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KUALA LUMPUR - Women entrepreneurs are the ones who are cashing in the most in the nation's growing digital economy said the Prime Minister.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) said this was based from the successes achieved through the eUsahawan programme to train entrepreneurs to use social media and digital platforms to generate income.

"Between Jan 2016 and September 2017, some 92,926 youths and rural entrepreneurs participated in the eUsahawan training programme.

"Of this, 27,170 or 29% have reported increased sales totalling RM112mil where 95% of them were women entrepreneurs," he said when answering a question raised by Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah (BN-Lenggong) during Minister's Question Time in Dewan Rakyat on Thursday (Nov 9).

"Some 57,572 or 57% have succeeded in generating income totalling RM81mil," he noted.

Najib said the programmes were implemented by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) to help guide youths, small businesses, rural folks, single mothers and housewives to benefit from the digital economy.

To further promote the growth of the nation's digital economy, he said the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) was set up to encourage small and medium

KUALA LUMPUR - The personal income tax reduction announced in Budget 2018 will enable people to have more money in their pocket, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak.

He said the lowering of the tax rates by two percentage points for income tax band between RM20,000 and RM70,000 would generate an additional disposable income of RM1.5bil, or an increase in the people’s disposable income by RM300 to RM1,000.

“This extra money would be contributing back to

KUALA LUMPUR - The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V has expressed hope for more Malaysian companies to be given the opportunity to enhance Qatar's economy.

His Majesty said this following the success of a Malaysian company in completing a new building project for Qatar's Ministry of Interior, which also served as the Qatar Prime Minister's office.

"I would also like to express my appreciation for the confidence and opportunities accorded by His Excellency the Emir (of Qatar) to the

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

PUTRAJAYA - Bilateral relations between Malaysia and Qatar, especially in the trade sector has not been affected despite the Middle Eastern nation facing a crisis with other Gulf Countries, as relations between the two countries had been well established for the past 43 years, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak.

He said Malaysia was known as a country which had good cooperation with all countries, as well as in the context of Muslim nations, by practising the principle of

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia climbed two spots to rank 23rd out of 137 countries in the Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018 (GCR) compared to last year where it was placed 25th out of 138 countries.

In the report released by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Malaysia has overtaken Ireland, Qatar and remained ahead of economies such as South Korea, China, Iceland and Estonia.

The study, which uses 70 per cent survey data and 30 per cent hard data from 137 countries, took into considerations 12

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

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