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Anwar to contest inPort Dickson BY AMAR SHAHMOHSEN newsdesk@thesundaily.com

PETALING JAYA: Prime minister-in- waitingDatuk Seri Anwar Ibrahimwill con t e s t i n t he Po r t Di ck son parliamentary seat in a by-election to pave the way for his long-awaited political comeback. The announcement was made by PKRsecretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail at the party’s headquarters yesterday, that was also attended by the seat’s incumbent MP Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah. Anwar, who is PKR president, was not present at the press conference as he was on a visit toHong Kong. He had previously said he would make a comeback in Parliament in October, after being granted a royal pardon by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong SultanMuhammadVonMay 16.Hehad been in prison since Feb 10, 2015. Saifuddin saidAnwar chose the Port Dickson seat after considering all factors. “Port Dickson, and Teluk Kemang previously, has been represented by PKR for the last three terms. We consider it to be one of the safest seats.” He dismissed claims of nepotism should Anwar be elected, as his daughterNurul Izzah andwife, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan AzizahWan Ismail, are alreadyMPs. He said no compensation would be

75% of shops, restaurants

taxedunderGST need not pay SST: GuanEng P ETALING JAYA: About 75% of shops and restaurants which were taxable under the goods and services tax (GST) are now exempted from the sales and service tax (SST). Finance Minster Lim Guan Eng said this was made possible by raising the threshold value of businesses to RM1.5 million, which is three times higher than theGST level, thatwas based on restaurants with an annual revenue of RM500,000 and above. “This is proven as only 4,372 restaurants registered their businesses under SST compared with 17,574 restaurants which registered under GST, which was four times more,” he said. “Isn’t the impact of SST far less than GST as only 25%of restaurants and coffee shops are affected by SST compared to GST?” Lim said in a statement yesterday. His comments were in response to former primeministerDatukSeriNajibAbdul Razak’s recent comment onTwitter andFacebook that he had to pay an additional 6% for service charge for his meals at restaurants and coffee shops. Lim said as the previous finance minister, Najib should not “pretend” that he is unaware of the 6% service tax charged under SST before it was replaced by GST in 2015. Lim also pointed out that SST has resulted in consumers being able to enjoy lower prices of betweenRM2,000 andRM3,000 for at least five brands of cars – Perodua, Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen and BMW. The Honda City 1.5V, that was priced at

paid to Danyal for vacating the seat as it was done on h i s o w n accord. P o r t Dickson is one of the most racially-mixed seats in the country. Its 7 5 , 2 1 2 r e g i s t e r e d v o t e r s

CAT KILLERS ... Police are looking for twomenwhowere caught on a surveillance camera throwing a pregnant cat (circled) into a running clothes dryer at a launderette in TamanGombak Ria in Kuala Lumpur. The cat was later found dead in the dryer.

comprise 32,341 Malays (43%) , 23,819 Chinese (33%), 16,546 Indians (22%) and 1,504 (2%) voters of other races.

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Hanoi folkurged tostopeatingdogmeat over rabies, imageconcerns HANOI: City officialswant residents to ease off eating dog meat, as the popular dish is tarnishing Hanoi’s image and risks spreading rabies. Roasted, boiled or steamed dog meat can be found in markets and food shops across the capital city famed for its tasty street food, and the meat is traditionally eaten with rice wine or beer. But Hanoi People’s Committee on Tuesdaywarned residents to lay off caninemeat toprevent the spread of rabies and other animal-borne diseases. It also urged them to stop eating cat meat, often dubbed “little tiger” onVietnamesemenus, which is less popular than dog but still readily available in rural areas. Thepracticeof killing theanimals is often cruel and the city government hopes it can be gradually phased out, it said in a statement. It said it was a matter of preserving Hanoi’s reputation as a “civilised and modern capital” among foreigners, many of whom consider it taboo to eat the meat of animals commonly kept as pets. “The trading, killing and use of dog and cat meat has brought on a negative reaction from tourists and expatriates living in Hanoi,” the statement said. There are about 493,000dogs and cats in the city, the vast majority of which are kept as domesticatedpets, and about 1,000 shops sell the meat of such animals. Three people have died from rabies in Hanoi since the beginning of the year, and two others were

confirmed infectedwith the disease, according to official figures. Vietnam’s capital city is renownedglobally for its street food, and its culinary staples such as pho noodle soup and pate banh mi sandwiches have reached menus around the world. Hanoi also offers adventurous diners fried frogmeat, duck embryo or hotpot turtlemeat. – AFP

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