Malaysia morning news for March 25

Malaysia morning news for March 25

Malaysia morning news

Malaysia Covid-19 toll rises to 15 deaths, 1,624 infections
The Health Ministry today announced 106 new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia, bringing the tally of infections to 1,624.
— New Straits Times

JPMorgan says worst is yet to come, predicts Malaysia’s Covid-19 infection rate will peak mid-April
Malaysia might see an even bigger number of Covid-19 infections recorded locally, as analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co have predicted that a peak in cases might occur around mid-April.
— MalayMail

All premises must adhere to social distancing rules: KL mayor
All licencees, employees, customers and suppliers who wish to enter supermarkets, sundry shops, restaurants and public markets must adhere to the one-metre social distancing rules until March 31.
— The Sun Daily

Transport minister: Receipts can pass for road tax, licence during MCO
Malaysians may present proof of payment in lieu of the road tax stickers and driving licences they may be unable to collect during the movement control order (MCO), Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said.
— Malay Mail

Special committee to ensure adequate supply of foodstuffs: Ismail Sabri
A special committee headed by International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali is to be set up to ensure adequate supply of foodstuffs during the ongoing Movement Control Order (MCO) period, it was announced today.
— The Sun Daily

Sabah crime rate plunges as cops record 92% MCO compliance by the people
Sabah’s crime rate is seeing a major drop as the movement control order (MCO) entered its seventh day on Tuesday (March 24) as some 92% of people here comply with it and take trips only to obtain daily essentials.
— The Star Online

Malaysia reports another COVID-19 fatality linked to religious gathering; death toll rises to 15
Malaysia on Tuesday (Mar 24) reported another death linked to COVID-19, bringing the national death toll to 15.

RAM sees lower full-year inflation of 0.7% amid oil price plunge
Malaysia’s inflation outlook for 2020 has become significantly more dovish amid the plunge in global oil prices, according to RAM Ratings.
— The Sun Daily

Six-year-old admonishes errant adults to ‘Stay At Home’!
Six days of implementation thus far, of the Movement Control Order imposed by the government effective March 18 to 31 to contain Covid-19, have seen scores of individuals including celebrities and sportsmen urging the public to ‘stay at home’ to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Health Ministry receives medical supplies from CCC-ECRL
Communications Construction Sdn Bhd (CCC-ECRL), the main contractor of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project, today donated medical supplies to assist the Health Ministry (MOH) in dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak.
— The Sun Daily

SC unveils further relief measures for capital market licensed entities
The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) has announced further relief measures, which will immediately benefit 231 licensed entities, 30 registered audit firms and 9,663 licensed individuals.
— The Sun Daily

MTUC S’wak disappointed with PM over RM500 EPF withdrawal announcement
Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) Sarawak has expressed their disappointment with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s announcement that Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contributors can withdraw RM500 from Account II of their savings.
— The Borneo Post

Penang public bus services only available in the mornings, evenings
Public bus services by Rapid Penang in the state will only be available in the mornings and evenings starting tomorrow.
— Malay Mail

Sarawak opens respiratory clinic for non-Covid-19 cases in Kuching
The Respiratory Clinic at the Indoor Stadium in Petra Jaya is now open to treat those with fevers, coughs and other respiratory problems unrelated to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
— Malay Mail

Grab drivers roped in to support food and mart delivery service
Grab Malaysia today included its drivers to support its Food and Mart delivery services following a significant decline in transportation service due to the movement control order (MCO).
— Malay Mail

At your doorstep: More Malaysian food businesses offer delivery amid movement control order
With Malaysians staying home under the movement control order (MCO), many food businesses have started to offer home delivery.

Malaysia reports 16th COVID-19 death
Malaysia recorded another COVID-19-related fatality on Tuesday (Mar 24), bringing the death toll in the country to 16.

Most COVID-19-related deaths in Malaysia due to late treatment: Health director
Most of the COVID-19-related deaths in Malaysia were due to late treatment, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said on Tuesday (Mar 24).

Myanmar Bans Beach Tours Amid COVID-19
Ayeyarwady Region has stopped tours of its popular beaches and other tourist destinations to counter the coronavirus threat.
— Irrawaddy

Covid-19: Limited ERL services from tomorrow until further notice
Express Rail Link (ERL) will be running limited services effective tomorrow until further notice, taking a cue from the government’s implementation of the movement control order (MCO) to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
— Malay Mail

Penang orders six million face masks for frontliners, public
The Penang state government has ordered six million face masks to be distributed to frontline personnel and the needy.
— Malay Mail

Covid-19: Penang limits business hours from 6am to 8pm tomorrow onwards
Penang has set limited business hours for all essential services shops in the state starting tomorrow as an additional step to enforce the movement control order (MCO).
— Malay Mail

Business sentiment for Q2 nosedives on Covid-19 outbreak
Business sentiment among Malaysian companies dived to a new low in Q2 2020, with the Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Malaysia Business Optimism Index (BOI) plunging into the contractionary zone to -21.52 percentage points, from 10.22 percentage points in Q1 2020.
— The Sun Daily

Authorities monitor MCO-compliance from the sky with drones
The authorities will be monitoring public activity during the movement control order (MCO) from the sky with the help of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at several areas across the country.
— Malay Mail

From water rationing to potential flooding: Now, Melaka begins to prepare for ‘big flood’
The Melaka government has asked local authorities to prepare for a big flood after almost three months of facing depleting water resources in the state.
— The Star Online

Police tightens control in three red zones in Kuala Lumpur
The Royal Malaysia Police has tightened enforcement in three red zones in the city, namely Titiwangsa, Kepong and Lembah Pantai, to curb the spread of Covid-19 infections.
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19: Fine, jail for those withholding info from hospital authorities
Individuals who deliberately conceal important information about Covid-19 from hospital authorities, and thereby pose a risk to staff and medical facilities, are liable to be charged under Section 22 (d) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.
— The Borneo Post

Covid-19 shutdown tests readiness to work from home in Malaysia
Malaysian businesses are struggling to enable their staff to work from home during the Covid-19 movement control order, discovering that remote working goes beyond having a laptop and a broadband connection.
— Malay Mail

S’wak sets up clinic in Kuching to treat non-Covid-19 respiratory cases
The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee has opened a new respiratory clinic to treat non-Covid-19 cases and ease congestion in government hospitals.
— The Star Online

500 SESB staff ready to work around the clock to ensure stable electricity supply
About 500 staff of Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) are ready to work around the clock to ensure stable electricity supply to consumers throughout Sabah during the movement control order (MCO) period imposed until March 31.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysian Bar: Those who withhold information from hospitals could be fined, jailed
Individuals who deliberately conceal important information about Covid-19 from hospital authorities, and thereby pose a risk to staff and medical facilities, are liable to be charged under Section 22 (d) of the Prevention.
— Malay Mail

Sabah Covid-19 ‘hotspots’ sealed off to reduce movement, exposure
Key Covid-19 hotspots” in Sabah’s major towns are being sealed off in efforts to minimise movement amid a growing number of cases in these areas.
— The Star Online

IGP: Face masks optional but recommended
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador clarified today that police officers were not requiring the public to wear face masks outside but were only advising them to do so for the safety of frontline workers.
— Malay Mail

As payday looms, senior minister urges Malaysians not to forget social distancing at banks, ATMs
Malaysians must not discard precautions against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in their rush to withdraw their March salaries, Senior Minister of Defence Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today.
— Malay Mail

PLUS defers RFID implementation on its highways and LPT2
The launch of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) payment system at all toll plazas on PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) highways, as well as on the East Coast Highway 2 (LPT2), which is scheduled for April 1, has been deferred to a new date upon the lifting of the Movement Control Order (MCO) currently in force to curb the spread of Covid-19.
— The Sun Daily

Hishammuddin: 270 Malaysians in Bangladesh to return soon
Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has promised that 270 of the 367 Malaysians stranded in Bangladesh will be brought home soon, most likely by tomorrow.
— Malay Mail

Palm oil demand to remain weak in first-half 2020 due to virus lockdowns: MPOB
A recent heavy slump in palm oil demand is expected to persist through the first half of 2020 as a growing number of countries impose lockdowns to contain the coronavirus outbreak, the Malaysian palm oil industry regulator told Reuters.
— The Sun Daily

Air Selangor forms special team to share information on Covid-19
The Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) has formed a special team to share the latest information on Covid-19 from time to time in efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 infection.
— The Sun Daily

Report: Cops want DBKL to restrict hours at KL Wholesale Market
City police have advised City Hall to limit the hours of Pasar Borong Kuala Lumpur (KL Wholesale Market) for the duration of the movement control order.
— Malay Mail

DBKL cancels order for mandatory face masks in supermarkets, restaurants; now says only ‘encouraged’
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) today cancelled an order from two days ago that made it compulsory for face masks to be used by everyone including customers in supermarkets and restaurants here.
— Malay Mail

MAA: February vehicle sales up 1.5%
Malaysia’s vehicle sales saw an uptick of 590 units or 1.5% year-on-year (yoy) in February to 40,403 units, according to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).
— The Sun Daily

GLC, GLIC Disaster Response Network gives RM40m to fight Covid-19
The Government-Linked Companies (GLC) and Government-Linked Investment Companies (GLIC) Disaster Response Network (GDRN) with their partners have gathered around RM40 million for Malaysia’s efforts against the.
— Malay Mail

Najib’s 1MDB trial to resume on April 1, if no extension of MCO
The trial of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak (pix) on corruption and money laundering charges, involving RM2.3 billion in 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds, will resume on April 1.
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19: Malaysia seeks help from Chinese medical experts, says Hishammuddin
Malaysia is in talks with the Chinese government to send in their medical experts here to help the country’s front liners in the fight against the Covid-19 virus.
— The Sun Daily

PMS, SPPA contribute food, drinks to frontliners on duty in Kuching city
The Sarawak Muaythai Association (PMS) and Sarawak Press Photographers Association (SPPA) are among donors who came to the aide of frontliners in Kuching city this morning.
— The Borneo Post

Dissemination of fake news on Covid-19: Statements recorded from five suspects – Saifuddin Abdullah
The Communications and Multimedia Ministry, in collaboration with the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), has recorded the statements of five suspects who allegedly spread fake news on Covid-19.
— The Sun Daily

Zurich Malaysia gives RM160,000 to buy ventilators for Covid-19 efforts
Insurance firm Zurich Malaysia has donated RM160,000 for Hospital Selayang to purchase medical ventilators crucial for treating patients infected with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
— Malay Mail



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