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Increase In Special Allowances Will Help Retain Local Medical Specialists, Says Liow

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 (Bernama) -- The decision to increase the special allowances given for medical specialists unveiled in the Budget 2009 Friday will help to retain about 2,300 specialists in the country from moving abroad, said Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai.

Individual Income Tax Rate To Be Reduced By One Percent

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 (Bernama) -- The government today proposed that the highest individual income tax rates be reduced from 28 percent to 27 percent, effective for the year of assessment 2009.

Budget 2009 Generally Well Received

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 (Bernama) -- The 2009 Budget carrying the theme "A Caring Government" tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Friday was generally well received across the country.

Gerakan Welcomes The Setting Up Of Public Transportation Commission

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 (Bernama) -- Gerakan Friday welcomed the setting up of the Public Transportation Commission as tabled in the Budget 2009 although it was somewhat belated, said its acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.

No Guarantee Food Price Will Go Down Despite Drop In Duty

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 (Bernama) -- The drop in the import duty on food items will not necessarily bring down the overall price of food, Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia Secretary-General Datuk Dr Ma'amor Osman said.

Ministers Give The Thumbs Up To Budget 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 (Bernama) -- Budget 2009 is a realistic budget that provides a safety net for the people, said Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

Groups Feel Maternity Tax Exemption Will Enhance Health

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 (Bernama)-- Homeopathy practitioners, Wanita Jamaah Islah Malaysia and the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) said the tax exemption on medical benefits provided by employers that was today extended to include maternity and traditional medicine expenses would enhance the level of health in the country.