PM to announce new Cabinet at 5pm

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin be seeking an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to present the list of names for the new Cabinet. The Prime Minister’s Office said the audience with the King is set at 11am at the Istana Negara today. “After receiving the consent from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Prime Minister is expected to announce the names of Cabinet members at 5pm at the Prime Minister’s Office,” said the statement. (The Star Online)

Selangor plans new RM90m tourist attractions

Menteri Besar Selangor Inc (MBI Selangor) has entered into a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the Selangor state government and INADAY Sdn Bhd to build Selangor House and The Court at a cost of RM90 million. Selangor House is a tourist attraction venue, while The Court is a boutique hotel which will be developed on the former site of two historic buildings owned by the Selangor state government, to give visitors the opportunity to get to know Selangor better. Both projects are currently awaiting approval from the Kuala Lumpur (KL) City Hall and Department of National Heritage before construction works can proceed. Selangor House will be located at the former Muzium Muzik along Jalan Raja, KL, while The Court will be built at the former site of the Industrial Court of Malaysia. The state government hopes Selangor House will be opened to the public in the third quarter of this year, in support of the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign, as well as to promote the Visit Selangor Year initiative next year. (The Malaysian Reserve)

Maybank takes extra cleaning measures after staff tested positive for Covid-19

Maybank has assured that there will be no disruption to any of its services at Menara Maybank, Jalan Tun Perak, as it has taken all the necessary measures after one of its employee was tested positive for Covid-19. In a statement, the bank said the employee is currently receiving medical attention at a government hospital. It said the employee had been under home quarantine since March 1 – the same day the bank was notified that the person’s family member has been tested for the virus and later confirmed to be positive. As a precaution, Maybank has conducted a thorough sanitisation of the affected floors in the building and other common facilities, in accordance with safety and health guidelines. Detailed contact tracing has also been carried out to identify and inform those who had direct contact with the employee, and they have been on home quarantine including undergoing medical screening. (NST Online)

Covid-19: Malaysia bans cruise ships

Malaysia has issued a blanket ban on all cruise ships coming into the country due to the increasing Covid-19 cases, putting further strain on the tourism industry. The immediate ban took effect following instructions from the Health Ministry and Transport Ministry. Penang Port Commission issued a circular which said all cruise vessels are temporarily restricted from entering any Malaysian port until further notice. Port Klang Authority (PKA), which also issued a similar statement, said the temporary measure was necessary. Malaysia joins several countries which has banned cruise ships from entering their ports. They include Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan, according to an Aljazeera report last month. Meanwhile, the total number of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia is now at 99. (The Star Online)

Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal, Penang. –Pix by GARY CHEN/ The Star

Singapore, Malaysia credit card details dumped online in massive data breach

Hundreds of thousands of credit card details from at least six Southeast Asian countries – including Malaysia and Singapore – have been leaked online, according to India-based cybersecurity start-up Technisanct. The company said this week it had found a series of data breaches involving credit card details issued by top banks in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand. “The results are alarming as it seems no one is aware that such a huge volume of payment card details – including the CVV and PIN – are available, ” said CEO Nandakishore Harikumar. Southeast Asian countries have been hit by growing cybercrime including high-profile data breaches. (The Star Online)