Malaysia morning news for September 19

Malaysia morning news for September 19

Malaysia morning news

Malaysia PM suggests law to force companies to stop fires abroad
Malaysia may have to pass a law forcing its companies to tackle fires on land they control abroad, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Wednesday, as forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia spread haze across the region.
— CNA

Govt should allocate support incentives for SMEs in Budget 2020, say industry experts
Automation revolution industry experts have opined that the government should allocate support incentives for the small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as well as a conducive environment for them to thrive.
— The Sun Daily

Penang to offer compensation to fishermen affected by land reclamation after Oct 2
Compensation packages to fishermen affected by the ambitious Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project will only be revealed when the state executive council meets to approve it on October 2.
— Malay Mail

Six including teen girl could hang for drug possession after police find packets of meth in raid
Six suspects, including an 18-year-old girl, could face capital punishment if found guilty after a raid by the Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) found them in possession of 61 grammes of methamphetamine, or syabu.
— The Borneo Post

Nearly 1,500 schools across Malaysia ordered to close as haze worsens
Malaysia closed 1,484 schools across several states on Wednesday (Sep 18), affecting more than 1 million students as the air quality worsened in parts of the country.
— CNA

Woman loses RM17,380 in double scam
A 42-year-old woman not only lost her savings but became a victim of a loan scam after she befriended a man online.
— The Star Online

Anwar expects to succeed Mahathir as Malaysia’s prime minister next year
Malaysian ruling party leader Anwar Ibrahim, who cut a deal to become the country’s next prime minister ahead of last year’s election, said he should take power around May next year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Govt has paid RM9b in interest for 1MDB debts
The government has paid at least RM9 billion in interest for 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) debts, according to Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah.
— The Sun Daily

MBPP sets aside RM10m for George Town Heritage Zone projects in 2020 spending plan
The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) will allocate over RM10 million for various projects within the George Town World Heritage zone in its 2020 Budget.
— Malay Mail

MP: Govt’s involvement needed to help private parties develop tourism products
The government’s involvement in the efforts of the private sector to develop tourism areas, is important, especially in Kelantan, Jeli Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia lacks will to exercise anti-pollution legislation: Environmentalist
A law to take local companies to court for causing pollution abroad will be effective only if it is properly enforced, carries a deterrent sentence and there is a change in mindset, according to two environmentalists.
— The Sun Daily

Additional budget for 2020 Visit Malaysia Year
The federal government is proposing an additional allocation for the 2020 Visit Malaysia Year Campaign, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
— New Sarawak Tribune

500 squatters left homeless after homes demolished for river widening project
Squatters in Paya Jaras Hilir, Sungai Buloh were left homeless when enforcement officers from the Petaling Land and District office (PTDP) demolished their houses on Wednesday (Sept 18).
— The Star Online

Dr M moots making fire hotspot data public amid regional blame game
As Malaysia chokes on smoke, its prime minister today said his government may make satellite data mapping of the regional locations of fire outbreaks and other information about haze hotspots available on official.
— Malay Mail

Police ready to assist DOE to curb open burning: IGP
Police is ready to assist the Department of Environment (DoE) if there are requests to curb open burning activity in the country, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.
— The Sun Daily

Dr M mulls new law to crack down on Malaysian firms caught polluting abroad
Putrajaya may enact a law to go after Malaysian companies with estates abroad that pollute the air and cause smog around South-east Asia.
— Malay Mail

Govt mulls amending law on conferring Malaysian citizenship: Hannah Yeoh
The government is looking at amending the Article 14 of the Federal Constitution to allow Malaysian mothers to automatically obtain citizenship for their children born overseas.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia needs strategy to achieve national aspirations
Malaysia needs a strategy to manage and retain the best of its human resources, among those with values and integrity to achieve the national aspirations, said Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
— The Sun Daily

Haze forces six flight diversions in Penang, emergency centre activated
The Penang government has opened an emergency centre at the Penang International Airport (PIA) in Bayan Lepas after six flights were diverted due to the worsening haze in the state.
— Malay Mail

Bursa Malaysia buys rest of Bursa Derivatives from CME Group
Bursa Malaysia Bhd is buying the remaining 25% stake in Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Bhd (BMD) from CME Group Strategic Investments LLC for RM162.47 million as well as an additional sum which will be determined later.
— The Sun Daily

Sarawak gifts non-Muslim religious institutions RM16.4m
Sarawak churches and other non-Islamic institutions received RM16.4 million in cash aid today.
— Malay Mail

B4G counters: Home Ministry says 200 officers enough for now
The Immigration Department will deploy more officers to manage the ‘Back for Good’ (B4G) amnesty programme if the need arises, according to Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman.But for now the 200 officers and men who are involved in the programme are sufficient, he said.
— The Sun Daily

Government to spend more
Total government expenditure for 2020 is expected to be higher at RM295.1 billion?to support the economy with RM240.1 billion?or 81 percent?for operating expenditure (opex), while the remainder amounting.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Genting to raise RM10b via MTN
Genting Bhd proposes to issue the medium-term notes (MTNs) with a nomimal value of RM10 billion.
— The Sun Daily

Fintec buys 19.8% of Komarkcorp
Komarkcorp Bhd is the latest addition to Fintec Global Bhd’s investment portfolio following the purchase of a 19.82% stake in Komarkcorp for RM16.4 million.
— The Sun Daily

Another road rage incident of two men in a punch up goes viral
Two men were involved in a scuffle at the Bukit Kiara toll plaza after a traffic disagreement.
— The Star Online

Furniture booth catches fire in JB mall, but public snuffs it out
A furniture booth inside Mid Valley Southkey Mall in Johor Baru caught fire, resulting in the destruction of some of the displayed items.
— The Star Online

M’sia may enact law to hold companies liable for contributing to haze, says Dr M
Malaysia may consider enacting a law that allows it to take action against Malaysian companies operating overseas that are found guilty of contributing to the haze, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
— The Star Online

Yeoh: Govt may amend law to give Malaysian mums right to obtain citizenship for children born overseas automatically
The government is looking at amending the Article 14 of the Federal Constitution to allow Malaysian mothers to automatically obtain citizenship for their children born overseas.
— Malay Mail

PAS sets up committee to draft action plan for pact with Umno
PETALING JAYA: PAS has set up a special committee to draft a National Action Solidarity Plan to realise national unity (muafakat nasional) through the charter it signed with Umno during the weekend.
— The Star Online

Supermax proposes 1-for-65 treasury share distribution
Supermax Corp Bhd proposes a final dividend via the distribution of one treasury share for every 65 Supermax share held in respect to its financial year ended June 30, 2019.
— The Sun Daily

Land & General to launch RM615m GDV developments next year
Land & General Bhd (L&G) is planning to launch development projects with a combined gross development value (GDV) of RM615 million next year.
— The Sun Daily

Najib’s former aide denies protecting Jho Low
A former special officer to Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak today denied that he was protecting Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, for not raising the issue that the fugitive businessman has been misrepresenting himself as an advisor of then Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin.
— The Sun Daily

MNC Wireless to venture into film industry
MNC Wireless Bhd has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with New Zealand-based production house Monfils Pictures Ltd to produce and market a biopic of war photojournalist, Tim Page.
— The Sun Daily

Perak Environment Dept says can’t start costly cloud seeding until conditions are right
Despite the thick haze here, Perak Department of Environment director Norazizi Adinan said weather conditions are not conducive for successful cloud seeding operations yet.
— Malay Mail

Govt needs to review national poverty rate, says Anwar
PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the government should review the poverty rate in Malaysia following the United Nations (UN) report claiming that the national poverty rate is at 15 per cent and not at 0.4 per.
— Malay Mail

Sarawak never rejected federal funds for village heads, Uggah tells Sivarasa
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah has denied Deputy Rural Development Minister R Sivarasa’s claim that the state government had rejected the federal funds for village heads.
— The Borneo Post

Uggah: State Disaster Management Committee mobilising manpower, hardware to extinguish hotspots in Sarawak
The State Disaster Management Committee is mobilising hardware and manpower to extinguish hotspots here in a bid to improve the haze situation, especially the two detected in Sri Aman, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah.
— The Borneo Post

Sarawak PPBM reveals new structure for state
It has appointed six division heads with a list of executive committee members to be announced by the end of the month.
— FMT News

DoE: ‘Technical difficulties’ caused inaccurate API readings in Sarawak
The Department of Environment (DOE) has come forward to clarify that ‘technical difficulties’ with the Air Pollutant Index (API) caused inaccurate readings at its stations from 1pm to 6pm yesterday.
— The Borneo Post

Ministry wants automatic citizenship for kids of Malaysian women born overseas
At the moment, only men can obtain automatic citizenship for their children while women must undergo a lengthy registration process.
— FMT News

RM78 million to repair dilapidated schools in Sabah – Lim
The Federal Government has approved an allocation of RM78 million for Sabah to carry out repair works on 30 old and dilapidated schools in the state.
— The Borneo Post

Two sets of four-coach KL monorail trains begin operations: Prasarana
Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana) is confident of carrying up to 70,000 passengers a day after two sets of its four-coach KL Monorail trains began operating Monday.
— The Sun Daily

M’sia to gain from oil price hike
Malaysia is one of the few Asian countries that will benefit from the spike in?oil prices in the aftermath of the attack on Saudi Arabia’s petroleum facilities?that knocked.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Two new bills on corruption to be tabled in next Parliament meeting: Abu Kassim
Two new bills – political donations and establishment of an ombudsmen, are expected to be tabled in Parliament in October, said National Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC) director-general Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed.
— The Sun Daily

Lebanese jeweller to deposit RM75,000 as security for costs in suit against Rosmah
The High Court here today ordered Lebanese jeweller, Global Royalty Trading SAL to deposit RM75,000 as security for costs in the suit filed by the company against the former prime minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
— The Sun Daily

Ideal Group to acquire Penang 1st Avenue Mall
Developer Ideal Group Bhd has proposed to acquire one of the main shopping malls here – 1st Avenue Mall from a fellow real estate company – the Belleview Group with a cash consideration of RM153 million.
— The Sun Daily

The Mar Thoma Church dilemma, to register or not under the Societies Act
Registration would bring a host of benefits and help settle administrative disputes locally without referring them to The Metropolitan in India.
— FMT News

Approval for 3 islands project took 2 years, not 2 days, Chow insists
The Penang chief minister denies a researcher’s claim of special treatment by the Department of Environment.
— FMT News

Ali Biju: Fed govt won’t be held up by state govt’s ‘manipulation’ of village administration issue
The federal government will not be held at ransom by the Sarawak government through its “manipulation” of village administration, says Saratok MP Ali Biju.
— The Borneo Post

 

 

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