>Antarabudaya Malaysia, a non-profit volunteer-driven organisation focused on intercultural learning across communities and a member of AFS Intercultural Programs, has announced the launch of the first AFS Global STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programmes with 10 full scholarships for young Malaysians. > The four-month intercultural programme combines digital and in-person learning where participants from more than 18 countries worldwide will enrich their knowledge through the development of global competencies in problem-solving, analytical skills, intercultural understanding, sustainability and social innovation. > The annual STEM scholarship programme for 100 participants funded by global energy company BP starts with a 12-week virtual e-learning curriculum from their home countries, culminating in student-led social impact projects and presentations offering potential solutions to real-world challenges with emphasis on sustainability and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The topic of study includes climate change and the energy transition. They will also participate in community service and have the opportunity to visit local innovative, sustainability-focused operations to see firsthand how companies and organisations at the destination country use STEM skills to address industry and societal challenges around sustainability issues.
January 01, 2023 09:24 UTC
A good number of the school’s staff and pupils were among the campers. We will always remember all of you,” said Cheong who officially assumed her post on Dec 19. “Those who came were family members, classmates, colleagues and friends of the victims,” he said. “Every level of the school had lost teachers and students... it was the hardest moment for me to tell everyone about the news. At the end of the event, teachers, students and parents were asked to write messages for the departed on a small card before tying it with a yellow balloon.
December 31, 2022 11:28 UTC
PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Examinations Syndicate has announced the dates for the 2022 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) exams. On Dec 28, the Education Ministry said students in Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu would start their 2022/2023 (third term) school session on Jan 1. Schools in Melaka, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan would start their session on Jan 3. School holidays for schools in Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, and Terengganu would be from Feb 18 to March 18 next year, while the rest of the states would have their school holidays from Feb 18 till March 19. The Education Ministry said the postponement was to allow for the SPM examination to be carried out smoothly.
December 31, 2022 01:21 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 30): The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) has announced additional tax exemption eligibility requirements for eligible taxpayers with overseas dividend income received in Malaysia from Jan 1, 2022 to Dec 31, 2026. The dividend income abroad must comply with the substantive economic conditions, it said in a statement on Dec 30. IRB said the amendment of this provision is to provide equitable tax treatment on the foreign income with the income accrued in or derived from Malaysia in line with the country’s commitment towards compliance with international tax best practices. For individuals: the income (all types of income except partnership income) has been subjected to tax in the country of origin. In accordance with these additional terms, amendments to the Treatment Guidelines Tax Related to Income Received from Abroad have been uploaded to HASiL Official Portal on Dec 29, 2022 and Guidelines dated Sept 29, 2022 are cancelled.
December 30, 2022 07:22 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 30): RHB Retail Research said Ramssol Group Bhd is eyeing a rebound from its recent pullback as it bounced off the 21-day average line and headed towards the 45 sen immediate resistance. In a trading stocks note on Friday (Dec 30), the research house said that if a breakout above that level happens, the stock may resume its uptrend towards reclaiming the recent high of 47.5 sen, ie Dec 19’s high. “This is followed by 52 sen, which was the highest level since Sept 12. “Conversely, the counter may reverse its direction if it falls below the 42 sen support, forming a 'lower low' bearish structure below the average line,” it said.
December 30, 2022 06:32 UTC
In response, the United States and a number of other countries announced they would require negative Covid tests for all travellers from mainland China. The US move came after Italy, Japan, India and Malaysia announced their own measures in a bid to protect against importing new Covid variants from China. The European Commission is set to meet Thursday to discuss "possible measures for a coordinated approach" by EU states to the explosion of Covid cases in China. On the frontlines of China's Covid wave, hospitals are battling surging cases that have hit the elderly and vulnerable hardest. China's National Health Commission (NHC) last week said that it would no longer release an official daily Covid death toll.
December 29, 2022 17:02 UTC
This compares to the Ministry of Finance's forecast in October of 2.8%-3.3% inflation for 2023. "As core inflation remains elevated, this signals the persistence of demand-pull price pressures along with higher wages. Hence, we reiterate our view for another two 25 bps hikes in OPR to 3.25% in the first quarter of 2023 (1Q2023). BNM may raise the OPR by another 25 bps in January 2023, to further realign with global monetary tightening trends and to curb persistently elevated core inflation, the research house said. Malaysia's core inflation rose to a new high of 4.2% in November, driven by robust consumer demand and an improving job market.
December 29, 2022 16:13 UTC
At 12.30pm, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) improved by 2.01 points to 1,482.12 from Wednesday's closing of 1,480.11. The market bellwether opened 3.84 points lower at 1,476.27 and fluctuated between 1,472.54 and 1,483.49 throughout the morning session. He said plantation counters were also in the limelight amid current higher crude palm oil prices, while healthcare stocks gained in view of the Covid-19 situation in China. Meanwhile, Digi.Com Bhd dipped seven sen to RM3.91, and Axiata Group Bhd dropped four sen to RM2.97. Sector-wise, the Financial Services Index lifted 140.48 points to 16.509.52, the Plantation Index inched up 5.09 points to 7,005.31, the Industrial Products and Services Index slipped 0.42 of-a-point to 180.48, and the Energy Index was 16.27 points lower at 767.34.
December 29, 2022 11:06 UTC
At 5pm, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) ended at its intra-day high of 1,480.11, up 5.42 points from Tuesday's closing of 1,474.69. Turnover dipped to 2.65 billion units worth RM1.82 billion versus 3.06 billion units worth RM1.85 billion on Tuesday. Sector-wise, the Financial Services Index climbed 14.67 points to 16.369.04, the Plantation Index added 11.79 points to 7,000.22, the Industrial Products and Services Index rose 0.63 of-a-point to 180.90, but the Energy Index was 4.34 points lower at 783.61. The Main Market volume dwindled to 1.6 billion shares worth RM1.5 billion against 2.01 billion shares worth RM1.47 billion on Tuesday. The ACE Market volume fell to 650.66 million shares worth RM245 million compared with 911.63 million shares worth RM363.78 million previously.
December 29, 2022 01:06 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 28): DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should ignore former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, and carry out as many of the “Reformasi” institutional reforms in the early months of the new Government, as the 10th PM of Malaysia may not have five years to do so. “He should be aware that there are political forces that are conspiring to end his premiership as early as possible. Lim added that Transparency International (TI) will release its 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) next month. “It is too late for Anwar's Government to do anything to improve Malaysia’s TI 2022 CPI report, but they should do their utmost to ensure that Malaysia’s TI 2023 CPI report is the best for the country, even better than the TI 2019 CPI report, which was the best in 25 years since TI started its annual CPI series in 1995. “In fact, Malaysians must be prepared for one of the worst TI CPI reports in a month’s time,” Lim warned.
December 28, 2022 23:39 UTC
BEIJING: China holds the highest consumer confidence index score at 72.2 in December, and it is the only country with a score above 70, according to the global marketing research group Ipsos on Dec 22. Moreover, China's scores in the expectations index, investment index and jobs index are also seeing a significant increase in December. The global consumer confidence index read at 45.9 in December, up 0.4 points compared with last month, according to the marketing research group. China's consumer market is large, and the consumption growth is strong. The investment index and jobs index increasing is indicative of the consumers becoming optimistic about their future financial situation, the local economy and the job environment, Yang added.
December 28, 2022 19:54 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 27): Glove makers' shares were up in early trade on Tuesday (Dec 27) following a rise in Covid-19 cases in China. At 10.15am, Top Glove Corp Bhd was the second most actively traded counter, up 7.93% at 88.5 sen apiece, with 35.9 million shares done. China is beginning to lift its more stringent Covid-19 restrictions, after nearly three years in isolation. The commission reportedly said that it would no longer publish daily Covid-19 data from Sunday, amid doubts about its reliability. British-based health data firm Airfinity last week estimated that China is experiencing more than a million infections and 5,000 deaths a day.
December 27, 2022 09:40 UTC
KOTA KINABALU (Dec 27): Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has reached the final investment decision (FID) for a near-shore liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Sabah. Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said the LNG project is a step in the right direction, as the state government continues to pursue more deals to get additional revenue via equity participation for Sabah. Meanwhile, Adnan, who is also the executive vice-president and chief executive officer of Petronas' gas business, said that in view of the transition towards a low-carbon future, the group will continue to advocate greater use of natural gas. “The development of the facility under the Sabah Gas Masterplan will strengthen both the position of the state and Malaysia as a whole as an attractive natural gas hub, contributing to the mutual prosperity of Sabah and the nation. The near-shore LNG facility will expand Petronas' global portfolio of LNG assets, further strengthening the group’s position as one of the world’s largest LNG providers.
December 27, 2022 09:35 UTC
PETALING JAYA: The restaurant in which a rat was filmed nibbling away at fried chicken in a food warming cabinet has had its licence revoked by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ). MPAJ president Mohd Fauzi Mohd Yatim said enforcement action, including confiscation, would be carried out if the restaurant in Pandan Indah continued to operate after the revocation of the licence. “MPAJ will only consider a new licence application if all conditions are met, especially when it comes to cleanliness. A 15-second video of a rat eating fried chicken in a food warmer has been circulating on various social media platforms. “MPAJ takes this matter seriously and action will be taken against any food outlets that do not prioritise cleanliness,” he said.
December 27, 2022 05:05 UTC
PETALING JAYA: The restaurant in which a rat was filmed eating in a food display has had its licence revoked by the local authorities effective immediately. Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) president Mohd Fauzi Mohd Yatim (pic) said that enforcement actions including confiscation would be carried out if the restaurant in Pandan Indah continued to operate after the revocation of the licence. “MPAJ will only consider a new licence application if all conditions are met, especially when it comes to cleanliness," he said. A 15-second video of a rat eating fried chicken in a food warmer has been circulating on various social media platforms. The video has received over 1.5mil views since it was posted online on Dec 23.
December 26, 2022 19:11 UTC