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PERODUA has launched its very own Zero Accident Campaign for its 10,300 employees nationwide as the next phase of the compact carmaker’s Road Safety Campaign launched in October 2017 to help reduce accidents on the road.
Under the Perodua Zero Accident Campaign, Perodua is aiming for zero road accidents involving its staff travelling to and from their respective workplaces as well as zero industrial accidents while performing their respective duties by the year 2021.
“This Perodua Zero Accident Campaign is our first nationwide initiative among our staff, involving our manufacturing, sales and after-sales network, to set an example by being good drivers,” Perodua president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said.
The campaign is supported by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health and Social Security Organisation – both under the Ministry of Human Resources.
“While reduction and even elimination of industry-related accidents has always been the core focus of our Occupational, Health and Safety rules, we are now expanding that focus to include travel outside our premises.
“We believe the cultivation of good driving habits begins at home and we want to inculcate as much education on safe and responsible driving into our staff so that they would be a good example to all,” said Aminar.
The Perodua Zero Accident Campaign will be launched in stages beginning Aug 13 until the end of the year. Aminar said that Perodua hopes to take learning points from the campaign and integrate it into the larger five-year Perodua Road Safety Campaign.
The Perodua Road Safety Campaign aims to reduce road accidents by educating drivers of the need to understand and obey basic road rules and courtesies such as the importance of wearing seatbelts, why child car seats are essential, the significance of using directional indicators and why mobile devices are a driver’s worst enemy.
“We use education as the approach because we believe most Malaysian drivers are aware of the rules and courtesies but may not understand the reasons behind them. Education will certainly take longer but once they fully understand the reasons behind the rules, the impact will be stronger,” Aminar said. [...]
Wong believes Perak needs its own institute to oversee and run state initiatives for women. ― Picture by Marcus Pheong
IPOH, Aug 15 — The Perak Pakatan Harapan government hopes to establish an institute dedicated to empowering women in the state within the next two years.State executive councillor Wong May Ing envisions an institute tailored to help educate women on their rights and about their health, teach those in low-income households life skills so they can be independent and get jobs, and also shelter those who have been abused.“We want to help single mothers, housewives, and women in general to find jobs. We want to link them back to the working world so they can be empowered,” she told Malay Mail in a recent interview.Wong, whose portfolio is a mouthful — she is executive committee chairman in charge of state wellbeing, women and family development, welfare, and social wellbeing — said Perak does not have a specific agency dedicated to tackle women’s affairs.“We have agencies like the Women's Development Department and the National Population and Family Development Board but they are both federal agencies that get instructions from the federal level.“They do a lot of work, but they are hampered by a lack of funding and manpower. Without a state agency, it is tough to identify issues specific to a state, because each state has different problems,” she said.To illustrate her point, Wong said the federal Women's Development Department only has one office in Perak with seven staff and operate on a yearly budget of RM70,000 to tackle issues in the state.She added that the National Population and Family Development Board, better known by its Malay abbreviation LPPKN, offers free mammograms and HIV tests to women. But due to budget constraints, it can only cover 350 women for the entire year.“They offer free walk-in tests to registered members. But they could only test 350 people, and that yearly quota finished by February,” Wong said, adding that she will raise the matter to the ministry’s attention.But in the long term, she believes Perak needs its own institute to oversee and run state initiatives for women.She acknowledged that there were women-centric organisations that “are more dynamic than the government”.“But they don't have funding. This is where the centre can help by taking care of these women,” Wong said.She proposed that the women’s institute act a coordinator with the NGOs and state Welfare Department to channel help where it is most needed.Wong said she is looking to model the Perak women’s institute after similar initiatives undertaken by Penang and Selangor.“I've visited the Penang Women's Development Centre to get information on their set-up, programmes, and focus points,” she said.She noted the Penang WDC also provides awareness classes on abuse and hopes to rope in its help to train facilitators in Perak.Wong plans to visit the Institut Wanita Berdaya in Selangor this week to see how it runs its programmes and for inspiration on how the Perak institute will turn out.She said the rest of her colleagues in the Perak government are fully supportive of the women’s institute, which she wants to establish as a statutory body, which will need to be presented and passed as an enactment in the state legislative body.But Wong said her biggest challenge is getting funds to establish the centre.“I hope we can put it in the coming state budget. This would allow us to get things moving by next year,” she said. [...]
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Invoke Malaysia founder Rafizi Ramli speaks during an interview at his office in Kuala Lumpur August 8, 2018. ― Picture by Mukhriz Hazim
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 — Backbencher MPs under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government sometimes display traits of bullying by heckling Barisan Nasional (BN) on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, Rafizi Ramli said.Rafizi — who received a good behaviour bond last June for illegally exposing a page of the government’s 1MDB audit report that had been classified a state secret — pointed out that the “whole world” knew about the scandal-ridden state investment firm and Malaysians understood former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s alleged links to it.“For our MPs like Jelutong, to continuously heckle BN MPs trying to debate issues that relate to the rakyat, he’s a bully,” Rafizi told Malay Mail in an exclusive interview here, referring to Jelutong MP RSN Rayer from the DAP.Rayer repeatedly interrupted Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin when the Umno lawmaker was debating the government’s motion to repeal the Goods and Services Tax (GST) last week.The DAP MP asked if GST was paid on “RM60 billion” worth of jewellery brought in by Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.But Rayer got his facts wrong: Lebanese American jeweller Samer Halimeh’s Beirut-based arm Global Royalty is suing Rosmah for the loan of jewellery said to be worth RM60 million, not billion.Rafizi said PKR members did not support such behaviour, although he could not speak for the “middle-class public”.“Just because it’s popular to heckle BN on 1MDB continuously when they were debating something completely not related to 1MDB, just because it’s popular with your constituents, it’s our moral duty to remind the public and to remind ourselves that if you’re not careful, we are a bully. Then we become exactly like what BN was,” said the former Pandan MP.Rafizi, who is running for deputy president in the PKR election against incumbent Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, said it was PKR’s moral duty to ensure that the new PH government was built on the right foundation.“Even if it’s not popular now with the public, we have to focus on it,” he said.He pointed out that everyone, including non-Malays, laughed at PKR in 1999 for trying to be a multi-racial party because they did not believe it would succeed.“Although we knew electorally it was quite suicidal at the time in 1999, 2000, 2004, we knew it was the right thing. You only harvest it 10 years later,” said Rafizi.“And that is the preoccupation as well among grassroots leaders — the belief that we are the vanguard of whatever Reformasi platform we had hoped for. Although it’s not popular now, we can’t just be pragmatists just to go with the flow.” [...]
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday reiterated the government’s stand on the use of Bahasa Malaysia in all official matters.
However, he said, in certain circumstances, translation to other languages, such as English, had to be made to cater for foreigners attending official functions or events.
“Our constitution has provided for all our needs on protecting the national language, but sometimes, translation to other languages has to be made.
“However, the official one is in Bahasa Malaysia because the translated version is not official…what is right and can be taken to court is the one written in Bahasa Malaysia.
“We have to take into account foreigners who come to Malaysia, but are not fluent in Bahasa Malaysia.
“That is why we have ministers using English or Tamil or Mandarin to explain, but the explanation is not considered official,” he said during the question and answer session in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.
He was responding to a supplementary question from Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah (BN-Lenggong) on the government’s stand on reports of some ministries using Mandarin and Tamil for official matters.
To a supplementary question from Datuk Seri Dr Santhara Kumar (PH-Segamat) on the use of English and other languages in congratulatory and condolence messages to other countries, Dr Mahathir said that it was a normal practice. — Bernama [...]
Last Saturday (Aug 11), actress-turned-fashion designer Fazura became the talk of the town when she unveiled the latest collection of her fashion line, Fazbulous, at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week.
Besides the eye-catching pieces, netizens could not get enough of the dramatic gimmick at the end of the fashion show.
As Fazura came out on the runway for the customary bow, the models fell dramatically to the ground.
The 34-year-old then sashayed down the runway, maneuvering between the fallen models.
Videos of the fashion show’s dramatic end spread like wildfire on social media platforms. But less than 48 hours later after receiving positive comments, Fazura found herself lambasted by certain quarters.
Some began to point out that her show-stopping finale was similar to two other fashion show finales in the past, and accused Fazura of being a copycat.
In the first fashion show, Singapore-born, London-based designer Ashley Isham’s models also fell on the runway at the end of his show in 2014.
Ashley took to Instagram and aired his grievances on the matter.
In an exclusive interview with Star2, Fazura said she is not familiar with Ashley’s work and has never seen the fashion show in question.
“If I have seen his show, I would not be that stupid to copy exactly what he did because I know the repercussions. If I did that, it would tarnish my creativity and originality. So that’s something I would not do,” she said.
Fazura and Ashley later made peace through a phone call. She shared the contents of their conversation.
“I explained all that to him and he immediately came to his senses. He said he was really sorry and it was a complete misunderstanding. He didn’t know what was happening in Malaysia until somebody sent the video (of her fashion show) and provoked him, saying ‘you should highlight this as someone is copying you.’ ”
Ashley subsequently removed the post and followed up with another, stating the similarities between the two fashion show finales were coincidental.
“Let me clarify something about the post (now taken down) today. I am sorry for the misunderstanding. Fazura and myself have never met each other. Fashion is universal and a positive experience. Maybe it’s just a coincidence and GOD way to introduce us to each other. It was great talking to you earlier, Fazura. #positivityrules #positivevibes”
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In the second fashion show, Belgian designer Dries Van Noten’s models sat gracefully on the runway at the end of his show in 2015.
Fazura admits she has seen Van Noten’s fashion show finale and drew inspiration from it.
“I saw his show a long time ago. I am a fan of him. When we brainstormed about the show, I told my team ‘I wanted my models to just drop (on the ground), something like Dries Van Noten.’ But for his show, the models sat down.”
Fazura explained how her models’ act of dropping to the ground (instead of sitting down) sent out an entirely different message from Van Noten’s fashion show.
“When I first appear on the runway, I represent every girl out there – the short, the tall, the girl with six fingers and so forth. The models represent those people who are always finding fault with us. But when I decide to walk straight on, that’s when the obstacles and the haters drop.”
Fazura also opened up about how she’s handling the controversy: “People love seeing two people fight and go into war. And I have a group of haters that spend almost 24 hours a day focusing on my life and trying to find any mistake about me so that they can feel better about themselves.
“But in the end, positivity and unity will always defeat hate.” [...]
PETALING JAYA: At a closed-door meeting on Monday (Aug 13) night, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that Pakatan Harapan had made too many election promises because it didn’t expect to win in the 14th general election, news portal Malaysiakini reports. [...]
Yesterday, a MARA officer from a district office in Selangor was arrested on suspicion of receiving bribes. — IStock.com pic via AFP
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 — MARA has offered its full cooperation to the courts after one of its officers was charged with siphoning funds from its business financing programme today.The Bumiputera empowerment agency confirmed in a statement this evening that an officer had been charged today, without disclosing the name.“MARA will give full cooperation to the court proceedings to ensure MARA’s integrity is maintained.“MARA will not compromise on any abuse of power and misappropriation involving public interest,” it said.Malay news portal Astro Awani had yesterday reported the arrest of a 50-year-old woman MARA officer from a district office in Selangor suspected of receiving bribes in the form of flight tickets and hotel accommodation for a holiday to Europe between March and April 2014.According to the news report, the woman had facilitated an application for a MARA Business Improvement Financing Scheme, which is believed to contain false details, to the Selangor MARA director.MARA said it detected the incident in April 2014 and had carried out an internal investigation.“The results of the investigation have been extended to the MACC for appropriate action under the existing provisions of the law,” it said. [...]
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Fitch said it expects GDP growth to slow to 5.2 per cent in 2018, 4.8 per cent in 2019 and 4.6 per cent in 2020, from 5.9 per cent in 2017, as the government seeks to constrain recurrent spending in line with its narrower revenue base. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 — Fitch Ratings has affirmed Malaysia’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at ‘A-’ with a stable outlook supported by solid economic growth and a net external creditor position built up from a record of current account surpluses.It said the affirmation not only takes into consideration measures such as the rollback of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), but also the stated intention to reduce fiscal deficits and improve governance.“The agency has raised its estimate of central government debt at end-2017 to around 65 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), from 50.8%, following the government’s recognition that it will need to service a large share of explicitly guaranteed debt,” it said in a statement here, today.This estimate, however, may be further revised as more details become available, it added. The Pakatan Harapan coalition, which won the May 2018 election, has moved ahead on many of its key election promises, notably repealing the GST. It also plans to continue fuel subsidies in place since early 2018, although they will be made more targeted.“Fitch views these measures as negative for the credit profile. However, the government aims to implement offsetting fiscal measures and has indicated its intention to contain the central government deficit.”The rating agency acknowledged that there are risks to achieving this target, such as the lower-than-Fitch-expected growth — which could limit room for expenditure cutbacks — as well as delays in implementing planned revenue measures.“The authorities expect to meet the original budget deficit target of 2.8 per cent of GDP for 2018 through offsetting measures, including a review of large infrastructure projects and the reintroduction of the Sales and Services Tax with full-year revenue of 1.6 per cent of GDP that had been replaced by the GST (full-year revenue of 3 per cent of GDP) under the previous government.”The authorities also expect additional oil revenue of 0.4 per cent of GDP due to higher global oil prices and dividends from government-linked enterprises providing an additional 0.3 per cent of GDP in revenue.On the expenditure side, the government plans to cut operational and development spending by RM10 billion (0.7 per cent of GDP) in 2018.“We expect the deficit to continue falling to around 2.5 per cent of GDP by 2020 under our baseline assumptions through a combination of subsidy rationalisation, further capital spending cuts, new revenue measures and better tax compliance.”It said the central government debt is likely to decline to around 59 per cent of GDP by 2020, although the decline could be more rapid if it chooses to sell off public assets and use the proceeds for debt reduction.As for GDP, Fitch said it expects GDP growth to slow to 5.2 per cent in 2018, 4.8 per cent in 2019 and 4.6 per cent in 2020, from 5.9 per cent in 2017, as the government seeks to constrain recurrent spending in line with its narrower revenue base.In addition, public capital spending is being held back by a review of large infrastructure projects and exports are likely to moderate from slowing external demand.“However, Malaysia’s average GDP growth for the five years to 2018 will remain above peer medians. Downside risks to our growth projections could materialise from accelerated spending cuts, disruption to capital projects or slowing investment in the event of prolonged policy and political uncertainty,” it said.On other developments, it said intervention by the country’s central bank, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), to smooth currency volatility in the midst of large capital outflows between April and June 2018, contributed to a decline in foreign exchange reserves of about US$5 billion to US$105 billion as of end-June-2018.“We expect BNM to limit its intervention and allow sufficient currency flexibility to preserve foreign exchange reserves at a reasonably healthy level of around five months of current external payments. Although short-term external debt is high, foreign exchange reserves continue to cover over 100 per cent of this debt.”Fitch expects Malaysia’s current account surplus to remain between 3.0 per cent and 4.0 per cent of GDP between 2018 and 2020, supported by higher oil-related exports and slightly slower import growth, which should counter its forecast moderation in exports of electronics.Imports are likely to slow from the new government’s review of major infrastructure projects.However, given Malaysia’s high degree of trade openness, it remains vulnerable to negative external developments, such as rising trade protectionism, it said.Banking soundness indicators remain steady, with a system-wide common equity Tier 1 ratio of 12.7 per cent and liquidity coverage ratio of 140 per cent continuing to indicate adequate capital and liquidity buffers.“Pockets of risk remain within certain over-supplied property sub-segments, highly leveraged lower-income households and high corporate debt. However, household credit growth has eased over the last few years, and we expect the banking sector to be resilient in case of a moderate correction in the property market,” it added. — Bernama [...]
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