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Author: savemalaysia   |   Latest post: Tue, 12 Nov 2019, 6:20 PM


Azmin: US aviation listing won't affect MAS

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Tue, 12 Nov 2019, 6:20 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: The recent listing of the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) as a Category 2 aviation regulator by the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) will not have a major impact on Malaysia Airlines Bhd, says Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

"Currently there is no significant impact as we are not allowed to get additional slots into the United States.

"The current slots, flights arrangements and destinations are still there and they are not taken away. I don't think there will be a major impact," said Economic Affairs Minister when met at Parliament lobby on Tuesday (Nov 12).

Azmin said that although the listing by the FAA is a serious matter, which is being looked into, the issue was one more of perception.

"The issue here is about perception because the concerns of the US authorities is against the airline regulator and not against the airlines.

"But now the perception is as if it would have a major impact on Malaysia Airlines and other airlines flying out of the country.

"We need to correct this perception that this is about the regulators who need to address the issues raised by the authorities (FAA)," he said.

Azmin was asked to comment if the FAA listing would have an impact on Malaysia Airlines.

The listing of CAAM as a Category 2 Aviation Regulator by the FAA came into effect on Monday (Nov 11) following a review conducted in April this year.

The effect of the listing meant that airlines licensed by CAAM would not be able to add new routes to and from the United States.

In a statement issued on Monday night, CAAM chairman Captain Ahmad Ridzwan Mohd Salleh acknowledged that there were "shortcomings" in its performance as an aviation regulator, but stressed that plans are underway to address the findings of FAA's audit.

CAAM said it hopes that the FAA will review its decision within the next 12 months.

"The chief executive officer of CAAM has tendered his resignation on Nov 1 and in the interim, an executive committee of the board has been established to oversee CAAM's operations," the statement read.

Ahmad Ridzwan added that the Transport Ministry has been informed of these internal developments.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that the government would take the necessary corrective measures if there is anything wrong with Malaysia's civil aviation authority.



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Xavier: Singapore should be more open to Malaysia’s raw water price revision plan

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Tue, 12 Nov 2019, 6:16 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 — Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Dr A. Xavier Jayakumar asked Singapore to be more open towards Malaysia’s plan to revise its rate for raw water supply to the island nation.

During Question Time in Parliament today, Dr Xavier said that the revision is needed to address water supply issues in Johor, and to combat issues pertaining from climate change, which would influence the availability of water.

“Lastly, Speaker, if a case of water stress happens in the state of Johor, the government will prioritise the water supply needs of the people of Johor firstly, compared to that of outsiders.

“To overcome this water supply issue in Johor, a huge capital expenditure allocation is needed, to increase the (water) reserve margin to 10 per cent, as set by SPAN,” he said, referring to the National Water Services Commission.

“Apart from that a huge investment is needed to combat climate change phenomenon, and to achieve our sustainable goals.

“Therefore, I want to call on to the Singapore government, to be more open to Malaysia’s proposal to revise the price of the raw water sale, based on Clause 14 of the Water Agreement 1962. This is because the water stress in Johor would also affect Singapore,” he added.

In the early part of his reply, Xavier explained that the water supply issues in Johor, are caused by lack of raw water owing to the long dry spell and the high demand for raw water at Johor Baru and Kota Tinggi due to rapid developments.

He said the reserve margin rate for raw water in Johor, stands at a mere four per cent, which is much lower than between 10 and 15 per cent limit set by SPAN.

“Besides that, the demand for treated water supply in the Johor Baru district, is also predicted to increase by 3.5 per cent annually, that’s equivalent to 35 million litres a day.

“Come 2020, the demand for water in Johor Baru is expected to increase to 1,135 million litres per day, and the reserve margin for treated water is expected to hit zero, zilch, in the third quarter of 2020,” Dr Xavier said, adding that mitigation efforts to address the issue of treated water supply is gravely needed.

Dr Xavier was responding to a question from Segamat MP Datuk Seri Dr R. Santhara who asked him to state the current situation of water supply in Johor especially in southern Johor such as Johor Bahru and Kota Tinggi, including the issue of the sale of raw water to Singapore and the measures taken by the Ministry to ensure the sustainability of the long-term water supply.

In February, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad urged the Johor government and those in the state, to speak up against what he felt was a lopsided and “morally wrong” water agreement with Singapore.

At the opening of a discussion session between Johor government officers and members of the federal government, the Langkawi MP who is a staunch critic of the 1962 Water Agreement, termed Singapore as a “rich country” profiting off a poor country, that is Malaysia.

He claimed that Singapore has also been making a cool profit by pricing its desalinated water highly, but still only pay Malaysia three cents.

He said that Singapore only managed to reach its current stature owing to Johor’s water supply.

The issues surrounding the agreement between the two countries was thrust back into the limelight last year, after Dr Mahathir remarked that the price of raw water sold to Singapore did not make sense, announcing his plan to re-negotiate agreement’s terms.

The agreement ends in 2061, and allows Singapore to draw up to 250 million gallons a day (mgd) of raw water from Sungai Johor, at only RM0.03 per 1,000 gallons.

Johor then buys treated water from the island republic at RM0.50 per 1,000 gallons.



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Sarawak DCM to Petronas: Don’t question sales tax on export of petroleum products

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Tue, 12 Nov 2019, 6:16 PM

KUCHING, Nov 12 — Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan today slammed Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) for failing to obey the state sales tax, but willingly complying with Canada and Brazil laws where they have operations.

“Why is it that when it comes to their operations in Sarawak, they refuse to comply with state Sales Tax Ordinance?” he asked in his winding up speech in the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly here.

Awang Tengah said it is public knowledge that Petronas has extracted hundreds of billions of ringgits’ worth of the petro-carbon resources from Sarawak territory.

“What we received in return is a mere 5 percent in the form of royalty payment

“It cannot deny that its success is built upon the oil and gas resources from Sarawak and Sabah, especially during its formative years.

“Petronas is indebted to Sarawak and Sabah and should be willing to pay the sales tax to the Sarawak government instead of giving excuses,” he said.

He also found it strange that a Malaysian government-linked company has chosen to ignore the state law while foreign petroleum companies operating in Sarawak, such as Shell, Murphy and PT Pertamina have all complied.

He said Petronas’ refusal to comply is tantamount to challenging the rights of Sarawak as enshrined under the Federal and State Constitutions.

He told Petronas not to question the imposition of the sales tax on its export of petroleum products in Sarawak.

He said the state has begun imposing sales tax levies on crude palm oil, crude palm kernel oil and lottery tickets since 1998 after the passage of the State Sales Tax Ordinance, in exercise of the powers conferred by Article 95B(3) of the Federal Constitution.

“As such, there is nothing new on the imposition of the Sales Tax on goods identified by Sarawak Government,” he said adding that every responsible corporate citizen operating in Sarawak must comply with the state laws, including the tax laws.

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Court sets Nov 28 to hear 1MDB-linked forfeiture suit against PBRS

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Tue, 12 Nov 2019, 3:11 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 — The High Court here today fixed Nov 28 for hearing the prosecution’s application to forfeit RM1 million of Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) money which is allegedly linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.

Judicial Commissioner Datuk Ahmad Shahrir Mohd Salleh decided on this following an application by deputy public prosecutor Nik Haslinie Hashim for a new hearing date.

“This is because the deputy public prosecutor handling this case is involved in a transfer order,” Nik Haslinie said at the case mention, which was also attended by lawyer K. Lavinia, who was representing PBRS as the respondent in the forfeiture suit.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Latheefa Koya had told a press conference earlier that it had filed forfeiture suits under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act against 41 respondents to recover about RM270 million believed linked to 1MDB.

Latheefa said MACC believed the money was illegally transferred from an account of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. — Bernama



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To ensure success, Sarawak to monitor teaching of maths, science in English from 2020

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Tue, 12 Nov 2019, 3:11 PM

KUCHING, Nov 12 — The Sarawak government will set up a committee to monitor the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English in Primary One classes next year, state Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin said today.

He said the committee will consist of representatives from the state ministry, relevant federal government agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

“The committee will detect any problem as quickly as possible so that remedial actions can be taken early.

“We will give six months or even one year for the committee to monitor the progress of the teaching of science and mathematics in English,” he told reporters after his wind-up speech in the state legislative assembly here.

Manyin said the state government does not want the teaching in English to fail like the dual language programme policy.

He said under the dual language programme, teachers are given the option to teach science and mathematics either in English or Bahasa Malaysia.

“But most of the teachers prefer to choose Bahasa Malaysia,” he said.

Manyin said the state has prepared sufficiently to make the switch a success, including providing training to the 2,853 primary school science and mathematics teachers and resource materials in English on both subjects.

“The textbooks and workbooks are now ready and will be distributed to all schools by the end of this month.

“In addition, we are also producing videos of experienced teachers teaching science and mathematics in English and these videos will be distributed to all schools as supplementary resources,” he said.

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Anwar: Dr M did not interfere in Najib’s case

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Tue, 12 Nov 2019, 3:10 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 — PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim rejected the allegation that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad meddled in one of Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s criminal trials.

Anwar said there was no evidence of this.

“It (the allegation) is baseless. They can claim but the legal process is independent and transparent.

“I don’t think we should entertain the allegations unless they can give some facts or evidence to support; otherwise we should allow the due process to proceed.

“The judge has given enough leeway to the defence, let the process be respected,” he told reporters at the Parliament at the lobby today.

Separately, former Umno vice president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the allegation of interference should be raised with the judiciary.

“You have to ask those involved when we were the government we were accused of doing so as well. But the people who can answer are the judge and the prosecution.

“At the end of the day the judiciary has to defend its own credibility and the integrity. It’s not about speculation or who is influencing who,” he said.

PAS secretary general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan declined to comment.

Yesterday, Umno supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam claimed Dr Mahathir interfered in Najib’s SRC trial.

Najib was told to enter his defence to all seven charges related to the misappropriation of RM42 million from SRC International, a former 1MDB unit.

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