September 20

English barrier for Bumiputera graduates in job hunt, says MEF

Bumiputeras lagging in labour market mobility and educational achievements is not a new problem, says the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF). It said the poor command of English among many Bumiputera graduates was the main reason why they found it hard to get jobs in the private sector, which accounts for more than 90% of jobs […]

September 19

How racial misinformation shapes politics, according to an ex-BN ‘cybertrooper’

A former Barisan Nasional (BN) “cybertrooper” today revealed how her past 13th general election online campaign for the former ruling coalition helped solidify perceived “racial tensions” between different ethnic communities in Malaysia. The MalayMail reports: Syarul Ema Rena Abu Samah, also known online as Ratu Naga (Malay for “Dragon Empress”), told a forum organised by […]

September 02

NFCorp trial on misuse of RM250m loan postponed to Oct 5 as lawyer admitted to hospital

The resumption of the hearing of the government’s RM250 million civil suit against National Feedlot Corp Sdn Bhd (NFC), its chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail and nine others, has been postponed to Oct 5 as one of NFC’s lawyers was unwell. Judicial Commissioner Anand Ponnudurai was informed today that lawyer Datuk K Kirubakaran […]

September 01

Indian, Indonesian, Philippine nationals barred from entering Malaysia from Sept 7

The government will bar long-term pass holders from India, Indonesia and the Philippines from entering Malaysia due to the worsening Covid-19 situation in those countries. Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the new restrictions will come into force from Sept 7. The restrictions apply to permanent residents, Malaysia My Second Home pass holders, […]

August 26

Lawyers cannot claim legal fees from frozen funds, rules court

The Court of Appeal today ruled that lawyers who represent clients in anti-money laundering cases are not entitled to claim their legal fees from funds frozen by the authorities. A three-member bench chaired by Kamaludin Md Said said lawyers and their legal firms were not bona fide claimants to secure payments from funds declared as […]

August 06

Guan Eng arrested over Penang tunnel project

Former finance minister Lim Guan Eng has been arrested over the controversial Penang undersea tunnel project. According to sources from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Lim will be charged at the KL Sessions Court on Friday (Aug 7) morning. Lim earlier arrived at the MACC headquarters here at 9.10pm Thursday (Aug 6) in a white […]

July 30

Shafie announces dissolution of Sabah state assembly

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has announced the dissolution of the state assembly in the midst of the current political turmoil. In a press conference at the Sabah Administrative Centre building here on Thursday (July 30), he said this was his prerogative as a Chief Minister to call for such a dissolution. […]

July 28

Najib fined RM210m and given 12-year jail term for power abuse charge, 10-year jail term each for all six other charges to be served concurrently

Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been sentenced to imprisonment and a fine by the High Court today after he was found guilty of abuse of power and misappropriating RM42 million from SRC International Sdn Bhd. High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali, in handing down the punishment, said he had taken into consideration all of […]

July 26

Ismail Sabri: Putrajaya to reimpose MCO if daily Covid-19 cases hit triple digits

The government will reimplement the movement control order (MCO) if the number of new Covid-19 cases climbs to three digits, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. “If it reaches three digits, we have no choice but to reintroduce the MCO (to curb the spread of the pandemic) and we will see. “I […]

July 24

Goldman Sachs, Malaysia agree to US$3.9b settlement over 1MDB

Malaysia on Friday said US investment bank Goldman Sachs has agreed to a US$3.9 billion (RM16.6 billion) settlement with the government over the multi-billion dollar 1MDB scandal. The deal includes a US$2.5 billion cash payout by Goldman and a guarantee by the bank to return at least US$1.4 billion in assets linked to 1MDB bonds, […]

July 16

MTUC urges govt to further extend loan moratorium by additional six months

Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) today urged Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz to extend the ongoing bank loans moratorium for another six months. The MalayMail Online reports: MTUC secretary-general J. Solomon said the congress’ main concern is the welfare of workers — especially blue-collar ones who have since lost their jobs due […]

July 16

Bukit Aman: It is an offence to ‘rent out’ your bank accounts, scammers use them to launder illegal funds

If you allow someone to use your bank account for illegal purposes — often referred to as “mule bank accounts” — you are breaking the law. Even if you are not directly involved in whatever your “renter” does. The MalayMail Online reports: Bukit Aman Commercial Crimes Investigation Department (CCID) acting director Commissioner Datuk Saiful Azly […]

July 06

PR firms still being paid millions for services to Jho Low

A London-based public relations firm is still being paid millions for services to businessperson Low Taek Jho, who is wanted as a key suspect in the alleged multi-billion ringgit theft of 1MDB funds and remains on the run, according to a report by UK-based The Guardian.  MalaysiaKini has the story: The report said Schillings, a […]

July 02

Employers may apply for recruitment incentives starting from today

Employers can now apply for employment incentives under the Employment Recruitment Incentives Programme (PenjanaKerjaya) handled by the Social Security Organisation (Socso), says Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan (pic). The Star reports: The incentive programme, which was announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin under Penjana on June 5, offers incentives of between […]

June 27

EPF withdrawal age stays at 55

THE Employees Provident Fund (EPF) will not be raising the eligible age for contributors  to make a full withdrawal of their savings. The Malaysian Insight reports: It said it has taken note of the World Bank’s suggestion to gradually raise the age when members can make a full withdrawal of their retirement savings from 55 […]

June 23

Shafee laments on draconian law used to recover tax arrears

Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s lawyer today argued against the Inland Revenue Board’s (IRB) attempt to obtain a summary judgment in its RM1.69 billion tax arrears suit against the former prime minister without going through a full trial. The New Straits Times reports: Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said the application by the IRB to get […]

June 20

Electricity bills: Three months’ free for domestic low power users, RM77 discount for others (updated)

The Government has announced an additional RM942mil in discounts and rebates for domestic users’ electricity bills. The Star reports: Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah said the Bantuan Prihatin Elektrik Tambahan is on top of the existing discounts on Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) electricity bills announced during the government’s economic stimulus […]

June 13

Patrick Teoh to be charged in Johor court tomorrow over alleged TMJ Facebook slur

Actor and former radio announcer Patrick Teoh will be charged in a court in Johor tomorrow. The Malay Mail reports: He stands accused of allegedly insulting the Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim and the Johor royal institution in a Facebook post. The Malaysian Insight reported Teoh as confirming the news but declining […]

June 13

Socso CEO explains how Penjana aids employers, employees

Social Security Organisation chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohamad explainshow its initiatives under Penjana will help employers and employees.  The NST carries the story – QUESTION: The Wage Subsidy Programme (WSP) was announced in March as part of the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package to promote employee retention and reduce layoffs. […]

June 05

PM announces RM35 billion stimulus plan in latest bid for economic recovery

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin today unveiled a RM35 billion stimulus package to help the economy recover from the impact of Covid-19 and the subsequent movement control order (MCO), which saw the majority of businesses shut down for weeks under restrictions on public activities. Free Malaysia Today reports: Of this, RM10 billion will be in the […]

June 04

Socso: Job losses increase by 42pct in Q1

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, job losses in the country has increased by 42 per cent year-on-year for this first quarter (Q1 2020), according to the Social Security Organisation’s (Socso) Employment Insurance System (EIS). The New Straits Times reports: In a report titled Employment Outlook, the 1st Quarter of 2020, Volume 4/2020, The Impact of […]

June 02

Socso told to find ways to provide freelancers with safety net

THE Human Resources Ministry has directed the Social Security Organisation (Socso) to find ways to protect freelancers in the event of unfavourable conditions. The Malaysian Insight reports: Minister M. Saravanan said flexible employment, such as online businesses and food delivery, has become a trend, especially among the younger generation, in today’s gig economy. “My stance […]

June 01

Asymptomatic Covid-19 positive individuals have low virus load, says Dr Noor Hisham

Covid-19 positive individuals who are asymptomatic do not have the potential to infect others because they have a low “virus load” compared to those who are symptomatic, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. The Malay Mail reports: He, however, said that infectivity could occur two days before the affected individual showed symptoms. “So, […]

May 30

NST Leader: Brake the alcohol habit

Alcohol, strangely, gets people all riled up. The NST writes: Even journalists who are supposed to be dwellers of the kingdom of sobriety, at least when they hold their mighty pen, are intoxicated to no end. These and others wax indignant when a ban is suggested. It is a breach of human rights, they say. […]

May 26

Veteran journalist Ahmad Talib dies

Veteran journalist Datuk Ahmad A. Talib died due to liver cancer at 5.42pm on Tuesday (May 26) at the University Malaya Medical Centre. The Star reports: The former New Straits Times Press (NSTP) group editor and executive director of Media Prima Bhd was 69. Ahmad started his career as a cadet reporter at the national […]

May 21

Malaysia’s jobless persons rise 16pct in March

The Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a massive blow to the Malaysian labour market as the number of unemployed persons surges 16.2 per cent year-on-year in March.  The New Straits Times reports: This means there were 610,500 people without any job as of March, according to the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM). This led to an […]

May 20

Dr M disputes RoS letter on Bersatu chairmanship, says won post uncontested after resigning

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has disputed today the recent Registrar of Societies (RoS) letter which affirmed his resignation as chairman of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia. The Malay Mail reports: Through his lawyers Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla, Dr Mahathir explained that even as he had resigned, he has been announced as the party chairman after he […]

May 16

‘This is a lie’ – Ex-AG insists never agreed to settlement with Riza Aziz

Former attorney-general Tommy Thomas described claims that he agreed to a settlement with Riza Abdul Aziz over money laundering charges related to 1MDB funds as a “lie”. MalaysiaKini reports: He said this in response to the MACC, which in a statement on May 14, said the prosecution’s move to apply for a discharge not amounting […]

May 15

Three origin points detected in fire at Cradle Fund CEO’s house, court told

The High Court was today told that three fire origins were detected in the fire that broke out at the home of Cradle Fund chief executive officer (CEO) Nazrin Hassan about two years ago. The Malay Mail reports: Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department director (Fire Safety) Edwin Galan Teruki, who is the 20th prosecution witness, […]

May 13

Covid-19: 396 passengers on two AirAsia KL-Tawau flights told to get tested

A total of 396 passengers who flew on two AirAsia Kuala Lumpur-Tawau flights have been told get tested again for Covid-19 immediately after six passengers tested positive for the disease. The Star reports: Tawau Area 2 health officer Dr Suzalinna Sulaiman urged passengers of AirAsia flight AK5742 on May 1 and AK5740 on May 4 […]