Malaysia morning news for July 2

Malaysia morning news for July 2

Malaysia morning news

Penang official: Withholding 20 sen fee for plastic bags could cost supermarkets licences
Authorities will pursue supermarkets that fail to submit the 20 sen collected for each plastic bag sold as part of a campaign to reduce single-use plastics in the state, said Phee Boon Poh.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia’s Health Ministry suspends licence of Starfresh bottled water factory
Malaysia’s Health ministry has suspended the licence of the factory which produces Starfresh bottled drinking water, following the recall of the product in Singapore for containing bacteria.
— Channel NewsAsia

World Bank expects Malaysia’s GDP to grow 4.6pc
Malaysia’s economy is expected to expand at a relatively moderate rate, with the gross domestic product (GDP) projected to record 4.6 per cent in 2019, says World Bank.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia on track to achieve high-income status by 2024, says World Bank
World Bank lead economist Richard Record says Malaysia is also benefiting from trade diversion in the ongoing US-China tariffs war.
— FMT News

Restructure business, industrial ecosystems to meet future needs: Dr M
Business and industrial ecosystems need to be restructured to meet the needs of the future with the adoption and application of digital and innovative technologies, coupled with effective management and high value-added skills of the local talents, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Dr M: Restructure business, industrial ecosystems to meet future needs
Business and industrial ecosystems need to be restructured to meet the needs of the future with the adoption and application of digital and innovative technologies, coupled with effective management and high value-added.
— Malay Mail

Bank Muamalat posts RM241.2mil PBT for FY19
Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd’s (BMMB) profit before tax increased 4.6 per cent to RM241.2 million for the financial year ended March 31, 2019, from RM230.5 million posted in the corresponding period of 2018.
— The Star Online

Court rejects Najib’s request to adjourn trial
High Court today dismissed an application by Pekan MP Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to adjourn the SRC International trial for him to attend Parliament which began sitting.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Employment of refugees not at expense of Malaysians
Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail today gave the assurance that any approval for refugees to work in this country will not be made at the expense.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Guidelines on logging in sensitive areas ready
The Water, Land and Natural Resources Ministry has drawn up guidelines on logging in sensitive areas to tackle uncontrolled logging and timber output. Its minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Ministry increases qualifying age for ‘Residensi Wilayah’ to 21
The Federal Territories Ministry has increased the qualifying age for Residensi Wilayah applicants to 21 from 18.Its minister Khalid Abdul Samad (pix) described the age of 18 for applicants of Residensi Wilayah, which was rebranded from Rumawip (Federal Territory Affordable Homes) on Feb 1, as impractical.
— The Sun Daily

Top civil servants, agency heads warned not to skip proceedings if summoned by PAC
Top civil servants and heads of agencies and ministries have been warned to appear at proceedings when they are summoned by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), says its chairman Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad.
— The Star Online

Selangor govt: Eatery operators should join plastic straw-free campaign
The Selangor government will make it a must for eatery operators to together make the plastic straw-free campaign which starts today, a success. State Environment, Green Technology, Science, Technology and Innovation, and.
— Malay Mail

NGO slams Muhyiddin’s refusal to revise special task force
A non-governmental organisation has criticised Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin over his defence and reluctance to revise the appointments of the special task force members probing the alleged enforced disappearances of pastor Raymond Koh and activist Amri Che Mat.
— The Star Online

Youth and Sports Ministry hopes Chong Wei continues to help badminton in Malaysia thrive
The Youth and Sports Ministry hopes former national badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei remains with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) following his retirement, for the betterment of the sport in the country.
— Malay Mail

Penang ferry passenger feared drowned after falling into the sea (updated)
A 47-year-old man is feared to have drowned after falling off a ferry that was departing from Butterworth to Penang island.
— Thar Star Online

World Bank: Malaysia’s civil service efficiency stagnating
The public sector’s performance has declined since 2014, according to the World Bank that expressed concern over the sustainability of Malaysia’s huge civil service wage bill in its latest economic monitor report due out today.
— Malay Mail

HSBC announces first Malaysian HSBC Malaysia deputy CEO
HSBC has appointed Lim Eng Seong as deputy chief executive officer (CEO) for Malaysia, effective July 1, 2019.
— New Straits Times

Malaysia backs for Venezuela’s crisis to be solved without external interference
Malaysia has expressed its view that the solution to Venezuela’s ongoing crisis should only be solved by Venezuelans, without external interference, said Minister Counsellor and Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Venezuela in Malaysia, Morella Barreto Lopez.
— The Sun Daily

Penang wants prison time for illegal waste disposal
Penang will seek to jail and more heavily fine those who illegally dump refuse in the state, exco Phee Boon Poh said today.
— Malay Mail

Sunway to develop Sungai Buloh land with RM544m GDV
Sunway Bhd has entered into a privatisation agreement with Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS) to accept the rights to develop 9.45 acres of leasehold land in Sungai Buloh, Selangor via its subsidiary, Sunway PKNS Sdn Bhd with a gross development value of RM544 million.
— The Sun Daily

Middle-East turmoil: Govt ensures safety of Malaysian haj pilgrims
The Malaysian government will work with the Saudi Arabian government to ensure the safety of Malaysian haj pilgrims amidst tensions in the Middle East between Iran and America. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof said Tabung Haji (TH) was always working with the Saudi.
— The Borneo Post

Penang exco warns public of strict plastic-usage curbs if voluntary campaign flounders
Consumers and supermarkets should support the state’s “Zero Plastic Bags” conservation campaign starting today as authorities will otherwise formalise the restrictions in law, said an official.
— Malay Mail

Azmin: 12th Malaysia Plan to focus on economic empowerment, environmental sustainability, social re-engineering
The policies, programmes and initiatives of the 12th Malaysia Plan (2021-2025) will revolve around three main dimensions, namely economic empowerment, environmental sustainability and social re-engineering.
— The Sun Daily

Azmin: Upcoming Malaysia Plan to emphasise economic empowerment, environmental sustainability, social revamp
Economics Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said the upcoming 12th Malaysia Plan will revolve around three main dimensions: economic empowerment, environmental sustainability, and social reengineering.
— Malay Mail

Bursa Malaysia welcomes 2H19 on a higher note
Bursa Malaysia welcomed the second half of the year (2H19) on a higher note, as investors heaved a sigh of relief following the announcement of US-China trade truce.At 9.05am, the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) rose 7.25 points to 1,679.38 compared to Friday’s close of 1,672.13.
— The Sun Daily

Nik Faisal called from Shanghai instructing me to leave Malaysia: Witness (Updated)
A former non-executive chairman of SRC International Sdn Bhd (SRC) told the High Court here today that the company’s chief executive officer Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil called him from Shanghai, China, instructing him to leave Malaysia in 2015.
— The Sun Daily

World leaders wrestle global issues in Japan’s G20 Summit
Japan recently hosted the G20 Summit in Osaka, the country’s second largest city, attended by 20 member parties and 17 invited guests to discuss important topics on the.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Arrest warrant issued for former party treasurer over khalwat case with Uzbek model
A Shariah court in Terengganu has issued arrest warrant today against a former treasurer to a political party for repeatedly failing to turn up to court in time over a “khalwat” case.
— Malay Mail

Safety of Malaysian haj pilgrims
The Malaysian government will work with the Saudi Arabian government to ensure the safety of Malaysian haj pilgrims amidst tensions in the Middle East between Iran and America.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Be more tolerant, accept differences
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has urged civil servants to adopt a more tolerant and understanding attitude while accepting differences among themselves to carry out their duties more.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Damansara International Arts Festival 2019 gathers exciting works from home and abroad
The Damansara International Arts Festival 2019 (DIAF), which runs from July 2-14, packs a diverse programme featuring dance, physical theatre, music shows and a spontaneous theatre piece involving audience participation. The festival will take place at the Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC) in Petaling Jaya.
— Star2.com

Bursa makes solid start to third quarter
Bursa Malaysia made a solid start in the third quarter on Monday, as fears of an escalation in U.S.-China trade dispute eased, spurring a rally on the local bourse.
— The Star Online

No basis to glorify Bakun Dam to promote Papar dam project, says Sarawak NGO
There is no basis to glorify Sarawak’s Bakun Dam to promote the Papar dam project here, says a Sarawak-based civil society organisation.
— The Star Online

Eatery operators should join plastic straw-free campaign
The Selangor government will make it a must for eatery operators to together make the plastic straw-free campaign which starts today, a success.State Environment, Green Technology, Science, Technology and Innovation, and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman, Hee Loy Sian said the Selangor government had ordered all.
— The Sun Daily

Ismail Sabri is still opposition leader – Ahmad Zahid
Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob will remain as opposition leader in the Dewan Rakyat, said its president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Ahmad Zahid, who announced that he was resuming his role as party president from yesterday (June 30) after being on leave since Dec 18,
— The Borneo Post

The proliferation of 5G will transform businesses and societies: Here’s how
5G will ramp up digitisation efforts in many areas of society Across the Asia Pacific region, the economy is undergoing unprecedented change as a result of digitisation, hyper-connectivity, 5G and big data convergence.
— e27

Home Minister: Putrajaya’s move to allow street protests will not lead to violence
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today said that the government’s proposal to remove street protests as a criminal offence via an amendment to the Peaceful Assembly Act PAA (2012) will not affect security in the country as there.
— Malay Mail

Retailers to be penalised for not submitting plastic bag charges
Retailers in Penang who failed to hand over the 20 sen charges they had collected from customers for single-use plastic bags may have their trading licences revoked through an amendment to the state’s local council by-laws.
— The Sun Daily

No need to close schools in Pasir Gudang: Wan Azizah
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said there is no need for schools in Pasir Gudang to be closed for the time being.She said checks by the Department of Environment (DOE) at 72 factories in the area found the air quality there is still under control.
— The Sun Daily

No need to close schools in Pasir Gudang, says DPM
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said there is no need for schools in Pasir Gudang to be closed for the time being. She said checks by the Department of Environment (DOE) at 72 factories in the area.
— Malay Mail

SenseTime founder, Tencent senior exec appointed to Khazanah board
Khazanah Nasional Bhd has appointed three new members to its board of directors effective June 26, including two prominent personalities from China.
— The Borneo Post

Khazanah Nasional appoints three new board members
Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional Bhd has appointed three new members to its board of directors, namely To’ Puan Azian Mohd Aziz, Professor Xiao’ou Tang and Lau Seng Yee.This has brought the number of board members to nine.
— The Sun Daily

PH trying to stop me from attending parliament, says Najib
The Pekan MP says that in the BN era, opposition leaders were granted postponements of trials to debate national issues in the House.
— FMT News

Suriani Ahmad is new Communications and Multimedia Ministry sec-gen
Datuk Suriani Ahmad has been appointed as the new secretary-general of the Communications and Multimedia Ministry.
— The Star Online

Federal Court dismisses Dr Mahathir’s leave to appeal
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s judicial review to challenge the validity of the appointment of two former top judges has come to an end as the Federal Court here today dismissed his application for leave to appeal. Following the dismissal of his application, Dr Mahathir cannot proceed with his.
— The Borneo Post

Kuching’s ‘dozen’ ready for Mr Sarawak 2019
Twelve athletes from various classes will represent Kuching Division at the 55th Mr Sarawak Bodybuilding Championships, to be held in Sibu on July 20. They were selected following a tryout session in the Pandelela Rinong Aquatics Centre at Sarawak Stadium Complex, Petra Jaya here last weekend, conducted by Sarawak.
— The Borneo Post

Asset declaration motion tabled at Dewan Rakyat
A motion to make it compulsory for all members of parliament (MP) to declare their assets was tabled at the Dewan Rakyat, today. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said the move was aimed at leading the country towards being accountable, transparent and corruption-free.
— The Borneo Post

Mah Sing named among BCI Asia’s Top 10 developers
Mah Sing Group Bhd has been named among Building and Construction Asia’s (BCI Asia) Top 10 Developers in Malaysia 2019, against strong competition from leading industry players.
— The Star Online

Rejected BSH applicants must submit appeal before Aug 15
Applicants for the Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) 2019 cash aid scheme, who have been rejected, can submit an appeal from today until Aug 15.The Finance Ministry in a statement today said they can present their application with relevant documents verified by the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN).
— The Sun Daily

Muda dance programme in Perak not organised by Education Ministry
The Perak Muda Medalist Dancesport Championship programme last Saturday, which has been heavily criticised by netizens as some of the participants were dressed indecently, was not organised by the Education Ministry.
— The Sun Daily

Employment of refugees not at expense of Malaysians: Wan Azizah
Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (pix) today gave the assurance that any approval for refugees to work in this country will not be made at the expense of Malaysians.The Deputy Prime Minister said the government wants refugees to be employed to sustain life in the country, but that should not undermine the.
— The Sun Daily

Govt will ensure safety of Malaysian haj pilgrims: Mujahid
The Malaysian government will work with the Saudi Arabian government to ensure the safety of Malaysian haj pilgrims amidst tensions in the Middle East between Iran and America.Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof said Tabung Haji (TH) was always working with the Saudi Arabian.
— The Sun Daily

MACC probe will clear my name, says Hishammuddin
The former defence minister says the anti-graft agency is investigating other issues in addition to the Mindef land swap deals.
— FMT News

Prestariang bags RM22.94m job from MOF
Prestariang Bhd has secured a RM22.94 million contract from the Ministry of Finance.The contract, which was awarded to its wholly owned subsidiary Prestariang Systems Sdn Bhd, is to supply Microsoft software licenses, products and services under the Master Licensing Agreement 3.0 (MLA 3.0) to the Ministry of.
— The Sun Daily

MACC probes possible irregularities in P1 acquisition
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is investigating whether there are irregularities in Telekom Malaysia’s (TM) 2014 acquisition of wireless services company Packet One Networks (M) (P1).The government-linked company bought a 57% stake in the wireless broadband service provider for RM350 million.
— The Sun Daily

No need for outside assistance – Yeo
The government does not require any external expertise to assist in identifying the cause of health problems affecting school students in Pasir Gudang since last Thursday. Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) Yeo Bee Yin said that since the first day of the incident,
— The Borneo Post

Foreign buying on Bursa surges sixfold last week
Offshore investors upped the ante last week and acquired RM171.7 million net of local equities, six times more than the amount bought in the week before.According to MIDF Research, international funds sold equity on Bursa on Monday and Tuesday but at a moderate level below RM25 million net.
— The Sun Daily

Ismail Sabri to remain as opposition leader, says Zahid
Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob will remain as the parliamentary opposition leader despite the return of Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as Umno president.Ahmad Zahid said the decision was made after a meeting with party number two Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan at the Umno headquarters earlier today.
— The Sun Daily

Motion for MPs, spouses to declare assets tabled
Minister in the Prime Minister Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong (pix) today tabled a motion for all MPs, along with their spouses and children, to declare their assets by Oct 1.The motion proposed that those who failed to declare their assets will have be referred to the Parliament’s Select Committee on Rights.
— The Sun Daily

BN lawmaker: Why should Malaysians know how much we’re worth?
A Barisan Nasional (BN) MP challenged today the government’s proposal for mandatory asset declarations from all federal lawmakers, demanding to know why Malaysians deserved such information. During the debate on the motion.
— Malay Mail

TH trims operating expenditure, 22.14% decrease in expenses
The Lembaga Tabung Haji managed to trim its operating expenditure, resulting in a 22.14% decrease in expenses in the first quarter of the year compared to the corresponding period last year, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusof Rawa (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Introduce democracy classes to youths: Malaysian Youth Council
The government has been urged to provide democracy classes to youths so that they become aware of democratic practices and the general election, said president of the Malaysian Youth Council (MBM) Jufitri Joha.Jufitri said this would make youths who are first-time voters in general elections ready to take on their.
— The Sun Daily

12MP formulated based on three dimensions: Azmin
The policies and strategies of 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) will be formulated based on three dimensions, namely economic empowerment, environmental sustainability and social re-engineering.Minister of Economic Affairs Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (pix) said the 12th Malaysia Plan is a continuation of the previous.
— The Sun Daily

Civil servants should be more tolerant and accept differences – PM
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has urged civil servants to adopt a more tolerant and understanding attitude while accepting differences among themselves to carry out their duties more comprehensively. He said in life, each individual would not be able to avoid mixing with friends or foes so a tolerant.
— The Borneo Post

High-risk buildings required to renew fire certificates yearly – Bomba D-G
Buildings which are deemed to possess high risk of fire are required to obtain or renew their fire certificates (FCs) yearly in compliance with the Fire Services Act 1988, said Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) director-general Datuk Mohammad Hamdan Wahid.
— The Borneo Post

Ismail Sabri is still opposition leader: Ahmad Zahid
Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob will remain as opposition leader in the Dewan Rakyat, said its president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pix).Ahmad Zahid, who announced that he was resuming his role as party president from yesterday (June 30) after being on leave since Dec 18, said there was.
— The Sun Daily

Move to tackle plagiarism, false documents
Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) will set up an Academic Integrity Special Committee to identify and investigate academic misconduct relating to plagiarism or falsification of documents.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Dr Yii welcomes tabling of asset declaration motion, urges S’wak govt to follow suit
Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii strongly welcomed the government’s intention in tabling a motion to compel MPs to declare assets to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today in line the spirit of transparency, accountability and good governance.
— The Borneo Post

Khazanah names Tencent exec, AI firm founder as directors
Sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional has appointed Tencent Holdings’ Lau Seng Yee and SenseTime founder Professor Xiao’ou Tang as directors.
— Malay Mail

TA Investment declares 2.5 sen distribution for TA Growth Fund
TA Investment Management Bhd has declared a gross income distribution of 2.50 sen for TA Growth Fund to the registered unit holders of the fund as at June 28.
— The Star Online

Dewan Rakyat records condolences over passing of Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah
The Dewan Rakyat today recorded its condolences over the passing of Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah of Pahang on May 22 at the age of 88.At the request of Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof, the House rose and the Muslim MPs read the Al-Fatihah while the non-Muslim MPs observed.
— The Sun Daily

Ex-SRC director claims told to sign resolution documents while seeking refuge in Thailand
A former director of SRC International Sdn Bhd was asked to sign a circular resolution to hire Gandingan Mentari Sdn Bhd as SRC International’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) partner even while he was seeking refuge.
— Malay Mail

No need for outside assistance in pollution investigation: Yeo
The government does not require any external expertise to assist in identifying the cause of health problems affecting school students in Pasir Gudang since last Thursday.Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (Mestecc) Yeo Bee Yin said that since the first day of the incident,
— The Sun Daily

Spanish on-demand laundry startup Mr Jeff expands to Singapore
The startup aims to open more than 30 franchises in the Asian country by the end of 2019 Mr Jeff, an on-demand laundry startup headquartered in Valencia, Spain, has announced its expansion into Singapore. The startup aims to open more than 30 franchises in the Asian country by the end of 2019.
— e27

Appeal for BSH 2019 opens today
Members of the public who are eligible for the Cost of Living Aid (BSH) can apply to appeal for the assistance targeted at low income group (B40) starting today until August 15.
— The Borneo Post

DPM: Jobs given to refugees won’t be at the expense of Malaysians
Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail today gave the assurance that any approval for refugees to work in this country will not be made at the expense of Malaysians.
— Malay Mail

This 11-year-old Malaysian ranks second in the world for speedcubing with feet
Malaysian Lim Hung is only 11 but currently ranks second in the world in speedcubing with feet, and ranked first in Asia with an average time of 24.86 seconds.
— Star2.com

Hishammuddin: Don’t let Zahid’s return split Umno
Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (pix) wants Umno to get behind beleaguered party president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi following the latter’s return to the top post. The former Umno vice-president said he hoped the latest development concerning Ahmad Zahid would not lead to fractures within the party.
— The Sun Daily

 

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