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Budget 2013 focus group to meet soon

IPOH: The first focus group on the 2013 Budget will meet on Wednesday to discuss 16 topics including macroeconomic, sectoral and social issues, Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah said.

Looking ahead

Moving forward, what can be done so that the days ahead can promise more security for all These and much more were discussed at the recent EPF-The Star Roundtable organised in conjunction with EPF’s International Social Security 2018 conference themed, “A Better Tomorrow” held earlier this month.

The rise of social enterprises

Social enterprsies are fledgling businesses in Malaysia where money is made with a conscience. Can they thrive and overcome the obstacles in their way?

Push needed for social entrepreneurship

The Star will be featuring a series of articles in conjunction with the StarBiz-ICRMCorporate Responsibility Awards. The awards is the result of a partnership betweenThe Star and Institute of Corporate Responsibility Malaysia, supported by theSecurities Commission and Bursa Malaysia Bhd. Its working partners arePricewaterhouseCoopers and Securities Industry Development Corp, while theofficial sponsor is Canon Marketing (M) Sdn Bhd.

OMD and partners unveil study on Gen Z

OMD Malaysia, in partnership with Media Prima Group and Epinion, unveils a landmark study into the Generation Z’s behaviour, attitudes and media habits.

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Facebook sets aside US$3b to cover expected FTC fine

Agency has been investigating whether company violated consent decree when user data was shared with Cambridge Analytica

MAS maintains a steady course

Malaysia Airlines would rise further on the flightpath of its business turnaround plan this year. Itscosts would be reduced by RM1bil in the nextfinancial year, said chief financial officer TengkuAzmil Zahruddin. Panasonic Malaysia Sdn Bhd sawbrisk sales of its Plasma TVs and LCD TVs last year.Its managing director Hiroshi Nakamura expectssales of higher end consumer goods to continue tobe strong this year. ACCA director Tay Kay Luansaid the association aimed to provide guidance onbest practices in financial management.

Starting a national conversation

LAST month I raised the analogy of national stability as a three-legged stool – the economic, political and social. Those who are focused on the economics – mostly businessmen and economists – concentrate on raising GDP numbers. But politics is all about trade-offs between different demands from different quarters. Politics involves the power to tackle social demands on imbalances, inequalities and on how the country should be run.

Govt’s active role in social housing vital

Thean Lee Cheng discusses the pros and cons of housing controls levied by the Government.

Importance of Equator Principles in banking

THE Equator Principles (EPs) is growing in importance in the global banking arena as financiers realise that minimising environmental and social risks will contribute towards business sustainability.