Malaysia morning news for July 5

Malaysia morning news for July 5

Malaysia morning newsReport: AirAsia Group co-founder met PM to moot takeover of Malaysia Airlines
A group of businessmen led by former AirAsia Group Bhd chairman Datuk Pahamin Rajab is understood to have met Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday to discuss taking over ailing national carrier Malaysia Airlines.
— Malay Mail

Govt tipped to table Bill next week to abolish mandatory death sentence
The government is tipped to table a Bill in Parliament next week to abolish the mandatory death sentence for 11 serious offences, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Liew Vui Keong.
— The Star Online

Penang’s first urban regeneration project kicks off, new blocks ready by 2022
Penang state executive councillor Jagdeep Singh Deo today said the state will proceed with its first urban regeneration project to demolish 50-year-old low-cost homes that are to be replaced with new apartments.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia has one of the cheapest taxi fares in the world
Malaysia has the fifth cheapest taxi fare in the world, according to the results of a new study. It only takes €1.70 (RM8.03) for a 5km taxi ride in the country. To achieve the numbers, Taxi2Airport analysed data collated by Taxi-Calculator.com. The average taxi fare presented is relative to a 5km journey.
— Star2.com

Wolf of Wall Street producer arrested in Malaysia for money laundering
The Hollywood producer Riza Aziz, stepson of the former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, has been arrested on suspicion of money laundering.
— BBC

Malaysia’s May exports up 2.5%, lower than estimate
Malaysia’s exports grew at a faster pace of 2.5% year-on-year (yoy) to RM84.1 billion in May from 1.1% increase in April 2019, but was lower than market expectation of 3.5% to 4%.The expansion in exports was due to higher exports of palm oil and its related products.
— The Sun Daily

Over 500 metric tonnes of municipal waste daily
Trienekens Sdn Bhd currently serves a domestic population of more than 600,000 with an average daily collection of slightly over 500 metric tonnes of municipal waste in Kuching.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Official: Johor invested RM294,000 for state’s cybersecurity
The Johor government has spent RM294,000 on cybersecurity and securing the state’s database management systems, said state Education, Human Resource, Science and Technology Committee chairman Aminolhuda Hassan.
— Malay Mail

Delays in approvals to blame for loss of potential investments
Malaysian small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) are missing out on potential investments due to delays in approvals, said Entreprenuer Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof (pix).Speaking to reporters at the Malaysian Economic Summit 2019 today, he said the ministry was approached by Japanese banks.
— The Sun Daily

STB launches WeChat profile to attract Chinese millennials to visit Sarawak
Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) has launched its WeChat profile, to tap into the China market particularly to attract the millennials from the world’s most populous country to come and explore Sarawak. Assistant Minister of Tourism, Art and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin said STB is utilising WeChat, owned by Chinese.
— The Borneo Post

Perak to be first state to introduce high-speed Internet in rural areas
Perak will be the first state to introduce the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP), says state exco Hasnul Zulkarnain Abd Munaim.
— The Star Online

RAM: Malaysians have good credit profile, but financial literacy below average
About 69% of Malaysians have good or strong credit scores, an improvement over last year’s 65%, according to RAM Credit Information Sdn Bhd’s (RAMCI) 2019 Credit Score Profile.
— The Sun Daily

S’pore inviting leaders of M’sia, Indonesia & Brunei to NDP 2019
On July 3, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) announced that 2019’s National Day Parade (NDP) will be graced by foreign guests.
— Mothership.sg

US seeks extradition of North Korean from Malaysia
The United States is seeking the extradition of a North Korean man from Malaysia for alleged involvement in money-laundering in breach of sanctions against Pyongyang, a Kuala Lumpur court heard Thursday (July 4).
— The Star Online

Prosecution applies to transfer Bung Moktar, Zizie Izette corruption case to High Court
The prosecution in the corruption case against Kinabatangan MP Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin and wife Datin Seri Zizie Izette has filed a notice of the motion to transfer it to the High Court.Deputy public prosecutor of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Allan Suman Pillai will also apply for the two.
— The Sun Daily

MCA: Malaysian man cheated of RM13,000 with casino job offer in Philippines
A Malaysian man promised a job in a casino in the Philippines was allegedly cheated of RM13,000 and forced to work in an illegal online gambling centre by a Chinese national, Perak MCA Public Services and Complaints Bureau chief Low.
— Malay Mail

Najib says bidding to skip court on July 16 to vote on constitutional change in Parliament
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said he will apply to be absent from an ongoing corruption trial next week in order to vote on a crucial Bill in Parliament, after the High Court refused to excuse him on Monday.
— Malay Mail

Govt mulls alternative care for underaged children of detained illegal immigrants
Putrajaya may introduce a pilot project that will provide better care for immigrant minors whose parents or guardians are locked up in detention centres, the home minister told Parliament today.
— Malay Mail

Constitutional amendment to reduce voting age to be tabled at Parliament today
The amendment to the Federal Constitution to reduce the voting age from 21 to 18 years will be tabled for first reading at the Dewan Rakyat today. According to the Standing Order, the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2019 will be tabled by Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman after the oral.
— The Borneo Post

Johor checkpoint congestion: Cabinet committee proposes six short-term measures
Six short-term measures will be implemented to handle the congestion at the country’s checkpoints especially at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar (BSI) Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex and the Sultan Abu Bakar CIQ.
— Malay Mail

Japan, China as new big markets for Malaysia MSPO certified palm oil
Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok is focusing on reaching out to Japan and China as the new markets for palm oil.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Two new systems for Port Klang to ease container lorry congestion
The Port Klang Authority (PKA) will introduce two new systems which will enable freight forwarding companies to know in advance the arrival and exit times of their cargo, thus reducing traffic congestion caused by container lorries at the port.
— The Sun Daily

No signs of pick-up for Malaysian banking sector
Conditions for the local banking sector are expected to remain challenging in the next six months as there are no signs of pick-up, according to Hong Leong Investment Bank Research (HLIB Research). The research house sees a moderation in sector earnings growth to 2.6% in 2019 from 7.0% in 2018.
— The Sun Daily

We’re not responsible for villagers’ safety, says company after Simunjan plantation fracas
Tradewinds Plantation Berhad today said the authorities were partly to blame for the clash between its workers and villagers at its plantation in Simunjan on Tuesday. The company alleged in a press statement that one of its workers was assaulted by the people in the area and by hoodlums, who it claimed were brought.
— The Borneo Post

Najib, Rosmah and children object to third-party claims over seized items
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and their three children are objecting to claims made by third parties over items seized last year from residences linked to the former prime minister.
— The Star Online

Family pays RM13K ‘ransom’ for return of man who fell for job scam
IPOH: The family of a 29-year-old man paid RM13,000 to secure his return after he was conned into taking a job in the Philippines.
— The Star Online

EC: Amend Constitution to enable auto registration of voters
The Election Commission can only register eligible voters automatically if the Federal Constitution is amended to allow this, according to Election Commission (EC) Azhar Azizan Harun (pix).He said the Article 119 (4) of the Federal Constitution and the Election Regulations (Voter Regulation) 2002 would need to be.
— The Sun Daily

PSD chief confirms pulling former Najib aide’s promotion at Intan governance school
Public Service Department (PSD) director-general Datuk Seri Borhan Dolah affirmed today that Datuk Seri Mohamad Iskandar Mohd Kaus’ appointment as the director of National Institute of Public Administration (Intan) was.
— Malay Mail

Safety first group aims to reduce accident rate to 30%
The pro road-safety group, Safety First, is targeting to reduce up to 30% the rate of road accidents especially involving motorcyclists, through the various initiatives it is organising.Safety First advisor Datuk Seri Azman Ujang (pix) said the group was now carrying out various awareness campaigns on road safety.
— The Sun Daily

Report: Bustari among four respondents to object govt’s bid to forfeit 1MDB-linked assets
Prominent Sarawakian businessman Tan Sri Bustari Yusuf is among four out of nine individuals and entities who have formally objected to the government’s forfeiture lawsuit against them to recover 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) monies when the matter came up in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur for the first.
— The Borneo Post

Drugs worth RM2mil seized as cops bust processing ring
Police busted a drug distribution and processing operation and seized almost RM2mil worth of drugs.
— The Star Online

KLCI retraces losses as upbeat mood continues
The FBM KLCI erased most of the losses seen in the early morning session on the back of sustained positive sentiment in the market.
— The Star Online

Sarawak agency, university to start rabies mitigation study
Sarawak Research and Development Council (SRDC) entered into an agreement today with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) to conduct research on quick diagnosis of rabies in the state.
— Malay Mail

We can only help genuine refugees, says UNHCR
Deputy representative for Malaysia says only those who are persecuted for nationality, race, religion, political opinion or social standing are eligible for a UNHCR card.
— FMT News

Two men suspected of cheating company of RM2.5 million
A businessman and an accountant, both aged 33, were remanded yesterday for three days, on suspicion of cheating a company of RM2.5 million in proceeds from the sale of shares.The company director had discovered that the proceeds had not been credited into the company’s account.
— The Sun Daily

Govt digitising public service delivery for efficient, faster service: Chief secretary
The government is actively digitising the public service delivery system, through the collaboration of various government agencies for more efficient and faster service, says Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Bakar (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Quick Take: Benelec rises 5.5% on assets disposal move
Shares of Benalec Holdings Bhd rose 5.5% this morning, after the group said it planned to dispose of two of its sand carrier vessels for RM15.8mil.
— The Star Online

All drivers involved in six-vehicle pile up receiving treatment in hospital
All six drivers who were involved in a six vehicle pile up around 6am this morning are currently receiving treatment in the hospital. According to the Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba), none of the victims were seriously hurt in the accident which took place at Kampung Lintang, Jalan Kuching – Serian.
— The Borneo Post

Sabindo ‘open space’ committal proceedings against developers dismissed
The 14-year-long legal tussle over the controversial Tawau Sabindo ‘Open Space’ development between 10 ratepayers and the developers has finally ended following the recent Tawau High Court to dismiss the ratepayers’ leave for an order of committal proceedings against the developers.
— The Borneo Post

Letters from developer contained directives from Ku Nan: Witness
Former mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Tan Sri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz told the High Court here today that he received two letters containing “directives” from former Federal Territories minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.The letters pertained to the sale of land to a developer, Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd.
— The Sun Daily

Sime Darby Plantation raises the bar on sustainability
Sime Darby Plantation Bhd (SDP) aims to achieve a sustainable supply chain with the publication of a new policy statement, “Working with Suppliers to Draw the Line on Deforestation”.The policy builds on the group’s existing practice and maps a step forward for the group to meet the “No Deforestation,
— The Sun Daily

Unimas to develop rapid rabies test kit
Sarawak wants to speed up human rabies tests as, at present, doctors have to send samples to the Institute for Medical Research in Kuala Lumpur for laboratory confirmation of the disease.
— FMT News

Teresa Kok calls for dialogues with international schools on palm oil
Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok has called for dialogues with the management and teachers of all international schools to openly discuss all issues of common interest regarding palm oil and its manner of sustainable cultivation in Malaysia.
— The Borneo Post

Bill tabled to amend Constitution to lower voting age
Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman tabled a bill to amend the Federal Constitution to lower the voting age from 21 to 18 for first reading in the Dewan Rakyat today. The Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2019 proposes to amend Article 119(1)(a) of the Federal Constitution.
— The Borneo Post

Seacera gets notice of demand for RM15.53m
Seacera Group Bhd has been served with a winding up statutory notice by Suong Sdn Bhd for a sum of RM15.53 million.This is in relation to the outstanding rental, goods and services tax and agreed liquidated damages pursuant to the breaches of the tenancy agreement dated August 4, 2016 for its factory in Selayang,
— The Sun Daily

Suong seeks RM15.53m payment from Seacera Group
Suong Sdn Bhd is seeking RM15.53mil payment from tile maker Seacera Group Bhd for breaching the tenancy agreements involvings its factories in Selayanag, Selangor.
— The Star Online

Adults to blame for sexual assaults by children on children: Paediatric consultant
Exposure to pornographic material has been singled out as the main cause of sexual abuse among children, and adults – including parents – are mostly to blame, said senior consultant paediatrician Datuk Dr Amar Singh.
— The Sun Daily

Sec-gen says Media Prima stake sale part of Umno’s restructuring, asset review
Umno is restructuring and reviewing its investment portfolios to generate needed funds, secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa said, to explain the party’s sale of a partial stake in Media Prime Bhd.
— Malay Mail

Four respondents launch fight against Putrajaya’s bid to forfeit 1MDB-linked assets
Four out of nine individuals and entities formally objected to the government’s forfeiture lawsuit against them to recover 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) monies when the matter came up in the High Court for the first.
— Malay Mail

Talib defends SEDC’s investment in Australian cattle property
Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Talib Zulpilip has defended Sarawak Economic Development Corporation’s (SEDC) investment in a cattle property in Australia.
— The Borneo Post

EC: Automatic voter sign-ups will also need constitutional change
The Election Commission may only register eligible voters automatically if the Federal Constitution is amended to permit this, said Azhar Azizan @ Harun.
— Malay Mail

Green minister vows to wipe out all illegal factories in Pasir Gudang within month
KUALA LUMPUR, July 4 — The government has placed illegal factories in Pasir Gudang, Johor in its sights, said Yeo Bee Yin who is aiming to shut them all down in a joint operation this month. Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, And Climate…
— Malay Mail

Only DUN can decide if S’wak will adopt law on age limit for youth: Abdul Karim
KUCHING: Minister for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said only the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) can decide if Sarawak will adopt the law on age limit for youth. Abdul Karim said although the the Youth Societies and Youth Development (Amendment) Bill 2019 had been passed by the Dewan …
— The Borneo Post

Kok defends criticism of international school over dim view of palm oil, says prompted by parent complaint
Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok insisted today she was not restricting academic freedom by criticising an international school over a student performance that portrayed palm oil negatively.
— Malay Mail

AirAsia files appeal against court’s decision
AirAsia Bhd and AirAsia X Bhd have filed a notice of appeal against the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s dismissal of the airline group’s judicial review leave application against the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom).
— The Sun Daily

Respect Agong’s decision on Latheefa’s appointment, says Liew
The decision by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah to appoint Latheefa Koya as the new Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief should be respected.
— The Sun Daily

Selangor Sultan approves renaming Jalan Semangat in honour of historian Khoo Kay Kim
The Selangor government will rename a major road in Petaling Jaya to Jalan Khoo Kay Kim, Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari said today. The historian Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim died in May.
— Malay Mail

Ringgit unchanged against US dollar at opening
The ringgit opened flat on Thursday against the US dollar amid market concern on global economic growth as well as the fragile truce on US-Sino trade war, a dealer said.At 9am, the ringgit stood at 4.1350/1380 against the greenback from Wednesday’s close of 4.1350/1380.
— The Sun Daily

Taiwan Excellence brings Taiwanese manufacturers to ARCHIDEX 2019 in KL
Taiwan Excellence, the much-coveted award that epitomises the Taiwanese corporations has brought 21 Taiwanese manufacturers to the four-day ARCHIDEX 2019, which began today.Sixty Taiwanese products encompassing smart technologies, renovation materials, household hardware and other home solutions are exhibited,
— The Sun Daily

 

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