Have Malaysians moved on from 1MDB? Survey shows education tops corruption fight

Malaysians are more concerned with education and living costs compared to cutting corruption, which fell to fourth place out of 13 issues in a recent survey.

Communications agency Citrine One Sdn Bhd, which conducted the online survey, suggested this change of priorities indicates that the public may have moved on from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) financial scandal.

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Teresa Kok unhappy with forest clearing near Mulu Caves, contacts Sarawak DCM

Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok expressed concern over land being cleared for an oil palm plantation in the vicinity of the Mulu National Park in Sarawak.

Noting that this was a World Heritage site and that the development was being disputed by the indigenous people there, Kok said she had contacted Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Douglas Uggah Embas to share her concern.

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Same Old Story In Sarawak

A few re-alignments have been made on the federal front, but following May 9th, business has continued as usual in Sarawak, the only state not to hold its local elections at the same time.

And business as usual means that those families and cronies linked to former Chief Minister and present Governor Taib Mahmud have continued to grant themselves all the concessions without restraint and suck the life’s blood from the land and its people.

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Will petroleum sales tax burden Sarawakians?

Response to:

Putrajaya still trying to make Sarawak drop petroleum tax, says rep, Malaysian Insight, posted on our blog 14.2.2019

Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How’s comment on the 5% sales tax serves no advantage to any party if an overall consensus is not reached.

The impact of the sales tax would make oil and gas products from Sarawak more expensive. When the competitive edge is lost, in the long term this would negatively impact on revenue. It may seem attractive initially but it would hurt the state’s economy. It is not sustainable.

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Putrajaya still trying to make Sarawak drop petroleum tax, says rep

PUTRAJAYA continues to try and persuade Sarawak to give up the 5% sales tax on the state’s petroleum products, said Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How.

He said after the last federal-level special cabinet committee meeting to review the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and federal constitution last year, Sarawak agreed to listen to Petronas’ opposition to the tax.

The tax, imposed on January 1, is estimated to net the state government some RM4 billion this year, taking a huge chunk out of the national oil company’s earnings.

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Taib’s daughter’s firm, Sakto Corp fail in bid for an injunction

A Swiss court has ordered the Ottawa-based real estate group Sakto Corporation and its owners, Malaysian-Canadian entrepreneur Jamilah Taib Murray and her husband Sean Murray, to pay 166,000 Swiss francs (RM673,960) in damages to Bruno Manser Fund.

The Basel-based charity, named after missing Swiss rainforest advocate Bruno Manser, engages in rainforest protection and the rights of the indigenous peoples of the Malaysian Borneo state of Sarawak.

Jamilah Taib Murray is the daughter of Abdul Taib Mahmud, the current governor of Sarawak, who served as the chief minister of the state from 1981 to 2014.

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Hats off to S’wak

KUCHING: The Sarawak government has been praised for introducing its own sales tax for petroleum products.

Stressing that economic growth is about strategy and bold decision, Associate Professor Dr Fatimah Kari of Universiti Malaya (UM) said Sarawak is actually deprived of the profits of the true value of its resources despite being at the top of the country’s social prosperity indicator by virtue of its position as an oil and gas producer.

Despite having resources such as oil and gas, “the sharing of wealth that benefits the producer state was minimal,” she pointed out.

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Sarawak CM confirms state officials quizzed over corruption probes

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg confirmed that a number of corporate figures, politicians and senior state civil servants have recently been called in for questioning by the state Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

He said that they are not suspects, but are merely giving their statements to help MACC in its investigations into corruption reports.

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