Mustapa to meet Proton dealers, vendors

MO,13/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: The government is concerned about the challenges faced by Proton Holdings Bhd’s dealers and vendors, said Minister of International Trade and Industry,  Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed. “The ministry is currently gathering information and I plan to meet them soon for discussions,” he told reporters at the launch of SME Bank Y-Biz Challenge 2018 and MySMEBank Online Application System here today.

Mustapa said this in response to a question whether a special incentive would be provided to help Proton dealers upgrade their businesses.
Yesterday, Proton encouraged its dealers to upgrade their sales-only centres to integrate sales, service and spare parts to, among others, improve the dealership network and increase customer satisfaction via an improved sales and service experience. The Malaysian Association of Malay Vehicle Importers and Traders was recently reported by a local daily as saying Proton, under the new management, has strayed from its original objective to promote the Bumiputera agenda.

Proton said the foreign strategic partner was vital for it to recover to the former leading position in the Malaysian car market and grow the brand both locally and abroad, which was a key thrust for the future business plans of the company. The national carmaker, recognising that a substantial sum of money was needed to be spent by the dealers on the centre upgrading exercise, has introduced a special scheme that offered upfront support to assist them upgrade to brand new premises.

China’a Zhejiang Geely Holdings Group acquired a 49.9% stake in Proton last year in an effort to revive the ailing car company.  Meanwhile, SME Bank today ventured into the digital era by opening up the registration for SME Bank Y-Biz Challenge 2018 via online platform to provide an easier way for students, teachers and schools to participate.

It also embarked on the initiative to improve its service delivery through the Blue Ocean Strategy methodology by introducing the bank’s new online application system called MySMEBank for customers to apply financing. With a tagline ‘Apply Anytime Anywhere’, this online application system is to provide the entrepreneurs with a full digital customer experience end-to-end.

– Bernama

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Selangor MB to meet with state’s new MACC director over IBR


MO,29/1/2018, SHAH ALAM: Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said he will be meeting with the newly-minted state Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) director Datuk Alias Salim to discuss the Corruption Free Pledge (IBR), which the state government has yet to sign. Azmin said a meeting is expected to take place soon between both parties, with the state government keen on discussing other matters as well.

He added that two months ago, state secretary Datuk Amin Ahmad Ahya wrote to the MACC stating the Selangor government’s commitment to supporting the IBR. However, Azmin said that they have yet to receive a reply. “I will explain the position of the state government (during the meeting). “(Our view is) that the IBR alone is not sufficient (in tackling corruption). We proposed several additional measures which we have already implemented at the state level.

“For example, before the exco meeting commences every Wednesday, all executive councillors have to individually sign the declaration of interest forms of every single paper tabled in the meeting. “This is not only for the exco meetings, but also our government-linked companies like the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS). Before we start our board meetings, representatives from Putrajaya, the Ministry of Finance and the state must sign the same declaration of interest forms of each paper presented.

“I think that this is more effective, rather than just taking the IBR oath. But we can combine (the state’s current anti-graft measures) with the IBR. I do not see a problem with that. “So let the state government and the MACC sit down and discuss this. The state government believes that we must move forward to fight corruption in the country,” Azmin said on Monday. The Menteri Besar was speaking to reporters after the state government’s monthly assembly at Dewan Jubli Perak Sultan Abdul Aziz here.

In his farewell speech last week, former Selangor MACC director Datuk Wan Ramli Wan Abdullah said his only “mission impossible” during his tenure in the state was getting the PKR-led government to embrace the IBR. Wan Ramli described the failure as his only regret in his 13 months and 14 days of service in Selangor, adding that he was unable to win over the heart of Azmin over the IBR. The Selangor state government remains the only administration in the country which has yet to sign the IBR – and this includes opposition-led Kelantan and Penang.


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Transport Ministry, PM’s Dept to meet cabbies over Grab, Uber grouses

Commuters pass Grab transport booking service app advertisements at a train station in Singapore

MO,11/1/2018, PUTRAJAYA: The Transport Ministry and the Prime Minister’s Department will meet with taxi drivers to address their complaints that their income has been greatly affected by ride-hailing services. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said he would ask Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri to hear the grouses of the cabbies, who were against companies such as Grab and Uber.

“I will ask Liow and also Nancy, who oversees the Land Public Transport Commission, to meet with the taxi drivers to resolve their issues. “The taxi drivers should also stop issuing threats. The government is not intimidated by threats from any parties,” he told reporters after attending the monthly assembly, today. He was responding to calls by Big Blue Taxi Services founder Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail, who has threatened to withdraw support for Barisan Nasional if the government proceeds to support Uber and Grab.

Shamsubahrin said the taxi drivers would support the opposition if the government failed to address their issues. Meanwhile, at the event, Zahid launched the all-new Malaysian passports with enhanced security features. Zahid said the price of the new passport will remain the same. “The new passport has better and improved features to ensure that the document could not be forged, even with the latest technology. The best part is there will be no extra charge for those who want to make new applications or renew their passports,” he said.

Among the new security features were biometric data, facial recognition capabilities, embedded chip, security stitching thread and the use of ultraviolet light to verify its authenticity.


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Committee to monitor implementation of Budget 2018 to meet soon – Ali Hamsa

PUTRAJAYA: The committee to monitor the implementation of programmes and projects under the 2018 Budget will hold its first meeting within two weeks from now, said Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.

Ali, who is also chairman of the committee, said he was waiting for the complete list of programmes and projects from the Ministry of Finance before undertaking follow-up action.

“The committee will monitor seriously to ensure that the implementation can be speeded up and reach the people,” he told reporters after attending the Innovation and Excellence Day of the Prime Minister’s Department here today.

Ali, who will be assisted by Treasury Secretary-General Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah as the deputy chairman of the committee, said there are projects that can be started immediately without having to wait until Jan 1 next year, the date the budget takes effect.

Besides all ministry secretary-generals, heads of government departments and agencies, the committee also comprises representatives from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the National Audit Department, government-linked companies and banking institutions, he said.

“The existence of this committee will enable us to ensure that the most comprehensive and inclusive budget presented is implemented effectively,” he said.

Ali, in his speech earlier, said beginning 2018, the Key Performance Indicators of all ministry secretaries-general would also include project implementation according to schedule and costs.

He said this was in line with the commitment he had promised on behalf of civil servants to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, that they would implement the Budget 2018 without any hindrances.

“This is to ensure that our people, families and relatives out there are able to benefit directly from the government’s promises,” he said.

Ali said the 2018 Budget tabled by the prime minister on Oct 27 was the most inclusive, comprehensive and is responsible for providing incentives and special programmes to meet the needs of all segments of society.

He said there was positive feedback on the budget from various parties such as civil servants, retirees, private sector, non-governmental organisations as well as young people.

Various measures to improve public service delivery such as the selection of officers of calibre regardless of age for a ‘fast-track’ programme where they will be promoted rapidly after going through several screenings were in place, he said.

The use of cloud computing for the government’s Information and Communications Technology platform willl also be initiated to ensure the service delivery system to the people becomes more effective and efficient.

Certain departments and agencies, among others, the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit would also be restructured to take on a larger role towards enhancing the civil service, Ali added.


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