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 […]

April 30

Apple testing faster iPhone unlock feature for mask-wearing users

Apple is testing an update that would make unlocking an iPhone faster when wearing a face mask. The Star reports: Phone Arena reported that the new feature allows users to prompt a passcode unlock by swiping up from the bottom of the Home screen. Before this, when Face ID unlock was set, the device would […]

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 25

Longer period for companies to repay debts

Debt-laden companies will have more time to repay their debts under the Companies (Exemption) Order 2020, which came into effect on Thursday and until Dec 31,2020. The Star reports: According to Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister, Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi there will be no winding up of companies unless they fail to repay their […]

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 28

Suspected Covid-19 patient commits suicide at Serdang Hospital

A patient under investigation (PUI) for Covid-19 killed himself at the Serdang Hospital on Friday night. The NST reports: The incident occurred at 7.40pm in a bathroom in ward 7D of the hospital. It is learnt that the body was discovered by a nurse, who immediately alerted the hospital’s security department. According to Sepang police […]

March 27

MCO arrest: Boy playing sepak takraw, man out playing badminton

A teenager who was out playing sepak takraw with his friends has been arrested for not obeying the movement control order (MCO). The StarOnLine reports: Pekan OCPD Supt Mohd Razli Mohd Yusof said the 16-year-old boy was spotted playing with several others on Lorong Jemuduk, Perumahan Komuniti Bersepadu Kuala Pahang at about 7.20pm on Thursday […]

March 26

Covid-19: King quarantined after 7 Istana Negara staffers test positive

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah are now undergoing quarantine. MalaysiaKini reports: This is after seven Istana Negara staffers tested positive for Covid-19. Bernama cited Comptroller of the Royal Household Ahmad Fadli Shamsuddin as saying the seven are in stable condition. The King […]

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 […]

March 21

Covid-19: Six dead, total cases at 1,183

At least six people have now died from Covid-19 in the country. MalaysiaKini reports: Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (above) said the fourth victim was Patient 238, a 50-year-old man from the tabligh cluster who was warded in Malacca on March 12. Sarawak’s disaster management committee later announced that two others, a mother and […]

December 22

EPF says sorry after bed-ridden woman made to show up on stretcher

The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has apologised over an incident where a cancer-stricken bed-ridden woman was made to show up at its Johor Bahru office in order to withdraw her contributions to the retirement fund. “EPF is very regretful over the unpleasant experience by the member and her family, and is sorry. “EPF has contacted […]

October 23

‘Billion Dollar Whale’ author claims Jho Low developed taste for riches at prestigious UK school

Fugitive financier Low Taek Jho’s drive to embezzle billions from the 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB) fund may have been inspired by his time as a student in one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious boarding schools, said Tom Wright. The Malay Mail’s Jerry Choong reports: The Wall Street Journal’s Asian economics editor and co-author of […]

August 22

High court orders interior design firm Tatum to return RM2.3 million immediately

The Kuala Lumpur High Court had yesterday Wednesday ordered a Bangsar interior decorator firm to refund a sum of RM2,313,452.07 to its client for breach of services and deliverables. Judge Datuk Lee Swee Seng ordered that the sum be paid immediately. Interior decorator firm Tatum (KL) Sdn Bhd had in their original claim sued Ivy […]