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Gov't mulls soda tax, Pua says low-income group need not drink Coke

  • Aug 16, 2018
The government is mulling the implementation of new taxes, including a soda tax, according to DAP lawmaker Tony Pua.However, Pua, who is the finance minister's special officer, said the move would not burden the low-income earners in the B40 group."For example, if we want to implement a soda tax, like a tax on Coca-Cola, it has two components."Firstly, it can generate some revenue for the government. It also does not burden the B40 group as they don't need to drink Coca-Cola."At the same time, w
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PM appeals for more time to fulfil 100-day pledges

  • Aug 16, 2018
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said more time is needed to implement Pakatan Harapan's election pledges. He said the pledges were drafted based on information that was available at the time but the state of the federal government was "much more worse" than the coalition had initially thought. "The manifesto was written on the basis of what we knew what the (previous) government was doing. We (now) found that the situation was much more worse, much more money was borrowed."Occasiona
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Gov’t needs to establish Jho Low's jet was bought using money stolen from 1MDB

  • Aug 16, 2018
The government will have to establish that the jet owned by fugitive financier Jho Low was bought using money stolen from Malaysia, said Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.The prime minister said this when answering reporters on Putrajaya's efforts to bring back the jet from Singapore. He said this after launching the Cardiac Vascular Sentral Hospital in Kuala Lumpur today."We will try to get it (the jet) back. We believe that the jet was bought using money stolen from Malaysia."We need to estab
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PM, six ministers head for China tomorrow

  • Aug 16, 2018
Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be making his first official visit to China tomorrow, after becoming prime minister again.He will be accompanied by six cabinet ministers and Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu.According to Wisma Putra, Mahathir's trip is on the invitation of Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang.This will mark Mahathir's eighth official visit to China as prime minister and his first since assuming the position again on May 10.Wisma Putra said the official visit will serve as a new miles
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CEP's services still needed, says PM

  • Aug 16, 2018
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that he still needs the services of the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) to solve problems in the government.Squashing rumours that the council tasked to advise the federal government would be disbanded by this weekend when the Pakatan Harapan administration reaches its 100th day, Dr Mahathir said he never said the CEP was only for 100 days."Some think that CEP has come to the end, but I haven't decided."I didn’t say anything about 100 days. I still need
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Parliament passes supply bill; no objections

  • Aug 15, 2018
PARLIAMENT | The supply bill seeking to redistribute allocations to the restructured ministries was passed in the Dewan Rakyat tonight.The bill, which affects 14 ministries, was passed without objection.The committee stage of the bill had before this debated the reallocation for each ministry individually beginning with the Economic Affairs Ministry and ending with the Finance Ministry.After the 14th general election, several ministries were restructured and renamed while several new ministries
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Poll: PM scores 71pct approval as Harapan nears 100 days

  • Aug 15, 2018
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad scored a high approval rating of 71 percent as the Pakatan Harapan administration approached its 100th day in office, according to Merdeka Centre.The pollster, however, noted that his rating dropped 12 percent during the period between May 31 and Aug 11.Despite this, Mahathir outperformed his predecessor Najib Abdul Razak, whose highest rating following the 13th general election was 62 percent between June and August 2013. Prior to GE14, Najib's rating was a di
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Poll: Wan Azizah most popular, races divided on Guan Eng, Maszlee

  • Aug 15, 2018
Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is the most popular figure in the cabinet, according to a Merdeka Centre poll.However, Malay and non-Malay respondents appeared divided on the performance of Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and Education Minister Maszlee Malik.According to the poll conducted from Aug 7 to 14, Wan Azizah enjoyed an overall approval rating of 75 percent with only 16 percent disapproving of her performance.This was due to strong support from both the Malay (71 percent ap
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PM's China visit to remove kinks in the relationship

  • Aug 15, 2018
COMMENT | The upcoming official visit of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to China is special as it is crucial.The prime minister is scheduled to be in China from Aug 17 to 21, during which he is expected to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang.The visit is special because Mahathir is returning to China once again as prime minister after a 17-year gap.His last official visit to China as prime minister was in October 2001 to attend the Apec CEO summit.Mahathir is a re
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No compromise, charge aide if there's a case – Mat Sabu

  • Aug 15, 2018
Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu (above) has made it clear that he would not compromise on the issue of integrity and welcomed MACC's investigation against his aide.Pledging his full cooperation, the Amanah president, who is better known as Mat Sabu, said MACC is free to investigate anyone in his ministry or office."I am ready to give my full commitment and cooperation to MACC. For me, there should be no compromise when it comes to integrity."If there is any case, MACC can charge the individual con
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