Malaysia morning news for January 17

Malaysia morning news for January 17

Malaysia morning news

Ministry seeks diplomatic solution to India’s restriction on refined palm oil imports
The Primary Industries Ministry is seeking diplomatic solutions with India following their move to restrict refined palm oil imports from Malaysia.
— The Sun Daily

Road development plans for Sabah & Sarawak
Works Minister Baru Bian will emphasise the three crucial road development plans for Sabah and Sarawak in order to provide better connectivity for the people and to further boost economic development in both states.
— New Sarawak Tribune

S’wak Forestry praise hefty RM1.4mil fine, one-year jail sentence for pangolin smugglers
The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) hails a Sessions Court Judge for imposing a RM1.4mil fine and one-year jail sentence against two pangolin smugglers in Bintulu in northern Sarawak.
— The Star Online

CM: RM2.8 bln allocation to be used for first phase of state water supply grid
KUCHING: The Sarawak government will fully utilise its RM2.8 billion allocation for water supply projects to implement the first phase of the state water supply grid this year, says Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg. He pointed out that this will include raw water resources projects, treatment plants, distribution system, upgrading works, …
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia talks to India over palm curbs as wider trade spat looms
Malaysia is talking to Indian government and trade officials in a bid to resolve concerns over New Delhi’s new palm oil import restrictions, Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said today amid a trade spat between the countries.
— The Sun Daily

Solar-powered barge a key ‘interceptor’ for Klang River plastic waste
Scooping waste from a Malaysian river to stop it reaching the sea, a solar-powered barge named the “Interceptor” is the latest weapon in a global battle to rid the world’s waters of plastic.
— Malay Mail

Digital bank licences in Malaysia and Singapore: A comparison
The new digital bank licences proposed by the Singapore government is the talk of the town in Singapore nowadays.
— e27

Action against companies selling unapproved child safety seats – Loke
The Transport Ministry is working with the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry to monitor and ensure child restraint seats (CRS) in the market are in accordance with the necessary safety standards.
— The Borneo Post

Bank Islam, Global Psytech partner up to address credit gap for SMEs
Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd and local financial technology company Global Psytech Sdn Bhd have come together to implement a credit riskassessment solution known as General Financial Insights (GFI), which estimates the risk of providing financing to an applicant, even in the absence of a traditional credit history. .
— The Sun Daily

U.S.-China deal could hurt Malaysia palm oil exports to China- Malaysian official
Malaysia’s palm oil exports to China jumped 33.9% in 2019 to 2.49 million tonnes but Beijing’s latest trade deal with the United States could limit gains this year, a Malaysian palm official said on Thursday.
— The Sun Daily

Sarawak Customs seizes luxury watches worth over RM16 mln in raids
The Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) has seized luxury watches worth RM16.412 million with an unpaid duty of RM820,607.67 in two separate raids here yesterday.
— The Borneo Post

Policy uncertainty weighing on Malaysian aviation sector: HLIB Research
Policy uncertainty relating to the implementation of the operating agreement (OA) and regulated asset base (RAB) model will continue to weigh down on the aviation sector, according to HLIB Research.
— The Sun Daily

Celcom, Alliance Bank team up to help SMEs grow
Celcom Axiata Bhd and Alliance Bank Malaysia Bhd have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on offering small to medium enterprises (SME) a combination of connectivity and banking solutions in order to help them grow and manage their businesses better.
— The Sun Daily

RHB Islamic ends bancatakaful arrangement with Takaful Malaysia
RHB Bank Bhd’s wholly owned subsidiary, RHB Islamic has decided not to continue its bancatakaful service arrangement with Syarikat Takaful Malaysia Keluarga Bhd (STMKB).
— The Sun Daily

Govt not selling, but PLUS has to reduce toll rates: Dr M
The government is not selling Projek Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan (PLUS) Malaysia Berhad but has decided to reduce the toll rates by 18 per cent, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
— The Sun Daily

Loke: Bus service providers must provide cashless payment system to continue receiving subsidies
Bus service providers that receive subsidies from the government must provide a cashless payment system, says Anthony Loke.
— The Star Online

Concerned parents in Malaysia on hunt for influenza vaccine as stocks run low
Parents in Malaysia are hurriedly seeking influenza vaccines for their children amid fears of an outbreak in the community, but their efforts have been hampered by depleted stocks in the clinics and hospitals.
— CNA

Cashless payment the way forward, transport minister tells bus firms
All public transport companies, including those offering stage bus services, should adopt the cashless payment system sooner rather than later, Anthony Loke said today.
— Malay Mail

Close to RM10m credited on first day of e-tunai initiative
Some RM10 million was credited into applicants accounts on the first day of the E-tunai rakyat initiative which started on Wednesday (Jan 15).
— The Sun Daily

Now acting education minister, Dr M says will retain controversial free breakfast scheme
The Education Ministry will proceed with its free breakfast programme for national schools, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.
— Malay Mail

Penang council sets up traffic warden system to cut offences
The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has finally introduced traffic wardens in a bid to curb street congestion and violations, eight years after the idea to set up a dedicated unit was first mooted.
— Malay Mail

Action against companies selling unapproved child safety seats: Loke
The Transport Ministry is working with the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry to monitor and ensure child restraint seats (CRS) in the market are in accordance with the necessary safety standards.
— The Sun Daily

Security and Public Order Consultative Council to be set up
A Security and Public Order Consultative Council (MKKKA) is in the process of being set up to improve the management of current issues related to security threats, said Minister of Home Affairs Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
— The Borneo Post

GOF seizes RM265,860 worth of smuggled beer in Serian
The General Operations Force (GOF) has seized RM265,860 worth of smuggled beer at a premises in Bukar-Sadong Land District in Serian around 12pm yesterday.
— The Borneo Post

Housing developers ordered to rectify defects after complainants take matters to tribunal
The Sarawak Housing Purchaser’s Claims Tribunal here has ordered two housing developers to rectify all the house defects affecting two complainants
— The Borneo Post

PNB announces new leadership lineup
Permodalan Nasional Bhd’s (PNB) today anounced its new leadership team lineup as well as the retirement of its deputy president of strategic investments Datin Kartini Haji Abdul Manaf, and the appointment of a new group head of treasury.
— The Sun Daily

Chief Justice: Mobile court programme to include reaching out to urban poor, not just rural areas
The country’s judiciary mobile court programme will soon be expanded to encompass urban poor, said Chief Justice of Malaysia Tan Sri Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat.
— The Borneo Post

Wang Kelian RCI report to be tabled to Cabinet next week
The Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) report on the discovery of temporary transit camps and mass graves in Wang Kelian, Perlis will be tabled to the Cabinet next week, Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.
— The Sun Daily

Penang land reclamation group submits memorandum to Suhakam, wants project probed for rights violations
The Penang Tolak Tambak ad hoc group today appealed to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) to conduct a full investigation of the plight faced by fishermen affected by the proposed Penang South Reclamation.
— Malay Mail

TNB success result of boldly making changes: Mahathir
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today hailed Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) as a success story of the government privatisation programme and said the power giant has won accolades for its achievements because it made changes boldly, sometimes even going against the grain.
— The Sun Daily

After drug party arrests, activist demands Syed Saddiq’s ministry come clean on contracts
The Youth and Sports Ministry must state its dealings with the firm of a sports official who was among those arrested in a drug party involving the minister’s aide, activist Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi demanded today.
— Malay Mail

RM10 mln spent on first day of e-tunai Rakyat initiative – Guan Eng
Over RM10 million was spent on the first day of the e-tunai Rakyat initiative, says Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng. “As at 10 pm last night, all three service providers of the e-tunai Rakyat initiative namely Boost, GrabPay and Touch ‘n Go eWallet approved 320,000 out of the 380,000 applications.
— The Borneo Post

War, collapse of stock market, but money to be made says feng shui master of 2020
There will be war and the stock market is likely to collapse.On the other hand, there is money to be made in blue chips and real estate.
— The Sun Daily

Religion is not a competition, Dr M tells Malaysians as communal friction persists
Malaysians should not seek to outdo one another in matters of religion, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.
— Malay Mail

MCA bids to intervene in Putra lawyer’s lawsuit challenging vernacular schools
MCA today announced that it will be seeking to be included in lawyer Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz’s lawsuit to declare vernacular schools unconstitutional.
— Malay Mail

Bursa Malaysia pulls back on selling in plantations
Bursa Malaysia retreated from its gains yesterday to open lower this morning weighed down by selling activities in the plantation stocks despite positive external developments following the signing of US-China trade deal.
— The Sun Daily

Don’t bow to Petronas, says Sarawak Minister
Judicial Commissioner Christopher Chin should not submit to the request by Petronas to recuse himself from hearing the suit brought against the corporation by the Sarawak government, opines Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Not true RM400m spent on official cars, says Kelantan MB’s Office
The Kelantan Mentri Besar’s Office has denied using a RM400 million special allocation meant for the state to buy a fleet of Mercedes-Benz as official cars for its senior officials as alleged recently.
— Malay Mail

Dr Chin: 259 people issued with compounds for smoking at eateries in Sarawak
A total 259 people in Sarawak including 44 foreigners were issued with compounds for smoking at eateries in the first two weeks of this year since the smoking ban was fully implemented, said Sarawak Health director Dr Chin Zhin Hing.
— The Borneo Post

Intelligence unit, lab to combat illegal wildlife trade
The Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) is establishing an intelligence unit and securing the Wildlife Health, Genetic and Forensic Laboratory to comply with internationally accepted requirements to conduct wildlife forensic work and combat illegal wildlife trade.
— The Borneo Post

Security and Public Order Consultative Council to be set up, says Muhyiddin
A Security and Public Order Consultative Council (MKKKA) is in the process of being set up to improve the management of current issues related to security threats, said Minister of Home Affairs Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
— Malay Mail

Special meeting to discuss ESSCom proposal to remove curfew: IGP
A special meeting is expected to be held to consider a proposal by the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) to do away with the dusk-to-dawn curfew off the Sabah east coast.
— The Sun Daily

Five-year strategic plan to address underage marriage: Dr Wan Azizah
The National Strategic Plan to Address the Causes of Underage Marriage has been launched today in efforts to curb the problem at the grassroots level.
— The Sun Daily

Agong receives credentials of five foreign envoys to Malaysia
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today received the credentials of five foreign envoys to Malaysia, at Istana Negara here.
— The Sun Daily

Report: Maszlee installed loyalists in key education roles prior to exit
Maszlee Malik appointed at least 26 university officials with Islamist leanings and who were aligned with him and Perlis Mufti Datuk Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin prior to his resignation as education minister, a news portal has.
— Malay Mail

Datasonic gets contract extension to supply raw MyKards to NRD
Datasonic Group Bhd has received a one-year extension from the Ministry of Home Affairs to supply 6.1 million MyKad raw cards and MyKad consumables to the NRD, starting from Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2020.
— The Sun Daily

Focus on reducing demand for drugs to complement enforcement, says Lam Thye
The authorities should focus on reducing the demand for drugs through preventive education to complement admirable enforcement operations, says Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
— The Star Online

Sime Darby Plantation completes Liberian unit disposal
Sime Darby Plantation Bhd’s wholly-owned subsidiary Sime Darby Plantation Investment (Liberia) Pte Ltd has completed its disposal of its entire equity interest in Sime Darby Plantation (Liberia) Inc (SDP Liberia) to Mano Palm Oil Industries Ltd for a total cash consideration of US$1 in cash plus an earn-out payment.
— The Sun Daily

House prices need to be reduced to address overhang: CBRE WTW
The Home Ownership Campaign (HOC) 2019 has not helped to significantly reduce the overhang situation in the country, hence house prices should be lowered to effectively clear out unsold stocks, said CBRE | WTW managing director Foo Gee Jen.
— The Sun Daily

Ex-factory worker wins RM23m Toto jackpot after coming out of coma
A 29-year-old former factory worker from Selangor won the RM23 million Supreme Toto 6/58 jackpot on Jan 12 after recovering from a coma.
— The Sun Daily

Judiciary to step up mobile courts programme in Sabah, Sarawak
The judiciary will step up its mobile courts programme in Sabah and Sarawak, not only in remote areas, but also for the urban poor.
— The Star Online

 

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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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