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Most state governments agree to increase water tariff — Xavier

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Wed, 16 Jan 2019, 06:16 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 16): The water tariff is expected to be increased this year with most state governments having agreed to it, said Water, Land Natural Resources Minister Dr A. Xavier Jayakumar.

He said the matter was still being discussed and the amount yet to be finalised as the states had different tariff rates and some had not reviewed the tariff for tens of years.

“Most states have agree. There are one or two states that do not agree, but we will discuss with them.

"However, I can give the assurance that it will not burden the people, and it will be of benefit for the people as there will be clean water to drink,” he added.

He told reporters this after witnessing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) and Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) here today.

Asked if the increase would be 20% as being considered by Penang, he said: “We’ll see how... there is still time for us to discuss the tariff rate… 20% is too high, we can reduce it a little bit.”

He hoped negotiations between the Water Service Commission (SPAN) and the state government could be finalised soon for the new tariff to be implemented.

Meanwhile, Xavier said the integrated or single billing system for water supply and sewage services in Labuan proved successful with collection increased to 93%, from 40%, since it was introduced in 2016.

He believed that if the system could be introduced nationwide, IWK would be able to cover its operation cost, hence enabling the governmment to reduce its subsidy of RM150 million a year.

“We can't continue supporting them at this level and must find ways to resolve the IWK issue... we see that we the joint billing, there is no problem for residents to pay,” he said.

Earlier, IWK, represented by its chief executive officer, Faizal Othman, and FRIM director-general Datuk Dr Abd Latif Mahmod signed the MoU on the use of treated sewage waste as fertilisers for non-edible plants.

“It can be used for reforestation, in rubber plantations and decorative plants grown by llocal government authorities. We hope it can be commercialised one day,” said Xavier.




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Dr Mahathir to be the first Malaysian to speak at Oxford Union

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Wed, 16 Jan 2019, 05:24 PM

PETALING JAYA (Jan 16): Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been invited to speak at the Oxford Union, and doing so will make him the first Malaysian and democratically-elected Asean leader to do so.

In a tweet posted on Tuesday night (Jan 15), Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said it had taken months of planning.

“Can’t wait! Malaysia, the tiger of Asia!” he said, adding that the speech will take place on Friday (Jan 18). 

Oxford Union is said to be the world's most prestigious speaker and debating society, which has hosted Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, Morgan Freeman, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Natalie Portman, Johnny Depp, Stephen Fry, Anna Wintour, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Jackson, Shakira, Senator John McCain, General David Petraeus, Malala Yousafzai, Sepp Blatter and David Cameron.




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Firm says Pakatan's one million homes target a 'tall order' after BN failure to deliver pledge

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Wed, 16 Jan 2019, 02:03 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16 ― The Najib administration's failure to deliver its pledge for a million “affordable” homes in the previous term could underpin the the challenge Pakatan Harapan faces to meet its housing target. 

Property consultants CBRE ― WTW Malaysia managing director Foo Gee Jen said the current government's target to build a million affordable homes in 10 years or 100,000 a year is a “tall order”. 

Foo based his views on the current housing policy, which he said is over reliant on the private sector to build those homes. Unless the government intervenes, the target may seem hard to achieve given the limitation developers face, he said.

“You just have to look at GE 2013,” Foo told reporters at the firm's Asia Pacific 2019 property outlook briefing here.

"They promised to build a million homes in five years, but if you look at what was delivered only around 100,000 homes.

“I give it a D minus,” he added.


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speakup PH want to bankrupt property companies.
16/01/2019 14:40
speakup blurr PH govt doesn't understand that the property sector has huge supporting industry. u kill the property sector, u pull the economy to recession.
16/01/2019 14:51

Malaysians lack confidence in govt, laws to tackle child sexual abuse, EIU study shows

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Wed, 16 Jan 2019, 02:02 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16 — Despite a strong legal framework, a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) today showed that Malaysians have little faith in the government and law enforcers to combat sexual violence against children.

In the report titled “Out of the Shadows”, the EIU highlighted that government data on the prevalence of such abuses is collected arbitrarily; it is also unclear if the data is used to draft future policies. 

"Despite many formal legal protections for children against sexual offences, there is not a great deal of confidence in the ability of law enforcement and the judicial system to implement these protections,” said the report.

The report scored Malaysia 53.4 on the Out of the Shadows index, with a ranking of 20th among the 40 countries surveyed. 

In comparison, neighbours the Philippines scored 55.3, Cambodia 52.5, Indonesia 47 and Vietnam 42.9.

The top three countries in the index were the United Kingdom (82.7), Sweden (81.5) and Canada (75.3).

A higher score indicates a better response to the threat of child sexual abuse and exploitation and the index does not attempt to measure the scale of the problem in each country, nor its prevalence.

Malaysia scored particularly low on “government commitment and capacity”, ranking 33rd out of the 40 countries. 

For the “government commitment and capacity” indicator, Malaysia scored 39.3, well below the average score of 50.4.

Among all sub-indicators, Malaysia scored zero on four: Internet protections, data collection on prevalence, access to offender support programmes, and media industry engagement.

The country was ranked fourth worst when it comes to general sex laws.

Despite that, Malaysia received praise for its adequate laws against offences such as child rape, purchasing sexual services from children, procuring children for sexual activities, trafficking children and grooming children online.

Malaysia also has developed several national plans to protect children against neglect, abuse, violence and exploitation. 

In addition, victims of child sexual abuse have access to support mechanisms such as social protections and universal health coverage, with a dedicated telephone helpline.

The study is based on data and information from 34 indicators and 132 sub-indicators, grouped into four categories that measure the extent to which countries are acknowledging the problem of sexual violence against children, and whether they are implementing measures to address and prevent it.

EIU is the research arm of The Economist Group, publisher of London-based weekly magazine The Economist. The survey was done backed by the World Childhood Foundation and Oak Foundation and the Carlson Family Foundation.


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Ong Kian Ming: Malaysia hopes to conclude RCEP talks by end-2019

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Wed, 16 Jan 2019, 02:00 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 16): Malaysia hopes that negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) can be concluded by the end of this year to enable Malaysian companies to expand their export markets, Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Dr Ong Kian Ming said today.

Ong said Malaysia is also exploring the possibility of restarting negotiations for other free trade agreements (FTAs) with European countries.

"Our focus is on the RCEP. It is an Asean-led initiative. We were able to make some progress at the end of last year in Singapore, but it has not reached a substantive conclusion whereby there is a very strong indicator that we will be able to finish it in the first half of this year. The negotiation is ongoing, I think it will take the rest of the year to get to the end stage.

"We have FTAs with many of members of the RCEP already, through Asean or bilateral, so we want to have a better market access compared to what we already have, and protection for (services provided by) Malaysian companies and (their) products," he said.

Ong was speaking to reporters here today on the sidelines of the World Bank International Conference. Ong said Malaysia hopes that with the RCEP, Malaysian companies will be able to export their goods and services to larger markets like India and enjoy lower tariff and non-tariff barriers.

Malaysia is exploring the possibility of restarting negotiations on an FTA with the European Union (EU), besides an FTA between Malaysia and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries.

Nevertheless, Ong said as several European countries plan to ban the use of palm oil in biofuel, it will be a challenge to restart FTA talks with these nations.

"We have discussions on the Malaysia-EU FTA, but we have not restarted the process. It would be difficult for us to restart those talks if there is no possibility of the situation regarding palm oil being pointed in the right direction. So, if we don't see any progress on the palm oil issue, then restarting (talks on) the Malaysia-EU FTA will be challenging.

"We are exploring options to restart negotiations on Malaysia EFTA as well, hoping that similar arrangements (with Indonesia-EFTA) can be made for Malaysia," Ong said.




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Report: Despite immigration crackdown, some Chinese workers slipping in on tourist visas

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Wed, 16 Jan 2019, 12:43 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16 — As China becomes a global infrastructure builder, more of its citizens are leaving home to work abroad in Africa and South-east Asia, including Malaysia.

However, some of the Chinese migrant workers here have been slipping in on tourist visas instead of gaining employment through proper work permits, and end up being abused and denied their salaries, Financial Times (FT) reported today. 

"Our labour contractor said we would switch our tourist visas to working visas when we arrived but that has not happened yet,” Liu Wei, a Chinese construction worker in Johor’s Forest City project backed by China, was quoted as saying.

The British daily reported Liu as relating that his 20,000-yuan payment for work completed was withheld by his manager, and that he was unable to demand for it due to his illegal work status. 

FT reported that many international large infrastructure projects funded by the Chinese are being increasingly built by workers from their home country, especially in the final phase of construction.

The paper added that the mainland Chinese are drawn to work abroad by the lucrative salaries — a few months’ work can reportedly finance living costs for up to a year at home — and turn to an informal network of subcontractors who charge as high as 30,000 yuan to match workers with construction projects.

“When the crunch comes where the project has to be completed in a very short time and is important politically to the host government, that’s when there will be a lot of Chinese workers who will be flown in to do the last stretch of projects,” Barry Sautman, a professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, told FT.

Allegations about the use of illegal migrant workers in the Forest City project surfaced about two years ago.

National news agency Bernama reported on May 14, 2017 that the Immigration Department had issued 2,485 temporary work permits as well as 1,682 employment and professional visit passes to Chinese nationals working in four construction locations in Johor, including Forest City.

Two years on, FT reported today that Country Garden, the Chinese property developer for Forest City, said “contractors and sub-contractors are responsible for the recruitment, hiring and payroll of local and foreign workers in related projects” and that it frowns on illegal labour.

The newspaper also said the Malaysian government is trying to get the illegal migrant workers properly registered, but did not elaborate further.

The Immigration Department offered a 3+1 amnesty programme last year where illegal migrant workers were given until August 30 to register themselves through legal channels for re-employment. It began cracking down on illegal workers the next day.

Data on the number arrested and deported since enforcement began to date is unknown.

As of January 1, the department has also suspended its Electronic Travel Registration and Information system that allowed Chinese tourists to apply for a 15-day visa-free entry into Malaysia.


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