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Belanjakawan, Sanusi MAYC, Siber Kafe Game dll
By Kapal Berita
13/10/2000 9:26 am Fri
Tarikh akan dibentangkan: 27/10/2000
Menurut pakar, kerajaan perlu menjanakan kuasa beli pengguna,
kerana ia merupakan separuh dari GNP. Oleh itu dijangka pegawai
kerajaan akan diberi bonus. Menurut MIA, ekonomi Malaysia sudah
pulih (Hmmm... tetapi Mahathir masih belum berundur sebagaimana
Jaminan kerajaan agar harga barangan tidak dinaikkan angkara
kenaikkan harga minyak nampaknya sudah rapuh walau pun belum
mencecah usia sebulan.
Malah MAS lebih awal menaikkan tambang KL-Chennai dari RM1,265
kepada RM1,550 sejak Sep 15 lagi. Semalam agen tiket MAS
sudahpun menerima senarai harga baru dimana kos meningkat
antara 10 hingga 30% banyaknya.
NewYork RM 2,951 (naik RM 476)
Yang menarik dikatakan Syarikat Penerbangan SIA juga akan
menaikkan harga. Malangnya akhbar gagal untuk membanding MAS
dan SIA dengan se pasang mata - Malaysia mempunyai telaga minyak
sendiri dan memang mengekspotnya ke Singapura!
Menurut MIA lagi, FDI mengecut kepada 28.4% kepada RM9 bilion
tahun lepas. Cadangan Modal Pelaburan (Proposed Capital Investment)
pula susut 73.2%. MIA turut menyebut lapuran Global Competitiveness
Report, dimana Malaysia mendapat nombor 16 tahun lepas.
Yang saya hairan kenapa dia tidak menyebut lapuran Global
Competitiveness Report tahun ini, iaitu sudah nombor 25! (semakin teruk)
Bayangkan pada tahun 1997, Malaysia dapat nombor 9. (masa Anwar)
Masalah hartanah tidak terjual masih kronik:
Rumah kediaman tidak laku sahaja bernilai RM 6.31 billion daripada
jumlah besar RM 8.82 billion yang termasuk komersil dan industri.
Agaknya sebab itulah Rafidah Aziz terpaksa mengembara keluar
negara lagi? Baru saja "pening lalat" di Amerika kerana sambutan
hambar dan kena "backjab" reformasi, kini dia akan bertolak ke
benua Eropah pula pada 11/10 hingga 19/10.
Perlu diingat kekuatan negara masih lagi pada ekspot minyak dan
barangan kilang, khususnya elektronik. Tetapi harga minyak tidak
selalunya akan naik dan ekspot elektronik amat bergantung kepada
kos tenaga buruh dan kecekapan. Kini negara cina dan Vietnam kelihatan
begitu mengancam..... agaknya sebab itulah terpaksa menteri
keluar negara siap dengan pancaragam - MIDA, MATRADE, MDC dll.
Lapuran Bernama di atas menyebut:
"MAYC president Tan Sri Sanusi Junid yesterday said he planned to sack
secretary-general Sheikh Badar Sheikh Embong for "damaging actions" in
announcing that he (Sanusi) had not filed his nomination papers to contest
the president's post.
Sheikh Badar earlier announced that Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid
Albar had won the post uncontested after Sanusi failed to submit his
nomination ppaers before the Sept 20 closing date." -- BERNAMA
Presiden MAYC, Tan Sri Sanusi Junid semalam berkata beliau
bercadang untuk memecat s/u agung Sheikh Badar Sheikh Embong kerana
"aksi merosak" ketika mengumumkan beliau (Sanusi) tidak mengisi borang
pencalunan untuk bertanding jawatan presiden.
Sheikh Badar sebelum ini mengumumkan Menteri Luar, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid
Albar telah memenangi kerusi president tanp bertanding kerana Sanusi gagal
menghantar borang pencalunan sebelum tarikh tutup pada 20 Sep.
Nampak sangat bekas kaki pukul perkerja KLIA ini cuba
mempersalahkan orang lain lantaran kealpaan diri sendiri...
VIDEO GAME DAN SIBER KAFE
Terdapat kebimbangan oleh usahawan cybercafe akan
kemungkinan lesen mereka ditarik balik dengan alasan
perjudian juga boleh hidup dikedai mereka....
Ini berikutan kenyataan Timb. Menteri Tenaga, Komuikasi dan
Multimedia, Tan Chai Ho, yang melahirkan rasa bimbang
kafe siber mungkin menjadi sasaran seterusnya jika
ada aktiviti perjudian di sana.
Thursday, October 12 6:47 PM SGT
Malaysia Sends Trade Team to Europe
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12 Asia Pulse - Minister of International Trade and
Industry Rafidah Aziz will lead a trade and investment mission to the
Netherlands, France and Germany from Oct 11 to 19.
In conjunction with the visit, seminars on "Malaysia: Your Profit Centre in
Asia" would be held in Amsterdam (Netherlands) on Oct 12, Lyon (France)
on Oct 16 and Berlin (Germany) on Oct 18, the ministry said in a statement
Business meetings have also been arranged between members of the
Malaysian delegation and their counterparts in each of the three cities.
The 38-member mission would comprise 24 private sector members from 24
The mission will also include officials from the state government of Selangor
and Kedah, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysian
Industrial Development Authority (MIDA), Malaysian External Trade
Development Corporation (MATRADE), Multimedia Development
Corporation Sdn Bhd (MDC) and representatives from the Congress of
Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs).
The mission aims to attract investments from Europe to Malaysia, further
enhance bilateral trade relations and also update the European business
community in the three countries on Malaysia's current economic progress
and on the various measures undertaken to strengthen its economy.
In addition, the mission also seeks to promote Malaysia as a tourist
destination and a centre for the Meeting Incentive Convention and
The ministry said the three countries were chosen because they were
Malaysia's major export markets in Europe and also for their expertise in
The Netherlands has significant advantage in high technology industries
like in chemical and petrochemical products, while Germany is advanced
in electrical engineering, chemical & chemical product and automotive
France is recognised for its advanced food processing and
Another expansionary Budget in store?
October 11 , 2000 18:27PM
ANOTHER EXPANSIONARY BUDGET IN STORE?
by Yong Soo Heong
In other words, a budget that's not burdensome, especially when the country
has just found its feet to stride confidently from the last recession of
two years ago.
To be unveiled by finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin on Oct 27, the thrust
of the next year's budgetary policies are likely to be on accelerating the
country's economic growth, enhancing competitiveness and improving the
quality of life.
Most analysts and commentators feel that with the increased crude oil
prices and with Malaysia being a net exporter of the precious commodity in
these times, the government would be in a better position to spend more on
key infrastructure development and vital services like education and
health, and forego some taxes.
This could mean a deficit budget, although slightly, as increased
government expenditure would provide the necessary stimuli for continued
A vital area of interest is whether the government will come up with a
package of incentives to encourage private spending as well, especially
when this accounts for almost half of the gross national product (GNP).
In line with the government's strategy of ensuring strong consumer
spending, some optimistic civil servants are entertaining hopes of a bonus
But given the potential inflationary effect of such a windfall and the
recent hike in petroleum product prices, the government may be weighing
this matter with extreme caution.
On the other hand, the government, which has always pursued pro-business
strategies, is again expected to continue its investor-oriented and
expansionary Budget for next year's development road map.
Prior to formulating the budget, the finance ministry had asked various
industry and interest groups for their views on how the country's 2001
financial and development blueprint should be.
A lot of incentives and grants had been requested and a myriad of views
aired on how to move the country forward. This is being taken into account
by the Treasury which is now in the final lap of preparing the budget.
But what is in store in terms of development expenditure, tax cuts, higher
taxes and incentives remain to be seen.
Yong Poh Chye, a tax consultant, has hazarded a guess: he thinks the
government may lower the corporate tax to 27 percent from the present 28
percent to spur local and foreign investment and sustain the growth
And he feels that the top scale rate for personal income tax could come
down to 28 percent from the present 29 percent.
The Malaysian Institute of Accountants says that lowering the corporate tax
would enhance Malaysia's competitiveness. In last year's Global
Competitiveness Report, Malaysia ranked 16th.
The country's competitiveness, it reckons, is crucial at this juncture as
many other nations are competing intensely for limited global funds or
The MIA says that while Malaysia's economy has recovered from from the
regional financial crisis, foreign direct investment (FDI) has dwindled by
28.4 percent to slightly over RM9 billion last year. In addition, there was
a 73.2 percent overall drop in proposed capital investment.
Yong, whose company, Tax Advisory and Management Services Sdn Bhd (TAMS),
will be hold a seminar on the 2001 Budget at the Melia Hotel in Kuala
Lumpur on Oct 31, also thinks the government may consider increasing
personal relief for the Employees Provident Fund and insurance premiums to
RM7,000 each from RM5,000 now for both husband and wife.
Additionally, he thinks that tax deductions on premiums for annuity schemes
purchase through the EPF annuity scheme may be raised to RM2,000 from
RM1,000 to encourage more people to buy annuities. Annuities are usually
run by insurance companies which provide periodical payments to subscribers
as a form of retirement benefit.
Another area of interest is the property sector. There have been calls for
the real property gains tax to be scaled down to stimulate the property
market. At present, the RPGT is taxed from zero to 30 percent, depending on
the time of disposal.
Up till the end of June this year, the value of unsold residential units
totalled RM6.31 billion out of a total overhang of RM8.82 billion,
including commercial and industrial properties.
There are also suggestions that companies should be able to reward their
employees who perform well but had been hampered by a restriction imposed
by the government in 1998 because of the financial crisis. The government
then capped bonus payments to two months.
But some feel that the time has come for the restriction to be lifted
because a higher bonus payout can generate multipier effects on the
Leave us out of ban, say cybercafe owners
By Julian Matthews
The Malaysian government outlawed all video game
arcades last week and may now be gunning for
KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian authorities' sudden
decision last week to ban all video game arcades has
cybercafe owners worried.
Net Surfing Zone cybercafe owner Lim Kah Hai appealed
to the government not to extend the ban to cybercafes.
"They should leave us out of it. The games we offer in
cybercafes are totally different from video game arcades."
Lim, who runs two cybercafes in Ipoh, said most
cybercafe owners run "clean" businesses and should not
be lumped together with video arcade operators. "The
illegal video arcades run machines solely for gambling.
They make tons of money and have no interest in the
Lim was among various cybercafe owners who
expressed fears that authorities may target them as well
and extend the arcade ban to encompass cybercafes.
On Saturday, Energy, Communications and Multimedia
Deputy Minister Tan Chai Ho fueled fears that cybercafes
could be the next target when he warned cybercafe
owners not to take over gambling activities from the
The warning came after the Malaysian government
slapped a blanket ban on Wednesday on all video game
arcades with a two-month deadline to revoke all
The Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said
the ban was necessary to curb rampant slot-machine
gambling and because the games had become "like an
opium" for the younger generation.
Local media indicated that the most popular games at the
illegal arcades are electronic horse racing and strip
Gambling is illegal for the Muslim Malay majority in
Malaysia, who make up more than half the population of
the country, and is restricted to licensed outlets for the
The stern action drew mixed reactions with consumer
associations, teachers, unions and civic leaders favoring
it, but some opposition party leaders question why
legitimate operators were being penalized.
Better enforcement, not a total ban
"We do not advocate a total ban. The rise of illegal
gaming arcades is due to slack enforcement. The
government should target those operators and not ruin
legitimate businesses and put people out of work," said
Kerk, who is also a member of parliament for Kota
Kerk added that a blanket ban is not the answer. "If you
start banning video arcades, where do you stop? Should
you now ban cybercafes, snooker centers and
Kerk said contradictory statements from government
leaders that the ban would not affect the Genting
Highlands Theme Park, which also houses the only
licensed casino in the country, and various gaming
machines in private clubs, suggest that the ban decision
was made in haste.
"The decision to impose a total ban shows that the
Cabinet has adopted a knee-jerk reaction which is
missing the forest for the trees. They must distinguish
between gaming machines in illegal arcades and
non-gambling machines in licensed video centers. The
authorities should also understand the difference between
youths who squander their money by playing the
gambling machines and those who seek excitement and
become addicted to non-gambling machines," he said.
Kerk said that since the ban announcement, local
enforcement agencies seem to have suddenly "woken
up". Local media have played up reports of various
police and local council crackdowns on illegal arcades
across the country. Some councils have even resorted to
cutting water and electricity supply to shut down the
"Any social problem needs to be resolved with better
enforcement and education. Get to the root of the problem
first - whether it is corruption on the part of local councils
or gambling addiction. Study how to tackle those for the
long term, then introduce appropriate control measures if
necessary," he said.
Net Surfing Zone's Lim conceded that some 'bad hats'
among cybercafe owners offer gambling, but such
activities call for better enforcement not a total ban.
"Cybercafes offer a cheap means for people who can't
afford computers to access the Internet. I have parents
who bring their children in here on weekends and nearby
college students who need them to complete
assignments," he said.
He added that the games in cybercafes are useful to
introduce computer use to the young. "They gradually get
bored of these games and start taking a keen interest in
the Internet. That's good for our country's drive for a
knowledge economy. "
Lim continued that such games should not be confined to
the fortunate middle-class and upper middle class
families that can afford PCs and PlayStations for their
children at home. "Even those who can't afford it should
have access. If they don't play games and access the
Internet, how are they going to become game designers
and software experts?"
The Malaysia authorities had previously backed down on
plans to monitor cybercafes and for operators to take
down details of customers because the move had raised
the heckles of Internet privacy and anti-censorship
Malaysia has assured investors of the Multimedia Super
Corridor project, a technology initiative deemed crucial to
the economy, that it would not censor the Internet.
The Malaysian Cabinet is expected to meet tomorrow to
discuss whether the ban would be extended to legal
arcade operators and cybercafes.