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IPG, rubber market price to be reviewed, says PM

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BERA: The rubber market price set for the Rubber Production Incentive (IPG) will be reviewed if he returns to lead the government after the 15th General Election (GE15), says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic).

The Prime Minister said he was aware of many parties requesting for the rubber market price, which was previously set at RM2.50 per kilogramme through the IPG to be increased.

He said this when officiating the Prosperous Malaysian Family Smallholders program organized by the Rubber Industry Smallholder Development Authority (Risda) here on Sunday (Oct 30), which was also attended by Risda chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Salim Mohd Sharif.

“Datuk Seri Salim also raised the issue in Parliament. I have seen many requesting that the rate of RM2.50 (per kilogram) be increased, I have also discussed it with the Minister of Finance. We will look into this matter, Insya- Allah. If we are given the mandate to govern again, we will look into this matter,” he said.

Ismail Sabri said the government is aware of how important the rubber plantation sector is to improve the country’s economy and has introduced various initiatives and assistance to increase the income of smallholders.

In fact, he said that rubber is the only commodity that is still given full assistance by the government.

In addition to IPG, he said the government also introduced the rubber replanting program with a target area of ​​20,000 hectares, which now exceeds 10,000 hectares with the participation of 7,180 smallholders.

Meanwhile, in order to increase income through the productivity of rubber products, he said the government introduced the rubber productivity incentive scheme (SIPG) involving an allocation of RM31.1 million to achieve an annual production of 1,800kg per hectare.

“Alhamdulillah, the initiative has been utilized by 29,205 smallholders nationwide, including 4,344 smallholders in Pahang and a total of 602 in Bera,” he said.

According to him, Risda has thus far succeeded in producing a total of 23,522 entrepreneurs nationwide through assistance amounting to RM56.3 million.

“Thus, the opportunity to become a Risda smallholder is always wide open every year because the government, through Risda, provides various initiatives to diversify sources of income and human capital development for the entire smallholder family,” he said.

Regarding the Monsoon Aid (BMT) amounting to RM191 million that was announced previously, Ismail Sabri said that all smallholders will receive RM600 aid which will be distributed in stages, namely RM300 in November and another RM300 in December.

The Prime Minister said the aid was also announced in the 2023 Budget to be increased by RM200 to RM800 with an allocation of RM256 million for four months to 320,000 recipients from Risda and Felda.

“The government will also provide larger allocations to the smallholder community which is an increase of 18.1 per cent amounting to RM600 million compared to the RM508 million allocated this year.

“This allocation proves that the government is deeply concerned about the development of the rubber commodity sector involving smallholders in order to reach the monthly income target of smallholders to RM4,500 in 2025,” he said. – Bernama


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Peter Anthony uses Sabah budget debate to apologise for ‘words, actions’ during GE15

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KOTA KINABALU: Parti Kesejahteraan Demoktratik Malaysia (KDM) Chairman Datuk Peter Anthony (Photo) took the opportunity to apologize for any wrong words and actions that may have occurred throughout his campaign leading up to the 15th General Election (GE15).

He was giving his budget debate speech during the state legislature sitting here on Tuesday (Nov. 29), when he apologized without directly referring to any issue or issue.

“The general elections recently concluded and whatever has happened in the past, I hope it stays in the past,” he said.

“We are now in a new government and we hope we can all work together at the state and federal level to budget and move Sabah forward to bring political stability and economic growth,” Peter said.

Representing the party and all its members, he said, “if something wrong was said and done, I apologize.”

On November 5, a riot broke out at the Tenom nomination center when Peter’s nomination was rejected hours after it was accepted by the state Election Commission.

A group of supporters went on a rampage, forcing security forces to use tear gas to disperse the crowd at around 2:00 p.m.

Earlier, Peter spoke about the issues facing his Melalap constituency, which falls under Tenom’s parliamentary seat, including water and electricity supply issues, a lack of shops, economic opportunities and a lack of infrastructure development. .

I hoped that the government would take steps to address these problems, for the betterment of the people of Melalap.

He supported the State Budget 2023 which was introduced in the assembly by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor on Friday (Nov 25).


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PTPTN repayment incentive taken up by over 11,000 S’wak graduates since 2019

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KUCHING: Some 11,095 Sarawakian graduates have benefited from the Yayasan Sarawak Higher Education National Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan repayment incentive since 2019, says Datuk Roland Sagah.

The state’s education, innovation and talent development minister said the incentive has risen to RM36.1 million since it was introduced.

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“Sarawak is the only state in Malaysia that provides such an incentive. Another 30 million ringgit has been approved for this incentive next year,” he told the Sarawak Legislative Assembly as he wrapped up business related to his ministry on Tuesday (Nov 29).

Sagah said the 30:30 incentive was part of the state government’s efforts to help ease the burden on Sarawak graduates of repaying their PTPTN student loans.

Under the scheme, the state government will subsidize 30% of the balance of graduates who have already repaid at least 30% of their loans.

For example, it said that a graduate with a loan of RM10,000 must have paid back at least RM3,000 to be eligible for the scheme.

READ ALSO: PTPTN loan discounts a welcome move

“With this, you are eligible for a 30% incentive on the balance of RM7,000, which goes up to RM2,100.

“Therefore, the remaining balance of the graduate’s loan will be RM4,900,” Sagah said, adding that the scheme encouraged graduates to meet their loan repayment obligations.

Sagah also said that the first Yayasan Sarawak International Secondary School (YSISS) in Petra Jaya began operations on April 4 with an initial cohort of 115 students from across the state.

READ ALSO: Abang Johari hopes Yayasan Sarawak International Schools will produce high-level students

“Once fully developed, the campus will have a capacity of 500 students in years seven to 11, which is equivalent to grades one through five,” he said.

It added that the construction of YSISS Kuching at mile 12 of Kuching-Serian Road was scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of next year, while the construction of YSISS Sibu was scheduled to start early next year.

“Both YSISS Bintulu and Miri are currently in the planning stage,” he said.


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Three killed, six injured in car-van collision in Kluang

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KLUANG: Three people were killed and six others injured after an accident involving two vehicles at KM15 Jalan Kluang – Teck Wah Hing here.

Kluang OCPD Asst Comm Bahrin Mohd Noh said the accident happened around 4pm on Monday (November 28), after a 20-year-old driver of a car lost control of the wheels and collided with a van.

“According to the initial investigation, the van was heading towards Kluang from Renggam, while the car was moving in the opposite direction.

“The driver of the car then lost control and skidded into the oncoming lane, causing the collision to occur,” he said in a statement here Monday.

He added that the family of four in the van sustained injuries and is being treated at Kluang Hospital.

“There were four people in the van, including two children between the ages of 11 and 15. They are currently receiving medical treatment at the hospital.

“Meanwhile, the four people in the van are colleagues. Two of them, including the driver, died at the scene, while one more person died while receiving treatment at the hospital,” he said.

He said the deceased are between 17 and 21 years old.

The case is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.


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