Malaysia morning news for November 23

Malaysia morning news for November 23

Malaysia morning newsDigital tax only on services, not on transactions
The recently announced digital tax will only apply on services offered online that requires a payment to the company, not on transactions made, said tax advisory firm Axcelasia Taxand Sdn Bhd.
— The Star Online

Dr M says agriculture can evolve with technology, despite limited government funds
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said technology will help revolutionise the agriculture sector even with limited government funding as Putrajaya has been forced to tighten its belt in the 2019 Budget.
— Malay Mail

Melaka exco member hands over 7 files about alleged corruption to AG and MACC
MELAKA: The Melaka Agriculture, Entrepreneur Development and Agro-Based committee chairman has handed over seven files about corruption allegedly committed by the previous state administration to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Attorney General.
— The Star Online

Tax will kill shrimp industry
Aquaculture farmers and frozen seafood processors yesterday appealed to the State Government to abolish the imposition of five per cent State Sales Tax (SST) on farmed shrimp taken out of Sabah.
— The Borneo Post

Govt to roll out targeted fuel subsidy in stages after March 2019, minister says
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said today that the government will begin its targeted fuel subsidy mechanism for lower engine capacity vehicles using RON95 grade fuel-
— Malay Mail

Consumer group: Smokers lit up RM9.9b last year
Malaysian smokers burned through 11,588.7 million sticks of cigarettes which meant a total RM9.9 billion may have gone up in smoke last year, the Penang Consumers Association (CAP) asserted today.
— Malay Mail

Goldman Chairman Met Privately With Fugitive Accused in Malaysian Fraud
One day in December 2012, a young Malaysian V.I.P. entered the gleaming headquarters of Goldman Sachs in Lower Manhattan. The man, Jho Low, a financier with close ties to Malaysia’s prime minister, was there for a private meeting with one of the most powerful people on Wall Street: Goldman’s longtime chairman and chief executive, Lloyd C. Blankfein.
— New York TImes (paywall)

Commuters want bigger ferry at Sungai Sian
he ferry service at Sungai Sian here requires urgent upgrading in view of the increasing number of commuters.
— The Borneo Post

PM: Govt drafting national agro-food policy
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government is in the process of drafting the National Agro-Food Policy 2021-2030, the objective of which is to spur the modernisation of the agro-food sector.
— The Borneo Post

Report errant restaurants to City Hall, says FT minister
Members of the public who know of bribery cases between enforcement officers and restaurant operators in the city have been urged to lodge a report with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
— Malay Mail

Zuraida: 70 Chinese ‘penghulus’ appointed to look after welfare of Chinese new villages
Some 70 Chinese ‘penghulus’, 30% of whom are women, were appointed to look into the welfare of Chinese new villages, says Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.
— The Star Online

Kuching hit by flash floods
Several areas here were hit by flash floods following a heavy downpour that started at 4.30pm today.
— Malay Mail

Dr M: Repeal NSC and gangsters will run wild
Gangsters and criminals will be free to do whatever they want if the National Security Council (NSC) Act 2016 is repealed, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
— The Star Online

Wee: Tuition fees at UTAR, TAR UC to go up following govt decision to cut matching grant
Parents can expect to pay more for their children’s education in Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC), says MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
— The Star Online

Hoteliers say their pools not suitable for school swimming lessons
Education Minister Maszlee Malik’s suggestion for schools to use hotel pools to teach students how to swim is impractical, the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) said.
— Malay Mail

Stop pulling our legs on 1MDB, Kit Siang tells Najib
Only the gullible would believe Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s claim that his entire administration was fooled into the 1MDB scandal by Low Taek Jho, said DAP’s Lim Kit Siang.
— Malay Mail

Follow IPIC and sue Goldman Sachs, Kit Siang tells Putrajaya
DAP’s Lim Kit Siang has urged Putrajaya today to sue Goldman Sachs Group Inc to recover the US$7.1 billion (RM29.7 billion) for losses suffered involving the latter’s dealing with 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
— Malay Mail

Johor is losing millions to sand and rock thieves, says Senggarang rep
A state lawmaker today urged the Johor government to monitor all quarry activities to stem the loss of millions of ringgit in state revenue to illegal operations.
— Malay Mail

160 students yet to receive 1MDB scholarships
About 160 students under the 1MDB foundation scholarship programme have yet to receive funds for their studies, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
— FMT News

Malaysian co-working space firm to invest up to USD15-M in PH
Kuala Lumpur-based Common Ground is poised to invest between USD10 million to USD15 million to open 10 co-working space hubs in Metro Manila.
— Philippine News Agency

Firefly confirms flight suspension into Singapore
Full-service point-to-point carrier, FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd, which operates as Firefly, today confirmed it will suspend flights into Singapore, effective Dec 1, 2018.
— The Borneo Post

Thailand Wants All of BRN Rebel Group to Join Southern Peace Talks
Thailand’s military government on Wednesday urged all elements of the most powerful separatist group in the nation’s Deep South to join Malaysia-brokered peace talks.
— Benar News

DAP did not raise ICERD issue – Lim
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today insisted that the party had never raised the issue of Malaysia ratifying the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).
— The Borneo Post

Johor Sultan reminds state leaders of their duty, warns excos who do not perform may be replaced
Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar has reminded state leaders of their responsibilities and warned that state executive councillors who fail to carry out their duties may be replaced.
— The Star Online

Badar Squad vigilantes threaten to go nationwide
THE vigilante group Badar Squad has threatened to take its operations nationwide unless authorities impose stricter controls over budget hotels and massage parlours, which the group says are dens for vice activities.
— Malaysian Insight (paywall)

Bukit Aman cripples drug ring posing as loan firm
A syndicate offering non-existent loans to unsuspecting victims, raking in as much as RM50,000 a day has been busted by the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigations Department (CCID).
— Malay Mail

I believe in my truth, innocence — Najib’s recipe on dealing with so many charges
Datuk Seri Najib Razak is facing 38 charges related to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and a former subsidiary, which has seen him making regular court appearances and trips to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission
— Malay Mail

13,000 Firefly passengers hit by delays at new Singapore terminal
ALMOST 13,000 passengers will be affected by the suspension of all Firefly flights into Singapore from December 1, said chief executive officer of the budget airline, Ignatius Ong.
— Malaysian Insight (paywall)

Resilient black panther dies after accident on LPT2
A black panther sustained injuries and later on died, after it was hit by a car along the East Coast Expressway (LPT2) near Bukit Besi at about 6.30pm yesterday.
— Yahoo News

Verdict in ‘bin Abdullah’ case deferred
The government is seeking a solution to resolve disputes over the ascription of the “bin Abdullah” surname to Muslim children born out of wedlock, by other means other than through the court.
— Yahoo News

China chip maker picks SilTerra Malaysia for RM2.9b plant upgrade
China’s leading microelectronics producer, Beijing Yandong Microelectronics Co. Ltd. (YDME) has picked SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd as a partner to set up an eight-inch wafer fabrication plant in Beijing.
— The Star Online

Najib insists had only ‘professional’ ties to Jho Low, blames Goldman Sachs for 1MDB fiasco
Datuk Seri Najib Razak maintained today that his relationship with Malaysia’s most wanted man Low Taek Jho was strictly professional and was forged with the country’s economic interests in mind even as he continues to be
— Malay Mail

Johor marine police seize contraband cigarettes worth RM1.4m
Marine police in Johor seized smuggled cigarettes, cash and several vehicles while raiding a house in Inderapura, Kulai yesterday, acting on a tip-off about contraband cigarette syndicates.
— Malay Mail

In Sabah, PAS and Umno to protest ICERD tomorrow
The Sabah chapters of Umno and PAS will participate in a protest tomorrow against Malaysia’s possible ratification of International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD)
— Malay Mail

Youths would do undesirable jobs if pay were good, says minister
Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran expressed belief that Malaysian in so-called 3D (dirty, dangerous, difficult) jobs abroad would return home and perform the same work if salaries here were high enough.
— Malay Mail

Next year’s haj quota set at 30,200
This was revealed today in a written reply from a minister in the prime minister’s department to Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid (BN-Umno-Kuala Kangsar).
— Yahoo News

 

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