Malaysia

Malaysia’s Parliament tables Bill to repeal Goods and Services Tax

Three taxation-related Bills were tabled in the Malaysian Parliament today on 31 July, including the GST (Repeal) Bill 2018 for its first reading, by the nation’s new Government. The repeal of the 6% GST, or the Goods and Services Tax, was promised to Malaysians in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition’s manifesto. The GST, which was introduced during the previous Barisan Nasional …

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LGBT community should not face discrimination, especially in the workplace: Malaysian Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department

The rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Malaysia are still subject to existing laws in the country, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Mujahid Yusof Rawa on 23 July. Speaking in Parliament on Monday, he reasoned that the government took note the majority of Malaysians’ backlash against public expressions of the LGBT community. Translated …

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SOSMA among draconian laws that will be repealed, says Malaysian Prime Minister

Laws that are considered draconian will be repealed by the new Government, particularly the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA), said Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Speaking at the Coalition of Klang Chinese Associations´(CKCA) Tabung Harapan Fund Raising Dinner on 23 July, he highlighted the unfairness of SOSMA, which was enacted during former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s tenure. Dr Mahathir …

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Letter from Najib’s office sent to CIA belittling S’pore as too small to make an impact in Southeast Asia

A letter purportedly written by the top intelligence officer in former Najib’s administration to the Director of Central Intelligence Agency of United States, seeking CIA’s backing for Najib has surfaced. The request made 5 days before the May 9 general election in Malaysia, was said to be Najib’s attempt to obtain the assistance of a foreign intelligence agency and government …

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Malaysia seeks to stall high-speed rail joint project with Singapore, says Malaysian Prime Minister

Malaysia will look into negotiating the delay of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail project, said Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday. Speaking to reporters at the Malaysian Parliament on 19 July, he said that the decision to negotiate a deferment was made after “having studied it [Malaysia’s financial situation] and the implication of unilaterally discarding the contract”. “When …

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Ho Kwan Ping warns people not to draw wrong lessons from events across the Causeway

Executive Chairman and co-founder of Banyan Tree Limited Holdings, Mr Ho Kwon Ping warned that it would be a “foolish mistake” for Singaporeans to heed Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s suggestion that Singaporeans “must be tired of their government”.   Speaking at the OCBC Global Treasury Economic and Business Forum on “Singapore Politics and Business in an Age of …

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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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