Sabah and Sarawak likely to get more for telecommunications and broadcasting

Posted on : 31-07-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

31 July 2015
EVEN before Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak can warm up his seat as the new Communications and Multimedia Minister, the buzz is that both Sabah and Sarawak are likely to get more in capital expenditure (capex) to improve the level of telecommunications and broadcasting services there.
Coming from Sabah, Salleh should know that a lot needs to be done to improve the reach and level of service there. Eventually, it needs to match the levels in Peninsular Malaysia.
To do that, a lot more investments will have to be pumped in. And the funding can easily come from the Universal Service Provision (USP) fund – the fund that has been set up to finance capex to provide infrastructure in areas where the services are not sufficiently available to the community at large.
Over RM8bil sits in the fund, as every year telecoms players fork out 6% of their earnings towards the fund.
From the statistics listed on the regulator’s website, clearly, the level of access in the two states needs to be widened.
As at end-2014, there were only 934 and 1,889 hotspots in Sabah and Sarawak, respectively, versus 4,709 in Wilayah Persekutuan (WP), 4,895 in Selangor, 4,494 in Penang, and 3,048 in Johor.
Similarly, cellular penetration is highest in WP at 231%, Selangor (164%), Penang (162%) and Johor (140%), compared with 120% and 111% in Sabah and Sarawak, respectively.
Salleh takes over from Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek next week as the new minister of the communications industry.
During his time, Ahmad Shabery did quite a bit for the industry. He managed to bring down call and broadband rates, something which had been impossible in the past.
So, what will Salleh do differently for the industry?
Two days after his appointment, he says he will consider fresh approaches that are good for the industry, but there may not be many changes in terms of policies.
Salleh says he is a “leader who listens to views and opinions of all quarters, because I feel that we must evaluate new methods of implementation to ensure that policies and any amendments are carried out well”.
But still, the industry has its own wish list.
Top of the list is that the management and usage of the USP fund is transparent so that the players themselves know where their monies are going.
To be fair, the players have been investing, but the need for common infrastructure in remote areas can help over-building and over-investing by all parties. The weaker ringgit is affecting capital spending. So, new ways of investing needs to be looked into so that the wider population still gets the service.
In the past, the monies from the USP fund were used to enhance telecommunications services in rural areas. But with some level of failure and lack of enforcement, the deliverables were not up to the mark.
There is an RM600mil contract coming out soon to widen the reach by the industry regulator using the USP fund as part of the timeline 3 expansion. But the new minister has to ensure that the deliverables are up to the mark this time around.
It is really time to show tangible results and the USP fund cannot be used to simply dish out computers in areas where there are no Internet services in the first place.
Stiffer penalties and tougher enforcement are in store for the telecoms and broadcasting industries once the existing Communications and Multimedia Act is amended, and the hope is that he pushes for the amendments to be carried out.
Salleh, a blogger himself since 2008, should know why the Act of the old era needs to be changed to cater to the new one.
There had been too many licences issued in the past, with spectrum left unused. Some may not be viable and the minister may need to take stock and do something about it.
Too many contracts have also gone to a few parties – something that creates monopolies. That should stop and more players should get involved in the provision of common infrastructure.
As to pricing, that can be lowered further. He should talk to the telcos to help the rakyat, as telecoms services are now a necessity and not a luxury.
Prices of calls and broadband should come down further.
(Source: The Star)
31 July 2015
EVEN before Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak can warm up his seat as the new Communications and Multimedia Minister, the buzz is that both Sabah and Sarawak are likely to get more in capital expenditure (capex) to improve the level of telecommunications and broadcasting services there.

Exploit Asean chair advantage: Musa

Posted on : 30-07-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

July 30, 2015
Kota Kinabalu: Malaysia should take advantage of its role as Chair of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to boost exports within the region.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said that by so doing, Malaysian firms would be able to penetrate around 620 million consumers.
He urged Sabah small-medium enterprises (SMEs) to also get “aggressively” involved in this goal.
“Sabah entrepreneurs have the potential for exports given that assistance is provided by the Government in addition to the abundance of resources that could be turned into value-added products.
“Firms here are also supported by the demands of services generated from the plantation, commerce and oil and gas sectors,” he said.
Musa’s speech was read by Industrial Development Assistant Minister Datuk Bolkiah Ismail during the launching of the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) Exporters Forum, here.
At present, Sabah has 41,000 SMEs, a huge number considering the State is the sixth largest contributor to the national economy, and account for 16.9 per cent of the country’s exports.
Musa’s urging would not have come at a better time as several of Malaysia’s important trading partners such as China and Singapore are slashing Malaysian imports, despite the lower value of the Ringgit at present.
In confirming this, Matrade said exports to China slipped 4.5 per cent between January and May this year compared to the corresponding period last year.
Singapore, meanwhile, slipped 4.7 per cent over the same period.
Matrade Senior Director Wan Latif Wan Musa said the declining figures have been largely caused by the impacts of the global economic outlook, ‘not so much on the Ringgit.’
He said Malaysian exports should have increased if the value of the country’s currency had been lower, but instead the importing nations decided to enter into a ‘comparative’ mode in seeking products from elsewhere.
“These developments have impacted the performance of the national exports,” he said.
Hence, it is in Malaysia’s best interest to tap into the South East Asian mart.
To do so, Musa stressed firms must have a firm grip on the use of ICT technologies to grab the mass market, as well as groomed to be export ready.
According to him, the State government wanted Sabah firms to hit a 25 per cent contribution to national exports by 2020, adding that more firms are needed to break the export barrier.
He said Matrade has several programmes to develop entrepreneurs and exporters to compete in the international arena.
They include Going Export (Go-Ex), which was established to explore new markets and the oil and gas, food and beverage, lifestyle, electric and electronics, ICT and health care and the Mid-Tier programme to assist companies to penetrate new markets and access to financial support, technologies and services advice by international consultants.
Musa noted the programme is dedicated to intermediate manufacturing companies with an annual sales of RM50 million to RM500 million.
Matrade hoped that more Sabah firms would register with them to take part in these programmes.
Its Chairwoman Datuk Noraini Ahmad said of 15,235 registered companies in the country, only 203 Sabah firms are registered with them, barely 1.3 per cent.
She noted that Sabah firms are far behind in terms of assistance and facilities provided by the government compared to their peninsula counterparts.
(Source: Daily Express)
July 30, 2015
Kota Kinabalu: Malaysia should take advantage of its role as Chair of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to boost exports within the region.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said that by so doing, Malaysian firms would be able to penetrate around 620 million consumers.

Cabinet reshuffle: Who’s in, who’s out

Posted on : 28-07-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

July 28, 2015
The following is the list of new ministerial appointments:
New ministers
1. Deputy Prime Minister – Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
2. Science, Technology and Innovation Minister – Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau
3. Domestic Trade Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister – Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin
4. Natural Resources and Environmental Minister – Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar
5. Education Minister – Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid
6. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department – Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said
7. International Trade and Industry Minister II – Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan
8. Communication and Multimedia Minister –  Datuk Seri Mohd Salleh Keruak
Ministers with new portfolios
1. Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister –  Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek (Former Communications and Multimedia Minister)
2. Higher Education Minister – Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (Former Education Minister II)
3. The Rural and Regional Development Ministry – Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (Former Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister)
New Deputy Ministers and new portfolios
1. Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister –  Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican
2. Deputy Home Minister – Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed
3. Deputy Home Minister – Tuan Masir Anak Kujat
4. Deputy Tourism Minister – Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin
5. Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister (Miti) – Datuk Ahmad Maslan (Former Deputy Finance Minister)
6. Deputy Higher Education Minister – Datuk Mary Yap (Former Deputy Education Minister)
7. Deputy Education Minister – Chong Sin Woon
8. Deputy Natural Resources and Environmental Minister – Datuk Hamim Samuri
9. Deputy Defence Minister – Mohd Johari Baharum
10. Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of religious affairs – Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki
11. Deputy Finance Minister – Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani
Ministers dropped
1. Deputy Prime Minister & Education Minister – Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
2. Natural Resources and Environment Minister – Datuk Seri Palanivel Govindasamy
3. Science, Technology and Innovation Minister – Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin
4. Domestic Trade Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister – Datuk Seri Hasan Malek
5. Rural and Regional Development – Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal
(Source: The Star)
July 28, 2015
The following is the list of new ministerial appointments:
New ministers

New ministers in Najib’s Cabinet

Posted on : 28-07-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

July 28, 2015
PUTRAJAYA: The following is the list of new ministerial appointments:
In
1. Science, Technology and Innovation Minister – Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau
2. Domestic Trade Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister – Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin
3. Natural Resources and Environmental Minister – Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar
4. Education Minister – Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid
5. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department – Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said
6. International Trade and Industry Minister II – Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan
7. Communication and Multimedia Minister –  Datuk Seri Mohd Salleh Keruak
Ministers with new portfolio
1. Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister –  Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek (Former Communications and Multimedia Minister)
2. Higher Education Minister – Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (Former Education Minister II)
3. The Rural and Regional Development Ministry – Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (Former Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister)
(Source: The Star)
July 28, 2015
PUTRAJAYA: The following is the list of new ministerial appointments:

Oil and gas training centre in UMS plan

Posted on : 25-07-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

July 25, 2015

Kota Kinabalu: A million-ringgit oil and gas simulation facility to train roughnecks is currently being constructed at Universiti Malaysia Sabah.
This comes amid the university’s move to establish its own Oil and Gas Training and Certification Centre, here. The construction of the facility is made possible through an industry-university partnership said to have cost around USD4.5 million (RM17.15 million).

Sabah commits to producing quality workforce

Posted on : 24-07-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

July 24, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Industrial Development Ministry is committed to produce skilled workers to fill quality jobs generated from various industries in the state.
Its minister, Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah, who is also Sabah Deputy Chief Minister, said over 50 per cent of the state’s workforce had primary or secondary education and this was worrying the government.
“This shall become our state government’s industrial agenda.
There is no point in generating more quality jobs if our children do not have the skills,” he said at a media conference on the ministry’s 2015 Sabah Industry Quarterly (SIQ) here yesterday.
Tan urged university undergraduates to decide on their preferred career before graduating by getting familiar with the demands of the industries in the state.
He also encouraged schools, particularly in the rural areas, to organise visits to university campuses in order to spark interest and excitement among its pupils to pursue their eduction until the tertiary level.
Tan said the second quarter issue of the SIQ was dedicated to generating more quality jobs by five major sectors in Sabah – tourism; agriculture; palm oil; oil and gas; and, manufacturing and logistics.
He said the quarterly review also highlighted key skills and competencies required by each sector.
Meanwhile, Tan welcomed entrepreneurs from China to invest in Malaysia’s ports including the Sepanggar Port near here.
“I am excited if China is interested to invest in our ports. We actually have seven state-owned ports,” he said.
Recently, in Beijing, Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, welcomed the China entrepreneurs’ interest and said the ports were still at the development stage and the government hoped to upgrade them to the international level in which foreign investments were much needed. — Bernama
(Source: The Borneo Post)
July 24, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Industrial Development Ministry is committed to produce skilled workers to fill quality jobs generated from various industries in the state.

Full support for 40% study

Posted on : 19-07-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

July 19, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: State ministers and leaders have voiced their support for the setting up of a special committee to study the state’s 40 per cent entitlement to the net revenue collected by the Federal Government from the State.
Deputy Chief Ministers Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan and Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah, who were met at the Istana Negeri during Head of State Tun Haji Juhar Mahiruddin’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house yesterday, voiced their support when asked to comment on the setting up of the committee.
Pairin, who is also Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president, said that the committee would look into what was left out in the calculation of revenue for the state.
“What is important is that the Prime Minister has accepted and said that a committee would be set up to look into this matter. When such a decision is made, it reflects a positive attitude and acceptance of what was submitted by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman in the memorandum,” he said.
The Infrastructure Development Minister expressed hope that the acceptance would continue towards the direction which everyone wants.
Last week Anifah announced that the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had agreed to form a special committee to study Sabah’s 40 per cent entitlement to the net revenue collected by the Federal Government from the State.
Raymond said that the entitlement was based on the Constitution.
“This is the best development that we can see. This is not just about us making a ‘claim’ but the fact that both the state and federal leaders including the Prime Minister have just looked over this matter and decided to see the provisions of the entitlement.
“This is about what is really the entitlement for the state and both the state and federal are seriously looking into it. I could not say anything much about the details (and) it does not matter what is the figure, so long as the Federal Government honours and makes provisions for what Sabah is entitled to,” the Industrial Development Minister stressed.
Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, in welcoming the setting up of the committee, said that it would be discussing in detail the proposal by Sabah leaders for the revenue percentage to be reviewed.
To him, it is a reflection of a smarter way of doing work where things are done without the need to be shouting slogans.
“It must be remembered that Sabah and the State Government are a part of the federal government so the way we address each and every request must be according to our position as part of the federal government,” the Karanaan assemblyman said.
Masidi added that this was Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman’s way of dealing with state and federal relations, by working hard quietly toward finding a concrete solution to (whatever) problems.
“I welcome the setting up of the committee and hope that its decision can be made as soon as possible so that we can convince the rakyat of the fact that the federal government is concerned about Sabah and that all assistance as well as allocations are given based on the Constitution itself and not merely political rethoric.
For Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Hajiji Noor, the committee is apt as it looks into the interest of the state.
“We hope that through the committee, Sabah will be able to get more necessary allocations from the federal government,” he said.
Assistant Youth and Sport Minister Datuk Masiung Banah is of the opinion that the setting up of the committee is a good approach and opportunity for the state.
The Kuamut assemblyman pointed out that this is what has been on the minds of Sabahans and the state’s leaders all this while.
“We were just looking for the best method to express our views to the federal government so that it is accepted well. This is done by the state’s leaders who have good relationship with the federal government and for sure will give the latter a good opportunity to delve deeper into the feelings of Sabahans,” he stressed.
“We are grateful that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib is not only ready to listen, but he is ready to set up a special committee to look into the ideas and resolutions made by the rakyat and state government,” Masiung said.
Meanwhile Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin is of the opinion that the decision by the federal government was a good one and he believes that majority of the rakyat in Sabah support the initiative by the Prime Minister.
The decision also reflects the Prime Minister’s openness to the requests from Sabah and Sarawak, he said, adding “it goes to show that allegations of the federal government not listening to Sabah and Sarawak are not true”.
The Ranau Member of Parliament thanked Najib and Anifah for the initiative, saying that it is something Sabahans can be proud of.
For PBRS secretary general Datuk Johnson Tee in welcoming the annoucment said that it was high time that the matter would be looked into.
The Deputy State Assembly Speaker thanked the federal government on behalf of the people of Sabah.
“I cannot comment further because we have not seen the Terms of Reference but we know fully well after Raya they will tell us. The Government will do this in the best way possible,” he said.
UPKO acting president Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau said the party fully supports the setting up of the committee to review the revenue due to Sabah.
It is UPKO’s hope that the committee on the state and federal level will be able to carry out their duties well and will take the necessary steps to have a meeting soon.
“If we look at what has been proposed, it has basis because of what was mentioned in the formation of Malaysia. UPKO has, from the beginning, supported the move to review the matter so that it can be streamlined,” he said.
(Source: The Borneo Post)
July 19, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: State ministers and leaders have voiced their support for the setting up of a special committee to study the state’s 40 per cent entitlement to the net revenue collected by the Federal Government from the State.

M’sia ranked 6th in global foreign investors’ destination attractiveness index

Posted on : 14-07-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

14th July, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is in sixth position in this year’s Baseline Profitability Index (BPI), climbing five spots from 11th place achieved in 2014.
The BPI is a ranking of destinations of attractiveness for foreign investors, published by the Foreign Policy Magazine.
Among ASEAN countries, only Malaysia and Singapore featured in the top 10, while Indonesia was ranked 12th, Vietnam (23), the Philippines (30) and Thailand at the 38th position.
In a statement on Monday, Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA) said the ranking, which covered 110 countries across six continents, reaffirmed that Malaysia was an attractive profit centre in this region for investors. “The index sends a clear message that Malaysia provides a friendly business environment that makes it an attractive place to invest.
“This ranking is based not only on historical conditions but also on expectations about conditions prevailing over the next five years,” it said.
Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Azman Mahmud, said this endorsement dissolved lingering misperceptions and attested the country’s improving economic fundamentals and the government’s prudent, proactive and pragmatic policies to restructure and diversify the economy.
“The ranking is a reflection of the continuous improvement in the delivery of public services and overall efficiency of the government machinery,” he said.
The BPI uses a holistic approach based on eight factors that will affect the ultimate success of a foreign investment. These factors cover economic growth, financial stability, physical security, corruption, expropriation by government, exploitation by local partners, capital controls, and exchange rates.
It also incorporates changes made by the World Bank in its measurement of gross domestic product such as the revised method to compare living standards across countries. –Bernama
(Source: New Sabah Times)
14th July, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is in sixth position in this year’s Baseline Profitability Index (BPI), climbing five spots from 11th place achieved in 2014.
The BPI is a ranking of destinations of attractiveness for foreign investors, published by the Foreign Policy Magazine.

Index ranks Malaysia as sixth most attractive investment destination in the world

Posted on : 14-07-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

July 14, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia jumped five rungs from 11th in 2014 to the 6th position in this year’s Baseline Profitability Index (BPI), a ranking of destinations of attractiveness for foreign investors, published by the Foreign Policy Magazine.

Petronas’ education boost hailed

Posted on : 11-07-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

July 11, 2015
Kota Kinabalu: Petronas’ educational assistance and scholarship awards will be a boon to creating a professional workforce for Sabah, said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
He praised the national oil and gas company’s initiative while disbursing monetary assistance to 218 students at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa, Friday, on behalf of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
A total of 22 SPM high-achievers received scholarships under the Petronas Education Sponsorship Programme (PESP) during the ceremony.
The students would be pursuing their tertiary studies in industry-related programmes such as petroleum engineering, mechanical engineering, geophysics, finance and law at foreign universities in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Some also would be given a place in Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) in Perak.
Other recipients included 150 MRSM students and 46 vocational students under Petronas’ Vocational Institute Sponsorship and Training Assistance (Vista) programme.
The company supports six technical institutions on equipment, learning and training aids as well as technical support and advisory services through the Vista programme.
The vocational institutions are Institut Kemahiran Mara, Kota Kinabalu, Institut Latihan Perindustrian, Kota Kinabalu, Kolej Yayasan Sabah, Institut Latihan Teknik dan Perdagangan (ILTP), Papar, Pusat Giatmara Kimanis and Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara (IKBN), Kinarut.
Musa, in his speech, lauded the assistance offered by Petronas to students from underprivileged families to study in MRSM Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tawau. The effort, through its Program Budi-Petronas, was an expansion of its current collaboration with Mara.
Also present were Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Datuk Edward Yong and State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun, Petronas Senior Vice-President, Upstream Malaysia Datuk Mohd Anuar Taib and Petronas Senior Vice-President of Group Human Resources Dato’ Raiha Azni Abd Rahman.
Mohd Anuar said as the trustee and the State’s partner in local oil and gas industry, Petronas was committed to assuring Sabahans enjoyed the benefits of its natural resources, whether directly or indirectly.
There was also a multimedia presentation which highlighted former scholarship winners who had humble beginnings, but had done well in life, sowing hope and motivation for the younger generation.
July 11, 2015
Kota Kinabalu: Petronas’ educational assistance and scholarship awards will be a boon to creating a professional workforce for Sabah, said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.

PM: I will never betray people

Posted on : 06-07-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

July 06, 2015
Selangor: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has reiterated that as an elected Prime Minister, he would never betray the people.
Najib said he would also never allow foreign elements to threaten and topple the leadership of Umno and the Barisan Nasional (BN) which have been chosen by the people to administer the country to suit their own agendas. “This is my promise,” he said at the “Iftar Rakyat Negeri Selangor Bersama Perdana Menteri” breaking-of-the-fast event at the Bandar Rinching Mosque, here, Sunday.
Najib said he had become the victim of relentless attacks on social media lately including accusations that he had embezzled money.
He rubbished claims he had stolen 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) funds, saying that if he wanted to do so, he would not have placed the money in a bank account in Malaysia.
He said he was merely a victim of certain quarters who were trying to twist public perception so that the opposition would gain more votes in the general election.
“In the past one or two days, they have come up with all sorts of stories. I have become a victim of their relentless attacks lately, that I supposedly stole a huge amount of money and placed it into my personal accounts.
“I am thankful, there are some who say they don’t believe the news,” he added.
He said it didn’t make sense for him to do something like that. “If I wanted to steal, surely I wouldn’t steal the money and bring it into an account in Malaysia. That is, if I wanted to be a robber (penyamun). But of course, as a Prime Minister, I won’t betray Malaysians and what belongs to Malaysians.”
On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) alleged that up to US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) was transferred to Najib’s personal bank accounts with AmBank in 2013, just before the 13th general elections.
But Najib on Friday stated he had never taken any funds from 1MDB for personal gain and pinned the blame for the latest report on former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who has in recent months called for Najib’s resignation.
However, opposition politicians have taken Najib to task over his “ambiguous denial”, while WSJ is standing by its story, saying its report was based on solid documentation proof.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said on Sunday that his critics used social media to play up false issues, and pointed to the storm over 1MDB’s debts as an example.
He said Fitch Ratings had said 1MDB did not pose a systemic risk to the country, and that the agency was confident with the state investment arm’s rationalisation plan.
“So when there are quarters that play this up, it’s all just perception. In this era, with social media, their purpose is not to find truth, but to carry the latest news, regardless whether it is accurate, false, or semi-false.
“Their goal is not to expose the truth, but to change the people’s perception. Perception towards the government, and perception towards the leaders,” said Najib.
He said that under Barisan Nasional’s rule, the country became renowned for practicing moderate, progressive Islam, and that “even non-Muslims are respected and given a good place in our country.”
“So we must defend the Umno and BN leadership because we know the opposition is weak, even though they are still together. With their conflicting ideologies, they cannot bring stability to Malaysia.
“Ruling at the state level is a different matter, but, nationally, we need a federal government that is strong, stable and can take us into the future,” said Najib.
A multi-agency task force has been set up to investigate WSJ.
(Source: Daily Express)
July 06, 2015
Selangor: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has reiterated that as an elected Prime Minister, he would never betray the people.
Najib said he would also never allow foreign elements to threaten and topple the leadership of Umno and the Barisan Nasional (BN) which have been chosen by the people to administer the country to suit their own agendas. “This is my promise,” he said at the “Iftar Rakyat Negeri Selangor Bersama Perdana Menteri” breaking-of-the-fast event at the Bandar Rinching Mosque, here, Sunday.
Najib said he had become the victim of relentless attacks on social media lately including accusations that he had embezzled money.

RON95 up 10 sen, RON97 20 sen

Posted on : 01-07-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

July 1, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: The retail price of RON95 petrol goes up by 10 sen and RON97 increases by 20 sen a litre for July 2015 effective today.

Malaysia to achieve modest net investment inflows this year

Posted on : 26-06-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

26th June, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is expected to achieve a modest increase in net investment inflows this year or maintain the level achieved last year, driven by sustained investors’ confidence.

Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, said the trend for the first quarter seemed to support the projection with a higher gross foreign direct investments (FDIs) of RM28.73 million from RM26.01 million registered in the first quarter last year.

Sabah active player in Malaysia-China ties – CM

Posted on : 24-06-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

June 24, 2015

KOTA KINABALU: The annual trade volume between Malaysia and China currently exceeds USD 100 billion, and is expected to rise to USD 160 billion by 2018.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman said Sabah was both a beneficiary and an active participant in this fruitful relationship between the two countries.

Cabotage: ‘I carry my statement to coffin’

Posted on : 21-06-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

June 21, 2015

SEPANGGAR: Datuk Seri Panglima Wong Khen Thau has urged the government to locate and find a solution to help Sabah deal with the effects of the Cabotage Policy.

Wong, who effectively became the past president of Federation of Sabah Industries (FSI) at 2 pm yesterday, said, “The effect of the policy is on the people, the goods and the industry in Sabah. Don’t get it wrong. We never challenge the cabotage policy per say. We only challenge the effect of the cabotage policy on the people in Sabah.