Politics

Do not dogmatise TIMAH

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--In response to the recent argument and controversy over the topic of Timah whiskey, the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) urges the public not to dogmatise the issue of this local whiskey brand, and hastily misinterpret and link it to religious matters.

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MyCC Publishes Findings Of Market Review On Transportation Sector

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) published its 7th Market Review titled, “Market Review under the Competition Act 2010 for Selected Transportation Sectors in Malaysia (Port Logistics Ecosystem and Motor Vehicles Warranty)” earlier today.

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Winners And Losers from Ismail Sabri's Cabinet Lineup

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia--The Ismail Sabri Yaakob cabinet sets the stage for a possible three-way battle in the next general election. Essentially, this is a Muhyiddin Yassin government without Muhyiddin.
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Penangguhan pemilihan kuasa mutlak MT UMNO

KUA;A LUMPUR, Malaysia--Dengan hormatnya Kenyataan Media ini adalah berkaitan surat Jabatan Pendaftaran Pertubuhan Malaysia (ROS) bertarikh 6 Ogos 2021 (Rujukan: PPM/WKL 251/88 JLD.10(27)) iaitu mengenai keputusan berhubung penangguhan pemilihan Majlis Kerja Tertinggi (MKT), bahagian dan cawangan Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Melayu Bersatu (UMNO)
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'Violations' the UN Security Council Does Not Care About

At the request of the Palestinian Authority (PA), the United Nations Security Council was again called to hold a session to discuss Israeli "violations" and "aggressions" against the Palestinians. The PA also demanded that the Security Council discuss the professed ongoing Israeli "siege" of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
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School reopening must be handled well

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Malaysia will face another Covid-19 wave if the government bungles the proposed September 2021 school reopening, including by refusing to listen to constructive criticism and suggestions.

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A Monarchy?

History records that it was a "mad" monarch, King George III, who lost the American colonies so very long ago. British researchers have since studied his scribbled notes, the diaries of his advisors, and his royal decrees to suggest he suffered from possible psychiatric illness such as bipolar disorder.
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The Golden Age of UMNO is on the Wane

The United Malays National Organization, or UMNO is once again deeply split. There is a fracture between the party grassroots, the Supreme Council or central party governing body, and the parliamentary caucus. In addition, both the supreme council and parliamentary members also have divisions, and are split about which is the best way for the party to go in the future. Just to complicate things even more, some states are controlled by warlords, who are acting quasi-independently, and engaged with their own rifts and divisions at state-level.
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Arabs Warn Biden: The War on Terrorism is not Over

As the United States prepares to complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan by August 31, 2021, a growing number of Arabs are worried that the American move will not only bring the Taliban back to power there, but also lead to the re-emergence of other Islamist terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State (ISIS).
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First batch of the Sputnik V vaccine produced in Vietnam

MOSCOW, Russia--The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund), and VABIOTECH, one of Vietnam’s leading pharmaceutical companies, announce the production of a test batch of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus.

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Why a test certificate can be better than the vaccination passport

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The prime minister Muhyddin Yassin said that the easing of restrictions for individuals who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be decided at the National Recovery Council meeting next week. The prime minister said the proposed relaxation would serve as a benefit or incentive for those who have completed the two-dose vaccination.
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Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus authorized in Nigeria

MOSCOW, Russia--The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund) announces the approval of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control of Nigeria (NAFDAC).
 
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How Palestinian Leaders Are Deceiving Americans

A Palestinian man was sentenced on June 30 to seven years in prison with hard labor after he was convicted of attempting to sell land to Israeli Jews. The man, whose identity was not revealed, was sentenced by a Palestinian Authority (PA) court in the West Bank city of Ramallah, the de facto capital of the Palestinians.
 
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𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚 𝐂𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐭

A year ago, I published my book “The Great Reset” in a modest attempt to explain how the once-in-a-century Covid-19 crisis is going to reset our politics, the economy and healthcare system. However, the powers-that-be didn’t bother to learn much from the 18-month Covid crisis that erupted since late January 2020. This is why I believe Malaysia needs a reset in our approach towards the Covid crisis now.
 
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Denial of the undeniable by blind supporters of the PSR

GEORGETOWN, Malaysia--When people put their personal interests before those of the public at large they become unable to see, nor are concerned about the long term future, i.e. real long-time running into centuries ahead. Their vision is limited to here and now, and at most the very near future during their active lifetime at the most.  
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EMCO will compromise the future of the country

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia-- The Center for Market Education (CME) is highly concerned with the announcement of an Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in many areas in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. 
 
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ABIM: Is Malaysia moving towards a dictatorship

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) refers to the statement issued by the Attorney General of Malaysia dated 25 June 2021. The main content of the Attorney General's statement revolves around Articles 39, 40 (1) and (1A) of the Federal Constitution regarding the act of His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah, that was said to be limited by the advice given by the Prime Minister and the Cabinet.
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APEC Looks to Partnerships to Support Business Recovery

WELLINGTON, New Zealand--Finance ministers and business leaders from the 21 APEC member economies convened virtually on Friday to discuss the ongoing responses for businesses, especially micro, small and medium enterprises, during the pandemic, as well as the policies economies can focus on to help businesses recover.

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MEDAC: More than RM 700 million in moratoriums, targeted assistance offered to SMEs

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia--The Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (MEDAC) and its agencies are offering moratorium and other targeted assistance with an estimated value of RM746.79 million for the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to help cushion the impact of the nationwide lockdown order.

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CME: Incentivising dietary supplements consumption can generate important healthcare savings

 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Center for Market Education (CME) published a new policy paper titled Dietary Supplements in the Malaysian Context: Policy Recommendations for Enhancing Freedom of Choice and Healthcare Savings, authored by Benedict Weerasena (CME Fellow and Economist at Bait Al-Amanah), Dr Carmelo Ferlito (CME CEO) and Prof Paolo Bellavite (Professor – retired – of General Pathology at the University of Verona in Italy). The paper is available for free download here.  

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Gerakan vice-president slams Penang government for bulldozing PSI

GEORGETOWN, Malaysia--Gerakan vice-president Baljit Singh slammed the DAP-led Penang state government over its aggressive insistence in pursuing the Penang South Islands Project (PSI) despite widespread opposition to the project.

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The Effect of Communist China on America's Clean Energy Plan

"The Middle East has oil, China has rare earths", Deng Xiaoping said in 1992. Nearly three decades later, the world is almost completely dependent on China for rare earth materials. They constitute key elements in large swaths of modern technology from consumer electronics to military equipment and green technology: Mobile phones, computers, fighter jets, guided missiles, solar panels, wind turbines and electric vehicles, among others. While demand is soaring, China is virtually their worldwide exclusive producer. "To extend Mr Deng's comparison, it is as if the Middle East not only sat on most of the world's oil but also, almost exclusively, refined it and then made products out of it," wrote The Economist in 2019.

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Three-month moratorium repayment for SKM subscribers

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--COOPERATIVES who subscribe to the Cooperative Commission of Malaysia (SKM) Revolving Capital Fund (TMPSKM) are eligible for a three-month moratorium repayment, said the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (Medac).

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Zafrul must lose his banker’s hat

One of the hallmarks of an emergency period are the vast powers placed in the hands of the government of the day. Vast, legal and constitutionally sanctioned powers.
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Strategic Threats Do Not Sleep! Continue To Invest In Defence

In the midst of a “total lockdown” to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, Malaysians woke up to the shocking news of 16 People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aircraft of China flying over Malaysian maritime zone airspace close to Sarawak on 31 May 2021. The PLAAF aircraft consisted of Ilyushin Il-76 and Xian Y-20 multi-role airlifters.

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Trade is a Weapon Against the Pandemic

The APEC region produces most of the world’s COVID-19 vaccines. It must also lead the way in their distribution and administration.

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China’s Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Capability in the South China Sea

In August 2020, China fired what were reported to be anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBM) into the South China Sea. The missile firings were the second time that China launched such missiles into the disputed waters. The first occurred in June 2019, when China fired six ASBMs into the area.

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Even with a Deal, the Mullahs Will Pursue Nukes

The argument that negotiating and reaching a nuclear deal with the mullahs of Iran will curb their nuclear ambitions and prevent the Iranian regime from obtaining nuclear weapons is, sadly, a dangerous fantasy.

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Minister denies pushing for non-Orang Asli to head JAKOA

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Malaysia’s Rural Development Ministry has denied attempting to place a nonindegenous or Orang Asli  as Director-General of its indegenous affairs department, following claims made by the country’s only indegenous Member of Parliament (MP).

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Fighting Corruption Requires a Pandemic-like Response

What do corruption and the COVID-19 pandemic have in common? They both have deep and wide-spread repercussions for development in all countries. If appropriate curtailment measures are not taken on time, the pandemic will rage across the entire population with its impact felt by future generations. 
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Power and Corruption within Malaysia’s Leadership

Former Attorney General Tommy Thomas in his recent book, “My Story: Justice in the Wilderness,” suggested that big-time corruption in the Malaysian polity sprang up during the Tun Abdul Razak era – 1970-1976 – that a secret or covert space in government appeared, out of sight of any scrutiny.

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Rumours of more defections after rep quits Warisan

KOTA KINABALU: Speculation is mounting that further defections might take place from Warisan after one of its assemblyman quit the party and pledged support for the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) government yesterday.

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Warisan rep quits party, pledges support for GRS

KOTA KINABALU: Sebatik assemblyman Hassan A Gani Pg Amir today announced he has quit Warisan and declared himself an independent who backs the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) ruling coalition.

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Enact IPCC early, says Suhakam after new claims of assault by cops

PETALING JAYA: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has called for early approval by Parliament of the Independent Police Conduct Commission (IPCC) Bill after recent reports alleging assault by plain-clothes policemen.

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