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KUCHING - Malaysia must be ready for disruptive change by adjusting its policies to meet the changing circumstances, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Prime Minister cautioned that the country would lose its competitive edge and be overtaken if it was not well prepared.

“We cannot and must not allow that. We knew that if we are to achieve our goal of becoming a high-income nation by 2020, we had to make changes. And that is true leadership,” he said when opening the 13th World Islamic Economic Forum themed “Disruptive Change: Impact and Challenges” yesterday.

Najib said governments must be responsive to disruptive change, sometimes by instigating it, citing Malaysia’s introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

“We knew it wouldn’t be popular. But it would have been irresponsible not to have brought in GST.

“It’s not just that we needed to widen the tax base, which is one reason why over 160 countries around the world have a form of GST. It is also that with the plunge in the price of oil, GST saved us,” he said.

Najib accused the Opposition of deceiving the people and “deploying fantasy economics” by pledging to remove GST.

He said governments in the present day

GEORGE TOWN - The images of people carrying the elderly and sick through the waters during Penang’s flood brought tears to war veteran James Jeremiah.

The only surviving World War II veteran of Penang’s Eurasian “E” company, Jeremiah, 94, reminisced about how he and his comrades had to carry the dead and injured during the Japanese bombing campaign.

“It was more horrifying than the flood as there were many who had their limbs blown off during the relentless bombing.

“Fear of death could be

KUALA LUMPUR - The dialogue and engagement sessions with young Malaysians to gather suggestions for the 2050 National Transformation (TN50) will expand to rural areas, says Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

“I just came back from meeting youths from Sabah and Sarawak,” he said. “I will be meeting Felda youths from all over the nation to discuss their ideas and aspirations for the country,” he told reporters before revealing the 10 Prasarana aspirations in an LRT train.

Khairy said

GEORGE TOWN - The massive floods of Nov 4 and 5 continue to worry Penang folk who are still haunted by the nightmares caused by the 15-hour storm.

Sixty-year-old Julie Lim still lives in fear since 1.5m of floodwaters inundated her ground floor Taman Setia flat in Tanjung Bungah.

The grandmother had to stand on her bed and cradle her 10-month-old grandson on Nov 5.

“I had no choice but to carry my grandson and stand on the bed for over an hour until help arrived,” she said when met at a

KUALA LUMPUR - More people-­centric infrastructure projects will be delivered by the Government, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said that Malaysia is on the right track when it comes to public infrastructure and the Government has clear and concise public deve­lopment programmes.

“We have delivered and we will continue to deliver more facilities for the people,” he said, adding that such projects were no longer just infrastructure or basic amenities, but “infra-rakyat”

HONG KONG - Chinese education in Malaysia plays a crucial role in nurturing multi-lingual citizens as well as strengthening a firm footing in the global arena, says Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

At the Ninth World Chinese Economic Summit (WCES) 2017 here, the Transport Minister said Malaysia was one of the few multiracial countries that stressed the importance of Chinese education.

“Our national Chinese primary and secondary schools, which are open to students of any race, allow the younger

PETRA JAYA - Sarawak has identified 110 critically-dilapidated schools to be rebuilt with the allocation from the Federal 2018 Budget to Sarawak amounting RM1 billion.

State Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong said although 415 schools needed repairs, the 110 would be given priority.

He said the remaining schools were expected to be rebuilt with the allocation under the 11th Malaysia Plan.

To a question from See Chee How (PKR-Batu Lintang)

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