Malaysia morning news for April 3

Malaysia morning news for April 3

Malaysia morning news

Covid-19: 208 new cases, 5 deaths, says Health DG
Another 208 new Covid-19 cases were recorded in the country as at noon today, bringing cumulative cases to 3,116, while five more deaths were reported.
— The Sun Daily

GLCs, GLICs, private sector say contributed RM51.5m for Covid-19 fight
A total of RM51.5 million has been contributed by several government-linked companies (GLCs), government-linked investment companies (GLICs) and the private sector, to aid medical workers in the fight against Covid-19.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia hits 3,000 Covid-19 cases and 50 deaths, as recoveries again reach record high
Health authorities reported 208 more coronavirus disease (Covid-19) infections today, bringing Malaysia’s total to 3,116 cases.
— Malay Mail

Ministry of Environment renamed Environment and Water Ministry
The Ministry of Environment has been rebranded as the Ministry of Environment and Water (Mewa) in line with the government’s decision to allocate the responsibility of water management and environmental sustainability to it.
— The Sun Daily

Health Ministry says Malaysia’s Covid-19 screening rate up to WHO standards
Malaysia’s average rate of around 3,000 tests for Covid-19 per day is on par with the standards set by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today.
— Malay Mail

727 people including 243 foreigners nabbed in Selangor for defying MCO
Selangor police have arrested 727 people for defying the movement control order (MCO) in the state.
— The Star Online

Health Ministry receives RM200,000 aid, medical supplies from private sector
The Health Ministry received contributions of personal protective equipment (PPE), medical supplies and RM200,000 cash from the private sector today.
— The Sun Daily

MCO: Police enforcement goes into harsh mode – Ismail Sabri
The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) enforcement has turned into the harsh mode to ensure full compliance of the Movement Control Order (MCO), Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced.
— The Borneo Post

Minister: Govt feels for local businesses, but will not compromise on safety of Malaysians
The special Cabinet committee formed to address the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on businesses and the economy will not compromise on the health and safety of Malaysians, said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri.
— Malay Mail

Several Malaysian states call off Ramadan bazaars amid COVID-19 fears
Several Malaysian states, including Kedah, Selangor, Terengganu and Melaka, have announced that Ramadan bazaars will be cancelled this year.
— CNA

Health Ministry receives RM200,000 cash donation, medical equipment
The Health Ministry received RM200,000 in cash and various other medical equipment for its frontliners to combat the Covid-19 pandemic from multiple donors, including the Chinese government.
— Malay Mail

Malaysian embassy in Morocco works to bring home another group of stranded tourists
The Malaysian Embassy in Morocco is making a concerted effort to bring home another 27 stranded tourists after having successfully assisted 113 Malaysians in the same predicament last month, said Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister Counsellor Shahril Nizam Abdul Malek.
— The Sun Daily

‘Special Cabinet committee established today will help ensure stimulus reaches target groups’
The establishment of the special cabinet committee announced today is seen as a bid to ensure the stimulus package reaches target groups in a timely manner, say analysts.
— The Sun Daily

MCO: Civil Defence Force prepares three meals a day for frontliners in Langkawi
Langkawi Civil Defence Force (APM) personnel and a group of volunteers will prepare three packed meals a day to about 600 frontliners in the district who are working tirelessly in the fight against Covid-19.
— The Sun Daily

Govt allocates RM21m one-off assistance for Islamic education institutions
The government has allocated RM21 million to be disbursed as one-off assistance to registered private tahfiz and religious schools, as well as pondok schools and people’s religious schools (SAR) nationwide.
— Malay Mail

Covid-19: Corporate companies, NGOs continue to provide aid
The movement control order (MCO), entering its second phase following the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak sees various parties including corporate bodies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and individuals continuing to provide aid.
— The Sun Daily

Melaka forms special committee to combat Covid-19
The state government has set up a special committee to monitor and deliver information to the people on Covid-19 in the state, said Chief Minister Datuk Sulaiman Md Ali.
— Malay Mail

JPBN identifies areas in Kuching, Samarahan affected by Covid-19
The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee has today narrowed down the hot spots in Kuching after identifying the district as a Covid-19 red zone with 76 positive cases recorded under phase two of the Movement Control Order (MCO).
— The Borneo Post

Covid-19: Travellers entering Sarawak to be isolated at quarantine centres for 14 days from April 5 onwards
All travellers entering Sarawak, be it by land, air or sea, will be placed under quarantine for 14 days at quarantine centres starting April 5, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
— The Borneo Post

Movement control order: KL police chief says arrests only made when people refuse to head home
Those found to have contravened Malaysia’s movement control order (MCO) are usually given a chance to return home, before being arrested for not heeding the police’s advice.
— CNA

Health D-G: 80pc of Malaysia’s Covid-19 cases asymptomatic or have mild signs of infection
Around 80 per cent of Malaysia’s coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients either have no or mild symptoms of infection, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah disclosed today.
— Malay Mail

Health Ministry: Putrajaya to decide whether MCO needs further extending on April 10
The government will decide on April 10 whether or not conditions in Malaysia are safe enough to end the extended movement control order (MCO) on April 14, or have it continued further.
— Malay Mail

Set up Covid-19 ‘war room’ to streamline efforts, Putrajaya told
The Pakatan Harapan (PH) secretariat urged the government to immediately establish a central Covid-19 action centre chaired by the prime minister to better coordinate the country’s efforts to contain the pandemic.
— Malay Mail

Compulsory quarantine for Malaysians returning home starting tomorrow: Ismail Sabri
Malaysians returning from overseas and any individuals entering the country are required to undergo quarantine starting tomorrow.
— The Sun Daily

Tuan Ibrahim: Environment Ministry rebranded as Ministry of Environment and Water
The Ministry of Environment has been rebranded as the Ministry of Environment and Water (MEWA) in line with the government’s decision to allocate the responsibility of water management and environmental sustainability to it.
— Malay Mail

Better aid packages in store for SMEs
The government will improve existing aid packages given to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to help them further mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said.
— New Sarawak Tribune

PM: GLCs play vital role in helping govt formulate economic strategy in face of Covid-19
The role of government-linked companies (GLCs) is important in helping the government formulate a comprehensive economic strategy during and after the movement control order (MCO), said Prime Minister Tan Sri.
— Malay Mail

MOH issues SOP for public sanitisation work
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) for the implementation of a more effective public sanitisation work to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country.
— The Borneo Post

Kinsteel partners Chinese firm to run Kedah steel plant
PN17 company Kinsteel Bhd’s wholly-owned subsidiary Kin Kee Steel Service Centre Sdn Bhd (KKSSC) has entered into a letter of intent (LOI) with China’s Tianjin Qiangbang Industrial Co Ltd (Qiangbang) for the proposed formation of a joint venture company (JVC) to operate a steel plant in Kedah.
— The Sun Daily

State secretary: Eligible Sarawakians to receive RM250 financial aid starting this month
State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion today said that 430,000 Sarawakians will each receive RM250 monthly for six months under the Sarawakku Sayang special aid package (BKSS) announced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang.
— Malay Mail

Reconsider 10km movement restriction, says health coalition
The government must reconsider the 10km movement restriction that came into force under the second phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO), says the Malaysia Health Coalition.
— The Sun Daily

Dr Yii: Give special consideration for S’wak to overcome 10km travel restriction
The Ministry of Health is urged to give special consideration or exempt Sarawak from a newly-announced regulation prohibiting people from seeking treatment at medical facilities that are located more than 10km from their homes amid the Covid-19 outbreak.
— The Borneo Post

Minister: Arrests exceed 4,000 since start of MCO as violators face stiff penalties
Over 4,000 people have been arrested by the police thus far during the ongoing movement control order (MCO) with nearly 1,500 charged in court, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
— Malay Mail

51 workers, labour groups want Covid-19 recognised as occupational disease under Malaysian law
A group representing 51 different unions and societies advocating the rights of workers and labourers are calling on the government to recognise Covid-19 as an occupational disease to allow public assistance in the event of.
— Malay Mail

Another 122 Covid-19 patients recover: Health DG
The number of patients who recover from Covid-19 inspires hope as another 122 patients were discharged today.Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pix) said it brought the total number of recovered cases to 767 or 24.6% of the total cases.
— The Sun Daily

Allow us to move our timber, hard-hit Sabah timber industry appeals to state
The Sabah Timber Industries Association asks state to look at what Sarawak and Johor are doing to ensure the timber industry survives Covid-19 crisis.
— FMT News

Sarawak reports ninth Covid-19 death
Sarawak registered its ninth death from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19)  today after a local man died at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).
— Malay Mail

Tokenize gets SC’s green light for digital asset exchange operations
Tokenize Malaysia has received full approval from the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) to operate as a digital asset exchange (DAX) operator.Subsequently, the DAX operator can now accept clients as it is recognised as a safe and secure platform.
— The Sun Daily

RM100m allocated under Wilayah Cakna Initiative to help groups affected by MCO
About 100,000 people will receive assistance and benefits under the Wilayah Cakna Initiative aid involving an allocation of RM100 million, said Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Sabah govt contributes RM500,000 to UMS food fund during MCO
The Sabah state government today handed a food aid fund contribution of RM500,000 to Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) for its students during the implementation of the movement control order (MCO).
— Malay Mail

Selangor Task Force for Covid-19 turns to tech to contain outbreak
Analytical platforms utilising Big Data Analytics and Machine Intelligence have been set up by the Selangor state government to assist its state Task Force for Covid-19 (STFC) in battling the coronavirus outbreak.
— Malay Mail

Johor Sultan: Inappropriate to have Ramadan bazaar right now
Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar today decreed that it is unsuitable and inappropriate time to organise Ramadan bazaars during the fasting month this year as the country is currently at war with Covid-19.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Media personnel allowed to use special lane at roadblocks
Media personnel are allowed to use the special lanes set up at roadblocks during the movement control order (MCO) period.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Sanitisation efforts commence at 41 PPR housing projects nationwide
The Housing and Local Government Ministry said 41 ‘Projek Perumahan Rakyat’ (PPR) or low-cost housing schemes across the country are targeted to undergo sanitisation as part of efforts to contain Covid-19.
— Malay Mail

Disinfection carried out at federal office complex compound in Kuching
The Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) with the assistance from six personnel from the Ministry of Health carried out disinfection at the compound of the federal office complex in Simpang Tiga, here this morning.
— The Borneo Post

Health Ministry braces for possible peak in Covid-19 cases in mid-April
The Health Ministry is bracing for the possibility of Malaysia’s Covid-19 cases peaking in mid-April as projected by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
— The Star Online

Alam Maritim awarded RM24.8m AHTS contract
Alam Maritim Resources Bhd’s wholly-owned subsidiary Alam Maritim (M) Sdn Bhd has been awarded a RM24.8 million work order for the provision of anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) for Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd.
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19: Malaysian woman in Egypt recovers, discharged
The Ministry of Health and Population of Egypt has confirmed that a Malaysian woman who tested positive for Covid-19 has recovered and was discharged from the ward yesterday (Wednesday).
— The Sun Daily

 

 

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