Malaysia prefers a unique development model, says Najib - per capita income and the people's well-being are the two main criteria used to measure the success of a country's development model but Malaysia chooses to use a one-of-a-kind and more unique model which took into account the "happiness index of the people" - Bernama (2012/09/03)
Indigenous leaders in Malaysia launch campaign against 12 dams - representatives from affected communities in Sarawak, Malaysia gathered to campaign against 12 planned dams in Sarawak with a demand for consultation and a public referendum; the Sarawak state government, along with Chinese investors, plans to construct 12 more dams to provide 28,000 megawatts of electricity to create an industrial complex in Sarawak's remote jungles - International Rivers (2012/02/21)
Bleak future for Baram if dam plans goes ahead - since the 1970s, the timber in Baram has been exploited and many of the timber companies and those connected to the timber industry made money, however, not much of the revenue went back to develop the district - Save Rivers Net (2012/08/21)
Malaysia, Pakistan discuss ways to enhance trade - Pakistan was the second-largest trading partner of Malaysia in South East Asia last year, after signing the Free Trade Agreemeent between the two countries in 2007; it is optimistic that bilateral trade volumes could increase by exploring new avenues of cooperation: agriculture, construction, livestock and dairy, energy, education, IT and the Halal industry sectors - The Express Tribune (2012/09/17)
Malaysia Minister: To eliminate fiscal deficit by 2020 - proposing goods-and-services tax to help boost government revenue and plans to reduce some subsidies; Malaysia has been running a deficit budget since after the 1998 Asian financial crisis - Wall Street Journal (2012/09/25)
Robert Fulford: Anti-Semitism without Jews in Malaysia - the Federal Territory Islamic Affairs Department sent out an official sermon to be read in all mosques, stating that "Muslims must understand Jews are the main enemy to Muslims as proven by their egotistical behaviour and murders performed by them"; about 60% of Malaysians are Muslim - National Post (2012/10/06)
This finally out: "Malaysia to scrap crude palm oil export quota, change tax system" - the world's #2 producer of palm oil, will scrap a tax free export quota for the crude grade from 2013 in a bid to reduce feedstock prices for refiners who have lost market share to top supplier Indonesia - Business Recorder (2012/10/14)
- possibly as a consequence of the recent happenings (below)
Malaysia's Sime Darby Q4 net profit drops 16.1 pct - world's largest palm oil planter by landbank size warned that a deteriorating global economy may hurt prospects; company aims to increase its plantation landbank to one million hectares in the next three years, eyeing land expansion in Indonesia and Africa - Reuters (2012/08/29)
Palm oil inventories in Malaysia jumped to record: Survey - the cyclical bull market in commodities has ended: stockpiles in Malaysia (the biggest producer after Indonesia) probably climbed 8.9 percent in October to a record as production exceeded exports; and with a strong US dollar, prices unlikely to rise unless the weather goes extremely bad - Bloomberg (2012/11/05)
Malaysia's debit card revolution - signalling strong economic progress with people having more money to spend as the country's wealth creation increases - New Straits Times (2012/10/25)
Opponents of Malaysia rare earth plant promise to protest - one group, Himpunan Hijau, has vowed to blockade the port in the Malaysian town of Kuantan, near the plant, if the company, Lynas, tries to import the raw earth materials from Australia; rare earths, used in high-technology products, including smartphones, electric cars and military equipment, are found in nature with radioactive contaminants that must be separated and disposed of during refining - New York Times (2012/09/06)
Malaysia protests rare earth processing plant - despite promising "zero harm and sustainable development", Australian miner Lynas loses court of public opinion even though it gets thumbs up from judge - The Register (2012/11/09)
Malaysia-EU business ties to improve - the EU expects an increase in foreign direct investments (FDI) to Malaysia next year following an economic forecast of 0.4% growth in gross domestic product (GDP) in Europe - Malay Mail (2012/11/22)
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