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Rafidah: Unity the key to success, M'sia is a country for every citizen
PETALING JAYA: The key to all success is unity amongst citizens, says Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz in a Facebook post on the eve of Malaysia’s National Day.
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‘Stand against external forces’
KUALA LUMPUR: Strong national cohesion can protect Malaysia against external threats to its prosperity, says Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz.
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Rafidah: Every Malaysian is a stakeholder in the nation
KUALA LUMPUR: Every Malaysian is a stakeholder with interest to see the country thrive and succeed, says Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz.
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ASEAN Needs to Address Several Gaps to Be at the Forefront of Fintech
Experts in both the public and private sectors all agreed that ASEAN stands to be at the forefront of the development of financial technology fintech by making financial services and financing availab...
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Husni: Najib arranged for blogger to attack me
KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Datuk Sri Najib Razak arranged a blogger to attack the then finance minister II Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah on social media after Husni started raising questio...
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Ex-minister said he was forewarned by Najib’s aide of blogger Raja Petra’s attack in 2016
KUALA LUMPUR, August 8 — Former second finance minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah dropped a bombshell today after he told the High Court he was forewarned by Datuk Seri Najib Razak’...
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Najib-SRC trial : Ex-second finance minister says he 'wanted to cover the prime minister'
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 8): Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah told the High Court here today that he did not tell the complete truth on his resignation as second finance minister in June 2016 because he want...
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Najib-SRC trial: Ex-second finance minister says he 'wanted to cover the prime...
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 8): Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah (pictured) told the High Court here today that he did not tell the complete truth on his resignation as second finance minister in June 2016 beca...
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Economic Action Council: Building permit approval cut to 90 days
PUTRAJAYA, July 8 — The Economic Action Council (EAC) today decided to shorten the time taken to obtain a building permit from 390 days to 90 days, according to the Economic Affairs Ministry.
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Govt wants to cut waiting time for a building permit
KUALA LUMPUR (July 4): The Government wants to shorten the time it takes to obtain a building permit from 390 days to 90 days.
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Lokman Adam lodges report over 'minister lookalike' sex videos
KUALA LUMPUR (June 12): UMNO supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam has reportedly lodged a police report over three video clips featuring allegedly a federal minister engaging in homosexual in...
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I make the decisions, says Mahathir
PUTRAJAYA - The Prime Minister will continue to decide on government appointments as long as the Parliament has not been empowered to do so, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
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Malaysian cops told to probe viral sex video 'starring' minister look-a-like
PETALING JAYA - Video clips of a man resembling a Cabinet minister engaging in sexual acts with another man set social media on fire, with police being asked to investigate.
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Too much bureaucracy in doing business in M’sia
PUTRAJAYA: The government is looking into reducing the number of processes that businesses and investors need to go through to do business in Malaysia, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
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Making it easier for investors
PUTRAJAYA: Investors and businesses are finding it difficult to get permission to invest here.
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‘Address poverty among farmers to ensure food security’
PUTRAJAYA: Padi farmers must be brought out of poverty as a way to ensure food security, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
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I make the decisions, says PM
PUTRAJAYA: The Prime Minister will continue to decide on government appointments as long as Parliament has not been empowered to do so, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
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Cops told to probe viral sex video ‘starring’ minister look-a-like
PETALING JAYA: Video clips of a man resembling a Cabinet minister engaging in sexual acts with another man set social media on fire, with police being asked to investigate.
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Govt will look into IGP's call on policemen's salaries — PM
PUTRAJAYA (June 11): Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government will looking into  Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador’s recommendation that the salaries of low...
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PM: Govt still collecting data for targeted fuel subsidy
The targeted petrol subsidy scheme, which will be rolled out latest by next month, is currently in data collection stage, according to prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
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No decision on fuel subsidy yet, says PM
PUTRAJAYA (June 11): The government has not come out with a decision on the targeted fuel subsidy mechanism that was proposed in the election manifesto, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
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Govt will look into IGP’s call on policemen’s salaries, says Dr M
PUTRAJAYA, June 11 — Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government will looking into Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador’s recommendation that the salaries of low...
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Govt will look into IGP’s call on policemen’s salaries: PM
PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government will looking into Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador’s recommendation that the salaries of lower ranked po...
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I will decide on key public appointments for now: Malaysian PM Mahathir
PUTRAJAYA: The prime minister will continue to decide on major public appointments, said Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday (Jun 11), despite Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) election promise that such appointme...
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Mahathir: I don't know anything about sex video purportedly involving a Malaysian minister
PUTRAJAYA - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday (June 11) denied knowledge of the spread of a sex video and several lewd photos, purportedly involving a Cabinet minister, The Star rep...
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Govt to cut investment processes, help paddy farmers
The number of processes for investment application will be cut down in an effort to expedite approvals and boost the country’s economic growth, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday...
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Dr M says he is unaware of sex video featuring minister lookalike
PUTRAJAYA (June 11): The press briefing after the government's third meeting of the Economic Action Council in Putrajaya today took an interesting turn when a non-economic question was posed to Prime ...
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MCA: It’s June, when will targeted fuel subsidies be implemented?
PETALING JAYA: When will the targeted petrol subsidy mechanism for the low-income or B40 group be implemented now that we are already the second quarter of 2019, asks MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
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Dr M: I don't know anything about sex video purportedly involving minister
PUTRAJAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has denied knowledge of the spread of a sex video and several lewd photos, purportedly of a Cabinet minister.
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Too much bureaucracy in doing business in Malaysia, says PM
PUTRAJAYA (June 11): The government is looking into reducing the number of processes that businesses and investors need to go through to do business in Malaysia, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
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Paddy farming subsidies too costly, more sustainable methods needed - PM
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has lamented the high amount of subsidies given to paddy farmers, and signalled that the government will employ other methods to help the industry become more self-s...
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RM1.8 bil subsidies for padi farmers too costly, says Dr M
PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today urged padi farmers to buck up and produce more yield per acre, saying Putrajaya has to fork out over RM1.8 billion in subsidies for 200,000 padi far...
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Homosexual sex video featuring minister circulating online? First I’ve heard of it, PM says
PUTRAJAYA, June 11 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said he knows nothing about a homosexual video clip circulating on social media that allegedly features one of his Cabinet members.
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Dr M: PM decides on key appointments until parliament committees are made legal
PUTRAJAYA (June 11): The government will stick to the "old idea" of referring to the Prime Minister's recommendation to appoint chiefs of key national bodies until Parliamentary Select Committees are ...
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Dr M: Govt studying ways to cut red tape to boost business-friendly environment
PUTRAJAYA: The government is looking into ways to reduce the regulatory cost and number of processes to conduct business in the country, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
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Putrajaya looking into ways to address poverty among paddy farmers, says PM
PUTRAJAYA (June 11): The government is looking into ways to increase the productivity of Malaysian paddy farmers to help pull them out of poverty without relying too much on government subsidy.
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No decision on fuel subsidy yet, says PM
PUTRAJAYA (June 11): The government has not come out with a decision on the targeted fuel subsidy mechanism that was proposed in the election manifesto, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
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Too much bureaucracy in doing business in Malaysia, says PM
PUTRAJAYA (June 11): The government is looking into reducing the number of processes that businesses and investors need to go through to do business in Malaysia, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
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PM: Targeted petrol subsidy still at data-gathering stage
PUTRAJAYA, June 11 — Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today the federal government is still “collecting data” for the planned targeted fuel subsidy, with just one month left to its ow...
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As subsidies weigh, EAC eyes ways to boost rice farmers’ efficiency
PUTRAJAYA, June 11 — Poverty among the country’s 200,000 paddy farmers was a priority in the Economic Action Council’s third-ever meeting here today, with the government pledging to find ways to...
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Dr M: Until constitutional change empowers PSC, the PM appoint
PUTRAJAYA: Until the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) is legally functioning, government appointments will ultimately be decided by the Prime Minister, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
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PM: Putrajaya must do more for ease of business in Malaysia
PUTRAJAYA, June 11 — Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad admitted today that doing business in the country remains tough and said his government must work harder to reduce administrative barriers...
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Cover Story: 'Malaysia's fundamentals still solid'
THE Malaysian economy, mired in weakening growth and transitional issues amid a global slowdown, is in need of pro-growth policies to give it a leg-up.
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Ex-transport minister appears before PAC over Vehicle Entry Permit contract issues
KUALA LUMPUR: Former transport minister Liow Tiong Lai appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today to answer questions over the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) system and Road Charge (RC) bet...
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EAC’s first meeting discusses bread-and-butter issues
PUTRAJAYA: Tackling the cost of living, increasing the people’s purchasing power and improving the living standards of the B40 group were among issues raised at the Economic Action Council’s (EAC) first meeting.
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Dr M chairs first EAC meeting, cost of living takes centre stage
PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad chaired the first meeting of the Economic Action Council (EAC), which had tackling the cost of living high on the agenda.
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PM chairs first EAC meeting
PUTRAJAYA (March 20): Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad chaired the first meeting of the Economic Action Council (EAC) at Perdana Putra here  today.
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PM chairs first Economic Action Council meeting
PUTRAJAYA, March 20 — Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad chaired the first meeting of the Economic Action Council (EAC) at Perdana Putra here today.
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First EAC meeting gets underway
The first meeting of the Economic Action Council (EAC), chaired by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, started at 6pm at Perdana Putra in Putrajaya  today.
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Five issues equity investors want to know
KUALA LUMPUR: Ambition, purpose and clarity.
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Mandarin criterion shows bias against non-Chinese? Wrong, says original researchers
KUALA LUMPUR, March 12 ― Two senior Malaysian academics today took the Centre for Governance and Political Studies’ (Cent-GPS) to task for claiming employers demanding Mandarin proficiency to be a...
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Weight of economic reforms
IT’S great that a new Economic Action Council (EAC) was formed recently to rejuvenate the country’s economy.
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Be brave, don’t hesitate in fulfilling bumiputra agenda: Azmin
KUALA LUMPUR: The outcome of the Semenyih by-election on Saturday is a wake-up call for Pakatan Harapan (PH) which should not play the blame game, said its vice-president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali ...
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After Semenyih loss, Azmin wants bumi agenda fulfilled without apology
Economic Affairs Minister Mohamad Azmin Ali said today that the Pakatan Harapan government must fulfil its promises – particularly relating to the Malay and Bumiputera agenda – following its defea...
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Politics and Policy: Deliver or be dumped
THE Pakatan Harapan government needs to address income and cost-of-living issues facing ordinary folk as a matter of urgency if it hopes to last beyond its first term in office.
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A gargantuan task for the new EAC
NOW that its members have been named, the new Economic Action Council (EAC) has its work cut out for it as the economy is facing many new challenges.
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Stay calm and keep spending just a bit more, economist says on deflation
GEORGE TOWN: An economist has urged Malaysians to remain calm over recent reports of a deflation, following the drop in consumer price index (CPI) with rates reminiscent of the 2009 global financial c...
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The State of the Nation: Private investment to sustain economic growth, but...
AS Malaysia’s projected GDP growth of 4.9% this year largely hinges on domestic demand and private investment, economists say it is imperative for Putrajaya to arrest the alarming decline in private...
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Forget politics and govern well, Warisan told
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The EAC should act fast on the G25 agenda — Ramon Navaratnam
FEBRUARY 21 — Most fair-minded and thinking Malaysians, and especially non-Malay Malaysians, will enthusiastically support the Group of 25, for their bold agenda for action by the Economic Action Co...
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Just do what is right for progress
I WOULD like to give my input to the members of the Economic Action Council (EAC) for their consideration.
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In full support of G25 call
MOST fair-minded and thinking Malaysians, especially those who are not Malay, will enthusiastically support the Group of 25 for their bold agenda for action to be taken by the Economic Action Council...
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Similar hot issues for EAC to tackle
G25 welcomes the formation of the Economic Action Council (EAC) chaired by the prime minister with its illustrious members, including independent professionals and economists who are well qualified to...
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Issues the Economic Action Council should address
LETTER | G25 welcomes the formation of the Economic Action Council (EAC) chaired by the prime minister, with an illustrious list of members, including independent professionals and economists who a...
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Tackle sensitive structural issues to succeed, G25 tells EAC
KUALA LUMPUR: The G25 group of former senior civil servants, in welcoming the establishment of the Economic Action Council (EAC), called on it to boldly tackle politically sensitive structural issues.
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Anwar: Mahathir and I have an understanding
Anwar Ibrahim, who served as finance minister during Dr Mahathir Mohamad's first tenure as prime minister, was not included in the newly established Economic Action Council (EAC).Speaking to reporters...
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EPF awaits EAC outcome for clearer future directions
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 — The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) is awaiting the outcome from the newly-established Economic Action Council (EAC) for a clearer future direction, chief executive officer Tun...
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Strong Malaysian economic momentum to continue in 2019, says Zeti
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 — Former Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz has described Malaysia's 2018 gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 4.7 per cent as steady despite the cha...
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Frankly Speaking: EAC a welcome initiative but…
The Economic Action Council (EAC) was officially unveiled last week, together with the full list of its 16 members.
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EAC must not fail
THE Economic Action Council (EAC) was set up out of necessity, and not because the ministers are incompetent.
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PAS not supporting Umno in Semenyih by-election, says Dr Mahathir
KUALA LUMPUR: PAS had decided not to support Umno in the Semenyih state assembly by-election, according to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today.
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PAS not supporting UMNO in Semenyih by-election, says Dr M
KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 16): PAS has decided not to support UMNO in the Semenyih State assembly by-election, said Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today.
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Dr Wee: Find solution to help farmers especially those in the rubber and palm oil sectors
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the government must find a solution to help farmers especially those in the rubber and palm oil sector.He said the Economic Action Council need to focus o...
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The EAC and the matter of illicit outflows
LETTER | Let us be clear. The Prime Minister's Office said the main aim of the Economic Action Council (EAC) is to encourage and stimulate sustainable economic growth, equitable distribution of wealth...
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EAC is timely, need for long-term strategy: Lee Lam Thye
KOTA KINABALU: The government’s plan to set up the Economic Action Council (EAC) is timely but it must also develop a long-term strategy since global economic uncertainties will continue to impact t...
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Mega trends EAC must address
THE government is to be congratulated for establishing the new Economic Action Council that will give a better sense of direction and priorities for the nation to overcome the short-term economic chal...
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Of the EAC, Dr M’s schemes and Anwarnomics
LETTER | A glance at the newly announced lineup of the Economic Action Council (EAC) poses more questions than answers.
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Rafidah: I am in EAC because I’m a Malaysian
Outspoken former minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz has hit out at those who have questioned her appointment to the Economic Action Council (EAC). Speaking to reporters after a cheque presentation to under...
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Rafidah: You cannot 'click' a cure for an ailing economy
Former minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz said the click generation is impatient.
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BNM: Economic Action Council should identify ways to reinvigorate public investment
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 14 — The Economic Action Council (EAC) should look at ways to reinvigorate public investment to spur the country’s economy, said Bank Negara Malaysia governor Datuk Nor Shamsiah ...
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Why double standards? EAC also existed during Najib’s era, says Rafidah
KUALA LUMPUR: Former minister Rafidah Aziz charged today that some groups are demonstrating double standards in criticising the recent establishment of the Economic Action Council (EAC). She said the ...
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Why leave out the next PM of Malaysia from EAC?
A glance at the newly announced lineup of the Economic Action Council (EAC) poses more questions than answers.
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Rafidah: You can't 'click' a cure for an ailing economy
KUALA LUMPUR: There is no such things as a cure-all or an instant cure for an ailing economy with the setting up of just one council, says former minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz.
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Rafidah: I am in EAC because I am a Malaysian
KUALA LUMPUR: Outspoken former minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz has hit out at those who have questioned her appointment to the Economic Action Council (EAC).
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Waiting to succeed Dr M since 1993, Anwar says 'two years' again
In 1993, Anwar Ibrahim was appointed deputy prime minister at the age of 46.
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Shahril: EAC a tacit admission all is not well on the ground?
An Umno Youth leader has cast aspersion on Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng's claim that the nation's economy is doing well.
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EAC will allow Miti to contribute views on economic policies
KUALA LUMPUR: The establishment of the Economic Action Council (EAC) will allow the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti) to contribute views on the country’s economic policies, said D...
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PM says EAC not set up earlier as Pakatan was busy
PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) said the government could have set up the Economic Action Council (EAC) earlier but Pakatan Harapan was busy dealing with legacy issues left ove...
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Putrajaya’s new economic council and the need for courageous reforms
The announcement of the Economic Action Council (EAC) is no surprise as Dr Mahathir Mohamad had resorted to something similar during the 1998 financial and economic crisis.
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EAC will allow MITI to contribute views on economic policies
KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 13): The establishment of the Economic Action Council (EAC) will allow the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to contribute views on the country's economic policies,...
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EAC needed, it is important for us to listen to other people, says Dr M
Dr Mahathir Mohamad has defended his decision to set up the Economic Action Council (EAC), saying the cabinet could make mistakes even if made up of brilliant people.The prime minister said this when...
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Muhyiddin: Not right to say that setting up of EAC shows weakness in Cabinet
Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin disagreed with the claim that the establishment of the Economic Action Council (EAC) showed that the cabinet is ineffective.
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Quick results expected from EAC
THE formation of the Economic Action Council (EAC) by the government would be welcomed by all Malaysians who want progress.
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How Putrajaya’s new economic council can tackle rising cost of living
PETALING JAYA: Stakeholders and experts have suggested a number of measures for the government’s new Economic Action Council to help combat the rising cost of living.
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Why new economic council is timely (and not necessarily a sign of an inadequate Cabinet)
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 — Putrajaya’s formation of a new council comprising ministers and business leaders to tackle the economy and arrest the rising cost of living has predictably been met with a m...
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Priority is to get economy back on track
PETALING JAYA: Suggestions are pouring in from stakeholders to the newly-formed Economic Action Council (EAC) on what can be done to get the country’s economic, financial affairs and welfare of the people on track.
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Rafidah and Selvaraj pleased to be part of EAC
PETALING JAYA: Two members who were recently appointed to the Economic Action Council are pleased and eager to play their part.
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Ministers disagree with Kadir
PETALING JAYA: Two key ministers have challenged Datuk A. Kadir Jasin’s assertion that the Economic Action Council (EAC) was set up as the Cabinet was unable to handle issues related to the economy, finance and welfare of the people.
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Wide-ranging issues for council to deal with
PETALING JAYA: Malaysians are hoping that the rising cost of living, education and various economic factors that affect their livelihood would be looked into by the newly created Economic Action Council.
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Kadir: Ministers may not be good enough, hence the EAC
PETALING JAYA: The Prime Minister’s move to create the Economic Action Council could be due to his machinery being unable to handle issues related to the economy, finance and welfare of the people, says Datuk A. Kadir Jasin (pic).
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