Jul.19 -- Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng discusses recovering up to 30% of the missing 1MDB money, the 1MDB investigation, infrastructure projects with China, Malaysia's economy and the ringgit. He speaks exclusively to Bloomberg's Haslinda Amin from Kuala Lumpur. [...]
Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa and Nisha Ayub shake hands at a press conference in Putrajaya August 10, 2018. — Picture by Azinuddin Ghazali
PUTRAJAYA, Aug 10 ― The public should not discriminate the transgender community in the workplace as they are made up of ordinary citizens who wished for equal opportunities as their peers, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa said today.Following a meeting with transwoman activist Nisha Ayub here, Mujahid added there will be three aspects that the ministry will focus on when it comes to the transgender community: for them to be financially independent, to “guide them”, and ensuring acceptance by the public.“From this meeting, we received a lot of information regarding the transgender community and it has come to our understanding that this group continues to be discriminated by the public.“Such discrimination do not help them to integrate into society and most importantly, for them to be independent of their livelihood,” the minister in charge of Islamic affairs said at the Putrajaya Islamic Complex.Mujahid said it was important to help the transgender community with their current predicament, as they were most vulnerable due to constant discrimination.“Transgenderism is a reality that we cannot deny so if we are unable to avoid it, why not live with it in the context of treating them fairly?“The marginalised community is not asking for same-sex marriage or special rights, but wish to live as normal Malaysians, which I think we have no problem with,” he said.Mujahid said following the discussion with Nisha, he agreed that more awareness was needed to educate the public that transgender groups also want equal access to education and houses of worship.“This meeting is a big step, but there is still a long way to go when it comes to educating the public and this is my concern at the moment,” he said.Meanwhile, Nisha said she was pleased with today's meeting and she encouraged the LGBT community to engage with the ministry.“However, it is not fair for me to represent the other communities as I personally approached Datuk as a trans advocate,” she said, referring to Mujahid.“But I am sure if they approached Datuk, he would be happy to meet them.”Nisha said she was shocked when Mujahid agreed to a meeting with her after she got in touch with him through Facebook.“This is the first time a minister has agreed to come forward to meet people like me and it is certainly mind-blowing,” she said.On Wednesday, Nisha’s portrait, along with that of fellow LGBT activist Pang Khee Teik, was removed from a photography exhibition at the George Town Festival 2018.Mujahid later confirmed while at Parliament that he instructed the portraits be removed as it was considered to be promoting LGBT activities, adding it is not in line with the Pakatan Harapan government’s policies. [...]
Lim Guan Eng said the new policy would be announced in Budget 2019 on Nov 2. — Picture by Miera Zulyana
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 — Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng says the government plans to reduce the number of special draws for all numbers forecast operators (NFO) beginning 2019, to reduce social problems related to gambling activities.He said the new policy would be announced in Budget 2019 on Nov 2.“In 2018, there were 22 special draws held simultaneously throughout the country.“The reduction in the number of special draws is an initial step by the government to reduce gambling activities, so as to curb social problems such as excessive gambling addiction,” he said at the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.He was responding to a question from Wong Shu Qi (PH-Kluang) on whether the government planned to allow NFOs such as Magnum, Sports Toto and Da Ma Cai to continue holding special draws on certain Tuesdays in 2019 and the subsequent years ahead. — Bernama [...]
KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Award for Islamic Finance 2018 will be conferred on exceptional individuals in Islamic finance at a special ceremony in the capital on Oct 3. [...]
BEIJING • JD Finance is close to snagging 13 billion yuan (RM7.67 billion) of investment from several Chinese financial services giants, gaining a clutch of influential backers in its fight against Jack Ma’s Ant Financial.
The spinoff from online retailer JD.com Inc has signed agreements with CICC Capital, an investment arm of Bank of China and buyout firm CITIC Capital, for a fundraising that values the nascent company at roughly 133 billion yuan, JD Finance said in a statement. It hopes to complete the round of financing in this quarter.
JD is vying with the likes of Baidu Inc and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd to combine high-tech expertise with traditional finance and cater to a rising cohort of customers who prefer to do business on their phones. Securing the backing of Bank of China, one of the nation’s largest lenders, and influential players such as CITIC will help it compete with its larger rivals in the fledgling field of Internet finance.
JD Finance already works with 700 financial institutions, has served eight million small businesses and 400 million individuals, it said.
But it remains a relative minnow compared to Ant Financial, an affiliate of Alibaba that raised US$14 billion (RM56.55 billion) in June and has enjoyed wider adoption thanks to its Alipay digital wallet and Alibaba’s heft in Internet commerce. Like Ant, JD Finance offers loans and other services online, and much of its business involves short-term lending to consumers on JD.com.
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