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August 18, 2018 4:02 AM Miri ILP records very unhealthy API this morning

KUALA LUMPUR: Only one area at the Industrial Training Institute in Miri, Sarawak, recorded a very unhealthy Air Pollutant Index (API) reading of 203 as at 10am today. According to the Department of Environment website, other areas in the country recorded moderate API reading except Kangar, Perlis; Langkawi and Alor Star, Kedah; and Tawau, Sabah, which 3

August 16, 2018 4:41 AM Haze in Penang at unhealthy level

GEORGE TOWN: The haze in Penang has reached an unhealthy level as its Air Pollutant Index (API) on mainland has exceeded 100 as of noon today. According to the API index in Department of Environment (DOE) site, Seberang Jaya has recorded 123 while Bukit Tengah recorded 108 readings. On the island, it is close to the unhealthy level with a reading of 98, which 3

August 15, 2018 8:39 AM Penang haze expected to last til September

GEORGE TOWN: The current haze situation in Penang is expected to last until September due to the hot weather. State Environment Commitee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the earthquakes in Lombok, Indonesia were a contributing factor. "Penangites will have to contend with the haze for another month," he told theSun. Phee also said the hot spell is expected 6

August 14, 2018 5:28 AM Malaysia's GDP to contract by 1.3% if tariff slapping escalates

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's gross domestic product (GDP) could contract by 1.3% in two years, should the trade war between the US and China intensify. CIMB Group chief economist Dr Donald Hanna said the contraction on Malaysia's economic growth is possible in the event of continuous escalation of tariff imposition and a confidence shock in the financial 3

August 13, 2018 9:48 AM Bursa Malaysia ends lower on selling pressure

KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia ended lower today on selling pressure across-the-board as market sentiment remained volatile due to external factors, dealers said. At 5pm, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) was lower at 1,783.40, down 22.41 points, from Friday's close of 1,805.75. The index opened 2.10 points lower at 1,803.65 and moved between 8

August 10, 2018 6:36 AM Malaysia's IPI grows 1.1% in June, mining down 9.4%

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia's Industrial Production Index (IPI) growth moderated to 1.1% in June 2018 compared with the same month a year ago, due to a contraction in mining output. According to the Department of Statistics, the growth in June was supported by an increase in the manufacturing (+4.5%) and electricity (+3%) sectors, while the mining index 6

August 7, 2018 10:11 AM Belarus detains three independent journalists

MINSK: Belarusian authorities on Tuesday detained at least three journalists during searches of the offices of two independent news websites over "unauthorised" access to the services of the country's state news agency. The editors of Tut.by, Maria Zolotova and Anna Kaltygina, as well as BelaPAN journalist Tatiana Korovenkova were detained, the Belarusian 8

August 7, 2018 7:56 AM Threshold for annual sales tax to be raised to RM500,000 under SST

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will increase the annual sales threshold for eligibility to register for the Sales Tax to RM500,000 annually under the Sales and Tax Service Tax (SST) from RM100,000 previously. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the annual turnover threshold of RM500,000 would also apply to manufacturers who carried out sub-manufacturing 6

August 6, 2018 5:33 AM Audit report: Seven ministries achieve excellent results

KUALA LUMPUR: Seven of the 25 ministries achieved excellent results in financial management (Index Accountability) last year, said Auditor-General Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad. Based on the 2017 Auditor-General's Report (LKAN) Series 1, she said 16 ministries had achieved good levels, while another two achieved satisfactory levels. "In addition, 13 Departments 11

July 31, 2018 1:27 PM Customs: SST will affect only 70,000 to 80,000 firms

KUALA LUMPUR: Only 70,000 to 80,000 businesses are expected to be affected under the new Sales and Services Tax (SST), compared with 472,000 registered under Goods & Services Tax (GST), according to Royal Malaysian Customs Department director-general Datuk Seri Subromaniam Tholasy. Speaking at a press conference after attending a seminar on SST today 5