Malaysia morning news for January 31

Malaysia morning news for January 31

Malaysia morning news

Govt ready to stimulate economy if the need arises: Guan Eng (Updated)
The government is evaluating the need for an economic stimulus package and is ready to launch the measures to deal with the effects of the 2019 novel coronavirus if necessary, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said.
— The Sun Daily

Muhyiddin: Enough laws to curb fake news even without repealed Act
Existing laws are enough to combat misinformation on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin said to dispel criticism against Pakatan Harapan for repealing the Anti-Fake News Act.
— Malay Mail

Free masks and sanitizers in Penang to prevent Wuhan flu
The Penang government is taking no chances with the Wuhan flu. It has begun distributing hand sanitizers and surgical masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus that causes the flu.
— The Sun Daily

Stricter drunk driving penalty shows Pakatan’s will to act, says Kit Siang’s aide
Transport Minister Anthony Loke’s move for harsher penalties to be imposed on drunk drivers following recent incidents demonstrates Pakatan Harapan’s political will, said Lim Kit Siang’s political secretary Syahredzan.
— Malay Mail

Wuhan coronavirus: All flights from China to Sabah suspended as state govt imposes travel ban
The Sabah state government has decided to temporarily suspend all scheduled and chartered flights from China to Sabah with immediate effect until further notice in light of the latest Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.
— The Borneo Post

Chong’s ministry in talks to ensure face mask supply due to Wuhan virus
The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry’s officers are meeting with face mask manufacturers in Kuala Lumpur today to discuss increasing the production of face masks due to the Wuhan coronavirus, said its deputy minister Chong Chieng Jen.
— The Borneo Post

Sultan Mahmud Airport management holds briefing on coronavirus
In efforts to prevent the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus in Terengganu, the management of the Sultan Mahmud Airport (LTSM), in collaboration with the Kuala Nerus district health office, held a briefing session with more.
— Malay Mail

Don’t hike price of face masks for quick profit, Chong warns businesses amid Wuhan virus outbreak
Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers have been warned not to take advantage of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak by increasing the price of face masks and hand sanitizer products.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia arrests 4 more people for spreading false information about Wuhan virus
Malaysia on Wednesday (Jan 29) arrested four people on suspicion of spreading false information about the Wuhan virus on social media.

Economic stimulus package a possibility after coronavirus impact, says Guan Eng
The Finance Ministry might be planning an economic stimulus package to handle the impact of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), says Lim Guan Eng.
— The Star Online

Preserve historical sites and monuments, state govt urged
The Sarawak government has been urged to preserve historical sites and monuments, and to put more of Sarawak’s history in books.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Sabah temporarily suspends all flights from China over virus fears
Deputy Chief Minister Christina Liew says the state’s decision may be unpopular among tourism players but it has to be carried out to protect the wellbeing of the people.
— FMT News

Japan takes quick action following Dr M’s request for joint oil spill response
Japan has taken quick action on a request by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe for joint collaboration between the two countries in oil spill response, especially in the South.
— Malay Mail

Lotte Chemical Titan Q4 earnings jump 26 times on disposal gain
Lotte Chemical Titan Holding Bhd’s net profit for the fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2019 surged 26 times to RM187.76 million from RM7.22 million a year ago, mainly due to a one-off gain on the disposal of equity interest in LACC LCC to Eagle US2 LLC for RM139.5 million, capitalisation of depreciation of right-of-use assets of RM6.6 million.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia depends on India for onions– Why?
The Indian onion may be smaller in size than other vegetables but many people especially in the northern states of the country shed tears last year when a shortage in Indian onion supply caused the price to skyrocket.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Bursa Malaysia’s net profit slips 12.1% in Q4, declares 10.4 sen final dividend
Bursa Malaysia Bhd’s net profit fell 12.1% to RM45.56 million in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2019 (Q4 19) from RM51.86 million reported in the same quarter of the previous year, mainly due to higher staff costs and operating expenses.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia respected again, no longer seen as a kleptocracy – Dr Mahathir
Just a year after the launch of the National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP) 2019-2023, Malaysia is no longer seen as a kleptocracy and is a respected nation again, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
— The Borneo Post

RTD issues 577 CRS advocacy notices
The Road Transport Department (RTD) has issued 577 advocacy notices to private vehicle drivers who carry children without using the Child Restraint System (CRS) or child car seats, since the regulation was made mandatory starting Jan 1 this year.
— The Borneo Post

AirAsia X to be affected by Wuhan coronavirus
AirAsia Group Bhd’s (AirAsia Group) long-haul affiliate AirAsia X Bhd (AirAsia X) could be more affected by the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak compared with the group’s domestic and regional flights.
— The Borneo Post

Defence Ministry offers aircraft to bring home Malaysians from Wuhan
The Ministry of Defence is ready to send the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) aircraft to China to bring home Malaysians in Wuhan, in the wake of the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak in the republic.
— Malay Mail

120 attend Sarawak Women NGOs Roundtable
A total of 102 participants from 20 women non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from around Sarawak attended the Sarawak Women NGOs Roundtable at Merdeka Palace Hotel here yesterday.
— New Sarawak Tribune

KPWKM to implement 33 programmes this year — Dr Wan Azizah
The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry (KPWKM) will continue to focus on efforts to improve the well-being of the target groups via the implementation of the 33 programmes that will involve improvements in legislation, capacity development and protection aspects.
— The Borneo Post

KPLB focuses on socio-economic, human capital development
Socio-economic and human capital developments of the rural communities will become the main focus of the Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB) this year, said its Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun.
— The Borneo Post

MCC goes real smart
Miri City Council (MCC) is embarking on several Smart City programmes to improve the service delivery of MCC and to enhance community facilities.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Police to receive 200 new MPVs this year — Muhyiddin
The Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) is set to receive 200 mobile patrol vehicles (MPV) this year to ensure its logistical needs keep up with modernisation in its efforts to boost national security.
— The Borneo Post

Early childhood educators are just as important
Early childhood care and education (ECCE) teachers, practitioners and providers are just as important as other teachers in primary, secondary and tertiary learning institutions.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Voter registrations counter at Matang Mall
All Sarawakians that aged 21 and above and have not register as a voter is urge to do so as soonest possible.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Digital justice: Liew says AI to mete out sentences for drug, rape trials in Sabah from Feb 17
Preparations for courts in Sabah and Sarawak to adopt artificial intelligence (AI) to mete out sentences for drug and rape cases are in place.
— The Star Online

PSB files police report against Meluan rep over alleged inflammatory remark
Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) Youth has this morning lodged a police report against Meluan assemblyman Rolland Duat Jubin over alleged racist remarks he had made against the party’s president Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh recently.
— The Borneo Post

Minister: Plan to decriminalise drug addiction will abide by religion
The government’s plan to decriminalise substance addiction will abide by religious teachings, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad said today.
— Malay Mail

Fatimah: Nursery, kindergarten teachers required to have diploma in ECCE by 2021
All nursery and kindergarten teachers are required to hold at least a diploma qualification in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) by next year.
— The Borneo Post

Bank Muamalat reduces BR, BFR rates effective today
Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd will be reducing its base rate (BR) and base financing rate (BFR) by 25 basis points to 3.56 per cent and 6.56 per cent, respectively, effective today.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Finance minister: Govt may launch stimulus package to deal with effects of coronavirus
The government is evaluating the need for an economic stimulus package and is ready to launch the measures to deal with the effects of the 2019 novel coronavirus if necessary, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said.
— Malay Mail

Talian Kasih records increase in calls last year
The Talian Kasih 15999 hotline received 25,868 calls last year, an increase of over 70% compared with 15,046 calls in 2018, said Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysian thieves avoid bright coloured and flashy cars
Bright or gaudy-coloured vehicles are apparently the best way to thwart potential car thieves.It appears that overly decorated cars with unique markings, stickers or paint are the least targeted by thieves as they are easily identifiable from afar.
— The Sun Daily

Saifuddin Nasution: PKR strife will not cost Anwar the PM’s post
PKR secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail today said the ongoing trouble in PKR will not jeopardise party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s chances of becoming the next prime minister.
— Malay Mail

Two M’sian women nabbed over forced labour of Indonesian woman
The Kedah Labour Department rescued an Indonesian domestic worker who had been forced to work without pay for more than two years and detained the victim’s two employers in a raid in Kampung Berjaya here Wednesday (Jan 29) morning.
— The Star Online

Health Ministry: All Chinese nationals entering Malaysia via Singapore-Johor causeway screened for coronavirus
The Health Ministry today gave assurance that all Chinese nationals entering the country via the Singapore-Johor causeway are being screened on a daily basis to address the spread of the novel coronavirus.
— Malay Mail

Ministry warns stern action will be taken against traders who hike prices of face masks
The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry will take action against traders who hike the prices of face masks and hand sanitiser products in the wake of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.
— The Star Online

Perak to buy thermal scanners as precaution against Wuhan virus
The Perak government is planning to purchase and place two thermal scanners at its international entry points to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the state.
— Malay Mail

Kaspersky: Cyberthreats in Malaysia heading downwards but local threats are still a serious problem
In its Kaspersky Security Bulletin Q4 2019 for Malaysia, Kaspersky revealed that cyberthreats are heading towards a downward trend as Malaysians are now privier towards cyberthreats online.
— Malay Mail

Man gets beaten up at Klang High Court compound
The husband of a woman who was being charged at the High Court in Klang for cheating was assaulted at the parking lot of the court last week.
— The Sun Daily

Spreading fake news can affect national economy
The dissemination of fake news can have a dangerous impact on the country, according to a criminologist.
— The Sun Daily

Appreciate role of Chief Secretary to Govt: Mahathir
The role played by the Chief Secretary to the Government as the link between administrative members and civil servants is vital for government policies and decisions to be understood and well-received, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.
— The Sun Daily

VM2020: 3.2m museum visitors expected, 131 events planned
The Department of Museums Malaysia (JMM) is targeting 3.2 million visitors to 22 museums across the country in conjunction with Visit Malaysia 2020 (VM2020).
— The Sun Daily


Feature photo Ron-Nature-Adventures

This week’s Malaysia morning news feature photo focuses on raptors of Asean, here the Oriental Honey Buzzard.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



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