Malaysia morning news for April 9

Malaysia morning news for April 9

Malaysia morning news

Malaysia reports 156 new coronavirus cases with 2 new deaths
Health authorities on Wednesday reported 156 new cases of coronavirus infection, pushing the cumulative total to 4,119 cases as Southeast Asia’s third-largest economy continues to grapple with the highest rate of infection in the region.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia to Give Out Masks to Households as Guidance Shifts
Malaysia will hand out 24.62 million masks, four for each household, while advising people to only use them if they have symptoms, Defense Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in a statement Wednesday.
— Bloomberg

Airline operators in Malaysia indicate 13.6 mil seats cancellation
There has been a cancellation of about 13.6 million seats, or 12.3 per cent of annual scheduled operations by airlines operating in Malaysia, according to the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM).
— New Straits Times

Condom shortage looms after biggest producers in Malaysia shut for Covid-19
A global condom shortage is looming as the coronavirus pandemic shutters factories and disrupts supply chains, the world’s top maker of the contraceptives said, with the United Nations warning of “devastating” consequences.
— The Star Online

Gas Malaysia unrolls special reliefs for customers
Gas Malaysia Bhd has announced special relief measures for its low cost residential customer and government hospitals to alleviate their burdens due to the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the movement control order (MCO).
— The Sun Daily

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Malaysia’s COVID-19 cases cross the 4,000 mark, new sub-cluster detected in Negeri Sembilan
Malaysia reported another 156 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday (Apr 8), pushing the total past 4,000.
— Channel NewsAsia

Genting Malaysia scraps outlook as virus fears force unprecedented temporary closures
Genting Malaysia Bhd,which has temporarily suspended its operations in Malaysia and overseas due to the coronavirus pandemic, told shareholders that it won’t be able to comment on its business outlook.
— The Star Online

Illicit trade still rampant despite MCO
Travel restrictions, movement control order (MCO) and tighter scrutiny by enforcement agencies at border checkpoints and expressways have not disrupted the illicit trade supply chain in the country.
— The Sun Daily

Minister: Putrajaya distributing face masks to Malaysians
Putrajaya is distributing face masks to Malaysians nationwide, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.
— Malay Mail

Domestic Trade Ministry: Shortage of eggs due to logistics challenges
The difficulty of obtaining eggs in certain areas currently has been attributed to delivery issues, coupled with high demand for the commodity.
— Malay Mail

Maybank extends crowdfunding campaign in fight against Covid-19
Maybank, in collaboration with MERCY Malaysia, has decided to extend its crowdfunding campaign for its ‘Covid-19 Pandemic Fund’, which has already raised over RM300,000 in less than two weeks.
— The Sun Daily

Global oil majors have strong liquidity, market access to weather storm
Global oil majors have strong liquidity and market access to help them in weathering the current storm, according to Moody’s Investors Service.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Penang state assembly will be in session for half-day on April 17, says chief minister
The Penang state exco has decided that the state legislative assembly sitting this year will be held on April 17, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow announced today.
— Malay Mail

RM682m in SME financing approved by banks
Financial institutions have approved about 1,300 financing applications totalling RM682 million as under the three facilities of Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) Fund for SMEs, as at April 2.
— The Sun Daily

No moratorium on housing loan repayment for public sector
The Public Sector Home Financing Board (LPPSA) will not be providing any moratorium on monthly loan repayments as the public sector employees’ welfare are taken care of.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Saba president: Report on Sukma boxers surviving only on ‘paku’ and rice an overstatement
The description of nine young Sarawak athletes from rural areas being neglected and left to fend for themselves, surviving on a minimal amount of food consisting of paku (wild fern) and rice is an “overstatement”, says Sarawak Amateur Boxing Association (Saba) president Datuk Rahman Lariwoo.
— The Borneo Post

Authorities will not compromise to contain Covid-19: Ismail Sabri
The authorities will not budge, but stand its ground and remain firm with those who flout the movement control order (MCO).
— The Sun Daily

454 MCO violations yesterday, says minister
There were 454 movement control order (MCO) violations yesterday compared to 403 on Monday, an increase of 13 per cent.
— Malay Mail

Health D-G: Sporadic Covid-19 cases from all over country, no observable pattern
Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) infections without clear sources of origin were detected in various parts of Malaysia, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham said today.
— Malay Mail

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Penang State Assembly to convene on April 17
The Penang State Assembly will convene on April 17 for half-a-day to fulfill the requirement of the state constitution, according to Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Silat, now on global stage with Unesco recognition
The recognition of silat as an intangible cultural heritage by the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (Unesco) has elevated the country’s art of self-defence into the international arena. National Heritage Department director-general Mesran Mohd Yusop when met by Bernama said the …
— New Sarawak Tribune

Selangor’s top Covid-19 hotspot ‘mukim’: Damansara, Kajang, Klang, Hulu Langat, Bukit Raja, PJ
Selangor is now the first state in the country to cross the 1,000-case threshold for Covid-19, but what are the “mukim”, or parish, in each district in Selangor that have recorded the highest number of cases so far?
— Malay Mail

Good supply chain needed for economic recovery from Covid-19 impact
Sectors hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to see the strongest recovery as pent-up demand is released and production ramps up, but this is provided the supply chain is fixed, according to a report by Baker McKenzie and Oxford Economics.
— The Sun Daily

Matta urges airlines to give cash refund for flight cancellations
The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) has urged airlines to provide cash refunds to customers affected by flight cancellations as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Borneo Post

Authorities: Panic buying now under control, food supplies sufficient during MCO
There was minimal panic buying recorded in Penang during the movement control order (MCO), with sufficient food supplies and increasing supply of face masks, the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Department (KPDNHEP).
— Malay Mail

Ismail: M’sians are treated better during quarantine compared to other countries (Updated)
Malaysians should be grateful for the treatment they are receiving at the various Covid-19 quarantine centres nationwide, according to Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Two M’sians in Nigeria, five Yayasan Amal members in Chad stranded, says H/Commission in Nigeria
The Malaysian High Commission in Nigeria has confirmed that two Malaysians in Nigeria and five members of Yayasan Amal Malaysia in Chad are stranded due to the closure of airports in both countries as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Sun Daily

Kelantan announces RM29m aid for people affected by MCO
The Kelantan government today announced aid of RM29 million to help the people who are adversely affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO) enforced by the federal government since last March 18.
— The Sun Daily

24.62 million face masks being distributed to the people: Ismail Sabri
Some 24.62 million face masks are in the process of being distributed to the people nationwide for free, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.
— The Sun Daily

With their long-term job prospects in mind, Ismail Sabri advises Malaysians employed in Singapore to stay put
Malaysian citizens who are currently working in Singapore are advised to remain in the republic during the movement control order (MCO) period, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today.
— Malay Mail

RM22.66 mln collected for Covid-19 fund as of yesterday – Ismail Sabri
The Covid-19 Fund has collected RM22.66 million in cash donations as of yesterday, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
— The Borneo Post

KPDNHEP S’wak on the lookout for those selling overpriced face masks
A team from the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Sarawak conducted a check on a premises at Jalan Song here yesterday for allegedly selling overpriced face masks.
— The Borneo Post

Covid-19: Private labs ramp up sample collection and testing nationwide
A consortium of three associated laboratories namely Gribbles Pathology (Malaysia), Quantum Diagnostics and Clinipath Malaysia today launched the country’s largest Covid-19 collection and testing programme to assist the country’s effort to flatten the curve of infection.
— The Borneo Post

CGS-CIMB Securities launches retail Islamic cross-border trade services
CGS-CIMB Securities Sdn Bhd has become the first broker in Malaysia to launch retail Islamic cross border trading (ICBT) services through its online platform CGS-CIMB iTrade.
— The Sun Daily

Bank Muamalat waives RM1 interbank ATM withdrawal fees until end of MCO
Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd (BMMB) has waived the RM1 fee for interbank cash withdrawal transactions by its cardholders via the MEPS ATM network, effective April 6 until the end of the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.
— The Sun Daily

TNB lights up MCO temporary security posts
As the provider of essential services in the area of electricity, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) is going the extra mile to provide comfort to the police and military personnel manning temporary security posts set up to enforce the Movement Control Order (MCO) by illuminating posts without proper lighting.
— The Sun Daily

Cahya Mata associate launches entrepreneur assistance programme
COPE Private Equity, an associate company of Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd, has launched the BOW (Bridge Over Troubled Water) Programme, to help entrepreneurs who need help beyond loan moratoriums and government assistance.
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19: Malaysia, Pakistan agree to bring home stranded nationals
Malaysia and Pakistan have agreed to bring home stranded nationals in respective countries as soon as possible.
— Malay Mail

Seven endure a day in quarantine hell before being moved to a five-star hotel
A group of seven men, who had just returned via a ferry from Batam, had to endure a 24-hour nightmare when they were sent to a quarantine centre upon their return.
— The Star Online

Senior minister: Hotels gazetted as quarantine centres can’t charge more than RM150 per room night
Hotels which have been gazetted as quarantine stations for Malaysians returning from abroad cannot charge more than RM150 per room per night as agreed with Putrajaya, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.
— Malay Mail

Covid-19: 18 new positive cases recorded in Sarawak, total at 306
Sarwak recorded 18 new positive cases of Covid-19 today, bringing the total number of positive cases to 306 cases since the first positive case was reported on March 13.
— The Borneo Post

More public areas, house sanitised by agencies in fight against Covid-19 in Kuching
Sanitisation works to curb the spread of Covid-19 were carried out by the Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) in four public places and one house belonging to a Covid-19 patient in Kota Samarahan today.
— The Borneo Post

RM22.66m collected for Covid-19 Fund as of yesterday: Ismail Sabri
The Covid-19 Fund has collected RM22.66 million in cash donations as of yesterday, according to Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Selangor announces online Ramadan bazaar platform with Grab
The Selangor state government has announced an online platform called the E-Bazar Ramadan Selangor Grab that will take the place of the traditional bazaars held during the annual Muslim fasting month.
— Malay Mail

MDTC inspects 580 business premises since MCO
The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (MDTCA) has inspected 580 business premises in Malacca since enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) on March 18 until last Monday (April 6).
— The Sun Daily

FGV appeals against RSPO’s certification re-suspension, clears the air on audit
FGV Holdings Bhd (FGV) appealed against the decision made by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) complaints panel (CP) to re-suspend the certification of its Serting Mill Complex and suspend all certification process of its uncertified mills on Jan 13, 2020.
— The Sun Daily

Waiver of interbank cash withdrawal fee for automated teller machine (ATM) during MCO
Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad (BMMB) will temporarily waive the RM1 fee on cardholders for interbank cash withdrawal transactions conducted via MEPS shared ATM Network (SAN) effective April 6 until the end of the Movement Control Order (MCO) period imposed by the Government to curb the spread of Covid-19.
— The Sun Daily

Sepang, Kota Samarahan added to Covid-19 red zone list: Health Ministry
Sepang and Kota Samarahan has been added to the Health Ministry’s list of Covid-19 red zones yesterday, according to a tweet released by the ministry.
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19: Number of fully-recovered patients surpasses number of new cases in Malaysia today
The Covid-19 situation in the country has shown an overwhelming improvement when the number of patients who have fully recovered and discharged today, which stood at 166, surpassed the number of new positive cases.
— The Borneo Post

Serba Dinamik donates RM1 mln to 5 hospitals
Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd has provided personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies including over 100,000 pieces of face masks, hand sanitisers and infrared thermometers worth up to RM1.0 million to five hospitals since March 28 to combat the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Ta Ann, Naim groups donate RM3.5 million to state disaster fund
Ta Ann Group and Naim Group has contributed RM3.5 million to the Sarawak State Disaster Relief Fund (SRFP) in support of the state government’s efforts to curb Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Borneo Post



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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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