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Coronavirus: Melaka conducts early prevention campaign

MELAKA, The Malacca state government through the state Department of Health is now actively conducting a campaign for an early prevention of the novel coronavirus novel 2019 (2019-nCoV) infection in tourism areas to raise public awareness of the virus.

State Health and Anti-Drug Committee chairman, Low Chee Leong said the campaign, which started yesterday, was launched in the areas around Jonker Walk and the Stadthuys building in Bandar Hilir before being expanded to other tourist areas.

He said 10,000 leaflets on early preventive measures including aspects of personal hygiene involving washing hands regularly and wearing mouth and nose masks were distributed to the public through the campaign.

“It is one of the initiatives which must be taken to raise awareness of the outbreak since Melaka is one of the leading tourist destinations for both domestic and foreign tourists, while coronavirus is a global issue.

“Although Melaka has yet to record a case, preventive measures against the infection must be implemented,” he told reporters when met after the Melaka Historical City Council’s (MBMB) ‘Kemakmuran Bersama – Kongsi Kasih’ Programme, here today.

Earlier, he and Melaka Housing, Local Government, Environment and Green Technology Committee chairman Datuk Tey Kok Kiew and MBMB Mayor Datuk Mansor Sudin presented RM80,000 worth of basic necessities to 1,000 recipients under the MBMB administration.

Commenting further, Low said the Health Department would also meet with the tourism industry players in the state, especially the hotel and tourism bus operators to brief them on the early preventive measures and precautions that could be taken to prevent coronavirus infection.

He said the parties were also encouraged to provide mouth and nose covers as well as hand wash facilities on premises and public vehicles for the use of tourists using their services.

“We hope the tourism industry players can help implement the early prevention efforts against the virus … no coercion but it is part of the responsibility that can be done that will benefit everyone,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Kelantan Health Dept denies coronavirus infection in Kota Bharu

KOTA BHARU, The Kelantan Health Department has denied a viral video clip message claiming a man was infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) here.

Its director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin said what transpired was a male patient in his 50s had been transferred from a private hospital to Tumpat Hospital this afternoon after he was showing symptoms of respiratory infection.

It was not a coronavirus case as claimed in a video clip that went viral on social media, he said when contacted by Bernama here.

The video clip showed several medical personnel wearing face masks were in the process to transport a man to Tumpat Hospital.

It was claimed that the man had come down with a fever after returning from Bangkok and sought treatment at a private hospital here.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

District health officer charged with submitting false payment voucher involving more than RM800,000

JOHOR BAHRU, A district health officer and an assistant accountant were today charged in the Sessions Court with 49 counts of corruption involving over RM800,000 between 2015 and 2016.

Dr Zaharah Mohd Salleh, 59, and Noor Shazriena Miskam, 34, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read out to them separately, before Judge Kamarudin Kamsun.

Dr Zaharah was charged with providing false payment vouchers totalling RM807,816.27 to the Ministry of Health, which included payment for supply of goods involving five companies which she knew were false and not supplied.

Noor Shazriena was charged with abetting Dr Zaharah in committing the offences under Section 28(1)(c) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption (MACC) Act 2009, read together with Section 18 and punishable under Section 24(2) of the same act.

They were charged with committing the offences at Ledang Health Office between March 2015 and November 2016.

Dr Zaharah is alleged to have committed the offence under Section 18 of the MACC Act 2009 and punishable under Section 24(2) of the same act.

The charges provide for a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine, no less than five times the amount of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

MACC deputy public prosecutor Suhaili Sapun suggested the court to offer bail of RM100,000 for each of the accused.

Lawyers Gan Seong Kim and Siti Nasrina Hasbullah who represented Dr Zaharah and Noor Shazriena appealed for the reduction in the sum on the grounds that Dr Zaharah was suffering from colon cancer while Noor Shazriena had five children to support.

Kamarudin set bail at RM50,000 for Dr Zaharah and RM60,000 for Noor Shazriena, in one surety each.

The court also ordered the accused to surrender their passports before setting March 15 for mention.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Malaysia a treasured member of the Commonwealth – Patricia Scotland

SEPANG, Commonwealth secretary-general Patricia Scotland regards Malaysia as a treasured member of the Commonwealth which has made significant contributions.

Malaysia is a treasured member of our family. So much has been contributed by Malaysia, she told reporters upon her arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) here today on a seven-day working visit until Feb 15.

She said the Commonwealth had greatly benefitted from the contributions made by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

You know that your prime minister was responsible for being one of the first to introduce performance management in the Commonwealth and we have greatly benefitted from that, she added.

Scotland also recalled memories on Commonwealth meetings of great impact which have taken place in Malaysia in previous years.

Malaysia is where the Langkawi Declaration on Climate Change was first made in 1989 before the world was talking about the climate change, she said.

(During that time) we here in Malaysia as the Commonwealth family told the world if we do not start to address it immediately it could cause a wide range of impacts with devastating consequences for planet Earth, she added.

Scotland said, Malaysia was where the Commonwealth made the first declaration (on climate change) as a family to say that the world must change.

And the Commonwealth lead the negotiations that went from Malta in 2015 and then to Paris where we (the Commonwealth) decided that we have to address this and the world followed us, she said.

Scotland said now she looks forward to Malaysia’s constant support in the Commonwealth.

Her working visit to Malaysia this time was on the invitation of the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) which proposed to extend the understanding of the ‘Rahmatan Lil Alamin’ (Mercy To All Creations) concept to the world, especially to all the 54 Commonwealth countries.

Scotland leading a six-member delegation was welcomed at KLIA by MAIWP chairman Datuk Seri Syed Hussien Alhabshee.

During this visit, she is scheduled to make a courtesy call on Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and attend a seminar on ‘Faith in the Commonwealth’ at the International Institute of Islamic Civilisation and the Malay World in Kuala Lumpur.

Scotland is the sixth secretary-general of the Commonwealth and the first woman to hold the post.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

70-year-old disabled woman dies in house fire

IPOH, A 70-year-old woman with visual and hearing impairments died in a fire which destroyed her house in Kampung Ara Payung, Batu Gajah, near here today.

Alang Alimah Amban, who suffered 60 per cent burns, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Perak Fire and Rescue Department.

The department received a report about the fire at 1.11 pm, and two rescue teams from Batu Gajah and Seri Iskandar fire stations were dispatched to the scene, its spokesperson said in a statement.

Batu Gajah district police chief ACP Ahmad Adnan Basri said preliminary investigations showed that the victim was alone at the time of the fire.

Firefighters found her lying on the kitchen floor and they managed to bring her out from the burning house.

However, she was pronounced dead by medical assistants at the scene, he said when contacted.

He said a post-mortem at the Batu Gajah Hospital showed that she died of suffocation due to heavy smoke inhalation.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Labuan coastal road project to be completed in Dec

LABUAN, The RM129 million Labuan coastal road project is scheduled for completion in December this year, said Deputy Federal Territories Datuk Dr Shahruddin Md Salleh.

He said the long-standing issue of land acquisition to facilitate the construction of the 5.1km alternative road had been resolved and that would help speed up the project’s completion.

We were briefed today by the Public Works Department (PWD) that the project is in progress and following the schedule strictly land acquisition issues have now been resolved amicably and the project will benefit Labuan folks soon, he said after making an official visit to the site today.

He was accompanied by Labuan Corporation chief executive officer Dr Fary Akmal Osman and PWD officials.

The design-and-build Membedai-Tanjung Aru coastal road project kicked off in December 2017 with the aim of improving connectivity and easing traffic congestion along Jalan Tun Mustapha.

The project, involving 49.927 acres (20.20 hectares) of land, once completed, will help road users from Kg Lajau, Tanjung Aru, Kerupang 1, 2 and 3, Nagalang and the nearby villages and residential areas enjoy smoother travel to the town centre.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

‘I saw many killed in front of me” – Thailand Mall shooting evacuee

BANGKOK, I heard many gunshots I saw many killed right in front of me, said Banpot Plerdjantuek who was one of many evacuated by security forces in yesterday’s shooting rampage at the Terminal 21 Shopping Mall in Nakhon Ratchasima (also known as Korat).

Banpot and his wife were in the shopping mall to buy a new handphone when a rogue soldier stormed inside.

We were rescued from third floor of the mall at around 9.40 pm (local time).

I am thankful to the security forces so that we could make it out of the shopping mall alive, he said when contacted today.

Another shopper who escaped from the mall, a Taiwanese tourist identified as Huang, 24 said it was just a normal shopping day when she went to the 6th floor of the shopping mall.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)