Malaysia and Japan are aiming to strike a deal as early as July, when Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran visits Tokyo to sign a memorandum of cooperation. — Reuters pic
KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 — Malaysia is planning to send skilled workers to Japan under the new visa programme the latter launched on April 1.In the scheme, Malaysia will be the 10th nation approved to provide workers to Japan after the Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Nepal and Mongolia.According to Kyodo News, the two countries are aiming to strike a deal as early as July this year, when Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran visits Tokyo to sign a memorandum of cooperation.“We are working with the Japanese government to formulate a MOC on sending workers to Japan as they have opened up 14 sectors to foreigners,” a Malaysia government official familiar with the negotiations told Japanese news portal Kyodo News.“We are hoping to sign it in Japan in July. It’s in the final stages, hopefully, it can be done,” the official said.The two sides have not yet agreed on which sectors will be open to Malaysian workers, the official said, adding that the scheme could potentially open up 50,000 jobs in Japan for Malaysians.The official said Putrajaya must help those willing to go abroad to earn a better salary albeit temporarily. He said a small study showed Malaysians are excited at the prospect of earning a higher salary.Immigration has long been a taboo subject in Japan as many prefer ethnic homogeneity, but the reality of an ageing, shrinking population is challenging such views.In order to curb immigration issues such as worker exploitation, the Japanese government has set up laws requiring employers to pay wages equivalent to or higher than those of Japanese nationals.Their payment should be made directly to workers’ bank accounts so that the records will serve as evidence they are properly paid. [...]
SP Setia Bhd and Maybank have expanded Setia FlexKey, an enhanced HouzKEY financing scheme by Maybank, to include a selection of the housing developer’s newly launched projects
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Perak public amenities, infrastructure, agriculture and plantation committee chairman Abdul Yunus Jamhari says the state has released two million fish seeds of various species to in a bid to grow the size of catches. ― Picture by Farhan Najib
IPOH, April 17 — About Perak 1,200 fishermen are benefiting from the fish seeds distribution programme here, the state assembly heard today.State public amenities, infrastructure, agriculture and plantation committee chairman Abdul Yunus Jamhari said that the state has released two million fish seeds of various species to in a bid to grow the size of catches.“The programme is expected to produce 200,000kg of fish worth RM1 million every year.“The programme was introduced to tackle the difficulties faced by the fishermen,” he said.The Kuala Kurau assemblyman said the state will also continue giving out RM200 monthly as the fishermen's cost-of-living allowance (ESHN) to those eligible.“We are also providing petrol and diesel subsidy scheme for the fishermen to accommodate a part of the fishing operation cost following the increase in the fuel price in the market.“Apart from that, we are also encouraging fishermen to venture into the aquaculture sector under the Touch Point Aquaculture Programme to increase their income. Under this programme the fishermen will be provided with the tools to cultivate the fish and also fish seeds,” he said.Separately, Yunus said the state government also provided incentives for the rubber tappers in the state to ease their financial burden.“We are giving out RM317 per hectare for small scale farmers to buy tapping equipment and also RM500 per hectare for purchasing fertiliser.“For small scale farmers who could not tap rubber during the monsoon season will be provided with the allowance of RM600,” he said.“And for those farmers who wanted to venture into entrepreneurship, mainly under the service, manufacture, food, and farming sectors will be given RM10,000 fund aide,” he added. [...]
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu speaks during the state assembly April 17, 2019. — Picture by Farhan Najib
IPOH, April 17 — The State Agricultural Development Corporation of Perak (SADC) will introduce the Skim Ladang Harapan as part of the state’s efforts to spur income growth and job opportunities for its residents, said the mentri besar.Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu (PH-Chenderiang) told the state assembly that the scheme would be run by cooperatives or associations registered in Perak.“This is a long-term approach to upgrade the people’s livelihood besides providing them with Bantuan Sara Hidup,” Ahmad Faizal informed Datuk Sham Mat Sahat (BN- Alor Pongsu) in today’s assembly sitting.Sham earlier asked the state Pakatan Harapan government what steps it has taken to reduce the cost of living in the state.Ahmad Faizal said the state government was committed to introducing new incentives to help the people to reduce their cost of living despite weak public finances.Among others, he pointed out that Perak has launched the Kad Perak Prihatin with an allocation of RM22 million under the 2019 state budget.“The scheme will benefit 17,000 recipients whereby each will receive RM80 monthly to allow them to buy basic necessities plus an annual allowance of RM300 for each holder to seek treatment at private clinics,” he said.To increase the cards’ utility, Ahmad Faizal said holders may also use these to buy school necessities.“The items can be obtained from 169 merchants and transactions are cashless,” he added.The MB then recalled that the state also provided electricity bill rebates and free water for low-income groups. [...]
Two blocks of the Uma Bawang longhouse were destroyed in a fire this evening. — Picture courtesy of the state Fire Dept
KUCHING, April 15 — Over 100 people from 42 families were made homeless when a late afternoon fire destroyed two wooden blocks of the Uma Bawang resettlement scheme in Sungai Asap, about 230 kilometres from Bintulu town, a spokesman of the state Fire and Rescue Department said.The spokesman said the Bintulu fire depatment received a distress call about 6.03pm about the fire which quickly engulfed Block D, which housed 19 families while Block E, 23 families.He said 11 firefighters were dispatched in one fire engine and emergency rescue service vehicle to the scene.At press time, the state fire department headquarters has yet to receive details of the Uma Bawang fire.Uma Bawang is one of the 15 resettlement schemes built for over 10,000 people displaced by the construction of the Bakun dam in the 1990s.They were resettled at Sungai Asap in 1996 while the dam was under construction.Meanwhile, Hulu Rajang PKR chief Abun Sui Anyit said apart from Block D and Block E of Uma Bawang, a church was also destroyed in the fire.“However, no human casualties were reported,” he said, adding all properties were destroyed in the fire.Abun said most of the residents were not at home as they were working outside the area when the fire occurred.He urged the Welfare Department to move in quickly to provide assistance to fire victims as soon as possible. [...]
Dr Lee Boon Chye – Bernama file photo
KUANTAN: The PeKa B40, a healthcare protection scheme for the low-income B40 group, will begin tomorrow, according to Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye.
He said the scheme involving an allocation of RM100 million will benefit 800,000 recipients of the Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) aged 50 and above.
Dr Lee said recipient qualifications and participating clinics can be checked online at www.pekab40.com.my.
“Four benefits awaiting the recipients are medical examinations for hypertension, diabetes, kidney problem and cholesterol issue; medical aid such as artificial lenses for to fix cataracts, wheelchairs and hearing aids; an incentive to complete cancer treatment; and transportation fare incentive of RM500 for patients in the peninsula and RM1,000 for those in Sabah and Sarawak to seek treatment at public hospital or clinic,” he said.
The deputy minister said this to reporters after opening the ‘Koi Nak Sihat’ Carnival at Wisma Belia Indera Mahkota here today, which was also attended by Pahang Health director Dr Sha’ari Ngadiman.
Dr Lee was also optimistic that the scheme would be extended to more recipients in the future. – Bernama
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Annuar Amri said police had opened an investigation paper on the case which was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code. — AFP pic
ALOR SETAR, April 1 — As many as 47 people claimed to have lost RM2.6 million, after they were cheated by a company headed by an individual with the title of Datuk Seri who offered returns in an investment scheme.Head of the Commercial Crime Investigation Department of the Kedah Contingent Police Headquarters, Supt Annuar Amri Abd Muluf said police received reports of 26 cases in 2017, three in 2018 and 18 this year connected with the scheme.“The Datuk Seri had offered the investment scheme since 2016, promising returns up to eight per cent every month to interested individuals. The high returns attracted people who were willing to invest as much as RM230,000.“The victims were from various fields and even a pensioner, all aged between 25 and 76 years,” he said in a statement today.Annuar Amri said police had opened an investigation paper on the case which was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code.“We want to advise people not to make any deposits or investments with any individual or entity which is not monitored by Bank Negara Malaysia and they should check with the authorities if they have doubts about the scheme.“The public can also refer to Investor Alert for information on enforcement action by the Securities Commission Malaysia or contact the Kedah Commercial Crime Investigation Department at telephone number 04-7741354 for further information,” he said. — Bernama [...]
Kiwis are one of the most popular fruits in France, with those from the south-western Adour valley in particular benefitting from a coveted EU protected geographical indication. ― AFP pic
PARIS, March 25 — French authorities said today that they had dismantled a long-running scam to label and sell Italian kiwis as more pricey French fruit.“Kiwis imported from Italy were ‘Frenchified’ during transport so that they could be sold at a higher price,” Virginie Beaumeunier of the country’s DGCCRF anti-fraud agency said at a press conference.The fraud involved some 15,000 tonnes of kiwis over a three-year period, and the agency said seven companies were facing charges after making a combined €6 million (RM27.7 million) in illicit profits.Indignation was rife on social media over what predictably became known as KiwiGate, not least because the Italian kiwis were treated with pesticides that are not allowed in France.“Unlike the Italians, we don’t use anti-spoiling fungicides after harvesting which conserve them for several months, so we have higher losses in cold-storage rooms, which increases our production costs,” said Francois Lafitte, president of the French kiwi growers’ association.The estimated 1,100 growers in France, mainly in the southwest, produce around 55,000 tonnes a year, not enough to meet annual consumption of 80,000 tonnes.As a result imports pour in from neighbouring Italy, the world’s biggest producer of the fruit, as well as from New Zealand or Chili in the off-season.Kiwis are one of the most popular fruits in France, with those from the south-western Adour valley in particular benefitting from a coveted EU protected geographical indication, a status being sought by Corsican kiwi growers. — AFP [...]
Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail speaks during a press conference in Putrajaya January 24, 2019. ― Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
KULIM, March 23 — The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) intends to extend the enforcement period of the price control scheme in conjunction with the Aidilfitri celebration this year compared to the 14 to 15 days before.Without specifying on the extended period, Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said the measure was seen as being able to discipline traders to comply with the prescribed price control scheme.“I will get feedback from the ministry’s head of enforcement whether we will keep to the 15-day period, but there will be no reducing (the days), instead extending the enforcement period (duration) is most likely.“We actually enforce the control (price) during the festive season, namely (between) 14 and 15 days before, during and after Aidilfitri, because people hold open houses and many will still be buying things, so we will continue the scheme after the festival,” he said at an event here today.Saifuddin Nasution said the proposal would also apply to other festivals thereby ensuring that traders always comply with the price control scheme during the festive seasons. — Bernama [...]
SINGAPORE (Bloomberg): Singapore has obtained its first guilty plea from a person accused of involvement in the October 2013 penny-stock rout, which the prosecutor called the "most audacious, extensive and injurious market manipulation scheme ever in Singapore.” [...]
The daughters of Full House actress Lori Loughlin became targets of scorn on social media on March 12 after their mother was charged in an alleged scheme to help privileged Americans get their children into elite universities by fraudulent means. [...]
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Deputy Minister Chong Chieng Jen says Putrajaya has not decided on the petrol subsidy mechanism promised in the Pakatan Harapan manifesto. — Picture by Sulok Tawie
KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — The government has not decided on the petrol subsidy mechanism promised in the Pakatan Harapan manifesto, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Deputy Minister Chong Chieng Jen told the Dewan Rakyat today.He also said the Finance Ministry has called for proposals for suitable measures to implement and monitor the subsidy.“We take cognisance of those in the urban and rural areas, but a final decision has not yet been made as to what mechanism will be implemented.“The Ministry of Finance opened a tender for any parties who can suggest what is the best mechanism to implement the targeted subsidy programme,” Chong said during Question Time today.Chong was responding to Jempol MP Datuk Salim Sharif who had asked the ministry to state the effectiveness of the targeted fuel subsidy mechanism at reducing living costs.The subsidy is intended for the RON95 petrol at rural communities located in the remote areas and far from the petrol stations.MORE TO COME [...]
SEMENYIH (Feb 20): The Ministry of Housing and Local Government today launched the FundMyHome+DepositKu scheme, further easing the burden for first-time homebuyers that purchase property... [...]
GEORGE TOWN (Feb 8): The compliance shown by traders during the implementation of the 2019 Chinese New Year (CNY) Price Control Scheme was very high... [...]
Putrajaya had announced the MySalam scheme on January 24, which is expected to benefit 3.69 million people from the B40 group who would get a one-off payment of RM8,000 if they suffered certain critical illnesses. — Reuters pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 6 — The government-run health insurance scheme for the bottom 40 per cent of workers raises the concern of data breach by Singaporean insurance company Great Eastern Takaful Berhad, Perkasa claimed today.Its information chief Nasrul Ali Hasan Abdul Latif said this is because the Finance Ministry has allowed Great Eastern Takaful to have access to 3.69 million data from the B40 groups, which consist of personal details, home and work address, dependents, monthly income, and frequency of utilising the scheme as well as health details.“Based on my observation and knowledge on Big Data Analysis, this scheme opens up the space to openly invade the data of each individual by a foreign company, which may lead to abuse. This raises the question of data privacy.“With the complete data, the Singaporean company would not only be able to conduct market study to ensure the stability of its company in Malaysia, but the data could also be used as a political target in Malaysia with the cooperation of Singaporean political party, such as taking over leadership power in Malaysia,” he said in a statement, today.Nasrul said the matter would also jeopardise the country’s future as well as the Takaful and local insurance market and would pave way for Malaysia to me dominated by other large foreign companies.He said there are many doubts concerning the MySalam health insurance scheme, and the Pakatan Harapan government has to explain why Great Eastern Takaful, which had contributed a whopping RM2 billion, was selected to operate the programme.“Other leaders within PH should not be silent over the matter. If things are not clear and it would not benefit the country, then they should vote and suggest for the scheme to be cancelled or postponed until a thorough study is made.“A clear standard procedure should be made in order for the questions to be answered before it is implemented,” he said.Following the launch of the MySalam scheme, doctor and patient groups have raised concerns about the scheme as they said it lacks details and has insufficient benefits.Putrajaya had announced the scheme on January 24, which is expected to benefit 3.69 million people from the B40 group who would get a one-off payment of RM8,000 if they suffered certain critical illnesses.Besides the one-off RM8,000 payment, recipients will also get RM50 income replacements daily if they seek treatment at any government hospital for a maximum of 14 days a year, or equivalent to RM700 annually.Great Eastern’s RM2 billion contribution was in exchange for not having to divest 30 per cent of its Malaysian business in compliance with Bank Negara rules that stipulated a 70 per cent cap on foreign ownership of local insurance firms.The coverage under the scheme came into effect on January 1. Eligible B40 recipients can start making claims from March 1 onwards.The scheme is only applicable for public hospitals. [...]
KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 28): After working for four months, the Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) has finally unveiled the National Housing Policy (Dasar Perumahan... [...]