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Bilahari strikes again

I am a proud Singaporean and want the best for my country. That said, it can never be at the expense of the livelihoods of citizens from other countries. As far as possible, it should always be a win-win situation as this will be for the long term interest for all involved. "Oneupmanship" and trying to pull a fast one …

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Netizens support Malaysia replacing the GST with SST, voicing benefit of the latter

Malaysia will implement the sales and services tax (SST) in September 2018 to replace the goods and services tax (GST). Earlier, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told reporters after the country's Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (30 May) that the Finance Ministry will provide more details on the SST on Thursday. Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's administration, …

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Fifteen terror suspects nabbed by the Malaysian police for plotting attacks

15 terror suspects were nabbed by the Malaysian police for plotting various attacks in the country, including driving into non-Muslim voters during the 14th General Election (GE14) and fire-bombing non-Muslim worship places. Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said on Friday (1 June) that one of the 15 nabbed was a Malaysian secondary school student aged 17, who had plans …

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Malaysia discontinue legal proceedings against Singapore concerning sovereignty over Pedra Branca

The new Malaysia government has dropped two cases by the previous administration against Singapore relating to the International Court of Justice (ICJ)’s original Judgment of 23 May 2008 in the case concerning sovereignty over Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks and South Ledge. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) announced on Wednesday (30 May) that it had agreed with Malaysia’s request for discontinuance of proceedings. In …

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New Malaysia government will abolish Najib administration’s Anti-Fake News Act

Malaysia's new Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo has announced on Tuesday (22 May) that the Anti-Fake News Act officially gazetted in April will be abolished. Mr Singh stated that the proposal to abolish the act would be brought to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad so that it could be abolished as soon as possible, saying, "I have a list that we …

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10% cut for base salaries of Malaysian cabinet as it seeks to reduce national debt

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has announced on Wednesday (23 May) that Malaysia will cut the salaries of its Cabinet ministers by 10 per cent with immediate effect as the country seeks to reduce its debt, which is in excess of RM1 trillion (SGD$337 billion) - about 65 per cent of the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Speaking at a press conference after chairing his first Cabinet meeting at …

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Dr Mahathir: Malaysia’s debt reached RM1 trillion

Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said on Monday (21 May) that Malaysia's debt has reached RM1 trillion (S$337 billion). The newly-sworn Prime Minister blamed the enormous debt on the previous government led by former protégé Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who now faces domestic graft investigations. Dr Mahathir stated that important measures must be taken for the South-east Asian …

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PM Mahathir: Malaysian government will review all foreign projects including KL-S’pore HSR

There has been uncertainty over mega infrastructure projects like the HSR after the unexpected win of Pakatan Harapan, the opposition coalition led by Dr Tun Mahathir Mohamad, The new Malaysian government will review all foreign contracts and projects, including the 350km Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project and those under China's Belt and Road Initiative, Malaysian new Prime Minister Mahathir …

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Mahathir’s party temporarily disbanded by the Malaysian authorities

Malaysia's Registrar of Societies (RoS) director-general Surayati Ibrahim announced the disbandment of former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's political party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) on Thursday (5 April), saying that the party had failed to submit required documents and information to RoS. The move is said to possibly affected the opposition Pakatan Harapan’s chances in the upcoming general election. Opposition …

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