Report: Half of appeals for refugee status in Australia from Malaysians

Source: Free Malaysia Today


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KUALA LUMPUR: About 50% of applicants to the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) claiming refugee status in the second half of last year were Malaysians.

According to a report in The Australian, a Senate Estimates hearing in Australia was told there had been a significant increase in migration and refugee appeals to the AAT over the past 18 months, largely driven by people from Malaysia.

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DBKL cares for urban poor, FT ministry says after Unicef malnourishment report

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 — The Federal Territories Ministry said that the capital’s poorest residents receive adequate assistance through all its welfare programmes.

In response to a recent Unicef study that found many urban poor children living in public flats to be malnourished, the ministry said the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) provides safe and conducive housing services to residents of public housing areas and People’s Housing Project (PPR), and denied it had been negligent.

“To produce a highly-educated and healthy generation among the housing residents, DBKL and the Government have never been negligent in providing the best services in every aspect,” the ministry was quoted by The Star daily as saying. Read more

Kajian: 30 peratus miskin bandar tidak dapat BR1M

Sumber: The Malay Mail Online

The testimonies highlight the longstanding problem dogging BR1M’s distribution process. — Bernama pic

KUANTAN, 26 Feb — Penduduk Kuantan Mohd Zamri Salleh, 46, ceria menunjukkan Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) yang diterima selepas mengeluarkan daripada bank berdekatan hari ini.
Mohd Zamri amat bersyukur dengan bantuan BR1M ini dapat meringankan beban kos perbelanjaan keluarga dan penerima BR1M seluruh negara boleh mengambil bermula hari ini secara berperingkat. –fotoBERNAMA (2018) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

KUALA LUMPUR, 28 Feb — Lebih 30 peratus isi rumah miskin bandar yang berpendapatan kurang RM4,000 terlepas Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M).

Demikian menurut kajian agensi kanak-kanak Unicef yang menyatakan penerima mendakwa tidak tahu bantuan itu dan kurang maklumat layak atau tidak.

“Apabila ditanya adakah mereka menerima BR1M, mereka berkata sama ada tidak tahu mengenainya atau mereka tidak tahu bagaimana memohonnya,” kata Muhammed Abdul Khaled, ketua penyelidik DM Analytics.

“Tetapi ada juga kes mereka menerimanya tahun lalu [2016] tetapi tahun ini tidak [dapat lagi].”

Badan perunding ini menjalankan kajian bagi pihak Unicef, agensi kanak-kanak Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB), untuk BR1M tahun lalu.

Muhammed berkata dapatan kajiannya menunjukkan masalah yang dialami dalam  pengagihan projek BR1M, ia tidak sampai kepada sasaran yang diharapkan.

“Kami juga mendapati mereka yang tidak layak menerima BR1M, dapat… Sistem agihan yang cacat menyisihkan individu memerlukan tetapi memasukkan mereka yang tidak layak,” katanya kepada Malay Mail. Read more

Policy paper: Rethink Malaysia’s welfare system, BR1M cash hand-outs

Source: The Malay Mail Online

People exchange vouchers for cash Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) counter in Kuala Lumpur. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 ― Malaysia needs to review its expensive welfare system and the federal government’s unsustainable Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) cash hand-out schemes, according to a policy paper written by three academics.

The 38-page paper titled “Intervention and Non-intervention: Policy Ideas for a Social Market Economy in Malaysia” said the government’s cash transfer scheme under BR1M was both “inadequate and unsustainable” as over 85 per cent of recipients finish spending the cash aid within one month. It cited a news report of Kajidata Research’s February 2017 survey on BR1M recipients’ spending.

“Cash transfers are clearly insufficient, but to many recipients and people who support this system, it is seen as better than nothing,” said the policy paper launched last week by the Academy of Responsible Management written by Universiti Malaya’s Prof Edmund Terence Gomez, Institute for Leadership and Development Studies’ Noor Amin Ahmad, HELP University’s Prof Geoffrey Williams, with support from German political foundation Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

It said BR1M was designed as a one-off programme but has now become a permanent scheme in Malaysia, noting however that the hand-out may suppress wages and can act as a wage subsidy in many cases. Read more

Policy paper: Improve Malaysia’s pension scheme by hiking age, cutting civil servants

Source: The Malay Mail Online

In EPF data reportedly dating back to 2015, 68 per cent of EPF members have less than RM50,000 in savings by the age of 54, while only 22 per cent had managed to save up to the then minimum targeted amount of RM196,800 set by EPF. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 — Malaysia’s retirement fund systems for both the private and public sectors can be improved by increasing the pension age and by cutting down the number of civil servants, a policy paper launched recently suggested.

The policy paper co-authored by three academics said problems may arise in a social welfare system that is heavily dependent on young people’s contribution to support a growing number of senior citizens.

The 38-page policy paper by the Academy of Responsible Management was co-authored by Universiti Malaya’s Prof Edmund Terence Gomez, Institute for Leadership and Development Studies’ Noor Amin Ahmad, HELP University’s Prof Geoffrey Williams, with support from German political foundation Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

It noted that Malaysia’s senior citizens — defined as aged over 60 — amounted to 9.5 per cent of the Malaysian population in 2016, while the United Nations 2016 Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific had projected this age group to grow to 23.6 per cent or almost a quarter of the country’s population by 2050.

“The public sector is at the centre of this dilemma as the largest employer in Malaysia,” the policy paper titled “Intervention and Non-intervention: Policy Ideas for a Social Market Economy in Malaysia” said, noting that the government’s bill for pension and retirement payments nearly tripled from RM8.25 billion to RM21.76 billion between 2007 and 2017. Read more

PSM to hold People’s Tribunal to evaluate Perak MB’s performance

Source: The Malay Mail Online

People’s Tribunal coordinator Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj (third left) handing the Perak People’s Tribunal invitation to Hanita Alang Ismail (sixth left) and Asad Safwan Mazlan (fifth left) in Ipoh February 27, 2018. — Picture by Farhan Najib

IPOH, Feb 27 — Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) will be holding a People’s Tribunal to evaluate Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir’s performance as the state leader in handling issues of the people.

The Perak People’s Tribunal Committee today handed an invitation to Zambry to attend the People’s Tribunal which will be held at the Dewan Tow Boh Keong, Jalan Kampar here from 9.30am to 4pm on Saturday.

The invitation was submitted by the People’s Tribunal coordinator Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj and was received by the State Secretariat’s Administration Officer Hanita Alang Ismail and Social Development and Complaint Unit Executive Officer Asad Safwan Mazlan on behalf of Zambry.

Dr Jeyakumar, who is also PSM’s central committee member, said that they decided to hold a tribunal as most of the land issues faced by the B20 category (underprivileged people) in the state have not been solved. Read more

1MDB will shut down after debts paid, says Irwan Serigar

Source: The Malaysian Insight

Pro-democracy group Bersih had staged an 1MDB protest in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia back in November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar Su

TROUBLED sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) will be shut down once it settles all its debts, company chairman Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah was quoted as saying by media reports.

This comes a day after Swiss authorities say they will absorb RM400 million in 1MDB-linked funds languishing in Swiss bank accounts.

At a press conference in Universiti Malaysia Kelantan last night, Treasury secretary-general Irwan Serigar said the debts would be paid from revenue obtained from the government’s mega projects such as the development of the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) building, the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and the second Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project.

“Soon, residents who own a place in the TRX city will pay rent, and we will also sell land plots of Bandar Malaysia which will be developed with public transport such as high-speed train, ECRL and MRT,” Irwan was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times daily.

“Through this, we will pay the debts… Rome wasn’t built in a day, we will not get the revenue immediately, instead it will take more than 10 years to generate income from the long-term development.

“Once the debts are paid, there will be no need for 1MDB.” Read more

MACC launches anti-corruption education initiative in schools

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 10, 2015.

KEPALA BATAS, Feb 28 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday launched its “Sahabat Cilik” initiative simultaneously at 14 schools nationwide to inculcate anti-corruption attitude among pupils.

MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad said the initiative was introduced following the launch of the Anti-Corruption Revolution Movement (Gerah) on Aug 1 last year involving those aged 18 years and above.

“It is high time that anti-corruption education needs to be inculcated as early as possible. Hence, the MACC felt it was called to play a part by collaborating with the Education Ministry. We want to educate the pupils to know what corruption is and its repercussion. Read more