Malaysia morning news for May 19

Malaysia morning news for May 19

Malaysia morning news

Malaysia reports 47 new COVID-19 cases
Malaysian health authorities on Monday (May 18) reported 47 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s total number of cases to 6,941.
— Channel NewsAsia

Sarawak govt increases allocation to RM4b for water supply projects, says state minister
The Sarawak government has increased its allocation of RM2.8 billion to RM4 billion for the immediate implementation and upgrading of water supply systems throughout the state, Minister of Utilities Datuk Sri Stephen Rundie said.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia needs to pay attention to increased activities by big powers in the South China Sea: King
Malaysia needs to pay attention to the increased activities by big powers in the South China Sea, said Malaysian King Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on Monday (May 18).
— Channel NewsAsia

Malaysia Lawmakers Avoid No-Confidence Vote Against Prime Minister
Malaysia’s parliament convened Monday to hear a formal address by the king, then adjourned just as quickly, allowing Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to escape a no-confidence vote.

Petrol dealers don’t expect sales to return to pre-Covid-19 levels
If there is one business that is likely to suffer permanent setback as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has to be the oil and gas sector.
— The Sun Daily

Don’t create another round of political turmoil, says Malaysian king in parliament opening address
Malaysian king told lawmakers on Monday (May 18) not to drag the country into another bout of political uncertainty, as the Lower House convened for the first time since Perikatan Nasional took over as federal government.
— Channel NewsAsia

Anger after Malaysia drops ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ charges
A deal to drop money-laundering charges linked to the 1MDB scandal against a producer of Hollywood hit “Wolf of Wall Street” is terrible for Malaysia, the country’s former attorney-general said Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Malaysia should lead in ‘re-imagining Asean’
THE coronavirus pandemic has shown the shaky foundations underpinning Asean, whose rules and mechanisms are not adequate to match the urgent needs of the day and, in the longer term, the ambition the regional bloc should aspire to.
— New Straits Times

Malaysia’s data protection practices still have some way to go
Some Malaysian firms are not using data protection tools to the fullest potential, while others only think about data protection after a breach.
— Computer Weekly

Paessler strengthens Asia Pacific play from Malaysia
Paessler AG has appointed Tee Haw Pang as regional director of Asia Pacific as the IT monitoring vendor expands market reach from Malaysia.
— Reseller

WHO reports rare Covid-19 related inflammatory syndrome affecting children
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said a rare inflammatory syndrome called Kawasaki disease linked to Covid-19 afflicting children has been reported by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
— The Borneo Post

Is Malaysian market big enough for regional startups?
With a population of 32 million people, Malaysia sits at the second lowest rung of the ladder in terms of market size in the top six Asean countries.
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19: Malaysia Airlines operates rescue flight to Australia
Malaysia Airlines has deployed a rescue flight to ferry home 143 Malaysians stranded in Melbourne.
— Malay Mail

International investors sold RM843.2m on Bursa last week
Selling activity among foreign investors increased last week to RM843.2 million net of local equities compared to RM774.1 million disposed in the week before.
— The Sun Daily

Cabinet ministers, MPs arrive at Parliament
Vehicles carrying Members of Parliament and Cabinet ministers began arriving at the Parliament House here from 9am to attend the opening ceremony of the Third Session of the 14th Parliament, today.
— Malay Mail

Covid-19 limits Parliament sitting
A total of 220 out of 222 Members of Parliament (MP) are confirmed Covid-19 negative thus enabling them to attend the Dewan Rakyat sitting tomorrow.
— The Sun Daily

Why the leeway for private hospitals over mask profiteering? Pharma firms ask
The Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (MPS) has criticised the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) today for treating a private hospital with kid gloves for over-pricing face masks during the Covid-19.
— Malay Mail

Companies need to appoint coordinators trained to monitor SOP compliance during CMCO
Companies in the manufacturing and industrial sectors in Sabah are urged to appoint coordinators trained to monitor and ensure that standard operating procedures (SOPs) are adhered to during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period.
— The Sun Daily

Penang expected to rebound quickly from pandemic
Penang will be able to rebound quickly from the pandemic thanks to its diversified economy and significant strides made in the services and manufacturing sectors in the past decade, said former Penang Insititute director Steven Sim Chee Keong.
— The Sun Daily

Ministry satisfied with level of MCO compliance by public, businesses
The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) is satisfied with the level of compliance shown by the public and traders at business premises across the country.
— Malay Mail

MOH: 950 MPs, Parliament staff test negative for Covid-19, 10 others including two MPs absent
The Ministry of Health (MOH) said today that 950 Members of Parliament (MPs), as well as Parliament staff, have tested negative for Covid-19, while 10 others, including two MPs, were absent from the sampling at Parliament.
— Malay Mail

BN, Bersatu, PAS and three others agree to form Perikatan Nasional
Two coalitions and four parties have agreed today to officially be part of Perikatan Nasional (PN), formerly an ad hoc arrangement to form a federal government.
— Malay Mail

Sarawak PKR Women’s chief latest to quit party
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak women chief Catherine Jok Uvang today announced her resignation from the party with immediate effect. She said PKR’s leadership has changed over time and no longer upholds justice and…
— Malay Mail

Improve investment processes, says Agong
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah said the country’s investment approval processes, especially for high-impact projects, should be made more efficient and quickly.
— The Borneo Post

King, MPs pay tribute to frontliners in war against Covid-19
The contributions and sacrifices of frontliners working above and beyond the call of duty in combating Covid-19 have been hailed by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, Members of Parliament and Senators.
— The Borneo Post

Flights bringing tertiary students back to Sabah postponed from today
The flights bringing tertiary students back to Sabah have been postponed from today and will be rescheduled.
— The Borneo Post

One-day sitting darkest hour in country’s Parliamentary history, says Kit Siang
Hours before this year’s first Parliament sitting takes place, DAP lawmaker Lim Kit Siang has labelled today as the lowest point in the history of Malaysia’s Parliament.
— Malay Mail

Today’s sitting only serves to meet constitutional requirements: Analysts
Today’s parliamentary session, which only has the Royal Address, serves to meet constitutional requirements and avoids undermining the government, political analysts said.
— The Sun Daily

Tommy Thomas says would never have approved ‘sweetheart deal’ for Najib’s stepson Riza Aziz
Tan Sri Tommy Thomas today declared that he would never have approved the agreement that resulted in Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz’s conditional discharge from money-laundering charges over US$248 million.
— Malay Mail

Tight security on Parliament grounds as lawmakers begin arriving
Security along the road leading to Parliament House was tight as lawmakers began arriving to attend the historic opening of the Dewan Rakyat under the newly-minted Perikatan Nasional government Monday (May 18).
— The Star Online

Support leader who upholds rule of law, Anwar reminds Malaysians
In choosing to support a leader regardless of one’s political affiliation and racial background, that person must respect the rule of law first and foremost, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said last night.
— Malay Mail

Told not to hire migrant workers, market traders in KL struggle to handle business on their own
A typical day at the Pudu wet market starts at about 3am when migrant workers start their shift by off-loading fresh produce from vendors’ vehicles.
— Malay Mail

Travel agencies unable to refund air tickets – Satta
Travel agencies are unable to refund air tickets to customers for the cancellation of holiday bookings as a result of the Movement Control Order (MCO) imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic as the airlines have not made refunds to the tour operators.
— The Borneo Post

Top Glove’s higher ASPs, demand surge still under-appreciated
Market is still under-appreciating the potential impact from higher-than-expected average selling prices (ASPs) and volume growth on Top Glove Corporation Bhd (Top Glove) under this pandemic and tight supply condition, analysts opine.
— The Borneo Post

‘Malaysians with PR status can return to country of residency’
Malaysians who hold Permanent Resident (PR) status in a different country will be allowed to return to that country during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
— The Borneo Post

Covid-19: Four new import cases travelled to UK, US, Egypt and India: Health DG
The number of imported Covid-19 positive cases has been attributed to Malaysians who returned home following visits to the United Kingdom, United States, Egypt and India respectively.
— The Sun Daily

Sharp drop in spending on non-essentials
Hari Raya Aidilfitri is barely a week away, and usually this is a very busy time for Muslim families as they put the finishing touches to the celebrations.
— The Sun Daily

Job seekers urged to master virtual interviews
Job seekers need to master virtual interviews as a growing number of employers are turning to virtual interviews for hiring purposes due to the Movement Control Order (MCO).
— The Borneo Post

Johor police visit, give Aidilfitri aid to bedridden pensioners
Johor police have visited former personnel who are bedridden in the state and contributed Aidilfitri aid to them.State police chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said he hoped that such a visit would continue and be a culture to honour the pensioners in the state.
— The Sun Daily



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