Government should continue to support Proton

In an expected turn of event after a year of continuous failure of stunts to oust Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad resigns as Chairman of BoD Proton.

March 31, 2016 • MEDIA RELEASE

NOTE TO EDITOR

Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad has resigned as Chairman of Proton Holdings, effective March 30, 2016.

 

A letter of resignation has been sent to Group Managing Director of DRB-HICOM Berhad, Dato Seri Syed Faisal Albar yesterday.

Dr Mahathir has also relinquished his post as the Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Petronas, also effective Mar 30, 2016. His decision has been communicated to UTP Rector Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim.

Apart from that, Dr Mahathir has also resigned as the advisors to the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) and the Tioman Island Development Authority (TIDA). The Chief Secretary to the Government has been informed of these resignations.

Office of Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad
Putrajaya
31st March 2016

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Tun Dr. Mahathir was appointed Advisor of Proton when DRB-Hicom took over in 2012. From May 2014, he took over the Chairmanship of the Proton BoD from then Group Managing Director of DRB-Hicom Bhd. Tan Sri Mohamed Khamil Jamil, who remained as a BoD member.

The Star story:

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | MYT 5:58 AM

Dr M confirms appointment as Proton chairman

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has confirmed that he will be appointed Chairman of Proton Holdings Bhd.

The official announcement is expected to be made on Wednesday.

“My plan is to work with Proton, and make it (Proton) a success,” he told reporters before the Asian Banker Annual Leadership Achievement Awards Dinner 2014 here on Tuesday night.

A news report on Tuesday said that Dr Mahathir will be appointed Proton Chairman, which was seen as DRB-Hicom Bhd’s boldest move in its effort to transform Proton’s sliding fortunes since it took the company private in 2012.

Since going private, DRB-Hicom has been trying to address its slide by focusing on radical transformation measures for Proton’s management.

The appointment of Dr Mahathir is due to his deep knowledge and influence in the industry and government.

Dr Mahathir, who is also the current advisor to the country’s pioneer carmaker since retiring as Prime Minister in 2003, however, did not comment on whether the current executive Chairman Tan Sri Mohd Khamil Jamil would withdraw from his post.

The news report also said that Dr Mahathir will also be appointed as Chairman of Proton’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Lotus Plc, and was understood to have accepted both appointments.

At its peak, Proton, which had produced more than 3.5 million vehicles from its plants in Shah Alam, Selangor, and Tanjung Malim, Perak, held up to 85 per cent of the domestic car market.

However, a combination of factors including liberalisation of the domestic market with the influx of cheap foreign imports, competition from Perodua and the revised National Automotive Policy, among others, contributed towards Proton’s slide.

Currently, Proton’s domestic market share stands at about 22 per cent. – Bernama

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Since the DRB-Hicom takeover from Khazanah, Proton already saw four different Chief Executives, namely Dato’ Lokman Ibrahim, Tan Sri Khamil, Dato’ Abdul Harith Abdullah and very recently, Dato’ Mohamed Fuaad Kenali.

In the same period, Proton saw the launch three of its brand new and indigenous products, Preve’, Supirma and Iriz, did not take of well and cornered the market as what was expected despite the product performance and goodies offered.

It is believed that since DRB-Hicom, the corporation which started as a national car project 33 years ago aggregated RM2.5billion in losses. Naturally, the shareholders are very edgy with Proton, which is pulling down their net earnings YE2013-2015.

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As a Chairman of BoD Proton which is part of the DRB-Hicom Group, Tun Dr. Mahathir should be working for ways to entice more assistance from Prime Minister Najib instead of attacking him, even it is matters not related to the company.

DRB-Hicom as a Group benefited a lot from the continuous business and support of the Federal Government. An example is Deftech. Many of DRB-Hicom automotive plants are located in Pekan, the constituency of Prime Minister Najib.

It is the right thing to do for the Fourth Prime Minister because as the Chairman of the BoD for a company which benefitted to an aggregated sales of RM1 billion over three years, he shouldn’t be over-zealous about ousting Prime Minister Najib.

Last October, Tun Dr. Mahathir even pronounced that RM would overnight be better if Prime Minister Najib summarily steps down. Today, after gradual improvement RM was at 3.89 against the Greenback, despite the is no signal of PM Najib even thinking of resigning.

The Statesman tried various stunts through different channels to get PM Najib, but nothing is even gaining traction. In his sordid desperation, he even took PM Najib to court.

The Federal and State Governments and GLCs should continue to support Proton in as a preferred vendor, now that the BoD member who has been rabidly instigating the rakyat to topple the Prime Minister is gone.

It’s time to move on. So much time, energy and resources wasted already.

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The Game of Thrones

In his apparent obsession and desperation to topple and bring down Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is taking one time choice successor to Pak Lah to court.

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The media statement was issued by solicitor Haniff Khatri, who was also acting for Tun Dr. Mahathir’s former Political Secretary Matthias Chang for being charged for sabotaging the national economy.

The plaintiffs, Tun Dr. Mahathir, Khairuddin Abu Hassan and Ainina Saaduddin were former UMNO members. Tun Dr. Mahathir resigned from the party weeks ago where else the two were sacked by the party.

They are seeking a court order declaring that Prime Minister Najib has committed the tort of misfeasance in public office and had breached fiduciary duties by using his post as the Prime Minister, Chairman of Barisan Nasional and President of UMNO, to act in bad faith, to obstruct, intercede, impede and derail investigations and enquiries pertaining to 1MDB.

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After a solid year of open attacks on Prime Minister Najib for many issues, Tun Dr. Mahathir’s allegations kept on changing from time to time and admitted he don’t actually have evidence to substantiate them, mostly failed miserably.

He started with making speeches in the open. It attracted attention and he utilised the media, especially social media platforms and foreign media to expand and escalate his demand against Prime Minister Najib.

He worked closely with Opposition leaders, pro-Opposition and foreign media.

He was trying to rile up the rakyat to a point of critical mass. At the same time, he used sentiments on UMNO platform to gain traction and support, primarily after Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin and Rural and Entrepreneur Development Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Shafiee Apdal were sacked last July.

However, it didn’t fly.

His minions also leaked part of the information pertaining to internal Tabung Haji (TH) discussions on the process and decision to acquire the 69,754 sq. ft. parcel earmarked for luxury residential within the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) development.

It was hyped and cited in such away that the Anti-Najib operatives intended to create the panic run against TH, as part of the demonstration of the Malays rejecting Prime Minister Najib’s leadership.

However, despite the lousy PR to explain the issue and debunk all the lies and negative perception against the strategic intent and benefits of the acquisition, the Anti-Najib move using TH failed miserably.

By August, his ceramahs were intensified. He went to Johor, to try and inflame the anti-Najib sentiments. There were curious audience but no real numbers, to make thing matters. At least not through the party.

Zaid Ibrahim collected Tun Dr, Mahathir at Pasar Seni LRT station on 30 August 2015, as the latter attended the second in a row appearance at BERSIH 4.0

Zaid Ibrahim collected Tun Dr, Mahathir at Pasar Seni LRT station on 30 August 2015, as the latter attended the second in a row appearance at BERSIH 4.0

Then on 29 and 30 August, the man who once dejected public demonstration crossed the very line he drew. He attended the illegal BERSIH 4.0, two days in a row.

Then it was said that his minions went all over the world making reports on and against 1MDB scandals and this point was hyped, to create the demonic perception against Prime Minister Najib.

In the attempt to diminish public confidence in the strategy to demonise Prime Minister Najib, in October the Statesman even uttered “He (Prime Minister Najib) might be arrested if he travels abroad and tried under ICJ”.

It is simply a stupid lie because Prime Minister Najib did travel to the United States and United Kingdom twice from then till now and other European states which include Turkey.

The Anti-Najib operatives tried to work through party during the AGMs at Division level in October-November, but non avail. UMNO General Assembly came in early December and the Fifth UMNO President could not effectively get the delegates to rise and topple Prime Minister Najib before and during the GA.

Almost immediately, they tried to get ‘No Confidence Vote’ against Prime Minister Najib through Dewan Rakyat. That failed too.

When MACC submitted the incomplete investigation paper (IP) to Attorney General on 31 December 2015, they issued a media statement knowingly that AG Tan Sri Apandi Ali would reject the IP on the ‘RM2.6billion donation’ and ‘SRC International’.

Tun Dr. Mahathir pre-empted that AG would throw the case away. It is the proof that senior MACC officers had conspired with the former Prime Minister, to topple Prime Minister Najib.

When his son Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir eventually resigned after two weeks of political stand off drama, due to lack of confidence and support amongst Kedah UMNO Division leaders and ADUNs, the situation worsened for the longest serving prime minister.

He tried to ride on the suspension of Tan Sri Muhyiddin as UMNO Deputy President. But not many people, especially within UMNO is bothered.

So as an obsessed and possessed man who demonstrate much lesser rational, Tun Dr. Mahathir managed to get very strange bedfellows like DAP Supremo Lim Kit Siang, PKR President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PKR deputy President Azmin Mohmaed Ali, PAN President Mohammad Sabu, former bar Council President Ambiga, BERSIH Chairman Maria Chin and anarchist Ishamuddin Rais to share the same platform and ink the ‘Citizens’ Declaration’.

Tun Dr. Mahathir at arms with the Opposition, particularly his nemesis for 49 years Lim Kit Siang and DAP

Tun Dr. Mahathir at arms with the Opposition, particularly his nemesis for 49 years Lim Kit Siang and DAP

That was the breaking point of many Tun Dr. Mahathir’s own hardliners, loyal supporters and sympathisers.

This marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows, opens a new horizon on what Tun Dr. Mahathir willing to do to topple Prime Minister Najib. This include what deal he did with his arch enemy for the past 49 years.

It is naive to exclude that DAP leaders would not not expect anything from the UMNO President and Ultra Malay leader for 22 years, for getting them to come onboard of his personal obsession.

It was said that within the DAP, there were many skeptics of this new relationship with their sworn enemies and they are actually out of reason to rationalise when their hardliners and staunch supporters of many years.

None of them actually fly off to threaten Prime Minister Najib.

His frustration made him man-possessed, till the point that he decided to take on Prime Minister Najib on all his allegations of 1MDB which include the ‘USD620million donation by a Saudi Royal Family”, was linked to the strategic investment corporation of the Malaysian Government.

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This desperation is reflective in some of the staunchest supporters of Tun Dr. Mahathir in the Anti-Najib Campaign, who one time was a much respected GEIC of a very important media group to resort to posting of fake Time magazine cover on his social media account.

This is politics never seen in modern Malaysian history, especially by a party which will be celebrating its 70th anniversary in less than seven weeks and had been in power continuously for over 61 years.

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Budget 2016: Prospering the Rakyat

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak as the Finance Minister Budget 2016 speech in Dewan Rakyat:

BUDGET 2016

By : YAB. DATO’ SRI MOHD NAJIB BIN TUN HAJI ABDUL RAZAK, PERDANA MENTERI MALAYSIA
Venue : Dewan Rakyat 2016
Date : 23/10/2015

PROSPERING THE RAKYAT

Mr. Speaker Sir,

I beg to move the Bill intituled “An Act to apply a sum from the Consolidated Fund for the service of the year 2016 and to appropriate that sum for the service of that year” be read a second time.

INTRODUCTION

Mr. Speaker Sir,

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious and the Most Merciful. All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the A’lamin. Wa bihi Nastai’n.

Praise be to Allahu Ta’ala who created the seven heavens and earth and who also created a state of darkness into the light.

Peace be upon the Prophet Muhammad, the chosen Messenger who rejects falsehood, and safeguards rights and truths.

Since March 2009, I have presented eleven major documents on the nation’s economy.

These include the first stimulus package, the second stimulus package, the 10th Malaysia Plan and the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) as well as the annual budgets since 2010. Today, I will present the 2016 Budget.

With Allah’s grace, we pray and hope that we will be able to continue presenting the Budget in the coming years.

The Budget presented today represents a manifestation of the 11MP. This is the first Budget in a series of five budgets until our beloved nation transforms into a high-income advanced economy.

This Budget leverages the lessons from history based on Al-Quran through the understanding of Surah An-Nisa’ verse 58 which was translated by Imam Qurtubi, as leaders, it is incumbent upon us to safeguard the rights and ensure equitable distribution of wealth among the rakyat.

Even before the presentation of the Budget today, there have been debates in various media regarding the Malaysian economy, alleging that the country is on the verge of bankruptcy; the economy is in a crisis; and the ringgit has depreciated sharply, due to the perception of ineffective financial governance and non-prudent Government spending.

Given the unwarranted comments and misperceptions, it is only fair that I take the opportunity in this august House to explain, particularly to the honourable members of Parliament as well as the rakyat, so that they are able to directly obtain a clear and correct understanding.

AMONG THE SIX MAIN ACHIEVEMENTS UNDER THE NATIONAL TRANSFORMATION POLICY AND ECONOMIC PROSPECTS

Since 2009, the nation has been confronted with several economic challenges. We faced various uncertainties in the global economy as well as domestic economic issues.

Praise be to the Almighty, despite daunting challenges, the Government has managed to address and overcome these challenges effectively.

To summarise, there are six main achievements that we can be proud of in uplifting the economy from where it was half a decade ago.

First Achievement: The Malaysian economy grew by 5.3% in the first half of 2015 and is expected to expand between 4.5% and 5.5% this year despite a slower global growth of 3.1%.

In this context, we have to remember that there is no comparison whatsoever between the current economic situation with 1998. Clearly, in 1998 Asia experienced a financial crisis and the Malaysian economy contracted by 7.4%.

We are aware that we are not spared from the impact of a slowdown in the global economy, including declining commodity prices, particularly crude oil, palm oil and rubber, depreciation of the ringgit and slower growth in major advanced economies.

Amid this scenario, the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to expand between 4% and 5% in 2016. Growth will be driven by private investment and consumption at 6.7% and 6.4%, respectively.

Exports will grow by 0.9% and imports by 1.5%. Meanwhile, the construction sector will expand by 8.4%, services 5.4% and manufacturing 4.3%.

Second Achievement: We have consistently reduced the fiscal deficit from 6.7% of GDP in 2009 to an estimated 3.2% this year.

Third Achievement: Through the National Transformation Policy (NTP) commencing 2010, the Government continued to vigorously eradicate poverty.

As a result, over the five-year period, the incidence of poverty has been reduced from 3.8% in 2009 to 0.6% in 2014. In fact, hardcore poverty has almost been eradicated.

Fourth Achievement: The unemployment rate in 1999 was 3.4%.

With Allah’s blessing, as a result of effective economic management, we have reduced the unemployment rate to 2.9% and the Government has succeeded in creating 1.8 million jobs.

Fifth Achievement: A total of 5 million rakyat in rural areas have benefited from basic amenities such as electricity and clean water supply.

Sixth Achievement: The rakyat has benefited from several initiatives such as Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M), 1Malaysia Clinics, Urban Transformation Centres (UTCs), Rural Transformation Centres (RTCs) and Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia, towards reducing the cost of living.

The inflow of foreign direct investment remains strong at RM22.4 billion in the first half of this year, while the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) recorded 1,705 points, with market capitalisation of RM1.675 trillion as at 22 October 2015.

Although the ringgit has depreciated, the international reserves remained high at RM418 billion as at 15 October 2015, sufficient to finance 8.8 months of retained imports and is 1.2 times the short-term external debt.

Moreover, the inflation rate is expected to remain manageable, between 2% and 3% in 2016.
In reality, Malaysia is not a failed or bankrupt nation, but one which is stable with strong economic fundamentals and remains competitive.

Clarification on Goods and Services Tax (GST) Collection

Before we continue with the Budget presentation, there are two important things to be clarified. The first is regarding GST, which has been hotly debated since early this year.

On GST, the Government appreciates the high and encouraging registration and compliance.

I wish to inform this august House that to date, almost 400,000 companies have registered for GST with a submission rate of more than 90%.

The Government’s decision in implementing GST is right, more so as crude oil prices have fallen more than 50% from a level of USD100 per barrel in 2014.

The fact is, Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) contributes a certain amount of dividend to Treasury every year. The amount of dividend is dependent on global crude oil prices.

For example, when crude oil prices averaged USD100 per barrel, revenue from PETRONAS dividend and petroleum tax revenue totalled RM62 billion.

The scenario, however, changed when crude oil prices declined to around USD50 per barrel. The contribution from PETRONAS and oil-related sectors will be RM44 billion in 2015.

As oil prices are expected to remain low in 2016, oil-related revenue is estimated at RM31.7 billion.

As announced several times, the rakyat can be reassured as revenue from GST collection will be returned to benefit the rakyat, in addition to clarifying how GST will be spent. This is the real intention of the Government and there is no hidden agenda.

The situation has changed. This intention must be balanced with the reality of the Government’s financial position due to the uncertainty in global crude oil prices as I elaborated earlier. However, due to the reduction in oil-related revenue, the collection from GST has helped to cover a major portion of the shortfall.

In this regard, in 2016 based on the Government’s calculation, if GST was not implemented and we had to rely on Sales Tax and Service Tax (SST) as previously, Government revenue would be lower by RM21 billion.

Furthermore, if SST was retained, collection would have been only RM18 billion compared with GST revenue of RM39 billion.

Consequently, the fiscal deficit would have increased to 4.8% and not the targeted 3.1% in 2016.

If this were to happen, the Government would have been forced to borrow, including to pay civil servants’ salaries; the nation’s credit rating would be downgraded; and all borrowing costs, including personal loans, business loans and housing loans would definitely be higher.

We are grateful to the Almighty that the Government remained steadfast and had the political will to implement GST, although this decision was faced with various challenges and was unpopular.

Those who used to vehemently oppose GST have now accepted it and even included it in their Budget document.

This clearly indicates the changing and inconsistent stand of the opposition.

As a responsible Government, however, we will continue to make the right decisions though not popular in the best interest of the rakyat and the nation.
In fact, GST is an efficient tax system as reflected by its implementation in more than 160 countries.

Despite the constrains on financial resources, the Government remains sensitive to the difficulties faced by the rakyat.

Thus, after receiving feedback from various segments of society including NGOs, I am pleased to announce the Government is prepared to forego the GST revenue on several basic necessities.

Seven measures to improve GST treatment, which will be effective from 1 January 2016, are as follows:

First: Zero-rating of all types of controlled medicines under the Poisons List Group A, B, C and D as well as an addition of 95 brands of over-the-counter medicines including treatment for 30 types of illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. This is a double increase from 4,215 to 8,630 brands of medicines.

Second: Zero-rating of the following food items:

Soybean-based milk and organic-based milk for infant and children;
Dhal or what is popularly known as Parpu in the north, such as chickpeas, green and white beans;
Lotus root and water chestnut;
Mustard seeds;
Jaggery powder; and
Dried mee kolok.

Third: To enable small-scale farmers to benefit from the Flat Rate Scheme, the Government proposes that the annual sales turnover threshold for registration under this scheme be reduced from RM100,000 to RM50,000.

The requirement to maintain records will also be simplified. With the reduction in the threshold, more small-scale farmers will be able to register under the scheme and impose an additional 2% on sales value and this amount can be retained to offset against any GST paid on their input.

Fourth: Companies involved in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) activities in the aerospace industry are allowed to participate in the Approved Trader Scheme which relieves them from paying GST on the imported goods.

Fifth: GST relief is also provided for reimportation of goods that were exported temporarily for the purpose of promotion, research or exhibition.

Sixth: For the oil and gas industry, GST relief is provided on the reimportation of equipment such as equipment for oil and floating platforms that are temporarily exported for the purpose of rental and leasing.

Seventh: GST relief is also provided on teaching materials and equipment procured by skills and vocational training providers conducting approved programmes under the National Skills Development Act 2006.

The Government realises that the majority of mobile phone users, particularly youth depend on prepaid telecommunication services or prepaid cards.

In this regard, Malaysian consumers will receive rebates equivalent to the amount of GST paid, which will be credited directly to their prepaid accounts. This measure will be effective from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016.

In an effort to strengthen the tax structure to be more competitive and progressive, it is proposed that the taxable income band for the highest tax rate be increased from 25% to 26% for those with an income between RM600,000 and RM1 million.

Meanwhile, for those with an income above RM1 million, the tax rate will be increased from 25% to 28%.
2016 BUDGET ALLOCATION

The 2016 Budget allocates a total of RM267.2 billion compared with the revised RM260.7 billion in 2015. Of this amount, RM215.2 billion is for Operating Expenditure and RM52 billion for Development Expenditure.

Under Operating Expenditure, RM70.5 billion is for Emoluments and RM36.3 billion for Supplies and Services. Meanwhile, a total of RM106.6 billion is allocated for Fixed Charges and Grants, RM761 million for Purchase of Assets and RM1 billion for Other Expenditure.

Under Development Expenditure, the economic sector will receive the highest share at RM30.1 billion, followed by the social sector RM13.1 billion for education and training, health, housing and the well-being of the rakyat.

In addition, RM5.2 billion is allocated to the security sector. The balance of RM1.6 billion is for general administration and RM2 billion for contingencies.

In 2016, the Federal Government revenue collection is estimated at RM225.7 billion, an increase of RM3.2 billion compared to 2015.

Taking into account the revenue and expenditure forecast, the fiscal deficit is expected to decline to 3.1% of GDP in 2016.

This Budget and future Budgets will be premised on striking a balance between the Capital Economy and People Economy. In addition, we need to achieve an inclusive and sustainable growth as well as build a competitive, progressive and a morally strong nation, with a society that is united.

Therefore, I propose to table the Budget with the theme “Prospering the Rakyat” based on five priorities as follows:

First Priority: Strengthening Economic Resilience;

Second Priority: Increasing Productivity, Innovation and Green Technology;

Third Priority: Empowering Human Capital;

Fourth Priority: Advancing Bumiputera Agenda; and

Fifth Priority: Easing the Cost of Living of the Rakyat.

FIRST PRIORITY: STRENGTHENING ECONOMIC RESILIENCE

Measure 1: Boosting Domestic Investment. Domestic investment activity will be intensified with its contribution to GDP estimated at 26.7% in 2016. It will be driven by the increase in private investment at RM218.6 billion and supported by public investment of RM112.2 billion.

Under this measure, among the projects and initiatives that will be implemented are:

First: Development of the Malaysian Vision Valley covering an area of ​​108,000 hectares from Nilai to Port Dickson, as announced in the 11MP, with an initial investment forecast of RM5 billion in 2016;

Second: Implementation of Cyber City Centre in Cyberjaya with a development cost of almost RM11 billion for a period of five years;

Third: Development of an airport township or KLIA Aeropolis in an area covering 1,300 acres which is expected to attract an investment of RM7 billion;

Fourth: Investment of RM6.7 billion by Khazanah Nasional Berhad in nine high-impact domestic projects in sectors such as healthcare, education, tourism as well as communication software and infrastructure;

Fifth: Khazanah Nasional to allocate RM500 million as venture capital and private equity fund including a tourism capital venture fund of RM50 million;

Sixth: Investment of RM18 billion estimated in 2016 for the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development Project (RAPID) Complex in Pengerang, Johor;

Seventh: To attract more private investment. Among the projects being implemented are the development of Rubber City, Kedah with an allocation of RM320 million, Samalaju Industrial Park, Sarawak RM142 million and Palm Oil Jetty in Sandakan, Sabah RM20 million;

Eighth: Focus will also be given to chemical, electrical and electronics, machinery and equipment, aerospace and medical devices industries as well as services. For this, RM730 million is allocated to funds under the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA); and

Ninth: To further promote reinvestment among existing companies in the manufacturing and agriculture sectors whose Reinvestment Allowance incentive has expired, a new incentive that is, Special Reinvestment Allowance, will be provided. The rate of claim is at 60% of the qualifying capital expenditure and is allowed to be set off against 70% of statutory income from year of assessment 2016 to 2018.

Measure 2: Invigorating Capital Market. To further invigorate the capital market, the Government agrees to implement several initiatives, including tax deduction on issuance costs of Sustainable and Responsible Investments (SRI) sukuk and 20% stamp duty exemption on Shariah-compliant loan instruments to finance the purchase of houses. Other initiatives will be announced later.

Measure 3: Energising Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Indeed, SMEs play a key role in developing the business value chain and are expected to contribute 41% of GDP by 2020. For this, the following five initiatives will be undertaken:

First: Provide an additional RM1 billion for the Shariah-compliant SME Financing Scheme until 31 December 2017 with the Government subsidising 2% of the financing profit rate;

Second: Allocate RM107 million for the SME Blueprint to provide funds for entities at various stages of business development;

Third: Allocate RM60 million for the Entrepreneurs Acceleration Scheme, and SME Capacity and Capability Enhancement Scheme;

Fourth: Establish a RM200 million SME Technology Transformation Fund under the SME Bank to provide soft loans at 4%; and

Fifth: RM18 million to expand the Small Retailer Transformation Programme (TUKAR) and Automotive Workshop Modernisation (ATOM) projects.

Measure 4: Improving Infrastructure. Infrastructure is a catalyst for overall economic and social development.

Currently, Malaysia is ranked 25th out of 160 countries in the 2014 World Bank Logistics Performance Index report.

In this regard, the Government will continue to improve logistics infrastructure, including building and improving rail transport network and highways in 2016. These include the highways of Damansara – Shah Alam, Sungai Besi – Ulu Klang, Pulau Indah and Central Spine Road.

To reduce traffic congestion in Kuala Lumpur, RM900 million is provided to implement the Jalan Tun Razak Traffic Dispersal Project through a strategic public and private partnership.

The Government will also study the feasibility of constructing a coastal highway from Masjid Tanah to Klebang and from Klebang to Jambatan Syed Abdul Aziz in Melaka.

A sum of RM42 million is provided for the construction of Mukah Airport, Sarawak as well as the upgrading of airports in Kuantan and Kota Bharu. A feasibility study will be undertaken for the extension of the runway in Batu Berendam Airport in Melaka.

To ensure the comfort of people in urban areas, an efficient public transport system is being intensively implemented, involving significant outlays.

Allow me to provide an update on one of the biggest projects in the nation’s history, that is, the MRT-LRT, an integrated public transport system.

The first Phase of the Ampang LRT line extension project spanning 18.1 kilometres (km) will be ready for use in March 2016. Meanwhile, the LRT extension line from Kelana Jaya to Putra Heights spanning 17.4 km will be ready for commuters from the middle of 2016. Both these projects cost RM10 billion.

The MRT line from Sungai Buloh – Semantan will also be ready for commuters in December 2016. Meanwhile, Phase 2 of Semantan – Kajang is expected to be completed by mid-2017. These projects covering 51 km are being implemented at a cost of RM32 billion.

The Government will also implement other public transport networks as follows:

First: MRT II project from Sungai Buloh – Serdang – Putrajaya spanning 52 km, with an estimated cost of RM28 billion, will benefit two million people. Construction will commence in the second quarter of 2016 and is expected to be completed by 2022;

Second: LRT3 project from Bandar Utama, Damansara – Johan Setia, Klang spanning 36 km, with an estimated cost of RM10 billion, will benefit two million people. Construction will commence in 2016 and is expected to be completed by 2020. Meanwhile, the Government will continue negotiations on the high-speed rail with the Singapore Government; and

Third: For public bus services, the Rapid Transit Bus (BRT) project at a cost of more than RM1.5 billion and BRT Kota Kinabalu at a cost of almost RM1 billion, will be implemented.

To improve the telecommunication infrastructure, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will provide RM1.2 billion, among others, for rural broadband projects which will see a four-fold increase in Internet speed from 5 megabyte per second to 20 megabyte per second; National Fibre Backbone Infrastructure; High-speed Broadband; and undersea cable system.

A sum of RM250 million is allocated for the national broadcasting digitalisation project to enhance audio visual quality and provide value-add to TV content as well as interactive data transactions.

Since independence, the well-being of the rural population remains our priority. We will never marginalise them. To date, under the Barisan Nasional Government, rural road coverage has increased from 46,000 km in 2009 to 51,000 km, while 98% of rural areas have access to electricity and almost 95% have access to water supply.

The Government will continue with efforts to implement infrastructure development in rural area as follows:

First: RM1.4 billion to build and upgrade 700 km of rural roads nationwide. A sum of RM200 million is provided for the upgrading of roads in Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) settlements;

Second: RM878 million for the Rural Electrification Project covering 10,000 houses and RM568 million for the Rural Water Supply Project to benefit 3,000 houses;

Third: RM60 million for the Social Amenities Programme for drainage projects to mitigate floods. Emphasis will be given to states affected by floods such as Kelantan, Kedah, Terengganu, Pahang, Sabah and Sarawak;

Fourth: As a catalyst for entrepreneurship in rural areas and for rural communities, RM70 million is allocated for continuation of the Rural Business Challenge (RBC) and Sustainable Rural programmes; and

Fifth: RM67 million is allocated to the MARA Bus Transport Project for operating buses on uneconomic routes in rural areas.

Measure 5: Promote and Strengthen Economic Activity. The tourism sector has the highest potential to generate economic activities in the current situation. For 2016, the Government targets 30.5 million tourists, which is expected to contribute RM103 billion to the economy. For this, a sum of RM1.2 billion is allocated to the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

Online visa applications will be implemented beginning with China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the US and Canada.

To facilitate tourists to visit Malaysia, the Government will implement E-Visa by mid-2016.

To take advantage of the current level of the ringgit and in efforts to attract more tourists, the 100% income tax exemption on statutory income for tour operators will be extended from year of assessment 2016 until 2018.

Economic activity in the agriculture sector provides a source of food as well as a source of income for farmers, paddy farmers and fishermen.

In this regard, RM5.3 billion is allocated to the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry. The programmes for 2016 are:

First: RM450 million for various high-impact programmes such as fruit and vegetable cultivation, matching and research grants for herbal products as well as fish cage farming;

Second: RM180 million to upgrade drainage and irrigation infrastructure in the Integrated Agricultural Development areas;

Third: RM190 million to FAMA, for the Price Reduction Programme; increase farmers’ markets by an additional 50; and establish 150 new Agrobazaar Rakyat 1Malaysia (ABR1M). Of the goods sold in ABR1M, 40% are fresh food such as fish and vegetables with prices expected to be lower between 5% and 30% compared with market prices; and

Fourth: RM90 million is allocated for Youth Agropreneur Development Programme in the form of in-kind grants; Agriculture Entrepreneurs Financing Fund; rebranding MARDI, Department of Veterinary Services, Department of Agriculture and the Department of Fisheries; as well as to implement the Multiplier Farm Project for breeding cattle and free-range chicken.

In formulating appropriate policies for the current economic situation, the Government proposes the tax incentive for food production be extended until 2020. The following incentives will be provided:

First: Companies that invest in subsidiaries that undertake food production project will be given tax deduction equivalent to the amount invested;

Second: Companies that undertake new food production projects will be given 100% income tax exemption for 10 years; and

Third: Existing companies undertaking project expansion will be provided with the same incentive for five years.

The scope of the incentive will be widen to include rearing deer, cultivation of mushroom, coconut, seaweed, honey bees and stingless honey bees and planting animal feed crops such as sweet potato and tapioca.

In addition to the above measures, the Government will intensify support to strengthen exports.

A sum of RM235 million is allocated to MATRADE for 1Malaysia Promotion Programme, Services Export Fund and Export Promotion Fund.

MATRADE and SME Corp will also increase the capacity of SMEs and mid-tier companies to export goods and services overseas.

To diversify the use of foreign currency in trade transactions, Bank Negara Malaysia provides the Ringgit-Renminbi credit swap facility for local banks.

Currently, SMEs are eligible to claim income tax exemption of 10% or 15% of the value of increase in exports. To further increase exports, SMEs are given flexibility to comply with the value-add condition that is from 30% to 20% and from 50% to 40% for manufactured products. This flexibility will be given for years of assessment 2016 to 2018.

To encourage evaluation and international standards compliance services to be conducted in the country, the Government will provide incentives for the establishment of Independent Conformity Assessment Bodies (ICABs).

As of today, Malaysia has signed 13 free trade agreements (FTAs) comprising six regional agreements through ASEAN and seven bilateral agreements.

As an open economy, with total trade accounting for about 150% of GDP, the Government has agreed in principle to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). However, the final decision will be made by Parliament.

SECOND PRIORITY: INCREASING PRODUCTIVITY, INNOVATION AND GREEN TECHNOLOGY.

To raise productivity, we need to accelerate innovation and creativity. The use of green technology will also ensure sustainability of the nation’s natural resources.

Therefore, the Government has targeted an annual labour productivity growth of 3.7% through:

Measure 1: Accelerating Innovation and Entrepreneurship. To make the nation a competitive technology hub in the region, RM1.5 billion is allocated to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).

The year 2016 will be declared as Malaysia Commercialisation Year towards spurring commercialisation of R&D products by local research institutions. The following initiatives will be implemented:

First: SMEs that incur expenditure on R&D projects up to RM50,000 for each year of assessment are eligible to claim double tax deduction automatically. This facilitation is provided for the years of assessment 2016 to 2018;

Second: RM100 million to Malaysian Innovation Agency (AIM);

Third: RM200 million under the Funding Scheme for Technology and Innovation Acceleration by Malaysia Debt Ventures Berhad;

Fourth: RM35 million to MaGIC as a Leading Regional Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub, including RM10 million as initial allocation for the Corporate Entrepreneurs Responsibility Fund;

Fifth: RM30 million for several youth entrepreneurship programmes such as Global Entrepreneurship Community, BAHTERA, GREAT, 1MET, National Innovation Competition and a Pilot Coding Project in schools; and

Sixth: To accelerate demand-driven innovation activities in 2016, the Government will allocate RM50 million for a Public-Private Research Network.

Measure 2: Leveraging Advancements in Technology. To enhance the use of technology in the construction sector, the Government will promote the use of Industrialised Building System (IBS). In this respect, the Government will encourage more companies to adopt the IBS technology.

For this, an IBS Promotion Fund of RM500 million will be established through the SME Bank to provide soft loans to developers and contractors in category G5 and below.

Measure 3: Inculcating Green Technology. The Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water will implement various projects including to provide clean water supply by building water treatment plants with an allocation of RM877 million. A sum of RM515 million is allocated to ensure the reliability of electricity supply in Sabah.

The Government targets to reduce the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) to 40% of GDP in 2020 through:

First: RM45 million for the implementation of an Electricity Mobility Action Plan including energy audit process;

Second: Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) will offer a quota of 100 megawatts per year under the Net Energy Metering Scheme to encourage the use of solar photovoltaics; and

Third: Extend the implementation period of the Green Technology Financing Scheme until 31 December 2017 with a fund of RM1.2 billion.

THIRD PRIORITY: EMPOWERING HUMAN CAPITAL.

This is a critical factor for the future of the nation. In this regard, the following measures will be undertaken:

Measure 1: Strengthening Malaysia’s Quality of Education. Under the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013 – 2025, a sum of RM41.3 billion will be allocated in 2016.

Among others, the Government will build:

30 primary schools;
27 secondary schools;
Four MARA Junior Science Colleges (MRSM) will be built in Sik, Kedah, Ketereh and Tanah Merah, Kelantan and Bagan Datoh, Perak; and
Five fully residential schools in Alor Gajah, Melaka; Pendang, Kedah; Segamat and Ledang, Johor; and Jerantut, Pahang.

A sum of RM44.6 million is allocated to implement various programmes in 9,113 pre-school classes in schools nationwide.

To increase Proficiency in Bahasa Malaysia and English, a sum of RM135 million is allocated for upholding Bahasa Malaysia and strengthening English Language.

Given the importance of the English Language to face current global competition, another two initiatives, namely the Dual Language Programme and Highly Immersive Programme will be implemented as an option at a cost RM38.5 million. In this respect, 300 schools have been identified as a pilot project.

To ease the burden of schooling expenses faced by parents, the RM100 schooling assistance will be continued. From January 2016, it will be targeted to students from households with monthly income of RM3,000 and below. This will benefit 3.5 million students through an allocation of RM350 million.

The supplementary food programme involving 550,000 students from poor families listed in e-Kasih will be enhanced.

Previously, the programme only provided meals during recess, but it will now be expanded to provide breakfast with an additional cost of RM173 million. The overall cost for the programme is RM423 million.

As in previous years, the Government will continue to provide allocation to develop and maintain education facilities for national schools, national-type Chinese schools, national-type Tamil schools, religious schools, fully residential schools, national religious assisted schools, MARA Junior Science Colleges, registered Sekolah Pondok and national-type Chinese secondary schools or Conforming schools which adopt the national curriculum, with a total allocation of RM500 million.

Measure 2: Strengthening Higher Education. Under this measure, the scholarship programmes will be continued with allocations as follows:

RM1.65 billion through Public Service Department;
RM288 million through Ministry of Education;
RM250 million through Ministry of Higher Education; and
RM258 million through Ministry of Health.

To encourage the rakyat to pursue higher education, I am pleased to announce that the maximum relief on tuition fees for an individual taxpayer is increased to RM7,000 from RM5,000 a year.

This will be complemented with the continuation of the RM250 1Malaysia Book Voucher Programme for 1.2 million students. To prevent misuse of the voucher, the redemption will only be allowed in designated book shops.

Measure 3: Transforming Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). In efforts to enhance employees’ income, we need to target 60% of 1.5 million new jobs by 2020 are for workers with TVET skills. A sum of RM4.8 billion is allocated to 545 TVET institutions.

Towards this, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) will establish an Industrial Skills Committee to coordinate TVET programmes in collaboration with industries.

More than 330,000 trainees will benefit through programmes including the following:

First: RM585 million for TVET training equipment at polytechnics, community colleges, MARA Skills Institutes, National Youth Skills Institutes, Industrial Training Institutes, GiatMARA and vocational colleges;

Second: RM350 million to finance various TVET training programmes under the Skills Development Fund Corporation; and

Third: RM80 million to establish a Tourism Academy at Community College in Kota Kinabalu and Vocational College in Sandakan as well as Industrial Training Institute of Serian, Sarawak.

Measure 4 is for Empowering Youth, Community and NGOs. For this measure, RM930 million is allocated to the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the following initiatives:

First: RM280 million for technical and vocational training in National Youth Skills Training Institutes (IKBN) and National Youth Advance Skills Training Institutes (IKTBN);

Second: RM50 million to enhance youth participation in economic and entrepreneurial activities;

Third: RM145 million to prepare athletes for the 29th SEA Games and the 9th ASEAN Para Games in 2017 in Kuala Lumpur;

Fourth: RM75 million to produce world-class champions under the Preparation of Elite Athletes (Podium Programme);

Fifth: RM22 million to build two sports complexes in Bagan Datoh and Kuantan; and

Sixth: RM360 million to improve the National Service Training Programme (PLKN) for 20,000 trainees. The new curriculum will include creative thinking and technical skills.

A sum of RM160 million is allocated for NGOs to implement programmes based on community development, solidarity, social welfare, health and safety.

Measure 5, to empower human capital through a quality workforce. To improve the employability of the workforce, the following programmes will be implemented:

First: Allocate 30% of the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) to implement training programmes to meet the needs of local industries in Sabah and Sarawak as well as an Outplacement Centre to retrain retrenched workers; and

Second: Train an additional 15,000 participants under the 1Malaysia Training Scheme (SL1M) with an allocation of RM250 million which will be fully financed by GLCs.

To improve the management of foreign workers, a sum of RM77 million will be provided by PSMB to implement programmes such as Train & Replace in selected fields such as hospitality, shipping and transport.

The Government remains committed to achieving at least 30% participation of women in decision-making positions in the public and private sectors. This includes at the board of directors level. The Government will continue to monitor the achievement of this policy.

FOURTH PRIORITY: ADVANCING BUMIPUTERA AGENDA.

I would like to emphasise that empowering Bumiputera is a national agenda and this includes the development of Bumiputera community in Sabah and Sarawak.

A sum of RM150 million is allocated to the Bumiputera Agenda Unit (TERAJU) to implement various programmes including Bumiputera Entrepreneurs Startup Scheme and High Performing Bumiputera Companies Programme.

A sum of RM150 million is allocated to the Bumiputera Education Steering Foundation to implement Peneraju Tunas, Peneraju Profesional as well as Peneraju Skil dan Iltizam programmes.

Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) is allocated RM3.7 billion for expenditure, including the sponsorship of 72,000 Bumiputera students to continue studies at tertiary level.

To increase equity ownership and strengthen Bumiputera entrepreneurship and businesses, the following initiatives are allocated with a sum of:

First: RM400 million to National Equity Fund Limited (EKUINAS);

Second: RM250 million to Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Berhad (PUNB);

Third: RM150 million to Pelaburan Hartanah Berhad; and

Fourth: RM100-million loan to UDA Holdings for development of Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur.

Intensifying Development in Sabah and Sarawak.

The following development agenda will be implemented in Sabah and Sarawak:

First: Sarawak Pan-Borneo Highway spanning 1,090-km is expected to be completed in 2021 with an estimated cost of RM16.1 billion.

In Sabah, construction work on the 706-km highway from Sindumin to Tawau will commence in 2016 with an estimated cost of RM12.8 billion. I am pleased to announce that the Pan-Borneo Highway will be toll-free;

Second: Air transportation is one of the main modes of transportation for people in the interior areas of Sabah and Sarawak as well as Labuan. Thus, the domestic air transportation for economy class passengers on Rural Air Services (RAS) routes is exempted from GST;

Third: As a new programme, RM70 million is provided through Bank Simpanan Nasional in collaboration with the state government of Sabah and Sarawak for interest free loans for the purpose of building longhouses with a maximum loan up to RM50,000 for every unit in the longhouse;

Fourth: RM70 million subsidy for hill paddy fertiliser to increase food supply and income of hill paddy farmers in Sabah and Sarawak. The programme will cover ​​65,000 hectares of crop areas in Sarawak and 11,000 hectares in Sabah;

Fifth: RM260 million is provided to ensure price uniformity of selected items nationwide through the 1 Price 1Sarawak and 1 Price 1Sabah programmes;

Sixth: RM115 million is allocated to the Special Programme for Bumiputera in Sabah and Sarawak, such as for native customary rights, including mapping procedures and customary land surveys as well as for building native courts. For native customary rights, RM20 million is provided for land surveys in Sabah and RM30 million in Sarawak; and

Seventh: Enhance services of 1Malaysia Mobile Clinics in the interior areas of Sabah and Sarawak including procurement of new boats and vehicles.

FIFTH PRIORITY: EASING COST OF LIVING OF THE RAKYAT.

This issue is implemented as follows close to my heart and the Government. Thus, various initiatives will be.

Measure 1: Increasing the quality of life of B40 households as follows:

First: TEKUN will provide RM600 million of which RM500 million is for Bumiputera entrepreneurs and RM100 million for 10,000 Indian entrepreneurs through the Indian Community Development Scheme. In addition, SME bank will provide RM50 million to assist small-scale Indian entrepreneurs;

Second: An additional RM200 million to Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM) for its micro-financing facility to B40 households;

Third: RM100 million is provided under the Socio-Economic Development of Indian Community Programme in collaboration between NGOs and private skills training institutes;

Fourth: An additional RM90 million is provided for microcredit to Chinese hawkers and petty traders including RM50 million for KOJADI;

In addition, RM40 million is allocated to implement infrastructure projects and soft loans programme for residents in Chinese New Villages for land premium payments and repairing houses;

Fifth: RM50 million is allocated to the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (KKLW) for the Career and Skills Training Programme as well as the Income Increment Programme. Through these programmes, participants will be able to benefit from skill training and assistance in the form of assets and raw materials; and

Sixth: Provide RM100 million to private skills training institutions and NGOs to enhance skills of the B40 group to help them get jobs or start business.

The Government is very concerned about the welfare and progress of the Orang Asli community. For this, RM300 million is allocated as follows:

First: RM80 million for the development of Integrated Villages including in Sungai Siput, Perak which involves the construction of connecting roads, provision of electricity and treated water;

Second: RM45 million for supplementary food assistance, pocket money and school transport fares; and

Third: RM25 million for development of rubber and oil palm plantations as well as cash crops through the Orang Asli Economic Development Project.

For the B40 group, the eRezeki and eUsahawan programmes will be expanded nationwide to increase employment opportunities and raise their income. The Government targets 100,000 people from B40 to benefit from the programme through an allocation of RM100 million provided by the Ministry of Communication and Multimedia.
For Paddy Farmers, Smallholders and Rubber Tappers, this Budget provides RM852 million to the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (RISDA) and Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (FELCRA) to implement various income and productivity enhancement programmes.

The Government intends to improve the rubber production incentive (IPG). For this, I am pleased to announce that the IPG activation price of SMR20 FOB is raised from RM4.60 to RM5.50 per kilogramme as well as from RM1.75 to RM2.20 per kilogramme at farm price for scrap rubber or cuplumps.

As an illustration, based on the average production of 250 kilogrammes for each hectare per month, smallholders with two hectares are expected to receive income of RM1,000 per month, at a market price of scrap rubber of RM2 per kilogramme.

Now with an additional payment of RM0.20 per kilogramme from IPG, the overall income will be RM1,100 per month.

The improvement in IPG is expected to raise the income of 300,000 rubber smallholders with an allocation of RM200 million.

To encourage paddy farmers to increase the quality and quantity of harvests, the Government will implement a paddy grading initiative and improve the paddy price subsidy scheme or SSHP from 1 January 2016.

Paddy grading is based on standardisation of paddy prices at RM1,200 per metric tonne. To complement this initiative, the Government will also raise the rate of SSHP from RM248.10 to RM300 for every metric tonne.

This means that if a farmer produces six metric tonnes of paddy that meets the quality with a 20% discount, he is able to receive sales of RM5,760.

In addition, the farmer is also entitled to receive an additional income through SSHP with total income increasing from RM1,190 to RM1,440.
Overall, the farmer will receive RM7,200 for each harvest. A total of 155,000 farmers will benefit from the improved scheme.

Measure 2: Providing Affordable Houses. House ownership is an issue that has often been raised in recent years. The implementation of affordable housing requires the involvement of several agencies.

The 2016 Budget will continue with various house ownership programmes for all levels of income as follows:

First: PR1MA to build 175,000 houses which will be sold at 20% below market prices, with an allocation of RM1.6 billion. A total of 10,000 units are expected to be completed next year;

Second: SPNB will build 10,000 units of Rumah Mesra Rakyat with a subsidy of RM20,000 for each house through an allocation of RM200 million;

Third: Build 100,000 houses, priced between RM90,000 and RM300,000, under Perumahan Penjawat Awam 1 Malaysia (PPA1M) by 2018. A Facilitation Fund of up to 25% of development cost is provided;

Fourth: Build 22,300 units of apartments and 9,800 units of terrace houses under the People’s Housing Programme (PPR) with an allocation of RM863 million to KPKT;

Fifth: Establish a First House Deposit Financing Scheme under KPKT to assist first-time house buyers of affordable houses to pay the deposit. For this, RM200 million is allocated;

Sixth: Build 5,000 units of PR1MA and PPA1M houses in 10 locations in the vicinity of LRT and monorail stations, including in Pandan Jaya, Sentul and Titiwangsa;

Seventh: Allocate RM60 million to the Department of Orang Asli Development particularly for building houses for the community;

Eighth: Build houses for the second generation of settlers comprising 20,000 units by FELDA, 2,000 units by FELCRA and 2,000 units by RISDA.

For houses built by FELDA, the maximum price is reduced to RM70,000 from RM90,000 previously;

Ninth: GLCs to build affordable houses in the vicinity of the MRT station in Bandar Kwasa Damansara. Kwasa Land owned by EPF will build 800 units and Sime Darby Property 4,600 units; and

Tenth: Allocate RM40 million to KPKT for reviving abandoned low and medium-cost private housing projects;

In addition, exemption on stamp duty is given on financing instruments to contractors who revive the project as well as the original purchaser of the abandoned house.

To provide a comfortable living environment for the people, the following measures will be implemented:

First: RM150 million to build and repair 11,000 dilapidated houses in rural areas by KKLW; and

Second: RM155 million for maintenance of low-cost public housing and 1Malaysia Maintenance Fund by KPKT. Among others, the Fund provides 100% financing for the repair of lifts, railings as well as rewiring.

Measure 3: Quality Healthcare Services. Every country wishes to have the best world-class health quality. This is what the Barisan Nasional Government has and continues to strive for. Among the projects for health services that will be implemented are:

First: Building five new hospitals in Pasir Gudang, Kemaman, Pendang, Maran and Cyberjaya;

Second: The RM848-million Kuala Lumpur Women and Children’s Hospital will commence operations in October 2016;

Third: Redevelopment of Kajang Hospital;

Fourth: Provide RM260 million to build and upgrade rural clinics, health clinics, dental clinics as well as quarters nationwide;

Fifth: Allocate RM52 million for operating the existing 328 1Malaysia clinics and establishing 33 new ones;

Sixth: Allocate RM72 million to provide medical assistance, including haemodialysis, which is expected to benefit nearly 10,000 poor patients; and

Seventh: RM4.6 billion will be allocated for the supply of medicines, consumables, vaccines and reagents to all Government hospitals and clinics.

Beginning 1 January 2016, the Government will impose full medical charges on non-citizens.

Measure 4: Ensuring the Welfare of the Less Fortunate and Persons with Disabilities (PWD). The Government will continue to strengthen the social safety net system with an allocation of almost RM2 billion to the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development to assist PWD, the elderly and poor families. For this, the following programmes will be implemented:

First: Allocate RM445 million for monthly allowance of RM350 for employed PWD; assistance of RM200 for unemployed PWD; and assistance of RM300 for taking care of bedridden PWD. The assistance will benefit nearly 150,000 PWD;

Second: RM100 million is allocated to establish an additional 20 Community-Based Rehabilitation Centres; and

Third: RM662 million is allocated for monthly assistance of RM100 to RM450 for children from poor families and RM300 for poor senior citizens.

Last year, the nation faced two major disasters, that is, massive floods at end-2014 and a major earthquake in Ranau, Sabah. If proactive measures are not taken, such disasters can cause huge losses amounting to billions of ringgit and more importantly, the loss of lives.

To strengthen natural disaster management, a sum of RM180 million will be provided including for establishing the National Disaster Management Agency under the Prime Minister’s Department.

A sum of RM730 million is provided for the Flood Mitigation Projects nationwide. Meanwhile, RM60 million is allocated to implement the National Flood Forecasting and Warning Programme and to develop a National Earthquake and Tsunami Sub-Centre in Sabah.

It is clear that this administration is carefully undertaking policies and plans as practised for decades.

I would like to reiterate that this Budget is part of a series of major measures which will enable us to achieve the status of an advanced nation.

However well we plan, ultimately the success of the nation depends on our ability to remain united.

We are thankful to the security forces for their service and sacrifice in ensuring peace and security in the country.

Therefore, the Government is committed to implementing capacity-building plans for the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) in stages.

In this regard, RM17.3 billion is allocated to the Ministry of Defence. This includes the procurement of six Littoral Combatant Ships, Very Short Range Air Defence weapons system, armoured vehicles and the A-400M Airbus.

ATM will be equipped with the latest technology including the use of Unmanned Airborne System to improve Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capacity.

A sum of RM523 million is allocated for the development of an ESSCOM armed forces camp in FELDA Sahabat, Lahad Datu, Sabah.

In appreciation of the contribution of our heroes, a sum of RM160 million is provided to build 4,000 quarters for ATM personnel.

In addition, the Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT) plans to build 2,000 units of affordable houses for armed forces personnel beginning 2016.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM) is allocated RM864 million, among others, for the acquisition of Offshore Patrol Vessels and patrol boats.

To enhance safety and security in the country as well as to continuously reduce crime rate, RM13.1 billion is allocated. Among the initiatives that will be implemented:

First: RM155 million for building two new district police headquarters (IPD) in Lawas, Sarawak and Kota Kinabalu, Sabah while 10 IPD and five police stations are under construction;

Second: Plans to build 2,000 units of affordable houses for members of Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM), among them, in Rawang while other areas are being identified;

Third: RM36 million is allocated to build offices, quarters and upgrading of immigration detention depots;

Fourth: RM50 million for enhancing security measures in prisons; and

Fifth: RM20 million for the Safe City Programme in 60 black areas, among others, to provide pedestrian walkways and lighting in selected areas.

I would like to announce an additional 500 motorcycles and 500 cars for the patrolling unit at PDRM with a total allocation of RM35 million.

To enhance integrity and reduce leakages as well as corruption, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will be strengthened with relevant programmes and training. With this, the number of MACC officers will be increased as required.

The philosophy of 11MP and many other documents, including this Budget, is to prioritise the welfare and interest of the rakyat.

As we are aware, Malaysia is a progressive, dynamic and moderate Islamic nation well-known all over the world.

It is not an easy task to fulfil the needs of a moderate nation more so in the context of a multi-racial country.

We have since independence been practicing the principle of moderation in our own mould.

Based on these fundamentals, we have succeeded in building a nation that is prosperous, peaceful and harmonious.
In this regard, we cannot deny that the civil servants are the backbone and pillar of the nation’s administration.

Thus, let us congratulate and thank the more than 1.6 million civil servants who have served the nation well.

To appreciate the contributions of civil servants, the Government agrees:

First: Provide benefit of salary adjustment equivalent to one annual increment according to grade, which will benefit 1.6 million civil servants with an allocation of RM1.1 billion;

Second: Improve 252 schemes of service which will benefit 406,000 civil servants;

Third: Set a minimum starting salary in the civil service at RM1,200 a month, which will benefit 60,000 civil servants;

Fourth: Set the minimum pension rate at RM950 a month for pensioners with at least 25 years of service, which will benefit almost 50,000 pensioners; and

Fifth: Offer permanent post to contract of service officers who have at least 15 years of service. This will benefit 43,000 contract officers.

All these measures will be implemented effective from 1 July 2016 with a total allocation of RM1.4 billion.

To fulfil the pledge of reducing the cost of living for the rakyat, BR1M will be continued.

I know that there are parties who feel that BR1M should not be continued. However, from feedback that I have received, BR1M recipients appreciates the Government’s concern for it has somewhat helped them to reduce the cost of living.

In line with the Barisan Nasional Government’s pledge, I am pleased to announce that BR1M will be increased in 2016 as follows:

First: A new category will be introduced for all participants in the e-Kasih database, with monthly income below RM1,000, who will now receive BR1M of RM1,050;

Second: For households with monthly income of RM3,000 and below, BR1M will be increased from RM950 to RM1,000;

Third: For households with monthly income between RM3,001 and RM4,000, BR1M will be raised from RM750 to RM800;

Fourth: The Bereavement Scheme of RM1,000 will be continued;

Fifth: For single individuals aged 21 and above with monthly income not exceeding RM2,000, the assistance will be increased from RM350 to RM400.

In aggregate, BR1M assistance is expected to benefit 4.7 million households and 2.7 million single individuals with an allocation of RM5.9 billion.

In 11MP, I have mentioned about B40 and its definition. In this Budget, the Government will focus on another major group known as M40.

Statistically, M40 denotes households with monthly income ranging between RM3,860 and RM8,320. However, this definition of M40 will be further reviewed from time to time.

In this respect, I am pleased to announce:

First: The tax relief for each child below 18 years of age is increased from RM1,000 to RM2,000 from year of assessment 2016;

Second: The tax relief for individual taxpayer whose spouse has no income is increased from RM3,000 to RM4,000;

Third: Currently, individual taxpayers are given tax relief up to RM5,000 per year for medical treatment and care of parents who are ill.

The Government views positively the attitude of children who take care of the welfare of their parents and encourages strengthening of the family institution.

For the first time, tax relief for children who provide for their parents is given total tax relief of RM1,500 for the mother and RM1,500 for the father.

The relief is subject to the condition that each parent does not have income exceeding RM2,000 a month and must be 60 years and above.

Fourth: Increase the tax relief from RM6,000 to RM8,000 for each child above the age of 18 years who is studying at local or foreign institutions of higher learning, from year of assessment 2016.

Fifth: Increase the tax relief from RM6,000 to RM8,000 for disabled child above the age of 18 years who is studying at local or foreign institutions of higher learning, from year of assessment 2016.

The existing tax relief for parents with a disabled child is RM6,000. This means that if the disabled child continues his or her education in local or foreign institutions, the total relief allowable is RM14,000.

In addition to enable more employees to benefit from Social Security Organisation (SOCSO), the eligibility for mandatory contribution is increased from a monthly salary of RM3,000 to RM4,000. This adjustment will benefit 500,000 employees. Upon the death of the contributor, during the term of employment, the next of kin will receive a monthly payment of up to 90% of his last drawn monthly salary.

For decades, the Barisan Nasional Government has been shouldering the mandate and trust of the rakyat. This Government has continuously fulfilled and implemented its promises. This is a testament that the ruling Government has clear vision and direction.

More importantly, we continue to receive recognition from credible international agencies, such as Fitch Ratings, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s, which have given an accurate assessment regarding the current state and management of the economy.

Over the years, we have achieved several successes. The latest was Malaysia’s ranking in the Global Competitiveness Report 2015 – 2016 by World Economic Forum where the nation improved two notches to 18th position out of 140 major economies.

To the rakyat, do not be worried. Have faith. This is a Government which you can rely on your future.

In whatever situation, my fellow colleagues and I will continue the nation’s economic plans, prioritising and giving importance to the well-being of the rakyat.

In essence, for this Government, the rakyat is everything. In this regard, I would like to announce effective from 1 July 2016, the national minimum wage will be increased from RM900 to RM1,000 per month for Peninsular Malaysia and from RM800 to RM920 for Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan. The new minimum wage will be implemented in all sectors except for domestic services or domestic maids.

Notwithstanding this, to reduce the burden of rising cost of living, the Government agrees to provide a special assistance of RM500 to all civil servants.

For the 700,000 Government pensioners, a special payment of RM250 will be provided. Both payments totalling almost RM1 billion will be made in January 2016.

Mr. Speaker Sir,

I beg to propose.

Published in: on October 23, 2015 at 17:45  Comments (2)  

Anifah: Nazri is out of line!

Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman display utmost displeasure when commenting on the remarks made by Tourism Minister Dato’ Sri Nazri Aziz for the Deputy Foreign Minister’s call on the statement that the Ambassador of China to Kuala Lumpur Dr Huang Huikang made after the visit to Petaling Street last Friday.

“No minister has any business in matters pertaining to the Foreign Ministry. Nazri is out of line!”, he said very sternly in an exclusive phone interview.

“It is normal practice that we (Wisma Putra) call foreign envoys to clarify and explain on any statements they made. We want to know whether they did say what was published in the media. It is a mater of public interest and a question of sovereignty”.

The Foreign Minister also added that Wisma Putra have the right to know if these envoys did or did not issue such statements.

“If they did say it or issue statement about it, then we have to tell them not to interfere in matters pertaining to domestic affairs or apologise”.

The Foreign Minister cited the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relation (1961) for this authority to request for an envoy to come forward and explain. “This is normal practice all over the world, to be called in as and when deemed necessary. In the past, we have called the United States, Vatican and Singaporean envoys to Wisma Putra and explain themselves”.

He also added that Nazri did not call him before making such a remark to the media. The remarks Nazri made carried the wrong connotation and public perception on the normal conduct of diplomatic relationship, even with China.

“The Deputy Minister, Chief Secretary (KSU) or any of the Deputy Chief Secretaries (TKUs) are authorised to summon envoys to Wisma Putra for such clarification. We have done this in the past and its a practice”.

He had sanctioned for Ambassador of China to be called in by Wisma Putra and the also added Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak has been notified on the matter.

“Nazri does not have to interfere in matters pertaining to Foreign Ministry”.

Anifah showed displeasure for Nazri making the statement, which he regards as out of place. Nazri has taken his faux pas, a little bit too far his time.

*Updated 1700hrs 29 September 2015

Tourism Ninister Dato’ Sri Nazri Aziz admitted that he made a mistake with the statement, commenting on Deputy Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Reezal Merican’s call on Saturday to summon the Chinese envoy.

Pro-Anwarista newsportal story:

My mistake, says Nazri after Anifah rebukes colleagues over China envoy

Published: 29 September 2015 6:07 PM

Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz says he made a mistake by commenting on Wisma Putra’s affairs but maintains he is experienced enough not to interfere in other ministries. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 29, 2015.
Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz says he made a mistake by commenting on Wisma Putra’s affairs but maintains he is experienced enough not to interfere in other ministries. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 29, 2015.
Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz today admitted he made a mistake by commenting on Wisma Putra’s decision to summon the Chinese ambassador to Malaysia over the latter’s remarks during a visit to Kuala Lumpur’s Petaling Street.

The Star Online today reported that the tourism and culture minister said he had no intention to interfere in Wisma Putra’s affairs, after Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman rebuked his Cabinet colleagues for interfering in the ministry’s affairs.

Nazri said he told the Chinese envoy Dr Huang Huikang not to worry because the usual practice was for the foreign minister to summon an ambassador, and not the deputy minister.

“The normal practice in Cabinet when one minister is not in the country, only another minister can act on his behalf, not his own deputy minister,’ Nazri told the Star Online today in a text message from Turkey.
Nazri said as such, he thought the Foreign Ministry did not make a decision to summon Huang as Anifah was away in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

“I thought our foreign minister will call the ambassador himself when he comes back because that is within his power and proper but not his deputy.

“Obviously, I am mistaken and did not know that the foreign minister has instructed his deputy,” he said.

Nazri was quoted as saying that as a minister for 16 years, who had previously covered the foreign minister many times on requests, he concluded that only a minister could act on behalf of Wisma Putra, which was strict on protocol.

“Certainly now that is all changed and I am not aware but one thing is sure, I’m a very experienced minister and interfering is certainly not my intention,” he said in The Star Online report.

Nazri reportedly took Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican to task for calling in Huang over remarks by the Chinese envoy during his visit to Petaling Street on Friday.
Following this, Anifah (pic, left) expressed regret over comments by other ministers without referring to him first.

He said the matter could have been solved by Wisma Putra without their interference.

It was reported that Huang had met acting foreign minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin yesterday.

The envoy reportedly said that China was against extremism and racial discrimination, and warned against attempts to use violence to disrupt public order.

His comments came days after a group of “red shirt” protestors tried to get into Petaling Street which is dominated by Chinese traders, on September 16.

The group turned unruly and police had to use water cannon to disperse them. – September 29, 2015.

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/my-mistake-says-nazri-after-anifah-rebukes-colleagues-over-china-envoy#sthash.XHoETrM9.dpuf

Published in: on September 28, 2015 at 22:00  Comments (15)  

Hubris defexit

On the last day of Ramadhan 1436H, Tabung Haji (TH) decided to correct the postings with malice made about the property division to acquire the 67,954 sq. ft. parcel in TRX as investment but presented with aimed to arouse the emotions of 8.6million depositors.

Assalamualaikum,

Pertama kali kami di Komunikasi Korporat TH ingin mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Maaf zahir Batin.

Pihak kami ini memohon bantuan sahabat bloggers di mana Firdaus Abdullah, blog Apanama dan Free Malaysia Today telah mula untuk menghidupkan isu Tabung Haji dalam urusan pembelian tanah TRX beberapa bulan yang lalu.

Pihak kami tidak berhasrat untuk membuat kenyataan rasmi berkaitan isu tersebut. Adalah lebih baik sekiranya sahabat-sahabat blogger boleh membantu Tabung haji untuk memberhentikan tuduhan-tuduhan yang tidak berasas.

Link Blog  Apanama dan Free Malaysia adalah seperti di bawah.

1.        APANAMA: Apa kesudahan skandal 1MDB – TABUNG HAJI ?http://www.apanama.my/2015/07/apa-kesudahan-skandal-1mdb-tabung-haji.html?m=1
2.       Tabung Haji land deal one lie after another | Free Malaysia Today – http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/07/15/apanama-tabung-haji-land-deal-one-lie-after-another/

Point untuk respon kepada Apanama dan FMT

A.     Pembelian tanah

Pembelian tanah kediaman daripada Kuala Lumpur International Financial District (KLFID) adalah berasaskan kepada penilaian berpatutan berserta diskaun. Harga tersebut adalah lebih rendah daripada transaksi-transaksi jual beli tanah yang berdekatan.

TH membeli tanah tersebut pada harga RM 188.5 juta dengan diskaun RM 5.5 juta daripada harga yang di nilai oleh Juru Nilai Bertauliah Antarabangsa iaitu RM194 juta. Tuduhan yang mengatakan bahawa tanah tersebut di beli pada harga terlalu mahal tidak mempunyai asas.

B.     Tanah masih belum dijual

Tanah tersebut masih belum dijual walaupun TH menerima tawaran daripada pihak berminat.  Atas dasar menjaga kepentingan pendeposit,  TH perlu mempertimbangkan manfaat pulangan perniagaan jangka panjang. TH menerima banyak saranan daripada pendeposit, pihak-pihak tertentu  termasuk Ahli-Ahli Parlimen untuk TH memajukan tanah tersebut.

Bakal Pembeli tanah ini tidak akan menawarkan harga lebih daripada harga pasaran  semasa yang baru sahaja dinilai oleh Juru Nilai Bertauliah iaitu RM 194 juta.  Oleh itu, jika tanah tersebut dijual, TH hanya akan mendapat untung RM5.5 juta berbanding dengan jika tanah itu dimajukan.  Sekiranya tanah tersebut dimajukan, TH boleh membuat keuntungan sebanyak RM177.5 juta, unjuran keuntungan 27% dalam 3 tahun atau 9% setahun.

C.      Beli tanah halal atau tidak

TH telah melabur di pasaran hartanah sejak dulu lagi dan ia merupakan perniagaan teras TH. Isu sama ada jual beli tanah itu halal atau haram tidak timbul, kerana jual beli tanah adalah halal dalam Islam dan TH telah banyak membuat pembelian tanah untuk tujuan pelaburan. .

TH sentiasa mematuhi semua syarat pelaburan TH berasaskan Syariah bagi memastikan pulangan yang halal dan toyyiban kepada para pendeposit lebih daripada 8.6 juta orang

D.     Duit Pendeposit tidak diguna untuk menyelamat 1MDB

TH tidak membuat sebarang pelaburan dalam 1MDB.  Pembelian tanah tersebut adalah semata-mata transaksi urus niaga yang telah melalui proses penilaian berperingkat dan menyeluruh yang bermula sejak tahun 2013 lagi.  Adalah menjadi tanggungjawab TH untuk meneliti setiap cadangan pelaburan yang diterima bagi memastikan TH tidak terlepas peluang pelaburan yang menguntungkan.

Terima Kasih

Wasalam

Mohamad Naser Jaffar
Pengurus Kanan
Hal Ehwal Awam & Komunikasi Korporat Kumpulan
Lembaga Tabung Haji
Tel: 03-20542451
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These postings are designed to project that the depositors’ hard earned savings have been misused to bail out 1MDB, which itself under consistent attack based on fabricated documents and lies, being echoed and amplified with consistency by some of the Neo Con Jews media.

As explained, the decision to participate in TRX was based on a sound investment calculation. The initial hype which was created a blog posting also believed to be linked to Firdaus, almost got TH to quickly hive the gold mine away for the wrong reasons.

Firdaus is never known for the ability to grasp the property business let alone do a strategic analysis on the potential of such investments. Never the less, he continuously to harp trying to play up the emotions of TH depositors, believed to be simple minded Malays with distorted angles of the investment.

Had his incessant barks be another degree steeper, probably he should have been investigated as attempting to instigate TH depositors under Sedition Act.

One interesting bit that as a Muslim, the manner he distorted and twisted facts and information to present his case should be something that worthy to be avoided especially in Ramadhan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.

That call was actually amplified and twisted further by the pro-Anwar Ibrahim online newsportal.

Probably he had the same intention like the pro-Anwarista newsportal: To see TH depositors distrust the Government and do a run on TH.

The agenda of the pro-Anwarista newsportal is very clear, which is trying to topple Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s and the Federal Government which is controlled by BN. If is takes to instigate the rakyat to rise and force Prime Minister Najib out even to a situation of ‘Malaysian Spring’, then to them it shall be.

Published in: on July 16, 2015 at 13:45  Comments (5)  

Smallish scuffle, bigger exageration

The scuffle of Saturday evening at the Oppo store in Low Yatt Plaza in the Bukit Bintang area has been investigated by KL Police CID for theft and assault and battery.

Apparently the stories about this scuffle even in the connotation of ‘something racial about to clash’ spreading in viral speed on social media is related or being distorted to be a racial issue.

The Star story:

Published: Sunday July 12, 2015 MYT 10:31:00 PM
Updated: Monday July 13, 2015 MYT 12:20:53 AM

Crowd gathers ‘to protest’ outside Low Yat Plaza

BY DINA MURAD AND NATASHA JOIBI

Police maintaining a presence outside Low Yat Plaza Sunday night. – photo courtesy of YEOH CHONG EE
Police maintaining a presence outside Low Yat Plaza Sunday night. – photo courtesy of YEOH CHONG EE

KUALA LUMPUR: Another disturbance broke out in Low Yat Plaza following Saturday’s melee between customers and sales clerks in a smartphone shop, but police managed to contain the situation in the nick of time.

On Sunday night, a group gathered at the plaza in an apparent continuation of Saturday’s fiasco.

The group numbering over 100, is believed to have been led by Malay-Muslim group Pertubuhan Kebajikan dan Dakwah Islamiah Se-Malaysia (Pekida), gathered near the mall by around 6.30pm.
Dang Wangi CID Chief DSP M. Gunalan said about 20 to 30 police officers, including plain-clothes policemen, were deployed to the scene to monitor the situation.

“We held negotiations with the group, but there were a few people who did not heed our instructions,” he explained.

DSP Gunalan said police had to apprehend a man, believed to be working in the shopping complex, from charging towards the group.

The man was carrying a wooden stick.

“We arrested him and took him to the station. He was only one man going against a group of many. He could have been hurt,” he added.

At around 8.35pm, the group entered the mall but police managed to bring them out again.

“We want to get proper justice,” said a member of the group who identified himself as an “Ayahanda”.

“We will provide a lawyer to uphold justice,” he said, adding that they were there “only to protest”.

At around 8.35pm, the group entered the mall but police managed to bring them out again.

The mall was cordoned off by police at about 9pm.

The group had gathered to protest what they claimed was “biased investigations” by the police.

At about 10pm, the situation had subsided and the crowd had dispersed.

Kuala Lumpur CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Zainuddin Ahmad said police arrested had arrested four individuals aged between 22 and 25 to facilitate investigations.

“Three were arrested in connection with theft,” he said.

Meanwhile, one individual was arrested for provocative behaviour at the protest Sunday. Another four individuals will be picked up to assist in investigations.

SAC Tajuddin assured that police will conduct fair investigation towards all those involved.

On Saturday, a fight erupted between the thugs and sales clerks after a group of youth returned to take revenge against the retailers who allegedly caught one of them shoplifting earlier on Saturday.

Some commenters on social media claimed that the brawl was due to one of the youths being sold a fake phone, but the claim has not been verified.

Police are also hunting the remaining youths who caused around RM70,000 worth of damage to the shop.

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IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed the arrest and admitted the investigation is ongoing.

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On the other hand, Bukit Bintang UMNO Division was quick to ask everyone to remain calm and allow the Police and Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumerism enforcement officers to complete their investigations.

KEJADIAN PERGADUHAN DI PLAZA LOW YAT.

Susulan dari insiden pergaduhan di PLAZA LOW YAT semalam, UMNO Bukit Bintang menyeru semua pihak untuk BERTENANG, mengawal perasaan dan TIDAK bertindak mengikut emosi. Serahkan kepada pihak berkuasa iaitu PDRM untuk mengawal keadaan dan keselamatan di persekitaran kawasan Bukit Bintang.

UMNO Bukit Bintang mengingatkan semua pihak yang kawasan Bukit Bintang adalah pusat perniagaan dan kunjungan pelancong-pelancong utama di dalam Kuala Lumpur justeru kesejahteraan dan keamanan adalah
prioriti utama.

Dalam pada itu, UMNO Bukit Bintang juga menggesa KPDNKK menyiasat dakwaan yang berlakunya penjualan barang-barang tiruan secara berleluasa dengan segera agar nama Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur dan Malaysia dijaga dengan baik.

Datuk Zainal Rafique
Ketua
UMNO Bukit Bintang
13hb Julai 2015

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Its not the ideal time start something to could lead to ugly. The tensions are already tightening as is. Not even for fun based on unconfirmed reports

Published in: on July 13, 2015 at 02:00  Comments (8)  

A strong reminder

Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Anifah Hj Aman in his official capacity  issued a very strong statement to an international media, pertaining to the current political conundrum which is stirring a lot of confusion, spiralling a lot of manipulation, amplification of lies and ridiculing too many people be it Malaysians or people dealing with Malaysia.

OPEN LETTER TO THE NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR

1.     It is regrettable to see Tun Mahathir seeking to undermine his own country in the international media as part of a personal political vendetta.

2.     It is irresponsible of any citizen, let alone a former prime minister, to spread lies and distortions about state owned companies – saying for example that RM42 bn is missing from 1MDB to create public anxiety, when in fact these are audited debts backed by RM51 bn assets. These reckless claims have affected market sentiment towards Malaysia.

3.     Furthermore, it is telling that he continues to mount his attacks, rather than wait for the findings of the enquiries currently being undertaken by Malaysia’s central bank, Auditor General, and parliament’s bipartisan Public Accounts Committee. This shows that Tun Mahathir is not interested in answers from the appropriate lawful authorities. Rather, he is just using 1MDB as an excuse to topple the serving prime minister, Najib Tun Razak.

4.     And all because his personal demands, as Tun Mahathir himself has acknowledged, are not being met. Prime Minister Najib, as Malaysia’s democratically elected leader, will do what he thinks is right for the nation, and will not allow rule by proxy.

5.     Tun Mahathir told the New York Times that UMNO “lacks vision and talented people”, that it “has become a repository of patronage-seeking politicians”, and that members “try to keep out people who are more intelligent than themselves”. But it is Tun Mahathir who led the party for 22 years. It was he that, during his time, worked to cultivate ‘yes men’ and entrench his position – even introducing a quota system for the UMNO presidency to prevent challengers – rather than bringing in talent and strengthening the party. It is Prime Minister Najib who democratised the party constitution to make it far easier to challenge him for his job.‎

6.     For Tun Mahathir to accuse Prime Minister Najib of acts “verging on criminal” is simply outrageous, and entirely false. It is a measure of the reforms put in place under Prime Minister Najib’s administration that Tun Mahathir has the freedom to be so vocally critical of the party and government he once led.‎

7.     But Tun Mahathir is abusing that freedom, and his privileged standing as a former prime minister, to indulge in reckless and baseless personal smears against Prime Minister Najib and his family. Most Malaysians would rather see Tun Mahathir retire gracefully than continue to damage the standing of his own country for personal political gain.

Y.B. Dato’ Sri Anifah bin Haji Aman
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia‎

Published in: on June 18, 2015 at 23:58  Comments (16)  

AWO as ‘Red Box’ Minister?

AWO as the ‘Red Box’ Minister, to focus on the finance in PM Najib’s transformation agenda

Rumours circulating that Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak is relinquishing his post as Minister of Finance and Minister in Prime Minister’s Department (in charge of EPU) Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid Omar will replace him in a Cabinet reshuffle anytime soon.

Wahid who is Fellow Certified Accountant and member of Malaysian Institute of Accountants was the immediate past President of Maybank Group. Before that he was the CEO of Renong Group and Telekom Malaysia.

He has had more than 28 years of hard nose experience in merchant and investment banking, corporate finance, over all and turn around management in infrastructure, telecommunication and commercial banking is thought to be the best candidate to assume this job. His wealth of experience, which include macro economic and economic transformation planning the past two years would be invaluable to propel the nation forward under the stewardship of Prime Minister Najib.

Prime Minister Najib has less than five years to bring up the nation to a level befitting a developed nation status, as per envisaged by Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad when he started the initiative as ‘Vision 2020’ almost a quarter century ago.

He also wanted to reduce the deficit of the Malaysian economy, rationalise and restructure subsidies aimed for the needful lot and address the borrowings.

At the same time, all these initiatives are couple with economic transformation programs to propel the nation into a high value economy and provide more jobs and opportunities, especially in a vast growing younger Malaysian denomination and live up to the challenges of their expectations.

It makes perfect sense to have a full time Finance Minister, who is able to focus on both the strategy and tactical roll outs. The fact that Wahid is apolitical and play the role with utmost professionalism would be a boon for Prime Minister Najib to realise his transformation agenda for Malaysia.

Other names have also been floated around in the Cabinet reshuffle. This include a new Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Deputy Finance and Information and Communication Ministers.

Published in: on April 17, 2015 at 12:30  Comments (6)  

Moving towards Darul Khunsa

Supporters of transgender rights group Justice for Sisters celebrate outside the Court of Appeal after the court declares Section 66 of Negri Sembilan Shariah law unconstitutional, November 7, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng – See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/fearing-domino-effect-of-court-decision-on-transgenders-isma-says-mains-mus#sthash.Z0oMIaZH.dpuf

Muslim lawyers appeal to the corresponding State Governments to view and prepare all cases involving Muslims with proper referrences to State Constitution, where they are bound to adhere.

KENYATAAN AKHBAR PERSATUAN 

PEGUAM PEGUAM MUSLIM MALAYSIA (PPMM) 

Berkaitan Penghakiman Mahkamah Rayuan  yang memutuskan Seksyen 66 Enakmen Jenayah Syariah (Negeri Sembilan) 1992  tidak berperlembagaan)

Bertarikh: 8 November 2014

Kepada semua media
Untuk Siaran Segera

PPMM berasa amat terkejut dengan keputusan sebulat suara Mahkamah Rayuan pada 7 November 2014 yang memutuskan Seksyen 66 Enakmen Jenayah Syariah ( Negeri Sembilan) 1992 adalah tidak berperlembagaan kerana mendiskriminasi golongan minoriti. Keputusan tersebut dibuat setelah tiga orang lelaki Islam merayu kepada Mahkamah Rayuan apabila Mahkamah Tinggi menolak permohonan mereka mengisytiharkan sekyen tersebut tidak berperlembagaan.  Ketiga-tiga lelaki Islam berkenaan telah dituduh di Mahkamah Syariah Negeri Sembilan di bawah seksyen 66 tersebut kerana memakai pakaian perempuan atau berlagak seperti perempuan di tempat awam.

Seksyen tersebut berbunyi seperti berikut:

“Seksyen 66. Lelaki berlagak seperti perempuan.

Mana-mana orang lelaki yang memakai pakaian perempuan atau berlagak seperti perempuan di mana-mana tempat awam adalah melakukan satu kesalahan dan hendaklah apabila disabitkan dikenakan hukuman denda tidak melebihi satu ribu ringgit atau penjara selama tempoh tidak melebihi enam bulan atau kedua-duanya.”

Sehingga siaran akhbar ini ditulis PPMM masih lagi belum mendapat salinan penghakiman yang diputuskan pada 7 November 2014 itu. PPMM juga tidak mendapat makluman berkaitan dengan hujahan-hujahan yang telah dikemukakan oleh kedua belah pihak semasa prosiding rayuan berjalan. Pada kebiasaan hakim-hakim akan membuat keputusan berdasarkan persoalan yang dihujahkan di hadapan mahkamah.

Oleh yang demikian siaran akhbar ini dibuat berdasarkan laporan-laporan yang dibuat di akhbar-akhbar dan media alternatif sahaja dan menyentuh aspek keabsahan dan kesan keputusan yang dibuat oleh Mahkamah Rayuan tersebut.

Di dalam kes Sulaiman Takrib v Majlis Agama Islam Trengganu, Mahkamah Persekutuan telah memutuskan bahawa Dewan Undangan Negeri mempunyai kuasa legislatif untuk membuat apa-apa kesalahan dan hukuman yang melanggar perintah agama Islam. Perintah agama Islam termasuklah juga isu-isu berkaitan akhlak atau moral bagi orang Islam seperti di dalam Seksyen 66 tersebut. Di dalam kes tersebut Mahkamah Persekutuan memutuskan makna ‘precepts of Islam’ bukan sekadar rukun Islam tetapi apa-apa perintah agama Islam. Menjaga akhlak adalah sebahagian dari perintah agama Islam dan lelaki berpakaian wanita adalah diharamkan di dalam Islam.

Manakala di dalam kes Titular Roman Catholic Archibishop of Kuala Lumpur v Menteri Dalam Negeri dan 8 yang lain pula, Mahkamah Persekutuan memutuskan antara lain kebenaran dari Mahkamah Persekutuan perlu diperolehi terlebih dahulu di dalam sesuatu prosiding yang mencabar keperlembagaan sesuatu undang-undang.

Berdasarkan dua penghakiman Mahkamah Persekutuan di atas, PPMM berpandangan Mahkamah Rayuan telah khilaf di dalam penghakiman semalam.  Malah ia juga tidak sejajar dengan beberapa peruntukan Perlembagaan Persekutuan seperti Perkara 3 yang meletakkan Islam bukan sekadar agama rasmi tetapi agama bagi Persekutuan seperti yang diputuskan di dalam kes-kes Lina Joy melawan Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persecution (Mahkamah Persekutuan) dan Meor Atiqurrahman melawan Fatimah Sihi (Mahkamah Tinggi). Begitu juga obligasi berperlembagaan Yang Di Pertuan Agong di dalam Jadual Keempat Perlembagaan Persekutuan di mana YDPA bersumpah memelihara Islam pada setiap masa.  Sebagai Ketua Eksekutif sebenar Negara (Perkara 39) sumpah YDPA tersebut menjadi suatu obligasi kepada semua cabang pentadbiran dan kehakiman negara untuk dipenuhi.

Isu diskriminasi kepada golongan minoriti tidak seharusnya timbul kerana kebebasan fundamental  (fundamental liberties) seperti yang dinyatakan di dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan bukanlah suatu yang tiada batasannya. Hak tersebut tidak bersifat mutlak dan ia perlu dibaca bersama-sama dengan peruntukan Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang lain. Perlembagaan Persekutuan mesti dibaca secara bersesama bukan diasing-asingkan antara satu sama lain (harmonious interpretation). Mentafsirkan peruntukan Perlembagaan Persekutuan secara berasingan akan hanya membawa implikasi percanggahan peruntukan Perlembagaan Persekutuan sesama sendiri.

Keputusan Mahkamah Rayuan tersebut juga gagal mengambilkira norma masyarakat Melayu Islam (grundnorm of the society) yang merupakan teras kepada jatidiri kebangsaan. Islam dan Melayu merupakan sebahagian daripada struktur asas (basic structures) yang membentuk Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Memusnahkan strucktur asas ini akan mengakibatkan jatidiri dan kerangka Perlembagaan Persekutuan itu sendiri terpecah.

Walau apapun penghakiman semalam adalah penghakiman yang sah oleh sebuah mahkamah yang kompeten. Ia perlu dihormati sehingga ada keputusan sebaliknya.

PPMM menyeru Kerajaan Negeri Sembilan dan pihak-pihak yang dinamakan di dalam prosiding tersebut memohon kebenaran merayu dalam tempoh yang ditetapkan. PPMM juga mendesak sementara menunggu permohonan kebenaran merayu diputuskan Kerajaan Negeri Sembilan memohon penggantungan perintah yang dikeluarkan itu.  PPMM juga menyeru Kerajaan Persekutuan yang merupakan “amicus curae” di dalam prosiding tersebut  bekerjasama dengan Kerajaan Negeri Sembilan di dalam rayuan tersebut.

PPMM selanjutnya menyeru semua Majlis-Majlis Agama Islam Negeri-Negeri  (MAINS) di seluruh Malaysia supaya memohon kebenaran mencelah di dalam prosiding rayuan kelak. Ini adalah disebabkan Majlis-Majlis Agama Islam adalah penasihat utama dalam hal ehwal agama Islam kepada Sultan/ Raja/ Yamtuan negeri masing-masing dan YDPA bagi negeri yang tidak mempunyai Raja. Keputusan ini juga memberi kesan kepada undang-undang yang sama yang ada di negeri-negeri lain.  MAINS mempunyai kepentingan undang-undang yang jelas di dalam prosiding ini kerana ia juga akan memberi kesan kepada undang-undang di negeri berkenaan.

PPMM bersedia memberi taklimat, khidmat dan pandangan kepada MAINS khasnya dan semua Majlis Agama Islam amnya   dalam perkara ini.

PPMM juga menyeru kepada semua umat Islam di Malaysia supaya bertenang bagi membolehkan proses undang-undang berjalan sewajarnya.

Dato’ Haji Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar
Presiden
Persatuan Peguam Peguam Muslim Malaysia (PPMM)

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In the surprise decision by Court of Appeal on men cross-dressing, which was decided by Seremban Syariah Court based on Section 66 of the Syariah Penal Code for Negeri Sembilan, is deemed ‘Unconstitutional’ and contravened to individual rights. The judges decided that fundamental liberties are guaranteed by the Federal Constitution.

The Star story:

Published: Friday November 7, 2014 MYT 11:36:00 AM
Updated: Friday November 7, 2014 MYT 4:48:44 PM

Court of Appeal: Negri Sembilan Syariah law against cross-dressing unconstitutional

BY QISHIN TARIQ

Palace of Justice in Putrajaya

PUTRAJAYA: Punishing transgenders for cross-dressing contravenes freedom of expression, the Court of Appeal declared Friday, in a landmark ruling.

The panel allowed the appeal of three transgenders who sought to have Section 66 of the Syariah Criminal (Negri Sembilan) Enactment 1992 declared unconstitutional.

The panel lead by Justice Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus ruled that Section 66 contravened multiple Articles of the Federal Constitution which ensured fundamental liberties, including Article 5(1), 8(1), 8(2), 9(2), and 10(1).

“A person’s dress, attire or article of clothing are a form of expression, which in our view is guaranteed under Article 10 (freedom of expression),” he said.

The panel also found that a state legislative assembly has no power to restrict freedom of speech, and that only Parliament could do so within reason.

Currently, Section 66 allows the Syariah Court to punish any man who dresses or poses as a woman with up to six months in prison or be fined a maximum RM1,000; regardless of whether they had Gender Identity Disorder (GID).

“Clearly, the restriction imposed on the appellants and other GID sufferers is unreasonable. Thus from the aspect of reasonableness, Section 66 is unconstitutional,” ruled the court.

Justice Mohd Hishamudin disagreed with the Seremban High Court findings that the Syariah law was reasonable in order to protect society from homosexuality which would lead to the spread of HIV.

“The High Court’s remarks are unsupported by, and contrary to, evidence and is tainted by unscientific personal feelings or personal prejudice,” said Justice Mohd Hishamudin.

He said the High Court judge was “particularly transfixed with homosexual relations” in her reasoning, although the present case has absolutely nothing to do with homosexuality but was rather about gender identity.

The Court of Appeal panel, which also included Justices Aziah Ali and Lim Yee Lan, made no order as to costs.

Counsel Aston Paiva represent the transgender appellants, while Iskandar Ali Dewa acted as legal advisor for the Negri Sembilan state government, and senior federal counsel Suzanna Atan acted for the Attorney-General’s Chambers as amicus curae(friend of the court).

Speaking to reporters, Aston said cross-dressers could still be arrested, but were now empowered to challenge it at High Court.

Justice For Sisters advocacy manager Nisha Ayub said they would be educating transgenders around the country and encouraging them to challenge similarly prohibitive laws in their states.

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This landmark ruling will now set the precedence for other Pondans and Mak Nyahs to challenge any rulings against them.

The Malay Mail online story:

After landmark win, transgenders set to challenge anti-crossdressing Shariah laws across Malaysia

BY ZURAIRI ARNOVEMBER

7, 2014

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 7 ― Transgenders all over Malaysia have been urged to challenge Shariah laws outlawing crossdressing in each state, after the Court of Appeal ruled earlier that the Negri Sembilan version is inconsistent with the Federal Constitution and therefore void.

Calling the decision “landmark”, rights group Justice for Sisters (JFS) said the transgender community should now feel empowered and realise that their rights are being tread upon.

“I’d say this is a historical moment for the transgender community not just in Seremban, but throughout Malaysia. It’s a landmark case. Hopefully we can use this case as a landmark case to challenge in other states too,” JFS’ activist Nisha Ayub told reporters outside the court here.

Section 66 of the Negri Sembilan Shariah Criminal Enactment 1992 outlaws any Muslim man who “wears a woman attire and poses as a woman”, with the punishment of a fine not exceeding RM1,000 or jail of not more than six months or both.

The court’s three-man bench, led by Justice Datuk Hishamudin Mohd Yunus, ruled today that the Shariah law contravened constitutional provisions that guarantee personal liberty, equality, freedom of movement, and freedom of expression.

It also said the law was discriminatory as it fails to recognise men diagnosed with the Gender Identity Disorder (GID), or transgenderism.

Besides Negri Sembilan’s Section 66, other states’ Shariah criminal enactments also have provisions that give religious authorities the right to prosecute the trans community for “cross-dressing”, with fines ranging from RM1,000 to RM5,000, and imprisonment from six months to three years.

“I would definitely encourage other transgenders in other states to do the same thing, because it’s time for us to move on,” said Nisha.

“The thing about the trans community, once they see this, you encourage them to come out rather than being oppressed. Looking at today’s judgment, they will be more empowered to come out.”

Nisha also said the transgender community is unfazed by probable backlash from religious authorities, who might intensify their crackdown on the community despite the ruling.

“[The persecution] is not something new. At least now the transgender community know their right to challenge the law, not to just plead guilty.”

Muslim-majority Malaysia continues to reject the perceived rise in queer activities, which it deems to be an assault against Islam together with growing calls for greater civil liberties.

Transgender activists estimated that there are around 60,000 Malaysian who identify as transgenders, with Malays making up 70 per cent of them.

“Transwomen” or “transgender” are terms used to refer to those who were born male but associate themselves with the female identity, and has nothing to do with sexual preferences.

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Inadvertently this will spur the drive of the movement to promote more acceptance of LGBT.

The Malay-Muslim hardliners are pleading for the Majlis Agama Islam Negeri Sembilan (MAINS) to appeal against the CoA judgment, which set aside the Syariah High Court.

The Malay Mail online:

Fearing domino effect of court decision on transgenders, ISMA says MAINS must appeal

NOVEMBER 7, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 7 — Muslim group Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA) urged the Negri Sembilan Islamic religious council (MAINS) to immediately file an appeal against an appellate court’s decision today to declare a Shariah law banning cross-dressing as unconstitutional.

Muhammad Luttfi Abdul Khalid, who chairs the group’s law unit iPeguam, said the appeal is necessary as today’s court decision will likely be used as a precedent in all similar legal challenges in the future by the country’s community of Muslim transgenders.

“This decision will also be used as a reference point by other states and the Federal Territory should a similar case crop up.

“This is because the state Islamic religious authorities have no choice but to bound by the Court of Appeal’s ruling,” he said on ISMA’s website.

Earlier this morning, the Court of Appeal declared as unconstitutional Section 66 of the Negri Sembilan Shariah Criminal Enactment 1992, which outlaws any Muslim man who “wears a woman attire and poses as a woman” and stipulates a punishment of a fine not exceeding RM1,000 or jail of not more than six months or both upon conviction of such an offence.

The court’s three-man bench, led by Justice Datuk Hishamudin Mohd Yunus, ruled that the Shariah law contravened constitutional provisions that guarantee personal liberty, equality, freedom of movement, and freedom of expression.
It also said the law was discriminatory as it fails to recognise men diagnosed with the Gender Identity Disorder (GID), or transgenderism.

Besides Negri Sembilan’s Section 66, other states’ Shariah criminal enactments also have provisions that give religious authorities the right to prosecute the trans community for “cross-dressing”, with fines ranging from RM1,000 to RM5,000, and imprisonment from six months to three years.

After the landmark victory, rights group Justice for Sisters (JFS) said the transgender community should now feel empowered and realise that their rights are being tread upon.

The group also urged transgenders all over Malaysia to challenge all Shariah laws outlawing cross-dressing in each state.

“I’d say this is a historical moment for the transgender community not just in Seremban, but throughout Malaysia. It’s a landmark case.

“Hopefully we can use this case as a landmark case to challenge in other states too,” JFS’ activist Nisha Ayub told reporters outside the court here.

Muslim-majority Malaysia continues to reject the perceived rise in queer activities, which it deems to be an assault against Islam together with growing calls for greater civil liberties.

Transgender activists estimated that there are around 60,000 Malaysian who identify as transgenders, with Malays making up 70 per cent of them.

“Transwomen” or “transgender” are terms used to refer to those who were born male but associate themselves with the female identity, and has nothing to do with sexual preferences.

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It has been highlighted in some quarters, the preparation by the Negeri Sembilan State Government was poor. It was said that the lawyer representing MAINS was not competent enough to handle such cases, especially at Court of Appeal level.

On top of that he was not assisted. Whether it is deliberate or a gross oversight, the damage has already been done.

The fact is that, this ruling based on the judges’ interpretation of provisions in the Federal Constitution provided the precedence for any future undertakings for these persons who choose to be against the natural order of preference.

This ‘preference’, which unacceptable to majority of Malaysians which include the Non Muslims and more often being frowned upon, is now a right guaranteed under the law.

It is very clear that the struggle for the interpretation of ‘human rights’ in Malaysia has been manipulated and skewed for the benefit individual preference, be it at the expense by insulting the norm, principles and value system of the majority and traditions, not to mention beliefs.

A progressive and developed society does not tantamount of individuals to complete free to interpret norms, principles and value system. Decadence, is just a few steps before any society or civilisation to self-destruct into oblivion.

The next step the activists for these odd persons is to revoke the laws against ‘Unnatural sex’, which had always been a proviso under Section 377 of the Penal Code. The same law also is embedded in 41 other Commonwealth nation.

Published in: on November 9, 2014 at 16:00  Comments (12)  

Thanking the reps of the international community

Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman hosted a thank-you reception this evening (8 November 2014) for Permanent Representatives, diplomats and officials from the United Nations member states, as well as Senior Officials from the UN secretariat in New York.

FM with Nigerian Permanent Rep to UN Usman Sarki

FM Anifah with Nigerian Permanent Rep to UN Usman Sarki

The reception, held at the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the United Nations in New York, was meant to convey Malaysia’s sincere appreciation and gratitude to countries that have supported Malaysia in its bid to the United Nations Security Council.

FM with New Zealand Permanent Rep to UN Jim McLay

FM Anifah with New Zealand Permanent Rep to UN Jim McLay

In the United Nations Security Council elections that took place on 16 October 2014, Malaysia received 187 out of 193 votes for the non-permanent seat in the most important decision-making body in the UN. Thus, Malaysia will serve as a non-permanent member of the Security Council for a two-year period starting from January 2015 to December 2016.

FM Anifah with Bruneian Permanent Rep to UN Dato' Abdul Ghafar Ismail

FM Anifah with Bruneian Permanent Rep to UN Dato’ Abdul Ghafar Ismail

The reception was well-attended, whereby the guests were treated to a variety of sumptuous Malaysian cuisine. During the reception, Foreign Minister Anifah and other Malaysian diplomats mingled and exchanged views with the guests.

The representatives from various countries congratulated Malaysia and expressed their confidence in Malaysia’s leadership and ability to contribute to the works of the Security Council through Malaysia’s unique approach and expertise. They also expressed their readiness to cooperate closely with Malaysia during our tenure at the Council, to further advance international peace and security.

Published in: on November 7, 2014 at 23:00  Leave a Comment  
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