Malaysia morning news for December 24

Malaysia morning news for December 24

Malaysia morning news

Malaysia gov’t bans pork from Indonesia amid ASF outbreak
The Malaysian government has banned pork-related products from Indonesia starting December 13 following the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Why Old Friends China, Malaysia Suddenly Disagree over Tract of Sea
China and Malaysia, old friends with a complex trade and investment relationship, are disagreeing over Malaysia’s rights to extend sovereignty into part of a disputed sea that’s rich in fossil fuel reserves.

Thai utility to cancel long-term LNG imports from Malaysia
Thailand is expected to cancel the award of a long-term LNG supply contract to Malaysian oil and gas company Petronas.
— lloydslist

Malaysia’s Digital Tax to Apply to Services Only, Not Goods
Consumers to pay 6% digital services tax from January 2020, Malaysia’s Finance Ministry says in FAQ sent to media.
— Bloomberg Tax

AirAsia starts exclusive route from Kuala Lumpur to Da Lat, Vietnam
AirAsia has unveiled its maiden flight to Da Lat, capital of Lam Dong province in the central highlands of Vietnam. The inaugural flight made history as the first international airline to offer direct services between Kuala Lumpur and Da Lat.
— Travel Daily Media

Construction industry players need to stay up to date to maintain competitive edge: CIDB
Malaysian construction industry players have to keep up with the latest local and global trends, as well as developments to maintain their competitive edge moving forward.
— The Sun Daily

Zuraida: Credit firms should use new signage by early 2020
All licensed money lenders, now known as the credit community, registered with the Housing and Local Government Ministry are required to use a new signage next year.
— The Star Online

5G implementation likely to show early weakness in 2020
5G capital expenditure (capex) risk could begin in 2020 should the regulator succeed with its second half of 2020 (2H20) 5G-deployment target, the research arm of Maybank Investment Bank Bhd (Maybank IB Research) observed in a telecommunications sector update.
— The Borneo Post

Sarawak to come out with more effective programme on rabies, says deputy CM
Sarawak is formulating programmes to deal with rabies more effectively next year, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia must boost digital infrastructure to attract Fortune 500 firms: Sage Asia head
Malaysia needs to invest more in infrastructure that can boost digital penetration to attract more Fortune 500 companies, as technology adaptation is seen as the key to future quality investment.
— The Sun Daily

Recruiting younger voters: How ready are Malaysian political parties?
Roughly 7.8 million new voters age 18 onwards will qualify to vote by 2023, when the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government’s mandate expires.
— Malay Mail

No water supply until odour pollution reading reaches 0 level: Air Selangor
Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) is unable to resume operations of the water treatment plants at Sungai Semenyih and Bukit Tampoi until the odour pollution reading in Sungai Semenyih reaches 0 tonne level.
— The Sun Daily

Take action against officials but don’t deregister union, Sarawak MTUC urges RoS
The Sarawak division of the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) today appealed to the Registrar of Societies (RoS) not deregister Malaysian Trades Union (MTUC), but to take action against its officials involved for omitting or.
— Malay Mail

Illegal encroachment: Pahang govt says enforcement actions in Cameron Highlands based on rule of law
The Pahang state government insists that all enforcement actions against illegal encroachment activities in Cameron Highlands, especially in the Kuala Terla water catchment area, near Sungai Ichat was based on the rule of law.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia spot crude premiums hit multi-year high on tight supplies
Asia-Pacific refineries are forking out multi-year high premiums for sweet crude produced in the region as alternative supplies from the West have become more expensive with the rise in shipping costs, several trade sources said on Monday.
— The Sun Daily

Uggah: S’wak hopes to achieve zero rabies fatality by 2021, be rabies-free by 2025
Sarawak hopes to achieve zero fatality due to rabies by 2021 and be free of the disease by 2025, says Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
— The Borneo Post

CAAM may need RM500m post-merger budget
The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) may need a budget of RM500 million a year to be self-sustaining if it were to pay its staff private sector salaries, according to an aviation industry source.
— The Sun Daily

RM1,800 minimum wage not viable, says economists
It will be unwise for the government to increase the minimum wage of civil servants to RM1,800 if it does not wish to be saddled with a big financial burden, according to economists.
— The Sun Daily

India summons Malaysia’s top diplomat in New Delhi
India’s Ministry of External Affairs has summoned Malaysia’s acting head of mission in New Delhi to convey its displeasure over remarks by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad about the Citizenship Amendment Act.
— The Star Online

Malaysia’s bond market sees surge in foreign interest
After three consecutive months of muted foreign flows, November saw a large wave of foreign bond investor interest in the Malaysian market, RAM Ratings observed.
— The Borneo Post

Ministry: 2,300 officers to monitor prices during Christmas season
A total of 2,300 enforcement officers will monitor the prices of goods at supermarkets, markets and retail outlets nationwide to ensure traders to comply with the Festive Season Maximum Price Control Scheme (SHMMP) in.
— Malay Mail

Monitoring prices of goods and ensuring continuous supplies are ministry’s priorities, says sec-gen
Apart from monitoring the prices of goods, the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry ensures that essential items with controlled prices, such as petrol, sugar, wheat flour and cooking oil, are in continuous supply.
— Malay Mail

Credit community urged to use new signage early next year: Zuraida
All licensed money lenders (PPW) or now known as Credit Community registered with the Ministry of Housing and Local Government are required to use new signage by next year.
— The Sun Daily

China vows more support for private sector to stabilise growth
Private firms account for 50% of country’s tax revenue and 80% of urban employment.
— FMT News

Bank Pembangunan, Danajamin to commence negotiations for proposed merger
Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Bhd (BPMB) and Danajamin Nasional Bhd have obtained Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) approval to commence negotiations for the government’s proposed merger involving the country’s Development Financial Institutions (DFI).
— The Sun Daily

OldTown denies contract fraud in China
OldTown Sdn Bhd has categorically refuted and denied all allegations from Jiangsu G&L Food & Beverage Management Co Ltd (G&L) that it has ever committed or intended to commit contract fraud, and its assertion that the closure of its licensed OldTown cafes in China were related to a trademark dispute.
— The Sun Daily

Lawyer urges AG to not appeal High Court decision that cops caused death of ex-welder
Lawyer for the family of Syed Mohd Azlan Syed Mohamed Nur who died in police custody five years ago urged the Attorney General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas not to appeal the decision by Johor Baru (JB) High Court that found police.
— Malay Mail

MTUC S’wak Division ready to extend full cooperation to RoS over union’s suspension
Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) Sarawak Division will extend full cooperation and provide any relevant information and documents where necessary, with regards to the recent suspension of MTUC by the Registrar of Societies (RoS).
— The Borneo Post

IGP: Yusoff Rawther’s lie detector test was to determine his credibility
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador today said that Muhammad Yusoff Rawther’s polygraph test was done to determine his credibility.
— Malay Mail

IGP laments lack of international cooperation in bringing back Jho Low
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador is frustrated with the lack of cooperation from authorities in countries where fugitive financier Low Taek Jho is supposedly hiding.
— Malay Mail

Cagamas issues RM1.2b bonds, sukuk, wraps up 2019 with RM10.2b issuances
Cagamas Bhd, the National Mortgage Corporation of Malaysia, has announced the combined issuance of RM1.2 billion bonds and sukuk, comprising RM600 million Islamic commercial papers (ICPs), RM200 million conventional commercial papers (CCPs) and RM400 million Islamic medium term notes (IMTNs).
— The Sun Daily

International funds snap six-week selling spree
International investors made a comeback on Bursa last week, acquiring RM72.9 million net of local equities, snapping a six-week selling spree, according to MIDF Research.
— The Sun Daily

More effective programme on rabies next year
Sarawak is formulating programmes to deal with rabies more effectively next year, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Return of Polio: Create awareness among anti-vaccine groups
Groups who reject vaccines, especially parents who refuse to allow their children to be vaccinated should realise their mistake with the return of polio recently as the disease is preventable by vaccination.
— The Sun Daily

Disaster averted as firemen stop flame from razing fuel tanks
Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) personnel in Betong were able to avert a potential catastrophe when they prevented flames gutting two houses from spreading to a nearby fuel storage area.
— The Sun Daily

800 tourists stranded on Penang Hill
It was a long night for about 800 holidaymakers who got stranded on Penang Hill after the funicular train broke down at the Middle Station.
— The Star Online

PM urged not to provoke others
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong has urged the Prime Minister to stop picking fights with other countries.
— The Star Online

Pay RM1,200 to rural workers, too
Sarawak Workers Party thinks that the minimum wage of RM1,200 should be the same for the whole country and not limited only to workers in urban areas.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Illegal dumping of toxic waste the cause of pollution at Semenyih water plant
The illegal dumping of toxic waste into the Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) sewer by irresponsible parties has been determined to be the cause of odour pollution at the Sungai Semenyih water treatment plant.
— The Sun Daily

SUPP members brave downpour to spread Christmas cheer
Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Satok branch members went all out to spread Christmas cheer at Medan Niaga Satok here yesterday, despite the heavy rain.
— The Borneo Post

Funicular train service on Penang Hill resumes completely
The funicular train service on Penang Hill resumed completely at 4.45pm today, after a suspension at 8pm last night left about 900 visitors stranded on the hill.
— The Sun Daily

Trendy technology investments for millennials
Inter-Pacific Asset Management Sdn Bhd (IPAM), which focuses on US syariah stocks, is providing an opportunity to invest in “trendy” technology sectors such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, internet of things, self-driving cars, drones, space tourism and 5G.
— The Sun Daily

Domestic Trade Ministry says no complaints of price hike in Johor
The Johor branch of Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has not received any complaints of price increase on items sold and there is sufficient supply of essential items at the flood-affected districts in.
— Malay Mail

Stern action for 96 PSV through RTD operation in Johor
The Road Transport Department (RTD) took stern action against 96 public service vehicles (PSV) through special operations in the state conducted from Dec 15 until yesterday.
— The Sun Daily

Empowering women via high-impact entrepreneur programme
Thanks to its successful track record in empowering women, non-governmental organisations, Women of Will (WoW) has embarked on an Entrepreneur Development Programme aimed at uplifting the socio-economic mobility of women in the B40 group via diverse business activities.
— The Sun Daily

Enforcement against Cameron land encroachment to continue, says Pahang
Enforcement operations to check against land encroachments, including by farmers, in Cameron Highlands will continue to be carried out to ensure environmental sustainability, says the Pahang government.
— The Star Online

Trade Ministry team monitoring prices of goods on Pangkor
The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry is monitoring the prices of goods sold in Pangkor to ensure there is no price hike come Jan 1.
— The Star Online

Differing religions not an obstacle to social harmony: Nyonya Popo
“Differing religions should not be an obstacle for people to live together in harmony and acceptance,” said a Buddhist grandmother who brought up her Muslim granddaughter for 23 years.
— The Sun Daily

Water treatment plants still down, pollution readings remain high
The water treatment plants in Sungai Semenyih and Bukit Tampoi have yet to start operations as there is still odour pollution in the raw water source.
— The Star Online

Sabah already too ‘overgenerous’ – ex-legal practitioner
A former legal practitioner has urged the State Government not to proceed with its plan to issue the Sabah Temporary Pass (STP) to illegal immigrants in Sabah, as the state had already been ‘overgenerous’ in accepting them in the past.
— The Borneo Post


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