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Perlis, Sarawak, Labuan Upgraded To NRP Phase 3!

Perlis, Sarawak, Labuan Upgraded To PPN Phase 3!

Perlis, Sarawak and Labuan have just been upgraded to Phase 3 of Malaysia’s National Recovery Plan (PPN)!

Here is what we know so far!

 

Perlis, Sarawak, Labuan Upgraded To PPN Phase 3!

On 2 August 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Muhyiddin Yassin, announced that Perlis, Sarawak and Labuan will be upgraded to Phase 3 of Malaysia’s National Recovery Plan (PPN) on Wednesday, 4 August 2021.

The announcement was brief and had no other details, but based on previous announcements, states must meet these requirements to qualify for Phase 3 :

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

Read more : Malaysia National Recovery Plan : 20 July 2021 Edition!

 

Perlis, Sarawak, Labuan Phase 3 : SOP Differences?

The government has not released any details of Phase 3 SOP, but it should be more liberalised than the current Phase 2 SOP.

  • All economic sectors (except high risk activities) allowed to operate
  • Industries with fully vaccinated staff can operate at full capacity
  • Education, sports, and some social activities can resume.

On 27 June 2021, the MKN announced these details for Phase 3 of the National COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

What Business Can Reopen In Phase 3

In Phase 3, all economic activities are allowed to resume, EXCEPT for high-risk activities in the negative list, like :

  • Spa
  • Pedicure and manicure
  • Pub and night club

Beauty saloons are ALLOWED to operate, subject to strict SOP.

Creative industry are ALLOWED in Phase 3, for example – live events without spectators.

Travel Restrictions

Inter-district travel is ALLOWED, but interstate travel is FORBIDDEN.

Up to three (3) people are allowed (including the driver) in public and private vehicles like taxi and e-hailing rides and personal vehicles.

Dining-In

Dining-in at restaurants is ALLOWED, but limited to two (2) persons per table, with physical distancing.

Education

The reopening of the education section, including schools, public and private institutes of higher learning, training institutes and other educational institutes under the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Housing and Local Government and Ministry of Rural Development and other agencies are to be determined by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education as well as the Ministry of Health.

Social Activities

Social activities are FORBIDDEN in Phase 3.

However, people will be ALLOWED to receive up to ten (10) guests or visitors at their homes at any one time.

Tourism

Tourism is ALLOWED only within the state.

The reopening of tourist attractions will be subject to risk assessments, and tight SOP.

 

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Did Henry Cavill Help Nephew Prove Superman Is His Uncle?

Did Henry Cavill go to his nephew’s school to prove that Superman is really his uncle?!

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

 

Did Henry Cavill Help Nephew Prove Superman Is His Uncle?

The Internet is abuzz with this cute story of Henry Cavill going to school to help his nephew, Thomas, prove that Superman is his uncle.

Whether they are posted on Facebook, or in “viral websites”, the story generally goes along these lines, with a picture of Henry Cavill walking his nephew to school :

The day Uncle Cavill had to prove his nephew was not a liar.

Little Thomas, aged only 7, went to school dressed as Superman and the teacher asked why he was dressed like this.

“Because Superman is my uncle,” he replied.

The teacher then explained that Superman didn’t exist, but Thomas insisted, repeating numerous times that he existed, and that he was his uncle. And the kid ended up at the office…

An officer was asked to seek him, already warning about not encouraging the child to live in a fantasy world. Thomas’ mother laughed and said he was telling the truth.

As the doubt remained, she called her brother-in-law, asking him to go to school to “save” her nephew, who was radiant for all his little friends to see that he was really Superman’s nephew!

The news was confirmed in the last few hours by Cavill himself, reiterating that he had saved his nephew from a bad punishment, given his reputation for “telling lies”

 

Henry Cavill Did Not Help Nephew Prove Superman Is His Uncle!

As endearing as this story is, it was really fabricated from an old story from 2013.

Websites like Pledge Times just resurrected this story to “go viral”. Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Henry Cavill Talked About It In 2013

Henry Cavill actually recounted this incident back in June 2013 in an interview with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show.

So Pledge Times and all the other websites that claimed that Henry Cavill confirmed this “in the last few hours” are lying.

Fact #2 : This Incident Happened In 2011

This incident involving his nephew, Thomas, actually happened in 2011 when Henry first learned he would be playing Superman in Zack Snyder’s film.

Henry Cavill only recounted it in 2013, when he sat for his interview with Jay Leno. This was what he said :

“My nephew Thomas was so super excited… he ran to school. “

“Now keep in mind Thomas has got a great reputation for telling stories and just making up stuff to the teacher.”

He says, “Well, because my uncle is Superman,” and she’s like, “Oh okay, and she pulls him aside. He got in trouble. [She was like] “this is sad.”

Fact #3 : Henry Cavill Did Not Go To His Nephew’s School

Thomas’ mother – Henry’s sister-in-law – then explained to the teacher that the boy’s uncle “actually kind of is” Superman.

She did not ask Henry to “rescue” Thomas, so he did not actually go to his nephew’s school to prove that Superman is really his uncle.

Fact #4 : Henry Cavill Did Not Go To His Nephew’s School

The creator(s) misappropriated one of photos to make it look as if Henry Cavill was walking his nephew to school to prove that his uncle really is Superman.

The truth is this was one of the photos taken of Henry, who was walking in London with his brother Niki and his family on 7 September 2013.

They were NOT going to school to rescue Thomas, that’s for sure!

Fact #5 : Thomas Was Not 7 Years Old When It Happened

Henry Cavill did not mention how old Thomas was when this “Superman is my uncle” incident happened. But in a May 2021 interview with Viva Magazine, he said,

I have two nephews, aged 6 and 4. The older is known for telling wild tales in school and telling lies invented all the time. During one of the classes, the teacher asked pupils to talk about their family members, and what they do professionally. Then, the boy said: “My uncle is Superman.”

So we know that Thomas was 6 years old in 2013, and not 7 years old in 2021 as many viral websites and memes are claiming.

We also know that the incident happened sometime between 2011 and 2013. So Thomas was likely between 4 and 6 years old when it happened.

Little Thomas should be a strapping 14 year-old teenager in 2021!

 

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Malaysia National Recovery Plan : 20 July 2021 Edition!

Here are the latest updates on the Malaysia National Recovery Plan, that MKN announced!

Updated @ 2021-07-20 : Added new Phase 1 and Phase 2 details.

Updated @ 2021-07-09 : Added new Phase 1 and Phase 2 details.
Updated @ 2021-07-04 : Added new Phase 2 details.
Originally posted @ 2021-06-27

 

Malaysia National Recovery Plan : Four Phases

On 17 June 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced the National Recovery Plan, with four phases, which was updated on 5 July 2021 :

Phase 1

Phase 2

  • Must meet these requirements (nationally) :
    – average daily new COVID-19 cases must be <4,000
    moderate healthcare system / ICU capacity
    10% population vaccinated with second dose
  • Must meet these requirements (by state) :
    – new cases averaging less than 12.2 cases per 100,000
    moderate ICU use capacity
    10% population vaccinated with second dose
  • More economic sectors allowed to operate at 80% maximum capacity
  • Social sectors remain closed

Phase 3

  • Must meet these requirements :
    – average daily new COVID-19 cases must be <2,000
    comfortable healthcare system / ICU capacity
    40% population vaccinated with second dose
  • All economic sectors (except high risk activities) allowed to operate
  • Industries with fully vaccinated staff can operate at full capacity
  • Education, sports, and some social activities can resume.
  • Parliament can resume under strict SOP

Phase 4

  • Must meet these requirements :
    – average daily new COVID-19 cases must be <500
    safe healthcare system / ICU capacity
    60% population vaccinated with second dose
  • All economic and most social sectors allowed to resume
  • Interstate travel and domestic tourism allowed, subject to strict SOP

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Recovery Plan : Phase 1 Updates

On 6 July 2021, MKN announced that busking is now allowed in vaccination centres, and supermarkets and departmental stores can fully open up.

On 19 July 2021, MKN announced these changes :

  • Up to 40% of public servants can now work in the office
  • Accounting services are now ALLOWED, with a maximum employee capacity of 60%.
  • Daily and public markets are now allowed to operate from 6 AM until 4 PM, subject to local authorities and SOP, with monitoring by RELA or civil defence.
  • Controlled Fresh Produce Market (PST) is allowed to operate from 7 AM until 2 PM.
  • Cycling and individual sports with physical distancing of 2-3 metres are ALLOWED in the neighbourhood.
  • Ports, airports and the logistics sector can operate 24 hours.
  • Mining and quarrying activities are allowed with up to 60% worker capacity.

For the latest Phase 1 SOP, please see National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : 19 July 2021 Edition!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Recovery Plan : Phase 2 Updates

On 27 June 2021, MKN announced details for Phase 2 of the National COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

On 3 July 2021, MKN announced that five states met the requirements to transition to Phase 2 – Perlis, Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang. They also announced more updates to Phase 2.

On 5 July 2021, MKN announced that Penang met the requirements to transition to Phase 2.

On 6 July 2021, MKN announced that busking is now allowed in vaccination centres.

On 8 July 2021, MKN announced that Sabah met the requirements to transition to Phase 2.

On 19 July 2021, MKN announced these changes :

  • out-of-studio filming is ALLOWED subject to strict SOP
  • business premises can now open from 6 AM to 10 PM, including specialty stores (petrol stations).

For the latest Phase 2 SOP, please see National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP : 19 July 2021 Edition!

Government Operations During Phase 2

Government offices can conduct hybrid operations – both office and work from home using this approach :

  • Office capacity must not exceed 40% (not including frontliners, security, defence and law enforcement) and 60% must work from home, in turns.
  • All meetings and discussions must be conducted online through a safe and secure medium.
  • Counter services will be open.
  • Office attendance must be accompanied by official orders and worker passes.
  • Compliance with COVID-19 SOP.

What Business Can Reopen In Phase 2

These economic sectors can reopen under Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan. They will be allowed to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM daily. Updated!

Worker capacity in the private sector for essential services can be increased to 80%.

Manufacturing

  • Automotive (vehicles and components
  • Ceramics
  • Furniture factory for export
  • Rubber
  • Iron and steel
  • Cement

Trade + Distribution

  • Book and stationery stores
  • Computers and telecommunications
  • Electrical good
  • Carwashes
  • Barber and hair saloons (basic barber services only)

Travel Restrictions

Interstate and inter-district travel are still FORBIDDEN, except for school teachers and students who are sitting for examinations.

Interstate travel for long-distance couples are allowed, only for emergency and special cases with police approval.

Markets

Farmer’s markets and morning markets are allowed to operate from 7 AM until 11 AM, and limited to these six commodities :

  • vegetables
  • fruits
  • groceries
  • processed chicken
  • seafood
  • meat

Weekly markets, night markets and guest markets are FORBIDDEN to operate.

Sports + Recreation

All individual sporting and recreational activities, that do not involve physical touch, are ALLOWED.

Physical distance of at least 2 to 3 metres must be maintained.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Recovery Plan : Phase 3 Updates

On 27 June 2021, the MKN announced these details for Phase 3 of the National COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

What Business Can Reopen In Phase 3

In Phase 3, all economic activities are allowed to resume, EXCEPT for high-risk activities in the negative list, like :

  • Spa
  • Pedicure and manicure
  • Pub and night club

Beauty saloons are ALLOWED to operate, subject to strict SOP.

Creative industry are ALLOWED in Phase 3, for example – live events without spectators.

Travel Restrictions

Inter-district travel is ALLOWED, but interstate travel is FORBIDDEN.

Up to three (3) people are allowed (including the driver) in public and private vehicles like taxi and e-hailing rides and personal vehicles.

Dining-In

Dining-in at restaurants is ALLOWED, but limited to two (2) persons per table, with physical distancing.

Education

The reopening of the education section, including schools, public and private institutes of higher learning, training institutes and other educational institutes under the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Housing and Local Government and Ministry of Rural Development and other agencies are to be determined by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education as well as the Ministry of Health.

Social Activities

Social activities are FORBIDDEN in Phase 3.

However, people will be ALLOWED to receive up to ten (10) guests or visitors at their homes at any one time.

Tourism

Tourism is ALLOWED only within the state.

The reopening of tourist attractions will be subject to risk assessments, and tight SOP.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Recovery Plan : Phase 4 Updates

On 27 June 2021, the MKN announced these details for Phase 4 of the National COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

Phase 4 is when almost all economic and social sectors will be ALLOWED to reopen completely, subject to the existing SOP.

This is also when interstate travel will be permitted.

 

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Online Learning For Schools In Malaysia Extended To August!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that online learning for all schools will be extended until 31 August 2021!

Here are the details…

 

Online Learning For Schools In Malaysia Extended To August 2021!

On 17 July 2021, the Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all schools will remain closed, and that Teaching + Learning at Home (PdPR) classes would take place for another 37 days.

This directive includes all private, international and expatriate schools in Malaysia.

  • Group A : 25 July to 31 August 2021
  • Group B : 26 July to 31 August 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories

Starting from 1 September 2021, some students will be allowed to go back to school, for face-to-face learning.

  • Phase 2 states : students who will be sitting for examinations
  • Phase 3 states : all students in stages

 

Previous Online Learning School Schedule In Malaysia

On 8 June 2021, the Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all schools will remain closed, and that Teaching + Learning at Home (PdPR) classes would take place for another 25 days.

This directive includes all private, international and expatriate schools in Malaysia.

  • Group A : 13 June to 16 July 2021
  • Group B : 14 June to 17 July 2021

This will be followed by the mid-term holidays.

  • Group A : 16 July to 25 July 2021
  • Group B : 17 July to 26 July 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories

 

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Computer, Mobile, Book + Stationery Shops Can Reopen!

MKN just announced that they are allowing computer, mobile, book and stationery shops to reopen across the country!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Computer, Mobile, Book + Stationery Shops Can Reopen!

On 15 July 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that computer, mobile, book and stationery shops will be allowed to reopen.

This decision will apply across the country, to both Phase 1 and Phase 2 states, and apply from 16 July 2021 onwards.

They made this decision after taking into account feedback from students, parents as well as teachers, and to allow teachers and students to continue online learning (PdPR).

This news will be warmly welcomed by parents and teachers, who have been complaining about not being able to repair their computer or smartphone, or even purchase books and stationery.

They also allowed students to travel in and out of EMCO areas to take their exams, including professional exams, albeit with police permission.

 

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How To Check If You’re Magnetic With COVID-19 Vaccine?

Can you turn magnetic after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?

Let me show you HOW to check if you are really magnetic, or just sticky!

 

Can COVID-19 Vaccine Make You Magnetic?

Many people believe that the COVID-19 vaccine can turn you magnetic, allowing you to stick spoons, forks and even plates to your body!

Here are just a few examples of people sharing how they can now stick objects to their bodies after getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

How To Check If You’re Magnetic With COVID-19 Vaccine?

Okay, let me show you how to check if you are really magnetic after getting the COVID-19 vaccine!

Step 1 : Do The Test BEFORE And AFTER Vaccination

Now, this is an important step. You need to check if you are already magnetic BEFORE you get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Then check AFTER you get the COVID-19 vaccine, and compare your ability to stick objects onto your skin.

After all, if you are already magnetic before you get the COVID-19 vaccine, then your Magneto-like power really has nothing to do with the vaccine.

Step 2 : Get A Magnet

Now, some people will insist that you get a neodymium magnet, because it’s the strongest magnet you can buy.

That’s not necessary. Even a fridge magnet will do.

Step 3 : Prepare Both Magnetic + Non-Magnetic Objects

Prepare a selection of magnetic and non-magnetic objects. Not just forks and spoons please.

Use the magnet to test and confirm that they are magnetic or non-magnetic. Not all metal objects are magnetic.

For magnetic objects, get those that do not have a flat surface, like ball bearings or steel paper clips.

For non-magnetic objects, get those that are light and have a smooth and flat surface, like a plastic card or the cover of a plastic container.

Step 4 : Place Them On Your Skin

Place the magnetic objects onto your skin lightly. Do NOT press them into your skin.

  • If they quickly stick to your skin despite not being flat, it would suggest that you are magnetic.
  • If they fall off, then you are not magnetic at all.

Verify that by placing the non-magnetic objects onto the same part of your body.

  • If they also stick like the magnetic objects, then you most likely have sticky skin.
  • if they don’t stick like the magnetic objects, then you could really be magnetic.

Step 5 : Test If Magnet Attracts + Repels

Place the magnet on your skin, but not using its flat side. If you are using a round fridge magnet, place it on its edge.

  • If you feel the magnet pull or repel, then you are likely magnetic.
  • If you do not feel the magnet pull or repel, then you are not magnetic.

That’s because magnets have poles, and if your body is magnetic, it can either pull the magnet towards your skin, or push it away.

Step 6 : Pull Magnet Slowly Away From Skin

This extra step is for those who believe they feel the magnet stick to their skin.

Pull the magnet gently away from your skin, while looking carefully at your skin.

  • If your skin pulls towards the magnet, then you are likely magnetic.
  • If your skin does not pull towards the magnet, then you are not magnetic.

Magnetic attraction applies in both directions. If you pull a magnet away from a magnetic object, it will “drag” the magnetic object with it.

Step 7 : Place Magnet On Clothed Body Part

This test lets you rule out sweaty, oily skin as the reason for objects sticking to it.

Place the magnet on a clothed body part, or just cover the skin you tested earlier with a piece of cloth or paper.

If your body is truly magnetic, the magnet will stick to your skin even with the cloth or paper in between.

If the magnet falls off once you place a piece of cloth or paper between it and your skin, then you are not magnetic at all.

That’s actually how magnetic boards and fridge magnets work.

 

Are You Magnetic With COVID-19 Vaccine?

After running those tests, you should be able to determine for yourself if the COVID-19 vaccine really turned you magnetic.

You will likely now realise that those objects sticking to your skin are either not magnetic at all, or are just sticking to your skin because they are flat.

It is important to use the tests above to confirm that you are magnetic. Just because objects are sticking to you does not necessarily mean you are now Magneto.

In my next article – Magnet Challenge : Real Reason Why Things Stick To You!, I will share with you the real reason why people can stick objects to their skin.

Read more : Magnet Challenge : Real Reason Why Things Stick To You!

 

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KL + Selangor EMCO 3.0 SOP : 7 July 2021 Edition!

Here is the latest SOP for the new EMCO 3.0 lockdown of KL and Selangor!

Please SHARE this out, so your friends are updated on the latest SOP as well!

Updated @ 2021-07-08 : Added new sectors allowed to open in Selangor.

Updated @ 2021-07-02 : Added a number of changes to the EMCO SOP for KL + Selangor
Originally posted @ 2021-07-01

 

KL + Selangor EMCO 3.0 SOP : Starts On 3 July 2021!

On 1 July 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that certain areas in KL and Selangor will come under EMCO lockdown with new SOP!

Selangor

The EMCO (Enhanced Movement Control Order) lockdown will last for 14 days, from 3 July until 16 July 2021 for these areas in Selangor :

  1. Petaling District : Petaling, Damansara, Sungai Buloh, Bukit Raja
  2. Hulu Langat District : Hulu Langat, Ampang, Cheras, Kajang, Semenyih, Beranang
  3. Sepang District : Dengkil, Labu, Sepang
  4. Gombak District : Batu, Rawang, Setapak, Hulu Kelang, Kuang
  5. Kuala Langat District : Tanjung 12 (1), Tanjung 12 (2), Teluk Panglima Garang, Morib, Bandar, Jugra, Batu
  6. Klang District : Kapar, Klang
  7. Kuala Selangor District : Ijok, Bestari Jaya, Jeram
  8. Hulu Selangor District : Serendah, Rasa, Ulu Yam, Batang Kali

Kuala Lumpur

The EMCO (Enhanced Movement Control Order) lockdown will last for 14 days, from 3 July until 16 July 2021 for these areas in Kuala Lumpur :

  1. Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Sri Semarak
  2. Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Batu Muda
  3. Flat Seksyen 2 Wangsa Maju
  4. Flat Seksyen 1 Wangsa Maju
  5. Kampung Padang Balang
  6. Taman Koperasi Polis (Fasa 1 & 2)
  7. Flat Sri Sabah
  8. Kampung Puah
  9. Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Kampung Baru Air Panas
  10. Flat Desa Pandan (Termasuk Baiduri & Delima)
  11. Kampung Batu Muda
  12. Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Kerinchi
  13. Bandar Baru Sentul
  14. Taman Ikan Emas

 

KL + Selangor EMCO 3.0 SOP Video : 2 July 2021 Edition!

This video shows the latest MKN EMCO 3.0 SOP slides (2 July 2021), followed by our English translation.

Please note that this new EMCO SOP will only be effective starting 3 July 2021.

 

KL + Selangor EMCO 3.0 SOP List : 7 July 2021 Edition!

This is the new EMCO / PKPD SOP that was updated on 7 July 2021.

Travel Restrictions

  • All entry and exit into EMCO areas will be closed and controlled by the police (PDRM).
  • All residents in EMCO areas are FORBIDDEN to leave their house.
  • Only one (1) household representative may leave to purchase essential supplies within a radius of 10 kilometres.
  • Up to three (3) people, including the patient, may leave to seek healthcare, medical care or vaccination. Updated!
  • Interstate and inter-district travel for the purpose of going for vaccination is ALLOWED by showing the appointment in MySejahtera, website or SMS.
  • Individuals under home quarantine – Home Surveillance Order (HSO) – are FORBIDDEN to leave their homes.
  • No one is allowed to leave their homes after 8 PM, except for emergencies or with police permission.
  • Only one (1) person is allowed in each personal vehicle (of all types). Additional passenger requires police permission, on a case-to-case basis.
  • 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.
  • Public transportation (train, bus, LRT, MRT, ERL, monorail, taxi, ferry, e-hailing ride) are allowed to operate at 50% capacity.
  • Taxis and e-hailing rides are limited to just TWO (2) people in the vehicle, including the driver.
  • Airports and ports are ALLOWED to operate as normal.
  • Only essential services, like utilities, cleaning and sewerage, are allowed to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Only workers providing essential services or those conducting official government work, with employer’s letter or valid worker’s pass, are allowed to work.
  • Only workers in essential services and factories and permitted business premises can use MITI permission letters that were issued earlier.
  • Non-essential workers are FORBIDDEN to leave EMCO areas, and are FORBIDDEN to work during EMCO. Employers must comply with this rule, and allow employees to work from home.
  • Residents are allowed to leave EMCO areas for emergencies like sickness or death, with police permission. Consideration will be granted by PDRM and KKM based on a case-to-case basis.
  • Travel for purposes not listed in the SOP requires police permission.

Business Activities

  • Restaurants, eateries, food trucks, roadside vendors, mobile vendors, food courts, hawker centres, food stalls and food kiosks are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Food and drinks are only allowed to be purchased through take-away, drive-through and delivery.
  • Dine-in and park & dine services are FORBIDDEN.
  • Groceries, convenience stores, stores selling daily essentials are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Supermarkets and hypermarkets are ALLOWED to operate, limited to the food, drinks and essential supplies sections only, from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Hospitals, clinics and medical laboratories are ALLOWED to operate up to 24 hours, or according to their licence.
  • Pharmacies, medicine shops, veterinaries, pet food stores are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Petrol stations are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 8 PM, except for those on tolled highways which can operate 24 hours.
  • Wholesale markets are ALLOWED to operate from 12:01 AM until 6 AM.
  • Public markets, permanent farmer’s markets (PTK) and MyFarm Outlets (MFO) are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 2 PM.
  • Daily markets, morning markets, farmer’s markets, night markets, late night bazaars are FORBIDDEN.
  • Critical maintenance, repairs and wiring works are ALLOWED on appointment basis. New!
  • Vaccination centres in EMCO areas are ALLOWED to operate.
  • All educational institutes must CLOSE during EMCO.
  • All sports, social, recreational and cultural activities are FORBIDDEN.
  • Quarantine-based centralised training programmes for teams in the Malaysian Football League (MFL) are ALLOWED using Camp Based Training.
  • Government and private face-to-face meetings are FORBIDDEN.
  • KKM will conduct targeted screening tests on all residents in EMCO areas.
  • Food assistance from NGO / company / individual must be channeled through the District Disaster Management Committee coordinated under the District or State Disaster Operational Control Centres.

Religion

  • Islamic religious activities are subject to the decision of the State Religious Authority.
  • Non-Islamic religious activities are subject to the decision of the Ministry of National Unity (KPN).

Children Care

  • Childcare, private kindergartens and kindergartens in private, international and expatriate schools, and enrichment centres for children aged 4 to 6 years old are FORBIDDEN to operate, except for children whose both parents or guardians are frontliners or working in essential services.
  • Residential care centers or rehabilitation centers for children with disabilities (OKU), female senior citizens and other care centers are ALLOWED to operate in accordance to the SOP.
  • Parents or guardians sending their children to a childcare center are ALLOWED to drive with as many children as the vehicle capacity allows.

Essential Services

  • Government office operations in EMCO areas are subject to the instructions of the Chief Secretary to the Government during Phase 1 of the Movement Control Order.
  • Civil servants in essential services are limited to 20% (not including frontliners, security and defence personnel).
  • Government counter services are closed completely, except :
    a) health services
    b) police station
    c) international entry gateways involving customs, immigration and quarantine.
  • The number of workers in the private sector providing essential services is limited to 60% (including operations and management).

General Health Protocol

  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers must maintain physical distance of at least 1 metre entering or leaving their premises.
  • 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.

List Of Essential Services Updated!

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.

EMCO SOP NEGATIVE LIST

  • All economic sectors, other than those listed in A. Manufacturing Sector and B. Services Sector in the Essential Services list.
  • All entertainment activities are FORBIDDEN.
  • All sports and recreational activities are FORBIDDEN. Public parks must close.
  • All tourism activities in and out, or inside EMCO areas are FORBIDDEN.
  • All official or unofficial public or private events, and any kind of social events are FORBIDDEN.
  • All forms of face-to-face seminars, courses, training, classes or any other educational or learning activities are FORBIDDEN.

 

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Why Delaying AstraZeneca Dose 2 INCREASES Efficacy?

Many people have asked me to explain WHY delaying the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine INCREASES its efficacy.

It sure is a very odd phenomenon, when you think about it!

 

Delaying AstraZeneca Dose 2 INCREASES Efficacy

Let me start by confirming that yes, delaying the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine INCREASES its efficacy.

The AstraZeneca vaccine was originally designed with a 21-day interval between Dose 1 and Dose 2.

However, this Lancet study showed that the AstraZeneca vaccine’s efficacy increased with longer delays between Dose 1 and Dose 2!

I summarised their findings into this table, to show you how the AstraZeneca vaccine’s efficacy changes with the dose interval.

Dose 1 to Dose 2
Interval
Efficacy Difference Efficacy Range
< 6 Weeks 55.1% Baseline 33.0% to 69.9%
6 – 8 Weeks 59.9% +8.7% 32.0% to 76.4%
9 – 11 Weeks 63.7% +15.6% 28.0% to 81.7%
≥ 12 Weeks 81.3% +47.5% 60.3% to 91.2%

Doubling the dose interval from the standard 3-4 weeks increased its efficacy by 8.7% – a small but significant improvement.

The greatest benefits came from even longer dose intervals :

  • 9 to 11 week dose interval : + 15.6% increase in efficacy
  • 12 week dose interval or longer : +47.5% increase in efficacy!

That’s why health authorities changed their guidelines to give the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine 12 weeks later, instead of 3 weeks.

 

Why Delaying AstraZeneca Dose 2 INCREASES Efficacy?

Many people have asked me to explain WHY delaying the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine INCREASES its efficacy.

When you think about it – it sure is a peculiar, and rather illogical, phenomenon, isn’t it?

Frankly speaking, no one knows WHY this is the case, and it will be some time before anyone can prove the mechanism of action behind this phenomenon.

Therefore, I can only offer my hypothesis based on what I read in the many AstraZeneca studies.

Vaccines Are Training Camps

First, we must understand that COVID-19 vaccines are just training camps that teach our own immune system how to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

COVID-19 vaccines basically show our immune system what the SARS-CoV-2 virus (or a key part of it, like the famous spike protein) looks like.

Our immune system identifies it as a “foreign enemy” and learns how to make antibodies against it. These antibodies provide some protection against a real SARS-CoV-2 virus attack.

And when a real attack does come, our immune system, which now recognises SARS-CoV-2, can quickly produce even more antibodies to defeat the coronavirus.

First Dose Offers 3 Months Protection?

The same Lancet study also showed that the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine consistently offers good protection for the first 3 months.

Basically, our immune system remembers the lesson taught by the “first class” (first dose) very well for 3 months.

Time After 1 Dose Efficacy Efficacy Range
22 to 30 days 76.7% 47.0% to 89.8%
31 to 60 days 72.8% 32.9% to 89.0%
22 to 90 days 76.0% 59.3% to 85.9%
61 to 90 days 78.3% 36.4% to 92.6%
91 to 120 days 31.6% -141.8% to 80.7%

So here is my hypothesis.

Since our immune system remembers the lesson from the first dose so well in the first 3 months, it does not benefit much from an early refresher course – the second dose.

A refresher course is important – it reminds our immune system that COVID-19 is a recurrent threat that must be taken seriously, and kicks our memory B-cells out of hibernation.

But as you may recall from your college days – a refresher class a month after the class really isn’t as effective as a refresher class just before the term exam!

And that, I believe, is possibly the reason why a longer dose interval increases the AstraZeneca vaccine’s efficacy – an actual “refresher class” is far more useful to our immune system than a “repeat class”.

A new preprint paper in the Lancet appears to back-up the evidence that longer dose intervals improve the AstraZeneca vaccine’s efficacy.

It showed that longer dose intervals like 15-25 weeks and even 44-45 weeks were associated with higher antibody response when Dose 2 is administered!

 

Should We Keep Delaying AstraZeneca Dose 2 For More Efficacy?

Now, it is true that the evidence shows that delaying the second dose of AstraZeneca improves its efficacy.

However, and this is very important, we have to balance that against the RISK of getting infected by COVID-19 while we delay taking Dose 2.

The Delta variant, for example, is proving to be particularly problematic. A single dose of AstraZeneca vaccine does not provide good protection against it.

COVID-19
Variant
Symptomatic
COVID-19
Hospitalisation
1 Dose 2 Doses 1 Dose 2 Doses
Alpha (UK) 50% 66% 76% 86%
Delta (India) 33% 60% 71% 92%

Therefore, we cannot keep delaying the second dose of AstraZeneca in hopes of getting better and better efficacy.

The increased efficacy from waiting will be pointless if you get infected before getting that second dose!

That is why many health authorities are now shortening, or planning to shorten, the dose interval for AstraZeneca – sacrificing some efficacy to gain more protection against the Delta variant earlier.

As I detailed in my earlier article – AstraZeneca Vaccine : Accept Or Delay 9 Week Dose Interval? – there really are no simple answers…

 

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Warning : Viral SPM 2020 Grading Scale Is Misleading!

Please be warned that the viral picture of the SPM 2020 grading scale is misleading! Here are the FACTS!

 

Viral SPM 2020 Grading Scale On Facebook + WhatsApp

A picture of the purported SPM 2020 grading scale has gone viral on Facebook and WhatsApp.

In particular, a post by MamaMia Mia on 11 June 2021 went viral and caught the attention of the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM).

In her post, MamaMia Mia commented, “This is why I found it odd that the kids today are getting rows of As“.

She then edited the post, adding “I don’t know where this grading scale came from. People are just sharing them. Even if they deny it, there is no evidence of the truth. The effort of children studying isn’t the issue. It’s the fact that every year the minister will claim that their batch is the best. Suspicious.

 

Viral SPM 2020 Grading Scale Is Misleading!

The grading scale is often shared without any explanation, so many people assume it’s the actual SPM 2020 grading scale.

But a closer look at the title will show that the chart is actually for the 2020 SPMRSM exams – the SPM trial examinations for MRSM (Maktab Rendah Sains MARA) – MARA Junior Science College in English.

It is said that MRSM trial examinations for SPM are tougher than the actual SPM examinations, so it is plausible that they would use a lower grading scale.

KPM has since issued a press release calling it misleading, and even lodged a police report over the post.

 

KPM Press Release On Viral SPM 2020 Grading Scale

This is our English translation of the official KPM press release on the viral SPM 2020 grading scale.

DENIAL OF SPM GRADING SCALE ON FACEBOOK

The Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) would like to refer to the post on MamaMia Mia’s Facebook page on 11 June 2021 regarding the ‘SPM Grading Scale’ with the caption “That’s why I feel it’s weird kids are now getting rows of As.” and “#bilasekolahdipolitikkan” (#whenschoolsarepoliticised) which is now viral.

We stress that the ‘SPM Grading Scale’ that has gone viral does not belong to the KPM Examination Board. The ‘SPM Grading Scale’ is presented as if it is the actual marking grade of SPM in 2020 and can confuse the public, especially parents and candidates for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination in 2020. The post tarnishes the image, authority and credibility of the Examination Board as the national assessment body and threatens public order.

The Examination Board lodged a police report at 10.31pm on 11 June 2021, as well as a report to the Communications and Multimedia Commission for further investigation.

Malaysia Ministry of Education
11 June 2021

 

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SPM 2021 Exams Delayed To February + March 2022!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that the SPM 2021 examinations have been postponed to February and March 2022!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Online Learning For All Schools In Malaysia Until July 2021!

On 8 June 2021, the Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all schools will remain closed, and that Teaching + Learning at Home (PdPR) classes would take place for another 25 days.

This directive includes all private, international and expatriate schools in Malaysia.

  • Group A : 13 June to 16 July 2021
  • Group B : 14 June to 17 July 2021

This will be followed by the mid-term holidays.

  • Group A : 16 July to 25 July 2021
  • Group B : 17 July to 26 July 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories

All-in-all, the schools would be closed for another 49 days (7 weeks).

At least a week before the end of the mid-term holidays, the Ministry of Education will announce whether the schools will reopen, or online learning will continue.

 

SPM 2021 Exams Delayed To February + March 2022!

The Minister also announced that the SPM 2021 examinations have been postponed to 2022 :

  • Oral examinations and science practical tests will be rescheduled to February 2022
  • Written examinations will be rescheduled to March 2022 *

* This includes SVM (Sijil Vokasional Malaysia) examinations.

 

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CERDIK Initiative : Only ⅓ Laptops Distributed By June 2021!

The CERDIK Initiative is off to a very slow start, with just ⅓ of the laptops or tablets to be distributed by 12 June 2021!

Here are the details…

 

CERDIK Initiative : What Is It?

The CERDIK Initiative, which started in February 2021, aimed to provide low-income B40 families with a laptop or tablet and Internet access for a year.

This initiative is fully financed by GLCs (Government-Linked Companies) and GLICs (Government-Linked Investment Companies), with contributions of about RM 150 million (USD 37 million).

Yayasan Hasanah – the Khazanah foundation selected to be its secretariat – will manage the initiative which aims to distribute 150,000 laptops or tablets to students from B40 families across the country.

The laptop / tablet (with 1 year of Internet connectivity) will be distributed to schools, and students will retain them until they complete their education.

 

CERDIK Initiative : Only ⅓ Laptops Distributed By June 2021!

Even though the CERDIK Initiative kicked off in February 2021, they only managed to distribute 12,887 devices to 95 schools in 51 districts by 5 June 2021.

The Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin said that another 40,290 devices will be distributed by 12 June 2021.

He estimates that the remaining 96,823 devices will be fully distributed by end of September 2021.

As you can tell, the CERDIK Initiative is off to a very slow start, and students from low-income B40 families are going to suffer.

Students have been learning online (PdPR) since mid May 2021. Until they get these devices and Internet connectivity, students from B40 families will have trouble joining those classes and keeping up.

If these students end up getting their devices in August and September, they would only be able to learn for a few weeks before the school term ends in November!

 

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Online Learning For All Schools In Malaysia Until July 2021!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that online learning for all schools will be extended until July 2021!

Here are the details…

 

Current Online Learning School Schedule In Malaysia

On 26 April 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Education announced that schools will be closed, and students would study online for two weeks in May :

  • Group A : 16 to 27 May 2021
  • Group B : 17 to 28 May 2021

This was followed by the 2-week mid-year term holidays.

  • Group A : 28 May to 12 June 2021
  • Group B : 29 May to 13 June 2021

All-in-all, the schools would be closed for 37 days (5 weeks and 2 days).

 

Online Learning For All Schools In Malaysia Until July 2021!

On 8 June 2021, the Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all schools will remain closed, and that Teaching + Learning at Home (PdPR) classes would take place for another 25 days.

This directive includes all private, international and expatriate schools in Malaysia.

  • Group A : 13 June to 16 July 2021
  • Group B : 14 June to 17 July 2021

This will be followed by the mid-term holidays.

  • Group A : 16 July to 25 July 2021
  • Group B : 17 July to 26 July 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories

All-in-all, the schools would be closed for another 49 days (7 weeks).

At least a week before the end of the mid-term holidays, the Ministry of Education will announce whether the schools will reopen, or online learning will continue.

Here is a better look at the slide.

 

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LimKokWing University Founder, Lim Kok Wing, Has Died

We just learned that Lim Kok Wing – the founder of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology – has died.

Here is what we know so far…

 

Earlier Rumours : Lim Kok Wing Died From COVID-19

Rumours abounded earlier that Lim Kok Wing – the controversial founder of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology – died from COVID-19.

Tan Sri Dr Lim Kok Wing
Limkokwing University
Had covid and stayed in ICU in Pantai Bangsar. Came out from ICU 2 days ago and just died while still in hospital.

Be informed Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing is in ICU- Covid since last week. He’s stable but lung damaged.
He is seated with the late Michael Geh & the late Teo Chiang Quan at Sunway Annual Dinner. Fake or real news ?

We debunked those claims last week.

 

LimKokWing University Founder, Lim Kok Wing, Has Died

Gail Phung, the Senior Vice President of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT) earlier dismissed the rumours as fake news.

She stated that he was hospitalised after a fall in his house, and is in a stable condition.

However, on 1 June 2021, FreeMalaysiaToday reported that an aide confirmed that the 75 year-old Lim Kok Wing has passed away. Other reports mention that he passed away at the Pantai Hospital.

PETALING JAYA: Artist, entrepreneur and educationalist Lim Kok Wing, perhaps best known for the universities that bear his name, has passed away.

An aide to Lim confirmed this today but declined to provide further details.

While he is remembered for founding the LimKokWing University of Creative Technology, with campuses in Cyberjaya, Sarawak, Cambodia, Botswana, Sierra Leone and the UK.

Our condolences to his family.

 

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Fact Check : Did Lim Kok Wing Die From COVID-19?

Did Lim Kok Wing – the founder of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology – die from COVID-19?

Find out what’s the latest viral rumour, and what the FACTS really are!

Note : We just learned that Lim Kok Wing passed away.

 

Claim : Lim Kok Wing Died From COVID-19 After ICU Stay

Rumours have abounded today that Lim Kok Wing – the controversial founder of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology – died today from COVID-19.

Tan Sri Dr Lim Kok Wing
Limkokwing University
Had covid and stayed in ICU in Pantai Bangsar. Came out from ICU 2 days ago and just died while still in hospital.

Be informed Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing is in ICU- Covid since last week. He’s stable but lung damaged.
He is seated with the late Michael Geh & the late Teo Chiang Quan at Sunway Annual Dinner. Fake or real news ?

 

Fact Check : Did Lim Kok Wing Die From COVID-19?

Gail Phung, the Senior Vice President of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology dismissed the rumours as fake news, through a press release that stated :

Press Statement
25 May 2021

Tan Sri Limkokwing in stable condition, recuperating after a fall

The Limkokwing University wishes to thank everyone for their concern regarding the health of our President Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Paduka Limkokwing.

He was hospitalised following a fall in his house. We are pleased to inform that his condition is stable and kindly request that he be given complete privacy so he can focus on his recovery.

Once again, we are grateful and fully appreciate everyone’s interest in his well-being.

Please stay safe, stay healthy. Thank you.

Dato’ Gail Phung
Senior Vice President

It is interesting to note though that the statement did not explicitly refute claims that Lim Kok Wing had COVID-19, or that he spent some time in the Pantai Bangsar ICU.

But taking the press release at full face value – Lim Kok Wing is still alive, and is currently in stable condition.

The Sunway Group also issued a statement, stating that they did not host any annual dinner.

STATEMENT

We are aware of certain Whatsapp [sic] messages claiming that Sunway hosted an “annual dinner” attended by some prominent figures recently.

Please be informed no such annual dinner took place that was hosted by Sunway, and we would like to confirm that the claim is baseless and unfounded.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind all to be cautious, responsible and mindful when sharing information.

Thank you.

For those who are wondering why Lim Kok Wing is so controversial, these articles may provide some background information on his recent controversies :

 

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MCO 3.0 U-Turn : Kindergartens, Childcare Can Open Again!

In yet another U-turn, the Malaysian government ordered kindergartens and childcare centres to close and within 24 hours, allowed them to open again in MCO areas!

Find out what is the latest U-turn in MCO restrictions by the Malaysian government!

 

MCO 3.0 U-Turn : Kindergartens, Childcare Can Open Again!

On 9 May 2021, the Ministry of Education issued a notice to all kindergartens, pre-schools, childcare centres, international schools in MCO areas, ordering to IMMEDIATELY cease operation until 6 June 2021.

Parents had to rush over to collect their children, because all those pre-school operators were asked to close right away.

The notice only affected private operators, as government childcare centres under the Welfare department were allowed to continue operating.

Then on 10 May 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced that MCO restrictions across the nation, but also stated that kindergartens, daycare and childcare centres are ALLOWED to operate during MCO 3.0.

On kindergartens and childcare centres, the Malaysian government came into a full circle – two U turns in just over 24 hours. Remarkable.

 

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Selangor Schools + Ramadan Bazaars To Close!

All schools and Ramadan bazaars in Selangor have been ordered to close, in line with the new MCO measures.

Here are the details…

 

All Selangor Schools Ordered To Close For 2 Days!

The day after the Malaysian government announced MCO measures for 6 districts in Selangor, the Selangor state education department ordered all schools to close for 2 days.

Therefore, all schools in Selangor will shut down on Thursday, 6 May 2021 and Friday, 7 May 2021. After that, the extended Hari Raya holidays begins on 8 May 2021.

Effectively, the schools are set to close for some 39 days, in an effort to break the COVID-19 chain of infection.

Boarding school students who were allowed to return home for the Hari Raya holidays can do so, but they are asked to follow the schedule set by the Ministry of Education.

 

All Ramadan Bazaars In Selangor MCO Districts To Close From 8 May!

The Selangor state government also announced that all Ramadan bazaars in the six MCO districts must close from Saturday, 8 May 2021 onwards.

The government chose to offer a small grace period to allow bazaar operators and traders the chance to clear their existing stock.

 

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Ryan’s Autism Journey – Be The Miracle!

In support of Autism Awareness Month, I want to share with all of you – Ryan’s Autism Journey, and how your child can be the miracle too!

Updated @ 2021-05-05 : Added credit to the great therapists who helped Ryan, and more of my thoughts.

Originally posted @ 2021-04-30

 

Ryan’s Autism Journey : Be The Miracle!

It’s been a full decade since my son, Ryan, was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), just 3 months shy of his second birthday.

Today, he’s like any other kid his age. He goes to a normal school, keeps up with his studies, and can interact with people pretty normally.

Take a look at how Ryan went from being completely non-verbal, with poor motor skills and no eye contact, to the boy he is today.

Look at how far he has come along in the last 10 years. Your child too can become your miracle!

 

Ryan’s Autism Journey : How He Became Our Miracle!

I’m sorry, but your child exhibits behaviours consistent with the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

That is something no parent ever wants to hear. That is something no parent deserves to hear. But it is what it is.

It would explain his inability to speak or stay still, his lack of eye contact, repetitive behaviours, screaming fits at night (night terrors), etc.

Acceptance

IMHO, acceptance was KEY to our success.

Over the years, many people confided in me how their friends or relatives refused to acknowledge the diagnosis, which prevents them from moving to the next stage – helping the child.

If it helps, ignore the label. The diagnosis really doesn’t matter.

All you need to know is that your child is missing key milestones, and he/she needs help. That is all that matters.

Every Day Counts

Everyone goes through the stages of grief when you get the diagnosis. But time is of essence. Every day counts.

So I decided right away to speed right through to acceptance, and get right down to work.

That meant reading up on the latest studies and treatments, and getting urgent referrals to the best doctors and therapists in the area.

It may be somewhat easier for me, because I already underwent a similar baptism of fire when my wife had two strokes just 1.5 years earlier.

So I would understand if you may have trouble moving past this stage. If I may offer a personal suggestion, try focusing on the fact that your child urgently needs your help.

How can we not fight for Ryan???

Neuroplasticity

It soon became clear that the key was THERAPY, and the earlier he started, the better; because young brains are especially “plastic”

Neuroplasticity – the ability of our brains to “rewire” itself – is how stroke patients regain function through therapy, and it’s the same reason why therapy works in children with ASD.

The key is to start therapy as early as possible, to take advantage of the developing brain of young children, which is highly plastic.

You don’t even have to wait for a diagnosis. As our developmental paediatrician, Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan, once told me – as long as a child has developmental issues, therapy should begin.

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

The writer with Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan

Therapy, Therapy, Therapy

We put Ryan on occupational therapy with Madam Teo Lee Fun to work on his sensory and behavioural issues, as well as his fine and gross motor skills.

We also put Ryan on speech therapy with Dr. Cindy Lian, to help him learn to speak, and later, to improve his pronunciation.

Finally, we managed to get a slot in an Early Intervention Programme – Bridges EIP – for two hour sessions, twice a week.

This is an incredibly useful programme, where special need kids are taught cognitive skills at the table for about 30 minutes, followed by 15-20 minutes of gross motor activities.

Then they learn to eat by themselves, and interact with other children during snack time. After that, they usually have some kind of art and craft activity, and end with singing.

Many thanks to great teachers like Jeremy Yong, Rachel and Lois Fu!

Therapy Is Brain Exercise

Therapy is literally brain exercise. The harder you exercise, the better you get.

The weekly therapy sessions alone are NOT ENOUGH.

We not only made sure we do not skip therapy sessions, we made sure we attended every session ourselves.

Why? So that we can learn to perform the same therapies, and repeat them at home. The key is to repeat, repeat, repeat at home.

Even if you are rich enough to afford daily sessions, that still amounts to just a few hours a week. It cannot beat parents teaching their kids at home too.

Don’t Give Up

Looking back at my records now, it looks like Ryan did not improve much for quite some time – at least 1.5 years.

But I never considered stopping his therapies, even as I watched other parents give up to try alternative treatments.

As expensive in money and time as they are – I attended most of them, and we repeated the therapies at home – I understood that therapies are literally the only proven treatment for ASD.

Then suddenly, Ryan started to show improvements, and by golly, when that happened, it just kept snowballing.

In just 1.5 years, he went from speaking a few words with awkward motor skills, to normal speech and mastering the waveboard in just two weeks!

He improved so much, we ended up sending him to a Chinese school – to keep pushing the envelope.

He is now in a public school, where he even won an award for being the most improved student in his class!

Don’t Chase After Miracles!

To parents with children on the spectrum, please don’t fall for what’s easy and what’s miraculous.

Biomedical treatments that promise quick solutions, or supplements that promise a fast cure – they are all enticing, I’m sure.

But don’t listen to what they have to sell. Find out what WORKS, and seek advice from those who actually SUCCEEDED.

Don’t chase after miracles. BE THE MIRACLE!

No Special Treatment

This is not part of therapy, it’s just common sense.

Don’t pamper or coddle your child, or treat him/her differently from the other siblings.

We made the conscious choice of making sure Ryan is treated no differently from his siblings.

Not only is he FULLY VACCINATED, he has NO SPECIAL DIET / SUPPLEMENTS, and certainly NO PASSES for bad behaviour.

We are not going to be here forever. If we want him to be fully independent as an adult, he has to learn to eat, drink and behave like everyone else.

 

Ryan’s Autism Journey : Why It’s Important To Speak Up

While we are still working with him on his social skills, it truly is amazing how far we have come in the last ten years.

I spent hours creating the video and writing this article, because it is important for those who have succeeded to lend a hand, and help those who are struggling to understand ASD, much less cope with the enormity of the task at hand.

I hope Ryan’s journey will inspire all of you to persevere and trust in the evidence, trust in the science.

He did it, and so can your child.

All we ask is that when you succeed, you too will lend a helping hand to other parents, and a voice for other children on the spectrum.

Thank you!

 

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SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 Closed For 2 Days!

Parents were just informed, at the last minute, that SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 was ordered to close for 2 days, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Here is what we know so far….

 

SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 Closed For 2 Days!

At approximately 9:30 PM, the principal of SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 sent out a WhatsApp message, informing the parents that the school would be closed for TWO (2) days, starting tomorrow.

On orders from the Selangor State Education Department, SMK Bandar Utama Damansara will be closed on Tuesday 4 May 2021 and Wednesday, 5 May 2021.

The teachers will instead conduct online teaching and learning classes for their students during these two days.

 

SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 Closure : WhatsApp Message

Here is the original WhatsApp message, and our English translation, on the closure of SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 over their COVID-19 exposure.

(03/05/2021)

MAKLUMAN: PENUTUPAN SEKOLAH

Ibu bapa yang dihormati,

Adalah dimaklumkan pihak sekolah telah mendapat arahan daripada Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Selangor untuk menutup premis bagi kawalan perebakan penyakit berjangkit. Surat rasmi akan menyusul dari JPN.

Oleh itu sekolah akan DITUTUP berkuatkuasa esok, 04 MEI 2021 (SELASA) sehingga 05 MEI 2021 (RABU).

Sepanjang penutupan sekolah, sesi Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran di Rumah (PdPr) semua murid akan diteruskan secara online. Jadual PdPr adalah mengikut jadual waktu kelas sekarang. Mohon ibu bapa dapat memantau dan memastikan anak-anak hadir kelas pembelajaran online selama tempoh penutupan sekolah ini.

Maklumat terkini akan dikemaskini melalui saluran rasmi ini.

Harap maklum.

Terima kasih.

#kitajagakita
#patuhSOP

AINI WARDIAH ADENAN
Pengetua, SMKBUD4

(03/05/2021)

NOTICE: SCHOOL CLOSURE

Dear parents,

Please be informed that the school has received instructions from the Selangor State Education Department to close the premises to control the spread of infectious diseases. An official letter will be issued by JPN.

Therefore, the school will be CLOSED effective tomorrow, 04 MAY 2021 (TUESDAY) until 05 MAY 2021 (WEDNESDAY).

Throughout the school closure, Home Teaching and Learning (PdPr) sessions for all students will continue online. The PdPr schedule is according to the current class schedule. Parents please monitor and ensure that your children attend online learning classes during the school closure.

The latest information will be updated through this official channel.

Please take note.

Thank you.

#kitajagakita
#patuhSOP

AINI WARDIAH ADENAN
Principal, SMKBUD4

 

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UPSR Abolished! PT3 Exams Cancelled This Year!

The Malaysia Mnister of Education just announced that UPSR is permanently abolished, and the PT3 examinations are cancelled this year!

 

UPSR Abolished! PT3 Exams Cancelled This Year!

On 28 April 2021, the Malaysia Mnister of Education, Datuk Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that UPSR is permanently abolished, and the PT3 examinations are cancelled this year!

  • UPSR is abolished from 2021 onwards
  • PASR (Primary School Alternative Assessment) for special needs children is also abolished
  • Entry into Form 1 (secondary school) will be based on school assessments
  • Entry into Form 1 of boarding schools will be based on PKSK (Special School Admission Assessment)
  • PT3 exams is cancelled for 2021, but not abolished
  • Form 3 students will be assessed by their schools or through PKSK.

 

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Schools Closed For 2 Weeks After Extended Raya Holidays!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that the Raya holidays will be extended, and schools will be closed for two weeks after that!

Here are the details…

 

Schools Closed For 2 Weeks After Extended Raya Holidays!

On 26 April 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Education made two major announcements that are meant to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections in schools, which have been on the rise.

Extended Raya Holidays

Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays were originally scheduled to start on Tuesday, 11 May 2021.

However, the Ministry of Education has decided to bring forward the Raya holidays, extending it :

  • Group A : 7 to 15 May 2021
  • Group B : 8 to 16 May 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories

Schools Closed For 2 Weeks

After the Raya holidays, the schools will remain closed for another two weeks.

Instead, the teachers will conduct Teaching + Learning at Home (PdPR) classes for those two weeks :

  • Group A : 16 to 27 May 2021
  • Group B : 17 to 28 May 2021

After that will be the 2-week mid-year term holidays.

  • Group A : 28 May to 12 June 2021
  • Group B : 29 May to 13 June 2021

All-in-all, the schools will be closed for 37 days (5 weeks and 2 days).

 

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79 Selangor Schools Closed Over COVID-19 Cases!

The Selangor Education Department just closed 79 schools for two days after COVID-19 cases were detected!

Here is the full list!

 

79 Selangor Schools Closed Over COVID-19 Cases!

The Selangor Education Department ordered 79 schools to close for two days, after COVID-19 cases were detected.

Those schools would be closed on 26 and 27 April 2021, and Teaching and Learning at Home (PdPR) will be conducted instead.

It is unknown why they are being closed only TWO DAYS, instead of 10 days or longer, like they did for 19 schools earlier. Or until the teachers and students have been tested for COVID-19.

 

List Of 79 Selangor Schools Closed Over COVID-19 Cases

Here is the list of 79 schools in Selangor that have been closed over COVID-19 cases.

Petaling Perdana District

  1. SK SEKSYEN 19
  2. SK SERI SELANGOR
  3. SK BANDAR ANGGERIK
  4. SK SEKSYEN 1 BANDAR KINRARA
  5. SJK (C) CHEE WEN
  6. SMK DARUL EHSAN
  7. SMK PUCHONG
  8. SMK SEKSYEN 7
  9. SMK PUSAT BANDAR PUCHONG 1
  10. SMK BANDAR PUNCAK JALIL 1
  11. SMK SEKSYEN SEBELAS
  12. SMK USJ 4
  13. SK SEKSYEN 7
  14. SMK BANDAR PUCHONG JAYA B
  15. SK SEKSYEN 20
  16. SMK SEKSYEN 7
  17. SMK TTDI JAYA
  18. SJKC TUN TAN SIEW SIN

Hulu Langat District

  1. SK TAMING JAYA
  2. SJK(C) BATU 9 CHERAS
  3. SJK(C) KG BARU AMPANG
  4. SMK TAMAN TASIK
  5. SMK BANDAR DAMAI PERDANA
  6. SMJK YU HUA
  7. SK LEFTENAN ADNAN
  8. SK SEMENYIH
  9. SK BANDAR TUN HUSSIEN ONN 2
  10. SK KAJANG UTAMA
  11. SMK BANDAR BARU AMPANG
  12. SMK ABDUL JALIL
  13. SK BANDAR SERI PUTRA
  14. SK KANTAN PERMAI
  15. SMK TAMAN SERAYA
  16. SMK DUSUN NANDING
  17. SMKA MAAHAD HAMIDIAH KAJANG
  18. SMK PANDAN MEWAH
  19. SMK BANDAR SERI PUTRA

Gombak District

  1. SJK(C) SAN YUK
  2. SJKC KHEOW BIN
  3. SK 1 GOMBAK
  4. SMK KEPONG
  5. SMK SERI GARING
  6. SMK TAMAN SELAYANG
  7. SMK SELAYANG BHARU
  8. SK TAMAN DESA
  9. SK SG. TUA BHARU

Petaling Utama District

  1. SJK(C) YUK CHAI
  2. SK BANDAR BARU SRI DAMANSARA 2
  3. SK TAMAN MEGAH
  4. KOLEJ TINGKATAN ENAM PETALING JAYA
  5. SK TAMAN MEDAN
  6. SMK SULTAN ABDUL SAMAD
  7. SMK TROPICANA
  8. SMK (P) SRI AMAN
  9. SMK BANDAR SRI DAMANSARA 2

Klang District

  1. SK RANTAU PANJANG
  2. SK BUKIT CERAKA
  3. SJK(C) KHE BENG
  4. SJK(C) WU TECK
  5. SMK JALAN KEBUN
  6. SMK BUKIT TINGGI KLANG
  7. SMK MERU
  8. SK TAMAN KLANG JAYA
  9. SMK LA SALLE
  10. SMK RAJA LUMU
  11. SMJK KWANG HUA
  12. SMK SRI ANDALAS
  13. SK TAMAN SRI ANDALAS
  14. SMK RAJA MAHADI
  15. SJKC HIN HUA

Sepang District

  1. SK DATO’ ABU BAKAR BAGINDA
  2. SK TAMAN PUTRA PERDANA

Hulu Selangor District

  1. SK GEDANGSA
  2. SK BUKIT BERUNTUNG
  3. SMK BANDAR SUNGAI BUAYA
  4. SK BATANG KALI
  5. SMK AMPANG PECAH

Langat District

  1. SMK BANDAR BANTING
  2. SJKT JENJAROM

 

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Sarawak CMCO / PKPB Extended To 10 May 2021!

The Malaysian National Security Council (MKN) just extended the CMCO / PKPB restrictions in Sarawak to 10 May 2021!

 

Sarawak CMCO / PKPB Extended To 10 May 2021!

The Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) just announced the extension of CMCO / PKPB restrictions in Sarawak to 10 May 2021.

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

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

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

 

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Teachers To Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19 In Phase 2!

It’s confirmed – teachers will be vaccinated in Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme!

This is great news for the teachers and their students!

 

Teachers To Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19 In Phase 2!

More than half a million teachers in public and private schools across Malaysia will be vaccinated in Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme!

This was confirmed by National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin on 19 April 2021.

The Malaysia Ministry of Health is now compiling the names of teachers in public and private schools to be entered into the distribution system, before their appointment dates are given out.

Phase 2, which kicked off on 19 April 2021, is targeted at senior citizens, the disabled, and vulnerable adults with co-morbidities.

Photo Credit : NST

 

Why Teachers Should Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19 In Phase 2!

The Special Committee on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) had earlier decided that teachers should be prioritised according to their age and vulnerability, like the rest of the population.

Basically, they would receive no special privilege in obtaining COVID-19 vaccines ahead of anyone else. However, it appears that they realised what a mistake it would have been.

From 1 January until 20 April 2021, the Ministry of Health announced that 4,868 teachers tested positive for COVID-19 in 83 clusters.

  • Primary + Secondary Schools : 39 clusters with 1,420 cases
  • Tertiary Education Institutes : 19 clusters with 1,870 cases
  • Others : 25 clusters with 1,578 cases

Even though schools and teachers are expected to comply with COVID-19 SOP like wearing face masks and maintaining physical distancing, and practicing good hand hygiene, they remain very vulnerable as the statistics above have shown.

Since their students (below 18 years of age) cannot be vaccinated, it is very important that teachers are vaccinated earlier, in Phase 2.

 

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

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

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

 

SJKC Puay Chai 2 : Reopens On 22 April 2021!

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 复课通知 Pembukaan Semula Sekolah 

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

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

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

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

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

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

>家庭成员的工作地点有人确诊 

Rakan sejawat ahli keluarga disah Kes Positive Covid -19 

>父母/ 家庭成员因不适请病假 

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

>家庭成员患上伤风感冒, 咳嗽及发烧等 

ahli keluarga yang menghidapi batuk, demam dan selsema dll 

>家庭成员有(新)的症状 

ahli keluarga yang bergejala 

>家庭成员等待进行检测 /检测报告 

ahli keluarga diswab atau perlu diswab / belum dapat keputusan 

>家庭成员是受调查病患(PUI)和受观察人 (PUS) 

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

4.校方会严格遵守卫生局所制定的标准作业程序, 以确保所有师生的安全。 

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

敬请垂注,谢谢。Sekian ,terima kasih. 

“齐心抗疫, 人人有责” 

“Bersama Memerangi Wabak COVID-19” 

万达镇培才华文学校(二校) 启 

Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) Puay Chai 2 

 

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19 Schools In Petaling Closed Over COVID-19 Exposure!

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

 

19 Schools In Petaling Closed Over COVID-19 Exposure!

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

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

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

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

In addition, the Petaling District Health Officer ordered that :

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

 

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

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

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

 

Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan : Who Is She?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Autism + Special Needs Q&A with Dr. Rajini (Full)

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

 

Autism + Special Needs with Dr. Rajini (Specific Topics)

Part 1 : Latest Treatments For Autism

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

Part 3 : Should A Child Start ABA?

Part 4 : Occupational & Speech Therapies

Part 5 : iPad & YouTube As Therapy

Part 6 : Dealing With Giggling / Laughing Episodes

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

Part 8 : Do Enrichment Classes Help?

Part 9 : Sensory Integration & Sibling Issues

Part 10 : More Sibling Issues

Part 11 : Handling Inappropriate Behaviour

Part 12 : Handling Temper Tantrums

Part 13 : Shopping Mall Woes

Part 14 : Dealing With Inferiority Complex

Part 15 : Dealing With Difficult Behaviour

Part 16 : Biomedical, Neurofeedback, Chlorine Dioxide & Diets

Part 17 : Vaccines For Children With Autism / Special Needs

Part 18 : Prognosis For Kids With Autism

 

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Latest RMCO / PKPP SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition

Here is the latest RMCO / PKPP SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed, from 10 March 2021 onwards!

For CMCO / PKPB SOP, please see CMCO / PKPB SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition

 

No More MCO, Now CMCO + RMCO Until 18 March 2021!

Starting 5 March, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang and Johor will no longer be under MCO (Movement Control Order).

They will join Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Kedah, Perak and Kelantan as states under CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order).

Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya and Labuan will join Perlis as states under RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order).

On 9 March, MKN announced that the island of Langkawi would be placed under RMCO starting 10 March 2021.

CMCO / PKPB RMCO / PKPP
Kuala Lumpur
Selangor
Penang
Johor
Negeri Sembilan
Kedah (except LangkawI)
Perak
Kelantan
Melaka
Pahang
Terengganu
Perlis
Sabah
Putrajaya
Labuan
Langkawi island

The new CMCO and RMCO restrictions will extend from 5 March until 18 March 2021.

If you are wondering about Sarawak, it is still under CMCO / PKPB, which was extended earlier to 15 March 2021.

 

Latest RMCO / PKPP SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition

Here is the new, updated MKN SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed in RMCO / PKPP areas from 10 March 2021 onwards :

TRAVEL

  • Travel within the RMCO / PKPP area is allowed.
  • Travel to other RMCO areas, CMCO areas, or EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity. However, vulnerable individuals and children are not encouraged to go out to public, open and crowded areas.
  • Goods and services vehicles are allowed to carry people up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • Travel of private, government and company vehicles for commuting to work and official business is permitted, up to vehicle capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • Interstate travel for couples in long-distance marriage are allowed with police permission.

TRAVEL BUBBLE TOURISM

  • Interstate tourism is allowed between RMCO areas, but only through tour packages from tour agencies that have registered with the MOTAC (Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture), except in Sabah.
  • Private travel is FORBIDDEN.
  • Travel is only allowed using tour vehicles registered with MOTAC.
  • Tour agencies must obtain PDRM permission for interstate travel.
  • Tour vehicles must travel directly to RMCO areas and are not allowed to stop in CMCO areas.
  • Travel from CMCO to RMCO is FORBIDDEN.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IN SABAH

  • Travel within Sabah in allowed within these district zones :
    Zone 1 : Kota Kinabalu, Kota Belud, Ranau, Tuaran, Penampang, Putatan and Papar.
    Zone 2 : Beaufort, Kuala Penyu and Sipitang.
    Zone 3 : Kudat, Kota Marudu and Pitas.
    Zone 4 : Sandakan, Beluran, Telupid, Kinabatangan and Tongod.
    Zone 5 : Tawau, Semporna, Lahad Datu, Kunak and Kalabakan.
    Zone 6 : Keningau, Tambunan and Tenom.
  • Travel between district zones is not allowed, except with police permission.

ACTIVITIES WITHIN RMCO / PKPP AREAS

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

MEDICAL SERVICES

  • Private and public clinics, hospitals and medical labs are allowed to operate 24 hours a day.
  • Pharmacies and drugstores are allowed to operate as usual.

HEALTH PROTOCOL FOR BUSINESS PREMISES

  • Premise / business owners must ensure there is a 1 metre physical distance between customers at the entry and exit points of their premises.
  • Hand sanitisers must be provided at entry points, and customers must use them before entering.
  • Premise / business owners must provide the MySejahtera QR code and a logbook for registering customers.
  • Registration using MySejahtera app is mandatory in areas with Internet coverage. Exceptions will be given to areas with no Internet coverage, like rural areas.
  • Premise / business owners must ensure that customers check in using MySejahtera or write their names and telephone numbers into the logbook and scan their body temperature. Those with body temperature exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius are NOT ALLOWED to enter the premise.
  • Premise / business owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk status in MySejahtera are allowed to enter their premise.
  • Premise / business owners must limit the number of customers within their premises to ensure a 1 metre radius at all times, and publicly list the maximum number of people allowed in their premise.
  • All workers, suppliers and customers must wear face masks correctly while they are inside the premise.
  • There must be good ventilation at all premises.
  • It is MANDATORY to wear face masks in all crowded public places, except these places / activities :
    – your own home, with your own family members
    – hotel room / paid accommodation, with your own family members
    – your own work space
    – indoor and outdoor sporting activities
    – your own vehicle, with your own family members
    – indoor and outdoor public areas, without other individuals
    – eating and drinking at public areas, without other individuals

WORK ACTIVITIES

  • Travel in and out of CMCO / RMCO areas for work is allowed, with employer’s letter or work pass.
  • Travel into EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN.

SPORTS + RECREATION

  • All individual and team sport and recreational activities are SUBJECT to the Sports & Recreational SOP.
  • State and community competitions and championships are allowed, with the permission of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS), and without spectators / supporters.
  • National competitions and championships that involve interstate travel (like MFL, MHL and STL) are allowed, with police permission, and without spectators / supporters.
  • National or international competition or championship MUST obtain permission from the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS), and without spectators / supporters.
  • Phased Centralised Training Programs for teams involved in MFL, MHL and STL through home / camp quarantine is allowed.
  • Centralised Training Programs by the National Sports Council and state sports councils using camp quarantine are allowed.
  • Group sports or recreational activities WITHOUT PHYSICAL CONTACT, with physical distancing and supervision, is allowed,

INDUSTRIAL + ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

  • All industrial and economic activities can operate as usual, according to the SOP.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel is permitted for all vehicles used for business, industry and manufacturing activities.

FISHING, PLANTATION + FARMING

  • The fishing, farming, plantation, livestock and related food chain industries are allowed to operate as normal.

TOURISM + CULTURE

These domestic tourism activities are allowed to operate with physical distancing, wearing of face masks and compliance with SOP :

  • Tourist attractions like zoo, farm, aquarium, edutainment centre, recreation park, extreme park, adventure park, nature park and so on.
  • Art, culture and heritage sites like museum, library, art gallery, heritage centre, cultural performance and so on.
  • Theme park and family entertainment centre

All other tourism and cultural activities, OTHER than those in the Negative List are subject to the Tourism and Cultural Sector SOP.

RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES

  • Activities at mosques and suraus are allowed.
  • Activities in non-Islamic houses of worship are allowed.

MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions)

  • Seminars / workshops / courses / conferences / meetings / tradeshows and related activities including meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) are allowed to operate at maximum premise capacity.
  • They must ensure physical distancing, the wearing of face masks, and compliance with the MICE SOP.
  • Business travellers from permitted countries must use the One Stop Center (OSC) platform, and comply with existing entry requirements.
  • Face-to-face meeting for official or work reasons in office, hotel and other venues are allowed, subject to physical distancing and wearing of face masks.

CREATIVE INDUSTRY

  • All events, shows, performances, live music and live band activities in hall, auditorium, art premise, convention centre, studio, stadium and hotel lounge are allowed with audience with physical distancing.
  • Events are limited to special and licensed locations like convention centres, galleries, trade centres, art premises and other licenced MICE premises.
  • Lounge hotel performance is allowed with audience at full capacity with physical distancing.
  • The management staff, artistes, and crew are allowed at full capacity.
  • Music, animation, film, drama and documentary production, inside and outside the studio, are allowed.
  • Busking activities at cafeteria, food court, food stores and shopping mall are allowed.
  • Cinemas and drive-in theatres are allowed.

CHILD + SENIOR CARE

  • Childcare centres, kindergartens and daycare facilities are allowed to operate, with permission by the relevant ministry / agency.
  • Parents sending their children to childcare, kindergarten or daycare are allowed to use vehicles up to the licensed capacity.
  • Daycare facilities for the disabled, senior citizens, women and all other care facilities are allowed to operate.

EDUCATION

  • Public and private schools, higher education institutes, training institutes, tahfiz centres, kindergarten, tuition centres, language centres, skill centres, enrichment centres and all other educational institutes are allowed to operate.
  • Candidates for SPM 2020 and 2021, STPM, SVM, STAM, SKM, DVM and entry assessment for special schools (Form 1 and Form 4) and international examinations are allowed to travel into any MCO / CMCO / RMCO areas, with letters from the Ministry of Education.
  • Lecturers and teachers are allowed to travel, with letters from Ministry of Education or Ministry of Higher Education.
  • Boarding school students must obtain permission letters from their institutes for interstate travel.
  • Tuition class, music class, dance class, language class and so on are allowed.

CELEBRATIONS

  • Official and unofficial, public and private, events and social gatherings such as feast, Akad Nikah, wedding, engagement, reception, aqiqah ceremony, tahlil, anniversary, birthday, reunion, retreat and so on, are allowed.
  • Such events must follow the Government & Private Event SOP and Social Event SOP.

NEGATIVE LIST (FORBIDDEN ACTIVITIES)

  • Pub and night club
  • Participation of foreign athletes or sports officials without permission from the Malaysia Immigration Department.
  • Group activities with physical contact, without supervision.
  • Championship / competition WITHOUT permission from the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
  • Championship / competition (international or local) with spectators.
  • Mass and group activities that makes physical distancing impossible, like fun run, fun ride, marathon, triathlon and so on.
  • Tourism into MCO, CMCO and EMCO areas.
  • Overseas tourism.
  • Domestic tourism involving foreign tourists, except those from permitted countries.
  • Foreigners travelling to Malaysia, except those with permission from the Malaysia Immigration Department, and in compliance with existing entry requirements.
  • Any group activity that makes it difficult for physical distancing or compliance with DG Health orders.
  • Any other matters that will be decided by the government from time to time.

 

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Latest CMCO / PKPB SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition

Here is the latest CMCO / PKPB SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed from 10 March 2021 onwards!

For RMCO / PKPP SOP, please see RMCO / PKPP SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition

 

No More MCO, Now CMCO + RMCO Until 18 March 2021!

Starting 5 March, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang and Johor will no longer be under MCO (Movement Control Order).

They will join Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Kedah, Perak and Kelantan as states under CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order).

Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya and Labuan will join Perlis as states under RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order).

On 9 March, MKN announced that the island of Langkawi would be placed under RMCO starting 10 March 2021.

CMCO / PKPB RMCO / PKPP
Kuala Lumpur
Selangor
Penang
Johor
Negeri Sembilan
Kedah (except LangkawI)
Perak
Kelantan
Melaka
Pahang
Terengganu
Perlis
Sabah
Putrajaya
Labuan
Langkawi island

The new CMCO and RMCO restrictions will extend from 5 March until 18 March 2021.

If you are wondering about Sarawak, it is still under CMCO / PKPB, which was extended earlier to 15 March 2021.

 

Latest CMCO / PKPB SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition

Here is the new, updated MKN SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed in CMCO / PKPB areas from 10 March 2021 onwards :

TRAVEL

  • Travel within the CMCO / PKPB area is allowed.
  • Kuala Lumpur and Selangor are considered one zone, and travel between them is allowed.
  • Travel to other CMCO areas, RMCO areas, or EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity. However, vulnerable individuals and children are not encouraged to go out to public, open and crowded areas.
  • Goods and services vehicles are allowed to carry people up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • Travel of private, government and company vehicles for commuting to work and official business is permitted, up to vehicle capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • Food delivery services are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Interstate travel for couples in long-distance marriage is allowed with police permission.

ACTIVITIES WITHIN CMCO / PKPB AREAS

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

MEDICAL SERVICES

  • Private and public clinics and hospitals are allowed to operate 24 hours a day.
  • Pharmacies and drugstores are allowed to operate from 8 AM until 12 midnight.

HEALTH PROTOCOL FOR BUSINESS PREMISES

  • Premise / business owners must ensure there is a 1 metre physical distance between customers at the entry and exit points of their premises.
  • Hand sanitisers must be provided at entry points, and customers must use them before entering.
  • Premise / business owners must provide the MySejahtera QR code and a logbook for registering customers.
  • Registration using MySejahtera app is mandatory in areas with Internet coverage. Exceptions will be given to areas with no Internet coverage, like rural areas.
  • Premise / business owners must ensure that customers check in using MySejahtera or write their names and telephone numbers into the logbook and scan their body temperature. Those with body temperature exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius are NOT ALLOWED to enter the premise.
  • Premise / business owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk status in MySejahtera are allowed to enter their premise.
  • Premise / business owners must limit the number of customers within their premises to ensure a 1 metre radius at all times, and publicly list the maximum number of people allowed in their premise.
  • All workers, suppliers and customers must wear face masks correctly while they are inside the premise.
  • There must be good ventilation at all premises.
  • It is MANDATORY to wear face masks in all crowded public places, except these places / activities :
    – your own home, with your own family members
    – hotel room / paid accommodation, with your own family members
    – your own work space
    – indoor and outdoor sporting activities
    – your own vehicle, with your own family members
    – indoor and outdoor public areas, without other individuals
    – eating and drinking at public areas, without other individuals

WORK ACTIVITIES

  • Travel in and out of CMCO / RMCO areas for work is allowed, with employer’s letter or work pass.
  • Travel into EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN.
  • The number of public sector workers permitted is based on the JPA circular.
  • The private sector is limited to 30% of their Management team, and a limit set by the employer for their Operations team.
  • Vehicles ferrying workers, including private vehicles, are allowed to operate.

SPORTS + RECREATION

  • All individual and team sport and recreational activities are SUBJECT to the Sports & Recreational SOP.
  • State and community competitions and championships are allowed, with the permission of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS).
  • National competitions and championships that involve interstate travel (like MFL, MHL and STL) are allowed, with police permission, and without spectators / supporters.
  • Sponsorship of any national or international competition or championship MUST obtain permission from the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS).
  • Phased Centralised Training Programs for teams involved in MFL, MHL and STL through home / camp quarantine is allowed.
  • Centralised Training Programs by the National Sports Council and state sports councils using camp quarantine are allowed.
  • Group sports or recreational activities WITHOUT PHYSICAL CONTACT, with 50% capacity limit, physical distancing and supervision, is allowed,

INDUSTRIAL + ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

  • All industrial and economic activities can operate as usual, according to the SOP.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel is permitted for all vehicles used for business, industry and manufacturing activities.

FISHING, PLANTATION + FARMING

  • The fishing, farming, plantation, livestock and related food chain industries are allowed to operate as normal.

RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES

  • Activities at mosques and suraus are allowed, with attendance limit set by the state religious authorities.
  • Activities in non-Islamic houses of worship are allowed, with attendance limit set by the Ministry of National Unity or the Ministry of Federal Territories.

CREATIVE INDUSTRY

  • All events, shows, performances, live music and live band activities in hall, auditorium, art premise, convention centre, studio, stadium and hotel lounge are allowed with audience at 50% of venue capacity.
  • Events are limited to special and licensed locations like convention centres, galleries, trade centres, art premises and other licenced MICE premises.
  • Lounge hotel performance is allowed with audience limited to 50% of venue capacity and physical distancing.
  • The number of management staff, artistes, and crew are limited to 70% of usual capacity.
  • Music, animation, film, drama and documentary production, inside and outside the studio, are allowed.
  • Live television programs, inside or outside a studio, are allowed with audience at 50% of venue capacity and physical distancing.
  • Busking activities at cafeteria, food court, food stores and shopping mall are allowed.
  • Cinemas and drive-in theatres are allowed.

CHILD + SENIOR CARE

  • Childcare centres, kindergartens and daycare facilities are allowed to operate, with permission by the relevant ministry / agency.
  • Parents sending their children to childcare, kindergarten or daycare are allowed to use vehicles up to the licensed capacity.
  • Daycare facilities for the disabled, senior citizens, women and all other care facilities are allowed to operate.

EDUCATION

  • Public and private schools, higher education institutes, training institutes, tahfiz centres, kindergarten, tuition centres, language centres, skill centres, enrichment centres and all other educational institutes are allowed to operate.
  • Candidates for SPM 2020 and 2021, STPM, SVM, STAM, SKM, DVM and entry assessment for special schools (Form 1 and Form 4) and international examinations are allowed to travel into any MCO / CMCO / RMCO areas, with letters from the Ministry of Education.
  • Lecturers and teachers are allowed to travel, with letters from Ministry of Education or Ministry of Higher Education.
  • Boarding school students must obtain permission letters from their institutes for interstate travel.

MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions)

  • All business events involving meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions are allowed to operate at 50% of premise capacity.
  • They must ensure physical distancing, the wearing of face masks, and compliance with the MICE SOP.
  • Face-to-face meeting for official or work reasons in office, hotel and other venues are allowed, subject to physical distancing, wearing of face masks and up to 50% of the room capacity.
  • Video conferencing for meetings is encouraged.

TOURISM + CULTURE

These domestic tourism activities are allowed to operate at 50% of the premise’s capacity, with physical distancing, wearing of face masks and compliance with SOP :

  • Tourist attractions like zoo, farm, aquarium, edutainment centre, recreation park, extreme park, adventure park, nature park and so on.
  • Art, culture and heritage sites like museum, library, art gallery, heritage centre, cultural performance and so on.
  • Theme park and family entertainment centre

All other tourism and cultural activities, OTHER than those in the Negative List are subject to the Tourism and Cultural Sector SOP.

CELEBRATIONS

  • Official and unofficial, public and private, events and social gatherings such as feast, Akad Nikah, wedding, engagement, reception, aqiqah ceremony, tahlil, anniversary, birthday, reunion, retreat and so on, are allowed at up to 50% of premise capacity.
  • Such events must ensure physical distancing, wearing of face masks and follow the Social Event SOP.

NEGATIVE LIST (FORBIDDEN ACTIVITIES)

  • Pub and night club
  • Concert or live event with audience
  • Championship / competition WITHOUT permission from the Ministry of Youth and Sports
  • Championship / competition with spectators
  • Group activities with physical contact, with over 50% capacity, without supervision.
  • Activities outside of the CMCO area, unless with permission.
  • Mass and group activities that makes physical distancing impossible, like fun run, fun ride, marathon, triathlon and so on.
  • Tourism outside of the CMCO area, or in an MCO / EMCO area.
  • Overseas tourism.
  • Domestic tourism involving foreign tourists, except those from permitted countries.
  • Interstate travel without police permission.
  • Any group activity that makes it difficult for physical distancing or compliance with DG Health orders.
  • Any other matters that will be decided by the government from time to time.

 

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Malaysia : All Schools To Reopen In March / April 2021!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that all schools will reopen in March and April 2021.

Here are the details of this shocking change in policy by the Ministry of Education!

 

Malaysia : All Schools To Reopen In March / April 2021!

On 19 February 2021, the Minister of Education, Datuk Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all schools will reopen in March 2021 :

  • Preschool / Standard 1 / Standard 2 : 1 March 2021
  • Standard 3 until Standard 6 : 8 March 2021
  • Group A Secondary Schools : 4 April 2021
  • Group B Secondary Schools : 5 April 2021
  • Vocational Colleges : 1 March 2021
  • Private Schools : Same dates as public schools
  • International Schools : 8 March 2021
  • Private Education Centres, Tuition Centres : 8 March 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories.

He explained that the younger children are being asked to return to school one week earlier, to prepare them on how to comply with the SOP.

He also explained that the reopening of secondary schools are being delayed to April 2021, to allow for SPM examinations to be carried out in safer conditions.

Even for schools that are not registered with the Malaysian Ministry of Education (KPM), they are recommended to follow the same dates.

All schools must comply with the SOP, to ensure the safety of both students and teachers.

The Minister also pointed out that one of the greatest risk that the Ministry will address with the schools is the time when parents drop off and pick up their children. The schools will be required to make sure there is adequate physical distancing.

 

Reopening Of Schools In Malaysia Before Vaccination?

We have to wonder why the Malaysia Ministry of Education decided to reopen schools in Malaysia, before the COVID-19 vaccination programme kicks off.

We would have expected them to at least wait until the teachers were vaccinated, before reopening the schools.

The third phase, which would include all public and private teachers, would have kicked off in May 2021.

Recommended : Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : 15 February 2021 Edition

 

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ntv7 Becomes DidikTV KPM On 17 February 2021!

ntv7 is finally shutting down for good, and will become DidikTV KPM under the Ministry of Education on 17 February 2021!

 

ntv7 Becomes DidikTV KPM On 17 February 2021!

After 22 years, ntv7 finally bites the bullet, ending its broadcasts on 16 February 2021.

On 12 February 2021, the Ministry of Education announced that they will take over ntv7, and rebrand it as DidikTV KPM on 17 February 2021.

DidikTV KPM (KPM is short for Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia, Malaysia Ministry of Education) will focus on educational programs for students.

Primary School Subjects

  • Bahasa Malaysia
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Moral Studies
  • Civil and Nationality

Secondary School Subjects

  • Bahasa Malaysia
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Technical and Vocational
  • Islamic Studies
  • Moral Studies

DidikTV KPM will broadcast for 17 hours, running from 7 AM until 12 AM daily. It will also feature edutainment programs, news on education, and student-produced content.

 

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