Malaysia morning news for February 13

Malaysia morning news for February 13

Malaysia morning newsMalaysia’s natural rubber production up 5.4% in Dec 2018
Malaysia’s natural rubber production increased 5.4% to 54,992 tonnes in December 2018 from 52,174 tonnes in November 2018, according to the Department of Statistics.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia seeks to implement B20 for transport sector in 2020
Malaysia targets to raise its biofuel mandate in the transport sector to B20 by 2020, from B10 currently, and for industrial sector to B10, from B7, according to Primary Industries minister Teresa Kok.
— The Star Online

Malaysia needs new economic vision
WITH the global economy uncertain and Malaysia’s economy slowing down, yesterday’s announcement of an Economic Action Council is reassuring.
— New Straits Times

AirAsia slams Malaysia Airports for stifling fair comment
AirAsia has hit back at Malaysia Airports for muzzling its right to fair comment by demanding a retraction of its statements posted on the airline’s website amid a battle over the passenger service charge (PSC) which the airline refuses to collect for the airport operator.
— TodayOnline

RHB expects Malaysian economy to grow at 4.6pc this year
Malaysia’s economy is expected to sustain at a slow pace of 4.6 per cent this year, same as projected for 2018, as the global environment turned more challenging amidst lingering trade protectionism and rising global interest rates.
— Malay Mail

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Malaysia Airlines unveils pilgrim-centric service for Umrah and Hajj
Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) has today officially launched Amal, a pilgrim-centric service dedicated for Hajj and Umrah, which is set to pave the way for the airline’s turnaround plan.
— New Straits Times

Malaysia GDP growth to hit 4.7% in Q4
The construction sector will receive a boost as the government’s resumes infrastructure spending.

Malaysia’s population stood at 32.6 million in Q4 2018
The Department of Statistics Malaysia released a report on demographic data for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2018 today which showed that the country’s population grew 1.1 per cent to 32.6 million compared to 32.2 million in Q4 2017.
— Malay Mail

Medical aid group MSF supports Malaysia’s compulsory licensing stance
Malaysia has been facing continuous pressure from pharmaceutical companies and their political allies ever since it used compulsory licensing (CL) to gain access to generic versions of a Hepatitis C drug in 2017.
— The Star Online

Putrajaya insists ship collision happened in Malaysian waters
Putrajaya has again denied repeated claims by Singapore that Malaysian vessel Polaris, which was involved in a collision off the Johor Bahru Port, was anchored in Singapore territorial waters, as the months-old maritime tension between the two neighbours continues.

Malaysia and Indonesia rush to slice up $3tn global halal market
apan may have a minuscule Muslim population, but the country still represents the way forward for Malaysia’s Faisal Ahmad Fadzil and his line of halal-certified bath products and massage oils.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Malaysia’s first Samurai bond to be issued next month — Guan Eng
Malaysia’s first 200 billion yen of a 10-year Samurai bond, guaranteed by the Japanese government, will be issued next month, announced Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng here today.
— The Edge Markets

Give cannabis-based products a chance to be used for medical purposes, says Muslim consumer group
The use of imported cannabis-based products should be given a chance and accepted for medical purposes, according to Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM) chief activist Datuk Nadzim Johan.
— The Star Online

Mother of dead maid treated ‘like a dog’ in Malaysia calls for justice
A year after the death of an Indonesian maid who was forced to sleep outside next to a dog, her mother has called for justice as several other cases of abuse languish in Malaysia’s courts.
— Channel NewsAsia

Malaysia Breaks Up Forgery Syndicate Targeting Vietnamese Fishermen
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has broken up a syndicate led by a Vietnamese woman that specialized in forging records of foreign fishermen, enabling them to work and cross borders illegally, an official said Tuesday.
— Benar news

UK’s Nottingham sheds light on Najib’s degree but mystery remains
The University of Nottingham has confirmed that former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak graduated from the UK university.
— Malay Mail

Bangladesh stops more Rohingya taking risky trip to Malaysia
Bangladesh security forces stopped 22 Rohingya Muslims from being smuggled to Malaysia by boat, officials said on Monday (Feb 11), the second group in three days prevented from leaving squalid refugee camps.
— Channel NewsAsia

Data privacy laws: Malaysia has a long way to go
THE promise of the Internet — as an accelerator of education, knowledge and growth — is being deliberately exploited by certain quarters through the inappropriate use of data.
— New Straits Times

Malaysian-Canadian real estate group ordered to pay over RM600,000 to NGO
A Swiss court has ordered a Malaysian-Canadian entrepreneur and her husband to pay RM672,565 in damages to a Basel-based NGO after it failed to obtain an injunction against the environmentalist group over money laundering allegations.

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‘Competent’ oil worker crushed by machine on ship off Malaysia
A “highly conscientious and competent” oil and gas worker died from injuries he sustained when he was crushed by machinery on a ship, an inquest heard.

Short selling of E&O suspended after breaching price limit
The short selling of property company Eastern & Oriental was suspended in late Tuesday morning session after its share price fell more than 15 sen or 15%.
— The Star Online

Amal potentially be the country’s economic booster for Umrah and Hajj market in SEA
Malaysia Aviation Group’s (MAG) pilgrimage airline Amal is gaining a good traction for Umrah and Hajj, banking on huge Muslims population in Southeast Asia.
— New Straits Times

Perodua delivers 100,000 units of Perodua Myvi since Nov 2017
Perodua achieved another milestone by delivering 100,000 units of third-generation of Perodua Myvi, since November 2017.
— New Straits Times

Seeking recognition through dubious means
I wonder why the sudden brouhaha about run-of-the-mill degrees. It started with political activist Muhsin Abdul Latheef lodging a police report over a Facebook user’s claim in a Feb 3 post that the University of Cambridge did not offer the distance-learning programme in business administration that Deputy Foreign Minister Marzuki Yahya claims to have pursued.

French lawyer in Malaysia to aid submarine graft probe
A French lawyer probing a controversial submarine deal linked to Malaysia’s ousted leader Najib Razak was Tuesday (Feb 12) set to meet officials to aid investigations into the scandal.
— Channel NewsAsia

Malaysia makes record seizure of endangered pangolins
Malaysian authorities have busted a pangolin trafficking ring in the Borneo state of Sabah, recording the country’s biggest-ever haul of pangolin and pangolin products, according to conservationists and police.
— Aljazeera

HSBC says Malaysia government not guaranteeing RM2.15b financing for TRX Lifestyle Quarter
The Malaysian government is not guaranteeing the RM2.15 billion financing for the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) Lifestyle Quarter project as the guarantee is set against the development, according to HSBC Bank Bhd.
— The Edge Markets

Don’t oppose citizenship for stateless kids, government urged
A civil rights group has urged the government to drop the lawsuit against the grant of citizenship to three stateless children.

Malaysia Airports upgraded to Hold at TA Securities; TP RM8.55
TA Securities Holdings Berhad analyst Tan Kam Meng upgraded the recommendation on Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd to Hold from Sell.
— The Edge Markets

Corruption trial of former Malaysian PM Najib Razak delayed
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s corruption trial has been put on hold, after the country’s Court of Appeal approved a last-minute application from his lawyers for a stay of proceedings.
— AsiaOne

Dr M to chair newly formed Economic Action Council
Prime Minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will chair the newly established 16-member Economic Action Council (EAC), which could steer the country’s future economic direction.
— The Malaysian Reserve

Pakistan PM cites Malaysia’s tourism success story at WGS
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has cited the success story of Malaysia’s tourism sector and its contribution to the economy at the World Government Summit 2019 here.
— The Borneo Post

Shell Eco-marathon Asia returns to Malaysia in its 10th year
Malaysia will once again host Shell Eco-marathon Asia in 2019 as part of its global Make the Future Live programme.
— The Borneo Post

Report: Cambodia to review case of 47 Malaysian held in prison
The Cambodian Justice Ministry will look into the case of 47 Malaysians detained in Banteay Meanchey provisional prison over suspicions of fraud and running an illegal gambling operation in Poipet city, it was reported today.
— Malay Mail

The Exchange TRX secures RM2.15b financing
The Exchange TRX has secured RM2.15 billion in financing facilities for five years from a consortium of banks.
— The Sun Daily


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