Malaysia morning news for April 21

Malaysia morning news for April 21

Malaysia morning newsCOVID-19: Malaysia announces record low of 36 new cases, aims for single digit infection rate
Malaysia announced a record low number of new COVID-19 cases since the enforcement of the movement control order (MCO).

Minister: Malaysia Airlines-AirAsia merger still an option
A merger between cash-strapped Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia could still be happen, according to a senior government official.
— Travel Mole

CM: Penang records second lowest number of Covid-19 cases in the country, with 80pc recovery rate
Penang is well heading towards becoming a green zone with its low number of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and high recovery rate, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said today.
— Malay Mail

Food supply more than enough to meet demand during and after MCO – Ismail
The food supply in Malaysia is more than sufficient to meet the demand during and after the Movement Control Order (MCO) period, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob assured.
— The Borneo Post

Jetstar Asia to operate temporary services to KL, Manila, Bangkok
Singapore’s Jetstar Asia will operate five return services a week to three destinations in Southeast Asia — Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Manila — with the aim to create essential travel links and assist with freight in the region from April 21.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Govt urged to roll out three mega projects to spur post-Covid-19 economy
A former secretary-general of the Finance Ministry today urged the government to roll out three big-ticket construction projects that have been in the pipeline for some time to kickstart the country’s post-Covid-19.
— Malay Mail

Govt to allow companies to carry out sanitisation works as CSR – Ismail Sabri
The government will allow companies who are interested in carrying out sanitisation works as their corporate social responsibility (CSR), said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
— The Borneo Post

Factories say to ramp up production of materials for PPE manufacturing to face Covid-19
The Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA) and the Federation of Malaysian Fashion, Textile and Apparel (FMFTA) are cooperating to overcome the shortage of non-woven material for personal protection equipment.
— Malay Mail

Foo: Reinstate policy of requiring returning S’wakians to undergo quarantine at designated centres
The Sarawak government is urged to reinstate its policy of requiring Sarawakians who return from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan to undergo quarantine at the designated quarantine centres.
— The Borneo Post

SMEs urged to be cautious against scams involving stimulus package, relief measures
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have been cautioned against scam syndicates which deploy scam tactics with the intention to deceive unsuspecting victims that may result in monetary losses and risk compromising their sensitive banking details and confidential information.
— The Sun Daily

SC issues guidance for virtual general meetings
The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) has issued a guidance note which states that listed companies shall only conduct fully virtual general meetings during the movement control order period (MCO).
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19: Six new positive cases recorded in Sarawak today, total at 414
Sarawak recorded six new positive cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) today, bringing the total number of positive cases to 414 since the first positive case was reported on March 13.
— The Borneo Post

AirAsia counters top picks after announcement
AirAsia counters emerged as among the most active stocks on Bursa Malaysia today after the low-cost carrier announced it will resume its scheduled domestic flights, beginning with Malaysia on April 29, 2020.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Manufacturers may cut jobs to stay afloat
Manufacturers are looking at some drastic measures in the next three to six months to stay afloat.Some companies have indicated that they might have to resort to lay-offs or retrenchments.
— The Sun Daily

KKB Engineering secures RM15m from Sarawak Energy
KKB Engineering Bhd has secured one year, RM15 million contract from Sarawak Energy Bhd, for the annual supply and delivery of steel poles.
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19: No restriction on British travellers leaving Malaysia, says high commissioner
There is no restriction on British travellers leaving Malaysia amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and commercial flights between Kuala Lumpur and London are still available, said British High Commissioner to Malaysia.
— Malay Mail

RHB Insurance extends reliefs to Covid-19 hit policyholders
RHB Insurance Bhd is offering its individual and SME policyholders affected by Covid-19 continued insurance protection via its “premium installment scheme” and “premium relief scheme”.
— The Sun Daily

Alliance Bank approves over RM443m in financing
Alliance Bank Malaysia Bhd has approved over RM443 million in financing to help ease the cash flow constraints of businesses in Malaysia.
— The Sun Daily

Oil prices depressed, remain below $40
Market participants are doubtful that a hstoric one-year oil production cut pledged by major producers recently would solve the oversupply problem.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Malaysians have been cheated up to RM4.2m in face mask sales fraud
Certain irresponsible quarters are taking advantage of the current Covid-19 situation to cheat Malaysians of millions of ringgit through face mask sales fraud.
— The Sun Daily

KPDNHEP S’wak: Ministry still studying MCO Maximum Price Scheme
The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Sarawak has yet to enforce the Movement Control Order (MCO) Maximum Price Scheme.
— The Borneo Post

Putrajaya to arrange the return of foreigners stuck here after Covid-19 quarantine
The Malaysian government will work with embassies on arrangements for foreigners who have cleared the quarantine period for Covid-19 here to return to their country of origin, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
— Malay Mail

Johor to offer additional platforms to the public for mental health support during MCO, says state rep
The Johor government, through the state’s Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) team, now has two platforms that offer mental health support to the public during the movement control order (MCO).
— Malay Mail

232 Egyptians still stranded in Malaysia
A total of 232 Egyptians – made up of 114 tourists, 22 seeking medical treatment, and 96 students – are still stranded in Malaysia due to the travel suspension imposed by the two countries as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Sun Daily

Assembly: Sabah adopts comprehensive approach to resolve problem of vegetable glut in Kundasang
The Sabah government has adopted a comprehensive and holisticapproach to manage the supply and distribution system of highland vegetables in Kundasang to resolve the glut problem during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.
— The Sun Daily

MCO: Investigation paper on Deputy Health Minister to be completed today
The investigation paper on Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali who was said to have violated the Movement Control Order (MCO) when he attended a lunch event at a religious school in Perak recently is expected to be completed today.
— The Borneo Post

Resistance to move by PAS to get GLC posts for its MPs
A proposal by PAS to have its MPs appointed to head government-linked companies (GLCs) has come under fire despite the fact it has been the practice in Malaysia for decades.
— The Sun Daily

Solemnation ceremony allowed in Selangor during MCO subject to JAIS approval
Starting today, Muslims couples wanting to get married in Selangor during this Movement Control Order (MCO) period can have their marriage solemnisation ceremony done via a video conference, subject to special approval from the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS).
— The Sun Daily

MPP: Unlicensed hawkers, petty traders can now apply for Sarawakku Sayang assistance package
Application forms for the registration of unlicensed hawkers and petty traders are now available for download on the Padawan Municipal Council’s (MPP) website.
— The Borneo Post

Covid-19: No restriction on British travellers leaving M’sia
There is no restriction on British travellers leaving Malaysia amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and commercial flights between Kuala Lumpur and London are still available, said British High Commissioner to Malaysia Charles Hay.
— The Sun Daily

FGV supports EMCO in Felda Sahabat following positive Covid-19 cases
FGV Holdings Bhd (FGV) supports the Sabah state government’s efforts to contain the pandemic and to enforce of the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) on Wilayah Sahabat, Lahad Datu following positive Covid-19 cases.
— Malay Mail

B20 biodiesel delay likely to have major impact on palm oil sector: CGS CIMB Research
The decision to delay the implementation of the national B20 biodiesel programme, is likely to significantly impact the palm oil sector next year, according to a note by CGS CIMB Research.
— The Sun Daily

S’gor crimes down likely due to MCO, says state cops
The crime index in Selangor has dipped by about 18% in the first four months of 2020, compared with the same period last year, says Selangor police.
— The Star Online

Council introduces online zakat payment
The Perlis Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIPs) has set up various online platforms to facilitate Muslims in the state pay tithes during the movement control order (MCO) period.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Senior minister: Covid-19 face mask fraud cases involving losses of RM4.2m reported
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today said that face mask scams in the country have resulted in losses amounting to RM4.2 million since the start of the movement control order (MCO).
— Malay Mail

New EMCO lockdown in KL’s Selayang wholesale market’s surrounding areas, Pusat Bandar Utara
The government today announced its sixth enhanced movement control order (EMCO) at Pusat Bandar Utara in Kuala Lumpur and the areas surrounding the Selayang wholesale market otherwise known as the Kuala Lumpur wholesale.
— Malay Mail

Covid-19: Sabah to export vegetables to neighbouring Brunei to address glut
Sabah is looking to export its vegetables to neighbouring Brunei to manage the glut under the movement control order (MCO).
— Malay Mail

ProOffice develops remote working and health tracker for SMEs
ProOffice Solutions Sdn Bhd (ProOffice), a subsidiary of HeiTech Padu Bhd, has launched DVocTrac, a user-friendly remote-working productivity tracker cum health-tracker application (app).
— The Sun Daily

What’s wrong with me promoting Malaysian Batik, questions puzzled Ismail Sabri
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has defended his choice of wearing Malaysian Batik during the daily update press conference over the just-concluded weekend.
— The Borneo Post

Covid-19: Dole launched initiative to supply nutritious foods globally
Dole Packaged Foods LLC has launched an initiative to supply nutritious foods to the needy to provide much-needed assistance during the Covid-19.
— The Sun Daily

Frontliners to be honoured in air-time and outdoor advertisements
Healthcare workers, law enforcers and other essential services personnel at the frontline of the Covid-19 war will be honoured in a new initiative that will see them being featured in several medium, such as air-time and outdoor advertisements.
— The Sun Daily

Bursa Malaysia ends on positive note
Bursa Malaysia ended on a positive note today, despite retreating from some of its earlier gains due to mild profit taking amidst mixed sentiments on the regional stock markets, dealers said.
— The Sun Daily

Lorry driver charged with murdering friend
A lorry driver was charged in magistrate’s court here today with the murder of an acquaintance early this month.
— The Sun Daily

Man fined RM1,700 for violating MCO, obstructing civil servant from carrying out duty
A 28-year-old man has been fined a total of RM1,700 by the Magistrate’s Court here today for violating the Movement Control Order (MCO) and obstructing a civil servant from carrying out his duty.
— The Borneo Post

JKNJ offers tele-counselling services to help people cope with MCO
The Johor State Health Depatment (JKNJ) is providing tele-counselling services in efforts to help people cope with their emotional problems during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.
— The Sun Daily

Sandwich trader leverages on digital platform
The implementation of the movement control order (MCO) which now enters the 34rd day has not discouraged a homemaker from making a living by carrying out a sandwich business.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Control children’s screen time to maintain good eye health
With families remaining indoors under the movement control order (MCO) which is now into its third phase, the time spent each day by family members on their gadgets — handphones, computer, tablets, game consoles and television — has definitely increased.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Vaccine development research centre mulled
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) is seriously discussing the importance of setting up a vaccine development research centre, to enable the country to manufacture its own vaccines.
— New Sarawak Tribune

No intention to involve neighbourhood watch committees in MCO enforcement, says Defence Minister
The government has no intention yet to involve the various neighbourhood watch committees (KRT) in the enforcement of Movement Control Order (MCO), said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
— The Borneo Post



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