Thursday 10 July 2008



Najib on Defence

The Defence Ministry will continue with the programme to replace the Nuri helicpters although its operational budget had been reduced by RM300 million.

DPM Najib Razak said although the ministry's expenditure had been reduced, most of the existing operations would be continued.

Among the projects that would be continued are the replacement of the Nuri helicopters where we have already called for international tender but the final decision has yet to be made," he told reporters.

Najib, who is also Defence Minister, said among other programmes that would proceed was the acquisition of the New Generation Patrol Vessels (NGPV) for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).


Zeti on Inflation and Consumer Price Index

Malaysia expects the consumer price inflation (sic) to exceed 6% in June, following the adjustment in petrol prices by 40.6% and diesel prices by 63.3%, says Bank Negara Governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz.


Hadi National Service food

Only 90% of food handlers in National Service (NS) camps underwent food management courses before they were certified, said NS director-general Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil.


Taxes on fuel rebate

The Government has yet to decide if the rebate of RM625 a year to owners of vehicles with engine capacities of up to 2,500cc will be taxed.


Blog banging by Shafie

Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Shafie Apdal has hit out at blogs, saying they made the recent demonstrations worse.

He also described the culture of believing everything one read in blogs to be the truth as unhealthy and what made it worse was that the inaccurate information was passed on to others.

“One post may say a person stole RM10 and that amount might end up being RM100 when it got around. That is how inaccurate blogs can be,” he said.


Debating dodging the debate by Shafie

Mohd Shafie Apdal has urged that the scheduled debate between Information Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek and PKR advisor Anwar Ibrahim over the recent fuel price increase be called off.

”The Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister said the debate would not bring any benefit to the people or solve the problems at hand.

Speaking to reporters at the parliament lobby here Tuesday, he said, efforts should be directed at assisting the people who needed help, whereas the debate would not be able to provide any concrete proposals to offset the fuel price hike.

Deputy Higher Education Minister Idris Haron asked why should an opportunity be given to someone who would capitalise on the issue to poison the minds of the people.”


{News Sources Malaysian newspapers on line and BERNAMA}

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