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while True: learn() - How To Get This Game For FREE!

while True: learn() – How To Get This Game For FREE!

while True: learn() – a machine learning puzzle/simulation game – is FREE for a limited time!

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while True: learn()

while True: learn() is a puzzle/simulation game about even more puzzling stuff: machine learning, neural networks, big data and AI. But most importantly, it’s about understanding your cat.

In this game, you play as a coder who accidentally found out that their cat is extremely good at coding, but not as good at speaking human language.

Now this coder (it’s you!) must learn all there is to know about machine learning and use visual programming to build a cat-to-human speech recognition system.

Learn how machine learning works in real life!

The game is loosely based on real-life machine learning technologies: from goofy Expert Systems to mighty Recurrent Neural Networks, capable of predicting the future.

Don’t worry: it all plays out as a puzzle game. No coding experience required!

Train yourself into a data science wizard!

Drag objects around your screen with a mouse! Connect them with lines (oh yeah)! Try. Fail. Optimize. Try again. Then press “Release” button and see that sweet pieces of data flow smoothly through your screen.

Embrace an adventurous lifestyle of a machine learning specialist!

Designing a groundbreaking technology requires time, experience and money. That means you’ll have to work as a freelancer, with all the excitement that comes along with it.

Receive emails! Accept contracts! Sit alone in a dark room for days without saying a single word! Socialize on forums! That’s what real data scientists do!

Coding just got real!

Our quests are based on actual problems, solved by machine learning. This includes building a self-driving car (with your cat as a pilot). And if you really want to test your programming might, you can become a CTO of a startup: it’s your skills and your schemes against the savage laws of the market!

Earn a fortune, flip off your bosses and become a tech guru… Or lose everything and crawl back to the doorstep of HR department: at least it was worth trying, right?

Improve your gear, improve your life!

Once you ensure a stable cashflow, you’ll be able to buy yourself a bunch of fancy hardware to improve your performance. But it’s not just about the hardware! Buy yourself a new smartphone or a geeky figurine! Buy fancy outfits for your cat! Hell, you can even buy yourself an aloe!

Fun fact

This is what machine learning specialists actually do. Now, you can become one of them (minus the money)! while True: learn() is the best game about being a data science specialist because no one else has been weird enough to make another one!

 

while True: learn() : How To Get It Free!

Make sure you follow these steps to get while True: learn() for FREE by 10 December 2021 at 11 PM (PDT).

  1. Go to the Epic Store Store.
  2. Log into your Epic Store account, or create a new account.
  3. Go to the while True: learn() page.
  4. Click on the Get button.
  5. In the checkout page, click Place Order.

That’s it! It is now added to your Epic Games account, and you can download and install them anytime after this.

 

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Black Friday Origins : Sale Of Slaves After Thanksgiving?

Did the Black Friday shopping phenomenon start with the sale of slaves after the Thanksgiving holiday?

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

 

Black Friday Origins : Selling Of Slaves After Thanksgiving?

Photos of slaves being sold in the United States are circulating on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter as evidence that the term “Black Friday” originated with the practice of selling slaves after the Thanksgiving holiday.

The term “Black Friday” originated with the practice of selling off [sic] slaves on the day after Thanksgiving.

Now, do we really need to embrace this kind of torture? Or we are such foolish, that we don’t even research what is this so-called Black Friday and we become so exciting on something like this?

 

Truth : Black Friday Nothing To Do With Sale Of Slaves

The truth is – this is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on social media and messaging apps like WhatsApp.

Fact #1 : Black Friday Term Was First Used In 1950s

The earliest known use of the term Black Friday to refer to a particular day after the American Thanksgiving holiday can be traced back to the November 1951 edition of the journal, Factory Management and Maintenance, which referred to the practice of workers calling in sick on the day after Thanksgiving, to get a four-day weekend.

Around the same time (in the 1950s), Philadelphia and Rochester police were also using the terms Black Friday and Black Saturday to describe crowds and traffic congestion at the start of the Christmas shopping season.

Fact #2 : Black Friday Refers To Busiest Shopping Day In America

The term did not catch on until The New York Times referred to Black Friday as “the busiest shopping and traffic day of the year” on 29 November 1975.

It became more popular in the early 1980s, and The Philadelphia Inquirer explained Black Friday in 1981 as the day when retailers would no longer be “in the red”, and would finally start making money.

Since 2005, Black Friday has been the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States.

Fact #3 : Black Friday Had Nothing To Do With Sale Of Slaves

It may seem silly but we have to say it – the term Black Friday has nothing to do with the sale of slaves after Thanksgiving. It doesn’t even make sense!

America’s history with slaves is long and tortured, and extensively covered. Slaves were bought and sold throughout the year, and not on a particular Friday after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Just in case you are wondering – no, there was no discount on slaves being sold right after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Note : We added the FALSE overlay to prevent the pictures from being further abused.

Fact #4 : Slavery Ended In The US In 1865

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on 1 January, 1863 – effectively making all slaves legally free.

However, it took the end of the American Civil War in 1865, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation throughout the entire United States of America.

On 6 December 1865, Federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to enforce the emancipation. That day is now celebrated as a national holiday in 2021 – the Juneteenth National Independence Day.

Therefore, the poster showing slaves being sold in 1904 at a Black Friday sale in America is categorically false.

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IPK Founder Choo Chuan Sin Died From Pfizer Booster Dose?

Did Mr. Choo Chuan Sin – the founder of IPK College – die from the Pfizer booster dose, after taking the Sinovac vaccine?

Let’s take a look at the viral claims, and see what we can find out!

 

Claim : IPK Founder Choo Chuan Sin Died From Pfizer Booster Dose!

Netizens are sharing messages claiming that IPK College Founder Choo Chuan Sin just died from the Pfizer booster dose, after taking the Sinovac vaccine.

Mr Choo, a member of Hash House Harrier took 1st & 2nd jabs of Sinovac. Took Pfizer booster on 19 Nov. Died 22 Nov. Only 56 years of age.

There are two more messages circulating on Telegram, WhatsApp, etc. so just skip to the next section for the facts…

IPK Founder Choo Chuan Sin Did NOT Die From Pfizer Booster Dose!

Frankly speaking, I’m not in the habit of delving into people’s private matters, especially sensitive affairs like the untimely passing of someone’s husband and father.

But so many people were asking me to fact check it because the messages went viral, I had no choice but to put a stop to it.

Now, I am not about to ask his brother Andrew, during this difficult time, to confirm whether his father died from the Pfizer booster dose or not.

But here are my reasons why it is simply not possible for IPK College founder Choo Chuan Sin to have died from the Pfizer booster dose…

Reason #1 : His Son Did Not Mention Vaccines At All

Mr. Choo Chuan Sin’s brother, Andrew Choo, posted publicly about his father’s death, but did not mention anything about vaccines being related to this death.

If vaccines caused his father’s death, you would have expected him to publicly denounce the vaccines, as some people have done.

IN LOVING MEMORY
CHOO CHUAN SIN
1965 – 2021

With heavy hearts, the Choo family regrets to announce the passing of our beloved
Choo Chuan Sin on November 22, 2021.

His generous heart, love and kind spirit will be dearly missed by all.

Funeral will be on Thursday morning
November 25, 2021.

Due to the current severity of the COVID situation, we will take safety measures to keep everyone safe and the ceremony simple.

Thank you!

Remark: Funeral has been recheduled 26/11/21 FRIDAY (Morning)

Reason #2 : Pfizer Vaccine Cannot Cause Lung Infection

It is NOT POSSIBLE for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to cause a lung infection, because it does not contain any infectious agent.

Once it is injected into the upper arm, the vaccine triggers the immune system to produce antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

It cannot travel to the lungs and turn into viruses or bacteria.

Reason #3 : Pfizer Vaccine Does Not Contain Bacteria

It may seem silly, but I have to point out that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine does not contain any bacteria, so it is not possible for it to cause bacterial infections of any kind.

It is not possible for the hospital to blame the Pfizer booster dose for a bacterial infection of the lung, because that’s simply nonsense.

Reason #4 : Mixing Vaccines Is Safe

Vaccines are self-defence classes for our immune system, so mixing vaccines (heterologous vaccination) is like taking different martial arts classes.

Nevertheless, heterologous vaccination was tested and proven to be safe and more effective than homologous vaccination in several studies, before it was approved in many countries.

Reason #5 : Pfizer Booster Dose Taken Months After Sinovac Vaccine

Once injected, COVID-19 vaccines do not stay long in the body. After they trigger the immune system, they are gone within 2-3 days.

Here in Malaysia, the Pfizer booster dose is only offered more than 3 months after a person received the second dose of the Sinovac vaccine.

So it is simply not possible for the Pfizer booster dose to “react” with the Sinovac vaccine. The Sinovac vaccine was long gone (for at least 3 months) before Mr. Choo received his Pfizer booster dose.

Read more : Latest COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy For Malaysia!

Here is my verdict – this is yet another example of antivaxxers abusing someone’s death to push their narrative.

Antivaxxers have a big problem – BILLIONS of people have been vaccinated, and are not dying in droves as they claim. So they have to make up stories to scare people into avoiding the vaccine.

Antivaxxers do NOT care about your health, or your family’s lives. Protect yourself and your family – get vaccinated against COVID-19!

 

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Did Henry Cavill Help Nephew Prove Superman Is His Uncle?

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

Take a look at the viral story + video, 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 see him, to warn the child not to live in a fantasy world.

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 but true story from 2011.

Many websites resurrected this story to “go viral” and make money. Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Henry Cavill Talked About It In 2013 + 2018

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

He also told Kelly and Ryan this same story on their show in July 2018.

So all those viral and celebrity websites that claimed that Henry Cavill confirmed this “in the last few hours” lied to you.

Fact #2 : Superman Uncle Incident Happened In 2011

This incident involving his nephew, Thomas, actually happened in 2011 when Henry first learned that 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 : They Were NOT Walking 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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Latest Malaysia School Term Schedule + Holidays For 2022!

The Ministry of Education just announced the new school term schedule and holidays for Malaysia in 2022!

Here are the details…

 

Malaysia School Term Schedule For January 2022!

As detailed earlier, the year-end holiday will be shortened, and the 2021 academic year will be extended into February 2022.

Group A

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

  • Year-end school holiday will take place from 10 until 31 December 2021
  • 2021 academic year will continue on 2 January until 24 February 2022
  • There will be a 3-week term holiday from 25 Febuary until 20 March 2022
Group A School Starts School Ends Days
Term 3 2 January 2022 24 February 2022 36
Term Holiday 25 February 2022 20 March 2022 24

Group B

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

  • Year-end school holiday will take place from 11 until 31 December 2021
  • 2021 academic year will continue on 3 January until 25 February 2022
  • There will be a 3-week term holiday from 26 Febuary until 20 March 2022
Group B School Starts School Ends Days
Term 3 3 January 2022 25 February 2022 36
Term Holiday 26 February 2022 20 March 2022 23

 

Malaysia School Term Schedule For March 2022!

Right after the 3-week term holidays, schools will continue with the 2022 academic year in March 2022.

Group A

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

  • Group A : 2022 academic year will last from 21 March 2022 until 11 March 2023
Group A School Starts School Ends Days
Term 1 21 March 2022 2 June 2022 48
Term 1 Holiday 3 June 2022 11 June 2022 9
Term 2 12 June 2022 1 September 2022 57
Term 2 Holiday 2 September 2022 10 September 2022 9
Term 3 Part 1 11 September 2022 8 December 2022 61
Term 3 Holiday 9 December 2022 31 December 2022 23
Term 3 Part 2 1 January 2023 16 Febuary 2023 32
Year End Holiday 17 February 2023 11 March 2023 23

Group B

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

  • Group B : 2022 academic year will last from 21 March 2022 until 12 March 2023
Group B School Starts School Ends Days
Term 1 21 March 2022 3 June 2022 49
Term 1 Holiday 4 June 2022 12 June 2022 9
Term 2 13 June 2022 2 September 2022 58
Term 2 Holiday 3 September 2022 11 September 2022 9
Term 3 Part 1 12 September 2022 9 December 2022 60
Term 3 Holiday 10 December 2022 31 December 2022 22
Term 3 Part 2 3 January 2023 17 Febuary 2023 31
Year End Holiday 18 February 2023 12 March 2023 23

 

Extra Holidays For 2022 + 2023 Malaysia School Term!

Here is the list of additional holidays for schools in Malaysia for the academic year of 2022 and 2023 :

Group A

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

Festival Holidays Group A Notes
Chinese New Year 30 January to 2 February 2022 2 extra days
Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2 to 5 March 2022 2 extra days
Hari Deepavali 23 to 25 October 2022 2 extra days
Chinese New Year 22 to 24 January 2023 1 extra day

Group B

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

Festival Holidays Group B Notes
Chinese New Year 31 January to 3 February 2022 2 extra days
Hari Raya Aidilfitri 3 to 6 March 2022 2 extra days
Hari Gawai Dayak Only for Sarawak
1 to 3 June 2022
1 extra day
Hari Deepavali Except Sarawak
24 to 26 October
2 extra days
Only for Sarawak
24 October only
1 extra day
Chinese New Year 20 to 23 January 2023 1 extra day

 

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2021 Acer Chromebook Laptops : What You Need To Know!

Acer introduced SIX new Chromebook models in 2021, offering a wide selection of affordable laptops with long battery life.

Here is what YOU need to know about the six new Acer Chromebook laptops!

 

2021 Acer Chromebook Laptops : What You Need To Know!

Acer introduced SIX new Chromebook models in 2021, in a variety of sizes and form factors with long battery life.

  • 14-inch Acer Chromebook 314
  • 17.3-inch Acer Chromebook 317
  • 14-inch Acer Chromebook 514
  • 14-inch Acer Chromebook Enterprise 514
  • 13.5-inch Acer Chromebook Spin 713
  • 13.5-inch Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 713

In this article, we are going to take a look at the six 2021 Acer Chromebook laptops, to see what they offer, and how they compare with each other!

2021 Acer Chromebook 314

Weighing only 1.5 kg, the 2021 Acer Chromebook 314 (CB314-2H/CB314-2HT) is an ultra-portable laptop designed for students.

Its 14-inch IPS display has a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and optional touch controls. It supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, and comes with a 720p HDR webcam.

Powered by the MediaTek MT8183 octa-core processor, it can provide up to 15 hours of battery life.

2021 Acer Chromebook 317

The 2021 Acer Chromebook 317 (CB317-1H) is targeted at users who want a large display for multitasking and streaming content.

It has a large 17.3-inch display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and anti-glare coating. It also comes with a large keyboard (with optional backlighting) with a numeric keypad and a large touchpad.

There is also space for two full-sized upward-facing speakers to give you a more immersive audio experience.

The 2021 Chromebook 317 is built around the latest Intel Celeron processors with Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, and up to 10 hours of battery life.

2021 Acer Chromebook 514

The 2021 Acer Chromebook 514 (CB514-1W/CB514-1WT) is built around the 11th Gen Intel core processors, with up to 10 hours of battery life.

Thanks to its metal top cover and reinforced design, it is MIL-STD810H rated for military-grade durability. On top of that, its touchpad is protected against scratches and corrosion with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass.

It supports the latest Intel Wi-Fi 6 wireless connectivity, and comes with two full-function USB Type C ports with Thunderbolt 4, and a backlight keyboard with an optional embedded fingerprint reader.

2021 Acer Chromebook Enterprise 514

The 2021 Acer Chromebook 514 (CB514-1W/CB514-1WT) is built around the 11th Gen Intel core processors, and MIL-STD810H rated for military-grade durability. On top of that, its touchpad is protected against scratches and corrosion with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass.

It supports the latest Intel Wi-Fi 6 wireless connectivity, and comes with two full-function USB Type C ports with Thunderbolt 4, a HDMI port and a backlight keyboard with an optional embedded fingerprint reader.

It also features a Full HD MIPI webcam, and speakers powered by a Smart Amplifier, with support for DTS Audio.

Its Chrome Enterprise operating system features integrated manageability features to help your company cut costs, streamline operations and reduce security risks by letting you deploy, update and manage all your devices remotely.

2021 Acer Chromebook Spin 713

The 2021 Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (CP713-3W) is the world’s first Intel Evo platform-verified Chromebook.

It features a premium aluminium chassis that is MIL-STD 810H rated for military-grade durability, in a convertible form factor. Its 13.5-inch VertiView display has a resolution of 2256 x 1504, giving you 18% more vertical screen space.

Built around the 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, it only weighs 1.37 kg and is less than 17 mm thick. Its fast-chargeable battery lasts up to 10 hours, and can get 4 hours of battery life with a quick 30 minute charge!

 

2021 Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 713

The 2021 Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 713 (CP713-3W) is the world’s first Intel Evo platform-verified Chromebook with Chrome Enterprise manageability built-in.

It features a premium aluminium chassis that is MIL-STD 810H rated for military-grade durability, in a convertible form factor. Its 13.5-inch VertiView display has a resolution of 2256 x 1504, giving you 18% more vertical screen space.

Built around the 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, it only weighs 1.37 kg and is less than 17 mm thick. Its fast-chargeable battery lasts up to 10 hours, and can get 4 hours of battery life with a quick 30 minute charge!

 

2021 Acer Chromebook Laptops : Specs + Price Comparison

Here is a quick specifications + price overview of the 2021 Acer Chromebook laptops :

Specifications Chromebook 314 Chromebook 317 Chromebook 514
Enterprise 514
Chromebook Spin 713
Enterprise Spin 713
Type Laptop Convertible Laptop
Size 14-inch 17.3-inch 14-inch 13.5-inch
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 2256 x 1504
Processor MediaTek MT8183 Intel Celeron 11th Gen Intel Core
Connectivity Wi-Fi 5 Wi-Fi 6
Battery Life 15 hours 10 hours
Weight 1.5 kg 2.4 kg 1.5 kg 1.37 kg
Starting Price USD 269.99
EUR 329
USD 379.99
EUR 399
USD 599.99
EUR 549
USD 699.99
EUR 769

 

2021 Acer Chromebook Laptops : Where To Buy?

Here are some online purchase options for the 2021 Acer Chromebook laptops (prices accurate as of 9 Nov 2021) :

United States

United Kingdom

Australia

Malaysia

 

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National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : 7 November Edition!

Here is the latest SOP for Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) for Malaysia!

Please SHARE this out, so your friends are updated on the latest Phase 2 SOP as well!

For Phase 1 SOP, please see PPN 1 SOP : 16 August 2021 Edition!
For Phase 2 SOP, please see PPN 2 SOP : 11 October Edition!
For Phase 3 SOP, please see PPN 3 SOP : 7 November Edition!

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : Where Does It Apply?

This Phase 4 SOP currently applies to Labuan, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Melaka, Selangor, Kuala LumpurPutrajaya, Terengganu, Johor, Perlis, Perak, Penang, Sabah and Kedah.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : 7 November Edition!

This is the latest National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP that was released on 7 November 2021.

Fully Vaccinated Definition

Under this SOP, you are only considered fully-vaccinated if you meet these requirements :

  • For vaccines that require two doses (like the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines), the individual must exceed 14 days after receiving the second dose.
  • For vaccines that require only one dose (like the Johnson & Johnson and CanSino vaccines), the individual must exceed 28 days after receiving the second dose.

For individuals who cannot be vaccinated on medical reasons, they must produce a medical report that has been verified by a registered medical practitioner.

Overseas Travellers In Phase 4 Areas

  • Malaysian citizens or foreigners who have homes in Malaysia (including PR and Malaysia My Second Home participants) arriving from overseas, are ALLOWED to undergo mandatory quarantine at home if they are fully vaccinated, on accepting a digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO) subject to these conditions:
    – Show proof of a valid negative RT-PCR test taken within 3 days prior to departure
    – Have a valid and complete COVID-19 vaccination certificate (depending on the type of vaccine).
    – Have no symptoms during the health screening conducted at the International entry point.
    – Have suitable accommodations to undergo quarantine
  • Individuals who arrive from overseas and are not fully vaccinated, or have not been vaccinated, must undergo mandatory quarantine in a KKM-approved quarantine centre.
  • The mandatory quarantine for overseas travellers is 7 days at home (if appropriate) or quarantine station for fully-vaccinated individuals, and 10 days in a quarantine station for individuals who are not fully-vaccinated.
  • Travellers must conduct a self-assessment using the Home Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app, every day until the end of the quarantine period (7 or 10 days after arrival).
  • Travellers must undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR screening test on arrival.

Monitoring For Close Contacts

  • 7 day home quarantine for fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • 10 day home quarantine for individuals who are not fully-vaccinated.

Test & Release (T&R) Protocol

  • The pilot program for the test & release (T&R) protocol is limited to this group of low-risk travellers arriving from overseas, with strict travel plans / itinerary for official visits :
    a) National figure
    b) Minister
    c) Deputy Minister
    d) Chief Minister
    e) State EXCO member
    f) Members of Parliament
    g) Government official
  • The requirements for this programme include :
    – submitting an application with supporting documents to MKN and KKM for approval
    – undergoing a PCR test 3 days before returning to Malaysia
    – undergoing a PCR test on arrival in Malaysia

General Health Protocol In Phase 4 Areas

  • Licence holders and premise owners must provide MySejahtera QR code and a manual logbook to register customers.
  • Hand sanitiser must be provided at the entrance, and customers must use it before entering.
  • The use of MySejahtera is mandatory is areas with good Internet connectivity. The use of logbook is only allowed in areas with no Internet connectivity, or other reasonable excuse.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers and workers check in using MySejahtera. or the manual logbook if there’s no Internet connectivity.
  • Employers, employees, customers and visitors are required to check in using MySejahtera or write their names and phone numbers legibly in the logbook (if there is no Internet connectivity).
  • In shopping malls, customers only need to scan their body temperatures ONCE at the mall entry point. It is not necessary to scan their body temperature at every premise in the mall.
  • Those with body temperatures exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius are NOT ALLOWED to enter.
  • Malls and premise owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk or Casual Contact Low Risk in MySejahtera are allowed to enter.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers must maintain physical distance of at least 1 metre entering or leaving their premises.
  • Individuals 18 years and below are not encouraged to be in public places and facilities.
  • Premise owners and business licence holders must restrict the number of customers within their premises to ensure at least 1 metre physical distancing.
  • Every premise must publicly display the limit of customers allowed inside at any one time. The use of a numbered queue system is encouraged to control the number of customers.
  • All building owners must provide QR Codes for each floor / level.
  • It is MANDATORY for employees, suppliers and customers to properly wear face masks while within the premise.
  • There must be good VENTILATION at the premise according to ventilation and indoor air quality guidelines issued by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (JKKP).
  • It is MANDATORY to wear a face mask, especially in crowded public areas, EXCEPT in these places or situations :
    a) hotel room or paid accommodation, alone or with your own family
    b) Personal working space
    c) Sporting activities and outdoor recreation
    d) Personal vehicle, alone or with your own family
    e) Indoor or outdoor public areas, when there are no other individuals
    f) While eating or drinking in public areas, when there are no other individuals (except in restaurants or other food & beverage premises)

Travel Restrictions In Phase 4 Areas

  • Interstate travel is only ALLOWED for FULLY-VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS, by showing their digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or card.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are allowed to bring children 18 years and younger, subject to general health protocols.
  • Interstate travel is FORBIDDEN in Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO / PKPD) areas.
  • Interstate travel by workers are subject to worker’s pass or employer’s confirmation letter.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated may travel for funeral and emergencies, after getting permission from the police.
  • All vehicles, whether driven by individuals, for transportation of goods or public transport, are allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Airports, ports and logistic sector are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours.

Civil Service

  • 100% attendance capacity is allowed
  • Civil service is subject to the current orders by the Secretary to the Government of Malaysia.

Meetings

  • Face-to-face meetings and interviews are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals, at full venue capacity but with physical distancing. Updated!
  • Meeting parties are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals, limited to 50% of venue capacity with physical distancing. Press conference after meeting party is ALLOWED with physical distancing and wearing of face masks. New!
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated must undergo a pre-event test using a (saliva) self-test kit, or have confirmation from a medical practitioner before attending a face-to-face meeting, or conduct the meeting via video conferencing.
  • It is encouraged to conduct meetings through video conferencing.

Seminars + Trainings

  • Seminars, workshops, courses, trainings and talks are allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals, at full venue capacity but with physical distancing.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated must undergo a pre-event test using a (saliva) self-test kit, or have confirmation from a medical practitioner before attending.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test when conducting these activities. New!

Government + Private Events

  • Official events by the government or private sector are allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals, at full venue capacity but with physical distancing.
  • For the state of Melaka, all official government and private events are FORBIDDEN from 4 November 2021 until 27 November 2021. New!
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated must undergo a pre-event test using a (saliva) self-test kit, or have confirmation from a medical practitioner before attending.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test when conducting these activities. New!

Social Activities In Phase 4 Areas

  • Feasts, festivals, weddings, engagements, receptions, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, retreats and other social events are allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals, at up to 50% venue capacity and with physical distancing.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are allowed to bring children 18 years or younger, subject to compliance with general health protocols.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test when conducting these activities. New!
  • Activities, gatherings or social events related to the Melaka state elections, including election machinery launch events are FORBIDDEN from 25 October until 27 November 2021.

Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock, Plantation and Commodities

  • All of these activities, and their supply chain, are allowed to operate according to their licences, except those mentioned in the Negative List.
  • Must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines. New!

Manufacturing, Construction, Mining and Quarrying

  • Manufacturing, construction, mining and quarrying activities are ALLOWED, according to these fully vaccinated rates :
    a) 80% to 100% : Allowed to operate at 100% worker capacity
    b) Less than 80% : Allowed to operate at 80% worker capacity only
  • Workers must undergo RTK antigen tests every two weeks, at employer’s cost

Businesses Open Only To Fully Vaccinated Customers

  • These businesses can only serve fully-vaccinated customers :
    1. Photographic equipment and photography shop
    2. Preloved (second hand) shop
    3. Flower and nursery shop
    4. Handicraft and souvenir shop
    5. Antique shop
    6. Games shop
    7. Carpet shop
    8. Creative content and equipment shop
    9. Outdoor equipment (including camping, fishing and other equipment)
    10. Cosmetics, skincare and perfume
    11. Tobacco shop (including vape and electronic cigarette)
    12. House and kitchen appliance shop
    13. Furniture shop
    14. Sporting goods shop
    15. Car accessories shop
    16. Car sales and distribution
    17. Clothes, fashion and accessories shop
    18. Jewellery shop
    19. Barber shop
    20. Beauty salon / center
    21. House show room
  • Premise owners must ensure that customers who wish to enter MUST show their digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or card, to prove that they are fully-vaccinated.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring children who are 18 years old or younger to these premises.

Dine-In In Phase 4 Areas

  • Restaurant operators, including hotels, sports and recreational club houses, food shops, food stalls, food trucks, roadside hawkers, food courts, food carts, and food kiosks are ALLOWED to offer dine-in services, subject to these conditions :
    – only accept customers who are fully-vaccinated, and asymptomatic.
    – premise owners MUST display a notice at the entrance stating that only fully-vaccinated customers who are asymptomatic are allowed in
    – only workers who are fully-vaccinated and asymptomatic are allowed to work
    – premise owners must arrange the tables with physical distancing, and ensure the premise has good ventilation.
    – dine-in is allowed with a physical distance of at least 1 metre.
  • Individuals who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 18 years or younger to dine-in.

Markets

  • All markets, except night market and weekend market, are allowed to operate according to their licence or permit subject to the local authority (PBT) with SOP compliance and monitoring by RELA or PBT.
  • Wholesale markets are ALLOWED to open according to their licensed time, subject to the full vaccination of all employees, complying with the SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision.
  • Night market and weekend market are allowed to operate, subject to customers proving that they are fully-vaccinated by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card.

Spa, Wellness Centre and Health Massage

  • Spa, wellness and massage parlours are ALLOWED to operate, on the condition that both customers and operators are fully-vaccinated, from 1 October 2021 onwards.
  • Employees and customers must be fully-vaccinated, not COVID-19 positive and not close contacts to positive cases, and not symptomatic.
  • Walk-in is not allowed. Only customers with prior appointments are allowed.
  • Employees must wear disposable gloves, face mask and face shield while at work.
  • Employees must replace their disposable gloves, liners for the bed or mattress or chair, and clean all equipment including face shield before attending to each customer.
  • The ventilation system must be maintained according to schedule.
  • MOTAC will monitor these conditions :
    – spa operators must declare how many employees are fully-vaccinated to MOTAC before they are allowed to operate
    – SOP Self-Compliance Program, especially ventilation within the premise.
    – MOTAC will monitor compliance by conducting periodical spot checks
    – COVID-19 screening test of symptomatic employees

Education In Phase 4 Areas

  • All schools and educational institutes under, or registered under, the Ministry of Education (KPM), can open for students based on KPM’s decisions.
  • Primary School Reopening
    Stage 1
    a) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education Schools and Integrated Special Education Program can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Pre-school / private kindergarten students can attend classes without rotation.
    c) All other students will continue with online classes.
    Stage 2
    a) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education Schools and Integrated Special Education Program can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Pre-school / private kindergarten students can attend classes without rotation.
    c) Standard 1, 2 and 3 students can attend classes with rotation.
    d) Standard 4, 5 and 6 students will continue with online classes.
    Stage 3
    a) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education Schools and Integrated Special Education Program can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Pre-school / private kindergarten students can attend classes without rotation.
    c) Standard 1, 2 and 3 students can attend classes with rotation.
    d) Standard 4, 5 and 6 students can attend classes with rotation.
  • Secondary School Reopening
    Stage 1
    a) Form 6 Semester 2, International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) Year 2 and Pre-University Program Semester 3 students in Malaysia Sports School (SSM) can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education / Vocational Schools or PPKI can attend classes without rotation.
    c) Students sitting for public exams like SPM, STAM, SVM, STPM in full boarding schools can attend classes without rotation.
    d) Students sitting for international IGCSE (International General Certificate for Secondary Education) O Level, A-Level and Australia Higher School Certificate and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme can attend classes without rotation.
    e) Students sitting for public exams like SPM, STAM, SVM, STPM in day / private schools can attend classes with rotation.
    f) Students sitting for other international exams can attend classes with rotation.
    g) All other students will continue with online classes.
    Stage 2
    a) Form 6 Semester 2, International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) Year 2 and Pre-University Program Semester 3 students in Malaysia Sports School (SSM) can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education / Vocational Schools or PPKI can attend classes without rotation.
    c) Students sitting for public exams like SPM, STAM, SVM, STPM, Form 3 and Form 4 in full boarding schools can attend classes without rotation.
    d) Students sitting for international IGCSE (International General Certificate for Secondary Education) O Level, A-Level and Australia Higher School Certificate and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme can attend classes without rotation.
    e) Students sitting for other international exams can attend classes with rotation.
    f) Students sitting for public exams like SPM, STAM, SVM, STPM, Form 3 and Form 4 in day / private schools can attend classes with rotation.
    g) Remove Class, Form 1 and Form 2 students will continue with online classes.
    Stage 3
    a) International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) Year 2 and Pre-University Program Semester 3 students in Malaysia Sports School (SSM) can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education / Vocational Schools or PPKI can attend classes without rotation.
    c) All students in full boarding schools can attend classes without rotation.
    d) All other students, including students in private, international and expatriate schools can attend classes with rotation.
  • All Matriculation College students of the 2 Semester System and 4 Semester System (Semester 3) can attend classes, while students of the 4 Semester System (Semester 1) can either attend classes or online classes.
  • All Teachers Training Institute (IPG) students can return to campus in stages from 7 November 2021 for Group A states, and 8 November 2021 for Group B states.
  • All face-to-face and group learning are allowed, subject to the existing SOP.
  • Students are allowed to travel inter-state to attend school or other education institute with a confirmation letter from the Ministry of Education.
  • Students are allowed to be accompanied by a guardian / parent while travelling to and from their school or other education institute.
  • Teachers or lecturers who are involved in face-to-face classes are allowed to travel interstate, with confirmation letter from the Ministry of Education.
  • Students who need to travel from Peninsular Malaysia to Sabah, Sarawak or Labuan and vice versa must comply with existing quarantine rules.
  • Students are allowed to travel interstate to their hostels with confirmation letter from the Ministry of Education.
  • Students staying in hostels must test themselves using the COVID-19 Self-Test Kit three times – before registering to enter, on the 6th day and on the 14th day in their hostel.
  • IPG students are encouraged to test themselves using the COVID-19 Self-Test Kit a day before returning, or getting a screening test at a healthcare facility and notifying the IPG management of the results.
  • Industrial training and skills training centres, including vocational college, TVET and so on are allowed to operate.
  • All schools and skill training institutes other than those under KPM, tahfiz centre and other educational institutes are subject to their relevant Ministry or Agency.
  • All institutes of higher learning will be open in stages to students who are fully-vaccinated.
  • All learning activities in institutes of higher learning – face-to-face, in groups – are allowed for fully-vaccinated students. Hybrid learning will be conducted for students on campus, while online learning will continue for students who are unable to return to campus.
  • International and professional exams, as well as research activities requiring lab access in tertiary education facilities are ALLOWED.
  • Students in boarding schools or universities are ALLOWED to continue hybrid studies.
  • Daycare and childcare facilities under the Welfare Department (JKM) are allowed to operate.
  • Private and public kindergartens, kindergartens in private, international and expatriate schools and mind development centres are ALLOWED to operate.
  • Home care or rehabilitation centres of children, the disabled (OKU), senior citizens, women and other care facilities are allowed to operate, subject to the SOP.
  • The operators and employees of these kindergarten, childcare and care facilities must be fully-vaccinated.
  • Kindergartens, childcare facilities, day care centres and similar care facilities must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines. New!

Religion In Phase 4 Areas

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

Sports + Recreation In Phase 4 Areas

  • All OUTDOOR sports and recreational activities with physical contact are LIMITED to fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • All INDOOR sports and recreational activities, with or without physical contact, done individually or in groups, are LIMITED to fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • The operation of all OUTDOOR and INDOOR sports and recreational facilities at 100% employee and customer capacity is allowed, but limited to fully-vaccinated individuals and their children who are 18 years and younger, subject to compliance with strict SOP.
  • Group sports and recreational activities / training (without or without contact) are limited to fully-vaccinated individuals and their children who below 18 years old, with supervision and limited to 1,000 persons at any one time, including the coach / instructor / parents, or less.
  • Sports and recreational activities or training, with or without physical touch, in groups are limited to 1,000 participants at any one time or up to venue capacity. Children below 18 years of age who are not fully vaccinated can perform these activities while accompanied or supervised by parents / guardian / coach / instructor who are fully-vaccinated. New!
  • All local or international championships and competitions, with or without physical touch, must have PERMISSION from the Sports Commission Office. New!
  • Mass competitions or championships, must have PERMISSION from the Sports Commission Office, and is limited to 1,000 participants at any one time for sports like triathlon, open water swimming, marathon, trail run, obstacle run and so on. Updated!
  • Spectator / supporter presence at sports and recreational venues are limited to 50% of capacity or 20,000 people (whichever is lower), and limited to fully-vaccinated individuals including their fully-vaccinated children (below 18 years of age). However, children who are not fully-vaccinated are NOT allowed to enter. Updated!
  • The operation of both OUTDOOR and INDOOR sports and recreational facilities are subject to the rules of the local authorities / relevant authorities.
  • The entry of foreign athlete, coach, official, technical help to Malaysia are subject to the rules governing entry of foreigners into Malaysia.
  • Everyone must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines. New!
  • Individuals who are not fully-vaccinated or unvaccinated are restricted to individual sports and recreational activities that do not involve touch, with physical distance of at least 1-3 metres performed outdoors.

Recreational Fishing

  • Recreational fishing, including at fishing ponds, is ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals.

Picnic + Camping

  • Picnic and camping are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring children 18 years and younger for such activities, subject to strict SOP.

Creative Industry + Entertainment

  • All creative industry practitioners who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to resume these activities :
    – development and broadcast of recorded or live-streamed creative content
    – broadcast or livestream of information and entertainment
    – in-studio or outdoor filming
    – busking
    – lounge hotel performances
    – live performances like theatre, musical, music and comedy (pre-registered)
    – cinema activities

Tourism + Culture In Phase 4 Areas

  • Tourism and cultural activities are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals, subject to physical distancing and venue capacity.
    – tourism attractions like beach activities, water sports, snorkelling, scuba diving, sports fishing, edutainment centre, recreational park, extreme park, adventure park, nature park, farm, aquarium, zoo and so on.
    – special interest activities like golfing, scuba diving, cycling, angling, yachting and so on.
    – ecotourism activities like bird watching, caving, mountain climbing, whitewater rafting, hiking, jungle trekking, camping and so on.
    – art, culture and heritage premises like museum, library, art gallery, art and cultural village, cultural shows and so on.
    – theme park and family entertainment centre
    – academic premises like science centre, planetarium and Petrosains.
    – tourism and cultural events.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test when conducting these activities. New!
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 18 years or younger, subject to general health protocols.
  • Interstate tourism is allowed for fully vaccinated individuals, except to EMCO (PKPD) areas or any areas restricted by the government.
  • Licensed and registered hotel and homestay are allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • All other tourism and cultural activities, other than those specified in the Negative List, are allowed.

Cruise Ship

  • Cruise ships are ALLOWED to operate at 50% capacity, on the condition that all crew members and passengers are fully-vaccinated.
  • Pub and night club activities onboard are FORBIDDEN.
  • Must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines. New!

Driving School

  • Driving schools are ALLOWED to operate, with the condition that all workers, teaching staff and candidates must be fully-vaccinated, with COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card as evidence.
  • Only employees who are fully-vaccinated and asymptomatic are allowed to work.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : NEGATIVE LIST

These activities are FORBIDDEN using the National Recovery Plan Recovery Phase 4 SOP.

  • Night club or pub activities
  • Local tourism involving foreign tourists entering Malaysia.
  • Sports and recreational activities exceeding the allowed capacity.
  • Championships, competitions, and matches without Sports Commission Office permission. Updated!
  • All activities, gatherings or social events involving the Melaka State Elections, including the launching of election machinery from 25 October to 27 November 2021. New!
  • Any activity that involves many people gathering in one place until it is hard to maintain physical distancing, and compliance with the Director General of Health’s orders.
  • Any other matter that may be decided by the Government from time to time.

 

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How To Reverse-Engineer “Missing” I-TECH Ivermectin Data?

Ivermectin proponents are claiming that KKM hid some data in their I-TECH ivermectin study.

Find out if that’s true, and how you too can reverse-engineer the “missing” data!

 

Claim : I-TECH Ivermectin Mortality Data Missing!

On 4 Novembre 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) released a summary of their I-TECH ivermectin study. It was immediately panned by ivermectin proponents, because it showed that ivermectin had no clinical benefit.

Soon after, they began to claim that KKM hid some data in their I-TECH ivermectin study, particularly the mortality data. Some even accused the Health Director-General, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah of lying.

Malaysian Ivermectin Trial Shows a 70% of Reduction in Deaths

HISHAM TIPU APA HARI INI (WHAT HISHAM LIED ABOUT TODAY)

MOH’s sham ivermectin trial has concluded and a brilliant mind (Steve Kirsch) has analysed the result.

The number of deaths in both groups is not stated in Hisham’s press release (why did he hide this???) but Steve’s people managed to reverse-engineer it from the statistics numbers. Damn great minds. I really take my hat off to them.

 

Did KKM Hide I-TECH Ivermectin Mortality Data?

It is true that the Malaysia Ministry of Health press release did not include details of the difference in mortality between the two groups.

However, it is false to claim that they lied, or are trying to hide the mortality data, because :

  1. The press release specifically mentioned that “there was a trend of reduced 28-day mortality, but it was not statistically significant (p=0.09).
  2. They sought independent analysis of the mortality results, but even the two experts could NOT determine if mortality was indeed reduced, due to the few deaths in this study.
  3. They released some data on the mortality of the study participants :
    13 deaths out of 490 participants, at the end of 28 days
    – the ivermectin group had lower mortality, OR 0.30 [95% CI 0.08-1.11]; p=0.09

It seems obvious that they wanted to avoid misinterpretation of the mortality data. I will explain and show you why that’s the case in a separate article after this.

 

How To Reverse-Engineer “Missing” I-TECH Ivermectin Data?

The mortality of each group can be, and have apparently been, reverse-engineered from the data above, which ivermectin proponents are claiming is incredibly difficult.

  • to make it look like there is a malicious attempt at hiding the truth
  • to make themselves look smarter than the real scientists and doctors

That’s not true at all. I reverse-engineered the data in less than 10 minutes, and so can you!

Let me show you how…

Prepare Known Data

First, list down what KKM publicly released in their summary of the I-TECH study results.

Total Study Participants : 490
Deaths After 28 Days : 13
Fewer people died in IVM group, compared to SOC group

OR 0.30 [95% CI 0.08-1.11]; p=0.09

Odds Ratio : 0.30
95% Confidence Interval : 0.08 to 1.11
P-value : 0.09

Use An Odds Ratio Calculator

Next, use an Odds Ratio calculator to reverse-engineer the study numbers, by simply filling in four numbers :

a = number of people who died in IVM group
b = number of people who survived in IVM group
c = number of people who died in SOC group
d = number of people who survived in SOC group

Start by assuming that there are equal number of people (245) in both groups, and since fewer people in the IVM group died, start by testing the 6-7 ratio (see first screenshot below).

Then work backwards until you see the results match the publicly-released KKM data – OR 0.30 [95% CI 0.08-1.11]; p=0.09.

You will only need FOUR tries :

  • 6-7 ratio : OR = 0.85
  • 5-8 ratio : OR = 0.63
  • 4-9 ratio : OR = 0.45
  • 3-10 ratio : OR = 0.30 (we have a winner!)

See? That didn’t take more than 2-3 minutes, did it?

Adjust The Group Sizes

But the 3-10 ratio with equal group sizes have a problem – the P-value is 0.06, not 0.09.

It would appear that there are fewer people in the IVM group, so this is the time to adjust the group sizes (b and d) further (without changing a and c).

  • 242-235 ratio : P=0.0635
  • 241-236 ratio : P=0.0653
  • 240-237 ratio : P=0.0672
  • 239-238 ratio : P=0.0691
  • 238-239 ratio : P=0.0710 (closest to OR 0.30 95% CI 0.08-1.11)
  • 237-240 ratio : P=0.0730
  • 236-241 ratio : P=0.0751
  • 235-242 ratio : P=0.0772
  • 234-243 ratio : P=0.0793
  • 233-244 ratio : P=0.0815
  • 232-245 ratio : P=0.0837
  • 231-246 ratio : P=0.0860 (closest to P=0.09)

Now we derive two results. The first is closest to the KKM results, but with P=0.07 (not P=0.09). See second screenshot above.

The second is the closest we can get to P=0.09 – with slightly different results of OR 0.32, 95% CI 0.09-1.12

This shows the limitation of reverse engineering, and why it is still best to obtain the actual data.

Fortunately, the Malaysia Ministry of Health is in the process of submitting the I-TECH study data for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. So we will eventually have the actual mortality results.

But I hope that you learned something new from this guide, at least come away with the understanding that there is nothing magical about this. It’s really just science and math.

 

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School Canteen Can Reopen For Teachers + Support Staff!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that teachers and support staff will be allowed to eat at their school canteen!

 

School Canteen Can Reopen For Teachers + Support Staff!

School canteen operators can now breathe a sigh of relief!

On 18 October 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) announced that teachers and support staff will be allowed to eat at their school canteen!

They made this decision based on the vaccination rate amongst teachers and support staff in schools. For the same reason, students are still NOT allowed to eat at their school canteen.

 

School Canteen SOP For Teachers + Support Staff

Here is the SOP detailed by KPM for teachers and support staff who wish to eat at their school canteen :

  • Only teachers and support staff who are FULLY VACCINATED, and NOT SYMPTOMATIC, are allowed to eat at their school canteen.
  • They are only allowed to eat in OPEN AREAS, and not in enclosed areas of the school canteen.
  • They must limit the time eating, and there must be no gathering, at the school canteen.
  • They must always practice the 3W COVID-19 precautions :
    – Wash their hands with water and soap or hand sanitiser
    – Wear a face mask, and
    – Warn everyone to maintain physical distance, and avoid greeting each other
  • Canteen operators must ensure that ALL employees are FULLY VACCINATED and NOT SYMPTOMATIC.
  • Canteen operators must limit dine-in to only 50% of each table’s capacity, with physical distancing of at least 1 metre.

Under the Ministry of Health’s definition, individuals are only considered fully-vaccinated if they meet these requirements :

  • More than 14 days after receiving both doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccine.
  • More than 28 days after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson or Cansino vaccine.

 

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How Schools Will Reopen In New PPN Phase 3 + 4 States!

The states moving to PPN Phase 3 or Phase 4 will reopen their schools next month.

Frankly, it’s all quite confusing, but let’s try to break it down…

 

New PPN Phase 3 + 4 : Schools To Reopen In 2 Weeks

These states will be upgraded to PPN Phase 3 or Phase 4, starting Monday, 18 October 2021.

  • Kelantan, Penang, Sabah and Kedah will be upgraded from Phase 2 to Phase 3
  • Melaka and Klang Valley (KL, Selangor, Putrajaya) will be upgraded from Phase 3 to Phase 4

As per the earlier Ministry of Education announcement, schools in states that get upgraded to a new PPN phase will transition after two (2) weeks.

However, this means schooling will resume for some students only for a few weeks before the December school holidays begin…

 

How Schools Will Reopen In New PPN Phase 3 + 4 States!

The latest press release by the Ministry of Education is rather confusing, so here is a quick summary of what they’re trying to say :

PPN Phase 3 Schools

These students in PPN Phase 3 states can start face-to-face classes starting Monday, 1 November 2021 :

  • Pre-school students
  • Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education Schools and Integrated Special Education Program
  • Form 6 Semester 2 students
  • Pre-University students in Malaysia Sports School (SSM)
  • Students studying for public exams in boarding school / day school / private school.
  • Students studying for international exams like IGCSE O-Level, A-Level, Australia Higher School Certificate and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) and other international exams.

This applies to both public and private schools registered under the Ministry of Education.

PPN Phase 4 Schools

These students in PPN Phase 4 states can start face-to-face classes starting Monday, 1 November 2021 :

  • Standard 1, 2 and 3 students
  • Form 3 and Form 4 students

These students in PPN Phase 4 states can start face-to-face classes starting Monday, 8 November 2021 :

  • Standard 4, 5 and 6 students
  • Remove class, Form 1 and Form 2 students

This applies to both public and private schools registered under the Ministry of Education.

 

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Kindergarten + Childcare Can Now Open In Phase 1 + 2!

Kindergarten and childcare operators can start reopening in PPN Phase 1 and 2 areas, with some caveats.

Here is what both business operators and parents need to know!

 

Kindergarten + Childcare Can Now Open In Phase 1 + 2!

On 17 September 2021, the government quietly released updated SOP documents that finally ALLOWED kindergarten, daycare and other childcare facilities to reopen in PPN Phase 1 and Phase 2 areas.

Officially, they were allowed to reopen from 17 September 2021 onwards, but they were encouraged to only start on 20 September 2021.

There are however, some caveats for both childcare operators and parents. So operators were allowed to opt-out of reopening, but they will have to discuss this matter with parents, or at least inform them.

 

Kindergarten + Childcare Restrictions In Phase 1 + 2!

The MKN SOP is short on details, but a kindergarten operator shared with us the list of restrictions on both operators and parents.

Limited To Working Parents

Only working parents are allowed to send their children to kindergarten, daycare and other childcare facilities.

  • Either parent is a frontliner
  • Both parents must go out to work *
  • One parent must go out to work *

* Those who are working from home (WFH) are not counted!

Working parents must submit a letter from their employer confirming that they must return to work to the kindergarten or childcare operator.

No Need For Prior Registration

Kindergarten and childcare operators do NOT need to apply for permission from the Ministry of Education.

They only need to issue their teachers a letter ordering them to return to work at their respective kindergarten or childcare facility.

Teacher Vaccination

Teachers who are fully vaccinated are ALLOWED to come to work, and conduct face-to-face teaching.

Teachers who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated are ALLOWED to come to work, but FORBIDDEN from conducting face-to-face classes, or contact with students.

Kindergarten and childcare operators must ensure that all of their employees can prove their vaccination status at any time.

COVID-19 Precautions

All students, teachers and other staff members are REQUIRED to wear a face mask.

All existing SOP like screening at the entrance, physical distancing, sanitisation procedures must continue to be practised.

Students who are symptomatic, or whose parents are symptomatic, are advised NOT to attend.

Students should maintain physical distance of at least 1 metre, preferably further if possible. If such physical distancing is not possible, then students should attend on a rotation basis.

Students are FORBIDDEN from sharing any equipment, including spoons, plates and cups.

The classroom and its equipment must be sanitised before and after each use. Its furniture must be arranged to ensure physical distancing.

Parents must bring their children to the childcare facility and back, without stopping at any other place.

Activities outside of the classroom are DISCOURAGED, but may be undertaken only within the compound of the kindergarten, daycare or childcare facility, with these precautions :

  • 1 metre physical distancing
  • wearing of face masks
  • proper sanitisation and cleaning of hands

Students are DISCOURAGED, but allowed to use outdoor sports or play equipment, but they must be sanitised before other students use them. For example, if a student uses a slide, the teacher must sanitise the slide before the next student uses it.

Parents who are unvaccinated are allowed to send their children to childcare facilities, unless they are symptomatic.

COVID-19 Positive Cases

Kindergarten and childcare operators must report to the Ministry of Health if any of their students and/or their parents test positive for COVID-19.

They will also need to update the Ministry of Education through the COVID-19 module in SMPK (System Maklumat PraSekolah Kebangsaan / National PreSchool Information System).

 

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MyTravelPass : Who Needs To Apply + Who Don’t?

The Malaysian government just clarified who needs to apply for MyTravelPass, and who can travel without applying for it!

Here is what you need to know!

Updated @ 2021-10-12 : Added details of abolishment and new travel requirements.

Originally posted @ 2021-09-16

 

MyTravelPass : What Is It?

Launched in October 2020, MyTravelPass is an online system that lets Malaysians and foreigners apply for entry or exit permits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is meant to replace email applications, and reduce the application time to a maximum of five days.

Even so, travellers must apply for MyTravelPass at least 14 days before the expected date of travel.

Read more : Latest Foreign Travel Rules For Malaysian Citizens!

MyTravelPass (MTP) : https://mtp.imi.gov.my/

MyTravelPass Enquiries : http://eapp.imi.gov.my/spo *
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This page lacks SSL encryption, so your web browser may warn you about this.

Check MyTravelPass Application Status : https://mtp.imi.gov.my/myTravelPass/semakan

Check Immigration Travel Status : https://sspi.imi.gov.my/SSPI/

MyOnline Passport : https://eservices.imi.gov.my/myimms/myPassport *
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MyTravelPass : Over 127K Applications Rejected!

On 23 June 2021, the Malaysian government posted a summary of the latest travel rules, including who needs to apply for MyTravelPass and who don’t.

However, from 7 October until 10 September 2021, the Immigration Department had to reject 127,465 (35.8%) out of 356,510 applications received, mainly due to four reasons :

  • Name is in the Immigration Department’s blacklist
  • Incomplete documentation
  • Uploaded documents are unreadable
  • Forged documents

 

MyTravelPass Abolished From 11 October Onwards!

MyTravelPass has been abolished. From 11 October 2021 onwards, there is no need to register for MyTravelPass in order to travel overseas from Malaysia.

However, only FULLY-VACCINATED individuals (and children who are 17 years or younger) can travel overseas for work, business, education or even holidays.

In addition, travellers returning to Malaysia must also :

  • undergo a swab test three (3) days before returning to Malaysia,
  • undergo a swab test on returning to Malaysia, and
  • undergo a MANDATORY QUARANTINE of 14 days.

Read more : New Interstate + International Travel Requirements In Malaysia!

 

MyTravelPass : Who Needs To Apply + Who Don’t?

Note : In light of international travel liberalisation, these requirements are no longer valid.

The Malaysian government noted that some airlines have insisted that all passengers must show their MyTravelPass, even though certain categories are exempted from such a requirement.

The Minister of Transportation, Wee Ka Siong, will remind those airlines to follow the Immigration Department’s guidelines on who needs to apply for MyTravelPass, and who don’t.

Must Apply For MyTravelPass

  1. Malaysian citizens who just received a job offer, or offer to study overseas.
  2. Students who wish to sit for examinations overseas.
  3. Those who wish to attend meetings / seminars / conduct business overseas.
  4. Those who wish to participate in exhibitions / sporting competitions / training oversees with supporting letter from the Agency in charge.
  5. Matters of emergency involving immediate family members, like death, accident or sickness.
  6. Holders of spouse / fiancé (marriage that is not officially registered) visa
  7. Those joining humanitarian assistance or religious missions with approval letter from the JPM Joint Committee, together with other supporting documents

Do NOT Need To Apply For MyTravelPass

  1. Diplomats and Malaysian embassy officers who are going on duty overseas, or returning from duty, with their dependents.
  2. Students and dependents who are continuing their education, with the condition that they already have a valid student visa or dependent’s visa.
  3. Holders of Long Term Passes (Permanent Resident / Resident’s Pass / Work Pass and so on).
  4. Those working with petroleum companies, or shipping companies who need to sign-onto ships overseas.
  5. Those escorting students travelling overseas for their studies, limited to two (2) escorts only. These escorts must travel out of Malaysia with the student at the same time.

 

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Malaysia To Vaccinate 80% Adolescents By March 2022!

Malaysia aims to vaccinate 80% of adolescents before they start the new school year in March 2022!

Find out how they plan to achieve that!

 

Malaysia To Vaccinate 80% Adolescents By March 2022!

On 15 September 2021, the Malaysian government announced their aim to vaccinate 80% of adolescents before they start the new school year in March 2022.

To this end, they created CITF-A (COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force-Adolescent) to set the policies and coordinate the implementation of the adolescent vaccination plan.

The adolescent vaccination program will offer the COVID-19 vaccine to adolescent 12 to 17 years old, but will prioritise 16 and 17 year old adolescents and those with co-morbidities.

The program will also include students in private education institutes, teenagers in protection or rehabilitation institutes, as well as adolescents who are homeless, undocumented migrants and foreigners.

 

How Malaysia Will Vaccinate 80% Adolescents By March 2022!

For Institutes : Vaksin-Anak-Ku Portal

The Ministry of Health have developed a Vaksin-Anak-Ku (My Child’s Vaccine) portal for institutions to use.

All schools, educational institutes, public and private protection and rehabilitation institutes are requested to register their establishments in this portal.

For Parents : MySejahtera Registration

Parents and guardians will need to register their children as Vaccine Dependents in MySejahtera.

This will allow these adolescents to receive their own COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate later.

Vaccine Offered : Pfizer Comirnaty

Malaysia will offer adolescents the Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine, which was approved on 15 June 2021 for children of 12 to 17 years in age.

Like adults, they will be given two doses for maximum protection against COVID-19.

Three Vaccination Methods

Adolescents in Malaysia will receive the COVID-19 vaccination through three different methods :

  1. Scheduled outreach program to the school by a vaccination team that can comprise of government employees, private medical practitioners or medical NGOs.To make it easier for students who are sitting for major exams in full or daily boarding schools, they will be given appointments for the first dose at a private clinic or school nearest to their homes, followed by the second dose in their boarding schools or where they had their first dose (if their schools remain closed).
  2. Adolescents with co-morbidities will receive their COVID-19 vaccination in the clinic or hospital that is treating them for their pre-existing diseases.
  3. Adolescents who cannot be present with their parents or guardian will be given appointments at the nearest private clinic through MySejahtera.

CITF-A Target : 80% Vaccinated By March 2022

CITF-A is targeting to give 60% of adolescents 12 to 17 years of age at least 1 dose of the vaccine in November 2021.

And they aim to fully vaccinate 80% of all adolescents in Malaysia before the new school year starts in March 2022.

Read more : Details Of 3 October Reopening Of Schools In Malaysia!

 

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Details Of 3 October Reopening Of Schools In Malaysia!

The Ministry of Education just announced HOW schools will reopen in Malaysia from 3 October 2021 onwards!

Here are the details…

 

Schools In Malaysia To Reopen From 3 October Onwards!

On 15 August 2021, the Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that schools will only reopen from 3 October 2021 onwards.

The schools will reopen in stages, starting with exam year students in Form Five and Form Six.

He provided further clarification on 12 September 2021, confirming the following :

Phase 1

  • Education institutions remain closed, with only online learning.

Phase 2

  • Special needs students, Form 6 Semester 2 and IBD Year 2 students can attend school without rotation
  • Students taking IGCSE O-Level, A-Level, Australia Higher School Certificate and IBDP can attend school without rotation
  • All other students will continue with online learning.

Phase 3

  • Special needs students, preschool and kindergarten students, Form 6 Semester 2 and IBD Year 2 students can attend school without rotation
  • Students taking IGCSE O-Level, A-Level, Australia Higher School Certificate and IBDP can attend school without rotation
  • Students taking other international examinations can attend school with rotation.
  • Pre-University Program students in Malaysia Sports Schools, and students taking public examinations (SPM, SVM, STAM and STPM) in full boarding schools can attend school without rotation.
  • Students taking public examinations (SPM, SVM, STAM and STPM) in other schools can attend school with rotation.

Phase 4 (3 / 4 October)

  • Special needs students, preschool and kindergarten students, Form 6 Semester 2 and IBD Year 2 students can attend school without rotation
  • Students taking IGCSE O-Level, A-Level, Australia Higher School Certificate and IBDP can attend school without rotation
  • Students taking other international examinations can attend school with rotation.
  • Pre-University Program students in Malaysia Sports Schools, and students taking public examinations (SPM, SVM, STAM and STPM) in full boarding schools can attend school without rotation.
  • Students taking public examinations (SPM, SVM, STAM and STPM) in other schools can attend school with rotation.

Phase 4 (17 / 18 October)

  • Primary 1, 2 and 3 students can attend school with rotation.
  • Primary 4, 5 and 6 students will continue with online learning.
  • Special needs students, preschool and kindergarten students, Form 6 Semester 2 and IBD Year 2 students can attend school without rotation
  • Students taking IGCSE O-Level, A-Level, Australia Higher School Certificate and IBDP can attend school without rotation
  • Students taking other international examinations can attend school with rotation.
  • Pre-University Program students in Malaysia Sports Schools, and students taking public examinations (SPM, SVM, STAM and STPM) as well as Form 3 and 4 students in full boarding schools can attend school without rotation.
  • Students taking public examinations (SPM, SVM, STAM and STPM) as well as Form 3 and 4 students in other schools can attend school with rotation.

Phase 4 (10 / 11 December)

  • Primary 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 students can attend school with rotation.
  • Special needs students, preschool and kindergarten students can attend school without rotation.
  • IBD Year 2 students and Pre-University Program Sim 3 students in Malaysia Sports Schools can attend school without rotation.
  • All full boarding school students can attend school without rotation.
  • All other students, including private school, international school and expatriate school students, can attend school with rotation.

 

How Schools In Malaysia Will Reopen From 3 October Onwards!

On 12 September 2021, the Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin announced details of how schools in Malaysia will reopen from 3 October 2021 onwards!

Schools That Can Reopen For Face-To-Face Teaching

These are the schools that can reopen for face-to-face teaching, without restrictions :

  • Special Needs Students (MBK) in National Special Education Secondary School (SMKPK), Special Vocational Education Secondary School (SMPKV), National Special Education School (SKPK) and Special Education Integration Program (PPKI).
  • Form 6 Semester 2 and International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) Year 2 students
  • Students in full boarding schools
  • Students sitting for international examinations
  • Pre-school / kindergarten / mind development centres (4 to 6 years old)
  • Small schools with fewer than 150 students

All other schools will reopen only at 50% capacity, with students divided into two rotating groups :

  • Every class will be divided into two groups – Group A and Group B.
  • Each class group will alternate between face-to-face learning and online learning, on a weekly basis.

Shorter Year-End Holidays

Due to the disruption in studies, the year-end holiday will be shortened and take place from 10/11 December to 31 December 2021.

2021 School Year Extended To February 2022

The 2021 School Year will also be extended to March 2022.

The 2022 School Year will now begin in March 2022.

COVID-19 Precautions

The schools will adopt these COVID-19 precautions to reduce the risk to students attending classes :

  • Alternate seating arrangements
  • Improved aeration of classroom with use of fans
  • Wearing of face masks (preferably double-masks) within the school area
  • Students will eat in their classes, with teacher supervision
  • In air-conditioned classrooms, students will eat in open areas with teacher supervision.
  • Sports classes are allowed, with students wearing their exercise clothes at home.
  • Co-curriculum activities are FORBIDDEN
  • Symptomatic students are FORBIDDEN from attending school
  • If a student is found to be symptomatic in school, a COVID-19 screening test will be performed

Parental Choice

Parents and guardians are ALLOWED to opt-out from sending their children to school, without any disciplinary action.

They must, however, inform the school officially of that decision.

 

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Melaka + Negeri Sembilan Upgraded To PPN Phase 2 + 3!

Melaka and Negeri Sembilan were just upgraded to PPN Phase 2 and Phase 3 respectively!

Find out why they were upgraded, and what privileges they’ll enjoy!

 

Melaka + Negeri Sembilan Upgraded To PPN Phase 2 + 3!

On 2 September 2021, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan were upgraded to PPN Phase 2 and Phase 3 respectively.

This time, MKN did not announce why Melaka was upgraded, but Melaka residents will enjoy these benefits from Saturday, 4 September 2021 onwards :

  • inter-district travel for fully-vaccinated people
  • long-distance couples can travel interstate to meet each other, if they are fully vaccinated
  • parents or guardians of children below 18 years of age in other states, can travel interstate to meet them, if they are fully vaccinated.
  • prayers in mosques, suraus, and non-Muslim houses of worship are allowed for those who are fully-vaccinated.
  • those who are fully-vaccinated are allowed to dine-in at restaurants, cafes and eateries, while proprietors must display a notice that they will only accept fully-vaccinated customers.
  • tourism is allowed within the same state, for fully-vaccinated people who want to stay in hotels or homestay.

MKN also did not announce why Negeri Sembilan was upgraded to Phase 3, but when they upgraded Negeri Sembilan to PPN Phase 2 earlier, it was made based on these criteria :

  • ICU usage dropped from over 120% at the end of May, to 40% on 23 August 2021
  • 72.3% of adults were fully-vaccinated

With this upgrade, residents in Negeri Sembilan will get to enjoy these privileges from Saturday, 4 September 2021 onwards :

  • Public and private sectors can work at up to 80% employee capacity.
  • Dine-in is permitted at all eateries, with minimum physical distance of 1 metre.
  • Businesses can open from 6 AM until midnight.
  • Public and private schools can reopen, with face-to-face teaching limited to 70% in higher education institutes.
  • Religious activities are permitted.

 

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Malaysia National Recovery Plan : 8 August 2021 Edition!

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

Updated @ 2021-08-08 : Added new Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 details.

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 : New Criteria

On 15 June 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced the National Recovery Plan with four phases, which was updated on 5 July 2021.

This was further amended with a new criteria on 7 August 2021.

Phase 1

Phase 2

Before achieving 50% adult vaccinations :

  • 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

After achieving 50% adult vaccinations :

  • Must meet these requirements (nationally) :
    – new daily Category 3, 4 and 5 hospitalisations averaging <2,000
    moderate healthcare system / ICU capacity
    Must meet these requirements (by state) :
    – new daily Category 3, 4 and 5 hospitalisations averaging < 6.1 cases per 100,000
    moderate ICU use capacity

Phase 3

Before achieving 50% adult vaccinations, states 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

After achieving 50% adult vaccinations, states must meet these requirements :

  • new daily Category 3, 4 and 5 hospitalisations averaging < 3.0 cases per 100,000
  • comfortable healthcare system / ICU capacity

Phase 4

States must meet these requirements before they can transition to Phase 4 :

  • new daily Category 3, 4 and 5 hospitalisations averaging < 1.3 cases per 100,000
  • safe healthcare system / ICU capacity
  • 60% population vaccinated with second dose

 

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.

On 16 July 2021, the government announced that G1, G2, G3 and G4 contractors can resume construction work.

On 3 August 2021, MKN announced that :

  •  residential renovations can begin / resume in Phase 1 areas.
  • supply of cement and its logistics are now allowed
  • individual sports and recreational activities are now allowed within the neighbourhood from 7 AM until 8 PM.
  • critical interviews are allowed, either face-to-face, or online

For the latest Phase 1 SOP, please see National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : 3 August 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).

On 3 August 2021, MKN announced these changes :

  • Up to 60% of public servants can now work in the office
  • Critical interviews are now allowed, either face-to-face, or online
  • Individual sports and recreational activities are now allowed within 10 km from your residence, from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • Construction industry is now an essential service in Phase 2 areas.
  • Maintenance and repair works are allowed to proceed.
  • Road and highway construction work are allowed to proceed.

For the latest Phase 2 SOP, please see National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP : 3 August 2021 Edition!

 

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.

On 4 August 2021, Perlis, Sarawak and Labuan were upgraded to Phase 3, based on this new SOP.

For the latest Phase 3 SOP, please see National Recovery Plan Phase 3 SOP : 4 August 2021 Edition!

 

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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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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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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