Malaysia morning news for June 17

Malaysia morning news for June 17

Malaysia morning news

Malaysia’s New Government Cracks Down on Critics
A wave of criminal charges and police probes targeting critics of Malaysia’s embattled new government has rights groups worried the country is backsliding on free speech protections following the brief spell of a reform-minded administration.

Matrade launches MDG guidelines for online export promotion
Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) has introduced the guidelines of Market Development Grant (MDG) for online export promotions in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Borneo Post

Sarawak allows 24-hr business premises to operate fully from Wednesday
All 24-hour business premises in Sarawak will be allowed to operate fully from Wednesday, said State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
— Malay Mail

TNB studying mechanisms to address high electricity bills, says chairman
Tenaga Nasional Bhd is studying several mechanisms to address recent complaints about high electricity charges among consumers during the movement control order (MCO) period, says Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.
— The Star Online

Communications minister: Govt policies, economic, social systems key in driving Malaysia’s digital economy
The newly formed Malaysian Digital Economy Task Force will be focusing on three key components namely government policies, economic and social systems in efforts to promote the country’s digital economy, Communications and.
— Malay Mail

Renew driver’s card to receive RM600 Prihatin aid, taxi drivers told
The Land Public Transport Agency (APAD) advises taxi drivers who have not renewed their expired driver’s cards to do so in order to facilitate the distribution of the one-off RM600 Bantuan Prihatin Nasional.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia’s AirAsia to resume all domestic routes from July
Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia Group will restart all domestic routes from July, Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes said on Monday (Jun 15), after the government eased movement curbs for containing the coronavirus.

Sarawak to restart tourism activities from June 17
Specific tourism, arts and cultural activities will be allowed in Sarawak effective June 17, during the recovery movement control order (RMCO), State Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said today.
— Malay Mail

Ministry summons TNB to clarify increase in electricity bills
The Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (KeTSA) has called Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) to clarify the increase in electricity bills since the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) which has caused public.
— Malay Mail

Notify Unifor before reopening for congregation, non-Islamic religious bodies in Sarawak reminded
All registered non-Islamic religious bodies are required to notify the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) before their reopening effective June 20 under the recovery movement control order (RMCO), State Disaster Management.
— Malay Mail

MMA rejects new shift system for public clinics, says health workers already overworked and stressed
The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has come out strongly against the Health Ministry’s new shift system for government clinics, arguing that public healthcare workers already overworked due to manpower shortages would.
— Malay Mail

GST refunds will be expedited, payments starting June 22, says Tengku Zafrul
The Finance Ministry through the Royal Malaysian Customs Department is committed to ensuring that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) refund to taxpayers will be expedited, and payment to be made beginning June 22.
— Malay Mail

New MDEC chief pushes for Malaysia 5.0 concept
Newly-appointed Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) chairman Datuk Rais Hussin has called for the concept of Malaysia 5.0 as a new narrative for the country.
— Malay Mail

AmBank Research: Malaysia’s unemployment rate could hit 6pc this year
Malaysia’s unemployment rate could hit six per cent or even higher this year, worse than during the 1997 Asian financial crisis and 2008 Great Recession when unemployment rose to 3.2 per cent and 3.7.
— Malay Mail

Labour force grows 0.6 pct in April, lowest since Sept 2014
The number of labour force in April 2020 recorded a marginal growth of 0.6 per cent or 99,100 persons to 15.71 million persons, the lowest growth since September 2014, said the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM).
— The Borneo Post

Advocating brain health awareness
Sunway Medical Centre Velocity (SMCV) is offering unlimited free teleconsultation services with their consultant neurologist Dr Kok Chin Yong and neurosurgeon Dr Gerard Arvind Martin in connection with Brain Awareness Month this year.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Penang records only one dengue death from January to June 13
Only one dengue death was reported in Penang from January to June 13 compared to eight deaths in the same period last year, a decrease of 87.5 per cent.
— Malay Mail

Covid-19 accelerates Malaysia’s digital agenda, says minister
Covid-19 has not only accelerated the country’s digitalisation agenda but also increased the skills of Malaysians using digital platforms in their day-to-day operations, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
— Malay Mail

Low numbers in daily Covid-19 testing due to incomplete data, says Dr Noor Hisham
The Health Ministry is not getting full data from private health laboratories offering Covid-19 testing, resulting in the daily low numbers.
— Malay Mail

PKR Baram chief: Some parts of Miri-Marudi stretch need to be repaired immediately
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Baram branch chairman Roland Engan has urged the relevant authorities to carry out repair works on some parts of the Miri-Marudi road immediately, as he claimed are no longer safe for road users.
— The Borneo Post

PMO refutes cancer remission claims, says website must be held accountable
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has denied allegations by a website that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin breached the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine to seek medical treatment for cancer abroad.
— The Star Online

Unifor releases guidelines for non-Muslim places of worship, limits congregation
Places of worship for non-Muslims in Sarawak will be allowed to open on June 20, with the congregation being limited to not more than 100 people at any one time, depending on the size of the place of worship, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
— The Borneo Post

Tofu factory shut down after DBKL raid uncovers ‘disgusting’ conditions
A tofu processing factory in Jalan Pudu Ulu Cheras here – which has high ratings on an online travel site – was shut down by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) on Monday (June 15) for violating various health and safety regulations.
— The Star Online

Sabah student stays overnight in tree to get better Internet connection for online university exams
Urban folk may have easier access to the Internet, but there are some in rural areas who have to go to great lengths to get good connectivity – such as a student who had to spend the night in a tree and almost got stung by a hornet in order to sit for online examinations.
— The Star Online

Report: Daim Zainuddin says finance minister’s prediction of Malaysia’s economic recovery in 2021 ‘premature’
Tun Daim Zainuddin has suggested over-optimism in Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz’s prediction that the Malaysian economy could start to recover next year.
— Malay Mail

All kleptocrats must be put on trial without political interference – Group
Forty-one non-governmental organizations, civil society organisations and community leaders have expressed deep concern with recent developments in the political arena which appears to roll back, erode and work against the democratic principles and institutions and rule of law of the country.
— The Borneo Post

TYT has discretion in appointing CM, dissolving State Assembly
The recent media reports of potential party switching for the purposes of creating a new “majority” warrant clarification on the legal process by which a Chief Minister is appointed by the Yang Di-Pertua Negeri.
— The Borneo Post

#DemiMalaysiA campaign for Dr Mahathir, Anwar to reconcile as Pakatan decides next move today
Pakatan Harapan (PH) supporters have taken to social media since yesterday to plead for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to bury the hatchet yet again and work together against the Perikatan Nasional.
— Malay Mail

Contact district health office, police if suspicious of health personnel – Health DG
Members of the public can directly contact district health offices or police if they feel suspicious about the presence of health officers at their housing areas.
— The Borneo Post

RM26 mln credited into Yayasan Akalbudi trustee’s account legally, say witnesses
Nine bank officers told the High Court here yesterday that 40 monetary transactions totalling RM25,952,770 received by Messrs Lewis & Co as the trustee of Yayasan Akalbudi belonging to Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi via cheques and demand drafts were lawful.
— The Borneo Post

Penjana timely, apt to address property gap
PropertyGuru lauds the government’s inclusion of timely and relevant measures addressing property gaps in its recent short-term economic recovery package (ERP) – the National Economic Recovery Plan (Penjana), as much-needed catalysts for the market amid larger unemployment and recession woes.
— The Borneo Post

Traffic lights will solve congestion woes in Kota Samarahan
Traffic lights set up by the Public Works Department (JKR) in Kota Samarahan will help ease traffic congestion in the area.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Drink-driving: Man fined RM4,000, licence suspended for two years
A man was slapped with a RM4,000 fine by the Traffic Court here today for driving under the influence of alcohol yesterday.
— Malay Mail

Religious activities at non-Muslim houses of worship allowed with new SOP, says ministry
Carrying out of religious activities in non-Muslim places of worship is permitted except in red zone areas during the recovery movement control order (RMCO) in compliance with the new standard operating procedures (SOP) and.
— Malay Mail

No meeting at PKR HQ today (June 16), but wait for statement, says Fahmi Fadzil
There will be no Pakatan Harapan meeting at the PKR headquarters on Tuesday (June 16) on the coalition’s choice of prime ministerial candidate, but PKR strategic communications director Fahmi Fadzil says a statement will be issued later in the day.
— The Star Online

Isa Samad freed on one CBT charge, to enter defence on nine corruption charges
The High Court here today ordered former Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Samad to enter defence on nine corruption charges amounting to RM3 million in connection with the purchase of Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites (MPHS) by Felda Investment Corporation Sdn Bhd (FICSB), six years ago.
— The Borneo Post

Eric Paulsen no longer member of Communications and Multimedia Ministry consultative council
Human rights lawyer Eric Paulsen is no longer a member of the Communications and Multimedia Ministry’s consultative council.
— Malay Mail

GOF: 45 immigrants nabbed for trying to sneak into Selangor during MCO
A total of 45 foreigners were detained throughout the implementation of movement control order (MCO), conditional MCO and recovery MCO, since April to date, while travelling through rat trails at several locations in.
— Malay Mail

Court to hear Najib’s bid to disqualify Sri Ram later, trial to proceed first
The High Court here yesterday has rejected Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s defence team’s request to postpone his 1MDB audit report tampering trial pending his application to disqualify senior public prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram from leading the prosecution team in his case.
— The Borneo Post

Lawyer pleads not guilty to over RM19m CBT, money laundering charges
Lawyer Michael Persius Ubu today pleaded not guilty at the Special Corruption Court here to three counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) and money laundering in connection with the sale of Rubber Industry Smallholders.
— Malay Mail

Ministry urges graduates to join Young Agropreneur programme
Graduates have been urged to participate in the ‘Agroprenuer Muda’ (Young Agroprenuer) programme to help rejuvenate the sector while reducing the unemployment rate at the same time, said Deputy Agriculture and Food Industry Minister II Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi.
— The Borneo Post


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This week’s Malaysia morning news feature photo focuses on World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, June 17.


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