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A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 29, 2018

PKR Baram urges authorities to re-open investigation into alleged corruption involving Taib

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Baram today lodged a police report against the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, urging the authorities to re-open the investigation into the alleged corruption involving Taib. “When Pakatan Harapan (PH) took over the government, the Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad wanted us to produce evidence for a new investigation to be opened against Taib. “A lot of (news) articles and reports have been written pertaining to the alleged corruption,” he said.

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A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 29, 2018 @ 22:10

Cops likely to halt ‘fake news’ probe against Dr M

The police said today they will likely not pursue the investigation against Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for allegedly spreading fake news, a case that happened before he became prime minister. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the decision was based on a statement made by the Langkawi MP.| Read more > |   Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 29, 2018 @ 21:41

Back your claims with proof, says Dr M

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has asked detractors to provide proof of the alleged losses that the country would incur following the cancellation of the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 29, 2018 @ 21:19

Decision to keep or axe HSR project not yet discussed in Cabinet meeting

The decision on whether or not the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project would be dropped has not been discussed in the Cabinet meeting. Transport Minister Anthony Loke said the matter would be brought up in tomorrow's Cabinet meeting. "We must ask the Prime Minister (on whether the decision to drop the project is final).

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A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 29, 2018 @ 21:17

Dr M unapologetic over claims of authoritarian 22-year rule, Financial Times reports

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad refused to apologise over claims of building an authoritarian regime during his 22-year tenure as the nation's fourth Prime Minister, Financial Times reports.  In an May 28 interview, Dr Mahathir was reluctant to acknowledge his role in building a flawed political system that led to systematic power abuse during former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's administration.“When I was in power, I was no authoritarian,” Dr Mahathir said, dismissing his pre-election public apology for politeness and “Malay custom”. “The fact is that people say I did something wrong. I do not agree with them,” he was quoted as saying. 

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A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 29, 2018 @ 18:40

EC: GE14 results gazetted yesterday

The results of the 14th general election (GE14) were gazetted yesterday, according to the Election Commission. In a statement here today, the EC said it was in accordance with Regulation 27 of the Elections (Conduct of Elections) Regulations 1981, namely the publication of results and statement of the polls in the Gazette. It said anyone dissatisfied with the GE14 results could file a petition within 21 days from the date the results were published in the Gazette, in accordance with the provisions of Section 38 of the Election Offences Act 1954 (Act 5).. | Read more > |   Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 29, 2018 @ 18:40

Mukhriz agrees to disagree with Rafizi over Dr M factor in GE14

Mukhriz said Rafizi should not question the winning factor but instead accept the fact that victory was achieved and several states have formed the government. “We feel that the question over the winning factor should no longer arise as the results are already known and the government has been formed. As such, it is not necessary to bring up these issues. | Read more > |   Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | Opposition | May 29, 2018 @ 17:31

Government making big mistake by cancelling HSR, says Rahman Dahlan

The government is making a big mistake by cancelling the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project, Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications Unit chief Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said. Abdul Rahman said Malaysia would lose an estimated RM209 billion in gross national income (GNI) contribution and also the potential to create 70,000 jobs if the HSR was called off. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 29, 2018 @ 16:40

Shafie: Special privileges given to timber concessionaires at expense of Yayasan Sabah

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal today said the state government decided to ban the export of timber and review all timber concessionaires because there were certain ‘exclusive operators’ who were profiteering from Sabah’s logs at the expense of Yayasan Sabah. Shafie, who is Yayasan Sabah Chairman, defined these ‘exclusive operators’ as companies that enjoyed ‘special privileges’ from the previous government and former chief minister which involved the extraction of logs, their purchase and the privilege of exporting them at high prices while Yayasan Sabah received a pittance of the profits.

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A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 29, 2018

Logs export ban stays, says Shafie

No exceptions will be made on the ban for the export of round logs which will remain in place till certain issues are settled. He said he will not entertain any lobbying from any quarter and the decision to impose the ban on logs, which is temporary, was endorsed at the State Cabinet meeting on Monday. “The ban could be temporary or it could be long term, and the matter will be studied thoroughly. I am all for our logs to be processed locally so that legal sawmills can operate and provide sawn timber and other value-added products, which in turn would create more job opportunities.” | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | Opposition | May 29, 2018 @ 14:02

BN to Govt: Don’t sell stake in Petronas

Barisan Nasional opposes any suggestion for the Government to dispose part of its stake in Petronas in order to pay off the country's debts. In a statement issued Tuesday (May 29), Umno headquarters' strategic communications unit said that the Government should instead think of ways to increase the Petronas' performance within and outside the country rather than take the easy way out. “Barisan Nasional and Umno do not agree with any reason whatsoever if the Government plans to sell 25% of its holdings in Petronas to settle debts which have been politicised,” it said.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 29, 2018 @ 14:23

Uthayakumar, not Hindraf, issued demands, says Waytha

Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) has denied sending any demands to the Institutional Reforms Committee (IRC) and has claimed that P. Uthayakumar is not part of it. "Hindraf wishes to clarify we did not send any demands to Pakatan Harapan Government, Council of Elders or the Institutional Reform Committee," Hindraf chariman P. Waytha Moorthy said today. It was reported yesterday that Hindraf 2.0 under the leadership of Uthayakumar had submitted 25 demands to the IRC to improve the lives and livelihood of the bottom 75% (B75) of the Indian community. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 29, 2018 @ 14:02

Kulasegaran: Malaysians have the right to choose how they make a living

"The main issue is that salaries offered are too low. A lot of jobs do not pay well so it doesn't attract people. An initial study showed that since the implementation of the minimum wage, more people are coming back to work here," he said. Kulasegaran was asked to comment about the perception that locals were not willing to take certain jobs and the need for foreign workers to fill these positions. Last week, he said that the ministry would review the country's policy towards foreign workers, which would allow their employment out of necessity but priority would be given to locals..| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 29, 2018 @ 09:25

Cheating cost PH a large number of seats in GE14

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and other Pakatan Harapan (PH) parties lost a large number of seats due to cheating during the recent general election, said its chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He said the party lost some seats when all of a sudden new ballot boxes appeared. He said this happened although the party was in the lead. "The number of spoilt votes were also alarming because they numbered between 700 and 800 in some instances. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 29, 2018 @ 08:15

Dr Wan Azizah: Race still a factor, but new govt aims to move beyond it

Appointing an ethnic Chinese as Finance Minister — “one of the most senior, most important” ministries — shows just how serious the new Malaysian government is about turning the page on race-based politics, newly-minted Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail told TODAY. She is, however, realistic about the tough task ahead. “We do want to change, (but) because the majority are Malays, that probably has to be addressed,” said the 65-year-old, who is also the Women and Family Development Minister.  | Read more > |   Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 29, 2018 @ 08:12

S'pore not yet officially notified on HSR cancellation

Singapore has yet to receive an official notification from Malaysia on the plan to scrap the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project, said the republic's Ministry of Transport on Monday. "We had agreed to proceed with the HSR project based on mutual benefits and obligations set out in the HSR bilateral agreement. We will wait for official communication from Malaysia," the ministry's spokesperson said in an email reply to Bernama.

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A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 29, 2018 @ 07:30

Johor may axe two big tourism plans

The state government may cancel two mega tourism projects worth more than RM3bil, say sources close to the administration. The first project, valued at RM2.7bil, is an eco-entertainment park near the Yayasan Pelajaran Johor campus in Kota Tinggi. The second project was supposed to be the world’s first science fiction theme park called Sci-Fi Universe at a cost of RM400mil. .| Read more > | TheStar

Day 18, May 28, 2018

Forming The New Govt | News (May 28)

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 28, 2018 @ 23:57

UiTM alumni against the varsity being opened to all races

The Universiti Teknologi MARA Alumni Association (PAUiTM), is against opening the institute of higher learning to all races. The alumni which represents 700,000 UiTM alumni nationwide said it took a serious view of the demands from Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF 2.0) which among others urged the opening of the university for all races. “PAUiTM stands firmly and is unanimously against any attempt to open UiTM entry to all races.| Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 28, 2018 @ 23:52

It wasn't the 'Mahathir Factor' afterall, says survey

The popularity of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was not the main reason behind Pakatan Harapan (PH) winning the 14th General Election (GE14).

PKR vice president Rafizi Ramli said, on the contrary, it was the bread and butter issue coupled with the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) by the Barisan Nasional (BN) government that resulted in PH successfully making its way to Putrajaya. The former Pandan parliamentarian said this was proven based on a post-GE14 survey conducted by Invoke Malaysia in which they found voters to have been more affected by these two issues compared to loyalty to Dr Mahathir. Rafizi added that the poor performance of the Dr Mahathir led Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) in Kedah also served as proof that the 92-year-old politician was not the deciding factor in PH's success.

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A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 28, 2018

Reforms and structural changes in state’s administration – Shafie

Reforms and structural changes will be done in the state’s administration, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.. | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 28, 2018 @ 19:58

Civil servants to get Aidilfitri bonus, PM confirms

The government will pay a bonus to the country’s 1.6 million civil servants in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today. Dr Mahathir, however, said the quantum of the bonus was still undecided.

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A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 28, 2018 @ 19:21

Dr M: Cabinet 2.0 finalised soon

The remaining Cabinet line-up is expected to be announced soon, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. | Read more > |   Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 28, 2018 @ 19:07

Full report on MH370 search will be made public, says Anthony Loke

The government pledged to fully disclose the full and final report on the search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 and ensured that it will not hide anything from its findings. Transport Minister, Anthony Loke said the US-based seafront exploration company, Ocean Infinity Limited had requested time until tomorrow for it to conclude its undersea search for the missing plane. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 28, 2018 @ 19:03

Dr M confirms high-speed rail project with Singapore to be scrapped

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has confirmed that the High-Speed Rail (HSR) project with Singapore will be scrapped. The Prime Minister said that the Government had to talk to Singapore about it and the compensation that needed to be paid.   The HSR is a 350-km railway scheme linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and is expected to start operations from 2026.  .| Read more > | TheStar

 

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

Hearing for Dr M’s bid to revive 1MDB-linked lawsuit against Najib in August

The Federal Court will hear in August, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s bid to reinstate his misfeasance lawsuit against his predecessor Datuk Seri Najib Razak over 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) investigations. The lawsuit was filed by Dr Mahathir and two other former Umno members – Anina Saadudin and Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan – on March 23, 2016 over alleged misfeasance and breach of fiduciary duty in public office. | Read more >  |   Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 28, 2018 @ 18:19

Anthony Loke orders Mavcom to review PSC

The Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) has been ordered to conduct a review of the present passenger service charge (PSC) in an effort to introduce a new rate by next year, said Transport Minister Anthony Loke.. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 28, 2018 @ 17:53

Target of 10% of jobs for Indian community to be discussed: Perak Exco

The state government helmed by Pakatan Harapan (PH) will discuss with Human Resource Minister M.Kulasegaran on the implementation of the national-level manifesto which set a target of 10% of the number of new jobs for the Indian community. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 28, 2018 @ 17:21

Dr M says will talk to Singapore about dropping HSR

Malaysia plans to drop its plans for a high-speed rail link between its capital, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore, and will talk with its southern neighbour about the pact to build it, its prime minister said in an interview published on Monday. "We need to do away with some of the unnecessary projects, for example the high-speed rail, which is going to cost us RM110bn (US$28bn) and will not earn us a single cent. That will be dropped," Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told the Financial Times."We have an agreement with Singapore. We have to talk with Singapore about dropping that project."--REUTERS

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A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 28, 2018 @ 17:27

Mat Sabu dismisses three fake news about him

Mohamad Sabu said a viral story that he had refused to use the official government vehicle provided to him on his first day as Defence Minister was nothing but fake news. He said pictures had been circulated that he would rather move about in his son’s Perodua Viva instead of using the official car which was provided to him.. | Read more > | NST

 

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

Sabah state govt to review all logging concessions, Forest Management Units

After announcing the temporary ban on export of logs last week, the state government today announced efforts to review all logging concessions and Forest Management Units (FMUs) in Sabah. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said the move was to ensure FMU-related logging activities were done in accordance with regulations to avoid further damage to forests, water catchment areas and the wildlife habitat.| Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 28, 2018 @ 15:38

Govt to repeal Anti-Fake News Act when Parliament reconvenes

The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government will move to repeal the Anti-Fake News Act when the Dewan Rakyat reconvenes on June 25. Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said his ministry is committed and is working towards repealing the act which was gazetted in Feb even though there's a short period of time between now and June 25.. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 28, 2018 @ 15:16

PKR Youth suggests grassroots members be appointed to higher positions in the party as they understood people's problems

Penang PKR Youth today said that grassroots members should be appointed to higher positions within the party to continue their agenda to serve the people. Acting state PKR Youth chief Khairil Anuar Kamarudin said this was because these members understood issues plaguing the people better than “outsiders.” He also cautioned the party’s central leadership about embracing former Barisan Nasional (BN) members, whom he described as “parasites”.

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A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 28, 2018 @ 11:41

Claiming politicisation of Jakim, Amanah moots putting Islamic policies under Malay Rulers

The Conference of Malay Rulers should decide Malaysia’s Islamic policies while federal agencies should be limited to enforcing these, said a Parti Amanah Negara vice-president. Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa said this would prevent the state rulers from being sidelined as well as the alleged misuse of Islamic affairs agencies like the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) for political reasons.

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A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 28, 2018 @ 08:00

Pribumi party supreme council meets today

The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s supreme council meeting today may discuss the party’s nomination list for the remaining Cabinet ministerial posts. It is likely that the deputy ministerial roles would also be discussed in the meeting, the source added.
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A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 28, 2018 @ 07:49

New unit to monitor KPI of Sabah ministries

The Sabah government is to set up a unit to monitor the progress of the Key Performance Index (KPI) in each ministry in the state, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal. He said an annual report would be made on the KPI evaluation of every ministry. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

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Day 17, May 27, 2018

Forming The New Govt | News (May 27)

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 27, 2018 @ 23:42

Azmin: New economic direction to follow mid-term 11MP review

The mid-term review on the state of the economy, to be tabled in September, will lead to a new economic direction for the country in line with Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto, said Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali. He said the ministry and the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) of the Prime Minister’s Department were currently in the midst of undertaking the review. | Read more > |   Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 27, 2018 @ 23:00

Sabah to restructure Native Court

The Sabah Law and Native Affairs Ministry will restructure the Sabah Native Court based on the shariah or civil court make-up, in particular in terms of hierarchy. Minister, Datuk Aidi Moktar said like the shariah or civil court which had the lower court, high court and court of appeal, the Native Court would also be structured likewise. | Read more > |   Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 27, 2018 @ 22:43

Fighting corruption is the priority, RUU 355 can wait: Mat Sabu

Pakatan Harapan's main priority is to fight corruption and abuse of power, and Amanah will only be making a stand on the Syariah Amendment (Criminal Jurisdiction) Bill after holding internal consultations first, according to its president, Mohamad Sabu. "Will discuss it at Amanah's next meeting and from there we will state our stand. We have to get feedback on party figures who are experts on the matter," he told reporters after hosting a breaking-of-the-fast at this residence in Kampung Guar Petai, here today.

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A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 27, 2018 @ 20:56

Govt, rakyat need to work together to rebuild the nation

The government cannot do it alone when it comes to rebuilding the country and its future. Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said both the people and the government must shoulder the responsibility together to ensure the country progresses and develops. “After changing the government, let us take (the country) to a higher level and fill the victory of the transition with the blessing of Allah. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 27, 2018 @ 20:45

Multiple portfolios held by MB nothing new - Aminuddin Harun

Menteri Besar Aminuddin Harun justified his decision to hold five state executive councillor portfolios, saying that it “had to be done” by a state chief. He said the move of holding more than one portfolio was nothing new and that it was also done by the previous menteri besar, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan. “I don’t see it (being in charge of many portfolios) as a problem because the previous menteri besar had done the same thing. However, some changes were made on the portfolios. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 27, 2018 @ 20:03

State govt to review 'sick' projects approved during BN era

Terengganu state government will review all the development projects carried out by the previous administration, especially those that were categorised as sick or problematic projects. Menteri Besar Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar said one of the projects was Taman Ilmu di Tembila, in Besut, which had been abandoned for years. “We will look into the project’s latest development and how it could benefit the government and the people. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 27, 2018 @ 17:45

Ministry gathering reports on cyber attacks on polling day - Gobind Singh

The Communications and Multimedia Ministry is gathering reports on cyberattack claims on polling day, said minister Gobind Singh Deo. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 27, 2018 @ 16:54

Time for Gender Equality Act to curb sexual harassment: Maria Chin

It is time for a Gender Equality Act to be put into place so that offenders do not get away with light to serious acts of violation that undermine women's human rights, said Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah. "The comments made on a live talk show against YB Nurul is sexual harassment. We have to begin to name the crime and not call it anything else. It was done intentionally and deliberately to harass and to make YB Nurul's topic irrelevant. He did not ask one morsel of a question on the related topic.

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A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 27, 2018 @ 16:45

Tun M says he appointed LGE as finance minister because he understands the job

Although he received backlash due to his decision to appoint a Chinese as the country’s Finance Minister in a Malay-majority country, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he knows he made the right decision. He said this was because DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng had proved himself to be worthy of the Cabinet post due to his good performance in managing the Penang state government at a time when DAP was still an opposition party.. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 27, 2018 @ 15:42

Time for PPBM to be multi-racial, DAP’s Chin Tong suggests

Johor DAP chief Liew Chin Tong urged Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) to abandon race-based politics and join the ranks of its Pakatan Harapan (PH) allies DAP and PKR as multi-racial parties. In a Malaysiakini interview, Liew said multi-racial parties have gone mainstream following GE14, and even race-based parties in rival Barisan Nasional (BN) are considering becoming multi-racial.| Read more > |   Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt |May 27, 2018 @ 14:47

Gov't exploring cost-effective ways to terminate HSR, ECRL projects: Dr M

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government will have to bear the loss of “a very large sum of money” if it decides to cancel the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project. To avoid this, he said the Pakatan Harapan-led government will have to find ways to reduce the amount of money it would have to pay for breaking the agreement made by the previous administration. “The terms of the agreement (for the HSR) are such that if we decide to drop the project, it will cost us a lot of money. We have entered into an agreement with Singapore,” he said in an interview with The Edge Weekly. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 27, 2018 @ 12:00

RMAF aircraft was for my wife, not me, says Anwar

He was merely tagging along as Deputy Prime Minister’s husband when he got on board a Royal Malaysian Air Force aircraft, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. The PKR leader told a crowd at the Pidato Perdana DSAI event in Seberang Jaya here on Friday night that the trip “was a reversal of role 20 years ago”.

“For my trip to meet Yang di-­Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V in Kota Baru, the aircraft was for Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and not me. I only tagged along as the husband.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 27, 2018

Deep seaport to be implemented after sorting out mess – Junz

Sabah will implement the big Kudat deep-sea port as soon as the new government sorts out the mess left behind by the previous government, revealed Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) vice president Junz Wong. Junz said the port, which is set in deep waters to handle very large ships, is one of the plans that will be prioritized and set to solve various problems faced by the state such as development and logistics.“As soon as we are healthy and good enough to implement the big deep sea port in Kudat, that will be one of the prioritized mega-projects that we (Warisan-led government) will do,” he explained.

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A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 27, 2018

Licence for property development projects no longer under CM’s jurisdiction

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said the licence for property development projects is no longer under his jurisdiction. It is one of the steps taken in efforts to overcome (financial) leakages at the state level and to increase the state’s income. | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 27, 2018

Details of ECRL project contract ‘not normal’, says Tun M

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has highlighted unusual details surrounding the East Coast Railway Line (ECRL) project. Money from a RM55 billion loan given out by a Chinese bank – the Export and Import Bank of China (Exim) – for Malaysia to build the ECRL is directly paid to the construction company China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC). Dr Mahathir in an interview with The Edge said this is not the normal way it is done, as the loan would normally have to be drawn down in Malaysia and paid to the foreign company’s local subsidiary.

“The contractor is from China and the lending is from China. “And the money is not supposed to come here but (kept abroad) to pay the contractor in China,” he said in the interview. | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 27, 2018 @ 10:30

Agriculture Minister Salahuddin plans NFC revival — minus the scandal

The Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Ministry may revive and rename the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) project to help meet the country’s livestock needs. In an interview with New Sunday Times published today, its Minister Salahuddin Ayub said although the project was embroiled in controversies in 2011, it had “good goals” — among which was to have an integrated and sustainable Malaysian beef industry. | Read more > |   Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 27, 2018 @ 10:14

Scrap ‘racial, politically-motivated’ BTN, PKR MP urges

In a move to streamline and reform the government, Setiawangsa MP Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said today the National Civics Bureau (BTN) must also be shut down.

The PKR Youth chief recalled a BTN camp for students several years ago, which he said seemed as if the programme was solely organised to incite Malay attendees against different races and faiths. “I found that the whole affair was racial and political in nature,” he said in a statement. Nik Nazmi said the camp, which was sponsored by a government-linked company, also attacked Opposition parties and “glorified the ruling party at that time”.

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A New Malaysia | New Govt |May 27, 2018 @ 09:47

Transparency and fairness: Salahuddin to reform ministry

New Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Salahuddin Ayub has big plans for the country’s agriculture sector. He is focusing not just on enhancements of current policies and implementations but is also seeking to improve and reform the ministry and agencies under it. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 27, 2018 @ 07:39

National interest overrides party agenda

To achieve a united Malaysia, they must look after the interests of all Malaysians, including those who have not voted for them, regardless of race, religion or political leaning. | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 27, 2018 @ 07:39

Mat Sabu: We need to upgrade military assets

Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu says measures will be taken to upgrade the assets of the nation’s military.
 
| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt |May 27, 2018 @ 02:29

PH leaders should address weaknesses of administration – Wan Azizah

Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders and the people have been reminded to keep on improving weaknesses in the administration of the country to give true meaning to their election victory, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. She said towards this end, the country needed to rebuild through the foundation of true democracy and Malaysians have the joint right and responsibility to build the nation. “The victory has given us the freedom. We have changed the government and expectations are very high.  | Read more > | NST

 

May 26

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 26, 2018 @ 18:29

Govt agencies' to go down to villages to provide services in Batu Sapi: Liew

Batu Sapi Member of Parliament Datuk Liew Vui Keong will give priority to government agencies' 'turun padang' (go down to the ground) to the villages in the parliamentary constituency. The Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) permanent chairman said this was to ensure that villagers did not have to travel far to visit government agencies' offices. He said the programme would commence in July and government agencies involved included the National Registration Department, Health Department, Social Welfare Department and Land and Survey Department.

 | Read more |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 26, 2018 @ 17:04

Our focus is on clearing the mess left behind by BN: Hannah

The Segambut MP said Kuala Lumpur does not have a gazetted city plan which led to massive over-development without proper facilities and dispersal plans in place. "At least in Selangor, we have a local plan and guidelines for developers to build. In Kuala Lumpur, this is the challenge, because the previous federal territories minister refused to gazette the local plan," Yeoh said today. "Now anyone can build as high as they want without a traffic dispersal plan which causes congestion and an overload of traffic in highly dense residential areas." She said her immediate plan for her constituency is the traffic situation, especially in high-density residential areas such as Mont Kiara and Dutamas. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 26, 2018 @ 16:53

Transport ministry committed to empower land public transport sector

The Transport Ministry and related departments and agencies are committed to empower the country's land public transport sector. "This is in line with the commitment of the Pakatan Harapan government to strengthen and reform government institutions in an effort to enhance integrity, transparency and efficiency in public service," he said in a statement, here today.

 | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 26, 2018 @ 16:54

China envoy sees no changes in ECRL so far

No changes have been made to the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) project so far, said China's Ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian. He said the project had started and ran smoothly, with its main contractor, China Communications Construction Company Ltd working closely with its owner, Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd.

 | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 26, 2018 @ 16:18

Three MPs donate their pay to cut down national debt

Three politicians have lent their support for the move by Malaysians to contribute to a fund to help pay for the national debt of RM1 trillion. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 26, 2018 @ 15:39

KL mayor: No more clamping of vehicles in the city … for now

Mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz has agreed to suspend clamping operations in the city with immediate effect pending a meeting with Kuala Lumpur MPs next Wednesday (May 30). Mohd Amin said that it was a request by the MPs following a meeting they had with parking operators a few days ago. Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) outsources its parking contract to Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP), which in turn hires parking contractor Vista Summerose to do the job. Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan is the welfare arm of the Federal Territories Ministry.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 26, 2018 @ 15:35

Quit or get fired: Nga’s ultimatum to Perak Corp board members after huge losses

All board members of Perak Corp Bhd (PCB) have been told to resign immediately with dignity, or be prepared to be sacked. Perak DAP chairman Nga Kor Ming, who made the call following a huge net loss reported in the key subsidiary under the state agency Perak State Development Corp (PKNP), said the board members have failed miserably in managing its finances.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 26, 2018 @ 13:04

Transport minister: No loss of jobs with SPAD shutdown

All permanent staff from the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will resume normal duties even after the agency is dissolved, Minister of Transport Anthony Loke guaranteed today amid workers’ concerns about their future. Loke said SPAD operations will continue as normal but will be managed directly by his ministry. | Read more > |   Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 26, 2018 @ 12:04

Local council elections within three years, says Zuraida

Local council elections can be held within three years, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said today. She based her expectation on her observations on the holding of council elections in Indonesia and New Zealand. "However, I will need to review the mechanisms needed. Hopefully, it can be implemented either in Selangor or Penang. Otherwise, it will be done in stages," she said in a news conference held here today. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 26, 2018 @ 07:00

Council meetings now open to public

All full council meetings in Johor will now be open to the public, says state executive councillor Tan Hong Pin. He hopes the councils will also be proactive and broadcast their meetings via Facebook live or on social media. “The days when everything was done behind closed doors are over.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt |May 26, 2018 @09:40

Dr M says found ways to reduce liabilities, debt by RM200b

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has claimed that he has found ways to wipe out almost RM200 billion of the country’s RM1 trillion of debt and liabilities and that he is working with Pakatan Harapan (PH) to mitigate the debt. In an interview with Voice of America, Dr Mahathir said he might have ways to wipe at least US$50 billion (RM 199 billion) of the total debt and liabilities. He has previously said that Malaysia’s total debt and liabilities have crossed RM1 trillion when combined with off-balance sheet items such as contingent liabilities and lease payments for Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects, or 80.3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). “The previous government has accumulated huge amount of borrowings from other countries, from foreign banks, and even from local sources, so the first thing that we need to do of course is to ensure that we are able to service the loans, at least, and to reduce the principle that has been borrowed,” he said. | Read more > |  Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt |May 26, 2018 @ 01:43

PH does not support media blackouts - Gobind

The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government does not support media blackouts, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo. The minister said the policy adopted by PH was that of press freedom. “We do not promote or support media blackouts. That is something the previous government did and we disapproved of it. The Puchong MP was referring to a claim made by a Sarawak Barisan Nasional minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah when speaking to Dayak Daily which was reported by news portal Malaysiakini yesterday that RTM was blacking out their news since PH took over the federal government. | Read more > | NST

 

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Day 16, May 26, 2018

The New Govt | News (May 26)

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 26, 2018 @ 18:29

Govt agencies' to go down to villages to provide services in Batu Sapi: Liew

Batu Sapi Member of Parliament Datuk Liew Vui Keong will give priority to government agencies' 'turun padang' (go down to the ground) to the villages in the parliamentary constituency. The Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) permanent chairman said this was to ensure that villagers did not have to travel far to visit government agencies' offices. He said the programme would commence in July and government agencies involved included the National Registration Department, Health Department, Social Welfare Department and Land and Survey Department.

 | Read more |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 26, 2018 @ 17:04

Our focus is on clearing the mess left behind by BN: Hannah

The Segambut MP said Kuala Lumpur does not have a gazetted city plan which led to massive over-development without proper facilities and dispersal plans in place. "At least in Selangor, we have a local plan and guidelines for developers to build. In Kuala Lumpur, this is the challenge, because the previous federal territories minister refused to gazette the local plan," Yeoh said today. "Now anyone can build as high as they want without a traffic dispersal plan which causes congestion and an overload of traffic in highly dense residential areas." She said her immediate plan for her constituency is the traffic situation, especially in high-density residential areas such as Mont Kiara and Dutamas. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 26, 2018 @ 16:53

Transport ministry committed to empower land public transport sector

The Transport Ministry and related departments and agencies are committed to empower the country's land public transport sector. "This is in line with the commitment of the Pakatan Harapan government to strengthen and reform government institutions in an effort to enhance integrity, transparency and efficiency in public service," he said in a statement, here today.

 | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 26, 2018 @ 16:54

China envoy sees no changes in ECRL so far

No changes have been made to the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) project so far, said China's Ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian. He said the project had started and ran smoothly, with its main contractor, China Communications Construction Company Ltd working closely with its owner, Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd.

 | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 26, 2018 @ 16:18

Three MPs donate their pay to cut down national debt

Three politicians have lent their support for the move by Malaysians to contribute to a fund to help pay for the national debt of RM1 trillion. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 26, 2018 @ 15:39

KL mayor: No more clamping of vehicles in the city … for now

Mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz has agreed to suspend clamping operations in the city with immediate effect pending a meeting with Kuala Lumpur MPs next Wednesday (May 30). Mohd Amin said that it was a request by the MPs following a meeting they had with parking operators a few days ago. Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) outsources its parking contract to Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP), which in turn hires parking contractor Vista Summerose to do the job. Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan is the welfare arm of the Federal Territories Ministry.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 26, 2018 @ 15:35

Quit or get fired: Nga’s ultimatum to Perak Corp board members after huge losses

All board members of Perak Corp Bhd (PCB) have been told to resign immediately with dignity, or be prepared to be sacked. Perak DAP chairman Nga Kor Ming, who made the call following a huge net loss reported in the key subsidiary under the state agency Perak State Development Corp (PKNP), said the board members have failed miserably in managing its finances.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 26, 2018 @ 13:04

Transport minister: No loss of jobs with SPAD shutdown

All permanent staff from the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will resume normal duties even after the agency is dissolved, Minister of Transport Anthony Loke guaranteed today amid workers’ concerns about their future. Loke said SPAD operations will continue as normal but will be managed directly by his ministry. | Read more > |   Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 26, 2018 @ 12:04

Local council elections within three years, says Zuraida

Local council elections can be held within three years, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said today. She based her expectation on her observations on the holding of council elections in Indonesia and New Zealand. "However, I will need to review the mechanisms needed. Hopefully, it can be implemented either in Selangor or Penang. Otherwise, it will be done in stages," she said in a news conference held here today. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 26, 2018 @ 07:00

Council meetings now open to public

All full council meetings in Johor will now be open to the public, says state executive councillor Tan Hong Pin. He hopes the councils will also be proactive and broadcast their meetings via Facebook live or on social media. “The days when everything was done behind closed doors are over.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt |May 26, 2018 @09:40

Dr M says found ways to reduce liabilities, debt by RM200b

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has claimed that he has found ways to wipe out almost RM200 billion of the country’s RM1 trillion of debt and liabilities and that he is working with Pakatan Harapan (PH) to mitigate the debt. In an interview with Voice of America, Dr Mahathir said he might have ways to wipe at least US$50 billion (RM 199 billion) of the total debt and liabilities. He has previously said that Malaysia’s total debt and liabilities have crossed RM1 trillion when combined with off-balance sheet items such as contingent liabilities and lease payments for Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects, or 80.3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). “The previous government has accumulated huge amount of borrowings from other countries, from foreign banks, and even from local sources, so the first thing that we need to do of course is to ensure that we are able to service the loans, at least, and to reduce the principle that has been borrowed,” he said. | Read more > |  Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt |May 26, 2018 @ 01:43

PH does not support media blackouts - Gobind

The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government does not support media blackouts, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo. The minister said the policy adopted by PH was that of press freedom. “We do not promote or support media blackouts. That is something the previous government did and we disapproved of it. The Puchong MP was referring to a claim made by a Sarawak Barisan Nasional minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah when speaking to Dayak Daily which was reported by news portal Malaysiakini yesterday that RTM was blacking out their news since PH took over the federal government. | Read more > | NST

 

May 25

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 25, 2018, @18:15

Amar Singh's service will be extended: IGP

The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) will extend the service of Bukit Aman Commercial CID director Datuk Seri Amar Singh Ishar Singh following his involvement in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) investigations. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said Amar, who was scheduled to retire next month, had his contract extended by the Police Commission (SPP) for a specified period.

 | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 25, 2018

Pan Borneo Highway project will proceed – Shafie

The Pan Borneo Highway project will proceed despite the current financial constraints faced by the state and federal governments, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said. Shafie described the Pan Borneo mega project as something that is needed by the people of the state. | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 25, 2018, @15:59

Penang eyes more direct flights

Newly minted state executive councillor for Tourism, Heritage, Culture and Arts, Yeoh Soon Hin, has set a target to increase the number of direct flights into Penang to boost tourism. "Tourism is a major source of income for Penang, especially since George Town was conferred the Unesco Heritage status in 2008," he said, adding that 50% of Penang's revenue came from the tourism sector. "When there are more direct flights to Penang, the number of tourists will naturally increase, and this will be good for our economy. My first task will be to increase the number of direct flights." | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 25, 2018 @15:36

Govt to consider Aidilfitri assistance for civil servants

The Finance Ministry will propose to the Prime Minister for financial assistance to be given to civil servants in conjunction with the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng. He said the proposal would be made to help the civil servants in the lower grade bracket prepare for Hari Raya celebrations.  | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 25, 2018 @14:49

Govt wants feedback on age requirement for driver’s licence

The government has called on the people to provide their feedback on the age requirement for a driver's licence. Transport Minister Anthony Loke said a decision to review the age requirement was due to the high number of deaths on the roads involving those between 16 and 20 years old. "In 2017, a total of 6,740 deaths were recorded due to road accidents with a majority of them under the age category of 16 to 20 years. This is a worrying trend," he told reporters after meeting officials at Road Safety Department (JKJR), here today.  | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 25, 2018 @ 14:54

Sarawak BN keen to work with Federal Govt on women and community welfare issues

The Sarawak state government under Barisan Nasional wants to work closely with the Pakatan Harapan-led Federal Government in enhancing welfare, women, family and community issues. State Welfare, Women, Family and Community Wellbeing Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said political differences should be set aside in this regard.

 | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 25, 2018 @ 13:53

CEP meets ex-MACC boss Abu Kassim, Azmin Ali, TM chairman and FGV top brass

Former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohammed (pic) has met with the Council of Eminent Persons. Earlier, Telekom Malaysia chairman Tan Sri Dr Sulaiman Mahbob met the council. Dr Sulaiman, who is also former acting chairman of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad (FGVH), was spotted leaving the building at 11.36am but did not speak to the media either when approached. | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt |May 25, 2018 @ 13:49

Home Ministry appoints Masyati Abang as new RoS D-G

The Home Ministry has announced the appointment of Civil Sector Transformation Division senior consultant Masyati Abang Ibrahim as director-general of the Registrar of Societies, effective May 23. Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim said The RoS is a department under the purview of the Home Ministry, tasked with handling matters including the registration of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and political parties.

| Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 25, 2018 @ 13:09

Govt will maintain transparent policy despite market reaction: LGE

The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government will maintain its transparent policy in when divulging information on government expenditure despite negative reactions on the stock market following country's latest debt revelation, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng,  | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt |May 25, 2018 @ 12:30

Sabah seeks more powers for Fisheries Department

More powers are being sought for the Fisheries Department to act against illegal fishing activities and to better protect marine life in Sabah.State Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Junz Wong said the department, as the fisheries authority in the Sabah, should have more powers to act against illegal activities."The Fisheries Department is well versed on the situation and should be given more power to take action.| Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt |May 25, 2018 @ 11:00

Govt’s ability to pay 1MDB debts will give assurance to market, says Guan Eng

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng is sanguine about the government’s ability to honour the debt obligations relating to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), thus sending positive signals to the financial markets. He said that the government still have funds to pay the debt obligations of the debt-laden state strategic investment fund and the present government was committed to resolving the issue. | Read more > |  Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 25, 2018 @ 07:00

Independent Health Advisory Council to be established

The Health Ministry will be setting up an independent Health Advisory Council within 100 days to advise the ministry on strengthening healthcare delivery, said Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad. “We want the council to be totally independent. While the Ministry provides the policy, stewardship and leadership, the experts will be providing feedback on the direction and enhancement of healthcare services,” he said after former Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam handed over ministerial responsibilities to him in a ceremony yesterday. | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 25, 2018 @ 00:02

Policies programmes not in line with PH govt will be reviewed: Johor MB

Any policies and programmes of the previous state governments that are not in line with the policies of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government will be reviewed, said Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian. He also said that any programmes or instructions for ideas of the previous leadership which has not been implemented yet should be put on hold as the PH priority now is to fulfil its election manifesto made to the people. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

Day 14, May 24, 2018

The New Govt | News (May 24)

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt |May 24, 2018 @ 19:05

Finance Minister details government's debt, which actually stood at RM1.087 trillion as of last year

The federal government’s actual debt and liabilities stood at RM1.087 trillion or 80.3 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) as at December 31 last year.

In disclosing this, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the amount included more than RM199 billion the government had to pay for various entities which failed to service their debts.| Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 24, 2018 @ 18:41

Ramkarpal: Stay death sentences for now, they may soon be abolished

Applications to stay the sentence of inmates currently on death row should be allowed, says DAP's Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh. In a statement issued on Thursday (May 24), the lawyer said the sentences of inmates on death row should be reviewed in light of the possible abolition of the death penalty.

 | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt |May 24, 2018 @ 18:57

IRD has 90 days to settle 1,970 pending cases of retrenched workers: Kulasegaran

The government has given the Industrial Relations Department (IRD) a 90-day timeframe to settle 1,970 pending cases related to retrenchment of workers. Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran said officers of the department have been told to ensure the cases were settled within the given period.

| Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 24, 2018 @ 18:36

Negri Sembilan to set up task force to ensure manifesto fulfilled

The Negri Sembilan government will set up a task force to ensure that all promises in the Pakatan Harapan's manifesto for the 14th General Election will be fulfilled. Mentri Besar Aminuddin Harun said among the promises being given priority for implementation were the change of status of 99-year lease land to freehold land. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt |May 24, 2018 @ 17:20

Aminuddin announces portfolios for 10 exco

Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Aminuddin Harun today announced 15 portfolios would be created to ensure the state government’s policies could be implemented and the people given the best service.

Aminuddin said he would hold five portfolios, namely Finance, Land and Natural Resources; Islamic Affairs; Security; Tourism; and Infrastructure and Public Amenities.| Read more > |  Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt May 24, 2018 @ 16:40

‘Looking East’ again: Dr M to visit Japan next month

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be making an official visit to Japan next month for the annual Nikkei Conference, in a move to strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.| Read more > |  Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 24, 2018 @ 14:01

Most of the 2018 allocation has been used up, says new Negri MB

Assemblymen in the previous Negri Sembilan government have used up 80% of the development allocations given to them for 2018 in the first four months of this year. | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt |May 24, 2018 @ 13:46

Loke vows to crack down on ‘lesen kopi’

New Transport Minister Anthony Loke warned driving schools nationwide to stop offering “guaranteed to settle (pau kautim)” arrangements for students undergoing the Road Transport Department’s (RTD) licensing tests. He also said he planned to gradually implement automated driving lessons in order to eliminate the opportunities for such corrupt practices to continue. “To address the issue of ‘Kopi-O’ licence or ‘lesen terbang’, the way forward is to have an automated system, which we will first roll out the pilot project for the practical driving circuit test.

| Read more > |  Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 24, 2018 @ 13:36

Approximately 800 SPAD staffers to be absorbed by JPJ

All of the approximately 800 employees of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will be absorbed by the Road Transport Department (JPJ). “We have 1,000 vacant positions in JPJ which were frozen for new intakes, and we have decided to take in all the SPAD staff to fill these spots. | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt |May 24, 2018 @ 13:30

Malaysia-China trade group to submit ECRL report to CEP in fortnight

The Malaysia China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) is expected to submit an evaluation of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project to the Council of Eminent Persons in two weeks’ time. | Read more > |  Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 24, 2018 @ 11:45

Dr Dzul: Health Advisory Council will be set up

The Health Ministry will be setting up an independent Health Advisory Council within 100 days to advise the ministry on strengthening healthcare delivery, said Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad. The new Health Minister said that the ministry would gather talent from the public and private sector to sit in the council .| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 24, 2018 @ 00:24

Gobind orders probe into BOTS attack and block on M'kini GE14 site

Just 48 hours after taking office, Communication and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo has ordered a full report on BOTS attacks that happened during the recent polls, and the block on Malaysiakini's election results site. He said he will be meeting the legal team in the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) today to discuss these matters.

"I have asked MCMC to give a full report on this. (Thursday) I am going to meet the legal team in MCMC as well. Hopefully, by next week I will be able to give more details on this," Gobind told theSun yesterday. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 24, 2018 @ 07:00

No pay but we’re going to help Finance Ministry, say Pua and Ong

Their penchant for crunching numbers has landed DAP MPs Tony Pua and Dr Ong Kian Ming a half-year stint with the Finance Ministry. Both men have been appointed as special officers to the new Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng for the next six months.

 | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 24, 2018 @ 07:00

Out goes welfare aid requiring a rep’s approval, says Melaka CM

The Melaka government is doing away with a requirement where applicants need to obtain support letters from state assemblymen and village heads to receive welfare aid. Chief Minister Adly Zahari said from now on, this would be handled by the state Welfare Department. “There will be no intervention from political appointees, while the procedures for aid distributions will be revised,” he said. Adly said the department had the capacity to evaluate each application without bias.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 24, 2018 @ 09:13

Johor removes party quota for affordable housing

Johor will scrap the political party quota system for allocation of affordable housing units, which has been in place for decades. Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian said 3,000 of the 16,010 houses under the Johor Affordable Housing Scheme (RMMJ) built over the last three years over-allocated to Barisan Nasional (BN) component party members. Speaking said this after chairing his first Exco meeting here yesterday, he said it was part of Pakatan Harapan's pledges to remove the 20% quota for the housing scheme to be fair to all. The scheme has three types of houses, with prices set at RM40,000, RM80,000 and RM150,000.

 | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt |May 24, 2018 @ 08:00

Q&A with new Housing Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin

Housing and Local Government (KPKT) Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said she was committed to upholding the promises made in the PH manifesto, although the sector was not included in the top 10 main manifestos which the ruling coalition said it will fulfil within 100 days of it coming into power. | Read more > | NST

Day 13, May 23, 2018

The New Govt | News (May 23)

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 23, 2018 @ 17:46

Transport Ministry: Search for MH370 to end next week

The search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will end on May 29, said Transport Minister Anthony Loke on Wednesday (May 23). Flight MH370, carrying 239 people, disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.  Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt |May 23, 2018 @ 16:28

Govt may save RM500m annually from disbandment of JASA, SPAD and others

The government is expected to save around RM500 million annually following its disbandment of four bodies as agencies, as announced by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The four entities are the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), Special Affairs Department (JASA), National Council of Professors (MPN), and Federal Village Development and Security Committee (JKKP). The disbandment, which involves around 3,000 staff, is expected to reduce the government’s management costs, especially involving wages and operational costs in the country’s annual expenditure. Read more > NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 23, 2018 @ 16:09

All 56 Johor reps to receive RM50,000 allocation each

The Johor state government will allocate RM2.8mil to all 56 assemblymen, including those from Barisan Nasional, starting from this year. Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian said during the first state executive committee meeting he chaired on Wednesday (May 23), it was agreed that each assemblymen will receive RM50,000. "This allocation is also given to those from Barisan as well as PAS, to ensure a more effective service is given to the rakyat without taking into consideration their political background.

Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt |May 23, 2018 @ 13:30

Dr M seeks to cut national debt of 65pc of GDP

Malaysia will try to cut its national debt of RM1 trillion, some 65 percent of GDP, by aborting or reconsidering some projects and cutting ministers’ salaries, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today. Read more > Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 23, 2018 @ 13:25

Dr M: Govt to re-engage essential employees and those of lower pay

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that the Government will look at re-engaging "essential" government employees and employees of lower pay who had their contracts terminated. This comes after thousands of government employees were served termination notices after Pakatan Harapan won the general election. "Most of them (who were dismissed) were politically appointed and mostly contract officers," said Dr Mahathir after chairing the first Cabinet meeting at Perdana Putra here on Wednesday (May 23). "What we will do is that we will terminate their contracts. But we will re-engage those who are essential and also those of lower pay," he said.  Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 23, 2018 @ 12:58

Penang excos approve term limits for CM

The Penang state constitution will be amended to limit the tenure of the chief minister to just two terms, said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow. Read more > Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 23, 2018 @ 15:07

Penang term limits for CM

The Penang state government plans to table a motion to limit the tenure of its Chief Minister to two terms.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow (pic) said the move was among the first of Pakatan Harapan’s 68 promises that the state wants to implement if the coalition successfully secured a two-third majority in the general election.“The two-third majority that was given to the new government would allow us to make amendments to the state constitution.

Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia New Govt | May 23, 2018 @ 12:18

National Agriculture Consultative Council to be set up

A National Agriculture Consultative Council is to be set up to generate ideas to empower and improve the productivity of the agro-based industry in line with the current needs, said the new Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister, Salahuddin Ayub. He said the council would be chaired by a prominent individual in the agricultural sector and comprise experts in the field as the members. "Besides enhancing the productivity of the sector, the council will also generate proposals to improve the functions and services of the ministry as a whole," he said to reporters after signing in to begin his official duties as the minister here today. Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt |May 23, 2018 @ 10:30

Dr M chairs first Cabinet meeting

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today chaired the first cabinet meeting in Perdana Putra here. The meeting, which began at 9.25am, was attended by all 12 ministers who were sworn in on Monday. Read more > Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia New Govt | May 23, 2018 @ 09:12

Government committed to restoring public university's dynamism

The government is committed to restoring the dynamism of public universities and institutions of higher learning which is the 50th promise under Core Five of Pakatan Harapan (PH)'s manifesto. We will make sure that the ideas stated in the Malaysian Education Blueprint (PPPM) 2013-2025 would be continued with a number of improvements," he said.

Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia New Govt | May 23, 2018 @ 08:59

Beneficial plans of previous govt to continue: Zuraida 

The Ministry of Housing and Local Government will continue with policies and plans of the previous government that are beneficial to the people, said its new Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin. However, she said there are likely to be some things to be improved and streamlined in accordance with the Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto. Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia New Govt | May 23, 2018 @ 08:30

Govt will review overseas student sponsorship programme

Pakatan Harapan secretariat chief Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said it is necessary for the new government to relook into the existing overseas student sponsorship programme. Saifuddin explained that such a move is necessary as the existing programme is based on the financial status at which the time when the sponsorship is made available.

Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia New Govt | May 23, 2018 @ 08:25

Hamid is new Special Branch chief

The Special Branch former second-in-command Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador, who was constructively steered out of the police force after he broke ranks with his superiors over the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal, will report for duty today as the department's new chief. Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 22, 2018 @ 16:50

Malaysia will be one of world's safest nations, says Muhyiddin

Transport Minister Anthony Loke will propose to the Cabinet that the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) be put directly under the purview of his ministry so as to better integrate the nation’s public transportation system. He said this was among the steps which have been proposed by several quarters in order to avoid any overlapping of duties between the commission and the ministry, adding that it would also lessen the number of agencies under the Prime Minister’s Department (PMD). 

SPAD was formed on June 3, 2010, after the Land Public Transport Act 2010 was passed in Parliament the previous month. It was aimed at coming up with policies for, planning and regulating the land public transportation system in the country. Loke said he would also bring to the Cabinet the issue of what steps to take next in regards to the two Malaysia Airlines flights lost in 2014. Read more > TheStar

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 22, 2018 @ 16:50

Malaysia will be one of world's safest nations, says Muhyiddin

Transport Minister Anthony Loke will propose to the Cabinet that the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) be put directly under the purview of his ministry so as to better integrate the nation’s public transportation system. He said this was among the steps which have been proposed by several quarters in order to avoid any overlapping of duties between the commission and the ministry, adding that it would also lessen the number of agencies under the Prime Minister’s Department (PMD). 

SPAD was formed on June 3, 2010, after the Land Public Transport Act 2010 was passed in Parliament the previous month. It was aimed at coming up with policies for, planning and regulating the land public transportation system in the country. Loke said he would also bring to the Cabinet the issue of what steps to take next in regards to the two Malaysia Airlines flights lost in 2014. Read more > TheStar

 

 

Day 12, May 22, 2018

The New Govt | News (May 22)

A New Malaysia | New Govt |May 22, 2018 @ 16:28

Anthony Loke: SPAD should be placed under Transport Ministry

For the first time in the Malaysian history, a Sikh has become a federal minister. Puchong Member of Parliament Gobind Singh Deo was named as the Communications and Multimedia Minister and was sworn in at the National Palace earlier tonight. Gobind, 45, the son of the late Karpal Singh, made history after Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad included his name in the list of the new Cabinet. Read more > NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 22, 2018 @ 15:40

Guan Eng must be cleared of corruption charges before becoming Finance Minister, says C4

Lim Guan Eng must be cleared of any corruption charges before becoming the Finance Minister, said the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4). "The C4 Centre is troubled that Lim has been appointed as Finance Minister despite earlier statements by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that he can only be appointed if he has been cleared of his corruption charge," its executive director Cynthia Gabriel said in a statement on Tuesday (May 22). Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 22, 2018 @ 15:09

Rina aims to bridge gap between urban and rural areas by providing same facilities

Speaking to reporters at her office in Presint Four, Rina said she wants to ensure those living in rural areas get to enjoy same facilities as those living in urban areas. Read moreNST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 21, 2018 @ 13:11

Johor Ruler: Focus on development projects that can benefit the people

Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar wants the Government to focus on developments that benefit the rakyat, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. The PKR leader said this following his audience with the Johor Ruler and his son Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim on Monday night (May 21). Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 22, 2018 @ 13:36

New Health Minister urged to review healthcare delivery system

Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad should re-examine and re-evaluate the current healthcare delivery system and health status of Malaysians to seek best practices to address the array of issues plaguing the sector. Among the key issues listed were the dwindling budget allocation for health (two percent of GDP in the public sector), shortage of hospital beds in government hospitals, lack of synergy between the ministry and the private health sector, and incessant complaints from junior doctors due to a ‘toxic MOH work culture’.  Read more > NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 22, 2018 @ 11:56

Permata to continue and will be audited, says Dr Wan Azizah

The Pakatan Harapan Government will not pull the plug on the National Permata Programme (Permata), says newly appointed Women Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. Instead, the Government will audit and review Permata, which she regarded as a good programme. “Permata is loosely tied to children’s development and welfare activities, so whatever that is beneficial (for the people), we will continue it.  Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 22, 2018 @ 10:32

No more bribery in getting driving licenses, new Transport Minister vows

New Transport Minister Anthony Loke plans to outlaw the practice of bribery in the acquisition and issuance of driving licenses in the country. Loke made his intention clear in a speech he delivered during an appreciation dinner at the Road Transport Department (JPJ) on Saturday. "I will be tackling this problem," he was quoted as saying by China Press, after revealing that he had received multiple complaints and requests regarding the department, even before being sworn in. Read moreNST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 22, 2018 @ 10:45

Malaysia's first female DPM clocks in for duty

Malaysia’s first ever female deputy Prime Minister clocked in for work at 10am today. Dressed in a floral kebaya and white tudung, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail walked out of her car with all smiles as she was greeted by government officials. Among those who welcomed her included Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa and Women and Family Development Ministry secretary-general Datuk Suriani Ahmad. Read more > NST

 

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A New Malaysia | New Govt |May 22, 2018 @ 10:10

Focus on tech and English as Education Minister looks to Finland too

Malaysia will focus on a learning system that is technology-centric with an emphasis on the English language, Education Minister Maszlee Malik said today. In an interview published in Malay daily Sinar Harian, Maszlee said the focus is in line with the aspirations of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. “The importance of people mastering the English language cannot be denied. “The freedom of choice should be by the parents and students but if we look into the country's education plan, there is a focus on the need to master multiple languages.

Read more > Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia |  New Govt | May 22, 2018 @ 09:58

Anti-fake news act will be repealed, says Gobind

The Anti-Fake News Act officially gazetted in April will be abolished, said the new Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo today. As the new minister heading the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, Gobind, 45, said media freedom was his main agenda and he was committed in that regard, which is one of the things mentioned in the Pakatan Harapan manifesto. But he said the matter should be made with the reference based on the existing laws.Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia |  New Govt | May 22, 2018 @ 08:57

Home Ministry to focus on agenda of security & peace, foreign workers: Muhyiddin

Efforts to ensure national security and peace besides issues concerning immigration and foreign workers are among the main agendas that would be given emphasis by the Home Ministry. Its minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said other issues that would also be given attention were reducing the crime rate and prevention of drug abuse as well as matters related to the Malaysian Volunteers Department (Rela).

Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt |May 22, 2018 @ 08:50

As PH Cabinet clocks in, a look at its promises

Ministers in Malaysia's new government began their first day at work today, having promised a slew of economic and financial reforms in the lead up to a stunning election win over an alliance that had led the country for the six decades since independence. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's government has vowed to fulfill some of those promises in its first 100 days.

Read more > Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia |  New Govt | May 22, 2018 @ 08:49

New Minister of Economic Affairs aims to restore national economy

Efforts to revive the country's economy and make Malaysia a major investment destination in the Southeast Asian region and globally are the main focus of the Ministry of Economic Affairs for the next five years. Its new minister, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, said he believed that Malaysia has great potential to restore the confidence of domestic and foreign investors because it has competent and knowledgeable human capital. Read more > SunDaily

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A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 13, 2018 @ 17:15

Dr M: Cabinet positions based on which party won most seats
Pakatan Harapan component party members that won more seats during the general election will receive more seats in Cabinet, says the Prime Minister. The Cabinet will follow the percentage of seats won during the 14th general election. f the parties don't currently have the correct proportion, the party will get more positions in the full 25-person Cabinet, 
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Day 11, May 21, 2018

The New Govt | News (May 21)

A New Malaysia | New Govt |May 21, 2018 @ 20:12

Gobind: Malaysia's 1st Sikh minister

For the first time in the Malaysian history, a Sikh has become a federal minister. Puchong Member of Parliament Gobind Singh Deo was named as the Communications and Multimedia Minister and was sworn in at the National Palace earlier tonight. Gobind, 45, the son of the late Karpal Singh, made history after Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad included his name in the list of the new Cabinet. Read moreNST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 21, 2018 @ 18:20

Dr M is disappointed with the civil service but hopeful it can shine again
As he told senior civil servants last week, Dr Mahathir did not mince his words when he said he was very disappointed with the civil service.The Prime Minister views the civil service as having been compromised during the previous administration and was disappointed that civil servants had become compliant and passive. But as he expressed his disappointment, the Prime Minister was quick to rally the civil service. He pointed out that the new government will work with them and use their knowledge and expertise to “heal” Malaysia. Dr Mahathir spoke at length about the separation of powers which was crucial to check and balance the system. Failure to do so, the Prime Minister warned, would lead to undesired things.  Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia |  New Govt | May 21, 2018 @ 18:25

Tun M: Confident despite the problems facing the country

Malaysia's finances have been violated to the extent that the nation's debts stand at trillions of ringgit, according to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. "How we solve these debts depend on our efforts and mindset," he added. He expressed hope that when the administration becomes clean, more well known, more efficient and more advanced in the future, the country will heal."We are confident that we can overcome this problem."But we need an efficient and trustworthy administration to achieve it," he added. Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia |  New Govt | May 21, 2018 @ 18:30

Malaysia makes history as first female deputy PM Wan Azizah sworn in

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail led a line-up of 13 Cabinet ministers in taking their oath of office, loyalty and secrecy before Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V at Istana Negara here today. Read more > Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 21, 2018 @ 13:28

Perak exco members start first day of work

The 10 state executive councillors who were appointed on Saturday started work at Bangunan Darul Ridzuan this morning. 

Perak exco members:

1. Asmuni Awi (Amanah)

2. Datuk Seri Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin (Amanah)

3. Yong Choo Kiong (DAP)

4. Abdul Yunus Jamhari (PKR)

5. Dr Abdul Aziz Bari (DAP)

6. A. Sivanesan (DAP)

7. Wong May Yin (DAP)

8. Tan Kar Hing (PKR)

9. Hasnul Zulkarnain Abdul Munaim (Amanah)

10. Lee Chuan How (DAP)

Read moreNST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 21, 2018 @ 09:35

Sultan says Azmin may join Cabinet but must find a replacement

The Sultan of Selangor has consented to Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali leaving the post for the federal Cabinet but decreed that the latter must remain until a successor is picked, according to the state Ruler’s private secretary. Datuk Lela Bakti said Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah also required Azmin, who will be economic affairs minister, to provide names of suitable candidates for the Sultan’s consideration. “He will remain as mentri besar until the transition of power to the new mentri besar can take place smoothly and systematically. Read more > Malaymail

 

Day 10, May 20, 2018

The New Govt | News (May 20)

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 20, 2018 @ 10:55

Kit Siang declined Cabinet post

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang has said he did not want to be appointed to the new Cabinet. Read more > SunDaily

 

News Archive | The New Government | (May 19)

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 19, 2018 @ 21:04

Excluded parties welcome reshuffle in exco line-up

Chow indicated that the exco line-up, which did not include assemblymen from PPBM and Amanah, could be reshuffled if necessary. Read more > SunDaily

 

News Archive | The New Government | (May 18)

 

Day 08, May 18, 2018

Forming The New Govt | News (May 18)

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 18, 2018 @ 19:10

Pakatan MPs caught unawares by ministerial appointments, Azmin likely to give up Selangor MB post

Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, who was also chosen as minister of economic affairs, will likely to have to step down as Selangor mentri besar. Read more > Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 18, 2018 @ 18:45

Dr M unveils new Cabinet with 14 members after Agong's approval
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has unveiled a 14- member Cabinet following approval by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V on Friday (May 18).

The list of Cabinet members are as follows: