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Coronavirus: Malaysia hotels seeing spike in room cancellations, says association

PETALING JAYA – The cancellation of hotel room bookings has spiked since the Chinese government issued a ban on its citizens from booking overseas tours, flights and hotels a few days ago, says the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH). MAH expects more cancellations to come and estimates that losses suffered by hotels could reach hundreds of […]

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Johor Prince says his prediction came true amid fears over Wuhan virus

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s crown prince of Johor on Sunday (Jan 26) criticised the government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, saying that what he had warned Malaysian voters about has now come true. Claiming that many had asked him to do something about the spread of the virus, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim pledged to do […]

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Multi-billion ringgit black cocaine smuggling drug lord has assets seized

KUALA LUMPUR – The drug lord, who attempted to smuggle RM2.4 billion (S$798 million) worth of black cocaine last year, has had his assets seized. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said that a whopping RM366 million worth of assets was seized by Bukit Aman in one fell swoop on Jan 16 at […]

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Anwar won’t sue accuser in sex harrassment case, but his political secretary is doing so

PETALING JAYA – Malaysian MP Anwar Ibrahim won’t be suing his accuser Mohammed Yusoff Rawther over sexual harassment allegations contained in a statutory declaration dated Nov 19 last year, the lawmaker’s lawyer Ramkarpal Singh said in a statement on Monday (Jan 27). Mr Ramkarpal said Datuk Seri Anwar had initially instructed him to file a […]

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Wuhan virus: Malaysia confirms 4 cases, 3 patients related to Singapore’s first confirmed case

Four people have been confirmed to have the Wuhan coronavirus in Malaysia. Three were initially confirmed by Malaysian Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad on Saturday (Jan 25) – marking the first cases of the potentially deadly disease in Malaysia. Hours later, a fourth case was confirmed by Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah, Reuters reported. The first three Chinese citizens, who entered […]

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Police report lodged after Chinese toddler with suspected virus infection dodges quarantine in Johor

A Chinese national suspected to have been infected with the Wuhan coronavirus has avoided being quarantined despite instructions from the hospital. According to a police report filed by a doctor from Hospital Sultanah Aminah, the two-year-old patient who was referred to the hospital by a private hospital had influenza-like symptoms and is suspected to have the […]

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Wuhan virus: Three confirmed cases in Malaysia related to Singapore’s first patient

Three people in Malaysia have been confirmed to have the Wuhan coronavirus, Malaysian Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said today (Jan 25), marking the first cases of the potentially deadly disease in the country. The three Chinese citizens, who entered Malaysia via Johor Baru, are the wife and grandchildren of a 66-year-old man from Wuhan, who […]

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Saudi royal family not likely to appear in court, Najib tells court

KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Najib Razak told the High Court that it will be difficult to get a member of the Saudi royal family to testify in his defence about the RM2.6 billion (S$863 million) donation he purportedly received from them between 2011 and 2014. The former prime minister, who was being cross-examined by lead […]

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Melaka to carry out water rationing from Jan 29 as dam levels dip

MELAKA – Melaka state government has announced there will be a water rationing exercise for three districts next week, as the water level at the Durian Tunggal dam takes a drastic dip. While Chief Minister Adly Zahari said the Melaka Tengah, Alor Gajah and Jasin districts, which are all under zone one, will face the rationing […]

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2 Malaysians lose over $215,700 in Macau scams

KEPALA BATAS, Malaysia – Two Penangites have fallen victim to Macau scams, with over RM650,000 (S$215, 700) in total lost to fraudsters. In the first case, a 47-year-old catering manager from Butterworth lost RM153,180. According to North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor, the victim received a call from a bogus police inspector from […]