Malaysia morning news for May 20

Malaysia morning news for May 20
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Malaysia morning newsCovid-19: About 60% of Malaysia’s 37 new cases today found among migrant workers
Malaysia recorded 37 new Covid-19 infections today — 35 local transmissions and two imported — bringing the country’s cumulative cases to 6,978, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).
— The Edge Markets

Sarawak express, regional bus service gets nod to resume operations June 2
Express and regional bus services in Sarawak will only be allowed to resume operations from June 2 with the operators required to make the necessary preparations from now to ensure compliance with the standard operating.
— Malay Mail

Sarawak’s Sad Story Of Betrayal Re-Played
Over the past half century as Sarawak’s rich corner of the earth has been raped of oil, timber and so much besides there has been a pattern.
–Sarawak Report

Commentary: Malaysia’s economy has surprised many despite COVID-19. But for how long more?
Demand from consumers underpinned the economy’s resilience in the first quarter but an over-reliance on private consumption is also cause for concern, says OCBC economist Wellian Wiranto.

Maybank sees 30% pickup in eDuit Raya transactions this year
Maybank is foreseeing a spike in festive giving via its online platform this year as Malaysians celebrate Hari Raya under a “new normal”.
— The Sun Daily

Construction of DCCI, DCF office buildings expected to start after Gawai Dayak
The construction of the Dayak Chamber of Commerce (DCCI) and Dayak Cultural Foundation (DCF) office buildings is expected to commence after this year’s Gawai Dayak celebration. DCCI president Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum said that the project will be built on a 2.266 hectares plot at Jalan Ong Tiang Swee here.
— The Borneo Post

Court grants MACC bid to forfeit over RM600,000 linked to 1MDB from Riza Aziz
The High Court here has allowed an application by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to forfeit more than RM600,000 linked to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) funds from film producer Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz.
— The Star Online

Fomca: Extend loan repayment moratorium to December
The Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (Fomca) has urged the government to consider extending the six-month moratorium on bank loan repayments until December.
— Malay Mail

Home-based learning: Odds stacked against teachers in Malaysia’s public primary schools, while private counterparts are more prepared
The odds are stacked against public primary schools in Malaysia, with teachers having to grapple with connectivity issues and drawing up online classes overnight for home-based learning during the movement control order (MCO).

Special task force to identify individuals travelling interstate without permit – IGP
The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has formed a special task force to identify individuals travelling interstate without police permission to celebrate Aidilfitri.
— The Borneo Post

Express, regional bus operators advised to make preparations before resuming services after June 1
As the State Disaster Management Committee only allows express and regional bus services to resume operation after June 1, it is advisable for all operators to make the necessary preparations based on the established Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) before resuming their services, said Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin.
— The Borneo Post

Smoking ban still in force despite change in federal govt – Voon
Smoking ban is still in force nationwide despite the change in federal government, reminded political activist Voon Shiak Ni.
— The Borneo Post

Ministry introduces Entrepreneur and Cooperative Recovery Plan to benefit 20,000 entrepreneurs
The Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Ministry (MEDAC) is introducing an Entrepreneur and Cooperative Recovery Plan which is expected to benefit more than 20,000 entrepreneurs, said its minister Datuk Seri Wan.
— Malay Mail

MDEC, Coursera launch ‘Let’s Learn Digital’ campaign
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has forged a partnership with global online learning platform, Coursera, to introduce ‘Let’s Learn Digital’ under the #mydigitalworkforce initiative.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia’s Cradle Fund appoints Rafiza Ghazali as new group CEO
Cradle Fund, Malaysia’s state-backed early-stage startup influencer, has announced the appointment of Rafiza Ghazali as the Group CEO, effective June 1, 2020. Ghazali will bring on board her experience in Strategy, Innovation, Finance, and Business Management.
— e27

Police now issue compounds for those violating CMCO
Police have started issuing compounds for those breaching the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).
— The Sun Daily

Report: Foreign currency worth over RM600,000 seized from Najib’s Langgak Duta home forfeited by Riza as part of plea deal
Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz has agreed to forfeit over RM600,000 in various currencies, which were seized from homes belonging to his mother Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and stepfather Datuk Seri Najib Razak, related to his recent.
— Malay Mail

Joint effort can help save economy: Expert
The government, employers and employees should make every effort to help the economy recover from the impact of Covid-19.
— The Sun Daily

Wan Junaidi: Over two million M’sians expected to be jobless, 19 new programmes to assist local entrepreneurs
In a bid to assist local entrepreneurs affected by Covid-19, the Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Ministry has submitted 19 new programmes and initiatives to the Finance Ministry for special attention.
— The Star Online

Wan Junaidi: 20,000 entrepreneurs to benefit from recovery plan
The Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Ministry (Medac) is introducing an Entrepreneur and Cooperative Recovery Plan which is expected to benefit more than 20,000 entrepreneurs, said its minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.
— The Borneo Post

Despite partial shutdown, business still brisk at TTDI market
Despite a partial shutdown at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail wet market beginning today till June 1, business still seemed brisk, with many shoppers going about purchasing their daily essentials and preparing for the upcoming Hari.
— Malay Mail

Ex-MACC chief demands Sri Ram justify decision to grant Riza Aziz plea deal
A former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner has come out with guns blazing against Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, demanding the latter explain the discharging not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA).
— Malay Mail

Ahmad Maslan’s bid to strike out money laundering, false statement charges to be heard June 19
Pontian Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan’s application to strike out the charges on  money laundering and giving false statement to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will be heard before.
— Malay Mail

Law minister: One-day Parliament sitting was to fulfill constitutional obligations
The one-day Parliament sitting was convened yesterday with the purpose of fulfilling the constitutional obligations enshrined under the Federal Constitution, Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said.
— Malay Mail

Socso: Applications for training programmes increase during MCO
The Social Security Organisation (Socso) has recorded an increase in applications for training programmess for workers who have lost their jobs since the Movement Control Order (MCO) came into effect on March 18.
— The Sun Daily

Extend loan repayment moratorium to December, says Fomca
The Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (Fomca) has urged the government to consider extending the six-month moratorium on bank loan repayments until December.
— The Sun Daily

MOU good start to realise MA63 mission
It’s a good start for Sarawak and Sabah in seeking the return of their respective rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) following the memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Perikatan Nasional (PN) last Sunday.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Islamic social finance a viable way to assist MSMEs
Using Islamic social finance allows financial institutions (FIs), particularly Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd, to offer financing facilities to micro small medium enterprises (MSMEs) in a more feasible way.
— The Sun Daily

Putrajaya to amend existing laws, table new Bills on Covid-19 in July Parliament sitting, says minister
The government would undertake an “unprecedented” move to amend existing Acts and introduce new Bills to better suit the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic currently faced by the country, Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said.
— Malay Mail

SWM identifies locations in need of cleaning operation during Aidilfitri
Solid waste concession and public cleansing company, SWM Environment Sdn Bhd (SWM) has identified several locations in Negri Sembilan that need attention and cleaning operation ahead of Aidifiltri and during the celebration.
— The Sun Daily

COVID-19: Malaysians reminded to not provide false contact tracing information
Malaysian authorities have reminded members of the public not to provide false contact tracing information such as fictitious names or telephone numbers when registering to enter business premises in the country.

Helping hawkers do business during MCO
Since the movement control order (MCO) was imposed on March 18, 36-year-old tech entrepreneur Ee Soon Seng (pix) has been kept busy.He has two missions.
— The Sun Daily

40 Malaysians return from Kerala after being stranded for 2 months
40 Malaysians were finally flown home yesterday after being stranded in Kerala, India for the past two months during that country’s lockdown.
— The Sun Daily

PetDag bleeds RM29m in first quarter
Petronas Dagangan Bhd (PetDag) posted a net loss of RM29.42 million in the first quarter ended March 31, 2020 compared with a net profit of RM291.2 million a year ago partly due to higher inventories written down, higher depreciation and amortisation and a higher impairment loss on trade and other receivables.
— The Sun Daily

Conditions at Sabah quarantine centres remain bad, health director urges patience
While criticism of Sabah’s quarantine centres persist, state health officials have appealed to those under quarantine to be patient and not to expect the comforts of their homes or hotels.
— The Star Online

Today’ Covid-19 fake news list – KKMM
The following is the morning update from the Communications and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM) Quick Response Team on countering fake news related to Covid-19 on social media.
— The Sun Daily

Fong: Political will required to resolve any issue related to state’s autonomy, privileges under MA63
A political will is required to resolve any issues related to the state’s autonomy and privileges as enshrined under Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), said state legal counsel Dato Sri JC Fong.
— The Borneo Post

Businessman duped into filling fake MyBNM application
A businessman has lodged a police report claiming to have lost RM33,000 in savings after providing his banking information through the purportedly Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) mobile application.
— The Sun Daily

ARB, Megvii sign partnership agreement
ARB Bhd has inked a strategic business partnership with Beijing Kuangshi Technology Com( MegVii) to collaborate and explore business opportunities in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) facial recognition application and relevant algorithm technology in the internet of things (IOT) in Malaysia, Under the partnership, ARB’s indirect.
— The Sun Daily

Lawyer Hafarizam sends new representation to AGC to review money laundering charges involving RM15m
Umno legal adviser Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun has sent a second representation to the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) to review the money laundering charges, involving RM15 million, filed against him.
— Malay Mail

Curfew in ESSZone extended until June 4
The curfew in the waters off seven districts in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone), which ends tomorrow, has been extended until June 4.
— The Borneo Post



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