THE Malaysian Indian Business Association has called for a trade boycott of Sri Lanka in an effort to pressure its government to address humanitarian concerns in the war-torn state, Malaysian Nanban reported.
Association president P. Sivakumar expressed hope that all Indian-owned businesses in Malaysia would support the call.
He said all businesses should make the stand on humanitarian grounds, adding that trade squeeze was the most effective form of pressure.
Sivakumar urged the Sri Lanka government to allow aid groups, media and independent groups to the conflict zone to help out civilians displaced by its war against Tamil Tiger separatists.
> The Government is considering giving better incentives to attract more foreign investors to the country, Tamil Nesan reported.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop was reported as saying that the new incentives were needed to bring in more foreign investments, given that many thought the global economy would start to recover this year.
Positive changes were evident over the past two months, he said, adding that this was expected to get better.
Other News & Views is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a > sign, it denotes a separate news item.
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