Malaysia morning news for March 27

Malaysia morning news for March 27
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Covid-19: 235 new positive cases recorded in country, death toll rises to 23 – Health DG
A total of 235 new positive Covid-19 cases were recorded in the country as at noon today, the highest daily increase to date, bringing the total to 2,031, with the death toll due to the disease stood at 23.
— The Borneo Post

Tax deductions for donations to Covid-19 funds
Tax deduction incentives will be given to those who donate cash or items that will be used to contain the spread of Covid-19 and to help the people affected by the outbreak, said Inland Revenue Board (IRB).
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia gets 35,000 masks, 1,120 pieces of protective gear from China fundraising team
Wisma Putra today announced that it has received on behalf of Malaysia a donation of face masks and protective gear from a fundraising team in China.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia’s AirAsia temporarily suspends some international, domestic flights
Malaysian budget airline AirAsia Group Bhd has suspended some of its international and domestic flights, it said in a stock exchange filing on Thursday.
— Reuters

Malaysia’s Preventable Coronavirus Disaster
The country’s newest leaders should have jumped into action immediately. Instead, they wasted precious weeks jockeying over cabinet positions.
— Foreign Policy

MOH: Focus now to protect Covid-19 patients with low immunity
The Ministry of Health (MOH) said today it is focusing efforts on treating Covid-19 patients with low immunity, as concern mounts that public hospitals may be overwhelmed by rising cases of infections.
— Malay Mail

Market optimism boosts Bursa Malaysia’s performance
Bursa Malaysia continued its uptrend for the third consecutive day, boosted by market optimism on tomorrow’s second stimulus package.
— The Sun Daily

MOH to rope in private hospitals if public ICU overwhelmed by Covid-19 cases
Private hospitals will be asked to treat Covid-19 infected patients if public intensive care units (ICU) are overwhelmed, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said today.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia says relations with India to improve after New Delhi lifts tax
Malaysia’s relationship with top palm buyer India, which soured under former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, is expected to improve after India lifted a 5% import duty on the edible oil, Malaysia’s commodities minister said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Penang govt launches hand sanitiser campaign for high-rise buildings
Penang has launched a campaign to encourage its people here to habitually use hand sanitisers before entering elevators and their homes.
— The Sun Daily

Nanta: Essential goods in sufficient supply throughout length of MCO
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister, Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, has given an assurance that essential goods are in sufficient supply for the entire duration of the Movement Control Order imposed by the government to contain Covid-19.
— The Sun Daily

Sarawak detects 4 new Covid-19 positive cases today, total stands at 95
Sarawak recorded four new positive Covid-19 cases today, bringing the total number of cases to 95 since the first positive case was reported on March 13.
— The Borneo Post

S’pore to extend VEP validity period for Malaysia-registered vehicles till June
Singapore will be extending the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) validity period for Malaysia-registered vehicles till June 30 this year.
— New Straits Times

Sabah, Sarawak reps to join EAC, says Mustapa
Representatives from Sabah and Sarawak will be joining the Economic Action Council (EAC) soon, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia stock exchange to provide flexibility for brokers to manage margin accounts
Malaysia’s national stock exchange said on Thursday it will provide greater flexibility for brokers to manage margin accounts as part of efforts to alleviate the impact of the new coronavirus outbreak on capital market players.
— Reuters

CM: Two sub-committees formed to better address Covid-19 outbreak in Sarawak
Two sub-committees have been formed in order to the better address the Covid-19 outbreak in Sarawak, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
— The Borneo Post

Govt to distribute face masks to over 8.6 mln households – Ismail Sabri
The government will soon be distributing face masks to 8.63 million households nationwide, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.
— The Borneo Post

OCBC: Interest for loans won’t be compounded during 6-month grace period
OCBC Bank (Malaysia) announced that it will not be compounding interest and profits for its mortgages and SME loans/financing during the 6-month moratorium period.
— The Sun Daily

80 ministry healthcare staff test positive for Covid-19: Health DG
Eighty healthcare staff of the Health Ministry have tested positive for Covid-19 but none contracted the disease from managing Covid-19 positive patients, it was disclosed today.
— The Sun Daily

Prime minister and ministers to contribute two months salary to Covid-19 Fund
The prime minister, ministers and deputy ministers will contribute two months salary into the Covid-19 Fund, said the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
— The Borneo Post

DPMM, MTEM propose additional stimulus measures
The Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (DPMM) and the Malay Economic Action Council (MTEM) have proposed several additional measures to be included in the comprehensive stimulus package aimed at aiding Malaysians affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.
— The Sun Daily

CM: 7pm to 7am restriction on S’wakians extended until MCO ends on April 14
The State Disaster Management Committee has extended the 7pm to 7am restriction on Sarawakians until April 14 in line with the extension of the federal Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
— The Sun Daily

CCM expected to extend closure of operations during MCO period
The Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) is expected to extend the closure of its operations nationwide following the extension of the Movement Control Order (MCO) to April 14, 2020.
— The Sun Daily

7-Eleven to compulsorily acquire remaining stake in Caring Pharmacy
7-Eleven Malaysia Holdings Bhd will compulsorily acquire all the remaining Caring shares that it does not own after the mandatory general offer (MGO) for the latter has reached a valid acceptance level of 98.77%.
— The Sun Daily

EPF stops counter services temporarily
The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has temporarily stopped all face-to-face interactions, including counter services and first-time withdrawals of any kind, in response to the Movement Control Order (MCO).
— The Sun Daily

Ringgit ends higher against US dollar
The ringgit closed higher against the US dollar for the third consecutive day today, driven by emerging demand for riskier assets as investors react to a series of economic measures announced by big economies to counter the Covid-19 impact, dealers said.
— The Sun Daily

Penang to hand out free hand sanitisers to all apartments in state
Chief minister says sanitisers will be rolled out in the next few weeks via managements of flats, apartments and condominiums in Penang.
— FMT News

Covid-19: Current situation in Malaysia (updated daily)
Get the latest update in the numbers of Covid-19 in Malaysia and related information here!
— The Star Online

No Malaysian tourists stranded in Switzerland, says embassy
The Embassy of Malaysia in Switzerland has confirmed that no Malaysian tourists are stranded in Switzerland following the travel restrictions that have been imposed to contain Covid-19.
— Malay Mail

Matta: Allow private sector to stop EPF contributions to avoid retrenchment
The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) has called on the government to allow the private sector to stop mandatory contributions to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), Human Resource Development Fund.
— Malay Mail

Senior minister denies food transportation can’t get through roadblocks during MCO
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said claims that the police have prevented vehicles transporting food items from going through roadblocks during the movement control order (MCO) are untrue.
— Malay Mail

Police collect RM5.6m in traffic summonses
A total RM5.6 million in traffic summonses was collected on the first day of the online traffic summonses payment campaign with a 50% discount implemented by the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM).
— The Sun Daily

FT minister: Important to have new faces in MPP as most current members are inactive
Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa today defended the ministry’s decision to sack current members of the Resident Representative Council (MPP) amidst the Covid-19 outbreak.
— Malay Mail

National Blood Bank urges public to donate blood
The National Blood Centre appeals to the public to urgently donate blood, as the Covid-19 outbreak has caused a reduction in the number of donors.
— The Star Online

Trust the govt to revive the country’s economy: Mustapa
The many challenges, from economic slowdown and virus outbreak to food crisis, have provided a valuable experience that will enable Malaysia to formulate solid strategies in re-stabilising and strengthening the economy.
— The Borneo Post

Govt to distribute face masks to over 8.6 million households: Ismail Sabri
The government will soon be distributing face masks to 8.63 million households nationwide, Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia seeks to clear congested ports to move essentials amid curbs
Malaysia’s freight forwarders have been asked to clear shipments as major ports clog up in the second week of a restricted movement order imposed to fight the coronavirus, the transport minister said today.
— Malay Mail

Senior minister: Federal ministers to attend state NSC meetings in effort to streamline MCO guidelines
In an effort to streamline the movement control order (MCO) nationwide, a federal minister will immediately be required to attend their respective state’s National Security Council (NSC) meeting, said Senior Minister.
— Malay Mail

Govt will ensure all essential goods reach their destinations, says Dr Wee
All measures to ensure continued supply of essential goods during the movement control order will be full implemented, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
— The Star Online

PM, Cabinet Ministers agrees to give two months’ salary to Covid-19 Fund
The Cabinet has decided that two months’ salary of the prime minister, ministers and deputy ministers will be cut and donated to the Covid-19 Fund.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Sarawak committee sets up two units to handle food and security
The Sarawak Security Committee (SSC) today formed two subcommittees to deal with issues relating to food supply and security arising out of the imposition of the Movement Control Order MCO) to contain the spread of coronavirus.
— Malay Mail

Puncak Borneo to assist needy families with food during MCO
Puncak Borneo Parliamentary Service Centre will be giving special assistance in the form of food items to the poor families which are affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO).
— The Borneo Post

Public premises to undergo cleaning, disinfection process – Ismail Sabri
Public premises, especially in areas identified as red zones, will soon undergo cleaning, sanitising and disinfection works to curb the spread of Covid-19.
— The Borneo Post

BIMB issues second tranche sukuk worth RM400m
BIMB Holdings Bhd’s wholly owned subsidiary, Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd has issued the second tranche of subordinated sukuk Murabahah amounting to RM400 million, as part of its RM10 billion sukuk programme.
— The Sun Daily

Cops nab four armed suspects hoping to take advantage of MCO
As the streets are mostly deserted with the movement control order (MCO) in force, four armed suspects thought it would be a good time to strike.
— The Sun Daily

Case management of lawyer’s suit against pardons board, Anwar on June 2
The case instituted by lawyer Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz to question the legality of the full pardon granted to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who had been convicted and imprisoned for sodomising his aide, has been fixed for case management on June 2.
— The Sun Daily

Govt provides RM21b assistance for Malaysians amid Covid-19, more to come
For almost any country in the world, winning the war against Covid-19 is now the agenda of utmost importance.
— Malay Mail

Covid-19: 81 Malaysians and family members return home from Italy – Deputy Foreign Minister
Eighty-one Malaysians and their families were brought back from Italy this morning, said Deputy Foreign Minister, Datuk Kamarudin Jaafar (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Senior minister: RM5.7m Covid-19 fund to be distributed to the poor
The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry will disburse money collected under Putrajaya’s Covid-19 Fund to the poor and the needy.
— 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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