Malaysia morning news for July 23

Malaysia morning news for July 23
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Malaysia morning newsMinister: Car industry projecting 34pc fall in 2020 sales volume
The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has revised its projection for commercial and private vehicle sales in 2020 to fall from 607,000 to 400,000, Parliament was told today.
— Malay Mail

Govt distributed RM11.14 billion under BPN as of July 20 – Tengku Zafrul
The government has disbursed RM11.14 billion to 10.41 million recipients under the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) as of July 20, 2020.
— The Sun Daily

Airlines need time to fully recover from Covid-19: Transport Ministry
The Ministry of Transport (MOT) expects airline companies would require 18 months to see a full revival of the domestic sector from the Covid-19 impact and three years to restore their international sector business.
— The Sun Daily

Sarawak Day logo symbolises unity in diversity, prosperity and people’s consensus
Today is Sarawak Day and Miri Division is hosting the state-level celebration under the new normal amidst Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Borneo Post

Important to appoint professionals to key govt positions, says Hannah Yeoh
It is vital that professionals be appointed to key government positions so that they can guide the respective agencies or ministries to come up with the right policies, says Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh.
— The Star Online

Malaysia’s borders are shut until August 31, but some types of tourists can now enter in July.
— Travel Off Path

MTUC accuses finance minister of siding with banks over B40, M40 in loan moratorium issue
Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) secretary-general J. Solomon expressed concern over Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz’s alleged lack of urgency in deciding on the extension of the loan.
— Malay Mail

Claim that MPs allowed to play audio recording in Parliament not true – Takiyuddin
The allegation made by Bukit Gelugor Member of Parliament (MP) Ramkarpal Singh that the practice allowing MPs to play an audio recording in Parliament had been done in 2007, is not true and baseless.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia’s Consumer Price Index still in deflation, but at lower rate of -1.9pc for June
Malaysia’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) continued to decline when compared to the past year, with the overall prices of basic goods and services in the country falling by 1.9 per cent in June versus the same month last.
— Malay Mail

CapitaLand Malaysia Mall Trust posts net profit of RM192,000 in Q2
CapitaLand Malaysia Mall Trust (CMMT) posted a net profit of RM192,000 in the second quarter ended June 30, compared with a net loss of RM10.15 million a year ago, on the absence of a fair value loss of investment properties.
— The Sun Daily

Prices of onion, garlic in Malaysia rose by over 30pc in June compared to last year
The average prices of onion and garlic in Malaysia has increased by more than 30 per cent in June 2020, when compared against price levels in the same month last year, official statistics from the Department of Statistics.
— Malay Mail

Securities Commission enhances framework for Main Market listing process
The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) has introduced an enhanced the initial public offering (IPO) framework to promote greater shared responsibility among key stakeholders involved in the submission of an IPO listing on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysian Medical Association urges authorities to enforce SOP as Covid-19 cases return to double digits
Authorities need to increase monitoring and enforcement to ensure all sectors in the country fully adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs) as advised by the government.
— Malay Mail

Fitch revises upwards forecast for palm oil prices
Fitch Solutions is revising upwards its palm oil price forecast for 2020 to average RM2,450 a tonne, from RM2,300 a tonne previously, implying an average of RM2,470 a tonne over the rest of the year, to account for the sharp rally recorded in prices in recent months.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia should present report on treatment of migrants: Dr Mahathir
The government should present a report on the way it handled illegal immigrants as part of its efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
— The Sun Daily

Social distancing for Friday prayers to be maintained for time being, says minister Zulkifli
The social distancing rules among congregants performing Friday prayers will be maintained for the time being, according to Religious Affairs Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Zulkifli Mohamad.
— Malay Mail

Guan Eng summoned to MACC HQ in Putrajaya
Former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has been called in by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), likely over the controversial RM6.3bil Penang undersea tunnel project.
— The Star Online

MITI re-strategises action plan in NAP 2020
The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) is re-strategising the action plan in implementing the National Automotive Plan (NAP) 2020 which aims to make the nation’s automotive sector more competitive and developed.
— The Sun Daily

Tengku Zafrul: RM11.1b distributed under BPN cash aid as of July 20
The government has disbursed RM11.14 billion to 10.41 million recipients under the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) as of July 20, 2020.
— Malay Mail

Sarawak Pay goes down temporarily as users rush to enjoy double rewards promo
Sarawak Pay became congested today as users flocked to the state’s popular e-wallet app for a chance to enjoy double rewards offered by the app in conjunction with the Sarawak Day celebration.
— The Borneo Post

Deputy Minister: Years before precise vaccine is made publicly available for Covid-19
Despite Malaysia’s effort to help develop a Covid-19 vaccine with several other nations, it would take years before a precise vaccine is made available to the public, says Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali.
— The Star Online

Govt issues SOP for Aidiladha korban activities
The government has issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) for korban activities (sacrificial rites) ahead of the Hari Raya Aidiladha celebration, the Dewan Rakyat was told.
— The Star Online

Top Glove says authorities’ visit not a raid but mere inspection, received RM1,000 fine
Top Glove Corporation Bhd today said that the recent visit by authorities to its premise was not a raid but an inspection of its office and workers’ accommodation.
— Malay Mail

Sarawak still bearing quarantine costs of state’s returnees from abroad
The Sarawak government is still bearing the COVID-19 quarantine costs for the state’s people returning from abroad, says Deputy Chief Minister 1, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
— The Borneo Post

Report: MCMC fines Astro for airing Al-Jazeera documentary on Altantuya murder five years ago
Astro has been fined by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for airing in 2015 an Al-Jazeera documentary on the controversial murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.
— Malay Mail

Oil palm planter claims video recorded without his knowledge
An oil palm planter claimed at the High Court here that without his knowledge, a video of him allegedly speaking to five to six people at the Sunday market was recorded after he talked about his disappointment at not being able to meet Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to hand over
— The Borneo Post

Fitch unit: Covid-19 to hit Malaysia’s middle class hard, but not for long
Middle-class households will experience a disproportionate fall to their income levels due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Fitch Solutions Country Risk & Industry Research.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia should present report on treatment of migrants — Dr Mahathir
The government should present a report on the way it handled illegal immigrants as part of its efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, the Dewan Rakyat was told yesterday.
— The Borneo Post

Sarawak Day 2020: Land of harmony, beauty and diversity (Video)
For a brief moment in time, Sarawak had dominion over itself as it began its journey towards the formation of Malaysia.
— The Borneo Post

Laksana apologises for wrong information on Prihatin, Penjana during PM’s address yesterday
The Economic Stimulus Implementation and Coordination Unit Between National Agencies (Laksana) has apologised for giving the wrong information on the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package (Prihatin) and National.
— Malay Mail

No water tariff hike in S’gor for now: MB
The Selangor government has no plans to increase the water tariff at a time when the people are still facing the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Nazri Aziz moots amending EC Act to allow parties to contest elections directly, says would end defections
Veteran Umno lawmaker Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has proposed an amendment to the Election Commissions Act for political parties to directly contest for seats instead of individuals.
— Malay Mail

Deputy minister: Government reviewing sale of loss-making TH Plantation subsidiaries
The government was reviewing the sales of two TH Plantation Bhd subsidiaries to a non-Bumiputera private company, a transaction executed by its predecessor as part of a rationalisation plan to recoup losses.
— Malay Mail

Parliament: Sabah, Sarawak MPs raise MA63 issue again
Issues relating to the rights of Sabah and Sarawak under the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63) were raised once again by Members of Parliament from the two states at the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.
— The Sun Daily

Unity among issues to be discussed in Dewan Rakyat today
Matters related to the unity and the country’s readiness to face the surge in Covid-19 cases will set the ball rolling at the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.
— The Borneo Post

(Video) Heroic PDRM personnel and motorcyclist save injured monkey on busy highway
The action of traffic policemen and a motorcyclist of saving an injured ‘maaque monkey, believed to have been hit by a vehicle in the middle of a busy highway, resulted in them being called ‘heroes’ by netizens.
— The Sun Daily

‘Petronas’ capex likely lower at RM35 billion’
Analysts reassessed Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) capital expenditure (capex) for the year to stand at about RM35 billion instead of RM40 billion which was previously announced in view of the negative outlook in the oil and gas (O&G) industry.
— The Borneo Post

Unlimited data packages in prepaid segment won’t trigger telco price war: Analysts
The introduction of unlimited data packages by Maxis and Celcom in the prepaid segment last month is not expected to spark a price war between telco operators, according to analysts.
— The Sun Daily

Ipsos survey finds Malaysians very concerned about cost of food, supplies
A global Ipsos survey showed that there is a rising concern about the cost of food, groceries and household supplies since the Covid-19 outbreak started.
— Malay Mail

Law Minister gives ultimatum to Ramkarpal to prove precedent claim in Dewan Rakyat
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said Ramkarpal Singh would be referred to the Rights and Privileges Committee if he failed to back up his claims that there was a precedent for an MP playing an audio or video recording during proceedings.
— The Star Online

Pakatan’s ‘full mandate’ to Anwar for political talks to reclaim Putrajaya has limits, says PKR official
The Pakatan Harapan (PH) presidential council’s conferment of a “full mandate” to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for the coalition’s return to federal government is not a carte blanche power to negotiate with just any.
— Malay Mail

Report: LSE says ex-PNB CEO Jalil Rasheed not its graduate
The prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has clarified that former Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) CEO Jalil Rasheed is not its graduate as claimed.
— Malay Mail



Feature photo
This week’s Malaysia morning news feature photo focuses on Sarawak Independence Day, July 22.


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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