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ANM in the News Archive August 06 - 10,  2019

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August 11, 2019

New Malaysia | Govt Programmes Aug 11, 2019 @ 20:53

Third phase of BSH payments to begin Aug 28

The third phase of the Cost of Living Aid (BSH) 2019 will begin on Aug 28 involving 3.6 million households with an allocation of RM1.23 billion, said the Finance Ministry.|Read more >|NST

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New Malaysia | Lynas | Aug 11, 2019 @ 20:00

Report: DAP leaders to meet again, this time over Lynas licence extension plan

All DAP elected representatives nationwide will be summoned for the second time in a month, this time to discuss the renewal of the operating licence for the Lynas’ rare earths processing plant.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt: Tourism Aug 11, 2019 @ 19:22

Lahad Datu airport to be upgraded

Tourists visiting Sabah’s east coast will find it more comfortable as Lahad Datu Airport will soon be upgraded.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Govt: MoA Aug 11, 2019 @ 17:12

Aid for northern farming areas ready, waiting for storm assessment reports: MOA

The Agriculture and Agro-based Ministry has directed officers from its agencies to inspect and asses Northern region farming areas hit by thunderstorms and strong winds two days ago.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | State Govt Aug 11, 2019 @ 15:52

Sabah to identify site for protection of wildlife

The Sabah state government will identify an area in the state suitable as wildlife habitat and breeding grounds, especially for endangered animals.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt: MoT Aug 11, 2019 @ 15:36

Ban on heavy vehicles considered when festivals coincide with school holidays

The government may consider banning heavy vehicles on the roads during festive seasons that coincide with school holidays to reduce traffic congestion, says Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Reforms: MA63 Aug 11, 2019 @ 10:66

Mahathir to decide on next MA63 meeting

The next Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) Steering Committee meeting will be held at the discretion of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, said Assistant Minister of Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali. |Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Khat controversy Aug 11, 2019 @ 10:54

Khat: Explain what is optional, Maszlee told

The Minister of Education Dr Maszlee Malik has been urged to explain the meaning of ‘optional’ in his statement about the introduction of ‘khat’ (Islamic calligraphy) to be implemented ‘in an optional manner’. |Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Viewpoints: Childcare Centres Aug 11, 2019 @ 09:51

'Emulate UK's childcare monitoring model'

Malaysia needs an Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Service and Skills (Ofsted) to regulate and monitor the quality of early years and children’s social care services.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Viewpoints: Childcare Centres Aug 11, 2019 @ 09:51

Register with dept, home-based daycare centres told

Home-based daycare operators should make an effort to register with the Welfare Department and obtain an operating licence.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Viewpoints: Childcare Centres Aug 11, 2019 @ 09:51

Affordable, quality childcare out of reach

Parent are caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to balancing childcare and financial stability.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Reforms: IPCMC | Aug 11, 2019 @ 09:45

As IPCMC looms, police rank-and-file long for even basic amenities

Lack of funds to maintain basic infrastructure such as surveillance cameras at police facilities are making law enforcement personnel anxious about the move to introduce civilian oversight of their agency.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt Aug 11, 2019 @ 07:00

Kula: M’sians given priority over foreigners

Malaysians will always be given priority over foreigners when it comes to job opportunities, says Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran.|Read more >|TheStar

 

New Malaysia | New Policies: Home Aug 11, 2019 @ 07:00

Industry players caught off-guard

The jewellery, textile, laundry and hairdressing businesses have been caught off-guard by the government’s latest move to gradually stop the hiring of foreign workers.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Projects: PSR Aug 11, 2019 @ 09:11

20% of reclaimed land will be reserved for affordable housing units: Jagdeep

A minimum of one-fifth portion of the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) land will be used to increase the number of affordable housing units, said Jagdeep Singh Deo. |Read more >|SunDaily

August 10, 2019

New Malaysia | K Baru Redevelopment | Aug 10, 2019 @ 23:00

Minister to hold four engagement sessions with Kampung Baru residents on redevelopment plan

Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun will hold four engagement sessions with Kampung Baru residents here to discuss the redevelopment plan for the area.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | New State Initiatives Aug 10, 2019 @ 22:03

Malacca: Pioneer e-sports centre aimed at developing talented athletes

A pioneer electronic sports (e-sports) centre in Malacca, to be launched today, is an indication of the state government’s seriousness in its efforts to develop the industry and at the same time, spawn talented athletes who can compete internationally.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt Aug 10, 2019 @ 21:36

Responsibility as PM this time three times heavier: Mahathir

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has described his responsibility as Prime Minister this time as three times heavier.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt Programmes Aug 11, 2019 @ 18:11

Financial constraints undermine PPR lift maintenance

The standard operating procedure (SOP) for lift management, including People’s Housing Project (PPR) lifts, is adequate.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Govt | Aug 10, 2019 @ 18:00

Minister: Only 42pc of 5.85 million hectares under oil palm certified sustainable

Only 42 per cent of the 5.85 million hectares under oil palm in the country have achieved the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification until June 30.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt: MoHR Aug 10, 2019 @ 17:48

RM103,000 in fines issued against lift owners, maintenance firms for various offences

A total of 57 compounds and charges have been brought against various offences committed by lift owners and maintenance firms for the period between January 2018 to June 2019 involving fines totalling RM103, 000, the Ministry of Human Resources (KSM) said today.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt: CEP | Aug 10, 2019 @ 16:00

Daim: Malaysia should redefine delinquent loans, revamp B40 aid

Malaysia needs a new definition of delinquent loans, former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin said today.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Khat controversy Aug 10, 2019 @ 15:39

Wee: Teaching of khat next year different from 2012's plan

Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong has refuted Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's statement that the teaching of khat was the same as what was introduced in 2012.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Govt: MoF | Aug 10, 2019 @ 13:00

Guan Eng orders Finance Ministry probe into delayed salaries, EPF payments for Bernama staff

The Finance Ministry (MoF) is investigating claims of disrupted payments for staff of national news agency Bernama.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | State Govt Aug 10, 2019 @ 12:52

Sabah needs to come up with legal definition of indigenous people

Sabah's Law and Native Affairs Ministry needs to come up with a legal definition of what constitutes indigenous people (orang asal) in the state, says Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Govt Aug 10, 2019 @ 09:55

Jokowi moots cooperation or merger of state oil companies with Malaysia

The state oil companies of Malaysia and Indonesia could cooperate or even merge to expand their businesses together, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Friday during a state visit to Kuala Lumpur.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | New Policies: Departure Levy | Aug 10, 2019 @ 08:00

Flying out of Malaysia: How does our exit tax compare against Asean neighbours?

The government has confirmed it will start charging a tax known as the departure levy on anyone who takes a flight out of Malaysia from September 1, but do our Asean neighbours do the same and how much do they charge?|Read more >|Malaymail

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August 09, 2019

New Malaysia | Govt: Works Aug 09 2019 @ 21:33

Works ministry in favour of bikers restricted to left lane

The Works Ministry is in favour of restricting motorcyclists to the left or slowest lane of roads and expressways as a new policy to curb the alarming statistics of deaths and injuries among these road users.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt: MoA Aug 09, 2019 @ 21:05

More land needed for agro-food crop production

Lack of land for agro-food crops has resulted in the price hike of food items.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Govt | Aug 9, 2019 @ 20:00

PM to chair meeting over Causeway congestion, says Muhyiddin

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is to chair a special meeting to discuss solutions to the traffic congestion on the Johor Causeway, Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Projects: 3rd National Car Aug 09, 2019 @ 18:36

Guan Eng criticised for allegedly going against promise not to use rakyat's money in third national car project

MCA has criticised DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng for allegedly going against his promise not to use the rakyat's money for the third national car project.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Govt: MoHr Aug 09 2019 @ 18:34

Employment Act overhaul: Govt keen to consult all stakeholders, says Kula

New conditions make it necessary to have a comprehensive revision of the Employment Act 1955 but the needs and interests of all parties must be taken into consideration first, said Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | State Unilateral Conversion | Aug 9, 2019 @ 18:00

Amid Selangor’s attempt, Hakam says state laws voided if contrary to Constitution

The Federal Constitution stipulates that any attempt by the state to introduce any laws which are inconsistent with the country’s most supreme law is void, the National Human Rights Society (Hakam) stressed today.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | 12th Malaysia Plan Aug 09 2019 @ 14:12

Selangor to focus on enhancing high-impact industries, internet access in 12MP

High-impact industries, transport network and communications are among the sectors that the Selangor administration will focus on in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP), said Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Fakenews Aug 09, 2019 @ 14:26

Sabah Forestry Dept clarifies viral 'illegal logging' post as false; spread by irresponsible quarters

The Sabah Forestry Department has clarified that the lorry carrying logs involved in a recent accident at Batu 9, Jalan Sapulut Kalabakan, is from a legitimate business, and not from illegal logging activities as alleged on social media.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | State Unilateral Conversion Aug 09 2019 @ 14:12

Tabling of unilateral conversion bill was never discussed: Gobind

Gobind Singh Deo has played down Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari’s claim that a bill to amend a state enactment to allow for the unilateral conversion of minors may be tabled in the next state legislative assembly sitting.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | 1MDB Aug 09, 2019 @ 13:29

Charges filed against 17 current, ex-Goldman Sachs execs over 1MDB

Malaysia filed criminal charges Friday against 17 current and former directors of three Goldman Sachs subsidiaries, piling further pressure on the Wall Street titan over the multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal.|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia | State Unilateral Conversion | Aug 9, 2019 @ 13:30

Gobind: Retabling unilateral conversion Bill not in Selangor Pakatan talks with MB

Selangor DAP chairman Gobind Singh Deo today dismissed the possibility of a Bill allowing the unilateral religious conversion of minors resurfacing in the state legislative assembly.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | State Unilateral Conversion | Aug 9, 2019 @ 12:30

Debate on unilateral conversion Bill a waste of time following Federal Court ruling, says DAP MP

DAP national legal bureau chairman Ramkarpal Singh said today it is unnecessary to debate the Bill on the unilateral conversion of minors to Islam in the Selangor State Assembly.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Projects: 3rd National Car Aug 09, 2019 @ 11:26

New national car model set to be launched in March 2021

The first model of Malaysia's new national car is set to be launched by March 2021, and it will likely be a C-segment sedan.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | New State Initiatives Aug 09, 2019 @ 11:23

Tax incentives could be given to private companies that contribute to schools’ development
Tax incentives could be given to private companies that contribute to a school's development, says Dr Abdul Aziz Bari.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Reforms: IPCMC Aug 09, 2019 @ 09:21

Speaker has no power over state govt motions, says Ng

Selangor State Assembly Speaker Ng Suee Lim says his post has no power to accept or reject any motions from the government for debate in the state assembly sitting.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | State Unilateral Conversion | Aug 9, 2019 @ 09:00

Selangor may still table unilateral conversion Bill in next sitting, says MB

Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari said the Bill allowing for unilateral religious conversion of minors could still be tabled at the next state legislative assembly sitting, despite conflicting views on the issue.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Viewpoints Aug 09, 2019 @ 08:53

'Return to mainstream media for authentic, authoritative news'

Malaysians need to return to the mainstream media platforms for better news reports, which are authentic and authoritative.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Fuel Subsidy Aug 09 2019 @ 08:40

Ministry updating data on B40 petrol subsidy recipients: Saifuddin

The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs is updating data on recipients of the petrol subsidy programme from the lower-income group (B40) to ensure that only those who are eligible receive such assistance.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | State Govt Aug 09 2019 @ 08:10

Selangor MB denies his administration in turmoil

Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari has denied a news portal’s report on Wednesday that the state administration is in turmoil and his leadership is under threat.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | New State Initiatives Aug 09, 2019 @ 07:00

14, 000ha gazetted for Orang Asli
The state government has gazetted almost 14, 000ha of land for 70 Orang Asli settlements in the state, says Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | New State Initiatives Aug 09, 2019 @ 07:00

Liew mulls opening safari park in Sabah
Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry secretary-general Datuk Isham Ishak, who admitted that he was called up by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), said he was asked only to assist in an investigation into a case.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Govt: Tourism Aug 09, 2019 @ 07:00

Isham: Online news portal slandered and defamed me

The possibility of opening a safari park in Sabah is being looked into and guidelines will be sought from Taman Safari Indonesia (TSI) in Bogor, says Deputy Chief Minister and State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew.|Read more >|TheStar

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August 08, 2019

New Malaysia | Govt: MoH | Aug 8, 2019 @ 23:00

Health minister: Mandatory prescriptions upon request to be included in Poisons Act

The Health Ministry is looking to include mandatory prescriptions upon request as a provision under the Poisons Act 1952.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Lynas | Aug 8, 2019 @ 23:00

PM: Can’t drive out Lynas because foreign investors are watching

Malaysia cannot force Lynas Corp to leave Malaysia after having invited the Australian rare earth minerals mining company to invest in the country, just because some people do not want to accept the expert studies, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | New Policies: Home Aug 08 2019 @ 22:27

No more foreign workers for service sub-sectors by 2021

The government will discontinue the hiring of foreign workers for service sub-sectors comprising laundry, textile, hair dressing and goldsmith businesses in stages, beginning from this year until 2021.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | New Initiatives: KPDNHEP Aug 08 2019 @ 22:14

KPDNHEP appointed 79 parliamentary consumerism coordinators

The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumerism (KPDNHEP) has appointed 79 parliamentary consumerism coordinators (PKP) in eight states and federal territories to help the public with their consumer issues.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | State Unilateral Conversion Aug 08 2019 @ 21:06

DAP maintains stand against amendment allowing unilateral conversion of minors

The DAP will maintain its position that the conversion of minors to Islam should only be allowed with the consent of both parents.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | State Unilateral Conversion | Aug 8, 2019 @ 21:00

Only hearsay, says Selangor Speaker of disagreement over proposed Bill on unilateral conversion

Selangor Speaker Ng Suee Lim today denied that the latest state legislative assembly was shortened to two days due to a disagreement between him and Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari over a Bill allowing for the unilateral conversion of minors.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Khat controversy Aug 08, 2019 @ 18:33

Dr M surprised by outbursts over khat issue

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has expressed surprise at the outbursts over news of the introduction of khat in the Year Four syllabus next year.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | PM Succession Aug 08 2019 @ 18:32

Leadership transition issue often raised can cause uncertainty: Mahathir

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday expressed the fear that the Malaysian leadership transition issue, when raised often, can create a sense of uncertainty in the country.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Khat controversy Aug 08 2019 @ 18:25

Education Ministry decides to make khat optional, not compulsory

The Education Ministry has decided to make khat (Malay-Arabic calligraphy) optional, instead of compulsory as previously decided.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt Aug 08 2019 @ 18:21

Having Japanese universities in Malaysia can save cost: Mahathir

Having the branch campuses of Japanese universities in Malaysia can save the country a third of the cost of sending students to Japan, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said here Thursday.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Govt: ERC | Aug 8, 2019 @ 18:00

Education of young voters to be main part of Electoral Reform Committee’s proposal

The education of 18-year-old voters will be at the centre of the proposal in the report that the Electoral Reform Committee (ERC) will submit to the government this December.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | State Govt | Aug 8, 2019 @ 18:00

‘Invisible hands’ behind Selangor political crisis rumour, claims PKR leader

Conspirators who want to see the Selangor Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration destabilised were behind the rumour about division within the ruling coalition, state executive councillor and PKR information chief Elizabeth Wong alleged today.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | New Initiatives: MoT Aug 08, 2019 @ 17:47

RM10mil iFleet fund set up to promote telematics in bid to reduce road accidents

A RM10 million iFleet Transformation Fund has been set up to promote the use of telematics by vehicles operated by small and medium enterprises (SMEs), says Transport Minister Anthony Loke.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Highways Takeover Aug 08, 2019 @ 17:38

Decision on highway takeover to be announced end of August, says Baru Bian

The Cabinet is expected to make a decision pertaining to the proposed takeover of four highway concessions by end of this month after scrutinising the findings of the study carried out by the Works Ministry.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | New Initiatives: MESTECC Aug 08, 2019 @ 16:59

Plan underway to power up Orang Asli villages in Pahang, says Yeo

The government is embarking on a pilot project to power up 15 Orang Asli villages in Pahang.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Govt: FELCRA Aug 08 2019 @ 15:08

Undertake progressive rationalisation, Azmin urges Felcra

Felcra Bhd has been urged to undertake progressive rationalisation to deal with the fall in crude palm oil (CPO) prices and take advantage of economies of scale to find new business opportunities.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | State Unilateral Conversion Aug 08, 2019 @ 15:05

Gobind: Selangor DAP will not support unilateral conversion of minors

Selangor DAP will not support any Bill that will permit the unilateral conversion of minors, says its chairman Gobind Singh Deo.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Govt: MoF | Aug 8, 2019 @ 13:00

Finance minister: Malaysia to set up special channel to facilitate more Chinese investments

Malaysia plans to set up a “special channel” led by the Finance Ministry to facilitate more investments from China, said minister Lim Guan Eng.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | State Unilateral Conversion Aug 08, 2019 @ 12:44

Selangor Sultan, state assemblymen meet over conversion of minors bill

Four Pakatan Harapan (PH) state assemblymen were granted an audience with the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, at Istana Kayangan here, today.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | New Policies: Tobacco Act Aug 08 2019 @ 12:26

Tobacco Act to be reviewed to include new products

The Health Ministry plans to introduce new legislation as part of its comprehensive review of the Tobacco Act. |Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Overhaul Corruption Aug 08 2019 @ 12:13

Motac sec-gen helping MACC over probe, not under investigation

Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac) secretary-general Datuk Isham Ishak (pix) said today he is assisting the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in a probe and is not under any investigation.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Fuel Subsidy Aug 08, 2019 @ 12:05

PAS takes Domestic Trade Ministry to task over delay in targeted petrol subsidies

PAS has taken the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry to task for failing to fulfil its promise to implement targeted petrol subsidies by the second quarter of the year.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Govt: IRB Aug 08 2019 @ 11:57

Najib’s son slapped with RM37.6m tax suit

Mohd Nazifuddin Najib (pix) the son of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was slapped with an RM37.6 million tax suit.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | P Gudang Pollution | Aug 8, 2019 @ 11:30

Ex-Johor MB Khaled Nordin says MACC free to investigate him over Pasir Gudang

Former Johor mentri besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said he would welcome any investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and other authorities against him over the Pasir Gudang pollution issue.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Reforms: IPCMC Aug 08 2019 @ 09:20

JIPS’ powers will not diminish with establishment of IPCMC

The establishment of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) will not affect the role of the Integrity and Standards Compliance Department (JIPS) of the Royal Malaysia Police, said the Chief Executive Officer of the Enforcement Integrity Agency Commission (EIAC) Mohamad Onn Abd Aziz. |Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Overhaul: Illegal migrants | Aug 8, 2019 @ 08:30

Penang immigration chief says information leaks by 'tontos' won't stop crackdown

The Penang Immigration Department is determined to eradicate illegal immigrants in the state despite facing difficulties in carrying their duties when details of its operations are constantly leaked to syndicates by individuals known as “tontos”. |Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt: Housing Aug 08 2019 @ 08:07

Ministry mulls setting up resettlement for UNHCR refugees: Zuraida

The Housing and Local Government Ministry is studying the idea of setting up a resettlement village to regroup refugees registered under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that are scattered all over the country.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Khat controversy | Aug 8, 2019 @ 07:30

In khat storm, analysts see no silver lining for Pakatan

Political analysts said they cannot see how Pakatan Harapan (PH) can gain from its controversial decision to introduce the Malay-Arabic calligraphy of khat to Year Four pupils in schools.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Reforms: IPCMC Aug 08, 2019 @ 07:00

‘Hold more talks on IPCMC’

The Citizens Against Enforced Disappearances (Caged) wants the government to hold more engagement on the proposed Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill before it is made into a law.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Khat controversy Aug 08, 2019 @ 07:00

Religious NGO wants khat implementation postponed

The Education Ministry has been urged to postpone the implementation of khat (Jawi caligraphy) in the Bahasa Melayu syllabus for Year Four pupils until all the concerns raised are addressed.|Read more >|TheStar

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August 07, 2019

New Malaysia | Govt: MoA Aug 07, 2019 @ 23:24

Fama targets to improve quality, meet demand for durian in China

The Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) is confident of improving the quality and output of Musang King durians to meet the demand from China.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Opposition: UMNO-PAS | Aug 07, 2019 @ 23:30

Umno, PAS to hold mega rally on Sept 13, 14 before signing cooperation charter

Tan Sri Annuar Musa today announced that Umno and PAS will hold a two-day mega rally on Sept 13 and 14 to mark the two parties’ cooperation.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | State Govt Aug 07, 2019 @ 23:24

Legal action against Federal Govt not a wise move: Sabah CM

Taking legal action against the Federal Government on the issue of the state’s revenue rights is not judicious, asserts Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Reforms: MA63 Aug 07, 2019 @ 22:31

Shafie: PM to announce deal reached on Sabah rights

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will announce details of what has been agreed upon for the restoration of Sabah and Sarawak rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Scandal: Pg JPJ | Aug 07, 2019 @ 21:30

JPJ officers facing graft charges still on duty, says department director

Penang Road Transport Department (RTD) director Mohamat Johari Mat Nor today confirmed that all 26 RTD officers facing graft charges were not suspended from their positions.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | New Policies: Tobacco Act | Aug 07, 2019 @ 21:30

New Tobacco Control Bill to be finalised by month’s end, says health minister

The Health Ministry is in the process of finalising the new Tobacco Control Bill, its minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad said today.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | State Govt Aug 07, 2019 @ 19:12

Perak MB: 'Misunderstanding after NGOs claimed logging done on ancestral land'

The Perak government has gazetted almost 14,000 hectares of land for 70 Orang Asli settlements in the state under the Aboriginal People’s Act 1954, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said.|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia | Govt Programmes Aug 07, 2019 @ 18:23

Less than 10% aware of petrol stations’ role as one-stop centres for emergency assistance

Less than 10% of people in the country are aware of the petrol stations’ role as a one-stop centre for emergency assistance.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | PM Succession Aug 07, 2019 @ 17:54

Bersih, Abim wants Tun M to quit as promised

There is yet another call for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to hand over the reins to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim soon, as pledged in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto before the May 9, 2018 general elections.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Khat controversy Aug 07, 2019 @ 17:49

Consultative council urges Education Ministry to postpone implementation of khat

The Education Ministry has been urged to postpone the implementation of khat (Jawi caligraphy) in the Bahasa Melayu syllabus for Year Four pupils, until concerns have been properly addressed.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Overhaul Corruption Aug 07, 2019 @ 17:23

MACC calls up Tourism Ministry sec-gen

Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry secretary-general Datuk Isham Ishak has been called up by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Govt | Aug 07, 2019 @ 17:30

RM2b lost annually to white-collar crimes, says Bukit Aman CCID chief

The Federal Commercial Crimes Investigation Department (CCID) today revealed that an average of RM2 billion is lost annually to white-collar crimes.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | State Govt | Aug 07, 2019 @ 17:00

Sabah CM says suggested repayment options for 40pc revenue share owed by Putrajaya

The Sabah government has proposed guidelines for how the federal administration could repay the state for arrears accrued under the Special Grants clause of the Federal Constitution.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | 1MDB Aug 07, 2019 @ 16:03

Apex court says Sri Ram to stay as DPP in Najib's corruption cases

Datuk Seri Najib Razak has failed in his third bid to recuse former Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram from leading the prosecution team in his three cases including 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Khat controversy | Aug 07, 2019 @ 09:30

DAP MP denies report that members told to ‘toe the line’ in khat controversy

DAP members were given free rein to express their views about the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government’s controversial introduction of jawi calligraphy in vernacular primary schools at a recent party meeting, its national legal bureau chief Ramkarpal Singh today.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Khat controversy Aug 07, 2019 @ 09:21

Khat writing lesson involves tracing, copying activities: Language expert

Tracing, copying the jawi characters and adding the dots to produce khat calligraphy is all that is required of Year Four pupils in national-type Chinese and national-type Tamil primary schools, or SJKC and SJKT, when the khat art form is introduced as part of the Bahasa Melayu subject next year.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Khat controversy Aug 07, 2019 @ 08:02

Education Ministry, NGOs reach consensus on khat calligraphy

A discussion between 12 non-governmental organisations and Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching yesterday reached a consensus that only the art of khat calligraphy would be introduced in primary schools next year.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | MyCC Food Review Aug 07, 2019 @ 07:53

Fomca: Monitor AP abuse in food imports

The government should stop issuing Approved Permits (APs) for importing food to prevent the system from being abused, said the Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (Fomca).|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | MyCC Food Review Aug 07, 2019 @ 07:26

'Revitalise livestock industry via partnerships'

The livestock industry needs to be revitalised through strategic partnerships with the private sector and existing companies to address the shortage of beef.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Govt: MACC Aug 07, 2019 @ 07:00

New anti-graft provision spurs more dialogue

Anti-graft authorities will schedule talks and dialogues with companies to discuss anti-corruption measures that they should have in place to meet the requirements of a new legal provision to be enforced in June next year.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Khat controversy Aug 07, 2019 @ 07:00

‘All stakeholders should have say before deciding on khat’

More discussions are needed with stakeholders over the decision to include khat (Jawi calligraphy) in the Bahasa Melayu syllabus for Year Four pupils, said moderation advocate Mohamed Tawfik Ismail.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Khat controversy Aug 07, 2019 @ 07:00

NGOs agree to khat as long as it’s about calligraphy

Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching claims that the Tamil and Chinese education NGOs have agreed there is no problem if the teaching of khat only involves the introduction of the calligraphy.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Khat controversy Aug 07, 2019 @ 07:00

Proposals to introduce khat

Anyone interested in learning Jawi is most welcome as it shows multiculturalism in Malaysia, says MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.|Read more >|TheStar

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August 06, 2019

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Aug 06, 2019 @ 23:28

pplications to use E-DKK still low: Hannah Yeoh

Only 92 applications to check 1,497 names have been received for the registry of sexual offenders against children (e-DKK) which was launched by the Women. Family and Community Development Ministry in March.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | New Initiatives: MoT Aug 06, 2019 @ 23:10

Malaysia bid to be aviation hub gets a boost

Malaysia can be an aerospace and aviation hub for the Asia-Pacific region which has more than 9,000 helicopters, Transport Minister Anthony Loke said today.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Reforms: Asset Declaration Aug 06, 2019 @ 23:10

Kelantan govt welcomes MACC’s call on asset declaration

The Kelantan government welcomes the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) proposal for all state assemblymen to be compelled to declare their assets.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt: MACC Aug 06, 2019 @ 21:26

Whistleblower Act needs to be strengthened: MACC chief

The Whistleblower Protection Act 2010 needs to be strengthened as there are still certain issues that need clear understanding, especially on the definition of immunity and informants, Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Latheefa Koya said.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Reforms Aug 06, 2019 @ 21:19

Penalty increased to check online cheating by traders

To curb the rising trend of online cheating by business, the Tribunal for Consumers claims can now impose a fine of up to RM50,000.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Reforms: Asset Declaration | Aug 06, 2019 @ 20:30

Terengganu assemblymen have no problem declaring assets, says MB

The Terengganu state government is ready to cooperate with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) which is reportedly seeking to oblige all state assemblymen to declare their assets.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | MyCC Food Review Aug 06, 2019 @ 20:06

MyCC: Government should introduce house brands for formula milk

The government should explore the introduction of house brands within the infant formula milk sector to create more choices for consumers and, in turn, encourage competitive pricing.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Govt: MACC Aug 06, 2019 @ 19:51

IGU: MACC gathering feedback for guideline

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is actively gathering feedback from the corporate sector in relation to the government’s move compelling companies to set up their own Integrity and Governance Unit (IGU).|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | MyCC Food Review Aug 06, 2019 @ 19:39

MyCC: Massive jump in price from jetty to consumer for fish, especially kembung

Consumers are paying too high a price for fish like ikan kembung, dubbed the ikan rakyat, thanks to a supply chain which has multiple intermediaries, with the fish being marked up almost 300 per cent higher than original value.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Khat controversy | Aug 06, 2019 @ 19:30

Guan Eng meets Dr M again to discuss khat issue

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng met with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad again this morning following a late-night meeting with party representatives over the controversial move to include the Arabic-Malay calligraphy of khat in primary schools’ Bahasa Melayu syllabus.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | 12th Malaysia Plan Aug 06, 2019 @ 19:02

MEA gathering input from all states for preparation of 12MP

The Economics Affairs Ministry (MEA) is seeking views and proposals from all states, including stakeholders, on the direction of the development for each state in the preparation of the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP).|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | New Initiatives: MoT Aug 06, 2019 @ 19:02

Further consolidating Malaysia’s position as Airbus regional hub

The opening of the Airbus helicopter completion and delivery centre at its facility here will further consolidate Malaysia’s position as the regional hub for all the industrial activities and capabilities of the multinational.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt: MACC Aug 06, 2019 @ 18:55

Corruptions involving civil servants, youth worrying: MACC

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) have recorded 4,860 arrests from 2014 until June this year with 46.3% of the total involving civil servants.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Khat controversy Aug 06, 2019 @ 18:47

‘Khat controversy shows nation hyper-sensitive to racial, religious issues’

The issue of introducing khat in the education syllabus has shown that Malaysians have become too hyper-sensitive on anything that touches on race and religion, according to Terengganu Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | State Govt Aug 06, 2019 @ 18:45

Kedah stops operations of 61 plastic recycling factories

The Kedah State Assembly today was told that the operations of 61 plastics recycling factories in the state were stopped from June last year to July 15.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | MyCC Food Review Aug 06, 2019 @ 18:44

MyCC recommends new wholesale markets to give competition to PBKL

The big volume of fresh supply that flows through the Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market (PBKL) has created a geographical monopoly.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | MyCC Food Review Aug 07, 2019 @ 17:26

'Revitalise livestock industry via partnerships'

The livestock industry needs to be revitalised through strategic partnerships with the private sector and existing companies to address the shortage of beef.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Govt: Housing Aug 06, 2019 @ 18:06

Getting home loans still a problem

The failure to qualify for home loans remain the single biggest obstacle to the government’s effort to increase homeownership and reduce the number of unsold properties in the market.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Khat controversy | Aug 06, 2019 @ 17:30

Education Ministry releases FAQ on khat lessons, addresses main concerns

The Education Ministry (MOE) today issued a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers on the introduction of khat in primary schools next year to alleviate some of the fears surrounding it, as debate rages on following a mass outcry and lack of information on the subject.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Reforms: IPCMC Aug 06, 2019 @ 17:15

IPCMC Bill still subject to change to consider new feedback: Liew

The Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill, which is set to be tabled for its second reading in the next Parliament sitting in October, is still open to changes, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said today.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia Reforms: Employment Act Aug 06, 2019 @ 17:02

Amendments to Employment Act 1955 to be tabled in Parliament in October

Amendments to the 64-year-old Employment Act, legislated in 1955, will be tabled in Parliament in the October sitting.|Read more >|NST

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August 06, 2019

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Aug 06, 2019 @ 16:51

228 workplace nurseries set up in public sector as of July: Hannah Yeoh

About 228 child nurseries have been set up in public sector workplaces nationwide which are registered with the Social Welfare Department until July, said Deputy Women, Family, and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia Projects: KK-Kudat Rail Aug 06, 2019 @ 16:51

Feasibility study on KK-Kudat rail project to start next year

The people’s need and wellbeing will always be looked after, despite major projects taking precedence in the state.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Reforms: NSC Aug 06, 2019 @ 16:43

King’s role as constitutional monarch reduced due to amendment, court told

The amendment made to a provision in the Federal Constitution had terminated the role of the Yang-di-Pertuan Agong from that of a constitutional monarch to that of a mere rubber stamp, the Federal Court heard today.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt: MACC Aug 06, 2019 @ 16:38

MACC reviewing 'NFA' cases, says Latheefa

Graft investigators are in the midst of reviewing cases that have been closed or marked “no further action” (NFA), says Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Latheefa Koya.|Read more >|TheStar

 

New Malaysia Govt: MACC Aug 06, 2019 @ 16:17

Only 30 per cent of complaints received by MACC relate to corruption

Only 30 per cent out of 100 complaints received by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) carry elements of corrupt practices.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Govt: MACC | Aug 06, 2019 @ 16:00

Who’s a whistleblower? MACC chief defines criteria, highlights gaps in protection law

Contrary to popular belief, not everyone who leaks confidential information about organisational abuse is a whistleblower.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Govt Programmes Aug 06, 2019 @ 15:54

MySalam is non-profit insurance scheme: MOF

The Finance Ministry (MOF) today emphasised that the MySalam scheme is a non-profit health insurance scheme and will not benefit any private insurance company.|Read more >|SunDaily

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New Malaysia | Govt: MACC Aug 06, 2019 @ 15:45

MACC: Gift-giving for government contracts, licences has to stop

The practice of gift-giving to secure contracts and licence has to be stopped, says Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Latheefa Koya.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | New State Policies | Aug 06, 2019 @ 14:30

Sabah passes Bill to outlaw Islamic deviancy

The Sabah assembly passed an amendment today to its Shariah laws that will outlaw Islamic teachings other than the Sunni denomination.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Reforms: IPCMC Aug 06, 2019 @ 14:02

Liew: Proposal to limit PM's powers within IPCMC to be brought to Cabinet

The suggestion to limit the Prime Minister's powers within the proposed Independent Police Complaints of Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) will be brought to Cabinet, says Datuk Liew Vui Keong.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | MyCC Food Review Aug 06, 2019 @ 13:17

Weaknesses, malpractices in market structure led to price hike, says Saifuddin

The latest market review report on the nation’s food sector by the Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) has revealed several weaknesses and malpractices, which in turn resulted in price hike of five food items.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Khat controversy Aug 06, 2019 @ 13:01

DAP rubbishes claims Dr M using khat issue to split Chinese community

The DAP has dismissed allegations that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is capitalising on the khat or Jawi calligraphy controversy to split the Chinese and unite the Malays, says Anthony Loke.|Read more >|TheStar

 

New Malaysia | Govt: MoT Aug 06, 2019 @ 12:44

Transport Ministry to study impact of cabotage policy waiver in Sabah in November

The Transport Ministry will study the impact of the waiver of the cabotage policy this November, says Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.|Read more >|TheStar

 

New Malaysia | Opposition: PSM | Aug 06, 2019 @ 12:30

PSM sounds alarm over Putrajaya’s patent on ‘Tongkat Ali’ extract

Putrajaya must urgently relook Malaysia’s patent laws that allowed a ministry to jointly patent “Tongkat Ali” extract and prevent local manufacturers from using this without paying a royalty fee, PSM said today.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | State Govt | Aug 06, 2019 @ 12:30

Shafie Apdal: Sabah will not approve mining in resource-rich Maliau Basin

No mining permits will be granted in biodiverse Maliau Basin as long as Sabah is under the Warisan government, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said today.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Viewpoints | Aug 06, 2019 @ 12:30

Illegal smokes, vape could cost Treasury RM6b annually, says tobacco maker

The government could potentially lose as much as RM6 billion in taxes from cigarettes and vaping products due to poor enforcement against smugglers, the Japan Tobacco International Berhad (JTI Malaysia) said today.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | New State Initiatives | Aug 06, 2019 @ 10:30

Sabah Wildlife Dept sets up 24-hour hotline, online site for complaints

The public may now forward any inquiries, reports or complaints to the Sabah Wildlife Department through phone call or online.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt: EAC Aug 06, 2019 @ 10:00

EAC suggests review of national education policy

The Economic Action Council (EAC) has proposed for a review in the national education policy to improve the educational system from pre-school to university level.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Khat controversy Aug 06, 2019 @ 08:31

'Khat is an art, and is not linked to religion'

If there is ever a right time to learn the art of khat (Malay-Arabic calligraphy) and jawi, it is at primary school.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Khat controversy | Aug 06, 2019 @ 07:30

Guan Eng: Non-Malay community alarmed by Chinese daily’s report on khat controversy

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng yesterday said that he had met and listened to the grouses of the non-Malay community who, according to him, has been alarmed by Chinese publication Sin Chew Daily’s news report that the Year Four Bahasa Malaysia textbook in Chinese and Tamil schools would include seni khat.|Read more >|Malaymail