Malaysia Clippings: Najib: Censorship no longer 'effective', needs review

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IN THIS UPDATE

Politics 
- No plans to join BN, says DAP
- Najib: Censorship no longer ‘effective’, needs review
- Najib announces parliamentary select committee on electoral reforms

Culture and Human Development
- DPM: Teaching of Maths, Science in BM and English still under study
- Give Muslims religious freedom too, says Kita
- Chua: Racial unity still fragile

Customs
- DHL Global Forwarding consolidates road freight network in 3 countries

Defense and Security
- Malaysia confirms order for 32 Indonesian-made armored vehicles

Energy
- Feed-in-tariff (FiT) for renewable energy to be launched Dec 1
- M’sia aims to be hub for green tech

Financial Services
- Iskandar gets RM95bil pledges

Food and Agriculture
- All states to adopt e-Halal system by next year

Health and Life Sciences
- Asian nutrition update

Information Communication Technologies
- Malaysia Information Technology Report Q3 2011

Infrastructure
- Negri Sembilan to have sea-spanning cable car

Politics

No plans to join BN, says DAP | The Star, August 15

DAP is happy where it is and has no plans to join Barisan Nasional, party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said.

He expressed surprise at an invitation to join the ruling coalition made by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, which was repored in a vernacular newspaper on Sunday.

"This invitation is out of the blue. We (DAP) didn't apply to join (Barisan).

"Whatever the motivation (behind the invitation) may be, as far as DAP is concerned, we are standing by our allies in Pakatan Rakyat," Lim said Monday when asked about the matter during a press conference in his Komtar office.

Nazri had been reported saying that DAP should be invited to join Barisan, just as then-opposition party Gerakan had been invited to join the Alliance in 1969.

Najib: Censorship no longer ‘effective’, needs review | The Malaysian Insider, August 15

Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today the government would review its current media censorship laws, stressing that it was no longer an “effective” method in the current era.

“Censorship in this new era, it has to be asked. Is it effective, meaningful, relevant, or will it cause more damage,” the prime minister said today.

“I’ve decided the old ways of censorship needs to be studied. Censorship is no longer effective and should be reviewed.”

Najib cited the example of an article by British weekly The Economist on the July 9 Bersih rally, which was censored by his administration but readily available online, and admitted that the act of censorship brought about negative publicity.

Najib announces parliamentary select committee on electoral reforms | The Edge, August 16

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced Monday, Aug 15 the setting up of a parliamentary select committee on electoral reforms to put to rest any suspicion that there is manipulation by the government in the country's electoral process.

The prime minister said the committee, comprising government and opposition members, would have its first meeting on Wednesday and would discuss "everything that needs to be done" and reach a consensus on the matter.

"This is so that we can reach a consensus in facing the next election without any suspicion about any manipulation by the government.

Financial Services

Iskandar gets RM95bil pledges | The Star, Aug 16

Iskandar Malaysia attracted about RM95bil in committed investments from January to June 2011, according to Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) chief executive officer Ismail Ibrahim.

This was more than double the cumulative RM47bil target for the five years up to 2010. From 2011 to 2015, Iskandar Malaysia is targeted to achieve RM73bil in investments.

“More good news (on investments) are coming to Iskandar but let Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak or Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman do the appropriate announcements,” Ismail added.

Defense and Security

Malaysia confirms order for 32 Indonesian-made armored vehicles | People's Daily, Aug 16

Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said that Malaysia had confirmed its order for 32 armored vehicles, codenamed Anoa, made by Indonesian defense industry, local media reported here on Tuesday.

"So, the sale of 32 armored vehicles has been conducted. The contract had already been set," the minister was quoted by the largest news portal the Detik.com as saying.

Earlier reports said that Malaysia's order for the Indonesian armored vehicles worth a total of 80 million U.S. dollars.

Indonesia's Anoa armored vehicles are also used by the United Nation's peacekeeping forces deployed in several conflict areas.

Energy

Feed-in-tariff (FiT) for renewable energy to be launched Dec 1 | The Star, Aug 15

The feed-in-tariff (FiT) for the development of renewable energy (RE) will now be launched on Dec 1 and not as scheduled on Sept 1.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin said in a press statement that the ministry was currently working with the Attorney General's chambers to finalise the required legal instruments under the Renewable Energy Act 2011.

Chin said there were seven subsidary legislation, nine standardised Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreements (REPPAs) for the different renewable sources and 19 administrative guidelines that needed to be finalised.

“To avoid glitches in the implementation of FiT, more time is needed as the subsidiary legislations are complex and technical,” he said.

M’sia aims to be hub for green tech | The Star, Aug 16

Malaysia aims to become a global hub for green technology and to tap into its fast growing market.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said the upcoming International Greentech and Eco Products Exhibition and Con­ference (IGEM 2011) would help the country realise the goal by becoming an avenue for purchasing and networking of green technology.

“IGEM as a brand name is catching on among the green fraternity in Malaysia,” said Chin in his speech at a media preview of IGEM 2011 here yesterday.

The exhibition will be held for three days starting on Sept 7 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Customs

DHL Global Forwarding consolidates road freight network in 3 countries | Manila Bulletin, Aug 16

DHL Global Forwarding, the road, air and sea freight arm of DHL, consolidated its network of secure road freight services connecting Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

Launched in Kuala Lumpur, DHL's new suite of three road freight services - DHL ASIACONNECT, DHL ASIALINE and DHL ASIANET - will provide customers with a complete range of flexible and fast overland freighting options.

DHL ASIACONNECT is DHL's Less-than-Truck-Load (LTL) scheduled service that is now available to complement DHL's full-load service now called DHL ASIALINE and its bespoke service, DHL ASIANET.

Amadou Diallo, CEO, Africa and South Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding, said: "DHL Global Forwarding has been offering customers road freight services in Asia for years as it has many advantages - it is faster than sea, cheaper than air and can offer customers more pick-up flexibility and shorter lead times."

Food and Agriculture

All states to adopt e-Halal system by next year  | The Star, Aug 10

The Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) is targeting use of the e-Halal system by all states by next year, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim said Wednesday.

She said that only seven states would implement the system this year, led by Penang, Malacca, Negri Sembilan and Sabah, followed by Pahang, Sarawak and Johor at year-end.

Mashitah told reporters here that the e-system would facilitate collaboration between Jakim and state religious departments and council to standardise procedures, certificates and logos.

She said that the e-Halal system that Jakim introduced in 2007 enabled applications to be made on line and for anyone to check on the halal status of products and premises

Health and Life Sciences

Asian nutrition update | The Star, Aug 14

THE 11th Asian Congress of Nutrition (ACN) was held in Singapore in mid July, organised by the Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics Association. The scientific programme covered the whole range of topics that are relevant to nutrition in the region.

Some 60 Malaysians participated in the congress. This write up provides some highlights from the 11th ACN, particularly those sessions that I participated in and made presentations.

The Asian Congress of Nutrition (ACN) is held every four years under the auspices of the Federation of Asian Nutrition Societies (FANS). The first congress in this series was organised 40 years ago, in 1971 by the Nutrition Society of India. The congress provides an opportunity for nutrition scientists, experts and activists to share information on nutrition advances in research and technical expertise.

Information Communication Technologies

Malaysia Information Technology Report Q3 2011| Business Wire, Aug 16

Malaysian IT spending is expected to grow to U$4.9bn in 2011, from US$4.5bn in 2010, when the market stabilised. IT spending should be boosted by ICT-friendly 2011 budget measures and growing interest in cloud computing, but much will depend on confidence in a sustainable economic recovery. There will be increasingly attractive opportunities in the IT services area as the government implements measures to make Malaysia a regional services hub. The government has a number of initiatives with favourable implications for demand for IT products and services, including computers for education programmes.

The IT market overall has strong growth fundamentals and key sectors will include government, telecoms and finance, including Islamic banking. The National Broadband Initiative has the potential to boost demand across all IT market segments.

Infrastructure

Negri Sembilan to have sea-spanning cable car | The Star, Aug 10

A cable car spanning the sea is to be built in Negri Sembilan, linking Port Dickson to Pulau Arang about one kilometre away, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said Wednesday.

The cable car is a project of local company TSR Ocean Park Sdn Bhd, which is developing the almost completed PD Waterfront new township.

"The PD Waterfront and cable car project cost RM1.8bil. It will be built in two phases, with the cable car in the second phase. Phase one is almost complete," he told reporters after the weekly meeting of the state executive council.