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SJKC Puay Chai 2 : Reopens After Multiple COVID-19 Cases

SJKC Puay Chai 2 in Bandar Utama has been allowed to reopen, after multiple students tested positive for COVID-19!

Find out what’s going on, and whether you need to be concerned!

 

SJKC Puay Chai 2 : Reopens On 22 April 2021!

SJKC Puay Chai 2 just announced that they have been allowed to reopen on Thursday, 22 April 2021.

All classes will return to school, except for Class 2B, which is still under quarantine.

They also announced that all teachers and school staff underwent a PCR test on 15 April 2021, and they all tested NEGATIVE.

The school also asked that parents and guardians please DO NOT SEND their children to school, if :

  • colleagues (of parents and guardians) tested positive for COVID-19
  • parents and their family are on sick leave
  • any member of the family has a cough, fever or flu symptoms
  • any member of the family has symptoms
  • any member of the family underwent a swab test or is waiting to get one, or waiting for the results
  • family members of PUI (Patient Under Investigation) or PUS (Patient Under Surveillance).

 

SJKC Puay Chai 2 : Closed Over Multiple COVID-19 Cases!

On 7 April 2021, SJKC Puay Chai 2 in Bandar Utama announced that a student in the 2M class tested positive for COVID-19.

On 9 April 2021, they announced that another two students in the 2U and 5B classes also tested positive for COVID—19. They too were infected from outside the school.

On 11 April 2021, another two students (from the same family) tested positive for COVID-19.

All five affected classes were closed, and their students and teachers asked to quarantine at home.

However, on 14 April 2021, the District Health Office ordered that Puay Chai 2 be closed indefinitely.

  • the afternoon session on 13 April 2021 is suspended
  • the school will be closed from 14 April 2021 onwards
  • the district health office will notify the school when they are allowed to reopen.
  • online learning and teaching at home (PDPR) will begin on 14 April 2021.

Puay Chai 2 has suffered multiple COVID-19 cases despite sanitising the classes every day. A year ago, they shared these pictures and videos of how they sanitise their classrooms after a positive COVID-19 case.

To be frank, sanitising schools will not prevent COVID-19 cases, as the SARS-CoV-2 virus is transmitted through droplets.

So it is far more important for teachers and students to strictly wear their face masks and maintain good hand hygiene, since physical distancing is impossible.

 

SJKC Puay Chai 2 : Official Statement On COVID-19 Cases

Here is the official statement by SJKC Puay Chai 2 (in Chinese and Bahasa Malaysia) on their opening after multiple COVID-19 cases.

 复课通知 Pembukaan Semula Sekolah 

1.校方刚接获县卫生局指示,学校将于22.04.2021 (星期四)全面复课,除了2 B 班学生仍在隔离期间。 

Pihak sekolah menerima arahan daripada Pejabat Kesihatan Daerah(PKD)Petaling, pembukaan semula sekolah bermula pada 22.04.2021 (Khamis). Murid Kelas 2 B masih dalam tempoh kuarantin. 

2.本校全体教职员已按照卫生局指示在15-4-2021进行新冠肺炎检测。全体教职员的报告均为阴性(NEGATIVE)。 

Semua cikgu dan staf sekolah telah menjalani PCR Test pada 15 April 2021. Dengan sukacitanya, dimaklumkan bahawa keputusan bagi kesemua guru dan staf adalah NEGATIVE. 

3.复课后,校方恳请家长给予合作,如有以下的情况,暂时不要把孩子送来学校,并通知班主任: 

Pihak sekolah berharap semua ibu bapa dan penjaga dapat memberi kerjasama agar tidak menghantar anak ke sekolah, sekiranya: 

>家庭成员的工作地点有人确诊 

Rakan sejawat ahli keluarga disah Kes Positive Covid -19 

>父母/ 家庭成员因不适请病假 

ibu bapa / ahli keluarga yang memohon cuti sakit kerana kurang sihat 

>家庭成员患上伤风感冒, 咳嗽及发烧等 

ahli keluarga yang menghidapi batuk, demam dan selsema dll 

>家庭成员有(新)的症状 

ahli keluarga yang bergejala 

>家庭成员等待进行检测 /检测报告 

ahli keluarga diswab atau perlu diswab / belum dapat keputusan 

>家庭成员是受调查病患(PUI)和受观察人 (PUS) 

ahli keluarga PUI (Patient Under Investigation) & PUS (Person Under Surveillance) 

4.校方会严格遵守卫生局所制定的标准作业程序, 以确保所有师生的安全。 

Pihak sekolah sentiasa mematuhi arahan dan SOP yang ditetapkan demi menjaga kesihatan semua warga sekolah. 

敬请垂注,谢谢。Sekian ,terima kasih. 

“齐心抗疫, 人人有责” 

“Bersama Memerangi Wabak COVID-19” 

万达镇培才华文学校(二校) 启 

Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) Puay Chai 2 

 

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Interstate Travel Limited Even More After COVID-19 Surge!

The Royal Malaysia Police has decided to limit interstate travel even more, after the recent COVID-19 surge!

Find out what’s being changed!

 

Interstate Travel Limited Even More After COVID-19 Surge!

The Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Dato’ Sri Acryl Sani expressed great concern over the surge in COVID-19 cases over the last 4 days.

As a result, he ordered a further tightening of travel rules, specifically :

  1. Interstate travel is limited to these situations only :
    a) for work
    b) emergencies
    c) death (immediate family members only – parents, children, brothers and sisters)
    d) to seek medical attention
    e) for education
    f) couples in long-distance relationships
  2. Any police permission granted will be limited to interstate travel from Monday to Thursday only.
    Requests for police permission to travel on other days – Friday to Sunday – will not be approved.
    Exceptions for this limitation will only be made for :
    a) emergencies
    b) death
    c) couples in long-distance relationships
  3. Interstate travel for social events, including weddings and feasts, are FORBIDDEN, until after Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

This tightening of interstate travel rules comes just 3 days after the Inspector-General of Police ordered that interstate travel be limited to 3 circumstances only.

In addition, the Deputy IGP also instructed the police to monitor Ramadan bazaars and night markets. If they are found to have ignored COVID-19 SOP, the police will ask the local authorities to shut them down.

 

Interstate Travel Allowed For COVID-19 Vaccination!

On 15 April 2021, National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that interstate travel will be allowed for those helping family members make it to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

  • Only one person is allowed to travel interstate to help family members make it to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
  • For example, someone working in KL can return to Negeri Sembilan to take his elderly mother for her vaccination.
  • That person will only need to show the vaccination appointment letter at state borders

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19 Schools In Petaling Closed Over COVID-19 Exposure!

19 schools in the Petaling district were just ordered to close over COVID-19 exposure! Here are the details!

 

19 Schools In Petaling Closed Over COVID-19 Exposure!

On 19 April 2021, the Petaling District Education Officer ordered 19 schools in the district to close after multiple COVID-19 cases!

  1. SAM Bestari Subang : 4 cases
  2. SMK Bukit Jelutong : 1 case
  3. SK Puchong Perdana : 1 case
  4. SK Bandar Baru Sri Damansara 2 : 1 case
  5. SK Bukit Kuchai : 1 case
  6. SMK Bandar Sri Damansara 2 : 1 case
  7. SK Bandar Sri Damansara 3 : 1 case
  8. SJKC Yuk Chai : 1 case
  9. SMK Damansara Jaya : 1 case
  10. SK Bukit Jelutong : 1 case
  11. SMK Seksyen 7 : 1 case
  12. SK USJ 20 : 2 cases
  13. SMK USJ 23 : 2 cases
  14. SMK Puchong : 1 case
  15. SMK Puchong Utama 1 : 4 cases
  16. SMK Seksyen 4 Bandar Kinrara : 1 case
  17. SMK Bandar Puncak Jalil : 1 case
  18. SMK Seksyen 20 : 1 case
  19. SMK Puchong Perdana : 1 case

All 19 schools would be closed indefinitely from 20 April 2021 onwards, and reopen at a later date with 2 days notice.

Teachers in those schools are expected to conduct online classes for their students, while these schools remain closed.

In addition, the Petaling District Health Officer ordered that :

  1. The school authorities must disinfect their schools.
  2. All close contacts to the positive COVID-19 cases must be quarantined.
  3. The school authorities must provide the list of contacts to the Petaling District Health Office.
  4. All close contacts to the positive cases must undergo a swab test or receive a quarantine notice.

 

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Phase 2 COVID-19 Vaccinations Kick Off In Malaysia!

Malaysia just kicked off Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccinations, targeting senior citizens and vulnerable adults!

Here are scenes from the first public COVID-19 vaccinations in Negeri Sembilan, Perlis, Pahang and Sarawak!

 

Phase 2 COVID-19 Vaccinations : Who’s Included?

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

Those selected for Phase 2 – in particular, senior citizens, vulnerable adults and disabled adults – will be notified of their appointments as early as 5 April through :

  • MySejahtera
  • SMS
  • Phone call

All eligible recipients will get at least two weeks’ notice in advanced of their vaccination appointments.

 

Register For Your COVID-19 Vaccination Today!

If you have not already done so, please register for your FREE COVID-19 vaccination through :

  1. The MySejahtera app – a future update will introduce a button to register for an appointment.
  2. The Vaksin COVID website.
  3. The telephone hotline : 1800-888-828
  4. Manually at health clinics, hospitals and private clinics
  5. House-to-house registration at targeted rural areas for senior citizens.

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

 

Phase 2 COVID-19 Vaccinations : Scenes From Day 1!

Phase 2 kicked off in these 8 states today, with other states a few days later :

  • Kedah
  • Penang
  • Pahang
  • Melaka
  • Terengganu
  • Sabah
  • Labuan
  • Sarawak

Jempol, Negeri Sembilan

JKJAV shared these pictures of people getting their COVID-19 vaccinations in Jempol, Negeri Sembilan on the first day of Phase 2.

Kangar, Perlis

JKJAV shared these pictures of people getting their COVID-19 vaccinations in Kangar, Perlis on the first day of Phase 2.

Rompin, Pahang

JKJAV shared these pictures of people getting their COVID-19 vaccinations in Rompin, Pahang on the first day of Phase 2.

Sibu, Sarawak

JKJAV shared these pictures of people getting their COVID-19 vaccinations in Sibu, Sarawak on the first day of Phase 2.

 

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22 FREE Steam Games + DLCs : 18 April 2021 Update!

Here are 11 games and 11 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 + DLC #1 : World of Tanks Blitz – Space Pack

There’s the D.W. 2 Collector tank in an animated camouflage of celestial beauty, 168 Earth hours of Premium Account, a heap of boosters that stretch into low orbit, and certificates for x5 XP topped by an astronomical amount of credits.

This bundle includes:
• Fully-equipped D.W. 2 German Tier IV Collector heavy tank with a Garage slot
• Certificate for the Invader Epic animated camouflage for Tier IV–VI vehicles
• 250,000 credits
• 7 days of Premium Account
• 10 Rare Gold boosters
• 25 Epic Crew XP boosters
• 25 Epic Credit boosters
• 25 Epic Free XP boosters
• 25 Epic Combat XP boosters
• 5 certificates for x5 XP
• Night Hunter Epic avatar

World of Tanks Blitz and the Free Pack are always free.

The Space Pack is FREE to add to your Steam account, as long as you get it before 19 April 2021, 1 AM (GMT+8).

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the World of Tanks Blitz page.
  3. Click on the green Play Game button.
  4. Go to the World of Tanks Blitz – Free Pack page.
  5. Click on the green Download button.
  6. Go to the World of Tanks Blitz – Space Pack page.
  7. Click on the green Add to Account button.

That’s it! You now have the World of Tanks Blitz game and both DLCs in your Steam account, and you can download and play them anytime you want!

Free Steam Game + DLC #2 : KARDS Anniversary Edition

The 1 Year Anniversary Edition contains 3 Officer Packs, one from each of the main sets. The Officer Packs were released in November, 2020, offering a higher rate of rare cards and the perfect way to strengthen your card collection.

KARDS Anniversary Edition also contains 2 draft tickets to join draft tournaments that can yield great rewards. To commemorate the celebration, the pack also contains a special anniversary card back to customize your deck.

Full content of the 1 Year Anniversary Edition:

  • 1 Officer Pack – Base Set, containing 7 cards from the Base set
  • 1 Officer Pack – Allegiance Set, containing 7 cards from the Allegiance set
  • 1 Officer Pack – Breakthrough Set, containing 7 cards from the Breakthrough set
  • 2 Draft tickets, allowing you to compete in draft mode and earn great rewards
  • The special Anniversary Cardback

KARDS is a Free To Play game, but KARDS Anniversary Edition is only free to get before 20 April 2021, 1 AM (GMT+8).

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the KARDS page.
  3. Click on the green Play Game button.
  4. Go to the KARDS Anniversary Edition page.
  5. Click on the green Add to Account button.

That’s it! You now have the KARDS game and the Anniversary Edition DLC in your Steam account, and you can download and play them anytime you want!

Free Steam Game + DLC #3 : 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 Games #4 : 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 #5 : 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 #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 : 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 #8 : 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 #9 : 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 #10 : 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 #11 : 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 : Swedish Chef

Fire up the ovens, it’s time for a cross-over! Swedish Chef from The Muppets joins the chef roster exclusively for Overcooked! All You Can Eat.

Looking for even more calamity in your kitchen? Swedish Chef will be available to download for free for a limited time.

Make sure you follow these steps to get the Swedish Chef DLC for FREE by 30 April 2021.

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the Swedish Chef DLC page on Steam.
  3. Click on the green Download button.

That’s it! You now have the Swedish Chef DLC in your account.

Note : You need the Overcooked! All You Can Eat base game for this DLC to work.

Free Steam DLC #2 : Rakarth Legendary Lord

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ferrari 488 GT3 is the the racing version of the latest 488 GTB, presented at the Ferrari Finali Mondiali, as replacement for the 458 Italia.This car features large side intakes to provide a better air flow to its twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8.

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

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

Option 1 : Try These Steam Codes

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

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

Option 2 : Register With Ferrari Esports

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

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

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

Free Steam DLC #4 : 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 #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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Interstate Travel Now Limited To 3 Situations Only!

The Malaysian Police just tightened interstate travel, limiting it to just 3 situations / circumstances. Here are the details!

 

Interstate Travel Now Limited To 3 Situations Only!

On the same day the National Security Council announced that interstate travel will be permitted to help family members vaccinate against COVID-19, the police apparently limited interstate travel to just 3 situations.

This was not announced publicly by the Royal Malaysian Police or the National Security Council (MKN), but this printed and signed notice at the Putrajaya Precinct 1 Police Station appears to be genuine.

According to this notice, the Inspector-General of Police, Abdul Hamid Bador, ordered that police permission will only be given for only these 3 situations / circumstances :

  1. Emergencies involving immediate family members with supporting documents
    – This should include the newly-announced permission to travel interstate to help dependents or senior citizens attend their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
  2. Death
  3. Couples in long-distance relationships

The notice also specifically stated that interstate travel is not permitted for wedding ceremonies and other feasts / celebrations.

This new order kicked off officially on 15 April 2021.

We should point out that this new order only applies to those applying for police permission to travel interstate.

It does NOT apply to those travelling for work, as they do not require police permission. They only require a letter from their employer, or other supporting documents, to prove that they are travelling for work.

 

Interstate Travel Allowed For COVID-19 Vaccination!

On 15 April 2021, National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that interstate travel will be allowed for those helping family members make it to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

  • Only one person is allowed to travel interstate to help family members make it to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
  • For example, someone working in KL can return to Negeri Sembilan to take his elderly mother for her vaccination.
  • That person will only need to show the vaccination appointment letter at state borders

Recommended : Interstate Travel Allowed For COVID-19 Vaccination!

 

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Interstate Travel Allowed For COVID-19 Vaccination!

You can now TRAVEL INTERSTATE to help family members make it to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Here are the details!

 

Interstate Travel Allowed For COVID-19 Vaccination!

On 14 April 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council agreed to allow interstate travel for the purpose of helping family members make it to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

On 15 April 2021, National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced this decision, which will take effect immediately.

  • Only one person is allowed to travel interstate to help family members make it to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
  • For example, someone working in KL can return to Negeri Sembilan to take his elderly mother for her vaccination.
  • That person will only need to show the vaccination appointment letter at state borders

 

Interstate Travel To Spur COVID-19 Vaccination?

This new interstate travel leniency appears to be an attempt to spur COVID-19 vaccination.

However, it is unknown how many senior citizens or dependents are unable to make it for their COVID-19 vaccinations, because their children are outstation.

There is also the issue of abuse of this leniency. Restricting it to a single person helps, but cannot prevent people from travelling in separate cars using the same vaccination appointment letter as an excuse.

There is, after all, no central database for the police to verify that only one person is using that vaccination appointment letter to travel interstate.

A better alternative might be for the Health Ministry to setup mobile vaccination teams to target senior citizens or other people who are unable to travel to vaccination centres.

 

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MCO, CMCO + RMCO Extension + Changes On 12 April 2021!

The CMCO and RMCO restrictions have just been extended with some changes until 28 April 2021!

Here is what you need to know about the newly-extended CMCO and RMCO restrictions!

 

CMCO + RMCO Extension + Changes Until 28 April 2021!

On 12 April 2021, MKN announced a further extension of CMCO and RMCO, with some changes :

  • The Kuala Muda district in Kedah will remain under CMCO, but the Kulim district will now be under RMCO.
  • The district of Nabawan in Sabah is no longer under MCO, but now under RMCO together with the rest of the state.

So this is the new list of CMCO and RMCO states and territories :

MCO / PKP CMCO / PKPB RMCO / PKPP
Sabah
– Lahad Datu
– Tawau
– Keningau
Kuala Lumpur
Selangor
Penang
Johor
Kelantan
Kedah : Kuala Muda
NS : Seremban
Sarawak
Perak
Melaka

Pahang
Terengganu
Perlis
Sabah
Putrajaya
Labuan
Kedah
(except Kuala Muda)
Negeri Sembilan
(except Seremban)

The new MCO, CMCO and RMCO extension will be from 15 until 28 April 2021.

Sarawak is special – it will be under CMCO from 13 until 26 April 2021.

 

CMCO + RMCO : Selected SOP Rules

Here are key SOP rules for CMCO areas.

  • Travel within the CMCO / PKPB area is allowed.
  • Kuala Lumpur and Selangor are considered one zone, and travel between them is allowed.
  • Travel to other CMCO areas, RMCO areas, or EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • Food delivery services are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All business / economic / industrial activities are allowed to operate.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant, food stall, cafe, food truck, hawker, street vendor, food court, hawker centre, food kiosk, grocery shop, convenience store are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant and cafe are allowed to offer dine-in service (1 metre distance between customers), take-away, delivery or drive-through from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Daily market, wholesale market, farmer’s market, night market and late night bazaar are allowed to operate until 12 midnight.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 midnight. Those on highways can operate 24 hours.
  • Laundry services are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness services, including pedicure and manicure services, are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All other business operations offering daily necessities are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.

Recommended : Latest CMCO / PKPB SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition!

Here are key SOP rules for RMCO areas.

  • Travel within the RMCO / PKPP area is allowed.
  • Travel to other RMCO areas, CMCO areas, or EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • All business / economic / industrial activities are allowed to operate.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate according to existing SOP.
  • Restaurant, food stall, cafe, food truck, hawker, street vendor, food court, hawker centre, food kiosk, grocery shop, convenience store are allowed to operate according to existing SOP.
  • Restaurant and cafe are allowed to offer dine-in service (1 metre distance between customers), take-away, delivery or drive-through.
  • Daily market, wholesale market, farmer’s market, night market and late night bazaar are allowed to operate as usual, according to the existing SOP.
  • Petrol stations and laundry services are allowed to open as usual.
  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness services, including pedicure and manicure services, are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All other business operations offering daily necessities are allowed to open as usual.

Recommended : Latest RMCO / PKPP SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition!

 

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Private Hospitals + Clinics To Administer COVID-19 Vaccines!

Private hospitals will join private clinics in administering the free COVID-19 vaccines in Malaysia!

Here are the details of this new development!

 

Private Hospitals + Clinics To Administer COVID-19 Vaccines!

On 12 April 2021, the Malaysia Minister of Health Dr. Adham Baba announced that private hospitals will join private clinics in administering the free COVID-19 vaccines in Malaysia!

Based on the principles of vaccine equity, the government will provide the vaccines to private hospitals for free, so they can help the country achieve the target of vaccinating 80% of the population.

At this time, there are 203 private hospitals across Malaysia. However, it is unknown how many will actually participate.

Private hospitals that want to participate in this programme can register with ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn Bhd starting today.

At the moment, 2,304 private clinics have signed up with ProtectHealth Corporation to take part in the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

All registered private hospitals and clinics will be given training and instructions on their scope of work, including guidelines and a complete manual on how to vaccinate their patients.

 

How Can Private Hospitals + Clinics Help With Vaccines?

On 5 February 2021, the Ministry of Health announced that they plan to immunise 25.6 million people – 80% of the adult population, or about 76.6% of the population.

If they succeed, this would put Malaysia somewhere between the minimum 70% and the ideal 80% immunisation targets that many scientists believe are necessary to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19.

Currently, the vaccination programme is extremely slow due to supply constraints. However, that will eventually change when more vaccines come in.

When that happens, private hospitals and clinics can make it easier and faster for people to get vaccinated.

It is important that this registration and training process starts now, instead of waiting until the vaccine supply is sufficient.

 

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Autism + Special Needs Q&A With Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan

In support of Autism Awareness Month, we are sharing this exclusive Q&A session on autism and special needs with Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan!

May her knowledge and insight continue to help and inspire parents of children on the ASD spectrum, or with special needs!

 

Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan : Who Is She?

Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan is a Consultant Developmental Paediatrician at ParkCity Medical Centre and the Baby & Beyond Child Specialist Clinic.

She specialises in diagnosing and treating children with autism, ADHD, ADD, behavioural problems, cerebral palsy and other developmental disorders.

Her waiting list is as long as her professional credentials – MBBS HONS (UK), M MED Sc (Leeds, UK), MRCP (UK), MRCPCH (UK).

We were very fortunate to be able to invite her to a Q&A session with the parents of autistic and special needs children at the Bridges EIP Centre on the 5th of September 2015.

Sadly, we could not accommodate more parents for this talk. That’s why we recorded the entire session so that parents who could not make it for the event can benefit as well.

Dr. Rajini covered many topics, so we will not just provide you with the full video of the session. We have also prepared 18 smaller video clips that are specific to certain topics.

 

Autism And Special Needs Q&A Session (Full)

For those who want to view the Autism And Special Needs Q&A session in its entirety, here is the full video. It is about 1 hour and 15 minutes long.

 

Autism And Special Needs (Specific Topics)

Part 1 : Latest Treatments For Autism

Part 2 : Does ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) Work?

Part 3 : Should A Child Start ABA?

Part 4 : Occupational & Speech Therapies

Part 5 : iPad & YouTube As Therapy

Part 6 : Dealing With Giggling / Laughing Episodes

Part 7 : Don’t Focus On The Hours Spent On Therapy

Part 8 : Do Enrichment Classes Help?

Part 9 : Sensory Integration & Sibling Issues

Part 10 : More Sibling Issues

Part 11 : Handling Inappropriate Behaviour

Part 12 : Handling Temper Tantrums

Part 13 : Shopping Mall Woes

Part 14 : Dealing With Inferiority Complex

Part 15 : Dealing With Difficult Behaviour

Part 16 : Biomedical, Neurofeedback, Chlorine Dioxide & Diets

Part 17 : Vaccines For Children With Autism / Special Needs

Part 18 : Prognosis For Kids With Autism

 

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COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment : 48 Hours To Confirm!

Those selected for COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia will be given 48 hours to confirm their appointment.

Here is what you need to know about your COVID-19 vaccination appointment!

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment : How Will You Be Notified?

The Special Committee on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) said on 10 April 2021, that the vaccination appointments are being scheduled in batches.

Once you have been selected, you will receive a notification in MySejahtera, as well as an SMS to your mobile phone 14 days before the scheduled COVID-19 vaccination date.

The notification will inform you of the date and place of your COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment : 48 Hours To Confirm!

According to a JKJAV tweet on 10 April 2021, you will have 48 hours to confirm your appointment in MySejahtera.

If you fail to respond within 48 hours, your appointment will be automatically cancelled and rescheduled to a later date.

You are strongly advised to confirm your appointment, to avoid any delay in getting your COVID-19 vaccination.

Once you accept the appointment, your MySejahtera will show your appointment for the first dose of your COVID-19 vaccine.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment : Can You Choose Your Vaccine?

No, you cannot choose your free COVID-19 vaccine.

On 8 April 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health once again reiterated that you will NOT be given the option to choose the COVID-19 vaccine.

The free COVID-19 vaccine will be administered according to what is available at the vaccination centre.

We should point out that there is really NO REASON to choose any COVID-19 vaccine – they will ALL prevent death and hospitalisation from COVID-19!

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Sarawak CMCO / PKPB Extended To 26 April 2021!

The Malaysian National Security Council (MKN) just extended the CMCO / PKPB restrictions in Sarawak to 26 April 2021!

 

Sarawak CMCO / PKPB Extended To 26 April 2021!

The Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) just announced the extension of CMCO / PKPB restrictions in Sarawak to 26 April 2021.

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

  • Travel within the CMCO / PKPB area is allowed.
  • Interstate travel is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • Food delivery services are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.

  • All business / economic / industrial activities are allowed to operate.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant, food stall, cafe, food truck, hawker, street vendor, food court, hawker centre, food kiosk, grocery shop, convenience store are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant and cafe are allowed to offer dine-in service (1 metre distance between customers), take-away, delivery or drive-through from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Daily market, wholesale market, farmer’s market, night market and late night bazaar are allowed to operate until 12 midnight.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 midnight. Those on highways can operate 24 hours.
  • Laundry services are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness services, including pedicure and manicure services, are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All other business operations offering daily necessities are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.

 

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccination : Foreigners In Phase 2 Too!

Malaysia will include foreigners in Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme!

Find out how foreigners will qualify for earlier COVID-19 vaccination under Phase 2!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccination : Phase 2 Starting Soon!

National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, just confirmed that foreigners will be included in Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Malaysia!

On 5 April 2021, he announced that people in Phase 2 of the Malaysia COVID-19 vaccination programme (PICK) will start receiving their appointments in MySejahtera.

As of 4 April 2021, just over 3 million people have been selected for Phase 2 :

  • Senior citizens : 1,229,855
  • Adults with disability : 115,249
  • Adults with co-morbidities : 1,741,935

Those selected for Phase 2 will be allowed to accept or reject their appointment. But once they accept it, they MUST make it for their appointments, as the vaccine cannot be kept for the next day.

They will receive a reminder SMS and as well as calls 3 days and 1 day prior to their appointments.

Phase 2 is scheduled to kick off on 19 April 2021 in these 8 states initially :

  • Kedah
  • Penang
  • Pahang
  • Melaka
  • Terengganu
  • Sabah
  • Labuan
  • Sarawak

The other states will start Phase 2 vaccinations a few days later.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccination : Foreigners In Phase 2 Too!

A Japanese lecturer in a local public university, Jun Ishimatsu (石松純) asked the Minister what would his friend – a Japanese senior citizen with co-morbidities – be categorised as.

Khairy replied that Jun’s friend would be part of Phase 2, which covers senior citizens 60 years or olderdisabled adults, and vulnerable adults with chronic diseases, like heart disease, obesity, diabetes and hypertension.

This really makes a lot of sense, as the SARS-CoV-2 virus does not distinguish between citizens and foreigners. It will infect one and all alike.

Hence, it makes sense to prioritise everyone based on their vulnerability, and not their citizenship status.

Domestic workers must be registered as a dependent in MySejahtera.

Other foreigners working or living in Malaysia can register using these five methods :

  1. The MySejahtera app.
  2. The Vaksin COVID website.
  3. The telephone hotline : 1800-888-828
  4. Manually at health clinics, hospitals and private clinics
  5. House-to-house registration at targeted rural areas for senior citizens.

 

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No More Dimsum : Why It Lasted Less Than 5 Years!

It’s the end for Dimsum, after Star Media Group management announced their decision to shut it down!

Find out what just happened, and why it lasted less than 5 years!

 

Dimsum Calls It Quits, After Less Than 5 years!

After less than 5 years, Star Media Group is calling it quits in the VOD (Video On Demand) subscription business.

On 6 April 2021, they announced that they would shut down Dimsum Entertainment by 30 September 2021.

This decision came after the media group appointed Alex Yeow Wai Saw as CEO on 1 March 2021, and Tan Sri Chor Chee Heung as independent and non-executive chairman on 15 March 2021.

 

Why Did Dimsum Fail?

Officially, a strategic review by its new key management team apparently identified new opportunities for the group to explore.

Chief marketing officer Lam Swee Kim said that while it was a difficult decision to end this chapter, “we are excited to explore promising new ventures in the near future”.

What’s left unsaid is that in the last 4+ years, Dimsum had very little mindshare, even though it offers free viewing, supported by ads.

It focused on Asian content, which is also the focus on iflix and iQIYI (both of which are more established) as well as Viu.

But people who wanted to watch Chinese shows would stick with iQIYI, while those who wanted Korean shows would use Viu. iflix had better luck with ASEAN content.

And with Disney+ coming to Malaysia very soon – the launch was slated for 31 March 2021, but got delayed at the last minute – the writing was on the wall.

Granted, Disney+ would be competing mainly with Netflix and Apple TV+, but most Malaysians can hardly afford multiple streaming services.

If given the option between paying for Disney+ and paying for Dimsum VIP, the choice seems obvious.

The new management team probably “understood” that they would see subscribers shifting to the free offering, and decided to cut losses.

Honestly, we doubt many people would notice them leaving… there are simply too many alternative options offering the same or similar Asian content.

 

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Malaysia Buys 3.5 Million CanSino COVID-19 Vaccine Doses!

Malaysia just purchased 3.5 million doses of the CanSino Convidecia vaccine against COVID-19!

Get the details of this new vaccine deal, and find out what it means for the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia Buys 3.5 Million Doses Of CanSino COVID-19 Vaccine!

On 1 April 2021, the Malaysia Minister of Health, Dr. Adham Baba, announced the purchase of 3.5 million doses of the CanSino COVID-19 vaccine.

This deal will be divided into two stages :

  • 500,000 finished doses, starting in April 2021
  • 3 million doses to be filled and finished by Solutions Biologics Sdn. Bhd. (SolBio)

Photo Credit : Bernama

 

CanSino COVID-19 Vaccine : Where Will It Be Used In Malaysia?

The CanSino Convidecia is a single-dose vaccine, so the 3.5 million doses will be enough to vaccinate 10.9% of the adult population in Malaysia.

It also requires only standard refrigeration at 2–8 °C (36–46 °F), which makes it easy to distribute.

Therefore, the Malaysia Ministry of Health plans to use the CanSino vaccine in rural areas, and areas where recipients find it difficult to come twice for their vaccinations.

They are also planning to use it to vaccinate foreigners in Malaysia.

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LG Mobile Shuts Down : Another Brand Bites The Dust!

It is official – LG has called it quits on its mobile phone division, shutting it down for good!

Find out what happened, and what this means to us – the consumers!

 

LG Mobile Shuts Down : Another Brand Bites The Dust!

On 5 March 2021, LG announced that its board of directors approved the decision to shut down its mobile business unit.

This came after rumours that LG was looking into “various options such as a sale, split sales or pulling out of the smartphone business“.

Even though LG had a strong following in the United States, in third place with 13% market share, that was not enough to turn a profit.

LG Mobile has consistently lost mobile hand over fist, even after trying all sorts of way to get consumer mindshare through devices like LG Wing, which featured a secondary display that swivelled out behind the main display.

If you can’t remember any notable LG mobile devices you have actually seen and tried out, you are not alone. This is why LG Mobile is no more.

After closing down LG Mobile, their focus will be in growth areas such as :

  • electric vehicle components,
  • connected devices,
  • smart homes,
  • robotics
  • artificial intelligence
  • business-to-business solutions
  • platforms and services

 

LG Mobile Shut Down : Effect On Consumers?

LG said that they will continue to sell their current inventory, but expect to complete the process of shutting down their business by 31 July 2021.

Even so, they assure customers that they will continue to provide service support and software updates of existing LG smartphones for “a period of time which will vary by region“.

So if you really love LG smartphones, you still have time and opportunity to grab one.

You may have to live with the fact that you will likely lose support and software updates after a year or so.

The loss of another brand will undoubtedly mean fewer choices, but is that really a bad thing?

Frankly speaking, there are way too many smartphone releases every year, and it’s getting really hard to differentiate them, never mind justify a yearly upgrade.

So, no one will really miss LG Mobile’s demise. And who knows? It could end up being resurrected like Nokia and Motorola!

 

LG Mobile Shut Down : Official Statement

Here is the official statement that LG issued on 5 March 2021 :

SEOUL, April 5, 2021 — LG Electronics Inc. (LG) announced that it is closing its mobile business unit. The decision was approved by its board of directors earlier today.

LG’s strategic decision to exit the incredibly competitive mobile phone sector will enable the company to focus resources in growth areas such as electric vehicle components, connected devices, smart homes, robotics, artificial intelligence and business-to-business solutions, as well as platforms and services.

Current LG phone inventory will continue to be available for sale. LG will provide service support and software updates for customers of existing mobile products for a period of time which will vary by region. LG will work collaboratively with suppliers and business partners throughout the closure of the mobile phone business. Details related to employment will be determined at the local level.

Moving forward, LG will continue to leverage its mobile expertise and develop mobility-related technologies such as 6G to help further strengthen competitiveness in other business areas. Core technologies developed during the two decades of LG’s mobile business operations will also be retained and applied to existing and future products.

The wind down of the mobile phone business is expected to be completed by July 31 although inventory of some existing models may still be available after that.

 

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Malaysia Approves AstraZeneca Vaccine By SK Bioscience!

Malaysia has conditionally approved the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured by SK Bioscience!

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

 

Malaysia Approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine By SK Bioscience!

On 2 April 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health announced that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by SK Bioscience received conditional approval.

  1. AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Solution for Injection
    Registrant : None (under COVAX Facility)
    Manufacturer : SK Bioscience Co. Ltd., South Korea

This conditional approval would allow the AstraZeneca manufactured by SK Bioscience to be used in the Malaysia COVID-19 vaccination program.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : Why Second Approval In Malaysia?

Unlike the earlier conditional approval of the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured in the Netherlands, these AstraZeneca vaccines are manufactured by SK Bioscience in South Korea and provided through the COVAX Facility.

Therefore, there is no Product Registration Holder (PRH) for these vaccines in Malaysia. The Malaysia Ministry of Health will instead appoint a licensed importer to manage the logistics.

The WHO had earlier issued an Emergency Use Listing (EUL) for this AstraZeneca-SK Biosience vaccine on 15 February 2021.

COVAX (COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access) is a global initiative to provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

The COVAX Facility is the platform by which this initiative purchases approved COVID-19 vaccines and distributes them to the developing world.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : A Quick Primer!

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

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

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

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

 

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Malaysia PM : Travel Allowed After COVID-19 Vaccination!

The Prime Minister of Malaysia just announced that people will soon be allowed to travel, once they received their full COVID-19 vaccination!

 

Malaysia PM : Travel Allowed After COVID-19 Vaccination!

On 1 April 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, announced on Bernama TV that people will soon be allowed to travel, once they received their full COVID-19 vaccination!

  • interstate travel will be allowed for those who are fully vaccinated.
  • the government is discussing with several countries to allow international travel for those who are fully vaccinated.

Photo Credit : Bernama

 

Licence To Travel Will Spur COVID-19 Vaccination!

So far, the uptake has been rather poor – with just 7,501,094 people registering for their COVID-19 vaccination, as of 31 March 2021.

That is just 23% of the adult population in Malaysia, and not including foreign workers who are also covered by the free vaccination programme.

Although the Prime Minister did not reveal any details, such a licence to travel will spur COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia.

After being locked up for months, and not able to return to their hometowns, the licence to travel freely across Malaysia will be a strong incentive for people to get vaccinated.

We don’t foresee international travel reopening so soon, as countries will need to work out the protocols and a certification process for the vaccination status of travellers.

But the Prime Minister’s announcement will remind people that international travel will likely be limited to those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. So if they want to be able to travel overseas, they best get vaccinated ASAP!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccination : How To Register?

There are FIVE (5) ways to register for free COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia :

  1. The MySejahtera app.
  2. The Vaksin COVID website.
  3. A telephone hotline.
  4. Manually at health clinics, hospitals and private clinics
  5. House-to-house registration at targeted rural areas for senior citizens.

Public registration program for Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the COVID-19 vaccine programme began on 1 March 2021.

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

 

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Karen Sues Air & Space Museum For False Advertising!

A Karen just filed a lawsuit against the Washington Air & Space Museum for false advertising! What the heck’s going on???

 

Karen Sues Air & Space Museum For False Advertising!

A woman from Fresno had planned to take her kids to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C., notable for its many aircraft and spacecraft displays.

But she made a terrible mistake when she keyed “Air and Space Museum Washington” into Apple Maps, which directed her to the Washington Air & Space Museum in Seattle, Washington.

That was just a 2-day road trip from Fresno, California, but on arrival, she discovered that the Washington Air & Space Museum was a pop-up art exhibition.

It was literally an empty warehouse exhibiting Air and Space.

The woman, who insists on remaining unnamed, has now sued the Washington Air & Space Museum for “false advertising”.

She insists that the Washington Air & Space Museums is wrong to display only air and space because it’s a museum, and by definition, must display “old things”.

Since air and space are never old, therefore, the Washington Air & Space Museum lied about being a museum.

She is asking for a public apology and $1 million dollars for the insult to her intelligence. What a Karen!

 

Karen vs Air & Space Museum : Social Media War!

The art collective behind the Washington Air & Space Museum is striking back, calling for the public to post their support using the hashtags #NoKaren #KarenFreeSpace

The Karen and her friends have started posting using the hashtag #MuseumNotArt.

You can have your fun as an online judge, and vote for whichever side you agree with! 😀

 

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Horizon Zero Dawn + 9 Other PS4 Games : Get Them FREE!

Horizon Zero Dawn and nine other PS4 games are FREE for a limited time!

Find out how to get all ten PlayStation 4 games for FREE, and TELL your friends!

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Horizon Zero Dawn + 9 Other PS4 Games : Get Them FREE!

As part of Sony’s Play at Home campaign, Horizon Zero Dawn and nine other PS4 games are FREE for a limited time!

Just head over to the PlayStation Store and add these free PS4 games to your account!

Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition (Coming Soon!)

When : 19 April 8 PM PT / 20 April 4 AM BST until 14 May 8 PM PT / 15 May 4 AM BST

Hunt deadly machines on a quest to discover your destiny in the critically acclaimed hit Horizon Zero Dawn, and the epic expansion the Frozen Wilds.

Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition includes :

  • Horizon Zero Dawn base game
  • The Frozen Wilds expansion
  • Carja Storm Ranger Outfit and Carja Mighty Bow*
  • Carja Trader Pack**
  • Banuk Trailblazer Outfit and Banuk Culling Bow*
  • Banuk Traveller Pack**
  •  Nora Keeper Pack**
  • Digital Art Book and PS4 theme

* To redeem the items, go to any in-game traders outside the Embrace and outside the Cut to find special treasure boxes that contain the items. Latest patch updates have to be installed in advance.

** Tokens will be available in the user’s inventory in exchange of the items with any trader inside the game. Latest patch updates have to be installed in advance.

ABZU

When : 25 March 8 PM PT / 26 March 3 AM BST until 22 April 8 PM PT / 23 April 4 AM BST

From the artistic mind behind Journey, Flower, and The Pathless, ABZÛ is a beautiful underwater adventure that evokes the dream of diving.

Immerse yourself in a vibrant ocean world full of mystery and bursting with color and life.

Enter The Gungeon

When : 25 March 8 PM PT / 26 March 3 AM BST until 22 April 8 PM PT / 23 April 4 AM BST

Enter the Gungeon is a gunfight dungeon crawler following a band of misfits seeking to shoot, loot, dodge roll and table-flip their way to personal absolution by reaching the legendary Gungeon’s ultimate treasure: the gun that can kill the past.

Rez Infinite

When : 25 March 8 PM PT / 26 March 3 AM BST until 22 April 8 PM PT / 23 April 4 AM BST

Prepare yourself for the ultimate version of Rez, a thrilling journey of sights and sounds and shooting action, remastered and upgraded by members of the original development team exclusively for PS4 and (optional) PlayStation VR.

Subnautica

When : 25 March 8 PM PT / 26 March 3 AM BST until 22 April 8 PM PT / 23 April 4 AM BST

You have crash-landed on an alien ocean world, and the only way to go is down.

Subnautica’s oceans range from sun-drenched shallow coral reefs to treacherous deep-sea trenches, lava fields, and bio-luminescent underwater rivers.

The water teems with life: Some of it helpful, much of it harmful.

The Witness

When : 25 March 8 PM PT / 26 March 3 AM BST until 22 April 8 PM PT / 23 April 4 AM BST

The Witness is a single-player game in an open world with dozens of locations to explore and over 500 puzzles.

This game respects you as an intelligent player and it treats your time as precious.

There’s no filler: each of those puzzles brings its own new idea into the mix. So, this is a game full of ideas.

ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission

When : 25 March 8 PM PT / 26 March 3 AM BST until 22 April 8 PM PT / 23 April 4 AM BST

Get a whole new perspective on platform games, thanks to PlayStation VR, in this daring rescue operation.

Take control of Astro in a massive adventure to rescue his crew, where the PS VR headset puts you right in the thick of the action.

Judge every jump with accuracy and be curious – there are lots of secrets to discover in your daring quest.

Moss

When : 25 March 8 PM PT / 26 March 3 AM BST until 22 April 8 PM PT / 23 April 4 AM BST

Moss is a single-player action-adventure puzzle game and new IP from Polyarc tailor-made for the VR platform.

In Moss, players meet Quill, a young mouse with dreams of greatness beyond the confines of her settlement.

While exploring the woods, she finds a mysterious Glass Relic and an ancient magic is awakened.

Thumper

When : 25 March 8 PM PT / 26 March 3 AM BST until 22 April 8 PM PT / 23 April 4 AM BST

Thumper is rhythm violence: classic rhythm-action, blistering speed, and brutal physicality.

You are a space beetle. Brave the hellish void and confront a maniacal giant head from the future.

Every crushing impact is interwoven with a pounding original soundtrack. To reach synesthetic bliss, you must go through rhythm hell.

Paper Beast

When : 25 March 8 PM PT / 26 March 3 AM BST until 22 April 8 PM PT / 23 April 4 AM BST

Experience a dreamlike odyssey in virtual reality. Discover a wild ecosystem, born from lost Internet data.

Be the first to explore a world inhabited by exotic and surprising creatures, and shape your environment to overcome obstacles and puzzles.

Unravel the mysteries of Paper Beast, a game born from the imagination of Eric Chahi (Another World, From Dust).

 

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Foreign Maids : Applications Now Allowed With New Process!

The Malaysia National Security Council is allowing new applications for foreign maids, subject to a new process.

Find out what are the new requirements to apply for maids in Malaysia!

 

Foreign Maids : Applications Now Allowed With New Process!

On 30 March 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced new applications for foreign maids would be allowed, subject to a new process + requirements.

While they have not released details, here is a summary based on what they announced.

Foreign Maids With Existing Visas

  • Maids who already have visas, but were trapped in their hometowns due to the pandemic, can return to work in Malaysia.
  • Their employers must apply for them to return through My Travel Pass.
  • Upon successful approval, they must undergo a swab test before travelling to Malaysia, and a compulsory quarantine on arrival.
  • Their employers must pay for the full cost of the swab test and quarantine.

New Foreign Maids

  • The government agreed to allow foreign maid agencies to process new applications for foreign maids.
  • The new application process is expected to take 3-4 months.
  • Their entry into Malaysia is subject to the reopening of the national borders.

 

Foreign Maids With Existing Visas : My Travel Pass Requirements

According to the My Travel Pass page, here are the requirements for maids with existing work visas.

  • Must undergo a PCR COVID-19 screening test at least THREE (3) DAYS and and medically confirmed to be negative from COVID-19 before travelling to Malaysia.
  • Must download and install MySejahtera on their smartphones before departure
  • Can only enter Malaysia via :
    – KLIA or KLIA 2 in Selangor
    – Bayan Lepas International Airport in Penang
    – Sultan Ismail Senai International Airport in Johor
  • Must have valid Temporary Employment Visa Pass
  • Must undergo compulsory quarantine at quarantine facilities upon arrival in Malaysia.
  • Payment for COVID-19 test and compulsory quarantine must be paid before arrival in Malaysia.

 

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MKN : Work From Home Directive Ends On 31 March 2021!

MKN just announced that their Work From Home directive will end on 31 March 2021! Here is what you need to know!

 

MKN : Work From Home Directive Ends On 31 March 2021!

On 11 December 2020, the Malaysia Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) confirmed that their Work From Home directive still applied for CMCO and TEMCO areas, but was optional for RMCO areas.

On 2 March 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) cancelled MCO 2.0 and later, lifted inter-district travel restrictions.

On 9 March 2021, MKN confirmed that the existing Work From Home directive would continue in CMCO areas, with 30% capacity for office / management staff.

That finally ends on 31 March 2021. From 1 April 2021 onwards, there will no longer be a requirement for the management and support staff of private companies to work from home.

In the private sector, 100% of the management and operations or support staff in CMCO areas can return to work in their offices.

In the public sector, the attendance will be based on the circular or orders of the Public Services Department (JPA).

 

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CMCO + RMCO Extension + Changes Until 14 April 2021!

The CMCO and RMCO restrictions have just been extended with some changes until 14 April 2021!

Here is what you need to know about the newly-extended CMCO and RMCO restrictions!

 

CMCO + RMCO Extension + Changes Until 14 April 2021!

On 30 March 2021, MKN announced a further extension of CMCO and RMCO, with some changes :

  • The Kuala Muda district in Kedah will remain under CMCO, but the Kulim district will now be under RMCO.
  • The district of Nabawan in Sabah is no longer under MCO, but now under RMCO together with the rest of the state.

So this is the new list of CMCO and RMCO states and territories :

CMCO / PKPB RMCO / PKPP
Kuala Lumpur
Selangor
Penang
Johor
Kelantan
Kedah : Kuala Muda
Negeri Sembilan : Seremban
Sarawak
Perak
Melaka

Pahang
Terengganu
Perlis
Sabah
Putrajaya
Labuan
Kedah
(except Kuala Muda)
Negeri Sembilan
(except Seremban)

The new CMCO and RMCO extension will be from 1 until 14 April 2021.

Sarawak is special – it will be under CMCO from 30 March until 12 April 2021.

 

CMCO + RMCO : Selected SOP Rules

Here are key SOP rules for CMCO areas.

  • Travel within the CMCO / PKPB area is allowed.
  • Kuala Lumpur and Selangor are considered one zone, and travel between them is allowed.
  • Travel to other CMCO areas, RMCO areas, or EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • Food delivery services are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All business / economic / industrial activities are allowed to operate.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant, food stall, cafe, food truck, hawker, street vendor, food court, hawker centre, food kiosk, grocery shop, convenience store are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant and cafe are allowed to offer dine-in service (1 metre distance between customers), take-away, delivery or drive-through from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Daily market, wholesale market, farmer’s market, night market and late night bazaar are allowed to operate until 12 midnight.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 midnight. Those on highways can operate 24 hours.
  • Laundry services are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness services, including pedicure and manicure services, are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All other business operations offering daily necessities are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.

Recommended : Latest CMCO / PKPB SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition!

Here are key SOP rules for RMCO areas.

  • Travel within the RMCO / PKPP area is allowed.
  • Travel to other RMCO areas, CMCO areas, or EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • All business / economic / industrial activities are allowed to operate.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate according to existing SOP.
  • Restaurant, food stall, cafe, food truck, hawker, street vendor, food court, hawker centre, food kiosk, grocery shop, convenience store are allowed to operate according to existing SOP.
  • Restaurant and cafe are allowed to offer dine-in service (1 metre distance between customers), take-away, delivery or drive-through.
  • Daily market, wholesale market, farmer’s market, night market and late night bazaar are allowed to operate as usual, according to the existing SOP.
  • Petrol stations and laundry services are allowed to open as usual.
  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness services, including pedicure and manicure services, are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All other business operations offering daily necessities are allowed to open as usual.

Recommended : Latest RMCO / PKPP SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition!

 

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FREE + PAID Private COVID-19 Vaccines Coming Soon!

Malaysia will soon make both FREE and PAID COVID-19 vaccines available at private clinics and hospitals!

Here are the latest updates on this issue, and our thoughts on private clinics and hospitals offering free and paid COVID-19 vaccines!

 

FREE Private COVID-19 Vaccines From 19 April Onwards!

On 29 March 2021, the Malaysia Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that private GPs will be able to administer the free COVID-19 vaccines from 19 April 2021 onwards, as part of the Phase 2 rollout.

Registered general practitioners will be asked to provide an indicative list of their patients who want to be vaccinated at their clinics.

However, he did not expect the private GP option to really drive the free vaccination programme, because :

  • there are logistical challenges of getting certain vaccines – like the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine – from vaccine storage locations to their clinics.
  • general practitioners might be able to administer only dozens of shots per day.

We should point out that the current bottleneck for the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Malaysia is the shortage of vaccines, not a shortage of manpower.

 

PAID Private COVID-19 Vaccines Possibly In Q3 / Q4 2021!

The Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia (APHM) has requested to run a parallel paid vaccination programme, to help achieve herd immunity.

Mr. Khairy, who said that he would hold discussions with private hospitals on the issue, said that this might only take place in the third or fourth quarter of 2021. There is, after all, a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines globally.

 

Our Opinion On Private COVID-19 Vaccination In Malaysia

Yes To Private GPs Helping With Vaccination

While vaccine supply is currently the bottleneck, it is important to co-opt private GPs into the free COVID-19 vaccination programme.

We need to start preparing for when vaccines become more readily available. We cannot wait until that happens, before we start bringing in the private GPs.

Private GPs will greatly expand the reach of the free vaccination programme, speeding it up while reducing the load on government hospitals and clinics.

No To Private Hospitals Buying COVID-19 Vaccines

A paid parallel vaccination programme this early could undercut the COVID-19 vaccination programme by :

  • offering the rich and wealthy the ability to cut queue over more vulnerable people,
  • exacerbating vaccine supply constraints by purchasing them at higher prices,
  • distort perception of certain vaccines, by offering the option to purchase “superior vaccines
  • potentially wasting precious vaccine doses, as doses not purchased by customers for the day may have to be discarded

As supply of vaccines is limited globally, there is simply no logic in allowing private hospitals to purchase their own COVID-19 vaccines to sell for profit.

When it comes to manpower, it makes more sense to co-opt the tens of thousands private clinics across Malaysia, than the few hundred private hospitals.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a GLOBAL healthcare issue. The focus should be on vaccinating people as quickly as possible, so we can fully reopen our economy. Not on creating a new opportunity to profit off the pandemic.

 

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccination : Phase 2 Begins On 19 April!

Malaysia will start with Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme on 19 April 2021!

Here are the latest details of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccination : Phase 1 Finishing Up

On 29 March 2021, the Malaysia Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, said that Phase 1 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme was ending.

Originally, they aimed to vaccinate 500,175 people in Phase 1, but that was expanded to 647,398 people.

  • Awaiting vaccination : 66,633
  • First dose administered : 451,655
  • Both doses administered : 129,110

He said that the remaining participants in Phase 1 will receive their first dose in the next 2 weeks.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccination : Phase 2 Begins On 19 April!

According to the minister, Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme will begin on 19 April 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

Those selected for Phase 2 – in particular, senior citizens, vulnerable adults and disabled adults – will be notified of their appointments as early as 5 April through :

  • MySejahtera
  • SMS
  • Phone call

All eligible recipients will get at least two weeks’ notice in advanced of their vaccination appointments.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccination : 8 States First In Phase 2

Phase 2 will kick off in these 8 states first :

  • Kedah
  • Penang
  • Pahang
  • Melaka
  • Terengganu
  • Sabah
  • Labuan
  • Sarawak

The other states will start Phase 2 vaccinations a few days later.

 

Register For Your COVID-19 Vaccination Today!

If you have not already done so, please register for your FREE COVID-19 vaccination through :

  1. The MySejahtera app – a future update will introduce a button to register for an appointment.
  2. The Vaksin COVID website.
  3. The telephone hotline : 1800-888-828
  4. Manually at health clinics, hospitals and private clinics
  5. House-to-house registration at targeted rural areas for senior citizens.

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

 

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Realme Caught Using iPhone To Demo narzo 30A Gaming?

Realme appeared to have used an iPhone to demonstrate the gaming performance of their new narzo 30A smartphone!

Find out what happened, and Realme’s response to this new scandal!

 

Realme Caught Using iPhone To Demo narzo 30A Gaming?

On 20 March 2021, Realme launched the narzo 30A smartphone in Bangladesh, which was live-streamed.

They arranged for three gamers to play PUBG Mobile live, to demonstrate the narzo 30A’s gaming performance.

However, at around the 18:03 mark of the livestream (now removed!), a pop-up appeared on the screen :

Guided Access Started

Triple-click the Side Button to exit

Guided Access is an Apple iOS feature, and is therefore available ONLY on Apple iPhones.

In other words, the PUBG Mobile game being shown on the screen was from an Apple iPhone, not the narzo 30A as claimed.

 

Realme Explains narzo 30A – iPhone Kerfuffle!

This scandal came just days after Realme was exposed for cheating in AnTuTu Benchmark. Realme called it a bug then.

This time, Realme is claiming that the video was pre-recorded due to “local pandemic control policy” and the A1 team sent them the wrong file.

They removed the livestream video, and will republish it after “the re-production is complete“.

Respecting and abiding by the local pandemic control policy, the narzo 30A launch video was planned to be recorded in advance.  Additionally, the launch video involved a narzo 30A hands-on gaming video.

To ensure a better quality video output, the gaming part was recorded by our partner A1 Esports team and sent to the producer, post-recording.

Although the A1 team did use the narzo 30A smartphone for the recording of the gaming part, a wrong file was accidentally sent to the producer, which led to the appearance of a non-realme smartphone in the video.

In response to this issue, we have immediately contacted our A1 team partner to rectify the accident. We shall republish the video after the re-production is complete.

We sincerely apologize for any unanticipated impacts the incident may have caused. Your kind support to the brand is very much appreciated. Please stay tuned with realme for future updates.

 

We Examine The Realme narzo 30A – iPhone Claims

Going through Realme’s statement, we can’t help but feel troubled by a few “logical inconsistencies”…

Issue #1 : Local Pandemic Control Policy?

What local pandemic control policy? They arranged for three gamers to play PUBG Mobile side-by-side, and without face masks too!

Issue #2 : Pre-Recorded For Better Quality?

If the video was pre-recorded, why was there a need for the A1 team members to stand up there and “pretend play”?

If they were concerned about video quality, they should have just streamed the pre-recorded clip directly, instead of displaying it behind the A1 team members, as a large but pixelated video that lacked contrast.

Issue #3 : They Didn’t Check The Pre-Recorded Video?

What makes even less sense is the claim that the A1 esports team recorded their gameplay using the narzo 30A, but sent them the wrong file.

Why would the A1 esports team record their gameplay on an iPhone, as well as the narzo 30A? Didn’t Realme check the video they received, to make sure it was from their narzo 30A smartphone?

Which is more likely?

a) they accidentally triggered Guided Access during the livestream, or

b) the A1 team recorded the gameplay on an iPhone and narzo 30A, and accidentally sent Realme the wrong file, and Realme didn’t check their gameplay before streaming it onto the big screen?

You may recall that the Realme team blamed a bug for their fantastical AnTuTu benchmark score. They have yet to adequately explain that either…

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narzo 30A – iPhone Scandal : Another Hit To Realme’s Rep

We have been a fan of Realme since they first started with their Realme 2 ProRealme 2 and Realme C1, because they offered really great value for our money.

So we were not surprised by how fast their devices improved, and how fast they grew. Heck, we even took the realme 3 on a photographic trip to the US West Coast, and Las Vegas!

However, a new team apparently took over in the middle of 2019, and it looks like they are willing to risk everything just to gain market share. Perhaps that’s why they coined the tagline, Dare To Leap!.

Since then, they have been hit by revelations that their 90 Hz display only works in certain situations, the recent AnTuTu cheating scandal and now this iPhone streaming scandal.

It’s a real shame, because Realme was doing so well, and building a great reputation for offering great features at a low, low price.

Reputation, as they say, takes a lifetime to build, but can be lost in a second.

We should point out that the Realme narzo 30A is powered by the MediaTek helio G85, which is not affected by the MediaTek benchmark cheating scandal.

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Get 50% Off PDRM Fines Using MyBayar Saman!

PDRM just launched the MyBayar Saman portal and mobile app, offering 50% off selected traffic fines from now until 11 April 2021!

Find out more about MyBayar Saman, and how to get 50% off your PDRM traffic fines!

 

PDRM Launches MyBayar Saman Portal + Mobile App!

On 25 March 2021, the Inspector-general of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador launched the MyBayar Saman portal and mobile app at the PDRM Bukit Aman headquarters.

The PDRM launched MyBayar Saman as an alternative payment option, instead of paying over-the-counter, or using private collecting agents like MyEG.

This would also save the public money as MyBayar Saman is FREE, and does not collect service charges. They can also pay their fines at their convenience, without wasting time queuing to pay.

 

Get 50% Off PDRM Fines Using MyBayar Saman!

PDRM is offering early birds a 50% discount on selected traffic fines on MyBayar Saman, from now until 11 April 2021.

Major traffic offences will NOT receive this 50% discount, and they include :

  • jumping red lights
  • speeding
  • crossing double lines
  • using a mobile phone while driving
  • driving in the emergency lane

 

MyBayar Saman : Frequently Asked Questions

Here is the official MyBayar Saman FAQ.

A. MyBayar Saman FAQ

  1. Who is allowed to register and use the MyBayar portal?
    Individual: Malaysian Citizen and Malaysian Permanent Resident (PTM) aged 18 years and above.
  2. What are the requirements for registering and using the MyBayar portal?
    Individual that are eligible must have a records or transaction within the MyBayar System.
  3. How can new users register on the MyBayar portal?
    New users can access the register button and will be direct to the user registration page to fill out all the required details in the form.
  4. What is the purpose of the user’s identity card number when registering on the MyBayar portal?
    The use of identity card numbers is an initiative towards conducting business online with the guarantee of identity verification and security of user data.
  5. What action should be taken by users who have forgotten the password of the MyBayar portal account?
    Users need to reset the password by accessing the “forgot password?” Button.
  6. After making a payment on the MyBayar portal, how long does it take for the system to update user records?
    The summons record is updated as soon as the user makes the payment.
  7. What if the payment made through the MyBayar portal is not successful?
    If the payment is made on the MyBayar portal is not successful, users need to make a complaint by email to mybayarsaman@rmp.gov.my.
  8. What are the advantages of using the MyBayar portal service other than the payment channel for PDRM summons?
    Users who register and make payments on the MyBayar portal will not be charged any additional fees other than traffic offense summons.
  9. How to ensure a secure online experience when users access to the MyBayar portal?
    Do not share your account password and make sure to log out your MyBayar account after completing make transactions before visiting other websites.
  10. How do I know that my transactions have been successful?
    Once your payment is successful, you can view previous payments in payment history. You can generate and print receipt.

B. General FAQ

  1. What should I do if the traffic offense summons record with the same vehicle registration number but not my vehicle?
    The offender has to go to the traffic branch that issued the summons and subsequently lodge a complaint in the traffic section for denial. Offender need to provide information on the type of vehicle that uses the same registration number. Once the complaint is resolved, offender are advised to check any traffic branch or MyBayar portal whether the summons has been dismissed or not.
  2. What is the effect of leaving the outstanding summons?
    The effect of leaving outstanding summons can result in offenders being blacklisted and issued an arrest warrant thus resulting in users not being allowed to renew road tax and driving licenses. Users will only be removed from the list after clearing all outstanding summonses.

C. FPX FAQ

  1. Can I pay using FPX?
    Yes. You can use FPX as long as you have an active internet banking account with any of the FPX participating banks. No registration is required with FPX.
  2. What is the minimum and maximum transaction limit for FPX?
    For retail/personal banking account, the minimum limit per transaction is RM1.00 and maximum amount is limited up to RM30,000 per transaction.
    *The above limit is subject to your internet banking withdrawal limit with your bank, whichever is lower.
  3. I have made a payment using FPX, how can I know that my payment is successful?
    There are 3 methods in which you will be able to know that your FPX transaction is successful:
    • Online receipt provided by FPX.
    • Email notification sent by FPX system (provided that you have entered your email address during MyBayar
    • Saman user registration).
    • Online receipt provided by your bank.
  4. While making payment using FPX, I have received an error / unsuccessful transaction message. However, the money has been deducted from my bank account. What should I do?
    In the event that your account has been deducted but the transaction was unsuccessful for some reasons, your money will be credited back into your account by your bank. You are advised to contact your bank for the reversal status by providing the FPX Transaction ID or Merchant Order No. as a reference. You may also provide the screen shot of your payment on your mobile phone that displays the FPX Transaction ID or Merchant Order No. as a proof to facilitate the bank.
  5. PDRM claims it has not received my summon compound payment although the FPX Transaction status is successful. What should I do?
    FPX transaction status is final and the bank is obligated to update your payment in a timely manner. In this case, you should contact PDRM via mybayarsaman@rmp.gov.my e-mail to verify the status of your summon compound payment. You can provide the necessary details such as the online receipt issued by FPX/PDRM or the email notification received from FPX that contain the following details:
    • FPX Transaction ID.
    • Merchant Order No.
    • Payment amount.
    • Date and time of the payment.
  6. Can I cancel a successful FPX transaction?
    No. It is not possible to cancel a successful FPX transaction via MyBayar Saman system. However, you may request PDRM for such cancelation, subject to PDRM policy.
  7. How do I get confirmation of my compound payment with FPX?
    For the purpose of verification and further clarification of inquiries related to FPX, please contact your bank that has completed the payment of your summons compound.
  8. Is my transaction via FPX really secure?
    FPX uses high standards of authentication and certification to ensure all transactions are secure.
  9. What is availability of FPX services?
    Currently FPX service is available 24 hours daily at most of the FPX participating banks.
    *Depending on the participating banks’ internet banking service availability.
  10. Is FPX service meant for individual payment only?
    No. FPX service can support both payments by individual and corporation depending on the model subscribed by your merchant. Payment made by individual is known as Business to Consumer (B2C) model, while payment made by corporation is known as Business to Business (B2B) model.
  11. If I have a problem related to summon compound payment with PDRM, who can i contact?
    You can send your inquiry to email address mybayarsaman@rmp.gov.my, local call center 603-22663346/47 and by mail addressed to Cawangan Pengurusan Saman, Jabatan Siasatan dan Penguatkuasaan Trafik, Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia, Bukit Aman, 50560, Kuala Lumpur.
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D. Card FAQ

  1. Can I pay for the summons online using card?
    Yes, you can make payment for the summons online using a valid debit card, credit card and prepaid card.
  2. How do I ensure that the payment transaction was successful?
    There are 3 (three) methods to check if the payment transaction was successful:
    • Transaction notification from your card issuing bank sent via short message service (SMS), email or mobile application push notification.
    • Payment receipt (online) from MyBayar Saman portal / mobile application.
    • Transaction authorisation/approval code from the card payment portal.
  3. Do I need to inform PDRM or the bank after I have successfully made payment via the MyBayar Saman portal/application?
    You do not need to contact PDRM or the bank as the payment information will be updated automatically.
  4. What types of cards are accepted for payment through MyBayar Saman portal/application?
    You can make payment with a Mastercard or Visa debit card, credit card or prepaid card.
  5. What should I do if the transaction was unsuccessful but my account balance was deducted or my credit card has been charged?
    You are advised to contact your card issuing bank to check on the payment status and inform the bank for their further action.
  6. Why am I still unable to make payment despite having tried several times?
    You are advised to contact your card issuing bank to check the status of your card/account. Common reasons for declined transactions are:
    • Insufficient balance in the savings/current account linked to the debit card or insufficient usage limit on your credit card account.
    • Your payment amount exceeds the daily spending limit set on your card.
    • The ‘card not present’ (cardless) usage function for the card has not been activated.
  7. What should I do if PDRM informs me of unpaid/unsettled summons even though the transaction status was successful?
    You may contact PDRM via email mybayarsaman@rmp.gov to confirm the summons payment by providing the required information such as the receipt issued via the MyBayar Saman portal/application.
  8. Can I request to cancel a successful debit card or credit card transaction?
    Any cancellation application must be directed to PDRM; please refer to the terms and conditions of the MyBayar Saman portal/application.
  9. Is it safe to enter my debit card or credit card information on MyBayar Saman portal/application?
    Your card information is safe as MyBayar Saman portal/application is 3-D Secure (3-domain secure) and every transaction performed requires transaction authentication by entering the “One Time Password” (“OTP”) sent to a mobile phone number or mobile application that you had registered with your card issuing bank.
  10. Who should I contact if I have a problem with a PDRM summons payment?
    For any enquiries, please email to mybayarsaman@rmp.gov.my, call the ‘Pusat Panggilan Setempat (Call Centre)’ at 603-22663346/47 or via letter to ‘Pusat Panggilan Setempat, Cawangan Pengurusan Saman, Jabatan Siasatan dan Penguatkuasaan Trafik, Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia, Bukit Aman 50560 Kuala Lumpur’.
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SUKE Project : Concrete Block Fell Off Lorry, Not Ours!

The SUKE project team is assuring the public that the concrete block on MRR2 did not fall off their highway, but from a lorry not related to their project!

Find out what happened in this new incident involving the controversial Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Expressway project!

 

Concrete Block On MRR2, Under SUKE Project!

On 25 March 2021, motorists found themselves avoiding a concrete block on the MRR2, just days after a launcher crane toppled at the SUKE highway project, killing three people.

At first, everyone thought that this concrete block might have fallen off the SUKE highway under construction above.

This would not be the first time something fell off a construction project in Malaysia! But at least, it didn’t appear that anyone was injured by the concrete block.

Credit : Thank you, Chua Jia Wen, for sharing these pictures!

 

SUKE Project : Concrete Block Fell Off Lorry, Not Ours!

The SUKE project team sent an ERT (Emergency Response Team) rider, to investigate and help direct traffic.

They then stated that the concrete block fell off a lorry travelling in the middle lane of MRR2, after Hillview, heading towards Ampang.

They also made it clear that the lorry was NOT from the SUKE project.

By 7:49 AM, they managed to clear the concrete block from MRR2, allowing free flow of traffic.

 

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LEGOLAND Malaysia : Closed After Multiple COVID-19 Cases!

LEGOLAND Malaysia has been temporarily closed after several employees and contractors tested positive for COVID-19!

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

 

LEGOLAND Malaysia : Closed After Multiple COVID-19 Cases!

On 24 March 2021, LEGOLAND Malaysia announced the several of their contractors and employees test positive for COVID-19.

They decided to temporarily close their entire resort as a precautionary measure for the next few days, involving :

  • LEGOLAND Theme Park
  • LEGOLAND Water Park
  • SEA LIFE Aquarium and Hotel

 

LEGOLAND Malaysia COVID-19 Cases : Should You Be Concerned?

Anyone who visited LEGOLAND Malaysia in the past 10 days or so should be wary and self-quarantine if possible.

The risk will be low if both the affected employee 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 resort of any infectious particles, albeit only temporarily.

 

LEGOLAND Malaysia : Statement On COVID-19 Cases

This is the official statement that LEGOLAND Malaysia released at 1:16 PM on 24 March 2021 :

Temporary Closure Announcement

LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort wishes to inform all visitors and patrons that it has taken the decision to temporarily close its full resort for the next few days. The careful and proactive decision is a precautionary measure in response to a small number of our contractors and employees who tested positive for COVID-19 despite having applied the highest health and safety measures. The closure applies to LEGOLAND Theme Park, Water Park, SEA LIFE Aquarium and Hotel.

LEGOLAND is working closely with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and is taking all proactive measures to control and contain the situation.

We thank our guests, employees and the community for their patience and understanding. We look forward to welcoming guests back to the Resort very soon.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

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Pub + Nightclub Ban : Fine Quietly Slashed By Half!

The Malaysian government just quietly slashed the fine for breaking the pub and nightclub ban by HALF!

While this may be a relief for those caught breaking the ban, it is still a hefty fine!

 

Pub + Nightclub Ban : Fine Quietly Slashed By Half!

On 17 March 2021, when the Malaysian government announced the three categories of offences, they set the fine for those breaking the pub and nightclub ban very high :

  • Companies operating a pub or nightclub : RM 50,000
  • Entering a pub or nightclub : RM 10,000
  • Entering an eatery within a pub or nightclub : RM 10,000

That changed on 22 March 2021, when the Malaysia Ministry of Health released this infographic on the Act 342 fines.

What most people, and even the press, did not notice was – they quietly slashed the fine for breaking the pub and nightclub ban by half!

  • Companies operating a pub or nightclub : RM 25,000
  • Entering a pub or nightclub : RM 5,000
  • Entering an eatery within a pub or nightclub : RM 5,000

While this may be a relief for those already hit with the massive RM 10K or RM 50K fine earlier, it is still a considerable sum of money.

Please note that the ban includes any restaurants or cafes within the pub or nightclub.

Since 8 February 2021, pubs and nightclubs are no longer allowed to serve food or drinks at their restaurants, or even offer takeaway!

But apparently, pubs have now switched their licences to restaurants and eateries that serve alcohol, bypassing this ban.

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Pub + Nightclub Fine : Can Appeal For A Discount!

Individuals or companies who get fined for not complying with the pub and nightclub ban can appeal for the following discounts, at the nearest District Health Office.

  • Pay within 7 days : 50% discount
  • Pay within 8 to 14 days : 25% discount

Please do NOT appeal for the discount at the police station. The discount can only be given, and the fine paid, at the District Health Office.

Also note that the discount is only given to first-time offenders. Repeat offenders will not receive the discount.

This infographic by the Malaysia Ministry of Health summarises the fines and discounts for those who break the pub and nightclub ban :

 

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