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Investigations into 1MDB-related activities in Singapore still running, said MAS managing director

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is closely monitoring and probing new leads surfacing from Malaysia and elsewhere in relation to the 1MDB scandal, said MAS managing director Ravi Menon on 4 July. In a briefing on the central bank’s annual report, Mr Menon said that the MAS has “proactively” responded to “every request for information made by the Malaysian authorities,” according …

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Social media giants have to take responsibility in today’s world of misinformation

Dr Cherian George, professor of media studies at the journalism department of Hong Kong Baptist University and a former journalist of The Straits Times in Singapore, has criticised social media giants such as Facebook for not being proactive enough in fighting the spread of deliberate misinformation and malicious content throughout its platforms. Speaking at a panel discussion on fighting fake news at …

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Remaining Malaysian Cabinet Ministers sworn in

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 July — A total of 13 ministers and 23 deputy ministers were sworn in before the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V at the ceremony at the Istana Negara in the capital city. Among the Cabinet Ministers who were sworn in today were Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah as Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Xavier Jayakumar as Natural Resources and …

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Mahathir, Jokowi discuss possibility of a joint automobile venture, Indonesian migrant workers’s rights in press conference at Istana Bogor

Earlier on 28 June, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Ali arrived in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his wife Iriana greeted them upon arrival at the Halim Perdanakusuma international airport. This visit marks Dr Mahathir’s first ASEAN visit since his inauguration as Prime Minister on May 10. …

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Malaysia promises to repeal current Anti-Fake News Act

The controversial Anti-Fake News Act 2018 (AFN Act) of Malaysia is set to be repealed in its first Parliament sitting after its 14th General Election on 16 July. This is according to a letter dated June 11 by Amran Mohamed Zin, the ambassador and permanent representative of Malaysia to the United Nations office and other international organisations in Geneva. Mr …

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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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