No lower levy for eateries

No lower levy for eateries


KUALA LUMPUR: The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry will not support calls by restaurant operators to lower the levy for foreign workers, saying he has no sympathy on this issue.

Minister Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad said most restaurants needing many foreign workers were those operating 24 hours – and they had to face the higher cost in the form of a higher levy.

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Parliament: Doubling foreign worker levy may kill business

Parliament: Doubling foreign worker levy may kill business

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government should reconsider its decision to double the levy on foreign workers as this may end up hurting businesses, MCA Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said.

He said since the decision was announced as part of the RM60bil “mini-Budget” on March 10, the movement had received complaints from various associations.

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Muslim Americans against domestic violence

Muslim Americans against domestic violence

International Women’s Day on March 8 marked women’s accomplishments and challenges in achieving equality. 

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One of the most profound challenges women continue to face, however, is domestic violence, as painfully illustrated by the recent murder of Aasiya Zubair by her husband, Muzzam

il, in New York. 

In 2009, three women will die every day in the US at the hands of violent partners. Although domestic violence is a problem faced by women of all backgrounds, this event highlighted the problem of violence against women in the Muslim American community. 

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Replacing locals with foreigners a gamble that paid off

Replacing locals with foreigners a gamble that paid off

I HAD the same problems as the writer of the letter “Foreign labour a lot better than lazy locals” (The Star, March 17).


I run a construction company and depend on sub-contractors to do the actual building and installation works. In early 2000, I used to farm out the works to local sub-contractors, assuming that they were better than foreign workers. I was wrong.

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Bomb squad uncovers ‘charm’ under Pak Lah’s desk

Bomb squad uncovers ‘charm’ under Pak Lah’s desk

As the clock ticks down for the transition of power, the tension in Umno appears to have taken a supernatural twist.

pak lah table in umno building 180309A police bomb squad, which conducted a routine sweep of the Umno headquarters in Kuala Lumpur a few days ago, stumbled upon suspicious items under the party president Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s table.

The check was conducted on the meeting room located on the 39th floor of the Putra World Trade Centre in view of the coming Umno supreme council meeting, which will be the last to be held before the party polls which is slated to kick off on March 24.

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Singapore: Singapore Urges Myanmar To Reconcile With Rivals

SINGAPORE: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong urged his Myanmar counterpart Tuesday (17 March) to reconcile with opponents, just hours after the ruling military junta cracked down on several pro-democracy activists.

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BBC:Burma’s gem mines face closure

By Thuyein Kyaw-Zaw

Burmese rubies and jades are famous for their quality, and sold all over the world.

But even such a reclusive and secretive country as Burma cannot protect itself against the worldwide economic downturn.

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