KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic) wants the Finance Ministry to assure that taxpayers who take part in the Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (PKPS) will not be investigated by the Inland Revenue Board (IRB). "Can the Finance Ministry give its commitment to the rakyat after they make their payment and receive confirmation from IRB, that they will not be audited and reinvestigated?" The Ayer Hitam MP also wanted to know how many had made the voluntary disclosure under the PKPS. Dr Wee also wanted the Finance Ministry to confirm whether IRB had in fact audited any taxpayers under the PKPS. He assured that the IRB would not audit or investigate taxpayers who have made the voluntary disclosure during the PKPS period.
November 21, 2019 09:00 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Pas deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man wants Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng to get the boot if the plan to reshuffle the Cabinet takes place. Tuan Ibrahim cited an example of what appeared to be an imbalanced budget allocation between Penang at RM10 billion and the halal industry at RM10 million. “There is also imbalanced allocation not only in Kelantan, but also Terengganu and Pahang,” Tuan Ibrahim said at the parliament lobby today. He said a cabinet reshuffle should be held as soon as possible. Tuan Ibrahim also reminded the government to stop blaming the previous administration, as it is now almost two years since they came to power.
November 21, 2019 08:03 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court heard that the device used to record the coordination meeting which discussed amendments for the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) audit report on Feb 24,2016 was hidden inside a pencil case. "I was appointed as the coordinator for the preparation of 1MDB audit report. After the meeting ended, I took the device," she said here on Thursday (Nov 21). Nor Salwani said the original recording in the device she used was deleted as the device belonged to the government. Najib is accused of using his position to order amendments to the 1MDB final audit report before it was tabled to the PAC to avoid any action against him.
November 21, 2019 07:50 UTC
PETALING JAYA: A petition calling on the Education Ministry to bring down the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia’s (SPM) Additional Mathematics passing marks is gaining traction online. Calling for the passing mark to be five, and 50 for an A+, the petition was started by Joseph Tan on Wednesday (Nov 20). According to the petition, the paper was “too hard” and it took teachers “one hour to complete two questions”. “The batch of students that sat for the paper kindly request that the government reduce the passing marks for the paper, ” Tan wrote. Another started a petition to reduce the grades for History and Mathematics.
November 21, 2019 07:07 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng should be the first to go in the event of a Cabinet reshuffle, says PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man. "I believe that many have done their own polls and surveys, and within an hour, thousands support that the Finance Minister should be removed," the Kubang Kerian MP told reporters at the Parliament lobby on Thursday (Nov 21). "We admit there are weaknesses, but we must move forward," Tuan Ibrahim said. Two months after he dismissed talks of ministers being replaced, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad now says a reshuffle could happen soon. Related stories:Dr M warns absentee MPs that attendance will be factor in Cabinet reshuffleCabinet reshuffle expectedThis story is exclusively For StarBiz Premium subscribers only.
November 21, 2019 06:22 UTC
Most elderly patients with cancer are unwilling to open up about their struggles with the disease. But they are more receptive to the idea of talking to counsellors who are cancer survivors, says National Cancer Society Malaysia counsellor and breast cancer survivor Tulasi Govindasamy, 69. When she was 49, she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer and underwent bilateral mastectomy the following year. “During one of my chemotherapy sessions, a counsellor shared her journey as a breast cancer survivor for 19 years. “I counsel other cancer patients there, by sharing with them my journey in cancer.
November 21, 2019 06:11 UTC
Researchers in Canada have identified a new kind of vaping-related lung injury they believe is linked to flavourings in conventional vape pens, causing symptoms similar to the “popcorn lung” injury seen in workers exposed to flavourings in microwave popcorn. The case, published on Thursday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, involved a 17-year-old male who developed a form of bronchiolitis, a serious and irreversible lung injury caused by chemical exposure. Doctors suspected a vaping-related injury, even before the U.S. outbreak had been reported. Instead of damaged air sacs in the lungs, the teen had damaged airways, which his doctors believe were caused by chemical injury. “In patients with popcorn lung, it’s irreversible.” --Reuters
November 21, 2019 06:00 UTC
PUTRAJAYA: The Immigration Department scores big after arresting 680 suspected scammers in this year’s biggest single operation. Immigration Department director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said that the syndicate was operating from a six-storey building in Cyberjaya. The raid was the end result of a month’s worth of surveillance, following complaints from the public. Investigations showed that the group targeted victims in China by offering fast and profitable returns, in their investment scams. Related stories:Nearly 1,000 China nationals nabbed in Cyberjaya, believed to be involved in online scam syndicateThis story is exclusively For StarBiz Premium subscribers only.
November 21, 2019 05:34 UTC
IPOH: Perak executive council member Paul Yong Choo Kiong has urged his supporters and party members to remain supportive of the state party leadership. “I have always given my undivided support to the state party led by Nga and will continue to do so, ” he said. He thanked the state party committee for their trust and confidence in him. “The full solidarity expressed by the state committee led by Nga is truly and deeply appreciated. Related stories:Paul Yong rape case transfer request to be heard Nov 26Paul Yong has responsibility to attend state assembly, says Perak MBPaul Yong: State, not party, has a say on resumption of dutyThis story is exclusively For StarBiz Premium subscribers only.
November 21, 2019 04:52 UTC
PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Immigration Department busted the largest online scam syndicate believed to be run by Chinese nationals in the country Wednesday (Nov 20). The announcement was made on the Immigration Department's Facebook page Wednesday about the raid on an online scam headquarters in Cyberjaya. According to the department’s Facebook posting, nearly 1,000 people were arrestedThe posting caught the attention of many Internet users who praised the Immigration Department. Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud is scheduled to hold a press conference on the success of the operation Thursday (Nov 21) afternoon. - BernamaRelated stories:Immigration confirms 680 arrested in Cyberjaya in this year’s biggest single operation
November 21, 2019 04:47 UTC
POPE Francis today expressed his pleasure over Thailand's efforts in creating a social ethics commission and inviting traditional religions of the country to participate and keep alive the spiritual memory of the Thais. Pope Francis is welcomed by Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha as he arrives at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand. Pope Francis is scheduled to celebrate a special mass this evening at Bangkok’s Supachalasai National Stadium. “I think Pope Francis’ visit this time around to Thailand has created enthusiasm and excitement not only among the Catholics in Thailand but also the non-Catholics. “Pope Francis’ character of humility and love resonates among the people here.
November 21, 2019 04:18 UTC
“I saw people taking a long time to buy tickets in bulk. Wong Seefei, 40, said the MobTicket application was slow yesterday and she could not make any purchases even after several attempts. KTMB said it was planning to do away with the limit imposed on ticket purchases on its website. It also wanted to review the limit set for purchases on its Mobticket application. Asri said up to 3pm yesterday, KTMB sold 126,962 tickets, of which 60,080 were sold online and 66,882 over the counters.
November 21, 2019 03:56 UTC
She has since gone on to perform stunts for various local blockbusters including Polis Evo 2 and Tombiruo: Penunggu Rimba. “I never thought of being a stuntwoman, ” says Fiza, who stands at 1.58m tall. Her adopted daughter was over a year old at the time and with multiple responsibilities weighing on her shoulders, Fiza broke down. Fiza financed her own skydiving course to make sure she has all the skills she needs to be a stuntwoman. They can be cops, they can be anything they want to be.”Since beginning her career as a stuntwoman, Fiza has seen three other women joining the industry as well.
November 21, 2019 03:56 UTC
BANGKOK: Pope Francis will visit one of Thailand’s famed gilded temples Thursday to meet the supreme Buddhist patriarch, on the first full day of his Asian tour aimed at promoting religious harmony. The 82-year-old pontiff is on his first visit to Buddhist majority Thailand, where he will spend four days before setting off to Japan. Wellwishers wave as they wait for Pope Francis at the Wat Ratchabophit Buddhist temple in Bangkok. - AFPThe Pope’s trip to Thailand is the first papal trip to the country since pope John Paul II visited in 1984. Pope Francis arrived Wednesday in the Thai capital where he was greeted by cheering worshippers who lined the streets hoping for a glimpse of the Catholic leader in his motorcade.
November 21, 2019 03:45 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The government is allocating RM6.5bil to Malaysia@Work to create jobs for Malaysians in the next five years, mainly for fresh graduates, says the Prime Minister. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said young Malaysians must be equipped with the right skills or be prepared for socio-economic turmoil. “The allocation of RM6.5bil for Malaysia@Work will create jobs for Malaysians over the next five years. “The programme has many long-term multiplier effects that go beyond the five years – it creates jobs, it creates learning opportunities, it creates relationships that require collaboration, ” he said. Dr Mahathir also said that 3D jobs must be re-branded as “dignified, desirable and dynamic” so that more locals would join the sector.
November 21, 2019 03:31 UTC