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ANM in the News Archive December 11 - 20,  2020

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December 21, 2020

New Malaysia | Govt assistance | Dec 21 2020 @ 14:00

Energy minister says no electricity cuts for domestic users with less than six months’ arrears

There will be no electricity supply cut for domestic users in the peninsula and Sabah who have less than six months arrears from January 1 to March 31 next year, said Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah.|Read more >Malaymail

New Malaysia | Scandals: Ku Nan's trial | Dec 21 2020 @ 14:00

Despite RM2m graft conviction, Tengku Adnan avoids jail after High Court grants stay of execution pending appeal

Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor has successfully obtained a stay of execution for his sentence of 12 months’ imprisonment and a RM2 million fine as imposed by the High Court today.|Read more >Malaymail

New Malaysia | Scandals: Ku Nan's trial | Dec 21 2020 @ 13:00

Ku Nan sentenced to one year's jail, RM2 million fine

Former Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor was today sentenced to one year's jail after he was found guilty of corruption by receiving RM2 million for himself from a businessman.|Read more >NST

New Malaysia | Scandals: LGE's trial | Dec 21 2020 @ 13:00

Guan Eng’s trial over RM6 bil Penang tunnel project to begin in June

After two amended charges, former finance minister Lim Guan Eng today pleaded not guilty, and will stand trial in June in a graft case involving the RM6.34 billion Penang undersea tunnel project.|Read more >TheVibes

New Malaysia | Govt: MoHR | Dec 21 2020 @ 11:00

Foreign worker permits a no-go unless living quarters up to the mark: Saravanan

Local councils urged to act against errant firms, not wait for Labour Dept to move in|Read more >TheVibes

New Malaysia | Projects: HSR | Dec 21 2020 @ 11:00

Rail problem with HSR project

Another new development has added to the already numerous controversies surrounding the High-Speed Rail (HSR) project between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | New initiatives | Dec 21 2020 @ 10:00

Penang makes it compulsory for developers to install fibre optic infrastructure in new developments

The Penang state exco has approved a requirement for developers to install fibre optic telecommunications infrastructure in new development projects, said state exco Zairil Khir Johari.|Read more >Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Govt: KPWKM | Dec 21 2020 @ 09:00

Govt to hold talks with 7 states in bid to curb child marriage

The government has given its assurance that it will consult with seven states that have yet to raise the legal age for marriage to 18 years, in its bid to stamp out child marriage.|Read more >TheVibes

 

New Malaysia | 2020 Political Crisis | Dec 21 2020 @ 09:00

Dr Mahathir gave ultimatum at last meeting with PH: Saifuddin Nasution

The former PM’s new party is almost destined to face polls alone after he conveyed his decision to not get involved with Pakatan again|Read more >Malaymail

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December 20, 2020

New Malaysia | New initiatives | Dec 20 2020 @ 19:00

FT minister says all flats in KL over 40 years old to be redeveloped, to get facilities similar to condos

All flats of over 40 years old, including those built by private developers, will be redeveloped under the Federal Territories Ministry’s Urban Renewal programme.|Read more >Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | 2020 Political Crisis | Dec 20 2020 @ 06:00

Reset or recalibrate? What’s next for Anwar and Pakatan after Budget 2021 shambles

After failing to stop Budget 2021 at all three stages in the Dewan Rakyat, the Opposition now find itself in a position scarce of playable manoeuvres to try and shift the winds in its favour, political analysts have said.|Read more >Malaymail

December 19, 2020

New Malaysia | Govt: MCMC | Dec 19 2020 @ 17:00

Saifuddin: Community Communications department to establish Persons with Disabilities Communications Unit in 2021

The establishment of the Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) Communication Unit next year will be the first task to be handled by the Department of Community Communications (J-KOM), said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.|Read more >Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Govt: KPWKM | Dec 19 2020 @ 16:00

Proposal to redefine elderly rejected

A meeting with Petronas on the commercial agreement between the state and the company is now being organised by the prime minister|Read more >TheVibes

 

New Malaysia | New initiatives | Dec 19 2020 @ 13:00

Telcos come up with attractive packages for SPM, STPM candidates, B40 group

B40 households, Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) candidates will soon get to enjoy attractive Internet packages from five telecommunication companies (telcos).|Read more >|SunDaily

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December 18, 2020

New Malaysia | Govt: State | Dec 18 2020 @ 23:00

Sarawak CM: B40 group can now purchase property in state govt housing areas for RM120,000 or less

The B40 group in Sarawak can purchase houses in state government housing developments areas for no more than RM120,000, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.|Read more >Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Govt: State | Dec 18 2020 @ 19:00

Sabah to introduce 5-year “Sabah Maju Jaya” plan to develop state

A meeting with Petronas on the commercial agreement between the state and the company is now being organised by the prime minister|Read more >TheVibes

New Malaysia | Govt: State | Dec 18 2020 @ 19:00

Sabah civil servants to get one-off RM600 payment

The Sabah government today announced a special one-off payment of RM600 to the state's civil servants as a form of recognition for their contributions.|Read more >NST

New Malaysia | Covid-19 | Dec 18 2020 @ 18:00

CMCO in Selangor, KL and Sabah extended

The Conditional Movement Order (CMCO) imposed on Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Sabah has been extended for another two weeks.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Dec 18 2020 @ 17:00

B40 will breathe easier now that Budget 2021 is passed

The lower income or the B40 group which has been banking on financial support from the government can finally breathe easy following the passing of Budget 2021.|Read more >NST

New Malaysia | Scandals: Mindef | Dec 18 2020 @ 13:00

Zahid said wasn’t defence minister when billions paid despite warships’ non-delivery, but will help in PAC probe

Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today clarified that he was not the defence minister when the government paid out over RM6 billion for warships that were not delivered as part of a RM9 billion project awarded to a company.|Read more >Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt: MoT | Dec 18 2020 @ 13:00

Full steam ahead for govt’s RM36.5 mil water buses, ro-ros plan

Putrajaya and Penang Port Sdn Bhd (PPSB) will go ahead with its plan to spend RM36.5 million on three water buses and two roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) ferries for two-wheeled vehicles.|Read more >TheVibes

New Malaysia | Govt | Dec 18 2020 @ 09:00

Perikatan Nasional forms Presidential Council

In a meeting last night, party leaders in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government unanimously agreed to establish a presidential council to discuss government policies and strengthen cooperation.|Read more >NST

New Malaysia | 2020 Political Crisis | Dec 18 2020 @ 00:00

Sabah Opposition party leaders turn on Anwar as ‘convincing majority’ evaporates

Scepticism about Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s claims to having a “convincing majority” of MPs to oust Perikatan Nasional (PN) from Putrajaya has turned into cynicism within the Sabah Opposition alliance.|Read more >Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt | Dec 18 2020 @ 00:00

Dewan Rakyat adjourns sine, 10 bills passed

The third meeting of the third term of the 14th Parliament adjourned sine die today, after sitting for 29 days since Nov 2, with 10 bills tabled and passed, including the Supply Bill 2021.|Read more >|SunDaily

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December 17, 2020

New Malaysia | New Initiatives | Dec 17 2020 @ 21:00

Pondokstay has potential as a new tourism product - Nancy

The Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (MOTAC) through its agency, the Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC) is looking at developing pondokstay for the Islamic tourism segment.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt | Dec 17 2020 @ 18:00

Dewan wraps up debates on 4 amendment bills

The Dewan Rakyat concluded debates on amendments to four laws today.|Read more >|TheVibes

New Malaysia | Penang-Kedah water dispute | Dec 17 2020 @ 18:00

Penang’s water catchment area already gazetted since 2004, CM tells federal minister

Penang was one of the first states in the country to gazette its water catchment areas and permanent forest reserves, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said today, despite the environment and water minister’s claim otherwise.|Read more >Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt assistance | Dec 17 2020 @ 17:00

Raise minimum wage requirement for disabled workers’ allowance, govt urged

High living costs and revision of poverty line income to RM2,208 brook change, says senator|Read more >|TheVibes

New Malaysia | Govt assistance | Dec 17 2020 @ 17:00

Govt asked to raise pocket money of Orang Asli schoolgoers

The government has been asked to raise the pocket money amount of Orang Asli schoolgoers from RM2 to RM10 a day to encourage their attendance in schools.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt: MoF | Dec 17 2020 @ 16:00

Penang proposes Putrajaya invests in new ferries instead of catamarans

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow has suggested that the federal government consider purchasing new ferries similar to its current fleet of iconic vessels instead of replacing them with water buses and vehicle transporters.|Read more >Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt: MoF | Dec 17 2020 @ 16:00

Zafrul: No middlemen to be involved in Covid-19 vaccine procurement

Negotiations for the procurement of the Covid-19 vaccine will be conducted directly between the federal government and suppliers without any involvement of middlemen.|Read more >NST

New Malaysia | Govt assistance | Dec 17 2020 @ 15:00

Over RM80 mln allocated to empower PDK in 2020 — Siti Zailah

Some 565 Community Based Rehabilitation Centres (PDK) received allocations totalling RM85.6 million this year, said Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | New initiatives | Dec 17 2020 @ 14:00

Govt adopts VSAT technology to provide internet coverage in rural areas, says deputy communications minister

The government is utilising satellite technology via the Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) to provide internet service in rural and remote areas nationwide, the Senate was told.|Read more >Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt: MoF | Dec 17 2020 @ 12:00

‘No plans to exempt stamp duty for property transfer from

50% remission for transfer between both parties while still alive, says finance minister|Read more >|TheVibes

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December 17, 2020

New Malaysia | Govt: PAC | Dec 17 2020 @ 13:00

Parliament’s PAC aims to present report on non-delivery of warships during March sitting

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today said that it intends to complete and present the report on the controversies surrounding the littoral combat ship (LCS) project during the March Parliament sitting next year. Read more >Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt: MoF | Dec 17 2020 @ 13:00

126-year-old Penang ferry service going nowhere: Tengku Zafrul

The 126-year-old Penang ferry service will continue, Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz told the Dewan Rakyat today.|Read more >|TheVibes

New Malaysia | Govt | Dec 17 2020 @ 12:00

Reading of five bills postponed to next sitting

The second reading of five bills initially scheduled for today in the Dewan Rakyat has been postponed to the next sitting.|Read more >|SunDaily

December 16, 2020

New Malaysia | Law Amendments | Dec 16 2020 @ 17:00

Excise (Amendment) Bill 2020 passed by Dewan Rakyat

ssues related to the Customs Department were heavily debated in the Dewan Rakyat today before the Excise (Amendment) Bill 2020 was passed by the House.|Read more >NST

 

New Malaysia | Law Amendments | Dec 16 2020 @ 07:00

Lawmakers raise alarm over proposed law amendment to Excise Act

Several lawmakers raised the alarm in the Dewan Rakyat today over a proposed amendment to Section 56(e)(2) of the Excise Act 1976, which would disallow the accused from preventing self-incrimination and legal immunity for helping authorities.|Read more >Malaymail

New Malaysia | By-elections | Dec 16 2020 @ 18:00

Election Commission will not proceed with by-elections in Gerik and Bugaya

The Election Commission will not proceed with the Gerik by-election in Perak and the Bugaya by-election in Sabah following the proclamation of Emergency in the two constituencies.|Read more >NST

 

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Dec 16 2020 @ 14:00

Finance Bill 2020 passed, public to enjoy tax breaks

The Dewan Rakyat today passed the Finance Bill 2020 which among others, seeks to amend some existing laws such as the Income Tax Act to provide higher tax deductions for those pursuing reskilling courses.|Read more >NST

 

New Malaysia | 2020 Political Crisis | Dec 16 2020 @ 14:00

Dr M: Rule of law being abused

The rule of law in Malaysia can be so abused to the point that the people don't get the justice they deserve, claimed Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.|Read more >NST

New Malaysia | 2020 Political Crisis | Dec 16 2020 @ 13:00

Unity government is difficult, yet possible

Though the proposal of having a unity government in the country is tough to put into practice, all political factions in the country can at least consider forming a unity government in order to put an end to the ongoing political turmoil.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Projects: LRT3 | Dec 16 2020 @ 13:00

LRT3 may see completion delay due to subcontractor meddling: report

Prasarana giving contractor 'a hard time' on progress payment after it refuses to award package to particular firm|Read more >|TheVibes

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December 16, 2020

New Malaysia | Govt assistance | Dec 16 2020 @ 09:00

SMEs can obtain financing up to RM5 mln from BNM’s HTF-NIA

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) can obtain financing of up RM5 million from Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM)’s RM1 billion High Tech Facility – National Investment Aspirations (HTF-NIA).|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | 2020 Political Crisis | Dec 16 2020 @ 09:00

Surviving Budget vote does not mean Muhyiddin safe: analysts

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin may have survived the Budget 2021 voting, but it only serves as a “temporary reprieve” for the embattled prime minister, as questions remain over his fragile grip in Parliament.|Read more >|TheVibes

New Malaysia | 2020 Political Crisis | Dec 16 2020 @ 07:00

Analysts: Budget and no-confidence votes different, yesterday not true yardstick of Muhyiddin’s support in Parliament

Despite Perikatan Nasional (PN) pushing through its maiden Budget 2021 in its third reading yesterday, political observers have instead warned how the coalition is not quite home and dry with many potential hurdles up ahead.|Read more >Malaymail

New Malaysia | State: Sabah | Dec 16 2020 @ 07:00

Since Project IC, Sabahans live in fear of migrants

Two traditional coastal fishing villages in Sabah – Kg Sembulan and Tg Aru – are facing a problem caused by migrants from southern Philippines over the last 50 years.|Read more >|TheVibes

December 15, 2020

New Malaysia | Govt: PDRM | Dec 15 2020 @ 23:00

Nationwide operation against red light jumpers

Those who habitually run a red light, beware. Traffic police have launched a special operation today to bring such offenders to book nationwide.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | 2020 Political Crisis | Dec 15 2020 @ 19:00

MPs under home surveillance within their rights to attend Parliament during voting

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said members of parliament who are undergoing home surveillance (HSO) have a right to attend the Dewan Rakyat sitting as it is provided for in the Federal Constitution.|Read more >Malaymail

New Malaysia | Perak Political Crisis | Dec 15 2020 @ 17:00

Reps from Umno, Bersatu and PAS complete Perak’s 10-men exco line-up for now

The remaining five Perak executive councillors (exco) were sworn in today in front of Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah at the Istana Kinta here.|Read more >Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Dec 15 2020 @ 17:00

Dewan rakyat passes Perikatan Nasional’s first national budget

The first national budget under the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government was passed at the Dewan Rakyat today after it received the majority support of the MPs through bloc voting.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt: State | Dec 15 2020 @ 17:00

700 ready to sue over Selangor water supply disruptions

More than 700 individuals are expected to file a class action suit before the year is out over the slew of water supply disruptions in the Klang Valley.|Read more >|TheVibes

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December 15, 2020

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Dec 15 2020 @ 09:00

Hopeful for passing of Budget

Malaysians are hopeful that the Budget will help ease their difficulties, and save lives and livelihoods.|Read more >NST

New Malaysia | 2020 Political Crisis | Dec 15 2020 @ 09:00

Defeating Budget won’t lead to immediate govt collapse, says academic

Speaker would have to decide whether to allow motion of no confidence against Putrajaya, says Prof Datuk Salleh Buang|Read more >|TheVibes

December 14, 2020

New Malaysia | 2020 Political Crisis | Dec 14 2020 @ 22:00

After appearing with Dr Mahathir, Umno says no disciplinary action against Ku Li without formal complaint

Umno’s disciplinary board chairman Tan Sri Zulhasnan Rafique has brushed off any immediate disciplinary action against its Gua Musang MP Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah for opposing the Perikatan Nasional government today.|Read more >Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Dec 14 2020 @ 20:00

Dr M, Ku Li urge lawmakers to vote Budget 2021 based on conscience

Former political arch-nemesis Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tengku Razaleigh Tengku Mohd Hamzah have urged their fellow Members of Parliament (MP) to vote based on their conscience for the good of the people and the nation at the third reading of the 2021 Budget tomorrow.|Read more >NST

 

New Malaysia | Govt: FT | Dec 14 2020 @ 20:00

‘Irrational’ to sell liquor in sundry shops, FT minister Annuar says of impending DBKL ban

Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa has today claimed that it is “irrational” to allow liquor sales in sundry shops, in defending a much-criticised proposed ban by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).|Read more >Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Budget 2021 | Dec 14 2020 @ 19:00

PH presidential council to call for bloc voting tomorrow

The Pakatan Harapan presidential council has decided to call for a bloc voting for the third reading of the 2021 Budget tomorrow.|Read more >NST

New Malaysia | 2020 Political Crisis | Dec 14 2020 @ 19:<