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MANILA - The ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which represents 40 per cent of the world's Gross Domestic Product, is gaining more momentum with at least five more countries keen to join the United States-led pact.

Ever since the completion and publication of the trade pact's text the "noise" over it has died down quiet a bit, said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

"More people have better understanding of the trade pact now, including in Malaysia, he said.

"This was revealed in my discussions and bilateral meetings with some TPP member counterparts," he told reporters on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting here on Monday.

In fact, he said, five countries, which included some ASEAN members, were keen to join the trade pact, which would form the largest free trade area ever created.

"Some of the countries are seeking Malaysia's support to join TPP," he said, adding that those who were previously skeptical about it were feeling comfortable now after the text was released.

Asked why these countries were showing a sudden interest to join the TPP, he said:"One country mentioned that it had

KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Rakyat today passed the Supply Bill 2016 in principle with a large number of votes.

The Bill was passed for the second reading after a total of 128 members of Parliament (MPs) voted in support of it versus the 74 who opposed.

The bloc division voting was conducted by the Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia following several members of Parliament from the opposition parties who wanted the vote conducted.

Meanwhile, six PAS members of parliament abstained

LANGKAWI - ASEAN must have a clear direction, collective actions and a firm position in addressing drug problems, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said here Thursday.

He said liberation of trade in the region would not only bring prosperity, but could also emerge as an opportunity for international drug and transnational criminal syndicates to widen their operations.

"We need to be aware of the impact of regional economic integration to the drug situation in the region, the

"The Idea of 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was a good and nobel idea which has achieved a lot of strategic objectives, unfortunately there were a number of challenges along the way, and rationalisation plan will take place" said Arul Kanda Kandasamy the President and Group Executive Director, during the talkshow ‘Bernama TV with Arul Kanda’ with respect to 1MDB helmed by host Suriati Sanusi and deputy editor-in-chief (economic service) Mikhail Raj Abdullah, yesterday at 10.00 pm. 

Arul

JOHOR BAHARU: Two hundred and twenty-two flood victims from 51 households in villages around Simpang Renggam near Kluang are currently staying at six relief centres.

Kluang district officer Mohd Fuad Radzuan said the number has increased from 190 comprising 40 families.

"The centres are Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Sri Kencana, Dewan Kampung Paya Palembang, Dewan Kampung Kolam Air, SK Sungai Linau, Balairaya Kampung Seri Maju Jaya and Dewan Orang Ramai Kampung Ithnin Maarof," he said when

KUALA LUMPUR: A member of parliament from Selangor on Wednesday suggested the government to find new mechanisms to improve the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M).

Datuk Irmohizam Ibrahim (BN-Kuala Selangor) said the giving of the aid could be improved by categorising the recipients into two categories, namely the urban and rural recipients.

"Through this mechanism, the use of BR1M for both categories should be limited for purchase of basic needs only and through selected shops and outlets only,"

Following is the full transcription of the talkshow ‘Bernama TV with Arul Kanda’ with respect to 1MDB helmed by host Suriati Sanusi and deputy editor-in-chief (economic service) Mikhail Raj Abdullah.

1. What is 1MDB?

1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) is a company which is 100 percent owned by the government.

It was set up as a strategic development company with a vision to catalyse and stimulate foreign direct investments as well as do things differently for the government.

“We should understand the

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