Malaysia morning news for July 15

Malaysia morning news for July 15
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Malaysia’s jobless shot up to 826,100 in MCO-era in May, most unemployment in 2020 yet
The country’s unemployment rate rose to its highest point this year to reach 5.3 per cent in May, with the number of jobless Malaysians also reaching a high of 826,100 that month, the latest official statistics has shown.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia’s media crackdowns are being driven by an insecure government highly sensitive to criticism
The recent police interrogations of six Al Jazeera journalists in Malaysia – five of whom are Australian – was not about shaping international reportage or a diplomatic rift.
— The Conversation

Singapore, Malaysia targeting to start cross-border travel from Aug 10 for some residents, business visitors
Singapore and Malaysia have set Aug 10 as the target date to start cross-border travel between the two countries for some residents and business travellers.

Malaysia condemns drone and missile attacks towards Saudi Arabia
Malaysia has strongly condemned the drone and missile attacks directed by the Houthi rebels towards Saudi Arabia on July 12.
— Malay Mail

Vietnamese sailors stranded in Malaysian waters since MCO
A crew of Vietnamese sailors has been left stranded in Malaysian waters since the movement control order (MCO) came into effect in mid-March, with food and supplies running low.

RM5.2b distributed under Prihatin wage subsidy programme, says HR minister
The Social Security Organisation (Socso) has distributed RM5.2 billion under the Prihatin Wage Subsidy Programme as of June 30, 2020, said Human Resources Minister Datuk M. Saravanan.
— Malay Mail

Chinese ships intruded into Malaysian waters 89 times in four years: Report
Chinese coast guard and navy ships intruded into Malaysian waters in the disputed South China Sea 89 times between 2016 and 2019, and often remained in the area even after being turned away by the Malaysian navy, the government said in a report on Tuesday (July 14).
— The Straits times

Malaysia does not give citizenship easily, says Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin
Malaysia is a sovereign country that will not give citizenship easily, including to stateless children, according to Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia, Singapore agree to implement reciprocal green lane, periodic commuting arrangement
Malaysia and Singapore agreed to implement the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) with a targeted implementation date of Aug 10, 2020, to address the needs of different groups of cross-border travellers between both countries.
— The Sun Daily

Putrajaya to review early redemption of accumulated leaves by civil servants
The government has decided to review the proposed implementation of early redemption of Accumulated Leave of GCR (Gantian Cuti Rehat) for up to 75 days as replacement pay for civil servants who have served for at least 15.
— Malay Mail

Sabah leaders object to bid to set up federal village committee
Several youth leaders in the state have expressed support to Rural Development Minister Datuk Ewon Benedick’s statement about the setting up of the Federal Village Development and Security Committee or Jawatankuasa Pembangunan dan Keselamatan Kampung Persekutuan (JPKKP) in Sabah.
— The Borneo Post

PDRM denies issuing statement contradicting Adib’s inquest verdict
The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) have denied allegations of not respecting and issuing statements contradicting the decision of the coroner court over the death of fireman, Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.
— The Sun Daily

Johor flood evacuees increase to 707 at 10 centres tonight
The number of flood evacuees in Johor rose to 707 from 164 families last night, compared to 227 from 47 families yesterday afternoon.
— The Sun Daily

RM1.15 million of drugs seized at Tawau, KK airports
The Customs Department seized 23 kilograms of suspected metaphetamine worth RM1.15 million at Tawau Airport and Kota Kinabalu International Airport from July 1 to 4.
— The Borneo Post

Homestay operator held for bribing municipal officer: MACC
The Kluang branch of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) detained a homestay operator yesterday who they believed was giving bribe to a Kluang Municipal Council (MPK) enforcement assistant.
— The Sun Daily

Ferries, passenger boats can operate at full capacity
The Sabah government announced that ferry transport services and passenger boats in Sabah and to Labuan can operate at full capacity.
— The Borneo Post

Maldives-owned firm says will pay US$22m to Malaysian property developer WZR as awarded by adjudicator
A company owned by the Maldives government has said it would comply with an adjudicator’s decision that ordered it to pay more than US$22 million (RM93.8 million) owed to Malaysian contractor WZR Property Sdn Bhd.
— Malay Mail

Increase in positive cases sign Sarawakians must not be complacent: Uggah
Sarawakians should not become complacent but keep complying with the prescribed Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) following the increase in positive Covid-19 cases in the state lately, according to Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia Airlines offers free Hygiene Kits to all passengers (VIDEO)
To ensure safety and to provide peace of mind to all air travellers, Malaysia Airlines is distributing complimentary hygiene kits to all passengers on all flights starting today, July 13, 2020.
— Malay Mail

Bamboo will not replace oil palm as country’s main commodity
The Plantation Industries and Commodity Ministry does not intend to replace the country’s main commodity, namely oil palm, with bamboo, said its minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali today.
— The Borneo Post

Singapore firms to re-employ 75% of Malaysians ‘temporarily suspended’: Izhar
The majority of Malaysians who have been ‘temporarily suspended’ from their jobs in Singapore following the Covid-19 pandemic can rest easy as their employers have stated their willingness to re-hire them.
— The Sun Daily

TM, Digi collaborates to provide more service coverage
Telekom Malaysia Bhd’s (TM) global and wholesale arm, TM Wholesale is partnering with Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd to provide nationwide broadband access service coverage.
— The Sun Daily

Maybank Asset Management introduces its Asian USD bond fund to Malaysia
Maybank Asset Management Sdn Bhd launched its flagship Asian USD bond fund in Malaysia via a fixed income feeder fund, Maybank Asian Credit Income Fund.
— The Sun Daily

Auditor-General’s Report: Action taken against 255 civil servants over discrepancies, questionable actions
A total of 255 civil servants had action taken against them, including being taken to court and being sacked, as a result of discrepancies and questionable actions found by the Auditor-General.
— The Star Online

State govt urged to monitor, prepare for unpredictable weather – Johor Sultan
Sultan Johor Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar (pix) wants the state government as well as government departments and agencies, including security forces to closely monitor and make full preparations to face unpredictable weather in the state.
— The Sun Daily

Govt will ensure stateless children have their own identity to live in this country – Hamzah
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin said the government will make sure the stateless children will have their own identity to live in this country.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia does not give citizenship easily – Home Minister
Malaysia is a sovereign country that will not give citizenship easily, including to stateless children, according to Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Stop spreading unverified news on Covid-19 cluster or authorities will take action, says Uggah
Enforcement authorities will take action against those who spread fake or unverified news regarding the recent positive Covid-19 cases here, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
— The Borneo Post

Group of former PKR MPs using Bersatu designation in Parliament, but aren’t actually Bersatu members
The group of former PKR MPs who left Pakatan Harapan last February are not official members of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) despite stating so in their Parliamentary designations.
— The Star Online

Women’s rights group urges sanction against Baling MP for racist, sexist remarks in Parliament
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) has urged further disciplinary action to be pursued against Umno Baling MP Datuk Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim for alleged racist, colourist and sexist remarks against Batu Kawan…
— Malay Mail

Auditor-General’s report highlights weaknesses in project management
There are still issues of non-compliance, ineffectiveness and weaknesses in managing programmes and projects, according to the Auditor-General’s report findings.
— The Star Online

Zuraida: Third vote in Malaysia would cost RM2m per local council, RM308m for all
The projected cost of local government elections for Malaysia’s 154 local councils is RM308 million, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin told Parliament today.
— Malay Mail

Penang offers RM15 tour deal
RM15 per person for an island tour of Penang? This is probably the cheapest travel package to be offered, which is a collaborative effort by the Malaysian Chinese Tourism Association, the state government and travel organisations.
— The Sun Daily

Muhyiddin’s govt proves it has majority in Parliament
The Perikatan Nasional (PN) government under the leadership of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, which took over the country’s administration in March, today proved that it has ‘sufficient numbers’ in and the confidence of the Dewan Rakyat.
— The Borneo Post

IMF predicts worst Middle East economic downturn in half a century
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today again sharply lowered its Middle East and North Africa economic forecast, to its lowest level in 50 years, over the twin shock of the coronavirus pandemic and low oil prices.
— The Sun Daily

Youth and Sports Skills Training Institute students to resume studies from July 20
Students of the Youth and Sports Skills Training Institute (ILKBS) under the Youth and Sports Ministry will resume the academic session 1/2020, post-movement control order, in three stages beginning July 20.
— Malay Mail

RM3b export value projection for Malaysian bird’s nest, says Veterinary Services Dept
China’s high demand for “raw clean edible bird’s nest” (RC EBN), “raw unclean edible bird’s nest” (RUC EBN) and bird’s nest products from Malaysia is expected to increase the export value to RM3 billion by year.
— Malay Mail

RGM expects 2020 retail sales to shrink 8.7% year on year, up from earlier forecast of 5.5%
Independent retail research firm Retail Group Malaysia (RGM) has revised downwards its annual retail sales growth projection for Malaysia in 2020 to -8.7% year on year, from a projection of -5.5% made in April.
— The Sun Daily

2.7 million RTD summonses worth RM800m outstanding since 2010
A total of 2.7 million summonses valued at RM800 million of the Road Transport Department (RTD) involving various traffic offences in the past 10 years have yet to be settled, according to RTD director-general Datuk Seri Shaharuddin Khalid.
— The Sun Daily

Favourable outlook for industrial properties post-MCO: Knight Frank
The outlook for Malaysia’s industrial property market is looking favourable as it is expected to see more enquiries, especially from manufacturers, said independent property consultancy firm, Knight Frank Malaysia.
— The Sun Daily

Early redemption of GCR to be reviewed – Takiyuddin
The government has decided to review the proposed implementation of early redemption of Accumulated Leave of GCR (Gantian Cuti Rehat) for up to 75 days as replacement pay for civil servants who have served for at least 15 years as announced in the 2020 Budget.
— The Borneo Post

Can-One to acquire land in Klang for RM103.55m
Can-One Bhd’s indirect wholly-owned subsidiary Bintang Seribu Sdn Bhd has proposed to acquire two freehold vacant land measuring 67.92 acres in Kapar, Klang from Klanggroup Holdings Sdn Bhd’s subsidiary Golden Valley Industries Sdn Bhd for RM103.55 million cash.
— The Sun Daily

Batu Lintang rep resigns as DUN MA63 Consultative Committee member
Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How today tendered his resignation as a member of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) Consultative Committee.
— The Borneo Post

Graduates struggling to make ends meet with monthly income below national poverty line
Having a master’s degree in statistics doesn’t guarantee a cushy job with good pay, at least not during the current trying times.Siti Syahira Abdul Halim, 28, can attest to that.
— The Sun Daily

Principal Asset Management introduces Heritage Series to help Malaysians achieve retirement goals
Principal Asset Management Bhd has launched the Principal Heritage, which is a suite of three investment solutions consisting of the Principal Heritage Growth Fund, Principal Heritage Balanced Fund and the Principal Heritage Income Fund to the Malaysian market.
— The Sun Daily

Unemployed man fined RM2,000 for insulting police
An unemployed man was fined RM2,000 by the Sessions Court here today for improper use of the network facilities by insulting the police through a posting on his Facebook.
— The Sun Daily

Foreigner dies after self-accident while test driving vehicle in plantation
A 34-year-old foreigner lost his life while test driving a new vehicle at a plantation at Sungai Belian here on Monday.
— The Borneo Post

Early redemption of GCR to be reviewed Takiyuddin
The government has decided to review the proposed implementation of early redemption of GCR for up to 75 days as replacement pay for civil servants who have served for at least 15 years as announced in the 2020 Budget.
— The Sun Daily

Prescriptive help needed to ensure sufficient retirement savings
BY and large, Malaysians are ill-prepared for retirement. Save for prudent and investment-savvy individuals, the majority don’t have enough to see themselves through their golden years independently.
— The Sun Daily

Berjaya Sompo offers new interim claim payment
Berjaya Sompo Insurance Bhd is offering a new interim claim payment initiative to its corporate policyholders when they make an admissible property-related claim for loss or damages caused by fire, machinery breakdown and equipment, to name a few, to help ease its corporate policyholders’ financial burden during the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Sun Daily

Issue of stateless children among the focus of Dewan Rakyat
The issue of stateless children will be the focus of the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.
— The Borneo Post

Status of stateless children among focus of Dewan Rakyat sitting today
The issue of stateless children will be the focus of the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.
— Malay Mail



Feature photo WorldSkills Asean Bangkok 2018
This week’s Malaysia morning news feature photo focuses on World Youth Skills Day, July 15, with an emphasis on World Skills Asean Singapore 2020.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



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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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