Malaysia morning news for May 13

Malaysia morning news for May 13

Malaysia morning newsMalaysia’s economy received RM84b from tourists
Malaysia collected RM84.1 billion in overall tourism receipts last year, its highest ever while China tourists’ expenditure make up RM12.3 billion of the total.
— New Straits Times

Malaysia bids to send trained workers to Japan under new visa scheme
Malaysia is planning to send skilled workers to Japan under the new visa programme the latter launched on April 1.
— Malay Mail

Sabah gets praise after decision not to implement property assessment tax
The Malaysian Estate Owners Association (MEOA) has applauded the Sabah state government’s decision not to implement the proposed Property Assessment Tax (PAT) on palm oil mills and the labour quarters.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia is facing an identity crisis
FORGING a national identity varies according to the nature of the society. The ideal expression of national identity is easily achieved in a homogenous society whose populace are linked through a single language, education system, dominant belief system, heritage and a common history. They can identify with the mores and lore of their ancestors and take pride in them.
— New Straits Times

Malaysian salestech startup SalesCandy sets foot in neighboring regions
SalesCandy just launched in Malaysia 18 months ago SalesCandy International Sdn Bhd, a Malaysia-based salestech startup, has entered Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam. The company said it has struck multiple contracts across Southeast Asia in the first quarter of 2019.
— e27

CSM: Cybersecurity should be default feature in all businesses
There are various cybersecurity-related risks that could jeopardise businesses these days if the importance of cybersecurity is ignored, CyberSecurity Malaysia’s (CSM) chief executive officer, Datuk Dr Amiruddin Abdul Wahab said today.
— New Straits Times

Are critics being too harsh on Malaysia’s one-year old Pakatan Harapan government?
Malaysia’s 14th General Election went down as one of the most iconic – if not the most iconic – election in the country’s history, as the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition rose to power on 9 May last year, toppling a 61-year-old Barisan Nasional regime in the wake of Najib …
— The Online Citizen

Crime rate in Johor Bahru has fallen, says Johor Police
Good news for people living in Johor Bahru, as well as Singaporeans visiting Johor Bahru.
— Mothership

CIMB reduce base rate by 25 basis points
CIMB Group Holdings Bhd’s subsidiaries, CIMB Bank Bhd and CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd will be reducing base and fixed deposit rates by 25 basis points in response to Bank Negara Malaysia’s overnight policy rate (OPR) decrease to three per cent.
— New Straits Times

DAP’s win with Muslim support in Sabah wipes Najib’s appeal: Kit Siang
The magnificent run by ‘Bossku’ or Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib Razak’s bold rebranding is in tatters after a massive win by the Democratic Action Party in Sandakan, Sabah.
— The Independent

Sarawak govt supports efforts to develop heritage products
The Sarawak government is ready to give its full support in the efforts to develop the state’s heritage products. Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this is in view that Sarawak has many potential heritage products that can be marketed.
— The Borneo Post

SCIB targets more mega infrastructure projects in Sarawak
Sarawak Consolidated Industries Bhd (SCIB), which has increased the supply of precast concrete products to the Pan Borneo Highway project, is now eyeing for a slice of the cake in other mega infrastructure projects.
— The Star Online

TNB excited over growth prospects, says Moggie
Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) is excited over growth prospects that will see it delivering even better services, catalysing new market growth by unlocking the value of network assets and improving sustainable value for its stakeholders, says chairman Tan Sri Leo Moggie.
— New Straits Times

Get rid of arrogance and ignorance, M’sian firms told
Malaysian companies have the ability to climb up to greater heights should they eradicate arrogance and ignorance in the corporate culture, said talent nurturer Samuel Hungsoo Kim.
— The Star Online

Minister: Public can lodge complaints with Energy Commission on smart meter issues
The public can lodge reports with the Energy Commission if the customer service division of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) fails to manage complaints on smart meter issues.
— Malay Mail

Malaysian Bar urges govt to set up IPCMC without any delay, following IGP consent
Malaysian Bar president Datuk Abdul Fareed Abdul Gafoor today said that law-abiding police personnel who have committed no offence have nothing to fear from the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission.
— Malay Mail

Electrical appliance overuse among leading causes of house fires
One of the main causes of house fires is the overuse of electrical appliances, according to Fire and Rescue Department director-general Datuk Mohamad Hamdan Wahid.He said last year the department had received 104,045 calls, of which 36,758 were fire related.
— The Sun Daily

G25: IPCMC will end Malaysia’s image as ‘police state’
The Royal Malaysia Police’s agreement to independent oversight will contribute significantly to the restoration of Malaysians’ confidence in the law enforcement agency, said the G25 group.
— Malay Mail

Clarify role of China-based housing developers, says Umno Youth
Shahril Hamdan takes a swipe at PH-led government ‘selling out the country’ by involving eight China-based property developers.
— FMT News

TNB excited over growth prospects — Moggie
Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) is excited over growth prospects that will see it delivering even better services, catalysing new market growth by unlocking the value of network assets and improving sustainable value for its stakeholders, says chairman Tan Sri Leo Moggie.
— The Borneo Post

Power Root expected to sustain recovery momentum
Power Root Bhd is expected to sustain its recovery momentum into next year, supported by favourable raw material costs and moderating advertising and promotion (A&P) expenses.
— The Star Online

Sime Darby’s EPS to grow 15 per cent for FY19E
Sime Darby Bhd’s earnings per share (EPS) is expected to grow 15 per cent for financial year 2019 estimate (FY19E), despite analysts turning cautious on the group’s industrial segment’s earnings growth.
— The Borneo Post

RM2.99 mln for devt at Lengan River area from 2016 to this year — Daro rep
The Sarawak government under Gabungan Parti Sarawsk (GPS) has allocated RM2.99 million for development at the Lengan River area from 2016 to this year.
— The Borneo Post

Analysts see improved earnings outlook for TSH in 2019
TSH Resources Bhd (TSH) has been projected by analysts to have better earnings outlook in 2019 on the back of positive palm oil outlook and stronger electricity sales from its bio-integration business.
— The Borneo Post

Brazen tontos fixing GPS devices on vehicles of enforcement personnel
Tonto syndicates are getting more brazen and are fixing Global Positioning System (GPS) devices on vehicles belonging to the Malaysian Border Security Agency (MBSA) to track the movements of enforcement personnel stationed at the nation’s borders.
— The Star Online

Malaysia continues aid for Palestinians, says deputy minister
Malaysia will continue its aid and contributions for Muslims in Palestine who were affected in the attacks by the Zionist regime in Gaza since early this month.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia sees 22% surge in visitors from Arab countries
Around a fifth more tourists from Arab countries visited Malaysia last year, according to the latest figures released.
— Arabian Business

World recognises Mahathir’s influence, leadership quality
In just a year of his tenure as Malaysia’s seventh prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been recognised as one of the world’s most influential men.
— The Sun Daily

OCBC Bank lowers lending, fixed deposit rates by 0.25%
OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Bhd (OCBC Bank) and its subsidiary, OCBC Al-Amin Bank Bhd are lowering their lending rates and fixed deposit rates by 0.25% on Monday.
— The Star Online

HSS accepts revised contract value of RM159m for MRT2 job
HSS Engineers Bhd’s (HEB) associate company HSS Integrated Sdn Bhd (HSSI) has accepted the amended terms of its independent consultant engineer services for the Mass Rapid Transit Line 2 Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (MRT2) project.
— New Straits Times

Cut in statutory reserve requirement likely
A cut in the statutory reserve requirement (SRR) may be in the offing if liquidity in the banking system is further impacted by foreign capital outflows amid the external headwinds and domestic uncertainties.
— The Star Online

AmBank to announce revised lending rates
AmBank Group will be announcing a revision to its base rate (BR) and base lending rate (BLR) sometime next week in line with Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) recent cut in the overnight policy rate (OPR) to three per cent from 3.25 per cent.
— New Straits Times

S’wakian mothers can expect good news from CM during State Budget this year end
Sarawakian mothers who have just given birth can expect good news from Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg during the State Budget this year end.
— The Borneo Post

Electrical appliance overuse among leading causes of house fires
One of the main causes of house fires is the overuse of electrical appliances, according to Fire and Rescue Department director-general Datuk Mohamad Hamdan Wahid.He said last year the department had received 104,045 calls, of which 36,758 were fire related.
— The Sun Daily

Cashless Ramadan bazaar traders should study e-wallet rules
Traders at Ramadan bazaars have been advised to study the terms and conditions of the e-wallet system to ensure they are compensated as stipulated in their agreement.Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association (Fomca) deputy president Mohd Yusof Abdul Rahman said although going.

Dr M saluted for boldness, swagger and capacity for change
In just a year of his tenure as Malaysia’s seventh prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been recognised as one of the world’s most influential men.
— Malay Mail

Air Selangor: Klang water supply almost fully restored, no further disruptions
Water supply in Klang has been restored to 98 per cent as of 6am today following supply disruption due to breakdown of main pipes near the Banting-Taiping West-Coast Expressway (WCE), last Saturday.
— Malay Mail

EU-M’sia ties to remain strong despite palm oil issue – EU Ambassador
The European Union (EU) is optimistic that its relationship with Malaysia will remain strong even in the midst of the discord regarding the palm oil issue.
— The Borneo Post

Umno no longer relevant in Sabah, says Kit Siang
The Sandakan by-election not only shows that Umno is no longer relevant in Sabah but demonstrates that the Umno-PAS axis is utterly irrelevant in the mission to build a world-class Malaysia, Lim Kit Siang said today.
— The Sun Daily

Pardon or not, PAS sec-gen maintains right to call Anwar an ex-con
PAS leader Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan insisted he was correct in calling PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim a former convict despite the royal pardon granted to the latter.
— Malay Mail

Prudent spending, Sarawakians’ golden rule against rising prices
In view of the inevitable rising costs of living, many Sarawakians are not only tightening their wallet but have also come up with creative ways to save money, especially in view of the coming Gawai Dayak and Hari Raya festivities.
— The Borneo Post

Voters want a clean government, Guan Eng says after DAP’s Sandakan win
That Pakatan Harapan ended its losing streak in Sandakan today because the people believed in the collaboration between the state and federal government, and want a corruption-free government, said DAP secretary-general Lim Guan.
— Malay Mail

G25 confident IPCC will improve police image
It hopes those appointed to serve on IPCMC will be men and women of honourable character.
— FMT News

8,000 biscuit packs for those on duty during festive season
The Gawai-Raya Sumbangsih is a programme to appreciate the sacrifices of staffers of enforcement departments especially those who will be working during the festive season, said Welfare, Community Well-Being.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Special Branch officers just doing their job, says IGP after personnel barred from Warisan events in Sabah
Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador today said that Special Branch (SB) officers are meant to safeguard the security, irregardless of political affiliations after some of them were recently barred from.
— Malay Mail

 

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