Category Archives: Public Interest

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 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 […]

April 28

Companies allowed to operate during MCO can go full capacity, says Azmin

Economic sectors allowed to operate at half capacity during phases one to three of the movement control order (MCO) are allowed to carry on business at full capacity from Wednesday (April 29). The Star reports: These companies must, however, comply with the established standard operating procedure (SOP) in their respective sectors, said International Trade and […]

April 26

Move to impose MCO tough decision, says Muhyiddin

The move to impose the movement control order (MCO) nationwide to restrict the movement of the people was a tough decision that had to be made to contain the spread of the Covid -19 coronavirus disease in the country, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. The Malay Mail has this report: He said the […]

April 23

KPJ hospitals in full operation

KPJ Healthcare Berhad (KPJ), a listed company that owns and manages a network of private hospitals, is an essential service that continues to operate 24 hours attending to patients during the movement control order period. “KPJ is blessed to be able to continue our services. We have not had to layoffany of our staff, nor […]

April 21

Five recovered Covid-19 cases in Sabah found positive in follow-up tests

Five Covid-19 patients who were reported to have recovered in Sandakan and Kinabatangan were have been found to be still infected by the virus in a follow-up test two days later. The Star reports: This followed reports on April 18 quoting the state’s Health Department, which stated that 19 patients in Sandakan and 16 in […]

April 19

Registration of births, deaths permitted up to 90 days after MCO lifted, says Ismail Sabri

Registration of births and deaths during the movement control order (MCO) will be allowed to be delayed up to 90 days from the date the MCO ends, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.  The Star reports: Currently, registration of births and deaths have to be made within 60 days at the nearest National […]

April 18

FoodPanda riders nationwide to get Socso protection benefit

A total of 2,544 Foodpanda riders nationwide will now get protection under the Self-Employed Social Security Scheme (SKSPS), with contribution from Foodpanda Malaysia. The company’s managing director, Sayantan Das said the contribution amounting to RM199,958.40 has been handed over to Social Security Organisation (Socso) in appreciation of Foodpanda riders as well as a commitment for […]

April 14

Masjid India area placed under enhanced MCO

The Masjid India area has been placed under an enhanced movement control order (MCO) except for the Dang Wang district police headquarters and DBKL homeless monitoring centre as more than 40 people have tested positive for Covid-19. The Star reports: Premises along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Lebuh Ampang, Jalan Tun Perak, Jalan Dang Wangi […]

April 12

Covid-19: 153 new cases, 113 recoveries, death toll at 76 on April 12

Malaysia has recorded another 153 Covid-19 cases, pushing the tally to 4,683 as at noon Sunday (April 12), with three new deaths bringing the death toll to 76. The Star reports: Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said that 113 patients had recovered and been discharged, bringing the total number of recoveries cases […]

April 10

Bantuan Prihatin Nasional Payment Is Brought Forward, Starts On 6 April 2020

The disbursement of the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) financial aid has been brought forward to today, 6 April 2020, instead of the originally intended end of April 2020. It marks the first phase of the payouts, which will be carried out in two parts – once in April, and once in May 2020. Ringgit Plus […]

April 02

Health Ministry braces for possible peak in Covid-19 cases in mid-April

The Health Ministry is bracing for the possibility of Malaysia’s Covid-19 cases peaking in mid-April as projected by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The Star reports: Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said the ministry shares the same prediction with WHO and has taken mitigating measures to prevent such eventuality. “What WHO said […]

April 01

Any travel to buy food, necessities now restricted to 10km under MCO’s second phase

Any travel to buy food, daily necessities, medicine or dietary supplements has been restricted to 10km from a person’s residence during the second phase of the movement control order from April 1 to 14. The Star OnLine reports: These are among the regulations listed under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected […]

March 26

Covid-19 home tests pricey due to high operating costs

COVID-19 home tests tend to be expensive due to the high operational costs involved, said the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA). Malaysian Insight reports: It is understood that the service can cost RM700. MMA president Dr N. Ganabaskaran told The Malaysian Insight that the operating costs involve transportation, manpower, personal protective equipment (PPE) and test kits. […]

March 25

Malaysia to lose 2.4 million jobs, impending recession due to Covid-19

ABOUT 2.4 million jobs are expected to be lost in the impending economic recession created by the coronavirus pandemic in the country, said the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER). About 67% of these jobs are unskilled and they mostly involve workers who do not earn a monthly salary, said Mier in its latest study […]

March 24

Covid-19 relief: For 2.8m M’sians, there’s not enough in their EPF to last 12 months

Around 2.8 million Malaysians don’t have enough savings in their Employees Provident Fund (EPF) accounts to fully benefit from the government’s measure to alleviate their financial burden during the Covid-19 crisis. MalaysiaKini reports: Yesterday, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced that contributors will be allowed to dip into Account 2 of their EPF to cope with […]

March 24

Gardenia delivers as usual during MCO

Gardenia Bakeries (KL) Sdn Bhd continues with its daily deliveries to supermarkets and other outlets as usual during the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) period. The SunDaily reports: In a statement today, the well-known bread manufacturer urges its consumers to remain calm and buy according to their normal needs and daily consumption. “Gardenia […]

March 22

Passengers of Seremban-Sungai Petani bus sought over Covid-19

The Kulim district health office has urged passengers of a Seremban-Sungai Petani bus to contact the office immediately. While the exact reason is not given, it said it is related to the Covid-19 outbreak. In a Facebook post today, the health office said the bus had departed Seremban on March 16 at 8.30pm, which was […]

March 22

Doctor who travelled to Turkey ninth Malaysian to die from Covid-19

The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced today the first death among its staff member, making the total deaths from Covid-19 infections nationwide nine. The MaiayMail Online reports: The 48-year-old doctor, who was patient number 890, had travelled to Turkey and was not one of the frontliners handling Covid-19 patients, Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham […]

August 07

Rafidah: Putrajaya cannot cave in to small group harping on race, religion

National Economic Action Council member Rafidah Aziz has told Putrajaya not to bow to minority groups that harped on race and religion issues. She said those who continuously utilised religion and race were only a small group of Malaysians while the majority of Malaysians had right-thinking minds. “Over the last decade, they showed a xenophobic […]

July 13

Minister fails to see e-hailing ‘nightmares’, says Umno Youth

The implementation of the e-hailing policy has not been well thought out and is bound to cause nightmares for those involved, Umno Youth said today. Free Malaysia Today reports: Its strategic director, Wan Agyl Wan Hassan, said what the government was doing appeared to go against the original spirit of the policy – to allow […]

July 13

Union wins 7-year court battle against Muamalat, Alliance banks

IN a landmark judgement on Wednesday, the Federal Court ruled that two banks were guilty of union busting tactics in promoting employees to executive positions without according them any “real” executive powers that should come with the job. Malaysian Insight reports: In a resounding victory for the National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE), all five […]

October 27

Another ‘investigative bang’?

CLARE Rewcastle-Brown’s need for an audience is obvious to anyone who reads her ranting about the Wall Street Journal’s brilliant book, Billion Dollar Whale. Rewcastle-Brown had survived because she was the lucky receiver of stolen files from PetroSaudi. But she was totally outstripped by the WSJ because they could understand and explain the material. Rewcastle […]

September 21

Standing in a parking spot to ‘reserve’ it can cost you RM2,000 or even jail time, say cops

Those who attempt to “reserve” a parking spot can be fined up to RM2,000 or even six months in jail. The Star reports .. The Royal Malaysia Police on its Facebook page on Thursday (Sept 20) said that it is against the law to physically place oneself in a parking lot to prevent other vehicles […]

July 03

Najib to be charged under Penal Code, anti-money laundering law

NAJIB Razak will face several charges under the Penal Code, and Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act when he is brought to court tomorrow, said sources. The former prime minister will be brought to the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex at 8.30am, to be charged with offences in connection with the SRC International investigations launched by […]

February 26

Reserved parking bays only valid during business hours, says DBKL

Those renting reserved parking bays in front of their premises from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will face action from the local council if they refuse to adhere to the designated hours. Reena Raj of MalayMail Online reports .. Economic Planning and Development Department director Azmi Abdul Hamid said the bays are only rented to […]

February 04

How to overcome lack of English proficiency

FMT’s Nurul Azwa Aris reports an activist says the best thing to do is to bring back English medium schools. The Parent Action Group for Education (Page) has called for the revival of English medium schools in the country, saying there is no better way of improving the command of the English language among Malaysians. […]