Malaysia morning news for January 2

Malaysia morning news for January 2

Malaysia morning news

Malaysia promotes digitalisation of economy
The Malaysian government will ensure the digitalisation of the economy will not leave anyone out of the mainstream of development, Minister of Finance Lim Guan Eng said at a tech conference on December 30.
— VietnamPlus

Despite police warning, Muslim students group proceed with anti-Dong Zong rally
Over 300 Muslim students gathered in a peaceful protest here today to simultaneously rally public support for jawi and demand the government ban Chinese educationist group Dong Zong for opposing plans to teach the script.
— Malay Mail

Delay in petrol subsidy plan to prevent heavy burden on taxpayers, says finance minister
Lim Guan Eng today explained the government decided to postpone rolling out its Petrol Subsidy Programme (PSP) out of concern an abrupt float of pump prices could hike living costs for those outside of the bottom 40 per cent.
— Malay Mail

Solid infrastructure bolsters economic outlook
Solid infrastructure investment, as seen in the recent revival of the 196.7ha Bandar Malaysia project, certainly gives a great impetus to the country’s economic growth in the new era, said IQI Global chief economist Shan Saeed.
— The Sun Daily

M’sia successfully handling terrorist groups, says Muhyiddin
Malaysia has succeeded in managing the issue of terrorist groups despite having to face various challenges, says Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
— The Star Online

Positive impact from govt’s development spending to be seen by mid-2020: Lim
The government, which remains steadfast in the belief that Malaysia will achieve an economic growth of 4.8% this year, expects to see positive effects from its development spending latest by June 2020, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Guan Eng: Positive impact from govt’s development spending to be seen by mid-2020
The government, which remains steadfast in the belief that Malaysia will achieve an economic growth of 4.8 per cent this year, expects to see positive effects from its development spending latest by June 2020, said Finance.
— Malay Mail

Kimanis by-election: Sabah Umno’s Mohamad Alamin named the BN candidate
Sabah Umno has announced former Bongawan assemblyman Datuk Mohamad Alamin as the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Kimanis parliamentary by-election, confirming earlier predictions.
— The Star Online

Cabinet, not Finance Ministry, to decide on official cars, says Guan Eng
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng today clarified that the decision for the procurement of official cars for senior government officers, including ministers, rests with the Cabinet.
— Malay Mail

MCMC identifies pioneer spectrum bands for 5G rollout
The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has identified certain spectrum bands as pioneer spectrum bands for the rollout of 5G technology.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia’s motorcycle hailing service Dego Ride begins operations as company looks to expand coverage
The operations of Malaysia’s homegrown motorcycle hailing company Dego Ride went live on New Year’s Day (Jan 1) with over 700 approved riders, and it is set to expand its operations.
— The Straits times

Commentary: Malaysia wades into tricky waters with Kuala Lumpur Summit
Behind Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s attempt at a conference to discuss issues relevant to the Muslim world are objectives that hit closer to home, says Dr Mustafa Izzuddin.

My vision of a Malaysian civilisation in 2020 and beyond
In 1991, before he became a Tun, Dr Mahathir Mohamad had a very big dream to turn Malaysia into a civilisation to rival those in the West.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia detains 87 Chinese nationals in anti-scam raids
In a series of raids in Puchong, Selangor, yesterday, Malaysia’s Immigration Department detained 87 Chinese nationals who were believed to be involved in scams.
— The Straits times

Observers: Malaysia must deal with sagging economy
According to observers, Malaysia must cope with a sagging economy due to the impact of the global trade tension in 2019 and strive to find a foothold before the transfer of power scheduled next year.
— VietnamPlus

Malaysia reduces voting age to 18
The year 2019 saw Malaysia becoming the latest country to amend its constitution to lower the voting age to 18 from 21, previously.
— The Borneo Post

Develop self along with country’s progress, Dr M tells Malaysians
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad last night called on Malaysians to develop themselves in tandem with the government’s efforts to bring progress to the country.
— The Borneo Post

NRD denies viral picture is Sabah temporary pass
The National Registration Department (NRD) yesterday clarified that the picture of a Temporary Resident Identity Card (MyKAS) uploaded on a Facebook account is not Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) as claimed by the account user.
— The Borneo Post

22,457 illegal immigrants in Johor apply for B4G programme
A total of 22,457 illegal immigrants in Johor have applied to return to their countries of origin under the ‘Back For Good’ (B4G) programme as at Dec 29.
— The Sun Daily

Ahead of 2020, Najib claims Malaysians truly enjoyed ‘shared prosperity’ under BN
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Raza today lambasted Pakatan Harapan (PH) for what he called a dismal 2019, claiming thousands of people lost their jobs as the government allegedly failed to manage the economy well.
— Malay Mail

Singapore-Johor carpool app: Sameride says usage not subject to LTA regulations
The company says it is a communication platform for commuters, and not a taxi app that has to comply to LTA guidelines.

5,000 enforcement officers on the ground to ensure smoking ban enforced
Over 5,000 environmental health officers will be on patrol to ensure full enforcement of the smoking ban at all eateries nationwide, which takes effect today, said Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye.
— The Borneo Post

Sarawak experiences fourth hillslope collapse in 48 hours
Landslide in the hilly Puncak Borneo area is threatening residents of Kg Karu in southern Sarawak.
— The Star Online

Selangor banking on sports and medical tourism to bring in 8m visitors this year
The Selangor state government is targeting eight million tourist arrivals this year, as part of the overall Visit Malaysia 2020 tourism campaign.
— Malay Mail

Health Ministry: Decriminalising suicide bids will enable more accurate figures since doctors under-report
The government’s plan to change the law and stop suicide attempts from being treated as a crime will lead to more accurate figures on how many such attempts occur in Malaysia, the Health Ministry has said.
— Malay Mail

Mahathir hopes 2020 brings greater prosperity to Malaysians
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pix) hopes that the year 2020 will bring greater happiness and prosperity to all in the country, leaving behind 2019 with a host of bitter and sweet memories.
— The Sun Daily

VM2020 kicks of Malaysia’s tourism calendar
The launch of Visit Malaysia Year 2020 (VM2020) opens the country’s tourism calendar with the target to attract 30 million international tourists and generate revenue for the nation.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysian e-hailing drivers and users uncertain over Jan 1 mandatory child car seat ruling
The use of child car seat will be mandatory in Malaysia beginning Wednesday (Jan 1), but e-hailing drivers and customers are left unsure about how they should comply with the ruling.

Malaysia to see slight moderation in employment growth
Malaysia’s full employment state is expected to continue in 2020, while analysts also note that slight moderation could be observed in the employment growth this year.
— The Borneo Post

Patriot hopes total ownership of O&G realised
Sarawak Patriot Association (SPA) president Datuk Dr John Lau said his wish is for Sarawak to have total ownership of oil and gas resources and the people would benefit from them.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Salahuddin ignores criticism in efforts to transform MOA
In his efforts to bring about a change in the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry (MOA) which core businesses are for the benefit of the people, Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub has chosen to ignore criticism thrown at him.
— The Borneo Post

Ministry hopes to see many youths take up farming in 2020
The Ministry of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development aims to encourage as many youths to take up farming as a career in 2020, says Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who also holds this ministerial portfolio.
— The Borneo Post

Cuepacs urges govt to retain critical allowance payment
The Congress of the Union of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) has urged the government to retain the Critical Service Incentive Payment (BIPK) involving 33 service schemes.
— The Sun Daily

Man on the street becomes Finance Ministry’s focus in 2020
The Finance Ministry will focus more on catering to the needs of the man in the street in 2020, said its minister Lim Guan Eng (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Keep improving yourselves to drive country forward, Dr M tells Malaysians
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad tonight called on Malaysians to develop themselves in tandem with the government’s efforts to bring progress to the country.
— Malay Mail

Finance Ministry to focus on public’s welfare in 2020
The Finance Ministry will focus more on catering to the needs of the man in the street in 2020, said its minister Lim Guan Eng.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia slams Dutch politician for calls to initiate Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest
Malaysia is deeply concerned with the latest move by Dutch parliamentarian and Party of Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders (pix) to reinitiate a caricature competition depicting Prophet Muhammad despite strong condemnations of a similar move by him earlier, said Wisma Putra.
— The Sun Daily

Dego Ride could provide 5,000 jobs for B40 youth, says Syed Saddiq
The youth and sports minister says youth who become riders can earn between RM1,500 and RM3,000 depending on the number of customers.
— FMT News

New Year’s Eve blues: 23 Chinese nationals arrested over online scam
Police detained 23 China nationals on suspicion of being involved in an online scam syndicate following raids at several units at Empire City in Damansara Perdana.
— The Star Online

As Visit Malaysia Year kicks off, PAS demands govt reinstate visa for Chinese, Indian tourists
Islamist party PAS today demanded Putrajaya cancel its visa waiver programme for Chinese and Indian tourists as part of the Visit Malaysia Year 2020 campaign, until an ongoing problem of overstaying migrants from the two.
— Malay Mail

Ensure press freedom, repeal restrictive laws, Geramm reminds govt
Media advocacy group Geramm (Gerakan Media Merdeka) has once again called on the government to fulfil its promise of press freedom by repealing all laws that stifle freedom of expression.
— The Star Online

As Visit Malaysia 2020 kicks off, tourists at KLIA get grand reception
A total of 299 air travellers got to experience Malaysian hospitality first-hand today in conjunction with the Visit Malaysia 2020 (VM2020) campaign, when they were treated to a grand reception at the Kuala Lumpur International.
— Malay Mail

Non-Chinese constitute 22% of new pupils in S’wak vernacular school
Twenty-two per cent of the total 211 new pupils enrolling in Kuching Chung Hua Primary School (CHPS) No 4 here are non-Chinese.
— The Sun Daily

Tenom fire: Five family members buried together
Five members of a family who perished in a fire at a house in Kampung Menara Pamilaan early yesterday, were buried together at the Ulu Pamilaan Muslim Cemetery near here.
— The Sun Daily

Mahathir joins thousands at Lampu 2019 festival
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pix) last night joined thousands of visitors at Dataran Putrajaya here to witness the colourful Festival Light and Motion Putrajaya 2019 (Lampu 2019).
— The Sun Daily

Home minister: Terrorist groups issue in Malaysia handled successfully
Malaysia has succeeded to manage the issue of terrorist groups, although the authorities had to face various challenges, said Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
— Malay Mail

Kuala Lumpur ushers in 2020 with glittering display
At the stroke of midnight, Kuala Lumpur ushered in 2020 with a colourful presentation of images filling the skies over Dataran Merdeka in the federal capital while fireworks displays lit up cities and towns throughout the country.
— The Sun Daily

Acknowledging unhappiness in 2019, PM promises Malaysia better in 2020
On the final day of 2019, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad conceded that some Malaysians were dissatisfied with the Pakatan Harapan administration’s performance over the year.
— Malay Mail

Sarawak Public Transportation Committee coming
Committee to help plan and implement public transportation system KUCHING: The State Ministry of Transport will officially form the Sarawak Public Transportation Committee in early 2020.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Malaysia condemns move to reinitiate caricature competition on Prophet Muhammad
Malaysia is deeply concerned with the latest move by Dutch parliamentarian and Party of Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders to reinitiate a caricature competition depicting Prophet Muhammad despite strong condemnations of a similar move by him earlier, said Wisma Putra.
— The Borneo Post

Cuepacs cautions against slashing critical service allowance
The Union of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) has urged the government to retain the Critical Service Incentive Payment (BIPK) involving 33 service schemes.
— Malay Mail

Putrajaya to celebrate silver jubilee in 2020
As the world ushers in the year 2020, the Federal Territory of Putrajaya will also celebrate its silver jubilee to mark the 25th anniversary of its establishment as Malaysia’s federal government administrative centre.
— The Sun Daily

Bursa Malaysia to monitor FBSM’s progress on listing compliance
Bursa Malaysia Securities Bhd (Bursa Securities) today said it would continue to monitor the progress of FSBM Holdings Bhd (FSBM) in respect of its compliance with the listing requirements.
— The Sun Daily

Back govt’s efforts to boost economy, Malaysians told
Malaysians should support Putrajaya’s efforts to boost the country’s economy, Minister of Economic Affairs Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said today.
— Malay Mail


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This week’s Malaysia morning news feature photo focuses on environmental concerns throughout Asean — death of Malaysia’s last Sumatran rhinoceros.


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