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Next-gen still far away but Malaysia’s 4G speeds already straining under congestion
According to a report, 5G will provide a blanket of capacity, built using new high-bandwidth, high-frequency spectrum bands that will help mitigate the daily cycle of congestion we see on today's 4G networks. ― AFP pic KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 20 ― Malaysia’s 4G broadband throughput drops to as low 9Mbps during peak traffic periods daily or 36 per cent below average, according to a new network quality survey.The dip typically occurs around 10pm each day, according to the report released today by mobile analytics firm OpenSignal.On average, 4G speeds are 14Mbps but can be as fast as 21Mpbs or about 2.3 times faster than the daily low point. While nights are typically the worst for bandwidth-intensive activities, speeds begin suffering from the evenings onwards due to content streaming activities.This behaviour is consistent worldwide. Most countries’ networks are busiest between 8pm and 11pm, after the business day concludes.The outlier is Japan that has its busiest time at noon, which the report said is most likely due to users there watching mobile videos at lunchtime.The report also pointed out that the Asia-Pacific region has the biggest disparity in download speeds. While South Korea and Singapore can achieve an average speed of 47.1 Mbps and 45.4 Mbps, respectively, Thailand is only able to reach 8.2 Mbps and Indonesia, 8.6 Mbps.The region also has some of the slowest speeds at the busiest times of the day, said the report.This comes as the report lauded the opportunity to address the congestion using the next-generation 5G network that promises high data rates, reduced latency, and energy saving, among others.“5G won't just deliver faster speeds. 5G will provide a blanket of capacity, built using new high-bandwidth, high-frequency spectrum bands that will help mitigate the daily cycle of congestion we see on today's 4G networks.“These 5G services will support more simultaneous users at very fast speeds,” OpenSignal said in the report.It also suggested that cities such as Kuala Lumpur will benefit the most from the new 5G capacity, since urban areas experience “wild swings” in speed that were greater than country averages.OpenSignal measures the mobile network experience of tens of millions of smartphones globally every day. For the report, it collected two billion individual measurements from those consumer devices.This comes as Communications and Multimedia Ministry said last week that Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is still in contention to be the first to set up a 5G network in Malaysia, despite fears of espionage.Huawei is currently the leading expert in 5G technology but has been accused of using its expertise and back-door channels to provide the Chinese government with information obtained from its users and telecommunications networks.It was supposed to be the pioneer in setting up a 5G network in Malaysia, with Putrajaya and Cyberjaya selected by the ministry as the testing grounds.With the spying allegations growing, however, the government has tasked the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and the National Cyber Security Agency with checking Huawei’s alleged involvement in espionage activities. [...]
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Kedah cops hunting suspect who splashed paint on palace walls
ALOR SETAR: Police are looking into an incident where paint was splashed onto the perimeter wall of Istana Anak Bukit here on Wednesday (Feb 20). [...]
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Pakatan leaders quash doubts over Malay interest stand
PPBM candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali greets supporters during a walkabout at the Pasar Tani Beranang in Semenyih February 20, 2019. ― Picture by Hari Anggara SEMENYIH, Feb 20 ― Pakatan Harapan (PH) and other parties eyeing the Semenyih state seat have ramped up campaign activities ahead of next month’s by-election.Both PH and Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates have turned down an offer to take part in a debate planned by the election watchdog Bersih, preferring instead to spend valuable time with voters on the ground.Besides meeting voters, they have roped in prominent party figures to help in the campaigning in a bid to secure votes in the March 2 polls.Mindful that the Malay vote would be a deciding factor in the tussle for Semenyih, PH has underscored that Malay interests remain close to its heart, brushing aside accusations to the contrary.Addressing the matter during a ceramah session in one of the traditional Malay villages here recently, PH vice-president and PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said that woes seen in Malay-centric bodies like Felda and Tabung Haji were not due to PH wrongdoings.This, he pointed out, occurred under the previous Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) administration, and that it was not PH which betrayed the Malays.“You (previously) had power, had positions as chairmen, as ministers but you turned traitor to the Malays. Come on, the people of Semenyih, rise to reject Umno in the coming by-election,” Mohamed Azmin told the crowd.Despite having nothing to do with the Felda fiasco, the former Selangor mentri besar said the PH government had taken steps to address problems faced by the land development agency and its mostly Malay settlers.Engineer Muhammad Aiman Zainali, 30, of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), is carrying the PH flag in the four-way contest for Semenyih which was won by the government coalition in the 14th general election (GE14) in May 2018.The other three aspirants are Zakaria Hanafi, 58, of BN, Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul, 25, from Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) and independent candidate Kuan Chee Heng, 56.Mohamed Azmin vowed that Semenyih would continue to enjoy progress under PH, being a constituency in what he described as a successful Selangor, one of the richest states in the country.“In Selangor, we defended the principle of fairness for the people. The majority of us were the Malays; we took care of the Malays; we defended Islam.“But, we also safeguarded the rights and interests of the Chinese and Indians as Malaysians and the people of Selangor,” the Economic Affairs Minister said in his campaign pitch. The Malays make up some 68 per cent of the voters in the Semenyih semi-urban constituency.Questions over the PH GE14 pledges and why some of them have yet to be met are also being played up by PH detractors out to deny it victory in Semenyih.To this, PH deputy president and Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said they would have to be fulfilled in stages when the state of the country’s economy improved.He noted that the PH government inherited debts totalling over RM1 trillion after taking over the reins from BN, prompting the need to review what had been promised in the GE14 election manifesto.“Insya-Allah (God willing), we will implement (the promises) when the suitable time comes, if not all at once, at least in stages when the economic situation improves,” Muhyiddin explained.The former deputy prime minister noted that the government should be given time to carry out its vows, having been elected for a five-year term.“You elected Pakatan Harapan not to work only for eight months we choose a government for one term, meaning a maximum of five years, so there is much more time,” he said.The Semenyih seat fell vacant following the death of assemblyman Bakhtiar Mohd Nor of PH on Jan 11. ― Bernama [...]
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Putrajaya accepts RM1 bln loan from S’wak to fix dilapidated schools
KUCHING: The Cabinet has approved a RM1 billion loan to the federal government from the Sarawak state government to resolve the issue of dilapidated schools in the state. In a Facebook post, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik revealed this decision following a previous agreement between him and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg. This was agreed upon during his visit to the Chief Minister’s Office on Feb 19 to discuss issues that would benefit 436,000 pupils across the state. The loan was offered last year by Abang Johari due to the urgency and need to repair the schools in question. A special committee comprising the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Finance and the State Government of Sarawak will be established to ensure clean governance and transparent processes are be implemented. At the implementation stage, the Sarawak Public Works Department (JKR) will be assigned as the implementing agency. The Cabinet has also agreed that the project will be closely monitored to ensure that the funds of RM1 billion will be put to use efficiently and would directly benefit students and teachers in the schools concerned. “I hereby thank the Federal Government and Sarawak Chief Minister, YAB Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Bin Tun Abang Haji Openg for coming together with me to ensure future access to quality education for Sarawakians,” he said. [...]
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Mastercard today announced that it was dropping its name from its iconic brand mark in select contexts
Mastercard today announced that it was dropping its name from its iconic brand mark in select contexts The post Mastercard today announced that it was dropping its name from its iconic brand mark in select contexts appeared first on The Malaysian Reserve. [...]
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Perak DAP chief insists MAPS should be privatised
A view of the entrance of Movie Animation Park Studios theme park in Ipoh. — Picture by Marcus Pheong IPOH, Feb 20 ― Nga Kor Ming said the state government should sell the Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) to avoid incurring further losses from the theme park it is trying to salvage.The Perak DAP chief said businesses should be left to the private sector.“I am also of the view that the best option is for the state government to lease the land to the private sector so it can reap in steady revenue with no risk involved while the property may appreciate in years to come,” he told Malay Mail when contacted. Yesterday, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu announced free admission to MAPS effective March 1, with visitors only charged for rides they take.Nga pointed out that the MAPs built by Barisan Nasional previously already lost RM474 million due to poor management.However, Nga said the state government should get two years time to try and steer MAPS to profitability.“If they are confident they are able to turn it around, then they should be given chance to prove themselves within two years, failing which an option to let it go shall be given due consideration,” he said. [...]
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Mat Sabu: Amanah stands by PM, no-confidence vote an opposition concoction
PETALING JAYA: The opposition is lying about a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to divert the people's attention from its own party problems, says Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah). [...]
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Sirul loses Australian asylum bid, a step closer to home
File photo of ex-policemen Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar (heads covered).A tribunal in Sydney on Monday dismissed Sirul’s appeal, upholding their previous rejection of his bid for political asylum. — Reuters pic KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 20 — An Australian court has rejected Sirul Azhar Umar’s application for political asylum there after concluding his conviction for killing Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu was not a political in nature.Malaysia intends to seek the extradition of the former police commando — one of two sentenced to die for the murder — but must still repeal the country’s death penalty before Australia can legally comply.Australia abolished the capital punishment and its laws prevent it from extraditing a person to a destination where he may be sentenced to death.According to ABC News, a tribunal in Sydney, Australia, on Monday dismissed Sirul’s appeal, upholding their previous rejection of his bid for political asylum.“There are serious reasons for considering that the applicant committed in Malaysia a serious non-political crime before entering Australia,” ABC News quoted from the tribunal’s ruling.In 2009, Sirul and Azilah Hadri were found guilty of murdering Altantuya in 2006 but were released in 2013 on appeal.The Federal Court reinstated their death sentence in 2015 but Sirul fled to Australia prior to the apex court’s ruling and has been detained there since.He previously sought a moratorium on his sentence in return for “tell-all” about the murder that has been linked to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak by way of former aide Abdul Razak Baginda, but the Malaysian government rejected this.Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk VK Liew said Putrajaya’s plan to repeal the death penalty could reach Parliament as soon as next month’s session, but added that this has yet to be approved by the Cabinet.In Malaysia, police have reopened Altantuya’s murder investigation while her family has finally succeeded in getting their civil suit over her death to trial. [...]
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Visa launches first mobile concierge app in Malaysia
Visa launches first mobile concierge app in Malaysia The post Visa launches first mobile concierge app in Malaysia appeared first on The Malaysian Reserve. [...]
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Singapore pours cold water on water talks
Minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said that negotiations on the review of the price of raw water that Malaysia sells to Singapore started last month. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — Discussions between Singapore and Malaysia to review their water agreement have been “overshadowed” by issues of territorial waters and airspace, the Singaporean government said today.Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs acknowledged that Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad agreed in a meeting last November 12 for government officials to have further discussions on the right to review the price of water under the 1962 Water Agreement.“The Attorneys-General of both countries subsequently met in December 2018, but their discussions were overshadowed by the new issues that had arisen over the Johor Baru Port Limits and the Seletar Instrument Landing System (ILS) procedures,” Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.The Singaporean ministry was responding to Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, who was quoted by Bernama as saying today that negotiations on the review of the price of raw water that Malaysia sells to Singapore started last month.“This (succeeding in starting the negotiations) we deem as important because before, we could not sit at a table on the issue,” Saifuddin was quoted saying.Singapore has disputed Johor Baru’s new port limits and expanded its own port limits to overlap that of the Johor capital.Both nations have also argued over Singapore’s proposed instrument landing system (ILS) for the republic’s Seletar Airport that will affect the airspace over southern Johor.  [...]
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Refugee filmmaker petitions M'sian govt through video project
ETHNIC Chin refugee and filmmaker Colin Laltanpuia, 29, almost teared up as he listened to children from his community share their dreams for the future. [...]
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Police nab suspect wanted for assaulting, robbing woman in MRT lift
Police arrested the man who is believed to have assaulted and robbed a woman in a lift at the Taman Mutiara Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Station in Cheras last Thursday. – Bernama photo KUALA LUMPUR: Police yesterday arrested the man who is believed to have assaulted and robbed a woman in a lift at the Taman Mutiara Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Station in Cheras here last Thursday. Kuala Lumpur Police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said the 26-year-old suspect was arrested at his home in Taman Cheras, Jalan Cheras here by a team from the Cheras District Police Headquarters at about 8.10pm yesterday. “The suspect will be remanded tomorrow (today) to assist in investigations according to Section 394 of the Penal Code for causing hurt while committing robbery,” he said in a statement. Last Thursday, a 48-year-old woman was punched and kicked several times  by the robber in the lift. In the 6.45am incident, the suspect followed the victim into the lift before assaulting her and running away with her belongings. The victim was reported to have suffered injuries to several parts of her body and swelling on her forehead. A 57-second closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera recording, which showed the suspect brutally attacking the victim in the lift, has since gone viral. – Bernama [...]
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Cops identify Sarawakian involved in scamming 47 Malaysians to work in Cambodia
Some family members welcoming the ex-detainees upon arrival at the Kuching International Airport from Cambodia, February 17 2019. — Picture courtesy of Unit Komunikasi Awam Sarawak (UKAS) KUCHING, Feb 19 — Police have identified a Sarawakian man suspected to be involved in a syndicate that conned 47 Malaysians to work in Cambodia only to be arrested and jailed.Sarawak commercial crimes investigation department head Superintendent Mustafa Kamal Gani Abdullah said today his officers are looking for the man after reports were lodged by eight of the victims as of today.The 47 victims, including 40 from Sarawak, returned home on Sunday after the state government and the Malaysian Embassy successfully negotiated for their release with the Cambodian government.The Malaysians were arrested on December 11 last year following a raid by the Cambodian police on two houses used as premises for operating illegal online gambling.They were then detained in a provincial prison until they were released on February 15.Mustafa said the eight victims, who lodged the reports yesterday and today, had claimed that each of them paid US$200 to US$300 (RM816 to RM1,224) as processing fees to the bank account belonging to the suspect.Mustafa said the victims were promised a salary of between US$1,200 and US$1,500 (RM4,898 to RM6,122) to work in hotels in Cambodia.“The victims knew about the fake job offers through Facebook and WeChat,” he said in a statement this evening.He said once they arrived in a house in Cambodia, they were asked to surrender their handphones and passports to the men who guarded and controlled them.“Based on the information received from the eight victims, they were asked to follow scripts and act as bank officers and answer telephone calls as part of the modus operandi used by Macau scam,” he said.Mustafa said the victims were also ordered to promote online gambling through telephone calls and short messaging service to the telephone numbers.  [...]
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Muhyiddin: Extradition of ex-Goldman Sachs banker to United States possibly on hold
PUTRAJAYA: The extradition of former Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng to the United States may be postponed as he has to first face charges in Malaysia, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. [...]
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Urgent need for RCI to probe alleged judicial misconduct, lawyers say
Penang Regional Development Authority (Perda) chairman Haniff Khatri Abdulla speaks to reporters in Butterworth February 15, 2019. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — The government must form a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) immediately to investigate allegations of judicial misconduct, said veteran lawyers.In an interview on Agenda Awani tonight by host Kamarul Bahrin Haron, lawyers, Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla and Arun Kasi, agreed that an RCI is needed to rectify any misconduct within the judiciary.When Kamarul asked if an investigation into judicial misconduct would be the final move for the country to remove any traces of kleptocracy and corruption, Hanif concurred.“Yes and we need to hurry, that is why the RCI must be formed by a special task force ‘yesterday’“To start, it is now up to the executive to appoint a special task force (to investigate),’’ he said.The call for an RCI was made by Court of Appeal judge Datuk Hamid Sultan Abu Backer in a shocking affidavit recently, which detailed alleged misconduct by members of the judiciary.Hanif added that an RCI is appropriate to investigate the claims as they can do so in a transparent manner.In the interview, Hanif opined that before an RCI is formed, a special task force consisting of a judge, a private practice lawyer and a lawyer from the Attorney-General’s Office, who retired before the year 2000, could help with the investigations“This is because we do not want those who could be tainted or might be involved in the allegations,’’ he said.Arun, who is also an adjudicator and arbitrator, explained that an RCI would have widespread powers compared to the MACC or the police to investigate such claims.“The allegations are very wide. So for this reason, if you think in a conventional way, can the MACC or police investigate, that is going to be difficult.“The first reason is that the MACC and the police would be the executive arm of the government and they cannot take a statement from a judge unless a judge gives it voluntarily.“If they manage to get a report from the judge irrespective if it is voluntary or not, it would be a breach of the separation of power.“So we are having a situation where the Police and the MACC cannot handle. Who else can handle this, that is why we have the RCI which has had wide power constituted under the Commission of Inquiry Act,’’ he said.  [...]
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Corporate results: Kossan Rubber, Ekowood, Maxis, Deleum, Guan Chong and CCM Duopharma
Kossan 4Q profit up on higher product demand  Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd’s net profit for the fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2018 (4Q18) rose 24.77% year-on-year (YoY) to RM59.51 million attributable to improvements in all three divisions – gloves, technical rubber production (TRPs) and cleanroom. In an exchange filing yesterday, Kossan noted its gloves division’s revenue grew 25.36% YoY to RM519.36 million in the period while profit before tax (PBT) increased by 16.72% YoY to RM62.5 million due to continued strong demand for the group’s glove products with higher average selling prices and higher volume sold. The TRPs division’s revenue in the quarter was 19.42% YoY higher at RM50.38 million while PBT soared 91.31% YoY to RM8.46 million due to increased sales and higher margin products. The cleanroom division recorded revenue and PBT of RM18.83 million and RM1.10 million respectively in the three-month. Combined revenue for the period climbed 23.26% YoY to RM589.37 million. For the full year ended Dec 31, 2018 (FY18), Kossan’s net profit increased 10.28% YoY to RM200.78 million while revenue rose  9.18% YoY to RM2.14 billion. The group expects it’s expansion plans and new production capacity and demand for its gloves will result in a growth year for the group in FY19.   Ekowood factory in Perak catches fire  TSH Resources Bhd’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Ekowood International Bhd’s factory in Gopeng, Perak, caught fire around 5am yesterday. TSH noted the estimated loss is yet to be ascertained as the affected areas have been sealed by the Fire Department and inaccessible now. All assets are sufficiently insured and adequate insurance coverage has been taken for consequential business loss.   Maxis promotes former COO Gokhan Ogut to CEO Maxis Bhd has appointed Gokhan Ogut, its COO, as its new CEO effective May 1, 2019. In a statement yesterday, Maxis noted Ogut, who assumed the role of COO since Sept 1, 2018, will take over from Robert Nason who is the current interim CEO of the telco service provider.Nason will remain on the board as a non independent non executive director and will be appointed as Chairman of the Business and IT Transformation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Ogut has vast management experience in telecommunications and fast moving consumer goods and was previously the CEO of Vodafone Turkey.   Deleum bags three-year contract for Carigali Deleum Bhd’s subsidiary company, Deleum Oilfield Services Sdn Bhd, has received a contract from Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd for the provision of gas lift valves (GLV) and insert strings equipment, accessories and services at a undisclosed sum. The contract shall commence on Jan 7, 2019, and shall expire three years thereafter with a one year extension option, Deleum noted in an exchange filing yesterday.      Guan Chong 4Q profit rises on better margins, revenue Guan Chong Bhd’s almost doubled its net profit for the fourth quarter ended Dec 31 last year (4Q18) on improved margins and higher turnover from the sale of its cocoa and chocolate products. In an exchange filing yesterday, Johor based company posted a net profit rise of 92.7% year-on-year (YoY) to RM63.02 million for the quarter as turnover increased 32.5% YoY to RM651.29 million. The higher revenue was mainly due to the increase in cocoa product sales volume. For the full financial year 2018, Guan Chong’s net profit improved to RM189.25 million from RM91.04 million in 2017 while revenue improved 5.1% YoY to RM2.26 billion. Going forward, the company noted it will continue to explore new markets for its wide range of cocoa ingredients, optimise production based on market conditions and expand overall grinding capacity. Higher demand for chocolate and lower volatility is also expected in 2019, it added. Guan Chong declared a special dividend of two sen for 4Q18 payable on March 29. This takes its total dividend declared for 2018 to four sen.    Duopharma 4Q profit rises on new accounting method CCM Duopharma Biotech Bhd’s (CCMD) net profit for the fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2018 (4Q18) increased 18.47% year-on-year (YoY) to RM14.37 million due to increase in revenue as well as changes in accounting policies arising from adoption of Malaysian Financial Reporting Standards. Revenue for the quarter increased to RM115.63 million from RM112.25 million in 4Q17 due to higher demand from the private and public health sectors. The pharma maker noted Budget 2019 saw an increase in allocation for health services to RM29 billion which includes RM10.8 billion to restore clinics and hospitals as well as purchase of medicine and medical equipment. These present opportunities for the company, its exchange filing yestrday noted. Duopharma will continue its foray into the specialty products to create a pool of niche products. It has recently received registration approval for Erysaa, an Erythropoeitin product, it added. The company stated the stronger US dollar poses challenges as it affects production and other operational costs which will pressure manufacturing margin and its profitability. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Duopharma expects to achieve satisfactory financial year 2019. The post Corporate results: Kossan Rubber, Ekowood, Maxis, Deleum, Guan Chong and CCM Duopharma appeared first on The Malaysian Reserve. [...]
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