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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 […]