Malaysia Edition: Living cost spikes | Bon Odori saga

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Malaysia’s chicken export ban appears to be softening after some premium products were allowed back into Singapore from this week. But longer-term concerns over cost of living continue to loom, and will impact not only when elections will be called, but whether crucial reforms to government finances can take place.

Still pushing for early elections is former premier Najib Razak, whose camp has been ratcheting up claims of political conspiracy ahead of the final appeal in August against his conviction for graft related to the 1MDB scandal.

Parti Islam SeMalaysia’s call to boycott the Japanese festival of Bon Odori has cast a spotlight on cultural tolerance, and even drawn a chiding from the Sultan of Selangor.

Malaysia’s move to scrap the Secondary 3 exams has received mixed reactions, with some insisting that periodic benchmarks are needed to assess students' progress.


Najib amps up conspiracy claims as polls and final appeal loom

Latest salvo was a claim by the ex-PM's lawyers that judge who found Najib guilty was “in conflict of interest”.

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GST, fuel subsidy cuts likely delayed until after election

The implementation of GST played a role in the Barisan National government losing power for the first time during the 2018 polls.

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Living costs and subsidies key issues ahead of next election: Umno leader

Umno information chief Shahril Hamdan said his party would do well to head to the polls armed with plans for investment in food security and reducing income inequality.

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As govt insists economy is resilient, consumers and economists see a wilting outlook

Supermarket prices for some household supplies and food have jumped by at least 25 per cent over the past month.

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Some parents fret over move to scrap Secondary 3 exam

Doubts over how its replacement, school-based assessments, will be carried out.

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Cultural tolerance under scrutiny amid controversy over Japanese festival

PAS had asked Muslims to steer clear of the Bon Odori Festival, drawing an order from Selangor's Sultan asking the state's Islamic religious department not to stop the festival from taking place.

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