Malaysia morning news for January 30

Malaysia morning news for January 30

Malaysia morning news

Malaysia confirms 3 more Wuhan virus cases, bringing total to 7
Three more cases of a new coronavirus have been reported in Malaysia, bringing the total number of cases in the country to seven.

Malaysia to negotiate with China for return of its citizens from Wuhan: PM Mahathir
Malaysia will initiate a negotiation as soon as possible with the Chinese government to bring home its citizens in Wuhan city, which has been locked down amid a coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Wednesday (Jan 29).
— Channel NewsAsia

Suspect detained by MCMC for spreading fake news on the coronavirus outbreak
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has detained a suspect for allegedly spreading fake news on the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak.
— The Sun Daily

Insurance covers only treatment, not quarantine
Health insurance policies are likely to cover the cost of treatment for a coronavirus infection.However, if the patient is merely put under quarantine, he will most likely have to personally bear the costs.
— The Sun Daily

Higher water tariff necessary to upgrade infrastructure: Academics
The government’s proposal to raise the water tariff has elicited mixed response from the public. Academics, however, contend that the increase is justified if the extra revenue generated is used to upgrade the water industry’s infrastructure and provide better services to consumers.
— The Sun Daily

DPM: Women Ministry to focus on Sexual Harassment Bill, social work as profession in 2020
The introduction of a law on sexual harassment and recognising social work as a profession will be among the priorities of the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM) in 2020.
— Malay Mail

Trans-Borneo Highway to be completed in 10 years: Baru
The construction of the Trans-Borneo Highway linking the interiors of Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan in Indonesia will be completed in the next 10 years, said Works Minister Baru Bian (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Imported food from China to undergo checks as precaution
Imported food products from China will undergo strict checks at all entry points nationwide, says Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub.
— The Star Online

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry to focus on organisational anti-corruption plan this year
The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) would focus on the development of the Organisational Anti-Corruption Plan (OACP) this year, said its minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia-China ties still at peak despite temporary ban over coronavirus, Putrajaya’s special envoy says
Despite a temporary travel and visa ban against residents of Hubei province and Wuhan, ties between Malaysia and China is still the best it has ever been, the Prime Minister’s special envoy to China Tan Kok Wai said today.
— Malay Mail

Ministry keeps an eye on supply of face masks
The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry will closely monitor and take necessary action to ensure sufficient supply of face masks in the market to help keep the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection in check.
— The Sun Daily

Stripping black cocaine king’s assets only first step, says Penang top cop
Fresh from their RM366mil haul of assets from a drug lord behind the smuggling of billions of ringgit worth of black cocaine, police will work to connect the dots from the seized riches to the illicit drug trade.
— The Star Online

FT ministry aims to resolve KL, Selangor border issues
Resolving the border issues in the Klang Valley is among the main focuses of the Federal Territories Ministry this year, said minister Khalid Abdul Samad (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Pos Malaysia revises commercial postage rates, people not affected
Pos Malaysia Berhad (Pos Malaysia) will be revising commercial postage rates effective Feb 1, 2020, saying that the move will not affect the rakyat.
— The Borneo Post

Court awards almost RM1.7m in damages to Myanmar refugee in negligence suit
The Court of Appeal here today awarded a Myanmar refugee almost RM1.7 million in damages in a medical negligence lawsuit.
— The Sun Daily

Face masks, hand sanitiser sold out in JB, KK
The increased public awareness on the threat posed by the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has led to the steep rise in the demand for face masks and hand sanitiser..
— The Sun Daily

Azmin: Agriculture microfinance promotes growth, food security
Micro-financing offered to Bottom 40 (B40) micro-entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector will have a multiplier effect, promoting economic growth and the nation’s food security, says Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
— Malay Mail

MOF to expedite additional allocation for 12 thermal scanners
The Ministry of Finance will be expediting the additional allocation for 12 thermal scanners as stated by Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
— The Sun Daily

Sarawak buys test kits for Wuhan coronavirus to hasten results
Sarawak is buying a Rapid Blood Test Kit (RBTK) to expeditiously verify suspected Wuhan coronavirus cases in the state, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
— The Borneo Post

Marine cops nab five trying to enter country illegally
Marine police have detained five foreigners for trying to enter the country illegally at Pantai Kuari in Teluk Ramunia here.
— The Star Online

Women’s ministry looking at sexual harassment bill, making social work a profession
The introduction of a law on sexual harassment and recognising social work as a profession will be among the priorities of the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry in 2020.
— The Star Online

Water Services Industry Act to be amended: Minister
The Water Services Industry Act 2006 will be amended to beef up enforcement to curb water resources pollution incidents, said Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Dr A. Xavier Jayakumar.
— The Sun Daily

Coronavirus: ECRL staff celebrating CNY in China advised not to return until situation is under control
The East Coast Rail Link project workers, who had returned to their hometowns in China to celebrate the Lunar New Year, have been advised to postpone their trips back to Malaysia until the situation is brought under control.
— The Sun Daily

UTM issues directive to postpone all programmes to China following coronavirus outbreak
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) today issued a directive that all programmes involving students and staff to China, be postponed with immediate effect, in the wake of the 2019 novel coronavirus threat.
— Malay Mail

New management a gamechanger for SCIB
Following the emergence of its new largest shareholder as well as a new management team back in October 2019, Sarawak Consolidated Industries Bhd (SCIB) is looking to expand its business outside of precast concrete manufacturing and into engineering, manufacturing, construction and commissioning (EMCC).
— The Borneo Post

Rifle licence revocation to start soon
Sarawak Commissioner of Police (CP) Datuk Ramli Din stated that the revocation of rifle ownership licences in Sarawak will commence soon. “No licences have been revoked yet as we are still waiting from the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) headquarters on what they meant by ‘in stages’. “Perhaps they will issue a letter to the […]
— New Sarawak Tribune

Flattish year ahead for Pavilion REIT, says Affin Hwang
Affin Hwang Capital Research has slashed its 2020-21 earnings forecast for Pavilion REIT (PREIT), following its weaker-than-expected earnings for FY19 ended Dec 31, according to a recent note by the research house.
— The Sun Daily

Xavier: Water Services Industry Act to be amended
The Water Services Industry Act 2006 will be amended to beef up enforcement to curb water resources pollution incidents, said Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Dr A. Xavier Jayakumar.
— Malay Mail

Glove, medical stocks on Bursa surge on coronavirus fears
Glove stocks surged to Bursa Malaysia’s top five gainers list today on China coronavirus outbreak concerns, while other healthcare and medical-related stocks also saw a spike in investor interest as the world takes measures to contain the spread of the deadly virus.
— The Sun Daily

Penang International Airport, after upgrade, will be a boon for state’s tourism ambitions
The stature of the Penang International Airport (PEN) will be enhanced once the ongoing RM261 million renovation is complete.
— The Sun Daily

Circles.MD to launch portal to facilitate doctor-patient communication
Health communications app Circles.MD plans to launch a doctor-patient communication portal in mid-2020 as it aims to raise US$1.2 million (RM5 million) by end of March.
— The Sun Daily

Coronavirus: Airasia extends suspension of all flights to and from Wuhan
The suspension of all AirAsia flights from Kota Kinabalu, Bangkok and Phuket to Wuhan, China is now extended until the end of February.
— The Sun Daily

Bursa Malaysia ends in the red, CI down 1.34%
Bursa Malaysia ended the day in the red, with the benchmark index falling 1.34%, due to weak market sentiment in sync with bearish regional markets.
— The Sun Daily

Filling stations to be started during Malacca water supply disruption
A scheduled water rationing exercise will begin tomorrow (Jan 29) for 550,673 (62.8% of) consumers in Malacca, a statement from Syarikat Air Melaka Bhd (SAMB) said today.
— The Sun Daily

Ex-bank officer seeks to strike out Najib’s suit over disclosure of details
Najib’s lawyer Muhammad Farhan Muhammad Shafee says he will respond to the application as Joanna Yu Gin Ping has to explain her action.
— FMT News

Kit Siang: Long road ahead for Pakatan to restore public trust
DAP veteran and Iskandar Puteri MP Lim Kit Siang today reminded the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration of its long and daunting task to restore public confidence in the government.
— Malay Mail

King shows caring side by checking on accident victim
The King has once again shown his caring side when he stopped his motorcade to check on an accident victim, Wednesday (Jan 29) morning.
— The Star Online

Proton-packed Geely takes on Honda and Toyota in Southeast Asia
Li Chunrong was hired by Chinese automaker Geely to revive the fortunes of the Proton brand in Malaysia, and it took him two years to eclipse Japanese giants Honda and Toyota.
— The Sun Daily

Girl, 3, falls to death from fourth floor of teachers’ quarters in Gombak
A three-year-old girl was killed while her six-year-old sister severely injured, believed to have fallen from the fourth floor of a teachers’ quarters in Gombak, near here yesterday.
— Malay Mail

Ban all Chinese from entering? No evidence plan will contain coronavirus, health advocates say
There is not enough data to suggest that blanket travel bans against Chinese nationals will be effective in containing the spread of the Wuhan virus, medical practitioners and health advocates have explained amid an uproar.
— Malay Mail

Calling for more nominations of Sabah women leaders
The Sabah Women Advisory Council is calling for more nominations of women leaders in Sabah to take part in the 2020 Sabah Level Women’s Award scheduled for March 8.
— The Borneo Post

Rosman Mohamed appointed as CEO of Bank Rakyat
The Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives has announced the appointment of Datuk Rosman Mohamed as the chief executive officer of Bank Rakyat, effective Feb 1, 2020.
— The Borneo Post

USIM cancels internationalisation programme to China
Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) has cancelled its internationalisation programme to China and Hong Kong with immediate effect in the wake of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak.
— Malay Mail

TNG Digital eyes smaller merchants as e-wallet battle hots up
Against the backdrop of a highly competitive e-wallet segment, TNG Digital Sdn Bhd aims to expand its network of merchant partners in 2020 to stay ahead of its competitors.
— The Sun Daily

41 MyCorps volunteers on community development missions in three countries
Forty-one volunteers from the Malaysian Youth Volunteerism Leadership Programme (MyCorps) are participating in community development projects in three South Asian countries, namely India, Nepal and Bangladesh for two months.


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