Malaysia morning news for August 5

Malaysia morning news for August 5
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Malaysia morning newsHeadwinds continue to plague M’sia’s industries
Manufacturing activity slowed further in July, analysts note, and the latest Malaysia’s Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) data suggest that the third quarter of 2019 (3Q19) gross domestic product (GDP) growth may soften as compared with 2Q19.
— The Borneo post

S’wak CCID records 146 loan scam cases involving losses of RM1.25 mln
The Sarawak Commercial Crime Investigations Department (CCID) has recorded a total of 146 loan scam cases as of Aug 3 this year with losses amounting to about RM1.25 million.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysian man held at Chennai airport after diamonds worth RM1.3m found hidden on his body, in luggage
A Malaysian man was arrested at Chennai International Airport on Saturday in an attempt to smuggle diamonds worth 22.5 million rupees (RM1.34 million) into India.
— Malay Mail

Malaysian minister capitulates on Lynas waste export condition
One of Lynas Corp’s fiercest critics in Malaysia has confirmed the country’s government will drop a requirement for the rare earths miner to export its radioactive waste from the country.

Higher risks for Malaysia economy as manufacturing PMI slides
Malaysia’s Nikkei Purchasing Manager’s Index has been down for three consecutive months and remains below entrepreneurs’ confidence threshold since October 2018.
— Eleven Myanmar

Teen with Irish passport goes missing from Malaysian resort
A 15-year-old girl, who is an Irish passport holder, has gone missing in Malaysia, a family friend has said.
— Irish Times

Najib: Pakatan leaders must quit over unfulfilled Lynas closure promise
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak says that MPs from Pakatan Harapan who promised to shut down the Lynas plant should resign or vacate their seats.
— The Star Online

ECRL: Avalanche of benefits for contractors and locals
Last month’s ceremony to relaunch the RM44 billion East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) was greeted by cheers and sigh of relief especially among contractors and local communities clearly excited with the expected avalanche of benefits from the massive project.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia’s cocoa growers, chocolatiers seek niche in competitive market
Freshly harvested cocoa pods at a farm in Melaka will leave one in awe of nature’s wonders.

Promote inclusive growth to benefit all in Malaysia
For people at large, especially those from lower income group to feel the benefits of economic growth, economic policies are to be `inclusive growth` oriented instead of ethnic-based.
— Eleven Myanmar

CM: RM350 mln has been settled, time for Putrajaya to fulfil promise to repair, rebuild dilapidated schools in Sarawak
The Sarawak government has paid back RM350 million to Putrajaya, which is the first phase of the RM1-billion loan repayment, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
— The Borneo Post

State governments to get more power in tackling environmental issues
All state governments are required to establish their own environmental committees, as part of an effort to take more proactive preventive measures towards monitoring environmental issues in the states.
— The Star Online

MOA to launch massive fruit promotion campaign
The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries (MOA) will launch a massive campaign to promote local fruits in foreign markets to lure more tourists in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2020.
— The Sun Daily

Ministry targets 50 per cent women to be SSM-registered entrepreneurs
The Ministry of Rural Development is targeting 50 per cent of women to become entrepreneurs registered under the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM).
— The Borneo post

Sabah Bersatu wants programmes under 12th Malaysia Plan to overcome development imbalance
Sabah Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) wants the government to form specific strategies in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) to reduce the gap between Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia.
— The Star Online

Ministry confident of attracting more Chinese tourists, investors to Sarawak next year
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports is confident of attracting more tourists and investors from China to Sarawak next year, following a recent working visit to Chengdu, China where various collaborations were discussed with Chinese counterparts.
— The Borneo Post

PNB to strengthen ASNB’s digital footprint
Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) expected to collaborate with all its 10 banking agents to place Amanah Saham Nasional Bhd (ASNB) platform on their online banking platform by end of next year.
— The Sun Daily

Penang South Reclamation must only be last resort to fund PTMP: MP
The Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project should be implemented only as a last resort to fund the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), State PKR deputy chairman Sim Tze Tzin (pix) said.
— The Sun Daily

Report: PTPTN moots dipping into EPF to cut student loan debts
The National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) has proposed deductions from its debtors’ combined monthly Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contribution from employer and employee as the “best possible solution”.
— Malay Mail

Malaysian now more mature in assessing threats to unity: Mahathir
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad believes that Malaysians are now more mature in assessing the situation and deciding for themselves when facing threats that can disrupt unity.
— The Sun Daily

Minister slammed over Anwar-Azmin infighting comment
A minister was slammed for saying that foreign investors would choose other countries over Malaysia due to alleged PKR infighting between Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
— The Star Online

Arab Saudi’s Makkah route initiative benefited Malaysian pilgrims: Mahathir
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Saudi Arabia’s Makkah Route initiative has benefited Malaysian pilgrims.
— The Sun Daily

How good KUL connections will bring tourism boom
Better connectivity between the two terminals at Kuala Lumpur international airport will be a catalyst towards drawing more tourists to Malaysia, according to airport operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad.

KFC Is Selling New Green Chili Crunch Chicken In Malaysia
KFC Malaysia looks to make the rest of us green with envy with the launch of new Green Chili Crunch chicken at participating locations.
— Chew Boom

NRL receives imported crude oil consignment from Malaysia
State-owned Numaligarh Refinery Ltd Sunday said it has received the imported crude oil consignment from Malaysia, the first such instance in its history.
— Morung express

Malaysia, PHL chiefs ink MOU
THE health departments of the Philippines and Malaysia have agreed to strengthen bilateral ties through collaborative activities for health care.
— Business Mirror

How Malaysian companies can take advantage of applications in the cloud
Companies are adopting the cloud for its low-cost, scalable storage, the flexibility of infrastructure on demand and to increase the speed of new application deployment.
— Backend News

IT talent in high demand across Malaysia — MEI
Information technology (IT) talent remain in high demand across Malaysia as employers continue to search for skilled professionals to sustain them through periods of digital transformation.
— The Borneo post

Leverage position to garner more trade with China: Caba
Malaysia should capitalise its strong position in Asean to garner more trade with China as the country with 1.3 billion population opens up its suburban and rural market for more commerce.
— The Sun Daily

MySalam: RM400 mil premium for a RM3 mil payout?
Set up an independent committee to look into the MySalam scheme and, if necessary, call it off and channel the RM2 billion to the health ministry.
— FMT News

Youths play important role in continuing Malaysia’s vision: Mahathir
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government recognises the great role that the young generation can play, and views their contribution as very important to continue Malaysia’s vision in the future.
— The Sun Daily

10,000 attend launch of National Month
The launch of the National Month and Fly the Jalur Gemilang 2019 was held in a patriotic, lively and colourful gathering of about 10,000 people at Dataran Pahlawan, Bandar Hilir here last night.
— The Sun Daily

‘No cover-up on Kerinchi PPR lift incident’, says FT minister
Federal Territory Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said there would be no compromise if it was found there was negligence on the part of the parties responsible for the maintenance of the elevator that crashed at the People’s.
— Malay Mail

Maszlee: Introduction of other calligraphy styles in Malaysian schools will be considered
Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik has expressed his readiness to consider the need to introduce other styles of calligraphy apart from khat (a form of Malay-Arabic calligraphy) or jawi writing in the school curriculum.
— Malay Mail

NUTP renews calls to abolish UPSR
The National Union of the Teaching Profession Peninsular Malaysia (NUTP) has renewed calls for the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) to be abolished, as part of an effort to move away from an exam-oriented education system.
— The Star Online

Police say burst tyre behind fatal ambulance crash near Slim River
A burst tyre is believed to be the cause of the accident of an ambulance which left its driver and the female patient it was ferrying dead.
— Malay Mail

Technological advancements a path to greater achievements: Gobind
Technological advancements must be embraced as an opportunity to pursue greater achievements not only on the local front but also internationally, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said.
— The Sun Daily

CM to engineers: Stay up-to-date with latest skills, technology
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has called on engineers in the state to stay up-to-date with the latest skills and technology to keep in line with the state government’s development plans.
— The Borneo Post

Communications and multimedia minister: Tech advancements path to greater achievements
Technological advancements must be embraced as an opportunity to pursue greater achievements not only on the local front but also internationally, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said.
— Malay Mail

Commentary: Anwar’s call for need-based affirmative action is popular and appealing but profoundly flawed
Without a clear grasp of the system of race-based preferences in place and feasible reform options, Anwar Ibrahim’s project will lead to flip-flopping, obfuscation, and disappointment, says ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s Lee Hwok Aun.


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This week’s Malaysia morning news feature photo focus on Hari Raya Haji, August 11.


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Sreypov Men recently completed a course of study in International Relations at the Institute of Foreign Languages.

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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