(This is the first of a three-part series on taxi services in this country. This special report takes a look at the impact of the fare rise on taxi drivers and consumers.)

By Erda Khursyiah Basir

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The recent hike in taxi fares was probably long overdue, although regular cab users found the timing of its implementation rather inappropriate as it came at a time when they were trying to cope with the escalating cost of living, as well as the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

By Kurniawati Kamarudin

BATU PAHAT (Bernama) -- Come each Thursday night the sleepy hallow of Rengit, located in the district of Batu Pahat, awakens with a hive of activities at the popular 'Pasar Karat' (flea market).

By Nur Aimidiyana Zuher

KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) -- The implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on April 1 has, indirectly, taken consumer awareness in Malaysia a few notches higher. In fact, it is not too far-fetched to say that the new consumption tax has triggered some semblance of a paradigm shift in consumerism in this country.

By Melati Mohd Ariff

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- "You don't earn enough to borrow RM5,000. Does your wife work? How much does she earn? How about a joint loan with your wife?

By Erda Khursyiah Basir

KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) -- Consumers have to get used to the fluctuating fuel price environment as market prices are being dictated by the managed float system, introduced by the government last December to determine the monthly retail prices of fuel.

By Nur Aimidiyana Zuher

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob's recent remarks urging consumers to boycott greedy traders had attracted various reactions.

By S. Kisho Kumari

KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) -- With just two more months to go before the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Malaysians seem to be warming up to the new tax, gauging by the response to the government's advertising campaign to educate the public on the GST.