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Did FedEx + Southwest Jets Almost Collide In Video?!

Did a FedEx cargo plane and a Southwest Airlines jet almost collide in a viral video?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Video Shows FedEx + Southwest Jets Almost Colliding!

People are sharing a video clip that claims to show a FedEx cargo plane and a Southwest Airlines jet almost colliding!

This is video from the FedEx – Southwest runway incident from last week.

If this doesn’t make you tense up and cringe nothing will. The people on that SouthWest flight have no clue how close to death they came.

Insane.

Real incident at Austin Feb 4, 2023.
Fedex 😱 Southwest Airlines. Near Miss!

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Truth : FedEx + Southwest Jet Near Collision Video Is From Game!

This is yet another example of MISINFORMATION circulating on WhatsApp, and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

Fact #1 : FedEx + Southwest Jets Did Almost Collide

First, let me confirm that a FedEx cargo plane and a Southwest Airlines jet did almost collide on Saturday, February 4, 2023.

In that incident, air traffic controllers at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport cleared an arriving FedEx Boeing 767 cargo plane to lane, while simultaneously clearing a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 to take off using the same runway!

Air traffic controllers first cleared the Southwest Airlines jet to take-off from runway 18 Left, when the FedEx jet was 3.2 nautical miles (6 km) away.

When the FedEx jet was 2.19 nautical miles (4 km) from the airport, controllers told the FedEx crew to land on the same 18 Left runway.

The FedEx crew later realised that they were about to overfly the Southwest plane, and quickly aborted their landing while telling the Southwest crew to abort their takeoff.

According to Jennifer Homendy, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the two planes almost collided, with a separation of “less than 100 feet (30 metres)”.

I’m very proud of the FedEx flight crew and that pilot. They saved, in my view, 128 people from a potential catastrophe. It was very close, and we believe less than 100 feet.

The near catastrophe apparently happened because the Austin airport is not equipped with Airport Surface Detection Equipment (ASDE). Air traffic controller could see the FedEx jet on radar, but could not see the Southwest Airlines jet taxiing on the ground.

The ASDE system was important in preventing a runway collision in January 2023, between taxiing and departing aircraft at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport.

Fact #2 : That Video Was From A Video Game

While the incident was real, the video isn’t real. The video was created using the 2020 computer game, Microsoft Flight Simulator by Monster21 who posted it on YouTube and TikTok.

On his YouTube channel, Monster21 explicitly pointed out that the video was created on Microsoft Flight Simulator, with the title, “Real incident at Austin on Microsoft Flight Simulator“.

On TikTok though, he posted it with a shorter title of “Real incident at Austin Feb 4th 2023“, but did include a #microsoftflightsimulator2020 hashtag.

Unfortunately, it is being shared as if the video is genuine, just like these other videos created by computer games:

Fact #3 : Video Does Not Accurately Simulate The Event

While the video creator was simulating the close call between the FedEx and Southwest jets based on flight data, it isn’t an accurate depiction.

The video showed that it was a bright and clear day. That’s not accurate because the incident happened at around 6:50 AM. Dawn only broke at 6:55 AM in Austin, Texas on February 4, 2023.

There was also fog at the airport that day. So it would have been rather dark and foggy at the same time, with poor visibility.

That would explain why the FedEx crew did not spot the spot the Southwest jet lining up on the runway much earlier.

Fact #4 : Audio Was Genuine, But Edited

While the video is not real and is just a simulation, the audio recording is genuine albeit edited.

The air traffic control audio recording was made available through Live ATC of Austin-Bergstrom Airport’s traffic control, and began at around 6:47 AM.

The full audio recording lasts just over 6 minutes, but was edited to just over 2 minutes by Haemaker to remove dead spots. As he noted – “It did NOT happen this fast“.

The video used the shorter, edited Haemaker audio recording, so it sounds more dramatic than what really happened in real life. Here is how USA Today explains the audio recording:

The FedEx pilot asks the tower if the plane is confirmed to land, to which the controller responds yes and lets the pilot know about the Southwest flight taking off. 

About 30 seconds later, the controller asks the Southwest flight to confirm if it is “on the roll.” To which the pilot immediately responds, “Rolling now.”

After about 20 seconds of silence, the tower says, “Southwest abort. FedEx is on the go.”

There’s no response, and nearly nine seconds later, the tower tells the Southwest flight to turn right when able. Southwest immediately responds by saying, “Negative.”

The tower comes back about 17 seconds later and tells the FedEx pilot to climb and maintain 3,000 feet and turn left, which the pilot confirms upon receiving the instruction.

Near the end of the recording, after the FedEx plane has landed and said it cleared the runway, the tower apologizes to the pilot and thanks them for their professionalism.

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Does Video Show F-22 Shooting China Spy Balloon?!

Does a viral video show a close-up of the F-22 Raptor fighter jet shooting down the spy balloon from China?!

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Viral Video : Close-Up Of F-22 Shooting Spy Balloon From China!

This video is going viral on WhatsApp and social media platform, claiming to show a close-up of the F-22 Raptor fighter jet shooting down the spy balloon from China.

Screenshots of the video showing the F-22 fighter jet firing a missile at the spy balloon have also been used in some editorials in pro-CCP websites, and even a Falun Gong-affiliated website!

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Truth : Viral Video Of F-22 Shooting Down Spy Balloon Is From Game!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media platforms, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : F-22 Shoot Down Audio Is Genuine

First, I should point out that the audio in the video is genuine, and accurately depicts the communication between the F-22 pilots and Huntress (NORAD’s Eastern Air Defense Sector Controller) on an open channel that anyone can listen to.

The audio clip was apparently recorded by Ken Harrell, a 68 year-old retiree and aviation hobbyist, who was listening in. This was confirmed by US Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek:

The audio is authentic and depicts communication from the 1st Fighter Wing pilot confirming the aerial target was destroyed. It’s important to clarify this audio is communication between the pilot and air traffic control that can be heard by anyone on the same frequency

Fact #2 : Audio Subtitles Are Wrong

However, the subtitles are mangled and at least partly wrong. Here is an abridged transcript of the audio communication between the F-22 pilots and air traffic control (Huntress) during the spy balloon shoot-down.

HUNTRESS : Five miles offshore.

FRANK01 : Frank One is switches hot.

FRANK02 : Frank Two is switches hot.

…..

HUNTRESS : HUNTRESS. Six miles offshore.

FRANK01 : FRANK01. Splash one! TOI 1.

HUNTRESS : HUNTRESS copy. Splash.

EAGLE02 : That is a t-kill. The balloon is completely destroyed.

EAGLE01 : There appears to be metal chaff cloud. It’s definitely metal breaking apart. Screen for an altitude check.

Fact #3 : Viral Video Was Edited From Game Video!

I traced the viral video to a YouTube channel called Growling Sidewinder, which posted the original video on 6 February 2023.

It appears that someone edited Growling Sidewinder’s video to remove the title sequence at the beginning, and the credit at the end, before sharing it on WhatsApp and social media.

Growling Sidewinder clearly stated that the video used the real audio recording, but the video itself was recreated using Digital Combat Simulator (DCS) – a flight simulation game released in 2008 by Eagle Dynamics and The Fighter Collection.

Last year, I fact checked a viral video purportedly depicting Russian forces shooting down NATO jets and helicopters. In that example, the fake news creator used footage from the video game, ArmA 3 (Armed Assault 3).

Read more : Did Russia Shoot Down NATO Jets + Helicopters In Ukraine?!

Fact #4 : F-22 Fired At A Long Distance

When I watched the video, I immediately knew that it was fake, because it showed the F-22 engaging the Chinese spy balloon at about the same altitude, and at a very short distance.

What many people may not realise is that the F-22 fighter jet fired its AIM-9X Sidewinder missile at a considerable distance away from the spy balloon. This was confirmed by numerous videos recorded by the public from a distance.

In addition, we also know that the F-22 fighter jet was only able to attain an altitude of 58,000 feet, while the Chinese spy balloon was much higher – at about 65,000 feet. The Chinese spy balloon was floating approximately 7,000 feet (2.1 km) above the F-22 fighter jet!

Based on the audio transcript, it took about 7 seconds for the Sidewinder missile, which travels at over Mach 2.5, to hit the spy balloon, roughly placing the F-22 about 6 kilometres away from the balloon when it fired the missile.

Fact #5 : The Spy Balloon Did Not Explode

If you watch the publicly released videos of the AIM-9X missile hitting the spy balloon  – and there are many, you would quickly realise that the viral video is fake, because it showed a large explosion.

The actual videos only show black and white smoke when the missile exploded next to the spy balloon’s payload.

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Did US Paint Chinese Balloon Kill On F-22 Fighter Jet?!

Did the US Air Force paint a balloon kill on the F-22 fighter jet that shot down the Chinese spy balloon?!

Take a look at the viral photo, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : US Painted Chinese Balloon Kill On F-22 Fighter Jet!

Pro-CCP netizens are either mocking or criticising the US Air Force for painting a balloon kill on the F-22 fighter jet that shot down the Chinese spy balloon!

美军F-22战斗机创造了当今最高高度空中击杀记录:6万5千英尺。
据说回来后还给飞机纹了个图案纪念战功,你们说气人不?

The U.S. F-22 fighter jet has created the current record for the highest altitude air kill: 65,000 feet. It is said that after returning, he even tattooed a pattern on the plane to commemorate the military exploits. Don’t you think it is annoying?

Well here it is the #Balloon decal 😁

五毛:高射炮打蚊子‼️

北京时间2月5日03:39,从美国弗吉尼亚州兰利空军基地起飞的一架F-22战斗机,在近18000米(58000英尺)高度发射的一枚价值约40万美元的AIM-9X“响尾蛇”红外制导空空导弹,击落了一个在20000米左右(65000英尺)高度飞行的价值数百美元的中共高空气球,气球残骸随后坠落于南卡罗来纳州近海海域。

Fifty cents: anti-aircraft weapon hit mosquitoes‼ ️

At 03:39 on February 5, Beijing time, an F-22 fighter jet that took off from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, USA, launched an AIM-9X worth about 400,000 US dollars at an altitude of nearly 18,000 meters (58,000 feet). The “Sidewinder” infrared-guided air-to-air missile shot down a CCP high-altitude balloon worth hundreds of dollars flying at an altitude of about 20,000 meters (65,000 feet), and the balloon wreckage then fell in the waters off the coast of South Carolina.

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Truth : US Did Not Paint Chinese Balloon Kill On F-22 Fighter Jet!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and pro-CCP netizens, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : It Was First Official F-22 Air-to-Air Kill

First, we need to acknowledge that the shooting down of the Chinese spy balloon was officially the first air-to-air kill for the F-22 Raptor fighter jet.

Although the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor entered US Air Force service in December 2005, it has not engaged in any air-to-air combat. Its combat sorties had so far consisted of very limited bombing missions in the Middle East.

So shooting down the Chinese spy balloon was the first time the F-22 was “blooded” in air combat, albeit against an easy target that could not manoeuvre to evade, or fire back.

I mention this point because it is entirely possible and legitimate for the pilot to paint a balloon kill on his F-22 fighter jet.

Fact #2 : Viral Photo Was Edited From 2020 Photo

While it is possible that the F-22 fighter jet that shot down the Chinese spy balloon may sport a kill marking of some sort, there was no official release of any photo of such a kill marking or decal.

What I can confirm is that the viral photo was edited, by painting a white balloon onto a photo originally posted by the Edwards Air Force Base on April 3, 2020.

Here is a photo comparison I created, showing the Edwards Air Force Base Facebook post, and the fake viral photo.

Fact #3 : FRANK01 Flew From Langley Air Force Base

The viral photo shows an F-22 Raptor flown by Major Brandon Burfeind from the 411th Flight Test Squadron, based out of Edwards Air Force Base in California. His F-22 fighter jet has a fuselage number 007, and the airframe number 91-4007.

The F-22 Raptor that shot down the Chinese spy balloon was flown by an unnamed pilot using the callsign FRANK01, from the Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

While we do not know the name or rank of the FRANK01 pilot yet, his F-22 fighter jet is definitely not the same as the one shown in the viral photo, as he is based on a different USAF base in a different state.

Interesting note : The FRANK01 callsign is an apparent homage to World War I Medal of Honor recipient First Lieutenant Frank Luke Jr., who is known as the “Arizona Balloon Buster” for shooting down 14 German balloons, as well as four planes.

Fact #4 : This Is Just Chinese Propaganda

This appears to be yet another example of Chinese propaganda created by the infamous Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), or pro-CCP netizens.

All of the wumao articles and videos that I looked at so far have proven to be false… at every instance. So please watch out for such false claims.

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Why US Shot Down Chinese Spy Balloon With Missile!

Find out why the US Air Force shot down the Chinese spy balloon using an expensive $400,000 AIM-9X Sidewinder missile!

 

Claim : US Shot Down Spy Balloon Using Expensive Missile!

Pro-CCP netizens are mocking the US government for shooting down a cheap Chinese weather balloon using an expensive $400,000 AIM-9X Sidewinder missile!

US so panic of a balloon

they sent FOUR (4) fighter jets (2 x F-22s, 2 x F-15s) to “survey the situation”, before firing that $400k AIM-9x Sidewinder A2A missile to shoot the balloon down.

America used a $400,000 missile fired from a $216,000,000 fighter jet to shoot down…

… a weather balloon.

China can just send more balloons….

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Why US Shot Down Chinese Spy Balloon With Missile!

This is yet another example of PROPAGANDA created and propagated by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and pro-CCP netizens, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : There Were Two Chinese Balloons

On Friday, February 3, 2023, China admitted that the massive balloon hovering over the US state of Montana belonged to them, but claimed that it was a weather balloon and not a spy balloon.

Later that same Friday, a second balloon was spotted over Latin America. It took China another 3 days to admit that it was theirs, and another “weather balloon” that was “blown off course”.

Fact #2 : Chinese Balloon Was Not A Weather Balloon

Weather balloons are common – thousands are launched daily across the world to collect information on the temperature, wind and moisture in the upper atmosphere.

Weather balloons are not very large – expanding from 6 feet (1.8 metres) to 20 feet (6 metres) in diameter as they rise in altitude. Their payloads are also small, consisting of a small box with a few sensors.

The Chinese weather balloon that the US Air Force just shot down is not only much larger at around 90 feet (27.5 metres) wide, it also has a very large payload that includes large solar panels, and even propellers to control its movement.

The kinds of weather balloons that are launched twice a day from Weather Service offices are typically just a little box that has a temperature sensor, relative humidity sensor, pressure sensor and then a little tiny transmitter. Based on the photos that have been going around, there’s obviously a lot more equipment on this one.
– Alexandra Anderson-Frey, Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Washington

Real weather balloons also do not travel far – they generally go up to a high altitude and stay there. Spy balloons, on the other hand, need to travel long distances. This Chinese balloon has travelled all the way from China to Alaska to Canada, before reaching the continental United States.

The reported characteristics of this balloon don’t really match anything that we’re familiar with. This has been traveling at a much longer distance than what would be these standard weather balloons.

[Standard weather balloons] go up over one particular place and up to about 50,000 feet in the atmosphere, and then that’s it, they’re done. They don’t travel large distances, so I think that there’s pretty significant differences between typical weather balloons and this reported balloon.
– Jonathan Porter, Chief Meteorologist at Accuweather

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Fact #3 : Chinese Balloon Was At Very High Altitude

The US Air Force sent two F-22 Raptor stealth fighters to take down the spy balloon, with two F-15 fighters to probably take videos and photos of the event.

While Chinese netizens may snigger at how the USAF has to use such an expensive fighter jet to shoot down a cheap Chinese balloon, they ignore the fact that the Chinese spy balloon was operating at a very high altitude of about 65,000 feet – that’s 20 km above ground level!

The F-22 Raptor was likely chosen for the task as it was most capable of flying to such a high altitude while loaded with missiles. Many jet fighters have “similar” maximum service ceilings, but their true service ceilings are often much lower, limited by the amount of armament and/or fuel they carry.

Fact #4 : Missile Was Necessary To Shoot Down Balloon

In the end, the F-22 Raptor with the callsign FRANK01 attained an altitude of 58,000 feet (17.7 km) before firing an AIM-9X Sidewinder missile at the balloon. It was the first air-to-air combat kill for the F-22.

While Chinese netizens mocked the use of such an expensive missile, the AIM-9X Sidewinder is the smallest and cheapest air-to-air missile in the USAF arsenal.

It would be impossible for the F-22 Raptor pilot to use its 20 mm M61A2 Vulcan rotary cannon to shoot down the balloon, which is still 7,000 feet (2.1 km) above it!

In case you are wondering – the M61A2 Vulcan has an effective range of only 2,000 feet (600 metres). So a missile was necessary to bring down the Chinese spy balloon, and the AIM-9X was the right tool for the job.

Interestingly, the FRANK callsign may be a reference to World War I Medal of Honor recipient First Lieutenant Frank Luke Jr., who is known as the “Arizona Balloon Buster” for shooting down 14 German balloons, as well as four planes.

Fact #5 : China Breaks International Law With Spy Balloon Overflights

It is ludicrous for anyone to claim that China can keep sending “cheap” spy balloons to trigger the Americans, as every country has “complete and exclusive sovereignty over the airspace above its territory” under international law.

Such acts are therefore violations of international law, and infringements of the sovereignty of the countries that these spy balloons overfly.

That’s why Chinese government keeps claiming that these spy balloons are civilian craft. That is also why the US government has the right to shoot down the spy balloon without asking China for permission.

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Fact #6 : Every Fallen Balloon Is An Intelligence Bonanza

In the United States, Republicans are complaining that President Joe Biden was weak in allowing the Chinese spy balloon to fly off the coast of South Carolina before shooting it down on Saturday afternoon, February 4, 2023.

What they don’t tell the people is that President Joe Biden asked the US Air Force to shoot down the spy balloon as soon as it was safe to do so.

On top of that, the US military wanted to retrieve the spy balloon to examine its payload, and the best way to keep the payload intact would be to bring down the balloon over shallow water, instead of land.

In accordance with the President’s direction, the military brought down the balloon within sovereign U.S. airspace and over U.S. territorial waters to protect civilians while maximizing our ability to recover the payload.

On Monday, February 6, 2023, the first parts of the Chinese spy balloon arrived at the FBI headquarters in Quantico, Virginia, for further analysis.

Depending on what they recover, it may be possible to determine what these spy balloons are capable of, what it recorded, and who manufactured its components. The Americans may possibly gain insights into hitherto unknown Chinese technologies.

Instead of mocking the Americans for shooting down a “cheap” spy balloon, perhaps the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛) and pro-CCP netizens should worry about what the Americans might find….

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Did FAA Admit Pilot EKGs Not Normal After Vaccines?!

Did the FAA admit that pilot EKGs are no longer normal, because the COVID-19 vaccines have damaged their hearts?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : FAA Admitted Pilot EKGs Are Abnormal From COVID-19 Vaccines!

An article by Steve Kirsch has gone viral, claiming that the FAA admitted that pilot EKGs are no longer normal, because the COVID-19 vaccines have damaged the hearts of many pilots?!

Here is an excerpt, which itself is really long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

In the October 2022 version of the FAA Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners, the FAA quietly widened the EKG parameters beyond the normal range (from a PR max of .2 to unlimited). And they didn’t widen the range by a little. They widened it by a lot. It was done after the vaccine rollout.

This is extraordinary. They did it hoping nobody would notice. It worked for a while. Nobody caught it.

But you can’t hide these things for long.

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Truth : FAA Did Not Admit Pilot EKGs Are Abnormal From Vaccines!

This is yet another example of MISINFORMATION created and/or propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : EKG = ECG

First, let me quickly clarify that EKG and ECG refer to the same test – electrocardiogram.

EKG is the abbreviation original German spelling (elektrokardiogramm), while ECG is the abbreviation for the English spelling.

Fact #2 : FAA Split 1st Degree AV Block Into Two Categories

On October 26, 2022, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) amended its medical policy on Heart Arrhythmias, specifically First-Degree Atrioventricular Block (1st Degree AV Block).

Previously, pilots with first-degree AV block were required to undergo tests and submit documentation to prove that they had “no evidence of structural function or coronary heart disease” to be certified to fly.

The FAA’s amended medical policy now splits pilots with first-degree AV block into two groups:

  • PR interval of less than 300 ms : certified for flight if no symptoms or Approved Medical Examiner (AME) concerns
  • PR interval of 300 ms or more : pilots must submit a current Holter and cardiac evaluation to the FAA for review

The claim that the FAA expanded the limit from 0.2 (seconds?) to unlimited is nonsense. There is a hard limit of 300 milliseconds (0.3 seconds) – from that point, the pilot must submit documentation for FAA’s evaluation.

Fact #3 : PR Interval Of Less Than 300 ms Usually Benign

The ECG of a person with a normal heart would generally have a PR interval of between 120 and 200 milliseconds. Anything above that usually indicates an AV block.

However, first-degree AV block is a misnomer – it only delays the electrical signal, it does not block it. Therefore, first-degree AV block often do not present with any noticeable symptoms.

On top of that, no treatment is indicated for people with first-degree AV block if their PR interval is less than 300 milliseconds, because it rarely causes any symptoms.

In an otherwise healthy heart, this is usually a benign condition and rarely causes any symptoms. In general, it does not require specific treatment besides a complete evaluation by a physician.

– Dr. Roland Assi, cardiac surgeon and assistant professor at Yale University

It is not uncommon for people to have such delays. If the [AV] block is less than 300 milliseconds, there is no indication for further therapy nor increased risk or impairment of bodily function

– Dr. Eric Adler, cardiologist and professor of medicine at University of California, San Diego.

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Fact #4 : Long PR Interval Not A Vaccine Side Effect

I should point out that longer PR interval is not a COVID-19 vaccine side effect. In fact, a PR interval of less than 300 milliseconds is considered normal in many healthy people, with a PR interval of less than 400 milliseconds normal in healthy athletes.

For reference, in healthy athletes a PR interval <400 msec is considered normal. So, the 300 msec cutoff may be considered conservative in many healthy people.

– Dr. Richard Kovacs, chief medical officer at the America College of Cardiology.

Fact #5 : Change Was Not Made Because Of Vaccine

The FAA has spoken out about the claim, stating that the decision to adjust their policy for first-degree AV block was based on current science and data, and not because pilots were developing heart problems from COVID-19 vaccinations.

When making changes to medical requirements and guidance, the FAA follows standard processes based on data and science.

Our cardiology consultants provided information that anything under 300ms requires no additional testing and is not a risk for sudden or subtle incapacitation.

Fact #6 : FAA Considered Long PR Interval Normal Before COVID-19 Vaccines

The FAA had earlier released a document that said that a first-degree AV block with PR interval between 0.21 and 0.29 seconds is considered normal.

That document was published on 3 July 2019 – more than 5 months before the first COVID-19 outbreak in China, and more than 17 months before the first COVID-19 vaccine was approved!

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Fact #6 : American College of Cardiology Approves Of New FAA Guidelines

Dr. Richard Kovacs, chief medical officer at the America College of Cardiology (ACC), said that the updated FAA criteria for widening ECG parameters for first-degree AV block is consistent with ACC guidelines.

The FAA’s updated criteria for widening the ECG parameters regarding AV Block are reasonable and consistent with ACC guideline recommendations.

Fact #7 : FAA Refutes Claims Of Complications From COVID-19 Vaccines

The FAA’s federal air surgeon has also determined that the Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and Novavax COVIC-19 vaccines are safe for its pilots and air traffic controllers.

The FAA also refuted claims that COVID-19 vaccines have caused accidents or incapacitation of pilots:

The FAA has no evidence of aircraft accidents or incapacitations caused by pilots suffering medical complications associated with COVID-19 vaccine.

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Did Chip Tayag Crash Helicopter From Vaccine SADS?!

Did WBTV pilot Chip Tayag crash his helicopter, just four hours after his 4th COVID-19 vaccination?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Chip Tayag Crashed Helicopter From Vaccine SADS!

On 23 November 2022, Michael Baxter (real name : Michael Tuffin) wrote an article claiming that WBTV pilot Chip Tayag crashed his helicopter and killed himself and meteorologist Jason Myers, after receiving his fourth COVID-19 vaccination just four hours earlier!

It is long and rambling, so please feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

A recently boosted pilot for WBTV, a CNN affiliate, died Tuesday afternoon when the helicopter he was piloting spiraled out of control and crashed in a field near Interstate 77, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Passenger Jason Myers, a meteorologist, also perished in the wreck.

Although the National Transportation Safety Board has yet to release a preliminary accident report, two sources at WBTV told Real Raw News that pilot Chip Tayag had received a fourth Covid-19 vaccination four hours ahead of the fateful flight. They would only comment under condition of anonymity because, they said, WBTV legal issued a directive to all employees—avoid mentioning vaccines when discussing the crash, or don’t discuss it at all, on or off air.

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Truth : Chip Tayag Did NOT Crash Helicopter From Vaccine SADS!

The truth is – this is just another FAKE STORY created by Real Raw News, just to generate page views and money.

Everything that Real Raw News posts must be regarded as FAKE NEWS, until proven otherwise.

Fact #1 : Real Raw News Is A Fake News Website

Real Raw News is a FAKE NEWS website that capitalises on making shocking but fake stories to generate page views and money.

To protect himself from legal repercussions, the owner and writer, Michael Baxter (real name – Michael Tuffin), claims that his articles are “humour, parody, and satire“.

This disclaimer, which is not clearly mentioned in his articles, lets him keep creating fake news that will go viral, and generate him money.

His articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should NEVER share anything from his website. Here are some of his fake stories that I personally debunked earlier:

Fact #2 : No Legitimate Report Of COVID-19 Vaccination Before Flight

Only Real Raw News has published anything about Chip Tayag receiving his 4th COVID-19 vaccination just four hours before crashing his helicopter.

If it’s true that Chip Tayag got his 4th vaccine dose just before a flight that ended in a crash, it would have been picked up by at least one or two other blogs, if not the mainstream media.

Yet, no one else could corroborate the claim? How likely is it for a one-man operation like Real Raw News to have a scoop on this “story” and the many other stories that turned out to be false?

Read more : Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel Arrested For Vaccine Fraud?

A March 2018 screenshot of Michael Tuffin, who goes by the pseudonym Michael Baxter

Fact #3 : Unknown If Chip Tayag Was Vaccinated

It is currently unknown if Chip Tayag was vaccinated against COVID-19, so it would be wrong for anyone to claim that he died from COVID-19 vaccine side effects, or had a 4th vaccine dose before he died!

For all we know – he may not even be vaccinated! The COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory in the United States, despite what anti-vaccination activists may claim.

For example, anti-vaccination activists claimed that Kaden Clymer was almost crippled by a 6-foot long vaccine-induced blood clot, but the high school athlete was never vaccinated against COVID-19!

Fact #4 : WBTV Helicopter Took Off At 11:19 AM

The WBTV helicopter – a Robinson R44, crashed at around 12:20 PM local time, next to the Interstate 77 South highway.

But it took off 38 minutes earlier from the WBTV headquarters in uptown Charlotte at 11:19 AM, according to flight records from RadarBox.

In other words – it is really impossible for Chip Tayag to get his 4th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine four hours before that flight. Which vaccination centre opens at 7 AM?

Fact #5 : WBTV Helicopter Appeared To Be Malfunctioning

Despite suggestions that Chip Tayag may have died or collapsed from his 4th COVID-19 vaccination, eyewitness accounts stated that the helicopter appeared to be in trouble.

David Bristol, who is a trainee pilot, watched the WBTV Sky 3 helicopter that Chip Tayag was piloting, make slow circles for a while, when he noticed two odd things:

  • the sound Sky 3 made seemed to change
  • he then saw Sky 3 make two odd, hard turns to the left, before suddenly disappearing behind the trees.

Another eyewitness concurred that the helicopter appeared to be in trouble, and the pilot made an aggressive move to prevent crashing onto the highway.

I think that he absolutely knew that he was gonna have to put that down,” the man said. “He did his best to put it down … Whoever the pilot was, did their best to put that thing down where it wasn’t going to injure a lot of people, and in that respect, they did a fabulous job.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Johnny Jennings confirmed that the pilot was in control, and managed to avoid hitting the busy highway.

It seems the pilot that was operating the aircraft made some diversionary moves to avoid hitting traffic … To me it looks like a heroic incident where the pilot tried to avoid injuring anyone else and putting anyone else in danger,” Jennings said. “If that is truly the case then that pilot is a hero, in my eyes, to make sure the safety and security of those driving on the road was not in jeopardy.

From all eyewitness accounts, Chip Tayag did not just collapse after getting his fourth dose of the vaccine. He was in control, and managed to crash the helicopter away from a busy highway.

Read more : Was Bill Gates Arrested For Crimes Against Humanity?

Fact #6 : USAF Pilots Did Not Resign Over Vaccine Mandate

It is ludicrous for Real Raw News to repeat their long-debunked claim that USAF pilots resigning over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin never sent any text message demanding that all Armed Forces members to immediately get the COVID-19 vaccine.

In any case, no F-22 pilot or B-52 crew member ever quit over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Read more : Did US Air Force Pilots Resign Over Vaccine Mandate?

Everything that Real Raw News posts should be regarded as FAKE NEWS.

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Did Four Taiwan F-16 Fighters Just Defect To China?!

Did four ROCAF F-16 fighter jets from Taiwan just defect to China?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Four F-16 Fighter Jets From Taiwan Just Defected To China!

Many people are sharing a post on WhatsApp and social media, which claims that four F-16 fighter jets from Taiwan just defected to China.

It’s really long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts…

👍IMPORTANT NEWS🇸🇬 :- is reported that at 4:35 in the morning, four F16 fighter jets of a certain air force in Taiwan suddenly flew towards the center line of the strait during routine training and lost contact with the ground.

The Taiwan Air Force sent two fighter jets to intercept it, and the two sides exchanged fire in the air. The four F16 fighter jets that defected have now landed at a military base in Fujian.

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Truth : No F-16 Fighter Jets From Taiwan Ever Defected To China!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and shared by pro-CCP netizens, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : This Fake Story First Circulated In 2003

This fake story isn’t new. It first went viral in June 2003, when a mainland Chinese military publication called The Extensive Military Report, published a report claiming that four Taiwanese F-16 fighter jets defected to China.

The article said that four Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) F-16 Block 20 fighter jets from the 401st Fighter Wing based at the Taoyuan Air Base defected to an airbase in the Fujian province, under a heavy escort of eight Chinese Su-27 fighter jets.

Allegedly, the four F-16 fighter jets “escaped” during a routine exercise flight at 4 PM on May 27, 2003. Two “loyal” F-16 fighter jets gave chase, and one was shot down by the defecting planes while the second managed to return to base.

Fact #2 : Both Taiwan + China Labelled The Story As False

When the story broke in June 2003, both the Taiwanese and Chinese governments labelled the story as false.

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) called the article “a ridiculous rumour”, while the China’s foreign ministry denied the rumour at a press conference.

Taiwanese spokesperson Huang Suey-sheng pointed out that even the Chinese authorities rebutted the claims.

Fact #3 : ROCAF F-16 Tail Numbers Do Not Exist

The original fake story specifically mentioned that one of the defecting F-16 fighter jets had a tail number of 160531.

The modified fake story that is currently circulating on WhatsApp and social media in 2022 said that the aircraft had a tail number of TY160531.

They are both false. No ROCAF aircraft has either tail number.

ROCAF F-16 fighter jets have a four-digit tail number, without any TY prefix.

Fact #4 : ROCAF F-16 Fighters Are Not Based In Taoyuan

Both the original and the updated fake stories falsely claim that the defecting F-16 fighter jets were stationed at the Taoyuan Air Base.

Taiwan’s F-16 fighter jets are based at the Chiayi Air Base in Chiayi, and the Chiashan Air Force Base in Hualien.

Fact #5 : Taoyuan Air Base No Longer Exists!

Taoyuan Air Base no longer exists! In 2007, it was turned over to the Republic of China Navy, and renamed to Taoyuan Naval Base.

Fact #6 : Taiwan Only Has Five Fighter Wings

The original fake story claimed that the defecting F-16 fighters came from the 401st Fighter Wing, while the updated fake story claimed they came from the 16th Air Wing.

Neither the 401st Fighter Wing nor the 16th Air Wing exist in the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF).

There was a 401st Tactical Combined Wing operating out of Taoyuan Air Base, and it had a 16th Tactical Fighter Squadron. But it only operated F-104 fighter jets from the 1960s until the early 1990s.

Currently, Taiwan has five fighter wings, of which only the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing and the 5th Tactical Fighter Wing are equipped with F-16 fighter jets.

Fact #7 : This Is Just Chinese Propaganda

This is just another example of Chinese propaganda created by the infamous Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛).

All of the wumao articles and videos that I looked at so far have proven to be false… at every instance. So please watch out for such false claims.

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Malaysia: Face Mask No Longer Mandatory On Planes!

Passengers are no longer required to wear a face mask onboard planes flying to and from Malaysia! Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia : Face Mask No Longer Mandatory On Planes!

On 28 September 2022, the Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin announced that passengers are no longer required to wear a face mask on planes flying to and from Malaysia, except when they are compulsory in destination countries.

With immediate effect (28 September 2022), passengers onboard commercial flights are no longer required to wear a face mask.

This move follows the Ministry’s earlier move to relax face mask requirements in public indoor spaces on 7 September 2022.

Based on the current assessment of the Covid-19 situation and taking into account the latest requirements, the ministry has decided that face masks are no longer mandatory when on board aircraft.

– Khairy Jamaluddin, Malaysia Minister of Health

However, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) still strongly encourages the use of face masks for these groups of passengers :

  • individuals with symptoms like fever, cough and flu
  • high-risk individuals like senior citizens, those with chronic diseases, immunocompromised individuals, pregnant women
  • those travelling with high-risk individuals like senior citizens and children

In addition, passengers may still be required by the destination country to wear a face mask. So bring along a face mask just in case, even if you prefer not to wear one during your flight.

The requirement to wear a face mask on an aeroplane is still subject to conditions set by the country being visited.

 

Face Mask No Longer Mandatory On Malaysia Airlines + AirAsia Planes!

Following the Malaysian government’s announcement, both Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia announced the next day that their passengers will no longer be required to wear a face mask, with immediate effect.

Malaysia Airlines

Effective immediately, passengers of Malaysia Airlines, Firefly, MASwings, and AMAL are no longer required to wear face masks onboard, except where compulsory in destination countries.

The relaxation of the face mask mandate follows the Ministry of Health Malaysia’s guideline on 28 September 2022 to remove the mask requirement onboard commercial aircraft.

The use of face masks is ​however strongly recommended for the following group of passengers:

  • Passengers with symptoms such as fever, cough and cold.
  •  High-risk passengers such as the elderly, people with chronic diseases.
  • Passengers with low immunity and pregnant mothers; and
  • Passengers who travel with high-risk people such as elderly and children.

All MAG airlines are committed to providing a safe and smooth end-to-end travel experience in accordance with its MHFlySafe commitment, allowing customers to fly confidently.

Airline protective measures include:

  • The cabin air circulation system, where cabin air is refreshed 20-30 times an hour
  • The use of High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter that can filter 99.9% of airborne contaminants, including viruses and bacteria.
  • Frequent aircraft cleaning disinfection following guidelines prescribed by the Ministry of Health Malaysia and the World Health Organization
  • Aircrafts are operated by fully vaccinated pilots and cabin crew.

AirAsia

Following the announcement by the Malaysian government that face masks are no longer mandatory on flights, AirAsia Malaysia (AK) has exempted the use of face masks on its flights effective immediately.

The use of face masks on board flights is optional for AirAsia Malaysia (AK) guests, unless they are travelling to or from destinations that require a face mask. Guests who wish to wear a face mask on board may continue to do so.

As safety is our highest priority, AirAsia will continue to operate with the strictest safety standards. All our aircraft are equipped with powerful HEPA filters that remove 99.99% of dust particles and airborne contaminants including viruses and bacteria. The cabin air is completely refreshed every three minutes to ensure the highest possible quality of air throughout your flight.

We will continue to update the guidelines on the use of face masks on board for all other markets that we operate in as we return to the skies.

 

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Beijing Flights Back To Normal, No Coup In China!

Flights in and out of Beijing are now back to normal, dealing yet another blow to rumours of a military coup in China!

 

Claim : Beijing Flights Were Cancelled By Coup In China!

The Internet has been abuzz for days with claims that there is a military coup underway in China, after over 6,000 domestic and international flights in and out of Beijing were just cancelled!

On top of that, about 60% of flights (about 9,583 flights) were cancelled across China on Wednesday, 21 September 2022.

  • Beijing Capital International Airport canceled 622 flights, with a 60% cancellation rate.
  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport had 652 cancelations of flights, with a 54% cancellation rate
  • Shenzhen Baoan Airport’s 542 flights were canceled, with a 51% cancellation rate
  • Guiyang Longdongbao Airport (Guizhou Province): 539 flights canceled, with a 99% cancellation rate
  • Lhasa Gongga Airport (Tibet): 157 flights canceled, with a 98% cancellation rate
  • Chengdu Tianfu Airport (Sichuan Province): 752 flights canceled, with a 87% cancellation rate
  • Urumqi Diwobao Airport (Xinjiang): 476 flights; with a 79% cancellation rate
  • Tianjin Binhai International Airport (about 84 miles east of Beijing): 353 flights; with a 74% cancellation rate
  • Harbin Taiping Airport (Heilongjiang Province): 275 flights canceled; with a 56% cancellation rate
  • Xi’an Xianyang International Airport (Shaanxi Province): 555 flights canceled; with a 56% cancellation rate
  • Nanjing Lukou International Airport (Jiangsu Province): 378 flights canceled; with a 54% cancellation rate
  • Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (Guangdong Province): 560 flights canceled, with a 40% cancellation rate

The number of flights to and from Beijing continued to decline from Wednesday until Saturday.

Read more : Are Beijing Flights Getting Cancelled By Military Coup?!

 

Beijing Flights Back To Normal, No Coup In China!

Although flights in and out of Beijing continued to be few through the weekend, it was soon restored by Monday, 26 September 2022.

The flight tracking site flightradar24 now shows air traffic back to normal at the Beijing Capital International Airport, and the Beijing Daxing International Airport.

Other airports across China were also operating as normal, with no mass cancellations that we saw earlier.

There has been no official word on why so many flights were cancelled, but flight cancellations are rather common in China. This is especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic, when flights have been grounded with little or no warning.

While most of the world is relaxing COVID-19 measures and opening up, China is still persisting with its Zero COVID policy. Hence, it is certainly possible that those flights are being cancelled to protect Beijing from COVID-19 outbreaks / surges in other parts of China.

The Beijing Capital International Airport, incidentally, regularly ranks as one of the airports with the most cancellations in the world.

The Chinese news portal Netease said that the cancellations were mainly due to the recent COVID-19 surges in multiple provinces in China, which makes quite a lot of sense.

Beijing is preparing to host 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on 16 October 2022.

This is a major twice-a-decade meeting for the CCP, and one in which President Xi Jinping is expected to be re-elected as General Secretary for an unprecedented third term.

While the 20th National Congress is really just a rubber-stamp event, it is critical for President Xi that his Zero COVID policy is seen to work. Hence, it is critical that Beijing has no COVID-19 outbreak at that time.

Recommended : Did US Navy Fleet Escort Nancy Pelosi To Taiwan?!

Former Chinese investigative journalist Zhao Lanjian, however, suggested that the flights may have been cancelled due to a military exercise.

刚刚我问询一位墙内专业人士。这么回答的。这个大规模取消航班,必须是军方指令。空中交通管制权由中国军方决定,再下指令给民航管理部门。空域留出来,军方飞机才可以随便飞。这是军事计划,至少是有军备预演。但愿未来真的实施军事行动了,不要有太多赔偿品。

This mass cancellation of flights must be a military directive. Air traffic control authority is decided by the Chinese military, which in turn gives instructions to civil aviation management. The airspace is set aside so that military aircraft can fly at will. This is military planning, or at least with military prep.

 

China Coup Rumours : Much Ado About Nothing

Right now, much has been made about a short video showing military vehicles heading towards Beijing, and over 9,000 flights getting cancelled across China.

However, these “evidence” of a coup in China have not withstood serious analysis.

  • There is no evidence of an 80 km-long military convoy entering Beijing.
  • The viral video shows a minute or so of several military vehicles travelling on a highway, nothing more.
  • There is no evidence of any lockdown of Beijing, which would certainly occur during a military coup.
  • While there was a large number of cancelled flights in Beijing airports, quite a number of commercial flights were still allowed to fly in and out.
  • Airports in the rest of China were generally functioning normally, even though there were some cancelled flights.
  • Flight cancellation is pretty common in China, especially when it comes to COVID-19 mitigation.
  • Commercial air traffic in and out of Beijing was restored by Monday, 26 September 2022.
  • Xi Jinping issued two letters a day after he was supposedly under house arrest after being overthrown.
  • Sun Lijun and his anti-Xi Jinping “political clique” were sentenced to long jail sentences.
  • CCP delegates were “elected” as expected, together with Xi Jinping himself.
  • CCP mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, reaffirmed Xi Jinping as the party’s “core”.

To top it off, the CCP is continuing its business as usual, firming up support for Xi Jinping’s third term at the upcoming CCP Congress.

The People’s Daily editorial seals the case for Xi Jinping’s toppling in a military coup. That was nothing more than the wishful thinking of netizens who despise him, fuelled by unverified claims.

Read more : Are Beijing Flights Getting Cancelled By Military Coup?!

 

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Are Beijing Flights Getting Cancelled By Military Coup?!

Are thousands of flights into and out of Beijing being cancelled because a military coup is underway?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Beijing Flights Are Getting Cancelled By Military Coup!

The Internet is abuzz with claims that there is a military coup underway in China, with an 80 km military convoy heading for Beijing!

Many also believe that this was evidence of a military coup in China – over 6,000 domestic and international flights into and out of Beijing were just cancelled!

On top of that, about 60% of flights (about 9,583 flights) were cancelled across China on Wednesday, 21 September 2022.

  • Beijing Capital International Airport canceled 622 flights, with a 60% cancellation rate.
  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport had 652 cancelations of flights, with a 54% cancellation rate
  • Shenzhen Baoan Airport’s 542 flights were canceled, with a 51% cancellation rate
  • Guiyang Longdongbao Airport (Guizhou Province): 539 flights canceled, with a 99% cancellation rate
  • Lhasa Gongga Airport (Tibet): 157 flights canceled, with a 98% cancellation rate
  • Chengdu Tianfu Airport (Sichuan Province): 752 flights canceled, with a 87% cancellation rate
  • Urumqi Diwobao Airport (Xinjiang): 476 flights; with a 79% cancellation rate
  • Tianjin Binhai International Airport (about 84 miles east of Beijing): 353 flights; with a 74% cancellation rate
  • Harbin Taiping Airport (Heilongjiang Province): 275 flights canceled; with a 56% cancellation rate
  • Xi’an Xianyang International Airport (Shaanxi Province): 555 flights canceled; with a 56% cancellation rate
  • Nanjing Lukou International Airport (Jiangsu Province): 378 flights canceled; with a 54% cancellation rate
  • Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (Guangdong Province): 560 flights canceled, with a 40% cancellation rate

The number of flights to and from Beijing continue to decline from Wednesday until Saturday.

Read more : Was Xi Jinping Arrested In Sudden Military Coup?!

 

Truth : Beijing Flights Are NOT Getting Cancelled By Military Coup!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS that started as a rumour, but was used to generate page views for rumour / fake news websites.

Here are the reasons why… and what we know so far!

Fact #1 : Flights Are Being Cancelled In Beijing

First, let me confirm that the claims of mass flight cancellations into or out of Beijing are correct.

The flight tracking site flightradar24, for example, shows that the Beijing Capital International Airport and the Beijing Daxing International Airport have more or less come to a standstill with very few flights taking off, or landing.

Fact #2 : Some Flights Continue In + Out Of Beijing

While many scheduled flights at the airports either have a Cancelled status, or listed as Unknown, there continue to be some flights flying in and out of both airports.

It was not a total lockdown of the airspace around Beijing, as some have claimed. This would suggest that a military coup is not underway.

Fact #3 : Other Chinese Airports Are Operating Normally

According to flightradar24, other major airports in China, like the Shanghai and Hong Kong airports, appear to be operating normally, although some flights have been cancelled.

It seems rather unlikely that coup plotters would allow airports to continue operating while trying to take over the country.

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Fact #4 : Flight Cancellations Are Common In China

There has been no official word on why so many flights were cancelled, but flight cancellations are rather common in China. This is especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic, when flights have been grounded with little or no warning.

While most of the world is relaxing COVID-19 measures and opening up, China is still persisting with its Zero COVID policy. Hence, it is certainly possible that those flights are being cancelled to protect Beijing from COVID-19 outbreaks / surges in other parts of China.

The Beijing Capital International Airport, incidentally, regularly ranks as one of the airports with the most cancellations in the world.

Fact #5 : Cancellations Could Possibly Be Due To COVID-19

The Chinese news portal Netease said that the cancellations were mainly due to the recent COVID-19 surges in multiple provinces in China, which makes quite a lot of sense.

Beijing is preparing to host 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on 16 October 2022.

This is a major twice-a-decade meeting for the CCP, and one in which President Xi Jinping is expected to be re-elected as General Secretary for an unprecedented third term.

While the 20th National Congress is really just a rubber-stamp event, it is critical for President Xi that his Zero COVID policy is seen to work. Hence, it is critical that Beijing has no COVID-19 outbreak at that time.

Recommended : Did US Navy Fleet Escort Nancy Pelosi To Taiwan?!

Fact #6 : Cancellations Could Possibly Be Due To Military Exercise

Former Chinese investigative journalist Zhao Lanjian, however, suggested that the flights may have been cancelled due to a military exercise.

刚刚我问询一位墙内专业人士。这么回答的。这个大规模取消航班,必须是军方指令。空中交通管制权由中国军方决定,再下指令给民航管理部门。空域留出来,军方飞机才可以随便飞。这是军事计划,至少是有军备预演。但愿未来真的实施军事行动了,不要有太多赔偿品。

This mass cancellation of flights must be a military directive. Air traffic control authority is decided by the Chinese military, which in turn gives instructions to civil aviation management. The airspace is set aside so that military aircraft can fly at will. This is military planning, or at least with military prep.

Fact #7 : No Evidence Of Military Coup In China

Outside of these flight cancellations and an 80 km military convoy, there really isn’t any actual evidence of a military coup in China.

If a military coup did occur, Beijing would be under martial law, with no flights allowed in and out. That would include a lockdown or curfew with military roadblocks all over Beijing and the rest of China.

These are all “noisy” actions that would be clearly visible, not only to the Chinese public but the entire world as well, especially in a time of smartphones and social media.

Yet, there was no mention of anything remotely close to a military coup of any kind, in any mainstream media or social media, either inside or outside of China.

It may be possible to keep a lid on such a major event in North Korea – the hermit kingdom, but not in China. Not even with the Great Firewall (防火长城).

 

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FBI + MI5 Issue Joint Warning On Chinese Spying!

The FBI and MI5 just issued a joint warning about economic spying and hacking operations by the Chinese government!

Here is what you need to know…

 

FBI + MI5 Issue Joint Warning On Chinese Spying!

On July 7, 2022, FBI Director Christopher Wray joined MI5 Director General Ken McCallum at the MI5 London headquarters to issue a joint warning about Chinese spying and cyberattacks.

Ken McCallum said that MI5 was running seven times as many investigations into China, as it had just four years ago. He also said that MI5 planned to double that to tackle the widespread attempts.

Christopher Wray, on the other hand, stressed that the FBI had substantially increased its investigations into China, and is currently managing about 2,000 problems, and opening about two counterintelligence cases every day.

The Chinese government is set on stealing your technology – whatever it is that makes your industry tick – and using it to undercut your business and dominate your market.

Maintaining a technological edge may do more to increase a company’s value than would partnering with a Chinese company to sell into that huge Chinese market, only to find the Chinese government and your partner stealing and copying your innovation.

Both McCallum and Wray alleged that the Chinese government is engaged in a “coordinated campaign” to “cheat and steal [technology] on a massive scale“.

They also stressed that China’s hacking programme dwarfs that of any other major country, and that it has a global network of intelligence operatives.

 

FBI + MI5 : China Also Preparing To Shield From Sanctions

Even more worrying is the fact that China is working to shield its economy from any future sanctions, obviously learning from how the West punished Russia for invading Ukraine.

This suggests that China is at least preparing for the possibility, if not the eventuality, of insulating its economy from potential sanctions, should it attack Taiwan.

Wray said that China is “trying to cushion themselves from harm if they do anything to draw the ire of the international community”, and that the Chinese government is pressuring Western businesses not to criticise Beijing or its policies.

He declined to say whether an invasion of Taiwan has become more likely due to these measures, but warn that Western investments in China could be similarly impacted by such a conflict.

Just as in Russia, Western investments built over years could become hostage, capital stranded. Supply chains and relationships disrupted.

Wray also shared that the Chinese government had directly interfered in a New York congressional election, because they did not want a candidate who was a critic and a former Tiananmen Square protestor to be elected.

China has for far too long counted on being everybody’s second-highest priority. They are not flying under the radar anymore.

Both Wray and McCallum said that the intention of the joint address was to “send the clearest signal” to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), because if China decides to invade Taiwan, it would cause “one of the most horrific business disruptions the world has ever seen“.

Read more : US Mil Contractor Admits Selling Aviation Secrets To China!

 

FBI + MI5 : Examples Of Chinese Spying

McCallum shared some specific cases of Chinese spying activities that MI5 detected and thwarted.

Covert Theft

Late last year Chinese intelligence officer Shu Yenjoon was convicted in a US court on charges of economic espionage and theft of trade secrets from the US aviation sector.

Shu was active in Europe too: he’d been part of a prolific Ministry of State Security network targeting the aerospace sector.

MI5 worked with those being targeted in the UK to mitigate the risks until the FBI action could solve the problem for both of us.

Tech Transfer

Clandestine espionage methodology isn’t always necessary. Take the tale of Smith’s Harlow, a UK-based precision engineering firm. In 2017 Smith’s Harlow entered into a deal with a Chinese firm, Futures Aerospace. The first of three agreed technology transfers saw Futures pay £3m for quality control procedures and training courses.

You know how this ends: after further sharing of valuable IP, Futures abandoned the deal. Smith’s Harlow went into administration in 2020. As their Chairman put it: “They’ve taken what they wanted and now they’ve got it, they didn’t need the shell of Smith’s”.

Information Advantage

The CCP doesn’t just use intelligence officers posing as diplomats in the classic fashion. Privileged information is gathered on multiple channels, in what is sometimes referred to as the ‘thousand grains of sand’ strategy.

In Germany a retired political scientist and his wife who together ran a foreign policy think tank passed information to the Chinese intelligence services for almost ten years.

In Estonia a NATO maritime scientist was convicted for passing information to his Chinese handlers, who claimed to be working for a think tank.

Cultivating New Contacts

The deceptive use of professional networking sites is well known. Seemingly flattering approaches turn into something more insidious – and damaging.

In one example a British aviation expert received an approach online, ostensibly went through a recruitment process, and was offered an attractive employment opportunity. He travelled twice to China where he was wined and dined. He was then asked – and paid – for detailed technical information on military aircraft. The ‘company’ was actually run by Chinese intelligence officers.

Read more : China Should Worry About Russia Invading Ukraine!

 

Chinese Response To FBI + MI5 Spying Allegations

Chinese government officials naturally rejected spying allegations by the FBI and MI5.

A spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Washington, Liu Pengyu, called the accusations groundless and said that China “firmly opposes and combats all forms of cyber-attacks“, and would “never encourage, support or condone cyber-attacks“.

His statement also said that the Taiwan issue was “purely China’s internal affair” and that there was “no room for compromise or concession“. It also said that China “will strive for the prospect of peaceful reunification with utmost sincerity and efforts“, but noted that China would “reserve the option of taking all necessary measures in response to the interference of foreign forces“.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian did not address the claims directly, but accused the United States of being the real danger instead.

The relevant US politician has been playing up the so-called China threat to smear and attack China. Facts have fully proven that the US is the biggest threat to world peace, stability and development.

We urge this US official to have the right perspective, see China’s developments in an objective and reasonable manner and stop spreading lies and stop making irresponsible remarks.

 

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Why Crashed Osprey Did Not Have Nuclear Material Onboard!

A US Marine Osprey aircraft crashed in the California desert, with “early reports” of nuclear material onboard.

Find out what happened, and why there could not have been nuclear materials onboard!

Updated @ 2022-06-10 : Added confirmation of casualties from the crash.
Originally posted @ 2022-06-09

 

US Marine Osprey Crashed, No Nuclear Material Onboard!

An MV-22B Osprey aircraft belonging to the US Marine crashed in the California desert on 8 June 2022, and “early reports” that it carried nuclear material sparked fear.

The crash was announced and then confirmed by Naval Air Facility El Centro :

EMERGENCY ALERT! #NAFEC has just received reports of a downed aircraft in the vicinity of Coachella Canal Road and the 78. Installation Federal Fire, and Imperial County Fire Department are responding.

We can confirm that an aircraft belonging to 3d Marine Aircraft Wing crashed near Glamis, CA. Military and civilian first responders are on site.

The Osprey belonging to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing headquartered in Miramar, San Diego, was flying with a Marine unit of five onboard.

It crashed at around 12:25 PM local time in Imperial County, near Highway 78 and the town of Glamis. That’s about 50 km from the Mexican border, and 240 km east of San Diego.

On June 9, 2022, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar announced that all five Marines onboard the MV-22B Osprey were confirmed dead.

Press Release: 5 Marines dead in MV-22B mishap

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – (June 9. 2022) Five Marines with Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), have been confirmed deceased following an aviation mishap involving an MV-22B Osprey during a training mission near Glams, CA on the afternoon of June 8. 2022.

Maj. Gen. Bradford J. Gering, commanding general of 3rd MAW issued the following statement, “We mourn the loss of our Marines in this tragic mishap. Our hearts go out to their families and friends as they cope with this tragedy.

As a matter of policy, identities of deceased service members are not released until 24-hours after all next-of-kin notifications have been completed.

Equipment recovery efforts have begun and an investigation is underway.

While military service is inherently dangerous, the loss of life is always difficult. 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is committed to providing support to the families, friends, and fellow service members of the fallen Marines.

While the US Marines has not announced the names of the five dead, family and friends confirmed that 21 year-old Nathan Carlson from Illinois was one of them.

 

Why Crashed Osprey Would Not Have Nuclear Material Onboard…

It is unknown who started the rumours that the Osprey had nuclear materials onboard, but even content aggregator / fake news websites like Vancouver Times jumped on the bandwagon, claiming “Military aircraft believed to be carrying nuclear material crashes in California, multiple people killed“.

Naval Air Facility El Centro refuted the rumours of nuclear materials on the Osprey, stating :

Contrary to initial reports, there was no nuclear material on board the aircraft. More information will be made available as we receive it.

The Boeing MV-22B Osprey is a tilt-rotor aircraft that can land or take off as a helicopter, and “transform” into a turboprop aircraft once it’s airborne.

The US Marines use the Osprey used primarily to carry troops and supplies, as well as for medevac and rescue missions.

There is no Osprey mission tasking that would involve the transport of nuclear materials, or the use of nuclear weapons. In fact, there is no history of any Osprey in service ever doing so.

The US Marines do not have nuclear weapons in its inventory, and the Osprey has a history of reliability issues resulting in multiple crashes and 46 deaths :

  • July 1992 : Pre-production Osprey crashed after its right engine failed. All seven people onboard died.
  • April 2000 : An Osprey crashed in Arizona, killing all 19 people onboard.
  • December 2000 : An Osprey crashed in North Carolina, killing all four people onboard.
  • April 2010 : An Osprey crashed in Afghanistan, killing four people and injuring 16.
  • April 2012 : An Osprey crashed in Morocco, killing two people and seriously injuring two more.
  • June 2012 : An Osprey crashed in Florida, injuring all five onboard.
  • May 2015 : An Osprey crashed in Hawaii, kill two people and injuring 20 others.
  • December 2016 : An Osprey crashed in Okinawa, injuring two crew members.
  • August 2017 : An Osprey crashed in Australia, killing three people with 23 survivors.
  • March 2022 : An Osprey crashed in Norway, killing all four crew members.

It would not have been safe or prudent to transport nuclear materials using the Osprey, particularly on the continental United States, where there are other safer options.

 

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National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : 25 August 2021 Edition

Here is the latest SOP for Phase 1 of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) for Malaysia!

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For Phase 2 SOP, please see National Recovery Phase 2 SOP : 16 August 2021 Edition!
For Phase 3 SOP, please see National Recovery Phase 3 SOP : 4 August 2021 Edition!

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : Where Does It Apply?

This Phase 1 SOP currently applies to Kedah, Selangor, Melaka, Johor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : 25 August 2021 Video!

This video shows the National Recovery Plan SOP slides (25 August 2021) for Phase 1, followed by our English translation.

 

NRP Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : 25 August 2021 Update!

This is the latest National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP that was released on 25 August 2021.

General Health Protocol

  • Licence holders and premise owners must provide MySejahtera QR code and a manual logbook to register customers.
  • Hand sanitiser must be provided at the entrance, and customers must use it before entering.
  • The use of MySejahtera is mandatory is areas with good Internet connectivity. The use of logbook is only allowed in areas with no Internet connectivity, or other reasonable excuse.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers and workers check in using MySejahtera. or the manual logbook if there’s no Internet connectivity.
  • Employers, employees, customers and visitors are required to check in using MySejahtera or write their names and phone numbers legibly in the logbook (if there is no Internet connectivity).
  • In shopping malls, customers only need to scan their body temperatures ONCE at the mall entry point. It is not necessary to scan their body temperature at every premise in the mall.
  • Those with body temperatures exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius are NOT ALLOWED to enter.
  • Malls and premise owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk or Casual Contact Low Risk in MySejahtera are allowed to enter.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers must maintain physical distance of at least 1 metre entering or leaving their premises.
  • Children 17 years or younger are discouraged from being in public places and facilities. Updated!
  • Premise owners and business licence holders must restrict the number of customers within their premises to ensure at least 1 metre physical distancing.
  • Every premise must publicly display the limit of customers allowed inside at any one time. The use of a numbered queue system is encouraged to control the number of customers.
  • All building owners must provide QR Codes for each floor / level.
  • It is MANDATORY for employees, suppliers and customers to properly wear face masks while within the premise.
  • There must be good ventilation and aeration at the premise.
  • It is MANDATORY to wear a face mask, especially in crowded public areas, EXCEPT in these places or situations :
    a) hotel room or paid accommodation, alone or with your own family
    b) Personal working space
    c) Sporting activities and outdoor recreation
    d) Personal vehicle, alone or with your own family
    e) Indoor or outdoor public areas, when there are no other individuals
    f) While eating or drinking in public areas, when there are no other individuals (except in restaurants or other food & beverage premises)

Benefits For Fully Vaccinated People In Phase 1 Areas

Couples In Long Distance Relationship

  • Couples in long distance relationships are ALLOWED to travel inter-state or inter-district to meet each other, on the condition that they must both be fully vaccinated, and have been verified by PDRM with these documents:
    – Copy of identification card of both husband and wife
    – Copy of marriage card / certificate
    – Copy of COVID-19 Digital Vaccination Certificate for both husband and wife
    – Copy of proof of residence of either husband / wife, or confirmation letter from employer
  • The PDRM permission letter must be shown to pass through roadblocks.

Parents With Children Younger Than 18 Years Old Living Apart

  • Parents or guardians who have children under the age of 18 years living in a different state or district, are ALLOWED to travel. to meet them, on the condition both parents are fully vaccinated, and have been verified by PDRM with these documents:
    – Copy of identification card of parents and child’s birth certificate
    – Copy of COVID-19 Digital Vaccination Certificate for both parents
    – Child’s schooling information (if relevant, e.g. boarding school)
  • The PDRM permission letter must be shown to pass through roadblocks.

Overseas Travellers

  • Malaysian citizens or foreigners who have homes in Malaysia (including PR and Malaysia My Second Home participants) arriving from overseas, are ALLOWED to undergo mandatory quarantine at home if they are fully vaccinated, and given a digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO) subject to these conditions:
    – Show proof of a valid negative RT-PCR test taken within 3 days of departure
    – Have a valid and complete COVID-19 vaccination certificate (depending on the type of vaccine).
    – Have no symptoms during the health screening conducted at the International entry point.
    – Have suitable accommodations to undergo quarantine
  • Individuals who arrive from overseas and are not fully vaccinated, or have not been vaccinated, must undergo mandatory quarantine in a KKM-approved quarantine centre.
  • The mandatory quarantine for travellers from all countries is 14 days, and can be extended a further 7 days, based on the risk assessment on Day 14.
  • Travellers must conduct self-evaluation every day using the Home Assessment Tool (HAT) in MySejahtera, until the end of the quarantine period (either 14 or 21 days). New!
  • Travellers must undergo RT-PCR screening for COVID-19 on arrival in Malaysia. The RT-PCR tests must be repeated on Day 10 or day 18 (for those quarantined for 21 days). New!

Religion

  • Prayer activities at the mosque and surau for individuals who are fully vaccinated are ALLOWED, subject to the rules and SOP by the state religious authority.
  • Prayer activities at non-Muslim religious houses for individuals who are fully vaccinated are ALLOWED, subject to the rules and SOP by the Ministry of National Unity.

Manufacturing + Construction Sectors

  • For manufacturing and construction activities not listed in the Essential Services list, companies that achieved these fully vaccinated rates are allowed to operate : Updated!
    a) 40% : Allowed to operate at 60% worker capacity
    b) 60% : Allowed to operate at 80% worker capacity
    c) 80% : Allowed to operate at 100% worker capacity
  • Workers must undergo RTK antigen tests every two weeks, at employer’s cost

Mining + Quarrying

  • For mining and quarrying companies that achieved these fully vaccinated rates :
    a) Less than 60% : Allowed to operate at 60% worker capacity New!
    b) 60% : Allowed to operate at 80% worker capacity
    c) 80% : Allowed to operate at 100% worker capacity
  • Workers must undergo RTK antigen tests every two weeks, at employer’s cost

Trade + Distribution

  • These businesses must only accept fully-vaccinated customers :
    1. Car wash
    2. Electric and electronic shop
    3. House and kitchen appliance shop
    4. Furniture shop
    5. Sporting goods shop
    6. Car accessories shop
    7. Car sales and distribution
    8. Clothes, fashion and accessories shop
    9. Jewellery shop
    10. Barber and hair / beauty saloons (basic hair-cutting services only)
  • Premise owners must ensure that customers who wish to enter MUST show their digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or card, to prove that they are fully-vaccinated.
  • Parents who are fully-vaccinated can bring their children 17 years or younger to these premises, in compliance with the general health protocol.

Market

  • Morning market, farmer’s market, night market and weekend market can only accept fully-vaccinated customers. New!
  • Customers must prove that they are fully-vaccinated by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card. New!

Dine-In

  • Restaurant operators, including hotels, sports and recreational club houses, food shops, food stalls, food trucks, roadside hawkers, food courts, food carts, and food kiosks are ALLOWED to offer dine-in services, subject to these conditions :
    – only accept customers who are fully-vaccinated, and asymptomatic
    – premise owners must display a notice stating that only customers who are fully-vaccinated and asymptomatic are allowed in
    – workers who are fully-vaccinated and asymptomatic are allowed to work at these capacities :
    a) 40% : up to 60% worker capacity
    b) 60% : up to 80% worker capacity
    c) 80% : up to 100% worker capacity
    – premise owners must arrange the tables with physical distancing, and ensure the premise has good ventilation.
    – dine-in is allowed with a maximum capacity of 50% per table, with physical distance of at least 1 metre.
  • Parents who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 17 years or younger to dine-in.

Sports + Recreation

  • The use of sports and recreational premises and facilities is RESTRICTED to only fully-vaccinated individuals, for all individual activities with physical distance of 2-3 metres from 6 AM until 8 PM, within the same district.
  • Permitted activities include swimming, equestrian sports, shooting, tennis / badminton (single), golf, motorsports and so on.
  • Operation of all commercial sports and recreational facilities (outdoor and semi-open), including swimming pool or water sports premises, subject to 60% capacity limit with supervision. Workforce is limited to 60%, including both management and operations. These facilities are limited to fully-vaccinated people, who are allowed to bring children 17 years or younger for the same activities, subject to strict SOP compliance.
  • Operation of all commercial sports and recreational facilities (outdoor and semi-open), including swimming pool or water sports premises are subject to local authorities.
  • Dine-in at the club house restaurant or cafe is ALLOWED.
  • Changing room and shower room at the club house are FORBIDDEN.

Picnics + Camping

  • Picnic and camping activities are ALLOWED in the same district.
  • Individuals who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 17 years or younger for picnic or camping, subject to strict SOP compliance.

Travel Restrictions In Phase 1 Areas

  • Interstate and inter-district travel (based on district borders determined by state governments) is FORBIDDEN, except for long-distance couples, children in other states / districts, or individuals who have been given PDRM or KKM permission.
  • All entry and exit into MCO areas will be closed and controlled by the police (PDRM).
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to travel at maximum vehicle capacity. New!
  • For those who are not fully-vaccinated :
    a) Only two (2) household representatives may leave to purchase food, medicine, dietary supplement and basic necessities. Updated!
    b) Up to three (3) people, including the patient, may leave to seek healthcare, medical care, screening test, vaccination, security or emergencies. Updated!
  • Taxis and e-hailing rides are limited to just TWO (2) people in the vehicle, including the driver, and the passenger must sit in the back.
  • Vehicles carrying goods or involved in the economic chain or industry (except worker transportation) is allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Official and government vehicles are allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Airports, ports and logistic sector are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours.
  • Unloading of non-essential goods in factories is limited to delivery and receipt of goods or cargo in existing stockpiles for the purpose of import and export only with limited workers. Unloading time is only allowed from 8 AM until 8 PM on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • Unloading of essential goods is not subject to these restrictions and can proceed as usual.
  • Public transportation (train, bus, LRT, MRT, ERL, monorail, taxi, ferry, e-hailing ride) are allowed to operate at 50% capacity.
  • Travel for funerals and natural disasters are ALLOWED, with police permission.
  • Disaster or humanitarian aid from NGO must obtain permission from the state or district Disaster Management Committee, and the aid must be channelled through the Disaster Operational Control Centre (PKOB) of the affected area.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel for the purpose of going for vaccination is ALLOWED by showing the appointment in MySejahtera, website or SMS.
  • Members of Parliament or State Legislators are ALLOWED to travel interstate or inter-district to visit their constituencies without conducting any events.
  • Travel for Short Term Business Visitors under the One Stop Centre (OSC) initiative for official or business purposes are ALLOWED with police permission.

Civil Service

  • Must work from home (WFH) completely, except for frontliners, security, defence and enforcement.
  • Office attendance for essential services in the civil service must not exceed 40% at any one time, and must emphasise work that cannot be performed at home, like payment, maintenance, security, technical management, online meetings and ministerial documentation.
  • Government counter service will operate physically from 1 July 2021 onwards, involving :
    – services that cannot be conducted online
    – counter service capacity must not exceed 50%
    – people are only allowed to be admitted with scheduled appointments
  • Civil servants going to office must receive official attendance order and worker’s pass.

Private Sector

  • Approved essential services in the private sector must have official approval from 1 June 2021 onwards.
  • Employee travel is limited to approved operations letter or worker’s pass or employer’s letter of authority.
  • Employee capacity for the private sector (essential services only) is limited to 60%, including both operations and management.

MICE

  • Meetings must be conducted via video conferencing.
  • Seminars, workshops, courses, training and talks are FORBIDDEN, except in-service training through Camp-Based Training.
  • Seminars, workshops, courses, training and talks conducted online are ALLOWED.
  • Critical interviews are ALLOWED either face-to-face or online.

Business Activities In Phase 1 Areas

  • Restaurants, food shops, food stalls, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, hawker centres. food kiosks are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • Food and beverage sales are only allowed for takeaway, drive-through or delivery, EXCEPT dine-in for fully vaccinated people. New!
  • Park & dine is FORBIDDEN. Updated!
  • Grocers, convenience stores, self-care stores and mini-marts are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Hardware stores, vehicle workshops, childcare stores and religious stores are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Healthcare services like hospitals, clinics and medical laboratories are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours, or up to their licensed operating hours.
  • Pharmacies can operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Petrol stations can operate from 6 AM until 8 PM, except for those on tolled highways which can operate 24 hours.

  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and departmental stores can open from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Bookstores, stationery, computer and telecommunications shops are ALLOWED to open from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Veterinarian clinics and pet food stores are ALLOWED to open from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Laundry services and optical stores are allowed to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM. Self-service laundromats must ensure an employee is present on-premise.
  • Daily and public markets are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 4 PM, subject to the local authorities, proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision.
  • Controlled Fresh Produce Market (PST) are ALLOWED to open from 7 AM until 2 PM.
  • Permanent Farm Market (PTK), MyFarm Outlet (MFO) and Local Farmer’s Association Complex (PPK) are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 4 PM.
  • Wholesale markets are ALLOWED to open from 12:01 AM until 6 AM, and from 11 AM until 4 PM, subject to the local authorities, proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision.
  • Morning market and farmer’s market are ALLOWED to open from 7 AM until 11 AM, subject to proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision. Updated!
  • Night markets and weekend markets are ALLOWED to open, subject to the local authorities, proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision. New!
  • Customers to morning markets, farmer’s markets, night markets or weekend markets must show their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card to prove that they are fully vaccinated. Updated!
  • Fishing for livelihood is ALLOWED.
  • All other activities not mentioned in the SOP are FORBIDDEN.

Mining + Quarrying

  • Supply of minerals, rock material and cement only from existing stockpiles as well as transportation from the mine or quarry to the premise or site of major public infrastructure construction or building construction permitted by this SOP.
  • Supply of cement and its logistics to premises or construction sites of public infrastructure or building construction permitted by this SOP are ALLOWED. Updated!
  • The operation and maintenance of mines and quarries is ALLOWED, subject to the Mining and Quarrying SOP.

Education

  • All public and private institutes of tertiary education, tahfiz centres and other educational institutes must CLOSE.
  • Tertiary education will continue ONLINE.
  • All public and private schools and education institutes, tuition centres, language centres, skill centres, counselling centres, etc. must CLOSE.
  • Only international exams at international and expatriate schools are allowed.
  • All face-to-face learning are FORBIDDEN, except for tertiary education students who require them.
  • International and professional exams, as well as research activities requiring lab access in tertiary education facilities are ALLOWED.
  • Students in boarding schools or universities are ALLOWED to continue using hybrid studies.
  • Private and public kindergartens, kindergartens in private, international and expatriate schools and mind development centres for children 4 to 6 years old are FORBIDDEN to operate, unless both parents are frontliners or working in essential services.
  • Home care or rehabilitation centres of children, the disabled (OKU), senior citizens, women and other care facilities are ALLOWED to operate, subject to the SOP.
  • Parents or guardians sending their children to childcare centres are allowed to transport them at full vehicle capacity. New!

Religion

  • Prayer activities are ALLOWED for individuals who are fully-vaccinated, subject to the rules and SOP of the state Islamic religious authority.
  • Islamic wedding ceremony (akad nikah) is ALLOWED only in the Islamic Religious Office / Department with the attendance capacity set by the State Religious Authority.
  • Prayer activities are ALLOWED for individuals who are fully-vaccinated, subject to the rules and SOP of the Ministry of National Unity (KPN).
  • Non-Muslim marriage registrations are allowed at the National Registration Department (JPN), houses of worship and religious associations, subject to limits set by JPN.
  • Burial activities are allowed according to limits set by the State Religion Authority (Islam) or the National Unity Ministry (Non-Muslim).

Sports + Recreation

  • Individual sports and recreational activities without physical contact in open spaces are LIMITED to jogging, cycling, individual games and exercise (like skateboarding, inline skating and so on), without involving sports or recreational facilities, with physical distancing of 2-3 metres within the neighbourhood, from 7 AM until 8 PM.
  • The operation of open public parks are subject to the local authorities. New!
  • The operation of all indoor sports and recreational facilities is LIMITED to critical management duties (finance, maintenance and so on), up to 30% of worker capacity including management and operations. New!
  • Centralised training programs, including closed quarantined competitions using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Centralised training programs with quarantine by State Sports Councils using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Centralised training programs including quarantined training competitions for teams in the Malaysian Football League (MFL) using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Malaysian Football League matches are ALLOWED based on the closed Sports Bubble model, without spectators or supporters.
  • Picnic and camping activity for individuals who are not fully vaccinated is FORBIDDEN. New!

Creative Industry

  • Development and broadcasting of creative content through recording or live broadcasts including animation, filming, drama, promotions, sitcoms and the like, including dance, art activities theatre, musical arts, cultural and heritage performances as well as the music are FORBIDDEN, except for individual discussions and live-streaming.
  • Recording and live broadcasts of programmes to convey information (other than entertainment) like news, forum, interviews are ALLOWED.

 

NRP Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : Essential Services

Essential Services Allowed To Operate In Phase 1 Areas

  1. Food and beverages, including for animals
  2. Healthcare and medical services, including dietary supplements, veterinarian services, etc.
  3. Water supply
  4. Energy supply
  5. Security and safety, defence, emergency, social and humanitarian services
  6. Waste disposal and public sanitisation and sewerage
  7. Land, water and air transportation
  8. Port, shipyard, airport services and operations, including loading, unloading, cargo handling and piloting, storage or transportation of commodities
  9. Communications including media, telecommunications and Internet, post and courier, as well as broadcasting (for the purpose of conveying information, news and the like.
  10. Banking, insurance, takaful and capital markets (60% capacity)
  11. Community credit and pawn shops
  12. E-commerce and information technology
  13. Production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants
  14. Hotels and accommodation (only for quarantine purposes, segregation, employment for essential services and not for tourism).
  15. Critical construction, maintenance and repair
  16. Forestry services (limited to enforcement) and wildlife
  17. Legislative and judiciary.
  18. Lawyers and commissioners of oaths
  19. Accounting services
  20. Professional services and consultants (subject to the Professional Body’s regulatory authority)
  21. Logistics limited to delivery of essential services

Essential Services According To Sector

All industries are FORBIDDEN, except for the following sectors :

Manufacturing (60% employee capacity)

  1. Aerospace (components and maintenance, repair and overhaul – MRO)
  2. Food and beverage
  3. Packaging and printing materials, only related to food and health
  4. Personal care and cleaning products
  5. Healthcare and medical medicine
  6. Personal care items, personal protective equipment (PPE), including rubber gloves and fire safety equipment
  7. Components for medical devices.
  8. Electrical and electronics of global economic chain importance
  9. Oil and gas, including petrochemicals and petrochemical products
  10. Machinery and equipment for health and food products
  11. Textiles for PPE production only
  12. Production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants

Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock, Plantation and Commodities (“optimal” employee capacity)

  1. Agriculture, fisheries and livestock and their supply chains
  2. Plantations and commodities (oil palm, rubber, pepper and cocoa)

Construction

  1. Critical maintenance and repair works
  2. Public infrastructure construction works
  3. Building construction works that provide complete employee accommodation at construction sites, or workers that are housed in Centralised Workers Quarters (CLQ).
  4. Construction works carried out by G1, G2, G3 and G4 contractors.
  5. Individual home renovation works
  6. Government funded project works
  7. Land investigation works
  8. Professionals / consultants involved in permitted construction works
  9. Services in the supply chain for permitted construction works

Trade + Distribution (Without Vaccination)

  1. Shopping malls must be CLOSED, except for supermarkets, hypermarkets and departmental stores INCLUDING all listed essential services.
  2. Supermarkets and hypermarkets
  3. Departmental store, EXCEPT clothes, decorations, cosmetics and children toys
  4. Pharmacies, self-care stores, convenience stores and mini marts.
  5. Restaurants
  6. Laundry services, including self-service laundromats
  7. Pet care and pet food stores
  8. Eyewear and optical goods stores
  9. Hardware stores
  10. E-commerce – all product categories
  11. Wholesale and distribution – for all essential products only
  12. Vehicle workshops, maintenance and spare parts
  13. Other specialty retail store (petrol stations)
  14. Bookstores and stationery shops
  15. Computer shops and telecommunications

Trade + Distribution (For Fully-Vaccinated)

Allowed in Phase 1 states that have fully-vaccinated 50% of their adult populations. Customers must be fully-vaccinated.

  1. Car wash
  2. Electric and electronic shop
  3. House and kitchen appliance shop
  4. Furniture shop
  5. Sporting goods shop
  6. Car accessories shop
  7. Car sales and distribution
  8. Clothes, fashion and accessories shop
  9. Jewellery shop
  10. Barber and hair / beauty saloons (basic hair-cutting services only)

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : NEGATIVE LIST

These activities are FORBIDDEN under the National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP.

  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness, beauty, barber and hair saloons, pedicure and manicure
  • Cybercafes and cybercenters
  • Driving schools, maritime training centres, flight schools
  • Photography activities
  • Gambling, horse racing and casinos
  • Factory manufacturing alcoholic beverages, and shops selling alcoholic beverages
  • Official and unofficial public and private events
  • Social events like feasts, festivals, weddings, engagements, receptions, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, retreats and other social events.
  • Receiving guests or visitors at home, except in emergencies or for delivery services.
  • Seminars, workshops, courses, training, conferences, exhibitions, lectures and all MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) events that are face-to-face.

  • Tourist attractions like zoos, farms, aquariums, edutainment centres, extreme parks, adventure parks, nature parks, etc.
  • Souvenir and craft shops, culture and historical premises like museums, libraries, art galleries, native art and culture, stage performance, etc.
  • Theme parks, family entertainment centres, indoor playgrounds, karaoke, etc.
  • Interdistrict and interstate tourism
  • Overseas travel by citizens, and local travel involving foreigners entering Malaysia.
  • Sports and recreation that involve groups or physical contact.
  • All indoor sports and recreation activities. Updated!
  • Spectators and supporters are sports and recreational venues. New!
  • International or local championships, competitions, and matches, EXCEPT those organised by the National Sports Council and training matches for teams under the Malaysian Football League (MFL).
  • Sports or recreational activities that cross district and state lines, EXCEPT with police permission.
  • Hotel lounge performances
  • Indoor or outdoor busking (except in PPV – vaccination centres)
  • Night club or pub activities.
  • Cinema activities.
  • Indoor and outdoor filming
  • Any activity that involves many people gathering in one place until it is hard to maintain physical distancing, and compliance with the Director General of Health’s orders.
  • Any other matter that may be decided by the Government from time to time.

 

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More Sectors Allowed To Open In Selangor EMCO Areas!

The Malaysian government has allowed more sectors to open in Selangor EMCO areas!

Find out what businesses and factories are allowed to reopen in EMCO areas in Selangor!

 

More Sectors Allowed To Open In Selangor EMCO Areas!

On 7 July 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) announced that a cabinet meeting chaired by the Prime Minister agreed to allow more sectors to open in Selangor EMCO areas!

  • Electrical and electronics (E&E) and its supply chains
  • Aerospace (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO))
  • Machinery and equipment (M&E) for the production of healthcare and food products
  • Selected food and beverage manufacturing
    – Mineral water, chocolate malt, coffee, tea, fresh milk
    – Sugar, cooking oil, flour, rice, break, milk products, grains, milk powder, biscuits, sardine, instant noodles, condensed milk, evaporated milk, salt, vermicelli, noodles, sauces, soy sauce, spices, baby food, frozen food (chicken, beef, mutton, seafood, vegetables) and animal food.

 

Full List Of Allowed Sectors In Selangor EMCO Areas

A. Manufacturing Sector

  • Dry Food : sugar, cooking oil, flour, rice, break, milk products, grains, milk powder, biscuits, sardine, instant noodles, condensed milk, evaporated milk, salt, vermicelli, noodles, sauces, soy sauce, spices, baby food, animal food
  • Frozen Food : chicken, beef, mutton, seafood, vegetables
  • Drinks : mineral water, chocolate malt, coffee, tea, fresh milk
  • Self-care : baby diapers, adult diapers, medicines, hand sanitiser, face mask
  • Aerospace : Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO)
  • Machinery and equipment (M&E) : only for the production of healthcare and food products
  • Electrical and electronics (E&E) : including its supply chains

* Only involves packaging, labelling and transportation

B. Service Sector

  • Water, electricity and energy
  • Healthcare
  • Banking
  • Veterinary and animal feed
  • Security (security and safety), defence, emergency, welfare and humanitarian aid
  • Land, water and air transportation
  • Shipyard and airport port services and operations, including unloading and cargo handling, lighter transport, piloting and storage or stockpiling of commodities
  • Hotels and lodging (only for the purpose of quarantine, segregation, essential service work and not for tourism)
  • Communications include media, telecommunications and the internet, post and courier as well as broadcasting (for the purpose of conveying news, information and the like)
  • Cleaning, solid waste management and sewerage
  • Information technology and E-commerce (for messaging and deliveries only).
  • Delivery of food, beverage and parcel, including p-hailing (parcel hailing)

* Any activity that is part of chain in this service sector list.

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MCO 3.0 Total Lockdown SOP : 3 June 2021 Update!

Here is the 3 June 2021 update of the MCO 3.0 total lockdown SOP of Malaysia, which many are calling FMCO (Full MCO)!

We will keep updating this guide, as and when they issue new SOPs!

Updated @ 2021-06-03 : Added the 2 June 2021 MCO 3.0 SOP video and list.
Updated @ 2021-05-31 : Added the full lockdown SOP list of PERMITTED and FORBIDDEN activities.
Originally posted @ 2021-05-30

 

MCO 3.0 Total Lockdown : Phase 1 SOP Starts 1 June 2021!

On 29 May 2021, the Malaysia Prime Minister’s Department announced that the National Security Council (MKN) decided to order Total Lockdown Phase 1.

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

This new lockdown SOP will apply ACROSS Malaysia – no states are exempted.

Recommended : Malaysia To Undergo TOTAL LOCKDOWN Phase 1!

 

MCO 3.0 Total Lockdown SOP : 2 June 2021 Edition!

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

 

MCO 3.0 Total Lockdown SOP : Essential Services

All social and economic activities are FORBIDDEN, except for these 17 essential services :

  1. Food and beverages, including for animals
  2. Healthcare and medical services, including dietary supplements, veterinarian services, etc.
  3. Water supply
  4. Energy supply
  5. Security and safety, defence, emergency, social and humanitarian services
  6. Waste disposal and public sanitisation and sewerage
  7. Land, water and air transportation
  8. Port, shipyard, airport services and operations, including loading, unloading, cargo handling and piloting, storage or transportation of commodities
  9. Communications including media, telecommunications and Internet, post and courier, as well as broadcasting (for the purpose of conveying information, news and the like.
  10. Banking, insurance, takaful and capital markets
  11. Community credit services (mortgage and Ar-rahnu)
  12. E-commerce and information technology
  13. Production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants
  14. Hotels and accommodation (only for quarantine purposes, segregation, employment for essential services and not for tourism).
  15. Critical construction, maintenance and repair
  16. Forestry services (limited to enforcement) and wildlife
  17. Logistics limited to delivery of essential services

 

MCO 3.0 Total Lockdown SOP : Essential Industries

All industries are FORBIDDEN, except for the following sectors :

Manufacturing (60% employee capacity)

  1. Aerospace (components and maintenance, repair and overhaul – MRO)
  2. Food and beverage
  3. Packaging and printing materials, only related to food and health
  4. Personal care and cleaning products
  5. Healthcare and medical products, including dietary supplements
  6. Personal care items, personal protective equipment (PPE), including rubber gloves and fire safety equipment
  7. Components for medical devices.
  8. Electrical and electronics of global economic chain importance
  9. Oil and gas, including petrochemicals and petrochemical products
  10. Chemical products
  11. Machinery and equipment for health and food products
  12. Textiles for PPE production only
  13. Production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants

Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock, Plantation and Commodities (“optimal” employee capacity)

  1. Agriculture, fisheries and livestock and their supply chains – for example, shops selling fertilisers and pesticides, or oil palm fruit processing factories are allowed to operate
  2. Oil palm, rubber, pepper and cocoa plantation and commodities including their supply chains

Construction (“optimal” employee capacity)

  1. Critical maintenance and repair works
  2. Major public infrastructure and construction works
  3. Building construction works that provide complete employee accommodation at construction sites, or workers that are housed in Centralised Workers Quarters (CLQ).

Trade + Distribution (8 AM until 8 PM daily)

  1. Shopping malls must be CLOSED, except for supermarkets, hypermarkets, departmental stores and premises selling food and beverages, essential items, pharmacy, personal care, convenience store, mini mart, and restaurants for takeaway and home delivery.
  2. Supermarkets, hypermarkets, pharmacies, personal care stores, convenience stores, mini marts and grocery stores, as well as departmental stores are allowed to open, but RESTRICTED to their food, beverage and essential item sections only.
  3. Restaurants, stalls and food outlets – only for takeaways, drive-through or food delivery
  4. Laundry services, including self-service laundromats
  5. Pet care and pet food stores
  6. Eyewear and optical goods stores
  7. Hardware stores
  8. Vehicle workshops, maintenance and spare parts
  9. E-commerce – all product categories
  10. Wholesale and distribution – for all essential products only

 

MCO 3.0 Total Lockdown SOP : The Full List

Note : Any activity NOT mentioned in this SOP is FORBIDDEN.

Travel Restrictions

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

General Health Protocols

  1. Premise owners and business licence holders must ensure that customers enter and leave the premises with a minimum physical distance of 1 metre.
  2. Premise owners and business licence holders are OBLIGATED to provide the MySejahtera QR Code and a logbook to register visits by their customers.
  3. Hand sanitisers must be provided at entry points, and customers must use them before entering the premise.
  4. The use of MySejahtera is MANDATORY in areas with good Internet connectivity. The use of a logbook is only allowed in areas with no Internet connectivity or reasonable excuses (senior citizens, no smartphone, etc.)
  5. Premise owners and business licence holders must ensure that customers check in using MySejahtera, or writing their name and telephone number manually if there is no Internet connectivity.
  6. In shopping malls, customers only need to scan their body temperatures ONCE at the mall entry point. It is not necessary to scan their body temperature at every premise in the mall.
  7. Those with body temperatures exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius are NOT ALLOWED to enter.
  8. Malls and premise owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk or Casual Contact Low Risk in MySejahtera are allowed to enter.
  9. Children 12 years or younger are NOT allowed in public places and facilities, EXCEPT in emergencies, treatment, education or exercise.
  10. Premise owners and business licence holders must restrict the number of customers within their premises to ensure at least 1 metre physical distancing.
  11. Every premise must publicly display the limit of customers allowed inside at any one time. The use of a numbered queue system is encouraged to control the number of customers.
  12. All building owners must provide QR Codes for each floor / level.
  13. It is MANDATORY for employees, suppliers and customers to properly wear face masks while within the premise.
  14. There must be good ventilation and aeration at the premise.
  15. It is MANDATORY to wear a face mask, especially in crowded public areas, EXCEPT in these places or situations :
    a) hotel room or paid accommodation, alone or with your own family
    b) Personal working space
    c) Sporting activities and outdoor recreation
    d) Personal vehicle, alone or with your own family
    e) Indoor or outdoor public areas, when there are no other individuals
    f) While eating or drinking in public areas, when there are no other individuals (except in restaurants or other food & beverage premises)

Civil + Private Employees 

  1. Civil servants must work from home (WFH) completely, except for frontliners, security, defence and enforcement.
  2. Office attendance for essential services in the civil service must not exceed 20% at any one time, and must emphasise work that cannot be performed at home, like payment, maintenance, security, technical management, online meetings and ministerial documentation.
  3. Civil servants going to office must receive official attendance order and worker’s pass.
  4. Employee capacity for the private sector (essential services only) is limited to 60%, including both operations and management.
  5. Approved essential services must have official approval from 1 June 2021 onwards. Employee travel is limited to approved operations letter or worker’s pass or employer’s letter of authority.
  6. Meetings must be conducted via video conferencing.
  7. Seminars, workshops, courses, training and talks are FORBIDDEN, except through online methods or in-service training through Camp-Based Training.

Allowed Business + Services

  1. Restaurants, food shops, food stalls, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, hawker centres. food kiosks are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM for takeaway, drive-through or delivery.
  2. Dine-in and park & dine services, and picnics are FORBIDDEN.
  3. Grocers and convenience stores are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  4. Hardware stores, vehicle workshops, childcare stores and religious stores are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  5. Healthcare services like hospitals, clinics and medical laboratories are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours, or up to their licensed operating hours.
  6. Pharmacies can operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  7. Petrol stations can operate from 6 AM until 8 PM, except for those on tolled highways which can operate 24 hours.
  8. Supermarkets, shopping malls, pharmacies, personal care stores, convenience stores, mini markets and departmental stores can only open sections limited to food, drinks and essential items, from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  9. Veterinarian clinics and pet food stores are ALLOWED to open from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  10. Laundry services and optical stores are allowed to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM. Self-service laundromats must ensure an employee is present on-premise.
  11. Daily and public markets are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 2 PM, subject to the local authorities, proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision.
  12. Controlled Fresh Produce Market (PST) are ALLOWED to open from 7 AM until 12 noon.
  13. Permanent Farm Market (PTK), MyFarm Outlet (MFO) and Local Farmer’s Association Complex (PPK) are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 4 PM.
  14. Wholesale markets are ALLOWED to open from 12:01 AM until 6 AM, and from 11 AM until 4 PM, subject to the local authorities, proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision.
  15. Night markets, farmer’s market, weekly markets and guest markets are FORBIDDEN
  16. Fishing for livelihood is ALLOWED.

Education

  1. All public and private institutes of tertiary education, tahfiz centres and other educational institutes must CLOSE.
  2. Tertiary education will continue ONLINE.
  3. All public and private schools and education institutes, tuition centres, language centres, skill centres, counselling centres, etc. must CLOSE.
  4. Only international exams at international and expatriate schools are allowed.
  5. All face-to-face learning are FORBIDDEN, except for tertiary education students who require them.
  6. International and professional exams, as well as research activities requiring lab access in tertiary education facilities are ALLOWED.
  7. Students in boarding schools or universities are ALLOWED to continue using hybrid studies.
  8. Private and public kindergartens, kindergartens in private, international and expatriate schools and mind development centres for children 4 to 6 years old are NOT ALLOWED to operate, except for parents who are frontliners or both working.
  9. Home care or rehabilitation centres of children, the disabled (OKU), senior citizens, women and other care facilities are allowed to operate, subject to the SOP.

Religion

  1. Prayer activities are limited to a maximum of 12 mosque and surau committee members only. All other activities are FORBIDDEN.
  2. Islamic wedding ceremony (akad nikah) is ALLOWED only in the Islamic Religious Office / Department with the attendance capacity set by the State Religious Authority.
  3. Burial activities are allowed according to limits set by the State Religion Authority (Islam) or the National Unity Ministry (Non-Muslim).
  4. Non-Muslim houses of worship are limited to 12 committee members only, and congregants are NOT ALLOWED.
  5. Non-Muslim marriage registrations are allowed at the National Registration Department (JPN), houses of worship and religious associations, subject to limits set by JPN.

Sports + Recreation

  1. Individual sports and recreational activities without physical contact in open spaces are LIMITED to jogging and exercise with physical distancing of 2-3 metres within the neighbourhood, from 7 AM until 8 PM.
  2. Centralised training programs, including closed quarantined competitions using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  3. Centralised training programs with quarantine by State Sports Councils using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  4. Centralised training programs including quarantined training competitions for teams in the Malaysian Football League (MFL) using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.

Creative Industry

  1. Development and broadcasting of creative content through recording or live broadcasts include animation, filming, drama, promotions, sitcoms and the like, including dance, art activities theatre, musical arts, cultural and heritage performances as well as the music are FORBIDDEN, except for individual discussions and live-streaming.

 

MCO 3.0 Total Lockdown SOP : NEGATIVE LIST

These activities are FORBIDDEN.

  1. Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness, beauty, barber and hair saloons, pedicure and manicure
  2. Cybercafes and cybercenters
  3. Driving schools, maritime training centres, flight schools
  4. Photography activities
  5. Gambling, horse racing and casinos
  6. Factory manufacturing alcoholic beverages, and shops selling alcoholic beverages
  7. Night clubs or pubs
  8. Cinemas
  9. Official and unofficial public and private events
  10. Feasts, festivals, weddings, engagements, receptions, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, retreats and other social events.
  11. Receiving guests or visitors at home, except in emergencies or for delivery services.
  12. Seminars, workshops, courses, training, conferences, exhibitions, lectures and all MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) events that are face-to-face.
  13. Tourist attractions like zoos, farms, aquariums, edutainment centres, extreme parks, adventure parks, nature parks, etc.
  14. Souvenir and craft shops, culture and historical premises like museums, libraries, art galleries, native art and culture, stage performance, etc.
  15. Theme parks, family entertainment centres, indoor playgrounds, karaoke, etc.
  16. Interdistrict and interstate tourism – Overseas travel by citizens, and local travel involving foreigners.
  17. All sports and recreation activities EXCEPT those listed in this SOP.
  18. All sports and recreation premises and facilities, except public pars which are subject to the local authorities. – Sports and recreation that involve groups or physical contact.
  19. International or local championships, competitions, and matches, EXCEPT those organised by the National Sports Council and training matches for teams under the Malaysian Football League (MFL).
  20. Sports or recreational activities that cross district and state lines, EXCEPT with police permission.
  21. Hotel lounge performances
  22. Indoor or outdoor busking
  23. Any activity that involves many people gathering in one place until it is hard to maintain physical distancing, and compliance with the Director General of Health’s orders.
  24. Any other matter that may be decided by the Government from time to time.

 

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Can Donald Trump Really Blame Iran For Rocket Attack?

Donald Trump just accused Iran of the rocket attack on the US embassy in Baghdad, threatening retaliation!

Take a look at the picture of three rockets he posted, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Donald Trump : Iran Responsible For Rocket Attack On US Embassy

Even in the waning days of his Presidency, Donald Trump isn’t quite done with Iran.

In a new threat against the Islamic Republic of Iran, Trump posted a picture of three unfired rockets, which he claimed were from Iran.

Our embassy in Baghdad got hit Sunday by several rockets. Three rockets failed to launch. Guess where they were from: IRAN. Now we hear chatter of additional attacks against Americans in Iraq…Some friendly health advice to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Think it over.

As Trump isn’t a very popular president outside of his fanatical base (no kidding), there is much skepticism about his post.

Some have pointed out that the rockets have English markings and could be American-made. Others wonder if these are even rockets – they look more like large versions of a rifle cartridge than rockets.

 

Rocket Attack On US Embassy : A Quick Primer

Before we look into the veracity of Trump’s claims, here’s a quick primer on the rocket attack on the US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.

At around 8:30 PM on Sunday, 20 December 2020, approximately 21 rockets were fired on the US embassy in Baghdad.

Only about half of the rockets hit the embassy compound, while the others missed and hit an Iraqi apartment complex and vehicles near the embassy.

Photo Credit : Reuters/Landov

In the end, two buildings and a gym in the embassy, vehicles outside the embassy and a generator at the apartment complex, were damaged.

There was only one injury – an Iraqi soldier – no one else died or were injured by the attack.

 

Is Iran Responsible For Rocket Attack On US Embassy?

Unfortunately, the answer isn’t quite so simple as yes or no, Iran did or did not fire those rockets at the US embassy in Baghdad.

Let’s take a look at the facts…

Fact #1 : Those Are 107 mm Haseb Rockets

The Haseb is an Iranian copy of the Chinese Type 63-2 – a spin-stabilised 107 mm rocket with a high-explosive (HE) warhead.

The entire rocket weighs about 18 kg, with an 8 kg cast TNT warhead and a Chinese MJ-1 (Jiàn-1) impact and graze fuse.

Fact #2 : Iran Manufactures + Uses 107mm Haseb Rockets

Haseb rockets are manufactured by Iran’s Armaments Industries Group (AIG), and used by Iranian forces as a short-ranged barrage weapon.

In this picture, IRGC commandos are seen loading a Type 63 rocket launcher mounted onto a pickup truck.

Fact #3 : The English Markings Are Genuine

Some sharp-eyed netizens noticed that rockets have English words on them, instead of Farsi or Arabic words :

107mm ROCKET
LOT : 573
DATE : 2016
N.W : 18kg
R.No. : 2103

This has led to suggestions that the rockets may be fake, or made by Americans themselves, or replicas of the real rockets used in a false flag operation.

Here you can see the actual rockets (on the left) and inert replicas of the Haseb rockets. No doubt they look very similar.

However, there is really no need for the US military to purchase replicas even for a false flag operation. Many Haseb rockets have been captured over the years.

The English markings do not mean they are American-made. The Haseb rocket is also made for export by Iran’s Armaments Industries Group (AIG), and so uses English markings.

The inert replica above has English markings, because the real Haseb rockets have English markings.

Fact #4 : Haseb Rockets Have A Very Short Range

Haseb rockets have a very short range – up to 9 kilometres, and are not very accurate.

That means they would have to be fired very close to the Baghdad Green Zone in order to have a reasonable chance of hitting the US embassy inside.

Any suggestion that Iranian forces fired them inside Baghdad itself would be ludicrous. Even if Iran wanted to strike at the Americans, they would use an allied militant group to make attribution difficult.

Fact #5 : Attribution Is Difficult

The Haseb rockets are not exclusively used by Iranian forces. They are exported to Iranian auxiliary forces and allied militant groups like the Hezbollah.

So it would not be possible for the United States to directly attribute the rocket attack to Iran, unless they capture the people who actually fired the rockets.

It could also be a rogue militant group, or even a false flag action by a rival nation-state. After all, numerous examples of the Haseb rocket have been captured by other militant groups and even countries like Israel.

In fact, Gen. Frank McKenzie, who leads the US Central Command and once warned that American forces imminent threat from Iran specifically told The Wall Street Journal,

I do not know the degree to which Iran is complicit. We do not seek a war, and I don’t actually believe they seek one either.

Even Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah described the rocket attack on the US embassy as “undisciplined“.

Fact #6 : We Don’t Know Who Owned Those Rockets

The three Haseb rockets that Donald Trump posted were obviously not fired.

But whether they “failed to launch” as Trump claimed, or were simply captured unfired, is unknown. Trump likely can’t tell the difference.

Unless the rocketeers were captured together with these three rockets, it would be impossible to also attribute the rocket attack to any particular group, never mind Iran.

Even so, the mere possession of these rockets does not mean that they actually launched that particular attack.

 

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How Did Iran Shoot Down UIA Flight PS752 By Mistake?

It seems incredulous that Iran could shoot down UIA Flight PS752 by mistake, but the sad fact is that no military can always correctly identify bogies.

We examine how Iran mistook UIA Flight PS752 for a US cruise missile, and shot it down with a Tor M1 missile, killing all 176 people onboard.

 

The Circumstances Surrounding UIA Flight PS752

On 3 January 2020, US President Donald Trump escalated tensions with Iran by ordering the assassination of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani.

Soleimani’s assassination by Hellfire missile could be construed as an act of war against Iran, and naturally compelled a military response. That came in the form of 22 ballistic missiles fired on two US bases in Iraq.

Read more : Is Donald Trump RESPONSIBLE For UIA Flight 752 Deaths?

The Iranians expected a US cruise missile attack in retaliation, and appeared to have prepared for such an eventuality with the deployment of short range missile defence systems around Tehran.

Five hours after they fired those ballistic missiles, UIA Flight PS752 took off from the Imam Khomeini International Airport.

Unfortunately, a SAM operator mistook it for a US cruise missile, and shot it down with a Tor M1 missile.

So how could Iran’s veteran military forces have made such a colossal mistake?

 

Tor M1 / SA-15 Gauntlet

First, let’s consider the SAM platform that shot down UIA Flight PS752 – the Russian Tor M1, also known by its NATO designation SA-15 Gauntlet.

The Tor (Russian for Torus) missile system is an armoured tracked vehicle with a pulse-doppler radar, and eight 9K331 Tor M1 missiles.

Introduced in 1991, this mobile SAM system is designed to accompany and protect troops in a battlefield against hostile aircraft and cruise missiles.

It is not usually parked in defence of fixed installations, and have greater autonomy than centralised air defence systems. It is likely that the Iranians brought in these mobile SAM systems as the last line of defence in an impending conflict.

 

War-Like Situation Before PS752 Flight

Next, we have to consider the war footing that the Iranian military, and specifically, the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) found itself in, after launching ballistic missiles at US bases.

Besides, the United States did earlier just assassinate one of their top military leaders – an action that could be considered an act of war.

Even if the Iranian government does not want a war with the United States, the Iranian military and the IRGC would have been compelled to prepare for the worst.

It is with that mindset in mind, that we consider how Iran could have mistaken UIA Flight PS752 for a cruise missile, shooting it down.

 

How Did Iran Shoot Down UIA Flight PS752 By Mistake?

Poor Training?

As one of Iran’s older SAM systems and a short range system at that, the Tor M1 is likely to be assigned to less elite units. So it is plausible that inexperience or poor training led to the tragedy.

No Central Command?

Multiple Tor vehicles can be linked to a Ranzhir-M mobile command center, for increased detection range and centralised command.

It is possible that the Tor vehicles were dispersed for localised defence, and not linked to a central command system. That would leave the decision to fire in the hands of a junior officer, possibly even a conscript!

Short Reaction Time?

The Tor M1 missile also has a narrow engagement range of 1.5 km to 12 km. It cannot be used against anything closer than 1.5 km, or further than 12 km.

When Flight PS752 popped up just a few kilometres from this Tor M1 vehicle, it would give the missile operator just a matter of seconds to identify it and decide whether to fire or not.

Heightened Expectations Of A Strike?

The expectation of a retaliatory strike would, no doubt, weigh heavily on the mind of the missile operator. After all, they just fired 22 ballistic missiles on two US bases.

In normal circumstances, the Tor missile system would not be “weapons hot”. But they were expecting a salvo of cruise missiles, so the missile operator would have been light on the trigger.

Failure To Whitelist Flight PS752?

When Flight PS752 popped up on the Tor missile system’s radar, the operator would have to decide if it was a hostile aircraft or a legitimate civilian aircraft.

Unfortunately, its pulse-doppler radar would not be able identify the type of the aircraft, only its speed and direction. But Flight PS752 and a Tomahawk cruise missile would have roughly similar subsonic speeds.

An example of a pulse doppler radar’s display

That’s why civilian airliners use transponders and the IFF system to ensure that everyone knows that they are not a threat. Flight PS752 would definitely have been squawking its transponder code.

Normally, SAM crews would receive the flight plans and transponder codes for airliners scheduled to fly in and out of the area, so they can be eliminated as threats.

It is plausible that this Tor missile operator did not, or could not, clear Flight PS752’s transponder code, and assumed it was a cruise missile attempting to masquerade as an airliner.

Failure To Establish No-Fly Zone

One thing is for sure though – the Iranians should have established a no-fly zone around Tehran, after firing their ballistic missiles. It was a serious and fatal mistake.

The danger of jittery, trigger-happy Air Defence crews in charge of weapons hot SAM systems cannot be understated.

It would also have made it easier to identify hostile aircraft in Iranian airspace. Yet they continued to let civilian aircraft fly in and out of Tehran.

 

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Porsche Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter Revealed!

Porsche and Lucasfilm just unveiled the Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter that will be showcased in the premiere of Star Wars : The Rise of Skywalker in Los Angeles!

Take a look at the Porsche Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter, and how Porsche and Lucasfilm came to create it!

 

Porsche Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter : A Design Partnership

The Porsche Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter is a design DNA blend of Porsche and Lucasfilm.

Over a period of two months, the Porsche Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter project team worked at their respective design studios in Weissach and San Francisco to create initial ideas and drafts, before finally coming up with a concrete concept.

The final design, named Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter, will be presented as a detailed model measuring 1.5 metres (5 feet) in length at the film premiere of Star Wars : The Rise of Skywalker in Los Angeles.

“The design of the spaceship is harmoniously integrated into the Star Wars film world while at the same time demonstrating clear analogies with the characteristic Porsche styling and proportions,” says Michael Mauer, Vice President Style Porsche at Porsche AG.

“The basic shape of the cabin, which tapers towards the rear, and a highly distinctive topography from the cockpit flyline to the turbines establish visual parallels with the iconic design of the 911 and the Taycan. The very compact layout conveys dynamism and agility, lending emphasis to the Porsche design features mentioned.”

“This collaboration is an amazing opportunity to merge the design aesthetics of Porsche and Star Wars. I found it to be creatively challenging and extremely inspiring,” says Doug Chiang, Vice President and Executive Creative Director for Lucasfilm. “It is thrilling to infuse Star Wars with Porsche styling to create an iconic new spaceship that could exist both on Earth or in the cinematic universe.”

While legal requirements impose certain restrictions on creativity in the classic design process for a series-production vehicle, this project opens up a whole new dimension of freedom.

At the same time, the Style Porsche team faced fresh challenges, since creating a purely virtual design is demanding, too. On the screen, the starship is only seen in two dimensions, while classic series-production vehicles appear physically in three dimensions.

In addition, starships usually only appear dynamically in the film and are only visible for a brief moment – so the design has to create an impression and be recognisable within a matter of seconds.

 

Porsche Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter : The Final Design

A glance at the details reveals a number of features familiar from the Porsche design style.

The front is reminiscent of the so-called “air curtains” (air inlets) that go together with the headlights to create a single formal entity in the Taycan. In addition to the four-point daytime running light typical of Porsche, the so-called “blasters” – long gun barrels at the front – are located at the tip.

The rear grid with the louvres and integrated third brake light was inspired by the current 911 generation, and the rear section of the starship bears the brand’s hallmark light bar.

Porsche design criteria have been applied to the interior, too: the instruments in the cockpit are clearly aligned with the driver’s axis, while the low seating position is reminiscent of the sporty ergonomics in the Porsche 918 Spyder.

All in all, the design follows a basic principle that is characteristic of the brand – all the elements on the exterior have a clear function, and purely visual features have largely been dispensed with.

“Our collaborative project with Star Wars goes perfectly with the launch of the Taycan. The design teams have brought the differing worlds of Porsche and Star Wars together to make a very special gift for the fans of the two brands,” says Kjell Gruner, Head of Marketing at Porsche.

Porsche will also be showcasing the all-new Taycan at the premiere event in Los Angeles.

 

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