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KUALA LUMPUR - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Malaysia will continue to welcome Chinese investment, describing China's business community as one of the partners in building the high-income and high-skills Malaysia of the future.

The Prime Minister said he made no apology for saying that.

"For it would be foolish and bad for the Malaysian people if we were to spurn the hand of friendship...a hand that Malaysia, under my father Tun Razak, first offered to China in 1974, making history by being the first ASEAN member state to establish diplomatic relations with China," he said.

Speaking at the Malaysia-China Bilateral Cooperation Lunar New Year luncheon here today, he said: "We will continue to welcome you, and let me assure you that your investments here will be well protected under Malaysia's well-established legal system and government."

The government was right then, and it was right to welcome Chinese investment now, he said at the event organised by the Malaysia-China Business Council (MCBC), of which he is the patron.

Najib cited the example of some 4,000 new jobs being created by Alliance Steel at the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park, with a previous announcement

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%

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

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

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