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Seven NGOs presents memorandum on UMS security issues

KOTA KINABALU: Seven non-government organisatons (NGO) today presented a memorandum on security issues at University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) following an alleged rape attempt in the university recently. The memorandum, which outline three claims, was submitted to a representative to the chief minister department at the Sabah Administrative Complex, following the alleged attempt rape of a […]

Laws on minimum marriage age to be streamlined – DPM

KUALA LUMPUR: Efforts are being made to streamline all legislations in the country to set the minimum marriage age limit at 18 years. Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the measure was being formulated and would be implemented as a long term solution on underage marriage in Malaysia. The Women, Family and […]

Election pledges to be fulfilled over time – Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government was striving to fulfill the promises in its election manifesto, but indicated that more time was needed to do that. The PH government has come under scrutiny over its 100-day fulfillment of election pledges as the deadline draws near. Dr Mahathir said, however, he was optimistic that […]

Foreign fishing vessel, crew detained for suspected illegal fishing

MIRI: A Vietnamese fishing vessel and its crew of 10 Vietnamese citizens have been detained for suspected illegal fishing in Malaysian waters. Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Miri chief Mohamad Fauzi Othman said the vessel was detained some 95.2 nautical miles from Kuala Bakam at about 4.25am Wednesday (Aug 15) in the Ops Permai conducted […]

Rehda looks forward to single entity for affordable housing

CYBERJAYA: The Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia (Rehda) is looking forward to the establishment of a single entity to oversee the provision of affordable homes, with hopes that it will not be like “the other agencies”, said immediate past president Datuk Seri Fateh Iskandar.

“We hope this time the agency provides guidelines, engagement and work with us as stakeholders. At the end of the day, we carry the burden. Not only the developers, but also the consultants and bankers,” he said in his keynote at the Sustainable Housing Futures Conference here today.

Earlier, Housing and Local Government Ministry deputy secretary-general Dr Mary Wong, who delivered the Minister’s speech, said an integrated database on housing supply and demand is critical, where this should provide insights on the needs and preferences of households, their linkages with demographic shifts, as well as housing gaps across different parts of the country.

She said innovative financing models to fund affordable housing projects should be further developed. Current intervention measures largely focus on subsidising home-buyers or the direct provision of housing. Over the longer term, these need to be complemented by new, more sustainable alternatives that combine public and private funding for affordable housing development and investment.

She also highlighted the need to foster more diverse collaborative partnerships to deliver affordable housing. This includes a vibrant community of social housing enterprises, private foundations and non-profit organisations that support or complement the government’s affordable housing agenda.

HSR Project: Azmin to meet Singapore transport minister again

KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore’s Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Khaw Boon Wan will meet Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali on Friday to discuss the High-Speed Rail (HSR) project.

“I just got the message the minister is coming down to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow and we will have a meeting,” Azmin told reporters after the launch of Cardiac Vascular Sentral hospital today.

The meeting will be held in Putrajaya.

Azmin said he had a very productive meeting with Khaw last Saturday (Aug 11) at the Republic discussing the current government’s position on HSR.

“I presented the position of our cabinet about HSR and I am glad the minister is taking note of our new position. He will table this matter to their (Singapore) cabinet,” Azmin said about his meeting with the Singaporean minister.

There have been doubts whether the 350km rail project, started by the previous Barisan Nasional administration, would proceed after the Pakatan Harapan government came to power following the May 9 General Election.

Malaysia will have to pay penalties if it cancels the rail project, which was agreed to in December 2016.

Currently, Malaysia wants to defer the project which was supposed to be completed in 2026.

Azmin now estimates the HSR project will cost RM110 billion.

He said this was more than the amount estimated by the previous BN government which had put the cost at between RM54 billion and RM74 billion.

He claimed the higher figure included hidden costs.

Azmin was at the launch of CSV hospital with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.