Malaysia morning news for May 22

Malaysia morning news for May 22
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Petronas floating LNG Satu achieves its first LNG drop post relocation
Petronas has achieved its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) drop by its floating LNG facility, Petronas Floating LNG Satu (PFLNG Satu) at the Kebabangan cluster field, 90 kilometres offshore.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Malaysia-Singapore ink deal to pause RTS link till end Sept
Putrajaya and the Singapore government today agreed to suspend the proposed Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) link until the end of September this year to allow Malaysia more time to study the scope, structure and.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia’s current account surplus highest in five years
Malaysia’s current account surplus reached to the highest levels in five years in the first quarter of 2019 (1Q19) as goods surplus rose amidst a fall in imports while the services and income deficits narrowed.
— The Borneo Post

MACC says may call Zahid Hamidi, Hishammuddin over Defence Ministry’s land swap deals
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is most likely to call former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and former defence minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein to give their statements regarding the.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia, flooded with plastic waste, begins sending scrap back to developed nations
Malaysia, which has become a dumping ground for the world’s plastic waste, has begun sending non-recyclable plastic scrap to the developed countries of origin, its environment minister said.

Troubled Singapore start-up honestbee to keep going in Malaysia where business is ‘brisk’
Malaysian users of honestbee, the Singapore-based grocery and food delivery start-up, need not fear losing access of the app for the near future.
— Malay Mail

NT cattle property Carmor Plains sold to Malaysia’s Sarawak Economic Development Corporation for $20m
A Malaysian state-owned corporation has paid $20 million for a cattle property on the floodplains east of Darwin, best known for its hunting and wildlife.

PNB Merdeka tower on track for early 2021 completion
The construction of Permodalan Nasional Bhd’s (PNB) Menara Warisan Merdeka is on track for completion by early 2021.The three phases of development includes the iconic Merdeka PNB118, a 630-meter tower, which is set to be the tallest building in Southeast Asia when completed.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia arrests 123 Vietnamese fishermen
After launching a large-scale crackdown in Malaysian waters, authorities there have detained 123 Vietnamese fishermen and 25 vessels for alleged illegal fishing.
— Asia Times

Don’t rush into property crowdfunding, homebuyers advised
Industry experts have lauded the government’s move in introducing property crowdfunding as an alternative form of financing for first-time homebuyers but warned homebuyers to be wary of the risks before participating in such schemes.
— The Sun Daily

Online petition calling for removal of Malaysia’s Education Minister gains traction
A petition calling for Malaysian Education Minister Maszlee Malik to be replaced has garnered more than 110,000 signatories, as he continued to face pressure over controversial remarks linking pre-university entry to job discrimination against bumiputras.
— Channel NewsAsia

Islamic foundation Yapeim suspends D-G pending probe into anti-Pakatan video threats
The Islamic Economic Development Foundation (Yapeim) has suspended its director-general Datuk Abibullah Samsuddin as it investigates allegations he threatened certain staff who were pro-Pakatan Harapan (PH) before GE14.
— Malay Mail

Family of Malaysian drug mule due to be hanged on Friday make final appeal to Singapore president
The family P. Pannir Selvam, a Malaysian convict who is facing the hangman’s noose in three days in Singapore, have made a last-ditch appeal to the island nation’s president Halimah Yacob and the Malaysian government to.
— Malay Mail

RTS link project suspended until end-September
Malaysia will also reimburse Singapore RM2 million for abortive costs by July 31.
— FMT News

Mawan: Proper protocols need to be observed for national-level Gawai Dayak event
Any national-level Gawai Dayak event should be organised by the relevant authorities as it would require proper protocols to be observed, said Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) president Tan Sri William Mawan.
— The Borneo Post

Bersih: Fewer electoral offences in Sandakan, probably due to Ramadan month
The holy month of Ramadan was possibly one of the factors for the fewer electoral offences committed in Sandakan compared to earlier by-elections in the peninsula, says electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0.
— The Star Online

70 investigation papers prepared on Penang JPJ protection racket, says MACC
MACC deputy chief commissioner says this is why the commission needs more time to wrap up investigations, adding that they hope to charge some suspects around Hari Raya.
— FMT News

KUB to dispose plantation land, mill in Sarawak
KUB Malaysia Bhd is targeting to dispose more than 2,270 hectare of plantation land and a mill in Sarawak to increase its cash flow.
— The Star Online

Aesthetic industry consumer protection group founded
The establishment of the Malaysian Aesthetic Industry Education and Consumers Association (MAIECA) will help consumers stay away from unqualified aestheticians practitioners.According to MAIECA president Prof Datuk Seri Dr Alex Ong many consumers have reported being victimised and .
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage, says Dr Dzulkefly
Malaysia plans to overcome the challenges of achieving universal health coverage (UHC), says Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
— The Star Online

New CAP and SAM president to be named soon
The new president of the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) and its sister organisation, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) will be announced after the society holds its full council meeting soon.
— The Sun Daily

RM10.5 million in Raya bonus for Sabah civil servants
Chief Minister Shafie Apdal says all ranks of government staff will receive the payment in the next few days.
— FMT News

Seacera unit gets letter of demand to repay RM19m
Seacera Group Bhd’s unit has received a letter of demand from AmBank Islamic Bhd seeking payment of RM19.2mil.
— The Star Online

The last 9th of May marked one year of Malaysians being under a new government, and for many, the date represented the birth of a better Malaysia. A number of media outlets (including us heheh) published a commemorative piece to honor the occasion. Everything is good in Malaysia Baru, but the very next day, something happened that shook quite a few people’s faith in the new government, yet again.
— cilisos

SAM Engineering posts strong FY19 profit
SAM Engineering and Equipment (M) Bhd posted a strong set of financial results for the financial year ended March 31, 2019, boosted by the aerospace and equipment units.
— The Star Online

KLCI rises as US eases restrictions on Huawei
The FBM KLCI put on 3.96 points to 1,609.32 following a pick-up in regional momentum as Washington eased trade restriction on China’s Huawei.
— The Star Online

Matriculation programme does not reek of racial sentiment, says UPM vice-chancellor
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) today defended Education Minister Maszlee Malik’s statement on the retention of the 90 per cent Bumiputera quota amid the expansion of matriculation programmes to a 40,000-student intake as.
— Malay Mail

More Malaysians confident about jobs and finances, but careful when spending, survey shows
Malaysia remains the sixth most confident country among 64 nations surveyed in the Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) for the first quarter of 2019, even as concerns over the economy continue to linger.
— Malay Mail

Health Dept acts on QEH leaks
The Sabah Health Department has constructed a concrete barrier to prevent further leakages on Level 4 of Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) which on Thursday caused rainwater to seep down to the operating theatre (OT) and other sections on Level 3.
— The Borneo Post

Datuk Seri held over Malaysia armoured vehicle scandal
PUTRAJAYA – Graft busters have arrested a third individual said to be involved in the supply of equipment in a military vehicle scandal.
— Asia One

Port Klang PPM arrest man, seize cigarettes worth RM388,986
The Port Klang Marine Police Force (PPM) arrested a man who led them to 2,636 cartons of smuggled cigarettes worth RM388,986.33 including tax in raids in Batu Belah and Batu Nilam, here yesterday.PPM Region 1 Commander, ACP Rosman Ismail said in the 3pm operation, a team from the Marine .
— The Sun Daily

Petronas shuts Sabah-Sarawak gas pipeline for maintenance
LNG supply is not impacted as the shortfall is being made up by other fields in offshore Sarawak.
— FMT News

JCG to buy 51% stake in Malaysian medical aesthetics group
JCG Investment on Tuesday announced its proposed acquisition of a 51 per cent stake in Malaysia-based medical aesthetics group, Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre, for up to RM15.3 million (S$5.1 million), subject to a minimum consideration of RM13.8…
— Business Times

Yapeim boss suspended over threat to punish PH voters
A video had shown director-general Abibullah Samsudin urging staff to support Barisan Nasional in the May 9 polls last year.
— FMT News

Don’t speculate, says Mat Sabu
Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu (pix) has urged parties to refrain from making speculations on issues being investigated by the Governance, Procurement and Finance Investigating Committee (GPFIC).
— The Sun Daily

YC-backed dahmakan raises US$5M to roll out its chef-cooked food delivery in Thailand, Malaysia
By vertically integrating the entire value chain from food production to delivery, its mission is to make food delivery affordable for office workers dahmakan, a Y-Combinator-backed cloud kitchen startup in Malaysia, today announced the closing of over US$5 million in Series A round of funding with.
— e27

Two workers seriously injured after falling off telecommunication tower
Two contract workers sustained serious injuries after falling from a telecommunication tower at Kuala Abai road at Kampung Kuala Abai near here yesterday. Both victims, aged 28 and 40 years old, fell from a height of 100 feet while carrying out some work on the tower and were dangling .
— The Borneo Post

Umno Youth: Tebrau chief merely expressing personal opinion on Zahid
Umno Youth has poured cold water on the Tebrau Umno division chief’s suggestion that it is better for Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to remain on leave as Umno president rather than to return to lead the party.
— Malay Mail

Volcano plans ACE Market listing
Volcano Bhd is looking to list on the ACE Market of Bursa Malaysia.According to its draft prospectus exposure filed with the Securities Commission Malaysia, its initial public offering (IPO) exercise involves a public issue of 125 million new shares and an offer for sale of 175 .
— The Sun Daily

Man held in connection with stabbing of 10-year-old girl in Kajang
Police have detained a man to facilitate investigations into a case where a 10-year-old girl was stabbed at her home in Bandar Sungai Long, Kajang on Saturday. The 40-year-old man was detained near Batu 9, Cheras at 3.30am.
— Malay Mail

Minister: More studies needed on proposed joint management bodies nod for foreign tenants
The proposal for foreigners to get approval from the joint management body (JMB) or management corporation (MC) of condominiums before they can rent a unit needs further studies, said past and present resident body.
— Malay Mail


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This week’s Malaysia morning news feature photo acknowledges International Day for Biological Diversity, May 22. 


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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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