1. NZ mosque shooting: Injured Malaysian in stable condition
  2. 49 dead, dozens injured in Christchurch mosque shootings
  3. Shopee reveals Malaysians’ shopping habits
  4. Malaysian start-ups are regional finalists in Alipay-NUS Enterprise Social Innovation Challenge
  5. MIEA attributes property market slowdown to financing issue
  6. HDC remains optimistic of RM50 bln halal export by 2020

NZ mosque shooting: Injured Malaysian in stable condition
A Malaysian was injured in the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques in Christchurch today. The Malaysian High Commission in Wellington confirmed that the injured person was undergoing treatment. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah tweeted that the injured Malaysian is reported to be in stable condition. News reports said mass shootings occurred today at two mosques in the city of Christchurch on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, and that an unknown number of people were dead and injured.

Reports from Christchurch said forty-nine people died and dozens more were injured after gunmen opened fire at two mosques in the city of Christchurch during afternoon prayers on today. A man has been charged over the shooting, which New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as a terrorist attack. Addressing the nation, Ardern said that New Zealand has been placed on its highest security threat level. She said four people in police custody held extremist views, but had not been on any police watchlists. “Two explosive devices attached to suspect vehicles have now been found and they have been disarmed,” she added.

Shopee reveals Malaysians’ shopping habits
Shopee Malaysia has made it into the top 10 most visited sites in Malaysia, making it the number one e-commerce site in the country, according to the latest ranking from Comscore – a trusted currency for planning, transacting, and evaluating media across platforms. The latest ranking demonstrated how the e-commerce landscape in Malaysia is turning out to be increasingly dynamic with more Malaysians starting to shop online. “With around 16 million downloads, Shopee is seeing an interesting pattern unfold among Malaysians through its data as it dissects shoppers’ behaviours across 13 states and three federal territories,” Shopee said in a statement Thursday. “As Greater Klang Valley is the most populated urban area, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur top the country with the highest number of orders recorded. We also noted that while most Malaysians favour shopping between 9pm and 11pm, netizens in Putrajaya prefer to do their shopping during lunch,” it disclosed. Shopee recorded a triple-digit growth in the number of new users from Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu, signalling an increased adoption of e-commerce which is likely driven by the growing affordability of smartphones and Internet data plans. It noted that toys, kids and babies category had the highest number of purchases in these three states; diapers, baby rompers, playmats and breast pumps being the most sought-after items.

Malaysian start-ups are regional finalists in Alipay-NUS Enterprise Social Innovation Challenge
Three Malaysian start-ups have been selected regional finalists in the Alipay-NUS Enterprise Social Innovation Challenge (The Challenge) for their innovative waste management solutions. BlueBee Technologies, FatHopes Energy and Grub Cycle were picked for their ability to leverage digital technology to create environmentally-sustainable solutions that drive positive impact and improve lives. BlueBee Technologies developed ERTH, an E-waste Recycling digital platform that offers competitive prices to buy end-of-life personal electronics while Grub Cycle’s digital platforms help supermarkets, farms and restaurants reduce food wastage. FatHopes Energy deployed Internet of Things devices to automate waste cooking oil collection, and efficiently communicate collection fleets for pick-ups and delivery to refineries for biofuel production. At the preliminary rounds, contestants demonstrated how they used digital technology to solve challenges across a wide range of sectors, including financial services, agriculture, health & wellness, education & training and food & beverage, among others. The regional finalists will each receive a S$10,000 (approx. RM30,000) cash prize to support their future growth and proceed to compete in the finale against other finalists from Singapore and Indonesia for the grand prize of S$50,000 (approx. RM151,000). Finalists will also be eligible to join the 10×1000 Tech for Inclusion programme, jointly set up by International Financial Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, and Alipay to support the cultivation of 1,000 technology experts in emerging markets from both public and private sectors over the next 10 years. They will also receive mentorship and incubation support from NUS Enterprise for a period of three months as financial rewards to further their businesses’ social impact and access to its BLOCK71, an ecosystem builder and global connector community with co-working spaces.

MIEA attributes property market slowdown to financing issue
The Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents (MIEA) attributes the slowdown in the property market to the problem of financing as demand remained intact. Its President Eric Lim Chin Heng said the government and particularly, Bank Negara Malaysia, seriously need to review and liberalise the lending guidelines. “We understand the government’s concerns over the overall household debt which stood at around 83.2 per cent to the gross domestic product as at September 2018. It is at a manageable level.

HDC remains optimistic of RM50 bln halal export by 2020
The Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) remains optimistic of hitting RM50 billion export target by 2020, despite recording a lower halal export of RM40 billion last year. HDC vice president Hanisofian Alias said the target would be supported by intensifying export in value added products with India being the new focus country. “India is the new market potential, which is expanding its own halal market. On this note it requires palm oil product namely oleochemicals,” he told reporters at the launch of World Halal Conference 2019 in Petaling Jaya.