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Vaccinated Husband Can Accompany Wife During Delivery!

Vaccinated Husband Can Accompany Wife During Delivery!

Malaysia will now allow a fully-vaccinated husband to accompany his wife during delivery!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Vaccinated Husband Can Accompany Wife During Delivery!

Ever since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was initiated in March of 2020, government hospitals stopped allowing husbands to accompany their wives in the labour rooms.

On 28 September 2021, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin responded to a request by a husband to be allowed to accompany his wife since he is already fully vaccinated.

He requested that the Director of Health Noor Hisham Abdullah allow any fully-vaccinated husband to accompany his wife in the labour room.

There are two caveats :

  1. The husband must be fully-vaccinated according to this definition :
    – More than 14 days after receiving both doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccine.
    More than 28 days after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson or Cansino vaccine.
  2. The husband must undergo a COVID-19 test, with a negative test result.

The test is necessary even if the husband is fully-vaccinated is because he may still be infected with COVID-19, even if he is completely asymptomatic.

Read more : What You Need To Know About COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough!

 

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National Recovery Plan Changes On 22 September 2021!

The Malaysian government just announced several BIG CHANGES to the National Recovery Plan on 22 September 2021.

Here is what you need to know!

 

National Recovery Plan : Phase Upgrades!

On 22 September 2021, the Malaysian government announced that these 3 states will be upgraded to the next National Recovery Plan phase, starting Friday, 24 September 2021 :

  • Negeri Sembilan : from Phase 3 to Phase 4
  • Pahang : from Phase 2 to Phase 3
  • Johor : from Phase 1 to Phase 2

 

National Recovery Plan : SOP Changes!

The Malaysian government also announced these changes to the SOP :

  1. Grocer, mini-market, restaurant, petrol station and convenience store can open from 6 AM until 12 AM, starting 23 September 2021.
  2. Tourism centres, islands and tourism areas will be allowed to open, and interstate travel * will be allowed, on the condition that 90% of adult vaccination is achieved based on KKM’s data and analysis.
  3. Spa, wellness centre, and massage parlour will be allowed to open, for both customers and operators who are fully-vaccinated, starting 1 October 2021!
  4. Tourism centre, premise and product like zoo, plantation, aquarium, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing and jungle park are ALLOWED to open in all PPN phases, starting 1 October, but restricted to operators and customers who are fully-vaccinated.
  5. All permitted businesses can operate at 100% capacity, on the condition that the employer and all employees are fully-vaccinated.
  6. Foreigners who arrive at international gateways must pay for the cost of RT-PCR tests, which will remain free for Malaysian citizens.

* As of 21 September 2021, the Klang Valley, Labuan and Negeri Sembilan have achieved 90% of adult vaccination, but this is based on the last census.

 

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Kindergarten + Childcare Can Now Open In Phase 1 + 2!

Kindergarten and childcare operators can start reopening in PPN Phase 1 and 2 areas, with some caveats.

Here is what both business operators and parents need to know!

 

Kindergarten + Childcare Can Now Open In Phase 1 + 2!

On 17 September 2021, the government quietly released updated SOP documents that finally ALLOWED kindergarten, daycare and other childcare facilities to reopen in PPN Phase 1 and Phase 2 areas.

Officially, they were allowed to reopen from 17 September 2021 onwards, but they were encouraged to only start on 20 September 2021.

There are however, some caveats for both childcare operators and parents. So operators were allowed to opt-out of reopening, but they will have to discuss this matter with parents, or at least inform them.

 

Kindergarten + Childcare Restrictions In Phase 1 + 2!

The MKN SOP is short on details, but a kindergarten operator shared with us the list of restrictions on both operators and parents.

Limited To Working Parents

Only working parents are allowed to send their children to kindergarten, daycare and other childcare facilities.

  • Either parent is a frontliner
  • Both parents must go out to work *
  • One parent must go out to work *

* Those who are working from home (WFH) are not counted!

Working parents must submit a letter from their employer confirming that they must return to work to the kindergarten or childcare operator.

No Need For Prior Registration

Kindergarten and childcare operators do NOT need to apply for permission from the Ministry of Education.

They only need to issue their teachers a letter ordering them to return to work at their respective kindergarten or childcare facility.

Teacher Vaccination

Teachers who are fully vaccinated are ALLOWED to come to work, and conduct face-to-face teaching.

Teachers who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated are ALLOWED to come to work, but FORBIDDEN from conducting face-to-face classes, or contact with students.

Kindergarten and childcare operators must ensure that all of their employees can prove their vaccination status at any time.

COVID-19 Precautions

All students, teachers and other staff members are REQUIRED to wear a face mask.

All existing SOP like screening at the entrance, physical distancing, sanitisation procedures must continue to be practised.

Students who are symptomatic, or whose parents are symptomatic, are advised NOT to attend.

Students should maintain physical distance of at least 1 metre, preferably further if possible. If such physical distancing is not possible, then students should attend on a rotation basis.

Students are FORBIDDEN from sharing any equipment, including spoons, plates and cups.

The classroom and its equipment must be sanitised before and after each use. Its furniture must be arranged to ensure physical distancing.

Parents must bring their children to the childcare facility and back, without stopping at any other place.

Activities outside of the classroom are DISCOURAGED, but may be undertaken only within the compound of the kindergarten, daycare or childcare facility, with these precautions :

  • 1 metre physical distancing
  • wearing of face masks
  • proper sanitisation and cleaning of hands

Students are DISCOURAGED, but allowed to use outdoor sports or play equipment, but they must be sanitised before other students use them. For example, if a student uses a slide, the teacher must sanitise the slide before the next student uses it.

Parents who are unvaccinated are allowed to send their children to childcare facilities, unless they are symptomatic.

COVID-19 Positive Cases

Kindergarten and childcare operators must report to the Ministry of Health if any of their students and/or their parents test positive for COVID-19.

They will also need to update the Ministry of Education through the COVID-19 module in SMPK (System Maklumat PraSekolah Kebangsaan / National PreSchool Information System).

 

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Malaysia : COVID-19 Booster Dose To Start In October 2021!

Malaysia will start introducing a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from October 2021 onwards!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia : COVID-19 Booster Dose To Start In October 2021!

The Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced on 19 September that he has asked all vaccine manufacturers to send their booster dose information to the NPRA.

He expects the booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to be approved in a week or two.

Thereafter, he will announce what COVID-19 vaccine will be used, and whether it can “mixed” – a concept known as heterologous vaccination.

Read more : Malaysia : No AZ-Pfizer Heterologous Vaccination For Now

 

COVID-19 Booster Dose Only For High-Risk Groups

Once approved, the booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be introduced in early October 2021, after 80% of adults have been vaccinated.

However, this booster dose will be restricted to those in these high-risk groups :

  • the elderly with co-morbidity
  • frontliners
  • people who are immunocompromised
  • those caring for the elderly

The decision on making it available for the rest of the population will be taken later.

 

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Gym + Fitness Studio Can Open In PPN Phase 2 + 3!

It’s finally confirmed – gym and fitness studio are now ALLOWED to open in PPN Phase 2 and Phase 3 areas!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Gym + Fitness Studio : Earlier Misunderstanding

The Deputy Sports Minister Ti Lian Ker had earlier announced that gym operators will be allowed to resume operations for fully-vaccinated customers and employees.

That was “misinterpreted” or “misunderstood” to meant that the government had allowed gyms to reopen.

That was not true, and the Youth and Sports Minister Ahmad Faizal Azumu apologised to gym owners and operators for that “miscommunication”.

 

Gym + Fitness Studio Can Open In PPN Phase 2 + 3!

On 17 September 2021, the government quietly released updated SOP documents that finally ALLOWED gym and fitness studio operators to reopen with these restrictions :

Phase 2 Areas

  • Gym and fitness studio are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Worker capacity is limited to 60%, comprising of both management and operations.
  • They can only operate at up to 50% of maximum capacity, with supervision.
  • They are only allowed to accept fully-vaccinated customers.
  • Individuals who are fully-vaccinated can bring children 17 years or younger.
  • Operation of gym and fitness studio are subject to the local authorities.

Phase 3 Areas

  • Gym and fitness studio are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM to 12 AM.
  • Worker capacity is limited to 80%, comprising of both management and operations.
  • They can only operate at up to 50% of maximum capacity, with supervision.
  • They are only allowed to accept fully-vaccinated customers.
  • Individuals who are fully-vaccinated can bring children 17 years or younger.
  • Operation of gym and fitness studio are subject to the local authorities.

 

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Details Of 3 October Reopening Of Schools In Malaysia!

The Ministry of Education just announced HOW schools will reopen in Malaysia from 3 October 2021 onwards!

Here are the details…

 

Schools In Malaysia To Reopen From 3 October Onwards!

On 15 August 2021, the Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that schools will only reopen from 3 October 2021 onwards.

The schools will reopen in stages, starting with exam year students in Form Five and Form Six.

He provided further clarification on 12 September 2021, confirming the following :

Phase 1

  • Education institutions remain closed, with only online learning.

Phase 2

  • Special needs students, Form 6 Semester 2 and IBD Year 2 students can attend school without rotation
  • Students taking IGCSE O-Level, A-Level, Australia Higher School Certificate and IBDP can attend school without rotation
  • All other students will continue with online learning.

Phase 3

  • Special needs students, preschool and kindergarten students, Form 6 Semester 2 and IBD Year 2 students can attend school without rotation
  • Students taking IGCSE O-Level, A-Level, Australia Higher School Certificate and IBDP can attend school without rotation
  • Students taking other international examinations can attend school with rotation.
  • Pre-University Program students in Malaysia Sports Schools, and students taking public examinations (SPM, SVM, STAM and STPM) in full boarding schools can attend school without rotation.
  • Students taking public examinations (SPM, SVM, STAM and STPM) in other schools can attend school with rotation.

Phase 4 (3 / 4 October)

  • Special needs students, preschool and kindergarten students, Form 6 Semester 2 and IBD Year 2 students can attend school without rotation
  • Students taking IGCSE O-Level, A-Level, Australia Higher School Certificate and IBDP can attend school without rotation
  • Students taking other international examinations can attend school with rotation.
  • Pre-University Program students in Malaysia Sports Schools, and students taking public examinations (SPM, SVM, STAM and STPM) in full boarding schools can attend school without rotation.
  • Students taking public examinations (SPM, SVM, STAM and STPM) in other schools can attend school with rotation.

Phase 4 (17 / 18 October)

  • Primary 1, 2 and 3 students can attend school with rotation.
  • Primary 4, 5 and 6 students will continue with online learning.
  • Special needs students, preschool and kindergarten students, Form 6 Semester 2 and IBD Year 2 students can attend school without rotation
  • Students taking IGCSE O-Level, A-Level, Australia Higher School Certificate and IBDP can attend school without rotation
  • Students taking other international examinations can attend school with rotation.
  • Pre-University Program students in Malaysia Sports Schools, and students taking public examinations (SPM, SVM, STAM and STPM) as well as Form 3 and 4 students in full boarding schools can attend school without rotation.
  • Students taking public examinations (SPM, SVM, STAM and STPM) as well as Form 3 and 4 students in other schools can attend school with rotation.

Phase 4 (10 / 11 December)

  • Primary 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 students can attend school with rotation.
  • Special needs students, preschool and kindergarten students can attend school without rotation.
  • IBD Year 2 students and Pre-University Program Sim 3 students in Malaysia Sports Schools can attend school without rotation.
  • All full boarding school students can attend school without rotation.
  • All other students, including private school, international school and expatriate school students, can attend school with rotation.

 

How Schools In Malaysia Will Reopen From 3 October Onwards!

On 12 September 2021, the Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin announced details of how schools in Malaysia will reopen from 3 October 2021 onwards!

Schools That Can Reopen For Face-To-Face Teaching

These are the schools that can reopen for face-to-face teaching, without restrictions :

  • Special Needs Students (MBK) in National Special Education Secondary School (SMKPK), Special Vocational Education Secondary School (SMPKV), National Special Education School (SKPK) and Special Education Integration Program (PPKI).
  • Form 6 Semester 2 and International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) Year 2 students
  • Students in full boarding schools
  • Students sitting for international examinations
  • Pre-school / kindergarten / mind development centres (4 to 6 years old)
  • Small schools with fewer than 150 students

All other schools will reopen only at 50% capacity, with students divided into two rotating groups :

  • Every class will be divided into two groups – Group A and Group B.
  • Each class group will alternate between face-to-face learning and online learning, on a weekly basis.

Shorter Year-End Holidays

Due to the disruption in studies, the year-end holiday will be shortened and take place from 10/11 December to 31 December 2021.

2021 School Year Extended To February 2022

The 2021 School Year will also be extended to March 2022.

The 2022 School Year will now begin in March 2022.

COVID-19 Precautions

The schools will adopt these COVID-19 precautions to reduce the risk to students attending classes :

  • Alternate seating arrangements
  • Improved aeration of classroom with use of fans
  • Wearing of face masks (preferably double-masks) within the school area
  • Students will eat in their classes, with teacher supervision
  • In air-conditioned classrooms, students will eat in open areas with teacher supervision.
  • Sports classes are allowed, with students wearing their exercise clothes at home.
  • Co-curriculum activities are FORBIDDEN
  • Symptomatic students are FORBIDDEN from attending school
  • If a student is found to be symptomatic in school, a COVID-19 screening test will be performed

Parental Choice

Parents and guardians are ALLOWED to opt-out from sending their children to school, without any disciplinary action.

They must, however, inform the school officially of that decision.

 

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Langkawi Island Tourism Bubble : What You Need To Know!

Malaysia is creating a Langkawi island travel bubble as a pilot project for the reopening of tourism!

Here is what you need to know about the Langkawi island tourism bubble!

 

Langkawi Island Tourism Bubble : What You Need To Know!

On 9 September 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture unveiled details of the Langkawi Island Tourism Bubble.

This pilot project is the first step towards the reopening of the tourism industry in Malaysia, and here are the details…

Who Can Visit Langkawi Island?

The Langkawi Island Tourism Bubble will be open to tourists from all over Malaysia, including residents of PPN Phase 1 areas, but excluding residents of EMCO (PKPD) areas.

However, this travel bubble is limited to domestic tourists only. Tourists from overseas are not allowed.

In addition, it is limited to individuals who are fully-vaccinated, and children below 18 years of age.

When Can You Visit Langkawi Island?

Domestic tourists will be able to travel to Langkawi island starting 16 September 2021 – Malaysia Day.

How To Travel To Langkawi Island?

Domestic tourists will be allowed to travel by land and air to Langkawi Island, subject to these restrictions :

  • If you are travelling by land, you must use the services of travel agencies, at least for travel to the jetty for the Langkawi ferry.
  • Residents of Kedah and Perlis, and people travelling by air, do NOT need to use the services of travel agencies.

 

Langkawi Island Tourism Bubble : Mandatory SOP

This is the SOP that all tourists who want to travel to Langkawi island must abide with :

  1. Limited to individuals who are fully-vaccinated, according to these requirements :
    More than 28 days after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson or Cansino vaccine.
    More than 14 days after receiving both doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccine.
  2. There is no age limit for entry to Langkawi Island, and individuals below 18 years of age must travel with their parents / guardians who are fully-vaccinated.
  3. Allowed holidays include day trips (going and returning on the same day), overnight stays, holidays with pre-booked accommodation / tickets, holiday packages from licensed tour agencies.
  4. The number of passengers in each vehicle is limited to the vehicle’s maximum capacity.
  5. Tourists are allowed to stay overnight in registered accommodations in Kedah and Perlis to make it for their ferry service to Langkawi island.
  6. Tourists must show evidence of a tourism product like a flight ticket, ferry ticket, hotel receipt or tour package receipt while applying for permission from the police, and whenever requested by enforcement agencies.
  7. Permitted activities under the Langkawi Tourism Bubble include :
    – Hotel and homestay accommodation, including on-premise facilities like prayer room, swimming pool, gymnasium, lounge, hall, MICE business events, tourism and cultural events, subject to the PPN Phase 4 SOP.
    – Beach activities, water sports, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, edutainment centres, recreational parks, extreme / adventure / nature parks, farms, aquariums, zoom and other recreational and social activities.
    – Special tourism activities like golfing, scuba diving, cycling, angling, yachting and so on.
    – Eco-tourism activities like bird watching, caving, mountain climbing, white water rafting, hiking, jungle trekking, camping and so on.
    – Art, culture and heritage premises like museum, library, art gallery, cultural village or centre, cultural performance and so on.
    – Theme park and family entertainment centre, and
    – Academic centres like Geopark Discovery Center, Balai Seni, and Laman Padi.
  8. Travel insurance and COVID-19 screening are NOT required.

The Malaysia Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture (MOTAC) will monitor this pilot programme for two weeks, and the results will determine if the government can open up more travel destinations.

 

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PPN SOP Updates On 8 September 2021!

Malaysia just announced a slew of SOP updates for Phase 1, 2 and 3 of the National Recovery Plan!

Here is what you need to know…

 

PPN SOP Updates On 8 September 2021!

On 8 September 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri, announced additional SOP updates for the National Recovery Plan.

These changes will come into effect from Friday, 10 September 2021 onwards.

PPN Phase 1 SOP Updates

  • All indoor sports activities, EXCEPT for gymnasiums, are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated people.
  • Indoor commercial sports and recreational facilities are ALLOWED to operate with supervision, and open only to customers who are fully-vaccinated.
    These facilities can only be used through appointments, and with SOP compliance.
  • Flower shops and nurseries, outdoor equipment stores and housing galleries can operate.

PPN Phase 2 SOP Updates

  • Barbershops, hair dressers and beauty salons will be allowed to offer additional services.

In addition, the government announced that travel between Selangor, KL and Putrajaya will be ALLOWED, and there will no longer be any roadblocks!

MKN will release further details on these SOP updates soon.

 

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KL, Selangor + Putrajaya Upgraded To PPN Phase 2!

KL, Selangor + Putrajaya were all just upgraded to Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan!

Find out why they were upgraded, and what privileges they’ll enjoy!

 

KL, Selangor + Putrajaya Upgraded To PPN Phase 2!

On 8 September 2021, KL, Selangor and Putrajaya were both upgraded to Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan!

This time, MKN did not announce why KL, Selangor and Putrajaya were upgraded, but residents there will enjoy these benefits from Friday, 10 September 2021 onwards :

  • inter-district travel for fully-vaccinated people
  • long-distance couples can travel interstate to meet each other, if they are fully vaccinated
  • parents or guardians of children below 18 years of age in other states, can travel interstate to meet them, if they are fully vaccinated.
  • prayers in mosques, suraus, and non-Muslim houses of worship are allowed for those who are fully-vaccinated.
  • those who are fully-vaccinated are allowed to dine-in at restaurants, cafes and eateries, while proprietors must display a notice that they will only accept fully-vaccinated customers.
  • tourism is allowed within the same state, for fully-vaccinated people who want to stay in hotels or homestay.

In addition, the government announced that travel between Selangor, KL and Putrajaya will be ALLOWED, and there will no longer be any roadblocks!

 

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Entertainment + Creative Industry Reopens For Vaccinated!

The government just announced that the entertainment and creative industry can reopen for fully-vaccinated people in Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Entertainment + Creative Industry Reopens For Fully-Vaccinated!

On 7 September 2021, the government announced that the entertainment and creative industry can reopen for fully-vaccinated people in Malaysia, from Thursday, 9 September 2021 onwards!

  • Development and broadcast of creative content through recording or live streaming
  • Live broadcast or live streaming of information or entertainment with fully-vaccinated viewers up to 30% of the studio’s capacity.
  • Indoor and outdoor filming by fully-vaccinated individuals of the creative industry.
  • Indoor busking by fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • Lounge hotel performances by fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • Cinema activities for fully-vaccinated individuals, up to 50% of the cinema hall capacity.
  • Live performances such as theatre, musical, music and comedy (through pre-registration) with fully-vaccinated attendees, up to 30% of the premise capacity.
  • Art gallery viewing in exhibition halls, museums, and art galleries (via appointments) with guests who are fully-vaccinated, up to 30% of the premise capacity.

Even though the entertainment and creative industry is reopening for fully-vaccinated people, everyone must continue to maintain COVID-19 precautions, as vaccine breakthroughs can still happen. Please continue to stay safe.

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

 

More Privileges For Fully-Vaccinated People In Malaysia

Here are some other privileges for fully-vaccinated people in Malaysia :

Dining-In

  • proprietors should provide more outdoor dining capacity for better ventilation.
  • proprietors must verify that customers are fully-vaccinated, by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card.
  • customers are allowed to bring children 17 years or younger to dine-in.

Sports + Recreation

  • Individual sports and recreation without physical touch, in the outdoors and semi-open spaces, are ALLOWED from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • Permitted sports include jogging, exercise, tai chi, cycling, skateboarding, fishing, equestrian sports, archery, hiking, tennis (singles), badminton (singles), golf, motorsports and so on.
  • Dine-in is allowed in sports / recreation club house restaurant and cafe.
  • Customers are FORBIDDEN to use the changing rooms and shower rooms.
  • Picnic and camping are ALLOWED, including children who are 17 years or younger, subject to strict SOP compliance.

Night + Weekend Markets

  • Customers must prove that they are fully-vaccinated by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card.

 

Fully-Vaccinated In Malaysia : Do YOU Qualify?

To qualify for the privileges above, you must be fully-vaccinated according to these requirements :

  • More than 14 days after receiving both doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccine.
  • More than 28 days after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson or Cansino vaccine.

In addition, these privileges apply to all states that have achieved adult vaccination of at least 50%.

For example, the Klang Valley achieved an adult vaccination rate of 64.7% on 14 August 2021, and therefore all fully-vaccinated adults in the Klang Valley can enjoy these privileges.

 

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vivo V1 Custom Imaging Chip : What You Need To Know!

vivo just unveiled their first self-designed V1 custom imaging chip, and here is what you need to know!

 

vivo V1 Custom Imaging Chip : Launched In Shenzhen!

On 2 September 2021, vivo unveiled their first self-designed V1 custom imaging chip, at a press event in Shenzhen, China.

The V1 Imaging Chip was developed by over 300 vivo engineers and imaging experts over 2 years, as part of vivo’s  four strategic tracks on imaging technology :

  • imaging system
  • operating system
  • industrial design
  • performance

 

vivo V1 Custom Imaging Chip : What You Need To Know!

According to Hu Baishan, vivo Executive Vice-President and COO, the V1 is a fully-customised integrated circuit chip that is designed to deliver leading-edge visual quality for both imaging and video applications.

The vivo V1 imaging chip will be used to optimise smartphone application scenarios like “viewfinder look and video recording“, according to Hu.

In these two leaked pictures, you can see how several vivo V1 chips sitting in their trays.

From what we understand, the vivo V1 custom imaging chip will first appear in the upcoming vivo X70 series of flagship smartphones.

Using a custom ISP (image signal processor) chip will allow vivo to offer faster processing and better image quality than what’s readily available through the integrated ISP offered by mobile SoCs.

vivo has already offered a sneak peek at how they will use their new custom imaging chip – paired with ZEISS Vario-Tessar lens in their X70 series smartphones!

Do let us know what you think!

 

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Melaka + Negeri Sembilan Upgraded To PPN Phase 2 + 3!

Melaka and Negeri Sembilan were just upgraded to PPN Phase 2 and Phase 3 respectively!

Find out why they were upgraded, and what privileges they’ll enjoy!

 

Melaka + Negeri Sembilan Upgraded To PPN Phase 2 + 3!

On 2 September 2021, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan were upgraded to PPN Phase 2 and Phase 3 respectively.

This time, MKN did not announce why Melaka was upgraded, but Melaka residents will enjoy these benefits from Saturday, 4 September 2021 onwards :

  • inter-district travel for fully-vaccinated people
  • long-distance couples can travel interstate to meet each other, if they are fully vaccinated
  • parents or guardians of children below 18 years of age in other states, can travel interstate to meet them, if they are fully vaccinated.
  • prayers in mosques, suraus, and non-Muslim houses of worship are allowed for those who are fully-vaccinated.
  • those who are fully-vaccinated are allowed to dine-in at restaurants, cafes and eateries, while proprietors must display a notice that they will only accept fully-vaccinated customers.
  • tourism is allowed within the same state, for fully-vaccinated people who want to stay in hotels or homestay.

MKN also did not announce why Negeri Sembilan was upgraded to Phase 3, but when they upgraded Negeri Sembilan to PPN Phase 2 earlier, it was made based on these criteria :

  • ICU usage dropped from over 120% at the end of May, to 40% on 23 August 2021
  • 72.3% of adults were fully-vaccinated

With this upgrade, residents in Negeri Sembilan will get to enjoy these privileges from Saturday, 4 September 2021 onwards :

  • Public and private sectors can work at up to 80% employee capacity.
  • Dine-in is permitted at all eateries, with minimum physical distance of 1 metre.
  • Businesses can open from 6 AM until midnight.
  • Public and private schools can reopen, with face-to-face teaching limited to 70% in higher education institutes.
  • Religious activities are permitted.

 

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Maxis Awards To Drive Malaysian Social Initiatives!

Maxis just launched the Maxis Awards, to support outstanding Malaysian social initiatives for the rakyat!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Maxis Awards To Drive Outstanding Malaysian Social Initiatives!

On 2 September 2021, Maxis launched their inaugural Maxis Awards, to recognise and support outstanding Malaysian social initiatives that drive positive impact to the rakyat.

Maxis Awards is a social enterprise programme that seeks out visionary ideas from these Malaysian heroes, and collaborates to bring them to life.

Maxis is committing RM 5 million worth of support to help develop, and promote these winning projects over the course of the next year.

 

Maxis Awards : How Does It Work?

Maxis Awards kicked off last month, with an invitation for enterprises to submit proposals on projects that will drive positive change with a significant impact on the community.

The proposals will be evaluated by a panel of Maxis judges, and shortlisted enterprises will then present their projects to these judges who will select the winners based on these three criteria :

  • innovation
  • role of technology
  • clearly demonstrates added value to the community, either economically, socially and/or environmentally.

Several Malaysian-based projects will be selected in the coming year, with the first two winning projects to be announced later this month.

Maxis will help these winners develop their projects over the next year, from the ideation stage up to the execution and marketing of their projects, including :

  • Maxis Business solutions and technical experts for collaboration, IoT, cloud, voice, network and/or security
  • Cash funding to help cover operational needs
  • Marketing and publicity through the media and Maxis-owned channels.

 

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CDC Reports 5X Increase In Ivermectin Poisoning Cases!

The US CDC just warned of a 5X increase in ivermectin poisoning cases from a 24X surge in ivermectin prescriptions!

Here is what you need to know about why ivermectin is causing so many poisoning cases!

 

CDC : 24X Increase In Ivermectin Prescriptions!

On 26 August 2021, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a critical warning.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic started, there was only an average of 3,600 ivermectin prescriptions per week.

It has now reached 88,000 ivermectin prescriptions in the week ending 13 August 2021 – 24X higher than the pre-pandemic baseline.

This does NOT even include the use of ivermectin-based veterinary products.

 

CDC : 5X Increase In Ivermectin Poisoning Cases!

Coupled with the massive increase in ivermectin use from prescriptions and veterinary products, is a huge 5X increase in ivermectin poisoning cases.

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), there was :

  • a 3X increase in the number of ivermectin poisoning cases in January 2021, and
  • a 5X increase in the number of ivermectin poisoning cases in July 2021.

These reports of ivermectin poisoning were associated with adverse effects and visits to emergency departments or hospitals. The CDC shared two examples :

  • An adult drank an injectable ivermectin formulation intended for use in cattle in an attempt to prevent COVID-19 infection. This patient presented to a hospital with confusion, drowsiness,  visual hallucinations, tachypnea, and tremors. The patient recovered after being hospitalized for nine days.
  • An adult patient presented with altered mental status after taking ivermectin tablets of unknown strength purchased on the internet. The patient reportedly took five tablets a day for five days to treat COVID-19. The patient was disoriented and had difficulty answering questions and following commands. Symptoms improved with discontinuation of ivermectin after hospital admission.

 

CDC : DO NOT Take Ivermectin For COVID-19!

The CDC wants everyone to understand that ivermectin currently has NOT been proven to prevent to treat COVID-19.

They stress that ivermectin that is formulated for skin or veterinary use, must not be consumed.

In addition, people taking ivermectin should watch out for signs of poisoning, and immediately seek medical attention :

  • gastrointestinal effects : nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea
  • neurological effects : tremors, seizures, hallucinations, confusion, loss of coordination and balance, decreased alertness, and coma
  • headache, blurred vision, dizziness, fast heart rate, low blood pressure

Instead of taking ivermectin for COVID-19, they are asking that people get vaccinated against COVID-19, because it is a proven and effective way to prevent COVID-19, including the Delta variant.

 

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Negeri Sembilan + Labuan Upgraded To PPN Phase 2 + 4!

Negeri Sembilan and Labuan was just upgraded to PPN Phase 2 and Phase 4!

Find out why they were upgraded, and what privileges they’ll enjoy!

 

Negeri Sembilan + Labuan Upgraded To PPN Phase 2 + 4!

On 24 August 2021, Negeri Sembilan and Labuan were both upgraded to PPN Phase 2 and Phase 4 respectively.

The decision to upgrade Negeri Sembilan to PPN Phase 2 was made based on these criteria :

  • ICU usage dropped from over 120% at the end of May, to 40% on 23 August 2021
  • 72.3% of adults were fully-vaccinated

With this, residents in Negeri Sembilan will get to enjoy these privileges from Thursday, 26 August 2021 onwards :

  • inter-district travel for fully-vaccinated people
  • long-distance couples can travel interstate to meet each other, if they are fully vaccinated
  • parents or guardians of children below 18 years of age in other states, can travel interstate to meet them, if they are fully vaccinated.
  • prayers in mosques, suraus, and non-Muslim houses of worship are allowed for those who are fully-vaccinated.
  • those who are fully-vaccinated are allowed to dine-in at restaurants, cafes and eateries, while proprietors must display a notice that they will only accept fully-vaccinated customers.
  • tourism is allowed within the same state, for fully-vaccinated people who want to stay in hotels or homestay.

The decision to upgrade Labuan to PPN Phase 4 was made based on these criteria :

  • ICU usage dropped from 30% in July, to 0% right now
  • 92.4% of adults were fully-vaccinated

With this, residents in Labuan will get to enjoy these privileges from Thursday, 26 August 2021 onwards :

  • all economic sectors are allowed to operate at full worker capacity, subject to the existing SOP
  • seminars, workshops, courses and all face-to-face meetings are allowed, up to 50% capacity
  • social events like feasts, celebrations, engagements, retreats, reunions, etc. are allowed at up to 50% capacity, with physical distancing.

 

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New Walk-In Vaccination Details For Klang Valley!

Klang Valley residents will continue to have walk-in vaccination privileges, with some changes from 23 August onwards.

Here is what you need to know!

 

New Walk-In Vaccination Details For Klang Valley!

On 22 August 2021, JKJAV announced that walk-in vaccination for Klang Valley would be extended, with some changes.

Who Can Walk In For COVID-19 Vaccination?

Walk-in vaccination will only be allowed for Malaysian citizens who :

  • have NOT received a vaccine appointment, or
  • had previously cancelled their vaccine appointment, or
  • have NOT registered for vaccination

Foreigners and undocumented migrants are NO LONGER allowed to walk-in for their vaccinations.

Which PPVs Accept Walk-In Vaccination?

From 23 August 2021 onwards, you can walk-in for your vaccination at these PPVs (vaccination centres) :

  • KL Convention nCentre (KLCC) : HCO F, G and H
  • Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil : HCO A and B
  • Ideal Convention Centre (IDCC), Shah Alam : HCO B
  • Bangi Avenue Convention Centre (BACC)
  • Hotel Wyndham Acmar Klang
  • Dewan Civic MBPJ (MBPJ Civic Centre), Petaling Jaya
  • Stadium Tertutup Kuala Selangor (Kuala Selangor Closed Stadium)
  • Dewan Seri Bernam (Seri Bernam Hall), Sabak Bernam
  • Dewan Kompleks Sukan Majlis Perbandaran Kuala Langat
    (Kuala Langat Town Council Sports Complex)

From 25 August 2021 onwards, you can walk-in for your vaccination at these PPVs (vaccination centres) :

  • Le Pavilion Gamuda Garden, Gombak
  • Bukit Beruntung Golf Resort

From 26 August 2021 onwards, you can walk-in for your vaccination at these PPVs (vaccination centres) :

  • Galaxy Mall, Ampang
  • Universiti Multimedia, Cyberjaya

What Do You Need To Bring?

You must being proof of residence in Klang Valley – Kuala Lumpur, Selangor or Putrajaya.

For example, it can be your identity card, driving licence, utility bill, credit card bill, employment card, student card, etc.

Missed Second Dose Appointments

Those who missed their second dose appointments can walk into any PPV for their second dose vaccinations.

However, you will only receive the same vaccine as your first dose. If the PPV you walk into does not offer the same vaccine, you will be redirected to another PPV that does.

 

No More Walk-In Vaccination For Foreigners In Klang Valley!

Foreigners will no longer be allowed to walk in for vaccination in the Bukit Jalil Stadium from 23 August 2021 onwards.

To ensure safer vaccinations, foreigners will be asked to register for vaccination through these channels :

Instead of walking in for their vaccinations, they will receive vaccine appointments.

 

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Swimming, Golf, Badminton Allowed For Fully-Vaccinated!

Fully-vaccinated people in Malaysia can now go swimming, play golf and badminton, amongst other things!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Swimming, Golf, Badminton Allowed For Fully-Vaccinated!

From 20 August 2021 onwards, fully-vaccinated people in Malaysia are given more sports and recreational privileges.

Who Qualifies For These Privileges?

Only those who are fully-vaccinated according to these requirements can participate in these sports and recreational privileges :

  • More than 14 days after receiving both doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccine.
  • More than 28 days after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson or Cansino vaccine.

Children are currently not being vaccinated. So parents who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 17 years or younger to participate in these activities as well.

Sports + Recreational Privileges

Sports and recreational premises and facilities are ALLOWED to open, subject to these restrictions :

  • only open from 6 AM until 8 PM,
  • RESTRICTED to only fully-vaccinated individuals, and their children who are 17 years or younger,
  • 60% capacity limit, under supervision,
  • workforce limited to 60%, including management and operations staff, and
  • subject to any rules and restrictions stipulated by local authorities.

New sports and recreational activities that are now open to fully-vaccinated people include :

  • all individual sports or recreational activities that do not require physical touch, with physical distance of 2-3 metres
  • swimming,
  • equestrian sports,
  • shooting,
  • tennis / badminton (single),
  • golf,
  • motorsports and so on.

In addition, fully-vaccinated people are ALLOWED to dine-in at the club house restaurant or cafe.

Sports + Recreational Restrictions

There are a few restrictions though :

  • It is FORBIDDEN to use the changing room, or shower room, at these sports and recreational facilities.
  • You are RESTRICTED to the same district.

 

Should You Go Swimming Or Play Golf / Badminton?

Frankly speaking, this isn’t a good time to be going out for a swim, or to play golf or badminton, as community spread of COVID-19 is rampant with over 20K new cases reported every day!

However, if you really must, here are some steps to mitigate your risks :

  • if possible, condos should not allow strangers to share the pool at the same time.
  • if possible, book the entire swimming pool for your family so there are no strangers present at the same time
  • try not to bring your unvaccinated children for a swim, unless you can book the entire pool
  • try to play golf alone or with family members who are already living with you, instead of with friends
  • try to play golf without a caddy to help you
  • try to play tennis or badminton with a family member who is already living with you, rather than a friend
  • never use the shower room or changing room

Read more : Delta Variant Can Infect In Seconds : How To Prevent That?

 

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Dine-In For Fully-Vaccinated : What You Need To Know!

The government just updated and synchronised dine-in privileges for fully-vaccinated people in Malaysia.

Here is what you need to know!

 

Dine-In For Fully-Vaccinated : What You Need To Know!

Starting from Friday, 20 August 2021 onwards, fully-vaccinated people in Phase 1 states are also allowed to dine-in, bringing them in line with the other states.

On 20 August 2021, MKN released updated SOP guidelines that synchronised the dine-in rules for fully-vaccinated people across Malaysia.

Who Qualifies To Dine-In?

Only those who are fully-vaccinated according to these requirements can dine-in :

  • More than 14 days after receiving both doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccine.
  • More than 28 days after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson or Cansino vaccine.

Children are currently not being vaccinated. So parents who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 17 years or younger to dine-in.

Where Can You Dine-In?

From 20 August 2021 onwards, all eateries in Malaysia are ALLOWED to offer dine-in services, including :

  • Restaurant operators, including hotels, sports and recreational club houses, food shops, food stalls, food trucks, roadside hawkers, food courts, food carts, and food kiosks
  • Restaurant or cafe in sports / recreational club houses

However, restaurant / cafe services in pubs and nightclubs are still FORBIDDEN.

Dine-In Requirements

Eateries offering dine-in services are subject to these requirements :

  • only accept customers who are fully-vaccinated AND asymptomatic
  • premise owners must display a notice stating that only customers who are fully-vaccinated and asymptomatic are allowed in
  • workers who are fully-vaccinated and asymptomatic are allowed to work at these capacities :
    a) 40% : up to 60% worker capacity
    b) 60% : up to 80% worker capacity
    c) 80% : up to 100% worker capacity
  • premise owners must arrange the tables with physical distancing, and ensure the premise has good ventilation.
  • dine-in is allowed with a maximum capacity of 50% per table, with physical distance of at least 1 metre.

 

Should You Dine-In If You’re Fully-Vaccinated?

The government may be allowing fully-vaccinated people to dine-in across Malaysia, but I would highly recommend that you DO NOT dine-in.

Community spread in Malaysia is rampant with over 20,000 new COVID-19 cases per day, and dining-in is a very risky activity because :

  • you have to remove your face mask for a prolonged period of time.
  • you are seated in (relative) close proximity with strangers.
  • when seated indoors, you will be breathing air that’s shared with other people in the same premise
  • even seated outdoors, you are exposed to people walking past, or the wait staff.

Even though you are fully-vaccinated, you are still at risk of being exposed to the coronavirus and developing a breakthrough infection.

If you really miss dining-in, try to mitigate the risk by opting to :

  • seat outdoors, where there is good ventilation.
  • keep your face mask on, until you need to eat or drink.
  • put on your face mask, whenever you need to speak with any stranger (like the wait staff)

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

 

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Fully Vaccinated Can Travel At Full Vehicle Capacity!

Fully-vaccinated people can now travel at full vehicle capacity across Malaysia, even in PPN Phase 1 areas!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Earlier : Full Vehicle Capacity For Fully Vaccinated In Phase 2+ Areas

On 16 August 2021, MKN released a new SOP for Phase 2, which included a new benefit for fully-vaccinated people in Phase 2 (or higher) areas – they can now travel at FULL vehicle capacity!

This is a huge advantage over the 3 August 2021 SOP, which only allowed TWO (2) persons from each household to leave in the same vehicle to purchase food and other essentials.

 

Now : Fully Vaccinated Can Travel At Full Vehicle Capacity Across Malaysia!

On 20 August 2021, MKN released a new SOP for Phase 1, in which they now allow fully-vaccinated people in Phase 1 to also travel at FULL vehicle capacity!

However, taxi and e-hailing services are still limited to TWO (2) persons, including the passenger who must sit at the back. This restriction still applies even if both driver and passenger(s) are fully-vaccinated.

Those who are not fully-vaccinated are still limited to TWO (2) persons per household, who can leave in the same vehicle to purchase food and other essential items.

They can, of course, travel at up to 3 people, including the driver, to seek medical assistance or for healthcare, screening tests, vaccination, security or emergency reasons.

The good news is – the 10 km limit on travel distance is now lifted, for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

Finally – interstate and inter-district travel is still FORBIDDEN in PPN Phase 1 areas, except in special cases.

 

Fully-Vaccinated In Malaysia : Do YOU Qualify?

To qualify for the privileges above, you must be fully-vaccinated according to these requirements :

  • More than 14 days after receiving both doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccine.
  • More than 28 days after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson or Cansino vaccine.

In addition, these privileges apply to all states that have achieved adult vaccination of at least 50%.

For example, the Klang Valley achieved an adult vaccination rate of 64.7% on 14 August 2021, and therefore all fully-vaccinated adults in the Klang Valley can enjoy these privileges.

 

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PPN Phase 1 : Fully-Vaccinated People Can Dine-In!

The government just announced that fully-vaccinated people in PPN Phase 1 states can now dine-in, as well as new privileges across the country!

Here is what you need to know!

 

PPN Phase 1 : Fully-Vaccinated People Can Dine-In!

Starting from Friday, 20 August 2021 onwards, fully-vaccinated people in Phase 1 states will be allowed to dine-in, subject to these conditions :

  • proprietors should provide more outdoor dining capacity for better ventilation.
  • proprietors must verify that customers are fully-vaccinated, by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card.
  • customers are allowed to bring children 17 years or younger to dine-in.

While the government is allowing people to dine-in in Phase 1 states, I highly recommend that you DO NOT dine-in at this moment.

You may be fully-vaccinated, but vaccine breakthroughs can still happen. Please continue to stay safe.

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

 

More Privileges For Fully-Vaccinated People In Malaysia

The government also announced additional privileges for fully-vaccinated people in Malaysia :

Sports + Recreation

  • Individual sports and recreation without physical touch, in the outdoors and semi-open spaces, are ALLOWED from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • Permitted sports include jogging, exercise, tai chi, cycling, skateboarding, fishing, equestrian sports, archery, hiking, tennis (singles), badminton (singles), golf, motorsports and so on.
  • Dine-in is allowed in sports / recreation club house restaurant and cafe.
  • Customers are FORBIDDEN to use the changing rooms and shower rooms.
  • Picnic and camping are ALLOWED, including children who are 17 years or younger, subject to strict SOP compliance.

Night + Weekend Markets

  • Customers must prove that they are fully-vaccinated by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card.

 

Fully-Vaccinated In Malaysia : Do YOU Qualify?

To qualify for the privileges above, you must be fully-vaccinated according to these requirements :

  • More than 14 days after receiving both doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccine.
  • More than 28 days after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson or Cansino vaccine.

In addition, these privileges apply to all states that have achieved adult vaccination of at least 50%.

For example, the Klang Valley achieved an adult vaccination rate of 64.7% on 14 August 2021, and therefore all fully-vaccinated adults in the Klang Valley can enjoy these privileges.

 

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DHL eCommerce Central Hub Temporarily Suspended!

DHL eCommerce had to close their Central Hub in Selangor, and it remains suspended today!

Find out what’s going on, and the impact on your parcel deliveries!

 

DHL eCommerce Central Hub Temporarily Suspended!

On 13 August 2021, DHL eCommerce announced that they were ordered by the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) to temporarily close their Central Hub in Selangor.

They did not disclose whether it had anything to do with rumours of COVID-19 cases involving their delivery or sorting personnel, only that it was for “further assessment & discussion“, following “precautionary checks done by KKM in the area“.

As of Monday, 16 August 2021, the DHL eCommerce has not announced when their Central Hub in Selangor, which remains closed, will reopen.

 

Impact Of DHL eCommerce Central Hub Closure

DHL suspended collection of new parcels since 14 August 2021, but said that existing parcels in their network will be delivered.

However, it is unknown if they are also referring to parcels at their Central Hub (which is now closed), or merely parcels already distributed to their regional hubs.

This is reminiscent of when the Shopee warehouse was similarly closed “to implement new SOPs“.

At that time, the Shopee warehouse was closed for 10 days – the minimum days required for a home quarantine of confirmed or suspect COVID-19 cases.

Read more : Was Shopee Warehouse Closed After 50 COVID-19 Cases?

 

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Public Parks In PPN Phase 1 Areas To Reopen!

Public parks in PPN Phase 1 areas are now allowed to reopen! Here is what you need to know!

 

Public Parks In PPN Phase 1 Areas To Reopen!

On 15 August 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Muhyiddin Yassin announced that public parks in PPN Phase 1 areas will be allowed to reopen.

From Monday, 16 August 2021 onwards, public parks in PPN Phase 1 areas will be reopened, but the public will be limited to these recreational activities :

  • Jogging
  • Cycling
  • Exercise

In addition, residents of PPN Phase 1 areas will only be allowed to visit public parks in their neighbouring areas.

They are NOT ALLOWED to cross district or state borders, to visit other public parks in other districts or states.

They must also maintain physical distancing of 2-3 metres in these public parks.

The local authorities and other relevant agencies (police, etc.) will be tasked to ensure that the rules and SOP are complied with.

 

Existing PPN Phase 1 Sports Rules (Outside Public Parks)

Here’s a quick recap of the existing sports rules in PPN Phase 1 areas, outside of public parks.

Since 20 July 2021, individual exercise without physical contact in open spaces is allowed, LIMITED to :

  • jogging
  • cycling
  • individual games
  • individual exercise

In addition, people must maintain physical distancing of 2-3 metres, and exercise only within the neighbourhood, from 7 AM until 8 PM.

Group sports are only allowed for these special cases :

  • Centralised training programs, including closed quarantined competitions using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Centralised training programs with quarantine by State Sports Councils using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Centralised training programs including quarantined training competitions for teams in the Malaysian Football League (MFL) using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Malaysian Football League matches are ALLOWED based on the closed Sports Bubble model, without spectators or supporters.

 

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More Privileges For Fully-Vaccinated In Malaysia!

Malaysia just announced more privileges for those who are fully-vaccinated!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Fully-Vaccinated In Malaysia : Do YOU Qualify?

On 8 August 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Muhyiddin Yassin announced a slew of travel and quarantine privileges for those who are fully vaccinated.

This was followed by another announcement on 15 August 2021 of more social and business privileges for fully-vaccinated!

But to qualify for these privileges, you must be fully-vaccinated according to these requirements :

  • More than 14 days after receiving both doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccine.
  • More than 28 days after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson or Cansino vaccine.

In addition, these privileges apply to all states that have achieved adult vaccination of at least 50%.

For example, the Klang Valley achieved an adult vaccination rate of 64.7% on 14 August 2021, and therefore all fully-vaccinated adults in the Klang Valley can enjoy these privileges.

 

More Privileges For Fully-Vaccinated In Malaysia!

Here are the additional privileges that the Prime Minister announced for those who are fully vaccinated in Malaysia.

These privileges will kick off on Monday, 16 August 2021.

More Businesses Can Reopen In PPN Phase 1

These businesses are allowed to reopen in PPN Phase 1 areas, for customers who are fully-vaccinated.

  1. Car wash
  2. Electric and electronic shop
  3. Shops selling kitchen and home appliances and goods
  4. Furniture shop
  5. Sports equipment shop
  6. Car accessory shop
  7. Car distribution and sale centre
  8. Morning market and farmer market only
  9. Clothes, fashion and accessories shop
  10. Jewelry shop
  11. Barber and beauty saloon (basic hair cutting services only)

Premise owners must :

  • provide a MySejahtera QR code, manual logbook, hand sanitiser and temperature scanner
  • ensure that those with body temperature of 37.5°C are not allowed to enter
  • ensure that everyone must check in using MySejahtera or the manual logbook
  • ensure that everyone wears a face mask, and maintain physical distancing
  • ensure that only those who have a valid digital certificate showing ful COVID-19 vaccination are allowed to enter.
  • ensure that gloves are worn (by employees), and contact time between workers and clients are limited
  • ensure that fitting rooms are not allowed to be used

Read more : National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : 3 August 2021 Edition!

More Businesses Can Reopen In PPN Phase 2

These businesses are allowed to reopen in PPN Phase 2 areas, for customers who are fully-vaccinated.

Premise owners must ensure that only those who have a valid digital certificate showing ful COVID-19 vaccination are allowed to enter.

  1. Camera shop and photography services
  2. Preloved (second-hand) shop
  3. Flower shop and nursery
  4. Shop selling antiquities
  5. Toy shop
  6. Carpet shop
  7. Creative content and equipment shop
  8. Outdoor equipment shop (including camping, fishing, and other outdoor tools)
  9. Cosmetic, skin care and perfume shop
  10. Tobacco shop (including vape and electronic cigarettes)

Premise owners must :

  • provide a MySejahtera QR code, manual logbook, hand sanitiser and temperature scanner
  • ensure that those with body temperature of 37.5°C are not allowed to enter
  • ensure that everyone must check in using MySejahtera or the manual logbook
  • ensure that everyone wears a face mask, and maintain physical distancing
  • ensure that only those who have a valid digital certificate showing ful COVID-19 vaccination are allowed to enter.
  • ensure that gloves are worn (by employees), and contact time between workers and clients are limited
  • ensure that fitting rooms are not allowed to be used

Read more : National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP : 3 August 2021 Edition!

Manufacturing, Construction (All Phases)

Non-essential activities in the manufacturing and construction industries will be allowed in all PPN Phases, starting Monday, 16 August 2021.

In addition, fully-vaccinated people working in these industries will be allowed to travel interstate, even crossing into other PPN phases.

The worker capacity for these industries will be based on their employee’s vaccination status :

Vaccination
Rate
Operational
Capacity
80% to 100% 100%
60% to 79% 80%
40% to 59% 60%

Note : Business owners must conduct antigen RTK tests on their workers, every two weeks, at their own expense.

Mining + Quarrying (All Phases)

Non-essential activities in the mining and quarrying industries will be allowed in all PPN Phases, starting Monday, 16 August 2021.

In addition, fully-vaccinated people working in these industries will be allowed to travel interstate, even crossing into other PPN phases.

The worker capacity for these industries will be based on their employee’s vaccination status :

Vaccination
Rate
Operational
Capacity
80% to 100% 100%
60% to 79% 80%

Note : Business owners must conduct antigen RTK tests on their workers, every two weeks, at their own expense.

Read more : National Recovery Plan Phase 3 SOP : 4 August 2021 Edition!

 

Earlier Privileges For Fully-Vaccinated In Malaysia!

Here is a quick recap of earlier privileges that were announced for fully-vaccinated people in Malaysia :

  • International travellers who are Malaysian residents or foreigners with homes in Malaysia can undergo home quarantine
  • Long-distance couples can travel to meet each other
  • Parents can travel to visit their children who are under 18 years of age
  • Prayers in religious houses of worship are allowed
  • Inter-district travel is permitted in PPN Phase 2, 3 and 4 areas
  • Dining in is permitted in PPN Phase 2, 3 and 4 areas
  • Tourism is allowed within the same same in PPN Phase 2, 3 and 4 areas

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Malaysia To Start COVID-19 Vaccination For Children In Sept!

Malaysia will start COVID-19 vaccination for children between 12 to 17 years of age in September 2021!

Here is what you need to know!

 

COVID-19 Vaccination For Children : One Vaccine Approved So Far!

On 15 June 2021, Malaysia approved the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine for children of 12 to 17 years in age.

CITF also opened up registration of children for COVID-19 vaccination through MySejahtera and the Vaksin COVID website.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination For Children : Starts In September 2021

On 12 August 2021, the Malaysia Director General of Health, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah issued a circular announcing these details on COVID-19 vaccination for children :

When Will It Start?

COVID-19 vaccination for children in Malaysia will begin in the middle of September 2021

Who Will Qualify?

COVID-19 vaccination for children in Malaysia will initially be limited to :

  • children between 12 and 15 years of age with certain health conditions, and
  • all children 16 or 17 years old, with or without co-morbidities.

Where Will It Take Place?

COVID-19 vaccination for children in Malaysia will take place at these locations :

  • Special PPVs (SPPVs) – vaccination centres in hospitals and medical institutions
  • Vaccination centres (PPV) in health clinics and other earmarked PPVs
  • Outreach programmes, like immunisations in schools

The vaccine will be distributed to every state, and onwards to the identified vaccination centres.

Pre-Vaccination Assessment

Pre-vaccination assessment by medical officers or specialists will be conducted for three categories of children with certain health conditions.

  1. Those with a history of severe allergies after receiving vaccines, or to other medications or unknown substances.
  2. Those who are immunocompromised because of disease or treatment received.
  3. Those who are being treated with anti-coagulants, or have health conditions that increase their bleeding tendency.

The assessment will be based on the current health status, medical history, allergy history and any medication or treatment the child may be taking, to determine :

  • whether the child should receive the COVID-19 vaccine
  • what type of COVID-19 vaccine may be suitable for the child
  • whether a different time may be better for the child’s vaccination
  • which is a more appropriate place for the vaccination – in a hospital or community PPV, for example.

Higher Risk Vaccinations

Children who are deemed to be at higher risk must receive their vaccinations at hospitals or medical facilities, to ensure that they have ready access to emergency treatment should the need arise.

  • children who underwent three pre-vaccination assessment, and were determined to be at higher risk,
  • patients receiving long-term treatment at those hospitals / medical facilities.
  • patients whose doctors believe are at higher risk

 

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Nationwide Walk-In Vaccination Details For Special Groups!

Walk-in vaccination for COVID-19 has expanded across Malaysia, albeit limited to a select group of people.

Here is what you need to know about who can walk in where for their COVID-19 vaccinations!

 

Nationwide Walk-In Vaccination Details For Special Groups!

On 2 August 2021, National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that senior citizens would be allowed to walk into any vaccination centre for their shots.

That was expanded on 7 August 2021 to a wider group of people :

  • Senior citizens
  • Individuals with disabilities (OKU)
  • Individuals with comorbidities, who are 18 years or older
  • Individuals who missed their second dose *
  • Teachers, executive group and support service contract workers in educational institutions under the Ministry of Education.

* If you missed your second dose can go to any PPV (vaccination centre), but if it does not offer the same vaccine as their first dose, you will be redirected to a PPV offering the same vaccine.

This walk-in privilege is separate from the walk-in vaccination for Klang Valley residents, who must abide by the existing guidelines.

In addition, CITF advises pregnant women NOT to walk-in, but to wait for their MySejahtera vaccine appointments in MySejahtera, which will be calculated based on their expected delivery date (EDD).

The number of walk-in slots available daily will depend on the vaccine supply at the PPV for the day. Those who are not able to get their vaccination on that day, will be given priority to get vaccinated on the next day.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 + Z Flip3 Video + Details Leaked!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3 official promo video just leaked ahead of Galaxy Unpacked 2021!

Check out the leaked video, and find out what we know so far about the two new Samsung foldable phones!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 + Z Flip3 Promo Video Leaked!

The official promotional video of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 and Galaxy Z Flip3 smartphones was just leaked, ahead of Galaxy Unpacked 2021!

Get an early sneak peek at these two new magnificent Samsung foldable smartphones!

Here is what the 30-second official Galaxy Z Fold3 and Galaxy Z Flip3 revealed :

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3

  • It has a bigger and more versatile cover display.
  • Flex mode supports angles of between 75° and 115°.
  • IPX8 water-resistant – up to 1.5 metres of freshwater for up to 30 minutes.
  • Not dust-resistant

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3

  • Flex mode supports angles of between 75° and 115°.
  • IPX8 water-resistant – up to 1.5 metres of freshwater for up to 30 minutes.
  • Not dust-resistant

New Samsung S Pen Models

  • There are two models – S Pen Pro and S Pen Fold Edition
  • Both are sold separately

 

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2021 : Where + When?

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2021 event will be held virtually, and streamed on Samsung official websites, YouTube and Facebook.

The livestream starts on 11 August at these times globally :

  • Malaysia + Singapore : 10 PM (GMT+8)
  • US : 10 AM EDT / 7 AM PDT
  • UK : 3 PM
  • India : 7:30 PM IST
  • Australia : 12 AM AEST (12 August)

If you register your interest from now until 11 August, Samsung will give you an e-voucher worth RM300 / US$100 / SGD$100 or a complimentary Samsung Care+ (Australia), which you can use with the purchase of your next Galaxy device.

 

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2021 : What To Expect?

Here is what you can expect Samsung to announce during Galaxy Unpacked 2021 :

Two Foldable Smartphones

Samsung will likely introduce two foldable smartphones, with a more robust folding design and upgraded hardware :

  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3
    – available in Phantom Green, Phantom Silver and Phantom Black.
    – 256 GB variant will be priced around €1,678.51 (before VAT).
    – 512 GB variant will be priced around €1,783.10 (before VAT).
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3
    – available in Phantom Black, Dark Blue, Grey, White, Cream, Green, Light Pink and Lavender.
    – 128 GB variant will be priced around €978.13 (before VAT).
    – 256 GB variant will be priced around €1,029.20 (before VAT).

No Galaxy Note On The Horizon

We would normally expect Samsung to introduce a new Galaxy Note design, but this appears to be off the table in 2021.

However, you can expect Samsung to introduce t he Galaxy S21 FE as an affordable option for the new normal.

More Wearables, Of Course!

Look out for more wearables like Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch Active 4 smartwatches, and Galaxy Buds 2 TWS earbuds.

 

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Malaysia : Senior Walk-In Vaccination Starts Nationwide!

Senior citizens can now walk-in and get their vaccination at any Vaccine Administration Centre (PPV) across the nation!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Malaysia : Senior Walk-In Vaccination To Start Nationwide!

On 2 August 2021, National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that :

  • CITF has decided to expand the walk-in vaccination programme for senior citizens to the rest of the country.
  • officially, the walk-in vaccination programme for senior citizens will kick off next week
  • some states have already started to allow senior citizens to walk-in for their vaccinations, while other states are preparing to do so
  • announcements will be made by the state CITF on when their state can start implementing the programme

This is part of the government’s effort to fully vaccinate 40% of the adult population in all states by 31 August 2021.

On 7 August 2021, CITF announced that walk-in vaccination for senior citizens are now available in :

  • Perak
  • Kedah
  • Penang
  • Sabah
  • Melaka
  • Sarawak

Just like the vaccination programme for senior citizens in the Klang Valley, this walk-in vaccination programme will be limited to :

  • senior citizens age 60 years and above,
  • who have NOT registered for vaccination, or
  • who have NOT received any vaccine appointment

If you have already received your vaccine appointments, please adhere to the appointment.

A smaller subset of adults can also walk-in for COVID-19 vaccination across the nation :

  • Senior citizens
  • Individuals with disabilities (OKU)
  • Individuals with comorbidities, who are 18 years or older
  • Individuals who missed their second dose *
  • Teachers, executive group and support service contract workers in educational institutions under the Ministry of Education.

Read more : Nationwide Walk-In Vaccination Details For Special Groups!

 

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Galaxy Unpacked 2021 Trailer Hits 100 Million Views!

The upcoming Galaxy Unpacked 2021 is generating so much interest that its trailer hit 100 million views!

Find out why this is the most popular Galaxy Unpacked trailer so far!

 

Galaxy Unpacked 2021 Trailer Hits 100 Million Views!

The upcoming Galaxy Unpacked 2021 is generating so much interest that its trailer hit 100 million views!

If you watch it, it’s easy to see why it went viral.

The Inception-inspired Galaxy Unpacked 2021 trailer mirrored the genre-bending movie’s incredible folding landscape scene, highlighting just how fantastic the new Samsung Galaxy device will be.

Samsung tells us that the film was designed to challenge the status quo, finally disrupting a decade of incremental improvements to the smartphone, which increasingly look and work the same.

It is finally time, Samsung believes, for consumers to “get ready to unfold” something radically better with the new Samsung Galaxy foldable smartphone that will be unveiled at Galaxy Unpacked 2021!

Read more : Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2021 : What To Expect?

 

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2021 : Where + When?

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2021 event will be held virtually, and streamed on Samsung official websites, YouTube and Facebook.

The livestream starts on 11 August at these times globally :

  • Malaysia + Singapore : 10 PM (GMT+8)
  • US : 10 AM EDT / 7 AM PDT
  • UK : 3 PM
  • India : 7:30 PM IST
  • Australia : 12 AM AEST (12 August)

If you register your interest from now until 11 August, Samsung will give you an e-voucher worth RM300 / US$100 / SGD$100 or a complimentary Samsung Care+ (Australia), which you can use with the purchase of your next Galaxy device.

 

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Malaysia National Recovery Plan Changes Criteria!

Malaysia changed one of National Recovery Plan criteria that determine which states will transition to a different Phase.

Here is what you need to know!

 

Malaysia National Recovery Plan Changes Criteria!

On 7 August 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Finance announced that the government would be replacing one of the National Recovery Plan’s criteria to determine when states can transition to a different Phase :

The average daily new COVID-19 cases will be removed and replaced by “number of new symptomatic cases that were hospitalised“.

However, this new criteria will only be adopted when a Phase 1 state has achieved the vaccination rate of at least 50% of the adult population.

The new criteria is also based on new hospitalisations of Category 3, 4 and 5 patients.

These are the new thresholds for daily hospitalisations of Category 3, 4 and 5 patients nationwide.

Shift In
Phase
New Daily
Symptomatic Cases
(Nationwide)
New Daily
Symptomatic Cases
(Per 100,000 Population)
Phase 1 to
Phase 2
2,000 6.1
Phase 2 to
Phase 3
1,000 3.0
Phase 3 to
Phase 3
400 1.3

 

How Does New National Recovery Plan Criteria Work?

Here is an example of how the new criteria for the National Recovery Plan will work.

The Klang Valley, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah and Melaka are still in Phase 1.

When they achieve vaccination rates of at least 50%, they will start using the “new symptomatic hospitalisations” criteria.

From that point onwards, any state that achieves the new symptomatic hospitalisation threshold of 6.1 per 100,000 population, and a Moderate ICU use capacity, will shift to Phase 2.

 

Malaysia National Recovery Plan : New Criteria

This is what the new National Recovery Plan looks like, right now :

Phase 1

Phase 2

Before achieving 50% adult vaccinations :

  • Must meet these requirements (nationally) :
    – average daily new COVID-19 cases must be <4,000
    moderate healthcare system / ICU capacity
    10% population vaccinated with second dose
  • Must meet these requirements (by state) :
    – new cases averaging less than 12.2 cases per 100,000
    moderate ICU use capacity
    10% population vaccinated with second dose

After achieving 50% adult vaccinations :

  • Must meet these requirements (nationally) :
    – new daily Category 3, 4 and 5 hospitalisations averaging <2,000
    moderate healthcare system / ICU capacity
    Must meet these requirements (by state) :
    – new daily Category 3, 4 and 5 hospitalisations averaging < 6.1 cases per 100,000
    moderate ICU use capacity

Phase 3

Before achieving 50% adult vaccinations, states must meet these requirements :

  • average daily new COVID-19 cases must be <2,000
  • comfortable healthcare system / ICU capacity
  • 40% population vaccinated with second dose

After achieving 50% adult vaccinations, states must meet these requirements :

  • new daily Category 3, 4 and 5 hospitalisations averaging < 3.0 cases per 100,000
  • comfortable healthcare system / ICU capacity

Phase 4

States must meet these requirements before they can transition to Phase 4 :

  • new daily Category 3, 4 and 5 hospitalisations averaging < 1.3 cases per 100,000
  • safe healthcare system / ICU capacity
  • 60% population vaccinated with second dose

 

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15 FREE Steam Games + DLCs : 7 August 2021 Update!

Here are 8 games and 7 DLCs you can add to your Steam account for FREE, and they are yours to keep forever!

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Note On Free Steam Games + DLCs

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

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

Thank you, and happy gaming!

 

Steam Games That Are FREE To Download + Keep!

Free Steam Game #1 : Blackjack of Strip

Card games are a fun way to spend your leisure time. One of the most popular is «Blackjack», also commonly known as “twenty one” or “point”.

Blackjack of Strip diversified it by setting the rule that every loser takes one thing off!

No need to risk real money! There are no bets! For each successful game your opponents will pull off a piece of their clothes!

Follow these steps to get Blackjack of Strip for FREE by 8 August 2021  :

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the Blackjack of Strip page on Steam.
  3. Click on Add to Account to add it to your account. You can install it now, or later.

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

Free Steam Game #2 : Horatio Goes Snowboarding

Infinite State Games present “Horatio Goes Snowboarding” – an arcade game where you hire a board, go snowboarding, avoid serious injury, rinse and repeat!

It’s their homage to retro skiing and winter sports games from the past – no story; just pick up and play pure arcade thrills.

Follow these steps to get Horatio Goes Snowboarding 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! It is now part of your Steam account, and you can download and install it anytime you want!

Free Steam Game #3 : Angeldust

Explore endless magical worlds and battle fearsome creatures alongside millions of friends. Ride your own horse, bear or moa and discover the many game world wonders. Unleash your imagination by crafting beautiful buildings.

Play as the quirky builder, the fearless fighter, the perky scout or the mysterious sorceress and become a legend! Work together cleverly to complete daily quests and defeat even the most dangerous bosses.

Enjoy Angeldust online with your friends and millions of other players. Easily play together and make new friends using the ‘Play together!’ button. Enter the PvP ‘Hero battle!’ to show everyone your shooting skills.

Follow these steps to get Angeldust 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! It is now part of your Steam account, and you can download and install it anytime you want!

Note : Please let us know if this stops working, so we can remove it from this list. Thanks!

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

Free Steam Game #4 : 1943 – The Battle of Midway

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

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

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

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

Free Steam Game + DLC #5 : Heavy Metal Machines + Dirt Devil Pack

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free Steam Game #6 : 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 #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 : 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 : 3on3 FreeStyle : 1st Anniversary Special Gift Pack

3on3 FreeStyle: Rebound allows players to work with their teammates to pull off rim-shaking slam dunks, awe-inspiring alley-oops, flashy no-look passes, and clutch outside shots which breaks the heart of the opposing team in competitive games filled with the joy and energy of street basketball.

  • 3 Vs 3 Online Multiplayer Mode
  • 1 Vs 1 Online Multiplayer Mode
  • Dynamic Practice Lobby

Follow these steps to get both 3on3 FreeStyle + the 1st Anniversary Special Gift Pack for FREE by 24 August 2021  :

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the 3on3 FreeStyle page on Steam.
  3. Click on Play Game to add it to your account. You can install it now, or later.
  4. Go to the 3on3 FreeStyle – 1st Anniversary Special Gift Pack page.
  5. Click on the Download button to add the DLC to your account.

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

Free Steam DLC #2 : Andy Priaulx Crowne Plaza Raceway

Blue skies and white beaches frame the mystical Andy Priaulx Crowne Plaza Raceway, a unique challenge even for a World Champion.

Designed to challenge the best, the island track weaves its way past palm trees and luxury hotels. Can YOU master it?

Andy Priaulx

As Triple World Champion Andy Priaulx is without doubt one of the biggest stars in the touring car racing world. And you can drive his car!

Push the BMW 320si WTCC to its limits around Crowne Plaza Raceway and feel the adrenaline rush of driving a World Championship winning race car!

Fabrizio Giovanardi

Once again Vauxhall took the British Touring Car Championship in 2007. The man taking the honours was Fabrizio Giovanardi in his Vauxhall Vectra VXR, defending the colours of Holiday Inn.

He took the championship in a glorious manner, beating the opposition in a thrilling fight to the flag. Can you be as succesfull as the ‘Italian Master’?

Take his winning Vauxhall Vectra out for a spin and see if you can break the lap record!

Follow these steps to get the Andy Priaulx Crowne Plaza Raceway DLC for FREE :

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the Andy Priaulx Crowne Plaza Raceway 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 Andy Priaulx Crowne Plaza Raceway DLC in your Steam account!

Note : You need the base game, RACE 07, to make use of this DLC!

Free Steam DLC #3 : Rakarth Legendary Lord

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free Steam DLC #4 : Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo & Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo

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

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

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

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

Option 1 : Try These Steam Codes

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

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

Option 2 : Register With Ferrari Esports

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

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

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

Free Steam DLC #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 : 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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Support my work through a bank transfer /  PayPal / credit card!

Name : Adrian Wong
Bank Transfer : CIMB 7064555917 (Swift Code : CIBBMYKL)
Credit Card / Paypal : https://paypal.me/techarp

Dr. Adrian Wong has been writing about tech and science since 1997, even publishing a book with Prentice Hall called Breaking Through The BIOS Barrier (ISBN 978-0131455368) while in medical school.

He continues to devote countless hours every day writing about tech, medicine and science, in his pursuit of facts in a post-truth world.

 

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