The Selangor state government just announced an extra Hari Raya Haji holiday for civil servants!
Selangor Civil Servants Get Extra Hari Raya Haji Holiday!
On Tuesday, 27 June 2023, the Selangor State Secretary Datuk Hari Karim announced an additional Hari Raya Haji holiday on Friday, June 30, in addition to the existing holiday on Thursday, June 29.
However, this additional Hari Raya Haji holiday will only apply to civil servants in the Selangor state’s departments, agencies, and local authorities.
Government subsidiaries (GLCs) and private companies are not subject to this directive. It will be up to each respective employer to decide whether to grant their employees an additional Hari Raya Haji holiday.
Statutory bodies, government subsidiaries and private parties, however, are not subject to this directive and are left to the discretion of their respective employers under the Employment Act 1955 (Act 265).
The additional day would grant those lucky enough to receive it a long 4-day weekend, in line with the 2023 school holidays.
This would likely result in heavy traffic on the highways as people take this opportunity to return to their hometowns to celebrate Hari Raya Haji with their families.
Unfortunately, this Nespresso contest is yet another SCAM that you should NEVER participate in!
After you click on the link, you are taken to a page that looks like a genuine Nespresso contest page.
You will be asked to answer three very simple questions.
The answers are irrelevant – no matter what you answer, you are always allowed to proceed to the next step.
You are then asked to share the promotion with 30 WhatsApp contacts, or 5 WhatsApp groups.
Next, you will be asked to complete one of these tasks to receive the “free” Nespresso coffee machine :
a) install an app, which is really a malware to send you advertisements, or
b) enter your credit card details
Needless to say – proceeding with this step will open you up to great risk of monetary loss. DO NOT PROCEED!
If you install their malware, you will start receiving promotions, some of which will ask you to send an SMS to receive expensive free gifts like laptops and smartphones.
If you proceed to send the confirmation SMS messages, you will be subscribed and billed for international premium SMS services.
So never click on such contest links, even if they were sent to you by a trusted relative or friend.
They would have certainly been fooled by the scam, so please warn them too!
How To Spot Scams Like The Nespresso Survey Contest!
Now, let me show you how to spot these scams next time!
If you spot any of these warning signs, DO NOT PROCEED and DO NOT SHARE!
Warning Sign #1 : Bad Grammar
Most of these scammers do not have a good command of the English language, so if you spot bad grammar, stay away.
Proper contests or events sponsored by major brands like Nespresso will have at least one PR or marketing person who will vet the text before allowing it to be posted.
The government of Malaysia just announced 30% to 100% highway toll discount for the 2022 Hari Raya Aidilfitri holiday!
Here is what you need to know…
30% to 100% Highway Toll Discount For 2022 Aidilfitri Holiday!
On 25 April 2022, the government of Malaysia announced that they came to an agreement with 30 highway concessionaires to offer a 30% to 100% discount on highway toll charges during the 2022 Hari Raya Aidilfitri holiday!
The 30% to 100% discount will only apply to all vehicle classes, on these dates and times :
From 12:01 AM on Saturday, 30 April 2022 until 11:59 PM on Sunday, 1 May 2022
From 12:01 AM on Saturday, 7 May 2022 until 11:59 PM on Sunday, 8 May 2022
Please note that there is no toll discount from 2 May until 6 May 2022.
2022 Aidilfitri Highway Toll Discount : Full List Of Highways
Here is the full list of participating highways :
100% Highway Toll Discount
Lebuhraya Utara Selatan (PLUS)
Lebuhraya Utara Selatan Hubungan Tengah (ELITE)
Lebuhraya Seremban – Port Dickson (SPDH)
Lebuhraya Butterworth – Kulim (BKE)
Laluan Kedua Malaysia Singapura (LINKEDUA)
Jambatan Pulau Pinang (JPP)
Lebuhraya Pantai Timur (LPT) 1
Lebuhraya Pantai Timur (LPT) 2
Lebuhraya KL – Karak (KLK)
50% Highway Toll Discount
Lebuhraya Shah Alam (KESAS)
Lebuhraya Damansara – Puchong (LDP)
Lebuhraya Cheras – Kajang (GRANDSAGA)
Lebuhraya Sungai Besi (BESRAYA)
Lebuhraya Baru Pantai (NPE)
Lebuhraya Bertingkat Ampang – KL (AKLEH)
Lebuhraya KL-Putrajaya (MEX)
Lebuhraya Duta – Ulu Kelang (DUKE)
30% Highway Toll Discount
Projek Pengurusan Air Banjir Dan Terowong (SMART)
Lebuhraya Koridor Guthrie (GUTHRIE)
Lebuhraya KL- Kuala Selangor (LATAR)
Lebuhraya Lingkaran Luar Butterworth (LLB)
Lebuhraya Kemuning – Shah Alam (LKSA)
Lebuhraya Lingkaran Kajang (SILK)
Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Muad’zam Shah (JPP2)
Lebuhraya Lembah Klang Selatan (SKVE)
Lebuhraya Skim Penyuraian Trafik KL- Barat (SPRINT)
Lebuhraya Kajang-Seremban (LEKAS)
Lebuhraya Pintas Selat Klang Utara Baru (GRAND SEPADU)
Lebuhraya Senai – Desaru (SDE)
Lebuhraya Persisiran Pantai Barat (WCE)
The cost of these discounts, estimated at RM77.11 million, will be jointly absorbed by the Malaysian government and the concession companies.
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The government just updated the official SOP for 2022 Chinese New Year celebrations in Malaysia!
Here is what you need to know!
2022 Chinese New Year SOP For Malaysia!
On 19 January 2022, the Ministry of National Unity released the official SOP for 2022 Chinese New Year celebrations in Malaysia!
They also issued two other SOP documents + two infographics with additional SOP, so I compiled all their rules here for your convenience. I will keep updating this article, as and when they issue new “clarifications”.
Here is a video that summarises the key points of the 2022 Chinese New Year SOP for Malaysia.
2022 Chinese New Year SOP For Malaysia : 23 January Edition
The Family Reunion Dinner is allowed on Monday, 31 January 2022.
Prayers are allowed in non-Muslim houses of worship on 1 and 2 February 2022 (Tuesday and Wednesday), according to the existing SOP under PPN Phase 4.
The special Hokkien clan prayers (Bai Tian Gong) are allowed on 8 and 9 February 2022 (Tuesday and Wednesday).
a) Prayers are allowed in non-Muslim houses of worship, according to the existing SOP under PPN Phase 4.
b) Prayers are allowed at individual house compounds at night, according to the Hokkien clan tradition.
Chap Goh Meh prayers are allowed at non-Muslim houses of worship on Tuesday, 15 February 2022, according to the existing SOP under PPN Phase 4.
You are allowed to visit family and friends from 31 January until 15 February 2022.
Chinese New Year Receptions are allowed from 31 January until 15 February 2022
a) only those who were explicitly invited are allowed to enter
b) NOT ALLOWED to members of the public who were not invited
c) continuous receptions like open houses are NOT ALLOWED
d) allowed at up to 50% venue capacity, with physical distancing
Chinese New Year receptions by companies or associations are allowed, subject to these restrictions :
a) held in a hall or restaurant,
b) limited invitations,
c) not held in public places, and
d) cannot be continuous, like an open house
Lion / dragon / tiger dance are allowed from 31 January until 15 February 2022, subject to the Creative Industry (Live Performance) SOP.
The Ministry of National Unity calls on the public to always obey the SOP, and take COVID-19 precautions like wear a face mask, maintain good hygiene and ensure physical distancing.
2022 Chinese New Year SOP For Prayers In Malaysia!
Here is the additional SOP for prayer activities at non-Muslim houses of worship during Chinese New Year 2022 :
Non-Muslim Houses of Worship must :
Open a health screening counter at the entrance, conduct a body temperature scan and look for symptoms like fever, cough, breathing difficulties and flu.
Every prayer session can last up to 30 minutes, and must be followed by sanitation for 30 minutes, before the next prayer session.
Prayers can last from 6 AM until 2 PM.
Home prayers on the night of 19 February 2021 are allowed for the Hokkien Clan (Pai Ti Kong).
Third Chinese New Year SOP : More Questions!
This is the third MCO SOP for Chinese New Year 2021, and may not be the last.
For some reason, the government neglected Chap Goh Meh – the last day of Chinese New Year, which is also a significant date.
If they want to ban Chap Goh Meh celebrations, please state so, and say it clearly.
But even more critically, they did not clarify whether the inter-district or interstate travel restrictions include the Klang Valley.
After all, many areas in the Klang Valley are in close proximity, even if they cross district and state lines.
For example, Damansara Perdana and Mutiara Damansara (which are in Selangor) are right next to TTDI (in Kuala Lumpur), separated only by the LDP highway. Will crossing the state and district lines between these adjoining areas be allowed?
Finally, there’s no mention of whether more than two people are allowed to travel in the same car for the reunion dinner, which 15 people can now attend.
So we expect the government to “further clarify” their Chinese New Year SOP going forward…
Is the PDRM alert about a major operation to target the 2021 New Year Eve celebrations genuine?
Find out what’s going on, and what the facts are!
Claim : PDRM Alert On 2021 New Year Eve Celebrations
This warning went out on social media today, warning about a major PDRM operation to target the 2021 New Year Eve celebrations.
Here is the original warning in Bahasa Malaysia, followed by our English translation below :
*Operasi Besar-besaran Sempena Sambutan Ambang Tahun Baru 2021
Masa: Jam 10 malam hingga jam 2 pagi
Lokasi: Seluruh Negara
Operasi ini melibatkan semua unit Ibu Pejabat Polis Negeri dan Daerah termasuk Balai-Balai Luar, antaranya seperti berikut:-
▪Semua Unit Kereta Peronda (MPV)
▪Semua Pegawai dan Anggota Trafik
▪Unit Rondaan Bermotosikal (URB)
▪Team serbuan dan tangkapan Cawangan Jenayah
▪Team serbuan dan Tangkapan Cawangan Narkotik
▪Risikan Maklumat Cawangan Khas (SB)
▪Team Pemantauan dan Kompoun COVID 19
▪Tidak dibenarkan sebarang Sambutan dan konvoi kenderaan.
▪Tidak dibenarkan sebarang perhimpunan dan pembakaran bunga api.
▪KECUALI yang mendapat kebenaran bertulis dari pihak PDRM setelah tapisan syarat yang ketat dikeluarkan.
▪Akta 342 Kawalan Penyakit-berjangkit masih berkuatkuasa.
▪Tumpuan dan tindakan utama operasi mencegah aktiviti Bermotosikal dan lumba haram.
▪Tangkapan dan pendakwaan akan dikenakan terhadap semua pelanggaran undang-undang seperti di atas.
* Massive Operation in Conjunction with the New Year Eve Celebration 2021 Across The Country
Time: 10 PM to 2 AM
This operation involves all units at the State and District Police Headquarters including External Stations, including : –
▪All Patrol Car Units (MPV)
▪All Traffic Officers and Members
▪Motorcycle Patrol Unit (URB)
▪Raiding and arrest teams of the Criminal Branch
▪Raiding and arrest teams of the Narcotics Branch
▪Special Branch (SB) Intelligence
▪COVID-19 Monitoring and Compound Team
▪No any Celebrations and convoys of vehicles are allowed.
▪No fireworks assembly and burning are not allowed, EXCEPT with written permission from the PDRM after a strict condition screening is issued.
▪Act 342 Control of Infectious Disease is still in force.
▪The main focus and action of operations is to prevent motorcycle and illegal racing activities.
▪ Arrests and prosecutions will be imposed on all violations of the law as above.
PDRM Alert On 2021 New Year Eve Celebrations : Possibly True
We attempted to verify the warning with PDRM, but they have not replied as of 9 PM.
Therefore, we are unable to confirm if there is actually a massive operation planned. However, we believe it is “possibly true” to some extent, because…
Fact #1 : PDRM Warned About Increase Inspection + Monitoring
On 28 December 2020, PDRM issued a statement regarding the year-end holidays and the 2021 New Year celebrations.
It acknowledge that people will be travelling and visiting each other, and this would likely lead to an increase in COVID-19 cases.
They reminded everyone to follow the SOP strictly, and warned that PDRM will increase their inspection and monitoring to ensure that the SOP is followed.
Fact #2 : New Year Eve Celebrations Are NOT Allowed
On 28 December 2020, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the Malaysian government will NOT allow mass gatherings for the 2021 New Year Eve celebrations.
As a result, firework displays at the top New Year celebration spots like The Curve and IPC Shopping Centre in Mutiara Damansara, Dataran Merdeka in downtown KL, and Resort World Genting in Genting Highlands, have been cancelled.
Fact #3 : PDRM Declined To Issue Any Permit For 2021 New Year Eve Celebrations
According to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador, PDRM received requests for firework displays for the 2021 New Year Eve celebrations.
However, he said that PDRM decline to issue any permit for any 2021 New Year Eve celebration, including firework displays.
He also pointed out that this is in line with the 28 December 2020 announcement (Fact #2) that no mass gathering is permitted.
COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe During CMCO!
Here are a few simple steps to stay safe :
Avoid suspected cases or disease hotspots, like hospitals, if possible!
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