Why the budget must benefit the people

Commentary by Mustafa K. Anuar THE RM388 billion budget, which was unveiled by Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim recently, was very much awaited by Malaysians, particularly those who look to the government for assistance to improve their living conditions.

Felda settlers want transparency on outstanding loans

SETTLERS are demanding that the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) be transparent in dealing with their outstanding loans. They said that for starters they want Felda to start issuing accurate loan statements so that they are aware of what they still owe the agency.

Student group tells govt to abolish oppressive university act

A PUBLIC university student alliance wants a rethink on the Universities and University Act 1971 (Auku) which it says continues to curtail freedom of expression. The New Students Movement Alliance of Malaysia (Nesa) wants more autonomy for the higher institutions of learning.

Rallies in Berlin, Paris call for peace in Ukraine

PROTESTERS in Germany and France yesterday demanded peace for Ukraine, a day after activists in both countries marked one year since the Russian invasion. Police said about 10,000 people braved the falling snow in central Berlin to call for negotiations with Moscow rather than weapons deliveries to Ukraine.

More funds needed to fix dire Johor roads

KOTA TINGGI: Three federal roads in Johor have not been upgraded for the past four years, and more federal funding will be sought this year for this purpose, says Mohamad Fazli Mohamad Salleh. Read full story

Socso aims to implement more safety net schemes

PETALING JAYA: The Social Security Organisation (Socso) has allocated over RM313mil for the implementation of multiple national social protection and active labour market programmes this year. Read full story

Baby steps to address wealth gap

PETALING JAYA: Initiatives in Budget 2023 to increase revenue for the country – such as the luxury goods tax and higher income tax rates for the T20 – show efforts to address inequality and the redistribution of wealth, say economists. Read full story

‘Various factors considered over Korean jets purchase’

ALOR GAJAH: The government’s decision to buy 18 FA-50 light attack aircraft worth RM4.08bil from South Korea takes into account various factors, including the country’s policies and strategy, said Deputy Defence Minister Adly Zahari. Read full story