Malaysia morning news for April 29

Malaysia morning news for April 29

Malaysia morning newsHealth Ministry reports 31 new Covid-19 cases; death toll now at 100
The Health Ministry announced 31 new Covid-19 positive cases as of 12pm today, with one new death, raising the death toll to 100.
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19 outbreak steepens adoption curve of e-wallets in Malaysia
The use of contactless payments and adoption of e-wallets are on the rise during the coronavirus outbreak and movement control order in Malaysia, with some players seeing subscriber numbers double in the last month.
— The Star Online

Malaysia gives green light for construction to resume on East Coast Rail Link
Construction work has resumed on Malaysia’s biggest mega project, the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), after the government gave its approval, the project’s main contractor said on Tuesday (April 28).
— The Straits Times

Malaysian Relief Agency continues to support vulnerable groups in East Malaysia throughout MCO
The Malaysian Relief Agency (MRA) is doing its part to shore up support for the local community in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan by providing much-needed aid throughout the movement control order (MCO).
— Malay Mail

Parkson’s Cambodian unit ordered to pay RM630 mil in damages to its landlord
Parkson Holdings Bhd’s Cambodian unit has been ordered to pay US$144.5 million (about RM629.75 million) in damages to its lessor, Hassan (Cambodia) Development Co Ltd (HCDC), as well as forfeit its security deposit and advance payments, following a lawsuit that HCDC initiated against the unit.
— The Edge Markets 

Up to 25pc electricity bill discounts for Sarawakians during MCO
State-owned power supplier Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) is giving discounted rates of between 5 per cent and 25 per cent to 700,000 account holders in the state for a period of six months.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia records lowest new Covid-19 cases in a day since MCO started
Malaysia reported just 31 new Covid-19 cases today, the lowest number since the movement control order (MCO) was initiated on March 18.
— Malay Mail

Fomca urges govt to extend deferment of loan repayment
The Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (Fomca) has called on the government to extend the deferment for loan repayments from six months to at least nine months to ease workers’ financial burden.
— Malay Mail

Sarawak RTD to resume counter operations tomorrow: Uggah
The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) has given the green light for the Road Transport Department (RTD) to resume its counter service operations in the state from tomorrow.
— The Sun Daily

Pensees’ Intelligent Non-contact Body Temperature Monitoring system
Pensees, an AI company that focuses on computer vision and IoT technology has released its Intelligent Non-contact Body Temperature Monitoring System.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Companies allowed to operate during MCO can go full capacity, says Azmin
Economic sectors allowed to operate at half capacity during phases one to three of the movement control order (MCO) are allowed to carry on business at full capacity from Wednesday (April 29).
— The Star Online

Selangor community Covid-19 test detected eight asymptomatic positive cases
The Covid-19 community screening exercise conducted by the Selangor government in six red zones detected eight out of 10 positive cases as asymptomatic.
— The Sun Daily

NSC in final stages of finalising SOP for green zones, says Ismail Sabri
The National Security Council (NSC) is currently in the final stages of finalising the standard operating procedures (SOP) for green zones, says Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
— The Borneo Post

Review of rental waiver period if MCO extended: MRT Corp
Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) will review the rental waiver period for retailers operating at the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line stations if the Movement Control Order (MCO) is extended beyond June 30, which is the end of the current three-month waiver period.
— The Sun Daily

Think tank sees Malaysia’s Covid-19 outbreak fully contained by July
A Singaporean think tank has predicted that Malaysia’s Covid-19 outbreak will be fully contained by July this year.
— Malay Mail

Sarawak Energy to include automatic discounts during billing in MCO period
Eligible customers of Sarawak Energy’s 700,000 account holders from the domestic, commercial and industrial categories will have their electricity bills from Apr 1 to Sept 30 discounted.
— The Borneo Post

25% less passengers for AAX in 1Q20
AirAsia X Bhd (AAX) carried 1.14 million passengers in the first quarter (1Q20), a decline of 25% year-on-year (y-o-y) due to the severe impact of Covid-19 which has affected travel demand globally.
— The Sun Daily

JKM distributes more than 300,000 food baskets to 1.34 million homes during MCO
The Social Welfare Department (JKM) has distributed 336,916 food baskets to 1.34 million households during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period, said its director-general Zulkifli Ismail.
— The Sun Daily

Sarawak police step up enforcement, arrest 56 in last 24 hours for violating MCO
The total number of arrests of those found to be defying the Movement Control Order (MCO) saw a decrease in the last 24 hours, with 56 individuals arrested between 8am yesterday to 8am today.
— The Sun Daily

Ringgit shrugs off rise in crude oil price to end lower
The ringgit closed lower against the US dollar today despite a slight increase in Brent crude oil price which traded at US$20.26 per barrel today, up by 1.35%.
— The Sun Daily

Ex-deputy health minister says coronavirus still present, warns of resurgence when businesses resume
Former deputy health minister Dr Lee Boon Chye has today warned of a risk of Covid-19 resurgence in the country, as the Ministry of International Trade and Industry announced earlier that select industries may resume full.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia attended to tabligh cluster nine days too late, says Health DG
Malaysia were nine days too late in acting on the Masjid Jamek Sri Petaling tabligh congregation, which is responsible for close to 40% of the country’s 5,851 Covid-19 infections.
— The Star Online

SC, Bursa Malaysia extend short-selling suspension to June 30
The Securities Commission (SC) and Bursa Malaysia Bhd have extended the temporary suspension of short-selling by another two months to June 30.
— New Sarawak Tribune

MOH: Market-to-market Covid-19 transmission began from Selayang market’s tabligh cluster
The Ministry of Health (MOH) said today it has found that there was a wet market-to-wet market Covid-19 infection beginning from the Selayang wholesale market in Kuala Lumpur to other localities in the country.
— Malay Mail

BNM’s FX reserve to ease in near term
Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) foreign exchange (FX) reserves is expected to ease in the immediate term due to a rise in risk premium caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, an investment bank said.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Energy counter continues slide as oil volatility intensifies
As Covid-19 brought oil consumption to a halt, leading countries in a race to find more space to store excess oil; the fight for market share between major producers, Saudi Arabia and Russia continue unabated causing the global oil price to dip further.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Post-MCO guidelines for all work sectors ready, Health D-G says
The Ministry of Health has prepared Covid-19 mitigation guidelines for all economic sectors seeking to reopen once the movement control order (MCO) is relaxed, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today.
— Malay Mail

Sultan of Kelantan contributes two million rubber gloves to Health Ministry
The Ministry of Health today (MOH) receives a personal contribution of two million rubber medical gloves from the Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V for use by frontline workers in the war against Covid-19.
— Malay Mail

Sarawak DUN must sit on May 11, video conferencing not allowed, says Deputy Speaker
The Sarawak State Legislative Assembly (DUN) cannot postpone its one-day sitting on May 11 any further although it is still within the Movement Control Order (MCO) period, said its Deputy Speaker Dato Gerawat Gala.
— The Borneo Post

Selangor community Covid-19 test detects eight asymptomatic positive cases
The Covid-19 community screening exercise conducted by the Selangor government in six red zones detected eight out of 10 positive cases were asymptomatic.
— Malay Mail

Phase 2 of BPN payout to begin May 4 – Tengku Zafrul
The second phase of the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) payout will begin on May 4.
— The Borneo Post

More than 200 M’sians choose to remain in Italy
Some 220 Malaysians still residing in Italy have chosen not to return to Malaysia following the spread of Covid-19, said Malaysia’s Ambassador to Italy Datuk Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino.
— The Sun Daily

Saying coronavirus ‘part of nature’ and here to stay, businesses want MCO ended now to avoid economic damage
The Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI) has today suggested that the movement control order (MCO) imposed nationwide be lifted with immediate effect, even as Covid-19 has yet to abate.
— Malay Mail

Perak to rebuild state’s tourism sector with industry players after MCO, says exco
The Perak government will work together with industry players to rebuild the state’s tourism sector after the movement control order (MCO) has been lifted, said state executive council (exco) Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed.
— Malay Mail

Sarawak posts impressive results to contain Covid-19: Chinese doctors
A group of eight medical experts from China currently in Sarawak are impressed with the results achieved by the state so far in containing the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Sun Daily

Finance minister: Second phase of Covid-19 relief payout to start May 4
The second phase of the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) cash handout will be paid to recipients starting May 4, Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz announced today.
— Malay Mail

Sabah allows operation of 44 private jetties for handling oil palm, petroleum products
The Sabah state government has allowed the operation of 44 private jetties used for the handling of oil palm and petroleum products during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period, state secretary Datuk Safar Untong said today.
— The Borneo Post

Penang goes for cashless water bill payment
Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) is promoting digitalisation initiatives by encouraging its 631,250 customers to settle their bills online as the water authority resumes its billing process.
— The Sun Daily

MCO: Three friends fined RM1k each for travelling in one car
Three friends, who were caught travelling in one car on their return from the breaking of fast, pleaded guilty in the Magistrate’s Court here today to a charge with defying the Movement Control Order (MCO).
— The Sun Daily

SOPs drawn up for services industry, but economic opening to be gradual, says Health DG
Standard operating procedures (SOPs) have been drawn up for the services industry to prevent the spread of Covid-19, but the economy will only open up in stages, says the Health Ministry.
— The Star Online

KL Wholesale Market: Health Ministry carrying out detection, contact tracing
Active case detection is being carried out at the Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market to track traders and close contacts of Covid-19 positive cases there.
— The Star Online

Uggah: Unimas will handle logistical task of returning students to hometowns in Sarawak
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) has been tasked with managing the transportation of students from all public and private higher learning institutions in Sarawak to help them return to their hometowns starting April 29, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
— The Borneo Post

Several sectors to resume full operations tomorrow: Azmin
The government has allowed companies under the economic sectors which have been permitted to operate during the Movement Control Order (MCO) to resume full operations starting tomorrow.
— The Sun Daily

Azmin Ali: Govt allows approved economic sectors to resume full operations tomorrow
The government has allowed companies under the economic sectors which have been permitted to operate during the movement control order (MCO) to resume full operations starting tomorrow.
— Malay Mail

Govt to decide if M-League can resume post-MCO, says Ismail Sabri
The government will consider official requests from the Youth and Sports Ministry or the Malaysian Football Association (FAM) to allow the resumption of the Malaysian League once the ongoing movement control order (MCO) ends.
— Malay Mail

Limbang returns to yellow zone status after Covid-19 case detected, 8 new cases in Sarawak today
Limbang has been categorised as a yellow zone once again after one positive case was detected in the district today.
— The Borneo Post

Social Development Council to conduct online survey on impact of Covid-19 on Sarawakians
The Social Development Council is now carrying out a study on the impact of Covid-19 on the socioeconomic status of the people of Sarawak through an online survey.
— The Borneo Post

Dr Yii: Covid-19 testing for East Malaysian MPs to attend Parliament may not be productive
The federal government’s directive requiring that all MPs are to undergo Covid-19 testing on May 14 or 15 as a prerequisite to attend the one-day Parliament sitting on May 18 may not be productive for parliamentarians from East Malaysia, says Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii.
— The Borneo Post

Chinese health experts share experience with Sarawak’s frontliners on fighting Covid-19
Sarawak is closely observing, studying and learning what other countries, particularly China, have done in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Borneo Post

Astro extends complimentary viewing to May 12
Astro says it is extending its complimentary viewing for all customers including Astro NJOI and Astro GO until 11.59pm on May 12, 2020.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Medical worker arrested in Penang over 22 burglaries
A police task force arrested a healthcare worker at his home here on April 23 in connection to a series of break-ins over six years at the condominium where he was residing.
— Malay Mail

MCO best time to achieve cashless society goal
The implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of the COVID-19 infection since March 18, has affected the people’s daily routine in every aspect of life including shopping transactions.
— The Sun Daily



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