Malaysia morning news for May 22

Malaysia morning news for May 22

Malaysia morning newsCOVID-19: All arrivals in Malaysia must pay for mandatory hotel quarantine
Anyone travelling into Malaysia will have to pay for their compulsory COVID-19 hotel quarantine from Jun 1, said Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Wednesday (May 20).
— Channel NewsAsia

Axiata posts lower net profit of RM188.11m in Q1
Axiata Group Bhd has posted a lower net profit of RM188.11 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared with RM725.17 million in the same period last year.
— The Sun Daily

AG’s Chambers “Flooded” With Further Plea Deal Requests….
Sarawak Report has learned from reliable sources connected to the Attorney General’s Chambers that the Riza Aziz plea deal represents just the ‘tip of an iceberg’ in terms of similar requests and bargain offers that are now piled up on the new incumbent’s desk.
— Sarawak Report

Maybank net profit up 13.3% in Q1
Malayan Banking Bhd’s (Maybank) net profit for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020 rose 13.3% to RM2.05 billion compared with RM1.81 billion last year, on the back of a 14.7% rise in net operating income at RM6.72 billion supported by growth from community financial services and global banking.
— The Sun Daily

MOF invites organisations to share ideas for 2021 Budget
The Finance Ministry, which is currently formulating strategies for the 2021 Budget, has invited private organisations and non-governmental organisations to share their ideas.
— New Sarawak

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Malaysian bonds foreign selloff eases significantly in April
Foreign holding of Malaysian bonds contracted by RM2 billion April, in contrast to the RM12.3 billion contraction in the previous month, attributable to the abatement of investors’ panic in the preceding two month, which had been led by asset-management firms.
— The Sun Daily

COVID-19: New cluster involving immigration detainees identified in Malaysia
A COVID-19 cluster has been identified at an immigration detention centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Thursday (May 21).
— Channel NewsAsia

MTUC slams Malaysian Employers Federation after retrenchment warning
The Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) today said that the Malaysian Employers Federation’s (MEF) warning that the country could see about two million retrenchments after Hari Raya is to pressure the government into.
— Malay Mail

Malaysian plastics makers to make swabs for Covid-19 mass testing
Specialised swab sticks made in Malaysia are heading for clinical trials and, if approved, will pave the way for Covid-19 mass testing, said the Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA).
— Malay Mail

Covid-19: Penang govt proposes ‘travel bubble’ concept to restart tourism
The Penang government has proposed to implement a ‘travel bubble’ approach between states declared as green zones to help the tourism sector recover.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia COVID-19 cases cross 7,000 mark with 31 new infections
The number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia crossed the 7,000 mark on Wednesday (May 20) as 31 new cases were reported, taking the cumulative total to 7,009 infections.

Covid-19: Govt examining SOPs for hair salons, says Ismail Sabri
The National Security Council and Health Ministry are currently reviewing proposed standard operating procedures (SOP) for barbers and hairstylists, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today.
— Malay Mail

Commentary: Malaysia succeeded in suppressing COVID-19 but here comes the harder part
Lifting the Movement Control Order to reopen the economy alone won’t save Malaysian jobs, says Stewart Nixon.

Non-Muslim places of worship in Malaysia’s green zones to reopen under strict health protocols
A total of 174 non-Muslim places of worship in green zones will be allowed to open on selected days starting Jun 10, said Malaysian Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Covid-19: Zero new cases in Sarawak for 8th consecutive day, Lundu now green zone
Sarawak has recorded zero new positive Covid-19 cases for the eighth consecutive day today, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
— The Borneo Post

Putrajaya to implement MACC law that compels commercial corporate liability beginning June
Authorities have been given the green light to enforce Act 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 which allows corruption charges against commercial companies.
— Malay Mail

Law allowing companies to be charged with corruption to come into effect June 1
The government has decided to go ahead and enforce the corporate liability law come June 1.
— The Star Online

All interstate travel banned, says Ismail Sabri
The National Security Council (NSC)’s special meeting today has decided that all interstate travel will be prohibited.Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced this during his daily NSC press conference today.
— The Sun Daily

Powernet to undertake share split, private placement for biz diversification
Kumpulan Powernet Bhd (KPower) has simultaneously proposed a 1-to-2 subdivision of its shares, a proposed private placement exercise and a diversification into construction business and activities.
— The Sun Daily

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ACI, IATA set out roadmap to restart aviation industry
The Airports Council International (ACI) World and International Air Transport Association (IATA) have jointly issued a paper titled “Safely Restarting Aviation – ACI and IATA Joint Approach” which underlines a pathway for restarting the aviation industry.
— The Sun Daily

Ismail Sabri: NSC, MOH still discussing SOP for hair salons
The Standard operating procedures (SOP) for hair salons to operate are still being discussed between National Security Council (NSC) and Ministry of Health (MOH), said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
— The Borneo Post

Uggah: Bistros now allowed to operate in Sarawak
Bistros in Sarawak have been given the green light to operate by the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC). Its chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, however, said those that provide entertainment services such as karaoke and/or live band performances are still not allowed to open.
— The Borneo Post

Tourism advocates call for stricter border checks to prevent spread of Covid-19
Tourism stakeholders here have called on the authorities to beef up checks at border crossings after a Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) undergraduate student tested positive for Covid-19.
— The Sun Daily

Sime Darby Q3 net earnings decline nearly 50%
Sime Darby Bhd posted a 48.2% drop in net profit for the third quarter ended Mar 31 to RM115 million, from RM222 million, due to lower revenue and profits from the group’s industrial and motorsdivisions in Greater China, despite gains in its Australian industrial operations.
— The Sun Daily

Senior minister: No more warnings; compounds for those attempting interstate travel during CMCO
The authorities will begin issuing on the spot compounds to motorists following the continued barrage of “balik kampung” attempts.
— Malay Mail

Serba Dinamik’s performance improves on strong O&M, EPCC results
Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd recorded a net profit of RM133.72 million in the first quarter (Q1) ended March 31, 2020, up 19 per cent from RM112.15 million a year earlier.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Respect food delivery riders who are frontliners
Respect those working as food delivery riders as they are also our frontliners, said Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.
— New Sarawak Tribune

PTPTN exempts stage 4 cancer patient from loan repayment
A stage 4 sinus (nasopharyngeal) cancer patient Abdul Halim Mat Hassan who runs a small-scale rabbit business to pay off the study loan he obtained from the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) can heave a sigh of relief today as he has been given an exemption from making repayment.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Need to reopen of RTD counters at UTC immediately
The Sarawak Government has requested the Ministry of Transport to grant immediate permission for the Road Transport Department (RTD) to reopen its counters at all Urban Transformation Centres (UTCs) in the state.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Johor govt assures enough supply of meat for Hari Raya Aidilfitri
The Johor government today assured the public that the supply of agricultural produce and livestock in the state is adequate for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri period.
— Malay Mail

Reduce foreign workers between 30-40 per cent – Academician
The number of foreign workers in this country needs to be reduced between 30 to 40 per cent in a bid to lower the unemployment rate which is expected to jump 4.0 per cent this year due to Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Borneo Post

Lawyers group urges police to discontinue probe into Dr Xavier under Sedition Act, CMA
Lawyers for Liberty today urge Bukit Aman to discontinue the probe upon Kuala Langat MP, Datuk Dr Xavier Jayakumar under the Sedition Act and Section 233 (1) of the Communication and Multimedia Act (CMA) over his remark.
— Malay Mail

Sibu’s stage buses to resume service next Monday with RM1 fare
Stage buses here under the state government’s RM1 flat rate bus fare initiative will resume service next Monday (May 25) with strict standard operating procedures (SOP) compliance to prevent Covid-19 spread.
— The Borneo Post

Fama contributes five tonnes of food supply to Central Kitchen
The Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) today distributed five tonnes of vegetables and fruits to 10 Central Kitchen locations under the Social Welfare Department.
— The Sun Daily

Asset quality of banks to worsen due to Covid-19
S&P Global Ratings foresees a visible deterioration of Malaysian banks’ asset quality conditions due to Covid-19 and related economic shocks/business disruptions.
— The Sun Daily

Dr M promises ‘very big trouble’ for Malaysia’s ruling coalition
Veteran Malaysian politician Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he would seek to oust Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at every turn, scolding his successor for bringing back into power a graft-tainted party rejected by.
— Malay Mail

Heineken 1Q earnings rise on festive campaign, better commercial spend
Heineken Malaysia Bhd’s net profit rose by 7.9% to RM56.96 million in its first quarter ended March 31, against RM52.81 million reported in the same period the previous year due to effective Chinese New Year campaigns executed in January and February, ahead of the price adjustment implemented on selected products effective March, as well as.
— The Sun Daily

Hospital University Malaysia Sabah launches state’s first telemedicine service
Sabah’s first telemedicine service is now available at a portal by Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) at
— The Star Online

Palm oil price expected to strengthen following India’s resumption of imports
Palm oil prices in the market are expected to strengthen following India’s move to resume importing Malaysian palm oil, said Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali.
— The Borneo Post

Dr Noor Hisham warns medical frontliners to not abuse their status to ‘balik kampung’ for Hari Raya
Health Ministry director-general (D-G) Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today warned medical frontliners against abusing their privilege and status to ‘balik kampung’ this Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
— Malay Mail

Sarawak to woo local tourists
Sarawak has slashed its tourist arrivals target by more than half and will now focus on wooing domestic travellers, as the state shifts its strategy in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Sun Daily

Decision on pilgrimage to be announced after Raya
The decision on whether Malaysians are allowed to perform the haj this year will be announced after Hari Raya Aidilfitri, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs), Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri.
— The Borneo Post

Timely for GPS parties to reassess pact with PBB, says Baru
Selangau MP Baru Bian has urged the ‘weaker’ component parties of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to reconsider their alliance with Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), claiming that there was imbalance in the distribution of power in the coalition.
— The Borneo Post

Govt monitoring price of goods since inception of MCO, says minister
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi (pix) said the government has always been sensitive to consumer complaints and had begun to control the price of goods since the inception of the Movement Control Order (MCO).
— The Sun Daily

HSS Engineers Q1 net earnings jump more than 5 times to RM2.3m
HSS Engineers Bhd recorded a net profit of RM2.3 million in the first quarter ended March 31, increasing more than five times from RM339,000 in the previous year on the back of higher revenue base and improved project mix.
— The Sun Daily

Thieves smash through tackle shop’s concrete wall, escape with RM35,000 worth of fishing gear
Thieves who broke into a tackle shop by smashing a hole into its concrete wall made off with an estimated RM35,000 worth of fishing equipment at Kota Sentosa Commercial Centre here yesterday.
— The Borneo Post



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