Malaysia: Minister to sue portal for defamation

KOTA KINABALU, Feb 17 (NNN-BERNAMA) — Sabah Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Peter Anthony will take legal action against a local portal over allegations that several Sabah Public Works Department (JKR) contracts had been awarded without any tenders.

He said his ministry has lodged a police report and is calling on the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to take action against the portal as well.

The state government is always open to criticisms by any parties but these should be constructive and not just wild accusations, he said.

Malaysia: Stimulus package to mitigate Covid-19 impact, assist industries

CYBERJAYA, Feb 17 (NNN-BERNAMA) — Malaysia’s upcoming economic stimulus package, which would be announced next week, would serve to mitigate the financial impact of Covid-19 and help industries rebound when the outbreak is contained.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said Malaysia is among the earliest to launch the package even though the impact of the outbreak has yet to be ascertained.

“The announcement which would be made by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad showed that the government places emphasis and priorities on the challenges posed by the outbreak.

Recovery rate from Coronavirus high, says Malaysia’s Health Minister

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 11 (NNN-BERNAMA) — The recovery rate for patients infected by the 2029 novel coronavirus is high, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

He said the Geographical Information System of the Ministry of Health Malaysia found that 3,496 out of 40,555 or 8.6 per cent of the cases tested positive for the virus had recovered, while only 910 deaths were recorded as of yesterday (Feb 10).

With the mortality rate standing at 2.2 per cent, the recovery rate was four times higher, he said. 

Malaysia not ready for nuclear energy – Mahathir

CYBERJAYA, Feb 10 (NNN-BERNAMA) — Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia will not build nuclear power plants until there is a safe way to dispose off the radioactive waste generated.

He pointed out that Malaysia did not have adequate knowledge in that field.

“If you have a nuclear power plant, you will accumulate nuclear waste which is radioactive and until now they do not know how to reverse the process. That is why we cannot use nuclear material because it stays on for millions of years. 

Malaysian-born Maha Sinnathamby invites the world to share his A$88 billion private city

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 10 (NNN-BERNAMA) — The journey from Negeri Sembilan to Queensland, Australia can take a day if you travel by plane, but for Maha Sinnathamby, it has taken a lifetime.

The billionaire was born in the village of Rantau 80 years ago and never dreamed he would one day become one of Australia’s richest men, let alone the founder of one of the most successful master-planned cities in the world.

Malaysia says yet to decide on new search for MH370

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia on Monday said it has yet to decide on launching a new search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which went missing with 239 people on board nearly six years ago.

Malaysia’s ministry of transport said it has not received any new credible evidence to initiate a new search.

“However, the Ministry will review any new evidence that it officially receives,” the ministry said in a brief statement.

Malaysia's economy to grow 4.5% in 2020, PM Mahathir says

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia’s economy is expected to expand by 4.5% this year, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday, down from the government’s initial estimate of 4.8%.

Mahathir cited “challenging times” for the revision to the government’s forecast, which was announced when the 2020 budget was tabled in November. He did not elaborate.

Malaysian diplomatic missions in to continue with operations in China

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 7 (NNN-BERNAMA) — Malaysian diplomatic missions in China will continue their operations to provide consular assistance to countrymen and maintain close collaboration with the authorities of the host country.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Wisma Putra) said the cabinet decision to bring home non-essential staff and family members from the Malaysian diplomatic missions in China was made as part of the government’s state of preparedness in its response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) epidemic.

Tajikistan hopes to become an important trade gateway to Central Asia

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 7 (NNN-BERNAMA) — Tajikistan hopes to become an important trade gateway for Malaysia to markets in Central Asia, said Tajikistan’s Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin.

On the other hand Malaysia, being strategically located in Southeast Asia, could become a bridge between Tajikistan and other ASEAN countries, he said.

Malaysia has no plans to bar cruise ships from entering country

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 (NNN-BERNAMA) — The Transport Ministry has no plan to bar the cruise ships from entering the country following the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection.

Its minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said the move would only be made after receiving a recommendation from the Ministry of Health (MoH) based on certain evidence.

“We only bar Chinese citizens from the Hubei region or any region that the Chinese government has declared a lock down.

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