Govt sets festive price cap for 30 products

THE Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Ministry will announce the 30 items that will be subject to the festive season maximum price scheme from April 13, in conjunction with Hari Raya, Minister Salahuddin Ayub said. The list will include the main ingredients for making kuih raya.

US urges Iran to back political solution in Yemen

THE United States yesterday called on its long-time adversary Iran to help end Yemen’s conflict by backing a peace process, one year after a truce dramatically reduced fighting. Iran, which backs Houthi rebels who have seized much of the country, last month announced a major reconciliation deal with Saudi Arabia, which led a devastating air […]

Stocks mixed as markets weigh weaker data

GLOBAL equities were mixed yesterday as markets mulled over how emerging signs of economic weakness will affect interest rate policies. Analysts cited data showing a drop in US job openings as the latest indication of cooling in the world’s biggest economy – following weak manufacturing numbers on Monday.

Most M’sians are career cushioners

KUALA LUMPUR: A majority of Malaysians are career cushioning, which is the practice of creating a backup plan to protect themselves in case they want to switch careers or if they are laid off, a survey has found. Read full story

Blockchain to be used for trading

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will be participating in a cooperative dialogue with its longstanding trading partner China on the use of blockchain technology in bilateral trade between the countries. Read full story

Refugees may be able to work in plantation sector

KUALA LUMPUR: The possibility of allowing refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia to work temporarily in the plantation sector as a way to overcome the workforce shortage issue is being studied, the Dewan Negara was told. Read full story

Education sector urged to conduct Covid-19 screenings

KUALA LUMPUR: The education sector should start conducting screening on students, teachers and staffers as 11 of the 18 latest Covid-19 clusters reported were education-related clusters, says the Health Ministry. Read full story

494 premises get summonses in Aedes ops

PETALING JAYA: A total of 5,506 compound notices were issued while 494 owners of premises were slapped with summonses by the Health Ministry for harbouring mosquito breeding places in their areas from January to February this year.It added the enforcement action was carried out in an integrated operation called Operasi Gempur Aedes, which was coordinated […]

Vape ban in Johor to remain

JOHOR BARU: Johor will not rescind its ban on the sales of vape that has been enforced since 2016, even with Putrajaya imposing an excise tax on e-cigarette liquids or gels containing nicotine from April 1 this year. Read full story