‘Chase the Lion’

MB Johor Dato’ Seri Khaled Nordin

Menteri Besar Johor Dato’ Seri Khaled Nordin had strategic economic agenda for the state to be an economic powerhouse and to ride on the growth and spill over effect of the Singapore economy and global trading and financial standing.

The Edge Market story:

GE14: Johor BN launches manifesto, aims to “Chase the Lion”

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JOHOR BAHRU (April 14): Johor Barisan Nasional (BN) launched its manifesto, based on five thrusts including ensuring sustainable economic development, providing comprehensive infrastructure and talent development.

The ruling coalition will not let Johor become the ‘backwater’ to Singapore, said Johor BN chairman and menteri besar Datuk Seri Mohd Khaled Nordin at the launching event held at the Persada International Convention Centre in Johor Bahru today.

“Johor BN will not let Johor be the backwater to anyone, especially Singapore. We will not just sit here and watch Singapore develop itself, while not doing anything on our side. The southern tiger will chase the lion,” said Khaled, drawing loud applause from the attendees.

As the incumbent state government, Johor BN wants to position the state as a new economic power in the region, and become an economic and development competitor to any state or region, especially its southern neighbour.

The coalition offers a total of 230 pledges for the people in Johor over the next five years. Among the most notable pledges include developing each district based on its economic strengths and needs.

For example, Muar’s furniture manufacturing industry will be developed further with the development of Muar Furniture Park. The district will also be turned into an education hub for the country, mostly through the Pagoh University City which is home to about 7,000 students.

Segamat will be developed into the “Agriculture Hub of National Importance” or “The Holland of Malaysia”. The state government has planned to develop nucleus farms – named Agro Mix Farms – on a 46 acre site, which will be expanded to 100 acres over the next five years.

The state’s BN also pledged to increase the growth rate of the gross domestic product (GDP) to an average of 6% over the next five years , said Khaled. BN Johor is also committed to ensure the success of mega projects in the state, he added.

The mega projects that the coalition is promoting include the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID), the development of Pengerang Industrial Park with a RM1.1 billion investment, Ibrahim International Business District and Johor Bio Desaru Food Valley.

Other mega projects include :

1.       Developing Jemaluang Dairy Valley to create job opportunities in dairy processing industry

2.       Developing Nusajaya Tech Park with the aim of creating 20,000 job opportunities

3.       Johor Halal Park

4.       Sedenak Iskandar Data Centre Hub

5.       Boosting Johor’s position as the National Logistics Hub

Continuing on the coalition’s target to “Chase the Lion”, a reference to Singapore, which is known as the Lion City, Khaled said that it will develop the state’s tourism attractions and infrastructure, in order to compete with Singapore in attracting tourists from across the region.

“If Singapore has Gardens by the Bay, we will develop Desaru Coast, a multibillion tourism development which will see many world-class hotels and resorts. Desaru Coast will also have the largest wave pool in Southeast Asia,” said Khaled.

Desaru Coast, which is currently being developed at a cost of RM4.5 billion, will be operational this coming June, the manifesto read. In addition to that and Legoland and Hello Kitty Town, other tourism attractions that will be developed in Johor include :

1.       Sci-Fi Universe, a science fiction-based theme park with an investment of RM400 million

2.       Johor Eco Entertainment Park to be developed in Bandar Akademi YPJ Kota Tinggi with an investment of RM2.7 billion

3.       Pengerang Waterfront worth RM100 million

On the social side, Johor BN also pledges to reduce the burden of the high cost of living among the bottom 40 (B40) and middle 40 (M40) through several programmes, including by expanding “imCoop” across Johor by adding 50 more fair price shops by 2020.

The coalition also pledges to continue the Johor Affordable Housing Scheme, or Rumah Mampu Milik Johor (RMMJ) by building another 100,000 houses  by 2023. Johor BN also wants to expand the rent-to-own scheme to those with a household income of below RM3,000.

On the pledge to build 100,000 RMMJ by 2023, which coincidentally is similar to what Pakatan Harapan offered in their manifesto for Johor, Khaled said that the opposition coalition copied the state government’s ideas.

“When they copied our ideas, this shows that we are on the right track,” said Khaled.

Through the mega projects and economic policies, the state BN targets to create about 250,000 new job opportunities, including 14,000 high skill jobs through Iskandar Shares Services and Outsourcing initiative, 5,000 jobs in the furniture industry and another 5,000 in the oil and gas industry.

This commitment to increase job opportunities in the state will be followed by efforts to reduce dependence on foreign labour, said Khaled. For starters, the state government is in the midst of developing a Labour Rationalisation Plan, he added.

On infrastructural development, some RM600 million will be allocated for the maintenance of rural roads. The North – South Expressway between Yong Peng and Johor Bahru will also be upgraded to six lanes, from the current four lanes.

RM350 million worth of investment will be channelled towards developing the state’s sports infrastructure, mostly for the construction of the Johor Bahru Sport City and Arena Larkin. Mini stadiums will also be built in each districts, said Khaled.

Ending his presentation, Khaled said that Johor BN is not competing against Pakatan Harapan when crafting the manifesto. Instead, the coalition has a bigger aim, which is to make Johor as competitive as Singapore in the international arena.

“We must work hard to make Johor as the best state in Malaysia, so that within five to 10 years, the story of our success will be echoed, not only throughout the nation, but also across the Tebrau Strait. Let everyone knows that this Southern Tiger can roar as loud as the Red Lion,” he said.

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The Edge Market story based on Bernama report:

Johor set to outperform Klang Valley in economic contributions

ISKANDAR PUTERI (March 6): Johor’s rapid growth, which has been projected to continue in the next few years, may result in the state outperforming the Klang Valley in terms of contributions to the nation’s economy.

Johor Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, said he was confident the state’s economic growth would continue to accelerate within the next 10 years due to factors such as the over-development in the Klang Valley and its lack of space for future development.

He said his confidence was also based on Johor receiving the highest amount of investment in the manufacturing sector for four consecutive years since 2013 and being among the highest contributors to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP).

“If we want to compare among Johor, Selangor and Penang, Penang is a small state, whereas Selangor is benefiting from the spillover from Kuala Lumpur (KL).

“When KL spends around KL, Selangor benefits. We do not have that in Johor, but look at how the state has been developing now,” he told Bernama in his office in Kota Iskandar recently.

Johor’s economic growth was backed by its strength in various sectors, he said, adding that the state was the nation’s third biggest contributor in major economic sectors, except for the mining sector.

Mohamed Khaled, who was also the Joint Chairman for the Iskandar Region Development Authority, said that from 2011 to 2016, Johor’s economic growth had surpassed the nation’s economic growth rate, with an average of 5.9% compared with Malaysia’s 5.1%.

In 2016, the state’s GDP growth was recorded at 5.7%, the third highest following Labuan (7.2%) and KL (5.9%).

In order to boost the state’s economic growth, the state authority had launched the Johor Strategic Development Plan in 2016, he said.

He said among other things, it included plans to capitalise on each district’s economic potential according to their respective niche and advantages.

For example, Muar would be developed as an education and furniture hub, while Mersing would be developed under the tourism sector, he said.

Mohamed Khaled, who is also the Permas Assemblyman, said the plan was crafted in such a way as it would be impossible for each district to be developing the same project.

“We do not want what is being done in Iskandar or Pengerang to be done in other districts, that is impossible.

“This is why we choose to develop each district according to their respective niche,” he said.

He said the rapid development in Johor Bahru, Pengerang and the Iskandar Malaysia Economic Region should not spark any jealousy among the residents in other districts, as the gains from the developments in those districts would be used to fund the developments in other districts in the state.

“The state government’s approach will ensure that the development in Johor is inclusive, balanced and ensures the people’s prosperity.

“If we do not have any development in any districts, especially in Iskandar and Pengerang, we will not have any resources or capability to develop other districts,” he said.

Mohamed Khaled said that by choosing to develop Johor in an inclusive and balanced manner, the state government would have to ensure that there would not be a large economic gap between the districts.

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This is a good strategy considering the projected Singapore GDP for 2018 is USD350 billion and the GDP per capita in the terms of purchase power parity (PPP) is third highest in the world.

In a Straits Times report, Johoreans prefer the investment from Singapore compared to other investor nations.

Johoreans ‘prefer Singapore investments’

Chinese developer Country Garden Pacific View responded to criticism that its RM444 billion (S$150 billion) investment in property project Forest City did not benefit locals by announcing last year that more than 40 per cent of its capital expenditurPUBLISHED

Poll shows state residents do not see China’s economic presence as beneficial to them

JOHOR BARU • Residents in Malaysia’s southern state of Johor welcome foreign investments generally, but favour investments from neighbouring Singapore over those from China, says a recent survey.

A poll conducted last month by the Merdeka Centre for Opinion Research showed that 69 per cent of 1,007 survey respondents in Johor were in favour of investments from Singapore, but only 56 per cent of them welcomed investments from China, according to The Malaysian Insight (TMI) news site yesterday.

Johoreans, according to the news site, do not see themselves benefiting from China’s growing economic presence in the state, largely in the form of multibillion-ringgit property developments.

“We don’t feel the positive effects,” Mr Zayani Ismail told TMI.

“The only thing they have done is drive up the local property prices and make it harder for people like me to buy a home in Johor Baru,” said the 32-year-old executive.

Many locals view Chinese investments with a mixture of disinterest and suspicion, mainly because the bulk of these investments were in high-end real estate, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute senior fellow Francis E. Hutchinson told TMI.

“The perception is that this drives up housing prices and many of those buying the newly completed units will not be local,” he said.

The survey also showed that more Johoreans – 29 per cent – were dissatisfied with Chinese investments than with Singaporean investments, which saw a dissatisfaction rate of 18 per cent.

Average Johoreans believe that Chinese projects do not provide enough local job opportunities, Dr Hutchinson said, in contrast to the involvement of Singapore-based multinationals in the 1980s development of Pasir Gudang that had directly benefited Johoreans.

“Beyond the jobs created, an important new township was developed in a sparsely populated part of the state,” he explained.

  • 69%
  • Of respondents were in favour of investments from Singapore.
  • 56%
  • Welcomed investments from China.

According to the TMI report, Chinese developer Country Garden Pacific View responded to criticism that its RM444 billion (S$150 billion) investment in property project Forest City did not benefit locals by announcing last year more than 40 per cent of its capital expenditure went to pay local firms.

Despite its revelation that RM4.7 billion was spent on local consultancy services, law and architecture firms and construction materials, the average Johorean’s scepticism remains, the report said.

The historical relationship between Malaysia and Singapore – they were part of the Federation of Malaysia until 1965 – also plays a part in Johoreans favouring Singapore, said Dr Hutchinson.

Singapore investments are also viewed as more relevant to Johor because of their close geographical location, with the two linked across the Johor Strait by the 1km-long Causeway at Woodlands and the 2km-long Second Link at Tuas.

Nine in 10 Johoreans polled said there should be a high-speed railroad between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur; 81 per cent said there should be a third link between the two countries and 88 per cent said Johor and Singapore should be linked by an MRT service.

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Khaled’s economic strategy to turn Johor into an economic powerhouse would have a desired effect on the creation of a quarter of million new jobs.

The Star story:

MB: Johor govt plans to turn state into economic powerhouse

  • NATION
  • Sunday, 21 Jan 2018

  • by mohd farhaan shah

    PASIR GUDANG: The Johor government has a long-term plan for the state and an aspiration to make it the new economic powerhouse in Malaysia, said Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

    The Mentri Besar said mega projects such as the Rapid Transit System, Gemas-Johor Baru double tracking system, Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail and the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development project in Pengerang would set Johor above others once completed.

    “More importantly, these mega projects – together with other developments taking place here – will generate 250,000 employment opportunities in the state,” he said in his speech before officiating SMK Dato’ Penggawa Timur’s 44th Parent-Teacher Association meeting here on Sunday (Jan 21).

    Mohamed Khaled also blasted certain parties for questioning the state government’s efforts in attracting foreign investments.

    “Without these investments, the state government cannot develop Johor’s economy. We can see how vibrant are the developments here,” he said.

    Mohamed Khaled added that unlike Barisan Nasional, the Opposition does not have any concrete plans for Johor.

    He said that the state government has been proactive in addressing the high cost of living, especially in urban areas, through building affordable homes and other initiatives.

    “We have built 27% of affordable homes in Johor so far with a price range of between RM40,000 and RM150,000, which is the cheapest in Malaysia,” he said.

    Mohamed Khaled said it was the responsibility of the Barisan-led state government to ensure that the people is able to benefit from development.

    “It is our aspiration to make Johor a developed state and its rakyat enjoy prosperous lives,” he added.

    Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/01/21/mb-state-govt-plans-to-turn-johor-into-economic-powerhouse/#3UW2vOVCdaJ4ZIiV.99

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The Johor GLC firm of RM5.1 billion turnover Johor Corporation is set to embark on the Industrial Revolution 4.0, which is a manifest the shift on the state turning into an economic powerhouse.

Utusan online story:

JCorp sedia teroka Industri 4.0

MOHAMED KHALED NORDIN
MOHAMED KHALED NORDIN

JOHOR BAHRU 27 April – Kumpulan Johor Corporation Bhd. (JCorp) sedia meneroka bidang perniagaan global baharu terdiri daripada sektor Revolusi Perindustrian Ke-4 (Industri 4.0) pada masa depan.

Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin berkata, perancangan JCorp untuk me nyertai era Industri 4.0 merupakan satu usaha berterusan yang digerakkan pihaknya.

Mohamed Khaled yang juga Pengerusi JCorp bagaima napun membe ritahu, syarikat milik kerajaan negeri itu tidak akan tergesa-gesa sebalik nya akan mengikut perancangan ditetapkan.

“Penerokaan sektor Industri 4.0 ini akan dibuat mengikut keupayaan dan perancangan ditetapkan syarikat.

“JCorp merupakan instrumen terbaik kerajaan ne geri dalam menerokai bidang tersebut, sekali gus dapat memberi manfaat kepada rakyat seluruh negara,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian dalam sidang akhbar selepas me nyempurnakan Majlis Pelancaran Laporan Tahunan Johor Corporation Bhd. di Hotel Puteri Pacific, di sini hari ini.

Yang turut hadir, Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan negeri, Datuk Md. Jais Sarday serta Pre siden dan Ketua Eksekutif JCorp, Datuk Kamaruzzaman Abu Kassim.

Sementara itu, Kamaruzzaman mengumumkan JCorp telah merekodkan perolehan berjumlah RM5.579 bilion bagi kewa ngan 2017, peningkatan 4.1 peratus berbanding perolehan tahun sebelumnya.

Katanya, kejayaan itu merupakan satu pencapaian yang memberangsangkan dalam keadaan ekonomi glo bal yang tidak menentu sepanjang tahun lalu.

“Keuntungan selepas cukai bagi peringkat kumpulan pada 2017 turut mencatatkan peningkatan sebanyak 31 peratus iaitu sebanyak RM542 juta berbanding RM415 juta pada 2016.

“Daripada segi pemilikan aset, jumlah aset Kumpulan JCorp bagi 2017 adalah sebanyak RM21.795 bilion,” katanya.

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The RM120billion GDP Johor economy is poised to grow bigger, upon such prized investment such as the USD27 billion Petronas RAPID with investors such as Aramco of Saudi Arabia.

“It is a confidence shown for the Malaysian economy”, Minister in-charge Dato’ Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said at the signing between Petronas and Aramco.

Aramco committed USD7 billion in the project termed as a ‘Green Field project’. “Saudi Aramco will support any financing for the project”.

The past five years saw MB Johor Khaled policies and leadership brought transformation and increment in the Johor economy.

The trickle down has been felt by the rakyat.

This is attested by a professional serving one of the Johor GLCs, who saw MB Khaled move to follow through policies and being implemented through GLCs and SPVs.

“MB Johor Khaled has delivered what he promised since five years ago. His ratings for delivery and implementation have actually gone up”.

‘Chase the Lion’ is one of the MB Khaled’s strategy to put Johor at even better spot, in the challenges of the overall transformation of Malaysia.

*Updated 7 May 2018 1500hrs

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An artistic debate against “Old Ma”

Muo born Chinese rapper Namewee took an abstract swipe against Fourth Prime Minister and Opposition Leader Tun Dr. Mahathir for his campaign which include teaming up with Chinese Chauvinist DAP, considering the latter is a “Racist”.

The secondary message is the concoction of ‘Fake News’, which Dr. Mahathir and the Opposition coalition utilised to sow hatred, intensely for the past three years.

The Youtube music video hit 77,000 viewership within four hours of its release and 91% of the viewers are between the age group 0f 20-29.

Although is was featured as if it was an election debate, the clear message against Dr. Mahathir is a subliminal signal for the first time Malaysian Chinese voters.

On the ‘Come out and vote’ note, Malaysian Classic Rocker Amy Search also published a music video on the Youtube format to urge Malaysians to exercise their constitutional right.

The Fifth Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi also issued a strong sublime message to voters to choose wisely.

MEDIA STATEMENT BY

TUN ABDULLAH AHMAD BADAWI

 

1. On the 9th of May, Malaysians will go to the polls to determine the future of our beloved country.

2. Since independence, we Malaysians have exercised our democratic rights in 13 General Elections; and if we include the 1955 general election, this will be the 15th time in 63 years that we exercise our duty as citizens.  And throughout the years, Malaysians have demonstrated experience and wisdom in exercising their democratic rights and duties.

3. The 14th general election will determine the ability of our country and society in facing previously unheralded challenges. This election will determine the government that will steer us through these challenges and lead us into the future.

4. And whether we continue to be progressive, prosperous and peaceful will be decided by the government we choose on the 9th of May.

5. Malaysia is at the precipice of becoming a developed nation and like other countries, is not insulated from the effects of globalisation.

6. The challenges that we will face in the coming years can only be overcome by a government which is strong, stable and experienced. A strong and stable government can only be formed on the back of a strong mandate and one that is anchored by leaders who genuinely work together for the benefit of its people. Any government comprising people of differing and opposing political ideologies who only come together for the sole purpose of wresting political power will not and cannot be good for the country. It is unwise to elect leaders who share the same bed but yet have different dreams.

7. Malaysia’s tremendous progress since independence was largely possible because of its political stability and because it was led by leaders who were genuine and sincere in working together and shared the same aspirations and dreams for their country

8. In building the nation, our leaders from the very beginning formulated consistent and progressive policies with strong and sound fiscal and economic management.

9. Throughout the years the governments of Barisan Nasional and it’s precursor Perikatan also consistently had a smooth transition of power from one prime minister to another which ensured the country’s continued stability and success.

10. As such, in the coming general election, Malaysians should again exercise wisdom and rationality in applying the same important criteria when choosing the party that will helm the government.

11. An election is not a game of chance; neither is it an excuse to change for the sake of changing as there is no system that is perfect. Malaysians should be honest with themselves and carefully evaluate the electoral promises made by competing parties and rationally distinguish between what is real and achievable and what are mere promises, made just to fish for votes, as the promise of spring may lead to a glorious summer; but it can also end up in a winter of discontent for our country.

12. As one who once led this country, it is my hope and desire to see a higher level of political maturity amongst the candidates contesting in this election. It is also my hope and wish to see that the political parties and candidates embrace democracy in a rational manner; and not based on emotions, anger and animosity.

13. As an elderly man who loves his country as much as any other Malaysian, I would also like to remind those contesting this election that you do so out of a sense of duty to your country and  to serve your fellow citizens, and not merely to seize power for power’s sake.

14. The people’s interests should be the primary concern; and not the agenda or political ambition of any particular group or individual.

15. I plead to my fellow citizens to exercise their democratic rights and duties peacefully and responsibly without ill feelings and animosity. Let us continue to build a society that values integrity, ethics and righteousness.

16. Whether we progress or regress, live in misery or prosperity; live in dignity or ignominy is all in our hands and for us to decide. i pray to the almighty that this election will be conducted smoothly and peacefully and the outcome on the 9th of May will be one that is in the best interest of the nation that we love and cherish.

Selamat Mengundi.

TUN ABDULLAH AHMAD BADAWI

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Haliza: We would bring development that should have been here

BN candidate for Batu Pahat Parliamentary seat Haliza Abdullah promised for the development that should have brought to the town but instead taken for other satellite towns.

“I will not promise you the sky but I would ensure that the development which should have been brought here but instead went to towns like Seri Gading and Parit Sulong”.

She spoke to the Chinese voters in a temple Jalan Jenjang, in own one of the oldest towns in Johor.

Apparently, she has been to a temple everyday to meet the Chinese voters since the XIV GE campaign started last Saturday.

She then on for three other venues.

Haliza is the Batu Pahat BN Wanita Chief and the first woman BN candidate for Batu Pahat.

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Achehnese ‘David’ trying to slay a Giant

A political novice is banking on his Achehnese roots clout around Jerai and Yan and hoping to unseat against an incumbent, who had served the constituents well.

Newbie Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi is challenging incumbent Mej. Jen. (Rtd.) Dato’ Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, who is the Minister-in-charge for Religious Affairs, for the Jerai Parliamentary seat.

“Abang Jamil is very popular here. He has been very diligent attending and serving all mosques and suraus in Jerai for four years, without ever talking about politics”, said Dato’ Boey Chin Gan.

Boey is contesting for the N22 Gurun DUN seat as the BN candidate.

Akhramsyah is a High Council member of PPBM, the party formed by disgruntled and rejected UMNO leaders and members led by Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, sacked Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and sacked MB Kedah Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.

Boey, who is a likeable personality around Jerai like Mej. Jen. (Rtd) Jamil, was Mukhriz’s MCA Adviser when he was contesting for the Ayer Hitam DUN seat in the last GE.

It is unlikely that the folks around Jerai whose lives centred around the communal mosques and suraus would decide for Akhramsyah instead of “Abang Jamil”.

Akhramsyah, a Chemical Engineering graduate from Imperial College and was a career Shell man, never did well in mainstream politics nor blogging.

He vied for UMNO Youth Exco in 2009 and failed miserably. In the absence of a good grassroots machinery, it makes it quite difficult for him to convince the Jerai folks to reject Mej. Jen (Rtd) Jamil.

“It is very weird to see Akhramsyah using the ‘Black Eye’ (PKR) logo!”, A political analyst’s observation on the first born of late Tan Sri Sanusi Junid, since both of them are notorious for their anti-Anwar Ibrahim stance.

It is clear the ‘Flip-Flop’ would not resonate well with the traditional Jerai voters.

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“A tree which served well”

Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for P005 Jerlun Dato’ Othman Aziz likened the ruling coalition party is a tree which so much service to so many over so long and shouldn’t be cut off.

“Imagine us (BN) is like a big tree which has been around for over sixty years. It provided shade, shelter, bore fruits and served the eco-system”.

The incumbent MP for Jerlun added “Why should you cut that tree off just because they planted a small new tree and promised that it would give an abundance of sweeter fruits?”.

Othman, who is also Deputy Minister of Finance I, is confident of retaining the seat of his birth place. Challenging him is former MB Kedah Mukhriz Mahathir representing the Opposition coalition using the PKR logo and a former State Assemblyman for Ayer Hitam reprinting PAS, Abdul Ghani Ahmad.

Asked about local issues of the folks of Jerlun are related to Padi farming matters.

“We have rationalised the price of Padi, which is RM1,050 per ton. It used to be variable for different places in Semenanjung Malaysia”.

“We have also rationalised and increased the subsidy of Padi from RM248.10 per ton to RM300.00 per ton”.

Another point the former planter for Sime Darby Group added is that Government has introduced RM200.00 per month subsistence for Padi farmers, in between harvest seasons to alleviate their daily lives issues.

The Star story:

Najib vows to give padi farmers a ‘sweet surprise’

  • NATION
  • Wednesday, 28 Mar 2018

ALOR SETAR: Padi farmers can look forward to a “sweet surprise” should Barisan Nasional emerge victorious in the general election, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“I have a special offer for padi farmers nationwide.

“If the Barisan government receives your full support in the elections, that very same night I will announce a special raise for padi farmers across Malaysia.

“It is up to all of you to make a wise decision,” he said when launching a special aid for farmers at the Sungai Korok development centre here yesterday.

As announced in Budget 2018, the special aid of RM200 a month will be given to padi farmers for three months.

The one-off aid will benefit 325,518 padi farmers.

Najib also touched on the Goods and Services Tax (GST), saying that the revenue was being returned to the people.

“Our government has been laughed at over the GST, where some claim it has raised the prices of many items.

“However, the revenue gathered is spent on incentives and subsidies that benefit those in agriculture, namely the padi farmers, plantation workers and fishermen,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Najib had breakfast with students and staff of Madrasah Al Ulum Addiniah Al Othmaniyah in Tanjung Kapor, where he announced some allocations to strengthen the Islamic agenda and the tahfiz institution in Kedah.

“First is a RM2mil allocation to provide hostel aid for 25 sekolah agama rakyat, followed by assistance for 11 pondok schools totalling RM160,000.

“We will also provide RM4mil for upgrading works on mosques and surau all over Kedah, and these allocations will be distributed through the Prime Minister’s Department,” said Najib

 

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It obvious that why Othman who was the Chairman of Muda Development Authority has been dubbed ‘Champion of Padi’.

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