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RM132 mln Labuan coastal road project to complete next April

LABUAN The RM132 million Labuan coastal road project is scheduled for completion in April next year, following a delay of nine per cent progress work due to the Movement Control Order (MCO) and land acquisition issues.

 

The 5.1 km project under 11th Malaysia Plan is set to benefit at least 35 per cent of the road users in the duty-free island such as Kg Tanjung Aru, Nagalang, Kerupang 1, 2 and 3 to enjoy smoother traffic to the town centre.

 

The design-and-build coastal road project commenced in December 2017 from Membedai to Tanjung Aru would improve Labuan’s connectivity and ease traffic congestion along Jalan Tun Mustapha.

 

 

 

This was stated in a project briefing by Public Works Department (PWD) senior engineer Ir. Sudin Hasim to Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa at the project site today.

 

The total project development progress is about 75 per cent, with the remaining 25 per cent on the construction of 1 km of road to Membedai.

 

Earlier, Annuar visited the tuna fish-based produce project at the Fisheries Department here accompanied by his ministry secretary-general Datuk Rosida Jaafar, Labuan Corporation (LC) chief executive officer Dr Fary Akmal Osman, LC deputy chief executive officers Ibrahim Tambil and Rithuan Ismail.

 

 

This is Annuar’s maiden visit to Labuan after his appointment as Federal Territories Minister in March.

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

 

New faces in Labuan MPP line-up

 

LABUAN The People’s Representative Council (MPP) in Labuan for the 2020-2021 term will parade a new line-up of leaders for all the five sub-zones.

 

They will be led by a chairman from Umno, Mohd DZulfaizal Ab Manan, who will be assisted by Rahim Mohd Salleh of PAS (sub-zone 1), Chew Chin Hui of MCA (sub-zone 2), Omar Masir of Umno (sub-zone 3), Ahmad Junid Mohd Aling of PAS (sub-zone 4) and Fadilah Eddy Abdul Khalid of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (sub-zone 5).

 

They received their appointment letters from Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annur Musa at Wisma Perbadanan Labuan today.

 

 

 

Mohd DZulfaizal told Bernama that the new line-up, representing all parties in Perikatan Nasional (PN), would strive for unity among the multi-racial community in Labuan when serving the 27 villages in the sub-zones.

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Sengarang Nasi Lemak seller boosts sale with antique Volvo

BATU PAHAT In a rare ‘relationship’ with a classic car Volvo 122 Amazon and Malaysian favourite ‘nasi lemak’ in Senggarang here, is a man who is in love with the former and depends on the later for his livelihood.

 

Mohsin Yusop, 40, a nasi lemak seller, has 10 of the same cars, produced during the 1960s, in his collection.

 

Out of the ten, five had been modified, and two out of the five, were being used by Mohsin and his wife, Norazlina Jaafar, 38 to sell nasi lemak, resulting in them receiving the moniker ‘Nasi Lemak Volvo RM1’ by customers.

 

 

 

“The five modified Volvo have their respective names such as Master Hawk, Mini On and Sampan Volvo Jaguh. Besides that, one of the cars is regularly rented for ceremonies like wedding and retirement.

 

“In fact, one of the cars is now being modified into a food truck for my use to sell nasi lemak in the future,” he disclosed to Bernama.

 

According to Mohsin, he started the hobby of collecting Volvo cars five years ago after finding it difficult to ferry his nasi lemak on his Modenas Jaguh motorcyle to the place of business located about one kilometre from his house

 

 

As such, he started to customise an antic car, which he had bought a few years back, for transporting 500 packs of nasi lemak daily.

 

“I did not expect the Volvo and Modenas Jaguh combination to became an attraction to boost our sale,” said the father of three children, aged five to 13 years old.

 

Although, he was actively carrying out modification works on the cars, Mohsin said, he still kept one car in its original form as his main transportation.

 

“Initially, many said it was weird seeing me buying many old junks, but now after witnessing the results, they finally understand,” said Mohsin who had spent about RM60,000 on the hobby.

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

RM20,000 compound imposed on trader for selling face masks above controlled price

 

LANGKAWI A trader here was slapped with a RM20,000 compound for selling three-ply face masks higher than the controlled price set by the government.

 

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) chief enforcement officer in Langkawi Abdul Rafar Wahid said the action was taken during a special inspection on compliance of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) yesterday.

 

“The trader was found selling 2,859 face masks at RM1.80 per piece, which is above the ceiling price set by the government.

 

 

 

 

“The inspection was carried out in accordance with Section 11 of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 and the trader is given 14 days to pay the compound,” he said in a statement today.

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

32 passengers leave for Singapore in first flight from Ipoh since MCO

IPOH Thirty-two passengers comprising locals as well as citizens and permanent residents of Singapore, today left for the republic from the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport (LSTAS) here, the first flight since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was enforced on March 18.

 

All the passengers boarded a plane owned by Singapore’s low-cost airline, FlyScoot TR481 at 1.10 pm.

 

Perak Housing, Local Government and Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi said only one flight departed from LTSAS today.

 

 

 

 

“So far there has been only one flight to that country and the state government is ready including providing a quarantine centre if there is an incoming flight to Perak,” she said when contacted.

 

Meanwhile, Ipoh district police chief ACP A. Asmadi Abdul Aziz said the flight consisted of eight Singaporeans including a child, 19 permanent residents of Singapore and five Malaysian students studying in the neighbouring country.

 

He said all the students were allowed to return to Singapore after obtaining an in-principle approval (IPA), as well as permission from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority and Singapore’s Education Ministry.

 

 

“The situation was under control and everyone involved cooperated well,” he told Bernama.

 

Perak National Security Council (MKN) director, Khairul Ridzuan Mat Said said there were no obstacles for people of any nation to return to their country of origin, while Malaysian students were given clearance after obtaining permission from the authorities of the republic and the relevant ministries.

 

Meanwhile, LTSAS manager Mohd Ali Osman said they received 53 ticket bookings, but only 32 passengers boarded the flight today.

 

The mother of a passenger B. Sarasvathi, 49, said her only child, Ng Yee Ling, 20, was grateful to be allowed to return to Singapore, to continue her nursing education in her final semester, at the Nanyang Polytechnic.

 

“My daughter came home to Sungai Siput in February for her semester break, and was supposed to return in March, but was unable to do so because of the MCO and the COVID-19 outbreak,” she said, adding that her daughter was supposed to return on Friday but postponed to today.

 

A Bernama check at LTSAS found that the media was not allowed to enter, while passengers had to register and have their body temperature checked at the main entrance before being allowed to enter the departure hall and board the plane.

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

 

Proposed Labuan bridge deserves serious attention – Annuar Musa

LABUAN The long-standing proposal to build a bridge to link Labuan to mainland Sabah should be given serious attention because of its potential economic benefits to the island, said Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

 

“We had a lengthy discussion this morning, and I visited the proposed site to understand the potential of having the bridge.

 

“But as I mentioned earlier, let’s not talk big about the whole thing and later on you may not be able to deliver. Nevertheless, we accept the fact that the bridge construction is something that should be given serious attention,” he told reporters after presenting appointment letters to the new leaders of the Labuan People’s Representative Council (MPP) at Wisma Perbadanan Labuan today.

 

 

 

Annuar was on a three-day working visit to Labuan, his first since being appointed minister in March this year.

 

He said there might be issues like costing and technical matters to be resolved which would need close cooperation between the Sabah and federal governments.

 

Annuar said all these aspects must be thoroughly studied before the project could be implemented.

 

 

He stressed the need for an indepth study of Labuan’s development plans in line with its status as a federal territory.

 

“I would like to look at the Labuan development plans from a bigger context…including the government’s early aspiration of turning Labuan into a federal territory,” he said.

 

Meanwhile, Annuar also said the vacant post of Labuan Corporation (LC) chairman would be filled soon.

 

“The chairman’s post was neither terminated nor cancelled, but rather all political appointments by the previous Pakatan Harapan government were automatically dropped after Perikatan Nasional formed the government,” he said.

 

The post was previously held by Parti Amanah Negara member Datuk Seri Amir Hussien.

 

“The appointment for the new LC chairman, who is from Labuan, has been made known to the prime minister, and he will decide on the candidate,” he added.

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

 

MOH to monitor SOP compliance until Aug 31

PUTRAJAYA The Ministry of Health (MOH) will continue to monitor and ensure that standard operating procedures (SOPs) are adhered to, until the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) expires on August 31.

 

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said checks would continue to be conducted under Act 342 (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act) so that action could be taken against those who fail to comply with the SOPs.

 

“Strict compliance must go on as the virus is still lurking in the community and the possibility of infection still exists.

 

 

 

“If after Aug 31, cases remain to be at single or double digits, MOH will consider lifting the country’s border controls,” he said at the daily press conference on COVID-19 development at the ministry, here today.

 

He said one of the conditions to be considered before the border reopening was that, movement should only be limited to the green zones or low risk COVID-19 countries.

 

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham is confident that Malaysia will be able to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission with rigorous public health control measures, without the need for vaccine.

 

 

“If we could control the spread of  SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) infection, by just following public health recommendations, then it is not impossible for us to break the COVID-19 chain of infection without the use of vaccine,“ he said adding that this would be a better option.

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency