Malaysia morning news for April 8

Malaysia morning news for April 8

Malaysia morning news

Covid-19: 170 new coronavirus cases including 1 new death
A total of 170 new cases of Covid-19 and one more death have been reported in the country as at noon today, bringing the total number of positive cases to 3,963, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
— The Sun Daily

Micro, small entrepreneurs urged to go online
The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has urged micro and small entrepreneurs in Malaysia to continue to promote their products and services during the Movement Control (MCO) period.
— New Sarawak Tribune

GSV bids $2.5 billion for Malaysia Airlines, says funded by European bank
Privately held Golden Skies Ventures (GSV) has made a $2.5 billion offer to fully take over the holding company of ailing state carrier Malaysia Airlines, with financing from a European bank, its executives told Reuters on Monday.
— Reuters

Online trader fined RM6,000 for insulting Agong
An online trader was fined RM6,000 in default of three months’ jail by the sessions court here today for insulting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah through a posting on Facebook last month.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia’s banking sector is in much better shape
Malaysia’s banking sector is in much better shape than it was prior to the 1998/1999 and 2009 recessions, industry observers said.
— New Straits Times

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Malaysian Health Ministry says workers in Singapore should stay on for 2 weeks amid circuit breaker measures
Malaysians who are in Singapore but want to return home during the circuit breaker measures period should remain in Singapore for another two weeks, said Health Ministry director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah.

PM receives RM4m for Covid-19 fund, bringing total to RM22.6m
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today received contributions amounting to RM4 million from corporate companies for the Covid-19 Fund, bringing the total amount collected to date to RM22.6 million.
— The Sun Daily

See to Putrajaya: Simplify process in allowing SMEs to access Prihatin Package facilities
The federal government should simplify the process in allowing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to access the facilities provided for under the Prihatin Package for SMEs (Additional Measures), most particularly the employees’ subsidies to help alleviate the wage cost burden for SMEs, said Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How.
— The Borneo Post

Anwar seeks to set aside Federal Court’s decision on NSCA’s constitutionality
Port Dickson MP Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is seeking to set aside a majority decision by the Federal Court, which declined to answer his constitutional questions on the constitutionality of the National Security Council Act (NSCA) 2016.
— The Star Online

SC’s AOB stresses need for high quality audit
The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC)’s Audit Oversight Board (AOB) has issueda circular to auditors and audit committees regarding the importance of ensuring high quality of audit on financial reports of Public Interest Entities (PIEs) in light of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Sun Daily

Bringing foreigners in illegally amid Covid-19 akin to betraying country, Home Minister says
Malaysians who conspire to illegally bring foreign nationals into the country will face stiffer action following the government’s tightening of entry points nationwide in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, Datuk Seri Hamzah.
— Malay Mail

Home Minister: Just 10pc of Malaysians working in Singapore have returned home
A total of 1,169 Malaysians who are working in Singapore — or roughly 10 per cent — have returned home between April 1 and yesterday, following the republic’s one-month partial lockdown, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin said.
— Malay Mail

CIMB, CIMB Islamic waive fees for Tabung Haji transactions
CIMB Bank Bhd and CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd will be temporarily waiving the RM1 fee for transactions to Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) accounts, made via its ATM or cash deposit machines, in line with direction from TH and consistent with the wider industry and government initiatives for the convenience of the Malaysian public during the MCO period.
— The Sun Daily

Govt’s fiscal injection rises to RM35 bln
The government’s direct fiscal injection to stimulate the economy has increased to RM35 billion after the announcement of the RM10 billion Prihatin Package for SMEs (Additional Measures) made by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday.
— New Sarawak Tribune

RM10b stimulus much needed lifeline for SMEs, says Matta
The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) welcomes the additional RM10 billion for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) under the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package.
— The Sun Daily

Petronas strikes oil in Gulf of Mexico
Progress Resources USA Ltd (PRUL), a Petronas subsidiary, announced an oil discovery in the Monument exploration well, offshore United States (US) Gulf of Mexico, on April 6. The Monument exploration well is operated by Equinor Gulf of Mexico LLC with a 50% working interest while PRUL holds 30% and Repsol E&P USA Inc. holds the remaining …
— The Sun Daily

Tesco to hiring 600 staff across supply chain for Ramadan, Aidilfitri
Tesco Stores (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd said today it is looking to recruit over 600 workers for the next eight weeks to meet high demands amid the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as in anticipation of the upcoming Ramadan.
— Malay Mail

Efforts underway to bring back stranded Sabahans in Nunukan: CM
Efforts are underway to bring back over 120 Sabahans who are stranded in Nunukan in North Kalimantan, Indonesia, said Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pix).However, he said, the repatriation process would be executed in stages due to limited space at the Tawau quarantine centre.”Procedures required them to be quarantined …
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19: Govt to ensure foreign workers stay put, undergo health screening
The government will identify where foreign workers across the country are housed, including illegal settlements, as part of efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19 among these individuals.
— The Sun Daily

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No need yet for EMCO in Sarawak, state govt says
The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) may impose enhanced movement control order (EMCO) in certain areas in Kuching should the situation demand it, state Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Karim Rahmah Hamzah said.
— Malay Mail

SDMC: Sago processing factories allowed to operate during MCO
The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has allowed sago processing factories to operate from 7am to 7pm during the Movement Control Order (MCO).
— The Borneo Post

Fatimah tests negative for Covid-19, continuing with self-quarantine
Minister of Welfare, Community Well-being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah has tested negative for Covid-19.
— The Borneo Post

Covid-19: List of fake news on social media
The following is the afternoon update from the Communications and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM) Quick Response Team on countering fake news on Covid-19 on social media.
— The Sun Daily

Pikom: Govt must look into long-term recovery plans for SMEs
There is an urgent need to look into a more sustainable and long-term recovery strategy, with regards to the well-being of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the next six to twelve months, says the National Tech Association of Malaysia (Pikom).
— The Sun Daily

SCIB undertakes private placement to fund future projects
Sarawak Consolidated Industries Bhd (SCIB) is proposing to undertake a private placement of up to 36.75 million new SCIB shares, representing a 30% stake, at an indicative issue price of RM1.81.
— The Sun Daily

Penang State Legislative Assembly sitting to go on as scheduled, says Chow
The Penang State Legislative Assembly sitting scheduled for the middle of this month will go on as scheduled to fulfil the requirements of the state constitution, said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow (pix).
— The Sun Daily

FMM lauds additional RM10 billion allocation to help SMEs
The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) today welcomed the additional RM10 billion allocation to assist small and medium enterprises (SME), but reiterated two recommendations it had made previously to the government.
— The Sun Daily

Dr Noor Hisham: 30 healthcare workers caught Covid-19 from patients
Medical workers are being directly infected by coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today.
— Malay Mail

MISC bags two long-term charters from Total SA
MISC Bhd’s wholly-owned subsidiary, AET Tanker Holdings Sdn Bhd has secured a long-term charter contracts from Total SA’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Chartering and Shipping Services SA.
— The Sun Daily

CGC warns public of fake offer
KUALA LUMPUR: Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Berhad (CGC) cautions that unsolicited third parties have claimed to represent CGC and offered financing products and services to small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs).
— The Star Online

Malaysia records first Covid-19 death from Sulawesi tabligh event, total death toll now 63
Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced today 171 new Covid-19 cases in the country, with one new death involving a man who had attended the religious “tabligh” gathering in Sulawesi.
— Malay Mail

BNM’s international reserves at US$ 101.7bln
Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) international reserves amounted to US$101.7 billion (US$1 = RM4.34) as at March 31, 2020.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Covid-19: Mercy Malaysia sends medical equipment to Sabah
Medical Relief Society Malaysia or Mercy Malaysia today sent health and medical equipment for frontliners in Sabah as parts of the efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19.
— The Sun Daily

Allianz Malaysia confirms CEO’s departure from Socso
PETALING JAYA: Allianz Malaysia Bhd has confirmed media reports regarding the resignation of its CEO Zakri Khir as chairman of the Social Security Organisation (Socso). In a statement, Zakri said he had tendered his resignation, with immediate effect, to the Human Resources Minister, Datuk Seri M Saravanan this morning. “I was appointed by the Council of …
— The Sun Daily

Selangor Mansion, Malayan Mansion buildings fourth location placed under EMCO
The government has decided to enforce the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) at the Selangor Mansion and Malayan Mansion buildings in Jalan Masjid India here, effective today.
— The Borneo Post

MCO: Number of arrest in Sarawak rises to 35 since yesterday
The number of arrests in Sarawak during the Movement Control Order (MCO) increased to 35 during a 24-hour period recorded from 8am yesterday to 8am today.
— The Borneo Post

SOP introduced for traders in Limbang to curb spread of Covid-19
Limbang Divisional and District Disaster Management Committee has introduced a standard operating procedure (SOP) for traders here to comply with as part of the efforts to curb the spread of the Covid-19 infection.
— The Borneo Post

Sarawak PKR recommends sacking 12 branch leaders for undermining leadership
Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) State Leadership Council has called for the sacking of a group of branch leaders, including Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How who heads its Stampin branch.
— The Borneo Post

MOH offering free medicine by mail service till June
Patients with chronic conditions are being encouraged to take advantage of the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) value added services (VAS) for receiving medication during the movement control order (MCO) period.
— The Sun Daily

Selangor Mansion and Malayan Mansion under EMCO
The Selangor Mansion and Malayan Mansion buildings on Jalan Masjid India, Kuala Lumpur, will be placed under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO), said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
— The Sun Daily

Federation welcomes additional allocation under Prihatin Package for SMEs
The Federation of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Divisions Chinese Associations welcomes the additional allocation of RM10 billion for the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that was announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin under the Prihatin Package for SMEs (Additional Measures) yesterday.
— The Borneo Post

AI solutions create new breakthrough in war against Covid-19
China’s SenseTime together with its Malaysian based sole partner, G3 Global Bhd (G3 Global) has recently rolled out technology through two new products – the SenseTime Nebula-ITMDT and the SenseTime Thunder-E Thermal Imaging Solutions.
— The Borneo Post



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