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COVID-19 Vaccine Standby List : How To Register?

COVID-19 Vaccine Standby List : How To Register?

You are now allowed to register for the COVID-19 vaccine standby list across Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Everyone Can Register For COVID-19 Vaccine Standby List!

On 16 November 2021, the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force – Booster (CITF-B) announced that EVERYONE will be allowed to register for the vaccine standby list at private COVID-19 vaccination centres across the country!

When Will This Begin?

The COVID-19 vaccine standby list starts officially on Monday, 22 November 2021.

Who Is Allowed To Register For Standby List?

If you are one of these individuals, you can register for the standby list :

  • individuals eligible for the booster dose * who have NOT received an appointment :
    – Frontliners
    – Individuals aged 40 years and above
    – Individuals aged 18 years and older with co-morbidities
    – Long-term care facilities individuals (staff and residents)
    – Pregnant mothers
    – Those travelling abroad
  • individuals (including adolescents 12-17 years old) who have not yet received the first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccination, and
  • individuals who missed their vaccination appointments

If you have already received your MySejahtera appointments, you should NOT register for this standby list. Please proceed for your appointment.

* Currently, only those who received these vaccines are eligible for the booster dose :

  • individuals who had Dose 2 of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine more than 6 months earlier, or
  • individuals who had Dose 2 of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine more than 3 months earlier.

Read more : Malaysia’s COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy Updated!

Is It FREE?

Yes, registration for the standby list at private PPV facilities is FREE.

The COVID-19 vaccine is also provided for FREE under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

What Vaccine Is Provided?

Currently, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY vaccine will be provided at the listed PPVs.

While the AstraZeneca and Sinovac booster doses have been approved by the DCA, it will be up to CITF-B to decide who and when should receive those booster doses.

Until CITF-B announces their decision, only Pfizer-BioNTech booster doses will be administered.

Read more : AstraZeneca + Sinovac Booster Dose Approved In Malaysia!

How To Register For The Standby List?

To register to be part of the standby list, here’s what you need to do :

  1. Identify the nearest (or most convenient) private PPV to you (use this Find Vaccination Centres (PPV) page).
  2. You can walk-in, call the vaccination centre (PPV), or even email them to register for their standby list.

To avoid double-booking, you should only register at ONE (1) PPV of a private health facility.

Standby List, Not Priority List

Please note that this is a standby list, not a priority list. Even though it’s said you can “walk-in”, you MAY NOT necessarily get vaccinated on the spot.

That’s because the COVID-19 vaccines are currently being prioritised for these groups :

You will only be given your vaccination if there are spare doses, which can happen when people cancel or don’t show up for their appointments.

If there are no spare doses, you will be registered for the standby list, and you will be contacted when there are spare doses.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Standby List : Why It’s Necessary…

This COVID-19 vaccine standby list programme was announced just one week after Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that about 40% of those given appointments for their booster dose did NOT show up!

This shocking low uptake of the Pfizer booster dose is troubling, because it means the vulnerable population is not being adequately protected, and precious vaccine doses are being wasted.

It is therefore not a surprise that the government is opening up this standby list, which would allow them to reduce wastage of the Pfizer vaccine, and speed up vaccination of those who have yet to get protected against COVID-19.

The poor response is very likely due to strenuous efforts by anti-vaccination activists to spread fake news about the Pfizer booster dose. I addressed some of these fake news in these articles :

Please take a look at those fact checks, and share them with your family.

It is critical that they are aware that much of what’s being shared on social media are fake news.

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

 

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Pfizer Secretly Added Tromethamine To COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids?

Did Pfizer secretly add Tromethamine – a “heart attack drug” also known as Tris – to their newly-approved COVID-19 vaccine for kids?

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

 

Claim : Pfizer Secretly Added Tromethamine To COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids!

The Alex Jones Show, The Expose UK, Infowars, Natural News and other anti-vaccination websites have been pushing the claim that Pfizer secretly added Tromethamine to their newly-approved COVID-19 vaccine for kids!

They claimed that Pfizer added Tromethamine to their COVID-19 vaccine for kids, to reduce the risk of children getting heart attacks as a side effect.

A newly released document shows that drug giant Pfizer added a secret heart attack drug to the children’s version of its Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Committee that voted 17-0 to approve the jabs for children as young as five was notified that the children’s formulation of the drug contains tromethamine (Tris), a chemical that reduces blood acidity and stabilizes people who have suffered a heart attack.

Here are known side effects: Respiratory depression – local irritation- tissue inflammation – injection site infection – febrile response – chemical phlebitis – venospasm (vein spasms) – hypervolemia – IV thrombosis – extravasation (with possible necrosis and sloughing of tissues) – transient decreases in blood glucose concentrations – hypoglycemia, and Hepatic Necrosis with infusion via low-lying umbilical venous catheters.

 

Truth : Pfizer Did NOT Secretly Add Tromethamine To COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids!

This is yet another example of vaccine FAKE NEWS being created and propagated by anti-vaxxers to discourage the vaccination of children.

Pfizer did NOT “secretly” add Tromethamine to their newly-approved COVID-19 vaccine for children to reduce or prevent the risk of heart attacks in children.

Everything posted by Alex Jones, Infowars, Natural News or The Expose UK, must be regarded as FAKE NEWS, until proven otherwise.

For those who want more information on why this is false, here are the reasons…

Fact #1 : It Was Public Information

Anti-vaccination websites and supporters are FALSELY claiming that Pfizer SECRETLY added Tromethamine (Tris) to the new paediatric COVID-19 vaccine.

The truth is – that was PUBLICLY AVAILABLE information that Pfizer and US FDA released in page 12 of the VRBPAC briefing document on 22 October 2021!

Pfizer/BioNTech are requesting authorization of a modified formulation of BNT162b2 to accommodate the 10-µg dose.

This modified formulation allows for an improved stability profile and greater ease of use at administration sites. The modified formulation uses a Tris buffer instead of phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) and excludes sodium chloride and potassium chloride.

Authorization and future licensure of the modified formulation is based on analytical comparability to the currently authorized PBS containing formulation in accordance with CBER guidance. The change in buffer is not considered clinically significant.

By lying that it was a secret, they are trying to fool you into thinking that Pfizer was trying to slip tromethamine into the paediatric vaccine without the US FDA or the public knowing about it.

That’s not only easily proven false, it is intentionally deceitful.

Read more : Did Bill Gates Call For Withdrawal Of COVID-19 Vaccines?

Fact #2 : Tromethamine Used To Stabilise Paediatric Pfizer Vaccine

By replacing the original phosphate-buffered saline in the new paediatric COVID-19 vaccine, it can now be stored in a normal refrigerator at 2-8°C for up to 10 weeks.

That is a HUGE 2.5X improvement over the current storage limit of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine :

  • originally, the vaccine could only be stored between 2-8°C for up to 5 days.
  • after further stability tests, the US FDA determined on 19 May 2021 that it can be stored between 2-8°C for up to 31 days.

There are no other changes to the vaccine, so only the change in the buffer could have accounted for the big jump in vaccine stability and longer storage time.

Fact #3 : Tromethamine Is NOT A Heart Attack Drug

Tris, which is short for tris(hydroxymethyl)aminomethane or tromethamine / trometamol / THAM in medical use, is an organic compound with MANY uses.

In biochemistry and molecular biology, it is used in buffer solutions (to maintain pH level) especially when there is a need to stabilise nucleic acids.

In medical use, Tris is used to treat metabolic acidosis, as an alternative to sodium bicarbonate. That’s its purpose in cardiac bypass surgery – to correct metabolic acidosis that may occur during or immediately after surgery.

Tromethamine is NOT a drug that treats heart attack. Neither is it capable of preventing heart attacks. So the claim is completely false and nonsensical.

If Tromethamine can actually prevent myocarditis / pericarditis, it would have been added to the Pfizer vaccine for adults and adolescents long ago.

Fact #4 : Tromethamine Is Used In The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has been using Tris or tromethamine as a buffer from the very beginning, to maintain its pH level and stabilise the nucleic acid macromolecules.

If Tris / Trometamol / Tromethamine is truly being added to prevent heart problems as a side effect, then the Moderna vaccine would not have the same problem with myocarditis or pericarditis.

Yet, the Moderna vaccine can similarly cause myocarditis / pericarditis in young males, just like the Pfizer vaccine.

This shows that Tris / Trometamol / Tromethamine has ZERO effect on heart problems.

Fact #5 : Only 0.15 mg Of Tromethamine In Each Dose

Each dose of the Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine contains 0.02 mg tromethamine and 0.13 mg of tromethamine hydrochloride.

For simplicity’s sake – that’s a total of 0.15 mg of Tromethamine in a single shot. There is 6X more sodium chloride (0.9 mg) than Tromethamine in that shot.

The maximum dose for tromethamine is 500 mg/kg when taken within an hour. A typical 5 year-old child weighs about 18 kg, so we should not exceed 9,000 mg or 9 grams.

In other words – the 0.15 mg of tromethamine in that Pfizer vaccine dose is just 0.00167% of the maximum dose a 5 year-old child can receive.

Fact #6 : Tromethamine Can Be Injected Intramuscularly

Many Google doctors who looked up tromethamine in the use of metabolic acidosis will see that it is usually administered intravenously, and immediately insist that it can only be administered intravenously.

That’s not true. For example, ketorolac tromethamine can either be injected intravenously or intramuscularly. Heck, it even comes in the form of eye drops and oral tablets!

It all depends on what it’s used for, and its formulation.

Fact #7 : Myocarditis / Pericarditis Is NOT Heart Attack

Antivaxxers are trying to conflate the existing myocarditis / pericarditis adverse effect, with a myocardial infarction (heart attack). They are completely different.

Myocarditis / pericarditis is the INFLAMMATION of the heart muscle (myocarditis) or outer lining of the heart (pericarditis), causing chest pain, shortness of breath or feelings of a pounding or fast-beating heart.

It is generally mild, and most will respond well to medicine and rest, and recover completely. They can usually return to normal daily activities once their symptoms improve / resolve.

Myocardial infarction is the IRREVERSIBLE DEATH of the heart muscle due to a PROLONGED LACK of oxygen supply. This is a medical emergency which will result in death if not treated quickly.

Individuals who survive a myocardial infarction will not recover completely, because you cannot restore the dead heart muscle.

Fact #8 : COVID-19 Causes More Myocarditis / Pericarditis Than Vaccines

The adult dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has a rare risk of causing myocarditis or pericarditis in adolescents and young males., but the paediatric Pfizer vaccine has SO FAR not caused any case of myocarditis or pericarditis.

However, what antivaxxers won’t tell you is that COVID-19 itself causes way more cases of myocarditis or pericarditis than the Pfizer vaccine!

For a better perspective of the risk of developing myocarditis, I created this comparison table for you :

Myocarditis Risk Per Million People Difference
COVID-19 Patient 450 +2208%
Pfizer Vaccine
(Adult Dose)
20 +2.6%
Normal Population 19.5 Baseline

As you can see, the risk of developing myocarditis is MUCH higher if your child gets infected with COVID-19, compared with getting a full dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

I have no idea if the myocarditis risk is truly lower with the paediatric dose, but it surely cannot be more than the full dose that is currently being administered to adolescents.

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

 

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Did Henry Cavill Help Nephew Prove Superman Is His Uncle?

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

Take a look at the viral story + video, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Did Henry Cavill Help Nephew Prove Superman Is His Uncle?

The Internet is abuzz with this cute story of Henry Cavill going to school to help his nephew, Thomas, prove that Superman is his uncle.

Whether they are posted on Facebook, or in “viral websites”, the story generally goes along these lines, with a picture of Henry Cavill walking his nephew to school :

The day Uncle Cavill had to prove his nephew was not a liar.

Little Thomas, aged only 7, went to school dressed as Superman and the teacher asked why he was dressed like this.

“Because Superman is my uncle,” he replied.

The teacher then explained that Superman didn’t exist, but Thomas insisted, repeating numerous times that he existed, and that he was his uncle. And the kid ended up at the office…

An officer was asked to see him, to warn the child not to live in a fantasy world.

As the doubt remained, she called her brother-in-law, asking him to go to school to “save” her nephew, who was radiant for all his little friends to see that he was really Superman’s nephew!

The news was confirmed in the last few hours by Cavill himself, reiterating that he had saved his nephew from a bad punishment, given his reputation for “telling lies”

 

Henry Cavill Did Not Help Nephew Prove Superman Is His Uncle!

As endearing as this story is, it was really fabricated from an old but true story from 2011.

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #2 : Superman Uncle Incident Happened In 2011

This incident involving his nephew, Thomas, actually happened in 2011 when Henry first learned that he would be playing Superman in Zack Snyder’s film.

Henry Cavill only recounted it in 2013, when he sat for his interview with Jay Leno. This was what he said :

“My nephew Thomas was so super excited… he ran to school. “

“Now keep in mind Thomas has got a great reputation for telling stories and just making up stuff to the teacher.”

He says, “Well, because my uncle is Superman,” and she’s like, “Oh okay, and she pulls him aside. He got in trouble. [She was like] “this is sad.”

Fact #3 : Henry Cavill Did NOT Go To His Nephew’s School

Thomas’ mother – Henry’s sister-in-law – then explained to the teacher that the boy’s uncle “actually kind of is” Superman.

She did not ask Henry to “rescue” Thomas, so he did not actually go to his nephew’s school to prove that Superman is really his uncle.

Fact #4 : They Were NOT Walking To His Nephew’s School

The creator(s) misappropriated one of photos to make it look as if Henry Cavill was walking his nephew to school to prove that his uncle really is Superman.

The truth is this was one of the photos taken of Henry, who was walking in London with his brother Niki and his family on 7 September 2013.

They were NOT going to school to rescue Thomas, that’s for sure!

Fact #5 : Thomas Was Not 7 Years Old When It Happened

Henry Cavill did not mention how old Thomas was when this “Superman is my uncle” incident happened. But in a May 2021 interview with Viva Magazine, he said,

I have two nephews, aged 6 and 4. The older is known for telling wild tales in school and telling lies invented all the time. During one of the classes, the teacher asked pupils to talk about their family members, and what they do professionally. Then, the boy said: “My uncle is Superman.”

So we know that Thomas was 6 years old in 2013, and not 7 years old in 2021 as many viral websites and memes are claiming.

We also know that the incident happened sometime between 2011 and 2013. So Thomas was likely between 4 and 6 years old when it happened.

Little Thomas should be a strapping 14 year-old teenager in 2021!

 

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Latest Malaysia School Term Schedule + Holidays For 2022!

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

Here are the details…

 

Malaysia School Term Schedule For January 2022!

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

Group A

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

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

Group B

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

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

 

Malaysia School Term Schedule For March 2022!

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

Group A

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

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

Group B

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

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

 

Extra Holidays For 2022 + 2023 Malaysia School Term!

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

Group A

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

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

Group B

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

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

 

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2021 Acer Chromebook Laptops : What You Need To Know!

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

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

 

2021 Acer Chromebook Laptops : What You Need To Know!

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

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

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

2021 Acer Chromebook 314

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

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

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

2021 Acer Chromebook 317

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

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

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

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

2021 Acer Chromebook 514

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

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

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

2021 Acer Chromebook Enterprise 514

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

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

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

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

2021 Acer Chromebook Spin 713

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

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

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

 

2021 Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 713

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

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

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

 

2021 Acer Chromebook Laptops : Specs + Price Comparison

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

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

 

2021 Acer Chromebook Laptops : Where To Buy?

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

United States

United Kingdom

Australia

Malaysia

 

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Malaysia To Vaccinate Children Under 12 Only In 2022!

Even though the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for children under 12, Malaysia will only be able to vaccinate them in 2022!

Here is what we know so far…

 

Malaysia To Vaccinate Children Under 12 Only In 2022!

On 29 October 2021, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that Malaysia will proceed to procure the Pfizer vaccine for kids.

This came after the US FDA advisory panel voted on 26 October to recommend the use of the Pfizer paediatric vaccine in children 5-11 years old.

Almost immediately, parents rushed to register their children under 12 using an existing MySejahtera hack.

Read more : Can 5-11 Yo Kids Start Registering For COVID-19 Vaccine?

However, on 11 November 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) said that they only expect to start vaccinating children under 12 in 2022.

The ministry was responding to a query by the Member of Parliament Wong Chen (PH-Subang) who wanted to know about the ministry’s plan to vaccinate children under 12.

In their written reply to the Parliament, the Ministry of Health said that only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is available for use in children below 12, and is awaiting regulatory approval from the European Union and the United States.

Pfizer is also expected to submit data related to the vaccine registration for use in children below 12 by the end of this year to the NPRA (National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency) for evaluation and approval.

That is actually not accurate. The US FDA approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in children under 12 on 29 October 2021.

The United States started vaccinating children under 12 in early November, with 360,000 children receiving their first shots by the first week.

Read more : FDA Authorises Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Children!

 

What Malaysia Will Use To Vaccinate Children Under 12

Currently, the only vaccine to be approved for use in children under 12 is the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

This is a lower-dose paediatric version of the COMIRNATY mRNA vaccine, with improved formulation :

  • Each dose is only 10 micrograms – ⅓ of the dose used for adults and adolescents.
  • It is a slightly smaller 0.2 ml intramuscular injection.
  • Vaccine dose interval remains at 21 days between Dose 1 and Dose 2.
  • Proven in Phase 3 trial to be 90.7% efficacious in preventing COVID-19 infections.
  • Proven to produce high neutralising antibodies against the Delta variant.
  • The improved formulation allows for the vaccine to be kept in a normal refrigerator for up to 10 weeks.

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

 

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Malaysia : 5-11 Yo Kids To Get Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!

Malaysia will procure the Pfizer vaccine for 5-11 year-old kids, after the US FDA advisory panel recommended its use!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia : 5-11 Yo Kids To Get Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!

On 29 October 2021, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that Malaysia will proceed to procure the Pfizer vaccine for kids.

This comes after the US FDA advisory panel voted on 26 October to recommend the use of the Pfizer paediatric vaccine in children 5-11 years old.

He noted that Malaysia had already partially vaccinated 82.4% of adolescents, with 62% fully-vaccinated.

Read more : How To Register Children For COVID-19 Vaccine In Malaysia!

However, this does not mean that the vaccination of 5-11 year-old children will proceed immediately after that.

The Pfizer paediatric vaccine has to be first approved by the NPRA before it can be used in Malaysia.

He also said that they would be looking at other vaccine options like Sinovac.

 

Pfizer Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids In Malaysia : Should You Take It?

The Pfizer paediatric vaccine for 5-11 year old children uses a much lower dose of the vaccine – just 10 micrograms – ⅓ of the dose used for adults and adolescents, but continues to use the same 21-day dose interval.

It was shown in a Pfizer study involving over 2,200 children, to be both very safe and 90.7% efficacious in preventing COVID-19 infections.

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

Even though children have a lower risk of hospitalisation and death from COVID-19, children who get infected with the coronavirus can suffer from serious complications like :

  • myocarditis
  • multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C)
  • long COVID

Therefore, it is highly recommended that children 5-11 years-old be vaccinated against COVID-19 using the low-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, when it is approved and becomes available in Malaysia.

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 will not only protect them against those risks, it will help protect other children who may not be able to get the vaccine.

 

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Did Thai Student Die From Mixing Of COVID-19 Vaccines?

Did a 20 year-old Thai student die from the mixing of her COVID-19 vaccines?

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

 

Claim : Thai Student Died From Mixing Of COVID-19 Vaccines!

People are sharing a Bangkok Post article about a Thai student who recently died of a stroke, after receiving a Sinovac vaccine and then the AstraZeneca vaccine.

They are claiming that her death shows the danger of mixing COVID-19 vaccines.

The danger of mixing vaccines

A student who developed blood clots after getting her second Covid-19 vaccine shot and her left leg was amputated has since died of a haemorrhagic stroke after brain surgery.

She had been inoculated first with the Sinovac vaccine, and then given AstraZeneca as her second dose.

 

Truth : Thai Student Did NOT Die From Mixing Of COVID-19 Vaccines!

This is yet another COVID-19 vaccine FAKE NEWS, and here are the reasons why!

Fact #1 : Vaccine Mixing Will Not Cause Blood Clots / Stroke

Most people do not even bother to read the Bangkok Post article to find out what they reported, and accepted the fake claim at face value.

The Bangkok Post never associated her death with the mixing of COVID-19 vaccines. That was added by the fake news creator.

Vaccines are like self-defence classes, so taking different vaccines (also known as heterologous vaccination) has been shown to impart better protection against COVID-19.

Taking different vaccines won’t interact with each other or cause problems like blood clots or stroke, because they are taken weeks apart.

Fact #2 : She Developed Blood Clots Which Required Amputation

The student, Ketsiree Kongkaew, received the Sinovac vaccine for her first dose, and subsequently the AstraZeneca vaccine on 13 August 2021.

She complained of fever and chest pains about 3 days later, which a doctor at the Phangnga Hospital diagnosed as a bladder infection.

However, she later experienced severe pain in her left leg, which an X-ray revealed were blood clots that required urgent surgery.

She was put on thrombolytic drugs to dissolve the clots, and transferred to two other hospitals, before doctors decided to amputate her leg.

Fact #3 : AstraZeneca Vaccine Can Cause TTS / VITT

The Bangkok Post article did not directly associate her blood clots with the AstraZeneca vaccine, only noting that they occurred after she received the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The AstraZeneca vaccine is known to cause a rare side effect called thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) or vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT).

This side effect is unusual because it causes blood clots to develop in the large veins of the brains, abdomen or lungs, together with low platelet counts, leading to bleeding tendencies.

It can also cause blood clots in large arteries like the carotid and middle cerebral arteries, but again, together with low platelet counts. These arterial blood clots are much less common than venous blood clots.

It is unknown if Ketsiree’s blood clots are related to the AstraZeneca vaccine, since they developed in her leg’s artery. But it is certainly a possibility.

Read more : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clot Risk : How Dangerous Is It?

Fact #4 : She Died From A Haemorrhagic Stroke 2 Months Later

On Friday, 22 October 2021, Ketsiree developed a haemorrhage stroke (bleeding in her brain), due to the thrombolytic drugs she was taking to treat the blood clots.

She underwent emergency surgery, but did not recover and had to rely on a ventilator. She was pronounced dead on Monday, 25 October 2021.

Her death was therefore a result of a haemorrhagic stroke that occurred 2 months later, and not TTS / VITT from the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Rescue volunteers taking the body of 20-year-old student Ketsiree Kongkaew to Ao Luk district of Krabi province on Monday night for funeral rites and burial. Credit : Radio Thailand

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Can Cause Similar Blood Clots

While the AstraZeneca vaccine can cause TTS / VITT, the risk is exceedingly low.

More importantly, and this is something most people do not know – COVID-19 itself can cause similar blood clots in the cerebral vein, at much higher levels.

The Journal of American College of Cardiology recently reported that the risk of cerebral vein thrombosis (blood clots in the a major brain vein) is much higher with COVID-19 than vaccines :

Cerebral Vein Thrombosis Risk Per Million
People
Difference
Patient with COVID-19 207 +8,525%
AstraZeneca Vaccine 3.6 +50%
Normal Population 2.4 Baseline

So the benefits of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 still far outweigh the risk of getting TTS / VITT from the AstraZeneca vaccine.

More importantly, we can watch out for early symptoms of TTS / VITT, and seek early treatment before complications develop.

Read more : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clots : What To Look For?

There are many fake news about COVID-19 vaccines, so please take such alarming news with a grain of salt.

The truth is – all approved COVID-19 vaccines have been certified to be safe and effective through large clinical trials.

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

 

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School Canteen Can Reopen For Teachers + Support Staff!

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

 

School Canteen Can Reopen For Teachers + Support Staff!

School canteen operators can now breathe a sigh of relief!

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

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

 

School Canteen SOP For Teachers + Support Staff

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

PPN Phase 3 Schools

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

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

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

PPN Phase 4 Schools

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Did 5 Teenagers Die After Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine?

Did five teenagers die after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : 5 Teenagers Died From COVID-19 Vaccine, 2 In Hospital

On 28 September 2021, an anti-vaccine activist went viral on social media when she claimed in a video that :

  • two teenagers are currently experiencing serious adverse effects of the vaccine in Ipoh
  • five teenagers died from their COVID-19 vaccination in Perak, Sabah and an unspecified location.

She called for parents to report AEFI (Adverse Effects Following Immunisation) to the health authorities, as well as the PPIM and GPMC activist groups.

 

Truth : 5 Teenagers Did NOT Die From COVID-19 Vaccine!

The anti-vaccine activist may come across as very passionate and convincing, but facts do matter.

As of 29 September, no teenagers died from COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia.

Fact #1 : KKM Refuted Her Claims

The Malaysia Health Ministry fortunately moved very fast to fact check her claims, and confirmed on 29 September 2021 that four of the teenagers she mentioned did NOT die from COVID-19 vaccination.

They were not able to trace the 5th case. We will update this article when we know more.

Fact #2 : SMK Tasek Damai Students Were Not Even Vaccinated

The activist claimed that two students from the SMK Tasek Damai school in Ipoh, Perak, died after receiving their COVID-19 vaccination.

Sadly, two SMK Tasek Damai students died in recent weeks, but they never received their COVID-19 vaccination!

A 17 year-old girl, who was a Form 5 student at SMK Tasek Damai and a Type 1 Diabetes patient on insulin, was infected with COVID-19 and died on 18 August 2021, before the Teenage COVID-19 Vaccination Program began.

A 17 year-old boy, who was a Form 5 student at SMK Tasek Damai and a Congenital Heart disease patient, was brought to the Emergency Department for a serious infection. He was given respiratory and resuscitation assistance but passed away on 17 September 2021. He had not been given the COVID-19 vaccine. The cause of death was ‘Sepsis with Underlying Congenital Health Disease‘.

Fact #3 : No Teenager Died From COVID-19 Vaccination In Lahad Datu

The activist claimed that a teenager in Lahad Datu, Sabah, died after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.

However, the Health Ministry said that no teenager died after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in Lahad Datu.

Our investigation showed that NO DEATH involving teenagers who received the COVID-19 vaccination were reported in Lahad Datu.

Fact #4 : Two Teenagers Experienced AEFI In Ipoh

Two teenagers who are 16 and 18 years old from the same family experienced an adverse effect from the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine that they received.

They both experienced adverse effects of the COMIRNATY vaccine and were admitted to a private hospital in Ipoh.

The 16 year-old teenager was discharged from the hospital, while the 18 year-old teenager is still under treatment and observation at the hospital.

A check by the NPRA showed that they did not receive any report of the siblings’ adverse effect from the vaccine.

Recommended : Malaysia Approves COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Fund!

Fact #5 : Risk Of Myocarditis / Pericarditis Exists

Although KKM did not reveal what adverse effects the siblings in Ipoh experienced, it is likely to be myocarditis or pericarditis.

These are known AEFI of the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine in young males, with an approximate risk :

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

Parents whose children were vaccinated with the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine should monitor them for these symptoms :

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

The good news is that myocarditis and pericarditis are both treatable.

Now that you know the truth, please SHARE this fact check with your family and friends.

Antivaxxers don’t care about the truth, or even your lives. All they want to do is prevent you from protecting yourself and your loved ones using the COVID-19 vaccines.

The COVID-19 vaccines have been proven safe and effective through massive clinical trials.

Vaccinate yourself and your loved ones to protect them against COVID-19!

 

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Walk-In Vaccination For Teenagers : What You Need To Know!

The government has officially announced a walk-in vaccination program for teenagers, but it is NOT open to all.

Here is what you need to know, before you head to the vaccination centre!

 

Walk-In Vaccination : Limited To Certain Teenagers

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

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

On 21 September 2021, the Malaysia Health Ministry (KKM) announced a walk-in programme for certain teenagers.

 

Walk-In Vaccination For Teenagers : What You Need To Know!

Here is what you need to know about the walk-in vaccination programme for teenagers.

Teenagers Who Qualify For Walk-In Vaccination

These teenagers (defined as 12-17 years old) are ALLOWED to walk into PPVs for their COVID-19 vaccination :

  1. Teenagers who are no longer studying (in public / private schools)
  2. Teenagers studying in public or private universities
  3. Teenagers who are home-schooled.

The government has specifically asked parents NOT to bring their children to “walk-in” for their vaccinations unless they are in the three groups above.

Note : Only one (1) parent / guardian may accompany each teenager for vaccination, to avoid crowding.

Teenagers Who DO NOT Qualify For Walk-In Vaccination

These teenagers (defined as 12-17 years old) are FORBIDDEN from walking into PPVs for their COVID-19 vaccination :

  1. Teenagers who are studying in public or private schools, including international schools.
  2. Teenagers studying in boarding schools, including day boarding schools.

These groups will be given appointments through their schools or MySejahtera.

What Vaccine Will Be Given

As mentioned earlier, teenagers in Malaysia will receive the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine, which was approved on 15 June 2021 for children of 12 to 17 years in age.

Vaccine Quota

Every COVID-19 Vaccination Centre (PPV) assigned to this program have been asked to reserve at least 20% of their daily vaccine quota for teenagers.

This is to ensure that adult vaccinations can proceed without interruptions or delay.

 

Walk-In Vaccination For Teenagers : PPV + Capacity

Here is the list of 156 PPVs and their capacities, as well as end-dates, involved in walk-in vaccination for teenagers.

State District PPV Capacity for
Teenagers
Last Day
Perlis Kangar Dewan 2020 1600 5 October
Perlis Dewan Seri Melati 400
Kedah Baling Dewan Kenangan TAR
Dewan MDB Kupang
1000
1000
Kubang Pasu Dewan Sri Mas 800
Pendang Dewan Cenderawasih
Dewan Felda Sg. Tiang
1000
400
Padang Terap Dewan Tunku Putra
IKBN Naka
600
600
Sik Dewan Al Hana 1800
Yan Dewan Serbaguna
Guar Chempedak
400
Kuala Muda Dewan PLAK
Dewan Gurun Jaya
800
1000
Bandar Baharu Kompleks Sukan
Komuniti Serdang
1000
Langkawi Dewan Syifa 600
Kota Setar Dewan Serbaguna
Kementerian Dalam Negeri
1500
Penang Penang Island SPICE Convention Centre 5000 5 October
Prai Central Seberang Jaya Expo 1000 5 October
Prai North Perda Convention Centre 2000 5 October
Prai South Dewan Serbaguna Sg. Bakap 1200 5 October
Perak Kinta Stadium Indera Mulia
Dewan Silverlake
3000
1000

5 October
Larut Matang
+ Selama
Dewan Besar ADTEC
Dewan Serbaguna Selama Permai 2
2400
400
5 October
Manjung Dewan Inderawati
Dewan Merdeka
600
1600
5 October
Selangor Petaling Dewan Sivik MBPJ 3000 29 September
Hulu Langat Bangi Avenue Convention Centre 5000 30 September
Gombak Hospital Orang Asli Gombak
UNIKL British Malaysia Institute
250
1000
29 September
Kuala Langat Dewan Sukan Kuala Langat 1800 29 September
Kuala Selangor Stadium Tertutup Kuala Selangor 2000 29 September
Sepang Multimedia University (MMU) 3000 15 October
Kuala Lumpur Bukit Jalil Axiata Arena 8000 15 October
Kuala Lumpur Universiti Malaya (UM) 3300 30 September
Negeri
Sembilan
Seremban Dewan Bandaraya Seremban
Dewan Orang Ramai Sikamat
1200
1000
Jelebu Dewan D’Sury 400
Kuala Pilah Dewan Dato Bahaman 600
Port Dickson Dewan Kompleks Teluk Kemang 550
Melaka Alor Gajah Kompleks Sukan Masjid Tanah
Dewan UITM
600
800
5 October
Melaka Tengah Dewan Tun Ali
Dewan MMU
Dewan Japerun
800
600
400
5 October
Jasin Dewan MPJ
Dewan Jasin Sri Umbai
400
400
5 October
Johor Johor Bahru Persada Convention Centre 8000 5 October
Kulai Dewan Bandar Putra Kulai 2500 5 October
Mersing Dewan Serbaguna Endau 400 5 October
Pontian KK Tenggaroh
Dewan Jubli Intan Pontian
Dewan Pekan Nenas
NA
1000
600
5 October
Segamat Dewan Serbaguna Jalan Genuang
Dewan Yayasan
PPV Labis
1200
800
800
5 October
Pahang Jerantut Dewan ADTEC
Dewan Chu Rahimah Jerantut
Xcape Resort Tahan
1000
400
200
5 October
Kuantan Wisma Belia
Dewan Jubli Perak
1400
2400
5 October
Lipis Dewan Kampung Sungai Koyan 1
Dewan Jubli Perak Lipis
Balora Benta
RPS Merapoh
600
600
400
400
5 October
Pekan Dewan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah
JKKK Nenasi Pantai
Dewan Semai Bakti Felda Chini 1
Dewan Abdul Aziz IKM Pekan
Dewan IKBN
800
200
400
800
600
5 October
Temerloh Dewan Tun Razak
Dewan Dato Zaharuddin Peragap
Dewan MPT
1200
600
600
5 October
Raub Dewan UITM Raub 1800 5 October
Rompin Dewan Sultan Ahmad Shah
Dewan Dara Muadzam Shah
600
600
5 October
Maran Dewan Jubli Perak Maran
Stadium Tun Abdul Razak
1000
1600
5 October
Kelantan Kota Bahru Kompleks Sultan Ismail Petra
Dewan Majlis Daerah Ketereh
Dewan Sri Tunjung
1600
1600
1000
5 October
Kuala Krai Dewan Taman Sri Guchil
Dewan Manik Urai
800
800
5 October
Machang Dewan Perpaduan Machang
Dewan Profesional UITM
1000
1000
5 October
Pasir Mas Dewan Samad Gul 1000 5 October
Pasir Puteh Dewan Pasir Puteh 1000 5 October
Tanah Merah
& Tumpat
Dewan IKBN
Dewan Felda Kemahang 1
Dewan Kopeladar
Dewan Putra SBJ
Dewan Bunga Raya
Dewan Sri Renjuna
1000
800
600
600
600
600
5 October
Sabah Penampang Dewan Kebudayaan Penampang
Dewan KDCA
1500
2000
15 October
Sandakan Dewan Masyarakat Sandakan
Dewan Hakka
Dewan Serbaguna Entilibon
Dewan PPPR Batu Sapi
1200
1600
200
400
15 October
Papar Dewan Masyarakat Papar
Dewan Masyarakat Bongawan
1200
300
15 October
Putatan Dewan Sri Putatan 1500 15 October
Keningau Dewan Masyarakat Keningau
Kompleks Sukan Keningau
Dewan Masyarakat Sook
Dewan Masyarakat Bingkor
2000
800
800
400
15 October
Beaufort Dewan Pak Musa
Dewan Islam Membakut
1500
1500
15 October
Ranau Dewan Masyarakat Ranau 1000 15 October
Kota Marudu Dewan Kota Marudu 1400 15 October
Lahad Datu Dewan Sri Perdana
Dewan Desa Kencana
Dewab Serbaguna Lamag

Dewan Silabukan Peringkat 1
Dewan Serbaguna Masjid Tunku
Dewan Serbaguna Tambisan
1500
800

600
800
800
500
15 October
Kudat Dewan Tun Mustapa 1000 15 October
Tenom Dewan Sri Antanom 1200 15 October
Kinabatangan Dewan Paduka Mat Salleh 1000 15 October
Sipitang Dewan Serbaguna Sipitang 800 15 October
Beluran Dewan Serbaguna Beluran
Dewan Serbaguna Botition
Dewan Kombambangan
600
400
200
15 October
Telupid Dewan IPS Telupid 800 15 October
Kunak Dewan Masyarakat Sri Kunak 800 15 October
Kota Kinabalu Dewan Wisma Wanita
Dewan Komuniti Menggatal
Dewan Muhibbah Sembulan
2000
1200
300
15 October
Semporna Dewan Masyarakat Semporna 1200 15 October
Kuala Penyu Dewan Shahbandar Makang 800 15 October
Kota Belud Dewan Tun Said 1000 15 October
Pitas Dewan Belia Arena KBBS 500 15 October
Tambunan Dewan Daerah Tambunan 800 15 October
Nabawan Dewan Serbaguna Nabawan 600 15 October
Kalabakan Sekolah Kebangsaan Kalabakan
Dewan Komuniti Felda Umas
200
200
15 October
Kudat Dewan Terbuka Kerakit
Dewan Matunggong
200
200
15 October
Tuaran Dewan Tun Hamdan 300 15 October
Tawau Dewan Bola Keranjang Tawau 3500 15 October
Sarawak Kapit Dewan Sri Balleh
Dewan Eastwood Valley
500
3000
30 September
Miri Dewan Curtin University 2500 30 September
Marudi Dewan Suarah Marudi 1000 30 September
Subis Dewan Sepupok Niah
Dewan Masy Bekenu
1000
1000
30 September
Telang Usan Dewan Long Lama 600 30 September
Beluru Dewan Masyarakat Beluru
Dewan Suarah Limbang
800
1000
30 September
Limbang Dewan Long Tuma
Dewan Kampung Masjid Baru
Dewan Sundar
200
200
400
30 September
Lawas Dewan Trusan 400 30 September
Labuan Labuan Dewan Darul Kifayah MAIWP
Dewan Kolej Matrikulasi Labuan
600
1500
15 October

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Kindergarten + Childcare Restrictions In Phase 1 + 2!

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

Limited To Working Parents

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

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

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

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

No Need For Prior Registration

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

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

Teacher Vaccination

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

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

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

COVID-19 Precautions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COVID-19 Positive Cases

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

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

 

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

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

Here is what you need to know!

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

Originally posted @ 2021-09-16

 

MyTravelPass : What Is It?

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

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

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

Read more : Latest Foreign Travel Rules For Malaysian Citizens!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

MyTravelPass Abolished From 11 October Onwards!

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

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

In addition, travellers returning to Malaysia must also :

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Must Apply For MyTravelPass

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

Do NOT Need To Apply For MyTravelPass

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

 

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Malaysia To Vaccinate 80% Adolescents By March 2022!

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

Find out how they plan to achieve that!

 

Malaysia To Vaccinate 80% Adolescents By March 2022!

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

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

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

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

 

How Malaysia Will Vaccinate 80% Adolescents By March 2022!

For Institutes : Vaksin-Anak-Ku Portal

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

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

For Parents : MySejahtera Registration

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

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

Vaccine Offered : Pfizer Comirnaty

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

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

Three Vaccination Methods

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

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

CITF-A Target : 80% Vaccinated By March 2022

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

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

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

 

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Details Of 3 October Reopening Of Schools In Malaysia!

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

Here are the details…

 

Schools In Malaysia To Reopen From 3 October Onwards!

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

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

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

Phase 1

  • Education institutions remain closed, with only online learning.

Phase 2

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

Phase 3

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

Phase 4 (3 / 4 October)

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

Phase 4 (17 / 18 October)

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

Phase 4 (10 / 11 December)

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

 

How Schools In Malaysia Will Reopen From 3 October Onwards!

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

Schools That Can Reopen For Face-To-Face Teaching

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

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

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

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

Shorter Year-End Holidays

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

2021 School Year Extended To February 2022

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

The 2022 School Year will now begin in March 2022.

COVID-19 Precautions

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

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

Parental Choice

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

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

 

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Malaysia To Start COVID-19 Vaccination For Children In Sept!

Malaysia will start COVID-19 vaccination for children between 12 to 17 years of age in September 2021!

Here is what you need to know!

 

COVID-19 Vaccination For Children : One Vaccine Approved So Far!

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 : Starts In September 2021

On 12 August 2021, the Malaysia Director General of Health, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah issued a circular announcing these details on COVID-19 vaccination for children :

When Will It Start?

COVID-19 vaccination for children in Malaysia will begin in the middle of September 2021

Who Will Qualify?

COVID-19 vaccination for children in Malaysia will initially be limited to :

  • children between 12 and 15 years of age with certain health conditions, and
  • all children 16 or 17 years old, with or without co-morbidities.

Where Will It Take Place?

COVID-19 vaccination for children in Malaysia will take place at these locations :

  • Special PPVs (SPPVs) – vaccination centres in hospitals and medical institutions
  • Vaccination centres (PPV) in health clinics and other earmarked PPVs
  • Outreach programmes, like immunisations in schools

The vaccine will be distributed to every state, and onwards to the identified vaccination centres.

Pre-Vaccination Assessment

Pre-vaccination assessment by medical officers or specialists will be conducted for three categories of children with certain health conditions.

  1. Those with a history of severe allergies after receiving vaccines, or to other medications or unknown substances.
  2. Those who are immunocompromised because of disease or treatment received.
  3. Those who are being treated with anti-coagulants, or have health conditions that increase their bleeding tendency.

The assessment will be based on the current health status, medical history, allergy history and any medication or treatment the child may be taking, to determine :

  • whether the child should receive the COVID-19 vaccine
  • what type of COVID-19 vaccine may be suitable for the child
  • whether a different time may be better for the child’s vaccination
  • which is a more appropriate place for the vaccination – in a hospital or community PPV, for example.

Higher Risk Vaccinations

Children who are deemed to be at higher risk must receive their vaccinations at hospitals or medical facilities, to ensure that they have ready access to emergency treatment should the need arise.

  • children who underwent three pre-vaccination assessment, and were determined to be at higher risk,
  • patients receiving long-term treatment at those hospitals / medical facilities.
  • patients whose doctors believe are at higher risk

 

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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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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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Warning : Viral SPM 2020 Grading Scale Is Misleading!

Please be warned that the viral picture of the SPM 2020 grading scale is misleading! Here are the FACTS!

 

Viral SPM 2020 Grading Scale On Facebook + WhatsApp

A picture of the purported SPM 2020 grading scale has gone viral on Facebook and WhatsApp.

In particular, a post by MamaMia Mia on 11 June 2021 went viral and caught the attention of the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM).

In her post, MamaMia Mia commented, “This is why I found it odd that the kids today are getting rows of As“.

She then edited the post, adding “I don’t know where this grading scale came from. People are just sharing them. Even if they deny it, there is no evidence of the truth. The effort of children studying isn’t the issue. It’s the fact that every year the minister will claim that their batch is the best. Suspicious.

 

Viral SPM 2020 Grading Scale Is Misleading!

The grading scale is often shared without any explanation, so many people assume it’s the actual SPM 2020 grading scale.

But a closer look at the title will show that the chart is actually for the 2020 SPMRSM exams – the SPM trial examinations for MRSM (Maktab Rendah Sains MARA) – MARA Junior Science College in English.

It is said that MRSM trial examinations for SPM are tougher than the actual SPM examinations, so it is plausible that they would use a lower grading scale.

KPM has since issued a press release calling it misleading, and even lodged a police report over the post.

 

KPM Press Release On Viral SPM 2020 Grading Scale

This is our English translation of the official KPM press release on the viral SPM 2020 grading scale.

DENIAL OF SPM GRADING SCALE ON FACEBOOK

The Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) would like to refer to the post on MamaMia Mia’s Facebook page on 11 June 2021 regarding the ‘SPM Grading Scale’ with the caption “That’s why I feel it’s weird kids are now getting rows of As.” and “#bilasekolahdipolitikkan” (#whenschoolsarepoliticised) which is now viral.

We stress that the ‘SPM Grading Scale’ that has gone viral does not belong to the KPM Examination Board. The ‘SPM Grading Scale’ is presented as if it is the actual marking grade of SPM in 2020 and can confuse the public, especially parents and candidates for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination in 2020. The post tarnishes the image, authority and credibility of the Examination Board as the national assessment body and threatens public order.

The Examination Board lodged a police report at 10.31pm on 11 June 2021, as well as a report to the Communications and Multimedia Commission for further investigation.

Malaysia Ministry of Education
11 June 2021

 

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SPM 2021 Exams Delayed To February + March 2022!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that the SPM 2021 examinations have been postponed to February and March 2022!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Online Learning For All Schools In Malaysia Until July 2021!

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

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

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

This will be followed by the mid-term holidays.

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

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

All-in-all, the schools would be closed for another 49 days (7 weeks).

At least a week before the end of the mid-term holidays, the Ministry of Education will announce whether the schools will reopen, or online learning will continue.

 

SPM 2021 Exams Delayed To February + March 2022!

The Minister also announced that the SPM 2021 examinations have been postponed to 2022 :

  • Oral examinations and science practical tests will be rescheduled to February 2022
  • Written examinations will be rescheduled to March 2022 *

* This includes SVM (Sijil Vokasional Malaysia) examinations.

 

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CERDIK Initiative : Only ⅓ Laptops Distributed By June 2021!

The CERDIK Initiative is off to a very slow start, with just ⅓ of the laptops or tablets to be distributed by 12 June 2021!

Here are the details…

 

CERDIK Initiative : What Is It?

The CERDIK Initiative, which started in February 2021, aimed to provide low-income B40 families with a laptop or tablet and Internet access for a year.

This initiative is fully financed by GLCs (Government-Linked Companies) and GLICs (Government-Linked Investment Companies), with contributions of about RM 150 million (USD 37 million).

Yayasan Hasanah – the Khazanah foundation selected to be its secretariat – will manage the initiative which aims to distribute 150,000 laptops or tablets to students from B40 families across the country.

The laptop / tablet (with 1 year of Internet connectivity) will be distributed to schools, and students will retain them until they complete their education.

 

CERDIK Initiative : Only ⅓ Laptops Distributed By June 2021!

Even though the CERDIK Initiative kicked off in February 2021, they only managed to distribute 12,887 devices to 95 schools in 51 districts by 5 June 2021.

The Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin said that another 40,290 devices will be distributed by 12 June 2021.

He estimates that the remaining 96,823 devices will be fully distributed by end of September 2021.

As you can tell, the CERDIK Initiative is off to a very slow start, and students from low-income B40 families are going to suffer.

Students have been learning online (PdPR) since mid May 2021. Until they get these devices and Internet connectivity, students from B40 families will have trouble joining those classes and keeping up.

If these students end up getting their devices in August and September, they would only be able to learn for a few weeks before the school term ends in November!

 

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Online Learning For All Schools In Malaysia Until July 2021!

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

Here are the details…

 

Current Online Learning School Schedule In Malaysia

On 26 April 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Education announced that schools will be closed, and students would study online for two weeks in May :

  • Group A : 16 to 27 May 2021
  • Group B : 17 to 28 May 2021

This was followed by the 2-week mid-year term holidays.

  • Group A : 28 May to 12 June 2021
  • Group B : 29 May to 13 June 2021

All-in-all, the schools would be closed for 37 days (5 weeks and 2 days).

 

Online Learning For All Schools In Malaysia Until July 2021!

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

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

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

This will be followed by the mid-term holidays.

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

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

All-in-all, the schools would be closed for another 49 days (7 weeks).

At least a week before the end of the mid-term holidays, the Ministry of Education will announce whether the schools will reopen, or online learning will continue.

Here is a better look at the slide.

 

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MCO 3.0 U-Turn : Kindergartens, Childcare Can Open Again!

In yet another U-turn, the Malaysian government ordered kindergartens and childcare centres to close and within 24 hours, allowed them to open again in MCO areas!

Find out what is the latest U-turn in MCO restrictions by the Malaysian government!

 

MCO 3.0 U-Turn : Kindergartens, Childcare Can Open Again!

On 9 May 2021, the Ministry of Education issued a notice to all kindergartens, pre-schools, childcare centres, international schools in MCO areas, ordering to IMMEDIATELY cease operation until 6 June 2021.

Parents had to rush over to collect their children, because all those pre-school operators were asked to close right away.

The notice only affected private operators, as government childcare centres under the Welfare department were allowed to continue operating.

Then on 10 May 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced that MCO restrictions across the nation, but also stated that kindergartens, daycare and childcare centres are ALLOWED to operate during MCO 3.0.

On kindergartens and childcare centres, the Malaysian government came into a full circle – two U turns in just over 24 hours. Remarkable.

 

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Selangor Schools + Ramadan Bazaars To Close!

All schools and Ramadan bazaars in Selangor have been ordered to close, in line with the new MCO measures.

Here are the details…

 

All Selangor Schools Ordered To Close For 2 Days!

The day after the Malaysian government announced MCO measures for 6 districts in Selangor, the Selangor state education department ordered all schools to close for 2 days.

Therefore, all schools in Selangor will shut down on Thursday, 6 May 2021 and Friday, 7 May 2021. After that, the extended Hari Raya holidays begins on 8 May 2021.

Effectively, the schools are set to close for some 39 days, in an effort to break the COVID-19 chain of infection.

Boarding school students who were allowed to return home for the Hari Raya holidays can do so, but they are asked to follow the schedule set by the Ministry of Education.

 

All Ramadan Bazaars In Selangor MCO Districts To Close From 8 May!

The Selangor state government also announced that all Ramadan bazaars in the six MCO districts must close from Saturday, 8 May 2021 onwards.

The government chose to offer a small grace period to allow bazaar operators and traders the chance to clear their existing stock.

 

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Ryan’s Autism Journey – Be The Miracle!

In support of Autism Awareness Month, I want to share with all of you – Ryan’s Autism Journey, and how your child can be the miracle too!

Updated @ 2021-05-05 : Added credit to the great therapists who helped Ryan, and more of my thoughts.

Originally posted @ 2021-04-30

 

Ryan’s Autism Journey : Be The Miracle!

It’s been a full decade since my son, Ryan, was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), just 3 months shy of his second birthday.

Today, he’s like any other kid his age. He goes to a normal school, keeps up with his studies, and can interact with people pretty normally.

Take a look at how Ryan went from being completely non-verbal, with poor motor skills and no eye contact, to the boy he is today.

Look at how far he has come along in the last 10 years. Your child too can become your miracle!

 

Ryan’s Autism Journey : How He Became Our Miracle!

I’m sorry, but your child exhibits behaviours consistent with the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

That is something no parent ever wants to hear. That is something no parent deserves to hear. But it is what it is.

It would explain his inability to speak or stay still, his lack of eye contact, repetitive behaviours, screaming fits at night (night terrors), etc.

Acceptance

IMHO, acceptance was KEY to our success.

Over the years, many people confided in me how their friends or relatives refused to acknowledge the diagnosis, which prevents them from moving to the next stage – helping the child.

If it helps, ignore the label. The diagnosis really doesn’t matter.

All you need to know is that your child is missing key milestones, and he/she needs help. That is all that matters.

Every Day Counts

Everyone goes through the stages of grief when you get the diagnosis. But time is of essence. Every day counts.

So I decided right away to speed right through to acceptance, and get right down to work.

That meant reading up on the latest studies and treatments, and getting urgent referrals to the best doctors and therapists in the area.

It may be somewhat easier for me, because I already underwent a similar baptism of fire when my wife had two strokes just 1.5 years earlier.

So I would understand if you may have trouble moving past this stage. If I may offer a personal suggestion, try focusing on the fact that your child urgently needs your help.

How can we not fight for Ryan???

Neuroplasticity

It soon became clear that the key was THERAPY, and the earlier he started, the better; because young brains are especially “plastic”

Neuroplasticity – the ability of our brains to “rewire” itself – is how stroke patients regain function through therapy, and it’s the same reason why therapy works in children with ASD.

The key is to start therapy as early as possible, to take advantage of the developing brain of young children, which is highly plastic.

You don’t even have to wait for a diagnosis. As our developmental paediatrician, Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan, once told me – as long as a child has developmental issues, therapy should begin.

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

The writer with Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan

Therapy, Therapy, Therapy

We put Ryan on occupational therapy with Madam Teo Lee Fun to work on his sensory and behavioural issues, as well as his fine and gross motor skills.

We also put Ryan on speech therapy with Dr. Cindy Lian, to help him learn to speak, and later, to improve his pronunciation.

Finally, we managed to get a slot in an Early Intervention Programme – Bridges EIP – for two hour sessions, twice a week.

This is an incredibly useful programme, where special need kids are taught cognitive skills at the table for about 30 minutes, followed by 15-20 minutes of gross motor activities.

Then they learn to eat by themselves, and interact with other children during snack time. After that, they usually have some kind of art and craft activity, and end with singing.

Many thanks to great teachers like Jeremy Yong, Rachel and Lois Fu!

Therapy Is Brain Exercise

Therapy is literally brain exercise. The harder you exercise, the better you get.

The weekly therapy sessions alone are NOT ENOUGH.

We not only made sure we do not skip therapy sessions, we made sure we attended every session ourselves.

Why? So that we can learn to perform the same therapies, and repeat them at home. The key is to repeat, repeat, repeat at home.

Even if you are rich enough to afford daily sessions, that still amounts to just a few hours a week. It cannot beat parents teaching their kids at home too.

Don’t Give Up

Looking back at my records now, it looks like Ryan did not improve much for quite some time – at least 1.5 years.

But I never considered stopping his therapies, even as I watched other parents give up to try alternative treatments.

As expensive in money and time as they are – I attended most of them, and we repeated the therapies at home – I understood that therapies are literally the only proven treatment for ASD.

Then suddenly, Ryan started to show improvements, and by golly, when that happened, it just kept snowballing.

In just 1.5 years, he went from speaking a few words with awkward motor skills, to normal speech and mastering the waveboard in just two weeks!

He improved so much, we ended up sending him to a Chinese school – to keep pushing the envelope.

He is now in a public school, where he even won an award for being the most improved student in his class!

Don’t Chase After Miracles!

To parents with children on the spectrum, please don’t fall for what’s easy and what’s miraculous.

Biomedical treatments that promise quick solutions, or supplements that promise a fast cure – they are all enticing, I’m sure.

But don’t listen to what they have to sell. Find out what WORKS, and seek advice from those who actually SUCCEEDED.

Don’t chase after miracles. BE THE MIRACLE!

No Special Treatment

This is not part of therapy, it’s just common sense.

Don’t pamper or coddle your child, or treat him/her differently from the other siblings.

We made the conscious choice of making sure Ryan is treated no differently from his siblings.

Not only is he FULLY VACCINATED, he has NO SPECIAL DIET / SUPPLEMENTS, and certainly NO PASSES for bad behaviour.

We are not going to be here forever. If we want him to be fully independent as an adult, he has to learn to eat, drink and behave like everyone else.

 

Ryan’s Autism Journey : Why It’s Important To Speak Up

While we are still working with him on his social skills, it truly is amazing how far we have come in the last ten years.

I spent hours creating the video and writing this article, because it is important for those who have succeeded to lend a hand, and help those who are struggling to understand ASD, much less cope with the enormity of the task at hand.

I hope Ryan’s journey will inspire all of you to persevere and trust in the evidence, trust in the science.

He did it, and so can your child.

All we ask is that when you succeed, you too will lend a helping hand to other parents, and a voice for other children on the spectrum.

Thank you!

 

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SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 Closed For 2 Days!

Parents were just informed, at the last minute, that SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 was ordered to close for 2 days, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Here is what we know so far….

 

SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 Closed For 2 Days!

At approximately 9:30 PM, the principal of SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 sent out a WhatsApp message, informing the parents that the school would be closed for TWO (2) days, starting tomorrow.

On orders from the Selangor State Education Department, SMK Bandar Utama Damansara will be closed on Tuesday 4 May 2021 and Wednesday, 5 May 2021.

The teachers will instead conduct online teaching and learning classes for their students during these two days.

 

SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 Closure : WhatsApp Message

Here is the original WhatsApp message, and our English translation, on the closure of SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 over their COVID-19 exposure.

(03/05/2021)

MAKLUMAN: PENUTUPAN SEKOLAH

Ibu bapa yang dihormati,

Adalah dimaklumkan pihak sekolah telah mendapat arahan daripada Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Selangor untuk menutup premis bagi kawalan perebakan penyakit berjangkit. Surat rasmi akan menyusul dari JPN.

Oleh itu sekolah akan DITUTUP berkuatkuasa esok, 04 MEI 2021 (SELASA) sehingga 05 MEI 2021 (RABU).

Sepanjang penutupan sekolah, sesi Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran di Rumah (PdPr) semua murid akan diteruskan secara online. Jadual PdPr adalah mengikut jadual waktu kelas sekarang. Mohon ibu bapa dapat memantau dan memastikan anak-anak hadir kelas pembelajaran online selama tempoh penutupan sekolah ini.

Maklumat terkini akan dikemaskini melalui saluran rasmi ini.

Harap maklum.

Terima kasih.

#kitajagakita
#patuhSOP

AINI WARDIAH ADENAN
Pengetua, SMKBUD4

(03/05/2021)

NOTICE: SCHOOL CLOSURE

Dear parents,

Please be informed that the school has received instructions from the Selangor State Education Department to close the premises to control the spread of infectious diseases. An official letter will be issued by JPN.

Therefore, the school will be CLOSED effective tomorrow, 04 MAY 2021 (TUESDAY) until 05 MAY 2021 (WEDNESDAY).

Throughout the school closure, Home Teaching and Learning (PdPr) sessions for all students will continue online. The PdPr schedule is according to the current class schedule. Parents please monitor and ensure that your children attend online learning classes during the school closure.

The latest information will be updated through this official channel.

Please take note.

Thank you.

#kitajagakita
#patuhSOP

AINI WARDIAH ADENAN
Principal, SMKBUD4

 

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UPSR Abolished! PT3 Exams Cancelled This Year!

The Malaysia Mnister of Education just announced that UPSR is permanently abolished, and the PT3 examinations are cancelled this year!

 

UPSR Abolished! PT3 Exams Cancelled This Year!

On 28 April 2021, the Malaysia Mnister of Education, Datuk Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that UPSR is permanently abolished, and the PT3 examinations are cancelled this year!

  • UPSR is abolished from 2021 onwards
  • PASR (Primary School Alternative Assessment) for special needs children is also abolished
  • Entry into Form 1 (secondary school) will be based on school assessments
  • Entry into Form 1 of boarding schools will be based on PKSK (Special School Admission Assessment)
  • PT3 exams is cancelled for 2021, but not abolished
  • Form 3 students will be assessed by their schools or through PKSK.

 

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Schools Closed For 2 Weeks After Extended Raya Holidays!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that the Raya holidays will be extended, and schools will be closed for two weeks after that!

Here are the details…

 

Schools Closed For 2 Weeks After Extended Raya Holidays!

On 26 April 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Education made two major announcements that are meant to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections in schools, which have been on the rise.

Extended Raya Holidays

Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays were originally scheduled to start on Tuesday, 11 May 2021.

However, the Ministry of Education has decided to bring forward the Raya holidays, extending it :

  • Group A : 7 to 15 May 2021
  • Group B : 8 to 16 May 2021

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

Schools Closed For 2 Weeks

After the Raya holidays, the schools will remain closed for another two weeks.

Instead, the teachers will conduct Teaching + Learning at Home (PdPR) classes for those two weeks :

  • Group A : 16 to 27 May 2021
  • Group B : 17 to 28 May 2021

After that will be the 2-week mid-year term holidays.

  • Group A : 28 May to 12 June 2021
  • Group B : 29 May to 13 June 2021

All-in-all, the schools will be closed for 37 days (5 weeks and 2 days).

 

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