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Cabinet meeting: Salient points of decisions reached

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Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad chaired his third cabinet meeting today. Salient points of matters discussed and decisions reached by the Cabinet are as listed:

  • Muhammad Ibrahim resigns as Bank Negara governor.
  • Government ministries being restructured.
  • Parliament to convene on July 16, GST and Anti-Fake News Act 2018 to be abolished.
  • Government to send team to India to learn ways to improve government efficiency.
  • Mahathir wants to fill up his cabinet by the end of this week, jokes that final number could be 26 up to "500".
  • Finance minister Lim Guan Eng and MACC officials will be heading to China soon with regards to Suria Strategic Energy Resources Sdn Bhd's (SSER) project.
  • Government wants banks to loosen lending rules for small businesses and first-time home buyers.
  • Government looking into ways to break up monopolies.
  • Government to review Islamic Development Department (Jakim).
  • Former auditor-general Ambrin Buang appointed head of the committee to investigate administrative issues, beginning with the Defence Ministry.
  • Special cabinet committee on Indian community to meet soon.
  • English tests for senior civil servants because they have to negotiate with foreigners.
  • Senior civil servants will be subjected to a 10 percent cut to their entertainment allowance.
  • Felda settlers to receive bonus, to cost RM50 million, paid through government allocations. 
  • Felcra settlers to receive bonus, to cost RM44 million, paid through Felcra profits.
  • Bantuan Sara Hidup (Cost of living assistance) payments will be paid out soon
  • RM500,000 allocation for Harapan MPs, and RM200,000 for MP service centres to be paid out before Hari Raya. Opposition MPs will get funds as well, but less. 
  • Mahathir says he has not read reports on allegations detailing the expenditure for Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
  • Mahathir will be in Japan between June 10 to 12 for the Nikkei Conference - his first official foreign trip. 
  • The attorney-general and the Foreign Affairs Ministry will look into follow up actions on MH17.
  • Government will address malnutrition among urban children, including Putrajaya. 
  • Health Ministry will look into "skim peduli sihat nasional" and Takaful insurance for the poor.

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