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August 16, 2018 2:51 PM Takeover of toll concessionaires may cost less than RM400 billion, says Pua

KUALA LUMPUR: The toll concessions takeover may cost less than the RM400 billion projected by the previous government, said Ministry of Finance special officer Tony Pua. "The RM400 billion figure was being tossed around by the previous government by taking into account the compensation to be paid to the toll concessionaires which includes future gains 4

August 16, 2018 10:31 AM Johor govt committed to continuing Iskandar M'sia BRT project

ISKANDAR PUTRI: The Johor government is committed to continuing the Iskandar Malaysia Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project to provide convenience to the people. Johor Public Works, Infrastructure and Transport Committee chairman Mazlan Bujang said the state government would ensure the project is given due priority by the Federal government. "We are trying 3

August 15, 2018 9:49 AM PHEB considering expanding beyond Penang

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Hindu Endowment Board (PHEB) is mooting the establishment of similar institutions in other states to look into the welfare of the Indian community. Deputy Chief Minister II Prof P. Ramasamy, who is also PHEB chairman, said the establishment of such institutions requires for legislation to be passed in Parliament. Speaking to reporters 5

August 15, 2018 7:13 AM Paulsen, Arul freed from sedition charges

KUALA LUMPUR: Human rights lawyer Eric Paulsen and PSM's central committee member S. Arulchevan were freed from sedition charges at the sessions court today. They were acquitted and discharged after the prosecution withdrew the charges against them. Judge Edwin Paramjothy Michael Muniandy delivered his order after Deputy Public Prosecutor Norinna Bahadun 6

August 14, 2018 10:49 AM Najib's claims about Malacca Gateway untrue, says CM

MALACCA: Chief Minister Adly Zahari has dismissed as untrue former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak's allegation that the Malacca Gateway project is being implemented without any changes. Adly said that after taking over the state government, the Pakatan Harapan administration has introduced improvements to the project so that it becomes a catalyst 7

August 14, 2018 8:14 AM Minimum wage increases to be implemented gradually: PM

KUALA LUMPUR: The implementation of the RM1,500 minimum wage will be carried out gradually to allow a recovery in the country's economy, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He added that if Malaysia starts spending money which it does not have, it would not be good for the country in the long run. "If we push for higher minimum wages, cost of production 3

August 14, 2018 6:40 AM Govt yet to finalise terms, conditions of Tan's appointment as special envoy to China

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has yet to finalise the terms and conditions of the appointment of DAP national chairman Tan Kok Wai (pix) as the special envoy to China, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said the terms and conditions would only be decided upon at the coming Pakatan Harapan 5

August 13, 2018 10:15 AM No to paying MRSM: Rina Harun

KUALA LUMPUR: The Rural and Regional Development Ministry does not intend to continue with the proposal of the previous government to set up paying for Mara Junior Science Colleges (MRSM). Minister Rina Harun said this was because the ministry now saw the role of MRSM as only belonging to the elite group. "Therefore MRSM's role has to return to assist 7

August 13, 2018 7:46 AM Support federal government efforts to address debt issue: Mohd Khalil

MALACCA: Malacca Yang Dipertua Negri Tun Dr Mohd Khalil Yaakob today urged the people of Malacca to support the federal governments efforts to address the huge national debt. He said he had confidence in the capability of the federal government to solve the debt issue based on its corporate experience and expertise to raise the economic status of the country 9

August 13, 2018 7:15 AM GST refund shortfall more than we thought: Lim

KUALA LUMPUR: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has clarified that the amount left in the government's trust fund meant for Goods and Services Tax (GST) refunds was not RM1.486 billion, but only a tenth of that figure. He said in his speech in the Dewan Rakyat last week, he had revealed that the total outstanding amount of GST refunds since its introduction 5