Malaysia morning news for January 9

Malaysia morning news for January 9

Malaysia morning news

Malaysia offers free 15-day online visa for Indians
Malaysia’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has announced a 15-day visa free travel via their Electronic Travel Registration and Information (ENTRI) programme for Indian and Chinese citizens.
— Business Traveller

Malaysia targets RM155 billion in direct taxes this year
Lim Guan Eng said that the government expects to collect RM155 billion in direct taxes this year, a 5% increase from 2019.

Petronas legal challenge over RM1.3bil SST to be heard in Kuching
The Kuching High Court will hear the legal challenge brought by Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) to quash the Notices of Assessment issued by Sarawak state government seeking the company to pay over RM1.3 billion in State Sales Tax (SST).
— The Borneo Post

(Video) MACC reveals ‘shocking’ audio recordings of alleged conspiracy involving Najib
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today played several sets of audio recordings of conversations involving former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and others which anti-graft chief Latheefa Koya (pix) described as leakage of information from the MACC.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia Airlines apologises after two aborted takeoffs for Auckland-bound flight
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) on Tuesday (Jan 7) apologised to its passengers after having to abort two takeoff attempts for an Auckland-bound plane.

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Malaysia looking at zero-cost system for recruitment of Bangladeshi workers, says Kulasegaran
Malaysia is looking at a zero-cost recruitment agreement for migrant workers from Bangladesh, which is also part of the government’s efforts to eliminate forced labour to avoid possible trade sanctions by the United States.
— Malay Mail

Pakatan lawmakers slam Putra for allegedly threatening Puchong school over CNY decorations
Several Pakatan Harapan lawmakers have slammed Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra) for allegedly threatening a school in Puchong to take down its Chinese New Year decorations.
— The Star Online

Malaysia-India Relations: What Does a Palm Oil Ban Mean Amid the Kashmir Dispute Fallout?
Reports of an effective ban are just the latest indicator of how an ongoing diplomatic row dating back to last year has complicated bilateral ties.
— The Diplomat

Malaysia Airlines offers CNY fixed fares from RM129 all-in
Apart from AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines is also offering fixed-fares for those travelling during the Chinese New Year season.
— Malay Mail

Grab officially launches GrabBike pilot in Malaysia
Grab today officially launched a six-month pilot of its on-demand motorcycle service in the Klang Valley in Malaysia.
— Tech In Asia

How did seven Chinese tourists arriving in Malaysian state of Sabah slip through immigration undetected?
Nothing kills the post-holiday buzz like arriving at the airport only to slot into a long, slow line at passport control.
— South China Morning Post

NFCP will address mobile network coverage issues
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will address mobile network coverage issues nationwide through the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP).
— The Sun Daily

Contraband cigs, liquors worth RM13, 985 seized
The Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) Bintulu on Monday seized contraband cigarettes and liquors valued at RM13, 985 with unpaid duties worth about RM132, 218.75 from premises near Jalan Sibiyu.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Report: Sarawakian logging firms party to Papua New Guinea’s deforestation
Malaysian companies from Sarawak are allegedly trespassing while carrying out logging activities in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and contributing towards deforestation in the island nation, Sarawak Report (SR) wrote today.
— Malay Mail

KTMB: Faulty KL station ticket machines under maintenance
The three ticket vending machines (TVM) at Kuala Lumpur KTM Komuter station found not working are in the process of maintenance and testing and are not faulty as claimed.
— Malay Mail

AirAsia offers low fares to six routes in Sabah, Sarawak in conjunction with CNY
AirAsia is offering one-way ticket fares for as low as RM149 and RM169 for late-night flights involving six routes in Sabah and Sarawak in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration from January 21 to 31.
— Malay Mail

SRC case: Najib grilled on alleged forged signatures
The prosecution in Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak’s SRC International Sdn Bhd trial today questioned the former prime minister on who would have the audacity to forge his signatures when he was holding the number one position in the country.
— The Sun Daily

Cyber crime victims in Klang Valley lose RM573m, Penang records RM181m losses
Cyber scam victims in the Klang Valley were tricked into parting with more than half a billion ringgit to fraudsters through various schemes last year.
— The Sun Daily

Agong receives PM in first pre-Cabinet meeting of 2020
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8 — The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today receives Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for the first weekly pre-Cabinet meeting this year (2020).
— Malay Mail

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Govt must set up national sex offender registry immediately, says MCA
MCA has called on the government to establish a national sex offender registry immediately.
— The Star Online

Bagan Serai water treatment plant resumes operation
The Jalan Baru water treatment plant (LRA) in Bagan Serai which was forced to close last morning to allow water quality restoration, has fully resume operation at 3pm yesterday afternoon.
— The Sun Daily

New products to attract more tourists
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment will roll out new tourism products to woo more tourists to Sabah, besides luring vacationers with our natural wonders and delicious cuisines.
— The Borneo Post

Water Dept ex-director loses appeal over fees
The High Court here dismissed an appeal by ex-director of State Water Department and his brother cum his surety, who were ordered by the lower court to pay RM30,000 remainder of legal fees to a firm that represented the former director in an application to vary the term of condition of his bail.
— The Borneo Post

Authorities can apply for allocation to set up smoking areas
Local authorities who wish to set up special smoking areas in public places within their respective areas can apply for an allocation to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Ministry to develop guide on social issues
Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Ministry, through Sarawak Social Development Council, is planning to develop a guide on issues such as homelessness, mental health, domestic violence and sexual crime.
— New Sarawak Tribune

QueQ aims to have 250 F&B partners in Malaysia by end of 2021
Thailand-based virtual queue start-up QueQ has its sights set on achieving 250 food & beverage (F&B) partners by the end of 2021 from the 30 it has currently since its debut in May this year.
— The Sun Daily

GFM Services to raise up to RM19.75 million from private placement
GFM Services Bhd is looking to raise up to RM19.75 million from a proposed private placement of up to 10% of its issued ordinary shares, the group said in a Bursa Malaysia filing.
— The Sun Daily

Contractor for Penang paired road projects gets RM22,000 fine for neglecting worksite safety
The Sessions Court here today slapped a RM22,000 fine on the main contractor of Penang’s paired roads project in Bukit Kukus here for failing to observe safety procedures at the work site that resulted in fallen beams two.
— Malay Mail

Eco groups hand in memo against monoculture plantations in Perak forest reserves
A memorandum urging the state government to stop its plan for monoculture plantations in forest reserves has been sent to the Perak Mentri Besar’s office by environmentalist groups and some Orang Asli.
— The Star Online

Nothing wrong with CNY decoration in schools: Gobind
Gobind Singh Deo (pix) has expressed his bemusement over the fuss with a Chinese New Year decoration in a school, saying there is nothing wrong with putting up such decorations during cultural celebrations.
— The Sun Daily

Industrial sector seen to be ‘promising’: Knight Frank
The outlook for Malaysia’s industrial sector remains positive moving into 2020, supported by various initiatives announced in Budget 2020, according to a report by Knight Frank Malaysia.
— The Sun Daily

Amid rise in sexual crimes against kids, MCA urges update, public access to offenders’ registry
MCA today called for an improved National Sex Offenders Registry, saying the current database has not been updated and its access to the public is limited.
— Malay Mail

Projects announced by Sabah govt mere continuation of those proposed during my tenure, claims Ismail Sabri
Some of the projects announced by the Sabah government were only continuation of those planned when he was federal Rural and Regional Development Minister, claims Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
— The Star Online

Audit team needed for proper maintenance of public transport facilities
A maintenance audit team should be set up at public transport stations to ensure that the facilities at these places are well maintained, said Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (Fomca) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Paul Selvaraj (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Issuance of STP will not exceed number of existing document holders – Azis
The Ministry of Home Affairs has reassured that the issuance of Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) will not exceed the number of registered holders of IMM13, Kad Burung-Burung and Census certificate at 136,055 people in the state.
— The Borneo Post

B-segment car market to get increasingly crowded, says AmResearch
The automotive sector is likely to see stiffer competition in the B-segment passenger car space as there will be several new launches including all-new Honda City CKD, Honda Jazz and Nissan Almera CKD, said AmResearch.
— The Sun Daily

Gaming sector upgraded to ‘overweight’ on Genting play
HLIB Research, which has upgraded the gaming sector to “overweight” from “neutral”, believes that share prices of gaming stocks have overreacted to the increased competition of the VIP segment in the region.
— The Sun Daily

Moody’s outlines key risks for energy firms in 2020
Volatile commodity prices, tightening access to the capital markets and regulatory opposition to specific projects and practices are among the top risks for energy companies in 2020, according to Moody’s Investors Service.
— The Sun Daily

Azmin: Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 pinnacle of ministry’s achievement in 2019
The Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 (SPV 2030) is the pinnacle of the Economic Affairs Ministry’s (MEA) success in 2019, said its minister, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
— Malay Mail

58 Selangor cops tested positive for drugs since August, says Noor Azam
Selangor police have taken action against 58 personnel for drug abuse during several operations since August.The policemen were picked up in an operation dubbed ‘Ops Blue Devil’.
— The Sun Daily

DOSH refutes report on death of Nepalese workers in Malaysia
The Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) today denied a report by a foreign newspaper that accidents at workplace which involved the death of Nepalese workers in Malaysia happened everyday in 2018.
— The Sun Daily

Call for public to voice out their rights to have smoke-free environment
The public has been urged to voice out their rights to have a smoke-free environment by reprimanding the smokers politely.Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the move would help the government create a healthy community and a harmonious environment.
— The Sun Daily

Residential market making slow comeback: Knight Frank
The high-end residential market is believed to have bottomed out mid-last year, setting the tone for the segment to slowly make its way back evidenced by the higher number of launches in the second half of 2019, according to a report by Knight Frank Malaysia.
— The Sun Daily

Bid to smuggle out exotic birds thwarted
Sarawak General Operations Force (GOF) 11th Battalion thwarted an attempt to smuggle out 1,060 protected ‘Pelimang’ and ‘Murai Batu’ bird species with an estimated value of RM855,000.
— New Sarawak Tribune


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This week’s Malaysia morning news feature photo focuses on street food throughout Asean. 


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