Malaysia Morning News For November 20

Malaysia Morning News For November 20

Malaysia morning newsMalaysia to impose RM300 fine for mobile phone usage while driving: Report
Drivers in Malaysia caught using their mobile phones will face a fine of RM300, Malaysia’s Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai told reporters on Sunday (Nov 19).
— Channel News Asia

Malaysia to lead the way in unifying halal standards
THERE is a lack of synchronicity when it comes to the standards and procedures involved in issuing a halal certification, pointing to a disunity in acknowledging the numerous halal stamps across the region and globe.
— New Straits Times

New Malaysian complex at Thai border gets equipment boost to stem smuggling
Malaysia’s border officials at a major Thai-Malaysian checkpoint have a slew of new equipment to curb further cross-border smuggling.
— The Straits Times (paywall)

ECERDC to establish Asean Competency Centre in Pahang
The government, through the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) will be establishing the first Asean Competency Centre at the Pahang Technology Park (PTP) as part of Malaysia’s strategy to accelerate its readiness for the 4th Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0).
— New Straits Times

Unicef survey finds Malaysian children most concerned about bullying
Seven out of 10 Malaysian children are most concerned with bullying, based on a global survey by Unicef.
— New Straits Times

SSO performs in Malaysia after 17-year break
The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) made its return to Malaysia after 17 years, with a performance at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
— The Straits Times

Medical tourism healthy in Malaysia, touch-and-go in rest of Southeast Asia
When Indonesian retiree Gunawan Soegianto needed surgery for a recent ear infection he had no hesitation in heading off to his medical centre of choice – in Malaysia.
— New Straits Times

Malaysia election ‘may have something to do’ with it referring Pedra Branca to ICJ again: PM Lee
Speaking to activists at the PAP convention on Sunday, the Prime Minister added that while Singapore is friends with many countries, it must also not inadvertently fall under foreign control, or influence.
— Channel News Asia

Malaysia on strong growth path
Compared to forecasts at the start of the year, Malaysia is one of the economies in Asean that surprised most to the upside, said Standard Chartered Bank head of Asean Economic Research Edward Lee.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia’s 3Q GDP exceeds expectations, fastest growth in three years — Analysts
Malaysia’s third quarter of 2017 (3Q17) gross domestic product (GDP) generally exceeded consensus’ and analysts’ expectations.
— The Borneo Post

‘Probe malicious viral messages of durians turned back from China’
China has yet to allow Malaysia to import whole durians into the country, it was clarified today.
— Free Malaysia Today

Security expert shows how gullible Malaysians are online
An online security expert today said Malaysians were a gullible lot. To prove his assertion, he created a website and said it became popular. But what people didn’t know was it was a fake website which didn’t do much.
— Free Malaysia Today

What’s Next 2017: SMEs need to accelerate development to increase digital adoption in Malaysia
“WHAT is surprising is Malaysia is still under par in digital adoption.” This was the conclusion of Nikolai Dobberstein, a partner at global management consulting firm AT Kearney, when he recently spoke at the What’s Next conference organised by Digital News Asia.
— Digital News Asia

How Axiata’s ‘Asia gateway’ strengthens Malaysia’s Digital Hub strategy
Axiata Digital, the digital services arm of Axiata Group, is working with national Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation agency, MDEC, to help local businesses into regional markets in Asia.
— MIS-Asia

KPMG sees corporate tax rate falling by 2019
Predicting a cut in Malaysia’s corporate tax by 2019, a tax expert said it would be a catalyst for economic growth, and higher productivity and competitiveness.
— The Edge Markets

Singapore resumes import of live pigs from Malaysia
SINGAPORE received its first shipment of live pigs from Malaysia in 18 years yesterday.
— The Malaysian Insight

Freeze on luxury property development from Nov 1
Following a Bank Negara Malaysia report warning that unsold residential properties are at a decade-high level, the government has frozen luxury property developments from Nov 1, NST Online reported.
— Free Malaysia Today

Bank Negara’s 6 policy options to reduce property market imbalances
Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has issued six policy options to reduce supply-demand imbalances in the property market, warning that the oversupply of office space and shopping complexes in major states may worsen with incoming supply.
—The Star Online

Malaysia Shares May Head South Again On Monday
The Malaysia stock market on Friday wrote a finish to the five-day slide in which it had tumbled almost 30 points or 1.8 percent. The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index now rests just above the 1,720-point plateau although it’s expected to turn lower again on Monday.
— Nasdaq

Najib Explains Federal Government’s Stand On Malaysia Agreement
Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said today the Federal government has no intention and right to take anything that rightfully belongs to Sabah and its people as provided for in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
Malaysian Digest


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