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Malaysia COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy : 4 Jan 2023!

Malaysia COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy : 4 Jan 2023!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health just updated its COVID-19 booster dose policy, and will now offer walk-in booster dose at all KKM hospitals and clinics!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy : 4 Jan 2023!

On 31 December 2022, KKM updated its first and second booster dose policy, in light of new Omicron subvariants, and a potential wave of infections by travellers from China.

First Booster Dose

Adolescents who are 12 to 17 years old can get their first booster dose as early as six months after finishing their primary series COVID-19 vaccinations.

Adults who are 18 years and older can get theirs earlier – as early as three months after finishing their primary series COVID-19 vaccinations.

Criteria Interval
18 Years or older At least 3 months after
finishing primary series
12-17 Years Old At least 6 months after
finishing primary series

Second Booster Dose

Adults who are 18 years and older, but do not have any health problems, can now receive their second booster dose, as early as six months after receiving their first booster dose.

Adults with co-morbidities, senior citizens, residents of long-term care facilities, as well as frontline health care workers and pregnant or nursing mothers can receive theirs earlier – as early as four months after receiving their first booster dose.

Criteria Interval
18 Years or older
with high-risk health problems
At least 4 months
after 1st booster dose
50 years or older
Long-term care facility resident
Frontline Health Care Worker
Pregnant / Nursing Mother
18 Years or older
without health problems
At least 6 months
after 1st booster dose

Should You Get Them?

It is recommended that you get these booster doses to better protect against more contagious COVID-19 variants like the many Omicron variants.

The primary series of COVID-19 vaccines continues to protect you against hospitalisation and death. However, the Omicron variants are particularly evasive, and will cause more breakthrough infections.

While most of these breakthrough infections will be mild or moderate, it puts vulnerable people – the elderly and people with co-morbidities – at risk. That’s why they are being given the booster shot first, over everyone else.

In addition, antibody protection from COVID-19 vaccines has been shown to wane over 2-6 months, so booster doses are necessary to restore optimal protection.

Think of booster doses as extra training camps for your immune system (army). Sure, it already learned how to fight off the SARS-CoV-2 virus after going through boot camp (primary series vaccines), but it is always a good idea to give your “army” more training!

Read more : What Should You Do Before / During / After Your Booster Dose?

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Booster Dose Available By Walk-In

From 9 January 2023 onwards, the Malaysia Ministry of Health will offer vulnerable groups the option to physically walk-in and receive their booster doses at all KKM hospitals and clinics nationwide.

These individuals will not need to arrange for an appointment to get their COVID-19 booster doses.

Criteria

  1. Individuals with an existing co-morbidity, including chronic diseases (e.g. diabetes, heart disease, etc.)
  2. Senior citizens, who are 60 years or older
  3. Individuals who are at risk of developing severe disease or complications from COVID-19 infections (e.g. immunocompromised patients, cancer patients, etc.)

When + Where

Start date : From 9 January 2023 onwards
Locations : KKM hospitals or health clinics (Klinik Kesihatan)
Time : According to the hospital / clinic’s normal operating hours

Those who do not qualify are still eligible for the free COVID-19 vaccine booster doses. You just need to get an appointment at the nearest public or private hospital / clinic registered under ProtectHealth for the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Booster Dose Program History

Malaysia started the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose programme on 13 October 2021, targeting those who received the Pfizer vaccine more than 6 months ago.

It was then expanded to those who received the Sinovac vaccine more than 3 months ago, on 22 October 2021.

On 9 November 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that it would be made available to younger adults.

On 24 November 2021, KKM announced that it will be open to anyone above 18, including those who received AstraZeneca, Cansino, Sinopharm and Janssen vaccines.

On 16 December 2021, KKM made it mandatory for vulnerable individuals to receive the booster shot, to be considered as fully-vaccinated.

On 28 December 2021, KKM halved the booster dose interval for most COVID-19 vaccines!

On 21 March 2022, KKM added the CanSino booster shot to the PICK vaccination programme, and updated its booster dose recommendations.

On 14 April 2022, KKM started to offer a second booster shot using the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

On 4 January 2023, KKM updated its booster dose policy, and will now offer walk-in booster dose at all KKM hospitals and clinics.

 

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2023 Public + School Holidays For Malaysia!

To help you plan your holidays in the new year, here is a summary of the public and school holidays in Malaysia for 2023!

 

2023 Public Holidays For Malaysia

Here are the public holidays for Malaysia in the year 2023. Some of these days may be subject to change.

Date Day Holiday States
1 Jan Sun New Year’s Day All states except Johor, Kedah,
Kelantan, Perlis and Terengganu
2 Jan Mon All states except Johor, Kedah,
Kelantan and Terengganu
14 Jan Sat YDPB Negeri
Sembilan’s Birthday
Negeri Sembilan
22 Jan
23 Jan
Sun
Mon
Chinese New Year All states
24 Jan Tue All states except Johor, Kedah,
Kelantan and Terengganu
1 Feb Wed Federal Territory Day Kuala Lumpur, Labuan,
Putrajaya
5 Feb Sun Thaipusam Johor, Kuala Lumpur,
Negeri Sembilan, Penang,
Perak, Putrajaya and
Selangor
6 Feb Mon Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan,
Penang, Putrajaya and Selangor
18 Feb Sat Israk and Mikraj Kedah, Negeri Sembilan,
Perlis and Terengganu
19 Feb Sun Terengganu
4 Mar
5 Mar
Sat
Sun
Accession Anniversary
of Terengganu Sultan
Terengganu
23 Mar Thu Awal Ramadan Johor, Kedah and Melaka
Johor Sultan’s Birthday Johor
7 Apr Fri Good Friday Sabah and Sarawak
8 Apr Sat Nuzul al-Quran All states except Johor, Kedah,
Melaka, Negeri Sembilan,
Sabah and Sarawak
9 Apr Sun Kelantan and Terengganu
15 Apr Sat Declaration of Melaka
as a Historical City
Melaka
22 Apr
23 Apr
Sat
Sun
Hari Raya Aidilfitri All states
24 Apr Mon All states except Johor + Kedah
26 Apr Wed Sultan of Terengganu’s
Birthday
Terengganu
1 May Mon Labour Day All states
4 May Thu Wesak Day All states
17 May Wed Raja of Perlis’
Birthday
Perlis
22 May Mon Hari Hol Pahang Pahang
30 May
31 May
Tue
Wed
Harvest Festival Labuan and Sabah
1 Jun
2 Jun
Thu
Fri
Hari Gawai Sarawak
5 Jun Mon YDP Agong’s Birthday All states
18 Jun Sun Sultan of Kedah’s
Birthday
Kedah
28 Jun Wed Arafat Day Kedah and Terengganu
29 Jun Thu Hari Raya Haji All states
30 Jun Fri Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis
and Terengganu
7 Jul Fri Georgetown World
Heritage City Day
Penang
8 Jul Sat Penang Governor’s
Birthday
19 Jul Wed Awal Muharram All states
22 Jul Sat Sarawak Day Sarawak
30 Jul
31 Jul
Sun
Mon
Sultan of Pahang’s
Birthday
Pahang
23 Aug Wed Hari Hol Almarhum
Sultan Iskandar
Johor
24 Aug Thu Melaka Governor’s
Birthday
Melaka
31 Aug Thu Merdeka Day All states
16 Sep Sat Malaysia Day All states
17 Sep Sun Kelantan and Terengganu
28 Sep Thu Prophet Muhammad’s
Birthday
All states
7 Oct Sat Sabah Governor’s
Birthday
Sabah
14 Oct Sat Sarawak Governor’s
Birthday
Sarawak
3 Nov Fri Sultan of Perak’s
Birthday
Perak
11 Nov Sat Sultan of Kelantan’s
Birthday
Kelantan
12 Nov
13 Nov
Sun
Mon
Sultan of Kelantan’s
Birthday
Kelantan
12 Nov Sun Deepavali All states except Sarawak
13 Nov Mon All states except Johor,
Kedah, Kelantan, Sarawak
and Terengganu
11 Dec Mon Sultan of Selangor’s
Birthday
Selangor
24 Dec Sun Christmas Eve Sabah
25 Dec Mon Christmas Day All states
26 Dec Tue Christmas Holiday Sabah

 

2023 School Holidays For Malaysia

The COVID-19 pandemic has thoroughly screwed up the school term and holidays. Instead of starting in January and ending in December, the new term now starts in March and every year will have two “academic years”.

This is quite confusing for many of us parents, so here is a quick summary of the school holidays for the year 2023.

Read more : 2023 / 2024 Malaysia School Term + Holiday Calendar!

Group A Schools

Here are the school holidays for Group A states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

Holiday Start End Days
2022 Year End Holiday 17 Feb 18 Mar 30
2023 Mid-Term 1 Holiday 21 Apr 29 Apr 9
2023 End-Term 1 Holiday 26 May 3 Jun 9
2023 Term 2 Holiday 25 Aug 2 Sep 9
2023 Term 3 Holiday 15 Dec 1 Jan 18

In addition, the government also announced an extra holiday for Chinese New Year in 2023.

Festival Holidays Group A Notes
Chinese New Year 22 to 24 January 2023 1 extra day

Group B Schools

Here are the school holidays for Group A states of Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

Holiday Start End Days
2022 Year End Holiday 18 Feb 19 Mar 30
2023 Mid-Term 1 Holiday 22 Apr 30 Apr 9
2023 End-Term 1 Holiday 27 May 4 Jun 9
2023 Term 2 Holiday 26 Aug 3 Sep 9
2023 Term 3 Holiday 16 Dec 1 Jan 17

In addition, the government also announced an extra holiday for Chinese New Year in 2023.

Festival Holidays Group B Notes
Chinese New Year 20 to 24 January 2023 1 extra day

 

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2023 School Days + Holidays For Malaysia!

The COVID-19 pandemic has thoroughly screwed up the school term and holidays, so here is a quick summary of the class days and holidays for the year 2023.

 

Two School Terms In Malaysia In 2023

The COVID-19 pandemic has thoroughly screwed up the school term and holidays. Instead of starting in January and ending in December, the new term now starts in March and every year will have two “academic years”.

This is quite confusing for many of us parents, so here is a quick summary of the school days and holidays for the year 2023.

Instead of looking at the 2023-2024 academic year, we are going to look at the school days and holidays for the calendar year of 2023.

Read more : 2023 / 2024 Malaysia School Term + Holiday Calendar!

 

2023 School Days + Holidays For Malaysia!

I created these tables of the 2023 school days + holidays based on the latest academic calendars provided by the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM).

Please note that there is an extra 7 days of holidays in March 2023.

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

Group A School Starts School Ends Days
2022 Term 3 Part 2 1 January 2023 16 February 2023 32
2022 Year End Holiday 17 February 2023 18 March 2023 30
2023 Term 1 Part 1 19 March 2023 20 April 2023 24
2023 Mid-Term 1 Holiday 21 April 2023 29 April 2023 9
2023 Term 1 Part 2 30 April 2023 25 May 2023 18
2023 End-Term 1 Holiday 26 May 2023 3 June 2023 9
2023 Term 2 4 June 2023 24 August 2023 56
2023 Term 2 Holiday 25 August 2023 2 September 2023 9
2023 Term 3 Part 1 3 September 2023 14 December 2023 72
2023 Term 3 Holiday 15 December 2023 1 January 2023 18

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

Group B School Starts School Ends Days
2022 Term 3 Part 2 3 January 2023 17 February 2023 31
2022 Year End Holiday 18 February 2023 19 March 2023 30
2023 Term 1 Part 1 20 March 2023 21 April 2023 23
2023 Mid-Term 1 Holiday 22 April 2023 30 April 2023 9
2023 Term 1 Part 2 1 May2023 26 May 2023 18
2023 End-Term 1 Holiday 27 May 2023 4 June 2023 9
2023 Term 2 5 June 2023 25 August 2023 55
2023 Term 2 Holiday 26 August 2023 3 September 2023 9
2023 Term 3 Part 1 4 September 2023 15 December 2023 72
2023 Term 3 Holiday 16 December 2023 1 January 2023 17

 

Extra CNY School Holidays For 2023!

Here is the list of additional holidays for schools in Malaysia for the year of 2023 :

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

Festival Holidays Group A Notes
Chinese New Year 22 to 24 January 2023 1 extra day

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

Festival Holidays Group B Notes
Chinese New Year 20 to 24 January 2023 1 extra day

 

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Malaysia GE15 Election : Do’s And Don’ts Of Voting!

Here is a quick summary of the do’s and don’ts of voting on GE15 – the 15th General Election in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia GE15 Election : Please Do This!

Here is a quick summary of what you should do, when you head out to vote in the 15th General Election on 19 November 2022.

Check Your Voting Details

Before you leave home, please make sure you check your voting details using the SPR Semakan Daftar Pemilih (Electoral Roll Review) page.

At the very least, find out where is your voting centre and its opening and closing hours, which may have changed from the last election.

While this is not necessary, it would be good if you can note down your Saluran (polling station) number. This allows you to avoid checking for your Saluran at the SPR barung, and directly head to the polling station=.

Read more : Must You Print Details + Vote Within 2 Hours?!

Bring Your Original Identification Document

This is the only thing you must absolutely bring with you to vote in GE15 – an original identification document. Here is a list of what is acceptable:

  • MyKad identification card
  • Malaysian passport
  • Malaysian driving licence
  • Temporary identification document (JPN. KPPK09)
  • Official JPN Receipt for Lost Identification Card Report (JPN. KPPK11)

Please do not bring a photocopy of your identification document. It must be the actual identification document.

Wear A Face Mask

Wearing a face mask is mandatory for COVID-19 positive voters.

All other voters do not have to wear a face mask, but it is strongly encouraged to wear one, as it will help prevent any potential infections by COVID-19 positive voters.

Read more : GE15 Voting SOP For COVID-19 Positive Persons!

Practice Safe Distancing

Ensuring a proper physical distance is mandatory for COVID-19 positive voters.

All other voters do not have to maintain a physical distance, but it is strongly encouraged to do so, as it will help prevent any potential infections by COVID-19 positive voters.

Bring Your Mobile Phone

If you are COVID-19 positive, you should bring your mobile phone with MySejahtera installed, so the KKM officer at the voting centre can check your health status.

All other voters do not have to bring a mobile phone, but may do so.

Sanitise Your Hands

After your identity is verified, you will be asked to dip your left index finger into indelible ink.

COVID-19 positive voters MUST sanitise their hands BEFORE dipping their finger into the indelible ink bottle.

All other voters do not have to sanitise their fingers before or after dipping their finger into the ink bottle, but may do so.

It is recommended that you bring your own hand sanitiser, but the SPR will also provide hand sanitisers at the polling station.

Read more : GE15 Guide : What Must Voters Do On Election Day?

Use A Different Hand To Accept Ballot Paper

The indelible ink takes a minute or so to try, so it is recommended that you use a different hand to accept the ballot paper from polling clerk.

This prevents the ballot paper from being stained by the indelible ink. While this will not spoil your vote, it is still best to avoid staining the ballot paper at all.

Check Your Ballot Paper

Depending on your constituency, you will receive one or two ballot papers – white for Parliament, and peach for State.

When the second polling clerk hands you your ballot paper(s), please check to make sure:

  • the ballot papers are printed correctly,
  • they have half a certified SPR stamp and a serial number,
  • they are not torn or damaged in any way, and
  • they are not marked in any way.

If there are any irregularities, point them out to the polling clerk and/or ask the SPR officer for assistance.

Put Your Phone In Silent Mode + Surrender It

Before you go to the voting booth, you MUST place your phone at a designated box on the Polling Centre Head’s desk.

To avoid interruptions, please place your phone on Silent mode, before placing it in the provided box.

Read more : New SPR Rules On Bringing + Using Phone On GE15!

Mark Only Once Per Ballot Paper

It is important that you make only ONE VOTE per ballot paper. If you mark the ballot more than once, it will spoil the vote and your vote will not be counted.

Mark The Ballot With A Cross

Best practice is to mark the empty box next to the candidate or party of your choice with a cross (X).

While the counting clerks will accept other marking like a tick, or even a slash, it’s best to avoid all doubt by marking your choice with a cross (X).

Mark The Ballots With A Pen

Each polling booth will have a pen or pencil, and both are accepted ways of marking your paper ballots.

If you wish to avoid all doubt your vote will not be changed, you are allowed to bring your own pen to mark your paper ballots.

Drop Ballots Into Correct Box

It may seem obvious, the first voter of the day for each polling station may make this mistake, as the voting boxes will be empty.

So please make sure the White ballot paper goes into the box for Parliament, while the Peach ballot paper goes into the box for State.

 

Malaysia GE15 Election : Please Don’t Do This!

Here is a quick summary of what you should NOT do, when you head out to vote in the 15th General Election on 19 November 2022.

Do NOT Wear Clothes With Political Names / Logos

There is no dress code to vote in GE15, but voters are PROHIBITED from wearing clothes with names or logos or symbols of any political candidate, or political party within 50 metres of any voting centre.

Anyone who breaks this rule under the Election Offences Act of 1954 will face up to a year in prison, and/or a fine of up to RM5,000.

Do NOT Bring Items With Political Names / Logos

You are also FORBIDDEN from bringing any items – bags, caps, umbrellas, or even earrings and brooches – that have the names or logos or symbols of any political candidate, or political party.

Anyone who breaks this rule under the Election Offences Act of 1954 will face up to a year in prison, and/or a fine of up to RM5,000.

Read more : Is There A Dress Code For GE15 Election Voters?!

Do NOT Use Your Phone In Polling Centre

You are allowed to bring your phone and use it at the voting centre. However, once you reach your Saluran (polling station), you are NO LONGER ALLOWED to use your phone.

SPR will place notices and posters warning against the use of phones or smartphones inside and outside every GE15 voting room.

Do NOT Take Photo Of Your Ballot Paper

Before marking your ballot papers, you must place your phone in the provided area on the table of the Ketua Tempat Mengundi (Head of the Polling Station).

Please note that it is an offence to take a photo of your ballot papers showing your vote. If convicted, you are subject to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or a fine of not more than RM5,000, or both.

I hope you found this guide useful. Please feel free to share this out with your family and friends.

Happy voting on 19 November 2022!

 

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What Must You Do Before + During GE15 Election?

Find out what must you do before GE15 – the 15th General Election in Malaysia, and on election day itself!

 

What Should You Do Before GE15 Election Day?

Thanks to the Undi18 constitutional amendments that expanded voting rights for Malaysian citizens from 15 December 2021 onwards:

  • the minimum voting age was reduced to 18 years
  • automatic voter registration – all eligible voters would be automatically registered and allowed to vote

There is no longer a need for you to register to vote, but you should check your voting details at least one day before Election Day.

Use the SPR Semakan Daftar Pemilih (Electoral Roll Review) page, which will give you important information like:

  • Pusat Mengundi : Location of your voting centre
  • Saluran : Your assigned polling station at the voting centre
  • Bilangan : The number of voters assigned to that polling station
  • Masa Mengundi : Voting time for your voting centre
  • Masa Keluar Mengundi Yang Digalakkan : Recommended time to go vote
  • Hari Mengundi : Election day

While it is not necessary to print those details, if you can write them down and bring them to the voting centre, it will help the election clerks speed up your registration.

Read more : Must You Print Details + Vote Within 2 Hours?!

 

What Must Voters Bring On GE15 Election Day?

The only thing voters MUST bring is one of these identification documents, in order to qualify to vote on Election Day:

  • MyKad identification card
  • Malaysian passport
  • Malaysian driving licence
  • Temporary identification document (JPN. KPPK09)
  • Official JPN Receipt for Lost Identification Card Report (JPN. KPPK11)

In addition to their identification document, COVID-19 positive persons MUST also bring:

  • a face mask that is worn at all times, except during the facial identification process
  • a smartphone with MySejahtera installed, for KKM officers to check your COVID-19 status

These are recommended (not necessary) items that voters may choose to bring:

  • your own hand sanitiser – recommended for COVID-19 voters
  • your own pen – recommended for COVID-19 voters
  • your own tissue paper – to wipe off any excess indelible ink

 

What Voters Cannot Bring On GE15 Election Day?

Voters are NOT allowed to bring any item (like umbrellas, bags, and caps) with the name of any electoral candidate, or the symbol of any political party, into the voting centre.

Voters are also NOT allowed to wear clothes that have the name of any electoral candidate, or the symbol of any political party.

Read more : Is There A Dress Code For GE15 Election Voters?!

 

What Should Voters Do On GE15 Election Day?

Step 1 : Once you arrive at your voting centre, you can either :

  • head directly to your Saluran (polling station), if you already know your Saluran number, or
  • ask the SRP Barung agent there to check your Saluran number.

Step 2 : Queue outside your assigned Saluran, for your turn to enter the polling station.

Please note that you are NOT allowed to use your phone at the polling station.

Step 3 : Once the police officer at the polling station lets you in, you need to hand over your identification document (e.g. MyKad) to the first polling clerk.

Read more : New SPR Rules On Bringing + Using Phone On GE15!

Step 4 : The polling clerk will verify your details against the electoral roll, and perform a visual identification.

At this point, COVID-19 positive voters must pull down their face masks. Please take care to stand at a distance, and avoid speaking, and quickly put the face mask on after the clerk confirms your identity.

Step 4 : The polling clerk will then ask you to show both your hands, to confirm that you do not have any fingers marked with the indelible ink – evidence that you have not voted yet.

Step 5 : The first polling clerk will hand your identification document to the second polling clerk, and loudly call out your identification card / passport number and name. Please make sure that they are both correct.

Step 6 : You will be asked to move to the second polling clerk, who will hand your identification document back to you.

Step 7 : The second polling clerk will ask you to put out your left index (second) finger, to dip into the indelible ink bottle.

COVID-19 positive voters MUST sanitise their hands BEFORE dipping their left index fingers into the indelible ink bottle.

Read more : Must You Sanitise Hands After Dipping In Indelible Ink?!

Step 8 : Head to the next table where the third polling clerk will hand you your folded paper ballot(s).

You will get a white ballot for Parliament, but you may not receive a peach ballot for state – it depends on your constituency.

Just in case the indelible ink on your left index finger is still wet, take your paper ballots using your right hand.

Step 9 : You will now be asked to head to the table of the Polling Station Head (Ketua Tempat Mengundi, KTM), to deposit your mobile phone in the provided box.

Step 10 : You can now proceed to the voting booth, where you can now unfold the paper ballots.

Although ink smudges will not void your vote, try to unfold your paper ballots once the indelible ink has dried on your left index finger.

Step 11 : Choose your candidate by marking each paper ballot ONCE with an X in the empty box on the far right using the provided pen, or your own pen.

Step 12 : Fold the paper ballots once you are done, before you leave the voting booth.

Step 13 : Drop your paper ballots into the respective polling boxes for Parliament (white) and State (peach).

Step 14 : Collect your mobile phone from the table of the Polling Station Head (KTM).

Step 15 : You can leave the polling station, and the voting centre.

I hope you found this guide useful. Please feel free to share this out with your family and friends.

Happy voting on 19 November 2022!

 

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GE15 SOP + Process For COVID-19 Positive Voters!

COVID-19 positive voters can still vote on the 15th General Election, but they must follow these SPR requirements…

 

GE15 SOP For COVID-19 Positive Voters!

If you just tested positive for COVID-19, don’t worry – you can still vote on 19 November 2022, when Malaysia holds its 15th General Election (GE15).

On Tuesday, 15 November 2022, the Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) released their SOP for how COVID-19 positive people can vote during GE15.

Please go through it, and follow them, to ensure that you can cast your votes on GE15:

Before Election Day

  1. COVID-19 positive voters must complete a special health form that they will receive via SMS.
  2. Candidates and political party employees who test positive for COVID-19 are FORBIDDEN from conducting any physical election campaign activities. However, they can still conduct virtual campaigns during their Home Surveillance Order (HSO) period.

On Election Day

  1. COVID-19 positive voters are FORBIDDEN from taking public transportation, including e-hailing rides, to get to the voting centres.
  2. COVID-19 positive voters are REQUIRED to wear a face mask, and must often sanitise their hands.
  3. COVID-19 positive voters are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitiser and pen.
  4. COVID-19 positive voters must report their infectious status to Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) officials stationed at the entrance to the voting centres.
  5. KKM officials at voting centres will check your COVID-19 risk assessment in MySejahtera.
  6. COVID-19 positive voters are REQUIRED to wear a face mask at all times, except when asked to remove it for identification at the polling station.
  7. COVID-19 positive voters will be escorted by KKM officials to the polling station (Saluran) and given priority, to avoid mixing with other voters.
  8. Safe physical distancing must be maintained at all times, especially when COVID-19 positive voters face election officials and remove their face mask (for identification).
  9. COVID-19 positive voters MUST use a hand sanitiser, before dipping their finger into the indelible ink.
  10. Let the indelible ink dry.
  11. Place your mobile phone in the allocated place and sanitise your hands with a hand sanitiser before making your vote.
  12. KKM officials will monitor the process from time to time.
  13. COVID-19 positive voters must IMMEDIATELY leave the voting centre, after voting and continue with their HSO quarantine at their own homes.

The SPR are advising all COVID-19 positive voters to come at least two hours before the closing time of their voting centre.

 

GE15 Process For COVID-19 Positive Voters!

SPR also created a flow chart of the voting process for COVID-19 positive persons, which I will summarise in this sequence:

  1. On arrival at the voting centre, you must report your health status to the KKM officer stationed there.
  2. The KKM officer will check you COVID-19 risk status in the MySejahtera profile page, while also checking your polling station (Saluran).
  3. You are REQUIRED to wear a face mask, and clean your hands with a hand sanitiser.
  4. The KKM officer will escort you to your polling station (Saluran), and you will be given priority to avoid mixing with other voters.
  5. At the polling station, you must maintain a safe physical distance from the election clerk and KKM officer when you remove your face mask for identification purposes.
  6. You must use a hand sanitiser to clean your hands BEFORE you dip your finger into the indelible ink.
  7. You must let the indelible ink dry, and then use a hand sanitiser again after placing your phone in a designated spot.
  8. You will then be given your paper ballot.
  9. Now, you can go to the voting booth to mark your paper ballot.
  10. After casting your vote, you must immediately leave the voting center, and return home to complete your HSO quarantine.

 

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Postal Voting Guide For Overseas Malaysians!

Here is the postal voting process for overseas Malaysians who have signed up to vote by post.

Please help to SHARE this guide with your family and friends staying overseas!

 

Postal Voting Guide For Overseas Malaysians!

The Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) has not announced the official postal voting procedures for GE15, so I will update this guide, as and when we get more news.

In the meantime, this is the postal voting process for overseas Malaysians, based on the GE14 postal voting protocol, and what we know so far.

Note : This guide is for overseas Malaysians who have already registered for postal voting.

Read more : How To Register For Postal Vote In Malaysia!

Step 1 : The Election Commission (SPR) to mail you the postal vote kit after the election candidates are formally named.

Step 2 : The postal vote kit comes in a brown envelope labelled “Urusan Sri Paduka Baginda“. Once you open it up, you should find two envelopes:

White Envelope (Sampul B) containing:

  • 1 x white envelope labelled “A – Parliamen” with ballot paper inside
  • 1 x white Borang 2

Pink / Orange Envelope (Sampul B) – this is only for Pahang, Perlis, Perak and Bugaya (Sabah)

  • 1 x pink / orange envelope labelled “A – Negeri” with ballot paper inside
  • 1 x pink Borang 2

Step 3 : Before you mark the ballots, you must get another Malaysian citizen who is 18 years or older to act as a witness.

He / she will need to compare the serial numbers of the voting ballots with those on the envelopes, and confirm that they are the same.

The witness must then fill in and sign both Borang 2 forms, with his / her information:

  • Full name
  • Current address
  • MyKad number
  • Signature
  • Date (when he/she signed Borang 2 as a witness)

Step 4 : You must now complete the Borang 2 forms with your own information.

  • Full Name
  • MyKad number
  • Signature

Step 5 : Vote for your preferred Parliament candidate (only one candidate) by marking the ballot with an X using a pen.

Step 6 : Fold the Parliament ballot, and put it into the white Sampul A envelope marked Parliamen (Parliament), and seal the envelope with glue.

Step 7 : Fold the completed white Borang 2, and put it into the white Sampul B envelope, together with the white Sampul A (Parliamen) envelope. Seal the white Sampul B envelope with glue.

Step 8 : Vote for your preferred State Assembly candidate (only one candidate) by marking the ballot with an X using a pen.

Step 9 : Fold the State ballot, and put it into the pink / orange Sampul A envelope marked Negeri (State), and seal the envelope with glue.

Step 10 : Fold the completed pink Borang 2, and put it into the pink / orange Sampul B envelope, together with the pink / orange Sampul A (Negeri) envelope. Seal the pink / orange Sampul B envelope with glue.

Step 11 : You must now mail the two Sampul Surat B (which have a pre-printed address) to Malaysia using regular mail service or courier service, but at your own cost.

You can combine them in a single envelope to save cost. If your family is voting in the same constituency, you can also share the same envelope for your votes. Just copy the address from the Sampul Surat B.

Alternatively, you can travel back to Malaysia and place the voting ballots into the ballot box at the office of the returning officer.

 

Postal Voting Assistance By Global Bersih

As you can tell, not everyone may be aware of these requirements, or are able to get a Malaysian adult to act as a witness.

To help overseas Malaysians with postal voting, the Global Bersih team is asking for volunteers to help :

  • flyers who can hand-carry votes back to Malaysia, from 10-18 November 2022
  • coordinators who can connect overseas Malaysians to flyers who can help them carry their votes back to Malaysia
  • runners in Malaysia who can pick up ballots from flyers, to deliver the votes to local constituencies
  • Malaysian adults who can serve as witnesses for overseas ballot papers

If you are a Malaysian adult living overseas and are willing to coordinate and/or become a witness for other Malaysian voters in your location, please sign up using this Global Bersih coordination form.

You can also sign up to help the Global Bersih team in their other efforts to help overseas Malaysians cast their postal votes at https://bit.ly/ge15volunteers.

EVERY VOTE MATTERS, so please help our Malaysian brothers and sisters overseas cast their vote!

Read more : Every Postal Vote Requires Malaysian Adult Witness!

 

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Every Postal Vote Requires Malaysian Adult Witness!

Please warn everyone – every postal vote requires a Malaysian adult as a witness!

 

Every Postal Vote Requires Malaysian Adult Witness!

If you are an overseas Malaysian who already signed up for the postal vote, you can’t just fill it and mail it back.

The postal ballot is accompanied by a Borang 2 that must be signed by a witness who must be a Malaysian citizen who is 18 years or older.

As you can tell – not every overseas Malaysian will be able to locate another Malaysian adult to act as a witness.

Without a properly completed Borang 2, your postal vote will be null and void. So please make sure you can get another Malaysian adult to act as your witness.

The Global Bersih team has appealed to the Election Commission (SPR) to remove such an onerous requirement, but as of now – the requirement remains.

Read more : How To Register For Postal Vote In Malaysia!

 

Global Bersih Initiative To Meet Borang 2 Voting Requirement

To help overseas Malaysians find a suitable witness for Borang 2, the Global Bersih team has created a coordination form.

This is for overseas Malaysians who are willing to coordinate and assist other Malaysians to meet the Borang 2 witness requirement.

You must be willing to leave your name and a minimum of one method by which other Malaysians can contact you to obtain your signature as a witness for their Borang 2.

The Global Bersih team will only share this information on their official social media after the Election Commission (SPR) finalises its regulations for postal voting in GE15.

The Global Bersih team is also coordinating other forms of assistance to overseas Malaysians, and need volunteers to help out with those efforts. So if you can help, please register at https://bit.ly/ge15volunteers.

Read more : Postal Voting Guide For Overseas Malaysians!

 

Postal Vote Process For Overseas Malaysians

Here is a quick summary of the postal vote process for overseas Malaysians who have already registered for postal voting.

For the full version, please see Postal Voting Guide For Overseas Malaysians!

Step 1 : The Election Commission (SPR) to mail you the postal vote kit after the election candidates are formally named.

Step 2 : The postal vote kit comes in a brown envelope labelled “Urusan Sri Paduka Baginda“. Once you open it up, you should find two envelopes:

White Envelope (Sampul B) containing:

  • 1 x white envelope labelled “A – Parliamen” with ballot paper inside
  • 1 x white Borang 2

Pink / Orange Envelope (Sampul B) – this is only for Pahang, Perlis, Perak and Bugaya (Sabah)

  • 1 x pink / orange envelope labelled “A – Negeri” with ballot paper inside
  • 1 x pink Borang 2

Step 3 : Before you mark the ballots, get another Malaysian citizen who is 18 years or older to act as a witness.

He/she will need to compare the serial numbers of the voting ballots with those on the envelopes, and confirm that they are the same.

Step 4 : The witness must then fill in and sign both Borang 2 forms, which you then completed with your information.

Step 5 : Vote for your preferred Parliament candidate by marking the ballot with an X using a pen.

Step 6 : Fold the Parliament ballot, and put it into the white Sampul A envelope marked Parliamen (Parliament), and seal the envelope with glue.

Step 7 : Fold the completed white Borang 2, and put it into the white Sampul B envelope, together with the white Sampul A (Parliamen) envelope. Seal the white Sampul B envelope with glue.

Step 8 : Vote for your preferred State Assembly candidate by marking the ballot with an X using a pen.

Step 9 : Fold the State ballot, and put it into the pink / orange Sampul A envelope marked Negeri (State), and seal the envelope with glue.

Step 10 : Fold the completed pink Borang 2, and put it into the pink / orange Sampul B envelope, together with the pink / orange Sampul A (Negeri) envelope. Seal the pink / orange Sampul B envelope with glue.

Step 11 : You must now mail the two Sampul Surat B (which have a pre-printed address) to Malaysia using regular mail service or courier service, but at your own cost. You can combine them in a single envelope to save cost.

Alternatively, you can travel back to Malaysia and place the voting ballots into the ballot box at the office of the returning officer.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 FlexCam Photography Tips!

Here are a few tips on how to maximise the FlexCam capability of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 smartphone, to create unique and more appealing photos and videos!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 : FlexCam Photography!

The Galaxy Z Flip4 is more than just a smartphone with a foldable display. Its foldable form factor allows you to make use of a more versatile photography method Samsung calls FlexCam.

FlexCam basically makes use of the Galaxy Z Flip4’s ability to “bend” the front and rear cameras at different angles for new perspectives.

This offers new creative ways for you to make use of the front 10 MP camera, and the dual 12 MP cameras at the back.

Read more : Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 Battery Life + Charging Speed!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 FlexCam Photography Tips!

To help you maximise the Galaxy Z Flip4’s foldable form factor, here are a few FlexCam photography tips to get the best possible photos!

Take Photos At Any Angle!

Thanks to the Galaxy Z Flip4’s foldable design, you can now try out unique angles, and take hands-free photos without using a selfie stick or tripod.

You no longer need to ask your friends or strangers to take your photos. Just prop your phone on any convenient surface to take your photos from either the front or rear cameras!

Bonus : Try putting the Galaxy Z Flip4 on different surfaces and angles, to take photos and videos from different perspectives. Try both cameras too!

Steady Your Shot

Whether you are using the front or rear cameras, its foldable design allows you to place the Galaxy Z Flip4 on any flat surface, to give you a steady shot for both photos and videos.

Folding the Galaxy Z Flip4 also lets you get a firmer and steadier grip while try out new perspectives in your photos and videos. Its foldable design lets you record videos like a camcorder!

Bonus : The Galaxy Z Flip4 has an upgraded main camera with a 65% brighter sensor, which makes it even easier to take sharp photos even in low light conditions.

Night Mode + Night Hyperlapse

What you may not realise is that Samsung introduced three special night photography modes.

  • Night Mode lets you capture clear and bright photos even in very dim or dark conditions, by capturing multiple frames and combining them together.
  • Night Hyperlapse lets you create impressive motion videos at night, without any blur!
  • Super Night Solution minimises noise for sharp video at night, with enhanced OIS and VDIS.

With these three features, and the aforementioned brighter sensor, you will never have to worry about taking photos in the dark!

High-Resolution Selfies!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 has a large Cover Screen which doubles as a viewfinder for its dual 12 MP cameras, allowing you to take incredibly high-resolution selfie and wefie photos in both normal and wide angles.

Thanks to enhanced Quick Shot, you can take selfies and defies quickly using the rear cameras, using the Cover Screen to make sure everyone’s in the frame.

Don’t forget to give its Portrait Mode a try, for a more appealing portrait with better blurring of the background (bokeh).

Quick Shot can also flex open until FlexCam takes over, so you can capture hands-free photos at both high and low angles.

Now that we shared those FlexCam photography tips with you, be sure to give them a try with your Galaxy Z Flip4, and level up your photos and videos!

 

To Try FlexCam, Buy Your Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 Today!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 comes in four colour options, as well as a special Bespoke Edition :

  • Graphite – legacy colour
  • Pink Gold – new colour
  • Blue – new colour
  • Bora Purple – their signature colour this year

These are the available models and launch prices for the Z Flip 4 :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB : RM4,099 (about US$920 / £760 / A$1,319 / S$1,267)
  • 8 GB + 256 GB : RM4,399 (about US$987 / £816 / A$1,415 / S$1,359)
  • 8 GB + 256 GB Bespoke Edition : RM4,599 (about US$1,032 / £853 / A$1,479 / S$1,421)
  • 8 GB + 512 GB : RM4,899 (about US$ 1,099 / £909 / A$1,576 / S$1,514)

The Bespoke Edition is only available on the Samsung website, and requires 3-4 weeks to deliver, as each unit is custom-made.

Here are online purchase options :

Read more : Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 : Colour Comparison!

 

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How To Register For Postal Vote In Malaysia!

Now that GE15 is coming, find out how Malaysians overseas can register for the postal vote!

Please register EARLY as the postal vote registration process will take a few days!

 

Malaysians Can Now Register For Postal Vote!

Previously, only those who lived in, or returned to Malaysia, for 30 days or more in the past 5 years, could apply for postal voting. In addition, those living in southern Thailand (Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala, Songkla and Satun), Singapore, Brunei or Kalimantan were not allowed to vote by post.

Generally, only Malaysian military personnel, government servants and full-time students residing overseas were allowed to vote by post.

However, the Election Commission (EC) abolished certain prior conditions for postal voting, allowing all Malaysian adults (18 years and above) living overseas to register online to vote by post.

This decision follows the Undi18 constitutional amendments that expanded voting rights for Malaysian citizens from 15 December 2021 onwards:

  • the minimum voting age was reduced to 18 years
  • automatic voter registration – all eligible voters would be automatically registered and allowed to vote

 

How To Register For Postal Vote In Malaysia!

While Undi18 constitutional amendments mean that every Malaysian is automatically registered as a voter once they are 18 years old, they must manually register to vote by post.

If you are a Malaysian living overseas, here is my guide on how you can register for the postal vote.

What You Need To Prepare

Before you start, you will need to have these in advance:

  • A valid MyKad
  • A valid mobile phone number
  • A valid email address
  • A photo of the front of your MyKad
  • A selfie photo of yourself holding your MyKad

MySPR Registration

To register for the postal vote, you must first create an account on the MySPR website.

Step 1 : Go to the Permohonan Akaun Baru (Open New Account) page.

Step 2 : Key in these details into the MySPR registration form (with my translation in English) :

  • Nama : Name
  • No. Kad Pengenalan (MyKad) : Identification Card Number (MyKad)
  • No. Perkhidmatan Polis / Tentera (Jika Berkenaan) : Police / Military Number (If Relevant)
  • Tarikh Lahir : Date of Birth (this is automatically filled in once you key in a valid identification card number)
  • No. Telefon Bimbit : Mobile Phone Number
  • E-mel : Email Address
  • Kata Laluan : Password
  • Pengesahan Kata Laluan : Password Verification (to ensure you keyed in the correct password)
  • Soalan Keselamatan : Security Question (select one from the list)
  • Jawapan Keselamatan : Answer to your Security Question

Step 3 : In the next section of the MySPR registration form, key in your address exactly as it appears in your MyKad.

Step 4 : Click on Gambar Depan MyKad (Photo of Front of MyKad) to upload the photo you took of the front of your MyKad identification card.

The form will update to show your MyKad photo crossed out with Untuk Kegunaan SPR Sahaja (For SPR Use Only) in red.

Step 5 : Click on Gambar Swafoto (Selfie) Bersama MyKad (Selfie Photo With MyKad) to upload the photo you took of yourself holding your MyKad identification card.

The form will update to show your selfie photo with your MyKad crossed out with Untuk Kegunaan SPR Sahaja (For SPR Use Only) in red.

Step 6 : In the CAPTCHA box, key in the four digit number on the left. In this example, it’s the number 4283.

Step 7 : Click on the checkbox to acknowledge that you have read the terms, and that the information you entered is correct and accurate.

Step 8 : Click on the green Daftar (Register) button on the lower right corner to submit the information.

Step 9 : You will be informed that your registration has been submitted, and will be processed in 1-2 working days. You should also receive an email confirming your registration.

Click on the red Kembali (Return) button, and it will take you to the MySPR account login page.

Step 10 : You will receive an email with the title Pengaktifan Permohonan Akaun Pengguna (Activation of User Account Application) letting you know that your MySPR account has been approved.

Click on the click inside this email to activate your MySPR account, which will take you to the Pengaktifan Akaun Pengguna (Use Account Activation) page.

Step 11 : In the Pengaktifan Akaun Pengguna (Use Account Activation) page, key in your MyKad number and your password.

Step 12 : Click on the Mohon No. TAC (Send TAC Number) option.

Step 13 : You will receive the TAC number in your mobile phone (via SMS) and email address in this format :

SMS : RM0.00 SPR : No. TAC ialah XXXXXX. Permohonan Akaun Pengguna

Email : Tuan/Puan, SPR: No. TAC ialah XXXXXX. Permohonan Akaun Pengguna

Key in the TAC number (in this example, it’s 625704), and click Hantar (Send) to activate your MySPR account.

Step 14 : You will receive a notification, informing you that your account has been activated. You can now login directly into the MySPR system using your MyKad number, and the password you registered earlier.

Registering For Postal Vote In MySPR

Step 1 : Go to the MySPR account login page.

Step 2 : Key in your MyKad number as your login, and the password you registered earlier.

Step 3 : In the CAPTCHA box, key in the four digit number on the left. In this example, it’s the number 0290.

Step 4 : Click on the blue Log Masuk (Log In) button to log into your MySPR account.

Step 5 : Once inside your MySPR account, look for the Permohonan Undi Pos (Postal Vote Application) section on the side menu on the left. Click on the Borang Permohonan (Application Form) option.

Step 6 : In the application form, select the Pengundi Luar Negara (Overseas Voter) category.

Step 7 : Select either Bekerja (Working) or Lain-Lain (Other Reasons) as your reason for requesting the postal vote.

If you select Lain-Lain (Other Reasons), you will need to type in the text box below, why you are residing overseas. For example, you can write – Belajar di Luar Negara (Studying Overseas).

Step 8 : Key in your passport number in the No. Passport section.

Step 9 : Key in your overseas postal address (where you want your ballot papers to be sent)

Step 10 : Key in your contact number (can be a landline or a mobile phone)

Step 11 : Click on the check box to confirm that the details you submitted are true.

Step 12 : Go through your postal vote application one last time to ensure the details are correct. Then click on the Hantar (Submit) button.

You will now receive an email stating that your application for the postal vote is being processed.

That’s it! Now, you just have to wait for another email informing you if your postal vote application has been approved or rejected.

Voting By Post

Once the Election Commission has decided on the voting day, it will send you the ballot paper.

When you receive the postal ballot kit, you must mark the ballot, fill in a form, and insert them in the provided return envelope.

Then you must mail the postal ballot at your own cost, or drop it off at the Malaysian embassy or consulate office.

 

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Galaxy Watch5 vs. Watch5 Pro : Which To Buy?

Samsung is offering three different Galaxy Watch5 + Watch5 Pro models, so which should YOU buy?

 

Galaxy Watch5 vs. Watch5 Pro : How Different Are They?

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Watch5 series on August 10, and they have already made waves as their most durable and feature-packed watches yet!

In this article, I will go through their key features, so you can find out which Galaxy Watch5 model is best for you!

Three Sizes, Two Case Types, One Strap Size

Samsung offers three different Galaxy Watch5 models, each with a different case sizes, but fortunately – the same 20 mm strap size.

The size difference between the three models does not “look” significant, but they feel different and have different capabilities.

I highly recommend that you visit a Samsung Experience Store to try out the fit first, because how it feels and looks on your wrist is important.

Specifications Watch5
40mm
Watch5
44mm
Watch5
Pro
Model SM-R900 SM-R910 SM-R920
Body Size 40 mm 44 mm 45 mm
Body Material Armor Aluminum Titanium
Strap Band Width 20 mm
Dimensions 40.4 x 39.3 mm
9.8 mm thick
44.4 x 43.3 mm
9.8 mm thick
45.4 x 45.4 mm
10.5 mm thick
Weight 28.7 grams 33.5 grams 45.6 grams

All Models : Full Load Of Sensors

First, let me point out that regardless of which Galaxy Watch5 model you choose, you can rest assured that you will have access to the full load of sensors, including:

  • an improved BioActive sensor, with an increased surface area and more direct contact with your wrist.
  • accelerometer, barometer, gyro sensor, light sensor, and geomagnetic sensor

The BioActive Sensor incidentally is a unique Samsung chip that combines 3 sensors – Optical Heart Rate, Electrical Heart (ECG)  and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis, to monitor and track heart rate, blood oxygen level, and even your stress level.

All Models : Same Performance + Connectivity

You will also be glad to know that Samsung did not skimp on the performance in any Galaxy Watch5 model.

All three Galaxy Watch5 models come with Samsung Exynos W920 system-on-chip, built on the 5 nm process technology. It features:

  • two Arm Cortex-A55 processor cores running at 1.18 GHz
  • an Arm Mali-G68 graphics processor
  • 1.5 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage, with 7.5 GB of available storage

All three models also support the same connectivity capabilities – dual-band WiFi-N with Bluetooth 5.2, and NFC with support for Samsung Pay.

They also support all of the main location systems – GPS, Glonass, Beidou and Galileo

All Models : Same Durability

Samsung also did not cheap out on durability. All three Galaxy Watch5 models are similarly tough, boasting a rugged military-grade case that is certified to withstand up to 5 bars of water pressure.

All three models are MIL-STD-810H certified, with dust and water resistance of IP68 and 5ATM. That means you can take them diving at up to 50 metres of depth!

On top of that, the Super AMOLED display of all three Galaxy Watch5 models are protected by Sapphire crystal, which is 1.6 times harder than Gorilla Glass with DX+.

44mm Watch5 | Watch5 Pro : Larger Display

The 44 mm Watch5 model, and the Watch5 Pro come with a larger 1.4-inch display, with a resolution of 450 x 450 pixels.

The 40 mm Watch5 model, on the other hand, comes with a smaller 1.2-inch display, with a resolution of 396 x 396 pixels.

I prefer the larger display, but this is really a personal preference. To really appreciate the difference, I recommend you check out the three models at a Samsung Experience Store.

Galaxy Watch5 Pro : Higher Corrosion Resistance

The Samsung Galaxy Watch5 has an Armor Aluminum case, while the Watch5 Pro has a titanium case. They are both tough and have excellent corrosion resistance.

However, titanium is more corrosion-resistant than aluminium, and is best suited for those who intend to put their watch through the toughest environments.

Galaxy Watch5 Pro : Route Workout + Track Back

As part of its health monitoring capabilities, the Samsung Galaxy Watch5 series can track your sleep, and check your body composition.

But fitness enthusiasts will love the additional Route Workout and Track Back features in the Galaxy Watch5 Pro:

  • The all-new Route workout feature lets you import GPX format workout routes from your smartphone to your watch, syncing your route list.
  • Go the distance, then use Track Back to return right back where you started. Staying on track is easy thanks to voice or vibration-guided turn-by-turn navigation for cyclists and hikers.

All Models : Different Battery Lives, Same Fast Charging

More significant is the difference in battery life between the three Galaxy Watch5 models. They all have different battery sizes, with different battery lives:

Specifications Watch5
40mm
Watch5
44mm
Watch5
Pro
Battery Size 284 mAh 410 mAh 590 mAh
Battery Life Up to 40 hours Up to 80 hours
Charging 10 watt Qi wireless charging

I’m not sure how the Watch5 Small is able to match the battery life of the Watch5 Large, since it has a 30.7% smaller battery. But the smaller display would help, and it is possible that Samsung may have down-clocked its processor.

But there is no doubt that if you want the longest possible battery life in your watch, the Watch5 Pro is what you are looking for, with its rated battery life of up to 80 hours – just over 3 days!

All three models support Qi fast wireless charging, which will allow you to quickly recharge them. The Watch5 only needs 30 minutes to recharge from 0% to 45%.

All Models : Different Colour Options

What is also important to note is that all three models come in different colour options, which I summarised in this table:

Colour Options
Watch5 (40mm) Graphite, Silver, Pink Gold
Watch5 (44mm) Graphite, Silver, Sapphire
Watch5 Pro Grey Titanium, Black Titanium

The Galaxy Watch5 Small and Large models offer a conservative Graphite option, with two “fun” colour options.

The Pro version, on the other hand, is limited to a conservative Black Titanium option, and a cool Grey Titanium colour option.

Again, you need to physically examine these colour options, and try them out on your wrist at a Samsung Experience Store, to decide which looks best on your wrist.

 

Galaxy Watch5 vs. Watch5 Pro : Which To Buy?

The Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro is geared towards adventurers and fitness enthusiasts, who will love its Route Workout and Track Back features.

Its titanium case will easily handle years of acid rain to salt water immersion, while its long battery life will be helpful for long outdoor excursions and field trips.

So if you are an outdoorsman, or someone who dives or goes on long treks, there is no doubt – get the Galaxy Watch5 Pro.

Both the Small (40mm) and Large (44mm) versions of the Galaxy Watch5 are targeted at “the rest of us” – people who want a digital exercise or healthcare companion.

It will help us monitor our health vitals, and track our exercises; while looking stylish enough to go clubbing with, or to attend black tie dinner parties.

If you don’t do triathlons like IRONMAN, or go into the wilderness, try on both the Small and Large versions of the Galaxy Watch5, and buy the one that feels and looks best on your wrist!

 

Galaxy Watch5 + Watch5 Pro : Where To Buy?

Here are online purchase options where you can buy the Galaxy Watch5 series (prices accurate as of Oct 14):

Malaysia

Singapore

United States

United Kingdom

Australia

  • Galaxy Watch5 (40mm) : $479
  • Galaxy Watch5 Pro : $697 | $697

 

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How To Turn On Two-Step Verification In Telegram!

Find out WHY you should turn on two-step verification in Telegram, and HOW to do that!

 

Why You Should Turn On Two-Step Verification In Telegram?

Two-Step Verification is a feature that protects your Telegram account from being hijacked by hackers and scammers.

It blocks illegal takeover of Telegram accounts, by requiring a secret password that only you know. And it lets you recover your account via email.

This prevents hackers or scammers from taking over your Telegram account, even if you accidentally share with them the login code.

Read more : Beware Of Telegram Screenshot Hack + Scam!

 

How To Turn On Two-Step Verification In Telegram!

In this guide, I will share with you how to turn on two-step verification in Telegram.

Step 1 : Open Telegram.

Step 2 : Go to Options > Settings > Privacy and Security.

Step 3 : Tap on the Two-Step Verification option.

Step 4 : In the Two-Step Verification screen, tap on the Set Password option.

Step 5 : Key in your preferred password, which can be any combination of capital or small letters and numbers.

Step 6 : You will need to key the same password again, to confirm it.

Step 7 : Next, you can create a hint to remind you of your password. This is optional, and you can skip it if you prefer.

But if you key one in, the hint will be displayed whenever you are asked to key in the password in the future.

Step 8 : After that, you will have the option of adding a Recovery Email address, just in case your account is hijacked.

This is optional as well, but I highly recommend you add a recovery email, which is simply the email address you use.

Step 9 : If you entered a Recovery Email address, Telegram will now send you an email with a 6-digit code to verify that email address.

Step 10 : Look for the Telegram verification code email, and key in the 6-digit verification code.

That’s it! You’re done! From now on, you will be required to key in the password whenever you log into a new device.

This will prevent hackers / scammers from taking over your account, even if you accidentally give them the Login code you receive by SMS.

 

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Latest Face Mask Rules For Schools In Malaysia!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just released its latest face mask rules for schools!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Latest Face Mask Rules For Schools In Malaysia!

On 10 September 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) released the latest face mask rules for schools.

These new face mask rules apply to all educational institutions under the Ministry of Education, as well as those not registered with the ministry, including educational institutions run by the state government.

Face Mask Is Now Optional

KPM has now made the face mask optional in schools, whether indoors or outdoors.

However, KPM recommends that students and teachers wear a face mask in educational institutions, especially where it is crowded.

Face Mask Required Indoors If Symptomatic

Individuals who are symptomatic with a fever, cough or flu, are still REQUIRED to wear a face mask while indoors.

However, the wearing of face mask is optional when outdoors, even for individuals who are symptomatic.

Read more : Malaysia : Latest Covid-19 Vaccine Recommendations!

Face Mask Required Indoors If COVID-19 Positive

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 while in an educational institution or a dormitory are REQUIRED to wear a face mask while travelling to the COVID-19 Assessment Centre (CAC) or a nearby health facility for a health check.

Face Mask Required In School Bus / Van / Public Transport

Students are still REQUIRED to wear a face mask while travelling in a school bus or van, or whenever they are taking public transportation like a public bus, train, taxi or an e-hailing ride.

 

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Malaysia : Latest Covid-19 Vaccine Recommendations!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health just released their latest COVID-19 vaccine recommendations!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia : Latest Covid-19 Vaccine Recommendations!

On 9 September 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) released the latest COVID-19 vaccine recommendations of the KKM Technical Working Group meeting of 3 September 2022.

Second Booster Dose For Pregnant / Nursing Mothers

KKM is recommending that pregnant women and nursing mothers receive a second booster dose of the vaccine.

  1. Pregnant women are categorised as vulnerable, because they have a high risk of developing severe COVID-19 disease if infected.
  2. COVID-19 complications in pregnant women can detrimentally affect their pregnancies and foetal development.
  3. Antibodies from the mothers’ primary and booster vaccine doses have been detected in babies after they are born, protecting them from COVID-19.
  4. mRNA vaccine is safe for pregnant women and does not increase the risk of miscarriage, complications of pregnancies or birth defects.

First Booster Dose For 5-11 Year Old Children

KKM is recommending that children 5 to 11 years in age should receive a first booster dose of the vaccine.

  1. Children 5-11 years in age with co-morbidities or who are immunocompromised are at risk of developing severe disease if infected with COVID-19.
  2. Providing them with the first booster dose will boost the efficacy of the vaccine in preventing severe disease by the Omicron variant.
  3. The first booster dose can be given 6-9 months after completing the primary series vaccination.

COVID-19 Vaccination For 6-Month Old To 5 Year Old Children

KKM is recommending that children who are between 6 months old and 5 years in age should receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

  1. The COVID-19 vaccine can be offered to children who are 6 months old up to 5 years old, who have co-morbidities, or who are severely immunocompromised.
  2. KKM has started the process of obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine formulation for this group of young children.

Heterologous Vaccination For Second Booster Dose

KKM is recommending that that heterologous vaccination (mixing of vaccines) be offered for the second booster dose.

However, only the Pfizer mRNA vaccine has been approved as the second booster dose for these groups:

  • Individuals who are 50 years and older
  • Individuals who are 12 years and older, with moderate to severe immunocompromise
  • Individuals who are 18 years and older, with co-morbidities and are at risk of developing severe disease
  • Pregnant women or nursing mothers
  • Healthcare professionals

 

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Apple Pay Setup Guide : How To Register Your Cards!

Now that Apple Pay is available in Malaysia, here is my guide on how to set it up with your debit / credit card!

 

Apple Pay Is Now Available In Malaysia!

Apple Pay was first launched way back in September 2014, together with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. However, its global availability was slow and some would say, tortuous.

For years, Apple fans in Malaysia have requested for Apple Pay to be introduced in Malaysia, and could only look at Singapore in envy, when Apple Pay was introduced there more than six years ago in April 2016!

But the wait is over! The steady drip of leaks has finally culminated in actual confirmation that yes, Apple Pay is now available in Malaysia!

While this guide is based on credit cards in Malaysia, it will work in other countries too, as long as Apple Pay is supported.

 

Not All Banks Support Apple Pay

First of all, you must understand that not all banks support Apple Pay. Here in Malaysia, only three banks support Apple Pay at the moment.

Banks In Malaysia That Support Apple Pay

You will be able to register debit and credit cards issued by these banks :

  • AmBank
  • Maybank
  • Standard Chartered Bank

Banks In Malaysia That Do Not Support Apple Pay

You won’t be able to add debit or credit cards from these banks :

  • CIMB
  • Citibank
  • UOB
  • OCBC

I will update this article as and when I find out what other banks in Malaysia support, or don’t support, Apple Pay.

Read more : How To Add MySJ Vaccine Certificate To Apple Wallet + Health

 

How To Register Your Card In Apple Pay

To help you register your debit / credit card with Apple Pay, here is my step-by-step guide :

Step 1 : Open the Wallet app in your iPhone.

Step 2 : Tap on the Add button to “Add a credit or debit card to get started using Apple Pay”.

Step 3 : In the next screen, tap on the Continue button.

Step 4 : You will now be asked to “scan” your debit / credit card using your iPhone camera, positioning it within the frame.

Step 5 : The Wallet app will try to pick up important details of your credit card like :

  • Name
  • Credit card number
  • Expiry date

If nothing happens, that means it cannot read the details off the card. Then you will need to tap on the Enter Card Details Manually option at the bottom.

Step 6 : Whether your card details are detected or not, verify the key card details required by Apple Pay :

  • Name
  • Card Number
  • Expiry Date
  • Security Code

If the detected details are wrong, edit them to make sure they match your debit / credit card.

Step 7 : You will need to key in the Security Code, which is a 3-digit or 4-digit CSC (Card Security Code) / CVV (Card Verification Value) / CVC (Card Verification Code) usually printed on the back of your debit / credit card.

Step 8 : If your credit card is not supported, you will get a pop-up message saying :

Your Issuer Does Not Yet Offer Support for This Card

Ask your issuer if they offer cards that support Apple Pay.

If your card is supported, you will see a list of Terms and Conditions. You will need to tap on Agree to continue.

Step 9 : The screen show details of your credit card while the Wallet app sets it up for Apple Pay. Just wait for a few seconds.

Step 10 : You will now be asked to verify your card for Apple Pay, usually through Text Message. Tap Next to continue with the verification process.

Step 11 : You will receive an SMS with a 6-digit One Time Password (OTP). You need to key that in within 2 minutes :

Card enrolment OTP for your digital wallet is XXXXXX. It will expire after 2 mins. If you have not performed this, please contact the bank.

Step 12 : Tap Next after keying in the OTP, and you should see the Card Activated notice.

That’s it! Your credit card is now ready for Apple Pay. When you open your Wallet, you should see that debit / credit card listed.

 

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Galaxy Z Flip4 vs Z Flip3 : How Different Are They?

If you are using the Galaxy Z Flip3, you may be wondering – how different is the new Galaxy Z Flip4 smartphone?

In this article, I will share with you the key differences… and similarities between the two foldable smartphones!

 

Galaxy Z Flip4 vs Z Flip3 : How Different Are They?

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 builds upon the excellent Galaxy Z Flip3 from last year, offering an improved version of the compact foldable smartphone.

If you are comparing both devices side-by-side, it’s really hard to tell them apart… because Samsung essentially retained the same design.

When folded, the Galaxy Z Flip4 is slightly (1.5 mm) shorter, and imperceptibly (0.3 mm) narrower than the Galaxy Z Flip3.

When unfolded, the Galaxy Z Flip4 is even more alike the Flip3 – just 0.8 mm shorter and 0.3 mm narrower. If you don’t compare them closely, you might not be able to tell them apart!

They both have very similar weights too – the Galaxy Z Flip4 coming in 4 grams heavier at 187 grams, instead of 183 grams for the Galaxy Z Flip3. Again, you can’t really tell them apart.

Read more : Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 : My Hands-On Experience!

Most of the upgrades in the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 are internal… and out-of-the-box.

4nm Processor

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 naturally has a newer and more powerful processor than the Galaxy Z Flip3.

Manufactured on the more efficient 4nm process technology, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is the fastest processor money can buy in 2022.

But the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 used in the Galaxy Z Flip3 is no slouch, and you would be hard-pressed to tell their performance apart, outside of benchmark scores.

Main Camera Changes

Samsung retained the same 10 MP front camera, and the same dual camera setup at the back from the Galaxy Z Flip3 :

  • a 12 MP Dual Pixel camera, with f/1.8 aperture, and
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture

Larger Capacity

Samsung is also offering a larger 512 GB internal storage capacity option for the Galaxy Z Flip4. This will be useful for those who need additional storage for photos, videos or documents.

Bespoke Edition

Samsung will also offer a special Bespoke Edition for those who want to customise their Galaxy Z Flip4 smartphone.

The Bespoke Edition is only available with 256 GB of internal storage on the Samsung website, and requires 3-4 weeks to deliver, as each unit is custom-made.

Samsung Care+

The biggest upgrade, I would argue, is the new Samsung Care+ warranty, which you can purchase or obtain for free as part of the pre-order offer.

With Samsung Care+, you get 2 years of device warranty including THREE (3) protective film replacements for the Main Display.

The device warranty itself covers repairs for accidental damage (including liquid damage), as well as device replacement if it cannot be repaired. Talk about peace of mind!

 

Galaxy Z Flip4 vs Z Flip3 : Specification Comparison

Here is a table I created to make it easier for you to compare the two models:

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3
Main Display 6.7-inch Infinity Flex Display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel
1080 x 2640 pixels, 425ppi
120 Hz adaptive refresh rate
Cover Display 1.9-inch Super AMOLED display
260 x 512 pixels
Protection IPX8 Water Resistance
No Dust Resistance
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
CPU 1 x Cortex-X2 (3.2 GHz)
3 x Cortex-A710 (2.5 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A510 (1.8 GHz)
1 x Kryo 680 Prime (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 680 Gold (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 680 Silver (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 730 Qualcomm Adreno 660
Memory 8 GB
Storage 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB 128 GB / 256 GB
Front Camera 10 MP camera (f/2.4)
Main Cameras 12 MP Dual Pixel camera, f/1.8
12 MP ultra-wide camera, f/2.2
Audio Stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Surround sound with Dolby Atmos
UHQ 32-bit and DSD64/128 support
Connectivity Network : 5G / 4G / 3G
Wi-Fi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e
Bluetooth : BT 5.2
USB : USB-C 3.2
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Side-Mounted
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyroscope,
Geomagnetic, Hall, Proximity, Light
GPS GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BDS
NFC Yes
Battery 3,700 mAh Li-Po battery 3,300 mAh Li-Po battery
Charging Wired : 20 watt
Wireless : 10 watt
Reverse wireless : 4.5 watt
Wired : 15 watt
Wireless : 10 watt
Reverse wireless : 4.5 watt
Folded
Dimensions
71.9 mm wide
84.9 mm tall
15.9 mm to 17.1 mm thick
72.2 mm wide
86.4 mm tall
15.9 mm to 17.1 mm thick
Unfolded
Dimensions
71.9 mm wide
165.2 mm tall
6.9 mm thick
72.2 mm wide
166.0 mm tall
6.9 mm thick
Weight 187 grams 183 grams

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 comes in four colour options, as well as a special Bespoke Edition :

  • Graphite – legacy colour
  • Pink Gold – new colour
  • Blue – new colour
  • Bora Purple – their signature colour this year

These are the available models and launch prices for the Z Flip4 :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB : RM4,099 (about US$920 / £760 / A$1,319 / S$1,267)
  • 8 GB + 256 GB : RM4,399 (about US$987 / £816 / A$1,415 / S$1,359)
  • 8 GB + 256 GB Bespoke Edition : RM4,599 (about US$1,032 / £853 / A$1,479 / S$1,421)
  • 8 GB + 512 GB : RM4,899 (about US$ 1,099 / £909 / A$1,576 / S$1,514)

The Bespoke Edition is only available on the Samsung website, and requires 3-4 weeks to deliver, as each unit is custom-made.

Read more : Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 : Colour Comparison!

 

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Galaxy Z Fold4 vs Z Fold3 : How Different Are They?

If you are using the Galaxy Z Fold3, you may be wondering – how different is the new Galaxy Z Fold4 smartphone?

In this article, I will share with you the key differences… and similarities between the two foldable smartphones!

 

Galaxy Z Fold4 vs Z Fold3 : How Different Are They?

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 builds upon the excellent Galaxy Z Fold 3 from last year, offering an improved version of the multitasking powerhouse.

If you are comparing both devices side-by-side, it’s really hard to tell them apart… because Samsung essentially retained the same design.

When folded, the Galaxy Z Fold4 is slightly (3.1 mm) shorter, and imperceptibly thinner (0.1 to 0.2 mm) than the Galaxy Z Fold3.

When unfolded, the Galaxy Z Fold4 is slightly wider and shorter, by 2 mm and 3.1 mm respectively; and 0.1 mm thinner.

Both have comparable heft, with the Galaxy Z Fold4 coming in just 8 grams lighter at 263 grams, instead of 271 grams for the Galaxy Z Fold3.

Read more : Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 : My Hands-On Experience!

Most of the upgrades in the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 are internal… and out-of-the-box.

4nm Processor

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 naturally has a newer and more powerful processor than the Galaxy Z Fold3.

Manufactured on the more efficient 4nm process technology, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is the fastest processor money can buy in 2022.

But the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 used in the Galaxy Z Fold3 is no slouch, and you would be hard-pressed to tell their performance apart, outside of benchmark scores.

Main Camera Changes

Samsung retained the same triple camera setup from the Galaxy Z Fold3 with the same design and lenses, but changed two of their sensors.

Samsung upgraded the 12 MP main camera with a 50 MP sensor, while reducing the 12 MP telephoto camera to just a 10 MP sensor.

Larger Capacity

Samsung is also offering a larger 1TB internal storage capacity option for the Galaxy Z Fold4, albeit only on their website.

This will be useful for those who need additional storage for photos, videos or documents.

Samsung Care+

The biggest upgrade, I would argue, is the new Samsung Care+ warranty, which you can purchase or obtain for free as part of the pre-order offer.

With Samsung Care+, you get 2 years of device warranty including THREE (3) protective film replacements for the Main Display.

The device warranty itself covers repairs for accidental damage (including liquid damage), as well as device replacement if it cannot be repaired. Talk about peace of mind!

 

Galaxy Z Fold4 vs Z Fold3 : Specification Comparison

Here is a table I created to make it easier for you to compare the two models:

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3
Main Display 7.6-inch Infinity Flex Display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel
Main Display
Specfications
1812 x 2176 pixels
1~120 Hz refresh rate
1768 x 2208 pixels,
1~120 Hz refresh rate
Cover Display 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display
Cover Display
Specifications
904 x 2316 pixels,
48~120 Hz refresh rate
Gorilla Glass Victus protection
816 x 2260 pixels,
48~120 Hz refresh rate
Gorilla Glass Victus protection
Protection IPX8 Water Resistance, No Dust Resistance
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
CPU 1 x Cortex-X2 (3.0 GHz)
3 x Cortex-A710 (2.5 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A510 (1.8 GHz)
1 x Kryo 680 Prime (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 680 Gold (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 680 Silver (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 730 Qualcomm Adreno 660
Memory 12 GB
Storage 256 GB / 512 GB / 1TB 256 GB / 512 GB
Cover Camera 10 MP camera, f/2.2 aperture
Front Camera 4 MP under-display camera (f/1.8)
Main Cameras 50 MP Dual Pixel camera, f/1.8
10 MP 2X telephoto camera, f/2.4
12 MP ultrawide camera, f/2.2
12 MP Dual Pixel camera, f/1.8
12MP 2X telephoto camera, f/2.4
12 MP ultrawide camera, f/2.2
Audio Stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Surround sound with Dolby Atmos
UHQ 32-bit and DSD64/128 support
Connectivity Network : 5G / 4G / 3G
Wi-Fi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e
Bluetooth : BT 5.2
USB : USB-C 3.2
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Side-Mounted
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyroscope,
Geomagnetic, Hall, Proximity, Light
GPS GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BDS
NFC Yes
Battery 4,400 mAh Li-Po battery
Charging Wired : 25 watt
Wireless : 11 watt
Reverse wireless : 4.5 watt
Folded
Dimensions
67.1 mm wide
155.1 mm tall
14.2 mm to 15.8 mm thick
67.1 mm wide
158.2 mm tall
14.4 mm to 16.0 mm thick
Unfolded
Dimensions
130.1 mm wide
155.1 mm tall
6.3 mm thick
128.1 mm wide
158.2 mm tall
6.4 mm thick
Weight 263 grams 271 grams

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 comes in three main colour options, as well as a special Burgundy colour :

  • Graygreen – their signature colour this year
  • Beige
  • Phantom Black
  • Burgundy – only available on the Samsung website

These are the available models and launch prices for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 smartphone :

  • 12 GB + 256 GB : RM6,799 (about US$1,525 / £1,262 / A$2,189 / S$2,103)
  • 12 GB + 512 GB : RM7,299 (about US$ 1,638 / £1,355 / A$2,350 / S$2,257)
  • 12 GB + 1 TB : RM8,299 (about US$ 1,862 / £1,541 / A$2,672 / S$2,567)

The Burgundy colour option, as well as the 1TB storage option, are only available on the Samsung website.

Read more : Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 : Colour Comparison!

 

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Air Travel To Malaysia : Latest Covid-19 Requirements + SOP!

Here are the LATEST COVID-19 requirements and SOP for those plan to travel by air to Malaysia!

Updated @ 2022-07-03 : Malaysian citizens are no longer required to register for Traveller’s Pass.
Updated @ 2022-06-13 : Added the current COVID-19 vaccination requirements

Originally posted @ 2022-04-28

 

Malaysia Air Travel : Current COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Currently, travellers to Malaysia must provide documentation that they have completed a full regimen of a COVID-19 vaccine recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), or by a stringent regulatory authority in the country of origin.

There are additional requirements on COVID-19 vaccination for travellers :

  • Those aged 60 years and above are required to receive a booster dose.
  • Those received two doses of Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccine, regardless of age, must receive a third dose (of any vaccine) to qualify as fully-vaccinated.

The definition of a full regimen of a COVID-19 vaccine includes the number of doses required to provide the full vaccine protection, as well as the time needed to achieve protection against COVID-19.

Currently, that means 14 days after the second dose of a two (2) dose vaccine, or 14 days after a one (1) dose vaccine. In the case of Sinopharm / Sinovac vaccine recipients, that would mean 14 days after the third dose.

You are also considered fully-vaccinated immediately after receiving your booster dose.

Please make sure you submit your vaccination information through the Travellers option in MySejahtera, before your flight to Malaysia.

After submitting your COVID-19 vaccination details, you will receive a Travellers digital card, which allows you entry into Malaysia on arrival.

 

Malaysia Air Travel Test + Quarantine Rules From 1 May 2022!

On 27 April 2022, the Malaysia Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin announced new test and quarantine rules for travellers flying to Malaysia.

These COVID-19 test and quarantine rules take effect from Sunday, 1 May 2022 onwards!

A. Children 12 Years Or Younger : No Test, No Quarantine!

Irrespective of their vaccination status, children who are 12 years old or younger do NOT need to :

  • undergo pre-departure test
  • undergo on-arrival test, or
  • undergo HSO quarantine

B. Fully-Vaccinated 13 Years Or Older : No Test, No Quarantine!

Fully-vaccinated adolescents and adults who are 13 years or older do NOT need to :

  • undergo pre-departure test
  • undergo on-arrival test, or
  • undergo HSO quarantine

C. Partially-Vaccinated / Unvaccinated 13-17 Years Old : No Quarantine!

Adolescents who are 13-17 years old, and are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated do NOT need to undergo HSO quarantine on arrival in Malaysia.

However, they will need to undergo :

  • a PCR test within 48 hours before departure to Malaysia, and
  • a supervised RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.

D. Vaccinated Adults : No Test, No Quarantine!

Fully-vaccinated adults (18 years and older), with or without a booster dose, do NOT need to :

  • undergo pre-departure test
  • undergo on-arrival test, or
  • undergo HSO quarantine

E. Unvaccinated with Medical Exemption : No Quarantine!

Unvaccinated individuals with a medical exemption will be allowed, on a case-by-case basis, to travel to Malaysia without a mandatory quarantine.

However, they must undergo :

  • a PCR test within 48 hours before departure to Malaysia, and
  • a professional RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.

F. Unvaccinated Adults : 5 Day Quarantine

Adult travellers (18 years and older) who are partially-vaccinated, or completely unvaccinated, must :

  • undergo a 5-day mandatory quarantine on arrival in Malaysia, and
  • undergo a PCR test on Day 4, or a professional RTK-Ag test on Day 5.

Travellers who are exempt from vaccination for health reasons must upload the evidence of medical exemption into the MySejahtera app.

G. Unvaccinated + Post COVID-19 : 5 Day Quarantine

Unvaccinated individuals who recovered from COVID-19 (infected in the last 6-60 days) must:

  • undergo a 5-day mandatory quarantine on arrival in Malaysia, and
  • undergo a PCR test on Day 4, or a professional RTK-Ag test on Day 5.

If they were not hospitalised, they must undergo :

  • a professional RTK-Ag test within 48 hours before departure to Malaysia, and
  • a professional RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.

If they were hospitalised, they can use a Fit To Travel letter from the hospital.

 

Latest Malaysia Air Travel Procedure From 4 July 2022!

On 27 April 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health issued the official procedure for travellers who arrive by air, that will take effect from 1 May 2022 onwards.

It was then updated on 1 July 2022, with the abolishment of the Traveller’s Pass for Malaysian citizens.

Before Departure

  1. Download the MySejahtera app, and register for your MySejahtera account. *
  2. Click on the Traveller icon in MySejahtera, and complete the pre-departure form
    a) fully-vaccinated travellers will receive a Digital Traveller’s Card *
    b) partially vaccinated / unvaccinated travellers will receive a Digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO).
  3. All unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers 13 years and above must undergo a PCR test 2 days before departure.
  4. Those who had a previous COVID-19 infection (within 6-60 days before departure) must undergo a professional RTK-Ag test 2 days before departure, or alternatively, have a Free-To-Travel letter if they were hospitalised for COVID-19 during that time.
  5. You do NOT need to purchase travel and COVID-19 insurance.

* No longer necessary for Malaysian citizens, starting 4 July 2022.

On Arrival

  1. All partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers 13 years and above must undergo a supervised RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.
    a) this supervised RTK-Ag test can be performed at any health facility of your choice, or virtually
    b) COVID-19 breathalyser / professional RTK-Ag tests are available at the airport
    c) Cost of on-arrival RTK-Ag test must be borne by the travellers.
  2. Children below the age of 13, and travellers from Singapore are exempted from the on-arrival test.
  3. Partially-vaccinated / unvaccinated travellers must undergo a mandatory 5-day quarantine.
  4. IMPORTANT : Travellers transiting through Malaysian international airports to Sabah or Sarawak must undergo professional RTK-Ag at the airport, before departing.

Testing Positive On Arrival

If you test positive on arrival, you must undergo a mandatory HSO quarantine of 7 days.

You can opt for the new Day 4 test and release procedure, by undertaking a supervised RTK-Ag test on Day 4 of your quarantine.

  • If you test negative, you are allowed to immediately terminate your quarantine.
  • If you test positive, you must complete your 7-day quarantine

Read more : Day 4 Test + Release For COVID-19 Positive In Malaysia!

Testing Positive During Quarantine

If you are a partially vaccinated / unvaccinated traveller, you will need to undergo a 5-day quarantine, and get tested on Day 4 (PCR) or Day 5 (RTK-Ag).

If you test positive on Day 4 or Day 5, your quarantine will get extended for 5 more days.

 

Malaysia Air Travel Test + Quarantine SOP : Summary

To make it easier to compare the myriad air travel requirements to Malaysia, I created this table to summarise the key requirements.

Vaccination Status Pre-Departure On Arrival Additional Test
or Quarantine
Child (< 13 Years) * No Test Required No Test
No Quarantine
Fully Vaccinated (≥ 13 Years)
Partially-Vaccinated or
Unvaccinated (13-17 Years)
PCR test
within 2 days
Supervised
RTK-Ag
within 24 hours
of arrival

On-Arrival
Professional
RTK-Ag
for travellers
transiting to
Sabah or
Sarawak
Not Vaccinated with
Medical Exemption
Partially Vaccinated or
Unvaccinated (≥18 Years)
5-Day Quarantine
with
Day 4 PCR or
Day 5 RTK

Partially Vaccinated
or Unvaccinated

+ Post-COVID-19
(6-60 Days)
Professional
RTK-Ag
within 2 days
or FTT letter **
if hospitalised

* By year of birth
** Also professional RTK-Ag if recovered from COVID-19 infection 6-60 days before departure
*** FTT = Fit To Travel

 

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Where + How To Renew Driving Licence In Malaysia!

Find out where and how you to renew your driving licence in Malaysia!

 

Why You Need To Renew Your Driving Licence ASAP

The Road Transport Department (JPJ) has discovered that hundreds of thousands of people are driving with expired licences.

They recently reminded motorists that the moratorium on expired driving licences will end on 30 June 2022.

Right now, those that JPJ caught were “only” been slapped with a fine. But after 30 June 2022, they will be issued with a summon and their licences may be revoked.

These are the four categories of expired licences that may be revoked, if they are not renewed in time :

  • Learner’s Driving Licence (LDL) : Up to 2 years
  • Probational Driving Licence (PDL) : More than 1 year
  • Competent Driving Licence (CDL) : More than 3 years
  • Public Service Vehicle / Goods Driving Licence (PSV / GDL) : More than 3 years

If your licence is revoked, you will need to undergo the full process to re-qualify and obtain a new licence.

Recommended : JPJ : Renew Driving Licence Or Retake Full Driving Test!

 

Fine For Driving Without A Valid Licence In Malaysia

If you are caught driving without a valid licence, you will be fined based on how long your licence has expired.

How Long Your Licence Has Expired Delivery Fee
1-15 Days RM 150
16-30 Days RM 200
31-60 Days RM 300

But as noted earlier, if you do not renew your licence for more than 3 years, you will not only be fined, you will be required to take the driving exam again.

Even worse, you will have to submit an eRayuan letter to obtain a learner’s licence (LDL) which costs RM30, and after passing the exam, you be issued a probationary licence (PDL) for 2 years.

 

How To Check Your Licence Expiry Date In Malaysia

Did you know you can check your driving licence expiry date, even if you are overseas? Here is what you need to do :

  1. Go to the official JPJ Licence Expiry Date enquiry page.
  2. Select your identification type
    – Temporary Resident (MYKAS)
    – Permanent Resident (PTM)
    – Malaysian Public (MYKAD)
    – Police (POL)
    – Military (TEN)
    – Non Malaysia (LLN)
  3. Key in your Identification Number (without dash)
  4. Key in the CAPTCHA security code – the 4-digit number in the image.
  5. Click Search.

You should get a report like this, which shows you when your driving licence was last renewed, and when it will expire.

 

Where To Renew Driving Licence In Malaysia

You can renew your driving licence in person, or online, depending on the licence type.

For in-person renewal, you can even get a representative (a friend, relative or runner) to renew it for you.

JPJ Licence Type Expiry Where To Renew
Learner’s Driving Licence (LDL) Up to 2 years JPJ
Pos Malaysia
Probational Driving Licence (PDL) Over 1 Year JPJ
Competent Driving Licence (CDL) Over 3 Years JPJ
MyEG
Pos Malaysia
Public Service Vehicle (PSV) /
Goods Driving Licence (GDL)
Over 3 Years JPJ

In Person Renewal Options

  1. Pos Malaysia post offices
    – this is where I prefer to renew my driving licence
    – post offices located within shopping malls are open on weekends, which makes them super convenient
    – unless there is a queue, you can get your licence renewed within 15 minutes
  2. JPJ state and branch offices
  3. Urban Transformation Centres, where you will find a JPJ branch
    – UTC Kuala Lumpur
    – UTC Sentul, Kuala Lumpur
    – UTC Keramat, Kuala Lumpur
    – UTC Kedah
    – UTC Sungai Petani, Kedah
    – UTC Perak
    – UTC Melaka
    – UTC Johor
    – UTC Pahang
    – UTC Terengganu
    – UTC Kuching, Sarawak
    – UTC Sibu, Sarawak
    – UTC Miri, Sarawak
    – UTC Sabah
    – UTB Tawau, Sabah

Online Renewal Option

Currently, the only online renewal option is MyEG. While convenient, just be aware that :

  • they can only renew the Competent Driving Licence (CDL)
  • you will need to submit a photo (with a white background)
  • they will charge a fee for delivery of the new driving licence
  • you won’t get your driving licence immediately
Area Fee Max. Delivery Time
Klang Valley RM 6 2 working days
Peninsular Malaysia RM 8 Towns : 2-3 working days
Rural : 5 working days
Sabah + Sarawak RM 10 5 working days

 

What You Need To Renew Driving Licence

Competent Driving Licence (CDL)

Renewal Options : 1 Year, 2 Years, 3 Years, 4 Years, 5 Years
Fee :

  • RM 2 per year for Class A or A1
  • RM 20 per year for Class B, B2 and C
  • RM 30 per year for Class D and above

Required Documents

  1. Original MyKad / passport, or copies if renewal is undertaken by representatives
  2. Original MyKad / passport of representatives, if necessary
  3. Original / copy of driving licence
  4. 1 colour photo (white background) with dimensions of 25 mm x 32 mm
    If you are applying in JPJ offices, you can take the picture at the counter, or use the picture embedded in your MyKad

Vocational Driving Licence (PSV / GDL)

Renewal Option : Only 1 Year
Fee : RM 20 per year
Required Documents

  1. Original MyKad / passport, or copies if renewal is undertaken by representatives
  2. Original MyKad / passport of representatives, if necessary
  3. Original / copy of driving licence
  4. Certification from medical officer (JPJL8 Form)
  5. 1 colour photo (white background) with dimensions of 25 mm x 32 mm
    If you are applying in JPJ offices, you can take the picture at the counter, or use the picture embedded in your MyKad.

 

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Apple Silicon M1 Series vs. M2 Comparison!

Apple just launched the M2 – their second-generation M-series system-on-a-chip (SoC) for Mac computers!

Let’s compare the new M2 against the last-generation M1 series SoCs!

 

Apple Silicon M1 vs. M2 Comparison

On 6 June 2022, Apple unveiled their second-generation M-series system-on-a-chip (SoC) for Mac computers – the Apple Silicon M2!

Built on an improved 5 nm process technology, the Apple M2 has 20 billion transistors – 25% more transistors than the M1.

All those transistors allow the Apple M2 to deliver better performance than the last-generation M1 :

  • Faster Performance cores with a larger cache
  • 18% faster CPU performance
  • 35% more powerful GPU at max. power
  • 40% faster Neural Engine
  • 50% more memory bandwidth
  • up to 24 GB of unified memory
  • a new image signal processor (ISP) for better image noise reduction

The new M2 no doubt offers a significant boost in performance and capabilities over the M1.

On top of that, it partially addressed the limited Unified Memory capacity offered by the M1, by offering a 24 MB option.

The new M2 will debut in the 2022 MacBook Air, and the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro 2022 laptops.

To give you a better idea of how they compare, here is our direct comparison b between the Apple M1 and the Apple M2 :

Specifications M1 M2 Difference
Fab Tech 5nm (N5) 5 nm (N5P)
Transistor
Count
16 billion 20 billion +25%
Die Size 120 mm² NA
CPU Cores
(Performance)
4 x Firestorm
@ 3.2 GHz
4 x Avalanche cores
@ NA GHz
CPU Cores
(Efficiency)
4 x Icestorm cores
@ 2.06 GHz
4 Blizzard cores
@ NA GHz
L2 Cache P-core : 12 MB
E-core : 4 MB
P-core : 16 MB
E-core : 4 MB
P-core : +33%
SLC 16 MB 32 MB +100%
GPU Cores 7 / 8 cores
1278 MHz
8 / 10 cores
NA MHz
+1 / +2 cores
Neural Engine 16 cores
(11 TOPS)
16 cores
(15.8 TOPS)
+44%
Memory Options 8 GB / 16 GB 8 GB / 16 GB / 24 GB
Memory Type LPDDR4X LPDDR5
Memory Speed 2133 MHz 3200 MHz +50%
Memory Bus 128-bit 128-bit
Memory
Bandwidth
68.2 GB/s 102.4 GB/s 50%

 

Apple Silicon M1 Series vs. M2 Comparison

While the M2 may offer significant improvements over the M1, Apple has been careful in not letting it cannibalise sales of the higher-performing M1 Pro, M1 Max and M1 Ultra chips.

Even without testing the new M2, its specifications show that it slots in between the M1 and the M1 Pro.

  • M2 has 8 cores like M1, with 2-4 fewer Performance cores than the M1 Pro.
  • Its Performance cores have L2 cache size of 16 MB, right between M1 (8 MB) and M1 Pro (24 MB).
  • Its 8-10 GPU core count is right between M1 (7-8 cores) and M1 Pro (14-16 cores).
  • Its maximum Unified Memory option is 24 GB, right between M1 (16 GB) and M1 Pro (32 GB).
  • It retains the M1’s narrower 128-bit memory bus, but uses the M1 Pro’s faster LPDDR5 memory.

To show you what I mean, here is a table I created comparing the key specifications of the M1 series against the new M2 :

Specifications M1 M1 Pro M1 Max M1 Ultra M2
Fab Tech 5nm (N5) 5 nm (N5P)
Transistor Count 16 billion 33.7 billion 57 billion 114 billion 20 billion
Die Size 120 mm² 245 mm² 432 mm² 864 mm² NA
CPU Cores
(Performance)
4 cores
(Firestorm)
3.2 GHz
6 / 8 cores
(Firestorm)
3.23 GHz
8 cores
(Firestorm)
3.23 GHz
16 cores
(Firestorm)
3.23 GHz
4 cores
(Avalanche)
NA GHz
CPU Cores
(Efficiency)
4 cores
(Icestorm)
2.06 GHz
2 cores
(Icestorm)
2.06 GHz
2 cores
(Icestorm)
2.06 GHz
4 cores
(Icestorm)
2.06 GHz
4 cores
(Blizzard)
NA GHz
L2 Cache P-core : 12 MB
E-core : 4 MB
P-core : 24 MB
E-core : 4 MB
P-core : 48 MB
E-core : 8 MB
P-core : 16 MB
E-core : 4 MB
SLC 16 MB 32 MB 64 MB 128 MB 32 MB
GPU Cores 7 / 8 cores
1278 MHz
14 / 16 cores
1296 MHz
24 / 32 cores
1296 MHz
48 / 64 cores
1296 MHz
8 / 10 cores
NA MHz
Neural Engine 16 cores 32 cores 16 cores
Memory Options 8 / 16 GB 16 / 32 GB 32 / 64 GB 64 / 128 GB 8 / 16 / 24 GB
Memory Type LPDDR4X LPDDR5
Memory Speed 2133 MHz 3200 MHz
Memory Bus 128-bit 256-bit 512-bit 1024-bit 128-bit
Memory
Bandwidth
68.2 GB/s 204.8 GB/s 409.6 GB/s 819.2 GB/s 102.4 GB/s

 

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How To Renew Malaysian Passport Online : Latest Guide!

Find out how to renew your Malaysian passport online through the MyOnline Passport service!

 

You Must Renew Your Malaysian Passport Online!

MyOnline Passport is a service by the Immigration Department of Malaysia, which allows you to renew your Malaysian passports online.

Ever since international borders reopened, there has been a massive backlog of people renewing their passports.

On 11 May 2022, the Immigration Department stopped allowing most people to walk-in for their passport renewal. Except for a selected group of people, everyone else must renew their passports online.

Read more : Most People Cannot Walk-In To Renew Malaysia Passport!

 

How To Renew Your Malaysian Passport Online!

The MyOnline Passport service was originally designed by the Immigration Department of Malaysia as a convenient, online way for people to renew their Malaysian international passports.

However, it is now the only way to renew your Malaysian passport for most people, from 11 May 2022 onwards. Here is what you need to know about the process.

Only For International Passport Renewals

The first thing you must be aware is that MyOnline Passport can only be used to renew existing international passports issued by the Immigration Department of Malaysia.

You cannot use it to apply for a new passport, or to replace a stolen or damaged passport. You also cannot use it to renew special or restricted passports.

To apply for a new passport, or to replace a stolen / damaged passport, or renew special or restricted passports, you must walk-in.

Children who are less than 13 years old, special needs individuals, and those performing the Haj, must also walk-in to renew their passports.

Who Can Apply For Online Passport Renewal?

The MyOnline Passport service is only open to applicants 13 years and older, with existing Malaysian e-passports (passport with microchip).

Underaged applicants (13-18 years old) must have the consent of their parent(s) / legal guardian(s) to apply online, and the parent(s) / legal guardian(s) must be present during the collection of passport.

Can Overseas Citizens Use MyOnline Passport?

This service is also open to Malaysian citizens living overseas, with collection centres in these countries :

  • Australia : Canberra, Melbourne, Perth
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia : Jakarta
  • Singapore
  • United Kingdom : London
  • United States : New York

It Now Takes 3 Working Days To Renew Passport!

Originally…

If you submit the online application before 3 PM on a working day, you will be able to collect the new passport on the same day.

If you submit the online application after 3 PM on a working day, or anytime during a holiday, you can collect the new passport after 10 AM on the following working day.

Now

However, due to the massive demand, the Immigration Department announced that you will get an email notification within 3 working days if your online renewal has been approved.

If you do not receive the notification after 3 working days, you may walk into the selected collection centre.

Where Do You Collect The Passport?

Applicants can collect their renewed passports from a Passport Recipient and Issuance Office of their choice, from a list in the system.

The collection date and time will be provided, depending on the date and time the application was submitted.

How Much Does It Cost?

The MyOnline Passport service is free. You only need to pay for the standard Malaysian international passport renewal fees :

  • 13 to 59 Years Old : RM200
  • Above 60 Years Old : RM100

Payment must be made via a credit card or debit card / direct debit (FPX) on the website.

Read more : Please DO NOT Walk-In To Renew Your Malaysian Passport!

Please Check Blacklist Before Applying!

Every online passport renewal application will be vetted against the Immigration Department’s blacklist.

So please check if you are on the Immigration Department’s blacklist before you even apply.

  1. Go to the Immigration Control Status Checking page.
  2. Key in your 12-digit MyKad identity card number (without dash).
  3. Click on the Check button.

If you get the green No restriction result, then you may apply to renew your passport online.

What Is Required To Submit An Application?

Here is what you need to have, before applying for online renewal of your Malaysian international passport.

  • an existing Malaysia e-passport (passport with microchip) that is not defaced or water-damaged
  • a digital passport-sized photo with these specifications :
    a) background must be white, and without shadows (coloured backgrounds will not be accepted)
    b) applicants must wear dark clothing that cover the shoulders and chest.
    c) applicants who wear a scarf or hijab must wear dark-coloured scarf / hijab, and it must not cover the face.
    d) uploaded photo must have been taken at a professional photo studio, in the format provided by the photo studio. Polaroid photos will not be accepted.
    e) applications that do not meet these specifications will be put on-hold, resulting in delayed issuance and collection.
    f) you may have your passport photo taken at the Passport Recipient and Issuance Office you selected to collect your passport, if your passport photo does not meet the required specifications
  • a valid credit card / debit card / online bank account to make the required payment

In addition, you must be sure that :

  • you are able to physically collect the new passport in-person (a representative may not collect for you)
  • for underaged applicants : both applicant and parent(s) / legal guardian(s) must be present to collect the new passport

Passport Photo Specifications

Here are the latest specifications for online submission of passport photos :

  • Background must be white and without shadows. Coloured backgrounds will not be accepted.
  • Applicants are required to wear dark clothing that cover the shoulders and chest.
  • Applicants may wear dark-coloured scarfs or hijabs but they must not cover the face.
  • You must take the photo at a professional photo studio, and upload the soft copy in the format provided by the photo studio. Polaroid pictures will not be accepted.

If the photo you upload do not meet the specifications, your application will be put on-hold, and you will be asked to resubmit the photo, or get one taken at a passport office.

What Is Required To Collect Passport?

Finally, when it’s time to collect your renewed passport, please make sure you bring :

  • your MyKad identification card
  • your existing Malaysian international passport
  • the payment receipt issued by the system
  • for underaged applicants : your parent(s) / legal guardian(s) must bring your Birth Certificate

You cannot send a representative to collect your passport. If you fail to bring the necessary documents, or collect your passport in person, the renewed passport will not be released.

Underage applicants must be accompanied by their parent(s) / legal guardian(s), or their renewed passport will not be released.

How Do You Start The Process?

You can start the process on this MyOnline Passport page.

You may make multiple passport renewals, but you must submit one application per person.

Please avoid registering from 10:55 PM to 12:30 AM, because that’s when the system undergoes daily maintenance and no payment can be processed during that time.

If You Get An Error Message…

If you get an error message while making payment, please contact your bank for further instructions.

If your photo was rejected, you can upload a new photo, or have your passport photo taken at the Passport Recipient and Issuance Office you selected to collect your passport.

If you get this error message – “Kindly contact the Immigration Department of Malaysia”, it means your online application was unsuccessful for one of these reasons :

  • The file containing your fingerprint was damaged or deleted. You will be required to go to the passport office to have your fingerprint taken again, to avoid problems at the airport arrival / departure gates.
  • Your application does not meet with the specifications listed on MyOnline Passport.
  • The information provided was inaccurate, and/or contradicts the information in the Immigration Department system.

How To Resubmit Photo / Supporting Documents

If you need to resubmit your photo or supporting documents, please use these links :

How To Check Application Status

Please use this link to check your passport renewal status.

 

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Monkeypox : What You Must Know About This Viral Infection!

zFind out what Monkeypox is all about, and whether it is a new viral infection we have to worry about!

 

Monkeypox : What You Need To Know

People are now worried about the rapid spread of monkeypox globally, with cases in at least 20 countries outside of Africa.

Here are some facts about monkeypox that you should know…

Monkeypox Is Different From COVID-19

First, let me just clearly state this – the monkeypox virus is completely different from the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

The monkeypox virus is a double-stranded DNA virus from the Orthopoxvirus genus in the Poxviridae family. It is closely related to the smallpox virus (variola)

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a single-stranded RNA virus from the Betacoronavirus genus in the Coronaviridae family. It is closely related to the SARS virus (SARS-CoV-1).

Monkeypox Is A Zoonotic Disease

Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease that is primarily carried and spread by animals, especially primates.

It was first discovered in monkeys in 1958, giving rise to the name – monkeypox. The first human case was only reported in 1970.

Monkeypox Is Getting More Common

The monkeypox virus used to be a relatively rare zoonotic virus, with about 400 human infections reported from 1970 to 1986 that were mostly limited to Central and West Africa.

It is becoming more common though, with 2000 cases per year reported between 2011 and 2014. Several small outbreaks in the US (2003 and 2021), UK (2018 and 2021), and Singapore (2019) were also reported.

In the current 2022 outbreak, over 200 confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported in 21 countries.

 

Monkeypox : Transmission, Mortality + Disease Progression

Monkeypox Transmission

The monkeypox virus are generally transmitted through these methods :

  • animal-to-human : close contact, scratches or bites, or direct contact with bodily fluids
  • human-to-human : respiratory droplets or contact with bodily fluids or fomites (contaminated surfaces)

The virus enters the body through broken skin and the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and mouth.

Risk factors for human transmission include sharing the same bed or room with an infected person, as well as having sexual intercourse or sharing utensils.

Read more : Monkeypox Outbreak In 20 Countries : Is It A New Pandemic?

Monkeypox Mortality Rate

Monkeypox is not as easily transmitted as COVID-19, but has a significantly higher mortality rate depending on the strain :

  • West African strain : 1% to 3%
  • Central African strain : 10%

Fortunately, the infections in the 2022 monkeypox outbreak are of the less virulent West African strain.

How A Monkeypox Infection Progresses

After infection, the incubation period is usually 7-14 days, but can vary from 5-21 days.

The patient will start experiencing general symptoms like fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.

Within 1-3 days though, the patient will develop lesions in the mouth, before they appear on the face and then spread to other parts of the body.

  • The first lesions appear on the tongue and in the mouth
  • A macular rash (flat, discoloured) then appears on the face, before spreading to the arms and legs and then hands and feet.
  • The macular rash will typically spread to the entire body within 24 hours, but is most concentrated on the face, arms and legs.
  • By the third day of the rash, the lesions will develop into elevated and palpable papules.
  • By the fourth to fifth day of the rash, the lesions will become fluid-filled vesicles.
  • By the sixth to seventh day, the vesicles will become pustular (filled with pus).
  • The pustules will be round and firm, with a depression in the centre, for the next 5-7 days.
  • By the end of the second week, the pustules will scab over for about a week before falling off.

Only after ALL of the scabs have fallen off is a person considered no longer contagious.

After the scabs have fallen off, the affected skin may appear pale before becoming dark marks, sometimes becoming pitted scars.

 

Monkeypox : Testing, Treatment + Prevention

Monkeypox Testing

Confirmation of a monkeypox infection is based on the detection of its viral DNA through real-time or conventional polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

The doctor will swab the lesions and/or exudate and/or crusts, which is different from how samples are collected for COVID-19 tests.

Monkeypox Treatment

There is currently no proven treatment for monkeypox infections, which will generally resolve over 2-4 weeks.

Patient care is usually supportive in nature (antipyretic medicine, fluid balance and oxygenation), but in severe cases, several antiviral treatments can be attempted :

  • Cidofovir and Brincidofovir (CMX001), which have proven activity against poxviruses in laboratory and animal studies.
  • Tecovirimat (ST-246), which was shown in animal studies to be effective in treating orthopoxvirus-induced disease.
  • Vaccinia Immune Globulin (VIG)

I should point out that none of these antiviral treatments have been proven to work against monkeypox.

Smallpox Vaccine Can Protect Against Monkeypox

The monkeypox virus is so closely related to the (eradicated) smallpox virus, that the smallpox vaccine can protect against monkeypox.

The smallpox vaccine called JYNNEOS (Imvamune / Imvanex) was earlier proven to be at least 85% effective in preventing monkeypox, and was thus licensed for use against monkeypox. Another smallpox vaccine called ACAM2000 may also be used.

The smallpox vaccine can also be given to those who were just exposed to the virus, to reduce its symptoms.

But please do NOT call up your local clinic to ask for the smallpox vaccine. It has not been available in many countries for decades because smallpox was effectively eradicated in 1980.

Other Preventive Measures

In the absence of the smallpox vaccine, the same measures used to avoid COVID-19 can be adopted to also avoid monkeypox :

  • Avoid contact with animals that can harbour the virus, particular animals that are sick or have been found dead
  • Avoid contact with infected monkeypox patients and their close contacts
  • Avoid contact with objects or surfaces that have been in contact with a sick person / animal
  • Use personal protective equipment (PPE) while caring for patients – N95 face mask, face shield, etc.
  • Practice good hand hygiene, washing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser

Monkeypox Isolation

Monkeypox patients must be isolated either in a hospital or at home, until all lesions are clear with a fresh layer of skin.

Close contact with other people should be avoided until all scabs have dropped off, which usually takes 2-4 weeks.

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Please DO NOT Walk-In To Renew Your Malaysian Passport!

If you are planning to renew your international passport, please DO NOT just walk into a passport office!

You will most likely be rejected, because most applicants are NO LONGER allowed to walk in!

 

Warning : Most People CANNOT Walk In To Renew Passport!

Ever since Malaysia announced the reopening of the international borders, everyone has been rushing to renew their passports.

Initially, passport renewals required prior appointments, but that was abandoned after appointments stretched to August and beyond.

People were allowed to walk in, but that led to a massive surge of people queuing for hours at Immigration offices. So the government announced two major measures, from 11 May 2022 onwards :

Extended Operating Hours

The Immigration Department announced extended operating hours to cope with the demand :

  • Until 10 PM : Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, and Melaka
  • Until 10 PM : All UTC (Urban Transformation Centre) outlets in peninsular Malaysia
  • Until 6 PM : Penang, Kedah, Perak, Kelantan, Pahang, Terengganu, and Perlis
  • 8 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturday : All passport offices in peninsular Malaysia (from 14 May onwards)

Walk-In Limited To Certain Groups

They also announced that only certain groups will be allowed to walk-in to renew their passports :

  • People applying for a new passport
  • Senior citizens (60 years and older)
  • Special needs individuals (must bring Social Welfare Department registration card)
  • Children who are less than 13 years old
  • People planning to perform the Haj (must bring the Tabung Haji offer letter)
  • Students (less than 21 years old) planning to study overseas
  • People who lost their passports (will require a police report)
  • People with damaged passports

Everyone else will have to renew their passports online!

Read more : How To Renew Your Malaysian Passport Online!

 

Should You Walk In To Renew Your Passport?

Since I first published this article, I spoke to other people who tried to walk in and renew passports, only to be turned away.

Based on my own experience (see below), I can attest that the Immigration officers are dead serious about turning people away.

If you are not in the list of people permitted to renew passports on-the-spot, please don’t waste your time. You will only waste your time queuing up, only to be rejected. Try to renew your passport online instead.

Recently, a video clip went viral, showing a security guard demanding that reporters leave the crowded Pudu UTC passport centre. While such aggression is uncalled for, it shows the amount of pressure and tension surrounding this issue.

Every day, hundreds of people queue up at passport centres for hours, posing a real risk as social distancing is completely impossible. Most will be turned away.

If you are renewing a child’s passport or applying for a new one, the unwritten rule is that they will allow one parent to renew his/her passport as well. But this is not a guarantee. It is at the officer’s discretion, and subject to the number of walk-in slots they have left.

Even if you qualify for on-the-spot passport renewal, you should be aware that every passport office will give out a limited number of slots per day. Once those slots are filled, everyone else will be asked to go home.

So make sure you go early in the morning. Preferably you should arrive 30-60 minutes before the passport office opens. Some told me that they queued up as early as 6:30 AM in the morning!

Preferably you should try to go on weekdays, as parents with school-going children have no choice but to go on weekends.

I would also recommend you go to smaller passport offices, especially in UTCs or those located in covered buildings. Imagine if you have to wait in the hot sun for hours!

 

How I Managed To Walk In To Renew My Passport!

Now, let me share with you my recent experience of walking into the Sentul Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) passport office to renew my passport.

We had earlier planned to renew our passports at the Sentul UTC, where there was no need to queue (pre-pandemic), so I was able to go in and come out with a brand new passport within an hour!

We went to the Sentul UTC early on a Saturday morning – arriving 40 minutes before they opened at 8 AM. By then, there was already a long queue of at least 50 people in front of us!

Some eventually left after reading the notice on the door, which stated that only certain groups would be allowed to walk-in to renew passports.

Expect to spend several hours, so please bring some water and food to eat and drink while you wait. Please note that you are not allowed to eat inside the passport office.

The Immigration office opened at 8 AM sharp, and people started filing in. Within minutes, we could see some people leaving, looking dejected.

As we got closer to the counter, we could see the Immigration officer rejecting some applicants, and giving others their queue numbers. It was a very stressful experience for everyone queuing up because no one knows if they would be rejected or allowed to proceed.

By the time we got to the counter, it was already 8:45 AM. The officer asked us why we were not renewing our passports online. Fortunately, my passport was water damaged, and our son was less than 13 years old.

My wife though did not have a valid reason, but it appears that they will allow one parent accompanying a child to renew his/her passport too, so she was allowed to renew hers as well.

Again, I need to stress – this is at the officer’s discretion, and subject to the number of available slots. So it pays to be polite and early.

The Immigration officer then checked our documents. If you don’t have the required documents, you will also be rejected. So please make sure you have these documents ready :

  • Original passport
  • Original MyKad. A photocopy is required if you are applying for a new passport.
  • Original birth certificate for children who are less than 18 years old
    Please note that they will not accept MyKid
    A photocopy is also required, if your child are applying for a new passport
  • Those performing the Haj must bring the Tabung Haji offer letter.
  • Special needs individuals must bring their Social Welfare Department registration card.
  • Students who are less than 21 years old must bring their overseas university / college offer letter or a similar document

As we waited for our numbers to be called, we watched many people get rejected at the counter. There were easily 300 people queuing up at this small passport office that morning – most were asked to renew their passports online.

At about 9:15 AM – just half an hour after we got our queue numbers – they announced that all of the walk-in slots had been taken up, and asked everyone still queuing up to go home.

For those who were lucky enough to get a queue ticket, the rest of the process was pretty similar to what it was pre-pandemic :

  1. When your number is called, you head to the allocated counter to submit your documents.
  2. The officer will verify your identity using your MyKad and a fingerprint scanner.
  3. The officer will then take your passport photo on the spot.
    This is FREE of charge, which is awesome! Just sure you wear dark clothes.
  4. You will be asked to check your details on the application form, sign it and authenticate it with your fingerprint.
  5. Your application will then be vetted by an officer at the back, against the Immigration Department’s blacklist.
    So please check your Immigration Control Status before you apply for your passport renewal!
  6. Once your passport renewal application has been approved, you will be asked to make payment :
    – Individuals 13-59 years old : RM 200
    – Senior citizen (60 years and above) : RM 100
    – Individuals performing the Haj : RM 100
    – Special needs individuals : Free
    Please note that they will only accept payment by credit card or debit card. Cash is NOT accepted.
  7. After payment, you should receive your passport within one hour.

All in – it took us about 4.5 hours to renew our passports at the Sentul UTC passport office. This is fast, considering the crowd we saw.

An officer I spoke to said that their small passport office was processing about 400 passports a day, while the larger passport offices were doing at least 1,000 passports a day.

About a hundred that day were reserved for walk-ins, while the rest were for online applications – they still have to drop in to submit their old passports and verify their identities before collecting their new passports.

I hope my experience helps give you an idea of the current passport renewal process, if you are allowed to renew on-the-spot at a passport office.

 

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Pfizer Booster Dose For 5-11 Yo Kids : What You Must Know!

Here is what you need to know about the Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose for 5-11 year old kids!

 

Pfizer Booster Dose For 5-11 Yo Kids : What You Need To Know!

On 17 May 2022, the US FDA officially approved the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as a booster dose for 5-11 year-old kids.

This Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose for kids is different from the COVID-19 booster dose for older children and adults in many ways, so let me summarise the key differences…

Lower Paediatric Dose

The dose of the Pfizer booster dose for 5-11 year old kids is only 10 micrograms (mcg). This is 1/3 of the dose used for adults and adolescents.

5-Month Dose Interval

The Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 booster dose for 5-11 year old kids is meant to be administered at least 5 months after the primary series is administered.

It does not mean your child must receive the booster dose exactly five months after completing the primary series. It just means the earliest your child should receive the booster dose is five months after receiving the primary series vaccine doses.

4th Dose For Some

For most children – the primary series consists of two doses, so the booster dose will be their third dose.

However, certain children are given three doses as their primary series vaccination :

  • who have undergone solid organ transplantation, or
  • who have been diagnosed with conditions that have an equivalent level of immunocompromise.

For these children, the booster dose will be their fourth dose of the vaccine.

10-Dose Vial

The booster dose for 5-11 years old kids uses the same Pfizer paediatric vaccine used in their primary series vaccination.

It is supplied in a 10-dose vial, with an orange cap and a label with an orange border, to differentiate from the higher-dose vaccine used for adults and adolescents.

Must Be Diluted Before Use

The content of the vial must be diluted with 1.3 ml of sterile 0.9% sodium chloride, to derive 10 doses of 0.2 ml in volume.

Healthcare workers must be aware of this dilution requirement, as the newer Pfizer vaccine with a gray cap (for individuals 12 years and older) no longer requires dilution.

Smaller Intramuscular Injection

The Pfizer booster dose for 5-11 year old kids is given as a 0.2 ml intramuscular injection. This is a smaller volume than the adult booster dose – 0.3 ml.

So parents should be aware that the paediatric booster dose has a lower volume, when observing their children’s vaccinations.

More Stable Formulation

The Pfizer’s paediatric vaccine, which is used for the booster dose, has an improved formulation that is more stable. For those who want to know what changed, Pfizer :

  • replaced the phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) with a Tris buffer
  • removed sodium chloride and potassium chloride from the buffer formulation

This improved formulation allows the vaccine to be kept in a normal refrigerator at 2°C to 8°C (35°F to 46°F) for up to 10 weeks, instead of just 4 weeks.

In addition, it will last longer – 12 hours, instead of just 2 hours – at room temperature (up to 25°C / 77°F), after being thawed.

Read more : Did Pfizer add heart attack drug to COVID-19 vaccine for kids?

9 Month Expiry Date

The Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine has a 9-month expiry date, from the printed manufacturing date.

Printed
Manufacturing
Date
9-Month
Expiry Date
09/2021 31 May 2022
10/2021 30 June 2022
11/2021 31 July 2022
12/2021 31 August 2022
01/2022 30 September 2022
02/2022 31 October 2022
03/2022 30 November 2022
04/2022 31 December 2022
05/2022 31 January 2023

Mild Side Effects

The US FDA authorised the booster dose based on safety data from approximately 400 children who received the booster dose 5-9 months after completing their two-dose primary series.

They noted that the commonly reported side effects were pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, as well as fatigue, headache, muscle or joint pain and chills and fever.

This should be no different from the original safety data, which showed that the lower dose produced fewer side effects, with no severe side effects noted. They were mostly :

  • pain at injection site : 71-74%
  • headache : 54-61%
  • fatigue : 60-66%
  • muscle pain : 27-41%
  • chills : 25-40%
  • joint pain : 13-22%
  • fever : 7-17%

Side note : It is interesting to note that even the placebo causes common symptoms like fatigue, headache and muscle pain. This shows just how important it is to conduct a randomised controlled trial.

Safer Than Adult Dose

The much lower dose appears to ameliorate, if not eliminate, the risk of myocarditis / pericarditis that was highest in adolescents and young adults.

There were no cases of pericarditis or myocarditis in the initial Pfizer study that involved over 2,260 children, through approximately 3 months of follow-up after Dose 2.

After 8.7 million doses were administered in the US (up to 19 December 2021), the US CDC noted that :

  • VAERS received 4,249 adverse event reports (0.049% of doses)
  • 4,149 (97.6%) of those adverse events were not serious
  • Of the remaining 100 serious adverse events, 29 were fever, 21 were vomiting, and 15 were increased troponin.
  • Only 11 verified cases of myocarditis were identified – 7 recovered completely, and 4 were recovering at the time of the report.

Based on those results, the risk of myocarditis was 1 in 791,000 doses – much lower than the risk of myocarditis in young adults (1 in 50,000).

For a better perspective of the risk of developing myocarditis, I created this comparison table for you :

Myocarditis Risk Per Million People Difference
COVID-19 Patient 450 +2208%
Pfizer Vaccine
(Adult Dose)
20 +2.6%
Pfizer Vaccine
(Paediatric Dose)
2.5 -87%
Normal Population 19.5 Baseline

As you can see, the risk of developing myocarditis is MUCH higher if your child gets infected with COVID-19, compared with getting the Pfizer vaccine.

 

Pfizer Booster Dose : Should Your 5-11 Yo Kids Get It?

While the US FDA did not reveal how much of a boost in antibody the Pfizer booster dose will give your 5-11 year old children, there is a definite boost in antibody level.

That said, antibody levels are not an accurate assessment of an individual’s immunity against COVID-19.

Studies have shown that additional vaccine doses induces the memory B cell and T cell responses to an actual COVID-19 infection.

While that may not prevent infection, especially by the highly-infectious Omicron variants, the improved B cell and T cell responses will greatly reduce the severity of any COVID-19 infection.

Therefore, I would definitely recommend giving your kids the Pfizer booster dose, if it is made available to them.

 

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How To Setup Your Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Tablet!

In this guide, we will show you how to setup your new Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra for the first time!

 

How To Setup Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : A Video Guide!

We have the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tablet with us, and soon you will get yours too.

Let us show you how to setup the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra for the first time, as a new device!

The process is very easy as our video shows, so you will be able to enjoy using it within minutes!

 

How To Setup Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Step-By-Step Instructions

It is very easy to setup the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra as a new device.

This should take no more than 10 minutes, will be much longer if you are transferring data from an older tablet.

  1. Press the Power button to start up your Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tablet.
    It will take 23 seconds to boot up for the first time.
  2. Click Start to begin the setup process.
  3. The first thing you need to do is select a language.
  4. Next, you will need to select your country or region.
  5. Then, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra will reboot – a process that takes about 32 seconds.
  6. After it boots up again, you will be asked to agree to the EULA (End User Licence Agreement) and the Privacy Policy.
    You can skip sending Samsung your Diagnostic Data.
  7. In the next screen, you will have the opportunity to turn off certain Samsung apps and services.
    These are all key features that will greatly impact your use of the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, so I recommend that you leave them all enabled.
  8. Next, you will be allowed to log into your Wi-Fi network for Internet connectivity.
    Select your Wi-Fi network and key in the password to connect.
  9. Once your Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra connects to the Wi-Fi network, it will automatically look for updates, and prepare the device.
    It can take a few minutes to finish, so don’t fret.
  10. Next, you will be given the option to transfer apps and data from your old tablet.
    This is a long process, which you can do now, or do it later after setting up the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.
    To do it later, or set it up as a new device, simply click on Don’t copy.
  11. Now you will be asked to log into your Google Account, or create a new one.
    To skip for now and do it after setting up the tablet, click on Skip.
    But you will lose access to certain Google services until you log in.
  12. Next, you will be given the option of disabling certain Google services.
    Generally, I would recommend leaving them enabled, except sending Google your usage and diagnostic data.
  13. Now you will be asked to protect your Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra by selecting a preferred login method – Face recognition, Fingerprint, Pattern, PIN or Password.
  14. If you select the Face Recognition or Fingerprint option, you will need to select a secure screen lock method using Pattern, PIN or Password.
  15. Next, you will need to go through the Face Recognition / Fingerprint training process
  16. After that, you will be asked to log into your Samsung account, or create a new one.
    To skip for now and do it after setting up the tablet, click on Skip.
    But you will lose access to certain Samsung services until you log in.

That’s it! You have successfully setup the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra as a new device! Enjoy!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Price + Availability

Samsung is offering the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra in five RAM + storage capacity options globally :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB
  • 12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
  • 16 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB

But over here in Malaysia, it is available with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage for RM 5,899 (about US$1,387 / £1,063 / A$1,877 / S$1,892.

Here are some online pre-order options :

 

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How To Get Your MySejahtera Verified Blue Tick!

You may be wondering WHY you should get the Verified blue tick in MySejahtera, and HOW to get it.

Here is everything you need to know about the new MySejahtera Verified blue tick!

 

MySejahtera Verified Blue Tick : What Is It?

You may have noticed that your MySejahtera now has a Verified blue tick under your name in the Check-In screen.

The MySejahtera Verified blue tick confirms that your full name and MyKad or passport numbers have been verified, and tied to this MySejahtera account (MySJ ID).

Some of you may see a Verify Now button instead. This may occur if you did not submit your full name, or submitted the wrong MyKad or passport numbers.

This MySejahtera Verified badge is not just for “show” – without a verified MySejahtera account, your vaccine certificate is no longer accessible!

Read more : MySejahtera Vaccine Certificate Missing? Here’s The Fix!

 

How To Get Verified Blue Tick In MySejahtera : Video Guide

Watch our video guide on what you need to do to get your Verified blue tick!

How To Get Verified Blue Tick In MySejahtera : Pictorial Guide

Here are the steps for those who prefer a pictorial guide :

Step 1 : Make sure you update to MySejahtera version 1.1.8 or newer.

You do not have to uninstall, and reinstall MySejahtera. Just go to the Google Play Store / Apple App Store / HUAWEI AppGallery and click on the Update option.

Step 2 : In the default Check-In screen, you should see a red Verify Now button. Click on it.

Step 3 : In the Verification page, check to make sure these details are accurate :

  • Name : Please key in your full name, ensuring that it matches your MyKad or passport. This includes Bin, Binti, A/P or A/L as required.
  • IC/Passport No. : This is either the MyKad or passport number you registered under this MySejahtera account.
  • MySJ ID : This is either the phone number / email address you used to register this MySejahtera account.

Step 4 : Click on the Edit option to make the necessary changes.

Step 5 : Once you are done, click Confirm to send your details to the MySejahtera team.

That’s it! Once your details are verified, you will receive a Verified blue tick in the Check-in screen of your MySejahtera app.

Now that you know how to get the Verified blue tick in MySejahtera, please tell your family and friends!

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How To Update Date of Birth In MySejahtera!

Find out how to update your Date of Birth in MySejahtera, for a CORRECT vaccination status and digital vaccine certificate!

 

Why You MUST Update Date Of Birth In MySejahtera!

On 2 April 2022, the MySejahtera team urged everyone to update their Date of Birth in the MySejahtera app. Otherwise, you could lose your vaccination status!

If you have the Fully Vaccinated status, it could disappear, or change to Partially Vaccinated, or Unvaccinated. Your digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate will also be incomplete.

So make sure you update your Date of Birth in MySejahtera ASAP, not only for yourself, but also your vaccine dependents!

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccination Status Changes On 1 April 2022!

 

How To Update Date of Birth In MySejahtera : Video Guide

Here is our video guide on how to update the date of birth in MySejahtera for yourself, as well as your vaccine dependents.

For those who prefer a pictorial guide, here is our step-by-step guide.

Updating Your Date of Birth In MySejahtera

If you are the only one using your MySejahtera account, here is what you need to do :

Step 1 : Update MySejahtera to the latest version.

Step 2 : Launch MySejahtera, and close the default Check in screen.

Step 3 : Click on the Profile icon at the bottom right of the MySejahtera main screen.

Step 4 : Click on the hamburger (Settings) icon at the upper right of the Profile screen.

Step 5 : In the Settings screen, click on My Personal Details.

Step 6 : In the My Details screen, click on the Date of Birth option to select your Date of Birth. Once you have updated your Date of Birth, it will get locked (note the lock icon), so make sure it is correct.

Step 7 : Click on the Save button to submit your Date of Birth.

That’s it! You have successfully updated your Date of Birth in MySejahtera.

If your MySejahtera vaccination status disappeared or was wrongly display, it will now appear correctly. Your digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate will also now be complete!

Updating Your Vaccine Dependents’ Date Of Birth

Here is what you need to do, if you have vaccine dependents under your MySejahtera account.

Step 1 : Update MySejahtera to the latest version.

Step 2 : Launch MySejahtera, and close the default Check in screen.

Step 3 : Click on the Profile icon at the bottom right of the MySejahtera main screen.

Step 4 : Scroll to the bottom of the Profile screen, until you see a list of your vaccine dependents (My Dependent Status).

Step 5 : Click on the vaccine dependent of your choice.

Step 6 : Scroll down your vaccine dependent’s status, until you see his/her Digital Certificate.

Step 7 : Click on the Show QR option at the lower left section of his/her Digital Certificate.

Step 8 : In the pop-up screen that appears, click on Take me there.

Step 9 : In the Dependent Status page, tap on the Date of Birth option to select your vaccine dependent’s date of birth.

If you registered your vaccine dependent using a passport, you have the option of updating his/her passport details (Passport No. and Country of Origin), if it has been renewed.

Step 10 : Double check to make sure you entered the correct information, and click on the Save button.

That’s it! You have successfully updated your vaccine dependent’s Date of Birth in MySejahtera.

If your vaccine dependent’s MySejahtera vaccination status disappeared or was wrongly display, it will now appear correctly.

Your vaccine dependent’s digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate will also now be complete!

Read more : How to get PDF of Vaccine Certificate in MySejahtera?

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Alert : COVID-19 Vaccination Status Changes On 1 April 2022!

Please note that your COVID-19 vaccination status in Malaysia will change on 1 April 2022, depending on the vaccine and number of doses you received.

Take a look at the finalised schedule of COVID-19 vaccination status changes that will take effect very soon!

 

Vaccination Status Changes For Seniors, Sinovac + Sinopharm Recipients

On 24 February 2022, Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that these individuals will be required to get a booster dose by 31 March 2022.

  • 60 years and older who were fully-vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine
  • 18 years and older who were fully-vaccinated with the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine

That was extended on 24 March 2022, to include individuals 18 years and older who were fully vaccinated with the Sinopharm vaccine as well.

Starting 1 April 2022, individuals in all three groups who do not get their booster dose will lose their fully-vaccinated status.

To be clear – this is not a vaccine mandate. You are free to refuse the booster dose. However, your MySejahtera will show that you are not fully-vaccinated.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Status Changes On 1 April 2022!

On 24 March 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health also announced changes to the COVID-19 vaccination status, adding a new Booster status.

From 1 April 2022 onwards, there will be four possible vaccination status in MySejahtera (from best to worst) :

  • Boosted
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Partially Vaccinated
  • Unvaccinated

For your convenience, here is a table summarising the COVID-19 vaccination status changes that will kick in on 1 April 2022 :

COVID-19 Vaccine No. of Doses 18-59
Years Old
60 Years Old
& Above
Sinovac
Sinopharm
2 Doses Partially Vaccinated
3 Doses Fully Vaccinated
Pfizer
Moderna
AstraZeneca
Covaxin
Covishield
Novavax
Sputnik V
2 Doses Fully Vaccinated Partially Vaccinated
3 Doses Boosted Fully Vaccinated
CanSino
Janssen
Sputnik Light
1 Dose Fully Vaccinated Partially Vaccinated
2 Doses Boosted Fully Vaccinated

Please note that the Malaysia Ministry of Health is offering four different booster doses for FREE.

They are also allowing you to walk-into the nearest PPV (COVID-19 vaccination centre) for your booster dose.

So take this opportunity to get a boost in your protection against COVID-19!

Read more : Malaysia COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy : 22 March Edition!

Primary Series
Vaccine
Recommended
Booster
Timing After
Primary Series
Pfizer Pfizer or AstraZeneca After 3 months
AstraZeneca Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Sinovac Pfizer, AstraZeneca,
CanSino or Sinovac
Sinopharm Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Moderna Pfizer or AstraZeneca
CanSino Pfizer, AstraZeneca
or CanSino
Sputnik V Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Janssen Pfizer or AstraZeneca After 2 months

 

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Malaysia COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy : 22 Mar 2022!

Here is our LATEST summary of the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose policy in Malaysia, as of 21 March 2022!

 

Malaysia Ramping Up COVID-19 Booster Dose Program!

Malaysia started the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose programme on 13 October 2021, targeting those who received the Pfizer vaccine more than 6 months ago.

It was then expanded to those who received the Sinovac vaccine more than 3 months ago, on 22 October 2021.

On 9 November 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that it would be made available to younger adults.

On 24 November 2021, KKM announced that it will be open to anyone above 18, including those who received AstraZeneca, Cansino, Sinopharm and Janssen vaccines.

On 16 December 2021, KKM made it mandatory for vulnerable individuals to receive the booster shot, to be considered as fully-vaccinated.

On 28 December 2021, KKM halved the booster dose interval for most COVID-19 vaccines!

On 21 March 2022, KKM added the CanSino booster dose to the PICK vaccination programme, and updated its booster dose recommendations.

 

Latest COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy In Malaysia Explained!

Here is our summary of Malaysia’s COVID-19 vaccine booster dose policy!

Why Should We Get It?

It is recommended that you get the booster dose to better protect against more contagious COVID-19 variants like the Delta variant, and the new Omicron variant.

The primary series of COVID-19 vaccines continues to protect you against hospitalisation and death. However, the Delta and Omicron variants are partially-resistant to the vaccines, and will cause more breakthrough infections.

While most of these breakthrough infections will be mild or moderate, it puts vulnerable people – the elderly and people with co-morbidities – at risk. That’s why they are being given the booster shot first, over everyone else.

In addition, antibody protection from COVID-19 vaccines has been shown to wane over 2-6 months, so booster doses are necessary to restore optimal protection.

Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!
Read more : Why The Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

What Vaccines Have Been Approved As Booster Dose?

The Malaysia Drug Control Authority (DCA) approved the Pfizer booster dose on 8 October 2021.

Only on 17 November 2021 did they also approve the AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines as booster doses.

Then on 6 January 2022, they approved the CanSino vaccine as a booster dose.

How Soon Can You Get The Booster Dose?

You can now get your booster dose as early as THREE (3) months after completing your primary series for most vaccines, or TWO (2) months for the Janssen vaccine.

Here is a table I created to summarise the booster options and when you can get one :

Primary Series
Vaccine
Recommended
Booster
Timing After
Primary Series
Pfizer Pfizer or AstraZeneca After 3 months
AstraZeneca Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Sinovac Pfizer, AstraZeneca,
CanSino or Sinovac
Sinopharm Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Moderna Pfizer or AstraZeneca
CanSino Pfizer, AstraZeneca
or CanSino
Sputnik V Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Janssen Pfizer or AstraZeneca After 2 months

Pfizer Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Pfizer vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

AstraZeneca Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Sinovac Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca / CanSino / Sinovac booster shot

If you are not comfortable with the Pfizer vaccine, please consider the AstraZeneca booster shot instead, because it is far superior to the Sinovac booster shot.

If you must have a Chinese vaccine, then consider the CanSino booster shot, which is superior to the Sinovac booster shot.

Read more : Can You And Should You Get A Sinovac Booster Dose?
Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

Sinopharm Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sinopharm vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Note : CITF-B originally allowed a third dose of Sinopharm as a booster shot, but it has NOT been approved by the NPRA, and is therefore not available at the moment.

Moderna Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Moderna vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Sputnik V Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sputnik V vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

CanSino Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the CanSino vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after vaccination.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca or CanSino booster shot

If you are not comfortable with the Pfizer vaccine, please consider the AstraZeneca booster shot, because it is superior to the CanSino booster shot.

Opt for the CanSino booster shot, if you must have a Chinese vaccine.

Janssen Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine can receive their booster shot 2 months after vaccination.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Who Can Receive It?

On 24 November 2021, the Ministry of Health announced that the COVID-19 booster doses will be available to all individuals 18 years and above.

However, the appointments will be prioritised using the age step down approach, with priority for frontliners, individuals with co-morbidities, pregnant mothers, and those who have to travel overseas.

Is COVID-19 Booster Dose Mandatory?

Like the COVID-19 vaccine, the booster shot is NOT mandatory.

Is It Necessary To Be Fully-Vaccinated?

Yes, for certain vulnerable groups.

On 16 December 2021, the Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that these individuals MUST receive a booster shot by end of February 2022, to be considered as fully-vaccinated.

On 7 February 2022, this was extended to end of March 2022.

  • Individuals who received two doses of the Sinovac vaccine, and
  • Individuals 60 years and older who completed other COVID-19 vaccines,

Those who do not meet these requirements by end of March 2022 will lose their “fully-vaccinated” status in MySejahtera.

They will only regain their fully-vaccinated status once they receive the booster dose.

Read more : Booster Deadline for Seniors + Sinovac Recipients Extended!

Is It A Good Idea To Mix COVID-19 Vaccines?

Yes, studies have shown that it is not only safe to mix COVID-19 vaccines, such heterologous vaccinations will greatly increase your protection against the coronavirus.

Many countries are now giving heterologous booster shots, and the JKJAV expert committee has also recommended to proceed with heterologous vaccinations.

Heterologous vaccination is like learning different martial arts. By learning different ways to handle the coronavirus, your immune system is better able to beat COVID-19.

The Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who was vaccinated with two doses of the Sinovac vaccine, also received a Pfizer heterologous booster shot :

Do We Need To Pay?

Like the COVID-19 vaccine, the booster shot is provided for FREE under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

How To Apply For COVID-19 Booster Dose?

You do NOT need to apply for the COVID-19 booster dose.

Once you are eligible, you will be given an appointment notification in MySejahtera to go to a GP / government clinic or hospital for your booster dose.

If you do not have MySejahtera, you will be informed by SMS. So please keep an eye out for your appointment!

You can also put yourself on the COVID-19 vaccine standby list at nearby clinics.

Read more : How To Register For The COVID-19 Vaccine Standby List?

 

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How To Register Overseas Vaccination In MySejahtera!

Find out how to register your overseas vaccination in MySejahtera, to get your digital COVID-19 certificate!

 

Why Get MySejahtera Digital Certificate For Overseas Vaccination?

Everyone who gets vaccinated in Malaysia receives a MySejahtera digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate, as well as a physical vaccination card.

They are both accepted as proof of your vaccination, but the digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate is definitely much more convenient to use.

You can still use your physical vaccination card, but you will still need to show your MySejahtera profile for them to verify your identity. So it’s not as convenient.

 

How To Register Overseas Vaccination In MySejahtera!

If you were vaccinated overseas, you are in a pickle because you will not have a MySejahtera digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

Neither can you use your foreign physical vaccination card, as they are not recognised in Malaysia.

Earlier, you were required to submit your documents to the nearest district health office (PKD), but JKJAV also introduced the ability to register your overseas vaccination online!

So here are the steps on how to do register your overseas vaccination in the MySejahtera app or the MySejahtera website!

  1. Open the MySejahtera app, and click Close on the default check-in page.
    Alternatively, open the MySejahtera Helpdesk on your web browser, and go to Step 3.
  2. Select the MySejahtera Helpdesk option in the main screen.
  3. Select the option called I have received my vaccination overseas and would like to obtain my digital vaccination certificate in MySejahtera.
    Note :
    This was originally the N option, then became the M option, before finally becoming the current L option. So just ignore the alphabet.
  4. Choose to either apply for yourself, or for your dependent.
    If you need to apply for yourself and your dependent, you will need to repeat this process.

  1. Select your MySejahtera user ID – whether it’s your mobile number, or your email address.
    Then key in the relevant information, including the email address at which they should write to you.

  1. Key in your telephone number and email address.

  1. Select whether you had the first dose only, the second dose only, or both doses.

  1. You will be asked to fill in your vaccination details.

  1. Finally, you will need to ppload a picture of your foreign vaccination card or document.

But if you prefer, you can still submit your foreign vaccination certificate / card / document to the nearest District Health Office (PKD).

Once verified, your overseas vaccination details will be submitted to the MySejahtera team, and you will be issued a digital COVID-19 certificate.

 

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