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KUALA LUMPUR - The government has assured the people that there will be no raise in the current 6% Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate after the next general election.

Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Othman Aziz told the Dewan Rakyat today that the government is certain about this although there may be suggestions for a raise.

"Maybe there were some suggestions ... they may have proposed this for certain reasons but for now, I want to stress that the government has no plans to increase or even review the GST rate in the future," he said when winding up the debates on the Finance Bill 2017.

Othman was responding to a question by Wong Chen (PKR-Kelana Jaya) who asked the government whether the World Bank has proposed that the GST rate be increased to 7% from the current 6%.

"I am not about it (reports on the World Bank's proposal) as I have not read it myself. Maybe some have suggested this, but as far as we are concerned, we will stick to the 6% rate," he said.

The government started implementing GST on April 1, 2015.

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KUALA TERENGGANU - A total of 374 people from 102 families have been evacuated to 17 relief centres in Terengganu, following worsening floods.

The Social Welfare Department’s http://infobanjir.jkm.gov.my/ portal reported that the evacuees comprised 104 men, 121 women, 78 boys, 66 girls, and five infants.

The number included one female senior citizen and three male disabled persons.

In Besut, police said an additional 12 people from five families were evacuated to Sekolah Kebangsaan Kuala

KUALA LUMPUR - Atheism should not be allowed in Malaysia for any citizen as it contradicts both the Federal Constitution and the Rukunegara, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki (pix).

He said atheist ideologies were dangerous as they were being propagated to not only Muslims but to the non-Muslims in Malaysia.

“Atheism contradicts the first principle of the Rukunegara, which is a belief in God.

“We need to understand, that in the Malaysian

KUALA LUMPUR - Only one complaint has been received so far over the selective ban which prevents tudung-clad women from working frontline jobs in the hotel industry.

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz (pix) said investigations were still being carried out over the complaint.

“We are collecting information about the complaint," he said in reply to a question by Anuar Abd Manap (BN - Sekijang) in Parliament on Thursday (Nov 23).

Nazri did not furnish details about

The Community Rehabilitation Programme (CRP) for prisoners is among programmes implemented under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) to better people’s lives while reducing cost, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Under this programme, inmates who are not classified as hardcore criminals are given vocational training, including in agriculture, so they can have a source of income.

They are placed in protected areas which are not prisons, so we do not have to spend money to build new prisons

KUALA LUMPUR - Authorities have identified slip-prone tracks after a cargo train derailed at Keretapi Tanah Melayu's (KTM) Bank Negara station Thursday (Nov 23) morning, disrupting railway services in Klang Valley.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pix) said the operational problem by KTM was viewed seriously while measures have been put in place to further improve the situation.

"In certain areas we have told KTM operators to slow down the traffic and we are in the midst of

KUCHING - Malaysia must be ready for disruptive change by adjusting its policies to meet the changing circumstances, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Prime Minister cautioned that the country would lose its competitive edge and be overtaken if it was not well prepared.

“We cannot and must not allow that. We knew that if we are to achieve our goal of becoming a high-income nation by 2020, we had to make changes. And that is true leadership,” he said when opening the 13th World Islamic

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