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August 30, 2018 7:00 AM New automotive policy by year-end, Senate told

KUALA LUMPUR: The government is to announce by the end of this year a new National Automotive Policy, said Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Dr Ong Kian Ming (pix). The new policy would ensure that the automotive industry remained competitive and benefited the people, he told the Dewan Negara. "We are reviewing the National Automotive 182

August 30, 2018 6:40 AM Eateries subject to SST if turnover exceeds RM1.5m annually

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysian eateries will only be subject to the Sales and Services Tax (SST) if their annual turnover exceeds RM1.5 million annually, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (pix). He said the ministry agreed to raise the turnover threshold from the RM500,000 set under the Goods and Services Tax (GST), and asserted that the decision was final 94

August 30, 2018 6:01 AM Voluntary surrender programme ends at midnight tonight

PUTRAJAYA: The voluntary surrender programme or better known as 3+1 Programme, which was introduced in 2014 to resolve the issue of illegal immigrants in the country, will end when the clock strikes midnight tonight. Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali (pix) said this was confirmed by Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who earlier 191

August 30, 2018 4:34 AM SST will be open to revision even after Sept 1: Guan Eng

PUTRAJAYA: The government will continue to revise the Sales and Services Tax (SST) based on feedback even after Sept 1, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng. Speaking to reporters at a briefing on SST today, he said the government will remain open to feedback and will continue with discussions, and make the necessary adjustments. Despite many queries on the tax system 86

August 30, 2018 4:10 AM Whistleblower Manning faces Australia speaking tour ban

SYDNEY: US whistleblower Chelsea Manning, jailed for leaking classified information, is facing a ban from Australia as organisers of a speaking tour said Thursday her visa application was likely to be refused. The former soldier, freed last year after then-US president Barack Obama commuted her 35-year sentence days before he left office, was due to talk at the Sydney 97

August 29, 2018 5:09 PM The time has come for a Malay right-wing party

DAP has asked MCA to leave Barisan Nasional and join Pakatan Harapan. PKR has warned Malaysians that Malay politics is becoming more right wing. The time has come for a Malay right-wing party to dominate Malaysian politics. If Umno refuses to revert to its roots, then a new right-wing party needs to be launched to fill the vacuum that Umno is leaving 179

August 29, 2018 1:27 PM Utusan Melayu agrees to settle Anwar's defamation suit

KUALA LUMPUR: Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd today agreed to settle the defamation suit filed by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim against the newspaper company and two others. Lawyer Azhar Arman Ali, representing Utusan Melayu, said this to reporters after the case management before Judicial Commissioner Datuk Faizah Jamaludin in her chambers, in the presence of lawyer 67

August 29, 2018 12:21 PM Iran's Khamenei says ready to abandon nuclear deal if needed

TEHRAN: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that his government should be ready to "set aside" the 2015 nuclear deal if it is no longer in the country's national interests. "The JCPOA (nuclear deal) is not the objective, it is only a means," he said in a meeting with the cabinet, according to his website. "Naturally, if we reach 103

August 29, 2018 8:36 AM Ambitious Penang 2030 plan launched

GEORGE TOWN: The state government has unveiled an administrative policy called "Penang 2030" which aims to improve the overall quality of life for Penangites. Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said that the state will introduce a form of the Happiness Index to gauge the level of contentment among the people here. Speaking during the launch of the plan at the E&O hotel 70

August 29, 2018 6:34 AM CIMB confident of achieving 6% loan growth for 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: CIMB Group Holdings Bhd is on track to meet its loan growth target of 6% for this year with the stronger performance expected for the second half of the year, said group CEO Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Aziz. Its loan growth for the first half of the year stood at 3.4%, dragged down by the weakening of rupiah in Indonesia. CIMB posted a record 78