Malaysia morning news for March 26

Malaysia morning news for March 26

Malaysia morning news

Malaysia COVID-19 death toll rises to 20; 172 new cases reported
A total of 172 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Wednesday (Mar 25), bringing the total number of cases in Malaysia to 1,796 since the start of the outbreak, while the total number of deaths rose by four to 20.
— Channel NewsAsia

Banks express support for BNM’s move freeze loan repayments
The Association of Banks in Malaysia expressed support for Bank Negara Malaysia’s directive for a six-month moratorium on all loan repayments due to the unique challenges face by the country stemming from the Covid-19.
— Malay Mail

Johor rolls out additional RM17.5m aid in response to Covid-19 shutdown extension (VIDEO)
In light of the nationwide movement control order (MCO) extension to April 14, the Johor government has announced incentives worth RM17.5 million which are expected to have a positive impact on the state.
— Malay Mail

Sabah unveils RM670mil incentive package to assist needy affected by MCO
Sabah has unveiled a special RM670mil stimulus package to assist people in the state affected by the Covid-19 mobility control order (MCO) that has been extended to April 14.
— The Star Online

Covid-19: Malaysia, Singapore to implement ‘reciprocal arrangements’ to transfer ill travellers
Malaysia and Singapore will be implementing reciprocal arrangements to transfer symptomatic travellers detected at the entry points of each other’s country to help curb the spread of Covid-19.
— The Star Online

Covid-19: Penang announces RM75m in aid for vulnerable groups
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow today announced a RM75 million aid package for hawkers, traders, taxi drivers, trishaw riders, the disabled and B40 groups.
— Malay Mail

Miti imposes anti-dumping duties on Indonesia’s cellulose fibre reinforced cement flat
The government will be imposing definitive anti-dumping duties on cellulose reinforced cement flat and pattern sheet, excluding external roofing, from Indonesia.
— The Sun Daily

Government may have to tweak Budget 2020
The government may have to recalibrate Budget 2020, as well as reset its fiscal deficit target to above 3.4% of gross domestic product (GDP) for this year, after taking into account additional fiscal spending and lower global oil price assumptions.
— The Sun Daily

MCO extension: Church services will continue to be streamed online
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s announcement today on the extension of the Movement Control Order (MCO) period for another two weeks will mean that Anglican churches in Sarawak and Brunei will continue broadcasting their church services online for the time being.
— The Borneo Post

Ministry providing aid to the needy in Federal Territories
The Federal Territories Ministry and the agencies will providing aid to the needy in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan in the form of cash, coupons and food packs to help ease their burden for the next three months.
— The Star Online

Dr Sim’s statement on 2,000 Covid-19 tests a day ‘misleading’, says PSB
Local Government and Housing Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian’s latest statement on the Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing in Sarawak has been described by Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) as a message that’s been “shot from the hip”.
— The Borneo Post

Crime rate down by 70% during MCO, says IGP
The crime index has dropped 70% nationwide since the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) which came into force March 18, according to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador (pix).
— The Sun Daily

MCMC debunks five viral fake news claims
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has debunked five viral fake news claims that have been circulating on social media.
— The Star Online

Lee: S’wak govt working hard to ensure uninterrupted delivery of essential items to curb spread of Covid-19
Sarawak government is working closely with the federal government and all stakeholders to ensure uninterrupted delivery by air of face masks, sanitisers and other essential items that are required to stop the spread of Covid-19.
— The Borneo Post

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee to check on health of palm oil workers
The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee will instruct the divisional disaster committee to get reports from palm oil plantations and mills to monitor their workers for the Covid-19 infection, its chairman Datuk Amar Douglas.
— Malay Mail

More comprehensive economic stimulus package this Friday
The government will announce on Friday a more comprehensive and people-centric economic stimulus package that will enable all levels of society to face the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced today.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Sabah govt announces 15 measures to help reduce burden, difficulties faced by people due to Covid-19
The Sabah government has announced 15 measures under its “Sabah Covid-19 Assistance Package” worth RM670 million to help reduce the burden and difficulties faced by the community due to Covid-19.
— The Borneo Post

Beneficial economic stimulus package to be announced on Friday as MCO gets two week extension
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be announcing a more comprehensive economic stimulus package this Friday. He said this package will benefit all Malaysians and make sure that no one gets left behind.
— The Borneo Post

Uggah: JPBN to decide whether to extend 7pm-7am restriction following MCO extension
The State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) will be holding a meeting tomorrow to decide whether it should also extend its 7pm to 7am restriction during the Movement Control Order (MCO).
— The Borneo Post

Operation of Samajaya factories during MCO up to International Trade and Industry Ministry, says Uggah
The decision to let some factories in Samajaya continue operations during the Movement Control Order (MCO) is in the hands of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti), and not up to the Sarawak government, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
— The Borneo Post

No restrictions on supply chain, food marketing, e-commerce activities
There are no restrictions on supply chain, food marketing and e-commerce activities during the Movement Control Order (MCO), said Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi.
— The Sun Daily

Interest rates will continue to accrue on deferred loan payments, Bank Negara reminds borrowers
Individuals and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that do not wish or need to avail of the flexibilities of loan and financing repayments can continue with their current repayment structures, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).
— Malay Mail

Banks grant six-month automatic moratorium on loans
Banking institutions will grant an automatic moratorium on all loan/ financing repayments/payments, principal and interest by individuals and SME borrowers for a period of six months from April 1, 2020.
— The Sun Daily

95 pct of tabligh members have come forward for Covid-19 screening
Ninety-five per cent of the participants who attended the tabligh gathering at the Sri Petaling Mosque recently have come forward to undergo Covid-19 tests and screenings, according to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.
— New Sarawak Tribune

ABM: Banks’ asset quality issue to be temporary
The Association of Banks in Malaysia (ABM) anticipates that any adverse asset quality issues from the moratorium on loan and interest repayments implemented by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) will be relatively short-lived and temporary in nature.
— The Sun Daily

Seven judicial commissioners confirmed as High Court judges today
Seven judicial commissioners were today confirmed as High Court judges in a brief ceremony held at the Palace of Justice here.
— The Sun Daily

OCBC removes RM1 fee for withdrawals via other banks’ ATMs
OCBC Bank Bhd and its Islamic banking subsidiary, OCBC Al-Amin Bank Bhd, will absorb the RM1 automated teller machine’s (ATM) cash withdrawal fee levied to its customers for using another bank’s ATM, effective today until the end of April.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Nation’s coronavirus death toll rises to 17
The death toll due to Covid-19 in Malaysia has risen to 17 after another death due to the disease was reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) today.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Covid-19: PM Muhyiddin to announce more comprehensive economic stimulus package Friday
The government will announce on Friday a more comprehensive and people-centric economic stimulus package that will enable all levels of society to face the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced today.
— The Sun Daily

May 14 hearing applications by Najib, three others to strike out Deepak’s RM676m suit
The applications by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak (pix) and three others to strike out the RM676 million suit filed by carpet businessman J. R. Deepak Jaikishan will be heard on May 14.
— The Sun Daily

PM to announce more comprehensive Covid-19 economic stimulus March 27
A more comprehensive economic stimulus package for Malaysians will be revealed this Friday instead of March 30 as previously expected.
— Malay Mail

LKL International bags RM6.57m personal protective equipment contract from Sarawak govt
LKL International Bhd has secured a RM6.57 million procurement contract for personal protective equipment (PPE) from the Sarawak state government for distribution to public hospitals.
— The Sun Daily

PM: Movement Control Order extended for Malaysians to April 14
The Movement Control Order (MCO) period has been extended for another two weeks, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced today.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia’s February CPI increases 1.3%
Malaysia’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) expanded moderately at 1.3% to 122.4 in February this year compared to 120.8 in the same month of the previous year.
— The Sun Daily

Slower economic growth anticipated in months ahead
Slower economic growth is anticipated for Malaysia for the months ahead, even without factoring in pandemic concerns, according to the leading, coincident & lagging indices for January 2020.
— The Sun Daily

MCO: Plan home routine, activities for good mental health – Experts
Daily activities that are not managed systematically during the nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO) could affect mental health and stress due to sudden routine changes, said Malaysian Psychiatric Association secretary Dr Firdaus Abdul Ghani.
— The Sun Daily

KKMM refutes several fake news on social media
The Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) have denied claims that a RM300 fine will be imposed on those found sharing a car with at least one person and a RM200 fine for not wearing a face mask during the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO).
— The Borneo Post

Noor Hisham calls on frontline healthcare workers to stay strong and stay safe
Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today called on frontline healthcare workers to stay strong and stay safe as they have to shoulder the responsibility in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Borneo Post

6 month postponement of loan repayment, credit card balance restructuring, biz loans: PM
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has announced a six-month postponement of loan repayment, restructuring of credit card balance and business loans following the Covid-19 outbreak involving at least RM100 billion.
— The Sun Daily

Nanta: No restrictions on supply chain, food marketing, e-commerce activities
There are no restrictions on supply chain, food marketing and e-commerce activities during the Movement Control Order (MCO), said Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi.
— The Borneo Post

Samin urges state govt to allow shipyard companies to continue operating during MCO period
Sarawak Association of Maritime Association (Samin) is urging the state government to allow all shipyard companies in the state to continue operating during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.
— The Borneo Post

Announce stimulus now, save jobs and livelihoods, Kit Siang tells PM
DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang (pix) today urged Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to bring forward the announcement on the economic stimulus package from next Monday to this Friday, in order to deal with the impending economic catastrophe caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Sun Daily

Firm donates RM2m for virus fight
WTK Group of Companies has donated RM2 million to the state government to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Most COVID-19-related deaths in Malaysia due to late treatment: Health director
Most of the COVID-19-related deaths in Malaysia were due to late treatment, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said on Tuesday (Mar 24).
— CNA

MCO: Level of compliance in Sarawak is 92 pct, says state CP
The level of public compliance with the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Sarawak is 92 per cent today, said Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail.
— The Borneo Post

Stop operations, Sarawak forwarding body advises members
The Sarawak Forwarding Agencies Association says it is fed up of contradictory statements and guidelines by the various federal ministries and Sarawak disaster management committee.
— FMT News

Pakatan calls for RM150b stimulus to aid SMEs, moratorium on utility bills
The Opposition has called for an additional RM150 billion stimulus package to help small businesses hit by the Covid-19 crisis stay afloat, direct cash assistance to lower income households and a moratorium on utility.
— Malay Mail

At least RM100b needed to shield economy from Covid-19 fallout, think tanks suggest
Two think tanks have suggested that a significant stimulus package amounting to nearly 10 per cent of GDP is needed to keep the Covid-19-hit economy from tanking.
— Malay Mail

 

 

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