School for non-examination classes starts on July 15

School for Form 6 Semester 1, Remove Class, Form 1 to 4 for secondary school and Standard 5 and 6 for primary school will begin on Wednesday, July 15 2020. Meanwhile, Standard 1 to 4 primary school students commence classes on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Education Minister Mohd Radzi Md Jidin also announced that tuition centres will be allowed to open on July 15, 2020. However, no sports and co-curricular activities will be allowed for the time being. He said the opening date applies to all government schools, government-aided schools, private schools and any learning institution registered with the Education Ministry. All schools will now have to choose one of three models of operation: One Session, Two Sessions and Rotational Models, according to the school capacity, space and density. Students, parents and guardians will be informed of the models their respective schools chose a week before its reopenings. (Malay Mail)

N. Sembilan allows foreign firms to own leasehold and freehold industrial land

The Negri Sembilan state government has decided to allow foreign companies to own leasehold and freehold industrial land worth RM2 million and above. “It is also aimed at boosting foreign investment in the state, and ownership is only allowed for companies and manufacturers registered with the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti),” said State Investment, Industrialisation, Entrepreneurship, Education and Human Capital committee chairman Datuk Mohamad Rafie Ab Malek. Previously, foreign companies were only allowed to buy leasehold land of the same value. “If there are other conditions issued by the Lands and Mines Office before this, they are void,” he said, adding the new condition takes effect immediately. (Malay Mail)

Tropicana to continue introducing new developments in 2020 with GDV of RM1.6b

Tropicana Corp Bhd’s first-quarter net profit fell 89% to RM5.16 million, from RM46.06 million a year earlier, due to lower progress billings across some of the group’s key ongoing projects and lower sales during the MCO period. Revenue for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 (1QFY20) dropped 32% to RM142.73 million, the property developer said. It said that as at March 31, the group had recorded unbilled sales of RM727.2 million, anchored by six ongoing townships, commercial and resort themed projects and its existing land bank of 2,344 acres with a total potential GDV of RM70 billion. For the rest of the year, Tropicana said it will continue to introduce new developments and phases across its signature Tropicana townships with a GDV of RM1.6 billion. (The Edge)

KL night market traders want Bangkok-style system

Night market traders want Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to allow a Bangkok-style stall setting so that space can be maximised. Under the setting practised in Thailand, stalls are covered at the side and back so customers can browse only at the front. Pasar Malam Kuala Lumpur Association secretary Charles James Roy said the Bangkok-style setting eliminates the need for traders to observe social distancing between the stalls. “The current night market standard operating procedure (SOP) requires traders to set up their stalls 2.5m apart, ” he said, adding that traders need to take turns or do business on alternate weeks in one location. Federal Territories MCA DBKL Affairs Bureau chief Banie Chin said the proposal for a Bangkok-style stall setting had been submitted to City Hall. (The Star Online)

Banie Chin showing how the Bangkok-style stall setting where traders can cover up the sides and back of the stalls with plastic at Taman Bukit Gembira night market. (Source: The Star Online)

Gamuda made PDP for Penang Transport Master Plan

Gamuda Bhd announced that the Penang state government had confirmed the appointment of the construction giant to be the project delivery partner (PDP) for the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP). The group said that its 60%-owned subsidiary SRS Consortium Sdn Bhd entered into a master agreement today with the Penang government over its appointment as the PDP for the infrastructure project. SRS will deliver different public transport components, including highways. Additionally, it will also provide new reclamation sites comprising Islands A, B and C for the Penang South Reclamation project. Furthermore, it will also provide a funding plan, which includes it providing an RM1.3 billion bridging loan to the Penang government over the reclamation of Island A. (The Edge)