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August 30, 2018 7:00 AM New automotive policy by year-end, Senate told

KUALA LUMPUR: The government is to announce by the end of this year a new National Automotive Policy, said Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Dr Ong Kian Ming (pix). The new policy would ensure that the automotive industry remained competitive and benefited the people, he told the Dewan Negara. "We are reviewing the National Automotive 11

August 29, 2018 1:17 PM Malaysia targets 80% rice self-sufficiency by 2022

SERDANG: Malaysia targets to achieve 80% self-sufficiency in rice by 2022, moving up from the current 70%, said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub. He said efforts were being made in that direction, such as increasing the rice variants and fertiliser and opening the door for technology transfer from China, Taiwan and Japan 5

August 16, 2018 2:48 AM Indonesian ban on poultry from Malaysia has no impact on exporters

PETALING JAYA: Indonesia's ban on the import of fresh poultry and unprocessed products from Malaysia shipped after Aug 9 will not have any impact on Malaysian exporters, as they have not been in the market for more than a year now. According to an industry player who declined to be named, a ban on Malaysian poultry has actually been in effect since the H5N1 avian 26

August 13, 2018 2:46 PM Malaysia-China relations have hit rock bottom, and Mahathir knows it

Dr Mahathir Mohamad has issued a stern warning to China against further militarising the South China Sea (see news item below). Speaking to The Associated Press days ahead of his visit to Beijing, the Prime Minister announced that he would seek to cancel multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects that his predecessor, Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak, signed 24

August 7, 2018 10:30 AM Singapore uproar over store selling ivory jewellery

SINGAPORE: A Singapore online store selling ivory jewellery has sparked an uproar, with an animal rights group Tuesday slamming the shop for offering products made from "tortured" elephants. Ivory Lane offers earrings for Sg$160 (RM476) and necklaces for Sg$800 and insists its products are made from ivory that was obtained before 1990 when an international 20

August 1, 2018 1:14 PM Exports to pick up in June, says RAM

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s export growth is expected to pick up to 8.7% in June from 3.4% in May on the back of steady demand from key export markets, while trade surplus is projected to stand at RM11.1 billion said RAM Ratings. The increase is expected despite the slowdown envisaged due to the Hari Raya festive season – thanks to the continued improvement 18

August 1, 2018 7:29 AM India bans vaccine imports from tainted China company

NEW DELHI: India has banned the import of a rabies vaccine from a Chinese manufacturer embroiled in a safety scandal, the head of India's drug regulator told a newspaper in comments published Wednesday. "The vaccine is being used in India, but we don't have the exact details of the total number of units imported or where they have been distributed 20

July 31, 2018 8:08 AM Govt assures Malaysia will not become world's solid waste bin

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has given assurances that Malaysia will not become the world's solid waste bin after China banned imports of solid waste from developed countries and refused to recycle more of the world's trash. As such, Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin said the government had taken a drastic 12

July 5, 2018 1:14 PM Exports in May up 3.4% to RM82.1b year on year

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s exports grew 3.4% to RM82.1 billion in May, outpacing imports, which increased only 0.1% to RM74 billion, on a year-on-year basis said the Department of Statistics. “Exports in May 2018 valued at RM82.1 billion, continued to surpass the RM80 billion mark, increasing by 3.4% from a year ago. Re-exports were valued at RM16.3 billion 19

June 28, 2018 4:17 PM Six more sardine brands taken off market

KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) has withdrawn six other brands of canned sardine products from the market because they are confirmed to contain impurities such as Filum Nematoda worms from the genus Anisakis spp. Its director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the six products of the sardines were from the Cinta, Sea Fresh 7