Khazanah’s assets - Horses’ Mouths – 14 January 2016

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Khazanah’s assets

While portfolio net worth adjusted (NWA) decreased slightly by 1.6% to RM109.0bil in 2015 (RM110.7bil in 2014), it was in line with FBM KLCI’s 1.0% decline (in total shareholder return) and outperformed six of seven reference market indices. Long-term uptrend remains intact as NWA grew at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.7% for the period from May 2004 to Dec 31, 2015.

Azman Mokhtar, Khazanah Nasional Bhd managing director, stating that the company’s portfolio realisable asset value (RAV) had increased 3.2% to RM150.2bil in 2015 amid a challenging year with volatility on both the domestic and global fronts



Recalibrated budget

The Government will also conduct cost-cutting measures in areas that would not affect growth and look into areas that we could save on. For example, Government vehicles will not be replaced, while the cost of overseas trips will be cut.

Irwan Serigar Abdullah, Treasury secretary-general, on the recalibrated Budget 2016 that would be presented by Prime Minister Najib Razak on Jan 28



Malaysian IS militants

We always put in our best efforts to assist those who are already in Syria or Iraq and to try influence them to abandon their belief or ideology. But this is an ideological problem. If they still believe in the wrong beliefs (benda tak betul), how can we bring them back?

Khalid Abu Bakar, Inspector-General of Police, stressing that efforts have been made to to bring Malaysians who were involved in Islamic State militant activities back to the country



Vaping in Selangor

The council had asked for the issue to be handled with care.

Dr Daroyah Alwi, Selangor state exco for health, announcing that the state had decided that there will be no ban on vaping in the state until the Federal Government makes a final decision on the issue



Najib’s visit

Regardless of the problems that we face, visiting the sick and maintaining a good relationship among Muslims and others is something commendable. Let us praise good efforts and we leave other matters to Allah.

Dr Asri Zainul Abidin, Perlis Mufti, praising Najib Razak for visiting Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang at the National Heart Institute



Outside the box

Everyone has to realise that the nation is facing threats from outside forces such as the Islamic State and plans have to be made to deal with this problem. On top of that the ministry must also look at making long term plans to strengthen and improve the capability of the armed forces to deal with threats from anywhere and anyone.

Hishamuddin Hussein, Defence Minister, urging all senior defence officials to think outside the box to discuss the ministry’s future plans due to the present economic situation



Starving students

All public and private institutions of higher learning, up to polytechnics and community colleges, are concerned and committed in helping to ease the burden faced by students. I have asked all universities to ensure this issue of starvation does not arise. I have advised that this issue not to be sensationalised so that no one exploits the matter and the case can be closed.

Idris Jusoh, Higher Education Minister, urging all quarters to stop bringing up allegations that there were students from public universities who were starving due to lack of money

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