Malaysia morning news for December 26

Malaysia morning news for December 26

Malaysia morning news

Govt optimistic of achieving 4.8% GDP growth in 2020
The Finance Ministry (MoF) is optimistic that the government will achieve the gross domestic product (GDP) growth target of 4.8% for 2020 despite the challenging global economic environment.
— The Sun Daily

How electoral reform will change Malaysia politics
The victory of the Pakatan Harapan coalition in last year’s Malaysian general elections which saw the first-ever change of government via an electoral process raised widespread expectations for long-suppressed reform.
— AEC News Today

Contraband cigarettes, vehicles worth RM4.3m seized
Police arrested three men and seized 25,840 cartons of contraband cigarettes and five vehicles worth a total of RM4.3 million in a special operation codenamed ‘Op Asap’ at a house in Tapah, Perak, on Monday.
— The Sun Daily

Axiata’s eSports tournament a major success
48 gamers from Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Cambodia played their hearts out in the 2-day grand finale
— Social Media Malaysia

‘Malaysia to maintain pioneer role in Islamic banking’
Kuala Lumpur planning to send its Islamic banking graduates to be employed in other countries, says deputy finance minister.
— AA

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Penang govt to ensure development benefits people: CM
The Penang government remains committed to delivering substantial benefits to the people through the development of the state.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia can play mediator in Uighur matter, says PPBM Youth
The PPBM youth wing has called on the government to mediate in China’s alleged persecution against Uighur Muslims.

Minimum wage increase of RM100 is reasonable, says Teresa Kok
The minimum wage increase of RM100 to RM1,200 effective Jan 1 in 57 cities and towns, up from RM1,100 currently, is reasonable and will not cause any significant impairment to the bottom line of employers.
— The Sun Daily

Water supply in affected areas nearly fully restored: Air Selangor
Water supply has been almost fully restored to 98.4% of areas in Petaling, Hulu Langat, Sepang, and Kuala Langat as at 6am after an odour pollution incident in Sungai Semenyih.
— The Sun Daily

Lee: Upgrading works at Sg Tujoh CIQ almost complete
Immigration and Customs departments are asked to work closely with Public Works Department (JKR) to ensure that all works at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex at Sungai Tujoh in Kuala Baram are carried out smoothly.
— The Borneo Post

JKR Sarawak needs to improve efficiency in handling public projects — Pending rep
Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong hopes that the works on Jalan Tun Razak here could serve as a learning experience for the Public Works Department (JKR) Sarawak.
— The Borneo Post

Education Ministry denies ‘Islamisation’, says missionary club in schools only for Muslims
The Ministry of Education has denied today any attempt at Islamisation, after a leaked letter on its cooperation with Putrajaya-linked missionary foundation Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (Yadim) for a club, among others.
— Malay Mail

Bank Rakyat ends subsidiary’s operations in a bid to focus on financial services
Bank Rakyat today explained that the decision to cease the operations of subsidiary Rakyat Holdings Sdn Bhd as well as units under that subsidiary was made in order to prioritise and focus on its financial services business.
— The Sun Daily

Water supply restored in 56.9% of affected areas at noon
The restoration of water supply to areas in Petaling, Hulu Langat, Sepang and Putrajaya affected by odour pollution in Sungai Semenyih has reached 56.9% as of noon today.
— The Sun Daily

Under fire, Public Service Dept defends review of critical allowance
The Public Service Department (PSD) has said the Critical Service Incentive Payment (BIPK) allowance for civil servants is reviewed every five years, so as to determine whether it ought to be granted.
— Malay Mail

Syed Saddiq blasts Public Service Dept for cutting critical allowance
Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman has slammed the Public Service Department’s (JPA) decision to cut the RM750 critical allowance for newly minted professional civil servants.
— Malay Mail

SMART tunnel is reopen to traffic
The SMART tunnel is reopen to traffic from 9pm yesterday after it was closed at 6.30pm Monday.
— The Sun Daily

DOE inspects 37 factories over closure of Semenyih Water Treatment Plant
A total of 37 factories in Selangor were inspected in an integrated odour operation to investigate the cause of closure of the Semenyih water treatment plant and 28 premises were found to be in compliance with the Environmental Quality Act 1974, according to the Department of Environment (DOE).
— The Sun Daily

Malaysian man suspected of producing drug-laced ice cubes arrested
KUALA LUMPUR: Police have arrested a man suspected of producing drug-cured ice cubes in a house in Kuala Lumpur.

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PAS urges Public Service Dept to reinstate critical allowance
PAS today urged the Public Service Department (JPA) to reinstate the “critical” allowance for professionals such as doctors, engineers and architects, among others.
— Malay Mail

Only new appointments affected by civil service allowance cut, says PSD
Only new appointments will be affected by the government’s decision to eliminate the Critical Service Incentive Allowance starting next year (2020), says the Public Service Department (PSD).
— The Star Online

Cops seize 25,840 cartons of contraband cigarettes in Tapah
A total of 25,840 cartons of contraband cigarettes were seized in Tapah, Perak, following a public tip off, says Comm Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.
— The Star Online

A perfect crosswind landing for aviation sector in 2019
The year saw the country’s aviation sector square up to a string of challenges such as overcapacity in the region, rising cost, air-safety rating downgrade, airport system malfunction coupled with slower economic growth and volatile foreign exchange rate.
— The Sun Daily

Promise of high pay leads unsuspecting victims to confinement, forced labour, prostitution
They are promised employment with high pay but in reality they are being confined and lured into forced labour and prostitution.
— The Sun Daily

Understanding this Saturday’s Chinese Organisation Congress: What’s the fuss about?
Chinese educationist groups have recently announced their intention to hold a gathering called the Chinese Organisation Congress (COC), to appeal to the government over its decision to introduce jawi script lessons in.
— Malay Mail

STAR promises independence referendum
State Reform Party (STAR) said its candidates will stand in the 12th state election and if they win, the first thing is to propose a Sarawak Independence Referendum Ordinance in the State Legislative Assembly (DUN).
— New Sarawak Tribune

‘Important to shift talks towards mandatory ESG reporting’
It is crucial to shift the conversation from voluntary to mandatory Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting, the research arm of Kenanga Investment Bank Bhd (Kenanga Research) said in its view on ESG scoring.
— The Borneo Post

Minimum wage: Ministry dismisses complaints as unfair
The Human Resource Ministry has dismissed complaints of several quarters that the minumum wage hike proposal would only benefit low wage earners in selected cities as unfair to their counterparts in rural areas.
— The Borneo Post

PAS against streamlining of minimum wage
The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government’s wish to streamline the minimum wage to RM1,200 in 57 major cities and municipalities in Malaysia, including seven in Sarawak, has been labelled as not in line with a stable fiscal policy.
— The Borneo Post

Axis-REIT acquires industrial property for RM37m
Axis Real Estate Investment Trust’s (Axis-REIT) trustee RHB Trustees Bhd has entered into a sale and purchase agreement to acquire a property located within the Bukit Raja Industrial Area from Lion Steelworks Sdn Bhd for RM37 million.
— The Sun Daily

Retired cops urge govt to enact clear laws to ban spread of communist ideology
The Retired Senior Police Officers Association of Malaysia, (Respa) has called on the government to immediately enact clear laws and regulations to ban any movement with elements of communism.
— The Sun Daily

Cops urged to act after preacher says Malaysia under communist rule
DAP’s Lim Kit Siang warns authorities to act against the ‘ustaz’ and another speaker who threatened a repeat of the May 13 riots.
— FMT News

Explain contrary statements on Yadim preaching activities, Wee tells Maszlee
The Education Ministry must explain the contradictory statements it has made regarding Rakan Siswa Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (Yadim) being allowed to carry out preaching activities (aktiviti dakwah) in schools, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
— The Star Online

Merry Christmas: Water supply almost fully restored, says Air Selangor
Water supply has been restored to 98.4% of areas in Petaling, Hulu Langat, Sepang, and Kuala Langat as at 6am Wednesday (Dec 25) after an odour pollution incident in Sungai Semenyih.
— The Star Online

Konsortium Bumi eyes bigger slice of consultancy pie
With all the awards and diverse project implementations under its belt, Sarawak consultancy firm Konsortium Bumi Consultants and Services Sdn Bhd (Konsortium Bumi) is now eyeing to be the main consultant for big government projects in Sarawak.
— The Borneo Post

B4G programme: Illegal immigrants crowd Penang immigration office
Hundreds of illegal immigrants have been crowding the Malaysian Immigration Department’s Penang office, since yesterday, to seek repatriation under the ‘Back For Good’ (B4G) programme to return home without legal action.
— The Sun Daily

Smuggled zam-zam water worth over RM2.5m intercepted at Port Klang
An attempt by three companies to smuggle in 112,560 litres of zam-zam water worth over RM2.5 million flopped after the misdeed was discovered by the Selangor Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) during inspections at West.
— Malay Mail

Ringgit closes higher against US dollar on easing US-China trade tensions
The ringgit closed higher against the US dollar on easing concerns over US-China trade tensions.At 6pm, the ringgit was traded at 4.1350/1380 versus the greenback compared with 4.1410/1440 on Monday.
— The Sun Daily

EG Industries gets offer to buy 17.5% stake in major shareholder
EG Industries Bhd has received an offer from Singapore Exchange-listed Accrelist Ltd proposing to sell a 17.50% stake in subsidiary Jubilee Industries Holdings Limited to EG for S$6.95 million (RM21 million).
— The Sun Daily

Mukhriz: Kedah to commence iconic projects first quarter of 2020
With 2020 is just around the corner, the Kedah government is determined to embark on several iconic projects in the first quarter of next year that will drive the state’s economic growth, while improving the quality of life.
— Malay Mail

Short-term rates end steady on BNM’s operations
Short-term interbank rates closed steady today on Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) operations to mop up excess liquidity from the financial system.
— The Sun Daily

Threats facing state’s cultural tourism
The Colosseum in Rome, the Taj Mahal in India, and Angkor Wat in Cambodia have one thing in common – they are almost constantly inundated with throngs of smartphonewielding tourists eager to get their one-in-a-lifetime selfies with these iconic historical sites.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Putrajaya cops bust Peruvian gang targeting tourists
Police believe they have solved 19 cases involving the theft of luggage bags belonging to foreign tourists here and in Kuala Lumpur with the arrest of three Peruvians.
— Malay Mail

10% discount for Besraya, NPE, Lekas tolls for Xmas
Road users of class one vehicles traveling along the Sungai Besi Expressway (Besraya), the New Pantai Expressway (NPE) and the Kajang-Seremban Expressway (Lekas) will enjoy a 10% discount tomorrow in conjunction with Christmas.
— The Sun Daily


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This week’s Malaysia morning news feature photo focuses on Christmas Day, December 25. 


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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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