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  • Sabah has potential to become major maritime Transshipment Hub +

    KOTA KINABALU: Both the Sepan­gar Bay Container Port and Port Klang have been earmarked as the two harbours that will turn Malay­sia into a logistics hub in Asean, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. The Cabinet, said Liow, recently discussed making the country into a logistics hub for Asean, with Sepan­gar port playing a role in the growth area of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. “Sabah is uniquely and strategically positioned within the Asean sub-region of BIMP-EAGA (Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area). “The development of this location is highly dependent on the creation of inter-regional transport links Read More
  • Expansion to Myanmar a minimal boost for Oldtown’s earnings +

    KUCHING: Analysts see minimal improvements to OldTown Bhd (OldTown) following the announcement of its venture into Myanmar with direct license outlets in the city of Yangon. In a listing on bursa Malaysia last Friday, the food and beverage (F&B) giant announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Kopitiam Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd has executed a License Agreement with Nikmat Mujur Sdn Bhd (Nikmat Mujur) and Low See Nam for the operation of three direct license OldTown Café outlets for a 24-month period. In order for Nikmat Mujur to operate these outlets, thelicensee will obtain non-exclusive rights to use the OldTown trade name Read More
  • Rich Worldwide to build another 68 affordable houses +

    By JAMES LEONG SANDAKAN: Leading developer Rich Worldwide Sdn Bhd will construct another 68 units of affordable double storey terrace house under Phase Two of Taman Jati. The project is located close to Phase One of Taman Jati off Mile 7 Jalan Airport and is now open for registration. It is expected to be launched this April, Rich Worldwide Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Victor Wong Chet Sing said here on Tuesday. The Phase Two terrace houses are more spacious and have a gross built up from 1,258 square feet and priced from RM316,350 to RM423,000 with five per cent Read More
  • ILTIZAM PDP to boost employability, produce industry-ready graduates +

    By MOHD IZHAM B. HASHIM KOTA KINABALU: Graduates looking to gain an edge in getting jobs can look no further than the Iltizam Professional Development Programme (ILTIZAM PDP) set to boost employability and produce industry-ready graduates. “Fresh graduates without work experience struggle to secure jobs and this is a vital issue Ekuiti Nasional Berhad’s (Ekuinas) aims to address by offering its Iltizam PDP which offers trainees with on-the-job training, boost career confidence, employability and develop their future professional careers,” said Ekuinas Director of Stakeholders’ Interest, Hizwani Hassan. Speaking at the media briefing yesterday, Hizwani highlighted this year’s PDP training course Read More
  • COSENI inks MoU to bring HARUMi brand into Sabah +

    KOTA KINABALU: Koperasi Penggiat Seni Sabah Berhad (COSENI) becomes the first to ink a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with DBE Gurney Resources Berhad to bring the latter's HARUMi brand into Sabah. Arnez (left) and Ding with the fully loaded solar-powered HARUMi Food Truck. The Jakarta Post quoted Bank Bukopin president director, Glen Glenardi, as saying COSENI chairman said the HARUMi venture is the coop's first initiative to safeguard the future and livelihood of its members as they continue on with their passion in the arts. "COSENI realizes that life in the arts only has a lifespan of about 20 to Read More
  • Sabah Forestry Dept signs MoU with Singapore National Parks Board +

    KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Forestry Department has inked an memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Parks Board (NParks) of Singapore. Sam and Frederick observing a tree, which is one of the largest trees that can be found along the nature trail at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.The diameter of this Pulai tree is estimated at 200cm and a height exceeding 45m. The MoU was signed at the Singapore Botanic Gardens by the Chief Conservator of Forests, Datuk Sam Mannan with his counterpart Kenneth Er, Chief Executive Officer of NParks. Also present were Frederick Kugan, Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests (Forest Read More
  • Extra RM12mil for Sabah Rela +

    Kota Kinabalu: Members of the People's Volunteer Corps (Rela) in Sabah have more reasons to cheer as the uniformed voluntary movement turned 45 years old this year. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced a RM12 million additional allocation for the purchase of 40,000 new digital camouflage fatigues. "As an additional allocation, the State Government will provide RM3 million this year and another RM3 million next year for the purpose. "The Federal Government through the Home Ministry will match the allocation and provide RM6 million this year, making the total allocation of RM12 million. "This means around 40,000 Read More
  • Proton responds to reports about potential foreign partner choice +

    KOTA KINABALU: The flurry of news activity reporting Chinese automaker Geely as the leading candidate to become Proton’s potential foreign partner has prompted a response from the latter with regards to matters and reservations pertaining to the possible tie-up. The Malaysian corporation said via a statement that the interested parties which were reported to be Geely and Groupe PSA have conducted their own due diligence on Proton, and DRB-Hicom is now waiting for the submission of bids from the parties, after which an earnest evaluation of the bids will commence. It reiterated that it aims to complete the selection by Read More
  • Malaysia's total trade increases to RM1.49 trillion, ASEAN takes 29.4% of exports +

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s total trade grew by 1.5 per cent to reach RM1.49 trillion in 2016 compared with RM1.46 trillion in the previous year, Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said on Wednesday. He said exports rose by 1.1 per cent to RM785.93 billion and imports grew by 1.9 per cent to RM698.66 billion, resulting in a trade surplus of RM87.27 billion, the 19th consecutive year of trade surplus since 1998. Mustapa said ASEAN’s share of Malaysia’s total exports expanded to 29.4 per cent in 2016 from 28.2 per cent in 2015, the highest share since Read More
  • Malaysia's total trade expected to grow by 2.7% this year +

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s total trade is expected to grow by 2.7 per cent this year due to moderate pick-up in global trade and higher commodity prices. International Trade and Industry Minister, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the ministry was working towards increasing exports by three per cent this year, up from 1.1 per cent last year, while imports were expected to grow by two per cent from 1.9 per cent previously. “Commodity prices have been steady, with crude oil now staying around US$55 (US$1= RM4.44) per barrel. If it holds up at this level, it will definitely have a positive impact Read More
  • Prospects for rubber industry brighten +

    KUALA LUMPUR: The natural rubber (NR) shortage and the recovery in the global economy have brightened prospects for the industry this year and these will boost global demand. The top-producing countries—Malaysia and Thailand—experienced the shortages due to the prolonged rainy season which disrupted output. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), in its World Economic Outlook October 2016, said based on the global economic scenario, which was estimated to grow at a faster rate of 3.4 per cent this year, the shortage will be at 350,000 tonnes this year. “The expected NR supply deficit is expected to be more severely felt during Read More
  • SOCSO makes RM7,337,941 in payments for 950 cases in Kota Kinabalu alone +

    TUARAN: The Sabah office of the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) made payment for 950 cases totalling RM7,337,941 from its Kota Kinabalu branch alone last year. The amount for the whole state was RM 12,487,465 for 2,174. This was disclosed by SOCSO Sabah director, Ali Mohd Hindia at a ceremony to present cheques to six recipients at Pantai Dalit near here. He said SOCSO or officially known as PERKESO was entrusted with enforcing the 1969 Workers’ Social Security Act and the 1971 Social Wokers’ Regulations (General). “Through the Act and Regulations, SOCSO gives assurance on free medical care, physical or vocational Read More
  • Malaysia's largest laser projection mapping latest attraction in Langkawi +

    LANGKAWI: A 556m², three-dimensional (3D) laser projection mapping, the largest of its kind in Malaysia, is the latest tourist attraction featured at the Oriental Village's 3D Art Langkawi Museum, here. The state-of-the art show which utilises creative technology display has been recognised by the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) as a new achievement. "This will definitely be another addition to the unique products in Langkawi to attract more tourists," said Langkawi Development Authority (Lada) chief executive officer, Datuk Azizan Noordin after the product launch, today. In addition, he said, the museum was also recognised by MBR today for having the Read More
  • Dutch govt recognises Malaysian timber certification scheme +

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Netherlands has recognised the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) under its public procurement policy for sustainable timber following a parliamentary debate on Jan 18. The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC), in a statement on Tuesday, said the recognition would allow Malaysia-based wood companies to enjoy better access to the Dutch market. “This acceptance marks a significant milestone for the MTCS and would further encourage the implementation of sustainable management of tropical forests globally and spur growth for the use and consumption of certified tropical timber,” MTCC chairman Datuk Himmat Singh said. He said the Netherlands became the Read More
  • MPOB reopens regional office in Tehran +

    TEHRAN: The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) today officially reopened its regional office here. Located at the Malaysian Embassy on Eyvanak Boulevard, it is set to facilitate and promote utilisation of Malaysian palm oil in Iran and other central Asian countries. The Tehran regional office opened in 2001, and was suspended temporarily in 2008, after the United Nation's imposed sanctions on the country in 2006. Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong in officiating the event, said it also opens up a new chapter for Malaysian palm oil in Iran and the region. Iran offers a possible Read More
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