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  • 06 Aug 2020 12:28 PM | Anonymous

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines Bhd's flagship e-retail store Temptations has taken its online shopping platform to the next level with its partnership with 3Sixty, the world's largest in-flight concessionaire.

    Malaysia Airlines said following the partnership, Temptations now offers a new and enhanced e-retail shopping experience, coupled with seamless integration with the airline's frequent flyer program, Enrich.

    It said members of the frequent flyer programme can now simply log on directly to the Temptations site and shop while earning Miles with every purchase made via credit card.

    Temptations offers customers the flexibility to shop for their favourite duty free items at their fingertips and the option of having the pre-ordered purchases delivered onboard or at home, anywhere in the world.

    They can also enjoy more savings on extensive range of products from beauty, fragrances, jewelleries to fashion offered exclusively on its website.

    Malaysia group chief marketing and customer experience officer Lau Yin May said as the world goes through radical changes of opinion, character and habit, the company too must evolve as an airline and continuously strive to offer maximum value to its passengers.

    "With this launch, we've further emphasised our commitment to all our customers at the same time making Enrich a valuable lifestyle rewards hub on top of being a world-class airline loyalty programme for our members. 

    "It is time to get a little gift for yourself or surprise loved ones by having their favourite items via home delivery service, ensuring that our customers can remain safe and comfortable during this time," she added.

    3Sixty duty free executive Asia vice president Lee Hwee Ming said the company was actively collaborating with its airline partners to deliver all-new retail experiences for customers.

    She said the company also continues to invest in its omni-channel vision and had introduced a new facelift along with the "Click and Redeem" service for Temptations.

    "We immediately observed a 55 per cent increase in traffic since the launch of the enhanced e-retail site.

    "In the new design, we allow brands to gain prominence on Homepage and Category pages and by having key brands up front and centre, we will be able to increase the platform's appeal factor and encourage returning traffic," she added. 

    Source: New Straits Times

  • 14 Jul 2020 9:11 AM | Anonymous

    A UNIVERSITY’s repute is one of the foremost factors for consideration among parents and students pursuing further studies.

    As such, the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking of top universities as determined by academics around the world is relied upon when selecting an institution of learning.

    Victoria University (VU) which is among the top 2% of universities worldwide according to THE World University Rankings 2020 is definitely on the shortlist of options.

    Additionally, VU ranked 12th globally for “quality education” and 33rd for “peace, justice and strong institutions” under THE Impact Rankings 2020 which measures universities against the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    The main campuses of Victoria University, which marked a centenary as an educational institution in 2016, are located in Melbourne of Victoria, Australia.

    There are seven colleges at the university – arts and education; business; engineering and science; health and biomedicine; law and justice; sports; and exercise science.

    VU at Sunway College

    Sunway College is the only international delivery partner of Victoria University in Malaysia, offering the Victoria University Bachelor of Business twinning programme since 1994 including a number of business majors.

    This exclusive partnership allows students to receive quality Australian education closer to home. In addition, students are also given the flexibility of transferring to VU in Melbourne at any time during their course of study. This option available provides students the opportunity to gain study experience in one of the world’s most liveable cities in the later years of their study. Students can choose to study their first and/or second years at Sunway College, and their final years at VU, Melbourne.

    Other than that, students can also apply to transfer to other Australian universities such as University of Adelaide, University of Queensland, University of Western Australia, RMIT University, and University of Otago, New Zealand upon completing their first year of the VU Bachelor of Business programme at Sunway College.

    Studying VU Bachelor of Business at Sunway College enables you to attain the same quality VU business degree at an affordable cost. Furthermore, Sunway College provides an array of scholarships to eligible students.

    In these uncertain times when the Covid-19 outbreak has caused travel restrictions, this programme at Sunway College serves as an option for parents who plan to send their children to Australia.

    Course structure

    For the VU business degree programme at Sunway College, students can choose to do a single major in accounting, banking and finance, financial risk management, marketing, international trade, management and innovation, supply chain and logistics management.

    Or they can opt for a double major in accounting, banking and finance, financial risk management, marketing, and international trade.

    The VU accounting major degree programme is offered in partnership with professional accounting bodies such as the Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), while the VU marketing major has a collaboration with the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI).

    VU business degree recognised the need to develop soft skills and industry-ready graduates, therefore the VU Bachelor of Business curriculum has included three units in the business learning experience project – the Integrated Business Challenge, the International Business Challenge unit and the Applied Business Challenge unit, which complement major areas of study.

    These Business Challenge units focus on the development of professional and personal attributes that industries seek in fresh graduates. Students enrolled in these units are taught using a student-centred collaborative learning model.

    Students are also provided with Internship opportunities through Sunway Student LIFE.

    The VU at Sunway programme is committed to teaching and nurturing its students to succeed. Students are supported by pastoral care given by academic lecturers and ensures that teaching and learning methods are tailored to suit Malaysian students.

    There is also student exchange programmes available for undergraduates that provides them an opportunity to study at VU Melbourne for one semester each year with the same tuition at Sunway College.

    In the past, a number of selected final year students visited and participated in Hansung University International Summer School in South Korea under a cultural exchange programme.

    For the upcoming July 2020 intake, the Sunway College hybrid model offers students the options of face-to-face learning in classes and/or online classes for learning at home.

    Source: The Star

  • 06 Jul 2020 10:05 AM | Anonymous

    PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Preliminary discussions on the implementation of the "green bubble" concept with Australia were held on Thursday (July 2), says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

    He said earlier discussions had begun with Singapore and Brunei, while talks with Australia would continue before arriving at a conclusion.

    "We (the Ministry of Health) should look at the current situation in the respective countries and the SOP (standard operating procedure) that can be adopted in both countries," he said at a media conference here Friday (July 3).

    He said this when asked on the development of discussions to implement the concept of "green bubble" with other countries.

    He said discussions were still underway and the implementation has not been finalised.

    Talks with Singapore are on identifying the groups allowed and the matter will be announced later, he said.

    The concept of "green bubble" involves the easing of travel restrictions between two or more countries that record low local Covid-19 infection.

    Previously, the government had identified six countries for this purpose namely Singapore, Australia, Brunei, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea.

    On the Covid-19 detection test fees required by the ministry, Dr Noor Hisham said the fees would be imposed on those returning from overseas and those requesting for the test be carried out.

    "Person under investigation (PUI), those under surveillance (PUS) and those who come to the clinic with severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) and influenza like illness (ILI) as well as cases under the enhanced movement control order (MCO) will not be charged. The cost will be borne by the Ministry of Health," he said.

    On Sabah's decision to allow foreign workers from China to enter the country, Dr Noor Hisham said the entry of foreign nationals under the Employment Pass 1 (EP1) category into Malaysia was approved by the Immigration Department.

    He said the allowed categories are those with long-term visas and those with interests such as business dealings who could be considered for EP1 visas.

    However, Dr Noor Hisham said there are conditions for foreigners who are allowed in including a swab test and a 14-day quarantine at home.

    As for foreign students who wanted to enter Malaysia, he said the matter was being studied and considered, but they would have to undergo a swab test and the 14-day quarantine.

    This also applies to overseas patients and the hospitals concerned must agree to accept them as patients, he said.

    Dr Noor Hisham said the approval was one of the conditions for easing the conditions to enter Malaysia but the ministry's SOP should be adhered. - Bernama

    Source: The Star

  • 01 Jul 2020 2:24 PM | Anonymous

    MELBOURNE: Hundreds of thousands of people across Melbourne's north and west were ordered to stay at home on Tuesday as Australia's second-biggest city struggled to contain a spike in Covid-19 coronavirus cases.

    The southern state of Victoria has recorded 233 Covid-19 cases since Thursday – mostly in Melbourne – a major surge in a country that has otherwise successfully curbed the spread of the virus.

    State premier Daniel Andrews said more than 30 Melbourne neighbourhoods would be subject to the lockdown from midnight local time on Wednesday until July 29.

    The areas covered are home to more than 300,000 people, in the city of roughly five million.

    Residents will be allowed to leave their homes only for work or school, to exercise, or to buy food and other essential items.

    People from other areas will be prevented from entering the worst-affected communities, with police on patrol and officers stopping cars to conduct random checks.

    Many businesses will have to close down just weeks after reopening.

    "These are extraordinary steps," Andrews said.

    "But such is the nature of this virus, it is so wildly infectious that if we don't take these steps now we will finish up in a situation that rather than locking down ten postcodes we will be locking down every postcode," he added.

    "I don't want to get to that point."

    Andrews said he had asked Prime Minister Scott Morrison to divert international flights bound for Melbourne to other cities in Australia in a further effort to control the spread of the virus.

    Genomic sequencing showed that a "significant number" of the new cases were linked to staff breaching infection-control protocols in hotels that are being used to quarantine Australians returning from overseas, Andrews added.

    Hundreds of health workers and military personnel have been drafted from around the country to assist with the efforts to curb the virus.

    Officials have been door-knocking in the worst-affected communities, urging residents to get tested for Covid-19.

    Australia has recorded about 7,800 coronavirus cases and 104 deaths in a population of 25 million.

    Several Australian regions are believed to be effectively virus-free, allowing states to continue rolling back restrictions first introduced in late March.

    Victoria, which had curbed the virus through early restrictions on travel and gatherings, had been easing rules until the flare-up last week.

    That prompted neighbouring South Australia state on Tuesday to postpone plans to open its border to Victorians.

    Queensland announced on Tuesday it would reopen its borders from July 10 to all Australians, except those who had visited Victoria within the past 14 days.

    New South Wales has warned residents against visiting the virus "hot spots." - AFP

    Source: NewStraitsTimes

  • 22 Jun 2020 9:29 AM | Anonymous

    PETALING JAYA: Expatriates in the Employment Pass 1 (EP) category are now allowed to enter the country without applying for approval from the Immigration Department, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

    The Senior Minister said those who have the professional visit or resident pass talent passes and hold senior management posts in companies in Malaysia would be allowed to enter the country with immediate effect.

    However, the expatriates would still need to undergo swab tests in their home countries before coming to Malaysia or undergo a Covid-19 test once they were here, he said.

    "If the test is negative, they need not undergo the 14-days compulsory home quarantine.

    "However, this is only for those who come from countries in the green zone.

    "If they are from countries in the red zone, then they must undergo the 14-day quarantine process," he said in a press conference on Friday (June 19).

    Ismail said some of the green zone countries were Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand and Australia.

    However, he said the government was waiting for the Health Ministry to announce the green zone countries.

    He also said that those coming in must download the MySejahtera application, adding that technical specialists for specialised work, like repairing machines or ships, that cannot be done by locals were also allowed to come into the country.

    Ismail said their entry to the country would be allowed as long as their working period is limited, they did not mingle with others and work in small groups or in closed areas.

    He said these specialists would need to apply for a professional visit pass through the expatriate service division online.

    They would also need to undergo a swab test in their home country or take one when they arrived here.

    Similarly, they also need to download the MySejahtera application.

    Source: The Star

  • 01 Jun 2020 10:01 AM | Anonymous

    SINGAPORE - Talks are underway with South Korea and Australia to establish "green lanes" for travel during the Covid-19 environment, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing on Saturday (May 30).

    Singapore is also having such discussions with New Zealand and Malaysia, while China on Friday (May 29) became the first coumtry to establish a green lane with the Republic.

    Such arrangements allow for the restoration of connectivity and facilitation of short-term essential business and official travel between countries, subject to safeguards against the coronavirus.

    Speaking at a virtual press conference on Saturday, Mr Chan said that there were several considerations that go into deciding which countries to enter into such agreements with.

    "Reciprocal green lane agreements means there must be mutual assurance of each other's test protocol and standards," he said.

    He explained that a situation where there is no such trust and "everybody does their own thing", with each country insisting on testing travelers for the virus as well as giving them a 14 day quarantine, would be essentially unworkable.

    This is because aside from having to undergo two tests, travelers would have to be quarantined for almost an entire month in order to travel from one place to another.

    So for a green lane arrangement to work, both countries would have to first have confidence in each other's safeguards and be able to coordinate their quarantine orders so that travelers might only need to be tested or quarantined once.

    Aside from discussing necessary protocols, there is also a need to look at the health situation in each country to see when these protocols can safely be deployed.

    Mr Chan added that Singapore is in simultaneous discussions with as many countries as possible on forming green lanes, and that such discussions are taking place at a bilateral level, not a multilateral one.

    "We are happy that we have been able to swiftly work on arrangements with China, and we hope to make progress with the rest of the countries," he said.

    Mr Chan was also asked how the United States' decision to end its preferential treatment of Hong Kong would affect Singapore.

    He said: "We don't yet have all the details about what the US intends to do... so I won't be able to comment on that. We're closely monitoring the situation and when we have more details from the US side, then we'll be able to make an assessment. We wish Hong Kong well and we hope that they can continue to do well as one of the business hubs in East Asia."

    Source: StraitsTimes

  • 13 Apr 2020 9:32 AM | Anonymous

    KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Malaysian High Commission in Australia has advised Malaysians in the country not to go home in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The High Commission, in a statement on Friday (April 10), said the government had decided that Malaysians should stay put in Australia.

    "However, those with short-term visas and students who have financial difficulties and are not be able to sustain an extended stay in Australia may return home via available commercial flights.

    "Malaysians in Australia should keep safe and healthy, (and) update themselves with all regulations in place by the Australian government in the state they are residing, as different states have taken different measures to deal with the pandemic.

    "This includes the requirements for quarantine, social distancing and restricted social gatherings, ” said the High Commission in a statement to Bernama.

    The High Commission said since the announcement of the movement control order (MCO) in Malaysia on March 18, they have received calls from Malaysians about available flight options to return to home due to flight cancellations and other issues affecting their stay in Australia.

    It said it had received enquiries on accommodation-related issues from 32 Malaysians and three students.

    The statement said there are Malaysians flying back to Malaysia almost every day despite the few commercial flights from major cities in Australia.

    "The numbers vary every day based... However, we understand that there are Malaysians who have decided to extend their stay in Australia until the outbreak subsides.

    "We advise all Malaysians in Australia to remain calm and vigilant. They should not hastily decide to return home thinking that it is safer in Malaysia, ” it added.

    The High Commission also expressed its sincere gratitude to the Australian government and state authorities for giving full support to ensuring those who want to return home are able to do so with minimal restrictions and difficulties – Bernama

    Source: The Star

  • 09 Apr 2020 12:53 PM | Anonymous

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 8 — Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) encourages small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to leverage its eTRADE programme to reach out to international markets in view of the on-going Covid-19 pandemic.

    In a statement, Matrade said the programme is an initiative to provide SMEs access to global markets through participation in leading international e-marketplaces.

    “SMEs can submit their application online via Matrade’s website, and successful applicants will receive assistance for subscription fee, advisory services as well as coaching/online assistance for on-boarding in the chosen Business-to-Business (B2B)/Business-to-Consumer (B2C) e-marketplaces.

    “Under this programme, Matrade has collaborated with 20 e-marketplaces to provide SMEs a choice of e-marketplaces that suit their business plan,” it said.

    The e-marketplaces include Alibaba, eBay, Amazon, HalalStreet, eRomman, TradeIndia, Tmall Global and JD.com, as well as local e-marketplaces such as BuyMalaysia, DagangHalal, MineBisz and AVANA.

    Matrade said since the programme’s inception, over 3,500 applications have been approved and a majority have benefited in terms of increased business opportunities from the numerous enquiries received globally, besides enhancing their technical know-how in doing online business.

    SMEs have also managed to increase their export revenue and penetrated new markets such as China, Cambodia, Japan, Australia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

    Matrade chief executive officer, Datuk Wan Latiff Wan Musa said the national trade promotion agency is undertaking a robust promotional effort to encourage more Malaysian companies to establish their online presence via various e-marketplaces, alongside their traditional channels.

    “Digital selling through an online platform has become an alternative channel to grow export revenue as well as acquiring new customers globally.

    “During the Covid-19 pandemic, it is a preferred mode of purchase as it bypasses the need for physical face-to-face interaction between buyers and sellers,” he added.

    Additionally, Malaysian companies could continue to have access to enquiries from international buyers by leveraging the national trade promotion agency’s trade leads, which are available at MyExport, an online service for Malaysian exporters registered with Matrade.

    These trade leads are a compilation of enquiries received by Matrade’s offices around the world from foreign importers who are interested to source for Malaysian products and services.

    Since the Movement Control Order came into effect on March 18,  Matrade received a total of 239 trade leads in sectors including food and beverages, medical devices and pharmaceutical products, automotive, furniture, chemicals, electrical and electronics, optical and scientific products, and construction services. — Bernama

    Source: Malay Mail

  • 31 Mar 2020 4:46 PM | Anonymous

    SEPANG: Malaysia Airlines is reinstating some of its international flights from April to May for those who were not able to return to their loved ones due to travel restrictions in many parts of the world.

    The national carrier’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Captain Izham Ismail said many customers from Malaysians to foreigners had reached out to their global offices requesting for flights mostly between Kuala Lumpur and Australia, KL - New Zealand as well KL - London.

    “Being a network carrier, Malaysia Airlines is able to maintain connectivity and bring our customers direct or closest to their intended destination. And being Malaysia’s national carrier, it is our duty to ensure accessibility for Malaysia domestically and internationally during these difficult times,” he said in a statement, here, today.

    Izham said since the enactment of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Malaysia, Malaysia Airlines has had to reduce the frequency of its domestic flights.

    It is running at minimum mostly to facilitate essential travels and cargo movement.

    “Together with our sister airlines under the Malaysia Aviation Group, we support the Health Ministry (MoH) with dedicated belly space across our domestic and international network and on MABkargo's global freighter network for the transport of medical devices and supplies.

    “Most recently we transported two tonnes of face masks and personal protection equipment from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu as well as 300,000 pieces of disposable masks, 50,000 pieces of protection suit and 8000 pieces of protection suit with eye mask courtesy of the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation from Shanghai to Kuala Lumpur," added Izham.

    He said that in the next few days, MABkargo will be flying in more than 10 million pieces of masks and ventilators from Shanghai and Guangzhou.

    This is made possible by the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA), the Transport Ministry and, Pharmaniaga Berhad, he informed.

    He added that domestically, Malaysia Airlines, Firefly and MASwings will facilitate movement of goods as well as medical staff across Peninsular Malaysia, crossing between the peninsula to Sabah and Sarawak, as well as within the two East Malaysian states.

    “The three airlines have also positioned standby aircraft at Subang Airport, KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) and KKIA (Kota Kinabalu International Airport) to initiate rapid mobilisation of medical staff and professionals as well as other (non-Covid-19) patients to support MoH's capacity/resource management efforts across Malaysia."

    Meanwhile, on the reinstated flights, it is as follows:

    Kuala Lumpur - Auckland (MH145) - departure dates on April 3, 5, 10, 12,19, 26 as well as on May 3, 10,17. The returning Auckland - Kuala Lumpur (MH144) flight will take place on April 4, 6, 11, 13, 20, 27 as well as May 4, 11, 18.

    Bookings on the Malaysia Airlines website for the flights will open from March 31, onwards.

    Kuala Lumpur - Melbourne (MH149) - departure dates: April 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 7, 13, 14. The returning Melbourne - Kuala Lumpur (MH148) flight will take-off on April 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 23, 30.

    Kuala Lumpur - Sydney (MH123) - departure dates: April 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 28 as well as on May 5, 6,12, 13. The returning Sydney - Kuala Lumpur (MH122) flight will take-off on April 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 ,29.

    The third Australian destination will see the Kuala Lumpur – Perth flight MH 126 depart on April 6, 13, 20, 27 and on May 4, 11, whereas the Perth - Kuala Lumpur returning flight MH127 will depart on April 7, 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 12.

    The Kuala Lumpur - Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur - Sydney as well as the return flights from the two Australian destinations on April 1, 2 and 3 are bookable from March 30, with the rest of the flights bookable from March 31 onwards.

    The Indonesia sector will see the Kuala Lumpur - Jakarta flight MH720 depart on April - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 14, whereas the Jakarta - Kuala Lumpu

    r returning MH721 flight will take place on April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 14.

    The China sector will see the Kuala Lumpur - Guangzhou flight MH376 depart on April 6, 13, 20, 27, and May 4, 11, with the returning Guangzhou - Kuala Lumpur flight MH37, taking-off on April 6, 13, 20, 27 and May 4, 11.

    The Jakarta and Guangzhou flights are available for booking on the Malaysia Airlines website from March 30, onwards.

    Passengers looking for flights to return home on Malaysia Airlines may book their tickets on Malaysia Airlines’ official website at https://www.malaysiaairlines.com/my/en.html or via the Malaysia Airlines’ app with some departure dates available for booking from 30 March onwards.

    Source: New Straits Time

  • 25 Mar 2020 3:14 PM | Anonymous

    PUTRAJAYA: The government has decided to extend the movement control order (MCO) for another two weeks until April 14, says the Prime Minister.

    Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he was given a briefing by the National Security Council and Health Ministry and the trend showed new Covid-19 positive cases had spiked.

    "The trend is expected to continue for a while before we can see the number of new cases reported decline.

    "The government is of the opinion that the movement control order should continue.

    "In line with this, the government have decided to extend the MCO until April 14. I am informing you on the extension earlier so that the people can be prepared," he said

    Muhyiddin said it was important to stop Covid-19 infections and the strategy can be a success if the people are not exposed to the virus through daily interactions.

    As at noon Wednesday, 172 new Covid-19 positive cases were reported, bringing the cumulative cases to 1,796.

    The Prime Minister noted that in the past week alone, 673 new cases were reported.

    "The public must be.mentally and physically prepared to stay at home for a reasonably longer period of time," he said.

    The Prime Minister said those who had left for their respective hometowns need not rush back to Kuala Lumpur or other cities at the end of this week.

    Students who are scheduled to return to hostels also need not do so and offices that are closed need not resume operation.

    "Please stay calm and don't panic. Even though we have extended the movement control order (MCO), you don't have to unnecessarily stock up on food because the supply is sufficient. I assure you that there is enough food for everybody.

    "I know you feel burdened but I don't have a choice. I have to extend the MCO for your own safety," he said.

    Source: The Star

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