Malaysia News

Muhyiddin: No such thing as 'back door' citizenship applications

KUCHING: There is no

29 July 2019 | 5:23 am

China warns of long road ahead for deal with US after ice-breaking talks

BEIJING/OSAKA: China and the United States will face a long road before they can reach a deal to end their bitter trade war, with more fights ahead likely, Chinese state media said after the two countries' presidents held ice-breaking talks in Japan.

30 June 2019 | 2:18 am

China's factory outlook dimmed again in June ahead of G-20 truce

BEIJING: The outlook for China’s manufacturing sector continued to deteriorate in June as weakness in the domestic economy combined with new tariffs the U.S. imposed the previous month on Chinese goods

30 June 2019 | 2:11 am

Energy billionaire becomes second-richest Thai as Gulf Energy surges

BANGKOK: Sarath Ratanavadi has vaulted up Thailand’s billionaire list to become the nation’s second-richest man, as his Gulf Energy Development Pcl outpaces most of the world’s power companies.

30 June 2019 | 2:08 am

Shale fight forces Opec to accept lowest market share since 1991

LONDON: For almost three decades, Opec has always pumped at least 30% of the world’s crude oil, creating an informal floor for Saudi Arabia and its allies in the cartel. The level has survived everything from wars and economic crisis to terrorist attacks and diplomatic spats.

30 June 2019 | 1:57 am

An autonomous vehicle took on Chicago's traffic. Here's what happened

Autonomous vehicles conjure visions of futuristic machines that lack steering wheels, but the first driverless cars probably won't actually be driverless.

29 June 2019 | 8:00 pm

Retro gamers, rejoice: The Commodore 64 remake is coming

Time to get nostalgic: The old Commodore 64 console is finally getting a remake.

29 June 2019 | 7:00 pm

Telegram's latest update includes new location-based chats

Messaging service Telegram has released an update that enables users to connect and chat with people nearby, making it easier to add new contacts.

29 June 2019 | 6:00 pm

Rotating camera and lasting battery: The Asus Zenfone 6 reviewed

Asus is typically known for its computers, but for a few years now it has been quietly breaking into the lucrative smartphone market.

29 June 2019 | 5:00 pm

Russia agrees with Saudi to extend Opec deal, says Putin

OSAKA: Russia has agreed with Saudi Arabia to extend by six to nine months a deal with Opec on reducing oil production, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

29 June 2019 | 7:51 am

Huawei lifeline shows Trump prefers business deals over Cold War

WASHINGTON: In recent weeks, President Donald Trump has drawn the ire of security hawks in Congress for suggesting he could trade away his blacklisting of Huawei Technologies Co. to secure a trade deal with China.

29 June 2019 | 7:31 am

AirAsia offers six million promo seats to celebrate flying 600 million passengers

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>AirAsia is offering a total of six million promotional seats for as low as RM12 to commemorate hitting the milestone of flying 600 million passengers. Customers may enjoy promotional all-in AirAsia BIG Member fares from as low as RM12 for flights from Kuala Lumpur to Penang, Kuantan, Johor Baru, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. There are […]</p>

21 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Anwar’s aides claim they have not been issued summonses over civil suits

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Two of PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s aides have not received any court summonses over a suit for assault and defamation by Muhammed Yusoff Rawther, who is the grandson of late prominent consumer advocate SM Mohammed Idris. Anwar’s political secretary Farhash Wafa Salvador and his press secretary Tunku Nashrul Tunku Abaidah said in a […]</p>

21 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Flights resume at Ipoh airport after morning downpour clears hazy skies

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Planes were able to take off and land again at the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport (LTSAS) here today after this morning’s heavy downpour washed away the smog that hung over Perak’s capital. Airport manager Mohd Ali Osman said flights resumed at 12.20pm, though three morning flights were cancelled. “Today we had seven flights. But three […]</p>

21 September 2019 | 1:02 am

AirAsia ceases inflight sales of duty free cigarettes

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Malaysia-based AirAsia has joined other airlines in halting sales of duty-free cigarettes on board all flights. AirAsia Group Bhd chief executive Tan Sri Tony Fernandes made the announcement on Twitter yesterday, but did not say when the move will take effect. “I’m super proud to announce that @airasia will stop selling cigarettes on duty free. […]</p>

21 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Anwar PM by 2020? Stop harping on power transfer from Dr M, says PKR info chief

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>PKR has cautioned the public today against dwelling on its president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s planned succession from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister. Its information chief Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin said the party is aware that the issue of power transfer has often been raised by “some quarters with certain motives”. […]</p>

21 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Ex-aide: Najib paid me cash for secret overseas trips, Wisma Putra not informed

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Datuk Seri Najib Razak had paid tens of thousands in cash for the expenses for his former aide’s two secretive trips in 2016 to China and Abu Dhabi related to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue, the High Court heard today. In Najib’s ongoing corruption trial over 1MDB funds, his former special officer Datuk Amhari […]</p>

21 September 2019 | 1:02 am

As trial starts, court told Tengku Adnan accepted RM1m bribe for larger land in Jalan Semarak

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The prosecution kicked off the corruption trial of Umno’s Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor today by portraying him as a lawmaker who abused his ministerial position for personal gratification. In her opening statement, deputy Public Prosecutor Julia Ibrahim said the former Federal Territories minister had abused his position to help tycoon Datuk Tan Eng […]</p>

21 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Tengku Adnan corruption trial to proceed today after judge dismisses recusal bid

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Umno veteran Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s RM1 million bribery trial is set to finally start at the High Court here today. High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali threw out an application to recuse himself filed by the defence yesterday, ruling that there was no credible evidence to show the former Federal Territories […]</p>

21 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Johor govt mulls lowering price threshold for foreigners in bid to stop unsold property glut

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The Johor government will be looking at the feasibility of lowering the current RM1 million price threshold for foreigners to buy properties in the state, in an effort to sell off unsold properties. Johor Housing, Communication and Multimedia Committee chair Dzulkefly Ahmad said such a move will help with properties priced at RM600,000 and above […]</p>

21 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Malaysia bans hit stripper movie ‘Hustlers’

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Malaysia has banned the hit Jennifer Lopez movie “Hustlers”, authorities said Friday, criticising the film about strippers as packed with “obscene content” not suitable for cinema-goers in the conservative country. The star-studded moviebilled as a female “Wolf of Wall Street”is about how New York strippers turned the tables on wealthy businesspeople during the financial crisis. […]</p>

21 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Former aide claims Najib was warned about Jho Low by Arul Kanda, Johari Ghani

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was warned about Low Taek Jho’s dubious character by former 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) chief executive Arul Kanda Kandasamy and former second finance minister Datuk Johari Ghani, the High Court heard today. Testifying against his former employer in the latter’s 1MDB corruption trial, Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazarrudin, who […]</p>

21 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Anti-graft group urges Putrajaya to make ECRL savings breakdown public

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) has urged the government to disclose the breakdowns of savings made from the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) project, amid efforts by prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s administration to fight graft. Group president Mohamad Mohan said Putrajaya must be transparent about publicly funded projects if it is serious about eradicating […]</p>

21 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Ahead of climate strike, group says time for public to respond to haze crisis

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>A group of Malaysian professionals is calling on the public to act on the haze problem currently faced by the country by taking part in the Global Climate Strike this weekend. The group, made up of doctors, lawyers, academics, social activists and economists, says that the global movement is the first chance that Malaysians are […]</p>

21 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Malaysia’s income growth success story is an unequal one, and here’s why

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The country’s richest 10 per cent controlled nearly half of total income share from 2002 to 2014 with ultra-wealthy Bumiputeras registering a remarkable 8.3 per cent growth in earnings, a recent study on inequality showed. The study, which aims to determine which ethnicity and class benefited the most from the post-Asian financial crisis period, found […]</p>

21 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Survey: Despite Pakatan win in GE14, rural voters still back BN, Umno

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Rural Malay votes backing Umno-Barisan Nasional (BN) remain unchanged due to issues that the government has failed to address despite Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) unprecedented win in the 14th general election in May 2018, think-tank Ilham Centre said. Ilham Centre said it is a well-known fact that Malay votes for PH were not entirely “genuine” in […]</p>

21 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Step aside ‘kleptocracy’, here is what Malay voters are now concerned about

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s kleptocracy issue is no longer significant and considered stale among Malay voters who voted for Pakatan Harapan (PH) in May 2018 during the 14th general election, a recent study by think-tank Ilham Centre found. Ilham Centre further suggested that certain segments of the population were beginning to have […]</p>

21 September 2019 | 1:02 am

1MDB trial: Ex-aide agrees Jho Low could have manipulated Najib

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s actions related to 1MDB could have been influenced by fugitive financier Low Taek Jho, a former aide to the ex-prime minister concurred in the High Court today. Former special officer to Najib, Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazarruddin, said so when lead defence lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah asked him to clarify […]</p>

20 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Putrajaya says will declare emergency if API breaches 500 due to haze

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The government reiterated today that an emergency will be declared if pollution caused by the haze forces air pollutant index (API) reading exceeds 500. The Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, and Climate Change (MESTECC) disclosed this in its National Haze Action Plan yesterday. API readings of 101-200 are considered unhealthy, 201-300 are very unhealthy […]</p>

20 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Sarawak eyeing India to promote tourism

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Sarawak is eyeing India as a major market to promote its tourism products, its Tourism, Arts and Culture minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said today. “There is a big jump in the middle class in India and they are the ones who like to travel abroad, apart from the upper class. “That is why […]</p>

20 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Najib’s ex-aide insists secret China trip was for 1MDB, SRC ‘bailout’

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>A secretive trip to China in June 2016 that Datuk Seri Najib Razak commissioned for infrastructure projects here was also to “bail out” 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and its subsidiary SRC International Sdn Berhad, the High Court was told today. Najib’s former special officer Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin referred to written talking points provided by […]</p>

20 September 2019 | 1:02 am

PM announces body-cams for all enforcers prone to abuse

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Body-mounted cameras will be issued to enforcement personnel of agencies susceptible to abuse as part of the government’s bid to curb corruption, prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced today. The government will also seek to install more closed-circuit television camera (CCTVs) at strategic locations, including police lockups, where such abuses are regularly alleged. “For […]</p>

20 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Dr M mulls new law to crack down on Malaysian firms caught polluting abroad

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Putrajaya may enact a law to go after Malaysian companies with estates abroad that pollute the air and cause smog around South-east Asia. Prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the issue was discussed during today’s Cabinet meeting, adding that his government would introduce legislation to rein in recalcitrant local companies that turn a blind […]</p>

20 September 2019 | 1:02 am

MP says Putrajaya can probe Malaysian firms implicated in Indonesian fires

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The Environmental Quality Act (EQA) empowers the federal government to investigate the Malaysian firms whose subsidiaries were accused of open burning in Indonesia, Klang MP Charles Santiago said today. He said the government did not need to enact new laws to address the matter, saying Attorney general Tommy Thomas could issue certificates under Section 22 […]</p>

20 September 2019 | 1:02 am

With new Foreign Policy Framework, Malaysia to no longer stay silent against global injustice

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>A new Foreign Policy Framework was launched by prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday, with Putrajaya declaring its intention to not shy away from speaking up against regional or global breaches of human rights and inequality. Themed “Change in Continuity”, it is also poised to turn Malaysia into a more influential and respected voice […]</p>

20 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Leaked letter about RM450m project merely suggestion to cut costs, PM says

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The RM450 million project mentioned in a letter circulating online is already in progress and the document was just a recommendation to approve cheaper implementation by the award winner, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad explained today. The prime minister said the letter was not an order to award the contract directly and was instead a recommendation […]</p>

20 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Putrajaya sets new curbs to direct tenders, adds safeguards to special cases

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The federal government will impose new conditions that will limit direct tenders to only exceptional cases, prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced today. The move builds on other anti-corruption measures the Pakatan Harapan administration has planned for the near future in its bid to rid the civil service of chronic corruption. “For example, like […]</p>

20 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Let staff work from home amid worsening haze, HR Ministry tells employers

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The Ministry of Human Resources (MoHR) today urged employers to let their staff work from home to ensure their health is not adversely affected by the prolonged haze season. Stating the matter was raised during the weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday, MoHR said the primary responsibility of employers is to ensure an employee’s safety and health […]</p>

20 September 2019 | 1:02 am

More than 36,000 face masks sold in Lazada sale as Malaysians gear up for haze

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>In less than 48 hours, Lazada has sold over 36,000 face masks during the e-retailer’s “Keep The Haze Away” sale on Sunday and Monday. The popular e-commerce site launched its sale to bring down the prices of masks and air-quality control products after haze levels were reported to be “very unhealthy,” recording over 230 on […]</p>

20 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Prioritise workers’ health now or pay future price, employers told amid prolonged haze

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>With no end in sight for the recurring haze season, the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) have urged employers to take a more proactive role in ensuring that their workers’ health is not adversely affected. The umbrella body for unions warned that the health effects from inhaling smog and polluted air are not immediately apparent […]</p>

20 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Health Ministry says working with MCMC, Nacsa to contain patient data breach

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The health ministry is cooperating with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the National Cyber Security Agency (Nacsa) in taking immediate steps to handle the recent reported leak of patients’ private information online. Its minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad said the three government bodies held a meeting earlier this morning, after Germany-based security […]</p>

20 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Dr M says baffled Jakarta refusing Putrajaya’s offer to help with haze menace

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today he would like to ask Indonesian President Joko Widodo why Jakarta has refused Malaysia’s help to fight the forest fires causing smog in the region. “I would like to ask, ‘why you don’t want to receive our help?’ “But I have not done that,” the Langkawi MP […]</p>

20 September 2019 | 1:02 am

DPM predicts internet connectivity blueprint will create 20,000 new jobs

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azisah Wan Ismail forecast that the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP) will lead to 20,000 jobs for all segments of Malaysians including those in rural areas. During the launch of the plan today, Dr Wan Azisah said these jobs will stem from NFCP’s digital infrastructure development. “The […]</p>

20 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Malaysian home ownership campaign should not go abroad, says property group

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The government should not expand its home ownership campaign (HOC) outside of Malaysia to attract foreign property buyers, the president of an international real estate federation Michael Geh said. Geh, who is a surveyor and president of Fiabci Malaysia, said it is not right to promote Malaysian homes to citizens of other countries to entice […]</p>

20 September 2019 | 1:02 am

1MDB trial: Najib’s ex-aide denies $200,000 a gift from Jho Low

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s former aide today denied receiving $200,000 in 2011 as a gift from businessperson Low Taek Jho, insisting instead that it was a loan from the latter. Najib’s former special officer Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin was testifying as the eighth prosecution witness in Najib’s corruption trial over 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Amhari […]</p>

20 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Malaysia to push Southeast Asian nations for long-term solution to smog

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Malaysia will push its Southeast Asian neighbours to strengthen cooperation in finding a long-term solution for smog wafted across the region from forest fires in Indonesia, its environment minister said on Thursday. In the past few weeks, Malaysia and neighbouring Singapore have been choked by smoky air blown in from forest fires started to clear […]</p>

20 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Forest land cleared for logging must be replaced, Putrajaya tells state govt

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>State governments that are planning on degazetting permanent forest areas for logging purposes must also prepare an equivalent area of size and value as replacement, said Water, Land, and Natural Resources minister Xavier Jayakumar today. He said the state government should also shoulder the restoration costs for the replacement area. “The ministry wishes to encourage […]</p>

19 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Haze closes Malaysia schools, sparks fears for Singapore F1

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The Shariah High Court here will announce whether or not Naza Group chair Datuk SM Faisal SM Nasimuddin can start contempt proceedings against Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah next month. The businessperson had filed an ex-parte application against Maria for criticising the Shariah Court’s decision to slap a jail sentence on Faisal’s former wife […]</p>

19 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Dr M’s son Mukhriz wants to focus on Kedah, says ‘in no rush’ to join Cabinet

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir is focused on his work in one of Malaysia’s poorest states and is in no hurry to join his father’s Cabinet. The son of prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told South China Morning Post in an interview published today that he hopes the Pakatan Harapan (PH) leadership […]</p>

19 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Malaysia’s Malindo Air confirms passenger data breach

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Malaysia’s Malindo Air, a subsidiary of Indonesia’s Lion Group, said on Wednesday it was investigating a data breach involving the personal details of its passengers. Malindo Air’s statement followed a report by Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab that the details of around 30 million passengers of Malindo and fellow Lion Group subsidiary Thai Lion Air […]</p>

19 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Haze forces 1,484 schools to close, over a million students affected

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The haze disrupted classes for over a million school students nationwide today after their schools were forced to close due to the worsening air pollution. The Education Ministry said in a statement that 1,484 schools in Sarawak, Selangor, Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Pulau Pinang and Negri Sembilan have shut down, affecting 1,003,310 students as of […]</p>

19 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Court to halt 1MDB trial briefly so Najib can see eye doctor

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1MDB corruption trial at the High Court here will take an extended break later today to allow the former prime minister to seek medical attention for his eyes. Najib’s lawyer, Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, told the High Court this morning that his client needed to see his ophthalmologist. “Before I […]</p>

19 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Stop questioning Perak MB’s administrative decisions, Pakatan parties told

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Special adviser to the Perak mentri besar, Datuk Zainol Fadzi Paharudin, today reminded Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) state component party leaders stop question the mentri besar’s administrative decisions. Zainol also told the PH component party leaders to not question Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faisal Azumu responsibility in managing the state administration when decision made by […]</p>

19 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Report: Malaysia is world’s second-largest importer of shark fin

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Malaysia is the second-largest importer of shark fin, according to a report by wildlife trade organisation Traffic. In the report entitled “An Overview of Major Shark Traders, Catchers, and Species”, the INGO on wildlife trade said between 2000 and 2016, Malaysia imported an average of 2,556 tonnes of shark fin per year. Hong Kong was […]</p>

19 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Putrajaya says identified fire hotspots in Johor, Pahang, Terengganu

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The Ministry of Water, Land, and Natural Resources said today that it has identified six forest fire hotspots in Peninsular Malaysia. Minister Xavier Jayakumar said the Forestry Departments of each state have identified the hotspots in Johor, Pahang, and Terengganu. “From yesterday until today, satellite imaging scans by the departments have revealed three of the […]</p>

19 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Worsening smog in Malaysia sees N95 masks almost sold out

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>N95 face masks, the recommended mask for protection against smoke from forest fires, are selling out quickly based on a check at six different stores at two shopping malls in Malaysia on Tuesday (September 17). Even surgical masks are running low, despite expert advice that these do not offer protection from particulate matter, sales reps […]</p>

19 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Integrity chief: Malaysia’s war on corruption is coming together

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Malaysia’s political will to fight corruption to the core has started bearing fruit, says the nation’s former anti-graft chief. National Governance, Integrity, and Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC) director-general Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed said international indexes and studies show an improvement in Malaysia’s performance indicators. “The Edelman Trust Barometer shows the level of public confidence in […]</p>

19 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Malaysia looks to clouds, as smoke haze shrouds Kuala Lumpur

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The choking smog, blamed on forest fires in Indonesia, has become an annual occurrence in Southeast Asia, despite efforts to address the problem. Permission from the meteorology department obtained, security clearance from the air force grantedall that was left for us to do was wait. The wind and atmospheric conditions had to be just right […]</p>

19 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Najib’s newfound social media savvy unlikely to pave way for resurgence, say experts

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Datuk Seri Najib Razak called in sick to a 1MDB corruption trial for the second time in a month last week, but this was no barrier to his growing proclivity for needling opponents on social media. His lead defence counsel told the trial judge that Najib was down again with an eye infection, forcing the […]</p>

19 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Will PKR MP Maria Chin face contempt proceedings? Shariah Court to decide October 14

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The Shariah High Court here will announce whether or not Naza Group chair Datuk SM Faisal SM Nasimuddin can start contempt proceedings against Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah next month. The businessperson had filed an ex-parte application against Maria for criticising the Shariah Court’s decision to slap a jail sentence on Faisal’s former wife […]</p>

19 September 2019 | 1:02 am

1MDB trial: Najib’s lawyer suggests ex-aide perpetuated Jho Low’s misrepresentation by keeping quiet

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s defence team suggested today that the former prime minister may have been misled on 1Malaysia Development Malaysia Berhad (1MDB) from early due to inattention from his own aides. At the continuation of his corruption trial today, Najib’s lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah went all out in interrogating prosecution witness […]</p>

19 September 2019 | 1:02 am

Business : CIMB joins 130 banks worldwide subscribing to the principles for responsible banking

<p>KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 (Bernama) -- CIMB Group Holdings Bhd today became one of the Founding Signatories of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative UNEP-FI Principles for Responsible Banking.</p>

Business : Caexpo 2019 opened doors for VMY 2020 campaign - MOTAC Sec-Gen

<p>NANNING (China), Sept 22 (Bernama) -- The uniqueness and speciality of Malaysian products that impressed visitors at the 16th China Asean Expo (Caexpo) 2019 in Nanning, Guangxi, China has also indirectly played a huge role in promoting Visit Malaysia Year 2020, Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry secretary-general Datuk Isham Ishak said.</p>

General : API readings drop in Kuching, Samarahan

<p>KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 (Bernama) -- The Air Pollutant Index readings in Kuching and Samarahan, Sarawak have dropped to the moderate level of 91 and 95 respectively as at 11 pm.</p>

General : Boy drowns at Kuala Ibai Lagoon

<p>KUALA TERENGGANU, Sept 22 (Bernama) -- A seven-year-old drowned at the Kuala Ibai Lagoon, here earlier today.</p>

Sport : ARRC: Azlan Shah triumphs at SIC

<p>SEPANG, Sept 22 (Bernama) -- Malaysia's ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team rider, Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman continued his fine momentum in Round 6 of the Asian Motorcycle Championship of the Asian Road Racing Championship (ARRC) to win the Race 2 of the ASB1000 Round at the Sepang International Circuit, here today.</p>

Sport : Pahang books comfortable path to semi-finals

<p>KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 (Bernama) -- Four-time champions, Pahang brightens its chance to the semi-finals of the Malaysia Cup after beating Melaka 3-0 at the first quarter finals action at the Hang Jebat Stadium, Melaka, tonight.</p>

Sport : PKNP FC books Malaysia Cup quarterfinals last spot

<p>KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 (Bernama) -- Super League team, PKNP FC booked the last spot in the 2019 Malaysia Cup quarterfinals when they comfortably defeated Petaling Jaya City FC (PJ City FC) 3-0 in their last Group B match at the Manjung Municipal Stadium here tonight. </p>

General : "Khaira" programme brings tithe payers closer to asnaf

<p>KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 (Bernama) -- The Federal Territory Islamic Affairs Council Zakat Collection Centre (PPZ-MAIWP) today introduced the logo and slogan for its corporate social responsibility programme called “Khaira” which aimed at bringing tithe payers closer to asnaf.</p>

General : Tax exemptions for employers who pay workers' education loans

<p>ALOR GAJAH, Sept 22 (Bernama) --  The National Higher Education Fund Corporation (NHEFC) will redouble effort to attract more employers to assist their workers pay outstanding study loans, said its chairman Wan Saiful Wan Jan.</p>

General : Solo Airport welcomes direct flights from Malaysia

<p>SOLO (CENTRAL JAVA), Sept 22 (Bernama) -- Indonesia welcomed Malaysia Airlines’ inaugural service from Kuala Lumpur to Surakarta (Solo) via flight MH849 at the Adi Soemarmo International Airport tonight. </p>