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GEORGE TOWN - The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) wants the DAP-led Penang government to build more affordable houses to be sold at a reasonable price to civil servants in the state.

Its president, Datuk Azih Muda, said a reasonable house price should be the main aspect of consideration for the state government as most civil servants could not afford to purchase a house priced at around RM400,000.

"It is our hope that more affordable houses for civil servants or any other houses with reasonable prices can be built in the state.

"With the rising cost of living, including childrens' education and nursery, utility bills and logistics, there is no way a civil servant can afford to purchase a house at a price of RM400,000. Those in the implementer group can only afford to purchase a house which is priced between RM90,000 and RM150,000."

He said this to reporters after giving a briefing on public service and other issues to over 200 Penang civil servants at the Tun Abdul Razak Complex here today.

Azih said the federal and state governments, as well as non-governmental organisations, should work closely together to help civil servants to

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

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

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

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