• Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia Cancel Flights to And Out From Bali
  • MDEC Targets Additional RM544 mln Revenue From e-Rezeki, e-Usahawan
  • Malaysia’s 3Q labour productivity up 4.2%
  • Mandatory “settling-in” programme for foreign workers in Singapore from next year

Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia Cancel Flights to And Out From Bali
Malaysia Airlines cancelled all flights between Kuala Lumpur and Denpasar-Bali today after an eruption at Mount Agung in Bali. It said, the passengers had been personally notified via short message service yesterday evening and a travel advisory was also posted on its website, Facebook and Twitter pages. “The airline is monitoring the situation closely and will adjust its flight operations into and out of Ngurah Rai International Airport when necessary. Meanwhile, AirAsia announced that Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali was temporarily closed today after the eruption. “As a result of the airport’s temporary closure, all AirAsia and AirAsia X flights in and out of Bali have been cancelled. In addition, flights from and to Lombok remain cancelled today,” it said. Further information would be released once available and the affected guests would be notified of their flight status via email and SMS, it said. (Bernama)

MDEC Targets Additional RM544 mln Revenue From e-Rezeki, e-Usahawan
The Malaysian Digital Economic Corporation (MDEC) is targetting an additional revenue of RM544 million, next year, from its ‘e-Usahawan’ and ‘e-Rezeki’ programmes, says Chief Executive Officer Datuk Ng Wan Peng. She said to reach this target, MDEC would train about 150,000 new participants for both programmes. “We will reach the target via the ‘#You Can Duit’ campaign. We have travelled the length and breadth of the nation to promote income generation through the ‘e-Rezeki’ and ‘e-Usahawan’ programmes. “We will offer free training to participants so that they can use the knowledge to generate more online income for themselves,” she told Bernama. She encouraged programme participants to visit e-Rezeki and e-Usahawan centres in their respective districts to obtain computer and broadband knowledge to enhance their online business. (Bernama)

Malaysia’s 3Q labour productivity up 4.2%
Malaysia’s labour productivity improved by 4.2% year on year to RM82,456, after rising 4% (RM79,693) in the preceding quarter. The Statistics Department said the agriculture sector recorded the highest labour productivity growth, followed by the manufacturing and construction sectors. “Growth of labour productivity in the manufacturing sector stepped up to 5.1% (RM112,205) from 4.3% in Q2 2017,” said the statistics department in its third quarter labour productivity report today. “Labour productivity of the construction sector grew by 4.8% (Q2 2017: 8.7%) in this quarter, with a value of RM44,011. The services sector recorded a growth of labour productivity at 3.7% (RM73,384), against 5.2% in the previous quarter,” the statement added. (Bernama)

Singapore to start mandatory ‘settling-in’ programme for new foreign workers in second half of 2018
New foreigners on a work permit in Singapore will soon have to undergo a mandatory settling-in programme (SIP) to learn about the country’s social norms and laws. Minister for Manpower Lim Swee Say said the programme would be rolled out in phases from the second half of next year. It will begin with non-Malaysian foreign workers in the construction sector who are working in Singapore for the first time, said Mr Lim. Conducted in the worker’s native language, the new one-day programme will be rolled out in phases to workers in other sectors such as marine, process, manufacturing and services. (CNA)