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 Dec 26 till the end of the week. This column updates regularly throughout the week.
FedEx Ready To Support
Kuala Lumpur, Dec 27: FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, is ready to support Malaysian businesses in tapping potential growth opportunities from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
The RCEP is the world’s largest free trade agreement covering 15 countries. Malaysia became the 12th signatory country in March 2022 to implement the RCEP Agreement.
FedEx presented at the RCEP conference, which was held on Dec 15, 2022.
It highlighted the key opportunities, offered by this trade agreement, that local economies and businesses can tap.
“FedEx has been a long-time advocate for free global trade. We are delighted to see Malaysia become a member state of the RCEP,” SC Chong, managing director, FedEx Express Malaysia said.
Sabah And Sarawak Receive Free Test Kits
Kuala Lumpur, Dec 27: COVID-19 cases are again on the rise, and Malaysia’s favourite home improvement retailer MR D.I.Y. Group (M) Berhad [MR D.I.Y.] wants to play its part in keeping everyone safe.
The retailer recently extended its free test kit programme to undergraduates in Sabah and Sarawak under the “#DIY4Universiti: Sentiasa Berwaspada, Tanggungjawab Bersama” programme.
MR D.I.Y contributed 29,000 test kits each to both Universiti Malaysia Sabah and Universiti
Malaysia Sarawak, to be distributed to their undergraduates. It also extended 14,000 kits to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu, which is earmarked as a COVID-19 treatment hospital, and another 14,000 to Jabatan Kesihatan Negeri Sabah to be distributed to all government health clinics across Kota Kinabalu.
With the help of Soroptimist International Kota Kinabalu (SIKK), MR D.I.Y. distributed a further 4,000+ test kits to organisations in need, including Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) All Saints, Comfort Care Home, One Home Care, Grace Home Care, Bethany Home, The Anglican Retirement Kampung (ARK) in Likas, Persatuan Ibu Tunggal Sabah, Cheshire Home, Bukit
Harapan and Pusat Pemulihan Dalam Komuniti (PDK) in Kota Kinabalu, as well as Kanaan Home in Petagas, Putatan, Sabah, and Miri Methodist Children’s Home, Miri, Sarawak.
All in, a total of 90,000 kits were distributed.
“Wang Nilai” CNY at MR D.I.Y.
Kuala Lumpur, Dec 29: With Chinese New Year [CNY] just about less than a month away, Malaysians are gearing up for the next big festive season by keeping an eye out for great deals that will stretch their ringgit further.
Understanding this, homegrown retailer MR D.I.Y. Group [M] Berhad has rolled out its 2023 CNY campaign, aptly themed “Wang Nilai.”, aimed at helping Malaysians add more “Nilai” [value] to their “Wang” [money] when shopping for the festive season.
From Dec 26 till Jan 23, MR D.I.Y will have over 100 CNY-themed products for sale at “Always Low Prices,” including the must-have Chinese lanterns.
At about 80 cm in height and at just RM53.00 for a pair, these are expected to be a huge hit with customers this Chinese New Year.
Other festive essentials available at MR D.I.Y stores nationwide include “ang pow” red packets, as well as decorative items like lanterns in multiple sizes, wall and door stickers, hanging decor items, flowers made from plastic and fabric, and LED lights.
Houseproud hosts will be pleased with a wide selection of tablecloths, runners, pillows, floor mats and ceramic dinner sets, while gift-toting guests will find gift bags, boxes, baskets, and other receptacles very useful.
The excitement isn’t only limited to MR D.I.Y stores. From Jan 1 to 31, 2023, MR. DOLLAR and MR. TOY will also showcase “Wang Nilai” offers including snacks, drinks, household products, and toys.
Uni’s Reveals First Electric Vehicle Prototype
Putrajaya, Dec 30: The Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Racing Team (HWUMRT), comprising students from the University, recently launched its first road-ready electric vehicle prototype.
In 2019, when the University received a single-passenger car prototype from Universiti Malaya (UM), a group of students who are also car enthusiasts decided to start the HWUMRT.
The initial team then made the decision to enlist more students to participate in their extracurricular activity of studying the donated car during the academic year 2019/2020.
Due to the project’s excellent learning potential, it was added to the University’s Mechanical Engineering curriculum, under the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) beginning with the 2020–2021 academic year.
The School uses a project-based learning approach, through the racing car project, to help students reach their full potential by pushing themselves and putting their knowledge to use for the project.
Each year, the project encourages participation from about 20 students from different schools, including EPS, Actuarial Science, and Quantity Surveying.
The newly launched electric vehicle prototype is the culmination of multiple revisions including engineering design and manufacturing improvements. The project also involved the mentoring of new incoming HWUMRT members.
In addition, the prototype encourages the use of clean sources of energy for zero carbon emissions, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy. Additionally, it was developed to lessen noise pollution.
A Statement From The Catholic Archbishop Of Sydney
Sydney, Dec 31: United with Pope Francis and Christians throughout the world, the Church in Sydney and Australia mourns the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, one of the greatest theologian-popes in the Church’s two-thousand-year history.
For more than 70 years, as priest-theologian, bishop-pastor, cardinal-prefect, teacher-pope and finally pope-emeritus, Joseph Ratzinger selflessly served Christ and his Church.
A man of towering intellect and deep piety, he was influential as a peritus (expert adviser) at the Second Vatican Council and in the subsequent interpretation and implementation of the Council.
As Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he was a close collaborator with Pope John Paul II and shared his enthusiasm for a “new evangelisation”, as much directed toward disconnected Christians as to those who have not yet heard the Gospel.
He was elected Pope in 2005 at a stage of life when most would expect to be retiring. He humbly accepted the decision of the conclave and embraced the task, giving himself to teaching through homilies and writings, to pastoral journeys around the globe, and to initiating important reforms in the Church, including in the area of child protection.
Having spent himself in these efforts for eight years, he retired in 2013, devoting himself to praying for the Church.
Whilst saddened by his death, we can all be grateful for the blessing of his long life and the lasting contribution he made to our faith.
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