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February 21, 2018 2:09 PM Hap Seng to acquire 55% of Kretam for RM1.18b

KUALA LUMPUR: Hap Seng Plantations Holdings Bhd proposes to acquire a 55% stake in Kretam Holdings Bhd for RM1.18 billion or 92 sen per share, triggering the 33% mandatory takeover offer threshold. Hap Seng told Bursa Malaysia today that it had on Feb 21 entered into conditional share sale agreements with Kretam CEO Datuk Lim Nyuk Sang @ Freddie Lim and Santraprise 10

February 20, 2018 10:57 AM Ringgit closes lower versus US dollar

KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit closed lower against a stronger US dollar today amid discouraging global oil prices, said dealers. At 6pm, the local note was quoted at 3.9020/9060 versus the greenback from 3.8890/8920 on Monday. Oil markets were mixed today as US crude was pushed up by reduced flows from Canada, while Brent crude prices eased on the back of a dip in Asian 9

February 20, 2018 9:56 AM DPM: Fewer Asean visitors caused slight drop in tourists here last year

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi chairs the 14th Tourism Cabinet Committee Meeting at Perdana Putra Building in Putrajaya February 20, 2018. — Picture by Razak GhazaliPUTRAJAYA, Feb 20 — Tourist arrivals in Malaysia dropped by 3 per cent in 2017 compared to the previous year, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today 8

February 20, 2018 4:03 AM Oil markets mixed on lower Canadian flows, firmer dollar

Brent crude futures were at US$65.23 per barrel, down 44 cents, or 0.7 per cent, from their last close. — Reuters picSINGAPORE, Feb 20 — Oil markets were split today, with US crude was pushed up by reduced flows from Canada while international Brent prices eased. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at US$62.16 (RM242.08) a barrel at 0153 GMT, up 48 cents 9

February 19, 2018 11:39 AM Fewer Malaysians holidaying in Bali, as Chinese tourist numbers soar

Bali has proven to be a top attraction for Malaysians, despite falling numbers. — Reuters picPETALING JAYA, Feb 19 — Fewer Malaysians travelled to Bali last year compared to 2016, according to figures released by Indonesia’s Central Statistic Agency recently. The agency revealed a 5.15 per cent drop in visitors from Malaysia, with the number of tourists 15

February 19, 2018 8:26 AM Sunway Lagoon investigating alleged harassment of Filipino beauty queen and daughters

Ruffa Rama Gutierrez (centre) with her two daughters while holidaying in Kuala Lumpur February 15, 2018. — Picture via Instagram/iloveruffag KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — The management of Sunway Lagoon today said it has looked into the case of Filipino beauty queen, Ruffa Gutierrez, and her two teenaged daughters being allegedly harassed by a group of men inside 6

February 14, 2018 1:16 PM Statistical claim on Malaysian doctors in UK dubious: Dr Subramaniam

PUTRAJAYA: The statistical claim that there are 1,548 Malaysian doctors currently practising in United Kingdom is dubious, according to Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. He said it was possible that there was a large number of Malaysian doctors in the UK before due to history-related factors, but the number might have been reduced over the years 6

February 13, 2018 3:39 AM Alert status of Bali's Mount Agung lowered

KUALA LUMPUR: The alert status of Mount Agung in Bali, Indonesia, has been lowered from Level IV to Level III on Saturday and the radius of the danger area reduced from 6km to 4km, said the Foreign Ministry today. However, since the status could change within a short time, the Indonesian authorities reminded the public of possible evacuation if the alert 4

February 12, 2018 3:34 PM Messi cried after Champions League exit to Chelsea, Sanchez claims

Lionel Messi was so distraught at Barcelona missing out on reaching the 2012 Champions League final that he was reduced to tears after his side's semi-final elimination to Chelsea, his former Barca team mate Alexis Sanchez has revealed. — Reuters picBARCELONA, Feb 12 — Lionel Messi was so distraught at Barcelona missing out on reaching the 2012 Champions 4

February 10, 2018 1:49 PM Former Fifa vice-president Chung’s ban cut to 15 months

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has reduced former Fifa vice-president Chung Mong-joon’s five-year ban from soccer to 15 months. — Reuters file picZURICH, Feb 10 — Former Fifa vice-president Chung Mong-joon’s five-year ban from soccer, over ethics violations in connection with South Korea’s unsuccessful bid to host the 2022 World Cup, has been cut to 15 months 5