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ANM in the News Archive December 16 - 20,  2019

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December 20, 2019

New Malaysia | MTUC Dec 20, 2019 @ 21:30

RoS probes complaints of mismanagement against MTUC

The Registrar of Societies (RoS) has opened an investigation paper into complaints of mismanagement against MTUC, a federation of trade unions representing half a million workers in Malaysia.|Read more >|TheStar

 

New Malaysia | 1MDB Dec 20, 2019 @ 20:00

Goldman officers may face trial over 1MDB case

Malaysia’s top prosecutor said he’s ready to ratchet up a criminal case against Goldman Sachs Group Inc for its role in the 1MDB affair by bringing executives of the US bank to court, as the two sides remain far apart following several rounds of settlement talks.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Govt Dec 20, 2019 @ 20:00

Report on status of children’s rights in M’sia at final stage: Hannah Yeoh

The government is in the final stages of preparing a report on the status of children’s rights in Malaysia which would be submitted to the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) next year.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Govt: MoHR Dec 20, 2019 @ 19:00

Kulasegaran: AGC to represent govt in challenge against vernacular schools

The Cabinet has agreed to the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) representing Putrajaya in a suit challenging the existence of vernacular schools, Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran confirmed today.  |Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | 1MDB Dec 20, 2019 @ 17:03

Goldman directors may face trial over 1MDB scandal

Malaysia’s top prosecutor said he was ready to ratchet up a criminal case against Goldman Sachs Group Inc. for its role in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) affair by bringing executives of the United States bank to court, as the two sides remain far apart following several rounds of settlement talks.|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Dec 20, 2019 @ 16:30

Satu-billing: Indah Water and Satu inks joint-billing agreement

In a first for Terengganu, more than 20,000 customers of Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK) and Syarikat Air Terengganu Sdn Bhd (Satu) will have only one, combined, bill for sewerage and water services.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Govt: MEA Dec 20, 2019 @ 16:00

Azmin defends PNB despite low dividend for ASB

Minister of Economic Affairs Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali today defended Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB), which has been criticised after announcing the lowest Amanah Saham Bumiputera (ASB) dividend payout since it was launched in 1990.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Dec 20, 2019 @ 16:00

E-wallet service providers selected for e-Tunai Rakyat initiative, rollout on Jan 15

Touch ‘n Go eWallet, Boost and GrabPay have been selected to participate in the Federal Government’s RM450 million e-Tunai Rakyat initiative.|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia | The Altantuya Murder Case Dec 20, 2019 @ 15:30

Najib performs ‘sumpah laknat’ at Kampung Baru mosque

Over a thousand people watched former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak perform the sumpah laknat over the murder of Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu, at Masjid Jamek Kampung Baru here today.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt Dec 20, 2019 @ 15:00

Dr M tells Dong Zong anti-jawi rally could lead to tit-for-tat demands

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad advised Chinese education group Dong Jiao Zong that there could be repercussions to its Chinese Organisation Congress seeking to convince the government to cancel jawi lessons in vernacular schools.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt: MoH Dec 20, 2019 @ 14:00

Rina: Ministry hopes to reduce poverty substantially in rural areas by 2030

The Rural Development Ministry (KPLB) hopes that after 2030, the issue of poverty will no longer be linked to rural areas as beginning next year, it will focus efforts to develop these areas.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Govt: MoH Dec 20, 2019 @ 13:30

Health Ministry administering polio vaccine to all kids five and under in Sabah

All children below the age of five in Sabah including the undocumented and non-citizens will receive the oral polio vaccine (OPV) after a baby there contracted the disease this month, said Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt: MEA Dec 202019 @ 13:00

Azmin: Proposals to be MAS' strategic partner not attractive enough

The Government needs more time to find a strategic partner for Malaysia Airlines (MAS) as current proposals are not attractive enough, says Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | NCR land Dec 202019

Landowners complain of NCR land encroachment to Suhakam

A group of landowners from Marudi has, through Sahabat Alam Malaysia, lodged a formal complaint with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) regarding the encroachment of their native customary rights (NCR) land.|Read more >| BorneoPost

New Malaysia | Red flags Dec 20, 2019 @ 11:30

MTUC questions disbursement of RM200m funds

The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has called for investigations into disbursement of funds by the UN International Labour Organisation (ILO).|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt: MoT Dec 20, 2019 @ 11:00

Proposal to limit kapchai speed needs scrutiny, says Loke

He said other than the safety aspect, the study should also cover various other angles and how far it could be implemented.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt: MoT Dec 20, 2019 @ 09:30

No plans to extend child safety seat ruling to other vehicles: Loke

alaysia has called for more collaboration with China to enhance the transportation sector, especially in port and shipping development.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt Dec 20, 2019 @ 07:30

In ‘report card’, Mujahid calls ‘Rahmatan Lil Alamin’ his biggest achievement for 2019

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusof Rawa describes the success of making the concept of ‘Rahmatan Lil Alamin’ (mercy to all creations) as part of the country’s policy as his biggest achievement for this year.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt Dec 20, 2019 @ 07:00

Law minister: Safety of any person in custody must be assured

Any person in the custody of any law enforcement agency must be assured of their safety, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Minimum wage Dec 202019 @ 07:00

Kula: Minimum wage list was a Cabinet decision

The decision to raise the minimum wage to RM1,200 was a Cabinet decision made in consultation with the National Wages Consultative Council (NWCC), says Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Minimum wage Dec 202019

RM1,200 minimum monthly wage implementation untimely – KKCCCI

Businesses are caught off guard by the sudden announcement to raise the minimum monthly wage to RM1,200 in major towns under 57 city and municipality councils, including Kota Kinabalu, which will take effect shortly on January 1 next year, said Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KKCCCI) president Datuk Michael Lui.|Read more >| BorneoPost

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December 19, 2019

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Dec 19, 2019 @ 20:00

MB launches Pahang Disaster Squad

The Pahang Disaster Squad was launched and flagged off by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail today at the Darul Makmur Stadium to help with flood relief efforts across the state.|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Dec 19, 2019 @ 19:00

EPF volunteer scheme will be implemented next year

The Volunteer Scheme under the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) will be implemented by the third quarter of next year, said Deputy Minister of Finance, Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Govt: MEA Dec 19, 2019 @ 18:00

Economic Affairs Ministry rubbishes article claiming its development budget not fully used

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MEA) claims it has used up almost all of its development budget and rebukes an article from an online portal claiming it has more than 40 per cent of its development budget left.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Dec 19, 2019 @ 17:00

Putrajaya to pump RM450m ‘stimulus’ for e-wallet drive in Jan 2020

The federal government is on track to launch its e-Tunai Rakyat programme January next year with a RM450 million one-off digital stimulus meant to encourage the use of e-wallets and digital payments and cut back cash circulation.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Kimanis by-election Dec 192019 @ 17:00

Anifah won't be contesting Kimanis by-election

Datuk Anifah Aman will not be defending his Kimanis parliamentary seat in the by-election next month.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | TAR UC Funding Dec 19, 2019 @ 16:30

Liow: Many layers locked into TAR UC to separate education from politics

Measures have been in place since Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) was set up to ensure that politics and education remain separated, says its board of governors chairman Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.|Read more >|TheStar

 

New Malaysia | Govt: MoF Dec 19, 2019 @ 16:00

Guan Eng: Ministry continues financial system reforms to make Malaysia a kleptocracy-free nation

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) continues with its commitment to reform the country’s financial system in 2019, hence, making Malaysia a country free of kleptocracy.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Foreign workers’ dormitory Dec 19, 2019 @ 15:30

Residents up in arms against Batu Maung domitory

A state executive councillor here has thrown his support behind a group of Taman Beringin residents who are against the construction of a foreign workers’ dormitory here in Batu Maung.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Fuel Subsidy Dec 19, 2019 @ 15:30

List of those eligible for petrol subsidies expected out on February 2020

The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs expects to release the final list of recipients eligible for the petroleum subsidy programme (PSP) in February, said its Deputy Minister Chong Chieng Jen.|Read more >|SunDaily

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New Malaysia | Overhaul: Corruption Dec 192019 @ 08:30

MCMC senior officer charged with graft

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) senior officer was charged with accepting RM87,000 graft involving the approval of universal service provision (USP) programme.|Read more >|NST

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New Malaysia | New Initiatives Dec 19, 2019 @ 10:30

Pilot project aimed at curbing drug addiction and social deviance to be extended

The National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) will extend its pilot project to curb drug addiction and social deviance, with a second phase to begin from January next year.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Scandals: Sodomy Case Dec 19, 2019 @ 09:30

Polygraph test result should be out next week, says Yusoff Rawther’s lawyer

The lawyer of former researcher Muhammed Yusoff Rawther said the full report of his client’s polygraph test is expected to be ready next week at the latest.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Lynas Dec 19, 2019 @ 09:00

Rare earth shocks add pressure on Lynas to find swift solution to waste in Malaysia

Sprawled across a spent volcano on the remote edge of the Great Victoria Desert in Western Australia, the Mount Weld mine seems a world away from the US-China trade war.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt Dec 192019 @ 08:30

Daim: Renew efforts to bring down food prices

Economic Adviser to the Government Tun Daim Zainuddin hopes to see renewed commitment by the government in bringing down food prices next year.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Govt: MoF Dec 19, 2019 @ 08:30

Malaysia’s banknotes free from pig fat, says Deputy Minister

The country’s banknotes are free from any animal fat and do not contain pig fat element, according to Finance Deputy Minister Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt: MoT Dec 19, 2019 @ 08:00

Malaysia seeks more collaboration with China in transportation sector: Anthony Loke

Malaysia has called for more collaboration with China to enhance the transportation sector, especially in port and shipping development.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Opposition: UMNO Dec 19, 2019 @ 07:00

Pakatan to blame for low dividends, claims Umno

Umno leaders say the all-time low income distribution by Amanah Saham Bumiputra (ASB) shows that investors and businesses are troubled by the political instability in Malaysia.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | The Altantuya Murder Case Dec 19, 2019 @ 07:00

A look back at the 13 years following Altantuya Shaariibuu’s murder in 2006

It has been more than a decade since the murder of Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt Dec 19, 2019 @ 07:00

PM: Summit a good chance to address shortcomings

The Kuala Lumpur Summit (KL Summit) 2019 aims to address the shortcomings in the Muslim world, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Reforms: MA63 Dec 192019

Amendment to Article 1(2) a non-partisan issue, deserves support — MP

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii expressed hope that politics will be put aside when the federal government re-tables the amendment to Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution in March next year.|Read more >| BorneoPost

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December 18, 2019

New Malaysia | Govt Dec 18, 2019 @ 23:00

Stiffer penalties for poaching Sumatran Serow

A total of 39 people, including locals and foreign nationals, were punished after they were caught poaching the Sumatran Serow (commonly known as “kambing gurun”), a mountain goat-like animal in Peninsular Malaysia from 2013 to 2019.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Minimum Wage Dec 18, 2019 @ 20:30

Minimum wage of RM1,200 for urban workers to take effect on Jan

The minimum wage in 57 cities and towns will be raised to RM1,200 monthly from Jan 1.|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia | Projects: Bandar Malaysia Dec 18, 2019 @ 19:30

Guan Eng rejects claims of 'no changes' to Bandar Malaysia terms

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng today rubbished claims that the Bandar Malaysia project has been revived without any changes to the terms.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | The Altantuya Murder Case Dec 18, 2019 @ 18:30

PM's Office: Dr M did not meet Azilah

The Prime Minister’s Office today made it clear that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had not met former police commando Azilah Hadri, since the latter’s imprisonment for the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia | Red flags: LTTE Dec 18, 2019 @ 18:00

LTTE: Bail denied for two reps, CEO

The Melaka Sessions Court expelled the bail applications of two assemblymen and a CEO, who were earlier charged with supporting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Red flags: LTTE Dec 18, 2019 @ 17:30

Quartet plead not guilty to LTTE-related charges

Four men including a state assemblyman pleaded not guilty at two High Courts here today to charges relating to terrorist group LTTE in 2014 and 2019.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt: MoH Dec 18, 2019 @ 17:30

Dialysis subsidy recipients up by 37.27%

The number of haemodialysis subsidy recipients receiving treatment at 125 dialysis centres, run by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and overseen by the Health Ministry, increased by 37.27% this year from the figure in 2017.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Projects: Bandar Malaysia Dec 18, 2019 @ 15:00

Guan Eng: New Bandar Malaysia terms see country gain over RM4b in profit

Renegotiation of the previously-stalled Bandar Malaysia development project’s terms has resulted in Malaysia netting over RM4 billion in profit, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt Dec 18, 2019 @ 16:00

No evidence of civil servants sabotaging government: Public Services DG

There is no evidence of a deep state or dissatisfaction among civil servants that has led to the allegations of them sabotaging government administration.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | The Altantuya Murder Case Dec 182019 @ 15:30

Accused of ordering Altantuya’s murder, Najib to swear his denial

Datuk Seri Najib Razak said he will swear a religious oath to deny a former police commando’s statutory declaration that the former prime minister ordered him to kill Altantuya Shaariibuu.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Projects: Bandar Malaysia Dec 18, 2019 @ 15:00

Daim says worried Bandar Malaysia may result in RM20b property overhang

Tun Abdul Daim Zainuddin is concerned that development in Bandar Malaysia could lead to an even bigger oversupply of property.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt Dec 18, 2019 @ 15:00

Ex-MCMC deputy director to be charged over RM250,000 bribes

A former Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) deputy director is expected to be charged with corruption at the sessions court here tomorrow morning.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Dec 182019 @ 15:00

Ministry to look into food pricing in primary school canteens

The Sabah Education and Innovation Ministry will look into the issue of food pricing especially in primary school canteens, following grouses that food items sold to children were costly.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Govt Dec 182019 @ 13:30

Dr M invites Sabah, Sarawak to own stakes in Petronas

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad invited Sabah and Sarawak to explore the idea of owning stakes in Petronas, especially since the national oil company is global with overseas concessions.|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia | The Altantuya Murder Case Dec 182019 @ 13:30

Prisons Dept rejects Shafee’s claim Azilah met VVIP outside jail

Azilah Hadri, the ex-police commando sentenced to death for murdering Altantuya Shaariibuu, never set foot outside the Kajang Prison the entirety of 2019, the Prison Department said today.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | The Altantuya Murder Case Dec 18, 2019 @ 12:00

Azilah’s SD: IPCMC can protect officers from following illegal orders

We cannot know for sure if all the details in Azilah Hadri’s explosive statutory declaration (SD) regarding the killing of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006 are true.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Govt: PKR Dec 18, 2019 @ 08:00

Fahmi Fadzil is first MP to present his ‘report card’

Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament (MP) Ahmad Fahmi Mohamed Fadzil today presented a report card on his first-year achievement as the elected representative of the constituency, making him the first MP to do so.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt Dec 18, 2019 @ 08:00

Smallholders will continue to benefit from mixed cropping

Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said the ministry would work with the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry to continue the mixed cropping programme for oil palm smallholders.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt Dec 18, 2019 @ 08:00

Dewan Negara passes 2020 Supply Bill

The Dewan Negara yesterday approved the Supply Bill (Budget) 2020, which has allocated RM297 billion for the year’s expenditure.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | The Altantuya Murder Case Dec 18, 2019 @ 07:00

Court to hear Azilah’s review application on April 20

The Federal Court set April 20 to hear former police commando Azilah Hadri’s review application to set aside his 2015 conviction and death sentence for the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | The Altantuya Murder Case Dec 18, 2019 @ 07:00

Najib: It’s political assassination

Former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak strikes back at the allegation that he ordered the “shoot to kill” of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu by claiming the statutory declaration (SD) by former police commando Azilah Hadri is part of a high-level political assassination attempt.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Scandals: Sodomy Case Dec 18, 2019 @ 07:00

I act according to my clients’ instructions, says Ramkarpal

Lawyer Ramkarpal Singh, whose clients are linked to two damning statutory declarations (SD) made against prominent Malaysian political figures, has defended his different reactions to the SDs.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Scandals: Sodomy Case Dec 18, 2019 @ 07:00

Statutory Declaration back in the spotlight

The political drama of making Statutory Declaration (SD) to implicate someone of wrongdoing is making a comeback after it first came into the spotlight during the 90s in cases involving then sacked deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Dec 182019

Govt subsidy cuts ferry crossing from RM13 to RM1 per car

More than 3,000 residents of seven villages on the opposite bank of the town here only have to pay RM1 per car to cross the Limbang River using the ferry when they drive to town.|Read more >| BorneoPost

New Malaysia | Scandals: Sodomy Case Dec 172019 @ 23:00

Yusoff Rawther spent 4 hours taking lie detector test at Bukit Aman

Former researcher, Muhammad Yusoff Rawther spent about four hours with Bukit Aman police today taking a polygraph test to determine the veracity of his claims against PKR president.|Read more >|NST

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December 17, 2019

New Malaysia | Viewpoints Dec 172019 @ 22:00

Cuepacs recommends civil service pay reviews every 5 years

Termed as “stagnant”, the Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) is advocating the government review civil servant wages every five years.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Govt Dec 172019 @ 21:30

KL Summit has no intention of taking over OIC’s role: Dr Mahathir

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said it is not the intention of the KL Summit 2019 to take over the role of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Dec 172019 @ 21:30

Traders at Bazaria Wangsa Maju to enjoy lower rental rates: Khalid Samad

Traders at Uptown Danau Kota who will be operating in Bazaria Wangsa Maju will enjoy lower rental rates for their sites without having to deal with third parties.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Projects: Bandar Malaysia Dec 172019 @ 21:00

10,000 affordable homes to be built in Bandar Malaysia

The 10,000 affordable homes which will be built in Bandar Malaysia are among the improved terms stipulated in the project’s new agreement.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Projects: Bandar Malaysia Dec 172019 @ 21:00

Bandar Malaysia will serve as hub to draw global multinationals

The Bandar Malaysia project will have a significant impact on Malaysia’s economy as it will serve as a hub to further attract high-impact global multinationals.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Viewpoints Dec 17, 2019 @ 19:30

Return RM2.5b due to migrant workers from rehiring programme, Tenaganita tells govt

Human rights organisation Tenaganita today demanded that the government pay back what it claims to be a RM2.5 billion sum to undocumented workers who had paid RM5,000 each to be absorbed into the local workforce via the government’s rehiring programme.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Dec 172019 @ 19:30

11,900 students receive school assistance worth RM1.56 million

A total of 11,900 students from asnaf (eligible to receive tithe or zakat) families nationwide received assistance in the form of school supplies worth RM1.56 million through the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development’s Back to School programme.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Projects: Bandar Malaysia Dec 17, 2019 @ 19:00

Finance minister: Bandar Malaysia project to create thousands of jobs

The revival of the Bandar Malaysia development project, following the “detoxification” exercise by the Pakatan Harapan government, is expected to generate economic impact on the country’s urban development, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Projects: HSR Dec 172019 @ 18:00

HSR back on track, but may feature slower trains to reduce cost

The government is looking to scale down the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project, including possibly reducing the speed of the trains in a bid to keep costs low.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Projects: Bandar Malaysia Dec 172019 @ 18:00

RM140 billion Bandar Malaysia project officially revived

Bandar Malaysia, the stalled RM140 billion development at Jalan Sungai Besi in Kuala Lumpur, was officially revived at a signing ceremony here, today.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Govt: DAP Dec 172019 @ 18:00

Guan Eng: DAP will defend vernacular schools’ existence, to push Cabinet for AG’s objection to lawsuit

DAP will seek to defend the continued existence of vernacular schools, following a lawsuit by two groups seeking the courts to declare the use of Mandarin and Tamil as the medium of instruction in such schools as unconstitutional.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Projects: HSR Dec 17, 2019 @ 18:00

Dr M: Govt will review HSR project following Bandar Malaysia revival

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said the government will review the construction of the KL-Singapore High Speed Rail project (HSR) following the revival of the Bandar Malaysia mega-development.|Read more >|Malaymail

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December 17, 2019

New Malaysia | Sabah Temporary Pass Dec 172019 @ 17:00

Issuance of Sabah temporary passes not a sudden decision: Azis

Deputy Home Affairs Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman today denied that the decision by the new federal and state governments to issue the Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) was a sudden one.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | The Altantuya Murder Case Dec 172019 @ 16:30

'It's laughable Najib would order Altantuya's killing by running a finger across his throat'

Datuk Seri Najib Razak's lawyer today claimed there was a co-ordinated effort to "kill off" his client with "absurd" allegations concerning events leading up to Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu's murder in 2016.|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia | The Altantuya Murder Case Dec 172019 @ 16:00

Killer brought out of prison to meet VVIP, says Shafee

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak’s principal lawyer, Tan Sri Shafee Abdullah, claimed that former police officer Azilah Hadri had been brought out from death row at the Kajang Prison in February this year to meet with a VVIP.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Govt: MACC Dec 172019 @ 16:00

MACC: Nearly 3,000 young adults detained for graft since 2014

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has detained 2,740  people under 40 years of age of the total 5,186 arrests made from 2014 until last month.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Scandals: Sodomy Case Dec 17, 2019 @ 16:00

Yusoff Rawther takes lie detector test at Bukit Aman

Muhammed Yusoff Rawther has arrived at Bukit Aman for a polygraph test as police continue investigations into his allegations of being sexually assaulted by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.|Read more >|TheStar

 

New Malaysia | Govt: State Dec 17, 2019 @ 16:00

Christina Liew: Special group on Sabah elephants to be set up

A special working group called the Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG) will be set up to focus specifically on Bornean elephants in Sabah.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | IRA 1967 amendment Dec 17, 2019 @ 16:00

Kula Segaran confident of senators’ support for IRA 1967 amendment

The Ministry of Human Resources is confident that the amendment to the Industrial Relations Act (IRA) 1967, to be tabled in the Dewan Negara this week, will get the support from its members.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt: DAP Dec 172019 @ 15:30

DAP wants authorities to crack down on Opposition for alleged racism

Authorities must act against Opposition parties fanning racist sentiments, DAP said today.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | The Altantuya Murder Case Dec 172019 @ 14:30

Federal Court to hear Azilah’s review bid over Altantuya murder conviction in April 2020

The Federal Court has fixed April 20, 2020 for the hearing of former police commando Azilah Hadri’s application for a review of his conviction and death sentence over Altantuya Shaariibuu’s 2006 murder, his lawyer reportedly said.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | The Altantuya Murder Case Dec 172019 @ 14:00

Najib looking to intervene in Azilah's review application

Datuk Seri Najib Razak will file an application to intervene in former police commando Azilah Hadri's review application to set aside his 2015 conviction for the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu.|Read more >|TheStar

 

New Malaysia | The Altantuya Murder Case Dec 172019 @ 13:30

Mocked over Altantuya murder, ex-IGP Musa Hassan says has no problem sleeping

Tan Sri Musa Hassan appeared untroubled by former police’s commando Azilah Hadri’s statutory declaration that Datuk Seri Najib Razak ordered him to murder Mongolian Altantuyaa Shaariibuu.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt: MoE Dec 172019

Maszlee: Reconstruction, repair works of four dilapidated schools in Sarawak ahead of schedule

The reconstruction and repair works of four dilapidated schools in Sarawak namely SK Bandar Bintangor, SK Ulu Entabai, SK Nanga Antaroh and SK Ulu Yong are ahead of schedule, said Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik.|Read more >| BorneoPost

New Malaysia | Kimanis by-election Dec 172019 @ 12:00

Kimanis polls: Acid test on Sabah's new alliances

The Kimanis by-election will show where political parties stand among the people in Sabah and the impact of newly-established political relationships.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | The Altantuya Murder Case Dec 172019 @ 12:00

A chance for M'sia to clear its name, says Altantuya's father on Azilah's revelation

The father of Altantuya Shaariibuu has urged for an urgent fresh investigation into his daughter's murder, following former police commando Azilah Hadri's statutory declaration (SD) that Datuk Seri Najib Razak ordered him to kill the Mongolian model.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | The Altantuya Murder Case Dec 172019 @ 12:00

Azilah's murder claim a bid to escape gallows?

Is the latest “explosive” revelation on Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s involvement in Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu’s murder the last ditch, desperate attempt by a murderer to escape the hangman’s noose?|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia | Viewpoints Dec 172019 @ 12:00

Of 600,000 jobs created, only 10% were for executive positions, says MEF

The employment outlook for skilled professions next year looks quite dim as jobs being created are mostly not in this sector, according to the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF).|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | 1MDB Dec 172019 @ 10:00

US regulators bar ex-Goldman banker over 1MDB bribery

US regulators said Monday they had permanently barred a former Goldman Sachs executive from the securities industry over bribery in Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal.|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Dec 172019 @ 09:00

415 i-Keep premises established nationwide: Saifuddin

The Education Ministry has approved an allocation of RM400 million to undertake research works at 25 public universities nationwide, next year.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | The Altantuya Murder Case Dec 172019 @ 08:00

Altantunya murder: SD, shock, and denial

An explosive statutory declaration (SD) by the convicted killer of Altantuya Shaariibuu has turned up the heat on Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, accusing the former prime minister and his close associate, Abdul Razak Baginda, of giving the order to “shoot to kill” the Mongolian national.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | The Altantuya Murder Case Dec 17, 2019 @ 07:00

Lawyer: AG should start contempt proceedings

Attorney General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas should begin contempt proceedings against everyone making statements with regard to the statutory declaration (SD) by convicted killer Azilah Hadri, said lawyer Manjeet Singh Dhillon on behalf of Abdul Razak Baginda.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | The Altantuya Murder Case Dec 17, 2019 @ 07:00

Azilah’s claims are fabricated, says ex-PM

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has hit out at new claims that he had ordered Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu’s murder while his daughter came to his defence.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Dec 172019

Idle land to be utilised for agriculture — Jamit

Bukit Goram assemblyman Jefferson Jamit says plans are being made to carry out agriculture activities on idle land here as part of efforts to boost the income of local folk.|Read more >| BorneoPost

New Malaysia | Govt: MINDEF Dec 17, 2019 @ 07:00

Defence Ministry ready to implement three core plans for Malaysian Armed Forces, Dewan Negara told

The Ministry of Defence is ready to implement three core plans to ensure that the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) is well-developed through the Defence White Paper.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Scandals: Sodomy Case Dec 172019 @ 07:00

Bukit Aman to summon politicians

Politicians are among a few more witnesses that Bukit Aman will be calling in connection with the investigation into alleged sexual misconduct involving Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Sabah Temporary Pass Dec 172019

No mention of temporary documents for migrants in RCI – Bumburing

The recommendations of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on the presence of illegal immigrants in Sabah did not mention anything about issuing a temporary document for the transient migrants.|Read more >| BorneoPost

New Malaysia | Building A New Malaysia |

In the News Snippets & Links 

December 16, 2019

New Malaysia | Opposition: UMNO Dec 16, 2019 @ 24:00

Hishammuddin says has nothing to hide after being served show-cause letter

Sembrong MP Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein today said he has nothing to hide after the Umno disciplinary board served him with a show-cause letter for breaching party constitution and its code of ethics, following complaints lodged against the former federal minister.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | PTPTN Repayment Dec 16, 2019 @ 23:30

Education Ministry: No plans to slash borrowers’ PTPTN loans by half

The Ministry of Education (KPM) does not plan to do away with 50 per cent of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loans for all PTPTN debtors.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt Dec 16, 2019 @ 23:00

Lifting ban on G25’s book shows govt upholds freedom of expression, says Waytha

The government’s decision to lift the ban on the book by pro-moderation group G25 is a clear and defining indication of upholding respect for human rights, especially in relation to freedom of expression said the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, P. Waytha Moorthy.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt Dec 16, 2019 @ 21:30

FT minister orders increased security, CCTV cameras at Titiwangsa Lake Gardens after vandals strike

Disappointed with the vandalism that happened not a day after Taman Tasik Titiwangsa reopened to the public yesterday, Federal Territories Minister, Khalid Abdul Samad, has ordered that CCTV cameras and security be increased.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Dec 16, 2019 @ 21:00

Jakoa plans to build 33 rural road projects next year

The Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) will build 33 rural road projects at a cost of RM5.2 million next year, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (National Unity and Social Wellbeing), P. Waytha Moorthy.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt: FT Dec 162019 @ 19:00

City Hall allocates RM2.9 billion for 2020 budget

City Hall (DBKL) has allocated RM2.972 billion for its 2020 budget to improve the standard of living and the well-being of residents.|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Dec 16, 2019 @ 17:30

Dewan Negara sets up first caucus

Dewan Negara president Tan Sri S. A. Vigneswaran today announced another milestone in the Malaysian Parliament history with the formation of the first Dewan Negara Caucus.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Viewpoints Dec 16, 2019 @ 17:00

Rethink decision on deregulating consultation fees, says CAP

The Health Ministry should rethink its decision on deregulating consultation fees across all registered and licensed private healthcare facilities, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) said.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | The Altantuya Murder Case Dec 16, 2019 @ 17:00

Altantuya murder: Bukit Aman to probe authenticity of Azilah's SD

Bukit Aman will check the authenticity of former police commando Azilah Hadri's statutory declaration (SD) before proceeding further, says Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | 1MDB Dec 162019 @ 16:30

Criminal charges against Goldman Sachs, Asian entities to be heard in High Court

The criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and its Asian entities relating to the issuance of US$6.5 billion bonds to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) will be heard in the High Court.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Dec 16, 2019 @ 16:30

DPM launches 'Diversion' project aimed at rehabilitating juvenile offenders

The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry have launched a pilot project, known as “Diversion” that aims to rehabilitate children charged with minor crimes.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Scandals: Sodomy Politics Dec 162019 @ 16:30

Yusoff Rawther willing to take polygraph test to assist cops in sex claims probe, says his lawyer

Muhammed Yusoff Rawther is willing to undergo a polygraph test to assist investigations into his allegation that PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had outraged his modesty.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Govt: MINDEF Dec 162019 @ 16:00

RM100m needed annually to maintain a submarine: Deputy Defence Minister

It costs the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) RM100 million a year to maintain a submarine, the Dewan Negara (Senate) was told today.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | The Altantuya Murder Case Dec 16, 2019 @ 16:00

Cops must probe Azilah’s claims of Najib orders to kill Altantuya, says her family’s lawyer

Authorities must investigate the shocking allegations of Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s purported order for the 2006 murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu without fear or favour, the lawyer for her family said today.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | The Altantuya Murder Case Dec 16, 2019 @ 16:00

Najib: Why the shoot-to-kill report now?

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has rubbished the allegation that he gave the order to kill Altantuya Shaariibu.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | The Altantuya Murder Case Dec 16, 2019 @ 16:00

Najib ordered me to kill Altantuya, says Azilah

Convicted killer Azilah Hadri has said he was instructed to kill Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and his close associate, Abdul Razak Baginda.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Building A New Malaysia |

In the News Snippets & Links 

December 16, 2019

New Malaysia | Govt: State Dec 16, 2019 @ 15:30

Sarawak govt says talks to buy stake in Petronas not discussed in depth

The Sarawak Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said today the suggestion by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for Sarawak to buy a stake in the Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) was not discussed in depth in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) Steering Committee meeting.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Kimanis by-election Dec 162019 @ 15:30

Kimanis by-election to go ahead until courts rule otherwise

The Election Commission (EC) said the Kimanis by-election would be carried out as scheduled until the courts rule otherwise.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Dec 16, 2019 @ 15:00

Selangor sets up committee to look into welfare of Orang Asli

The Selangor government has set up a permanent committee on matters pertaining to the well-being of the Orang Asli community to ensure more focused development involving the group in the state.|Read more >|TheStar

 

New Malaysia | New Policies Dec 16, 2019 @ 14:00

Cabinet agrees to exempt AP for 52 transshipment items, says transport minister

The Cabinet has agreed to abolish the import permit for 54 categories of items previously required for transshipment abroad, Transport Minister Anthony Loke announced today.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt: MoT Dec 16, 2019 @ 13:30

Don’t overload if you don’t want to be fined, transport minister tells truckers

Lorry operators should abide by the law and not overload their vehicles while on the roads, Anthony Loke Siew Fook said today.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Dec 162019 @ 12:30

RM5 free water for each household in Sarawak

Every household in Sarawak will enjoy free water for the first RM5 of the monthly domestic water bill, which is equivalent to about 11,300 litres of free water, effective Jan 1, next year.|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia | Kimanis by-election Dec 162019 @ 12:30

Kimanis by-election set for Jan 18, 2020

The Election Commission has announced that the Kimanis by-election will be held on Saturday, Jan 18.|Read more >|TheStar

 

New Malaysia | Govt: State Dec 162019 @ 12:00

Sarawak CM: New airport in Spaoh to be built within five years

A short take-off and landing airport (STOLport) will be built in Bebuling, Spaoh near here, within five years.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Year-end roundup 2019 Dec 16, 2019 @ 12:00

Tax revenue remains a ‘catch-up’ game in boosting govt coffers

More than a year after Malaysia shifted its consumption tax system back to the Sales and Services Tax (SST), a lot more needs to be done in order to boost government revenue by other means and further reduce its dependence on petroleum resources.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Viewpoints Dec 162019 @ 11:00

MTUC says no ‘deep state’, some officials cold-storaged based on hearsay

Senior civil servants must be protected from actions taken based on hearsay, according to the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) yesterday.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt: MACC Dec 162019 @ 10:30

MACC officers to play both watchdog and advisory roles at offices of MBs and CMs

A two-pronged approach by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will give more bite to its officers when placed at the offices of mentris besar and chief ministers.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Viewpoints Dec 162019 @ 10:30

People stand to gain from good governance, says analyst

The people will feel more protected under a government that is committed to justice, efficiency and integrity, all of which have a profound impact on their well-being.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Dec 162019

Centres for people to channel creativity soon – DBKK

Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) is planning to establish Waste Creative Centres for the people to channel their creativity in creating, and entrepreneurship skills in selling upcycled products.|Read more >| BorneoPost

New Malaysia | Year-end roundup 2019 Dec 16, 2019 @ 10:00

Govt on track to improving Malaysians’ mobility, boosting economic growth

The revival of stalled rail projects, national transport policy and the readiness to embrace gig economy in the transportation sector are proof of the government’s commitment to improving the rakyat’s mobility, besides boosting the country’s economic growth.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Govt: MoE Dec 162019 @ 09:00

Education Ministry approves RM400 million allocation for research

The Education Ministry has approved an allocation of RM400 million to undertake research works at 25 public universities nationwide, next year.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt Dec 16, 2019 @ 08:30

Cabinet agrees to establish Malaysian Media Council: Eddin Syazlee

The Cabinet has agreed in principle to establish the Malaysian Media Council (MMC), says Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Eddin Syazlee Shith.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Viewpoints Dec 162019 @ 07:00

Analysts see no real gain from making Muafakat Nasional official

Umno and PAS’ Muafakat Nasional (MN) charter reinvigorated the Opposition via a landslide victory in the Tanjung Piai by-election last month and went on to dominate discourse at the Malay nationalist party’s annual assembly.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Viewpoints Dec 162019 @ 07:00

Need for review of hefty fines

The hefty fines imposed on lorry operators, particularly for overloading, should be reviewed by the authorities, says the Pan-Malaysia Lorry Owners Association.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | PM Succession Dec 162019 @ 07:00

Pahang PKR urge for PM transition of power by May 2020

The Pahang PKR leadership council is urging the Pakatan Harapan presidential council to announce the date of the Prime Minister's transition of power.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Sabah Temporary Pass Dec 162019

STP not RCI’s recommendation on illegal immigrants

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president, Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee, yesterday said the Sabah Temporary Pass (STP) was never a recommendation of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrants in Sabah.|Read more >| BorneoPost

New Malaysia | New Propositions Dec 16, 2019 

Time for Sabah to take over tourism licence issuance – Christina

Sabah is now “mature enough” to issue tourism licences to the state industry players, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina