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Business 09 Jun 2014 | 12:00 AM

Tackling income inequality in Malaysia

CHANDRASEKARAN Ramaiah fell into hardship when he suffered a stroke some years ago. Now partially recovered, he runs a food kiosk in Melaka after having secured help under the Azam Tani programme.

Economy 26 May 2014 | 12:00 AM

Economic Transformation Programme going full steam ahead

SINCE the Prime Minister launched the Economic Transformation Programme’s (ETP) Annual Report 2013, I have been reading some news headlines decrying that the ETP is “losing steam”, “losing momentum” and “struggling”. Far from that, and I want to set the record straight.

Economy 12 May 2014 | 12:00 AM

Malaysia's transformation journey evolves to the next phase

TONIGHT the Prime Minister will report on the nation’s government and economic transformation results for 2013. I urge you to tune in as he will share insights on the nation’s progress and how that translates into opportunities for businesses, families and society.

Economy 14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 AM

Radical revamp of Malaysia's education

I was probably luckier than most kids who grew up in rural Malaysia. My father was both my teacher and the village school headmaster, which meant learning was not just confined to school. Classes continued at home too.

Business 10 Mar 2014 | 12:00 AM

RM70bil for Pengerang

HOW many of us set out to achieve the impossible? This involves goals that seem too difficult to conquer but could bring us great benefit if we manage to pull through and get to the finishing line.

Business News 24 Feb 2014 | 12:00 AM

The 'Allah'/Bible issue, 10-point solution is key to managing the polarity

MANY people have been asking for clarification and also my views on the ongoing “Allah”/Bible issue and the validity of the 10-point solution. This column will address this.

Economy 10 Feb 2014 | 12:00 AM

Prices increase over time, Govt to ensure people can absorb them

IT must be understood that prices generally increase over time. This is because of two basic reasons – as populations and living standards rise, there is greater demand for goods and services. The other is when input costs go up for various reasons.

Economy 27 Jan 2014 | 12:00 AM

M'sian civil service is not bloated, Govt looking at ways to improve

BEFORE I start talking about how we can and are doing things differently in the civil service, let me clear up this common misconception that the civil service is bloated.

Economy 16 Dec 2013 | 12:00 AM

Malaysia needs to look at new ways of doing things

AS the Economic Transformation Programme finishes its third year, it is an appropriate time to reflect upon how things have progressed, what has been achieved and how the programme will change as we move forward.

Business 02 Dec 2013 | 12:00 AM

The way forward for the middle class is increasing incomes and cutting living costs

I HAD a conversation with a friend who said: “Idris, you are missing the point with what you are saying about how transformation will benefit the middle class when the middle class concerns are rising cost of living, quality public education and high cost of properties.”