WHO investigator claims China refused to hand over key Covid information

THERE is growing controversy over a World Health Organization investigation into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic after one of its members said China had refused to hand over key data, and the US national security adviser said he had “deep concerns” about the initial findings. An international delegation travelled to the Chinese city of Wuhan last month, […]

UK looks for path out of lockdown after 15 million vaccinated

LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will judge this week how fast England can exit Covid-19 lockdown after vaccinating 15 million of its most vulnerable people, but the health minister said death and hospital admission numbers were still too high. With nearly a quarter of the United Kingdom’s population now inoculated with a first […]

Unconditional i-Sinar withdrawal timely, says academician

KUALA LUMPUR — The government’s announcement that it is taking steps to remove all conditions for withdrawals under the Employees Provident Fund’s (EPF) i-Sinar facility is timely, given that those who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis are in urgent need of the funds. Universiti Putra Malaysia Faculty of Economics and Management associate professor […]

UMW’s auto sales remain healthy with 20,739 units in January

UMW Holdings Bhd sold a total of 20,739 vehicles in January 2021 driven by a higher demand arising from the sales tax exemption. The group said UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT) delivered 3,845 units last month, up 4.1% year-on-year than the 3,692 units recorded last year. It said Toyota Vios, Yaris and Hilux continued […]

Mulpha, UEM Sunrise call off deal to develop Nusajaya land

PETALING JAYA: Mulpha International Bhd and UEM Sunrise Bhd have mutually terminated their master agreement to develop parcels of land in Nusajaya. In a Bursa filing, Mulpha said conditions precedent in the master agreement have not been fulfilled or waived during the extended conditional period and, as such, both parties have agreed not to proceed. […]

Junta cuts internet across Myanmar; troops open fire on protesters

YANGON – Myanmar cut internet service and deployed troops around the country on Monday in signs of a feared crackdown on anti-coup protests, hours after security forces fired in order to disperse a demonstration in the country’s north. The junta has recently escalated efforts to quell a burgeoning civil disobedience campaign which is demanding a […]

MAHB: Vaccine roll-out plan expected to improve air traffic numbers

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 15): Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) expects the government’s national vaccination plan, which will be rolled out starting April 2021 and the reciprocal green lane/travel corridor arrangement (RGL/TCA) between Malaysia and Indonesia will have a positive impact on the recovery of the national aviation industry in the near term. In a statement […]

Usah gelap mata bila dapat wang i-Sinar

Kuala Lumpur: Had pengeluaran i-Sinar perlu mengambil kira keperluan semasa kerana ia hanya bersifat penyelesaian sementara dalam jangka masa pendek. Ia termasuk menyelesaikan perkara yang mendesak dan tertangguh akibat penularan Covid-19 dan bukannya peluang untuk ‘raya sakan’. Pengerusi Majlis Penasihat Syariah Bank Negara Malaysia Datuk Dr Mohd Daud Bakar berkata, aspek pengurusan kewangan juga perlu […]

MPs, assemblymen to be among first Covid-19 vaccine recipients

PUTRAJAYA: Members of parliament (MPs) and state assemblymen from both sides of the political divide will be among earlier recipients of the Covid-19 vaccine under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme which will commence on Feb 26. Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the matter was decided by the government after taking into consideration the […]