• PM calls on undergraduates to discard “wage earner” mentality
  • Corruption ranking for Ministries by end November
  • Malaysia Airlines Launches E-Commerce Platform
  • Salt resistant rice species in China can boost rice production by nearly 20%
  • Lazada believes Indonesia’s e-commerce industry holds huge potential

Budget 2018: CUEPACS Wants One And A Half Months’ Bonus

The Congress of Union of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) has proposed that the government considers giving a bonus of one and a half months to civil servants and two new initiatives to ease the financial burden of those living in the city in the Budget 2018. CUEPACS president Datuk Azih Muda wants the government to consider the proposed City Allowance and Public Transport Discount Card due to the rising costs faced by civil servants living in the city. Cuepacs proposed that the discount card be provided to civil servants and government pensioners when using public transportation starting January 2018. For the City Allowance, CUEPACS proposed that RM300 monthly be given to civil servants living in urban areas.

PM: Undergraduates Must Change Their ‘Wage Earner’ Mentality

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants undergraduates to change their ‘wage earner’ mentality to become entrepreneurs who can offer employment to other individuals. The Prime Minister said undergraduates must challenge themselves to choose the field of entrepreneurship that could promise a more meaningful future. Citing an example, he said Chinese global icon Jack Ma began on a modest scale in a small apartment, but today, he became among the richest individuals in the world. “So, I want our mentality to change, don’t want the mentality that upon leaving the university, becoming a wage earner is in our head. We must challenge ourselves. “I believe the field of entrepreneurship can become a catalyst in enriching ourselves and the nation,” he said.

Corruption Ranking for Ministries Ready by End Of November

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is in the final stage of finalising the list of ministries based on its placing in terms of corruption and abuse of power, prior to announcing it by the end of November. MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner (Prevention) Datuk Shamsun Baharin Mohd Jamil said at the moment, the ranking list was waiting to be submitted to MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad. “The list has been completed by a committee of experts involved but has yet to be submitted to the chief commissioner,” he said. According to previous media reports, the ranking list comprises 10 most problematic ministries and five cleanest in terms of corruption and abuse of power.

 

Malaysia Airlines Launches E-Commerce Platform ‘Temptations’

The national carrier, Malaysia Airlines has launched its e-commerce platform, Temptations, to add convenience and facilitate pre-order service for its guests. In a statement today, the airline, said the platform will be operated by DFASS Group, an in-flight duty free specialty retailer. “Guests can now purchase from a wide selection of brands on Temptations to be delivered onboard their next Malaysia Airlines’ flight or at home,” it said. Malaysia Airlines Chief Commercial Officer, Arved von Zur Muehlen, “Temptations online is part of Malaysia Airlines’ digital transformation”

 

Chinese scientists put rice grown in seawater on the nation’s tables

Rice grown on a commercial scale in diluted seawater has, for the first time, made it into the rice bowls of ordinary Chinese people after a breakthrough in food production. This follows more than four decades of efforts by farmers, researchers, government agencies and businesses. The rice was not grown in traditional rice paddy, where fields are filled with fresh water, but on a salty beach on the Yellow Sea coast in Qingdao, Shandong. China has one million square kilometres of waste land, an area the size of Ethiopia, where plants struggle to grow because of high salinity or alkalinity levels in the soil. Agricultural scientist Yuan Longping, known as China’s “father of hybrid rice”, said that if a tenth of such areas were planted with rice species resistant to salt, they could boost China’s rice production by nearly 20 per cent. They could produce 50 million tonnes of food, enough to feed 200 million people, he said. A research team led by Yuan, 87, recently doubled the output of seawater rice, which in the past was too low for large-scale production.

 

Indonesia’s e-commerce industry holds major promise

Lazada, one of the largest e-commerce platforms in Southeast Asia, is expecting online sales in Indonesia to experience one of the highest growth rates in the next few years owing to the country’s high penetration rate of internet users and demand from a huge number of potential customers. “China’s e-commerce market is approximately 15 to 20 years ahead of that in Indonesia, so the country holds huge growth potential,” said Duri Granziol, co-chief executive of Lazada Indonesia. As China has “better roads and highways”, as well as other infrastructure facilities compared to countries in Southeast Asia, a comprehensive e-commerce ecosystem similar to that in China has just started to emerge in this region, said Granziol. Although Southeast Asia is a fragmented e-commerce market with a low percentage of e-commerce activity compared to total retail sales, growth in broadband and mobile connectivity combined with consumer openness to online retail buying means there is huge potential, according to consulting firm Research and Markets.