Malaysia morning news for July 4

Malaysia morning news for July 4
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Malaysia supports deal to reduce oil production until March 31, 2020 – Azmin
Malaysia supports the proposal for the Declaration of Cooperation (DoC) to be extended by nine months to March 31, 2020, at the current agreed production levels to ensure the smooth continuation of the current cooperation.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia says Australia’s immigration system encourages visa rorting
Australia’s immigration policies, including free flights home for people who overstay their visa, have contributed to a rise of Malaysians rorting the local visa system, according to the Malaysian Government.

In blow to Singapore’s expansion, Malaysia bans sea sand exports
Malaysia, Singapore’s biggest source for sea sand, has banned the export of the commodity, according to officials in Kuala Lumpur, a move that traders said could complicate the island-state’s ambitious expansion plans on reclaimed land.
— The Star Online

Maybank aims 10,000 device acceptance for Tap2Phone
Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) today launched its latest Tap2Phone payment solution for small businesses and is aiming over 10,000 device acceptance points within the next 12 months, says senior executive vice president Datuk Hamirullah Boorhan.
— The Star Online

Malaysia steps up campaign to get more airlines on-board tourism fund
The Joint International Development Tourism Programme has so far seen a take-up rate of 32% this year.
— FMT News

GPS MPs given special briefing on S’wak’s devt programmes, issues
A special briefing was held here yesterday evening for members of parliament from Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to update them on Sarawak’s development programmes and issues. It was learnt that the objective of the special briefing was to prepare these MPs with facts and figures so that they can present their.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia eyes 337,000 tourists from West Asia with direct Sharjah-KL flight
Malaysia aims to have 337,100 tourists from West Asia with the establishment of Air Arabia’s Sharjah, UAE to Kuala Lumpur route. This is the first direct flight by a low-cost carrier (LCC) that connects Malaysia with the Arabian Gulf region.
— The Sun Daily

We can’t even get basic Internet access right, why go 5G, asks MP
A Sarawak DAP lawmaker has taken the Communications and Multimedia Ministry to task on its plan to introduce fifth-generation (5G) mobile technology when it cannot even guarantee stable Internet connections in rural areas, especially in Sabah and Sarawak.
— The Star Online

NGOs question minister’s commitment to protecting domestic workers
Activists call for a standalone Domestic Workers Act, saying proposed regulations under the Employment Act are insufficient.
— FMT News

Q1 mobile payments worth RM726mil from 25 million transactions
A total of 25.126 million mobile payment transactions worth RM725.8mil have been recorded in the first quarter of this year, says Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah.
— The Star Online

RM2 million recorded as advance payment to company, witness tells court
Tadmonsori Holdings assistant accounts manager Rabiatul Adawiyah Sobri says she did not put in official records that the money came from Aset Kayamas.
— FMT News

Tourism Ministry wooing airlines to Malaysia with JIDTP incentive
The Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry is currently in talks with at least eight airlines to attract them to serve the Malaysia route by offering incentives under the Joint International Development Tourism Programme (JIDTP).
— The Edge Markets

CIMB leads KLCI lower amid broad-based retreat
The FBM KLCI stayed in the red throughout the morning session as enthusiasm over the recent US-China trade truce waned and investors looked towards more trade tension over the horizon.
— The Star Online

Malaysia will continue to help in disaster management – Dr Dzulkefly
Malaysia will continue to assist and support disaster-affected countries through its knowledge and skills in global disaster management. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said over the years, the local emergency services had matured and transformed gradually by the nation’s development of.
— The Borneo Post

Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp are down in Malaysia, worldwide
Can’t seem to load Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp properly? It isn’t your mobile network operator that’s acting up and it appears that Facebook is having another round of outages worldwide. This affects the loading of content including photos and videos.
— Malay Mail

DBhd’s renewed parking management contract in the Philippines valued at RM62mil
Damansara Realty Bhd (DBhd) has estimated the renewal of its parking management contract at the Madrigal Business Park (MBP) in southern Manila to be worth RM62 million.
— The Star Online

Quick take: Media Prima declines after Umno sells stake
Media Prima Bhd fell 1% at midday after one of the group’s biggest shareholders, Umno sold its 11.09% stake to Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary.
— The Star Online

Scrapped PM’s Question Time may return in next Parliament session
The proposed Prime Minister’s Question Time, which was scrapped last month, might be introduced in the next Parliamentary sitting, says Deputy Speaker Nga Kor Ming.
— The Star Online

Najib in fresh bid to attend Dewan Rakyat
His legal team says it will file a motion in the Court of Appeal to argue that an MP must be allowed to perform his statutory duty.
— FMT News

Federal police say seized RM171.2m in contraband, illegal hauls since January
The Federal Internal Security and Public Order Department has seized items valued at RM171.2 million in relation to illegal fishing and smuggling activities since January this year.
— Malay Mail

UOB positive on Malaysian market in second half
UOB Asset Management Bhd is optimistic on the second half of the year, underpinned by improving policy clarity, strong economic growth, defensive market qualities and a potential beneficiary of trade diversion.
— The Sun Daily

Have a standalone Act to protect domestic workers, says group
A coalition representing domestic workers is urging the Human Resources Ministry to work more urgently towards legislating protection for the group.
— The Star Online

Foreign vessels fishing in M’sian water to be sunk
Foreign fishing vessels found guilty of encroaching into Malaysian waters will be sunk, says Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub.
— The Star Online

Abdullah: S’wakians ‘not that stupid’ to want Najib back in power
Assistant Minister of Corporate Affairs Abdullah Saidol believes that Sarawakians are “not that stupid” in wanting Datuk Seri Najib Razak back as prime minister. Commenting on a recent speech made by Batang Sadong MP Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri at a forum organised by the Institute of Democracy and Economic.
— The Borneo Post

Control smartphone use by children, Wan Azizah tells parents
Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail today advised parents to monitor and control the use of smartphones by their children to ensure that they are not influenced by negative influences such as pornographic materials.
— The Sun Daily

CM says will take MAHB’s Penang airport expansion plan even if size reduced
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow today welcomed Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd’s (MAHB) readiness to expand the Penang International Airport (PIA), even if the capacity was smaller than hoped for.
— Malay Mail

MCOM shares soar 10.71% on Leap Market debut
LEAP Market debutant, MCOM Holdings Bhd, saw its share price surged 10.71% or three sen to 31 sen, at the opening this morning.At 10.30 am, the share price stood at 31 sen, with 30,500 changing hands.In a statement today, the digital marketing solutions provider said it planned to penetrate the Cambodian market.
— The Sun Daily

Shouting in Dewan after Tajuddin ejected
Shouting broke out in the Dewan Rakyat today after Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (BN-Pasir Salak) (pix) was ejected from the legislative assembly for repeatedly interrupting Question Time.Deputy Speaker Nga Kor Ming cited Clause 44(2) of the Standing Orders to expel Tajuddin and initially handed out a two-day.
— The Sun Daily

Najib manipulated facts and history, says Patriot
There is no historical record of Umno and its members acting as a group in fighting and defeating Communist insurgents, the National Patriot Association (Patriot) said today.Patriot president BG (Rtd) Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji (pix) said former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak had wilfully manipulated.
— The Sun Daily

Local NGOs share sustainable strategies to serving the needy
Running a social organisation requires a lot of heart, dedication, hard work – and also importantly, a sustainable operating model. While many Good Samaritans have noble intentions of helping others, there remains the challenge of keeping their altruistic efforts running for the long-term.

LHDN: No ‘gangster-like’ raid on taxpayers
The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (LHDN) has said it has not conducted any raid on taxpayers since May 2018.LHDN CEO Datuk Sri Sabin Samitah (pix) said the investigation method in the form of raids was stopped immediately in May 2018, after the new government took over the administration of the country.
— The Sun Daily

Resurgence in Syed Mokhtar’s Pos Malaysia shares fuel speculation of postage rate hike
Pos Malaysia Bhd’s shares have recovered from their lowest point in a decade, feeding belief that the privately-owned national postal service is about to be allowed to raise postage fees.
— Malay Mail

Bursa Malaysia opens lower as profit-taking kicks in
Signs of an impending pullback have emerged as the key index is looking increasingly toppish.
— FMT News

Ringgit marginally higher against US dollar at opening
The ringgit opened marginally higher on Wednesday against the US dollar as traders move away from the US interest rate narrative and turn the focus back to growth differential, a dealer said.Market confidence was high on the expectation that the US Federal Reserve Board will cut interest rates in July, which would.
— The Sun Daily

Sarawak not ‘that stupid’ to take Najib back as PM, CM’s aide says after MP’s remark
Internet users should listen to Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri’s speech in its entirety and not just latch onto the part where she remarked that Sarawakians want Datuk Seri Najib Razak back as prime minister, a chief political aide to.
— Malay Mail

SEB makes into Malaysia Book of Records
Sarawak Energy Berhad’s Tanjong Kidurong Combined Cycle Gas Power Plant project has made it into Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) for various engineering and technical feats.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Change in Flying Doctor schedules
There will be a slight change to the Flying Doctor service schedules this month in Miri. The state Health Department said there are 11 flights scheduled for this month.
— New Sarawak Tribune

BN MP wants inquest into Kuala Koh Orang Asli deaths
The country’s first Orang Asli federal lawmaker today called for an inquest into the recent deaths of 14 aborigines from the Batek tribe in Kuala Koh, Kelantan.
— Malay Mail

Shocked by snub, YTL Comms claims Education Ministry went back on tender offer
Communications company YTL Communications expressed “complete surprise” over its exclusion from the award for interim Internet connectivity services at Malaysian schools that went to three other Internet service.
— Malay Mail

Selangor Sultan chairs Conference of Rulers’ meeting
The two-day 254th meeting of the Conference of Rulers began Wednesday (July 3) at Istana Negara, chaired by the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, who earlier also took the salute before an inaugural guard-of-honour at the main square of the palace.
— The Star Online

Tajuddin claims tiff triggered when Nga deprived him of supplementary question
Umno’s MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, who was booted from the Dewan Rakyat for four days by Deputy Speaker Nga Kor Ming today, accused the latter of depriving him of his right to a supplementary question during the.
— Malay Mail

363 children still missing since 2011
Some 363 children, who went missing since 2011, have yet to be found, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said today.According to police statistics, 15,042 young persons reportedly went missing between 2011 and May this year. So far, 14,679 individuals had been found.
— The Sun Daily

Tajuddin plays victim, says will still enter Dewan even if suspended for life
Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, (pix) who was booted out of the Dewan Rakyat today, said he will still attend parliamentary proceedings, even if he is suspended for life. The Pasir Salak MP said he was the victim after Deputy Speaker Nga Kor Ming handed out a four-day suspension on him for repeatedly.
— The Sun Daily

After street artist bemoans gentrification, Penang CM says balancing heritage with entrepreneurship
Penang will not stop entrepreneurs from setting up businesses in the heritage area here so long as they adhere to the city’s strict heritage guidelines and bylaws, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said today.
— Malay Mail

Seize and sink trespassing foreign fishing boats, minister tells Parliament
A federal minister today proposed in Parliament that foreign fishing vessels caught trespassing into Malaysian waters be scuttled in addition to raising the penalty for their captains and crew members. Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Salahuddin Ayub said in a MalaysiaKini report that the vessels should be.
— The Borneo Post

Keep your wifely role in check as minister, Johor Umno tells Yeo Bee Yin in Pasir Gudang crisis
Johor Umno claimed Yeo Bee Yin failed to separate her public duty as minister from her private role as a wife when she went on the offensive against her industrialist husband’s detractors over the ongoing pollution in Pasir.
— Malay Mail

Report: BN-era Bill to add Sabah state assembly seats could re-emerge
A previously shelved Bill aimed at increasing Sabah’s state assembly seats from 60 to 73 may be tabled in Parliament this month, according to The Star. In a report, sources told the newspaper that the proposal for the 13 new.
— Malay Mail

Toxic pollution: All parties involved in ops must comply with safety, health regulations
All parties involved in operations to curb the toxic pollution must comply with safety and health regulations including the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said employers, including media.
— The Sun Daily

Zahid’s return may roll back all the good Tok Mat has done for Umno, warn analysts
The shock announcement that Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has returned as Umno president is unlikely to be a boon to the opposition party that is struggling to get back to its feet, several political analysts have said.
— Malay Mail

Ku Nan said RM2mil deposit meant as political donation, says Tadmansori CEO
The RM2mil that was deposited into the account of Tadmansori Holdings Sdn Bhd was meant as a political donation, the High Court heard on Wednesday (July 3).
— The Star Online

Plantation worker charged with murder of disabled man
A plantation worker was charged in the magistrate’s court today with the murder of a disabled man during a brawl at Felcra Changkat Lada in Kampung Gajah, near here last month.Abdul Rahman Abu Bakar, 43, nodded after the charge was read out to him before magistrate Nazratul Natrah Mohd Yusuf.
— The Sun Daily

Missing boy found safe at Malaysia-Thailand border
An eight-year-old boy who went missing in Kuala Besut two days ago has been found safe close to the Malaysia-Thailand border in Kelantan, according to his mother.Siti Ruziana Sidek, 35, told Bernama her son, Muhammad Saiful Aiman Mohammad, was found by several acquaintances from Kuala Besut, Terengganu.
— The Sun Daily

Minister: Vietnamese ships worst offenders of illegal fishing in Malaysian waters
Vietnamese-registered vessels were the largest group among those caught by the authorities for illegally fishing in Malaysian waters, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub said.
— Malay Mail


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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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