Malaysia morning news for July 22

Malaysia morning news for July 22

Malaysia morning newsMalaysia retail sales growth rises 3.8% in Q1
The Malaysian retail industry achieved a better-than-expected growth rate of 3.8% in retail sales for the first quarter of 2019 (1Q19) as compared with the same period in 2018, said the Domestic Trade & Consumer Affairs Ministry.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysian tourism industry welcomes implementation of visa on arrival
Malaysian tour operators welcome the move by the Home Ministry to implement visa on arrival (VOA) at entry points for Chinese and Indian tourists.
— Eleven Myanmar

Ministry optimistic cocoa industry can hit RM6b export target
The Primary Industries Ministry is optimistic that the cocoa industry would achieve the target of RM6 billion export value by 2020 as outlined in the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP).
— The Sun Daily

Sarawak has what it takes to transform into digital economy – CM
Sarawak has what it takes to transform its economy from conventional into digital for further advancement, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
— The Borneo Post

Water supply restoration in Klang areas 86% complete
Restoration of water supply to areas in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur following the odour pollution at Sungai Selangor was at 86%, as at 6am today.Air Selangor Sdn Bhd Customer Relations and Communications head Abdul Raof Ahmad however said that in Kuala Selangor and Hulu Selangor, supply has been restored fully.
— The Sun Daily

Civil society groups want to meet Dr M before Lynas’ licence is renewed
Civil society groups are pleading to meet Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad before the Cabinet decides to renew the operating licence for Australian rare earths producer Lynas Corp, which is due for renewal in September.
— The Star Online

Malaysia assures fair handling of issues involving Indonesian workers: Saifuddin
Malaysia yesterday assured to Indonesia that it would handle fairly and justly, criminal cases such as rape and murder involving citizens of the republic that are working in Malaysia.
— The Sun Daily

US importers find ways to adapt, like shift to Malaysia, to skirt Trump’s tariffs
Big US companies are accelerating efforts to move more of their supply chains from China to neighbouring countries in light of Trump administration tariffs.
— Malay Mail

Ebola virus in Congo: Health Ministry steps up preparedness
The Health Ministry will continue to strengthen surveillance and preparedness to cope with the potential spread of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) as the epidemic is declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
— The Borneo Post

KLCI snaps losses to follow Asian markets higher on US interest rate cut hopes
Bursa Malaysia and all key Asian markets closed higher on Friday as investors were confident of a US interest rate cut by end July.
— The Star Online

Immigration D-G says looking to repatriate 200,000 illegal immigrants under B4G programme
Immigration Department director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud today said that the department is targeting to repatriate 200,000 illegal immigrants under the new Back For Good (B4G) programme.
— Malay Mail

Weaknesses inherited by BN state govt, says Sabah Agriculture Minister after 2018 audit report goes viral
Sabah Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Junz Wong says he is aware of his ministry’s shortcomings after a screen capture of the ministry’s 2018 national audit report went viral.
— The Star Online

Govt should allow for public feedback before passing IPCMC Bill, says lawyer
Civil rights lawyer Syahredzan Johan today urged the government to engage with the public before passing the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill.
— Malay Mail

In scathing petition, group claims Pakatan sides Lynas over Malaysians health for profit
Dozens of environmental and rights groups issued a scathing indictment today accusing the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration of siding with Lynas and selling Malaysians out for hefty profits, by allowing the corporation to.
— Malay Mail

Reclamation works for Gurney wharf project to be completed in September
Reclamation works for the Gurney Wharf project is expected to be completed by the end of this September, says state Housing, Local Government, Town and Rural Development Committee chairman, Jagdeep Singh Deo.
— The Sun Daily

Bankers question whether Aramco IPO is worth their effort
The delays in the IPO has many banks involved in it questioning if they should move on.
— FMT News

Ebola virus: Health Ministry steps up preparedness
Health Ministry will continue to strengthen surveillance and preparedness to cope with the potential spread of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) as the epidemic is declared a Public.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Sarawak risk dropping to M3
Sarawak risk being relegated to the M3 League despite beating Selangor United 3-1 at Stadium Sarawak in Kuching.
— New Sarawak Tribune

High Court can hear dispute between Putrajaya, Kelantan govt, argues lawyer
This is because third parties are named, says special counsel for Putrajaya in case involving alleged encroachments into Orang Asli settlements.
— FMT News

S’wak left with no choice but to use own funds to upgrade telco infrastructure: CM
Sarawak is left with no option but to inject RM1 billion of its own funds to enhance telecommunication infrastructure across the state, said Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
— The Borneo Post

Suspect detained in Indonesia with ivory smuggled in from Sabah ‘still in shock’
Indonesian authorities have been unable to glean more information from a suspect who was detained with a shipment of ivory as he is still in a “state of shock” since his arrest on July 9.
— The Star Online

Repair of barrage at Malacca river mouth to be carried out soon
The project to fix the malfunctioning barrage at the Malacca river mouth, which is said to be the cause of floods in the state, will be implemented this year, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
— The Sun Daily

Govt must listen to opinions of people on dam – Darell
The people’s opinions on the Papar Dam matter to the government, said Deputy Parti Warisan Sabah (WARISAN) president Datuk Darell Leiking. He said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal had asked Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Peter Anthony to give further information to the people in the state.
— The Borneo Post

IGP on fight against terrorism in Malaysia and why we still need Sosma
Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador credits Malaysia’s counter terrorism success to the sharing of information with international counterparts who have more experience in fighting extremist.
— Malay Mail

DPM condemns arson attack on Japan’s Kyoto Animation studio
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has condemned the heinous criminal acts that set fire on an animation studio in Japan’s western city of Kyoto yesterday.
— Malay Mail

Food outlets still giving out plastic straws, says Selangor Environment Dept
There is still a lack of awareness on the “no plastic straw” policy among food traders, says Selangor Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs committee chairman Hee Loy Sian.
— The Star Online

T7 Global awarded multiple contracts worth RM100m
Oil and gas service provider T7 Global Bhd has clinched three contracts from VME Process Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, FPSO Ventures Sdn Bhd and PTS Resources Sdn Bhd with a combined value amounting to RM100 million.
— The Sun Daily

Private educational institutions looking to list IPOs to raise funds
Educationalists are looking into the possibility of listing their private educational institutions on the stock market, said Private Education Entrepreneurs Association of Malaysia (Peeam) chairman Datuk Lim Seng Chai He said the owners of these institutions were thinking of making initial public offerings (IPOs) to help raise funds for their.
— The Sun Daily

Umno branch chiefs not as stupid as you think, Zahid tells Dr M
This follows Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s claim yesterday that Umno branch chiefs only allowed those who are less intelligent than them to join the party.
— FMT News

Train services between Rawang and Kuang resume tomorrow
The Electric Train Service (ETS) and Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) Commuter services between Rawang and Kuang will resume tomorrow (July 22). Their services were disrupted by a cargo train carrying cement that derailed near Rawang station last Wednesday.
— The Sun Daily

Despite Azmin and others’ absence, Anwar sees PKR leaders retreat as a success
PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim considered the party’s three-day retreat here a success notwithstanding the notable absence of his deputy, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, and several other senior leaders.
— Malay Mail

Langkawi makes history as first in country to embrace digital TV broadcast
By the early hours of today, history will be created in the nation’s broadcasting industry when analogue TV broadcasting will cease services on this legendary island and viewers here.
— New Sarawak Tribune

House under construction collapses, four killed
Four people were killed after part of a house under construction at Kampung Matang Pagar here collapsed today.In the 12.57pm incident, Selangor Fire and Rescue Department chief Norazam Khamis said the dead were three men and a pregnant woman.
— The Sun Daily

Listen to Dr M and cut out the internal bickering
Divided we stand, united we fall. So runs the opening line of the fictional but realistic novel Romance of Three Kingdoms in China.
— The Star Online

Pompeo to meet Mexican foreign minister to discuss immigration, trade
The meeting comes US lawmakers wrangle over a regional trade deal meant to replace the current North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
— FMT News

Browse and bust: Social media helps cops solve 38 cases in two months
While debunking fake news on social media is an unwelcome drain on police resources, Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador said such technology also has its benefits and helped his agency solve 38 crime cases in two months.
— Malay Mail

Why blame 1MDB for nation’s 2018 debt increase, asks Najib
The former prime minister says he won’t be surprised if the state investment arm is again blamed for the increase in debts for 2019.
— FMT News

Kit Siang urges PH to accelerate reforms
Even though great strides were made in the recently concluded July parliamentary session, the pace of institutional reforms is too slow and needs to be accelerated, says DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang (pix)
— The Sun Daily

Johor house buyers reminded to be financially prepared before purchase
House buyers in Johor must be adequately prepared when buying the property of their choice.They have to be ready financially and must have a clear understanding of the type of houses offered by developers, said division secretary of the Johor State Secretariat (Housing Division) Mohd Radzi Mohd Amin.
— The Sun Daily

MP lauds performance of Penampang Native Court
Penampang member of parliament (MP) Datuk Darell Leiking has lauded the recent performance of the Native Court (MAN) of Penampang.
— The Borneo Post

Students urged to aim for career in automative, automation industry
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Darell Leiking has called on the students in Sabah to aim for a career in the automotive and automation industry. Darell reckoned that the future is all about the said industries and that today’s children would eventually be the ones who would shape the future.
— The Borneo Post

Mukhriz: 79 out of 80 proposed amendments in Bersatu constitution passed with majority support
Parti Pribumi Bersatu’s deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said 79 of the 80 proposed amendments to the party’s constitution has been passed with a majority of support.
— Malay Mail

Putting rumours to rest, lawyer confirms Kelantan Sultan divorced his Russian wife in Singapore
Kelantan’s Sultan Muhammad V has divorced former Russian beauty queen Rihana Oxana Gorbatenko last month in Singapore according to Islamic laws, his lawyers in Singapore confirmed today.
— Malay Mail

Willie: Media got it ‘totally wrong’, Anwar called us to join him in press conference
Puncak Borneo MP Willie Mongin has dismissed any suggestions that he and Saratok MP Ali Biju were politically-fickle when they appeared next to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at a press conference on Thursday not long after they joined other PKR lawmakers in admonishing him.
— The Borneo Post

Bursa Malaysia ends higher, reversing 3 days of losses
Bursa Malaysia regained its upside momentum to end higher today after three consecutive days of losses, as investors priced in the possibility of an interest rate cut in the US, which will draw more inflows into emerging markets, including Malaysia.
— The Sun Daily

Fuel prices: RON97 up 10 sen, others unchanged
The price of RON97 will go up by 10 sen this week, taking the price to RM2.67 per litre. The new price will come into effect at midnight (July 20) tonight.
— The Borneo Post

RTM cameraman wins suit, security company to pay RM114,470
RTM cameraman Mohamad Amirul Amin Mohamed Amer, who was injured in a shooting incident at the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Highway near here three years ago was awarded a total of RM114,470 in damages and cost after winning the lawsuit he filed against the security company and its employee involve.
— The Borneo Post

12 foreign women detained in anti-vice swoop in Kepong
A total of 12 foreign women and a local man were detained following a raid on an entertainment outlet in Kepong, says Senior Asst Comm Rusdi Mohd Isa.
— The Star Online

Jho Low’s dad, Larry made to forfeit RM48.9 million to government
A total of RM48.9 million in the bank accounts of the father of fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low, was forfeited and made the possession of the Malaysian government by order of the High Court today.
— The Borneo Post

MIDF reaffirms ‘buy’ call on TNB
MIDF Research has reaffirmed its “buy” call on Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) at an unchanged target price of RM14.40.
— The Sun Daily

Strengthen MM2H programme to ease property glut: MIPEAC
The Malaysian Institute of Professional Estate Agents and Consultants (MIPEAC) is of the view that encouraging more foreigners to take up the MM2H (Malaysia My Second Home) programme and to invest in Malaysian properties could help ease the glut in the property sector.
— The Sun Daily

Asia invests in power infrastructure to meet energy transition needs
Governments across Asia are tapping on innovations in generation, transmission and distribution technologies to fulfil their energy transition ambitions, says Black & Veatch in a statement.
— The Sun Daily

Move over Hollywood, tourist island Cyprus is ready to roll
The objective of the ‘Olivewood’ scheme is to attract foreign investment to Cyprus.
— FMT News

Battersea project: A testament of Malaysia Boleh
By Aishah Mohmad Afandi LONDON: The Battersea Power Station is one of the symbols of London’s modernisation, complete with rich historical elements that live in the nostalgic heart of every…
— New Sarawak Tribune

Confirmation by cops that sex video is authentic enough, says Umno sec-gen
Annuar Musa says the people can identify those involved for themselves.
— FMT News

Church grateful for RM1mil allocation from Sabah govt
A priest at the St Theresa’s church in Sabah’s interior Tambunan district is grateful for the RM1mil allocation from the state government.
— The Star Online

Kumpulan anti-Lynas mahu jumpa PM berhubung operasi syarikat nadir bumi
Lynas merupakan satu-satunya pengeluar penting nadir bumi di luar negara China.
— FMT News

Mah Hang Soon: Time is right for MCA to consolidate as other parties are in turmoil
Infighting within a party is bound to happen, but it is the way an internal crisis is handled that makes or breaks a party, says Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.
— The Star Online

Sibu Resident: Appreciate hard work, dedication of body builders
Bodybuilding is still under-appreciated as a sport despite the country’s prominence in international competition, observes Sibu Division Resident Charles Siaw. He thus wished all quarters to recognise the hard work and dedication that all bodybuilding athletes have put in. “Bodybuilding is more than just a display of muscles.
— The Borneo Post

Sarawak most united in Malaysia – Waytha Moorthy
Sarawak is the most united state in Malaysia because there are mutual respect and coexistence among the people, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator P. Waytha Moorthy. In view of this, Waytha Moorthy said Peninsular Malaysians must emulate the unity, peace and harmony enjoyed by the people in Sabah and Sarawak.
— The Borneo Post

Despite no-show, Anwar says he and Azmin still a team
The PKR chief says Azmin Ali is the deputy president and ‘we need to work as a team’.
— FMT News

Anwar: Azmin and I are still on the same team
After receiving overwhelming support as PKR president at the party’s retreat in Port Dickson, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says he is prepared to work with Datuk Seri Azmin Ali as a team.
— The Star Online

SUKE construction giving us sleepless nights, say residents
The residents along Jalan Alam Damai say work is being carried out at night and during weekends
— FMT News

Chartered bus gets stuck at Petra Jaya underpass
The roof of a chartered bus was badly damaged when it got caught at the Temenggong Abang Kipali Abang Akip underpass this morning. This was despite several warnings for drivers of buses, trucks and other heavy vehicles to avoid using the underpass due to its clearance level being limited to about 2.2 metres.
— The Borneo Post

Body in luggage: Police arrest second suspect
The second suspect in connection with the discovery of a dead body inside a locked piece of luggage underneath a bridge at Kampung Pangkalan Baik, Bau was arrested last night.
— The Borneo Post

Preserve the ‘tree’ that binds us to take down Pakatan, Umno man tells PAS
Umno leader Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said yesterday both his party and PAS members must do all they can to keep the relationship between the two alive so the pact can beat Pakatan Harapan in the 15th general election.
— Malay Mail

Thousands to turn out for anti-government march in HK
The protest will focus on the establishment of an independent probe into ‘excessive use of force’ by police in dispersing previous protests.
— FMT News

Man feared drowned after falling into sea off Langkawi
A man is feared drowned after he is believed to have fallen into the sea while fishing behind a hotel in Pantai Tengah, Langkawi yesterday.Kedah Fire and Rescue Department, assistant director of operations Mohamadul Ehsan Mohd Zain said rescuers were rushed to scene after the department was alerted of the incident at 7.54pm.
— The Sun Daily

Azmin acknowledges Anwar’s response on gay sex video probe
He says he has taken note of Anwar Ibrahim welcoming a police statement indicating that his deputy is not involved in the video.
— FMT News

Throwing down the gauntlet, Kit Siang tells Pakatan to accelerate reforms
Veteran DAP leader Lim Kit Siang has challenged Pakatan Harapan to introduce more ambitious reforms during the next parliamentary meeting, saying the pace of these remain laggardly.
— Malay Mail

Orang Asli obstruct logging activities, police take statements
Three Orang Asli had their statements taken by police yesterday, in connection with a blockade put up on Thursday to prevent logging activities on a 42ha area in Kampung Papan, Gerik.
— The Sun Daily

Azmin absent on second day of PKR retreat
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (pix) did not turn up on the second day of the party’s Central Leadership Council (CLC) Retreat 2018/2021.Based on the schedule for yesterday, Azmin was slated to give a 15-minute speech in the fourth session on the party’s contributions.
— The Sun Daily

Entries invited for 2019 Kinabalu Press Awards
Journalists, photographers and producers from the print, electronic and online media in Sabah and Labuan can now submit entries for the 2019 Kinabalu Press Awards starting yesterday (July 20). The closing date for submission is August 3, 2019.
— The Borneo Post

Extend deportation plan for illegals to Sabah – Bersatu
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Sabah welcomed the implementation of the “Back For Good Programme” for illegal immigrants to go back to their respective countries of origin by the Home Ministry through the Immigration Department.
— The Borneo Post

Samajaya Nature Reserve closes for repair and upgrading work
SamaJaya Nature Reserve with be closed to the public from July 29 to Sept 29.
— New Sarawak Tribune

PKR state chairman council not about Anwar, says coordinator
Contrary to insinuations, the formation by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) of its State Chairmen Council (SCC) is about providing a better avenue for state leaders to present the grouses of the people to the top leadership in a.
— Malay Mail

Oil-based waste source of Water Treatment Plant’s pollution
The disposal of oil-based waste is suspected to be the cause of the odour pollution which forced the total shut down of Sungai Selangor Water Treatment Plants; Sungai Selangor Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 Water Treatment plants, as well as the Rantau Panjang Treatment plant downstream.
— The Sun Daily

Dr Mahathir needs to serve full term: Tengku Razaleigh
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad needs to lead the country for the full term to fulfil the promises made by Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the last general election, according to Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Get e-hailing services from other companies if the prices are high: Loke
Commuters have a choice of using the e-hailing services of other companies if they are faced with fare increases, said Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook.Loke said there are 31 e-hailing operators (EHO) providing these services, giving commuters a choice of cheaper fares.
— The Sun Daily

Dr M: I will keep my promise to serve, no matter what others say
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today that he will hold to his pledge to lead the country no matter what, despite what others have to say.
— Malay Mail

Celebrate Merdeka Day by joining the #AnakAnakMalaysia Walk 2019
#AnakAnakMalaysia take heed! Come Aug 31, celebrate the Merdeka Day in style by joining the #AnakAnakMalaysia 2019 campaign, which returns for the fifth year.
— The Star Online

Stuffed panda containing ‘evidence’ thrown out of condo, Immigration officers bust fake work permit ring
In a bid to get rid of the evidence of their illegal activities, syndicate members stuffed passports and fake Immigration stamps into a toy panda and threw it from the 13th floor of a Sungai Besi condominium.
— The Star Online

Tourist group from Johor wins RM3mil after buying Big Sweep Draw tickets in Ipoh
Five tourists from Johor won RM3,003,100 after they bought Big Sweep Draw tickets from a blind ticket seller while on holiday in Ipoh.
— The Star Online

Malaysia to consider Kuwait parliament as one of its benchmarks
Malaysia, in the process of upgrading its parliamentary system, intends to make Kuwait’s parliamentary system as one of its latest benchmarks, said Deputy Dewan Rakyat (lower house of Malaysia’s parliament) Speaker, Datuk Rashid Hasnon (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Tabika Kemas syllabus has been upgraded: Rina
Some of the syllabuses adopted by nurseries under the Community Development Department (Tabika Kemas) have been improved to include the Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (Stream) education modules.
— The Sun Daily

Stand by Anwar, says Sabah PKR chief
Sabah PKR chief Datuk Christina Liew today called on the party’s leaders not to wantonly issue statements on the crisis facing the party but instead stand by the.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Mourner remembers friend lost in Japan arson attack
A steady stream of mourners visited the building over the weekend despite hot and humid weather, bringing flowers and offering prayers.
— FMT News

Motorcyclist dies, run over by fellow bikers and car
A motorcyclist crashed his machine into the rear of a lorry before being run over by the motorcycles of two friends in tow and a car at KM 430.4 of the North-South Highway near Bukit Berunting about 2.30am today.
— Malay Mail

Hassan Karim quits as PKR Johor chief
Hassan Karim has stepped down as Johor PKR chief after submitting his resignation letter last week.
— Malay Mail

Immigration Dept busts fake Vietnamese work permit syndicate
The Immigration Department has busted an immigration stamp falsification syndicate in Kuala Lumpur with the arrest of five people.
— Malay Mail

 

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