Malaysia morning news for April 6

Malaysia morning news for April 6

Malaysia morning news

Covid-19: 179 new cases, death toll now at 61 (updated)
Another 179 new Covid-19 cases have been reported, bringing the total to 3,662 cases as of Sunday (April 5), says the Health Ministry.
— The Star Online

M’sians with S’pore work permits must do Covid-19 test before returning to Johor
Malaysians with work permits in Singapore are allowed to return to Johor on condition they take the swab test at clinics or hospitals in the republic to show that they are free of Covid-19.
— The Sun Daily

AirAsia opens e-commerce platform to assist Malaysian traders affected by MCO
Low-cost carrier AirAsia has initiated an e-commerce platform called OURSHOP to help local businesses affected by the movement control order (MCO) enforced by the government to curb the spread of Covid-19.
— Malay Mail

Tok Mat: Govt’s delivery system has to go completely digital post-Covid-19
The government’s delivery system has to go completely digital post-Covid-19, says Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan (pic).
— The Star Online

EUMCCI proposes steps to ensure businesses survive during and after MCO
The EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EUMCCI) has proposed several measures to the government that can help businesses continue to survive during the ongoing movement control order (MCO) and after it expires.
— Malay Mail

International flights to Penang halted, says CM
All airlines at the Penang International Airport (PIA) have cancelled their international flights into the state, said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
— Malay Mail

BHB, Bank Islam contributes RM1.6m to Covid-19 efforts
BIMB Holdings Bhd (BHB) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd have pledged to contribute RM1.6 million to support various humanitarian and medical-related causes in combating the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Malay Mail

MCO: 854 arrested so far in Johor for non-compliance
A total of 854 people have been arrested in Johor for defying the movement control order (MCO) as of Saturday (April 4).
— The Star Online

Covid-19: 2,298 Malaysians still stranded in 47 countries
A total of 2,298 Malaysians are still stranded in 47 countries due to, among others, flight cancellations and travel restrictions imposed by these countries following the Covid-19 outbreak.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysia may not be able to cope with spike in Covid-19 cases
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, while remaining optimistic on containing the Covid-19, warned that Malaysia may not be able to cope with any exponential spike in infections.
— New Straits Times

Health D-G: Sri Petaling mosque tabligh cluster now up to 40,000 likely infected by Covid-19
The five generations of infections linked to the Sri Petaling tabligh cluster now make up some 40,000 people who could be infected by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).
— Malay Mail

Penang assemblymen to contribute 30% of pay to Covid-19 fund
All state assemblymen in Penang will contribute 30% of their salaries to the state Covid-19 Fund.Penang backbencher chief Teh Lai Heng said the donation was in line with the state government’s efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Sun Daily

Telcos striving to overcome problem of slowing internet in housing areas
All 13 telecommunications companies in the country are working to improve internet access in housing areas experiencing slow service during the Movement Control Order period, said Communications and Multimedia Minister.
— Malay Mail

Residents in Malaysia and elsewhere taking Covid-19 surveillance into their own hands
A week after Malaysia ordered a partial lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus, construction supervisor Hafi Nazhan saw residents in his affluent Kuala Lumpur neighbourhood jogging outside.
— Malay Mail

MCO: Johor Education Dept conducts e-learning
The Johor Education Department has embarked on several initiatives, including e-learning, to ensure students in the state can continue with their education during enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO).State Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said the e-learning involved various platforms, including Google …
— The Sun Daily

Covid-19: KKMM lists fake news being spread on Sunday (April 5)
The following is the Sunday (April 5) morning update from the Communications and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM) Quick Response Team on countering fake news on Covid-19 on social media.
— The Star Online

Prisons Dept suggests MCO flouters carry out community service
The Malaysian Prisons Department has suggested for Movement Control Order (MCO) flouters to carry out community service rather than sentencing them to jail.
— The Borneo Post

Sarawak minister under quarantine says first Covid-19 test showed negative
Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said he tested negative for Covid-19 infection based on the first laboratory test carried out on him yesterday.
— Malay Mail

Sabah Law Society urges authorities to be more measured in dealing with MCO cases
The Sabah Law Society (SLS) has urged authorities to exercise a proportionate approach to all movement control order (MCO) cases.
— The Star Online

184 investigation papers opened, 20 cases brought to court for Covid-19-related fake news
The enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) has entered its 19th day today with majority of the public having complied to the ruling for them to stay home, but fake news on Covid-19, and also MCO, on the social media is still spreading like wildfire.
— The Sun Daily

Look inside Malaysia’s new 600-bed Covid-19 quarantine and treatment centre in Serdang
As the battle to contain the Covid-19 outbreak in Malaysia intensifies, proactive and preemptive measures are being taken by the government to better manage the strain on the public healthcare system should an exponential spike.
— Malay Mail

Minister: All 82 state constituencies have received food aid
A total of 444,329 households in all the 82 state constituencies across Sarawak have benefitted from the State Food Aid totalling RM16.4 million announced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on March 29.
— The Borneo Post

Malaysia reports 4 more COVID-19 deaths, more cases linked to religious gathering
Malaysia on Saturday (Apr 4) recorded four more COVID-19 deaths and reported 150 new cases, of which 80 are linked to the Sri Petaling mosque cluster that was sparked by a religious gathering.
— CNA

Dr Sim says his first test for Covid-19 came back negative
Minister of Local Government and Housing Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian has disclosed that his first test for Covid-19 came back negative.
— The Borneo Post

Sabah ethnic group denies Masing’s accusation that state is dawdling in fight for MA63 rights
The Malaysia Kadazan Dusun Murut Association (KDM) has come out to deny Parti Rakyat Sarawak president Tan Sri Dr James Masing’s accusation that Sabah is taking the wait and see approach in fighting for rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
— The Star Online

25 arrested in the last 24 hours in Sarawak for defying MCO
Twenty five individuals were arrested by the police in Sarawak for defying the Movement Control Order (MCO) between 8am yesterday and 8am today, said Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail.
— The Borneo Post

Kit Siang suggests MCO offenders given non-custodial sentence, not to overcrowd prisons
DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang today suggested that those who violated the ongoing movement control order (MCO) should be strictly penalised but kept to non-custodial sentences outside of prison.  He said jailing MCO.
— Malay Mail

Consider early release of prisoners to reduce overcrowding, says Kit Siang
Violaters of Movement Control Order (MCO) should not be jailed, in fact there should be early release of prisoners to reduce overcrowding in prison to curb the Covid-19 outbreak, says Iskandar Puteri MP Lim Kit Siang (pix).
— The Sun Daily

Johor Fama to expand Agrobazaar app to help locals buy groceries online
The state Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) is planning to invest more in its Agrobazaar online service due to popular demand since the movement control order (MCO) started.
— The Star Online

Sabah Health Department denies Covid-19 death recorded in Beaufort
The Sabah Health Department has denied a viral message circulating on WhatsApp claiming that there was a death due to Covid-19 recorded in Beaufort.
— The Borneo Post

‘Malaysian house prices remain seriously unaffordable’
Malaysian house prices remain seriously unaffordable relative to income, due to a pronounced and prolonged mismatch between demand and supply of residential property.
— The Sun Daily

Malaysians returning from overseas may cause rise in Covid-19 cases: Health DG
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pix) has pointed out that Malaysians returning from overseas have the potential to contribute to the number of imported cases of Covid-19.
— The Sun Daily

No work, no EPF savings: Some PPR folks find money drying up as country goes into extended MCO
In the Kerinchi people’s housing project (PPR) low-cost flats, Norayni who is in her 60s stands just inside her house — kept dark, with the only light streaming through her door frames.
— Malay Mail

Covid-19: Govt aware of need to be agile
The government is fully aware of the need to be agile and to respond swiftly to the Covid-19 threat in the country, said Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz (pix).
— The Sun Daily

MCO: Police ready to implement compound order
The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) is ready to enforce the Compound Order on those who violate the Movement Control Order (MCO), said Bukit Aman CID director Datuk Huzir Mohamed (pix).
— The Sun Daily

MCO: No official complaint on worker lay-offs, says Deputy Minister
No official complaint on the retrenchment of workers has been made throughout the imposition of the Movement Control Order (MCO) since its launch on March 18, and the situation is still under control, said Human Resources Deputy Minister Awang Hashim today.
— The Sun Daily

Sarawak minister: No need yet for total lockdown in other areas in Kuching
The state government has yet to decide whether to impose a total lockdown on areas in Kuching district with a high number of Covid-19 positive cases, state Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah said today.
— Malay Mail

Villagers in Penampang offer free fruits and vegetables for people in need
THE economic damage inflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in some families not having food on the table, more so after the movement control order (MCO) left many odd job workers deprived of income.
— The Sun Daily

MCO violators: Chief Justice urges judges to consider prison overcrowding when sentencing
The Chief Justice of Malaya Tan Sri Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat has urged judges to take into consideration the overcrowding in prisons when sentencing violators of the movement control order (MCO).
— The Star Online

BSN: BPN payouts to start Monday, April 6
The first phase of the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) payouts will be credited to accounts starting from Monday, April 6 to Wednesday, April 15, said Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN), the bank.
— Malay Mail

Tok Mat: Govt’s delivery system has to go completely digital post-Covid-19
The government’s delivery system has to go completely digital post-Covid-19, says Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
— The Star Online

Covid-19: Lockups are cleaned daily – IGP
The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) conducts daily sanitation of its lockups nationwide to curb the spread of the Covid-19 infection.
— The Borneo Post

Sarawak govt considering EMCO for Covid-19 hotspots in Kuching
The Sarawak government may look into the possibility of enforcing the Enhanced Movement Control Order (ECMO) in certain hotspots in Kuching District where the number of Covid-19 positive cases are high.
— The Sun Daily

Southern Sarawak has most Covid-19 cases
The highest infection rate of Covid-19 is reported to be in the southern part of Sarawak. Tourism, Art, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said this includes Kuching and Samarahan Divisions, which are areas of high infected.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Perodua donates RM2 mln to fund
Perodua is joining the ongoing war against Covid-19 by contributing RM2 million to the National Disaster Management Agency’s (Nadma) Covid-19 fund.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Economic downturn unavoidable
There is no escaping from the inevitable economic repercussion following Covid-19, said Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.
— New Sarawak Tribune

Health D-G: Covid-19 screenings, social distancing done in prisons
The Ministry of Health (MOH) today said that Covid-19 testing are also being done in prisons.
— Malay Mail

Amid MCO, Malaysians observe Qing Ming differently by performing prayers at home
In light of the movement control order (MCO), for the first time in 24 years, Lyn Ng will not be able to visit her late father’s grave for Qing Ming or tomb-sweeping day.
— Malay Mail

Abang Johari: No Ramadan, Gawai bazaars in Sarawak this year due to Covid-19
The Sarawak government today announced that there will be no Ramadan and Gawai bazaars in the state this year in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Borneo Post

 

 

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