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Malaysia

Pakatan Harapan made promises in its “thick” manifesto without anticipating a victory in GE14: Dr Mahathir Mohamad

It was reported by Malaysiakini on Tuesday that Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had admitted that fulfilling the promises by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition in its “thick” manifesto has been a challenging feat, considering the fact that the coalition did not truly anticipate coming into power in the 14th General Election on 9 May. Speaking at a gathering …

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Malaysian Parliamentary Select Committee will appoint Auditor-General, Prime Minister no longer involved, says Mahathir

In a bid by Malaysia to decentralise power from the Prime Minister and to restore checks and balances in the government, a Parliamentary Select Committee will be convened and placed in charge of appointing the Auditor-General, according to Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The transfer of authority from the Prime Minister to the Select Committee was part of the reforms …

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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak charged with money laundering

Former Malaysian premier Najib Razak has pleaded not guilty to three charges of money laundering brought against him today in relation to SRC International, a former subsidiary of the state investment fund 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). He was charged under s.4(1)(b) Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act for allegedly funnelling RM42 million into his personal …

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Superyacht Equanimity brought back to Malaysia; 1MDB claims ownership

Equanimity, the US$250 million (S$342 million) superyacht allegedly owned by Low Taek Jho, Malaysian financier on the run and one of the central figures in the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, was brought back to Malaysia on 8 August with the assistance of Indonesian authorities. According to the press release by the Attorney-General of Malaysia, Mr Tommy Thomas, the …

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Malaysia-Singapore water deal: Singapore adamant on sticking to 1962 agreement

Singapore has expressed its reluctance to review the price of water originally stipulated under the 1962 Water Agreement, according to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday on 31 July. In a meeting between Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan and Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah in Singapore during the latter’s introductory visit on 30 July, …

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Johor-Singapore Rapid Transit System project given the green light by Cabinet “in principle”: Malaysian transport minister

An in-principle approval has been granted by the Malaysian Cabinet regarding the Johor-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) project, according to the country’s Transport Minister, Mr Anthony Loke. Mr Loke said yesterday on 30 July that a joint operating company between Malaysia and Singapore will be established once a full approval is granted, according to Malay Mail Online. Spanning 4 kilometres …

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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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