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PUTRAJAYA - The cabotage policy exemption shows that the Government listens to the people's wishes, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

"In the past two years, whenever I attended dialogues or meetings with small-and-medium enterprises (SME) as well as other associations in Sabah, the question of the cabotage policy kept cropping up.

"I highlighted this to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who brought the matter to the Prime Minister," said Dr Wee, who is also Sabah MCA Chairman.

After deliberating the matter with various stakeholders, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced on Sunday that the 30-year-old policy will be exempted for cargo shipping operations within Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan.  

"We have been liberalising the sector over the past few years by gradually removing the policy's restriction. The exemption announced by the Prime Minister is a major step in the liberalisation process.

"So far, it has been very well received by the people in Sabah," he told reporters after attending a dialogue session with SME Malaysian Champions Club members at Menara Usahawan on Monday.

The cabotage policy requires all

KOTA KINABALU - The cabotage policy exemption from June 1 will enable more entrepreneurs in Sabah to export their products at competitive costs.

Treasury Secretary-General Tan Sri Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah said it would also help boost their business potentials through marketing and branding.

"It is a good move. With this announcement, more entrepreneurs, particularly from Sabah, can send their products to Peninsular Malaysia at competitive costs.

"Certain quarters used to complain that

MELAKA - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's endeavour in building closer ties with China will not affect the national sovereignty, instead it would further strengthen Malaysia''s economic prosperity, Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said.

He said being home to 1.3 billion people, China boasted an enormous consumer power for Malaysia to tap into.

"As Malaysia is a small country with only 30 million people, by fostering relations with a big economic power, it will gain the

DUBAI - The government's socio-economic transformation agenda for the East Coast Economic Region (ECER), implemented through the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC), has garnered international recognition when it won the Global Good Governance (3G) Awards for Best Economic Transformation Programme 2017 here on Tuesday.

Three other economic transformation programmes nominated for the same award category were the 'One Belt One Road' from China, 'The China Pakistan-Economic

PUTRAJAYA - The termination of the master developer for Bandar Malaysia will in no way derail plans to develop the area or the rationalisation of 1Malaysia Deve­lop­ment Bhd (1MDB), said Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

Describing this as a temporary glitch, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said exciting times awaited the project despite what had happened.

“We were informed by the Prime Minister during the Cabinet meeting (on Wednesday) that a new company will be invited to be

PETALING JAYA - Pakatan Harapan has been challenged to come up with an alternative economic plan if they want to abolish the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said the opposition must have an alternative plan to gain back the revenue that would be lost from abolishing GST.

"The opposition can be popular by saying they want to abolish GST once they are in power, we have mega development projects going on such as the Pan Borneo

TASEK GELUGOR - Tasek Gelugor, in Seberang Perai Utara (SPU), is set to be a popular destination for visitors in Penang with plans being made by the state government to turn it into an agrotourism development area.

Tasek Gelugor Member of Parliament Datuk Shabudin Yahaya said Tasek Gelugor, with its existing infrastructure facilities, would be a hub for river tourism, as well as a haven for those who loved freshwater fish and prawns and other edible life from rivers.

"Tourists to Tasek

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