Pacific trade deal will not lead to hike in medicine prices, says minister

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed has assured the public that medicine prices will not go up after signing the Pacific trade pact. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, November 13, 2015.

Medicine prices should not go up once the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) comes into effect, said Putrajaya, in response to the public’s biggest worry about the trade pact.

International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said two major elements in TPPA – the length of patents and data exclusivity for biologics – would not lead to higher medicine prices.

Mustapa said these two elements were already present in laws and standards in the Malaysian healthcare industry and so far, they have not led to extraordinary hikes in medicine prices.

“But we know it is a big worry for the public and it is a worry that we need to deal with. Read more

Logging could be behind Karak landslide, minister says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Workers survey an affected area before bringing in machinery to clear the logs and rocks. — Picture by Azinuddin Ghazali

Workers survey an affected area before bringing in machinery to clear the logs and rocks. — Picture by Azinuddin Ghazali

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 — The logs that washed out during the Karak Highway landslide indicates that excessive land clearing may have caused the disaster, Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said.

Local daily The Star also reported Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof as saying that he could not confirm the cause behind Wednesday’s landslide without first speaking to the Pahang state government.

“I cannot confirm it’s logging,” he was quoted saying. Read more

Action against Nik Nazmi needed for final ruling on PAA, says A-G

Source: The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali says he is not out to get PKR youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, despite charging him three times under the Peaceful Assembly Act.

In an interview with The Malaysian Insider, Apandi said that Nik Nazmi was charged a third time to allow the Federal Court to make a final ruling on the law that requires organisers of a demonstration to provide the police with a 10-day notice.

“I want a determination by the highest court of the country, which is good for everybody,” Apandi told the news portal.

“As far as the administration of criminal justice is concerned, when the highest court so pronounces (it), it is the law. Whether you agree or disagree, (it) doesn’t make any difference.” Read more

Malaysia boleh tarik diri dari TPPA pada bila-bila masa, kata Mustapa

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed berkata Malaysia perlu memberi notis 6 bulan jika ingin menarik diri daripada Perjanjian Perkongsian Trans-Pasifik. – Gambar dipetik dari portal FMTNews

Selepas ia dikuatkuasakan, Malaysia masih boleh menarik diri daripada Perjanjian Perkongsian Trans-Pasifik (TPPA) jika Putrajaya merasakan ia tidak mendapat nilai dari wangnya, kata Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed hari ini.

Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri itu berkata, apa yang Putrajaya perlu lakukan hanya memberi notis 6 bulan untuk menarik diri daripada perjanjian perdagangan itu, yang pada masa ini terdiri daripada 11 negara lain.

“Kita boleh menarik diri pada bila-bila masa. Kita hanya perlu beri notis 6 bulan. Kita tidak akan diletakkan sekatan dan negara ini tidak akan diserang.

“Kita cuma akan rugi (kerana) tidak mendapat apa-apa faedah (sekiranya) berada di dalamnya,” kata Mustapa dalam satu rancangan bual bicara secara langsung “SoalJawab” di TV3 hari ini. Read more

Peguam negara berhasrat mansuhkan hukuman mati mandatori

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

capital punishmentPeguam Negara Tan Sri Apandi Ali berkata, beliau akan mencadangkan kepada Kabinet hukuman mati mandatori dimansuhkan, supaya hakim diberi opsyen memilih antara menjatuhkan hukuman penjara ke atas seseorang atau menghantarnya ke tali gantung.

Beliau berkata hukuman mati mandatori adalah “paradoks”, kerana ia merampas daripada hakim hak menggunakan budi bicara mereka bagi mengenakan hukuman ke atas penjenayah yang disabitkan kesalahan.

“Jika saya dibenarkan ikut cara saya, saya akan memperkenalkan opsyen untuk hakim dalam kes di mana ia melibatkan hukuman mati. Beri pilihan kepada hakim sama ada untuk menggantung atau menghantar dia ke penjara.

“Kemudian kami sedang berusaha ke arah pentadbiran keadilan jenayah yang baik,” Apandi memberitahu The Malaysian Insider dalam satu temu bual eksklusif. Read more

Siasatan ambil masa dua minggu

Sumber: Utusan Online

BENTONG 12 Nov. – Kementerian Kerja Raya akan berbincang de­ngan kerajaan negeri bagi mencari punca sebenar kejadian banjir lumpur di Kilometer 52.5 Lebuhraya Kuala Lumpur-Karak semalam bagi memastikan kejadian itu tidak berulang.

Menterinya, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof berkata, kerjasama itu bagi melihat secara menyeluruh berhubung kejadian itu termasuk kemungkinan berlaku aktiviti pene­bangan hutan yang tidak mengikut peraturan ditetapkan.

Menurutnya, siasatan tentang kejadian banjir lumpur itu dijangka mengambil masa kira-kira dua minggu memandangkan kawasan siasatan yang agak jauh dan berbukit.

Beliau yang tidak menolak kemungkinan terdapat aktiviti pene­bangan hutan, berharap tindakan tegas diambil jika terdapat kegiatan berkenaan yang tidak mengikut garis panduan ditetapkan di kawasan hutan berhampiran. Read more