Kuala Lumpur (VNA) - Malaysia's Cabinet has approved legal amendments that will allow college and university students to participate in political activities on campus. The amendments to the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA) 1971 will involve abolishing sections which curtail students' questioning of politicians and prevent students from engaging in party events where they study, said Malaysian Education Minister Maszlee Malik in a media statement. He said this move is in line with the political transformation brought by the government in strengthening democracy and to provide more room for university students to speak up and engage in political activities on campus. This move will also produce graduates who are "balanced" and able to "express opinions" on current issues, he said. The Malaysian government has also announced plans to lower the voting age to 18 years old, from 21 years old currently. The UUCA provisions were tightened up to restrict student activism in … [Read more...] about Malaysia’s Cabinet lifts ban on political activities in universities
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Covid-19 response and diplomatic influence: The Lowy Institute’s Asia Power Index published last month found that Vietnam’s international image was one of the Asia-Pacific’s best improvers this year, with its score on diplomatic influence gaining six percentage points, according to Asia Times Financial. … [Read more...] about How Vietnam weathers global health crisis and rises?
Hanoi (VNA) – The 8th patriotic emulation congress of the banking sector, for 2020-2025, took place in Hanoi on November 28 with the participation of National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. Opening the event, Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) Nguyen Thi Hong said between 2015 and 2020, the entire staff of the banking sector have brought into play the traditional solidarity and made efforts to fulfill tasks assigned by the Party and State. The sector has actively engaged in emulation movements launched by the Prime Minister, especially the one on building new-style rural areas, she noted, elaborating that since 2011, 51 of its units have registered to support new-style countryside building in 152 communes of 34 districts in 45 provinces. Outstanding loans for communes nationwide had reached 1.2 quadrillion VND (52 billion USD) as of March 31 this year. Besides, banking institutions have also been supporting the growth of Vietnamese enterprises by … [Read more...] about Banking sector holds 8th patriotic emulation congress
Nguyễn Ngọc Dũng, vice chairman of the Việt Nam E-commerce Association, said it is high time that SMEs realised the advantages of and the urgent need for digital transformation, pointing out that most of them have remained slow in embracing it. … [Read more...] about Logistics SMEs urged to speed up digital transformation to remain competitive
Customers shop at a jewelry store. The Vietnam Gold Trading Association has proposed the establishment of a gold exchange – PHOTO: VNA HCMC – The Vietnam Gold Trading Association has proposed the establishment of a gold exchange aimed at creating connectivity between global and local gold prices to ensure there is no major price difference and to fight against gold smuggling. … [Read more...] about Establishment of gold exchange proposed