Malaysia morning news for October 10

Malaysia morning news for October 10

Malaysia morning news

VEP implementation deferred until next year over RFID installation issues: Malaysian transport minister
The Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) will only be implemented next year, said Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke on Wednesday (Oct 9), adding that the system has been unable to cope with the number of vehicles that are supposed to have Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) installed.

Malaysia parliament scraps law penalising fake news
Malaysia’s parliament on Wednesday scrapped a law making “fake news” a crime, which critics say was aimed at curbing dissent, a year after an initial attempt to repeal the legislation was blocked by an opposition-controlled senate.
— Euro news

Government urged to introduce petrol discount card
The Government is urged to review the Petrol Subsidy Programme (PSP), by taking into account more alternative mechanisms such as creating a special petrol discount card.
— The Sun Daily

Labour shortage hits Malaysia’s rubber glove exports
Malaysia’s projected rubber glove export for this year has been revised down to 188 billion pieces from 195 billion pieces earlier due to the current labour shortage, said Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (MARGMA) president Denis Low Jau Foo.
— The Edge Markets

VM2020: Tourism Malaysia aims for more than 12 million tourist arrivals from S’pore
Tourism Malaysia which launched the official Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign in Singapore on Tuesday, is aiming for more than 12 million tourist arrivals from the republic next year.
— The Sun Daily

New incentives needed to encourage development of digital economy, say industry players
Telecommunications industry players believe that there is a need for new incentives to promote the digital economy in the Budget 2020 presentation this Friday.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia’s Vision 2030: Can it help Pakatan win support? Implementation is key, say observers
The Pakatan Harapan administration’s new roadmap for Malaysia via Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 (SPV) could possibly help the coalition draw in support from voters for the next general election, if its positive effects kick in and are felt by Malaysians, analysts said.
— Malay Mail

Foreign investors buy into M’sian bonds despite FTSE Russell uncertainty
Foreign investors returned to Malaysia’s bond market in September despite market caution ahead of FTSE Russell’s announcement with a net buying of RM900 million.
— The Sun Daily

Exxon Mobil considers sale of Malaysian offshore assets for up to $3 bln: Bloomberg
US energy giant Exxon Mobil Corp is considering a sale of its Malaysian upstream offshore assets for up to $3 billion, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia eyeing cooperation with Netherlands on waste management, says minister
The government is looking forward to developing working relationships with the Netherlands on waste management, said Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.
— Malay Mail

HR Ministry denies claim it did not consult stakeholders over labour reforms
The Human Resources Ministry has denied a claim by the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) that stakeholders, including MTUC, were never consulted over labour law reforms.
— The Sun Daily

AmBank ‘purposely’ excluded Jho Low’s firms as bondholders, 1MDB trial told
The corruption trial of Datuk Seri Najib Razak today heard that public-listed AmBank Group deliberately withheld information that several companies linked to Low Taek Jho were bondholders to the Terengganu Investment.
— Malay Mail

Foreign investors turned net buyers of Malaysia’s debt securities
Foreign investors turned net buyers of Malaysia’s debt securities in September with total foreign holdings expanded to RM189.1 billion.
— New Straits Times

Matrade: Latest figures put Malaysia’s 2018 export at RM1t
Revised export figures showed that Malaysia’s export for 2018 has hit the RM1 trillion mark, according to Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) CEO Datuk Wan Latiff Wan Musa.
— The Sun Daily

Workers in Malaysia’s gig economy feel the heat
Some Malaysians may have to wait longer for ride-hailing cars and food to arrive at their doorstep.
— The Straits Times

Prime Minister’s power should be limited in NFCC, says Bersih
The power of the prime minister should be limited in the proposed National Anti-Financial Crime Center (NFCC), says electoral watchdog Bersih.
— The Sun Daily

High Court rules political appointment of Sabah Water Department director illegal
The High Court here has declared the political appointment of Datuk Amarjit Singh as Sabah Water Department director in August last year to be unlawful.
— Malay Mail

Nine firms blacklisted for AP violations
Nine companies have been blacklisted for allegedly misappropriating the approved permits (APs) for motor vehicles.
— The Sun Daily

Customs: Smuggled liquor worth more than RM3.2m seized at Padang Besar border checkpoint
The Customs Department has foiled an attempt to smuggle liquor worth more than RM3.2 million into the country.
— Malay Mail

Pilot initiative underway to ensure smooth implementation of Free Breakfast Programme
Seven schools from four states are part of a pilot initiative to ensure smooth implementation of the Free Breakfast Programme, said Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik.
— The Sun Daily

Home Ministry to justify all citizenship bid rejections from next year
The Home Ministry will procedurally inform citizenship applicants why they were unsuccessful starting next year, the Parliament was told today.
— Malay Mail

Petronas, KOMIPO sign 5-year LNG sale and purchase agreement
Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) via its subsidiary Petronas LNG Ltd (PLL) has entered into a five-year liquefied natural gas (LNG) sale and purchase agreement (SPA) with Korea Midland Power Co Ltd (KOMIPO).
— The Sun Daily

Land worth more than RM4b sold by former govt: Guan Eng
The Finance Ministry has refuted allegations that the Pakatan Harapan government has sold land owned by it since assuming power on May 8, 2018.
— The Sun Daily

CID chief: 56 persons of interest in Adib’s case urged to come forward
The majority of the 66 persons of interest whose mugshots were circulated in connection with the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, are required to come forward as soon as possible, says Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed.
— The Star Online

Pos Malaysia celebrates the 50th World Post Day anniversary
Pos Malaysia Berhad (Pos Malaysia) unveiled its “Pos Silang” (Post Crossing) to mark the 50th World Post Day (WPD) today.
— The Sun Daily

Penang seeks quotations for Jade Emperor’s 2020 birthday celebration
The George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI) has opened calls for quotations from companies to manage next year’s Pai Thee Kong Celebration.
— Malay Mail

Peka: Compensate state governments to stop logging activities
The Association for the Protection of Natural Heritage of Malaysia (Peka) have urged the government to amend the Federal Constitution relating to forestry and the National Forestry Act 1984 (Act 313) to ensure that the nation’s forests can be protected and to guarantee its sustainable development.
— The Sun Daily

Buy Malaysian products first, not Muslim-made, Saifuddin says
The domestic trade and consumer affairs minister says anyone can sell their products as long as they meet the government’s criteria.
— FMT News

Land worth more than RM4 bln sold by former govt – Guan Eng
The Finance Ministry has refuted allegations that the Pakatan Harapan government has sold land owned by it since assuming power on May 8, 2018.
— The Borneo Post

Smoking, drug abuse, mental health issues challenging national health, education systems
The increase in cigarette smoking cases, as well as drug abuse and mental health problems among students are challenging the national health and education systems, said Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye.
— The Sun Daily

Singapore’s Circuit Road murder trial: Malaysian accused repeatedly denies intending to kill nurse, only ‘wanted to scare her’
Boh Soon Ho was in love with his ex-colleague and frequently bought her clothes and food during outings together, treating her like his girlfriend.
— Malay Mail

Ideas for reforming Malaysian tax system
Given the cyclical nature of the economy, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) senior fellow Carmelo Ferlito is proposing that policymakers establish a set of rules which helps prevent the economy from overheating and cushion the impact when the economy inevitably slows down.
— The Sun Daily

MSM sells land to F&N at 18% discount
MSM Malaysia Holdings Bhd is disposing of its 4,453.92ha land in Chuping, Perlis to Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&N) for RM156 million, representing an 18% discount to its market value.
— The Sun Daily

Experts who testified in Muhammad Adib’s inquest to have statements recorded: Police
Two experts who testified in the inquest into the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim will have their statements recorded by police as part of the criminal investigation.
— The Sun Daily

Najib’s 1MDB trial: Court issues warning against phone use after ringtone incident
The High Court today warned those attending the 1MDB trial of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak against using their phones, after one rang and interrupted proceedings.
— Malay Mail

Asia Poly unit granted SEDA feed-in approval certificate
Asia Poly Biogas Sdn Bhd has been granted feed-in approval by the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) for a biogas project in Kelantan.
— The Sun Daily

DPM: Social work to be a recognised profession with tabling of Social Workers Profession Act
Social work will soon become a recognised profession following plans to table laws to upgrade the status of social workers, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
— The Star Online

Iskandar Malaysia realises 57% of total investments in 1H2019
Iskandar Malaysia, the southern economic corridor, has realised RM172.2 billion or 57% of the total investments to date as of the first half of 2019 (1H2019).
— The Sun Daily

New Bill granting social workers professional status set for Dec tabling
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will be tabling a new Bill in December that will accord professional status to social workers in the country.
— Malay Mail

Maszlee: Free Breakfast Programme to cost between RM800m and RM1.7b
The Education Ministry’s Free Breakfast Programme for primary school students beginning next year will cost the government between RM800 million and RM1.67 billion, Parliament heard today.
— Malay Mail

Liquor worth more than RM3.2m seized at border checkpoint
The customs department has foiled an attempt to smuggle liquor worth more than RM3.2 million into the country.
— The Sun Daily

Opposition reps admit SPV2030 goals ‘beautiful’ but caution need for proper implementation
Opposition MPs say that Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) plans to address poverty in the country and make Malaysia a high-income nation via its Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 (SPV2030) is a move in the right direction.
— Malay Mail

IDB Technologies to further tap into Asean market
Property management solutions provider IDB Technologies Bhd, which was listed on the LEAP Market of Bursa Malaysia today, aims to expand further into the Asean region, particularly Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam and Myanmar, spurred by the incentives to boost tourism by the respective government.
— The Sun Daily

Syed Saddiq’s call for Foodpanda boycott not discussed in Cabinet: PM Mahathir
The Malaysian government does not share the same view as Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman who called for consumers to punish Foodpanda delivery service, said Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday (Oct 8).


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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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