Malaysia morning news for February 26

Malaysia morning news for February 26

Malaysia morning news

Perak customs seize contraband cigarettes, alcohol worth over RM2m
The Perak Customs Department confiscated two million sticks of cigarettes of various brands worth RM2 million (tax included), during an inspection at a house in Sitiawan, Lumut, on Feb 12.
— The Sun Daily

Why Did Malaysia’s Prime Minister Just Resign?
Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: Malaysia’s prime minister unexpectedly steps down—but remains interim leader, stocks fall sharply on fears of coronavirus pandemic, and dozens are hurt in Germany after a man drove into a carnival parade.
— Foreign Policy

Second mission to evacuate Malaysians from Wuhan to go ahead as planned – Nadma
The second mission to bring back 75 Malaysian citizens and their families who have been stranded in Wuhan, China, following the Covid-19 outbreak in the republic will go ahead as planned, despite the current political situation in the country.
— The Borneo Post

RAM Ratings maintains stable outlook on Malaysian power sector
RAM Ratings Services Bhd has maintained its stable outlook on the Malaysian power sector amid the impending liberalisation of the industry in Peninsular Malaysia.
— The Sun Daily

Dr M quit over pressure to scupper power transfer to Anwar, claims Kadir Jasin
Datuk A. Kadir Jasin asserted today that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had been relegated to being a minority voice in his own party by factions keen on aligning with “crooks and kleptocrats”.
— Malay Mail

Moody’s warns of downside risks to Malaysia’s credit profile
The political uncertainties are weighing on private investment and could pose downside risks to Malaysia’s credit profile if the new government changes the policy emphasis away from fiscal consolidation and institutional reforms, said Moody’s Investors Services.
— The Sun Daily

Guan Eng: Dr M gave nod for economic stimulus to proceed
Interim prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad agreed that the economic stimulus package finalised on the day of his resignation should continue, Lim Guan Eng said today.
— Malay Mail

Domestic sales boost Nestle’s Q4 earnings, RM1.40 final dividend declared
Nestle (Malaysia) Bhd’s net profit for the fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2019 rose 6.5% to RM131.82 million from RM123.82 million a year ago on the back of robust domestic sales.
— The Sun Daily

No legal obstacle to form new ruling coalition, but against spirit of Malaysia’s constitution: Expert
The series of actions by some political parties – seen as efforts to overthrow Pakatan Harapan and form a new ruling coalition – is not against Malaysia’s Federal Constitution by the letter of the law, said an expert on Malaysia’s constitution.

Bank Negara assures markets of sufficient liquidity as ringgit skids 0.72% against dollar
The ringgit saw a drop of as much as 0.78% to 4.2271 against the US dollar yesterday following the upheaval in the Malaysian political landscape which culminated in the resignation of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister.
— The Sun Daily

What you need to know about Mahathir’s resignation and the political upheaval in Malaysia
In a shock move, Dr Mahathir Mohamad resigned as Malaysia’s prime minister on Monday (Feb 24), while quitting as chairman of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).

UM grad confirms will be charged tomorrow over convocation protest against VC
Universiti Malaya (UM) graduate Wong Yan Ke today confirmed that he will be charged tomorrow over his October 2019 protest against the university’s vice-chancellor Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim during his graduation ceremony.
— Malay Mail

Second mission to evacuate Malaysians from Wuhan to continue: Nadma
The second mission to bring back 75 Malaysian citizens and their families who have been stranded in Wuhan, China, following the Covid-19 outbreak in the republic will continue, despite the current political situation.
— The Sun Daily

Worn-looking Dr M ends Day One as interim PM with country still in uncertainty
Interim prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad left his first day of work at 5.45pm today with the country no closer to escaping its current political turmoil.
— Malay Mail

Dr M proposes to lead ‘unity government’, say sources
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is proposing to lead a unity government and has invited lawmakers from across rival political parties to join, political sources said on Tuesday (Feb 25), after his shock resignation as premier.
— The Star Online

Economic stimulus package to proceed on date to be announced by interim PM: Lim
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has indicated that the economic stimulus package will go ahead on a date to be announced by him in his capacity as the interim Prime Minister, according to former finance minister Lim Guan Eng (pix).
— The Sun Daily

BN and PAS want fresh polls
Barisan Nasional (BN) and PAS have called for Parliament to be dissolved and general elections be held. Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa said they had informed the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah of their stand.
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19: 20th patient fully healed, says ‘thank you Malaysia’
A Chinese national, who was registered as the 20th Covid-19 patient in the country, has thanked the Malaysian government and hospital staff for their help and support throughout the recovery process.
— Malay Mail

Lim Kit Siang questions opposition’s belief in anti-corruption
It is a question that will keep opposition MPs, particularly those from Umno, awake at night: Were you happy to see former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak arrested and put on trial?
— The Sun Daily

KLCI makes rebound after opening lower
The FBM KLCI rebounded at mid-day amid the country’s political uncertainties following the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia’s political machinations: What happens next?
Malaysia’s government has collapsed after the resignation of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, which followed a failed bid by rivals to form a new coalition aimed at stopping leader-in-waiting Datuk Seri Anwar.
— Malay Mail

Top leaders from PKR, DAP, Amanah arrive for special meeting at PKR HQ
Several top leaders from PKR, DAP, and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) have arrived for a special meeting at PKR’s headquarters in Merchant Square here on Tuesday (Feb 25).
— The Star Online

Sarawak Pakatan chief criticises former PKR MPs for abandoning party
Sarawak Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Chong Chieng Jen today expressed regret that three federal lawmakers from the state PKR chose to quit the party to allegedly join Umno and PAS in forming a new federal government.
— Malay Mail

Penang unlikely to be affected by realignment in political landscape, says CM
Penang will unlikely be affected by the possible realignment of the country’s political landscape after the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government and the resignation of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the Prime Minister.
— The Star Online

GPS already voiced support for Tun M on Sunday, says its sec-gen
Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) already expressed its full support for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s leadership of the country, on Sunday.
— The Sun Daily

Penang stable, state govt still Pakatan, says chief minister
Penang remains a Pakatan Harapan (PH) state and its government is functioning and stable, its Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said today amid the collapse of the coalition at the federal level.
— Malay Mail

No cause for concern in Sabah over country’s political turmoil, says Zaini
State police commissioner Datuk Zaini Jass has assured Sabahans that the state is free from any public safety concerns despite the ongoing political turmoil at the federal level.
— The Borneo Post

Claiming PAS trying to save Malaysia, info chief says DAP must not be in new government
PAS is fully against the inclusion of DAP in the new administration, information chief Kamaruzaman Mohamad said today when accusing the rival party of causing communal friction in the country.
— Malay Mail

PKR Youth launches campaign to support Anwar as PM
No Malaysians in their right mind can accept the betrayal made by certain elected representatives who choose to come into power through undemocratic means.
— The Sun Daily

Fatimah wants changes in S’wak native laws to set minimum marriage age for teens
Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah wants changes to be made to native customary laws in Sarawak to set a minimum age of marriage for teenagers, particularly girls.
— The Borneo Post

Some Malaysia state governments face limbo amid political turmoil
The fate of some Malaysian state governments are in question after recent political developments in the country that saw Prime Minister Mohamad Mahathir resign and the governing Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition break apart on Monday (Feb 24).

Mohd Zuki chairs special meeting with ministry sec-gens
Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Mohd Zuki Ali has chaired a special meeting with secretaries-general from all ministries to ensure it is business as usual in the civil service.
— The Sun Daily

Status quo in Selangor, MB commits to mandate
It is status quo in Selangor, after its Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari pledged to respect the mandate of the people and to continue running the administration as it is.
— The Sun Daily

Busloads of PAS, Umno MPs arrive at palace for interview with Agong
Several PAS MPs have arrived at the Istana Negara at 2.45pm today in a chartered bus, to be followed by another bus of Umno MPs.
— Malay Mail

Dr M masters political art of quitting to assert power
Having stunned Malaysia by resigning as prime minister yesterday as a power struggle erupted within the ruling coalition, 94-year-old Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was immediately asked by the Southeast Asian nation’s king to.
— Malay Mail

Melaka peaceful and under control, says police chief
Melaka police have assured that the situation in the state remains under control, and warned the public not to speculate on the country’s current political situation and create uncertainties among the people.
— Malay Mail

Malacca peaceful and under control: Police chief
Malacca police have assured that the situation in the state remains under control, and warned the public not to speculate on the country’s current political situation and create uncertainties among the people.
— The Sun Daily

Tabung Haji appoints new faces to strengthen financial and investment portfolio
Three new faces have been appointed to lead the senior management team of Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) to strengthen its financial and investment portfolio.
— Malay Mail

PMO says Dr M met party leaders today, to see others tomorrow
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad received visits from several political party leaders at his office today, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said.
— Malay Mail

Steer clear of alliance with Umno and PAS, NGO urges GPS
A non-governmental organisation has cautioned the state’s ruling coalition, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), against joining a federal alliance that consists of Umno and PAS.
— The Borneo Post

Voter loses appeal over EC’s meeting, decision relating to Semenyih by-election
A registered voter has lost her appeal at the Court of Appeal here for a declaration that a meeting convened by the Election Commission (EC) chairman alone without other members and decisions made at the meeting relating to the Semenyih state by-election was null and void.
— The Sun Daily

Just another day in the office, says Mahathir
It’s just like any other day in the office for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as he now helms the nation as the interim prime minister, maintaining status quo prior to the collapsing of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.
— The Sun Daily

GPS MPs arrive at Istana Negara for interview with Agong
All 18 Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) MPs have arrived at the Istana Negara in an excursion bus to meet with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
— Malay Mail

Malaysian Bar agrees with AG’s advice that current political issues be settled by Dewan Rakyat
The Malaysian Bar today echoed the advice of the Attorney General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas that the political turmoil the country is facing right now be settled by the Dewan Rakyat.
— Malay Mail

‘Reform process must not be derailed’
Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) has called upon all parties to work together for the betterment and future of the country, and not derail the important reform and progress already made thus far.
— The Sun Daily



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