Najib: Two possible scenarios if Dr M returns as PM


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MO,23/2/2018, PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan’s choice of Tun Dr Mahathir as prime ministerial candidate and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah as his deputy will result in two possible scenarios, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak . “The Opposition’s choice of candidates shows how fragile its leadership is if left to rule the country because its prime minister candidate is only temporary,” the Prime Minister wrote on his blog on Friday (Feb 23).

Najib said in the first scenario, the former prime minister would break his promise to hand the coveted position to Pakatan de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim once the latter is released from jail. Najib said this scenario is possible as in 2016, Dr Mahathir said he would never allow a man with poor morals to lead the country and had once said Anwar was too old to lead the country.

If Dr Mahathir breaks his promise, Najib foresees that PKR would revolt against Dr Mahathir to take power. In the likelihood that Dr Mahathir honours his promise, Najib said the second scenario would lead to the most critical case of nepotism in Malaysia. He said this is because the country’s prime minister and deputy prime minister would be helmed by a husband and wife team – Anwar and Dr Wan Azizah.Najib said this would likely lead to the rakyat rebelling against the leadership structure. “We can predict that if the Opposition wins the upcoming election, it will be busy fighting over the prime minister’s post for two to three years before it can begin work to serve the people,” Najib added.

–TheStar



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Najib pays his last respects to goalkeeping legend Chow Chee Keong


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MO,23/2/2018, PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has paid his last respects to former national goalkeeper Chow Chee Keong. Chow, 69, who was Malaysia’s first professional footballer, died at the University Malaya Medical Centre on Wednesday morning. In a tweet on Friday, Najib posted pictures of him paying his condolences to Chow’s family and wrote a short message in a condolence book.

Najib tweeted that: “He was the greatest goalkeeper Malaysia ever had”.  The goalkeeping legend was voted Asia’s best by the Asian Football Confederation five times in a row from 1966 to 1970, and made a name for himself as a professional player in Hong Kong.



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Govt will ensure Proton’s survival – Najib


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MO,22/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: The government will ensure Proton’s survival with all the necessary tweaks it needs in facing the increasingly competitive market, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said. “Whatever we have to rescue, we will rescue,” he said, adding that the national car manufacturer was too big to fail. Proton has about 10,000 employees and was reported to have developed about 400 vendors and sub-vendors plus more than 350 sales and services outlets, which employed at least 50,000 staff.

Proton currently enjoys a 13 per cent market share. “We will make sure Proton survives but we will restructure to make it competitive,” he said at the “Budget 2018 With The Rakyat” programme here today. Najib, who is also the Finance Minister, said that the government would unravel some of the earlier decisions made on toll roads. “I will unravel some of the earlier decisions which I think was not made in the best interest of the people of Malaysia. That I will do.

“We have unravelled the IPP (Independent Power Producer), the very unpopular privatisation, sweetheart deal is what I call it. I will review if there are any other toll that can be abolished,” he added. The Prime Minister stressed that the government would continue to care for the country’s 30 million population. “And (I) will continue to take care of you,” he said.

— BERNAMA



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Najib: Malaysia not going bankrupt


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MO,22/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has reiterated that Malaysia would not go bankrupt as it had managed to reduce its debt to 50.4% against the self-imposed ceiling of 55% and had garnered higher foreign reserves, while works on infrastructure projects are in full swing.

The Prime Minister said the government had made bold decisions such as implementing the Economic Transformation Programme to boost the economy, creating 2.26 million jobs and raising income to between 5.0% and 6.0% per year.  “We have a self-imposed limit of 55% of GDP (gross domestic product), we have reduced it to 50.4%.

“During the Asian Financial Crisis, our reserves were down to US$20bil, we didn’t go bankrupt then. Now, our reserves are about US$124bil. Can you say we’re bankrupt?” he said at the Budget 2018 with the Rakyat programme here on Thursday.

Najib, who is also the Finance Minister, said Malaysia’s economic growth of 5.9% in 2017 was among the highest in the world, while its inflation and unemployment rates were low.

“That is the big picture. Our achievements have received very good reviews from international organisations such as the World Trade Organisation who commended Malaysia as our economy is moving in the right direction and our policies are showing positive results, including some measures that we have taken,” he said. – Bernama



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PM Najib hopes ADAM50 will encourage higher birth rate


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MO,22/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak hopes the Amanah Dana Anak Malaysia 2050 (ADAM50) scheme will encourage a higher birth rate among Malaysian as the country moves towards reaching economic maturity. The Prime Minister said a country that is heading towards economic maturity would normally see its birth rate dropping. Malaysia, he said, was now facing a similar situation.

“So, those of you who are still of child bearing age, continue to give birth, that’s my message, because we need the size of the population,” he said during the Budget 2018 Bersama Rakyat programme at Pusat Perubatan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia here on Thursday.

Under ADAM50, which was introduced in Budget 2018, all Malaysian children born from Jan 1 this year to Dec 31, 2022, will receive 200 trust fund units in either Amanah Saham Bumiputera or Amanah Saham 1Malaysia to start a savings scheme.

Also present at the programme on Thursday, with actor and entrepreneur Fizo Omar as the moderator, were Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah and Permodalan Nasional Berhad chairman Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar.

– Bernama



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Najib conveys condolences to Chee Keong’s family


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KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has expressed his condolences to the family of former national goalkeeper Chow Chee Keong, 69, who died this morning. “Received news of the death of former national goalkeeper Chow Chee Keong.

“He was the best Asian goalkeeper for five consecutive years, and a Malaysian football legend. My condolences to his family,” he said on his Twitter website today. Chee Keong died of cancer of the bladder at the University of Malaya Medical Centre after undergoing surgery for a heart bypass on Jan 17.

He was chosen as the best goalkeeper by the Asian Football Federation (AFC) for five consecutive years from 1966 until 1970, and later created history as a professional footballer in Hong Kong. – Bernama

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Tidak benar tiada subsidi untuk rakyat, tohmahan semata – Najib – Nasional


KUALA LUMPUR, 18 Feb (Bernama) – Rakyat Malaysia seharusnya tidak terpengaruh dengan tuduhan bahawa kerajaan langsung tidak menyediakan subsidi untuk rakyat kerana tohmahan tersebut adalah tidak benar sama sekali, kata Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Menegaskan bahawa kerajaan  membelanjakan peruntukan yang banyak untuk subsidi dalam pelbagai  sektor, perdana menteri berkata beliau mendengar seruan meminta kerajaan menyediakan subsidi untuk rakyat mengurangkan kos sara hidup.

“Seperti yang diumumkan dalam Bajet 2018, sebanyak RM3.9 bilion disediakan untuk subsidi barang dan pengangkutan seperti gas memasak, tepung, minyak masak, dan banyak lagi.

“Selain subsidi untuk barang, terdapat subsidi elektrik dan tol supaya kenaikan kadar elektrik dan tol dapat dielakkan. Kerajaan juga memperuntukkan subsidi kesihatan yang tinggi setiap tahun,” katanya menerusi catatan di blog rasmi  www.najibrazak.combeliau, hari ini.

Najib, yang juga Menteri Kewangan, menjelaskan sebanyak RM26.5 bilion disediakan untuk penjagaan kesihatan pada 2018 meskipun kutipan dalam sektor itu hanya RM600 juta, menjadikan perbelanjaan selebihnya ditanggung penuh kerajaan.

Sejak 2012, beliau berkata yuran wajib dikecualikan sepenuhnya di sekolah kerajaan dan kerajaan turut membiayai kira-kira 90 peratus daripada yuran pengajian universiti.

“Contohnya, yuran program pengajian perubatan sebelum subsidi adalah sebanyak RM289,885. Namun selepas subsidi, pelajar hanya perlu membayar yuran RM9,000 sahaja sepanjang tempoh pengajian.

“Ini satu lagi contoh bagaimana subsidi pendidikan disalurkan,” katanya.

Bagi sektor perumahan, Najib berkata kerajaan menyediakan subsidi dalam bentuk bantuan deposit iaitu Skim MyDeposit dan subsidi rumah kos rendah seperti Program Perumahan Rakyat, Rumah Generasi Kedua Felda, Rumah Bina Negara Pihak Berkuasa Kemajuan Pekebun Kecil Perusahaan Getah (RISDA) dan banyak lagi.- BERNAMA



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Jangan kembalikan Kedah ke zaman kelam pembangkang – Najib – Politik


LANGKAWI 17 Feb. – Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak memberi jaminan akan terus membantu Kedah sekiranya Barisan Nasional (BN) kekal memerintah di negeri ini selepas Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 (PRU-14).

Najib mengingatkan rakyat Kedah supaya tidak kembali ke zaman kelam ketika ditadbir pembangkang yang mana kerajaan negeri pada ketika tidak mendapat sokongan Kerajaan Pusat.

“Saya telah pun bantu Kedah dan insya-Allah, akan terus bantu negeri ini. Apatah lagi, Kedah adalah sebuah negeri yang tidak cukup sumber hasilnya.

“Tanpa sokongan Kerajaan Negeri, kita akan masuk zaman kelam (kerajaan negeri ditadbir pembangkang). Kita masih ingat lagi, jangan kita ke zaman tersebut sebaliknya melihat ke hadapan yang mana IR 4.0 (Revolusi Perindustrian Keempat) menanti kita,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap melancarkan program GO 4.0 Langkawi anjuran Dewan Perniagaan Melayu Malaysia (DPMM) dengan kerjasama Dewan Perniagaan dan Perindustrian Kebangsaan Malaysia (NCCIM) serta Dana Pembangunan Sumber Manusia (HRDF), di sini hari ini. – UTUSAN ONLINE



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Lebih banyak penerbangan terus ke Langkawi dari serata dunia – Najib – Nasional


LANGKAWI 16 Feb. – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak membayangkan akan ada lebih banyak penerbangan terus dilakukan dari serata dunia ke pulau legenda ini pada masa akan datang, seiring dengan potensi besar Langkawi untuk menjadi pusat pelancongan terulung dunia.

Perdana Menteri berkata, perkara itu bukan sesuatu yang mustahil kerana Langkawi mempunyai potensi cukup besar untuk dimajukan sebagai destinasi pelancongan tersohor di peringkat antarabangsa.

“Saya sedang mengusahakan perkara itu. Tidak lama dulu saya telah melancarkan beberapa penerbangan dilakukan Air Asia dari China terus ke Langkawi dan kini saya sedang berusaha untuk mendapatkan lebih banyak lagi (penerbangan terus).

“Apa yang kita usahakan ini seiring dengan Blueprint Pelancongan Langkawi 2.0 yang dilancarkan dan dalam peringkat pelaksanaan. Kita mahu tarik lebih ramai pelancong berkemampuan tinggi dari serata dunia ke sini dan itu sudah tentu mendatangkan faedah besar kepada penduduk tempatan,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap pada Majlis Ramah Mesra Bersama Masyarakat Cina di Pusat Konvensyen Antarabangsa Mahsuri, di sini hari ini.

Hadir sama Ahli Majlis Tertinggi UMNO, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, Ahli Parlimen, Datuk Ir. Nawawi Ahmad serta Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Ayer Hangat, Datuk Mohd Rawi Abd. Hamid.

Pada majlis sama, Perdana Menteri turut mengumumkan persetujuan untuk melantik seorang individu dari kaum Cina sebagai Ahli Lembaga Pengarah Lembaga Pembangunan Langkawi (LADA) yang namanya akan ditentukan kemudian setelah beliau menerima cadangan calon sesuai.

Sementara itu katanya, beliau akan mengumumkan jumlah peruntukan yang besar dalam salah satu majlis dihadirinya esok bagi menyelesaikan masalah bekalan air di sini bagi tempoh jangka masa panjang.

“Di sebalik kita menumpukan kepada pembangunan, projek asas untuk rakyat mesti terus dilaksanakan. Biarpun saya bukan berasal dari Kedah, saya tetap memberi pertimbangan yang adil dan sebaiknya kepada Langkawi,” ujarnya. – UTUSAN ONLINE



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Drive safely during CNY exodus – PM Najib


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MO,15/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has advised road users travelling to their hometown for the Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration to drive carefully and adhere to all road regulations for their safety. “I believe many are getting ready to return to your hometown for the Chinese New Year celebration.

“Drive carefully and adhere to the traffic laws. May you enjoy spending quality time with your families and loved ones. Happy holiday!” he tweeted today.Slow traffic flow along several major highways are expected during the festive season including the CNY exodus. The CNY this year falls on Friday and Saturday. – Bernama



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