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Public, private agencies urged to be active participants in climate, biodiversity talks

KUANTAN, June 5 (Bernama) — All public and private agencies in Malaysia are urged to become active participants in climate and biodiversity talks and support key initiatives such as proposals to protect and preserve at least 30 per cent of land and oceans by 2030.

The Regent of Pahang Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah said Malaysia must also endeavor to make successful the big visionary plan, namely, the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework that is being discussed in the Convention on Biological Diversity for approval at the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in China.

“The core of the plan is a proposal based on scientific studies to allocate 30 per cent of the sizes of the land and seas of the world as protected and conservation areas.

“We must endeavour to ascertain the land and water areas which can be gazetted to achieve this important global target.

“Malaysia’s participation in achieving this target can highlight togetherness with the whole world in tackling this issue.

“More so, our country is one of the 17 megadiversity countries in the world which are recognised for being rich in flora and fauna,” he said in a statement in conjunction with World Environment Day today.

Other than COP15, also taking place this year is the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP27) scheduled in Egypt this November whereby Tengku Hassanal is of the view that Malaysia as a member nation must be actively involved in participating in the international dialogue.

Tengku Hassanal said efforts to preserve the environment also required the involvement of all Malaysians and the aspiration must be interpreted to become a reality for the sake of future generations.

In the statement, His Highness expressed his gratitude for the action taken by the Pahang government which had gazetted expansion of the Chini Forest Reserve in Aug 5, 2021 to 6,502.8 hectares (ha) from 4,600 ha.

This was in line with His Highness’ decree after visiting the location following reports on the destruction to Tasik Chini (Lake Chini).

“The expansion of the Chini Forest Reserve can directly protect the flora and fauna and ensure the lives of the Orang Asli in the area are not continuously threatened.

“Tasik Cini is nature’s jewel in Pahang and is the site of the first Biosphere Reserve of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Malaysia.

“This makes its uniqueness of high value and of global standards and must be preserved and conserved,” His Highness added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Agong congratulates Queen Elizabeth II on Platinum Jubilee celebration

KUALA LUMPUR, June 5 (Bernama) — The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today congratulated Queen Elizabeth II on her Platinum Jubilee celebration which began last Thursday.

The celebration was held to mark the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II being on the British throne.

In a post on the official Istana Negara Facebook page, Al-Sultan Abdullah expressed his happiness because Queen Elizabeth II has been blessed with good health and a long healthy life making her the longest reigning monarch in British history.

His Majesty also described Queen Elizabeth II as a ruler who cares about the welfare of the people and dedicated to serving the people in Britain and the Commonwealth besides praying for her to be blessed with long life, wisdom and be given the strength to continue ascending the British throne.

“His Majesty also expressed hope that the existing close bilateral relations between Malaysia and Britain will continue to be enhanced, especially in the fields of economy, trade and investment,” read the posting.

The last time Their Majesties paid a courtesy call on Queen Elizabeth II was on Dec 13, 2019 where they attended a lncheon that was held at Buckingham Palace, London.

The courtesy call and luncheon were held in conjunction with the seven-day special visit of Their Majesties to England from Dec 9, 2019.

During the visit, Al-Sultan Abdullah also visited Westminster Abbey, which is one of the United Kingdom’s most notable houses of worship and the traditional place of coronation and burial site for the English monarchs.

On 10 Sept 2019, Their Majesties granted an audience to The Earl of Wessex Prince Edward at Istana Negara in conjunction with his two-day visit to Malaysia to attend the Duke of Edinburgh International Award’s Asia Pacific Regional Conference in his capacity as chairman of the trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.

Queen Elizabeth II, during her reign, had visited Malaysia three times, namely in 1972 (Special Visit), 1989 (11th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) and 1998 (the closing of the16th Commonwealth Games).

Apart form the the Queen Elizabeth II and the Earl of Wessex’ visits, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine also visited Malaysia in 2012 and Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall visited the country in 2017.

The two-day visit to Sabah by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was held in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall paid a seven-day visit to Malaysia in 2017 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations between Malaysia and the United Kingdom.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

No decision yet on reintroduction of GST – PM Ismail Sabri

KUALA LUMPUR, June 5 (Bernama) — The government is still studying whether to reintroduce the goods and services tax (GST) and has not made a decision yet, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The prime minister said he did not announce that the government would reinstate GST soon but merely said it was looking into this possibility.

“Many people started jumping when I said ‘not ruling out the possibility’ (of reintroducing GST), but I also said we need to study the negative and positive aspects of it first.

“I did not announce the reintroduction of GST; I just said we will look into it as studies have shown that there is a shortfall of RM30 billion in revenue yearly after we moved from GST to SST (sales and service tax),” he told reporters after launching the World Environment Day celebration at Taman Tugu here today.

In a special interview with Nikkei Asia in Tokyo recently, Ismail Sabri said GST was seen as capable of widening the country’s revenue base, and the government was not ruling out the possibility of reinstating it as an effective way to increase national income and help combat inflation and rising cost of living.

The prime minister said it is important for the people to be properly informed of any new taxation system that the government plans to introduce.

“If we feel SST is no longer suitable, what we are going to replace it with? The people need to understand first. We want our announcement to be accepted and not rejected by the people.

“We have many more considerations to make. Would the effects of GST lead to higher prices? Is the time suitable now or in a few years’ time? Don’t worry; when the time comes we will make an announcement,” he said.

GST was first introduced in Malaysia on April 1, 2015 at six per cent by the Barisan Nasional government.

GST was suspended on June 1, 2018 and finally abolished and replaced by SST on Sept 1, 2018 by the then Pakatan Harapan government.

The current rate for sales tax is five and 10 per cent while service tax is at six per cent.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Environmental violations need to be addressed with stricter laws – PM

KUALA LUMPUR, June 5 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob wants environmental violations to be addressed with stricter laws.

Speaking to reporters after officiating the World Environment Day celebration at Taman Tugu here today, Ismail Sabri cited the park, previously a well-maintained forest area, which was turned into a garbage dump by irresponsible parties.

“Therefore, laws related to the environment need to be expedited in an effort to ensure that there are no violation cases that could lead to environmental destruction.

“We have been talking about environmental law for a long time … however, I have not been able to get comprehensive information. Insya-Allah, on Wednesday (in the Cabinet meeting) I will emphasise that this environmental law needs to be expedited, because we know a lot of encroachment and so on, occurs,” he said.

Ismail Sabri said apart from that, the people must continue to look after the environment, as the world was currently experiencing climate change and the effects had already been felt.

Elaborating further, the Prime Minister said the major floods which occurred previously could still also occur at any time due to climate change.

“As I mentioned, last year’s floods, for example, unexpected floods and even some areas were flooded even though they never experienced floods before. In the past, we could expect the Northeast Monsoon to occur in November, December and January, but now this happens regardless of the time.

“In Kuala Lumpur, there were flash floods. This shows that climate change has already started and in the next 10 years we expect it to be even worse,” he said.

Earlier, Ismail Sabri, in his speech in conjunction with World Environment Day, themed ‘Only One Earth’, also once again explained the government’s action plan and mitigation efforts for the short and long term in facing global climate change.

He said the government’s targets include increasing the share of renewable energy capacity to 31 per cent and a recycling rate of 40 per cent by 2025, besides maintaining at least 50 per cent of the country’s forest cover.

To boost the country’s green agenda, Ismail Sabri said the government also set a target to achieve carbon-neutral nation status through the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP), the Sustainable Malaysia 2030 target and exemption from import duty, excise duty and sales tax for electric vehicles.

“The country’s commitment through zero or low carbon investment and green technology is expected to attract investors to make Malaysia a green investment hub destination,” he said.

Ismail Sabri also appreciated the efforts of the local community who strive to develop their environment to be greener as done through the Kebun-kebun Bangsar and Kebun-kebun Kerinchi community projects in the capital.

“Interestingly, these vegetable gardens are managed using the communities’ own funds to educate and encourage public involvement with the crops also shared with the less fortunate.

“The concept of empowering the community is what I want to expand to realise the country’s green agenda. Therefore, I want the relevant government agencies to help, especially to facilitate matters and provide the necessary assistance,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said the government had also given a mandate to a national public trust, Amanah Warisan Negara (AWAN), to preserve, manage and operate Taman Tugu.

He said that the implementation of the Taman Tugu project was aimed at creating a sustainable rainforest park in the city, as well as being a symbol of the commitment of all parties to safeguard and protect natural heritage treasures.

“I understand that the Taman Tugu secondary forest site, which was previously used as an illegal garbage dump, has been visited by more than 500,000 visitors after the conservation process and opening to the public in 2018,” he said.

Ismail Sabri also believes that more visitors will visit Taman Tugu to enjoy the beauty of its environment, as the country is currently in the transition to the endemic phase.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

295 Malaysian haj pilgrims arrive in Madinah

MADINAH, June 5 (Bernama) — The first batch of 295 Malaysian haj pilgrims arrived at the Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport at about 9.30 pm Malaysian time yesterday.

They were then taken to the Anwar Al Madinah Movenpick Hotel located next to the grounds of An Nabawi Mosque where they were greeted by haj consul Mohammad Saimi Mat Som, consul at the office of Consulate General of Malaysia in Jeddah Farah Syafina Bahari and head of chancery Muhammad Hafiz Bahar.

“We would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to the leadership of the Saudi Arabian government, especially to the Custodians of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohamad Salman, for the decision to open the haj pilgrimage to foreign participation.

“We also want to thank the Ministry of Haj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia, Foreign Ministry, Syarikat Adila and local authorities as well as the Malaysian Embassy in Saudi Arabia,” Muhammad Saimi told reporters here.

He also advised the Malaysian pilgrims to stay healthy and hoped they will be able to perform their haj well.

A total of 14,306 Malaysian pilgrims will perform haj this year, and they are scheduled to arrive in Madinah and Makkah in stages beginning today.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Third Day of The Festival of Economics 2022 in Trento

The Festival of Economics 2022 in Trento- Paolo MAGRI, Paolo GENTILONI, Fabio TAMBURINI during the event “A changed world: challenges and opportunities for a leading Europe”.

TRENTO, June 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Time flies at the Festival of Economics 2022 in Trento. It is already the third day, the most eventful one, in an edition full of events and surprises. Saturday started with the remembrance, by the Festival community, of the recently deceased economist Jean Paul Fitoussi.

In the morning, Paolo Gentiloni, EU Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, gave the keynote speech on the topic of European “pride” during the event “A changed world: challenges and opportunities for a leading Europe”.

Romano Prodi – who will take part in the Festival this evening with an appointment dedicated to “Geopolitics and geo-economics after the war in Ukraine” – was also present in the auditorium Santa Chiara, and there were also many young people to listen to Gentiloni, who answered questions from the director of Sole 24 Ore Fabio Tamburini and Paolo Magri, ISPI executive vice-president and then from students from Trento.

At the Social Theatre, Renato Brunetta, Minister of Public Administration, talked with Alberto Orioli, deputy editor of Il Sole 24 Ore. The underlying theme? The spectre of a recession.

Three Nobel Prize laureates today: Daniel Mcpadden, Jody Williams and Edmund Phelps.

Also today, at the Festival, Maria Cristina Messa, Minister for Universities and Research, and Roberto Cingolani, Minister for Ecological Transition, spoke via video link.

In the afternoon, plenty of excitement and opportunities for in-depth discussion with speeches by Federico d’Incà, Minister for Relations with Parliament, Enrico Giovanni, Minister for Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility, Maria Stella Gelmini, Minister for Regional Affairs and Autonomies of the Italian Republic and Laura Castelli vice minister of MEF.

Tonight, the Zelig Comedy Show with the appointment “Zelig. L’economia da ridere” (Zelig. The economy for a laugh).

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