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Foreign funds make strong comeback to Bursa
KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign funds staged a solid comeback to Bursa Malaysia last week as they turned net buyers after eight straight weeks of selling, according to MIDF...
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Lendlease seeking to raise up to US$539mil in Singapore IPO
SINGAPORE: Lendlease Global Commercial REIT, part of Australia’s Lendlease Group, is planning to raise as much as S$740mil (US$539m) in what would be Singapore’s...
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Foreign funds snap 8-week selling streak, bought RM192.1m local equity last...
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 17): Foreign funds snapped their 8-week selling streak of Malaysian equity on Bursa Malaysia and bought RM192.1 million last week, compared to dumping RM278.7 million the prior week...
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HLIB Research lowers target price for Bermaz Auto to RM2.85
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 17): Hong Leong IB Research has maintained its “Buy” rating on Bermaz Auto Bhd at RM2.39 with a lower target price (TP) of RM2.85 (from RM3.08) and said Bermaz reported core PAT...
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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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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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Logistics platform raises funds to scale up
FRESH off securing the CIP300 funding from Cradle recently, local startup Golog is now looking to raise about US$1mil (RM4.17mil) in its seed round to further scale its system and expand its market share.
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Honda advancing with Prachinburi plant
BANGKOK: "No cameras, no phones and no video!" That was the explicit instruction from Honda as we began a tour of its Thai assembly plant in Prachinburi on Sept 4.
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Jollibee receives official halal certification
Khairul (third left) showing the halal certificate with Jollibee staff and mascot.
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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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Borneo Reef World pontoon sinks after being hit by bad weather
The pontoon lies on its side after it was hit by bad weather.
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Swine Fever: Sabahans cautioned against smuggling pork
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is taking extra precautions against African Swine Fever (ASF) spreading to the state amid reports the virus has been detected in neighbouring...
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Mazda dealer Bermaz reports flat Q1 profit despite higher sales volume
KUALA LUMPUR: Bermaz Auto Bhd, the distributor of Mazda cars, said rising cost and the stronger Japanese yen contributed to the muted profit growth in the first...
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Dynamo Lubricants launched – Malaysian-made oils and lubricants for automotive and industrial use
There’s a new lubricants player in town and it’s Dynamo Lubricants.
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Filipino villagers swap trash for rice in fight against plastics
A village in the Philippines is trying to tackle the scourge of plastic waste by offering rice to residents in exchange for their trash.
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Wharton grad seeks to save Lippo Group
JAKARTA: Late last year, when Indonesia’s biggest property developer was sinking under debt, it was crunch time for the Lippo Group’s Riady family.
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Beijing, KL set up South China Sea dialogue mechanism
BEIJING • China and Malaysia have agreed to set up a joint dialogue mechanism for the disputed South China Sea, the Chinese government's top diplomat said yesterday after meeting Malaysia's Foreign ...
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China, Malaysia to set up South China Sea dialogue mechanism
BEIJING, Sept 12 (Reuters) - China and Malaysia have agreed to set up a joint dialogue mechanism for the disputed South China Sea, the Chinese government's top diplomat said on Thursday after meeting Malaysia's foreign minister.
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Profit-taking, bearish regional markets drag Bursa Malaysia down
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 — Bursa Malaysia ended at its intraday low today, partly on profit-taking amid bearish trend among the major South-east Asian equity markets.
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Dynamo Lubricants launches in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR: Dynamo Lubricants Group, a lubricants producer and supplier of products for automotive and industrial use, has landed in Malaysia.
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MGS yields down as Asian central banks cut interest rates — MARC
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 12): Malaysian Government Securities (MGS) yields fell in August as Asian central banks' move to cut interest rates increased pressure on Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) to follow suit, ...
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South China Sea dialogue mechanism set up with China
BEIJING: China and Malaysia have agreed to set up a joint dialogue mechanism for the disputed South China Sea, the Chinese government’s top diplomat said today after meeting Foreign Minister Saifudd...
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China, Malaysia to set up South China Sea dialogue mechanism
BEIJING (REUTERS) - China and Malaysia have agreed to set up a joint dialogue mechanism for the disputed South China Sea, the Chinese government's top diplomat said on Thursday (Sept 12) after meeting...
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China, Malaysia to set up South China Sea dialogue mechanism
BEIJING, Sept 12 — China and Malaysia have agreed to set up a joint dialogue mechanism for the disputed South China Sea, the Chinese government’s top diplomat said today after meeting Malaysia’s...
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China, Malaysia to set up South China Sea dialogue mechanism
BEIJING (Sept 12): China and Malaysia have agreed to set up a joint dialogue mechanism for the disputed South China Sea, the Chinese government's top diplomat said on Thursday after meeting Malaysia's...
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Wharton grad seeks to save an Indonesian empire on the brink
JAKARTA: Late last year, when Indonesia’s biggest property developer was sinking under debt, it was crunch time for the Lippo Group’s Riady family.
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MGS yields fall as central bank in Asia cut key rates, MARC says
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Government Securities (MGS) yields fell in August as central banks in several Asian countries cut their key interest rates and increased...
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Sabah’s legal fraternity tells Manila to drop baseless claim and to move on
KOTA KINABALU: The persistent attempts by the Philippines to resurrect its claim on Sabah is baseless and fails to recognise the state as an integral part of Malaysia...
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Lazada is Southeast Asia’s ecommerce leader with over 50 million buyers, CEO says
Lazada Group chief executive Pierre Poignant said the company operates the top ecommerce platform in Southeast Asia with more than 50 million active buyers annually, contrary to prior reports that pai...
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Baseless for Philippines to resurrect claim over Sabah – SLS
Brenndon KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Law Society (SLS) categorically dismisses the substance of a reported reaffirmation of the Philippines’ claim over Sabah by the Philippine Foreign Affairs secretar...
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CM should find better excuse to issue PSS – Ongkili
Ongkili greeted upon arrival to launch the 34th PBS N39 Sugut annual general meeting at Kampung Kubambangan in Paitan.
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Pundits: Philippines trying to widen rift between Putrajaya and Sabah by claiming ownership
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 — A Philippines official’s remark claiming that Sabah belongs to the republic could be a calculated move to “exploit” the East Malaysian state’s strained relationship w...
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Baseless for Philippines to resurrect claim over Sabah — SLS
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Law Society (SLS) categorically dismisses the substance of a reported reaffirmation of the Philippines’ claim over Sabah by the Philippine Foreign Affairs secretary, Teodoro...
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Grab Reportedly Planning Merger Of Indonesian Payment Firms To Take On Gojek
Grab’s biggest shareholder, SoftBank, is reportedly planning of building up heft and power in order to surpass the Indonesian ride-sharing company, Gojek.
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Lazada claims it is e-commerce leader in South-East Asia with more than 50 million buyers
The company says it leads the competition in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines in terms of monthly active users.
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Credit Suisse maintains overweight on Malaysian stocks
KUALA LUMPUR: Credit Suisse is maintaining its overweight on stocks in Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia in its Asia stocks allocation.
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Singaporean HR tech startup hits $100m valuation in 4 years
From dealing with growth ceilings and coping with cash flow shortages to just being constantly tired, being an entrepreneur is both rewarding and frustrating.
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Philippine minister says no access for UN drugs war probe
The Philippines will not allow visits by the United Nations to investigate its bloody war on drugs, its foreign minister said on Wednesday, calling its human rights experts “bastards” who had demo...
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Singaporean HR tech startup hits $100m valuation in 4 years
From dealing with growth ceilings and coping with cash flow shortages to just being constantly tired, being an entrepreneur is both rewarding and frustrating.
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Sabah deems temporary passes necessary to monitor foreign nationals
The Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS), which will be issued from June 1 next year, is aimed at monitoring the movements of foreigners in the state.
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PSS necessary to monitor movements of foreigners in Sabah
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) which would be issued from June 1 next year, is aimed at monitoring the movements of foreigners in the state, said Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Sh...
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RHB forecasts weaker Q1 earnings for Bermaz Auto
KUALA LUMPUR: Bermaz Auto Bhd's 1QFY20 earnings are expected to slip below consensus expectations due to a weaker year-on-year (y-o-y) sales volume, says RHB...
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‘Deport illegals from Sabah’
KOTA KINABALU: The Federal Government has been urged to find ways to deport non-citizens in Sabah instead of issuing them with special passes, said Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS).
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AirAsia and AirAsia X fined RM200K each for charging processing fees
Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) has fined AirAsia Bhd and AirAsia X Bhd RM200,000 each for charging processing fees on credit card, debit card and online banking transactions.
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Strong commitment to conclude RCEP this year - Thai DPM
Thailand Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said the trade deal member countries gave their mandate to the RCEP Trade Negotiating Committee to reach a conclusion, especiall...
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Malaysia shuts 400 schools as haze from Indonesia’s fires spreads
SINGAPORE/JAKARTA (Sept 10): Malaysia closed more than 400 schools, citing unhealthy air quality as smoke and ash from raging forest fires in Indonesia spread to more areas in countries from Thailand ...
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Pokémon Go celebrations feature more regional specials, Deoxys and themed raid battles
Pokémon Go players can now walk to find typically regional exclusive Pokémon – by hatching them in eggs – instead of flying to other countries.
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Will Indonesia chicken glut affect Leong Hup’s recovery?
KUALA LUMPUR: Leong Hup International Bhd is hoping for a quick turnaround after suffering a 76% plunge in second-quarter (2Q) net profit, but there are some doubts due to a chicken meat glut in Indon...
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Volunteers make toys and bring cheer to animals in wildlife park
KOTA KINABALU: Rescued animals at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park were given new toys by volunteers from among AirAsia staff in seven countries and conservation...
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Maybank to boost franchises in Greater China, Philippines, Cambodia
KUALA LUMPUR: Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) is not letting global macro-economic conditions and headwinds deter its international business, as the group steps up its...
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Malaysia ready to induce rain in effort to ease haze
KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia is preparing to seed clouds after air quality in parts of the country fell to unhealthy levels because of haze from forest fires, an official said yesterday.
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Razer CEO commits US$7.23mil to gaming and e-sports in Singapore
RAZER co-founder and chief executive officer Min-Liang Tan announced on Sept 9 that he will be committing US$7.23 million (S$10 million) in funding to gaming and e-sports in Singapore over the next tw...
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Special passes may see eclipse of ‘genuine’ Sabahans, says rep
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Malaysia to commence cloud-seeding to combat haze, Indonesian denies fires in Sumatra are the cause
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia prepared to seed clouds after air quality in parts of the country reached unhealthy levels due to smog from forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia, an official said on Mo...
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Sabah Opposition leaders question special pass for foreigners
KOTA KINABALU, Sept 9 — Opposition politicians here criticised the government’s move to introduce a special temporary pass (PSS) to be issued to foreign nationals in the state, saying that it will...
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Unregulated firm Financial.org closes, investors say accounts frozen
LONDON, Sept 6 — Unregulated British firm Financial.org has closed down, according to a notice on its website, and four investors said their accounts had been frozen.
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Indonesia denies Malaysia's haze from Sumatra, cites satellite data
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 9 — Indonesia's meteorology body has denied that the haze in Malaysia originates from Sumatra, Indonesia, basing this assertion on satellite data over the past few days.
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Malaysia pins hope for RCEP deal success with good progress made
BANGKOK: Malaysia sees positive progress towards concluding the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world’s largest trade pact, by year-end even though there are still some outst...
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Deport illegal immigrants instead of issuing temporary passes, says PBS
KOTA KINABALU: The government has been urged to find ways to deport foreigners in Sabah, instead of issuing them with special passes, says opposition Parti Bersatu Sabah...
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Razer CEO to invest $7.2m to drive growth in Singapore’s gaming scene
Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of Razer, announced he will be pouring S$10 million (US$7.2 million) into Singapore’s gaming scene over the next 12 months.
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Minister hopeful RCEP talks can conclude by year-end
Malaysia sees positive progress towards concluding the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world’s largest trade pact, by year-end, even though there are still some outstanding i...
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Malaysia pins hope for RCEP deal success with good progress made
BANGKOK, Sept 9 — Malaysia sees a positive progress towards concluding the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world’s largest trade pact, by year-end even though there are sti...
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Animals at wildlife park get a boost from volunteers
KOTA KINABALU: Animals at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, many of which were rescued and placed there for rehabilitation, can be seen playing around with their new toys, thanks to a group of volunteers who came over the weekend.
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Unimech to tie up with Japanese company
BUTTERWORTH: Industrial valve maker Unimech Group Bhd (UGB) plans to boost its export business under a tie-up with a Japanese strategic partner.
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Johor a fave destination for tourists
KUALA LUMPUR: Johor, with its pristine islands and world-class theme parks, has been crowned Malaysia’s Favourite Desti­nation for this month’s Malaysian...
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Temporary Sabah Pass shows Home Ministry’s earnestness, says Liew
BATU SAPI: The replacement of the IMM13 document for refugees from southern Philippines with the proposed Temporary Sabah Pass (PSS) is a reflection of the government’s earnestness to resolve the in...
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Minister: PSS shows Home Ministry’s earnestness
BATU SAPI, Sept 7 — The replacement of the IMM13 document for refugees from southern Philippines with the proposed Temporary Sabah Pass (PSS) is a reflection of the government’s earnestness to res...
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Asian cities turn to electric vehicles in anti-pollution drive
BANGKOK: Asian cities are switching to electric vehicles in a bid to tackle worsening air quality, cut climate changing emissions, and expand their public transport networks, climate experts said on F...
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Curfew in ESSZone extended until Sept 23
KOTA KINABALU: The curfew in the waters of seven districts in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone), scheduled to end tomorrow, has been extended to Sept 23, according to Sabah Police Commissioner...
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Curfew in ESSZone extended until Sept 23
Omar Mammah KOTA KINABALU: The curfew in the waters of seven districts in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone), scheduled to end tomorrow, has been extended to Sept 23, said Sabah Police Commiss...
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20 illegals, two suspected fish bombers nabbed
The suspected illegal immigrants detained in water villages by ESSCom. KUNAK: Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) nabbed 20 illegal immigrants during Op Gasak at Kampung Kunak 3, here on Thursday...
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8chan owner vows changes in House testimony over links to mass shootings
8chan, the online message board linked to several recent mass shootings, plans to restrict parts of the website during a "state of emergency", the site's owner Jim...
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Asian shares see heavy foreign sell-off in Aug as trade war bites
BENGALURU: Foreigners turned net sellers of Asian equities in August as sentiment worsened with the United States and China, after a brief truce, announcing new...
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Football: Maiden win for Mongolia as Malaysia fight back to take points
TAIPEI (REUTERS) - Mongolia secured a surprise 1-0 win over Myanmar while Malaysia twice came from behind to beat Indonesia 3-2 in stoppage time as the second round of Asia's qualifying campaign for t...
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Information on cross-border kidnappers, criminals obtained every week: Sabah Police Commissioner
KOTA KINABALU: Police get information on the movement of cross-border kidnapping and criminal gangs almost every week, said Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah.
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Etiqa strengthens regional foothold
ETIQA, the insurance and takaful arm of Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank), is strengthening its regional foothold by expanding its product offerings in Indonesia, the Philippines and Cambodia.
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VinaCapital Ventures leads funding round for Vietnamese social selling platform
VinaCapital Ventures, a US$100 million venture capital fund focused on tech startups in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, announced that it led an investment round for social ecommerce platform Ecomobi.
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Comprehensive study on Gojek a must, says FT Minister
KUALA LUMPUR: A comprehensive study must be conducted before any decision on Gojek can be made, says Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad.
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Ex-Sabah minister wants pump boats banned after latest shootout
KOTA KINABALU: A Sabah Umno leader has urged the state government to review its decision to allow the use of pump boats, following a revelation that cross-border criminals are actively hunting for pot...
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Suspects shot dead not in Esscom's wanted list
KOTA KINABALU: Security forces are waiting for information from their Philippines counterparts on the identity of the two intruders shot dead in Sabah waters.
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Tariffs push some US manufacturers to exit China
CHICAGO, Sept 5 — As fresh US tariffs on Chinese imports kick in, Illinois-based phone accessories manufacturer Ben Buttolph has been urgently moving production to other Asian countries despite the ...
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Information on cross-border kidnappers, criminals obtained every week: Sabah police
KOTA KINABALU: Police get information on the movement of cross-border kidnapping and criminal gangs almost every week, according to Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah.
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Pokémon Sword & Shield, Luigi's Mansion 3 teased for Nintendo Direct, Assassin's Creed and Overwatch rumoured
A Nintendo Direct video announced for Sept 4 is to last 40 minutes, with Pokémon Sword & Shield and Luigi's Mansion 3 confirmed.
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UniPin Officially Arrives In Malaysia; Partners Up With KK Supermart
UniPin officially launched its gaming payment gateway into Malaysia markets in collaboration with KK supermart as their official retailer.
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Two men killed in shootout with Esscom in Sabah waters
LAHAD DATU: Two suspected criminals who intruded into Malaysian waters were shot dead by personnel of the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) near Felda Sahabat here late on Tuesday.
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Taiwan launches youth ambassador exchange programme
KUALA LUMPUR: Taiwan has embarked on an international youth ambassadors exchange programme aimed at strengthening ties and promoting public diplomacy said its Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Internationa...
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AirAsia Traveller SIM lets you roam in 15 countries for RM30
If you’re travelling overseas and don’t want to pay for expensive daily roaming rates, AirAsia has a Traveller SIM pack that provides roaming data for as low as RM30 for 7 days.
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Sabah security forces kill two in shootout at sea near Lahad Datu
KOTA KINABALU, Sept 4 — Two men in a pump boat were shot dead by security forces during a gunfire exchange at sea off Sabah’s east coast late last night.
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Rent for prime KL office space dips, stays ‘under pressure’
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 — The rental rates for prime office locations here fell by 0.2 per cent in the second quarter, property consultant Knight Frank Malaysia said.
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4,326 new students enrol at UMS
Taufiq speaking with Akele Atomo Marie Jeanne (second left) and Eyang Athomo Arielle Flofell Macksett from Africa yesterday.
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Don’t downplay Abu Sayyaf threats, Esscom told
PETALING JAYA: A counter-terrorism expert has urged the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) to deepen its investigation into the possibility that Abu Sayyaf cells are planning a new wave of kidnap...
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Advisory warns Indonesians in Sabah of kidnapping risk
KOTA KINABALU, 3 Sept — A letter of notification was issued by the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia (KJRI) here regarding the movement of armed groups from southern Philippines in conn...
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Shopee opens new regional headquarters in Singapore
Southeast Asian ecommerce firm Shopee announced the opening of its new regional headquarters in Singapore. The move reflects the startup’s commitment to further nurture talent, develop the entrep...
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Foreign selling rose to RM2.6b in August — MIDF
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 3): Foreign investors offloaded a higher value of equities in August.
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Slave to sachets - How poverty worsens plastics crisis in the Philippines
Armed with gloves, rubber boots and a rake, "Mangrove Warrior" Willer Gualva, 68, comes to Freedom Island in the Philippines almost every day to stop it being engulfed by trash.
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Foreign funds reduce pace of selldown
KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign funds remained as net sellers for the seventh week running albeit at a slower pace, according to MIDF Research.
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AmInvest Research sees better 2H for Leong Hup
KUALA LUMPUR: AmInvestment Research anticipates a better second half for Leong Hup International on the back of improved market prices for day-old-chicks (DOC) and...
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Nomura: Malaysia expected to cut rates in Q4
PETALING JAYA: Amid the downside risk to growth, Malaysia is expected to lower interest rates in the fourth quarter of this year, according to Nomura...
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Wany throws footballers a challenge
WANY Hasrita has challenged the Malaysian football team to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in its history, Harian Metro reported.
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Esscom plays down Indonesian warning on Abu Sayyaf activity
KOTA KINABALU: The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) today played down a warning by the Indonesian consulate-general here advising its citizens to be wary of possible attacks by Abu Sayyaf cells...
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