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Singapore + Malaysia VTL Dry Run @ Johor Causeway!

Singapore + Malaysia VTL Dry Run @ Johor Causeway!

A new Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) could soon be opened between Singapore and Malaysia across the Johor Causeway!

 

Singapore + Malaysia VTL : What Is It?

On 8 November 2021, Singapore and Malaysia agreed to launch a Vaccinated Travel Lane that would kick off on 29 November 2021.

The Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) programme allows fully-vaccinated travellers avoid the mandatory quarantine on arrival in Singapore or Malaysia.

However, this VTL is currently limited to specific VTL flights between Changi Airport and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Read more : Singapore-Malaysia Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) Guide!

 

Singapore + Malaysia VTL Dry Run @ Johor Causeway!

The good news is that it looks like Singapore and Malaysia are close to launching a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) programme for the Johor Causeway as well.

On 23 November 2021, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, released three photos showing Singapore and Malaysia officials conducting a dry run for a proposed Vaccinated Travel Lane through the Johor Causeway.

Such a VTL programme across the Johor Causeway would be highly beneficial, as travel costs are much lower.

This could finally allow many families in both countries to be reunited, and the restoration of economic and social ties between Singapore and Malaysia.

 

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National Recovery Plan Phase 3 SOP : 7 November Edition!

Here is the latest SOP for Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) for Malaysia!

Please SHARE this out, so your friends are updated on the latest Phase 3 SOP as well!

For Phase 1 SOP, please see PPN 1 SOP : 25 August 2021 Edition!
For Phase 2 SOP, please see PPN 2 SOP : 11 October Edition!
For Phase 4 SOP, please see PPN 4 SOP : 7 November Edition!

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 3 SOP : Where Does It Apply?

This Phase 3 SOP currently applies to Sarawak and Kelantan.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 3 SOP : 11 October Video!

This video shows the latest National Recovery Plan SOP slides (11 October 2021) for Phase 3, followed by our English translation.

Note : We are still working on the 7 November video, which will be posted shortly…

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 3 SOP : 7 November Edition!

This is the new National Recovery Plan Phase 3 SOP that was released on 7 November 2021.

Fully Vaccinated Definition

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

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

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

General Health Protocol In Phase 3 Areas

  • Licence holders and premise owners must provide MySejahtera QR code and a manual logbook to register customers.
  • Hand sanitiser must be provided at the entrance, and customers must use it before entering.
  • The use of MySejahtera is mandatory is areas with good Internet connectivity. The use of logbook is only allowed in areas with no Internet connectivity, or other reasonable excuse.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers and workers check in using MySejahtera. or the manual logbook if there’s no Internet connectivity.
  • Employers, employees, customers and visitors are required to check in using MySejahtera or write their names and phone numbers legibly in the logbook (if there is no Internet connectivity).
  • In shopping malls, customers only need to scan their body temperatures ONCE at the mall entry point. It is not necessary to scan their body temperature at every premise in the mall.
  • Those with body temperatures exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius are NOT ALLOWED to enter.
  • Malls and premise owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk or Casual Contact Low Risk in MySejahtera are allowed to enter.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers must maintain physical distance of at least 1 metre entering or leaving their premises.
  • Individuals 18 years or younger are not encouraged to be in public places and facilities.
  • Premise owners and business licence holders must restrict the number of customers within their premises to ensure at least 1 metre physical distancing.
  • Every premise must publicly display the limit of customers allowed inside at any one time. The use of a numbered queue system is encouraged to control the number of customers.
  • All building owners must provide QR Codes for each floor / level.
  • It is MANDATORY for employees, suppliers and customers to properly wear face masks while within the premise.
  • There must be good VENTILATION at the premise according to ventilation and indoor air quality guidelines issued by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (JKKP).
  • It is MANDATORY to wear a face mask, especially in crowded public areas, EXCEPT in these places or situations :
    a) hotel room or paid accommodation, alone or with your own family
    b) Personal working space
    c) Sporting activities and outdoor recreation
    d) Personal vehicle, alone or with your own family
    e) Indoor or outdoor public areas, when there are no other individuals
    f) While eating or drinking in public areas, when there are no other individuals (except in restaurants or other food & beverage premises)

Benefits For Fully Vaccinated People In Phase 3 Areas

Interstate Travel

  • Interstate travel is ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals by showing the digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or card, and identity card / passport as evidence.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring children 18 years and below, subject to public health protocols.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test when conducting these activities. New!

Overseas Travellers

  • Malaysian citizens or foreigners who have homes in Malaysia (including PR and Malaysia My Second Home participants) arriving from overseas, are ALLOWED to undergo mandatory quarantine at home if they are fully vaccinated, on accepting a digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO) subject to these conditions:
    – Show proof of a valid negative RT-PCR test taken within 3 days of departure
    – Have a valid and complete COVID-19 vaccination certificate (depending on the type of vaccine).
    – Have no symptoms during the health screening conducted at the International entry point.
    – Have suitable accommodations to undergo quarantine
  • Individuals who arrive from overseas and are not fully vaccinated, or have not been vaccinated, must undergo mandatory quarantine in a KKM-approved quarantine centre.
  • The mandatory quarantine for overseas travellers is 7 days at home (if appropriate) or quarantine station for fully-vaccinated individuals, and 10 days in a quarantine station for individuals who are not fully-vaccinated.
  • Travellers must conduct a self-assessment using the Home Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app, every day until the end of the quarantine period (7 or 10 days after arrival).
  • Travellers must undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR screening test on arrival.

Monitoring For Close Contacts

  • 7 day home quarantine for fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • 10 day home quarantine for individuals who are not fully-vaccinated.

Test & Release (R&T) Protocol

  • The pilot program for the test & release (T&R) protocol is limited to this group of low-risk travellers arriving from overseas, with strict travel plans / itinerary for official visits :
    a) National figure
    b) Minister
    c) Deputy Minister
    d) Chief Minister
    e) State EXCO member
    f) Members of Parliament
    g) Government official
  • The requirements for this programme include :
    – submitting an application with supporting documents to MKN and KKM for approval
    – undergoing a PCR test 3 days before returning to Malaysia
    – undergoing a PCR test on arrival in Malaysia

Dine-In

  • Restaurant operator including in hotel, sports and recreational club house, food establishment, food stall, food truck, roadside vendor, mobile vendor, food court, hawker centre, and food kiosk are ALLOWED to provide dine-in services, subject to these conditions :
    – Only accept fully-vaccinated customers who are not symptomatic.
    – Premise owners MUST display a notice on accepting fully-vaccinated customers who are not symptomatic at the entrance.
    – Only employees who are fully-vaccinated and not symptomatic are allowed to work.
    – Premise owners must arrange the tablets to ensure physical distance, and the premise must have good ventilation.
    – Dine-in activities with physical distancing of at least 1 meter is subject to the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) SOP for Phase 3.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring children 18 years or younger to dine-in at these premises, while complying with general health protocols.

Sports + Recreation

  • All sports and recreational activities with physical contact performed OUTDOORS are LIMITED to individuals who are fully-vaccinated, from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All OUTDOOR sports and recreational facilities are ALLOWED to operate with activities that require physical touch for fully-vaccinated individuals and their children who are under 18 years old of age, subject to strict SOP. Worker capacity (both management and operations) cannot exceed 80%.
  • All sports and recreational activities, with or without physical contact, performed INDOORS are LIMITED to individuals who are fully-vaccinated, from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All INDOOR sports and recreational facilities are ALLOWED to operate with activities that require physical touch at up to 50% capacity, LIMITED to fully-vaccinated individuals and their children who are under 18 years old of age, subject to strict SOP. Worker capacity (both management and operations) cannot exceed 80%.
  • Group sports and recreational activities / training (without or without contact) are limited to fully-vaccinated individuals and their children who are below 18 years of age, with supervision and limited to 50% capacity of the venue / area, or up to 250 persons at any one time, including the coach / instructor / parents, whichever is fewer.
  • Competitions or championships, with or without contact, are only allowed WITH PERMISSION from the Sports Commission Office (PPS).
  • Competitions or championships or mass sports events are only allowed WITH PERMISSION from PPS, limited to no more than 250 people at any one time for sports like triathlon, open water swimming, marathon, trail run, obstacle run and so on. Updated!
  • International competitions or championships using the Sports Bubble model are subject to KBS approval only.
  • Spectator / supporter presence at sports and recreational venues are limited to 30% of capacity or 10,000 people (whichever is lower), and limited to fully-vaccinated individuals and children. However, children under 18 are not allowed to enter if they are not fully-vaccinated. Updated!
  • The operation of both OUTDOOR and INDOOR sports and recreational facilities are subject to the rules of the local authorities / relevant authorities.
  • Entry of foreign athlete / coach / official / technical support into Malaysia is subject to the rules governing entry of foreigners into Malaysia.
  • Everyone must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines. New!

Recreational Fishing

  • Recreational fishing, including in fishing ponds, is ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals from 6 AM until 12 midnight.

Picnic + Camping

  • Picnic and camping are ALLOWED.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring children 18 years and younger for such activities, subject to strict SOP.

Tourism

  • Interstate tourism is ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to undertake tourism activities, by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card when checking in.
  • Hotel and homestay operators must ensure that individuals who enter their premises prove that they are fully-vaccinated by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card.
  • Individuals who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 18 years or younger for tourism activities at the hotel and homestay.
  • Visits by prior appointment are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals to public cultural premises like museum, gallery, archive, handicraft centre, memorial, library and cultural complex, cultural village or center, cultural shows, up to 50% capacity.
  • Tourism centre / premise / product like zoo, farm, aquarium, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing and jungle are allowed to operate on the condition that all operators and visitors / guests are fully-vaccinated.
  • Theme parks and family entertainment centres are allowed to operate with up to 50% capacity, on the condition that the operators, employees and customers are fully-vaccinated.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test when conducting these activities. New!

Cruise Ships

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

Manufacturing, Construction, Mining + Quarrying

  • For manufacturing, construction mining and quarrying companies that achieved these fully vaccinated rates :
    a) 80% to 100% : Allowed to operate at 100% worker capacity
    b) Less than 80% : Allowed to operate at 80% worker capacity
  • Workers must undergo RTK antigen tests every two weeks, at employer’s cost

Trade + Distribution

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

Spa, Wellness + Massage Parlours

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

Driving School

  • Driving schools are ALLOWED to operate, with the condition that all workers, teaching staff and candidates must be fully-vaccinated, with COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card as evidence.
  • Only employees who are fully-vaccinated and asymptomatic are allowed

Creative + Entertainment Industry

  • All creative industry practitioners who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to resume these activities :
    – development and broadcast of recorded or live-streamed creative content
    – broadcast or livestream of information and entertainment with fully-vaccinated spectators up to 70% capacity of the studio space.
    – in-studio or outdoor filming
    – busking
    – lounge hotel performances to fully-vaccinated guests
    – live performances like theatre, musical, music and comedy (pre-registered) with fully-vaccinated attendees up to 70% of premise capacity.
  • Cinema activities are ALLOWED with fully-vaccinated workers and cinema goers, up to 80% of cinema capacity.
  • Must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines. New!

Government + Private Official Events

  • Official events by the government or private sector, including inaugurations and so on, are allowed, subject to these conditions :
    – Organisers and participants must be fully-vaccinated, not positive for COVID-19, not close contact to positive cases and not symptomatic.
    – Individuals who have not been vaccinated must undergo pre-event testing using a (saliva) self-test kit before attending, witnessed by the organiser or a medical practitioner.
    – Limited to 50% capacity of the event space.
    – Only packed food is allowed to be provided.

MICE

  • Seminar, workshop, course, training and talk are allowed, subject to these conditions :
    – Organisers and participants must be fully-vaccinated, not positive for COVID-19, not close contact to positive cases and not symptomatic.
    – Individuals who have not been vaccinated must undergo pre-event testing using a (saliva) self-test kit before attending, witnessed by the organiser or a medical practitioner.
    – Limited to 50% capacity of the event space.
    – Only packed food is allowed to be provided.

Travel Restrictions In Phase 3 Areas

  • Interstate travel is only ALLOWED for FULLY-VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS.
  • Interstate travel is FORBIDDEN in Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO / PKPD) areas.
  • The area will be controlled by the police (PDRM), with help from ATM, APM and RELA.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to travel in vehicles at full capacity. Individuals are allowed to bring children who are 18 years and below.
  • For those who are not fully-vaccinated :
    – Only three (3) household representatives may leave to purchase food, medicine, dietary supplement and basic necessities.
    – Up to three (3) people, including the patient, may leave to seek healthcare, medical care, screening test, vaccination, security or emergencies.
  • Taxis and e-hailing rides can travel at maximum capacity.
  • Vehicles carrying goods or involved in the economic chain or industry (including worker transportation) are allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Official and government vehicles are allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Airports, ports and logistic sector are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours.
  • Sea and land public transportation like bus, express bus, ferry are allowed to operate at full capacity.
  • Unloading of goods at premises, factories and ports are ALLOWED.
  • Disaster or humanitarian aid from NGO must obtain permission from the state or district Disaster Management Committee, and the aid must be channelled through the Disaster Operational Control Centre (PKOB) of the affected area.
  • Travel for Short Term Business Visitors under the One Stop Centre (OSC) initiative for official or business purposes are ALLOWED with police permission.

Civil Service

  • Subject to the current orders by the Secretary to the Government of Malaysia.
  • Civil service will operate in hybrid mode with this approach :
    – Office attendance must not exceed 80% at any one time (except for frontliners, security, defence and enforcement), and 20% must work from home, in rotation.
    – Counter services are subject to the current orders from the Secretary to the Government of Malaysia (KSN).
    – Civil servants going to office must receive official attendance order and worker’s pass.

Private Sector

  • Employee interstate travel is limited to approved operations letter or worker’s pass or employer’s letter of authority.
  • Employee capacity for the private sector is limited to 80%.
  • All offices not listed under essential services are allowed to operate at these vaccination rates :
    a) 80% to 100% : Allowed to operate at 100% worker capacity
    b) Less than 80% : Allowed to operate at 80% worker capacity

Meetings

  • Face-to-face meeting are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals, limited to 50% of meeting room capacity.
  • Meetings must be conducted via video conferencing for individuals who are not fully-vaccinated.
  • It is encouraged to conduct meetings through video conferencing.
  • Critical interviews are ALLOWED either face-to-face or online.

Business Activities In Phase 3 Areas

  • Restaurants (including in hotel, sports and recreation club house), food shops, food stalls, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, hawker centres. food kiosks are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Sale of food only allowed through takeaway, drive-through or delivery, except dine-in services for fully-vaccinated customers. Dine-in services for social events are FORBIDDEN.
  • Healthcare services like hospitals, clinics and medical laboratories are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours, or up to their licensed operating hours.
  • Petrol stations, including convenience stores inside petrol stations, can operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight, except for those on tolled highways which can operate 24 hours.
  • Rest and Recreation (R&R) operations in all highways are allowed to operate 24 hours.
  • All trade and distribution sectors are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight, or according to their business licence.

  • Daily and public markets are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 4 PM, subject to the local authorities, proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision.
  • Controlled Fresh Produce Market (PST) are ALLOWED to open from 7 AM until 2 PM.
  • Permanent Farm Market (PTK), MyFarm Outlet (MFO) and Local Farmer’s Association Complex (PPK) are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 6 PM.
  • Wholesale markets are ALLOWED to open according to their licensed time, subject to the full vaccination of all employees, complying with the SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision.
  • Farmer’s market and morning market are ALLOWED to open from 7 AM until 1 PM.
  • Night markets and weekend markets are ALLOWED to operate according to their licence / permit until 12 midnight, with SOP compliance and monitoring by the authorities including RELA / civil defence.
  • Customers who wish to enter night markets and weekend markets MUST show their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate to prove that they are fully-vaccinated.
  • Agriculture, fisheries, livestock, plantation, commodity and logging, and their supply chains, are ALLOWED to operate.
  • Manufacturing and construction, and their supply chains, are ALLOWED to operate.
  • The operation of mines and quarries is ALLOWED, subject to the Mining and Quarrying SOP.

Education In Phase 3 Areas

  • All private educational institutes like tuition centres, language centres, skill centre, mind enrichment centre and other institutes registered under the Ministry of Education can conduct face-to-face classes at 50% capacity.
  • Reopening of schools under the Ministry of Education (KPM), or educational institutes registered with KPM for face-to-face learning are based on risk assessment and opinions of the Ministry of Health (KKM) and the National Security Council (MKN).
  • Primary School Reopening
    a) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education Schools and Integrated Special Education Program can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Preschool and private kindergarten students can attend classes without rotation.
    c) all other students will continue with online classes.
  • Secondary School Reopening
    a) Form 6 Semester 2, International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) Year 2 and Pre-University Program Semester 3 students in Malaysia Sports School (SSM) can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education / Vocational Schools or PPKI can attend classes without rotation.
    c) Pre-University Program students in SSM (Malaysia Sports School) and students preparing for public examinations like SPM, STAM, SVM, STPM in full boarding schools (SBP), full boarding National Religious Secondary School (SMKA) / Government-Assisted Religious School (SABK), Art School and Sports School can attend classes without rotation.
    d) Students sitting for international IGCSE (International General Certificate for Secondary Education) O Level, A-Level and Australia Higher School Certificate and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme can attend classes without rotation.
    e) Students studying for other International exams can attend classes in rotation.
    f) Students studying for public exams like SPM, STAM, SVM and STPM in day school / private school can attend classes in rotation.
    g) all other students will continue with online classes.
  • Matriculation College
    a) Students of two semester and four semester (Semester 3) systems can attend classes in college or online classes.
    b) Semester 1 students of the four semester system must continue with online learning (PdPR).
  • Teachers College (IPG)
    a) Online learning up to 6/7 November 2021 for PPISMP, PISMP and PDPP students. Face-to-face or hybrid learning at the IPG campus will begin on 7/8 November 2021.
    b) Online learning will continue for PDPM and KDC students. Face-to-face or hybrid learning at the IPG campus will begin on 11/12 December 2021.
  • Students are allowed to travel inter-state to attend school or other education institute with a confirmation letter from the Ministry of Education, MARA or the relevant Ministry or Agency.
  • Students are allowed to be accompanied by a guardian / parent while travelling to and from their school or other education institute.
  • Teachers or lecturers who are involved in face-to-face classes are allowed to travel interstate, with confirmation letter from the Ministry of Education.
  • Students who need to travel from Peninsular Malaysia to Sabah, Sarawak or Labuan and vice versa must comply with existing quarantine rules.
  • Students are allowed to travel interstate to their hostels with confirmation letter from the Ministry of Education / MARA or any relevant Ministry or Agency.
  • Students staying in hostels must test themselves using the COVID-19 Self-Test Kit three times – before registering to enter, on the 6th day and on the 14th day in their hostel.
  • IPG students are encouraged to test themselves using the COVID-19 Self-Test Kit a day before returning to IPG, or undergo a swab test at a health facility and inform the IPG of the results.
  • Industrial training and skills training centres, including vocational college, TVET and so on are allowed to operate.
  • All schools and skill training institutes other than those under KPM, tahfiz centre and other educational institutes are subject to their relevant Ministry or Agency.
  • All institutes of higher learning will be open in stages to students who are fully-vaccinated.
  • All learning activities in institutes of higher learning – face-to-face, in groups – are allowed for fully-vaccinated students. Hybrid learning will be conducted for students on campus, while online learning will continue for students who are unable to return to campus.
  • International and professional exams, as well as research activities requiring lab access in tertiary education facilities are ALLOWED.
  • Students in boarding schools or universities are ALLOWED to continue hybrid studies.
  • Kindergartens and daycare centres under the Social Welfare Department (JKM) are allowed to operate.
  • Private and public kindergartens, kindergartens in private, international and expatriate schools and mind development centres are ALLOWED to operate for parents or guardians who are working.
  • Home care or rehabilitation centres of children, the disabled (OKU), senior citizens, women and other care facilities are allowed to operate, subject to the SOP.
  • Operators and employees of all kindergartens, daycare centres, home care or rehabilitation centres must be fully-vaccinated.
  • Kindergartens, childcare facilities, day care centres and similar care facilities must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines. New!

Religion

  • Mosque and surau activities are allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals, subject to the State Religious Authority.
  • Islamic wedding ceremony (akad nikah) is ALLOWED, subject to the State Religious Authority.
  • Activities at non-Muslim houses of worship are ALLOWED, subject to the National Unity Ministry.
  • Non-Muslim marriage registrations are allowed at the National Registration Department (JPN), houses of worship and religious associations, subject to limits set by JPN.
  • Burial activities are allowed, subject to the State Religion Authority (Islam) or the National Unity Ministry (Non-Muslim).

Sports + Recreation (for partially-vaccinated / unvaccinated)

  • Individual sports and recreational activities without physical contact and physical distancing of 1-3 metres are allowed in OUTDOOR spaces, from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Operations of all OUTDOOR sports and recreational facilities are subject to the local authorities.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 3 SOP : NEGATIVE LIST

These activities are FORBIDDEN using the National Recovery Plan Recovery Phase 3 SOP.

  • Night club and pub activities
  • Social events like feasts, festivals, weddings, engagements, receptions, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, retreats and other social events.
  • Local tourism involving foreign tourists entering Malaysia.
  • Sports and recreational activities exceeding the allowed capacity.
  • Championship / competition / sports or recreational event that do not have permission from PPS. Updated!
  • Any activity that involves many people gathering in one place until it is hard to maintain physical distancing, and compliance with the Director General of Health’s orders.
  • Any other matter that may be decided by the Government from time to time.

 

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Fact Check : Business Card Knife Used To Rob Car Owners?

Are robbers using a concealed business card knife to slash and rob car owners?

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

 

Claim : Business Card Knife Used To Rob Car Owners!

People are anxiously sharing a set of photos, together with these messages in English and Malay, on Facebook and WhatsApp :

Just now, according to info received from a traffic police friend, there are already six card owners made police reports, if there is someone holding a name card and knock at your car window asking for direction.

Please do not open your car windows, as there is a cutter placed under the name card which is used for slashing victim’s face and rob.

Please be extra careful! Kindly convey this message! Please also send to those who are not driving too, for the sake of their friends who are driving!

 

Truth : Business Card Knife NOT Used To Rob Car Owners!

The truth is – this is FAKE NEWS that has been circulating since 2014, and resurfacing every few years or so.

And here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Business Card Knife Does Not Look Like Name Card

Despite its name, the business card knife does NOT look anything like a business card or name card.

It’s much thicker and usually black in colour, and looks like a business card holder than an actual name card.

The more bespoke models are thin enough to fit into the credit card slot of your wallet, which usually fits 2-3 credit cards.

But NO ONE will be foolish enough to believe that such a device is an actual name card…

Fact #2 : Business Card Knife Unfolds Like Origami

The business card knife is designed as an emergency pocket knife that fits the credit card slot of your wallet, so quick deployment is not the purpose.

It does not work like a switchblade, but literally unfolds like origami – this looks impressive but is not easy to do quickly.

Photo Credit : MrEssentist

Therefore, it would be pretty idiotic for any robber to use a business card knife. It makes far more (criminal) sense to use a real name card / map, and knife hidden out of sight!

Some people claim that the robber could have stuck a real name card on top. But in reality, it would prevent the knife from unfolding properly.

Fact #3 : Injury Photos Unrelated To Car Robbery

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) confirmed that the photo of an injured lady was “from a different robbery incident“, and unrelated to this viral claim of a car robbery involving a business card knife.

The injured man is London Rene, a US reality star who appeared in the WH1 series – Mob Wives.

He was slashed with a box cutter at Club Output in the Brooklyn neighbourhood of Williamsburg in December 2014, requiring 120 stitches on his face and 30 stitches each on his stomach and arm.

Obviously, his injuries had NOTHING to do with any car robbery attempt. Neither were they a result of a business card knife.

Now that you know the truth, and why it is impossible to use such business card knives or name card blades to fool car drivers, please SHARE this fact check with your family and friends.

We need to stop the spread of this fake news which has been circulating since 2014!

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Malaysia : Interstate + International Travel Requirements!

Both interstate travel and international travel are now ALLOWED across Malaysia!

Here are the new requirements for interstate and international travel in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia : Interstate + International Travel Now Allowed!

On 10 October 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia Ismail Sabri announced that 90% of the population* in Malaysia has been fully vaccinated.

Therefore, he announced that both interstate travel and international travel will be allowed in Malaysia, beginning Monday, 11 October 2021.

He also said that the government does not plan to reimpose any interstate and international travel ban, even if COVID-19 cases increase, and that any measures taken will be limited to a particular hot spots.

* based on the last census, so the actual percentage is significantly lower than 90%.

 

Malaysia : Interstate + International Travel Requirements

Here are some details and restrictions on interstate travel that you need to know :

  • In addition to interstate travel, interstate tourism is also allowed.
  • There is no need to request for police permission to travel interstate.
  • Only FULLY-VACCINATED individuals (and children who are 17 years or younger) are allowed to travel interstate or enjoy interstate tourism.
  • There will not be no interstate roadblocks to control travel, but there will continue to be roadblocks for crime and safety purposes.
  • The police will also randomly check to verify that those travelling interstate are fully-vaccinated.
  • Even if unvaccinated / those who are not fully vaccinated travel, they will still be denied entry to many public places.
  • Owners of food premises, grocery shops, shopping malls, sports facilities, gyms, offices and so on are reminded to check for vaccination status as well as COVID-19 risk status in MySejahtera before allowing entry.
  • Travellers are NOT allowed to enter EMCO / PKPD areas.
  • Travellers are strongly advised to test for COVID-19 before travelling, but this is not a requirement.
  • Travellers must comply with the existing COVID-19 SOP.

When it comes to international travel though, there are a few requirements and details you need to know :

  • The government has abolished MyTravelPass. There is NO NEED to register for MyTravelPass.
  • Overseas travel, including international tourism, is permitted to all other countries.
  • However, foreign tourists are still NOT allowed to enter Malaysia. Entry is only permitted for travellers entering Malaysia for official, business or emergency reasons.
  • Only FULLY-VACCINATED individuals (and children who are 17 years or younger) can travel overseas.
  • 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.
  • Malaysian residents can self-quarantine at home, but in certain cases (like when positive cases are detected), the Health Ministry may place them in quarantine centres.

Read more : Who Needs To Apply For MyTravelPass + Who Don’t?

Please note that in Malaysia, you are considered FULLY-VACCINATED only after :

  • 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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Why You Should NEVER Wear Gloves At Gas / Petrol Station!

People are so worried about the Delta variant that they are wearing gloves at the gas / petrol station.

Find out why you should NEVER wear gloves at the gas / petrol station!

 

Why Are People Wearing Gloves At Gas / Petrol Station?

When the COVID-19 pandemic first started, gas / petrol pumps were identified as a potential source of COVID-19 spread.

Hence, gas / petrol stations were advised to constantly wipe clean the buttons and handles of the consoles and pumps.

But people only started wearing gloves in earnest, when the highly-transmissible Delta variant caused massive surges all over the world.

Read more : Is Delta Variant Spreading Through Gas / Petrol Pumps?

 

Why You Should NEVER Wear Gloves At Gas / Petrol Station!

The fear driving the use of gloves at gas / petrol stations is fuelled by viral messages that the Delta variant spreads through the pump handles.

Not only is that fake news, the very act of wearing gloves while using the gas / petrol pump is actually DANGEROUS, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 :  Delta Variant More Transmissible Through Air

Currently, Delta variant has been shown to be more transmissible by air – within seconds of a close contact.

However, there is no evidence so far that it is more transmissible by touching a contaminated object.

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

Fact #2 :  It Is Dangerous To Wear Gloves At Gas / Petrol Station!

No matter what social media tells you – you should NEVER wear gloves at a gas / petrol station.

Plastic gloves like what you see in these pictures generate static electricity, and may spark a fire when you refill your car!

Instead of protecting you from COVID-19, you may end up sparking a dangerous fire while refuelling your vehicle!

Fact #3 :  Latex / Nitrile Gloves May Not Protect You

Some automotive experts are recommending that motorists opt for latex or nitrile gloves, because they will not generate static electricity like plastic gloves.

That is bad advice.

Yes, latex and nitrile gloves will protect your hands from touching contaminated surfaces. But many people actually contaminate themselves while removing their gloves.

Unless you are a healthcare worker who is familiar on how to properly wear and remove rubber / nitrile gloves without contaminating yourself, you should not wear them.

But if you absolutely must wear them, it is best to sanitise the gloves before you remove them. And make sure you sanitise your hands right after removing your gloves

Fact #4 :  COVID-19 Spreads Through People

The SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads through droplets and aerosols from infected people. It does not spread by touch.

Hence, the best policy for gas / petrol stations is to insist that EVERYONE must wear a face mask.

This prevents direct transmission by droplets, and greatly cuts down on aerosols. And best of all – it prevents the gas / petrol pump surfaces from being contaminated!

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

Fact #5 :  You Can’t Get Contaminated If You Sanitise Your Hands!

Instead of worrying so much about getting your hands contaminated with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, just sanitise them!

If you are super worried, spread alcohol-based hand sanitiser onto the buttons and handle of the gas / petrol pump.

But the key thing is to either wash your hands with soap and water after using the pump, or sanitise them using hand sanitiser (with at least 60% alcohol).

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

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

 

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Fully Vaccinated Can Travel At Full Vehicle Capacity!

Fully-vaccinated people can now travel at full vehicle capacity across Malaysia, even in PPN Phase 1 areas!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Earlier : Full Vehicle Capacity For Fully Vaccinated In Phase 2+ Areas

On 16 August 2021, MKN released a new SOP for Phase 2, which included a new benefit for fully-vaccinated people in Phase 2 (or higher) areas – they can now travel at FULL vehicle capacity!

This is a huge advantage over the 3 August 2021 SOP, which only allowed TWO (2) persons from each household to leave in the same vehicle to purchase food and other essentials.

 

Now : Fully Vaccinated Can Travel At Full Vehicle Capacity Across Malaysia!

On 20 August 2021, MKN released a new SOP for Phase 1, in which they now allow fully-vaccinated people in Phase 1 to also travel at FULL vehicle capacity!

However, taxi and e-hailing services are still limited to TWO (2) persons, including the passenger who must sit at the back. This restriction still applies even if both driver and passenger(s) are fully-vaccinated.

Those who are not fully-vaccinated are still limited to TWO (2) persons per household, who can leave in the same vehicle to purchase food and other essential items.

They can, of course, travel at up to 3 people, including the driver, to seek medical assistance or for healthcare, screening tests, vaccination, security or emergency reasons.

The good news is – the 10 km limit on travel distance is now lifted, for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

Finally – interstate and inter-district travel is still FORBIDDEN in PPN Phase 1 areas, except in special cases.

 

Fully-Vaccinated In Malaysia : Do YOU Qualify?

To qualify for the privileges above, you must be fully-vaccinated according to 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.

In addition, these privileges apply to all states that have achieved adult vaccination of at least 50%.

For example, the Klang Valley achieved an adult vaccination rate of 64.7% on 14 August 2021, and therefore all fully-vaccinated adults in the Klang Valley can enjoy these privileges.

 

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Is Delta Variant Spreading Through Gas / Petrol Pumps?

Is the Delta variant of COVID-19 now spreading quickly through gas / petrol pumps?

Find out what the FACTS really are, and SHARE this out!

Updated @ 2020-08-05 : Made several small changes and clarifications to the facts.
Originally posted @ 2021-07-30

 

Claim : Delta Variant Is Spreading Through Gas / Petrol Pumps!

A new message is claiming that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading quickly through gas / petrol pumps.

It advises everyone to wear gloves or use paper towels, while refilling their vehicles at the gas / petrol stations.

The hospital sent a message this morning that this Covid -19 / Delta variant virus appears to be spreading so quickly through petrol pumps that it asked to tell everyone to wear gloves or use paper towels while filling and disposing immediately – please share.

Please send to everyone in your contact list.

* Do not keep this information to yourself. Make it available to all your family and friends

This appears to be the new “Delta variant” of an earlier claim.

Read more : Is COVID-19 Spreading Through Gas / Petrol Pumps?

 

Delta Variant Is NOT Spreading Through Gas / Petrol Pumps!

When the COVID-19 pandemic first started, gas / petrol pumps were identified as a potential source of COVID-19 spread.

Hence, gas / petrol stations were advised to constantly wipe clean the buttons and handles of the consoles and pumps.

However, this new viral message is simply another FAKE STORY being circulated on social media, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 :  Fomite Transmission Is Rare

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

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

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

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

That is likely why there have been no COVID-19 clusters attributed to transmission from gas / petrol stations.

Fact #2 :  Delta Variant More Transmissible Through Air

Currently, Delta variant has been shown to be more transmissible by air – within seconds of a close contact.

However, there is no evidence so far that it is more transmissible by touching a contaminated object.

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

Fact #3 :  It Is Dangerous To Wear Gloves At Gas / Petrol Station!

No matter what social media tells you – you should NEVER wear gloves at a gas / petrol station.

Plastic gloves like what you see in these pictures generate static electricity, and may spark a fire when you refill your car!

Fact #4 :  Latex / Nitrile Gloves May Not Protect You

Some automotive experts are recommending that motorists opt for latex or nitrile gloves, because they will not generate static electricity like plastic gloves.

That is bad advice.

Yes, latex and nitrile gloves will protect your hands from touching contaminated surfaces. But many people actually contaminate themselves while removing their gloves.

Unless you are a healthcare worker who is familiar on how to properly wear and remove rubber / nitrile gloves without contaminating yourself, you should not wear them.

Fact #5 :  COVID-19 Spreads Through People

The SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads through droplets and aerosols from infected people. It does not spread by touch.

Hence, the best policy for gas / petrol stations is to insist that EVERYONE must wear a face mask.

This prevents direct transmission by droplets, and greatly cuts down on aerosols. And best of all – it prevents the gas / petrol pump surfaces from being contaminated!

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

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

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

If you are super worried, spread alcohol-based hand sanitiser onto the buttons and handle of the gas / petrol pump.

But the key thing is to either wash your hands with soap and water after using the pump, or sanitise them using hand sanitiser (with at least 60% alcohol).

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

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

 

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Scam Alert : Toyota 80th Anniversary Celebration!

The viral message about the Toyota 80th Anniversary Celebration and the giveaway of a Toyota Corolla is a SCAM!

Find out why it is a SCAM, and please alert your family and friends!

 

Scam Alert : Toyota 80th Anniversary Celebration!

This is the link that has gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming to offer you a chance to win a Toyota Corolla during the Toyota 80th Anniversary Celebration!

It’s just a scam, so we added that overlay to prevent it from being further abused.

Please DO NOT CLICK on the link, or proceed with the “contest”.

 

Why Toyota 80th Anniversary Celebration Contest Is A Scam!

For those of you who are wondering – how do you know it’s a scam, here are the facts…

Fact #1 : The Link Is Highly Suspicious

If you look at the URL – the link – it goes to http://1s7wttd.nodxteh.cn.

It is obviously not a Toyota-related link, but an unrelated Chinese-registered (.cn) domain.

In addition, it is not an SSL-encrypted link, which would start with https://. While not a hallmark of a scam link, legitimate websites will use SSL-encrypted links (with https, not http)

When you see such links, DO NOT CLICK on them.

Fact #2 : Toyota’s 80th Anniversary Was In 2017

Toyota was established on 28 August 1937. They celebrated their 80th anniversary in 2017.

Here is a 28 August 2017 tweet by the Toyota Motor Corp.

Fact #3 : Toyota Is In The Business Of Selling Cars

Toyota is in the business of SELLING CARS, not giving them away.

Not surprisingly, they did not give away even a single car when they celebrated their 80th anniversary in 2017!

Fact #4 : The Page Has So Many Troubling Clues

If you click on the link, you will be led to this page, claiming you will get a free gift with Toyota… and a chance to win a Toyota Corolla.

The page is full of grammatical mistakes – something an actual Toyota website would not have.

On top of that, why would Toyota give you a Corolla for answering simple questions like “Do you know Toyota?” Seriously…

And below that is a list of comments by people who claimed to have won the Toyota Corolla. Do you really believe that Toyota is giving away so many cars?

Try clicking on their names, and nothing happens. Nothing happens either if you click to Like. So where are the likes coming from?

They are all FAKE COMMENTS. If you check the code, you can see that both the comments and pictures were manually inserted.

Fact #5 : You Will Always Win The Car

You can try the contest any number of times, and you will ALWAYS win the car.

Why? Because the next step involves you sharing this with 5 groups or 20 friends on WhatsApp!

So no matter how many times you participate, you will ALWAYS win the free Toyota Corolla. Do you think that’s the case with a real contest?

This is a SCAM. DO NOT SHARE and do NOT proceed beyond this page.

 

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Gone In 90 Minutes : Tanker Spills 20,000 Litres Of Oil!

A tanker just hit the side of the Juru toll, spilling 20,000 litres of oil!

This is why tanker drivers need to be extra careful passing through toll gates.

 

Gone In 90 Minutes : Tanker Spills 20,000 Litres Of Oil!

At around 12 PM on 20 April 2021, a tanker passing through the Juru toll hit a metal pole on the left side.

The pole punctured the tank, which spilled its entire contents onto the road. Fortunately, it was just cooking oil!

The PLUS Response Time and the Prai Fire Department rushed to the site to contain the spill, and clean up the oil.

They succeeded in clearing everything by 1:30 PM, but the incident still caused traffic jam at the toll which apparently stretched for a good 3 kilometres!

The 50 year-old tanker driver suffered minor injuries to his leg, and was taken to the Seberang Jaya Hospital for treatment.

 

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Get 50% Off PDRM Fines Using MyBayar Saman!

PDRM just launched the MyBayar Saman portal and mobile app, offering 50% off selected traffic fines from now until 11 April 2021!

Find out more about MyBayar Saman, and how to get 50% off your PDRM traffic fines!

 

PDRM Launches MyBayar Saman Portal + Mobile App!

On 25 March 2021, the Inspector-general of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador launched the MyBayar Saman portal and mobile app at the PDRM Bukit Aman headquarters.

The PDRM launched MyBayar Saman as an alternative payment option, instead of paying over-the-counter, or using private collecting agents like MyEG.

This would also save the public money as MyBayar Saman is FREE, and does not collect service charges. They can also pay their fines at their convenience, without wasting time queuing to pay.

 

Get 50% Off PDRM Fines Using MyBayar Saman!

PDRM is offering early birds a 50% discount on selected traffic fines on MyBayar Saman, from now until 11 April 2021.

Major traffic offences will NOT receive this 50% discount, and they include :

  • jumping red lights
  • speeding
  • crossing double lines
  • using a mobile phone while driving
  • driving in the emergency lane

 

MyBayar Saman : Frequently Asked Questions

Here is the official MyBayar Saman FAQ.

A. MyBayar Saman FAQ

  1. Who is allowed to register and use the MyBayar portal?
    Individual: Malaysian Citizen and Malaysian Permanent Resident (PTM) aged 18 years and above.
  2. What are the requirements for registering and using the MyBayar portal?
    Individual that are eligible must have a records or transaction within the MyBayar System.
  3. How can new users register on the MyBayar portal?
    New users can access the register button and will be direct to the user registration page to fill out all the required details in the form.
  4. What is the purpose of the user’s identity card number when registering on the MyBayar portal?
    The use of identity card numbers is an initiative towards conducting business online with the guarantee of identity verification and security of user data.
  5. What action should be taken by users who have forgotten the password of the MyBayar portal account?
    Users need to reset the password by accessing the “forgot password?” Button.
  6. After making a payment on the MyBayar portal, how long does it take for the system to update user records?
    The summons record is updated as soon as the user makes the payment.
  7. What if the payment made through the MyBayar portal is not successful?
    If the payment is made on the MyBayar portal is not successful, users need to make a complaint by email to mybayarsaman@rmp.gov.my.
  8. What are the advantages of using the MyBayar portal service other than the payment channel for PDRM summons?
    Users who register and make payments on the MyBayar portal will not be charged any additional fees other than traffic offense summons.
  9. How to ensure a secure online experience when users access to the MyBayar portal?
    Do not share your account password and make sure to log out your MyBayar account after completing make transactions before visiting other websites.
  10. How do I know that my transactions have been successful?
    Once your payment is successful, you can view previous payments in payment history. You can generate and print receipt.

B. General FAQ

  1. What should I do if the traffic offense summons record with the same vehicle registration number but not my vehicle?
    The offender has to go to the traffic branch that issued the summons and subsequently lodge a complaint in the traffic section for denial. Offender need to provide information on the type of vehicle that uses the same registration number. Once the complaint is resolved, offender are advised to check any traffic branch or MyBayar portal whether the summons has been dismissed or not.
  2. What is the effect of leaving the outstanding summons?
    The effect of leaving outstanding summons can result in offenders being blacklisted and issued an arrest warrant thus resulting in users not being allowed to renew road tax and driving licenses. Users will only be removed from the list after clearing all outstanding summonses.

C. FPX FAQ

  1. Can I pay using FPX?
    Yes. You can use FPX as long as you have an active internet banking account with any of the FPX participating banks. No registration is required with FPX.
  2. What is the minimum and maximum transaction limit for FPX?
    For retail/personal banking account, the minimum limit per transaction is RM1.00 and maximum amount is limited up to RM30,000 per transaction.
    *The above limit is subject to your internet banking withdrawal limit with your bank, whichever is lower.
  3. I have made a payment using FPX, how can I know that my payment is successful?
    There are 3 methods in which you will be able to know that your FPX transaction is successful:
    • Online receipt provided by FPX.
    • Email notification sent by FPX system (provided that you have entered your email address during MyBayar
    • Saman user registration).
    • Online receipt provided by your bank.
  4. While making payment using FPX, I have received an error / unsuccessful transaction message. However, the money has been deducted from my bank account. What should I do?
    In the event that your account has been deducted but the transaction was unsuccessful for some reasons, your money will be credited back into your account by your bank. You are advised to contact your bank for the reversal status by providing the FPX Transaction ID or Merchant Order No. as a reference. You may also provide the screen shot of your payment on your mobile phone that displays the FPX Transaction ID or Merchant Order No. as a proof to facilitate the bank.
  5. PDRM claims it has not received my summon compound payment although the FPX Transaction status is successful. What should I do?
    FPX transaction status is final and the bank is obligated to update your payment in a timely manner. In this case, you should contact PDRM via mybayarsaman@rmp.gov.my e-mail to verify the status of your summon compound payment. You can provide the necessary details such as the online receipt issued by FPX/PDRM or the email notification received from FPX that contain the following details:
    • FPX Transaction ID.
    • Merchant Order No.
    • Payment amount.
    • Date and time of the payment.
  6. Can I cancel a successful FPX transaction?
    No. It is not possible to cancel a successful FPX transaction via MyBayar Saman system. However, you may request PDRM for such cancelation, subject to PDRM policy.
  7. How do I get confirmation of my compound payment with FPX?
    For the purpose of verification and further clarification of inquiries related to FPX, please contact your bank that has completed the payment of your summons compound.
  8. Is my transaction via FPX really secure?
    FPX uses high standards of authentication and certification to ensure all transactions are secure.
  9. What is availability of FPX services?
    Currently FPX service is available 24 hours daily at most of the FPX participating banks.
    *Depending on the participating banks’ internet banking service availability.
  10. Is FPX service meant for individual payment only?
    No. FPX service can support both payments by individual and corporation depending on the model subscribed by your merchant. Payment made by individual is known as Business to Consumer (B2C) model, while payment made by corporation is known as Business to Business (B2B) model.
  11. If I have a problem related to summon compound payment with PDRM, who can i contact?
    You can send your inquiry to email address mybayarsaman@rmp.gov.my, local call center 603-22663346/47 and by mail addressed to Cawangan Pengurusan Saman, Jabatan Siasatan dan Penguatkuasaan Trafik, Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia, Bukit Aman, 50560, Kuala Lumpur.
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D. Card FAQ

  1. Can I pay for the summons online using card?
    Yes, you can make payment for the summons online using a valid debit card, credit card and prepaid card.
  2. How do I ensure that the payment transaction was successful?
    There are 3 (three) methods to check if the payment transaction was successful:
    • Transaction notification from your card issuing bank sent via short message service (SMS), email or mobile application push notification.
    • Payment receipt (online) from MyBayar Saman portal / mobile application.
    • Transaction authorisation/approval code from the card payment portal.
  3. Do I need to inform PDRM or the bank after I have successfully made payment via the MyBayar Saman portal/application?
    You do not need to contact PDRM or the bank as the payment information will be updated automatically.
  4. What types of cards are accepted for payment through MyBayar Saman portal/application?
    You can make payment with a Mastercard or Visa debit card, credit card or prepaid card.
  5. What should I do if the transaction was unsuccessful but my account balance was deducted or my credit card has been charged?
    You are advised to contact your card issuing bank to check on the payment status and inform the bank for their further action.
  6. Why am I still unable to make payment despite having tried several times?
    You are advised to contact your card issuing bank to check the status of your card/account. Common reasons for declined transactions are:
    • Insufficient balance in the savings/current account linked to the debit card or insufficient usage limit on your credit card account.
    • Your payment amount exceeds the daily spending limit set on your card.
    • The ‘card not present’ (cardless) usage function for the card has not been activated.
  7. What should I do if PDRM informs me of unpaid/unsettled summons even though the transaction status was successful?
    You may contact PDRM via email mybayarsaman@rmp.gov to confirm the summons payment by providing the required information such as the receipt issued via the MyBayar Saman portal/application.
  8. Can I request to cancel a successful debit card or credit card transaction?
    Any cancellation application must be directed to PDRM; please refer to the terms and conditions of the MyBayar Saman portal/application.
  9. Is it safe to enter my debit card or credit card information on MyBayar Saman portal/application?
    Your card information is safe as MyBayar Saman portal/application is 3-D Secure (3-domain secure) and every transaction performed requires transaction authentication by entering the “One Time Password” (“OTP”) sent to a mobile phone number or mobile application that you had registered with your card issuing bank.
  10. Who should I contact if I have a problem with a PDRM summons payment?
    For any enquiries, please email to mybayarsaman@rmp.gov.my, call the ‘Pusat Panggilan Setempat (Call Centre)’ at 603-22663346/47 or via letter to ‘Pusat Panggilan Setempat, Cawangan Pengurusan Saman, Jabatan Siasatan dan Penguatkuasaan Trafik, Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia, Bukit Aman 50560 Kuala Lumpur’.
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SUKE Project : Concrete Block Fell Off Lorry, Not Ours!

The SUKE project team is assuring the public that the concrete block on MRR2 did not fall off their highway, but from a lorry not related to their project!

Find out what happened in this new incident involving the controversial Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Expressway project!

 

Concrete Block On MRR2, Under SUKE Project!

On 25 March 2021, motorists found themselves avoiding a concrete block on the MRR2, just days after a launcher crane toppled at the SUKE highway project, killing three people.

At first, everyone thought that this concrete block might have fallen off the SUKE highway under construction above.

This would not be the first time something fell off a construction project in Malaysia! But at least, it didn’t appear that anyone was injured by the concrete block.

Credit : Thank you, Chua Jia Wen, for sharing these pictures!

 

SUKE Project : Concrete Block Fell Off Lorry, Not Ours!

The SUKE project team sent an ERT (Emergency Response Team) rider, to investigate and help direct traffic.

They then stated that the concrete block fell off a lorry travelling in the middle lane of MRR2, after Hillview, heading towards Ampang.

They also made it clear that the lorry was NOT from the SUKE project.

By 7:49 AM, they managed to clear the concrete block from MRR2, allowing free flow of traffic.

 

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SUKE Highway Crane + Beam Collapse Kills 3, Injures 1!

A launcher crane toppled over at the SUKE Highway construction site in Kuala Lumpur this morning, killing 3 workers and seriously injuring a passing driver!

 

SUKE Highway Crane Collapse Kills 3, Injures 1!

A launcher crane topped over at the SUKE Highway construction site in Kuala Lumpur this morning, crushing a car passing underneath.

Three construction workers from China died in the accident :

  • two of them fell from a height of about 120 feet / 36.5 metres, while
  • the third worker was trapped under the launcher crane, and could not be extricated

The driver of the Perodua Bezza car was seriously injured when a piece of the crane fell and crushed his car.

This is the second disaster to hit the SUKE Highway project this month, with a segment collapsing on 3 March 2021!

Recommended : SUKE Highway Collapse : Overloaded Trailer The Cause!

Chua Jia Wen shared with us this picture that shows the concrete beam (seen in the video above) that fell after the crane collapsed on it.

It is a miracle that the massive concrete beam did not hit anyone below!

The massive concrete beam fell right in front of her condo! Imagine if cars were driving in and out at that time…

Here are pictures from the scene, taken by passerbys. We removed pictures of the bodies, out of respect for the deceased and their families.

 

SUKE Highway Crane Collapse : Road Should Have Been Closed!

According to Senior Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, the road should have been closed when the crane was moved, as part of the SOP.

“In the implementation of such a project, if for example, you want to move the gantry launcher, the road needs to be closed. Once the structure has been safely (moved), only then can you reopen the route.”

He also said that the project contractor had been repeatedly warned to comply with the SOPs, and urged the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) to investigate.

He said that if the contractor was found to have breached the SOPs, strict action should be taken, “These contractors can be blacklisted, not given any project for two years.

We certainly hope that the punishment for a tragedy that has so far killed three people and seriously injured one person is not just being blacklisted for two years!

 

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Aston Martin To Supply F1 Safety + Medical Cars!

Formula 1 just announced that Aston Martin will join Mercedes-AMG to supply F1 safety and medical cars from 2021 onwards!

 

Aston Martin To Supply F1 Safety + Medical Cars!

On 8 March 2021, Formula 1 announced a new multi-year partnership with Aston Martin to supply safety and medical cars.

  • specially-equipped Aston Martin Vantage as safety car
  • Aston Martin DBX as medical car

They will both feature the 2021 Aston Martin Racing Green livery, with Lime Green accents, to celebrate the marque’s return to F1 after more than 60 years!

 

Aston Martin, Mercedes-AMG To Alternate F1 Safety + Medical Cars

From the 2021 F1 World Championship onwards, Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG will alternately supply the safety and medical cars – the first time in 25 years that different manufacturers have supplied these vehicles.

Mercedes-AMG, who have supplied the official F1 safety and medical cars since 1996 will continue to run their Mercedes-AMG GT R and Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Estate vehicles as safety and medical cars, with new bright red paintwork for 2021.

The Aston Martin safety and medical cars will make their debut in Sakhir at the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2021 on 28 March 2021.

You can catch the refreshed Mercedes-AMG safety vehicles at the Formula 1 Pirelli Gran Premio Del Made In Italy E Dell’Emilia Romagna 2021 in Imola on 18 April 2021.

Germany’s Bernd Mayländer will drive the FIA Safety Car, while South African Alan van der Merwe will be at the wheel of the FIA Medical Car, at each Grand Prix.

 

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SUKE Highway Collapse : Overloaded Trailer The Cause!

A segment of the SUKE Highway under construction collapsed, after being hit by an overloaded trailer!

 

SUKE Highway Collapse : Van Trapped Under Wreckage

Just before 6 PM on 3 March 2021, an overloaded trailer hit the scaffolding for a segment of the SUKE Highway under construction near Bandar Tasik Selatan.

This caused a collapse that trapped a factory van with five people inside – all Malaysians who were on their way to work.

23 firemen, three fire engines and two emergency rescue vehicles were promptly despatched to extricate the trapped victims from under the wreckage.

All five were extricated in a 3-hour operation, and taken to the hospital. However, the police later confirmed that two died and three others were injured.

 

SUKE Highway Collapse : Overloaded Trailer The Cause!

According to Projek Lintasan Sungai Besi-Ulu Klang Sdn. Bhd, the collapse was caused by an overloaded trailer hitting scaffolding at the SUKE Highway construction site.

Please be informed that the said trailer was a private vehicle and is not involved in or affiliated with the construction of the SUKE highway in any way.

The accident at the MRR2 Highway near Bandar Tasik Selatan caused severe traffic congestion.

SUKE is currently extending all possible assistance and cooperation to the relevant authorities to ensure public safety.

 

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Ismail Sabri : KL-Selangor Travel Allowed, But Not Putrajaya

For those who are confused by the latest inter-district travel announcement, here is the final word – travel between KL and Selangor is allowed, but not to Putrajaya.

 

Ismail Sabri : KL, Selangor, Putrajaya Considered One Zone

Back in May 2020, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that KL, Selangor and Putrajaya are considered one zone for the purpose of disease control – the Klang Valley zone.

Therefore, travel between KL, Selangor and Putrajaya was allowed at that time, as they were all CMCO / PKPB areas under the same zone, not different states.

The government considered travel between KL, Selangor and Putrajaya as inter-district travel, not interstate travel.

 

Ismail Sabri : KL-Selangor Travel Allowed, But Not Putrajaya

On 2 March 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that inter-district travel was now allowed nationwide, except in Sabah.

However, that caused some confusion as people wondered – is KL, Selangor and Putrajaya still considered as the same zone?

Malaysia Senior Minister of Defence Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri later issued another statement, reaffirming that Selangor, KL and Putrajaya are still considered as one zonethe Klang Valley zone.

However, only free travel between KL and Selangor is allowed this time. This is because Putrajaya has been classified as an RMCO area.

Therefore, travel from CMCO areas like KL and Selangor to Putrajaya will require police permission, unless it is for official work purposes (with employer’s letter).

 

Official Statement On KL, Selangor, Putrajaya Travel By Ismail Sabri

At 9 PM on 2 March 2021, MKN issued this official statement by Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri :

Seperti yang dilaksanakan sewaktu PKPB 1.0, Selangor, WP Kuala Lumpur dan WP Putrajaya adalah dianggap satu zon.

Pergerakan rentas antara Selangor (PKPB) ke WP Kuala Lumpur (PKPB) adalah dibenarkan.

Walaubagaimanapun pergerakan dari Selangor atau WP Kuala Lumpur ke WP Putrajaya masih tidak dibenarkan kerana WP Putrajaya berstatus PKPP. Ini bagi melindungi WP Putrajaya dari penularan COVID-19.

Pergerakan dari Selangor atau WP Kuala Lumpur ke WP Putrajaya masih memerlukan kebenaran polis kecuali bagi mereka yang bekerja dan mempunyai surat majikan.

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob
Menteri Kanan Pertahanan
2 Mac 2021

And here is our English translation :

As implemented during CMCO 1.0, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya are considered one zone.

Cross movements between Selangor (CMCO) to Kuala Lumpur (CMCO) are allowed.

However travel from Selangor or Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya is still not allowed, because Putrajaya is under RMCO status. This is to protect Putrajaya from the spread of COVID-19.

Travel from Selangor or Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya still requires police permission except for those who are working and have employer’s letter.

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob
Senior Defence Minister
2 March 2021

 

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Malaysia : Inter-District Travel Allowed, Except In Sabah!

As expected, the Malaysian government just lifted their ban on inter-district travel!

Here is what you need to know about this change!

 

Malaysia : Inter-District Travel Allowed, Except In Sabah!

The Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) just lifted their ban on inter-district travel across the entire country, except in Sabah.

Starting 5 March 2021, you can freely travel within your state, across district lines.

This was long expected, after they lifted the 10 km travel limit on 16 February 2021.

The only exception is Sabah, where inter-district travel is still forbidden. You must travel only within your district in Sabah.

 

Inter-District Travel Allowed, But Not Interstate Travel 

However, please note that interstate travel is still forbidden across the country.

The only exception is Kuala Lumpur and Selangor – they are all considered the “same state” – the Klang Valley.

So residents of KL and Selangor Putrajaya can freely travel within the Klang Valley, except to Putrajaya which is under RMCO.

Police permission is needed for KL and Selangor residents to travel to Putrajaya, unless it is for work (with employer’s letter).

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Travel Restriction : Sabah, Labuan, Sarawak District List

MKN finally clarified their definition of districts, so here is the district list for Sabah, Labuan and Sarawak that we compiled!

For Northern states, please see Penang, Perak, Kedah, Perlis District List
For Central states, please see KL, Selangor, Putrajaya District List
For Southern states, please see Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan District List
For Eastern states, please see Pahang, Kelantan, Terengganu District List

 

Interstate + Inter-District Travel : Forbidden Nationwide

Ever since 13 January 2021, interstate and inter-district travel are FORBIDDEN in MCO areas. In CMCO areas, interstate travel is forbidden, but inter-district travel is allowed.

But when the 10 km travel limit was lifted, MKN announced that inter-district and interstate travel are FORBIDDEN  nationwide.

Ever since the inter-district travel was forbidden in Malaysia, people have wondered – how do you define the districts?

Unfortunately, the lack of a proper definition led to some confusion – is KL a single district? Do we follow police districts or state districts?

This anecdotal example, that is being shared on social media, claims that the police are issuing fines based on police districts, instead of state districts.

Apparently daerah in PKP mean ikut Daerah IPD polis.

Daughter came back from Subang Jaya to Bukit Jelutong kena saman merentasi Daerah katanya because of diffrent IPD . As far as i know Daerah in Selangor ada 9 je..and Subang Jaya and Shah Alam is under Daerah Petaling. Called IPD shah Alam to clarify yes they said kena saman because different Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Jurisdiction.

Called MKN asking where is the SOP definition regarding Daerah..officer cannot answer but affirm Subang Jaya and Shah Alam under 1 daerah .confused ask to refer to Polis…Polis ask to refer to MKN..Polis officer confused MKN also confused.

Apparently Polis issue compound on behalf of Pejabat Kesihatan because under Akta Kesihatan..kompaun have to pay to Pejabat kesihatan in kelana Jaya..so ask them kena mintak permit or not to go to kelana jaya pay kompoun..because different IPD ..no need pulak. Lastly called pejabat kesihatan they also confused why kena saman because same Daerah..lastly kena buat surat rayuan pembatalan kompaun. wasted whole morning making phone calls to get definition of Daerah. No Definite answer. Semua confused.

Adoi Malaysia..land of the Confused Civil Servant and Politicians

 

Travel Restriction : MKN Clarifies Definition Of District!

After weeks of uncertainty, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) finally clarified their definition of district for the inter-district travel ban.

On 20 February 2021, they released an updated MCO SOP, which included this definition of district.

  • the entire federal territory of KL is considered as a single district
  • the district borders are as defined by the states

In other words, you can travel without restrictions throughout the entire Kuala Lumpur, and districts as defined by the states, not the police.

 

Travel Restriction : Sabah, Labuan, Sarawak District List

Sabah District List

Sabah has several large divisions, divided into districts.

You are allowed to travel more than 10 kilometres from your home, but you can only travel within your district in Sabah.

So identify your district and your townships in Sabah below, and stay within your own district.

Interior Division

  1. Beaufort
    – Beaufort
    – Bukau
    – Gadong
    – Kota Kilas
    – Limbawang
    – Lingkungan
    – Membakut
    – Padas Damit
    – Weston
  2. Keningau
    – Apin-apin
    – Bingkor
    – Keningau
    – Sook
  3. Kuala Penyu
    – Kuala Penyu
    – Menumbok
    – Pulau Tiga
  4. Nabawan
    – Nabawan
    – Pensiangan
    – Sapulut
    – Pagalungan
  5. Sipitang
    – Malaman
    – Mesapol
    – Sindumin
    – Sipitang
    – Sindumin
  6. Tambunan
    – Tambunan
  7. Tenom
    – Tenom
    – Kemabong

Kudat Division

  1. Kota Marudu
    – Kota Marudu
    – Tandek
  2. Kudat
    – Kudat Town
    – Sikuati
    – Matungggong
    – Pulau Banggi
    – Pulau Balambangan
    – Pulau Malawali
  3. Pitas
    – Pitas
    – Kanibongan

Sandakan Division

  1. Beluran
    – Paitan
    – Sungai Sungai
    – Beluran
    – Pulau Jambongan
  2. Kinabatangan
    – Kota Kinabatangan
    – Sukau
  3. Sandakan
    – Sandakan town
    – Batu Sapi
    – Gum-Gum
    – Sungai Manila
  4. Telupid
    – Telupid
  5. Tongod
    – Tongod
    – Entilibon

Tawau Division

  1. Kalabakan
    – Kalabakan
  2. Kunak
    – Kunak
  3. Lahad Datu
    – Lahad Datu
    – Tungku
    – Silam
    – Bandar Cenderawasih
    – Felda Sahabat
  4. Semporna
    – Semporna
    – Pulau Bum Bum
    – Pulau Timbun mata
  5. Tawau
    – Tawau
    – Bandar Sri Indah
    – Balung
    – Merotai

West Coast Division

  1. Kota Belud
    – Kota Belud
    – Nabalu
  2. Kota Kinabalu
    – Kota Kinabalu
    – Inanam
    – Menggatal
    – Telipok
    – Pulau Sepanggar
    – Pulau Gaya
  3. Papar
    – Papar
    – Kinarut
    – Kimanis
    – Bongawan
  4. Penampang
    – Donggongon
    – Kasigui
    – Kepayan
  5. Putatan
    – Putatan
    – Lok Kawi
  6. Ranau
    – Liwogu
    – Tanah Rata / Kituntul
    – Tambiau / Mohimboyon
    – Suminimpod / Kopongian
    – Kudasang / Bundu Tuhan
    – Lohan / Bongkud
    – Rondogung
    – Perancangan
    – Nalapak
    – Karanaan / Togudon
    – Timbua
    – Paginatan
    – Molinsou
    – Kaingaran
  7. Tuaran
    – Berungis
    – Tambalang
    – Serusop
    – Indai
    – Mengkabong
    – Klulu
    – Tamparuli
    – Tenghilan
    – Topokan
    – Tuaran town
    – Gayaratau / Rungus

Labuan District List

The federal territory of Labuan – the Labuan island and six smaller islands are all part of one district. So you can freely travel throughout the whole of Labuan.

  1. Labuan Island
    – Victoria Harbour
    – Tanjung Punei
    – Layang-Layangan
    – Kubong Bluff
    – Kiamsan
  2. Pulau Papan
  3. Pulau Kuraman
  4. Pulau Rusukan Kecil
  5. Pulau Rusukan Besar
  6. Pulau Burung
  7. Pulau Daat

Sarawak District List

Like Sabah, Sarawak has several large divisions, divided into districts.

You are allowed to travel more than 10 kilometres from your home, but you can only travel within your district in Sarawak.

So identify your district and your townships below, and stay within your own district.

Kuching Division

  1. Kuching
    – Kuching City
    – Kota Padawan
    – Siburan
    – Padawan
  2. Bau
    – Bau
  3. Lundu
    – Lundu
    – Sematan

Seri Aman Division

  1. Sri Aman
    – Simanggana (Sri Aman)
    – Bakong
    – Sabu
    – Melugu
    – Batu Lintang
    – Skrang
    – Lingga
    – Banting
    – Pantu
    – Lachau
  2. Lubok Antu
    – Lubok Antu
    – Engkilili
    – Nanga Aup

Sibu Division

  1. Sibu
    – Sibu town
    – Sungai Merah
    – Teku
    – Sibu Jaya
    – Sibintek
    – Durin
  2. Kanowit
    – Kanowit
    – Kampung Bedil
  3. Selangau
    – Selangau

Miri Division

  1. Miri
    – Miri city
    – Sibuti
    – Niah
    – Lutong
    – Kuala Baram
  2. Marudi
    – Marudi

Limbang Division

  1. Limbang
    – Limbang town
    – Batu Danau
    – Ukong
    – Nanga Medamit
  2. Lawas
    – Lawas town
    – Merapok
    – Sundar
    – Trusan

Sarikei Division

  1. Sarikei
    – Sarikei town
    – Selalang
    – Gunong Ayer
  2. Meradong
    – Bintangor town
  3. Julau
    – Julau town
  4. Pakan
    – Pakan town

Kapit Division

  1. Kapit
    – Kapit town
  2. Song
    – Song town
  3. Belaga
    – Belaga town

Samarahan Division

  1. Samarahan
    – Kota Samarahan
  2. Asajaya
    – Asajaya town
    – Beliong
    – Tambirat
    – Sambir
    – Jemukan
    – Jaie
    – Sadong Jaya
  3. Simunjan
    – Simunjan town
    – Sebangan
    – Tebelu
    – Sebuyau
    – Gedong

Bintulu Division

  1. Bintulu
    – Bintulu town
    – Sebauh town
  2. Tatau
    – Tatau town
    – Kuala Tatau

Betong Division

  1. Betong
    – Betong town
  2. Saratok
    – Saratok town

Mukah Division

  1. Mukah
    – Mukah town
  2. Dalat
    – Dalat town
    – Oya
  3. Daro
    – Daro town
    – Pulau Bruit
  4. Matu
    – Matu town
    – Igan
  5. Tanjung Manis

Serian Division

  1. Serian
    – Serian town
    – Tebedu / Bandar Mutiara
    – Tebakang

 

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Fact Check : RM300 Seat Belt Fine On PLUS Highway?

Is it true that rear passengers caught not wearing a seat belt on the PLUS North-South Expressway will receive a RM300 fine?

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

 

Claim : RM300 Seat Belt Fine By Police On PLUS Highway!

This is the viral message that has been circulating (again) on WhatsApp since early January 2021, but was circulating on SMS and Facebook for a long time now.

. INFORMATION

The North-South Expressway PLUS starts today, and police officers will check every day in the evening~ The passengers in the back seat with no seat belt, will be fined RM300 per person, RM600 for two people”.

Please do update friends & family members to be alert & pay attention in this matter.
Just now a lot of cars have been issued with fines.
Please notify everyone going out to remember to wear a seat belt at the back seat.

Photo Credit : NST

 

The Truth : There Is No RM300 Seat Belt Fine

The truth is there is no RM300 fine for rear passengers who did not wear a seat belt.

Fact #1 : JSPT Refuted The Viral Claim

The Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) refuted the claim that they would be checking cars travelling on the PLUS North-South Expressway in the evenings, and issuing a RM300 fine for those caught not wearing a seat belt at the back.

The JSPT Deputy Director SAC Datuk Mohd Nadzri Hussain said, “We at JSPT would like to advise all road users to continue complying with the laws and regulations to ensure the safety of every road user.

In addition, we would also like to urge the public to stop spreading fake information and to always ensure the validity of any viral information shared on social media sites.

Fact #2 : Rear Seat Belt Mandatory Since 1 January 2009

It has been mandatory in Malaysia to wear a seat belt while seated in the back seat of a vehicle since 1 January 2009, except for :

  • old vehicles registered before 1 January 1995
  • vehicles registered on or after 1 January 1995 but lack rear anchorage points
  • vehicles that seat more than 8 passengers (not including driver)
  • good vehicles with carrying load of more than 3.5 tonnes

Fact #3 : Seat Belt Fine Is Way More Than RM300

Any driver or passengers, whether seated in the front or rear, caught not wearing a seat belt will be subject to :

  • a fine of up to RM 2,000, and / or
  • a prison sentence of up to 1 year

Fact #4 : RM300 Seat Belt Fine Ended In June 2009

For a 6 month period – from 1 January until 30 June 2009 – the police and JPJ only issued a reduced RM300 fine to those who did not wear a seat belt.

That “introductory fine” has long expired.

 

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Pos Malaysia Suspends Road Tax Renewal!

Pos Malaysia was just instructed by JPJ to temporarily suspend road tax renewal at all post offices nationwide!

Find out what happened, and what impact it has on drivers!

 

Pos Malaysia Suspends Road Tax Renewal!

On 22 February 2021, Pos Malaysia announced that they were instructed by JPJ (Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan) to temporarily suspend road tax renewal (Lesen Kenderaan Motor) at all post offices nationwide.

From 23 February until 31 March 2021, Pos Malaysia will no longer process road tax renewals at all post offices nationwide.

Pos Malaysia will continue to offer all other services at all post offices nationwide, including driving licence and vehicle insurance renewals.

Photo Credit : New Straits Times

But there is no need to worry about losing your ability to drive, or getting a compound for driving without a valid road tax.

The Ministry of Transport has already exempted road tax and driver licence renewal during MCO 2.0. So you can drive your vehicles as long as you have valid insurance for them.

 

Pos Malaysia Road Tax Renewal Suspension Notice

Here are the official notices on the suspension of road tax renewal at all Pos Malaysia post offices nationwide :

 

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10 KM Travel Limit Lifted, Why Not Inter-District Travel?

The Malaysia National Security Council just lifted the 10 KM travel limit in MCO / PKP areas.

However, the decision raises some questions because interstate and inter-district travel are still forbidden!

 

10 KM MCO Travel Limit Lifted, But Not Interstate, Inter-District Travel

On 16 February 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) lifted the 10 KM travel limit in MCO / PKP areas.

Malaysia Defence Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob, said that the reopening of all businesses in MCO / PKP areas rendered the travel limit “irrelevant“.

However, he said that interstate and inter-district travel remains forbidden across the country, whether in MCO, CMCO or RMCO areas.

 

10 KM Travel Limit Lifted, Why Not Inter-District Travel?

The Minister is correct that the 10 KM travel limit is really irrelevant after MKN allowed all businesses to reopen.

People have to travel to work, deliveries have to be made, and customers must be able to reach businesses. Otherwise, there’s no point in reopening the economy.

Limiting interstate travel is understandable, because it has resulted in the spread of COVID-19 through tourism and family visits.

However, limiting inter-district travel while lifting the 10 KM travel limit doesn’t make any sense.

After all, many areas in the Klang Valley are in close proximity, and people have to cross district and even state lines to work and buy essential items.

For example, Damansara Perdana and Mutiara Damansara (which are in Selangor) are right next to TTDI (in Kuala Lumpur), separated only by the LDP highway.

How does crossing from Selangor into Kuala Lumpur – a distance of less than 1 KM – make it riskier than travelling 142 km from Sekinchan to Sepang – both within the state of Selangor?

Or what about Penang island which has two districts, with almost 1.8 million people?

For example, Bukit Jambul in the Timur Laut district is right across the Bayan Lepas Free Trade Zone in the Barat Daya district.

How is it riskier to cross from Bukit Jambul to Bayan Lepas, than to drive 27 km from Batu Feringghi to Bukit Jambul?

The virus travels through people, not the air. So it is less critical to prevent people from crossing district lines, and far, FAR more important to ensure that they comply with these golden rules :

Of course, it is safest for everyone to help break the chain of infection by staying at home, and not going out at all.

But it does not help to block inter-district travel, while lifting the 10 KM limit on travel and letting all businesses reopen as normal.

 

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MCO 2.0 Changes : Driving + Flight Schools Can Reopen!

Malaysia just announced that driving and flight schools will be allowed to reopen in MCO areas!

Find out what has changed, and what it means for the MCO SOP in Malaysia!

 

MCO Changes Today : Driving + Flight Schools Can Reopen!

On 11 February 2021, Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that the government has decided to further liberalise the MCO SOP, to protect the economy.

Here are the changes announced by Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob :

Driving Schools

  • Driving schools may reopen from 12 February 2021 onwards.
  • Both practical and theory classes are permitted.
  • Operational hours : 7:30 AM until 8:30 PM
  • Both teacher and student must wear face masks at all times.
  • Only the student scheduled for that time slot is allowed to be present at the premise.
  • Physical distancing of 1 metre must be maintained at the counter and waiting area.
  • The vehicle must be sanitised after each training session.

Flight Schools

  • Flight schools may reopen from 12 February 2021 onwards, with hybrid training.
  • Trainees must remain within the Approved Training Organisation (ATO).
  • Trainees must obtain letter of authorisation for inter-state or inter-district travel

 

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Malaysia MCO 2.0 : Hair Saloon + Car Wash Now Allowed!

The Malaysian government just announced that hair saloon and car wash will be allowed to open during MCO 2.0, together with night markets!

 

Malaysia MCO 2.0 : Hair Saloon + Car Wash Now Allowed!

On 4 February 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that barber shop, hair saloon and car wash will be allowed to open during MCO 2.0, until 10 PM daily.

They also confirmed that night markets are also allowed to operate during MCO 2.0, from 4 PM until 10 PM.

These new rules take effect IMMEDIATELY, from 4 February 2021 onwards.

 

Malaysia MCO 2.0 : Updated SOP

With these changes, here is the updated SOP for MCO 2.0.

Please follow this SOP, because failure to do so could result in a compound of up to RM1,000 per offence!

Travel

  • Two (2) persons are allowed to leave each household, in the same vehicle, to purchase food and other necessities.
  • Up to 3 people (including the patient) are allowed to leave each household to seek healthcare.
  • Travel is limited to a radius of 10 km from your household, unless there is no supply / availability within 10 km.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel are FORBIDDEN.
  • Tourism is FORBIDDEN.
  • Travel for emergencies like funerals are allowed with permission from the police.
  • Travel because of natural disasters are allowed.
  • PCA and RGL travel arrangements between Malaysia and Singapore are allowed to continue.

Food & Beverage Industry

  • Restaurants, cafes, hawker stalls, roadside stalls, food courts, food trucks are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • No dine-in is allowed. Only takeaway, drive-through and delivery are permitted

Petrol Stations

  • Operation hours : 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Petrol stations on highways and expressways allowed to operate 24 hours

Markets

  • Morning and farmers’ markets : 7 AM to 2 PM
  • Wholesale markets : 11 AM to 4 PM, or 12 PM to 6 PM
  • Night markets and late night bazaars : 4 PM until 10 PM.

Healthcare

  • Hospitals, clinics, medical labs : 24 hours
  • Pharmacies : 6 AM to 10 PM
  • Veterinary clinics + pet food stores : 6 AM to 10 PM

Shopping + Services

  • Supermarkets are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Laundromats, including self-service laundromats : 6 AM to 10 PM
  • Optical shops : 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Hair saloon + barber shops : until 10 PM.
  • Car wash : until 10 PM.
  • Clothing stores are FORBIDDEN.

Schools + Education

  • Students who will undertake major examinations like SPM, SVM, SKM, STPM, STAM, and DVM for 2020 and 2021 are allowed to attend school with strict SOP.
  • Matriculation colleges are allowed to operate.
  • Students in boarding schools and universities are allowed to continue hybrid studying.
  • International and professional exams are allowed.
  • Research activities requiring lab access in institutes of higher learning are allowed.
  • Lecturers and teachers are allowed to travel to teach classes with examinations.
  • Kindergartens, nurseries and day care facilities are allowed to continue operating.
  • Tuition, music, dance, art, language classes are FORBIDDEN.

Recommended : MOE Directive On Schools In MCO, CMCO + RMCO Areas!

Sports

  • Running and jogging allowed, but limited to maximum of two (2) family members
  • Cycling allowed, but limited to one (1) person, up to 10 km from household.
  • Group cycling is FORBIDDEN.
  • Physical distance of 2 metres should be maintained
  • All other sporting activities are FORBIDDEN.

Entertainment

  • Night clubs and pubs are FORBIDDEN.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds, family karaoke and cinemas are FORBIDDEN.
  • Concerts and live events are FORBIDDEN.
  • Spas, reflexology centres are FORBIDDEN.

Social + Religious Activities

  • Parades and religious gatherings like Thaipusam are FORBIDDEN.
  • Up to 5 committee members may manage mosques and other religious houses of worship.
  • Weddings, parties, engagement parties, receptions, anniversary celebrations, birthday celebrations, reunions, retreats and other social events are FORBIDDEN.

Manufacturing + Business Activities

  • The government has identified five (5) essential economic sectors that will be allowed to operate – manufacturing, construction, essential services, trade and distribution, as well as plantations and commodities.
  • However, only 30% of the management team is allowed to be in the office.
  • For unlisted sectors or non-essential services, employees are required to work from home.
  • Conferences, meetings, seminars, courses and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) activities are FORBIDDEN.

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GeForce RTX 3080 Mining Rig Inside A BMW i8 Hybrid!

Take a look at this mining rig with SIX GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards, in the trunk of a BMW i8 hybrid sports car!

 

GeForce RTX 3080 Mining Rig Inside A BMW i8 Hybrid!

Simon Byrne is at it again – trolling gamers with his GeForce RTX 3080 mining rigs!

This time, he created a mining rig with six GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards, right in the trunk of a BMW i8 hybrid sports car.

The only practical use for the trunk of an i8 is to home a 6 x RTX 3080 mining rig.

*no gamers were harmed in the making of this photo.

 

BMW i8 RTX 3080 Mining Rig : Trolling Gamers

As impressive as it looks, this really isn’t a practical mining operation. He probably created it just to troll gamers who are finding it hard to get decently-priced graphics cards.

World’s Most Expensive Mining Case

The BMW i8 has a starting MSRP of US$147,500 in Nevada. That would make it the world’s most expensive mining case.

Power Consumption

The six GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards alone would consume 2 kilowatts of power at full power, with the entire mining rig using some 2.5 kW of power.

We can only see a single EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 T2 PSU, so he’s either underclocking the cards, or there is another PSU out-of-sight.

The BMW i8 has a 11.6 kWh lithium-ion battery, with a usable capacity of 8.7 kWh. That’s only enough to run the mining rig for 4-5 hours.

BMW i8 battery pack

Thermal Output

Of course, you can plug in the i8 or keep its engine running, but the mining rig still generates a tremendous amount of heat.

Even in a cold environment (it’s about 5°C in Nevada in January), the BMW i8’s rear hatch must be kept open to avoid the cards from overheating.

Invitation To Smash & Grab!

And that’s just inviting theft or a hold-up. Especially when these GeForce RTX 3080 cards command premium prices all over the world!

This is definitely an impressive showcase, but Simon is no doubt making the bulk of his cryptocurrency using serious rigs like this 78-card mining rig we showed earlier.

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MCO in Penang : 14 Roadblocks + 2 Road Closures!

The police are erecting 14 roadblocks and closing 2 roads across Penang island, to enforce travel restrictions during the MCO lockdown!

 

MCO / PKP in Penang : Road Closures + Roadblocks To Enforce Travel Ban

Penang came under MCO (Movement Control Order) 2.0 today, Wednesday, 13 January 2021.

During the MCO / PKP lockdown, interstate and inter-district travel is forbidden.

Hence, the police are setting up 14 roadblocks and closing 2 roads across Penang island, to enforce the MCO travel restrictions!

 

MCO in Penang : 14 Roadblocks + 2 Road Closures

The police will erect 14 roadblocks – 8 in the Northeast (Timur Laut) district of Penang island, and 6 in the Southwest (Barat Daya) district.

They are also closing two roads in the Southwest (Barat Daya) district.

Roadblocks In Penang Northeast (Timur Laut) District

Roadblock #1 : Road turning into the Penang Bridge (opposite the Batu Uban Sports Complex)

Roadblock #2 : Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu Highway (turning into the Penang Bridge)

Roadblocks #3 and #4 : Jalan Paya Terubong (opposite Petronas)

Roadblocks #5 and #6 : Jalan Batu Ferringhi (opposite the Rasa Sayang Hotel)

Roadblocks #7 and #7 : Weld Quay

Roadblocks In Penang Southwest (Barat Daya) District

Roadblock #1 : Sungai Nibong, in front of the Caltex petrol station, towards the Bayan Baru roundabout

Roadblock #2 : Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, towards the Bayan Baru roundabout

Roadblock #3 : Jalan Batu Maung, towards the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge (Second Penang Bridge)

Roadblock #4 : Bukit Ayun, in front of the 2 DIV officer house.

Roadblock #5 : Jalan Tun Sardon in Anjung Indah

Road Closures In Penang Southwest (Barat Daya) District

Road Closure #1 : Left turn on the Second Penang Bridge, from Georgetown

Road Closure #2 : Turning up to the flyover of Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, towards Bayan Baru / Balik Pulau

 

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2021 Travel SOP For MCO / CMCO Areas In Malaysia!

Here is the SOP for travel into, out of, and through MCO and CMCO areas across Malaysia!

Make sure you apply for police permission using the forms below!

 

MCO + CMCO : Travel Restrictions Starting 13 January 2021

Areas Under MCO / PKP

Starting 13 January 2021, interstate and inter-district travel is FORBIDDEN in these eight states and territories under MCO (Movement Control Order).

  • Penang
  • Selangor
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Putrajaya
  • Labuan
  • Johor
  • Sabah
  • Melaka

Interdistrict / interstate travel is allowed for emergencies like natural disasters, funerals and for healthcare reasons, but require police permission.

Areas Under CMCO / PKPB

Inter-district travel is ALLOWED, but interstate travel FORBIDDEN in these six states and territories under CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order).

  • Kedah
  • Perak
  • Negeri Sembilan
  • Kelantan
  • Terengganu
  • Pahang

Interstate travel is allowed for emergencies like natural disasters, funerals and for healthcare reasons, but require police permission.

 

MCO : Travel Application Form

People who need to travel into, out of, or across MCO / PKP areas, must do this :

  1. Download this form for the MCO / PKP Travel Permit (Permit Pergerakan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan)
  2. Print TWO (2) copies of the form, and fill in the required details.
  3. Send both copies of the completed form to the nearest police station for approval.

 

CMCO : Travel Application Form

People who need to travel into, out of, or across CMCO / PKPB areas, must do this :

  1. Download this form for the CMCO / PKPB Travel Permit (Permit Pergerakan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Bersyarat)
  2. Print TWO (2) copies of the form, and fill in the required details.
  3. Send both copies of the completed form to the nearest police station for approval.

 

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Warning : 7 Roads Closed In Petaling Jaya During MCO!

These seven (7) roads in Petaling Jaya will be CLOSED to enforce the travel ban during the MCO / PKP lockdown.

 

MCO / PKP 2.0 : Roads Closed To Enforce Travel Ban

The newly announced MCO (Movement Control Order) 2.0 kicks off on Wednesday, 13 January 2021 for these eight states and territories in Malaysia :

  • Penang
  • Selangor
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Putrajaya
  • Labuan
  • Johor
  • Sabah
  • Melaka

During the new MCO / PKP, interstate and inter-district travel is forbidden. Hence, some roads will be closed to enforce the travel ban.

 

Warning : 7 Roads Closed In Petaling Jaya During MCO!

The Petaling Jaya police shared the locations where these seven (7) roads be closed to enforce the MCO / PKP travel ban.

Update : Some of our readers reported that these roads are still open. That’s probably because the government announced that they would allow residents who are stuck in their hometowns to return by Friday, 15 January 2021.

Therefore, we believe that these roads will now be closed at 12:01 AM on Saturday, 16 January 2021.

Road Closure #1 : Jalan 5/64 in Gasing Indah

Road Closure #2 : Entry To Persiaran Mahogany in Section 9, Kota Damansara

Road Closure #3 : Persiaran Jati in Section 8, Kota Damansara

Road Closure #4 : Persiaran Sungai Buloh (TSB)

Road Closure #5 : Entrance to Damansara Toll, towards Bayu Putri, near Tropicana PKR Damansara office

Road Closure #6 : Traffic light at PJU 8/1, Damansara Perdana

Road Closure #7 : LDP turn-out to Mutiara Damansara / Damansara Perdana

 

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Auto Global Parts Industries : Closed With 94 COVID Cases!

Auto Global Parts Industries shut down indefinitely after 94 employees tested positive for COVID-19 in a screening test!

 

Auto Global Parts Industries : 94 Employees Positive For COVID-19!

On 28 December 2020, New Hoong Fatt Holdings Berhad announced that 94 employees at Auto Global Parts Industries in Meru, Klang tested positive for COVID-19.

This affected employees tested positive during a screening test carried out on 24 December 2020, involving a total of 314 employees.

They are all now receiving treatment at designated government facilities, and their primary contacts have also been identified.

New Hoong Fatt Holdings Berhad decided to close Auto Global Parts Industries from 25 December 2020 until further notice for disinfection and sanitisation.

They will also disinfect and sanitise their foreign employees’ hostels, as per KKM guidelines.

Fortunately, this did not affect their plastic parts factory located at a different location, which is still in operation. Their office operations are also unaffected, with Management and supervisory staff working from home.

 

Auto Global Parts Industries COVID Exposure : Should You Be Concerned?

As per MOH guidelines, they will be performing contact tracing, and contacting those who came in close contact with the affected employee.

If you happened to be in close contact with the affected Auto Global Parts Industries employees, you will be contacted and asked to self-quarantine as well as undergo a screening test.

This case highlights the risks of staying in close quarters in worker hostels, and why the government continues to insist that office employees must work from home.

You are only at risk if you come into close contact with these affected employees, including outsiders supplying and transporting in and out of their factory.

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

The best way to protect yourself is to always wear a face mask in public. Face masks have been proven to prevent the spread and reduce the risk of being infected.

 

Auto Global Parts Industries : Official Statement On COVID-19 Cases

This was the official statement posted by New Hoong Fatt Holdings Berhad on 28 December 2020 :

New Hoong Fatt Holdings Berhad (“the Company”) had commenced its planned precautionary COVID-19 testing of all foreign and local employees of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Auto Global Parts Industries Sdn Bhd (“AGP”). The screening test was conducted on 24 December 2020 at AGP’s metal parts production factory in Meru, Klang, involving a total of 314 employees.

There were 94 employees of AGP have been tested positive for COVID-19 during the planned screening test. The affected employees are currently receiving appropriate treatment at designated Government facilities as directed by the Ministry of Health Malaysia (“KKM”) and all primary contacts of the affected employees have been identified.

As an immediate response to protect the health and safety of the workforce and the community at large, the Company has temporarily closed the affected metal parts production factory from 25 December 2020 until further notice to contain potential infection. The Management of AGP is undertaking disinfection and sanitisation procedures on the affected production factory as well as on foreign employees’ hostels as per the guidelines provided by KKM. In addition, the Company has notified all employees as well as AGP’s suppliers and customers about the confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The Company’s plastic parts production factory, which is situated at a different location, is currently in operation. The office operations are unaffected as the Company has been practicing working from home for its Management and supervisory staff. The Company will continue to adhere to COVID-19 preventive standard operating procedures issued by the relevant authorities from time to time and work closely with the relevant authorities to ensure the health and safety of all its employees.

As this has been planned by the Management, the temporary closure of the metal parts production factory is not expected to have any material impact on the Group’s revenue and earnings for the financial year ending 31 December 2020.

 

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Iconic Penang Ferry Service To Continue… Temporarily!

The iconic Penang ferry just received a last gasp of life, as the Penang Port Commission agreed to continue using it temporarily for bicycles and motorcycles!

Here is the latest update on the Penang ferry retirement saga, and what it means for travellers!

 

Penang Ferry : Originally Retired On 31 December 2020

The iconic Penang ferry, which has plied the Penang strait for 47 years, was scheduled to be retired on 31 December 2020.

It was to be replaced by fast passenger ferries, and vehicles were to use the original Penang Bridge and the new Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge.

However, there was an uproar because the Penang ferry is not just a state icon, it is an integral part of its unique cultural heritage.

 

Iconic Penang Ferry To Continue… Temporarily!

In a half U-turn, the Malaysian federal government assured the public on 25 December 2020 that the iconic Penang ferry service would continue.

The Penang Port Commission then announced on 26 December 2020, that the Penang ferry would continue operations, but only to transport motorcycles and bicycles.

With this decision, this is how the Penang ferry service will operate from 1 January 2020 onwards:

Passengers

Two fast ferries will carry passengers between the Pangkalan Sultan Abdul Halim terminal in Butterworth, and the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal in Penang island.

The Penang Port Commission will provide a free shuttle bus to transport passengers from the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal to Pangkalan Raja Tun Uda to connect with existing bus and taxi services there.

Penang Port Sdn Bhd (PPSB) will offer free rides for passengers on these fast ferries for two weeks, from 1 January until 14 January 2021.

These fast ferries will be replaced by three (passenger-only) water-buses by 1 July 2022 or earlier.

Bicycles + Motorcycles

At least one of the current Penang ferries will be retained to transport bicycles and motorcycles only from 1 January 2021 onwards.

The ferry will continue to ply its old route between the Pangkalan Sultan Abdul Halim terminal in Butterworth, and Pangkalan Raja Tun Uda in Penang island.

This reprieve is only temporary, as PPSB intends to replace it with two vehicle transporters (for buses and bicycles) by 1 July 2022 or earlier.

Cars + Other Four-Wheeled Vehicles

The Penang ferry service will no longer carry cars and other four-wheeled vehicles from 1 January 2021 onwards.

They will all have to use the Penang Bridge and the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge to travel between the mainland and the island.

 

Penang Ferry : Future Tourist Attraction

The Penang Port Commission also announced that two Penang ferries will be retained, and renovated to serve as a floating restaurant, or a museum, or to offer cruise tours as a Penang heritage.

 

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Get 16 FREE Mercedes-AMG F1 Wallpapers From AMD!

AMD partnered with The Pixelary to create a series of awesome 3D rendered images of the Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance car.

Watch how they managed to cut the rendering time by half using Radeon ProRender 2.0, and get those high-resolution desktop wallpapers!

 

Watch AMD Radeon ProRender 2.0 Render Mercedes-AMG F1 Car!

The 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix marked the end of the 2020 Formula One season, and the first year of the AMD partnership with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team.

To showcase that relationship, AMD worked with the team, and The Pixelary to create a series of 3D renders of the Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance car.

When the new Radeon ProRender 2.0 was released, they rendered them again using the new Radeon RX 6900 XT, and discovered that it cut their rendering time by half!

Mike Pan of The Pixelary explained how much faster the new combination proved to be :

In some tests performed by AMD, when using the “Full” Radeon ProRender 2.0 render quality mode with the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card that supports hardware ray tracing, the image above rendered in 516 sec, compared to 1065 sec when rendered with the AMD Radeon VII graphics card that does not support hardware ray tracing.

That is up to a 2.1x reduction in render time [3], which is quite an improvement! On top of that, Radeon ProRender 2.0 also has improved multi-GPU scaling so if we were able to render the same image with two Radeon RX 6900 XT’s, the render times would improve even more.

 

FREE Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance Wallpapers From AMD!

AMD and The Pixelary also made available these incredible photorealistic images of the Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance as high-resolution wallpapers for FREE!

Every download comes with the wallpaper in six different resolutions :

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 | GLA 250 Entry-Level SUV!

Mercedes-Benz just unveiled the 2020 GLA 200 and GLA 250 – their new entry-level premium SUVs!

Check these beauties out, and find out what they offer!

 

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 | GLA 250 : New Entry-Level SUV!

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA is their eight model, and the entry level, to their premium SUV line-up.

It offer the best features of two very successful segments – the compact car, and the SUV; at more affordable price points.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mercedes-Benz launched the 2020 GLA in a digital premiere. Let’s take a look at what’s new…

Exterior Design

The front section of the 2020 GLA flows over the A-pillar into the visually compact greenhouse. With a length of 4.41 metres, it is the shortest vehicle from the current Mercedes-Benz portfolio which is just perfect for life in the city.

Typical of the GLA are the bodywork shoulders and the coupé-like lines of the side windows. This contoured side profile gives the car its dynamically elegant flair.

Like other Mercedes-Benz SUV models, the radiator grille features distinctive openings along with a single louvre and a central star, with LED High Performance headlamps.

The GLA 200 is equipped in Progressive Line with 18-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, while the GLA 250 is equipped with AMG Line bodystyling with lowered and dynamically tuned suspension.

Interior Design

The instrument panel features optical “cut-outs” in the driver and front passenger area.

The cut-out on the driver’s side is dominated by the free-standing display unit, which is with two 10.25-inch displays. The Mercedes me connect also comes as standard in the GLA.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 Cockpit

The round ventilation outlets, five of them in all, feature a high-quality turbine look with meticulously designed air guidance vanes. The door centre panel flows seamlessly over into the armrest. The grab and assist handle has a tubular profile and runs horizontally like a railing.

Also featured in both models is the intuitively operated MBUX infotainment system (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). MBUX can be individually configured with the aid of a range of options.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 Cockpit

Interior Dimensions

Although shorter than its predecessor on the outside, the 2020 GLA offers a more spacious interior, with more legroom in the rear and a larger luggage compartment.

The seating position for both the driver and the front passenger is higher and more upright than in the predecessor model, and thus more typical of an SUV.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 Front Seats

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 Rear Seats

Utility value was, in general, one of the focuses of development. There is plenty of room for one or two people in the rear since these backrest variants come with a 40:60 split. The rear seat back rest can be can be split 40:20:40, with each section folding down individually.

The height-adjustable load floor offers considerable variability. When the rear seat backrests are folded down and the load floor is in the upper position, an almost flat loading area extending to the front seats can be created.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 Front Seats

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 Rear Seats

Performance

Mercedes-Benz offers two engine variants – GLA 200 Progressive Line, and GLA 250 AMG Line.

The 2020 GLA 200 Progressive Line is powered by the 1.3-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine combined with the 7G-DCT automatic transmission.

It develops 120 kw (163 hp) and a maximum torque of 250 Nm, allowing the vehicle to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 8.7 seconds.

Powering the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC AMG Line is the 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with the 8G-DCT automatic transmission.

It rates at 165 kW (224 hp) and produces a maximum torque of 350 Nm, accelerating the car from 0-100 km/h in only 6.9 seconds.

 

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 | GLA 250 : Specifications

Here is a quick comparison of the key specifications of the two GLA variants :

Specifications Mercedes-Benz
GLA 200
Mercedes-Benz
GLA 250
Displacement 1332 cc 1991 cc
Max. Output 120 kW (163 hp)
@ 5500 rpm
165 kW (224 hp)
@ 5500 rpm
Peak Torque 250 Nm @
1620~4000 rpm
350 Nm @
1800~4000 rpm
Combined Fuel
Consumption
5.6 ~ 5.9 l/100 km 6.5 ~ 6.7 l/100 km
CO2 Emissions 129 ~ 135 g/km 148 ~ 153 g/km
0~100 km/h
Acceleration
8.7 seconds 6.9 seconds
Top Speed 210 km/h 240 km/h

 

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 | GLA 250 : Price + Financing

The GLA 200 is priced at RM 244,199.82 on-the-road, without insurance, and RM 252,888 with insurance.

The GLA 250 is priced at RM 285,336.66 on-the-road, without insurance, and RM 295,888 with insurance.

Mercedes-Benz offers an EaseProtect Financing Plan for both models, starting from :

  • RM2,488 per month for the GLA 200 *
  • RM2,888 per month for the GLA 250 *

From now until 31 December 2020, those who opt for the EaseProtect Financing Plan will enjoy a 2-month payment holiday.

* based on a 5-year tenure and downpayment of approximately 20%

 

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