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Topic: Daim Zainuddin

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Daim very influential? Well, he’s a consultant, says Dr M
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 ― Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today acknowledged his long-time friend and ally Tun Daim Zainuddin as a highly influential person, amid cronyism concerns within Putrajaya.
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Prem Tinsulanonda: The man behind Thailand’s...
IT is one of the most iconic images in Southeast Asian history: Thailand’s King Bhumibol (Rama IX) sitting regally before a group of prostrating, feuding politicians.
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People’s income has improved over the years, says Daim
TUMPAT: The government has been focusing on improving the people’s income since the 5th Malaysia Plan (5MP), said former Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) chairman Daim Zainuddin.
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Seminar to get feedback on 12th Malaysia Plan
PETALING JAYA: The National Economic Forum (NEF) will be held to gather feedback for the formulation of the government’s National Entrepreneur Framework and the 12th Malaysia Plan (2021-2025).
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Time for needs-based policy for Malaysia
LETTER | The recent statement by Daim Zainuddin says Malaysia should change the New Economic Policy (NEP), adopted in 1971 which is based on race, with a new one based on needs.
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Yoursay: Daim, it’s too late to talk about our race-religion fetishism
YOURSAY | ‘If this were said 30, 40, 50 years ago, it might have made an impact.’ M'sians need empathy, not racial and religious superiority - Daim David Dass: Former Council of Eminent Persons (C...
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We failed because education ministry didn’t get priorities right, says Daim
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has failed because the government, through the education ministry, has not gotten its priorities right in focusing its efforts on the fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0), say...
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Plenty of controversies but comprehensive education reform still found wanting
The Education Ministry under Maszlee Malik (photo, above) has been bogged down by one controversy after another, ranging from black shoes to matriculation and most recently the khat issue, but compreh...
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Daim has finally said it - now please do it!
LETTER | For a long time, there has been growing concern for the need to revise or even remove the New Economic Policy (NEP) that was adopted in 1971 after the May 13 infamous riots.
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Daim backs needs-based policies, and 9 things that happened yesterday
KINI ROUNDUP | Here are key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief.1.
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Daim backs needs-based approach to curb abuses of past Bumi policies
Former Finance Minister Daim Zainuddin (above) has backed a needs-based approach to help the country's poor.
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Daim: M'sians need empathy, not racial and religious superiority
Former minister Daim Zainuddin, a key adviser to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, today said Malaysians need to inculcate empathy towards the different ethnic groups instead of instilling notions o...
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Make affirmative action needs-based, says Daim
PETALING JAYA: Putrajaya’s chief adviser Daim Zainuddin today called for a shift in affirmative action from a race-based approach to one that is needs-based.
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Shahidan's brother Ismail joins Bersatu
Tambun Tulang assemblyperson Ismail Kassim, the brother of former minister and BN stalwart Shahidan Kassim, has joined Bersatu.
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Daim pays Sarawak CM courtesy call, discusses various matters
PETALING JAYA: Putrajaya’s chief adviser Daim Zainuddin today met with Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg a day after the latter revealed that he did not attend a meeting involving Gabungan P...
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GPS leader meets Anwar, Muhyiddin and Daim in a week
Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg received courtesy calls from top Pakatan Harapan leaders from Peninsular Malaysia over the past week.
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Tun Daim calls on Abang Johari in Kuching to discuss national, state issues
Daim (right) shakes hands with Abang Johari during their meeting.
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Putrajaya relaunches ECRL, expects bigger China FDI, new industries to sprout across Tiitiwangsa spine
DUNGUN, July 25 — Transport Minister Anthony Loke relaunched the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project today — with economic expectations riding high.
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Ku Nan’s alleged bribe vehicle linked to Taman Rimba Kiara project: C4
The firm allegedly used by former minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor to allegedly receive bribes from developers is also linked to the controversial Taman Rimba Kiara development, a search of company...
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Finance minister lacks understanding on budgeting, says Nancy
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has shown his inability to understand budgeting, said Batang Sadong MP Nancy Shukri (photo, above).
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Guan Eng unfit for his post, says Nancy after bankrupt remark
KUCHING: Batang Sadong MP Nancy Shukri has questioned Lim Guan Eng’s suitability for his position as finance minister, saying his recent statement about Sarawak’s financial future showed an inabil...
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All eyes on the all-powerful PM (and his advisers)
The gay sex video controversy allegedly involving Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali is nauseating.
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A simple vision for Harapan - and the country
COMMENT | The recent furore over the appointment of Latheefa Koya as MACC chief by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad demonstrates that all is not well in the ruling coalition.
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#JustSaying: Does Latheefa deserve to be the MACC's new boss?
#JUSTSAYING: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has appointed an ex-politician to clean up corruption in Malaysia, and he’s done it without asking anyone.
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Prioritise nation over religion, Daim urges
It is important for the rakyat to prioritise the nation in order to promote unity and further develop the country, said former Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) chairperson Daim Zainuddin.
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China admitted it wouldn't accept deals similar to those with BN gov't
China has admitted it would not accept deals similar to those inked by the republic with the previous BN administration, according to former Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) chairperson Daim Zainuddin...
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Speak in one voice, Daim reminds ministers
PETALING JAYA: Former finance minister Daim Zainuddin today urged ministers not to provide contradictory statements on issues when speaking in public.
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Hike in electricity bill issue to be raised in Cabinet
PUTRAJAYA (May 29): The issue on the significant hike in electricity bills and public outcry on the matter will be taken to the Cabinet meeting today, said Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister...
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Hike in electricity bill issue to be raised in Cabinet
PUTRAJAYA (May 28): The issue on the significant hike in electricity bills and public outcry on the matter will be taken to the Cabinet meeting tomorrow, said Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minis...
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Saifuddin: Increased electricity bill issue to be taken to Cabinet
PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The issue on a significant rise in electricity bill and public outcry over the matter will be taken to the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (May 29), says Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.
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Dr Mahathir: Gov't hasn't figured out how to reduce toll
The government has not yet decided on the method for reducing the toll, PrimeMinister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.Commenting on former Council of EminentPersons chairperson Daim Zainuddin’s statement t...
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Sarawak, Putrajaya to collaborate on cash crop production
KUCHING: The agriculture and agro-based industry ministry will work with the Sarawak government to introduce cash crops in the state.
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Mahathir: Better to pay off debt than end tolls
PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today that the billions needed to buy over toll concessions could be better used to help offset the national debt.
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No decision yet on method of reducing toll, says PM
The government has not yet decided on the method for reducing the toll, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.
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Sarawak govt approves 2,000 acres for planting of cash crops
KUCHING: The Sarawak government has approved 2,000 acres (809 hectares) of land to be planted with various cash crops by the federal government, says Agriculture and Agro-Based Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub.
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Dr M says abolishing tolls will burden govt's finances
PUTRAJAYA: Despite an earlier pledge to abolish tolls, the government has acknowledged that the move will be a burden to the government's finances.
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AG denies telling Dr M, Daim 'no solid proof' against Najib
Attorney-General Tommy Thomas has denied a social media posting, which claimed he told Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former Council of Eminent Persons chairperson Daim Zainuddin there is no s...
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Daim outlines Harapan's priorities and 8 things that happened yesterday
KINI ROUNDUP | Here are key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief. 1.
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Gov't urged to allocate 20pct quota for bumi contractors in ECRL
The Malaysian Bumiputera Contractors Association is requesting the Pakatan Harapan government to provide a special quota of at least 20 percent to bumiputera contractors to participate in the civil wo...
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Focus on issues that directly affect people, Daim tells govt
MACHANG: The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government should pay more attention to issues affecting the people’s daily lives, including the cost of living, now that it is into its second year of running the ...
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Daim: Cost of living, housing, tolls are priorities for Harapan
The Pakatan Harapan administration should focus on the cost of living, affordable housing and reducing toll rates in its second year, former Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) chairperson Daim Zainuddin...
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When is the right time for passing the baton to Anwar?
After the public announcements by Pakatan Harapan (PH), affirmed by Dr Mahathir Mohamad on several occasions, the public were given the impression that the handover of power from Mahathir to Anwar Ibr...
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Capturing the national narrative
THE point made by (Council of Eminent Persons chairman) Tun Daim Zainuddin that Pakatan Harapan must capture the narrative on the ground is very telling.
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When is the right time for passing the baton to Anwar?
After the public announcements by PH, affirmed by Dr Mahathir Mohamad on several occasions, the public were given the impression that the handover of power from Mahathir to Anwar Ibrahim would happen ...
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Kit Siang: PH should recognise Najib’s influence as opposition figure
PETALING JAYA: The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government should not dismiss the influence of former premier Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, said DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang.
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'It's a fallacy to believe one can forget about Najib'
MP SPEAKS | Daim Zainuddin is half-right – Pakatan Harapan should not dance to the tune of former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, but should compel Najib to dance to the tune of the Harapan narrat...
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Yoursay: Daim spot on, Harapan must set the narrative
YOURSAY | 'When your job is to drain the swamp, don't end up fighting the alligators.' Daim wants Putrajaya to stop dancing to Najib's tune Just a Malaysian: I'm not a fan of former Council of Eminent...
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Why conflicting time frames for economic recovery, queries Najib’
PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Najib Razak today questioned the Pakatan Harapan government’s changing time frame for the country to regain its economic prowess.
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PTPTN under fire for travel ban idea and 9 other things that happened yesterday
KINI ROUNDUP | Here are key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief. 1.
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Daim tells gov't not to interfere with banks
Former finance minister Daim Zainuddin wants Putrajaya to leave banks alone, and let Bank Negara deal with them.
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Daim wants Putrajaya to stop dancing to Najib's tune
Putrajaya should stop wasting time with entertaining former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, says Daim Zainuddin.
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Gerakan urges gov't to abolish matriculation
Gerakan president Dominic Lau has urged Putrajaya to abolish the matriculation programme, and adopt the STPM examination as the standardised pathway to public universities.
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Daim laments the return of racism
As the nation looks back on the dark history of the racial riots on May 13, 1969, Daim Zainuddin has lamented the revival of the spectre of ethnic violence by certain quarters for their own gain.
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Yoursay: The ‘civil service’ tail should not wag the dog
YOURSAY | ‘Trust deficit or not, Harapan still needs to clean up the civil service.’ Daim to gov't: Start trusting civil service workforce or you'll be 'dead' David Dass: Former Council of Eminent...
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Weighing and balancing the one-year record of Harapan
COMMENT | There are many who are unhappy with the performance of the Pakatan Harapan government.
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Anwar to have free hand as PM, and 7 things that happened yesterday
KINI ROUNDUP | Here are key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief. 1.
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ECRL: Daim claims Jho Low offered to help, spokesperson denies contact
Daim Zainuddin has claimed Jho Low offered his help with regard to discussions with Beijing on the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project but a spokesperson for the fugitive financier denied this.
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No quid pro quo: Daim says palm oil trade not part of ECRL deal
The prime minister’s special envoy to China, Daim Zainuddin, has denied that the revised East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) contract with China had come with strings attached as part of any quid pro quo ar...
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When will Anwar be PM? Daim says matter is secondary to economy right now
KUALA LUMPUR, May 8 — The country does not need the distraction of when Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be prime minister, Tun Daim Zainuddin said when drawing attention to the state of the economy.
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Daim says happy to stay retired
KUALA LUMPUR, May 8 — Tun Daim Zainuddin said his representation of Malaysia in the East Coast Rail Link negotiations with China was the last of his post-retirement service for the country.
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Ministers backbiting helps press home ‘gov’t dysfunctional’ narrative - Daim
Former Council of Eminent Persons chairperson Daim Zainuddin has called on Pakatan Harapan ministers to rein in their public disagreements and backbiting as they are aiding the opposition's narrative ...
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Daim to gov't: Start trusting civil workforce or you'll be 'dead'
Despite claims by the prime minister that a certain number of civil servants were out to undermine Pakatan Harapan’s rule, one of his closest advisers has called on the new government to start trust...
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Dr M tells of plot by the corrupt and 8 things that happened yesterday
KINI ROUNDUP | Here are key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief. 1.
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DAP's brand of multiracial politics is 'bullshit' - Lokman
Umno supreme council member Lokman Noor Adam did not mince words when he labelled DAP’s “multiracial politics” as “bullshit” in a report by a Hong Kong news site recently.
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'Too many idiots' believe Umno's racial rhetoric - Daim
Daim Zainuddin, among prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's closest advisers, said today that far too many are falling for the racial and religious narratives spun by the opposition to destabilise the ...
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After veiled TMJ swipe, Kadir says he's ensuring royals don't 'self-destruct'
Blogger A Kadir Jasin (above) said people are free to discuss anything in this country, including ensuring that the monarchy doesn't "self-destruct".
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Days before PH’s 1st anniversary, Daim tells Malays to ‘think rationally’
PETALING JAYA: Acknowledging that race relations are still a major problem as Pakatan Harapan approaches its first anniversary in government, Daim Zainuddin said Malays should “think rationally” i...
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Want to finish us off? Go all out, TMJ tells ‘Kadir’
PETALING JAYA: The Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, has challenged those who allegedly want to “finish off” the royalty to go all out.
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If you want to finish us off, go '110 pct', TMJ tells 'Kadir'
Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim today alluded to efforts to "finish off" the royalty which he alleged were being plotted by a "Kadir" "Kadir, I know about the meeting in Menara Ilham.
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Mahathir: We’ll reveal details of ECRL contract
BEIJING: The federal government is to reveal details of the contract to carry out the East Coast Rail Link project, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.
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PM: ECRL negotiations by previous gov't not transparent
The negotiations on the construction of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) by the previous BN government were not transparent and were conducted without any detailed study, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Moh...
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Mass arrests cripple Penang RTD and 8 things that happened yesterday
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Najib ignored govt advice on ECRL, says Daim
KUALA LUMPUR: Daim Zainuddin today claimed that former prime minister Najib Razak ignored advice by the Economic Planning Unit about the East Coast Rail Link when pushing for the RM65.5 billion rail p...
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EPU cautioned Najib about old ECRL deal but was ignored - Daim
Daim Zainuddin has questioned whether it was a personal emissary of the former prime minister who, working on his own, was involved in direct discussions and negotiations on the old East Coast Rail Li...
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Najib ignored advice from govt agency on ECRL, says Daim
KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 — Tun Daim Zainuddin has questioned whether it was a personal emissary of the former prime minister, who working on his own was involved in direct discussions and negotiations...
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We need to be one step ahead in tackling palm oil market volatility, says Daim
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia must be one step ahead in planning ways to react to the price volatility in the palm oil market, Council of Eminent Persons chairman Daim Zainuddin said.
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Daim: Be one step ahead of volatile palm oil market
Malaysia must be one step ahead of the price volatility in the palm oil market to protect the country’s source of income, as well as the wellbeing of smallholders, former Council of Eminent Persons ...
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Daim: Be one step ahead in tackling palm oil’s yo-yo market
KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 — Malaysia must be one step ahead in planning ways to react to the price volatility in the palm oil market to protect the country’s source of income, as well as the wellbein...
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Can the economy turn around in 6 months?
The state of global economy, and our own national economy, will determine and shape our cost of living.
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Bandar M'sia revived and 9 things that happened yesterday
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Daim hints previous cabinet didn't have full details on ECRL
Special advisor to the government Daim Zainuddin has hinted that Najib Abdul Razak's cabinet was not clued in on the finer details regarding the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project.
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Set up special panel to handle ECRL investments, says Daim
A special division should be established to smoothen and facilitate investments for the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project from China and domestic sources, says Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) chair...
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Daim moots special division to handle ECRL investments
KUALA LUMPUR: Daim Zainuddin says a special division should be established to facilitate investments from China as well as domestic sources for the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project.
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Daim: New ECRL deal offers opportunities aplenty for local contractors
The renegotiated East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project offers plenty of opportunities to local contractors, including bumiputeras, in public works like supplies and technical aspects, said Daim Zainuddi...
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Cargo load on ECRL will bring in more than passenger traffic, says Daim
KUALA LUMPUR: The prime minister’s special envoy to renegotiate the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) contract with China says cargo load will be more profitable than passenger ridership as the project wi...
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Come see me if you’re shy to bid for ECRL jobs, Daim tells local contractors
KUALA LUMPUR: The prime minister’s special envoy to renegotiate the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) contract with China has assured local contractors of jobs in the multi-billion project recently resume...
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ECRL price tag can come down even further, says Daim
Daim Zainuddin has expressed confidence that the price tag for the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), which was reduced by RM21.5 billion to RM44 billion, is highly likely to come down even further.
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ECRL price tag can come down further, says Daim
KUALA LUMPUR: Daim Zainuddin is confident that the price tag for the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), which was reduced by RM21.5 billion to RM44 billion, is highly likely to come down even further.
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MRL counters ECRL 'misinformation', and 7 things that happened yesterday
KINI ROUNDUP | Here are key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief. 1.
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Harapan fears bullies, unlikely to deliver promises in 6 months – Zaid
Former de facto law minister Zaid Ibrahim has accused the Pakatan Harapan government of being afraid of bullies.
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Financial constraints hindering Pakatan government's efforts to deliver: Mahathir
CYBERJAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Efforts by Pakatan Harapan to deliver the promises it made during the last general election have been hindered by financial constraints, says Prime Minister Ma...
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Financial constraints hindering govt’s efforts to deliver
CYBERJAYA: Efforts by Pakatan Harapan to deliver the promises it made during the last general election have been hindered by financial constraints, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
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Govt needs six months to make its mark
PETALING JAYA: Continue with bold reforms, change weak policies and do not forget promises made, no matter how small.
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Daim meets Hadi in Terengganu
PETALING JAYA: The government’s top adviser Daim Zainuddin yesterday met with PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang during a visit to Terengganu.
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ECRL revival bodes well for local construction sector
KUALA LUMPUR: There is expected to be more local participation in the revived East Coast Rail LInk project from the supply of material to awarding work to local beneficiaries, says Affin Hwang Capital research.
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PH needs another 6 months to put country back on track, says Daim
KUALA TERENGGANU: The government needs another six months to repair the damage left by the previous administration and bring the country back on track after taking over Putrajaya in May last year.
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Daim: Harapan needs another six months to fix economic woes
The Pakatan Harapan government needs another six months to repair the damage left by the previous government and bring the country back on track after taking over the administration in May last year.
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Daim: Terengganu gets 6 ECRL stations, won’t be bypassed
KUALA TERENGGANU: Six stations of the East Coast Rail Link will be built in Terengganu, the chairman of the Council of Eminent Persons, Daim Zainuddin, said today, which proved that the state is not b...
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Daim: Pakatan needs another six months to put country back on track
KUALA TERENGGANU (Bernama): The Pakatan Harapan government needs another six months to repair the damage left by the previous government and bring the country back on track after taking over the administration in May last year.
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Kelantan lauds Putrajaya for getting ECRL back on track
Putrajaya's decision to resume the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project will hugely benefit Kelantan's economy, says Menteri Besar Ahmad Yakob.
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