Malaysia morning news for July 3

Malaysia morning news for July 3

Malaysia morning news

MAHB says ready to proceed with expansion of Penang airport, to submit plans by end of July
Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is ready to proceed with its plan to expand the Penang International Airport after getting the approval from the Ministry of Finance.
— Malay Mail

Airbnb wants clearer guideline on tourism tax
Online hospitality service brokerage company, Airbnb Inc urged the government to provide a clearer guideline on tourism tax for its type of business.General manager for Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan Mike Orgill said currently, there were some confusing issues, including on registration and tax.
— The Sun Daily

One million affordable houses in 10 years achievable
The government’s aim to build one million units of affordable houses in ten years is achievable, said the Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia (Rehda).
— New Sarawak Tribune

Lack of funds hampering rural development efforts, says Sabah minister
State Rural Development Minister Ewon Benedick wants more money to carry out new programmes to eradicate poverty among rural folk.
— FMT News

Malaysia: New tech and demand from China helps durian farmers
(Pahang state), home of the Musang King, are reaping the harvest of their famous crop almost year round now. This is thanks to new technology and China’s new policy allowing the import of the whole fruit.
— Fresh Plaza

Cockle price spikes as supply drops 85%
The price of cockles has risen from RM2 or RM3 per kg two years ago to about RM15 now as yield of the seafood has dropped by 85% in five years. The sharp drop has been attributed to several factors, including pollution caused by seepage from sewerage treatment facilities and climate change, said Prof Datuk Dr Aileen.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia: Sarawak poised to export strawberries & vegetables to Japan
Sarawak is set to export strawberries and other types of vegetables to Japan and some other states in the country following the signing of a collaboration agreement between Borneo Highlands Resort and Natural Green Life Farm.
— Fresh Plaza

Johor’s property overhang in Q1 at RM36b, highest unsold category in service apartments
Johor has a total of 51,400 units of properties estimated to be worth RM36 billion that were left unsold as at the first quarter of 2019, state Housing, Communications and Multimedia Committee chairman Dzulkefly Ahmad.
— Malay Mail

‘MACC should hold special briefing with MPs on asset declaration’
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should hold a special meeting with lawmakers to discuss procedures behind the declaration of assets, says Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed.
— The Star Online

Malaysia: Johor crowns new premium grade durian to rival Musang King
Johor has identified a new variety of premium grade durian that could rival the likes of Musang King and other established varieties.
— Fresh Plaza

Airbnb wants ‘fair’ tax structure as Putrajaya sets sights on e-commerce revenue
Airbnb said today it welcomes Putrajaya’s proposal to tax its services along with other online firms, but pressed for a “fair structure” amid growing scrutiny over the Singapore-based firm’s revenue.
— Malay Mail

Making policies work for women in Malaysia Baharu
The “i-Suri” scheme shows the PH government continues to make limited strides toward women’s progress.
— New Mandala

New tech and China demand lifting Malaysian durian farmers, especially in Raub
Durian farmers in Pahang’s Raub district, home of the Musang King, are reaping the harvest of their famous crop almost year round now thanks to new technology and China’s new policy allowing the import of the whole.
— Malay Mail

Better infrastructure, facilities for athletes – Phoong
Sabah Youth and Sports Minister Phoong Jin Zhe has pledged to provide better infrastructure and facilities for athletes in the State. He said the sports facilities in Sabah were of importance to the government. Phoong said the sports facilities in the State were still lacking after inspecting 16 sports complexes.
— The Borneo Post

MMEA Pahang foils attempt to smuggle in 2,000 cartons of cigarettes
The Pahang Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) foiled an attempt to smuggle 2,000 cartons of cigarettes worth RM300,000 including taxes in water off Kuala Rompin near here, last Friday.Pahang MMEA deputy director (operations) Capt V. Pannir Selvan said the Force 10- and Double 7- branded cigarettes were.
— The Sun Daily

Optimism rises despite fall in June manufacturing PMI
Malaysia’s manufacturing sector is optimistic as business confidence about the outlook strengthened to its highest since October 2013 despite manufacturing’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) continued to fall in June.
— The Sun Daily

Motion to lower voting age is bipartisan – Syed Saddiq
The motion to amend the Federal Constitution and lower the voting age from 21 to 18 is bipartisan in nature and upholds the spirit of solidarity among members of the Dewan Rakyat. In a statement issued today, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said the motion would empower youths who make.
— The Borneo Post

Prosecution will prove Ku Nan accepted bribe of RM2 mln at his DBKL office
The prosecution team in the trial of Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor will prove that a cheque of RM2 million was personally delivered by businessman Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong to the former Federal Territories Minister at the latter’s office at the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) building.
— The Borneo Post

Loke refuses to comment on ‘TMJ’ and ‘RZ’ number plates
Transport Minister Anthony Loke refused today to confirm or deny if the “TMJ” and ‘RZ” registration plates used by two Johor royals are registered with the Road Transport Department (RTD).Loke told reporters to refer to his ministry’s written parliamentary statement on the issue yesterday which neither.
— The Sun Daily

Flying car airspace protection mechanism on-going
The Entrepreneur Development Ministry is studying safety mechanisms, like airspace protection, for when the flying car industry takes flight.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Only 13% of private clinic closures due to economic reasons
Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (pix) has dismissed the notion that the closure of hundreds of private clinics over the past few years was due to the government’s failure to increase consultation fee for general medical practitioners (GP).
— The Sun Daily

HLB allocates capex of between 60%-70% for digitisation in FY20
Hong Leong Bank Bhd (HLB) is allocating between 60% and 70% of its total capital expenditure (capex) of RM220 million for the financial year ending June 30, 2020 (FY20), for digital capabilities enhancement and initiatives.Speaking to reporters after the launch of the bank’s Digital Day today, HLB group managing.
— The Sun Daily

KLCI remains upbeat despite Trump threats, oil prices bounce higher
The FBM KLCI hit a trading high of 1,694.55 before drifting lower into the close of the morning session.
— The Star Online

High time for Sarawak to stand on its own feet: CM
It is high time for Sarawak to be politically independent in order to be able to stand up for its rights and pursue its development priorities, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun.
— The Borneo Post

Bank Muamalat’s profit before tax for FY19 up 4.6%
Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd posted a profit before tax (PBT) of RM241.2 million for its financial year ended March 31, 2019, a 4.6% increase from RM230.5 million recorded in the previous financial year.”The improved performance was underpinned by a steady growth in revenue driven by growth in gross financing.
— The Sun Daily

Perodua, KPDNHEP in initiative to curb imitation products, parts
Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua), together with the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP), has embarked on an initiative to curb the growth of imitation products and parts in the market.
— The Sun Daily

Berjaya Sompo partners iMotorbike to offer end-to-end digital insurance solution
Berjaya Sompo Insurance Bhd today announced its partnership with iMotorbike, South East Asia’s motorbike online classified-ads website, to provide users with a fast, secure and simple way to renew motorcycle insurance online.
— The Sun Daily

ESSCom contributes to national security in ESSZone – CM
The establishment of the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) has contributed to national security, especially in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone). Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the establishment of ESSCom also had a high impact on the security level in the ESSZone with a reduction in.
— The Borneo Post

School generates more than RM15,000 via mushrooms cultivation project
The Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Bakong here has been earning additional income of more than RM15,000 for the past one year via its mushrooms cultivation project implemented by the schools’ parents’ toolkit (Sarana Ibu Bapa) since May last year.
— The Sun Daily

12MP to focus on economic empowerment, environment and social re-engineering
The policies, pro-grammes 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

Rehda: Govt’s 1 million affordable houses in 10 years target achievable
The government’s aim to build one million units of affordable houses in ten years is achievable, said the Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia (REHDA).
— The Star Online

RM3.15 mln fees for foreign property purchases in Penang exempted: Jagdeep
Penang Housing, Local Government, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo (pix) said today that the state government has “lost” RM3.15 million in approval fees that have been waived for foreign property purchases in the state.
— The Sun Daily

In suspected suicide note, Miri teen gives watch as gift to female classmate
A 14-year-old boy was found dead by his parents in their home in Bakam in a suspected suicide. District police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah said the victim had left a note which asked that a watch be given as a gift to a female classmate.
— The Borneo Post

Zahid’s return: We need to close ranks, say Umno leaders
PETALING JAYA: Several Umno leaders hailed Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s decision to resume the duties of party president, but also urged unity.
— The Star Online

Prosecution will prove Ku Nan accepted bribe of RM2 million at his DBKL office
The prosecution team in the trial of Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor will prove that a cheque of RM2 million was personally delivered by businessman Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong to the former Federal Territories Minister at the latter’s office at the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) building.
— The Sun Daily

Govt to table IPCMC Bill during July’s Parliament meeting, says Liew
The government is set to table a Bill in Parliament to set up the long awaited Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), says Datuk Liew Vui Keong.
— The Star Online

EA Technique plans new shares and warrants issue, private placement
EA Technique (M) Bhd proposes a slew of corporate exercises, including the issuance of new shares and warrants as well as private placement.The group told Bursa Malaysia that it will issue 121.62 million new shares for the settlement of the RM57.16 million debt owing to its major shareholder Sindora Bhd.
— The Sun Daily

Witness: RM2mil cheque deposited into company linked to Ku Nan
The prosecution will prove that Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor received RM2mil from Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd chairman Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong.
— The Star Online

62 per cent of e-hailing drivers qualify for PSV licence
As of June 30, 10,151 e-hailing drivers — or 62 per cent of 16,338 people — have passed the Public Service Vehicle (PSV) course and are qualified to.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Prototype Air Mobility craft may be launched by October, says minister
The Air Mobility Vehicle prototype that caused controversy after a minister called it a “flying car” could be ready as early as October, Parliament heard today.
— Malay Mail

Official: Johor was Malaysia’s biggest recipient of foreign direct investment in 2018
Johor registered RM24 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) last year, a four-fold increase from 2017 that gave the state the honour of being the country’s biggest investment earner, said a state official.
— Malay Mail

Police nab 22 foreign women offering sex services
The police nabbed 22 foreign women found to be offering sex services in an anti-vice operation at four premises in Puchong, Selangor, last night.Officers and personnel from the Bukit Aman Anti-Vice, Gambling and Secret Societies Division (D7) arrested 11 Vietnamese, five Chinese, four Indonesian and two Thai.
— The Sun Daily

Prosecution aims to show Ku Nan wanted RM6m from developer for war chest; got RM2m
The prosecution told the High Court today it will furnish evidence showing Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor allegedly sought up to RM6 million from a property developer for by-election funds and received RM2 million.
— Malay Mail

Hakam rights group urges Putrajaya to lift all curbs on public protests
The National Human Rights Society (Hakam) lauded the government’s move to decriminalise street protests but said it should explore removing remaining restrictions on public demonstrations.
— Malay Mail

Four caught for splashing red paint at home of green crusader fighting illegal plastic waste
Police have arrested four people on suspicion of vandalising the home of Environmental Action Association representative Pua Lay Peng’s home with red paint last month.
— Malay Mail

McDonald’s Malaysia introduces Portuguese Chicken Burger
McDonald’s Malaysia is now taking Malaysians on an exciting taste journey to another corner of the world with the brand new Portuguese Chicken Burger. Its marketing director, Eugene Lee said, inspired by the sights, sounds and flavours of Portugal, the burger was the second exciting menu item to be.
— The Borneo Post

PAS: Declaration of assets against Islam
PAS will reject a motion to compel lawmakers to declare their assets, claiming such a move was not allowed under Islamic law because “it concerns the security of the individual and his family”.Party deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man also described the move as “pointless”.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia’s public service has some catching up to do
While Malaysia’s public service performs well by regional standards, it falls short relative to advanced economies, particularly in terms of openness and transparency.
— The Sun Daily

Hishammuddin takes govt to task over failure of 12 MPs to declare assets
Former Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (pix) has slammed the government for its failure to lead by example, claiming that 12 Pakatan Harapan MPs have yet declare their assets.He also asked why should opposition MPs be made to declare their assets when some MPs from PH themselves have yet to do.
— The Sun Daily

Firearms against animal only as a last resort: Minister
Officers from local authorities can only use firearms against animals as a last resort, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Agriculture and Agro-Based Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub (pix) said the Animal Welfare Act 2015 does not permit the shooting of animals with firearms unless in a desperate situations or for.
— The Sun Daily

Ku Nan’s RM2 million bribery trial begins
The six-day trial of former Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who was charged with accepting RM2 million bribe from a businessman Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong, begins today at the High Court here.
— The Borneo Post

Lecturers question efficacy of buffer zones amid Pasir Gudang health crisis
As the government studies the need to restructure the buffer zones for industrial areas in Pasir Gudang following the latest episode of health issues plaguing the many schools in the industrial town last week, concerns have.
— Malay Mail

 

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She commenced as an intern at AEC News Today and was appointed as a junior writer/ trainee journalist on April 2, 2018

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