Malaysia morning news for March 2

Malaysia morning news for March 2

Malaysia morning news

Malaysian PM sworn in amid questions over legitimacy
A former interior minister was sworn in as Malaysia’s prime minister on Sunday amid questions over his legitimacy and protests from the country’s former leader Mahathir Mohamad, 94, who lost a battle for power.
— The Guardian

Muhyiddin becomes Malaysia prime minister, Mahathir vows to fight
Muhyiddin emerges as prime minister after infighting between parties in the ruling coalition triggered its collapse.
— Aljazeera

Malaysia and India aim to repair soured ties that hit palm trade
Malaysia and India will work on improving ties that soured under former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and badly affected palm oil trade between the countries, officials from both nations said on Sunday.
— Yahoo News

Activists announce ‘Save Malaysia’ rally tonight, calling for snap polls after political tumult
A group of activists have announced today a rally calling for the public to “Save Malaysia”, amid frustration over the turns of events that led to Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin taking over as prime minister.
— Malay Mail

Azmin: Struggle to form govt paid off
The struggle to form a new government have paid off, Gombak MP Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (pix) said today.
— The Sun Daily

New govt needs to swiftly instill confidence to combat external headwinds
The new government that is set to be formed with Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the 8th Prime Minister must ensure that effective policy implementation and national development reforms are in place without any delay, so as not to jeopardise Malaysia’s economic growth.
— The Borneo Post

Dr M claims palace refuses to grant him audience to prove majority support
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has claimed today the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has refused to grant him audience to prove that Pakatan Harapan and him commands the support of the majority of the Dewan Rakyat.
— Malay Mail

Covid-19: Malaysia monitoring developments in Iran, Italy
Malaysia is closely watching developments on the Covid-19 outbreak in Iran and Italy, said health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pix).
— The Sun Daily

MBSB Q4 profit jumps three times on expected credit loss writeback
Malaysia Building Society Bhd’s (MBSB) net profit tripled to RM356.69 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2019 against RM117.96 million in the same quarter a year ago, due to the expected credit loss writeback.
— The Sun Daily

GPS: We supported Dr M – until he resigned as PM, Bersatu chair
Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) switched its support from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin after the former resigned as prime minister and Bersatu chairman, says Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
— The Star Online

BN will give full support to policies introduced by Muhyiddin
All Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties will give their unwavering support to new policies introduced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, said BN Chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Cuepacs expresses support, confidence in Muhyiddin: President
The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) expressed their unwavering confidence and support to the newly appointed Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
— The Sun Daily

Fatimah: Inclusivity crucial in new PM Muhyiddin’s cabinet
Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Chidhood Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah hopes that the eighth Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will adopt inclusivity in his new federal cabinet line-up.
— The Borneo Post

Sarawak aim for volleyball double in Johor Sukma
Sarawak is eyeing both the men’s and women’s volleyball gold medals at the Johor Malaysia Games (Sukma).
— The Borneo Post

Muhyiddin Yassin: Malaysia’s veteran political survivor
The 72-year-old was sacked by his political party UMNO and was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer less than 2 years ago. He is now set to become Malaysia’s eighth prime minister.

Ahmad Faizal heads for meet with Agong, urges public to support Muhyiddin as PM
Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu today urged all Malaysians to throw their support behind new Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
— Malay Mail

Sabah now an opposition state – new alignment on the cards?
Sabah became an opposition state on Sunday (March 1) for the first time since 1994 with the rise of a new Federal Government led by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
— The Star Online

Global universities in on-going edu fair
More than 40 participants representing local and overseas universities and colleges from Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom came together at MMS Education Fair, here at Pullman Hotel, yesterday.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Net outflow dominates market amid political turmoil
Malaysia saw its net outflow dominated the equity market last week, surpassing a net sell of over RM1.15 billion compared with the previous week’s RM447.9 million due to the unnerving political turmoil which culminated in the scramble among political parties seeking to form the next government.
— New Sarawak Tribune

PAS spiritual leader insists on snap polls, if Muhyiddin’s appointment continues to be disputed
PAS’ spiritual leader Datuk Hashim Jasin has said today that snap elections should be called to resolve any further disputes over the appointment of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
— Malay Mail

New govt may influence court decisions involving corrupt leaders: Tun M
There is a worry that with Umno back in power now, their leaders who are currently tried in court may get off scot-free, claims Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Dr M says feel betrayed by Muhyiddin and his extensive scheming for power
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today expressed disappointment in a man he claimed had been plotting a government without Pakatan Harapan for a long time, the same person just minutes away from being sworn as Malaysia’s eighth.
— Malay Mail

Dr Mahathir claims Muhyiddin not rightful prime minister
Less than two hours before the swearing-in of the new prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad claimed that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is not the rightful PM because the latter does not have the majority support in Parliament.
— The Borneo Post

Dr M: Pakatan to call for urgent sitting to prove majority, amid fears of MPs jumping over
In an admission that Pakatan Harapan (PH) is now the opposition, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today that the pact will call for an urgent sitting of the Parliament to prove that it has the majority instead.
— Malay Mail

Muhyiddin expected to put macroeconomic stability top of agenda: Economist
Maintaining the country’s macroeconomic stability will be the top of the agenda for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who has been announced as Malaysia’s eighth prime minister, IQI Global chief economist Shan Saeed said.
— The Sun Daily

Leaders, politicians relieved political crisis is over
Most Malaysians today breathed a sigh of relief as the country’s political crisis came to an end yesterday with the appointment of the country’s eighth Prime Minister by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.
— The Sun Daily

Perak govt set to change hands next, as Bersatu reps fall in line with Muhyiddin
The Perak state government will likely see a shift of power as Perak Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman and mentri besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu is set to follow Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s step to join forces with.
— Malay Mail

High-profile trials of Najib, Rosmah, Zahid can continue after AG’s resignation, lawyers confirm
The high-profile corruption trials including that of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor can still proceed even after Tan Sri Tommy Thomas’ reported resignation on Friday as.
— Malay Mail

Monitor school buses on your cellphone
The free school bus service programme to be launched in April will include a tracking system via smartphone application.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Return democracy to Parliament’s hands, Ambiga urges as power set to change hands
Prominent lawyer Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan has called for democracy to be restored to voters by letting the Dewan Rakyat decide on the country’s political turmoil.
— Malay Mail

Mahathir says he commands a majority in parliament, will present letter to king outlining his position
Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Saturday (Feb 29) said that he still commands the support of the majority of parliamentarians in Malaysia.

Media in jovial mood in the run-up to Pakatan declaring support from 114 MPs
Once again another twist and turn as Pakatan Harapan MPs managed to finagle 114 statutory declaration in support of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, following an hours-long discussion in the heart of downtown KL.
— Malay Mail

Muhyiddin Yassin is Malaysia’s next prime minister: Palace statement
Mr Muhyiddin Yassin will be Malaysia’s next prime minister, the palace said, following a week of power struggle in Putrajaya.

Give Muhyiddin time to settle down: Abang Johari
Newly-appointed Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should be given time to settle down before proceeding with his tasks, including looking into the needs of Sarawak, said Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Tabung Baitulmal Sarawak to synergize CSRs with Bomba
Tabung Baitulmal Sarawak (TBS) has distributed fire aid worth RM77,000 to a total of 45 victims in Sarawak for the first two months of this year.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Now, Pakatan says has support of just 112 MPs
Pakatan Harapan (PH) has announced today that it has the support of just 112 MPs to ask for the next Parliament sitting to resume on March 9 as scheduled, two less than it had initially claimed.
— Malay Mail

Syed Saddiq apologises to the people
Former Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has taken to Twitter to apologise to Malaysians.
— The Sun Daily

Pandelela-Mun Yee win silver at Montreal World Diving Series
National diving pair Pandelela Rinong-Leong Mun Yee have won the silver medal in the women’s 10m synchronised platform event at the World Series in Montreal, Canada.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Johor MB officially starts duty today
Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad (pix) today began his duties officially at the Mentri Besar’s Office, Bangunan Dato’ Jaafar Muhammad here.
— The Sun Daily

PSB, PKR MPs deny pledging support for Dr Mahathir in videos
Two parliamentarians have denied pledging their support for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to become Malaysia’s eighth prime minister last night.
— The Borneo Post

Mahathir claims 114 MPs back him to become 8th PM
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he has the support of 114 members of parliament for him to become the 8th Prime Minister.
— The Sun Daily

Muhyiddin expected to be sworn in as 8th PM
A week in which Malaysians witnessed one of the most intense political crises in the country’s history will end today with Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pix) expected to take his oath of office as the 8th Prime Minister.
— The Sun Daily

PH likely to pass a vote of no confidence – Analysts
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s swearing in yesterday as the eighth Prime Minister will unlikely be the end to the country’s political turmoil, opined two political analysts.
— The Borneo Post

Official: Dr M’s full list of 114 MPs backing him for PM
Who are the 114 MPs or slightly more than half of the 222 MPs supporting Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister of Malaysia? Dr Mahathir listed out these 114 names, with six from his party Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.
— Malay Mail

Social media abuzz after swearing in of Muhyiddin
Past and present political leaders have taken to social media to aire their views, following the political turmoil which culminated in Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin becoming the 8th Prime Minister of Malaysia.
— The Sun Daily

What’s next for Bersatu? Redzuan hints at house-cleaning, with Youth chief, sec-gen first to go
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s Datuk Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof has hinted today that several top party posts will be vacated, following a rift over its nomination for the prime minister.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia’s Mahathir calls for early parliamentary sitting
Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Sunday (Mar 1) called for an early parliamentary sitting, so that the members of parliament (MPs) can indicate officially whether they support Mr Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister.

Agong refuses to meet me, claims Tun M
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has revealed that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has refused to grant him an audience after appointing Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the eighth prime minister.
— The Sun Daily

Even with Muhyiddin as PM, Rais Yatim claims Dr M will not let country descend to chaos
Veteran politician Tan Sri Rais Yatim claimed today that interim prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will not lead the country to chaos, even as Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is set to.
— Malay Mail



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This week’s Malaysia morning news feature photo focuses on World Wildlife Day, March 3, here poached elephant tusks and pangolin scales.


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