TASHKENT: Malaysia and Uzbekistan have agreed to explore opportunities for cooperation in the petrochemicals sector and clean green energy solutions, said Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The Uzbek side has expressed a keen interest in collaborating with Petronas, particularly through the methanol-to-olefins (MTO) and derivatives project, as well as in the green hydrogen and associated derivates production, including green ammonia, they said in a joint statement.

‘Both sides welcomed Petronas’s potential contribution to the training of Uzbekistan personnel in the oil and gas sector,’ the statement said.

The Uzbek side also noted that Malaysia is one of the largest centres of Islamic finance in the world and expressed its readiness to provide necessary assistance to Malaysian commercial banks in active participation in the financial market of Uzbekistan to establish mutual cooperation in the field of Islamic finance.

‘Malaysia took note of the
interest and is ready to engage with Uzbekistan on the development of Islamic finance ecosystem in Uzbekistan. The leaders confirmed their determination to enhance and strengthen framework of bilateral treaty-based cooperation through signing of new long-term documents in investment, law enforcement, education, innovation, customs and other areas of mutual interest,’ the statement said.

Earlier, Anwar paid a courtesy call on Mirziyoyev and held a meeting with the President.

During the one-hour meeting, the two leaders discussed relations between Malaysia and Uzbekistan as well as exploring potential areas of cooperation.

Earlier, the special aircraft carrying Anwar, who was flying in from Kazakhstan, landed at the Tashkent International Airport at 2.15 pm local time.

Uzbekistan is the last stop of Anwar’s official visit to three Central Asian countries. He had earlier visited the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency


KUALA LUMPUR: Rapid Bus Sdn Bhd will expand its Demand Responsive Transit (DRT) van service network on the T221 route from the Sri Rampai Light Rail Transit (LRT) station to Giant Ulu Klang from Monday (May 20).

Rapid Bus chief executive officer Muhammad Yazurin Sallij said the DRT van service would operate simultaneously with the KL Rapid buses on the T221 route for two to four weeks.

‘Rapid Bus will use this period to analyse usage trends and passenger demand. This is a transition period before fully switching to DRT vans as a permanent transportation mode,’ he said in a statement today.

He said the DRT van service uses the online booking concept and offers flexibility to book trips according to desired times through the Kumpool application.

He added that the selected routes for the DRT service are those with relatively low usage and frequency.

‘To breathe new life and further boost public transportation in the Klang Valley, we at Rapid Bus plan to add routes using this DRT mode, which will surely be f
aster, regardless of peak or off-peak hours. The travel time for passengers will also be shorter,’ he said.

Muhammad Yazurin said the introduction of the T221 DRT route brings the total number of vans launched so far to five, including areas like the Wangsa Maju LRT, Alam Megah LRT, Taman Paramount LRT and Taman Bahagia LRT.

‘By the end of June, Rapid Bus will further expand its DRT network with an additional 15 vans at several other LRT stations in the Klang Valley,’ he said.

He said the DRT service offers guaranteed seats that can be booked daily from 6 am to 11.30 pm, with an introductory fare of RM1 per trip.

‘Passengers can pay the fare using the My50 Unlimited Travel Pass, Touch ‘n Go card, MyCity Pass, Family Pass, MyRapid Concession Card, OKU Smile Free Travel Pass or cash,’ he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency


KUALA LUMPUR: May 17 (Bernama) – The organisation of the KPJ Healthcare Expo (KPJHX 2024) at Central Park Mall in Jakarta, from May 16 to 19, serves as a platform for patients and health experts to explore the latest medical excellence and comprehensive healthcare options offered by the KPJ Healthcare Bhd (KPJ) hospital chain.

In a statement today, KPJ said KPJHX 2024 also offers visitors various support options from financial services to logistical assistance and accommodation to ensure a holistic approach to healthcare and well-being.

According to the statement, the expo will also be attended by a network of hospitals under the KPJ Group, and it is part of efforts to prove KPJ’s commitment to providing easily accessible and high-quality medical care outside Malaysia.

‘The expo will also be an important platform to strengthen medical tourism relations between Malaysia and Indonesia, ensuring that accurate information is shared with Indonesian patients before they consider seeking treatment at KPJ hospital
s,’ the statement said.

Also present at the expo’s opening and launching ceremony were Malaysian ambassador to Indonesia Datuk Syed Mohamad Hasrin Tengku Hussin and KPJ Healthcare president and managing director Chin Keat Chyuan.

Meanwhile, Chin said the expo marked a new chapter in KPJ’s journey to empower regional health services.

He also announced a strategic partnership between KPJ and Marriott International which was inked yesterday.

”I would also like to thank our other line of partners for playing important roles towards the success of KPJHX 2024,’ he said.

“The cooperation that has been established can certainly provide extraordinary benefits to the hospitality experience for our patients, combining quality medical services with unparalleled comfort and care,” he also said.

According to the statement, the Indonesian market is seen as having great potential and high value to be explored, with KPJ Healthcare having opened representative offices in major cities such as Batam, Bengkalis, Banda Aceh
, Pontianak as well as soon to be open office in Pekan Baru.

KPJHX 2024, which also sees the participation of well-known financial and hospitality institutions such as Bank Central Asia, Perisai Listrik National, Marriott International, Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies, Flying Doctor Indonesia and UOB Bank, will travel to Surabaya and other cities in Indonesia next month.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

NBC, Korean Financial Institutions Promote Cross-Border QR Code Payment

The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) and three South Korean financial institutions – JB Bank, Kookmin Bank and Woori Bank – have entered into cooperation on promoting cross-border payments and remittances for migrant workers.

H.E. Dr. Chea Serey, NBC Governor, signed three separate bilateral Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on ‘Cross-Border QR code payment’ on the agenda of the Cambodia-Korea Business Forum on May 16 in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, according to a press statement.

The signing ceremony was presided over by Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet, Prime Minister of Cambodia, during his official visit to the Republic of Korea from May 15 to 18, 2024.

On the occasion, Credit Bureau Cambodia also signed a tripartite MoU with Credit Bureau Korea and JEONBUK Bank on “Cross-Border Credit Report Sharing” between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Republic of Korea.

NBC said these MoUs will facilitate tourism business activities and promote cross-border payment transactions, remittances and payments
in the national currency to increase trust, security, efficiency, stability and more environmentally beneficial for the people and businesses of both countries.

Additionally, it will also contribute to strengthening the exchange of credit information more effectively and securely, it added.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse


KOTA KINABALU: A total of 7,065 5G sites have been completely developed throughout the country as of April this year, Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil said.

The total brings the 5G network availability to 81.5 per cent coverage in residential areas while current subscription stands at 11.9 million or 35.4 per cent.

“The implementation of 5G, originally planned under the National Digital Network Plan (JENDELA) 2023-2025 has been brought forward to the end of 2021 for Phase One, and is now on tract to achieve its targets,’ he said during his speech at the 2024 World Telecommunications and Information Society Day celebrations here today.

He said 5G coverage for residential areas in Sabah has reached 68.4 per cent in the first half of this year, with 545 out of 595 5G sites completed, while 4G coverage in residential areas has expanded to 96.92 per cent, exceeding the target of 96.9 per cent.

A total of 839 Orang Asli communities in Sarawak, Sabah and in Peninsular Malaysia have received Broadband Wireles
s Acess (BWA) via satellite, he added.

Fahmi also told reporters that 647 new towers have been allocated for Sabah, including 398 towers that are expected to be completed end of this year under JENDELA Phase One, and noted that the delays in completing the towers were caused by several issues, including lateness by contractors and approvals by the state authorities.

He said that the ministry and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) would monitor the JENDELA project from time to time to ensure that it is completed properly.

“I have met with all the parties involved and they have informed me that almost all of the 400 towers will be completed by year’s end,’ he added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency