• Muslims not encouraged to use ‘RIP’, says National Fatwa Council
    Muslims not encouraged to use ‘RIP’, says National Fatwa Council

    Hours after the death of Karpal Singh, Muslims were told by the National Fatwa Council today they were not encouraged to use the phrase “Rest in Peace" (RIP) to a non-Muslim because the term had Christian connotations. In a statement issued on its website,, the National Fatwa Council said Muslims could express their... …

  • Amid furore over Karpal jibe, Perkasa distances itself from Zul Noordin
    Amid furore over Karpal jibe, Perkasa distances itself from Zul Noordin

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 17 — The right wing Malay group, Perkasa, has distanced itself from Datuk Zulkifli Noordin, who had earlier tweeted that the passing of veteran DAP politician Karpal Singh was... …

  • Legacy of the 'Tiger of Jelutong' will endure

    Karpal Singh's story may have come to an abrupt end this morning, but the author of his biography says the legacy of the 'Tiger of Jelutong' will endure in Malaysia, where he was a warrior in the fight for equality and justice. New Zealand journalist Tim Donoghue first met Karpal in Penang in 1987 and spent nearly 30 years researching the biography he wrote on the fearless lawyer and advocate, titled "Karpal Singh - Tiger of Jelutong", which was published in 2013. "I've done a few things in …

  • Soldiers injured as ceiling collapses during defence exhibition at PWTC
    Soldiers injured as ceiling collapses during defence exhibition at PWTC

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 17 — Two soldiers suffered minor injuries after the ceiling at one section of the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) collapsed today, on the last day of the 14th Defence Services... …

  • Penang to give Karpal official send-off

    The Penang government will provide veteran lawmaker Karpal Singh an official send off.   According to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, the Penang flag would be used to cover Karpal's cortege.   All state agencies will fly the Penang flags at half-mast for three days until the funeral on Sunday, said Lim.   He added that a public ceremony at the Dewan Sri Pinang will be held on Sunday from 9am to 11am for the public to pay their respects.    Lim said that the state exco had decided this during an …

  • Karpal to be given send-off with state honours
    Karpal to be given send-off with state honours

    After a lifetime of service to the country, the Penang government will acknowledge Karpal Singh's contributions by giving him a funeral with state honours. The Penang flag will be flown at half-mast until his funeral on Sunday. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the flag would also drape Karpal's casket. "We can't accord a state funeral as... …

PETALING JAYA, May 8 (Bernama) -- The Asia Foundation, the School of

Business of Monash University Sunway Campus, and RAM Holdings Bhd today launched

the 2012 Malaysia Business Environment Index (BEI), a diagnostic tool designed

to measure the business-friendliness of local governments in the country.

"The index is a Malaysia-specific diagnostic tool to benchmark and rank

local business environment that can be influenced by federal, state and local

policies and regulations," RAM''s Chief Group Economist Dr Yeah Kim Leng told

reporters after the launching ceremony here today.

The index also identifies high and low-performing districts and reveals the

successes and challenges faced by small and medium-sized enterprises-

experiences critical to a robust and dynamic private sector in Malaysia.

For the BEI pilot study, the first of its kind survey in Malaysia, 635

randomly-drawn SMEs in six states and 11 districts were asked to share

perceptions of their local business enviroment.

Senior Lecturer with the Department of Management at Monash University, Dr

Jane L.Y. Terpstra Tong said the 11 districts were ranked in order of

business-friendliness across nine areas of economic governance that are relevant

to local economic growth in Malaysia, including entry costs, transparency,

informal charges, property rights, and crime and security.

According to the BEI pilot study, Kemaman in the state of Terengganu ranked

the highest in business-friendliness followed by Sepang in the state of Selangor

while Ampang Jaya ranked the lowest and Petaling Jaya the second lowest.

Dr Tong said the BEI was a useful complement to the government''s Star Rating

System in which Ampang Jaya scored among the highest, different from the BEI


"A key difference between the two complementary assessments is the BEI

relies on the perceptions of local business people while the Star Rating System

focuses on the internal structure of government funtions and captures the

experiences of internal government officers," she said.

Overseeings the survey''s methodology Dr Tong said the survey provided an

economic baseline and strengthened the advocacy capacity of business leaders to

engage local government officials.--BERNAMA


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  • Langkawi BN MP pokes fun at Karpal Singh’s remains The Malaysian Insider
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