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KUALA LUMPUR - A proposal to set up a so-called "Halaljaya" will be discussed at the next Halal Malaysia Council meeting at the end of the year.

Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) said that the national halal industry park and development centre for new products and services can boost the halal industry, similarly to the effect of Cyberjaya on the information technology sector.

"I agree that the proposal to set up Halaljaya should be considered in order to show that the Government is truly serious about developing the halal industry," said the Deputy Prime Minister after a dialogue with halal industry players here on Monday.

The dialogue was organised by the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC), an agency under the International Trade and Industry Ministry.

He said that if the proposal was accepted, the existing halal industry parks in the country would be maintained while Halaljaya would serve as a national halal development centre.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said Halaljaya need not necessarily be located in the Klang Valley, but other areas where land is cheaper.

"The park can house many facilities, not just companies involved in making products but also services," said Dr

While Malaysian businesses were helping China in the 1980s through the 1990s, China is playing a vital role in the Malaysian economy now. Dr Huang Huikang, China’s Ambassador to Malaysia, gives his views on bilateral ties in an interview with Ho Wah Foon and Yimie Yong of The Star. 

Q: How would you describe Malaysia-China relations now?

A: Over the past four years, China-Malaysia relations have developed speedily in all aspects to become more matured and stable. Strong progress has been made

KUALA LUMPUR - Despite the external and domestic headwinds, Malaysia retained its position among the top 25 competitive nations, coming in 24th out of 63 countries in the World Competitiveness Yearbook 2017 (WCY) published by the Swiss-based Institute for Management Development (IMD).

Even though Malaysia dropped from 19th spot out of 61 countries last year, it improved its score slightly to 83.53 from 83.05 last year.

Herewith, the IMD's WCY top 25 rankings report reproduced by the Malaysia

BEIJING - Nine business agreements were signed here on Sunday between Malaysian and Chinese companies with proposed investments estimated at US$7.22 billion (about RM31.3 billion).

The memoranda of understanding (MoUs) are for various sectors particularly construction, agriculture, stock exchange, infrastructure and port and airport cooperation.

The signing ceremony for the various agreements was witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Most of the projects will be carried out

TANGKAK - President and Chief Executive Officer of Pemandu Associates Sdn Bhd, Datuk Seri Idris Jala has the expertise and experience to probe the issue involving Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV).

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan believed the FGV issue was related to governance adding the FGV board of directors have a duty to ensure accountability.

Asked to comment on the issue, he said "I do not want to comment further. You have to ask them (FGV)

BEIJING - China has opened huge opportunities for Malaysian businessmen who want to foster economic cooperation for mutual benefit, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The prime minister said the trust between Malaysia and China is at the highest level making it easier for Malaysian businessmen to foster economic cooperation than ever before.

"The warmth on the part of China seems to open their door as wide as possible," he told Malaysian journalists at the end of the One Belt, One Road Forum

KUALA LUMPUR - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said a rebound in exports of commodities and the electronics & electrical products will help spur the manufacturing sector.

Speaking at the opening of the 19th Asia oil and gas conference, the Prime Minister said gross exports were expected to accelerate at a faster pace of 2.7% this year due to this.

"The economy continues to thrive despite headwinds. Last year, we recorded a GDP growth and the economy is expected to grow between 4.3% and 4.8%

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