Malaysia morning news for September 20

Malaysia morning news for September 20

Malaysia morning news

Malaysia to push Southeast Asian nations for long-term solution to smog
Malaysia will push its Southeast Asian neighbours to strengthen cooperation in finding a long-term solution for smog wafted across the region from forest fires in Indonesia, its environment minister said on Thursday.

Malaysia open to Huawei for 5G equipment, authority chief says
Malaysia has no objection to China’s Huawei Technologies participating in the country’s 5G network rollout, as Western countries continue to make accusations that the company’s equipment could facilitate data leaks to Beijing.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Malaysia’s new Foreign Policy Framework adopts human-centric approach to issues
Experts lauded the Foreign Policy Framework of the New Malaysia launched Wednesday, describing it as a people-centric document that captures the current administration’s approach to foreign policy and a pro-active move in the ever-changing world of geopolitics.
— The Sun Daily

Gobind says waiting for report on Malindo, Lion Air passenger data breach
Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said he is waiting for the full report on the data breach involving the personal details of Lion Air and Malindo Air passengers.
— Malay Mail

MCMC: Sabah and Sarawak could better internet connectivity from Indonesia’s capital shift
Indonesia’s plan to move its capital from Sumatra to Kalimantan may potentially benefit Sabah and Sarawak through improved internet infrastructure, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission chairman Al-Ishsal Ishak.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia’s household debt dips but remains high: Bank Negara
Malaysia’s household debt level remained elevated at 82.2% of gross domestic product (GDP), according to Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).This compares with 83% as at end-2018.
— The Sun Daily

MMEA’s Bombardier CL-415 grounded due to poor visibility, water bombing mission to resume by Saturday
Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Sarawak director First Admiral Robert Teh Geok Chuan said the flight mission involving the Bombardier CL-415 aircraft to put out forest fires that was scheduled on Wednesday will be postponed to Saturday.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia, China collaborate on immigration breach
Malaysia and China are collaborating to resolve the immigration breach committed by Chinese nationals in the country.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysian home ownership campaign should not go abroad, says property group
The government should not expand its home ownership campaign (HOC) outside of Malaysia to attract foreign property buyers, the president of an international real estate federation Michael Geh said.
— Malay Mail

Palm oil to blame for 39% of forest loss in Borneo since 2000, study shows
The Center for International Forestry Research says palm oil was responsible for 35% of forest loss in the Indonesian part of Borneo, and 46% in the Malaysian side.
— FMT News

Need for direct negotiation for certain procurement exists: Mahathir
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today it cannot be denied that there is a need for the government to conduct direct negotiation for procurement or purchases in some cases.
— The Sun Daily

Leaked letter about RM450m project merely suggestion to cut costs, says PM
The RM450 million project mentioned in a letter circulating online is already in progress and the document was just a recommendation to approve cheaper implementation by the award winner, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad explained.
— Malay Mail

Oct 24 for case management of IRB suit against Najib’s son Nazifuddin over RM37.6m in unpaid taxes
The High Court here today set October 24 for another case management of a suit by the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) against former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s son, Datuk Mohd Nazifuddin Najib, to seek RM37.6.
— Malay Mail

Youth and Sports Ministry implements ‘Work From Home’ policy as API rises above 200
In view of the current hazy situation with the current Air Pollutant Index reading of above 200 (very unhealthy), the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) will implement a ‘Work from Home Policy’.
— The Borneo Post

Govt agrees with body cameras for law enforcers to prevent misconduct – PM
The government has agreed to implement the use of body cameras on law enforcement officers such as police, immigration and customs to overcome issues of misconduct, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.
— The Borneo Post

Sapura Industrial’s Q2 net profit down 68%
Sapura Industrial Bhd reported a net profit of RM341,000 for its second quarter ended July 31, 2019, a 67.6% plunge from RM1.05 million reported in the corresponding period of the previous year on the back of higher operation cost.
— The Sun Daily

Ministry awaiting report on Malindo passenger data breach
Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo says this is a very important matter as many are concerned over the issue of security.
— FMT News

Miros sheds light on road safety during haze
The Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) has advised the public to be more careful when driving to avoid road accidents during the haze.
— The Sun Daily

Final suspect involved in armed robbery case in Miri caught in drug raid
Police here believe they have solved the armed robbery case at a house in Taman Serene Jelita in Taman Tunku that occurred on May 16 with the arrest of a local man today.
— The Borneo Post

Dr M: Govt agrees with use of body cameras to prevent misconduct
Policemen and other officers may soon be equipped with body cameras in a move to address cases of abuse by law enforcers, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
— The Star Online

Go big in solar panel exports, Jomo urges Malaysian firms
Economist KS Jomo today urged Putrajaya to go all-out to export solar panels, as more countries look to renewable energy.

Time to amend and improve Persons with Disabilities Act, says M’sian Bar
The Malaysian Bar is dismayed that people with disabilities continue to face significant challenges in exercising their basic rights, even though a decade has passed since the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Act 2008 came into effect, says its president Datuk Abdul Fareed Abdul Gafoor.
— The Star Online

Singapore’s Carro drives to Malaysia with a US$30M investment into car bidding platform myTukar
Through its e-commerce channel, myTukar allows private sellers to schedule a vehicle inspection with a sales service agent Carro, a wholesale automotive marketplace headquartered in Singapore, has invested US$30 million in Malaysia-based car bidding platform myTukar.
— e27

Malaysia’s forests are sustainably managed
MALAYSIA is richly endowed with natural resources, blessed with fertile soil and abundant rainfall throughout the year.
— Nee Straits Times

Gobind: TNB shows interest in wholesale broadband sector
Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) has shown interest in the country’s telecommunications sector, especially in the wholesale broadband sector, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.
— Malay Mail

Putrajaya sets new curbs to direct tenders, adds safeguards to special cases
The federal government will impose new conditions that will limit direct tenders to only exceptional cases, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced today.
— Malay Mail

Govt to tackle online menace as it improves Internet access
The Government will work to tackle online menace like fake news, as it improves the nation’s access to the Internet under the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP).
— The Star Online

PAS spewing ‘fake news’, says Kit Siang
PAS Deputy President Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man’s allegations were just one of several pieces of “fake news” that had been perpetrated since PAS and Umno signed their unity charter last weekend, DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang (pix) said today.
— The Sun Daily

LBU hopes Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak will be completed as promised
With talk of the impending termination of the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) concept in the implementation of Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak, Lebuhraya Borneo Utara (LBU) as the current PDP, can only hope that the Highway will be completed as promised to the people of Sarawak.
— The Borneo Post

Non-Islamic houses of worship RM16.35 mln
A total of 98 cheques amounting to RM16.35 million were received by 36 representatives of respective state constituencies in the first phase of the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor).
— New Sarawak Tribune

AME inks underwriting deals with CIMB, RHB
Industrial space solutions provider AME Elite Consortium Bhd has signed a retail underwriting agreement with CIMB Investment Bank Bhd and RHB Investment Bank Bhd for its initial public offering (IPO) on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia.
— The Sun Daily

Racial politics to heat up in Malaysia after PAS-UMNO pact: Analysts
With a national cooperation charter inked by former nemesis United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) over the weekend, Malaysian politics will likely take on even stronger racial undertones, said analysts interviewed by CNA.

KuNan files motion to recuse judge from hearing RM1 million graft case
The hearing of the RM1 million corruption case facing former Federal Territories minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, which has been fixed for today, was postponed following a notice of motion filed by the defence to recuse judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali from presiding the case.
— The Sun Daily

18 water treatment plants in S’wak at critical level
Sarawak Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) has identified 18 water treatment plants in seven areas where the supply of water is at the critical level due to the dry weather.
— The Star Online

API readings in Peninsular down while haze in Sarawak worsens
While the Air Pollutant Index (API) readings in most parts of the Peninsular Malaysia have dropped as of noon today, the air quality in six areas in Sarawak continued to worsen with Mukah being the latest area to reach ‘very unhealthy’ API level.
— The Sun Daily

Jomo: Govt commitment crucial in domestic renewable energy push
A strong political will is needed to push for renewable energy (RE) in Malaysia, said prominent economist Prof. Jomo Kwame Sundaram.
— Malay Mail

NFCP a dynamic five year plan – DPM
The National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP) is a dynamic five-year plan spanning from 2019 to 2023 and will constantly be improved from time to time, according to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
— The Borneo Post

Lam Thye: Private sector must step forward to promote unity in Malaysia’s multiracial community
The private sector must include in their corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities and programmes which could help promote unity in Malaysia’s multiracial community, Malaysia Unity Foundation trustee Tan Sri Lee.
— Malay Mail

DPM predicts internet connectivity blueprint will create 20,000 new jobs
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail forecast that the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP) will lead to 20,000 jobs for all segments of Malaysians including those in rural areas.
— Malay Mail

Poor weather at Sibu Airport forces several flights to be diverted, delayed
The poor weather condition (low cloud) at Sibu Airport has forced several flights to be either diverted or delayed today, affecting 538 passengers.
— The Borneo Post

IJN distributes 25,000 face mask to 15 schools
The National Heart Institute (IJN) today distributed a total of 25,000 face masks to 15 schools in Batu Muda and Cheras which have seen particularly high Air Pollutant Index (API) readings of late.
— The Sun Daily

ACO Group’s IPO entails public issue of 58m new shares
ACO Group Bhd, a distributor of electrical products and accessories, is looking to list on the ACE Market of Bursa Malaysia.
— The Sun Daily

Man arrested for making false bomb threat at Miri Airport
The police arrested a man at the Miri airport today after he told check-in counter officials that he was carrying a bomb.
— Malay Mail

Prinsiptek partnering with QSE Construction for Langat 2 water treatment job
Prinsiptek Corp Bhd is partnering with QSE Construction Sdn Bhd to develop the Langat 2 water treatment plant and water reticulation system in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
— The Sun Daily



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