Malaysia Morning News For November 3

Malaysia Morning News For November 3
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Malaysia morning newsMalaysian state’s royal council urges sedition probe of former leader Mahathir
A Malaysian state’s royal council on Thursday urged authorities to investigate former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for sedition over his alleged insult to those who trace descent from the southeast Asian region’s ancient Bugis seafaring community.

Malaysia Airlines moves fully to the cloud
Tata Consultancy Services has implemented an industry-first transformation project to migrate Malaysia Airlines’ data center to a 100% hybrid cloud model.
Telecom Asia 

Malaysia plans to organize durian festival in China
According to an article in the Hong Kong South China Morning Post on October 28th, the Malaysian FruitKing will organize a durian festival in Nanning (Guangxi province) between November 3rd and 5th.
Fresh Plaza 

Leaked data from massive Malaysian breach ‘likely available online for long time’
Personal details of tens of millions of Malaysians obtained from a 2014 data breach have likely been available for sale for a long time, according to the founder of an online portal who revealed the massive data breach this week.

Govt to compensate two highway concessionaires for toll abolishment
The Federal government will compensate PLUS Malaysia Bhd (PLUS) for the abolishment of toll collection at Batu Tiga, Sungai Rasau along the Federal Highway and, at the Bukit Kayu Hitam toll plaza in Kedah.
The Borneo Post

KL-Singapore High Speed Rail project open to public inspection
Public inspection for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project which began yesterday garnered more than 400 positive responses on its first day.
The Sun Daily 

Digital Free Trade Zone goes ‘live’ tomorrow
Malaysia’s stride into the world of digital economy will become a reality when the visionary digital free trade zone (DFTZ) goes “live” tomorrow.
The Sun Daily 

Malaysian authorities push for legislation change after Johor River pollution
Federal and state authorities in Malaysia have told Channel NewsAsia they would like to fast track legislation to de-conflict jurisdiction when it comes to tackling water pollution.
Channel NewsAsia 

Malaysia’s Petronas sells new crude Ophir Light for loading in Dec -sources
Malaysia’s Petronas has sold the first ever cargo of Ophir Light crude for loading in December to a trading company, three trade sources said.
Hellenic Shipping News

15% maximum interest rate on credit sales from Jan 1
The maximum fixed interest rate of 15% per annum that can be imposed by companies providing credit facilities will be enforced on Jan 1, 2018, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Free Malaysia Today 

India could raise import duty on vegetable oils, including Malaysian palm oil
India, the world’s biggest buyer of vegetable oils, is considering raising import taxes on crude and refined edible oils to protect local farmers, two government officials told Reuters.
The Star Online 

Insurers urged to pool resources to build common technological infrastructure
Insurance players should “pool” their resources and build a common technological infrastructure to improve efficiency, promote ethics and tackle risks.
The Sun Daily 

Govt revenue to fall by RM1.3bil with individual income tax cut
The two percentage points cut in individual income tax rate in Budget 2018 announced last week would reduce the government’s tax revenue collection by RM1.3bil, said Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani.
The Star Online 

Reduction in personal income tax to result in RM1.3 bln loss to govt
The 2.0 percentage-point reduction in individual income tax rate as announced in Budget 2018 last week, would reduce government revenue by RM1.3 billion, says Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani.
The Borneo Post 

Ministry wants long-term solution for overworked doctors
THE Health Ministry wants to set up a system to analyse the working patterns of medical officers (MOs), housemen and specialists while on call, to find long-term solutions to protect their welfare and safety.
The Star Online

Proposal for environmental education as subject in schools finalised
Discussions on the proposal to make environmental education a subject in the primary and secondary school syllabus were already held and the proposal is expected to be presented to the Cabinet next year.
The Borneo Post 

Toll ‘freebie’ election goodie to cost Malaysians billions of ringgit, says DAP’s Pua
In an interview with TV3 Nightline, Second Finance Minister Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani said that PLUS would have to be compensated to the tune of RM102 million per year for abolishing the Batu Tiga and Sungai Rasau tolls and RM8 million for the Bukit Kayu Hitam toll. That’s a total of RM110 million per year just to PLUS. The compensation for the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL) was said to be RM8 million, going to current concessionaire MRCB.
The Edge Markets

Integrity must go alongside knowledge — CM
Integrity and knowledge both take a high place in the state’s civil service because one cannot work well without the other.
The Borneo Post 

Govt in talks to streamline rail engineering courses
The government is in talks with local universities to streamline rail engineering courses to meet the country’s demand for professional locomotive engineers in the railway industry.
The Borneo Post 

Complete road network by 2030
Sabah is expected to have a complete road network by 2030, said Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman.
The Borneo Post 

Govt debt is moderate, says Finance Ministry
GOVERNMENT debt, from local and foreign borrowings, amounts to RM685.1bil, or 50.9% of GDP, the Finance Ministry said.
The Star Online

More foreigners for our varsities
THE Higher Education Ministry will increase promotional programmes in selected countries to attract potential students to continue their tertiary studies in Malaysia.
The Star Online 

Feature photo World Bank Photo Collection/Nafise Motlaq
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