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GEORGE TOWN - Penang Gerakan on Wednesday questioned the DAP-led Penang state government's decision to approve the construction of affordable houses that are priced more than RM100,000 although the demand for such units are low.

Penang Gerakan Publicity Bureau chief Ooi Zhi Yi said he could not understand the objective of the state government to build houses that are priced higher when the demand for houses priced below RM100,000 is still high.

"What is the motive of the Penang government? To build affordable houses for the people or to enable corporate leaders to make profits. The main objective of the government should be to provide affordable houses for the people.

"Building houses for people to invest should be secondary. Housing development should be done with proper analysis and planning. It should be planned by monitoring the demand and supply in the industry. Otherwise, it will have a major effect, especially on the price of houses," he told reporters here today.

He said based on statistics from the National Information Property Centre (NAPIC) 12,933 units of affordable houses have not been sold in Penang last year.

Ooi said from the total 284 units were priced below

KUALA LUMPUR - Mass Rapid Transit Corp (MRT Corp) has projected a drop of 160,000 vehicles entering the Klang Valley daily when its Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) line comes into full operation starting July 17.

Its Strategic Communication and Stakeholder Relation director, Datuk Najmuddin Abdullah is optimistic the MRT service for the SBK line could reduce the number of vehicles entering the city.

He estimated a drop of about 160,000 vehicles daily if 400,000 people were to use the MRT train

PUTRAJAYA - Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) settlers want the Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) crisis to be resolved properly, said Felda chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad.

He said generally, the settlers he had met stated their aspiration for FGV to have good governance and focus on efforts to generate profits, although they will not be affected by the public listed company's crisis.

"The settlers are also investors and shareholders, so long as the management is new

PETALING JAYA - The DAP-led Penang state government should abolish the fees imposed on tourist accommodations in Penang before asking for the Tourism Tax Act 2017 to be repealed, says Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang.

"If the Opposition is sincere about abolishing such taxes against hotels in Malaysia, it would be best if they start by abolishing the local government fee on hotels in Penang.

"That is clearly within their power and jurisdiction," he said in a press statement Monday.

Tan was

KUALA LUMPUR - Vehicle owners should not be unduly worried with the liberalisation of motor tariff, implemented since last July 1, as the method benefits consumers more because the charge or premium payment is based on individual risk profile.

Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (MDTCC) Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin said under the previous system, vehicle insurance was based on motor tariff.

"The new method also allows the insurance company to impose premium charge on

KUALA LUMPUR - The High Court today extended further the period of the interim injunction granted to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to prevent Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua Kiam Wee from continuing to slander him in a video clip uploaded on Facebook.

Counsel Gobind Singh Deo, who represented Pua, said the period of the injunction was extended until the court decided on an inter-parte injunction application by the two sides on Aug 4.

He spoke to reporters after the two sides

PUTRAJAYA - Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali expressed his disappointment that only 25 per cent of the targeted 600,000 illegal immigrants registered for the Enforcement Card or E-Card.

He said that as of 7.50pm last night, 154,328 illegals involving 26,738 employers had applied and 138,970 E-cards were issued.

“Tomorrow (Friday) is the last day for the E-Card application and so far, the number is way below the original target of 600,000 illegals.

“I am disappointed that

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