Malaysia morning news for January 16

Malaysia morning news for January 16

Malaysia morning news

Malaysia Airlines suspends Boeing 737 MAX deliveries on jet’s grounding
Malaysia Airlines said today it had suspended deliveries of 25 Boeing Co 737 MAX jets, citing the plane’s delayed return to service since it was grounded last year following two fatal crashes.
— The Sun Daily

MoF allocates RM100m for tahfiz, Islamic schools’ maintenance and upgrades
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng today handed over an allocation of RM100 million to Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusof Rawa for the purpose of upgrading and maintenance of registered Islamic.
— Malay Mail

Customs Dept seizes almost 20 million cigarettes in Port Klang this month
The Customs Department has seized almost 20 million cigarettes, for which duty amounting to RM12.5 million has not been paid, in two separate raids this month.
— The Sun Daily

7-Eleven Malaysia defends bike-hailing venture
7-Eleven Malaysia Holdings Bhd has defended its move to acquire a 46.45% stake in e-hailing motorcycle taxi services operator Myinteractivelab Sdn Bhd (MSB) for RM7.51 million.
— The Sun Daily

HRW: Malaysia’s reform process failing as govt lacks political will
The Malaysian government’s human rights record will be judged on its accomplishments, and not its promises, says the Human Rights Watch (HRW).
— The Star Online

Guan Eng: No need for PM transition meeting, Dr M likely to quit after Apec meet
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today dismissed the need for a Pakatan Harapan (PH) presidential council meeting to fix a date for the transition of power from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia, ‘unsympathetic to Indian concerns’, may pay the price now
As India’s economic clout grows, New Delhi is creating its own version of sanctions for countries seen as unsympathetic to its concerns and core interests.
— Livemint

Malaysia’s FGV fell short of labour norms, palm industry watchdog says
The global palm oil industry watchdog said it has suspended the sustainability certification process for some plantations of Malaysia’s FGV Holdings, after the world’s largest palm oil producer failed to meet labour standards.
— The Sun Daily

Overwhelming response on first day of RM30 e-Tunai initiative, mobile apps report heavy traffic
Touch n’ Go eWallet and Boost service providers experienced overwhelming response over the RM30 e-Tunai Rakyat initiative, causing heavy traffic on their mobile applications.
— The Star Online

OCBC: Malaysia’s GDP growth seen at 4.2% – 4.4% this year
Malaysia’s gross domestic product is expected to be within the range of 4.2% to 4.4% this year, according to OCBC chief economist and head of treasury research & strategy Selena Ling.
— The Sun Daily

Vehicle sales in Malaysia to top 608,000 units this year: Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan foresees Malaysian vehicle sales this year reaching approximately 608,790 units at a growth rate of 1%, as the economy is expected to continue recording positive growth in 2020, driving consumer confidence throughout the year.
— The Sun Daily

Malacca Green Corp CEO claims trial to LTTE-linked charges
Malacca Green Technology Corporation CEO S. Chandru pleaded not guilty in the High Court here today to three charges linked to the LTTE terrorist group.
— The Sun Daily

Police seize 1.5 tonnes of various drugs worth RM145 million
Police scored a major success with a drug bust following the arrest of nine people and the seizure of more than 1.5 tonnes of multiple types of narcotics worth almost RM145 million, here on Monday.
— The Sun Daily

Education Ministry has never prevented Ponggal celebration in schools
The Ministry of Education today said it has never prevented the Ponggal festival from being celebrated in schools.
— The Sun Daily

Get clients, then work on products, budding entrepreneurs advised
Entrepreneur coach says they should also differentiate their offerings to enhance the potential for success.
— FMT News

Ex-RMN lieutenant commander claims trial to cheating
A former Royal Malaysian Navy lieutenant commander today pleaded not guilty in the sessions court to cheating a woman in a smartphone supply contract valued at RM236,000 last year.
— The Sun Daily

LTTE: Hearing of DAP member Suresh Kumar’s case to begin on Feb 24
The High Court here today fixed seven days beginning Feb 24 to hear the case involving DAP member V. Suresh Kumar, who is charged with giving support to the LTTE terrorist group through Facebook.
— The Sun Daily

WWF-Malaysia working to come up with sentencing guidelines for wildlife crime in S’wak
WWF-Malaysia Sarawak Office is working to come up with a set of sentencing guidelines for judges in relation to wildlife crime in Sarawak, said its Head of Conservation Jason Hon.
— The Borneo Post

Customs foils attempt to smuggle in RM1.53m worth of cigarettes
The Selangor Customs Department foiled attempts to smuggle in RM1.53 million worth of white cigarettes in two separate raids at the North Port here recently.
— Malay Mail

Gobind: Intensify efforts to strengthen local creative industry
Efforts to strengthen the local creative industry should be continued to drive the country towards greater success at the international level, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.
— Malay Mail

Penang water authority says dam reserves at record low, urges conservation
Water reserves at Penang’s two main dams are at an all-time low and people in the state are advised to reduce unnecessary usage.
— Malay Mail

Labuan sea transport services go cashless Feb 1
Cash payment for sea transport services from Labuan to destinations in Sabah and Sarawak will soon be a thing of the past once the online payment system takes off on Feb 1.
— The Sun Daily

Additional waste collection service during CNY in Penang
The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) will provide additional domestic and bulk waste collection services in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration.
— The Sun Daily

National Digital Identity introduction survey to be completed by June 30
A comprehensive report from a study to introduce the National Digital Identity (ID) which is expected to curb fraud and online fake news is expected to be completed by June 30th.
— The Borneo Post

RoS removes temporary ban on MTUC
The Registrar of Societies (RoS) has lifted the temporary suspension imposed on the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) on December 19 last year.
— Malay Mail

Sime Darby’s indirect unit ordered to pay RM427m to CCCC Tianjin Dredging
Sime Darby Bhd’s 36.63%-owned joint venture company Weifang Port Services Co Ltd (WPS) has been ordered by the Qingdao Maritime Court in China to pay the outstanding sum of RMB711 million (RM427 million) and late payment interest to CCCC Tianjin Dredging Co Ltd.
— The Sun Daily

Atlan Q3 earnings down on higher expenses, finance costs
Atlan Holdings Bhd posted a 42.5% decline in its net profit to RM7.9 million for its third quarter ended Nov 30, from RM13.7 million at the same time last year on higher operating expenses, finance costs and depreciation and amortisation.
— The Sun Daily

Fixed-income outlook – neutral on valuation, favourable on domestic demand
The outlook for Malaysian fixed income remains neutral on valutation, albeit favourable on domestic activities according to a note by AmResearch.
— The Sun Daily

Report: Kelantan MB’s official car is a Mercedes with ‘DV 1’ plate
Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob’s official vehicle is a Mercedes-Benz with the licence plate “DV 1”, a report by Malaysiakini today said amid a viral photo alleging the fact.
— Malay Mail

Bursa Malaysia bucks regional trend, CI ends at intraday high
Bursa Malaysia rebounded from earlier losses to close higher today, bucking the downtrend in regional stock markets, spurred by late bargain hunting in selected index-linked counters, dealers said.
— The Sun Daily

Perak MB: Pangkor’s duty-free status being implemented in stages
Pangkor Island’s duty-free status does not mean all items sold at other duty-free zones – like alcohol and cigarettes – will be available from the get-go, says Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu.
— The Star Online

No more hunting: Police to revoke firearms permits used for poaching
The hobby of big game hunting here will soon be a thing of the past when police start phasing out the issuance of firearm licences to such hunters.
— The Sun Daily

Putrajaya appoints Tok Pa as Teraju head
Former International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed has been appointed as chairman of the Leading Bumiputera Agenda Unit (Teraju) under the Prime Minister’s Office, for a period of two years.
— Malay Mail

Penang water consumers advised to reduce usage
Consumers in Penang have been urged to reduce water usage to avert any possible rationing in view of the drought which has hit the state for most part of the last four months.
— The Sun Daily

Federal Court dismisses Muslim-convert mother’s appeal bid against custody order of children
The Federal Court here today denied a Muslim-convert mother’s application for leave to appeal against the Court of Appeal’s order in granting full custody of her two children to her ex-Buddhist husband.
— Malay Mail

Announcement on proposed PLUS highway takeover soon, says Guan Eng
The proposed takeover of PLUS Malaysia Bhd and four other highway concessionaires was discussed on Wednesday’s (Jan 15) Cabinet meeting, Lim Guan Eng confirmed.
— The Star Online

SC introduces guidelines on offering of digital tokens
The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) today introduced a new Guidelines on Digital Assets which will prescribe the regulatory requirements to conduct an offering of digital tokens.
— The Sun Daily

DESB wins two contracts from Petronas Carigali
Dayang Enterprise Sdn Bhd (DESB) has won two contracts for the provision of integrated hook-up and commissioning (i-HUC) services for Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSB).
— New Sarawak Tribune

Shot down: Hunting clause for licensed firearm holders to be removed, says IGP
Bukit Aman will rescind the hunting condition that permits 6,900 licensed firearms holders to hunt wildlife, says Tan Sri Abdul Bador.
— The Star Online

Think tank predicts Dr M’s ‘outward-looking’ policies will help Malaysia weather recession
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s support for trade openness and non-political interference amid rising protectionism and the Sino-American trade war will help Malaysia weather an impending recession, according to.
— Malay Mail

Singer fined RM27,000 for keeping, confining sun bear in apartment
Former ‘Rockanova’ reality show participant, Zarith Sofia Mohd Yasin was fined RM27,000 by the Sessions Court here today for keeping and confining a sun bear cub at her apartment in Desa Pandan in June last year.
— Malay Mail

Malaysians living better this year, survey reveals
Malaysians are better off this year than they were the last year, according to a recent study.
— The Sun Daily

Aliran urges govt not to sell NSE to private sector
The government needs to oppose any sale of the North-South Expressway (NSE) to the private sector because companies tend to focus more on profits rather than social obligations, says Aliran.
— The Sun Daily

Feb 5 mention for 1MDB bond cases against Goldman Sachs (Singapore) Pte
The High Court here yesterday set Feb 5 for mention of the government’s RM27.2 billion (US$6.5 billion) 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) bond cases against Goldman Sachs (Singapore) Pte.
— The Borneo Post

TH Heavy Engineering unit regains Petronas supply licence
TH Heavy Engineering Bhd’s (THHE) wholly owned subsidiary, THHE Fabricators Sdn Bhd (TFSB) has regained its Petronas licence to supply products and services to exploration and oil and gas companies in Malaysia.
— The Sun Daily


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She commenced as an intern at AEC News Today and was appointed as a junior writer/ trainee journalist on April 2, 2018

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