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Malaysia Approves AstraZeneca Vaccine By Siam Bioscience!

Malaysia Approves AstraZeneca Vaccine By Siam Bioscience!

Malaysia has conditionally approved the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured by Siam Bioscience in Thailand!

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

 

Malaysia Approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine By Siam Bioscience!

On 4 June 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health announced that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Siam Bioscience in Thailand received conditional approval.

  1. AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Solution for Injection
    Registrant : AstraZeneca Sdn Bhd
    Manufacturer : Siam Bioscience Co. Ltd., Thailand

This conditional approval would allow the AstraZeneca manufactured by Siam Bioscience to be used in the Malaysia COVID-19 vaccination program, helping to increase the speed of the vaccination process.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : Why Separate Approval For Siam Bioscience?

The AstraZeneca vaccine had earlier received conditional approval for use in Malaysia. However, they were manufactured by Medimmune Phama B.V. in The Netherlands.

The Malaysia National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) has to vet and approve AstraZeneca vaccine doses manufactured by other factories.

Just like how AstraZeneca vaccine doses manufactured by SK Bioscience had to first vetted for conditional approval, the same goes for these vaccine doses manufactured by Siam Bioscience.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : A Quick Primer!

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

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

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

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

 

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Tesco Stores In Malaysia Are Now Lotus’s Malaysia Stores!

This is officially the end for Tesco Stores in Malaysia – they are henceforth known as Lotus’s Stores!

 

Tesco Stores In Malaysia Are Now Lotus’s Stores!

On 15 February 2021, Tesco Malaysia announced that their stores will henceforth be known as Lotus’s Stores.

This is the end of an era – Tesco Malaysia is no more after just under 19 years in operation, with 49 stores.

The first Tesco Malaysia store opened in Puchong, Selangor in May 2002. And in 2007, Tesco even bought over Makro, which was rebranded as Tesco Extra.

Even though their store fronts have not been updated, their receipts were changed today to state :

LOTUSS STORES (MALAYSIA) SDN BHD
(Formerly Known As TESCO STORES (MALAYSIA) SDN BHD)
(Reg No. 200001018812 (521419-K))

The rebranding exercise is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

 

Tesco Malaysia / Lotus’s Malaysia : Official Statement

Tesco Malaysia also updated their description, noting the change in name and management :

Lotuss Stores Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (Registration No. 200001018812 (521419-K)) (formerly known as Tesco Stores (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.) is a member of the Charoen Pokphand Group Co., Ltd (C.P. Group) since December 2020. The C.P. Group is a multinational conglomerate, operating across various industries ranging from agricultural, industrial to service sectors. C.P. Group currently has investments in 21 countries and economies.

Having acquired Tesco Malaysia’s business in December 2020, Lotus’s Malaysia has now assumed the operations of all existing Tesco stores, employing over 8,600 employees across one head office, two distribution centres, and 62 stores throughout Peninsular Malaysia. It also has Malaysia’s most extensive online grocery home shopping network with over 100 delivery trucks and operations in Penang, Johor Bahru, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, and Ipoh. Lotus’s Malaysia expects to complete its rebranding exercise by end 2021.

 

Tesco Stores In Malaysia + Thailand : Sold To CPRD In 2020

On 9 March 2020, Tesco PLC agreed to sell Tesco Stores in Malaysia and Thailand to C.P. Retail Development Company Limited (CPRD) of Thailand for US$10.6 billion, including debt.

This was finalised on 9 December 2020, after formal approval by the OTCC in Thailand and the earlier approval by the Malaysia Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs on 10 November 2020.

At that time, Tesco Group CEO, Ken Murphy said,

“I would like to thank all our colleagues in Asia for their hard work and dedication to our customers over many years. They have built a very strong business. I’m confident that the agreement with CP Group will ensure that they are well setup for continued success. This sale allows us to focus on our businesses across Europe and to continue delivering for customers, make a significant contribution to our pension deficit and return value to shareholders.”

 

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AirAsia Unlimited Pass : Extended To June 2021!

Due to the persisting COVID-19 pandemic, AirAsia just announced that their Unlimited Pass will be extended to June 2021. Here are the details!

 

AirAsia Unlimited Pass : What Is It?

Stung by the Airbus bribery scandal and the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, the AirAsia Unlimited Pass promotion is their effort to stem the bleed.

Earlier this year, AirAsia offered the Unlimited Pass which would give you the right to obtain free flight tickets to seven sectors, as many times as you wish – for a year :

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • China
  • Taiwan (only Taipei)
  • India
  • United States (only Honolulu)

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AirAsia Unlimited Pass : Extended To June 2021

The AirAsia Unlimited Pass was on sale until 7 March 2020, which meant the latest anyone could fly was up to the first week of March, 2021.

But with the COVID-19 pandemic locking down most of the world for the next few months, those who purchased the Unlimited Pass have been grumbling.

At this point, we have to say – we told you so…

However, your dissatisfaction has paid off. AirAsia just extended the Unlimited Pass flight availability till 30 June 2020 – an extension of about 3 months for most people.

Do note that this is not an extension of the sale period. That ended on 7 March 2020. The extension is for flight purchases for existing AirAsia Unlimited Pass holders.

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AirAsia Unlimited Pass Destinations

When AirAsia announced the Unlimited Pass promotion, they only highlighted five countries – Australia, Japan, Korea, China and India. Well, that’s not all.

Here is the full, confirmed list of destinations, which we compiled in this table based on where you plan to fly from :

Origin Sector Available Destinations
Kuala Lumpur (Return) Australia Gold Coast
Melbourne
Perth
Sydney
China Beijing
Changsha
Chengdu
Chongqing
Hangzhou
Shanghai
Wuhan
Xi’an
India Ahmedabad
Amritsar
New Delhi
Japan Fukuoka
Osaka
Sapporo (Chin Chitose)
Tokyo (Haneda)
Tokyo (Narita)
Korea Busan
Jeju
Seoul
Taiwan Taipei
Bangkok (Return) Australia Brisbane
China Shanghai
Japan Osaka
Sapporo (Chin Chitose)
Tokyo (Narita)
Nagoya
Korea Seoul
Taipei (Return) Japan Osaka
Okinawa
Osaka (Return) US Honolulu

 

AirAsia Unlimited Pass Embargo Periods

AirAsia defines the Embargo Period as a travel blackout period, during which you cannot use the Unlimited Pass.

It includes, but is not limited to, these upcoming holidays in Malaysia. In other words, AirAsia can add new embargo periods, as they wish.

Unlimited Pass Embargo Dates Occasion
1 May 2020 Labour Day
7 May 2020 Wesak Day
23 May to 7 June 2020 School Holidays
24 May to 25 May 2020 Hari Raya Aidilfitri
25 July to 2 August 2020 School Holidays
31 July 2020 Hari Raya Haji
20 August 2020 Awal Muharram
31 August 2020 Merdeka Day
16 September 2020 Malaysia Day
29 October 2020 Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
14 November 2020 Deepavali
21 November to 31 December 2020 School Holidays
25 December 2020 Christmas Day
1 January 2021 New Year’s Day
28 January 2021 Thaipusam
12 February to 13 February 2021 Chinese New Year

 

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Fact Check : Thai King Death From COVID-19 (Updated!)

A reputable-looking website just reported on the death of the King of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn, from COVID-19 in Germany.

This is yet another Internet hoax, and we will show you how you too can fact-check these sensational stories for yourself!

 

Thai King Death From COVID-19 In Germany?

A reputable-looking The StuffPost website posted this shocking news :

Thai King dies of coronavirus while in self-isolation in Germany

The King of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn, has died of coronavirus in Germany a few days after testing positive for the deadly disease.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn had gone into self-isolation inside a luxury hotel in Germany. He has booked the entire hotel for himself… and 20 female concubines.

Here is a screenshot of the page, with a HOAX overlay to avoid misuse.

 

Thai King Death From COVID-19 : Hoax Exposed!

The purported death of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn is FALSE… and we know this because…

Not One News Agency Reported His Death

A quick check would reveal that no new agencies have reported the King’s death, only this one website.

That should tell you that this isn’t true. A death of a monarch is major news that would have been published by news agencies, large and small, all over the world.

The StuffPost Is NYCINews.com?

The website is called The StuffPost, but did you notice that it is using the NYCINews.com domain?

No legitimate website would do that, because it makes it difficult for people to locate them.

If you see a website use a vastly different domain from its name, it’s almost certainly a fake site. Nelassa.com is another example.

The StuffPost Is A WordPress Theme

The StuffPost is actually a WordPress theme that ANYONE can purchase. The website creator did not even change the default logo!

NYCINews Has Only 8 Articles???

The NYCINews website looks legit, but if you just check Latest News, you will see that there are only EIGHT articles in the entire website!

The other articles appear to be copied from legitimate websites. Only the article on the Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn appears to be fake.

NYCINews Was Only Registered In March 2020!

Checking the NYCINews.com domain registration revealed that this domain was only registered on 11 March 2020. How legit…

NYCINews Owner Identities Concealed Too!

Also highly suspicious was the concealment of the domain owner’s details. This is usually done by those who plan to operate less than savoury websites, or those who expect to get sued for libel, etc.

Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn Is Back In Bangkok

BILD reported that the Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn flew back to Bangkok on 3 April 2020.

In this photo shared by Thailand’s PostToday, the King is seen getting briefed on the government’s measures against COVID-19 on 6 April 2020. Thanks for the tip, Paphon Sri-Ornlar!

Credit : PostToday

As you can see, the Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn is very much alive and well!

 

Thai King Death From COVID-19 : FAKE NEWS!

As you can tell by now, the report of the Thai king’s death that was posted by the fake The StuffPost / NYCINews website is FALSE.

Since that is the only fake article on the website, we believe the website was created specifically to embarrass the Thai King, by attracting the world’s attention to the fact that he fled to a resort in Germany to avoid COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

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

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

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Ananda Development Selects Qualtrics EmployeeXM!

Qualtrics, an SAP company, just announced that Ananda Development, a leading real estate developer in Thailand, selected Qualtrics EmployeeXM to design and deliver a better experience for its 1,300-strong workforce.

Find out how Qualtrics is helping Ananda Development track and act on their employee experience data!

Qualtrics EmployeeXM

Qualtrics EmployeeXM is an employee management platform that’s designed to improve employee development and retention.

Through key metrics measurements and predictive intelligence, it lets companies measure, track and act on employee experience data called X-data.

 

Ananda Development Selects Qualtrics EmployeeXM

At the SAP Experience 2019 conference in Bangkok, Qualtrics announced that Ananda Development, one of Thailand’s leading real estate developers has selected Qualtrics EmployeeXM to design and deliver a better experience for its 1,300-strong workforce.

Ananda Development will use the Qualtrics EmployeeXM platform to capture and measure their employee experience data (X-data) across their employment journey.

Their business leaders and HR managers can view the summarised X-data, which comprises of their opinions, beliefs and sentiments, on personalised dashboards.

They can then analyse the feedback, and create employee engagement plans to better align their employees with Ananda Development’s goals.

The insights that EmployeeXM delivers will help Ananda Development’s management team become an employer of choice, to help fuel their rapid growth.

 

Qualtrics + SAP Synergy In Ananda Development

The selection of Qualtrics EmployeeXM also allows Ananda Development to leverage their existing SAP SuccessFactors platform.

In fact, this is one of the first joint deals between Qualtrics and SAP in the region, following SAP’s acquisition of Qualtrics.

By combining X-data from Qualtrics with operational data (O-data) from SAP SuccessFactors, it will help Ananda Development better understand the drivers behind their employee experience, and how they may be affecting business performance.

 

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My Trip To Krabi With The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7

During the recent 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A5 launch event, I won a holiday to Krabi and a 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7, which I reviewed here. Krabi is famous for its beaches, hot spring waterfall and the Emerald Pool, so I took the opportunity to try out the 2017 Galaxy A7 smartphone, which is IP68 water-resistant. Check out some of the pictures and videos I took on my trip to Krabi!

 

Ao Nang Beach, Krabi

The Ao Nang beach is the main beach and transportation hub in Krabi. This is where the main road meets the coasts, and where all the boats to the other beaches and resorts make port. Naturally, it is packed with tourists, and is hardly the pristine beach seen in tourist brochures. However, you can get some pretty nice photos as the sun sets.

Here are some photos I took at, or near, the Ao Nang beach, using the 2017 Galaxy A7 smartphone. They have been cropped but not edited in any other way.

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The Krabi Hot Spring Waterfall

The Krabi hot spring waterfall is one of Krabi’s main tourist attractions. Also known as Namtok Ron Khlong Thom, it features a mix of hot springs and cool streams which converge to create a waterfall of warm water.

Due to the craggy nature of the rocks and tree roots in and around the hot springs and waterfall, you are highly advised NOT to carry your smartphone, unless they are water-resistant like the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A Series (IP68) the Samsung Galaxy S7 (IP68) or the Apple iPhone 7 (IP67), or are protected with a waterproof case / bag.

Here is a video I took with the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7. Because it does not support image stabilisation, a gimbal like the DJI Osmo Mobile is highly recommended. Then again, the gimbal is not water-resistant…

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The Krabi Emerald Pool

The Krabi Emerald Pool (Sa Morakot) is another must-see tourist attraction. Also known as the Crystal Pool, it is located in the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve, which is close by the Krabi hot spring  waterfall.

The pool requires some walking (800 meters or so), but it is worth the calories burned. Just make sure you are prepared to get wet. So make sure you bring a waterproof bag for your smartphone, unless they are water-resistant like the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A Series (IP68) the Samsung Galaxy S7 (IP68) or the Apple iPhone 7 (IP67).

Here are is a video I took of the Krabi Emerald Pool.

The Krabi Emerald Pool has a sandy bottom with rocks all around. However, the rocks are very slippery because they are covered with underwater moss.

This video and photos will show you just how good the front 16 MP camera is on the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7!

 

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