Property market recovery may be delayed until next year — Henry Butcher Malaysia

PETALING JAYA (Feb 1): The most positive scenario for the overall Malaysian property market in 2021 would be a slightly better performance than last year due to the start of the vaccination programme that would help in controlling the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Henry Butcher Real Estate chief operating oficer (COO) Tang Chee Meng. In […]

PNS plans to expand franchise portfolio to RM700 million

Perbadanan Nasional Bhd (PNS), an agency under the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (Medac), is targeting a minimum of 5,000 financing approval to entrepreneurs which is expected to expand the franchise portfolio by 400 % from RM178 million to RM700 million. Its minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said this five-year strategy […]

Perak closes 2020 account with first deficit in 12 years

IPOH, Feb 1 — The total revenue collected by the Perak state government last year decreased by 10 per cent or RM111.4 million from RM1.09 billion collected in the previous year due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Saarani Mohamad said the state government had closed the account for 2020 with a deficit […]

Govt urged to give Covid-19 inoculation priority to CKD patients

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has been urged to give Covid-19 inoculation priority to patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Giving vaccination priority to the group would reduce overcrowding at the Health Ministry’s haemodialysis (HD) centres. The move would also help return to some normalcy in the HD centres in the private and the non-governmental organisation’s […]

NSC meets on Tuesday to discuss possible MCO extension

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Security Council (NSC) will have a special meeting on Tuesday (Feb 2) to discuss a possible extension of the movement control order, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. “The meeting will be chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and we will hear the report from the Health Ministry before […]

Russian opposition leader Navalny’s wife among 3,000 detained

AT least 3,000 people, including the wife of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, were detained Sunday at rallies throughout Russia in cold weather protesting the detention of her husband. Protests took place in at least 120 cities across the nation. Demonstrations also took place last weekend. In Moscow, riot police and national guard troops close central metro […]

WHO team in Wuhan visits provincial disease control centre

WUHAN – A World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic has visited a provincial disease control centre that had an early hand in managing the outbreak. The WHO investigators arrived in the Hubei provincial capital, Wuhan, last month to look for clues and have visited hospitals that treated many of the […]

Hong Kongers flee for UK, fearing China crackdown

HONG KONG – Thousands of Hong Kongers have already made the sometimes painful decision to leave behind their hometown and move to Britain since Beijing imposed a strict national security law on the Chinese territory last summer. Their numbers are expected to swell to the hundreds of thousands. Some are leaving because they fear punishment […]