Highlights:

  1. PM: Malaysia cannot accept same-sex marriage
  2. Malaysia Ranks 3rd in Southeast Asia, Generating 5 Million Clicks on Malicious URLs in the First Half of 2018
  3. Federal Territories ban straws for traders and food outlet operators
  4. Ministry to mount palm oil and rubber mission to N. Africa, Colombia

PM: Malaysia cannot accept same-sex marriage
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has told the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) that Malaysia could not accept all matters regarded as human rights by the West, including same-sex marriage. He said the value system in the country was unlike that in the Western countries which were more liberal. “In Malaysia, there are certain things that we cannot accept although these are now regarded as human rights in Western countries. “We cannot accept lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) and same-sex marriages,” he told reporters in Putrajaya.

Malaysia Ranks 3rd in Southeast Asia, Generating 5 Million Clicks on Malicious URLs in the First Half of 2018
Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, released its Midyear Security Roundup 2018, revealing that Asia scored the highest number and percentage when it comes to victims who fell prey to malicious URLs. These links were being accessed at least more than 241 million times in Asia, accounting for approximately 57.9 percent of all malicious links accessed globally. Among all the Southeast Asian countries, Malaysia, ranked third in the region, generated 18.5 percent of the clicks on these links, equivalent to a total of 5 million clicks. The report also revealed that Asia is where more than half (51.4 percent) of banking malware were found. 88,000 banking malware attacks were blocked and deflected in the first half of 2018 in Asia, out of 172,000 globally. In Southeast Asia, Malaysia accounted for 11.4 percent of banking malware attacks (3,205 attacks), ranking the country third in the region.

Federal Territories ban straws for traders and food outlet operators
The Federal Territories Ministry today clarified that the ban on the use of plastic drinking straws effective 1 January 2020, is aimed at traders and operators of food outlets who are licence holders, and not at the public. Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Seri Adnan Md Ikhsan said the ban will be included in the conditions for business licences from 1 January 2020. “At the same time, straws which are not made of the conventional plastic will be provided as an alternative,” he said in a statement here today. Awareness campaigns on the negative effects of using the conventional plastic straws will be held throughout 2019 until the ban is enforced, he said. Datuk Seri Adnan said exemptions will however be given to the handicapped and sick who need straws and plastic items in their daily lives.

Ministry to mount palm oil and rubber mission to N. Africa, Colombia
Deputy Primary Industries Minister Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin will lead a palm oil and rubber economic and investment mission to Egypt, Morocco and Colombia from September 21-29, 2018. The mission delegation would comprise representatives from the Ministry of Primary Industries, Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Malaysian Rubber Board, LGM Properties Corporation, Malaysian Palm Oil Council and Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council. “The objective of the mission is to strengthen trade and address issues related to trade, as well as, explore market and investment opportunities particularly for palm oil and rubber. “Egypt is an important gateway for Malaysia’s palm oil to countries in North Africa while Morocco is one of the potential and growing market for Malaysian palm oil imports,” it said. Shamsul is scheduled to attend the 19th International Oil Palm Conference in Cartegena, Colombia, from September 26-28.