Malaysia morning news for February 5

Malaysia morning news for February 5

Malaysia morning news

Malaysia confirms first citizen case of novel coronavirus; man was in Singapore for meeting attended by Chinese delegates
Malaysia on Tuesday (Feb 4) confirmed the country’s first citizen case of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of infected patients in the country to 10.
— Channel NewsAsia

AirAsia says was never approached by SFO over Airbus scandal
AirAsia claimed today that it was never reached out to by the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) during the four-year investigation regarding the Airbus scandal for any explanation or clarification.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia posts trade surplus for 22nd straight year
Malaysia recorded a trade surplus for 2019, marking the 22nd consecutive year of trade surplus for Malaysia since 1998, despite a 2.5% decline in total trade to RM1.8 trillion, compared with RM1.9 trillion in 2018.
— The Sun Daily

Miti: Too early to gauge Wuhan coronavirus’ impact on Malaysian trade
It is too early to estimate the impact of the Wuhan coronavirus on Malaysia’s trade, said Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Dr Ong Kian Ming (pix), as manufacturing activity in China during the Chinese New Year period is very low.
— The Sun Daily

US-Malaysia Security Cooperation in the Headlines with Aircraft Mission Systems Transfer
A reported development provided a window on some of the ongoing functional cooperation between the two countries in spite of wider challenges for bilateral ties.
— The Diplomat

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Penang rolls out RM23.2m worth of 5G demonstration projects
The Penang government is rolling out RM23.2 million worth of 5G demonstration projects in collaboration with seven telecommunications (telco) companies before fully rolling out 5G connectivity later this year. .
— Malay Mail

RM967,500 worth of contraband cigarettes seized in Kuching
The Sarawak Customs Department has thwarted an attempt to smuggle in contraband cigarettes worth RM967,500, with unpaid duties and taxes valued at RM2.44 million, two days ago.
— The Sun Daily

Department gets tough on bosses who refuse to comply with minimum wage in Sarawak
The Sarawak Labour Department has opened 101 investigation papers from 2015 until December last year on employers who have failed to comply with the minimum wage policy, said its director Awang Raduan Awang Omar.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia’s December exports rise for first time since July
Malaysia’s exports rose for the first time in five months in December on higher demand for manufactured and agriculture goods, government data showed on Tuesday.
— Yahoo news

Magnum explains nationwide Sunday 4D service outage
Malaysia’s lottery giant Magnum 4D Berhad has attributed the nationwide service outage on February 2 from 5.50pm to close of draw at 7pm to a technical malfunction of a core server network component.
— Malay Mail

F&N earnings up 4.5% in first quarter
Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd’s (F&N) net profit grew 4.5% to RM128.37 million for its first quarter ended Dec 31, 2019 compared to RM122.86 million reported in the corresponding quarter of the previous year, attributed to higher sales.
— The Sun Daily

LPI Capital Q4 net profit rises on general insurance segment’s contribution
LPI Capital Bhd posted a net profit of RM86.6 million for its fourth quarter ended Dec 31, a 3.1% increase from RM84 million in the previous corresponding quarter, contributed by profit from the general insurance segment, which increased 4.6% to RM115.4 million from RM110.3 million.
— The Sun Daily

Banks’ impaired loans could rise as market sentiment weakens: Affin Hwang Capital
The banking sector, which registered a 3.9% loan growth in December 2019, may see a further increase in impaired loans as market sentiment deteriorates, said Affin Hwang Capital.
— The Sun Daily

First Malaysian tests positive for coronavirus
A local man from Selangor has tested positive for coronavirus, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (pix) said today.”The man had attended a meeting in Singapore where some of the international delegates were from China,” he said.
— The Sun Daily

SRC trial: Najib once again paints Jho Low as the villain as he concludes his testimony
Datuk Seri Najib Razak concluded his testimony as the first defence witness today by once again painting fugitive financier Low Taek Jho as the actual villain who gained from the alleged wrongdoings.
— Malay Mail

Najib takes one last swipe at Jho Low
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak took a final swing at fugitive financier Low Taek Jho on his last day on the stand at the SRC International Sdn Bhd trial, where he is accused of misappropriating RM42mil from the company’s funds.
— The Star Online

Health Ministry working to increase number of cancer specialists, says Dr Dzul
The Health Ministry is working to increase the number of oncologists in the country, as the number of cancer cases in the country keeps on rising.
— The Star Online

Uggah: Kolej Kesihatan Awam to be state’s quarantine facility in event of Wuhan coronavirus outbreak
The Sarawak government has identified the Kolej Kesihatan Awam in Kota Sentosa here to be the state’s quarantine facility in the event of a Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
— The Borneo Post

Pakistan ready to import more M’sian palm oil, says Dr M
Pakistan is ready to import more palm oil from Malaysia, which is seeking other markets following controls imposed by India on refined palm oil imports.
— The Star Online

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Exco: Objections to Penang telco towers will be resolved through public engagement, education
Penang will be implementing a standard operating procedure (SOP) to handle objections by residents to telecommunication (telco) towers being put up in their neighbourhoods, said state exco Zairil Khir Johari.
— Malay Mail

AirAsia cancels selected flights to China, allows refunds
AirAsia is canceling selected flights to and from mainland China until Feb 29, while allowing guests with flight bookings to or from all destinations in mainland China as well as Hong Kong and Macao to obtain a credit account or full refunds in light of the current Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.
— The Borneo Post

CM optimistic O&G industry in Sarawak will thrive, help boost economy
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is optimistic that the oil and gas (O&G) industry in the state, particularly Miri as the O&G hub, will thrive and help boost the state’s economy.
— The Borneo Post

Amid dearth, Health Ministry says committed to increase number of cancer experts
The Health Ministry is working towards increasing the number of oncologists ― or doctors dealing in prevention and treatment of cancer ― in Malaysia, primarily by encouraging more young medical officers to take.
— Malay Mail

New lease of life for once-forgotten artefacts
A treasure trove of artefacts, left to rot in a storeroom, have now become a major attraction at the Shah Beach Resort in Tanjung Kling here.
— The Sun Daily

PM meets Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan in Putrajaya
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and visiting Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan held a meeting at Perdana Putra here today to take stock of the existing cooperation between Malaysia and Pakistan.
— Malay Mail

Prove cure for coronavirus with evidence: MMA
Any person claiming to have been “cured” of the Wuhan 2019 novel coronavirus through unconventional means must have their methods of healing backed up by sufficient, substantial evidence that is acknowledged and approved by health authorities, said the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA).
— The Sun Daily

Malaysians from Wuhan arrive at KLIA
The special flight carrying Malaysian nationals from Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), arrived safely at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) early today.
— The Borneo Post

Gemas-JB double-tracking project catalyst for growth in Tampin, says N. Sembilan MB
The Gemas-Johor Baru double-tracking project, scheduled to be fully completed by October 2021, will be a catalyst for development and economic growth in Tampin and its surrounding areas, said Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri.
— Malay Mail

ACO signs underwriting deal with Alliance Investment Bank for its IPO
Electrical products distributor ACO Group Bhd has entered into an underwriting agreement with Alliance Investment Bank Bhd in conjunction with its initial public offering (IPO) and listing on the ACE Market of Bursa Malaysia.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia rises nine spots to 43rd in Democracy Index
While even developed democracies in the West are witnessing progressive deterioration in the practice of democracy, Malaysia has improved its ranking in The Democracy Index to 43rd last year from 52nd in 2018 from the total.
— Malay Mail

Genetec Technology clinches RM38.5m new orders
Genetec Technology Bhd has secured new orders worth RM38.5 million in January 2020 from new and existing customers.According to the group’s filing with the local bourse, the orders were from 12 customers for customised machines of assembly lines and supply of component parts in electronic, semiconductor, hard disk drive and automotive.
— The Sun Daily

Teresa Kok applies for committal proceedings against Azwanddin in defamation suit
The High Court has set Feb 18 to hear the application for committal proceedings by Teresa Kok against Pertubuhan Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) president Datuk Azwanddin Hamzah for allegedly failing to comply with the terms of settlement in a defamation suit filed by the Primary Industries Minister.
— The Star Online

Hess Malaysia delivers first gas from NMB Phase 2 project
Hess Malaysia said it has safely started up first gas from the Zetung wells in Phase II of the North Malay Basin (NMB) Integrated Gas Development Project.
— The Sun Daily

Uggah: 24 in Sarawak test negative for Wuhan virus, eight awaiting results
There have been 32 suspected cases of Wuhan Coronavirus infections in Sarawak as of Monday with eight of them still awaiting lab results while the rest have returned negative, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
— The Borneo Post

Eversendai bags RM323m in new contracts
Eversendai Corp Bhd has secured six new projects worth RM323 million in Malaysia, India and Qatar, bringing the value of its order book to approximately RM1.87 billion.
— The Sun Daily

Imran Khan ‘sad’ he had to miss KL Summit
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan says he is sad that he was unable to attend the Kuala Lumpur Summit as there were friends who felt that the conference would divide the Muslim ummah (community).
— The Star Online

We were never approached by SFO over Airbus scandal: Kamarudin and Fernandes
Datuk Kamarudin Meranun and Tan Sri Tony Fernandes claimed today that AirAsia was never reached out to even once by the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) during the four-year investigation regarding the Airbus scandal for any explanation or clarification.
— The Borneo Post

Kamarudin and Fernandes claim AirAsia was never approached by UK Serious Fraud Office over Airbus scandal
Datuk Kamarudin Meranun and Tan Sri Tony Fernandes claimed today that AirAsia was never reached out to even once by the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) during the four-year investigation regarding the Airbus scandal for any.
— Malay Mail

Pakatan Harapan needs to approach Malay issues differently
A LOT of Malaysians are worried about the frequency with which ethnic controversies are erupting in the country.
— The Sun Daily

NUTP urges govt to provide intensive English classes
The government has been urged to provide free intensive English classes to the people, especially those without higher education, skilled workers and those who work in rural areas.
— The Sun Daily

Perak MB to meet MAPS management on workers’ compensation
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu will hold a meeting with the management of Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) regarding compensation for workers whose services have been terminated.
— The Sun Daily


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This week’s Malaysia morning news feature photo focuses on the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.


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