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PEKAN - 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) was a proposal by Bank Negara Malaysia to enable targeted subsidy to be carried out for the benefit of the people, the Prime Minister said.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak shared the background of how BR1M came to be in order to counter Opposition allegations, including the claim that it is a way of buying votes.

Speaking to a crowd of about 2,000 BR1M recipients, he said the aid was proposed by the central bank and adopted by the Barisan Nasional Government as an alternative to one-off subsidies.

“This (targeted) subsidy is better than one-off subsidy, which has many points of leakage.

“For example, with RON95 petrol, people with big cars benefit more (from the subsidy) than those who drive a Proton Saga or Myvi,” he said at the launch of the national-level BR1M at the Sultan Ahmad Shah Convention Hall here yesterday.

Also present were Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah.

Therefore, with this targeted subsidy in mind, the Government felt it was time for a policy change that gave huge benefits to the people such as the distribution of BR1M, said Najib, who is also

IT has been one year since the Transformasi Nasional 2050 (TN50) dialogue sessions were launched nationwide to hear the voices and aspirations of the youth. The ambitious project is entering its second phase in its aim to chart the country’s path for the next 30 years.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin speaks to Norzie Pak Wan Chek and Izwan Azir Salleh on TV3’s Soal Jawab to address issues.

Question: What’s the latest on the TN50 Youth Canvas?

Answer: I’m excited and overwhelmed

PUTRAJAYA - Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir has failed in his appeal to seek leave to cite Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for contempt over allegedly making statements on an ongoing defamation suit.

Yesterday, the Court of Appeal dismissed Mukhriz’s appeal to set aside the High Court’s dismissal of his application for leave to cite Najib for contempt.

Chairing a three-member bench, Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat said they agreed with the High Court judge Justice Ahmad Zaidi Ibrahim

KUALA LUMPUR - The government will continue paying attention and tending to the needs of the Chinese community to ensure that they will prosper together with the country, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The prime minister said the Chinese community had not only played important roles in terms of economic and business development, but had also contributed to the country's struggle to obtain independence.

"I am sure everyone remembers our Independence heroes such as Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Tun

PUTRAJAYA - The annual Inter-Varsity Sports Festival organised by Putera MIC aims to discover future international sports talents from the Indian community.

“MIC has strived to provide many platforms for the Indian community, especially the youths, to excel in sports,” Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk M. Saravanan told a press conference here yesterday.

“We are always asked if we can produce international-level athletes.

“We have the opportunities and the platforms, but it cannot

PUTRAJAYA - Visit Malaysia Year campaign will be held again in 2020, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“The campaign seeks to ensure that Malaysia remains a desirable destination for visitors from all over the world,” he said.

“Visit Malaysia Year 2020 (VMY2020) is a national mission. It will be the catalyst to drive the tourism industry further and achieve the visions outlined in the Malaysian Tourism Transformation Plan.

“I want all ministries and agencies to

KUALA LUMPUR - Dewan Rakyat secretary Datuk Roosme Hamzah and Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia have successfully struck out a suit by Petaling Jaya Selatan MP Hee Loy Sian for allegedly rejecting 1MDB-related questions in Parliament.

High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Kamaludin Said made the order in chambers in the presence of all parties Monday.

Hee's counsel N. Surendran said that Justice Kamaludin granted the application by Roosme and Pandikar to strike out his

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