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  • Sandakan, Tawau, Mulu to have air links – Liow +

    KUCHING: Three more towns in Malaysia are set to have air links with destinations within the Brunei-Indonesia-MalaysiaPhilippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA). Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said this follows the signing of the protocol to amend the MOU on expansion of air linkages at the 22nd Asean transport ministers meeting in Manila next month. He said the protocol aims to provide more flexible approaches to sustain air services on existing routes and encourage the opening of new routes within the region. "Every year, when we meet for BIMP-EAGA meetings, we like to increase the number of townships Read More
  • Gaya Island is rich in flora, fauna +

    KOTA KINABALU: Gaya Island is home to many species of flora and fauna including proboscis monkeys and bearded pigs. Justin (front) showing how moths could be preserved as Justinus looks on. These findings on the island were documented by Sabah Parks in the past, said Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP) manager Justinus Guntabid at the launch of Gaya Island Resort's Nature Centre which featured the seven wonders that could be found on the island. He also lauded the effort made by Gaya Island Resort's to conserve nature and wildlife on the island and hoped that the effort would be continued. Read More
  • 52 mini estates in Sabah — Musa +

    BEAUFORT: There are now a total of 52 Mini Estet Sejahtera (MESEJ) projects in Sabah since it was introduced in 2003. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman tapping rubber to mark the opening of Montenior Mini Estate in Beaufort on Wednesday. Looking on are Deputy Chief Ministers Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan and Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Yahya Hussin and Sabah Rubber Industry Board general manager Datuk Harris Matthews. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman said that out of the number, 34 are Agriculture MESEJ (rubber or oil palm), six Aquaculture MESEJ, nine Micro MESEJ and three Integrated Read More
  • Malaysia targets new highs in ties with China — Najib +

    KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Malaysia is committed to achieving new highs and enter into new areas of cooperation with China during his visit to the republic this week. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (center), receiving a souvenir from Huawei Executive Director and President of Product and Solution Ryan Ding Yun (right), at the Malaysia-China Digital Economy Forum. - Bernama photo Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said during the visit, many new agreements and understandings will be signed that will elevate the relationship between the two nations to even greater heights. "This will Read More
  • 45 international students join UMS Intensive English Preparatory Program +

    KOTA KINABALU: Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) welcomed 45 new international students who registered for the 29th intake of the Intensive English Preparatory Programme (IEPP), an initiative by UMS Investment Holdings Sdn Bhd. Vice-Chancellor of UMS, Professor Datuk Dr Mohd Harun Abdullah, said that upon successfully completing the four-month course, students would be free to pursue a Bachelor's Degree of their choice at the university. From there, they will also be able to further their studies to obtain a Master's Degree or even to a Doctorate level. In his opening address, Harun also said that the future awaiting the 29th IEPP Read More
  • MIA and MICPA pact leads towards enhancement of audit +

    Audit quality is viewed as one of the most critical factors that affect the credibility of financial statements. Users are more confident of the information presented in the financial statements if the audit of the financial statements is perceived to be of a high quality. Dato' Mohammad Faiz Azmi, MIA president KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) have signed an agreement to work together to enhance the audit quality among small and medium practices (SMPs) in Malaysia. (From left): MICPA Council Member Datuk Gan Ah Tee, MICPA president Dato' Read More
  • Australia excited about Malaysia as a gateway to Asean +

    KUALA LUMPUR — Australia is excited over sharing its expertise and expanding business linkages significantly with Malaysia in areas such as design manufacturing, the digital economy and financial technology at the upcoming Australia Business Asia Conference here next month. High Commissioner Rod Smith (centre), excited about the Australia Business Asia Conference in Kuala Lumpur next month. — File pic Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia Rod Smith said trade, now at A$20 billion (RM63 billion), would hopefully increase further via more bilateral alliances, mainly because Australian firms see Malaysia as a key gateway to Southeast Asia under the Asean Economic Community (AEC). A Read More
  • Local digital firms urged to work with global ones +

    KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today urged local digital sector players to work with global technology communities, as Malaysia will benefit immensely, by exploiting the full potential of the digital economy. Najib delivers his speech at the Malaysia-China Digital Economy Forum yesterday. In making the call, he encouraged collaborations and cooperation in the sector, particularly with China, given its advanced and growing Internet technology space. Citing an example, Najib said China has seen the birth of many tech giants of their own such as Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu, and these were the epitome of today's digital Read More
  • Huawei’s new customer centre to help drive Malaysia’s digital economy +

    KUALA LUMPUR: Huawei's new Customer Solution Integration and Innovation Experience Centre (CSIC) here will help drive the nation's digital economy transformation. Najib explores technology on display after launching Huawei's new Customer Solution Integration and Innovation Experience Centre yesterday. — Bernama photo Chief executive officer for Malaysia Abraham Liu said Huawei's customers and partners can leverage on this innovative platform to design and test technology solutions, verify new business models, nurture innovative applications and services to both the public and private sectors. "This centre has been designed as an information and communications technology (ICT) innovation hub and centre of excellence to drive Read More
  • MDEC collaborates with Google Malaysia to encourage YouTube utilisation +

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) is collaborating with Google Malaysia to encourage more content creators to leverage the video-sharing website hosted by Google, YouTube. Chief executive officer Datuk Yasmin Mahmood said the collaboration would provide tools and training to boost Malaysian content creator chances of local and international success. "MDEC will continue to promote and introduce the latest media platforms to continuously build and unlock the potentials of the new media sector," she said in a statement yesterday. She said with globally recognised and highly soughtafter talents, the nation's creative industry has immense potential in developing animation, video Read More
  • Malaysia ranks 23rd in World Bank’s list of doing business +

    PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is ranked 23rd out of 190 economies in the World Bank's 2017 Doing Business Report (DB 2017). Malaysia is also ranked second in Asean in the report after Singapore and 7th in the Asia Pacific after New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea,Taiwan and Australia. At 23rd spot, Malaysia is ahead of countries such as Switzerland (31st), France (29th), Netherlands (28th), United Arab Emirates (26th), Japan (34th), Thailand (46th), China (78th) and India (130th), said Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) director-general, Datuk Mohd Razali Hussain. Malaysia is also ranked second in Asean in the report after Singapore and Read More
  • MPC maintains top 10 target on ease of doing business +

    PETALING JAYA: The Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) has maintained its target of being in the list of top 10 countries in the ease of doing business ranking by 2020. Director-General Datuk Mohd Razali Hussain said the target can be achieved with the government committed to improving the ranking on the pledge to make further improvements every year, alongside the collaboration from other parties. "Given our previous experience and focus groups that are now very cohesive in terms of interaction on this matter, as well as looking at other relevant country experiences, we are confident of achieving the top 10 goal Read More
  • World Bank report: Malaysia continue efforts to improve business climate for entrepreneurs +

    The new World Bank Group's Doing Business Report has revealed that Malaysia continued its efforts to improve the business climate for local entrepreneurs. The report, 'Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for All', which was launched today, also found that Malaysia was one of 17 economies that implemented reforms in East Asia and the Pacific region in the past year. Country manager of World Bank Group's Global Knowledge and Research Hub in Malaysia, Faris H Hadad-Zervos, said Malaysia has implemented two business reforms in the past year, including the strengthening of credit reporting by providing consumer credit scores. "With this change, Read More
  • Local SMEs must match global product quality – Tan +

    KOTA KINABALU: Small and medium enterprises (SME) in Sabah can only claim to having great products if they have export value, Minister of Industrial Development Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah said. “It is not impossible but they (SMEs) must match global product quality and standards. We want our products to be not just good for us but also good enough in the eyes of the world,” he said at the MATRADE Export Day 2016 here, yesterday. Raymond, who is also Deputy Chief Minister, said that some Sabah products have penetrated the international market and he urged the SMEs including Read More
  • BIMP-EAGA ministers' meeting affirms commitment to deepen cooperation +

    KUCHING-- The 11th Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Transport Ministers Meeting held here today reaffirmed its commitment to deepen cooperation to improve transport infrastructure, enhance transport safety and realise seamless, multi-modal transport connectivity in BIMP-EAGA. The meeting was chaired Malaysia's Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai. Also attending the meeting were Brunei Darussalam Communications Minister Awang Muystappa Sirat; Indonesia's Transportation Ministry Secretary-General Sugihardjo; and the Philippine Transport Department Under-Secretary, Felipe A. Judan. “We reiterated the important role of the BIMP-EAGA subregional cooperation in advancing both regional transport connectivity and economic integration,” said Liow, who read the joint statement Read More
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