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Foreign funds sold RM249.3m Malaysian equity last week, says MIDF Research
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 23): Foreign funds disposed of RM249.3 million of local equity on Bursa Malaysia last week, after having bought RM192.1 million the prior week, according to MIDF Amanah Investment B...
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Malaysia equity outflow lowest in Asean on back of global uncertainty
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 — Equity outflow from local bourse remained the lowest amongst Asean’s peers due to continued uncertainty in the global economy.
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Foreign investors turn net sellers again
KUALA LUMPUR: The foreign net buying activity on Bursa was short-lived as offshore funds turned net sellers last week, according to MIDF Research.
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Thousands of China tourists cancel holidays in M'sia
Thousands of China nationals cancelled their holidays in Malaysia following the haze and chose other Asean countries.
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CIMB signs UN Principles for Responsible Banking
PETALING JAYA: CIMB Group Holdings Bhd has joined a coalition of 130 banks worldwide, representing over US$47 trillion in assets, to be one of the founding...
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CIMB joins 130 banks worldwide on responsible banking
CIMB Group Holdings Bhd today became one of the Founding Signatories of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative UNEP-FI Principles for Responsible Banking.
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Azmin: M'sia, S'pore to improve bilateral relations
Singapore and Malaysia will continue to strengthen bilateral relations and enhance engagements with the Southeast Asian region, according to Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali.
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Azmin: Malaysia, Singapore to improve bilateral relations and engagements with SE Asia region
SINGAPORE, Sept 22 — Singapore and Malaysia will continue to strengthen bilateral relations and enhance engagements with the South-east Asian region, according to Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Ser...
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Navigating the hazy road ahead
I previously wrote at some length about the haze and its associated problems.
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Time to draft a transboundary haze law
THE haze crisis in Malaysia is nothing new.
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Accept neighbours’ help to fight haze now, Jakarta Post urges Indonesia
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 — In its second piece criticising Indonesia’s handling of the open fires leading to transboundary haze in the region, The Jakarta Post pressed its country’s government to a...
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Singapore and Malaysia choking together
SEPTEMBER 22 — So, it seems Singapore and Malaysia are united again — well, at least in terms of facing a common obstacle.
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Anti-haze law must extend beyond borders, says expert
KUALA LUMPUR: An environmental law expert says the government can provide for extraterritorial powers in the proposed law on transboundary haze, using a US anti-corruption law and a Singapore transbou...
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GALLERY: 2019 Toyota Corolla 1.8G – RM136,888 est
Enthusiasts may be all over the Toyota GR Supra that was just launched last night, but there’s another Toyota that is far more important waiting in the wings – the 2019 Toyota Corolla.
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Underqualified and overqualified fresh graduates
WITH the rise of Industry 4.0, the hunger for innovation and the constant battle between firms to become industry leaders have intensified.
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API readings in Sarawak record slight drop, Sri Aman no longer in hazardous level
The haze has reduced visibility throughout many parts of the state.
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Wee: MCA committed to promoting knowledge-based economy under Belt and Road framework
PETALING JAYA: MCA is committed to promoting borderless knowledge-based economy and other initiatives under China's Belt and Road framework...
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Anwar: Asean’s future not determined by China, US
SINGAPORE: Asean’s future must not be determined by China or the United States, says PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, calling on members of the regional...
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Muhibbah eyeing the region in diversification move
Muhibbah Engineering (M) Sdn Bhd has been looking to diversify its income streams.
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Forest fires cause Sri Aman API to hit hazardous level
PUTRAJAYA (Sept 20): The forest fires at Kampung STC Sri Aman Village, Jalan Tisak Betong and Jalan Ketajau as well as the transboundary haze have contributed to air quality in Sri Aman, Sarawak re...
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Forest fires cause Sri Aman API to hit hazardous level
PUTRAJAYA, Sept 20 — The forest fires at Kampung STC Sri Aman Village, Jalan Tisak Betong and Jalan Ketajau as well as the transboundary haze have contributed to air quality in Sri Aman, Sarawak rea...
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What happened to the Asean haze agreement? Experts say deal is toothless
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 ― The recurring haze season afflicting neighbours Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore will unlikely to abate if the countries rely solely on the Asean Agreement on Transboundary ...
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South-east Asia at risk of faring worse in the next downturn
SINGAPORE: South-east Asia is more vulnerable to an economic downturn than it was during the global financial crisis one decade ago, according to analysts at global...
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Anwar: Future of Asean must not be determined by the US or China
SINGAPORE: The future of Asean must not be determined by China or the United States, according to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pix), who also called on members of the regional grouping to m...
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Seriously, it’s time to take action
Smoke from Indonesia has been a hazard for 22 years and neighbouring countries should not just accept it as a yearly occurrence.
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Stop local companies’ green crimes
THE Malaysian government has announced that it may consider enacting a law that allows action to be taken against Malaysian companies operating overseas that are found guilty of contributing to the ha...
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Ideas: CPTPP for Taiwan and Malaysia — the case for ratification
It may come as a surprise to many that Taiwan is the only one of Malaysia’s top 10 trading partners that has yet to sign a free trade agreement (FTA), either bilaterally or multilaterally, at Asean ...
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China, Asean strengthen bond to boost trade, financing
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 — The financial ties between China and Asean member countries have been strengthened to boost trade and financing cooperation.
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'Super-proud' Fernandes says AirAsia no longer selling duty-free cigarettes on flights
PETALING JAYA: AirAsia will stop selling cigarettes on its flights, says its chief executive officer (CEO) Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.
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Anwar: Asean's future must not be determined by US or China
The future of Asean must not be determined by China or the US, said PKR president Anwar Ibrahim who also called on members of the regional grouping to maintain good ties with the two superpowers.
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Anwar: Future of ASEAN must not be determined by the US or China
SINGAPORE (Sept 20): The future of ASEAN must not be determined by China or the United States, says PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who also called on members of the regional grouping to maint...
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Anwar: Asean’s future must not be determined by the US or China
SINGAPORE, Sept 20 ― The future of Asean must not be determined by China or the United States, says PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who also called on members of the regional grouping to main...
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Miti: M’sia committed to working with the US for mutual benefits
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is committed to continue working with global economies for mutual benefits, including with the United States (US) of which we have...
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Companies responsible for haze must be hauled up, governments can’t be in denial, says Anwar
SINGAPORE: Companies responsible for the haze that has enveloped the region must be hauled up and held accountable, and governments must not be in a state of denial when tackling the problem, said M...
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Malaysia to take haze woes to Asean
Malaysia will appeal to Asean to push for a "more effective mechanism" to combat the regional haze, after revealing that Jakarta rejected its offer to help douse forest fires raging in Indonesia.
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Identify Malaysian companies responsible for haze: Lam thye
KUALA LUMPUR: A thorough investigation must be done to confirm whether Malaysian plantation companies have failed to put out forest fires in neighbouring countries and are, therefore, partly responsib...
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Indonesia arrests 230 for starting fires in forests
PETALING JAYA: Indonesia has arrested 230 people for starting fires in forests in Sumatra and Kalimantan, The Straits Times (ST) reported today.
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Mestecc awaits go ahead from cabinet to draft Transboundary Haze Act
PETALING JAYA: The Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (Mestecc) is waiting for the green light from the Cabinet to draft the Transboundary Haze Act.
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Mestecc awaits go ahead from cabinet to draft Transboundary Haze Act
PETALING JAYA: The Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (Mestecc) is waiting for the green light from the Cabinet to draft the Transboundary Haze Act.
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Yeo: Ministry ready to draft Transboundary Haze Act once Cabinet gives go-ahead
PETALING JAYA, Sept 19 — The Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) is waiting for the green light from the Cabinet to draft the Transboundary Haze Act.
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MESTECC awaits go ahead from Cabinet to draft Transboundary Haze Act
Yeo Bee Yin – Bernama file photo PETALING JAYA: The Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) is waiting for the green light from the Cabinet to draft the Tr...
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iCar Asia to acquire Carmudi Indonesia for US$3mil
Australia Securities Exchange (ASX) listed, iCar Asia Limited (iCar Asia), which runs an ASEAN network of automotive portals in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, today announced it had entered into a ...
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Govt to push Asean for long-term solution to haze, says Yeo
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will push its Southeast Asian neighbours to strengthen cooperation in finding a long-term solution for smog wafted across the region from forest fires in Indonesia, environment ...
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Malaysia to push Southeast Asian nations for long-term solution to smog
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 19): Malaysia will push its Southeast Asian neighbours to strengthen cooperation in finding a long-term solution for smog wafted across the region from forest fires in Indonesia, it...
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Malaysia to push Southeast Asian nations for long-term solution to smog
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will push its Southeast Asian neighbours to strengthen cooperation in finding a long-term solution for smog wafted across the region from forest fires in Indonesia, its environm...
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Minister: Malaysia to push Asean member countries for long-term solution to haze
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 — Malaysia will push its South-east Asian neighbours to strengthen cooperation in finding a long-term solution for smog wafted across the region from forest fires in Indonesia,...
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Gov't mulls transboundary haze law to punish M'sian firms
Putrajaya is mulling the creation of a Transboundary Haze Act, to punish Malaysian companies that cause haze in other countries.
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Malaysia to take haze woes to Asean
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia will appeal to Asean to push for a "more effective mechanism" at the regional level to combat the haze resulting from Indonesia's forest fires nearly every year.
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Carmudi, an online car sales platform, also operates five physical car sales centres called Carsentros in Indonesia
Carmudi Indonesia Managing Director Stefano Kirihettige Perera iCar Asia, a leading network of automotive portals in the ASEAN region, today announced it has entered into a binding agreement to acqui...
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Impotence of Asean on choking haze
THE effectiveness of regional organisations possibly can only be appreciated in times of crisis.
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RCEP presents 'a danger to Malaysia' by way of possible lopsided deals
Bantah, the coalition of various NGOs, has urged the government to hold public consultations before the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is concluded at the end of this month.
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Why race against clock on trade pact ‘shrouded with secrecy’, asks NGO group
KUALA LUMPUR: A coalition of 61 NGOs has asked the government the reason for racing against the clock in concluding the world’s largest trade pact — the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership...
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Malaysia lacks will to exercise anti-pollution legislation: Environmentalist
PETALING JAYA: A law to take local companies to court for causing pollution abroad will be effective only if it is properly enforced, carries a deterrent sentence and there is a change in mindset, acc...
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Everyday Matters: Malaysia in 2029
“I prefer to remember the future.” Salvador Dali, Spanish surrealist painter (1904-1989) Happy 56th birthday, Malaysia.
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Indonesia ‘doing everything’ to put out forest fires, says Widodo
JAKARTA: Indonesia is battling forest fires causing toxic haze across Southeast Asia with aircraft, artificial rain and even prayer, President Joko Widodo said during a visit to a hard-hit area today.
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Mavcom: New PSC, RAB framework will go ahead
THE Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) says it is pressing ahead with the announcement of the new aeronautical charges and the Regulatory Asset Base (RAB) framework “in the next few weeks” as ...
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Jokowi orders crackdown on arsonists: SE Asia haze update
JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered a crackdown against individuals and companies responsible for forest fires that have caused a dangerous haze in...
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MP proposes legislation to haul up local parties contributing to pollution overseas
PETALING JAYA: On a day when two Malaysian cities purportedly earned the dubious honour of having the worst air quality in the world, a member of Parliament has put forth a suggestion that could help ...
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RM1 lawsuit against Indonesia for the annual haze
COMMENT | South East Asia is sadly experiencing its predictable annual haze crisis, yet again.
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Respiratory illness spikes, travel affected as haze hits South-east Asia
JAKARTA (BLOOMBERG) - Indonesia opened temporary clinics to treat thousands of people suffering from acute respiratory illness in the haze-struck regions as the authorities stepped up efforts to douse...
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Is regional environmentalism not fully appreciated under Asean agreement? — Roger Chan
SEPTEMBER 17 — The current haze has reached dangerous levels in some parts of the country.
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As status quo fails, experts moot long arm of law to punish haze culprits
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 — With the status quo failing to curb the almost annual occurrence of transboundary haze, several experts have proposed for Malaysia to legislate against the disaster in order ...
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Dep minister: Haze hasn’t put off tourists to Malaysia
The current haze situation in the country has not deterred tourists from traveling to Malaysia says Tourism, Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik.He said since the haze is a ph...
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Asean needs to deal with root physical, political cause of forest fire, haze
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 16):  A real way to minimise the risk of worsening transboundary haze in the ASEAN region is to deal with the root physical and political causes of fires and haze.
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What causes South East Asia's haze?
Almost every year, a smoky haze blankets the South East Asian region - signalling the return of forest fires in Indonesia.
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Marriot International sees huge untapped potential in Malaysia's tourism industry
KUALA LUMPUR: Marriott International, the United States-based multinational diversified hospitality company that manages and franchises a broad portfolio...
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Deal with physical and political root causes of haze, Asean told
KUALA LUMPUR: Asean must deal with the physical and political root causes of fires and haze, a Universiti Malaya senior lecturer said.
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Haze hasn’t put off tourists to Malaysia, says deputy minister
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 16 — The current haze situation in the country has not deterred tourists from traveling to Malaysia, Tourism, Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik said toda...
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Asean needs to deal with root physical, political cause of forest fire, haze: Analyst
KUALA LUMPUR: A real way to minimise the risk of worsening transboundary haze in the Asean region is to deal with the root physical and political causes of fires and haze.
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RM1 lawsuit against Indonesia: A viable policy option for the annual haze crisis — Khor Swee Kheng, Amar Singh-HSS, Darshan Joshi
SEPTEMBER 16 — South-east Asia is sadly experiencing its Predictable Annual Haze Crisis, yet again.
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Marriott International sees huge untapped potential in Malaysia’s tourism industry
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 16 — Marriott International, the United States-based multinational diversified hospitality company that manages and franchises a broad portfolio of hotels and related lodging faci...
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Dzulkefly: Drastic spike in dengue cases in the country this year
BUTTERWORTH: The number of dengue cases in the country has shot up drastically by 81.8% to 93,344 cases in the last nine months compared with last year, says Health...
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Sue Indonesia at World Court for haze crisis
South-East Asia is sadly experiencing its predictable annual haze crisis, yet again.
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Yoursay: We can’t solve the haze problem by wearing blinkers
YOURSAY | 'The minute the rain clears the haze, everyone, including the ministers and the media, forgets the issue...' Indonesia claims haze in Kuala Lumpur originated from Sarawak Mushiro: This haze ...
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Group proposes RM1 suit by Putrajaya against Indonesia to compel action against haze
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 15 — A group of Malaysian professionals have proposed today for Putrajaya to sue the Indonesian government for RM1 over the transboundary haze, in order to compel it to be legally...
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Malaysia leaving it up to Indonesia to take stern action against haze culprits
PUTRAJAYA - Malaysia said it is leaving it to Indonesia to investigate and prosecute companies that have contributed to the ongoing agricultural fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan, even if those companie...
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A holistic approach to ageing needed in Malaysia
Everyone needs adequate finances to age healthy with grace and dignity. For those who are not so fortunate, then the Government is responsible to find cost-efficient and...
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Hazy shade of the heatwave
IT’S now decades into this rinse and repeat story, and miraculously, little has changed.
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Malaysia ready to help Indonesia in tackling haze problem: Yeo
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia will support Indonesia in any way possible to tackle the haze problem, said Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin (pix).
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Haze - take legal action against Malaysian companies
MP SPEAKS | The government should immediately initiate legal proceedings against Malaysian companies that are responsible for jungle fires and open burning in Indonesia.
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Up to Jakarta to probe plantation giants over open burning, says Yeo
PUTRAJAYA: The government today said Indonesia has full power to investigate the four Malaysian plantation companies which have been accused of carrying out open burning and contributing to the haze a...
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Malaysia leaving it up to Indonesia to take stern action against haze culprits
PUTRAJAYA - Malaysia said it is leaving it to Indonesia to investigate and persecute companies that have contributed to the ongoing agricultural fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan, even if those companie...
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KLK admits fires on its estate, cooperating with Indonesia for probe
Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd, the owner of PT Adei Plantation Industry which Indonesia has named as being one of four Malaysian-linked firms responsible for forest fires, said it is cooperating with Indone...
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Made-in-Malaysia festival in celebration of Malaysia Day
AIRASIA Foundation and REXKL are set to celebrate Malaysia Day with a free admission festival titled Made-in-Malaysia on Sept 14 and 15.
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Private equity and venture capital investors turning to region for growth opportunities
THE private equity and venture capital (PEVC) industry is witnessing a boom in South-East Asia.
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Ahmad Shahriman appointed CIMB Islamic Bank CEO
KUALA LUMPUR: CIMB Group has appointed Ahmad Shahriman Mohd Shariff as CEO of CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd and CEO of Group Islamic Banking effective Oct 1.
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As region chokes on haze, Indonesian media asks if country is doing enough about ‘deadly spectre’
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 — The Jakarta Post questioned the extent of Indonesia’s efforts to combat what has become the annual transboundary haze phenomenon, noting that open burning has worsened over...
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Singapore likely to profit most from 5G in region: report
An industry report concludes that Singapore is best placed among all SEA nations to capitalise on the new revenue opportunities generated by 5G mobile technology.
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CIMB Group announces new appointments in top management
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 13): CIMB Group Holdings Bhd announced today that CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd CEO and Group Islamic Banking CEO Rafe Haneef will be made Group Transaction Banking CEO effective Oct 1.
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Commentary: Stable growth of foreign trade reflects China's strong economic resilience
BEIJING: Continuing the steady growth momentum, China's foreign trade of goods exceeded 20 trillion yuan (about 2.8 trillion U.S. dollars) from January to August, up...
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KitKat launches Malaysian inspired flavours
Malaysia’s leading chocolate confectionery brand, KitKat, and its flagship store, KitKat Chocolatory, celebrates its third anniversary with the launch of Malaysian food inspired flavours.
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Wee praises UTAR and UM for World University Rankings
PETALING JAYA: It's commendable that Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) has maintained its position in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University...
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Don't talk only but act fast to combat haze, Asean leaders urged
Gerakan deputy president Oh Tong Keong has urged Asean countries to immediately implement a transboundary law to combat haze pollution.
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Ready for durian, nasi lemak and roti canai KitKat? We’re not kidding …
PETALING JAYA (Bernama): Chocolate confectionery brand KitKat is celebrating the third anniversary of its flagship store, KitKat Chocolatory, with the launch of...
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RHB favours Indonesian telco stocks most on strong data usage
JAKARTA (Sept 13): Indonesia is RHB’s only overweight in Asean-4 telecommonucations, based on its undemanding valuations and superior growth prospects.
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RCEP likely to be signed next year, says Leiking
KUALA LUMPUR: International Trade and Industry Minister Darell Leiking says the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will likely be signed by next year.
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Shell Rimula Ultra 5W-30 launched – extended oil-drain intervals of up to 150,000 km, improved fuel economy
Shell Malaysia has introduced the all-new Shell Rimula Ultra 5W-30, billed as Shell’s most advanced fully synthetic heavy-duty diesel engine oil to date.
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Malaysians to join Global Climate Strike on Sept 21
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 — Malaysians will take part in the Global Climate Strike this month, The Star reported today.
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Maxis, Cisco team up to deliver leading converged ICT solutions
KUALA LUMPUR: Maxis Bhd has teamed up with technology leader Cisco to jointly deliver a wide range of market leading technologies for businesses in Malaysia.
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PM will write to President Jokowi about transboundary haze
JOHOR BARU: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pix) will write to Indonesian President Joko Widodo as soon as possible regarding the transboundary haze issue.
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