Malaysia's central bank warned yesterday that the number of unsold residential properties are at their highest level in a decade, with the largest oversupply found in southern Johor state. Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) said the glut is caused by developers selling these units at above RM250,000 (S$81,500), beyond what most Malaysians could afford. BNM on its website yesterday said there were 130,690 unsold units at the end of March this year, with 83 per cent priced at above RM250,000.
There are two key reasons why Barisan Nasional (BN) cannot afford to lose Johor - Umno was born in the state soon after World War II, and it is also a stronghold of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), the second-biggest component party of the BN. And that is why the opposition is targeting the state as a rich prize. For Umno's 3.2 million members, Johor is not like the other 12 states but a fortress tied to its proud history of pushing for Malaysia's independence.
Asean foreign ministers have condemned "all acts of violence" in Myanmar's Rakhine state that have caused the loss of lives, destruction of homes and displacement of large numbers of people. The ministers, in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, in a statement after their meeting on Saturday, urged all parties "to avoid actions that will further worsen the situation on the ground". Hours later, Malaysia said it was disassociating itself from the Asean statement.
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Selecting a term
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