KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 15): The opposition failed in its attempt to thwart Budget 2021 as it was passed in the final approval stage in the Dewan Rakyat today via an en bloc vote.
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 26): The government has instructed banks to automatically approve applications to freeze loan repayments by applicants in the bottom 40% income group (B40) as well as micro enterprises with debts of below RM150,000.
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 22): These are rather pessimistic times and I hate to be throwing in more pessimism.
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 15): While the Budget 2021 has been touted to be the largest budget in Malaysia, four associations have jointly urged the government to revise the national budget to provide “sustainable and meaningful” assistance.
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 11): Airbnb welcomed the government’s decision to expand the tourism tax to include the short-term accommodation industry, adding that the tax would be a fair and sustainable way to raise more revenue for local communities.
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 11): Construction companies are set to benefit greatly from the projects and expenditure outlined in Budget 2021, with the Mass Rapid Transit 3 (MRT3) and the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) viewed as being big opportunities.
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 9): The opposition may resort to rejecting Budget 2021 if it is not amended to meet the needs of the people to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic, said opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
PETALING JAYA (Nov 9): The government's effort in promoting public housing and affordable homes is laudable, but it is equally important to ensure the supply meets the actual market needs, said Savills (Malaysia) managing director Datuk Paul Khong.
PETALING JAYA (Nov 9): The extension of the stamp duty exemptions for instrument of transfer and loan agreement for first-time home purchase priced up to RM500,000 to 2025 is only an extension of the stamp duty exemptions provided in Budget 2019-20, says Affin Hwang Capital senior associate director, equity research Loong Chee Wei.
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 7): Budget 2021 has been seen as bringing hope to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and e-commerce startups.