Malaysia morning news for April 30

Malaysia morning news for April 30

Malaysia morning news

Covid-19 update: 94 new cases reported, no new deaths
Malaysia reported 94 more Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (Apr 29), bringing the total number of Covid-19 infections in the country to 5,945.
— The Star Online

39,002 dengue cases reported until April 25: CPRC
A total of 39,002 dengue cases were reported from Dec 29 last year to April 25 this year, according to the Current Situation of Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika in Malaysia Year 2019 and 2020 Report.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia faces several challenges in growth trajectory: Moody’s
Malaysia is currently facing several challenges in continuing its growth trajectory, despite having made commendable progress over the past four decades, said Moody’s Analytics.
— The Sun Daily

COVID-19 in Asean: update for April 29 — active cases continue to fall in Malaysia & Thailand
As of 01:00 GMT April 29 there was 29,899 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 839 or 2.89 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

More than 70% Covid-19 deaths in Malaysia had comorbidities: Expert
More than 70% of Covid-19 death cases in Malaysia had comorbidities of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), said an exercise medicine expert Prof Dr Lee Chee Pheng.
— The Sun Daily

MAA: Vehicle sales plummet 59% in March
Malaysia’s vehicle sales slumped 59.0% year-on-year (y-o-y) in March to 22,478 units, according to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).
— The Sun Daily

AirAsia to see 30% reduction in costs for 2020
AirAsia Group Bhd expects to see cost reductions of at least 30% this year, following several initiatives it has implemented to carry it through the current challenging operating environment.
— The Sun Daily

Durian-based packaging: Malaysian researchers develop antimicrobial, biodegradable material
New research has found a method to develop packaging material based on the skin of Asia’s king of fruits, the durian, with both antimicrobial and biodegradable properties.
— Food Navigator

AirAsia to halt Airbus deliveries and review orders
AirAsia Group (AIRA.KL), one of Europe’s top five corporate export customers, will stop taking deliveries of Airbus (AIR.PA) jets this year and review its remaining orders as the coronavirus crisis heaps pressure on the Malaysian carrier.
— Reuters

JPJ opens counters for certain transactions only
The Road Transport Department (JPJ) will open its counters starting today with only certain transactions allowed. The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) agreed with the instructions of JPJ headquarters released on April 27 regarding the opening of their counters.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Transport minister: Ports to allow import, export activities by authorised companies starting tomorrow
Port operators nationwide have been instructed to allow all import and export activities by companies which have been authorised to operate during the movement control order (MCO) by the Ministry of International Trade.
— Malay Mail

Ministry seizes goods worth more than RM2m from errant Sarawak traders
The Sarawak office of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry has seized goods worth RM2.44 million so far this year from traders who committed various trade offences.
— Malay Mail

Businesses hit by downturn get another line of credit
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have been given yet another lifeline to help tide them over the current lean period.Bank Negara Malaysia has allocated RM5 billion for the financing facility, to be disbursed through various banks in the country.
— The Sun Daily

RHB approves RM500m special relief facilities for SMEs
RHB Banking Group has approved more than RM500 million in special relief facility (SRF) for SMEs to alleviate their short-term cash flow difficulties arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Sun Daily

RHB approves over RM500m SRF applications to 700 SMES
RHB Banking Group has approved over RM500 million Special Relief Facility (SRF) applications to more than 700 Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to help alleviate the short-term cash flow difficulties faced by them arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Sun Daily

Furniture manufacturers, retailers told to prepare for export opportunities
Malaysian furniture industry players should prepare themselves for opportunities to export various types of furniture to the United States (US), post-Covid-19.
— The Sun Daily

InvestKL: Greater KL remains MNC’s preferred FDI destination despite Covid-19
Fortune 500 and Forbes 2000 multinational companies (MNCs) are still looking at Greater Kuala Lumpur (Greater KL) as their strategic investment destination despite the ongoing COVID-19 global crisis.
— The Sun Daily

Penangpac launches ‘spare a ringgit’ campaign to stay afloat
The Performing Arts Centre of Penang (Penangpac) has launched a “Do you have a ringgit to spare?” campaign to raise funds to stay afloat during the Covid-19 crisis.
— Malay Mail

Lotte Chemical Titan sinks into the red in Q1
Lotte Chemical Titan Holding Bhd saw a net loss of RM170.06 million in the first quarter ended March 31, 2020 compared with a net profit of RM55.83 million a year ago on notable operating margin compression and higher provision for write down of inventory cost to net realisable value as a result from the lower product average selling price.
— The Sun Daily

MCO: Two from same household may now go out to buy daily essentials together
Amendments have been made to the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 Gazette to allow an individual to be accompanied by a family member from the same household when out to purchase essential items.
— Malay Mail

MNPA to seek MyCC’s help in demanding share of ad revenue from Google, Facebook
The Malaysian Newspaper Publishers Association (MNPA) is seeking the Malaysia Competition Commission’s (MyCC) assistance to demand a share of advertisement revenue from Google and Facebook.
— The Borneo Post

S’wak Marine Police arrest 10 individuals for defying MCO
The Sarawak Marine Police have arrested 10 individuals for defying the Movement Control Order (MCO) between March 18 and April 28.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysian Bar calls for longer Parliament sitting, enactment of Covid-19 law
The Malaysian Bar today said that urgent legislation is needed in order for the government to properly plan for an exit strategy once the movement control order (MCO) is lifted.
— Malay Mail

MTUC urges strict enforcement of MOH’s SOP at sectors allowed to operate at full capacity during MCO
The Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) today warned against the government’s decision to approve certain economic sectors to operate at full capacity, saying how complacent SOP implementations may possibly lead to yet.
— Malay Mail

MCT introduces special promotion to help buyers from B40, M40 group
Property developer, MCT Bhd is doing its part to reduce the burden of Malaysian property purchasers with the introduction of rebates, cash backs, discounts and a fully furnished package under a campaign called Sama Sama Special.
— The Sun Daily

Petroleum cash payments reduction enables T’ganu to focus on helping people – Academics
The federal government’s decision to reduce the Terengganu petroleum cash payments from 25 per cent to five per cent as settlements for its debts leaves more room for the state government to help people affected by the Covid-19 outbreak and the Movement Control Order (MCO).
— The Sun Daily

Experts: EMCO not necessary yet for markets
Health experts have recommended strict monitoring and contact tracing instead of an enhanced movement control order (EMCO) for the two wet markets here where cases of Covid-19 infections have been found.
— The Sun Daily

52 arrested in Sarawak in last 24 hours for defying MCO
A total of 52 individuals were arrested by the police in Sarawak for defying the Movement Control Order between 8am yesterday and 8am today.
— The Borneo Post

King expresses concern over Covid-19 impact on economy, people’s welfare
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali was granted an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today to brief and update the King on measures taken by the government to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 on the economy and welfare of the people.
— The Borneo Post

MCO Phase 4: Recovery phase demands whole-hearted commitment from govt, people
The Movement Control Order has now entered its fourth phase, with the country now in the stage of recovery from the Covid-19 outbreak.
— The Sun Daily

Ports to allow import, export activities by authorised companies starting tomorrow
Port operators nationwide have been instructed to allow all import and export activities by companies which have been authorised to operate during the Movement Control Order (MCO) by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
— The Sun Daily

Minister launches contest promoting Sabah products
The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry on Tuesday launched a contest to fill time during the Movement Controlled Order while promoting Sabah products.
— The Borneo Post

RM39,800 contraband cigarettes seized in Semporna
Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) seized 210 cartons of cigarettes of various brands believed smuggled in from neighbouring countries yesterday District’s Maritime Zone director, Maritime Commander Norrimi Hassan said in the 5.30am incident, a MMEA patrol boat detected a boat moving in suspicious manner near the Singamata waters.
— The Borneo Post

Allianz Malaysia to focus on boosting digital capabilities, agency force
Allianz Malaysia will continue to focus on enhancing its digital capabilities, providing training and recruiting the best agents and applying strict performance criteria to elevate its agency force in the year ahead.
— The Sun Daily

TMC Life Sciences posts RM6.82m net profit for consolidated period ended Feb 29, 2020
TMC Life Sciences Bhd posted a net profit of RM6.82 million and revenue of RM50.89 million for the consolidated period ended Feb 29, 2020.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia’s forex reserves may dip in immediate term: PublicInvest
Malaysia’s foreign exchange (FX) reserves could ease in the immediate term, due to a rise in risk premium caused by Covid-19, according to PublicInvest Research.
— The Sun Daily

Sabah allows electronic, chemical and fertiliser outlets to open thrice weekly
The Sabah government today have agreed to allow electric and electronic stores as well as fertiliser and chemical shops to operate under the movement control order (MCO).
— Malay Mail

Crude oil supply set to slump, price recovery possible
The slump in crude oil prices has set the stage for a brutal and rapid destruction of supply, as production in the United States has fallen by almost a million barrels per day (bpd) or nearly 7% in just one month, from mid-March to mid-April and the contraction is likely to accelerate, according to CGS-CIMB.
— The Sun Daily

Minister: Communications Ministry will fine-tune compulsory screening to stimulate film industry post-MCO
The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) will fine-tune the implementation of the compulsory screening scheme or any new incentive to stimulate the film industry post-Covid-19.
— Malay Mail

MCO: Couple grateful to tie the knot after waiting for a month
Having to postpone their nuptials for more than a month, today marks the most memorable moment for Muhamad Padzeli Aznan and Nor Haslinda Hashim when they become the first couple in the island to tie the knot during the Movement Control Order (MCO).
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19: Sarawak DAP rep cautions federal govt not to jump the gun on reopening economy
DAP’s Bandar Kuching Member of Parliament Dr Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen today cautioned the federal government against opening up the economic sector in stages prematurely without taking relevant factors into consideration.
— Malay Mail

Oriental Daily newspaper to stop printing weekend editions from May 1, to halve price to 60 sen
Local Chinese-language newspaper Oriental Daily will only be printing on weekdays from May 1 onwards, and will also be reducing its newsstand price from RM1.20 to RM0.60 per copy, national news agency Bernama TV Chinese.
— Malay Mail

Submissions on Najib’s SRC case on June 1
The High Court will hear oral submissions on former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak’s SRC International Sdn Bhd case for three consecutive days beginning June 1.
— The Sun Daily

Single mum gets 30-day sentence for MCO violation commuted to RM1,000 fine
A single mother who was sentenced to 30 days in jail for breaking the movement control order (MCO) had her sentence commuted to a RM1,000 fine after the High Court allowed her revision application.
— The Star Online

IPT students who returned home advised to continue to observe MCO regulations
Students of higher learning institutions (IPT) who are now back home should continue to observe regulations under the Movement Control Order (MCO).
— The Sun Daily

Snag despite nod to resume operations
Some companies have been given the green light to resume operations but red tape has made it difficult, if not impossible, to resume work.
— The Sun Daily

Yinson in pact with Japan firm to provide FPSO vessel for Brazil’s Marlim field
Yinson Holdings Bhd has entered into a proposed business arrangement with Japan Offshore Facility Investment 1 Pte Ltd (JOFI) for the provision of a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel facility for the Marlim field in Brazil.
— The Sun Daily

MCO: High Court replaces single mum’s jail sentence with RM1,000 fine
A single mother, who was sentenced to 30 days jail by the Magistrate’s Court for defying the movement control order (MCO), heaved a sigh of relief after the High Court here today replaced the jail sentence with fine.
— Malay Mail

Covid-19 patient traumatised by social media attacks
The string of insults and verbal abuse netizens hurl at Covid-19 patients, regardless of whether they are tabligh participants or overseas returnees, causes him a great deal of heartache.
— The Borneo Post

Not all industries should operate in full: Masing
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali could be making a mistake by opening the economy on full throttle now.
— New Sarawak Tribune



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