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Pit dug deeper for creatives if Budget 2022 not in tune with industry needs
KUALA LUMPUR – Those involved in the creative industry who know the battle to continue to uphold the arts and culture economy in Malaysia even before the pandemic.“My first thoughts are on the emphasis of implementing KWSP (Employees Provident Fund) and Socso (Social Security Organisation) contr
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Sorry, we can’t stop Pos Malaysia from charging to pay Astro bills: Annuar
KUALA LUMPUR – The government will not interfere in Pos Malaysia’s decision to impose a 50 sen charge for Astro bill payments as it considers this a commercial arrangement between the two entities. Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa (Ketereh-BN) said there is currently n
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Govt may see RM12 bil loss from direct sales of 5G spectrum to telcos: PH
KUALA LUMPUR – Opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan is calling for the implementation of the national 5G infrastructure to be debated in Dewan Rakyat.The digital, communications, and multimedia special committee said telecommunications companies (telcos) will be forced to rent the 5G spectrum fro
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Historic day in Dewan Rakyat as MPs don batik for the first time
KUALA LUMPUR – The Dewan Rakyat made history today as several lawmakers donned the Malaysian batik to attend proceedings. Making mention of this, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri commended lawmakers who wore the national dress today, the first time MPs have been allowed
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Thailand reopens: what you need to know
THAILAND'S once-lucrative tourism sector is a shadow of its former self after months of coronavirus travel restrictions.But on Monday, the kingdom reopens its doors to vaccinated travellers from more than 40 countries. Here's what you need to know:Tourism, year zeroBefore the pandemic struck, Thai
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World leaders must step up in Glasgow climate test, or else – Antonio Guterres
THE climate crisis is code red for humanity. World leaders will soon be put to the test at the United Nations Climate Conference – known as COP26 – in Glasgow.Their actions – or inaction – will show their seriousness about addressing this planetary emergency. The warning signs are hard to m
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Ringgit opens lower against US dollar
KUALA LUMPUR – The ringgit continued to depreciate against the US dollar at the opening today, with investors waiting on the sidelines ahead of the Budget 2022 tabling tomorrow, said a dealer.At 9.05am, the local currency eased to 4.1540/1570 versus the greenback from 4.1530/1560 at yester
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US issues 1st passport with ‘X’ gender
WASHINGTON – The United States yesterday announced its first passport with “X” for gender, a landmark step for people outside the binary male or female categories.The State Department said it had issued a first passport with “X” for gender and would make the option routinely available
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Sooka presents Horrorscope – horror content galore for all to enjoy
KUALA LUMPUR – Supernatural beings of all kinds from flying ghouls to wailing pontianaks will soon make their way into Sooka – Malaysia’s latest mobile streaming service. Its Horrorscope Campaign is made to target fans of horror movies together with its October’s content offering. With a fo
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Budget 2022 wish list: don’t treat sports as sideshow but expect Olympic medals, says ex-hurdler
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian Olympians Association president Noraseela Mohd Khalid is calling on the government to put its money where its mouth is during the tabling of the Budget 2022 tomorrow in the Dewan Rakyat.Although she applauded the successful organisation of sporting events and rebranding of
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Kedah MB’s RM100 mil demand seems like blackmail to me: Ramasamy
KUALA LUMPUR – Kedah’s demand for a RM100 million annual payment for “leasing” its neighbour has not gone down well with Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy.Ramasamy slammed Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor for his “thinly veiled threat that without a bigger compensation, Kedah
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Bursa Malaysia opens lower
KUALA LUMPUR – Bursa Malaysia opened lower today as cautious sentiments prevailed ahead of the tabling of Budget 2022 tomorrow.At 9.05am, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) eased 2.67 points to 1,580.41 from yesterday's close of 1,583.08. It opened 2.0 points weaker at 1,581.08.O
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Sime Darby Property unit to buy land in Malaysia Vision Valley 2.0 for RM280 mil
KUALA LUMPUR – Sime Darby Property Bhd's wholly-owned subsidiary, Sime Darby Property (MVV Central) Sdn Bhd, has entered into a sale and purchase agreement with Kumpulan Sime Darby Bhd (KSDB) to acquire freehold land measuring about 307.6 hectares for RM280 million.In a filing to Bursa Malaysia,
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Budget 2022: will the Podium Programme be scrapped for good?
KUALA LUMPUR – Is the government looking to scrap the Podium Programme for sports in tomorrow’s Budget 2022?According to sources in the sports fraternity, the government could remove the programme from the national budget and allocate the money to other critical sectors.The Podium Programme, whi
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Budget 2022 wish list: petrol dealers hope for better commissions
KUALA LUMPUR – For Budget 2022, petrol dealers are hoping for better commission rates for retail fuel.Petroleum Dealers’ Association of Malaysia (PDAM) president Datuk Khairul Annuar Abdul Aziz said that this includes making the commission on the sale of diesel equal to that of regular petrol.He
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Activists observe Op Lalang anniversary with call to abolish no-trial detention
KUALA LUMPUR – In conjunction with the 34th anniversary of Operation Lalang yesterday, Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture (Madpet) is calling for the day to be recognised as the Malaysian Day for the Abolition of Detention Without Trial Laws.Operation Lalang in 1987 saw the detainment wi
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US brushes off Assange suicide risk in extradition appeal
LONDON – The United States urged two senior British judges yesterday to clear the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and reject a lower court’s ruling that he is a suicide risk.Washington also assured the high court in London that it would not hold the Australian in isolation in a 
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BN to field ‘best new faces’ in Melaka polls: Zahid
KUALA LUMPUR – Barisan Nasional (BN) will field its best new faces as candidates for the Melaka election on November 20.BN chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said this does not mean the old candidates are no good, but it is an attempt at a game-changing move by the coalition.“Besides Umno,
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Collapse of Melaka govt thanks to Pakatan: ex-state speaker
KUALA LUMPUR – The Melaka government would not have collapsed if Pakatan Harapan (PH) had abided by the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Transformation and Political Stability between the federal government and the opposition, said former state assembly speaker Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh.Rauf a
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Will Budget 2022 see the return of GST?
KUALA LUMPUR – American founding father Benjamin Franklin once said: “In this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.”With this in mind, Malaysians can anticipate new taxations or increased rates of current tax regimes in Budget 2022 to be announced tomorrow.After all, the government
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