Malaysia morning news for September 12

Malaysia morning news for September 12

Malaysia morning news

Malaysia a strategic maritime hub in Southeast Asia
Despite its relatively small size, Malaysia is a strategic maritime hub in Southeast Asia.
— New Straits times

Zuraida: Malaysia ready for smart cities in five years
It will be another five years before most of the country is ready for the “smart city” concept, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said today.
— Malay Mail

Asean’s best universities for 2020: Brunei joins Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines
The annual world’s best university rankings from Times Higher Education (THE) has been freshly unveiled with some surprises at the top of the best Asean universities sublist for 2020 due to the increasing ascension by Chinese universities in the global rankings.
— AEC News Today

MTEM alleges unfair treatment after Putrajaya drops 33 uncertified Bumi firms as furniture suppliers
The Malay Economic Action Council (MTEM) called the Finance Ministry cruel today over its move to stop 33 Bumiputera companies from supplying furniture to the government over their lack of a specific certificate.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia piles up pressure on Indonesia over smog-belching fires
Malaysia has stepped up pressure on neighbouring Indonesia to tackle huge blazes tearing through its rainforests and smothering Southeast Asia in smog, as fires typically started to clear land for crops send diplomatic tensions soaring.
— Khmer Times

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Malaysia needs to refocus attention on entrepreneurship — Dr Mahathir
Malaysia needs to refocus its attention on entrepreneurship in order to move ahead and join the ranks of developed nations, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
— The Edge Markets

Manufacturing sales up 6% in July 2019
Malaysia’s manufacturing sales grew 6% in July 2019 to RM74.2 billion as compared to RM70.0 billion a year ago.
— The Sun Daily

Penang to study sustainability of plastic industry
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow has instructed the Penang Green Council (PGC) to study the sustainability of the plastic industry.
— Malay Mail

Reintroduce GST to bolster nation’s coffers, say economists
The government should consider reintroducing the unpopular Goods and Services Tax (GST) for Budget 2020 to replace the Sales and Services Tax (SST) if it wants to increase its coffers, economists said.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia recorded RM98.9bil in wholesale and retail trade in July this year
Malaysia amassed RM98.9bil in wholesale and retail trade in July, recording a 5.7% increase compared to the same month last year.
— The Star Online

Malaysia’s largest solar farm opens in Kedah
With the installation of 180,000 photovoltaic panels by independent power producer Edra Power Holdings Sdn Bhd at its Kuala Ketil solar farm, Kedah is now home to one of Malaysia’s largest solar farms.
— FreshPlaza

1MDB trial adjourned as Najib catches conjunctivitis
The High Court here today adjourned Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) trial as the former prime minister has caught conjunctivitis in both eyes.
— The Borneo Post

MAHB: August passenger movements up 7.5%
Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) reported 12.7 million passenger movements across its network of airports in August, representing a 7.5% year-on-yearincrease from the same month of the previous year.
— The Sun Daily

Study: Average Malaysian needs one month’s salary to afford iPhone 11 Pro
An average Malaysian needs a month’s wages to be able to afford the recently launched iPhone 11 Pro, priced at RM4,899 each for a model with 64GB of storage.
— Malay Mail

Bursa Malaysia ends above 1,600 level, Petronas companies, Axiata lift
Bursa Malaysia settled above the 1,600 level Wednesday, boosted by oil and gas counters – Petronas Chemical, Petronas Dagangan as well as Axiata.
— The Sun Daily

IPI grows 1.2% in July 2019
Malaysia’s Industrial Production Index (IPI) Malaysia grew 1.2% in July 2019 as compared with the same month of the previous year.
— The Sun Daily

Zuraida mulls selling RM100bil worth of unsold high-end property to China, Hong Kong buyers
Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin is mulling the possibility of marketing RM100bil worth of unsold high-end houses to buyers in China and Hong Kong.
— The Star Online

Communications Ministry taking death threat against journalist seriously, says deputy minister
The Communications and Multimedia Ministry views seriously a death threat made against a journalist of a Malay daily, Berita Harian, over a report published in the newspaper a few days ago.
— Malay Mail

Airports closure if visibility below 400m
Low visibility operating procedures at airports will be enforced only when the horizontal visibility drops below 400 metres, said Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB).
— New Sarawak Tribune

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Plastic recycling plant fined RM80,000 for polluting water, air
A plastic recycling plant was fined RM80,000 by the sessions court here today on four charges of operating without approval and polluting the environment last March.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia-China reaffirm commitment to ‘Two Countries, Twin Parks’ model
Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah today made an important visit to the China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park (CMQIP), Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
— The Edge Markets

Wholesale, retail sales expand 5.7% to RM112.5b in July 2019
Sales of wholesale & retail trade grew 5.7% in July 2019 as compared to the same month of the previous year.
— The Sun Daily

Penang to activate public health advisory as air pollution climbs
The Air Pollutant Index (API) readings in the southwest side of Penang island is now at an unhealthy 114, prompting the state government to come up with a health awareness advisory for the public.
— Malay Mail

Lack of local talent in critical areas impeding GDP, report says
Government agency Ilmia says employers have been finding it increasingly difficult to fill positions in the manufacturing and services sector.
— FMT News

Palm oil stocks down 5.3% last month
Malaysia’s total palm oil stocks fell 5.31% to 2.25 million tonnes in August 2019 from 2.38 million tonnes recorded in the previous month, according to the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB).
— The Sun Daily

Haze situation in Kuching improves, schools to stay open as API drops below 200
The haze situation in Kuching has slightly improved today, although the Air Pollutant Index (API) reading of 113 still shows an unhealthy air quality level as of 7pm.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia not transparent about its own forest fires, says Indonesian minister
Haze that has been shrouding parts of Malaysia did not entirely originate from Indonesia, the archipelago’s Environmental Affairs and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said on Wednesday (Sep 11), as she urged Malaysia to be more transparent about the situation.

Take appropriate measures to protect workers during haze, NIOSH tells construction companies
Employers have been advised to implement appropriate measures and conduct a proper risk assessment on the haze that is affecting the country, including specifying when to stop work at construction sites to ensure associated risks being minimised or mitigated.
— The Sun Daily

Sime Darby acquires three luxury car dealerships in Australia for RM321m
Sime Darby Bhd is acquiring three luxury car dealerships in Sydney, Australia for AU$112 million (RM321 million).
— The Sun Daily

Questioned by cops, Penang deputy CM Ramasamy, assemblyman stand by statements on Dr Zakir Naik
Police recorded statement from both Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy and Bagan Dalam assemblyman Satees Muniandy at the former’s office in Komtar today.
— Malay Mail

Icon Offshore bags RM25.6m contract from Petronas Carigali
Icon Offshore Bhd has secured a RM25.6 million contract from Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd.
— The Sun Daily

75% M’sians for blanket ban on social media during crisis
Malaysians are in favour of a blanket ban on social media platforms in the event of a crisis.
— The Sun Daily

Zahid: Dr M should retract ‘racist’ label on DAP before asking PAS to take back ‘kafir’ remarks
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had, at one point, labelled DAP a racist party, and he himself has yet to retract such a statement, says Umno president, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
— The Star Online

Prince Edward presents Gold Award to 254 young M’sians
A total of 254 young Malaysians received the prestigious Gold Award of the International Award for Young People this year.
— The Star Online

Kit Siang hails ‘M for Malaysia’ documentary as antidote to hate speech
Iskandar Puteri MP Lim Kit Siang has labelled the documentary M for Malaysia as a “must-see” for all Malaysians, claiming that it is a “powerful antidote” to the recent widespread hate speech designed to create race.
— Malay Mail

Perak govt contributes RM25,000 to Major Zahir’s widow
The Perak state government will be making a special contribution of RM25,000 to Nour Shafinar Harun, widow of Major Mohd Zahir Armaya (pix) who died in a demonstration at Lok Kawi army camp in Sabah last Wednesday.
— The Sun Daily

IRB applies for Tengku Adnan tax case to be decided through summary judgement
The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) has applied for its suit against former Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (pix), seeking RM57.17mil in income tax arrears for the period between 2012 and 2017, to be decided via summary judgment.
— The Sun Daily

Anwar must initiate PKR ‘reconciliation’, Zuraida insists
PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin said today several party leaders, including herself, are still waiting for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to initiate a reconciliation meeting.
— Malay Mail

RM315.96m in Socso compensation for accidents to and from workplace
The Social Security Organisation (Socso) had paid out RM315.96 million in compensation between January and May this year for cases of accidents involving workers while travelling to and from their workplace.
— The Sun Daily

Yeo’s defamation suit against Jamal most likely to be settled amicably
The defamation suit filed by Energy, Green Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin (pix) against Sungai Besar Umno division chief Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos in connection with the Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) fund, will most likely to be settled amicably.
— The Sun Daily

Awang Tengah: National-level Malaysia Day celebrations moved to Stadium Perpaduan due to haze over downtown Kuching
The venue for the national-level Malaysia Day celebration on Sept 16 has been shifted from Padang Merdeka to Stadium Perpaduan in Petrajaya here.
— The Borneo Post

Perak govt repairs slopes along Jalan Simpang Pulai-Cameron Highlands
The Perak government is repairing six collapsed slopes along Jalan Simpang Pulai-Cameron Highlands to avoid any untoward incident in these areas.
— The Sun Daily

Stop using MACC as a political tool, urges Latheefa
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Latheefa Koya has asked people to stop filing complaints simply to get at their political opponents or just for brownie points.
— The Borneo Post

Teen pleads guilty to raping underage schoolgirl in toilet of Jalan Green shopping complex
A teenager has pleaded guilty to raping an underage schoolmate in a public toilet on Aug 6 at the Magistrate’s Court today.
— The Borneo Post

Validity of US 1MDB forfeitures still up in the air as Obaid continues challenge
Former PetroSaudi International chief executive Tarek Obaid has resumed his lawsuit in the US to challenge the country’s authority to forfeit assets he allegedly procured using funds misappropriated from 1MDB.
— Malay Mail

MACC probing judge, cop for khalwat bribery
A lower Shariah Court judge and a policeman will be detained for five days from today in connection with a bribery case.
— Malay Mail

Create private pension fund if abolishing current scheme, govt told
A private pension fund should be set up as a replacement if the government intends to do away with its pension scheme for civil servants.
— The Sun Daily



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