Malaysia morning news for April 7

Malaysia morning news for April 7
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Malaysia morning newsMalaysia reports 131 new coronavirus cases; 3,793 in total, with one new death
Malaysia on Monday reported 131 new coronavirus infections, raising the country’s total to 3,793 cases, the highest in Southeast Asia.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia identifies 2 new COVID-19 clusters resulting from mass gathering events
Malaysia has identified two COVID-19 clusters as a result of mass gathering events, health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah said at a press conference on Monday (Apr 6).
— Channel NewsAsia

4.8 million SME workers to benefit from revised wage subsidy programme
About 4.8 million workers from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will benefit from the government’s wage subsidy programme, which was increased from RM7.9bil to RM13.8bil.
— The Star Online

The Mask Slips On ‘PM8’ And His ‘Clean Government’
Malaysians are getting a reminder of what capricious, selective, vicious and arbitrary government feels like. With each day that goes by, the yet to be legitimised UMNO/PAS/GPS administration of ‘PM8′ has been getting back to old ways, fast.
— Sarawak Report

“Malaysian durian processing factories temporarily halt operations”
The Malaysian durian season had only just ended when durian processing factories announced a temporary stop of operations in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
— Fresh Plaza

Govt should consider doubling wage subsidies, says economist
The government should consider the doubling the wage subsidy programme announced in the Covid-19 economic stimulus package if it would save more jobs, especially if there is an extension of the movement control order (MCO) according Sunway University Business School’s Professor of Economics Dr Yeah Kim Leng.
— The Sun Daily

FDI policy reforms needed to ride out Covid-19 impact
Malaysia must undertake bold structural and sectoral reforms in its Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy in order to ride out the Covid-19 impact, says an academic.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Rubber Production incentive activated for March 2020
The Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) has activated the Rubber Production Incentive (IPG) for March 2020, and smallholders may apply for the IPG payments from April 1-30, 2020.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Malaysia in the post-IS era
Since its independence on 31 August 1957, Malaysia has confronted security threats of different forms and intensity, including from terrorist groups Jama’ah Islamiyyah (JI) until 2012 and the so-called Islamic State (IS) until 2019.
— East Asia Forum

Malaysians working in Singapore need Covid-19-free status to return: Ismail Sabri
Malaysians working in Singapore will only be allowed to return home after being certified free of Covid-19 by the Singapore government, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
— The Sun Daily

MONSTROUS! – How Sarawak’s GPS Have Played Politics With Hunger
“For the past week since the movement control order was put in place Kuching DAP have been sending names of families in need to the Welfare Department as calls have come in”.
— Sarawak Report

13 profiteering notices issued during MCO – KPDNHEP
The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Sarawak has issued 13 profiteering notices during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.
— The Borneo Post

Health Ministry assures public Rohingya refugees in Langkawi isolated, being tested
The Ministry of Health has confirmed today that around 250 Rohingya refugees who landed at Langkawi, Kedah will be tested for Covid-19, following concerns from the public.
— Malay Mail

NSC to decide on operational status of all business premises
The decision on the operational status of businesses, factories and any such premises during the Movement Control Order now comes under the jurisdiction of the National Security Council (NSC).
— The Borneo Post

PM: Govt continues prudent financial practices, fiscal discipline
The government will continue to exercise prudent financial management together with high fiscal discipline to ensure that the nation’s financial position remains strong and under control, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
— The Borneo Post

Putrajaya takes steps to ensure Prihatin measures reach businesses, Malaysians fully and quickly
The government has established the Laksana unit in the Finance Ministry to ensure all initiatives from the Prihatin stimulus package, including today’s expansion for businesses, are implemented swiftly and efficiently.
— Malay Mail

Govt continues prudent financial practices, fiscal discipline
The government will continue to exercise prudent financial management together with high fiscal discipline to ensure that the nation’s financial position remains strong and under control, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
— The Sun Daily

Additional RM10 billion economic package for SMEs – PM
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today announced an additional allocation of RM10 billion in the Prihatin Package for SMEs (Additional Measures) to help ease the financial burden of the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
— The Borneo Post

Prihatin Plus: Landlords who discount rent will be repaid in tax deductions
Landlords who waive or reduce rent for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by at least 30 per cent will receive the equivalent in tax deductions, the prime minister announced today as part of an additional RM10 billion.
— Malay Mail

Penang reaches 99.9% MCO compliance level
The level of compliance among Penang folks with the Movement Control Order (MCO) is now at 99.9% since its implementation on March 18, said State Housing, Local Government, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo.
— The Sun Daily

First shipment of 28 ICU beds from China arrives in Malaysia
The first shipment of 28 ICU beds, specially ordered from China, has arrived in Malaysia and since been distributed to government hospitals, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
— The Star Online

Digi offers free Covid-19 insurance coverage to first 200,000 customers
Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (Digi) is offering free Covid Cover insurance plan to the first 200,000 customers.
— Malay Mail

Media should be given incentives for keeping public informed: MMA
The media should be given incentives for their key role in educating and keeping the public informed on Covid-19, says the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA).
— The Sun Daily

Heineken Malaysia gets nod to resume limited operations
Heineken Malaysia Bhd has received approval from the government for the company to resume limited operations with a minimal number of essential workers during the movement control order (MCO).
— The Sun Daily

Foreign selling on Bursa slowed to RM486m last week
International investors sold RM486 million net of local equities on Bursa Malaysia last week as selling activities continued to slow down, compared with the RM631.9 million net disposed in the preceding week.
— The Sun Daily

‘Bungkusit’ offers zero commission for merchants
Bungkusit, a Selangor-based delivery service provider offers zero per cent commission rate to its merchants in a bid to help the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) showcase their products nationwide without having to lose sleep about reduced profit margins.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Pintaras to shut Singapore sites and office until May 4
Pintaras Jaya Bhd’s construction site and office in Singapore will be closed on April 7 to May 4, in line with the Singapore government’s decision to close all workplaces with the exception of essential service due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Sun Daily

BPN: Those eligible but missing from IRB records can reapply – PM
Those eligible for the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) aid, but found their names missing from the Inland Revenue Board’s (IRB) records, can reapply.
— The Borneo Post

Homeless in Sarawak given due attention
The enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) may be a blessing in disguise for the Sarawak government in dealing with the homelessness issue.
— New Sarawak Tribune

MCO: Cooperate with frontliners, don’t challenge or provoke them, says Cuepacs
The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) has called on the public to cooperate with all government frontline personnel in efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19, and not to provoke or challenge them in any manner.
— The Sun Daily

Sarawak cuts number of flights from Labuan to Miri to once weekly.
The state disaster management committee also announces nine new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 273.
— FMT News

Covid-19: Five passengers entering Malaysia hospitalised
Five passengers who flew in to Malaysia on Sunday (April 5) have been hospitalised after showing symptoms similar to Covid-19.
— The Star Online

More aid for Malaysian SMEs as Muhyiddin unveils additional RM10 billion package amid COVID-19
The Malaysian government on Monday (Apr 6) announced an additional stimulus package worth RM10 billion (US$2.3 billion) to help struggling small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Khazanah donates RM20m to Covid-19 relief efforts
Khazanah Nasional Bhd is contributing RM20 million to support relief efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, channeled through the Government-Linked Companies (GLC) and Government-Linked Investment Companies (GLIC) Disaster Response Network (GDRN)The GDRN is managed by a joint-secretariat led by Yayasan Hasanah.
— The Sun Daily

Sarawak: Over 180 returnees on mandatory self-quarantine since yesterday
A total of 181 Sarawakians who returned from outside the state were ordered to undergo self-quarantine for supervision and observation for Covid-19, state Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah said today.
— Malay Mail

Prihatin Plus cuts foreign worker levy by 25pc, opens doors for firms to explore unpaid leave, pay cuts
The government will discount the foreign worker levy by 25 per cent for payments due between now and the end of the year, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.
— Malay Mail

Customs Dept finds sex toys among boxes of undeclared items at warehouse in Shah Alam
Boxes of undeclared items and prohibited sex toys were found at a warehouse in Shah Alam, according to the Customs Department.
— The Star Online

SDMC: Auto workshops allowed to operate twice a week during MCO starting April 7
The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has decided to allow vehicle workshops to operate twice a week during the current Movement Control Order (MCO) period, said Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.
— The Borneo Post

Food aid supply to Belaga, Balleh interior to start April 7 – Awang Tengah
Hornbill Skyways and Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) helicopters will be deployed to send food aid parcels to distribution centres in the interior of Sarawak, including Balleh and Murum, starting tomorrow (Apr 7).
— The Borneo Post

Cabinet does U-turn on virus relaxation for Heineken, Carlsberg after backlash
The special operation exemption given to two breweries has been withdrawn, says Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix).
— The Sun Daily

MCO: Perak govt launches AgroPrihatin Scheme to help farmers
The Perak government today launched its RM1 million AgroPrihatin Scheme to help farmers who are badly affected by the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) following the spread of Covid-19.
— The Sun Daily

Dr M: Change your business model to suit online markets in trying times
Try to market your products online and use others to distribute them to the masses in these testing times, says former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
— Malay Mail

Malaysian banking sector resilient enough to weather the storm
While downside risks continue to swamp Malaysia’s banking sector, which has suffered outlook downgrades by foreign rating agencies, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has affirmed the resilience of the financial system amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Sun Daily

Mavcom: Government aid should be last resort for aviation industry players
THE global aviation industry has suffered immensely from the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19: One death, 131 new positive cases detected in Malaysia – Health DG
The country recorded one Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) death today, bringing the death toll to 62, said Ministry of Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
— The Borneo Post

TH appoints Rozita Khamsiah, Ahmad Shahriman to senior management
Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) has appointed Rozita Khamsiah Othman as board secretary and Ahmad Shahriman Johari as general manager of public affairs and group corporate communications effective March 9 and April 1, 2020 respectively.
— New Sarawak Tribune

MCO violation arrests up 51 pct – Ismail Sabri
The number of individuals detained nationwide for violating the Movement Control Order (MCO) has increased to 51 per cent or 554 people yesterday from 368 people on Saturday.
— The Borneo Post

Aussie PM’s international students remarks draws ire of M’sian student council
The Malaysian Students’ Council of Australia (Masca) is deeply disheartened that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pix) had asked international students to return to their home countries during the Covid-19 pandemic if they cannot support themselves financially.
— The Sun Daily

Astro shuts down Bukit Jalil centre after staff tested positive for Covid-19
Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd has closed its Broadcast Centre in Bukit Jalil for two days starting today after finding out that one of its employees has tested positive for Covid-19.
— Malay Mail

PDRM to document actions taken in fight against Covid-19 – IGP
Actions taken by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), including the process involved, in enforcing the Movement Control Order (MCO) to address the Covid-19 pandemic will be documented for future reference, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.
— The Borneo Post

EMCO to focus on specific areas, smaller radius moving forward, says minister
Senior Minister of Defence Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today said enforcement of the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) will now be focused on specific areas with a small radius.
— Malay Mail



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