Malaysia News

Dr Noor Hisham: Malaysians in general have been compliant of SOPs, no exponential surge in Covid-19 cases

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Malaysians, in general, have been found to be compliant with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the health ministry to curb the spread of Covid-19 infections, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today. Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry would now consider reopening several economic sectors based on existing data and facts […]</p>

1 June 2020 | 5:32 am

Selangor Sultan extends ban on Friday prayers at mosques by one month to June 30 due to Covid-19, except in 39 mosques

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The Selangor Sultan today extended a ban on Friday prayers being held in Selangor mosques by one month to June 30 as part of measures to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus, except for 39 selected mosques previously allowed to host such prayers with limited numbers of individuals. The Selangor Sultan’s private secretary Datuk […]</p>

1 June 2020 | 5:31 am

Under-trial Zahid denies taking court docs to then-PM Dr M, claims February meeting to propose govt without PH

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who is currently facing corruption charges in court has denied showing court documents in a February meeting with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who was the prime minister and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chair then. In a post on his official Facebook page, Zahid sought to clear the […]</p>

1 June 2020 | 5:31 am

Singapore-KL high speed rail project suspended till December 31 following Malaysia’s request for extension, says Singapore minister

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Singapore has agreed to Malaysia’s request for a seven-month extension to the High Speed Rail (HSR) project suspension. Transport minister Khaw Boon Wan said in a Facebook post yesterday that Malaysian Senior minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali has written to him to request an extension of seven months to discuss Malaysia’s proposed changes to the […]</p>

1 June 2020 | 5:25 am

Petty traders staring at ruin as Covid-19, MCO lay waste to businesses

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The extended nationwide lockdown to contain the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) since March 18 hurt most businesses badly but has been particularly devastating to small-time businesses, petty traders and hawkers. Despite slowly resuming business following the loosening of restrictions in April, many of their regular patrons have been equally slow to return. This, in turn, has […]</p>

1 June 2020 | 5:24 am

Residential electricity usage soar 23pct during MCO, says Energy Ministry

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Electricity usage by residential users in Peninsular Malaysia soared 23 per cent during the movement control order (MCO) period compared to a decrease of 33 per cent in the overall use, according to the Energy and Natural Resources minister Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah. The decrease in overall electricity usage in peninsular Malaysia as well as […]</p>

1 June 2020 | 1:02 am

Malaysia launches 1 GW solar tender

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Malaysia’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources has announced the fourth round of the nation’s Large Scale Solar (LSS) procurement scheme will open on Sunday. The ministry tweeted, the maximum size of projects eligible has been halved, from 100 MW to 50 MW, to enable more developers to participate. Each developer will be limited to […]</p>

1 June 2020 | 1:02 am

How will Malaysia’s environment fare after the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions?

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Bluer skies, the central Titiwangsa mountain range visible from Klang Valley and the normally turbid Klang River clean enough for people to swim in it. Such local news reports and similar photos of the environment “recovering” have gone viral, while the majority of the country abided by the movement control order (MCO) in an attempt […]</p>

1 June 2020 | 1:02 am

Malaysia reports 30 new COVID-19 infections

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Malaysia reported 30 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, taking the cumulative total to 7,762. A senior Ministry of Health official told reporters the total number of deaths remained at 115.</p>

1 June 2020 | 1:02 am

Malaysia’s Statistics Department foresees recession in the next four to six months

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) has predicted that the country is heading into an economic recession in the next four to six months. In the Malaysian Economic Statistics Review (MESR), chief statistician Datuk Seri Mohd Uzir Mahidin said that their prediction was based on the latest leading Indicators and that dynamic measures are required […]</p>

1 June 2020 | 1:02 am

Finance minister says Malaysia set for recovery in 2021 with most employees back at work

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>In line with the reopening of the economy which saw nearly 70 per cent of the workforce returning to work in various sectors, Malaysia has the capacity that is set to spur an economic recovery in 2021, Finance minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said. “We must rise again and record a positive […]</p>

1 June 2020 | 1:02 am

Malaysian manufacturers band together in global fight against Covid-19 pandemic

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Several Malaysian manufacturers have teamed up to help the global fight against Covid-19 by boosting production of personal protective equipment (PPE) and specialised swab sticks for mass testing. Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA) president Datuk Lim Kok Boon said manufacturers here have heeded the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recent announcement of a global shortage of […]</p>

1 June 2020 | 1:02 am

Singapore considering Malaysia’s request to extend suspension of HSR project: Khaw Boon Wan

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Singapore is considering Malaysia’s request to extend the suspension period of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Railway (HSR) project, said Transport minister Khaw Boon Wan on Friday (May 29). “In the last two weeks, Malaysia asked to extend the suspension period, to allow both sides to discuss the changes they have in mind,” said Khaw in […]</p>

1 June 2020 | 1:02 am

Malaysia-Turkey to collaborate to develop Covid-19 vaccine, says PM Muhyiddin

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Malaysia is prepared to collaborate with Turkey to develop Covid-19 vaccine and related medicines, prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said. Muhyiddin said he and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had also agreed to fully utilise the strength of the two countries in combating the spread of the coronavirus and facing the challenges post-Covid-19. “Yesterday, […]</p>

1 June 2020 | 1:02 am

Education Malaysia ready to assist return of international students

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) is ready to facilitate the safe return of international students to Malaysia, following the government’s announcement that five categories of students can soon be on campus. EMGS said it was ready to cooperate with the higher education institutions, the health ministry and the Immigration Department to develop stringent standard operating […]</p>

1 June 2020 | 1:02 am

Najib rebuts allegations BN govt purchased Israeli software to spy on Opposition in GE14

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Datuk Seri Najib Razak today rebutted allegations that his government purchased information gathering and data analysing software from an Israeli company via a Cypriot country to spy on the Opposition a month before the 2018 general election (GE14). Najib, via a Facebook posting, said that he did not know how news portals Malaysiakini and Malaysia […]</p>

30 May 2020 | 1:02 am

Ex-Malaysia PM Mahathir Mohamad expelled from own political party

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Mahathir, who was chair of United Indigenous Party of Malaysia, is fired for not supporting the country’s government. Malaysia’s former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has been sacked by the political party he co-founded after sitting on opposition benches during a May 18 parliamentary session. A statement on Thursday from the United Indigenous Party of Malaysia, […]</p>

30 May 2020 | 1:02 am

Transport minister: New awareness campaign against drink driving in works

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The Transportation Ministry is set to roll out a communication plan to educate the public on the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, said Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong The transport minister said this will be done by convening a taskforce with the Attorney general’s Chamber, the Home Affairs Ministry, as well as […]</p>

30 May 2020 | 1:02 am

Mahathir, his son, and three others sacked from Bersatu political party

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Malaysia’s United Indigenous Party (Bersatu) yesterday ousted former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad along with his son and three others after the group showed support for the opposition while in Parliament on May 18. Mahathir, 94, who was the chair of the political party he co-founded, had led the group to sit among the oppositions while […]</p>

30 May 2020 | 1:02 am

Royal Malaysian Navy to look into expanding base in Sabah east coast

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) is looking into the expansion of its base to accommodate the asset requirements of RMN especially in the east coast of Sabah. RMN chief Admiral Tan Sri Mohd Reza Mohd Sany however said the matter is still at discussion stage with the Sabah state government. “The expansion of RMN base […]</p>

30 May 2020 | 1:02 am

Malaysia’s telecommunications leader transforms its datacenter and empowers a culture of excellence

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The telecommunications (telco) industry is expected to operate 24/7, requiring companies to take complicated measures. With more than 30 years of experience in the Malaysian market, Celcom Axiata Berhad (Celcom) provides exceptional customer experience through innovative products and services. To keep pace with innovation across all connected industries, the organisation needed to accelerate its time […]</p>

30 May 2020 | 1:02 am

Delay in financial aid to SMEs will be resolved in two months, says Wan Junaidi

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Ministry expects the delay in the disbursement of financial assistance for Covid-19-affected small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Sarawak to be resolved within two months. Its minister, Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, acknowledged there were SMEs which had not received aid despite their applications having been approved, as the […]</p>

30 May 2020 | 1:02 am

Malaysia’s mineral resources estimated to be worth RM4.1t, says minister

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>A study by the Department of Mineral and Geoscience (JMG) has shown that the country’s mineral resources are estimated to be worth RM4.1 trillion based on current prices. Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah said the value of resources were derived from three main mineral categories, namely metallic mineral, non-metallic mineral, […]</p>

30 May 2020 | 1:02 am

With 78pc of Covid-19 cases now from foreign workers, Dr Noor Hisham calls for more attention on their poor living conditions

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>As local Covid-19 transmission dies down, most of the cases now are from foreign workers living in close quarters with each other. Health director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said from May 4 till today, 78 per cent of positive cases came from foreign workers who struggle to avoid infection due to their living conditions. […]</p>

30 May 2020 | 1:02 am

Malaysia’s law minister: Govt not denying non-Muslims’ right to drink alcohol if legal limits complied

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The Malaysian government’s stern position against drunk driving that cause deaths in road accidents does not mean that non-Muslims in the country would not be allowed to drink alcohol, minister in charge of parliament and law Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan clarified today. Takiyuddin however said non-Muslims would have to obey the relevant laws when drinking alcohol. […]</p>

30 May 2020 | 1:02 am

Dr Mahathir’s lawyer warns of legal action if sacking by Bersatu upheld

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The lawyer for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Bersatu’s move to expel him and four other leaders for sitting in the Opposition bench during the May 18 Parliament meeting was invalid. Lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla said their termination according to clauses 10.2.2 and 10.2.3 of the party’s constitution was baseless and insisted that all […]</p>

30 May 2020 | 1:02 am

Malaysia’s ruling party dumps Mahathir, dissenters

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Malaysian prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s ruling party on Thursday terminated the membership of his predecessor Mahathir Mohamad, a move widely seen as an attmept to consolidate power as he faces a possible challenge to his nascent premiership. Mahathir, 94, had said he would seek to oust Muhyiddin from office for making a “backdoor arrangement” that […]</p>

30 May 2020 | 1:02 am

Dr Mahathir: I am still Bersatu chair and I will bring a motion to sack Muhyiddin at next party meeting

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad claims that he is still the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chair and plans to bring a motion to sack Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at a party meeting in the near future. “We want to sack him but we have to call for an MPT (supreme council meeting),” he said during […]</p>

30 May 2020 | 1:02 am

Anwar: Pakatan won’t make same ‘mistake’ when choosing next PM

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today that Pakatan Harapan will not repeat “past mistakes” when the coalition selects its prime minister candidate moving forward. The coalition previously went with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who resigned as the PM in February to trigger the collapse of the PH administration. In a Facebook Live session […]</p>

30 May 2020 | 1:02 am

Malaysian conglomerate promotes a collaborative culture with Office 365

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>One of Malaysia’s biggest conglomerates, Sunway has a large and diverse workforce across Asia. To support the growth of distributed teams, it created a collaborative environment by moving to Office 365. Tools such as Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, and Outlook help Sunway employees stay connected, enhancing productivity and ways to innovate. Operating across a diverse range […]</p>

30 May 2020 | 1:02 am

Cambodian workers stranded in Malaysia plead to return

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Cambodian workers stuck in Malaysia after flights were cancelled in April have been given some support from the Cambodian embassy, but they are looking forward to returning home because work is scarce. Ham Saly from Kampong Cham told The Phnom Penh Post on Thursday that he spent more than RM1,000 in April to buy a […]</p>

30 May 2020 | 1:02 am

Malaysia tightens border control to guard against import of COVID-19 cases by illegal immigrants

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Malaysia is beefing up its border monitoring to prevent foreigners from entering via illegal routes and potentially importing COVID-19 infections. Additionally, more than 300 illegal immigrants were nabbed at the borders this month, said Senior minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a press conference on Thursday (May 28). “The government takes seriously the entrance of illegal […]</p>

30 May 2020 | 1:02 am

Malaysia’s Covid-19 numbers go back up to 103 cases today, mostly foreigners from new cluster

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>After two days of record lows, the number of new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia have spiked again, with 103 new cases reported today. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the new cases were mostly from the Pedas factory cluster in Negri Sembilan and a new cluster at a cleaning company involving foreigners. […]</p>

30 May 2020 | 1:02 am

Israeli Cyber Startup Senpai Helped Malaysia’s Corrupt Leader Spy on Opposition

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Documents submitted to an Israeli court revealed Senpai’s methods of operation and its ties to questionable regimes, including its $1.5 million deal to supply Malaysia’s intelligence agency with surveillance tools to be used on civilians In May 2018, Malaysia faced an especially turbulent election. The Muslim country’s veteran ruling partyled by the allegedly corrupt prime […]</p>

30 May 2020 | 1:02 am

Malaysia chairs first-ever fully virtual Apec senior officials’ meeting

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Malaysia successfully chaired the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Virtual Extraordinary Senior Officials’ Meeting (VESOM) on Covid-19 in a four-hour meeting which began at 7pm Malaysian time yesterday. VESOM brought together 21 Apec economies from eight different time zones into a single virtual platform. The Apec 2020 National Secretariat in a statement today said the meeting […]</p>

30 May 2020 | 1:02 am

Covid-19: Malaysia has sufficient supply of food and necessities, says Nanta

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Malaysia has sufficient supply of basic food and necessities to last during the current Covid-19 pandemic period, according to minister of the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi. He said the KPDNHEP, together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry […]</p>

29 May 2020 | 2:25 am

Malaysia employers to provide accommodation for foreign workers

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Employers in Malaysia will be given a three-month grace period to make arrangements before enforcement starts on September 1. Employers in Malaysia across all sectors will be required to provide accommodation for their foreign workers to help curb the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. This is in accordance with the Minimum Standards of Housing and […]</p>

29 May 2020 | 2:25 am

Adapting to new normal at Malaysian malls: Most shoppers, stores Covid-19 wary but not all

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Face masks, hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes have become essential items for Navamani Thevarajah whenever she runs errands at the shopping mall. She also arms herself with gloves in case she has to examine products before purchasing them. That is what the norm used to be, Navamani said browsing and picking up items from the […]</p>

29 May 2020 | 2:25 am

Malaysia’s businesses feeling squeezed from both sides

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Businesses may go bust unless something is done to reduce their overheads. One of the largest bills they still have to foot is rental even though many are still unable to open due to the movement control order (MCO). StarMetro interviewed a few business owners who said they were struggling to cope and may have […]</p>

29 May 2020 | 2:25 am

China’s poverty alleviation gives world greater opportunities: Malaysia’s ambassador

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>China’s successful poverty alleviation effort is a significant achievement not only in the history of China, but also of the entire world, said Malaysia’s ambassador to China Nushirwan Zainal Abidin during a recent written interview with Xinhuanet. The ambassador hailed China’s poverty alleviation effort as inspiring achievement, saying, “It shows that large scale poverty can […]</p>

29 May 2020 | 2:25 am

Malaysia’s LNG exports in May set to drop to lowest since mid-2018 data

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Malaysia’s exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) are set to drop to their lowest since mid-2018 as producers globally are pressured to cut production amid record low spot prices of the super-chilled fuel, trade and shipping sources said. Lockdowns to slow the coronavirus pandemic are pummelling gas demand worldwide, pushing Asia’s spot prices to record […]</p>

29 May 2020 | 2:25 am

COMMENT | Malaysia’s economy capable of positive growth this year

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>PAS central’s economic, real estate and entrepreneur development committee posits that Malaysia’s 0.7 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth registered in the first quarter of this year is reflective of the country’s resilience amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Although it is a drastic reduction of pre-pandemic forecasts and is the lowest since 2009, it flies […]</p>

29 May 2020 | 2:25 am

Malaysia chairs first-ever fully virtual Apec senior officials’ meeting

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Malaysia successfully chaired the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Virtual Extraordinary Senior Officials’ Meeting (VESOM) on Covid-19 in a four-hour meeting which began at 7pm Malaysian time yesterday. VESOM brought together 21 Apec economies from eight different time zones into a single virtual platform. The Apec 2020 National Secretariat in a statement today said the meeting […]</p>

29 May 2020 | 2:25 am

COVID-19: Malaysia prepared for worst-case scenario

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Malaysia is well-prepared to face the worst-case scenario of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Health director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. This is in view of, among others, the country’s low occupancy rate of COVID-19 treatment facilities which is currently less than 15%, he told the media at the daily briefing here. “In case we have […]</p>

29 May 2020 | 2:25 am

Malaysian launches landmark case against Islamic gay sex law

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>A MALAYSIAN man has launched the country’s first legal challenge against Islamic laws banning gay sex, a test case that supporters said on Wednesday could help combat growing persecution of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. He was charged last year for allegedly attempting to have “intercourse against the order of nature”. Several […]</p>

29 May 2020 | 2:25 am

Show proof of loggers’ RM1b lawsuit, Dr Mahathir tells Kedah MB

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Langkawi lawmaker Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has challenged the Kedah state government to prove that it has been issued with a RM1 billion lawsuit by logging companies after their concessions were revoked by the previous administration In a scathing post on his Facebook page today, the former prime minister questioned whether the administration under Mentri […]</p>

29 May 2020 | 2:25 am

HSBC Malaysia supports glove manufacturers

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>HSBC Malaysia has continued to support 70 percent of top glove manufacturers during the Covid-19 pandemic. HSBC country head of commercial banking Andrew Sill said the bank is a long-standing partner of glove manufacturers and had provided them banking facilities and trade extensions. “The bank also stepped up during the early period of the movement […]</p>

29 May 2020 | 2:25 am

New Finas chair pledges to strengthen creative industry

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>The new chair of the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas), Zakaria Abd Hamid, will meet stakeholders of the arts industry soon to discuss its direction and ways to strengthen development of the local creative industry. Zakaria said he is committed to bringing the industry to a higher level with the help of industry players […]</p>

28 May 2020 | 1:50 am

Malaysia’s Axiata to pick two 5G vendors, in move that could curb reliance on Huawei

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Axiata Group Bhd, Malaysia’s third-biggest telecom operator by subscribers, said it would select two equipment suppliers to roll out 5G services, opening the door for the likes of Ericsson to fight it out with dominant player Huawei. Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL], the world’s top telecoms equipment maker, has been a long-time vendor for Axiata and the […]</p>

28 May 2020 | 1:50 am

Malaysia reports 187 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p> <p>Malaysia reported 187 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, with illegal migrants held at a detention centre accounting for most of them, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 7,604. The health ministry said no new deaths were recorded. The total number of coronavirus fatalities in Malaysia currently stands at 115. Authorities said […]</p>

28 May 2020 | 1:50 am

General : Lower toll rate from midnight tonight

<p>KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 -- Millions of motorists using all PLUS Malaysia Berhad-operated highways will enjoy toll rate reduction of 18 per cent from midnight tonight.</p>

General : Coronavirus: "Don't worry, we are okay", say Malaysian students in Wuhan

<p>KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 -- "Families and friends in Malaysia, don't worry. We are okay and safe here," said Yeong Kai Yi, 26, a Malaysian student at the Central China Normal University in Wuhan, China, when contacted by Bernama today.</p>

General : Wan Azizah expresses condolences over Uma Sambanthan's passing

<p>KUALA LUMPUR, 31 Jan -- Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has conveyed her condolences to the family of Toh Puan Uma Sambanthan, wife of late Tun V.T Sambanthan, who passed away at about 1.30 pm today. </p>

General : IOW programme is 'very appropriate' - Deputy minister

<p>SEPANG, Jan 31  -- The filling of the ‘Info on Wheels’ (IOW) programme which focuses on issues related to the 2019 novel coronavirus is very appropriate as they have become the focus of the public, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohamed Hanipa Maidin.</p>

Business : Ambank Research: PPI may turn positive this year

<p>KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 -- The Producer Price Index (PPI) could turn positive this year with the full-year average hovering around 0.3 per cent to 0.5 per cent, AmBank Research said.</p>

Business : Penang to check with AirAsia on planned Chengdu service

<p>GEORGE TOWN, Jan 31 -- The Penang state government will follow up with AirAsia on the airline's plan to operate a new route between Penang and Chengdu, China in view of the current novel coronavirus situation.</p>

General : Digital broadcaster MYTV undertakes frequency readjustment to upgrade services

<p>KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31-- MYTV Broadcasting Sdn Bhd (MYTV) will undertake a readjustment of frequency on Feb 4 and 6 to upgrade its digital broadcasting services.</p>

General : 30,000 masks for Stampin’s primary schools - Chong

<p>KUCHING, Jan 31  -- Some 30,000 face masks will be distributed to all primary schools in the Stampin parliamentary constituency in the effort to curb the spread of the respiratory infection, 2019 novel onavirus (2019nCov).</p>

General : Haj cost for Muassasah pilgrims remains at RM9,980 - Mujahid

<p>KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 -- The cost for each Muassasah haj pilgrim to perform the haj this year will remain at only RM9,980 from the actual cost of RM22,900, Minister in the Prime Minister Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa.</p>

World : UK confirms first 2 coronavirus cases

<p>LONDON, Jan 31  -- Two cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK, the first such cases seen, British health authorities said Friday. </p>