Malaysia morning news for March 5

Malaysia morning news for March 5

Malaysia morning news

Sarawak govt provides animal control vehicles to local authorities to curb rabies
The Sarawak government today handed over 26 units of  animal control vehicles, worth RM3.37 million, for use by local government authorities, especially to curb the spread of rabies.
— Malay Mail

14 new cases of COVID-19 in Malaysia, new cluster identified
Fourteen new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Malaysia on Wednesday (Mar 4), bringing the national total to 50.
— CNA

Communications Ministry confident new govt will continue with planned initiatives
The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) is confident that the new government will continue with the implementation of all planned initiatives under the ministry for the benefit of the people.
— Malay Mail

Autogate, e-gate systems at all Malaysia entry points temporarily suspended to deal with COVID-19
Malaysia on Wednesday (Mar 4) suspended the use of all autogate and e-gate systems at all entry points as a measure to address the spread of COVID-19.
— CNA

MARii: NAP 2020, third national car project to proceed
The National Automotive Policy (NAP) 2020 is not expected to change in view of the forming of a new government and there is no stopping to the third national car project.
— The Sun Daily

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How Malaysia Stands To Lose Billions Thanks To The Return Of The Kleptocrats
As Malaysians scratch their heads to work out why on the one hand PM7 was denied a swift return of parliament (the supreme authority in the land) to test the support of the people’s representatives, yet on the other hand PM8 was allowed instead to AVOID thus testing his legitimacy for a jaw-dropping three months, here is more to think about.
— Sarawak Report

Bursa Malaysia ends on firm note
Bursa Malaysia ended on a firm note today, supported by buying in heavyweight stocks amid positive market sentiment following Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) move to cut the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR).
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19: Sarawak Health Department searches for people with close contact to patient 33
The Sarawak Health Department is tracking down individuals who came in close contact with a Malaysian man diagnosed with Covid-19 on March 2, said Local Government and Housing Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian.
— The Borneo Post

Fly Malaysia Airlines and be rewarded
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will be rewarding lucky passengers with a pair of Economy or Business Class tickets when they book their travels with the airline from now until 30 April 2020.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Malaysians in Indonesia advised to register with embassy
Malaysians staying or arriving in Indonesia are urged to register with the Malaysian embassy here following the latest development on the Covid-19 outbreak with the republic detected to be one of the countries affected by the virus.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Commentary: Muhyiddin Yassin, the all-seasoned politician, who rose to Malaysia’s pinnacle of power
Newly sworn-in Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has deeply conservative beliefs, but has demonstrated incredible political savviness in his career that could continue to mark his premiership, says Oh Ei Sun.
— CNA

Malaysian police quiz Mahathir’s daughter over protest
Malaysian police questioned ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad’s daughter and 18 other activists Wednesday over several small, peaceful protests triggered by the elderly leader losing power and a corruption-tainted party’s return.
— CNA

Malaysia parliament meeting postponed to May 18: Speaker
Malaysia’s next parliament sitting has been pushed back by two months to May 18, following a change in federal government last week.
— CNA

World Bank announces $12 bln to assist countries impacted by Covid-19
The World Bank Group is making available an initial package of up to $12 billion in immediate support to assist countries coping with the health and economic impacts of Covid-19.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Socso eyes expanding satellite rehab services across Malaysia
The Social Security Organisation (Socso) is looking into expanding its rehabilitation services by introducing more satellite rehabilitation centres across Malaysia.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Ku Nan bursts out in court after his assets of RM800m-RM900m while in Cabinet disclosed
Former minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor lashed out in the High Court today after the judge refused his application to keep details of his asset declarations when he had been in the federal government from public.
— Malay Mail

January trade surplus hits RM12b, highest in 9 years
Malaysia recorded a trade surplus of RM12 billion in January 2020, up 4.2 per cent from RM11.52 billion in January 2019.
— The Sun Daily

Mohd Rosli is new Sabah, Labuan maritime director
First Admiral Maritime Mohd Rosli Abdullah has been appointed Sabah and Labuan Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director, effective yesterday.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Police: Operation launched to nab ‘lookouts’ targetting potential kidnap victims in ESSZone
Sabah police have cast a dragnet to detain the remaining ‘lookouts’ working hand-in-glove with kidnap-for-ransom groups (KFRG) in the Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (ESSzone).
— Malay Mail

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In plot twist, Johor PKR’s state lawmaker exits party to support new coalition govt
Johor’s Pemanis state lawmaker Dr Chong Fat Full has today announced his exit from PKR to become an independent assemblyman as well as his support for the state government’s new Gabungan Baharu coalition.
— Malay Mail

Anwar confirms was offered PM post by Umno
PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has today confirmed that Umno had offered him the prime minister post if he joined the party to form the federal government just before last week’s political crisis.
— Malay Mail

Chinese Embassy thanks Hospital Permai for treating China Covid-19 patients
The Chinese embassy here has expressed its appreciation to Hospital Permai in Johor Baru for its assistance and coordination in providing medical aid to Covid-19 patients from China.
— The Sun Daily

PM briefed on developments in education sector, Malaysia’s foreign relations
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today received briefings on the latest developments in the country’s education sector and its foreign relations.
— Malay Mail

Sarawak GOF seized more than RM48m in contraband in 2019
The General Operations Force (GOF) Sarawak Brigade seized RM48,853,048 worth of contraband in the state last year, its commander SAC Datuk Khaw Kok Chin said here today.
— The Sun Daily

MCMC postpones distribution of myFreeview TV decorders in Sibu
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has postponed the distribution of the myFreeview digital TV decoders initially scheduled to be held at SMK Methodist in Sibu this weekend.
— The Sun Daily

Muhyiddin briefed on developments in education sector, foreign relations
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today received briefings on the latest developments in the country’s education sector and its foreign relations.
— The Sun Daily

Johor MB: New state exco line-up expected to be sworn in on Friday
Johor’s new state executive council (exco) members are expected to take their oaths and be sworn into office by this Friday, said newly-minted Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad.
— Malay Mail

Najib expects more conducive atmosphere for 1MDB trial
On trial for corruption that includes the multi-billion dollar 1MDB fraud, former Malaysian prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today that the fall of the government that ousted him meant he now expected an.
— Malay Mail

Parliament meeting delay not a ploy but necessary for both sides, says Annuar Musa
Perikatan Nasional did not deliberately delay the date for the coming Parliament meeting, but did it to meet the needs of the ruling government and give enough time for the opposition to prepare for the meeting, says Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
— The Star Online

PM meets govt officials on education, foreign affairs
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, on Wednesday (March 4), met chief secretaries from the Education and Foreign Ministries.
— The Star Online

Penang Amanah eyes state exco seat following Dr Afif’s resignation
Penang Parti Amanah Negara youth today urged the Pakatan Harapan state government to consider appointing an Amanah assemblyman as an exco to fill the spot vacated by PKR’s Dr Afif Bahardin.
— Malay Mail

90% of USM students find jobs after graduation: USM VC
Only 10% of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) graduates are unable to find jobs, according to its vice-chancellor for student affairs and alumni Prof Dr Aldrin Abdullah.However, he said, some of them have chosen to travel or pursue courses in other areas first.
— The Sun Daily

PAS will not make demands for Cabinet posts, says party president
PAS will not interfere in the formation of the new Cabinet nor make any demands on positions for its leaders, according to party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Back in familiar spot, CM hopes Penang won’t be sidelined by new government
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow hoped the new federal government will continue treating the state fairly for the sake of the people.
— Malay Mail

Ku Nan asks court to exclude public, media from hearing his asset declarations to PM in order to avoid hostility, compromise on safety
Former minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor asked the High Court today to view his previous sworn declarations of assets to past prime ministers without the presence of the public and the media.
— Malay Mail

Covid: Malaysians in Indonesia advised to register with embassy
Malaysians staying or arriving in Indonesia are urged to register with the Malaysian Embassy here following the latest development on the Covid-19 outbreak with the republic detected to be one of the countries affected by the virus.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia parliament meeting postponed to May 18: Speaker
Malaysia’s next parliament sitting has been pushed back by two months to May 18, following a change in federal government last week.
— CNA

Does the new PM need 70 days to get his government into shape, asks Wong Chen
In a series of tweets not too long ago, Member of Parliament for Subang Wong Chen (pix), has taken a swipe at Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin with regards to the announcement that Parliament’s sitting has been postponed to May.
— The Sun Daily

MTEM urges new govt to intensify Bumiputera empowerment agenda
The Malay Economic Action Council (MTEM) wants Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 (SPV2030), which will be continued under the new government led by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, to address economic disparities between the races and create a high-value economy.
— The Sun Daily

Sarawak enforces four immigration policies to ensure state remains free of Covid-19
The State Disaster Management Committee is enforcing four immigration policies to ensure Sarawak remains free of Covid-19, despite having no known infection since the outbreak.
— The Borneo Post

Govt urged to draw up new stimulus package
As more industries are sounding the alarm over the drop in business due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the government has been urged to come up with a new package to aid all sectors and help save jobs.
— The Sun Daily

Ringgit rebound to open higher against US dollar
The ringgit rebounded from yesterday’s losses against the US dollar to open higher on Wednesday.
— The Sun Daily

Suhakam inquiry: In-law of missing pastor Joshua says cops dissuaded family from informing Indonesian embassy
A sister-in-law of missing pastor Joshua Hilmy told a Human Rights Commission of Malaysia’s (Suhakam) inquiry today that his family was initially dissuaded from bringing up his disappearance with the Indonesian Embassy.
— Malay Mail

Joshua, Ruth married in Batam in 2004, Suhakam inquiry told
Joshua Hilmy and Ruth Sitepu were married in Batam in October 2004, a Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) inquiry into their disappearances heard Wednesday (March 4).
— The Star Online

Judge rejects Ku Nan’s bid for closed-door disclosure of his assets while in Cabinet
The High Court today rejected former minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s application for details of his asset declarations be heard privately without the public’s or the media’s presence.
— Malay Mail

Abdul Karim: GPS ‘delighted’ if allocated posts in new cabinet
Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) would be very delighted if the new Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin gave the party significant posts in his federal cabinet line-up.
— The Borneo Post

Blame yourselves for PH-led federal govt collapse, Abdul Karim tells DAP, PKR
Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) have only themselves to blame for the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan (PH)-led federal government, said Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.
— The Borneo Post

Chow: State legal advisor will look into Bersatu duo’s positions in Penang Pakatan administration
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said state legal advisor has been engaged to look at the legal provisions under the state constitution with regards to the two Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) assemblymen in the.
— Malay Mail

Public Bank to reduce base rates
Public Bank will reduce its base rate (BR) and base lending rate (BLR) / base financing rate (BFR) by 0.25% effective March 6, in line with Bank Negara Malaysia’s Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) cut by 25 basis points from 2.75% to 2.50%.
— The Sun Daily

Weaker demand expected for FGV in short to medium term period
A weaker demand outlook is expected for FGV Holdings Bhd (FGV) in the short to medium term, on the back of the rising Covid-19 outbreak and geopolitical uncertainties.
— The Borneo Post

Japan govt offers Monbukagakusho: MEXT Scholarships to eligible Malaysians
The Embassy of Japan today announced the opening of applications for the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships for the academic year 2021 for Malaysian nationals who are interested in pursuing studies in Japan.
— Malay Mail

TNB completes purchase of UK RE firms
Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) has completed the acquisition of the balance 20% interest in two UK renewable energy (RE) companies GVO Wind Limited and Bluemerang Capital Limited for GBP18.6 million (RM99.85 million).
— The Sun Daily

Eden gets RM16.71m compensation for ECRL land
Eden Inc Bhd has received RM16.71 million in compensation for the compulsory acquisition of its 6.39-ha land in Kuantan, Pahang by the government for the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project.
— The Sun Daily

 

 

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This week’s Malaysia morning news feature photo focuses on World Wildlife Day, March 3, here poached elephant tusks and pangolin scales.

 

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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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