Poll: SST raises cost of doing business

PETALING JAYA: The sales and service tax (SST), which was introduced in September 2018, have increased the cost of doing business among Malaysian manufacturers by up to 10%, according to a recent survey by the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) and the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER).

The Pakatan Harapan government had previously assured Malaysians that the move to replace the GST with SST would reduce costs. The abolishment of GST and the introduction of SST were the centrepiece ofthe Pakatan manifesto for the 14th general election.

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Minister: Sectoral-based minimum wages permitted by law

The National Wages Consultative Council (NWCC) formed to recommend the minimum wage rates to the government,?could do so according to sectors, types of employment and regional areas, said?Human Resource?Minister M.?Kulasegaran.

He said according to  Act 732 (Section 22), the council could make a recommendation to the government through the minister on the minimum wage rates and denied that the ministry decides on the minimum wage rates.

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Slew of infra projects in Sarawak

Construction companies to bid for RM11bil worth of contracts in the state

Sarawak?s major construction-based companies are in focus ahead of the impending award of contracts for the state-funded mega infrastructure projects.

The projects are the Sarawak coastal highway, second state trunk road, water supply and electricity connectivity.

Chief Minister Datuk Abang Johari Tun Openg has announced the Sarawak government?s allocation of some RM11bil to finance the infrastructure projects for this year and in 2020.

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Feud between Lo and Idris intensifies

Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) Sarawak Division secretary Andrew Lo said he was shocked that Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) information chief Datuk Idris Buang had resorted to personal attacks and wild accusations against the union?s officials instead of addressing the issues affecting workers in Sarawak.

Lo was referring to Idris?s?statement, calling Lo?s comment saying that the state government had failed to create decent-paying jobs for Sarawakians ?totally outrageous? and ?a personal statement with a political agenda?.

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Higher wage, tax pushing up Sarawak log prices

K?The implementation of the new minimum wage and increase in timber harvest tax from last month have further driven up the export prices of Sarawak logs and plywood.

Higher minimum wage and harvest tax have pushed up production cost of logs and plywood, which is labour intensive.

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Putrajaya allows Sarawak to use RM1b loan repayment for school repairs

?The federal government has agreed that an RM1 billion loan repayment from the Sarawak government will be used to repair dilapidated schools in the state, Education Minister Maszlee Malik said.

He said the federal Cabinet has given its approval for the loan repayment to be utilised to fix dilapidated schools in Sarawak.

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Give priority to creation of decent jobs, MTUC tells S?wak govt

KUCHING: The Sarawak government must give priority to the creation of decent jobs to ensure that Sarawakians will be able to find employment opportunities back home.

Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) Sarawak Division secretary Andrew Lo said otherwise, the 40 Sarawakians who have just been released from Cambodia prison will not be the last to believe that countries like Cambodia offers better opportunities than Sarawak.

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Federal govt approves RM10.5 million for Sarawak NCR land survey

The Sarawak state government is no longer alone in the process of surveying Native Customary Rights (NCR) land because the federal government has recently approved an allocation of RM10.5 million under the NCR Land Measurement Programme, said the Chief Minister.

According to Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, the state government has always recognised the people?s right to their land, and NCR land has been implemented since the 1960s.

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Maszlee reveals plan to merge Science and Arts streams

PETALING JAYA: Streamless schools are the way forward.

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik?(said this was among the suggestions received from the National Education Policy review committee.

?We are not going to put our students into Science and Arts (streams) anymore.

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Uggah: Public-private sector synergy vital

KUCHING: The Sarawak government will utilise the synergy of private enterprises and public sector support in propelling agriculture in the state into an export industry.

Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said this at a lunch for top management people of major agriculture companies hosted by his ministry here yesterday.

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