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Singapore fintech firm Global Digital Payments raises $1m in seed funding
Global Digital Payments (GDP), a fintech startup based out of Singapore looking to serve small to mid-size enterprises, has raised US$1 million in seed funding from angel investors.
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Drone startup Aerodyne raises $30m in round led by Intervest, Kejora
Aerodyne Group, a drone-based enterprise solutions provider in Malaysia, has raised US$30 million in its series B investment round led by Intervest and Kejora Ventures.
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Port storage fees waived to clear containers with plastic waste
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is negotiating with countries sending their plastic waste here to take back the trash.
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Local governments urged to fulfil 17 SDGs by 2030
GEORGE TOWN: All 150 local governments in the country have been urged to fulfil the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
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Malaysia working to clear hundreds of plastic waste shipments at ports —...
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 17): Malaysia is negotiating with countries sending their plastic waste to the Southeast Asian nation to take back the trash and is waiving storage fees to clear hundreds of containe...
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PM: Govt to study rail system, hopes to emulate Tokyo Station’s efficiency
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 — The government will undertake a study on how to ensure Malaysia’s rail system is fully utilised.
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KLCI closes off day low on Sime Plant, IOI Corp's gains
KUALA LUMPUR: Blue chips closed off their intra-day low on Thursday, underpinned by gains in Sime Plantation and IOI Corp as crude palm oil (CPO) prices inched up.
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New National Transport Plan is the ‘rail’ deal
KUALA LUMPUR: More emphasis will be placed on improving railway networks and services in the country, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
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Malaysia working to clear hundreds of plastic waste shipments at ports
KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysia is negotiating with countries sending their plastic waste to the South-east Asian nation to take back the trash and is waiving storage fees to clear hundreds of conta...
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Officials: Malaysia working to clear hundreds of plastic waste shipments at ports
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 — Malaysia is negotiating with countries sending their plastic waste to the South-east Asian nation to take back the trash and is waiving storage fees to clear hundreds of conta...
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FBM KLCI ends on tepid note as no news on US-China trade deal
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 17): The FBM KLCI closed 0.03% or 0.4 points lower to 1574.50 as the broader market was mostly lukewarm today, in line with the region, on a lack of updates on the US-China trade dea...
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Bursa Malaysia ends marginally lower in cautious trade
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 — Bursa Malaysia ended marginally lower on cautious and range bound trade, in tandem with regional peers, following a lack of market catalysts, said a dealer.
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The firm plans to undertake select M&As and continue to expand into Japan, India, the US, and the Middle East
Aerodyne Group, a drone-based managed solutions provider in Malaysia, has announced a US$30 million Series B investment round, led by InterVest/Kejora Ventures.
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KLCI pares loss as regional markets trade mixed
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 17): The FBM KLCI pared some its loss at midday break against the backdrop of mixed regional markets.
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Google says no India launch for radar-enabled Pixel 4 smartphone
NEW YORK, Oct 17 — Google will not launch its newest Pixel 4 smartphone in India, the company has said, disappointing consumers with a decision reportedly based on its refusal to disable a feature t...
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Google says no India launch for radar-enabled Pixel 4 smartphone
Google will not launch its newest Pixel 4 smartphone in India, the company has said, disappointing consumers with a decision reportedly based on its refusal to disable a feature that uses a radar freq...
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More needed to get women to go back to work
THE government announced various initiatives to promote women’s participation in the workforce under Budget 2020.
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KLCI remains lacklustre in line with sombre regional markets
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 17): The FBM KLCI remained lacklustre at mid-morning today in line with sombre regional markets.
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Stop blaming BN for nation's economic shortfall, MCA tells Guan Eng
PETALING JAYA: MCA urges Lim Guan Eng to stop blaming the former Barisan Nasional administration for the country's economic shortfall.
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KLCI dips on mild profit taking in line with tentative region
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 17): The FBM KLCI dipped in early trade Thursday, on some mild profit taking in line with tentative regional markets.
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Global shares lose steam on weak US retail sales, Brexit in focus
TOKYO: Global stocks barely moved on Thursday as soft U.S. retail sales data raised concerns about the health of the world's largest economy and risk of global recession...
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Blue chips treading water as key Asian markets dip
KUALA LUMPUR: Blue chips were treading water early Thursday awaiting fresh leads and directions from institutional players but plantations KL Kepong and PPB...
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Drone services firm raising RM126mil to spur growth
KUALA LUMPUR: Aerodyne Group, a Malaysian-based drone services company, is raising US$30mil (RM126mil) from top regional venture capital firms to fuel growth.
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‘Explain investment plans’
DATUK Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong has asked the government to state clearly its actions to get consistent returns after disposing of some of the national strategic assets.
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Sarawak timber industry to grow with the times
KUCHING: Sarawak will focus more on planted forests and high value-added products in its timber industry in view of declining resources from its natural forests.
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Saifudin’s lucrative business goes to your head
ISKANDAR PUTERI: He once sold a motorcycle helmet for RM20,000 to a businessman.
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Asia Stock Futures Mixed; Treasuries Advance
(Oct 17): Asian stocks were set for a mixed start Thursday as investors gauged a weak U.S. consumer report that triggered a rally in Treasuries.
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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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Your next vacation may be virtual
As populations age, tourism hotspots get more crowded, and overseas travel becomes less sustainable, ANA and its competitors are betting that they can make money by...
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LEP 2.0 revitalises Malaysia-Japan bilateral ties: Syed Hamid
PUTRAJAYA: The introduction of the Look East Policy (LEP) 2.0 has revitalised the bilateral ties between Malaysia and Japan after the policy was not emphasised during the previous administration, said...
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UN: ‘Driving force’ China accounts for nearly half global patent filings
GENEVA, Oct 16 — China accounted for nearly half of global patent filings last year, with a record 1.54 million applications, led by telecoms and computer technology, the UN’s World Intellectual P...
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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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Bursa Malaysia ends at day’s high amid gains on Wall Street
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 16 — Bursa Malaysia ended firmly at the day’s high as regional markets were lifted by upbeat US corporate earnings and on hopes of a Brexit deal breakthrough, said a dealer.
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Fund buying lifts KLCI nearly nine points at close
KUALA LUMPUR: Fund buying of key stocks Petronas Gas, IOI Corp, Hong Leong Bank and Digi underpinned the FBM KLCI advance on Wednesday, in line with the firmer...
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Awang Tengah: Sarawak timber export value down 12 pct in 2019
Awang Tengah seen trying out a wood labelling tool featured during an exhibition held in conjunction with the STIDC Integrity Day Celebration 2019.
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Buzzkill: RM1.01mil worth of smuggled alcoholic drinks seized
ALOR SETAR: The Customs Department successfully foiled an attempt to smuggle in 100,512 cans of alcoholic beverages of various brand worth RM1.01mil including...
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Asian cities urged to include the poor in urban planning
PENANG: Urban planners in rapidly expanding Asian cities must involve the poorest residents in decision-making and include informal spaces if they are serious about tackling inequality, experts said.
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New Toyota Yaris unveiled
TOYOTA CITY: Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) has globally unveiled the new model Yaris.
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Toyota Gives Daihatsu Copen The GR Treatment, Makes It Even More Desirable
Toyota Motor Corporation yesterday announced the launch of the new Copen GR Sport in Japan.
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S'wak timber exports dropped by 12 per cent, says Deputy Chief Minister
KUCHING: Facing global economic uncertainty and declining log production, Sarawak's timber exports dropped by 12% in the first three quarters of this year.
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S.Korea cuts interest rate again as Japan trade row rumbles
SEOUL, Oct 16 ― South Korea's central bank today cut its key interest rate to the lowest point in two years in an effort to prop up its slowing economy as it is hit by a trade spat with Japan.
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State plan of action post liquidation of national assets, Wee tells Govt
KUALA LUMPUR: The Government should state what action it will take to ensure consistent returns after disposing some of its national strategic assets, says...
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Bursa Malaysia stays higher at mid-day
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 16 ― Shares on Bursa Malaysia stayed higher at mid-day today in line with regional peers, as sentiment remained positive over the strong overnight performance of Wall Street and Eu...
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20 unicorns will emerge in Southeast Asia by 2030, predicts Asia Partners’ Nick Nash
It’s a “golden age” for aspiring unicorns in Southeast Asia, according to Nick Nash, co-founder of growth equity investment firm Asia Partners.
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Asian shares cheered by Brexit deal hopes as sterling shines
SYDNEY, Oct 16 ― Asian shares took off today and sterling held near six-month highs as Britain and the EU made headway on a Brexit deal ahead of a leaders' summit though it remained unclear if Londo...
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KLCI stages mild rebound, tracks firmer Asian markets
KUALA LUMPUR: Blue chips staged a mild rebound early Wednesday, underpinned by Petronas-linked stocks, as investor sentiment perked up following the firmer key Asian markets.
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Asian shares cheered by Brexit deal hopes, sterling shines
SYDNEY: Asian shares took off on Wednesday and sterling held near six-month highs as Britain and the EU made headway on a Brexit deal ahead of a leaders' summit...
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SoftBank bailout would give it control of WeWork, say sources
NEW YORK, Oct 15 — Japan’s SoftBank Group has prepared a financing plan that would give it control of WeWork as the office sharing startup seeks badly-needed financing, sources told AFP yesterday.
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IMF trims 2019 China growth forecast as US tariffs bite
BEIJING, Oct 15 — The IMF trimmed its 2019 growth forecast for China today as the US trade war and weak demand at home take a toll on the world’s second-largest economy.
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Toyota Copen GR Sport compact convertible sports car launched in Japan
TOKYO: Toyota has rolled out the Copen GR Sport compact convertible sports car in Japan, armed with a 660cc turbocharged engine and a powered-folding hardtop.
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These resorts in Johor will make you believe you're not in Malaysia
There's no need to look too far for a relaxing getaway when our neighbour Johor has quite a few pristine beaches and resorts that are just a couple of hours away from the Causeway.
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Bursa Malaysia ends lower on profit-taking
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 15 — Bursa Malaysia ended lower, weighed down by profit-taking in selected heavyweight stocks and waning optimism over the latest round of the US-China trade negotiations, said a d...
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Investors cautious on weak Chinese data, trade talks
KUALA LUMPUR: Key Asian markets including Bursa Malaysia ended mixed on Tuesday as investors stayed cautious due to the weak Chinese data and concerns...
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20 unicorns will emerge in Southeast Asia by 2030, predicts Asia Partners’ Nick Nash
It’s a “golden age” for aspiring unicorns in Southeast Asia, according to Nick Nash, co-founder of growth equity investment firm Asia Partners.
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WeWork prefers JPMorgan’s financing package over SoftBank’s control, says report
NEW YORK, Oct 15 — Shared office space company WeWork Companies Inc is leaning toward a near US$5 billion (RM20.9 billion) financing package led by JPMorgan Chase & Co, instead of selling a controll...
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KLCI dips 0.14% as downward trend remains intact
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 15): The FBM KLCI dipped 0.14% at the midday break today as the overall downward trend remained intact, against the backdrop of cautious regional markets.
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Bursa Malaysia in the red at mid-day
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 15 — Bursa Malaysia remained in the red at mid-day today in line with regional peers, as optimism over the latest round US-China trade negotiations begins to fade.
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Germany defies U.S. call to exclude Huawei from 5G rollout
The United States has been pushing its allies to bar Huawei from building mobile networks due to security concerns.
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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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Values make a person a success, not money
WITH all the excitement in the air over Budget 2020, let us remember the basics of success.
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KLCI trends lower as underlying trend remains bearish
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 15): The FBM KLCI trended lower at mid-morning today as the underlying trend remained bearish, against the backdrop of cautious regional markets.
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KLCI drifts lower on mild profit taking, Petronas stocks and Tenaga weigh
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 15): The FBM KLCI drifted lower in early trade on some mild profit taking activities as the underlying trend for the local index stayed bearish.
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Asian stocks make cautious gains ahead of key Brexit summit
TOKYO, Oct 15 — Asian stocks and Wall Street futures inched higher today as some investors held out hope that Britain still had a chance to avoid a messy exit from the European Union at key negotiat...
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In new headache, WeWork says it found cancer-causing chemical in its phone booths
NEW YORK, Oct 15 — Cash-strapped WeWork, the office-sharing company that is trying to negotiate a financial lifeline, has a new problem that may prove costly.
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Market awaits fresh catalysts to spur buying interest
KUALA LUMPUR: Blue chips were in the doldrums early Tuesday in the absence of strong fresh catalysts to spur buying interest.
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Singapore central bank may know something we don’t
Singapore offers a small ray of light in a faltering global economy.
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TransferWise launches borderless debit card in Singapore
Global fintech firm TransferWise launched a debit card in Asia that uses the real exchange rate, also known as the mid-market rate, to help Asian travelers and businesses avoid high foreign exchange f...
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Dell Technologies introduces new EMC PowerProtect DD Series Appliances
BUSINESSES moving to the cloud are an inevitability.
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Wan Azizah extends condolences to Japan over typhoon-related deaths
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 14): Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has conveyed condolences to the government and people of Japan over the deaths caused by a typhoon.
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Bursa Malaysia ends on firm note across the board
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 14 — Bursa Malaysia ended on a firm note across the board, tracking the gains on regional bourses, amid optimism on the latest round of the US-China trade negotiation, said a deale...
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Rising startups on Tech in Asia: endoscopic AI, eSIM provider, construction management
Which are the startups that are on the path to becoming the next big thing?
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KLCI rallies on partial US-China trade deal
KUALA LUMPUR: The FBM KLCI jumped in Monday morning trade as stocks climbed in the post-budget trading session.
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Bursa Malaysia remains firm at mid-day
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 14 — Bursa Malaysia remained firm at mid-day today, in line with regional peers’ performance and optimism of the latest round US-China trade negotiation.
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Rising startups on Tech in Asia: endoscopic AI, eSIM provider, construction management
Which are the startups that are on the path to becoming the next big thing?
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Asia relieved at latest trade truce, China data disappoints
SYDNEY, Oct 14 — Asian share markets firmed today as signs of progress in the Sino-US trade standoff whetted risk appetite, though investors were wary of the damage already done to the global econom...
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Erra’s single features her ex-boyfriend Shahrir
SINGER and actress Erra Fazira’s (pic) lighthearted demand that she will only sing if the song was written by composer Iman Imran has been realised, reported Metro...
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KLCI advances 0.74% after Budget announcement
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 14): The FBM KLCI rose 0.74% at mid-morning in its firm post-Budget rally as well as improved regional sentiment on the progress of the US-China trade talks.
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Japanese experts on mission to develop human capital for KTMB
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 14 — Japan has sent two teams of railway officials and experts to Malaysia following a request by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for Japanese assistance in order to increas...
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Move to boost bamboo industry with quality seedlings
IPOH: A nursery, tissue culture laboratory, and advancement in research and development in Lahat near here are expected to produce 100,000 quality bamboo...
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KLCI rises 0.58% in post-Budget rally, progress in US-China trade talks
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 14): The FBM KLCI rose 0.58% in early trade this morning in post-Budget rally as well on progress of US-China trade talks.
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Blue chips jump on trade hopes, Asian markets up
KUALA LUMPUR: Blue chips rallied in early Monday trade, mirroring the optimistic key Asian markets on hopes of a US-China trade deal.
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Asia shares cheered by Sino-US trade progress
SYDNEY, Oct 14 — Asian share markets pushed higher today as signs of progress in the Sino-US trade standoff whetted risk appetites, while pressuring safe-haven bonds and the yen.
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Sarawak’s first export of cultured red tilapia to Singapore
KUCHING: Sarawak has taken a big step in the export of cultured red tilapia with the first consignment of 12 tonnes to Singapore.
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TPM set to house AI park
PETALING JAYA: G3 Global Bhd and its partners have secured a piece of land in Technology Park Malaysia (TPM) to build their iconic artificial intelligence (AI) park...
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Stocks in Asia to Advance After Trade Progress
(Oct 14): Asian stocks looked set to start the week with gains after signs of progress in U.S.-China trade negotiations lifted U.S. equities Friday and sent Treasury yields higher, though sentiment ma...
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China-US trade war has not affected Malaysia’s trade pacts: Saifuddin
KUANTAN: The ongoing trade war between China and the US has not affected Malaysia’s trade relationship with either party, according to Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (pix).
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China-US trade war has not affected Malaysia's trade pacts – Saifuddin
KUANTAN (Oct 13): The ongoing trade war between China and the US has not affected Malaysia's trade relationship with either party, says Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
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In planning for next US recession, economists say, don’t fret about debt
DENVER, Oct 13 — Economists are divided about when the next US recession will arrive, but they largely agree on this: The country will need to fight it with a massive fiscal programme, and be ready ...
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China-US trade war has not affected Malaysia’s trade pacts, says Saifuddin
KUANTAN, Oct 13 — The ongoing trade war between China and the US has not affected Malaysia’s trade relationship with either party, says Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
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Google launches detailed voice guidance in Maps for those with visual impairments
Google has begun rolling out a Maps feature that offers users more detailed voice navigation.
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‘New loans for old debts not ideal’
SEREMBAN: The government’s proposal to increase next year’s budget by another RM19.5bil to RM297bil is worrying if the prices of commodities such as crude oil and palm oil remain depressed, says Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
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Students on ‘Look East’ exchange programme
The UPM students with Dr Akitochi Hanazawa (seated third left) and Kyutech postgraduate students.
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Strong commitment to finalise RCEP despite pending chapters
BANGKOK, Oct 12 — All 10 member states of Asean and its six dialogue partners have reaffirmed their commitment towards finalising the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) even though t...
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Mohamad Hasan: Budget increase worrying if commodity prices stay low
SEREMBAN: The government's proposal to increase next year's budget by RM19.5bil to RM297bil is worrying if the prices of commodities such as crude oil and palm oil...
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Wisma Putra advises Malaysians residing in Japan to stay alert on Typhoon Hagibis
PUTRAJAYA, Oct 12 ― Malaysians residing in Japan are advised to remain indoor, stay alert and closely monitor the weather updates and public safety announcements, said Wisma Putra.
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To commemorate mental health awareness day (and for all the rage about Todd Philipps’ Joker), e27 gathers startup heroes that address the often taboo subject in the region
With one-quarter of the world population crammed in the region, major depressive disorder, which is still the third-leading cause of disability worldwide, also affects Southeast Asia.
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Suzuki, who is an early investor in Tokopedia, says he didn't expect the Indonesia e-commerce company to grow rapidly to become a unicorn so soon
Genesia Ventures’s General Partner Takahiro Suzuki (R) with Principal Yuto Kono (Editor’s note: We republished this article because we feel the content is still relevant) Takahiro Suzuki is a f...
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Google launches detailed voice guidance in Maps for those with visual impairments (VIDEO)
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 11 — Google has begun rolling out a Maps feature that offers users more detailed voice navigation.
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Unemployment rate expected to stay at 3.3% next year
KUALA LUMPUR: The labour market is anticipated to remain stable by next year and the unemployment rate is expected to stay at 3.3% with more job opportunities in the economy.
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Truckers battle it out at Hino Smart Driving Contest
SENDAYAN: Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Hino Malaysia) recently organized the Hino Smart Driving Contest to promote its Hino Smart Driving Program in Hino Total Support Customer Center (HTSCC)...
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