Malaysia

M’sia, S’pore reach “some sort of understanding” on suspended JB-S’pore RTS project: Anthony Loke

Malaysia and Singapore have reached “some sort of understanding” on the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS). Malaysia’s Transport Minister Anthony Loke told reporters following the 4th Annual China-Malaysia Port Alliance Meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Mon (19 Aug) that updates on the project are on the way, and that the governments of both countries are “closely behind the scene”. “We …

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Utusan Malaysia to cease rolling out print copies starting 21 Aug

Malaysia’s oldest Malay-language newspaper Utusan Malaysia will cease its print publication tomorrow (21 Aug) until “an undisclosed date” after eight decades of its establishment. New Straits Times reported today (20 Aug) that Utusan‘s editorial team were informed in a special briefing that the decision was made due to a lack of funding to maintain its operations. Kosmo! editor Lokman Othman …

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Johor’s goal to be water self-sufficient will not affect the Malaysia-Singapore water agreement, says Malaysian Minister

Johor plans to be self-sufficient with water instead of purchasing treated water from Singapore, says Dato’ Osman Sapian, a Minister in Johor’s state legislative assembly and former Chief Minister of Johor. At a special session with the Malaysian Prime Minsiter Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed and other cabinet members in Putrajaya, the Dato’ Osman said that details of the plan are …

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Joint venture with Temasek terminated due to “bad’ market conditions for residential properties: InvestPenang exec director

Business Processing Outsourcing Prime (BPO Prime), the joint venture (JV) between Temasek Holdings and Penang Development Corporation (PDC), was mutually terminated due to grim market conditions. InvestPenang executive director Lee Kah Choon told Malay Mail on Thu (8 Aug) that the decision to terminate the RM1.3 billion JV (S$429 million) was made based on the findings of a survey conducted …

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Network issues recorded the highest number of complaints reported by consumers in Malaysia for the first half of 2019

On Wednesday (31 July), the Communications and Multimedia Consumer Forum of Malaysia (CFM), at its 18th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Cyberjaya, announced the total number of complaints reported by consumers for the first half of this year (H1 2019) which amounted to 4,635 complaints. The tally for this year saw a significant increase compared to last year’s count, with …

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Lawyers, NGOs and families of M’sian death row prisoners submit appeal for clemency to President Halimah Yacob at S’pore High Comm in KL

Lawyers, nine NGOs and the families of Malaysian death row prisoners as well as their supporters submitted an appeal for clemency for Malaysian death row prisoners in Changi Prison at the High Commission of the Republic in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur yesterday (25 Jul). The memorandum was addressed to President Halimah Yacob, urging her and the Government of …

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Malaysian electoral watchdog Bersih calls for government to fix electoral malapportionment as Parliament lowers voting age to 18

The issue of electoral malapportionment, or the imbalanced division of constituencies, remains one of the issues in need of reformation by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government, according to watchdog Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) in a statement today (17 Jul). Citing the 17th Promise in the PH election manifesto, which covers the question of transparency and robustness …

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Alleged drug trafficker with IQ of 69 on death sentence, in his final bid to escape the gallows with aid of lawyers and activists

29-year old Nagaenthran a/l K Dharmalingam is an individual who has an IQ of 69, a finding by the prosecution’s psychiatrist which judges, including in the Court of Appeal, accepted and affirmed. This level of IQ meant that Nagaenthran is among those with “extremely low range of functioning”, according to the internationally recognised WAIS-IV test, which measures cognitive abilities. In …

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