Malaysia morning news for April 10

Malaysia morning news for April 10

Malaysia morning newsCOVID-19: Malaysia records lowest number of new cases in 2 weeks
Malaysia on Thursday (Apr 9) reported 109 new COVID-19 cases, its lowest in about two weeks, bringing the total tally to 4,228.
— Channel NewsAsia

MCO: S’wak govt sets aside RM2.3 mln as special assistance for farmers, fishermen in state
The Sarawak government has set aside a total of RM2.3 million as special assistance for farmers and fishermen in the state in light of the Movement Control Order (MCO) which is enforced to curb the spread of Covid-19.
— The Borneo Post

Sarawak govt receives 2 mln face masks from China, will be distributed to all households
The Sarawak government received its booking of two million face masks from China today which will be distributed to heads of household in all divisions and districts of the state, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
— The Borneo Post

MATTA calls for airline refunds
Malaysia’s travel agent industry body MATTA is urging airlines to refund customers despite claims it could bankrupt them.
— Travel Mole

416 foreigners in Malaysia test positive for Covid-19
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, in his daily press briefing today, said the foreigners consist of Indonesians (53), Indian nationals (37), Myanmar (31), Pakistan (29) and the Philippines (27).
— New Straits times

Govt has not sidelined Orang Asli community during MCO, says Ismail Sabri
The government has denied claims that the Orang Asli community has been sidelined in the distribution of food aid during the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) which is aimed at containing Covid-19.
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19: Nadma receives over RM5.5mil worth of donations
The National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) on Thursday (April 9) received over RM5.5mil in cash and kind from government and private agencies to be used for frontliners fighting to stem the spread of Covid-19.
— The Star Online

Health Ministry reviewing Covid-19 data modelling to see if MCO should be extended
The Health Ministry will review its data models today to see if Malaysia could still experience the exponential coronavirus disease (Covid-19) growth previously predicted.
— Malay Mail

50 tonnes of PPE, medical supplies arrive safely in Kuching
The specially chartered Airbus A330 cargo freighter carrying 50 tonnes of personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies acquired by the Sarawak government from China has safely arrived in Kuching this afternoon.
— The Borneo Post

Health D-G: Foreigners account for 416 of Malaysia’s Covid-19 total
Nearly 10 per cent of Malaysia’s coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients are non-nationals, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said. The group accounted for 416 of the country’s 4,228 Covid-19 cases.
— Malay Mail

Slow internet speed due to spike in traffic: MCMC
Internet traffic has surged by 23.5% for fixed and mobile broadband services nationwide, leading to slower speed in the country.
— The Sun Daily

Selangor exempts rentals in four PPR for April
A total of 2,632 tenants in four People’s Housing Projects (PPR) in Selangor can heave a sigh of relief as the state government has exempted them from rental payments in April following the imposition of the Movement Control Order (MCO).
— The Sun Daily

Deputy Minister appeals to Sabah govt to allow operations of oil palm plantations
For the sake of Sabah’s economy, the state government needs to allow all oil palm plantations and related industries in the state to operate during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period, appealed Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Arthur Joseph Kurup (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19: A 23-year-old woman became youngest to succumb
A 23-year-old has become the youngest Covid-19 patient to succumb to the disease in the country, says the Health Ministry.
— The Star Online

Sarawak Pay sees boom in new users as e-Bazaars flourish under MCO
The Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) has encouraged the implementation of e-Bazaar market places in view of the cancellation of Ramadan and Gawai bazaars throughout the state due to Movement Control Order (MCO) to stop the spread of Covid-19.
— The Borneo Post

Bursa Malaysia finishes on positive note ahead of OPEC meeting
Bursa Malaysia finished Thursday’s trading on a positive note, erasing yesterday’s losses over a possible cut in oil price as the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies are set to meet virtually to cut production.
— The Sun Daily

Ismail Sabri: RM5m worth of food given to Orang Asli families, RM6m more coming
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today said that RM5 million worth of food items have been channelled to Orang Asli families nationwide, with each head of family receiving a food basket.
— Malay Mail

Ministry urges NGOs to buy items in bulk from wholesalers, retailers for Covid-19 donations
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and individuals wishing to donate basic necessities to target groups in large quantities are encouraged to buy them directly from wholesalers and retailers.
— Malay Mail

50% of self-employed have lost their jobs
Nearly 50% of self-employed have lost their jobs and 90% are still working with lower than usual salary.
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19: Sabah receives PPE from China for use by frontliners
The Sabah government today received contributions of various personal protective equipment (PPE) for the use of frontliners on duty trying to stem the spread of Covid-19 in the state.
— Malay Mail

No business activities in enhanced MCO zones, says Ismail Sabri
All businesses and factories in areas under enhanced movement control orders (EMCO) are prohibited from operations, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.
— Malay Mail

Ismail: Movement increase temporary, due to release of govt aid
The increase in movement and number of vehicles on the road earlier this week is only temporary, according to Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Penang CM: No new Covid-19 clusters reported
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow today said there were no new clusters of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) reported in the state to-date.
— Malay Mail

Ismail Sabri: Should a Malaysian die of Covid-19 abroad, repatriation is allowed but must follow both country’s SOPs
The Ministry of Health’s (MOH) standard operating procedures (SOP) must be followed when repatriating the bodies of Malaysians who have died abroad as a result of Covid-19, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
— Malay Mail

FMM appeals for operation during extended MCO
The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) is appealing to the government to allow product manufacturers to operate during the extended Movement Control Order (MCO) period and in the anticipation of a possible further extension of the MCO.
— The Sun Daily

MCO: RTD to assist police, army command roadblocks
The Ministry of Defence in a tweet today said the Road Transport Department (RTD) will be be offering assistance to the police and army in conducting roadblocks during the rest of the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.
— The Sun Daily

MoE not prepared to reopen schools on April 15 even if MCO not extended, says Deputy Education Minister
The Ministry of Education (MoE) is not prepared to take the risk of reopening schools on April 15, even if the Movement Control Order (MCO) is not further extended when it ends on April 14, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.
— The Borneo Post

CIMB, Shopmatic team up to offer e-commerce webinars to SME customers
CIMB will be collaborating with e-commerce provider Shopmatic, to offer a free webinar to its small and medium enterprise (SME) customers on how to set up an online business.
— The Sun Daily

Primary school teach loses RM387k to scammer
A primary school teacher lost a whopping RM387,000 to a scammer impersonating as a traffic police officer.
— The Star Online

ICRC lauds Malaysia’s decision not to send MCO offenders to jail
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has lauded the Malaysian authorities’ swift response to the use of custodial sentences as punishment for Movement Control Order (MCO) violations.
— The Sun Daily

MCO: RTD ready to assist police, MAF at all road blocks
The Road Transport Department (RTD) is ready to assist the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) at all road blocks during the Movement Control Order.
— The Borneo Post

Positive Covid-19 pets must be isolated
Pets owned by private individuals who have been confirmed positive for COVID-19 must be isolated and quarantined for 14 days for monitoring purposes.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Your future starts with UNITAR – Asia’s first five star online international university
UNITAR International University is Asia’s first QS five-star rated university for online learning, and Southeast Asia’s first virtual university.
— The Borneo Post

Lazada unveils RM10m stimulus package to help SMEs
Lazada Malaysia unveiled a RM10 million stimulus package, available from April to June this year, in a bid to aid local small and medium enterprises (SME) as part of its ongoing corporate community commitment.
— The Sun Daily

Survey shows Netizen want MCO to be extended
A survey run by the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) revealed that a large number of respondents believed that an extension of the current Movement Control Order (MCO) is necessary to contain the spread of COVID-19.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Minister: RM1,000 compound rule for MCO defiers enforced yesterday, 95 summons issued
The newly enforced RM1,000 fixed compound rate for defiers of the movement control order (MCO) saw 95 people being issued with summons for the said offence.
— Malay Mail

Johor teacher cheated of RM387,000 in Macau scam
A 38-year-old woman here was cheated of RM387,000 by a Macau scam syndicate recently.
— Malay Mail

Defence trial in UPNM student’s murder case to continue on April 16
The accused in the murder of Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) cadet marine officer Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain will continue with their defence at the High Court here this April 16.
— The Sun Daily

MCO needs to be extended, says medical group
The current Movement Control Order (MCO) needs to be extended up to and beyond Hari Raya Aidilfitri which falls in May, urged a medical group.
— The Sun Daily

Agriculture, services sectors see highest percentage of job losses
The agriculture (21.9%) and services (15%) sectors recorded the highest percentage of job losses due to the Covid-19 outbreak, according to a special survey “Effects of Covid-19 on Economy and Individuals” by the Statistics Department.
— The Sun Daily

‘Prihatin Stimulus a breath of fresh air for SMEs’
The Prihatin Economic Stimulus Package and the Prihatin Package for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) (Additional Measures) are a breath of fresh air for 146,390 SME entrepreneurs nationwide whose businesses have been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Sun Daily

State Health Dept thanks Sarawak govt for RM10m PPE donation
State Health Department has thanked the Sarawak government today over the latter’s personal protective equipment (PPE) donation.
— Malay Mail

Hishammuddin: MDES has received over 350,000 facemasks, RM250,000 in cash contributions
Wisma Putra through Malaysia’s Diplomatic Equipment Stockpile (MDES) has received over 355,500 facemasks and financial contribution of RM250,000 so far, says Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
— Malay Mail

Covid-19: St John Ambulance of Malaysia forms special task force to support frontliners
St John Ambulance of Malaysia (SJAM) has formed a special task force to support the medical frontliners, government and the community to cope with the pandemic of Covid-19.
— Malay Mail

MB denies Johor govt failed to isolate returning Malaysian workers from Singapore properly
Datuk Hasni Mohammad today clarified that the state government had taken proper steps to isolate Malaysian workers returning from Singapore.
— Malay Mail

Sarawak PKR ex-chief, supporters welcomed to join Parti Sarawak Bersatu, president says
Former Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian and his supporters are welcomed to join Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB), its president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh said today.
— Malay Mail

Hearing of Guan Eng’s appeal in defamation suit against Perkasa set for Sept 22
The Federal Court has fixed Sept 22 to hear an appeal by former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng in connection with his defamation lawsuit against Perkasa and two others.
— Malay Mail

Sabah mobilises special team to conduct Covid-19 detection tests
The Sabah Health Department has mobilised a special team to conduct Covid-19 detection tests on samples in the state, starting yesterday.Its director, Datuk Dr Christina Rundi, said the special team had begun the process at the Kota Kinabalu Public Health Laboratory.
— The Sun Daily

 

 

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