Malaysia morning news for July 1

Malaysia morning news for July 1
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Malaysia morning newsAirAsia can save MAB from ‘dying’ -Kadir Jasin
Low-cost airline giant AirAsia Group Bhd is seen as a successful airline operator with the capability to save national carrier Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) from “dying”, says veteran newsman Datuk A. Kadir Jasin.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysians to cut back on soft drinks once sugar tax kicks in, survey finds
Over half of Malaysians surveyed in a poll say they would consume less soft drinks once the sugar tax takes effect tomorrow. The Star reported today that the poll, conducted by international survey agency YouGov for the.
— Malay Mail

Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand committed to developing Rubber City
The world’s top producers of natural rubber – Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand – are committed to strengthening collaboration to develop Rubber City in the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) region to boost rubber consumption and promote downstream industry development.
— The Sun Daily

Guan Eng: Incentives for first-time homebuyers extended for six months
National Home Ownership Campaign 2019 (HOC 2019) is extended for another six months until 31 December 2019, the Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng announced today.
— Malay Mail

Micro credit for new businesses in FT
The Federal Territories Ministry is working on a mechanism to enable micro crediting for new businesses. Its minister, Khalid Abdul Samad (pix), said this is now possible as the Federal Territory, now, has its own administration.
— The Sun Daily

Anwar says annoyed by media’s focus on PM transition
PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today expressed his annoyance over media reports focusing on the transition of power between Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and himself.
— Malay Mail

MTUC to ratify C190 Convention on eliminating violence, harassment at work
The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) president Datuk Abdul Halim Mansor (pix) said he was committed to the government’s consent to ratify the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work (C190) Convention.
— The Sun Daily

IGP: Probe into viral sex video still ongoing
The investigation to ascertain the authenticity of the recently viral sex video implicating a minister is still ongoing in accordance with the guidelines set by the Attorney-General’s Chambers, says Inspector-General of.
— Malay Mail

Health Ministry to probe case of bottled water banned in S’pore
The Health Ministry will investigate the case of bottled drinking water from a Malaysian manufacturer which has been banned in Singapore due to the presence of bacteria. Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye said more information is needed to carry out the investigation as the ministry also noticed .
— The Borneo Post

Sarawak assembly reps did not keep RTP funds – Dr Annuar
State legislative assembly members have not kept RM5 million in cash which had been allocated under the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) as alleged by certain quarters said Education and Technological Research assistant minister Dr. Annuar Rapa’ee.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia must maintain middle-power image
AS a nation situated at the heart of maritime Southeast Asia, Malaysia is aware of its long historical presence in the region.
— New Straits Times

DPM: One activity centre, one parliamentary constituency so senior citizens can be active
The government has allocated RM5 million to the Social Welfare Department through the third Rolling Plan of the 11th Malaysia Plan for the setting up of 47 more senior citizens’ activity centres (PAWE) nationwide, said Deputy.
— Malay Mail

Deputy minister: Broaden recruitment scope for Territorial Army Regiment
Deputy Defence Minister Senator Liew Chin Tong today said that the Territorial Army Regiment unit needs to broaden its scope and focus on quality, not quantity.
— Malay Mail

Malaysian-owned Battersea Power Station glass chimney a London must-see in 2021
The iconic Battersea Power Station redevelopment project led by a Malaysian consortium will have a new glass chimney lift, which will offer visitors a 360-degree view of London’s skyline and is set to be one of the city’s top.
— Malay Mail

Govt will return favours to the people for mandate given to PH – Dr M
The government will return the favour to the people for the mandate they had given to Pakatan Harapan (PH) as the preferred coalition to govern the country at the last general election.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia Unhappy About Europe’s New Palm Oil Rules
The European Union and the world’s largest palm oil exporters, Malaysia and Indonesia, are having their own trade dispute.

Malaysia: Get ready for the world’s longest waterslide
It starts 70 metres in the air, measures over a kilometre long, and will take over four thrilling minutes to ride – welcome to the world’s longest waterslide.

Petronas says Anuar Taib keeps his position
Petronas today clarified certain media reports regarding executive vice president and Upstream Business chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Anuar Taib’s (pix) alleged departure from the company. In a statement released today, it said Mohd Anuar remains in his position as executive vice president and CEO of.
— The Sun Daily

Mohd Anuar Taib remains Petronas EVP, Upstream Business CEO
Petronas today clarified certain media reports regarding executive vice president and Upstream Business chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Anuar Taib’s alleged departure from the company.
— Malay Mail

IBS can yield more affordably-priced houses
Many construction industry players in Malaysia are still opting for conventional building methods instead of the Industrialised Building System (IBS), which has the potential to enable developers to build more affordably-priced houses.
— The Sun Daily

Only elected local councils can prevent environmental scandals
Appointed local authorities are not accountable to their local communities and thus not motivated to act.
— FMT News

Mega PAS-Umno rally to unite Muslims, say leaders
Umno and PAS will meet next month to discuss on the details of a planned mega rally, which will be held to celebrate the political union of the two parties, the Malaysian Insight reported today.
— Malay Mail

Ministry to hold talks on merging agricultural land in Kedah: Rina Harun
The Rural Development Ministry will hold talks with the Kedah state government to identify small agricultural plots in the state to be merged and managed as a large estate.Its minister, Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun (pix), said there were several agricultural areas in Kedah managed by the Muda Agriculture Development.
— The Sun Daily

M’sia an aged country by 2030
The percentage of senior citizens in Sarawak is expected to increase to 16 per cent by 2030 with an estimated 526,300 people compared to a projection population of 3.29.
— New Sarawak Tribune

CPO to extend bearish trend on subdued demand
The crude palm oil (CPO) futures contract on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives is expected to extend its bearish trend next week on subdued demand, trading at between RM1,900 and RM1,945 a tonne, said a dealer.
— The Star Online

Rafidah: Better to have two education ministries as black shoes and ICT can’t be lumped together
The government should consider splitting the education portfolio into two ministries as equal emphasis cannot be given to such diverse topics like black shoes for school students and information and communications.
— Malay Mail

Zahid Hamidi announces return from garden leave as Umno president
This comes 6 months after he had made the decision and Mohamad Hasan took over as acting president.
— FMT News

3,992 truancy cases in Johor schools since January: Exco
There have been 3,992 cases of school truancy recorded in Johor so far this year.State Education, Human Resource, Science and Technology Committee chairman Aminolhuda Hassan said, however, that students involved in 298 of those cases showed significant improvement in attitude and have stopped playing truant.
— The Sun Daily

Home Ownership Campaign extended to Dec 31, 2019
The Home Ownership Campaign (HOC) has been extended until Dec 31, 2019. The campaign combines government incentives of stamp duty exemptions and at least 10% discounts on purchase prices from developers.HOC was announced in Budget 2019.
— The Sun Daily

Haziq pleads with Dr M for fair treatment over sex video
Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz today said that he had been made a “black sheep” and urged Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to be fair in his treatment of the sex video scandal implicating Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
— Malay Mail

No replacement classes for schools closed due to air pollution
There will be no replacement school sessions for all 111 national and secondary schools closed in Pasir Gudang since last Tuesday (June 25) due to air pollution which caused respiratory problems and vomiting among students.
— The Sun Daily

19 foreigners among 69 held for drug, immigration offences
Sixty-nine individuals have been arrested for committing various drug and immigration offences in an operation carried out for a week from June 22 here.Kota Kinabalu police chief ACP Habibi Majinji said all the detainees including 19 foreigners, were aged between 14 and 50 years.
— The Sun Daily

Klang MP: Task force investigating Pastor Koh, Amri’s enforced disappearances lacks credibility
Klang MP Charles Santiago today said that there is a conflict of interest with regards to the line-up of the government’s task force meant to investigate the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh and activist Amri Che Mat.
— Malay Mail

Dashboard to monitor Pan Borneo project progress in real time
Works Minister Baru Bian said agencies involved in Pembinaan Kekal Mewah Sdn Bhd’s package of the Pan Borneo Highway in Sabah would now be able to monitor the progress of the project in real time. He said the access was made possible with the Pan Borneo Dashboard that the minister launched here yesterday.
— The Borneo Post

Health Ministry hopes beverage companies cut down on sugar content
The Health Ministry hopes producers of sweetened beverages will be able to cut down on the sugar content as one way to reduce obesity, says Dr Lee Boon Chye.
— The Star Online

Labuan cops nab 31 teenagers mostly school-going children in ‘Ops Basikal Lajak’
Police detained 31 youngsters, mostly school-going children, in an operation codenamed “Ops Basikal Lajak”, at Kampung Pohon Batu on Saturday.Labuan police chief Supt. Muhamad Farid Ahmad said those detained were aged between 10 and 17 years old.
— The Sun Daily

Opposition MPs lukewarm about letting 18-year-olds vote
With Malaysian politics still remaining deeply partisan, Opposition MPs refused to explicitly back a government proposal to lower the voting age from 21 to 18.
— Malay Mail

Over 6,000 at MBKS Gawai Raya
More than 6,000 people of various races thronged the Gawai Raya gathering at Kuching City South Council (MBKS) yesterday. Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud officiated.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Sabahan wants to make it big in furniture industry
A young Sabahan designer wishes to make it big in the furniture industry with his invention of “Talaba” chair design. Rudy Edi is one of the participants in the.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Rafidah says personally advised Pakatan ministers, wives against ego trip, corruption
Former minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz today revealed her recent no-holds-barred talk at the request of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, where she disclosed having bluntly advised the mostly months-old ministers and.
— Malay Mail


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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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