Malaysia morning news for August 30

Malaysia morning news for August 30

Malaysia morning news

KL drops to 35th place on Safest City list, Singapore ranked second
Kuala Lumpur has ranked below average as a safe place to live in while six other cities in the Asia-Pacific (Apac) made it to the top 10 safest cities list according to a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
— Malay Mail

MAHB advises passengers to arrive at KLIA four hours before departure
Malaysian Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has advised all passengers travelling through both Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) terminals to check-in online earlier and to be at the airport four hours prior to departure.
— The Star Online

Maybank posts lower Q2 profit, pays 25 sen dividend
Malayan Banking Bhd’s (Maybank) net profit for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 fell marginally by 0.9% to RM1.94 billion from RM1.96 billion, due to lower effective tax rate in the previous corresponding period.
— The Sun Daily

Penang tops investments list with RM9.214b in the first half of 2019
Penang has topped the list for drawing investments by recording total investments of RM9.214 billion in the first half of this year.
— Malay Mail

BNM Governor: Affordable housing a shared responsibility
Decent affordable housing is fundamental to the health and well-being of people, and to the smooth functioning of economies.
— The Sun Daily

AirAsia shares fall on weaker Q2 results
Public Investment Bank says AirAsia’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation is within the full year estimates at 48% of its forecast.
— FMT News

Urban farming: Researchers try to wean M’sia off over-reliance on imports
Malaysia produces only 48% of the vegetables it consumes, making the country over-reliant on imports.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia’s PPI contracts by 2.2% in July
Malaysia’s Producer Price Index (PPI) recorded a 2.2% contraction year-on-year (yoy) in July 2019 with mining reporting the highest decline at 9.9%, followed by agriculture, forestry & fishing (-6.5%), water supply (-2.8%) and manufacturing (-0.9%).
— The Sun Daily

Selangor govt issues advisory on high tides in Sept and Oct
The Selangor government has cautioned residents in several parts of the state of an impending high tide next month, which is expected to last until October this year.
— Malay Mail

Budget 2020: Public urged to continue giving suggestions on website
The Finance Ministry has urged the public to continue sending their suggestions and ideas for Budget 2020 as part of the government’s efforts to draft a people’s budget.
— The Borneo Post

Higher emphasis on industrial crops leads to less food production
There is a need to boost food productivity as the population grows bigger.The country’s food and live animal imports have increased from RM38.9 billion in 2013 to RM51.3 billion in 2017.
— The Sun Daily

Affordable housing a shared responsibility, says BNM Governor
Decent affordable housing is fundamental to the health and well-being of people, and to the smooth functioning of economies.
— The Borneo Post

Specialist K9 units deployed to South East Asia in response to surge in illegal wildlife trafficking
Johannesburg, August 2019. The Ichikowitz Family Foundation (IFF) proudly announces its deployment of specialist K9 units, trained by Paramount K9 Solutions, to Malaysia in an effort to improve the protection and management of the Southeast Asian nation’s rich biodiversity, in support of Malaysian-based non-profit research organization RIMBA.
— Defenceweb

Return to sender: Malaysia seeks origin of tons of plastic waste
Malaysia wants to return almost 200 shipping containers believed to contain plastic waste, officials said Thursday, but first they need to work out where they came from.
— The Star Online

Important for Singapore, Malaysia leaders to develop trust to achieve win-win outcomes: Balakrishnan
Leaders from Singapore and Malaysia need to develop personal ties to achieve win-win outcomes and forge a positive relationship between both countries, Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan said on Thursday (Aug 29).
— Channel NewsAsia

Forest Dept, MACC to carry out joint programmes
Sarawak Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) director Razim Mohd Noor yesterday received a courtesy call from the state Forest Department director Hamden Mohammad at the state MACC headquarters here.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Mahathir calls for probe into Kuala Lumpur airport’s systems malfunction
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Wednesday (Aug 28) said the operator of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) must investigate the recent systems malfunction that disrupted flights last week.

Umno Batu Kawan division received RM100,000 from Najib: High Court told
Umno Batu Kawan division chief Datuk Mohd Noor Ahmad told the High Court here today that Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak had given him RM100,000 for the welfare programme for the people in the area.
— The Sun Daily

Sime Darby Property to dispose of non-core land in Kedah
Sime Darby Property Bhd is looking to continue with its asset monetisation initiatives moving forward, with the aim of disposing of its non-core land in Kedah measuring approximately 526.09 hectares in the next two years.
— The Sun Daily

Axiata returns to black in Q2 with RM204m profit
Axiata Group Bhd swung to the black registering a net profit of RM204.09 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 against a net loss of RM3.36 billion reported in the previous corresponding period, underpinned by strong operational performance across most of its markets and discontinuation of losses related to the group.
— The Sun Daily

Industry captains urge Pakatan to rid GLCs of ‘communistic’ culture for return to capitalism
Malaysia is less a capitalist economy today and closer to the models used by communistic regimes due to the large number of government-linked companies (GLC) in business, the president of the Malaysian International Chamber.
— Malay Mail

Confrontation involving parang in Sarawak not due to racial issue: IGP
A confrontation which took place in Padawan, Sarawak, involving a group of men which saw one of them removing a parang in a viral video yesterday, was not due to a racial issue but a fraud case, according to Inspector-General of Police Chief Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bado.
— The Sun Daily

Despite rejection, FGV shareholders yet to decide on directors’ fees
The shareholders of Felda Global Ventures (FGV) are still undecided about the type of remuneration packages needed for the government-linked company’s (GLC) board of directors, The Edge Financial Daily reported today.
— Malay Mail

Miros invites public to participate in bike ride-sharing study
The Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) is carrying out a survey pertaining to the road consumers’ perceptions of the viability of motorcycle e-hailing services from today until September 7.
— Malay Mail

Rafidah urges govt to form crisis management team to cope with economic challenges
National Economic Action Council member Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz said Putrajaya must form a crisis management team to take preemptive measures in order to weather the forecasted economic headwinds.
— Malay Mail

One arrested, contraband cigarettes, alcoholic beverages seized
A total of 81,160 sticks of cigarettes and 770.82 litres of alcoholic beverages of various brands worth RM26,758.62 with unpaid excise duty of RM69,302.08 were seized during a raid on a premises here yesterday.
— The Borneo Post

UN report can be used as yardstick to bring Malaysians out of poverty: Zuraida
The United Nations report on the rate of poverty in Malaysia, although being questioned, can still be used as a yardstick to help the Ministry of Housing and Local Government in formulating new programmes to bring the poor out of poverty.
— The Sun Daily

IGP: Confrontation involving machete in Sarawak due to fraud, not race
A confrontation which took place in Padawan, Sarawak, involving a group of men which saw one of them removing a machete in a viral video yesterday is not due to a racial issue but a fraud case, says Inspector-General.
— Malay Mail

The good, the bad, the ID: Tech experts weigh in on Putrajaya’s new national digital identity
Putrajaya’s plan to implement a National Digital Identity (ID) is a good idea to make digital transactions seamless, but several tech observers are questioning its security and viability.
— Malay Mail

Sabah housewife strikes RM41 million lottery
A housewife from Sabah became a multi-millionaire by winning RM41.45 million in Supreme Toto 6/58 jackpot lottery on Aug 21.
— New Sarawak Tribune

346 water projects in progress
Out of RM2.8 billion allocated by the state government to address rural water-stressed areas, RM2.2 billion has been awarded to contractors.
— New Sarawak Tribune

PTPTN in talks with govt agencies to collect loan repayments
The National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) is in talks with several government agencies to ensure borrowers, especially the hardcore loan defaulters, make their loan repayments.
— The Sun Daily

Mahathir urges Malaysians to refrain from stoking racial sensitivities
Days before the country celebrates its 62nd National Day, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has underscored the need for Malaysians to steer clear from stoking racial sensitivities in multi-racial Malaysia.
— The Sun Daily

UEM Sunrise’s Q2 profit slumps 81% on absence of one-off gain
UEM Sunrise Bhd’s net profit for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 plunged 81.1% to RM40.36 million compared with RM213.79 million in the previous corresponding period, largely due to higher margins from land sales in the previous period, cushioned by partial settlement income of Aurora Melbourne Central and Conservatory projects.
— The Sun Daily

Higher demand, sales to drive Hua Yang back to black in FY20
Property developer Hua Yang Bhd is optimistic of returning to the black in the current financial year ended March 31, 2020 (FY20), backed by improved market demand and higher sales.
— The Sun Daily

ORB Solutions received RM2m cheque from Najib: Witness
A former digital press secretary to Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak told the High Court here today that ORB Solutions Sdn Bhd received a cheque worth RM2 million from the former premier on Aug 2013.
— The Sun Daily

Undersea tunnel feasibility study to be completed next month says Penang CM
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow today said that the feasibility study for the undersea tunnel project which has dragged on for years since 2016 will finally be completed next month.
— Malay Mail

Perak gov’t denies giving false information on purchase of 16 Toyota Camry cars
The Perak government today denied giving false information on tax exemptions for the purchase of 16 Toyota Camry cars at the State Legislative Assembly sitting last July.
— The Sun Daily

Chief Secretary asks for public’s continuous support in civil service in one-year anniversary letter
On his first anniversary as the Chief Secretary to the Government, Datuk Seri Ismail Bakar asks the public to support the civil service, and for civil servants to uphold their integrity to achieve the rakyat’s aspirations for a new Malaysia.
— The Star Online

Dennis: Include local assemblymen, MPs for speedy implementation of National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan
The federal government should get all rural elected state assemblymen and MPs on board for the planning and implementation of the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP) to ensure that it succeeds in Sarawak, said Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau.
— The Borneo Post

Storm Podul expected to hit Sabah waters: MetMalaysia
The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) has issued an advisory on a tropical storm Podul, which is expected to hit Sabah waters.
— The Sun Daily

Former TAPEM administrative staff claims trial to 146 CBT charges
A former Malacca State Education Trust Fund (TAPEM) administrative assistant was charged in the sessions court here today with 146 counts of criminal breach of trust involving over RM2.4 million.
— The Sun Daily

MOE will upgrade fire safety equipment at old university buildings under 12MP
The Ministry of Education (MOE) intends to upgrade fire safety equipment in old public university buildings under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) 2021-2025.
— The Sun Daily

E&O eyes RM300m sales of ready units
Eastern and Oriental Bhd (E&O) is targeting to sell about RM300 million worth of completed units in this financial year ending March 31, 2020, (FY20) to monetise them and reduce the inventory level further.
— The Sun Daily

Govt has budget for school free-breakfast programme: Mahathir
The government has the budget for the Free Breakfast Programme to be implemented in Malaysian schools next year, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said here today.
— The Sun Daily

Axiata says merger plan with Norway’s Telenor on track
Axiata says there will be ‘generally no change’ to the shareholding structure of the deal or to top management appointments.
— FMT News

NGO says it has identified reasons of many poor families in Sarawak
A local human rights group says it has identified several reasons why Sarawak has a high population of poor families, even though the state is the richest in natural resources in the country.
— The Star Online

Travel industry wants state-by-state tourism numbers
Local travel industry operators want the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry to break down the tourism arrivals by states and to include other demographics, including age groups.
— The Sun Daily

Berjaya Corp posts RM1.42 billion revenue for May-June period
Berjaya Corp Bhd (BCorp) reported RM1.42 billion in revenue for two months ended June 30, 2019, attributed to substantial contributions from its gaming segment operated by Sports Toto Malaysia and motor distribution segment operated by HR Owen.
— The Sun Daily


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