JOHOR BAHARU, July 24 (Bernama) -- Four companies have received the facilitation fund amounting to RM16.2 million from TERAJU@Iskandar Malaysia in an information sharing programme on business opportunities and assistance for the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Iskandar Malaysia last night.

SEPANG, July 23 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is eyeing more acquisitions in the next six months, said Chief Financial Officer Faizal Mansor.

KUALA LUMPUR, July 24 (Bernama) -- Airline passenger yields are expected to increase during the next 12 months, reversing the decline recorded in the second quarter of this year, says the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

PUTRAJAYA, July 24 (Bernama) -- Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Chua Tee Yong has described as inaccurate a claim made by the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) that the government's financial performance in the first quarter of this year was weak and the national debt had exceeded the ceiling.

KUALA LUMPUR, July 24 (Bernama) -- Media reports of a possible merger between Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) and AirAsia X Bhd are unfounded and speculative, said Khazanah Nasional Bhd.

BANGKOK, July 24 (Bernama) -- Household debt is rising in Thailand at the rate of 16 per cent year-on-year to a record average of 219,158 bahts per family at the end of June.

By Nur Aimidiyana Zuher

KUALA LUMPUR, July 24 (Bernama) -- Muslims are waiting with anticipation to celebrate Hari Raya early next week.