KUALA LUMPUR: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng says the government plans to implement highway congestion charge on Jan 1, 2020 if the cabinet approves it. He said this to reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday. He said the optimal scenario will be road users not paying toll charges upon the four highway concessions’ expiry. “If we are still around, we think the government’s finances will be better then, and we should be able to abolish tolls then, so we can bear operational costs and impairments,” said Guan Eng. The worst case scenario, he added, will be road users paying “a very low rate” to cover operational costs of these highways.
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July 10, 2019 01:41 UTC
SEREMBAN: Academics should be allowed to air their views on national matters as long as it was not in violation of the relevant laws or university rules. Jalaluddin said that the Government should do the right thing by answering the claim made by political science lecturer Abdul Muein Abadi with solid proof. The Jelebu MP said that the Pakatan administration should counter Abdul Muein's claim that it sold off RM20bil in assets over the past 400 days. "This is certainly a black dot for academic freedom in our country. This is also a regressive step by a government which had actually pledged to do more for academic freedom," he added.
July 09, 2019 08:37 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong wants the government to explain why it introduced congestion charges when it promised to fully abolish tolls in its election manifesto. "Previously, they promised to abolish the toll, but now not only have they failed to fulfil their promise, but they rebrand it as congestion charges. "It means that they can still collect money even after the toll concession ends," he told reporters at the parliament lobby Tuesday (July 9). In response, Dr Wee asked how the introduction of congestion charges would see motorist paying less for toll. "We will still have to pay and continue to be charged under the congestion charges.
July 09, 2019 07:52 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The government is mulling introducing an online compatibility quiz for singles and dating couples, says Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Hannah Yeoh. "It is akin to a personality test that young people usually take," she told reporters in Parliament lobby on Tuesday (July 9). She said that based on a study, she said that "misunderstanding" was cited as the main cause of marriage breakdown among young couples. She said that Selangor had the highest rate of divorce for non-Muslim couples with 2,068 cases, followed by Johor with 1,526 cases and Perak with 1,249 cases. As for Muslim couples, she said that Selangor recorded the highest number with 8,794 cases, followed by Johor with 4,441 cases and Kedah with 3,551 cases.
July 09, 2019 07:33 UTC
PETALING JAYA: There are no plans yet to regulate the fares of e-hailing rides, says Anthony Loke. The Transport Minister said they would be looking at the various developments in other countries, some of which had already started to regulate fares. He said they would work with the different e-hailing operators to ensure that fares would not go up drastically. Out of 277 disabled drivers who have registered for PSV licences, 209 passed their exams. The government had set July 12 for all e-hailing drivers to apply for a PSV licence, which is also required for taxi drivers.
July 09, 2019 05:17 UTC
The result snapped Barty's 15-match winning streak while cutting short her run at a tournament where she had not dropped a set and seemed in complete command. "Also proud of the fact what we've been able to do over the last eight weeks," she added. "The consistency we've brought day in and day out, has been next to none. Barty captured the world number one ranking during her win at the leadup event in Birmingham but the loss to Riske threatened to make her reign a short one. "Today wasn't my day, but that's not going to define us as a team, it's not going to define me as a person.
July 09, 2019 05:15 UTC
(Reuters) - Former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola believes the London club got rid of Maurizio Sarri too soon and said they would have benefited if the Italian coach had been given more time. Sarri departed for Juventus after one season at Stamford Bridge in which he guided Chelsea to the Europa League title and third place in the Premier League. "Obviously it's painful because you're in a place where you like to be and it means a lot to you," Zola said. "Of course, it's always painful, but we have to be professional and I think Chelsea are looking forward, they made other choices and I respect them, I have no problem with that." Zola said he would be looking for another job in English football and was grateful to both Chelsea and Sarri for an "amazing learning experience".
July 09, 2019 04:41 UTC
PUTRAJAYA: The Cabinet has yet to make a final decision to acquire Gamuda Bhd's stake in four highway companies, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. "No, not yet," said the prime minister when asked by reporters on Tuesday (July 9) if the cabinet has decided on the takeover. Dr Mahathir was approached by reporters on the matter at the sidelines of the 2019 TVET Conference here. On June 22, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng confirmed that the Federal Government had made a conditional offer subject to Cabinet approval to acquire the four highways at the total cost of RM6.2bil. The proposed takeover will be funded by a bond issuance that is fully financed and paid for from the collection of congestion charges.
July 09, 2019 04:22 UTC
The first Schrems case led to a surprise ruling in 2015 that struck down a widely-used trans-Atlantic data-transfer system over concerns US spies could get unfettered access to EU data. The Irish court last year sought the EU judges’ advice, focusing on the standard contractual clauses. Menlo Park, California-based Facebook said in a statement that standard contractual clauses “enable thousands of Europeans to do business worldwide”. Facebook tried for almost two years, and failed, to prevent the Irish court from referring the dispute to the EU tribunal. He questions Facebook’s use of the standard contractual clauses, and has urged the nation’s data protection regulator to suspend Facebook’s EU-US data flows.
July 09, 2019 04:18 UTC
PUTRAJAYA: The government has yet to decide on who to take over Malaysia Airlines Berhad, says the Prime Minister. He said the government had received four proposals or offers, including one from a group led by Datuk Pahamin Ab Rajab. "We need to study all the proposals, and this will take some time," he said to reporters after a dialogue with industry players at TVET Conference 2019. Dr Mahathir said offers for Malaysia Airlines mostly came from local companies. Asked if this meant that locals are capable of running the national airline, the Prime Minister said: "They think they are capable, but we have appointed many (to run the airline) in the past.
July 09, 2019 03:45 UTC
The FTC is investigating Google’s YouTube for potential violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The groups have pushed commissioners to embrace a range of fixes, from record fines to requiring the company to move all kids’ content to another platform where it would be harder to monetize. The settlement could resemble the February agreement with the app now known as TikTok, kids’ privacy experts said. YouTube technically doesn’t let children have accounts on the site but executives have acknowledged kids watch YouTube regularly. Alphabet Inc, which owns Google, doesn’t break out sales for the video site.
July 09, 2019 03:33 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: It would be problematic to have anti-vice group Badar carry its own enforcement activities, says Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa (pic). He said such religious enforcement activities should come under the states' jurisdiction. The vigilante squad has allegedly conducted enforcement activities without permission from the department. The controversial Badar squad members had been carrying out raids on budget hotels in Sungai Petani for the last two years. Asked to comment whether he was willing to meet the Badar squad leader, Mujahid said he should meet the state exco instead.
July 09, 2019 03:33 UTC
PUTRAJAYA: The government has called on Malaysia's major industry players to support its technical and vocational education and training (TVET) agenda. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government recognises TVET as one of the keys in the country's aspiration to become a developed nation. "Because of this, the major players such as public and private TVET institutes should get out of their comfort zone and find effective solutions. Dr Mahathir added that producing more skilled manpower would reduce the country's dependence on foreign workers. Later, Dr Mahathir engaged in a dialogue session with chief executives of the industry.
July 09, 2019 03:00 UTC
Nintendo Switch Online subscriber accounts number over 10 million, according to President of Nintendo, Shuntaro Furukawa, quoted in a transcript of the company's 79th Shareholders AGM The service, priced at a relatively modest US$20 (RM83) compared to the US$59 (RM244) of Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus, provides access to online multiplayer for most Switch games that have such modes, the hit members-exclusive game Tetris 99, as well as cloud saves, voice chat and online lobbies through a smartphone app.By contrast, Xbox and PlayStation tend to offer larger, more prestigious complimentary games, with Xbox providing both Games with Gold and the Xbox Games Pass.In addition, a library of downloadable games originally released for the 1980s Nintendo Entertainment System has been receiving around four new games every month since Switch Online launched in September 2018.At the end of March 2019, Nintendo and online game streaming service Twitch partnered to offer a year's free Switch Online membership for Twitch Prime members.Twitch Prime is conferred upon Amazon Prime subscribers; the 12-month offer consists of three months of Switch Online for linked Nintendo Accounts, and additional nine months for those that have been Twitch Prime members for 60 days.The initial offer runs until Sept 24, with the 60-day extension continuing until Jan 22, 2020.As of April 2018, Amazon Prime had over 100 million subscribers. The service costs US$99 (RM410) per year. – AFP Relaxnews
July 09, 2019 03:00 UTC
SEREMBAN: Holding local council elections will only divide multi-racial Malaysians, says Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan (pic). According to Mohamad, also known as Tok Mat, holding local council elections would drastically change the country's political landscape. "All parties should seriously study the impact of holding local council elections. "Holding local council elections was part of their election manifesto. "Holding elections may be democratic, but it is not the answer to problems faced by local councils now.
July 09, 2019 02:59 UTC