Highlights:

  1. King consents to appointment of Tommy Thomas as Attorney-General
  2. May-June electricity bills to be prorated with zero GST
  3. Malaysia’s total trade up 11.7% to RM155.42 bln in April 2018
  4. Invest Selangor optimistic of drawing RM12 billion investments
  5. First Trump, Kim meeting set for 9am in Singapore on June 12
  6. E-payment, digital signature options for all government services in Singapore by 2023

King consents to appointment of Tommy Thomas as Attorney-General
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V has given his consent to the appointment of Tommy Thomas as the new Attorney-General. Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja Datuk Wan Ahmad Dahlan Abdul Aziz said “The Yang di-Pertuan Agong also called on all Malaysians to accept that the appointment of the Attorney-General should not create religious or racial conflict as every Malaysian should be fairly treated regardless of race and religion, ” he said. In a statement dated June 4 and issued by Istana Negara to Bernama early this morning, Datuk Wan Ahmad Dahlan said the appointment would continue to preserve the special rights and privileges of the Malays and Bumiputeras, as well as the status of Islam as the federal religion.

TNB: May-June electricity bills to be prorated with zero GST
Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) has assured customers that billing prior to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) zero-rated implementation date on June 1 will be calculated on a prorated basis. Chief Corporate Officer Datuk Roslan Abdul Rahman said customers can get in touch with TNB at 1-300-88-5454 or e-mail at tnbcareline@tnb.com.
Malaysia’s total trade up 11.7% to RM155.42 bln in April 2018
Malaysia’s total trade in April 2018 rebounded by 11.7 per cent year-on-year to RM155.42 billion from a decline of 3.5 per cent in March. A statement from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry said exports for the month registered a robust growth of 14 per cent year-on-year to RM84.24 billion – the second highest monthly exports value after the previous months’ RM84.47 billion. “The expansion was supported mainly by higher exports to Hong Kong, ASEAN, China, the European Union (EU), Taiwan, Bangladesh and South Korea. The year-to date trade surplus surged by 68.7 per cent to RM46.44 billion compared with the corresponding period of 2017.

Invest Selangor optimistic of drawing RM12 billion investments
Invest Selangor is optimistic of drawing in RM12 billion in both domestic and foreign investments this year, said Chief Executive Officer Datuk Hasan Azhari Idris. “First quarter of the year was a bit slow (in terms of manufacturing inflow) hope in the second half of this year, there will be more aggressive investments coming in,” he told reporters in Shah Alam. Datuk Hasan said out of the RM12 billion target, the manufacturing sector was expected to bring in both direct foreign and domestic investment of RM7 billion while the services sector would account for the remaining RM5 billion. He added that Invest Selangor would focus on the five main clusters of electrical and electronics, food and beverages, equipment and machinery, life sciences and transportation handling equipment to attract investments.

White House says Trump, Kim to meet at 9am Singapore time on June 12
The While House said preparations for a summit meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are going well, and the two are tentatively scheduled to meet at 9am Singapore time on June 12. The announcement of the timing for the first meeting between the two leaders came just three days after President Trump hosted a North Korean delegation at the White House bearing a letter from Kim.

E-payment, digital signature options for all government services in Singapore by 2023
Singapore has launched a Digital Government Blueprint, targeting to offer electronic payment and digital signature options for all government services by 2023. According to the blueprint, being “digital to the core” is about using data, connectivity and computing decisively to transform the way the Government serve citizens and businesses and the way it enables public officers to contribute fully. For citizens and business, this means they will find digital government services intuitive, easy to use and relevant to their needs, and complete these transactions in a paperless manner from start to finish without having to be there in person. They will also only need to give information or request for help once, as the relevant data or request will be shared with the right public agencies, and feel confident their information is secure.