Budget 2018

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Restoring fiscal health, refocusing priorities

Comment - By Lee Heng Guie
WE understand the government has to make choices and trade-offs to manage the medium-term fiscal challenges and limitations. It is indeed a tough and challenging political balancing act for the Finance Minister to craft a responsive budget without impairing growth and worsening the fiscal deficit.

Not enough money?

AFTER I shared about the lessons learned from our neighbouring country in building affordable housing in my last article, I received many positive comments plus a painful but very relevant question, “Where are we going to find the money to subsidise public and affordable housing?”

Daim: Pakatan govt needs to stop blame game

KUALA LUMPUR: The Pakatan Harapan government needs to concentrate on delivering its promises to the people who voted them in during the 14th General Election and to forget what happened in the past, said Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) chairman Tun Daim Zainuddin.

Don: Budget to buffer against slower growth

BUDGET 2019 is a pro-growth planner that should help buffer Malaysia against next year’s projected global economic slowdown, says an economics professor.

‘It’s painful but necessary’

GEORGE TOWN: Postponing weddings, tightening belts – the younger generation isn’t entirely the spendthrift types contrary to common perception, as they anticipate a “painful but necessary” Budget 2019.

Households clear winners in SST trade-off, says CIMB Research

KUALA LUMPUR: Households are the clear winners in the trade-off under the proposed Sales and Service Tax (SST) which will be reintroduced on Sept 1, as they will receive RM23bil in disposable income through reduced tax collection.

While goods without exemptions are poised for price increases after the GST tax holiday, SST 2.0 covers a narrower basket of goods and services.

Maybank IB issues eight call warrants

KUALA LUMPUR: Maybank Investment Bank Bhd is issuing eight new European style cash-settled call warrants (CW) over ordinary shares of eight companies.

Nestle is among the eight companies which Maybank IB is issuing the call warrants over the shares.