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Malaysia’s Growing Role In Shifting Power Game In Chip Industry

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Semiconductors are critical components found in everything from smartphones to automobiles, have regained their critical importance in global geopolitical contests and are at the forefront of the US – China rivalry on technology and supremacy in the power equation.
 
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The Future Of South Korea’s Nuclear Energy Policy

WASHINGTON, US: The opposition Democratic Party’s landslide victory in South Korea’s April 10 parliamentary election appears likely to significantly influence the government’s energy policy, particularly regarding nuclear power generation. This could bring about substantial changes in the direction and momentum of future energy policies and intensified conflicts as the victors seek legislative and budgetary adjustments.
 
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Zelensky Regime's Overture To China Does Not Line Up With Reality

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: The regime of V. Zelensky, through Western curators, unsuccessfully seeks to involve Beijing in its international anti-Russian adventures. For example, the head of the office of the President of Ukraine A. Ermak directly stated that Kyiv is making attempts to involve China in the process of implementing the so-called. the Ukrainian “peace formula” so that Beijing, along with Western countries, would exert diplomatic pressure on Moscow as part of its “compulsion to end the war.”
 
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Southeast Asia: World’s Dumping Ground For Plastic Waste

HONG KONG, SAR: In the wake of China’s 2018 ban on plastics recycling, criminal organizations have been illegally shipping waste to Southeast Asia, passing through “multiple transit countries” to camouflage the origins of the shipments, according to Interpol, with “significant use of counterfeit documents and fraudulent waste registrations.” Some plastic waste reaches Asia from Italy by way of its neighbor Slovenia.
 
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Malaysia Takes Positive Steps Towards Trade Diversification, Palm Oil Certification

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: The Center for Market Education (CME) welcomes the new government approach to international trade, stressing that it will be beneficial for the country in general and the currency in particular. According to CME, it is peculiarly important the reopening of the discussion with the European Union about a Malaysia-EU FTA, as announced by Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim in March. In 2023, the Euro-area alone represented 7 percent of Malaysia’s international trade, standing at 7 percent both as export market destination and as import source.
 
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Malaysia’s Retirement Savings Crisis Exposes Deeper Problems

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: The Asian financial crisis of 1997 revealed critical flaws in the country’s social safety net. But the lesson was seemingly forgotten until the recent Covid pandemic once again exposed the nation’s vulnerabilities.
 

 

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Promoting Sustainable Land Management For A Greener Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: March marks the International Day of Forests, shedding light on one of our planet’s most critical ecosystems. Despite this, Southeast Asia has witnessed alarming forest loss, with Malaysia being one of the countries experiencing significant depletion. In 2010, Malaysia boasted 20.3 million hectares of natural forest, covering 87 percent of its land area. However, by 2022, it had lost 118,000 hectares of natural forest, equivalent to 83.9 million tons of CO₂ emissions. Human activities, particularly logging and clear-cutting for food production and agriculture, are primary contributors to this forest loss. 
 
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Don't Stab Us Instead DS Anwar!

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: PSM reminds DS Anwar that he should rather ensure that his state government policies really address and solve the long-pending woes of the community and ‘not stab us instead’ by ignoring our issues.
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Malaysia’s Dysfunctional Elites

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: In the realm of societal leadership, a dysfunctional elite emerges as a group entrusted with authority and influence, yet failing in their fundamental duties towards the wider community. These elites, whether in politics, business, or academia, exhibit telltale signs of a malaise that hampers their effectiveness and betrays their solemn responsibilities.
 
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Singapore’s Lee Declares Departure In Shock Announcement

HONG KONG, SAR: In a sudden announcement that rocked Singapore, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s office announced this morning that the 72-year-old Lee would step down on May 15 – in just a month – to be replaced by Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong, only the third leadership transition in the island republic since its independence in 1965. Two of the premiers have been members of the Lee family, one of the most enduring political dynasties in Asia.
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A Confident Marcos Returns to the White House

HONG KONG, SAR: Tomorrow, April 11, US President Joe Biden will host a tripartite summit in the White House with Fumio Kishida of Japan and Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. of the Philippines as guests. Announced at a time of escalating tensions in the South China Sea, the optics of the summit are as much about decline as they are about resurgence.
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Prabowo's New Fears and Hope

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Indonesia’s President elect Prabowo’s visit to Malaysia reflects a new strategic maneuver for both Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. Jakarta will need Malaysia’s alignment of support and policies, as both share similar threat settings and challenges in facing renewed and intense pressure and overtures from both the West and Beijing.
 
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From Desperation To Determination: Indonesian Trafficking Survivors Demand Justice

NEW YORK, US: Working abroad can be a way for Indonesians to earn much more than they could at home, and provide for their families. However, for some the journey can turn into a nightmare, with long hours, wages withheld, and abuse. The UN is working closely with the government to help bring trafficked workers home.
 
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Without Special Scheme For Micro-Businesses, E-invoicing May Backfire

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: On 22 May 2023, the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (LHDN) announced that an electronic invoicing (e-invoicing) system will be implemented in stages starting from 2024. LHDN shared that a pilot implementation with selected companies will begin in April 2024, followed by mandatory implementation based on company’s annual revenue. The new scheme will target firms with revenues above RM 100 million per year from 1 August 2024, to be extended to firms with annual revenues above RM 25 million from 1 January 2025. Finally, from 1 August 2025 all firms will be subject to compulsory e-invoicing.
 
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Malaysia's Call To Preserve Mangroves: Leveraging Technology For Sustainable Conservation

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Amidst persistent floods and an ongoing climate crisis, one undeniable reality emerges: the fate of mangrove trees extends beyond environmental concerns; it represents a collective responsibility and a crucial lifeline for humanity. Take, for example, the recurring challenges posed by floods. According to the Department of Statistics Malaysia, in 2022, floods resulted in significant losses, amounting to a staggering 622.4 million ringgit. Notably, all 14 states in Malaysia faced flood-related issues in 2022, marking an increase from the 12 states affected the previous year.
 
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Russia Steps Up ASEAN Engagement As Multipolar World Emerges

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: As the collective West steps up its confrontational foreign policy against its perceived rivals, Russia is moving forward with a constructive agenda through greater engagement with its partners in the Asia-Pacific, particularly with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), according to Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko.
 
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“Do Not Cross The Red Line, Anwar Must Stop That From Happening”

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: WHERE is the red line? Listen, just because one uses God as the basis of one’s actions, that does not justify breaking the law or inciting hatred or asking people to boycott and destroy the business of the country. There must be limits to your anger. 
 
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