Wednesday, October 29, 2014

2195) HARIAN METRO 29/10/2014 - 'Agensi Penguat Kuasa Patut Malu'


2194) BERITA HARIAN 29/10/2014 - Benzoyl Peroxide Lebih 75mg Tak Selamat


2193) UTUSAN 29/10/2014 - Subsidi Petrol Perlu Adil Mengikut Tanggungan

KUALA LUMPUR 28 Okt. – Kerajaan perlu memastikan kaedah pelaksanaan subsidi petrol yang lebih adil kepada semua pihak termasuk yang memperoleh gaji bulanan melebihi RM10,000 dengan mengambil kira tanggungan mereka.

Presiden Persatuan Pengguna Subang dan Shah Alam (CASSA), Datuk Dr. Jacob George berkata, langkah kerajaan yang hanya memberikan subsidi petrol kepada mereka yang berpendapatan rendah dan menengah dilihat seolah-olah `menganiaya’ segelintir rakyat yang memiliki gaji yang tinggi tetapi mempunyai tanggungan yang besar.

Beliau berkata, kerajaan seharusnya mengambil kira perbelanjaan yang harus ditanggung oleh mereka yang memperoleh gaji melebihi RM10,000 namun terpaksa menampung kos sara hidup yang tinggi termasuk bayaran rumah, tanggungan keluarga dan perbelanjaan harian.

“Bagi CASSA, langkah kerajaan tidak memberikan subsidi petrol kepada mereka yang bujang dan mempunyai pendapatan lebih RM10,000 sebulan mungkin sesuai tetapi akan membebankan mereka yang memperoleh nilai gaji yang sama tetapi mempunyai tanggungan yang banyak.

“Sehubungan itu, CASSA memin­ta kerajaan mengkaji semula kaedah pemberian subsidi ini termasuk nilai gaji yang diperolehi setiap bulan kerana pendapatan RM10,000 sebulan bukan penanda aras kekayaan seseorang,” katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini.

Beliau mengulas kenyataan Menteri Kewangan II, Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadz­lah semalam iaitu golongan berpendapat­an tinggi iaitu melebihi RM10,000 sebulan tidak akan menerima subsidi petrol dan perlu membayarnya mengikut harga pasaran.

Menurut Ahmad Husni, ini kerana nilai pemberian subsidi petrol yang akan diumumkan kerajaan adalah berdasarkan kumpulan pendapatan yang akan ditentukan nanti.

Jacob berkata, bagi mengelak daripada sebarang permasalahan, kerajaan diminta mementingkan kesemua golongan yang ada di negara ini serta mengkaji lebih mendalam keperluan mereka bagi merealisasikan pelaksanaan mekanisme baharu pemberian subsidi petrol.

Sementara itu, Ketua Aktivis Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM), Datuk Nadzim Johan berkata, pihaknya menyambut baik langkah yang diperkenalkan oleh kerajaan itu malah menyifatkan mekanisme itu perlu dilaksanakan lebih awal bagi keselesaan mereka yang berpendapatan rendah dan menengah.

“Kerajaan akan membahagikan secara adil subsidi yang tidak diberikan kepada mereka yang berpendapatan tinggi untuk kegunaan mereka yang berpendapatan rendah dan menengah.

“Subsidi yang diberikan amat bagus bagi membantu mereka yang berpendapatan rendah dan ini berbentuk bantuan kepada rakyat,” katanya.

Sumber : http://www.utusan.com.my/berita/nasional/subsidi-petrol-perlu-adil-mengikut-tanggungan-1.18043

Monday, October 27, 2014

2189) NEWS STRAITS TIMES 27/10/2014 - Different Subsidy Tiers For Fuel?


KUALA LUMPUR: THE impending fuel subsidy rationalisation programme, to be rolled out next year, should have tiers of subsidies for different levels of income, said consumer rights activist Datuk Nadzim Johan.
He said such a system, if adopted by the programme, would ensure that the distribution of subsidies was fair and would reach the intended target groups.
Nadzim, who is the chief activist for the Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association, said for the system to work, the government needed to have comprehensive data on individuals’ incomes and assets.
“Another option is for those who wish to be eligible for subsidised fuel to apply for the benefit. The applicants will then have to declare their monthly incomes and monetary allowances as well as their debts, covering all types of loans.”
Nadzim said the declaration of incomes, assets and debts would help the government obtain a clearer picture of one’s purchasing power and determine which tier the person would come under.
“If a person drives a small car, for example, he or she will need a certain amount of petrol each week.
“For someone with a fixed income of RM3,000 a month and who drives his father’s luxury car, he uses a different amount of petrol than a person driving a smaller car.
“How will the government address and solve this?”
Nadzim said those eligible for subsidised fuel should also be allotted a specific amount of fuel each week for their consumption.
“Such a limit for each individual will prevent others from different tiers from using other people’s monthly allocation.
“Once an individual finishes his allocation, he or she can purchase fuel at non-subsidised rates until the week or month ends, depending on which cycle the system adopts.”
Last Thursday, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan had said that those in the high-income bracket would have to pay market price for RON95 petrol from June next year.
He had said the mechanism and method of implementation were being finalised by the Finance Ministry and the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry.
Ahmad had also said that a similar system would be implemented for diesel in January, through the use of fleet cards.
Economist Professor Dr Hoo Ke Ping suggested that the type of vehicle owned by an individual should be one of the factors to determine whether one is eligible for subsidised fuel and its quota, either on a weekly or monthly basis.
“If the government uses MyKad or a specific subsidy card, a specific amount of fuel may be set in the card,” he said, adding that the type of vehicle plays a big role in an individual’s daily or monthly expenses.
Speaking of identifying people deserving of help, Hoo said it was a simple technical procedure.
“The government should also embark on a campaign to create public awareness about the programme,” he said, adding that this would avoid any public backlash.


2188) KOSMO 27/10/2014 - Ambil Tindakan Ke Atas Syed Azmi


2187) BERNAMA 27/10/2014 - Kerajaan Disaran Naikkan Cukai Jalan Kenderaan Mewah

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Kerajaan disaran menaikkan kadar cukai jalan bagi kenderaan mewah berbanding menjual harga petrol RON95 kepada golongan berpendapatan tinggi mengikut harga pasaran, dalam usahanya menampung keperluan subsidi rakyat, demikian menurut seorang ahli akademik.

Pensyarah Fakulti Ekonomi dan Perniagaan, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) Prof Dr Shazali Abu Mansor berkata pengguna seharusnya diberi kebebasan untuk memilih sama ada ingin menggunakan petrol RON95 atau RON97.

"Mungkin ada pengguna berpendapatan rendah ingin menggunakan RON97 kita tidak boleh halang dan mungkin juga pengguna berpendapatan tinggi mahu menggunakan RON95 kerana mengikut kesesuaian kenderaan berkenaan," katanya mengulas ura-ura kerajaan itu.

Khamis lepas, Timbalan Menteri Kewangan Datuk Ahmad Maslan dilapor sebagai berkata harga jualan petrol RON95 bagi golongan berpendapatan tinggi adalah berdasarkan harga pasaran mulai Jun tahun hadapan.

Harga RON95 yang disubsidi ketika ini ialah RM2.30 seliter dan harga RON97 adalah RM2.80.

PERTIMBANG LANGKAH

Shazali menggesa kerajaan mempertimbangkan semula keputusan yang menetapkan golongan berpendapatan tinggi membayar harga pasaran untuk RON95, merujuk kepada ketiadaan mekanisme yang betul untuk membuat pengiraan pendapatan sebenar pemilik kereta.

"Kos sara hidup telah meningkat dan mereka (dalam semua kumpulan pendapatan) telah mengikat perut mereka...rakyat mengambil pelbagai pendekatan untuk mengurangkan perbelanjaan mereka. Adalah tidak adil untuk membebankan mereka," katanya kepada Bernama.

Justeru untuk bertindak adil dan saksama, beliau mencadangkan supaya kerajaan menaikkan cukai jalan bagi kenderaan mewah untuk mengimbangi subsidi yang diperuntukkan kepada petrol RON95.

"Apa yang saya katakan ialah meningkatkan cukai jalan (untuk kereta mewah) tetapi membiarkan mereka (pemilik) terus menggunakan subsidi petrol RON95," katanya.

PENDAPATAN ISI RUMAH

Naib Presiden Gabungan Persatuan Pengguna-Pengguna Malaysia (Fomca) Siti Rahayu Zakaria berkata mengkaji semula penyelarasan mekanisme pemberian subsidi harus dibuat berdasarkan semua peringkat termasuk pendapatan isi rumah.

"Kita tidak mempunyai sebarang mekanisme yang boleh mengukur dan mensyaratkan supaya pengguna menggunakan RON95 bergantung kepada pendapatan mereka.

"Saya rasa ini bergantung kepada tanggungjawab sosial mereka (golongan berpendapatan tinggi) sekiranya mereka ingin membantu golongan pendapatan sederhana mungkin mereka boleh membeli petrol yang tiada subsidi kerajaan," katanya.

Mengulas lanjut, beliau berkata golongan berpendapatan tinggi dan sederhana mempunyai persamaan daripada corak perbelanjaan memandangkan mereka menghadapi tekanan dengan kos sara hidup yang tinggi.

"Kita boleh mengukur daripada segi pendapatan tetapi kita tidak boleh mengukur daripada segi tanggungan contohnya jika individu itu mempunyai pendapatan sekitar RM5,000 dan mempunyai lima orang anak maka corak perbelanjaan mereka berbeza.

"Bagi mereka berpendapatan RM10,000 ke atas dan memakai kereta mewah mungkin anak mereka hanya seorang dua jadi corak perbelanjaan mereka dan gaya hidup mereka berbeza," katanya.

Yang sedemikian, Siti Rahayu berkata jika kerajaan ingin memperkenalkan sistem kad bagi penggunaan membeli petrol bersubdidi, sistem itu hendaklah bukan sahaja mengambil kira pendapatan isi rumah tetapi juga jumlah keseluruhan perbelanjaan.

UBAH MENTALITI

Sementara itu, Ketua Aktivis Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM) Datuk Nadzim Johan berkata beliau menyokong langkah kerajaan untuk hanya membenarkan golongan berpendapatan rendah membeli bahan bakar bersubsidi.

"Adalah adil bagi golongan berpendapatan tinggi membayar RON95 mengikut harga pasaran. Subsidi kerajaan seharusnya disasarkan kepada kumpulan yang benar-benar memerlukan," katanya.

Menyarankan para pengguna mengambil langkah penjimatan berkesan dengan merancang perbelanjaan serta mengawal aliran keluar masuk kewangan, beliau berkata mereka juga seharusnya memikirkan usaha untuk menambah sumber pendapatan keluarga dan merancang perjalanan dalam situasi bahan bakar yang meningkat.

-- BERNAMA


Sumber : http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v7/bm/newsindex.php?id=1079982

2186) BERITA HARIAN 27/10/2014 - Tepung Gandum Ada Racun?




2185) UTUSAN 27/10/2014 - Masyarakat Perlu Jadi ‘Mata Dan Telinga’ Pihak Berkuasa



Datuk Nadzim Johan

Firdaus Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR 26 Okt. – Masyarakat perlu menjadi ‘mata dan telinga’ kerajaan dengan melaporkan aktiviti yang dipercayai berselindung di sebalik perniagaan sah bagi memastikan transaksi wang haram berjumlah berbilion ringgit berjaya digagalkan.











Ketua Aktivis Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM), Datuk Nadzim Johan berkata, apa juga kegiatan sindiket haram tidak akan dapat dibanteras sehingga ke akar umbi sekiranya pihak berkuasa tidak mempunyai maklumat mencukupi.




“Kita sedia maklum perkara ini sudah lama diperdebatkan tetapi masalah ini dilihat masih gagal diselesaikan. Penglibatan masyarakat amat diperlukan kerana pihak berkuasa tempatan tidak mampu menangani isu ini secara bersendirian.

“Saya berharap semua pihak dapat membantu memberikan maklumat sekiranya mereka mendapat informasi yang berguna bagi memudahkan penguat kuasa menjalankan siasatan dengan lebih terperinci dan secara sistematik,” katanya ketika dihubungi di sini hari ini.

Beliau diminta mengulas laporan eksklusif Mingguan Malaysia hari ini yang mendedahkan lebih 15 syarikat berselindung di sebalik perniagaan sah di seluruh negara dikesan melakukan transaksi kewangan haram berjumlah berbilion ringgit hasil daripada pelbagai aktiviti jenayah seperti penyeludupan, penjualan dadah dan perjudian.

Dalam masa sama, PPIM mendesak pihak berwajib memperketatkan undang-undang sedia ada dan menjalankan pemantauan berkala.

“Kegiatan jenayah ini jika dibiarkan boleh menjejaskan ekonomi dan reputasi negara. Siasatan dan tindakan susulan perlu dilakukan secara berterusan dalam memastikan individu terbabit menerima hukuman yang setimpal.

“Pihak Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri (LHDN) juga disaran menjalankan siasatan dan meneliti senarai perniagaan yang gagal untuk membayar cukai, tidak mustahil mereka ini mungkin turut terlibat dalam kegiatan jenayah tersebut,” katanya.

Sementara itu, Presiden Persatuan Perlindungan Pengguna Malaysia (PPPM), Datuk Mohd. Firdaus Abdullah berkata, pihak berkuasa perlu mengambil tindakan yang lebih agresif dan proaktif dalam membendung isu melibatkan sindiket haram.

“Anggota berwajib harus memandang serius hal ini dan tidak mengambil jalan mudah untuk membanterasnya. Jangan lagi mengamalkan sikap ‘sekadar melepaskan batuk di tangga’ yang menyebabkan sindiket seperti ini terus bermaharajalela sehingga kini.

“Saya menyarankan pihak berwajib menggunakan pelbagai pendekatan yang khusus seperti memperbanyakkan anggota profesional, kelengkapan peralatan atau teknologi terkini dan juga ilmu pengetahuan tinggi agar isu ini dapat dibanteras segera,” katanya.



2184) BERITA HARIAN 26/10/2014 - Nasib Penghuni Tampoi





Sunday, October 26, 2014

2183) UTUSAN 26/10/2014 - Pasukan Khas Tangani Mesin Judi



KUALA LUMPUR 25 Okt. - Kerajaan digesa menubuhkan satu pasukan khas menangani kegiatan mesin judi haram yang dianggotai oleh beberapa agensi dan jabatan kerajaan jika mahu memerangi kegiatan tersebut daripada terus berleluasa.

Ketua Aktivis Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM), Datuk Nadzim Johan (gambar) berkata, pasukan khas tersebut mestilah daripada kalangan pasukan penguat kuasa seperti Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM), Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri (LHDN), Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim) dan lain-lain.

“PPIM mencadangkan supaya pemantauan secara bersepadu dilakukan pasukan khas yang dike­tuai oleh LHDN. Penglibatan agensi tersebut akan menakutkan aktiviti haram yang sering mengelak daripada membayar cukai dan sebagainya.

“Tindakan seperti menyita premis dan mengenakan cukai yang tinggi akan dapat mematikan pergerakan mereka. Penglibatan lembaga percukaian bagi membanteras aktiviti seperti ini telah pun digunapakai di negara maju seperti Amerika Syarikat dan ter­nyata berkesan,” katanya.

Beliau mengulas laporan muka depan Utusan Malaysia hari ini mengenai sindiket perjudian yang tidak gentar dengan serbuan pihak berkuasa dalam usaha membanteras aktiviti tersebut.

Nadzim turut menggesa masyarakat supaya menjadi 'mata dan telinga’ penguat kuasa dengan melaporkan segala aktiviti perjudian haram di kawasan mereka kepada pihak berwajib.

“Penglibatan masyarakat amat diperlukan kerana pihak berkuasa tempatan tidak mampu mena­ngani isu ini secara bersendirian,” katanya.

Sementara itu, Penaung Kuasa Ke-3, Datuk Zaaba Aman berpendapat bahawa kementerian, pihak berkuasa tempatan (PBT) dan Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) tidak cukup serius dalam usaha membanteras kegiatan tersebut dari akar umbi.

“Pemantau secara berterusan perlu dilakukan pihak berwajib. Sikap sekadar melepaskan batuk di tangga telah menyebabkan sindiket lebih berani melakukan aktiviti tersebut tanpa memikirkan risiko yang bakal diterima.

“Selain itu, setiap agensi terlibat perlu melantik seorang pemberi maklumat yang boleh dipercayai dari kelompok masyarakat tempatan. Segala maklumat yang diberikan akan dapat memudahkan kerja-kerja pihak penguat kuasa untuk melakukan pemantauan,” katanya.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

2182) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 14/10/2014 THE STAR - Unfounded Fear in Asean Community


More needs to be done to explain the AEC to various stakeholders as deadline approaches
IT was the first engagement with about 100 representatives of the civil society organised by the International Trade and Industry Ministry on the Asean Economic Community (AEC).
At the session, which ran for more than two hours last Wednesday, it was a revelation indeed for the minister and officials that there was a lack of understanding and information on what the AEC is all about.
Despite feeling a bit under the weather, Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed looked at ease when answering some hostile questions from the floor. He hardly asked for help from his officials present in the hall.
It was the minister himself who had insisted on arranging the meeting with the civil society NGOs, to brief them on the state of Asean economic integration and post Asean Economic Community 2015.
The AEC is scheduled to be launched at the end of next year, with the aim of grouping Asean countries into a single market and production base.
Consumers would have access to a cheaper and wider range of goods and services and enjoy a more extensive consumer protection.
The session with the civil society was a continuation of Miti’s engagements with the private sector, university students and the media this year. The objective was to explain what could be expected when the AEC comes into effect and also to get input from various sectors.
Based on the questions raised, it was either that the representatives who took to the floor hardly had any knowledge of what is going on in Asean or they did not know how to channel their ideas and views on the AEC. For example, although Miti handles the economic pillar of the AEC, a representative from the Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia spoke about ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas in Myanmar, asking Asean to put more pressure on Myanmar and insisting that the message must be stated when Malaysia assumes the Asean chair next year.
Another spoke of uncontrolled inflow of unskilled labour flooding the local market once the AEC comes into effect, a subject raised when Miti met university students.
A representative from the Malaysian Aids Council called for improving the government’s engagement with the civil society while the spokesperson from the Women Aid Organisation said the Asean women caucus had done a good analysis on women, the economy and their rights in Asean and asked who to submit the paper to.
Mustapa, being the ultimate gentleman, quickly responded: “You can give it to me.”
The subject on the movement of professionals within the region was raised several times during the question and answer session with the speakers expressing concern over the fate of local workers and their confusion over the terms of reference of skilled labour.
In response, Mustapa allayed fears that Malaysians would find it tough to get jobs once the AEC comes into effect as its Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) would be limited to certain sectors.
“Strict controls are also in place to regulate their movement and protect local workers,” he said.
Employment sectors currently included in the MRA are engineering services, architecture, accountancy, nursing, surveying and medical and dental practitioners.
With Malaysia sorely lacking accountants and engineers, officials say that the AEC would help meet Malaysia’s shortage.
Time and again, Miti found itself having to repeatedly remind the audience that the AEC was a not a new initiative but a process that had taken more than two decades to materialise. The meeting with the NGOs was proof that more needs to be done by the Government to explain about the AEC to all sectors.
Mustapa admitted that it was not going to be easy and that time was too short to hold more sessions. His ministry is just handling the economic pillar, one of three pillars of the AEC for a cohesive Asean community.
What about the other two pillars handled by other ministries - political-security and socio-cultural?
The Asean chair would be officially handed over to Malaysia from Myanmar when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak attends the Asean summit next month.
Mustapa said he would need to talk to his Cabinet colleagues on engaging the various parties.
“It is a big embarrassment if we keep on talking about AEC but many people in Malaysia do not know what Asean is all about.”
How do you explain to them that the AEC is not a monster to be feared but to be embraced, as many aspects of it are already part and parcel of us for some time now?

2181) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 10/10/2014 MOLE.my - Najib's Approval Rating Hinges on Budget 2015

The Budget 2015 will determine the popularity of the Barisan Nasional government under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak


The Barisan Nasional government’s approval rate under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak hinges on the ‘goodies’ and feel good provisions to be spelled out under Budget 2015.

While critics suggest that Najib’s approval rating has been on a slide due to a host of public grievances including rising cost of living, political analysts and consumer associations say Budget 2015 would be the deciding factor.

“The budget will determine the people’s perception and by extension their support. It will be good for the government if the budget turns out to be people-friendly. Otherwise, the prime minister needs to be ready to cushion the negative impact due to people’s disappointment,” said Universiti Malaysia Sarawak political lecturer Dr Jeniri Amir.

Jeniri said it was important for the government to come up with concrete measures to ensure that the people’s needs were met as they were still reeling from the latest fuel price hike.

On Oct 1, the government announced a 20sen subsidy reduction for RON95 petrol and diesel, pushing the prices up by 20sen to cRM2.30 per litre and RM2.20 per litre respectively.

The move, the government stated, was to ensure that the country’s finance remained strong and to keep up with the government’s subsidy rationalisation plan.

The explanation however failed to hold water as many questioned the quantum and timing of the fuel price hike that came into effect a few days before Hari Raya Aidiladha celebrations.

The public are also concerned on immediate hike in prices of consumer goods and the government’s apparent inability to address profiteering.

Jeniri said the people in Sabah and Sarawak were also hoping that the budget, to be tabled by Najib in Dewan Rakyat today, would see bigger allocations for infrastructure projects.

“The rural residents of Sabah and Sarawak are strong supporters of BN so the government needs to be sincere in addressing issues like poverty, health and basic necessities like clean water and electricity,” he added.

Universiti Utara Malaysia political analyst Dr Mohd Azizuddin Mohd Sani said the level of support towards the government would highly depend on the amount of incentives given in the budget.

He said although the people were still unclear on the government’s rationale to introduce the Goods and Services Tax (GST), majority of them only wanted the government to appease them.

“What they want to listen is the increase in incentives, particularly in BR1M (Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia) or perhaps a salary hike for civil servants.

“If they don’t get these things, I’m afraid the voice of dissent will grow louder while approval rate continues to slide,” he added.

Malaysian Trades Union Congress president Mohd Khalid Atan said the people were waiting for some provisions to address skyrocketing cost of living in the country.

“The government should be mindful that the public is expecting them to reduce their burden.

“I believe the government is aware of the people’s needs, otherwise it won’t be a people’s budget,” he added.

The Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association secretary general Datuk Paul Selva Raj expressed hope that the government ‘listens to the people’s needs’.

Malaysian Islamic Consumer Association chief activist Datuk Nadzim Johan hoped for more incentives to educate the public on consumerism.

“By educating consumers, they will also understand various consumer policies drafted by the government,” he added.

In previous media reports, analysts and economists said the Budget 2015 aimed to put the economy on a firmer financial footing while focusing on the implementation of the GST in April next year.

They believed the delivery of a fiscally disciplined budget would sustain growth and pull Malaysia away from any ratings downgrade.

Najib, who is also Finance Minister, had said that the budget would be pro-business and people-friendly.

Likely proposals in Budget 2015 include announcements related to a review in the fuel subsidy mechanism, government debt management and incentives for Islamic banking and the capital market.

The prime minister was also expected to address the shortage of affordable housing.  

The BR1M cash handouts targeted at the lower income households is also likely to be increased.

2180) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 8/10/2014 THE EDGE MALAYSIA - Fear of Unchecked Inflows of Unskilled Labour Post-AEC is Unfounded, Says Mustapa

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 8): The fear of uncontrolled inflows of unskilled labour flooding the local market upon the realisation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) is unfounded as the movement of unskilled labour is subject to the respective countries’ labour laws, said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

It is unlike skilled labour, he said, “where mutual recognition arrangements have been signed for [some] professions, including engineering services, architecture, accountancy and nursing and medical practitioners”.

Mustapa was speaking in response to concerns about the potential influx of unskilled migrant workers and employment barriers that might still exist upon Asean’s integration by 2015 that were raised during an interactive session with civil society organisations that was held by his ministry on the AEC and its post-2015 direction, today.

Malaysia will be taking the chair of Asean with the task of leading the preparation for Asean's direction post-2015.

“From 2007 till today, the labour force was not given a roadmap towards AEC in 2015. There is a fear that as much as we see the emphasis on investment and business, [the benefits] will not filter down to the workforce,” said National Union of Bank Employees general secretary J Solomon.

He noted that professionals would tend to be more attracted to pursuing opportunities in more developed countries, exacerbating talent shortage issues in less-developed countries.

Human rights issues such as the treatment of migrant workers in Malaysia and the ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas in Myanmar were also raised.

“We would like to see more affirmative actions to protect and solve the problem, where Muslim Rohingyas find it hard to seek refuge under UN protection. Asean needs to put more pressure on Myanmar to stop ethnic cleansing,” said Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia activist Abdul Kareem.

On a separate matter, Mustapa told the press on the sidelines of the session that Malaysia is set to achieve an increase in total trade growth of 6% this year.

“We believe that our trade performance will be better than last year’s 4.7% growth. We’re expecting it to be at about 6%, so there’s a slight increase in total trade growth,” he said.

Mustapa added that while the recent removal of fuel subsidies – which has resulted in the increase of petrol prices by 20 sen per litre – has been unpopular with the Malaysian public, but it remains necessary for the long term financial health of the country.

Credit : http://www.theedgemalaysia.com/business-news/310813-fear-of-unchecked-inflows-of-unskilled-labour-post-aec-is-unfounded-says-mustapa.html

2179) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 7/10/2014 THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER - NGOs Say Egypt Ban on Malaysians Entering Gaza


Activists from several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have protested against the Egyptian government's blacklisting of Malaysia from entering Gaza via the Rafah border crossing to send humanitarian aid.
Nassar Foundation chairman, Nasharuddin Mat Isa (pic) said this latest Egyptian action was unacceptable and their claim that Malaysia was training Al-Qassam militants was a lie.
"All this while, Malaysia had extended medical and food supplies on humanitarian grounds and not via the political platform.
"I see Malaysia is being made a scapegoat because the Egyptian government may be trying to appease Israel for its own interest," he said when contacted by Bernama today.
He was commenting on the statement by Malaysian Consultative Council for Islamic Organisations deputy president Abdul Aziz Abu Bakar that the support Malaysia gave for the people of Palestine, who were oppressed by Israel's Zionist regime, was misconstrued as helping violence.
Other than Malaysia, five other nations which were blacklisted were Turkey, Qatar, Iran, Morocco and Sudan, said Abdul Aziz.
In this regard, Nasharuddin, who is also former PAS deputy president, said the Malaysian government should issue a statement to counter the baseless allegation.
He said Malaysia should also hold discussions with the Egyptian government to allow Malaysia to enter Gaza again via Rafah to continue its humanitarian aid for the Palestinians.
Muslim Consumers Association Malaysia chief activist Datuk Nadzim Johan said Egypt's action would only worsen the situation because Malaysia's main aim to Gaza was to extend humanitarian aid.
"The present Egyptian government may be pressured by the major powers to prevent Malaysia from giving aid to the people of Palestine.
"In this regard, the Malaysian government must give serious attention to the allegation of the Egyptian goverment that it is training Al-Qassam militants as it involves Malaysia's image at the international level," he said.
Nadzim said the action of the Egyptian government in preventing Malaysia from entering Gaza could be temporary as Malaysia had good relations with Egypt prior to this. – Bernama, October 7, 2014.

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2178) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 5/10/2014 SINAR HARIAN - Jangan Jadikan Alasan Naik Harga


MELAKA - Persatuan pengguna berpendapat pengurangan subsidi petrol RON95 dan diesel sebanyak 20 sen seliter berkuat kuasa 2 Oktober tidak sepatutnya dijadikan alasan oleh peniaga untuk menaikkan harga barang dengan mendadak.

Mereka mendakwa mana-mana peniaga yang menaikkan harga barang sebagai tidak bertanggungjawab dan cuba mengambil kesempatan daripada kenaikan harga petrol
RON9 (RM2.30 seliter) dan diesel (RM2.20 seliter) untuk mengaut keuntungan berlipat kali ganda.

Setiausaha Agung Gabungan Persatuan Pengguna-Pengguna Malaysia (Fomca), Datuk Paul Selvaraj berkata, kenaikan harga minyak pasti akan meningkatkan kos pengangkutan tetapi impaknya terhadap harga barang amat kecil.

"Bila harga minyak naik sukar kita hendak pisahkan kenaikan harga barang terutama barang mentah seperti sayur, daging, ikan dan ayam tetapi kenaikan ini pada kadar yang amat minimum sekali, sen-sen sahaja," katanya kepada Bernama.

Jumaat lepas Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob berkata, kenaikan harga minyak pada September tahun lepas menyebabkan harga ikan naik antara lapan hingga 13 peratus.

Beliau berkata, kementerian memantau keadaan itu bagi memastikan perkara itu tidak berulang.

Selvaraj berkata, adalah tidak munasabah untuk menaikkan harga teh tarik dan roti canai sebanyak 20 sen sedangkan harga minyak naik 20 sen untuk seliter.

Presiden Persatuan Keselamatan Pengguna Malaysia Samsuddin Mohamad Fauzi berkata kenaikan harga barang yang minimum sepatutnya diserap oleh peniaga bagi membantu rakyat yang kini terbeban dengan kenaikan kos sara hidup.

"Peniaga tidak boleh terus menghumban kenaikan kos itu kepada pengguna setiap kali harga minyak naik, pengguna faham sekiranya peniaga terpaksa menaikan harga barang jika kesan kenaikan itu besar tetapi kesan kali ini amat kecil," katanya.

Samsuddin berkata, perbuatan peniaga yang senantiasa 'menghumban' kenaikan kos kepada pengguna akan menyebabkan tekanan inflasi kepada ekonomi negara.

"Peniaga perlu fikir kesan jangka pendek dan jangka panjang kepada ekonomi negara bukan hendak kaut keuntungan sentiasa, jika inflasi meningkat, ekonomi negara pada masa hadapan mungkin runtuh dan menyusahkan kehidupan anak cucu kita nanti," katanya.

Setiausaha Agung Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM), Datuk Dr Ma'amor Osman berkata, realitinya terlalu sukar untuk mengekang kenaikan harga oleh peniaga disebabkan pasaran negara yang bebas, namun pengguna punyai kuasa untuk mengubahnya.   

"Peniaga boleh menaikkan harga sesuka hati mereka dengan pelbagai alasan. Jadi pengguna perlu bijak menggunakan kuasa mereka, jangan beli bila sudah tahu harga sesuatu barang itu sengaja dinaikkan mendadak. Pengguna cari barang pengganti untuk barang itu," katanya.

Beliau turut menasihatkan pengguna supaya tidak tertipu dengan segala taktik peniaga yang mahu mengambil kesempatan termasuk menjual pada harga asal tetapi mengurangkan kuantitinya. - Bernama


Sumber : http://www.sinarharian.com.my/nasional/jangan-jadikan-alasan-naik-harga-1.322750
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