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Friendly 'Krishna' steals the show at oceanarium
MELAKA: “Krishna” loves people and this was evident during a pre-Deepavali photoshoot at The Shore Oceanarium here.
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Markets tepid as trade optimism ebbs; Indonesia ticks up
(Oct 17): Most Southeast Asian stock markets were tepid on Thursday, as hopes of a Sino-U.S. trade deal waned amid a lack of concrete details, while the Indonesian index extended gains ahead of Presid...
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In Perak, fabrication firm fined RM30,000 over workplace death
IPOH, Oct 17 — The Sessions Court here fined a fabrication company RM30,000 after its representative pleaded guilty on its behalf to negligence in the accidental death of a worker.
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Insignia Ventures’ first fund was at US$120 million last year, claimed to be the largest maiden vehicle by a Southeast Asian venture capital firm
Insignia Ventures Partners, Singapore-based venture capital group announces that it has closed an oversubscribed second fund at US$200 million, The Business Times reported.
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With the new funding, Alodokter plans to develop a new insurtech product that protects as well as educates consumers
Indonesian healthtech startup Alodokter has closed a US$33 million Series C funding round led by Sequis Life which included the participation of Philips, Heritas Capital, Hera Capital, and Dayli Partn...
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Malaysia’s Aerodyne’s raises US$30 mil in Series B as it charts IPO in 2022/23
Aerodyne Group, a global drone-based managed solutions provider with its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has announced a US$30 million Series B investment round.
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Sabah to continue with IVF to save Sumatran rhino
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is continuing with its in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) efforts to save the endangered Sumatran rhino from extinction in Malaysia as conservationists remain positive even in the face of the latest failure.
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Asia’s latest trade spat divides palm oil giants over Kashmir
NEW DELHI (Oct 16): India, the world’s top palm oil buyer, is shunning purchases from Malaysia after the Southeast Asian nation’s prime minister criticized its policy in Kashmir, sparking the late...
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Indonesia, S. Korea move closer to signing bilateral trade deal
JAKARTA, Oct 16 — Indonesian and South Korea took a key step today towards a bilateral agreement that is expected to help boost trade between the two nations by about 50 per cent by 2022.
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Deputy minister moots Malaysia-Indonesia caucus to tackle haze
KUALA LUMPUR: A deputy minister today suggested for a joint caucus between the Malaysian and Indonesian parliaments to solve the transboundary haze problems.
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MMEA nabs seven Indonesians, seizes boat in Johor waters
KOTA TINGGI: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) seized a “water taxi” en route to sending five of its “passengers” to a shipping vessel in Malaysian waters here.
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The undisclosed amount of funding will be used to further reach other cities in Indonesia with more than 200 insurance products
Indonesian insurtech startup Fuse secures Series A round of funding, Tech In Asia reported.
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Sumatran rhino IVF failure not the end of the road, says Wildlife Dept
KOTA KINABALU: The failed attempt to use assisted reproductive technology to save the endangered Sumatran rhino from extinction in Malaysia is not the...
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Deputy minister moots Malaysia-Indonesia lawmakers’ caucus on transnational haze
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 16 — A deputy minister proposed in Dewan Rakyat today a joint caucus between the Malaysian and Indonesian Parliaments to seek solutions to the annual transboundary haze.
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Social commerce firm Mall91 gets $7.5m from Go-Ventures, Beenext, others
Indian social commerce startup Mall91 has raised US$7.5 million in a series A round led by Go-Ventures, the investment arm of Indonesian ride-hailing unicorn Gojek.
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Indonesian man detained for allegedly raping three sisters in Telupid
BELURAN: Police detained a 24-year-old Indonesian man for allegedly raping three sisters aged between seven and 12 in Telupid, near here.
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Champ Resto planning US$150m IPO
JAKARTA: PT Champ Resto, Indonesian operator of restaurant chains including Gokana Ramen & Teppan, is weighing an initial public offering in the largest nation in South-East Asia that could raise about US$150mil, according to sources.
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Indonesia's capital relocation will bring positive impact to Sarawak, Sabah
KOTA KINABALU (Oct 15): The relocation of the Indonesian capital from Jakarta to Kalimantan will definitely bring about positive impacts, especially on Sabah and Sarawak's economic growth.
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Indonesia’s StickEarn raises US$5.5mil in Series A funding
STICKEARN, a leading Indonesian offline-to-online advertising technology company, announced on Oct 15 that it has closed an oversubscribed Series A round of funding of US$5.5 million.
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Indonesian insurtech startup Fuse gets series A money from EV Growth
Fuse, an Indonesian insurtech company, has closed its series A round with “a couple of million” US dollars to help expand its presence in multiple cities in the country.
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Farmhand nabbed for raping three sisters, aged 7 to 12
KOTA KINABALU: An Indonesian man was arrested for allegedly raping three sisters aged seven to 12 for almost a year in Telupid, Sabah.
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Most Asean markets end lower on trade deal uncertainty
SINGAPORE: Most Southeast Asian stock markets ended lower on Tuesday, with Philippines falling the most, as optimism over a US-China trade deal faded after Chinese...
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Crews of vessels dredging sand off Melaka held
MELAKA: Twelve men from two dredging vessels off the coast here has been detained by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) for illegal encroachment.
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IVF attempt for Sumatran rhino fails
KOTA KINABALU, Oct 15 — The survival of Sabah’s critically endangered Sumatran rhino was once again dashed after an attempt at in-vitro fertilisation failed.
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In Mali, love for Italy's vintage scooter is timeless
Seck Seydou riding his Vespa through the streets of Bamako.
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StickEarn raises $5.5m from Grab, others to take its vehicle ads to new places
Jakarta-based StickEarn has raised US$5.5 million in funding to take its offline-to-online advertising platform to new verticals.
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Indonesia restaurant chain operator weighs US$150mil IPO
JAKARTA: PT Champ Resto, Indonesian operator of restaurant chains including Gokana Ramen & Teppan, is weighing an initial public offering in the largest nation in...
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Indonesia's Indosat in $450m deal for sale of telco towers
JAKARTA: PT Indosat, the Indonesian unit of Qatar's Ooredoo Group, said on Tuesday it has signed a 6.4 trillion rupiah ($452.30 million) deal to sell 3,100...
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Insider Moves: TSH Resources Bhd, CWG Holdings Bhd, Media Prima Bhd, Green...
Notable filings BETWEEN Sept 20 and 27, notable filings on shareholding changes in companies listed on Bursa Malaysia included that of plantation group TSH Resources Bhd, which saw Embun Yakin Sdn Bhd...
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Umno's Lokman charged with incitement over YouTube video
SHAH ALAM: Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam has been charged at a magistrate's court here on Tuesday (Oct 15) for incitement over a...
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Indonesian national nabbed with over RM500k worth of drugs
Dev (centre) and other police officials display the drugs seized from the Indonesian man during a press conference held at the Sarawak Police Contingent Headquarters (IPK) here today.
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Wearing tudung a must for Muslim women, but going without is fine too, survey shows
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 15 ― Over 60 per cent of Malaysian Muslim women believe they can be good adherents of the faith without covering their heads.
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StickEarn raises $5.5m from Grab, others to take its vehicle ads to new places
Jakarta-based StickEarn has raised US$5.5 million in funding to take its offline-to-online advertising platform to new verticals.
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Korean edtech firm Mathpresso raises $14.5m to expand in Asia
South Korean edtech startup Mathpresso, the creator of AI-driven education app Qanda, has raised US$14.5 million in a series B round led by Legend Capital.
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Police on hunt for alleged child molester in Nilai
SEREMBAN: Police were looking for a Bangladeshi man for allegedly molesting a five-year-old girl at a curtain shop in Nilai 3, near here, on Wednesday.
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MMEA detains 14 foreigners, seizes two boats and a tanker
JOHOR BARU: A total of 14 Indonesian men were detained while two boats and a tanker were seized by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in the waters off East Johor here.
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Police on hunt for alleged child molester in Nilai
SEREMBAN, Oct 14 — Police were looking for a Bangladeshi man for allegedly molesting a five-year-old girl at a curtain shop in Nilai 3, near here, on Wednesday.
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Indonesian P2P lender Finmas secures fintech license
Indonesian firm Finmas has officially obtained a business license as a fintech lending platform from the country’s Financial Services Authority (OJK). With its new status as a licensed P2P lending...
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Indonesia’s new capital will benefit M’sia, says dept minister
KUALA LUMPUR: There is a potential for Malaysia to benefit from the relocation of the Indonesian capital to East Kalimantan, the Dewan Rakyat was told yesterday.
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Cops looking for foreign worker who allegedly sexually abused five-year-old girl
NILAI: Police are looking for a Bangladeshi worker who had allegedly sexually assaulted a five-year-old girl.
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Indonesia competition watchdog accuses Grab of offering some drivers special treatment
This article is co-written by Nadine Freischlad.
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Uber is a cautionary tale for Southeast Asia
Dear readers, I spent a tiring but fulfilling week in Jakarta at East Ventures’ 10th-anniversary event as well as our flagship conference, moderating panel discussions and catching up with friends.
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Gojek’s accelerator program reveals first cohort of startups
Indonesian tech giant Gojek has named the five startups that form the first cohort of its Gojek Xcelerate accelerator program, which was launched in partnership with local startup hub Digitaraya.
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Tawau MPF seize 825 cartons of smuggled cigarettes
TAWAU: To dump and run was the fast reaction of smugglers to save themselves after their boat, which was laden with various types of smuggled cigarettes, was detected by a Marine Police Force (MPF) pa...
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GCCP Resources in S$220.3 mil Indonesian palm oil RTO deal
SINGAPORE (Oct 11): GCCP Resources, a Malaysian calcium carbonate quarry company, is buying an Indonesian palm oil company PT Arjuna Utama Sawit in a reverse takeover deal worth S$220.3 million.
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WeWork India head asserts that there would be no impact on its operations in the country due to deferment of IPO of its US-based parent
Tokopedia projects to contribute US$12B to the Indonesian economy this year [KrAsia] Indonesian e-commerce unicorn Tokopedia will contribute IDR 170 trillion (USD 12 billion) to the Indonesian econom...
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Guan Eng: Fed govt will plan more road projects for Sarawak with cost rationalisation savings from Pan Borneo Highway
Lim Guan Eng KUCHING: The savings from the cost rationalisation of the Pan Borneo Highway (PBH) project will allow the federal government to plan for even more projects, including a Trans-Borneo High...
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CPO stockpile expected to remain elevated — analysts
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 11): Affin Hwang Capital has maintained its "Neutral" call on the plantation sector while MIDF Amanah Investment Bank Bhd Research has maintained its "Negative" call.
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Indonesia could take back 1.4mil hectares of land from oil palm planters
JAKARTA: The Indonesian government could take back 1.4 million hectares (3.5 million acres) of forest as part of its ban on land clearing for palm plantations, an official...
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MMEA seizes Indonesian water taxi off Johor waters
JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has seized an Indonesian water taxi that was unlawfully sailing in the eastern part of Johor waters.
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That’s the least I could do, says cabbie who ferried woman in labour
KUALA LUMPUR: Civic-mindedness and a sheer will to help an expectant mother in distress spurred cabbie Wong Kok Loong (pix) to take her in his taxi despite knowing the consequence it would have on the...
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Axiata is said to pause on M&A deals after Telenor talks flop
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 10): Axiata Group Bhd will refrain from undertaking mergers and acquisitions in the near term as Malaysia’s biggest wireless carrier looks to improve its operations, people with kn...
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Axiata to pause on M&A deals after Telenor talks flop
KUALA LUMPUR: Axiata Group Bhd. will refrain from undertaking mergers and acquisitions in the near term as Malaysia’s biggest wireless carrier looks to improve its...
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Indonesia-based startup TouchTen secures funding to boost gaming for women
Jakarta-based mobile gaming company TouchTen has secured an undislosed amount of fresh funding from investment firm Prasetia Dwidharma to accelerate market growth for female gamers.
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Indonesian edtech firm Simak Online wins Tech in Asia 2019 Arena
Indonesian edtech firm Simak Online brought home US$5,000 after winning the latest Arena pitch battle at this year’s Tech in Asia Conference in Jakarta.
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Anwar visits family of the late BJ Habibie
JAKARTA: PKR President Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pix) visited the family of the late former Indonesian president, Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie (BJ Habibie) at the family residence in Patra Kuningan here ...
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Tree leaves won’t move without wind
WITH the hazy days over and with a clearer skyline, will the memory of having to breathe pollutants into our lungs be forgotten?
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DBS mulls joining race for Bank Permata Indonesia
SINGAPORE: DBS Group Holdings Ltd is considering joining the race to acquire PT Bank Permata, the Indonesian lender in which Standard Chartered Plc holds...
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Anwar visits family of late BJ Habibie
JAKARTA, Oct 10 — PKR President Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim visited the family of the late former Indonesian president, Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie (BJ Habibie) at the family residence in Patra Kuningan...
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Indonesian man jailed for attempting to smuggle out protected bird species
SEPANG: The sessions court here today sentenced an Indonesian man to three months’ jail and RM30,000 fine, in default six months’ jail, for attempting to smuggle out 23 white-rumped shama, a prote...
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Ovo confirms unicorn status
The Indonesian fintech company Ovo has officially confirmed its unicorn status, following months of speculation and a recent statement from Rudiantara, Indonesia’s minister of informatics and commun...
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11-year-old appeals to health minister to put a stop to haze
SUNGAI PETANI: Frustrated at having missed football practice due to unhealthy air conditions, an 11-year-old boy has picked up the courage to write an appeal letter to the health minister, pleading th...
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30 illegal immigrants arrested in Ipoh
IPOH: A total of 30 illegal immigrants were detained following raids on residential premises and construction sites here.
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Amazon and Facebook face Thai tax crackdown in latest backlash
Thailand is considering forcing online giants such as Amazon.com Inc and Facebook Inc to collect value-added tax on e-commerce sales, echoing an Indonesian...
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Policewoman helps deliver baby in taxi
KUALA LUMPUR: When duty beckons for police personnel, many unhesitatingly go beyond that call.
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Policewoman helps deliver a baby
KUALA LUMPUR: A policewoman went above and beyond the call of duty by assisting an Indonesian woman to give birth while accompanying her to the hospital.
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Killing of elephant: Five out of six suspects freed on police bail
TAWAU: Five out of the six men arrested in connection with the killing of a pygmy bull elephant at Sungai Udin, Dumpas, Kalabakan, near here, have been released on police bail, said Tawau deputy polic...
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Family of Lahad Datu kidnap victim contacted for ransom
KOTA KINABALU, Oct 8 — A family member of one of the three Indonesian fishermen who were kidnapped in Tambisan, Lahad Datu, on September 23 has received demands for ransom, said Sabah Police Commiss...
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Sarawak CM: SEB working with Indonesian power producer to build hydro-power in Kalimantan
KUCHING, Oct 8 — State-owned Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) is working with an Indonesian power producer on a proposal to build a hydro-electric power plant in one of the Indonesian provinces on the is...
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Pygmy elephant killing: Five of six suspects freed on police bail
TAWAU, Oct 8 — Five of the six men arrested in connection with the killing of a pygmy bull elephant at Sungai Udin, Dumpas, Kalabakan, near here, have been released on police bail, said Tawau dep...
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Policewoman helps deliver baby in taxi
KUALA LUMPUR: Little did police officer Lance Corporal N. Komathi, 27, know that when she reported for duty at the police post at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) yesterday, her duties for the day wou...
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Policewoman helps deliver baby in taxi
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 8 — Little did police officer Lance Corporal N. Komathi, 27, know that when she reported for duty at the police post at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) yesterday, her duties fo...
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Policewoman helps deliver baby in taxi
Little did police officer Lance Corporal N. Komathi knew that when she reported for duty at the police post at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, her duties for the day would ...
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Beyond the call of duty: Policewoman helps to deliver baby
KUALA LUMPUR: A policewoman went above and beyond her call of duty in assisting an Indonesian woman to give birth while en-route to the hospital.
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Three M'sians, two Indonesians nabbed for suspected human trafficking
JOHOR BARU: Three Malaysians were nabbed by the police in Kota Tinggi for suspected human trafficking offences.
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Amazon extends Singapore product offerings with Amazon.sg
US ecommerce giant Amazon is extending its presence in Southeast Asia with the launch of Amazon.sg, a bigger local online store in Singapore with a wider product selection.
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Sabah cops won’t entertain ransom demands for kidnapped fishermen
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah police will not entertain any ransom demand from the abductors of three Indonesian fishermen in Lahad Datu last month, says state police chief Omar Mammah.
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Omar: Police will not entertain ransom demands by Indonesian fishermen’s abductors
Datuk Omar Mammah KOTA KINABALU: The Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) will not entertain any ransom demands made by the kidnap for ransom (KFR) group who are currently holding three Indonesian fishermen h...
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Yeo: Transboundary haze in the agenda at Asean ministerial meeting
KUALA LUMPUR: The transboundary haze issue will be among the items on the agenda of the Asean Ministerial Meeting for the Environment this month.
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Gojek names ex-NASA engineer as information security chief
Former NASA engineer George Do was appointed to serve as chief information security officer for Indonesian tech giant Gojek, effective September this year.
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Sabah police will not negotiate ransom demands made by Filipino kidnappers
KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian police are working with their Philippine counterparts to secure the release of three Indonesian fishermen kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf-linked gunmen off Lahad Datu on Sept 23.
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Also Read: Token sales being abused as a fundraising tool by many, will mostly go away: LuneX VC's Kenrick Drijkoningen
Mobile game company TouchTen has secured an undisclosed amount in fresh funding from investment firm Prasetia Dwidharma.
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Duo arrested for suspected involvement in online betting activities
The mobile phones and cash confiscated during the operation.
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106 storeys ‘beaten’ 88 storeys. All the tallest buildings in Malaysia.
Exchange 106 is obviously referring to a tower with 106 levels.
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Southeast Asia’s tallest building to open in KL soon
PETALING JAYA: Southeast Asia’s tallest building – the Exchange 106 in Kuala Lumpur – is ready for occupation.
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In addition to Cashlez and Ola, we also have updates from OYO, SoftBank Group, and Facebook
Indonesian mPOS platform Cashlez announces IPO plan – DailySocial Indonesian mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) platform Cashlez announced a plan for IPO in 2020, DailySocial reported.
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Bukalapak secures funding from South Korea’s Shinhan at $2.5b valuation
Indonesian unicorn Bukalapak continues to attract strong international interest as South Korea’s Shinhan Financial Group becomes its latest investor in a deal that valued the ecommerce firm at over ...
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DBS must bulk up or lose fintech turf in Southeast Asia: Andy Mukherjee
(Oct 4): Southeast Asia’s largest lender happens to be its most tech-savvy.
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Two gibbons kept as pets rescued
PETALING JAYA: Two siamang gibbons kept as pets inside a house have been rescued by wildlife officers following a tip-off.
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S-E Asia's tallest building ready for occupation in Kuala Lumpur
South-east Asia's tallest building, standing at 492m, is now ready for occupation.
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Exchange 106 dethrones Twin Towers as Malaysia's tallest building
KUALA LUMPUR (ANN): South-east Asia's tallest building, standing at 492m, is now ready for occupation.
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Fireman now says it wasn't holes but gashes on Cradle Fund CEO's head
SHAH ALAM: A fireman who had on Tuesday (Oct 1) testified that he spotted holes on the back of deceased Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Nazrin...
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Man claims Cambodian wife ran away with their three kids
KUALA LUMPUR: A husband claims that his Cambodian wife ran away from home with their three children two months ago, and is worried about their safety.
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Southeast Asian borrowers can expect lower yields by going green
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 4): Southeast Asian borrowers are learning a lesson that global bond issuers are also discovering: it pays to go green.
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Axiata's tower unit seeks deals to enter new markets, expand — CEO
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 3): Malaysian telecoms firm Axiata Group Bhd has asked its edotco towers unit to seek deals to enter new markets or expand in Southeast Asia and South Asia, and may consider selling ...
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Kidnappers contacted victim’s family member, say Sabah cops
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah police said the kidnapping group that snatched three men in Tambisan waters off Lahad Datu last month had contacted family members of one of the victims.
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Cradle Fund CEO had holes on head, fireman tells court
SHAH ALAM: The fireman who was the first to discover Nazrin Hassan’s body told the Shah Alam High Court today that there were holes (“kesan lubang”) on the head of the Cradle Fund CEO when he wa...
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Combating illegals priority despite negative comments against PSS
KOTA KINABALU: Negative comments at the issuance of the Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) from June 1, 2020, will not affect the focus of the state government in overcoming the problem of illegal immigrants ...
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Cops lied to teen accused of Cradle Fund CEO murder, court told
SHAH ALAM: The High Court heard today that one of the two teenagers accused of murdering Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan had lodged a police report earlier claiming that the policemen investigating him ...
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Ransom demand made for kidnapped fishermen
KOTA KINABALU: The family of one of three recently abducted Indonesians fishermen has received a ransom demand from their kidnappers.
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