Malaysia morning news for May 13

Malaysia morning news for May 13

Malaysia morning news

Malaysia reports 16 new COVID-19 cases, lowest since movement control order began
Malaysia confirmed 16 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday (May 12), the lowest daily number since the movement control order (MCO) came into force on Mar 18.
— Channel NewsAsia

Tax accountants: Malaysia should bring back GST but at 3pc and reduce cigarettes’ tax to boost govt coffers
To help kickstart the economy, the Malaysian government should consider certain unorthodox measures such as bringing back the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as well as reduce the excise duty on cigarettes.
— Malay Mail

Health DG: Malaysia concerned about possible emergence of Covid-19 second wave
The emergence of new clusters in countries that have recovered from Covid-19 is a cause for concern for Malaysia, says the Health Ministry.
— The Star Online

Malaysia hits lowest new daily Covid-19 cases since MCO, with just 16 patients and zero deaths
Malaysia recorded 16 new Covid-19 cases today, the lowest number since the movement control ordered (MCO) was issued on March 18.
— Malay Mail

Construction sector contracts 6.3% in Q1
Malaysia’s construction sector contracted by 6.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2020 (Q1), amounting to RM35 billion, compared with the same month of the previous year, the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) said.
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19: Zero new positive cases recorded in Sarawak for second consecutive day today
Sarawak has recorded zero new positive Covid-19 cases for the second consecutive day today, said State Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia Deports Nearly 400 Undocumented Myanmar Workers
They returned via two chartered flights after spending months in immigration detention centers amid the Malaysian government’s COVID-19 movement restrictions.
— Irrawaddy

Malaysia’s population climbs to 32.73 million in first quarter of 2020
Malaysia’s population is estimated at 32.73 million in the first quarter of 2020, an increase of 0.6 per cent in the corresponding period last year, according to the Department of Statistics.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia’s manufacturing sales falls 3% to RM110.2b in March
Malaysia’s manufacturing sales fell 3.0% in March 2020 to RM110.2 billion as compared to RM113.5 billion a year ago due to the decrease in transport equipment & other manufactures products (-7.4%), food, beverages & tobacco products (-5.9%) and electrical & electronics products (-5.7%).
— The Sun Daily

MoneyMatch, Ripple partner to improve payment services for Malaysian SMEs
MoneyMatch and Ripple partner to improve payment for Malaysian SMEs Malaysian fintech startup MoneyMatch has partnered with blockchain company Ripple to enhance payment services for Malaysian SMEs, according to Tronweekly.
— e27

NEXEA’s new initiative to help Malaysian SMEs make a digital transition
Malaysian venture capital firm-cum-accelerator NEXEA has launched an initiative, called DigitalSME, which aims to enable small and medium enterprises (SME) to transition into the digital age with the help and support of tech startups.
— e27

Malaysia in monsoon transition phase
Malaysia is in the transition phase from the Northeast monsoon to the Southwest monsoon, which would continue until the third week of May, according to Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) director-general Jailan Simon.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Technology start-ups funding relief facility open for applications May 18
Technology start-up companies may submit their application for the RM100 million Technology Start-Ups Funding Relief Facility (TSFRF) from May 18-31, 2020, said Malaysia Debt Ventures Bhd (MDV).
— New Sarawak Tribune

BPN phase 2 expected to complete by this weekend
The Ministry of Finance (MOF) has targeted to complete all payments for Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) Phase 2 latest by this weekend.
— New Sarawak Tribune

16 new cases of Covid-19 reported today, no new deaths
16 new cases of Covid-19 were reported today, the lowest number of daily cases reported so far, bringing the total number of infections in the nation to 6,742.
— The Sun Daily

Sarawak records zero new Covid-19 cases two days in a row
Sarawak has recorded no new Covid-19 positive cases for two consecutive days, but Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah warned today that the fight is not over yet.
— Malay Mail

CPRC hospital services to be used as crisis coordination centre
The Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (hospital services) will be used as a hospital services coordination centre for all forms of crisis in the future, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.
— The Sun Daily
First quarter of 2020 sees 32.73m rise in Malaysia’s population
Males have outnumbered females in births and deaths, according to the Malaysian Statistics Department.Chief Statistician Datuk Sri Dr. Mohd Uzir Mahidin said in the first quarter of 2020, the male population increased from 16.81 million (first quarter 2019) to 16.90 million, while females increased from 15.72 million to 15.84 million during.
— The Sun Daily

Uggah: SDMC working out policies to ensure second wave of Covid-19 does not hit Sarawak
The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) is now working out its policies to ensure that the second wave of Covid-19 does not hit Sarawak, said its chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia’s palm oil stocks up 18.26% in April
Malaysia’s total palm oil stocks rose 18.26 per cent month-on-month (m-o-m) to 2.05 million tonnes in April 2020 from 1.73 million tonnes in March 2020.
— The Sun Daily

EMCO for Selayang Baru extended again
The Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) on Selayang Baru, Kuala Lumpur, which was first imposed on April 25, will be extended again for a second time until further notice.
— The Sun Daily

Socso explains never assented to MyEG as Covid-19 one-stop centre for employers
Social Security Organisation (Socso) clarified today it has never agreed to My EG Services Bhd (MyEG) offering itself as a one-stop portal for employers in Malaysia to manage requirements related to Covid-19 screening for.
— Malay Mail

NUTP: Allow teachers to continue serving from current locations
The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) has urged Senior Education Minister Mohd Radzi Md Jidin to allow some leeway to teachers stranded in their hometowns to continue working from there during the conditional.
— Malay Mail

No Aidilfitri prayers, mosque activities suspended in Sabah until May 26: Mufti
The Sabah Fatwa Council has decreed that Aidilfitri prayers will not be performed in mosques or suraus in the state this year following the extension of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) until June 9.
— The Sun Daily

Appeals for BPN aid screened using data from 11 agencies
The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) will carry out cross-checks using the latest database containing information from 11 government agencies in a bid to combat fraud as it considers appeals from rejected applicants of Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN).
— New Sarawak Tribune

Uggah to Soon Koh: S’wak has RM500 million in Contingency Fund 2020
Deputy Chief MInister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas today said there is an allocation of RM500 million in Contingency Fund 2020, following a challenge from Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) president Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh.
— The Borneo Post

NEXEA’s new initiative to help Malaysian SMEs make a digital transition
Malaysian venture capital firm-cum-accelerator NEXEA has launched an initiative, called DigitalSME, which aims to enable small and medium enterprises (SME) to transition into the digital age with the help and support of tech startups.
— e27

Bursa Malaysia ends lower on Covid-19 worries, release of GDP
Bursa Malaysia ended lower Tuesday amidst renewed Covid-19 concerns globally and ahead of the release of Malaysia’s first-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) numbers tomorrow.
— The Sun Daily

NUTP calls for teachers to be allowed to continue serving from current locations
The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) has urged Senior Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin to allow some leeway to teachers stranded in their hometowns to continue working from there during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period.
— The Sun Daily

Malls in Kuching enforce social distancing rules as shoppers reappear after relaxed restrictions
Shopping malls are taking the necessary precautionary measures to protect shoppers as the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) comes into force, in compliance with the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) provided by the state government.
— The Borneo Post

Under fire, Putrajaya says raids against undocumented migrants started before MCO, and will continue afterwards
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has defended the Immigration Department’s raids against undocumented migrants amid the Covid-19 pandemic and Ramadan, saying the operations are part of an ongoing effort.
— Malay Mail

Selangor’s new CMCO rules: Dine-in, food trucks, fishing, all parks allowed; hiking, camping still banned
The Selangor state government today decided to implement new rules from tomorrow onwards, including allowing dine-in customers in restaurants and also food trucks albeit with limited operations, with Selangor residents now.
— Malay Mail

State govt proposes setting up ‘Penang Office’ in Putrajaya as go-between with federal counterpart
Penang is proposing to set up a Penang Office in Putrajaya to manage all state and federal, trade, investment and tourism promotion affairs, said Chow Kon Yeow.
— Malay Mail

Operations to weed out illegals carried out regardless of MCO
The Immigration Department’s operation to weed out undocumented immigrants is still ongoing with or without the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today.
— The Sun Daily

Only customer names, telephone numbers needed to enter premises
Only the names and telephone numbers of customers need only be recorded before they are allowed to enter business premises as required under the Gerak Malaysia application.
— The Sun Daily

Food crisis may hit Malaysia, says ISI
Malaysia’s food import bill is a whopping RM50 billion every year. For a country that has vast arable land, it is a wasted opportunity that it not to be used for food production.
— The Sun Daily

Coffee shop operators, dine-in customers in Sibu urged to follow guidelines during CMCO
Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting has urged all coffee shop operators and dine-in customers to always follow the guidelines given during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period.
— The Borneo Post

Johor police: 60 skippers arrested for migrant trafficking since MCO was enforced
Since the movement control order (MCO) was enforced on March 18, a total of 60 skippers have been arrested by the authorities for trafficking migrants, said Johor police chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay.
— Malay Mail

IPI falls 4.9% in March
Malaysia’s Industrial Production Index (IPI) dropped 4.9% in March 2020 as compared with the same month of the previous year, contributed by the decrease in all indices, which were index of manufacturing (-4.2%), index of mining (-6.5%) and index of electricity (-7.0%).
— The Sun Daily

Some students found violating quarantine order in Sabah
The Sabah Health Department found that some students have violated home quarantine order.
— The Borneo Post

Express bus operators to begin operation today
Express bus operators in Sabah will start operating their routes today.
— The Borneo Post

Cheering ‘Malaysia boleh’, Health D-G says onus now on public to curb Covid-19
Any chance at eradicating Covid-19 now rests on the ability of each Malaysian to practice self-discipline, the Ministry of Health asserted today as the country heads into the second week of eased restrictions.
— Malay Mail

Sabah mufti: No Aidilfitri prayers, mosque activities suspended until May 26
The Sabah Fatwa Council has decreed that Aidilfitri prayers will not be performed in mosques or suraus in the state this year following the extension of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) until June 9.
— Malay Mail

Cautious first day for businesses waking up to CMCO in Kuching (Video)
Some businesses here are in no hurry to re-open although almost all economic sectors are allowed to resume in Sarawak today after being closed for about two months under the Control Movement Order to stop the spread of Covid-19 cases.
— The Borneo Post

Dr M: Shame Malays believe DAP will destroy them, when their crooked leaders to blame
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today he is ashamed many Malays wrongly believe that DAP will eventually “destroy” the majority community if the party had continued to remain in the Malaysian government.
— Malay Mail

Kedah Opposition leader announces formation of Perikatan state govt, collapse of Pakatan and Mukhriz’s reign as MB
Kedah’s Opposition leader Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor today announced the formation of the Perikatan Nasional state government with the support of 23 assemblymen, effectively bringing an end to the Datuk Seri Mukhriz.
— Malay Mail

Zulkifli: SOP on Friday prayers to be unveiled Thursday
The standard operating procedure (SOP) for Friday prayers and congregational prayers during the conditional movement control order (CMCO) period is expected to be known on Thursday, said Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad.
— Malay Mail

Uggah: Operating hours for economic sectors allowed to operate in Sarawak standardised to 7am to 10pm
The operating hours for economic sectors that are allowed to operate in Sarawak from today has been standardised to 7am to 10pm, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
— The Borneo Post

Dr Adham Baba seeks open apology, RM30 mln from C4 Center over PPE procurement scandal
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba is seeking an apology from the Center to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4 Center) and for it to pay him RM30 million in damages within seven days for linking him to the ministry’s contract for supply of Covid-19 equipment.
— The Borneo Post

Dr Adham Baba seeks open apology, RM30m from C4 Centre
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba (pix) is seeking an apology from the Center to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4 Centre) and for it to pay him RM30 million in damages within seven days for linking him to the ministry’s contract for supply of Covid-19 equipment.
— The Sun Daily

Bursa foreign exodus up 9-fold last week with RM774.1m selloffs
International investors hastened their exit from Bursa Malaysia last week with a RM774.1 million net of local equities selloff, close to a nine-fold increase of equities sold in the previous week.
— The Sun Daily

Jolted by pandemic, Malaysia Q1 GDP seen shrinking for first time in decade
Malaysia’s economy is expected to have contracted for the first time in more than a decade in the first quarter as the coronavirus crisis shattered private consumption and external demand.
— The Sun Daily

Myanmarese couple fined RM700 each for defying MCO
A Myanmarese couple was fined RM700 each by the magistrate’s court here today for defying the Movement Control Order (MCO).
— The Sun Daily

Malaysians must be ready to accept new normal: Sultan Nazrin
The Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah today said the people must be mentally ready to accommodate changes and make the necessary adjustments to accept a new work and social culture, and ultimately, a new way of life following the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Sun Daily

 

 

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