- New Cabinet members sworn in
- MTUC welcomes Kulasegaran as HR Minister
- No increase in number of civil servants in Malaysia
- Malaysia sets up new 1MDB criminal task force
- Malaysians prefer to buy than rent a home
New Cabinet Sworn In13 new ministers have been sworn in before Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V at Istana Negara today, led by the country’s first female Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. The others who took their oath of office are Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik, Minister of Rural Development Rina Harun, 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 and Minister of Health Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad
MTUC welcomes Kulasegaran as HR Minister
The Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) has welcomed the appointment of Kulasegaran Murugeson as the new Human Resource Minister. MTUC said Kulasegaran is a well-known and credible lawyer who has been voicing many issues affecting Malaysians including labour and very well understands the limitations in the system. MTUC said it looked forward to work in cooperation with the Minister to address the various critical issues that MTUC has already raised with the previous Government and recently to Pakatan Harapan Government. “Among others, there needs to be urgent attention on disputes settlement mechanism, trade union recognition without hindrances, Industrial Court practices, it needs to go back to its fundamentals that is good conscience and equity instead of technicality that has failed to produce justice expected by the poor workers.”
No increase in number of civil servants in Malaysia
Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir Mohamed said the government would achieve its goals without increasing cost and as such the number of civil servants would not be increased and neither would new institutions be set up. Instead, the existing institutions would be utilised in a more efficient manner, without increasing the cost. “We are confident that with the wisdom of the administrators and government chosen by the people, we can make changes without increasing the cost of administration,” he said when addressing staff of the Prime Minister’s Department in Putrajaya. It was Tun Dr Mahathir’s first meeting with the staff after being appointed prime minister on May 10. He added that although various changes would be implemented in the administration, these would only be done after carrying out an in-depth study of the current situation. Tun Mahathir also said that Malaysia was saddles with more than RM1 trillion (UA$251.70 billion) in debt.
Malaysia sets up new 1MDB criminal task force
The government has set up a special task force that will look into possible criminal conduct of individuals involved in the management of state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). The Prime Minister’s office said the task force, which will include the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency, police and Bank Negara Malaysia, will also be responsible for identifying and seizing assets acquired using funds allegedly siphoned from the state fund. 1MDB was set up in 2009 by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. The Prime Minister’s Office said the task force would also be responsible for seeking cooperation of various enforcement agencies in the United States, Switzerland, Singapore, Canada and other related countries.
To Buy or Rent A Home?
Despite the rising perception that more Malaysians would choose to rent than to buy a home, statistics from the recent PropertyGuru Consumer Sentiment Survey show that 92% of those polled would rather own a house rather than to lease. Among those polled, about 33% were presently renting with 67% residing in their “own homes”. Own homes are regarded as homes that are owned by their dwellers or it could be a family home, staying with a sibling or relative and other non-rental residences. The survey shows that the traditional aspiration of owning a home remains largely unchanged despite evolving property market trends and demographics. For those who would prefer to rent, the majority cited a location that is close to their office or workplace as the most important criterion (71%), followed by family considerations (55%) and public transportation accessibility (52%) respectively. High-rise homes are the preferred option for renters with condominiums and serviced apartments being the top choice.