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Drop In Jakarta COVID-19 Cases Due To Ivermectin?

Drop In Jakarta COVID-19 Cases Due To Ivermectin?

Is the recent fall in COVID-19 cases in Jakarta, Indonesia, due to the use of ivermectin?

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

 

Claim : Drop In Jakarta COVID-19 Cases Due To Ivermectin!

This message is being shared on WhatsApp by ivermectin proponents.

It claims that the drop in COVID-19 cases in Jakarta is due to the use of ivermectin.

WHAT HAS CHANGED ?

But over two weeks, Jakarta’s daily cases dropped from 14,619 on July 12 to 2,662 on July 25, according to city data, while pressure on Covid-19 referral hospitals has eased.

“The situation is very different,” Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan said in a video address yesterday.

“The hallways in front of emergency (hospital) units were always full…. Now they’re mostly empty,” he said.

They introduced Ivermectin!

 

NO EVIDENCE Drop In Jakarta COVID-19 Cases Was Due To Ivermectin

Ivermectin proponents are touting the drop in COVID-19 cases in Jakarta as a result of Indonesia introducing ivermectin to treat and prevent COVID-19.

That’s bullshit and I will show you why.

Don’t be misled by these fake messages on ivermectin. These people are antivaxxers who are trying to fool you into not vaccinating yourself against COVID-19.

Protect yourself and your family – get VACCINATED against COVID-19!

Fact #1 : No Evidence Drop Was Due To Ivermectin

It’s easy for an unnamed person to simply say that the drop in new COVID-19 cases in Jakarta must be due to the introduction of ivermectin. Where’s the evidence?

There is NO EVIDENCE that the drop in new COVID-19 cases was due to ivermectin.

It is far more likely due to emergency measures that Indonesia initiated like travel and business restrictions on red zones, including Jakarta.

There is also evidence (see Fact #5) that the high vaccination rate in Jakarta could be the reason.

Fact #2 : Cases Are Not Falling Across Indonesia

Even as the number of new COVID-19 cases in Jakarta has fallen, they are not falling across the rest of Indonesia.

That’s why ivermectin proponents are specifically pointing out Jakarta. It’s the only city in Indonesia where new cases are falling.

Fact #3 : Ivermectin Was Illegally Sold Since 2020

Ever since the Australian lab study suggested in April 2020 that ivermectin could work against COVID-19, people in Indonesia have illegally imported and sold ivermectin.

That was further spurred by Harsen Laboratories’ handing out of ivermectin (for free) to use against COVID-19 in 2020.

But that did not stop Indonesia from detecting 4,000 to 14,000 new cases of COVID-19 every day since September 2020.

Fact #4 : Official Sale Of Ivermectin Did Not Help

In June 2021, both Harsen Laboratories and Indofarma were given licences to distribute ivermectin as a parasitic drug, basically legalising its sale in Indonesia.

That, however, did not stop the massive surge in COVID-19 that kicked off in middle of May 2021.

It was only 16 July 2021 – 2 months later – that Jakarta started seeing a drop in new COVID-19 cases.

Isn’t it odd that Indonesia continues to register over 40,000 new cases EVERY DAY, even with the legalised use of ivermectin?

Fact #5 : Jakarta Has Highest Vaccination Rate

A likely big factor in cutting down the number of new COVID-19 cases in Jakarta would be the surge in vaccinations.

Jakarta had already vaccinated the 3 million priority recipients by June 2021, with the aim to vaccinate its remaining 4.5 million residents by August 2021.

That would mean that approximately half of the Jakarta population were vaccinated by the time the number of new cases started to fall.

The much slower vaccination rate across the rest of Indonesia would also explain the high number of new cases per day outside of Jakarta.

Fact #6 : Ivermectin Hasn’t Helped Other Countries

It is also instructive to note that ivermectin has NOT helped other countries control COVID-19.

Ivermectin proponents have claimed that these countries have successfully used it to prevent and treat COVID-19.

Does it really look like they successfully handled COVID-19?

Bet they also didn’t mention that India stopped using ivermectin, because it was … well, useless.

Read more : MAECC Ivermectin Briefing : Control COVID-19 In 6 Weeks?

Fact #7 : Ivermectin Not Proven To Work Against COVID-19

Ivermectin has been shown to work against COVID-19 in lab (in vitro) studies, but has NOT been shown to improve clinical outcomes or prevent transmission.

That is why the WHO and the vast majority of health authorities around the world DO NOT advocate using ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

So please stop obsessing over ivermectin, and get VACCINATED against COVID-19!

Read more : Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

 

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Can Raw Chicken Infect You With COVID-19?

Can raw chicken infect you with COVID-19, if they were handled by infected workers?

Find out what keeps going viral, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Raw Chicken Can Infect You With COVID-19!

There have been warnings about the dangers of raw meat contaminated by workers infected with COVID-19.

These warnings are usually tied to claims of a factory being closed over COVID-19 exposure, or multiple COVID-19 cases.

Here is a new example :

31 people in the chicken factory in Menglembu Industrial Zone were infected, and many chickens with the virus have been sold to the whole Ipoh market.

Tell your family not to buy chicken recently, it is safer to go to the market less

 

Can Raw Chicken Infect You With COVID-19? Plausible But Not Probable

Now, I cannot confirm whether a chicken factory in Menglembu had a cluster of 31 workers infected with COVID-19. There is currently no news report of such an incident.

So let’s just consider the question question – can raw chicken infect you with COVID-19? Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Not Easy To Get Infected From Handling Food

Based on the fact that other coronaviruses and respiratory viruses can be transmitted through fomites – (contaminated objects), it is certainly plausible way to get infected handling such objects.

However, you cannot get infected just by touching them. You have to touch the contaminated objects and then touch your nose, mouth or eyes.

That is easily avoided by washing your hands before touching your face!

How often do you touch your face while handling raw chicken? Pretty sure no one wants to do that with their dirty hands!

Fact #2 : No Infected Cases From Handling Food

There was also consistent evidence that SARS-CoV-2 can persist on certain surfaces for days. That led to early recommendations for sanitisation of public spaces where known positive cases were present.

However, WHO points out there has been NO SPECIFIC REPORTS of anyone getting COVID-19 through fomite transmission.

The US CDC also has a specific page on the risk of getting infected by COVID-19 through contaminated food, where they concluded that as of 31 December 2020 :

  • Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that handling food or consuming food is associated with COVID-19.
  • Currently, no cases of COVID-19 have been identified where infection was thought to have occurred by touching food, food packaging, or shopping bags.
  • Although some people who work in food production and processing facilities have gotten COVID-19, there is no evidence of the virus spreading to consumers through the food or packaging that workers in these facilities may have handled.

Just make sure you WASH YOUR HANDS after handling raw chicken or other kinds of meat or produce, BEFORE touching your face!

I would also recommend wearing a face shield while handling raw meat or produce as it prevents you from accidentally touching your face.

Fact #3 : People FAR Riskier Than Contaminated Food

The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets from infected human beings.

So you are FAR more likely to get infected by an infected person, than handling raw chicken or other meat contaminated by infected workers at the meat factory.

That is why it is very important to maintain COVID-19 precautions while you are out in public.

It doesn’t matter if you are shopping in an air-conditioned supermarket, or buying groceries in an open-air market.

Just make it a habit to maintain those COVID-19 precautions AT ALL TIMES, as you never know who is infected with COVID-19.

 

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Malaysia Extends COVID-19 Law + Fines To December 2021!

Malaysia just extended the law enforcing compliance with COVID-19 measures and fines for non-compliance to 31 December 2021!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia Extends COVID-19 Law + Fines To December 2021!

On 21 July 2021, the Malaysia Minister of Health, Dr. Adham Baba issued an extension to the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Declaration of Infected Local Areas) Order 2020.

Gazetted on 22 July 2021, this order extends the powers conferred by Section 11 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 [Act 342] from 2 August 2021 until 31 December 2021.

Here is the English version of that extension notice :

22 July 2021
P.U. (A) 313

PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES (DECLARATION OF INFECTED LOCAL AREAS) (EXTENSION OF OPERATION) (NO. 2) ORDER 2021

IN exercise of the powers conferred by section 11 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 [Act 342], the Minister makes the following order: 

Citation and commencement 

1. (1) This order may be cited as the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Declaration of Infected Local Areas) (Extension of Operation) (No. 2) Order 2021. 

(2) This Order comes into operation on 2 August 2021. 

Extension of operation 

2. The operation of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Declaration of Infected Local Areas) Order 2020 [P.U. (A) 87/2020] which had been extended for the period from 1 April 2021 to 1 August 2021 by the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Declaration of Infected Local Areas) (Extension of Operation) Order 2021 [P.U. (A) 148/2021] is further extended for a period from 2 August 2021 to 31 December 2021.

Made 21 July 2021 [KKM.600-29/4/146 Jld.2 (30); PN(PU2)470/Jld. 7]

DATO’ SRI DR. ADHAM BIN BABA
Minister of Health

 

No Changes To Current COVID-19 Law + Fines In Malaysia

The new order only extends the current COVID-19 law and fines to 31 December 2021.

There is no change to the law, or the fines announced previously, but let’s do a quick round-up of what was announced earlier.

On 25 February 2021, the Malaysian government introduced amendments to the law that increased fines for non-compliance with COVID-19 measures :

  • Individuals who commit an offence : Up to RM 10,000
  • Companies that commit an offence : Up to RM 50,000
  • Possible additional penalties : Up to 50,000 and/or up to 6 months imprisonment
  • Offences, for which no penalty is expressly provided : Up to RM 100,000 and/or up to 7 years imprisonment

The Act was also amended to allow the government to order a person to wear a “tracing device”, also known as a tracking device.

These changes came into effect on 11 March 2021, and will continue to apply until 31 December 2021.

Read more : Malaysia Announces COVID-19 Fines Of RM10K ~ RM100K!
Read more : National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : 19 July 2021 Edition
Read more : National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP : 19 July 2021 Edition

 

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Fact Check : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol By Dr. Amir Farid?

Advice on ivermectin dose and protocol by Dr. Amir Farid is circulating on WhatsApp.

Let’s take a look at his advice, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol By Dr. Amir Farid

This ivermectin dose and protocol by Dr. Amir Farid has been circulating on WhatsApp, teaching people how to take ivermectin to prevent and cure COVID-19.

It is rather long, so SKIP to the next section for the FACTS.

IVERMECTIN DOSE & PROTOCOL.
By Dr Amir Farid

(For best absorption, take AFTER FOOD)
Ivermectin is Best as PREVENTION. Can reduce infection by 86%.

Take 12mg/every week, (adult 50kg and above) even after vaccination (because many still get infected, some die, after completing vaccination) until COVID new cases are low.

(If weight is 90 kg or above, take every 5 days instead of weekly)

 

Fact Check : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol By Dr. Amir Farid?

This advice on ivermectin dose and protocol by Dr. Amir Farid is misleading and dangerous, and here are the FACTS why…

Fact #1 : Ivermectin Not Approved For Human Use In Malaysia

Ivermectin is not approved for human use in Malaysia, only animal use. It is also not approved for use against COVID-19.

However, hospitals can apply for the off-label use of ivermectin, which must be done in a monitored environment.

So it is WRONG for any doctor or medical specialist to advice people to self-medicate with ivermectin, more so using an unapproved protocol.

Read more : Can Hospitals In Malaysia Use Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19?

Fact #2 : Sale Of Illegal Ivermectin Punishable By Fine And/Or Jail

People selling illegal ivermectin in Malaysia are subject to these penalties :

  • Individuals : Up to RM25,000 and/or 3 years of prison for the first offence, and up to RM50,000 and/or 5 years of prison for subsequent offences
  • Companies : Up to RM50,000 for the first offence, and up to RM100,000 for subsequent offences.

Read more : Illegal Ivermectin Sale : Up to RM50K Fine + 5 Years Jail!

Fact #3 : Ivermectin Should Be Taken Before Food

Dr. Amir Farid doesn’t seem to know that ivermectin should be taken on an empty stomach!

In fact, it’s best not to eat any food for two hours before or after taking ivermectin, for optimal absorption.

Instead, he is advising people to do the opposite. Can you really trust him to know what he’s talking about?

Fact #4 : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol Not FLCCC Compliant

The main group pushing ivermectin is FLCCC, and Dr. Amir Farid has spoken up in favour of the FLCCC.

However, the ivermectin dose + protocol that he is recommending has NOTHING to do with the FLCCC ivermectin protocol.

FLCCC recommends taking ivermectin just once a month to prevent COVID-19. Dr. Amir Farid is asking people to take it once a week.

FLCCC recommends taking ivermectin just twice after getting infected with COVID-19. Dr. Amir Farid is asking people to take one to two tablets for 5-7 days.

Fact #5 : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol Not Based On Any Study

Medicine doses are calibrated for safety and efficacy though clinical studies.

However, Dr. Amir Farid’s recommended ivermectin dose and protocol does not appear to be based on any study.

It is not even based on the FLCCC ivermectin protocol, which itself isn’t based on any study either.

So it is unknown why Dr. Amir Farid believes his ivermectin dose and protocol works. There is certainly no proof of it working.

Fact #6 : Ivermectin Not Proven To Work Against COVID-19

Ivermectin has been shown to work against COVID-19 in lab (in vitro) studies, but does NOT improve clinical outcomes or prevent transmission.

That is why the WHO and the vast majority of health authorities around the world DO NOT advocate using ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Read more : Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

Fact #7 : Dr. Amir Farid Raided For Prescribing Ivermectin

On 16 June 2021, Dr. Amir Farid’s clinic was raided for supplying ivermectin to patients, “falsely claiming that it can prevent COVID-19“.

Dr. Amir Farid confirmed the raid by the Malaysia Health Ministry, but declined to provide further details.

Fact #8 : Dr. Amir Farid Made False Claims In MAECC Briefing

Dr. Amir Farid was part of the first MAECC briefing on ivermectin, where he made several false claims :

  • Malaysia can recover from the COVID-19 pandemic “in a matter of weeks” if ivermectin is used (false)
  • doctors swore the Hippocratic oath and must be compliant with the Nuremberg Code and the Helsinki Declaration (false)
  • it is unethical to insist on more clinical trials to investigate the efficacy of ivermectin (false)

Read more : MAECC Ivermectin Briefing : Control COVID-19 In 6 Weeks?

Fact #9 : People Have Overdosed On Ivermectin

Self-medicating with ivermectin can lead to overdosing because the tablets available in most countries, including Malaysia, are formulated for animal use.

In February 2021, the Missouri Poison Center even issued a warning :

There have been reports of intentional ivermectin overdoses which can cause serious symptoms such as seizures, coma, lung and heart problems.

Fact #10 : Not Safe To Buy Ivermectin Online

Due to the hype in ivermectin, scammers are pushing online sales of ivermectin at ridiculous prices, like the Scam Alert : Ziverdo Kit To Treat COVID-19!.

A single strip usually costs just US$0.30 (RM1.20), but is being sold for anywhere between US$9 to US$25 (RM35 to RM100).

Even worse – there is no way to know if you are actually purchasing ivermectin, or fake tablets labelled as ivermectin.

Those who purchase and consume ivermectin are putting themselves at risk.

So please advise your family and friends NOT to purchase ivermectin. They should instead protect themselves from COVID-19 by getting vaccinated!

 

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Malaysian Vaccination Certificate Rejected By Hong Kong?

Is the vaccination certificate of Malaysian travellers being rejected by Hong Kong authorities?

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

 

Malaysian Vaccination Certificate Rejected By Hong Kong?

On 22 July 2021, this warning about the Malaysian vaccination certificate being rejected by Hong Kong authorities went viral.

Wah, our digital Vac certificate is not recognised by HK!! I thought there should be global reciprocity!

[22/7, 7:30 pm] HS: News travels fast.
Hong Kong health ministry has declared the following this morning:

1) Malaysia is now classified as one of the highest risk countries for COVID-19 infection

2) All returning Hong Kong residents from Malaysia will need to undergo a 21 days compulsory quarantine at a designated hotel and to undergo 4 specific COVID-19 test, upon arrival, on the 5th day, 10th day and 18th day

3) Vaccination certificates issued by the Malaysian authorities will not be recognised or accepted and a new COVID-19 vaccination has to be administered locally

What a shame to Malaysian!!
[22/7, 7:30 pm] HS: Our digital certificate not laku!!!

 

Fact : Malaysian Vaccination Certificate NOT Rejected By Hong Kong

This is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS being created every day and shared on WhatsApp. Here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : Hong Kong Does Not Have A Health Ministry

Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region in the People’s Republic of China.

It does not have a Health Ministry, only a Department of Health, which reports to the Hong Kong Food and Health Bureau.

Fact #2 : Hong Kong Did Not Declare Malaysia As Highest Risk Country

The Hong Kong government did not classify Malaysia as “one of the highest risk countries for COVID-19”.

The HK Department of Health issued two press releases on 22 July 2021, both not related to Malaysia. Neither were there any press statements about Malaysia in the last month or so.

The HK Immigration Department has not issued any press releases since 19 July 2021, certainly nothing about Malaysia in the last month or so.

Fact #3 : Malaysia Still Classified As Group B Country

As of 22 July 2021, Malaysia is still classified as a Group B country by the Hong Kong government, which is the third rung of their risk ladder :

  • Group A1 (Extremely High Risk) : Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, The Philippines, South Africa and The United Kingdom.
  • Group A2 (Very High Risk) : Ireland, Russia
  • Group B (High Risk) : Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Romania, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America, and Vietnam
  • Group C (Medium Risk) : All other countries, except China and those not in Groups A1, A2, B and D.
  • Group D (Low Risk) : Australia and New Zealand

Fact #4 : Non Residents Are Barred From Entering Hong Kong

As of 22 July 2021, the Hong Kong government bars non-residents from entering Hong Kong if they have stayed in these countries in the last 14 days :

  • Taiwan
  • Any country in Groups A1, A2, B and C

That practically means that non-Hong Kong residents must first stay in a Group D country – either Australia or New Zealand – for at least 14 days before they are allowed to enter Hong Kong!.

Fact #5 : Hong Kong Recognises Many COVID-19 Vaccines

As of 29 June 2021, the Hong Kong government recognises thirteen COVID-19 vaccines, including the three vaccines being used in Malaysia – Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sinovac.

Fact #6 : Everyone Entering Hong Kong Must Quarantine

Whether you are vaccinated or not, all travellers – whether Hong Kong residents or foreigners – must quarantine after entering Hong Kong.

As mentioned above, only non-Hong Kong residents travelling from Group D countries (currently Australia and New Zealand) are allowed to enter Hong Kong.

  • If fully vaccinated with recognised vaccines :
    – 7-day compulsory quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel
    – 2 tests during quarantine
    – 3rd test on 12th day
  • If not fully vaccinated / vaccinated with unrecognised vaccines :
    – 14-day compulsory quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel
    – 3 tests during quarantine
    – additional tests on 16th and 19th days

Fact #7 : Everyone Entering Hong Kong Must Undergo A COVID-19 Test

Irrespective of whether you have been tested before flying to Hong Kong, all travellers to Hong Kong are required (as of 22 July 2021) to undergo a COVID-19 test on arrival.

Testing is conducted at the HK Department of Health’s Temporary Specimen Collection Centre, and travellers have to wait for their test results.

Only after a negative test result are they permitted to travel to their quarantine hotel.

Those who test positive will be transferred to a hospital for isolation and treatment.

 

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COVID-19 Vaccination For Children Postponed For Now!

CITF just announced that COVID-19 vaccination for children will be POSTPONED until a later time.

Here is what you need to know!

 

COVID-19 Vaccination For Children : One Vaccine Approved!

On 15 June 2021, Malaysia approved the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine for children of 12 to 17 years in age.

CITF also opened up registration of children for COVID-19 vaccination through MySejahtera and the Vaksin COVID website.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination For Children Postponed For Now!

On 22 July 2021, CITF (COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force) announced that COVID-19 vaccination for children will be postponed for the time being.

This includes SPM candidates (and is meant to) prevent any risk of myocarditis and pericarditis (heart inflammation) as reported by teenagers in the United States who have received their second dose of Covid-19 vaccines.

The government will only administer the Pfizer vaccine to adolescents with certain underlying health conditions, like cancer, chronic lung disease and co-morbidities like diabetes.

The Malaysia Health Ministry is finalising clinical guidelines for children and teenagers with such pre-existing conditions, as they are at higher risk of hospitalisation or death if they contract COVID-19.

Children of between 12 and 17 years of age can still register for vaccination, but no vaccine appointment will be given out.

Teenagers who are 18 years of age by 31 December 2021 will continue to receive their COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination For Children : Risk Of Myocarditis / Pericarditis

Unfortunately, both Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines are now known to cause cases of myocarditis and pericarditis in teenagers.

  • myocarditis : inflammation of the heart muscle
  • pericarditis : inflammation of the outer lining of the heart

These cases are rare – just 1,148 cases were reported in the United States (as of 19 July 2021) amongst people 30 years old or younger, of which 674 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis were confirmed.

That was after over 20 million Pfizer COMIRNATY doses were given to adolescents and young adults. So the risk of developing myocarditis / pericarditis is approximately :

  • 6 cases for every 100,000 doses.
  • 1 case for every 17,400 doses

The confirmed cases in the United States have occurred :

  • mostly in male adolescents and young adults age 16 years of older
  • more often after getting the second dose
  • typically occurs within a few days after receiving the vaccine

People who develop myocarditis or pericarditis will experience symptoms like :

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

 

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“You Wanna Kena Whacked?” Maskless Bully To Be Charged!

The maskless bully who threatened to “whack” people who asked him to put on a face mask will be charged in court!

Take a look at the two viral videos, and find out why this Covidiot will soon be charged in court!

 

Maskless Bully : “You Wanna Kena Whacked?”

In this viral video, a maskless bully wanted to buy food at this roadside stall, but became aggressive when confronted for not wearing his face mask.

He started cursing and threatening not just the stall owners, but also another customer in the video, “You wanna kena whacked?

The video naturally went viral on social media, and netizens soon identified him as Shyamalan Jaganathan, a 33-year old licensing consultant who once worked for the Echez Group.

Echez Group has since announced that Shyamalan has not worked with them since 2018, stating :

We want to express to you that this person does not work with us since 2018 and does not represent the values and principles of our company.

We have already taken the necessary measures so that he can no longer use our name in social networks.

Echez Group respects and promotes among its employees, collaborators, and associates the application of the Biosafety protocols required in each geography where we have presence.

When his MyKad and His LinkedIn profile became public, Shyamalan quickly deleted his LinkedIn account.

Unfortunately, that didn’t stop netizens from coming across and sharing a video of a previous encounter in which he was abusive to another gym user.

 

“You Wanna Kena Whacked” Maskless Bully To Be Charged!

The incident happened at Jalan Desa Bakti in Kuala Lumpur, at around 10:30 AM on 19 July 2021.

The stall owner’s daughter lodged a police report against Shyamalan a few hours after the incident.

The Brickfields police announced that they were investigating the matter under :

  • Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation
  • Regulation 17(1) of the Prevent and Control of Infectious Disease Regulations 2021 for breaking the Phase 1 SOP (not wearing a face mask)

On 20 July 2021, Deputy Brickfields OCPD Superintendent Basri Sagoni confirmed that they arrested Shyamalan near his house in Taman Desa Bakti at 8 PM last night.

On 21 July 2021, Brickfields District Police Chief Assistant Commissioner Anuar Omar said that the police obtained a one-day remand extension, and he will be charged tomorrow (22 July 2021) for criminal intimidation and not following the COVID-19 SOP.

He could receive up to two years of prison and/or a fine for criminal intimidation, as well as a compound for violating the SOP.

 

Maskless Bully : Why He’s A Danger To Society

Shyalaman is just one of the few but very vocal people who refuse to abide by COVID-19 precautions, in particular – wearing a face mask in public.

If he has COVID-19, he can easily spread it to other people simply by standing next to them. When he walked up to the man in the video, he was more than just physically threatening the other customer.

This is a real concern as the Delta variant of COVID-19 is capable of infecting people in 5 to 15 seconds, if you do not wear a face mask.

That is why it is critical that everyone must wear a face mask in public, preferably double-masked, and put on a face shield or some kind of eyewear if possible.

You should maintain a physical distance of 2-3 metres from other people if you can. Please don’t be a Covidiot like Shyamalan.

And definitely GET VACCINATED against COVID-19.

Read more : Delta Variant Can Infect In Seconds : How To Prevent That?

 

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NRP Phase 1 : Cycling + Individual Sports Now Allowed!

Cycling and individual sports are now allowed in areas under Phase 1 of the Malaysia National Recovery Plan!

Here is what you need to know!

 

NRP Phase 1 : Cycling + Individual Sports Now Allowed!

On 19 July 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that cycling and individual sports are now allowed in areas under Phase 1 of the National Recovery Plan.

From 20 July 2021 onwards, individual exercise without physical contact in open spaces is allowed, LIMITED to :

  • jogging
  • cycling
  • individual games
  • individual exercise

In addition, people must maintain physical distancing of 2-3 metres, and exercise only within the neighbourhood, from 7 AM until 8 PM.

 

NRP Phase 1 : Group Sports Allowed (Not Cycling!)

While cycling is now allowed in Phase 1 areas, you are only allowed to cycle individually. Cycling in groups is not permitted, even though these other group sports are allowed :

  • Centralised training programs, including closed quarantined competitions using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Centralised training programs with quarantine by State Sports Councils using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Centralised training programs including quarantined training competitions for teams in the Malaysian Football League (MFL) using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Malaysian Football League matches are ALLOWED based on the closed Sports Bubble model, without spectators or supporters.

 

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Malaysia National Recovery Plan : 20 July 2021 Edition!

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

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

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

 

Malaysia National Recovery Plan : Four Phases

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

Phase 1

Phase 2

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

Phase 3

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

Phase 4

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

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Recovery Plan : Phase 1 Updates

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

On 19 July 2021, MKN announced these changes :

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

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

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Recovery Plan : Phase 2 Updates

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

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

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

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

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

On 19 July 2021, MKN announced these changes :

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

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

Government Operations During Phase 2

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

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

What Business Can Reopen In Phase 2

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

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

Manufacturing

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

Trade + Distribution

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

Travel Restrictions

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

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

Markets

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

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

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

Sports + Recreation

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

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

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Recovery Plan : Phase 3 Updates

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

What Business Can Reopen In Phase 3

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

  • Spa
  • Pedicure and manicure
  • Pub and night club

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

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

Travel Restrictions

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

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

Dining-In

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

Education

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

Social Activities

Social activities are FORBIDDEN in Phase 3.

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

Tourism

Tourism is ALLOWED only within the state.

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

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Recovery Plan : Phase 4 Updates

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

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

This is also when interstate travel will be permitted.

 

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National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP : 19 July 2021 Edition!

Here is the latest SOP for Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) 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 National Recovery Phase 1 SOP : 19 July 2021 Edition!

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP : 16 July 2021 Video!

This video shows the latest National Recovery Plan SOP slides (16 July 2021) for Phase 2, followed by our English translation.

This Phase 2 SOP currently applies to Penang, Sabah, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak, and Perlis.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP : 19 July 2021 Update!

This is the new National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP that was posted on 19 July 2021.

Travel Restrictions

  • Interstate and inter-district travel is FORBIDDEN (based on district borders determined by state governments)
  • All entry and exit into MCO areas will be closed and controlled by the police (PDRM).
  • Only two (2) household representatives may leave to purchase food, medicine, dietary supplement and basic necessities within a radius of 10 kilometres.
  • Up to three (3) people, including the patient, may leave to seek healthcare, medical care, screening test, vaccination, security or emergencies within a radius of 10 kilometres or to the nearest provider.
  • Taxis and e-hailing rides are limited to just TWO (2) people in the vehicle, including the driver, and the passenger must sit in the back.
  • Vehicles carrying goods or involved in the economic chain or industry (except worker transportation) is allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Official and government vehicles are allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Airports, ports and logistic sector are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours. Updated!
  • Unloading of non-essential goods in factories is limited to delivery and receipt of goods or cargo in existing stockpiles for the purpose of import and export only with limited workers. Unloading time is only allowed from 8 AM until 8 PM on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • Unloading of essential goods is not subject to these restrictions and can proceed as usual.
  • Public transportation (train, bus, LRT, MRT, ERL, monorail, taxi, ferry) are allowed to operate at 50% capacity.
  • Travel for funerals and natural disasters are ALLOWED, with police permission.
  • Disaster or humanitarian aid from NGO must obtain permission from the state or district Disaster Management Committee, and the aid must be channelled through the Disaster Operational Control Centre (PKOB) of the affected area.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel for the purpose of going for vaccination is ALLOWED by showing the appointment in MySejahtera, website or SMS.
  • Members of Parliament or State Legislators are ALLOWED to travel interstate or inter-district to visit their constituencies without conducting any events.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel between Phase 2 areas is ALLOWED for husbands and wives in long-distance relationships, with police permission.
  • Travel for Short Term Business Visitors under the One Stop Centre (OSC) initiative for official or business purposes are ALLOWED with police permission.

General Health Protocol

  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers must maintain physical distance of at least 1 metre entering or leaving their premises.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must provide MySejahtera QR code and a manual logbook to register customers.
  • Hand sanitiser must be provided at the entrance, and customers must use it before entering.
  • The use of MySejahtera is mandatory is areas with good Internet connectivity. The use of logbook is only allowed in areas with no Internet connectivity, or other reasonable excuse.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers and workers check in using MySejahtera. or the manual logbook if there’s no Internet connectivity.
  • Employers, employees, customers and visitors are required to check in using MySejahtera or write their names and phone numbers legibly in the logbook (if there is no Internet connectivity).
  • In shopping malls, customers only need to scan their body temperatures ONCE at the mall entry point. It is not necessary to scan their body temperature at every premise in the mall.
  • Those with body temperatures exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius are NOT ALLOWED to enter.
  • Malls and premise owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk or Casual Contact Low Risk in MySejahtera are allowed to enter.
  • Children 12 years or younger are NOT allowed in public places and facilities, EXCEPT in emergencies, treatment, education or exercise.
  • Premise owners and business licence holders must restrict the number of customers within their premises to ensure at least 1 metre physical distancing.
  • Every premise must publicly display the limit of customers allowed inside at any one time. The use of a numbered queue system is encouraged to control the number of customers.
  • All building owners must provide QR Codes for each floor / level.
  • It is MANDATORY for employees, suppliers and customers to properly wear face masks while within the premise.
  • There must be good ventilation and aeration at the premise.
  • It is MANDATORY to wear a face mask, especially in crowded public areas, EXCEPT in these places or situations :
    a) hotel room or paid accommodation, alone or with your own family
    b) Personal working space
    c) Sporting activities and outdoor recreation
    d) Personal vehicle, alone or with your own family
    e) Indoor or outdoor public areas, when there are no other individuals
    f) While eating or drinking in public areas, when there are no other individuals (except in restaurants or other food & beverage premises)

Civil Service

  • Office attendance for essential services in the civil service must not exceed 40% at any one time (except for frontliners, security, defence and enforcement), and 60% must work from home, in rotation.
  • Government counter service will operate physically subject to the current orders from the Secretary to the Government of Malaysia (KSN).
  • Civil servants going to office must receive official attendance order and worker’s pass.

Private Sector

  • Approved essential services must have official approval from the relevant Ministry or Agency. Employee travel is limited to approved operations letter or worker’s pass or employer’s letter of authority.
  • Employee capacity for the private sector (essential services only) is limited to 80%, including both operations and management.
  • Accounting services are ALLOWED to operate at 60% capacity. New!

MICE

  • Meetings must be conducted via video conferencing.
  • Seminars, workshops, courses, training and talks are FORBIDDEN, except in-service training through Camp-Based Training.
  • Seminars, workshops, courses, training and talks conducted online are ALLOWED.

Business Activities

  • Restaurants, food shops, food stalls, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, hawker centres. food kiosks are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM for takeaway, drive-through or delivery.
  • Dine-in and park & dine services, and picnics are FORBIDDEN.
  • Grocers and convenience stores are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM. Updated!
  • Hardware stores, vehicle workshops, childcare stores and religious stores are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM. Updated!
  • Healthcare services like hospitals, clinics and medical laboratories are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours, or up to their licensed operating hours.
  • Pharmacies can operate from 6 AM until 10 PM. Updated!
  • Petrol stations can operate from 6 AM until 10 PM, except for those on tolled highways which can operate 24 hours. Updated!
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls, and departmental stores allowed to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM. Updated!
  • Pharmacies, self care, convenience stores, mini marts, bookstores and stationery shops, computer, telecommunications, and electrical shops are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 10 PM. Updated!
  • Barber, hair saloon and beauty saloons are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 10 PM. Updated!
  • Veterinarian clinics and pet food stores are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 10 PM. Updated!
  • Laundry services and optical stores are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM. Self-service laundromats must ensure an employee is present on-premise. Updated!

  • Daily and public markets are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 4 PM, subject to the local authorities, proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision. Updated!
  • Controlled Fresh Produce Market (PST) are ALLOWED to open from 7 AM until 2 PM. Updated!
  • Permanent Farm Market (PTK), MyFarm Outlet (MFO) and Local Farmer’s Association Complex (PPK) are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 4 PM.
  • Wholesale markets are ALLOWED to open from 12:01 AM until 6 AM, and from 11 AM until 4 PM, subject to the local authorities, proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision.
  • Farmer’s market and morning market are ALLOWED to open from 7 AM until 11 AM.
  • Night markets and weekend markets are FORBIDDEN.
  • Fishing for livelihood is ALLOWED.
  • The operation of mines and quarries is ALLOWED with up to 80% worker capacity, subject to the Mining and Quarrying SOP.

Education

  • All public and private institutes of tertiary education, tahfiz centres and other educational institutes must CLOSE.
  • Tertiary education will continue ONLINE.
  • All public and private schools and education institutes, tuition centres, language centres, skill centres, counselling centres, etc. must CLOSE.
  • Students sitting for SPM, STPM, SVM, STAM, SKM, DVM and equivalent international examinations are ALLOWED to travel interstate / inter-district for examinations with approval from MOE, MARA or relevant Ministry / Agency. The student may be accompanied by one guardian.
  • Teachers or lecturers who are involved in classes related to the approved examinations are allowed to travel, with approval from MOE, MARA or relevant Ministry / Agency.
  • Students in boarding schools taking part in examinations are allowed to travel to their dormitories, with approval from MOE, MARA or relevant Ministry / Agency.
  • Students who need to travel from Peninsular Malaysia to Sabah, Sarawak or Labuan and vice versa must comply with existing quarantine rules.
  • Only international school and expatriate school students involved in International examinations are allowed to sit for examinations according to the schedule set by the international examination body.
  • All face-to-face learning are FORBIDDEN, except for tertiary education students who require them.
  • 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 using hybrid studies.
  • Private and public kindergartens, kindergartens in private, international and expatriate schools and mind development centres for children 4 to 6 years old are NOT ALLOWED to operate, except for parents who are frontliners or both working.
  • 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.

Religion

  • Prayer activities are limited to a maximum of 12 mosque and surau committee members only. All other activities are FORBIDDEN.
  • Islamic wedding ceremony (akad nikah) is ALLOWED only in the Islamic Religious Office / Department with the attendance capacity set by the State Religious Authority.
  • Non-Muslim houses of worship are limited to 12 committee members only, and congregants are NOT ALLOWED.
  • 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

  • Individual sports and recreational activities without physical contact in open spaces and exercise with physical distancing of 2-3 metres are allowed in open and semi-open spaces within 10 km from the residence, from 6 AM until 8 PM.
  • Allowed activities include jogging, exercise, tai chi, cycling, skateboarding, fishing, equestrian sports, archery, hiking, tennis (singles only), golf, and motorsports.
  • All sports facilities and commercial outdoor and semi-open recreation facilities are ALLOWED to open, limited to 50% capacity, and subject to the local council authority.
  • All other sports facilities are limited to only management (finance, maintenance and so on) with not more than 30% workforce capacity.
  • Quarantine-based championships or competitions without spectators or supporters based on the Sports Bubble model are limited to those organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS), Malaysian Football League and Petronas Cub Prix Championship only.
  • Centralised training programs with quarantine by National and State Sports Councils using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Centralised training programs including quarantined training competitions for teams in the Malaysian Football League (MFL) using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Athlete / coach / official / technical support participation in overseas championships or competitions or matches are subject to the approval of the Immigration Department with support from KBS / MSN.

Creative Industry

  • Development and broadcasting of creative content through recording or live broadcasts include animation, filming, drama, promotions, sitcoms and the like, including dance, art activities theatre, musical arts, cultural and heritage performances as well as the music are FORBIDDEN, except for individual discussions and live-streaming.
  • Filming outside of studio is ALLOWED with strict SOP. New!
  • Recording and live broadcasts of programmes to convey information (other than entertainment) like news, forum, interviews are ALLOWED.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP : Essential Services

Essential Services Allowed To Operate In Phase 2 Areas

  1. Food and beverages, including for animals
  2. Healthcare and medical services, including dietary supplements, veterinarian services, etc.
  3. Water supply
  4. Energy supply
  5. Security and safety, defence, emergency, social and humanitarian services
  6. Waste disposal and public sanitisation and sewerage
  7. Land, water and air transportation
  8. Port, shipyard, airport services and operations, including loading, unloading, cargo handling and piloting, storage or transportation of commodities
  9. Communications including media, telecommunications and Internet, post and courier, as well as broadcasting (for the purpose of conveying information, news and the like.
  10. Banking, insurance, takaful and capital markets (60% capacity)
  11. Community credit and pawn shops
  12. E-commerce and information technology
  13. Production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants
  14. Hotels and accommodation (only for quarantine purposes, segregation, employment for essential services and not for tourism).
  15. Critical construction, maintenance and repair
  16. Forestry services (limited to enforcement) and wildlife
  17. Legislative and judiciary.
  18. Lawyers and commissioners of oaths
  19. Logistics limited to delivery of essential services

Essential Services According To Sector

All industries are FORBIDDEN, except for the following sectors :

Manufacturing (80% employee capacity)

  1. Aerospace (components and maintenance, repair and overhaul – MRO)
  2. Food and beverage
  3. Packaging and printing materials, only related to food and health
  4. Personal care and cleaning products
  5. Healthcare and medical medicine
  6. Personal care items, personal protective equipment (PPE), including rubber gloves and fire safety equipment
  7. Components for medical devices.
  8. Electrical and electronics of global economic chain importance
  9. Oil and gas, including petrochemicals and petrochemical products
  10. Machinery and equipment
  11. Textiles for PPE production only
  12. Production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants
  13. Automotive (vehicles and components)
  14. Ceramics
  15. Cement
  16. Rubber
  17. Iron and steel
  18. Furniture factory for export only

Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock, Plantation and Commodities (“optimal” employee capacity)

  1. Agriculture, fisheries and livestock and their supply chains
  2. Plantation and commodities including their supply chain (oil palm, rubber, pepper, cocoa, lumber, kenaf, biodiesel and agricommodity certification)
  3. Small scale logging, subject to the SOP.

Construction

  1. Critical maintenance and repair works
  2. Public infrastructure construction works
  3. Construction works that provide approved employee accommodation at construction sites.
  4. Construction works that house workers in approved Centralised Workers Quarters (CLQ).
  5. Construction works of small projects carried out by G1, G2, G3 and G4 contractors.
  6. Renovation of personal homes or commercial buildings.
  7. Land investigation work.

Trade + Distribution

  1. Shopping malls INCLUDING supermarkets, hypermarkets, departmental stores and all listed essential services.
  2. Supermarkets and hypermarkets
  3. Departmental stores, EXCEPT clothes, decoration, cosmetics and children toys.
  4. Pharmacies, self-care stores, convenience stores and mini marts.
  5. Restaurants
  6. Laundry services, including self-service laundromats
  7. Pet care and pet food stores
  8. Eyewear and optical goods stores
  9. Hardware stores
  10. E-commerce – all product categories
  11. Wholesale and distribution – for all essential products only
  12. Bookstores and stationery shops
  13. Computer and telecommunications
  14. Electrical shops
  15. Barber saloons (basic hair cutting services only)
  16. Beauty and hair saloons (basic hair cutting services only)
  17. Carwashes
  18. Vehicle workshops, maintenance and spare parts
  19. Other specialty retail store (petrol stations)

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP : NEGATIVE LIST

These activities are FORBIDDEN using the National Recovery Plan Recovery Phase 2 SOP.

  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness, pedicure and manicure
  • Cybercafes and cybercenters
  • Driving schools, maritime training centres, flight schools
  • Photography activities
  • Gambling, horse racing and casinos
  • Factory manufacturing alcoholic beverages, and shops selling alcoholic beverages
  • Night clubs or pubs
  • Cinemas
  • Official and unofficial public and private events
  • Feasts, festivals, weddings, engagements, receptions, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, retreats and other social events.
  • Receiving guests or visitors at home, except in emergencies or for delivery services.
  • Seminars, workshops, courses, training, conferences, exhibitions, lectures and all MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) events that are face-to-face.

  • Tourist attractions like zoos, farms, aquariums, edutainment centres, extreme parks, adventure parks, nature parks, etc.
  • Souvenir and craft shops, culture and historical premises like museums, libraries, art galleries, native art and culture, stage performance, etc.
  • Theme parks, family entertainment centres, indoor playgrounds, karaoke, etc.
  • Interdistrict and interstate tourism
  • Overseas travel by citizens, and local travel involving foreigners entering Malaysia.
  • All indoor sports and recreation activities
  • All water sports and recreation, except fishing
  • Sports and recreation that involve groups or physical contact.
  • All championships, competitions, and matches, EXCEPT those organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS), Malaysian Football League (MFL) and Petronas Cub Prix Championship only.
  • Spectator or supporter attendance at sport venues and recreation.
  • Participation by athlete, coach, official, technical support to overseas competitions or championships or matches, WITHOUT the permission of the Malaysia Immigration Department and support from KBS / MSN.
  • Sports or recreational activities that cross state or district lines, EXCEPT with police permission.
  • Hotel lounge performances
  • Indoor or outdoor busking (except in PPV – vaccination centres)
  • 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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MITI Letter For Interstate Travel Not Valid For 4 Days!

Please be warned that all MITI letters for interstate travel will NOT be valid for 4 days!

Here is what you need to know!

 

MITI Letter For Interstate Travel Not Valid For 4 Days!

On 18 July 2021, the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) announced that all MITI letters for interstate travel will NOT be valid for 4 days, from 18 to 21 July 2021.

This new 4-day restriction only applies to people travelling for work purposes. It will not apply to these cases :

  • emergency matters with police permission
  • healthcare matters, including vaccinations

 

MITI Interstate Restrictions To Block Hari Raya Travel!

This decision came after the police noticed a marked increase in vehicles travelling on highways over the last two days.

To avoid the irresponsible abuse of MITI letters to travel interstate to celebrate Hari Raya Aidiladha (Hari Raya Haji), all interstate roadblocks have been ordered to reject MITI letters from Sunday, 18 July until Wednesday, 21 July 2021.

The Inspector-General of Police, Dato’ Sri Acryl Sani, also warned that those who are caught flouting this new restriction will be dealt with severely.

 

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Online Learning For Schools In Malaysia Extended To August!

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

Here are the details…

 

Online Learning For Schools In Malaysia Extended To August 2021!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Previous Online Learning School Schedule In Malaysia

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

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

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

This will be followed by the mid-term holidays.

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

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

 

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Computer, Mobile, Book + Stationery Shops Can Reopen!

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

Here is what you need to know…

 

Computer, Mobile, Book + Stationery Shops Can Reopen!

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Fact Check : Fake Police Raid On Penang Condo?

A woman live-streamed a police raid on her condominium in Penang, claiming that they could be robbers posing as fake police officers.

Her livestream went viral. Find out what really happened, and what the facts really are!

 

Viral Video Of Fake Police Raid On Penang Condo???

On 12 July 2021, a Penang lady live-streamed a police raid on her condominium on Logan Road, claiming that they could be robbers posing as fake police officers.

It didn’t help that they were all in plainclothes and it was very late at night – about 11 PM.

It also did not help that fake news have been circulating on WhatsApp, claiming that robbers pretending to be government officials using fake warrants to rob people.

She refused to let them in, and live-streamed the entire face-off on Facebook.

 

Truth : Police Raid On Penang Condo Was Genuine, Not Fake!

The truth is the police raid on the Penang condo was REAL, not fake. They were not robbers, but genuine police officers.

The Nilai district police issued a statement on 13 July 2021, clarifying the incident.

On 12 July 2021, police officers from the Nilai Commercial Crime department, acting on Op Pelican information, went to the condominium unit on Logan Road, in Penang.

Accompanied by two fellow officers from the Dato Keramat police station, they were looking for a man to assist in their investigation concerning a case of fraud.

According to Nilai district police chief, Mohd Fazley Ab Rahman, they introduced themselves and presented their police identity cards, but the lady refused to let them in.

The video only showed one of the plainclothes officer wearing a yellow PDRM vest showing what appears to be his MyKad, and not a police ID.

Later, two Penang police officers in uniform arrived at her unit to assure her that the men were not robbers posing as fake police officers.

She then let them into her unit, but they did not locate the man inside. No arrest or seizures was made that night.

 

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206 IDCC Vaccination Centre Staff Positive For COVID-19!

A total of 206 staff at the IDCC vaccination centre just tested positive for COVID-19!

Find out what’s going on, and what you should do if you were recently at the IDCC vaccination centre!

 

206 IDCC Vaccination Centre Staff Positive For COVID-19!

On 13 July 2021, JKJAV – the Special Committee on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply – announced that the IDCC vaccination centre (PPV) will be closed for the day after two volunteers tested positive for COVID-19.

This would allow for sanitisation of the vaccination centre to be carried out. The IDCC PPV will reopen on 14 July 2021.

The COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) immediately ordered a screening test of all other workers at the IDCC PPV.

The test was carried out on 10 July 2021, and they found that another 204 staff were positive for COVID-19, with RT-PCR CT value of 35 – meaning that they have a low viral load.

That would mean a total of 206 staff members of the IDCC PPV have tested positive for COVID-19, including the initial two cases.

National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, also shared that there are 453 workers at the IDCC PPV, of which :

  • 88% (400 people) have been vaccinated
  • 12% (53 people) have not been vaccinated

He did not reveal how many of the 206 positive cases were vaccinated. However, at least 153 of the 400 vaccinated workers would have tested positive for COVID-19 – a vaccine breakthrough rate of about 38%.

All other IDCC PPV workers will be quarantined, and replaced with a new team as a precautionary measure.

NIOSH has been ordered to monitor the ventilation in the IDCC PPV to ensure safety of people getting vaccinated going forward.

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

 

IDCC PPV COVID-19 Exposure : What Should You Do?

CITF has determined that the risk of exposure to the infected IDCC PPV staff members started from 4 PM on 9 July 2021 until 12 July 2021.

Therefore, everyone who went for vaccination at the IDCC PPV from 4 PM on 9 July 2021 until 12 July 2021 must self-quarantine and monitor their symptoms for ten days.

Those who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms should get tested immediately.

People who have appointments at IDCC PPV are advised to :

  • maintain COVID-19 precautions
  • maintain physical distance at all times
  • come only at the appointed time
  • go home as soon as they’re vaccinated

 

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Was Shopee Warehouse Closed After 50 COVID-19 Cases?

Did the Ministry of Health shut down the Shopee warehouse after 50 employees were infected with COVID-19?

Take a look at the COVID-19 rumour that went viral, and find out what happened!

 

Claim : Shopee Warehouse Closed After 50 COVID-19 Cases!

This short warning, which came with two photos, went viral on WhatsApp.

It suggested that the Shopee warehouse was shut down by the Ministry of Health, after 50 employees tested positive for COVID-19!

50 Shopee’s employees infected. Please spray your parcels with disinfectant when you receive them.

 

Shopee Warehouse Closed, Not Because Of COVID-19 Cases?

The notice of closure by the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) is genuine, but Shopee claims that they are unrelated to the allegations of COVID-19 cases.

Here is what we know so far…

Fact #1 : Shopee Denies Warehouse Closure Due To COVID-19 Cases

On 10 July 2021, Shopee claimed that the closure of their warehouse has “nothing to do with the alleged COVID-19 cases“.

They did not confirm or deny the alleged COVID-19 cases, or whether any of their employees recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Fact #2 : Pictures Of Police From Earlier Inspection

The pictures that were shared with the rumour was not from 9 July 2021, but a week earlier.

On 3 July 2021, Shah Alam district police officers inspected the Shopee warehouse to check for EMCO SOP compliance.

During that inspection, they identified an issue at the Shopee warehouse involving the registration of daily part-time workers in the COVID Intelligent Management System (CIMS).

Due to a misunderstanding of the SOP, Shopee was fined RM10,000.

The 9 July 2021 closure of the Shopee warehouse was unrelated to this 3 July incident.

Fact #3 : Shopee Warehouse Closed To Implement New SOPs

According to Shopee, they received guidance on additional SOP from KKM to implement in their Shah Alam warehouse, because Shah Alam is under EMCO restrictions.

They claimed that the guidance was very helpful, and thus their “warehouse will be closed temporarily to implement these added SOPs as quickly as possible“.

Fact #4 : KKM Ordered Shopee Warehouse Closure

However, the KKM notice tells a different story. It is an official Notis Perintah Tutup Premis (Notice of Premise Closure Order).

That was not a suggestion or guidance by KKM. It was an order to close the Shopee warehouse at the Mapletree Logistics Hub, from 9 July until 16 July 2021.

However, this does not mean that the rumours of 50 infected Shopee employees are true. It merely tells us that the closure of the Shopee warehouse was mandatory, not a suggestion.

Fact #5 : Warehouse Parcel Deliveries Will Be Delayed

While Shopee is assuring everyone that their platform is “operating per business as usual”, they admitted that there will be delays “for deliveries via our warehouse”.

They said that buyers whose orders are affected will receive an alert via push notifications in their Shopee account.

This is further evidence that the warehouse closure was not a suggestion, but an order that must be complied with.

 

Shopee Statement On Warehouse Closure Over COVID-19 Concerns

This is the 10 July 2021 statement by Shopee on their warehouse closure over COVID-19 concerns/

Dear valued Shopee users,

Shopee is cooperating very closely with the authorities who are working hard to fight Covid-19 in the country. On 9 July 2021,we received some guidance from the Ministry of Health (MOH) on additional Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) they suggested for us to implement at our Shah Alam warehouse. This is because Shah Alam has been placed under Enhanced Movement Control Order. It has nothing to do with the alleged Covid-19 cases, and the inspection is separate from the one conducted by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) on 3 July.

The guidance is very helpful and our warehouse will be closed temporarily to implement these added SOPs as quickly as possible.

To clarify, the Shopee platform is operating per business as usual and deliveries made by Shopee Express and all our other delivery partners are not affected. Some delays may occur and only for deliveries via our warehouse, which are a small portion of overall orders. Buyers whose orders are affected will also receive an alert via push notifications in their Shopee account.

Rest assured it does not impact our overall platform operations and we continue to provide Shopee users with all your needs.

We seek your patience and understanding as this is a national matter and we all have a part to play in the fight against Covid-19. Thank you for all your support and we will provide updates on the situation via our official social media accounts.

Thank you.

#ShopeeMY

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Selangor

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

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

Kuala Lumpur

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

Travel Restrictions

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

Business Activities

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

Religion

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

Children Care

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

Essential Services

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

General Health Protocol

  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers must maintain physical distance of at least 1 metre entering or leaving their premises.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must provide MySejahtera QR code and a manual logbook to register customers.
  • Hand sanitiser must be provided at the entrance, and customers must use it before entering.
  • The use of MySejahtera is mandatory is areas with good Internet connectivity. The use of logbook is only allowed in areas with no Internet connectivity, or other reasonable excuse.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers and workers check in using MySejahtera. or the manual logbook if there’s no Internet connectivity.

List Of Essential Services Updated!

A. Manufacturing Sector

  • Dry Food : sugar, cooking oil, flour, rice, break, milk products, grains, milk powder, biscuits, sardine, instant noodles, condensed milk, evaporated milk, salt, vermicelli, noodles, sauces, soy sauce, spices, baby food, animal food
  • Frozen Food : chicken, beef, mutton, seafood, vegetables
  • Drinks : mineral water, chocolate malt, coffee, tea, fresh milk
  • Self-care : baby diapers, adult diapers, medicines, hand sanitiser, face mask
  • Aerospace : Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO)
  • Machinery and equipment (M&E) : only for the production of healthcare and food products
  • Electrical and electronics (E&E) : including its supply chains

* Only involves packaging, labelling and transportation

B. Service Sector

  • Water, electricity and energy
  • Healthcare
  • Banking
  • Veterinary and animal feed
  • Security (security and safety), defence, emergency, welfare and humanitarian aid
  • Land, water and air transportation
  • Shipyard and airport port services and operations, including unloading and cargo handling, lighter transport, piloting and storage or stockpiling of commodities
  • Hotels and lodging (only for the purpose of quarantine, segregation, essential service work and not for tourism)
  • Communications include media, telecommunications and the internet, post and courier as well as broadcasting (for the purpose of conveying news, information and the like)
  • Cleaning, solid waste management and sewerage
  • Information technology and E-commerce (for messaging and deliveries only).
  • Delivery of food, beverage and parcel, including p-hailing (parcel hailing)

* Any activity that is part of chain in this service sector list.

EMCO SOP NEGATIVE LIST

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

 

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More Sectors Allowed To Open In Selangor EMCO Areas!

The Malaysian government has allowed more sectors to open in Selangor EMCO areas!

Find out what businesses and factories are allowed to reopen in EMCO areas in Selangor!

 

More Sectors Allowed To Open In Selangor EMCO Areas!

On 7 July 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) announced that a cabinet meeting chaired by the Prime Minister agreed to allow more sectors to open in Selangor EMCO areas!

  • Electrical and electronics (E&E) and its supply chains
  • Aerospace (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO))
  • Machinery and equipment (M&E) for the production of healthcare and food products
  • Selected food and beverage manufacturing
    – Mineral water, chocolate malt, coffee, tea, fresh milk
    – Sugar, cooking oil, flour, rice, break, milk products, grains, milk powder, biscuits, sardine, instant noodles, condensed milk, evaporated milk, salt, vermicelli, noodles, sauces, soy sauce, spices, baby food, frozen food (chicken, beef, mutton, seafood, vegetables) and animal food.

 

Full List Of Allowed Sectors In Selangor EMCO Areas

A. Manufacturing Sector

  • Dry Food : sugar, cooking oil, flour, rice, break, milk products, grains, milk powder, biscuits, sardine, instant noodles, condensed milk, evaporated milk, salt, vermicelli, noodles, sauces, soy sauce, spices, baby food, animal food
  • Frozen Food : chicken, beef, mutton, seafood, vegetables
  • Drinks : mineral water, chocolate malt, coffee, tea, fresh milk
  • Self-care : baby diapers, adult diapers, medicines, hand sanitiser, face mask
  • Aerospace : Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO)
  • Machinery and equipment (M&E) : only for the production of healthcare and food products
  • Electrical and electronics (E&E) : including its supply chains

* Only involves packaging, labelling and transportation

B. Service Sector

  • Water, electricity and energy
  • Healthcare
  • Banking
  • Veterinary and animal feed
  • Security (security and safety), defence, emergency, welfare and humanitarian aid
  • Land, water and air transportation
  • Shipyard and airport port services and operations, including unloading and cargo handling, lighter transport, piloting and storage or stockpiling of commodities
  • Hotels and lodging (only for the purpose of quarantine, segregation, essential service work and not for tourism)
  • Communications include media, telecommunications and the internet, post and courier as well as broadcasting (for the purpose of conveying news, information and the like)
  • Cleaning, solid waste management and sewerage
  • Information technology and E-commerce (for messaging and deliveries only).
  • Delivery of food, beverage and parcel, including p-hailing (parcel hailing)

* Any activity that is part of chain in this service sector list.

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

 

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AEON 1 Utama Reopening After Sanitisation + Swab Tests!

AEON is reopening their 1 Utama departmental store after shutting it down for sanitisation and swab tests!

Here are the LATEST updates…

 

AEON 1 Utama Closed 3 Days For Sanitisation + Swab Tests!

On 4 July 2021, AEON announced that they are closing their 1 Utama departmental store for 3 days as “part of precautionary measure”.

This came after unverified rumours of over 50 cases of COVID-19 in AEON 1 Utama circulated on WhatsApp :

Update : 1 Utama just announced that “there is NO confirmed DELTA variant case” at their shopping mall.

On 7 July 2021, AEON announced that they are reopening on 8 July 2021, after completing “a comprehensive sanitisation exercise” and performing “a full swab test on [their] employees“.

They also confirmed that the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) informed them that they have “no knowledge of any information regarding the Delta strain” in the COVID-19 cases at AEON 1 Utama.

I’m not sure if it was a slip on their part, but their 7 July 2021 statement refers to “the COVID-19 cases at AEON Bandar Utama“. That would suggest that there may been COVID-19 cases in AEON 1 Utama.

Recommended : 1 Utama : No Delta Variant COVID-19 Infections!

 

AEON 1 Utama : Official Statements On COVID-19 Concerns!

Here is the official 4 July 2021 statement by AEON 1 Utama on their closure.

ANNOUNCEMENT

Dear Value Customers and Business Partners

YOUR SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY

With your best interest at heart, AEON Bandar Utama in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor is undergoing a full sanitisation exercise as part of precautionary measure, thus it is closed for three days from 5 July 2021 until 7 July 2021.

The health and well-being of our employees, customers and business partners are our utmost priority. We will continue to observe stringent adherence to MKN guidelines and comply fully with preventive measures set by the Ministry of Health.

The strict adherence is necessary in our effort to create a safe environment for everyone and effectively operate in the new normal.

We appreciate your continuous support and look forward to providing you with AEON’s excellent service standard when we resume operations.

Thank you, take care and stay safe. #KitaJagaKita #PatuhiSOP.

The Management
AEON CO. (M) BHD

4 July 2021

And here is the official 7 July 2021 statement by AEON on their reopening and the rumours of Delta variants in the COVID-19 cases at AEON 1 Utama.

AEON Bandar Utama
7 July 2021

Dear Valued Customers,

AEON Bandar Utama has taken measures to voluntarily close for three days from 5 July 2021. To ensure the safety and well-being of our customers and employees, the outlet is undergoing a comprehensive sanitisation exercise as part of SOPs. As part of the exercise, we had also performed a full swab test on the employees. With these actions taken and the guidance from the respective authorities, we will be reopening on 8 July 2021.

We would also like to respond to the current circulation of information going around social media and WhatsApp groups.

MOH has informed us that that [sic] they have no knowledge of any information regarding the Delta strain in the COVID-19 cases at AEON Bandar Utama as claimed, and that all rumours are from unverified sources.

We are committed in continuing to be transparent and upfront in our communication to ensure our customers and community are well-informed in curbing the spread of COVID-19.

 

AEON 1 Utama COVID-19 Concerns : Should You Be Worried?

If you visited AEON 1 Utama on or before 4 July 2021, you may be contacted by the Malaysia Ministry of Health if you are identified as a close contact.

If you are identified as a close contact, you will then be asked to immediately self-quarantine and get yourself tested for COVID-19.

There is NO NEED to get tested for COVID-19, unless you have been identified as a close contact.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is easily destroyed by soap, so the deep cleaning operation will definitely clean the outlet 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.

 

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1 Utama : No Delta Variant COVID-19 Infections!

Were Delta variant COVID-19 infections detected at AEON 1 Utama, or the 1 Utama Shopping Centre?

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

 

Rumour : 50+ Delta Variant COVID-19 Cases @ AEON 1 Utama!

Unverified rumours of over 50 cases of COVID-19 in AEON 1 Utama have circulated on WhatsApp for several days :

According to a friend … Aeon 1U, there are 50+ staff & customers infected with covid positive cases … Those who have been to 1U last few days are advise to go for Covid test …

Don’t go shopping at 1 Utama as there’s a Delta cluster there.

A friend

Apparently there are 50+ staff & customers infected with covid positive cases… Those who have been to 1U last few days are advised to go for Covid test …

They have confirmed that cases in Aeon bandar Utama is Delta Variant.

The Delta variant has been a real concern globally, because it is much more infectious and has been shown to be partially resistant to vaccines.

Recommended : Why Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

 

1 Utama : No Delta Variant COVID-19 Infections!

We earlier reported on the rumours of the 50+ COVID-19 cases, when AEON shut down their 1 Utama outlet for three days.

At that time, AEON only stated that their 1 Utama outlet was being closed for “a full sanitisation exercise as part of precautionary measure“.

Their statement, which was not posted in their Facebook page, avoided any mention of COVID-19.

On 7 July 2021, 1 Utama announced that “there is NO confirmed DELTA variant case” at their shopping mall.

However, 1 Utama did not refute the rumours of 50+ COVID-19 cases at their shopping mall recently.

So we can only deduce that AEON 1 Utama was shut down over COVID-19 concerns. Whether there are 50 cases or no cases at all – there’s no way to know.

All we can now confirm is that – no Delta variant case has been reported at the 1 Utama Shopping Centre.

 

1 Utama Statement Refuting Delta Variant Claim

Here is the official statement by 1 Utama refuting claims that there was a Delta variant cluster at their shopping mall :

Dear All, we refer to the various messages and unverified rumours circulating over social media and WhatsApp regarding staff and customers being infected with the COVID DELTA variant at 1 Utama.

We wish to state that this is FAKE NEWS and that there is NO confirmed DELTA variant case reported at 1 Utama to date after checking with the Health Department in charge of Petaling District.

We understand that everyone is worried but please stay calm and DO NOT FORWARD unverified messages and rumours as it will create unnecessary anxiety and panic during this challenging time.

Rest assured, we remains fully compliant with all required SOPs to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees, shoppers and tenants. This includes frequent cleaning and sanitisation using hospital grade disinfectants as well as purifying indoor air with comprehensive air filtration systems and UV lights.

Lastly, we urge everyone to adhere to the routine SOP’s and maintain a high standard of personal hygiene so that we could keep each other safe.

Thank you for your continuous support.

THE MANAGEMENT,
1 UTAMA SHOPPING CENTRE

 

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EMCO Declared For KL + Selangor : What You Need To Know!

MKN just declared an EMCO lockdown of parts of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor!

Here is what you need to know about the new EMCO lockdown of KL and Selangor, including the new SOP!

 

EMCO Declared For KL + Selangor : What You Need To Know!

On 1 July 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that due to escalating number of COVID-19 cases in KL and Selangor, certain areas will come under EMCO lockdown!

Selangor

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

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

Kuala Lumpur

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

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

 

New EMCO SOP Declared For KL + Selangor!

Update : Here is the full EMCO SOP list!

Here is the new SOP for areas that will come under the EMCO in KL and Selangor :

  • All entry and exit into EMCO areas will be closed and controlled by the police (PDRM).
  • All residents in EMCO areas are FORBIDDEN to leave their house, except for one (1) representative to purchase essential goods within a radius of 10 kilometres.
  • KKM will conduct targeted screening tests on all residents in EMCO areas.
  • JKJAV will increase the rate of vaccination in EMCO areas.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel for the purpose of going for vaccination is ALLOWED by showing the appointment in MySejahtera, website or SMS.
  • Airports and ports are allowed to operate as normal.
  • Public transportation (train, bus, airport, taxi, ferry, e-hailing ride) are allowed to operate as normal, at 50% capacity.
  • Taxis and e-hailing rides are limited to just TWO (2) people in the vehicle, including the driver.
  • No one should leave their homes after 8 PM, except for emergencies or with police permission.
  • Only essential services, like utilities, cleaning and sewerage, are allowed to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Factories producing food and daily essentials like rice, bread loaves, sugar, cooking oil, flour, fresh milk, milk powder, medicines and face masks are allowed to operate.
  • Only those providing essential services or those conducting official government work, with employer’s letter or valid worker’s pass, are allowed to work.

Recommended : KL + Selangor EMCO / PKPD SOP : 1 July 2021 Edition!

  • Non-essential workers are FORBIDDEN to leave EMCO areas, and are FORBIDDEN to work during EMCO. Employers must comply with this rule, and allow employees to work from home.
  • Only workers in essential services and factories and permitted business premises can use MITI permission letters that were issued earlier.
  • Restaurants, eateries, food trucks, roadside vendors, mobile vendors, food courts, hawker centres, food stalls and food kiosks are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Food and drinks are only allowed to be purchased through take-away, drive-through and delivery.
  • Groceries, convenience stores, stores selling daily essentials are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Hospitals, clinics and medical laboratories are ALLOWED to operate up to 24 hours, or according to their licence.
  • Pharmacies, medicine shops, veterinaries, pet food stores are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Petrol stations are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 8 PM, except for those on tolled highways which can operate 24 hours.
  • Wholesale markets are ALLOWED to operate from 12 AM until 6 AM.
  • Public markets, permanent farmer’s markets (PTK) and MyFarm Outlets (MFO) are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 2 PM.
  • All forms of sporting, social, recreational and cultural activities are FORBIDDEN.

 

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Scam Alert : COVID-19 Relief Fund By Federal Government!

Please watch out for the COVID-19 Relief Fund by Federal Government scam!

Find out why it is just a SCAM, and WARN your family and friends!

 

Scam Alert : COVID-19 Relief Fund By Federal Government!

People are now sharing this COVID-19 RELIEF FUND message on WhatsApp :

Apply For The Covid-19 Relief Fund Provided By The Federal Government. Hurry Up, It takes few seconds to apply. Dont [sic] miss this opportunity.

Apply Here

Note : I added the Scam Alert overlay to prevent it from being further abused.

 

COVID-19 Relief Fund : Why This Is A Scam

I know many of us are in dire straits during this COVID-19 pandemic, having lost jobs, income or even loved ones. Unfortunately, scammers are counting on our desperation to prey on us.

I will now show you why this COVID-19 Relief Fund message is just another scam. Please warn your family and friends!

Fact #1 : No Global Relief Fund By Any Federal Government

When a scam tells you that “the federal government” is giving away money, you should always ask yourself – WHICH federal government???

No government in the world is giving away money to anyone across the world. Not even the three richest economies in the world – US, China and the EU – have a COVID-19 relief fund to give money away like that.

Fact #2 : The Three Questions Are A Red Herring

Most of these scams employ simple but useless questions to trick you into thinking that this is genuine. Look at the three questions this scam is asking :

  • What’s your age range?
  • How much money do you want to receive?
  • What’s your employment status?

In a real government relief programme, your eligibility status will be based on some official document – your identity card, driver’s licence, passport, etc.

No one is going to give you money simply because you answer a few questions. And NO ONE is ever going to ask you how much you want to receive!

Fact #3 : No Government Will Ask You To Invite Friends / Groups

A real government relief programme will NEVER ask you to invite friends and groups on WhatsApp, much less insist that you invite 15 friends or 5 groups before they give you money.

That’s a dead giveaway that this is a scam, and the scammers want you to help them scam other people. So NEVER invite your friends to join the scam.

Fact #4 : SNF Global Relief Initiative Is Not By Any Federal Government

To make the scam look legit, the scammers used the SNF Global Relief Initiative for the COVID-19 Pandemic graphics.

That initiative is not by any government, but by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

And just in case you are wondering, no, the SNF does not give away money to individuals. They only make grants to non-profit organisations and collaborative funds.

Fact #5 : The Domain Is New + Protected

If you check the domain “relief-fund.live“, you will see that it was only created on 24 March 2021.

Even more suspiciously, all contact and ownership details have been REDACTED FOR PRIVACY. That’s often a sign that the owners are worried about being sued or prosecuted.

Name: relief-fund.live
Registry Domain ID: ac787c4c5c19460696fa1bf46d133faa-DONUTS

Nameservers:
dns1.registrar-servers.com
dns2.registrar-servers.com

Registry Expiration: 2022-03-24 11:41:35 UTC
Updated: 2021-03-29 11:42:31 UTC
Created: 2021-03-24 11:41:35 UTC

Name: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Organization: Privacy service provided by Withheld for Privacy ehf
Email: Please query the RDDS service of the Registrar of Record identified in this output for information on how to contact the Registrant, Admin, or Tech contact of the queried domain name.
Tel: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Fax: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Mailing Address: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY Capital Region REDACTED FOR PRIVACY IS

Fact #6 : The Comments Are Completely Faked

You may notice a bunch of comments at the bottom of the scam website. They are only there to trick you into thinking that other people received the money.

Try refreshing them. They will never change, unlike a real live comment stream. The time codes will not change either.

Try clicking on the Like option. Nothing will happen. Your Like will not register.

That’s because this is a fake comment stream. It’s all hardcoded and fixed.

Now that you know that this is just another scam, please warn your family and friends.

And please remember – no one gives away money like that. Don’t fall for these scams!

 

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Netizen Power : Deputy Speaker Admits To Durian Party!

Netizens won again – their crowdsourced fact-checking confirmed that the Batu Pahat durian party did indeed happen a few days ago!

Take a look at how they debunked the Deputy Speaker’s claims, and forced him to admit that the durian party really happened!

 

Batu Pahat Durian Party : What’s Going On?

Batu Pahat MP Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon, who is also the Deputy Speaker, was seen in a video clip enjoying a durian party with a large group of people, without face masks or social distancing.

Malaysians were naturally outraged by the video, which obviously contravened the MCO 3.0 SOP.

When asked about it, Mohd Rashid claimed that the video was from 2020, before the Movement Control Order was initiated.

On 30 June 2021, the Deputy Speaker “gave up”, admitted that the video was new, and apologised for what he labelled as confusion over what transpired.

“I apologise for the confusion that arose when media contacted me to ask about the video at a farm and I replied without first watching the video.”

“After my audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong yesterday, only then I had the time to analyse the video involving me.”

“It so happened at the time there was a working visit by minister Zuraida Kamaruddin to Batu Pahat. We gifted durians to the minister’s entourage to take home.”

“When I arrived at the farm, the durian farm owner served us (durians). I had a little bit while discussing with the farm owner on the measures of help that can be channelled.”

He apologised again for his oversight, and said that he would cooperate with the police, who said that they will investigate the matter.

 

How Netizens Proved Batu Pahat Durian Party Happened In June 2021!

When Mohd Rashid first said that the video was old, Malaysian netizens did not take his explanation very well.

They immediately set out to fact check his claim that the video happened in 2020.

Mohd Rashi was photographed with Datuk Hajah Zuraida Kamaruddin at the Batu Pahat City Council on 27 June 2021.

The same people were later seen in the video enjoying the durian party at a farm in Batu Pahat.

In the picture on the left, this netizen shared how the Liverpool jersey worn by this man had the Nike brand and EPL gold patch, and could only be from the 2020/21 season.

In the picture on the right, this netizen shared how one lady in the video was wearing a Fareha headscarf called Reyna, that was only released this year.

 

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FMCO: Restaurants + Eateries Can Open From 6AM To 10PM!

MKN just announced that restaurants and eateries will now be allowed to open from 6 AM until 10 PM during FMCO 3.0!

Here is what we know so far…

 

FMCO : Restaurants + Eateries Can Open From 6 AM To 10 PM!

When the FMCO 3.0 (Full MCO 3.0) was announced, restaurants and food outlets were only allowed to open from 8 AM until 8 PM.

However, this limited operational time meant that many restaurants and food outlets were not able to prepare their food in time for dinner takeaways or delivery before they had to shut down by 8 PM.

The good news is that MKN just announced that, from 28 June 2021 onwards, restaurants and food outlets will now be allowed to open from 6 AM until 10 PM!

This extended operating hours will allow restaurants and other food outlets more time to make their food and beverages available for sale.

This was part of Phase 2, but has now been brought forward.

Dining in is still not allowed. Only takeaway, drive-through and food deliveries are allowed.

Dining in will only be allowed in Phase 3 of FMCO 3.0, and limited to two persons to each table.

 

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DASH Highway Scaffolding Collapsed, Injuring Two Workers!

Steel scaffolding from the DASH highway under construction collapsed today, injuring two workers!

Here is what we know so far…

 

DASH Highway Scaffolding Collapsed, Injuring Two Workers!

At around 7 PM today (19 June 2021), steel scaffolding from the DASH highway under construction near the Kota Damansara toll of the NKVE highway collapsed.

Two Bangladeshi workers (between 20 and 40 years old) were under the steel scaffolding when it fell from a height of about 12 metres.

Both workers suffered injuries from the flying debris, and have been taken to the Sungai Buloh Hospital for treatment.

Photo courtesy of Bomba Selangor

Photo courtesy of Bomba Selangor

 

PROLINTAS Statement On DASH Scaffolding Collapse

PROLINTAS, the developer of the DASH highway, issued a stop work order, and their ERT (Emergency Response Team) had already started to remove the debris.

Here is our English translation of the PROLINTAS statement on the incident :

STEEL SCAFFOLDING COLLAPSE INCIDENT AT HIGHWAY UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Kuala Lumpur, 19 June 2021 – Project Lintasan Damansara-Shah Alam Sdn. Bhd., the developer for the DASH (Damansara-Shah Alam Elevated Highway) construction project confirms that there was an incident where steel scaffolding fell inside the DASH construction area near Kota Damansara late this afternoon.

In that incident, two Bangladeshi workers suffered injuries and were brought to the Sungai Buloh Hospital for treatment. The incident did not involve highway users or the public because it happened within a closed construction area. The DASG Emergency Response Team (ERT) was on site to control traffic and remove the steel scaffolding.

A stop work order was issued immediately. The developer and main contractor will give their full cooperation to the relevant authorities investigating this incident.

We will issue follow-up statements regarding this incident from time to time.

 

More Pictures Of DASH Highway Scaffolding Collapse

 

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Did Man Die From COVID-19 Contaminated Package?

Did a 20 year-old man die from COVID-19 after contracting it from a contaminated package?

Find out what’s this new viral story (pun intended!) and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Man Dies From COVID-19 Contaminated Package!

There are two messages that have gone viral in the last few days on social media, about a young man who died from COVID-19, after contracting it from a contaminated package!

[29/05, 11:29 pm] My son, in Kuantan just passed away from covid. He was only 20 yrs old. He only had headache which he thought was migraine (3 hours) and took panandol but after 2 hours he died at home. No other symptoms at all but just headache. Fortunately my hubby and I had been vaccinated so not affeted at all. He is a student and study only at home. Never go anywhere. He got it because he took a courier package. The courier guy who stay in Batu 10 kuantan had covid . after my son death then forensic check only know he died from covid. Both of them wore mask. The courier guy is now in icu. Stage 4. Thats why now it has spread everywhere in Kuantan. [29/05, 11:29 pm] Kalau terima barang Dr kurier jgn terus ambil jemur dulu atau gantung d pagar sb kita ta tahu kurier ada covid ke tak
HATI-HATI……….

Hati2 bila kurier hantar barang.. (cdg: biarkan 1 jam+ dan basuh dettol)

From someone in Subang SS17 chat group:-
My neighbour’s son, Chan in Kuantan Taman Tas just passed away from covid. He was only 20 yrs old. He only had headache which he thought was migraine (3 hours) and took panandol but after 2 hours he died at home. No other symptoms at all but just headache. Fortunately his parent had been vaccinated so not affeted at all. He is student and study only at his house. Never go anywhere. He got it because he took a courier package. The courier guy who stay in Batu 10 kuantan had covid . after chan death then forensic check only know he died from covid. Both of them wore mask. The courier guy is now in icu.h Stage 4. Thats why now it has spread everywhere in Kuantan.

Beware, make sure you sanitize every parcel, letter or delivered foods package upon receiving.

 

No! He Did NOT Die From COVID-19 Contaminated Package!

Like 95% of what you read on social media, this is yet another piece of fake news. Here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : No 20 Year-Old Man Was Brought In Dead In Pahang

Our sister site, The Rojak Pot has a running list of all COVID-19 deaths in Malaysia.

If you search the list, you will see that only two 20 year-old males died in Malaysia :

  • Case 252679 : 20 year-old Malaysian male, who passed away at the Sungai Buloh Hospital in Selangor.
  • Death #2417 : 20 year-old Malaysian male from KL, who passed away at the Sungai Buloh Hospital in Selangor.

As you can see, neither died in Pahang, and they both died in a hospital. Neither were brought in dead to the hospital.

Fact #2 : Pahang Health Department Called It Fake News

On 30 May 2021, the Pahang State Department denied that a 20 year-old man from Taman Tan passed away from COVID-19.

The Pahang State Health director, Datuk Dr. Bahari Che Awang Ngah said that only 58 people died in Pahang, and the youngest was a 23 year-old man.

He also said that the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital did not receive any BID (Brought In Dead) cases involving individuals in their 20s.

Fact #3 :  Fomite Transmission Is Rare

Early studies show that the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 can persist on surfaces for a long time.

However, later quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) studies show that the risk of getting infected through contact with contaminated surfaces / objects (fomites) is low.

How low? Generally, less than 1 in 10,000 contacts with a contaminated surface will result in a COVID-19 infection.

While not impossible, it is much harder to get infected from touching contaminated surfaces or objects, because you have to then touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands to get infected.

That is likely why there have been no COVID-19 clusters attributed to packages / parcels delivered by couriers or mail services.

Fact #4 :  COVID-19 Primarily Spreads Through People

The SARS-CoV-2 virus primarily spreads through droplets, as well as through aerosol, from infected people. It does not spread by touch.

Hence, the best policy for courier or mail services is to insist that EVERYONE must wear a face mask.

This prevents direct transmission by droplets, and greatly cuts down on aerosols. And best of all – it prevents the parcels and packages from being contaminated!

If everyone wears a face mask, fomites – contaminated surfaces or objects – will be virtually non-existent.

Fact #5 :  COVID-19 Is Easily Destroyed By Soap!

While Dettol can kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus, there is no need to go to such extremes. Simple soap and water will destroy the virus!

If you are super worried about contaminated packages, just wiped them down (if they’re wrapped in plastic) with soapy water, or alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

Recommended : Soap vs Sanitiser : Which Works Better Against COVID-19?

Fact #6 :  You Can’t Get Contaminated If You Sanitise Your Hands!

Instead of worrying so much about getting your hands contaminated with COVID-19, just sanitise them!

You can’t get COVID-19 from contaminated surfaces if you keep your hands clean!

Just wash your hands with soap and water after opening the parcel, or sanitise them using hand sanitiser (with at least 60% alcohol).

This isn’t just my advice, this is what the US CDC recommends too!

 

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Scam Alert : Herbal Visual Tea For Glaucoma / Cataract!

Please watch out for the Herbal Visual Tea scam, which claims to cure glaucoma, cataract and many other diseases of the eye!

Find out why this Herbal Visual Team is just a scam, and warn your family and friends!

 

Scam Alert : Herbal Visual Tea By Li Tianfa / Tianfa Lee!

The Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology (MSO) is warning people again about fake Facebook pages using their photos

Take a look at a selection of fake Facebook pages that the Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology (MSO) identified and shared on their Facebook page.

 

Why Herbal Visual Tea Is A Scam!

All these fake Facebook pages appear to promote the Herbal Visual Tea by Li Tianfa, who also goes by the name Tianfa Lee.

So why is this Herbal Visual Tea a scam? Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology Warned About This Scam

On 5 January 2021, the Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology reported these scam posts to the police, Facebook and MCMC.

The Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology has been made aware of malicious scammers who have cut and pasted our committee members and other members photos to be used to promote dubious fake eye products or services . We have reported these posts to the Police , Facebook and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) . Please do not respond to these scammers .

That didn’t stop these scammers, who continued to create new fake Facebook pages to promote Herbal Visual Tea.

On 21 May 2021, MSO again warned about these scammers.

The Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology (MSO) strongly condemns the action of certain irresponsible parties who misuse official images from our Society, seemingly endorsing certain health products of dubious benefits. The health claims are callous, misleading and without any sound evidence.

The public is advised against purchasing these products of unknown entity. Existing patients with eye conditions should always consult their eye doctor before stopping their existing medications or trying these alternative treatments.

The Society appreciates those who have notified us of these ads. Please help us to report these ads to Facebook so that we can stop others from being duped into buying these products.

Fact #2 : Those Fancy Associations Do NOT Exist!

This Li Tianfa / Tianfa Lee claims to have a TON of titles, but if you check them online, these organisations do not really exist!

  • International Exchange Center for Traditional Complementary Medicine : Does Not Exist!
  • Academic Association of Ophthalmology of Malaysian Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine : Does Not Exist!
  • Malaysia Association of Chinese Medicine : Does Not Exist!
  • Professional Chinese Acupuncture Association of Malaysia : Does Not Exist!
  • Indy International University, Malaysia : Does Not Exist!
  • Miaofa Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital : Does Not Exist!

There is a Center for International Exchange of Traditional Chinese Medicine, but he is not listed amongst its many consultants and lecturers.

Malaysian Chinese Medical Association exists, but he is not even in its committee, never mind one of its NINE Vice Presidents!

INTI International University exists, but he does not appear to be in their faculty list.

There is a Miao Fa TCM 妙法中醫 store, but it is a traditional Chinese medicine store, not a hospital!

Fact #3 : Dr. Li Tianfa Disavowed The Product!

Here is the kicker – Dr. Li Tianfa is the owner of Miao Fa TCM, and he declared that the Herbal Visual Tea is a SCAM!

Clarification! Clarification! Clarification!
Scammers are misusing my identity!
I, Dr. Li Tianfa would like to clarify, and solemnly declare that this Herbal Visual Tea is not my product!!!
Please don’t be! fooled!!
Our Facebook page is miaofa tcm!!!

澄清!澄清!澄清!
无良商人,盗用了我良好的声誉!!!
我李添发博士,在这里澄清,郑重声明,这个(视明茶)不是我的产品!!!
请大家不要上当!!!
我们的Facebook是miaofa tcm“妙法中医”!!!

So please do NOT blame Dr. Li Tianfa. He appears to be an innocent victim of these scammers, just like all those who were fooled into purchasing the Herbal Visual Tea.

Fact #4 : There Is No Proof This Tea Cures Anything

The Herbal Visual Tea consists of common ingredients like longan, chrysanthemum, honeysuckle, cassia seed, wolfberry, Galli gigeriae endothelium corneum, black sesame and mulberry.

Pretty much ingredients you can buy at any traditional Chinese medicine store!

There is simply NO EVIDENCE that such a concoction can cure glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, optic atrophy, fundus lesions, retinal detachment, vitreous body turbidity, floaters, presbyopia, astigmatism, hyperopia, night blindness and more that the scammers are claiming!

This Visual Herbal Tea is nothing more than a SCAM! Please warn your family and friends!

 

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ICU Crisis : Klang Valley ICUs Now At 113% Capacity!

We have an ICU crisis in Malaysia – ICUs in the Klang Valley are now at 113% capacity!

Find out what’s going on, and what we can do to prevent this ICU crisis from escalating!

 

ICU Crisis : Klang Valley ICUs Now At 113% Capacity!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) has warned us about this for some time now, and the day has arrived when our ICUs are all full.

On 22 May 2021, the Director General of Health, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah announced that ICU usage in the Klang Valley has reached 113%!

The worst affected hospitals are Kajang Hospital and Banting Hospital, with 317% and 200% ICU occupancy!

Just take a look at these shocking statistics!

Hospitals Total ICU
Bed Capacity
COVID-19
ICU Beds
COVID-19
Patients
COVID-19 ICU
Bed Usage
Sungai Buloh 80 80 89 111%
Selayang 51 33 24 73%
Ampang 23 15 17 113%
Tuanku
Ampuan
Rahimah
51 41 48 117%
Serdang 52 32 55 172%
Shah Alam 18 12 11 92%
Banting 10 4 8 200%
Kajang 8 6 19 317%
Kuala Lumpur 72 64 63 98%
Putrajaya 20 8 7 88%
PPUM 55 32 30 94%
Tuanku Mizan
Military Hospital
12 7 6 86%
TOTAL 452 334 377 113%

 

ICU Crisis : How Did KKM Expand ICUs Beyond 100%?

You may be wondering how KKM managed to expand hospital ICUs beyond 100%.

Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah announced on 19 May 2021 that they were able to increase the number of ICU beds for COVID-19 patients by repurposing normal wards.

They basically turned normal wards into temporary ICUs by adding ICU equipment to the beds already there. However, ICUs are more than just beds with equipment.

They need to be manned 24 hours a day, with medical staff monitoring patients under their care in three shifts.

So, this is not an ideal situation, but it allows the Health Ministry to avoid turning away patients with severe COVID-19… for now.

Here are pictures of the ICUs in HTAR (Tuanku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital), filled with critical COVID-19 patients.

 

How To Prevent Escalation Of This ICU Crisis?

We need to help KKM prevent a further escalation of this ICU crisis by STRICTLY enforcing COVID-19 precautions.

  1. Staying home and restricting travel to only what’s essential.
  2. Wear a face mask, preferably N95 or at least a surgical mask, when out in public.
  3. Maintain physical distance of 1-2 metres from strangers.
  4. Maintain good hand hygiene at all times.

 

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Is There A Communist Revolution Monument In Penang?

Pictures of a Chinese Communist Revolution Monument in Penang have gone viral, with calls from netizens to TEAR IT DOWN!

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

 

Claim : DAP Created A Communist Monument In Penang!

Pictures of a Chinese Communist Revolution Monument in Penang are being shared on Facebook and social media, with messages like this (translated into English) :

DAP created a Communist monument in Penang after they took power.

Communist monument on Flag Hill in Penang.

What are you waiting for? When are you going to tear it down?

Do You Know?

In Penang, there is a World War II memorial called the Revolution Memorial.

But it’s full of Chinese letters and the figures are all dressed as Communists.

There is absolutely no information in English or Bahasa Melayu, much less Tamil.

When people say it’s racist, [you get] angry

This monument was built as soon as DAP took over Penang from Gerakan.

Here is a selection of comments that were posted with that misleading picture, showing how it instigates hate and racial tensions :

Roboh kan semuanya,, pulau Pinang ialah tanah Melayu,,jgn lupa tu,, DAP memang haprak

Demolish it all. Penang is Malay soil. Don’t forget that. DAP is useless.

Say no to komunis DAP

Puak2 pengkhianat DAP..musoh melayu..musoh islam..

DAP are traitors, enemies of the Malays, enemies of Islam.

Robohkan Tugu peringatan pembunuh anak anak peribumi Melayu. kenapa di iarkan sebegitu rupa di mana anguta dan bekas angguta keselamatan kita boleh biarkan sebegitu rupa…Letupkan !

Destroy the memorial of the killers of Malay natives. Why is it being left like that? How can our security forces let this be? Blow it up!

 

Communist Revolution Monument In Penang : The Truth

The short version is this – the monument in the pictures exists, but it is neither a Communist monument, nor was it created or built by DAP.

All of the claims about it in the incendiary posts above are FALSE.

We would like to warn everyone to be careful of political fake news being shared to incite hatred and racial tensions.

Fact #1 : That Is The Penang Overseas Chinese Anti-War Memorial

The monument in the picture is the Penang Overseas Chinese Anti-War Memorial Park, also known as the Air Itam War Memorial Park.

It is NOT a Chinese Communist Revolution Monument.

There are two key monuments at this memorial park :

  • a bronze-coloured army supply truck being pushed by three men – memorialising the Nanyang transport volunteers from Malaya, who helped deliver supplies to China when they were blocked by the Japanese.
  • a 45-foot tall white obelisk that commemorates the Marco Polo Incident, that kicked off the Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945.

The ashes of some 800 incomplete skeletons of Penang Chinese residents who died under Japanese occupation, and the Nanyang transport volunteers who died, are also buried under the obelisk.

The truck also has a number plate with the date 1939 on it. Communist China didn’t exist in 1939, so claims that this is a Communist monument is… idiotic.

Fact #2 : It Was Built In 1946 And Opened In 1951

Construction on the Penang Overseas Chinese Anti-War Memorial Park started in 1946, and it was officially opened in 1951.

DAP was only formed on 11 October 1965, so the claim that it was built when DAP gained power in Penang is false.

Because the People’s Republic of China was only established in 1949, the claim that this is a communist revolution monument is idiotic.

It is also extremely stupid to claim that the figures were dressed as Chinese Communists, because Communist China didn’t exist when the monument was being built!

Fact #3 : It Was Privately Funded

The original Penang Overseas Chinese Anti-War Memorial Park was funded entirely by the Penang China Relief Fund, a Penang-based private fundraising organisation.

It was officially opened at 11 AM on 11 November 1951 by Penang Chinese tycoon and philanthropist, Lim Lean Teng, who was the supervisory chairman of the organisation.

After the Penang China Relief Fund was dissolved in 1952, the Kong Min School was entrusted to maintain the memorial with an annual budget of $5,000, and an annual memorial service.

Fact #4 : It Was Upgraded For Its 60th Anniversary

The Board of Trustees of the Kong Min School decided to repair and upgrade the memorial to coincide with its 60th anniversary.

The RM 400,000 project also added a 60 foot-long wall relief showing Malayan transport volunteers on the Burma-China road, and a peace column with flying doves.

On top of private donations by various organisations and individuals, the Penang state government also chipped in.

When it was opened at precisely 11:11 AM on 11 November 2016 by Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng, politicians from both sides of the political divide attended the launch.

Therefore, the claim that no one knew about it, or that it was only something DAP would do, is categorically FALSE.

Photo Credit : The Sun Daily

Fact #5 : There Is Information In FOUR Languages

The memorial park has information in four languages – English, Bahasa Melayu, Chinese and Japanese.

Here is the information panel in English and Bahasa Melayu, proving that the claim there is no information in both languages are FALSE.

 

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Sarawak Says No To MCO 3.0, With Some Changes!

Sarawak just announced that they are saying no to MCO 3.0. However, they will implement some stricter changes to their CMCO SOP.

Here are the latest details…

 

Sarawak Says No To MCO 3.0, With Some Changes!

On 11 May 2021, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (DMC) announced that they decided NOT to adopt the newly-announced nationwide MCO 3.0 restrictions.

Instead, they will continue with the existing CMCO restrictions, that will last from 7 May to 17 May 2021.

They will instead tighten their CMCO SOP, with these changes, from 12 May 2021 onwards  :

  • Dine-in at restaurants, cafes, bistros, food stalls and so on is FORBIDDEN.
  • Sale and supply of food and drinks are only allowed for takeaway, drive-through and delivery only.
  • Premises identified by the new Hotspot Identification for Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) system must undertake safety measures.

A more detailed SOP will be released on the Sarawak National Security Council website.

 

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