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Colonial hill station becomes Malaysia’s third biosphere reserve (Marco Ferrarese, Al Jazeera)

Dusk is fast approaching when a hiker spots a strange and furry bump clinging to a tree trunk along a jungle trail on Penang Hill.

It is no common macaque, but a rare Sunda colugo: akin to a mix between a fruit bat and a giant squirrel, this nocturnal mammal glides from tree to tree using a membrane that extends around its body and is one of the many unusual – and sometimes rare – species inhabiting the jungles of Penang Hill.

Colonial hill station becomes Malaysia’s third biosphere reserve | Environment News | Al Jazeera

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Oshkosh wins $16M deal to boost military mobility for Iraq, Lebanon and Malaysia (Agnes Helou, Defense News)

U.S. Staff Sgt. Edward Dinkins ground guides an M1070A1 HET in an uncoupling exercise on Fort Bragg, N.C., in June 2015. (Sgt. Leticia Samuels/U.S. Army National Guard)

Oshkosh Defense has won a $16.7 million contract to provide three types of Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks as well as Heavy Equipment Transporters to Lebanon, Iraq and Malaysia.

The contract for the M1120A4, M977A4 and M978A4 HEMTTs as well as the M1070A1 HETs is a part of the U.S. Defense Department’s Foreign Military Sales program. The deal was announced Sept. 22, and its estimated completion date is Jan. 31, 2022. Oshkosh was the only bidder.

Oshkosh wins $16M deal to boost military mobility for Iraq, Lebanon and Malaysia (defensenews.com)

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Malaysia

Digital banks and the transformation of Malaysia’s financial landscape (Kim Leng Yeah, East Asia Forum)

Malaysia’s push into digital banking is gathering pace. The central bank’s decision to issue up to five digital bank licences in the first quarter of 2022 generated considerable interest. With the country’s existing banks already deploying digital delivery channels and financial technology as a competitive tool, the advent of new digital banks will further enliven the post-COVID-19 banking landscape.

Digital banks and the transformation of Malaysia’s financial landscape | East Asia Forum

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China Malaysia South China Sea

China ready to work with Malaysia to strengthen communication and properly handle differences on South China Sea issue: Chinese Defense Minister (Global Times)

China is ready to work with Malaysia to oppose hegemonism and power politics, strengthen communication and properly handle differences on the South China Sea issue, jointly safeguard peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific and inject more positive energy into the turbulent world, said Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister, Wei Fenghe, on Monday during a conversation with Malaysian Defense Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, through video link.

China ready to work with Malaysia to strengthen communication and properly handle differences on South China Sea issue: Chinese Defense Minister – Global Times

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Malaysia

Malaysia’s rapid vaccination can’t outrun its COVID-19 failures (Wei Aun Yap, East Asia Forum)

In the 1930s, France built an impressive defensive border — the Maginot Line — to repel a German invasion. A technological wonder at the time, the Line is now remembered chiefly for its enormous cost and the false sense of security and overconfidence it bred while tying up infantry divisions to its defence.

Malaysia’s rapid vaccination can’t outrun its COVID-19 failures (eastasiaforum.org)

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China CPTPP Malaysia Singapore

Malaysia and Singapore welcome China’s interest in entering the CPTPP (Global Times)

CPTPP photo: VCG

CPTPP Photo: VCG

The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) of Malaysia said it is looking forward to welcome China in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), three days after Beijing announced its official application to the regional pact.

Malaysia and Singapore welcome China’s interest in entering the CPTPP – Global Times