Malaysia morning news for January 14

Malaysia morning news for January 14
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Malaysia’s shadow economy is 21% of GDP: Guan Eng
Malaysia’s shadow economy accounts for 21 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) and amounts to an estimated RM300 billion, says Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia’s labour force participation rate up in Nov 2019, new govt data reveals
The labour force participation rate in November 2019 increased 0.1 per cent to 68.8 per cent as compared to the previous month, according to the Key Statistics of Labour Force in Malaysia.
— Malay Mail

Najib shows off Arab prince’s RM93 billion Indonesia deal
Former Prime Minister Najib Razak has highlighted news about a RM93 billion investment by Abu Dhabi in Indonesia while questioning Pakatan Harapan’s handling of Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Zayed Al Nahyan.

Sarawak green-lights oil exploration by state-owned Petros
The state government has issued a permit to state-owned Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) to undertake oil and gas exploration on-shore in the Miri and Limbang Divisions, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg.
— Malay Mail

Foreign investors exit Bursa after 3 straight weeks of net inflow
International investors sold RM10.9 million net of local equities last week compared to RM28.6 million bought in the week before, marking the first week of outflow albeit at a moderate pace.
— The Sun Daily

AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines cancel flights to Manila over volcanic eruption
AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines today announced the cancellation of flights between Kuala Lumpur and Manila following the eruption of a volcano in the Philippines yesterday.
— Malay Mail

More support for Mahathir as interim Education Minister
The Public Universities Vice-Chancellors and Rectors Committee (JKNC/R) today expressed its full support to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pix) as the interim Education Minister.
— The Sun Daily

RM7m for dredging project at Malacca Marina jetty: CM
The federal government disbursed funding of about RM7 million for the deepening and maintenance of the coastal seabed project at the Malacca Marina port jetty which has restarted operations in October last year.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysian Police Admits Failure in Bringing Jho Low Back in 2019
Malaysian police failed to meet a goal of returning fugitive businessman Jho Low, the alleged mastermind behind the 1MDB scandal, to the country by the end of 2019, saying certain parties have obstructed the process.
— Bloomberg

Guan Eng: Putrajaya confident of hitting 3.2pc deficit target with rising economy
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the government is expected to cut its fiscal deficit to the targeted 3.2 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020.
— Malay Mail

Labour force participation increases to 68.8% y-o-y
The labour force participation rate in November 2019 increased 0.4 percentage points to 68.8% as compared to 68.4% at the same time last year, according to the latest numbers released by the Department of Statistics.
— The Sun Daily

CM insists Sarawak will get its oil and gas back from Petronas
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg has vowed to get Sarawak’s oil and gas back from national oil company Petronas legally.
— Malay Mail

So, what do Malaysians buy the most of online? Here’s a look at 2019’s top trends
Shopping, a favourite lifestyle past-time, is different today compared to a decade ago following the rise of e-commerce.
— Malay Mail

Sugar canes selling fast ahead of Ponggal in Penang
With Ponggal – the Tamil harvest festival – falling on Tuesday (Jan 14), K. Nandarajan’s stall is stacked up with stalks of sugar canes.
— The Star Online

T7 Global unit bags 5-year Repsol contract
Tanjung Offshore Services Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned unit of T7 Global Bhd was awarded a five year contract by Repsol Oil & Gas Malaysia Limited on Dec 19, 2019 for the provision of maintenance, construction and modification services for Block PM3-CAA that straddles the Malaysia-Vietnam border and the PM-305 oil and gas field located.
— The Sun Daily

Kenanga Investors lists KLCI L&I ETFs on Main Market
Kenanga Investors Bhd today listed the Kenanga KLCI Daily 2X Leveraged ETF (KLCI2XL) and the Kenanga KLCI Daily (-1X) Inverse ETF (KLCI1XI) (OneETF) on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Bhd, marking its foray into exchange-traded funds (ETF) by means of leveraged and inverse (L&I) ETFs.
— The Sun Daily

Cabinet to discuss PLUS takeover bid this Wednesday: Guan Eng
The Cabinet will discuss the proposed takeover of PLUS Malaysia Bhd and four Gamuda Bhd’s highways in Klang Valley during its meeting this Wednesday, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (pix) said today.
— The Sun Daily

Syed Saddiq suspends special officer for allegedly attending drug-fuelled ‘private party’
Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman has suspended one of his assistants after the latter was arrested by the police for allegedly attending a drug-fuelled private party over the weekend.
— Malay Mail

Maxis, Huawei to explore, collaborate on Techcity programme in KL
Maxis and Huawei Technologies Malaysia has recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore and collaborate on a TechCity Program in Kuala Lumpur.
— The Sun Daily

MEX Highway crash: Shuttler Momota, 3 others sent for CT scan
World No. 1 men’s singles shuttler Kento Momota and three other passengers who were injured in a road crash near here today, will undergo CT scans and other related examinations for full diagnosis, said Putrajaya Hospital director Datuk Dr Nora’i Mohd Said.
— The Sun Daily

MMEA seizes RM2.5 mln worth of syabu in Tawau
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has seized 17 kilogrammes (kg) of drugs believed to be syabu at Batu Payung beach, here, on Saturday.
— The Borneo Post

Azerbaijan keen to work with Malaysia on multiculturalism
The implementation of multiculturalism as a state policy has benefited Azerbaijan, where the policy has resulted in political and economic stability for the country.
— The Sun Daily

Bursa launches world’s first options contract on palm olein futures
Bursa Malaysia Bhd today introduced the world’s first options contract on US dollar denominated refined, bleached and deodorised (RBDpalm olein futures (OPOL), as a complement to the existing US dollar denominated RBD palm olein futures contract (FPOL).
— The Sun Daily

Chairman of Education Ministry-owned firm claims trial to three counts of CBT charges of more than RM178,000
Education Malaysia Global Service (EMGS) chairman Datuk Abdul Rahman Mohamed Shariff today claimed trial in the Sessions Court to three counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT), involving more than RM178,000.
— Malay Mail

Religious and political bigots will not be allowed to enter Sarawak, says CM
The state government will not allow religious and political bigots to enter Sarawak, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg said.
— Malay Mail

Sarawak CM confident GPS coalition will still be in power in 2030
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg believes that Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) will still be in power when Sarawak achieves its developed status target in 2030.
— Malay Mail

CM: S’wak govt to consider Sheda’s Strata Title minimum land size appeal
The Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers’ Association’s (Sheda) appeal for the Strata Title minimum land size in major cities to be reviewed will be taken into consideration, says Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
— The Borneo Post

Electronic surveillance legal but subject to safeguards: Liew
Electronic surveillance in the country is legal, but subject to adequate protection to prevent abuse, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Liew Vui Keong (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Transitioning to a reliable and clean energy system
Part Four of Four of The Borneo Post’s special series celebrating the third anniversary of Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg as Sarawak’s sixth Chief Minister Maybe one day, we will be producing hydrogen to the world, especially if producing hydrogen in Sarawak is comparatively cheaper against our peers.
— The Borneo Post

Starbucks Malaysia & Brunei mulls setting up more mobile counters
Starbucks Malaysia & Brunei plans to explore the possibilities of setting up more mobile counters in offices and commercial buildings to meet the growing demand for one of the world’s leading coffee providers.
— The Sun Daily

Porsche defies car industry gloom with record sales
German carmaker optimistic can sustain demand in 2020 with new electric model Taycan.
— FMT News

Most gig workers okay with salary deductions for protection, survey shows
Over half of Malaysia’s 250,000 gig workers treat their jobs as full-time work despite a majority earning less than RM3,000 a month.
— FMT News

Malaysia highway accident kills 1; Japanese shuttler Kento Momota among 4 others injured
Badminton world number one Kento Momota was injured in a pre-dawn vehicle collision in Malaysia on Monday (Jan 13), just hours after he secured his first victory of the season at the Malaysia Masters.

Perak MB: MAPS was closed temporarily due to unpaid electricity bills
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu today revealed that Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) was closed temporarily during the recent school holidays after Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) cut its electricity supply due to unpaid.
— Malay Mail

1MDB auditor claims Ali Hamsa instructed not to print audit report without Najib’s nod
Then chief secretary to the government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa had given instructions in 2016 to withhold the printing of the amended version of the final audit report on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) until then prime.
— Malay Mail

DPM: Having PM as acting education minister shows how important it is
Having the Prime Minister as interim Education Minister shows how important the portfolio is, says Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
— The Star Online

Traders in Pasir Pimping want better infrastructure
The Pasir Pimping beach which boasts calm, serene and beautiful stretch of white sandy beach with crystal clear blue waters, is among the hidden gems of Sabah which has the potential to become a major tourist destination and to help boost the local economy.
— The Sun Daily

Kerjaya Prospek awarded RM617m Penang apartment project
Kerjaya Prospek’s wholly owned subsidiary Kerjaya Prospek (M) Sdn Bhd has accepted a letter of award worth RM617 million from Aspen Vision City Sdn Bhd to develop a proposed apartment project known as “VIVO” and “VIIO” in Penang.
— The Sun Daily

Badminton world No. 1 Kento Momota, three others injured in MEX highway crash, van driver killed
A driver was killed while top Japanese shuttler Kento Momota was injured when the van carrying him and three other players rammed into a 30-tonne lorry along the Maju Expressway (MEX) this morning.
— Malay Mail

Sabah Temporary Pass becomes hot topic for Kimanis by-election
Refugees and economic migrants from neighbouring countries have become a hot issue in the Kimanis by-election campaign.At the centre of the controversy is a plan to issue a new permit – officially called the Sabah Temporary Pass (or PSS for Pas Sementara Sabah) – to enable them to continue living in the state.
— The Sun Daily

Fiery explosion occurs at a section of gas pipeline near Ba Selulong in upper Baram
A fiery explosion occurred at a section of the Sabah-Sarawak Gas Pipeline (SSPG) near Ba Selulong, a Penan settlement in upper Baram at around 2am earlier today.
— The Borneo Post

Selangor Bersatu confirms arrest of state assemblyman
SSelangor Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chairman Datuk Abdul Rashid Ansari has confirmed the arrest of a state assemblyman from the party by the police early today.
— The Sun Daily


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