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Tengku Zafrul’s book pays tribute to Covid-19 economic frontliners

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KUALA LUMPUR: Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz pays tribute to economic leaders by launching his inaugural book titled: “Weathering the Economic Storm: A Journey through the Uncharted Waters of Covid-19”.

Released in conjunction with Merdeka and Malaysia Day, the minister dedicated his book to all the best sons and daughters of Malaysia, who gave their best to the nation in the war against Covid-19 for the country to recover.

He also said the text was a compilation of notes he kept during the war against the pandemic, the ideas behind the responsive economic policies the ministry had crafted.

“We have posted three consecutive quarters of gross domestic growth and I am optimistic that if we continue to work hard together, a better future awaits us all.

“May this book serve as a reminder of our nation’s character, our resilience and our courage. May Malaysia continue to sail steadily, always, whatever the times and tides may throw our way,” he said at the ceremony. Book launch here on Friday (September 9).

Also present at the event were Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

In terms of the economy in general, Tengku Zafrul said at the ministerial level that he and his team had to think outside the box and respond to the needs of the rakyat, while also being fiscally responsible.

Many of these policies were drawn up with very little time, limited information and no playbook to consult, he said, adding that “but we told ourselves that the rakyat is up to us, we just can’t fail.”

“This book is not just an account of my time at the Ministry of Finance, but more importantly, a tribute to our heroic economic leaders who, until now, have been the unsung heroes of Malaysia’s economic recovery.

“As such, I hope that the book I have written can serve as a timely public record of what economic leaders (in the ministry, other ministries and government agencies) have done to prevent the economy from collapsing during the pandemic”, the minister said.

Tengku Zafrul also shared that “Weathering the Economic Storm” sets out how Malaysia can meet old and new economic challenges by being reform-minded, from remaining competitive for investment to tackling climate change.

“Much is required for us to address structural issues and build back better so that we can move forward with more resilience in the face of future challenges,” he said.

Tengku zafrul also went on record his greatest thanks to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and former Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for giving him the privilege and freedom to serve the nation. – Bernama


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Anwar to meet govt depts, agencies to focus on cost of living issues on Nov 27

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KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will hold a meeting with government departments and agencies in Putrajaya on Sunday (November 27) that will focus on cost of living issues affecting people.

“Tonight, we held a prayer session with parishioners and friends in Sungai Long.

“Tomorrow morning at 11am there will be a meeting with government departments and agencies in Putrajaya that will focus on the cost of living issues that are burdening the people,” he said in a post on his Facebook and Twitter accounts on Saturday. (November 26).

Anwar is scheduled to attend the 2022 National Cost of Living Action Council special meeting at 11am on Sunday in Perdana Putra, Putrajaya. – Bernama


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Football: Malaysia Cup 2022: JDT take trophy after downing Red Giants 2-1

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PETALING JAYA: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) has become the 2022 Malaysia Cup champion after beating Selangor 2-1 in the final held at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Saturday (November 26).

JDT and the Red Giants were tied 1–1 at halftime before JDT’s Fernando Forestieri scored the game-winner in the 59th minute.

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I was just there to see my friends, says Ismail Sabri rubbishing talk of meeting between BN, PAS leaders

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PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob says he was at a country club in Petaling Jaya for a farewell party for former employees of the Prime Minister’s Department on Friday (November 25).

The former prime minister strongly denied that it was said he was at the club for a closed-door meeting between Barisan Nasional and PAS leaders, Sinar Harian reported.

Ismail, Umno’s vice president, said he would only meet friends for a farewell ceremony.

READ ALSO: Dr Wee refutes claims that he attended a discussion with Umno and PAS leaders

“These (rumors) are malicious slander meant to tarnish my name. Nowadays, I can’t even meet my friends,” he told the Malaysiakini online news portal.

Talk about a meeting at the club had gone viral on social media after photos of various politicians arriving at the club were posted online.

Ismail added that it was unfair for certain quarters to label him a “traitor” for meeting with PAS leaders, however BN leaders who met with their Pakatan Harapan counterparts earlier this week were branded as “heroes”. .

The viral post lists Ismail, former Umno General Secretary Tan Sri Annuar Musa, PAS General Secretary Takiyuddin Hassan, MCA President Datuk Dr. Seri Wee Ka Siong and former Putrajaya Umno Deputy Director Datuk Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz, among those who attended the meeting. .

Earlier, Dr. Wee said in a Facebook post that he had been to the club after receiving an invitation from two businessmen.

“It was to have dim sum for brunch at a restaurant located in the country club.

“When I arrived, I met former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who was in the cafeteria next to the restaurant.

“I greeted him before my friends arrived. When they (my friends) arrived, I went directly to the aforementioned restaurant for lunch,” he said, adding that he was hurt by the slanderous accusations.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri also denied that Barisan General Treasurer Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein was present at the farewell ceremony.

Sinar Harian reported that Ismail Sabri also said that other Umno leaders such as Khairy Jamaluddin were also slandered for going against party chairman Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“Right now, because they want to support other people to form a government and appoint someone to be prime minister, the Umno leaders are slandering each other and dividing the party,” he said.


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