Malaysia morning news for July 18

Malaysia morning news for July 18

Malaysia morning newsPutrajaya studying plastic trash-for-fuel tech to clear illegal dump sites
The Housing and Local Government Ministry is looking to tap the mountains of plastic trash in the country as an alternative fuel and source for producing cement, Zuraida Kamaruddin said today.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia can exceed RM1t total exports target: Darell
Malaysia is capable of exceeding the RM1 trillion total exports target this year, boosted by strong collaboration between various government agencies and private sectors, said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Darell Leiking.
— The Sun Daily

Mystery 90 kilogram load was added to cargo flight list on MH370
French investigators looking into the disappearance of the Malaysian Boeing 777, flight MH370, say they have discovered a previously undeclared 89 kilogram load that was only added to the cargo list after takeoff.
— The Thaiger

Govt will continue seeking justice for MH17 victims – Transport Ministry
The government will continue to pursue those responsible for the tragic incident involving Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 which was shot down in eastern Ukraine five years ago. “Five years might have passed but our resolve for accountability and justice would not wane.
— The Borneo Post

Anwar shocked on arrest of his political secretary
PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pix) has expressed shock over the arrest of his political secretary in relation to the circulation of the gay sex video implicating Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
— The Sun Daily

Najib viewed RM42m deposit allegation as damaging: Witness
The High Court here was told that Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak (pix) regarded news reports about RM42 million being deposited into his personal bank accounts as damaging to his reputation and career.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia ready to hold talks with China over gas pipeline compensation: Tun M
Malaysia is ready to hold talks with China in respect of friendly consultations over compensation for the cancelled gas pipeline projects undertaken by China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering (CPP), according to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Additional 13 seats in Sabah assembly will benefit the people – Dr M
The addition of 13 state seats in Sabah will benefit the people, especially in obtaining more efficient and effective services from elected representatives, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today. He said it would also improve the standard of living and boost development in the state.
— The Borneo Post

Illegal plastic factories, landfills to go in six months to one year: Zuraida
The Ministry of Housing and Local Government aims to shut down illegal plastic factories and landfills in the country at the earliest, within six months, said its minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.
— The Sun Daily

Star-studded Seamaster T2 Diamond 2019 Malaysia Set To Sparkle
Olympic Champion Ding Ning and 2017 Women’s Champion Bernadette Szocs meet in first round battle as the world’s Top 16 Men’s and Women’s players converge in Johor Bahru
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

China, Malaysia Industrial Funds Held In China
The third China-Malaysia Industrial Funds Forum was held Tuesday in the city of Qinzhou, southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
— Urdupoint

Sex tape scandal grips Malaysia, clouding Mahathir-Anwar handover
It’s the sex tape scandal that has gripped Malaysia, damaged a senior cabinet minister, and hinted at potential problems between the country’s two most powerful politicians.
— The Sydney Morning

National debt at RM1.1t in 2018 (Updated)
Malaysia’s national debt rose to RM1.09 trillion in 2018 from RM1.08 trillion in 2017, based on accrual accounting, said Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, chairman of the Special Select Committee on the Budget.
— The Sun Daily

No element of provocation in Lim’s remark on GST refund – Speaker
Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof today ruled that there was no element of provocation in Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s allegation that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) refund credit was “stolen” by the previous government.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia should emulate Singapore in tackling traffic congestion
Malaysia must seriously study road congestion charges such as those adopted by Singapore in the effort to tackle traffic snarl-ups in the country.
— The Sun Daily

Tackling urban challenges in Malaysia: apply for funding
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to 2 million pounds to work with Malaysian partners on solutions to waste and urban transport challenges in Malaysia.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Protected forests to grow under new rules, says palm oil watchdog
Protected forest areas will grow by up to 10 per cent under new rules to stop deforestation, the palm oil industry watchdog said yesterday, which is working to make the edible oil greener. Under pressure to tighten.
— Malay Mail

Malaysian firms upbeat on trade despite global tensions
Most Malaysian businesses are positive on trade performance moving forward, despite global trade challenges, revealed the “We Power the Nation” study conducted by Sage.
— The Sun Daily

Don’t divert attention away on GST issue, DAP Youth leader tells BN after attacks on Guan Eng
Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs are embarrassing themselves by attacking Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, DAP Youth vice-chief Shakeer Amir said today.
— Malay Mail

Labour dept warns employers against salary cuts without prior approval
The department says it is concerned with reports of misappropriation of employees’ salaries without clear consent or reason.
— FMT News

Najib’s SRC trial heats up as defence insists witness linked to Jho Low despite denials
Tensions were high in court during Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s RM42 million SRC International trial today, after the prosecution witness persistently denied suggestions by the defence that she was following instructions of.
— Malay Mail

Almost RM1b of 1MDB-related funds retrieved by Putrajaya, PAC report shows
The federal government has managed to retrieve nearly RM1 billion in sovereign fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB)-related funds including in interests and bank grants, as at May 27. The Parliament’s Public Accounts.
— Malay Mail

Govt urged to provide alternatives to detention for children in Immigration centres
The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has renewed its push for the Government to provide alternatives to detention (ATD) for children in immigration detention centres.
— The Star Online

Mahathir comes away impressed after chat with robot Sophia
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was “thrilled” and came away impressed after an eight-minute one-on-one conversation today with Sophia, the social humanoid robot, here.
— The Sun Daily

119 local authorities given four-star rating
Authorities Star Rating System (SPB-PBT) evaluation carried out nationwide last year.
— New Sarawak Tribune

‘Malaysia risks losing out with untapped talent in IR4.0’
Malaysia risks losing out on potentially new innovations from the innate, but untapped talent that exists within the country, if local industry, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
— New Sarawak Tribune

Group wants lower voting age, automatic registration in place before Sarawak state poll
A citizens group urged the federal government to ensure that the lower voting age and automatic registration of eligible voters are implemented before the Sarawak state election due in 2021. Rise of Sarawak Efforts (ROSE).
— Malay Mail

Sabah sets up special cabinet committee to develop rural tourism
The Sabah government has set up a special Cabinet committee to monitor and double up initiatives to develop the state’s rural tourism sector in an integrated manner.
— The Sun Daily

Khazanah Nasional says transfer of CIMB stake was due to exchangeable bond issuance
Khazanah Nasional Bhd clarified that it did not dispose of shares in CIMB Group Holdings Bhd as reported.
— The Sun Daily

Matrade: Trade diversion lifts Malaysia’s furniture exports to US
Malaysia’s furniture exports to the US grew 20.8% to RM1.55 billion in the first five months of 2019, versus the same period in 2018, a result of import diversion among the American buyers due to the US-China trade war.
— The Sun Daily

Petronas Gas reports fire incident at Terengganu plant
Petronas Gas Bhd said a fire broke out at one of its gas processing plants located in Paka, Terengganu on July 16 at 7.43pm. However, it said the fire was confined to one of the plant’s equipment, the De-Methanizer Columnand it as fully extinguished at 4.30am today.
— The Sun Daily

Govt collected RM91.86m as RPGT for properties of over five years: Lim
The government collected RM91.86 million through the Real Property Gains Tax (RPGT) for the disposal of properties of more than five years, according to Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Sabah electricity goes to the ground to facilitate bill payments
Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) is going to the ground to help rural folk pay their electricity bills.Its mobile counters make the rounds on a scheduled basis to the remote areas in Tanjung Labian, Felda Sahabat; Tenom; Sipitang and Keningau as well as the islands in the Beluran, Sandakan, Kota Kinabatangan, Kota Belud and Semporna areas.
— The Sun Daily

Najib, Rosmah withdraw application for transaction documents in Deepak suit
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor today withdrew their application to obtain several documents that have been referred to in a suit filed by Carpet Raya Sdn Bhd director J.R. Deepak Jaikishan.
— The Sun Daily

Clean up Sabah electoral rolls first before auto registration of voters, says SAPP
SAPP says an RCI had in 2013 confirmed the existence of ‘Project IC’.
— FMT News

Health D-G: Public healthcare system needs funding boost
More funding needs to be injected into the public healthcare system as overcrowding at existing facilities has taken a toll on its resources, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
— The Star Online

PBAPP plans to commercialise award winning R&D project
Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang (PBAPP) is seeking to commercialise its award-winning research and development (R&D) project to recycle water treatment plant residue (WTP residue) in Malaysia.

Suhakam set to hold inquiry on missing couple
It will be the third case of missing persons to be investigated by the government’s rights commission.
— FMT News

Sabah Health Dept awaiting result of suspected JE virus case in Tambunan
The Sabah Health Department is currently awaiting the test results of a suspected Japanese Encephalitis (JE) patient from a village in Tambunan.
— The Star Online

Psychiatrist who allegedly sexually harassed patient terminated
A Hospital has terminated the services of a consultant psychiatrist after he was accused of sexually harassing a patient.In a statement, the Kota Damansara Thomson Hospital confirmed the termination which happened on July 15, adding that the case has been referred to the police and the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC).
— The Sun Daily

PKR sec-gen: No party action over sex video arrestees until convicted by law
PKR will not take action against any member involved in the sex video implicating Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali unless they are found guilty by the authorities, says party secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution.
— The Star Online

Masing: Distribution of State Cabinet portfolios must reflect genuine power sharing
Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing said the element of genuine power sharing must be shown in the distribution of portfolios for the State Cabinet.
— The Borneo Post

CIMB Thai’s Q2 earnings fall 45.1%
CIMB Thai Bank PCL’s consolidated net profit for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 fell 45.1% to 104.93 million baht (RM13.98 million) from 191.23 million baht (RM25.48 million) a year ago on the back of lower operating income and higher operating expenses.
— The Sun Daily

‘Any leader under probe can take leave or remain on duty’
Any leader under investigation by the authorities has the option of going on leave or remaining on duty so long as he or she has not been proven.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Road Charges: Malaysia must emulate Singapore
Malaysia must study more deeply concerning road congestion charges such those adopted by Singapore in the effort to tackle traffic snarl-ups in the country.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Setting up Rural Entrepreneur Development Council to be studied
Rural Development Deputy Minister, R Sivarasa said the ministry would study the setting up a Rural Entrepreneur Development Council in each parliamentary constituency towards assisting the entrepreneurs.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Dr Sim: CM will choose the right person for the job, in regards to Second Finance Minister post
Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian is confident that Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg will be selecting only the most qualified person for the Second Finance Minister’s portfolio.
— The Borneo Post

High Court retains remand for Haziq, five others to be released tomorrow
The Kuala Lumpur High Court today retained a six-day remand order imposed on former Santubong PKR Youth chief Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz (pix) to assist the investigations into a series of viral sex videos targeted at a cabinet level minister.
— The Sun Daily

SPAN to recommend management changes in Air Selangor if water not restored on time
The National Water Services Commission (SPAN) has warned Air Selangor that sweeping changes may be made to its senior management if the scheduled water cut next week is not restored within the stipulated time.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia preparing strategic paper to help Rohingya refugees: Saifuddin
The Foreign Ministry is preparing a strategic paper to determine the optimum role Malaysia can play to help the Rohingya refugees, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
— The Sun Daily

Perodua revises upward sales target after 4% growth in first half
Perodua has revised its sales target upwards by 4,000 units to 235,000 units from 231,000 unit earlier.This comes after it sold 121,800 units in the first half of the year, a 4% increase from 117,100 units recorded in the same period last year.
— The Sun Daily

Education Ministry studying replicating best lessons in science, maths for every class
Maszlee Malik today affirmed the Education Ministry is conducting a detailed study on how it can replicate the best lessons in teaching Science and Mathematics in English at all schools nationwide.
— Malay Mail

Negotiation to demand excess payment for TSGP still ongoing: Lim
The government is still in talks with the Chinese government to demand excess payment for the Trans-Sabah Gas Pipeline (TSGP) project, according to Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (pix).
— The Sun Daily

i-Stone opens on ACE Market at 56.25% premium
Manufacturing automation solutions provider i-Stone Group Bhd made its debut on the ACE Market this morning at 25 sen, representing a 56.25% premium over its initial public offering (IPO) price of 16 sen.
— The Sun Daily

Five oversight entities of MACC to be reactivated
Five external oversight bodies of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) are to be reactivated in keeping the commission’s check and balance mechanics in full throttle.
— The Borneo Post

Loan shark banners, posters removed in two-hour operation
Over 900 pieces of banners and posters advertising illegal money lending services were taken down during a two-hour operation here today.
— The Sun Daily

AG: insufficient evidence for homicide investigation into Teoh Beng Hock’s death
There is insufficient evidence to warrant a culpable homicide investigation into Teoh Beng Hock’s death, says Attorney General Tommy Thomas.
— The Star Online

Former YRIM CEO denies receiving instructions from Jho low
The 49th prosecution witness in Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak’s trial today denied that she obtained instructions from fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low to transfer RM42 million from Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd (IPSB) into Najib’s two AmBank accounts.
— The Sun Daily

Melaka marks moonlighting masked men
Melaka will be going after foreigners dressed as “superheroes” who charge tourists money to take pictures with them, says Chief Minister Adly Zahari.
— The Star Online

Broad selling across Bursa Malaysia, KLCI down 11 points
Bursa Malaysia joined its regional peers in negative territory on Wednesday with selling pressure seen across the board.
— The Star Online

AGC: Insufficient evidence to investigate Teoh Beng Hock’s death for murder
The Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) has clarified today that there is insufficient evidence to investigate the death of Teoh Beng Hock for murder.
— Malay Mail

Over 3,000 new HIV cases recorded
A total of 3,293 new HIV cases were recorded among Malaysians last year, Dr Lee Boon Chye told the Dewan Rakyat yesterday. Among them, 47 were individuals below the age of 18, the Deputy Health Minister said in response to a request from Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said (BN-Pengerang) for the latest statistics on children infected with HIV.
— The Sun Daily

Report: Azmin should quit cabinet post if cops find sex video real, says Anwar
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today said Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali should resign from his Cabinet post if he is found to be the man allegedly with a former PKR youth chief in a viral sex video.
— The Borneo Post

Malawian beats drug charge after prosecutors fail to challenge claim she mistakenly took bag with 1.8kg of meth
After six years in prison, a Malawian woman was set free by the Federal Court today on a charge of trafficking 1775.4g of methamphetamine.
— Malay Mail

iMoney launches free Bahasa Malaysia version of CreditScore
iMoney has launched the free CreditScore tool in Bahasa Malaysia to increase financial awareness among consumers.According to iMoney CEO Mitul Lakhani, its data suggests that more efforts are required to help Malaysian take control of their finances.
— The Sun Daily

Gamuda Land, Maxis collaborates for nation’s first Maxis-delivered 5G township
Gamuda Land and Maxis have formed a strategic partnership to appoint Maxis as the preferred connectivity and solutions provider to create Malaysia’s first Maxis-delivered 5G township for Gamuda Cove.
— The Star Online

Khalid Samad wins defamation suit against former IKSIM CEO
The High Court today ordered Prof Datuk Mahamad Naser Disa to pay RM80,000 in damages to Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad, who won a defamation suit which he had filed against the former Malaysian Institute of Islamic Strategic Studies (IKSIM) CEO.
— The Sun Daily

Telco tower woes: Tan Kai wants SMA to hold off construction at Jalan Jambu
Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) central executive member Tan Kai is urging the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) to hold off construction of an additional telecommunication tower at Jalan Jambu, Sg Maong Area here today.
— The Borneo Post

Smashing stereotypes on the wrestling mat: Why Malaysian hijabi Nor ‘Phoenix’ Diana’s star is burning bright
Study hard, go to university, get a degree and then find a job. This is a career path most youths would be familiar with. In Muslim-majority Malaysia, there is also a certain expectation from society especially if you are.
— Malay Mail

Mane, Mahrez emerge from Salah shadow to steal the show
The two players have been instrumental in leading their sides to the upcoming final where Senegal will attempt to win their maiden title.
— FMT News

 

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