Malaysia morning news for December 17

Malaysia morning news for December 17

Malaysia morning news

Sarawak water royalty revenue to hit RM550m next year, says Utilities Ministry
Sarawak’s Utilities Ministry is expecting a 2.5-fold increase in revenue from water royalty from the estimated RM220 million currently to about RM550 million next year due to an increase in tariffs for drawing raw water and in power generation.
— The Borneo Post

Australia’s Lynas says failed to secure Malaysia approval for increase in processing limit
Australian rare earths miner Lynas Corp Ltd LYC.AX said on Tuesday it was unsuccessful in securing approval from a Malaysian regulator to increase its lathanide concentrate processing limit for 2019.
— Nasdaq

Order to kill Altantuya came from Najib, claims convicted killer; former PM denies allegation
A former Malaysian policeman who was convicted of killing Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu claimed that he acted on the orders of then deputy prime minister Najib Razak, a shocking allegation dismissed by the latter as a conspiracy to defame him.
— Channel NewsAsia

Sarawak govt says talks to buy stake in Petronas not discussed in depth
The Sarawak Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said today the suggestion by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for Sarawak to buy a stake in the Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) was not discussed in depth in the Malaysia.
— Malay Mail

Malaysian businesses ‘cautiously proactive’ heading into 2020: Survey
About 74% of business leaders are “cautiously proactive” of their company’s prospects for the next 12 months despite external concerns such as the US-China trade war and Brexit, according to the Malaysian Business Sentiment Survey 2019/2020 launched this morning.
— The Sun Daily

Najib’s Skeletons Come Tumbling Out? COMMENTARY
Najib’s two bodyguards, who had admitted killing Altantuya and blowing her to bits, were originally released by the Appeal Court because of the appalling mishandling of their original trial (throughout they had been kept hooded to keep their anonymity).
— Sarawak Report

Year-end roundup 2019: Tax revenue remains a ‘catch-up’ game for boosting govt coffers
More than a year after Malaysia shifted its consumption tax system back to the Sales and Services Tax (SST), a lot more needs to be done in order to boost government revenue by other means and further reduce its dependence.
— Malay Mail

South China Sea: message for Beijing in Vietnam, Malaysia defence white papers
The defence white papers published by Southeast Asian neighbours Vietnam and Malaysia in recent weeks attracted a fraction of the media limelight those of larger countries tend to attract.
— South China Morning Post

Improved global ranking for varsities among achievements of Education Ministry
Strengthening the education sector remains the government’s priority, as was evident when the Education Ministry emerged as the biggest recipient of Budget 2019, enabling more changes and improvements to be made to enhance the quality of education in the country.
— The Sun Daily

Netflix highlights Malaysia’s plastic dumping problem in documentary
The issue of Malaysia fast becoming a dumping ground for the world’s plastic waste was widely reported in the local news earlier this year.
— The Star Online

Affin Bank eyes 15% cardholder growth next year
Affin Bank Bhd is targeting to grow the cardholder base for both its debit and credit cards by 15 per cent next year.
— The Sun Daily

RM100m needed annually to maintain a submarine, Dewan Negara told
It costs the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) RM100 million a year to maintain a submarine, the Dewan Negara (Senate) was told today.
— Malay Mail

AirAsia appoints Jun Aida to head AirAsia Japan
AirAsia has appointed Jun Aida (pix) as representative director and chief operating officer (COO) to lead AirAsia Japan Co. Ltd, effective Jan 1, 2020.
— The Sun Daily

Muslim youth should use social media to counter islamophobia: PPBM
Muslim youths should use social media platforms with wisdom with a view to playing a more active role in overcoming Islamophobia, according to Bersatu Youth executive council member Muhammad Muzzammil Ismail.
— The Sun Daily

Media Prima confirms going ahead with ‘manpower rationalisation exercise’
Media Prima Bhd has confirmed that it will go ahead with its “manpower rationalisation exercise” and that affected employees were given their official notifications on Monday (Dec 16).
— The Star Online

Online scam: Fines, jail for 153 individuals
A total of 152 Chinese nationals and a Bangladeshi man detained in an immigration bust on suspected online cheating operations carried out in Cyberjaya on Nov 20, were charged in the sessions court here today for immigration offences.
— The Sun Daily

Langkawi 5G demonstration projects show positive results, says MCMC chairman
The 5G demonstration projects (5GDP) being conducted by six telecommunications companies on the island here have begun to show very good results with 37 cases of utilisation provided in two months, according to the Malaysian.
— Malay Mail

MMEA: Pay due attention to weather forecast before undertaking any sea-related activities
The state Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has advised the maritime community across Sarawak to pay due attention to the current weather forecast before undertaking any sea-related activities.
— The Borneo Post

Tax revenue remains a ‘catch-up’ game in boosting govt coffers
More than a year after Malaysia shifted its consumption tax system back to the Sales and Services Tax (SST), a lot more needs to be done in order to boost government revenue by other means and further reduce its dependence on petroleum resources.
— The Sun Daily

Transportation: Govt on track in improving rakyat’s mobility, boosting economic growth
The revival of stalled rail projects, national transport policy and the readiness to embrace gig economy in the transportation sector are proof of the government’s commitment to improving the rakyat’s mobility, besides boosting the country’s economic growth.
— The Sun Daily

Report: No need to make vaccinations compulsory yet, says deputy health minister
Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye has ruled out making vaccination programmes compulsory despite the re-emergence of the polio virus in Sabah recently.
— Malay Mail

King is MGA patron as Malaysia Open makes comeback
It is a double feat for the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) today as it announces the appointment of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah as the royal patron of the sport’s national governing body and the return of the Malaysian Open.
— The Sun Daily

Eco World, Permodalan Darul Ta’zim to jointly develop homes for M40 group
Melia Spring Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Eco World Malaysia has entered into a development agreement with Permodalan Darul Ta’zim Sdn Bhd (PDT) to jointly develop homes on 200 acres of freehold land in Iskandar Puteri targeted at the middle 40 (M40) group with a gross development value of RM1.67 billion.
— The Sun Daily

LTTE: Case against CEO transferred to KL High Court
The Sessions Court here has transferred the case of chief executive officer S. Chandru, 38, charged with possession of items with elements of terrorism or related to terrorist group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), to the High Court of Kuala Lumpur.
— The Star Online

Bebuling airport in Spaoh to be operational in five years, says Abang Johari
The proposed short take off and landing airport (STOLport) in Bebuling, Spaoh, is expected to be operational in five years time, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
— The Borneo Post

T7 Global bags Mudabala, Shell contracts
Fircroft Tanjung Sdn Bhd, a sub-subsidiary of T7 Global Bhd, has received contracts for manpower jobs from Mubadala Petroleum’s entity, MDC Oil & Gas (SK320) Ltd and an engineered product job from Shell’s entity, Sarawak Shell Bhd/ Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Limited (Shell).
— The Sun Daily

Each Sarawakian household to get 11,300 litres free water from Jan 2020
Every household in Sarawak will enjoy free water for the first RM5 of the monthly domestic water bill, which is equivalent to about 11,300 litres of free water, says the state’s Ministry of Utilities.
— The Sun Daily

AmBank Islamic CEO named Best Islamic Banking CEO Malaysia 2019
AmBank Islamic Bhd CEO Eqhwan Mokhzanee was named the Best Islamic Banking CEO Malaysia 2019 by Global Banking & Finance Review (GBAF), according to a statement released by the bank this afternoon.
— The Sun Daily

Fitch forecasts ringgit to weaken in 2020 on domestic political risks, rebound in 2021
Fitch Ratings is maintaining its average currency forecast for the ringgit for 2020 and 2021 at RM4.25 and RM4.20 against the US dollar respectively, as domestic political risks remains a key downside factor for the currency’s short term outlook over the next three to six months.
— The Sun Daily

Sarawak Tourism Federation to host Christmas Open House on Dec 21
For a taste of Sarawak’s hospitality and unity, visit Sarawak Tourism Federation (STF) Christmas open house at the Old Courthouse here this Saturday (Dec 21).
— The Star Online

SAUK helps Sabahan duo stranded at Heathrow Airport due to bogus job offer
All they wanted was to find a greener pasture, although it means leaving their loved ones behind for a period of time. Coming from a poor family in Kudat, two Sabahan men sought advice from a friend who is working in Korea.
— The Borneo Post

People stand to gain from good governance, says analyst
The people will feel more protected under a government that is committed to justice, efficiency and integrity, all of which have a profound impact on their well-being.
— The Sun Daily

Year-end roundup 2019: Govt on track to improving Malaysians’ mobility, boosting economic growth
The revival of stalled rail projects, national transport policy and the readiness to embrace gig economy in the transportation sector are proof of the government’s commitment to improving the rakyat’s mobility, besides.
— Malay Mail

Education Ministry approves RM400 million allocation for research
The Education Ministry has approved an allocation of RM400 million to undertake research works at 25 public universities nationwide, next year.
— The Sun Daily

Philippines earthquake: No Malaysians affected – Wisma Putra
There have been no reports of Malaysians affected by the 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Polomolok, South Cotabato, in the Philippines earlier today.
— The Borneo Post

Industrial production still resilient despite softer growth in October: Research house
Malaysia’s year-to-date (YTD) Industrial Production Index (IPI) is still considered resilient, despite growth easing to 2.5% in October given the challenging external conditions that have yet to show any signs of improvement, according to Public Investment Bank (PIVB) Research.
— The Sun Daily

Court of Appeal dismisses Ng’s appeal against one-day jail sentence, RM30,000 fine for contempt of court
The Court of Appeal today dismissed an appeal by a politician cum lawyer Dominique Ng against a one-day jail sentence meted out by the High Court here for contempt of court in 2017.
— The Borneo Post

Altantuya murder: ‘Shoot to kill’ was Najib’s orders, says Azilah from the gallows
Datuk Seri Najib Razak gave the order to kill Mongolian national Altantuyaa Sharibuu, claims former police commando Azilah Hadri, who is on death row for her murder.
— The Star Online

Selangor sets up committee to look into welfare of Orang Asli
The Selangor government has set up a permanent committee on matters pertaining to the well-being of the Orang Asli community to ensure more focused development involving the group in the state.
— The Star Online

Political observer expecting interesting battle for Balai Ringin seat in next state polls
A political observer is expecting an interesting battle for the Balai Ringin seat in the next state election, following the recent announcement by Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) that it is fielding Datuk Masir Kujat as the party’s candidate for the seat.
— The Borneo Post

600,000 Sarawak households to get free water from Jan 1
A total of 600,000 households in Sarawak with domestic accounts will each enjoy about 11,300 litres of free treated water from January 1 next year, state Utilities Minister Datuk Seri Stephen Rundie Utom announced today.
— Malay Mail

Bursa’s foreign selling spree continues for sixth straight week
Foreign funds outflow slowed down to RM367.1 million net of local equities on Bursa Malaysia last week, marking the sixth straight week of foreign net selling activities.
— The Sun Daily

TB deaths high due to late treatment
Tuberculosis (TB) claims about 1,500 to 2,000 lives annually in Malaysia, with an average of six deaths occurring every day.
— The Sun Daily

MACC officers to play both watchdog and advisory roles at offices of MBs and CMs
A two-pronged approach by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will give more bite to its officers when placed at the offices of mentris besar and chief ministers.
— The Sun Daily

Tabung Haji preparing 2020-2024 blueprint to further improve haj services
Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) is in the midst of preparing a five-year blueprint for 2020 to 2024, to further improve the quality of its haj services and operations.
— The Sun Daily

Time for Sabah to take over tourism licence issuance – Christina
Sabah is now “mature enough” to issue tourism licences to the state industry players, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew.
— The Borneo Post

Govt to bring in private surveyors
The state government may employ private surveyors to survey Native Customary Right (NCR) lands in Sarawak in order to expedite the process.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Flood situation in Marudi district showing signs of improvement
The flood situation in Marudi district, as of this morning, showed signs of improvement with most of the flood affected areas reported to experience a declining trend in flood water levels.
— The Borneo Post

Cabinet agrees to exempt AP for 52 transshipment items, says transport minister
The Cabinet has agreed to abolish the import permit for 54 categories of items previously required for transshipment abroad, Transport Minister Anthony Loke announced today.
— Malay Mail


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