Monthly Archives: May 2020

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 […]

May 12

Dine-in at eateries allowed in Selangor beginning tomorrow

Dine-in at eateries will be allowed in Selangor, beginning tomorrow, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari. The Sun Daily reports: However he said, customers at the eateries including restaurants, food courts, covered stalls and kiosks must comply with the social distancing regulation. He said food outlet operators are allowed to fully operate, including for […]

May 12

Ismail Sabri: Barbers making house-calls ‘news to me’, not allowed

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today appeared surprised when asked about barbers providing haircut services privately at homes of certain VIPs, adding that such services are still not allowed. The Malay Mail reports: In a press conference today, the Defence Minister said, “This is news to me. I myself didn’t get the news […]

May 11

Johor cops to apply for longer remand for Patrick Teoh, claim he is uncooperative

Johor police will apply to extend the remand order against former radio personality and actor Patrick Teoh who is currently under investigation for insulting the state’s Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim after he refused to cooperate with police. The MalayMail reports: Johor police chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the suspect was uncooperative […]

May 08

Loan moratorium: Borrowers need to inform banks on consent, says finance minister

Borrowers and clients who wish to continue with the six-month moratorium need to inform their respective banks of their consent via the banks’ designated platforms, said Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz. The MalayMail Online reports: Although the moratorium is automatic starting April 1, the borrowers’ consent is still legally required. “This is […]

May 06

MOF: No extra charges for hire-purchase loan moratorium

Following discussions between the Finance Ministry and the banking sector, it has been decided that a six-month moratorium for hire-purchase (HP) loans will not result in accrued interest. MalaysiaKini reports. This means customers who opt to defer their repayments from April to September will not need to pay larger installments once the deferment period ends. Their […]

May 06

Pubs, eateries selling liquor not allowed to open under CMCO

PUBS and restaurants selling liquor are not allowed to operate during the conditional movement-control order (CMCO) period, said Annuar Musa. The Malaysian Insight reports: The Federal Territories minister said the ministry has received complaints from non-Muslims that such premises in Kuala Lumpur are operating at night. “Customers at pubs were not practising social distancing. I […]

May 05

After ‘crispy rendang’ gaffe, MasterChef Australia judge criticises wonton filling for being ‘not crunchy’

MasterChef Australia judge Andy Allen has been getting heat on Twitter for his recent criticism of contestant Brendan Pang’s dish. In an episode aired on May 3, the chefs were faced with an elimination challenge and were asked to create a dish that would showcase the crunchy textures of food. The episode was part of […]

May 03

Get workers tested for Covid-19 under Socso’s free plan, says minister

All employers, especially those operating in red and yellow zones of Covid-19 infections, were urged today to ensure their workers undergo screening for the disease under a free Socso programme.  Free Malaysia Today reports: Human Resources Minister M Saravanan said those economic sectors which will be allowed to resume operations from tomorrow are subject to […]

May 02

Hire purchase moratorium interest rate cannot be higher than original contract – BNM

Any additional interest that some banks may charge on the deferred payment cannot be higher than the original hire-purchase contract signed, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) said. BNM reiterated that, as a regulator, it has from the very beginning indicated that there will be accrued interest or profit with regard to the six-month moratorium. “Most important […]