Highlights:

  1. Election Court nullifies BN’s victory in Cameron Highlands
  2. Perak set to be Malaysia’s top shoe manufacturing centre
  3. China-Malaysia “Belt & Road” (Shaanxi) Trade Expo 2018
  4. Companies in Asia Pacific place more importance on green transport 
  5. New-found debris believed from Flight MH370 handed to Malaysia government

Election Court nullifies BN’s victory in Cameron Highlands
The Election Court has declared that the Barisan Nasional’s victory for the Parliamentary constituency of Cameron Highlands as null and void after ruling that corrupt practices were committed to induce voters in the constituency. Judge Datuk Azizah Nawawi held that corrupt practices had been proven to have been committed with the knowledge and consent of the respondent (Cameron Highlands MP Datuk C. Sivarraajh) in the election, namely giving of money to voters to induce them to vote for the BN. The judge further said in fact, the evidence showed that the money was used for daily expenses but the intention of the recipient was not relevant. With this ruling, a by-election will held for the constituency. In  GE14, Datuk Sivarraajh won the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat by garnering 10,307 votes to defeat the  other four candidates.

Perak set to be Malaysia’s top shoe manufacturing centre
Perak, particularly Ipoh, is poised to become the country’s premier shoe manufacturing centre with the establishment of a shoe manufacturing academy in Ipoh. Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said the Perak State Development Corporation (PKNP) would provide a site measuring 80.0 hectares for the academy, which would also include a factory. “We will have further discussions on how to realise it as well as on expanding the existing shoe manufacturing operation in Pengkalan either to Bemban or Chemor.

China-Malaysia “Belt & Road” (Shaanxi) Trade Expo 2018
To promote the “Belt and Road Initiatives” and deepen the trade and economic cooperation between Shaanxi Province and Southeast Asian countries, the China-Malaysia “Belt & Road” (Shaanxi) Trade Expo 2018 will be held from 30 November to 2 December, 2018. The main purpose of the Trade Expo is to showcase unique products of Shaanxi Province to the world, especially countries that are keen to participate in China’s Belt and Road Initiatives. The expo is also a platform to introduce the Shaanxi Province as a business-friendly and livable business environment, its economic development as well as its culture and history. Themed “Inheriting Silk Road Spirit, Sharing Development Opportunities”, this expo aims at boosting the economic and trade cooperation between Shaanxi Province and Malaysia and achieving two-way trade connectivity through the integration of product display, business matching and industry cooperation. This three-day trade expo will be held at the Exhibition Hall 2 of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The venue will accommodate 123 exhibitors from Shaanxi and Malaysia. The introduction of “Belt and Road Initiatives” pushed Shaanxi to the forefront of China’s opening to the West. Shaanxi Province strives for the growth of hub economy, portal economy and mobile economy, develops a new pattern of opening up and sets a high standard of reform and opening up for inland areas.

Companies in Asia Pacific place more importance on green transport than other regions
The latest research report on ground transportation logistics by DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, has revealed that companies in Asia Pacific place more importance on green transport than other regions do. The global survey found that a whopping 75% of respondents from the region believe electric vehicles will have a significant impact on transport in the next two years, compared to the global average of 53%. This is further backed up by 82% of respondents from Asia Pacific stating that they need help navigating legislation around mandatory carbon reporting, second only to North America. “The Logistics Transport Evolution: The Road ahead” is a report by DHL Supply Chain, using data from research by Lieberman Research Worldwide, LLC (LRW) that was commissioned by DHL to identify the factors that are impacting ground transportation logistics and how industry is adapting to the new frontier of solutions available. Sean Gillespie, Head of Transport, DHL Supply Chain Asia Pacific said: “Asia Pacific is a tremendously diverse region — not only in terms of geography, but also the various levels of market maturity. However, there are some factors common to many countries. These include growing urbanization, and the concerns that follow such as a need for green solutions. Two trends will have a significant impact on transport in Asia Pacific — the rise of e-commerce, seen as a trend of significant impact in 3-5 years by 78% of Asia Pacific respondents compared with 69% globally, and the increasing urbanization of populations, deemed by 71% of Asia Pacific respondents to be key in 1-2 years, versus 61% globally. Combined, these will see ever-greater demands on supply chain service providers to manage increasing congestion and pollution, while simultaneously satisfying consumers’ service requirements.

New-found debris believed from Flight MH370 handed to Malaysia government
Relatives of those on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 today handed over new-found debris believed to be from the ill-fated plane, hoping it could help shed light on the jet’s mysterious disappearance four years ago. The Boeing 777 jet with 239 people on board vanished on March 8, 2014 during a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur in the world’s greatest aviation mystery. Transport Minister Anthony Loke says the government will ‘immediately verify the items’ thought to be from the vanished plane. An official report released in July following a lengthy investigation and years of fruitless searching gave no new clues about why the plane disappeared.