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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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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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Would you kill if I ordered you to? Dr M to civil servants

  • Aug 15, 2018
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has reminded civil servants to serve the government of the day, but not to the extent of committing crimes."If I ordered you to commit murder, would you do that?“There are two kinds of order. One is asking to commit a crime, and the other is based on certain principles," he said during a town hall session in Putrajaya today.Mahathir, who did not mention any particular case, said civil servants, including police and army personnel, have the right to disobey an
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Guan Eng files motion to reopen 1MDB probes, make it public

  • Aug 15, 2018
PARLIAMENT | Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has filed a motion in the Dewan Rakyat for the auditor-general and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to reopen investigations into the 1MDB scandal.The motion also urged for all information related to the investigation to be made public.“(The finance minister to move) that Dewan Rakyat resolves that the auditor-general and PAC conduct again a detailed investigation on the embezzlement of monies and the scandal with regards to 1MDB and its related co
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EPF for homemakers, widows, single mothers – registration starts today

  • Aug 15, 2018
The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) announced that the registration for Caruman Sukarela Insentif Suri (i-Suri) opens today, and those who are eligible may participate in i-Suri by registering as an EPF member at any of the 67 EPF branches nationwide.Housewives, widows and single mothers whose profiles are enlisted in the National Database on Poverty (eKasih), can register for i-Suri and contribute a minimum of RM5 on a monthly basis into their retirement savings accounts, in order to be eligible
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KL-S'pore HSR talks to continue in the coming weeks

  • Aug 15, 2018
Discussions between Malaysia and Singapore on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project will continue in the coming weeks, after officially kicking off on Aug 11.Singapore Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan and Malaysia's Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali met in Singapore last Saturday to discuss the project, Channel NewsAsia reported last night."The ministers discussed the HSR project and agreed to continue discussions in the coming weeks," Singapore's Ministry of Transpo
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