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June 30 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 30,2018, @ 20:45

Gobind calls for probe on MDEC project

Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo has called for an investigation in relation to a project by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). He said the move was important as the ministry had received questions pertaining to a project by MDEC that aims to develop the ecosystem and build a critical mass of talent pool in the Big Data Analytics category. "This project is known as ADAX," he said in a statement today.

 | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 30,2018, @ 18:29

MACC to call in top Umno leader for questioning

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will call in a top Umno leader for questioning over alleged misappropriation of funds from a foundation.

 | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 30,2018, @ 18:18

Taman Seri Molek Perdana apartment project scheduled for completion in March 2019

The Housing and Local Government Ministry today gave the assurance that the Taman Seri Molek Perdana Apartment project, which was left abandoned for five years since 2013, would be completed and ready for occupation in March next year. Its minister, Zuraida Kamaruddin said Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB), which had taken over the project, had also agreed to pay the Liquidated Ascertained Damages (LAD) for late delivery to the buyers concerned as provided under the sales agreement.

 | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDBJune 30, 2018, @ 16:25

Why freeze TAFF's bank account without notifying us, asks Tengku Puan Pahang

The bank account of the Tunku Azizah Fertility Foundation (TAFF) has been frozen without any notification or reason, claimed its founder Tengku Puan Pahang Tunku Azizah Maimunah Iskandariah. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 30, 2018, @ 13:30

Proposal to stop coastal development off Portuguese settlement on the cards, says Melaka exco

A proposal is to be made to the Melaka State Executive Council to stop a development project in Melaka coastal waters that is feared can tarnish the image of the nearby Portuguese Settlement as a world tourist destination.  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New PoliciesJune 30, 2018, @ 13:25

Gov't mulling amendments to human trafficking laws: Home Ministry

Malaysia's new government said on Saturday it is considering amending laws on human trafficking and migrant smuggling just days after the US State Department reported a lack of progress in the country's efforts to counter trafficking in the past year. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 30,2018, @ 12:21

Najib questions MACC's move to freeze Umno accounts

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has questioned the move to freeze Umno accounts in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) investigations.

The Pekan MP said if individuals were found to be involved, then the 1MDB task force should have frozen their accounts instead of Umno's. | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 30,2018, @ 09:44

Govt will continue to look after welfare of armed forces, ex-servicemen

The government will continue to look after the welfare of the members of the armed forces and ex-servicemen even though the country was now facing economic problems, said Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu.

 | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDBJune 30, 2018, @ 09:37

RM600m 'channelled' into Umno's account

THE freezing of Umno’s coffers at the central and state chapters has been linked to an alleged RM600 million that was deposited into the party’s account. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 30,2018, @ 09:30

KKMM focusing on extending telecommunication services to rural areas

Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said his ministry was focusing on providing telecommunications and high-speed broadband services in rural areas and villages in the country.

 | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 30,2018, @ 09:19

NS State Legislative Assembly service centres as venue to promote TVET mulled

Every State Legislative Assembly service centre in Negri Sembilan has been proposed to serve as the venue to promote Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) to students wishing to take up skills-based courses in the related fields. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 30,2018, @ 09:15

PH government GLC chiefs to be truly professional, not highly-paid: Tun M

The chief executives or directors of government-linked companies (GLCs) under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government will be from among those who are truly professional and they will not be paid high salaries, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said here. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 30, 2018, @ 09:11

Johor to reject investment detrimental to environment, says exco

Foreign and domestic green technology investors found to be detrimental to the state’s environment will be barred from investing in Johor.  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 30, 2018, @ 09:00

BN parties also received RM300m from 1MDB

Other Barisan Nasional (BN) parties also have received up to RM300 million originating from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) for the 2013 general election, according to a report.  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 30, 2018, @ 09:00

Groups meet Mat Sabu over Scorpene scandal, urge travel ban lift for French lawyer

C4 Centre and Suaram has briefed Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu on the ongoing French inquiry in the French court into the Scorpene corruption scandal, and are seeking the lifting of the previous administration’s entry ban on a French lawyer to Malaysia.  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promises | June 30, 2018

PH government asked to disburse promised allocation for Chinese schools

The Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government has been asked to disburse the RM50 million allocation approved under Budget 2018 for Chinese-medium schools. | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 30,2018, @ 08:35

More heads expected to roll in GLCs

Following the retirement of Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar as chairman of Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB), the attention is now directed towards the top officials in Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH) and Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT). | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 30, 2018

NRD must solve issue involving S’wakians still without MyKad’

A former parliamentarian is calling out to the government, specifically to the National Registration Department (JPN), to give serious attention to the issue concerning Sarawakians who are still without Mykad. | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 30,2018, @ 07:00

Maszlee: Decision to halt building SJKCs final

The decision to halt construction of the new Chinese vernacular schools (SJKCs) is final, said Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik. He said it was the official decision of the ministry and that construction of the primary schools will be based on national interests.

 | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Projects | June 30,2018, @ 07:00

Malaysia-Indonesia to revive car-producing joint venture

The Government has identified the companies to revive a joint venture collaboration between Malaysia and Indonesia to produce cars. | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 30,2018, @ 07:00

Envoys told to return to Malaysia

Several heads of mission appointed by the previous government have been told to relinquish their positions and return home. | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Budget | June 30, 2018, @ 01:00

RM2.98b needed to address floods in three Sabah districts, says Wong

An allocation totalling RM2.98 billion is required to address flood problems in three districts in Sabah, namely, in Penampang, Putatan and Kota Kinabalu.  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New PoliciesJune 30, 2018, @ 00:19

HR Ministry conducts National Labour Cost Survey

The Human Resources Ministry is carrying out the 2018 National Employment Returns Study and the 2017 National Labour Cost Survey to update the country’s labour profile and to identify the key indicator labour market. The ministry, in a statement, said the survey was conducted by the Institute of Labour Market Information and Analysis (ILMIA). | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 30,2018, @ 21:19

Tun M is now Yayasan Pelaburan Bumiputra chairman, Zeti to helm PNB

Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad has assumed the position of Yayasan Pelaburan Bumiputra (YPB) chairman with effect from June 28, while former central bank governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz has been appointed as Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) chairman effective July 1. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | OverhaulJune 29, 2018, @ 20:09

Dr M: Cabinet ministers involved in corruption will be dropped immediately

Cabinet ministers in the new government found to be involved in corruption and misappropriation will be dropped immediately, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 29, 2018, @ 20:00

ANAK lodges MACC report on Felda’s financial mismanagement

National Felda Settlers’ Children Association (ANAK) has lodged three reports with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over alleged financial mismanagement at the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) involving its former chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad and several other entities.  | Read more > | Malaymail

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June 29 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 29, 2018, @ 19:03

Wan Azizah warns 'Wakaf' managers over financial self-enrichment

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said today the managers of ‘wakaf’ (Islamic endowment) institutions must not tarnish the sanctity of these bodies by using them to enrich themselves financially. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 29,2018, @ 18:40

Acts amended to give spouse Socso coverage

Human Resource Minister M. Kulasegaran has approved the extension of social security protection to the spouse termed 'employee' in a husband-wife business

 | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 29,2018, @ 18:35

Govt mulls removal of death penalty, may see return of Sirul Azhar

The Government is considering whether to do away with the mandatory death penalty for criminal offences, said Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
 | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 29, 2018, @ 18:33

Flexible voluntary contribution for EPF members starting July 1

Effective July 1, Employees Provident Fund (EPF) members can contribute voluntarily to their accounts any amount they want. EPF explained that members who contribute voluntarily to their accounts either through the 1Malaysia Retirement Scheme (SP1M), self-contribution or the top-up savings contribution, would have the flexibility starting next month as the requirement to contribute a minimum RM50 at any one time is abolished.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 29,2018, @ 17:59

23 Health Ministry projects under previous govt categorised as 'sick'

Twenty-three projects belonging to the Health Ministry under the previous government have been categorised as "sick", said Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad. The Health Minister said the ministry viewed the matter seriously and measures would be put in place to ensure these projects were completed. These projects include the construction of hospitals and clinics.  | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 29, 2018, @ 17:57

Former Bank Negara governor to replace Wahid as PNB chairman

PNB said former Bank Negara Malaysia governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz would replace Wahid from July 1.

The country’s largest fund manager also announced that Wahid was also retiring as trustee of parent Yayasan Pelaburan Bumiputra (YBP). | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Projects | June 29,2018, @ 17:11

Mahathir indicates possibility of a Malaysia-Indonesia car

Visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad Friday spoke of the possibility of reviving the proposed project of a Malaysia-Indonesia car for the ASEAN market. He said the idea was brought up when he test-drove a Proton car in Malaysia in February 2015 with visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo sitting beside him | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 29, 2018, @ 16:59

PM: Govt may build schools for Indonesian children living legally in Sabah, Sarawak

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today the Malaysian government will look into building schools for Indonesian children whose parents have been living in Malaysia legally in Sabah and Sarawak.  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Budget | June 29, 2018, @ 16:59

Tabung Harapan nears RM131m mark

In the Ministry of Finance’s daily update, it stated the crowdfund has received 130,917,831.30 as of 3 pm.  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Budget | June 29,2018, @ 16:51

Malaysia to sell bling seized in ex-PM’s probe

Malaysia’s Government will sell much of the huge stash of jewellery and luxury goods, including diamond necklaces, tiaras and designer handbags that were seized in a money-laundering probe of former leader Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 29,2018, @ 16:40

Malacca to review sports fund allocation

The state government will review the system of fund-channelling or allocation for the state's sports associations for fairer and more systematic distribution.

 | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 29, 2018, @ 15:20

Melaka in talks with KAJ development to change artificial island status

The new Melaka state government is currently negotiating with the master developer of Melaka Gateway, KAJ Development Sdn Bhd, to change the freehold status of the 81-hectare (ha) man-made island to 99 years leasehold. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 29, 2018, @ 14:15

Parking in Selangor? You can pay using your smartphone from July 1

Motorists across five local councils in Selangor will be able to use their smartphones to pay for parking from Sunday.  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 29, 2018, @ 12:20

Perak penalises Sukma stadium contractor with RM1,650 daily fine for project delay

The contractor who failed to complete the Darul Ridzuan Badminton Arena for 2018 Malaysian Games (Sukma) on time will be fined RM1,650 per day until the official handover of the stadium to the state government.  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 29, 2018, @ 12:00

Selangor-owned firm to take over Kajang waste management

KDEB Waste Management Sdn Bhd (KDEBWB) will assume household garbage collection functions in the Kajang Municipal Council’s (MPKJ) administrative area starting July 1. Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari said the state-owned firm will provide waste collection and public cleaning services in 59 areas, starting in stages.  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 29, 2018, @ 11:59

We are government appointees, not political appointees: FGV chairman

Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd’s (FGV) board appointments are “government appointees, not political appointees,” its chairman Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid said. “We have met up with Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and he encourages FGV to do well. While we report to the Finance Minister, we are essentially answerable to FGV’s board and shareholders,” Azhar said after FGV shareholders’ meetings here today.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 29,2018, @ 11:39

1MDB sacks Arul Kanda two days before contract expires

1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) has sacked its president and chief executive officer Arul Kanda Kandasamy two days before the expiry of his contract. According to a report by The Edge, his termination letter was delivered to him on Thursday.

 | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 29,2018, @ 10:27

Maszlee: New PTPTN chief not a political appointee

The appointment of Wan Saiful Wan Jan as the new chairman of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN), was not a political appointment, said Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik. "The appointment of Wan Saiful, is not a political appointment," he said, adding that it was a "contingency plan" to save the situation and help settle the promise of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government on PTPTN loans.

 | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 29, 2018, @ 09:16

900 accounts linked to 1MDB frozen

THE Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has frozen about 900 accounts traced to that of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 29, 2018

Amendment to Sarawak Land Code discussed at State Cabinet — Abg Jo

The bill to amend the Sarawak Land Code (SLC) has been discussed at the State Cabinet. He said the amendment, to allow the term ‘pemakai menoa’ (native territorial domain) and ‘pulau galau’ (communal forest reserve) to be recognised and given the force of law, will be tabled at the sitting of State Legislative Assembly (DUN) next month. | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 29, 2018

Skybridge project not abandoned – contractor

Its managing director, Kandrix Ng C.S. said the project had reached almost 95 per cent completion but the company had only been paid 35 per cent of the RM31.5 million contract value. In other words, Petrofiq is still being owed RM20 million in outstanding payments. Ng said the company had approached the Public Private Partnership Unit (UKAS) under the Prime Minister’s Department to discuss the possibility of allocating the facilitation fund for the project directly to Petrofiq.

 | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 29,2018, @ 08:09

Dr M: Action can't be taken against Taib Mahmud as no formal complaint lodged

Action cannot be taken against Sarawak Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud for his alleged corrupt acts because no formal complaint has been lodged, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The Prime Minister said there was talk on the alleged corruption but no report has been lodged with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).  | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 29,2018, @ 08:07

'Meeting place' for 1MDB officials raided

A condominium unit that was used as a meeting place for officials of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was raided by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 29,2018, @ 08:00

Pakatan to kick out corrupt govt leaders

PRIME Minister Tun Dr Maha­thir Mohamad has warned that government leaders found to be corrupt and abusing their power will be shown the door.
 | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 29, 2018, @ 00:30

Dr M: Government has to wean people off ‘free money’, handouts

The new government needs to wean people off the corrupt practice of receiving “free money” and handouts, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said. “Malaysians have become exposed to this kind of corruption and are bribed with free money from the government to help them with their cost of living. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 29, 2018, @ 00:03

Any time soon, says Dr M on Najib's arrest

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he expect authorities to arrest former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak soon, over the alleged embezzlement of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 29,2018, @ 07:25

Najib's gardening contractor investigated over RM80m in govt contracts: MACC

A landscape contractor who undertook gardening work at the official residence of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, former Deputy by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and the premises of government agencies in Putrajaya is being investigated by the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for making false claims amounting to RM80 million. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 29,2018, @ 07:00

Dr Dzulkefly: RM848mil women and children’s health centre ready in 12 more weeks

The completion of the Women and Children Hospital (WCH) has been delayed by two years and the contractor promises to do so in 12 weeks, says Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad. The Health Minister said the hospital, built in the Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) grounds, would eventually be fully operational before the end of the year.
 | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 29,2018, @ 07:00

‘Sirul gave me a letter to pass to Dr M, says wants to tell all’

Former policeman Sirul Azhar Umar, who was convicted of murdering Altan­tuya Shariibuu, has written to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, says a former Umno division leader Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan. While its contents are unknown, Sirul has once again expressed his willingness to tell what really happened to the Mongolian beauty.  | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 29,2018, @ 07:00

Ministry to resolve gridlock at Singapore crossings

The Federal Government is committed to resolving the traffic congestion at both land crossings with Singapore, including coming up with a short-term plan within three months. Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the gridlock at both the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine complex (CIQ) here and at the Second Link had been going on since his time as mentri besar.
 | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 29, 2018, @ 01:00

Old-fashioned Malaysian education system needs revamp, says Dr M

The Malaysian education system is old-fashioned and needs to be revamped to ensure less dependence on teachers, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said. “I am aware that our education system is out of date and not suitable for the modern world. We are still too dependent on teachers but not all teachers are of the same strength. If students get a good teacher, then all is well. But if they get a weak teacher, then that’s where the problem starts.

  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 29, 2018, @ 01:00

Not difficult for children from mixed marriages to gain Malaysian citizenship, says Dr M

It is not difficult for children from mixed marriages, where one parent is a foreigner, to gain Malaysian citizenship, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said. This is provided the children meet the necessary requirements to qualify for it, Dr Mahathir explained.  | Read more > | Malaymail

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June 28 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 28,2018, @ 23:19

CAP calls for withdrawal of 700MHz spectrum awards

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) has called for the immediate withdrawal of the 700MHz spectrum awards to mobile phone operators and for the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to disclose the criteria used to allocate the bands and set the fees. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 28,2018, @ 23:19

Live broadcasts of state assembly proceedings in pipeline, says Johor speaker

The Johor government has plans to provide live broadcasts of its State Legislative Assembly proceedings to the people of the state | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 28,2018, @ 23:19

Chinese medium schools ordered to cease computer classes during school hours: Maszlee Malik

The Education Ministry has ordered Chinese medium schools to cease conducting computer classes during school hours as it contravenes several laws contained under the Education Act 1996 (Act 550). | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 28,2018, @ 22:53

Aset Kayamas sponsors World Cup final match broadcast

Real estate company Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd has agreed to provide a RM1.2 million sponsorship for the FIFA 2018 World Cup final match live broadcast programme for public viewing on July 15 in Kuala Lumpur, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New PoliciesJune 28, 2018, @ 23:06

MBPJ announces mandatory two-hour closure for 24-hour restaurants

All 24-hours eateries in Petaling Jaya must close for two hours, from 1am to 3am, to allow for clean-up work at their premises, Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) announced Wednesday. The new rule, excluding fast food outlets and those operating within another premises, will start from July 1. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | Opposition | June 28,2018, @ 21:47

Zahid trying to prove Umno's money is legitimate

Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi  assures that he is trying to prove that the party's money is legitimate and not involved in any money laundering activities.  | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 28, 2018, @ 21:19

Health Minister wants additional placements for doctors in government hospitals

The Health Ministry is asking the Civil Service Department to increase the number of doctors in government hospitals. Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said this was needed as doctors now were facing a huge workload at government hospitals.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New PoliciesJune 28, 2018, @ 20:07

Textbooks, activity books only 28 per cent school bags' weight

Textbooks and activity books contribute only 28 per cent of the weight of school bags of primary school students, according to the findings in a study, Weight of Primary School Students Bags 2017. The study also found that 72 per cent of the weight of the bags was from stationery, private work books, religious school or curricular activities uniforms, food and drinks, gadgets and the bag itself. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 28,2018, @ 19:46

Dr M: Malaysia welcomes skilled foreigners, may even give citizenship

The government welcomed foreigners with certain skills such as in IT to come and live in this country, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. "If the foreigners come with certain skills that we want, we would invite them to stay in this country and even become citizens if they want to," said the Prime Minister.​  | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 28, 2018, @ 19:42

HRDF forms Governance Oversight Committee comprising professionals

The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) has formed a Governance Oversight Committee, following HRDF’s annual general meeting today. Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran announced the appointment of 15 directors and five committee members.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 28, 2018, @ 19:26

Mavcom to look into claims of hidden charges by airlines: Loke

Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) has been tasked to check on airlines operators that impose hidden charges on its passengers, Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said today. He said the commission would look into the matter, adding that passengers should not be made to pay for hidden charges.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 28, 2018, @ 19:16

Asset declaration directive proof of transparency in government

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s directive for all members of the government administration including ministers, deputy ministers and political secretaries to declare their assets shows the transparency of the current government leadership, says Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner (Prevention) Datuk Shamshun Baharin Mohd Jamil.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 28, 2018, @ 18:55

MACC probing firm behind Seri Perdana landscaping projects

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is probing whether a landscape contractor made false claims totalling RM80 million in relation to several landscaping projects in Putrajaya. Sources said the projects involved the official residences of the prime minister and deputy prime minister as well as government offices around Putrajaya. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 28, 2018, @ 18:49

Overlapping 1MDB probe between cops and SC cleared, says former AG

There have been some overlaps regarding the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) probe between the police and the Securities Commission (SC), former Attorney-General Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman said. However, Abu Talib who also heads the Special Committee on 1MDB said, the issue have been settled. “Our jurisdiction is to ensure there is no overlapping on the investigation and they have to brief to us on the progress. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 28, 2018, @ 18:25

MCMC drops charges against Sivarasa over fake Najib poster

The Sessions court today acquitted and discharged Sungai Buloh MP R. Sivarasa from two charges of uploading a fake Time magazine cover of Datuk Seri Najib Razak on his Facebook page two years ago. Judge Zaman Mohd Noor meted out the ruling after the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission's (MCMC) deputy public prosecutor Mohd Sophian Zakaria told the court that it had withdrawn the charges against Sivarasa. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 28,2018, @ 18:25

Najib: I did not authorise public funds to buy diamonds, yacht, I have 'sterling record'

Former premier Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) has reiterated that he had no role in the alleged embezzlement of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds. The US Department of Justice claimed the funds were used to procure diamonds, properties, artwork, a superyacht and even bankroll an Oscar-nominated movie.  | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 28, 2018, @ 17:48

Owners initiate legal action to reclaim seized items, says former PM

Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said some of the items seized by police belong to relatives and various third parties who have initiated legal process to claim their items. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 28,2018, @ 17:45

Ahmad Zahid: MACC has frozen HQ and Selangor Umno's bank accounts

Umno vice president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has revealed that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has frozen the bank accounts of its headquarters and Selangor branch.
| Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 28, 2018, @ 17:15

Govt to relook at foreign worker policy, says Dr M

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said that the government is eyeing to put in place a proper policy for foreign workers. This, the prime minister said, would help address questionable manners with which they were being brought into the country. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 28, 2018, @ 17:10

New Trans-Pacific trade agreement should be debated in Parliament

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) should be reviewed and debated in the Parliament. Third World Network advisor Martin Khor said, he made the suggestion to the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) today as CPTPP has yet to be verified. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 28,2018, @ 17:03

MACC raids Jho Low's apartment in KL

Jho Low's apartment has been raided by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). A raiding team from MACC was spotted at a serviced apartment unit belonging to financier Low Taek Jho, who is better known as Jho Low.  | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 28, 2018, @ 16:13

It's confirmed! No more Ramadan, Deepavali bazaars at Masjid India, Lorong TAR

Despite objection from traders and associations, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is standing firm in its decision to stop the Ramadan and Deepavali bazaar operations at Masjid India and Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman (TAR) beginning next year. Mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz said the decision was due to the large number of complaints received from business operators. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 28, 2018, @ 16:00

Dr M tells Najib to ‘show evidence’ aide took RM10m in 2013

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad challenged Datuk Seri Najib Razak today to substantiate his claim that he gave an aide to the former RM10 million over five years ago.

 | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 28, 2018, @ 16:00

Transport Minister defends Mavcom after defunct airlines demand closure

All actions taken by the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) so far have been in line with existing rules and regulations, Transport Minister Anthony Loke said today.

This was in response to allegations brought forward by two privately-owned charter airlines, Eaglexpress Air Charter Sdn Bhd and Suasa Airlines Sdn Bhd, which demanded that Mavcom be shut down for hindering the growth of the local aviation industry.

 | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Projects | June 28, 2018, @ 15:40

Want a new LCCT? Submit new proposal, minister says

Any party that wants a new low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) constructed needs to formulate a fresh proposal to the Transport Ministry, Anthony Loke said today. The transport minister was responding to queries on a report by local daily theSun claiming that a proposal for a new LCCT was submitted to the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government by a company called Citaglobal Airports Sdn Bhd, which reportedly had the backing of local airline AirAsia. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 28,2018, @ 15:33

Mat Sabu: NS programme 'not a failure' but needs reviewing

The National Service (NS) programme, initiated during Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's first tenure as prime minister, will be reviewed, says Mohamad Sabu. News portal Free Malaysia Today reported the Defence Minister as saying that the programme "was not a complete failure" and would be reviewed to bring down costs and re-evaluate its efficacy.  | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 28, 2018, @ 15:30

DPM clarifies Opposition states will get rural development funds

Opposition states will also receive the RM100 million grant meant for the development of villages around the country, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail clarified today. However, she said the funding will be channeled to the state development offices (SDO) in those states, which fall under federal jurisdiction, instead of Umno division or branch offices.

 | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 28, 2018, @ 15:15

Malaysian soldiers in Saudi Arabia to return soon, says Mohamad Sabu

Malaysian soldiers in Saudi Arabia will be brought home soon, said Defence Minister, Mohamad Sabu. He said the decision was made during last week's Cabinet meeting, following Malaysia’s foreign policy of non-alignment and non-intervention of the world's major powers. “The Cabinet made the decision (to bring soldiers home) last week. We are waiting for the preparations carried out by the Armed Forces.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 28,2018, @ 15:13

Over 60 fire stations in poor condition nationwide

The Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry has identified more than 60 fire stations in dilapidated condition that requires upgrading and reconstruction at a new location throughout the country. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 28,2018, @ 15:13

Lee Boon Chye confirmed as deputy health minister

Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad confirmed today that Dr Lee Boon Chye has agreed to be his deputy. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 28, 2018, @ 15:10

Minister promises law revisions will protect media freedom

The Communications and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM) will take immediate steps to enhance the freedom and professionalism of government-owned entities Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) and the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama), said its minister Gobind Singh Deo. He said the government was also considering the establishment of a Media Council comprising media figures who would be responsible for coordinating ethical guidelines, as well as to deal with media related public complaints. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 28, 2018, @ 15:10

Ministry to issue new guidelines for lighter school bags

The Education Ministry will issue guidelines on how to reduce the weight of students’ school bags. Minister Maszlee Malik said a study was conducted on the bags of primary school students in 2017 in both urban and rural areas. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Budget | June 28,2018, @ 15:05

Substantial reduction of govt debt in next few months: PM Mahathir

The government is hopeful of a substantial reduction in the amount of government debt within the next few months, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said. He said since taking over as prime minister, his government had cancelled a number of costly projects which contributed to the overall debt reduction.

 | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 28,2018, @ 15:00

Five appointed to HRDF oversight committee

Five members have been appointed to the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) Governance Oversight Committee. The committee has been given the mandate to assist the HRDF board of directors and is tasked to look into issues raised by stakeholders.
 | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 28, 2018, @ 15:00

Others declined PTPTN chairman post, minister says in defending Wan Saiful

Education Minister Maszlee Malik has denied that the appointment of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) member Wan Saiful Wan Jan as the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) chairman was political. Maszlee said Wan Saiful, who failed to win a seat in the 14th general election, stepped forward to assume the role after several potential candidates declined to take up the post. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 28,2018, @ 15:00

249 auxiliary police units approved nationwide

A total of 249 auxiliary police units have been approved nationwide covering the government and private sector, statutory bodies, GLCs, and public universities, up to June 12 this year. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 28, 2018, @ 14:51

1,000 matriculation spots available for Chinese students: Maszlee

The Education Ministry today announced 1,000 additional matriculation spots for outstanding Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) Chinese students. Maszlee added that this offer would not affect the current Bumiputera quota at the ministry’s Kolej Matrikulasi.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 28, 2018, @ 14:30

Mat Sabu now says govt rethinking abolishing NSC Act

Despite its electoral promise to do away with the National Security Council (NSC) Act 2016, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government may be keeping the controversial law. “We are looking to review, because NSC actually is a good vehicle, especially for government officers to serve the government.

 | Read more > | Malaymail

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A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 27,2018, @ 21:34

Najib: Dr M’s aide took RM10mil cash from me for GE13 in 2013

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) has alleged that “one of Mahathir's people” collected RM10mil in cash from him for the 13th general election back in 2013. In an exclusive interview with Malaysiakini, the former premier described the person, who is a well-known swimmer, as one of the prime minister’s trusted aides.

 | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 27, 2018, @ 20:30

Nine historical KL laneways to get facelift

Nine laneways in downtown Kuala Lumpur will be rejuvenated as part of a RM300,000 revamping programme by the KL City Hall (DBKL) and Think City.  |  Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 27, 2018, @ 20:30

Minister: RM100m to be set aside for village development grants

The Rural Development Ministry will set aside RM100 million annually for grants dedicated to programmes for the wellbeing and happiness (keceriaan) of villages. However, minister Rina Mohd Harun said the grants are limited to villages in Paktan Harapan (PH) states for the time being. |  Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 27,2018, @ 19:33

CEP meets with mufti, religious leaders

The Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) today met with several mufti, as well as Islamic religious leaders and organisations to get their views on issues involving the religion in the country. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 27,2018, @ 19:17

Melaka local councils to stop awarding contracts to those linked to politicians

Four local councils in Melaka will stop awarding new contracts to politicians, town councillors and other political appointees and their close family members, with immediate effect. State Housing, Local Government and Environment committee chairman Tey Kok Kiew (pic) said the prohibition in tendering for contracts covered 11 state executive councillors (excos), 88 town councillors as well as political appointees and their close family members.

 | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 27, 2018, @ 18:55

1Malaysia Clinic to be rebranded as Community Clinic - Health Minister

The 1Malaysia Clinic will be rebranded as Community Clinic with its operations and premises would be upgraded by end of the year, said Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad. He said the upgrade, which would be carried out in phases, would see medical and pharmaceutical officers to be placed at the premises.

He said an audit study would be carried out prior to the upgrade works to determine on the suitability of the clinic locations nationwide. “All the 346 1Malaysia Clinics would be audited. We will close down clinics that receive less than 50 patients daily. The ministry will review 1Malaysia Clinic’s operations according to the locations and the effectiveness of it services. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 27, 2018, @ 18:43

No plans to implement cash-for-clunkers programme: Loke

The Transport Ministry will not be implementing any cash-for-clunkers programme in the near future. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 27, 2018, @ 18:30

Foreign workers’ employment system: No room for abuse, Bestinet insists

Bestinet, the company that runs the Foreign Workers Centralised Management System (FWCMS) to register foreign workers in Malaysia — has reiterated there was no way for cheating or human trafficking to occur through the online system. |  Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 27, 2018, @ 18:30

Salahuddin: Inter-ministerial committee to discuss breaking rice industry monopoly

A committee comprising six Cabinet ministers will meet next month to discuss how to free rice imports from Bernas’ monopoly, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Salahuddin Ayub said today. He said a meeting slated for July 17 headed by Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali would see them work to formulate a new model for the rice import industry.

 |  Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 27, 2018, @ 17:53

Negri Sembilan to launch food bank tonight

With the worrisome number of children and adolescent on the streets, the Negri Sembilan state government will launch its own ‘Food Bank’ which aims to help provide food for the homeless and the needy in the state. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 27,2018, @ 17:09

Loke: E-hailing won't be banned, but regulated to ensure fairness for taxis too

The Government will not ban e-hailing (or e-taxi) services, despite calls from several quarters particularly taxi driver groups. | Read more >  | TheStar

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 27, 2018, @ 17:00

Ali Rustam to resign as PUNB chairman

Perbadanan Usahawanan Nasional Bhd (PUNB) Chairman Tan Sri Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam has resigned from the board, effective June 25, 2018, after assuming the position on August 1, 2013.|  Read more > | Malaymail

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 27, 2018, @ 12:30

Police to call on Najib, Rosmah and their ‘gift givers’ next in 1MDB probe

Datuk Seri Najib Razak, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and their alleged “gift givers” will be called in soon for police questioning as investigations into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) corruption scandal ramps up.  |  Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 27,2018, @ 12:25

Managing director, lawyer remanded over Sarawak schools solar panel project

A 59-year-old company managing director and a 30-year-old lawyer have been remanded in connection with the solar panel project for schools in Sarawak.

The duo will be under the custody of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for six days until July 2.

 | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 27,2018, @ 12:03

HRDF funds used to take on Mahathir

A staggering RM4 million was used to stage a mega-concert held at Dataran Lang in Langkawi on the eve of the 14th General Election on May 8. That money came partly from the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF), veteran journalist R. Nadeswaran said in his column today. HRDF contribution was part of a huge war chest for BN’s GE14 campaign. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 27, 2018, @ 12:00

Report: Minister says Putrajaya mulling RTM-Bernama merger

The government could consolidate the functions of state broadcaster RTM and state news agency Bernama for cost savings, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 27, 2018, @ 11:44

Police: Total value of seized items in 1MDB probe around RM1.1b

The jewellery seized from a series of police raids in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya over the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) probe has been estimated to be worth RM880 million. The most valuable item from the 12,000 pieces of jewellery seized was a white gold diamond necklace, valued at RM6.4 million. The total value of all the seized items related to the probe stands between RM900 million and RM1.1 billion.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 27,2018, @ 10:57

Third Sepang airport dashed by BN’s GE14 defeat?

An Umno politician's grand plan to build a third airport in Sepang was dashed by the defeat of Barisan Nasional (BN) in the 14th General Election (GE14). The politician was described as a "close confidante" of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of the embattled former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, by a news portal today. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 27,2018, @ 08:46

Special document for migrant plantation workers in Sabah

The Sabah government is to issue a special document for migrant workers in the state plantation sector. Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pix) said the document would help solve the shortage of workers in that sector in the state. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 27,2018, @ 08:31

Tycoon Vincent Tan to divest entire stake in T7 Global to end ECRL controversy

Berjaya Corp Bhd founder and executive chairman Tan Sri Vincent Tan has decided to divest his entire stake in Malaysia-based international oil and gas industry service provider T7 Global Bhd because of speculation linking him and the company to the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL). | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 27,2018, @ 07:45

Dr M: Govt looking to replace ringgit notes with new ones

The government is looking to replace the current currency notes with new ones to combat corruption. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said in an interview with Channel NewsAsia that there could be a change in the currency or go cashless to combat corruption.

 | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 27,2018, @ 07:45

Drop in PTPTN repayments

There has been a drop in the average monthly collection by National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) this year. PTPTN chairman Wan Saiful Wan Jan said the drop began in January 2018, about the same time Pakatan Harapan released its manifesto for the 14th General Election. “Last time, the average monthly loan collection was more than RM300mil per month but since January, the monthly collection has not exceeded RM300mil and has dropped to only RM200.45mil in May,” he said at the PTPTN office here yesterday.

 | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 27,2018, @ 07:00

Ministry seeks to relax housing loan rules

The Housing and Local Government Ministry is talking to the Finance Ministry and Bank Negara Malaysia on relaxing housing loan guidelines for first-time house buyers. | Read more >  | TheStar

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A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 26, 2018, @ 22:14

ADAM50 may be discontinued

The government will review the Amanah Dana Anak Malaysia 2050 (ADAM50) in light of the country's current debt predicament. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said she would discuss the matter with the Finance Ministry in the near future on whether the scheme would be axed or continued. "I will discuss with Finance Minister (Lim Guan Eng) as it involves funds and the country is facing the financial burden.  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 26, 2018, @ 20:55

Police press conference tomorrow on items seized from Najib's residence

Questions on the exact value of the items seized from the residence of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the Pavilion Residences Apartment are expected to be answered tomorrow.  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 26, 2018, @ 20:00

Justo meets MACC again

Xavier Andre Justo is back in Malaysia to help with the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) investigation, a report said tonight.  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 26, 2018, @ 20:00

Mavcom rebuts two defunct airlines demanding its shutdown

The Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) said today its responsibility was to protect consumers, after two airlines that broke aviation regulations called for the commission’s closure.  Mavcom, which regulates civil aviation, pointed out that Suasa Airlines was fined RM380,000 in January 2017 after pleading guilty to operating without a valid air service permit (ASP), while Eaglexpress failed in August 2017 to get a judicial review of Mavcom’s decision to revoke its ASP after it failed to meet certain requirements. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 26,2018, @ 19:55

Parents Day will be celebrated on first Sunday in July: Wan Azizah

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail today announced that the annual Parents Day will be celebrated on the first Sunday in July. Wan Azizah, who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister said the Mother's Day and Father's Day that were previously celebrated on different dates, would now be merged as one celebration.

 | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 26,2018, @ 19:11

Catamarans may replace Penang ferries

Penang will witness a revolutionary change in its public transport mode soon with the proposal by Rapid Ferry Sdn Bhd to replace the ageing fleet of cross-channel ferries with modern twin-hull hi-speed catamarans and the possibility of providing dedicated lanes for the Rapid Penang stage buses to ply certain areas of the state.

 | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 26, 2018, @ 18:40

Ministry plans to build housing for B40 at Highland Towers site - Zuraida

The Housing and Local Government Ministry plans to build a housing project for the B40 group at the site of the Highland Towers condominium which collapsed 25 years ago, said its minister, Zuraida Kamaruddin. She said the proposed plan could be implemented only after the affected land had been acquired and legal issues, as well as with buyers of the condominium units, had been resolved.  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 26, 2018, @ 18:15

Reduce dependence on imported vegetable seeds - Salahuddin

The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry is committed towards developing a technology that will reduce the country’s agriculture sector on imported vegetable seeds.  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 26,2018, @ 18:19

Govt to focus 3Es approach to reduce road accident

The Government will continue to focus on empowering the 3Es (Engineering, Enforcement and Education) approach to reduce road accidents.| Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 26, 2018, @ 17:58

Taxi, E-hailing drivers still reluctant to contribute to socso - Kulasegaran

The government has expressed disappointment over the attitude of the taxi and e-hailing drivers who are still reluctant to making contribution to the Social Security Organisation (Socso). Human Resource Minister M. Kulasegaran said from almost 90,000 taxi and e-hailing drivers, only 4,231 of them have taken up the Self-Employment Social Security Scheme (SPS) as of April 2018.  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 26, 2018

Ban on log exports caps billion ringgit leakages – Shafie

Sabah’s ban on log exports caps billions of ringgit leakages and attracts foreign interest that nurtures state industrialization, said Chief Minister Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal.  | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 26, 2018, @ 15:50

Muhyiddin: Police task forces may be disbanded

The Home Ministry is looking to disband a few Bukit Aman task forces as part of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) restructuring efforts, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 26, 2018, @ 15:47

IGP says STING, STAGG, Stafoc on chopping block amid police force reshuffle

Three elite police task forces introduced during the Najib administration are expected to be dismantled soon. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun told reporters today that the three that were proposed to be disbanded were the Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group (STING), Special Task Force for Anti-vice, Gaming and Gangsterism (STAGG) and the Special Task Force on Organised Crime (Stafoc).

| Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 26, 2018, @ 15:40

Dr M: Anwar not in government, can say what he wants

Pakatan Harapan de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is entitled to his opinions about the government just like any other member of the public, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The PM was responding to a Channel News Asia interviewer’s question on whether Anwar’s criticism of Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng over sensational statements would cause friction within his administration. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 26,2018, @ 15:39

Mahathir raises option of changing currency

Malaysia can change its currency or go cashless to combat corruption, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today. He did not provide details but said it was something that required detailed study.

 | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 26, 2018, @ 15:20

Pro-Malay economic policies still needed - PM

Pro-Malay economic policies will remain to help prevent conflicts of interest with the more affluent ethnic groups like the Chinese. In an interview with Channel NewsAsia yesterday, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said there were aspects that needed to be looked into especially in terms of financial feasibility. However, he said it did not mean that the interests of other races would be sidelined.  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | GE Promises | June 26, 2018, @ 14:53

Over 400,000 PTPTN loan defaulters removed from travel blacklist

More than 400,000 National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan defaulters have been removed from the Immigration Department travel blacklist. Newly appointed PTPTN chairman Wan Saiful Wan Jan said the entire exercise to "white list" the 429,945 borrowers was completed on June 8, a week earlier than scheduled.

| Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 26,2018, @ 14:42

Malaysia mulls new state-of-the-art command centre for disaster management

The government is considering having a new state-of-the-art command centre to better coordinate aid during disasters, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said today. The Deputy Prime Minister said the centre would be spearheaded by the National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA). | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 26, 2018, @ 11:11

Health Ministry mulls pooled procurement for medicines

The Health Ministry is looking into the possibility of implementing a pooled procurement mechanism for essential medicines to address the issue of monopoly that could increase the cost of drugs supplied to government hospitals nationwide. Its Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the pooled procurement concept for pharmaceuticals could increase the bargaining power of the purchasers and would thus see a reduction in prices of medicines.

  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 26, 2018, @ 11:00

Ex-Terengganu MB Ahmad Said arrives at MACC over 1MDB probe

Former Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said has arrived at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission here to give a statement on alleged corruption believed to be related to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).   | Read more >  | TheStar


A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 26,2018, @ 10:50

Cabinet to be sworn in on Monday after King’s consent

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V has given his consent to the full Cabinet list submitted by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad last week, with the swearing-in ceremony to be held next Monday. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

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

BN senators to support govt bills

Barisan Nasional (BN) senators will be told to support all bills passed by the Dewan Rakyat beneficial to the people when Parliament reconvenes on July 16. Malaysian Senators Council (MSC) president Datuk Seri Khairudin E.S. Abd Samad said the message would be conveyed to all BN members of the upper house a day before the sitting. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 26, 2018, @ 10:11

Asri Hamidon is new 1MDB chairman

The Board of Directors of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) has announced the appointment of Datuk Asri Hamidon as the new chairman of the Company, effective June 25, 2018. He is also currently the Deputy Secretary-General overseeing government investment at the Treasury.  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 26, 2018, @ 09:30

After backlash over foreign cook ban, minister says will conduct town hall meets

Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran said today that his ministry will be conducting town hall sessions with various stakeholders to gauge feedback on the proposal to ban foreign cooks. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 26, 2018, @ 09:10

KPMG: Audited 1MDB reports between 2010 and 2012 were inaccurate

KPMG Malaysia, the former auditors for 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), has found that the financial statements it audited between 2010 and 2012 are inaccurate after analysing the declassified Auditor-General's report on 1MDB. | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 26, 2018, @ 07:55

Singapore, Malaysia must comply fully with 1962 water agreement, says MFA

Singapore has reiterated that both Malaysia and the Republic have to adhere fully to the 1962 water agreement, after Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad criticised the price of raw water sold to Singapore as “ridiculous” and said he planned to renegotiate the pact’s terms. | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 26,2018, @ 07:50

PPBM to spread its wings to Sarawak

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) plans to make inroads into Sarawak to expand its political influence there, its chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 26,2018, @ 07:44

Muhyiddin wants detailed report on Siti Kasim's case

Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today urged Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun to give him a detailed report on the incident involving lawyer and activist Siti Zabedah Kasim, who is better known as Siti Kasim, before taking any action. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 26,2018, @ 07:00

Penang aims to be smoke-free

Penang will be a smoke-free state in five years if everything goes according to plan. State Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin said he proposed for smoking to be banned in all public areas.

 | Read more >  | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 26,2018, @ 07:00

Sabah GLCs likely to be downsized

Sabah’s government linked-companies may be downsized to reduce wastage of state funds and in the effort to maximise profits, said Chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal. | Read more >  | TheStar

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A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 25,2018, @ 23:57

Penang will pay for Sungai Muda water extract if necessary: Chow

The Penang government will study the need to pay compensation to Kedah if the logging licences in Ulu Muda are withdrawn. Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said Penang extracted water from Sungai Muda on the Penang side which was its constitutional right. He said, under international rights, any state had the right to get water from within its own borders and this would not be a problem. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 25, 2018, @ 21:09

PM says he has no knowledge of Vincent Tan, T7 Global link

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said he was not aware tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan was a shareholder of T7 Global Berhad. In saying this, Dr Mahathir remarked that he could not comment when asked about T7 Global and its alleged ties to the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project.  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 25, 2018, @ 21:30

Dr M denies Vincent Tan prompted rethink of ECRL cancellation

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad denied today claims that his government had decided against scrapping the East Coast Rail Line project because his friend Tan Sri Vincent Tan has a stake in it. Dr Mahathir said he has no knowledge of Tan’s involvement, and maintained that the decision to keep the project going for now was purely a fiscal policy decision.

 | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 25, 2018, @ 21:30

Putrajaya negotiating with Geely, Proton to have locals supply parts

Putrajaya is currently in talks with Proton’s Chinese owners to have Malaysians supply components for its cars, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today. Negotiations will also look into possible joint ventures between Chinese and Malaysian suppliers, said Dr Mahathir, adding that the main objective of the talks is to ensure locals stay involved with the carmaker.

 | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 25, 2018, @ 21:30

Chinese statement by finance minister ‘just an honest mistake’, says Dr M

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today he saw no issue with Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng publishing an official statement in Chinese, saying his Cabinet colleague had made “a mistake”. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 25, 2018, @ 16:30

Under fire, DAP defends Guan Eng’s official statement in Chinese

The decision by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng to issue an official statement in the Chinese language is meant for convenient information transfer between government agencies and the media, said Tras assemblyman Chow Yu Hui.  | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 25, 2018, @ 16:10

Tabung Harapan breaches RM100m mark

Tabung Harapan Malaysia reached a historic landmark today, collecting over RM100 million less than one month after it was launched. According to the Ministry of Finance, the crowdfunding has received RM108,215,946.39 as at 3 pm today.

 | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 25, 2018, @ 16:10

Minister: NFC scandal probe in cops, MACC’s hands

Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Salahuddin Ayub announced today that the police and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) have reopened their probe on the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) scandal.

 | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 25, 2018, @ 16:13

3 development projects on land owned by RAC approved through direct negotiation under previous government to be reviewed

Transport Minister Anthony Loke has called for a review of three development projects on land owned by Railway Assets Corporation (RAC) that were approved through direct negotiation under the previous government. Loke said the three projects on 13.7ha land were in Pudu, Bangsar and Batu Tiga and worth millions. “Under the previous government, the approval was given in principle.  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 25,2018, @ 15:57

TRX City lodges police report over funds transfer to 1MDB

TRX City Sdn Bhd (TRXC) lodged a police report last Friday with regards to the transfer of TRXC's funds to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). "A total of about RM3 billion was transferred from TRXC to 1MDB between mid-2012 to early 2017, when it was a subsidiary of 1MDB, on the understanding that it would be subsequently repaid to TRXC." | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | Opposition |June 25, 2018, @ 15:43

Ku Li: Umno’s billion-ringgit assets enough to fund party activities

Umno has assets worth billions of ringgit which should be sufficient to fund its activities at all levels, said party veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.  “Umno has assets including in prime areas all over the country. “We have our own offices in the states and divisions which were now strategically located as these were acquired way back in the 1960s and 70s.   | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul |June 25, 2018, @ 15:37

Govt mulls launching probe into Maika scandal, says Kula

The Pakatan Harapan Government is considering whether to launch fresh investigations into the Maika Holdings scandal, which saw more than RM100mil cheated from the Malaysian Indian community, said M. Kulasegaran.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 25,2018, @ 15:41

MACC records statements over Finas’ use of govt funds

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has recorded statements from several individuals over an investigation into several questionable financial allocations by the National Film Development Corporation (Finas) for 2017. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB | June 25,2018, @ 15:31

Najib’s former aide remanded in 1MDB probe

A Datuk, who was a special officer to ex-prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, has been remanded over investigations into the scandal-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | June 25, 2018, @ 15:31

Aug 28 hearing of an application in Dr Mahathir's suit to nullify RCI's findings

Lawyers representing Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad in his lawsuit to nullify the Royal Commission of Inquiry’s (RCI) findings on Bank Negara’s foreign exchange losses in the 1990s are still waiting for instruction whether to continue or withdraw the suit. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies |June 25, 2018, @ 15:28

Dr Dzulkefly says he will be more resourceful in finding funds for Health Ministry

Given the financial constraints of the country, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad says he will be more resourceful in finding other means of financing for the Health Ministry. 

"I want to see an incremental increase in the yearly budget allocation to the Health Ministry.  "I will be very realistic about this and will not be too pushy, but if worse comes to worse, and I don't get the resources, then I have to be more resourceful in finding other means of financing.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 25, 2018

No more TAED: City Hall to retake possession of Tg Aru Beach and Prince Philip Park

The land title for the Tanjung Aru Eco Development (TAED) project will be transferred back to the Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) for new upgrading works for Tanjung Aru Beach and Prince Philip Park, said Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Junz Wong.  | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 25, 2018

Sandakan bus terminal contractors may face legal action

Contractors and engineers responsible for utilizing cheap materials and making unprofessional decision to get more profit when constructing the Sandakan Integrated Bus Terminal may face legal action, said Elopura assemblyman Calvin Chong. Chong said that after he had looked into the cost of the project which was initiated six years ago, he found that the project had used about RM27.4 million in cost. | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 25, 2018, @ 13:37

Gov't to help increase paddy farmers' income while reducing subsidies

The government is mulling over reducing subsidies for paddy farmers, while at the same time increasing their income through the production of other types of crops. Farmers’ Organisation Authority (FOA) director-general Hamzah Bahari said the suggestion to reduce the current RM2,600 subsidy per hectare was made because at the moment, the amount of paddy production is not commensurate with the amount of subsidies given by the government.  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | June 25, 2018, @ 12:10

Dr M revives Singapore water dispute, takes swipe at Trump

Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has revived the muscular foreign policy that characterised his first stint in power, seeking to renegotiate a longstanding water supply agreement with Singapore and taking shots at both the US and China. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Overhaul | June 25,2018, @ 10:41

1,000 in money-laundering probe: Report

Malaysia's clean-up act has deepened with 1,000 names being investigated for money laundering. The parties being investigated include embattled former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, and the wider Razak clan. The list also includes a number of Barisan Nasional (BN) politicians suspected to have been paid with the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) monies found in Najib's bank accounts, top civil servants, businessmen and lawyers, a news portal reported today.

 | Read more > | SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies |June 25, 2018, @ 07:00

Banning of plastic straws on the cards

Penang government is looking into banning plastic straws and single-use plastics, such as plastic lids and cups.  | Read more > | TheStar