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COMMENTARY: POST-BUDGET 2021 VOTE

Budget 2021 got through the policy stage on 26th November 2020 after Parliament approved it through
a voice vote. A total of 13 opposition lawmakers from Parti PEJUANG Tanah Air (PEJUANG) and Parti
Amanah Negara (AMANAH) stood, in an attempt to force bloc voting, however, since there were fewer
than the 15 lawmakers needed to force bloc-voting, Budget 2021 successfully got through the first
stage of voting.

MALAYSIA-CMCO Closure of Schools: Security & Safety Prevails

The majority (72%) of respondents who took part in this quick poll expressed their agreement to the
closure of schools and nurseries until end of the year due to the rising number of positive Covid-19 cases
but they have also expressed concerns over the ability of children to keep up with academic learning via
online-classes. Others have also raised the issue of having no one to care for their child when both
parents have to work, and seeking the services of sitters would increase costs.

Struggle of Malaysian SMEs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unforeseen global phenomenon which has thrown the economy into chaos and effectively put
commerce at a standstill. It has affected most businesses, including the small medium
enterprises (SMEs) and micro SMEs which make up a significant 98.5 percent of
Malaysian businesses (SME Corporation Malaysia, 2020).

Drive with care at flood-prone stretches, motorists told

RAUB: Motorists are reminded to drive with care when passing flood-prone stretches in view of the year-end monsoon season, says Senator Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker.

The Deputy National Unity Minister said of late, unpredictable weather saw the former mining town here being hit by heavy rainfall.

Civic sector’s transition for nation-building very important

The role of civic sector and how it interacts with society has to be rewritten and continue to evolve with the new norm due to the changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, INSAP Chairman, Senator Dato’ Sri Ti Lian Ker tells the International Conference on Nation-Building 2020 held in Bangkok, Thailand.

ADDRESSING HOUSING ISSUES IN MALAYSIA

Housing is one of the most important human basic needs. It not only acts as a means of shelter, but also entails the social and economic well-being of the people. Housing is a significant contributor to physical and mental health, education, employment, economic growth, environment, and overall social life. In many social democratic nations, housing is even considered a natural human right. Hence, the right to adequate and affordable housing, regardless of wealth and social standing is inalienable to the pursuit of human wellbeing.
In Malaysia however, houses remain relatively unaffordable for many people, with average house prices over 4 times the median annual salary for most. This paper explores in depth the issues surrounding housing affordability, from the points of view of both the purchaser and the developer and the inability of the nation’s youth to secure adequate and decent housing. The paper ends on a discussion on possible policy recommendations that the government can consider implementing.

马来西亚交通部长魏家祥:“一带一路” 倡议下中马合作成果丰硕,中国经验 值得 APEC 成员学习

中国与马来西亚的友谊可以追朔至古代丝绸 之路,马来西亚是明代郑和下南洋重要一站。在 21 世纪的今天,马来西亚也是最早响应中国“一 带一路”倡议的参与国之一。
本届亚太经合组织(APEC)领导人会议前期, 《亚太日报》就本届 APEC 会议、中马合作、双 边关系以及中国 – 东盟关系升级等话题,对马来 西亚交通部长兼马华公会总会长魏家祥博士进行 专访。

Durian is the new Gold

Is 6.5%-7.5% magical? Is RM322.5billion too huge (or too little)? Is corporate income tax revenue in 2021 overestimated? Should the budget deficit be worrying? Is rising public debt level sustainable?

Five Macroeconomic Questions on Budget 2021

Is 6.5%-7.5% magical? Is RM322.5billion too huge (or too little)? Is corporate income tax revenue in 2021 overestimated? Should the budget deficit be worrying? Is rising public debt level sustainable?

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