Malaysia morning news for August 13

Malaysia morning news for August 13

Malaysia morning news

Haze hit hazardous levels in Kuala Baram, Miri
Kuala Baram in Sarawak is experiencing severe haze with the Air Pollutants Index (API) reading taken at SK Kuala Baram 2 at 11am on Monday (Aug 12) showing 317, according to Malaysian Air Pollution Index (APIMS) data.
— The Star Online

Six Malaysian pilgrims in critical condition in Saudi hospital
Six Malaysian pilgrims who are being treated at a Saudi Arabian hospital here are in a critical condition, says Fuziah Salleh.
— The Star Online

Inside track on Malaysia’s Mass Rapid Transit transformation
Billed as one of the most “ambitious” transportation projects ever undertaken in Asia, the roll-out of Mass Rapid Transit in Kuala Lumpur is delivering on the promise of transformation

Nearly 50,000 fish found dead in Teluk Bahang due to suspected heavy metal contamination
In another case of water pollution, an estimated 50,000 fish were found dead in Teluk Bahang yesterday.
— Malay Mail

Third phase of BSH payments starting Aug 28
Third phase payments of the Cost of Living Aid (BSH) 2019 will be made beginning Aug 28 involving 3.6 million households with an allocation of RM1.23 billion, said the Finance Ministry.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysians now reject racial politics, says PKR veep
Zuraida Kamaruddin rubbishes claim the Selangor MB’s proposed amendment on unilateral conversion is to strengthen certain leaders’ political power among Malay voters.
— FMT News

Guan Eng to raise khat issue at Cabinet meeting again
The DAP secretary-general says he will raise a proposal to review the implementation of khat.
— FMT News

Targeted fuel subsidy under fine tuning process – Saifuddin
The government’s targeted fuel subsidy meant for the B40 (lower income) group is in the fine tuning process , said Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.
— The Borneo Post

AirAsia Starts Petition Against High Malaysia Airport Passenger Charges
AirAsia has launched a petition against what they are calling ‘unfair’ passenger service charges at Malaysia’s airports. The budget carrier says charges have been increased more than 200% in three years, and argue that passengers using low-cost hubs should pay less than those using full-service airports.
— Simple Flying

Malaysia is fighting the climate crisis with better buildings
Buildings account for nearly 40% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, and more renewable energy will be needed to meet targets mandated by the Paris climate accord, according to Architecture 2030, a nonprofit group that works with construction companies.

MAVCOM lauds MAHB interlining KLIA and klia2 for airlines and passengers’ convenience
The Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) lauded Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd’s (MAHB) plan to interline Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and klia2.
— New Straits Times

The State of the Nation: Malaysia has room to pump-prime, revise 3% fiscal target for 2020
FINANCE Minister Lim Guan Eng, who is slated to table Budget 2020 on Oct 11, has said that meeting the country’s fiscal consolidation targets will be “challenging” on the back of the US-China trade war but added that the government will do its best in balancing that with growth.
— The Edge Market

Malaysia files criminal charges against 17 Goldman Sachs executives
Malaysia filed criminal charges on Friday against 17 current and former directors at subsidiaries of Goldman Sachs following an investigation into a multibillion-dollar corruption scandal that led to the demise of state fund 1MDB.
— Business Live

Govt should not allow Lynas to operate once licence expires in Sept, says green group
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) today urged the government not to extend rare earth miner Lynas Corp’s operating licence when its expires on September 2.
— Malay Mail

Maxis in search of ways to expand fibre offerings in East Malaysia
Maxis Bhd (Maxis) is always exploring opportunities to work with access providers in East Malaysia to expand its fibre offerings in the region.
— The Borneo post

Carpets torched at two mosques, man held
Police have arrested a man to assist in investigations into fire incidents at two mosques near Pendang this morning.

6 Malaysians fail to get back RM4.26 mil in alleged Aussie Ponzi scheme
Six Malaysians who claimed they lost A$1.5 million (RM4.26 million) in an alleged Ponzi property scheme, returned to Western Australia last weekend to try and recover their money, but left disappointed.

Sand mining in Malaysia
Malaysia recently reported that it has banned the export of sea sand to other countries, citing environmental reasons.
— The Asean Post

At home in Malaysia, refugees celebrate country’s multiculturalism this Eid
Refugees from across Malaysia celebrated Eid with locals at the Bukit Indah Ampang Mosque, near Kuala Lumpur, on Monday.
— Arab News

Authorities want wider highways
THE Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) is in discussion with Plus Malaysia Bhd on plans to widen major roads and highways with heavy traffic flows, especially during festive seasons.
— New Straits times

Asus ROG Phone II official set is coming to Malaysia very soon (VIDEO)
The ROG Phone II which was announced last month is quite a hot seller in China where 10,000 units were sold out in just 73 seconds. If you want to buy one with an official Asus Malaysia warranty, it appears that the gaming-centric smartphone is coming to our market very soon.
— Malay Mail

Tee family injects property assets into GSB Group
Property developer GSB Group Bhd today entered into three conditional share sale agreements for the acquisitions of Aeon Frontier Sdn Bhd (AFSB), Kerjaya Prospek Property Sdn Bhd (KPP) and Kerjaya Hotel Sdn Bhd (KHSB).
— New Straits Times

Labuan’s captive insurance grew 13pc to US$288m
Labuan’s captive insurance business has increased 12.8 per cent to US$288 million in gross written premiums in June 2019, compared with US$255 million in the same period last year.
— New Straits Times

Traffic building up on NSE, KL-Karak highway
Traffic on the nation’s major thoroughfares was reported to be heavy as Malaysians head back to the Klang Valley after the Aidiladha holiday over the weekend.
— New Straits Times

Clamour to degazette KL City Plan grows as more parks become skyscrapers
Calls for Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad to degazette the Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020 (KLCP 2020) have grown louder over the last few months.
— Malay Mail

Dr M urges storm victims to appreciate govt efforts, be resilient
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has urged victims of the storm disaster left behind by the tail-end of Typhoon Lekima to be resilient and appreciate the assistance they receive from the government.
— The Star Online

MMEA deploys more assets in search for missing Singaporean kayakers in Johor
Four more aircraft from different rescue agencies have been deployed today, bringing air assets to five, in the search and rescue (SAR) operation for two Singaporeans reported missing while kayaking in Endau waters near.
— Malay Mail

Selangor MB: Sultan examining state’s unilateral conversion bid
Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah is studying the proposed amendment to allow the unilateral conversion of minors in the state, Selangor Mentri Besar (MB) Amirudin Shari said today.
— Malay Mail

Sungai Buloh Leprosy centre grounds still overrun by illegal immigrants
Suspected illegal immigrants continue to occupy abandoned government homes at the National Leprosy Control Centre (PKKN) in Sungai Buloh three years after this was publicly exposed.
— Malay Mail

Deputy IGP: Stop manipulating deadly Sungai Besi road rage incident to trigger racial tension
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Mazlan Mansor today advised the public to stop speculating and spreading rumours on the Sungai Besi road rage incident on August 10 that left one person dead as it could incite racial.
— Malay Mail

Adly: Religious speaker issue should be settled with discretion
The Malacca government will call all parties concerned to settle the issue concerning independent religious speaker Wan Ji Wan Hussin through discussions instead of going through the courts, said Chief Minister Adly Zahari today.
— The Sun Daily

S’gor MB: Sultan taking another look at unilateral conversion Bill
Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah is taking another look at the proposed amendment to the Syariah enactment pertaining to the conversion of minors, says Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari.
— The Star Online

DAP MP takes Dr M to task over arbitrary decisions, urges PH to review decision-making process
A DAP MP has called for a review of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Presidential Council’s decision-making process as he claimed Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been making unilateral decisions for the people at a “troubling frequency”.
— The Borneo Post

Robbers blow up three ATMs, escape with RM300,000 in Perak
Robbers blew up three Auto-Teller Machines (ATM) at a bank in Jalan Haji Mustafa Raja Kamala here today but only managed to escape with RM300,000 from one of them.
— Malay Mail

Abang Johari: New financial assistance for mothers giving birth next year
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said a new financial assistance would be given to mothers giving birth next year.
— The Borneo Post

PLUS ready to cooperate with investigations into motorist’s death
Expressway operator PLUS Malaysia Berhad is ready to extend its full cooperation to authorities investigating the death of a motorist from an altercation due to a minor road accident at the Sungai Besi toll plaza Saturday evening.
— The Sun Daily

Record 815 birds found in Malaysia-registered bus as ‘chirping sounds’ foil smuggling attempt at Singapore’s Woodlands
First, officers noticed there were signs of modification around the bus’ rear tyres. Then, they heard chirping sounds.
— Malay Mail

Build more facilities for the disabled
Private and public universities in Malaysia have been urged to build more facilities for people with disabilities (PWDs).
— New Sarawak Tribune

Storm disaster: Mahathir checks on destruction in Pantai Tengah
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad took time to check on the destruction along Pantai Tengah here, which was severely affected in the Typhoon Lekima storm disaster on Friday.
— The Sun Daily

Labuan Marine police nab Vietnamese crew for illegal fishing
The Marine police arrested five Vietnamese fishing crew members and seized their trawler worth of RM350,000 yesterday for illegal fishing near Beting Jahat waters here.
— The Sun Daily


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