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July 31, 2020

New Malaysia | 2020 political crisis | Jul 31 2020 @ 18:00

Umno's decision elicits mixed reactions from observers

Umno's decision to not be part of Perikatan Nasional (PN) has elicited a gamut of reactions from observers as it was made only few days after the court sentencing of Datuk Seri Najib Razak.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | 2020 political crisis | Jul 31 2020 @ 14:00

Umno chief's move mystifies

Is Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia keen to join Muafakat Nasional (MN), or have Umno leaders collectively agreed to welcome Bersatu as a pact member?|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | 1MDB | Jul 31 2020 @ 12:00

Goldman Sachs’ US$3.9b ‘sweetener’ was defining factor in striking deal with Malaysia

The recent settlement made between the government and US investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc was in no way a straight-forward process, where a deal was only made after ‘sweeteners’ were introduced by the latter, reports Bloomberg. |Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | 2020 political crisis | Jul 31 2020 @ 12:00

Bersatu MPT weighing proposal to join Muafakat Nasional

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) is reviewing a proposal for it to join Muafakat Nasional (MN), which comprises Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pas.|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia | 2020 political crisis | Jul 31 2020 @ 010:00

Muafakat Nasional extends invitation to Bersatu to join alliance: Annuar

Muafakat Nasional has officially extended an invitation to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) to join the alliance, its secretariat co-secretary, Tan Sri Annuar Musa said today.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | 2020 political crisis | Jul 31 2020 @ 09:00

Sources say Muhyiddin pushing ahead with Perikatan despite Umno snub, coalition already registered

Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has not given up on a formal Perikatan Nasional coalition despite Umno’s spectacular refusal to join yesterday, according to sources within the informal grouping.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Pos Malaysia | Jul 31 2020 @ 09:00

Pos Malaysia freezes international mail, parcel deliveries due to Covid-19 restrictions

Pos Malaysia Bhd announced this morning that it was suspending all international deliveries indefinitely from August 3.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Govt Assistance | Jul 31 2020 @ 07:00

ePenjana: How to redeem your RM50 e-wallet credit from July 31

Eligible Malaysians will be able to redeem e-wallet credit worth RM50 as part of the ePenjana initiative starting July 31.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Foreign Workers policy | Jul 31 2020 @ 07:00

Not happy with shift on foreign labour policy

Bosses have slammed the government’s move to restrict foreign labour to the construction, agriculture and plantation sectors in the future, saying this will further devastate other industries trying to recover from the movement control order.|Read more >|TheStar

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July 30, 2020

New Malaysia | 2020 political crisis | Jul 30 2020 @ 19:00

Sabah State Assembly dissolution gazetted by state govt

The dissolution of the Sabah State Assembly by Yang DiPertua Negeri has been gazetted by the state government.|Read more >|TheStar

 

New Malaysia | 2020 political crisis | Jul 30 2020 @ 13:00

Lawyers say Umno snub leaves Muhyiddin’s Perikatan govt in a delicate balancing act

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s hold on power appears to be growing ever more tenuous after Umno declared its exit from Perikatan Nasional (PN) today in a shock move that effectively shifts control of Parliament back into Barisan Nasional’s (BN) hands, legal experts said.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | 2020 political crisis | Jul 30 2020 @ 13:00

Umno snubs Perikatan in favour of Muafakat

Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced today that his party will not join the informal Perikatan Nasional coalition that controls the federal government.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Foreign Workers policy | Jul 30 2020 @ 12:00

Restricting foreign worker employment will ruin manufacturing, services sectors

The government's move to restrict foreign workers to only three sectors – construction, agriculture and plantation – will devastate the operations of industries in other sectors which are trying very hard to recover from the Movement Control Order (MCO).|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Projects: RTS | Jul 30 2020 @ 12:00

M’sia, S’pore seal RTS agreement, witnessed by two PMs on Johor causeway

Malaysia and Singapore today agreed to proceed with the Rapid Transit System (RTS), with leaders of the two countries meeting at the midpoint of the Johor Causeway as a sign of the agreement.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | 2020 political crisis | Jul 30 2020 @ 12:00

Sabah state Legislative Assembly dissolved

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal announced the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly to pave the way for a state election, which has to be held within 60 days.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | 2020 political crisis | Jul 30 2020 @ 09:00

Snap polls expected in Sabah

Sabah is heading towards snap polls after several assemblymen from the state government aligned themselves with former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman despite earlier pledging allegiance to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Govt: MoH | Jul 30, 2020 @ 13:00

Ministry: Only 25% of govt hospitals have enforced EMR system

Only 25% of government hospitals have implemented the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system, says the Health Ministry.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | 2020 political crisis | Jul 29 2020 @ 21:00

Warisan in favour of snap polls in Sabah following ‘great betrayal’ by assemblymen

In the wake of the “betrayal” by several Sabah state assemblymen, a state election should be called to return the mandate to the people, said Warisan deputy president Datuk Darell Leiking.|Read more >|Malaymail

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New Malaysia | 1MDB: Najib's SRC Trial | Jul 29 2020

  • Court rules Najib had private interest to use SRC for his benefit|Read more >|SunDaily

  • ‘Many problems’ with Najib’s testimonies over Arab donation - Judge|Read more >|SunDaily

  • Judge: Najib's lack of action to recover SRC funds 'very puzzling'|Read more >|NST

  • Najib can fulfill MP duties for now, Azhar Harun explains why|Read more >|SunDaily

  • Najib hopes appeal will be heard immediately|Read more >|SunDaily

  • Najib is first ex-PM to be convicted|Read more >|TheStar

July 29, 2020

New Malaysia | 2020 political crisis | Jul 29 2020 @ 19:00

Report: BN MPs meet Muhyiddin on the heels of Najib’s conviction

After former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s conviction yesterday, MPs from Barisan Nasional (BN) are said to have held a meeting with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | 2020 political crisis | Jul 29, 2020 @ 17:00

Musa Aman claims to have simple majority to take over Sabah govt

Former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman is claiming that he has a simple majority in the 65 member house to take over the state government.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Govt Assistance | Jul 29 2020 @ 16:00

Borrowers can apply for flexibility from Aug 7, no CCRIS for the period: BNM

Individual and Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) borrowers and businesses can apply directly to their respective banks beginning from Aug 7, 2020 to obtain the flexibilities that were announced today, says Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt Assistance | Jul 29 2020 @ 15:00

PM: Govt agrees to three-month loan moratorium extension, but only for the jobless

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today announced that the government has agreed to further extend the bank loan moratorium for the public, following outcry from those affected by Covid-19 and the movement control order.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Govt: Home | Jul 29 2020 @ 15:00

30-day grace period for PLKS holders - Deputy Minister

The Home Ministry has given a 30-day grace period to holders of Temporary Employment Visit Pass (PLKS) that expired during the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO), to reapply for the permits.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Covid-19 RMCO | Jul 29, 2020 @ 13:00

Health DG: Mandatory face masks on Aug 1 is for crowded public places

The mandatory use of face masks from Aug 1 will be for crowded public places where social distancing cannot be practised, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | 2020 political crisis | Jul 29 2020 @ 13:00

PKR to demand RM10m each from 20 lawmakers who defected from party

PKR announced today it has instructed its lawyers to issue letters of demand to 20 MPs and state assemblymen, with the party demanding a sum of RM10 million from each of them for defecting from the party.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | New Propositions | Jul 29, 2020 @ 13:00

Govt to propose new amendment for flexible working arrangements

The government is looking towards implementing flexible working arrangements between employers and employees for the post-Covid-19 new normal, says Deputy Human Resource Minister Awang Solahudin Hashim.|Read more >|TheStar

 

New Malaysia | Govt Assistance | Jul 29 2020 @ 12:00

Petrol Subsidy Programme scrapped

The government has decided not to proceed with plans to implement the Petrol Subsidy Programme (PSP) which was mooted by the then Pakatan Harapan administration.|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia | New Propositions | Jul 29 2020 @ 12:00

Govt formulating new regulation on pollution parameters

The government is in the process of formulating a new regulation on pollution parameters for activities that are not subject to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), said Deputy Minister of Environment and Water Datuk Dr Ahmad Masrizal Muhammad.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Foreign Workers policy | Jul 29 2020 @ 12:00

Putrajaya limits foreign workers only to construction, agriculture, plantations sectors

The government has determined that foreign workers will be limited to work in only three sectors to ensure that Malaysians will be employed after the economy was badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and the movement control order (MCO) that followed.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt Assistance | Jul 29 2020 @ 12:00

PM to make announcement of moratorium extension, targeted approach assistance

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is scheduled to make an announcement on the moratorium extension and targeted approach assistance at 3pm today.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | 2020 political crisis | Jul 29 2020 @ 07:00

Why did Perikatan pick Art Harun as new Speaker? Pundits suggest part of bid to woo urbanites

Analysts believe Perikatan Nasional (PN) may have baited Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun with the Dewan Rakyat Speaker post primarily as a means to vacate the Election Commission chairmanship and install a figure friendlier to the ruling bloc.|Read more >|Malaymail

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New Malaysia | 1MDB: Najib's SRC Trial | Jul 28 2020

  • Najib granted stay of execution by High Court|Read more >|NST

  • Court sentences Najib to total of 72 years in jail, fines him RM210m|Read more >|SunDaily

  • Dr Noor Hisham says ‘sad’ seeing Najib supporters ignoring Covid-19 SOP at SRC trial (VIDEO)|Read more >|Malaymail

  • High Court wants mitigation to start immediately|Read more >|NST

  • Judge confirms Jho Low involvement in SRC case, Najib failed to prove signature forged|Read more >|SunDaily

  • SRC trial judge who convicted Najib says all roads led to proverbial Rome|Read more >|Malaymail

  • Najib guilty on all seven counts, sentences to be decided today (Live Updates)|Read more >|TheStar

July 28, 2020

New Malaysia | 2020 political crisis | Jul 28 2020 @ 17:00

Umno president: ‘My friend’ Najib’s SRC conviction ‘not end of the world’, major decision by party imminent

Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s conviction today in his corruption, power abuse and money laundering trial over ex-1MDB subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd’s RM42 million funds is “not the end of the world”, Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has said.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Covid-19 RMCO | Jul 27, 2020 @ 16:00

Mandatory 14-day quarantine costs RM4,700 per person

The average cost for each individual undergoing mandatory 14-day quarantine is RM4,700, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.|Read more >|TheStar

 

New Malaysia | Govt: Judiciary | Jul 28 2020 @ 16:00

Appeals Court quashes EC’s decision in disqualifying former Cameron Highlands MP from contesting, voting

Former Cameron Highlands Member of Parliament Datuk C. Sivarraajh (pix) today won in his appeal to quash the decision of the Election Commission (EC) in disqualifying him from contesting or voting in election for five years beginning 2018.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Govt Assistance | Jul 28 2020 @ 15:00

More than RM18 million provided to Islamic education institutions affected by Covid-19

As of June 30 this year, the government has provided RM18.4 million to 1,830 Islamic educational institutions, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | New Policies | Jul 28 2020 @ 08:00

‘Basikal lajak’: Parents face RM1,000 fine, imprisonment

Parents or guardians who allow their children, under the age of 18, to engage in activities involving modified bicycles or “basikal lajak’’ that invite danger can be fined between RM1,000 and RM5,000 or imprisoned for not more than one year.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Govt: MoF | Jul 28, 2020 @ 07:00

Decision on loan moratorium to be announced soon

Banks have given a commitment to continue assisting borrowers and businesses affected by the impact of Covid-19 on the economy, says Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz.|Read more >|TheStar

July 27, 2020

New Malaysia | Govt: MoT | Jul 27 2020 @ 22:00

Transport Ministry says will only consider expansion of Penang Airport after strategic study

Any proposal for a new airport development, including for the expansion and upgrading of the Penang International Airport (PEN), will only be considered after the National Airports Strategic Plan (NASP) study has been finalised.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Govt: MoH | Jul 27 2020 @ 20:00

Dr Noor Hisham: Govt considering providing face masks for B40

The government is looking into providing face masks to needy groups when the wearing of face masks is made mandatory starting Aug 1.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | 2020 political crisis | Jul 27 2020 @ 15:00

Pakatan’s first choice for PM is Anwar, then Shafie, say Guan Eng and Mat Sabu

Pakatan Harapan (PH) component party members have pledged to allow PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim the first opportunity to form government and become prime minister.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | DUI | Jul 27 2020 @ 15:00

Road Transport Act amendment tabled for first reading

The Road Transport (Amendment) Act 2020 was tabled in the Dewan Rakyat for its first reading today, which includes heavier punishment for those driving under the influence.|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia | Govt: MoF | Jul 27 2020 @ 15:00

Borrowers contacted for loan rescheduling, restructuring - Finance Minister

Banks have contacted more than 394,000 individual and small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) borrowers who are still adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic to offer loan restructuring and rescheduling.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Viewpoints | Jul 27 2020 @ 07:00

Ahead of Najib’s SRC decision, lawyers explain what happens to MPs found guilty of criminal charges

The High Court is expected to decide tomorrow whether Pekan MP Datuk Seri Najib Razak is guilty or not guilty of the charges in the SRC International trial.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Covid-19 RMCO | Jul 27, 2020 @ 07:00

Cross-border travel okayed

The Causeway, closed off to most traffic due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will be busy again when cross-border travel is allowed from Aug 17 following a historic meeting between Malaysia and Singapore on the 1km link.|Read more >|TheStar

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July 26, 2020

New Malaysia | New Initiatives | Jul 26 2020 @ 21:00

JKM aid recipients set to increase three-fold due to revised PLI

The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry expects a three-fold increase in the number of recipients for its Welfare Department (JKM) benefits in line with the revision of the national poverty line income (PLI), said its minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Scandal: Pg Undersea tunnel | Jul 26 2020 @ 20:00

Guan Eng grilled for 8 hours over Penang Tunnel project

Former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng spent more than eight hours at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) headquarters here today to give his statement over the RM6.3 billion undersea tunnel project underseen by the Penang government.|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia | New Initiatives | Jul 26 2020 @ 16:00

Defunct Jasa to be revived to provide employment

The now-defunct Department of Special Affairs (Jasa) will be given a new life so that 500 people can be re-employed.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Covid-19 RMCO | Jul 26 2020 @ 13:00

MCO may return if Covid-19 cases climb to three digits

The government would consider re-enforcing the Movement Control Order (MCO) if the daily number of Covid-19 cases reaches three digits.|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia | Govt: MCMC | Jul 26 2020 @ 09:00

After BTN, deputy minister says Putrajaya also reviving Jasa unit

The Communications and Multimedia Ministry has already begun efforts to reactivate the Special Affairs Unit (Jasa) that past government critics alleged had been a propaganda unit.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt: MCMC | Jul 26 2020 @ 09:00

MCMC seeks Malaysian views on ‘National Digital Identity’

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission said it has begun public engagements for its efforts to develop a “National Digital Identity” meant to enhance secure personal identification in the digital era.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | New Initiatives | Jul 26 2020 @ 08:00

Govt committed to ensuring rural communities receive key services

The government is always committed to ensuring that rural communities will always be well-served by government agencies, in the same manner as urban communities, through the delivery of effective and cost-effective services.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Covid-19 RMCO | Jul 26 2020 @ 08:00

Covid-19: Kuching declared red zone, Hospital Sentosa closed

Kuching has been categorised as a red zone after 41 Covid-19 cases have been detected as at noon today, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt: Home | Jul 26 2020 @ 07:00

Hamzah: SOP for arming of Rela will be fine-tuned

The standard operating procedure (SOP) on the use of firearms by Rela members, especially during operations in risk areas, will be fine-tuned, says Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.|Read more >|TheStar

July 25, 2020

New Malaysia | 2020 political crisis | Jul 25 2020 @ 22:00

Dr Mahathir: I may form new party, or join existing one

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today hinted that he might form a new party if he fails in his High Court suit on the nullification of his membership in Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia | The Third Vote | Jul 25 2020 @ 20:00

KPKT will accept PN government’s decision on local council elections

The Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) will abide by the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government’s decision if it chooses not to revive local council elections.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Covid-19 RMCO | Jul 25 2020 @ 16:00

RMCO: Govt to tighten SOP again

The government has agreed to further tighten the standard operating procedure (SOP) of the Movement Control Order (MCO) which has been relaxed following the implementation of the Recovery MCO (RMCO).|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | New Initiatives | Jul 25 2020 @ 10:00

Yayasan Sabah to provide business platform through SICC

Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC) aims to provide a venue for more business opportunities for the local players.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Govt: MEDAC | Jul 25 2020 @ 09:00

Medac’s lifeline for entrepreneurs well received, says Wan Junaidi

The aid provided by the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Co-operatives (Medac), to entrepreneurs affected by Covid-19 and the subsequent phases of the movement control order (MCO), has witnessed positive response.|Read more >|Malaymail

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July 24, 2020

New Malaysia | DUI | Jul 25 2020 @ 08:00

Amendments to Act 333: Welfare of victim’s family should be prioritised

The government has been urged not to rush into amending the Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 333) on drink-driving, which should be done comprehensively, especially involving the welfare of the victim’s family.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | 1MDB | Jul 25 2020 @ 07:00

Goldman Sachs to settle US$3.9bil

Goldman Sachs has agreed to a total settlement of US$3.9bil (RM16.63bil) to resolve outstanding charges and claims related to the three bond transactions that the investment bank had structured and arranged for 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), says the Finance Ministry.|Read more >|TheStar

 

New Malaysia | Govt: RTD | Jul 24 2020 @ 16:00

RTD waiting for ‘green light’ to enforce child car seat rules

The Road Transport Department (RTD) is just waiting for the ‘green light’ from the Transport Ministry to enforce the use of child car seats or child restraint system (CRS) in private vehicles.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | 2020 political crisis | Jul 24 2020 @ 15:00

Investigate 'agents' offering inducement to elected reps, urges Shafie

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has urged the police to conduct thorough investigations into attempts by unknown 'agents' to lure several state government elected representatives to cross over.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Govt: MCMC | Jul 24 2020 @ 13:00

Cabinet says will amend Finas Act, assures online users no need to worry about licence

The Cabinet has agreed to amend the National Film Development Corp (Finas) Act to become relevant with the times, following massive backlash over the need for a licence for filming even for social media.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | FINAS Act | Jul 24 2020 @ 08:00

Can Finas enforce licensing law on film producers in digital age? Here’s what lawyers say

Could Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah have gone beyond the intention of Parliament and the spirit of the law by invoking a 39-year-old legislation to assert Malaysia’s sovereignty over a controversial documentary by a Qatari news agency?|Read more >|Malaymail