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ANM in the News Archive September 21 - 25,  2019

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September 24, 2019

New Malaysia | Postal Rate Hike Sep 24, 2019 @ 21:30

Revised global postal rate must be affordable, MCMC stresses amid concerns of price hike

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) today said it would support any revision in the remuneration rates for inbound letters and small packages from overseas.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Projects: ECRL Sep 24, 2019 @ 21:26

ECRL needs a review, says Anwar

A review of the East-Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project is needed, following new developments in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) case.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Viewpoints Sep 24, 2019 @ 21:02

WAO optimistic job seekers will not be left out over Employment Act amendment

The Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) is optimistic that job seekers will not be left in the lurch in the proposed amendments of the Employment Act 1955.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Poverty in Malaysia Sep 24, 2019 @ 20:32

Call for Government to redefine poverty in order to promote balanced economic growth

The parliamentary Caucus on Reform and Governance has called on the Government to review the current definition of poverty.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Viewpoints Sep 24, 2019 @ 20:30

Jomo: Revamp agricultural practices to help poor farmers, not rich plantations

Malaysia needs to reform its agriculture practices to ensure food and financial security for poor farmers, renowned economist Jomo Kwame Sundaram said today.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt: MESTECC Sep 24, 2019 @ 19:31

Mestecc to prepare Transboundary Pollution Act cabinet paper in three months

The Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry (Mestecc) will be preparing a cabinet paper on the need to create a Transboundary Pollution Act in three months.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia State Govt Sep 24, 2019 @ 18:17

Legalise or risk being shut down, Selangor factories told

Almost 2,900 illegal factories in Selangor are at risk of being shut down by authorities if their owners fail to legalise them within a year.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia Govt: Works Sep 24, 2019 @ 17:32

Works Ministry eyes more funds for Sabah, Sarawak

Works Minister Baru Bian is hoping that the 2020 Budget, scheduled to be tabled on Oct 12, will see more funds being allocated towards development in Sabah and Sarawak.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Reforms: DNA Database Sep 24 2019 @ 17:04

NRD still studying the best way to set up DNA databank
The National Registration Department (NRD) is still in the midst of studying the best mechanism to implement the proposed DNA databank, which will be part of the information included in future birth certificates.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia Govt: MoF Sep 24, 2019 @ 17:01

KRI proposal likely to be included in 12th Malaysia Plan, says Guan Eng

Khazanah Research Institute’s (KRI) proposal for a more refined measure of income will be considered as part of the 12th Malaysia Plan instead of Budget 2020, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Govt: MCMC Sep 24, 2019 @ 17:00

Malaysia’s 5G plan advances, a potential boon for China’s Huawei

Malaysia will start a nationwide demonstration of 5G projects next month, a minister said today, indicating it was on track to become one of the first Asian countries to launch the technology.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia Projects: ECRL Sep 24, 2019 @ 16:47

A lot to consider before thinking about cancelling ECRL, says Guan Eng

Economist and former Council of Eminent Persons member Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram was not wrong when he suggested for the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project to be reviewed, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia Projects: TSGP Sep 24, 2019 @ 16:44

Govt still negotiating with China to resolve issues pertaining to two pipeline projects

The government is still negotiating with China to resolve issues pertaining to the Multi-Product Pipeline (MPP) and Trans-Sabah Gas Pipeline (TSGP) projects.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Govt Sep 24, 2019 @ 16:37

Malaysia should tap into huge business opportunity in biomass industry: Kok

Malaysia should seize opportunities in bio-based business models, namely bio-energy, bio-agricultural, echo-products and bio-chemicals, that are capable of creating a new wave of bio-economy for economic growth.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | New Initiatives: MoE Sep 24, 2019 @ 16:30

Maszlee: Education Ministry to set up special committee on education needs of Orang Asli

The Ministry of Education (MoE) will be setting up a special committee to look into the education needs of the Orang Asli community.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia Govt: MoF Sep 24, 2019 @ 16:05

KRI proposal likely to be included in 12th Malaysia Plan, says Guan Eng

Khazanah Research Institute’s (KRI) proposal for a more refined measure of income will be considered as part of the 12th Malaysia Plan instead of Budget 2020, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Govt: MCMC Sep 24, 2019 @ 13:38

Nationwide digital TV broadcast from Oct 31

Malaysia will fully shift to digital TV transmission from the current analogue terrestrial TV service from Oct 31, signifying a new era of broadcasting in the country.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | State Govt Sep 24 2019 @ 13:01

Tighten security, Shafie tells security forces after latest kidnapping
Security forces must take steps to strengthen sea borders in Sabah’s eastern most Tambisan waters, the closest point with the southern Philippines’ Tawi Tawi chain of islands, says Sabah's Chief Minister.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | New Initiatives: Housing Sep 24, 2019 @ 10:20

HOC: Houses below RM300,000 for B40, M40 groups

The Housing and Local Government Ministry (HLGM) is offering those in the B40 and M40 groups who have yet to own a house to buy a home through the Home Ownership Campaign (HOC): Affordable Homes.|Read more >|SunDaily

Home Ownership Campaign (HOC): Affordable Homes

Oct 4-6, 2019 at the NU Sentral, Kuala Lumpur

New Malaysia | Govt: Works Sep 24, 2019 @ 10:20

Pan Borneo project still under Works Ministry

The Pan Borneo highway construction project in Sabah and Sarawak is still under the Ministry of Works and it is a priority of the Federal Government.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Projects: Kg Baru Development Sep 24, 2019 @ 09:14

Cabinet to discuss Kampung Baru issue tomorrow

The Cabinet will discuss the offer price rate to Kampung Baru landowners and benefactors at its meeting on Wednesday.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Sep 24, 2019 @ 09:12

Credit, debit cards options for payment of foreign workers’ registration fees

As a measure to further improve its operations, the Foreign Workers Medical Examination Monitoring Agency (Fomema) is enabling employers to settle the medical examination registration fees for foreign workers, with Visa or MasterCard debit or credit cards.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Sep 24, 2019 @ 09:06

Guidelines to manage night markets in Malaysia: Zuraida

The night market guidelines pilot project implemented at the Keramat Permai project site in Ampang here is set to serve as a model for night markets across the country, says Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia Govt Sep 24, 2019 @ 08:29

Dr Mahathir to reiterate call for reforms at UN General Assembly

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who arrives here today (Sept 24) to attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), is expected to use the platform to further Malaysia’s aspirations on the international stage.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Poverty in Malaysia Sep 24, 2019 @ 08:30

Reform caucus to hold seminar on Malaysia’s poverty rate

The parliamentary Caucus on Reform and Governance will hold a seminar today on Economics, Poverty, and Gaps in Malaysia: Definition and Implementation for the Members of Parliament (MP) and government officials in understanding issues related to poverty in the country.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Reforms: Political Funding Sep 24 2019 @ 07:00

In the dark over Political Funding Bill
MPs are in the dark over the details of a proposed Bill that will require political parties to reveal their source of funds.|Read more >|TheStar

 

New Malaysia | Govt Programmes Sep 24 2019 @ 07:00

Government urged to raise age limit in mySalam scheme
The government should immediately review the mySalam National Protection Scheme introduced since Jan 1 and extend coverage for eligible participants to beyond 55 years.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | New Initiatives: State Sep 24, 2019 

Partners to digitalise EFS application process

The strategic partners of Endowment Fund Sarawak (EFS) – namely the National Registration Department (NRD) Sarawak, Bank Islam and SOCOE Sdn Bhd – will jointly plan and implement the digitalisation of the EFS application process.|Read more >| BorneoPost

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September 25, 2019

New Malaysia Govt: MoH Sep 25, 2019 @ 21:13

Health Ministry maintains Orang Asli deaths caused by measles

The Health Ministry stood firm by its earlier findings that the deaths of 16 Bateq Orang Asli from Kampung Kuala Koh, Gua Musang in May and June this year were due to measles.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Fakenews Sep 25 2019 @ 20:47

Health Ministry: Reports of forced birth control on Orang Asli are untrue
The Health Ministry has debunked claims that Orang Asli women in Hulu Perak were forced to take birth control.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Reforms: SOSMA Sep 25, 2019 @ 20:30

IGP: Sosma not used lightly, and only by top brass

The Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) is a piece of legislation that the police do not take lightly, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador insisted today.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia Postal Rate Hike Sep 25, 2019 @ 19:23

Pos Malaysia working to ensure no major hike in postal rates

Pos Malaysia Bhd is working with relevant government agencies to ensure there is no major hike in postal rates if the United States Postal Service (USPS) leaves the Universal Postal Union (UPU).|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Sep 25 2019 @ 19:11

Cabinet approves RM10mil allocation to increase interns' allowance
The Cabinet has approved an allocation of RM10mil to help fund the increase allowances for interns undergoing practical training at government agencies.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Budget 2020 Sep 25 2019 @ 18:43

Govt should come up with measures to counteract downward forces in Budget 2020: Jomo

The government should consider coming out with measures in Budget 2020 to counteract the downward forces that have been affecting Malaysia, says a prominent economist.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt: PTPTN Sep 25 2019 @ 15:04

PTPTN collects RM1.3b in repayment so far this year

The amount of loan repayments received by the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) so far this year was RM1.3 billion, said its chairman Wan Saiful Wan Jan.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia New Policies: State Sep 25, 2019 @ 17:01

Ban on Mak Yong in Kelantan lifted

The Mak Yong dance can now be performed in Kelantan after a ban of some 28 years.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | 1MDB Sep 25 2019 @ 17:00

IGP says Jho Low's whereabouts known, aims to bring him in by year-end
Malaysian police said on Wednesday they know the location of fugitive financier Low Taek Jho and hope to bring him back by the end of the year to help in investigations into a multibillion-dollar scandal at 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Govt: NRD Sep 25, 2019 @ 17:00

NRD says late birth registrations still available in Sarawak, only approval shifted to Putrajaya

Sarawakians need not travel to Putrajaya to belatedly register the birth of their children, the National Registration Department clarified today.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Viewpoints Sep 25 2019 @ 15:04

Rehda urges govt to review charges, requirements to save cost

The Real Estate & Housing Developers’ Association (Rehda) hopes the government will lower or abolish unnecessary charges and requirements imposed on developers to reduce the cost of doing business.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Poverty in Malaysia Sep 25 2019 @ 10:33

Low-income earners should not all be grouped in B40 category: Anwar

The government should consider suggestions to redefine national poverty levels and income brackets to address the problem effectively, said Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia Govt Sep 25, 2019 @ 09:57

Malaysia competition watchdog steps up probe into Singapore's Grab

Malaysia is advancing an anti-monopoly investigation into Singapore-based Grab Holdings Inc, ramping up a broader government push to bring greater competition to its economy.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia Govt Sep 25, 2019 @ 08:41

Dr M slams UN, Myanmar govt over Rohingya crisis

The United Nations and Myanmar government came under fire on Tuesday for their inaction in resolving the Rohingya crisis which has displaced more than a million people in the country.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Poverty in Malaysia Sep 25 2019 @ 07:00

Review measurements of poverty, govt urged
The government should immediately review the mySalam National Protection Scheme introduced since Jan 1 and extend coverage for eligible participants to beyond 55 years.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Projects Sep 25, 2019 @ 06:30

Local firm claims Maldives turning back on RM514m construction project after change of govt

A Malaysian property developer has filed for arbitration against the Republic of Maldives over an alleged breach of contract, amounting to nearly US$30 million (RM124 million) of arrears for a project in the Hulhumalé reclaimed island there.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | New Initiatives: State Sep 25, 2019 

State funding to fully devt Marudi Industrial Estate

The Marudi Industrial Estate will be fully developed through funding by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development.|Read more >| BorneoPost

New Malaysia | New Initiatives: State Sep 25, 2019 

Proposal for micro-credit financing to be tabled at Cabinet meeting — Naroden

The Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development will be presenting to the state Cabinet for approval a proposed micro-credit financing system to ease financial constraints of fledgling contractors and entrepreneurs in the state.|Read more >| BorneoPost

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September 22, 2019

New Malaysia | State Govt Sep 22, 2019 @ 23:30

Melaka wants more water infrastructure to avoid disruptions, says CM

The state government will hold a meeting with the National Water Service Commission (SPAN) to discuss plans to develop water infrastructure in the state in the near future.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt Programmes Sep 22, 2019 @ 20:30

PTPTN: More than RM1b in deposits projected for 2019 through savings scheme

The National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) is targeting to receive more than RM1 billion in deposits this year through its National Education Savings Scheme (SSPN), with an estimated 500,000 new account holders.|Read more >|Malaymail

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New Malaysia | State Govt Sep 22, 2019 @ 18:30

DCM warns against extending village council programme from peninsula to Sarawak

Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah today asserted that there is no need to extend the Village Management Community Council to Sarawak as it already has its own Village Development and Security Committee.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | PKR Feud Sep 22 2019 @ 17:50

Have a 'big heart', hold special meeting to discuss issues, Anwar told
Zuraida Kamaruddin (pic) has called on PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to show a "big heart" if he aspired to be the eighth Prime Minister.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Viewpoints Sep 22, 2019 @ 17:01

Maritime fund: Make it happen this time, say industry players

The relaunch of the maritime fund by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng with a value of RM1.5 billion is a good first step to revitalise the industry, but a clearer and firmer process of the fund application must be made visible this time around, industry players said.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Sep 22 2019 @ 16:54

'Plogging' their way to cash from trash in Ampang
Ampang residents are turning trash into cash, thanks to a "plogging" campaign mooted by local authorities.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia New Policies: DNA database Sep 22, 2019 @ 16:08

DNA data in birth certs soon?

The National Registration Department (NRD) has proposed for DNA data to be included in birth certificates as a long-term measure to stem possible misuse of identification documents.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | New Propositions Sep 22, 2019 @ 15:03

Guan Eng welcomes proposal to establish duty-free zone in Negri Sembilan

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng today welcomed a proposal from the Negri Sembilan government to establish a duty-free zone within the Malaysia Vision Valley 2.0 (MVV 2.0) development project.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Sep 22 2019 @ 13:49

Home Ministry tightening NRD's delivery system, SOPs
The Home Ministry is in the midst of improving the National Registration Department's (NRD) delivery system and standard operating procedures (SOPs) following the revelation of a syndicate selling MyKad and birth certificates to foreigners, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.|Read more >|TheStar

 

New Malaysia | Projects: Kg Baru Development Sep 22, 2019 @ 12:31

Price offered is too low, say Kampung Baru residents

A majority of Kampung Baru locals has agreed that the area needs redevelopment but expressed disappointment with the price offered by the government for their land.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Projects: Kg Baru Development Sep 22, 2019 @ 12:30

Kampung Baru land deal: 'Final offer to be made by PM'

THE final say on the government offer for the land deal in Kampung Baru will be made by the prime minister.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Govt: MoED Sep 22 2019 @ 07:00

Unlocking the value of wakaf land
UDA Holdings Bhd (UDA), an agency under the purview of the Entre-preneur Development Ministry, is working together with religious councils to help unlock the value of wakaf land.|Read more >|TheStar

 

New Malaysia | Govt: HR Sep 22 2019 @ 07:00

Time to address labour market shortages
What skills do you need to become a sought-after employee in Malaysia's current labour market?|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Govt: HR Sep 22 2019 @ 07:00

Prioritising human capital development
For Malaysia to become a high-income country, human capital development must continue to be a key priority says TalentCorp Malaysia.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Viewpoints Sep 22, 2019 

Cuepacs against closure of 33 training institutes under the Ministry of Health

Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Service (Cuepacs) is against the closure of 33 training institutes under the Ministry of Health.|Read more >| BorneoPost

New Malaysia | State Govt Sep 22, 2019 

‘Sarawak must upskill local workforce’

The government is aware of the huge outflow of funds through foreign workers, says Works Minister Baru Bian.|Read more >| BorneoPost

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September 23, 2019

New Malaysia | Govt: MoHr Sep 23, 2019 @ 23:30

HR Ministry denies removing anti-discrimination provision under the Employment Act

The Human Resources Ministry today said it was premature to say a decision has been reached to remove an anti-discrimination provision in recruitment under the Employment Act 1955, as the matter is still under discussion between the ministry and its stakeholders.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | PM Succession Sep 23 2019 @ 23:16

Kadir says Pakatan did not set transition date, but confident PM will honour agreement
Pakatan Harapan did not set a transition date for PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to take over Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister, says Datuk A. Kadir Jasin.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Govt: MoH Sep 23, 2019 @ 22:30

More allocation for health ministry in 2020 Budget, says Health D-G

The government was urged to provide a bigger allocation through the 2020 Budget for the Health Ministry to improve the quality of health services in the country.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Poverty in Malaysia Sep 23 2019 @ 21:01

More refined measure of income needed for welfare assistance: KRI

Khazanah Research Institute (KRI) has proposed an alternative demarcation of households by adopting disposable or net income in measuring households’ economic well-being, taking into account income disparities in different locations and factoring in household sizes to better compare living standards.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia State Govt Sep 23, 2019 @ 20:42

'Uphill task' to teach maths and science in English in Sarawak

It will be an uphill task for Sarawak when it starts teaching Mathematics and Science in English in primary schools next year.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | State Govt Sep 23, 2019 @ 19:30

Sabah says hoping to get 20pc oil royalty in Budget 2020

The Sabah state government said today it is hoping that the 20 per cent oil royalty it was promised during the last general election will finally be given during the upcoming federal Budget to be tabled on October 11.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia Projects: Kg Baru Development Sep 23, 2019 @ 19:19

Stop politicising Kampung Baru land deal, Khalid tells opposition

Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad today told the opposition to stop politicising the Kampung Baru land deal.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia New Initiatives Sep 23, 2019 @ 19:03

3,000 schoolchildren benefit from month-long healthy meal to celebrate World School Milk Day

Some 3,000 primary and secondary students will enjoy free milk, probiotic drinks and smoothie bars for a month, to start their day right in conjunction with World School Milk Day 2019.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | New Propositions Sep 23 2019 @ 17:39

Legislation to protect the elderly needed: DPM

The government agrees that there is a need for legislation to protect the rights of the elderly in view of the increasing number of cases of neglect and abuse of this group, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | State Govt Sep 23, 2019 @ 17:30

Kedah needs federal govt’s help to narrow debt gap with other states, says Mukhriz

Kedah needs the federal government’s assistance to narrow its  economic development gap with other states, says Mentri Besar, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia Scandal: MyKad Sales Sep 23, 2019 @ 17:16

MyKad sale: Rayer says will explain reason for representing accused

“Come to court and I will answer you,”|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia | Govt: MoF Sep 23, 2019 @ 17:00

Deputy finance minister: Condo, apartment units below RM300,000 dominate property overhang list

Condominium and apartment units priced between RM200,000 and RM300,000 dominate the list of property overhang in the country, mainly contributed by those in Perak and Kedah.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt: Housing Sep 23 2019 @ 16:39

All foreigners can buy unsold luxury homes, reiterates Zuraida
The Housing and Local Government Ministry has reiterated that the Home Ownership Campaign (HOC) for unsold luxury homes encompasses all foreign buyers and is not confined only to purchasers from China.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | New Policies Sep 23 2019 @ 16:27

Govt adopts policies to ensure sustainable oil palm cultivation

Malaysia has adopted several key policies to ensure sustainable oil palm cultivation, including capping the total of oil palm cultivated area to 6.5 million ha, said Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia New Initiatives Sep 23, 2019 @ 15:10

Govt to set up senior citizen activity centre in every Parliamentary constituency

The government plans to set up a senior citizen activity centre known as Pusat Aktiviti Warga Emas (PAWE) in every parliamentary constituency in the country.|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia Govt Sep 23, 2019 @ 14:38

Dr M: Govt may use digital city solution to improve quality of life

The government may turn to digital solutions to help convert cities here into smart cities - which is among the main thrusts of the 12th Malaysia Plan (2021-2025), said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Govt Sep 23 2019 @ 13:38

Smart city players working in silos hindering development as a whole, says Dr M
There are too many smart city players working in silos, hindering smart city development as a whole, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Viewpoints Sep 23 2019 @ 13:31

Smart City Framework a big step to realise smart nation vision: Irda

The launch of the Malaysia Smart City Framework by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today is another big step towards realising the smart nation agenda.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Govt Sep 23 2019 @ 12:41

Malaysia defers enforcement of VEP during 'peak-hour traffic' until further notice
Malaysia on Monday (Sept 23) announced that it will defer the enforcement of its Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) "during peak-hour traffic operation" until further notice, citing "several issues" including difficulties in obtaining appointments for the RFID tag installation.|Read more >|TheStar

 

New Malaysia | New Policies Sep 23 2019 @ 12:21

Ministry launches Malaysia Smart City Framework

The Housing and Local Government Ministry today launched the Malaysia Smart City Framework, a book that will serve as a guideline for local governments all across the country to develop cities into smart cities.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia Govt Sep 23, 2019 @ 12:10

200,000 teak trees dot NSE thanks to 1997 initiative

PLUS Malaysia Bhd’s green initiative of planting almost half a million teak trees along the North-South Expressway (NSE) back in 1997 appears to be bearing fruit.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia Govt: MoA Sep 23, 2019 @ 12:05

We don't want to repeat mistake, says Salahuddin

The food sector involves a complex network that translates into a multibillion-dollar trade globally.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | State Govt Sep 23, 2019 

CM: Govt firm on nuclear weapons devt

The Malaysian government is firm in its stand on not tolerating with the development of nuclear weapons.|Read more >| BorneoPost

New Malaysia | Govt: MoE Sep 23, 2019 @ 12:00

Higher Education DG: 38 academic programmes irrelevant to job market demand dropped

The Department of Higher Education has dropped 38 academic programmes in 19 universities as they are no longer relevant to the current and future job market demands.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | State Govt Sep 23 2019 @ 10:50

Kowangan platform to foster cooperation between Sabah financial agencies: Shafie

Kowangan, the Sabah Ministry of Finance Staff Cooperative, can be a platform to foster the cooperative spirit and team spirit among staff of the Sabah Ministry of Finance and its agencies, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | New Policies: DNA database Sep 23, 2019 @ 10:00

Expert: DNA database must weigh security with privacy

The proposed DNA database by the National Registration Department (NRD) is a good move to counter the illegal issuance of MyKad to foreigners but authorities must consider individual privacy rights, said criminologist P. Sundramoorthy.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | PTPTN Repayment Sep 23, 2019 @ 07:26

PTPTN: Tax exemptions for employers who pay workers’ education loans

The National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) will redouble effort to attract more employers to assist their workers pay outstanding study loans, said its chairman Wan Saiful Wan Jan.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | New Policies: DNA database Sep 23 2019 @ 07:00

DNA database proposal seen as a good move to protect society
While the proposed DNA database by the National Registration Department (NRD) is seen as a good move to counter the illegal issuance of MyKad and identity cards to foreigners, there are concerns that this may infringe individual privacy.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | New Policies: DNA database Sep 23 2019 @ 07:00

Govt moves to tighten NRD security after scandal
Setting up a DNA data bank and upgrading security levels for National Registration Department (NRD) staff are among the measures to be put in place after it was rocked by the illegal sale of birth certificates and identity cards.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | New Initiatives: State Sep 23, 2019 

RM15 million for extreme sports public park

The National Landscape Department has approved RM15 million for building a public park specifically for extreme sports at Limbang’s old airstrip.|Read more >| BorneoPost

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September 21, 2019

New Malaysia | State Govt Sep 21, 2019 @ 23:00

MB: Allocation for development of Islamic faith to increase to RM20m in N. Sembilan Budget 2020

The upcoming Negri Sembilan Budget 2020 will see an increase of RM3 million in the allocation for the development of Islam in the state, bringing the total amount to RM20 million compared to RM17 million this year.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | New Propositions Sep 21, 2019 @ 22:03

Proposed Transboundary Haze Act should have extraterritorial application: Expert

An environmental law expert has proposed for the government to study the United States’ extraterritorial legislation known as Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) 1977, in drafting the proposed Transboundary Haze Act.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | State Govt Sep 21, 2019 @ 22:00

Public sector urged to comply one per cent OKU employment in Sabah

All government agencies, including the state government and local authorities, should comply with the one per cent of Persons with Disabilities (OKU) employment in the public sector in Sabah.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | New Propositions Sep 21, 2019 @ 21:35

Govt urged to abolish law on attempted suicide

The government has been urged to abolish Section 309 of the Penal Code which states that it is an offence to commit suicide.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Scandal: MyKad Sales Sep 21, 2019 @ 21:02

Sosma can be used against those selling fake MyKads, birth certificates

The Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) can be used against individuals involved in syndicates which produce and sell fake birth certificates and identity cards (MyKad) to foreigners.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Projects: Kg Baru Development Sep 21, 2019 @ 19:21

Purchase price of Kampung Baru land may be re-considered

The government may consider a higher price for the purchase of Kampung Baru land for re-development, said Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Sep 21, 2019 @ 18:31

On the road to empowering Bumiputera participation in timber-based furniture industry

The Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) will continue to empower Bumiputera participation in the timber-based furniture industry.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Govt: MoHR Sep 21, 2019 @ 18:30

Human Resources Ministry: No cases of employers hiring workers based on race

The Human Resources Ministry has not found cases of employers in the country, who have selected or hired workers of a particular race to the extent of sidelining other ethnicities.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Sep 21, 2019 @ 18:29

Malaysia to go big on bamboo cultivation

The Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) is providing soft loans to those interested in cultivating bamboo.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Scandal: MyKad Sales Sep 21, 2019 @ 18:25

Penang CM denies link to fake MyKad issue

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow’s office today issued a statement denying any link to the fake MyKad issue.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Govt Sep 21, 2019 @ 18:00

CIDB: RM5b goes out of country through remittances from foreign construction workers

Almost RM5 billion of the nation’s money flows out in a year through foreign workers working in the country’s construction sector.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Govt Sep 21, 2019 @ 17:00

Work with religious councils to develop endowment land, developers told

The government wants more developers to work with state Islamic religious councils to commercially develop endowment land to benefit Muslims especially low income earners to own homes.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | Scandal: MyKad Sales Sep 21, 2019 @ 15:55

Special task force to investigate MyKad syndicate

A special task force has been set up to investigate the issuance and sale of Malaysian identity card (MyKad) and birth certificate to foreign nationals.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | State Govt Sep 21, 2019 

Delay in funds for bus services in Sarawak needs to be resolved immediately, says state Ministry of Transport

The delay in disbursement of funds under the Interim Stage Bus Support Fund (ISBSF) by the federal government has adversely affected the operation of bus services in Sarawak.|Read more >| BorneoPost

New Malaysia | Projects: Kg Baru Development Sep 21, 2019 @ 15:30

PM: Shakeup necessary to redevelop Kampung Baru, but Malays will not be marginalised

Allegations that development in Kampung Baru will push the Malays out of the federal capital are not true and completely baseless, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Sep 21, 2019 

Baru: MPKK a boon, not created to confuse or divide

The Village Community Management Council (MPKK) will bring benefits to the people, not confuse or divide them, says Works Minister Baru Bian.|Read more >| BorneoPost

New Malaysia | State Govt Sep 21 2019 @ 14:35

Shafie tells Sabah Development Bank: Stop financing 'outside' projects

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has instructed the Sabah Development Bank (SDB) to stop financing "outside" projects and focus on development in the state.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Govt Sep 21, 2019 @ 14:00

Dr M: Cooperative movement can help tackle rising cost of living

Cooperative movement can play a major role in helping the low-income (B40) households in urban and rural areas to cope with rising costs of living, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.|Read more >|Malaymail

 

New Malaysia | Bentong Ginger Farming Sep 21, 2019 @ 13:00

Young farmers left in a dilemma

Wong Jing Yi was working at a private firm in Kuala Lumpur when his father-in-law rang him in 2010 to ask if he was interested to work on the family’s ginger farm at Kampung Bukit Tinggi near here.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Bentong Ginger Farming Sep 21, 2019 @ 13:00

Farmers' group concerned over private development project

A total of 231 farmers have been operating on their farm plots here that have been described as the “pulse” of ginger farming in the country since 2008.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Bentong Ginger Farming Sep 21, 2019 @ 13:00

Bentong's ginger farms under threat

Are the glory days of the Bentong ginger, the country’s premier ginger, grown on the hilly slopes of Kampung Bukit Tinggi, near here, coming to an end?|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Projects: Kg Baru Development Sep 21, 2019 @ 13:00

Resistance against Kampung Baru redevelopment is not about race, it's money, residents say

In a townhall session held with Kampung Baru residents here today, Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad was pressed again and again about the government's valuation of their land.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Sep 21, 2019 @ 12:41

Malacca CM: Water catchment areas to be replanted with forest trees

Water catchment areas in Malacca will be replanted with forest trees to ensure the catchments function effectively to meet the water supply needs of residents in the state, according to Chief Minister Adly Zahari.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Projects: Kg Baru Development Sep 21, 2019 @ 12:26

Gov't offers RM850 per sq ft to buy out Kg Baru landowners

The government has offered to buy out Kampung Baru landowners at a rate of RM850 per sq ft, as it seeks to jumpstart the redevelopment of the oldest Malay enclave in the heart of the federal capital.|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Projects: Kg Baru Development Sep 21, 2019 @ 12:01

High hopes of sealing Kg Baru deal

ALL eyes are once again on Kampung Baru as the stage is set for a mega townhall session between stakeholders today, over the redevelopment of the heritage enclave in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.|Read more >|NST

 

New Malaysia | Opposition: MCA Sep 21 2019 @ 11:21

MCA: Why revive RM450mil Kelantan project through direct negotiation?

The RM450mil Federal Multipurpose Building project in Tunjong, Kelantan was awarded through direct negotiations by the Pakatan Harapan government, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | New Initiatives Sep 21, 2019 @ 10:08

E-Skrol application will resolve problem of fake certificates

Degrees issued by local tertiary institutions can now be verified through the E-Skrol application based blockchain technology.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Govt: MoED Sep 21, 2019 @ 08:30

Minister: ‘Buy Muslim Products’ campaign not wrong

The “Buy Muslim Products” campaign is not wrong if it does not boycott other products, said Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof.|Read more >|Malaymail

New Malaysia | New Initiatives: MoE Sep 21 2019 @ 07:00

Blockchain technology to prevent NOC fraud

The Education Ministry (MOE) plans to introduce blockchain technology to prevent the forgery of “No Objection Certificates” (NOCs), which are used by students who don’t meet the criteria to study medicine abroad, Berita Harian reported.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | PM Succession Sep 21 2019 @ 07:00

Dr M to announce handover date later
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has insisted that he will set the time and date to step down as Prime Minister.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | Govt: GLCs Sep 21 2019 @ 07:00

‘Khazanah can sell assets’
Khazanah Nasional will sell off its assets which are not useful to pay off its debts but not everything, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.|Read more >|TheStar

New Malaysia | New Projects: ART Sep 21, 2019 

CM: Sarawak decides on ART to improve public transport

Sarawak has decided on Autonomous Rail Transit (ART) system to improve public transportation in Greater Kuching and will implement works to construct dedicated lanes for the ART next year.|Read more >| BorneoPost

 

New Malaysia | State Govt Sep 21, 2019 

Decision on slot machines final – CM

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said the decision to ban the operation of slot machines in the state was not made overnight.|Read more >| BorneoPost

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