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Interstate Travel Now Limited To 3 Situations Only!

The Malaysian Police just tightened interstate travel, limiting it to just 3 situations / circumstances. Here are the details!

 

Interstate Travel Now Limited To 3 Situations Only!

On the same day the National Security Council announced that interstate travel will be permitted to help family members vaccinate against COVID-19, the police apparently limited interstate travel to just 3 situations.

This was not announced publicly by the Royal Malaysian Police or the National Security Council (MKN), but this printed and signed notice at the Putrajaya Precinct 1 Police Station appears to be genuine.

According to this notice, the Inspector-General of Police, Abdul Hamid Bador, ordered that police permission will only be given for only these 3 situations / circumstances :

  1. Emergencies involving immediate family members with supporting documents
    – This should include the newly-announced permission to travel interstate to help dependents or senior citizens attend their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
  2. Death
  3. Couples in long-distance relationships

The notice also specifically stated that interstate travel is not permitted for wedding ceremonies and other feasts / celebrations.

This new order kicked off officially on 15 April 2021.

We should point out that this new order only applies to those applying for police permission to travel interstate.

It does NOT apply to those travelling for work, as they do not require police permission. They only require a letter from their employer, or other supporting documents, to prove that they are travelling for work.

 

Interstate Travel Allowed For COVID-19 Vaccination!

On 15 April 2021, National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that interstate travel will be allowed for those helping family members make it to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

  • Only one person is allowed to travel interstate to help family members make it to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
  • For example, someone working in KL can return to Negeri Sembilan to take his elderly mother for her vaccination.
  • That person will only need to show the vaccination appointment letter at state borders

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Scam Warning : Public Bank Customers Hit By Fake SMS!

Scammers continue to target Public Bank customers, using many different kinds of fake SMS messages.

Do NOT click or call if you receive any of these fake SMS messages!

 

Public Bank : Fake SMS Scam Warning! Do NOT Click / Call!

Whether you are a Public Bank customer or not, you may receive one of these alarming SMS messages.

Please DO NOT click on the link, or call the number. JUST IGNORE THEM, or delete them.

The safest thing to do is NEVER CLICK ON A LINK in any SMS. If you need to log into your bank account, key in the website address manually.

RM0 PBB/PIBB: Your PBB account will TERMINATED on 02Dec20 01:30:00 AM. Please make verification via http://www.mypbebank.cc to avoid service interruption. Verify now keep on using PBB services.

RM0 Credit Cash out RM3,000 form card ending no 7102 successful on 01 DEC. Information system sending. Call PBB 1800-81-9566 for any query

Warning: Your account is marked as insecure, please click Return PAC immediately to confirm that it is safe to use. (https://pbevip.vip/)

PBe Your account is in a high-risk state PLS log in immediately and return the PAC to protect your account security https://www.pbebanks.top

PBe Warning: Phishing URLs are frequent recently, PLS log in immediately to strengthen account security. 2Mar21 13:14 https://se1.pbevip.top/

PB e Your account is in a high-risk by the system, PLS re-verify your account https://pbbanks.red/ <security reminder is normal>

RM0 PIBB: Thank you for using your card ending 1098@senQ MYR 2899, Pls call 03-56260232 now, if you didn’t use it

RM0 PBB/PIBB: Trx amt MYR2699.00  @LAZADA for card ending 5738. Call PB 1-800-81-2337 now if didn t perform.

PBB: Your account is judged as high risk by the system. PLS re-verify your account https://www.pbebanks.asia/ <security reminder is normal>

PB e Alarm Your banking Suit now is marked as insecure, PLS re-verify your account https://online-pbebank.com <security reminder is normal>

 

Public Bank Fake SMS Scam : What Happens If You Click?

Clicking on the links will often lead you to a phishing website, a fake website designed to look like a Public Bank website.

You will be asked to key in your personal information, including your Public Bank user name and password. DO NOT KEY IN YOUR INFORMATION!

But if you are free and want to help screw these scammers, key in fake information as many times as possible.

Note : These scams do not just affect Public Bank. In fact, all banks are affected :

 

Public Bank : How To Identify Fake SMS Messages

With a little help from Public Bank, let’s show you how to identify fake SMS messages.

If you spot any of these warning signs, BACK OFF and DO NOT PROCEED!

Warning Sign #1 : Grammatical Mistakes

Read the two SMS messages above, and you can easily spot numerous grammatical mistakes. A bank will never send such poorly worded messages to their customers.

Warning Sign #2 : Embedded Links

Banks will NEVER embed links (URLs) into the message. If you see embedded links, always think – SCAM SMS!

Warning Sign #3 : Wrong Links

And always check the link – www.mypbebank.cc is not the correct address for the Public Bank website (www.pbebank.com)

When you see any website with .cc links, be wary because the .CC domains are registered in the Cocos Islands – an Australian territory of only 14 km², with only about 600 inhabitants.

The same goes for generic, top level domains like .TOP, .VIP, .TOP, .RED.ASIA, etc.

Warning Sign #4 : No Personal Login Phrase / Picture

To avoid phishing attacks, banks now give you a secret response (like a picture or a phrase) to confirm that you are visiting their legitimate website.

If the website you are visiting gives you the wrong picture or secret phrase, you have been tricked into visiting a fake website designed to mimic the real bank website.

You should also remember that the bank website must show you secret picture or phrase right after you enter your login, but BEFORE you key in your password.

If you are asked to key in your password without the website displaying the secret phrase or picture, you have been tricked into visiting a fake website designed to mimic the real bank website.

 

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Public Bank Segambut Closed After COVID-19 Case!

Public Bank closed their Segambut branch in Kuala Lumpur, after an employee there tested positive for COVID-19!

Find out what happened, and whether you should be concerned!

 

Public Bank Segambut : Employee Positive For COVID-19!

On 15 April 2021, Public Bank announced that an employee at their Segambut branch in KL tested positive for COVID-19.

Public Bank closed their Segambut branch, for deep cleaning and sanitisation, from 16 April 2021 until further notice.

Other employees who came into close contact with the affected staff member have been placed under home quarantine.

 

Public Bank Segambut : Official Statement On COVID-19 Exposure

This was the notice Maybank posted on the COVID-19 case at their Segambut store.:

KUALA LUMPUR – Public Bank Berhad (“PBB”) confirms that one (1) of its employees from Public Bank – Segambut branch, in W.P Kuala Lumpur had tested positive for COVID-19 on 15 April 2021.

The affected branch has been temporarily closed from 16 April 2021. Deep cleaning and sanitization activities have been carried out in accordance with Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia guidelines. As an added precaution, employees who had come into close contact with the affected employee had been placed on home-quarantine. Rest assured that we have taken all necessary precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of our customers, employees and the community.

Customers are encouraged to perform their banking transactions online via www.pbebank.com, or download our PB engage MY mobile app.

 

Public Bank Segambut COVID-19 Infection : Do NOT Panic

Even though a branch employee was infected, you should not panic…

They are definitely tracing contacts, which is why it is important to log your movements with MySejahtera, or the physical logbook.

While banks offer physical logbooks, we highly recommend that you use the MySejahtera mobile app, because it allows for easier and faster contact tracing.

Using the MySejahtera mobile app also obviates the need to sign a physical logbook, which usually means using a shared pen – an unnecessary risk factor.

If you happen to be in that Public Bank branch when that affected employee was present, you will be contacted and asked to self-quarantine and undergo a COVID-19 screening test.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is easily destroyed by soap, so the deep cleaning operation will definitely clean the branch of any infectious particles.

But most important of all – we need to remember to always wear a face mask in public. Face masks have been proven to prevent the spread and reduce the risk of being infected.

You should also keep physically distanced from other people, and maintain good hand hygiene.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe During CMCO!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe :

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Interstate Travel Allowed For COVID-19 Vaccination!

You can now TRAVEL INTERSTATE to help family members make it to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Here are the details!

 

Interstate Travel Allowed For COVID-19 Vaccination!

On 14 April 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council agreed to allow interstate travel for the purpose of helping family members make it to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

On 15 April 2021, National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced this decision, which will take effect immediately.

  • Only one person is allowed to travel interstate to help family members make it to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
  • For example, someone working in KL can return to Negeri Sembilan to take his elderly mother for her vaccination.
  • That person will only need to show the vaccination appointment letter at state borders

 

Interstate Travel To Spur COVID-19 Vaccination?

This new interstate travel leniency appears to be an attempt to spur COVID-19 vaccination.

However, it is unknown how many senior citizens or dependents are unable to make it for their COVID-19 vaccinations, because their children are outstation.

There is also the issue of abuse of this leniency. Restricting it to a single person helps, but cannot prevent people from travelling in separate cars using the same vaccination appointment letter as an excuse.

There is, after all, no central database for the police to verify that only one person is using that vaccination appointment letter to travel interstate.

A better alternative might be for the Health Ministry to setup mobile vaccination teams to target senior citizens or other people who are unable to travel to vaccination centres.

 

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Fact Check : Buka Puasa Picnic Allowed In Putrajaya?

A picture of people gathering for a Buka Puasa (Iftar) picnic in Putrajaya is going viral.

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Buka Puasa Picnic Allowed In Putrajaya?

A picture showing crowds of people gathering for a Buka Puasa (Iftar) picnic in Putrajaya is going viral, with this warning message :

Buka puasa picnics allowed. This was in putrajaya which has more cases than Selangor

BTW Covid cases today over 2000

 

Buka Puasa Picnic Allowed In Putrajaya? The Facts!

Netizens are justly angry with the picture, partly because of the crowd size, and partly because no one appears to be wearing face masks.

However, the truth is not quite what it seems… here are the FACTS :

Fact #1 : The Picture Was From 2019

That viral picture of people having their Buka Puasa picnic is genuine, and was taken at the Laman Iftar in Putrajaya.

However, this picture was taken two years ago – in 2019, not 2021. Obviously, at that time, COVID-19 did not exist and so, there was no need for face masks or physical distancing.

It was posted on 14 April 2021 by Perbadanan Putrajaya, but they specifically pointed out it was taken in 2019.

Fact #2 : Buka Puasa Picnics Are Allowed

Buka Puasa events, including buffet and gatherings are allow.

On 14 April 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council released the SOP for such Buka Puasa activities.

Putrajaya is in an RMCO area, and so Buka Puasa / Iftar activities are allowed at full capacity, subject to other SOP conditions.

Whether such a decision is wise during the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic – that’s another issue altogether.

Fact #3 : There Are SOPs To Adhere To

To allay fears that allowing Buka Puasa activities while the COVID-19 pandemic is raging, the government insisted on SOPs being followed.

The Perbadanan Putrajaya post with this viral picture actually listed those conditions for those who wanted to do it at the park :

  1. Wear a face mask
  2. Maintain cleanliness
  3. Scan the MySejahtera QR code
  4. Take your body temperature before entering
  5. Maintain physical distance
  6. Bring your own picnic mat
  7. There must be 2 metres between picnic mats

While Perbadanan Putrajaya did not share pictures of the actual picnic, the pictures they shared showed orange physical distancing markers and people wearing face masks.

Fact #4 : Selangor Has More Cases Than Putrajaya

The claim that Putrajaya has more COVID-19 cases than Selangor is outright false.

As of 14 April 2021, Putrajaya only recorded a total of 1,254 cases, while Selangor had 97X more – 121,358 cases!

 

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : 14 April 2021 Edition!

Here is the latest COVID-19 vaccine plan for Malaysia, as announced by the Ministry of Health.

We will keep this article updated over time, so check back for more updates!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Five Vaccines Purchased So Far

Malaysia has so far signed agreements to purchase five vaccines in 2021 :

That is enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to immunise up to 37.85 million people – roughly 118% of the adult population in Malaysia.

This does not mean that there are excess vaccine doses, because Malaysia has also committed to vaccinating foreign residents in Malaysia.

And there will come a time when children may also be vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : How To Register?

On 5 January 2020, the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that COVID-19 vaccination will be voluntary in Malaysia.

He also said that Malaysians will have to (later) register for the COVID-19 vaccine through a “sign-up feature” in the MySejahtera app.

That was expanded on 12 February 2021 to FIVE (5) ways to register for the COVID-19 vaccine plan :

  1. The MySejahtera app.
  2. The Vaksin COVID website.
  3. The telephone hotline : 1800-888-828
  4. Manually at health clinics, hospitals and private clinics
  5. House-to-house registration at targeted rural areas for senior citizens.

Public registration program for Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the COVID-19 vaccine programme began on 1 March 2021.

Registration for dependents, including domestic helpers (maids), started on 19 March 2021.

Manual registration at private and public clinics, as well as health offices, started on 5 April 2021.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Phase 2 Kicking Off Soon!

The Phase 2 public vaccination against COVID-19 is slated to kick off for 8 states on 19 April 2021 :

  • Kedah
  • Penang
  • Pahang
  • Melaka
  • Terengganu
  • Sabah
  • Labuan
  • Sarawak

The other states will start public vaccinations a few days later, for both citizens and foreigners.

This Phase 2 vaccination will involve both the Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines. On 12 April 2021, JKJAV approved the Sinovac vaccine for use in people aged 60 years and above.

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Those selected will be notified by MySejahtera and/or SMS, and given 48 hours to accept their appointments, failing which they will be rescheduled.

You can now check your COVID-19 vaccination appointment and status online using the JKJAV Vaccine Appointment Checker (English / Bahasa Malaysia).

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How To Report Vaccine Side Effects In MySejahtera

MySejahtera now allows you to report side effects, but the option isn’t readily apparent.

So here’s our video guide on how to report vaccine effects in MySejahtera.

It’s the same process, whether you are using an Apple iPhone, or an Android smartphone.

Don’t worry about making mistakes. You can redo the report, to correct for mistakes or update it.

For a pictorial guide, see our article How To Report Vaccine Side Effects In MySejahtera!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : My COVID-19 Vaccination Badge

Those who successfully completed their COVID-19 vaccination will receive :

  • an electronic COVID-19 vaccination certificate in MySejahtera
  • a physical My COVID-19 Vaccination Badge

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Fund : Up To RM500K!

Officially called Bantuan Khas Kewangan Kesan Mudarat Vakin COVID-19 (Special Financial Assistance for COVID-19 Vaccine Adverse Effects), this COVID-19 vaccine injury fund will pay out :

  • RM 50,000 for serious side effects that requires extended hospitalisation
  • RM 500,000 for permanent disability or death from the COVID-19 vaccine

It will receive an initial funding of RM 10 million (US$2.5 million) under the National Disaster Relief Trust Fund.

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Private COVID-19 Vaccines : Free + Paid Options Coming!

The vaccines are currently administered at 600 locations across the country, that consist of :

  • Ministry of Health healthcare facilities
  • Ministry of Defence facilities
  • University hospitals

On 29 March 2021, Malaysia announced that the free COVID-19 vaccines will also be available at private clinics and hospitals starting 19 April 2021.

As of 12 April 2021, over 2300 private clinics have registered to take part in the vaccination programme. The 203 private hospitals in Malaysia could follow suit.

Private hospitals could be allowed to purchase their own COVID-19 vaccines in Q3 or Q4 2021.

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Three Phases

The Malaysia COVID-19 vaccine program will kick off on 24 February 2021, with the arrival of the Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2 vaccine, and last until February 2022.

Phase 1 : 24 February – April 2021

Phase 1 will involve immunising 500,000 front line workers, divided into two groups :

  • Group 1 : public and private healthcare workers
  • Group 2 : frontliners providing essential services and national defence (like teachers, the police, civil defence (RELA), firefighters, rescue workers, and the armed forces).

* Originally scheduled to start in first week of March, it was brought forward to 24 February 2021.

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Phase 2 : 19 April – August 2021

Phase 2 will focus on immunising 9.4 million high-risk adults, divided into two groups :

  • Group 1 : remaining healthcare workers and frontliners (including defence)
  • Group 2 : senior citizens 60 years or olderdisabled adults, and vulnerable adults with chronic diseases, like heart disease, obesity, diabetes and hypertension

This phase kicks off on 19 April 2021, with eligible recipients being notified as early as 5 April 2021.

Phase 3 : May 2021 – February 2022

Phase 3 will make the COVID-19 vaccine available to the rest of the population :

  • adults 18 years or older
    – prioritised from red zones > yellow zones > green zones

This may be the last phase, but it is the most critical phase to build herd immunity that will protect the rest of the population that cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine : FREE For ALL Citizens + Foreign Residents

The COVID-19 vaccines will be provided FREE for all Malaysian citizens, as well as foreign residents.

The Malaysian government originally announced that the vaccines would be provided to all Malaysian citizens for FREE.

But on 11 February 2021, they announced that the COVID-19 vaccine would also be provided for FREE to all foreign residents.

Registration for domestic helpers (maids) started on 19 March 2021.

On 5 April, National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, confirmed that vulnerable foreigners will be included in Phase 2 of the vaccination programme.

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Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Plan For Malaysia : Both Doses Reserved

On 13 February 2021, Dr. Kalaiarasu Periasamy, the Director of the Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) announced the Malaysia Ministry of Health’s “One Dose Injected, One Dose Reserved” strategy.

Two doses will be reserved for each person, with the second dose administered 21 days after the first dose, as recommended by Pfizer and BioNTech.

The second dose for the Sinovac vaccine will be administered 14 days after the first dose.

When you arrive to a vaccination centre, you will be registered for both doses. You will be given a vaccination card, and registered in the MySejahtera app as well.

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Path To 80% Coverage

Malaysia originally aimed to achieve vaccination coverage of 82.8% of the adult population, approximately 26.5 million people.

But in their 5 February 2021 update, the Ministry of Health now aim to immunise 25.6 million people – 80% of the adult population, or about 76.6% of the population.

If they succeed, this would put Malaysia somewhere between the minimum 70% and the ideal 80% immunisation targets that many scientists believe are necessary to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19.

Path To 80% COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage

This is what the COVID-19 vaccine supply will be like for the adult population in Malaysia :

  • 46.4% will receive the COMIRNATY vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech
  • 34.9% will receive the CoronaVac vaccine from Sinovac Biotech
  • 9.3% will receive the AZD1222 vaccine from AstraZeneca-Oxford
  • 9.3% will receive the Sputnik V vaccine from Gamaleya Research Institute.

Why So Many Vaccines?

According to KKM, they decided to purchase from different vaccine manufacturers to ensure a sufficient supply of vaccines.

We had earlier pointed out that it was impossible for any one, or two, or even three vaccine manufacturer to manufacture enough vaccines to vaccinate the entire world.

It only makes sense that Malaysia will need to purchase from multiple companies to receive enough doses to vaccinate its population.

The only problem with using six different vaccines? Healthcare workers and logistics will need to keep track and deal with different administration and storage requirements.

While it may be possible to avoid that by allocating different vaccines by location, it would make for poor optics and possibly poorer uptake of the vaccination program.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

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Revision History

2021-04-14 : Phase 2 vaccination updates, side effect reporting, vaccination appointments, private clinics + hospitals

2021-04-06 : Details of CanSino Convidecia vaccine. Manual registration at private and public clinics.
2021-03-30 : Phase 2 details, free + paid vaccines at private clinics and hospitals.
2021-03-25 : New vaccine purchases, vaccine injury fund, domestic helper registration.
2021-03-18 : My COVID-19 Vaccination Badge, dependent registration.
2021-02-12 : 5 ways to sign up for COVID-19 vaccination programme
2021-02-05 : KKM’s plan to immunise 25.6 million people in Malaysia.
2021-01-28 : CoronaVac and Sputnik V vaccine purchase.
2021-01-12 : Added the additional purchase of the Pfizer vaccine.
Originally posted @ 2020-12-31

 

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Which COVID-19 Vaccine Should YOU Choose?

Now that there are several COVID-19 vaccine options, people are demanding for the right to choose.

But should you be given the option to choose, which COVID-19 vaccine should you choose?

2021-04-13 : Updated with new information.

Originally posted @ 2021-03-02

 

COVID-19 Vaccine : So Many To Choose From?

Several COVID-19 vaccine candidates successfully completed their Phase 3 trials, and have received EUA (Emergency Use Authorisation) from various countries.

Company Brand Name Other Name EUA Full
Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty BNT162b2 101 5
Oxford-AstraZeneca AZD1222 101 1
Gamaleya Research
Institute
Sputnik V Gam-COVID-Vac 60 3
Moderna mRNA-1273 40 2
Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 Ad26.COV2.S 40 0
Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV 38 4
Sinovac Biotech CoronaVac 27 1
CanSino Biologics Convidecia Ad5-nCoV 5 1

Many countries ordered several vaccine candidates at the same time, because a single vaccine manufacturer cannot possibly provide enough vaccines to cover an entire population.

Malaysia, for instance, purchased five COVID-19 vaccine candidates :

However, with multiple COVID-19 vaccine types being deployed, it has given people the idea that they should have the right to pick and choose the vaccine.

So which should YOU choose?

 

COVID-19 Vaccine : Which Should YOU Choose?

Most countries will provide the COVID-19 vaccines FREE of charge, but the type of vaccine used will depend on what’s available – you are NOT allowed to pick and choose.

Even so, many people are demanding the right to pick and choose their COVID-19 vaccine. Some are demanding the right to pay for what they believe are the ‘superior’ vaccine.

But guess what…

The BEST vaccine you can take is the FIRST vaccine you can get, and COMPLETE.

Here are the reasons why…

Reason #1 : Early Protection Offers The Best Protection

Think of the COVID-19 pandemic as an alien invasion, and the vaccine as body armour that protects you against their attacks.

When you are under attack, do you put on the first body armour you find, or do you wait until you find the body armour you like the best?

Cpl. Daniel M. Greenwald survived this sniper shot thanks to his helmet!

The fact is – even “substandard” body armour will offer you FAR MORE protection than no body armour at all!

After all, you could end up getting killed by COVID-19, before your preferred body armour arrives. What’s the point of getting the vaccine you want if you are already infected or dead?

Don’t believe us? A team of scientists actually did a study on this, concluding that “waiting for a vaccine with a higher efficacy results in additional hospitalizations and costs over the course of the pandemic“.

Reason #2 : All Approved Vaccines Protect You Against Severe Disease + Death

Regulatory bodies around the world set a minimum threshold of 50% efficacy against symptomatic infection for the approval of any COVID-19 vaccine.

However, that has confused people into thinking that the authorities are taking shortcuts in giving us vaccines that barely work.

Come on – 50% efficacy? That’s like rolling the dice at the roulette table, right? That’s really NOT the case.

We prepared this table to show you how misleading efficacy rates are.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Protection Against
Symptomatic
Infection
Severe
Disease
Death
Pfizer Comirnaty 95.0% 100% 100%
Moderna mRNA-1273 94.1% 100% 100%
Gamaleya Sputnik V 91.6% 100% 100%
AstraZeneca AZD1222 76% ~ 85% 100% 100%
Novavax Covovax 60 ~ 89% 100% 100%
CanSino Convidecia 65.7% 90.98% 100%
Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV 79% ~ 86% 90% 100%
J&J Janssen COVID-19 66.0% 85% 100%
Sinovac CoronaVac 50.65% 83.7% 100%

The truth is all approved vaccines will protect you against severe disease, and prevent you from dying from COVID-19.

It would be really nice if you get a vaccine that protects you against even mild COVID-19, but not getting killed by it sounds pretty awesome to us!

Reason #3 : Vaccines Are In Limited Supply

COVID-19 vaccines are in limited supply, and there does not appear to be enough to vaccinate most countries until well into 2022.

Therefore, the possibility of vaccines being made available for private sale that you can pick and choose is remote, at least until 2022.

This is a pandemic – a global health crisis. The lives of trillions of people around the world come before your “right to choose”.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine : Don’t Choose. Get Yours ASAP!

It really does NOT matter which COVID-19 vaccine you get.

As long as it is an approved vaccine and you complete the dosing requirement, it will prevent you from getting severe COVID-19, or dying from it.

Instead of waiting for a particular COVID-19 vaccine, get the first one offered to you.

Don’t worry, when COVID-19 vaccines are available for sale, you can choose whichever vaccine you want and re-vaccinate yourself to your heart’s content!

 

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MCO, CMCO + RMCO Extension + Changes On 12 April 2021!

The CMCO and RMCO restrictions have just been extended with some changes until 28 April 2021!

Here is what you need to know about the newly-extended CMCO and RMCO restrictions!

 

CMCO + RMCO Extension + Changes Until 28 April 2021!

On 12 April 2021, MKN announced a further extension of CMCO and RMCO, with some changes :

  • The Kuala Muda district in Kedah will remain under CMCO, but the Kulim district will now be under RMCO.
  • The district of Nabawan in Sabah is no longer under MCO, but now under RMCO together with the rest of the state.

So this is the new list of CMCO and RMCO states and territories :

MCO / PKP CMCO / PKPB RMCO / PKPP
Sabah
– Lahad Datu
– Tawau
– Keningau
Kuala Lumpur
Selangor
Penang
Johor
Kelantan
Kedah : Kuala Muda
NS : Seremban
Sarawak
Perak
Melaka

Pahang
Terengganu
Perlis
Sabah
Putrajaya
Labuan
Kedah
(except Kuala Muda)
Negeri Sembilan
(except Seremban)

The new MCO, CMCO and RMCO extension will be from 15 until 28 April 2021.

Sarawak is special – it will be under CMCO from 13 until 26 April 2021.

 

CMCO + RMCO : Selected SOP Rules

Here are key SOP rules for CMCO areas.

  • Travel within the CMCO / PKPB area is allowed.
  • Kuala Lumpur and Selangor are considered one zone, and travel between them is allowed.
  • Travel to other CMCO areas, RMCO areas, or EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • Food delivery services are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All business / economic / industrial activities are allowed to operate.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant, food stall, cafe, food truck, hawker, street vendor, food court, hawker centre, food kiosk, grocery shop, convenience store are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant and cafe are allowed to offer dine-in service (1 metre distance between customers), take-away, delivery or drive-through from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Daily market, wholesale market, farmer’s market, night market and late night bazaar are allowed to operate until 12 midnight.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 midnight. Those on highways can operate 24 hours.
  • Laundry services are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness services, including pedicure and manicure services, are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All other business operations offering daily necessities are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.

Recommended : Latest CMCO / PKPB SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition!

Here are key SOP rules for RMCO areas.

  • Travel within the RMCO / PKPP area is allowed.
  • Travel to other RMCO areas, CMCO areas, or EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • All business / economic / industrial activities are allowed to operate.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate according to existing SOP.
  • Restaurant, food stall, cafe, food truck, hawker, street vendor, food court, hawker centre, food kiosk, grocery shop, convenience store are allowed to operate according to existing SOP.
  • Restaurant and cafe are allowed to offer dine-in service (1 metre distance between customers), take-away, delivery or drive-through.
  • Daily market, wholesale market, farmer’s market, night market and late night bazaar are allowed to operate as usual, according to the existing SOP.
  • Petrol stations and laundry services are allowed to open as usual.
  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness services, including pedicure and manicure services, are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All other business operations offering daily necessities are allowed to open as usual.

Recommended : Latest RMCO / PKPP SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition!

 

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Private Hospitals + Clinics To Administer COVID-19 Vaccines!

Private hospitals will join private clinics in administering the free COVID-19 vaccines in Malaysia!

Here are the details of this new development!

 

Private Hospitals + Clinics To Administer COVID-19 Vaccines!

On 12 April 2021, the Malaysia Minister of Health Dr. Adham Baba announced that private hospitals will join private clinics in administering the free COVID-19 vaccines in Malaysia!

Based on the principles of vaccine equity, the government will provide the vaccines to private hospitals for free, so they can help the country achieve the target of vaccinating 80% of the population.

At this time, there are 203 private hospitals across Malaysia. However, it is unknown how many will actually participate.

Private hospitals that want to participate in this programme can register with ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn Bhd starting today.

At the moment, 2,304 private clinics have signed up with ProtectHealth Corporation to take part in the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

All registered private hospitals and clinics will be given training and instructions on their scope of work, including guidelines and a complete manual on how to vaccinate their patients.

 

How Can Private Hospitals + Clinics Help With Vaccines?

On 5 February 2021, the Ministry of Health announced that they plan to immunise 25.6 million people – 80% of the adult population, or about 76.6% of the population.

If they succeed, this would put Malaysia somewhere between the minimum 70% and the ideal 80% immunisation targets that many scientists believe are necessary to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19.

Currently, the vaccination programme is extremely slow due to supply constraints. However, that will eventually change when more vaccines come in.

When that happens, private hospitals and clinics can make it easier and faster for people to get vaccinated.

It is important that this registration and training process starts now, instead of waiting until the vaccine supply is sufficient.

 

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Both Pfizer + Sinovac Vaccines In Phase 2 Vaccinations!

Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Malaysia will use both Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines!

Here is what you need to know, before you get vaccinated against COVID-19!

 

Both Pfizer + Sinovac Vaccines In Phase 2 Vaccinations!

The Malaysian media just posted articles claiming that senior citizens aged 60 years and above will be given the Sinovac vaccine. That’s not accurate.

The Coordinating Minister for COVID-19 Immunisation, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced on 12 April 2021, that both Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines will be used during Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

He also mentioned that the Sinovac vaccine – CoronaVac – would also be given to senior citizens aged 60 years and above, because it was not done so earlier.

The JKJAV (Special Committee on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply) just decided that the Sinovac vaccine is safe to administer to senior citizens as well.

Hence, senior citizens aged 60 years and older will receive either the Pfizer or the Sinovac vaccine.

Many of the media appeared to misinterpret that as senior citizens will receive the Sinovac vaccine, instead of the Pfizer vaccine.

 

Pfizer + Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccines : A Quick Primer

The Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine (BNT162b2) is an mRNA-based vaccine designed by BioNTech.

Unlike more traditional methods of using dead particles, or attenuated viruses, the mRNA vaccine teaches your cells to create proteins that mimic the SARS-CoV-2 virus, thereby triggering an immune response.

Recommended : Pfizer + Moderna mRNA Vaccines : How Do They Work?

The Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, branded CoronaVac, is an inactivated virus vaccine.

It uses actual SARS-CoV-2 virus grown in Vero cells, and then killed using β-propiolactone.

Once injected into the body, the antigens on the inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus triggers the body’s immune system.

Unlike the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, CoronaVac only needs to be refrigerated at 2–8 °C (36–46 °F), which makes it easy to distribute.

Recommended : CoronaVac Vaccine By Sinovac : Your Questions Answered!

 

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

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

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

 

Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan : Who Is She?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Autism And Special Needs Q&A Session (Full)

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

 

Autism And Special Needs (Specific Topics)

Part 1 : Latest Treatments For Autism

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

Part 3 : Should A Child Start ABA?

Part 4 : Occupational & Speech Therapies

Part 5 : iPad & YouTube As Therapy

Part 6 : Dealing With Giggling / Laughing Episodes

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

Part 8 : Do Enrichment Classes Help?

Part 9 : Sensory Integration & Sibling Issues

Part 10 : More Sibling Issues

Part 11 : Handling Inappropriate Behaviour

Part 12 : Handling Temper Tantrums

Part 13 : Shopping Mall Woes

Part 14 : Dealing With Inferiority Complex

Part 15 : Dealing With Difficult Behaviour

Part 16 : Biomedical, Neurofeedback, Chlorine Dioxide & Diets

Part 17 : Vaccines For Children With Autism / Special Needs

Part 18 : Prognosis For Kids With Autism

 

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COVID-19 Vaccination : How To Check Your Appointment?

Now that public vaccinations against COVID-19 are about to kick off in Malaysia, find out how to check for your appointment details!

 

Public COVID-19 Vaccination : Starting On 19 April 2021!

The public vaccination against COVID-19 is slated to kick off for 8 states on 19 April 2021 :

  • Kedah
  • Penang
  • Pahang
  • Melaka
  • Terengganu
  • Sabah
  • Labuan
  • Sarawak

The other states will start public vaccinations a few days later, for both citizens and foreigners.

Those selected will be notified by MySejahtera and/or SMS, and given 48 hours to accept their appointments, failing which they will be rescheduled.

You can now check your COVID-19 vaccination appointment and status online.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination : How To Check Your Appointment?

Unfortunately, the MySejahtera app does not currently allow you to check the status of your vaccination appointment, until after you have actually been selected.

Fortunately, it is easy to check on your COVID-19 vaccination status and appointment right now online :

Step 1 : Go to the JKJAV Vaccine Appointment Checker (English / Bahasa Malaysia)

Step 2 : Key in your MyKad or Passport number, as well as your telephone number.

Step 3 : Click or tap on the I’m not a robot check box.

Step 4 : Click or tap on the green >LOGIN button.

You will now be shown your vaccination status.

If you have already registered, but not yet selected for vaccination, you will see your status listed as BEING PROCESSED, before changing to PENDING.

If you have been selected and have accepted the appointment, this page will show you the date, time and location of your COVID-19 vaccination.

 

After Acceptance : How To Check Your Appointment In MySejahtera?

After accepting your COVID-19 vaccination appointment, you will be able to use MySejahtera to check the vaccination date, time and location.

  1. Make sure you update to MySejahtera 1.0.30 or later before you proceed.
  2. Open MySejahtera.
  3. Tap on the Close button on the upper right corner of the default Check-in screen.
  4. You should see the MySejahtera main screen, and it should show you a COVID-19 Vaccination option.

  1. Tap on the COVID-19 Vaccination option and it will show you this information display.
  2. Tap on the first option – Vaccine for [your name here].

  1. In your vaccination details page, tap on 1st Dose appointment to check for your vaccination appointment date, time and location.

 

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COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment : 48 Hours To Confirm!

Those selected for COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia will be given 48 hours to confirm their appointment.

Here is what you need to know about your COVID-19 vaccination appointment!

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment : How Will You Be Notified?

The Special Committee on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) said on 10 April 2021, that the vaccination appointments are being scheduled in batches.

Once you have been selected, you will receive a notification in MySejahtera, as well as an SMS to your mobile phone 14 days before the scheduled COVID-19 vaccination date.

The notification will inform you of the date and place of your COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment : 48 Hours To Confirm!

According to a JKJAV tweet on 10 April 2021, you will have 48 hours to confirm your appointment in MySejahtera.

If you fail to respond within 48 hours, your appointment will be automatically cancelled and rescheduled to a later date.

You are strongly advised to confirm your appointment, to avoid any delay in getting your COVID-19 vaccination.

Once you accept the appointment, your MySejahtera will show your appointment for the first dose of your COVID-19 vaccine.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment : Can You Choose Your Vaccine?

No, you cannot choose your free COVID-19 vaccine.

On 8 April 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health once again reiterated that you will NOT be given the option to choose the COVID-19 vaccine.

The free COVID-19 vaccine will be administered according to what is available at the vaccination centre.

We should point out that there is really NO REASON to choose any COVID-19 vaccine – they will ALL prevent death and hospitalisation from COVID-19!

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Sarawak CMCO / PKPB Extended To 26 April 2021!

The Malaysian National Security Council (MKN) just extended the CMCO / PKPB restrictions in Sarawak to 26 April 2021!

 

Sarawak CMCO / PKPB Extended To 26 April 2021!

The Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) just announced the extension of CMCO / PKPB restrictions in Sarawak to 26 April 2021.

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

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

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

 

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How To Report Vaccine Side Effects In MySejahtera!

After receiving your COVID-19 vaccine, you may experience side effects. Find out how to report these side effects in MySejahtera!

 

Why Report Vaccine Side Effects In MySejahtera?

COVID-19 vaccines are designed to mimic the actual SARS-CoV-2 virus, to kickstart your immune system into recognising and defeating it.

This naturally triggers side effects that are really the body’s natural reaction to the perceived COVID-19 infection.

All approved COVID-19 vaccines have undergone extensive trials with hundreds of thousands of volunteers, and have proven to be safe.

However, it is very important to keep tracking side effects and look for very rare side effects that may not show up in those trials.

Hence, people who have been vaccinated should report any side effects they may experience from the vaccine.

Recommended : Two Doctors Share Their COVID-19 Vaccination Experiences!

 

How To Report Vaccine Side Effects In MySejahtera!

It is really easy to report vaccine side effects in MySejahtera, but the option isn’t readily apparent.

So here’s our video guide on how to report vaccine effects in MySejahtera.

It’s the same process, whether you are using an Apple iPhone, or an Android smartphone.

Don’t worry about making mistakes. You can redo the report, to correct for mistakes or update it.

For those who prefer pictures and text, here is our step-by-step pictorial guide :

  1. Make sure you update to MySejahtera 1.0.30 or later before you proceed.
  2. Open MySejahtera.
  3. Tap on the Close button on the upper right corner of the default Check-in screen.
  4. You should see the MySejahtera main screen, and it should show you a new COVID-19 Vaccination option.

  1. Tap on the COVID-19 Vaccination option and it will show you this information display.
  2. Tap on the first option – Vaccine for [Your Name]

  1. You will be shown a screen showing that you have completed the first dose of your vaccination.
  2. Tap on the option – Click here to report symptoms after vaccination.

  1. You will be asked if you experienced any symptoms after vaccination.
    If you answer No, then you won’t see the list of potential vaccine side effects.
  2. If you select Yes, you will be given a list of potential vaccine side effects to select.
  3. Check the boxes of the relevant side effects.
  4. Double-check what you have selected and then tap Submit.

That’s it! You have successfully reported the side effects you experienced after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine!

If you made a mistake, or need to update the report, just start again from Step 8.

 

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25,700 Malaysians Hospitalised For Vaccine Side Effects?

Malaysians are panicking over a report by The Coverage that 25,700 Malaysians were hospitalised for COVID-19 vaccine side effects!

Find out what the FACTS really are!

 

The Coverage : 25,700 Malaysians Hospitalised For Vaccine Side Effects!

Infamous clickbait + plagiarism website – The Coverage (formerly The Coverage Bureau) is at it again.

Malaysians are panicking over a report they posted with the alarming title – Breaking News : 25,700 Malaysians Report Side Effects After Taking Vaccines – Admitted To Hospital For Further Monitoring

But what exactly are the facts? Let’s take a look…

 

No, 25,700 Malaysians Were NOT Hospitalised For Vaccine Side Effects!

We investigated this stunning report by The Coverage, and here was what we found…

Fact #1 : That’s A False, Clickbait Headline

Most Malaysians only read headlines, and The Coverage is well aware of that.

That’s why they wrote that clickbait headline, using alarming terms like “Breaking News” and “Admitted To Hospital”.

The truth is they plagiarised this article 3 days after the original website posted it (more on this below), and they were not all hospitalised as The Coverage headline alleged.

Fact #2 : Only 4.4% Reported Side Effects After Vaccination

It is true that the Malaysia Health Ministry received 25,770 reports of side effects as of 31 March 2021.

However, that is just 4.4% of the 580,765 people who were vaccinated.

Fact #3 : Reported Vaccine Side Effects Were NOT Verified

We should point out that the reported side effects have NOT been verified by the Malaysia Ministry of Health.

This is similar to the UK Yellow Card reporting system that have been intentionally misreported as genuine adverse effects (example #1, example #2, example #3)

Anyone who received a vaccination in Malaysia, can freely report any side effects they may or may not have experienced in MySejahtera.

Hence, these reported side effects may not be related to the vaccine, and have NOT been verified by the Ministry of Health.

Fact #4 : Only Those With Serious Side Effects Were Hospitalised

The Coverage article title proclaimed that 25,700 Malaysians reported side effects and were admitted to hospital for further monitoring after getting vaccinated.

The truth is their report itself clearly stated that only “those who suffered serious side effects were admitted to hospital for further monitoring“.

We can only conclude that they intentionally used that misleading headline to trick people into sharing, so that their article would go viral.

Fact #5 : The Coverage Plagiarised The Article

The Coverage is notorious for copying news articles from other websites and merely changing their titles to make them more controversial, so you are more likely to share them.

We analysed their article, and discovered that they copied it entirely from a 3-day old FreeMalaysiaToday article.

They only deleted the first paragraph, and changed the title to make it more SHOCKING! This is the very definition of plagiarism.

The Coverage has been doing this for years, making money off other people’s work, and using gullible people to share out their plagiarised articles with clickbait titles.

STOP being their useful idiots. STOP sharing their articles! STOP reading their plagiarised articles!

 

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccination : Foreigners In Phase 2 Too!

Malaysia will include foreigners in Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme!

Find out how foreigners will qualify for earlier COVID-19 vaccination under Phase 2!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccination : Phase 2 Starting Soon!

National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, just confirmed that foreigners will be included in Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Malaysia!

On 5 April 2021, he announced that people in Phase 2 of the Malaysia COVID-19 vaccination programme (PICK) will start receiving their appointments in MySejahtera.

As of 4 April 2021, just over 3 million people have been selected for Phase 2 :

  • Senior citizens : 1,229,855
  • Adults with disability : 115,249
  • Adults with co-morbidities : 1,741,935

Those selected for Phase 2 will be allowed to accept or reject their appointment. But once they accept it, they MUST make it for their appointments, as the vaccine cannot be kept for the next day.

They will receive a reminder SMS and as well as calls 3 days and 1 day prior to their appointments.

Phase 2 is scheduled to kick off on 19 April 2021 in these 8 states initially :

  • Kedah
  • Penang
  • Pahang
  • Melaka
  • Terengganu
  • Sabah
  • Labuan
  • Sarawak

The other states will start Phase 2 vaccinations a few days later.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccination : Foreigners In Phase 2 Too!

A Japanese lecturer in a local public university, Jun Ishimatsu (石松純) asked the Minister what would his friend – a Japanese senior citizen with co-morbidities – be categorised as.

Khairy replied that Jun’s friend would be part of Phase 2, which covers senior citizens 60 years or olderdisabled adults, and vulnerable adults with chronic diseases, like heart disease, obesity, diabetes and hypertension.

This really makes a lot of sense, as the SARS-CoV-2 virus does not distinguish between citizens and foreigners. It will infect one and all alike.

Hence, it makes sense to prioritise everyone based on their vulnerability, and not their citizenship status.

Domestic workers must be registered as a dependent in MySejahtera.

Other foreigners working or living in Malaysia can register using these five methods :

  1. The MySejahtera app.
  2. The Vaksin COVID website.
  3. The telephone hotline : 1800-888-828
  4. Manually at health clinics, hospitals and private clinics
  5. House-to-house registration at targeted rural areas for senior citizens.

 

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Employee Used Fake COVID-19 Test To Skip Work!

An employee used fake COVID-19 test results to skip work, forcing the cafe to close and her colleagues to get tested!

Find out what happened, and why this employee could possible be sent to jail!

 

Employee Used Fake COVID-19 Test To Skip Work!

On 7 April 2021, Justin Tay shared how an employee at his cafe in Skudai, Johor, used fake COVID-19 test results to skip work!

The employee started work as a waitress at the cafe on Monday, 5 March 2021.

She sent her employer a text message the next day – Tuesday, 6 March 2021, claiming that she just tested positive for COVID-19, and was unable to go to work.

He immediately close the cafe, and arranged for it to be disinfected. He also notified customers who were present yesterday, and sent all 13 employees (including himself) to be tested for COVID-19.

While waiting for his test results, he was informed by the doctor that the RTK-Ag (antigen rapid test kit) produces results within 10 minutes, and that his employee’s test results was dated 4 March 2021.

That made him suspicious, so he queried the female employee. She initially claimed that she only received the result on the day she reported for work – a day after she allegedly did the test.

When he told her that he would send the results to a lawyer for advice, the female employee resigned from her job, and finally admitted that the COVID-19 test results were fake.

She apparently asked her friend to edit the positive COVID-19 test report. When you compare both reports, you can see the editing – her friend used a much larger font.

Before reporting the matter to the police, he called up her parents. The female employee and her father came to meet the cafe management, but insisted they did nothing wrong.

So Justin Tay lodged a police report, and reopened the cafe. He estimated his loss at several thousand ringgit, because the cafe was closed and he had to send everyone for COVID-19 tests.

In addition, news spread that their employee was infected, and this caused amok panic and customers to stay away.

 

Police : Employee With Fake COVID-19 Test Under Investigation

The Iskandar Puteri police chief, ACP Dzulkhairi Mukhtar, confirmed that they will be investigating the case under Section 420 of the Penal Code.

If convicted, the employee can face imprisonment of between 1-10 years, with whipping, and will also be liable to a fine!

420. Whoever cheats and thereby dishonestly induces the person deceived, whether or not the deception practiced was the sole or main inducement, to deliver any property to any person, or to make, alter, or destroy the whole or any part of a valuable security, or anything which is signed or sealed, and which is capable of being converted into a valuable security, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than one year and not more than ten years and with whipping, and shall also be liable to fine.

 

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No More Dimsum : Why It Lasted Less Than 5 Years!

It’s the end for Dimsum, after Star Media Group management announced their decision to shut it down!

Find out what just happened, and why it lasted less than 5 years!

 

Dimsum Calls It Quits, After Less Than 5 years!

After less than 5 years, Star Media Group is calling it quits in the VOD (Video On Demand) subscription business.

On 6 April 2021, they announced that they would shut down Dimsum Entertainment by 30 September 2021.

This decision came after the media group appointed Alex Yeow Wai Saw as CEO on 1 March 2021, and Tan Sri Chor Chee Heung as independent and non-executive chairman on 15 March 2021.

 

Why Did Dimsum Fail?

Officially, a strategic review by its new key management team apparently identified new opportunities for the group to explore.

Chief marketing officer Lam Swee Kim said that while it was a difficult decision to end this chapter, “we are excited to explore promising new ventures in the near future”.

What’s left unsaid is that in the last 4+ years, Dimsum had very little mindshare, even though it offers free viewing, supported by ads.

It focused on Asian content, which is also the focus on iflix and iQIYI (both of which are more established) as well as Viu.

But people who wanted to watch Chinese shows would stick with iQIYI, while those who wanted Korean shows would use Viu. iflix had better luck with ASEAN content.

And with Disney+ coming to Malaysia very soon – the launch was slated for 31 March 2021, but got delayed at the last minute – the writing was on the wall.

Granted, Disney+ would be competing mainly with Netflix and Apple TV+, but most Malaysians can hardly afford multiple streaming services.

If given the option between paying for Disney+ and paying for Dimsum VIP, the choice seems obvious.

The new management team probably “understood” that they would see subscribers shifting to the free offering, and decided to cut losses.

Honestly, we doubt many people would notice them leaving… there are simply too many alternative options offering the same or similar Asian content.

 

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Malaysia Buys 3.5 Million CanSino COVID-19 Vaccine Doses!

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

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

 

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

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

This deal will be divided into two stages :

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

Photo Credit : Bernama

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Scam Alert : Fake DON DON DONKI Giveaway!

A fake DON DON DONKI giveaway is being actively shared on social media.

Please IGNORE it, and do NOT click or participate in it

 

Scam Alert : Fake DON DON DONKI Giveaway!

After DON DON DONKI – Japan’s biggest discount chain store – opened their first store in Malaysia, people have gone ga-ga, and scammers have taken notice.

They quickly created a fake DON DON DONKI giveaway, and many people have been sharing it on WhatsApp and Facebook.

Clicking on it leads you to a fake DON DON DONKI Brand Awareness Survey.

To the uninitiated, it may appear genuine. It has a Google domain, and there is a 100% Guarantee stamp, after all. So how can this be a scam?

Consider for a second the many genuine surveys you have done in the past. Have you ever seen a survey with just TWO questions?

This fake DON DON DONKI survey is intentionally short because the scammer doesn’t want people to quit on seeing a long survey.

In a genuine survey, you would be asked to key in your details for DON DON DONKI management to contact you.

Instead, after you submit, you are taken to what appears to be a Don Don Donki page, asking if you are a member.

This is a FAKE Don Don Donki page. You have been redirected to www.promohebat-my-76.com/cgi-bin/wingame.pl, with the string partner_pk=355.

What basically happened is that you have been tricked into this page by the scammer’s affiliate with a partner number of 355, who gets paid for every person tricked into opening this page.

Whether you choose Yes or No, you will be taken to the same page which is made to look as if you are registering for the voucher.

The truth is you are being tricked into agreeing to share your information with AP Marketing Asia Pacific Limited – a Hong Kong company that collects data to sell, or to push promotions for their clients.

If you key in your details, then you are agreeing to let them sell your email address and contact information to third-parties, as well as accept promotional offers from their clients.

In the next page, they will ask you for your mobile number, and your date of birth. This exposes you to scammers who can use this information for phishing attacks against you or your bank.

In subsequent pages, you are asked to participate in surveys for their clients like Etiqa, and then asked to participate in even more surveys and games.

Ultimately, this is nothing more than a scam to get you to participate in AP Marketing Asia Pacific Limited‘s marketing games and surveys.

You will NOT receive anything and only waste your time. Even worse, you will expose your personal information to AP Marketing’s clients, who may include other scammers.

So please WARN EVERYONE about this fake Don Don Donki giveaway!

 

Don Don Donki Confirms Giveaway Scam!

Don Don Donki was quickly alerted about this giveaway scam, and they issued a statement warning their fans not to participate.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Dear DONKI Fans,

We were informed that a fake page is pretending to be us and is running a giveaway contest.

Please note that DON DON DONKI Malaysia has only one official Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DonDonDonkiMY) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/DONDONDONKIMY/)

To protect your personal details, please do not engage, instead report suspicious pages.

We are grateful for loyal DONKI fans who made us aware of this situation.

Keep safe offline and online. Thank you!

 

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Did A Police Officer Die From Second Vaccine Dose?

Did a police officer die from complications of his second COVID-19 vaccine dose?

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

 

Claim : Gerik Police Officer Died From Second Vaccine Dose!

People have been sharing a post on Facebook and WhatsApp, which includes a screenshot of what appears to be an internal police notification. Here is our English translation :

Gerik today acknowledged yet another death involving a police officer. Complications from second vaccine dose injection. Condolences. May the deceased’s family’s welfare be taken care of.

HOSPITAL REPORT
GERIK POLICE STATION PERSONNEL

Name : Corporal 113854 Rakmin B. Yusoff
Age : 58 Years Old
Place of Duty : Lawin Police Booth, Gerik
Ward : Emergency Ward, Gerik Hospital
Illness : Complications from second vaccine dose injection
Date of admission to emergency unit : 3 April 2021 at 1245 hours

Photo Credit : The Star

 

Did A Police Officer Die From Second Vaccine Dose? NO!

This is yet another piece of fake news that is being spread to scare people into not vaccinating against COVID-19.

Here is what we know about this case…

Fact #1 : The Police Officer Did NOT Die

According to Perak Chief of Police, Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid, the police officer did not die. In fact, he’s currently awake and in a stable condition.

Fact #2 : The Police Officer Had A Heart Attack

The Gerik District Police explained that the police officer was admitted to the Gerik Hospital for a heart attack.

The Perak State Health Director, Dato’ Dr. Ding Lay Ming, further explained that the police officer received his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine on 3 March 2021 at 9 AM, and left after 30 minutes of observation.

In the afternoon of the same day, he experienced felt sick and was given early treatment at the Gerik Hospital, before being transferred to the Cardiac Care Unit in the Taiping Hospital.

He was found to have had a myocardial infarct (heart attack), but is currently in a stable condition. He will be referred to IJN (National Heart Institute) for further treatment.

Fact #3 : COVID-19 Fake News Is Punishable By Fines And/Or Jail Time!

Perak Chief of Police, Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid, said that the police will take action against the owner of the Junaidah June Facebook account, which posted this fake news.

From 12 March 2021 onwards, fake news regarding COVID-19 and the Emergency proclamation is punishable by fines of up to RM 100,000 and/or up to 3 years imprisonment!

Recommended : Malaysia : Up to RM500K Fine + 6 Year Jail For Fake News!

 

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Malaysia Approves AstraZeneca Vaccine By SK Bioscience!

Malaysia has conditionally approved the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured by SK Bioscience!

Find out this means for the COVID-19 vaccination program in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia Approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine By SK Bioscience!

On 2 April 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health announced that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by SK Bioscience received conditional approval.

  1. AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Solution for Injection
    Registrant : None (under COVAX Facility)
    Manufacturer : SK Bioscience Co. Ltd., South Korea

This conditional approval would allow the AstraZeneca manufactured by SK Bioscience to be used in the Malaysia COVID-19 vaccination program.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : Why Second Approval In Malaysia?

Unlike the earlier conditional approval of the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured in the Netherlands, these AstraZeneca vaccines are manufactured by SK Bioscience in South Korea and provided through the COVAX Facility.

Therefore, there is no Product Registration Holder (PRH) for these vaccines in Malaysia. The Malaysia Ministry of Health will instead appoint a licensed importer to manage the logistics.

The WHO had earlier issued an Emergency Use Listing (EUL) for this AstraZeneca-SK Biosience vaccine on 15 February 2021.

COVAX (COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access) is a global initiative to provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

The COVAX Facility is the platform by which this initiative purchases approved COVID-19 vaccines and distributes them to the developing world.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : A Quick Primer!

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, codenamed AZD1222, is a viral vector vaccine.

It uses a chimpanzee adenovirus – ChAdOx1 – which has been modified to prevent replication, to introduce a DNA sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.

Once injected, the vaccine enters the cell and “teaches” it to produce the SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins and express them on its surface.

These spike proteins triggers the immune response to create antibodies that will protect you against the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

 

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Malaysia PM : Travel Allowed After COVID-19 Vaccination!

The Prime Minister of Malaysia just announced that people will soon be allowed to travel, once they received their full COVID-19 vaccination!

 

Malaysia PM : Travel Allowed After COVID-19 Vaccination!

On 1 April 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, announced on Bernama TV that people will soon be allowed to travel, once they received their full COVID-19 vaccination!

  • interstate travel will be allowed for those who are fully vaccinated.
  • the government is discussing with several countries to allow international travel for those who are fully vaccinated.

Photo Credit : Bernama

 

Licence To Travel Will Spur COVID-19 Vaccination!

So far, the uptake has been rather poor – with just 7,501,094 people registering for their COVID-19 vaccination, as of 31 March 2021.

That is just 23% of the adult population in Malaysia, and not including foreign workers who are also covered by the free vaccination programme.

Although the Prime Minister did not reveal any details, such a licence to travel will spur COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia.

After being locked up for months, and not able to return to their hometowns, the licence to travel freely across Malaysia will be a strong incentive for people to get vaccinated.

We don’t foresee international travel reopening so soon, as countries will need to work out the protocols and a certification process for the vaccination status of travellers.

But the Prime Minister’s announcement will remind people that international travel will likely be limited to those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. So if they want to be able to travel overseas, they best get vaccinated ASAP!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccination : How To Register?

There are FIVE (5) ways to register for free COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia :

  1. The MySejahtera app.
  2. The Vaksin COVID website.
  3. A telephone hotline.
  4. Manually at health clinics, hospitals and private clinics
  5. House-to-house registration at targeted rural areas for senior citizens.

Public registration program for Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the COVID-19 vaccine programme began on 1 March 2021.

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Two Doctors Share Their COVID-19 Vaccination Experiences!

We spoke to two doctors, who agreed to share about their recent COVID-19 vaccination experiences.

Find out how what they felt about the COVID-19 vaccination, and the side effects they experienced!

 

Two Doctors Share Their COVID-19 Vaccination Experiences!

Currently, the Malaysia COVID-19 Immunisation Programme uses both the Pfizer COMIRNATY and Sinovac CoronaVac vaccines

But whichever vaccine is provided, the vaccination process itself is rather similar and straightforward.

  • the first dose is injected into the deltoid muscle of the upper arm.
  • the second dose is injected after 14 days (Sinovac) or 21 days (Pfizer).

Many members of the public have expressed their concerns about the COVID-19 vaccination process, and any side effects they may experience.

So we spoke to two doctors, who agreed to share about their recent COVID-19 vaccination experiences.

They were both part of Phase 1 of the COVID-19 Immunisation Programme, and so received the Pfizer vaccine.

Dr. Jenny Lim (Institut Perubatan Respiratori)

Dr. Jenny Lim arrived at Hospital Kuala Lumpur for her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at 12:15 PM, and was registered within 10 minutes, and given a waiting card.

She was vaccinated at 12:40 PM, and then asked to wait for 30 minutes – to ensure that there was no anaphylactic reaction to the vaccine, before leaving at 1:10 PM.

The whole process was pretty seamless, and took less than 1 hour, including the post-vaccination waiting time.

Dr. Lim detailed her post-vaccination side-effects, cautioning that some may be related to some heavy lifting she did at her hospital in the morning of her vaccination appointment :

Day 1

4 PM : 3/10 pain in the upper buttocks
6 PM : 3/10 neck pain
7:30 PM : neck pain increased to 4/10, took a tablet of Voltaren (Diclofenac)
9:30 PM : felt somnolent (sleepy)

Day 2

On waking up : 2/10 pain at the injection site, disappeared in 2-3 hours
No other symptoms

Verdict? Cannot wait for the second dose on 9 April 2021!

Dr. Lim says, please vaccinate yourself against COVID-19, so you won’t end up like our little friend here!

Dr. Lim Swee Siang (Klinik Lim S2)

Dr. Lim Swee Siang, a private practitioner in Seremban 2, was just vaccinated with his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

He arrived for his first dose at the Klinik Kesihatan Seremban 2 at 10:40 AM. Registration was very fast, and he was vaccinated by 10:55 AM.

He waited 30 minutes – a precautionary measure in case of an anaphylactic reaction to the vaccine – and then was given the green light to leave.

He experienced only minor side effects on the first day :

Day 1

Slight pain at the injection site. Didn’t take any medication for the pain.

Some somnolence for 1-2 hours.

Day 2

No symptoms

On 31 March 2021, he received his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and the symptoms were even milder this time :

Day 1

1/10 pain at the injection site. Didn’t take any medication.

This is Dr. Lim’s advice to everyone :

I urge those who are still not decided yet, those who are still in doubt about the vaccine safety profiles and those ‘wait and see’, please register now and get vaccinated later.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccination : How To Register?

There are FIVE (5) ways to register for free COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia :

  1. The MySejahtera app.
  2. The Vaksin COVID website.
  3. A telephone hotline.
  4. Manually at health clinics, hospitals and private clinics
  5. House-to-house registration at targeted rural areas for senior citizens.

Public registration program for Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the COVID-19 vaccine programme began on 1 March 2021.

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Foreign Maids : Applications Now Allowed With New Process!

The Malaysia National Security Council is allowing new applications for foreign maids, subject to a new process.

Find out what are the new requirements to apply for maids in Malaysia!

 

Foreign Maids : Applications Now Allowed With New Process!

On 30 March 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced new applications for foreign maids would be allowed, subject to a new process + requirements.

While they have not released details, here is a summary based on what they announced.

Foreign Maids With Existing Visas

  • Maids who already have visas, but were trapped in their hometowns due to the pandemic, can return to work in Malaysia.
  • Their employers must apply for them to return through My Travel Pass.
  • Upon successful approval, they must undergo a swab test before travelling to Malaysia, and a compulsory quarantine on arrival.
  • Their employers must pay for the full cost of the swab test and quarantine.

New Foreign Maids

  • The government agreed to allow foreign maid agencies to process new applications for foreign maids.
  • The new application process is expected to take 3-4 months.
  • Their entry into Malaysia is subject to the reopening of the national borders.

 

Foreign Maids With Existing Visas : My Travel Pass Requirements

According to the My Travel Pass page, here are the requirements for maids with existing work visas.

  • Must undergo a PCR COVID-19 screening test at least THREE (3) DAYS and and medically confirmed to be negative from COVID-19 before travelling to Malaysia.
  • Must download and install MySejahtera on their smartphones before departure
  • Can only enter Malaysia via :
    – KLIA or KLIA 2 in Selangor
    – Bayan Lepas International Airport in Penang
    – Sultan Ismail Senai International Airport in Johor
  • Must have valid Temporary Employment Visa Pass
  • Must undergo compulsory quarantine at quarantine facilities upon arrival in Malaysia.
  • Payment for COVID-19 test and compulsory quarantine must be paid before arrival in Malaysia.

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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CMCO + RMCO Extension + Changes Until 14 April 2021!

The CMCO and RMCO restrictions have just been extended with some changes until 14 April 2021!

Here is what you need to know about the newly-extended CMCO and RMCO restrictions!

 

CMCO + RMCO Extension + Changes Until 14 April 2021!

On 30 March 2021, MKN announced a further extension of CMCO and RMCO, with some changes :

  • The Kuala Muda district in Kedah will remain under CMCO, but the Kulim district will now be under RMCO.
  • The district of Nabawan in Sabah is no longer under MCO, but now under RMCO together with the rest of the state.

So this is the new list of CMCO and RMCO states and territories :

CMCO / PKPB RMCO / PKPP
Kuala Lumpur
Selangor
Penang
Johor
Kelantan
Kedah : Kuala Muda
Negeri Sembilan : Seremban
Sarawak
Perak
Melaka

Pahang
Terengganu
Perlis
Sabah
Putrajaya
Labuan
Kedah
(except Kuala Muda)
Negeri Sembilan
(except Seremban)

The new CMCO and RMCO extension will be from 1 until 14 April 2021.

Sarawak is special – it will be under CMCO from 30 March until 12 April 2021.

 

CMCO + RMCO : Selected SOP Rules

Here are key SOP rules for CMCO areas.

  • Travel within the CMCO / PKPB area is allowed.
  • Kuala Lumpur and Selangor are considered one zone, and travel between them is allowed.
  • Travel to other CMCO areas, RMCO areas, or EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • Food delivery services are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All business / economic / industrial activities are allowed to operate.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant, food stall, cafe, food truck, hawker, street vendor, food court, hawker centre, food kiosk, grocery shop, convenience store are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant and cafe are allowed to offer dine-in service (1 metre distance between customers), take-away, delivery or drive-through from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Daily market, wholesale market, farmer’s market, night market and late night bazaar are allowed to operate until 12 midnight.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 midnight. Those on highways can operate 24 hours.
  • Laundry services are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness services, including pedicure and manicure services, are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All other business operations offering daily necessities are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.

Recommended : Latest CMCO / PKPB SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition!

Here are key SOP rules for RMCO areas.

  • Travel within the RMCO / PKPP area is allowed.
  • Travel to other RMCO areas, CMCO areas, or EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • All business / economic / industrial activities are allowed to operate.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate according to existing SOP.
  • Restaurant, food stall, cafe, food truck, hawker, street vendor, food court, hawker centre, food kiosk, grocery shop, convenience store are allowed to operate according to existing SOP.
  • Restaurant and cafe are allowed to offer dine-in service (1 metre distance between customers), take-away, delivery or drive-through.
  • Daily market, wholesale market, farmer’s market, night market and late night bazaar are allowed to operate as usual, according to the existing SOP.
  • Petrol stations and laundry services are allowed to open as usual.
  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness services, including pedicure and manicure services, are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All other business operations offering daily necessities are allowed to open as usual.

Recommended : Latest RMCO / PKPP SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition!

 

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Is It Wrong To Laminate Official Documents?

Should you laminate official documents? Or will that invalidate or destroy those documents?

We take a look at this sticky issue, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : It Is Illegal To Laminate Official Documents!

The availability of cheap heat lamination machines and plastic lamination film make it easy for many people to laminate their official documents against damage.

However, this viral message on social media is warning people that laminating your official documents could invalidate them!

Don’t laminate all official documents

Please inform your aunts, uncles, fathers and relatives or acquaintances …etc

All official documents including birth certificates must not be laminated because it is difficult to know the authenticity of the document, the act will lose its authenticity.

Please use a transparent file holder to store all official documents or certificates. Avoid lamination.

The guy who shared this info, had to apply for fresh title for his land all because he laminated it. Once laminated, considered spoiled or damaged by Government.

Beware! Avoid unnecessary hassle.

 

Is It Wrong To Laminate Official Documents? It Depends!

Many people laminate their official documents to protect them against damage, but generally, you should NEVER laminate your official documents.

You should only laminate them, when required under certain circumstances.

Here are the facts to help you determine when you should, or should not, laminate your official documents.

Fact #1 : Official Documents Should Not Be Altered In Any Way

You should never alter official documents like birth / death / divorce / marriage certificates, or vehicle / business / property registrations in any way.

This includes gluing them onto cardboard, punching holes in them for filing, or marking on them with a pen.

Fact #2 : Laminating Documents Could Invalidate Them!

Many official documents have embossed security seals and stamps to help prove their authenticity.

When you laminate such documents, the embossed seals and stamps are flattened by the heat and pressure of the lamination process.

This may invalidate those documents, effectively destroying their legal status.

In 2016, a Canadian man was denied a passport because he laminated his Certificate of Canadian Citizenship. He had to secure a new certificate.

Fact #3 : Laminated Documents Are Harder To Scan / Photocopy

Some official documents may come with a QR code, or bar code, imprinted as a security / validation measure.

Once laminated, the reflective plastic surface makes it harder to scan the QR or bar code, as well as to scan or make a photocopy.

Fact #4 : Lamination Films Adhesive May Damage Documents

Many plastic lamination films have an adhesive layer to ensure proper sticking to the paper.

This adhesive increases the risk of tearing if you attempt to delaminate the documents. It could also damage your documents, turning them yellow over time.

Fact #5 : You May Be Required To Laminate Certain Documents

The authorities may require you to laminate your official documents in certain cases. For example, the registration of the birth of a child to a Malaysian parent in Singapore requires a Singapore birth certificate that must be laminated.

To avoid damage to the official document that must be laminated, you can try placing it inside a clear, non-adhesive plastic sleeve, before laminating it.

This would prevent the adhesive from making contact with your document, and allow you to delaminate it without tearing.

 

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FREE + PAID Private COVID-19 Vaccines Coming Soon!

Malaysia will soon make both FREE and PAID COVID-19 vaccines available at private clinics and hospitals!

Here are the latest updates on this issue, and our thoughts on private clinics and hospitals offering free and paid COVID-19 vaccines!

 

FREE Private COVID-19 Vaccines From 19 April Onwards!

On 29 March 2021, the Malaysia Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that private GPs will be able to administer the free COVID-19 vaccines from 19 April 2021 onwards, as part of the Phase 2 rollout.

Registered general practitioners will be asked to provide an indicative list of their patients who want to be vaccinated at their clinics.

However, he did not expect the private GP option to really drive the free vaccination programme, because :

  • there are logistical challenges of getting certain vaccines – like the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine – from vaccine storage locations to their clinics.
  • general practitioners might be able to administer only dozens of shots per day.

We should point out that the current bottleneck for the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Malaysia is the shortage of vaccines, not a shortage of manpower.

 

PAID Private COVID-19 Vaccines Possibly In Q3 / Q4 2021!

The Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia (APHM) has requested to run a parallel paid vaccination programme, to help achieve herd immunity.

Mr. Khairy, who said that he would hold discussions with private hospitals on the issue, said that this might only take place in the third or fourth quarter of 2021. There is, after all, a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines globally.

 

Our Opinion On Private COVID-19 Vaccination In Malaysia

Yes To Private GPs Helping With Vaccination

While vaccine supply is currently the bottleneck, it is important to co-opt private GPs into the free COVID-19 vaccination programme.

We need to start preparing for when vaccines become more readily available. We cannot wait until that happens, before we start bringing in the private GPs.

Private GPs will greatly expand the reach of the free vaccination programme, speeding it up while reducing the load on government hospitals and clinics.

No To Private Hospitals Buying COVID-19 Vaccines

A paid parallel vaccination programme this early could undercut the COVID-19 vaccination programme by :

  • offering the rich and wealthy the ability to cut queue over more vulnerable people,
  • exacerbating vaccine supply constraints by purchasing them at higher prices,
  • distort perception of certain vaccines, by offering the option to purchase “superior vaccines
  • potentially wasting precious vaccine doses, as doses not purchased by customers for the day may have to be discarded

As supply of vaccines is limited globally, there is simply no logic in allowing private hospitals to purchase their own COVID-19 vaccines to sell for profit.

When it comes to manpower, it makes more sense to co-opt the tens of thousands private clinics across Malaysia, than the few hundred private hospitals.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a GLOBAL healthcare issue. The focus should be on vaccinating people as quickly as possible, so we can fully reopen our economy. Not on creating a new opportunity to profit off the pandemic.

 

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