Malaysia morning news for September 17

Malaysia morning news for September 17

Malaysia morning news

‘Very unhealthy’ air quality in various parts of Malaysia, including Putrajaya
Putrajaya was one of the five places in Malaysia where the air quality was registered as very unhealthy as of 9am on Monday (Sep 16) due to the haze.

Guan Eng: RON95 price cap to stay for now, despite drone attack on Saudi Arabian oil plants
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng today said that the current price limit on RON95 petrol would stay for now, despite the drone attacks on two of Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil facilities which have affected 5 per cent of.
— Malay Mail

Second largest tobacco firm in Malaysia may cut 40% of workers
The second largest tobacco company in the country will be undertaking a significant downsizing exercise, just two years after it shut down its manufacturing plant.
— The Star Online

NAP 2019 to be implemented in three phases until 2030
The National Automotive Policy (NAP) 2019 to be launched soon, will be implemented in three phases till 2030 and it will also include efforts to make Malaysia a hybrid and energy-efficient vehicle (EEV) manufacturer, says Automotive, Robotic and IoT Institute (MARii) chief executive officer Datuk Madani Sahari..
— The Sun Daily

Kelantan labelled drug trafficking transit due to huge drug seizures, says state police chief
The huge seizures of drugs by the police in Kelantan have resulted in some quarters labelling the state as a transit for drug trafficking.
— Malay Mail

PM looking into alleged direct negotiation for RM45m federal building in Kelantan
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today he will look into a letter alleging his support and approval of the Finance Ministry over the direct negotiation for a project located in Tunjong in Kelantan.
— Malay Mail

Malaysian minister defends proposal to market unsold luxury properties to China, Hong Kong buyers
Malaysian Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin on Monday (Sep 16) defended her proposal to market unsold luxury properties to buyers from China and Hong Kong, pointing out that this would help resolve an oversupply situation.
— Channel NewsAsia

Guan Eng: Tax evaders have two more weeks before special voluntary disclosure programme ends
Tax payers who have yet to declare their taxes have 14 days left to do so before the end of the Inland Revenue Board’s (IRB) Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (SVDP), says Lim Guan Eng.
— The Star Online

IRB: Disclose undeclared income by Sept 30 to avoid heavier penalties
Taxpayers can benefit from low-rate penalty if they disclose any undeclared income by Sept 30.
— The Sun Daily

Ministry targets MNCP achieves 500mbps in high impact areas by 2021
The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia is targeting the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP) to achieve a minimal 500 Mbps in all premises in state capitals and selected high-impact areas by the year 2021.
— The Sun Daily

Putrajaya to appoint community leaders in Sarawak, 4 other states under revamped system
The federal government will appoint its own community leaders following a cabinet decision to revamp the current appointment system, said Housing and Local Government Deputy Minister Sivarasa Rasiah.
— The Sun Daily

Dr Wee asks Finance Ministry if RM450mil project awarded through direct negotiation
Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong has questioned the Finance Ministry on whether a RM450mil project was awarded through direct negotiation in Tunjong, Kelantan, following a letter that went viral on social media.
— The Star Online

Open burning: Selangor govt warns lands will be seized
The Selangor government will confiscate land in the state where open burning by farmers persists.
— The Sun Daily

Downside of too many holidays
MALAYSIANS enjoy a lot of public holidays every year. The travel and tourism industry welcomes the frequent holidays because when people travel, they spend at the hotels and restaurants.
— New Straits Times

H&M sales grow for sixth quarter
H&M shares dropped as much as 3.2%, while sales growth probably slowed down to 6% from 12% in June.
— FMT News

Umno-PAS alliance must not resort to racial sentiment
The Umno-PAS alliance must not resort to racial sentiments that could lead to hatred among Malaysians, particularly the Malay community.
— The Borneo Post

Racial, cultural diversity in Sarawak symbolises solidarity
The racial and cultural diversity in Sarawak is among the symbol of solidarity, harmony and strength of the people in the state that could become the best model.
— New Sarawak Tribune

500 Mbps in high impact areas by 2021
The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia is targeting the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP) to achieve a minimal 500 Mbps in all premises in state capitals and selected.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Sabah Law Society wants more judges with ‘Bornean experience’ to hear cases from Sabah, S’wak
The Sabah Law Society (SLS) wants to see more judges with Bornean experience hearing cases from Sabah and Sarawak, as they will show more empathy and understanding towards the unique situations surrounding communities from there.
— The Star Online

Haze hasn’t put off tourists to Malaysia, says deputy minister
The current haze situation in the country has not deterred tourists from traveling to Malaysia, Tourism, Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik said today.
— Malay Mail

Guan Eng on RM450m direct negotiation project: I have to discuss it with PM first
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng today said that he would be discussing with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad a now viral letter, purportedly from the Ministry of Finance (MoF), about a RM450 million project allegedly.
— Malay Mail

Dr Mahathir arrives in Kuching to attend 2019 Malaysia Day celebration
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali arrived at the Kuching International Airport to attend the 2019 Malaysia Day celebration here, today.
— The Borneo Post

PAS-Umno pact must woo both Malay and non-Muslim voters: Analysts
The support of Malaysians beyond the Malay-Muslim community will decide which coalition has the upper hand at the next general election, politicians and analysts said yesterday.
— The Sun Daily

Illogical to question our existence: Armed Forces Chief
The Chief of Armed Forces (ATM) General Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin (pix) called on all members of the public to work together with the ATM to safeguard the safety and sovereignty of the country.
— The Sun Daily

Address funding-innovation mismatch, says Pikom
There is a need to address the mismatch between the government’s incentives for the technology sector and the innovation on the ground during the tabling of the 2020 Budget, says the National ICT Association of Malaysia (Pikom).
— The Sun Daily

Miro to Ali: List out federal projects that faced obstacles in implementation due to S’wak govt’s act
Serembu assemblyman Miro Simuh has challenged Saratok MP Ali Biju to come up with a list of federal projects that faced obstacles in implementation due to Sarawak government’s act.
— The Borneo Post

Racial and cultural diversity in Sarawak symbolises solidarity
The racial and cultural diversity in Sarawak is among the symbol of solidarity, harmony and strength of the people in the state that could become the best model for a multi-ethnic society to enjoy the prosperity of living together.
— The Borneo Post

Farhash questions Perak MB over council member appointments
The Perak PKR leadership yesterday questioned Mentri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu on his function in administering the state responsibly.
— The Sun Daily

PTPTN hopes people’s consultative paper will be approved soon
The National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) hopes the People’s Consultative Paper (KKR) containing documents and information on the new loan repayment mechanism, will be approved by the Cabinet soon.
— The Sun Daily

Sharifah Hasidah to Ali: Explain how GPS govt made it difficult for Putrajaya to implement projects in S’wak
Saratok MP Ali Biju is asked to explain how the Sarawak government under Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) has made it difficult for the federal government to implement projects in the state.
— The Borneo Post

Gobind calls on Malaysians to work towards a progressive nation
Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo has called on Malaysians to work together in developing the country to be more progressive and to ensure sustainable living, as the nation celebrates Malaysia Day today.
— The Borneo Post

Funding boost as Seberang Prai becomes 14th city in country
Seberang Prai is set to see an injection of federal funds after it was declared a city today, making it the 14th city in the country.
— The Sun Daily

Root out physical, political cause of haze
A real way to minimise the risk of worsening transboundary haze in the Asean region is to deal with the root physical and political causes of fires and.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Jail for Singaporean who gave bribe to unlawfully obtain Malaysian driving licence
A man’s elaborate plan to own and drive two cars here hit a bump in the road when he incurred multiple parking penalties.
— The Star Online

Sabahans advised to take precautions as API levels edge higher
People in Sabah have been urged to be more careful in carrying out outdoor activities in view of the worsening haze situation in the state.
— The Star Online

Still open burning? Selangor govt will seize your land, MB tells farmers
The Selangor government will confiscate land in the state where open burning by farmers persists. Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari said such stern action was required as farmers, especially in the Johan Setia area, here, were still.
— Malay Mail

PH trying to use affairs of community leaders to divide and rule Sarawakians – Masing
Pakatan Harapan (PH) is trying to use the affairs of the community leaders to divide and rule people of Sarawak, said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing.
— The Borneo Post

Society must do away with its misplaced view on cancer, says oncologist
Society must overcome the misplaced notion that if diagnosed with cancer then that is the end of the road for anyone, because there is always hope as long as one chooses to treat the condition, says oncologist Dr Ros Suzanna Ahmad Bustaman.
— The Sun Daily

Celcom celebrates Malaysia Day with a special gift for customers
In conjunction to the nation’s symbolic celebration of unity and the spirit of love for the country’s well-being and prosperity, Celcom reaches out to all its customers nationwide with a one-day special offering, this Malaysia Day.
— The Borneo Post

53 become millionaires after winning lottery
A total of 53 millionaires were created so far this year through lottery games. As of September, seven punters won a total of RM161.15 million from Sports Toto.
— The Sun Daily

Political alliance no threat in states with mixed seats, say DAP leaders
DAP leaders do not see the political alliance of PAS and Umno as a major threat to Pakatan Harapan (PH) in states with many mixed seats.
— The Sun Daily

Kit Siang: Develop new ‘Malaysia boleh’ spirit to achieve golden age
Malaysians must develop a new “Malaysia Boleh” spirit to exorcise the fears and demons for the country to excel itself in various fields of human endeavour to achieve a golden age for Malaysia.
— The Sun Daily

CM assures of govt support for Chinese traditional culture, education
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Shafie Apdal has assured the Chinese community that the new State Government would support Chinese traditional culture and education.
— The Borneo Post

No Bombardier, no longhouse policies
Malaysia will look into getting a Bombardier for the Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) in an upgrading exercise.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Schools in Melaka will be closed if API exceeds 200 tomorrow, says state education director
All schools in Melaka will be closed this Tuesday if the Air Pollutant Index (API) reading in the state reaches over 200 tomorrow, in line with the state’s haze action plan and the state disaster meeting held yesterday, said.
— Malay Mail

HSI-C7F grabs limelight with 30% jump on-week
THE Malaysian warrants market was sloppy last week, only clocking in a turnover of RM347.3 million, 10.7% lower compared to the prior week.
— The Sun Daily

Baru: RM128m allocated to repair dilapidated schools this year, Sarawak gets RM100m
The Education Ministry has allocated RM128 million to repair dilapidated schools in the country this year, Works Minister Baru Bian said today.
— Malay Mail

On Malaysia Day, Kit Siang moots new charter to ‘exorcise’ racial, religious bogeys
To mark nationhood today, DAP’s Lim Kit Siang invoked a new “Malaysia Boleh” spirit to fight racial and religious insecurities that still haunt the country.
— Malay Mail

Baru urges S’wakians to vote for PH in next state election if frustrated over unanswered NCR issue
Sarawakians who are frustrated with the seemingly unanswered issue of whether Pemakai Menoa and Pulau Galau have the force of law have been asked to vote for the Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the next state election, said Work Minister Baru Bian.
— The Borneo Post



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