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  • Matrade urges Malaysian firms to familiarise with new US food safety regulation +

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia External Trade Development Corp (Matrade) is urging Malaysian companies to familiarise themselves with the new food safety regulation introduced by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which was announced in May this year. In a statement yesterday, Matrade said, the new rule required companies within the country and abroad to take steps to prevent intentional adulteration of the food supply. It said the new rule was the seventh and final major rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernisation Act aimed at improving mitigation strategies (risk-reducing) to further protect the food supply. “Under the new rule, Read More
  • 17 Malaysians receive grants for prestigious Fulbright programme (sponsored by the US Government) +

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) presented grants to 17 Malaysians for the prestigious Fulbright programme and other United States (US) government-funded grants for 2016-2017, today. The Fulbright programme, the flagship international educational exchange programme sponsored by the United States government and designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, was offered by MACEE since its inception in 1963 to promote international goodwill through the exchange of students and scholars in all areas of education, culture, and science. An award winner, Tan Win Son received a Fulbright Read More
  • UTM ranked among Asia's top 100 universities list +

    KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) made it to the top 100 of the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2016, which lists a ranking of the top 200 universities in Asia. UTM was placed 70th in the latest rankings list. Three other Malaysian universities also featured on the list, according to the list published by Times Higher Education. They are Universiti Putra Malaysia, ranked 121-130, Universiti Sains Malaysia (141-150) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (161-170). No Malaysian university featured in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2015. “This new data release shows that Malaysia, along Read More
  • Integrity Plan 2016-2020 launched to provide world-class policing service – IGP +

    KUALA LUMPUR— The Royal Malaysian Police Force today launched the PDRM Integrity Plan 2016-2020 to achieve the ultimate aim of providing world-class policing service to the society. Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the plan was an extension to the PDRM Integrity Plan introduced earlier. Khalid said the plan was aimed at charting the vision and mission of the Police force in realising the ultimate aim of becoming a world class police force and to provide a high standard of service to the community. “I must admit that the practise of integrity is paramount in the Read More
  • Raja Affandi new defence forces chief on Dec 16 +

    KUALA LUMPUR: Army chief Jen Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor will start his tenure as the new Armed Forces chief on Dec 16. He will succeed Jen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin whose retires in June 2017. Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein said the announcement was made six months earlier to ensure a smooth transition of duties and allow the leaders to make the necessary preparations. Bernama quoted Hishammuddin as saying that Zulkifeli would take his accumulated annual leave and undergo transition training from that date. Zulkifeli's application to extend his service for 12 months beyond Read More
  • CIMB, Lazada team up to support expansion of SMEs +

    KUALA LUMPUR: CIMB Bank Bhd and Lazada Malaysia (Lazada) have signed a partnership agreement that enables Lazada merchants to apply for small and medium enterprise (SME) loans. Under the agreement, the bank offers CIMB Bank's Enterprise Clean Loans (ECL) to Lazada merchants to support the expansion of Malaysian SMEs. "The collaboration is a joint effort by CIMB Bank and Lazada, an online shopping and selling destination, to provide a holistic solution and added convenience to empower local SMEs to grow their business. "This customised ECL, a non-collateral financing with competitive interest rates, offers financing of up to RM300,000 per company Read More
  • Advice to contact blood centre, not appeal for blood over social media +

    KUALA LUMPUR: The next-of-kin of patients in need of blood can contact the National Blood Centre or other blood banks directly instead of sending a plea over social media. Dr Nor Hafidza Haron, a medical officer at the centre, said the NBC could act swiftly and provide adequate supply of blood on time. She said she appreciated the noble intention of Malaysians to help obtain blood for needy patients, but the centre had a list of donors who would come forward to help, even with rare blood types. Dr Nor Hafidza was asked to comment the two text messages that Read More
  • Musa launches promotion for 11th SIFF (Sabah International Folklore Festival (Twelve nations including Malaysia confirmed participation thus far) +

    Eleven countries, including Malaysia, will be participating in the 11th SIFF to be held from July 24 to 30 at the Sabah Cultural Centre in Penampang. The participating countries are Australia, Ireland, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Estonia, South Korea, Republic of Sakha Yakutia Russia and Malaysia. Also those present were the three deputy chief ministers — Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin, Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah and Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan as well as Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun. According to Sabah Cultural Board chairman Tan Sri Wences Angang at the launch of the Read More
  • 24-hr MyKads now possible in Marudu +

    Kota Marudu: Residents here and in the surrounding districts can now have their MyKad applications processed within 24 hours instead of waiting up to 30 days – thanks to a MyKad printing machine which was launched by the National Registration Department at its office building, here, Monday. "There have been many grievances raised over the long period it takes to process a MyKad here, especially from those staying in far flung areas," said a villager, Robertson Ginduk. The businessman in his 50s said all that has changed now that NRD has brought in a MyKad printing machine.   SOURCE:-DAILY EXPRESS Read More
  • Matrade eyes 15 to 20 pct service firms using MEEC (Malaysia Export Exhibition Centre) +

    KUALA LUMPUR-- The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) aims to push the percentage of companies from the services sector utilising the Malaysia Export Exhibition Centre (MEEC) to between 15 and 20 per cent this year from 5.8 per cent currently. Chief Executive Officer Datuk Dzulkifli Mahmud said at present, there are 500 companies from 30 industries utilising the exhibition centre as their promotion platform, but only 29 are from the services sector. "We understand that it is not easy for this sector (services) to promote their tools of the trade as there are no tangible products to be displayed Read More
  • Shell, TMJUV (Technip-MMHE Joint Venture) complete onshore fabrication and commissioning for Malikai +

    KUALA LUMPUR-- Shell and Technip-MMHE Joint Venture (TMJV) have safely concluded the onshore fabrication and commissioning of the Malikai deep-water platform. This major milestone marks the sail away of Malaysia's first Tension Leg Platform (TLP) to the site 100 km. offshore Sabah, Shell said in a statement today. It said the TLP will be making a 1,400 km. journey from Pasir Gudang, Johor, to the Malikai field, where it will be installed in water depths of 500 m., it said. SOURCE--BERNAMA Read More
  • University graduates turn entrepreneurs at bazaar +

    KOTA KINABALU: Five university graduates who decided to heed the call of the government to become entrepreneurs were all smiles as their new creations comprising of fried banana cheese fritters, spicy fried banana fritters, potato shakes and crisps sold like hot cakes at the Ramadan Bazaar along Lintasan Desaoka since last Monday. The youths in their 20s were graduates of various disciplines, one even an oil and gas graduate while one used to run a boutique. “Sitting in a shop waiting for action to come rolling by was just not something I relish so I decided to call it a Read More
  • ASEAN to be next ABB focus in Manufacturing sector +

    KUALA LUMPUR-- ASEAN will be the next focus for ABB Group, especially in the manufacturing sector, given the speedy adoption of technology among its 600 million people. Managing Director for ABB in Singapore and South-East Asia, Johan De Villiers said the leader in power and automation technologies aims to improve its footprint in this new trading bloc, one of its top five growth contributors. "We have a growth strategy globally and we want to almost double our investment until 2020. SOURCE--BERNAMA                             Read More
  • 228 construction industry leaders named to monitor CITP (Construction Industry Transformation Programme) +

    KUALA LUMPUR-- A total of 228 construction industry leaders -- 113 from the private sector and 115 from the public sector -- have been appointed to 23 committees under the Construction Industry Transformation Programme (CITP). The committees or Initiative Working Groups (IWGs) represent a step forward in the national blueprint for the transformation of the construction industry, Datuk Ir. Ahmad Asri Abdul Hamid, Chief Executive of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), said in a statement here. The establishment of the IWGs is part of the governance structure critical for the success of the CITP as they are entrusted to steer and Read More
  • Malaysia to launch global campaign to drive export growth +

    PUTRAJAYA: The National Export Council (NEC) has formulated several initiatives to promote public-private partnerships in the quest to drive Malaysia’s export growth, including through a global campaign. The initiatives were presented at the NEC meeting chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Putrajaya on Monday. The Malaysia External Trade Development Corp (Matrade) said the programme would entail promoting Malaysia’s capabilities in areas such as trade, investment, tourism, education and healthcare to clusters of global citizens. “It is aimed at optimising the benefits of strategic cooperation among ministries and government agencies, the private sector, government-linked companies (GLCs) and Read More
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