Malaysia morning news for March 13

Malaysia morning news for March 13

Malaysia morning newsCovid-19 travel restrictions cost Malaysia Airlines over 2,000 flights
The Malaysia Aviation Group says this is due to travel restrictions by destination countries.
— FMT News

Pan Borneo Highway to be continued as per previous govt’s conventional project approach
The construction of the Pan Borneo Highway will continue, through the use of the conventional project approach adopted by the previous government following the termination of the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) contract which took effect on Feb 20 this year.
— The Borneo Post

Domestic Trade, Consumer Affairs Ministry to continue good policies, make improvements where needed
The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry will continue with existing policies and strategies implemented by the previous government, and make improvements where needed, said its new Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi.
— The Borneo Post

CM: GPS will support amendment to Article 1 (2), Article 160 (2) so ‘pursuant to MA63’ phrase unneeded
Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) will support the proposed amendment to Article 1 (2) of the Federal Constitution if such a Bill is tabled in the next Parliament sitting, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg. “Actually we have discussed the amendment of Article 1(2).
— The Borneo Post

New Delivery Highlights Malaysia-France Artillery Deal
Earlier this week, we received renewed suggestions about the extent of progress underway with respect to a Malaysia artillery deal with France.
— The Diplomat

Cleaning work at Alor Gajah factory normal precautionary measure: Malacca Health Director
The Malacca Health Department said cleaning work undertaken at an automotive factory in Alor Gajah near here is just a normal precautionary measure in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak and urged the public not to panic over it.
— The Sun Daily

Singapore tracing 95 who attended at religious gathering in Malaysia with Covid-19 cases
The Ministry of Health is trying to identify 95 Singaporeans who reportedly attended a mass religious gathering in Malaysia, where several cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed, Environment and Water Resources Minister.
— Malay Mail

Sarawak minister pleads with 500 who attended PJ event to report for Covid-19 testing
State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian today appealed to about 500 Sarawakians who attended an international religious event at Seri Petaling Mosque in Selangor from February 27 to March 1 to be…
— Malay Mail

Sabah’s development-centric budget to transform state’s economy – Chief Minister
Sabah aims to transform the state into an industrial-based economy through the implementation of this year’s development-centric budget, according to the chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
— The Borneo Post

Minister vows to uphold media freedom
The new Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah has vowed to uphold media freedom and not to compromise on fake news.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Ministry to continue good policies, make improvements
The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry will continue with existing policies and strategies implemented by the previous government, and make improvements where needed, said its new Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Three Perak PN leaders have audience with Sultan Nazrin
Three Perak Perikatan Nasional (PN) leaders had an audience with the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah at Istana Kinta, here today, to brief His Majesty on the latest political developments in the state.
— The Sun Daily

More than 500 S’wakians could have attended Seri Petaling Mosque event, says state disaster committee
More than 500 Sarawakians are believed to have attended the religious event at the Seri Petaling Mosque in Selangor from Feb 27 to March 1 where an attendee was confirmed to be Brunei’s first Covid-19 case, the state disaster relief committee (JPBN) said.
— The Borneo Post

Report: Home Ministry to review discontinued LTTE charges
The Home Ministry will consult related agencies over the Attorney General’s Chambers’ move to withdraw charges against 12 people allegedly linked to the defunct Liberation Tamil Tigers Eelam (LTTE), barely a month.
— Malay Mail

Sabah CM says proposed return of federal development agency would be going in reverse
Sabah is not in favour of reviving the state federal development department (JPPS), as suggested by the Sabah chapter of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), describing it as giving up any effort for devolution.
— Malay Mail

Sabah poised for business, economic growth
Indonesia’s decision to move its capital to East Kalimantan has opened a new window of opportunity for Sabah.
— The Borneo Post

Karpal Singh’s daughter withdraws appeal over suit dismissal against former CJ
Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo, who is the daughter of the late  Karpal Singh, has withdrawn her appeal against a High Court ruling in dismissing her suit against a former Chief Justice over alleged.
— Malay Mail

The people who incited racism are quiet now because they achieved their goal: Khalid
Former Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad (pix) has taken to Twitter to explain that racist rhetoric is on the low, because the ones who created the rhetoric have achieved their goals.
— The Sun Daily

Pending rep questions recent circular on payee name change on cheques to S’wak govt
Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong has questioned the rationale behind a recent circular requesting all cheque payments made to the Sarawak government indicate ‘Kerajaan Negeri Sarawak’ as payee instead of ‘Sarawak Government’ as practiced previously.
— The Borneo Post

New treatment for Parkinson’s disease
Ultrasound is widely used for conducting physical examinations, and plans are underway to expand its application to treat Parkinson’s disease, dementia and diabetes.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Ministry to boost ‘intelligence’ in society
The Communications and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM) will introduce a new objective, namely to boost intelligence in society, said its Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Sabah tells natives who attended Sri Petaling ‘tabligh’ event to test for Covid-19
Sabah health authorities are urging Sabahans who attended an Islamic missionary gathering in Sri Petaling earlier this month to seek testing for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
— Malay Mail

Environment Ministry denies defending Kelantan logging, says minister to work with states to protect forests
The Ministry of Environment has denied reports that its minister Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man defended logging activities in Kelantan, clarifying that he has pledged to protect the environment and biodiversity in.
— Malay Mail

After Rosmah’s lawyer accuses ex-MoE official of vested interest in RM1.25b project, judge points out witness not on trial
The High Court today reminded Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s lawyer that a prosecution witness testifying against her is not the one on trial, after the lawyer suggested that the witness had “vested interest” in a RM1.25.
— Malay Mail

MCA Youth urges Sports Ministry to reinstate allocations to youth council
MCA Youth has urged the Youth and Sports Ministry to reinstate allocations to the Malaysian Youth Council (MYC), so that it can continue to nurture future leaders.
— The Star Online

OCR explains why it terminated JV with D’nonce Technology
OCR Group Bhd said the termination of its joint venture agreement (JVA) with D’nonce Technology Bhd was due to several breaches.
— The Sun Daily

Saudi oil company slammed for using foreign worker as a mobile hand sanitiser
Saudi Arabian oil and gas company has recently been criticized for using a foreign worker as a mobile hand sanitiser.
— The Sun Daily

27 PKR members sacked, quit party so far
To date, 27 PKR members have either been sacked from the party or quit it following the recent political issues which led to a change in government.
— The Borneo Post

Sarawak signs deal for study on native court review
The state government today signed a consultancy agreement with E-Factor Sdn Bhd to carry out a nine-month study in preparation for a masterplan to restructure and elevate the Native Courts of Sarawak.
— Malay Mail

Uggah: Masterplan for Native Courts to be submitted to Sarawak govt in October
The masterplan for the Native Courts of Sarawak is expected to be submitted to the Sarawak government in October this year, says Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
— The Borneo Post

Dr M: Almost every top Bersatu leader went against me; even Muhyiddin’s haters sided with him!
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad related that almost all in Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s Supreme Council sided with Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, and supported the latter to be prime minister.
— Malay Mail

Dr Christina: Sabah Health Dept locating those who attended Tabligh gathering in Kuala Lumpur
Sabah Health Department is in the process of locating all those who have attended the Tabligh gathering held at the Jamek Seri Petaling mosque in Kuala Lumpur recently to enable them to be tested for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19), said its director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi.
— The Borneo Post

Klang hospital restricts visitors over patient infected with Covid-19
Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR) Klang restricted visitors’ attendance to the ward immediately today following a patient that has been infected with Covid-19.
— The Sun Daily

Aeon Malaysia sees minimal effect on retail amid Covid-19
AEON Co (M) Bhd says its retail business would be minimally affected amid the sluggish retail market on the back of the slowing economy and the Covid-19 outbreak.
— The Sun Daily

ICAEW: Malaysia’s GDP growth to moderate to 3.7% this year on Covid-19 outbreak
Malaysia’s economic growth is expected to slow to 3.7% in 2020, as the Covid-19 outbreak continues to weigh on tourism, supply chains and household spending, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ (ICAEW).
— The Sun Daily

New Sabah and Sarawak Affairs portfolio in Cabinet a good move, says Abang Johari
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said today that he was satisfied with the new federal Cabinet line-up, especially since a portfolio has been created to look after the Sabah and Sarawak Affairs in tandem with the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
— The Borneo Post

Govt will study the repeal of the Anti Fake News Act: Saifuddin
The government will study the repealing of the Anti-Fake News Act but will continue to pursue the Freedom of Information Act, said Multimedia and Communications Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Flying start in All-England Badminton Tourney
National top-ranked men’s doubles pair, Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik start off their campaign with a winning at the All England Badminton Championships in Birmingham, England, on Wednesday.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Covid-19: Zulkifli urges participants of “Tabligh” gathering to contact health office
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri (pix) urged the people who attended the “Ijtimak Tabligh” at the Seri Petaling Mosque in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 27 to immediately call the District Health Office.
— The Sun Daily

Limbang, Lawas step up Covid-19 prevention at entry points
Effective today all visitors coming in and out of Limbang and Lawas Districts must fill the Health Declaration Form (HDF) as a measure to prevent Covid-19 from spreading into the districts.
— The Borneo Post

Kelantan govt postpones colloquium on sustainable development
A colloquium on sustainable development in Kelantan, organised by the state government to be held on March 16, has been postponed to a date to be announced later, due to the spread of the Covid-19 infection.
— The Sun Daily

Saifuddin vows to uphold media freedom and not compromise on fake news
The new Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah has vowed to uphold media freedom and not to compromise on fake news.
— The Borneo Post

Prime acts to follow at Musicians for Musicians Benefit
SOME of Malaysia’s best known soloists or duos will also be dazzling the crowd at the Musicians for Musicians Benefit concert 2020.Among them is Frankie Tan, a soloist who specialises in folk, soft rock and ballads.
— The Sun Daily

 

 

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