Use TPPA as global launching pad, urges liberal thinktank

Source: Malaysiakini

Local companies should capitalise on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) as a platform to grow their business globally instead of seeing it as a threat, the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) said.

Its chief executive officer, Wan Saiful Wan Jan, said business owners should not lose confidence in doing business abroad and should view the TPPA agreement from an economic point of view, not politics.

“Malaysia used to take over international companies and turned them into local companies, but now it had lost that sort of confidence,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a TPPA forum entitled ‘TPPA: Will the US bully us’, in Kuala Lumpur today. Read more

ASEAN should aim to be haze free by 2018: Wan Junaidi

Source: The NST Online

Reuter photo published on The NST Online

KUCHING: Malaysia hopes ASEAN should aim to be a haze free region by 2018, said Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said here today.

He said he had attended the 11th Conference of Parties (COP) to the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution held in Hanoi, Vietnam on Thursday and Friday where the haze problem was the main issue.

“Although this is not an official declaration yet Malaysia expresses the hope that the ASEAN region should aim to be haze free by then,” he told the media after launching the state annual Environmental Week celebration here today.

Wan Junaidi said ASEAN countries like Myanmar, Cambodia and Northern Thailand also suffered from the haze because of their forest fires. Read more

As haze lifts, Terengganu braces for floods

Source: The NST Online

KUALA TERENGGANU: It has begun raining non-stop in the east coast of the peninsula, and every millimeter of rainfall recorded poses a danger to lives and to property here.

Nevertheless, the rain has brought welcome relief after months of choking and hazardous haze.

But the arrival of the monsoon thunderstorms offers a different safety perspective.

Realising this, the Terengganu state government has established a coordinated plan with the various agencies to mitigate the annual monsoon flash -floods which are imminent.

Even the Army has been roped in along with the police, firemen, civil defence, Rela, paramedics and non-governmental organisations to ensure no effort is spared to safeguard the lives of the locals here. Read more

Move to blend shariah, common law a political ploy, says lawyer

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Moderator Datuk Noor Faridah Ariffin (second left) seen with panellists Nizam Bashir (left), Aston Paiva (second right) and Lim Heng Seng (right) during the forum “Maqasid Syariah in a Constitutional Democracy” in Bayan Baru,Penang, today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain,October 31, 2015.

The move to harmonise shariah and common laws in the country is just a ploy to dupe the people into believing that those with no religious credentials represent Islam, a constitutional and human rights lawyer said.

Harmonising the two sets of laws would involve amending the constitution, said Aston Paiva.

“Brandishing it as if you represent Islam is going to dupe people into thinking that you have some credentials when you have none.

“When you have a failing government accused of corruption, the only thing you can do is to seem holier than thou,” he said at the forum, “Maqasid Shariah in a Constitutional Democracy”, in Penang organised by G25 and think tank Penang Institute today. Read more