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  • 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
  • Star Cruises returns with new destination +

    KOTA KINABALU: Star Cruises will return to Sabah and homeport in Kota Kinabalu from Nov 8 till March 1 next year. And this time around its 13-storey SuperStar Aquarius will introduce a new destination to Puerto Princesa City, the capital of Palawan Island in the Philippines. In the offing is a voyage of 4D/3N Kota Kinabalu/Puerto Princesa City, two-night high seas cruise (available alternate week) and the regular one night high seas cruise. In conjunction with the deployment of SuperStar Aquarius, Star Cruises in collaboration with the Philippine Department of Tourism organised a familiarisation trip to Puerto Princesa on Oct Read More
  • Festival Of Lights A Celebration For All Malaysians +

    KUALA LUMPUR,-- Deepavali is another major celebration in Malaysia that is just around the corner. Deepavali in Sanskrit literally means 'Festival of Lights' where Hindus illuminate their homes using clay lamps with wicks called "diyas" or other forms of lights. The golden glow of these lamps not only signify the warmth that light can bring but signify the accomplishment of all material attributes, be it riches and fame, or knowledge, success and peace. The entrance of houses are also decorated with lovely traditional Rangoli motifs (kolam) to welcome Lakshmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity. The colourful festival celebrated by Hindus Read More
  • Deepavali A Good Time To Strengthen Relationship With Family, Friends And Other Races - Dr Subramaniam +

    PUTRAJAYA, -- Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam hopes the arrival of Deepavali will bring about good fortune, health and wealth to the people, especially the Indian community. People must savour the true meaning of the Deepavali celebration which is triumph of good over evil (transformation of darkness to a bright future) said Dr Subramaniam who is also the MIC Deputy President. "I hope the Indian community will do their bid in nation building with full of zest, commitment and help improve the economy of the country," said Subramaniam in his Deepavali message, here today. Dr Subramaniam also urged everyone Read More
  • RAM Ratings Revises Rating On RHB, MBSB, Reinstates Stable Outlook For CIMB +

    KUALA LUMPUR, -- RAM Ratings Services Bhd has placed a positive watch on all rated entities under RHB Capital Bhd (RHB Capital) and Malaysia Building Society Bhd (MBSB), while reinstating the stable outlook for CIMB Group Holdings Bhd (CIMB). Previously, the ratings of these entities had been put on developing watch after negotiations for a proposed merger commenced. In a statement Monday, RAM Ratings said it had reaffirmed the AAA/P1 ratings of CIMB's key banking subsidiaries as it is of the opinion the credit profiles of the respective merged entities would remain commensurate with existing ratings. On the other hand, the Read More
  • RM59.5 mil to Empower ECER Programme +

    PUTRAJAYA: The combination of software and hardware is key to ensure the public sector keeps up with the challenging times, while at the same time, inspires public confidence towards the governments. Various speakers at concurrent sessions held in conjunction with the second day of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) Bienniel Conference 2014 yesterday, said the governments should embrace hardware, such as technology trends, and improve the software, including human resources, to stay ahead with changes in the sector. Cassandra Crowley, former chief executive officer of New Zealand’s Local Government Online Ltd, pointed out that governments must Read More
  • Electricity demand projected to grow 6.1 per cent annually for 2014 to 2024 – Maximus +

    KOTA KINABALU: Electricity demand is projected to grow an annual average rate of 6.1 per cent in Sabah for the 2014 to 2024 period. In Peninsular Malaysia, the growth is lower at 3.1 per cent for the same period, said Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili. “The growth rate for Sabah is an indication of a faster economic growth rate, albeit from a smaller base. “This situation poses a far greater challenge for Sabah especially with the aging electricity infrastructure that are already strained and vulnerable to frequent outages,” said Dr Maximus at Read More
  • Strategy to sustain palm oil sector +

    SANDAKAN: The government has formulated strategic actions to enhance the sustainability of the palm oil sector for it to remain viable and competitive. “In today’s global economy, businesses, non-governmental organisations and consumers are demanding for sustainable production of agricultural products, including palm oil,” Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman said in his speech at the 125th East Malaysia Planters’ Association (or EMPA) Anniversary Dinner at a hotel here on Saturday. Musa said in meeting stringent requirements on food safety and increasing concerns on sustainability, the industry must continuously improve its practices to remain relevant. The Chief Minister added that Read More
  • PROTON appoints new management members +

    SUBANG JAYA, – PROTON Holdings Berhad (PROTON) announces the appointment of new members of the management in PROTON and Proton Edar Sdn Bhd (PESB). Mr. Andreas Prinz who joined PROTON in July 2014 as the Director of International Sales has now taken the role of Chief Operating Officer, Commercial. Andreas has 29 years of proven working track record in large multinational companies with 23 years in top executive positions, overseeing various key roles in various countries across the globe. With a qualification of Master's Degree in Business Administration from University of Applied Sciences Rendsburg, he has spent 15 years in the Read More
  • Youth urged to help keep KK clean, pristine +

    KOTA KINABALU: The youth are encouraged to participate in a cleanliness campaign to ensure that Kota Kinabalu and its natural surroundings remain pristine. The Malaysian Environmental Awareness Week, which is held to increase the awareness of the need to preserve the natural beauty and cleanliness of the city, will be held here under the supervision of the City Hall and the Environmental Action Committee (EAC). It will begin on October 21 and end on October 26. The theme of the campaign, “My Rubbish, My Responsibility”, seeks to instil a sense of responsibility to the local residents that everyone is responsible Read More
  • Sabah Consumers Told To Help Monitor Prices Of Goods +

    KOTA KINABALU, -- Consumers in Sabah have been urged to assist the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (MDTCC) to monitor prices of goods by reporting on unscrupulous traders. Sabah Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid said there were various channels where the people could expose business premises or shops selling goods and high prices. "Spread it in the social websites, take photographs as evidence, so that MDTCC can monitor these premises," she said in a statement in conjunction with the launch of the state-level Deepavali Festive Season Price Control Scheme here Friday. MDTCC has placed 14 Read More
  • Government Intervention Crucial To Overcome Road Mishaps +

    TAWAU, -- The intervention of the government and private sector must be implemented to overcome road accidents with the increase in vehicles and accidents on the road each year, said Sabah deputy chief minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan. Pairin, who is also Infrastructure Development Minister, said the number of accidents could only be reduced via a collective and holistic approach and the distribution and sharing of resources at all agency levels whether public or private. "The problem must be overcome to avoid jeopardising the planning of the government in the national development process due to loss of highly skilled human Read More
  • KKIP attracts RM3b worth of investment, says Musa +

    KOTA KINABALU: Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) Sdn Bhd has done well as it has attracted close to RM3 billion worth of investments, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman. He said the investments entailed the setting up of 15 training, research and development institutes as well as 261 factories, creating over 8,000 jobs. And, he also commended KKIP its contributions in driving the growth of Sabah’s economy. “KKIP remains the sole general industrial park in Sabah but faced with stiff competition from other emerging industrial parks, it needs to continuously transform itself,” he said in his keynote address Read More
  • Najib Arrives In Jakarta For Jokowi's Swearing-in +

    JAKARTA, -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak arrived here Sunday afternoon to attend the swearing-in of Joko Widodo as Indonesia's new president here tomorrow. The special aircraft carrying Najib, who was also accompanied by his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, landed at the Halim Perdanakusuma airport here at about 6 pm local time (7 pm Malaysian time). Najib's arrival was received by Malaysian ambassador to Indonesia Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim and Malaysian Permanent Representative to Asean Datuk Hasnudin Hamzah. The prime minister is among the 18 foreign dignitaries to attend the historic inauguration scheduled at 10 am local Read More
  • China overseas investment almost doubles in Sept +

    BEIJING: China's overseas investment almost doubled year-on-year to US$9.79bil in September, the government said Thursday, again exceeding incoming funds even though they recovered from multi-year lows. Foreign direct investment (FDI) – which excludes financial sectors – into China came in at US$9.01bil for the month, the commerce ministry said, up only 1.9% year-on-year but a significant improvement on August's US$7.20bil, which was the lowest since July 2010. China has been actively acquiring foreign assets, particularly energy and resources, to power the world's second-largest economy, with firms encouraged to "go out" and make overseas acquisitions to gain market access and international experience. Overseas Read More
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