Malaysia morning news for September 24

Malaysia morning news for September 24

Malaysia morning newsKL remains most internationally connected low-cost carrier megahub
Asia Pacific airports have a strong presence in the low-cost carrier (LCC) category, with Kuala Lumpur keeping its title as the world’s most internationally connected LCC megahub.
— The Star Online

Tax exemptions for employers who pay workers’ education loans
The National Higher Education Fund Corporation (NHEFC) will redouble effort to attract more employers to assist their workers pay outstanding study loans, said its chairman Wan Saiful Wan Jan.
— The Borneo Post

Young people’s debt woes bode ill for economy
Young people, who are considered prime contributors to economic growth, are spending way beyond their means, and this has brought many of them to the brink of bankruptcy.
— The Sun Daily

All foreigners can buy unsold luxury homes, reiterates Zuraida
The Housing and Local Government Ministry today reiterated that the Home Ownership Campaign (HOC) for unsold luxury homes encompasses all foreign buyers and is not confined only to purchasers from China.
— The Borneo Post

Vast majority of Malaysians polled blame humans for climate change
An overwhelming 95% of the 1,199 Malaysians who responded to YouGov’s International Climate Change Survey believe that climate change is real and 85% believe that it will affect their lives.
— The Star Online

Turtles crying foul in Malaysia
Malaysia is home to important habitats for marine turtles such as nesting beaches for the laying of eggs and coral reefs and seagrass beds as their feeding grounds.
— The Asean Post

Prosecution applies to have Ahmad Zahid’s corruption case heard in High Court
The Sessions Court here today was told that 40 charges of receiving bribes involving the overseas visa (VLN) system faced by former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will be filed by the prosecution for.
— Malay Mail

Smart city players working in silos impede smart city development – Dr Mahathir
There are too many smart city players working in silos, thus hindering the smart city development as a whole, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
— The Borneo Post

Minister: Govt adopts policies to ensure sustainable oil palm cultivation
Malaysia has adopted several key policies to ensure sustainable oil palm cultivation, including capping the total of oil palm cultivated area to 6.5 million hectares, said Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia defers enforcement of VEP during ‘peak-hour traffic’ following appointment delays
Malaysia’s transport ministry announced on Monday (Sep 23) that it will defer enforcement of its Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) “during peak-hour traffic operation” until further notice.
— Channel NewsAsia

Malaysia expects resilient property market despite overhang
Steady economic growth, a fresh housing policy and incentives to boost affordable dwellings will keep Malaysia’s property market resilient in the final six months of this year despite a heavy supply overhang, the government said Monday.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

ICAEW: Malaysia’s exports momentum has outperformed Southeast Asian peers
Malaysia’s exports momentum has outperformed in Southeast Asia, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
— The Sun Daily

CM: S’wak govt sets aside RM21.67 bln to speed up infrastructure devt in state
The Sarawak government has taken bold steps by setting aside RM21.67 billion of the state funds to speed up the infrastructure development in the state, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
— The Borneo Post

Dr M tells academics to work alongside private and public sector towards Industry 4.0
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today urged academics and universities to work with the public and private sectors as the nation move towards modernisation and the industrial revolution 4.0 (IR4.0).
— Malay Mail

Condo, apartment units below RM300,000 dominate property overhang list
Condominium and apartment units priced between RM200,000 and RM300,000 dominate the list of property overhang in the country, mainly contributed by those in Perak and Kedah.
— The Sun Daily

Property sector records RM68.3 bil in transactions in first half of 2019
The residential sub-sector continued to drive the market, accounting for over 60 per cent of total transactions and nearly 51 per cent in terms of value
— FMT News

Committal proceedings against AG will not disturb coroner’s ruling: Lawyer
The committal proceedings against Attorney General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas (pix) for alleged contempt in the inquest into fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s death will not disturb the coroner’s ruling on the said inquest set for Friday.
— The Sun Daily

Sabah govt to use BIMP-EAGA to accelerate Labuan’s economic growth
Sabah state government is planning to leverage the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) platform to help accelerate Labuan’s economic growth.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia’s myriad reform challenges await action
The triumphant optimism that accompanied Malaysia’s democratic revolution of May 2018 has faded against a lingering backdrop of unrequited expectations.
— East Asia Forum

Govt adopts policies to ensure sustainable oil palm cultivation
Malaysia has adopted several key policies to ensure sustainable oil palm cultivation, including capping the total of oil palm cultivated area to 6.5 million ha, said Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Nestle to introduce paper straws
Nestlé (Malaysia) Bhd will roll out paper straws for its Milo UHT 125 ml drink packs in the fourth quarter of this year, which will avoid the usage.
— New Sarawak Tribune

DHL Express to hike shipment prices by 4.9% next year
DHL Express has announced a 4.9% increase in average shipment prices effective January 1, 2020.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia defers enforcement of VEP during ‘peak-hour traffic’ following appointment delays
Malaysia’s transport ministry announced on Monday (Sep 23) that it will defer enforcement of its Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) during peak-hour traffic operation until further notice.

Telcos’ revenue outlook weighed down by NFCP goals: Research house
AmInvestment Bank has issued a negative revenue outlook caution for the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP) players.
— The Sun Daily

Former MACC chief laid to rest
Former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan, 67, was laid to rest at the Islamic Cemetary in Section Nine, Kota Damansara today at 11.40am.
— The Sun Daily

Haze: Malindo Air cancels Melaka-Pekan Baru flight
Malindo Air cancelled its flight today from Melaka to Pekan Baru due to the haze in the Indonesian city.Melaka Public Works, Transport and Public Amenities Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Sofi Abdul Wahab said the visibility at the Pekan Baru airport was down to only 600 metres.
— The Sun Daily

Cigarettes worth RM75,240 seized in Sarawak
The Sarawak Civil Defence Force has seized various brands of cigarettes worth RM75,240 in ‘Op Libas’ which was conducted in Serian yesterday afternoon.
— The Sun Daily

National cyber-security agency unrolls new malware detection system
The Coordinated Malware Eradication and Remediation Platform is expected to help bolster cyber defences for corporations and organisations.
— FMT News

Malaysia’s Navis begins $500m-plus sale of education supplier : Sources
Malaysian private equity firm Navis Capital Partners has began a sale process for Modern Star, the Australian education supplier it bought in 2014, seeking over A$800 million ($542.2 million) for the business, two sources told Reuters.
— The Sun Daily

Labuan MP says long-awaited bridge to Sabah getting green light
The government is looking at reviving an old proposal to link Sabah and Labuan via a bridge through a privately financed initiative, Datuk Rozman Isli said.
— Malay Mail

CityONE blast: Electronic and electrical company charged
An electronic and electrical company has been charged in the Sessions Court today in connection with the fatal blast at CityONE Megamall here last December.
— The Borneo Post

CIMB subscribes to responsible banking principles
CIMB Group Holdings Bhd today became one of the Founding Signatories of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative UNEP-FI Principles for Responsible Banking.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Foreign buying short-lived, RM249.3 million outflows recorded last week
Foreign fund inflows on Bursa were short-lived as offshore funds sold RM249.3 million net of local equities last week, according to the weekly outflow report by MIDF Research.
— The Sun Daily

DPM: Govt mulling new law in 2021 to protect elderly from abuse, neglect
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail today said that the government is studying the formulation of a new law to protect the elderly community especially from neglect and abuse, given the worrying.
— Malay Mail

Lower dividend from Petronas not a concern
An expected lower dividend payout by Petroliam Nasional Bhd to the government next year from the RM54 billion this year is not a cause of concern for economists.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia relaxes VEP enforcement due to RFID installation issues
Authorities will not perform Vehicle Entry Permit (VET) checks at “peak hours” until further notice, the Transport Ministry (MoT) said when acknowledging complaints about installation headaches for the needed tags.
— Malay Mail

Proposal to include anti-discrimination into Employment Act 1955 dropped
A proposal to include an anti-discrimination provision into the Employment Act 1955 has been withdrawn, according to reports today.Quoting the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) executive director Shamsuddin Bardan (pix), a Malaysikini report today said this was because the recruitment process falls under “pre-employment”.
— The Sun Daily

More undocumented Nepali workers to take up offer under amnesty programme
At least 2,000 undocumented Nepali migrant workers had returned home under the latest amnesty programme launched by the Malaysian government since August this year.
— The Sun Daily

DOE’s API readings have no direct correlation with visibility range – DPM
The Air Pollutant Index (API) readings issued by the Department of Environment are averages for 24 hours and have no direct correlation with the visibility range, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
— The Borneo Post

Govt plans to set up centre for senior citizens at every parliamentary constituency
The government plans to set up a senior citizen activity centre known as Pusat Aktiviti Warga Emas (Pawe) in every parliamentary constituency in the country, in order to encourage active ageing among Malaysians, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Isa Samad’s graft trial to proceed on Oct 7 as prosecution fails in bid to postpone case
The RM3 million corruption trial involving former Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad will commence on Oct 7 as fixed earlier after the High Court dismissed the  prosecution’s application to.
— Malay Mail

Health cases related to haze on the rise, says Health Ministry
The number of asthma cases saw an increase of 3.5 per cent to 1,265 cases for the week of September 15 to 21 compared to 1,222 cases in the previous week, due to the current haze blanketing most parts of the country since.
— Malay Mail

Dewan Rakyat notifies EC of Tanjung Piai parliamentary seat vacancy
The Parliament today issued a notification to the Election Commission (EC) on the unexpected vacancy of the Tanjung Piai, Johor, parliamentary seat following the death of incumbent Datuk Dr Md Farid Md Rafik.
— The Sun Daily

Higher Education DG: 38 academic programmes irrelevant to job market demand dropped
The Department of Higher Education has dropped 38 academic programmes in 19 universities as they are no longer relevant to the current and future job market demands.
— Malay Mail

PSB will shake-up Sarawak’s political landscape in upcoming state election – Wong
Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) will shake-up the political landscape of Sarawak in the upcoming state election, said its president Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh.
— The Borneo Post

Labuan sees tremendous growth potential from Indonesia capital move
The landmark decision by Indonesia to relocate its capital from Jakarta in the Java Island to Kalimantan area is expected to make the Borneo Island one of the biggest growth centres in Asia, said a leading banker here.
— The Sun Daily

Three Malaysians conferred Japan Foreign Minister’s Commendation award
Three outstanding Malaysians have been conferred the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation award this year for their continuous works in promoting ties between Malaysia and Japan.
— The Star Online

Penang offers to help Sumatra fight fires
Penang, choking from the haze that has enveloped the northern region in the past few days, has offered to help neighbouring Sumatra fight the peat fires that is causing the pollution.
— The Sun Daily



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