SEOUL: Senior editors of Asia News Network (ANN) met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who revealed that the republic is ready to facilitate a third Trump-Kim summit and ensure its success. After three summits between the South and North as well as two Trump-Kim summits, Moon said tensions had lessened. He conceded that the Hanoi meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un did not achieve what was expected, but said he was ready to do what was necessary. “I will be ready and (I am) looking forward to meeting Chairman Kim,” Moon said. According to analysts, Putin is expected to push the North Korean leader to restart six party talks aimed at a peaceful resolution to North Korea’s weapons programme.
April 25, 2019 21:00 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: National swimmer Welson Sim’s (pic) four month training stint in Melbourne, Australia, has done him a world of good. The 22-year-old did not disappoint at home as he splashed to a gold medal in the 400m freestyle with a time of 3:50.32 to set a new meet record at the Malaysian Open swimming championships in Bukit Jalil yesterday. It was just a second off the national record of 3:49.29 which he set at the Victorian Open in Melbourne last month. Welson beat India’s S. Prakash who had a time of 3:56.60 for the silver, while A. S. Chahal of Terengganu earned the bronze with a time of 4:01.93. It is there that he plans to make the cut for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
April 25, 2019 21:00 UTC
PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The government is refining the additional list of controlled items in an effort to lighten the cost of living of the people, says Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (pic). Sugar, flour, 1kg cooking oil, cooking gas, petrol and diesel were among the items already listed in the controlled prices category at the moment. During the ceremony, Saifuddin also launched a guide book on conducting e-commerce trading to traders to reduce complaints on online cheating which was currently increasing. ‘'The book will also be a source of reference to consumers on the reference list that online traders must have before performing any transactions,'' he said. In the meantime, Saifuddin said the government targeted a Gross Domestic Product acquisition for e-commerce at RM170bil in 2020 compared to RM86bil in 2017.
April 25, 2019 15:24 UTC
KLUANG: Two students from a tahfiz school in Simpang Renggam have gone missing after swimming in a river here Thursday (April 25). The two students identified as Mohd Ammar Mazeni, 13 and Mohd Danish Mirzan, 16, went missing after swimming with six other friends at a river in Kampung Sahari. "At about 6.20pm, we received a report about Ammar and Danish who went missing after a sudden strong current washed them away. "The six other students with them during the incident are aged from 13 to 18 years old," he said when contacted here. Meanwhile, Simpang Renggam Fire and Rescue department chief Asyraf Nur Mohd Yusof said five fire and rescue personnel were dispatched to the scene at about 6.16pm on Thursday.
April 25, 2019 14:19 UTC
10 Canada enter the fray as the team to beat in the Series Finals starting today at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil. Canada coach Paul Bundy said playing in the Olympic qualifying tournament would be harder than playing in the World Cup. Although Canada are highly rated, Bundy said they would be wary of others as all the teams were competitive. "But playing in the Cup was good as my players got the chance to experience the hot and humid weather here." "This tournament will be tougher than playing in a World Cup," he admitted.
April 25, 2019 13:52 UTC
GEORGE TOWN: It has been more than 12 hours, but the state Fire and Rescue Department is still fighting a blaze at a one-acre illegal dumpsite in Tanjung Tokong, Penang.Firemen are also trying to find the source as smoke is seen billowing from the bottom of the dump layer.The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) provided a backhoe to assist in making a "fire break" so that the blaze does not spread.Residents, especially those staying at the Marina Bay Condominium located near the area, have been affected by air pollution.Details of the owner of the land where the dumpsite is located have yet to be ascertained.Representatives from the Environment Department, Penang Island City Council as well as state Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh also visited the scene Thursday (April 25).
April 25, 2019 12:11 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Despite studies showing that most eateries adhered to the smoking ban, the Health Ministry has extended the six-month educational enforcement period that was enforced from Jan 1, 2019. The educational enforcement extension would mean there will be no fines imposed until Jan 1 next year. Among the observations made was whether there was a clear display of no-smoking signs, presence of ash trays and people smoking in eateries. "The ministry is of the opinion that the educational enforcement carried out had given a very positive impact," he said. "To give ample opportunity for the smokers to increase their knowledge and awareness about the dangers of smoking, the educational enforcement period will be extended by another six months, until the end of December," he said.
April 25, 2019 11:58 UTC
KUANTAN (Bernama): Not only were her holiday plans ruined, a woman also suffered losses of RM23,288 after being cheated by a man claiming to be a representative of a loan company, which did not exist. Pahang Commercial CID chief Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the 26-year-old teacher claimed she found out about the loan company through Facebook on Jan 28, 2019. "She was then contacted by a man who claimed to be a representative of a company. "The latter informed her that she had to make process payments as the loan had been approved,'' he told reporters here Thursday (April 25). Supt Mohd Wazir said the victim had made 12 payments in stages, purportedly for numerous purposes, into an account given by the suspect.
PETALING JAYA: WWF-Malaysia Thursday (April 25) urged the government to consider setting up a National Tiger Task Force to address the ongoing issue of poaching and illegal wildlife trade. In a statement, Conservation Director Dr Henry Chan said the move would be a success if implemented, citing statistics of a similar task force formed in Nepal. "The establishment of the National Tiger Conservation Committee and Wildlife Crime Control Coordination Committee in Nepal made it possible for the country to almost double its tiger numbers, as well as achieve 365 days of zero poaching for rhinos, elephants and tigers between 2013 and 2014," he said. Last week, it was reported that two Vietnamese nationals were found in possession of wildlife parts, including that of two Malayan tigers. The haul was believed to be worth up to RM500,000 in the black market, according to National Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s US$3bil (RM12.40bil) cloud services arm is fast becoming an important driver of its global expansion. Alibaba’s overseas cloud expansion will continue to outpace its domestic growth as the company pushes further into other countries, according to Lancelot Guo, Alibaba Cloud’s vice president and head of strategy. “Internationalisation is a key strategy for Alibaba and cloud,” Guo said in a phone interview. The cloud business underpins Alibaba’s revenue growth, helping it offset saturation in its home e-commerce arena. The overall cloud market could grow by 55% to US$331.2bil (RM1.36tril) in three years, according to Gartner, and Alibaba’s cloud business has been generating triple-digit revenue growth over the past three years, outpacing the industry.
Tunover declined to 3.77 billion shares valued at RM2.54bil. Dialog added two sen to RM24.20.Among the banks, CIMB gave up part of the previous day's gains, falling six sen to RM5.19, Public Bank lost four sen to RM22.60, AmBank five sen lower at RM4.45 and Hong Leong Bank two sen lower at RM20 while Maybank shed one sen toRM9.13. However, RHB Bank inched up one sen to RM5.80.Crude palm oil for third month delivery shed RM2 to RM2,168 per tonne. IOI Corp ended two sen higher at RM4.51, KL Kepong rose four sen to RM24.70, Sime Plantation wasflatat RM5.09.Nestle was the top loser as its share price was viewed as too expensive. It fell 50 sen to RM146.50, F&N 38 sen to RM34.12 and Carlsberg 36 sen to RM24.34.
April 25, 2019 10:30 UTC
"The result was very much disappointing," Chief Financial Officer Takumi Kitamura told reporters at an earnings briefing. "We are making an effort to get our business back at the cruising speed as soon as possible," Kitamura said.As part of its cost-cutting plans, Nomura has already said it will shut more than 30 of its 156 retail branches at home. It also plans to axe about 100 jobs in London, the centre for its European investment banking business, Reuters has reported.On Thursday, Nomura said it would not pay the performance-linked portion of compensation to dozens of executives for the year ended March given the lacklustre financial performance.Pretax profit at Nomura's key retail unit plunged 85 percent year in the fourth quarter. "Stock prices have recovered in some degree since January but our customers remain wait-and-see," Kitamura said.But it is the wholesale business, which serves corporations and institutional investors, that has been the biggest drag for Nomura. The segment swung to a pretax loss of 13 billion yen in the fourth quarter, from a 44.2 billion yen profit a year ago.The segment has been squeezed by lower trading revenue in fixed income.
PUTRAJAYA: The government wants to tackle profiteering that occurs in the supply chain, which has led to the escalating prices of goods, says Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (pic). The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister said findings by his ministry revealed that profit margins of up to 133% can be made at one stage of the supply chain. Saifuddin acknowledged that while there are no laws stipulating profit margins that can be made, the government is still able to rely on the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act. Saifuddin said online scams come in a close second in the top complaints received at 20%. Saifuddin said other complaints received take up only a small portion of total complaints lodged by consumers, such as buying counterfeit goods.
PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Royal Commission of Inquiry into the discovery of temporary transit camps and mass graves at Wang Kelian, Perlis, was told that a bank account number written in a note book found at the camp belonged to a Malaysian. Perlis Special Branch staff officer (security protection) ASP Wan Ahmad Hamirudeen Wan Ahmad, who is the 19th witness on Thursday (April 25), said the note book also contained names and telephone numbers. RCI chairman Tun Ariffin Zakaria allowed the request by ASP Wan Ahmad Hamirudeen and ordered members of the public and the media practitioners to leave the Home Ministry's Dewan Gemilang, where the proceedings are being held. Prior to that, ASP Wan Ahmad Hamirudeen said that on Jan 23, 2015, he and members of the Criminal Investigation Department, as well as the General Operations Force, carried out a survey of the border areas in Bukit Wang Burma. ASP Wan Ahmad Hamirudeen, who was the coordinator of the operation which led to the discovery of the transit camps and mass graves, said during the survey, the team found five more transit camps.
Digi has brought their home fibre pilot to select areas in Bandar Sunway, Bangi, Kajang, Rawang, Shah Alam and Subang. Currently there are two plans on offer from Digi – a 50Mbps plan with 20Mbps upload speed and a 100Mbps plan with 50Mbps upload speed – priced at RM99 a month and RM129 a month respectively. There is no usage quota for the fibre plans. Digi will also be introducing additional plans soon with the FAQ on the Digi website saying that the upcoming plans will have speeds up to 1Gbps. Users interested in subscribing to one of these plans will need to check if Digi has coverage of their area here.
April 25, 2019 09:56 UTC