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Welcome to our ‘News In Brief’ column in which we digest all the news releases for you in no more than five paragraphs. Below are snippets of all the media releases that we received from July 25 to 31.

CNA Premiers Undercover Asia 

CNA Premiers Undercover Asia.

Singapore, July 23: From today at SIN/KL/MNL: 9.00pm | BKK/JKT: 8.00pm | DEL: 6.30pm.
Episodes will be telecast daily on weekends.  
CNA’s award-winning investigative series Undercover Asia returns for another season to uncover hard truths while investigating illicit and dangerous trends in the region and beyond.
The acclaimed series won Gold for both documentary categories in Environmental Protection and Human Concerns at the 2022 World Media Festival. At the 2022 New York Film Festival, Undercover Asia garnered Bronze for Best Investigative Report and Best News Documentary/Special.
Don’t miss Undercover Asia Season 9 on CNA.

Bintai Kinden Signs MOU

Petaling Jaya, July 25: Bintai Kinden Corporation Berhad, a building and industrial service engineering specialist have announced that the Company’s sub-subsidiary, Johnson Medical International Sdn Bhd, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Medical Renewable Care Company to explore a collaboration providing mechanical and engineering solutions and services to the healthcare industry of Saudi Arabia and future expansion in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
JMI specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of customized hospital support system equipment and provision of nursing home services.
Nouveta, which is based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, provides healthcare-related products and services to doctors, hospitals and pharmacies.
Bintai Kinden, which recorded a net profit of RM0.91 million in the quarter ended 31 March 2022 (Q4 2022) against a net loss of RM6.59 million in the corresponding Q4 2021, also recently formed a partnership with Marafie Industries Co to supply piping materials to oil and gas related companies in Saudi Arabia as well as securing a series of projects from Petro Flanges & Fittings Sdn Bhd to supply piping materials.

CIMB Ties Up With Fave

CIMB partners with Fave to offer FavePay Later, a mobile-first buy now, pay later service, to all CIMB debit and credit card holders in Malaysia. (L-R) Audra Pakalnyte, Head, FavePay Later; Joel Neoh, CEO, Fave with Samir Gupta, CEO, Group Consumer Banking of CIMB Group and Tan Bee Bee, Regional Head, Credit Cards & Personal Financing (MY) of CIMB Group. Image supplied.

Kuala Lumpur, July 25: Fave, Southeast Asia’s smart payment app, announced its latest strategic tie-up with CIMB Bank Berhad (CIMB) to offer a mobile-first buy now, pay later (BNPL) service to CIMB’s customers.
The offering is aimed at providing shoppers with access to an alternative and flexible payment option and connecting merchants to a larger customer base across Malaysia.
This collaboration enables over 8.4 million CIMB cardholders to have access to Fave’s BNPL service at over 15,000 merchant locations, including Al-Ikhsan, PUMA, Box of Bricks, Focus Point, Jakel and many more. 
Fave’s BNPL service provides greater flexibility as it allows shoppers to split payments into three interest-free instalments. In addition, users will benefit from stacked rewards: earn CIMB bonus points and up to 15 per cent cashback with their purchases at selected merchants. 

Nominations Now Open

Singapore, July 26: Nominations are now open at for the fifth annual Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia, the first movement uniquely created to celebrate and showcase the emerging female talent across the region.
Originally founded in the UK over a decade ago by Pinky Lilani CBE DL to acknowledge and showcase the inspirational young female stars of today and tomorrow, the Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia returns for the fifth consecutive year with headline sponsor, NTT Ltd on board for the second consecutive year.
The Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia is just one part of the Women of the Future Programme, a vibrant and impactful community that connects leaders across all industries on a global scale. Its many initiatives seek to burst open the female leadership pipeline, celebrating success but also creating a collaborative global community that can share expertise, facilitate collaboration, and amplify the impact of each leader’s work.
The Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia will be held at the Voco Hotel on Orchard Road Singapore on  November 23.

Airbnb Signs MOU With Malaysian Green Technology

Kuala Lumpur, July 26: Airbnb and the Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Corporation (MGTC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly drive the country’s green growth agenda through a series of initiatives. As travel returns, the MoU collaboration aims to help revitalise post-pandemic travel and support Malaysia’s target of becoming a carbon-neutral nation by 2050 as stipulated in the 12th Malaysia Plan.
Specifically, Airbnb and MGTC will work to educate Malaysia’s Airbnb Host community on how to incorporate sustainable practices into their day-to-day hospitality operations and offerings. Both parties will also work to empower Malaysians to reduce their carbon footprint and adopt more sustainable travel habits.
Key areas of collaboration include conducting sustainability workshops for accommodation providers and Airbnb Hosts in Malaysia, co-creating an energy conservation guide for Airbnb listings in Malaysia, and partnering with MGTC’s flagship event International Greentech and Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM) – one of Southeast Asia’s largest trade events for green technologies and eco solutions.

AirAsia, Skyports Secure Partnership

AirAsia and Skyports secure partnership to explore air taxi vertiport development in Malaysia. Image supplied.

Kuala Lumpur, July 28: Skyports Infrastructure, the world’s leading Advanced Air Mobility  (AAM) infrastructure developer, and AirAsia’s Advanced Air Mobility, a dedicated unit of AirAsia Aviation  Group Limited (the aviation arm of Capital A), have signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to explore the development of air taxi infrastructure in Malaysia.
The partnership between AAM industry expert Skyports, and AirAsia, a traditional airline operator, is an important next step in establishing a fully operational vertiport network in the country.
As the industry matures, partnerships between traditional aviation players and AAM specialists are essential in developing a practical, well-studied, and well-integrated network of vertiports.  

SA Abortion Services Need Support 

Adelaide, July 28: Even before the pandemic, access to safe abortion was unequal in South Australia.
Now Flinders University researchers warn that delivery of high-quality, safe abortion services faces another barrier after the long-awaited new abortion decriminalisation laws were introduced this month. 
They warn more needs to be done to get GPs fully versed in understanding their role in making the new laws work, including seeking registration to prescribe medication.  
“The new law allows for GPs to provide medical abortion directly, including via telehealth, but many GPs are not yet trained and registered to prescribe the medication and some may not yet understand their role in making the new laws work,” Associate Professor Catherine Kevin, from Flinders University, who campaigned for the new laws said.   
“We hope the new laws will also make abortion safer and more accessible than it was during the earlier COVID-19 outbreaks and address some of the geographical inequities in provision.”  
The Termination of Pregnancy Act 2021 passed the SA Parliament in a historic vote in March last year, ending decades of advocacy to remove abortion from SA’s criminal code. It allows abortion up to 22 weeks and six days’ gestation on the patient’s request, and after this time with the approval of two doctors.  

Bintai Kinden JV Wins Contracts

Petaling Jaya, July 28: Bintai Kinden Corporation Berhad, a mechanical and electrical engineering services specialist has announced that Bintai Energy Sdn Bhd has been awarded a series of additional sub-contracts by Petro Flanges & Fittings Sdn Bhd to supply high-grade carbon steel/stainless steel piping, valves and piping accessories with a value of approximately RM4.43 million to companies in the oil and gas industry.
Bintai Kinden, through wholly-owned subsidiary Kejuruteraan Bintai Kindenko Sdn Bhd (KBK), has a 51 per cent interest in Bintai Energy, with the other 49 per cent interest held by PFF.
KBK is an M&E engineering services specialist while PFF is a supplier of pipes, flanges, fittings, valves and other O&G-related equipment.
“These sub-contracts are a welcome addition to the stable of sub-contracts under KBK and we believe that the partnership we have with PFF through Bintai Energy is an effective platform from which both sides can leverage and benefit,” Azri Azerai, Executive Director of Bintai Kinden said.
“The dynamic team at Bintai Kinden is continuously evolving and one area we are focusing on is the O&G industry where we are tapping into opportunities from rising activities in the industry.
With the most recent sub-contracts, Bintai Energy has clinched a total of approximately RM9.0 million under the Bintai Energy JV since its formation.

Making Sabah A Learning Destination

Group photo with Sabah Tourism Board team and Think Global School students
and teachers. Supplied.

Kota Kinabalu, July 29: Sabah is playing the role of a “classroom” for 34 international students as they spend two months learning about the state’s diversity and acquiring fresh experiences that they may incorporate into their lives back home.
The students, aged between 15 and 17, are from the New York-based Think Global School – the world’s first travelling high school. 
They live and study in a different country every semester, engaging in place-based and project-based learning pertinent to the nations they visit.
The school’s principal Adnan Mackovic said the goal of their visit to Sabah is to help the students and teachers better comprehend Sabah culture in particular and the biodiversity that exists here.
“I’ve personally been to Sabah twice for the conference. That’s how I became aware of Sabah and made preparations to travel here with a group of students right before the pandemic struck.

#DIY4Universiti Continues With Free Test Kits

#DIY4Universiti – “Sentiasa Berwaspada, Tanggungjawab Bersama” aims to spread awareness and
educate the undergraduates on the importance of testing regularly to keep themselves and university communities safe. Image supplied.

Kuala Lumpur, July 29: With signs pointing to the fact that the fight against COVID-19 is far from over, Malaysia’s favourite home improvement retailer is once again coming to the aid of undergraduates with its #DIY4Universiti “Sentiasa Berwaspada, Tanggungjawab Bersama” initiative.
The retailer is on an ongoing mission to distribute 85,000 free test kits to local universities in Peninsular Malaysia, educating the undergraduates on COVID-19 awareness to keep themselves and the university community safe.
Currently, the initiative has been carried out across six universities, namely Universiti Malaya (UM) Kuala Lumpur, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Shah Alam, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Bangi, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Sungai Long,  UNITAR International University (UNITAR), Petaling Jaya and International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Gombak.

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