Malaysia morning news for June 17

Malaysia morning news for June 17

Malaysia morning newsMalaysian timber exports to reach RM25 bil next year
Despite worries surrounding the US-China trade war and Brexit, the Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) is confident that Malaysia can export RM25 billion of timber and timber-based products by next year.
— FMT

Sex video issue should not affect party, says Anwar
He says PKR leaders are mature enough in facing the issue as they had gone through similar challenges before.
— FMT News

Azmin: Govt will endeavour for more sustainable economy
Despite currently facing the most bitter ordeal in his political career after he was linked to a pornographic video, Minister of Economic Affairs Azmin Ali is still optimistic and vows to continue serving by ensuring his…
— Malay Mail

ECRL: Landowners will be duly compensated, says Loke
Owners of private land acquired for the development of the East Coast Rail Project (ECRL) will be duly compensated, said Transport Minister Anthony Loke.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia’s natural rubber production falls over 30 percent in April
Malaysia’s natural rubber production slid 32.4 percent month on month to 33,864 tonnes in April, according to the Malaysian Statistics Department.
— Sggp News

Employer refuses to fund paternity leave, claims would cost RM157m
The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) urged the government to have the Social Security Organisation (Socso) or the Employment Insurance System (EIS) instead to fund a proposed three-day paternity leave in the private sector.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia’s gains from US-China trade war are temporary, warns Guan Eng
The trade war between the United States and China has benefited Malaysia through business relocations as well as trade and investment diversions, says Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
— New Straits times

Putrajaya may consider funding PTMP
The Federal government has not ruled out the possibility of funding the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) provided an official application is made by the state government.
— New Straits times

EcoWorld and PowerChina to develop industrial park in Selangor
KUALA LUMPUR: Eco World Development Group Bhd (EWDG) and China state-owned PowerChina Group Ltd will jointly develop an industrial land in Selangor with an estimated gross development value of RM850 million.
— New Straits times

Perisai Petroleum bags RM83.38mil contract from Petronas Carigali
Perisai Petroleum Teknologi Bhd’s (PPTB) 51 per cent-owned Perisai Offshore Sdn Bhd (POSB) has won a US$20 million (RM83.38 million) contract from Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd.
— New Straits times

IDS best placed to produce Sabah’s new economic model
I read with trepidation the developing problems in IDS over the appointment of CEO Datuk Johan. As a member of IDS since its inception during the PBS government, I have seen many of its ups and downs over the years.
— Daily Express

Latheefa is the answer to our state of corruption
The appointment of Latheefa Koya as the new Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissioner has been described as “sudden”, suprising” and even “mind-boggling” by some.
— Daily Express

Gobi Partners to launch $10m Malaysia-focused microfund
Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur-based venture capital firm Gobi Partners is launching a $10-million fund to support early-stage startups in Malaysia.
— DealStreetAsia

East Malaysian judge must be present in relevant Court of Appeal cases, says Sarawak CM
Sarawak wants one of the Court of Appeal (CoA) judges hearing cases coming from the High Court in Sabah and Sarawak to come from either of the two states, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg said.
— Yahoo News

DPM: Malaysia yet to receive extradition application for Zakir Naik
The Malaysian government has yet to receive a formal request from India for the extradition of controversial Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said today.
— Yahoo News

Many Batek Orang Asli return to Kuala Koh
A large number of the over 100 Orang Asli from the Batek community of Kampung Kuala Koh here, whom prior to this moved into the jungle after a disease ravaged their village over a month ago, have started to return home.
— Malay Mail

Cement manufacturers: Cement prices in Peninsular Malaysia have reached an unsustainable level
Cement manufacturers said today that cement prices in Peninsular Malaysia, which have been falling since 2016, have reached a level that is not sustainable, amid the various cost increases the industry is facing.
— The Edge Markets

Anwar: Government must care for people’s hardship
The Member of Parliament for Port Dickson Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is confident that any government will not be jeopardised if it had a feeling of pity on the people regardless of their background.
— Malay Mail

Executives linked to 1MDB jailed in Abu Dhabi
Two high-profile figures in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal were jailed for financial crimes in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
— Malay Mail

MB: Selangor records revenue of RM1.214b as of June 7
Selangor has recorded revenue collection of RM1.214 billion as of June 7, this year, an increase of 13.79 per cent compared to the same period last year, said Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari. He said in the same period the state…
— Malay Mail

Investigators to identify Malaysia Airline MH17 suspects
Investigators will next week announce criminal proceedings against suspects in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 five years ago, allegedly by pro-Russian separatists, two leading Dutch broadcasters reported on Friday.
— The Star Online

Anwar says no action on Haziq yet, PKR will wait for police to finish investigations
PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says no action would be taken yet on Santubong PKR Youth chief Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz, who admitted his involvement in a sex video with man said to resemble a Cabinet minister.
— The Star Online

Perak exco: Government must set up environment committee
The federal government should set up a committee on environmental affairs to standardise all policies and implementations nationwide.
— Malay Mail

Kota Baru Hospital blood bank at critical level
The blood bank at Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II here is at a critical level, with existing blood bags sufficient only for the next three days.
— The Sun Daily

We need workforce skilled in robotics, AI: Mukhriz
Malaysia needs a highly-skilled workforce in technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) to see the country progress further, Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said today.
— The Sun Daily

Many Batek orang asli return to Kuala Koh
A large number of the over 100 orang asli from the Batek community of Kampung Kuala Koh here, whom prior to this moved into the jungle after a disease ravaged their village over a month ago, have started to return home.
— The Sun Daily

Matriculation application results for B40 students tomorrow
The Ministry of Education (MOE) matriculation application results for students from the B40 households will be out from 12 noon tomorrow.
— New Sarawak Tribune

142 foreign nationals detained in 12-hour operation
A total of 142 foreign nationals were detained in the Op Flora which was carried out in a 12-hour operation conducted in two separate operations around Subang Jaya and Gombak.
— The Sun Daily

Federal govt willing to consider funding for Penang Transport Master Plan
This follows statement by Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow that the state government might seek such funding.
— FMT News

Matrade to match O&G firms with foreign buyers
Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) will be matching more than 40 Malaysian companies in the oil and gas (O&G) sector with foreign buyers through its signature programme, International Sourcing Programme (INSP).
— The Sun Daily

PM’s ‘dismissal’ of gay sex clips won’t affect police probe, says lawyer
SN Nair says Dr Mahathir Mohamad had a duty as leader of the government to give his immediate views on the matter.
— FMT News

Selangor F&B outlets prohibited from providing straws from July 1
All food and beverage outlets including restaurants in Selangor are prohibited from providing plastic straws at the counter to be freely picked up by customers from July 1.
— The Sun Daily

Mujahid will not defend Penang Amanah chairman’s post
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusof Rawa will not defend his post as the Penang Amanah Negara (Amanah) chairman in the next state-level party elections to pave the way for new leadership.
— Malay Mail

Bar calls for tough action on water polluters
The Malaysian Bar has expressed concern over the frequency and severity of water pollution incidents in the country.
— The Sun Daily

Sarawak mulls over sale of fresh oxygen
The Sarawak government is looking into selling fresh oxygen as another source of revenue.
— The Borneo Post

Taxi and Grab drivers urged to sign up for Socso
So far, only about 13,000 drivers have done so, says Deputy Human Resources Minister Mahfuz Omar.
— FMT News

Azmin: Unity, harmony, political stability crucial for development
The unity and harmony among the people and political stability are the most important factors to develop Malaysia, said Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
— Malay Mail

Chemistry Dept denies taking samples from a different river
The Chemistry Department has denied a non-governmental organisation’s claim that it took samples from another river and not from Sungai Lebir, the river that the Bateq Orang Asli in Kampung Kuala Koh used as their water source.
— The Star Online

School dropouts get new lifeline
SIBU: School life had practically ended for 12 boys and girls of Kampung Usahajaya Baru here – that is until a non-governmental organisation (NGO) came to their rescue.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Selangor F&B outlets prohibited from providing straws freely from July 1, says Hee
All food and beverage outlets including restaurants in Selangor are prohibited from providing plastic straws at the counter to be freely picked up by customers from July 1.
— Malay Mail

Focus on shariah family laws first, urges Sisters in Islam
Putrajaya urged to end child marriages by standardising minimum age of marriage in all states.
— FMT News

Lim to discuss cement price increase with Saifuddin
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng says he will meet Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail next week to discuss on the cement…
— New Sarawak Tribune

Sense of pity necessary to strengthen the government
The Member of Parliament for Port Dickson Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is confident that any government will not be jeopardised if it had a feeling of pity on…
— New Sarawak Tribune

104,200 litres of stolen diesel seized
Terengganu’s Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) seized 104,200 litres of stolen diesel, in a raid at a private jetty in Sungai Kuang here, about 1am today.
— The Sun Daily

Don’t sabotage country’s recovery: Azmin
Pakatan Harapan should not allow anyone to undermine or sabotage the leadership of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed, said PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali here.
— The Sun Daily

No request for Zakir Naik’s extradition
The government have not received any request from the Indian government for the extradition of controversial Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik.
— New Sarawak Tribune

‘Leaked phone data’ was easily available, says PKR sec-gen
Saifuddin Nasution says phone numbers and addresses were collected by candidates at the party elections and were made available to interested parties.
— FMT News

Soldiers engaged in porn unworthy of the uniform
Army chief General Datuk Seri Ahmad Hasbullah Mohd Nawawi Saturday said soldiers who engaged in immoral activities are not worthy to wear the uniform.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Islamic family laws should be standardised for all states
INSTEAD of standardising shariah criminal laws in the country, Islamic Affairs Minister Dr Mujahid Rawa and the National Council for Islamic Religious Affairs Malaysia (MKI) should have prioritised ensuring the uniformity of Islamic family laws (IFL) and the increase in minimum age of marriage between all states in Malaysia.
— The Malaysian Insight

Terengganu drawbridge closes for commissioning works
The 638m long Kuala Terengganu drawbridge — also believed to be Southeast Asia’s first drawbridge — which had a trial opening on June 2, will be closed at midnight tonight.
— The Sun Daily

Baru Bian agrees East Malaysian judge must be present in relevant Court of Appeal cases
Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian today said one of the Court of Appeal (CoA) judges hearing cases originating from the High Court in Sabah and Sarawak must come from either of the two states.
— Malay Mail

Lim: Another scandal has reared its ugly head
Yet another financial scandal has surfaced, and this time it involves payments for scheduled maintenance of government buildings that was never provided.
— The Sun Daily

Cigarettes worth RM2.1mil seized in Nilai
A total of 15,640 cartons of contraband cigarettes worth RM2.1mil were seized following a raid on a warehouse in Nilai, Negri Sembilan, says Comm Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.
— The Star Online

Employer refuses to fund paternity leave, claims would cost RM157m
The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) urged the government to have the Social Security Organisation (Socso) or the Employment Insurance System (EIS) instead to fund a proposed three-day paternity leave in the private…
— Malay Mail

Need to upgrade native courts discussed in MA63 steering committee meeting: Abang Jo
The need to upgrade the Sarawak Native Court to be on par with the civil court and Syariah court was among the issues that has been brought to the Steering Committee on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
— The Sun Daily

Membakut flood situation improves with only nine out of 100 evacuees left
The situation in flood-hit areas in the sub-district of Membakut has improved, with only nine victims of the 100 evacuees were still at the evacuation centre by 7pm yesterday.
— The Borneo Post

Three detained for child abuse
Police detained three family members for allegedly abusing two children at a house in Pusat Bandar Puchong in Serdang yesterday.
— The Sun Daily

Syed Saddiq slams PAS president’s claim youth voted for Pakatan in GE14 because they are Quran ignorant
The attitude of PAS and Umno leaders in only knowing how to blame youths who wanted inclusive politics led to the group feeling disgusted and shifted their support to Pakatan Harapan (PH), says PH Youth chief Syed Saddiq Abdul…
— Malay Mail

Newly-formed NGO out to help the poor
The newly-established Pertubuhan Kesedaran Intelektual Kuching Sarawak (Pakis) is determined to provide assistance in improving the lot of the poor and poverty-stricken through welfare educational programme.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Social media attacks led to PAS’ defeat in GE14: Nuridah
PAS’ defeat in the 14th general election (GE14) was largely due to attacks on social media networks, according to PAS Muslimat chief Nuridah Mohd Salleh.
— The Sun Daily

Giving back to community
Prince Court Medical Centre (PCMC) recently held a first aid programme with Tanma Association as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Cops to probe school assault case
Police are investigating a bullying case in which a student of a secondary school in Sibujaya was assaulted by seven other students. A video clip on the assault has…
— New Sarawak Tribune

Dr M probably only world leader to speak at Oxford, Cambridge Unions
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is probably the only world leader given the honour to speak at both the Oxford Union and Cambridge Union forums, said Youth and…
— New Sarawak Tribune

Singaporean man decapitated in accident
A Singaporean man was decapitated when his BMW motorcycle was involved in a freak accident with a van at Km 6.6 of Jalan Gelang Patah near Iskandar Puteri…
— New Sarawak Tribune

Saifuddin: Info on PKR members not disclosed to outsiders
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail today said information on its members had never been disclosed to any quarter.
— The Sun Daily

Selangor Wildlife Dept to monitor Sungai Renggam for crocodile
The Selangor Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) Peninsula Malaysia are monitoring the area around the flood gate of Sungai Renggam in Section 17 here following a public complaint on the sighting of a crocodile.
— Malay Mail

Kelantan Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council to bear expenses of Orang Asli burial
The Kelantan Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (Maik) will undertake the full cost of burial of 14 Orang Asli of the Batek tribe, both Muslims and non-Muslims who are believed to have died since early May.
— Malay Mail

150 Sungai Berua orang asli leave their settlement fearing spread of Kuala Koh illness
Worried with the presence of “uninvited guests” from the Batek tribe of the orang asli community in Kampung Kuala Koh, Gua Musang, more than 150 people from the Semaq Beri tribe have reportedly left their homes at Sungai Berua here since two weeks ago.
— The Sun Daily

Sarawak Museum Campus to be opened to public end of next year – Abdul Karim
The new Sarawak Museum Campus is expected to be handed over to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports this coming week, said Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.
— The Borneo Post

G20 agrees to tackle ocean plastic waste
Group of 20 environment ministers agreed on Sunday to adopt a new implementation framework for actions to tackle the issue of marine plastic waste on a global scale, the Japanese government said after hosting the two-day ministerial meeting.
— FMT

Young dads speak up about why they need paternity leave
The news that Putrajaya is mulling three days’ paternity leave for fathers working in the private sector has been received positively by some fathers in Klang Valley.
— Malay Mail

Another Orang Asli admitted to Hulu Terengganu hospital
A male Orang Asli from Kampung Sungai Berua in Hulu Terengganu, was admitted with cough complaints to the Hulu Terengganu hospital on Friday, bringing the total number of Orang Asli community members currently warded there to nine.
— The Sun Daily

Spike in respiratory illness, diarrhoea worry residents near illegal dump
KinraraMas residents want waste to be removed as stench and leachate is causing them to fall ill.
— FMT News

Rozali to be appointed as Seberang Prai mayor: Jagdeep
Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) president Datuk Rozali Mohamud will be appointed as the Mayor of Seberang Prai once the MPSP is upgraded to city council status.Penang Housing, Local Government, Town and Rural Development Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo (pix) said the decision on Rozali’s appointment …
— The Sun Daily

Ex-CJ speaks out against lawyers’ tendency to seek postponements
Former Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi has spoken out against the tendency by certain defence lawyers to seek postponements of cases being heard in court.
— The Borneo Post

Police issue 338 summonses during motorcycle operation in KL
Police checked more than 750 motorcycles and issued 338 summonses for various offences in the special motorcycle operation at several main roads in the city Saturday night.
— The Sun Daily

Fire Dept mounts mercy flight for critically-ill Orang Asli woman in Kelantan
The Fire and Rescue Department’s (JBPM) Air Unit mounted a mercy flight to send a critically ill Orang Asli woman to receive treatment at the Gua Musang Hospital here yesterday.
— Malay Mail

IDS should have respected Sabah CM’s wishes, says ex-CEO
Johan Ariffin Samad claims Chief Minister Shafie Apdal said he needed more time to sort out the matter about his position at the Institute for Development Studies Sabah.
— FMT News

Action to be taken against man filmed in viral sex video wearing army uniform
A man in army uniform who was filmed in a viral sex video will have action taken against him.
— The Sun Daily

Water issues only affected specific areas, says Rural Water Supply Department
Some areas are still facing ‘air lock’ problem and the ‘flushing’ works are being carried out, however, the water pressure to the…
— New Sarawak Tribune

Damaged road sections need urgent repair
The relevant authorities are called upon to conduct repair works on several sections of the Miri-Marudi Road for the safety of road users.
— The Borneo Post

No discrimination in providing public infrastructure — Rep
There is no element of discrimination when it comes to the provision of public infrastructure and amenities for the people, especially those living in rural villages and longhouses. In giving this assurance, Lambir assemblyman Ripin Lamat said all projects slated for and requested by the people would be implemented in …
— The Borneo Post

Three members of family buried in single grave
The three members of a family who were killed in a two-vehicle collision at Jalan Kuantan-Pekan near Kampung Cherok Paloh yesterday, were buried in a single grave today.
— The Sun Daily

PAS-Umno negotiations include matters on GE15: Abdul Hadi
The PAS-Umno collaboration now includes negotiations to face the 15th General Election, according to PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.He said the matter was based on the recent developments that saw their collaboration resulting in victories in a series of by-elections.”The main committee (PAS-Umno …
— The Sun Daily

10 held after entertainment centre brawl
Ten men were detained after they were believed to have been involved in a fight at an entertainment centre in Scott Garden, Jalan Klang Lama, Brickfields here early this morning.Head of the Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department (CID), SAC Rusdi Md Isa said in the incident at about 3.15am, a group of men …
— The Sun Daily

Rights group launches online petition calling for one-week paternity leave
In conjunction with Father’s Day today, a public petition was launched by rights group Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) for Putrajaya to introduce seven days of paternity leave in Malaysia, as what is currently allocated…
— Malay Mail

Help comes to family with bed-ridden son
A family struggling with poverty was saddled with an additional burden as their 29-year-old son is bed-ridden due to a tumor in his brain.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Is RM1 million enough?
Let’s face it, everybody wants to be a millionaire. Crossing the million-ringgit mark seems to be THE standard to achieve. That’s what your parents have told you and what you and your friends talk about – the places you would go to and the things you would have bought if you had a million ringgit.
— The Borneo Post

Gua Musang police exhume one more Orang Asli body
Police today brought out another body of the Batuk tribe from a site identified on Wednesday to undergo post-mortem at Gua Musang Hospital at about 4pm this evening.
— Malay Mail

 

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