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July 2, 2016

Reasons to Upgrade to a Vehicle Ownership Certificate

Okay, the title’s a little misleading; it’s (eventually) compulsory for all vehicle owners to give up their old Registration Card, colloquially known as ‘geran‘, and replace it with the new Vehicle Ownership Certificate, or VOC for short. But since it’s an upgrade, aren’t you curious about what benefits the VOC brings?

It’s Going Paperless!

Do you have an innate fear of losing something as important yet insignificant as a slip of paper that literally defines your ownership of an asset? If yes, you’re not alone, and the Road Transport Department (Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan, or JPJ) sympathises with you. In their effort to digitise and keep up with the dot com generation, the [...]

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May 10, 2016

SOCSO Coverage Contributions Ceiling Raised to RM4,000

500,000 more Malaysians will be able to benefit from SOCSO coverage come 1 June 2016, as announced by Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem. If you’ve earned up to RM3,000 per month up till May 2016, then you may have noticed that a part of your monrthly salary is apportioned for SOCSO by both you and your boss (if not, look for its annual summary in your EA form). Upon the gazetting of the amendments to the Employment Social Security Amendment Act, the number of workers who will benefit from SOCSO coverage is expected to increase to 6.5 million individuals. That’s one fifth of our entire country’s population! SOCSO is, for some reason, the [...]

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April 20, 2016

The Benefits of Ride-Sharing Apps

Malaysia has been embroiled in a war over ride-sharing apps and the turf they share with existing taxis for a few months now. Taxi drivers are unhappy, going as far as to ‘kidnap’ ride-sharing drivers and protesting in Kuala Lumpur. The government keeps oscillating between banning such apps altogether and regulating them instead. Laws come into play, prominently the lack of existing regulations and the fact that ride-sharing apps constitute a commercial activity that is being conducted via a vehicle whose license, purpose and insurance are geared towards personal use. The public, on the other hand, stands staunchly by ride-sharing apps, and it shows: 71.3% of SPAD’s [...]

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April 15, 2016

What Should You Do If Your Airline Gets Suspended?

Malaysia’s virgin syariah-compliant airline, one of just four in the world, alongside the Royal Brunei Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, and Iran Air, was off to a rocky start, and now it seems to be stuck in a rut. Rayani Air received a notice of suspension from the Department of Civil Aviation on 10 April 2016, after barely four months in the air. It’s the most recent suspension, but it’s far from the only one; others have even gone defunct or been rebranded. Do you know what you should do if you’ve booked a flight with such an airline?

Get a Refund from the Airline

Rayani Air has announced on its Facebook page that it will be refunding tickets sold [...]

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