Malaysia morning news for February 21

Malaysia morning news for February 21

Malaysia morning news

Works minister: Govt estimated to save RM2.86b on Sarawak Pan Borneo Highway project
The amount of estimated saving for the Pan Borneo Highway (PBH) Sarawak project based on the overall difference in development cost between the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) model and conventional methods is RM2.865.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia’s hand sanitiser, rubber glove manufacturers in overdrive as demand spikes over COVID-19 fears
With demand for sanitising products surging in Malaysia amid the COVID-19 outbreak, local manufacturers are struggling to fulfill the requests because they, too, are running out of materials.
— CNA

Top Glove sets low yield of 3.95% for RM1.3 billion sukuk issuance
Top Glove Corp Bhd’s sukuk issuance of RM1.3 billion has been priced at 3.95% per annum, the lowest yield ever achieved for a corporate perpetual transaction in the local market.
— The Sun Daily

Dr M urges country’s leaders to be courageous, show integrity
Leaders must exhibit a high level of capability so that their integrity is not easily challenged, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
— Malay Mail

OPR cut, Covid-19 weigh on Malaysian bond yields: RAM Ratings
Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) unexpected overnight policy rate (OPR) cut and the Covid-19 outbreak have pushed Malaysian bond yields lower in January, according to RAM Ratings.
— The Sun Daily

Foreigners ‘exremely cautious’ on investing in Malaysia, says expert
Foreign investors would be extremely cautious on investing in Malaysia, given that Malaysia faces multiple challenges, including the absence of political clarity and long-term economic policy, at a time when they are worried about the global economic outlook.
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19: Three new PUI cases recorded in Sarawak
Sarawak recorded three new Person Under Investigation (PUI) cases for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) today.
— The Borneo Post

Wong: RM4 mln allocation to help bus companies provide stage bus services in S’wak
The federal government has allocated around RM4 million to the Interim Stage Bus Support Fund (ISBSF) to help public bus companies provide stage bus services in the state, said newly appointed Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (LPKP) Sarawak chairman Wong King Wei.
— The Borneo Post

Works minister: New timeline for completion of Sarawak’s Pan Borneo Highway is June 2022
The federal Works Ministry has set June 2022 as the new timeline for the completion of Sarawak’s stretch of the Pan Borneo Highway project, its minister Baru Bian said today.
— Malay Mail

No credible report, research indicating Malaysians will lose jobs: NIOSH
There is no credible report or research indicating that some 100,000 Malaysians will lose their jobs if the Covid-19 situation continues until the end of the year.
— The Sun Daily

Japanese netizens praise Malaysia over Covid-19 measures
“Malaysia is amazing!”This was one of about a thousand responses from Japanese netizens to a tweet praising Malaysia’s guidelines to its people in the wake of the Covid-19 coronavirus disease outbreak in China.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia 1MDB fugitive Jho Low spotted in Wuhan: Police
A fugitive Malaysian financier wanted over a massive graft scandal has been spotted in the city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak, police said, although it was unclear if he had left before Chinese authorities imposed a lockdown.
— CNA

Gobind condemns criminal intimidation made against Guan Eng
Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo (pix) today condemned the alleged criminal intimidation made over social media against Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and said he regarded it as a serious matter.
— The Sun Daily

Tourism Ministry mulling fund injection to help industry recover from Covid-19 outbreak
The Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (Motac) will consider funding injection to help tourism players counter the impact of the Covid-19 situation that has now affected almost every part of the globe.
— Malay Mail

CVLB backs Sarawak’s free school bus service, says new state chairman
The Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) Sarawak is ready to assist the Sarawak government in the event of any changes made to conditions of existing school bus licenses that may affect its upcoming free school bus service, its newly appointed chairman Wong King Wei said.
— The Borneo Post

Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak: Govt saves RM2.86 bln, final cost after evaluation – Baru Bian
The amount of estimated saving for the Pan Borneo Highway (PBH) Sarawak project based on the overall difference in development cost between the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) model and conventional methods is RM2.865 billion.
— The Borneo Post

State Public Works Dept to have oversight over Sarawak Pan Borneo Highway project
The Works Ministry today handed over the letter of appointment to the Sarawak Public Works Department (Sarawak PWD) to be the Superintending Officer (SO) in implementing the state’s section of the Pan Borneo.
— Malay Mail

Malaysian firm offers AI-based profiling of Chinese visitors for virus
MyEG Services Bhd (MyEG) said on Wednesday it had developed a coronavirus risk-profiling system for visitors from China and was offering the artificial intelligence-based service to the governments of Malaysia and the Philippines.
— The Sun Daily

Businesses can expect direct help from stimulus package: Ong
Businesses that are most severely affected by the Covid-19 outbreak can expect to receive direct assistance under the economic stimulus package, especially those in the tourism, retail and aviation sectors, said International Trade and Industry deputy minister Dr Ong Kian Ming (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Bintang RTM 2020: Your chance to be a star
Eligible songbirds are invited to participate in an audition for Bintang RTM 2020 to be held on Feb 22 – 23 at Delta Mall, Sibu.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Rosmah trial: Hybrid project wasn’t needed, says senior Treasury official
There was no need for a billion ringgit solar hybrid project in Sarawak as the existing electricity supply to schools was already sufficient, the High Court heard today.
— Malay Mail

Primary Industries Ministry to submit proposal on stimulus package to MOF
The Primary Industries Ministry is having discussions with its stakeholders to draw up a proposal to include industry players in the commodities sector for consideration in the economic stimulus package.
— The Sun Daily

Stop-work order only for The Address II, says FT minister
The stop-work order is specific only to condominium project The Address II in Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur, and not sister development, The Address, as both were granted a different development order, said Federal Territories.
— Malay Mail

Sarawak’s centralised school idea held up dilapidated schools repair, says Guan Eng
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng admits delays in implementing repair of dilapidated schools in Sarawak because the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Ministry of Works (MOW) did not agree with the proposal by Sarawak government to build centralised schools.
— The Borneo Post

Why no UEC holders in teacher training programme this year, asks MCA
The Education Ministry must explain why there are no UEC (Unified Examination Certificate) holders entering the Bachelor of Education teacher training programme (PISMP) this year, says Datuk Chong Sin Woon.
— The Star Online

Johor govt seeks to boost information dissemination among the masses, says exco
The Johor government’s success lacks publicity and is in need of integrated measures to convey the information to the public, said a senior state government executive committee member.
— Malay Mail

Govt looking to locals for tourism in light of Covid-19
The government is boosting efforts to promote domestic tourism to offset the impact of declining international tourist arrivals to Malaysia due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
— The Star Online

In court, businessman says gave Zahid RM2m cheques for ‘donations’ tagged ‘charity’, ‘political fund’
A businessman today told the High Court that he personally handed over three cheques totalling RM2 million on each of his three visits in 2017 and 2018 to then home minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
— Malay Mail

T7 Global bags 10-year MOPU job from Petronas Carigali
T7 Global Bhd has secured a mobile offshore production unit (MOPU) contract from Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd for a period of 10 years.
— The Sun Daily

Lower expenses lift Matrix Concepts Q3 profit
Matrix Concepts Holdings Bhd’s net profit rose 34.4% to RM65.33 million in the third quarter ended December 31, 2019 from RM48.61 million in the same quarter of the previous year, attributed to reduced selling and marketing expenses as well as administrative and general expenses.
— The Sun Daily

E-wallet: Government’s aspiration towards a cashless society
Digital economy and rapid technological transformation are key catalysts to a country’s progress, and in heading towards this direction, the government is going all out to encourage the public to embrace technology, including offering airwaves for 5G networks.
— The Sun Daily

Maxis Q4 earnings soar 33.5%, 5 sen dividend declared
Maxis Bhd saw a 33.5% increase in net profit for the fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2019 to RM355 million from RM266 million, which the group attributed to the strength of its core mobile business, coupled by the growth in fibre and enterprise businesses and delivery of its Fuel4Growth savings.
— The Sun Daily

Pan Borneo Highway: Gov’t saves RM2.86b, final cost after evaluation, says Baru Bian
The amount of estimated saving for the Pan Borneo Highway (PBH) Sarawak project based on the overall difference in development cost between the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) model and conventional methods is RM2.865 billion.
— The Sun Daily

Agong attends 256th meeting of Conference of Rulers
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today attended the second day of the 256th meeting of the Conference of Rulers at Istana Negara here.
— Malay Mail

TH Hotels owner defends Guan Eng, calls rumour of shutdown malicious
Urusharta Jamaah Sdn Bhd (UJ) denied today rumours that the Ministry of Finance or its minister, Lim Guan Eng, had shut down TH Hotels and laid off its workers, calling the allegations malicious and irresponsible.
— Malay Mail

Sarawak PWD appointed as Superintending Officer of Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak
The Works Ministry today handed over the letter of appointment to the Sarawak Public Works Department (Sarawak PWD) to be the Superintending Officer (SO) in implementing the state’s section of the Pan Borneo Highway (PBH) project.
— The Borneo Post

Harder for B40 group to get housing loan with bad record: Expert
It is difficult for those in the B40 group to get a housing loan due to their low income. However, having a good credit rating will help in securing financing for a house.
— The Sun Daily

Report: Melaka PH reps unhappy with CM and state govt, may jump ship, claims PAS
Several Melaka Pakatan Harapan (PH) state lawmakers are said to have become disillusioned with the ruling coalition and are supposedly interested in joining the Opposition bloc, Sinar Harian reported today. The Malay…
— Malay Mail

RAM Ratings sees Jan inflation rising to 1.8%
RAM Ratings expects the overall inflation rate to increase to 1.8% in January, from 1% seen in December 2019, underpinned by higher transport fuel inflation amid the low-base effects on retail fuel prices.
— The Sun Daily

Pakatan MPs claim DBKL partially paying for Bangsar-Damansara highway project
Two Pakatan Harapan MPs want the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to speed up its investigation into alleged malpractices in the Bangsar-Damansara Elevated Highway project, valued at RM211 million.
— Malay Mail

MH370 kin chide murder-suicide theory, demand action and answers from Putrajaya
Local relatives of victims onboard the missing Flight MH370 have denounced the murder-suicide theory which has surfaced yet again yesterday, but demanded that Putrajaya respond to the allegation and come clean on what really.
— Malay Mail

2020: KPLB to focus on socio-economic and human capital developments
Getting rid of the stigma linking poverty with the rural areas is among the efforts and challenges which the Rural Development Ministry (KPLB) wants to tackle this year.
— The Sun Daily

Shell offering zero-fee Touch ‘n Go top-up at stations on NSE, NKVE, ELITE, ECE
Now there are more places for you to reload your physical Touch ‘n Go card with no extra charge as Shell is waiving the 50 sen reload fee at all stations along PLUS Expressway (NKVE and ELITE) as well as East-Coast.
— Malay Mail

Sabah court uses AI to sentence drug offenders
The magistrate’s courts here yesterday conducted proceedings with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) technology for the first time in the country.
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19: Job loss trend remains normal, says Human Resources Ministry
The trend in job losses in the wake of Covid-19 infections is normal and has not risen dramatically, said the Human Resources Ministry today.
— The Sun Daily

Leaders must show excellent capability, avoid having integrity questioned: Mahathir
Leaders must exhibit a high level of capability so that their integrity is not easily challenged, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pix).He said it was important for leaders to espouse a high level of leadership values including the courage to face challenges.
— The Sun Daily

Bakam point to prosper Miri tourism
The newly completed Bakam Point near Kampung Bakam along Miri Coastal road here will be able to generate local tourism sector to the surrounding areas, says Lambir Assemblyman Ripin Lamat.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Guan Eng did not chair meeting on Tabung Haji: JPM minister’s office
The office of the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department today denied that Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (pix) chaired a meeting on Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) as seen in a photo which went viral on social media.
— The Sun Daily

Damansara Realty feels bite of higher cost of sale
Damansara Realty Bhd’s net profit for the fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2019 fell 15.4% to RM14.67 million from RM17.34 million a year ago, mainly due to higher cost of sale.
— The Sun Daily

Pharmacy fined RM10,000 for selling face masks above controlled price
For selling face masks at RM1 higher than the controlled price, a pharmacy here was fined RM10,000 by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) yesterday.
— The Sun Daily

 

 

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