Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2171) FREE MALAYSIA TODAY 20/10/2014 - Gerakan Man Suspended for ‘Pendatang’ Remark

PETALING JAYA: Is calling someone a “pendatang’ a racist remark? Gerakan thinks so and a Johor delegate to its national conference yesterday has to bear the brunt.
During the conference, party president Mah Siew Keong said he was against racism and would come down hard on anyone in the party showing racist tendencies.
During the debate on the president’s policy speech, Johore delegate Tan Lai Soon said, “Let me make the positions of Malaysians clear: Malays, Chinese and Indians are all pendatang. The Orang Asli, Sabahans and Sarawakians are the original bumiputera.”
For the remark, Gerakan today suspended Tan’s membership, issued a show-cause letter and asked him to explain his position within 14 days.
At a press conference, Gerakan deputy president Cheah Soon Hai said: “We apologise on behalf of the party to all Malaysians who have been hurt by his remark. He should go back and ask what is the feeling of his Malay neighbours.”
Cheah said Gerakan was a “party for all races” and Tan’s statement did not reflect its stand.
“It is not the party’s stand; we are all Malaysians and no Malaysian is a pendatang or an immigrant,” Cheah said.
As of yesterday, at least 14 members had lodged complaints to the party against Tan’s remark, added Cheah.
Pertubuhan Pembela Islam (Pembela), a coalition of 52 Malay-Muslim groups, said Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong should sack Tan.
Together with Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM) and Pejuang Islam Melayu Malaysia (Pewaris), they went to the Dang Wangi district police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur this morning, demanding that Tan be hauled up under the Sedition Act.

Credit : http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2014/10/20/gerakan-man-suspended-for-pendatang-remark/

2170) ARKIB BERITA PP1M - 11/10/2014 THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER, YAHOO - ‘Goodies’ Not Enough To Offset Rising Living Costs, say Consumer Groups

Despite more cash handouts, lower income tax and a multitude of items exempt from the goods and services tax (GST), consumer groups said Budget 2015 was not enough to offset rising living costs for Malaysians.
Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association (Fomca) CEO Datuk Paul Selvaraj said consumers would still had to pay a premium for housing as well as petrol because of the lack of public transport.
He also said the lack of government enforcement would give rise to profiteering once the GST was implemented April next year at a rate of 6%.
“It looks like the government has taken certain measures to minimise the impact of GST, many are zero-rated, while there is no tax on petrol.
“But our concern is profiteering. I am concerned that sellers will take advantage of the GST and increase the actual price, so zero-rated items will be sold at inflated prices,” Selvaraj told The Malaysian Insider.
“We feel that all items should be labelled – what is zero-rated and what is taxed. The government should also set up a hotline for consumers to turn to if they are unhappy with their purchase.”
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced yesterday when tabling the budget that the GST was expected to raise RM23.2 billion in revenue. But RM3.8 billion in zero-rated goods would be deducted from this amount.
Selvaraj also said that despite petrol prices having gone up from last week’s subsidy cut, the government did not address alternatives for the rakyat to wean them off their fuel dependency.
On October 2, the government reduced the fuel subsidy of the RON95 petrol and diesel by 20 sen. Petrol now costs RM2.30 a litre compared with RM2.10, while diesel costs RM2.20 compared with RM2 previously.
“The bus system is not being addressed, and it’s to the point that there is no choice for the ordinary people except to rely on their cars to commute.”
Another issue for the average consumers, said Selvaraj, was housing, with homes either being beyond their means or located too far from the city centre that they would have to pay a premium on petrol for their daily commute.
“There have been many efforts to create affordable housing, but the government hasn’t done enough to make it difficult for speculators to enter the market. The market should have stronger regulators.”
Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) president S.M. Mohamed Idris said he was sceptical that prices would go down once the GST was implemented, despite the long list of exempted items, including RON95 petrol, diesel, noodles, coffee and tea.
“Even if those are exempt, input cost will go up. Transport cost, the cost of raw materials… in the end, you will still pay more,” he told The Malaysian Insider.
“CAP has never agreed with the GST because we say it’s a regressive tax. They should have implemented the more progressive inheritance tax.”
Mohamed also shrugged off the government’s decision to lower income tax by one to three percentage points, noting that this would not benefit the lower-income groups who did not make enough to qualify for income tax.
“We’re talking about only rich consumers benefitting from this. Can you imagine how many millionaires will now be taxed even less? They should have introduced different income tax rates instead.”
He added that the government made a mistake in not implementing the sin tax, noting the economic and social costs alcohol and cigarette consumption had on Malaysians.
“The BR1M is not likely to offset extra costs. I don’t think anyone has done any research on how effective it is for the people. It’s just one-off,” he added, referring to the 1Malaysia People’s Aid cash vouchers.
Najib announced yesterday that BR1M for the lower-income group would be raised from RM650 to RM950 next year, while households earning between RM3,000 and RM4,000 a month would now receive RM750.
Single people aged 21 and above and not earning more than RM2,000 a month are entitled to BR1M worth RM350, an increase of RM50, said Najib.
Datuk Nadzim Johan, an activist from the Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association, said BR1M should not be permanent.
“Our people are not able to appreciate it and we are afraid that it may not be used effectively. It is a liability,” he said.
Unlike the other consumer groups, Nadzim said the budget was too consumer-friendly to the point that it was counterproductive.
“For example, about 1,000 products are exempted from the GST, it’s almost like most products are not taxed. I also think the margin between the present tax and the new tax is too small.
“All in all, I feel that the budget is too soft and Malaysians can’t appreciate it. There shouldn’t be anything for consumers to complain about.” – October 11, 2014.

Credit : https://my.news.yahoo.com/goodies-not-enough-offset-rising-living-costs-consumer-024449422.html

2169) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 11/10/2014 THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER, YAHOO! NEWS - Bumiputera Agenda Allocation in Budget 2015 Too Low, say Malay Groups

Malay NGOS are unhappy wth the Budget 2015 tabled by Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday, saying the government paid little attention to the Bumiputera agenda and rising living costs.

“I noticed that the allocation for the Bumiputera is very little. In terms of equity ownership, it is only set at RM600 million. How far can that go to reach the target of 70% Bumiputera population (by 2020)?” said Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) president Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman.
“The budget will not change the Bumiputera’s economy and did not outline the development policies for Bumiputeras that we had hoped for,” said Abdullah Zaik.
The prime minister announced yesterday that the Ekuiti Nasional Bhd (Ekuinas) would be allocated RM600 million to increase Bumiputera ownership in private and government-linked companies.
He said this would strengthen the Bumiputera agenda as they had yet to achieve the 30% corporate equity ownership target. He added that their effective control over corporations was also only around 10%.
Abdullah Zaik also said that Najib did not focus on how the government would solve the rakyat’s living-cost woes.
“I don’t see how the prices of goods will fall with all the incentives they introduced. We do not feel the estimated 4% reduction in prices of goods.”
Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim) said that although the government had increased the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) cash handouts for next year, it was only a short-term solution for the people.
Abim president Amidi Abd Manan said the government must realise that the people were suffering due to high living costs and low wages.
“BR1M has proven not to be the right mechanism to resolve living cost issues. This is because living costs are based on daily needs, and those who work in Malaysia need 14 months of salary in a year (to survive).
“This is due to rising living costs. BR1M is only useful during certain periods, such as when school begins and during religious celebrations. It has little impact on living costs,” he said.
Amidi added that the government was not serious about the term “subsidy rationalisation” as the people would still have to bear the rising cost of goods due to the hike in petrol prices.
“It is ironic to use the term ‘subsidy rationalisation’. They increased the petrol prices, which will result in food prices going up as well.
“Subsidy rationalisation is not effective because the price of the subsidised items will continue to rise. I don’t see the rationale in raising petrol prices,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

Najib said that BR1M for the lower income group would be raised from RM650 to RM950 next year, while households earning between RM3,000 and RM4,000 a month would now receive RM750.
Single people aged 21 and above and not earning more than RM2,000 a month are entitled to BR1M worth RM350, an increase by RM50, said Najib.
Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association President Datuk Nadzim Johan said he was concerned that the BRIM would breed a culture of laziness among Malaysians.
He said that while the government provided numerous incentives to the people, he was afraid that the benefits would not reach the people.
I am more afraid of the people not benefitting from all this because of the culture that the BR1M cultivates, which is that you should not work hard otherwise you are not legible for BR1M.
“The people have failed to take advantage of many of the budget’s incentives because they are ignorant or unable to appreciate it,” said Nadzim.
The Malay NGOs also believed the government should place more emphasis on improving education.
“I was waiting for the government to announce that it would implement the School Based Assessment (SBA) programme more effectively. But this budget did not touch on that,” said Amidi.
He also said that the number of students in a class should be reduced.
Isma said education was not emphasised in next year’s budget, adding that this was perhaps due to more focus placed on managing the existing schools.
“The budget did not touch on reducing the burden of education because they need to address new necessities and improve on the current facilities.
“In terms of physical costs, parents will still have to bear a lot,” Abdullah Zaik said. – October 11, 2014.

2168) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 11/10/2014 MOLE.my - BR1M: A Move In The Right Direction?

The BR1M cash handout is seen more as a short-term solution to assist the lower-income group
The anticipated increase in BR1M or Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia cash handout in Budget 2015 has become a reality with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's announcement that the cash amount would be increased from the current RM650 to RM950.

The increase was certainly welcomed by many but there has also been a long list of questions pertaining to the handout.

How long should the government continue handing out the incentive? Is BR1M an excellent solution for the needy and is it sustainable in the long-run?

The Mole asks politicians, academicians, lawyers and consumer bodies, among others, on their views regarding the government’s 'targeted subsidy' initiative.

Below are their opinions:

Former minister and Kuala Kangsar MP Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz:
"I wouldn’t support if the government decides to continuously dish out money like this unless it is targeted at individuals who are really in need. Otherwise, people who get it but are not appreciative will forget about it after a day. The core issues affecting the lower-income group should be looked at and a programme that benefits the needy should be introduced.”

Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof:
"BR1M should continue as it is targeted at the lower income group whom I think need support from the government. However, it is useful if they are provided with general guidelines on how to effectively use the money."

Lawyer, banker and National Cancer Society Malaysia advisor Datuk Zuraidah Atan:
"For me, it’s the issue of sustainability. Can we put aside a huge sum of money every year? Question on whether it is good or otherwise is debatable but I've spoken to different strata of people and for some, the handouts are like a bonus to them."

Writer and "I am Muslim" book author Dina Zaman:
"Maybe the government has their hearts in the right places but to me BR1M is just a short-term solution. I would prefer if the government can work on something to empower the people so that they can learn to manage their money and expenditure.”

Malaysian Trades Union Congress president Mohd Khalid Atan:
“It is a one off payment every year and what people need is the assistance on their daily expenses. I hardly think BR1M offers any help in that department.”

The Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association secretary general Datuk Paul Selva Raj:
 “BR1M does help to lift the burden on people’s shoulder, however it is still inadequate. We need a comprehensive safety net especially to reduce impact of the Government Service Tax (GST) that will be applied next year.”

Women, Family and Community Development deputy minister Datin Chew Mei Fun:
“I believe we need BR1M to assist individuals from lower income group as it is the most immediate and direct form of assistance the government could provide. However, in the long run, there should be a more comprehensive solution.”

Malaysian Red Crescent Society vice-chairman Datuk Dr Bahari Abu Mansor:
“What is really needed now is an impact study to see how effective this approach is. From the study, we will be able to find out the effectiveness of BR1M and decide then on whether to continue with the assistance.”

MCA central committee member Datuk Ti Lian Ker:
“I do not think that BR1M is achieving its purpose and it needs to be reviewed. The amount is not enough to elevate an individual’s cost of living. If anything it will only exhaust the cash bank and instead of handing out money, the government should create more projects that can help the people and indirectly enhance the economy.”

Malaysian Islamic Consumer Association chief activist Datuk Nadzim Johan:
“It is reasonable to give out BR1M but the government must also educate the public that it cannot be continuous in order to avoid over-pampering.”

Education and Higher Learning II deputy minister P.Kamalanathan:
“A lot of low income people appreciate BR1M and have been using the money to pay bills and purchase daily necessities. If the country can afford it, then it is okay to go on with it.”

Universiti Utara Malaysia political analyst Dr Mohd Azizuddin Mohd Sani:
“BR1M is not a long-term solution to assist the needy. What the government must do is to create more jobs or increase the worker’s salary. I personally think BR1M is not a good idea.”

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak political lecturer Dr Jeniri Amir:
“You need to teach people how to fish instead of giving them fish. The cash handouts will certainly not help address poverty. It’s just a short-term benefit, it’s not sustainable.”

Pas information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar:
“BR1M does not solve problems and it does not portray the government's efficiency in generating the country's income. The government must search for other methods to solve problems such as the hike in fuel prices and the increasing cost of living.”

PKR Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad:
“BR1M is quite a small handout as opposed to the impact of the GST.”

Lawyer Datuk Mohd Haaziq Pillay:
“The truth is I don’t think it is going to eradicate anyone’s financial problem. The government should spend the money on better things like sending people for courses which can benefit them in the long run. There are also business owners who don’t declare their taxes and still receive BR1M, so I think is it also subject to abuse.”

Bookshop owner Fazrin Hazni:
“Although BR1M is labeled as a waste of national wealth but it actually helps those with low-income. If there is an increment in the amount of BR1M then it is good as it can continue to benefit the low-income group and ease their burden in coping with financial woes.”

Retired army officer Zariffi Azmi:
 “For me the government should not be giving out BR1M in the first place as it does not significantly mitigate the public's financial problems.

Technical assistant Al-Faizal Khalid:
“I think the amount for BR1M should be increased especially to those living in the urban areas due to the high cost of living and should be given on a monthly basis.”

Public Relations executive officer Afiqah Aisyah:
“BR1M cash assistance will not last long as it is insufficient in coping with the current cost of living. I do not agree with BR1M implementation as it could be used in other sector which can promise a greater and lasting effect.”

2167) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 11/10/2014 RAKYAT MARHAEN - Bajet 2015 Kurang Tangani Agenda Bumiputera, Kos Sara Hidup, Kata NGO Melayu

Badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) Melayu melihat pengumuman Bajet 2015 oleh perdana menteri semalam bukanlah sesuatu yang menggembirakan, malah insentif yang diumumkan Datuk Seri Najib Razak itu dibimbangi gagal menyediakan rakyat bagi berdepan kenaikan kos sara hidup. Mereka mendakwa agenda Bumiputera kurang diberi perhatian khusus kerajaan selain insentif yang bersifat sementara mungkin mengundang kelompok masyarakat yang malas bekerja. “Saya tengok peruntukan bagi Bumiputera hanya sedikit. Dari segi pemilikan ekuiti diletakkan RM600 juta. Daripada RM600 juta itu, sejauh mana mampu mencapai anggaran pertambahan bilangan penduduk Bumiputera mencapai 70%?

“Dengan bajet begitu, tidak akan mengubah ekonomi Bumiputera dalam kerangka pembangunan akan datang untuk merangka polisi pembangunan Bumiputera yang kita harapkan,” kata Presiden Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman. Najib dalam pembentangan Bajet 2015 berkata, kerajaan melalui Ekuiti Nasional Bhd (Ekuinas) akan memperuntukkan RM600 juta bagi meningkatkan pemilikan Bumiputera dalam syarikat swasta dan syarikat berkaitan kerajaan. Katanya, peruntukan itu diberi bagi menguatkan lagi agenda Bumiputera kerana pemilikan ekuiti korporat masih belum mencapai sasaran 30% selain kawalan ke atas kebanyakan syarikat kini hanya pada sekitar 10%.

Abdullah berkata, Bajet 2015 tidak memberi fokus bagaimana kerajaan akan menyelesaikan masalah rakyat bagi menangani kenaikan kos sara hidup. Katanya, walaupun kerajaan berhasrat mengurangkan defisit fiskal, namun rakyat secara keseluruhan masih tidak melihat kerajaan serius menangani beban ekonomi. “Saya tak nampak kesan penurunan harga barang dengan insentif yang dibuat. Anggaran penurunan 4% harga barang tak dirasai." Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim) pula berpandangan walaupun kerajaan menaikkan kadar Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) pada tahun depan, namun ia hanya bersifat penyelesaian jangka pendek kepada rakyat.

Presidennya Amidi Abd Manan berkata, kerajaan perlu menyedari rakyat kini begitu tertekan dengan kos sara hidup yang tinggi apatah lagi pendapatan bulanan masih tidak mencukupi. “BR1M terbukti satu mekanisme tidak sesuai menangani kos sara hidup. Ini kerana kos sara hidup bersifat harian dan mereka yang bekerja di Malaysia memerlukan pendapatan 14 bulan dalam setahun. “Gejala ini berlaku kerana kenaikan kos sara hidup.

Dengan BR1M, ia hanya dapat memenuhi keperluan waktu tertentu seperti waktu persekolahan dan perayaan. Ini tidak banyak membantu,” katanya. Beliau berkata, kerajaan jelas memainkan istilah rasionalisasi subsidi apabila rakyat juga akan menanggung kenaikan harga barang dengan peningkatan harga bahan bakar. “Ini sesuatu yang ironi dalam erti kata rasionalisasi subsidi. Mereka naikkan harga minyak, begitu juga harga makanan akan meningkat seiring dengan harga petrol. “Rasionalisasi subsidi tak begitu beri kesan kerana barangan yang diberikan subsidi akan terus mencatatkan kenaikan harga. Saya tak nampak rasional kenaikan harga minyak,” katanya kepada The Malaysian Insider. Semasa pembentangan bajet semalam, Najib yang juga menteri kewangan berkata,

Putrajaya akan meningkatkan BR1M daripada RM650 kepada RM950 bagi isi rumah berpendapatan bulanan RM3,000 dan ke bawah. Bagi isi rumah berpendapatan bulanan antara RM3,000 dan RM4,000, kerajaan akan meningkatkan nilai BR1M daripada RM450 kepada RM750. Sementara itu, Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM) bimbang jika BR1M diberikan kerajaan itu akan mewujudkan golongan yang malas bekerja.

Katanya, walaupun kerajaan memberikan pelbagai insentif kepada rakyat, dibimbanginya bantuan berkenaan tidak sampai kepada rakyat secara efektif. “Saya lebih takut kita gagal memanfaatkan semua ini kerana sikap kita bila nak BR1M, tidak kerja kuat sangat, kerana bila kerja kuat tak dapat BR1M. Itu antara falsafah yang perlu dibetulkan rakyat.

“Saya melihat dari sudut pelaksanaan bajet ini, mungkin terlalu banyak insentif gagal dimanfaatkan rakyat yang jahil atau mereka yang tidak pandai menghargai,” kata Presiden PPIM Datuk Nadzim Johan. Selain mengutarakan kenaikan kos sara hidup, NGO Melayu berpandangan kerajaan perlu lebih memberi penekanan kepada aspek pembangunan pendidikan.

 “Apa yang saya tunggu ialah pengumuman kerajaan melaksanakan Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah (PBS) dengan lebih berkesan. Bajet kali ini tidak menyentuh bagaimana memperbaiki PBS. “Kita perlu mengecilkan jumlah pelajar di dalam kelas,” kata Amidi. Isma berkata kurangnya aspek pendidikan yang ditekankan dalam bajet kali ini mungkin kerana lebih memfokuskan kepada aspek pengurusan sekolah sedia ada.

“Mengurangkan beban pendidikan tidak disentuh sebab mereka terpaksa membuka keperluan baru dan membaiki keperluan sedia ada. Dari segi kos fizikal, ibu bapa yang menanggung beban kehidupan masih dirasakan,” kata Abdullah.

Sumber : http://www.wargamarhaen.blogspot.in/2014/10/bajet-2015-kurang-tangani-agenda.html

2166) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 12/10/2014 RAKYAT MARHAEN & SINAR HARIAN - Rasuah Berstruktur Mula Wujud - SPRM

KUALA LUMPUR - Rasuah yang wujud hari ini bukan sahaja dalam bentuk kumpulan atau sindiket tetapi sudah membentuk strukturnya dalam organisasi tertentu di negara ini, sekali gus mampu merosakkan dasar yang dibuat kerajaan.

Timbalan Ketua Pesuruhjaya (Pencegahan) Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM), Datuk Mustafar Ali berkata, perkembangan terbaharu itu amat dibimbangi kerana masalah rasuah akan menjadi barah dalam masyarakat.

“Bila sudah sampai ke peringkat ini kita takut, sistem yang ada bermasalah dan orang yang ada dalam (organisasi) itu adalah orang yang bekerjasama dengan rasuah,” katanya kepada Sinar Harian selepas hadir menjadi panel di Forum Pengguna IV 2014 anjuran Persatuan
Pengguna Islam Malaysia di Universiti Kuala Lumpur, semalam.

Menurutnya, masalah rasuah berstruktur lebih besar daripada rasuah individu.

"Tidak dinafikan rasuah individu masih banyak, SPRM memandang serius hal ini dan menggunakan semua langkah bagi menanganinya.

“Tetapi bila ada rasuah seumpama ini (berstruktur), semua sistem dan prosedur perlu diperbaiki bagi meminimumkan ruang dan peluang orang yang berada dalam organisasi itu terlibat dengan rasuah,” katanya.

Sementara itu, beliau berharap semua ketua jabatan kerajaan terus memainkan peranan dalam memantau pegawai bawahan mereka bagi mengurangkan masalah rasuah kecil (petty corruption).

Tambah Mustafar, rasuah kecil ini juga menyebabkan penindasan berlaku di peringkat bawahan.

“Rasuah kecil ini tidak sebesar jumlah grand corruption (rasuah besar) namun, rasuah kecil itu mampu menggugat ketenteraman awam sehingga menggangu perkembangan sosial masyarakat.

“Rasuah kecil ini selalu melibatkan orang bawahan dan masyarakat umum seperti anggota penguatkuasa dengan penjaja. Walaupun rasuah yang dibuat itu kecil tetapi impaknya cukup besar memandangkan kumpulan peniaga ini ramai,” katanya.

Mustafar mengakui, jumlah tangkapan dan siasatan SPRM terhadap penjawat awam masih kecil iaitu dianggarkan sekitar 200 hingga 300 orang daripada 1.5 juta kakitangan awam ditahan SPRM setiap tahun.

“Tetapi yang dikatakan segelintir inilah perlu dihapuskan. Seluruh organisasi terkesan akibat perbuatan mereka, imej jabatan juga tercalar malah melemahkan kepercayaan orang ramai terhadap jabatan itu,” katanya.

Sumber : http://www.wargamarhaen.blogspot.in/2014/10/rasuah-berstruktur-mula-wujud-sprm.html

Sumber (Sinar Harian) : http://www.sinarharian.com.my/semasa/rasuah-berstruktur-mula-wujud-1.323826

2165) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 9/10/2014 THE EDGE MALAYSIA - Fear of Unchecked Inflows of Unskilled Labour Post-AEC is Unfounded, says Mustapa Business & Markets 2014

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

2164) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 9/10/2014 MY SINCHEW - NGOs Protest Egyptian Blacklist

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 7 (Bernama) -- 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, Nasaruddin Mat Isa said this latest Egyptian action was unacceptable and their claim that Malaysia was training Al-Qassam militants was a lie.louis vuitton factory outlet
"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, here, today.

He was commenting on the statement by Malaysian Consultative Council for Islamic Organisations deputy president (Mapim), 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, Nasaruddin, 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 (PPIM) chief activist, Datuk Nadzim Johan said the Egyptian'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 government 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.

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2163) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 13/10/2014 UTUSAN MALAYSIA - Libatkan LHDN Banteras Judi Haram

2162) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 13/10/2014 BERITA HARIAN - Tingkat Penguatkuasaan Jamin Harga Barang Tidak Naik

2161) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 12/10/2014 MINGGUAN MALAYSIA - Akta Kediaman Terhad Perlu Diwujudkan Semula

2160) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 12/10/2014 MINGGUAN MALAYSIA - Sikap Segelintir Masyarakat Beri Kesan Kepada Dasar Kerajaan

2159) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 11/10/2014 UTUSAN MALAYSIA - Cari Penyelesaian Isu Pelarian Uighur

2158) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 10/10/2014 KiniTV - Melayu 'pendatang': PEMBELA berang, mahu tindakan keras

  • NGO Melayu mahu Tan disiasat kerana hasutan

  • 11:41AM Oct 20, 2014

  • Kumpulan pertubuhan Melayu berang dengan desakan seorang perwakilan Gerakan supaya pemimpin Umno berhenti membuat kenyataan mengenai "pendatang" kerana menurutnya, orang Melayu juga adalah pendatang.

    Sebuah gabungan 82 kumpulan Melayu-Muslim - Pertubuhan Pembela Islam (PEMBELA) berkata presiden Gerakan harus memecat perwakilan Tan Lai Soon kerana membuat komen tersebut dalam mesyuarat agung tahunan parti itu di Setia Alam semalam.

    Timbalan Pengerusi PEMBELA, Aminuddin Yahaya yang mengetuai delegasi ke Ibupejabat Polis Dang Wangi di Kuala Lumpur pagi ini, menuntut supaya Tan disiasat di bawah Akta Hasutan.

    Bersama dengan oleh NGO lain seperti Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM) dan Pejuang Islam Melayu Malaysia (Pewaris), mereka membuat sekurang-kurangnya tiga laporan polis terhadap ahli Gerakan itu.

    Aminuddin berkata mereka menuntut presiden Gerakan, memecat ahli yang membuat kenyataan agar konsisten dengan janjinya bahwa beliau akan memecat mana-mana ahli yang membuat kenyataan perkauman.

    Mereka juga, tegasnya, mahu pihak berkuasa untuk menyiasat dan Peguam Negara mendakwa Tan Lai Soon di bawah Akta Hasutan.

    Sementara itu, Rakyat Post melaporkan Tan meminta maaf atas kenyataannya semalam.

    Tan dilaporkan berkata beliau amat menyesal dan menurutnya, beliau bermaksud untuk mengatakan bahawa tidak seorang pun rakyat Malaysia yang harus dipanggil sebagai 'pendatang', kerana mereka semua adalah rakyat Malaysia

2157) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 9/10/2014 BERITA HARIAN - Dasar Utama Rakyat Wajar Dikekalkan

Monday, October 20, 2014

2156) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 7/10/2014 UTUSAN MALAYSIA - Turunkan Kadar Cukai Pendapatan

2155) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 4/10/2014 MALAY MAIL - No Ceiling Fee Cause For Worry, Says Parents

Fixed school bus fares will be lifted starting January next year. — Picture by Azinuddin GhazaliPETALING JAYA, Oct 4 — A mother of four, who wished to be known as Nisah, spends around RM60 a month to transport her two children to and from school.

She said it is worrying because bus drivers raise prices whenever they feel like it.
“Bus fare will soon be a burden for me with another child starting school next year,” she said when asked about the Land and Public Transport Commission’s (SPAD) decision to deregulate the fare.
Yesterday, SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said even with the existing system, which last saw a fare hike in 2009, some school bus operators are already ignoring the ceiling rate and charging far higher fees based on their own operating costs.
He said because of this, SPAD leaves it to the parents and school bus operators to negotiate the fare.
Sales executive Vanitha Murugasan said she would have no choice but to comply with the rates quoted by school bus operators because it is difficult to find transport where she lives.
“It took me a while to find a bus with an affordable fare and the idea of looking for another seems impossible,” she said.
“The current bus driver ensures that my daughter reaches the apartment block before driving off.”
Bank officer Patrick John Pereira said although low prices would be better, other factors play a part as well.
“I would have to see what kind of vehicle is used as well as safety issues. If the service is good, I would not hesitate on the price,” he said.
Pereira spends RM130 on transport each month for his two sons and foresees bus drivers exploiting this loophole as there is no form of control.
Malaysian Muslim Consumers’ Association president Datuk Nadzim Johan shared the same sentiment.
“Businesses and organisations in Malaysia are not able to live on ethics,” he said.

He also said consumers did not have bargaining power and would fall prey to those who demand for higher rates.

Meanwhile, Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association (Fomca) president,
Datuk Paul Selvaraj, said SPAD should recruit more bus drivers to provide healthy competition among the industry players.
“Competition will stabilise bus fares and the prices would not see a great hike as people tend to favour more affordable rates,” he said.
“At the same time, SPAD should regulate a stricter safety standard for the drivers to adhere.”
It was reported that the current regulations set by the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (CVLB) allowed urban school bus operators to charge RM27.43 for the first kilometre and RM2.02 for subsequent kilometres.
Those operating in rural areas can charge RM20.61 for the first kilometre and RM2.02 for subsequent kilometres.

2154) ARKIB BERITA PPIM - 3/10/2014 MALAY MAIL - Myanmar News Website Hacked Over Muslim 'Support'

Monks from Buddhist organisation Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force, BBS) listen to a speech by Ashin Wirathu at a BBS convention in Colombo, September 28, 2014. — Reuters picYANGON, Oct 2 — A popular Myanmar news website was blocked today by hackers angry at its description of hardline Buddhist monks as "radical", as the publication said it had received threats of violence over its coverage.

The Irrawaddy saw its main English-language website briefly replaced with a black screen and notice accusing it of being pro-Muslim and slamming a blog it ran in Burmese about Myanmar nationalist cleric Wirathu's weekend meeting with controversial Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka.
The Buddhist-majority countries have seen rising religious hate speech and attacks on minority Muslims, with some hardline monks accused of fanning intolerance by stoking fears of a threat from Islamic jihadists.
The hackers claimed the Irrawaddy "supports jihad and radical Muslims" and was "attacking Buddhism with so called freedom of speech".
Their notice, which was later taken down, appeared to come from Sri Lanka and demanded the publication apologise for referring to the country's hardline Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or Buddhist Force as "radical".
It comes just days after staff in the publication's Yangon office received a telephone threat of a fire and bomb attack over the same article, the Irrawaddy told AFP.
The news site, which operated for years during junta rule as an exile media group based in Thailand, now also has an office in Myanmar's main city.
Irrawaddy editor Aung Zaw described the cyber attack as "brutal", but said the website had largely been restored by Thursday lunchtime.
He said the Irrawaddy Facebook pages had been inundated with hate mail in recent days linked to coverage including the anniversary of Myanmar's junta crackdown on 2007 monk-led protests.
"It is very clear that a team is behind the cyber attacks and cyber abuse... Clearly, they are criminals," he told AFP.
Myanmar was gripped by harsh military rule for decades until a quasi-civilian regime took power in 2011, implementing reforms that have opened the country to the world and raised hopes of a transition to democracy.
But the country has also suffered several bouts of religious violence since 2012 that have left over 200 people dead and tens of thousands displaced, mainly Muslims.
Sri Lanka and Myanmar share a common Buddhist heritage and have close cultural ties.
The link between Wirathu and BBS has caused concern, with the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka warning the Myanmar monk's visit last Sunday posed "a serious threat to peace in our beloved motherland".
Sri Lanka suffered its worst religious violence in decades in June when riots broke out in the resorts of Aluthgama and Beruwala, leaving four people dead.
The BBS has been accused of instigating the attacks, a charge it denies. — AFP