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Malaysia MCO : Eateries + Restaurants Can Open Till 10 PM!

In addition to the extension of MCO, Malaysia also announced that eateries and restaurants can extend their operation hours to 10 PM!

 

Malaysia MCO : Eateries + Restaurants Can Open Till 10 PM!

When Malaysia announced the latest January 2021 SOP for the MCO / PKP 2.0 lockdown, eateries and restaurants were only allowed to open from 6 AM until 8 PM.

This turned out to be a big issue for many Malaysians, as food is an integral part of Malaysian life.

Heck, it is a source of great pride that any hungry Malaysian can go out and buy food at any time of the day and night!

So it was no surprise that many Malaysians complained about the abnormally early 8 PM shut-off time for eateries and restaurants in areas under MCO lockdown.

The Malaysian government noticed that, and when they announced the extension of MCO for nine states and territories on 21 January 2021, they also announced that eateries and restaurants will be allowed to open until 10 PM.

 

Malaysia MCO : Eateries + Restaurants SOP

Don’t rush off tonight for a late night snack though, as this new policy will only start on 22 January 2021.

You should also note that the other existing MCO SOP for eateries and restaurants remain in place.

So, starting 22 January, 2021, this will be the SOP for eateries and restaurants in MCO / PKP areas.

  • Restaurants, cafes, hawker stalls, roadside stalls, food courts, food trucks are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • No dine-in is allowed.
  • Only takeaway, drive-through and food delivery are permitted.

 

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Malaysia MCO : Nine States + Territories Extended To 4 Feb!

Malaysia just extended the MCO / PKP lockdown for the remaining nine states and federal territories to 4 February 2021!

Here is what you need to know about this new development!

 

Malaysia MCO : Nine States + Territories Extended To 4 February 2021!

On 19 January 2021, Malaysia announced the imposition of the MCO / PKP lockdown of all states and territories across the country, except for Sarawak!

They now aligned the MCO for all those states and territories to 4 February 2021, extending it for these states and federal territories :

  • Penang
  • Selangor
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Putrajaya
  • Johor
  • Melaka
  • Kelantan
  • Sabah
  • Labuan

Starting 12:01 AM on Friday, 22 January 2021, all states and territories in Malaysia will be under MCO / PKP lockdown until 4 February 2021.

 

Malaysia MCO / PKP 2.0 : What’s The SOP?

Here are the SOP for MCO / PKP in Malaysia, as released by the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) in January 2021.

Please follow this SOP, because failure to do so could result in a compound of up to RM1,000 per offence!

Travel

  • Two (2) persons are allowed to leave each household, in the same vehicle, to purchase food and other necessities.
  • Up to 3 people (including the patient) are allowed to leave each household to seek healthcare.
  • Travel is limited to a radius of 10 km from your household, unless there is no supply / availability within 10 km.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel are FORBIDDEN.
  • Tourism is FORBIDDEN.
  • Travel for emergencies like funerals are allowed with permission from the police.
  • Travel because of natural disasters are allowed.
  • PCA and RGL travel arrangements between Malaysia and Singapore are allowed to continue.

Food & Beverage Industry

  • Restaurants, cafes, hawker stalls, roadside stalls, food courts, food trucks are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • No dine-in is allowed. Only takeaway, drive-through and delivery are permitted

Petrol Stations

  • Operation hours : 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Petrol stations on highways and expressways allowed to operate 24 hours

Markets

  • Morning and farmers’ markets : 7 AM to 2 PM
  • Wholesale markets : 11 AM to 4 PM, or 12 PM to 6 PM
  • Night markets and late night bazaars are FORBIDDEN

Healthcare

  • Hospitals, clinics, medical labs : 24 hours
  • Pharmacies : 6 AM to 8 PM
  • Veterinary clinics + pet food stores : 6 AM to 8 PM

Shopping

  • Supermarkets are allowed to open
  • Groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM to 8 PM.
  • Laundromats, except self-service laundromats : 6 AM to 8 PM
  • Barber shops and hair saloons are FORBIDDEN.
  • Optical shops and clothing stores are FORBIDDEN.

Schools + Education

  • Students who will undertake major examinations like SPM, SVM, SKM, STPM, STAM, and DVM for 2020 and 2021 are allowed to attend school with strict SOP.
  • Matriculation colleges are allowed to operate.
  • Students in boarding schools and universities are allowed to continue hybrid studying.
  • International and professional exams are allowed.
  • Research activities requiring lab access in institutes of higher learning are allowed.
  • Lecturers and teachers are allowed to travel to teach classes with examinations.
  • Kindergartens, nurseries and day care facilities are allowed to continue operating.
  • Tuition, music, dance, art, language classes are FORBIDDEN.

Recommended : MOE Directive On Schools In MCO, CMCO + RMCO Areas!

Sports

  • Running and jogging allowed, but limited to maximum of two (2) family members
  • Cycling allowed, but limited to one (1) person, up to 10 km from household.
  • Group cycling is FORBIDDEN.
  • Physical distance of 2 metres should be maintained
  • All other sporting activities are FORBIDDEN.

Entertainment

  • Night clubs and pubs are FORBIDDEN.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds, family karaoke and cinemas are FORBIDDEN.
  • Concerts and live events are FORBIDDEN.
  • Spas, reflexology centres are FORBIDDEN.

Social + Religious Activities

  • Parades and religious gatherings like Thaipusam are FORBIDDEN.
  • Up to 5 committee members may manage mosques and other religious houses of worship.
  • Weddings, parties, engagement parties, receptions, anniversary celebrations, birthday celebrations, reunions, retreats and other social events are FORBIDDEN.

Manufacturing + Business Activities

  • The government has identified five (5) essential economic sectors that will be allowed to operate – manufacturing, construction, essential services, trade and distribution, as well as plantations and commodities.
  • However, only 30% of the management team is allowed to be in the office.
  • For unlisted sectors or non-essential services, employees are required to work from home.
  • Conferences, meetings, seminars, courses and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) activities are FORBIDDEN.

Recommended : 2021 MCO : Business Sectors Allowed By MITI

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe During MCO!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe :

Recommended : Soap vs Sanitiser : Which Works Better Against COVID-19?
Recommended : Surgical Mask : How To CORRECTLY Wear + Remove!
Recommended : COVID-19 Food Safety : Fruits, Vegetables, Takeouts

 

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Whole Malaysia, Except Sarawak, Under MCO Lockdown!

Malaysia has just extended the MCO / PKP lockdown across the entire country, except for Sarawak!

Here is what you need to know about this new development!

 

Whole Malaysia, Except Sarawak, Under MCO Lockdown!

On 19 January 2021, Malaysia announced the imposition of the much stricter MCO / PKP lockdown of all states and territories across the country, except for Sarawak!

For these states and territories already under MCO / PKP, the restrictions will remain as originally announced.

For these new states that will come under MCO / PKP 2.0, the restrictions will start from 12:01 AM on Friday, 22 January 2021 and tentatively end on 4 February 2021.

  • Perlis
  • Kedah
  • Perak
  • Pahang
  • Negeri Sembilan
  • Terengganu

 

Malaysia MCO / PKP 2.0 : What’s The SOP?

Here are the SOP for MCO / PKP in Malaysia, as released by the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) in January 2021.

Please follow this SOP, because failure to do so could result in a compound of up to RM1,000 per offence!

Travel

  • Two (2) persons are allowed to leave each household, in the same vehicle, to purchase food and other necessities.
  • Up to 3 people (including the patient) are allowed to leave each household to seek healthcare.
  • Travel is limited to a radius of 10 km from your household, unless there is no supply / availability within 10 km.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel are FORBIDDEN.
  • Tourism is FORBIDDEN.
  • Travel for emergencies like funerals are allowed with permission from the police.
  • Travel because of natural disasters are allowed.
  • PCA and RGL travel arrangements between Malaysia and Singapore are allowed to continue.

Food & Beverage Industry

  • Restaurants, cafes, hawker stalls, roadside stalls, food courts, food trucks are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • No dine-in is allowed. Only takeaway, drive-through and delivery are permitted

Petrol Stations

  • Operation hours : 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Petrol stations on highways and expressways allowed to operate 24 hours

Markets

  • Morning and farmers’ markets : 7 AM to 2 PM
  • Wholesale markets : 11 AM to 4 PM, or 12 PM to 6 PM
  • Night markets and late night bazaars are FORBIDDEN

Healthcare

  • Hospitals, clinics, medical labs : 24 hours
  • Pharmacies : 6 AM to 8 PM
  • Veterinary clinics + pet food stores : 6 AM to 8 PM

Shopping

  • Supermarkets are allowed to open
  • Groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM to 8 PM.
  • Laundromats, except self-service laundromats : 6 AM to 8 PM
  • Barber shops and hair saloons are FORBIDDEN.
  • Optical shops and clothing stores are FORBIDDEN.

Schools + Education

  • Students who will undertake major examinations like SPM, SVM, SKM, STPM, STAM, and DVM for 2020 and 2021 are allowed to attend school with strict SOP.
  • Matriculation colleges are allowed to operate.
  • Students in boarding schools and universities are allowed to continue hybrid studying.
  • International and professional exams are allowed.
  • Research activities requiring lab access in institutes of higher learning are allowed.
  • Lecturers and teachers are allowed to travel to teach classes with examinations.
  • Kindergartens, nurseries and day care facilities are allowed to continue operating.
  • Tuition, music, dance, art, language classes are FORBIDDEN.

Recommended : MOE Directive On Schools In MCO, CMCO + RMCO Areas!

Sports

  • Running and jogging allowed, but limited to maximum of two (2) family members
  • Cycling allowed, but limited to one (1) person, up to 10 km from household.
  • Group cycling is FORBIDDEN.
  • Physical distance of 2 metres should be maintained
  • All other sporting activities are FORBIDDEN.

Entertainment

  • Night clubs and pubs are FORBIDDEN.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds, family karaoke and cinemas are FORBIDDEN.
  • Concerts and live events are FORBIDDEN.
  • Spas, reflexology centres are FORBIDDEN.

Social + Religious Activities

  • Parades and religious gatherings like Thaipusam are FORBIDDEN.
  • Up to 5 committee members may manage mosques and other religious houses of worship.
  • Weddings, parties, engagement parties, receptions, anniversary celebrations, birthday celebrations, reunions, retreats and other social events are FORBIDDEN.

Manufacturing + Business Activities

  • The government has identified five (5) essential economic sectors that will be allowed to operate – manufacturing, construction, essential services, trade and distribution, as well as plantations and commodities.
  • However, only 30% of the management team is allowed to be in the office.
  • For unlisted sectors or non-essential services, employees are required to work from home.
  • Conferences, meetings, seminars, courses and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) activities are FORBIDDEN.

Recommended : 2021 MCO : Business Sectors Allowed By MITI

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe During MCO!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe :

Recommended : Soap vs Sanitiser : Which Works Better Against COVID-19?
Recommended : Surgical Mask : How To CORRECTLY Wear + Remove!
Recommended : COVID-19 Food Safety : Fruits, Vegetables, Takeouts

 

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Seremban + Port Dickson Under MCO On 19 January 2021!

Malaysia just announced that Seremban and Port Dickson will be placed under MCO / PKP lockdown measures starting 19 January 2021!

 

Seremban + Port Dickson Under MCO On 19 January 2021!

On 18 January 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that the MCO / PKP lockdown measures will be extended to Seremban and Port Dickson in Negeri Sembilan.

The MCO / PKP restrictions will start at 12:01 AM on 19 January 2021, and end on 1 February 2021.

 

Seremban + Port Dickson MCO : What Is The SOP?

MKN did not announce any special SOP for Seremban and Port Dickson, so the January 2021 MCO SOP for Malaysia should apply.

Travel

  • Two (2) persons are allowed to leave each household, in the same vehicle, to purchase food and other necessities.
  • Up to 3 people (including the patient) are allowed to leave each household to seek healthcare.
  • Travel is limited to a radius of 10 km from your household, unless there is no supply / availability within 10 km.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel are FORBIDDEN.
  • Tourism is FORBIDDEN.
  • Travel for emergencies like funerals are allowed with permission from the police.
  • Travel because of natural disasters are allowed.
  • PCA and RGL travel arrangements between Malaysia and Singapore are allowed to continue.

Food & Beverage Industry

  • Restaurants, cafes, hawker stalls, roadside stalls, food courts, food trucks are allowed to open from 6 AM to 8 PM.
  • No dine-in is allowed. Only takeaway, drive-through and delivery are permitted

Petrol Stations

  • Operation hours : 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Petrol stations on highways and expressways allowed to operate 24 hours

Markets

  • Morning and farmers’ markets : 7 AM to 2 PM
  • Wholesale markets : 11 AM to 4 PM, or 12 PM to 6 PM
  • Night markets and late night bazaars are FORBIDDEN

Healthcare

  • Hospitals, clinics, medical labs : 24 hours
  • Pharmacies : 6 AM to 8 PM
  • Veterinary clinics + pet food stores : 6 AM to 8 PM

Shopping

  • Supermarkets are allowed to open
  • Groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM to 8 PM.
  • Laundromats, except self-service laundromats : 6 AM to 8 PM
  • Barber shops and hair saloons are FORBIDDEN.
  • Optical shops and clothing stores are FORBIDDEN.

Schools + Education

  • Students who will undertake major examinations like SPM, SVM, SKM, STPM, STAM, and DVM for 2020 and 2021 are allowed to attend school with strict SOP.
  • Matriculation colleges are allowed to operate.
  • Students in boarding schools and universities are allowed to continue hybrid studying.
  • International and professional exams are allowed.
  • Research activities requiring lab access in institutes of higher learning are allowed.
  • Lecturers and teachers are allowed to travel to teach classes with examinations.
  • Kindergartens, nurseries and day care facilities are allowed to continue operating.
  • Tuition, music, dance, art, language classes are FORBIDDEN.

Recommended : MOE : All Students Study Online, Except For These Students

Sports

  • Running and jogging allowed, but limited to maximum of two (2) family members
  • Cycling allowed, but limited to one (1) person, up to 10 km from household.
  • Group cycling is FORBIDDEN.
  • Physical distance of 2 metres should be maintained
  • All other sporting activities are FORBIDDEN.

Entertainment

  • Night clubs and pubs are FORBIDDEN.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds, family karaoke and cinemas are FORBIDDEN.
  • Concerts and live events are FORBIDDEN.
  • Spas, reflexology centres are FORBIDDEN.

Social + Religious Activities

  • Parades and religious gatherings like Thaipusam are FORBIDDEN.
  • Up to 5 committee members may manage mosques and other religious houses of worship.
  • Weddings, parties, engagement parties, receptions, anniversary celebrations, birthday celebrations, reunions, retreats and other social events are FORBIDDEN.

Manufacturing + Business Activities

  • The government has identified five (5) essential economic sectors that will be allowed to operate – manufacturing, construction, essential services, trade and distribution, as well as plantations and commodities.
  • However, only 30% of the management team is allowed to be in the office.
  • For unlisted sectors or non-essential services, employees are required to work from home.
  • Conferences, meetings, seminars, courses and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) activities are FORBIDDEN.

Recommended : 2021 MCO : Business Sectors Allowed By MITI

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe During MCO!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe :

Recommended : Soap vs Sanitiser : Which Works Better Against COVID-19?
Recommended : Surgical Mask : How To CORRECTLY Wear + Remove!
Recommended : COVID-19 Food Safety : Fruits, Vegetables, Takeouts

 

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Kelantan + 3 Sarawak Areas Under MCO On 16 January 2021!

Malaysia just announced that Kelantan and three areas in Sarawak will be placed under MCO / PKP lockdown measures starting 16 January 2021!

 

Kelantan + 3 Sarawak Areas Under MCO On 16 January 2021!

On 15 January 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that the MCO / PKP lockdown measures will be extended to :

  • the whole state of Kelantan
  • the Sibu, Selangau and Kanowit districts in Sarawak

The MCO / PKP restrictions will start at 12:01 AM on 16 January 2021, and end on 29 January 2021.

 

Kelantan + Sarawak MCO : What Is The SOP?

MKN did not announce any special SOP for Kelantan and Sarawak, so the January 2021 MCO SOP for Malaysia should apply.

Travel

  • Two (2) persons are allowed to leave each household, in the same vehicle, to purchase food and other necessities.
  • Up to 3 people (including the patient) are allowed to leave each household to seek healthcare.
  • Travel is limited to a radius of 10 km from your household, unless there is no supply / availability within 10 km.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel are FORBIDDEN.
  • Tourism is FORBIDDEN.
  • Travel for emergencies like funerals are allowed with permission from the police.
  • Travel because of natural disasters are allowed.
  • PCA and RGL travel arrangements between Malaysia and Singapore are allowed to continue.

Food & Beverage Industry

  • Restaurants, cafes, hawker stalls, roadside stalls, food courts, food trucks are allowed to open from 6 AM to 8 PM.
  • No dine-in is allowed. Only takeaway, drive-through and delivery are permitted

Petrol Stations

  • Operation hours : 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Petrol stations on highways and expressways allowed to operate 24 hours

Markets

  • Morning and farmers’ markets : 7 AM to 2 PM
  • Wholesale markets : 11 AM to 4 PM, or 12 PM to 6 PM
  • Night markets and late night bazaars are FORBIDDEN

Healthcare

  • Hospitals, clinics, medical labs : 24 hours
  • Pharmacies : 6 AM to 8 PM
  • Veterinary clinics + pet food stores : 6 AM to 8 PM

Shopping

  • Supermarkets are allowed to open
  • Groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM to 8 PM.
  • Laundromats, except self-service laundromats : 6 AM to 8 PM
  • Barber shops and hair saloons are FORBIDDEN.
  • Optical shops and clothing stores are FORBIDDEN.

Schools + Education

  • Students who will undertake major examinations like SPM, SVM, SKM, STPM, STAM, and DVM for 2020 and 2021 are allowed to attend school with strict SOP.
  • Matriculation colleges are allowed to operate.
  • Students in boarding schools and universities are allowed to continue hybrid studying.
  • International and professional exams are allowed.
  • Research activities requiring lab access in institutes of higher learning are allowed.
  • Lecturers and teachers are allowed to travel to teach classes with examinations.
  • Kindergartens, nurseries and day care facilities are allowed to continue operating.
  • Tuition, music, dance, art, language classes are FORBIDDEN.

Recommended : MOE Directive On Schools In MCO, CMCO + RMCO Areas!

Sports

  • Running and jogging allowed, but limited to maximum of two (2) family members
  • Cycling allowed, but limited to one (1) person, up to 10 km from household.
  • Group cycling is FORBIDDEN.
  • Physical distance of 2 metres should be maintained
  • All other sporting activities are FORBIDDEN.

Entertainment

  • Night clubs and pubs are FORBIDDEN.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds, family karaoke and cinemas are FORBIDDEN.
  • Concerts and live events are FORBIDDEN.
  • Spas, reflexology centres are FORBIDDEN.

Social + Religious Activities

  • Parades and religious gatherings like Thaipusam are FORBIDDEN.
  • Up to 5 committee members may manage mosques and other religious houses of worship.
  • Weddings, parties, engagement parties, receptions, anniversary celebrations, birthday celebrations, reunions, retreats and other social events are FORBIDDEN.

Manufacturing + Business Activities

  • The government has identified five (5) essential economic sectors that will be allowed to operate – manufacturing, construction, essential services, trade and distribution, as well as plantations and commodities.
  • However, only 30% of the management team is allowed to be in the office.
  • For unlisted sectors or non-essential services, employees are required to work from home.
  • Conferences, meetings, seminars, courses and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) activities are FORBIDDEN.

Recommended : 2021 MCO : Business Sectors Allowed By MITI

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe During MCO!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe :

Recommended : Soap vs Sanitiser : Which Works Better Against COVID-19?
Recommended : Surgical Mask : How To CORRECTLY Wear + Remove!
Recommended : COVID-19 Food Safety : Fruits, Vegetables, Takeouts

 

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2021 Travel SOP For MCO / CMCO Areas In Malaysia!

Here is the SOP for travel into, out of, and through MCO and CMCO areas across Malaysia!

Make sure you apply for police permission using the forms below!

 

MCO + CMCO : Travel Restrictions Starting 13 January 2021

Areas Under MCO / PKP

Starting 13 January 2021, interstate and inter-district travel is FORBIDDEN in these eight states and territories under MCO (Movement Control Order).

  • Penang
  • Selangor
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Putrajaya
  • Labuan
  • Johor
  • Sabah
  • Melaka

Interdistrict / interstate travel is allowed for emergencies like natural disasters, funerals and for healthcare reasons, but require police permission.

Areas Under CMCO / PKPB

Inter-district travel is ALLOWED, but interstate travel FORBIDDEN in these six states and territories under CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order).

  • Kedah
  • Perak
  • Negeri Sembilan
  • Kelantan
  • Terengganu
  • Pahang

Interstate travel is allowed for emergencies like natural disasters, funerals and for healthcare reasons, but require police permission.

 

MCO : Travel Application Form

People who need to travel into, out of, or across MCO / PKP areas, must do this :

  1. Download this form for the MCO / PKP Travel Permit (Permit Pergerakan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan)
  2. Print TWO (2) copies of the form, and fill in the required details.
  3. Send both copies of the completed form to the nearest police station for approval.

 

CMCO : Travel Application Form

People who need to travel into, out of, or across CMCO / PKPB areas, must do this :

  1. Download this form for the CMCO / PKPB Travel Permit (Permit Pergerakan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Bersyarat)
  2. Print TWO (2) copies of the form, and fill in the required details.
  3. Send both copies of the completed form to the nearest police station for approval.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe During MCO!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe :

Recommended : Soap vs Sanitiser : Which Works Better Against COVID-19?
Recommended : Surgical Mask : How To CORRECTLY Wear + Remove!
Recommended : COVID-19 Food Safety : Fruits, Vegetables, Takeouts

 

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New SOP for MCO / PKP 2.0 : What You Need To Know!

Take a look at the new SOP for the stricter MCO / PKP 2.0 lockdown of eight states and territories in Malaysia!

Updated @ 2021-01-13 : Added the MCO SOP video, and additional SOP.

Originally posted @ 2021-01-12

 

MCO / PKP 2.0 : Why The Need For New SOP?

The newly announced MCO (Movement Control Order) 2.0 kicks off on Wednesday, 13 January 2021 for these eight states and territories in Malaysia :

  • Penang
  • Selangor
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Putrajaya
  • Labuan
  • Johor
  • Sabah
  • Melaka

This MCO / PKP 2.0 lockdown will start from 12:01 AM on Wednesday, 13 January 2021 and tentatively end on 26 January 2021.

A new SOP is necessary to balance the massive spike in COVID-19 cases, with the economic losses of the original MCO lockdown.

 

New SOP for MCO / PKP 2.0 (January 2021) in Malaysia!

On 12 January 2021, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced some details of the new SOP for MCO / PKP 2.0. MKN also released more SOP.

Please follow this SOP, because failure to do so could result in a compound of up to RM1,000 per offence!

Travel

  • Two (2) persons are allowed to leave each household, in the same vehicle, to purchase food and other necessities.
  • Up to 3 people (including the patient) are allowed to leave each household to seek healthcare.
  • Travel is limited to a radius of 10 km from your household, unless there is no supply / availability within 10 km.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel are FORBIDDEN.
  • Tourism is FORBIDDEN.
  • Travel for emergencies like funerals are allowed with permission from the police.
  • Travel because of natural disasters are allowed.
  • PCA and RGL travel arrangements between Malaysia and Singapore are allowed to continue.

Food & Beverage Industry

  • Restaurants, cafes, hawker stalls, roadside stalls, food courts, food trucks are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • No dine-in is allowed. Only takeaway, drive-through and delivery are permitted

Petrol Stations

  • Operation hours : 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Petrol stations on highways and expressways allowed to operate 24 hours

Markets

  • Morning and farmers’ markets : 7 AM to 2 PM
  • Wholesale markets : 11 AM to 4 PM, or 12 PM to 6 PM
  • Night markets and late night bazaars are FORBIDDEN

Healthcare

  • Hospitals, clinics, medical labs : 24 hours
  • Pharmacies : 6 AM to 8 PM
  • Veterinary clinics + pet food stores : 6 AM to 8 PM

Shopping

  • Supermarkets are allowed to open
  • Groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM to 8 PM.
  • Laundromats, except self-service laundromats : 6 AM to 8 PM
  • Barber shops and hair saloons are FORBIDDEN.
  • Optical shops and clothing stores are FORBIDDEN.

Schools + Education

  • Students who will undertake major examinations like SPM, SVM, SKM, STPM, STAM, and DVM for 2020 and 2021 are allowed to attend school with strict SOP.
  • Matriculation colleges are allowed to operate.
  • Students in boarding schools and universities are allowed to continue hybrid studying.
  • International and professional exams are allowed.
  • Research activities requiring lab access in institutes of higher learning are allowed.
  • Lecturers and teachers are allowed to travel to teach classes with examinations.
  • Kindergartens, nurseries and day care facilities are allowed to continue operating.
  • Tuition, music, dance, art, language classes are FORBIDDEN.

Recommended : MOE Directive On Schools In MCO, CMCO + RMCO Areas!

Sports

  • Running and jogging allowed, but limited to maximum of two (2) family members
  • Cycling allowed, but limited to one (1) person, up to 10 km from household.
  • Group cycling is FORBIDDEN.
  • Physical distance of 2 metres should be maintained
  • All other sporting activities are FORBIDDEN.

Entertainment

  • Night clubs and pubs are FORBIDDEN.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds, family karaoke and cinemas are FORBIDDEN.
  • Concerts and live events are FORBIDDEN.
  • Spas, reflexology centres are FORBIDDEN.

Social + Religious Activities

  • Parades and religious gatherings like Thaipusam are FORBIDDEN.
  • Up to 5 committee members may manage mosques and other religious houses of worship.
  • Weddings, parties, engagement parties, receptions, anniversary celebrations, birthday celebrations, reunions, retreats and other social events are FORBIDDEN.

Manufacturing + Business Activities

  • The government has identified five (5) essential economic sectors that will be allowed to operate – manufacturing, construction, essential services, trade and distribution, as well as plantations and commodities.
  • However, only 30% of the management team is allowed to be in the office.
  • For unlisted sectors or non-essential services, employees are required to work from home.
  • Conferences, meetings, seminars, courses and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) activities are FORBIDDEN.

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2021 MCO : Business Sectors Allowed By MITI

Only certain business sectors are allowed to operate during the newly-announced 2021 MCO (Movement Control Order).

Here is the full list of businesses that are allowed to operate during the 2021 MCO!

 

2021 MCO : Not All Business Sectors Are Allowed To Operate

With daily highs in COVID-19 cases, the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced the imposition of the much stricter MCO / PKP lockdown of these states and territories.

  • Penang
  • Selangor
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Putrajaya
  • Labuan
  • Johor
  • Sabah
  • Melaka

This MCO / PKP 2.0 lockdown will start from 12:01 AM on Wednesday, 13 January 2021 and tentatively end on 26 January 2021.

During this 2021 MCO / PKP lockdown, people are expected to work from home, except for critical business sectors.

In MCO areas, only up to 30% of Management staff can be present in the office at any one time.

The number of support staff and production workers will be determined by the employer, based on the strict adherence to the SOP.

 

2021 MCO : Business Sectors Allowed By MITI

The government identified five (5) essential business sectors that will be allowed to operate during MCO / PKP – manufacturing, construction, essential services, trade and distribution, as well as plantations and commodities.

That sounds overly generic, so the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) just released a comprehensive list of business sectors allowed to operate during the MCO.

A. Manufacturing + Fabrication

  1. Aerospace, including MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) services
  2. Automotive manufacturing and after sales services
  3. Food and beverage, and their supply chains
  4. Printing and packaging
  5. Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) – household products and self-care products, and cleaning supplies, including supply chain
  6. Medicine and healthcare businesses, including dietary supplements
  7. Personal protective equipment and fire safety equipment
  8. Components for medical devices
  9. Electrical and electronics
  10. Oil and Gas
  11. Petrochemical and petrochemical products
  12. Chemical products
  13. Machine and tools
  14. Ceramics (ceramic moulds for glove manufacturing)
  15. Iron and steel works
  16. Textile (involving PPE production)
  17. Furniture sector
  18. Production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuel and lubricants

B. Construction

  1. Maintenance and critical repairs
  2. Construction of key public infrastructure
  3. Building construction with proper worker’s accommodation at work site, or CLQ (Centralised Labour Quarters)

C. Services

  1. Financial services, like
    a) Financial institutions (banking, insurance, Takaful, other entities licensed, approved or registered by Bank Negara Malaysia).
    b) Capital market entities licensed, registered, or regulated by the Securities Commission of Malaysia.
  2. Local government and municipal services, including
    a) Pawn shops / community credit (licensed money lenders)
    b) solid waste / sewerage maangement
    c) Public cleaning services
    d) Cleaning and sanitation services
  3. Telecommunication and digital infrastructure, including ICT services and GBS (Global Business Services).
  4. E-commerce and its supply chain, including e-marketplace services, digital payments and local e-commerce Internet centre.
  5. Hotel and accommodations
  6. Agriculture, fisheries and livestock sectors, including veterinary services.
    a) Plantation / bird’s nest / horse / livestock processing plant / slaughterhouse / livestock feed plant / suppliers including vaccines / livestock management / pet shops (livestock transfers only at night)
    b) Disease control and regulation of livestock, livestock inputs and products related to the livestock industry (including exports and imports
    c) Health management, disease diagnosis and animal treatments
  7. Water and energy utilities
  8. Professional services, including accountants, lawyers, auditors, engineers, architects
    Scientific services, including R&D
    Technical services, including maintenance
  9. Security services
  10. Security and Defence
  11. Land, water and air transportation
  12. Port and airport services, including cargo loading and unloading, storage or transfer of commodities

D. Trade Distribution

  1. Warehousing and logistics
  2. Food and beverage services, sale, and delivery
  3. Retail, distribution and wholesale

E. Plantation + Commodities

  1. Agriculture, fisheries and livestock and their supply chains
  2. Plantation and commodities, and their supply chains

F. Others

  1. Any service, work, industry or business that is determined by the Minister of Health, after consultation with authorities regulating them.

 

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Malaysia Approves Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!

The Prime Minister of Malaysia just announced the approval of the Pfizer BNT162b2 COVID-19 vaccine!

Find out what this means for the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia Approves Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health had earlier stated that a priority review of any COVID-19 vaccine would take 90-120 working days, which would translate to 4-6 months.

They also said that Pfizer only submitted their vaccine dossier to the Malaysia National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Division (NPRA) on 15 December 2020.

This would have meant a priority review of the Pfizer BNT162b2 vaccine would normally be completed by end of April 2021.

 

Malaysia Approves Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!

However, it looks like the NPRA worked double-time to approve the registration of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in less than a month.

On 11 January 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced the imposition of MCO / CMCO / RMCO across Malaysia.

In the same speech, he also announced that the NPRA approved the registration of the Pfizer BNT162b2 vaccine.

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This accelerated approval would now allow the Malaysia Ministry of Health to prepare for the distribution and administration of the Pfizer vaccine as soon as the first batch arrives at the end of February 2021.

He also made several other announcements :

  • Malaysia will receive the first supply of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines at the end of February 2021
  • the Ministry of Health has developed the National COVID-19 Immunisation Program Plan to ensure proper distribution of the vaccine
  • the government signed a preliminary agreement with the COVAX Facility, Pfizer and AstraZeneca for their COVID-19 vaccines
  • the government is in the process of final negotiations with Sinovac, CanSino and Gamaleya for their vaccines.

The Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2 vaccine (also known as Tozinameran or Comirnaty) has the NPRA registration number of MAL21016022AZ.

 

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Malaysia Buys 25 Million Pfizer BNT162b2 Vaccine Doses!

Malaysia officially doubled their purchase of the Pfizer BNT162b2 vaccine, purchasing 25 million doses!

Find out what this means for the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia Buys 25 Million Pfizer BNT162b2 Vaccine Doses!

On 24 November 2020, Malaysia agreed to purchase 12.8 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2 vaccine against COVID-19.

That purchase was doubled on 11 January 2021, when Malaysia signed a Manufacturing & Supply Agreement for the 25 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

At 10:30 AM, the Malaysia Minister of Health Dato’ Sri Dr. Adham bin Baba signed the agreement virtually with Luksanawan Thangpaibool, Country Manager of Pfizer Malaysia / Brunei.

The agreement today was for the purchase of 12,799,800 doses of the BNT162b2 vaccine, which will be delivered starting the end of February 2021.

As two doses are needed per person, this would be enough to vaccinate approximately 6.4 million Malaysians, assuming zero wastage.

With the additional purchase of 12.2 million doses, Malaysia will have 25 million doses in total – enough to vaccinate 12.5 million Malaysians, or 39% of the population.

 

With More Pfizer Vaccine Doses, Change In Vaccine Plan For Malaysia

Originally, the Ministry of Health planned to vaccinate 82.8% of the population using six COVID-19 vaccines :

  • 20% will receive the BNT162b2 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech
  • 10% will receive the AZD1222 vaccine from AstraZeneca-Oxford
  • 10% will receive vaccines secured through the COVAX facility
  • 22% will receive the CoronaVac vaccine from Sinovac BioTech.
  • 10.8% will receive the Convidecia vaccine from CanSino Biologics.
  • 10% will receive the Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine from Gamaleya Research Institute.

But with the increased purchase of the Pfizer BNT162b2 vaccine, that would mean Malaysia will purchase fewer vaccines from Sinovac, CanSino or Gamaleya.

 

Malaysia Approved Pfizer BNT162b2 COVID-19 Vaccine

Despite Pfizer only submitting their vaccine dossier to the Malaysia National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Division (NPRA) on 15 December 2020, it was approved in less than a month.

When the Prime Minister announced the imposition of MCO / CMCO / RMCO across Malaysia on the same day, he also announced that the NPRA approved the registration of the Pfizer BNT162b2 vaccine.

The Malaysia Ministry of Health had earlier stated that a priority review would take 90-120 working days.

This accelerated approval would now allow the Malaysia Ministry of Health to prepare for the distribution and administration of the Pfizer vaccine as soon as the first batch arrives at the end of February 2021.

The Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2 vaccine (also known as Tozinameran or Comirnaty) has the NPRA registration number of MAL21016022AZ.

 

Pfizer BNT162b2 COVID-19 Vaccine : A Quick Primer

The Pfizer BNT162b2 COVID-19 vaccine is an mRNA-based vaccine designed by BioNTech.

Unlike more traditional methods of using dead particles, or attenuated viruses, the mRNA vaccine teaches your cells to create proteins that mimic the SARS-CoV-2 virus, thereby triggering an immune response.

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The Pfizer vaccine requires extreme refrigeration, which greatly complicates logistics :

  • Every Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine thermal shipping box contains between 1,000 and 5,000 doses.
  • Every shipping box is packed with specially-formulated dry ice, to last for up to 10 days, or 15 days if kept refilled with dry ice.
  • When stored in special ultra-low temperature freezers at -70°C or lower, it will last up to 6 months.
  • When stored in standard freezers (commonly used in hospitals) at 2-8°C, it will last up to 5 days.

Hence, vaccination using the Pfizer vaccine is likely to occur only in select government hospitals in major cities.

 

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2021 MCO / CMCO / RMCO : What You Need To Know!

The Prime Minister of Malaysia just announced the imposition of MCO, CMCO and RMCO and travel restrictions across the country!

Here is what you need to know about the states and territories that are under MCO, CMCO and RMCO!

 

Movement Control Order (MCO / PKP) Areas

With daily highs in COVID-19 cases, the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced the imposition of the much stricter MCO / PKP lockdown of these states and territories.

  • Penang
  • Selangor
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Putrajaya
  • Labuan
  • Johor
  • Sabah
  • Melaka

This MCO / PKP 2.0 lockdown will start from 12:01 AM on Wednesday, 13 January 2021 and tentatively end on 26 January 2021.

 

Conditional MCO (CMCO / PKP-B) Areas

The Prime Minister of Malaysia also announced the imposition of CMCO / PKPB restrictions in these states and territories.

  • Kedah
  • Perak
  • Negeri Sembilan
  • Kelantan
  • Terengganu
  • Pahang

This CMCO / PKPB 2.0 restrictions will start from 12:01 AM on Wednesday, 13 January 2021 and tentatively end on 26 January 2021.

 

Recovery MCO (RMCO / PKP-P) Areas

The Prime Minister of Malaysia also announced the imposition of RMCO / PKPP restrictions in these states and territories.

  • Sarawak
  • Perlis

This RMCO / PKPP restrictions will start from 12:01 AM on Wednesday, 13 January 2021 and tentatively end on 26 January 2021.

 

Interstate + Inter-District Travel Restrictions

Interstate travel is FORBIDDEN for all states and territories across the country.

Interdistrict travel is permitted for CMCO (PKPB) and RMCO (PKPP) areas, but FORBIDDEN for MCO (PKP) areas.

 

MCO / PKP 2.0 SOP : A Quick Summary

For a more detailed list of the new MCO (Movement Control Order) / PKP (Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan) 2.0 SOP, please click here.

For Conditional and Recovery MCO SOP, please check out the December 2020 versions while the latest versions are being prepared :

Those who break these rules may be subject to a maximum compound of RM1,000 per offence.

But here is a quick summary of what the Prime Minister announced earlier today :

FORBIDDEN

  • Mass social activities like weddings, conferences, parades, religious gatherings like Thaipusam, meetings, seminars, courses and group sports are FORBIDDEN.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel is FORBIDDEN.
  • Travel beyond 10 km from your household is FORBIDDEN.

ALLOWED

  • The government has identified five (5) essential economic sectors that will be allowed to operate – manufacturing, construction, essential services, trade and distribution, as well as plantations and commodities.
  • However, only 30% of the management team is allowed to be in the office.
  • For unlisted sectors or non-essential services, employees are required to work from home.
  • Eateries and hawker stalls are allowed to operate, but only for takeaway.
  • Food delivery services are allowed.
  • Two (2) persons are allowed to leave each household, in the same vehicle, to purchase food and other necessities, up to a distance of 10 km. However, everyone must wear face masks, maintain physical distance and practice good hand hygiene.
  • Supermarkets, health services including clinics, hospitals, and pharmacies are allowed to operate.
  • Students who will undertake major examinations like SPM, SVM, SKM, STPM, STAM, and DVM for 2020 and 2021 are allowed to attend school with strict SOP.
  • Kindergartens registered with MOE are allowed to continue operating.
  • Up to 5 committee members may manage mosques and other religious houses of worship.
  • Outdoor leisure activity is allowed, but limited to family members and only two (2) persons if jogging, and one (1) person if cycling. You should also maintain a physical distance of 2 meters from other people.

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Maybank Taman Malim Jaya Closed After COVID-19 Case!

Maybank closed their Taman Malim Jaya branch in Melaka, after an employee there tested positive for COVID-19!

Find out what happened, and whether you should be concerned!

 

Maybank Taman Malim Jaya : Employee Positive For COVID-19!

On 8 January 2021, Maybank announced that an employee at their Taman Malim Jaya branch in Melaka tested positive for COVID-19.

Maybank immediately closed their Taman Malim Jaya branch, including their self-service terminals (SST) for deep cleaning and sanitisation, from 8 January 2021 until further notice.

Maybank customers should proceed to Maybank Islamic Melaka in Bukit Baru, or Maybank Cheng in Taman Cheng Baru, for their banking needs.

 

Maybank Taman Malim Jaya : Official Statement On COVID-19 Exposure

This was the notice Maybank posted on the Taman Malim Jaya branch closure over COVID-19 exposure :

 

Maybank Taman Malim Jaya COVID-19 Infection : Do NOT Panic

Even though a branch employee was infected, you should not panic…

They are definitely tracing contacts, which is why it is important to log your movements with MySejahtera, or the physical logbook.

While banks offer physical logbooks, we highly recommend that you use the MySejahtera mobile app, because it allows for easier and faster contact tracing.

Using the MySejahtera mobile app also obviates the need to sign a physical logbook, which usually means using a shared pen – an unnecessary risk factor.

If you happen to be in that Maybank branch when that affected employee was present, you will be contacted and asked to self-quarantine and undergo a COVID-19 screening test.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is easily destroyed by soap, so the deep cleaning operation will definitely clean the branch of any infectious particles.

But most important of all – we need to remember to always wear a face mask in public. Face masks have been proven to prevent the spread and reduce the risk of being infected.

You should also keep physically distanced from other people, and maintain good hand hygiene.

 

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2021 MCO / PKP Of 6 States : Not True… For Now

Is the Malaysian government going to announce MCO / PKP in six states?

Find out what’s going on, and what the facts really are!

Updated @ 2021-01-08 : Added the details of PM’s announcement on 11 January 2021

 

Claim : 2021 MCO / PKP Of 6 States Next Week

A document showing the Malaysian government preparing for the reinstatement of MCO / PKP in six states has gone viral.

Specifically, the key part which states, “DECISION : The meeting agreed that MCO (PKP) be implemented in 6 states, that are Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Melaka, Johor and Sabah, for a period of 2 weeks which will be extended if there is a need“.

It also states that, “The meeting agrees to give the AGC (Attorney General Chambers) a week to prepare the legal provisions to implement MCO (PKP).

Finally, the document also states that, “Mind conditioning should precede the announcement by the Minister of Defence and DG Health on the implementation of MCO (PKP) to assuage the concerns of the citizens.

 

2021 MCO / PKP Of 6 States : Not True… For Now

The Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) quickly shut down the viral document as FAKE. But that may not be fake for very long…

Fact #1 : MKN Only Disputed On A Small Part Of The Document

Did you notice how MKN deliberately mosaiced the rest of the document? They never did this for their previous debunking of fake news.

It appears that MKN is only disputing a very small part of the document, specifically “Decision : The meeting agreed for MCO (PKP) to be implemented”.

It is possible that MKN is waiting for the AGC to come up with the legal provisions, before making a final decision.

Fact #2 : MOH Requested For MCO Several Times

From our recollection, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (MOH) earlier stated at least three times that they requested for the implementation of MCO / PKP, but it was rejected by the government.

So it would not be surprising if they are requesting for the implementation of MCO again, now that the hospitals are full of COVID-19 patients.

Fact #3 : MOH Will Propose New Strategies To MKN

On 6 January 2021, the MOH stated that they are studying new strategies to MKN after persistent large increases in COVID-19 cases due to the reopening of interstate travel.

We would not be surprised if one of those strategies will include the implementation of MCO for “red states”.

Fact #4 : The Decision Will Be Announced On 11 January 2021

The Prime Minister of Malaysia will announce the government’s decision on what stricter measures to take on Monday, 11 January 2021.

 

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Is Genting Highlands Closed Over Many COVID-19 Cases?

Did Genting Highlands just get shut down after many of their employees tested positive for COVID-19?

Find out what’s going on, and what the facts really are!

 

Genting Highlands : Closed Over Many COVID-19 Cases?

On 6 January 2021, we received a video taken inside First World Hotel in Genting Highlands, together with this message :

Genting Highland just 25 minutes ago was found that some few Customers are having Covid-19 and all was Stop the whole Casino of Genting Highlands, too

Customers are Not allowed to return back and all are detained for further Quarantine for (10) days because of this Dangerous Various Covid-19 !!……………….

Even all Genting Highlands Casino’s Staff all must Quarantine for (10) days………. And all Casino in Genting Highlands are Not allowed to Operate in between these (14) days………

The video appears to show Genting Highlands casino employees waiting to be quarantined after being identified as close contacts of COVID-19 patients.

The lady recording the video claimed that someone at the (staff) canteen was infected, so those who came into contact had to quarantine for 10 days.

She was being quarantined because she was seen in the CCTV packing food from the canteen. She also complained that she had to wait a long time in the queue.

 

Genting Highlands : Not Closed Over COVID-19 Cases, Yet

The video is genuine, but the message attached to it is false. Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : This Video Was Shot On 5 January 2021

According to someone working at Genting Highlands, the video is genuine, and was shot on 5 January 2021.

Fact #2 : That Was A Check-In Line For Employees

At the 9th and 10th second of the video (right screenshot below), you can see the sign saying “Check In At Counter  – EMPLOYEES“.

So it does indeed look like employees are lining to check in for their quarantine at the First World Hotel.

Fact #3 : The Shorter Quarantine Period Is Correct

Malaysia reduced the quarantine period from 14-days to just 10 days from 14 December 2020 onwards.

Fact #4 : Several Workers At Staff Canteen Positive For COVID-19

On 7 January 2021, Resorts World Genting confirmed that several workers at their staff canteen were positive for COVID-19.

They were isolated, and employees who had been to the canteen were asked to be “accommodated separately for a certain period” – a quarantine, in other words.

However, they did not reveal how many workers were infected, and how many were quarantined.

Fact #5 : Genting Highlands Is Still Open

Despite a number of employees testing positive, and what looks like a large number of employees quarantined, Genting Highlands remains open to the public.

The staff canteens are not accessible to the public, and have been “thoroughly sanitised and disinfected“.

They also sanitised and disinfected the areas frequented by the affected workers.

 

Resorts World Genting : Official Statement On COVID-19 Cases

Here is Resorts World Genting’s official statement on the COVID-19 exposure at their resort.

7 January 2021

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 at Genting Highlands

In early January, several workers at our staff canteens were tested RTK-Antigen positive. The affected workers were detected during our regular health and safety screening and were immediately isolated. Contact tracing is in progress and for precaution, we have asked some employees who have been to these canteens, be accommodated separately for a certain period. Meanwhile, we have reported the matter to the Ministry of Health (MOH) and will work closely with the authority to address this.

We have thoroughly sanitised and disinfected the staff canteens as well as any areas frequented by the workers. These canteens are not accessible to the public.

We assure everyone that SOPs are in place and will be continuously reviewed and enhanced to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all in Resorts World Genting. The resort remains open to the public.

We will continue to take the necessary precautionary measures as the health and safety of all our guests and employees have always been our utmost priority. We kindly advise everyone to remain vigilant and adhere to the SOPs issued by the government. This includes wearing a face mask, observing physical distancing, and adopting good personal hygiene practices at all times.

 

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Maybank TTDI Closed After COVID-19 Exposure!

Maybank closed their TTDI (Taman Tun Dr Ismail) branch, after an employee there was confirmed to be in close contact with a COVID-19 patient under investigation!

 

Maybank TTDI : COVID-19 Exposure?

On 6 January 2021, Maybank announced that an employee at their TTDI branch at Lorong Rahim Kajai 14 was confirmed to be in close contact with a COVID-19 patient under investigation.

Even though the close contact happened outside of the branch, Maybank closed their TTDI branch, for cleaning and sanitisation, until further notice.

The self-serviced terminals (SST), which was closed for one day for cleaning and sanitisation, will be available for use from 7 January 2021 onwards.

 

Maybank TTDI : Official Statement On COVID-19 Exposure

This was the notice Maybank posted on the TTDI branch closure over COVID-19 exposure :

 

Maybank TTDI COVID-19 Infection : Do NOT Panic

Even though it is possible that one of the branch employees was infected, you should not panic…

They are definitely tracing contacts, which is why it is important to log your movements with MySejahtera, or the physical logbook.

While banks offer physical logbooks, we highly recommend that you use the MySejahtera mobile app, because it allows for easier and faster contact tracing.

Using the MySejahtera mobile app also obviates the need to sign a physical logbook, which usually means using a shared pen – an unnecessary risk factor.

If you happen to be in that Maybank branch when that affected employee was present, you will be contacted and asked to self-quarantine and undergo a COVID-19 screening test.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is easily destroyed by soap, so the deep cleaning operation will definitely clean the branch of any infectious particles.

But most important of all – we need to remember to always wear a face mask in public. Face masks have been proven to prevent the spread and reduce the risk of being infected.

You should also keep physically distanced from other people, and maintain good hand hygiene.

 

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Maybank Alor Setar Main Closed After COVID-19 Exposure!

Maybank closed their Alor Setar Main branch today, after an employee there was confirmed to be in close contact with a COVID-19 patient under investigation!

 

Maybank Alor Setar Main : COVID-19 Exposure?

On 7 January 2021, Maybank announced that an employee at their Alor Setar Main headquarters at Jalan Sehala was confirmed to be in close contact with a COVID-19 patient under investigation.

Even though the close contact happened outside of the branch, Maybank closed their Alor Setar Main branch, for cleaning and sanitisation, until further notice.

As a precautionary measure, Maybank closed their Alor Setar Main headquarters, excluding its self-service terminals, for cleaning and sanitisation, until further notice.

 

Maybank Alor Setar Main : Official Statement On COVID-19 Exposure

This was the notice Maybank posted on the Alor Setar Main branch closure over COVID-19 exposure :

 

Maybank Alor Setar Main COVID-19 Infection : Do NOT Panic

Even though it is possible that one of the branch employees was infected, you should not panic…

They are definitely tracing contacts, which is why it is important to log your movements with MySejahtera, or the physical logbook.

While banks offer physical logbooks, we highly recommend that you use the MySejahtera mobile app, because it allows for easier and faster contact tracing.

Using the MySejahtera mobile app also obviates the need to sign a physical logbook, which usually means using a shared pen – an unnecessary risk factor.

If you happen to be in that Maybank branch when that affected employee was present, you will be contacted and asked to self-quarantine and undergo a COVID-19 screening test.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is easily destroyed by soap, so the deep cleaning operation will definitely clean the branch of any infectious particles.

But most important of all – we need to remember to always wear a face mask in public. Face masks have been proven to prevent the spread and reduce the risk of being infected.

You should also keep physically distanced from other people, and maintain good hand hygiene.

 

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Malaysia : Register For COVID-19 Vaccine Via MySejahtera

After the Malaysia COVID-19 vaccine plan was unveiled, it was announced that vaccination would be voluntary and registration will be done via the MySejahtera app.

Here is what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccination plan for Malaysia!

 

Malaysia : Register For COVID-19 Vaccine Via MySejahtera

On 5 January 2020, the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that COVID-19 vaccination will be voluntary in Malaysia.

He also said that Malaysians will have to (later) register for COVID-19 vaccination through a “sign-up feature” in the MySejahtera app.

Finally, he said that the government has not yet decided whether to offer free COVID-19 vaccinations to foreigners residing in Malaysia.

“We will have a meeting with the special committee in a couple of weeks.”

But the importance of vaccinating both documented and undocumented foreigners was not lost to him. He acknowledged that the more foreigners are vaccinated, the safer Malaysians will be.

“We need to vaccinate them to ensure that we and they are safe.”

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : 82.8% Coverage

Malaysia aims to achieve a vaccination coverage of 82.8%, which far exceeds the minimum 70% coverage some scientists believe is necessary to achieve herd immunity.

However, the consensus currently appears to shifting towards a higher 80% coverage for effective herd immunity against COVID-19.

In any case, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) today shared their plan to achieve their target of vaccinating 26.5 million citizens – 82.8% of the population.

Path To 82.8% COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage

This KKM infographic shows how Malaysia aims to vaccinate 82.8% of the population :

  • 20% will receive the BNT162b2 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech
  • 10% will receive the AZD1222 vaccine from AstraZeneca-Oxford
  • 10% will receive vaccines secured through the COVAX facility
  • 22% will receive the CoronaVac vaccine from Sinovac BioTech.
  • 10.8% will receive the Convidecia vaccine from CanSino Biologics.
  • 10% will receive the Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine from Gamaleya Research Institute.

So far, Malaysia has only confirmed the purchase of Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines.

Why So Many Vaccines?

According to KKM, they decided to purchase from different vaccine manufacturers to ensure a sufficient supply of vaccines.

We had earlier pointed out that it was impossible for any one, or two, or even three vaccine manufacturer to manufacture enough vaccines to vaccinate the entire world.

It only makes sense that Malaysia will need to purchase from multiple companies to receive enough doses to vaccinate its population.

The only problem with using six different vaccines? Healthcare workers and logistics will need to keep track and deal with different administration and storage requirements.

While it may be possible to avoid that by allocating different vaccines by location, it would make for bad optics and possibly poorer uptake of the vaccination program.

What They Did Not Mention Yet…

KKM did not announce any timeline, probably because the vaccine purchase plans have not actually been finalised with signed agreements.

KKM had earlier suggested that the earliest they can start vaccinating is in April 2021, but that is only for the Pfizer vaccine.

While it is possible that Malaysia may achieve 82.8% vaccination by the end of 2021, it will take considerable effort and the availability of all six vaccines by the middle of 2021.

Even so, herd immunity of the Malaysian population is unlikely to be achieved until end of 2021, or early 2022.

 

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2021 Samsung TV First Look : What Could They Reveal?

Samsung is slated to reveal their 2021 range of TV models at CES, but ahead of that, they are going to give everyone a sneak peek of sorts!

Could it be MicroLED (again)? Or Quantum Dot OLED (QD-OLED)? Tell us what YOU think!

 

2021 Samsung TV First Look : What Could They Reveal?

Samsung is slated to launch their 2021 range of TV models at CES 2021, with a press conference at 9 AM on 11 January 2021.

However, it looks like they will give us all a sneak peek of their new VD (Visual Display) technology on 7 January 2021 at 12 AM (GMT+8) here in Malaysia.

The global unveiling will be streamed online at the official Samsung website.

 

2021 Samsung TV First Look : MicroLED or QD Display?

Although Samsung isn’t telling us what they will showcase in the 7 January 2021 First Look, we believe it will be their MicroLED TV technology.

It first debuted in the 2019 The Wall – which won the 2019 Display of the Year Award. But this is a freaking expensive TV that is virtually a technology demo with a very niche market.

We believe that Samsung will “unveil” MicroLED as the new mainstream display technology for home entertainment enthusiasts to aspire to.

Unlike current LED TVs, a MicroLED TV will have a panel that uses microscopic LEDs as display pixels. This would allow for phenomenally high brightness and infinite contrast, with very wide colour gamut.

Samsung also claims that their new MicroLED technology can last for up to 100,000 hours.

They actually launched a new 110-inch MicroLED TV in South Korean on 10 December 2020, which they plan to launch globally in Q1 2021.

Priced at KRW 170 million (about US$157,000 / £115,000 / RM629,000), it has a 4K resolution with a built-in Majestic Sound System and a 5.1-channel speaker system.

On the other hand, Samsung may be unveiling their QD-OLED display – a hybrid of OLED and Quantum Dots, which they plan to start producing this year.

Samsung Display will invest 13.1 trillion won by 2025 to build “Q1 Line,” the world’s first QD display mass production line at Asan Campus. The new line is scheduled to start production in 2021 with an initial 30,000 sheets (8.5 generations) and will produce a huge QD display of 65 inches or larger.

This QD-OLED hybrid display would deliver higher brightness and wider colour gamuts, with incredible contrast ratios.

Best of all – it will be easier to manufacture, which means lower production costs, and lower prices for consumers.

On the other hand, Samsung is only kicking off QD-OLED manufacturing this year… which means this may not be ready for primetime yet.

So what do YOU think? Will Samsung be unveiling MicroLED or QD-OLED on 7 January 2021?

 

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Shopping Malls With COVID-19 Cases : Misleading!

A PowerPoint presentation on Klang Valley shopping malls with COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days has gone viral, but it is really misleading.

Find out what happened, and what the facts really are!

 

Shopping Malls With COVID-19 Cases : The Viral List

The PowerPoint presentation was prepared by Sensata Technologies Malaysia, apparently for their internal use.

It boasts that no Sensata Technologies Malaysia employee has tested positive for COVID-19, and included a list of shopping malls with COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days.

It appears to suggest that STM employees should not go to these shopping malls, or any shopping mall, to ensure they won’t get infected.

 

Shopping Malls With COVID-19 Cases : Misleading!

The list of shopping malls with COVID-19 cases was compiled by Sensata Technologies Malaysia based on the MySejahtera app.

The list accurately shows what MySejahtera reported, but the list is MISLEADING and here are the reasons why…

Reason #1 : KKM Confirmed That It’s Misleading

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) confirmed that this list is misleading, because of the reasons below…

Reason #2 : MySejahtera Does Not Show Cases For Specific Locations

The MySejahtera app allows you to look up specific locations, but it will NOT show the case numbers for any specific location.

It is not possible for anyone to use MySejahtera to find out that IKEA Damansara has 3 cases, for example.

MySejahtera will only show you the number of reported COVID-19 cases within a 1 km radius. That’s a 3.14 square kilometre area.

Reason #3 : MySejahtera Shows Cases In 1 KM Radius In Past 14 Days

The MySejahtera Hot Spot tracker feature only lists the number of reported COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days.

If you try it out now, you can search for Pavilion KL, and it will say,

There have been 804 reported case(s) of COVID-19 within a 1 km radius from your searched location in the last 14 days.

It cannot be used to confirm that Pavilion KL has 834 cases on 1 January 2021, and 804 cases on 2 January 2021.

What those numbers mean is that on 1 January 2021, the area surrounding Pavilion KL had 834 cases, and that dropped to 804 cases on 2 January 2021.

 

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78-Card RTX 3080 Mining Rig Almost Operational!

The mega crypto mining rig, built using 78 GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards, is almost operational!

Check it out, and find out why crypto-miners are buying graphics cards by the pallets!

 

78-Card RTX 3080 Mining Rig Almost Operational!

You may have seen Simon Byrne’s crypto-mining rig, that uses 78 GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards arranged in an array of 13 x 6 cards.

That 78-card RTX 3080 mining rig, which he calls Bertha 2, is almost operational. In this latest picture he shared, you can see the GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards powered up.

In case you are wondering what Berta – his first-generation mining rig – looks like, here is a photo he shared :

 

How Much Money Can This RTX 3080 Crypto Mining Rig Make?

Just how much money can Simon make from this crypto-mining rig?

Officially, RTX 3080 cards start at $699, but due to the shortage of cards, they are now selling for about $1,199 each.

So the cards in this rig alone would cost approximately $93,522. Let’s call it a flat $100,000 for the whole rig, plus power supplies.

The average commercial electricity rate in Las Vegas (where he’s based) is 8.43 cents per kWh. So electricity should cost about $1444 per month. Let’s make that $2166 per month (+50%) to account for cooling costs.

Each GeForce RTX 3080 has a hash rate of 83.57 MH/s using the Ethash (Phoenix) algorithm, which should generate approximately 0.22236870 ETH worth US$165 every month.

So the total rig of 78 cards should generate 17.3447586 ETH worth $12,840 per month. Deducting electricity costs, that’s a net profit of $10,674 per month or $128,088 per year!

That’s an incredible ROI of 10.7% per month, which means he recovers the cost of the entire rig in just under 9.5 months.

No wonder crypto miners are buying up graphics cards by the pallets… at the expense of PC gamers all around the world!

Simon assured gamers that he doesn’t buy his cards from the regular retail supply chain. However, the large-scale purchase of graphics cards for crypto-mining is a major cause of graphics card shortage across the world.

 

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Malaysia RMCO / PKPP Extended To 31 March 2021!

Malaysia officially extended the RMCO / PKPP restrictions for another 3 months, to 31 March 2021!

Here is a quick refresher on the RMCO / PKPP, including the new SOP announced in December 2020.

 

Malaysia RMCO / PKPP Extended To 31 March 2021!

RMCO / PKPP is short for Recovery Movement Control Order. It is a lenient form of COVID-19 restrictions that was supposed to end on 31 December 2020.

Unfortunately, after 203 days, COVID-19 cases in Malaysia has only increased to over 113,000, with 471 deaths.

So the Malaysian government ordered a further 3 month extension of the RMCO / PKPP restrictions, to 31 March 2021!

The CMCO / PKPB restrictions, which were recently extended for 6 states / territories, will remain until 14 January 2020.

After travel restrictions were lifted, the only real differences is that areas under CMCO have these two additional restrictions :

 

Malaysia RMCO / PKPP : New December 2020 SOP!

Here is the new, updated MKN SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed in RMCO / PKPP areas in Malaysia :

GENERAL

  • Nationwide travel is allowed, except to EMCO (PKPD) areas.
  • Private and commercial vehicles are allowed to carry up to their maximum passenger capacity.
  • High risk individuals and children are not encouraged to go out.
  • All activities and services at airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation, like buses, express buses, LRT / MRT / ERL / Monorail / ferry / airlines / taxi / e-hailing vehicles are allowed to operate as normal.
  • Food delivery services are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 2 AM.

ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

  • All business, economic and industrial activity can proceed as usual.
  • Businesses must ensure that customers are physically distanced by 1 meter while entering or leaving their premises.
  • Businesses must limit the number of customers within their premise, and publicly display the maximum number of customers allowed inside.
  • Businesses must ensure that customers check in using MySejahtera or write in the logbook.
  • Businesses must scan the body temperature of customers, and those with a body temperature of 37.5 °C are not permitted to enter.
  • All employees, suppliers and customers must wear a face mask at all times.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate as usual.
  • Restaurants, food stores, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, food stalls, food kiosks, groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM until 2 AM.
  • Dine-in is allowed, with 1 meter distance between every person.
  • Daily, wholesale, farmer’s and night markets are allowed to open as usual.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open as usual.
  • Laundry services are allowed to open as usual.
  • All other permitted businesses are allowed to operate as usual.
  • All other essential activities NOT listed in the Negative List are permitted, subject to the existing SOPs.

HEALTHCARE

  • Public and private clinics and hospitals are allowed to open 24 hours.
  • Pharmacies and drugstores are allowed to open as normal.

FISHING, FARMING, PLANTATION INDUSTRIES

  • The fishing, farming, plantation, livestock and related food chain industries are allowed to operate as normal.

RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES

  • All religious activities are allowed, subject to the relevant SOPs.

ENTERTAINMENT, RECREATION + CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

  • Entertainment centres, pubs and night clubs are forbidden to open, except for F&B services.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds and cinemas are allowed to open.

CREATIVE INDUSTRY

  • All activities are allowed as usual, subject to the Creative Sector SOP.

SPORTS + RECREATION

  • All sports and recreational activities are allowed, subject to the Sports & Recreation Sector SOP.
  • Sporting events and competitions with spectators and/or with participants from other countries are forbidden.

EDUCATION

  • All public and private schools, institutions of higher learning, vocational training institutes, kindergartens, day care centres, tahfiz centres, public parks and recreation centres are allowed to operate as usual.
  • Tuition, music, dance, art, language classes are allowed to operate as usual.
  • Kindergartens, nurseries and childcare centres are allowed to operate as usual, subject to the SOP.

SEMINARS / WORKSHOPS / CONFERENCES

  • All seminars, workshops, courses, training, conferences, lectures and MICE (Meeting, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) are allowed, subject to SOP.
  • Face to face meetings in offices, hotels and convention centres are allowed, with physical distancing and the wearing of face masks.

CELEBRATIONS

  • Official and unofficial government and private ceremonies, and social events like weddings, banquets, engagement parties, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, birthdays, anniversary parties, reunions are allowed, subject to SOP.

TOURISM

  • All domestic tourism activities that cross into or out of the EMCO or CMCO areas (except green zones) are forbidden.
  • Overseas tourism is forbidden.
  • Domestic tourism involving foreign tourists (except from countries approved by the Minister) is forbidden.
  • Tour companies are allowed to operate, based on existing SOP.
  • Hotels are allowed to provide accommodation.
  • Restaurants, including F&B outlets and lounges are allowed.

 

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Fact Check : PDRM Alert On 2021 New Year Eve Celebrations!

Is the PDRM alert about a major operation to target the 2021 New Year Eve celebrations genuine?

Find out what’s going on, and what the facts are!

 

Claim : PDRM Alert On 2021 New Year Eve Celebrations

This warning went out on social media today, warning about a major PDRM operation to target the 2021 New Year Eve celebrations.

Here is the original warning in Bahasa Malaysia, followed by our English translation below :

“PDRM ALERT”

*Operasi Besar-besaran Sempena Sambutan Ambang Tahun Baru 2021
Seluruh Negara

Tarikh: 31.12.2020
Masa: Jam 10 malam hingga jam 2 pagi
Lokasi: Seluruh Negara

Operasi ini melibatkan semua unit Ibu Pejabat Polis Negeri dan Daerah termasuk Balai-Balai Luar, antaranya seperti berikut:-
Semua Unit Kereta Peronda (MPV)
Semua Pegawai dan Anggota Trafik
Unit Rondaan Bermotosikal (URB)
Team serbuan dan tangkapan Cawangan Jenayah
Team serbuan dan Tangkapan Cawangan Narkotik
Risikan Maklumat Cawangan Khas (SB)
Team Pemantauan dan Kompoun COVID 19

AMARAN
Tidak dibenarkan sebarang Sambutan dan konvoi kenderaan.
Tidak dibenarkan sebarang perhimpunan dan pembakaran bunga api.
KECUALI yang mendapat kebenaran bertulis dari pihak PDRM setelah tapisan syarat yang ketat dikeluarkan.
Akta 342 Kawalan Penyakit-berjangkit masih berkuatkuasa.
Tumpuan dan tindakan utama operasi mencegah aktiviti Bermotosikal dan lumba haram.
Tangkapan dan pendakwaan akan dikenakan terhadap semua pelanggaran undang-undang seperti di atas.

#SayangKeluargaAnda
#SayangiRm1000
#KitaJagaKita

“PDRM ALERT”

* Massive Operation in Conjunction with the New Year Eve Celebration 2021 Across The Country

Date: 31.12.2020
Time: 10 PM to 2 AM
Location: Nationwide

This operation involves all units at the State and District Police Headquarters including External Stations, including : –
All Patrol Car Units (MPV)
All Traffic Officers and Members
Motorcycle Patrol Unit (URB)
Raiding and arrest teams of the Criminal Branch
Raiding and arrest teams of the Narcotics Branch
Special Branch (SB) Intelligence
COVID-19 Monitoring and Compound Team

WARNING
No any Celebrations and convoys of vehicles are allowed.
No fireworks assembly and burning are not allowed, EXCEPT with written permission from the PDRM after a strict condition screening is issued.
Act 342 Control of Infectious Disease is still in force.
The main focus and action of operations is to prevent motorcycle and illegal racing activities.
Arrests and prosecutions will be imposed on all violations of the law as above.

 

PDRM Alert On 2021 New Year Eve Celebrations : Possibly True

We attempted to verify the warning with PDRM, but they have not replied as of 9 PM.

Therefore, we are unable to confirm if there is actually a massive operation planned. However, we believe it is “possibly true” to some extent, because…

Fact #1 : PDRM Warned About Increase Inspection + Monitoring

On 28 December 2020, PDRM issued a statement regarding the year-end holidays and the 2021 New Year celebrations.

It acknowledge that people will be travelling and visiting each other, and this would likely lead to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

They reminded everyone to follow the SOP strictly, and warned that PDRM will increase their inspection and monitoring to ensure that the SOP is followed.

Fact #2 : New Year Eve Celebrations Are NOT Allowed

On 28 December 2020, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the Malaysian government will NOT allow mass gatherings for the 2021 New Year Eve celebrations.

As a result, firework displays at the top New Year celebration spots like The Curve  and IPC Shopping Centre in Mutiara Damansara, Dataran Merdeka in downtown KL, and Resort World Genting in Genting Highlands, have been cancelled.

Fact #3 : PDRM Declined To Issue Any Permit For 2021 New Year Eve Celebrations

According to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador, PDRM received requests for firework displays for the 2021 New Year Eve celebrations.

However, he said that PDRM decline to issue any permit for any 2021 New Year Eve celebration, including firework displays.

He also pointed out that this is in line with the 28 December 2020 announcement (Fact #2) that no mass gathering is permitted.

 

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan Revealed!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health just unveiled the government’s COVID-19 vaccine plan.

Take a look at what’s in store for COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia in 2021!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Two Vaccines Purchased So Far

Malaysia has so far signed agreements to purchase two vaccines in 2021 :

However, that only allows the vaccination of 9.6 million people – roughly 30% of the Malaysian population, hardly enough to achieve herd immunity in Malaysia.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : 82.8% Coverage

Malaysia aims to achieve a vaccination coverage of 82.8%, which far exceeds the minimum 70% coverage some scientists believe is necessary to achieve herd immunity.

However, the consensus currently appears to shifting towards a higher 80% coverage for effective herd immunity against COVID-19.

In any case, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) today shared their plan to achieve their target of vaccinating 26.5 million citizens – 82.8% of the population.

Path To 82.8% COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage

This KKM infographic shows how Malaysia aims to vaccinate 82.8% of the population :

  • 20% will receive the BNT162b2 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech
  • 10% will receive the AZD1222 vaccine from AstraZeneca-Oxford
  • 10% will receive vaccines secured through the COVAX facility
  • 22% will receive the CoronaVac vaccine from Sinovac BioTech.
  • 10.8% will receive the Convidecia vaccine from CanSino Biologics.
  • 10% will receive the Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine from Gamaleya Research Institute.

So far, Malaysia has only confirmed the purchase of Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines.

Why So Many Vaccines?

According to KKM, they decided to purchase from different vaccine manufacturers to ensure a sufficient supply of vaccines.

We had earlier pointed out that it was impossible for any one, or two, or even three vaccine manufacturer to manufacture enough vaccines to vaccinate the entire world.

It only makes sense that Malaysia will need to purchase from multiple companies to receive enough doses to vaccinate its population.

The only problem with using six different vaccines? Healthcare workers and logistics will need to keep track and deal with different administration and storage requirements.

While it may be possible to avoid that by allocating different vaccines by location, it would make for bad optics and possibly poorer uptake of the vaccination program.

What They Did Not Mention Yet…

KKM did not announce any timeline, probably because the vaccine purchase plans have not actually been finalised with signed agreements.

KKM had earlier suggested that the earliest they can start vaccinating is in April 2021, but that is only for the Pfizer vaccine.

While it is possible that Malaysia may achieve 82.8% vaccination by the end of 2021, it will take considerable effort and the availability of all six vaccines by the middle of 2021.

Even so, herd immunity of the Malaysian population is unlikely to be achieved until end of 2021, or early 2022.

 

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Alliance Bank : 5 Branches Closed After COVID-19 Exposure!

Alliance Bank shut down 5 branches after at least three employees were confirmed to be positive for COVID-19.

Find out what happened, and whether you should be concerned!

 

Alliance Bank : At Least Three Employees Positive For COVID-19

Alliance Bank closed these five branches / offices after at least three employees tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Alliance Bank Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur
  • Alliance Bank direct marketing office at Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur
  • Alliance Bank Star Boulevard KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
  • Alliance Bank Jalan Gaya, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
  • Alliance Bank lending hub in Puchong Jaya, Selangor

All five branches will remain closed for sanitisation, until further notice.

At least three Alliance Bank employees are known to be positive for COVID-19 :

  • Employee 1 worked at the Puchong Jaya lending hub, and was last at work on 22 December 2020.
  • Employee 2 worked at the Jalan Ipoh branch, and visited the Star Boulevard branch. This employee was last at work on 24 December 2020.
  • Employee 3 worked at the direct marketing office, and was last at work on 28 December 2020.

Alliance Bank did not mention why their Jalan Gaya branch in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, was also closed for sanitisation.

It could have been due to infected employee(s), or an exposure to a customer with COVID-19.

 

Alliance Bank COVID-19 Exposure : Do NOT Panic!

Even though quite a number of Alliance Bank branches were affected, you should not panic…

They are definitely tracing contacts, which is why it is important to log your movements with MySejahtera, or the physical logbook.

While banks offer physical logbooks, we highly recommend that you use the MySejahtera mobile app, because it allows for easier and faster contact tracing.

Using the MySejahtera mobile app also obviates the need to sign a physical logbook, which usually means using a shared pen – an unnecessary risk factor.

If you happen to be in close contact with any of those affected Alliance Bank employees, you will be contacted and asked to self-quarantine and undergo a COVID-19 screening test.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is easily destroyed by soap, so the sanitisation operations will definitely clean the branches of any infectious particles.

But most important of all – we need to remember to always wear a face mask in public. Face masks have been proven to prevent the spread and reduce the risk of being infected.

 

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Jabil Circuit Penang : Closed After 21 COVID-19 Cases!

Plant 1 of Jabil Circuit Penang was shut down until 7 January 2021 after 21 employees tested positive for COVID-19 in a screening test!

 

Jabil Circuit Penang : 21 Employees Positive For COVID-19!

On 29 December 2020, Plant 1 at Jabil Circuit Penang was shut down by the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) after 21 employees there tested positive for COVID-19.

They were part of over 2,000 Jabil Circuit Penang employees who underwent screening tests from 18 to 25 November 2020.

Only Plant 1 was shut down, with Jabil Circuit Penang’s other sites remaining operational.

The notice posted outside Plant 1 of Jabil Circuit Penang stated that KKM closed it down from 3 PM on 29 December 2020, until 7 January 2021.

Their statement released today said, “Jabil is complying with all the necessary precautionary measures and working closely with the MOH, local government officials and local health authorities to follow protocol.

 

Jabil Circuit Penang COVID Exposure : Should You Be Concerned?

As per MOH guidelines, they will be performing contact tracing, and contacting those who came in close contact with the affected employees.

If you happened to be in close contact with the affected Jabil Circuit Penang employees, you will be contacted and asked to self-quarantine as well as undergo a screening test.

This case highlights the risks of staying in close quarters in worker hostels, and why the government continues to insist that office employees must work from home.

You are only at risk if you come into close contact with these affected employees, including outsiders supplying and transporting in and out of their factory.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is easily destroyed by soap, so a deep cleaning operation will definitely clear the building of any infectious particles, albeit only temporarily.

The best way to protect yourself is to always wear a face mask in public. Face masks have been proven to prevent the spread and reduce the risk of being infected.

 

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COVID-19 Hot Spot Areas In KL : Hoax Debunked!

The map of COVID-19 hot spot areas in KL has gone viral on WhatsApp, but it’s really just a hoax.

Find out what happened, and what the facts really are!

 

COVID-19 Hot Spot Areas In KL : The Viral Map

This is the map that went viral on WhatsApp – showing 7233 cases in seven COVID-19 hot spot areas in KL :

  • Dorsett KL : 1446 cases
  • Pavilion : 1419 cases
  • Times Square : 1419 cases
  • Lot 10 : 1066 cases
  • Low Yat Plaza : 1027 cases
  • Wisma Genting : 701 cases
  • Petaling Street : 155 cases

 

COVID-19 Hot Spot Areas In KL : Hoax Debunked!

The map of COVID-19 hot spot areas in KL claims to be based on the MySejahtera app.

However, it is FALSE and here are the reasons why…

Reason #1 : KKM Confirms It’s False

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) confirmed that this map is false.

Reason #2 : MySejahtera Does Not Show Cases For Specific Locations

The MySejahtera app allows you to look up specific locations, but it will NOT show the case numbers for any specific location.

So it is not possible for anyone to use MySejahtera to find out that Low Yat Plaza has 1027 cases, for example.

Reason #3 : MySejahtera Shows Cases In 1 KM Radius In Past 14 Days

The MySejahtera Hot Spot tracker feature only lists the number of reported COVID-19 cases within a 1 km radius in the last 14 days.

In other words, it shows you how many COVID-19 cases were reported within a 3.14 square kilometre area over the past 14 days.

If you try it out now, you can search for Pavilion KL, and it will say,

There have been 805 reported case(s) of COVID-19 within a 1 km radius from your searched location in the last 14 days.

 

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HUAWEI New Year Gift Scam : Don’t Click Or Share!

Watch out for the HUAWEI New Year Gift scam that’s circulating on WhatsApp!

Do NOT click or share. Just delete it, and WARN YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

 

HUAWEI New Year Gift Scam : Do NOT Click Or Share!

Scammers are sending out this message on WhatsApp, claiming that HUAWEI is giving away New Year gifts.

Please do NOT click on the message, or share it. Just delete it and warn your family and friends!

 

Why This HUAWEI New Year Gift Offer Is A Scam

Let us show you why this HUAWEI New Year Gift offer (and similar offers) is just a scam.

If you spot any of these warning signs, BACK OFF and DO NOT PROCEED!

Warning Sign #1 : Not Using The Real HUAWEI Domain

A genuine HUAWEI campaign would use the real HUAWEI domain – www.huawei.com.

The use of a different domain (2021-whatsapp3w.bar) should warn you that this is not a legitimate HUAWEI website.

Warning Sign #2 : HUAWEI Does Not Give Away Free Gifts

HUAWEI is a for-profit corporation whose goal is to make money, not give it away.

They are not a charity, and will never give free gifts to celebrate a new year, or anniversary.

They only give free gifts to promote the purchase of their latest products.

Warning Sign #3 : Ridiculous Prizes

While brands may sometimes give away branded swag like a face mask, a t-shirt, or a cap; they will NEVER give away CASH as a prize.

And there is no way they would give away US$5,000 cash prizes. That’s just nuts! It should be cheaper to just give away one of their latest Mate 40 Pro smartphones.

 

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Maybank B40 Subsidy Scam : Do NOT Click Or Call!

Watch out for the new Maybank B40 subsidy scam! It is a phishing attack to gain access to your Maybank account!

Do NOT click or call. Just delete it, and WARN YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

 

Maybank B40 Subsidy Scam : Do NOT Click Or Call!

Scammers are sending out this SMS claiming that Maybank (MBB) will issue the B40 subsidy after you fill in some information.

Please do NOT click on the message, or call the telephone number. Just delete it and warn your family and friends!

 

Why This Maybank B40 Subsidy Offer Is Just A Scam

Let us show you why this Maybank B40 subsidy offer (and similar offers) is just a scam.

If you spot any of these warning signs, BACK OFF and DO NOT PROCEED!

Warning Sign #1 : No Such B40 Subsidy Program

The Malaysian government has not announced any B40 subsidy program.

Neither would Maybank offer free money for the B40. It’s a bank, not a charity.

Warning Sign #2 : Bad Grammar

The bad English grammar should be a warning sign that this is not a legitimate offer.

Warning Sign #3 : Not Using The Real Maybank Domain

A genuine Maybank campaign would use the real Maybank domain – www.maybank.com.my.

The use of a different domain should warn you that this is not a legitimate Maybank website.

In fact, Google Chrome will warn you that this website is a phishing attack – to get your personal and banking information.

Warning Sign #4 : Asking You For Your Information

The banks – whether they are Maybank, Public Bank, CIMB, etc – will NEVER ask you to fill in your personal details.

Think about it – they already have your information because you have an account with them!

Even if there is a legitimate B40 subsidy programme, they only need you to log into your Maybank account. They do NOT need you to register your details again.

These scammers ask you for these details so they can use them in phishing calls, to convince you that they are really from Maybank.

Warning Sign #5 : Asking You For Your Bank Login!!!

This is a BIG warning sign. Banks will NEVER ask you for your user name and password.

If you key in this information, you are basically giving these scammers access to your Maybank account.

They will call or message you and try to get your TAC (Transaction Authorisation Code) number that is sent to your mobile number. DO NOT GIVE THAT TO THEM!

If you sent them your user name and password, please contact the bank immediately, and change your password!

 

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Auto Global Parts Industries : Closed With 94 COVID Cases!

Auto Global Parts Industries shut down indefinitely after 94 employees tested positive for COVID-19 in a screening test!

 

Auto Global Parts Industries : 94 Employees Positive For COVID-19!

On 28 December 2020, New Hoong Fatt Holdings Berhad announced that 94 employees at Auto Global Parts Industries in Meru, Klang tested positive for COVID-19.

This affected employees tested positive during a screening test carried out on 24 December 2020, involving a total of 314 employees.

They are all now receiving treatment at designated government facilities, and their primary contacts have also been identified.

New Hoong Fatt Holdings Berhad decided to close Auto Global Parts Industries from 25 December 2020 until further notice for disinfection and sanitisation.

They will also disinfect and sanitise their foreign employees’ hostels, as per KKM guidelines.

Fortunately, this did not affect their plastic parts factory located at a different location, which is still in operation. Their office operations are also unaffected, with Management and supervisory staff working from home.

 

Auto Global Parts Industries COVID Exposure : Should You Be Concerned?

As per MOH guidelines, they will be performing contact tracing, and contacting those who came in close contact with the affected employee.

If you happened to be in close contact with the affected Auto Global Parts Industries employees, you will be contacted and asked to self-quarantine as well as undergo a screening test.

This case highlights the risks of staying in close quarters in worker hostels, and why the government continues to insist that office employees must work from home.

You are only at risk if you come into close contact with these affected employees, including outsiders supplying and transporting in and out of their factory.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is easily destroyed by soap, so the deep cleaning operation will definitely clean the building of any infectious particles, albeit only temporarily.

The best way to protect yourself is to always wear a face mask in public. Face masks have been proven to prevent the spread and reduce the risk of being infected.

 

Auto Global Parts Industries : Official Statement On COVID-19 Cases

This was the official statement posted by New Hoong Fatt Holdings Berhad on 28 December 2020 :

New Hoong Fatt Holdings Berhad (“the Company”) had commenced its planned precautionary COVID-19 testing of all foreign and local employees of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Auto Global Parts Industries Sdn Bhd (“AGP”). The screening test was conducted on 24 December 2020 at AGP’s metal parts production factory in Meru, Klang, involving a total of 314 employees.

There were 94 employees of AGP have been tested positive for COVID-19 during the planned screening test. The affected employees are currently receiving appropriate treatment at designated Government facilities as directed by the Ministry of Health Malaysia (“KKM”) and all primary contacts of the affected employees have been identified.

As an immediate response to protect the health and safety of the workforce and the community at large, the Company has temporarily closed the affected metal parts production factory from 25 December 2020 until further notice to contain potential infection. The Management of AGP is undertaking disinfection and sanitisation procedures on the affected production factory as well as on foreign employees’ hostels as per the guidelines provided by KKM. In addition, the Company has notified all employees as well as AGP’s suppliers and customers about the confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The Company’s plastic parts production factory, which is situated at a different location, is currently in operation. The office operations are unaffected as the Company has been practicing working from home for its Management and supervisory staff. The Company will continue to adhere to COVID-19 preventive standard operating procedures issued by the relevant authorities from time to time and work closely with the relevant authorities to ensure the health and safety of all its employees.

As this has been planned by the Management, the temporary closure of the metal parts production factory is not expected to have any material impact on the Group’s revenue and earnings for the financial year ending 31 December 2020.

 

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Crypto Mining Rig With 78 GeForce RTX 3080 Cards!

Take a look at this crypto-mining rig powered by 78 GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards, and find out why crypto miners are buying graphics cards by the pallets!

 

Crypto Mining Rig With 78 GeForce RTX 3080 Cards!

Can’t find an affordable GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card? That’s because crypto-mining is one of the reasons why there is a shortage of graphics cards worldwide.

Here is a crypto-mining rig being built by Simon Byrne, using the 78 GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards arranged in an array of 13 x 6 cards.

With a power consumption of 300 watts per card, that’s crypto-mining rig would require at least 23.4 kilowatts of power to run, and a lot of air-conditioning to keep them cool!

Update : This GeForce RTX 3080 mining rig is almost operational!

 

How Much Money Can This RTX 3080 Crypto Mining Rig Make?

Just how much money can Simon make from this crypto-mining rig?

Officially, RTX 3080 cards start at $699, but due to the shortage of cards, they are now selling for about $1,199 each.

So the cards in this rig alone would cost approximately $93,522. Let’s call it a flat $100,000 for the whole rig, plus power supplies.

The average commercial electricity rate in Las Vegas (where he’s based) is 8.43 cents per kWh. So electricity should cost about $1444 per month. Let’s make that $2166 per month (+50%) to account for cooling costs.

Each GeForce RTX 3080 has a hash rate of 83.57 MH/s using the Ethash (Phoenix) algorithm, which should generate approximately 0.22236870 ETH worth US$165 every month.

So the total rig of 78 cards should generate 17.3447586 ETH worth $12,840 per month. Deducting electricity costs, that’s a net profit of $10,674 per month or $128,088 per year!

That’s an incredible ROI of 10.7% per month, which means he recovers the cost of the entire rig in just under 9.5 months.

No wonder crypto miners are buying up graphics cards by the pallets… at the expense of PC gamers all around the world!

 

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