Malaysia morning news for July 19

Malaysia morning news for July 19

Malaysia morning news

Chinese nationals most attracted to MM2H programme
The Chinese have taken to Malaysia in a big way. They account for the lion’s share of participants in the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme, according to Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi (pix). Of the 43,943 people from 131 countries who have qualified for the programme, 13,892 are from China.
— The Sun Daily

AirAsia to pay at least RM40.6m in uncollected PSC to MAHB unit
AirAsia will have to pay at least RM40.6 million to Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), over unpaid passenger service charges (PSC) from July to December last year.
— The Edge Markets

Perak PKR chairman claims he was not given food for almost 24 hours of detention
Perak PKR chairman, Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak has claimed that he was not given food for almost 24 hours when he was under police detention.
— The Sun Daily

Gobind: Ministry emphasises security aspect in establishing 5G ecosystem
The Communications and Multimedia Ministry gives emphasis to the security aspect in establishing the fifth-generation (5G) technology ecosystem, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
— Malay Mail

Singapore returning more than S$50 million of 1MDB-related money to Malaysia: Police
About S$50.3 million of seized 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB)-related money have either been transferred to Malaysia or are being processed by the banks for repatriation, said the Singapore Police Force on Thursday (Jul 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Govt to amend law to give auditor-general more freedom and bite, says PM
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today disclosed that his government is studying amending the Audit Act 1957 to provide more independence to the National Audit Department and the auditor-general (A-G).
— Malay Mail

Maybank extends regional co-brand tie-up with MU for another 5 years
Malayan Banking Bhd has extended its regional co-brand partnership with Manchester United FC for another five years.
— The Star Online

Sapura Energy sees 3 businesses to be profitable next year
Sapura Energy Bhd expects its engineering and construction (E&C), drilling, and exploration and production (E&P) businesses to be profitable in the next 12 months due to opportunities that will drive the utilisation of its assets.
— The Sun Daily

Inhumane to conduct surveys on when Dr M should step down: MTUC
Any call urging Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to step down as prime minister is disruptive to government efforts to resuscitate the economy and free the country from corruption and other past transgressions, the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) said today.
— The Sun Daily

Freedom of Information Act in place of Official Secrets Act: Dr Mahathir
The Freedom of Information Act will be drawn up to replace the Official Secrets Act 1972, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.He said a Cabinet Special Committee on Anti-Corruption which met today had agreed in principle that sufficient time must be given to the process of drawing up the law.
— The Sun Daily

Duties and responsibilities of political secretary must be clear: Dr M
The duties and responsibilities of a political secretary of a minister must be clear, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.
— The Sun Daily

Govt mulling rare earth mining industry following discovery
The government is looking to develop the rare earth mining industry following the discovery of such minerals in several states including Sarawak.
— The Star Online

IGP: Sex video authentic, but identities of men undetermined
CyberSecurity Malaysia has confirmed that the sex video implicating Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali is authentic, says Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador.
— The Star Online

Parliamentary select committee to determine several key appointments: Mahathir
The parliamentary select committee on major public service appointments is to determine the key appointments to four commissions.
— The Sun Daily

Report: IGP says sex video authentic, identities of two men cannot be confirmed
Cybersecurity Malaysia has confirmed that the sex video implicating Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali is authentic but the agency could not ascertain the identities of the two men in them, Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador said.
— The Borneo Post

Health Ministry encourages M’sians to speak up on mental health issues
Malaysians should come forward and voice their views on mental health issues, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
— The Star Online

Respons Rakyat App enables complaints to be sent to 460 government entities
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today launched a smartphone application that enables the public to lodge complaints and give feedback on public service delivery system.
— The Borneo Post

Kuching Zone bodybuilders all set to compete in Mr Sarawak championship
Eleven athletes from Kuching Zone will be competing in this year’s Mr Sarawak championship, to be staged at Sing Kwong Shopping Mall in Sibu this Saturday.
— The Borneo Post

MAA maintains TIV forecast for 2019
The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has maintained its Total Industry Volume (TIV) forecast of 600,000 units for 2019, which is a marginal growth of 0.21% from last year’s TIV of 598,714 units.
— The Sun Daily

As Lynas issue lingers, government pinpoints new spots with high rare earth promise
The government has identified several areas in peninsular Malaysia and one in Sarawak that are potentially suitable for rare earth mining and development, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Water, Land and Natural Resources.
— Malay Mail

Fishermen’s association still against PSR project
The Penang Fishermen’s Association is not seeking compensation but wants the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project to be cancelled, said its chairman, Nazri Ahmad.
— The Sun Daily

High Court warns Najib on making further FB posting over ongoing trial
The High Court today warned Datuk Seri Najib Razak that any additional social media postings pertaining to his ongoing corruption trial would constitute contempt, as a verdict on the matter would only be decided next week.
— Malay Mail

Confirming rift in PKR, Zuraida says onus on Anwar to heal party
PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin admitted today to factionalism within her party and said it was up to president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to bring the rival groups together. A brewing sex scandal has led to public.
— Malay Mail

Home Ministry announces another amnesty programme for illegals
The Home Ministry had announced another amnesty programme for illegal immigrants in a bid to repatriate undocumented foreigners by the end of the year.
— The Star Online

Rafidah advises countries to do stress test for BRI projects
The government of participating countries that have interest in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects need to undertake the necessary economic and financial stress test before implementing it.
— The Star Online

Exco member explains there were 4,733 respondents for PSR engagement, not number of sessions
A total of 4,733 respondents were involved in a series of engagements regarding the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project, and the number does not refer to the number of sessions held, says Dr Afif Bahardin.
— The Star Online

Health minister: Malaysians must be able to talk about mental health openly
Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad encouraged Malaysians to voice their views on mental illness in a healthy discourse and not view the matter as a stigma.
— Malay Mail

‘Child molester’, ‘bangsat’ exchanges in Parliament
A pair of Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Umno MPs earned a public chiding from Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof for using unparliamentary language in today’s sitting.
— Malay Mail

AG calls on Najib to apologise for using social media to defend his conduct
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, who is on trial for criminal breach of trust among others, has been asked to apologise for his attempt to mount a defence on social media.
— The Sun Daily

PM says govt will review role of ministers’ political secretaries
The roles and functions of political secretaries to ministers will be re-evaluated, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad confirmed today.
— Malay Mail

AG wants Najib to apologise over Facebook posting on RM3.3m credit card spend
Attorney-General Tommy Thomas today made an application for Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to make a full and unconditional apology over the former prime minister’s Facebook post regarding his credit cards expenditure.
— Malay Mail

NGO offers suicide prevention helpline
A non-governmental organisation (NGO) here has launched a toll-free helpline (1800 22 5757) to provide counselling and emotional support to those who are depressed or are having suicidal thoughts.
— The Sun Daily

EC moots introducing voter education in schools
Taking a leaf from Australia, Election Commission (EC) chairman Azhar Azizan Harun today suggested voter education as part of the school curriculum.
— Malay Mail

IPCMC tabled in Dewan Rakyat, to be debated next session
The Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill 2019 was tabled in the Dewan Rakyat for the first reading today.
— The Sun Daily

Deputy minister: Use local products to reduce risks from US-China trade war
The government encourages substituting imports from the United States with products from Malaysia to reduce risks of a trade conflict between the country and China, said Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Ong.
— Malay Mail

Sarawakian wins RM17.7 million Sports Toto Jackpot
A Sarawakian won the RM17.7 million Toto 4D Jackpot 1 with the combination of his age and a car registration number recently.
— The Borneo Post

KLCI extends decline amid US earnings contraction fears
The FBM KLCI extended its fall, tracking Wall Street losses overnight on fears that US corporate earnings could have been negatively impacted by the US-China trade war.
— The Star Online

Rentap expresses concern automatic voter registration will only favour cities, major towns
Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Youth wing has expressed concern that the automatic registration of voters for citizens aged 18 will only favour the cities and major towns.
— The Borneo Post

India’s move on palm oil duty will impact Malaysia
The local palm oil sector is expected to face stiffer competition in India with the country’s Finance and Trade Ministries considering raising the palm oil duty from Malaysia to 50% from 45%.
— The Sun Daily

There’s a Finnish company that wants to replace plastic completely
Waste not, want not. This seems like a fitting adage for much of the waste problems plaguing the world now.
— Star2.com

CM to officiate at centenary celebration of school
Various activities including beach run, cultural performances, Islamic affairs forum and launching of Kabong dialects are being organised in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Abang.
— New Sarawak Tribune

PChem drags Bursa Malaysia to end lower, CI down 0.68%
Bursa Malaysia finished 0.68% lower today, dragged down by Petronas Chemicals (PChem), amid profit-taking in the second and third liners.
— The Sun Daily

Perodua ramps up production volume to shorten delivery time
Perodua, which has revised upward its sales target by 4,000 units this year, aims to increase its production volume to 249,000 units this year in a bid to address the delivery time issue.
— The Sun Daily

Zhulian’s net profit jumps 62% in Q2
Zhulian Corp Bhd’s net profit for the second quarter ended May 31, 2019 rose 61.79% to RM19.53 million from RM12.07 million a year ago due to higher sales with cost control and higher share of profit from an associate.
— The Sun Daily

DNeX wins RM11.8m Petronas contract
Dagang Nexchange Bhd’s (DNeX) wholly owned subsidiary OGPC Sdn Bhd has been awarded a RM11.8 million contract from Petronas Dagangan Bhd.
— The Sun Daily

Businesswoman charged for cheating after misusing CM daughter’s name to get RWMF entry passes
A businesswoman has been charged for cheating after she allegedly misused the name of the Chief Minister’s daughter to get entry passes to the recently concluded Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF).
— The Borneo Post

Jho Low is not a punctual man, a liar: Witness
A witness in the trial of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today described infamous fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho (pix), also known as Jho Low, as a person who is never punctual and a liar.
— The Sun Daily

DOE to act against 18 illegal chemical factories in Pasir Gudang
The Department of Environment is expected to take action against 18 illegal chemical factories that have been found to be operating in the Pasir Gudang area.
— The Star Online

Dewan Speaker denies any conflict of interest in Guan Eng decision
Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof (pix) has dismissed claims that his son’s working relationship with Lim Guan Eng influenced his decision on a motion tabled against the Finance Minister.
— The Sun Daily

Penang orphan caregiver gets one-year sentence for scalding domestic helper
A 49-year-old woman was sentenced to a year’s jail by the Court of Appeal here today for scalding her domestic helper almost five years ago. Lim Lee Poh, who runs a children orphanage, was also fined RM20,000 in default two.
— Malay Mail

Hero guide Roviezal’s body discovered in ‘Garden of Eden’ after laying down his life for tourists
The late Roviezal Robin, 20, whose body was found in a location named the ‘Garden of Eden’ within Deer Cave, is the first tourist guide to be killed in an incident within Mulu National Park.
— The Borneo Post

Singapore’s NETS cardholders can shop in Giant outlets via Revenue-HL Bank tie-up
Revenue Group Bhd and Hong Leong Bank Bhd are collaborating to enable Singapore’s NETS cardholders to shop in Giant and Guardian outlets in Malaysia.
— The Star Online

Speaker rejects Opposition leader’s bid to cite Guan Eng for ‘robbery’ remark on technicality
Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob was unsuccessful in tabling two motions to refer Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng to the Rights and Privileges Committee for misleading Parliament today. Speaker Datuk Mohammad.
— Malay Mail

DAP MP moots independent inquiry into Nigerian student’s custodial death
Kasthuri Patto today called for the establishment of an independent inquiry into the events leading to the death of Nigerian Thomas Orhions Ewansiha at the Bukit Jalil Immigration Detention Centre earlier this month.
— Malay Mail

MDC’s non-recognition of Taiwanese dental schools ‘unjust’ and ‘shocking’ says SUPP Education Bureau
Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Education Bureau has expressed shock over the Malaysian Medical Council (MDC) president Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah’s disclosure on the non-recognition of seven Taiwanese dental schools, and is urging the PH government to find a fair solution for what it calls an “unjust” policy.
— The Borneo Post

Govt withdraws two bills in Dewan Rakyat
The government today withdrew two bills scheduled for a second reading in the Dewan Rakyat.They are the Currency Bill 2019 and the Central Bank of Malaysia (Amendment) Bill 2019, which were the second and third items, respectively, in the orders of the day and motions
— The Sun Daily

Insults fly after DAP MP calls Shahidan a child molester
A heated argument broke out in the Dewan Rakyat today after a Pakatan Harapan (PH) lawmaker labelled Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim a child molester. Seemingly unimpressed and infuriated by the remark, the Arau MP returned fire by calling DAP’s Pang Hok Liong (PH-Labis) a “bangsat” (scoundrel), which led to a shouting match.
— The Sun Daily

Dr M steers clear of Anwar-Azmin spat, says has ‘lots of other things to do’
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said he has “lots of other things to do” and declined further comment on the public quarrel between a member of his Cabinet Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and the next designated Pakatan Harapan (PH).
— Malay Mail

Man contracts Japanese Encephalitis in Sabah
A 21-year-old man in a village in Tambunan has contracted Japanese Encephalitis (JE) disease, Sabah Health and People’s Wellbeing Minister Datuk Frankie Poon Fung Ming announced today. He said the man, from Kampung.
— Malay Mail

Jho Low never punctual for meetings, ex-banker tells Najib’s SRC trial
Runaway financier Low Taek Jho ? better known as Jho Low ? was always late for meetings even when scheduled in advance, Cheah Tek Kuang testified in Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s RM42 million SRC International Sdn Bhd.
— Malay Mail

Perak PKR alleges Anwar’s aide held over sex videos denied food, rest for 24 hours
Perak PKR vice-chairman Baldip Singh accused police today of starving Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak who is under remand for investigations into sex videos allegedly implicating Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
— Malay Mail

Chief minister stresses importance of security for Sabah
Security is a serious matter in Sabah and should not be taken lightly as security issues are a real threat not just for the people of Sabah but also for the country, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said today.
— Malay Mail

Law minister: Judges to have discretion in imposing death penalty
Judges will still have the discretion to impose the death penalty under proposed changes in the law to abolish the mandatory death sentence currently in existence for 11 offences, Minister in the Prime Minister’s.
— Malay Mail

Young voters key to PH shakeup in coming elections – Siah
The inclusion of young voters will enable Pakatan Harapan (PH) to shake up the “strongholds” of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), says PKR Sarawak Youth Election director Simon Siah. This is because the younger generation have different aspirations compared to the older generation, he opined.
— The Borneo Post

EC confident auto registration of voters in two years
The Election Commission is confident that it will have a system in place for automatic registration of voters within two years, in time for the 15th general election.
— New Sarawak Tribune

RM400,000 worth of contraband seized in Klang, five men arrested
The police arrested five men and seized 2,710 cartons of smuggled cigarettes worth about RM400,000 in an operation in Klang, Selangor near here, yesterday.
— The Sun Daily

Boustead Plantations names 5 new directors
Boustead Plantations Bhd has appointed five independent non-executive directors to its board effective July 22.
— The Sun Daily

Myanmar filmmaker charged over Facebook posts about military
A Myanmar judge on Thursday charged filmmaker Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi for Facebook posts he made about the powerful military, meaning he will stand trial despite concern over his health and an outcry from human rights groups.
— The Star Online

Half of citizenship applications still being processed
Close to half of the applications for Malaysian citizenship since 2013 are still being processed, the Dewan Rakyat was told.Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman said a total of 111,142 applications were made between 2013 and 2018, of which only 24,327 have been approved.
— The Sun Daily

 

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