Malaysia morning news for March 19

Malaysia morning news for March 19

Malaysia morning news

Made in Malaysia: How mosque event spread virus to SE Asia
Out of Malaysia’s 673 confirmed infections, nearly two-thirds are linked to the four-day meeting outside Kuala Lumpur.
— Aljazeera

Malaysia Airlines scales down operations in light of travel bans
Malaysia Airlines will significantly reduce its overall network following the nationwide movement control order imposed by the government from March 18 to 31 to curb Covid-19.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysian PM Muhyiddin says control measures could be extended if coronavirus continues to spread
Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has said that the movement control measures which took effect on Wednesday (March 18) could be extended past their initial two weeks if they fail to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
— The Straits Times

Eateries at a loss what to do next following Malaysia’s Covid-19 shutdown
After the first day of a nationwide shutdown, many eateries have been left in the lurch and unsure as to whether they should continue their operations in a limited capacity or cut their losses and close for the rest of the two-week period.
— Malay Mail

Order: Tourism Selangor closes offices, tourist attractions
Tourism Selangor announced that its management offices, the Royal Klang Town Heritage Walk programme, Kanching Eco-Forest Park and Chongkak Eco-Forest Park are temporarily closed, beginning today until March 31.
— The Sun Daily

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Air Selangor: Water supply in Klang to be fully restored by 6pm
Water supply in the Klang area, which was disrupted due to  smell pollution detected at the source of raw water in Sungai Selangor is expected to be fully restored by 6pm today.
— Malay Mail

Guan Eng says glad to see Pakatan’s policies working for Malaysians in Covid-19 shutdown
Amid the pressing economic and health crises in the country, DAP’s Lim Guan Eng said today it was encouraging that policies Pakatan Harapan (PH) introduced were still easing the burdens of Malaysians now under a new.
— Malay Mail

Rapid KL rail service to be revised effective March 20, due to Covid-19
In view of the government’s nationwide movement control order effective March 18 to 31 to curb the spread of Covid-19, Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd, the operator of the Rapid KL rail network in the Klang Valley, will revise its.
— Malay Mail

Temporary change in IJN visiting hours
The National Heart Institute (IJN) is operating as usual amid the implementation of the Movement Control Order and the Covid-19 situation, and has enforced a temporary change in visiting hours.
— The Sun Daily

KL’s main shopping areas deserted as country enters Covid-19 shutdown
Activity at major malls in the city has been sharply reduced on the first day of Malaysia’s nationwide shutdown for Covid-19, with all retailers other than those providing essential services ordered closed by law.
— Malay Mail

Restricted movement to adversely impact the economy in short term
The nationwide movement restriction to contain the Covid-19 outbreak will adversely impact the economy in the short term, but its effects will be limited, said Kenanga Research.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Selangor ready to evacuate its students from Sabah, Sarawak
The Selangor government is prepared to assist students of institutions of higher learning from the state studying in Sabah and Sarawak to return home as directed by the Higher Education Ministry.
— New Sarawak Tribune

MTUC slams MEF proposal
The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) has proposed employees take five days of annual leave and another five days of unpaid leave to cover the two-week period when they are not allowed to go to work.
— The Sun Daily

Dr Sim: Disappointing to see some going against movement control order, jeopardising health of others
Local Government and Housing Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian has expressed his disappointment after finding out that there were still members of the public gathering at eateries around the city today despite the movement control order (MCO) put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19.
— The Borneo Post

Health D-G warns of tsunami-like third wave of Covid-19 if Malaysians don’t play their part now
Malaysia could suffer a third wave of Covid-19 infections reaching tsunami-like proportions unless Malaysians strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.
— Malay Mail

Covid-19: Cooperative Commission to consider deferment of loan repayment
The Cooperative Commission of Malaysia (SKM) has taken the initiative to consider applications for deferment of loan repayments by cooperatives adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Sun Daily

Failure not an option: Health DG warns Malaysians to stay home, heed movement control order
The movement control order must succeed in stopping the spread of Covid-19 because failure is not an option, said Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
— The Borneo Post

Kuching mayor issues warning to hawkers who allow customers to dine in despite Covid-19 prohibition
Mayor of Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Datuk Wee Hong Seng today warned that the City Council will order the closure of all hawkers centres within its jurisdiction if they continue to flout the restricted movement order.
— Malay Mail

COVID-19 FAQ: How are Singaporeans in Malaysia affected by the restricted movement order?
Malaysia’s restricted movement order kicked in from Wednesday (Mar 18), with citizens barred from leaving the country and foreigners stopped from entering. But what does it entail for Singaporeans who are in Malaysia?

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MITI, agencies operate remotely during restricted movement order
The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and its agencies will operate remotely during the 14-day restricted Movement Order beginning today until March 31, 2020.
— The Sun Daily

Need for a specialist court in M’sia to handle environmental cases, says lawyer
It’s high time for Malaysia to set up a specialist court to preside over environmental disputes and crimes in the country, said a lawyer specialising in environmental law, policy and renewable energy.
— The Sun Daily

Agong, Queen visit CPRC in Putrajaya
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today visited the Health Ministry’s National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) here.
— The Borneo Post

PH urges govt to impose purchasing limit on essential items
Pakatan Harapan (PH) has called on the government to consider enforcing a purchasing limit on all essential items during the movement control order period to ensure sufficient supplies for the people.
— The Sun Daily

Deborah Henry – Beauty with a Golden Heart
Malaysian Deborah Henry is said to be ‘Beauty with a Golden Heart’ as she advocates on children’s rights for World Vision and refugee rights for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
— New Sarawak Tribune

Agong grants audience to PM Muhyiddin for pre-Cabinet meeting
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah granted an audience Wednesday (March 18) to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for a pre-Cabinet meeting at Istana Melawati here.
— The Star Online

Ministry reactivates Talian Kasih hotline after public flak
Following public criticism, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun says the government has decided to reactivate the Talian Kasih hotline, which was initially suspended for two weeks due to the movement control order.
— The Star Online

Hannah Yeoh, Azalina slams Rina Harun over temporary suspension of Talian Kasih helpline
Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh has urged the National Security Council (NSC) and the women, family and community development ministry to review the decision for temporarily closing the Talian Kasih helpline.
— Malay Mail

Covid-19: Negri govt allocates RM3mil to help lower income individuals
The Negri Sembilan government has set aside RM3mil to assist individuals from the lower income category whose income had been affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, says Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun.
— The Star Online

On eve of Covid-19 shutdown, a mad rush home to JB from KL
It was meant to be a quick trip in and out of KL yesterday; drop my ailing car at my mechanic’s in Subang Jaya and then take a bus back to Johor Baru where I am based.
— Malay Mail

Take Movement Control Order seriously, stay home
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has urged all Malaysians to take the Movement Control Order, which takes effect today until March 31, seriously and stay at home.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Stay home at all times except for essential needs: MKN
The public are advised to stay at home at all times during the movement control order period from today until March 31, 2020, except for essential needs.
— The Sun Daily

Cabinet wants IPCMC Bill reviewed before further action
The Cabinet wants the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill to be reviewed, says Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.
— The Star Online

New federal regulation lays out fine, jail term for offences under Covid-19 movement control order
Anyone committing an offence under a new set of federal regulations gazetted today in line with the Covid-19 nationwide movement control order (MCO) can be fined not exceeding RM1,000 or jailed not more than six months or both.
— The Borneo Post

PDRM withdraws interstates travel restriction
The Royal Malaysia Police has withdrawn its plan to impose interstates travel restriction due to Covid-19 outbreak.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Violating Movement Control Order is a criminal offence
All quarters should comply with the Movement Control Order that takes effect today until March 31 and breach of the order is a criminal and moral offence, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.
— New Sarawak Tribune

13 Malaysians from Tabligh group heighten Covid-19 fear in Cambodia
Thirteen Malaysians from the Markas Dakwah Tabligh Malaysia Sri Petaling are in Kampot, a southern Cambodian city about 155km from Phnom Penh.The Malaysian missionaries, all in the 50s and above, had boarded via Air Asia, flight AK538 to the kingdom’s capital city on March 11.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia travel ban, virus pushes Singapore closer to first recession in two decades
Singapore is edging towards its first full-year recession in nearly two decades as neighbouring Malaysia’s travel ban cuts off a key source of labour and the coronavirus pandemic hits the economy, firming the case for the.
— Malay Mail

Covid-19: Pakatan urges govt to impose purchasing limit to ensure sufficient supply of essential items
Pakatan Harapan (PH) has called for the government to enforce a limit on the quantity of essential items one person can purchase during the restricted movement period to ensure sufficient supplies for all.
— Malay Mail

Most businesses in Kuching comply with movement control order to curb spread of Covid-19
All businesses not listed under the movement control order’s (MCO) essential services in the city centre appear to be complying with order to curb the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) which started today.
— The Borneo Post

Take movement control order seriously, stay home: Health DG
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pix) has urged all Malaysians to take the movement control order, which takes effect today until March 31, seriously and stay at home.
— The Sun Daily

‘Budget mismatch will complicate govt finances’
The government may have an uphill task bringing the country’s economy back on track due to the Covid-19 pandemic.Former domestic trade and consumer afairs minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution said the previous Pakatan Harapan administration had based the country’s 2020 Budget on the crude oil price of US$62 (RM269) per barrel.
— The Sun Daily

Market traders defy movement control order, continue trading
Traders at several markets in Banting near here defied the authorities and blatantly went about their business despite the nationwide Movement Control Order imposed by the government from today until March 31 to curb the spread of Covid-19.
— The Sun Daily

Johor state govt seeking green light from Putrajaya to reopen Singapore border
The Johor government will request for a special dispensation to reopen its borders for certain categories of Malaysians working in Singapore, Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said today.
— Malay Mail

Police say already opened 40 cases on Covid-19 fake news since January 25
The police said today that 40 investigation papers (IP) have been opened nationwide over postings of misinformation about Covid-19 on social media since January 25.
— Malay Mail

Maszlee Malik tipped to lead MARA after Perikatan sacks all Pakatan-appointed board members
Former education minister Maszlee Malik has been shortlisted to lead Bumiputera development agency MARA following the removal of all board members appointed by the previous Pakatan Harapan government, according to sources.
— Malay Mail

Bursa Malaysia defers AGM in line with movement control order
Bursa Malaysia Bhd has postponed its 43rd AGM due to the imposition of the movement control order from March 18 to 31 to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country.
— The Sun Daily

Sarawak eateries see eat-in customers despite Movement Control Order
A post on Facebook is going viral which alleges Sarawak residents having breakfast at Sarawak eateries in Sibu and Kuching today.
— The Sun Daily

Ministry: Supermarkets encouraged to place purchase limits on essential items to prevent stockpiling
Supermarkets are encouraged to place purchase limits on essential items such as food and daily necessities to prevent stockpiling during the Movement Control Order (MCO), said the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs.
— The Borneo Post

Movement control order: FAQs about retail sector
The nationwide movement control order is now in force, from today until March 31, to curb the spread of Covid-19.This is the first time in history that Malaysia has enforced such an order as announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin last Monday.
— The Sun Daily



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