SMEs and TPPA - Horses’ Mouths – 16 December 2015

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The SMEs vary in size and capability from country to country, so it can’t be put together in one global context. The approach by TPPA is different from the European Common Market where only countries with equal economic level are put together in a common market. However, in TPPA, all the SMEs are put together.

Tian Chua, PKR vice preisdent, claiming that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will put Malaysian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) at a disadvantage



Umno-PAS and MCA

If Umno and PAS cooperate successfully, this would mean Muslim leaders would take control of the political power, especially in various West Malaysian states and the federal government. As for non-Islamic BN component parties, they can only scratch a living on the fringes of the political mainstream.

Chua Soi Lek, former MCA president


MCA would not question and interfere in Umno’s personal matter. But if they (Umno) want to bring PAS into BN. It must be discussed in BN (supreme) council. We will definitely go against it. We will voice our thoughts and ideas. (We won’t accept PAS) unless it abandons hudud.

Liow Tiong Lai, MCA president


So far, there is no official meeting being convened between the two (top) party leaders, but there is a possibility that other leaders have met.

Hishamuddin Hussein, Umno vice-president



PLUS toll rates

ccording to the agreement, Plus has the right to request government to adjust highway toll rate, but it's not finalised at Parliament and cabinet stage. I have spoken in Umno general assembly recently, that this is our pledge in the last election. Intercity toll rate cannot be increased, but to rather it should decrease in stages.

Khairy Jamaluddin, Youth and Sports Minister, vowing to defend BN's pledge not to increase the intercity toll rate



Price control

Imposing controls on necessities essential for preparing for the festive season doesn’t guarantee prices will remain stable after that period.

Lim Heng Guie, independent economist, stressing that measures like price controls during festive seasons are a mere drop in the ocean thanks to the skyrocketing cost of living



RM12.5m M’sian passport chips

Under the terms of the LOA (letter of award), DTSB is required to furnish a performance bond for RM3.19 million to the ministry, with a validity period from Dec 1, 2016 until Nov 30, 2022. The contract is expected to contribute positively towards future earnings and net assets per share of Datasonic Group for the financial year ending March 31, 2016 and financial years thereafter for the duration of the contract.

Datasonic Technologies Sdn Bhd (DTSB), on winning a contract worth RM318.75 million from the Home Ministry to supply 12.5 million Malaysian passport chips for a period of five years

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