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PUTRAJAYA - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Malaysia needs to identify areas of specialisation to remain competitive globally, specifically by 2050.

He said the challenge still faced by Malaysia in the effort to transform the national economy, is to drive growth based on productivity, move industry to value added activities and seize opportunities based on the Industrial Revolution 4.0.

"The National Transformation 2050 (TN 50) is the country's long term aspiration and I want to see Malaysia among the world's top 20 countries by 2050.

"In this regard, we need to put down the goal or short and medium term aspiration towards achieving it.

"We need a foundation for the future that is in line with the country's development plan. I hope the gross domestic product (GDP) target can reach RM2 trillion by 2025," he added.

Najib, who is also the Finance Minister said this at a roundtable session on current issues with small medium enterprises and techno entrepreneurs and associations at the Perdana Putra Building here today.

Also present was SME Corp Malaysia Chief Executive Officer Datuk Dr Habsah Hashim and SME Association of Malaysia President, Michael Kang Hua

KUALA LUMPUR - Datuk Seri Najib Razak has reminded social media users to spread positive news about the country and not negative ones.

The prime minister said they should use their influence to help instill a love for the nation because they had a big responsibility as social media users and could influence the public.

"The influence of the social media cannot be under-estimated. More than 20 million of our people are social media users and I believe this makes the social media a platform to

KUALA LUMPUR - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today congratulated the five public universities in the country for being listed in the top one per cent of the 300 world's best universities.

The five universities are Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), which showed an improvement in the world ranking list for the year 2017/2018 issued by Quacquarelli

PUTRAJAYA - The Appeals Court here overturned the natural life sentence of nine Filipino militants involved in the Lahad Datu intrusion four years ago and sentenced them to death for waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Court of Appeal judge Justice Mohd Zawawi Salleh, who chaired a three-man panel, said the decision was unanimous.

The decision was made after allowing the prosecution's appeal against the sentence.

Other judges on the panel were Justices Abdul Rahman Sebli and

TELUK INTAN - Consumers need not fear or panic as buffalo meat and beef sold in markets throughout the country are safe for consumption said Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman.

He said the ministry had taken steps to control HS or Haemorrhagic Septicemia from spreading despite an outbreak in Terengganu since last month, through assistance from the Terengganu Veterinary Services Department (JPV) to vaccinate both types of farm animals.


KUALA LUMPUR - The case of two foreign women accused of murdering Kim Chol or Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has been set for case management on June 16.

The matter has been fixed for case management before Shah Alam High Court deputy registrar Mohamad Nasrudin Mohamed at 9 am.

Lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, representing Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 28, confirmed the matter and also said both the accused would be brought to court on that day.


KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia will observe developments in the Gulf region after more Arab states officially cut ties with Qatar.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he was aware of the situation brewing among the Gulf countries.

“I know, but we will see what the developments are.

“We are close to the Gulf countries and we do not know what the issues are, but at the moment we will watch the developments,” he told reporters after a working visit to the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) project

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