Malaysia morning news for October 18

Malaysia morning news for October 18

Malaysia morning news

Second flying car with new technology in Q3 next year – MED Minister
The country’s second flying car using a different technology from the first car could perform its inaugural flight in the third quarter of next year, Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof said.
— The Borneo Post

AirAsia Group tells airport operator to urgently fix long klia2 immigration lines
Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) must immediately address the worsening congestion at immigration counters in klia2, said low-cost carrier AirAsia Malaysia and its long-haul counterpart AirAsia X Malaysia.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia working to clear hundreds of plastic waste shipments at ports: officials
Malaysia is negotiating with countries sending their plastic waste to the Southeast Asian nation to take back the trash and is waiving storage fees to clear hundreds of containers of scrap stranded at ports across the country for months, officials say.
— The Japan Times

Malaysia needs to be ready for the worst in South China Sea: Foreign minister
Malaysia needs to boost its naval capabilities to prepare for possible conflict in the South China Sea, its foreign minister said on Thursday (Oct 17), even as Southeast Asia’s third-largest economy pursues non-militarization of the disputed waterway.

Sabah to expand marine protected areas by 2025
Sabah Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment is planning to expand to 13 per cent the state’s Marine Protected Area (MPAs), equivalent to 2.031 million hectares by 2025.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Malaysia orders China map cut from ‘Abominable’ film as furore widens
Malaysia’s film censors have ordered a scene removed from the animated movie “Abominable” which shows China’s “nine-dash line” in the South China Sea, an official said on Thursday, amid growing anger among countries with overlapping claims in the waterway.
— The Star Online

Minister: Over 80,000 Malaysians sought bankruptcy from 2015 to 2019
Malaysia registered 80,625 bankruptcies between 2015 and August 2019, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong told Parliament today.
— Malay Mail

RAM expects Malaysia’s 2020 GDP growth to be lower at 4.5%
Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP) is projected to expand at a marginally lower rate of 4.5% in 2020 compared to 4.6% in 2019, according to RAM Ratings.
— The Sun Daily

State govt to look at long-term income for fishermen affected by PSR
The Penang state government is working on the best ways to create long-term income for fishermen affected by the Penang Sea Reclamation (PSR) project.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysians’ bank details exposed on govt petrol subsidy programme site?
Private banking details of Malaysians registered to receive fuel subsidies were reportedly disclosed on a government website up until this morning.
— Malay Mail

Only 15% foreign workers in nation’s employment by 2020
The government has fixed the number of foreign workers in the country’s work force at 15% by 2020, said the Ministry of Human Resources.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia to garner over US$100m investments from summit in Samara, Russia
The Malaysian business delegation which recently attended the Volga Investment Summit & World Halal Day 2019 in Samara, Russia is expecting over US$100 million (RM418.91 million) worth of investments over the next three to six months.
— The Sun Daily

Sarawak party urges CM not to relax entry rules for Sabahans
State Reform (STAR) president Lina Soo today said she is appalled at Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg’s proposal to ease immigration rules for Sabahans entering Sarawak.
— Malay Mail

Group presents memo to minister over Penang land reclamation project
The Penang Rejects Reclamation coalition (Penang Tolak Tambak) presented a memo from the Penang Fishermen’s Association on the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project to Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.
— The Star Online

Malaysia Airlines launches Fly Malaysia campaign
Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) launched Fly Malaysia, a brand campaign in support of Visit Malaysia 2020 (VM2020) today, with the aim of further enabling the airline, via partnerships with relevant tourism bodies, to promote Malaysia to the world.
— The Sun Daily

Upgrades to assets in South China Sea needed to protect from foreign encroachment
The country’s assets in the South China Sea are insufficient and in need of an upgrade in order to protect the country’s interests from encroachment, according to Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
— The Sun Daily

MCA says UM grad protested because Education Ministry ignored complaints about VC
MCA president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong defended Universiti Malaya (UM) graduate Wong Yan Ke who protested at a convocation ceremony on Monday.
— Malay Mail

Malaysian cricket powder startup quietly raises seed funding from Rapzo Capital, further confirming the future of alternative protein
Malaysian cricket-based sustainable food technology startup Ento announced that it has closed a seed funding round led by Singaporean based Venture Capital firm, Rapzo Capital.
— e27

Hydrogen bus issue solved, more trial runs scheduled before operation begins
The contaminant liquid issue that has temporarily halted the hydrogen bus operation here has been resolved.
— The Borneo Post

Merge plots of land into bigger estates for better profits, Dr M tells smallholders
Even with subsidies, small plots of land will not be profitable if they are not run professionally, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
— The Star Online

More than 100,000 employees receive EIS benefits
A total of 109,102 people received the full-fledged benefits of the Employment Insurance System (EIS) from Jan 1 to Aug 31, 2019 involving a payment of RM59.84 million, the Dewan Rakyat was told yesterday.
— The Borneo Post

Functions of cooperative institutions need to be strengthened: PM Mahathir
The function of cooperative institutions, especially those in rural areas, need to be strengthened as a platform for the development of smallholders, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.
— The Sun Daily

Nestle revamps water business as organic growth slows
Food group Nestle plans to return up to 20 billion Swiss francs ($20.13 billion) to shareholders over the next two years and is making changes to its struggling waters business after organic sales growth dipped to 3.7% in the third quarter from 3.9% in the previous quarter.
— The Sun Daily

Widad buys integrated facilities management firm for RM95.89m
Widad Group Bhd is acquiring a 90% stake in Serendah Heights Sdn Bhd (SHSB) for RM95.89 million.The acquisition will be satisfied via RM86.3 million cash and the issuance of new Widad shares.
— The Sun Daily

Tun M urges smallholders to merge to increase profits
Rubber and oil palm smallholders have been urged to merge their holdings to become more profitable.Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pix) said that if these farmers continued with the “old way” of doing things, it would be more difficult for them to make profits.
— The Sun Daily

Foreign Ministry offers to repatriate body of Malaysian accident victim from Turkey
The Foreign Ministry has reached out to the family of a Malaysian who died in a road accident in Turkey yesterday to assist with bringing his body home.
— Malay Mail

Sarawak civil service should go lean
Sarawak civil service should adopt lean management and utilise full aspect of technology to optimise their work process and to deliver efficient services to the public, said Chief Minister.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Penang city councils get objections from 14pc of ratepayers over proposed hike
Around 14 per cent of affected assessment ratepayers submitted objections to proposed increases for next year by the state’s two city council, said Jagdeep Singh Deo.
— Malay Mail

No compromise over Sarawak’s immigration ruling, says STAR
State Reform Party (STAR) is appalled at Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s proposal to ease immigration rulings for Sabahans to enter Sarawak.
— The Borneo Post

Drug prevention campaign to be held early next year
The Cabinet Committee on the Eradication of Drugs (JKMD) meeting has agreed to launch a drug prevention campaign early next year (2020).
— The Sun Daily

A sneak-peek at the state of Malaysia’s fintech ecosystem
When fintech was first introduced in Malaysia about five to six years ago, it didn’t get much “attention” and “acceptance” it deserved for apparent reasons. Consumers were wary because they mistrusted the new tech.
— e27

Most complaints to EAIC involve police personnel: Liew
About 75% of complaints which were received by the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) involved Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) personnel since it was set up in 2004 until now.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia’s biggest international tattoo expo is happening in Kuala Lumpur
As many as 150 renowned artists and body art enthusiasts from around the world will be featured at Tattoo Malaysia Expo 2019, which takes place in Kuala Lumpur.

Govt to set up National Digital Inclusion Council — Dr Mahathir
The government will set up the National Digital Inclusion Council to focus on creating digital economy income opportunities for the people, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia committed to corporate governance
The government urged both the public and private sectors in Malaysia to collaborate to rebuild and strengthen the trust in Corporate Malaysia.
— The Borneo Post

Cabinet to get KLIA systems disruption investigation report this month: MOT
The results of an investigation into the disruption of the systems at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) are expected to be presented to the cabinet later this month, according to the Ministry of Transport (MOT).
— The Sun Daily

Serba Dinamik bags jobs worth over RM680m
Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd has secured five contracts worth over RM680 million from the Middle East and Malaysia, via two of its subsidiaries Serba Dinamik International Ltd (SDIL) and Serba Dinamik Sdn Bhd (SDSB).
— The Sun Daily

FSBM required to submit regularisation plan within 12 months
FSBM Holdings Bhd, an information technology service and systems provider, has now been classified as an affected listed issuer due to not having a significant business or operations.
— The Sun Daily

Sumatec may lose RM761m from aborted Kazakh deal
Sumatec Resources Bhd is expected to see an estimated loss of RM761.69 million arising from the suspension and termination of the joint investment agreement with CaspiOilGas LLP (COG) and Markmore Energy (Labuan) Ltd.
— The Sun Daily

CM: Penang Transport Master Plan economically viable
The Penang Transport Master Plan is an economically viable project based on interest shown by financiers and prospecting investors despite the heavy criticism mounted at it by some civil societies.
— The Sun Daily

Lorries carrying smuggled goods seized by GOP in Bau
Three lorries which were allegedly trying to smuggle out goods worth more than RM1 million into Indonesia were stopped by the General Operations Force (GOP) near Kampung Serikin, Bau at around 6pm yesterday (Oct 16).
— The Borneo Post

Serba Dinamik secures RM682.81 mln contracts
Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd’s (SDHB) wholly-owned subsidiaries, Serba Dinamik International Ltd (SDIL) and Serba Dinamik Sdn Bhd (SDSB), have secured five contracts with a combined estimated value of.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Not repealing Sosma goes against pledge to abolish repressive laws: LFL
Pakatan Harapan (PH) should repeal the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) to honour its pledge to abolish all repressive laws, Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) said today.
— The Sun Daily

Construction of Museum of Nature postponed due to financial factors
The government has put on hold the plan to build the country’s first Museum of Nature in Putrajaya due to financial factors, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
— The Sun Daily

Health Ministry considering compulsory vaccination for newborns
Vaccination for all newborns may be made compulsory soon, following the return of preventable diseases such as tuberculosis (TB).
— Malay Mail

Penang govt mulls raising parking charges in upscale areas
The Penang state government is considering the possibility of increasing parking charges in elite areas or at “high-value” land locations.
— The Sun Daily


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