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NXP iMX 8M Plus To Use Kingston eMMC Memory!

Kingston just announced that their eMMC memory has been selected to be used in the NXP iMX 8M Plus reference board!

 

NXP iMX 8M Plus To Use Kingston eMMC Memory!

On 8 April 2021, Kingston Technology announced that their eMMC embedded memory will be featured in NXP iMX 8M Plus evaluation kits.

Although Kingston did not reveal which eMMC part was selected, the picture they released appears to show the EMMC08G-MB29, which boasts these key features :

  • 8 GB capacity
  • 3D TLC in pMLC NAND memory
  • eMMC 5.1 standard
  • 11.5 x 13 x 0.8 mm package size

They will be used as storage in the NXP iMX 8M Plus reference boards, which will be used for development and engineering verification.

 

NXP iMX 8M Plus : What Is It?

The NXP iMX 8M Plus is an application processor – a System-On-a-Chip (SoC) designed for infrastructure solutions like smart home, intelligent city and industrial IoT devices.

  • two or four ARM Cortex-A53 processors (up to 1.8 GHz)
  • a neural processing unit (NPU) operating at up to 2.3 TOPS
  • ARM Cortex-M7 controller (up to 800 MHz)
  • 32-bit DDR4 and LPDDR4 interface (up to 4.0 GT/s)
  • dual image signal processors (ISP) : up to 12 MP, up to 375 MPixels per second
  • two MIPI CSI camera interfaces
  • two Gigabit Ethernet LAN interfaces
  • two USB 3.0 / 2.0 with Type C PHY
  • PCI Express Gen 3 support
  • 14 nm FinFET process

 

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Malaysia Buys 3.5 Million CanSino COVID-19 Vaccine Doses!

Malaysia just purchased 3.5 million doses of the CanSino Convidecia vaccine against COVID-19!

Get the details of this new vaccine deal, and find out what it means for the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia Buys 3.5 Million Doses Of CanSino COVID-19 Vaccine!

On 1 April 2021, the Malaysia Minister of Health, Dr. Adham Baba, announced the purchase of 3.5 million doses of the CanSino COVID-19 vaccine.

This deal will be divided into two stages :

  • 500,000 finished doses, starting in April 2021
  • 3 million doses to be filled and finished by Solutions Biologics Sdn. Bhd. (SolBio)

Photo Credit : Bernama

 

CanSino COVID-19 Vaccine : Where Will It Be Used In Malaysia?

The CanSino Convidecia is a single-dose vaccine, so the 3.5 million doses will be enough to vaccinate 10.9% of the adult population in Malaysia.

It also requires only standard refrigeration at 2–8 °C (36–46 °F), which makes it easy to distribute.

Therefore, the Malaysia Ministry of Health plans to use the CanSino vaccine in rural areas, and areas where recipients find it difficult to come twice for their vaccinations.

They are also planning to use it to vaccinate foreigners in Malaysia.

Recommended : CanSino COVID-19 Vaccine : What You Need To Know!

 

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LG Mobile Shuts Down : Another Brand Bites The Dust!

It is official – LG has called it quits on its mobile phone division, shutting it down for good!

Find out what happened, and what this means to us – the consumers!

 

LG Mobile Shuts Down : Another Brand Bites The Dust!

On 5 March 2021, LG announced that its board of directors approved the decision to shut down its mobile business unit.

This came after rumours that LG was looking into “various options such as a sale, split sales or pulling out of the smartphone business“.

Even though LG had a strong following in the United States, in third place with 13% market share, that was not enough to turn a profit.

LG Mobile has consistently lost mobile hand over fist, even after trying all sorts of way to get consumer mindshare through devices like LG Wing, which featured a secondary display that swivelled out behind the main display.

If you can’t remember any notable LG mobile devices you have actually seen and tried out, you are not alone. This is why LG Mobile is no more.

After closing down LG Mobile, their focus will be in growth areas such as :

  • electric vehicle components,
  • connected devices,
  • smart homes,
  • robotics
  • artificial intelligence
  • business-to-business solutions
  • platforms and services

 

LG Mobile Shut Down : Effect On Consumers?

LG said that they will continue to sell their current inventory, but expect to complete the process of shutting down their business by 31 July 2021.

Even so, they assure customers that they will continue to provide service support and software updates of existing LG smartphones for “a period of time which will vary by region“.

So if you really love LG smartphones, you still have time and opportunity to grab one.

You may have to live with the fact that you will likely lose support and software updates after a year or so.

The loss of another brand will undoubtedly mean fewer choices, but is that really a bad thing?

Frankly speaking, there are way too many smartphone releases every year, and it’s getting really hard to differentiate them, never mind justify a yearly upgrade.

So, no one will really miss LG Mobile’s demise. And who knows? It could end up being resurrected like Nokia and Motorola!

 

LG Mobile Shut Down : Official Statement

Here is the official statement that LG issued on 5 March 2021 :

SEOUL, April 5, 2021 — LG Electronics Inc. (LG) announced that it is closing its mobile business unit. The decision was approved by its board of directors earlier today.

LG’s strategic decision to exit the incredibly competitive mobile phone sector will enable the company to focus resources in growth areas such as electric vehicle components, connected devices, smart homes, robotics, artificial intelligence and business-to-business solutions, as well as platforms and services.

Current LG phone inventory will continue to be available for sale. LG will provide service support and software updates for customers of existing mobile products for a period of time which will vary by region. LG will work collaboratively with suppliers and business partners throughout the closure of the mobile phone business. Details related to employment will be determined at the local level.

Moving forward, LG will continue to leverage its mobile expertise and develop mobility-related technologies such as 6G to help further strengthen competitiveness in other business areas. Core technologies developed during the two decades of LG’s mobile business operations will also be retained and applied to existing and future products.

The wind down of the mobile phone business is expected to be completed by July 31 although inventory of some existing models may still be available after that.

 

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MKN : Work From Home Directive Ends On 31 March 2021!

MKN just announced that their Work From Home directive will end on 31 March 2021! Here is what you need to know!

 

MKN : Work From Home Directive Ends On 31 March 2021!

On 11 December 2020, the Malaysia Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) confirmed that their Work From Home directive still applied for CMCO and TEMCO areas, but was optional for RMCO areas.

On 2 March 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) cancelled MCO 2.0 and later, lifted inter-district travel restrictions.

On 9 March 2021, MKN confirmed that the existing Work From Home directive would continue in CMCO areas, with 30% capacity for office / management staff.

That finally ends on 31 March 2021. From 1 April 2021 onwards, there will no longer be a requirement for the management and support staff of private companies to work from home.

In the private sector, 100% of the management and operations or support staff in CMCO areas can return to work in their offices.

In the public sector, the attendance will be based on the circular or orders of the Public Services Department (JPA).

 

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MySejahtera Now Shows Correct Vaccine Registration Dates!

It took them almost 2 weeks to fix the issue, but MySejahtera will now show you the correct vaccine registration and assessment dates!

 

MySejahtera Now Shows Correct Vaccine Registration Dates!

After initially showing the wrong registration dates for the COVID-19 vaccination program, MySejahtera will now show you the correct dates!

This will be a real relief for the public who has been thoroughly confused by the wrong dates, and suggestions that their registration did not go through.

Even though National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that the first registration was already recorded, we all want to see it stated correctly in MySejahtera.

As you can now see in this comparison, the registration and assessment dates are now accurately reflected.

 

Haven’t Registered For Vaccine On MySejahtera?

If you have not registered for vaccine on MySejahtera, please do so ASAP! It’s very simple!

We also have a pictorial and video guide for you : How To Register For COVID-19 Vaccination On MySejahtera!

You can also register for vaccination online or by phone!

Online Registration : Malay | English

Phone Hotline : 1800-888-828

So get registered for your FREE vaccination, and be amongst the first to be free from COVID-19!

Note : Do NOT register again online or by phone, if you have already registered via MySejahtera.

 

Wrong MySejahtera Vaccine Registration Dates?

On 3 March 2021, MySejahtera started displaying a vaccination status page, but it only appeared for some people.

For everyone else, clicking on the Vaccine for [Your Name] link just leads them back to the registration process, instead of the status page.

They would have to go through the entire vaccination registration process again, before the status page would appear.

After they re-register for vaccination on MySejahtera, the Vaccine for [Your Name] link will then correctly show the vaccination status page.

There was also concern when users noticed that MySejahtera was showing a new registration date, instead of the original registration date.

 

No Need To Register Again For Vaccine On MySejahtera!

On 4 March 2021, the National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, said that MySejahtera is currently updating its vaccination registration record.

Missing Vaccination Status Page?

He assured everyone that all MySejahtera users should see the vaccination status page today.

If you still do not see the vaccination status page, you do NOT need to re-register for the vaccination programme.

Wrong Vaccination Registration Date?

He also said that those who re-registered and received a new date on their vaccination status page do not need to worry.

The appointment will be set according to the first registration date, not the new registration date.

 

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MKN : Work From Home Directive Still Applies!

MKN just confirmed that their Work From Home directive still applies!

Here is what you need to know about the Work From Home directive for RMCO and CMCO areas!

 

MKN : Work From Home Directive Still Applies!

On 11 December 2020, the Malaysia Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) confirmed that their Work From Home directive still applied for CMCO and TEMCO areas.

On 2 March 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) cancelled MCO 2.0 and later, lifted inter-district travel restrictions.

On 9 March 2021, MKN confirmed that the existing Work From Home directive would continue in CMCO areas, with 30% capacity for office / management staff.

Therefore, businesses are expected to continue implementing their work from home policies. This is only optional for RMCO areas.

 

MKN Work From Home Directive : What You Need To Know!

Here is a refresher course on the MITI Work From Home directive, based on the latest 23 October 2020 FAQ :

1. Is WFH Mandatory?

WFH is compulsory for management and supervisory staff in CMCO and TEMCO areas, including those involved in tasks like:

  • accounting
  • finance
  • administration
  • law
  • planning
  • ICT.

WFH is not compulsory for employees of these sectors, who are allowed to work as normal :

  • retail stores, grocery stores, convenience stores
  • food stalls, food courts, restaurants
  • plantation and agriculture
  • transportation – express bus, LRT, MRT, taxi, e-hailing
  • food delivery services

2. What If We Need To Be In The Office?

Up to 10 per cent of management and supervisory staff can be in the office, limited to 4 hours only – from 10 AM until 2 PM – for up to 3 days a week.

If the company has 10 people or fewer in the management and supervisory group, only one (1) person is allowed to come to the office at one time.

The company must issue an authorisation letter for each employee who is allowed to work.

3. Can We Rotate?

Companies can create a rotation system for their management and supervisory staff.

The company should maintain the rotation schedule, as well as a list of those who are working from home, and those who are allowed to work in the office.

4. Can We Change The Working Hours?

No, MITI requires companies to comply with these rules for management and supervisory staff :

  • maximum of 4 hours a day
  • from 10 AM until 2 PM
  • maximum of 3 days a week

5. Do We Need To Get Tested Before Working In The Office?

COVID-19 screening is not mandatory for staff who are working in the office. It is only mandatory for :

  • foreign workers in the construction sector
  • security guards
  • all workers from red zones who are symptomatic

 

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Dell Survey On Remote Work Readiness In Malaysia!

Dell Technologies just unveiled their inaugural Remote Work Readiness (RWR) Index and survey results for Malaysia!

Take a look at the highlights of what Dell found on remote work readiness in Malaysia!

 

Dell Survey On Remote Work Readiness In Malaysia!

For their inaugural Remote Work Readiness Index, Dell Technologies surveyed over 7,000 working professionals in the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region, of which 1,030 were from Malaysia.

The survey for the Dell Technologies RWR Index was meant to capture data on their readiness and views on long-term remote work.

Here is a summary of the key findings in the Dell Remote Work Readiness survey for Malaysia :

  • 70% already have some experience with remote working before the MCO took effect.
  • 84% feel prepared for long-term remote work
  • Only 43% feel that their employers support remote working for the long term
  • their top 3 concerns were :
    – 33% : their job security
    – 31% : blurring boundary between professional and personal lives
    – 28% : lack the right technology assets to be productive
  • 50% feel their employers are not providing enough tech resources for successful remote work
  • their top 3 tech challenges :
    – 44% : unstable remote network
    – 33% : lack of access to internal company resources
    – 29% : have to use personal productivity equipment and tools for work
  • Only 43% feel that their employers are providing enough HR resources for successful long-term remote work
  • their top 3 HR challenges
    – 47% : lack of in-person communication
    – 38% : lack of learning and development sessions
    – 37% : lack of team engagement and access to HR processes

 

How To Improve Remote Work Readiness In Malaysia

Based on the Dell Remote Work Readiness survey for Malaysia, here are the changes companies should look at adopting for successful remote work :

Top 3 Tech Changes To Consider

  • 42% : Better access to productivity equipment and tools
  • 38% : A stable remote network, including adequate Internet bandwidth, is necessary
  • 36% : Better access to internal company resources

Top 3 HR Changes To Consider

  • 51% : Learning and development sessions, including training for virtual tools and remote working
  • 43% : Access to digital tools for performance review, leave filing, etc.
  • 42% : Team engagement initiatives while remote working

 

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Updated SOP for MCO / PKP 2.0 : What You Need To Know!

Take a look at the updated SOP for the stricter MCO / PKP 2.0 lockdown of Malaysia!

Updated @ 2021-02-04 : Barbershops, hair saloons and car washes are now allowed.

Updated @ 2021-01-29 : Added changes to night markets and allowed businesses.

Updated @ 2021-01-21 : Added the extension for eateries to 10 PM.

Updated @ 2021-01-13 : Added the MCO SOP video, and additional SOP.

Originally posted @ 2021-01-12

 

MCO / PKP 2.0 : Why The Need For New SOP?

The MCO (Movement Control Order) 2.0 initially applied to eight states and territories in Malaysia on Wednesday, 13 January 2021.

The MCO 2.0 was soon extended across the entire country, except for Sarawak, from 26 January 2021 onwards.

The government then introduced a new SOP to balance the massive spike in COVID-19 cases, with the economic losses of the original MCO lockdown.

 

Updated SOP for MCO / PKP 2.0 (29 Jan 2021) in Malaysia!

On 12 January 2021, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced some details of the new SOP for MCO / PKP 2.0.

This was followed by various changes to the SOP announced by MKN over time.

Please follow this SOP, because failure to do so could result in a compound of up to RM1,000 per offence!

Travel

  • Two (2) persons are allowed to leave each household, in the same vehicle, to purchase food and other necessities.
  • Up to 3 people (including the patient) are allowed to leave each household to seek healthcare.
  • Travel is limited to a radius of 10 km from your household, unless there is no supply / availability within 10 km.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel are FORBIDDEN.
  • Tourism is FORBIDDEN.
  • Travel for emergencies like funerals are allowed with permission from the police.
  • Travel because of natural disasters are allowed.
  • PCA and RGL travel arrangements between Malaysia and Singapore are allowed to continue.

Food & Beverage Industry

  • Restaurants (including those in pubs and night clubs), cafes, hawker stalls, roadside stalls, food courts, food trucks are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • No dine-in is allowed. Only takeaway, drive-through and delivery are permitted

Petrol Stations

  • Operation hours : 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Petrol stations on highways and expressways allowed to operate 24 hours

Markets

  • Morning and farmers’ markets : 7 AM to 2 PM
  • Wholesale markets : 11 AM to 4 PM, or 12 PM to 6 PM
  • Night markets and late night bazaars : 4 PM until 10 PM.

Healthcare

  • Hospitals, clinics, medical labs : 24 hours
  • Pharmacies : 6 AM to 10 PM
  • Veterinary clinics + pet food stores : 6 AM to 10 PM

Shopping + Services

  • Supermarkets are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Laundromats, including self-service laundromats : 6 AM to 10 PM
  • Hair saloons + barber shops : until 10 PM.
  • Optical shops : 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Car washes : until 10 PM.
  • Clothing stores are FORBIDDEN.

Schools + Education

  • Students who will undertake major examinations like SPM, SVM, SKM, STPM, STAM, and DVM for 2020 and 2021 are allowed to attend school with strict SOP.
  • Matriculation colleges are allowed to operate.
  • Students in boarding schools and universities are allowed to continue hybrid studying.
  • International and professional exams are allowed.
  • Research activities requiring lab access in institutes of higher learning are allowed.
  • Lecturers and teachers are allowed to travel to teach classes with examinations.
  • Kindergartens, nurseries and day care facilities are allowed to continue operating.
  • Tuition, music, dance, art, language classes are FORBIDDEN.

Recommended : MOE Directive On Schools In MCO, CMCO + RMCO Areas!

Sports

  • Running and jogging allowed, but limited to maximum of two (2) family members
  • Cycling allowed, but limited to one (1) person, up to 10 km from household.
  • Group cycling is FORBIDDEN.
  • Physical distance of 2 metres should be maintained
  • All other sporting activities are FORBIDDEN.

Entertainment

  • Night clubs and pubs are FORBIDDEN.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds, family karaoke and cinemas are FORBIDDEN.
  • Concerts and live events are FORBIDDEN.
  • Spas, reflexology centres are FORBIDDEN.

Social + Religious Activities

  • Parades and religious gatherings like Thaipusam are FORBIDDEN.
  • Up to 5 committee members may manage mosques and other religious houses of worship.
  • Weddings, parties, engagement parties, receptions, anniversary celebrations, birthday celebrations, reunions, retreats and other social events are FORBIDDEN.

Manufacturing + Business Activities

  • The government has identified five (5) essential economic sectors that will be allowed to operate – manufacturing, construction, essential services, trade and distribution, as well as plantations and commodities.
  • However, only 30% of the management team is allowed to be in the office.
  • For unlisted sectors or non-essential services, employees are required to work from home.
  • Conferences, meetings, seminars, courses and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) activities are FORBIDDEN.

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COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe During MCO!

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NTT Launches Fifth Data Center In Malaysia – Cyberjaya 5!

NTT Ltd just launched their fifth data centre in Malaysia – Cyberjaya 5 (CBJ5)!

Here is a quick look at what NTT Cyberjaya 5 offers!

 

NTT Launches Fifth Data Center In Malaysia – Cyberjaya 5

On 3 February 2021, NTT Ltd announced the launch of their fifth data center in Malaysia – Cyberjaya 5 (CBJ5).

Located within the NTT Cyberjaya Campus, this new 107,000 square feet data center is designed for hyperscalers and high-end enterprises in Malaysia’s growing digital economy.

CBJ5 supports 6.5 megawatts of flexible and scalable power, and boasts a Tier IV-ready, compact and modular design, with a cooling wall system that handles up to 15 kilowatts per rack.

NTT clients will have greater access to flexible, scalable and secure infrastructure in Malaysia – a regional data center hub.

“The demand for data storage and managed hosting services is expected to grow exponentially across Malaysia. This fifth data center will meet the expanding needs of organizations to reach their digital business objectives, in particular the FSI sector, as our data center complies with the Risk Management in Technology (RMiT) guideline set by Bank Negara Malaysia. We hope to play a key role in providing the vital data capacity at a high speed to keep Malaysia’s digital ecosystems and the digital economy ticking.” said Henrick Choo, CEO, NTT Ltd. in Malaysia.

 

NTT Cyberjaya 5 : Part Of Strategic ASEAN Hub

CBJ5 is connected to the existing Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) and Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) cable system, and will eventually be linked to the upcoming MIST cable system.

The MIST cable system will be available by end 2022 and it is a strategic joint venture for international submarine cables in South East Asia, with Orient Link Pte. Ltd.. It will enable NTT Ltd. to expand its offerings into India and beyond, while the ASE and APG cable systems provide global connectivity from Asia to United States.

This new expansion in Malaysia is part of NTT Global Data Centres division’s growth strategy. Malaysia is a prime data centre market in the ASEAN region, due to the abundant availability of resources, and favourable government policies.

“NTT places Asia Pacific as a tactical key region, and Malaysia – a strategic hub for the submarine cables operated by NTT such as the new MIST cable system, as well as the existing Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) and Asia Pacific Gateway (APG). Furthermore, CBJ5 will drive business opportunities in Asia through the upcoming MIST cable system which will link all our large-scale data centers in the region. Our continued commitment to Malaysia will help position NTT as a technologically innovative leader to address the industries of the future,” said Ryuichi Matsuo, Executive Vice President for NTT Ltd.’s Global Data Centers division.

“The pandemic also illustrated the importance of effective connectivity and reliable infrastructure to ensure business continuity. NTT’s global data center platform offers flexible, scalable and secure infrastructure along with a full-stack of customizable solutions that clients can utilize to support their digital transformation needs and maintain critical applications in a comprehensive, hybrid IT environment,” he concluded.

 

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Fact Check : 52 New MCO SOP Rules For Next 6 Months?

Will there be 52 new and much stricter MCO SOP rules for the next 6 months, starting 4 February 2021?

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

Updated @ 2021-01-31 : Added KKM’s official announcement on these 52 MCO rules.

Originally posted @ 2021-01-25

 

Claim : 52 New MCO SOP Rules For Next Six Months!

This claim of 52 new and much stricter MCO SOP rules that will kick off on 4 February 2021 has gone viral on social media.

Latest news: The government hopes that everyone will tide over the economic difficulties together in the next 6 months.

Tighten SOP M-20 from February 4

1) A car can only have one person
2) Cannot go beyond 10KM
3) Morning market 5.am-11am
4) Night markets banned
5) Cannot eat in
6) Barbershops banned
7) Only 50 people allowed in a supermarket at any one time
8) Supermarket operating hours: 8.am-8.30pm
9) Cannot cross districts or states
10) Cannot go out after 8pm

 

52 New MCO SOP Rules For Next 6 Months : Utter Nonsense!

This viral message about 52 new MCO SOP rules that will kick off on 4 February 2021 is nonsense.

That’s because some of them are already part of the latest SOP! And while some of them could possibly be implemented in the future, the rest are unlikely to be come true.

This hoax is probably trying to leverage the fear of a complete economic shutdown that was sparked by the leaked Eurocham circular.

KKM Confirmed That They Are FALSE

On 31 January 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health finally announced that the viral message was FALSE.

But when we posted this a week earlier, we pointed out the many discrepancies in the viral message below :

These Rules Are Already Part Of The MCO SOP

These 13 rules are already part of the latest SOP, for the MCO 2.0 lockdown that kicked off on 13 January 2021.

2) Cannot go beyond 10KM
4) Night markets banned
5) Cannot eat in
6) Barbershops banned
9) Cannot cross districts or states
11) Not wearing mask: Rm1000 fine
19) Beauty salons banned
20) Massage parlors banned
21) Nightclubs and bars banned
25) Hospital: 24 hours
29) Police station: 24 hours
35) Online classes nationwide
51) Non-important sectors also prohibited from operating

These Rules Could Possibly Be Implemented Later

These stricter rules could possibly be implemented as part of a very strict MCO lockdown :

1) A car can only have one person
3) Morning market 5.am-11am
8) Supermarket operating hours: 8.am-8.30pm
12) Shop not following SOP: Rm10k fine
23) Petrol station: 6am-8pm
24) Convenience store 7am-8pm
38) Postpone school exams to end of June
39) Post office, express delivery: 24 hours
41) Public transport: 7am-10pm
42) Public transport can cross districts & states
43) Extend personal income tax to the end of June
48) 55 years old and above can get Rm30x3 months
49) Construction sector prohibited
52) Government Department: 7am-2pm

These Rules Are Unlikely To Happen

These MCO rules are unlikely to happen, because…

10) Cannot go out after 8pm
47) Under 18 years old cannot go out after 6pm

– Under current MCO SOP, no one is supposed to leave the house, except to purchase food, necessities and for cycling and jogging, so these rules are nonsensical.

7) Only 50 people allowed in a supermarket at any one time
– It is very hard for supermarkets to manage the number of people going in and out

13) Only 5 persons allowed to enter store at a time
– It is impossible to implement a limit like that, because stores vary in size

14) Isolation time: 14-28 days
– quarantine time has been reduced to 10 days, and there is no logic to increasing it to 28 days

15) Ambulance-Isolation Center: Rm80
16) Hospitalization fee: Rm110 per day
18) Electronic Isolation Bracelet charge: Rm50
– as COVID-19 is a public health emergency, the government is unlikely to charge anyone

17) Disinfection Fee: Rm550 per shop
– the government is not in the business of sanitising shops
– sanitisation of shops have been undertaken by private companies

22) Chinese New Year banned
– you cannot ban a public holiday, but the government will likely ban public gatherings, and perhaps even family gatherings (except those from the same household).

26) Transport company: 6am-12pm
– the delivery of essential goods has never been restricted even during the first MCO, and that won’t change because people need these supplies
– limiting working hours will also not help cut down on infection rates

27) All 3-star hotels to become quarantine centers
– the government may offer 3-star hotels the opportunity to serve as quarantine centres, but it won’t be mandatory
– the cost will also be significantly higher than the MAEPS quarantine centre.

28) 24 Highways to be closed
– as flow of essential goods is necessary, it would not be logical to close any highway
existing travel restrictions are good enough to prevent interstate travel

30) Electricity bill discount: 10-15%
31) Water bill discount: 10-25%
45) West Malaysia electricity bill discount 10%
46) 13% discount on electricity for West Malaysia

– It is very unlikely that the government can afford to pay for such high discounts
– the conflicting electricity bill discount for West Malaysia shows that this list is just made up

32) Hawker subsidy: Rm300
– This is unlikely to happen because there’s no registry of hawkers, which makes it impossible for the government to implement such a scheme

33) 15% discount on national land tax
44) Peninsula house tax discount 10%
37) Extension of land tax for 1 year

– These are unlikely to happen because it won’t help the rakyat much, only the wealthy who own many houses

34) Can withdraw RM15K Pension at one time
– The government already allowed the withdrawal of RM10K from EPF in 2021
– It is very unlikely that they will allow another withdrawal of RM15K in the same year

36) Extend personal loan for 6 months
– The banks are already restructuring personal loans into fixed rate loans, so another loan moratorium is unlikely

40) 25% discount on rent for SMEs
– How do you force private owners to give SMEs a 25% discount on their rents?

50) Important sectors prohibited from commencement
– Critical sectors involved in the production of food and essential supplies was allowed during the first MCO, and will not be prohibited, because well, they are essential!

 

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Eurocham Leak Of Malaysia Shutdown : Please Don’t Panic!

Did the leaked Eurocham circular warn of a total shutdown of the economy in Malaysia?

Find out why it was really just a storm in a teacup…

 

Eurocham Leak Of Malaysia Shutdown : What Happened?

On 23 January 2021, a Eurocham (EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry) circular to their members leaked and circulated on social media – WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Many netizens and even media outlets blared warnings of a TOTAL LOCKDOWN immediately after 4 February 2021.

 

Eurocham Leak Of Malaysia Shutdown : Nothing Shocking…

When the circular leaked, there were expressions of SHOCK! Horror! Outrage! online.

The truth is – those who actually read the circular carefully would be nonplussed about what it revealed…

It was really an appeal to the manufacturing industry to help cut down on the infection rate, so that the economy does NOT need to shut down.

So please don’t panic over the threat of a complete shutdown of the economy. We went through it once with the first MCO in March 2020.

It will be no different. We survived that, and if it happens again, we will be ready for it. Remember, my fellow Malaysians – MALAYSIA BOLEH!!!

And if you really want to help prevent a shut down of the economy, please FOLLOW THE SOP!

 

Eurocham Leak Of Malaysia Shutdown : The Facts

For those who want a play-by-play of why there’s nothing to worry about in the Eurocham circular, here are our points…

Fact #1 : It Was KKM With Clear Stand On Complete Shutdown

The circular noted that it was the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) that “made a clear stand of the matter of a complete shutdown of the economy“.

It did not even mention what that “clear stand” was, but KKM has stated publicly that they recommended a strict lockdown to the government several times in the past.

Fact #2 : Shutdown Was Always A Possibility

A complete shutdown of the economy, which happened with the first MCO, was always a possibility.

The Malaysia Ministry of Health shared publicly that they had recommended the reimposition of those strict measures several times in the past.

Fact #3 : Shutdown Was Predicated On Infection Rate

What many people did not notice or care is that the “threat” of a complete shutdown of the economy was predicated on the infection rate.

Should the infection rate not decrease, the Malaysian government will announce a shutdown / strict lockdown immediately after 4 February 2021.

In other words – if the infection rate can be brought down, the shutdown or strict lockdown will not happen at all.

Fact #4 : Shutdown Was Overruled In The Past

The Malaysian government overruled KKM’s recommendations for strict MCO in the past, so even their “clear stand” this time may not amount to much.

In fact, the circular states that the Malaysian government is considering either a shutdown or a strict lockdown (see the quote in Fact #3).

Fact #5 : Industry Was Asked To Help Cut Down Infection Rate

The circular points out that the manufacturing sector accounts for a large number of clusters, and worker dormitories, transportation and social activities were identified as key problem areas.

Therefore, the meeting was to get the manufacturing industry to help clamp down on the infection rate, by addressing those problem areas.

Fact #6 : It Was An Urgent Appeal To Forestall A Shutdown

If the government had already made up their mind to shutdown the economy, they would not bother to call for such meetings with industry representatives.

It was obvious from the circular that the Malaysian government was urgently appealing for industries to solve the problem of persistently high COVID-19 infection rates.

Hence, the circular listed two urgent measures that companies were requested to implement immediately.

 

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Jabil Circuit Penang : Closed After 21 COVID-19 Cases!

Plant 1 of Jabil Circuit Penang was shut down until 7 January 2021 after 21 employees tested positive for COVID-19 in a screening test!

 

Jabil Circuit Penang : 21 Employees Positive For COVID-19!

On 29 December 2020, Plant 1 at Jabil Circuit Penang was shut down by the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) after 21 employees there tested positive for COVID-19.

They were part of over 2,000 Jabil Circuit Penang employees who underwent screening tests from 18 to 25 November 2020.

Only Plant 1 was shut down, with Jabil Circuit Penang’s other sites remaining operational.

The notice posted outside Plant 1 of Jabil Circuit Penang stated that KKM closed it down from 3 PM on 29 December 2020, until 7 January 2021.

Their statement released today said, “Jabil is complying with all the necessary precautionary measures and working closely with the MOH, local government officials and local health authorities to follow protocol.

 

Jabil Circuit Penang COVID Exposure : Should You Be Concerned?

As per MOH guidelines, they will be performing contact tracing, and contacting those who came in close contact with the affected employees.

If you happened to be in close contact with the affected Jabil Circuit Penang employees, you will be contacted and asked to self-quarantine as well as undergo a screening test.

This case highlights the risks of staying in close quarters in worker hostels, and why the government continues to insist that office employees must work from home.

You are only at risk if you come into close contact with these affected employees, including outsiders supplying and transporting in and out of their factory.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is easily destroyed by soap, so a deep cleaning operation will definitely clear the building of any infectious particles, albeit only temporarily.

The best way to protect yourself is to always wear a face mask in public. Face masks have been proven to prevent the spread and reduce the risk of being infected.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe During CMCO!

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Panasonic : Two Factories Closed With 116 COVID-19 Cases!

Panasonic closed both their factories in Shah Alam after 116 workers there tested positive for COVID-19.

Find out what happened, and if you need to be concerned!

 

Panasonic : Two Factories Closed With 116 COVID-19 Cases!

Panasonic Malaysia issued a notice to Bursa Malaysia earlier today, announcing that they closed both their factories in Shah Alam after 116 COVID-19 cases were detected there.

After a recent screening operation of their 2,137 employees revealed those 116 cases, the Petaling District Health Office advised them to cease operations.

Panasonic decided to shut down both Shah Alam factories for 3 days – from 21 December until 23 December 2020, to allow for disinfection and deep cleaning of both manufacturing facilities.

They maintain that there is regular disinfection of both their manufacturing facilities and workers’ accommodation, and all necessary precautions were strictly enforced.

 

Panasonic : Official Statement On COVID-19 Cases

Here is the official Panasonic announcement on the COVID-19 positive case at their Shah Alam factories :

The Company wishes to inform that some of the staff at both its manufacturing facilities in Shah Alam has been confirmed COVID-19 positive after the Company conducted a recent screening. The Petaling District Health office has advised to cease operations for the time being until further notices. The Company has decided to close its facilities from 21 to 23 December 2020 to allow the disinfection specialist to carry out their work.

The Company had completed full screening of about 2,137 workers and employees and only 116 were found to be affected.The safety and well-being of our workers and employees as well as our community is of our utmost priority towards containing the situation. The Company has and will continue to adhere to the COVID-19 preventive standard operating procedures (SOPs) on a stringent basis. Disinfection exercises at our manufacturing premises and workers’ accommodation have been conducted regularly, with all the necessary precautionary measures strictly in place.

 

Panasonic COVID-19 Cases : Should You Be Concerned?

There is no need to be concerned, unless you supply goods to either Panasonic factories in Shah Alam, or are in close contact with their employees.

There is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread through fomites – contaminated objects. So there is NO NEED to worry that you can get infected through Panasonic products.

Panasonic Malaysia and the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) are definitely conducting contact tracing of the affected employees. Those identified as close contacts will be asked to self-quarantine, and get tested for COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

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How Honeywell Is Helping Industries Tackle COVID-19!

Find out how Honeywell has pivoted to deliver new services and products that help critical industries tackle the COVID-19 pandemic!

 

How Honeywell Is Helping Industries Tackle COVID-19

Honeywell have long been a solution partner for critical industries, with over 100 years of global experience in various industries.

In an exclusive roundtable session, Norm L. Gilsdorf, President of Honeywell ASEAN, detailed how the COVID-19 pandemic has created a crisis for critical industries.

On the other hand, it offered Honeywell the opportunity to showcase their expertise in creating new solutions and products to meet the new challenges.

 

Honeywell Products + Services That Help Industries Tackle COVID-19

Honeywell have quickly pivoted to develop these new solutions and products to help critical industries In ASEAN countries and around the world better handle the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Honeywell UV Treatment System

The Honeywell UV Treatment System is a deep ultraviolet (UVC) sanitising system for airlines that significant reduces certain viruses and bacteria on airplane cabin surfaces.

It is roughly the size of the typical airline beverage cart, with arms that extend over the top of seats, to sweep the cabin with UVC light.

The Honeywell UV Treatment System can service an aircraft cabin in less than 10 minutes for just a few dollars per flight for midsize to large airline fleets.

Currently, several major airlines in the ASEAN region are testing this system on their aircraft.

Honeywell Healthy Building Solutions

The Honeywell Healthy Building Solutions are not new, but they go a long way to help companies protect their workforce from COVID-19.

By integrated air quality, safety and security technologies, they help to improve the health of building environments, operate more cleanly and safely, and help enforce social distancing policies.

The same technologies can also be employed in other public and commercial facilities like hospitals, airports, factories, educational institutions, etc. to enhance safety and compliance.

Honeywell Remote Industrial Solutions

The Honeywell Remote Industrial Solutions are being used by customers to handle COVID-19 related constraints and maintain business continuity, while protecting employees.

This software suite, which includes Experion Remote Operations, allow for remote management as well as work-from-home abilities for employees.

Honeywell Forge Cybersecurity Suite helps customers ensure business continuity in the face of mounting cyber threats, uncertain business conditions and supply chain disruptions.

Warehouse and logistics solutions help drive the exceptional growth of e-commerce in the ASEAN region and beyond, during the pandemic. They also support cold chain services for delivering medical products, including vaccines.

Other Honeywell Solutions That Help Against COVID-19

Other Honeywell solutions that help people and industries handle COVID-19 include :

  • Gas and flow sensors for ventilators, oxygen concentrators and respiratory machines;
  • Thermorebellion, a new temperature monitoring solution that incorporates advanced, infrared imaging technology and artificial intelligence algorithms to conduct non-invasive, preliminary screening of personnel entering facilities such as airports, hospitals and plants;
  • Dual layer face masks, personal safety packs and N95 masks.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

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Kaspersky on APAC Digital Reputation Threats!

Vitaly Kamluk, Kaspersky Director of Global Research and Analysis for APAC, explores the impact of social media activities on our digital reputation, as well as those of brands and companies!

 

Digital Reputation : What Is It?

Digital reputation is the online version of good old fashion reputation. The only difference is that it is defined by our online behaviour and what people are saying about us, or the brand.

In short, our digital reputation is a combination of our digital footprint, and the impact it has on how other people perceive us, or the brand.

As the world becomes more connected, digital reputation is becoming more than just important – it is now critical to the future and success of any individual or corporation.

This has led to a shift in how people and brands behave online these days…

As Jesmond Chang, Head of Corporate Communications for Kaspersky APAC, shared above :

  • 32% of social media users in APAC use anonymous accounts
  • 50% of social media users in APAC avoid companies that are involved in a scandal, or had received negative news coverage online
  • 40% also stopped using a company’s or brand’s products once they are embroiled in some kind of online crisis.

 

Kaspersky on APAC Digital Reputation Threats!

At the 6th Vitaly Kamluk, Kaspersky Director of Global Research and Analysis for APAC, shared the latest threats to digital reputation in the APAC region, which is precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“One of the most visible effect of this pandemic is how it forced everyone, from individuals to the biggest companies, to shift a lot of their activities online.

This dependence, triggered by our need to secure our physical health, also pushed us to increase our social media use, either to connect with our distant loved ones, to give support to our community, to entertain ourselves, or to get hold of products and services that we need.

Parallel to this trend is the opening of wider doors for cybercriminals to exploit”

With many employees working from home, cybercriminals have found new ways to exploit this situation :

  • brute force attacks on database servers increased 23% in April 2020
  • Malicious files planted on websites increase 8% in April 2020
  • Network attacks and phishing emails also rose

Kaspersky themselves reported an increase of unique malware samples from 350,000 per day pre-COVID, to 428,000 per day!

With the increased reliance on online services, including remote work and learning, e-commerce purchases and a greater adoption of e-wallets, the 2020 threat landscape appears to favour cybercriminals.

 

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RMCO / PKPP in Malaysia : New SOP for December 2020!

Here is the new December 2020 SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed during the RMCO / PKPP restrictions in Malaysia!

For the Conditional MCO SOP, please see Peninsular Malaysia CMCO : New December 2020 SOP!

 

Malaysia : RMCO / PKPP Restrictions Until 31 December!

As extended restrictions are significantly impacting the economy, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) decided to lift the CMCO / PKPB lockdown on less affected areas :

Except for states under CMCO / PKPB lockdown, all other areas in Malaysia are under the more lenient RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order) or PKPP (Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Pemulihan) restrictions.

The RMCO / PKPB restrictions is scheduled to end on 31 December 2020.

 

Malaysia RMCO / PKPP : New December 2020 SOP!

Here is the new, updated MKN SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed in RMCO / PKPP areas in Malaysia :

GENERAL

  • Nationwide travel is allowed, except to EMCO (PKPD) areas.
  • Private and commercial vehicles are allowed to carry up to their maximum passenger capacity.
  • High risk individuals and children are not encouraged to go out.
  • All activities and services at airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation, like buses, express buses, LRT / MRT / ERL / Monorail / ferry / airlines / taxi / e-hailing vehicles are allowed to operate as normal.
  • Food delivery services are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 2 AM.

ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

  • All business, economic and industrial activity can proceed as usual.
  • Businesses must ensure that customers are physically distanced by 1 meter while entering or leaving their premises.
  • Businesses must limit the number of customers within their premise, and publicly display the maximum number of customers allowed inside.
  • Businesses must ensure that customers check in using MySejahtera or write in the logbook.
  • Businesses must scan the body temperature of customers, and those with a body temperature of 37.5 °C are not permitted to enter.
  • All employees, suppliers and customers must wear a face mask at all times.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate as usual.
  • Restaurants, food stores, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, food stalls, food kiosks, groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM until 2 AM.
  • Dine-in is allowed, with 1 meter distance between every person.
  • Daily, wholesale, farmer’s and night markets are allowed to open as usual.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open as usual.
  • Laundry services are allowed to open as usual.
  • All other permitted businesses are allowed to operate as usual.
  • All other essential activities NOT listed in the Negative List are permitted, subject to the existing SOPs.

HEALTHCARE

  • Public and private clinics and hospitals are allowed to open 24 hours.
  • Pharmacies and drugstores are allowed to open as normal.

FISHING, FARMING, PLANTATION INDUSTRIES

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

RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES

  • All religious activities are allowed, subject to the relevant SOPs.

ENTERTAINMENT, RECREATION + CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

  • Entertainment centres, pubs and night clubs are forbidden to open, except for F&B services.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds and cinemas are allowed to open.

CREATIVE INDUSTRY

  • All activities are allowed as usual, subject to the Creative Sector SOP.

SPORTS + RECREATION

  • All sports and recreational activities are allowed, subject to the Sports & Recreation Sector SOP.
  • Sporting events and competitions with spectators and/or with participants from other countries are forbidden.

EDUCATION

  • All public and private schools, institutions of higher learning, vocational training institutes, kindergartens, day care centres, tahfiz centres, public parks and recreation centres are allowed to operate as usual.
  • Tuition, music, dance, art, language classes are allowed to operate as usual.
  • Kindergartens, nurseries and childcare centres are allowed to operate as usual, subject to the SOP.

SEMINARS / WORKSHOPS / CONFERENCES

  • All seminars, workshops, courses, training, conferences, lectures and MICE (Meeting, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) are allowed, subject to SOP.
  • Face to face meetings in offices, hotels and convention centres are allowed, with physical distancing and the wearing of face masks.

CELEBRATIONS

  • Official and unofficial government and private ceremonies, and social events like weddings, banquets, engagement parties, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, birthdays, anniversary parties, reunions are allowed, subject to SOP.

TOURISM

  • All domestic tourism activities that cross into or out of the EMCO or CMCO areas (except green zones) are forbidden.
  • Overseas tourism is forbidden.
  • Domestic tourism involving foreign tourists (except from countries approved by the Minister) is forbidden.
  • Tour companies are allowed to operate, based on existing SOP.
  • Hotels are allowed to provide accommodation.
  • Restaurants, including F&B outlets and lounges are allowed.

 

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MOH : No Change In Pfizer Vaccine Delivery, No Approval Yet

The Malaysia Ministry of Health just announced that there is no change in the delivery schedule of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. However, there is no approval yet…

 

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine : What Is It?

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is an mRNA vaccine called BNT162b2 designed by BioNTech.

It uses messenger RNA technology to teach our cells to create the SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins.

The presence of these spike proteins triggers the body’s immune system, training it to create antibodies that target the actual SARS-CoV-2 virus.

If we actually get infected by SARS-CoV-2 after being vaccinated, those antibodies will immediately attach to the virus particles :

  • preventing them from infecting our cells
  • cause the virus particles to stick together (agglutinate), making them easier targets
  • identifying the virus particles as targets for phagocytic cells to destroy

The immune response to the spike proteins will also train memory cells, so that they can respond to a future COVID-19 infection weeks or months after vaccination.

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MOH : No Change In Pfizer Vaccine Delivery

On 27 November 2020, Malaysia announced the purchase of 12.8 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

They also announced that Malaysia will receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in four tranches over the whole year :

  • Q1 2021 : 1 million doses
  • Q2 2021 : 1.7 million doses
  • Q3 2021 : 5.8 million doses
  • Q4 2021 : 4.3 million doses

But after the Wall Street Journal wrote about a 50% cut in 2020 production of the Pfizer vaccine, there were concerns that we may not even get the vaccine in Q1 2021.

The Malaysia Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, clarified on 6 December 2020 that the NPRA (National Pharmacutical Regulatory Agency) has not received any notification of vaccine delivery issues from Pfizer.

He assured the public that KKM is always monitoring developments, and receives advanced notice on the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Therefore, as far as they are concerned, there has been no change in the delivery schedule.

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MOH : No Approval Of Pfizer Vaccine Yet

The Malaysia DG Health also announced that the NPRA (National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency) has yet to approve the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for use in Malaysia.

In fact, they have yet to receive any documents from Pfizer for the evaluation of the registration and testing of the BNT162b2 vaccine.

Regardless of what the Pfizer vaccine delivery schedule is like, it must first be evaluated, tested and approved by KKM and the NPRA, before it can be used in Malaysia.

 

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Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine : 2020 Production Cut Explained!

Find out why Pfizer slashed by half their 2020 mRNA vaccine production, and what it means for the fight against COVID-19!

 

Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine : 2020 Production Cut By Half

On 3 December 2020, the Wall Street Journal revealed that Pfizer and BioNTech slashed by half the COVID-19 vaccines they were going to manufacture in 2020.

Instead of 100 million doses, they would only be able to manufacture 50 million doses of their BNT162b2 vaccine by the end of 2020.

That is only good enough to vaccinate up to 25 million people, because every person requires two doses.

That immediately knocked down Pfizer and BioNTech’s share prices by 2%, before recovering slightly.

 

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine : 2020 Production Cut To 50 Million Doses

Pfizer and BioNTech originally hoped to roll out 100 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine candidate – BNT162b2 vaccine – by the end of 2020.

But they were forced to announce a reduced goal of 50 million doses in their 9 November 2020 press release :

Along with the efficacy data generated from the clinical trial, Pfizer and BioNTech are working to prepare the necessary safety and manufacturing data to submit to the FDA to demonstrate the safety and quality of the vaccine product produced.

Based on current projections we expect to produce globally up to 50 million vaccine doses in 2020 and up to 1.3 billion doses in 2021.

 

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine : 2020 Production Cut Explained!

The Wall Street Journal report was not incorrect, but many readers misinterpreted the change to be new.

The article came out almost a month AFTER the 9 November Pfizer press release.

Here are the reasons why Pfizer and BioNTech were forced to cut their production forecast, and what their 2021 production forecast is like.

The Clinical Trial Took Longer Than Expected

Their Phase 3 clinical trial, which started on 27 July 2020, took longer than anticipated. Ironically, this was due to its effectiveness.

The trial required a minimum of 164 confirmed COVID-19 cases, which they did not achieve when they announced the reduced production goal on 9 November 2020.

That milestone was only achieved in mid November, and announced on 18 November 2020.

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Raw Materials Failed To Meet Standards

As explained in the WSJ article, Pfizer started to work on the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain in March, sourcing raw materials from suppliers in the US and Europe.

However, “early batches of the raw materials failed to meet the standards“, said a person directly involved in the development of the Pfizer vaccines.

And even though they fixed the problems, they “ran out of time to meet this year’s projected shipments“.

This Was Much Faster Than Usual

As WSJ also pointed out – pharmaceutical companies do not typically set up supply chains and manufacturing lines for a product that has not yet been approved.

So even the ability to produce 50 million doses by the end of the year is phenomenally fast, especially when the BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine was only approved by the UK MHRA, and has yet to be approved by the US FDA or EU EMA.

This was only possible because Pfizer set up their supply chain early, while the early trials just started.

1.35 Billion vs 1.4 Billion Difference

While their 2020 production goal was slashed by half to 50 million doses, that isn’t a big difference in the grand scheme of things.

Pfizer says that they are on track to produce 1.3 billion doses in 2021. So the production difference by the end of 2021 is really 1.35 billion versus 1.4 billion – a shortfall of 3.6%.

The problem with the Pfizer-Biontech and Moderna mRNA vaccines really isn’t how many they can produce in 2020. It’s how few they can actually produce in 2021.

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Changes In Vaccine Shipment Schedule?

Is there any change in Pfizer’s vaccine shipment schedule? That depends.

If the delivery schedule was announced before 9 November 2020, it is likely to be affected somewhat.

But if delivery was announced after 9 November 2020, then it stands to reason that it would be based on the current 50 million dose forecast for 2020.

Take, for example, Malaysia’s purchase of 12.8 million doses on 27 November 2020. The scheduled delivery of 1 million doses in Q1 2021 should not be affected by the 9 November 2020 announcement.

 

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Sony PG Tec Facility Will Close By September 2021!

Sony has decided to close their PG Tec factory, which manufactures audio products like WH-1000XM3 headphones!

Find out what’s going on, and what this means for their 3,400 employees and Sony fans!

 

Sony PG Tec Facility Will Close By September 2021!

Sony has decided to close their PG Tec manufacturing facility, which spans a land area of 172,000 m², with a total built-up area of 95,000 m².

Based in the Prai Industrial Zone, the Sony PG Tec facility produces audio products like the WH-1000XM3 and WP-SP900 headphones, wireless speakers, home theatre systems and Blu-ray players.

It is also the home of a local Sony R&D team that designed the Sony MHC-V81D sound system, amongst other audio products.

 

Penang Gov Confirms That Sony Will Close PG Tec Facility

Dato’ Haji Abdul Halim, the Penang Trade, Industry and Entrepreneur Development Exco, confirmed the decision, stating that the Penang state government will hold a press conference to address the matter.

According to him, the decision to close this high-tech manufacturing facility was due to “internal restructuring due to fierce market competition”.

The 3,400 or so employees at the Sony PG Tec facility will be offered a severance plan, or relocation to the Sony EMCS factory in Bangi, Selangor.

Some 1,800 employees are local, while another 1,600 are foreigners.

The Sony EMCS PG Tec facility is still operating at the moment, and will close in stages, fully ceasing operation in September 2021.

 

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PowerProtect Data Manager Nov 2020 Update: What’s New?

Dell Technologies just announced enhancements to PowerProtect Data Manager available globally in November 2020!

Find out what’s new in the latest Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager!

 

PowerProtect Data Manager : What Is It?

Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager provides software-defined data protection, automated discovery, and deduplication for physical, virtual and cloud environments.

Its software-defined architecture allows for greater operational agility, and faster IT transformation, while delivering next-generation data protection.

 

PowerProtect Data Manager November 2020 Update : What’s New?

In its November 2020 update, PowerProtect Data Manager offers these new enhancements :

  • In-cloud workloads in Microsoft Azure and AWS are now protected
  • VMware Tanzu portfolio is now supported
  • Native vCenter Storage Policy-Based Management integrated for VM protection
  • VMware-certified solution to protect VMware Cloud Foundation infrastructure layer.
  • Protection for containerised apps with open source databases, including PostgreSQL and Apache Cassandra, in Kubernetes environments.
  • Customers can now protect Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) to back-up Kubernetes cluster-level resources.

 

PowerProtect Data Manager November 2020 Update : Availability

The November 2020 enhancements are available globally with immediate effect.

 

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2020 Dell EMC PowerProtect DP Series IDPA : What’s New?

Dell Technologies just announced the 2020 Dell EMC PowerProtect DP Series appliances!

Here is what you need to know about the next-generation integrated data protection appliances!

 

2020 Dell EMC PowerProtect DP Series : What Is It?

The 2020 PowerProtect DP series is the next-generation family of integrated data protection appliances (IDPA) from Dell Technologies.

They offer a complete solution for backup, recovery, replication, deduplication, cloud readiness with disaster recovery, and long-term rotation to the public cloud!

The 2020 Dell EMC DataProtect DP series are all-in-one data protection solutions that offer :

  • Storage capacities from 8 terabytes to 1 petabyte
  • Greater efficiency, with up to 65:1 data reduction
  • Up to 38% faster backups, and up to 45% faster restores, compared to previous generation.
  • Instant access and restore of up to 50% greater IOPS, compared to previous generation.
  • Consumes up to 23% less power than the previous generation
  • Cloud long-term retention, and cloud DR-ready
  • VMware integration

The 2020 Dell EMC DataProtect DP series is also guaranteed under the Future-Proof Program, and is part of the Dell Technologies on Demand program.

 

2020 Dell EMC PowerProtect DP Series : Models + Key Specifications

The 2020 Dell EMC PowerProtect DP series consists of four models – DP4400, DP5900, DP8400 and DP8900. Here are their key specifications.

Specifications DP4400 DP5900 DP8400 DP8900
Physical Capacity 8 TB to 96 TB 96 TB to 288 TB 192 TB to 768 TB 576 TB to 1 PB
Physical Capacity
with Cloud Tier
Up to 288 TB Up to 864 TB Up to 2.3 PB Up to 3 PB
Logical Capacity Up to 4.8 PB Up to 18.7 PB Up to 49.9 PB Up to 65 PB
Logical Capacity
with Cloud Tier
Up to 14.4 PB Up to 56.1 PB Up to 149.7 PB Up to 195 PB
Max Throughput Up to 9 TB/hr Up to 33 TB/hr Up to 57 TB/hr Up to 94 TB/hr
Drive Type SAS 12 TB SAS 4 TB SAS 8 TB SAS 8 TB
Networking 8 x RJ45, or
8 x SFP
4 x 40 GbE uplinks
Each Quad SFP port can be split into 4 x 10 GbE
Max. Power 475 VA 2,830 VA 5,480 VA 7,250 VA
Thermal Rating 1,620 BTU/hr 9,300 BTU/hr 17,800 BTU/hr 23,400 BTU/hr

 

2020 Dell EMC PowerProtect DP Series : Availability

The 2020 Dell EMC PowerProtect series appliances – DP4400, DP5900, DP8400 and DP8900 – will be available globally in December 2020.

 

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AMD Instinct MI100 : 11.5 TFLOPS In A Single Card!

AMD just announced the Instinct MI100 – the world’s fastest HPC GPU accelerator, delivering 11.5 TFLOPS in a single card!

 

AMD Instinct MI100 : 11.5 TFLOPS In A Single Card!

Powered by the new CDNA architecture, the AMD Instinct MI100 is the world’s fastest HPC GPU, and the first to break the 10 TFLOPS FP64 barrier!

Compared to the last-generation AMD accelerators, the AMD Instinct MI100 offers HPC applications almost 3.5X faster performance (FP32 matrix), and AI applications nearly 7X boost in throughput (FP16).

  • up to 11.5 TFLOPS of FP64 performance for HPC
  • up to 46.1 TFLOPS of FP32 Matrix performance for AI and machine learning
  • up to 184.6 TFLOPS of FP16 performance for AI training

2nd Gen AMD Infinity Fabric

It also leverages on the 2nd Gen AMD Infinity Fabric technology to deliver twice the peer-to-peer IO bandwidth of PCI Express 4.0. Thanks to its triple Infinity Fabric Links, it offers up to 340 GB/s of aggregate bandwidth per card.

In a server, MI100 GPUs can be configured as two fully-connected quad GPU hives, each providing up to 552 GB/s of P2P IO bandwidth.

Ultra-Fast HBM2 Memory

The AMD Instinct MI100 comes with 32 GB of HBM2 memory that deliver up to 1.23 TB/s of memory bandwidth to support large datasets.

PCI Express 4.0 Interface

The AMD Instinct MI100 is supports PCI Express 4.0, allowing for up to 64 GB/s of peak bandwidth from CPU to GPU, when paired with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors.

AMD Instinct MI100 : Specifications

Specifications AMD Instinct MI100
Fab Process 7 nm
Compute Units 120
Stream Processors 7,680
Peak BFLOAT16
Peak INT4 | INT8
Peak FP16
Peak FP32
Peak FMA32
Peak FP64 | FMA64
92.3 TFLOPS
184.6 TOPS
184.6 TFLOPS
46.1 TFLOPS
23.1 TFLOPS
11.5 TFLOPS
Memory 32 GB HBM2
Memory Interface 4,096 bits
Memory Clock 1.2 GHz
Memory Bandwidth 1.2 TB/s
Reliability Full Chip ECC
RAS Support
Scalability 3 x Infinity Fabric Links
OS Support Linux 64-bit
Bus Interface PCIe Gen 3 / Gen 4
Board Form Factor Full Height, Dual Slot
Board Length 10.5-inch long
Cooling Passively Cooled
Max Board Power 300 W TDP
Warranty 3-Years Limited

 

AMD Instinct MI100 : Availability

The AMD Instinct MI100 will be available in systems by the end of 2020 from OEM/ODM partners like Dell, Gigabyte, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and Supermicro.

 

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AMD CDNA Architecture : Tech Highlights!

In addition to the gaming-centric RDNA architecture, AMD just introduced a new CDNA architecture that is optimised for compute workloads.

Here are some key tech highlights of the new AMD CDNA architecture!

 

AMD CDNA Architecture : What Is It?

Unlike the fixed-function graphics accelerators of the past, GPUs are now fully-programmable accelerators using what’s called the GPGPU (General Purpose GPU) Architecture.

GPGPU allowed the industry to leverage their tremendous processing power for machine learning and scientific computing purposes.

Instead of continuing down the GPGPU path, AMD has decided to introduce two architectures :

  • AMD RDNA : optimised for gaming to maximise frames per second
  • AMD CDNA : optimised for compute workloads to maximise FLOPS per second.

Designed to accelerate compute workloads, AMD CDNA augments scalar and vector processing with new Matrix Core Engines, and adds Infinity Fabric technology for scale-up capability.

This allows the first CDNA-based accelerator – AMD Instinct MI100 – to break the 10 TFLOPS per second (FP64) barrier.

The GPU is connected to its host processor using a PCI Express 4.0 interface, that delivers up to 32 GB/s of bandwidth in both directions.

 

AMD CDNA Architecture : Compute Units

The command processor and scheduling logic receives API-level commands and translates them into compute tasks.

These compute tasks are implemented as compute arrays and managed by the four Asynchronous Compute Engines (ACE), which maintain their independent stream of commands to the compute units.

Its 120 compute units (CUs) are derived from the earlier GCN architecture, and organised into four compute engines that execute wavefronts that contain 64 work-items.

The CUs are, however, enhanced with new Matrix Core Engines, that are optimised for matrix data processing.

Here is the block diagram of the AMD Instinct MI100 accelerator, showing how its main blocks are all tied together with the on-die Infinity Fabric.

Unlike the RDNA architecture, CDNA removes all of the fixed-function graphics hardware for tasks like rasterisation, tessellation, graphics caches, blending and even the display engine.

CDNA retains the dedicated logic for HEVC, H.264 and VP9 decoding that is sometimes used for compute workloads that operate on multimedia data.

The new Matrix Core Engines add a new family of wavefront-level instructions – the Matrix Fused Multiply-Add (MFMA). The MFMA instructions perform mixed-precision arithmetic and operates on KxN matrices using four different types of input data :

  • INT8 – 8-bit integers
  • FP16 – 16-bit half-precision
  • bf16 – 16-bit brain FP
  • FP32 – 32-bit single-precision

The new Matrix Core Engines has several advantages over the traditional vector pipelines in GCN :

  • the execution unit reduces the number of register file reads, since many input values are reused in a matrix multiplication
  • narrower datatypes create opportunity for workloads that do not require full FP32 precision, e.g. machine learning – saving energy.

 

AMD CDNA Architecture : L2 Cache + Memory

Most scientific and machine learning data sets are gigabytes or even terabytes in size. Therefore L2 cache and memory performance is critical.

In CDNA, the L2 cache is shared across the entire chip, and physically partitioned into multiple slices.

The MI100, specifically, has an 8 MB cache that is 16-way set-associative and made up of 32 slices. Each slice can sustain 128 bytes for an aggregate bandwidth of over 6 TB/s across the GPU.

The CDNA memory controller can drive 4- or 8-stacks high of HBM2 memory at 2.4 GT/s for a maximum throughput of 1.23 TB/s.

The memory contents are also protected by hardware ECC.

 

AMD CDNA Architecture : Communication + Scaling

CDNA is also designed for scaling up, using the high-speed Infinity Fabric technology to connect multiple GPUs.

AMD Infinity Fabric links are 16-bits wide, and operate at 23 GT/s, with three links in CDNA to allow for full connectivity in a quad-GPU configuration.

While the last generation Radeon Instinct MI50 GPU only uses a ring topology, the new fully-connected Infinity Fabric topology boosts performance for common communication patterns like all-reduce and scatter / gather.

Unlike PCI Express, Infinity Fabric links support coherent GPU memory, which lets multiple GPUs share an address space and tightly work on a single task.

 

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RM4K Fine For Family Of 4 At Restaurant During CMCO?

The CMCO SOP limits restaurants to 4 people per large table, so is it possible for a family of 4 to get fined RM 1,000 per person for dining at a restaurant?

 

Claim : RM4K Fine For Family Of 4 At Restaurant During CMCO

This was the claim that has gone viral on WhatsApp :

A family of 4 went to celebrate Birthday dinner at a restaurant in 2 cars . Police came to check and since their ic have to same address , each of them is fined RM1000. Reason is only 2 in 1 family can go out each time during CMCO.

File picture of police at a restaurant. Not related to article.

 

The CMCO SOP On Family Dining In A Restaurant

The new CMCO SOP for Peninsular Malaysia is a little different from the earlier Klang Valley CMCO SOP.

Yes, there is still a 4 person limit for large tables, but there is a new limit of 2 persons from each household allowed to dine in a restaurant.

You can compare the two rules in page 3 and page 1 of the Peninsular Malaysia CMCO SOP below.

And here is our video with English translations of the CMCO SOP.

 

Restaurant Dining Limit During CMCO : Our Verdict

It appears that yes, you can be fined RM1,000 per person for dining in a restaurant, if there are more than 2 persons from the same household at the same table.

A family dining together at the same table is no different from staying in the same house, and definitely not as risky than two different couples, or four friends, dining at the same table.

However, it appears that CPRC and MKN want to prevent families from going out, period.

That’s why in addition to the 2-person per household limit to leave the house, they specifically extended that limit to dining in restaurants, cafes and other eateries.

Will they change their minds like the requirement to scan MySejahtera at petrol stations? Time will tell…

But for now, families should NOT eat together in restaurants. Stay safe, everyone!

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from COVID-19 :

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Peninsular Malaysia : CMCO / PKPB Lockdown SOP!

Here is the official MKN SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed during the CMCO / PKPB lockdown of Peninsular Malaysia!

 

Peninsular Malaysia : CMCO / PKPB Lockdown Until 6 December!

With record highs in COVID-19 cases, the Malaysian National Security Council announced a 4-week CMCO / PKPB lockdown of KL, Putrajaya, and all states in Peninsular Malaysia, except for Perlis, Pahang and Kelantan.

  • North : Kedah, Penang, Perak
  • East : Terengganu
  • Central : Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya
  • South : Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor

This expansive CMCO / PKPB lockdown will start at 12:01 AM on 9 November 2020 and end on 6 December 2020.

 

Peninsular Malaysia : Official CMCO / PKPB SOP!

Here is the confirmed MKN SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed during the CMCO / PKPB lockdown of Peninsular Malaysia :

GENERAL

  • Only two persons from each household are allowed to go out to purchase food supplies or daily necessities.
  • Only two persons from each household are allowed to dine-in at any restaurant / cafe.
  • High risk individuals and children are not encouraged to go out.
  • No one is allowed to enter or leave the areas under CMCO lockdown.
  • Interstate travel is forbidden, except for work, economic or industrial purposes.
  • Emergency cases and accidents requiring medical treatment are allowed to travel without police permission.
  • Those with medical appointments are allowed to travel, by showing the referral letter or appointment card.
  • Funerals outside of CMCO areas are allowed, with police permission.
  • Workers will need a valid work pass or letter of permission from their employers to get past state and district roadblocks.
  • Employers must let their employees work from home, unless they are essential to business continuity.
  • Individuals who intend to travel by air must obtain prior permission from the police before they head to the airport.
  • Residents of CMCO areas are allowed to return from outstation, with the permission of the police.
  • Travel through the CMCO areas to non-CMCO areas are allowed, with permission from the nearest police station.

ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

  • All business, economic and industrial activity can proceed as usual.
  • Businesses must ensure that customers are physically distanced by 1 meter while entering or leaving their premises.
  • Businesses must limit the number of customers within their premise, and publicly display the maximum number of customers allowed inside.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed, between 6 AM and 12 AM.
  • Restaurants, food stores, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, food stalls, food kiosks, groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 AM.
  • Dine-in is allowed but limited to 2 persons per small table or 4 persons per large table, but must follow the Food Sector SOP. There should be 1 meter distance between every person.
    Only in Selangor : 5 persons per large table meant for 10 people.
    * Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari announced the change on 16 October 2020.
  • Food deliveries, drive-through purchases and food take-aways are encouraged.
  • Daily markets are allowed to open from 6 AM until 2 PM.
  • Wholesale markets are allowed to open from 12 AM until 5 PM.
  • Farmer’s markets are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 PM.
  • Night markets are allowed to open from 4 PM until 12 AM.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 AM, except for those on highways – they can open 24 hours
  • Laundry services are allowed between 6 AM and 12 AM.
  • All other permitted businesses are allowed to operate between 6 AM and 12 AM.
  • Public buses, express buses, MRT, LRT, ERL, Monorail, taxi and e-hailing services are allowed to operate.
  • Taxis and e-hailing vehicles are limited to 2 passengers, and allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Food deliveries are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All transportation and delivery vehicles involved in industry, business, and manufacturing are allowed to continue as normal, including cross-district and cross-state travel.

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HEALTHCARE

  • Public and private clinics and hospitals are allowed to open 24 hours.
  • Pharmacies and drugstores are allowed to open from 8 AM until 11 PM.

FISHING, FARMING, PLANTATION INDUSTRIES

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

PORTS + AIRPORTS

  • All ports and airport services are allowed to operate.
  • Individuals who intend to travel by air must obtain prior permission from the police before heading to the airport.

RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES

  • Religious activities in mosques and suraus are allowed with limits to the number of participants, according to the state authorities
  • Religious activities in other houses of worship are allowed with limited to the number of participants, according to MKN / MOH / state or federal authorities.
  • Akad nikah ceremonies are allowed with a maximum limit of 30 people, based on the area and physical distancing, or as set by the state religious authorities.
  • Wedding registration ceremonies for non-Muslims are allowed with a maximum limit of 30 people, based on the area and physical distancing.

ENTERTAINMENT, RECREATION + CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

  • Entertainment centres, pubs and night clubs are forbidden to open.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds and cinemas are forbidden to open.

CREATIVE INDUSTRY

  • Recording activities for music, concerts, filming, interviews, and so on are allowed both in studios and outdoors, limited to CMCO areas with limited crew and no audience, according to the SOP.
  • Live event activities are permitted without an audience, with limited crew set by MOH.
  • Busking activities in indoor locations are allowed, based on time limits and limited number of audience, as set by MOH.
  • All other activities NOT listed in the Negative List are permitted, based on the existing SOP.

SPORTS + RECREATION

  • Individual sporting activities and non-contact recreation or those performed individually and not involving more than 10 people, like walking, jogging, cycling, aerobics, hiking, fishing, and so on are permitted.
  • Picnics, swimming pool activities and contact sports are forbidden.
  • Certain commercial sports facilities – gyms, football fields, futsal courts, badminton halls – are allowed to open from 6 AM until 10 PM, starting 19 October 2020.
  • Commercial field and futsal facilities are limited to training activities that do not involve physical contact and limited to up to 10 people at any one time.
  • Sporting events and competitions with spectators and/or with participants from other states are forbidden.
  • Training programs by the National Sports Council and state sports councils can continue according to a Quarantine Based Approach.

EDUCATION

  • All public and private schools, institutions of higher learning, vocational training institutes, kindergartens, day care centres, tahfiz centres, public parks and recreation centres must close.
  • Only nurseries and childcare centres with permission to remain open for frontliners and working parents can remain open.
  • Students who are undergoing exams are permitted to continue taking their exams.

SEMINARS / WORKSHOPS / CONFERENCES

  • All seminars, workshops, courses, training, conferences, lectures and MICE (Meeting, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) are forbidden.
  • Face to face meetings are discouraged, and should be held through video conferencing, with these exceptions :
    – face-to-face meetings involving expatriate and C Suite with physical distancing and face masks
    – internal meetings according to JPA circulars and MITI guidelines

CELEBRATIONS

  • Official and unofficial government and private ceremonies, and social events like weddings, banquets, engagement parties, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, birthdays, anniversary parties, reunions are forbidden.

TOURISM

  • All domestic tourism activities that cross into or out of the CMCO areas are forbidden.
  • Tour companies are allowed to operate, based on existing SOP.
  • Hotels are allowed to provide accommodation.
  • Restaurants, including F&B outlets and lounges are allowed. Dine-in is limited to 2 persons per table. Room service, take-aways and food delivery are encouraged.
  • Swimming pool, gym, seminar rooms, halls are not allowed to operate.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe :

  • Avoid suspected cases or disease hotpots, like hospitals, if possible!
  • Avoid public events and crowds
  • Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
  • Keep our homes, offices, vehicles, etc. clean
  • If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
  • Wash your food with water (and soap) after purchase and before preparation

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Dell Technologies DT Index 2020 : What’s New?

Dell Technologies just unveiled the results of their Digital Transformation Index 2020 – DT Index 2020, for short.

Take a look at the key findings of the DT Index 2020!

 

Dell Technologies DT Index 2020 : What’s New?

Dell Technologies has unveiled results from its global study that shows organisations shifting the digital transformation programmes – seen as a critical business driver for recovery – into high gear and are on the path to accomplish in a few months what would normally have taken years.

Additionally, the Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Index (DT Index), updated biennially, indicates organisations are not slowing down even during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Dell Technologies DT Index 2020 : Key Findings

The Dell Technology DT Index 2020 results found that:

  • Eight in 10 organisations have fast-tracked some digital transformation programmes
  • 79 percent of global organisations (86 percent of APJ organisations) are re-inventing business model
  • Overall digital transformation curves for both global and APJ region are moving up the digital maturity scale

That said, organisations globally and in APJ still face barriers in their journey to digital transformation success. The top 3 are:

  1. Data privacy and cybersecurity concerns
  2. Lack of budget and resources
  3. Unable to extract insights from data and/or information overload

The findings form Digital Transformation Index 2020 provides evidences to propel organisations in the data era despite the challenging climate brought on by the pandemic. By recognising the transformation barriers and investing in the right opportunities, organisations can act immediately to drive new ideas, concepts and solutions to maintain or accelerate growth.” – KT Ong, Country Manager – Malaysia, Dell Technologies.

 

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Fact Check : Malaysian Airline System (MAS) In Liquidation?

KPMG today shook the Internet when they announced that Malaysian Airline System Berhad (MAS) was in liquidation!

Find out what happened, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Malaysian Airline System In Liquidation?

KPMG today shook the Internet when they announced that Malaysian Airline System Berhad (MAS) was in liquidation!

NOTICE TO ALL CREDITORS

IN THE MATTER OF COMPANIES ACT 2016
AND
IN THE MATTER OF
MALAYSIAN AIRLINE SYSTEM BERHAD
– IN LIQUIDATION
Registration No :197101000245 (10601-W)
(In Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation since 14 February 2020)

NOTICE OF SUBMISSION OF PROOF OF DEBT OR CLAIM

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT creditors of the Company, whose debts or claims have not already bee admitted, are required not later than 5:00 p.m. on 12 November 2020, to prove their debts or claims and to establish any title they may have to priority by delivering by hand or sending by post to the Liquidator at the address below, a formal PROOF OF DEBT or claim in accordance with the Proof of Debt General Form (which may be obtained from the Liquidator) containing their respective debts or claims and all documents.

 

Malaysian Airline System (MAS), Not Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB)

The liquidation of Malaysian Airline System (MAS) is genuine, and so is the KPMG notice to creditors.

However, Malaysian Airline System (MAS) is an old, defunct entity, and is separate from Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) which owns Malaysia Airlines.

In other words, Malaysia Airlines – the national carrier of Malaysia – is NOT being liquidated by KPMG.

Malaysia Airlines Berhad today issued this statement :

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) wishes to clarify that the notice to creditors for submission of proof of debt or claim that has been circulating on social media is one of the processes of liquidation undertaken by KPMG for the old entity Malaysian Airline System Berhad (MAS), as the appointed liquidator of the company since February 2020. The matter is unrelated to MAB and is no way part of its current restructuring exercise.”

 

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VMware vSphere 7 Now Supports AMD SEV-ES Encryption!

VMware just announced that vSphere 7 Update 1 will add support for AMD SEV-ES encryption!

Find out what this means for enterprise security, and the future of AMD EPYC processors!

 

AMD SEV-ES Encryption : What Is It?

SEV-ES, short for Secure Encrypted Virtualization-Encrypted State, is a hardware-accelerated encryption capability in AMD EPYC processors.

Leveraging both the AMD Secure Processor and the AES-128 encryption engine built into every AMD EPYC processor, SEV-ES encrypts all CPU register contents when a virtual machine stops running.

This prevents the leakage of information from the CPU registers to components like the hypervisor. It can even detect malicious modifications to a CPU register state.

 

VMware vSphere 7 Now Supports AMD SEV-ES Encryption!

VMware vSphere 7 Update 1 adds support for both AMD SEV-ES and AMD EPYC processors.

The AMD Secure Processor in the first-generation EPYC processors can handle up to 15 encryption keys.

That increases to more than 500 encryption keys with the second-generation EPYC processors.

ESXi has many layers of isolation within its virtualised infrastructure, but all of that is implemented in software. They still require a level of trust in the hardware, which is where AMD SEV-ES comes in.

A guest operating system that supports SEV can ask the AMD Secure Processor to issue it an encryption key, for full in-memory, in-hardware encryption.

SEV-ES extends that protection to CPU registers, so that the data inside the CPU itself is encrypted. This protects the data from being read or modified when the virtual machine stops running.

Even a compromised hypervisor that accesses the register data cannot make use of it, because it is now encrypted.

Needless to say, adding support for AMD SEV-ES in vSphere 7 will spur the uptake of AMD EPYC processors in the datacenter.

 

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Hitachi Vantara : 2020 HCI Portfolio Updates Revealed!

Hitachi Vantara just unveiled their 2020 HCI (Hyperconverged Infrastructure) portfolio, with updates to the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP). Here are the details…

 

Hitachi Vantara : 2020 HCI Portfolio Updates

Hitachi Vantara today unveiled their 2020 HCI (Hyperconverged Infrastructure) portfolio, featuring updates to Hitachi UCP HC and Hitachi UCP RS.

  • Faster provisioning with new Hitachi UCP Advisor
  • Certified support for SAP HANA workloads
  • New Intel Cascade Lake Xenon Refresh processors for increased performance
  • Enhanced lifecycle management capabilities for non-disruptive upgrades

The updated 2020 Hitachi Vantara HCI solutions unify cloud infrastructure management with interoperability across their customer’s environments, whether they are using traditional storage, HCI-powered hybrid clouds or public clouds.

These new HCI offerings include a scalable and simplified foundation for hybrid clouds, allowing customers to rapidly scale-out, when increased datacenter resources are required.

Unified Cloud Management

Customers have the flexibility to build a cloud infrastructure with seamless workload and data mobility across on-premises and public cloud environments.

Hitachi UCP Advisor accelerates provisioning up to 80% faster compared to previous HCI management tools and reduces management complexity across the environment.

Scalable Performance

Greater performance, scale and density support IT departments’ ability to rapidly scale data center resources for business-critical applications and lower operational overhead for better TCO.

The updated HCI platforms provide certified support for SAP HANA workloads on HCI. Intel Cascade Lake Refresh Xeon processors increase performance for workload consolidation while avoiding resource contention issues.

Hitachi HCI solutions help reduce CapEx and OpEx overhead with advanced automation and data efficiency technologies.

Simplified Consumption

Everflex from Hitachi Vantara provides simple, elastic and comprehensive acquisition choices for the entire Hitachi Vantara portfolio, including the UCP Family, with consumption-based pricing models that align IT spend with business use and help lower costs by up to 20% with pay-as-you-go pricing.

Customers can also accelerate time to production with pre-validated and optimized bundles and starter packs, including solutions enabling remote work.

 

2020 Hitachi Vantara HCI Portfolio : Availability

The 2020 Hitachi Unified Compute Platform HC and Hitachi Unified Compute Platform RS are available from Hitachi Vantara and their global network of business partners, with immediate effect.

 

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HUAWEI 5G Aces GSMA NESAS Security Audit : The Impact?

In a bit of good news after months of bad news, HUAWEI announced that their 5G wireless and core network equipment passed the GSMA NESAS cybersecurity audit!

While that is great news for them, what exactly is the impact on the deployment of HUAWEI 5G equipment globally?

 

HUAWEI 5G Passes GSMA Network Security Assurance Audit!

In a bit of good news after months of bad news, HUAWEI announced that their 5G wireless and core network equipment passed the GSMA Network Equipment Security Assurance Scheme (NESAS) audit!

  • 5G RAN gNodeB
  • 5G Core UDG, UDM, UNC, UPCF
  • LTE eNodeB

Here is a summary of the twenty NESAS assessment categories and the compliance levels of the HUAWEI 5G equipment that were tested :

Prior to passing the GSMA NESAS audit, these HUAWEI 5G equipment also passed the 5G cybersecurity test by China’s IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group, using test specifications based on 3GPP International standards for 5G security assurance.

 

HUAWEI 5G Faces Political, Not Technical, Pressures

Passing the GSMA NESAS audit will help assuage the cybersecurity concerns of nations planning, or already implementing HUAWEI 5G network equipment.

However, HUAWEI faces political, not technical, pressures with their 5G network equipment.

The 100% compliance score in the NESAS audit will not change minds in the US, and their Five Eyes partners are unlikely to consider HUAWEI 5G equipment.

That said, passing this audit will nevertheless strengthen HUAWEI’s shield against claims that their 5G equipment pose much greater cybersecurity risks than competing platforms.

It will help them win additional contracts in smaller countries whose concerns are far less about cybersecurity and privacy, and more with costs.

 

GSMA Network Security Assurance Scheme (NESAS)

The GSMA Network Equipment Security Assurance Scheme (NESAS) audit is a standardised cybersecurity assessment mechanism, jointly defined by GSMA (GSM Association) and 3GPP, together with regulators, industry partners, major global operators, and vendors.

This is a voluntary program which network equipment vendors can subject their product development and lifecycle processes to a comprehensive and independent security audit.

The GSMA NESAS covers 20 assessment categories, defining security requirements with an assessment framework for 5G product development and product lifecycle processes. It also uses security test cases by 3GPP to assess the security of network equipment.

 

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