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May 31

A New Malaysia |Overhaul M'sia| May 31, 2018 @ 23:17

PNB to proceed with Menara PNB 118, ADAM50 initiatives

Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) will proceed as planned with the construction of mega-tower Menara PNB 118, as well as, the implementation of ADAM50, a programme that provides free incentive trust fund units to Malaysian babies. Group chairman Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar said both initiatives would proceed as normal based on the periods specified for their implementation. “We established ADAM50 (Program Amanah Dana Anak Malaysia 2050) for Malaysian babies born over a five-year period starting Jan 1, 2018, and it is a programme that we will continue (as usual),” he told reporters after PNB's breaking-of-fast ceremony with the media here today.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt  | May 31, 2018 @ 21:00

Govt to review existing legal provisions to implement EPF scheme for housewives

The Pakatan Harapan Government will carry out a detailed study to review some of the existing legal provisions to expedite the implementation of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) scheme for the housewives. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister, said the ministry had already convened a meeting with the top management of the EPF and Social Security Organisation (Socso) to discuss the details on how the scheme could be implemented. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt  | May 31, 2018 @ 21:00

Ting Pek Khiing to start RM30b Langkawi New City project

After keeping a low profile for the last 16 years, developer Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing will be embarking on a multi-billion ringgit development project in Langkawi. The project, which will be undertaken by his group of companies, is expected to be launched by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad tomorrow, he told a media briefing on the project here, today. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt  | May 31, 2018 @ 18:52

Cigarette prices to be maintained after GST abolition

The Health Ministry has decided to maintain the price of cigarettes following the abolishing of the goods and services tax (GST). Its minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said that the Pakatan Harapan Government will maintain the price of cigarettes following the abolishing of the GST on Friday (June 1)."There will not be any decrease in price. " | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies  | May 31, 2018 @ 18:30

Home minister: Rehiring programme for illegal foreign workers to end next month

The rehiring programme for illegal foreign workers in the country will end next month, Putrajaya announced today. The programme, which has been run by the Immigration Department since February 2016 in an effort to provide illegal foreign workers with valid work permits, will not be continued after June 30, Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced.

He said that to date, 744,942 illegal foreign workers and 83,919 employers had registered with this programme.  Muhyiddin said that employers and foreign workers can deal directly with the Immigration Department for any matter after this.

Meanwhile, the government will extend the implementation of the voluntary surrender programme for illegal foreign workers until August this year. However, Muhyiddin said the department will start conducting large-scale operations to crack down on illegal foreign workers after June 30.

 | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia |Overhaul M'sia| May 31, 2018, @ 18:24

Fiscal deficit up to RM40.1b, budget deficit stays at 2.8% of GDP: Guan Eng

Malaysia's fiscal deficit is projected to increase to RM40.1 billion from RM39.8 billion, thus maintaining a budget deficit of 2.8% of gross domestic product (GDP) for 2018, according to Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.  | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Budget  | May 31, 2018, @ 18:23

Govt to ensure RM1t national debt can be contained

The Government is compelled to implement some of the 100-day promises from the PH election manifesto in order to ensure that the RM1 trillion national debt can be contained, if not reduced, according to Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng. The "Skim Peduli Sihat" will only be implemented when the financial situation improved, he added.  | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt  | May 31, 2018 @ 18:15

Government to table additional supplementary bill and mini budget in June

The government will be tabling a supplementary bill for government expenditure and a mini budget at a Parliamentary seating in June. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promise  | May 31, 2018 @ 17:52

Pakatan govt postpones at least five '100 days' manifesto pledges

The Pakatan Harapan government has decided to postpone at least five of the initiatives contained in its ‘10 promises in 100 days’ election manifesto, until the country’s financial situation recovers. Among the initiatives which will be postponed are:

- Targeted petrol subsidy for cars under 1,300cc and motorcycles under 125cc;

- Employees Provident Fund contributions for housewives

- Raising the minimum wage

- Delaying the repayment period for National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loans for graduates earning RM4,000 and below a month

- Expanding the Selangor government’s Skim Peduli Sihat nationwide, which offers RM500 basic treatment at registered private clinics for B40 households

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Budget  | May 31, 2018 @ 17:40

Govt to review at least RM10b worth of projects, says finance minister

The federal government will review, defer and renegotiate at least RM10 billion worth of identified high-cost projects as part of the reallocation of expenditure priorities, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said. These include projects that were awarded via direct negotiation or a limited tender exercise, some of which can be revoked. the review would also cover non-essential operating expenditures such as professional and consulting services, refurbishments, events and promotional activities, selected information and communications technology systems upgrading, and certain big-ticket budget allocations for mega projects such as the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail and the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit Line 3. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt  | May 31, 2018 @ 16:57

Gobind: RM15mil of sponsorship so far for World Cup telecasts

RM15mil of corporate sponsorship has been obtained so far for the World Cup telecasts said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo. He also clarified the RM40mil figure cited earlier for the telecast of matches. He said that he had received an official letter from one of the companies offering the live packages stating that the cost of the telecast of 41 World Cup matches is actually RM30mil, and not RM40mil. | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Budget   | May 31, 2018 @ 16:43

Replacing GST with SST will ‘return RM17bil to Malaysians,’ says Guan Eng

Replacing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) with the Sales and Services Tax (SST) will return RM17bil to Malaysians, says the Finance Minister, even as he announced a slew of cost of living measures. 

There will also be a targeted petrol subsidy for those with cars smaller than 1,300cc and motorbikes smaller than 125cc, Lim said. These, and other measures, would constitute a RM20.7bil boost to consumer spending and business confidence, he claimed. Meanwhile, Lim confirmed that BR1M (Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia or 1Malaysia People's Aid) would be renamed to BSH (Bantuan Sara Hidup or People’s Living Aid). A total of RM1.6bil would be disbursed to 4.1 million people,
 
| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt  | May 31, 2018 @ 16:37

Tian Chua offers to bridge ties between state and Federal leaders

PKR vice-president Tian Chua has said he will help foster ties between the state and Federal leadership.

Tian Chua said he was positive and optimistic, with people embracing change; more development will come to Sabah. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt  | May 31, 2018 @ 16:31

New parking rates at MRT stations

Beginning June 1, new parking rates will be implemented at the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line’s Park and Ride facilities to reflect the reduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to zero per cent. In a statement issued Thursday by Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp), the parking fee for those who using the MRT will be fixed at RM4 per entry, per day. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB  | May 31, 2018, @ 16:05

S’pore to help retrieve funds believed stolen from 1MDB

Monies believed to be syphoned from national sovereign fund 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB) will be returned to the government following an agreement between the 1MDB investigations task force and its Singaporean counterpart today..  | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt  | May 31, 2018, @ 16:31

Mukhriz loses defamation suit against Tunku Abdul Aziz

Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir has lost his defamation suit against former DAP vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim.  | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt  | May 31, 2018 @ 16:03

Form an independent body to oversee new laws on political funding, says NCCPF chief

There must be an independent body to oversee any new laws regarding political funding, National Consultative Council on Political Funding (NCCPF) chief Amerul Muner Mohammad said. Amerul said this is to ensure that political donations will not be misused, adding that the proposed laws must cover both candidates during election periods and political parties outside the campaigning periods.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 31, 2018 @ 16:00

Harapan in under 24 hours

A Malaysian crowdfunding initiative to help the government pay its debt has collected over RM7 million in less than 24 hours. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the Tabung Harapan has garnered RM7.8 million as at 3 pm today.

  | Read more > |   Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt  | May 31, 2018 @ 15:30

Warisan-led government to continue uplif0t KDM culture

The new Sabah government will continue to promote Kadazandusun and Murut (KDM) culture at the international level to further uplift the state's heritage.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said cultural festivals such as the month-long Pesta Kaamatan is not just a celebration but an important product to bring tourists to Sabah, especially in the month of May. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | On The List | May 31, 2018, @ 15:22

No ‘invisible hands’ after Jamal, say police

Police have refuted Sungai Besar Umno division chief Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos' claim that there are "invisible hands" at work to ensure he faces harsh legal action. Selangor police CID chief SAC Fadzil Ahmat said the police had never received any sort of "pressure" and was not "hasty" in probing the cases related to Jamal.  | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt  | May 31, 2018 @ 15:22

Penang is third state to cut pay of CM, exco members

The Penang Chief Minister and the state’s 10 state executive councillors (exco) will have their salaries cut by 10%, with the savings to go to the Tabung Harapan Malaysia (THM) trust fund. | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 31, 2018, @ 15:12

Subang Jaya hoping for third time charm in application to gain city status

The Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) will proceed with its application for city status, said council president Noraini Roslan. She said the process will require MPSJ to resubmit its application to the state government which would, in turn, forward it to the federal government. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 31, 2018, @ 14:41

Dzulkefly's GDP proposal receives strong support from patient groups

Several patient support groups expressed support for the recent announcement by Health Minister Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad (pix) to increase the country's spending or rather investment in healthcare to 6%-7% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The groups said the additional budget will go a long way to solve the problems faced by patients especially those from the low- and middle-income sectors who sought treatment at public hospitals.  | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

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May 30

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 30, 2018 @ 16:45

Govt chief secretary urged to stop City Hall land sales

Seputeh member of parliament Teresa Kok is urging the chief secretary to the government (KSN), Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, to intervene in the sale of 64 lots of land by City Hall (DBKL) between 2014 and 2018. She said only the KSN had the authority to issue instructions to the Land Office to stop the deals. “City Hall cannot do anything because they have no authority to make sure that the land sales are reviewed. It is better to have direct orders from KSN,” she told a press conference after a meeting between the mayor, Tan Sri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz, and 10 MPs here today. “The mayor has agreed to consider the request and will give full cooperation regarding this matter,” she said.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 30, 2018 @ 16:30

Transport minister orders review of Mavcom chief’s RM85,000 a month pay

The Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) executive chairman is earning over RM80,000 a month as alleged in viral social media posts, Transport Minister Anthony Loke confirmed today.

  | Read more > |   Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 30, 2018 @ 16:30

Isa Samad has resigned as SPAD chief, minister confirms

Tan Sri Isa Samad has resigned as the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman, Transport Minister Anthony Loke confirmed today. Speaking to reporters in Putrajaya, Loke said that Isa tendered his resignation two days ago following Loke’s own previous ultimatum for Isa to resign from his post within a week. “He resigned two days ago,” Loke said.

  | Read more > |   Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 30, 2018 @ 15:35

Cuepacs appeals to Govt to delay sacking of non-political civil servants

The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) has appealed to the Government to delay the termination of non-political civil servants. Its president Datuk Azih Muda (pic) said that non-political contract workers whose contract have not ended should be extended another three to six months while those with permanent posts be moved to other agencies. He said that those affected – the Execution Group 1 (Grade 1 to 18) such as drivers, Execution Group 2 (Grade 19 to 40) such as administrative and supporting staff, and Administration and Professional Group – were not political posts. “We have received complaints that those affected were burdened with loan debts and other financial responsibilities. This is especially difficult as Hari Raya falls on June 15, while their contract ends June 16. These included the National Civics Bureau (BTN), National Council of Professors and the Special Affairs Department (Jasa). On May 16, Dr Mahathir said some 17,000 civil servants, who are political appointees, would be axed in a bid to reduce government spending.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 30, 2018 @ 14:57

Trust fund set up for Malaysians to contribute to settle nation's debt

The Government has set up a trust fund known as Tabung Harapan Malaysia (THM) for Malaysians to contribute towards alleviating the country's debt, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad). The Prime Minister said that the fund was set up to accept contributions from the public who want to help ease the Government's financial situation.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 30, 2018 @ 14:27

Tun Dr Mahathir: SST to kick in Sept, bye bye to HSR

The following is the gist of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s press conference after the Cabinet meeting in Putrajaya today:

- New Sales and Service Tax (SST), replacing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to be implemented from Sept 1, 2018

- The Cabinet has agreed to cancel the Kuala Lumpur - Singapore High-Speed Rail project; more discussions will be held with Singapore

- 50 percent discount will be offered for all tolled roads two days before Hari Raya Aidilfitri

- The Permata programme for gifted children, previously under the purview of the Prime Minister’s Dept, to be placed under the Education Ministry

- World Cup 2018 matches to be aired live via RTM

- Cost of living aid to replace BR1M to be paid on June 6; it will carry the same value as the BR1M payments

- Tabung Harapan Malaysia to be set up to enable Malaysians to donate to help country’s finances

- The government has yet to decide on Dewan Rakyat sitting date, the priority now is on the Cabinet formation

- Malaysia is reconsidering the previous government’s appeal on Pulau Batu Puteh / Pedra Branca decision

- New group of ulama and knowledgeable people to be formed to discuss Jakim’s role in its present form

| Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 30, 2018 @ 14:20

Putrajaya shelves MRT3, ECRL still up in the air

The federal government announced today that it is cancelling the proposed third line for the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project, the latest infrastructure project to get the axe. Putrajaya however said it is still reviewing the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project linking Kuala Lumpur and Kota Baru.  | Read more > |   Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 30, 2018 @ 14:20

PM: New committee to review Jakim’s role

A new committee will be formed to evaluate the role of the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim), Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today. The Prime Minister said the group will include religious scholars and non-religious experts to discuss the department’s position. “We will see whether it will be remained as how it is now, or revive it to its original purpose. “We will ensure that it would not portray Islam as a cruel and inconsiderate religion. That is not what Islam is,” said Dr Mahathir at a press conference after chairing the Cabinet meeting, here.

  | Read more > |   Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 30, 2018 @ 13:14

Govt scraps MRT 3 project

The Government has decided to scrap the MRT 3 rail transit project for now, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The MRT 3 or MRT Circle Line, initiated by the administration of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, was meant to be the 13th rail transit line. The fully automated and driverless rail system, once implemented, was to form the loop line of the Greater KL/Klang Valley Integrated Transit System. It was targeted for completion by 2025.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 30, 2018 @ 13:07

Dr M: SST to be reintroduced in September

The Sales and Services Tax (SST) will be reintroduced in September, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. However, it will require legislation to be enacted in Parliament.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 30, 2018 @ 11:39

Mindef defends use of military plane for Mat Sabu

The Defence Ministry has denied any wrongdoing in flying its newly minted minister on a military airplane for an official event. "RMAF (Royal Malaysia Air Force) chief Jen Tan Sri Affendi Buang had invited Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu to a breaking fast event, as well as a meet-and-greet with the men at the Butterworth airbase. | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 30, 2018 @ 11:20

Azmin Ali to give up Selangor MB post on June 19

In a media statement released on Wednesday (May 30), state Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah's private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani said the ceremony will be held at Istana Alam Shah here. It added that incumbent Datuk Seri Azmin Ali will also officially relinquish his position as mentri besar on that day. The mentri besar seat fell vacant after Azmin was appointed to the Federal Cabinet as Economic Affairs Minister. | Read more > | TheStar

 

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

Ong on how govt will make up for GST shortfall

The government has its work cut out to make up for zero-rating the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that will result in a shortfall of RM21 billion a year. The special officer to the finance minister said the government would seek to boost revenue from higher corporate taxes, most likely from Petronas, due to the increase in global oil prices which are presently at US$70 (RM280) per barrel compared with the US$52 (rm207) per barrel projection for the 2018 budget. "Other sources of revenue may be from increases in dividends paid for by Bank Negara and Khazanah Nasional," he said. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

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May 29

A New Malaysia | New Policies |May 29, 2018, @18:18

Hundreds of thousands back UiTM alumni to restrict admission to Bumiputera students

The Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Alumni Association (PAUiTM) has garnered over 100,000 signatures so far backing its objection to Hindraf 2.0’s demand that the government open the university to non-Bumiputera students. Alumni association president Datuk Mohd Zaini Hassan told Malay Mail that the petition, which can be found on the Change.org platform, will be delivered to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Education Minister Maszlee Malik and the Institutional Reforms Committee.  “We lodged a police report at around 11 am together with six other NGOs. We sent our message through our police report today that [Bumiputera rights] are in the Federal Constitution. Please don’t touch them.“We don’t want certain parties to play up issues involving the Constitution and we have had a massive response agreeing with us, even from non-Bumiputeras. Don’t mess with the system,” said Mohd Zaini. Yesterday, Hindraf 2.0’s leader P. Uthayakumar and around 30 members of the organisation submitted a 25-point demand to the IRC.    | Read more >  |  Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 29, 2018, @ 17:35

Ex-Sabah soldiers urged to join PVATM

The Malaysian Armed Forces Veterans Association (PVATM) has urged former soldiers in Sabah to register as its members to enable it to look after their welfare. PVATM vice president 4, Zaman Bayong said it was much easier for members to receive various assistance provided by the association itself or the Malaysian Armed Forces Veteran Affairs Department.

 | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 29, 2018 @ 14:18

2pct deduction to be taken from husband's 11pct EPF contribution

The proposal for Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contribution for housewives does not involve any additional deduction from the salary of their husbands, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. Dr Wan Azizah, who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister, said the two per cent contribution by the husbands would be taken from the 11 per cent they now contributed to their own EPF account from their salary. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 29, 2018

Fatimah: Welfare Dept still giving out aid

Application for any type of assistance will be accepted by the State Welfare Department (JKM)  even though the country is in a period of transition. This was assured by Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah, who said that the department will not decline any application so long as the applicants meet the poverty line household income of RM990 per month.

.| Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 29, 2018

Chong wants open tender for Coastal Road, Second Trunk Road projects

Pakatan Harapan (PH) state chairman Chong Chieng Jen is urging the state government to stop the direct award of the Coastal Road Project and the Second Trunk Road Project without first calling for the open tender for the projects. He said the Coastal Road Project is estimated to cost RM5 billion and the Second Trunk Road Project   RM6 billion, adding that both projects will be funded by the state government.

. | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

May 28

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 28, 2018

Education Minister seeks public feedback

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik’s team has set up an online form for the public to send in their feedback on ways to improve the education system of the country. The form on Google allows the public to submit their complaints and suggestions to the minister.. | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 28, 2018 @ 19:02

Dr M: The government will consider Hindraf's demands

The government will consider the 25 demands made by the Hindu Rights Action Front (HINDRAF 2.0) including on land issues and admission to Universiti Institut Teknologi MARA (UiTM). | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies |May 28, 2018, @16:18

Gobind: Ministry backs proposal to screen World Cup live on RTM

The Communications and Multimedia Ministry has backed the proposal for national broadcaster Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) to air the upcoming FIFA World Cup live.  Its Minister Gobind Singh Deo said the move was important in transforming and boost viewership.  “My ministry has submitted the proposal to the Government so that we could get permission to air the World Cup live when it starts on June 14. I will raise this issue to Cabinet on Wednesday (May 30), and hopefully, we will receive a favourable answer," he told reporters during his visit to Wisma Bernama on Monday.    | Read more >  |  Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 28, 2018, @ 16:01

Gobind Singh wants BNC to resume Mandarin, Tamil news services

New Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo has asked the Malaysian National News Agency, Bernama, to resume the broadcast of news in Tamil and Mandarin over the Bernama News Channel (BNC) television channel. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies |May 28, 2018, @14:15

Got ideas for better news reporting? Call me, says Gobind

New Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo has pledged to work closely with the media fraternity towards shaping a better-informed Malaysian society. Addressing Bernama staff on his maiden visit to the Malaysian national news agency, he said he was open to suggestions and anyone could contact him personally on his mobile phone to contribute ideas. | Read more > |  Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 28, 2018, @ 14:03

Allowing greater press freedom major aspect of reform by ministry: Gobind

Allowing greater press freedom is a major aspect of the reform that the Communications and Multimedia Ministry will undertake, said the new minister, Gobind Singh Deo. He said the media in the country should be allowed greater freedom in its coverage and also in its criticism of the government. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies |May 28, 2018, @11:40

Selangor to review 20 sen charge for plastic bags

The Selangor state government will reassess its policy of charging consumers 20 sen for each single-use plastic bag following negative public and business feedback, said a state executive councillor. | Read more > |  Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises|May 28, 2018 @ 07:00

‘We’ll enforce zero-rated GST’

All relevant ministries and agencies are working to curb any unfair price hikes when the Goods and Services Tax is zero-rated next month, says Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali. He said the Domestic Trade, Con­su­merism and Cooperatives Affair Ministry, the Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Ministry and the Customs Department will be moving in tandem. “The main reason the Pakatan Harapan Government was elected was to ensure that the cost of living remains low.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises|May 28, 2018 @ 07:00

Perak to fulfil free water pledge

The state government will soon provide free water to targeted groups, which is one of the 31 promises in its 14th General Election manifesto. Discussions about the matter were being carried out with related parties, including the Perak Water Board, Mentri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu said.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises|May 28, 2018 @ 07:00

Protect the environment, Dr M urged

A collective of 17 conservation groups and personalities, including celebrity Maya Karin, has written to the Prime Minister, calling for stronger protection of the country’s environment and natural resources. It includes, among others, World Wide Fund for Nature-Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia), Danau Girang Field Cen­tre, Malaysian Nature Society, Wa­­ter Watch Penang and the Society of Conservation Biology-Malaysia Chap­­ter. The letter dated May 24 was written in the wake of an online petition initiated by the group, which garnered over 28,000 signatures within 10 days after it was put up on May 13 on Change.org. | Read more > | TheStar

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May 31

A New Malaysia | Opposition | May 31, 2018, @ 15:18

Don’t raid Petronas’ coffers, Najib tells govt

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak today asked the government not to plunder Petronas' coffers and use its funds for bailouts.  | Read more >  |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promise  | May 31, 2018 @ 13:44

Pakatan's PTPTN pledge put on hold for now, says Education Minister

National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) borrowers earning less than RM4,000 a month will have to continue paying their loans for now. Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said the Pakatan Harapan Government has to postpone its promise as the country is saddled with more debt than what was revealed by the previous administration.

 | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Opposition | May 30, 2018 @ 13:16

Letter to end funding for Umno divisions, wings being circulated on social media

In the letter dated May 22, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the Umno headquarters had looked into its financial standing and members were informed that the allocation of funds to the divisions and wings would be stopped.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 31, 2018, @ 13:11

Tabung Harapan donations to be tax-exempted

Donations that are made to the Tabung Harapan Malaysia (THM) fund will be tax-exempted, according to DAP lawmaker Lim Lip Eng. He said the move was a sign of appreciation to Malaysians who help contribute to the fund in an attempt to reduce the country's RM1 trillion debt. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt  | May 30, 2018 @ 13:11

G25 wants sweeping reforms to key public institutions

The G25 group of eminent Malays has recommended sweeping reforms to key public institutions to make them independent of political interference. He cited the examples of setting up a commission for the appointment of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief commissioner and creation of an independent public prosecutor's office separate from the Attorney-General's Chambers.   "You must take away the power to hire and fire from the Prime Minister. "The Prime Minister should have no say whatsoever on the appointments of these key positions," she said. | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | 1MDB| May 31, 2018 @ 13:10

Malaysia, Singapore investigators meet on 1MDB probe

Malaysian officials probing state investment company 1MDB are meeting with investigators from Singapore, people familiar with the matter said, signaling that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s administration will cooperate with probes underway around the globe.  | Read more > |   Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promise  | May 31, 2018 @ 12:58

Travel ban on 433,000 PTPTN loan defaulters to be lifted

The names of about 433,000 National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan defaulters will be taken out of the no-fly list soon. Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said his ministry was working towards lifting the travel ban on these defaulters in stages from May 24 to June 15. He added that PTPTN had previously blacklisted about one million loan defaulters.  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promise | May 31, 2018 @ 12:50

Meeting with Dong Zong over UEC after Raya, Education Minister says

Education Ministry officials will meet representatives from the United Chinese School Committees Association (Dong Zong) to recognise the international Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) after the Hari Raya Puasa holidays. Education Minister Maszlee Malik said meetings with the stakeholders, including those from the National Exam Board, are underway.

| Read more > |   Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt  | May 31, 2018 @ 08:45

Salaries of Kedah MB, excos cut by 10pct: Mukhriz

Effective this month, the basic salaries of the Menteri Besar of Kedah and all 10 state executive councillors (excos) will be cut by 10 percent.  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 31, 2018, @ 07:55

Report on SST implementation method to be ready in two weeks, says Daim

The report on the Sales and Services Tax (SST) implementation method will be submitted to the government within two weeks, said Chairman of the Council of Eminent Persons Tun Daim Zainuddin. The SST system to be introduced will "somewhat be an updated version" with the ultimate goal of lowering the price of goods and services for the people. "There will be no immediate need to introduce any new taxes, nor increase the personal income tax or corporate tax rates at this juncture," said Daim, adding that economics was a very complex subject and could not be looked at from a single perspective.

 | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 31, 2018, @ 07:46

M’sia dropping challenge on Pulau Batu Puteh claim, S’pore told

The International Court of Justice has informed Singapore that Malaysia is discontinuing the proceeding it has applied to revise the international court’s ruling that gave Pulau Batu Puteh to Singapore in 2008. The Singapore Foreign Ministry in a statement yesterday said Malaysia informed the ICJ on Monday that it would discontinue the proceedings and that Singapore informed the ICJ a day later that it agreed with Malaysia’s request,| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 31, 2018, @ 07:46

Govt scraps MRT 3 project

The Klang Valley mass rapid transit line 3 (MRT 3 or Circle Line) project, reported to cost between RM40bil and RM45bil, will not proceed, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He also said the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) was still being studied, while a review was being done on the East Cost Rail Link (ECRL). He said Malaysia was open to re-considering its decision on the HSR if Singapore could convince Malaysia to proceed with it.

| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt  | May 31, 2018 @ 07:31

Purchase of RM5.7 billion train sets from China made without tender: RUM

The previous government had purchased train sets valued at RM5.7 billion direct from China without an open tender. The Railwaymen’s Union of Malaya (RUM) president Abdul Razak Md Hassan said based on Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB)’s record, the purchase comprised 30 units of six car sets valued at RM1.9 billion acquired in 2012 and 10 units of Electric Train Set (ETS) valued at RM507 million in 2013. The purchase will also involved nine ETS valued at RM1.1 billion and 13 sets of Diesel Multiple Units worth RM1.5 billion in 2019 as well as the maintenance of 38 units of six car sets valued at RM750 million during the purchase period. “The purchases were made not according technical specifications and needs of KTMB. They were built based on the needs of the Transport Ministry and not KTMB as a need and user,” he said in a statement here today.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | Opposition | May 31, 2018, @ 07:46

Najib: Gains from HSR outweigh cost

The benefits from the High Speed Rail (HSR) project outweigh its cost, said former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. 

“The projections from the relevant report I have seen indicate an estimated economic benefit of RM650bil in Gross National Income until year 2069. “There would have been 110,000 jobs created, which is estimated to increase to about 442,000 by year 2069,” he said, urging for the report to be shown to the public.   |  Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia |Overhaul M'sia| May 31, 2018, @ 07:00

Probe panel getting details on declassified 1MDB report

The special committee on 1Malay­sia Development Bhd has sought further clarification on the recently declassified 1MDB Audit Re­­port, said Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman. The former attorney general said the committee has met with representatives from the Finance Ministry, Securities Commission and National Audit Department.   |  Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | Opposition | May 31, 2018, @ 07:00

Pakatan failed to keep pledge to abolish tolls, says Umno

The Pakatan Harapan government has failed to fulfil its pledge to fully abolish tolls, says Umno Strategic Commu­nications Unit. It said the hopes of the people to enjoy toll-free highways were dashed as the Government has only halved the toll fares for the two days before Hari Raya Aidilfitri (June 13-14). “This is clearly in conflict with Pakatan’s manifesto, which pledged to abolish tolls nationwide to ­alleviate the burden of the rakyat,” it said in a statement yesterday.   |  Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 31, 2018, @ 07:00

‘Media must be free from political influence’

Political parties must not be majority shareholders in media agencies so that they will be free from political influence, says National Union of Journalists Malaysia (NUJ). Its president Mohd Taufek Razak said it was one of four proposals which he had presented to the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) during a meeting with them yesterday.   |  Read more > | TheStar

 

May 30

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 30, 2018

Govt to reduce expenditure without affecting administration – Dr M

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said that the government administrative expenditure will be reduced without affecting the administration of the country reduced by forgoing wasteful and unnecessary expenses. In a press conference after chairing the second weekly Cabinet meeting at the Perdana Putra here today, Dr Mahathir said over the past week, the Cabinet had found many other problems left by the previous government. “As such, we have to ensure that the country’s financial position is being carefully managed so that we can reduce the government administrative costs. “This does not mean that we will purposely cut the (administrative) expenditure, but we can forgo most of the wasteful and unnecessary expenses.“We also need to strengthen the country’s financial position,” he said.

 | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 30, 2018, @ 22:56

PM stands by decision to call off HSR

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has stood by his decision to call off the Kuala Lumpur–Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project with Singapore despite receiving criticism by his predecessor Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak today. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | On the List | May 30, 2018, @ 21:00

Interpol help sought to find 1MDB ‘key persons’

Former Umno leader Khairuddin Abu Hassan met Interpol officials in France today to ask them to locate Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, who is allegedly linked to the misappropriation of billions of ringgit from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Khairuddin said he spoke with Interpol agents in Lyon to place Jho Low and former SRC International managing director Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil under its "red alert" watch. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | On the List  | May 30, 2018 @ 21:45

Jamal turns to Muhyiddin for protection, cops to seek warrant for his arrest

Selangor police will apply for an arrest warrant against Sungai Besar Umno division chief Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos for failure to cooperate in investigations of nine cases. Jamal faces three accusations brought against him while he was admitted at the Ampang Putri Hospital last Friday, and police say there is still a balance of six cases. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 30, 2018, @ 20:32

Media council proposals in two weeks

The Communications and Multimedia Ministry is expected to prepare the first paper on the proposed media council for the Cabinet's perusal in two weeks' time, its minister Gobind Singh Deo said today. "We have indicated participation from all sectors. We will propose this to the Cabinet in two weeks. "We are in the process of setting up its structure," the Puchong MP said at a press conference after his Ministry's post Cabinet meeting today. He added that discussions on the proposals and other details were ongoing. The formation of the council is part of the new federal government's media reform agenda, plans that may also include a total restructuring of state-owned media. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia |Overhaul M'siaMay 30, 2018 @ 18:46

PM issues directive to review earnings of heads of statutory bodies, commissions and GLCs

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has called for an official review on salaries and allowances drawn by heads of statutory bodies, commissions and Government Linked Companies (GLC). Transport Minister Anthony Loke said the directive had been given to the chief secretary to the government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa in a cabinet meeting here today. He was drawing on the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) executive chairman's controversial RM85,000 paycheque. The salary and allowance according to him was more than the prime minister’s pay. Loke said that the statutory body which received an initial grant of RM90 million for the period of one and a half to two years was fully funded by their collection of passenger service charge.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt  | May 30, 2018 @ 15:38

DBKL to scrap repainting project at PPR, PPA; MPs claim no open tender

A RM180 million repainting project at the People’s Housing Projects (PPR) and Public Housing Projects (PPA) in the city has been terminated effective Wednesday. Kuala Lumpur Mayor Tan Sri Mhd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz had said this after the first official meeting with 10 Kuala Lumpur MPs. Cheras MP, Tan Kok Wai, said this matter was brought up after the MPS have identified that Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had awarded the contracts without an open tender. “The project was approved before the General Election. All the 10 contractors were the same contractors who were appointed to upgrade the City Hall’s office. | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 30, 2018, @ 14:46

Gobind: RTM to air World Cup matches for free

Malaysians can look forward to watching the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament for free. Announcing this, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo  said the matches would be aired live over TV1. He said this after attending the weekly Cabinet meeting, which approved the move to air the matches for free. The 2018 World Cup will be held in Russia from June 14.| Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 30, 2018, @ 14:44

Prices of RON95 and diesel fixed

The government today announced that the pump prices of RON95 and diesel had been fixed, but market forces will determine the retail price for RON97. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the new rate and mechanism would be revealed by the Finance Ministry tomorrow. The pump price for RON95 is now RM2.20 per litre, RON97 (RM2.47) and diesel (RM2.18).. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 30, 2018, @ 13:45

RM400 special payment for some civil servants, RM200 for pensioners: Dr M

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today announced a special payment of RM400 for civil servants in Grade 41 and below and a RM200 special payment for government pensioners. "These payments will be made on June 6," he said when making the announcement at a press conference after chairing his second Cabinet meeting at Perdana Putra here. Dr Mahathir also announced a cost-of-living-allowance (COLA) in place of the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) that was given by the previous government. "Very different, very different," he said when asked for the difference between the COLA and BR1M. | Read more |  SunDaily

 

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

Cause of floods to be determined immediately: Mukhriz

Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir wants a detailed investigation into the cause of recent flash floods in the state. He said although the exact cause of the floods had not been determined, he did not rule out possible links to logging activities. "So, we will investigate and take action if necessary," he told reporters after visiting flood victims at Kampung Baru, Sungai Kob here, today. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | New Policies | May 30, 2018, @ 00:28

Five to six years to solve Penang flood issues: Zairil

It will take about five to six years to solve the flooding woes in Penang with a flood mitigation plan (RTB) already in the pipeline, said Zairil Khir Johari, state exco for Works, Utilities and Flood Mitigation. He said the two completed RTB project in Permatang Tinggi, for example, has shown a positive impact in the surrounding area where there is no longer flash floods. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

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May 27

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 27, 2018 @ 14:31

Cancer support groups praise increased healthcare spending

Several cancer support groups have lauded Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad's recent announcement for his ministry to increase healthcare spending from 6% to 7% of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 27, 2018, @14:10

New Housing Minister Zuraida vows to spruce up PPR flats

New Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said she plans to improve the condition of People’s Housing Projects (PPRs) to encourage more Malaysians to stay there. | Read more > |  Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 27, 2018 @ 14:00

Domestic Trade Ministry begins price monitoring in lead-up to GST rate reduction

The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry for the Federal Territory has begun inspections on Goods and Services Tax (GST)-registered businesses following the government’s announcement that the rate will be reduced from six to zero percent, starting June 1. Its enforcement chief Low Swee Hon said 146 premises were inspected since May 24 as a pre-emptive action to avoid price manipulation once the new directive takes effect.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 27, 2018 @ 13:40

Gobind says looking into peculiar incidents

The Kedah office of the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK) has commissioned more than 200 enforcement officers to monitor the price of goods before and after the implementation of the zero Goods and Services Tax (GST) which will take effect on June 1.. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 27, 2018 @ 13:22

Kedah mobilises over 200 enforcement officers to monitor prices after zero GST

Several incidents such as the BOT attack on handphones that occurred on the May 9 election day as well as reports of directives issued such as the blocking of online portals on election night have caught the attention of Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo. Also on his radar was the personal data breach fiasco that reportedly affected tens of millions of mobile phone subscribers. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 27, 2018, @12:41

Lower your prices with the zero-rating of GST, Customs tells businesses

Businesses are required to pass on savings from the zero-rating of the goods and services tax (GST) that starts on June 1 to consumers in the form of lower prices, says the Customs Department. | Read more > |  Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 27, 2018 @ 02:05

Malaysia to renegotiate ECRL terms - Dr M

Malaysia is haggling over the terms of a $14 billion rail deal with its Chinese partners and can reduce its ballooning national debts by $50 billion by doing away with megaprojects, its prime minister said in an interview published on Saturday. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who triumphed in the recent elections, has made it a priority to cut the national debt and pledged to review major projects agreed by the previous government. Work on the RM55 billion (US$13.82 billion) East Coast Rail Link - the largest such project in the country and a major part of Beijing's Belt and Road infrastructure push - started last year. The project was planned to stretch 688 kilometres (430 miles) connecting the South China Sea at the Thai border in the east with the strategic shipping routes of the Straits of Melaka in the west. "We are renegotiating the terms," Mahathir told the financial newspaper The Edge. "The terms are very damaging to our economy."

  | Read more > | NST

 

May 26

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 26, 2018 @ 16:04

Cash aid 'formerly known as BR1M' to be paid before Hari Raya

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng says the next cash aid payment will be made in June.  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 26, 2018 @ 14:04

Dr M says he has ways of reducing national debt by 20 percent

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says his administration is expected to reduce the national debt, from RM1 trillion to RM800 billion through various approaches, including dissolving some agencies altogether.  He said among the early steps taken by the government was to study the national debt with the aim of reducing it by RM200 billion, including by reducing government spending. “We saw many political appointees in the government who were doing work for the political party, not the government. So we had to reduce the workforce.. the same applies to the existence of several agencies who are not managed by the government but yet, use government funds. Dr Mahathir also said that the actions of the previous two prime ministers in changing the country’s direction was what led to the country failing to reach the objectives of Vision 2020.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 26, 2018 @ 11:30

FMTA to align with new direction of HR Ministry

The Federation of Malaysian Training Providers and Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) Associations (FMTA) has affirmed it will align its efforts with the new direction of the Human Resource Ministry and its agencies in developing Malaysia's talent to the global level. "FMTA members collectively have a great reach to support the nation's human capital development and, to date, there are 3,650 training providers registered with the Human Resource Development Fund, 599 training providers in the Department of Skills Development, and 599 (repeat 599) in the Skills Development Fund Corporation. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promises | May 26, 2018

Govt media must serve as voice for the people, says Shafie

The time has come for government-owned media organisations to serve as a voice for the people instead of merely being a voice for the government, Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, said. Shafie, who is also Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president, made the call in his speech at the Jelajah Ramadan RTM launching on Friday, citing Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) as an example. | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 26, 2018 @ 07:00

Mixed reaction towards news of delayed PTPTN loan repayment

Nays and ayes have greeted the news that fresh graduates who earn less than RM4,000 can delay settling their National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loans. Such a move would cause financial strain to PTPTN and deprive others of the opportunity to further their studies, said former PTPTN borrower Alex Chai. He also disagreed with a plan to lift the travel ban on loan defaulters. “If graduates can afford to travel, why can’t they pay (their loan)? I have friends who paid off their PTPTN by being prudent,” he said.  In the past, borrowers were required to start paying back their loans six months after graduation.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 26, 2018 @ 07:00

Don’t implement VHI too hastily, say stakeholders

Various stakeholders welcome the setting up of a Health Advisory Council by the ministry but want adequate consultations before the voluntary health insurance (VHI) is implemented. The Federation of Private Medical Practitioners’ Associations Malaysia president Dr Steven Chow said besides the public and private sectors, council members should be drawn from national patient advocacy and consumer groups, the Academy of Medicine, medical and specialist bodies, healthcare economic specialists and primary care practitioner associations. On VHI, Dr Chow said they have not been briefed on the details. He said the federation, however, looks forward to the implementation of the Peduli Sihat healthcare scheme, which is practised in Selangor, in the country.

 | Read more > | TheStar

 

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Fulfilling Election Promises | News (May 24)

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 24, 2018 @ 16:37

Shafie Apdal: Army bases could be relocated to Sabah's east coast

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is planning to relocate army bases in Sabah to the state's east coast to iron out security issues in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone).

 | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 24, 2018 @ 16:26

Pakatan offers helping hand to rebuild Terengganu

As the dust starts to settle after GE14 in Terengganu, Pakatan Harapan hopes to lend a helping hand in rebuilding the east coast state with the PAS-led state government.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 24, 2018 @ 14:44

Taxi group asks CEP to shut down Grab

The new government should end e-hailing services in Malaysia and focus on improving the taxi industry, says the Malaysian Taxi, Limousine and Car Rental Operators and Drivers Association. Its president, Mohd Shahrir Abdul Aziz, said this was one of the proposals made by the taxi group to the Council of Eminent Persons in a brief meeting today. He added if there is still public demand for the e-hailing services, it should be operated by the taxi drivers.Read more >  Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 24, 2018 @ 15:07

Bumiputra contractors will not be sidelined under Pakatan Harapan government

Bumiputra contractors will not be sidelined under the new Pakatan Harapan Government, said Malaysian Malay Contractors Association president Datuk Mokhtar Samad. He said that the Government had given them the assurance following a meeting with the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) on Thursday (May 24). "Tun Daim Zainuddin and his panel members gave the assurance that we will not be left behind. This country is made up of bumiputras and non-bumiputras," said Mokhtar.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 24, 2018 @ 12:50

Minister: Retrenchment protection scheme to stay for now

The Pakatan Harapan government will not scrap the Employees Insurance Scheme (EIS) introduced by the previous Barisan Nasional (BN), new Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran said today. Some MPs from the four-party coalition had opposed the EIS last term, accusing the BN government then of wanting to use the retrenchment fund to divert money into crony projects. The Ipoh Barat MP said there are no plans to review the fund at the moment.

  Read more >  Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 24, 2018 @ 12:30

Putrajaya to review 1.5 million Bangladeshi worker intake

All policies pertaining to foreign workers will be reviewed, including the plan by the defeated Barisan Nasional administration to import 1.5 million Bangladeshi nationals, Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran said today.  Read more >  Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 24, 2018 @ 12:08

Johor to build 100,000 affordable houses under RMMJ scheme

Johor is planning to build 100,000 affordable houses under the Rumah Mampu Milik Johor (RMMJ) housing scheme. | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia |  GE14 Promises |May 24, 2018 @ 11:17

Dr Wan Azizah to meet EPF to devise a retirement scheme for housewives

Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will meet the Employees Provident Fund's (EPF) chief executive officer Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan next week to discuss on the mechanisms of a retirement or provident scheme for housewives. | Read more > | NST

 

A New MalaysiaGE14 Promises |May 24, 2018 @ 11:00

Govt recognises FDI which contributes to country's progress: Jomo

The Pakatan Harapan government recognises the importance of foreign direct investments (FDIs) and technology transfers from abroad, said economist Prof Jomo Kwame Sundaram. "The new government clearly favours productive industrial investments, especially with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's commitment to accelerate Malaysian technological progress," he said in a letter to the Financial Times. "Caricaturing the country's political debate over investments from China risks misleading all concerned. "For example, the RM67 billion (US$17 billion) East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project is not economically viable and the cost overruns for such large projects are the international norm," he said.

Jomo said the ECRL project was not an investment from China, but a huge loan from China's export-import bank for 85% of projected costs on preferential terms, adding that there has been considerable public opposition to such projects and associated debt liabilities. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 24, 2018 @ 10:00

Cuepacs wants Pakatan to honour BN’s pledged civil service pay hikes

The Congress of Union of Employees in the Civil and Public Services (Cuepacs) urged the government to provide civil servants with special salary increases this year, despite this being a pledge of the defeated Barisan Nasional. According to a Berita Harian report, Cuepacs president Datuk Azih Muda said that the salary of many civil servants are still not in line with the rise in living costs.  Read more >  Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | GE14 Promises | May 24, 2018

Ban on building houses in flood-prone areas

New Assistant Rural Development Minister Rasinin Koutis has ordered a ban on the construction of houses in flood-prone areas for the safety of the residents. As such, he said the village administration including the Village Development and Security Committee and village heads, as well as government agencies such as the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) were required to monitor the situation.

 Read more > BorneoPost

 

New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 24, 2018 @ 08:55

Public sector first to feel the pinch as govt tightens belt

The new Pakatan Harapan federal government, which inherited a ballooning national debt of over RM1 trillion from the previous administration, has started initiatives to reduce national spending — beginning with the public sector. Among the steps the government is taking to tighten its belt are the termination of political appointees’ contracts, a pay cut for ministers and the dissolution of several federal agencies, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad after the cabinet’s first meeting yesterday.

 | Read more > | TheEdge

 

Day 13, May 23, 2018

Fulfilling Election Promises | News (May 23)

New Malaysia | GE14 Promises | May 23, 2018

PH to keep its word on MA63

Anwar assures the federal government’s commitment to restoring the state’s rights under MA63 and gave candid views on reforms, Umno and Dr M. Read more > BorneoPost

 

New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 23, 2018 @ 16:10

Dr M says won't raise fuel prices for now

The government will not raise fuel retail prices at present even though global crude oil prices have hit above US$70 (RM279) per barrel currently, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Following this announcement, RON95 petrol is unchanged at RM2.20 per litre, RON97 (RM2.47 a litre) and diesel (RM2.18 a litre). The fuel prices have been unchanged for more than one month. Read more > Malaymail

 

A New MalaysiaGE14 Promises |May 23, 2018 @ 08:23

Govt looking at doubling internet speed at half the price: Gobind

New Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo says he will work towards achieving broadband connections that are "double the speed, half the price" for the people. He said the public had been complaining about the quality of broadband in Malaysia, which was far inferior to other developed countries. Read more > SunDaily

 

 

 

Day 12, May 22, 2018

Fulfilling Election Promises | News (May 22)

A New MalaysiaGE14 Promises |May 22, 2018 @ 20:06

SST set at 10pct unless there's a change, says Finance Minister

The Sales and Services Tax (SST) will be set at 10 percent when it replaces the Goods and Services Tax (GST), said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng. Last week, the Ministry of Finance announced the GST would be set at zero percent from June 1. “The SST, to be re-introduced later, will be set at 10 percent Read moreNST

 

New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 22, 2018 @ 16:10

Muhyiddin: Home ministry to review seven ‘unsuitable’ national security laws

The Home Ministry will review seven laws relating to national security which are no longer suitable in today’s landscape, said the new Home Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. He said these laws were the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, Sedition Act 1948, Peaceful Assembly Act 2012,  Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (Poca), Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma), Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (Pota), and mandatory death sentence.Muhyiddin said the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), non-governmental organisations and social activists would be asked to give their views on these laws.

 Read more > Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 22, 2018 @ 14:45

Wan Azizah sets up a task force to deliver PH’s promises.

Wan Azizah is getting straight down to business by appointing a task force under her office to solely monitor and expedite the fulfilment of changes that Pakatan Harapan (PH) promised to make in the first 100 days of its administration. Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 22, 2018 @ 12:12

Call for local govt elections gains momentum

The Seberang Prai ex-City Councilors Association (PBAM) has urged the newly-formed federal government to implement local government elections.Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 22, 2018 @ 10:10

Full review of mega-projects, including those rushed through before GE14, says Azmin

The newly elected Pakatan Harapan (PH) government will be looking into and reviewing mega-projects awarded by the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government, particularly those that were approved just before the 14th general election.  He said the EPU will advise whether or not these projects are critical to the public even if acceptance letters have already been issued. These projects will likely be axed if it is not, as part of the government's austerity move. On a similar note, some of the mega projects that Azmin plans on looking into for reviews and perhaps renegotiation include the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and the High-Speed Rail (HSR). Read more > Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 22, 2018 @ 08:18

Dr M races the clock with many promises to keep

Less than two weeks in power and the 92-year-old Dr Mahathir, who previously governed from 1981 to 2003, has been busy forming a Cabinet, cutting a goods and services tax rate to zero, starting a review of big-bang infrastructure projects and government spending, and reinvigorating a probe into billions allegedly missing from a state fund set up by his predecessor. He’s announced plans to replace the attorney-general (who is now on leave), promised to vet all incoming ministers for propriety, and slapped travel bans on several key figures, including ousted premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak, whose house has been raided by police and who is due to be questioned today by the anti-graft agency. Read more > Malaymail

 

A New MalaysiaGE14 Promises |May 22, 2018 @ 08:16

Gobind: Anti-Fake News Act will be abolished

The Anti-Fake News Act officially gazetted in April will be abolished, said the new Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo. He said the proposal to repeal the Act would be brought to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad so that it could be abolished as soon as possible.  Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 22, 2018 @ 08:15

Non-performing Cabinet members will be replaced: PM

Non-performing Cabinet ministers would be dropped and replaced by other more qualified members of parliament, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He said selecting cabinet ministers was not an easy task and that no cabinet was ever perfect and free of public criticism. "There is no perfect Cabinet. There will always be defects. No matter whom we choose there are bound to be people who will express dissatisfaction. I know many people are not happy with my selection. But we cannot satisfy everybody.

Read more > SunDaily

 

Day 11, May 21, 2018

Fulfilling Election Promises | News (May 21)

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 21, 2018 @ 17:55

PM, cabinet members urged to declare assets

Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) has urged Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, his cabinet members and heads of public institutions to declare their assets to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). TI-M president Datuk Akhbar Satar said the process was meant to avoid any clash of interest as well as ensuring transparency and accountability in governance. Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 21, 2018 @ 16:00

PKR Sarawak denies facebook posting on motion to abolish status of religion on Mykad

The Facebook posting that purportedly claimed Miri MP Dr Michael Teo Yu Keng will make a proposal to move a motion to change the status of religion on the Mykad at the Parliamentary sitting was untrue. Pakatan Harapan (PH) National Women chief for Sarawak Affairs and political secretary to Dr Teo, Voon Shiak Ni clarified that the coalition has no intention to do such a thing and considered the Facebook posting as fake news. “We do not have any intention to change the religion status on our Mykad and legal documentation, this is a multi racial, multi religious country and we promote the highest order of mutual respect for religious practices among all Malaysians as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.” 

Read more > Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 21, 2018 @ 14:08

No 'laying off' for Melaka government staff - CM

The new state administration will not reduce the number of existing government staff, said Melaka Chief Minister, Adly Zahari. Instead, he said, the state government was focused on the restructuring of departments, agencies, subsidiaries, in order to improve the administration. Read moreNST

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 21, 2018 @ 11:50

On first day at office, PM stresses need for separation of powers

Returning here as prime minister once more after nearly 16 years, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told an assembly of civil servants today that it was imperative to keep the country’s institutions independent and separate. Speaking to workers from the Prime Minister’s Department for the first time since winning the 14th general election, he also urged them to give his administration their every cooperation. “The separation of powers among us must be maintained, as only through this way we can make sure there is not embezzlement in the country’s administration. “We have to separate the lawmakers, the enforcers of the law, and the judiciary,” he said.

Read more > Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 21, 2018 @ 12:30

Govt to achieve goals without increasing cost, says Dr M

The government will not increase the number of civil servants or set up new institutions to achieve the country’s goals, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today. He said the existing institutions would be utilised in a more efficient manner, without increasing the cost. Read more > Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 21, 2018 @ 12:40

Malacca state civil service to be restructured: CM

The Malacca state government will restructure its civil service in efforts to ensure the effectiveness of the service of its agencies to the people, said Chief Minister Adly Zahari. He said currently the state government was in the process of evaluating the level of competency, capacity and capability of the civil service before undertaking the restructuring.

Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 21, 2018 @ 10:21

PM: Country's debt at alarming RM1 trillion

Malaysia's debt has reached an alarming one trillion ringgit, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.

He said important measures must be taken for the nation to quickly recover from the situation. He pointed out that the country only used to have debts of around RM300 billion when he was the prime minister previously. "But now, our debts have reached more than one trillion and we need to solve this," he said at the monthly assembly with the civil servants under the Prime Minister's Department. Read moreNST

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 21, 2018 @ 12:30

'We need to revive Malaysia, make it respectable again': Dr M

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today the task of the new administration would be to revive the country and make it respected again throughout the world. He said it was a challenge to bring back good governance and successful development so that the country was once again recognised as a self-sustaining nation. Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 21, 2018 @ 12:04

High income meaningless without purchasing power: Dr M

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today it was meaningless for the people to have a high income but no purchasing power. "In this country, we find there is an effort to be a high-income nation, but high income without the ability to make more purchases has no meaning at all. "If we raise wages but, at the same time, the prices of goods increase greatly, the additional money will not allow us to buy more than before. So, the increase in income will not have any effect. Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 21, 2018 @ 07:30

Anwar reassures Malays who fear they may lose racial advantage

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has a simple message for ethnic Malays who fear losing benefits they enjoyed under the previous government’s six-decade rule: Don’t worry. Anwar, who is expected to replace 92-year-old Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in a year or two, said Malaysia must assure the nation’s largest racial group that its security would be upheld. Previously Anwar, 70, had called for affirmative action policies that favour ethnic Malays to be dismantled.

 Read more > Malaymail

 

A New MalaysiaGE14 Promises |May 21, 2018 @ 00:28

Terengganu MB waiting for right time to meet PM regarding oil royalty

Terengganu Mentri Besar Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar said he is waiting for a suitable time to meet and have a discussion with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad about the oil and gas royalty for the state. On the federal government's plan to review the East Coast Rail Link project, Ahmad Samsuri said he hoped that the federal government would look into the matter seriously before making a decision by taking into consideration its positive impact on the economy as well as the people of Terengganu. Read more > SunDaily

 

Day 10, May 20, 2018

News Archive | GE14 Promises | News (May 20)

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 20, 2018 @ 22:55

Daim: Govt should understand 'people are king', must fulfil election promises

"MALAYSIA is very fortunate as the crude oil price has increased, which will buffer the impact of abolishing the Goods and Services Tax (GST)," says former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin. "That the impact from the abolition of GST can be reduced, mainly because the price of crude oil has gone up from US$52 to US$71 a barrel. Read more > SunDaily

 

A New MalaysiaGE14 Promises |May 20, 2018 @ 18:03

Dr M to meet Prime Minister's Department personnel tomorrow

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will hold a meeting with the staff of the Prime Minister's Department (JPM). There are 56 departments under the JPM, including the National Security Council (MKN), the Public Service Commission (SPA), the Economic Planning Unit (EPU), the National Unity and Integration Department (JPNIN) and the Legal Affairs Division (BHEUU ). Read moreNST

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 20, 2018 @ 17:58

Focus now is on 100 days pledges, abolishing toll charges to be discussed later: Guan Eng

Efforts to abolish toll charges as promised by Pakatan Harapan is still on the cards but focus now is being given for the 100 days pledges to be fulfilled. Finance Minister-designate Lim Guan Eng said the federal government will switch its attention to the other pledges after that. He said the federal government was in the midst of gathering financial statements.

Read moreNST

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promises |May 20, 2018 @ 16:11

1MDB investigation committee scrutinises terms and conditions

The newly-formed 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) investigation committee is in the midst of scrutinising terms and conditions of its tasks. Committee chairman, Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman, said it had to early to elaborate on its status since it was just been established on Friday. “Give it some time and wait (for details),” he said when contacted today. Read moreNST

 

A New MalaysiaGE14 Promises |May 20, 2018 @ 07:30

Time to rebrand PR1MA and TP1M, says Jagdeep

Datuk Keramat assemblyman Jagdeep Singh Deo has called for the rebranding of two Federal programmes now that Pakatan Harapan is in power. Jagdeep, who is Penang Local Government, Housing and Town and Country Planning Committee chairman, said he would propose for the Program Perumahan 1Malaysia (PR1MA) to be rebranded as Program Peru­mahan Harapan and Tabung Penyeleng­garaan 1Malaysia (TP1M) as Tabung Penye­lenggaraan Harapan Malaysia.  Read more > TheStar

 

A New MalaysiaGE14 Promises |May 20, 2018 @ 08:47

An education wish list

When Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was prime minister the first time, he introduced Kurikulum Bersepadu Sekolah Rendah and Kurikulum Bersepadu Sekolah Menengah, and relentlessly emphasised Mathematics, Science and English. We also take note of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training and information and communications technology (ICT) subjects introduced by the previous government. Read more > NST

Know what you are Voting for

Comparison GE14 BN and PH Election Manifestos

Do you want development projects, more financial aid or structural and institutional changes? Here you will find the segmented side-by-side comparison of election promises listed by both BN and PH. Know what you are voting for. 

O Segmented side-by-side comparison of BN and PH GE14 Manifestos

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May 26

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 26, 2018 @ 16:04

Cash aid 'formerly known as BR1M' to be paid before Hari Raya

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng says the next cash aid payment will be made in June.  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 26, 2018 @ 14:04

Dr M says he has ways of reducing national debt by 20 percent

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says his administration is expected to reduce the national debt, from RM1 trillion to RM800 billion through various approaches, including dissolving some agencies altogether.  He said among the early steps taken by the government was to study the national debt with the aim of reducing it by RM200 billion, including by reducing government spending. “We saw many political appointees in the government who were doing work for the political party, not the government. So we had to reduce the workforce.. the same applies to the existence of several agencies who are not managed by the government but yet, use government funds. Dr Mahathir also said that the actions of the previous two prime ministers in changing the country’s direction was what led to the country failing to reach the objectives of Vision 2020.

 | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 26, 2018 @ 11:30

FMTA to align with new direction of HR Ministry

The Federation of Malaysian Training Providers and Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) Associations (FMTA) has affirmed it will align its efforts with the new direction of the Human Resource Ministry and its agencies in developing Malaysia's talent to the global level. "FMTA members collectively have a great reach to support the nation's human capital development and, to date, there are 3,650 training providers registered with the Human Resource Development Fund, 599 training providers in the Department of Skills Development, and 599 (repeat 599) in the Skills Development Fund Corporation. | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | GE14 Promises | May 26, 2018

Govt media must serve as voice for the people, says Shafie

The time has come for government-owned media organisations to serve as a voice for the people instead of merely being a voice for the government, Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, said. Shafie, who is also Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president, made the call in his speech at the Jelajah Ramadan RTM launching on Friday, citing Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) as an example. | Read more > |  BorneoPost

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 26, 2018 @ 07:00

Mixed reaction towards news of delayed PTPTN loan repayment

Nays and ayes have greeted the news that fresh graduates who earn less than RM4,000 can delay settling their National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loans. Such a move would cause financial strain to PTPTN and deprive others of the opportunity to further their studies, said former PTPTN borrower Alex Chai. He also disagreed with a plan to lift the travel ban on loan defaulters. “If graduates can afford to travel, why can’t they pay (their loan)? I have friends who paid off their PTPTN by being prudent,” he said.  In the past, borrowers were required to start paying back their loans six months after graduation.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 26, 2018 @ 07:00

Don’t implement VHI too hastily, say stakeholders

Various stakeholders welcome the setting up of a Health Advisory Council by the ministry but want adequate consultations before the voluntary health insurance (VHI) is implemented. The Federation of Private Medical Practitioners’ Associations Malaysia president Dr Steven Chow said besides the public and private sectors, council members should be drawn from national patient advocacy and consumer groups, the Academy of Medicine, medical and specialist bodies, healthcare economic specialists and primary care practitioner associations. On VHI, Dr Chow said they have not been briefed on the details. He said the federation, however, looks forward to the implementation of the Peduli Sihat healthcare scheme, which is practised in Selangor, in the country.

 | Read more > | TheStar

 

May 25

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 25, 2018 @ 22:08

Aspects of security should be communitised: Muhyiddin Yassin

The Home Ministry (KDN) wants certain aspects of national security to be communitised to assist the government in creating a safer country for future development. Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the emphasis should be made at every level, especially in Village Security and Development Committees (JKKK) to overcome social problems such quarrels among the races, which could be detrimental to the people and would eventually affect the progress of the nation. Apart from that, it was also intended to cultivate mutual understanding among members of the community while assisting security personnel to look after the country's security.

 | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 25, 2018 @ 20:58

Perak offers 70% discount on parking compounds

The Perak government is offering a 70% discount on all parking compounds issued by the 15 local councils in the state for a month from May 28. Housing, Local Government, Public Transportation, Non-Muslim Affairs and New Villages Committee chairman Yong Choo Kiong said the people should make use of the opportunity to settle the arrears in compounds as the discount was "very high". | Read more > |  SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 25, 2018 @ 22:08

Dr M urges Malay Muslims to put aside political differences [NSTTV] 

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is calling on all Malay Muslims to put aside their political differences and unite under the banner of Islam. He said political disparity had driven the Malays apart and was troubled that certain quarters had politicised Islam. “I am happy and grateful that we have undergone the 14th General Election,” he said at a buka puasa event with the Muslim Welfare Organisation of Malaysia (Perkim). Present were the PM’s wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, and Perkim honorary secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Yusof Noor. “I am happy not just because we (Pakatan Harapan) won. “I am grateful that the transition of power happened peacefully and in an orderly manner.” | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 25, 2018 @ 21:43

Two pct EPF contribution for housewives should not be rushed, says MTUC

The proposal to have a two ppercentEmployees Provident Fund (EPF) contribution for housewives will not be easily implemented, given that it is closely tied to the Employees Provident Fund Act and Employment Act 1955.  Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) president, Datuk Abdul Halim Mansor, said the execution of such a plan would have to get the buy-in and consent from all parties of interest contained in the two Acts. He said fixing the two percent contribution rate from their husbands’ salary cannot be amended without first obtaining the consent of the contributor, or having both Acts amended altogether. “As such, I can see how difficult it would be to implement this move in a short span of time, or the 100 days (as promised by Pakatan Harapan),” he said. He was commenting on the suggestion that housewives should receive a two percent EPF contribution from their husbands’ salaries, as well as RM50 from the government for the scheme.  | Read more > | NST

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 25, 2018 @ 07:00

Call to repeal OSA is loud

Civil societies want the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA) repealed to encourage transparency in the new government. This, says the Governance, Inte­grity, Accountability and Transpa­rency (GIAT), a coalition of seven civil society organisations, should be part of the institutional reform that should be carried out by the Government to ensure transparency in the country.

GIAT also wants the Government to table a Freedom of Information Bill as soon as possible, to show its commitment to transparency in line with the spirit of the “New Malaysia”. The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) executive director Cynthia Gabriel said that there were many “problematic” laws that the new Government needed to repeal in order to encourage a Government that is accountable to the people, transparent and open.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 25, 2018 @ 07:00

Jack Ma to meet Dr M over DFTZ project

ALIBABA Group executive chairman Jack Ma (pic) will be in Malaysia to meet Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad soon, reported Nanyang Siang Pau. Quoting sources, the daily said Ma was expected to discuss the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) project with Dr Mahathir.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

A New Malaysia |GE14 Promises |May 25, 2018 @ 07:00

‘Do not delay full autonomy for Sabah and Sarawak’

Pakatan Hara­pan, which has taken over the Federal Government, should not use corruption as an excuse to delay giving full autonomy to Sabah and Sarawak, said Sabah STAR president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan. “It’s all in their (federal leaders) mindset because of the culture of corruption that has been nurtured due to the centralisation of powers all this while,” he said. But worrying about corruption should not be an excuse to delay giving full autonomy to Sabah and Sarawak, he added.  | Read more > | TheStar

 

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A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 19, 2018 @ 16:35

Yeoh wants MACC probe into Taman Rimba Kiara issue

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has been urged to conduct an immediate investigation into the Taman Rimba Kiara land transfer.

Segambut Member of Parliament Hannah Yeoh said former Federal Territories (FT) Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor has, until now, claimed to have no knowledge of the matter. Read more > NST

 

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 19, 2018 @ 13:59

Call made for PH to reinstate Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage

Members of the Malaysian arts and culture community are calling for the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) government to reinstate a dedicated Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage. In the online statement, the community is seeking for endorsement of their call by fellow arts and culture community members.

 Read more > NST

 

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 19, 2018 @ 11:26

Sabahans call for Shafie to relinquish Finance portfolio

Newly-minted Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has been urged to relinquish his state Finance portfolio in keeping with the election manifesto and campaign promises. An online petition urging the Parti Warisan Sabah president to appoint another person to hold the state Finance Minister post in the new government has been garnering support.   Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 19, 2018 @ 09:19

Equal housing opportunity, rights of minorities will be given attention: Zuraida

Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin, who has been named Minister of Housing and Local Government in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government, said that equal housing opportunity for Bumiputra in urban areas is among the matters that will be given attention by the ministry during her tenure. Zuraida, who is Member of Parliament for Ampang, said she would also pay attention to the rights of minorities, aborigines and non-citizens to enjoy comfortable housing facilities.

Read more > SunDaily

 

Day 08, May 18, 2018

Fulfilling Election Promises | News (May 18)

 

A New Malaysia | In Transition | May 18, 2018 @ 07:50

Bank Negara may reopen 1MDB investigation

Bank Negara is prepared to reopen 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) case if new information surfaces. Central bank governor Tan Sri Muhammad Ibrahim maintained that as of now, the institution has exhausted all investigations into 1MDB and taken the necessary actions against the scandal-plagued investment fund within its legal means.  Bank Negara had previously said it had concluded its investigations on 1MDB in May 2016. 1MDB was slapped with a compound for failure to fully comply with directives issued under the Financial Services Act 2013.
Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | New Govt | May 18, 2018 @ 07:50

BN senators: We will not resign

The 54 Barisan Nasional senators will not resign from Dewan Negara now that Pakatan Harapan has formed the Federal Government. A senior senator said there was no need for them to resign because it was not a requirement when a new government had been formed. “There is no such law. As such, there is no need for us to go. We were appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, unlike Dewan Rakyat, where the representatives are voted in by the people,” he said.

Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 18, 2018 @ 15:18

New Transport Minister wants to solve MH370 and reduce road deaths

Reduce road fatalities and solve the MH370 mystery - these are the immediate priorities for Transport Minister-designate Anthony Loke Siew Fook 
Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 18, 2018 @ 17:04

'Tun Dr Mahathir for Education Minister' online petition gains momentum

More than 46,000 Malaysians have signed an online petition calling for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to take on the post of Education Minister. The petition titled "Tun Dr Mahathir for Education Minister" on change.org was initiated on Friday evening, shortly after Mahathir announced he would not take up the post following feedback that it would contravene one of Pakatan Harapan's (PH) election pledges. Read more > SunDaily

 

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

Daim: ECRL costs more than RM66 billion

The Council of Eminent Persons chairman Tun Daim Zainuddin stated that the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) costs more than RM66 billion, following discussions with the ECRL team. Daim said the council found that the RM55 billion investment value only covered Phase 1 of the project, with Phase 2 costing an additional RM11 billion.  Read more > SunDaily

 

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 18, 2018 @ 18:03

A tax holiday for Malaysians? SST to come into effect only in 2-3 months, says Daim

Malaysians may enjoy a short tax holiday of some kind, with the Sales and Services Tax (SST) only expected to be reintroduced in the next two to three months, according to Tun Daim Zainuddin. The Government had earlier promised to set the Goods and Services Tax (GST) at zero-percent from June 1 onwards. But SST will only be reintroduced later, since it will require legislation to be passed in Parliament.   Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 18, 2018 @ 17:40

Daim: Council to review all mega projects

The chairman of an advisory council set up by the new Malaysian government said today that all mega projects in the country would be reviewed and recommendations would be presented to the government. “We have to review all mega projects. If it is not to our advantage, then we have to sit down and talk...,” Tun Daim Zainuddin told reporters. The advisory group was set up by the newly elected Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Daim also said the government expects to raise about RM30 billion from a reinstated sales and services tax (SST). The new government introduced SST after scrapping a goods and service tax (GST).  Read more > Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 18, 2018 @ 17:40

No nod given to RCI on Felda, says council

The Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) says it is erroneous to say that it has agreed to the formation of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on Felda. It said this in a statement following a report carried by a news portal that the CEP had given its nod to the setting up such a royal commission. The CEP said that in a meeting today with the National Felda Settlers’ Children’s Association (Anak), it took note of the point raised by Anak that the formation of the RCI on Felda was contained in the Pakatan Harapan manifesto.

Read more > Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 18, 2018 @ 15:57

RAM says RM53b of toll-road bonds, Sukuk impacted if tolls abolished

RAM Ratings expects RM53bil of bonds and Sukuk issued by toll road concessionaires to be affected if the new federal government abolishes highway tolls.
Read more > TheStar

 

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 18, 2018 @ 12:40

'No more political interference for GLCs under new government'

The government has given assurance that Government-Linked Agencies (GLC) would be free of any political interference. Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd’s (FGV) president and chief executive officer Datuk Zakaria Arshad in saying this, praised the new government, adding that GLCs like FGV would be free to act accordingly without political involvement. He said this after a meeting with the Council of Eminent Persons.  Read more >   NST

 

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 18, 2018 @ 12:30

Council of Eminent Persons wants RCI into Felda misappropriation, settlers’ rep says

The Council of Eminent Persons has agreed that there is a need to establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate Felda’s alleged misappropriation, said Persatuan Anak Peneroka Felda Kebangsaan. Read more > Malaymail

 

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 18, 2018 @ 11:50

Malaysians call for Science and Mathematics to be taught in English

The Sales and Services Tax (SST) will not kick in immediately once the Goods and Services Tax is adjusted to 0%. The implementation of the SST depends on when the Government would make a decision on it, said Customs Department director-general Datuk Seri T. SubromaniamRead more > TheStar 

 

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 18, 2018 @ 10:05

Council of Eminent Persons to meet Felcra, Felda reps

The Council of Eminent Persons headed by former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin is expected to meet Felcra and Felda representatives at Menara Ilham, here, today. The meeting with the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) representatives is expected to begin at 10 amAmong those believed to attend the meeting is former Felda General Manager Datuk Hanapi Suhada, Felda Investment Corporation Sdn Bhd (FIC) chairman Datuk Syed Mohamed Syed Ibrahim and Persatuan Anak Peneroka Felda Kebangsaan (ANAK) president Mazlan Aliman. Read more > NST

 

A New Malaysia | PH Gov | May 18, 2018 @ 07:00

SST will not kick in immediately

The Sales and Services Tax (SST) will not kick in immediately once the Goods and Services Tax is adjusted to 0%. The implementation of the SST depends on when the Government would make a decision on it, said Customs Department director-general Datuk Seri T. SubromaniamRead more > TheStar