1. PM Tun Mahathir Mohamad announces Malaysia Cabinet
  2. MATTA lauds move to reduce GST rate
  3. Grab to expand GrabFood in Klang Valley

PM Tun Mahathir Mohamad announces Malaysia Cabinet
Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced his new Cabinet this afternoon. Tun Dr Mahathir had earlier announced five cabinet ministers which included Lim Guan Eng as the Finance Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Home Minister and Mohammad Sabu as Defence Minister. Earlier today, Tun Dr Mahathir withdrew himself as the Education Minister to honour the ruling coalition Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto pledge for the General Elections. The portfolio will now be taken by Dr Maszlee Malik. Tun Dr Mahathir did not name a Foreign Minister. The full list of Cabinet ministers announced to date are as follows:

Prime Minister: Dr Mahathir Mohamad
Deputy Minister: Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
Home Minister: Muhyiddin Yassin
Education Minister: Dr Maszlee Malik
Minister of Rural Development: Rina Harun
Minister of Women and Family Development: Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
Minister of Economic Affairs: Mohamed Azmin Ali
Minister of Housing and Local Government: Zuraida Kamaruddin
Minister of Finance: Lim Guan Eng
Minister of Transport: Anthony Loke Siew Fook
Minister of Communications and Multimedia: Gobind Singh Deo
Minister of Human Resource: Kulasegaran V Murugeson
Minister of Defence: Mohamad Sabu
Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry: Salahuddin Ayub
Minister of Health: Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad

The Yang diPertuan Agong had consented to the names and the swearing in ceremony will be held on Monday morning at the Istana Negara.

MATTA lauds move to reduce GST rate
The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) has welcomed the government’s move to reduce the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate to zero per cent effective June 1, 2018. President, Datuk Tan Kok Liang said the move would boost the domestic travel industry – an important contributor to the Malaysian economy. “It is bound to promote spending among locals and tourists, thus potentially increasing Malaysia’s appeal as a travel, shopping, food and beverage destination,” he said in a statement today. Datuk Tan said flights between the Peninsular and Sabah and Sarawak would also be more affordable with zero-rated GST and augurs well for domestic tourism. He said the policy shift would also bring consistency in the GST treatment between designated areas (Labuan, Langkawi and Tioman) and other local travel destinations.

Grab to expand GrabFood in Klang Valley
Southeast Asia’s leading on-demand transportation and fintech platform, Grab, will extend its new online food ordering and delivery platform, GrabFood, to more areas in the Klang Valley by the end of this month. Currently, GrabFood only delivers to selected areas such as Sri Hartamas, Bangsar, Mont Kiara and Bukit Damansara. “With our acquisition of Uber’s operations in Malaysia and the expansion of GrabFood across the region, we are working with local merchants and delivery partners to send the best of Malaysia’s kitchens to the doorsteps of millions in the very near future,” said Grab Malaysia country head, Sean Goh during a briefing on the ‘Future of Grab’. He said Grab would also expand the use of GrabPay as mobile wallet by July to enable payments to cash-based merchants.