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Where + How To Renew Driving Licence In Malaysia!

Where + How To Renew Driving Licence In Malaysia!

Find out where and how you to renew your driving licence in Malaysia!

 

Why You Need To Renew Your Driving Licence ASAP

The Road Transport Department (JPJ) has discovered that hundreds of thousands of people are driving with expired licences.

They recently reminded motorists that the moratorium on expired driving licences will end on 30 June 2022.

Right now, those that JPJ caught were “only” been slapped with a fine. But after 30 June 2022, they will be issued with a summon and their licences may be revoked.

These are the four categories of expired licences that may be revoked, if they are not renewed in time :

  • Learner’s Driving Licence (LDL) : Up to 2 years
  • Probational Driving Licence (PDL) : More than 1 year
  • Competent Driving Licence (CDL) : More than 3 years
  • Public Service Vehicle / Goods Driving Licence (PSV / GDL) : More than 3 years

If your licence is revoked, you will need to undergo the full process to re-qualify and obtain a new licence.

Recommended : JPJ : Renew Driving Licence Or Retake Full Driving Test!

 

Fine For Driving Without A Valid Licence In Malaysia

If you are caught driving without a valid licence, you will be fined based on how long your licence has expired.

How Long Your Licence Has Expired Delivery Fee
1-15 Days RM 150
16-30 Days RM 200
31-60 Days RM 300

But as noted earlier, if you do not renew your licence for more than 3 years, you will not only be fined, you will be required to take the driving exam again.

Even worse, you will have to submit an eRayuan letter to obtain a learner’s licence (LDL) which costs RM30, and after passing the exam, you be issued a probationary licence (PDL) for 2 years.

 

How To Check Your Licence Expiry Date In Malaysia

Did you know you can check your driving licence expiry date, even if you are overseas? Here is what you need to do :

  1. Go to the official JPJ Licence Expiry Date enquiry page.
  2. Select your identification type
    – Temporary Resident (MYKAS)
    – Permanent Resident (PTM)
    – Malaysian Public (MYKAD)
    – Police (POL)
    – Military (TEN)
    – Non Malaysia (LLN)
  3. Key in your Identification Number (without dash)
  4. Key in the CAPTCHA security code – the 4-digit number in the image.
  5. Click Search.

You should get a report like this, which shows you when your driving licence was last renewed, and when it will expire.

 

Where To Renew Driving Licence In Malaysia

You can renew your driving licence in person, or online, depending on the licence type.

For in-person renewal, you can even get a representative (a friend, relative or runner) to renew it for you.

JPJ Licence Type Expiry Where To Renew
Learner’s Driving Licence (LDL) Up to 2 years JPJ
Pos Malaysia
Probational Driving Licence (PDL) Over 1 Year JPJ
Competent Driving Licence (CDL) Over 3 Years JPJ
MyEG
Pos Malaysia
Public Service Vehicle (PSV) /
Goods Driving Licence (GDL)
Over 3 Years JPJ

In Person Renewal Options

  1. Pos Malaysia post offices
    – this is where I prefer to renew my driving licence
    – post offices located within shopping malls are open on weekends, which makes them super convenient
    – unless there is a queue, you can get your licence renewed within 15 minutes
  2. JPJ state and branch offices
  3. Urban Transformation Centres, where you will find a JPJ branch
    – UTC Kuala Lumpur
    – UTC Sentul, Kuala Lumpur
    – UTC Keramat, Kuala Lumpur
    – UTC Kedah
    – UTC Sungai Petani, Kedah
    – UTC Perak
    – UTC Melaka
    – UTC Johor
    – UTC Pahang
    – UTC Terengganu
    – UTC Kuching, Sarawak
    – UTC Sibu, Sarawak
    – UTC Miri, Sarawak
    – UTC Sabah
    – UTB Tawau, Sabah

Online Renewal Option

Currently, the only online renewal option is MyEG. While convenient, just be aware that :

  • they can only renew the Competent Driving Licence (CDL)
  • you will need to submit a photo (with a white background)
  • they will charge a fee for delivery of the new driving licence
  • you won’t get your driving licence immediately
Area Fee Max. Delivery Time
Klang Valley RM 6 2 working days
Peninsular Malaysia RM 8 Towns : 2-3 working days
Rural : 5 working days
Sabah + Sarawak RM 10 5 working days

 

What You Need To Renew Driving Licence

Competent Driving Licence (CDL)

Renewal Options : 1 Year, 2 Years, 3 Years, 4 Years, 5 Years
Fee :

  • RM 2 per year for Class A or A1
  • RM 20 per year for Class B, B2 and C
  • RM 30 per year for Class D and above

Required Documents

  1. Original MyKad / passport, or copies if renewal is undertaken by representatives
  2. Original MyKad / passport of representatives, if necessary
  3. Original / copy of driving licence
  4. 1 colour photo (white background) with dimensions of 25 mm x 32 mm
    If you are applying in JPJ offices, you can take the picture at the counter, or use the picture embedded in your MyKad

Vocational Driving Licence (PSV / GDL)

Renewal Option : Only 1 Year
Fee : RM 20 per year
Required Documents

  1. Original MyKad / passport, or copies if renewal is undertaken by representatives
  2. Original MyKad / passport of representatives, if necessary
  3. Original / copy of driving licence
  4. Certification from medical officer (JPJL8 Form)
  5. 1 colour photo (white background) with dimensions of 25 mm x 32 mm
    If you are applying in JPJ offices, you can take the picture at the counter, or use the picture embedded in your MyKad.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Performance Review!

Take a look at the performance of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, and find out how well this ultra-premium tablet performs!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Flagship Class Performance!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra runs on the most powerful mobile SoC available for Android devices – the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Fabricated on the latest 4nm Samsung process technology, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 boasts a powerful Adreno 730 GPU as well as eight processor cores in a triple-tier architecture :

  • a Cortex-X2 prime core running at up to 3 GHz,
  • three sustained-performance Cortex-A710 cores running at up to 2.5 GHz, and
  • four energy-efficient Cortex-A510 cores running at 1.8 GHz.

On paper, this is about as powerful as it gets in 2022, but let’s take a look at how it actually performs!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Work Performance

We first tested the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 3.0 Galaxy
Z Flip 3
Galaxy
S22 Ultra
Galaxy Tab
S8 Ultra
Galaxy
Tab S7+
Galaxy Tab
S7 FE
Mobile Platform SD 888 SD 8 Gen 1 SD 8
Gen 1
SD 865+ SD
778G
Performance Score 13317 12860 12351 12348 9747
Web Browsing 11637 10442 9696 11864 7355
Video Editing 7762 7444 6194 7664 6028
Writing 15316 15471 14411 12659 10512
Photo Editing 25357 30177 31774 26230 22188
Data Manipulation 11938 9691 10449 9511 8505

Surprisingly, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Get 1 was slightly slower than the Snapdragon 888 used by the Galaxy Z Flip 3, but the difference was just 7%, which means you won’t actually notice the difference.

For certainly, it will easily handle anything you throw at it, whether it’s just posting your latest Instagram pictures or editing a 4K video.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Gaming Performance

For gaming, we tested the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra using 3DMark, with these results :

3DMark Galaxy
Tab
S8 Ultra
Galaxy
S22 Ultra
Galaxy
Z Flip 3
Galaxy
Tab S7+
Galaxy
Tab S7 FE
Device SD 8
Gen 1
SD 8 Gen 1 SD 888 SD 865+ SD 778G
Sling Shot Unlimited 10728 11094 9248 8793 6688
Wild Life Unlimited 9838 9106 3952
Wild Life
Extreme
Unlimited
2221 2220 1174

Look at that! The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 was a head above the competition when it comes to gaming!

It was 16% to 150% faster than the Snapdragon 888, and 22% faster than the Snadragon 865+!

For certain, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will crush any game you throw at it.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Overall Performance

We then tested the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra using AnTuTu, yielding these results :

AnTuTu Galaxy Tab
S8 Ultra
Galaxy
S22 Ultra
Galaxy
Z Flip 3
Galaxy
Tab S7+
Galaxy
Tab S7 FE
Device SD 8 Gen 1 SD 8 Gen 1 SD 888 SD 865+ SD 778G
AnTuTu Score 950630 889167 696767 577726 508008
CPU 213689 203090 206228 161243 157465
GPU 417669 402617 242573 230859 155115
Memory 161903 146002 133586 98269 79972
UX 157369 137458 114380 87355 115456

The AnTuTu benchmark confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is a veritable beast of a performer, beating even the very fast Galaxy Z Flip 3 by 36%.

Its GPU performance was, in particular, spectacular, delivering 72% better performance than the Galaxy Z Flip 3, and 81% better performance than the Galaxy Tab S7+!

Interestingly, it was 7% faster than the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which uses the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. This is likely due to better cooling – its temperature only increased by 0.3°C, whereas the S22 Ultra’s temperature spiked by over 10°C!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Performance Summary

The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra was meant to be the ultimate Samsung tablet for 2022, and it does not disappoint.

Built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 – the fastest mobile SoC that exists for Android devices – it offers a tremendous boost in GPU performance, which should make gamers and mobile content creators happy.

The benchmark results amply demonstrates, you can count on the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra to easily handle anything and everything you throw at it.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Price + Availability

Samsung is offering the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra in five RAM + storage capacity options globally :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB
  • 12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
  • 16 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB

But over here in Malaysia, it is available with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage for RM 5,899 (about US$1,387 / £1,063 / A$1,877 / S$1,892.

Here are some online pre-order options :

 

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How To Renew Malaysian Passport Online : Latest Guide!

Find out how to renew your Malaysian passport online through the MyOnline Passport service!

 

You Must Renew Your Malaysian Passport Online!

MyOnline Passport is a service by the Immigration Department of Malaysia, which allows you to renew your Malaysian passports online.

Ever since international borders reopened, there has been a massive backlog of people renewing their passports.

On 11 May 2022, the Immigration Department stopped allowing most people to walk-in for their passport renewal. Except for a selected group of people, everyone else must renew their passports online.

Read more : Most People Cannot Walk-In To Renew Malaysia Passport!

 

How To Renew Your Malaysian Passport Online!

The MyOnline Passport service was originally designed by the Immigration Department of Malaysia as a convenient, online way for people to renew their Malaysian international passports.

However, it is now the only way to renew your Malaysian passport for most people, from 11 May 2022 onwards. Here is what you need to know about the process.

Only For International Passport Renewals

The first thing you must be aware is that MyOnline Passport can only be used to renew existing international passports issued by the Immigration Department of Malaysia.

You cannot use it to apply for a new passport, or to replace a stolen or damaged passport. You also cannot use it to renew special or restricted passports.

To apply for a new passport, or to replace a stolen / damaged passport, or renew special or restricted passports, you must walk-in.

Children who are less than 13 years old, special needs individuals, and those performing the Haj, must also walk-in to renew their passports.

Who Can Apply For Online Passport Renewal?

The MyOnline Passport service is only open to applicants 13 years and older, with existing Malaysian e-passports (passport with microchip).

Underaged applicants (13-18 years old) must have the consent of their parent(s) / legal guardian(s) to apply online, and the parent(s) / legal guardian(s) must be present during the collection of passport.

Can Overseas Citizens Use MyOnline Passport?

This service is also open to Malaysian citizens living overseas, with collection centres in these countries :

  • Australia : Canberra, Melbourne, Perth
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia : Jakarta
  • Singapore
  • United Kingdom : London
  • United States : New York

It Now Takes 3 Working Days To Renew Passport!

Originally…

If you submit the online application before 3 PM on a working day, you will be able to collect the new passport on the same day.

If you submit the online application after 3 PM on a working day, or anytime during a holiday, you can collect the new passport after 10 AM on the following working day.

Now

However, due to the massive demand, the Immigration Department announced that you will get an email notification within 3 working days if your online renewal has been approved.

If you do not receive the notification after 3 working days, you may walk into the selected collection centre.

Where Do You Collect The Passport?

Applicants can collect their renewed passports from a Passport Recipient and Issuance Office of their choice, from a list in the system.

The collection date and time will be provided, depending on the date and time the application was submitted.

How Much Does It Cost?

The MyOnline Passport service is free. You only need to pay for the standard Malaysian international passport renewal fees :

  • 13 to 59 Years Old : RM200
  • Above 60 Years Old : RM100

Payment must be made via a credit card or debit card / direct debit (FPX) on the website.

Read more : Please DO NOT Walk-In To Renew Your Malaysian Passport!

Please Check Blacklist Before Applying!

Every online passport renewal application will be vetted against the Immigration Department’s blacklist.

So please check if you are on the Immigration Department’s blacklist before you even apply.

  1. Go to the Immigration Control Status Checking page.
  2. Key in your 12-digit MyKad identity card number (without dash).
  3. Click on the Check button.

If you get the green No restriction result, then you may apply to renew your passport online.

What Is Required To Submit An Application?

Here is what you need to have, before applying for online renewal of your Malaysian international passport.

  • an existing Malaysia e-passport (passport with microchip) that is not defaced or water-damaged
  • a digital passport-sized photo with these specifications :
    a) background must be white, and without shadows (coloured backgrounds will not be accepted)
    b) applicants must wear dark clothing that cover the shoulders and chest.
    c) applicants who wear a scarf or hijab must wear dark-coloured scarf / hijab, and it must not cover the face.
    d) uploaded photo must have been taken at a professional photo studio, in the format provided by the photo studio. Polaroid photos will not be accepted.
    e) applications that do not meet these specifications will be put on-hold, resulting in delayed issuance and collection.
    f) you may have your passport photo taken at the Passport Recipient and Issuance Office you selected to collect your passport, if your passport photo does not meet the required specifications
  • a valid credit card / debit card / online bank account to make the required payment

In addition, you must be sure that :

  • you are able to physically collect the new passport in-person (a representative may not collect for you)
  • for underaged applicants : both applicant and parent(s) / legal guardian(s) must be present to collect the new passport

Passport Photo Specifications

Here are the latest specifications for online submission of passport photos :

  • Background must be white and without shadows. Coloured backgrounds will not be accepted.
  • Applicants are required to wear dark clothing that cover the shoulders and chest.
  • Applicants may wear dark-coloured scarfs or hijabs but they must not cover the face.
  • You must take the photo at a professional photo studio, and upload the soft copy in the format provided by the photo studio. Polaroid pictures will not be accepted.

If the photo you upload do not meet the specifications, your application will be put on-hold, and you will be asked to resubmit the photo, or get one taken at a passport office.

What Is Required To Collect Passport?

Finally, when it’s time to collect your renewed passport, please make sure you bring :

  • your MyKad identification card
  • your existing Malaysian international passport
  • the payment receipt issued by the system
  • for underaged applicants : your parent(s) / legal guardian(s) must bring your Birth Certificate

You cannot send a representative to collect your passport. If you fail to bring the necessary documents, or collect your passport in person, the renewed passport will not be released.

Underage applicants must be accompanied by their parent(s) / legal guardian(s), or their renewed passport will not be released.

How Do You Start The Process?

You can start the process on this MyOnline Passport page.

You may make multiple passport renewals, but you must submit one application per person.

Please avoid registering from 10:55 PM to 12:30 AM, because that’s when the system undergoes daily maintenance and no payment can be processed during that time.

If You Get An Error Message…

If you get an error message while making payment, please contact your bank for further instructions.

If your photo was rejected, you can upload a new photo, or have your passport photo taken at the Passport Recipient and Issuance Office you selected to collect your passport.

If you get this error message – “Kindly contact the Immigration Department of Malaysia”, it means your online application was unsuccessful for one of these reasons :

  • The file containing your fingerprint was damaged or deleted. You will be required to go to the passport office to have your fingerprint taken again, to avoid problems at the airport arrival / departure gates.
  • Your application does not meet with the specifications listed on MyOnline Passport.
  • The information provided was inaccurate, and/or contradicts the information in the Immigration Department system.

How To Resubmit Photo / Supporting Documents

If you need to resubmit your photo or supporting documents, please use these links :

How To Check Application Status

Please use this link to check your passport renewal status.

 

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Please DO NOT Walk-In To Renew Your Malaysian Passport!

If you are planning to renew your international passport, please DO NOT just walk into a passport office!

You will most likely be rejected, because most applicants are NO LONGER allowed to walk in!

 

Warning : Most People CANNOT Walk In To Renew Passport!

Ever since Malaysia announced the reopening of the international borders, everyone has been rushing to renew their passports.

Initially, passport renewals required prior appointments, but that was abandoned after appointments stretched to August and beyond.

People were allowed to walk in, but that led to a massive surge of people queuing for hours at Immigration offices. So the government announced two major measures, from 11 May 2022 onwards :

Extended Operating Hours

The Immigration Department announced extended operating hours to cope with the demand :

  • Until 10 PM : Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, and Melaka
  • Until 10 PM : All UTC (Urban Transformation Centre) outlets in peninsular Malaysia
  • Until 6 PM : Penang, Kedah, Perak, Kelantan, Pahang, Terengganu, and Perlis
  • 8 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturday : All passport offices in peninsular Malaysia (from 14 May onwards)

Walk-In Limited To Certain Groups

They also announced that only certain groups will be allowed to walk-in to renew their passports :

  • People applying for a new passport
  • Senior citizens (60 years and older)
  • Special needs individuals (must bring Social Welfare Department registration card)
  • Children who are less than 13 years old
  • People planning to perform the Haj (must bring the Tabung Haji offer letter)
  • Students (less than 21 years old) planning to study overseas
  • People who lost their passports (will require a police report)
  • People with damaged passports

Everyone else will have to renew their passports online!

Read more : How To Renew Your Malaysian Passport Online!

 

Should You Walk In To Renew Your Passport?

Since I first published this article, I spoke to other people who tried to walk in and renew passports, only to be turned away.

Based on my own experience (see below), I can attest that the Immigration officers are dead serious about turning people away.

If you are not in the list of people permitted to renew passports on-the-spot, please don’t waste your time. You will only waste your time queuing up, only to be rejected. Try to renew your passport online instead.

Recently, a video clip went viral, showing a security guard demanding that reporters leave the crowded Pudu UTC passport centre. While such aggression is uncalled for, it shows the amount of pressure and tension surrounding this issue.

Every day, hundreds of people queue up at passport centres for hours, posing a real risk as social distancing is completely impossible. Most will be turned away.

If you are renewing a child’s passport or applying for a new one, the unwritten rule is that they will allow one parent to renew his/her passport as well. But this is not a guarantee. It is at the officer’s discretion, and subject to the number of walk-in slots they have left.

Even if you qualify for on-the-spot passport renewal, you should be aware that every passport office will give out a limited number of slots per day. Once those slots are filled, everyone else will be asked to go home.

So make sure you go early in the morning. Preferably you should arrive 30-60 minutes before the passport office opens. Some told me that they queued up as early as 6:30 AM in the morning!

Preferably you should try to go on weekdays, as parents with school-going children have no choice but to go on weekends.

I would also recommend you go to smaller passport offices, especially in UTCs or those located in covered buildings. Imagine if you have to wait in the hot sun for hours!

 

How I Managed To Walk In To Renew My Passport!

Now, let me share with you my recent experience of walking into the Sentul Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) passport office to renew my passport.

We had earlier planned to renew our passports at the Sentul UTC, where there was no need to queue (pre-pandemic), so I was able to go in and come out with a brand new passport within an hour!

We went to the Sentul UTC early on a Saturday morning – arriving 40 minutes before they opened at 8 AM. By then, there was already a long queue of at least 50 people in front of us!

Some eventually left after reading the notice on the door, which stated that only certain groups would be allowed to walk-in to renew passports.

Expect to spend several hours, so please bring some water and food to eat and drink while you wait. Please note that you are not allowed to eat inside the passport office.

The Immigration office opened at 8 AM sharp, and people started filing in. Within minutes, we could see some people leaving, looking dejected.

As we got closer to the counter, we could see the Immigration officer rejecting some applicants, and giving others their queue numbers. It was a very stressful experience for everyone queuing up because no one knows if they would be rejected or allowed to proceed.

By the time we got to the counter, it was already 8:45 AM. The officer asked us why we were not renewing our passports online. Fortunately, my passport was water damaged, and our son was less than 13 years old.

My wife though did not have a valid reason, but it appears that they will allow one parent accompanying a child to renew his/her passport too, so she was allowed to renew hers as well.

Again, I need to stress – this is at the officer’s discretion, and subject to the number of available slots. So it pays to be polite and early.

The Immigration officer then checked our documents. If you don’t have the required documents, you will also be rejected. So please make sure you have these documents ready :

  • Original passport
  • Original MyKad. A photocopy is required if you are applying for a new passport.
  • Original birth certificate for children who are less than 18 years old
    Please note that they will not accept MyKid
    A photocopy is also required, if your child are applying for a new passport
  • Those performing the Haj must bring the Tabung Haji offer letter.
  • Special needs individuals must bring their Social Welfare Department registration card.
  • Students who are less than 21 years old must bring their overseas university / college offer letter or a similar document

As we waited for our numbers to be called, we watched many people get rejected at the counter. There were easily 300 people queuing up at this small passport office that morning – most were asked to renew their passports online.

At about 9:15 AM – just half an hour after we got our queue numbers – they announced that all of the walk-in slots had been taken up, and asked everyone still queuing up to go home.

For those who were lucky enough to get a queue ticket, the rest of the process was pretty similar to what it was pre-pandemic :

  1. When your number is called, you head to the allocated counter to submit your documents.
  2. The officer will verify your identity using your MyKad and a fingerprint scanner.
  3. The officer will then take your passport photo on the spot.
    This is FREE of charge, which is awesome! Just sure you wear dark clothes.
  4. You will be asked to check your details on the application form, sign it and authenticate it with your fingerprint.
  5. Your application will then be vetted by an officer at the back, against the Immigration Department’s blacklist.
    So please check your Immigration Control Status before you apply for your passport renewal!
  6. Once your passport renewal application has been approved, you will be asked to make payment :
    – Individuals 13-59 years old : RM 200
    – Senior citizen (60 years and above) : RM 100
    – Individuals performing the Haj : RM 100
    – Special needs individuals : Free
    Please note that they will only accept payment by credit card or debit card. Cash is NOT accepted.
  7. After payment, you should receive your passport within one hour.

All in – it took us about 4.5 hours to renew our passports at the Sentul UTC passport office. This is fast, considering the crowd we saw.

An officer I spoke to said that their small passport office was processing about 400 passports a day, while the larger passport offices were doing at least 1,000 passports a day.

About a hundred that day were reserved for walk-ins, while the rest were for online applications – they still have to drop in to submit their old passports and verify their identities before collecting their new passports.

I hope my experience helps give you an idea of the current passport renewal process, if you are allowed to renew on-the-spot at a passport office.

 

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How To Setup Your Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Tablet!

In this guide, we will show you how to setup your new Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra for the first time!

 

How To Setup Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : A Video Guide!

We have the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tablet with us, and soon you will get yours too.

Let us show you how to setup the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra for the first time, as a new device!

The process is very easy as our video shows, so you will be able to enjoy using it within minutes!

 

How To Setup Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Step-By-Step Instructions

It is very easy to setup the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra as a new device.

This should take no more than 10 minutes, will be much longer if you are transferring data from an older tablet.

  1. Press the Power button to start up your Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tablet.
    It will take 23 seconds to boot up for the first time.
  2. Click Start to begin the setup process.
  3. The first thing you need to do is select a language.
  4. Next, you will need to select your country or region.
  5. Then, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra will reboot – a process that takes about 32 seconds.
  6. After it boots up again, you will be asked to agree to the EULA (End User Licence Agreement) and the Privacy Policy.
    You can skip sending Samsung your Diagnostic Data.
  7. In the next screen, you will have the opportunity to turn off certain Samsung apps and services.
    These are all key features that will greatly impact your use of the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, so I recommend that you leave them all enabled.
  8. Next, you will be allowed to log into your Wi-Fi network for Internet connectivity.
    Select your Wi-Fi network and key in the password to connect.
  9. Once your Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra connects to the Wi-Fi network, it will automatically look for updates, and prepare the device.
    It can take a few minutes to finish, so don’t fret.
  10. Next, you will be given the option to transfer apps and data from your old tablet.
    This is a long process, which you can do now, or do it later after setting up the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.
    To do it later, or set it up as a new device, simply click on Don’t copy.
  11. Now you will be asked to log into your Google Account, or create a new one.
    To skip for now and do it after setting up the tablet, click on Skip.
    But you will lose access to certain Google services until you log in.
  12. Next, you will be given the option of disabling certain Google services.
    Generally, I would recommend leaving them enabled, except sending Google your usage and diagnostic data.
  13. Now you will be asked to protect your Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra by selecting a preferred login method – Face recognition, Fingerprint, Pattern, PIN or Password.
  14. If you select the Face Recognition or Fingerprint option, you will need to select a secure screen lock method using Pattern, PIN or Password.
  15. Next, you will need to go through the Face Recognition / Fingerprint training process
  16. After that, you will be asked to log into your Samsung account, or create a new one.
    To skip for now and do it after setting up the tablet, click on Skip.
    But you will lose access to certain Samsung services until you log in.

That’s it! You have successfully setup the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra as a new device! Enjoy!

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra : Price + Availability

Samsung is offering the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra in five RAM + storage capacity options globally :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB
  • 12 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB
  • 16 GB + 256 GB / 512 GB

But over here in Malaysia, it is available with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage for RM 5,899 (about US$1,387 / £1,063 / A$1,877 / S$1,892.

Here are some online pre-order options :

 

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EU Air Travel : Face Mask + Physical Distancing Not Required!

You will not longer be required to wear a face mask, or physically distance, during air travel to and from EU countries!

Here is what you need to know…

 

EU Air Travel : Face Mask + Physical Distancing Not Required!

On 11 May 2022, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) issued a joint statement, dropping their recommendation for the mandatory wearing of a face mask as well as physical distancing in airports and on flights.

From Monday, 16 May 2022 onwards, you will no longer be required to wear a face mask at airports, or onboard a flight across the European Union.

However, travellers with respiratory symptoms (coughing or sneezing) are strongly recommended to wear a face mask.

Airports are also no longer required to strictly implement physical distancing. Rather, they should adopt “a pragmatic approach”, and avoid imposing distancing requirements if they “will likely lead to a bottleneck”.

Airport operators are also not required to impose physical distancing if they are “not required at national or regional level”.

That said, they are still asking airport operators to encourage physical distancing where possible, particularly in the meet and greet areas and around baggage carousels.

 

Face Mask + Physical Distancing Not Required In EU, But Still Recommended!

While the EU will no longer require you to wear a face mask, or impose strict physical distancing during air travel, they are both still highly recommended to prevent COVID-19.

Here are selected excerpts from the latest EASA and ECDC guidelines (PDF) for air travel in the European Union :

Medical Face Masks

Medical face masks (hereafter referred to also as ‘face masks’) are among the most efficient means to prevent the transmission of SARS-COV-2 including existing VOCs. As such, the wearing of masks should be considered in crowded indoor and outdoor settings, including air travel.

If the departure or destination States require wearing of face masks in public transport, aircraft operators should require passengers and crew to wear a face mask beyond 16 May 2022.

In other cases, starting 16 May 2022, aircraft and aerodrome operators should continue to encourage passengers and crew members, as part of their pre-flight communications as well as during travel through signage and announcements, to wear a face mask during flight as well as in the airport as a way to protect themselves and others and that they should respect others’ decision to wear or to not wear a mask.

In their communication, operators should highlight that people at high risk for severe COVID-19 are advised to wear an FFP2 respirator mask during the flight for their own protection. Experimental studies indicate that respirators are more effective than medical face masks both in limiting the release of infectious respiratory droplets when worn by the infectious source and in limiting the exposure when worn by the exposed person. 

People with respiratory symptoms (coughing or sneezing) are strongly recommended to wear a medical face mask irrespective of the requirements on that particular flight. 

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing, alongside the proper wearing of face masks, has proven among the most effective non-pharmaceutical interventions to prevent SARS-CoV-2 (including VOCs) transmission. Physical distancing should be encouraged in all airport areas, the arrival terminal (with a particular focus for the meet and greet area) and around the baggage carousels. Signage and communication material should continue to encourage physical distancing where possible. 

However, implementation experience has shown that in some cases, strict physical distancing measures in the aviation environment (airport and aircraft) is not operationally feasible and creates additional unintended bottlenecks in other areas, increasing the exposure times and leading to operational delays touching the flight time limitation requirements and, consequently, flight safety. Physical distancing could therefore be added to the use of face masks where operationally feasible and where it does not result in additional crowding in other areas. If physical distancing measures cannot be implemented, the use of face masks should be encouraged for passengers. 

PPE For Airline / Airport Crew + Staff

Airport operators, aircraft operators and service providers/suppliers should provide the necessary PPE to their staff members and ensure that they are trained in its appropriate use: 

— Staff members who interact with passengers directly (e.g. cabin crew members, security check agents, assistants for passengers with reduced mobility, cleaning staff, etc.) should be encouraged to properly wear a medical face mask or, where available and the legal framework permits, a higher-standard face mask (e.g. FFP2/N95/KN95 respirators). 

— Staff should be encouraged to practise respiratory hygiene at all times as well as frequent hand hygiene, either via appropriate hand-washing or by applying an alcohol-based hand disinfectant. The use of a protective gown or a one-use plastic apron can be considered for tasks that may expose staff to splashes. 

— Flight crew members should be encouraged to wear a face mask whenever interacting with, or in the proximity of, other people. Once they are in the flight compartment and the door is closed, flight crew members may remove their masks subject to their operator’s policy and mutual agreement. Furthermore, the flight’s crew members should remove their masks for emergency situations and whenever requested by appropriate authorities for official purposes such as identification or alcohol testing. 

— Aircraft operators should have on board one or more Universal Precaution Kits (UPKs. Such kits should be used by crew members who are assisting passengers with COVID-

 

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How To Fix Missing MySejahtera Vaccine Certificate!

Some people recently noticed that their MySejahtera vaccine certificate has gone missing… disappeared into the ether.

Find out what’s going on, and what you can do to fix the problem!

 

Missing MySejahtera Vaccine Certificate : What’s Going On?

Back in October 2021, the MySejahtera app introduced the ability to generate a PDF version of the digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate.

However, people started noticing that their vaccine certificate has gone missing in MySejahtera. It literally just disappeared.

There is also no option to generate a PDF copy, and of course, no longer the ability to download it.

Read more : How To Get PDF Of Vaccine Certificate In MySejahtera!

 

How To Fix Missing MySejahtera Vaccine Certificate?

The mystery of the missing MySejahtera vaccine certificate has confounded us for a long time.

We suggested that users try clearing the app cache, and reinstalling MySejahtera, but it didn’t work.

Finally, the MySejahtera team revealed that the vaccine certificate went missing for people who did not verify their account!

The solution is simple – you must verify your MySejahtera account, to get access to your missing vaccine certificate!

Below is our video guide on how to verify your MySejahtera account. Just follow the guide, and you will get your vaccine certificate back in MySejahtera.

For the step-by-step guide, please see our guide, How To Enable MySejahtera Verified Blue Tick!

 

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MySJ Trace Won’t Work With Bluetooth On? Here’s The Fix!

Did MySJ Trace stop working, even with Bluetooth enabled?

Find out what’s going on, and the solution to this problem!

 

MySJ Trace Won’t Work, Even With Bluetooth On!

Recently, you may have noticed that MySJ Trace stopped working, even with Bluetooth enabled!

You will be asked to setup MySJ Trace again, but clicking on the Allow button does nothing, and Bluetooth is listed as turned off, even when it is actually enabled.

 

Why MySJ Trace Won’t Work With Bluetooth On

Some people assumed / claimed that it was a bug in the new MySejahtera version that allowed 5-11 year-old children to be registered for COVID-19 vaccination.

That’s not really the case. It is really because you recently updated your smartphone to Android 12. For example, many Samsung users recently received the upgrade to One UI 4, which is based on Android 12.

Google has been introducing new privacy features in every iteration of Android, limiting the amount of data apps have access to.

In earlier versions of Android, the ability to scan for nearby Bluetooth or Wi-Fi devices was tied to the Location permission. That’s why the Android version of MySejahtera requires Location permission, while the iOS version does not.

This led to (false) accusations that contact tracing apps like MySejahtera were tracking people’s movements.

Read more : Why The Government Can’t Use MySJ Trace To Track You!

To fix that problem for good, Google added two new Bluetooth permissions to Android 12 – BLUETOOTH_SCAN and BLUETOOTH_CONNECT, that are separate from the Location permission.

These two new Bluetooth permissions allow your smartphone to detect Nearby devices without the need to enable Location.

Unfortunately, this Nearby devices permission is disabled by default, so when you upgrade to Android 12, MySejahtera automatically loses the ability to check for nearby devices.

 

How To Get MySJ Trace Working Again In Android 12

Here is what you need to do to get MySJ Trace working again with Android 12 devices:

Step 1 : Go to Settings > Apps > MySejahtera > Permissions.

Step 2 : Tap on the Nearby devices option under the list of Not allowed permissions.

Step 3 : Tap on the Allow option.

If you have already setup MySJ Trace earlier, it will now work without further action.

If you have not setup MySJ Trace, then you can read our guide on how to do that.

If you are worried about the government tracking you (fake news really), you can now disable the Location permission for MySejahtera.

Read more : How To Enable + Disable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera

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How To Add MySJ Vaccine Certificate To Apple Wallet + Health

Find out how to add your MySejahtera vaccine certificate to Apple Wallet and Apple Health!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Apple Wallet + Health Now Support MySJ Vaccine Certificate!

When Apple released iOS 15.4, it included support for the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC) in both Apple Wallet and Apple Health.

This allows you to store your EUDCC in Apple Wallet, and verifiable versions of your COVID-19 vaccinations, lab results and recovery records in Apple Health.

Happily, the EU officially accepted the MySejahtera digital COVID-19 certificate, connecting Malaysia to the EUDCC trust framework on 4 April 2022.

Now that’s done, you can add your MySejahtera vaccine certificate to both Apple Wallet and Apple Health!

Read more : EU Officially Accepts Malaysia Digital COVID Certificate!

 

How To Add MySJ Vaccine Certificate To Apple Wallet + Health!

In this video, we will show you how to add your MySejahtera vaccine certificate to both Apple Wallet and Apple Health.

Read more : How To Get PDF Of Vaccine Certificate In MySejahtera!

For those who prefer a pictorial guide, here are the steps :

Step 1 : Please make sure you update to iOS 15.4 or newer. We highly recommend upgrading to the latest iOS 15.4.1.

Step 2 : Open MySejahtera and look for the QR codes :
a) Go to MySejahtera > Profile
b) Scroll down to your digital COVID-19 certificate
c) Tap on the Show QR button
d) Take screenshots of the QR codes, or photos of them using another phone. Please make sure each screenshot or photo only has a single QR code.
You can also find these QR codes in the PDF version of your vaccine certificate.

Step 3 : You will now need to scan the QR codes. There are three ways to do it.

Option A : Use Camera App

Use this method if you took photos of the QR codes using a different phone, or you printed the QR codes.

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Aim the rear camera at one of the QR codes in your MySejahtera vaccine certificate.
  3. The Camera app will recognise the QR code and ask you if you wish to add to Wallet & Health.
  4. Tap on the notification.
  5. Tap on the Add to Wallet & Health option.
  6. Tap Done.

Option B : Use Photos

Use this method if you took screenshots of the QR codes. But please make sure each screenshot only has one QR code.

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Tap on the screenshot of your QR code to open it.
  3. Tap on the QR code in the image, and hold.
  4. Tap on the notification “Open in Health“.
  5. Tap on the Add to Wallet & Health option.
  6. Tap Done.

Option C : Use Wallet

Use this method if you took photos of the QR codes using a different phone, or you printed the QR codes.

  1. Open the Wallet app.
  2. Tap on the Get button.
  3. Tap on the Scan Code option to launch the Camera app.
  4. Aim the rear camera at one of the QR codes in your MySejahtera vaccine certificate.
  5. The Camera app will recognise the QR code and ask you if you wish to add to Wallet & Health.
  6. Tap on the notification.
  7. Tap on the Add to Wallet & Health option.
  8. Tap Done.

Step 4 : Repeat Step 3 for all of the QR codes in your MySejahtera vaccine certificate, and you are done!

You should now see all of your MySejahtera vaccine certificate QR codes in your Apple Wallet. If you have three QR codes, all three should appear.

This will allow any health authority to quickly check and verify all of your COVID-19 vaccinations.

This is similar to showing them your digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate in MySejahtera.

You will also find your MySejahtera vaccination details in Apple Health, under Immunisations.

If you tap on Immunisations, you will see a list of your COVID-19 vaccinations, including the type of vaccine and when you received them.

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How To Get Your MySejahtera Verified Blue Tick!

You may be wondering WHY you should get the Verified blue tick in MySejahtera, and HOW to get it.

Here is everything you need to know about the new MySejahtera Verified blue tick!

 

MySejahtera Verified Blue Tick : What Is It?

You may have noticed that your MySejahtera now has a Verified blue tick under your name in the Check-In screen.

The MySejahtera Verified blue tick confirms that your full name and MyKad or passport numbers have been verified, and tied to this MySejahtera account (MySJ ID).

Some of you may see a Verify Now button instead. This may occur if you did not submit your full name, or submitted the wrong MyKad or passport numbers.

This MySejahtera Verified badge is not just for “show” – without a verified MySejahtera account, your vaccine certificate is no longer accessible!

Read more : MySejahtera Vaccine Certificate Missing? Here’s The Fix!

 

How To Get Verified Blue Tick In MySejahtera : Video Guide

Watch our video guide on what you need to do to get your Verified blue tick!

How To Get Verified Blue Tick In MySejahtera : Pictorial Guide

Here are the steps for those who prefer a pictorial guide :

Step 1 : Make sure you update to MySejahtera version 1.1.8 or newer.

You do not have to uninstall, and reinstall MySejahtera. Just go to the Google Play Store / Apple App Store / HUAWEI AppGallery and click on the Update option.

Step 2 : In the default Check-In screen, you should see a red Verify Now button. Click on it.

Step 3 : In the Verification page, check to make sure these details are accurate :

  • Name : Please key in your full name, ensuring that it matches your MyKad or passport. This includes Bin, Binti, A/P or A/L as required.
  • IC/Passport No. : This is either the MyKad or passport number you registered under this MySejahtera account.
  • MySJ ID : This is either the phone number / email address you used to register this MySejahtera account.

Step 4 : Click on the Edit option to make the necessary changes.

Step 5 : Once you are done, click Confirm to send your details to the MySejahtera team.

That’s it! Once your details are verified, you will receive a Verified blue tick in the Check-in screen of your MySejahtera app.

Now that you know how to get the Verified blue tick in MySejahtera, please tell your family and friends!

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How To Update Date of Birth In MySejahtera!

Find out how to update your Date of Birth in MySejahtera, for a CORRECT vaccination status and digital vaccine certificate!

 

Why You MUST Update Date Of Birth In MySejahtera!

On 2 April 2022, the MySejahtera team urged everyone to update their Date of Birth in the MySejahtera app. Otherwise, you could lose your vaccination status!

If you have the Fully Vaccinated status, it could disappear, or change to Partially Vaccinated, or Unvaccinated. Your digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate will also be incomplete.

So make sure you update your Date of Birth in MySejahtera ASAP, not only for yourself, but also your vaccine dependents!

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccination Status Changes On 1 April 2022!

 

How To Update Date of Birth In MySejahtera : Video Guide

Here is our video guide on how to update the date of birth in MySejahtera for yourself, as well as your vaccine dependents.

For those who prefer a pictorial guide, here is our step-by-step guide.

Updating Your Date of Birth In MySejahtera

If you are the only one using your MySejahtera account, here is what you need to do :

Step 1 : Update MySejahtera to the latest version.

Step 2 : Launch MySejahtera, and close the default Check in screen.

Step 3 : Click on the Profile icon at the bottom right of the MySejahtera main screen.

Step 4 : Click on the hamburger (Settings) icon at the upper right of the Profile screen.

Step 5 : In the Settings screen, click on My Personal Details.

Step 6 : In the My Details screen, click on the Date of Birth option to select your Date of Birth. Once you have updated your Date of Birth, it will get locked (note the lock icon), so make sure it is correct.

Step 7 : Click on the Save button to submit your Date of Birth.

That’s it! You have successfully updated your Date of Birth in MySejahtera.

If your MySejahtera vaccination status disappeared or was wrongly display, it will now appear correctly. Your digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate will also now be complete!

Updating Your Vaccine Dependents’ Date Of Birth

Here is what you need to do, if you have vaccine dependents under your MySejahtera account.

Step 1 : Update MySejahtera to the latest version.

Step 2 : Launch MySejahtera, and close the default Check in screen.

Step 3 : Click on the Profile icon at the bottom right of the MySejahtera main screen.

Step 4 : Scroll to the bottom of the Profile screen, until you see a list of your vaccine dependents (My Dependent Status).

Step 5 : Click on the vaccine dependent of your choice.

Step 6 : Scroll down your vaccine dependent’s status, until you see his/her Digital Certificate.

Step 7 : Click on the Show QR option at the lower left section of his/her Digital Certificate.

Step 8 : In the pop-up screen that appears, click on Take me there.

Step 9 : In the Dependent Status page, tap on the Date of Birth option to select your vaccine dependent’s date of birth.

If you registered your vaccine dependent using a passport, you have the option of updating his/her passport details (Passport No. and Country of Origin), if it has been renewed.

Step 10 : Double check to make sure you entered the correct information, and click on the Save button.

That’s it! You have successfully updated your vaccine dependent’s Date of Birth in MySejahtera.

If your vaccine dependent’s MySejahtera vaccination status disappeared or was wrongly display, it will now appear correctly.

Your vaccine dependent’s digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate will also now be complete!

Read more : How to get PDF of Vaccine Certificate in MySejahtera?

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How To Register Overseas Vaccination In MySejahtera!

Find out how to register your overseas vaccination in MySejahtera, to get your digital COVID-19 certificate!

 

Why Get MySejahtera Digital Certificate For Overseas Vaccination?

Everyone who gets vaccinated in Malaysia receives a MySejahtera digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate, as well as a physical vaccination card.

They are both accepted as proof of your vaccination, but the digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate is definitely much more convenient to use.

You can still use your physical vaccination card, but you will still need to show your MySejahtera profile for them to verify your identity. So it’s not as convenient.

 

How To Register Overseas Vaccination In MySejahtera!

If you were vaccinated overseas, you are in a pickle because you will not have a MySejahtera digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

Neither can you use your foreign physical vaccination card, as they are not recognised in Malaysia.

Earlier, you were required to submit your documents to the nearest district health office (PKD), but JKJAV also introduced the ability to register your overseas vaccination online!

So here are the steps on how to do register your overseas vaccination in the MySejahtera app or the MySejahtera website!

  1. Open the MySejahtera app, and click Close on the default check-in page.
    Alternatively, open the MySejahtera Helpdesk on your web browser, and go to Step 3.
  2. Select the MySejahtera Helpdesk option in the main screen.
  3. Select the option called I have received my vaccination overseas and would like to obtain my digital vaccination certificate in MySejahtera.
    Note :
    This was originally the N option, then became the M option, before finally becoming the current L option. So just ignore the alphabet.
  4. Choose to either apply for yourself, or for your dependent.
    If you need to apply for yourself and your dependent, you will need to repeat this process.

  1. Select your MySejahtera user ID – whether it’s your mobile number, or your email address.
    Then key in the relevant information, including the email address at which they should write to you.

  1. Key in your telephone number and email address.

  1. Select whether you had the first dose only, the second dose only, or both doses.

  1. You will be asked to fill in your vaccination details.

  1. Finally, you will need to ppload a picture of your foreign vaccination card or document.

But if you prefer, you can still submit your foreign vaccination certificate / card / document to the nearest District Health Office (PKD).

Once verified, your overseas vaccination details will be submitted to the MySejahtera team, and you will be issued a digital COVID-19 certificate.

 

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Samsung Galaxy A73 : All 3 Colour Options Compared!

Check out the three colour options available for the new Samsung Galaxy A73 smartphone!

 

Samsung Galaxy A73 : Available In 3 Colour Options!

Samsung just launched their Galaxy A73 mid-range smartphone, and it is available in three pastel colours!

We had the exclusive opportunity to check out all three colour options for the Galaxy A73 smartphone recently.

In this video, you will be able to check out all three colour options for yourself. From left to right, they are :

  • Awesome White
  • Awesome Mint
  • Awesome Gray

Awesome Mint is, incidentally, an exclusive colour option for the Galaxy A73 smartphone. It is not available for the Galaxy A53 or the Galaxy A33 smartphones.

For your convenience, here is a comparison of its key specifications :

Specifications Samsung Galaxy A73
Display 6.7-inch Super AMOLE+
– 120 Hz dynamic refresh rate
Protection IP67
OS One UI 4.1 (Android 12)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G
CPU 1 x Kryo 670 Prime core (2.4 GHz)
3 x Kryo 670 Gold cores (2.2 GHz)
4 x Kryo 670 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 642L (490 MHz)
Memory +
Storage
8 GB + 256 GB
External Storage microSDXC
Front Camera 32 MP camera, f/2.2
Main Cameras 108 MP OIS camera, f/1.8
12 MP ultra-wide camera, f/2.2
5 MP macro camera, f/2.4
5 MP depth camera, f/2.4
Connectivity Wi-Fi : Up to Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Under Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope,
Geomagnetic,
Light, Proximity
GPS GPS, Beidou, Glonass, Galileo
NFC Yes
Battery 5,000 mAh Li-Po battery
Charging 25 watt wired charging
Dimensions 76.1 mm wide
163.7 mm tall
7.6 mm thick
Weight 181 grams

 

Samsung Galaxy A73 Colour Availability!

Here in Malaysia, the Galaxy A73 smartphone is available in all three colour options, starting 10 February 2022.

There are three variants, each with four colour options, at these price points :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB : RM 5,099 (about US$1,219 / £899 / A$1,699 / S$1,629)
  • 8 GB + 256 GB : RM 5,499 (about US$1,314 / £969 / A$1,829 / S$1,759)

You can now pre-order the 12 GB + 256 GB model from 10 February until 3 March 2022, to receive these freebies!

  • Samsung eVoucher worth RM800
  • Galaxy S22 Plus Silicone Cover with Strap worth RM 169
  • Galaxy Lucky Box (with wide strap) worth RM 79
  • Camera Filter Mount worth RM 169

Here are some online pre-order options : RM5,499 | RM5,499 | RM5,499 | RM5,499

 

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Samsung Galaxy A53 | A33 : All 4 Colour Options Compared!

Check out the four colour options available for the new Samsung Galaxy A53 and Galaxy A33 smartphones!

 

Samsung Galaxy A53 | A33 : Available In 4 Colour Options!

Samsung just launched their Galaxy A53 and Galaxy A33 mid-range smartphones, and they are available in four pastel colours!

We had the exclusive opportunity to check out all four colour options for the Galaxy A53 and Galaxy A33 smartphones recently.

In this video, you will be able to check out all four colour options for yourself. From left to right, they are :

  • Awesome Peach
  • Awesome Blue
  • Awesome White
  • Awesome Black

Awesome Peach is, incidentally, an exclusive colour option for the Galaxy A53 and Galaxy A33 smartphones. It is not available for the Galaxy A73 smartphone.

For your convenience, here is a comparison of their key specifications :

Specifications Galaxy A53 Galaxy A33
Display Size 6.5-inch 6.4-inch
Display Type Super AMOLED
Dynamic
Refresh Rate
120 Hz 90 Hz
Protection IP67
OS One UI 4.1 (Android 12)
Platform Samsung Exynos 1280
CPU 2 x ARM Cortex-A78 cores (2.4 GHz)
6 x ARM Cortex-A55 cores (2.0 GHz)
GPU ARM Mali-G68 (1 GHz)
Memory 8 GB
Storage 256 GB 128 GB
External Storage microSDXC
Front Camera 32 MP, f/2.2 13 MP, f/2.2
Main Cameras 64 MP OIS, f/1.8
12 MP ultra-wide, f/2.2
5 MP macro, f/2.4
5 MP depth, f/2.4
48 MP OIS, f/1.8
8 MP ultra-wide, f/2.2
5 MP macro, f/2.4
2 MP depth, f/2.4
Connectivity Wi-Fi : Up to Wi-Fi 5
Bluetooth : BT 5.1
USB : USB Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Under Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope,
Geomagnetic,
Hall, Light, Virtual Proximity
GPS GPS, Beidou, Glonass, Galileo
NFC Yes
Battery 5,000 mAh Li-Po battery
Charging 25 watt wired charging
Dimensions 74.8 mm wide
159.6 mm tall
8.1 mm thick
74.0 mm wide
159.7 mm tall
8.1 mm thick
Weight 189 grams 186 grams

 

Samsung Galaxy A53 | A33 Colour Availability!

Here in Malaysia, the Galaxy A53 and Galaxy A33 smartphones are available in four colour options :

  • Awesome Peach
  • Awesome Blue
  • Awesome White
  • Awesome Black

The Samsung Galaxy A53 will be offered in only one variant, at this price point :

  • 8 GB + 256 GB : RM 1,849 (about US$439 / £336 / A$599 / S$599)

The Samsung Galaxy A33 will be offered in only one variant, at this price point :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB : RM 1,499 (about US$359 / £269 / A$487 / S$487)

 

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How To Setup Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra For The First Time!

In this guide, we will show you how to setup your new Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra for the first time!

 

How To Setup Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra : A Video Guide!

We have the new Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphone with us, and soon you will get yours too.

Let us show you how to setup the Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphone for the first time, as a new device!

The process is very easy as our video shows, but the process will take a bit longer than you are used to.

 

How To Setup Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra : Step-By-Step Instructions

It is very easy to setup the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra as a new device.

However, please note that the process takes a bit longer than with other smartphones – about 10 minutes or so.

  1. Press the Power button to start up your Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphone.
    It will take 25 seconds to boot up for the first time.
  2. In the Welcome screen, it will default to English (or the default language for your region).
    If you need to change the language, tap on the current language, and select the language you prefer.
    There is also an Accessibility option below the Start button for those who need it.
  3. Once you’re ready, click Start to begin the setup process.
  4. The first thing you need to do is agree to the EULA (End User Licence Agreement) and the Privacy Policy.
    You can skip sending Samsung your Diagnostic Data.
  5. In the next screen, you will have the opportunity to turn off certain Samsung apps and services.
    These are all key features that will greatly impact your use of the Galaxy S22 Ultra, so I recommend that you leave them all enabled.
  6. Next, you will be allowed to log into your Wi-Fi network for Internet connectivity.
    Select your Wi-Fi network and key in the password to connect.
  7. Once your Galaxy S22 Ultra connects to the Wi-Fi network, it will automatically look for updates, and prepare the device.
    This is where it can get tedious – this takes a few minutes to finish, so don’t fret.
  8. Next, you will be given the option to transfer apps and data from your old smartphone.
    This is a long process, which you can do now, or do it later after setting up the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
    To do it later, or set it up as a new device, simply click on Don’t copy.
  9. Now you will be asked to log into your Google Account, or create a new one.
    To skip for now and do it after setting up the phone, click on Skip.
  10. Next, you will be given the option of disabling certain Google services.
    Generally, I would recommend leaving them enabled, except sending Google your usage and diagnostic data.
  11. Now you will be asked to protect your Galaxy S22 Ultra by selecting a preferred login method – Face recognition, Fingerprint, Pattern, PIN or Password.
  12. If you select the Face Recognition or Fingerprint option, you will need to select a secure screen lock method using Pattern, PIN or Password.
  13. Next, you will need to go through the Face Recognition / Fingerprint training process
  14. After that, your Galaxy S22 Ultra will take a few minutes to “get ready”.
  15. Next, you will be asked if you would like to downloaded Smart Tutor.
    This is a Remote Access tool that allows Samsung support staff to diagnose your device remotely.
  16. After this, you will be asked to log into your Samsung account, or create a new one.
    You can choose not to use a Samsung account, or do it later.
    Until you use a Samsung account though, you won’t be able to access certain Samsung services.

That’s it! You have successfully setup the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra as a new device!

 

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra : Price + Availability

Samsung is offering the Galaxy S22 Ultra in four colour options – Burgundy, Green, Phantom Black and Phantom White.

I had the opportunity to attend an exclusive Samsung preview event, to check out all four colours for ourselves.

Note : Samsung only allowed us to use digital cameras, so the video is not stabilised as it would be with smartphones that I generally use.

Here in Malaysia, it is available starting 10 February 2022 in three variants, at these price points :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB : RM 5,099 (about US$1,219 / £899 / A$1,699 / S$1,629)
  • 12 GB + 256 GB : RM 5,499 (about US$1,314 / £969 / A$1,829 / S$1,759)
  • 12 GB + 512 GB : RM 5,899 (about US$1,409 / £1,039 / A$1,959 / S$1,889)

Here are some online pre-order options :

 

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National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : 7 March Edition!

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : 7 March Edition!

This is the latest National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP that was released on 7 March 2022.

Fully Vaccinated Definition

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

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

Individuals are considered to have received their booster dose as soon as they receive their booster dose. New!

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

Overseas Travellers In Phase 4 Areas

  • Travellers must download and active the MySejahtera app before travelling to Malaysia. They must click on the Traveller icon in the app, and fill in the Pre-Departure Form while overseas. New!
  • Necessary (travel) information required as evidence must either be uploaded into MySejahtera, or brought with you, for reference. New!
  • Malaysian citizens or foreigners who have homes in Malaysia (including PR and Malaysia My Second Home participants) arriving from overseas, are ALLOWED to undergo mandatory quarantine at home if they are fully vaccinated, on accepting a digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO) subject to these conditions:
    – Show proof of a valid negative RT-PCR test taken within 2 days prior to departure.
    – Have a valid and complete COVID-19 vaccination certificate (depending on the type of vaccine).
    – Have no symptoms during the health screening conducted at the International entry point.
    – Travellers must undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR screening test on arrival in Malaysia. New!
    – Have suitable accommodations to undergo quarantine.
  • The mandatory quarantine for overseas travellers is: Updated!
    – 5 days at home (if appropriate) or a quarantine station, for those who received a booster dose, or
    – 7 days at home (if appropriate) or a quarantine station, for those who are fully-vaccinated without a booster dose, or
    – 10 days at a quarantine station, for those who are unvaccinated, or have incomplete vaccination.
  • Travellers must perform self-assessment every day through the Home Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app until the end of his/her quarantine (whether it’s 5, 7 or 10 days after arrival). New!
  • Travellers do not need to undergo COVID-19 screening tests every day AND to be cleared from quarantine. New!
  • However, travellers must take an RTK-Ag self-test if they become symptomatic. If the test result is positive, the traveller must continue the quarantine and monitor his/her health status through the HAT every day. If the symptoms become worse, you must seek treatment at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre (CAC) or a private health facility. New!
  • Travellers are cleared from their quarantine on the 5th, 7th or 10th day of quarantine, based on their vaccination status. New!
  • Children below 18 years of age travelling with parents or guardians will follow their quarantine periods. New!

Monitoring For Close Contacts

  • Individuals who received a booster dose and are not symptomatic, do not need to undergo quarantine. However, they must perform an RTK-Ag self-test on the 1st and 3rd day from the last date of exposure to the COVID-19 positive case. New!
  • Individuals who received a booster dose but are symptomatic, must undergo a 5-day quarantine at home and perform an RTK-Ag self-test. New!
  • 5 day home quarantine for fully-vaccinated individuals without booster dose (with or without symptoms). Perform RTK-Ag self-test when symptomatic. Updated!
  • 5 day home quarantine for unvaccinated / incomplete vaccinated individuals (with or without symptoms). Perform RTK-Ag self-test when symptomatic. Updated!
  • Individuals will receive a digital Home Surveillance Order. The digital HSO can be screen-printed and employers must accept the digital HSO as proof that the individual must undergo isolation / quarantine. New!

General Health Protocol In Phase 4 Areas

  • Licence holders and premise owners are REQUIRED to provide MySejahtera QR code at the door / entry points of shopping malls, supermarkets. wholesale markets, wet markets and night markets. Shops or kiosks inside shopping malls, wholesale markets, wet markets and night markets do NOT need to provide MySejahtera QR codes. Updated!
  • Hand sanitiser must be provided at the entrance, and customers must use it before entering.
  • The use of MySejahtera is mandatory. The use of logbook is only allowed in areas with no Internet connectivity, or other reasonable excuse (senior citizens, no smartphone, etc.). Updated!
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers and workers check in using MySejahtera. or the manual logbook if there’s no Internet connectivity.
  • Employers, employees, customers and visitors are required to check in using MySejahtera or write their names and phone numbers legibly in the logbook (if there is no Internet connectivity) before entering government / private premises. Offices within those buildings do NOT need to provide a MySejahtera QR code. Updated!
  • Symptomatic individuals are NOT ALLOWED to enter premises.
  • Malls and premise owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk including Casual Contact Low Risk in MySejahtera are allowed to enter. Updated!
  • COVID-19 vaccination card can be used to show vaccination status in case there is no MySejahtera.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers must maintain physical distance of at least 1 metre at any time. Updated
  • It is MANDATORY for employees, suppliers and customers to properly wear face masks while within the premise.
  • There must be good ventilation at the premise according to ventilation and indoor air quality guidelines issued by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (JKKP).
  • Must comply with the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy.
  • It is MANDATORY to wear a face mask, especially in public areas, EXCEPT in these places or situations :
    a) hotel room or paid accommodation, alone or with your own family
    b) Personal working space
    c) Sports and recreational activities
    d) Personal vehicle, alone or with your own family
    e) Indoor or outdoor public areas, when there are no other individuals
    f) While eating or drinking in public areas (except in restaurants or other food & beverage premises) Updated!

Education Sector In Phase 4 Areas New!

  • Hand sanitiser must be provided in appropriate areas, and everyone must use it.
  • All teachers, executive staff, support staff and visitors must scan the QR code using the MySejahtera app before entering education premises under the Ministry of Education (KPM).
  • Only teachers, executive staff, support staff and visitors with “Low Risk” status in MySejahtera, as well as confirmation of a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or card, are allowed to enter education premises under KPM.
  • Parents / guardians must ensure that their children / wards are not symptomatic before sending them to school.
  • Symptomatic students or those who have COVID-19 positive family members staying in the same house (close contact) are NOT allowed to attend school.
  • Symptomatic students in schools must be isolated in isolation rooms for further action.

Travel Restrictions In Phase 4 Areas

  • Interstate travel is only ALLOWED for FULLY-VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS, by showing their digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or vaccination card with ID card or passport for verification.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are allowed to bring children 12 years and younger, subject to general health protocols.
  • Interstate travel is FORBIDDEN in Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO / PKPD) areas.
  • Interstate travel by workers are subject to worker’s pass or employer’s confirmation letter.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated may travel for funeral and emergencies, after getting permission from the police.
  • All vehicles, whether driven by individuals, for transportation of goods or public transport, are allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Activities and services at all airports and ports are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours.

Civil Service

  • 100% attendance capacity is allowed
  • Civil service is subject to the current orders by the Secretary to the Government of Malaysia.
  • Must follow the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.

Meetings

  • Face-to-face meetings and interviews are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals, at full venue capacity with physical distancing.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated must undergo a pre-event test using a (saliva) self-test kit witnessed by the event organiser or with confirmation from a medical practitioner, before attending a face-to-face meeting; or conduct the meeting via video conferencing.
  • It is encouraged to conduct meetings through video conferencing.

Seminars, Trainings + MICE

  • Seminars, workshops, courses, trainings and talks including MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions & Exhibitions) are allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals, at full venue capacity with physical distancing.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated must undergo a pre-event test using a (saliva) self-test kit, or have confirmation from a medical practitioner before attending.
  • Undergo COVID-19 screening test in line with the National COVID-19 Screening Strategy.

Government + Private Events

  • Official events by the government or private sector are allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals, at full venue capacity but with physical distancing.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated must undergo a pre-event test using a (saliva) self-test kit, or have confirmation from a medical practitioner before attending.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test in line with the National COVID-19 Screening Strategy.

Social Activities In Phase 4 Areas New!

  • Social events like feasts, religious festivals, engagement parties, weddings, receptions, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, retreats and other social events are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals at 50% capacity with physical distance of 1 meter.
  • Attendees, organisers and staff must wear face masks at all times, except when eating and drinking.
  • Avoid 3C (Crowded, Closed and Chatting), and always perform the 3W (Wash, Wear, Warn).
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are allowed to bring children 12 years or younger, while following general health protocol.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test in line with the National COVID-19 Screening Strategy.

Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock, Plantation and Commodities

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

Manufacturing, Construction, Mining and Quarrying

  • Manufacturing, construction, mining and quarrying activities are ALLOWED, according to these fully vaccinated rates :
    a) 80% to 100% : Allowed to operate at 100% worker capacity
    b) Less than 80% : Allowed to operate at 80% worker capacity only
  • Must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.

Trade + Distribution

  • Trade and distribution sectors, including business and service activities, are allowed to operate according to the licences.

Businesses Open Only To Fully Vaccinated Customers

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

Dine-In In Phase 4 Areas

  • Restaurant operators, including hotels, sports and recreational club houses, food shops, food stalls, food trucks, roadside hawkers, food courts, food carts, and food kiosks are ALLOWED to offer dine-in services, subject to these conditions :
    – only accept customers who are fully-vaccinated, and not symptomatic.
    – premise owners MUST display a notice at the entrance stating that only fully-vaccinated customers who are asymptomatic are allowed in
    – only workers who are fully-vaccinated and asymptomatic are allowed to work
    – premise owners must arrange the tables with physical distancing, and ensure the premise has good ventilation.
    – dine-in is allowed with a physical distance of at least 1 metre.
  • Individuals who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 12 years or younger to dine-in.

Markets

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

Spa, Wellness Centre and Health Massage

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

Education In Phase 4 Areas

  • Industrial training and skills training centres, including vocational college, TVET and so on are allowed to operate.
  • All schools and skill training institutes other than those under KPM, tahfiz centre and other educational institutes are subject to their relevant Ministry or Agency.
  • All institutes of higher learning will be open in stages to students who are fully-vaccinated.
  • Skills and industrial training sector, including vocational college, schools not under KPM, tahfiz centres, and other education institutes and all institutes of higher education must comply with the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.
  • All face-to-face and group learning are allowed at institutes of higher education for students have been fully-vaccinated, subject to strict SOP. Hybrid learning will be implemented for on-campus students. Online learning will continue for students who have not returned to campus.
  • International and professional exams, as well as research activities requiring lab access in tertiary education facilities are ALLOWED.
  • Students in boarding schools or universities are ALLOWED to continue hybrid studies.
  • Daycare and childcare facilities under the Welfare Department (JKM) are allowed to operate.
  • Private and public kindergartens, kindergartens in private, international and expatriate schools and mind development centres are ALLOWED to operate.
  • Home care or rehabilitation centres of children, the disabled (OKU), senior citizens, women and other care facilities are allowed to operate, subject to the SOP.
  • The operators and employees of these kindergarten, childcare and care facilities must be fully-vaccinated.
  • Kindergartens, childcare facilities, day care centres and similar care facilities must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.

Religion In Phase 4 Areas

  • Prayer activities are ALLOWED for individuals who are fully-vaccinated, subject to the rules and SOP of the state Islamic religious authority.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test before undertaking prayer activities in line with the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.
  • Islamic wedding ceremony (akad nikah) is ALLOWED only in the Islamic Religious Office / Department with the attendance capacity set by the State Religious Authority.
  • Prayer activities are ALLOWED for individuals who are fully-vaccinated, subject to the rules and SOP of the Ministry of National Unity (KPN).
  • Non-Muslim marriage registrations are allowed at the National Registration Department (JPN), houses of worship and religious associations, subject to limits set by JPN.
  • Burial activities are allowed according to limits set by the State Religion Authority (Islam) or the National Unity Ministry (Non-Muslim).

Sports + Recreation In Phase 4 Areas

  • All sports and recreational activities involving physical touch in outdoor areas are LIMITED to fully-vaccinated individuals. New!
  • All sports and recreational activities (with or without physical touch, performed individually or in groups) in indoor areas are LIMITED to fully-vaccinated individuals. New!
  • The operation of both OUTDOOR and INDOOR sports and recreational facilities are allowed at 100% capacity, with operation hours subject to licence, but limited to fully-vaccinated individuals. Children under 12 years of age who are not fully-vaccinated can undertake activities under supervision of fully-vaccinated parents / guardians / coach / instructor. New!
  • Group sports and recreational activities (with or without physical touch) under supervision are limited to the area capacity, and must not exceed 1,000 people at any one time (whichever is lower). Children under 12 years of age who are not fully-vaccinated can undertake activities under supervision of fully-vaccinated parents / guardians / coach / instructor. New!
  • All competitions or championships of sports (with or without physical touch, whether local or International), must have PERMISSION from the Sports Commission Office, and are limited to 1,000 participants at any one time for sports like triathlon, open water swimming, marathon, trail run, obstacle run and so on.
  • Spectator / supporter presence at sports and recreational venues are limited to 50% of capacity or 20,000 people (whichever is lower), and limited to fully-vaccinated individuals including their fully-vaccinated children. However, children below 12 years of age who are not fully-vaccinated are NOT allowed to enter.
  • The entry of foreign athlete, coach, official, technical help to Malaysia are subject to the rules governing entry of foreigners into Malaysia.
  • Everyone must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.
  • Individuals who are not fully-vaccinated or unvaccinated are restricted to individual sports and recreational activities that do not involve touch, with physical distance of at least 1-3 metres performed outdoors.

Recreational Fishing

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

Picnic + Camping

  • Picnic and camping are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring children 12 years and younger for such activities, subject to strict SOP.

Creative Industry + Entertainment

  • All creative industry practitioners who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to resume these activities :
    – development and broadcast of recorded or live-streamed creative content
    – broadcast or livestream of information and entertainment
    – in-studio or outdoor filming
    – busking
    – lounge hotel performances
    – live performances like theatre, musical, music and comedy (pre-registered)
    – cinema activities
  • Everyone must comply with the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.

Tourism + Culture In Phase 4 Areas

  • Tourism and cultural activities are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals, subject to physical distancing and venue capacity.
    – tourism attractions like beach activities, water sports, snorkelling, scuba diving, sports fishing, edutainment centre, recreational park, extreme park, adventure park, nature park, farm, aquarium, zoo and so on.
    – special interest activities like golfing, scuba diving, cycling, angling, yachting and so on.
    – ecotourism activities like bird watching, caving, mountain climbing, whitewater rafting, hiking, jungle trekking, camping and so on.
    – art, culture and heritage premises like museum, library, art gallery, art and cultural village, cultural shows and so on.
    – theme park and family entertainment centre
    – academic premises like science centre, planetarium and Petrosains.
    – tourism and cultural events.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test when conducting these activities.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 12 years or younger, subject to general health protocols.
  • Interstate tourism is allowed for fully vaccinated individuals, except to EMCO (PKPD) areas or any areas restricted by the government.
  • Licensed and registered hotel and homestay are allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • All other tourism and cultural activities, other than those specified in the Negative List, are allowed.

Cruise Ship

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

Driving Lessons New!

  • Driving schools are ALLOWED to operate, on the condition that employees, teachers and candidates are fully-vaccinated, with digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or card as evidence.
  • Only fully-vaccinated employees who are not symptomatic can work.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : NEGATIVE LIST

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

  • Night club or pub activities
  • Local tourism involving foreign tourists entering Malaysia, except those involving International Tourism Bubble. Updated!
  • Sports and recreational activities exceeding the allowed capacity.
  • Championships, competitions, and matches without Sports Commission Office permission.
  • Any activity that involves many people gathering in one place until it is hard to maintain physical distancing, and compliance with the Director General of Health’s orders.
  • Any other matter that may be decided by the Government from time to time.

 

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How To Setup The Samsung Galaxy S22 Smartphone!

In this guide, we will show you how to setup the new Samsung Galaxy S22 smartphone as a new device!

 

How To Setup Samsung Galaxy S22 : A Video Guide!

We have the new Samsung Galaxy S22 smartphone with us, and soon you will get yours too.

So let us show you how to setup the Galaxy S22 smartphone for the first time, as a new device!

The process is very easy, as our video shows, but the process may take a bit longer than you are used to.

 

How To Setup Samsung Galaxy S22 : Step-By-Step Instructions

It is very easy to setup the Samsung Galaxy S22 as a new device. However, the process takes a bit longer than with other smartphones. Even so, you should be done within 10 minutes!

  1. Press the Power button to start up your Samsung Galaxy S22 smartphone.
    It will take 22 seconds to boot up for the first time.
  2. In the Welcome screen, it will default to English (or the default language for your region).
    If you need to change the language, tap on the current language, and select the language you prefer.
    There is also an Accessibility option below the Start button for those who need it.
  3. Once you’re ready, click Start to begin the setup process.
  4. The first thing you need to do is agree to the EULA (End User Licence Agreement) and the Privacy Policy.
    You can skip sending Samsung your Diagnostic Data.
  5. In the next screen, you will have the opportunity to turn off certain Samsung apps and services.
    These are all key features that will greatly impact your use of the Galaxy S22, so I recommend that you leave them all enabled.
  6. Next, you will be allowed to log into your Wi-Fi network for Internet connectivity.
    Select your Wi-Fi network and key in the password to connect.
  7. Once your Galaxy S22 connects to the Wi-Fi network, it will automatically look for updates, and prepare the device.
    This is where it can get tedious – this takes a few minutes to finish, so don’t fret.
  8. Next, you will be given the option to transfer apps and data from your old smartphone.
    This is a long process, which you can do now, or do it later after setting up the Galaxy S22.
    To do it later, or set it up as a new device, simply click on Don’t copy.
  9. Now you will be asked to log into your Google Account, or create a new one.
    To skip for now and do it after setting up the phone, click on Skip.
  10. Next, you will be given the option of disabling certain Google services.
    Generally, I would recommend leaving them enabled, except sending Google your usage and diagnostic data.
  11. Now you will be asked to protect your Galaxy S22 by selecting a preferred login method – Face recognition, Fingerprint, Pattern, PIN or Password.
  12. If you select the Face Recognition or Fingerprint option, you will need to select a secure screen lock method using Pattern, PIN or Password.
  13. After setting up your secure screen lock, and going through the Face Recognition / Fingerprint training process, you will be invited to install additional apps.
    These are completely optional apps, some of which are probably paid placements.
    Feel free to unselect whichever you don’t want, and click OK.
  14. Now, your Galaxy S22 will take a minute or two to download and install those apps.
  15. Next, you will be asked if you would like to downloaded Smart Tutor.
    This is a Remote Access tool that allows Samsung support staff to diagnose your device remotely.
  16. After this, you will be asked to log into your Samsung account, or create a new one.
    You can choose not to use a Samsung account, or do it later.
    Until you use a Samsung account though, you won’t be able to access certain Samsung services.

That’s it! You have successfully setup the Samsung Galaxy S22 as a new device!

 

Samsung Galaxy S22 : Price + Availability

Samsung is offering the Galaxy S22 in four colour options – Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, Green and Pink Gold.

I had the opportunity to attend an exclusive Samsung preview event, to check out the colours for ourselves.

Note : Samsung only allowed us to use digital cameras, so the video is not stabilised as it would be with smartphones that I generally use.

Here in Malaysia, it is available starting 10 February 2022 in two variants, at these price points :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB : RM 3,499 (about US$836 / £617 / A$1,164 / S$1,122)
  • 8 GB + 256 GB : RM 3,699 (about US$884 / £652 / A$1,230 / S$1,186)

You can now pre-order the 8 GB + 256 GB model from now until 3 March 2022, to receive this offer!

Here are some online pre-order options :

 

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Malaysia : Daily Tests No Longer Required For These Visitors!

The government of Malaysia just announced that selected visitors will NO LONGER need to get tested daily after arriving in Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Malaysia : Daily Tests No Longer Required For These Visitors!

On 2 March 2022, the government of Malaysia announced that selected visitors will NO LONGER need to get tested daily after arriving in Malaysia!

From 3 March 2022 onwards, travellers entering Malaysia through these programmes no longer need to undergo daily COVID-19 tests.

Travellers using the VTL, LITB and OSC programmes also do not need to undergo mandatory quarantine on arrival in Malaysia.

OSC travellers also no longer require a chaperone.

However, please note that travellers from the United Kingdom must still undergo mandatory quarantine, even though they no longer need to undergo daily COVID-19 tests.

 

Important Links For Visitors To Malaysia

Here are some important links for foreign visitors, and Malaysian citizens, who intend to travel to Malaysia:

Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) : https://mysafetravel.gov.my

One Stop Centre (OSC) : https://safetravel.mida.gov.my

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

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

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

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

MyOnline Passport : https://eservices.imi.gov.my/myimms/myPassport *
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This Immigration Malaysia website is using an outdated security configuration, so your web browser may warn you about this.

 

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Casual Contact Risk Status In MySejahtera Removed!

The Casual Contact risk status in MySejahtera has been removed!

Here is what you need to know about this new development!

 

Casual Contact Risk Status : What Is It?

In the past, individuals identified as Casual Contacts of COVID-19 positive persons will get a yellow risk status warning in MySejahtera.

They are also required to undergo daily health assessments using the Health Assessment Tool (HAT) in MySejahtera for 10 days.

While this yellow Casual Contact warning does not prevent them from going into public places, it is certainly alarming to those who receive one.

These Casual Contact risk status became very common recently, partly because of the Omicron surge, and partly because MySJ Trace allows for faster and more accurate contact tracing.

 

Casual Contact Risk Status In MySejahtera Removed!

On 1 March 2021, the Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that the Casual Contact risk status would be removed with immediate effect.

Instead of the yellow Casual Contact risk status warning in MySejahtera, you will receive this notification instead.

MySejahtera automated contact tracing system has identified you as a Casual Contact. If you develop symptoms, please do a self test. You are not subjected to any restrictions but please adhere to SOPs at all times. Stay safe.

Sistem pengesanan kontak automatik MySejahtera telah mengel pasti anda sebagai kontak kassal. Sekiranya anda mengalami gejala, sila lakukan ujian kendiri. Tiada sebarang sekatan dikenakan ke atas anda, tetapi sila sentidas patuhi SOP. Kekal selamat.

You are only required to isolate and get tested if you are symptomatic. Otherwise, there is no need to isolate, or get tested.

Your MySejahtera status will remain as Low Risk No Symptoms in blue. There is also NO LONGER a requirement to perform daily health assessments using the Health Assessment Tool (HAT).

But please note that if your casual contact happened before today, 1 March 2022, you will still get the Yellow risk status warning.

Only those who were identified as a casual contact from 1 March 2022 onwards, will receive the blue Low Risk No Symptoms status.

Please alert your family and friends, so they are aware of these changes!

 

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VMS Blockchain Error With MySejahtera Vaccine Certificate?

Are you getting a VMS Blockchain error when you try to obtain your digital or PDF versions of the MySejahtera vaccine certificate?

Find out what’s going on, and what you can do about it…

 

VMS Blockchain Error With MySejahtera Vaccine Certificate?

Quite a few people have reported one of these VMS Blockchain errors, while trying to obtain their digital or PDF versions of the MySejahtera vaccine certificate.

Unable to connect to VMS Blockchain system, please try again after some time.

Vaccination record doesn’t exist in VMS blockchain system.

Those who receive one of these error messages will NOT be able to access their digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate in MySejahtera, or generate and download the PDF certificate.

 

VMS Blockchain Error In MySejahtera : What’s Going On?

The VMS blockchain error only happens to people who were vaccinated against COVID-19 overseas, and submitted their vaccination records to MySejahtera.

VMS is short for the Vaccine Management System, which uses blockchain technology for better certification and traceability.

Unfortunately, MySejahtera (currently) does not support foreign COVID-19 vaccinations.

Those who register their overseas COVID-19 vaccinations will receive a Fully Vaccinated status in MySejahtera, but will not be able to :

  • generate a PDF vaccine certificate, or
  • display a QR code on the digital vaccine certificate.

Here is the official response by the MySejahtera team on this issue :

Please be informed that MySJ application will only show the PDF or QR Code on the Digital certificate for locally taken vaccinations.

You can refer to your own Vaccine card or certificate from the country that you took the vaccine.

For entry into public places in Malaysia, you can rely on the digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate (without QR code) in Mysejahtera.

But if you need to travel overseas, you will need to rely on the vaccination card or certificate that you obtain from the country you received your COVID-19 vaccinations.

Read more : 2 Ways To Get MySejahtera Certificate For Overseas Vaccine!

 

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How To Walk-In For Free Sinovac Booster At Offsite PPV!

Find out how to walk-in for your free Sinovac booster dose at any Offsite PPV nationwide!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Free Sinovac Booster Dose At PPV?

On 7 February 2022, Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin shared that 3.5 million people who were fully-vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine still have not received their booster dose.

To encourage them to get their booster dose, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) will offer Sinovac recipients the option of a Sinovac booster dose.

KKM however strongly recommends that Sinovac recipients receive either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster dose, because they offer much better protection.

Read more : ALL Seniors + Sinovac Recipients MUST Get Booster Dose!

 

How To Walk-In For Free Sinovac Booster At Offsite PPV!

On 12 February 2022, ProtectHealth Corporation announced that they will make the Sinovac booster dose available for FREE at all Offsite PPVs under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

Starting Monday, 14 February 2022, you can walk-in for your Sinovac booster dose at any Offsite PPV in Malaysia.

You can look for the nearest Offsite PPV using the ProtectHealth Vaccination Centre search feature.

All individuals who walk-in for the booster dose must ensure that they have a proper digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate in MySejahtera before going to the PPV.

Those who do not have a digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate because they do not have a smartphone, can bring their physical vaccination card to the PPV.

Here is the official checklist of what you need to do BEFORE going to get your COVID-19 booster dose at the PPV :

  1. Get enough sleep
  2. Eat breakfast or lunch before going to the PPV
  3. Be in good health, with no symptoms
  4. Wear suitable and comfortable clothes
  5. Wear a face mask
  6. Bring your identity card / document (e.g. passport)
  7. Bring your vaccination card as proof of completed primary vaccination, if you don’t have MySejahtera
  8. Make sure you are not required to be under quarantine!

Read more : What Should You Do Before / During / After Booster Dose?

 

Should You Get Sinovac Booster Dose At PPV?

Now that KKM is offering the Sinovac vaccine booster dose for free, should you get it? That very much depends on a number of factors.

Read more :

Are You Allergic To The Pfizer Vaccine?

If you are allergic to the Pfizer vaccine, then you definitely cannot receive a booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

You will have to get a booster dose of other vaccine types – viral vector vaccines like AstraZeneca or Sputnik V, or inactivated virus vaccines like Sinovac or Sinopharm.

But with so many better vaccine options available out there, Sinovac CoronaVac should be your last choice, not your first.

Are There Better Options?

If you are given the option to switch to Pfizer or AstraZeneca, you should definitely opt for either one over the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine.

Of all the WHO approved vaccines, Sinovac CoronaVac is the least efficacious COVID-19 vaccine, offering just over 50% efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19.

And that was before it was tested against the Delta or Omicron variants. Studies have shown that two doses of Sinovac offered less protection against Delta, and no protection against Omicron.

Read more : Pfizer / Sinovac vs. Omicron : What HKU Study Just Revealed!

COVID-19
Variant
Seropositive Rate
Pfizer Sinovac
Alpha 100% 100%
Beta 100% 0%
Delta 100% 68%
Omicron 20% – 24% 0%

Must You Get A Chinese Vaccine?

The popularity of Chinese vaccines is partly due to Chinese propaganda, and partly because China offers travel advantages for people vaccinated with Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines.

People who need to travel to China are still FORCED to pay for Sinovac / Sinopharm vaccines to avoid additional PCR tests.

So here is my advice. If you have to travel to China, opt for the Sinopharm vaccine. It is not only cheaper than Sinovac, it is a far better COVID-19 vaccine!

Vaccine Ancestral Delta Variant Omicron Variant
Infection Severe
Disease
Infection Severe
Disease
Infection Severe
Disease
Sinopharm COVILO 68% 73% 67% 71% 35% 53%
Sinovac CoronaVac 47% 50% 46% 49% 24% 37%

 

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PICKids : How To Select PPV To Vaccinate Your Children!

Find out how to select the PPV and time slot to vaccinate your 5-11 year-old children under the PICKids COVID-19 vaccination programme!

 

You Can Now Select PPV To Vaccinate Your Children!

You can now select the most convenient PPV (COVID-19 vaccination centre) to vaccinate your 5-11 year-old children!

This option is currently limited to the Klang Valley, and these are the available PPVs you can select from.

Mega PPVs : Starting 3 February 2022

  • World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur (WTCKL)
  • Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil
  • Ideal Convention Centre (IDCC), Shah Alam

Offsite + Outreach PPVs : Starting 5 February 2022

  • Dahlia Medical Group Offsite PPV
  • Zain Azrai (Bukit Idaman) Offsite PPV
  • Sg. Choh Community Hall PPV
  • Dahlia Medical Group Taman Bidara Offsite PPV
  • Wyndham Hotel Klang (George Clinic) Offsite PPV
  • Klang Parade Offsite PPV
  • Mutiara Subang (Klinik Siti) Offsite PPV
  • Poliklinik Prima Offsite PPV
  • IOI City Tower 1 Offsite PPV
  • International Youth Center PPV
  • Paradigm Mall Offsite PPV
  • Bandar Utama Centrepoint PPV
  • Subang Parade PPV
  • MDKS Saujana Utama Hall (George Clinic) Offsite PPV
  • Da Men Mall Offsite PPV
  • SS15 Subang Jaya Multipurpose Hall PPV
  • Grand Season Hotel (George Clinic) Offsite PPV
  • Seri Bernam Hall (MIOSH) Offsite PPV
  • Ampang Mewah Public Hall PPV
  • Seroja Multipurpose Hall, Putra Perdana, Offsite PPV
  • Kota Damansara Multipurpose Hall (George Clinic) Offsite PPV
  • Port Klang Authority (IHeal Medical Centre) Offsite PPV
  • AEON Mall Bukit Raja (Poliklinik Perdana) Offsite PPV
  • Emporis Primer Cherang Clinic Kota Damansara Offsite PPV (24 hours)
  • Mines 2 Convention Centre (IHeal Medical Centre) Outreach PPV

 

PICKids : How To Select PPV To Vaccinate Your Children!

Before you follow these steps, please make sure that you have already registered your 5-11 year-old children for their COVID-19 vaccination.

Here is the official PICKids video guide by the Malaysia Ministry of Health. Scroll down for our step-by-step guide.

Step 1 : Update MySejahtera to version 1.1.6 or later.

Step 2 : Open MySejahtera, and tap Close on the default Check-in screen.

Step 3 : Tap on the COVID-19 Vaccination option.

Step 4 : In the Vaccination screen, tap on Vaccine for [your Dependent’s name]

Step 5 : In your child’s Vaccination screen, tap on Click here to book your dependent’s appointment.

If you do not see it yet, don’t worry. They are opening up bookings in stages. Just wait until the link appears.

Step 6 : Select the vaccine type – Pfizer (Children), and tap OK.

Step 7 : Enter your postcode or preferred PPV name and tap on the Search button.

Step 8 : Select the nearest or most convenient PPV and your preferred time slot, and tap Confirm. You will now be taken to the Appointment Confirmed! page.

Read more : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids : What You Need To Know!

Step 9 : Go back to your child’s vaccination status page, and you should now see the appointment set for the PPV and time slot of your choice. Tap on Click here to submit your dependent’s digital consent.

Step 10 : Go through the digital consent form, and select any medical history pertinent to your child.

Step 11 : Make sure you tick the checkbox for I hereby declare that I agree to receive the COVID-19 Vaccination Injection

Step 12 : Check to make sure the information is correct, and tap Confirm.

That’s it! The COVID-19 vaccination appointment for your 5-11 year-old child has now been confirmed.

If you made any mistake, you can tap on Click here to cancel your dependent appointment. You can then reschedule your child’s vaccination appointment.

Read more : What To Do Before, During, After COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids!

 

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What To Do Before, During, After COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids!

Find out what you need to do BEFORE, DURING and AFTER your kids get their COVID-19 vaccine shots!

 

What To Do Before Your Kids’ Vaccine Appointment?

Just received your kids’ COVID-19 vaccine appointment? This is what you need to do BEFORE the day of your child’s vaccine appointment.

Medication?

There are fake messages on social media asking people to stop taking medication before getting the COVID-19 vaccine. That is false and dangerous!

Please CONTINUE to give your child his/her medication, unless advised otherwise by your child’s doctor.

Dietary / Exercise Restrictions?

There are NO restrictions on diet or exercise before your child’s vaccination.

In fact, it is a good idea to treat the upcoming vaccination appointment like “any other day”. This will help allay any potential anxiety over the vaccine shot.

Painkillers?

You should NOT give your child any painkiller before going for his/her COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

That’s because painkillers can suppress your child’s immune response to the COVID-19 vaccine, and reduce its efficacy.

Read more : Can You Take Painkillers Before / After COVID-19 Vaccination?

 

What To Do During Your Kids’ Vaccine Appointment?

Here is a list of what you should do on the day of your child’s vaccination :

  1. Make sure your child wears loose and comfortable clothes.
  2. Make sure your child has a good meal, and drink some water.
  3. Make sure your child does NOT have a fever, or any other flu-like symptoms.
    If your child is sick, do NOT go to the vaccination centre.
    Cancel the appointment, and book another slot.
  4. Make sure you bring a smartphone with MySejahtera installed.
  5. Make sure you bring some form of identification – MyKad (Malaysia) or passport.
  6. Bring your child’s medication list, if you need to ask the doctor’s advice at the vaccination centre.
  7. Make sure your child wears a face mask, and if possible, wears a face shield as well.
  8. Bring a bottle of water, in case your child gets thirsty.
  9. Let your child bring a toy (or a tablet) to play with.
  10. Bring a pen, and something stiff to write on, to fill in the form.

Note : Even though you are asked to submit a digital consent form, you will still be asked to fill and sign a physical consent form at the vaccination centre.

When you get to the vaccination room or booth, please follow these steps :

  1. Make sure the vaccine vial’s label has an orange border – this confirms that it contains the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year-old children.
  2. You can ask to check the vaccine expiry date, but please note that the vial expiry date may not match the actual expiry date.

Don’t worry if you see the vial in the open, and not in an ice box. The new formulation is more stable and can last up to 12 hours at room temperature.

  1. The doctor or nurse will show you the syringe, for you to verify that it has the correct volume of 0.2 ml (not 0.3 ml, which is for older kids and adults).

If a low dead volume (LDV) syringe is used, you should read the volume from the first ring of the plunger, not the top.

Read more : How To Read The Volume Of LDV Syringe Correctly?

  1. Ask that you be allowed to record a video of the vaccination process.
  2. After your child receives the injection, the doctor or nurse will show you the syringe, for you to confirm that it is empty.
  3. Before leaving the vaccination booth, go through the video to confirm that your child received the full dose.
  4. If there is any discrepancy, you can address it with the doctor or nurse, or ask to see a supervisor.
  5. After your child receive the vaccination, please stay for the 15-minute observation session.
  6. Before you leave the vaccination centre, please check MySejahtera and the vaccination card to make sure your child’s name is correct.

Read more : Vaccine Underdose : What Should You Watch Out For?

 

What To Do After Your Kids’ Vaccine Appointment?

First, congratulate yourself on protecting your children against COVID-19.

Then take some photos before you leave the vaccination centre, and share them on social media!

Help to encourage other parents to also protect their children against COVID-19!

Dietary / Medical Restrictions?

There are NO RESTRICTIONS on your child’s diet or daily life after vaccination.

Please remember – your child was just vaccinated against COVID-19, not convicted of a crime!

Please continue to give your child his/her medications, if any.

Continue COVID-19 Precautions!

Your child must continue to take COVID-19 precautions in public, like wear a face mask and a face shield, and maintain physical distance in public, because :

Restrictions On Physical Activities?

If possible, your child should avoid strenuous physical activities for a week or two for these reasons :

  • A precautionary measure against the rare risk of myocarditis / pericarditis.
  • It will also allow you to better detect the symptoms of myocarditis / pericarditis (details below).
  • To avoid accidents if your child has a headache or fever while engaging in strenuous physical activities.
  • To avoid conflating any pain or muscle ache with the vaccination.

Please note the emphasis on strenuous. There is no need to completely restrict their physical activities.

Monitor For Symptoms Of Myocarditis / Pericarditis

Myocarditis and pericarditis are known but rare adverse events that can happen to those who receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The new paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has a smaller dose, and a lower risk – only 12 myocarditis cases have reported after 8.7 million doses were administered.

The good news is – vaccine-induced myocarditis is often mild, and easily treated.

Therefore, parents are advised to monitor their children for these symptoms, and quickly seek medical attention :

  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • heart palpitations / pounding heart

I would like to also point out that the risk of myocarditis from vaccines is far lower than the risk of myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection.

Read more : Vaccine myocarditis risk is less than 1 in million!

Painkillers

You should expect your child to experience mild side effects over the next few days, like fever, muscle ache and possibly headache.

You should not be overly concerned – they are evidence of your child’s immune system learning to fight against COVID-19.

You can give your child painkillers if they feel sick, but try to use paracetamol / acetaminophen instead of NSAIDS like ibuprofen and aspirin.

Report Side Effects

Please report any side effects your child feels over the next few days in MySejahtera.

If they persist, or get severe, please seek medical attention at the nearest government hospital.

Read more : How To Report Vaccine Side Effects In MySejahtera!

 

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Can’t Book 5-11 Yo Vaccine Appointment? Here’s The Fix!

If you can’t book the vaccine appointment for your 5-11 year-old child, here are the solutions to fix that problem!

 

Many Parents Can’t Book 5-11 Yo Vaccine Appointment!

Many parents are complaining that they are unable to book the vaccine appointment for their 5-11 year-old children!

They received the link in MySejahtera to book their child’s vaccine appointment, but the link does NOT work!

No matter how many times they tap / click on it, nothing happens.

Note : If you did not receive the “Click here to book your dependent’s appointment” link, please wait. The MySejahtera team appears to be releasing that option in batches to reduce load on their servers. Your turn will come shortly.

 

Can’t Book 5-11 Yo Vaccine Appointment? Here’s The Fix!

If you can’t book the vaccine appointment for your 5-11 year-old child, here are the solutions to fix that problem!

Solution #1 : Update MySejahtera

As I mentioned in my earlier guide, the booking system is only available in MySejahtera 1.1.6 and above.

You may see the vaccine booking option appear in an earlier version of MySejahtera, but it will NOT work until you update to version 1.1.6 or later.

So if you have this problem, first go to the Apple App Store / Google Play Store / HUAWEI AppGallery and update to MySejahtera 1.1.6 or later.

If MySejahtera does not update properly in your Android smartphone, please make sure you allow the Files and media permission :

Step 1 : Go to Settings > Apps > MySejahtera > Permissions.

Step 2 : Tap on Files and media under the Denied list.

Step 3 : Tap on Allow all the time.

Solution #2 : Force Close MySejahtera

If you had earlier updated to MySejahtera 1.1.6 (or newer), then you should try restarting MySejahtera by “force closing” it. Not just use the Home button, which only minimises it.

In Android, tap on the App Overview button, and swipe up / press on the X button to “force close” it.

For iOS devices with a Home button, double tap on the Home button, and swipe up to “force close” it.

For iOS devices without a Home button, swipe up and hold, and then swipe up on MySejahtera to “force close” it.

Then reopen MySejahtera, and see if the booking system now works.

Solution #3 : Clear MySejahtera App Cache

If the two solutions above still does not work, you can try to clear the App Cache if you are using an Android device.

Step 1 : Go to Settings > Apps > MySejahtera

Step 2 : Scroll down and tap on the Storage option.

Step 3 : Tap on the Clear cache option at the bottom.

Step 4 : Log into MySejahtera and see if the booking system works!

Solution #4 : Delete MySejahtera App Data

If Solution #3 did not solve your problem, you can repeat the steps above, and tap on Clear data instead of just tapping on Clear cache.

But be warned that this step will wipe out your login data, so you will need to log into MySejahtera after this. It will be similar to deleting and reinstalling MySejahtera.

I hope this guide helps you solve the vaccine appointment booking problem in MySejahtera!

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How To Cancel Your Spotify Free / Premium Account!

Find out why you should cancel your Spotify Free or Spotify Premium account, and how to do it!

PS. Cancelling your free account isn’t as easy as you’d think! But cancel it, you must…

 

Why Cancel Your Spotify Free / Premium Account?

Spotify has long been the giant of music streaming services, but there will come a time when you want to cancel your Spotify Free or Spotify Premium account.

Most notably, Spotify is now being cancelled because they chose to allow Joe Rogan to continue spreading misinformation on their platform.

But even if you don’t care about Joe Rogan and fake news, Spotify has been slacking against the competition, namely Apple Music and Amazon  :

  • its Premium account still does not offer lossless quality
  • its Premium account still does not offer spatial audio
  • Spotify still does not support 16-bit CD-quality audio

Spotify has rested on their laurels for way too long, and you – the customer- have the option of cancelling your free or premium account to show your displeasure and hopefully wake them up from their slumber…

Even if you are using a free ad-supported Spotify account, you should still cancel it. Your cancellation matters, because Spotify relies on user base numbers to hype up their popularity to please shareholders and negotiate with artists, record labels, etc.

Read more : Spotify Lost Over $4 Billion (So Far) Over Joe Rogan!

 

How To Cancel Your Spotify Premium Account?

Here is the official way to cancel your Spotify Premium account.

  1. Log into spotify.com/account.
  2. Under Your plan, click CHANGE PLAN.
  3. Scroll to Cancel Spotify and click CANCEL PREMIUM.

However, that may be outdated, so here is an example by Luke Filipowicz from iMore.

  1. Log into spotify.com/account.
  2. Go to Subscription.
  3. Tap on View Details.

Credit : Luke Filipowicz, iMore

  1. Under the Update Details button, click on the “cancel your subscription” option.

Credit : Luke Filipowicz, iMore

Your Premium account will stay active until your next billing date, then your account switches to free. Please go to the next section to completely remove your Spotify free account.

Note : Due to a tremendous number of people requesting to cancel their accounts, Spotify may tell you that you are not allowed to cancel at the moment.

If that happens, simply remove your credit card in your Spotify profile settings. This will prevent them from charging your credit card, and extending your Premium subscription.

 

How To Cancel Your Spotify Free Account?

Here is how you can cancel your Spotify Free account. It is important to do this, even if you had already cancelled your Premium account.

  1. Log into spotify.com/account.
  2. Download and fill this form.
  3. Submit the completed form to the Spotify Support team.

Remember – as long as you maintain your Spotify Free account, you still count in their statistics of subscribers and listeners.

 

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Google Site Kit : How To Fix JSON Data Error?

If you just installed the Google Site Kit, only to find it reporting Data error in Analytics with an invalid JSON response, we have the solution for you!

 

Google Site Kit : What Is JSON Data Error?

The Google Site Kit for WordPress is supposed to make it seamless to integrate Google services like Analytics and AdSense into your website.

But you may get this error message, even after you successfully set up Google Site Kit for your WordPress website.

Data error in Analytics

The response is not a valid JSON response.

This is how it looks like after we integrated Google Site Kit into Tech ARP.

As you can see, it’s kind of pointless if Google Site Kit cannot display your Analytics data directly in your WordPress admin page.

 

Google Site Kit : How To Fix JSON Data Error?

At first, we thought it might be a Google Site Kit configuration error, but that was not the case.

We tried disabling and re-enabling it, reinstalling it, reconfiguring and logging in again, but none of that worked.

iThemes Security Was The Problem

The problem, we finally discovered, was the popular iThemes Security plugin.

But removing it was not the solution either – it is a critical tool in mitigating the DDOS attacks that keep hitting Tech ARP.

Here Is The Solution

Finally, we stumbled upon the solution, and it’s ridiculously simple!

  1. Log into your WordPress admin page.
  2. Go to the iThemes configuration page (Security > Settings).
  3. Click on the System Tweaks option.
  4. Look for the Long URL Strings option.
  5. Uncheck the Filter Long URL Strings option.
  6. Click on Save Settings.

That’s it! After you refresh the Site Kit dashboard, you should now see the full stats displayed!

 

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How To Enable + Disable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera Ver. 5.0

Here is our UPDATED video + pictorial guide on how to ENABLE and DISABLE MySJ Trace in MySejahtera!

Updated @ 2022-01-24 : Added a solution for MySJ Trace not working on Android 12 devices.

Updated @ 2022-01-06 : Added two solutions for people who cannot enable MySJ Trace.
Updated @ 2022-01-02 : Added a new method on disabling MySJ Trace, and a new video guide.
Updated @ 2021-12-30 : Added two methods on disabling MySJ Trace, and a new video guide.
Originally posted @ 2021-12-29

 

Why Enable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera?

MySJ Trace is a new MySejahtera feature, which allows for more accurate contact tracing, and removes the need to manually check out from locations.

Once enabled, your phone will use Bluetooth to communicate with other phones that have MySJ Trace enabled, to determine the distance and length of contact. This eliminates the need to manually check-out.

The proximity data it collects allows Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) to accurately determine if you are a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person.

Obviously, this feature only works if everyone has MySJ Trace enabled, so please enable it!

Read more : What You Need To Know About The New MySJ Trace Feature!
Read more : MySJ Trace : Answers To Your Frequently Asked Questions!

 

Why Disable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera?

Some people are worried that the government is using MySJ Trace to track their movements, but that’s really not possible.

Others are worried about the battery life that the persistent Bluetooth connection will consume. As it uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, the power consumption is very low.

Even so, the battery consumption is a valid concern for some users, especially those who are using smartphones with very small or ageing batteries.

However, I highly recommend you try MySJ Trace before turning it off and on like that. From my personal experience, it really uses very little power.

Read more : Can The Government Use MySJ Trace To Track You 24/7?

 

How To Enable + Disable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera!

I created this video to show you how to enable and disable MySJ Trace in MySejahtera.

Note : This is the extended version, which includes the method to permanently disable MySJ Trace.

For those who prefer a step-by-step guide with pictures, please skip to the next section.

 

How To Enable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera?

MySJ Trace is (currently) NOT mandatory and is an opt-in feature, so you actually have to manually enable it, if you want to participate.

Step 1 : Update to the MySejahtera version that has MySJ Trace.

Step 2 : Open MySejahtera, and you will see a black MySJ Trace section in the default Check-in screen.

Step 3 : Tap on Setup MySJ Trace to begin the setup process.

Step 4 : Tap on the Start button in the initial explainer screen.

Step 5 : Tap the I agree button to consent to give your “interaction information” for the past 14 days to the Malaysia Ministry of Health for “contact tracing purposes”.

Step 6 : In the App Permissions screen, tap on the Allow button.

Step 7 : First, you will be asked to allow MySejahtera to access your smartphone’s location. Tap on While using the app.

Step 8 : Next, you will be asked to allow MySejahtera to detect your location all the time. Tap on Allow all the time.

Step 9 : Now, you will be asked to enable Bluetooth, if it is not already enabled.

Step 10 : Once all necessary permissions have been enabled, just tap on the Close button.

That’s it! You have now activated MySJ Trace in MySejahtera.

 

What If You Can’t Enable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera?

Quite a few people have reported to us that tapping on the Allow button doesn’t do anything (Step 6). Here are some solutions…

iOS Devices : Manually Turn On Bluetooth

In your iOS device, there are two ways to turn on Bluetooth :

  1. Go to Settings > Bluetooth, and tap on the toggle to turn it on
  2. Pull down the Notification Center, and tap on the Bluetooth icon to turn it on.

After turning on Bluetooth manually, set up MySJ Trace again from Step 3. It should now work.

Android Devices : Manually Turn On Bluetooth + Location

In your Android device, there are two ways to turn on Bluetooth :

  1. Go to Settings > Connections, and tap on the Bluetooth toggle to turn it on
  2. Pull down the notification tray, and tap on the Bluetooth icon to turn it on.

After turning on Bluetooth manually, you should also manually enable Location permission :

Step 1 : Go to Settings > Apps > MySejahtera > Permissions.

Step 2 : Tap on the Location option under the list of Allowed permissions.

Step 3 : Tap on Allow All the time.

After this, set up MySJ Trace again from Step 3. It should now work.

Android 12 Devices : Enable Nearby Devices

MySJ Trace may stop working once your device is upgraded to Android 12.

Here is what you need to do to get MySJ Trace working again with Android 12 devices:

Step 1 : Go to Settings > Apps > MySejahtera > Permissions.

Step 2 : Tap on the Nearby devices option under the list of Not allowed permissions.

Step 3 : Tap on the Allow option.

MySJ Trace will now work without further action!

Read more : Why MySJ Trace Stopped Working With Bluetooth Enabled?

 

How To Disable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera?

Quickly + Temporarily Disable MySJ Trace

MySejahtera does not offer any option to turn off MySJ Trace once you set it up, but if you prefer to turn off MySJ Trace to “protect your privacy“, or to save a little power, there is an easy way to do it.

All you have to do is disable Bluetooth connectivity, and MySJ Trace is immediately disabled. That’s because MySJ Trace relies on Bluetooth to determine your proximity to other users.

You can do that by pulling down the notification tray in your smartphone, and tapping on the active Bluetooth icon to disable it. Alternatively, you can disable it in your device settings.

Once disabled, the MySJ Trace section in the MySejahtera check-in screen will now ask you to setup again. But there is no need to set it up again.

Whenever you want to re-enable MySJ Trace, all you have to do is re-enable Bluetooth, and MySJ Trace will immediately start working again. Essentially, your smartphone’s Bluetooth connectivity now acts as a toggle for MySJ Trace.

Permanently Disable MySJ Trace

For those who want to permanently disable MySJ Trace, without disabling Bluetooth, reinstalling MySejahtera works for both Android and iOS devices. This is the only known solution for iOS devices.

Android devices, on the other hand, have two alternatives – disabling location permission, or clearing app data.

Option A : Disable Location Permission

Here are the steps to disable Location Permission for MySejahtera in your Android device :

Step 1 : Go to Settings > Apps > MySejahtera > Permissions.

Step 2 : Tap on the Location option under the list of Allowed permissions.

Step 3 : Tap on Allow only while using the app or Deny.

That’s it! Once you go out, MySJ Trace will be permanently disabled in MySejahtera.

Credit : I would like to thank Kyle Hudsons for pointing this out to us.

Option B : Clear MySejahtera App Data

Here are the steps to clear the MySejahtera app data in your Android device :

Step 1 : Go to Settings > Apps > MySejahtera > Storage.

Step 2 : Tap on Clear data. You will be warned that this will remove your MySejahtera account information and database.

Please be warned that if you proceed, your MySejahtera account information will be cleared, together with your past contact history.

Your COVID-19 vaccination history and certificate are stored in the cloud and remain safe, but you will need to log into your MySejahtera account again.

So please do NOT proceed unless you remember your MySJ ID and password!

Step 3 : If you are sure, tap on the OK option to clear the MySejahtera data.

Step 4 : Launch MySejahtera, and log into MySejahtera using your MySJ ID (either your mobile number or email address), and your password.

After you log in, you will see that MySJ Trace has been disabled. You will need to setup MySJ Trace (again) to enable it.

 

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UPDATED CITF-B Vaccine Booster Dose Recommendations!

Now that the booster dose programme in Malaysia is open to everyone, what vaccine should YOU use?

Don’t worry – CITF-B just issued their LATEST recommendations on the BEST vaccine booster dose for you!

 

What Vaccine Has Been Approved As Booster Dose By CITF-B?

Currently, only three vaccines have been approved for use as a booster dose by CITF-B (COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force – Booster).

 

Official CITF-B Vaccine Booster Dose Recommendations!

On 24 November 2021, the Ministry of Health announced that the booster dose will be available to anyone above 18, including those who received AstraZeneca, Cansino, Sinopharm and Janssen vaccines.

They also issued the official CITF-B recommendations on the BEST vaccine booster dose for you!

On 28 December 2021, CITF-B issued updated recommendations to address the threat of the Omicron variant.

Quick + Easy Summary

To make it simple for you, this table summarises the updated CITF-B’s booster dose recommendations, based on what COVID-19 vaccine you received earlier :

Primary Series
Vaccine
Recommended
Booster
Alternative
Booster
Timing After
Primary Series
Pfizer Pfizer Moderna After 3 months
AstraZeneca Pfizer AstraZeneca
Sinovac Pfizer AstraZeneca or
Sinovac
Sinopharm Pfizer AstraZeneca or
Sinopharm *
Moderna Moderna Pfizer
CanSino Pfizer CanSino *
Sputnik V Pfizer AstraZeneca
Janssen Pfizer AstraZeneca After 2 months

Pfizer Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Pfizer vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : Moderna booster shot

AstraZeneca Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Sinovac Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca / Sinovac booster shot

If you are not comfortable with the Pfizer vaccine, please consider the AstraZeneca booster shot instead, because it is far superior to the Sinovac booster shot.

Read more : Can You And Should You Get A Sinovac Booster Dose?
Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

Sinopharm Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sinopharm vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca / Sinopharm booster shot

Note : CITF-B is allowing a third dose of Sinopharm as a booster shot, but it has NOT been approved by the NPRA, and is therefore not available at the moment.

Moderna Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Moderna vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Moderna booster shot
  • Alternative : Pfizer booster shot

Sputnik V Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sputnik V vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

CanSino Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the CanSino vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after vaccination.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : CanSino booster shot

Note : CITF-B is allowing a second dose of CanSino as a booster shot, but it has NOT been approved by the NPRA, and is therefore not available at the moment.

Janssen Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine can receive their booster shot 2 months after vaccination.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Please note that all COVID-19 booster doses provided under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) are provided FREE of charge.

So please watch out for your booster dose appointment in MySejahtera, and get your FREE boost in your protection against COVID-19!

Read more : COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy For Malaysia : 28 Dec Edition!

 

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New MySJ Trace Feature : What You Need To Know!

MySejahtera has a new feature called MySJ Trace, which logs your close contacts for more accurate contact tracing.

Here is what you need to know about the new MySejahtera feature!

 

MySJ Trace : New Tracking Feature In MySejahtera

Currently, MySejahtera relies on manual logging in at various entry points, which results in many false positives and false negatives.

  • false positive : you wrongly get identified as a close or casual contact
  • false negative : you are not flagged as a close contact, even when you come into close proximity with a COVID-19 positive person

To eliminate those errors, MySejahtera is introducing a new and more accurate contact tracing feature called MySJ Trace.

Similar to Singapore’s TraceTogether app, MySJ Trace uses Bluetooth technology to more accurately determine your proximity to other people, so MySejahtera can better determine if you are a close contact, or not.

It also removes the need to manually check out from the locations you checked in earlier.

Read more : Can The Government Use MySJ Trace To Track You 24/7?

 

MySejahtera with MySJ Trace : Now Available For Android!

MySJ Trace is currently available only in MySejahtera version 1.1.3 and above.

It was first introduced in MySejahtera version 1.1.3 which is available only from the HUAWEI AppGallery

But on 25 December 2021, it was also introduced in MySejahtera version 1.1.4 in the Google Play Store, so all Android users will have access to it.

As of 28 December 2021, it is still NOT available in the Apple App Store. Version 1.0.49 in the Apple App Store does NOT support this feature.

Read more : MySejahtera with MySJ Trace Now Available For Android!

 

MySJ Trace : How To Enable It?

MySJ Trace is (currently) NOT mandatory and is an opt-in feature, so you actually have to manually enable it, if you want to participate.

Step 1 : Update to the MySejahtera version that has MySJ Trace.

Step 2 : Open MySejahtera, and you will see a black MySJ Trace section in the default Check-in screen.

Step 3 : Tap on Setup MySJ Trace to begin the setup process.

Step 4 : Tap on the Start button in the initial explainer screen.

Step 5 : Tap the I agree button to consent to give your “interaction information” for the past 14 days to the Malaysia Ministry of Health for “contact tracing purposes”.

Step 6 : In the App Permissions screen, tap on the Allow button.

Step 7 : First, you will be asked to allow MySejahtera to access your smartphone’s location. Tap on While using the app.

Step 8 : Next, you will be asked to allow MySejahtera to detect your location all the time. Tap on Allow all the time.

Step 9 : Now, you will be asked to enable Bluetooth, if it is not already enabled.

Step 10 : Once all necessary permissions have been enabled, just tap on the Close button.

That’s it! You have now activated MySJ Trace in MySejahtera.

If at any time you do not wish to participate, you can simply disable the permissions, and/or reinstall MySejahtera.

 

MySJ Trace : Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the official answers to the MySJ frequently-asked questions (FAQ):

1. What is MySJ Trace?

MySJ Trace is a contact tracing application developed by the Government of Malaysia.

It adopts a community-driven approach where participating devices exchange proximity information whenever an app detects another device with MySJ Trace app installed.

This application allows the identification of people who were in close proximity to COVID-19 infected individual

2. What is the difference between MySJ Trace and MySejahtera?

MySejahtera & MySJ Trace are used by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia.

MySejahtera allows users to perform quick health-self assessment and for the Ministry of Health (MOH) to monitor users’ health condition and take immediate actions in providing treatments.

Meanwhile, MySJ Trace further complements MySejahtera by detecting and tracing the individuals who are in close contact with the COVID-19 positive patients.

Read more : Can The Government Use MySJ Trace To Track You 24/7?

3. Who developed MySJ Trace?

MySJ Trace was developed through a strategic cooperation between government agencies of Malaysia :

  • Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI)
  • Ministry of Health (KKM)
  • Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU)
  • Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems (MIMOS)

4. Who are the users of MySJ Trace?

All Malaysian citizens and residents of Malaysia.

5. Where can I download MySJ Trace?

Users only need to update the MySejahtera application to the latest version.

6. How does MySJ Trace function?

MySJ Trace enables participating devices to exchange proximity information whenever the app detects another device with the same app installed. Data collected will be stored and processed only by the MOH officers.

When a user is identified to be COVID-19 positive, the user will initiate a process to upload the data from the user’s smartphone to a secured database managed by the MOH.

7. What is contact tracing?

Contact tracing is an identification process of individuals who may have come into close contact with an infected COVID-19 patient.

It enables the MOH to further trace and contact the individuals and organize a follow-up action.

8. If I have been identified as a close contact, how will I be contacted?

The user will receive an SMS, and a notification in the MySejahtera app.

9. What data are collected by MySJ Trace?

Only these data are collected :

  • Unique User ID (UUID) that is created by the MySejahtera app.
  • Operating system version (Android or iOS)
  • Time of contact
  • Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI)

10. Are my personal information that is stored in the app safe?

MySejahtera and MySJ Trace are owned and operated entirely by the Malaysian government. The government guarantees that all information collected and used in the app comply with the information security standards of the government of Malaysia.

11. Does MySJ Trace require Internet connectivity after activation?

Yes, Internet connectivity is required when you first update the MySejahtera app, and during the data uploading process.

12. What devices support MySJ Trace?

MySJ Trace is supported by smartphones that use the Android or iOS operating systems :

  • Android : Version 8.0 and above
    – Non-sleep mode must be set, so MySJ Trace will remain active in both foreground and background modes.
  • iOS : Version 10 and above
    – The phone must be active at all times while the app needs to be in the foreground mode.

13. Must Bluetooth be activated at all times?

Yes, Bluetooth must be activated at all times for MySJ Trace to work properly.

14. Will Bluetooth usage cause high battery usage?

Unlike using Bluetooth to stream music or to a wireless headphone continuously, MySJ Trace uses Bluetooth to only transmit its presence periodically. As such, it uses significantly less power.

15. Will the app use significant battery power if MySJ Trace is left running all the time?

MySJ Trace uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to minimise battery usage. Therefore, the app does not use significant amounts of battery power to collect persistent contact tracing information.

16. Will MySJ Trace Bluetooth usage affect my other Bluetooth accessories?

MySJ Trace does not affect the use or performance of other Bluetooth accessories like wireless speakers, wireless earphones or headphones, or smartwatches.

17. Why must I allow location permission for the Android version?

Android requires location permission to be granted for any app to access Bluetooth features. However, geolocation data will not be collected.

For iOS, only the Bluetooth function needs to be enabled.

 

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Updated Malaysia School Term Schedule + Holidays For 2022!

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

Here are the details…

 

2021/2022 Malaysia School Term Schedule

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

On 24 December 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) announced that the 2021/2022 school term will be postponed one week due to floods.

Read more : Malaysia School Term Postponed 1 Week Because Of Floods!

Here is the new 2021/2022 school term schedule for the year 2022, based on what we know so far :

Group A

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

  • Year-end school holiday will take place from 10 December 2021 until 8 January 2022
  • 2021 academic year will continue from 9 January until 26 February 2022
  • The 3-week term holiday will be from 27 February until 27 March 2022
Group A Starts Ends Days
School Term 3 9 January 2022 24 February 2022 28
Term Holiday * 25 February 2022 20 March 2022 24

Group B

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

  • Year-end school holiday will take place from 11 December 2021 until 9 January 2022
  • 2021 academic year will continue from 10 January until 25 February 2022
  • The 3-week term holiday will be from 26 February until 20 March 2022
Group B Starts Ends Days
School Term 3 10 January 2022 25 February 2022 29
Term Holiday 26 February 2022 20 March 2022 23

 

2022/2023 Malaysia School Term Schedule

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

Group A

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

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

Group B

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

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

 

Extra Holidays For 2022 + 2023 Malaysia School Term!

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

Group A

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

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

Group B

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

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

 

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