Malaysia morning news for May 21

Malaysia morning news for May 21

Malaysia morning newsMalaysia COVID-19 cases cross 7,000 mark with 31 new infections
The number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia crossed the 7,000 mark on Wednesday (May 20) as 31 new cases were reported, taking the cumulative total to 7,009 infections.
— Channel NewsAsia

Dr M promises ‘very big trouble’ for Malaysia’s ruling coalition
Veteran Malaysian politician Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he would seek to oust Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at every turn, scolding his successor for bringing back into power a graft-tainted party rejected by voters in an historic election two years ago.
— Malay Mail

MAHB imposes safety measures for retailers
Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), under its Commercial Services Division, has imposed safety measures in accordance with the Health Ministry’s guidelines for its retailers, food and beverage (F&B) operators and.
— Malay Mail

Covid-19: Penang conducts survey for tourism industry impact assessment
The Penang government has called on all tourism industry players in the state to participate in an impact assessment survey to develop a Covid-19 Tourism Recovery Action Plan.
— Malay Mail

S’wak govt mulls setting up base in Kapit to keep closer watch on ‘jalan tikus’
The Sarawak government hopes to establish a permanent base in Kapit for authorities to keep watch over the various illegal border tracks, or ‘jalan tikus’ that are used by smugglers to commit transnational crimes.
— The Borneo Post

AirAsia offers credit account extension, unlimited flight changes until Oct 2020
AirAsia guests with bookings for flights departing between March 23 and July 31, 2020 can now choose to have a credit account with a two-year validity period or unlimited flight changes for flights departing up to Oct 31, 2020.
— The Borneo Post

No new cases for sixth straight day
Sarawak recorded no new positive Covid-19 cases yesterday for the sixth consecutive days.
— New Sarawak Tribune

State preparing for second wave of Covid-19
Sarawak has taken samples from 33,530 individuals and performed 45,378 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swabs by noon on Monday. State Health director Dr Chin Zin Hing said for each individual, more than one swabs were taken.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Prices of basic goods dipped lowest in April since last year; fuel records sharpest drop
Malaysia’s consumer goods price inflation dropped 2.9 percentage points in April compared to the same period last year, with fuel recording the sharpest drop, official figures released showed today.
— Malay Mail

Upgrading works at Bau water treatment plant
The Sarawak Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) will be upgrading the raw water pump motor control centre (MCC) panel at the Bau water treatment plant today.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Dept allows congregational prayers in mosques, surau, limited to three people
The Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Department (JHEAIPP) has allowed congregational obligatory prayers in all mosques and surau in the state with certain guidelines during the conditional movement control order (CMCO).
— Malay Mail

India resumes purchases of Malaysian palm oil
Indian buyers have resumed purchases of Malaysian palm oil after a four-month gap following a diplomatic row, with buying spurred by a fall in domestic inventories and discounted prices, trade sources said.
— The Sun Daily

Funding crunch still plaguing startup ecosystem
Startups and the internet economy have made great strides in Malaysia, though they have yet to overcome the funding crunch plaguing the domestic ecosystem.
— The Sun Daily

Bintulu Port Q1 net profit eases to RM31m
Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd’s net profit declined to RM31.06 million in the first quarter ended March 31, 2020 (Q1 2020), from RM39.49 million in the same quarter a year earlier.
— The Sun Daily

Velesto’s Rafiza announces resignation
Velesto Energy Bhd announced the resignation of its chief financial officer (CFO) Rafiza Ghazali, citing career advancement as the reason for her departure.
— The Sun Daily

Swasla system monitors movement of vessels in in national waters, says MMEA D-G
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) is using the Malaysian Maritime Sea Surveillance System (Swasla) to monitor the movement of all vessels in national waters at all times.
— Malay Mail

48% of nation’s Covid-19 cases linked to Sri Petaling tabligh event
Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, in his daily evening address today, revealed that 927 cases had been newly identified as related to the cluster.
— The Sun Daily

MOH fine tuning SOP for barber shops
The Health Ministry (MOH) is studying and fine-tuning the standard operating procedure (SOP) for barber shops during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period before proposing whether they can resume business.
— The Sun Daily

KPDNHEP still investigating private hospital over overpriced face masks
The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) is still investigating the private hospital alleged to have charged a patient RM11.20 for a piece of three-ply face mask, Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi said.
— The Sun Daily

1MDB trial: Strict Covid-19 guidelines upsetting both prosecution and defence
The strict standard operating procedures (SOP) for open court hearings due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic appears to have upset both the prosecution and the defence in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial, as the presiding judge in the case refused to relax the rules.
— The Star Online

Covid-19: Malaysia and Singapore to sail through together
Malaysia and Singapore will continue to share knowledge and experience in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, and will remain committed to strengthening their longstanding and multi-faceted bilateral relationship.
— The Sun Daily

Aidilfitri: Ban on Muslims from visiting cemeteries in Selangor
Muslims in Selangor are not allowed to visit royal tombs and cemeteries during the Aidilfitri celebrations, especially before or after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri prayers.
— The Sun Daily

Home-based learning: Odds stacked against teachers in Malaysia’s public primary schools, while private counterparts are more prepared
The odds are stacked against public primary schools in Malaysia, with teachers having to grapple with connectivity issues and drawing up online classes overnight for home-based learning during the movement control order (MCO).
— CNA

KL condo denies barring foreign residents entry unless tested for Covid-19, to amend banner demanding so
The management of a condominium in Kuala Lumpur said it will amend a banner displayed in its premises ordering foreign residents to undergo Covid-19 testing, or risk being barred from its grounds.
— Malay Mail

Flights bringing back Sabah IPT students resume operation tomorrow
lights bringing back students from institutions of higher learning (IPT) to Sabah will resume operations tomorrow, said the state’s Education and Innovation Minister Datuk Yusof Yacob. He said four flights from Kuala…
— Malay Mail

Leong Hup Q1 net profit falls to RM21.8m
Leong Hup International Bhd’s (LHI) net profit for the first quarter (Q1) ended March 31, 2020 fell to RM21.79 million from RM60.58 million posted in the same quarter last year.
— The Sun Daily

Interstate travel into Sarawak requires PDRM permission: Uggah
Effective today, all Malaysians including Sarawakians who wish to travel into the state must apply for a permit from the police, said Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
— The Sun Daily

Sharp hike in prices of coriander leaves, parsley and Chinese celery in Penang, says CAP
The prices of coriander leaves, parsley and Chinese celery have increased drastically in Penang since the start of Ramadan, said the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP).
— Malay Mail

Ringgit rebounds as Asian currencies rise on market optimism
The ringgit rebounded today to close higher against the US dollar, supported by strong optimism in the regional markets on economic recovery as well as a potential Covid-19 vaccine.
— The Sun Daily

1MDB board of directors vigilant on what they minuted: Witness
A former 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) CEO told the High Court today that the 1MDB board of directors were under the pervasive view to always be careful on what they minuted during their meetings, just in case it will be turned against Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak later.
— The Sun Daily

Bursa Malaysia finishes 0.98% higher, supported by retail participants
Bursa Malaysia finished 0.98% firmer, with trading volume across the board remaining at a high of 9.5 billion units after touching a record high of 11.21 billion units yesterday.
— The Sun Daily

Banks’ yearly loan growth contracted -5.2pc in April as pandemic halts spending
Banks saw their yearly loan growth shrunk -5.2 per cent in April with personal loans accounted for the sharpest decline at -18.2 percentage points year-on-year, official figures released today showed.
— Malay Mail

Sales manager fined RM3,100 for obstructing cops, calling policeman ‘idiot’ at MCO roadblock
A Magistrate’s Court here has fined a 44-year-old sales manager RM3,100 over an incident where she shouted the word “idiot” to a policeman at a Covid-19 Ops roadblock more than a month ago.
— The Star Online

Rosmah’s solar project corruption trial to continue on July 13
The corruption trial of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor in connection with the supply and installation of solar energy at 369 rural schools in Sarawak will continue for 31 days beginning July 13 at the High Court here.
— The Star Online

Malaysian man sentenced to death in Singapore via Zoom call
A man has been sentenced to death in Singapore via a Zoom video-call for his role in a drug deal, the city-state’s first case where capital punishment has been delivered remotely.
— Malay Mail

Rosmah’s solar project corruption trial to continue on July 13
The corruption trial of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor in connection with the supply and installation of solar energy at 369 rural schools in Sarawak will continue for 31 days beginning July 13 at the High Court here.
— The Borneo Post

Sabah to allow congregational prayers in selected mosques, surau from May 22
Congregational prayers including ‘terawih’ and Friday prayers in selected mosques and surau in Sabah will be allowed from May 22, said its Mufti Datuk Bungsu Aziz Jaafar.
— The Sun Daily

Demand for MFlour’s poultry products to rise in FY21 as Malaysia ends MCO
Malayan Flour Mills Bhd (MFlour) will likely see demand for its poultry products to recover in the financial year 2021 (FY21) as Malaysia ends its movement control order (MCO), analysts say.
— The Borneo Post

Anwar explains absence from Monday’s press conference, says it wasn’t a Pakatan event
PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today explained his absence from a press conference chaired by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Monday involving Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders, saying that the event was not a PH media.
— Malay Mail

Prosecution wants to cite Najib for contempt over ‘fairer trial’ remarks
The prosecution in Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) trial would initiate contempt proceedings against the former prime minister over his remarks in relation to the trial.
— The Sun Daily

Aidilfitri maximum price scheme from May 20
A total of 11 types of Aidilfitri essential goods are listed under the Festive Season Maximum Price Scheme for 15 days from May 20 to June 3, said Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi.
— The Sun Daily

 

 

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