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  • Global smartphones sales up 19.3%, led by strong sales in emerging markets +

    KUALA LUMPUR: Global sales of smartphones to end users hit 336 million units, an increase of 19.3%, in the first quarter of 2015, driven by strong sales in emerging markets, excluding China, says a research firm. Gartner Research Director Anshul Gupta said the fastest growing regions were the Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa. He said due to these high-performing regions, the emerging markets achieved a 40% increase in sales during the first quarter of 2015. "During the said quarter, local brands and Chinese vendors came out as the key winners in emerging markets," Gupta said in Read More
  • Malaysia ranked world's 14th most competitive nation by IMD (Swiss based Institute for Management Development) +

    KUALA LUMPUR, -- Malaysia has retained its ranking among the top 15 competitive nations, coming in 14th in the latest World Competitiveness Yearbook 2015 (WCY) by the Swiss-based Institute for Management Development (IMD). Though a decline from 12th spot last year, the country had improved its score to 84.11 from 82.09 achieved last year, said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed in a statement. The rankings were assessed for 61 countries this year as compared to 60 last year. The top 15 countries are: RANKING & SCORE 1) United States (100.00) 2) Hong Kong (96.04) 3) Singapore (94.95) Read More
  • Exploit New Opportunities In Forest Resources For Economic Growth - Palanivel +

    KUALA LUMPUR, -- The Forestry Department should explore the potential and new opportunities from forest resources to generate economic growth, according to Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel. He said they needed to focus more on forest resources such as medicinal plants and herbs, as well as eco-tourism activities. "The generation of new economic sources from the forest through a more environmentally friendly approach will provide multiple protection to the efforts to protect the country's biodiversity," he said during a certificate presentation ceremony here, today. Also present were the ministry's secretary-general Datuk Seri Zoal Azha Yusof, Peninsular Malaysia Read More
  • Ministry chairs ASEAN meetings +

    KOTA KINABALU: The Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water (KeTTHA) yesterday chaired the 33rd ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Energy (SOME) and associated meetings here. The delegation from Malaysia headed by KeTTHA’s secretary general Datuk Loo Took Gee consisted of senior officers from KeTTHA, the Prime Minister’s Department, the Energy Commission and the Sustainable Energy Commission of Malaysia. The SOME meetings are held on a rotation basis among the 10 ASEAN countries with the aim of providing a platform for ASEAN senior officials to discuss regional and global energy issues, and to strengthen ASEAN cooperation in the field of Read More
  • Allocations for minor projects in Kota Belud; purchase of refuse compactor +

    KOTA BELUD: A sum of about RM 1 million has been allocated by the Ministry of Local Government and Housing for various projects under the Kota Belud District Council (MDKB) this year. The sum is for the purchase of a Refuse Compactor (RM347,762) for the Council, maintenance of suspension bridges in the district (RM300,000), improvement of drainage at the Taginambur Tamu (RM180,000), and the fencing of the village burial ground at Pantai Emas (RM 150,000). This was announced by the Minister, Datuk Seri Hj Hajiji Hj Noor after attending a development briefing at the Councl here Wednesday. He was on Read More
  • Growing consumer markets to be Asean’s driving force +

    KUALA LUMPUR: Growing consumer markets and an expansion of production networks in Asia will continue to be a major driving force in promoting increased intra-regional trade within ASEAN. Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin said measures taken by ASEAN governments to boost investments, as well as infrastructure development, would uphold the trend. “The next step in the evolution of ASEAN as an economic bloc beyond free trade is the further integration of the member states’ economies, represented by the concept of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC),” he added. Muhyiddin said this in his speech at the opening of Read More
  • M'sia remains China's largest Asean trading partner +

    Penang: Malaysia has been China's largest Asean trading partner for six consecutive years since 2008, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said. The prime minister said Malaysia is also China's third biggest Asian trading partner after Japan and South Korea. "Investment in each other's countries shows the long-term commitment to this relationship, and in doing so we are building in a long history. "In recent years, for instance, we have seen the establishment of the China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park and the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park. "These flagship projects are just two examples of the business cooperation between our two countries. There Read More
  • UMS develops method of detecting melamine in milk products +

    Kota Kinabalu: University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) researchers have developed a method of detecting very low concentration of melamine in milk products with 99 per cent accuracy. UMS Biotechnology Research Institute senior lecturer (Biochemistry Lab), Dr Shafiquzzaman Siddiquee, said the research was conducted using electrochemical sensor technology. The technology is capable of yielding results within 30 seconds when compared to the conventional method, which requires one whole day. "Melamine is one kind of Triazine analogue together with three amino groups. It will be hydrolysed into Cyanuric Acid, Ammeline and Ammelide under strong acid or alkaline condition. "It is commonly used in Read More
  • SEC officially commissions its 8th station at Tuaran Crumb SB factory +

    KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Energy Corporation Sdn Bhd (SEC) yesterday officially commissioned its eighth daughter station at the Tuaran Crumb Sdn Bhd’s Standard Malaysian Rubber (SMR) factory in Sungai Damit, Tuaran. The station stores and supplies Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to the Tuaran Crumb Factory as fuel for its dryer. Chairman of Sabah Rubber Industry Board, Datuk Ahmad Bujang, said that natural gas being a clean burning fuel is relatively low cost compared with diesel. “It also reduces the carbon footprint of existing factories, hotel resorts and industrial processing plants. “Besides that, the usage of natural gas will help to reduce Read More
  • Muhyiddin: Science must be relevant to nation's aspirations +

    KUALA LUMPUR: Science is most essential in driving Malaysia's economy as it is the key to creating jobs and generating income for Malaysians, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pix). He said that many elements important for fostering and using good science in the country are well embedded in national economic development plans. "But achieving this requires a good relationship between science and society, based on trust in science and scientists," he said, adding that such a need cannot be taken for granted. Speaking at the welcoming ceremony of the 3rd United Nations Secretary-General Scientific Advisory Board Meeting Read More
  • Japan Wants To See Shinkansen Run On M'sian Land +

    TOKYO, -- Japan has made it clear that it wants to see the country's proud Shinkansen bullet train technology used in the planned high speed rail project between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made known his intention during the bilateral meeting with the Malaysian delegation led by his counterpart Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak here today. "I hope to see the Shinkansen running on Malaysian land," he said at joint press conference with Najib after the meeting at the Prime Minister's Office. Najib said they spent a lot of time discussing the high speed rail project to be Read More
  • Progressive Insurance Berhad records good year in 2014 +

    KOTA KINABALU: Sabah needs to attract a bigger share of foreign participation in the local economy, continuously seek overseas business partners and engage in new opportunities, especially in identified growth sectors so as to expand its economy. In view of this, the state government and SEDIA (Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority) in particular, are continuing to undertake aggressive measures to promote foreign investment into the state. “In this often challenging and competitive era of globalisation, we are fully aware that Sabah cannot expand its economy by depending merely on domestic investment alone,” Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman Read More
  • Great leaders must have right mindset – Suzannah Liaw +

    KOTA KINABALU: Great leaders must have the right mindset in providing the vision and motivation to inspire, empower members to reach their full potential and work together effectively towards accomplishing defined goals. “Good leaders always lead by example, solicit ideas from everybody and possess the ability to effectively communicate and articulate goals and objectives for members,” said Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development Datuk Suzannah Liaw. She was speaking at the launching of the Junior Chamber International Malaysia (JCIM) Area Sabah Academy 2015 yesterday at the Arena Belia Hall. Stressing the importance of communicating effectively with Read More
  • Sabah Can Be Country's Top Banana Producer, Says Fama +

    Kota Kinabalu: Sabah could become the country's main banana producer for the Malaysian market, says the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama). Its Chairman, Tan Sri Badruddin Amiruldin, said Sabah has been identified as having fertile land suitable for banana cultivation to meet the high nationwide demand for the fruit. "We encourage farmers in Sabah to grow banana. We will buy the fruit and export throughout the country so the planters can get good earnings and consumers can pay reasonable prices for the fruit, which is expensive in Peninsular Malaysia," he said. He was speaking to reporters after a briefing on Read More

    TAMBUNAN: Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman said he has forwarded a request to the federal government to increase the number of People’s Housing Programme (PPR) units throughout Sabah from 1,000 to 3,000 and to expedite its implementation. The Chief Minister said with the increase, more people in need of houses would have the opportunity to own one. “And, I also hope that this matter is viewed seriously by those involved in the implementation,” he told a press conference at the district office’s operation room here. Musa who was on a one-day working visit to Tambunan yesterday said the state government Read More
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