Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Muhyiddin: APs to be retained -

Minister of International Trade and Industry Muhyiddin Yassin today surprised everyone when he said that the government was retaining the Approved Permits (AP) policy for the next ten to eleven years.

PM: More funds to develop infrastructures in Sarawak -

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has announced that an additional RM1 billion to fund basic infrastructure projects in Sarawak. He said this during a visit to Kuching, Sarawak Tuesday.

Panel: No evidence of MCA 'snoop squad' - The Star

By Ng Si Hooi & Ng Cheng Yee

KUALA LUMPUR: The panel set up to investigate allegations of a snoop squad to purge dissidents in the MCA has found no basis to the allegations.

The panel comprising party veterans Tan Sri Dr Sak Cheng Lum and Tan Sri Michael Chen and senior lawyer Roger Tan also concluded that party president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting and other leaders were not involved in the setting up of the alleged three-man snoop squad.

The allegation by Petaling Jaya Utara MCA division adviser Wong Leong that RM10,000 a month was paid to Tee Ann Chuan, the man in the centre of the snoop squad, was found to be unproven.

The investigating panel presented their findings to the presidential council at MCA headquarters here on Tuesday. The summary has been posted on the MCA website (

MCA deputy president Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy read out a statement, on behalf of the presidential council later, expressing “its disapproval, in the strongest terms, over the allegations and unfair accusations that had been made against the party and its leaders.”

"The council warns members against making further statements pertaining to the case as the inquiry has proven there has been no basis to such claims.”

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Sanusi Junid sacked as IIU president - The Star

By Karen Chapman

KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Sanusi Junid has been "relieved of his duties" as International Islamic University Malaysia president with immediate effect.

In his second term now and with two more years to serve, he said he received the letter, dated June 2, on Monday.

The letter was from the Sultan of Pahang, the constitutional head of the university, Sanusi said.

He had previously said he would not step down from the post, which he considered part of his “duty to God and service to the people.”

The former Kedah Mentri Besar said there had been speculation over his post after he had resigned from Umno, following former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s resignation on May 19.

On June 1, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Khalid Nordin that there was no reason for Sanusi’s services to be terminated unless he “played politics” at campus.


Rebates for vehicle owners from Saturday - The Star

PUTRAJAYA: Those who renewed their road tax in April and May and are eligible for cash rebates can get the payment from all post offices beginning Saturday.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said although the Government had announced that cash rebates could only be collected beginning July 1, it had decided to bring forward the date.

“This is because we want to ease the burden of the rakyat. Detailed information on the actual procedure will be announced soon,” he told reporters after chairing the first National Inflation Council meeting at his office here yesterday.

On June 4, Abdullah had announced the new fuel price of RM2.70 a litre for petrol and RM2.58 a litre for diesel.

In line with this, private vehicles of engine capacity of 2,000cc and below will enjoy a RM625 rebate, which will be paid to them upon renewal of their road tax.

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