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Google Employees Write To CEO Demanding Equal Treatment For Contractors
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Google Employees Write To CEO Demanding Equal Treatment For Contractors

A group of Google employees wrote to chief executive officer Sundar Pichai demanding better conditions for the thousands of contractors that make up more than half of the Internet giant’s work force. Last month, Alphabet Inc overhauled the way it handles allegations of sexual harassment and assault, but the updated policies largely left out temporary, vendor and contract workers. On Dec 5, a group of full-time and contract workers sent a letter to Pichai asking for that to change. They also listed other requests, such as access to companywide emails and town hall staff meetings, better health care and benefits, and a more transparent process for applying for full-time jobs. “We will continue to be mistreated and ignored if we stay silent,” the workers wrote in the letter, a copy o...
National Food Bank To Help The Needy
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National Food Bank To Help The Needy

A national food bank to be launched soon by the government will collect non-perishable food and distribute them to agencies and individuals in need. Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said his ministry would spearhead the initiative. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will launch it on Dec 22 in Penang. “We chose Penang as our launching pad for the national food bank programme because it initia­ted the food bank idea last year. “I am pleased to go back to Penang to launch one of our biggest initiatives to help those in the B40 category (the bottom 40% of households with monthly income of RM3,900 and below),” he told a dialogue organised by the Malay­sian Press Institute with senior editors at his ministry yesterday. Accordin...
No Mercy For Tabung Haji Fund Embezzlers
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No Mercy For Tabung Haji Fund Embezzlers

Those found guilty of misappropriating funds, especially if it involves the people’s money, will not be spared, says Minister in the Prime Min­ister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa. His comments were in reference to police reports lodged by Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) against the fund board’s former top officials and staff. “If the parties are found guilty, they must face justice to restore the people’s confidence in TH,” Dr Mujahid said in a statement yesterday. TH on Friday lodged two police reports against former chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, former chief executive officers Tan Sri Ismee Ismail and Datuk Seri Johan Abdullah, as well as senior management staff. The senior staff in question are chief operating officer Datuk Adi Azuan Abdul Ghani, chie...
Disney says ‘no merit’ to Malaysia resort company lawsuit
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Disney says ‘no merit’ to Malaysia resort company lawsuit

Resort developer Genting Malaysia’s lawsuit seeking $1bil (RM4.2bil) in damages from Walt Disney Co. and Fox Entertainment Group for alleged breach of contract related to a theme park, is “without merit,” Disney said Tuesday. The lawsuit filed Monday in the Central California District Court cites damages from Fox’s withdrawal from an agreement set in 2013 to license its intellectual property for a Fox World theme park in Resort World Genting, a sprawling facility perched on a mountain in Malaysia. The theme park would have been Fox’s first. According to Genting’s complaint, Fox issued a “notice of default” aimed at ending the agreement. Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox apparently raised issues because Genting’s resort includes a casino, which conflicts with Disney’s stance...
Disney, Fox sued in U.S. for US$1 billion over Malaysia theme park
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Disney, Fox sued in U.S. for US$1 billion over Malaysia theme park

Walt Disney Co and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc were sued for more than $1 billion on Monday by casino operator Genting Malaysia Bhd, which accused them of abandoning a contract related to its planned construction of the first Fox-branded theme park. Genting said “seller’s remorse” induced Fox, with Disney’s help, to breach its 2013 contract with Fox Entertainment Group to license intellectual property for Fox World, a proposed addition to its Resorts World Genting complex, an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur. Disney did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Dan Berger, a spokesman for Twentieth Century Fox Film, one of the defendants, declined to comment. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles as Disney prepares to complete its $71.3 billion purc...
EPF increases basic savings target to RM240 000
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EPF increases basic savings target to RM240 000

The Employees Provident Fund has revised higher the minimum basic savings target for retirement at age 55 to RM240 000. The basic savings target, which represents the amount considered sufficient to support EPF members' basic needs for 20 years upon retirement, was previously set at RM228, 000. According to a statement, the EPF said the new quantum is benchmarked against the minimum pension for public sector employees, which was raised from RM950 to RM1 000 per month. The Basic Savings refers to the amount that is considered sufficient to support members’ basic needs for 20 years upon retirement, between the age 55 to 75, in line with the Malaysian life expectancy. The new quantum is benchmarked against the minimum pension for public sector employees, which has been raised from R...
MPs unite to call for emergency motion to debate temple fracas in Parliament
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MPs unite to call for emergency motion to debate temple fracas in Parliament

Lawmakers have set aside their political differences to come together in calling for an emergency motion to debate the recent fiasco the over 100-year-old Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam temple in USJ, Subang Jaya. Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil said that both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan lawmakers had submitted a motion with Speaker Datuk Mohammad Ariff Md Yusof for the issue to be brought up for debates in the current parliament session. “We stand here in solidarity as we believe we need to come together to discuss the issue in a harmonious manner and move forward,” he said during a press conference at Parliament. Fahmi, who is from PKR, said that Mohammad Ariff had agreed to consider the motion and will decide to allocate time for this on Thursday (Nov 29) for debates...
Putrajaya removes Bank Rakyat chairman with immediate effect over 1MDB
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Putrajaya removes Bank Rakyat chairman with immediate effect over 1MDB

Tan Sri Shukry Salleh has been sacked as Bank Rakyat chairman over his alleged role in altering the federal audit report on 1MDB, said Entrepreneur Development Minister Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof. The minister said the immediate termination order was made using powers vested in him by the Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia Berhad (Special Provisions) Act. "Following this, decisions made during his service in Bank Rakyat which has an implication on Bank Rakyat, will be reviewed and cancelled if it affects the interest of the bank," he said in a statement. The statement said the minister would announce his replacement once it has been finalised. Shukry was the principal private secretary to the former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak prior to the appointment to Bank Rakyat on Jan 3...