Malaysia morning news for May 5

Malaysia morning news for May 5

Malaysia morning news

Covid-19: 55 new cases today, 71 recover, no deaths
The Health Ministry reported 55 new Covid-19 positive cases as of 12pm today, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 6,353.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia’s migrant workers to undergo mandatory COVID-19 tests as restrictions ease despite spike in cases
Migrant workers in Malaysia are now required to be tested for coronavirus, a senior minister said, as the Government eased six-week long curbs on movement and businesses.

Minister: Malaysia now in Phase Five, Putrajaya’s new rules for CMCO applies nationwide
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today that Malaysia has currently moved to the fifth phase of the movement control order (MCO), a week before it was supposed to end on May 12.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia’s trade surplus in Q1 2020 rises to RM36.99 bln
Malaysia recorded a trade surplus of RM36.99 billion in the first quarter (Q1) 2020, 0.1 per cent higher compared to the same period in 2019, the highest trade surplus recorded for Q1 since 2011, said the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti).
— New Sarawak Tribune

Transport minister: Safe to use public transport during CMCO
The Transport Ministry has given an assurance that the public transport service will remain reliable and safe to use during the conditional movement control order (CMCO) which began today.
— Malay Mail

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Malaysia criticises WHO’s advice against palm oil during COVID-19 outbreak
Malaysia criticised the World Health Organisation on Monday (May 4) for advising adults to avoid palm oil in their diet during the COVID-19 outbreak and use alternatives such as olive oil.
— Channel NewsAsia

Malaysia’s 2020 GDP at 2016’s level if MCO not lifted now
The country’s 2020 gross domestic product (GDP) could hit the 2016 level if the Movement Control Order (MCO) is prolonged and the government is not taking steps to lift it by phases, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
— New Straits times

CMCO: Many restaurants in KL maintain takeaway concept
Although food premises are allowed to have dine-ins during the newly-enforced Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), many operators chose to maintain the concept of takeaway.
— The Sun Daily

Conditional MCO: Grab extends e-hailing time
Grab Malaysia has extended e-hailing operating hours in wake of the conditional movement control order (MCO) starting Monday (May 4).
— The Star Online

KKB Engineering bags RM53m Kuching water supply contract
KKB Engineering Bhd has received a letter of award from the Kuching Water Board for the proposed construction, completion and commissioning of water supply from Jalan Batu Kawa/Matang to and fro Matang Mid-Level Reservoir for the Sarawak Water Supply Grid Program – Stressed Areas.
— The Sun Daily

CMCO: Malaysia’s private tertiary institutions allowed to resume operate from today
Private tertiary institutions (IPTS) can resume operations and management from today (May 4), said Deputy Chief Registrar of Private Higher Educational Institutions Datuk Dr Mohd Saleh Jaafar.
— Malay Mail

Kuala Lumpur businesses open up cautiously on first day after government eases COVID-19 restrictions
Businesses in Kuala Lumpur opened up cautiously as people returned to the city centre on Monday (May 4), the first day under Malaysia’s conditional movement control order (MCO).

Government to relook into reliance on foreign labour
The government will take a relook on policy regarding the country’s 2.3 million foreign labours, following various difficulties encountered by the group during the movement control order (MCO) to stop the spread of Covid-19, said the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy).
— New Sarawak Tribune

SC issues new guidelines for advertising capital markets products, services
The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) issued today new guidelines on advertising for capital market products and related services to promote responsible advertising of capital markets products and services and encourage greater use of digital channels.
— The Sun Daily

Sime Darby Plantation to continuously strengthen its value proposition
Sime Darby Plantation Bhd (SDP) says it will need to continuously strengthen its value proposition as a future-ready organisation that is well-positioned to attract the best talents, deploy the most innovative technologies and deliver sustainable outcomes for its stakeholders.
— The Sun Daily

FMM: ‘Allow manufacturers approved by MITI to operate with 50 pct workforce’
Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) Sarawak branch urges the state government to balance the importance of public health with economic sustainability by allowing manufacturers to operate during this period.
— The Borneo Post

Hibiscus Petroleum inks collaboration deal with Trafigura
Hibiscus Petroleum Bhd has signed a deed of supply and collaboration with Trafigura Pte Ltd, covering several key areas of commercial cooperation, as part of the group’s initiatives and action plans to ensure business continuity in an environment of low oil prices and to safeguard its employees against the Covid-19 outbreak.
— The Sun Daily

Increase of nearly 30% in traffic volume on first day of CMCO in KL
The first day of the implementation of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) today witnessed an increase of almost 30% in traffic volume in the capital this morning, compared to yesterday morning.
— The Sun Daily

Businesses reopen, vendors get accustomed to ‘new normal’ as Putrajaya eases restrictions
Non-essential goods vendors reopened their businesses today amidst a cloud of uncertainty due the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
— Malay Mail

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Foreign selling momentum slowed last week to RM87.9m
Foreign investors sold RM87.9 million net of local equities last week, the lowest in 11 weeks.
— The Sun Daily

CMCO to boost domestic spending, says Kenanga
The Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) which kicks off today will help to boost the economy and rebuild consumers’ confidence, says Kenanga Investment Bank Bhd.
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19: Sri Petaling-linked new cluster at Taman BDC in Kuching
A new Covid-19 cluster with 37 cases has been identified at Taman BDC in Kuching, Sarawak, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Heavy traffic in Melaka as people crowd pawn shops, commercial hubs
The historic city experienced heavy traffic on Monday (May 4), the first day of the conditional movement control order (MCO), and, surprisingly, the situation stemmed from people crowding pawn shops here.
— The Star Online

As Malaysia moves to CMCO, Health D-G says masks still not mandatory but encouraged
The wearing of face masks is not mandatory but very much encouraged in public areas, Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today.
— Malay Mail

As MCO continues, Malaysians seen lining up at pawn shops for much-needed cash
The economic impact of Covid-19 is becoming more evident day by day as social media users documents the long queue at pawnshops nationwide on the first day of the conditional movement control order (CMCO), today.
— Malay Mail

On first day of CMCO, Malaysia’s new Covid-19 cases back to two-digit, zero death
After two days of a steady rising trend of new Covid-19 cases, the number of new cases is back down to two digits, with 55 new cases reported.
— Malay Mail

Najib’s 1MDB trial to proceed on May 13
The high-profile trial of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak (pix), who is facing corruption and money laundering charges involving RM2.3 billion of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds, will resume on May 13 in full compliance with the open court proceedings guidelines following the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19: One new cluster from Taman BDC in Kuching detected – Health DG
The Ministry of Health has detected one new Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) cluster from Taman BDC here, said Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
— The Borneo Post

CMCO: Up to police to approve trips if you miss May 7 to 10 interstate travel schedule, minister says
Malaysians who were unable to carry out travels across state borders within the country according to the police’s schedule of May 7 to 10, will still have to seek police permission for interstate travel outside of those.
— Malay Mail

Covid-19: Malaysia’s vulnerable communities benefited from Team Europe package
The European Union’s “Team Europe” package, worth more than €20 billion (RM94.4 billion) to support partner countries in the fight against Covid-19, has also benefited vulnerable communities in Malaysia, said.
— Malay Mail

Standard Chartered expects another OPR cut
Standard Chartered Bank expects Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) to cut the overnight policy rate (OPR) by 50 basis points (bps) to two per cent on May 5 and to continue to ease by a further 25 bps in July.
— New Sarawak Tribune

COVID-19 tests made compulsory for all foreign workers in Malaysia
The Malaysian government has ordered all foreign workers in the country to undergo compulsory COVID-19 testing, with their employers footing the bill.

CMCO: Selangor introduces ‘SELangkah’ for contact tracing
The Selangor government today introduced a system, known as “SELangkah” for Covid-19 contact tracing during implementation of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).
— The Sun Daily

EMCO for six areas around Selayang extended
The enhanced movement-control order (EMCO) at six parcels around Selayang has been extended from May 4 to May 12, Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today.
— The Sun Daily

COVID-19: Johor to comply with federal government decision to open up economic sectors carefully, says Chief Minister
The Johor state government said on Monday (May 4) that it will heed the federal government’s call to implement a conditional movement control order (MCO), with economic sectors being opened up but health protocols kept in place.

Minister: Masjid India migrant workers sent to Immigration depots; EMCO extended partially in KL, Selayang Baru
The migrant workers in the Masjid India area in Kuala Lumpur have been sent to Imigration depots after the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) there ended yesterday, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.
— Malay Mail

Fadillah: Contractors resuming operations during CMCO required to comply with MKN’s SOP
All contractors resuming operations during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) are required to comply with standard operating procedures (SOP) issued by the National Security Council (MKN), said Senior Minister (Infrastructure) Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.
— The Borneo Post

Covid-19: Mandatory tests for foreign workers
It is mandatory for all foreign workers in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur to undergo Covid-19 tests, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix) said today.
— The Sun Daily

Penang police chief: Roadblocks in Penang reduced effective today
Penang police chief Datuk Sahabudin Abdul Manan said the number of roadblocks in Penang will be reduced by almost half starting today.
— Malay Mail

Minister: All foreign workers in Malaysia to undergo Covid-19 testing, employers to foot bill
All foreign workers in Malaysia will now have to go for Covid-19 testing, with their employers to bear the cost of the swab tests, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today.
— Malay Mail

LPI Capital Q1’20 earnings show marginal pick up
LPI Capital Bhd posted net earnings of RM77.9 million, 0.98% higher than RM77.2 million seen in the previous corresponding quarter, contributed by profit from the general insurance segment,Revenue for the quarter increased 2.9% to RM403.9 million, from RM392.7 million previously.
— The Sun Daily

Government’s forfeiture case against Najib, Rosmah, others rescheduled to May 19
The government’s forfeiture suit against former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, his family and several others has been rescheduled to May 19 for case management.
— The Sun Daily

March export slips to RM80.1b, trade surplus falls 14.2%
Malaysia’s export and import decreased 4.7% year-on-year (y-o-y) to RM80.1 billion and 2.7% to RM67.8 billion respectively in March 2020.
— The Sun Daily

Gov’t to relook into reliance on foreign labour: Mustapa
The government will have a relook on policy regarding the country’s 2.3 million foreign labourers, following various difficulties encountered by the group during the Movement Control Order (MCO) to stop the spread of Covid-19, according to the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy).
— The Sun Daily

Age 50/55/60 withdrawals and mobile i-Akaun activation service to resume on Wednesday – EPF
The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) will be resuming Age 50/55/60 Withdrawals and mobile i-Akaun activation services beginning Wednesday, May 6, at approved branches throughout the country.
— The Borneo Post

State govts risk multi-billion ringgit suits from businesses for defying CMCO
This comes after several states introduced tweaked versions of the conditional movement control order announced last week.
— FMT News

Dr Rundi open to medical union joining SGH welfare committee
Minister of Utilities Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi Utom has welcomed the Sarawak Medical Services Union (SMSU) to be part of the committee set up to look into the welfare of Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) healthcare workers and medical staff.
— The Borneo Post

No going out for recreational activities, says S’wak police chief
The police will not allow people to go out for recreational activities during the fourth phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO), said Sarawak Police Commissioner Dato Aidi Ismail.
— The Borneo Post

Water bills via mail once every two months
Beginning July 1, domestic customers in Selangor and the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya who are not registered for Air Selangor e-Bill service will receive their water bills every two months via mail.
— The Sun Daily

Driver suspected of ploughing into Corporal Safwan in remand
The suspected drunk driver of a four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle that ploughed into Corporal Safwan Mohamad Ismail, 31, who was manning the Covid-19 roadblock near the Kajang Selatan Toll Plaza, Kajang-Seremban Expressway (Lekas), killing the policeman on the sport, is now in remand.
— The Sun Daily

Opposition MPs call for full Parliament sitting under the CMCO
Opposition MPs from Pakatan Harapan, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and Parti Warisan Sabah have called for a full parliamentary sitting to be held instead of a one-day sitting on May 18.
— Malay Mail

Now reopened in CMCO, KL malls place new practices, tighter security measures
The first day of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) saw some malls in Kuala Lumpur slowly waking up like a bear who is shaking off the shackles of hibernation.
— Malay Mail



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This week’s Malaysia morning news feature photo focuses on World Migratory Bird Day, May 9, here, Brown and Black headed gull. 


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