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PUTRAJAYA : The Government will strive harder to strengthen women’s positions in all fields while ensuring equal opportunities for all irrespective of gender, race and religion.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said various steps had already been taken to aid not only women but everyone with ideas, initiative and the drive to succeed.

He cited micro-credit schemes such as Tabung Amanah Ikhtiar, Tekun and SME Corp as some of the programmes by the Government to help those keen on doing business.

“Nevertheless, I take note that there is still a gap in assistance and support being given to women who want to start businesses, especially those who want to do it online.

“Insya Allah, we will from time to time find ways to lessen the gap,” he said in a posting on his blog NajibRazak.com.

Najib said the role of women in nation building, workforce and education, and striking a balance between career and family were among the issues discussed during dinner with his online friends at the Modern Asian Diner in Setapak on Wednesday night.

Among those present were eye surgeon Prof Dr Muhaya Mohamad, young fashion designer Fuzana Mokhtaza, gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, crime

PETALING JAYA : The International Trade and Industry Ministry will form a national committee tasked to monitor, facilitate and oversee the overall implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the committee would comprise representatives of ministries and government agencies involved in the trade agreement.

“The National Committee and subsidiary bodies will mirror the set-up of the TPP Joint Commission and subcommittees under the

KUALA LUMPUR : The Government will take all necessary measures to strengthen the resilience of the nation's economy, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Although the country has strong fundamentals, the Prime Minister said the Government would continue to fortify the economy and to keep Malaysia on an inclusive and sustainable path.

He said despite difficult global circumstances, Malaysia's economy continued to perform well, given that the trade performance last year exceeded forecasts.


KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysia's January industrial production rose 3.2 % from a year earlier due to growth in its manufacturing, mining and electricity sectors, government data showed on Friday. 

The figure was above the 2.1% rise forecast in a Reuters poll. 

Year-on-year, manufacturing output grew 3.9% in January, after registering a growth of 4.0 % in December 2015, data from the Statistics Department showed. 

Annual output growth in December had exceeded expectations at 2.7%, supported by gains

SEREMBAN : Negri Sembilan will focus more on its tourism and agriculture sectors this year to boost the state’s economic development, said Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.  

He said that at the moment, 86 per cent of the state’s economy is made up of manufacturing and services sectors. 

“We need to strike a balance in order to reduce the state’s economic dependency on the manufacturing and services sector. 

We believe the agriculture and tourism sectors have the biggest potential and

KUALA LUMPUR : Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said on Monday he wanted Felda to become an economic powerhouse that will continue to champion the plight of settlers into the next generation.

He said the desire of the government in setting up Felda was to not only champion the plight of the first-generation settlers but also the second and third generation and for another 100 years or more.

"It is for this reason that we developed Felda, we established FGV (Felda Global Ventures

KUALA LUMPUR : Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) was among the first central banks to diversify its foreign reserves into instruments from within the Asean region, Governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz said on Friday.

It was a key effort the rating agencies failed to recognise, she said.

"Bank Negara was one of the first central banks to diversify its reserves into instruments from this region because we felt we knew this region although rating agencies didn't give us the ratings we felt we

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