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  • M'sian Firms Urged To Tap UAE Market, Says Matrade +

    KUALA LUMPUR, -- Malaysian companies are urged to tap the booming market in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), one of the leading trading partners for Malaysia in the Middle East. "About 50 Malaysian companies operating in the UAE have ventured into various sectors such as construction, services, building materials, consultation, interior design, franchise and engineering services," said Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) Deputy Chief Executive Officer Datuk Dzulkifli Mahmud. Malaysian companies, particularly those in the construction sector, have established a name in the UAE with projects worth US$4.77 billion, he said. Prominent projects include the Formula 1 Circuit on Yas Read More
  • Malaysian palm oil needs well-recognised national brand +

    KOTA KINABALU: Malaysia’s golden crop needs a strong, well-recognised national oil palm brand to enhance global competitiveness, visibility, credibility and market confidence of Malaysia’s largest commodity. Malaysian Oil Palm Board (MPOC) chairman Dato’ Lee Yeow Chor said the brand would be centered on internationally accredited standards and good practices. Speaking at the International Palm Oil Sustainability Conference (IPOSC) 2014, Lee said: “We feel the time is right to develop a strong Malaysian oil palm brand which would ensure industry players including plantations, mills and producers would meet prescribed international standards of sustainability and production.” Leading the initiative to further improve Read More
  • Malaysian Consul-General In New York Wants To Be Close To Malaysian Community +

    NEW YORK, -- The new Malaysian Consul-General in New York, Abdul Razak Abdul Wahab wants to be more pro-active in getting close to the Malaysian community here and in other parts of the country. Abdul Razak, 53, who takes over from Syed Mohamad Bakri Syed Abdul Rahman, said more than 16,000 Malaysians at 17 states in the eastern and mid-United States (US), came under the purview of the consulate. The states are Arkansas, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. "Various programmes and dialogue sessions are being planned Read More
  • Tun Mustapha Park gets support from conservation body +

    KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian Wildlife Conservation Foundation (MWCF) recently awarded a grant of RM138,000 to WWF-Malaysia in aid of its project to build support for the gazettement and management of the proposed Tun Mustapha Park (TMP), for a period of one year until June 2015. The specific aim of the MWCF funds are to develop and implement collaborative enforcement between the enforcement agencies, such as Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), Department of Fisheries Sabah (DOFS), Marine Police, Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD), and the local community representatives (honorary wildlife wardens and community groups) in the proposed TMP. TMP enforcement will address Read More
  • Sabah is sixth highest in organ donors, with 2,000 pledges last year +

    TAWAU: Sabah has the sixth highest number of people in the country who have pledged to donate their organs, with up to 2,000 pledgers recorded last year. Sabah Transplant Acquisition Manager, Dr Cheah Phee Kheng said the level of awareness on organ donation in Sabah is better in the urban areas compared to the rural districts even though people in the remote areas are not entirely ignorant of the noble act. Last year the Sabah Transplant Acquisition conducted a survey with Universiti Malaysia Sabah to measure this level of awareness. “The community was able to accept the idea of organ Read More
  • EPU to undertake study on cabotage policy +

    Raymond (2nd left) witnessing the presentation of sponsorship from Petronas (Sabah & Sarawak) chairman Mohd Firouz Asman (left) to joint organising chairman Datuk Seri Panglima Wong Khen Thau (2nd right) and Arulpragasam KOTA KINABALU: The State government is working closely with the Federal government to address the cabotage policy. “I would like to assure everyone here that we are aware of the issue and also the sentiments of the business community. “As this is a Federal matter, we are working closely with them to address this. We have persuaded the Federal EPU (Economic Planning Unit) to undertake a comprehensive study Read More
  • Poverty No Hindrance To Achieving Success, Says Najib +

    PETALING JAYA,- Poverty is no hindrance if there is passion and a strong desire for success, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Tuesday. He said courage, patience, working hard always and being ambitious were the key drivers for success, and all these went beyond one's material wealth. "It's not whether you are poor in material, but what is most important is you are rich in your character, rich in your spirits, rich in your endeavour, your passion and in your dream. "These are more important than material facilities, financial success. If we have the spirit of courage and Read More
  • Country's Economic Management At The Best Level, Says Najib +

    KUALA LUMPUR, -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the country's economic management is at the best level considering that the economic growth in the second quarter far exceeded expectations. Najib said the country's economy grew 6.2 per cent in the first quarter of this year and 6.4 per cent in the second quarter. "Our country's economy has expanded beyond expectations," he said during his speech at the Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (MCCM)'s Hari Raya open house and launch of the Malay Entrepreneurs Development Programme here today. Najib said the improving economic growth was driven by the increase Read More
  • Malaysia's Economic Growth Must Be At A Sustainable Rate - Mustapa +

    PUTRAJAYA -- Malaysia's economic growth must be at a sustainable rate to ensure the country's resources are distributed in an inclusive manner, says International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed. "The economic cake has to also expand and this is an important basis. Only then can we think about distribution and we need to ensure the country's economy continues to expand at a sustainable rate. "We do not want it to be too high either, as this will not be sustainable," he added. He told reporters this after attending a dialogue session with 17 Bumiputera non-governmental organisations (NGOs) here Read More
  • Chinese Businessmen Still Confident About Undertaking Events In Malaysia +

    KUALA LUMPUR, -- Chinese business interest in Malaysia continues to be buoyant as evident from the high number of participants headed this way to attend business meetings, conferences, seminars and conventions. Some 3,500 businessmen from mainland China were in Malaysia last week to seek joint-venture opportunities, tie-ups and insights, among others. Their presence was made possible through the Perfect China Travel and Seminar 2014, an incentive group conference from Aug 2-10. The event was fully supported by the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB). Although the sentiment of travellers from China to Malaysia had been somewhat dampened following the Flight MH370 Read More
  • Indonesia's Plantation Sector Move May Affect Malaysian Companies Adversely +

    KUALA LUMPUR-- Malaysian companies which own plantations in Indonesia are most likely to be the biggest losers if the government's plan to cap foreign ownership materialises. RHB Research said the proposed move would impact Malaysian companies such as Sime Darby Bhd, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd and TSH Resources Bhd, which are receiving significant earnings contributions from their Indonesian operations, according to news agency Bernama. "We believe such a harsh law may not become a reality, as Indonesia has just had a change of government. This is despite the previous government having introduced measures with a nationalistic slant," it said in Read More
  • Psychology And Counseling Programme Should Be Emulated By All Agencies - Masidi +

    KOTA KINABALU,- The psychology and counseling programme organised by the Education Ministry should be emulated by other ministries and department to overcome problems among their staff, the Sabah minister in charge of the education portfolio, Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said on Monday. He said it was time for such an approach to be implemented at other ministries and agencies because psychological issue concerned all individuals. "Almost everyday, people commit suicide and this shows there is pressure in everybody's life," he told reporters in conjunction with the launch of the 'Program Jelajah Psikososial' (JP6) at the Putrajaya Mini Auditorium, Federal Government Read More
  • National Flag To Be Flown At Half-Mast On National Day Of Mourning - JPM +

    KUALA LUMPUR,-- The 'Jalur Gemilang' national flag has to be flown at half-mast nationwide and all entertainment events to be shelved on the National Day of Mourning this Friday. A statement by the Prime Minister's Department (JPM) stated that all quarters not to wear bright or striking coloured clothing on that day in conjunction with the arrival of the remains of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH17 victims. On that day, entertainment programmes at all radio and television channels will be replaced with religious programmes, including reading of the Quran. "For Muslims who are directly involved (with the ceremony to Read More
  • MH17, MH370 Do Not Dampen Commitment To Celebrate 'Merdeka' - Najib +

    PUTRAJAYA, -- Despite the tragedies following the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 and the shooting down of the MH17, the commitment to translate and promote the spirit of patriotism and defend the sovereignty of Malaysia must go on. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said this commitment had contributed to the greatness of the nation which was always united in facing whatever challenges and obstacles that cropped up whether in sadness or happiness. "The event that we are launching today has great meaning and significance because besides marking the starting of the 'Merdeka month' celebration which is Read More
  • Elephant shot in plantation +

    KOTA KINABALU: An adult male elephant aged between 18 and 25 years was found dead along a road inside the Felda Umas Oil Palm Plantation some 70km from Tawau, amidst growing elephant-human conflict. “We received a call from the plantation manager at around 9am on Friday stating that they had stumbled across a dead elephant in their area,” said Soffian Abu Bakar, Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) Officer for Tawau. The department suspected the pachyderm died due to wounds caused by gunshots which was later confirmed by its Wildlife Rescue Unit’s veterinary team that conducted a post-mortem on the carcass later Read More
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