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Anwar: There'll be protest if GST is imposed


BUTTERWORTH: Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has threatened nationwide protests if the goods and services tax (GST) is imposed following the coming Budget announcement.

"Pakatan Rakyat strongly opposes GST and will try to stop it from being passed in Parliament. Now is not the time to impose GST as it will heavily burden the rakyat. If the Government still wants to carry on with it, we will organise nationwide protests," said Anwar, adding that the Federal Government wanted to impose GST because it was running short of funds, which he claimed was proven in the recent Auditor-General's Report.

"GST will only increase dissatisfaction and take a toll on the rakyat," he said after a walkabout at the Seberang Jaya market yesterday.

Malaysia still in need of over 5,000 dentists, says Subra


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is still in need of more than 5,000 dentists in order to achieve the desired ratio.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said currently the country has 4,558 dentists and of that figure 58% of them were serving at government hospitals and clinics.

"The current ratio is one dentist to 6,436 residents," Dr Subramaniam said, adding the ministry hoped to achieve the target of 1:3,000 by 2020.

Dr Subramaniam said the ministry has been working closely with universities to increase the intake of dentistry students.

He said last year saw the graduation of 315 dentistry students and the number increased to 815 this year.

"And we are expecting the passing out of another 1,100 students next year," he said at the "My Teeth My Pearl" Oral Health Carnival officiated by the Prime Minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor at a shopping mall here yesterday.

Dr Subramaniam said the ministry has also launched the oral health programme at 874 kindergartens, involving 17,722 children, last year.

He said there were a total of 50 dental clinics and a mobile dental unit in the country. Apart from this, dental departments have also been set up at 929 schools, 570 health clinics and 65 hospitals.

Rosmah said oral healthcare needed to begin when the child was still in the mother's womb.

According to research conducted in 2005, she said, some 76.2% children have dental caries problem and each child has an average of six cavities.

"This problem is worrying, but it can be prevented by taking care of oral health from infancy," she added.

Security is main concern for house buyers


JOHOR BARU: Home buyers are still leaning towards high-rise properties compared to landed units as security is their main concern when purchasing a house.

IJM Land Bhd general manager (southern region) Tham Huen Cheong said high-rise apartments usually provide a three-tier security system, which makes them more popular with buyers.

"In the minds of buyers, their main concern is security, which ranks above factors like location, price and comfort," Tham told The Star when met at the launch of Epic@Iskandar Malaysia residential towers at Taman Suria Muafakat yesterday.

Tham added that when the buyers decide to buy landed properties, they tend to prefer gated and guarded housing developments for the same reason.

He said that interest in high-rise apartments was apparent as more than 50% of units of its first wing have been snapped up since last month.

"Most of the buyers are locals as well as Malaysians working in Singapore.

"It is easy for them to commute to the republic as it is just 10 minutes to the Causeway," he said.

The development, with an estimated gross development value (GDV) of RM435mil, is made up of two 25-storey residential towers consisting of 528 units – 287 units in Wing A and 241 units in Wing B.

Tham said Wing A is slated for completion by October 2016, and has five layouts starting from 51 sq m to 230 sq m, with prices starting from RM460,800 all the way up to RM1.8mil.


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