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17 FREE Steam Games + DLCs : 6 March 2021 Update!

Here are 9 games and 8 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 Games #1 : Artifact (Classic + Foundry)

Valve recently made Artifact Classic and Artifact Foundry FREE :

A collaboration between legendary card game designer Richard Garfield and Valve, Artifact Classic is a digital card game that combines deeply strategic, competitive gameplay with the rich setting of Dota 2.

Valve took the essence of Artifact and refined it based on community feedback, creating Artifact Foundry, which comes with over 100 new cards, including over 20 new heroes!

Valve Artifact Classic + Foundry are both completely FREE on Steam, and will add +2 to your account.

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the Artifact page on Steam.
  3. Click on the green Install Game button for Artifact Foundry / Artifact Classic or both!

That’s it! You now have both Artifact Foundry and Artifact Classic in your Steam account!

Free Steam Game #2 : Dying Light Bad Blood

Enter a zombie-infested area and compete as one of 12 players to become the only survivor – or make a team and fight for survival together.

Scavenge for weapons, destroy zombie hives to level up, and combine your advanced parkour mobility with brutal combat skills to outrun, outsmart, and outplay your opponents.

It’s all in, one out in Dying Light: Bad Blood – a fast-paced and gory online game that creatively blends PvP and PvE combat while retaining the core of Dying Light’s iconic gameplay.

Dying Light Bad Blood is FREE to download and keep, but only if you follow these instructions :

If You Already Have Dying Light In Steam

  1. Go to the Dying Light Dockets website.
  2. Log into your account, or sign up for one (if you don’t have one yet)
  3. Go to your Profile page and link your Steam account with the Dying Light Dockets system.
  4. You will receive a message with a link that informs you that you are eligible for a FREE Dying Light Bad Blood Steam code.
  5. Click on the link. It should tell you “A copy of Dying Light Bad Blood is already in your Steam library”.

That’s it! You now have Dying Light Bad Blood in your Steam account!

If You Do NOT Have Dying Light Yet

Dying Light was available for a free weekend. Wait for another free weekend trial, and then follow these steps.

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the Dying Light page on Steam.
  3. Click on the green Play Game button (during the free weekend).opportunity!
  4. Install and run Dying Light at least once.
  5. Go to the Dying Light Dockets website.
  6. Log into your account, or sign up for one (if you don’t have one yet)
  7. Go to your Profile page and link your Steam account with the Dying Light Dockets system.
  8. You will receive a message with a link that informs you that you are eligible for a FREE Dying Light Bad Blood Steam code.
  9. Click on the link. It should tell you “A copy of Dying Light Bad Blood is already in your Steam library”.

That’s it! You now have Dying Light Bad Blood in your Steam account!

Free Steam Game #3 : Black Desert Remastered

Black Desert is an expansive, open world MMORPG made with Pearl Abyss’ proprietary game engine, with spectacular sceneries, realistic environments, and sophisticated details.

Black Desert Remastered is FREE to download and keep, but only if you follow these instructions before 10 March 2021 (5 PM GMT+8) :

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the Black Desert page on Steam.
  3. Click on the green Add to Account button.

That’s it! You now have Black Desert Remastered in your Steam account!

Free Steam Game #4 : 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 #5 : Ctrl CV

Welcome to the world of Ctrl CV, a find-the-image platformer puzzle game.

You are surrounded by countless clones of yourself, and your goal is to find the source of these doppelgangers.

Try not to lose yourself in the midst of “yourselves”.

Follow these steps to get Ctrl CV for FREE :

Direct Download

Follow these steps if you do not wish to add it to your Steam account :

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the Ctrl CV Steam page.
  3. Click on the green Download button to download the game, which you can then install.

Add To Steam Account

Follow these steps to add it to your Steam account :

  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 Ctrl CV in your Steam account!

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

Free Steam Game #6 : Panzer Ball

Panzer Ball is about speed and agility. Complete races in this fast-paced 3D platformer that is inspired by the classic surf maps and bunnyhop modes from games of the past.

This game includes both a singleplayer and a multiplayer experience. The online multiplayer is fully real-time so you can invite your friends and see who gets the fastest time.

Join our community to get involved in experimental modes, early playtests and be part of the development of Panzer Ball.

Follow these steps to get Panzer Ball 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.
  4. When asked if you want to allow this page to open Steam, select Allow.

That’s it! You now have Panzer Ball in your Steam account!

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

Free Steam Game #7 : 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 #8 : WIDE CROSS

Wide Cross is a quick paced and easy-going MOBA, based on the premise of 5v5 player versus player combat.

Play with an assortment of captivating characters and utilise boundless strategies to gain the advantage over your opponents.

A compelling battlefield from beginning to end, will begin now!

Follow these steps to get WIDE CROSS 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 WIDE CROSS in your Steam account!

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 DLC #1 : Minion Masters – Outlandish Operations

Outlandish Operations is the Faction Box for starting or expanding your Outlander faction collection.

This is a great +300% value bundle of Outlander cards and Master, including the outlaw Settsu (Master), and get a headstart in this month’s Season Pass!

Follow these steps to get the Outlandish Operations DLC for FREE. Just make sure you get it before 13 March 2021 at 1 AM, GMT+8 :

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the Minion Masters page.
  3. Click on the Play Game button to add it to your Steam account.
    You can choose to install it now, or postpone the installation.
  4. Next, go to Outlandish Operations DLC page (by 13 March 2021 at 1 AM, GMT+8).
  5. Click on the Add to Account button to add it to your account.

Note : The Outlandish Operations DLC requires the FREE Minion Masters base game to work.

Free Steam DLC #2 : Rogue Heroes – Bomber Class Pack

Add more firepower and style to your team of heroes with the new Bomber class and equipment skins! This pack includes:

  • “Bomber” Hero Class
  • “Evil” Weapon Skin
  • “Plant” Weapon Skin

Follow these steps to get the Bomber Class Pack DLC for FREE, before 10 March 2021 (2 AM GMT+8).

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the Rogue Heroes – Bomber Class Pack 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 Bomber Class Pack DLC in your Steam account!

Note : This DLC requires the base game – Rogue Heroes : Ruins of Tasos – to work.

Free Steam DLC #3 : Donut Squad Theme Pack

To celebrate FUSER’s February Update this month, Intel is giving away DLC codes for the Donut Squad Theme Pack!

Expand your FUSER library with the Donut Squad T-Shirt, Donut Squad Video Screen, Donut Squad Headphones with Screens.

Follow these steps to get the Donut Squad Theme Pack for FREE :

  1. Go to the Intel FUSER Donut Squad giveaway page.
  2. Click the green button to enter the giveaway.
  3. Follow the giveaway instructions.
  4. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  5. Go to Games > Activate a Product on Steam…
  6. Key in the Steam code and click Next to redeem it!

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

Free Steam DLC #4 : Fishing Sim World : Lake Nelson DLC

Fishing Sim World features an authentic career mode where you work your way up to an elite angler competing against over 100 of the best anglers in the world across Bass, Carp and Predator fishing whilst unlocking sponsorship opportunities, gaining career earnings and social media followers as you go.

Lake Nelson is a picturesque fishing venue located in the heart of Texas and is unique for the size of the venue against the size of the fish that can be caught. In fact, at around 10 acres in size, there is no need to use a boat and fishing is from the shoreline only.

Follow these steps to get the Lake Nelson DLC for FREE, before 15 March 2021.

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the Lake Nelson 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 Lake Nelson DLC in your Steam account!

Note : This DLC requires the base game – Fishing Sim World – to work.

Free Steam DLC #5 : 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 #6 : Company of Heroes 2 Southern Fronts

During the Spring Rasputitsa in early 1943, the Red Army launched a series of counteroffensives against German lines in the southwest. While initially successful, the Germans regrouped and managed to regain the momentum to recapture Kharkov.

Take command of both factions in a series of challenges and battles that feature new environmental conditions; thick mud that impacts vehicle movement and exposes new vulnerabilities.

Follow these steps to get Company of Heroes 2 Southern Fronts for FREE :

  1. Go to the Company of Heroes 2 Southern Fronts giveaway page.
  2. Click on the Sign Up button.
  3. Log into your Steam account, or create a new account if you don’t have one yet.
  4. Click Allow to let SEGA activate the CD-Key on your Steam account.
  5. You should see a green alert stating that the Southern Fronts Mission Pack has been added to your Steam account.
    You do not have to provide SEGA with more details or register for an account.
    If you get a 404 page, just repeat from Step 1 and it should work the second time.

That’s it! You now have Company of Heroes 2 Southern Fronts in your Steam account!

Note : This is a DLC that requires the Company of Heroes 2 game.

Free Steam DLC #7 : SHOGUN 2 : Battle of Kawagoe

In the historical battle of Kawagoe, the Hojo clan used the cover of night to launch a swift attack against the besieging coalition of Uesugi, Ogigayatsu, and Ashikaga clans.

They overcame insurmountable odds, and even discarded their armour, to seize victory against their enemies with their prowess in speed and stealth.

In this Shogun 2 FLC, experience this exciting battle map for yourself, originally a downloadable piece of content released with the game in 2011.

Follow these steps to get this DLC for FREE :

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the SHOGUN 2 : Battle of Kawagoe 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 SHOGUN 2 : Battle of Kawagoe in your Steam account!

Note : This is a DLC that requires the main game – Total War: SHOGUN 2.

Free Steam DLC #8 : 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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SUKE Highway Collapse : Overloaded Trailer The Cause!

A segment of the SUKE Highway under construction collapsed, after being hit by an overloaded trailer!

 

SUKE Highway Collapse : Van Trapped Under Wreckage

Just before 6 PM on 3 March 2021, an overloaded trailer hit the scaffolding for a segment of the SUKE Highway under construction near Bandar Tasik Selatan.

This caused a collapse that trapped a factory van with five people inside – all Malaysians who were on their way to work.

23 firemen, three fire engines and two emergency rescue vehicles were promptly despatched to extricate the trapped victims from under the wreckage.

All five were extricated in a 3-hour operation, and taken to the hospital. However, the police later confirmed that two died and three others were injured.

 

SUKE Highway Collapse : Overloaded Trailer The Cause!

According to Projek Lintasan Sungai Besi-Ulu Klang Sdn. Bhd, the collapse was caused by an overloaded trailer hitting scaffolding at the SUKE Highway construction site.

Please be informed that the said trailer was a private vehicle and is not involved in or affiliated with the construction of the SUKE highway in any way.

The accident at the MRR2 Highway near Bandar Tasik Selatan caused severe traffic congestion.

SUKE is currently extending all possible assistance and cooperation to the relevant authorities to ensure public safety.

 

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Malaysia Announces COVID-19 Fines Of RM10K ~ RM100K!

Malaysia just announced that fines for breaking COVID-19 SOP would be increased to RM10K to RM100K!

Find out what’s changed, and why everyone needs to take COVID-19 precautions seriously!

 

Malaysia Increases COVID-19 Fines To RM10K ~ RM100K!

We earlier shared that the Malaysian government introduced amendments that increased fines for non-compliance with COVID-19 measures to a whopping RM10K to RM100K!

  • Individuals who commit an offence : Up to RM 10,000
  • Companies that commit an offence : Up to RM 50,000
  • Possible additional penalties : Up to 50,000 and/or up to 6 months imprisonment
  • Offences, for which no penalty is expressly provided : Up to RM 100,000 and/or up to 7 years imprisonment

In addition, the Act was amended to allow the government to order a person to wear a “tracing device”, also known as a tracking device.

On 3 March 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health and the Prime Minister’s Department officially announced the increased COVID-19 fines.

These increased COVID-19 fines and amendments will come into effect on 11 March 2021.

 

Increased Malaysia COVID-19 Fines : The Details

On 25 February 2021, several additions and amendments to the Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) Ordinance 2021 were gazetted, and officially announced on 3 March 2021.

Here is a quick summary of the new additions and amendments that will take effect from effect on 11 March 2021 onwards.

Order For Wearing Tracing Device (Section 15A)

An individual who is infected or suspected to be infected can be compelled to wear a tracing device, which may be a wristband.

Any person who damages, destroys, loses or tampers with such a tracing device “commits an offence” under the Act.

Offences By Body Corporate (Section 22A)

Individuals managing a company that committed a crime under the Act may be charged severally or jointly” with the company itself.

They may be found guilty of the same offence, unless they can prove that the offence was committed “without [their] knowledge, consent or connivance“, and that they had “taken all reasonable precautions and exercised due diligence” to prevent the commission of the offence.

General Penalty (Section 24)

Any person who commits an offence under this Act, for which there is no expressly provided penalty, may be liable (upon conviction) to a fine of up to RM 100,000 and / or imprisonment of up to 7 years.

Compounding Of Offences (Section 25)

An individual who commits a compoundable offence under this Act may be subject to a fine of up to RM 10,000.

A company that commits a compoundable offence under this Act may be subject to a fine of up to RM 50,000.

Amendment Of Section 31

Regulations made under this Act may prescribe any act in contravention of the regulations to be an offence, and may prescribe penalties of a fine of up to RM 50,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months.

 

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Ismail Sabri : KL-Selangor Travel Allowed, But Not Putrajaya

For those who are confused by the latest inter-district travel announcement, here is the final word – travel between KL and Selangor is allowed, but not to Putrajaya.

 

Ismail Sabri : KL, Selangor, Putrajaya Considered One Zone

Back in May 2020, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that KL, Selangor and Putrajaya are considered one zone for the purpose of disease control – the Klang Valley zone.

Therefore, travel between KL, Selangor and Putrajaya was allowed at that time, as they were all CMCO / PKPB areas under the same zone, not different states.

The government considered travel between KL, Selangor and Putrajaya as inter-district travel, not interstate travel.

 

Ismail Sabri : KL-Selangor Travel Allowed, But Not Putrajaya

On 2 March 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that inter-district travel was now allowed nationwide, except in Sabah.

However, that caused some confusion as people wondered – is KL, Selangor and Putrajaya still considered as the same zone?

Malaysia Senior Minister of Defence Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri later issued another statement, reaffirming that Selangor, KL and Putrajaya are still considered as one zonethe Klang Valley zone.

However, only free travel between KL and Selangor is allowed this time. This is because Putrajaya has been classified as an RMCO area.

Therefore, travel from CMCO areas like KL and Selangor to Putrajaya will require police permission, unless it is for official work purposes (with employer’s letter).

 

Official Statement On KL, Selangor, Putrajaya Travel By Ismail Sabri

At 9 PM on 2 March 2021, MKN issued this official statement by Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri :

Seperti yang dilaksanakan sewaktu PKPB 1.0, Selangor, WP Kuala Lumpur dan WP Putrajaya adalah dianggap satu zon.

Pergerakan rentas antara Selangor (PKPB) ke WP Kuala Lumpur (PKPB) adalah dibenarkan.

Walaubagaimanapun pergerakan dari Selangor atau WP Kuala Lumpur ke WP Putrajaya masih tidak dibenarkan kerana WP Putrajaya berstatus PKPP. Ini bagi melindungi WP Putrajaya dari penularan COVID-19.

Pergerakan dari Selangor atau WP Kuala Lumpur ke WP Putrajaya masih memerlukan kebenaran polis kecuali bagi mereka yang bekerja dan mempunyai surat majikan.

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob
Menteri Kanan Pertahanan
2 Mac 2021

And here is our English translation :

As implemented during CMCO 1.0, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya are considered one zone.

Cross movements between Selangor (CMCO) to Kuala Lumpur (CMCO) are allowed.

However travel from Selangor or Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya is still not allowed, because Putrajaya is under RMCO status. This is to protect Putrajaya from the spread of COVID-19.

Travel from Selangor or Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya still requires police permission except for those who are working and have employer’s letter.

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob
Senior Defence Minister
2 March 2021

 

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Malaysia : Inter-District Travel Allowed, Except In Sabah!

As expected, the Malaysian government just lifted their ban on inter-district travel!

Here is what you need to know about this change!

 

Malaysia : Inter-District Travel Allowed, Except In Sabah!

The Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) just lifted their ban on inter-district travel across the entire country, except in Sabah.

Starting 5 March 2021, you can freely travel within your state, across district lines.

This was long expected, after they lifted the 10 km travel limit on 16 February 2021.

The only exception is Sabah, where inter-district travel is still forbidden. You must travel only within your district in Sabah.

 

Inter-District Travel Allowed, But Not Interstate Travel 

However, please note that interstate travel is still forbidden across the country.

The only exception is Kuala Lumpur and Selangor – they are all considered the “same state” – the Klang Valley.

So residents of KL and Selangor Putrajaya can freely travel within the Klang Valley, except to Putrajaya which is under RMCO.

Police permission is needed for KL and Selangor residents to travel to Putrajaya, unless it is for work (with employer’s letter).

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No More MCO, Now CMCO + RMCO Until 18 March 2021!

Malaysia just cancelled MCO, and extended CMCO and RMCO restrictions till 18 March 2021!

Here is what you need to know about this new MCO, CMCO and RMCO changes!

 

No More MCO, Now CMCO + RMCO Until 18 March 2021!

Starting 5 March, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang and Johor will no longer be under MCO (Movement Control Order).

They will join Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Perak and Kelantan as states under CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order).

Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya and Labuan will join Perlis as states under RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order).

CMCO / PKPB RMCO / PKPP
Kuala Lumpur
Selangor
Penang
Johor
Negeri Sembilan
Kedah
Perak
Kelantan
Melaka
Pahang
Terengganu
Perlis
Sabah
Putrajaya
Labuan

The new CMCO and RMCO restrictions will extend from 5 March until 18 March 2021.

If you are wondering about Sarawak, it is still under CMCO / PKPB, which was extended earlier to 15 March 2021.

 

CMCO + RMCO Areas : What’s Changed?

Here are some changes or updates to the SOP for CMCO and RMCO areas

  • Inter-district travel is allowed, but interstate travel is still forbidden.
  • KL, Selangor and Putrajaya are considered one zone, but travel to Putrajaya requires police permission.
  • Businesses are allowed to operate from 6 AM to 12 AM in both areas
  • Creative industries are limited to 70% capacity in CMCO areas, 100% in RMCO areas
  • Tourism businesses (including family entertainment, reflexology’s, spas, manicure and pedicure services) allowed at 50% capacity in CMCO areas, depending on physical distancing limitations in RMCO areas.
  • All financial institutions can operate as normal.
  • Farming and construction industries can operate as normal.
  • Social events and government events, weddings, reunions, birthday parties are allowed up to 50% capacity in CMCO areas, and 100% in RMCO areas.

 

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Sinovac Vaccine Arrives In Malaysia, But Not Approved Yet

The first batch of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine – CoronaVac – just arrived in Malaysia.

There was not much fanfare, because the Sinovac vaccine has NOT actually been approved for use in Malaysia.

 

Sinovac Vaccine Arrives In Malaysia!

The first batch of the Sinovac vaccine – CoronaVac – arrived at the KL International Airport aboard MH319 at 8:47 AM on 27 February 2021.

Unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the Ministry of Health obtained CoronaVac through Pharmaniaga Lifescience Sdn Bhd – an intermediary company.

Hence, the Sinovac vaccine arrived in the form of 200 litres of CoronaVac bulk vaccine, which would then have to be bottled by Pharmaniaga.

Once bottled, these 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.

 

Sinovac Vaccine Not Approved In Malaysia Just Yet

While the CoronaVac vaccine has arrived in Malaysia, we should point out that it has not been approved by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA).

Therefore, the CoronaVac vaccine will not be used just yet in the Malaysia COVID-19 vaccination program.

According to the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, this is because the CoronaVac vaccine has not been bottled.

One of the criteria for approval by the NPRA is the evaluation of the bottling process by Pharmaniaga. Until that happens, the CoronaVac vaccine cannot be approved for use in Malaysia.

It should be pointed out that China only just approved this Sinovac vaccine for general use on 6 February 2021.

 

Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine : A Quick Primer

Developed by Sinovac, CoronaVac is an inactivated virus vaccine – an older method of creating vaccines.

The SARS-CoV-2 viruses are cultured (grown) in Vero cells, and inactivated (killed) before being administered as a vaccine.

The CoronaVac vaccine only needs to be refrigerated at 2–8 °C (36–46 °F), which makes it easy to distribute.

This is a 2-dose vaccine, which the second dose delivered 14 days after the first.

Its Brazil clinical trial results showed that the CoronaVac vaccine was 50.4% effective in preventing COVID-19, just crossing the 50% mark for regulatory approval.

It was about 78% effective in preventing “mild to severe” COVID-19 disease, which is nevertheless good news.

Recommended : CoronaVac Vaccine By Sinovac : Your Questions Answered!

 

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Sarawak CMCO / PKPB Extended To 15 March 2021!

The Malaysian government just extended the CMCO / PKPB restrictions in Sarawak to 15 March 2021!

 

Sarawak CMCO / PKPB Extended To 15 March 2021!

The Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) just announced the extension of CMCO / PKPB restrictions in Sarawak to 15 March 2021.

The existing SOP for CMCO / PKPB in Sarawak remains in place, including :

  • Interstate travel is forbidden, except for work, economic or industrial purposes.
  • All business, economic and industrial activity can proceed as usual.
  • Entertainment centres, pubs and night clubs are forbidden to open.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds and cinemas are forbidden to open.
  • Individual sporting activities and non-contact recreation or those performed individually and not involving more than 10 people, like walking, jogging, cycling, aerobics, hiking, fishing, and so on are permitted.
  • Picnics, swimming pool activities and contact sports are forbidden.

 

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Malaysia COVID-19 Fines Increased To RM10K ~ RM100K!

Malaysia just increased fines for non-compliance with COVID-19 measures to a whopping RM10K to RM100K, and even imprisonment!

Find out what’s changed, and why everyone needs to take COVID-19 precautions seriously!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Fines Increased To RM10K ~ RM100K!

The Malaysian government just introduced amendments that increased fines for non-compliance with COVID-19 measures to a whopping RM10K to RM100K!

  • Individuals who commit an offence : Up to RM 10,000
  • Companies that commit an offence : Up to RM 50,000
  • Possible additional penalties : Up to 50,000 and/or up to 6 months imprisonment
  • Offences, for which no penalty is expressly provided : Up to RM 100,000 and/or up to 7 years imprisonment

In addition, the Act was amended to allow the government to order a person to wear a “tracing device”, also known as a tracking device.

These increased COVID-19 fines and amendments will come into effect on 11 March 2021.

 

Increased Malaysia COVID-19 Fines : The Details

On 25 February 2021, several additions and amendments to the Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) Ordinance 2021 were gazetted.

Here is a quick summary of what those new additions and amendments would likely mean.

Order For Wearing Tracing Device (Section 15A)

An individual who is infected or suspected to be infected can be compelled to wear a tracing device, which may be a wristband.

Any person who damages, destroys, loses or tampers with such a tracing device “commits an offence” under the Act.

Offences By Body Corporate (Section 22A)

Individuals managing a company that committed a crime under the Act may be charged severally or jointly” with the company itself.

They may be found guilty of the same offence, unless they can prove that the offence was committed “without [their] knowledge, consent or connivance“, and that they had “taken all reasonable precautions and exercised due diligence” to prevent the commission of the offence.

General Penalty (Section 24)

Any person who commits an offence under this Act, for which there is no expressly provided penalty, may be liable (upon conviction) to a fine of up to RM 100,000 and / or imprisonment of up to 7 years.

Compounding Of Offences (Section 25)

An individual who commits a compoundable offence under this Act may be subject to a fine of up to RM 10,000.

A company that commits a compoundable offence under this Act may be subject to a fine of up to RM 50,000.

Amendment Of Section 31

Regulations made under this Act may prescribe any act in contravention of the regulations to be an offence, and may prescribe penalties of a fine of up to RM 50,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months.

 

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Maxis TV Is Here, But Is It Worth Subscribing?

Maxis TV promises to offer multiple OTT steaming services at a cheaper price.

Take a look at what Maxis TV actually offers, and find out if it’s really worth your money!

 

Maxis TV : Cheaper OTT Streaming Bundles?

What exactly is Maxis TV? Maxis calls it a “first of its kind video entertainment service”.

Let’s be clear – Maxis TV is not a video streaming service. In fact, Maxis doesn’t actually stream anything to anyone.

All Maxis TV really does is offer bundles of five existing OTT streaming services.

  • dimsum
  • iQIYI
  • MUBI
  • viu
  • WeTV iflix

While they call it “completely new in the market and cannot be found anywhere else”, that’s only true if you are too lazy to subscribe to those streaming services yourselves.

Their true value proposition is offering these OTT streaming services at cheaper prices, with a single payment point. That’s really it.

 

Maxis TV Bundles : Are They Worth It?

Maxis TV promises to offer flexible OTT bundle passes, which confusingly, are divided into three categories :

  • Single Pass (should really be called Limited Pass)
    – Daily with 3 GB data limit : RM 3
    – Weekly with 5 GB data limit : RM 5
    – Monthly with 10 GB data limit : RM 9.99
  • 2-OTT Bundle with Unlimited Data : RM 18 per month
  • Unlimited Bundle with Unlimited Data : RM 42 per month

We can quickly identify a few problems with the Maxis TV bundles…

Single Pass with Limited Data

Maxis should have kept things simple – charge by the day, week or month. But they had to complicate it by adding a data limit.

Their potential subscribers are going to have to figure out – how much data does this movie take up? Or that TV episode?

Why add this unnecessary limit? It seems intentionally designed to prevent binge-watching by people on a budget.

2-OTT Bundle

Maxis TV offers only five combinations for their 2-OTT Bundle.

You cannot, for example, choose dimsum and viu, or MUBI and dimsum, or MUBI and iQIYI.

This is partly because WeTV and iflix are much cheaper than viu.

Dimsum, WeTV, iflix Are FREE / Cheaper

You can actually watch dimsum, WeTV and iflix content for FREE.

You only need to pay for VIP access to certain “hot” content, or the ability to skip advertisements (WeTV and dimsum).

Only One Package Worth Considering

Unless you are looking to subscribe to multiple bundles, it is generally cheaper to subscribe directly :

  • dimsum VIP : RM 8.90 per month
  • MUBI : RM 15 per month, RM 120 per year
  • iQIYI Standard VIP : RM 8.90 per month
  • viu : RM 12.90 per month, RM 88 per year
  • WeTV VIP : RM 7.90 per month
  • iflix VIP : RM 3 per week

From our POV, the only Maxis TV bundle worth considering is the Unlimited Pass, which gives you access to all five OTT services. You will then save RM 13 per month.

Even that is assuming you plan to watch all five of them. If you only want to use 3-4 of those OTT services, it is cheaper to just subscribe directly.

 

Maxis TV : Free 1-Month Trial!

Maxis is now offering a free one-month trial for all new Maxis TV subscribers, even for non-Maxis customers.

So you can give it a try, or use it to get some free streaming for a month. Just make sure you discontinue it before the subscription kicks in automatically!

 

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Xiaomi Mi 11 : Price + Pre-Order Deal in Malaysia!

The Xiaomi Mi 11 – their latest flagship smartphone, boasting studio-grade cameras and top-of-the-line performance – is now available in Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know about the Xiaomi Mi 11, including its price and pre-order deal in Malaysia!

 

Xiaomi Mi 11 : Now Available In Malaysia

On 8 February 2021, Xiaomi launched the Mi 11 – their latest flagship smartphone, built around the latest Snapdragon 888 mobile platform. It was finally introduced to Malaysia on 25 February 2021.

Let’s start with their official launch presentation on the Mi 11 smartphone :

6.81-inch 120 Hz AMOLED Display

The Xiaomi Mi 11 has a large 6.81-inch AMOLED display, with a 120 Hz refresh rate and a 480 Hz sampling rate.

It has a resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels, a maximum brightness of 1500 nits, and is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888

The Mi 11 is the first Xiaomi smartphone to feature the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 mobile SoC, fabricated on the 5 nm process.

It boasts eight CPU cores with a triple-tier architecture, consisting of :

  • 1 x Kryo 680 Prime core (based on ARM Cortex-X1) at up to 2.84 GHz
  • 3 x Kryo 680 Gold cores (based on ARM Cortex-A78) at up to 2.42 GHz
  • 4 x Kryo 680 Silver cores (based on ARM Cortex-A55) at up to 1.8 GHz

It also comes with an Adreno 660 GPU, Hexagon 780 DSP, Spectra 580 ISP and a built-in X60 5G/LTE modem.

RAM + Storage Options

The Xiaomi Mi 11 comes with 8 GB of LPDDR5 SDRAM memory running at 3200 MHz.

Xiaomi will offer 128 GB and 256 GB storage options, with no external storage expansion through a microSD card.

Cameras

In the front, the Xiaomi Mi 11 has a 20 MP selfie camera, with an f/2.2 aperture. In the back, it has a triple-camera system that consists of :

  • 108 MP main camera, f/1.85 aperture
  • 13 MP ultra-wide camera, f/2.4 aperture
  • 5 MP macro camera, f/2.4 aperture

This triple-camera system is supported by a single LED flash.

 

Xiaomi Mi 11 : Specifications In Malaysia

Specifications Xiaomi Mi 11
Display 6.81-inch AMOLED display
– 1440 x 3200 pixels, 515 ppi
– 120 Hz refresh rate
– 480 Hz sampling rate
– HDR10+, DCI-P3 colour gamut
– 1500 nits max. brightness
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus (front)
Operating System MIUI 12.5 (Android 11)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Memory 8 GB LPDDR5-3200
Storage Options 128 GB / 256 GB (UFS 3.1)
External Storage None
Front Camera 20 MP selfie camera (f/2.2)
Rear
Cameras
108 MP Samsung HMX (f/1.85) main camera
13 MP (f/2.4) ultra-wide camera
5 MP (f/2.4) macro camera
Connectivity 5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : WiFi 6
Bluetooth : BT 5.2
USB : USB Type C
GPS Support GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
NFC Yes
IR Emitter Yes
Fingerprint Sensor In Display
Audio Dual speakers tuned by Harman Kardon
Battery 4,600 mAh
Charging 55 watt wired,
50 watt wireless
Width
Height
Thickness
74.6 mm
164.3 mm
8.06 mm
Weight 196 g

 

Xiaomi Mi 11 : Price + Pre-Order Deal In Malaysia

The Xiaomi Mi 11 will come in two variants, at these price points :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB : RM 2,799, approximately $691 / £494 / A$878 / S$915
  • 8 GB + 256 GB : RM 2,999, approximately $740 / £529 / A$940 / S$980

There will be two colour options – Horizon Blue (left) and Midnight Gray (right) initially, with a third Cloud White colour coming later.

The 8 GB + 256 GB model is available for pre-order from 25 February until 10 March 2021 at their official online store.

 

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Malaysia MCO : MICE + Busking Now Allowed!

Malaysia just lifted restrictions on MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) and Busking!

Find out how this affects your risk of getting infected by COVID-19 in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia MCO : MICE + Busking Now Allowed!

Even as Malaysia comes close to breaching 300,000 COVID-19 cases, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) continues to liberalise the economy.

On 25 February 2021, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob announced that MKN decided to lift restrictions on MICE and busking activities in MCO / PKP areas.

Starting 26 February 2021, street musicians and buskers are allowed to perform in MCO / PKP areas, as long as they comply with existing SOP.

MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) activities, on the other hand, can start from 5 March 2021 onwards, with these restrictions :

  • up to 25% of maximum venue capacity, or
  • up to 250 people at the venue, whichever is fewer
  • physical distancing must be maintained

 

MICE + Busking Activities : Are We At Greater Risk?

This new change would make MCO (PKP) even more similar to RMCO (PKPP) and CMCO (PKPB), which begs the question – why bother with the three different classifications?

But more importantly – how does this affect our risk of getting COVID-19?

MICE Risks

The risks of MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) activities greatly varies.

Meetings, talks and training sessions, for example, are small and can be conducted with minimal risks, as long as both organisers and participants comply with the SOP.

Conferences and exhibitions, on the other hand, are more challenging because they generally involve personal interactions. Physical distancing and face masks can help to reduce the risk, but only if everyone remembers to use them.

Busking Risks

This is generally quite safe, as long as the performer(s) is static, like the example above. This would allow for proper physical distancing of at least 2-3 metres (if not further).

However, all spectators MUST wear face masks at all times, as it would not be reasonable for buskers to perform with face masks.

Walking buskers should be discouraged, as it would difficult for them to maintain physical distance from the public. And there should be no physical interaction.

 

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Historic : First COVID-19 Vaccinations In Malaysia!

What a historic day – the first COVID-19 vaccinations in Malaysia have finally taken place!

Remember this day, because this is when we finally turn the tide against COVID-19!

 

Historic : First COVID-19 Vaccinations In Malaysia!

After more than a year of waiting and suffering through the pandemic, the COVID-19 vaccination program has finally kicked off in Malaysia!

Just days after the first batch of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Malaysia, the first vaccinations have taken place!

There is this joke that “The vaccine should be tested on politicians first. If they survive, the vaccine is safe. If they don’t, then the country is safe.

Well, your wish has been granted! In a live broadcast that was streamed online, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Muhyiddin Yassin became the first person in Malaysia to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine!

In addition, the Director-General of Health, as well as four other health officers, took their turns to be amongst the first to receive COVID-19 vaccinations in Malaysia!

If you want to join them, make sure you SIGN UP for the COVID-19 vaccination program ASAP!

Recommended : How To Register For COVID-19 Vaccination On MySejahtera!

This is the Director-General of Health, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, receiving his COVID-19 vaccination.

No fear! Because he knows that Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been proven to be safe and efficacious.

This is Clement A / L Marai Francis, a driver at the Putrajaya Health office, receiving his vaccination.

This is Khairul Asraf Mohd Yasin, an Assistant Medical Officer in Putrajaya Health Office, getting vaccinated.

Dr Tan Yee Ling, a Medical Officer at Precinct Health Clinic 9, received his first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shot.

Finally, Sheilla Mellissa Sikin, a nurse at Putrajaya Precinct Health Clinic 9, received her COVID-19 vaccination.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccinations : Three Phases

Malaysia will introduce COVID-19 vaccinations in three phases, targeting different population segments.

Phase 1 : 24 February – April 2021

Phase 1 will involve immunising 500,000 front line workers, divided into two groups :

  • Group 1 : public and private healthcare workers
  • Group 2 : frontliners providing essential services and national defence (like teachers, the police, civil defence (RELA), firefighters, rescue workers, and the armed forces).

* Originally scheduled to start in first week of March, it was brought forward to 24 February 2021.

Recommended : Pfizer Vaccine Arrives Early, Vaccination Starts 24 February!

Phase 2 : April – August 2021

Phase 2 will focus on immunising 9.4 million high-risk adults, divided into two groups :

  • Group 1 : remaining healthcare workers and frontliners (including defence)
  • Group 2 : senior citizens 60 years or olderdisabled adults, and vulnerable adults with chronic diseases, like heart disease, obesity, diabetes and hypertension

Phase 3 : May 2021 – February 2022

Phase 3 will make the COVID-19 vaccine available to the rest of the population :

  • adults 18 years or older
    – prioritised from red zones > yellow zones > green zones

This may be the last phase, but it is the most critical phase to build herd immunity that will protect the rest of the population that cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

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Pos Malaysia Suspends Road Tax Renewal!

Pos Malaysia was just instructed by JPJ to temporarily suspend road tax renewal at all post offices nationwide!

Find out what happened, and what impact it has on drivers!

 

Pos Malaysia Suspends Road Tax Renewal!

On 22 February 2021, Pos Malaysia announced that they were instructed by JPJ (Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan) to temporarily suspend road tax renewal (Lesen Kenderaan Motor) at all post offices nationwide.

From 23 February until 31 March 2021, Pos Malaysia will no longer process road tax renewals at all post offices nationwide.

Pos Malaysia will continue to offer all other services at all post offices nationwide, including driving licence and vehicle insurance renewals.

Photo Credit : New Straits Times

But there is no need to worry about losing your ability to drive, or getting a compound for driving without a valid road tax.

The Ministry of Transport has already exempted road tax and driver licence renewal during MCO 2.0. So you can drive your vehicles as long as you have valid insurance for them.

 

Pos Malaysia Road Tax Renewal Suspension Notice

Here are the official notices on the suspension of road tax renewal at all Pos Malaysia post offices nationwide :

 

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Maxis Fibre Broadband : Get WiFi 6 Router For FREE!

Maxis just announced a new WiFi 6 router that will be made available FREE to all new and existing Maxis Fibre Broadband customers! Here are the details…

 

Maxis Fibre Broadband : Get WiFi 6 Router For FREE!

Maxis just announced the availability of a new WiFi 6 router which promises to deliver faster wireless connectivity with greater range, better signal and the capacity to support more devices.

WiFi 6, also known as Wi-Fi 6 or IEEE 802.11ax or WiFi-AX, is the next-generation Wi-Fi standard, which can deliver up to 1.2 Gb/s of wireless bandwidth.

In addition to higher bandwidth, Wi-Fi 6 boasts reduced interference, increased network efficiency, reduced latency, as well as expanded capacity to support more Wi-Fi devices concurrently.

The new Maxis WiFi 6 router also comes with built-in EasyMesh technology, allowing you to easily expand the WiFi coverage by adding more EasyMesh units.

 

Maxis WiFi 6 Router : FREE For All New + Existing Customers!

Starting 18 February 2021, Maxis will make this new WiFi 6 router available for FREE to all new customers who sign up for Maxis Fibre plans of 100 Mbps or faster.

Existing Maxis Fibre customers will be contacted in phases for the free router upgrade exercise, with free installation by their Maxperts team.

 

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Pfizer Vaccine Arrives Early, Vaccination Starts 24 February!

The Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine arrived early, and COVID-19 vaccination will kick off earlier – on Wednesday, 24 February 2021!

 

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives Early!

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was originally expected to arrive on 26 February 2021, but the first tranche arrived a few days earlier than planned.

At 10 AM on Sunday, 21 February 2021, the first shipment of 312,390 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (also known as Comirnaty or BNT162b2) arrived.

The vaccines were flown from the Pfizer manufacturing facility in Puurs in Belgium to Singapore by DHL, before MASKargo flight MH604 flew this shipment to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The Pfizer vaccine doses will not be limited to the Klang Valley, but are being distributed to different states.

Johor

At 3 PM, the Ministry of Health announced that Johor will receive 73,710 doses – enough to vaccinate 36,855 people.

Those vaccine doses will be stored in 4 Vaccination Storage Centres (PSV), which will then distribute them to 54 Vaccination Centres (PPV) across the state of Johor.

Penang

Penang received what appears to be a single thermal shipper container. Each thermal shipper can hold up to 4,875 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

 

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccination Begins 24 February 2021!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health also announced that the COVID-19 vaccination program will kick off early, on Wednesday, 24 February 2021.

The Malaysian Prime Ministry, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, will be the first to receive the first shots of the Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine.

Phase 1 : 24 February – April 2021

Phase 1 will involve immunising 500,000 front line workers, divided into two groups :

  • Group 1 : public and private healthcare workers
  • Group 2 : frontliners providing essential services and national defence (like teachers, the police, civil defence (RELA), firefighters, rescue workers, and the armed forces).

* Originally scheduled to start in first week of March, it was brought forward to 24 February 2021.

Phase 2 : April – August 2021

Phase 2 will focus on immunising 9.4 million high-risk adults, divided into two groups :

  • Group 1 : remaining healthcare workers and frontliners (including defence)
  • Group 2 : senior citizens 65 years or olderdisabled adults, and vulnerable adults with chronic diseases, like heart disease, obesity, diabetes and hypertension

Phase 3 : May 2021 – February 2022

Phase 3 will make the COVID-19 vaccine available to the rest of the population :

  • adults 18 years or older
    – prioritised from red zones > yellow zones > green zones

This may be the last phase, but it is the most critical phase to build herd immunity that will protect the rest of the population that cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

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Malaysia : All Schools To Reopen In March / April 2021!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that all schools will reopen in March and April 2021.

Here are the details of this shocking change in policy by the Ministry of Education!

 

Malaysia : All Schools To Reopen In March / April 2021!

On 19 February 2021, the Minister of Education, Datuk Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all schools will reopen in March 2021 :

  • Preschool / Standard 1 / Standard 2 : 1 March 2021
  • Standard 3 until Standard 6 : 8 March 2021
  • Group A Secondary Schools : 4 April 2021
  • Group B Secondary Schools : 5 April 2021
  • Vocational Colleges : 1 March 2021
  • Private Schools : Same dates as public schools
  • International Schools : 8 March 2021
  • Private Education Centres, Tuition Centres : 8 March 2021

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

He explained that the younger children are being asked to return to school one week earlier, to prepare them on how to comply with the SOP.

He also explained that the reopening of secondary schools are being delayed to April 2021, to allow for SPM examinations to be carried out in safer conditions.

Even for schools that are not registered with the Malaysian Ministry of Education (KPM), they are recommended to follow the same dates.

All schools must comply with the SOP, to ensure the safety of both students and teachers.

The Minister also pointed out that one of the greatest risk that the Ministry will address with the schools is the time when parents drop off and pick up their children. The schools will be required to make sure there is adequate physical distancing.

 

Reopening Of Schools In Malaysia Before Vaccination?

We have to wonder why the Malaysia Ministry of Education decided to reopen schools in Malaysia, before the COVID-19 vaccination programme kicks off.

We would have expected them to at least wait until the teachers were vaccinated, before reopening the schools.

The third phase, which would include all public and private teachers, would have kicked off in May 2021.

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IKEA Cheras : Closed After Multiple COVID-19 Cases!

IKEA just closed their Cheras store after multiple employees and service partners there tested positive for COVID-19!

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

 

IKEA Cheras : Multiple COVID-19 Cases!

On 25 January 2021, IKEA closed their Cheras store after several security guards there tested positive for COVID-19.

On 19 February, IKEA announced that multiple employees and service partners at their Cheras store tested positive for COVID-19.

The affected employees and service partners last worked between 8 and 14 February, and are now under self-quarantine until further notice from the authorities.

Their employees who were in close contact with the affected co-workers and service partners have already been placed under home quarantine, and have completed their COVID-19 swab tests.

IKEA closed their Cheras store on 19 February 2021 for cleaning and sanitisation, and for full contact tracing.

 

IKEA Cheras COVID-19 Exposure : Official Statement

Here is the official statement by IKEA on their Cheras Mall store COVID-19 exposure.

IKEA Malaysia, 19 Feb 2021: Following one of our scheduled routine tests at our Cheras store, we are sad to announce we have confirmed Covid-19 positive cases involving our co-workers and service partners. Their last working days were between 8 – 14 Feb 2021. All co-workers are now in self-quarantine until further notice from the authorities.

The health, safety and overall well-being of our co-workers, customers, partners, and community is our top priority. Therefore, we are taking precautionary measures to close our Cheras store on 19 Feb 2021 to undergo the necessary sanitisation and full contact tracing in accordance to the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) standards.

All our co-workers who were in close contact have already been placed on home quarantine and completed Covid-19 swab tests. Customers who have further enquiries or need more information, please call MOH’s Crisis Preparedness and Response Center’s (CPRC) hotline: 03-8881 0200/0600/0700.

We are working closely with the authorities and will act on their advice. We have and will continue to carry out all necessary safety measures including replacement of co-workers, contact tracing, swab tests, quarantine for all close contacts and sanitisation.

The fight against Covid-19 pandemic is a shared responsibility. Let’s do our part by supporting and following the Government’s directions to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Stay safe and take care

 

IKEA Cheras COVID-19 Cases : What’s The Risk?

Anyone who shopped at IKEA Cheras on or before 14 February 2021, should be wary and self-quarantine if possible.

The risk will be low if both the affected guards and all customers wore face masks, and maintained physical distance.

The Ministry of Health will be conducting contact tracing for all positive cases, and those identified as close contacts will be asked to self-quarantine and get tested.

Let this be a reminder why it is critical that you wear a face mask in public at all times – they greatly reduce the risk of infection.

You should also maintain good hand hygiene by cleaning with soap and water, or a hand sanitiser.

COVID-19 is easily destroyed by soap, so even a simple cleaning operation will definitely clean the store of any infectious particles, albeit only temporarily.

 

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MCO U-Turn : 2 Persons Per Table / Car Limit Lifted!

The Malaysia National Security Council just lifted the 2 persons per table, and 2 persons per car limit!

Find out how this affects your risk of getting infected by COVID-19 in Malaysia!

 

MCO U-Turn : 2 Persons Per Table / Car Limit Lifted!

Another day, another U-turn by the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN).

On 18 February 2021, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob announced that MKN decided to lift the 2 persons per table, and 2 persons per car limit in MCO / PKP areas.

Starting 19 February 2021, dining in is allowed at all restaurants and eateries, with NO LIMIT to how many people can sit at the same table, as long as there is customers are physically distanced by 1 metre, and there is a 1 metre gap between tables.

Also starting 19 February 2021, vehicles may carry up to their MAXIMUM legal capacity.

 

No Table / Car Limit : Are We At Greater Risk?

This new change would make MCO (PKP) virtually similar to RMCO (PKPP) and CMCO (PKPB) areas, which begs the question – why bother with the three different classifications?

But more importantly – how does this affect our risk of getting COVID-19?

Travelling Risks

For starters, lifting the limit on a personal vehicle’s capacity presents NO ADDITIONAL RISK, as they would all be from the same family / workplace.

However, this does not mean you should take this opportunity to travel, which could expose your family to greater risk of infection. Besides, interstate and inter-district travel is still FORBIDDEN.

And if you are taking a taxi or using a ride-hailing service, please make sure you wear a face mask at all times (like these girls in the picture below).

Dining In Risks

Lifting the table limit for dining too does not increase the risk of getting COVID-19, as long as everyone at the same table are from the same family.

However, we should point out that the very act of dining in presents a serious risk, as it has been shown that the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads easily when people are dining in.

That’s because they are unmasked, and sitting together in an enclosed, indoor space.

The risk of getting COVID-19 while dining in can be greatly reduced, if :

  • you are using a private dining room / at an outdoor venue
  • you are dining only with family members living in the same house
  • your table is 2-3 metres away from other tables

Generally, it is safest NOT to dine in at all. Best to take-away your food, or drive-through.

 

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Bagan Specialist Centre : 5 Staff Positive For COVID-19!

Bagan Specialist Centre just announced that five staff members tested positive for COVID-19!

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

 

Bagan Specialist Centre : 5 Staff Positive For COVID-19!

On 16 February 2021, Bagan Specialist Centre announced that five staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

They did not reveal their job positions or work locations, only that they tested positive on 15 February 2021.

All affected staff members have been isolated and the affected services and areas closed for cleaning.

They also sent all hospital personnel in close contact with the 5 positive staff members for a PCR swab test, and placed them under quarantine.

Bagan Specialist Centre has now resumed normal operations, after an assessment by the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM).

 

Bagan Specialist Centre COVID-19 Exposure : Official Statement

Here is the official statement by Bagan Specialist Centre on their COVID-19 exposure.

Please be informed that five of our staff at Bagan Specialist Centre have been confirmed Covid-19 positive on 15 February 2021. Bagan Specialist Centre has taken prompt action to manage this case according to Ministry of Health guidelines. The affected staff were isolated immediately and the affected services and areas were closed for terminal cleaning to mitigate the risk of spread with stringent infection control guidelines by the Ministry of Health. Contact tracing has b been completed and all hospital personnel who were in close contact with the affected staff have been swabbed for Covid-19 PCR Test and put under quarantine.

After asssessment by the Ministry of Health, the affected services and areas shall resume normal operation on 17 February 2021. The hospital’s consultants and staff are to remain vigilant in the fight against Covid-19. Bagan Specialist Centre will always ensure full compliance with Covid-19 preventive measures to keep our patients, visitors and staff safe.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at 04-371 0000 for further information.

The Management

 

Bagan Specialist Centre COVID-19 Case : What’s The Risk?

Hospitals are considered high-risk because COVID-19 patients may seek treatment without knowing that they have COVID-19.

However, they are also the best equipped to prevent spread of such infection, by quarantining and testing patients who might have COVID-19.

Their staff would have also been trained to follow the SOP – wear PPE, maintain physical distance and practice good hand hygiene.

They would also have been trained to insist that patients and their caregivers wear their face masks properly, and practice good hand hygiene.

Without additional details, it is not known if the five affected staff members were infected outside the hospital, or by a COVID-19 patient (who could be asymptomatic).

Let this be a reminder why it is critical that you wear a face mask in public at all times – they greatly reduce the risk of infection.

You should also maintain good hand hygiene by cleaning with soap and water, or a hand sanitiser.

COVID-19 is easily destroyed by soap, so even a simple cleaning operation will definitely clean the store of any infectious particles, albeit only temporarily.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from the SARS-CoV-2 virus :

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10 KM Travel Limit Lifted, Why Not Inter-District Travel?

The Malaysia National Security Council just lifted the 10 KM travel limit in MCO / PKP areas.

However, the decision raises some questions because interstate and inter-district travel are still forbidden!

 

10 KM MCO Travel Limit Lifted, But Not Interstate, Inter-District Travel

On 16 February 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) lifted the 10 KM travel limit in MCO / PKP areas.

Malaysia Defence Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob, said that the reopening of all businesses in MCO / PKP areas rendered the travel limit “irrelevant“.

However, he said that interstate and inter-district travel remains forbidden across the country, whether in MCO, CMCO or RMCO areas.

 

10 KM Travel Limit Lifted, Why Not Inter-District Travel?

The Minister is correct that the 10 KM travel limit is really irrelevant after MKN allowed all businesses to reopen.

People have to travel to work, deliveries have to be made, and customers must be able to reach businesses. Otherwise, there’s no point in reopening the economy.

Limiting interstate travel is understandable, because it has resulted in the spread of COVID-19 through tourism and family visits.

However, limiting inter-district travel while lifting the 10 KM travel limit doesn’t make any sense.

After all, many areas in the Klang Valley are in close proximity, and people have to cross district and even state lines to work and buy essential items.

For example, Damansara Perdana and Mutiara Damansara (which are in Selangor) are right next to TTDI (in Kuala Lumpur), separated only by the LDP highway.

How does crossing from Selangor into Kuala Lumpur – a distance of less than 1 KM – make it riskier than travelling 142 km from Sekinchan to Sepang – both within the state of Selangor?

Or what about Penang island which has two districts, with almost 1.8 million people?

For example, Bukit Jambul in the Timur Laut district is right across the Bayan Lepas Free Trade Zone in the Barat Daya district.

How is it riskier to cross from Bukit Jambul to Bayan Lepas, than to drive 27 km from Batu Feringghi to Bukit Jambul?

The virus travels through people, not the air. So it is less critical to prevent people from crossing district lines, and far, FAR more important to ensure that they comply with these golden rules :

Of course, it is safest for everyone to help break the chain of infection by staying at home, and not going out at all.

But it does not help to block inter-district travel, while lifting the 10 KM limit on travel and letting all businesses reopen as normal.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

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MCO / CMCO / RMCO : Extended To 4 March 2021!

Malaysia just extended MCO restrictions to 4 March 2021, with some states downgraded to CMCO and RMCO restrictions.

Here are the details of what the Malaysia National Security Council just announced!

 

MCO / CMCO / RMCO : Extended To 4 March 2021!

Malaysia just extended MCO restrictions to 4 March 2021, with some states downgraded to CMCO and RMCO restrictions.

MCO (Movement Control Order) Areas

These states and federal territories will continue with MCO / PKP restrictions until 4 March 2021.

  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Selangor
  • Johor
  • Penang

CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order) Areas

These states and federal territories will come under CMCO / PKPB restrictions from 19 February until 4 March 2021.

  • Sabah
  • Pahang
  • Negeri Sembilan
  • Terengganu
  • Kelantan
  • Perak
  • Melaka
  • Kedah
  • Labuan
  • Putrajaya

Sarawak will continue with the same CMCO / PKPB restrictions from 15 February until 1 March 2021.

RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order) Areas

Perlis will come under RMCO / PKPP restrictions from 19 February until 4 March 2021.

 

Extended MCO / CMCO / RMCO : Existing SOP To Continue

According to Malaysia Defence Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob, the existing SOP for MCO / CMCO / RMCO will apply.

Here is a quick summary of their key SOPs :

MCO / PKP SOP

  • Two (2) persons are allowed to leave each household, in the same vehicle, to purchase food and other necessities.
  • Restaurants (including those in pubs and night clubs), cafes, hawker stalls, roadside stalls, food courts, food trucks are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Dine-in is only allowed for up to two (2) persons per table.
  • Supermarkets are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • All public and private schools, institutions of higher learning, vocational training institutes, kindergartens, day care centres, tahfiz centres, public parks and recreation centres must close.
  • Running and jogging allowed, but limited to maximum of two (2) family members
  • Night clubs and pubs are FORBIDDEN.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds, family karaoke and cinemas are FORBIDDEN.

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CMCO / PKPB SOP

  • Only two persons from each household are allowed to dine-in at any restaurant / cafe.
  • Interstate travel is forbidden, except for work, economic or industrial purposes.
  • All business, economic and industrial activity can proceed as usual.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed, between 6 AM and 12 AM.
  • Restaurants, food stores, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, food stalls, food kiosks, groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 AM.
  • Taxis and e-hailing vehicles are limited to 2 passengers, and allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Food deliveries are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Entertainment centres, pubs and night clubs are forbidden to open.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds and cinemas are forbidden to open.
  • Individual sporting activities and non-contact recreation or those performed individually and not involving more than 10 people, like walking, jogging, cycling, aerobics, hiking, fishing, and so on are permitted.
  • Picnics, swimming pool activities and contact sports are forbidden.
  • All public and private schools, institutions of higher learning, vocational training institutes, kindergartens, day care centres, tahfiz centres, public parks and recreation centres must close.

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RMCO / PKPP SOP

  • Private and commercial vehicles are allowed to carry up to their maximum passenger capacity.
  • 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.
  • All business, economic and industrial activity can proceed as usual.
  • All religious activities are allowed, subject to the relevant SOPs.
  • 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.
  • All sports and recreational activities are allowed, subject to the Sports & Recreation Sector SOP.
  • 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.

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MCO 2.0 Changes : Driving + Flight Schools Can Reopen!

Malaysia just announced that driving and flight schools will be allowed to reopen in MCO areas!

Find out what has changed, and what it means for the MCO SOP in Malaysia!

 

MCO Changes Today : Driving + Flight Schools Can Reopen!

On 11 February 2021, Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that the government has decided to further liberalise the MCO SOP, to protect the economy.

Here are the changes announced by Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob :

Driving Schools

  • Driving schools may reopen from 12 February 2021 onwards.
  • Both practical and theory classes are permitted.
  • Operational hours : 7:30 AM until 8:30 PM
  • Both teacher and student must wear face masks at all times.
  • Only the student scheduled for that time slot is allowed to be present at the premise.
  • Physical distancing of 1 metre must be maintained at the counter and waiting area.
  • The vehicle must be sanitised after each training session.

Flight Schools

  • Flight schools may reopen from 12 February 2021 onwards, with hybrid training.
  • Trainees must remain within the Approved Training Organisation (ATO).
  • Trainees must obtain letter of authorisation for inter-state or inter-district travel

 

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MCO 2.0 Changes : Fishing + More Sports, Gym Allowed!

Malaysia just announced that fishing and more sports activities will be allowed in MCO areas!

Find out what has changed, and what it means for the MCO SOP in Malaysia!

 

MCO Changes Today : Fishing + More Sports, Gym Allowed!

On 11 February 2021, Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that the government has decided to further liberalise the MCO SOP, to protect the economy.

Here are the changes announced by Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob :

Sports

  • These changes are effective from 12 February 2021 onwards.
  • Jogging, brisk walking, cycling and other forms of exercise are limited to TWO (2) persons, within the neighbourhood.
  • Tennis, badminton and ping pong are allowed, limited to one player on each side (singles).
  • 2-wheel and 4-wheel motorsports are allowed.
  • Self training for football, basketball, hockey, and sepak takraw, are allowed.
  • Gymnasiums, badminton courts, tennis courts, futsal courts, football fields and golf courses are allowed, according to advanced booking and schedule, to prevent crowding (30% max. capacity).
  • Gymnasiums must ensure physical distance of 1-3 m for static activities, and 3-5 m for dynamic activities.
  • Gym equipment must be spaced at least 2 metres apart, and must be sanitised after each use.
  • Gym group classes are FORBIDDEN. The use of changing rooms and shower rooms are FORBIDDEN.
  • At golf courses, every buggy is limited to one person, and caddies must wear face masks and gloves at all time. Club houses, changing rooms and shower rooms are FORBIDDEN.
  • All group sports and contact sports are still FORBIDDEN.

Fisheries + Recreational Fishing

  • Fishing and related activities are allowed from 12 February 2021 onwards.
  • Fishing ponds, houseboats, kelongs, raft houses, fishing boats are now allowed.
  • Fishing ponds must be registered with the local authorities and the fisheries department
  • Houseboats, raft houses, kelongs and fishing boats must be registered with the local authorities
  • Every person must maintain a physical distance of 2 metres, and their seating positions marked
  • Every person must register using MySejahtera or a manual logbook.
  • Every premise must undergo sanitisation every 2 hours during operation hours, and deep cleaning after operational hours.
  • Operational hours are only from 8 AM until 10 PM.
  • Fishing competitions and festivals are FORBIDDEN.
  • Houseboats, fishing boats, raft houses that are rented out for fishing trips cannot exceed 50% of maximum capacity.
  • Owners of houseboats, fishing boats, raft houses must register their clients using MySejahtera or a manual logbook.

 

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Malaysia : FREE COVID-19 Vaccine For All Foreign Residents!

Malaysia just announced that all foreign residents will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine for FREE!

Find out why this is a critical step to curb or eradicate COVID-19 in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia : FREE COVID-19 Vaccine For All Foreign Residents!

The Malaysian government had already announced earlier than the COVID-19 vaccine would be provided FREE to all Malaysian citizens, but are considering it for foreign residents.

On 11 February 2021, the Malaysian government announced that the COVID-19 vaccine will also be offered for FREE to all foreign residents in Malaysia!

However, they will prioritise the vaccination of Malaysian citizens, with further information on the vaccination of foreign residents to be announced later.

 

Why Is Malaysia Providing FREE COVID-19 Vaccine To Foreign Residents?

The Special Committee on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee (Jawatankuasa Has Jaminan Akses Bekalan Vaksin COVID-19 or JKJAV) said that the decision was based on these factors :

  • a COVID-19 free environment can only be achieved when the vast majority of people in Malaysia are vaccinated
  • it is a humanitarian move to provide the vaccine to everyone during this pandemic
  • a record number of COVID-19 clusters involve foreign workers in the plantation, construction and manufacturing sectors
  • the cost of treating and quarantining COVID-19 patients are high due to the high number of foreign worker clusters
  • foreign workers are part of the community and contribute towards the nation’s economy
  • other countries are also providing free vaccines to Malaysian citizens residing overseas

This decision was also based on the fact that Malaysia had already obtained more than enough COVID-19 vaccines for Malaysian citizens.

Finally, they pointed out that effective herd immunity can only be created when the vast majority of the population in Malaysia – whether local or foreign – are vaccinated.

 

FREE COVID-19 Vaccine Fore Foreign Residents : Our Thoughts

We applaud the Malaysian government for deciding to provide all foreign residents with the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is the best way to achieve herd immunity – by providing as many people as possible with the vaccine.

Vaccine hesitancy due to fake news and active campaigns by antivaxxers is at an all-time high, and would prevent vaccines from creating an effective herd immunity.

Charging foreign residents, or their employers, to vaccinate against COVID-19 would further increase vaccine hesitancy.

To safeguard the citizenry, we must also protect our foreign guests and workers. And that means offering the COVID-19 vaccine for free to them as well.

While the government has not released any details yet, we hope that they will look at vaccinating undocumented migrants too, even if they are unable to provide proof of residence.

However, they should also come up with a plan to prevent vaccine tourism – foreigners coming into Malaysia for the chance to get the vaccine earlier.

 

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MCO Changes Today : Dining, Retail, Creative Industry, Sports

Malaysia just announced that a series of MCO SOP reversals for dining, retail, creative industry as well as sports!

Find out what has changed, and what it means for the MCO SOP in Malaysia!

 

MCO U-Turns Today : Dining, Retail, Creative Industry, Sports

On 9 February 2021, Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that the government has decided to further liberalise the MCO SOP, to protect the economy.

This comes a day after they forbade pub and nightclub restaurants from operating.

Here are the changes announced by Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob :

Restaurants + Eateries

  • Dining in is allowed in restaurants and eateries from 10 February 2021 onwards.
  • Restaurants inside pubs and night clubs are still NOT allowed.
  • Limited to two (2) persons per table.
  • Must have minimum physical distance of 1 metre
  • At least one employee must be dedicated to ensure compliance with SOP

Retail Industry

  • All remaining retail business selling fashion, cosmetics, shoes, accessories, electronics, cameras, flowers, souvenirs, carpets, sports equipment, kitchen equipment and more, are allowed to reopen from 10 February 2021 onwards.
  • Businesses must clean and sanitise their stores 3 times a day.
  • Employees and customers must wear a face mask at all times.
  • All customers must register using MySejahtera.
  • Fashion shops must provide gloves for the selection of clothes and accessories
  • Cosmetic and fragrance : only purchases allowed, consultation and cosmetics testing are forbidden

Creative Industry

  • The creative industry will be allowed to start operating from 10 February 2021 onwards.
  • This includes animation production, music production, studio production, digital music composition and recording, pre-production, filming, live streaming – all without a live audience.
  • Filming and production is allowed from 8 AM until 10 PM.
  • Production studios must obtain special production certification from FINAS, which includes a name list of people working on the project, and negative COVID-19 test results at least 3 days before production begins.
  • Up to 30% of the management team, up to a maximum of 20 people, are allowed on site.
  • Food and drinks must be packaged and taken away.
  • Face-to-face casting is not allowed.

Sports

  • Centralised training programs can resume for teams playing in the Malaysia Football League (MFL), Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) and Sepak Takraw League (STL) starting 15 February 2021.
  • The liberalisation of other individual sports are being considered, and will be announced shortly.

 

Dining In At Restaurants : Our Opinion

Dining in at restaurants and cafes poses special risk with COVID-19, because it involves :

  • sitting indoors for an extended period of time,
  • sharing the room with strangers
  • not being able to wear face masks while eating or drinking
  • talking while having a meal

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A distance of 1 metre may not be sufficient to mitigate the risks of getting infected by a COVID-positive person in the same cafe / restaurant.

Arguably, letting a family of 10 dine at the same table in a private room is far less risky than letting a couple sit at the same table in a common room with other couples.

The risk comes not from how many people are sitting at the same table, but their relationship. Sharing the table with people you live with is ZERO RISK, but sharing the room with strangers – that’s the real risk.

 

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Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner : Top Questions Answered!

People are still very confused about what’s allowed and not allowed for the Chinese New Year reunion dinner.

Fortunately, MKN just released the answers to the top 5 questions people are asking!

 

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner : U-Turn After Correction

This year’s announcement on the Chinese New Year reunion dinner SOP was a masterpiece in incompetence.

The original Chinese New Year SOP was widely ridiculed, then corrected before being reversed – all in a matter of days.

Family Reunion Dinner

  • Allowed for one day only, on Thursday, 11 February 2021.
  • Up to 15 close family members may attend.
  • Those family members must live within a radius of 10 kilometres.
  • Cross-district or interstate travel is forbidden.

Even the recent announcement, which we summarised above, was so vague, many people had questions.

 

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner : Top Questions Answered!

On 8 February 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) finally released their answers to our top questions about the Chinese New Year reunion dinner :

Question #1 : Are family reunion dinners allowed?

Yes. Family reunion dinners are ALLOWED for not more than 15 close family members living within a radius of 10 km, without crossing district or state lines.

Question #2 : When are family reunion dinners allowed?

Only on Thursday, 11 February 2021.

Question #3 : If I live within 10 km but in a neighbouring district, can I still attend the family reunion dinner?

No, you are NOT allowed to cross district or state lines.

Question #4 : How many people are allowed to travel to the family reunion dinner in the same car on 11 February 2021?

According to the latest MCO SOP (updated on 4 February 2021), only TWO (2) persons may travel in the same car.

Question #5 : How do you define close family members?

Close family members allowed at the family reunion dinners :

  • husband and wife
  • parents
  • children
  • brothers and sisters

 

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner : More Changes Expected

This is yet another clarification that brooks more questions than it answers.

Why Two Persons Per Car?

What’s the point of restricting families to only two persons per car?

How does that help prevent the spread of COVID-19? After all, they are from the same family!

All this rule does is force families to drive multiple vehicles to attend the dinner.

Why Forbid Inter-District Travel?

The 10 km limit should be sufficient to restrict travel, even though this really isn’t even enforceable.

Forbidding inter-district travel for the Chinese New Year reunion dinner does not help to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.

Infected people spread COVID-19 – it doesn’t matter if they travel across districts, or within the district.

Either the government bans the reunion dinner completely, or allow it with inter-district travel. It really doesn’t make any difference.

Close Family Definition Too Vague

The close family definition is still too vague. MKN should have just made it simple and clear by just saying no friends allowed.

Right now, a strict reading of the FAQ means that brothers-in-law or sisters-in-law, cousins, nephews and nieces are not allowed.

We foresee them “clarifying” the definition later, to something simpler and yet more clear-cut like parents, brothers and sisters of the family, including their children.

 

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Another U-Turn : Pub + Nightclub Restaurants Now Forbidden!

Malaysia just announced a sudden reversal of their policy of allowing pub and nightclub restaurants to offer takeaway food and drinks.

Nightclub and pub restaurants are no longer allowed to operate.

 

Pub + Nightclub Restaurants : No Longer Allowed!

On 8 February 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that pubs and nightclubs, as well as their restaurants, are no longer allow to operate.

Pubs and nightclubs have never been allowed to operate during the MCO, but just days ago, they allowed their restaurants to offer food and drinks for takeaway.

 

Pub + Nightclub Restaurants : Yet Another U-Turn

This is a sudden reversal of their policy to allow pub and nightclub restaurants to offer takeaway food and drinks, to survive during the MCO lockdown.

On 4 February 2021, just four days ago, MKN released an updated MCO SOP, that allowed pubs and nightclubs to operate their restaurants.

In that updated SOP, pub and nightclub restaurants were allowed to offer takeaway food and drinks from 6 AM until 10 PM.

Of course, they were not allowed to serve dine-in customers. But the takeaway option gave them a chance to eke out a living. That is no longer even an option, with this U-turn.

One wonders how their restaurants pose a greater risk of COVID-19 infections than “regular” restaurants, when they all only offer food and drinks to take-away…

 

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Chinese New Year U-Turn Invites More Questions!

Malaysia just reversed their Chinese New Year restrictions for the MCO lockdown.

Find out what’s changed, and why this new CNY SOP just invites more questions!

 

Malaysia Reverses Chinese New Year Restrictions!

After their original Chinese New Year restrictions were ridiculed, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) corrected and then reversed their decision today.

Here is a summary of what’s NOW allowed for Chinese New Year in Malaysia :

Family Reunion Dinner

  • Allowed for one day only, on Thursday, 11 February 2021.
  • Up to 15 close family members may attend.
  • Those family members must live within a radius of 10 kilometres.
  • Cross-district or interstate travel is forbidden.

Religious Activities

  • Allowed on three days only11, 12 and 19 February 2021.
  • Up to 30 people may be present at any one time.
  • They must all wear face masks, and physically distance.
  • Every prayer session can last up to 30 minutes, and must be followed by sanitation for 30 minutes, before the next prayer session.
  • Prayers can last from 6 AM until 2 PM.
  • Home prayers on the night of 19 February 2021 are allowed for the Hokkien Clan (Pai Ti Kong).

 

Third Chinese New Year SOP : More Questions!

This is the third MCO SOP for Chinese New Year 2021, and may not be the last.

For some reason, the government neglected Chap Goh Meh – the last day of Chinese New Year, which is also a significant date.

If they want to ban Chap Goh Meh celebrations, please state so, and say it clearly.

But even more critically, they did not clarify whether the inter-district or interstate travel restrictions include the Klang Valley.

After all, many areas in the Klang Valley are in close proximity, even if they cross district and state lines.

For example, Damansara Perdana and Mutiara Damansara (which are in Selangor) are right next to TTDI (in Kuala Lumpur), separated only by the LDP highway. Will crossing the state and district lines between these adjoining areas be allowed?

Finally, there’s no mention of whether more than two people are allowed to travel in the same car for the reunion dinner, which 15 people can now attend.

So we expect the government to “further clarify” their Chinese New Year SOP going forward…

Note : MKN just clarified their SOP on Chinese New Year reunion dinners!

 

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Dell Survey On Remote Work Readiness In Malaysia!

Dell Technologies just unveiled their inaugural Remote Work Readiness (RWR) Index and survey results for Malaysia!

Take a look at the highlights of what Dell found on remote work readiness in Malaysia!

 

Dell Survey On Remote Work Readiness In Malaysia!

For their inaugural Remote Work Readiness Index, Dell Technologies surveyed over 7,000 working professionals in the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region, of which 1,030 were from Malaysia.

The survey for the Dell Technologies RWR Index was meant to capture data on their readiness and views on long-term remote work.

Here is a summary of the key findings in the Dell Remote Work Readiness survey for Malaysia :

  • 70% already have some experience with remote working before the MCO took effect.
  • 84% feel prepared for long-term remote work
  • Only 43% feel that their employers support remote working for the long term
  • their top 3 concerns were :
    – 33% : their job security
    – 31% : blurring boundary between professional and personal lives
    – 28% : lack the right technology assets to be productive
  • 50% feel their employers are not providing enough tech resources for successful remote work
  • their top 3 tech challenges :
    – 44% : unstable remote network
    – 33% : lack of access to internal company resources
    – 29% : have to use personal productivity equipment and tools for work
  • Only 43% feel that their employers are providing enough HR resources for successful long-term remote work
  • their top 3 HR challenges
    – 47% : lack of in-person communication
    – 38% : lack of learning and development sessions
    – 37% : lack of team engagement and access to HR processes

 

How To Improve Remote Work Readiness In Malaysia

Based on the Dell Remote Work Readiness survey for Malaysia, here are the changes companies should look at adopting for successful remote work :

Top 3 Tech Changes To Consider

  • 42% : Better access to productivity equipment and tools
  • 38% : A stable remote network, including adequate Internet bandwidth, is necessary
  • 36% : Better access to internal company resources

Top 3 HR Changes To Consider

  • 51% : Learning and development sessions, including training for virtual tools and remote working
  • 43% : Access to digital tools for performance review, leave filing, etc.
  • 42% : Team engagement initiatives while remote working

 

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