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  • Petronas engineer wins IChemE Malaysia award +

    KUALA LUMPUR: Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) chemical engineer, Sy Mohd Faiz Sy Mohd Fuzi, was presented with the coveted Young Chemical Engineer Industry Award at the recent annual Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Malaysia Awards ceremony. The award is for innovation and excellence that recognises and rewards praiseworthy chemical engineering achievements at the individual as well as team levels. Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd (PCG) president/chief executive officer, Sazali Hamzah said: "Petronas is the first organisation in Malaysia to receive the Accredited Company Training Scheme (ACTS) status from IChemE for PCG's Accelerated Capability Development (ACD) training scheme, to produce the large Read More
  • Malaysia, Indonesia to sign MoU on Haze +

    KUCHING,- Malaysia and Indonesia will be sharing experience, expertise and information on how to tackle transboundary haze when the two neighboring countries sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the matter soon. Department of Environment (DOE) director-general Datuk Halimah Hassan both countries were in the process of drafting a MoU but could not confirm when it would be signed. "The focus of the MoU will be on the prevention of open burning and forest fires," she told reporters after officiating at the state-level Malaysian Environment Week (MASM) and Environmental Quality (Air) Regulations Seminar 2014 here Thursday. She said the Malaysian Read More
  • Malaysia Needs More Data Management Experts - Ahmad Shabery +

    PUTRAJAYA, -- Malaysia needed additional experts to manage data that is more systematic and orderly as data can become new sources of wealth for the country, said Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek. He said possessing a variety of data and an orderly data management could be an edge for a particular country. "In this age of sophistication, the way to manage data is very important, so we require more experts and, because of that, a chief data scientist is needed," he told reporters after the 26th MSC Malaysia Implementation Council Meeting here Thursday. At the meeting Prime Read More
  • Malaysia To Consider Appointing Chief Data Scientist - Najib +

    PUTRAJAYA, -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the government is considering to appoint a chief data scientist in view of the rapid deployment of MSC Malaysia and digital sector in the country. He said the recommendation would be made to the cabinet for a possible appointment very soon. "Advancing the Malaysian digital economy is a path we must take and a challenge must exuberantly embrace in moving country rapidly towards achieving Vision 2020," he said in his closing remark at the 26th MSC Malaysia Implementation Council Meeting here on Thursday. MSC Malaysia is Malaysia's national information and communications Read More
  • All district areas in Sabah are PBT rating areas +

    KOTA KINABALU: The rating area under the local authorities (PBT), like district councils and municipal councils, has been expanded to cover all areas in the districts in Sabah. Sabah Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor said this blanket approval was given by the state cabinet several years ago, but it was up to the respective PBT to enforce it. “With that, all areas in the respective districts can be imposed tax by PBT,” he said in a statement here today. Prior to this, he said, the approval was given based on case by case. “For example, if there Read More
  • RON95 purchase for high income bracket based on market prices June next year +

    BANGI: Starting June next year, the purchase of RON95 petrol for those in the high income bracket will be according to market prices, said Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan. He said the mechanism and methods of implementation were being finalised by the Finance Ministry and Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry either through the use of MyKad or other cards. "They will pay the cost of RON95 according to market prices. For example if the price is RM2.58 sen, then it is RM2.58 sen," he told a news conference after presenting a talk on the Goods and Sales Tax Read More
  • 1DANA portal to enhance research, devt, commercialisation returns +

    PUTRAJAYA, -- Another government initiative - 1DANA portal - is launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Thursday to make it easier for the people and companies to know of the assistance being provided for research, development and commercialisation. The one-stop portal also enables the people to see all the grants and sponsorships for research and development (R&D) as well as commercialisation that are offered by government ministries and agencies. Speaking at the launch, Najib said the portal could provide an overall picture on any ministry or agency that needed to be referred to for loans. "Hope this portal receives good Read More
  • Malaysian Exhibitors Clinch Sales Worth RM991 Million In Yangon +

    KUALA LUMPUR, -- Malaysian exhibitors clinched sales worth RM991 million during the Malaysia Services Exhibition and Showcase Malaysia 2014 in Myanmar, recently. Of 70 Malaysian companies, 35 of them promoted their services while the others showcased their products at the four-day exhibition in Yangon from Oct 1, the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) said in a statement. Among services that generated interests were consultancy and support services for oil and gas industry, corporate training and education programmes, franchising businesses, machinery, and formwork systems. Matrade said products sought included health and wellness, generators, lightings, a heat exchanger, a steam boiler, timber Read More
  • Adabi May Start Pepper Farm In Sarawak +

    SIBU, -- Adabi Consumer Industries Sdn Bhd may start its own pepper farm or a collection/buying centre in Sarawak in order to maintain the taste profile of its products, its business development manager, Syed Mahadzir Datuk Syed Manshor said. He said the packaged food manufacturer had visited several places in the Pakan District of the Sarikei Division to look for a suitable site for the farm. The distinctive flavour of Adabi's products resulted from the use of good quality pepper from Sarawak, which abides by the Malaysian Pepper Board's strict procedures and control, he told Bernama upon arrival from Pakan here Read More
  • Husni Calls On Multilateral Bodies To Consolidate Expertise, Resources +

    KUALA LUMPUR, -- Multilateral organisations such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and the proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank should explore ways to consolidate their expertise and resources instead of just providing funds, Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah said. He said this would enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the implementation of initiatives to meet global infrastructure needs. Sharing Malaysia's experience, he said Malaysia's infrastructure development was significantly aided by the strengthening of the capital markets and the role of development financial institutions such as Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad. "Malaysia has also implemented various private finance initiatives Read More
  • Malaysia-Singapore high speed rail details to be finalised next year +

    TOKYO: Malaysia will start finalising details with Singapore on the upcoming High Speed Rail (HSR) project in the first quarter of next year. Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said this to Malaysian and Singaporean reporters at the High-Speed Rail Conference 2014 here today. The conference is held in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Tokaido Shinkansen (Tokaido bullet train). "As far as the feasibility study is concerned, we have submitted it (report)to the (Malaysian) government and they have accepted it. It will go to both the Prime Ministers (of Malaysia and Singapore). "Two Read More
  • Najib Commends Taib's Role In Building Modern Sarawak +

    KUCHING, -- Sarawak grew from strength to strength and transformed from one of the poorest to become one of the most prosperous states in the country under the leadership of Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. The Prime Minister said he truly believed that the modern Sarawak of today was the culmination of Taib's significant contribution, not only in pursuing the goals of economic progress, but also in fostering the spirit of unity among the people of the state throughout all the years he was in office as the Chief Minister. The Sarawak Information Department in a Read More
  • Laddu Symbol Of Unity On Deepavali +

    KUALA LUMPUR, -- Traditional Indian sweetmeats, known as Laddu, which is among various delicacies served at the Deepavali celebration at the HGH Convention Centre, Sentul here, seemed to be the favourite among guests. The guests, despite coming from various racial and religious background, as well as with different taste buds, like laddu. S. Kalyanee, 59, from Bandar Baru Sentul, said she is happy to see the people of various races celebrating Deepavali and enjoying the traditional Indian delicacies served at the open house. "My Chinese and Malay friends also eat the Indian dishes. It makes us feel like a big family," Read More
  • Malaysians Of Hindu Faith Celebrate Deepavali In A Joyous Ambience +

    KUALA LUMPUR, -- Malaysians of the Hindu faith today celebrate Deepavali in a joyous ambience by holding religious events and open houses. The highlight of the celebration in the national capital is the Deepavali open house hosted by MIC at Dewan Merdeka, Putra World trade Centre (PWTC) here, which was attended by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor. The beating of drums and flutes accompanied the arrival of Najib, who is also Umno President and Barisan Nasional Chairman at about 10.15 am. On hand to receive him were MIC President Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, Read More
  • Make Sabah main shipping hub – association +

    KOTA KINABALU: Lorry transport operators have proposed to make Sabah the main shipping hub to replace Port Klang which has benefited from the cabotage policy for the past 30 years. Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Datuk Edward Yong Oui Fah said the Federation of Sabah Lorry Transportation Associations had raised the unfairness of the cabotage policy during a dialogue session between industry players and chambers of commerce with Transport Minister Dato’ Seri Liow Tiong Lai recently. “The president (of the Federation of Sabah Lorry Transportation Associations) has proposed that since Port Klang has benefited from being the main shipping Read More
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