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Netherlands takes Russia to European rights court over MH17 downing

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Fri, 10 Jul 2020, 9:00 PM

THE HAGUE, July 10 — The Netherlands said today it is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights for its “role in the downing” of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014.

“Achieving justice for the 298 victims of the downing of flight MH17 is and will remain the government’s highest priority,” Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said in a statement. — AFP



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Govt approves RM600 special aid for school bus drivers nationwide

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Fri, 10 Jul 2020, 9:00 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, July 10 — The government has approved a RM600 special assistance for 35,000 eligible school bus drivers nationwide totalling RM21 million, said Transport Minister (MOT) Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong.

He said this assistance will be granted to school bus drivers with valid driver licenses and who use registered vehicles from licensed school bus operators.

“The disbursement mechanism will be announced at a later time by the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD), the MOT’s agency in charge of distributing the assistance,” he said in a statement here, today.

Wee said the scheme was part of the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package (Prihatin) that was launched by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on March 27 as a bulwark for the country during economic and social crises as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The ministry has since proposed additional allocation to help additional groups affected by the movement control order (MCO). We would like to note our appreciation to the Finance Ministry for their cooperation with us to help affected industry players during the MCO,” he added.

He said he had met with several major associations of school bus operators in a dialogue on May 14 to gather their feedback for further action as they form one of the many groups that MOT had been attempting to help. — Bernama



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Malaysian households spent RM4,534 per month on average in 2019, latest statistics show

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Fri, 10 Jul 2020, 9:00 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, July 10 — Households in Malaysia spent RM4,534 on average per month in 2019, an increase from RM4,033 in 2016, the latest statistics from the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) show.

In the Household Expenditure Survey Report 2019 released today, DOSM noted that the increase in average or mean monthly household spending in Malaysia from 2016 to 2019 was at a rate of 3.9 per cent per annum.

Previous DOSM figures show that the mean monthly household spending has been growing over the years, including from RM1,953 in 2004 to RM2,190 in 2007 and RM3,578 in 2014.

(But when it comes to median monthly household spending, it increased from RM3,314 in 2016 to RM3,654 in 2019. This means that half of the households in Malaysia spent up to RM3,654 in 2019. The median monthly household income in 2019 was at RM5,873, which means half of the Malaysian households earned up to that amount per month in 2019.)

At the same time, the mean monthly household income in Malaysia has also been growing over the years.

The average or mean monthly income of Malaysian households grew moderately at 4.2 per cent from RM6,958 in 2016 to RM7,901 in 2019, DOSM figures show. 

Urban households spend more than rural ones

The average monthly household spending differs according to whether a household is located in an urban or rural area.

The average household spending per month in urban areas increased from RM4,402 in 2016 to RM4,916 in 2019, while rural areas recorded an increase from RM2,725 (2016) to RM3,038 (2019).

“This indirectly reflects that the mean household consumption expenditure in urban areas was 1.6 times higher than the mean household expenditure in rural areas.

“The increase in expenditure in the urban area is also in line with the increase in mean income of urban households which was 1.7 times higher (RM8,635) than rural households (RM5,004),” DOSM said.

The mean monthly household income in urban areas increased from RM7,671 in 2016 to RM8,635 in 2019, while the increase in rural areas was from RM4,359 in 2016 to RM5,004 in 2019.

As for what Malaysian households spend on, DOSM observed that basic necessities usually dominate household expenditure.

As a whole, four out of 12 categories alone accounted for 68.3 per cent of total household spending in 2019 (housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels at 23.6 per cent, food and non-alcoholic beverages at 17.3 per cent, restaurants and hotels at 13.9 per cent and transport at 13.5 per cent).

Urban and rural households again differ on where they spend most of their money, with the highest expenditure for urban households being the housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuel category at 24 per cent, and for rural households being food and non-alcoholic beverages at 24.4 per cent.

Living costs also differ from state to state, due to different prices in commodities, household income levels and the ability of households to cope with rising prices, DOSM said.

In 2019, four states and two federal territories recorded average monthly household spending that exceeded the national average of RM4,534, namely Putrajaya (RM7,980), Kuala Lumpur (RM6,913), Selangor (RM5,830), Melaka (RM4,955), Johor (RM4,793) and Penang (RM4,630).



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Dr Noor Hisham: 115 detainees at immigration depot awaiting second Covid-19 test results before deportation

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Fri, 10 Jul 2020, 8:59 PM

PUTRAJAYA, July 10 — A total of 115 foreigners at the Sepang Immigration Detention Depot are awaiting the results of their second Covid-19 screening test before their deportation.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the second screening test was among the required conditions prior to their release.

“We are in the process of sending the detainees home, but before that, we have to screen them. This is what we are doing, the second screening,” he said during his Covid-19 press conference today.

To date, a total of 1,477 individuals have been screened for Covid-19 at the Sepang Immigration Detention Depot, of whom 62 positive cases have been identified.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said two positive cases were reported at Bukit Jalil Immigration Detention Depot today.

“The positive cases have been isolated for two weeks of treatment and those exposed to the positive cases have also been quarantined,” he said. — Bernama



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Just what is it about Anwar’s Malaysian dream isn’t good enough to name him Pakatan’s PM-to-be? PKR MP asks Dr M

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Fri, 10 Jul 2020, 8:59 PM

JOHOR BARU, July 10 — Pasir Gudang MP Hassan Abdul Karim believes PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is Pakatan Harapan’s best candidate for prime minister as he encapsulates the dreams Malaysians have of a just, progressive, democratic and united country.

The Johor PKR man challenged former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s remark that leaders of multiracial political parties are not suitable to become Malaysia’s prime minister.

“In my personal view, Dr Mahathir’s stand was wrong. In fact, a leader of a multiracial party such as PKR, is suitable to become Malaysia’s prime minister as the country itself is a multiracial society,” Hassan said in a statement today.

He said creating a fair community with a progressive democratic and united country is the aim of PKR’s struggle as contained in Article 5.1 of the party’s constitution.

“To Dr Mahathir, I would like to ask why a leader, which carries the ambition in creating a just society, democratic country, a progressive and united country is not suitable to become prime minister?” Hassan asked.

The 69-year-old social activist and former Johor PKR chief said that PKR also respects Malaysia’s system of a constitutional monarchy and upholds the spirit of the Federal Constitution.

“They include equality, where everyone is treated equally and has the right to receive protection under the law, freedom of speech and assembly, Islam as the federation’s official religion despite allowing other faiths to be practiced freely and peacefully, as well as ensuring Bahasa Melayu is the official and national language.

“These PKR objectives and purpose, which I have touched upon, is enough to reject Dr Mahathir’s claims that Anwar is not suitable to lead the country as he is a leader of a multiracial party.

“Dr Mahathir is wrong as those who are not qualified to become the prime minister are those leaders from political parties that support a racial discrimination policy, reject a democratic and united country, and practices polices that are disunite the  races and faith just to continue to be in power,” said Hassan.

Dr Mahathir, who resigned from office in February, had expressed his desire to make a comeback as prime minister if PH returns to power, but recently said he was dropping out in favour of Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal after PKR rejected and insisted Anwar be named as the bloc’s prime minister candidate.

Last month, in an interview with Asia Times, Dr Mahathir said his refusal to back Anwar was not due to any distrust of the latter, but a matter of pragmatism, claiming his former deputy could not muster enough support from among Opposition parties to mount a credible challenge against Perikatan Nasional.

In March, Dr Mahathir had claimed that Anwar did not have the support of the Malay community since his time in Umno, as they viewed him as a “liberal”, adding that the Malays feared liberalism would lead to an erosion of their rights and privileges.



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Sarawak to host M'sia Day celebration for second year running

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Fri, 10 Jul 2020, 8:59 PM

KUCHING: Sarawak will host the Malaysia Day celebration on Sept 16 for the second year in a row.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the celebration would be held in Sibu with the theme 'Malaysia Prihatin', or 'Malaysia Cares', in recognition of the nation's effort against the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said the same theme would be used in the National Day celebration on Aug 31.

"The word Malaysia reflects all Malaysians from different walks of life coming together to overcome Covid-19.

"A special mention goes to the frontliners who have worked hard in the fight against the pandemic," he said when launching the theme and logo here on Friday (July 10).

Saifuddin said the theme also encompassed the government's initiatives to assist the people during this time, including the Prihatin economic stimulus package.

He said the accompanying logo's heart shape symbolised a caring government while its red and white stripes, crescent and 14-point star were inspired by the Jalur Gemilang.

"In the run-up to National Day, the National Month and Fly the Jalur Gemilang campaign will be launched in Putrajaya and state capitals on July 28.

"Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no parade on National Day this year but RTM will broadcast a special programme to celebrate the occasion," he said.

Meanwhile, state Utilities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi said Sarawak had requested to host the celebration again this year.

"We thank the Federal Government for choosing Sarawak to be the host again," he said.

Rundi said Sibu was selected as last year's Malaysia Day celebration was held in Kuching while the coming Sarawak Day on July 22 would be celebrated in Miri.

He added that the celebration would be held in a hotel for invited guests only in order to maintain crowd control and social distancing.

"We have chosen the Kingwood Hotel but this has yet to be finalised. Its normal capacity is 2,000 people, so the number of guests could be half or two-thirds of that," he said.



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