Malaysia morning news for April 24

Malaysia morning news for April 24

Malaysia morning news71 new Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths in the country
There were 71 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of infections to 5,603 as of 12pm today.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia rises to 26th place in Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2020
These achievements reinforce the fact that Malaysia is on the right track to develop industry-ready digital talent.
— Open Gov Asia

Changes to public transportation operating hours during Ramadan
All public transport services provided by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) and Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana) will be operating from 6am to 10am and 4pm to 10pm daily during the month of Ramadan.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia calls for peaceful end to months-long South China Sea standoff
Malaysia called on Thursday for disputes over the South China Sea to be resolved by peaceful means, amid a standoff between Chinese and Malaysian vessels that a US think tank said had been going on for months.
— The Sun Daily

M’sia pineapple board helps Johor farmers market 160 tonnes pineapple since MCO
The Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board (LPNM) has helped to market 160 tonnes of pineapples produced by affected farmers in Johor since the Movement Control Act (MCO), its director-general Ruhaida Mashhor said today.
— The Sun Daily

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38 pet dumping cases reported around KL throughout MCO: Association
A total of 38 cases of dogs and cats being dumped were reported around Kuala Lumpur, throughout the Movement Control Order (MCO), said Malaysia Animal Association president Arie Dwi Andika.
— The Sun Daily

‘No’ to operations of container and baking supply stores
The government is urged not to allow container and baking supply stores to operate because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Malaysian, Dr Amalinia joins UK’s Imperial College team in search of Covid-19 vaccine
The Malaysian-born UK-based trainee surgeon, Dr Nur Amalina Che Bakri (pix) has joined a team of scientist at the Imperial College in London to find a vaccine in the battle against Covid-19, which affected people worldwide.
— The Sun Daily

RTD to re-open for services related to commercial vehicles next week
The Road Transport Department (RTD) will re-open its doors next week for services related to commercial vehicles only.The RTD said yesterday that its counters at certain branches nationwide will commence operations on April 29 between 8am and 1pm on weekdays.
— The Sun Daily

No extended hours for Ramadan food sales, state govt reverts to 7am to 7pm time frame
The state disaster management committee has today retracted its decision to allow the sale of takeaway food until 10pm during the Ramadan month.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia proposes Asean nations formulate mechanism on surplus food: Hishammuddin
Malaysia today proposed that Asean countries formulate a mechanism to provide their surplus food to nations around the world which are facing shortages during the Covid-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (pix) said.
— The Sun Daily

SC introduces flexibilities for take-over requirements
The Securities Commission Malaysia has introduced flexibilities in complying with the requirements under Capital Markets and Services Act 2007 (CMSA) and Rules on Take-overs, Mergers and Compulsory Acquisitions (Rules) during the movement control order (MCO) period.
— The Sun Daily

MCO: Retail Chain Association sets up task force to help members
The Malaysia Retail Chain Association (MRCA) has set up a strategic task force, named the MRCA Action Bureau (MAB), to combat the adverse effects and impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the nation’s businesses.
— The Sun Daily

Foreign minister: Malaysia firm in commitment to safeguard S. China Sea interests, seeks amicable solution to disputes
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein today affirmed Malaysia’s commitment to safeguard the nation’s interests in the South China Sea, amid disputes, purportedly caused by China.
— Malay Mail

Petronas hands over face masks to Labuan media fraternity
Petronas handed over 500 pieces of face masks to the Labuan Media Practitioners Association (LMPA) today to assist local media frontliners to carry out their duties safely during the Movement Control Order (MCO) and beyond following the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Sun Daily

Drop in Malaysia’s CPI for March marks start of deflation trend, says UOB Treasury Research
Malaysia’s consumer price index (CPI) decline of 0.2% year on year (yoy) in March marks the start of a deflation trend for 2020 according to UOB Treasury Research, notching the first annual deflation since 1969 as the expected rise in unemployment this year following the effects of Covid-19 pandemic and the movement control order (MCO) will.
— The Sun Daily

Border control must be strengtehened even after MCO is lifted – Health DG
Director General of Health Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has called for border control to be strengthened even after the Movement Control Order (MCO) is lifted.
— The Borneo Post

Sarawak withdraws nod for home-based Ramadan food sales following criticism
Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) today reinstated its decision not to allow food stallholders to sell Ramadan food items within their compounds during fasting month following strong protests against the move in.
— Malay Mail

Amid vitriol by locals, Anwar says don’t turn Rohingya refugees away and leave them hungry (VIDEO)
The government should not turn away Rohingya refugees and leave them hungry, PKR President Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim stressed today as Malaysians on social media continue to hurl spite against the persecuted minority.
— Malay Mail

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Obey the MCO, break the Covid-19 chain, says Abang Johari
Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg today urged the people in the state to continue complying with the movement control order (MCO) to break the chain of Covid-19 infections.
— Malay Mail

JPJ to open counters for certain transactions from April 29
The Road Transport Department (JPJ) will open its counters for public, commercial goods and tourists transport vehicles to renew their licenses.
— The Star Online

City Hall, Welfare Dept told to resolve food supply issues at EMCO-hit Pusat Bandar Utara
The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and Social Welfare Department (JKM) have been told to ensure all issues regarding food supply at Pusat Bandar Utara in Kuala Lumpur, which has been placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO), are resolved today.
— The Sun Daily

MAEPS quarantine centre receives 12 asymptomatic Covid-19 patients, says director
The Covid-19 Low-Risk Patient Quarantine and Treatment Centre at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) here has received 12 patients without symptoms since Tuesday.
— Malay Mail

Serba Dinamik proposes private placement to fund future expansion
Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd is proposing a private placement of 394.62 million new shares, representing up to 10% of its total number of issued ordinary shares, at an illustrative price of RM1.47 per share.
— The Sun Daily

Johor official: Malaysians coming back from Singapore daily still manageable
The Johor government assured the public that the daily entry of Malaysians returning from Singapore and other countries was still at a manageable level.
— Malay Mail

Senior minister: Govt wants food distribution problem in Selayang addressed immediately
The government has ordered Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to immediately resolve the food distribution issues currently faced by certain residents in Selayang which is under an enhanced movement control order (EMCO).
— Malay Mail

SBF: Govt’s decision to allow certain contractors to operate during MCO period pragmatic
The recent government’s decision to allow certain contractors to operate five days a week from 8.30am to 5pm during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period is deemed as a pragmatic approach, said Sarawak Business Federation (SBF).
— The Borneo Post

Penang electrical and electronic shops, laundrettes get nod to open tomorrow
Penang has decided to allow electrical and electronic shops, along with full-service laundry shops in the state to reopen from tomorrow onwards, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow announced today.
— Malay Mail

EPF launches SME assistance programme
The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has launched the Employer COVID-19 Assistance Programme (e-CAP) to support small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic.
— The Sun Daily

Solarvest bags RM29.2m EPCC project
Solarvest Holdings Bhd ) has secured a new project worth RM29.2 million from NE Suria Satu Sdn Bhd (NESS) for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels for a global hypermarket chain in Malaysia.
— The Sun Daily

Full rebound in Q3 is best case scenario: MIER
The Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) foresees a full recovery in economic activity, including trade and investment, in the third quarter this year with further strengthening in 2021 under its best-case scenario projection.
— The Sun Daily

Affordability factor expects to worsen illegal cigarettes problem
The number of Malaysians turning to illegal cigarettes is expected to rise further following the Covid-19 pandemic, a leading market research company reported today.
— The Sun Daily

OM Sarawak donates PPE worth RM1.4mil
OM Materials (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, an associate company of Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS), has donated RM1.4mil worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontliners.
— New Sarawak Tribune

UKM develops ‘Covidsense’ app to conduct self-screening tests
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) has taken the initiative to develop a smartphone application named ‘CovidSense’ to enable people to conduct self-screening tests and Covid-19 contact tracking.
— Malay Mail

Covid-19 screenings not compulsory for public transport workers
Covid-19 screenings are not compulsory for public transportation workers but they must strictly monitor their own health by following the Health Ministry’s guidelines, says the Transport Ministry.
— The Star Online

Covid-19 update: 71 new cases, 90 recoveries, 2 new deaths for 95 total fatalities
Malaysia reported 71 more Covid-19 cases on Thursday (Apr 23), making it a whole week of double-digits in the country’s daily new infections.
— The Star Online

Johor to pay all frontline local council staff during MCO
Johor government has announced a special incentive payment amounting to RM1.5mil to all local councils staff and officers who work as frontliners during the movement control order (MCO).
— The Star Online

Local authorities to monitor 1,009 factories in Johor during MCO
The local authorities in Johor will continuously monitor the operations of 1,009 factories that are allowed to operate during the Movement Control Order (MCO) to avoid the spread of the Covid-19 infections among workers.
— The Sun Daily

Government’s forfeiture case against Najib, wife, others on May 4
Parties in the forfeiture suit brought by the government against former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (pix), his family and several others are scheduled to meet the High Court Judge next month.
— The Sun Daily

Senior minister: Longer operation hours for wet markets, public transport during Ramadan
Wet markets and public transport will be allowed to operate longer hours during the holy month of Ramadan, said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
— Malay Mail

DiGi.Com 1Q earnings slide 2.8% to RM332m
DiGi.Com Bhd posted net earnings of RM332 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2.8^% lower than RM341.5 million seen in the previous corresponding quarter, after accounting for a RM306 million depreciation and amortisation cost.
— The Sun Daily

New Covid-19 cases creep up again but still below full recoveries
The Health director-general reported 71 new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients today, after days of promising drops in fresh infections.
— Malay Mail

Sarawak cops say some applied for inter-district travel amid MCO to visit family, friends
Visiting family members and friends are among the reasons cited for rejecting applications for inter-district travel in Sarawak, State Deputy Police Commissioner Datuk Dev Kumar said today.
— Malay Mail

Sarawak’s takeaway food policy during Ramadan gets thumbs down
The state government’s decision to allow food businesses and even households to sell takeaway food until 10pm during the Ramadan month is hard to swallow for many people in Sarawak given the Movement Control Order (MCO) to stop the spread of Covid-19.
— The Borneo Post



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