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Rahman Dahlan vs Guan Eng debate set for April 19

Posted: 12 Apr 2016 11:38 PM PDT

The debate between Barisan Nasional strategic communications director Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is slated to be aired live on April 19 during a primetime slot on TV3.

DAP's Seremban MP Anthony Loke said that Abdul Rahman's officers told him that they had discussed the matter with TV3 and set the date for April 19.

"We agreed to the date but set the condition that the debate should be hosted live," said Loke, saying that TV3 had offered to host the debate at a 9pm primetime slot in its studio.

RTM had originally offered to host the debate on that day but had been requested by TV3 to let them carry the debate.

Loke, who is also DAP organising secretary, said that as of now, he had not received any further contact from TV3 and Abdul Rahman but was continuing with preparations for the debate.

"The only thing we haven't talked about is who will be the moderator and also the format of the debate," he said.

He added that at least a one-hour timeslot would be needed to answer all the questions, adding that it would be good if more time could be allocated.

Earlier this week, Lim and Abdul Rahman had shared fifteen questions each for the debate and Loke wanted there to be enough time to cover all of them.

Last week, Abdul Rahman challenged Lim to debate on the Taman Manggis land issue to which Lim agreed, adding that it would be a public debate.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) special committee on corruption (SCC), however, wanted the debate cancelled due to the ongoing investigations on the issue.
However, Loke said that this was merely an advisory and that he had not heard anything further from the MACC.

Dr Zakir claims allegations against him untrue

Posted: 12 Apr 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Preacher Dr Zakir Naik  says the allegations against him with regard to degrading other religions are untrue.

He said Muslims are not allowed to degrade any religion and so he had never done such a thing.

"As for the allegations made, they're untrue. I have never degraded any religion and it is prohibited for any Muslim to do so.

"Muslims are not permitted to criticise any religion.

"However, there are some fanatic people with a shallow understanding of their own religion who are making all the fuss. That's why such allegations are made,' he said during a question and answer session after his event here on Tuesday.

Dr Zakir added that the allegations, police reports and name-calling also made him more popular and had given him free publicity.

He also stressed that if he had made a mistake in any of his references to other religions, then the mistake should be pointed out.

Dr Zakir, the Islamic Research Foundation president, started a series of lectures in Terengganu last week, on the invitation of the state government.

His scheduled talk at Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, which was earlier banned by police, was given the green light on Tuesday after a compromise was reached – that the theme of the talk is changed.

PM: Malaysia’s financial growth going from strength to strength

Posted: 12 Apr 2016 08:18 PM PDT

Despite the global headwinds, Malaysia's economy remains resilient and the Govern­ment's plan to strengthen, liberalise and open up the economy is working, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Speaking to an audience which included foreign investors at the 12th Invest Malaysia 2016 event, the Prime Minister outlined key achievements of the country's economy over the past few years (see graphic).

For instance, he said the economy grew 5% last year with the Organi­sation of Economic Cooperation and Development forecasting the same average growth rate for the next four years, far higher than the global average.

Foreign investors are also flocking to the country, buying RM5.5bil worth of domestic stocks in the first quarter of this year alone.

These achievements, he said, were based on the Government's focus to ensure sustainabilty, inclusivity and innovation.

"So, it is clear that we have an economic plan that has worked and is still working. It is a long-term plan that works for the benefit of Malaysians not just today, but tomorrow and in the years and decades to come," Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said in his keynote address.

Najib vows action against 1MDB wrongdoings

Posted: 12 Apr 2016 07:17 PM PDT

Action will be taken if any wrongdoing is found in state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

"The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) last week submitted its report to Parliament. It identified weaknesses in 1MDB's structure and management, and as I said last week, we must ensure lessons are learnt.

"Action will be taken if any evidence of wrongdoing is found. In addition, 1MDB's board of directors has offered its resignation," Najib said in his keynote address at the 12th Invest Malaysia here yesterday.

But in defence of 1MDB, he said there would be an evident legacy of the fund when the Tun Razak Exchange and Bandar Malay­sia projects were completed.

Separately, Malaysian Associated Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Maicci) president Tan Sri K. Kenneth Eswaran said the PAC's findings on 1MDB proved that the allegations made by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad were unfounded.

"As confirmed by the report, Najib is the chairman of the 1MDB advisory board and not part of the board of directors that was supposed to scrutinise its management and cash flow activities.

"As a senior statesman who led the country for 22 years, he should be well aware that such accusations are detrimental to national growth," he said in a statement yesterday.

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