Malaysia morning news for August 20

Malaysia morning news for August 20

Malaysia morning news

KPDNHEP to hand over power on supervision of gas distribution in S’wak to state govt – PM’s Office
The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has agreed to hand over the power on the supervision of gas distribution in Sarawak to the state government, as according to the 2016 Sarawak Distribution Gas Ordinance.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia, Singapore reach ‘understanding’ over RTS Link project: Malaysian Transport Minister
Malaysia and Singapore have reached “an understanding” over the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project, Malaysia’s Transport Minister Anthony Loke said on Monday (Aug 19).

Khazanah injects US$72 million in Malaysia Airlines as it considers offers
Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional Bhd said on Monday (Aug 19) it had pumped another 300 million ringgit (US$72 million) into Malaysia Airlines to keep the national carrier afloat as it considers offers for the company.

Malaysia’s vehicle sales down 25.7% in July
Vehicle sales fell 25.7% to 50,853 units in July 2019 from 68,466 units in the same month in 2018.The decline was due to the zero rated Goods and Services Tax in July last year, according to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).
— The Sun Daily

Malaysian PM Mahathir urges Britain to ‘break with Europe’ on palm oil: Report
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Monday called on Britain to engage with palm oil growers to incentivise sustainable production, rather than pursuing boycotts after its scheduled exit from the European Union (EU) on Oct. 31.

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Malaysian Mensa Society to host International Board of Directors meeting in KL this Oct
The Malaysian Mensa Society will once again host Mensa International’s International Board of Directors (IBD) meeting from October 10 to 12 in Kuala Lumpur.
— Malay Mail

MACC urges politicians with access to public funds to declare assets
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today urged all politicians who have access to public funds to declare their assets in an effort to prevent corruption.
— The Borneo Post

AirAsia launches new route Kuala Lumpur-Belitung
AirAsia has launched a new route connecting Kuala Lumpur to Belitung in Sumatra, Indonesia with four times weekly direct service commencing from Oct 2, 2019.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysian authorities call off search for missing Singaporean kayaker Tan Eng Soon
Malaysian authorities have called off the search and rescue operation for missing Singaporean kayaker Tan Eng Soon, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said in a press release on Monday (Aug 19).

EPF introduces i-Invest platform for members to invest in unit trust funds
The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) members can now invest in unit trust funds directly through their account.
— The Sun Daily

Companies clueless on Industrial Revolution 4.0, forum told
Amid confusion and lack of information, government urged to set up a single agency to take care of all matters related to IR 4.0.
— FMT News

Sabah’s unemployment rate still high
The unemployment figure of 112,000 people recorded by Sabah last year was the second highest in the country.Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said being choosy and the incompatibility between skills and job vacancies available in industries were among the causes for the problem.
— The Sun Daily

Agreement reached between Federal Govt, Sabah, Sarawak on seven MA63 points
An agreement has been reached between the Federal Government, Sabah and Sarawak on seven out of the 21 issues submitted to the Special Cabinet Committee to review the implementation of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
— The Star Online

Kuching to woo tourists as city of art and culture, says Sarawak tourism minister
The Sarawak Government wants to promote Kuching as a destination for creative pursuits in arts, crafts and fashion, said Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.
— The Borneo Post

Scouts Association of Malaysia proclaims Mahathir its president
The Scouts Association of Malaysia today proclaimed Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as its presiden agung (president).
— The Sun Daily

Bleak outlook for Utusan, faces delisting from Bursa Malaysia
Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Bhd faces possible de-listing from Bursa Malaysia amid financial distress coupled with failure to find a white knight.
— Malay Mail

First group of Malaysian Haj pilgrims returns home
The first group of Malaysian Haj pilgrims comprising 479 people, arrived home today on a flight from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
— Malay Mail

SRC trial: Najib never disputed authenticity of signatures on bank documents during MACC questioning
Datuk Seri Najib Razak did not deny or dispute the authenticity of bank documents bearing his signature when he was previously questioned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the High Court was told.
— Malay Mail

Tycoon who criticised Armed Forces interrogated by police for more than two hours
Tycoon Tan Sri Koon Yew Yin was interrogated for about two-and-a-half hours at the Jepalang police station here by a Bukit Aman unit for criticising the Malaysian Armed Forces in his blog.
— Malay Mail

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MA63: Seven issues resolved, 14 need further discussion, says PM’s Office
As of July 23, seven issues concerning the Malaysia Agreement 1963 had received joint agreement while 14 issues still required further discussion and are expected to be resolved before Aug 31, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office today.
— The Sun Daily

Guan Eng: Lynas issue is proof DAP is not the ‘kingmaker’, as Opposition alleges
The decision to allow Lynas Corp’s rare earth operations in the country is proof that DAP is not the kingmaker in Pakatan Harapan as alleged by the Opposition, says Lim Guan Eng.
— The Star Online

Malaysian author Zen Cho bags Hugo sci-fi award for best novelette
Malaysian-born author Zen Cho has won the prestigious Hugo award, arguably the premier prize for the best work in science fiction.
— Malay Mail

Pahang’s permanent forest reserve measured at 1.56 million hectares
Pahang has a total of 1.56 million ha under Permanent Forest Reserve (PFR) or 43% of the total areas in the state, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail.
— The Sun Daily

Sime Darby Plantation partners Abu Dhabi firm to market products to Middle East, North Africa
Sime Darby Plantation Bhd’s wholly-owned subsidiary Sime Darby Oils (SDO) has entered into a strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi Vegetable Oil Company (ADVOC) to market oils and fats products in the Middle East and North Africa region.
— The Sun Daily

Prasarana set to achieve up to RM900m revenue for FY19
Prasarana Malaysia Bhd is set to achieve up to RM900 million in revenue for the financial year ending Dec 31, 2019 (FY19).
— The Sun Daily

IRBM to stop accepting Form CP39, cash or cheque for MTD payments from Sept 1
The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM) announced today that it will no longer accept manually submitted Form CP39 (statement of monthly tax deduction), compact discs (CD/ DVD), flash drives and diskettes as well as cash and cheque payments for the monthly tax deduction (MTD) from employers, effective Sept 1, 2019.
— The Borneo Post

NRD received 8,490 applications through Ehsan Mobile unit — DG
The National Registration Department (NRD) has received 8,940 applications through the Ehsan Mobile unit from January to July this year, said its director-general Datuk Ruslin Jusoh.
— The Borneo Post

Malacca and Terengganu now prohibit Zakir Naik from giving talks (Updated)
Malacca and Terengganu have joined the growing list of states to impose restrictions on Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik.
— The Sun Daily

Utusan to cease all operations this Wednesday
The oldest Bahasa Melayu newspaper in the country, Utusan Malaysia, will end operations on Wednesday.
— The Sun Daily

Orphanage employee charged with murder of 13-month-old baby
An orphanage employee was charged in the Selayang magistrate’s court here today with the murder of a 13-month-old girl, two weeks ago.
— The Sun Daily

Investigation paper into Bangi road rage death submitted
Police said an investigation paper (IP) on their probe into the death of Syed Muhammad Danial Syed Syakir has been submitted to the deputy public prosecutor’s (DPP) office and the suspect is being investigated for murder.
— The Sun Daily

CM to decide on Soon Koh’s replacement for state cabinet posts
Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh’s replacement for the posts of Second Finance Minister and Minister of International Trade and E-Commerce will be decided by Chief MInister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
— The Borneo Post

Eurozone inflation slows further
Revised figures from the Eurostat agency show prices across the 19-nation single currency area showing inflation falling from 1.3% in June and from 2.2% a year earlier.
— FMT News

Job opportunities crucial for economy to move forward, says deputy minister
A lack of job opportunities and investments has caused Malaysia’s economy to stagnate, says a deputy minister.
— Malay Mail

Utusan Malaysia to cease operations this Wednesday
Malaysia’s oldest Malay language daily Utusan Malaysia will shut down on Wednesday.
— Malay Mail

Half of civil servants involved in graft are under 40 – Latheefa
Half of the corruption cases involving civil servants in the country were committed by those aged 40 and below, said Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Latheefa Koya.
— The Borneo Post

Sabah in dilemma without direction
15 months after coming into power, the state under Shafie Apdal still does not have a blueprint or development plan to show for.
— FMT News

GPS to tweak hornbill logo for polls, PRS president reveals
Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) will be applying to the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to have its acronym included under its logo to ensure that voters will not confuse their “hornbill” with others on the ballot paper.
— The Borneo Post

Mintye controlling shareholder to privatise company through selective capital reduction, repayment of RM1.30 apiece
Mintye Bhd’s controlling shareholder Yatee & Sons Sdn Bhd proposes to take the company private through a selective capital reduction (SCR) and repayment exercise of RM1.30 per share.
— The Sun Daily

Dr Zakir Naik serves four more with legal notices of demand
India-born fugitive televangelist Dr Zakir Naik has demanded that four others apologise and offer a reasonable settlement within 48 hours or risk being sued for defamation.
— Malay Mail

HSL bags RM104.51 mln contract from Sarawak govt
Hock Seng Lee Bhd (HSL) has bagged a contract via open tender from the Sarawak government worth RM104.51 million.
— The Borneo Post

Foreign selling likely to stay in near-term
The foreign selling of Malaysian equities is likely to persist in the near term, amidst the weak sentiment driven by the external market.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Police dismiss allegations of inexperience, using mediums in Nora Anne’s search (Updated)
Negri Sembilan police have dismissed allegations that an inexperienced Search and Rescue (SAR) team had led to a delay in the discovery of missing Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin.
— The Sun Daily

Sarawak CM yet to decide on Soon Koh’s replacement
Abang Johari also would not say if there would be a state Cabinet reshuffle after Wong’s departure.
— FMT News

Dzulkefly: Former Health Ministry deputy Dr Jeyaindran’s death a huge loss
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad has described the death today of retired deputy director-general of health Datuk Seri Dr S. Jeyaindran as a huge loss to the nation’s health sector.
— Malay Mail

Zakir wants Ramasamy and three others to apologise within 48 hours or face defamation suit
Controversial preacher Zakir Naik has given Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy and three others a 48-hour notice to apologise and pay a reasonable settlement sum to avoid being sued for defamation.
— The Star Online

Malaysian author wins Hugo Award for Best Novellete
A work by a Malaysian author has won a Hugo Award, widely considered to be the premier award for science fiction.

MTAG to raise RM72.3m from listing on ACE Market
MTAG Group Bhd is seeking to raise RM72.3 million from its listing on the ACE Market of Bursa Malaysia on September 25 with an issue price of 53 sen per share.
— The Sun Daily


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She commenced as an intern at AEC News Today and was appointed as a junior writer/ trainee journalist on April 2, 2018

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