Malaysia morning news for May 8

Malaysia morning news for May 8

Malaysia morning newsCovid-19: 39 new cases, death toll remains at 107
Malaysia reported 39 more Covid-19 cases on Thursday (May 7), bringing the total number of infections in the country to 6,467.
— The Star Online

Malaysia Criticizes WHO Advisory Against Consuming Palm Oil During Pandemic
The World Health Organization’s Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean published a nutrition advisory for adult consumers while the COVID-19 outbreak lasts, suggesting, among others, to consume olive, sunflower or canola oil instead of palm or coconut oil, a recommendation drawing criticism from Malaysia, Reuters reported.
— Olive Oil Times

Petronas ordered to settle RM1.3 billion
The Kuching High Court yesterday dismissed Petronas’ application to stay the execution of State Sales Tax (SST) Order 2018 and the Notices of Assessment issued by the Comptroller of SST.
— New Sarawak Tribune

How China & Kuwait Funnelled 1MDB Kickbacks To Pay Jho’s Low’s Top US/UK Law Firms EXCLUSIVE
As part of his legal settlement over the Department Of Justice civil case late last year (criminal charges remain pending) Jho Low was allowed to set aside some $15 million from the assets seized in the United States to pay the law firms who had defended that action, including Kobre & Kim and UK based Schillings.
— Sarawak Report

Malaysia could face second wave of Covid-19 infections after lifting restrictions, warns Aussie healthcare provider
The recent announcement by the Malaysian government to rapidly relax the restrictions with the nationwide movement control order (MCO) has invited cautionary advice from Energesse, an international healthcare solutions.
— Malay Mail

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Penang ratepayers to pay same assessment rates as last year after rebate
Penang ratepayers will be paying the same assessment rates as last year after both city councils decided on a rebate of the new assessment rates which were supposed to be implemented this year.
— Malay Mail

Manhunt in Malaysia as 145 workers flee quarantine
Nerves frayed in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, this week when 145 workers went on the run from a construction site that had seen an outbreak of Covid-19 cases, prompting a police manhunt.
— Global Construction Review

Time to Embrace, Not Shun, Malaysia’s Migrant Community
Malaysia should recognize our shared humanity and welcome neighbors in need.
— The Diplomat

Malaysia: US Justice Officials Recover another $49M in 1MDB Funds
The U.S. government has recovered another $49 million tied to the corruption-plagued Malaysian state fund 1MDB that allegedly was used to purchase luxury properties in California and New York City, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced.
— Benar News

FMM: Section 17A of MACC Act should go on as scheduled
The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) is urging the government not to backtrack on the implementation and enforcement of Section 17A of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (Amendment) Act 2018.
— The Borneo Post

Felda distributes aid worth RM6.7m to settlers affected by MCO
The Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) has begun distributing RM5.6 million worth of essential goods to 112,638 of its settlers affected by the movement control order, its director-general Datuk Othman Omar said.
— Malay Mail

US DoJ reaches settlement to recover over US$49m involving 1MDB
The United States has reached a settlement to recover more than US$49 million (RM212 million) involving Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, the Department of Justice said.
— Malay Mail

Covid-19: 664 Malaysians still stranded overseas
Reports from Malaysian missions show that 664 Malaysians are still stranded overseas, said Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar.
— Malay Mail

Express buses, motorcycles not allowed for interstate travel
Express bus services and motorcycles cannot be used for interstate travel from tomorrow (May 7) until May 10, said Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director Datuk Huzir Mohamed.
— The Sun Daily

Sabah to implement conditional MCO in stages
Sabah will begin to implement the conditional movement control order (MCO) with immediate effect from Thursday (May 7), says Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
— The Star Online

Interstate travel: Smooth traffic flow on major highways
The first day of interstate travel for applicants of Gerak Malaysia to return home after being stranded at various locations in Kuala Lumpur following enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) saw smooth flow of traffic on major expressways and at toll plazas leaving out of the federal capital.
— The Sun Daily

In Penang, roadside stalls outside wet markets allowed to reopen tomorrow
Roadside stalls at four Penang wet markets will be allowed to reopen from tomorrow but with social distancing rules strictly in place.
— Malay Mail

Survey: More Malaysians mentally adapted to live under lockdown by third MCO phase
Anxiety filled most Malaysian hearts when the government imposed the first two weeks of lockdown to curb Covid-19. But by the fourth week, more had adapted and began to feel at ease with the restrictions, a survey by market.
— Malay Mail

Anwar: MOF had no choice but to waive moratorium interest rates following public pressure
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim described the government’s announcement over the banking sector’s decision to waive the additional interest or profit charges on installments for hire-purchase loans during the moratorium as…
— Malay Mail

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MOPV vaccine exercise in Sabah postponed to June
The polio immunisation exercise in Sabah, involving the administration of the monovalent oral polio vaccine (mOPV) that was supposed to have been carried out in April, has now been pushed forward to June.
— The Sun Daily

Health reforms must survive political transitions: Expert
Malaysia needs a sustainable Health Reform Act that could survive any changes over time, according to a health systems specialist.
— The Sun Daily

Nine roadblocks in S’gor to monitor interstate travel
Nine roadblocks will be set up in Selangor beginning midnight tonight to check motorists involved in interstate travel, said state police chief Datuk Noor Azam Jamaludin.
— The Sun Daily

Crime index down almost 50% during MCO: Bukit Aman
The country’s crime index rate dropped almost 50% during the implementation of the Movement Control Order (CPP) from March 18 until yesterday.
— The Sun Daily

Interstate travel for those stranded due to MCO begins today
Entering the fourth day of the implementation of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) today, the focus is certainly on the interstate travel of those who were stranded at various locations in the country since enforcement of MCO last March 18 to return home.
— The Sun Daily

MTUC chides Putrajaya for forcing state govts to abide by CMCO
The Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) said that all states in the country should be given the flexibility to decide the pace at which their respective economies are reopened under the conditional movement control order.
— Malay Mail

Shipping firms donate PPE to hospitals
Member of Parliament for Kota Kinabalu Chan Foong Hin yesterday commended two Malaysian shipping companies for carrying out their corporate social responsibilities even during the economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.
— The Borneo Post

City’s poor to get daily essentials
Kuching South City Council (MBKS) is collaborating with Everrise in a ‘You Donate, We Deliver’ donation campaign.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Healthcare workers among 11 new cases
Sarawak recorded another 11 positive Covid-19 cases yesterday, of which eight were healthcare workers.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Gerak Malaysia: PLUS expects more than 300,000 vehicles on the road from tomorrow until Sunday
PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) expects more than 300,000 “Gerak Malaysia” applicants for interstate travel to be moving across the country, including its highway network from tomorrow until Sunday.
— Malay Mail

No additional charges to be imposed on repayments for HP loans: MOF
No additional interest/profit charges will be imposed on borrowers with conventional hire-purchase loans or Islamic fixed-rate financing during the six-month moratorium period, said Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz.
— The Sun Daily

Bursa Malaysia grants 1-month extension for annual report, financial statement submissions
Bursa Malaysia Bhd has granted an extension of one month for the issuance of annual reports and annual audited financial statements by listed issuers with financial year ending on March 31, 2020.
— The Sun Daily

Don’t play politics, concentrate on handling Covid-19 pandemic, getting economy running, says Johor Umno treasurer
A senior Umno leader from Johor has expressed shock over his party’s decision to reject the proposal to officially formalise the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition.
— The Star Online

More than three-quarters of Bersatu youth leaders have pledged loyalty to Muhyiddin, says exco member
More than three-quarters of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia youth division leaders have pledged their loyalty to party president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, claims an executive council member.
— The Star Online

Shafie keeps mum on letter seeking motion of confidence for Dr M
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal today remained tight-lipped when asked to confirm a letter from him seeking a motion of confidence on Langkawi MP Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad when Parliament reconvenes.
— Malay Mail

Selangor MB sacks six city councillors within a day
Six city councillors in Selangor were sacked in a day by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari, as those who had their tenures terminated decried a political vendetta behind the move.
— Malay Mail

Survey: Fewer Malaysians look to Facebook for Covid-19 news as some shift to MoH for updates
A survey by market research firm found the majority of Malaysians still looked to Facebook as their primary source of information on Covid-19, although consumption dropped after the movement control order was.
— Malay Mail

Ismail Sabri: Whole company will be shut down if a single worker gets Covid-19
Authorities will shutter the entire operations of any firm that has even one worker infected with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), according to Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
— Malay Mail

Full Parliament meet needed as ministers using Covid-19 as ‘blank cheque’, says Kit Siang
Lim Kit Siang made yet another bid today for a full parliamentary meeting on May 18, insisting that Covid-19 spending must be examined as some ministers were allegedly using the pandemic as an excuse to act without oversight.
— Malay Mail

In heart of KL, traders struggle to find way back from business wilderness of MCO
Textile traders at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Masjid India are finding it hard to revive their businesses that have been shut for over 40 days as a result of the movement control order (MCO).
— Malay Mail

SMC should have been ready for appointment of rubbish collection contractor – MCA
The Sandakan Municipal Council (SMC) should have been ready for the appointment of a contractor to handle rubbish collection and cleanliness in Sandakan a few months before the contract of the previous contractor expired end of April, said Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) central committee member Datuk Chew Kok Woh.
— The Borneo Post

SRU, SMU exams cancelled, postponed
The Sijil Rendah Ugama (SRU) examination has been cancelled while the Sijil Menengah Ugama (SMU) exam was postponed.
— The Borneo Post

State adopts right move, says Masing
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing has commended the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee’s (SDMC) stand on the conditional movement control order (CMCO).
— New Sarawak Tribune



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


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



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