Malaysia morning news for October 29

Malaysia morning news for October 29

Malaysia morning newsMalaysian Passport Classified As Fifth-Best Worldwide
The Malaysian passport has been ranked fifth among the best passports in the world in terms of visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to other countries by the Global Passport Power Rank 2018. This ranking is compiled by Montreal-headquartered financial advisory firm Arton Capital which focuses on citizenships by investment.
— Investvine

Petronas calls for collective action in gas advocacy
Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has urged all stakeholders in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry to take concrete actions to advocate natural gas, LNG and its role in the global energy mix, as a collective effort towards a sustainable market ecosystem.
— The Borneo Post

How Najib Nearly Sold Out Malaysia To China
The latest six charges laid against Najib and his trusty lieutenant, Treasury secretary-general Irwan Serigar Abdullah, confirm again how blatantly the previous prime minister and his government were prepared to lie in the face of evidence leaked by brave insiders to Sarawak Report.
— Sarawak Report

Please, no extra real estate tax in 2019 Budget: EcoFirst
EcoFirst Consolidated Bhd is hopeful that the government will not introduce any additional real estate taxes in the upcoming 2019 Budget.
— New Straits Times

Ex-Malaysia PM Najib walks out of Al Jazeera interview, saying ‘You are not being fair to me’
Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak walked out of an interview with Al Jazeera news channel after he was repeatedly asked about the 1MDB scandal.
— The Straits Times

Penang airport hit by floods after heavy rain
Heavy rain for more than 90 minutes caused flash floods at the Penang International Airport (PIA) today.

Make SST simpler and clearer to prevent tendency to increase price
There should be clearer guidelines of Sales and Service Tax to prevent manufacturers’ tendency to raise price of products based on the highest tax tier that ultimately causes further price hike, ARA Asset Management Ltd said.
— New Straits Times

Education Ministry welcomes private sector’s involvement in producing skilled workforce
The Ministry of Education (MOE) is now more open to listen to the demand and needs from the industry players to improve the quality of the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system.
— Malay Mail

How Malaysia is turning into a ‘trash can’ for global plastic waste
Hundreds of sacks filled with plastic waste from the US, Britain, South Korea and Spain spill onto the streets of an industrial zone in Pulau Indah, an island town just an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur and home to Malaysia‘s biggest port.
— Business Standard

Malaysia sixth-worst in global cyber-bullying ladder, survey shows
Malaysia jumped straight to sixth place in a survey measuring cyberbullying among 28 countries, reaching the ignoble height on its very first attempt.
— Malay Mail

We’ve renegotiated MRT2, what about tolls?
I think Malaysians in general must have been happy that the new government was able to reduce the cost of the MRT2 project by RM8.82 billion although that meant the project was “scaled-down”.

Sarawak sets up coordination committee to monitor projects
Sarawak has formed a state development coordination committee to monitor the progress of all high-impact infrastructure and amenity projects.

DNeX’s subsidiary bags RM59.36m contract
Dagang NeXchange Bhd’s subsidiary, Innovation Associates Consulting Sdn Bhd, has received a letter of award from the Accountant General’s Department for hardware servicing, network equipment and iGFMAS software worth RM59.36 million.
— New Straits Times

Facebook’s Startup Station coming to Kuala Lumpur
Facebook’s Startup Station Singapore, a six-month programme designed for innovative data-focused start-ups, will be going on a regional roadshow in Southeast Asia with Kuala Lumpur as its first stop on the 1st of November.
— The Edge Markets

Prejudicing His Own Trial?
Najib’s fascinating lawyer, Shafee Abdullah, fought hard to have media coverage of his client’s trial silenced by a gagging order. It seems he would have done better to have focused on gagging his client.
— Sarawak Report

The People’s Justice Party (PKR), led by Malaysia’s prime-minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim, is discovering the flip side to democracy.
— South China Morning Post

Sunway partners with MKH for RM540m mixed development project in Kajang
Sunway Bhd has teamed up with MKH Bhd to undertake a RM504 million mixed development in Kajang, Selangor.
— New Straits Times

Survey: 30 pct of Malaysians’ savings won’t last a month
Malaysians are not saving enough, according to the online Malaysian Financial Literacy Survey conducted by RinggitPlus.
— The Borneo Post

Budget 2019: Cops want funds for more officers
Police have submitted a request to the government to increase its manpower in Vat 69 Commando and Special Action Unit (UTK) under Budget 2019, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said.
— Malay Mail

‘Rising Star’ Realme Confirmed to Enter Malaysian Market in November
After much anticipation, Realme, an emerging smartphone brand that specialises in providing high quality smartphones, has teased its launch date in Malaysia. As posted on its Facebook and Instagram pages on Oct 23, the Realme 2 Series will be landing within the next few weeks.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Seems like it is Malaysia’s turn to look upon Singapore with disdain
There has always been an element of friendly rivalry between Singapore and Malaysia. Both countries (because of their cultural similarities) have always competed over who holds the best recipe for chicken rice or whose hawker culture is more authentic and the list goes on.
— The Online Citizen

Durian Harvests Exports Musang King Durian to China
MK Durian Harvests Sdn. Bhd. (“Durian Harvests”), part of the Plantations International group of companies which specializes in providing Musang King Durian plantation management and other Durian related services, has revealed that its primary purpose will be supplying Musang King to the booming market in China.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Standing Up For Sarawak?
False patriotism, so the saying goes, “is the last refuge of the scoundrel”. The point being that when the newly re-branded former BN leaders of Sarawak start trying to promote themselves as the noble defenders of Sarawakian autonomy and to wear the cloak of the Sarawak for Sarawakian movement, people should be suspicious.
— Sarawak Report

Smoke and mirrors for Big Tobacco
Times continue to be tough for tobacco players in the midst of changing cigarette prices, burgeoning taxes, and Ministry’s tough love on the nation to reduce smoking.
— The Borneo Post

MIDF expects inflation rate to average at 1.3pct
MIDF Research expects a tepid headline inflation rate of 1.3 per cent for the whole year as compared with 3.8 per cent in 2017.
— New Straits Times

Battle for control of MCA’s business empire
Recent electoral setbacks have brought the once mighty Malaysian Chinese Association or MCA, who once fought on the frontlines for Malaya’s independence, to its knees.
— The Edge Markets

Women’s Ministry looking to assist legalising unregistered childcare centres
The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry is looking into how it can assist legalising currently-unlicensed childcare centres, and possibly even provide funding assistance especially for those catering to the B40 category.
— Malay Mail

More and more Malaysian schoolgirls stripping online
Although there’s a question mark over their real identity, these teenage girls have no compunction in stripping for the cameras. And circulating the images and videos on social media.
— Asia One

Warisan have no links to illegal immigrants, says Darell
Parti Warisan deputy president Datuk Darell Leiking has advised parties who accused Warisan of being dominated by one race or is linked to illegal immigrants to apologise as they are lying to the people.
— Malay Mail

S’pore pip Malaysia to finish second at WAGC
Singapore produced a final-round rally to pip hosts Malaysia to second spot at the World Amateur Golf Championships (WAGC) World Finals in Johor on Friday .
— The Straits Times

Terengganu Health Dept opens home for pregnant teens
The Terengganu Health Department (JKNT) today opened the first ‘Rumah Generasiku Sayang’ (RGKS) in the state to provide shelter for teenagers who became pregnant out of wedlock.
— Malay Mail

2019 Toyota Camry in Malaysia soon – early details!
“A beast is coming your way soon. Discover the monstrous beauty of the all-new Camry,” reads a short teaser on the Toyota Malaysia Facebook page, clearly indicating that the all-new eighth-generation Camry is on its way here, and here soon. November 1 date is mentioned – that’s four days away!
— Paultan


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Sreypov Men recently completed a course of study in International Relations at the Institute of Foreign Languages.

She commenced as an intern at AEC News Today and was appointed as a junior writer/ trainee journalist on April 2, 2018

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