carried out at Tanjung Aru beach. The effort was initiated upon the instructions of Deputy Chief Minister cum Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Christina Liew.  | Read more > |  BorneoPost

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June 18

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 18, 2018, @ 22:15

PSM suggests direct income transfer to housewives

Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) wants the previously termed, direct income transfer 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) be re-instituted for the 2.5 million B40 families, instead of the proposal to institute Employees Provident Fund (EPF) accounts for housewives.

 | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 18, 2018, @ 19:18

People in East Coast still hopeful for ECRL

People from the East Coast are still hopeful that the East Coast Rail (ECRL) project, which is currently being reviewed by the new government, will continue as scheduled as it will ease time and cost for those travelling from that part of Malaysia. Suraya Omar, a single parent who hails from Kelantan, said the ECRL transportation project was much-awaited because of its many benefits.

 | Read more > | NST

 

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

Altantuya's father to meet AG on Tuesday, seeks to reopen murder investigation

The father of murdered Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu will be meeting with the Attorney General on Tuesday (June 19). The family's lawyer, Ramkarpal Singh, said that Dr Setev Shaariibuu would meet Tommy Thomas at 3 pm.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Projects | June 18, 2018, @ 17:16

Lahad Datu-Tawau to get RM1b investment

The Sabah state government is set to bring in investments worth RM1 billion for Lahad Datu, Semporna and Tawau.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal named the investor as Hap Seng Group. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 18, 2018, @ 17:15

Chinese still investing in Malaysia despite ECRL review, envoy says

Investors from China remain positive towards Malaysia even though the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) government is reviewing the China-backed East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) project, Chinese envoy Bai Tian said today.

 | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 18, 2018, @ 17:08

All Terengganu assemblymen to receive development allocation - MB

The Terengganu government today gave its assurance that all state assemblymen, including from Barisan Nasional (BN), would be provided development allocation for their respective constituencies. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | Budget | June 18, 2018, @ 16: 31

Japanese banks positive towards extending yen credit to Malaysia

Several Japanese banking institutions are responsive towards extending yen credit in the form of soft loans to Malaysia, said Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Makio Miyagawa. He said the Japanese premier sent a ‘clear cut’ note that the government and private sector should consider the request by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who made the request to his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe during his visit to Japan last week.  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 18, 2018, @ 16:14

Bilateral trade between Malaysia, China to exceed US$100b

Bilateral trade between Malaysia and China is expected to exceed US$100 billion (RM399.75 billion) this year, higher than the US$96 billion chalked up in 2017, said China's ambassador to Malaysia, Bai Tian.  He said RM1.2 billion in investments came from three Chinese companies, just a week after Pakatan Harapan won the 14th General Election. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 18, 2018 @ 14:17

Wan Azizah: Full Cabinet list to be announced by end of this week

The announcement of the full Cabinet line-up could take place at the end of this week, said Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (pic) on Monday (June 18).

 | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia |New Projects | June 18, 2018, @ 13:20

Upin Ipin theme park garners interests from Council of Eminent Persons

The Council of Eminent Person has expressed their interest in Upin and Ipin as it has the potential to be developed into a strong intellectual property, said owner and Managing Director of Les' Copaque Production, Burhanuddin Md Radzi. Burhanuddin said one of the potential that he had hoped to see it realised was the construction of a Upin Ipin theme park.

 | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul |June 18, 2018, @ 12:53

Political will needed to weed out corruption in police force: Ex-IGP

A total reform in the police force to weed out corruption and black sheep will succeed only if there is political will.

Former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan who lauded any effort for the reform of the police force said civil servants merely adhere to policies drafted by law makers and will fail in fighting graft if they were not backed by the government. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 18, 2018 @ 12:32

Source: Not true that many can't afford bank guarantee to bid for Health Ministry tenders

A source has refuted a tendering agent's claims that not many companies can afford the bank guarantee in order to participate in the tender process for medical supplies to the Health Ministry. This whistleblower also alleged that tendering agents are in fact rigging the tender process. The same source who last week exposed the control of medical supplies by politicians and high-ranking officials, showed an example of tenders with 30 participants for a test kit. "On the other hand, we have medicine tenders worth more than RM40mil to over RM100mil with only one single participant.

 | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies |June 18, 2018, @ 09:40

Unsettled dismissal cases to go directly to Industrial Court

All unsettled dismissal cases will proceed to the Industrial Court directly and will not need the Human Resources Minister's referral. Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran said this will be one of the amendments that are being drafted in the Industrial Relations Act 1967 (IRA). | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Projects | June 18, 2018 @ 08:32

RM50bil cheaper alternative to KL-S'pore high speed rail

An alternative proposal to have a railway link to Singapore by upgrading the present infrastructure will only cost the government RM20bil – much lower than the high speed rail (HSR) project which will cost between RM60bil and RM70bil. The proposal will also save the government some RM500mil as it will not need to re-negotiate with Singapore since the plans that have been put in place by the authorities in the republic will not be disrupted. According to sources, the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) has been briefed on the alternative plan that utilises the existing double-track infrastructure of Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM). The only major difference is the travelling time of 130 minutes to Singapore compared with 90 minutes by the HSR.

 | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia |New Policies | June 18, 2018, @ 09:40

Dr M meets Alibaba founder Jack Ma in Putrajaya

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad greeted Jack Ma, the co-founder and CEO of online retail giant Alibaba, at his office in Putrajaya this morning. National news agency Bernama released a short video clip of their meeting, which is taking place behind closed doors.

 | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Opinions | June 18, 2018, @ 09:00

Funds turn cool on Malaysia as 1MDB swells debt to RM1t

The escalating scandal around troubled state-investment-fund 1MDB is turning bond funds against Malaysia.

The disclosure that the nation’s debt is almost 60 per cent higher than previous estimates at RM1 trillion, largely because of hidden liabilities tied to the troubled state investment fund, is convincing even fans of the country’s bonds to cut their holdings. Throw in the removal of a goods and services tax last month, and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s new government faces an increasing fiscal squeeze.  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 18, 2018 @ 08:32

Legal eagles hired for 1MDB case

The next spotlight for the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) saga will be the intense battle of the legal eagles.  The Government has recently appointed Tommy Thomas as the Attorney General, who was given the job with the 1MDB case in mind.  Also on the prosecution team is former attorney general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, who co-heads the special task force investigating 1MDB.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 18, 2018, @ 07:40

A look at the resignation of Malaysia’s two top judges and what’s next

The resignation of Malaysia’s two highest-ranking judges have been all over the news, but how did we get here and what’s next? Here we list down everything you may want to know about this whole saga — probably one of the most exciting in the legal community in recent times.

 | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 18, 2018

Education Ministry to the rescue

The Sarawak Education Department has been instructed to take over the task of supplying diesel to all 369 rural schools in the state, after sole contractor Jepak Holdings announced that it was unable to continue doing so. Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik confi rmed to The Borneo Post that the department has been instructed to step in and purchase the fuel needed to ensure the situation returns to normal by the time the students return from their mid-term holiday. | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 18, 2018

Sarawak ready with London documents to fight Petronas suit — Sharifah Hasidah

Assistant Minister of Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman GhazalI is confident that Sarawak can win in the hearing of an application by Petronas for clarification of its status in the Petroleum Development Act (PDA) 1974 at the Federal Court. According to her, the state’s legal team is fully prepared for the hearing, using the documents obtained from a mission to seek more information on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) in London recently as its main weapon.  | Read more > |  BorneoPost

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June 17

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 17, 2018, @ 22:46

Ministry optimistic of exporting fresh Musang King to China next year

The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry is expected to receive the approval for fresh whole fruit "Musang King" durian export to China next year. The demand for Musang King was extremely high in China which caused the Malaysian king of fruit to cost more than RM300 per kilogramme in the country. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 17, 2018, @ 22:30

Terengganu MB reveals RM4m state fund depleted within 4 months by previous BN-led gov't

The state’s socio-economic development funds meant to last a year has been depleted in just over four months. In making this shocking revelation, Terengganu Menteri Besar Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar said that RM4 million had been allocated for each of the 32 state assembly representatives under the 2018 state budget announced last year. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | Budget | June 17, 2018, @ 21:26

Cut backs on allocations for state: Terengganu MB

The state government has been forced to cut back on allocations and will focus instead, on PAS state assemblymen, who being in the opposition under the previous government, were not given the necessary funds. Mentri Besar Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar said that during the 2018 budget presentation in October last year, the Barisan Nasional (BN) government had approved an allocation of RM4 million for each state constituency for the year. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 17, 2018, @ 21:01

Mindef to further empower welfare of armed forces personnel, retirees

The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) is determined to empower the welfare of the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) personnel and retirees to enable them obtain more benefits in line with the effort to restore the economy by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government now. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 17, 2018, @ 20:27

Mohamad Sabu confident of senators from Kelantan, Terengganu being appointed

Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) president Mohamad Sabu is confident the federal government will appoint at least one senator for the post of minister or deputy minister from Kelantan and Terengganu. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Opposition | June 17, 2018, @ 20:00

PPBM man denies rent-seeking claim, says support letter at DBKL’s behest

“There is no evidence to show that I had received money or threatened anyone to pay me for the bazaar lots,” he told Malay Mail when contacted today. “I only applied with DBKL on behalf of these individual traders because I wanted to do good for these Malay entrepreneurs... allegations that I rented out Ramadan lots are made on bad faith,” he said.  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Opposition | June 17, 2018, @ 19:53 

Source reveals list of names submitted for Umno top post

A list of the Umno presidential "candidates list", has been sighted by The Star, but not everyone may qualify to be candidates due to criteria specified in the party constitution. The list includes the three known to have thrown in their lot for the president's post, namely Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Khairy Jamaluddin, as confirmed by Umno executive secretary Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh on Sunday (June 17). The other four names in the list from the source are blogger Rahmat Azim Abdul Aziz, Rosile Saat, Mohamed Iqbal Maricair and Mohd Yusof Musa @ Jamaludin.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 17, 2018, @ 18:49

All housing projects to be streamlined, abide by build-and-sell basis

The Ministry of Housing and Local Government will streamline all housing projects to ensure that they adhere to a build-and-sell concept. Its minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said the move was to ensure the polemics of abandoned housing projects stretching for long periods to be thoroughly addressed. “We will adjust (this accordingly) so that it follows a build-and-sell concept, rather than have bookings made available to buyers when the project has not even reach 10 per cent completion. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 17, 2018, @ 15:55

Muhiyiddin: Immigration, police to be revamped

The Immigration Department and the Royal Malaysia Police will be revamped due to its “confusing” structure, said Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 17, 2018 

Malaysia power shift hits China infrastructure drive

Malaysia was once a loyal partner in China’s globe-spanning infrastructure drive but a new government is now pledging to review Beijing-backed projects, threatening key links in the much-vaunted initiative. Kuala Lumpur’s previous administration, led by scandal-mired Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, had warm ties with China and signed a string of deals for Beijing-funded projects, including a major rail link and a deep-sea port.  

 | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Opposition | June 17, 2018, @ 11:07

Four-way fight for Umno presidency on the cards

The battle for Umno presidency is expected to be a four-way affair between acting party chief Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Rahmat Azim Abdul Aziz and its Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Opinion | June 17, 2018 

Looking East with a twist

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) has announced that Malaysia is renewing, or to be more precise, upgrading the Look East policy he adopted as a foreign policy 30 years ago. It was unveiled after he came to power in 1981 and now, as the premier for the second time, he has picked up the pieces of his past and repackaged it.

 | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Opposition | June 17, 2018 @ 09:04

KJ to run for Umno presidency too

Khairy Jamaluddin is expected to officially announce he is contesting the Umno presidency. Sources said the Umno Youth chief is in the process of submitting his nomination papers for the party polls on June 30. Today (June 17) is the last day for submissions.

 | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 17, 2018, @ 08:39

Investigators recommend charging Najib

INVESTIGATORS probing Datuk Seri Najib Razak for money laundering and misappropriation of property have recommended for the former prime minister to be charged. This recommendation was made in the investigation paper they submitted to the Attorney-General’s (A-G) Chambers several days ago.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 17, 2018 @ 07:32

Ramadan bazaar fiasco draws fury

City Hall should not use the support letter issued by Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun as an excuse to explain its approval for the 80 new Ramadan bazaar lots in Masjid India, said Masjid India Business Owners Association president Datuk Ameer Mydin.  The scandal erupted after Mohd Noor­hisyam was accused of misusing political connections to secure the bazaar lots for RM6,238.40. He allegedly rented them out for as high as RM5,000 a lot through middlemen.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 17, 2018 @ 07:32

‘It will take time to ensure housewives have EPFs too’

Giving housewives 2% of their husband’s EPF contributions will take time, as changes must be made to the law first, says the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry. The Government, the ministry said, needed to amend the Employees Provident Fund Act to enable such a transfer.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 17, 2018

‘Terminate service if the contractor fails to fulfil obligations’

Assistant Minister for Agriculture Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail called for a thorough investigation into the latest episode of fuel shortage hitting over 40 schools in Sarawak and urged the government to terminate the service of the contractor involved if there was a failure to fulfil its contractual obligation.  | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 17, 2018, @ 07:24

Mat Sabu cries foul over helicopter claim

Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu has vehemently denied that he had used a government helicopter to get to Perlis for Aidilfitri with his family. "Not true at all. I will not use government assets for myself and I was not even in Perlis. Everything is fake and a lie," he said in his Twitter account @MSabu_Official. | Read more > |  SunDaily

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June 16

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 16, 2018, @ 20:10

Kulasegaran to meet IGP soon on order to retrieve Indira’s daughter

Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran, who represented Hindu mother M. Indira Gandhi in her interfaith custody battle, said he will meet with the Inspector-General of Police in a bid to hasten the retrieval of her daughter who was abducted by her estranged ex-husband.  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 16, 2018, @ 19:17

Kepong MP wants clarification on land sale to Umno-linked company

Kepong member of Parliament Lim Lip Eng has urged Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa to clarify on a land deal in Taman Wahyu here, which was allegedly sold below market value to an Umno-linked company. Speaking to reporters at the Jinjang Flood Retention Pond here today, Lim said the 35.2-hectare land was sold to Maqamad Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Sun & Son Sdn Bhd) at RM68 per square feet on Nov 20, 2015, when the market value then was at least RM250 sq ft. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | Opposition | June 16, 2018, @ 18:14

Gerakan will continue to serve the people

Penang Gerakan will continue to serve the people despite being dealt a major blow in the 14th general election (GE14), said its vice-chairman Oh Tong Keong. He told theSun, that despite not winning any seats in GE14, the party would not backtrack on its commitment to serving the people. Oh said Penang which was formerly the party's strong base during the tenure of former Chief Minister Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu and Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon will continue to be the pulse of the party.

| Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 16, 2018, @ 18:14

Banks advised to consider all incomes of housing loan applicants

The Housing and Local Government Ministry has proposed that banks also take into account all other incomes of housing loan applicants to address the high rate of rejections of applications from people in the middle- and low-income groups. Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said the suggestion might provide for a credit rating flexibility especially with regard to the applications for housing loans from the B40 and M40 groups. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 16, 2018, @ 17:12

No more birds's nests living quarters for poor: Zuraida

The National Community Policy that the Housing and Local Government Ministry is to launch in August may propose bigger living quarters for the poor, said Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin. She said it may be proposed that the living quarters at the People's Housing Project (PPR) flats be at least 900 sq ft in size instead of the current 600 sq ft. "I do not want the PPR living quarters and those for the B40 group to be small like birds' nests," she said in an interview with Bernama. People in the B40 group belong to the bottom 40% of households with a monthly income of RM3,900 and below.

| Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 16, 2018, @ 17:12

Probe into alleged malpractices in defence ministry after Aidilfitri: Mat Sabu

Investigations into alleged misconduct and malpractices in the Defence Ministry will commence after Aidilfitri, says Mohamad Sabu. The Defence Minister said a Special Investigation Committee headed by former auditor-general Tan Sri Ambrin Buang would be set up for this purpose. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 16, 2018 @ 16:44

Pribumi lodges police report over Ramadan bazaar allegations

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) has lodged a police report to investigate claims that a youth leader misused his political powers to overcharge Ramadan bazaar traders in Kuala Lumpur. Pribumi Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has also lodged a complaint with the party's Discipline Committee over the allegations that Bukit Bintang youth leader Mohd Noorhisyam Abdul Karim abused his power.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 16, 2018 @ 16:36

Sabah Education Ministry mulls increasing allocation for Chinese schools

The Sabah Education Ministry is considering increasing allocations for Chinese schools in the state, said Deputy Chief Minister Christina Liew. | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govtl | June 16, 2018, @ 16:18

Patriot calls for probe into 'Ramadan Bazaar scandal'

The National Patriots Association (Patriot) today called for an investigation "with full vigour of the law" against the so-called Ramadan Bazaar scandal. "A scandal is still a scandal, however, trivial, and must be investigated with full vigour of the law," said Patriot president Brig Gen (Rtd) Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | Opposition | June 16, 2018, @ 15:16

Ku Li confirms bid for Umno presidency

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah formally announced his intention to contest for the presidency of Malay nationalist party Umno today.  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 16, 2018

Mechanism to maintain price of essential goods

The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry will create a mechanism to maintain the price of essential goods and manage the systematic balance between supply and demand. Minister, Salahuddin Ayub said the mechanism would ensure supply was adequate and prices of goods affordable among the people and create a competitive market for essential goods.

| Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 16, 2018, @ 07:40

Penang CM plans to tackle past concerns on transport, Sia Boey and environment

It is a month since Chow Kon Yeow was sworn in as Penang chief minister and he has settled into his new position, taking on new portfolios seamlessly while remaining passionate about projects he worked on as an exco. The 60-year-old, who spearheaded the RM27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) when he was the state exco previously, has kept the transportation portfolio close under his watch to ensure its full implementation. He is especially firm about pushing through the state's plans for a Light Rail Transit (LRT) line between Komtar and Bayan Lepas.  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 16, 2018, @ 07:29

New Tanjong Karang hospital ready by 2020: Dzulkefly

The Tanjong Karang Hospital project which has been delayed for a decade will finally be fully completed by November 2020. Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly said the hospital would be a Minor Specialist Hospital offering nine medical specialist services to facilitate local residents to receive the best treatment.

| Read more > |  SunDaily

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June 15

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 15, 2018

PRS considers the idea of ‘Borneo Bloc’

Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) will consider the idea of forming a ‘Borneo Bloc’, which was mooted by Sabah leaders and politicians, to leverage East Malaysia’s position as co-administrators in the federation of Malaysia. PRS president and Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing said the idea of forming a powerful bloc that can represent Borneo was a very interesting one and worth considering.  | Read more >  |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 15, 2018, @ 18:58

MACC should probe multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical monopoly, says Health Minister

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should initiate a probe on the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical monopoly if there is enough evidence, said Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said. He said although the ministry is having its internal audit and checks, the MACC should also act from its side.

| Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 15, 2018, @ 18:24

MACC investigating contract to supply solar power, diesel to 369 schools in Sarawak

The investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) into the alleged contract supplying solar power and diesel to 369 schools in Sarawak is ongoing, said Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik. He said the ministry was still waiting for the result of the investigation which started last week.Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 15, 2018 @ 17:40

Perak hoping to revive MAPS theme park

The state government will not shut down the Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) theme park in Meru here for now, as efforts are being taken to revive it. Perak Mentri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu said that the state government has taken the decision to let the theme park continue for the time being. | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 15, 2018, @ 17:26

Johor government conducting study to identify those genuinely homeless in JB

The state government is conducting a study on how to identify and help the homeless in Johor Baru area. State Women Development and Tourism Committee chairman Liow Cai Tung said there was a need for the state government to identify those who were genuinely homeless. “The Anjung Singgah homeless shelter is currently full. However, we found that not all of those who use this facility are actually homeless.

Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 15, 2018 @ 17:22

Kedah stalemate to end soon, promises MB Mukhriz

The political stalemate in Kedah is expected to end soon following the appointment the state legislative Speaker and his deputy, says Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir. “I don’t think anyone, either Kedahans or the political parties, are in favour of another state election as everyone is fatigued from the recent election (on May 9).

| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 15, 2018, @ 17:00

Kula: Human Resources Ministry to form committee on HRDF

The Human Resources Ministry will form a committee to look into alleged misappropriation of funds from the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) by the end of next week. Minister M. Kulasegaran said the ministry will decide on the resignations of three HRDF board directors around the same time. “They have already given it to us for our decision, and I am meeting with my people to decide whether or not to accept it,” he said during the Tamil Media Association Family Day in Sentul.

Kulasegaran also said the committee will look into the issue of the alleged misappropriation of some RM300 million from HRDF.  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 15, 2018 @ 16:20

Govt will consider reviving HSR project in the future

The Government will consider reviving the High Speed Rail (HSR) project that will link Kuala Lumpur and Singapore sometime in the future, says Lim Guan Eng. "A year from now, two years from now ... it's something that we need to discuss," Singapore news agency Channel News Asia quoted the Finance Minister as saying.

| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 15, 2018, @ 16:10

Bukit Bintang MP may sue PPBM man, aide says as Ramadan bazaar row heats up

Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun is contemplating suing a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) ally after being tarred in the corruption controversy raging over rent-seeking in Masjid India. The aide later clarified that Fong is mulling legal action against Mohd Noorhisyam Abd Karim, the PPBM member who was earlier this week accused by traders operating Ramadan bazaar stalls along Jalan Masjid India of using his political connections to impose additional “rental” of at least RM1,500 on them. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 15, 2018 @ 15:27

Guan Eng: Finance Ministry to lift the lid on another major scandal soon

Lim Guan Eng (pic) says that another major scandal involving the Finance Ministry will be revealed soon. Singapore news agency Channel News Asia reported that Lim had hoped that he would be able to uncover every scandal within a hundred days so that the country would be able to move on. "I think that's where the cleaning up begins ... once the stock-taking is done, the cleaning up is done, the detoxification is completed, Malaysia can get back on track again," Lim was quoted as saying.   | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Projects | June 15, 2018, @ 15:23

Govt needs private sector backing for new car project, says finance minister

The new national car project mooted by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad must be backed by the private sector following a shortage of public funds, says Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng. In an interview with the Channel NewsAsia’s Conversation With yesterday, Lim said he had discussed the proposed project with Dr Mahathir and it would not be like predecessor Proton.

 | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 15, 2018, @ 15:17

Ramadan bazaar row: DAP MP admits writing support letter, denies pocketing rent

Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun today admitted writing a letter to City Hall (DBKL) to support the application of a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Youth member at the centre of controversial corruption claim concerning the rental of Ramadan bazaar stalls here. However, the veteran lawmaker, who is also DAP treasurer, denied that he had received any monetary benefit from additional charges allegedly collected from stall traders in the Masjid India area as “rental” by his Pakatan Harapan (PH) colleague, who has been named as Mohd Noorhisyam Abd Karim. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 15, 2018, @ 12:08

Najib may face charges of money laundering, misappropriation of property: Reuters

Authorities investigating scandal-hit state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) are considering charging former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak with money laundering and misappropriation of property, a source familiar with the matter said. Najib, who founded 1MDB in 2009, is the subject of a money laundering and corruption probe, after reports that millions of dollars made their way into his personal bank accounts from the fund and its former subsidiary, SRC International.

The former premier has consistently denied any wrongdoing in relation to 1MDB.

| Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 15, 2018, @ 13:31

Jho Low told associates he 'was protected by Najib': WSJ

Low Taek Jho, a key figure wanted by investigators of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, told associates that he “felt safe” earlier this year as he was protected by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has reported. Quoting a source, the WSJ said Low, better known as Jho Low, has reached out to the authorities, offering to drop his claim to more than US$1 billion in assets in return for immunity from criminal prosecution following Najib’s unexpected defeat in the 14th general election. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 15, 2018 @ 11:36

Shredded documents and locked-out PCs in Putrajaya after change of govt

The new government stumbled upon reams of shredded documents and computers that were locked out when it moved into Putrajaya after GE14, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The Prime Minister told the New York Times (NYT) that in his first visit to his office after his inauguration was shocking – he walked into an office filled with garbage bags stuffed with shredded documents and half-consumed food abandoned in a sign that former occupants had left in a hurry.

| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 14, 2018, @ 19:54

Foreigners can own heritage property in Penang

Foreigners are allowed to buy up the over a century-old shop houses within the Unesco World Heritage enclave, said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow. He however said they must adhere to guidelines on conservation and preserving the properties.| Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 14, 2018

Govt to develop Tawau

As a new leader in Sabah, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Abdal said he wanted to see Tawau and Kalabakan become seafood and fruit hubs for the state and to have more furniture and wood factories. Shafie said he had directed the Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry to ensure Tawau became a seafood hub as there were many things to be exploited from its sea.

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A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 14, 2018, @ 19:00

Masjid India traders back claims of rent-seeking by ‘Pakatan’ members

Several traders at Jalan Masjid India here claimed people dressed as Pakatan Harapan members demanded inflated fees to ensure that lot allocations for a Ramadan bazaar were not revoked. During a walkabout organised by PKR Youth Setiawangsa Treasurer Muhammad Arif Safruddin today, the traders expressed anger and disappointment over the demand for up for 56 times the official rental rates stated by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

| Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Benefits | June 14, 2018, @ 17:58

Plus, LPT2 50 percent discount extended

To ensure a safer 'balik kampung' drive, the 50 percent discount on toll charges for Plus Highways and East Coast Highway 2 (LPT2) has been extended. Initially the discounts are from 12.01am on Wednesday (June 13) to 11.59pm on Thursday (June 14). | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | Reform | June 14, 2018, @ 16:49

Private member's bill to be submitted on prison reforms

A private member's bill on proposed reforms of Malaysia's prison system would be submitted during the upcoming Parliament session in July, said Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar. The PKR Vice President said Malaysian prisons and lock-ups were six decades old, with much of it inherited from the British. "I will also propose several suggestions to the Institutional Reforms Committee (IRC) on the prisons and lock-up facilities. The current system focuses on punitive action but does not give room for rehabilitation," she told the media. Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 14, 2018, @ 16:25

HRDF says already addressing allegations of abuse

The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) assured the public today that it was fully aware of the alleged misappropriation involving senior executives currently circulating online. The fund also pledged to examine these claims in detail and cooperate with all relevant bodies under the Human Resources Ministry that are tasked to investigate the matter.

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A New Malaysia | Opposition| June 14, 2018, @ 16:22

Mat Umno: Dr M throwing Umno a lifeline by not deregistering party

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad may have been giving Umno a chance to rebuild itself by not immediately deregistering the party, an Umno president hopeful believes. Entrepreneur and blogger Rahmat Azim Abdul Aziz, 46, said that Umno leaders should, therefore, take the chance to prove the party’s worth.| Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 14, 2018, @ 14:16

Unseal OSA on govt medical contracts, group tells Putrajaya

The Medical Practitioners Coalition Association (MPCAM) urged the government today to declassify all medical-related contracts after controversy broke over an industry insider’s claim of massive corruption in the supply of medicine amounting to billions of ringgit. Its president Dr Peter Chan Teck Hock said there were many agreements, including health screening for foreign workers, which had been sealed under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) and must be reviewed.| Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 14, 2018, @ 14:03

Mat Sabu pledges to expose previous government's misconducts in Defence Ministry

Defence Minister, Mohamad Sabu, has pledged to expose all alleged misconduct and malpractices in the Defence Ministry by the previous government if there is any truth to the claims. Mohamad, who is popularly known as Mat Sabu, said several issues related to the ministry had been raised previously, mainly on the procurement of military assets.

 | Read more > | NST