PUTRAJAYA (Nov 27): Reiterating that his Cabinet will be downsized, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on Sunday said he will do away with the extravagant manner of appointing ministers as a form of reward. "I had a very good meeting with Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg (Gabungan Parti Sarawak chairman) yesterday. They have working committees also, to give some recommendations," he said, adding that he will be meeting Sabah Chief Minister and Gabungan Rakyat Sabah chairman Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor later on Sunday evening. Anwar during the press conference on his first day in office on Friday (Nov 25) said the Cabinet size would be reduced and he was also seeking the agreement from members who would be appointed to have their salaries reduced. Read also:PM eyes targeted subsidies for low-income groupsPM chairs National Action Council on Cost of Living Special Meeting
November 27, 2022 07:14 UTC
After dispossessing Abdulelah Al-Malki and slotting home eight minutes from the end for an unexpected 2-0 win, Poland's most prolific marksman dived to the ground and team mates piled on top of him as they all celebrated Lewandowski finally breaking his World Cup duck. The pressure was always on for the Barcelona forward after failing to score in Poland's three matches in the 2018 World Cup and Tuesday's opening draw against Mexico. Aged 34, and with Poland's patchy World Cup qualifying record, Qatar might have been his last chance. Poland coach Czeslaw Michniewicz switched tactics from the Mexico match where Lewandowski was the sole forward. "I think the older I get, the more emotional I get, and I'm aware that when it comes to the World Cup, it might be my last World Cup actually," Lewandowski said after scoring his 77th international goal.
November 26, 2022 19:00 UTC
PUTRAJAYA (Nov 26): The Ministry of Human Resources on Saturday (Nov 26) announced the employment of foreign workers for the land warehouse sub-sector. In a statement, the ministry said this is in line with the decision of the joint committee meeting between the home minister and the human resources minister on the management of foreign workers on July 18. The Ministry of Human Resources said further inquiries can be made through its migrant worker management division at 03-8885 2939/2940 or email [email protected]. Inquiries can also be made by contacting the regulatory agency, which is the trade logistics unit, strategic and iInternational planning division of the Ministry of Transport at [email protected] (03-8892 1278) or [email protected] (03-8892 1268) for the land warehouse sub-sector. For the wholesale and retail sub-sector, contact the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs' distributive trade and services industry secretariat via [email protected].
November 26, 2022 13:30 UTC
Economic growth has slowed to the point where some now believe that Thailand is stuck in the middle-income trap. Cyclically, Thailand is looking good in a bad year for the rest of the worldMost forecasters are downcast about the global economy in 2023. One reason why Thailand’s economy will shine is the tourism recovery. • Foreign direct investment (FDI) will drive up private investment: Private investment is still below pre-pandemic levels. Strong reserves of resilience will help Thailand weather the volatility in the global economyThere are, of course, downside risks in the near term but it looks like these are likely to be manageable.
November 25, 2022 22:10 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will work together with Singapore to further elevate Malaysia-Singapore bilateral relations, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Anwar said this in reply to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's tweet on his appointment as the 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia. As close neighbours and partners in Asean, Malaysia and Singapore also share many commonalities, intertwined history and very close and active people-to-people connections. "I look forward to meeting you at the earliest opportunity and working together to further elevate Malaysia-Singapore bilateral relations," Anwar tweeted. Lee, in his earlier tweet, congratulated Anwar and expressed his interest to work together with Anwar as well as the new Malaysian government to further strengthen bilateral ties.
November 25, 2022 21:15 UTC
HANOI (Vietnam News Network): Vietnam International Defence Expo 2022 is slated for Dec 8 to 10 in the capital city with representatives from 30 countries taking part. Initially planned by the Ministry of National Defence (MoD) to take place in 2020, the expo was postponed due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. An additional 45 high-level delegations will also visit Vietnam on the sidelines of the expo. Senior Colonel Phạm Mạnh Thắng, deputy director of the MoD’s Department of Foreign Relations said: “Hosting the first international defence expo in Vietnam is one of the most important activities of the Ministry of National Defence international integration and defence this year. “Vietnam International Defence Expo 2022 is an opportunity to promote the strength and potential of Vietnam's national defence, while also being an opportunity for local manufacturers to meet with international partners in showcasing, introducing and exchanging new technology and co-develop the defence industry.”The show will be open to the Vietnamese public aged 18 and above, who have registered in advance, on the last day of the exhibition.
November 25, 2022 15:49 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 24): Lotte Chemical Titan Holding Bhd (LCT) has declared a special single-tier dividend of 13.98 sen per share for the financial year ending Dec 31, 2022 (FY2022) out of the retained earnings intended to reward its shareholders. The special dividend, LCT said, notwithstanding the group's dividend policy is to pay approximately 50% of its consolidated financial year profit after tax and minority interests after taking into account working capital and maintenance capital expenditure requirements. Its net loss was at RM145.92 million in the immediate preceding quarter on a revenue of RM2.82 billion. Quarterly revenue, however, grew 6.12% to RM2.37 billion, from RM2.24 billion a year ago, mainly due to an increase in average product selling prices. Read also:Lotte Chemical Titan drops 10% after posting second straight quarterly lossLotte Chemical Titan posts second straight quarterly loss of RM355 mil at 3QFY22
November 24, 2022 23:39 UTC
Since 2009, Yeoh Keng Swee, 55, forged degrees, certificates and transcripts, which he then used to get hired by 11 companies. But his long paper trail of forged qualifications was uncovered when Nanyang Technological University (NTU) filed a police report against him in January 2021. The report said the school had received a request for degree verification, and that the degree submitted by Yeoh was forged. According to court documents, the other companies that hired him from 2009 to 2015 based on forged qualifications are:Yeoh forged the qualifications by searching for copies online and printing them out to use as templates. In December 2020, he applied for a job as a construction project manager at Success Forever Construction using forged documents.
November 24, 2022 20:26 UTC
In a statement, the group said a total of 5,285 applications were received from the Malaysian public for 179.51 million shares. Of these, 2,747 applications were for 59.43 million shares allocated for the Bumiputera, representing an oversubscription rate of 0.61 times. The non-Bumiputera portion, meanwhile, received 2,538 applications for 120.08 million shares, representing an oversubscription rate of 2.24 times. The private placement of 207.34 million shares — involving 22.22 million shares for identified institutional and/or selected investors, along with 185.18 million shares for identified Bumiputera investors approved by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry — have also been fully placed out, said Leform. Read also:Leform to raise RM71.5m for strategic expansion through ACE Market IPOACE Market-bound Leform inks underwriting deal with MIDF InvestmentSteel product maker Leform gets nod to list on ACE MarketSteel products manufacturer Leform eyes ACE Market listing
November 24, 2022 15:22 UTC
Based on their annual reports, Genting Bhd, Genting Malaysia Bhd, breweries Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia Bhd and Heineken Bhd, and NFOs Sports Toto Bhd and Magnum Bhd have paid a combined RM792.03 million and RM1.07 billion in income taxes in FY2021 and FY2020, respectively. As for the NFOs, there are three levels of taxes — netted off when arriving at net gaming revenue, then under cost of sales, and finally, the usual corporate income taxes, a gaming analyst explained. Tax hikes in gaming industryThe last hike on gaming taxes was when Pakatan Harapan (PH) came into power in 2018, after defeating the ruling coalition government Barisan Nasional (BN) in the 14th general elections (GE14). Back then, the MOF raised casino duties to 35% from 25% on gross gaming income, and gaming machine duties to 30% from 20% on gross collection. “We gather from channel checks that the NFO industry contributes almost RM3 billion a year, while Genting Malaysia contributes over RM1 billion a year of gaming taxes based on our estimates,” it added.
November 24, 2022 04:12 UTC
JOHOR BARU: Police have assured the public that they are free to travel despite the setting up of 24-hour roadblocks. Johor police chief Comm Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat said a total of 22 roadblocks had been set up in strategic locations throughout the state. The public should not be fearful as the roadblocks are set up for their own security. ALSO READ: Police roadblocks to ensure peace, says IGP“The public should not listen to rumours,” he said yesterday. Members of the public, said Comm Kamarul Zaman, were free to travel to any place they wanted to, including Kuala Lumpur.
November 24, 2022 03:28 UTC
Taking drugs to control diabetes and lower cholesterol may reduce a person’s risk of developing a common eye disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found that people taking drugs to lower cholesterol had a 15% reduced risk of developing AMD, compared to those who were not taking the drugs. Meanwhile, people taking medicine to control diabetes appeared to have a 22% lesser risk. No such associations were found for the other types of drugs being taken by people involved in the study. “Our study indicates an association of systemic use of LLD (lipid-lowering drugs) and antidiabetic drugs with lower AMD prevalence across several European cohort studies,” the authors wrote.
November 23, 2022 16:09 UTC
BEIJING: China’s financial regulators stressed the need for facilitating financing for the real estate sector to ensure economic stability. The programme of “the second arrow” – a risk-sharing scheme to facilitate bond financing of private enterprises, including private real estate enterprises – was also expanded, he said. “We should pay close attention to the difficulties and challenges facing the real estate sector,” Yi Huiman, chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), said at the forum on Monday. The CSRC will support real estate enterprises’ plans to improve their balance sheets, mergers and acquisitions in the real estate sector and equity financing of enterprises that have a certain size of real estate business, he said. As the country ramps up support to stabilise the real estate sector, some experts said the over-five-year LPR still has room to drop in the coming months, which will help shore up home-buying demand and further stabilise the real estate sector.
November 23, 2022 09:50 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 22): Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah said he will decide on the appointment of the 10th prime minister soon. His Majesty also called on the people to accept the decision on the appointment and the formation of the new Government, whatever it may be. "Let's accept the decision of the people, accept the decision of the people's representatives, and accept the decision of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. "Let me make the decision as soon as possible," Al-Sultan Abdullah told reporters outside Istana Negara Gate 2 on Tuesday (Nov 22). Parti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Masyarakat and Parti Bangsa Malaysia secured one seat each, while two more seats were won by independents.
November 23, 2022 05:17 UTC
COP27 takes place amid worsening poverty, hunger and war, and higher prices, exacerbating many interlinked climate, environmental and socio-economic crises. Crossing it, the world faces risks of far more severe climate change effects on people and ecosystems, especially in the tropics and sub-tropical zone. Stronger climate action neededIn international negotiations, rich nations have evaded historical responsibility for climate debt by only focusing on current emissions. Another world is possibleAnother world is possible. The luxury hotels there are charging rates that have put COP27 beyond the means of many, especially climate justice activists from poorer countries.
November 22, 2022 11:36 UTC