Malaysia morning news for January 8

Malaysia morning news for January 8

Malaysia morning news

Malaysian passport ranked 13th most ‘powerful’ worldwide
The Malaysia passport is ranked as the 13th most “powerful” in the world, as holders enjoy visa-free access to 178 countries.
— The Star Online

GDP growth to decelerate to 4.3% in 2020: MARC
The Malaysian Rating Corporation Bhd (MARC) is forecasting a real gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 4.3% in 2020 below the government forecast of 4.8% due to weaker external trade performance and softer domestic demand growth.
— The Sun Daily

Muslims should unite after Iran commander’s killing: Malaysian PM
Muslim countries should unite to protect themselves against external threats, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday after describing the U.S. killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani as immoral.
— Reuters

Govt on track to build 1 million affordable homes, says Zuraida
The government is on track to build one million affordable homes by 2028 as pledged in its election manifesto, says Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.
— The Sun Daily

Grab tax exemption offer, PTPTN urges employers
The National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) has so far received a total of RM383,285.91 from 15 employers who helped settle their workers’ PTPTN loan repayments.
— The Borneo Post

India asks refiners to stop buying Malaysian palm oil after political row: Sources
India has informally asked palm oil refiners and traders to avoid buying Malaysian palm oil, government and industry sources said on Tuesday (Jan 7), following Malaysian criticism of India’s actions in the Kashmir region and its new citizenship law.
— Channel NewsAsia

Malaysia-China trade hits new high in 2019
Malaysia-China bilateral trade will hit another record high in 2019, with figures from the first 11 months already eclipsing the previous year’s total at US$111bil (RM455bil), says Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian.
— The Star Online

Customs seizes contraband cigarettes, alcoholic beverages worth over RM13,000 in Bintulu
The Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) has seized a total of 194,360 sticks of contraband cigarettes and 29 litres of alcoholic beverages valued at RM13,985 with unpaid duties worth about RM132,218.75 from a premises in Bintulu yesterday.
— The Borneo Post

I will decide on appointment of education minister – Dr Mahathir
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today that he will decide on the appointment of the new education minister because it is his prerogative.
— The Borneo Post

Jan 24 hearing for Najib’s bid to stay proceedings of IRB suit
The High Court here today set Jan 24 to hear former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak’s application for a stay of the proceedings of the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) lawsuit seeking him to pay RM1.69 billion in income tax, pending an appeal on the tax assessment to IRB.
— The Sun Daily

Petronas shares soar after court dismisses Sarawak state govt appeal
Petronas-related shares soared in early trading today after the Court of Appeal moved to dismiss the Sarawak state government and Comptroller of State Sales Tax’s appeal against an earlier decision by the High Court.
— The Borneo Post

MARii, CATARC, DRB-Hicom, Proton to develop NxGV testing centre
The Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii), China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC), DRB-Hicom and Proton have teamed up to develop next generation vehicle (NxGV) testing facilities in Malaysia.
— The Sun Daily

Final report on National Digital ID expected ready by June 30: MCMC
The final report of a comprehensive study to establish a user-centric National Digital Identity (ID) framework for Malaysians is expected to be ready by June 30 this year and its recommendations will be tabled to the Cabinet for further action.
— The Sun Daily

IRB’s application for summary judgement on Ku Nan’s case to be heard on Feb 24
The Inland Revenue Board’s application to get a summary judgement in its suit against former Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor to recover RM57.17 million in income tax arrears will be heard by the High Court on Feb 24.
— The Sun Daily

SRC trial: Najib denies signing papers as finance minister to authorise SRC investments abroad
Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today he did not sign any official documents when he had been the finance minister to authorise SRC International Sdn Bhd to use its capital for foreign investments in the energy sector.
— Malay Mail

Feb 7 hearing of forfeiture application against Jakel Trading
The High Court here today fixed Feb 7 to hear an application by the prosecution to forfeit RM628,314.00 that was seized from Jakel Trading by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for allegedly linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fund scandal.
— The Sun Daily

Forfeiture application against Jakel Trading to be heard Feb 7
The High Court here has fixed Feb 7 to hear an application by the prosecution to forfeit RM628,314 that was seized from Jakel Trading by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for allegedly being linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.
— The Star Online

Ace Innovate makes a solid LEAP Market debut
Ace Innovate Asia Bhd (AIAB) opened at 27 sen on its LEAP Market debut, a 3.8% premium over its issue price of 26 sen.
— The Sun Daily

AirAsia offers special late night flights at fixed low fares between Peninsular M’sia, S’wak for Lunar New Year
AirAsia is offering special late night flights at fixed low fares between Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak from Jan 21 to Jan 31, in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration.
— The Borneo Post

Complaint committee to be set up to monitor 20 enforcement agencies
The Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption (JKKMAR) has agreed with the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission’s (EAIC) proposal on the need to set up a Complaint Committee (JKA), Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pix) announced today.
— The Sun Daily

Govt mulls new watchdog for other law enforcers after IPCMC, says PM
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said the government is considering setting up a new committee to oversee possible misconduct in 20 law enforcement agencies.
— Malay Mail

Muslim NGOs send protest note to US Embassy over assassination of Iranian general
A coalition of Islamic NGOs formally submitted a memorandum to the United States’ embassy here to protest its assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani with a drone strike in Iraq last Friday.
— Malay Mail

Dr M: M’sia doing well when compared with rest of the world
Malaysia is doing well if compared with the rest of the world, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
— The Star Online

MCMC: Action will be taken against telcos if they fail to comply with standards
Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will hold telecommunications companies (telcos) responsible for poor mobile network coverage.
— The Sun Daily

Police view seriously individuals who buy, possess air guns
The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) takes a serious view against individuals who purchase and are found in possession of air guns as it can lead to criminal acts.
— The Sun Daily

First phase of BSH 2020 starts Jan 20
The first phase payments of the Cost of Living Aid (BSH) 2020 for the household category registered in the 2019 BSH database, will be made beginning Jan 20.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Broad construction sector rally unlikely, says HLIB Research
The potential for a broad rally in the construction sector remains capped despite its impending recovery driven by the revival of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and the Bandar Malaysia porjects, says Hong Leong Investment Bank Research (HLIB Research).
— The Sun Daily

15 new KFC outlets eyed by year-end
QSR Brands (M) Holdings Bhd plans to open 15 new KFC restaurants throughout the country by the end of this year following the successful opening of 30 new outlets in 2019.
— New Sarawak Tribune

NASA planet hunter finds Earth-sized world in ‘Goldilocks zone’
NASA said Monday that its planet hunter satellite TESS had discovered an Earth-sized world within the habitable range of its star, which could allow the presence of liquid water.
— The Borneo Post

Two men charged with attempted murder after cop run over on Xmas eve in Melaka
Two unemployed men were charged in the Magistrate’s Court here today with attempting to murder a policeman last month.
— Malay Mail

Negotiation on MA63 waste of time, says Sarawak political activist
Francis Paul Siah says there has been no decision despite more than a year of deliberations by Putrajaya and the governments of Sabah and Sarawak.
— FMT News

MOH committed to delivering better healthcare services – Dr Dzulkefly
Increased spending in the nation’s health sector and adding value to government and private healthcare services are among the Health Ministry’s biggest challenges, its minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said.
— The Borneo Post

PM will decide on appointment of education minister
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today that he will decide on the appointment of the new education minister because it is his prerogative.
— The Sun Daily

3 S’wakians win over RM18m from Sports Toto Jackpot
December 2019 was a lucky month for three Sarawakians who walked away with over RM18 million of Toto 4D Jackpot 1 winnings.
— The Sun Daily

Zuraida: Govt on track to deliver one million affordable homes in 10 years
The government is on track to achieving its target of building affordable homes, with nearly 200,000 units having been built, or in construction in the last one year and a half.
— The Star Online

Dr M likens US assassination of Iranian general to Saudi-linked killing of journalist Kashoggi
The US drone strike that killed Iran’s top military official Qasem Soleimani was no different than the suspected murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi that Saudi Arabia is accused of committing, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir.
— Malay Mail

Ex-DBKL official charged with taking RM1m in bribes to give out jobs
A former Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) deputy director was charged with accepting RM1.1 million in bribes in 2018 and 2019 as inducement to award contracts.
— Malay Mail

Wisma Putra: Two Malaysian students injured in South Africa robbery discharged
Two out of four Malaysian students who were injured during a robbery in Durban, South Africa, on January 3, have been discharged from the King Edward Hospital.
— Malay Mail

Xinyi launches 31MWp rooftop solar PV system project
One of the world’s largest solar glass manufacturer, Xinyi Glass Holdings Ltd, via its subsidiaries Energy Smart (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and Xinyi Solar (Malaysia) (Xinyi), has launched its large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Melaka yesterday.
— The Borneo Post

200 MFLS Tier 3 participants to undergo training abroad from Feb
About 200 participants of the Malaysia Future Leaders School Tier 3 (MFLS Tier 3) programme will undergo leadership training abroad starting in February.
— The Borneo Post

US-Iraq tensions take the wind out of Bursa Malaysia’s sails
The jubilant mood of the New Year seems to have quickly worn off for Bursa Malaysia, with the benchmark index falling below the 1,600-point psychological level once again as tensions in the Middle East escalate.
— The Sun Daily

Consumer stocks to feel the heat
Higher commodity prices and the implementation of the proposed targeted fuel subsidy are expected to impact food producers’ profit margins this year, according to a note from HLIB Research.
— The Sun Daily

Sufficient stock of influenza medicine at Health Ministry’s facilities
There is sufficient stock of medicines to treat influenza infections at the Health Ministry’s facilities.
— The Sun Daily

JKDNKA records 1,996 smuggling cases last year
A total 1,996 smuggling cases involving seizures worth RM290.4 million were recorded by the Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order Department (JKDNKA) during the whole of last year.
— The Sun Daily

 

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