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Permission for interstate travel expected to be finalised in three weeks — Hishammuddin
JOHOR BAHRU (Sept 25): Permission for interstate travel is expected to be finalised in three weeks’ time after the country has hit its target of fully vaccinating 90% of the adult population against Covid-19, said Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. He said on Saturday that several measures would be taken to speed up the v
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Withdrawing, limiting licence based on age should be last resort, says Wee
PUTRAJAYA (Sept 25): Withdrawing or limiting a valid licence issued to individuals based on their age should be a last resort, after transparently verifying the person’s fitness level to drive with a recognised test, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said on Saturday. With regard to suggestions to limit the issuance of Malaysian Drivin
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Malaysia’s new Covid-19 cases fall to 13,899 on Sept 25
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 25): Malaysia reported 13,899 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, down from 14,554 on Friday. This raised the total number of cases in the country to 2,185,131, said Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. Sarawak continued to post the highest number of cases at 2,712, followed by Selangor (2,341), Johor (1,377), K
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Call to boost skilled workers in 12MP
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 25): Measures to raise the number of skilled workers should be among the matters to be given focus under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) in the effort to propel Malaysia into a developed nation. The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) executive director Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan said at the moment Malaysia only has 28% skilled work
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China welcomes Huawei executive home, but silent on freed Canadians
SHANGHAI (Sept 25): Chinese state media welcomed telecoms giant Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, back to the "motherland" on Saturday, after more than 1,000 days under house arrest in Canada, on what they called unfounded charges of bank fraud. But they have kept silent about Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, the two Canadians rele
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Noh: MEDAC to draft action plans in near term to help entrepreneurs
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 25): The Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (MEDAC) will continue to draft action plans in the near future to drive, manage and create an “entrepreneurial nation” through the cooperation of various institutions and agencies, especially under MEDAC. Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar said the ministry’s focus would also
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Nation's 4G coverage now at 96%, says Zahidi
PADANG BESAR (Sept 25): The coverage of the fourth generation (4G) network nationwide has now reached 96%. Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin said the country is expected to be able to achieve full 4G coverage within two years and efforts were being made by the government together with the relevant agencies.
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Covid-19 self-test kit price to be reduced before school session begins, says deputy minister
KUALA BERANG (Sept 25): The price of the Covid-19 self-test kit will be reduced by the end of this month to make it more affordable for parents to carry out screening test before their children start school session on Oct 3. Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Datuk Rosol Wahid said the latest price will be announced soon. “Its
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Palm oil may touch RM4,400 on tight supplies, Mistry says
(Sept 25): Palm oil futures will stay strong at least until March on an increase in export levies by top grower Indonesia, with supplies seen tight during the first two months of 2022, according to veteran trader Dorab Mistry. The most-used vegetable oil is expected to trade between RM4,000 to RM4,400 per ton during the October-February period, be
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Sultan Ibrahim hopes govt immediately reviews strict 'MM2H' conditions
JOHOR BAHRU (Sept 25): The Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar has expressed hope that the federal government immediately reviews the strict conditions for the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme which were set recently. He raised the issue during an audience with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Saturday morning.
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Proposal to limit issuing driving licence to senior citizens not discussed — IGP
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 25): The proposal to limit the issuing of driving licence to senior citizens has not yet been discussed in detail. Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the proposal was raised by Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) director Datuk Azisman Alias on Friday. He sa
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HNA chair’s downfall ends an era of Chinese ambition and excess
(Sept 25): In his heyday less than a decade ago, Chen Feng seemed like an unstoppable man on a mission to conquer the world. HNA Group Co, the sprawling conglomerate Chen and his late partner Wang Jian helped start as Hainan Airlines in 1993, became the standard-bearer for a cabal of companies that snapped up trophy assets from the US to Europe. T
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Crypto exchange stops taking China users as Beijing widens ban
(Sept 25): Huobi, China’s largest Bitcoin exchange, has halted new registrations for domestic users, taking one of the first actions to comply with Beijing’s latest crypto ban. The exchange operator has stopped letting traders use mainland China mobile numbers to register new accounts, after the People’s Bank of China said Friday all crypto-relate
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Chinese police take away HNA chairman, CEO on suspicion of crimes
SHANGHAI (Sept 25): China's HNA Group, once one of the country's most acquisitive conglomerates, said on Friday that its chairman and its chief executive had been taken away by police due to suspected criminal offences. The company, placed in bankruptcy administration in February, said in a statement on its official WeChat account it had been noti
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South Korea daily Covid-19 cases top 3,000 for first time after holiday
SEOUL (Sept 25): South Korea's daily Covid-19 infections topped 3,000 for the first time as an outbreak fuelled by this week's three-day holiday spreads, authorities said on Saturday. Friday's 3,273 coronavirus cases surpassed the previous high a day earlier, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said, taking the nation's tally to
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Britain expected to ease visa rules as truck driver shortage bites
LONDON (Sept 25): Britain is expected to announce plans to issue temporary visas to truck drivers to alleviate an acute labour shortage that has led to fuel rationing at some filling stations and warnings from retailers of significant disruption in the run-up to Christmas. As queues started forming outside filling stations early on Saturday, Prime
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Clubs fear UEFA’s US$8.2b Covid-19 fund will ignore minnows
(Sept 25): A growing group of clubs are warning that a potential 7 billion-euro (US$8.2 billion) fund being created by European soccer’s governing body will be used as a bailout for the biggest teams who have racked up the most debt.  UEFA, the organizing body for European soccer, is putting the final touches to a rescue package aimed at helping t
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Quad leaders press for free Indo-Pacific, with wary eye on China
WASHINGTON (Sept 25): Leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia vowed on Friday to pursue a free and open Indo-Pacific region "undaunted by coercion" at their first in-person summit, which presented a united front amid shared concerns about China. The two-hour meeting at the White House of the Quad, as the grouping of four major dem
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Evergrande’s EV unit admits there’s no certainty it can pay debt
(Sept 25): China Evergrande Group’s electric-car unit said there is no guarantee it can meet its financial obligations as it continues to look for strategic investors to inject much-needed capital. “The group is encountering a serious shortage of funds,” the Hong Kong-listed entity said in an exchange filing late Friday. “In view of the liquidity
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Macau tightens Covid-19 controls before weeklong China holidays
(Sept 25): Macau is stepping up travel restrictions as the city tries to prevent a Covid-19 outbreak that could threaten its gaming industry ahead of a weeklong holiday in China. The government will require all residents and visitors to undergo a Covid test as part of a three-day mass screening exercise, according to a statement Saturday. It also
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