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NKVE Concrete Slab Collapsed, Injuring Two Workers!

DASH Highway Scaffolding Collapsed, Injuring Two Workers!

Steel scaffolding from the DASH highway under construction collapsed today, injuring two workers!

Here is what we know so far…

 

DASH Highway Scaffolding Collapsed, Injuring Two Workers!

At around 7 PM today (19 June 2021), steel scaffolding from the DASH highway under construction near the Kota Damansara toll of the NKVE highway collapsed.

Two Bangladeshi workers (between 20 and 40 years old) were under the steel scaffolding when it fell from a height of about 12 metres.

Both workers suffered injuries from the flying debris, and have been taken to the Sungai Buloh Hospital for treatment.

Photo courtesy of Bomba Selangor

Photo courtesy of Bomba Selangor

 

PROLINTAS Statement On DASH Scaffolding Collapse

PROLINTAS, the developer of the DASH highway, issued a stop work order, and their ERT (Emergency Response Team) had already started to remove the debris.

Here is our English translation of the PROLINTAS statement on the incident :

STEEL SCAFFOLDING COLLAPSE INCIDENT AT HIGHWAY UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Kuala Lumpur, 19 June 2021 – Project Lintasan Damansara-Shah Alam Sdn. Bhd., the developer for the DASH (Damansara-Shah Alam Elevated Highway) construction project confirms that there was an incident where steel scaffolding fell inside the DASH construction area near Kota Damansara late this afternoon.

In that incident, two Bangladeshi workers suffered injuries and were brought to the Sungai Buloh Hospital for treatment. The incident did not involve highway users or the public because it happened within a closed construction area. The DASG Emergency Response Team (ERT) was on site to control traffic and remove the steel scaffolding.

A stop work order was issued immediately. The developer and main contractor will give their full cooperation to the relevant authorities investigating this incident.

We will issue follow-up statements regarding this incident from time to time.

 

More Pictures Of DASH Highway Scaffolding Collapse

 

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PDRM : 50% Discount On Traffic Offences For 1 Month!

PDRM is offering up to 50% discount on traffic offences for 1 month! Here is what you need to know!

 

PDRM : 50% Discount On Traffic Offences For 1 Month!

On 17 June 2021, the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) announced that they will offer 50% discount on traffic offences from 18 June until 18 July 2021.

The discounts will also apply to fines in the black list category, but will NOT include

  • summonses under court review,
  • major offences committed in 2021,
  • offences involving heavy vehicles, or
  • offences exhaust modification.

 

How To Get 50% Discount On Traffic Offences

The 50% discount on traffic offences is only valid for ONLINE PAYMENT.

In fact, PDRM announced that they will close all payment counters in police district and contingent headquarters, to prevent people queuing up and creating new COVID-19 clusters.

To get the 50% discount, you will need to use one of these options :

  1. MyBayar Saman online : https://mybayar.rmp.gov.my/
  2. Google Play Store
  3. Apple App Store
  4. HUAWEI App Gallery

PDRM also shared that MyBayar Saman has been upgraded to allow companies and business entities to register as a user, and make payments.

 

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Malaysia Approves CanSino + J&J COVID-19 Vaccines!

KKM has conditionally approved the CanSino and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines for use in Malaysia!

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

 

Malaysia Approves CanSino + J&J COVID-19 Vaccines!

On 15 June 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that both the CanSino and Johnson & Johnson vaccines against COVID1-9 received conditional approval :

  1. Convidecia Recombinant Novel Coronavirus Vaccine (Adenovirus Type 5 Vector)
    Registrant : Solution Biologics Sdn. Bhd.
    Manufacturer : CanSino Biologics Inc, China
  2. Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine
    Registrant : None (under COVAX Facility)
    Manufacturer : NA

Interestingly, both of these are single dose vaccines, which should make for easier and faster COVID-19 vaccinations.

 

CanSino + J&J COVID-19 Vaccines : A Quick Primer

The CanSino Convidecia vaccine works similarly to other viral vector vaccines, like the AstraZeneca AZD1222 and Gamaleya Sputnik V vaccines.

It uses a modified Ad5 virus containing the DNA instructions for the SARS-CoV-2 protein spike, which are then created by your own cells and presented on their surfaces.

These “foreign” protein spikes triggers the body’s immune system, which then makes antigens to target these spikes.

Recommended : CanSino COVID-19 Vaccine : What You Need To Know!

The Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine is similar to the CanSino Convidecia vaccine, except it uses a modified Ad26 virus to carry the DNA instructions for the SARS-CoV-2 protein spike.

Once injected, the DNA instructions are used to manufacture the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, which is presented on the cell surface to trigger our immune system.

The antibodies they create will attack the real SARS-CoV-2 virus, which would prevent or mitigate an infection.

 

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Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Approved For Children In Malaysia!

The Ministry of Health just announced that they approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for use in children 12 years and older in Malaysia!

Here is what we know so far…

 

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Approved For Children In Malaysia!

On 15 June 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) approved the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in children 12 years and above.

You may recall that the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine was first approved for use in adults 18 years and above on 8 January 2021.

With this approval, children aged 12 years and above will soon be able to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

However, KKM expressed their view that the COVID-19 vaccines should be prioritised towards the high-risk groups – like senior citizens with co-morbidities.

 

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine : A Quick Primer

The Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine (BNT162b2) 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.

Recommended : Pfizer + Moderna mRNA Vaccines : How Do They Work?

 

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20 FREE Steam Games + DLCs : 14 June 2021 Update!

Here are 11 games and 9 DLCs you can add to your Steam account for FREE, and they are yours to keep forever!

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Note On Free Steam Games + DLCs

Please note that some of these Steam games are not directly available on the Steam store. Please follow the instructions below.

Also, if any of the Steam games or DLCs are no longer free, please just let us know so we can remove them.

Thank you, and happy gaming!

 

Steam Games That Are FREE To Download + Keep!

Free Steam Game #1 : Titan Souls

Between our world and the world beyond lie the Titan Souls, the spiritual source and sum of all living things.

Now scattered amongst the ruins and guarded by the idle titans charged with their care, a solitary hero armed with but a single arrow is once again assembling shards of the Titan Soul in a quest for truth and power.

Follow these steps to get Titan Souls for FREE by 15 June 2021 (1 AM @ GMT+8)

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the Titan Souls page on Steam.
  3. Click on the green Add to Account button to add it to your Steam account.
    You can choose to install it now, or postpone the installation.

That’s it! It is now part of your Steam account, and you can download and install it anytime you want!

Free Steam Game #2 : Surviving Mars Deluxe Edition

Welcome Home! The time has come to stake your claim on the Red Planet and build the first functioning human colonies on Mars!

All you need are supplies, oxygen, decades of training, experience with sandstorms, and a can-do attitude to discover the purpose of those weird black cubes that appeared out of nowhere.

With a bit of sprucing up, this place is going to be awesome!

Make sure you follow these steps to get Surviving Mars Deluxe Edition for FREE by 15 June 2021 at 1 AM (GMT+8).

  1. Log into Humble Bundle, or create your free account.
  2. Go to the Surviving Mars Deluxe Edition giveaway page.
  3. Click on the green Get The Game button.
  4. Check the Subscribe to newsletter (if you have not already done so earlier).
  5. Click on the green Get It Now button.
  6. Click on Link Steam Account (if you have not already done so earlier).
  7. Go to the Purchases page and select Surviving Mars Deluxe Edition.
  8. Scroll down to the bottom and select Reveal Steam Key to get your Steam key.
  9. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  10. Go to Games > Activate a Product on Steam…
  11. Key in the Steam code and click Next to redeem it!

That’s it! It’s now added to your Steam account, and can be downloaded and installed anytime you want!

Free Steam Game + DLC #3 : Museum Of Other Realities

The Museum of Other Realities (MOR) is an immersive multiplayer art showcase in VR.

Step into a painting, surround yourself with fantastic sounds, experience art with your friends as it evolves and takes form.

Follow these steps to get Museum of Other Realities + one DLC for FREE by 21 June 2021 (2 PM @ GMT+8)

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the Museum of Other Realities page on Steam.
  3. Click on the green Add to Account button to add it to your Steam account.
    You can choose to install it now, or postpone the installation.
  4. Go to the Immersive Arcade Showcase page on Steam.
  5. Click on the green Add to Account button to add it to your Steam account.
    You can choose to install it now, or postpone the installation.

That’s it! They are now part of your Steam account, and you can download and install them anytime you want!

Free Steam Games #4 : Tell Me Why (Three Chapters)

Tell Me Why is the latest narrative adventure from DONTNOD Entertainment, the studio behind the beloved franchise Life is Strange.

In this intimate mystery, reunited twins Tyler and Alyson Ronan use their special bond to unravel the memories of their loving but troubled childhood.

Note : This game is banned in 13 countries unfortunately…

Follow these steps to get Tell Me Why for FREE, but make sure you do this by 30 June 2021!

  1. Log into your Steam account, or sign up for one
  2. Go to the Tell Me Why Chapter 1 Steam page.
  3. Scroll down to Get Tell Me Why Chapter 1.
  4. Click on the green Add to Account button.
  5. Go to the Tell Me Why Chapter 2 Steam page.
  6. Scroll down to Get Tell Me Why Chapter 1.
  7. Click on the green Add to Account button.
  8. Go to the Tell Me Why Chapter 3 Steam page.
  9. Scroll down to Get Tell Me Why Chapter 1.
  10. Click on the green Add to Account button.

That’s it! All three chapters are now part of your Steam account, and can be downloaded any time you want!

Free Steam Game #5 : 1943 – The Battle of Midway

Relive the Capcom classics! Get 1943 – The Battle of Midway- and game logo wallpapers free with your download!

Follow these steps to get 1943 – The Battle of Midway for FREE :

  1. Log into your Steam account, or sign up for one
  2. Go to the Capcom Arcade Stadium page.
  3. Scroll down to Play Capcom Arcade Stadium.
  4. Click on the green Install Game button.

That’s it! It is now part of your Steam account, and can be downloaded any time you want!

Free Steam Game + DLC #6 : Heavy Metal Machines + Dirt Devil Pack

Heavy Metal Machines is a fast-paced FREE TO PLAY Car Battle MOBA that combines unique gameplay on a post-apocalyptic world of Heavy Metal.

In Heavy Metal Machines you’ll control one of the several pilots in 2-team 4×4 competitive matches. Vehicular battles filled with strategy and adrenaline. Rush to reach the goals and launch the bomb to the enemy base.

Join a competitive community, be strategic, drive fast and battle for your life through multiple arenas to become a Legendary Metal Gladiator!

Make sure you follow these steps to get the both the base game and DLC for FREE :

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Click on this link to add the base game to your account – this is an important step.
  3. When asked if you want to allow this page to open Steam, select Allow.
  4. Click on this link to add the DLC to your account – this is an important step.
  5. When asked if you want to allow this page to open Steam, select Allow.

That’s it! You now have both the base game and the DLC in your account, even though they are both not available in many regions!

Free Steam Game #7 : Challenge Speedball

Challenge Speedball is a cooperative multiplayer game based on the paintball variation called Speedball.

In this fast paced competition, teams of 1 to 5 players occupy a small playing field filled with inflatable “bunkers”.

Each team tries to eliminate each others players by “marking” them with paint until they are all eliminated. They can also win by reaching the other team’s home base.

Follow these steps to get Challenge Speedball for FREE :

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Click on this link – this is an important step.
  3. When asked if you want to allow this page to open Steam, select Allow.

That’s it! You now have Challenge Speedball in your Steam account!

Note : Please let us know if this stops working! Thank you!

Free Steam Game #8 : NiGHTS Into Dreams

Slip off into the dream world and go on an aerial adventure as NiGHTS in this classic Saturn remake.

Collect Ideya (colored orbs), rack up points, and battle bosses to help Elliot and Claris save Nightopia from Wizeman the Wicked.

With enhanced graphics, achievements, leaderboards, and playable content from Christmas NiGHTS, this beloved title is back and better than ever.

Originally, SEGA set the promo to expire on 20 October 2020, but it looks like they are still giving it away for FREE.

  1. SIGN UP for the SEGA mailing list.
  2. In the next page, select the Steam icon to link your Steam account.
    Make sure you select Steam. If you choose another platform, you will NOT receive the free copy of NiGHTS Into Dreams.
  3. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  4. Click Allow to let SEGA activate the CD-Key into your Steam account.

That’s it! You now have NiGHTS Into Dreams in your Steam account!

At this point, you can continue to sign up for their mailing list, or just close the sign-up page. It doesn’t matter, because your Steam account already has the game.

Free Steam Game #9 : Puzzle – LINES AND KNOTS

Puzzle – LINES AND KNOTS is a logical puzzle game for meditation.

The goal of the player is to assemble a puzzle consisting of nodes. Easy-to-grasp mechanics, swap hexagons with lines.

Follow these steps to get Puzzle – LINES AND KNOTS for FREE :

  1. Install and open the Steam client.
  2. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  3. Click on this link – this is an important step. Please let us know if it no longer works.
  4. When asked if you want to allow this page to open Steam, select Allow.

That’s it! You now have Puzzle – LINES AND KNOTS in your Steam account!

 

Steam DLCs That Are FREE To Download + Keep!

Free Steam DLCs #1 : Drifters Loot The Galaxy

Meet the Drifters, a group of ragtag intergalactic raiders who engage in ruthless battles in the seediest depths of the universe. Their only goals in life: get rich, get dangerous, and unburden the galaxy of its precious loot.

Masters of movement, all Drifters come armed with high-powered Driftpacs, grappling hooks, and an arsenal of sci-fi weaponry. When they battle, they shoot, brawl, swing, and drift with gravity as an afterthought.

Follow these steps to get all THREE (3) free DLCs for FREE :

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the Drifters Loot The Galaxy page on Steam.
  3. Click on the green Play Game button.
  4. Go to the official Drifters Loot The Galaxy website.
  5. Scroll down and sign up for their newsletter to get the exclusive Anti-Social Resistor Skin + 1000 Zenith ($10 value).
  6. Follow them on Twitter to get the exclusive Giggler Skin for Ziggy.
  7. Join their Discord to get the exclusive Stone Faced Skin for Halley.
  8. Once you get their Steam codes, open the Steam client.
  9. Go to Games > Activate a Product on Steam.
  10. Enter the Steam code you were given.

That’s it! You now have those freebies for Drifters Loot The Galaxy in your Steam account!

Note : You need the Drifters Loot The Galaxy base game (which is FREE!) for this DLC to work.

Free Steam DLC #2 : Rakarth Legendary Lord

Rakarth is the new Legendary Lord for Total War: Warhammer 2 – the greatest of all the Beastmasters of Karond Kar.

Armed with a whip and spear and accompanied by the mighty Black Dragon Bracchus, he is a force to be reckoned with.

To unlock the FREE Rakarth Legendary Lord for Warhammer 2, follow these instructions :

  1. Log into Total War Access, or create a new account.
  2. You will see Rakarth in the list under Your Inventory.
  3. Click on the Rakarth option to expand it.
  4. Click on the Get Now button.
  5. You will be asked to connect Total War Access with your Steam account. Click Continue.
  6. Log into your Steam account.

That’s it! Total War Access will add Rakarth to your existing Warhammer 2 game in Steam!

Note : This DLC requires the base game – Total War: Warhammer 2 – to work. If you don’t have it, you cannot redeem this DLC.

Free Steam DLC #3 : Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo & Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo

The Ferrari 488 GT3 is the the racing version of the latest 488 GTB, presented at the Ferrari Finali Mondiali, as replacement for the 458 Italia.

This car features large side intakes to provide a better air flow to its twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8.

The Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo is being made available as part of the Ferrari Hublot Esports Series.

The Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo and Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo for Assetto Corsa are FREE, if you follow these instructions :

Option 1 : Try These Steam Codes

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to Games > Activate a Product on Steam > Next > I Agree.
  3. Key in one of these Steam codes and click Next.
    96PZD-H3EJE-AZP8R
    NP7C0-9NYF6-G8I9K

If it works, the DLC will be registered to your Steam account.

Option 2 : Register With Ferrari Esports

  1. Go to the Ferrari Esports Series sign-up page.
  2. Fill in your details (if your country is supported), and click Register.
  3. Check for an email with the Steam code.
  4. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  5. Go to Games > Activate a Product on Steam > Next > I Agree.
  6. Key in the Steam code you received, and click Next.

That’s it! The DLC with both cars will be registered to your Steam account.

Note : This DLC requires the base game – Assetto Corsa – to work.

Free Steam DLC #4 : Plague Inc. : The Cure

Can you save the world? Take control and stop a deadly global pandemic by any means necessary. Allocate resources to boost testing capacity, make face masks compulsory, lock down countries or investigate experimental treatments in Plague Inc.’s biggest expansion ever!

Created with the help of world health experts from all over the world including the WHO, CEPI and GOARN, Plague Inc: The Cure is an engaging and timely simulation of a global disease response.

Follow these steps to add it to your Steam account. Plague Inc: The Cure will be free for all Plague Inc. players until COVID-19 is under control.

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the Plague Inc : The Cure Steam page.
  3. Click on the green Add to Account button.

That’s it! You now have Plague Inc : The Cure in your Steam account!

Note : This is a DLC, which requires the Plague Inc base game to work!

Free Steam DLC #5 : Two Point Hospital : Free Sega 60th Items

To celebrate 60 years of SEGA’s proud history, these free items were plucked from the annals and gifted to you to spruce up your hospitals.

  • SEGA Out Run machine
  • One-eyed Mammoth (from Space Harrier)
  • SEGA Dream Catcher machine
  • SEGA Periscope Arcade Game

Put a smile on the faces of your patients with historic masterpieces from arcade times gone by (and a giant one-eyed mammoth from Space Harrier, because why not?)

Follow these steps to get the Two Point Hospital SEGA 60th Items for FREE :

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the Two Point Hospital : SEGA 60th Items page.
  3. Click on the Add to Account button to add it to your Steam account.
    You can choose to install it now, or postpone the installation.

That’s it! You now have the SEGA 60th Items in your Steam account!

Note : You need the base game – Two Point Hospital – to make use of these items.

 

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Malaysia FMCO 3.0 Lockdown Extended To 28 June 2021!

MKN just announced that the FMCO 3.0 lockdown will be extended by two weeks to 28 June 2021!

Here is what we know so far…

 

Malaysia FMCO 3.0 Lockdown Extended To 28 June 2021!

The National Security Council (MKN) just ordered a 2-week extension of the FMCO 3.0 Total Lockdown Phase 1.

The lockdown of most social and economic sectors across Malaysia will continue until 28 June 2021.

During this FMCO 3.0 lockdown, ALL sectors are FORBIDDEN to operate, EXCEPT for essential economic and service sectors that will be announced by MKN.

The Malaysian people are asked to STAY AT HOME to break the chain of infection, and maintain COVID-19 precautions.

If this new Total Lockdown Phase 1 succeeds in bringing down the number of new COVID-19 cases, the government will implement Phase 2.

Total Lockdown Phase 2 will last for four weeks, during which several economic sectors that do not involve mass gatherings and allow for physical distancing will be allowed to reopen.

The next step is Total Lockdown Phase 3, which is basically the current Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0.

However, the decision to shift from Phase 1 to Phase 2 and then Phase 3 will be subject to risk assessments by the Ministry of Health (KKM).

 

FMCO 3.0 Total Lockdown SOP : 2 June 2021 Edition!

Here is a video showing the 2 June 2021 edition of the total lockdown SOP for MCO 3.0, which people are calling Full MCO or FMCO.

Here is a selection of FMCO 3.0 total lockdown SOP :

  1. Interstate or inter-district travel is FORBIDDEN.
  2. Up to two (2) people from each household are allowed to go out to purchase food, medicine, dietary supplements and other daily essentials.
  3. Up to three (3) people, including the patient, are allowed to go out from each household to seek medical treatment, healthcare, screening test, security assistance or other emergencies within a radius of no more than 10 kilometres from their home, or the nearest available service (if there are none within 10 km).
  4. Up to two (2) people are allowed in each taxi or e-hailing ride, including the driver. The passenger must be seated in the rear compartment.
  5. Commercial vehicles carrying essential goods are allowed to carry people up to the licensed limit.
  6. Official government vehicles are allowed to carry up to their maximum capacity.
  7. All airports and ports are allowed to operate as usual.
  8. Sea and land public transportation services, like employee transportation, public buses, express buses, LRT, MRT, ERL, monorail and ferry are allowed to operate at 50% of vehicle capacity.
  9. Travel for funerals and natural disasters are allowed with police permission.
  10. NGOs travelling to assist with natural or humanitarian disasters must obtain permission from the State / District Disaster Management Committee, and the aid must be funnelled through the Disaster Operations Control Centre (PKOB).
  11. Interstate / inter-district travel for the purpose of COVID-19 vaccination is ALLOWED with the display of vaccine appointment on MySejahtera, website or SMS.
  12. Members of Parliament or State Assembly are ALLOWED to cross state or district lines.
  13. Interstate travel is FORBIDDEN for couples in long-distance relationships.
  14. Short-term business visitors are ALLOWED for official or business purposes under the One Stop Centre (OSC) Initiative, with police permission

Recommended : MCO 3.0 Total Lockdown SOP : 3 June 2021 Update!

 

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Dell Commissions Largest Solar Panel Globally In Malaysia!

Dell Technologies just commissioned the largest on-site solar panel globally in Penang, Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know about this latest green initiative by Dell Technologies!

 

Dell Commissions Largest Solar Panel Globally In Malaysia!

Dell Technologies just commissioned the largest on-site solar panel globally at their Asia Pacific Customer Centre (APCC2) in Bukit Mertajam, Penang in Malaysia!

This RM2.25 million (~US$550,000) solar photovoltaic system is the first in Southeast Asia for a Dell Technologies facility.

This 700 kWp rooftop system consists of 1,590 highly-efficient solar panels, that will produce nearly 1,000 MWh of renewable electricity every year.

That is enough to power more than ¼ of the production lines at this 24-hour facility, reducing its annual greenhouse gas emissions by about 650 metric tonnes!

 

Dell Solar Panel In Malaysia : Towards Progress Made Real 2030!

This commissioning of such a large solar panel system is part of Dell Technologies’ Progress Made Real 2030 plan to create a positive and lasting social impact on humankind and the planet through 2030 and beyond.

Amongst other goals, Progress Made Real aims to source 75% of electricity from renewal energy sources across all Dell Technologies facilities by 2030, and 100% by 2040, with the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

“We all have a role in protecting the planet. That is why Dell Technologies has committed to reducing our emissions across facilities, our supply chain and in the energy intensity of our products over the next decade, and reaching net zero emissions by 2050,” said Pang Yee Beng, senior vice president, South Asia, and managing director, Malaysia, Dell Technologies. “This solar power installation is key to us achieving this goal and we are extremely proud to lead the way in Malaysia with our largest on-site solar power installation globally to reduce emissions and create positive environmental impact.”

 

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India Drops Ivermectin, HCQ + Favipiravir As COVID-19 Drugs!

India just dropped not only ivermectin, but also HCQ (hydroxychloroquine) and favipiravir to treat COVID-19!

Find out why they did so, and what it means for COVID-19 treatment in India!

 

India Drops Ivermectin, HCQ + Favipiravir As COVID-19 Drugs!

India had earlier been criticised for continuing to recommend HCQ (hydroxychloroquine) as prophylaxis since at least May 2020, even though it failed to prevent two massive COVID-19 surges.

Then they recommended the use of ivermectin in mild or asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 that are in home quarantine, even though it has not been proven to work against COVID-19.

On 27 May 2021, the Directorate General of Health Services of the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released updated Comprehensive Guidelines for Management of COVID-19 patients.

That updated COVID-19 treatment guidelines removed not just ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine and favipiravir, but also other popular off-label treatments like azithromycin, doxycycline, zinc and plasma therapy.

By dropping hydroxycholoroquine, India was finally acknowledging that HCQ simply does not work against COVID-19 – a fact that the world had known since June 2020, when the WHO Solidarity Trial dropped it after determining that it was ineffective against COVID-19.

As we explained before, the verdict on ivermectin is still out, so it simply does not make sense to use it as a mainstream COVID-19 treatment, outside of clinical trials.

The same goes for favipiravir, which is also under investigation as a potential treatment for COVID-19, after lab tests and small pilot studies in humans showed some benefit in reducing symptoms and duration of illness. However, there is still not enough evidence to use it to treat COVID-19 outside of clinical trials.

 

Indian COVID-19 Treatment w/o Ivermectin, HCQ + Favipiravir

The Indian treatment guidelines for COVID-19 is now much simpler, after removing a whole bunch of off-label drugs.

For example, there is basically no treatment for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients, bringing it in line with the rest of the world.

Oxygen support for mild COVID-19 still seems excessive, but it is a heck of a lot better than the earlier guidelines!

Only two off-label drugs are now authorised for emergency use against COVID-19 – remdesivir and tocilizumab, with the following warnings :

Remdesivir

  • Emergency Use Authorisation based on limited scientific evidence globally.
  • Only to be used in select moderate / severe hospitalised COVID-19 patients on supplemental oxygen, within 10 days of onset of disease.
  • Exercise extreme caution as this is an experimental drug with potential to harm.

Tocilizumab

  • Only approved for use in severe and critically-ill COVID-19 patients, that meet these conditions :
    a) no signs of improvement in oxygen requirement after 24-48 hours on corticosteroids
    b) has significantly raised inflammatory markets (C-Creative Protein ≥ 75 mg/L)
  • Must only be used with patients who are free of any bacterial / fungal / tuberculous infection.

 

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PDRM Police Roadblock : Who Is Allowed To Pass?

Here are the new PDRM rules on who can pass through a police roadblock from 8 June 2021 onwards!

Share these new PDRM rules of those who are PERMITTED to pass through a police roadblock!

 

PDRM Police Roadblock : New Rules From 8 June Onwards!

On 7 June 2021, the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) issued a press release, with new rules on who will be allowed to pass through any roadblock they set up.

This new list will come into effect at all PDRM roadblocks across the country, from 8 June 2021 onwards.

Please note that only authorisation letters or travel permits dated 1 June 2021 or later will be accepted.

Older authorisation letters or travel permits (before 1 June 2021) will NOT be accepted, and you will be ordered to turn back.

 

PDRM Police Roadblock : Who Is Allowed To Pass?

Those With Authorisation Letter / Travel Permit

Only those who have an authorisation letter or travel permit from these government ministries will be allowed to travel to work :

  1. MITI (Ministry of International Trade and Industry) for the Manufacturing sector
  2. MOT (Ministry of Transportation) for public transportation and essential goods logistics
  3. MAFI (Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry) for agriculture, aquaculture, plantation, farming and commodities.
    – MAFI will only issue confirmation letters to smallholders.
    – For companies with SSM licence, the confirmation letter will be issued by the MITI CIMS 3.0 (COVID-19 Intelligent Management System).
  4. MPIC (Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities) for the plantation industry and commodities like oil palm, rubber and so on.
    – LGM (Malaysian Rubber Board) permit and licence holders, including smallholders, rubber estates, rubber nurseries, traders and factories can use either MPIC or LGM confirmation letters.
    – For factories producing rubber products like gloves, the confirmation letter will be issued by the MITI CIMS 3.0 (COVID-19 Intelligent Management System).
  5. BNM (Malaysia National Bank) for the financial and insurance companies.
  6. SC (Securities Commission) for stock trading companies.
  7. Local authorities for small traders, hawkers, food stalls, food trucks.
    – Licence for strata management, waste and sanitation services will be issued by the MITI CIMS 3.0 (COVID-19 Intelligent Management System).
  8. KKMM (Ministry of Communications and Multimedia) for telecommunications / media / post / courier and broadcast services.
  9. KDN (Ministry of Home Affairs) : all confirmation letters from KDN agencies like the Immigration Department, the National Registration Department, RELA and so on will be accepted.
  10. PDRM (Royal Malaysia Police) will issue travel permits for purposes like funerals, emergencies and work.

Self-Employed

Those who are self-employed like plumbers, maintenance workers, roadside hawkers can apply for a one-off travel permit from the police.

Special Exception For Sectors Forbidden To Operate

For economic sectors that are NOT ALLOWED to operate during the MCO 3.0 full lockdown, a special exception may be made by the police for the purpose of going to the office to prepare documents, payslips and so on.

PDRM may issue one-off exceptions for 2-3 days only. An employer’s letter must be submitted as evidence.

Legal Firms

Legal firms may operate with up to 20% employee attendance, with an authorisation letter from the Legal Affairs Department of the Prime Minister’s Department (JPM) through the MITI CIMS 3.0 (COVID-19 Intelligent Management System).

This exception is limited to legal firms who have been appointed by companies categorised as Essential Services and therefore allowed to operate during the MCO 3.0 full lockdown.

Lawyers who need to represent their clients in court for new cases under the Remand Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code, must present a printed document or a letter from their legal firm at the police roadblock.

Legal aid lawyers will need to show the rotating roster list at the police roadblock.

 

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Malaysia Kicks off Ivermectin Trial For COVID-19 Patients!

Malaysia just kicked off an Ivermectin trial for high-risk COVID-19 patients!

Here is what we know about Ivermectin and the new I-TECH Study!

 

Ivermectin : Why The Interest In Malaysia?

Ivermectin is an US FDA-approved broad-spectrum anti-parasitic agent, that is on the WHO List of Essential Medicines.

In use since 1981 against parasitic diseases like onchocerciasis, strongyloidiasis and helminthiasis, it has a known safety profile, and is relatively cheap.

It is also routinely used to treat parasitic worms in animals, and is used as a prophylaxis against heartworm in dogs.

Recently, the Malaysia Ministry of Health came under pressure by an unknown NGO who called themselves CIVDAC – Coalition on Integrity of Vaccines & Drugs Against COVID-19.

While their claims were debunked, it appears that the Malaysia Ministry of Health is opting to allocate precious resources to counter CIVDAC claims that they are not looking into Ivermectin seriously.

Recommended : Ivermectin Can Prevent / Cure COVID-19? Not So Fast!

 

Malaysia Kicks off Ivermectin Trial For COVID-19 Patients!

On 6 June 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health announced that they started an Ivermectin trial for high-risk COVID-19 patients called the I-TECH Study.

The I-TECH Study is a multi-centre open-label randomised controlled trial conducted by the Institute for Clinical Research (ICR).

The name I-TECH is short for Ivermectin Treatment Efficacy in COVID-19 High-Risk Patients was approved by the Medical Research and Ethics Committee (MREC) on 25 May 2021.

It is being carried out by infectious disease physicians at Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun in Ipoh and a team of specialists and Clinical Research Centres at twelve MOH hospitals.

This study will enrol a total of 500 subjects from 50 years and older high-risk patients, who were admitted to MOH hospitals with mild or moderate COVID-19 symptoms (Stage 2-3).

They will be given either an Ivermectin treatment with a specific dose and specific duration, or the current standard of care alone.

This will allow the ICR to determine the efficacy of Ivermectin in preventing the progression of COVID-19 to severe disease (Stage 4-5), and the mortality outcomes.

The ICR has setup a Data Monitoring Board (DMB) consisting of independent infectious disease physicians, clinical trial pharmacists and methodological experts to safeguard the trial patients.

The I-TECH Study started with the First-Patient-In on 31 May 2021, with a total of 8 patients enrolled by 6 June 2021. They expect the study to be completed by September 2021.

 

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SPM 2021 Exams Delayed To February + March 2022!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that the SPM 2021 examinations have been postponed to February and March 2022!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Online Learning For All Schools In Malaysia Until July 2021!

On 8 June 2021, the Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all schools will remain closed, and that Teaching + Learning at Home (PdPR) classes would take place for another 25 days.

This directive includes all private, international and expatriate schools in Malaysia.

  • Group A : 13 June to 16 July 2021
  • Group B : 14 June to 17 July 2021

This will be followed by the mid-term holidays.

  • Group A : 16 July to 25 July 2021
  • Group B : 17 July to 26 July 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories

All-in-all, the schools would be closed for another 49 days (7 weeks).

At least a week before the end of the mid-term holidays, the Ministry of Education will announce whether the schools will reopen, or online learning will continue.

 

SPM 2021 Exams Delayed To February + March 2022!

The Minister also announced that the SPM 2021 examinations have been postponed to 2022 :

  • Oral examinations and science practical tests will be rescheduled to February 2022
  • Written examinations will be rescheduled to March 2022 *

* This includes SVM (Sijil Vokasional Malaysia) examinations.

 

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CERDIK Initiative : Only ⅓ Laptops Distributed By June 2021!

The CERDIK Initiative is off to a very slow start, with just ⅓ of the laptops or tablets to be distributed by 12 June 2021!

Here are the details…

 

CERDIK Initiative : What Is It?

The CERDIK Initiative, which started in February 2021, aimed to provide low-income B40 families with a laptop or tablet and Internet access for a year.

This initiative is fully financed by GLCs (Government-Linked Companies) and GLICs (Government-Linked Investment Companies), with contributions of about RM 150 million (USD 37 million).

Yayasan Hasanah – the Khazanah foundation selected to be its secretariat – will manage the initiative which aims to distribute 150,000 laptops or tablets to students from B40 families across the country.

The laptop / tablet (with 1 year of Internet connectivity) will be distributed to schools, and students will retain them until they complete their education.

 

CERDIK Initiative : Only ⅓ Laptops Distributed By June 2021!

Even though the CERDIK Initiative kicked off in February 2021, they only managed to distribute 12,887 devices to 95 schools in 51 districts by 5 June 2021.

The Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin said that another 40,290 devices will be distributed by 12 June 2021.

He estimates that the remaining 96,823 devices will be fully distributed by end of September 2021.

As you can tell, the CERDIK Initiative is off to a very slow start, and students from low-income B40 families are going to suffer.

Students have been learning online (PdPR) since mid May 2021. Until they get these devices and Internet connectivity, students from B40 families will have trouble joining those classes and keeping up.

If these students end up getting their devices in August and September, they would only be able to learn for a few weeks before the school term ends in November!

 

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Online Learning For All Schools In Malaysia Until July 2021!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that online learning for all schools will be extended until July 2021!

Here are the details…

 

Current Online Learning School Schedule In Malaysia

On 26 April 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Education announced that schools will be closed, and students would study online for two weeks in May :

  • Group A : 16 to 27 May 2021
  • Group B : 17 to 28 May 2021

This was followed by the 2-week mid-year term holidays.

  • Group A : 28 May to 12 June 2021
  • Group B : 29 May to 13 June 2021

All-in-all, the schools would be closed for 37 days (5 weeks and 2 days).

 

Online Learning For All Schools In Malaysia Until July 2021!

On 8 June 2021, the Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all schools will remain closed, and that Teaching + Learning at Home (PdPR) classes would take place for another 25 days.

This directive includes all private, international and expatriate schools in Malaysia.

  • Group A : 13 June to 16 July 2021
  • Group B : 14 June to 17 July 2021

This will be followed by the mid-term holidays.

  • Group A : 16 July to 25 July 2021
  • Group B : 17 July to 26 July 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories

All-in-all, the schools would be closed for another 49 days (7 weeks).

At least a week before the end of the mid-term holidays, the Ministry of Education will announce whether the schools will reopen, or online learning will continue.

Here is a better look at the slide.

 

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Malaysia Approves AstraZeneca Vaccine By Siam Bioscience!

Malaysia has conditionally approved the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured by Siam Bioscience in Thailand!

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

 

Malaysia Approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine By Siam Bioscience!

On 4 June 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health announced that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Siam Bioscience in Thailand received conditional approval.

  1. AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Solution for Injection
    Registrant : AstraZeneca Sdn Bhd
    Manufacturer : Siam Bioscience Co. Ltd., Thailand

This conditional approval would allow the AstraZeneca manufactured by Siam Bioscience to be used in the Malaysia COVID-19 vaccination program, helping to increase the speed of the vaccination process.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : Why Separate Approval For Siam Bioscience?

The AstraZeneca vaccine had earlier received conditional approval for use in Malaysia. However, they were manufactured by Medimmune Phama B.V. in The Netherlands.

The Malaysia National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) has to vet and approve AstraZeneca vaccine doses manufactured by other factories.

Just like how AstraZeneca vaccine doses manufactured by SK Bioscience had to first vetted for conditional approval, the same goes for these vaccine doses manufactured by Siam Bioscience.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : A Quick Primer!

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, codenamed AZD1222, is a viral vector vaccine.

It uses a chimpanzee adenovirus – ChAdOx1 – which has been modified to prevent replication, to introduce a DNA sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.

Once injected, the vaccine enters the cell and “teaches” it to produce the SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins and express them on its surface.

These spike proteins triggers the immune response to create antibodies that will protect you against the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

 

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Papparich Group Ordered To Close By High Court!

This is the end for Papparich in Malaysia – it has been ordered by the High Court of Malaya to wind up its business!

 

Papparich Group Ordered To Close By High Court!

Last year, shareholder Chen Khairy Voon and the investment holdings company Agathisfour filed separate Winding-Up Petitions against Papparich Group Sdn Bhd on 15 May 2020 and 22 May 2020 respectively, over alleged unpaid debts of RM37.22 million

Just over a year later, the High Court of Malaya in Shah Alam ordered Papparich Group Sdn Bhd (PGSB) to wind up its business on 5 May 2021.

Chan Siew Mei of KPMG Deal Advisory Sdn Bhd was appointed as the liquidator, as per The Business Times.

According to the public notice, the Winding-Up Petition was directed to be heard before the High Court of Malaya at 9 AM on 11 August 2021.

The public notice also called for any party looking to support or oppose the Petition for the Winding-Up of Papparich Malaysia to appear for the hearing.

 

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AMD @ Computex 2021 : Everything They Announced!

AMD unveiled a WHOLE SLEW of new products and technologies at Computex 2021!

Here is a recap of everything AMD announced at Computex 2021!

 

AMD @ Computex 2021 : Everything They Announced!

On 1 June 2021, AMD kicked off their virtual Computex 2021 press conference, announcing a whole slew of new products and technologies!

Let’s take a look at what AMD announced at Computex 2021!

3rd Gen EPYC Beats Intel Xeon Scalable!

AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su showed how the dual-socket 3rd Gen EPYC 7763 system beat the dual-socket Intel Xeon Platinum 8380 system by 50%!

  • 2P Intel Xeon Platinum 8380 delivered 201,334 Java operations per second
  • 2P AMD EPYC 7763 delivered 301,297 Java operations per second

This is because the EPYC 7763 has far more cores than the Xeon Platinum 8380 – 64 cores versus just 40 cores!

AMD RDNA 2 Coming To Automotive + Mobile!

AMD is working to bring the RDNA 2 gaming architecture to industry leaders in the automotive and mobile segments :

Tesla Model S + Model X

The new infotainment systems in the Tesla Model S and Model X are powered by an AMD Ryzen Embedded APU, with an AMD RDNA 2-based GPU capable of AAA gaming!

Samsung Exynos

The next-generation Samsung Exynos SoC will feature custom AMD RDNA 2-based graphics IP, that will introduce raytracing and variable rate shading capabilities to flagship mobile devices!

AMD Ryzen 5000G Desktop APUs

Dr. Lisa Su also announced that they are introducing two AMD Ryzen 5000G series desktop APUs, that will be available to the DIY market starting 5 August 2021.

AMD Ryzen 7 5700G

The AMD Ryzen 7 5700G has an 8-core, 16-thread processor, with a base clock of 3.8 GHz and a boost clock of 4.6 GHz.

It has 4 GB of L2 cache, and 16 GB of L3 cache; and 8-core integrated Radeon graphics clocked at 2.0 GHz.

This 65 watt desktop APU will have a launch price of US$359.

AMD Ryzen 5 5600G

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600G has an 6-core, 12-thread processor, with a base clock of 3.9 GHz and a boost clock of 4.4 GHz.

It has 3 GB of L2 cache, and 16 GB of L3 cache; and 7-core integrated Radeon graphics clocked at 1.9 GHz.

This 65 watt desktop APU will have a launch price of US$259.

AMD Ryzen PRO 5000 Series Desktop CPUs

While not mentioned in the main Computex 2021 press conference, AMD also launched the Ryzen PRO 5000 series desktop processors based on the Zen 3 core!

AMD Ryzen PRO 5000 G-Series (65W)

  • Ryzen 7 5750G : 8 core, 16 thread, 3.8 GHz to 4.6 GHz, 4 MB L2, 16 MB L3
  • Ryzen 5 5650G : 6 core, 12 thread, 3.9 GHz to 4.4 GHz, 3 MB L2, 16 MB L3
  • Ryzen 3 5350G : 4 core, 8 thread, 4.0 GHz to 4.2 GHz, 2 MB L2, 8 MB L3

AMD Ryzen PRO 5000 GE-Series (35W)

  • Ryzen 7 5750GE : 8 core, 16 thread, 3.2 GHz to 4.6 GHz, 4 MB L2, 16 MB L3
  • Ryzen 5 5650GE : 6 core, 12 thread, 3.4 GHz to 4.4 GHz, 3 MB L2, 16 MB L3
  • Ryzen 3 5350GE : 4 core, 8 thread, 3.6 GHz to 4.2 GHz, 2 MB L2, 8 MB L3

You can get the full details in this official AMD deep dive into the Ryzen PRO 5000 series desktop processors!

AMD Radeon RX 6000M Series Mobile Graphics

Scott Herkelman, Vice President & General Manager of AMD Graphics Business Unit, officially announced the introduction of the Radeon RX 6000M series mobile graphics for laptop gaming.

AMD Radeon RX 6800M

Their flagship model has a 2.3 GHz game clock and 12 GB of GDDR6 memory, and is designed to deliver 120 fps gaming at 1440p.

AMD says that it will offer significantly better performance than the competition :

  • 40% to 70% better gaming performance than the GeForce RTX 2070 at 1440p Max Settings.
  • 14% to 40% better gaming performance than the GeForce RTX 3080 while gaming on battery.

AMD Radeon RX 6700M

This model has a 2.3 GHz game clock and 10 GB of GDDR6 memory, and is designed to deliver 100 fps gaming at 1440p.

AMD Radeon RX 6600M

This model has a 2.177 GHz game clock and 8 GB of GDDR6 memory, and is designed to deliver 100 fps gaming at 1080p.

AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR)

FidelityFX Super Resolution, or FSR for short, is AMD’s spatial upscaling technology that is designed to boost frame rates, while delivering a high-quality gaming experience.

Think of it as AMD’s version of NVIDIA’s DLSS. But while DLSS is proprietary, FidelityFX Super Resolution is open-source, and will be supported on both AMD processors and GPUs as well as NVIDIA GPUs!

More than 10 game developers plan to integrate FSR into their top titles and gamer engines in 2021.

AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) will be available starting 22 June 2021.

AMD Advantage Gaming Laptops

Think of AMD Advantage as a marketing programme, based around a “design framework” of premium gaming features.

  • Amplified Performance : AMD Ryzen processor + AMD Radeon RX 6800M graphics + AMD Radeon Software for gaming at 100 fps at 1080p
  • Premium Displays : 144Hz+ with LFC, low latency, AMD FreeSync Premium, 300 nits+ brightness, IPS / OLED panels, 100% sRGB / 72% NTSC minimum
  • Built To Game : NVMe SSD, less than 40°C WASD keyboard temperatures when gaming, >10 hours binge watching on battery

AMD 3D Chiplet Technology

AMD continues to build on their packaging technologies with their new 3D Chiplet technology, developed in collaboration with TSMC.

It enhances their existing chipset architecture with 3D stacking using a hybrid bond approach that provides over 200X the interconnect density of 2D chipsets and more than 15X the density of existing 3D packaging solutions.

This new 3D chiplet technology also consumes less energy than current 3D solutions, and is the most flexible active-on-active silicon stacking technology.

In Computex 2021, Dr. Lisa Su showed off the 3D vertical SRAM cache bonded to an AMD Ryzen 5000 Series processor prototype.

AMD is on-track to begin production on high-end computing products with 3D chiplets by the end of 2021.

 

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LimKokWing University Founder, Lim Kok Wing, Has Died

We just learned that Lim Kok Wing – the founder of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology – has died.

Here is what we know so far…

 

Earlier Rumours : Lim Kok Wing Died From COVID-19

Rumours abounded earlier that Lim Kok Wing – the controversial founder of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology – died from COVID-19.

Tan Sri Dr Lim Kok Wing
Limkokwing University
Had covid and stayed in ICU in Pantai Bangsar. Came out from ICU 2 days ago and just died while still in hospital.

Be informed Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing is in ICU- Covid since last week. He’s stable but lung damaged.
He is seated with the late Michael Geh & the late Teo Chiang Quan at Sunway Annual Dinner. Fake or real news ?

We debunked those claims last week.

 

LimKokWing University Founder, Lim Kok Wing, Has Died

Gail Phung, the Senior Vice President of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT) earlier dismissed the rumours as fake news.

She stated that he was hospitalised after a fall in his house, and is in a stable condition.

However, on 1 June 2021, FreeMalaysiaToday reported that an aide confirmed that the 75 year-old Lim Kok Wing has passed away. Other reports mention that he passed away at the Pantai Hospital.

PETALING JAYA: Artist, entrepreneur and educationalist Lim Kok Wing, perhaps best known for the universities that bear his name, has passed away.

An aide to Lim confirmed this today but declined to provide further details.

While he is remembered for founding the LimKokWing University of Creative Technology, with campuses in Cyberjaya, Sarawak, Cambodia, Botswana, Sierra Leone and the UK.

Our condolences to his family.

 

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Government To Cut Civil Service Allowance For 3 Months!

The government of Malaysia just announced that they will cut the allowance of the civil service for 3 months!

Find out what’s going on!

 

Government To Cut Civil Service Allowance For 3 Months!

On 31 May 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, announced a 3-month pay cut for all ministers and deputy ministers, channelling them to the COVID-19 disaster trust fund.

On 1 June 2021, the Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia issued a press statement, stating that civil service will cut up to 50% of their fixed allowance for 3 monthsas a manifestation of their solidarity” with the cabinet’s pay cut.

The amount of allowance cut will vary according to the pay grade, but will be for 3 months – presumably from June to August 2021.

Grade Contribution Allowance Period
JUSA A and above
50% ITK 3 months
JUSA B 20%
JUSA C 10%
44 to 56 5%
29 to 41 RM 10 ITKA

Only civil servants of pay grades 28 and below, and frontliners are exempt from “manifesting their solidarity”.

Frontliners, in this case, are defined as those who received COVID-19 allowances.

This 3 month allowance cut is expected to generate RM 30 million towards the COVID-19 Disaster Trust Fund.

 

Official Statement On Civil Service Allowance Cut

Here is our English translation of the Chief Secretary’s official statement :

CIVIL SERVICE MANIFESTATION OF SOLIDARITY :
CONTRIBUTION THROUGH ALLOWANCE DEDUCTION IN
DEALING WITH COVID-19 PANDEMIC

On 31 May 2021, the Prime Minister announced the Additional Strategic Program To Strengthen The People And Economy valued at RM 40 billion over the previous programs. Many initiatives have been announced to strengthen the national healthcare system, deliver additional aid to affected people and businesses.

The Prime Minister also announced that every Minister and Deputy Minister will not receive their salaries for 3 months as a sign of their concern, and contribution towards this noble cause.

As a manifestation of the civil service’s solidarity in this matter, part of the fixed allowance (ITK) for Upper Management and Grade 44 through Grade 56, as well as fixed civil service allowance (ITKA) for Grade 29 through Grade 51 that civil servants are currently enjoying will be contributed to the Disaster Trust Fund. Contributions from over 800,000 civil servants (not including frontliners and Grade 1 to Grade 28 civil servants) are estimated to be worth over RM 30 million.

A circular and implementation details will be issued in the near future.

We understand that civil servants are the backbone of the Government in this fight for lives. This contribution is a sign of solidarity of the civil service in supporting the efforts of the Government to fight and defeat the COVID-19 pandemic in our Country. May this sacrifice bring goodness to the lives of every civil servant and our families.

Let’s continue working to increase our commitment to deliver the best possible service to the people and Country, and help ensure our success through this difficult time.

Tan Sri Mohd Zuki bin Ali
National Chief Secretary

 

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Malaysia To Undergo TOTAL LOCKDOWN Phase 1!

After weeks of escalating COVID-19 cases and deaths, the Malaysian government finally gave in and ordered a TOTAL LOCKDOWN of the entire country!

Here is what you need to know about Malaysia’s total lockdown phase 1!

 

Malaysia To Undergo TOTAL LOCKDOWN Phase 1!

At 8:30 PM, the Malaysia Prime Minister’s Department announced that the National Security Council (MKN) decided to order Total Lockdown Phase 1.

From 1 June until 14 June 2021, there will be a complete lockdown of the social and economic sectors across the country.

During these two weeks, ALL sectors are FORBIDDEN to operate, EXCEPT for essential economic and service sectors that will be announced by MKN.

This decision was finally made after new COVID-19 cases breached 8,000 per day, and active COVID-19 cases exceeded 72,000 cases, and over 2,500 people died from COVID-19.

As a result of this total lockdown, the Finance Ministry will introduce assistance packages for the people and affected economic sectors. These aid packages will be announced shortly.

The Malaysian people are asked to STAY AT HOME to break the chain of infection, and maintain COVID-19 precautions.

 

Malaysia Total Lockdown Phases Explained

If this new Total Lockdown Phase 1 succeeds in bringing down the number of new COVID-19 cases, the government will implement Phase 2.

Total Lockdown Phase 2 will last for four weeks, during which several economic sectors that do not involve mass gatherings and allow for physical distancing will be allowed to reopen.

The next step is Total Lockdown Phase 3, which is basically the current Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0.

However, the decision to shift from Phase 1 to Phase 2 and then Phase 3 will be subject to risk assessments by the Ministry of Health (KKM).

 

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All 12 Million Sinovac Vaccine Doses To Arrive By July 2021!

The Malaysian COVID-19 vaccination programme is getting a boost with the delivery of all 12 million Sinovac vaccine doses by July 2021!

 

All 12 Million Sinovac Vaccine Doses To Arrive By July 2021!

It appears that the Sinovac vaccine will be the backbone of the Malaysian COVID-19 vaccination programme for the near future!

Sinovac just announced that the Malaysian order of 12 million doses will be fully delivered by July 2021 :

  • 5,089,800 doses filled and finished by Pharmaniaga here in Malaysia
  • 6,910,200 finished doses from the Sinovac factory in China

National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, said that, based on the delivery schedule for June, they are confident that they will be able to vaccinate as many as 150,000 people in a single day!

To that end, the government is taking steps to open up even more vaccination centres across the country.

 

Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine : A Quick Primer!

Sinovac CoronaVac an inactivated virus vaccine made from actual SARS-CoV-2 virus grown in Vero cells, and killed using β-propiolactone.

Once injected into the body, the antigens on the inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus triggers the body’s immune system.

Pharmaniaga LifeScience imported 200 litres of the CoronaVac bulk vaccine, which arrived on 27 February 2021.

Once bottled, those 200 litres of bulk vaccine should produce over 300,000 CoronaVac doses – enough to vaccinate approximately 150,000 people.

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Khairy Jamaluddin, said that the government is paying Sinovac less for the vaccine because bottling is done by Pharmaniaga.

However, he declined to disclose more information, so it is unknown how much the government is saving, once the costs of Pharmaniaga’s bottling and distribution are included.

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1 Million AstraZeneca Doses Coming, But No More Opt-In!

More than 1 million more doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are coming in, but they will no longer be available through the opt-in programme!

 

1 Million AstraZeneca Doses Coming, But No More Opt-In!

Malaysians are extremely worried, with over 7,000 new cases per day. That’s why the recent AstraZeneca 2.0 vaccine programme ran out in just over an hour!

But not to worry – a million more AstraZeneca vaccine doses are arriving in the next two months610,000 doses in June, and 410,000 doses in July!

These vaccine doses are manufactured by the AstraZeneca in Thailand, and therefore, is still subject to NPRA’s approval.

However, the government has decided to stop offering any AstraZeneca opt-in programmes in the future. There will be no longer be an AstraZeneca 3.0 programme, I’m afraid!

Once NPRA approves these Thai-manufactured AstraZeneca vaccine doses, they will be used together with the Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines in the main COVID-19 vaccination programme.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : Is It Safe To Get?

Many people are worried about the risk of getting blood clots from the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The fact is – the risk is incredibly small – certainly much, MUCH smaller than the risk of developing blood clots with COVID-19, which can be as high as 41% in positive patients, and up to 95% in severe COVID-19 cases.

Blood clots can also develop (through different mechanisms) with smoking and the use of oral contraceptive pills (OCP).

We created this table to better demonstrate the risk to you.

Risk Difference
Thrombocytopenia in
severe COVID-19 cases
Up to 95% 45,238X
Thrombocytopenia
in COVID-19 cases
Up to 41% 19,524X
Dying from COVID-19 Infection 0.25% to
10%
119X to 4762X
Thrombosis from OCP
(Adult)
Up to 0.46% 219X
Thrombosis from Smoking 0.18% 85.7X
Thrombosis from OCP
(Adolescents)
Up to 0.01% 4.8X
Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia
(AstraZeneca Vaccine)
0.0021% Baseline

So, is it safe to get the AstraZeneca vaccine that’s being offered to people age 18 years and above in Malaysia?

We can only tell you that the risk is exceedingly low. At most, 21 out of 1 million people who receive this vaccine will potentially develop this condition.

Based on the risk-benefit analysis performed by the EMA Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), it is obvious that for a high-incidence country like Malaysia, the benefits far outweigh the risks.

More importantly, that we are aware of this particular side effect, both doctors and vaccine recipients can look out for the symptoms and quickly seek treatment.

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AstraZeneca 2.0 Appointments Delayed But Will Come!

Those who registered for the AstraZeneca 2.0 vaccination programme have been worried about the absence of their appointments for more than 48 hours!

But we can confirm that the AstraZeneca 2.0 appointments have been delayed, but don’t worry – they will come!

 

AstraZeneca 2.0 Appointments Delayed But Will Come!

The AstraZeneca 2.0 vaccination programme kicked off on Sunday, 23 May 2021, but no one received their vaccine appointments more than 48 hours later!

This led many to worry that they did not fill in their registrations correctly, or they may have been rejected for these reasons :

  • the applicant did not first apply for the main vaccination programme
  • MyKad / passport number mismatch in MySejahtera and AstraZeneca 2.0 application
  • address mismatch in MySejahtera and AstraZeneca 2.0 application

Earlier, JKJAV announced that AstraZeneca 2.0 appointments have been delayed and will only be released from 26 May 2021 onwards.

However, when 26 May 2021 arrived, many people complained that they haven’t received their AstraZeneca 2.0 appointments.

JKJAV is assuring everyone yet again that some AstraZeneca 2.0 appointments may be delayed, but you will all receive them soon.

 

How To Check For AstraZeneca 2.0 Appointments

For those who are not sure, here is our step-by-step guide on how to check for AstraZeneca 2.0 appointments in MySejahtera!

  1. Make sure you update to MySejahtera 1.0.28 or later before you proceed.
  2. Open MySejahtera.
  3. Tap on the Close button on the upper right corner of the default Check-in screen.
  4. You should see the MySejahtera main screen, and it should show you a new COVID-19 Vaccination option.

  1. Tap on the COVID-19 Vaccination option and it will show you this information display.
  2. Tap on the first option – Vaccine for [your name here] – to start with the registration process.

  1. You should now see your first dose appointment details – the location, date and time.

 

Prepare For Your AstraZeneca 2.0 Appointments!

Before you go for your AstraZeneca 2.0 vaccination appointment, please make sure you bring :

  • Your MyKad / passport
  • Your smartphone with MySejahtera
  • A pen and something stiff to write on – there are no writing tables there!
  • A face mask to wear!
  • A list of your medications, in case you need to consult the doctor there
  • A bottle of water, in case you need something to drink

You can also read about the AstraZeneca vaccination process at these three vaccination centres :

 

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AstraZeneca 2.0 Over In 1 Hour! More Doses In July!

The AstraZeneca 2.0 vaccine registration was over in just over an hour after it was opened up to people below 60 years of age! But don’t worry… more AstraZeneca vaccine doses are coming in July!

 

AstraZeneca 2.0 Doses Snapped Up In 1 Hour!

The AstraZeneca 2.0 vaccine registration for people below 60 years of age got off on a rough start, with a 15 minute delay over technical issues.

When it reloaded with new links, some people were still loading the old links and got stuck because they keep getting the error message that the programme was for 60 years and older.

Others who loaded the new links immediately had trouble loading the location and time slots, leading to frustrated banging of keyboards and phone displays.

Even though people tried with multiple devices – smartphones, tablets and computers – many could not load the list of available slots.

Just over an hour after the AstraZeneca 2.0 vaccine registration programme started, JKJAV – the Special Committee  on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply – announced that all 1 million doses were taken up.

This was a far greater response than the first round, where only 268,800 doses were taken up in 3.5 hours.

 

AstraZeneca 2.0 Over, More Doses Coming In July!

Many people have since expressed great frustration and disappointment at not snagging one of the million doses in the AstraZeneca 2.0 programme.

But don’t worry. National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, just announced that 600,000 more AstraZeneca doses will arrive in Malaysia in July 2021.

So you can look forward to an AstraZeneca 3.0 vaccine registration programme in July!

 

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Qualcomm Snapdragon Dev Kit for Windows 10 : First Look!

Qualcomm just announced the Snapdragon Developer Kit for Windows 10, build in collaboration with… of course, Microsoft!

Here is what you need to know about the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Dev Kit for Windows 10!

 

Qualcomm Snapdragon Dev Kit for Windows 10 : First Look!

The path to the Qualcomm Snapdragon Developer Kit for Windows 10 started in September 2020 when Microsoft announced the expansion of their App Assure Program to Windows 10 PCs powered by Snapdragon compute platforms.

Microsoft also optimised Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Teams and Visual Studio Code for the Snapdragon compute platforms.

Then December 2020 saw the introduction of x64 emulation preview for Windows 10 PCs, to the Windows Insider Program.

Qualcomm and Microsoft will share more about this new Snapdragon dev kit at the Build 2021 session. But here is a first look at the developer kit!

 

Qualcomm Snapdragon Dev Kit for Windows 10 : Availability

The Qualcomm Snapdragon developer kit for Windows 10 will be available for sale at The Microsoft Store in Summer 2021!

 

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 For Entry-Level Laptops!

Qualcomm just introduced the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 – a new compute platform for entry-level laptops!

Here is what you need to know about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2!

 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 For Entry-Level Laptops!

On 24 May 2021, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. launched their Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 – their second-generation entry-level compute platform!

This new computer platform will allow brands to introduce always-on, always-connected Windows PCs and Chromebooks with enhanced camera and audio capabilities, integrated LTE connectivity, AI acceleration and more!

Always On, Always Connected!

Devices powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 are Always On, Always Connected, just like your smartphone.

Its power-efficiency allows the device to stay in connected standby mode for weeks, keeping you connected whether for work, school or entertainment.

Improved Performance

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 delivers up to 10% faster system performance over “most competing platforms”, with up to twice the battery life of those platforms – up to 19 or more hours of continuous use!

Built-In Artificial Intelligence

The Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 comes with the fifth-generation Qualcomm AI Engine built-in, to accelerate security applications and more accurate voice recognition, amongst other uses.

Enhanced Camera + Audio

This new Qualcomm compute platform is also designed to enhance camera and audio quality, with virtual surround sound, echo cancellation and noise suppression.

Enterprise-Grade Security

Windows devices powered by this new compute platform are Microsoft Secured-Core PCs, with support for Windows 10 Hypervisor.

Its always connected LTE capability also allows faster manageability for IT administrators managing enterprise and education laptops.

 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 : Key Specifications

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen features eight Kryo 468 CPU cores, running at up to 2.55 GHz; with support for two LPDDR4x memory channels (up to 2133 MHz).

It comes with the Qualcomm Spectra 255 image signal processor, the Qualcomm Hexagon 692 DSP, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon X15 LTE modem built-in.

It supports 4G LTE, as well as 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity.

 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 : Availability

Devices based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 are expected to be commercially available this summer 2021.

 

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MCO 3.0 : No Total Lockdown, Just Some Tightening…

Despite calls for a total lockdown, MKN only announced some tightening of the existing MCO 3.0 restrictions.

Here are the details so far…

 

MCO 3.0 : No Total Lockdown, Just Some Tightening…

Despite calls for a total lockdown, Senior Minister for Security Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaacob only announced some tightening of the existing MCO 3.0 restrictions.

These new SOPs will be implemented on top of existing MCO 3.0 SOPs announced on 15 May 2021, and will be in effect from 25 May 2021 until 7 June 2021.

They will only apply across Peninsular Malaysia, and the Federal Territory of Labuan. They will not apply to Sabah and Sarawak.

  1. There will be increased enforcement of travel, with more roadblocks in place.
  2. Everyone is advised to stay at home.
  3. 80% of the civil service (approximately 750,000 employees) will be asked to work from home (WFH).
  4. The private sector will be asked to reduce their on-premise workforce to 60%, with 40% to work from home (WFH).

  1. Public transportation will be reduced to 50% of maximum capacity, with reduced operating frequency as well.
  2. Business operations will be limited to 8 AM until 8 PM daily.
  3. The new HIDE system will continued to be used to identify high-risk premises, which will be ordered to close immediately.
  4. Hospitals, clinics and medical labs are allowed to open 24 hours.
  5. Pharmacies are allowed to open from 8 AM until 10 PM.

  1. Laundry services, optical shops, car washes, barbershops, hair saloons are allowed to open from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  2. Groceries, convenience stores, pet food shops are allowed to open from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  3. Night markets are allowed to open from 4 PM until 8 PM.
  4. Shopping malls can open from 8 AM until 8 PM.

  1. Food-related businesses are allowed to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  2. Sale of food is only allowed for takeaways, drive-throughs and delivery. Dining in, and park and dine, are NOT allowed.
  3. Petrol stations are allowed to open from 6 AM until 8 PM, except those on highways – they are allowed to open 24 hours.

 

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ICU Crisis : Klang Valley ICUs Now At 113% Capacity!

We have an ICU crisis in Malaysia – ICUs in the Klang Valley are now at 113% capacity!

Find out what’s going on, and what we can do to prevent this ICU crisis from escalating!

 

ICU Crisis : Klang Valley ICUs Now At 113% Capacity!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) has warned us about this for some time now, and the day has arrived when our ICUs are all full.

On 22 May 2021, the Director General of Health, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah announced that ICU usage in the Klang Valley has reached 113%!

The worst affected hospitals are Kajang Hospital and Banting Hospital, with 317% and 200% ICU occupancy!

Just take a look at these shocking statistics!

Hospitals Total ICU
Bed Capacity
COVID-19
ICU Beds
COVID-19
Patients
COVID-19 ICU
Bed Usage
Sungai Buloh 80 80 89 111%
Selayang 51 33 24 73%
Ampang 23 15 17 113%
Tuanku
Ampuan
Rahimah
51 41 48 117%
Serdang 52 32 55 172%
Shah Alam 18 12 11 92%
Banting 10 4 8 200%
Kajang 8 6 19 317%
Kuala Lumpur 72 64 63 98%
Putrajaya 20 8 7 88%
PPUM 55 32 30 94%
Tuanku Mizan
Military Hospital
12 7 6 86%
TOTAL 452 334 377 113%

 

ICU Crisis : How Did KKM Expand ICUs Beyond 100%?

You may be wondering how KKM managed to expand hospital ICUs beyond 100%.

Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah announced on 19 May 2021 that they were able to increase the number of ICU beds for COVID-19 patients by repurposing normal wards.

They basically turned normal wards into temporary ICUs by adding ICU equipment to the beds already there. However, ICUs are more than just beds with equipment.

They need to be manned 24 hours a day, with medical staff monitoring patients under their care in three shifts.

So, this is not an ideal situation, but it allows the Health Ministry to avoid turning away patients with severe COVID-19… for now.

Here are pictures of the ICUs in HTAR (Tuanku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital), filled with critical COVID-19 patients.

 

How To Prevent Escalation Of This ICU Crisis?

We need to help KKM prevent a further escalation of this ICU crisis by STRICTLY enforcing COVID-19 precautions.

  1. Staying home and restricting travel to only what’s essential.
  2. Wear a face mask, preferably N95 or at least a surgical mask, when out in public.
  3. Maintain physical distance of 1-2 metres from strangers.
  4. Maintain good hand hygiene at all times.

 

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AstraZeneca Vaccine Opt-In Round 2 : Get Ready To Register!

Here are the details of Round 2 of the AstraZeneca vaccine opt-in programme.

Get ready to register for your FREE AstraZeneca vaccination against COVID-19!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine Opt-In Round 2 : Get Ready To Register!

On 17 May 2021, the National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that round 2 of the AstraZeneca vaccine opt-in programme will kick off on 23 May 2021.

On 21 May 2021, he then announced that registration for the AstraZeneca Opt-in Round 2 will start at 12 PM on Sunday, 23 May 2021.

This second round will only be available to people 60 years or older in :

  • Klang Valley : SelangorKuala Lumpur, Putrajaya
  • Penang,
  • Johor, and
  • Kuching and Miri in Sarawak

However, those who were on the waiting list of Round 1 will still get appointments in Round 2.

The government will also send AstraZeneca vaccine doses to elderly care homes.

You will be able to book via the VaksinCOVID website, like the first round, as well as at community clinics.

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AstraZeneca Vaccine Opt-In Round 2 For Below 60 Years Old

Don’t worry if you are below 60 years of age. The government will allow you to register for Round 2 of the AstraZeneca Opt-In Programme after 26 May 2021.

They earlier announced that Malaysia will receive ONE MILLION DOSES this month through COVAX, so sign up when you get the chance!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : Is It Safe To Get?

Many people are worried about the risk of getting blood clots from the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The fact is – the risk is incredibly small – certainly much, MUCH smaller than the risk of developing blood clots with COVID-19, which can be as high as 41% in positive patients, and up to 95% in severe COVID-19 cases.

Blood clots can also develop (through different mechanisms) with smoking and the use of oral contraceptive pills (OCP).

We created this table to better demonstrate the risk to you.

Risk Difference
Thrombocytopenia in
severe COVID-19 cases
Up to 95% 45,238X
Thrombocytopenia
in COVID-19 cases
Up to 41% 19,524X
Dying from COVID-19 Infection 0.25% to
10%
119X to 4762X
Thrombosis from OCP
(Adult)
Up to 0.46% 219X
Thrombosis from Smoking 0.18% 85.7X
Thrombosis from OCP
(Adolescents)
Up to 0.01% 4.8X
Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia
(AstraZeneca Vaccine)
0.0021% Baseline

So, is it safe to get the AstraZeneca vaccine that’s being offered to people age 18 years and above in Malaysia?

We can only tell you that the risk is exceedingly low. At most, 21 out of 1 million people who receive this vaccine will potentially develop this condition.

Based on the risk-benefit analysis performed by the EMA Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), it is obvious that for a high-incidence country like Malaysia, the benefits far outweigh the risks.

More importantly, that we are aware of this particular side effect, both doctors and vaccine recipients can look out for the symptoms and quickly seek treatment.

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vivo V21 OOTD Contest : Light Up Your Style!

vivo just kicked off their OOTD contest, giving you the opportunity to win a new V21 series smartphone and other cool prizes!

Here are the details!

 

vivo V21 OOTD Contest : Light Up Your Style!

Want to win yourself the new vivo V21 series smartphone and some cool prizes?

Then go join the new vivo V21 OOTD (Outfit of the Day) contest, which runs from now until 31 May 2021!

Contestants stand to win not only a brand-new vivo V21 series smartphone, but also limited-edition co-branded swag like t-shirt, cross-body bag, oversized shirt and bucket hat – all conceptualised and designed by local fashion labels like KitWoo, Evensince, Neonate and Cassey Gan!

vivo Light Up Your Style Contest Prizes
Grand Prize vivo V21 Series Smartphone
+ vivo exclusive co-branded item
1st Prize DJI OM 4 + vivo exclusive co-branded item
2nd Prize vivo Wireless Sport Lite + vivo exclusive co-branded item
Consolation Prize vivo exclusive co-branded item

 

vivo V21 OOTD Contest : How To Participate?

All you have to do is showcase your best creative interpretation of the theme – “Light“, using your lightweight and breezy outfits!

Step 1 : Style up and take your OOTD (Outfit of the Day) photo.

Step 2 : Go to the Light Up Your Style OOTD contest post on Facebook.

Step 3 : Post your photo to the comment section below, with the hashtags #vivoV21Series #LightUpYourStyle #ForYourBestMoments

Step 4 : Share the Light Up Your Style OOTD contest post on your Facebook wall!

Four winners will be selected from these entries, and the announcement will be posted on 3 June 2021.

 

vivo V21 + V21e Smartphones : 44 MP Selfie FTW!

On 28 April 2021, vivo launched their V21 and V21e smartphones, both offering a phenomenal 44 MP front camera as their killer feature!

Both models are available for purchase with immediate effect, at these launch prices :

  • V21 (8 GB + 128 GB) : RM1,599 (about US$390 / £280 / A$502 / S$518)
  • V21e (8 GB + 128 GB) : RM1,299 (about US$317 / £228 / A$408 / S$421)

Here are online purchase options :

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Breaking News : vivo V21 5G Is Almost Here!

If you have been waiting for the 5G variant of the vivo V21, we have great news – it’s ALMOST HERE!

 

Breaking News : vivo V21 5G Is Almost Here!

When vivo Malaysia launched their V21 Series in April, they featured the industry-leading 44 MP front camera, with OIS (optical image stabilisation) and Dual Selfie Spotlight capabilities!

If you have been for the 5G variant of the vivo V21, we have great news – it’s ALMOST HERE!

We just found out that the vivo V21 5G variant, with the model number V2050, just received SIRIM approval on 5 May 2021!

On top of that, we found out that vivo plans to launch the V21 5G on 27 May 2021!

So you don’t have to wait very long to get your hands on the vivo V21 5G smartphone!

 

vivo V21 Series : 44 MP Selfie FTW!

On 28 April 2021, vivo launched their V21 and V21e smartphones, both offering a phenomenal 44 MP front camera as their killer feature!

Let’s start with this official vivo V21 series promotional video, which gives you a quick overview of their key features.

The vivo V21 series 44 MP front camera not only supports Dual Selfie Spotlight, it also supports :

  • Superior Night-time Selfie, which gives you shake-free selfies, even during a roller coaster ride!
  • AI Night Portrait algorithm, helps ensure that you only get bright and clear selfies, every time!

In addition, the vivo V21 Series is the first to introduce the 3 GB Extended RAM technology, giving you the ability to boost its 8 GB memory to 11 GB!

This extra boost of memory is useful for power users who need to run multiple resource-intensive apps at the same time!

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