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New Pakistan PM wants to visit Dr M

  • Oct 19, 2018
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his desire to visit Malaysia in a telephone conversation with Dr Mahathir Mohamad today. In a statement today, the Prime Minister's Office said Mahathir had replied that he would be happy to receive the new Pakistani premier. "In their conversation, they exchanged views on issues of combating corruption," said the PMO. Khan had telephoned Mahathir at 1.45pm today. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, which Khan leads, swept into power in
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Zahid refused to walk free – wife

  • Oct 19, 2018
Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had rejected his lawyer's proposal to seek his release from the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya, according to his wife Hamidah Khamis. “The lawyer wanted to free him but he refused. He (Zahid) will be here (MACC headquarters) until tomorrow morning (and be taken) straight to court,” she was quoted as saying by Bernama. The national news agency reported that Zahid had refused his lawyer's proposal to seek bail for him. Quizzed on how she felt regardin
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India considering 14-day visa free entry for M'sia - minister

  • Oct 19, 2018
"I made the case with the Indian visa fee hike in July, many Malaysians especially low-income earners found it difficult to bear the cost and could not visit India as a result. They often visit India for historical temples and religious reasons,” he said in a statement. The new visa fee was implemented on July 1. The price of India's eVisa increased from RM200 to RM320, and is valid for four months. Over-the-counter visas are now priced at RM462.56 (excluding service charges) and are vali
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Public service transformation still insufficient - 11MP review

  • Oct 19, 2018
RMK11 | The transformation of the public service undertaken during the 2016-2017 period of review of the 11th Malaysia Plan (RMK11) is insufficient as there are still many unresolved issues related to governance, transparency, integrity and accountability, it was reported today. The transformation process is tainted by the issue of transparency and accountability despite the various efforts being taken to improve service delivery through digitalisation, reducing bureaucratic processes, ration
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Reduced development expenditure in Budget 2019, says PM

  • Oct 19, 2018
Budget 2019 will have a reduced development expenditure, said Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. "Well, the fact is that a lot of the money that we earn, the revenue, must be used to pay off the debts. "So to that extent, we cannot reduce the operational budget that has to go on. The only way to save money is to reduce the development budget," Mahathir told reporters at a press conference in Parliament today. However, he said he was not clear on the specifics but that Finance Minister
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Putrajaya to pursue good governance, institutional reforms - Azmin

  • Oct 19, 2018
RMK11 | Putrajaya will embark on good governance and institutional reforms to restore investor confidence under the review of the 11th Malaysia Plan (RMK11), said Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali. Met by reporters at the Parliament lobby today, Azmin said these were "major" steps that need to be taken immediately to restore the confidence of the business community. He cited institutions such as the MACC, the Attorney-General's Chambers, as well as the Auditor-General's Office as
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No withdrawing smoking prohibition in Parliament - Dzulkefly

  • Oct 19, 2018
The Health Ministry will not retract its decision in prohibiting smoking, as well as closing down the smoking room at the Parliament building. Its minister, Dzulkefly Ahmad said he and his deputy, Dr Lee Boon Chye, the ministry’s head of Tobacco Control Unit Dr Nor Aryana Hassan, and Disease Control Division director Dr Norhayati Rusli had informed the matter to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Mohamad Ariff Yusof when they paid a courtesy call on him this morning. "During the meeting, we conveyed
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Dr M: Two-term limit for PM, menteri besar and chief ministers

  • Oct 19, 2018
RMK11 | Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today announced today that the term of office for the prime minister, menteri besar and chief ministers will be limited to two terms only, this as an immediate measure to reform the political system. Presenting in Parliament a motion on the mid-term review of the 11th Malaysia Plan (2016-2020), he said the prime minister would also not be allowed to hold another portfolio. The move was part of a new priority and emphasis to reform governance tow
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Rail nice - All bidders for MRT2 underground got a slice of the pie

  • Oct 18, 2018
As the Finance Ministry moves to pare down the cost of the underground portion of the MRT2 project, new information suggests that contractors MMC-Gamuda had subcontracted several portions of the project to competitors who joined the bidding process. In April 2016, Putrajaya’s One-Stop Procurement Committee, chaired by then-prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, had awarded the contract to a joint venture company involving MMC Corp Bhd and Gamuda Bhd (MMC-Gamuda). Two other China-owned firms p
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RMK11 review indicates digital, carbon tax on the horizon

  • Oct 18, 2018
RMK11 | The mid-term review of the 11th Malaysia Plan (RMK11) indicates that a digital tax is on the horizon. Unlike past reviews, which focused on the country’s performance in the first two years of the five-year plan, the review this time also outlines realigned priorities following the installation of a new government. The mid-term review, prepared by the Economic Affairs Ministry, notes that the government will receive less revenue from public tax collection. This is due to the ab
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