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Non-Muslim marriage ceremonies now allowed, with strict SOPs – Ismail Sabri

KUALA LUMPUR, Marriage solemnisation ceremonies for non-Muslims are now allowed but all set standard operating procedures (SOPs) must be strictly followed, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.


He said non-Muslim solemnisation ceremonies will be allowed at non-Muslim places of worship and religious association premises that involve a marriage registrar appointed under Section 28 of the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 (Act164).


According to Ismail Sabri, only 20 people or less are allowed to attend the ceremony, including the assistant marriage registrar, and this is also subject to crowd capacity of the premise in which the ceremony is taking place, adding that social distancing protocols must be adhered to.




“The marriage ceremonies must comply with all SOPs set by the National Security Council (MKN) and the Health Ministry (MOH).


“Wedding receptions are still not permitted,” he said in a statement here today.


Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said the police, which heads the Compliance Operations Task Force, detained 20 individuals yesterday for violating the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).



Ten of them were remanded while the other 10 were slapped with compound notices.


“Among the violations include indulging in karaoke and family entertainment centres activity (six people), pub and nightclub activities (eight), trying out clothes in a clothing store (one) and being involved in activities that hampered social distancing protocols (five),” he said.


He said 66,468 inspections were carried out by the task force yesterday, involving 3,503 compliance teams with a total 15,432 members.


Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said the police arrested 14 foreigners for immigration violations under Op Benteng yesterday, with 38,474 vehicles checked at 60 roadblocks to curb the entry of illegals.


On sanitisation of public spaces, he said 49 operations were conducted yesterday involving 34 zones in nine states, including in Sarawak (22), Sabah (11) and Selangor (four).


Besides this, he said 528 Malaysians also returned home via the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) yesterday from Singapore, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Indonesia, Australia, Japan, Vietnam, India, the Netherlands and South Korea.


“Of those, 526 chose to undergo home quarantine while two more were taken to hospital,” he said.


Also, checks by the Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB) found that two construction sites had failed to follow the set SOPs.


To date, 2,176 sites were found to be following the SOPs while 421 did not, all of which were issued with warnings, he said, adding that CIDB had also ordered 19 construction sites to close for not adhering to SOPs.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency


Police probing road rage incident in Kota Damansara

KUALA LUMPUR, Police are probing a road rage incident that happened along Jalan Persiaran Surian, Kota Damansara, near here yesterday.


Petaling Jaya police chief  ACP Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said in the 4.40 pm, a car driven by a 29-year-old man was suddenly blocked by another causing him to have to stop abruptly .


“A man came out of the other car and started shouting at the victim while hitting his car and trying to open the door on the driver’s side. He also demanded that the victim come out,” he told Bernama today.




However, he said the victim managed to drive off and went to the nearest police station to lodge a report.


“”The victim said that the bully was unhappy that he was applying the brakes too frequently but he could not avoid it because of the traffic congestion there at the time,” he said,


He added that the victim recorded the incident on his smartphone and on board camera in the car.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency



Chini by-election: Candidates start campaigning amid new normal

PEKAN, The Chini state seat by-election campaign entered its second day today and all candidates started campaigning in a different atmosphere as the country is still battling the COVID-19 pandemic.


In the past candidates would go to the ground to meet up with voters in a friendly atmosphere but things are a bit different this time around with the adoption of the new normal practices following the enforcement of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), as part of efforts to curb COVID-19 infection.


The introduction of special operating procedures (SOPs) for the Chini by-election by the Election Commission (EC) saw all three candidates carrying out their campaign activities using a more moderate approach.





Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Mohd Sharim Md Zain, 41, said he had to change and improve the campaign schedule to suit the SOPs.


“Although Chini is a COVID-19 green zone, we are complying with the SOPs by taking body temperature, providing hand sanitisers and face masks,” he said when met by reporters after a walkabout around Bandar Dara Chini this morning accompanied by his two supporters.


Meanwhile, independent candidate Tengku Datuk Zainul Hisham Tengku Hussin, 64, said he found it awkward initially but was getting used to it.



“It was a bit awkward at first for me to get used to it, but over time I understood that it needed to be adhered to for my own benefit and the community here,” he said.


In his walkabout and door-to-door session, Tengku Zainul Hisham was practising social distancing and he was accompanied only by two supporters.


Yesterday, the EC approved several amendments to the SOPs for the Chini by-election, by allowing candidates and parties to hold the ‘ceramah’ (political talks) with not more than 250 participants at any one time and subject to the size of the venue as well as limited to only indoor premises, apart from complying with the existing SOPs.


Physical contact such as shaking hands is strictly prohibited and organisers must ensure compliance to the existing rules as well as the SOPs such as practising social distancing, wearing face masks, using sanitiser, taking of body temperature and attendance record.


Candidates are also encouraged to maximise their campaign methods online or through social media sites.


Another independent candidate Mohd Shukri Mohd Ramli, 49, said he had no problem adhering to the SOPs for the by-election because as a blogger he has been using the online platform for a long time.


Mohd Shukri said he would also use online radio broadcasts through the Facebook page under the CMKFM account to convey his by-election messages.


“I don’t think there is any problem in adhering to the SOPs. Maybe this new normal practices are causing some difficulties to others, but I am used to online platforms,” he said.


The Chini state by-election on July 4 is a three-cornered fight between Mohd Shukri, Tengku Zainul Hisham and Mohd Sharim for the seat which fell vacant following the death of its incumbent Datuk Seri Abu Bakar Harun, 60, from BN on May 7.


In the 14th general election (GE14), Abu Bakar defended the Chini state seat with a majority of 4,622 votes after securing 10,027 votes, while PAS candidate Mohd Fadhil Noor Abdul Karim received 5,405 dan Mohamad Razali Ithnain (PKR) obtained 1,065 votes.


Source: BERNAMA News Agency


MAF Chief visits Sarawak-Kalimantan border

The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) chief Gen Tan Sri Affendi Buang today conducted a working visit to the joint MAF and Indonesian National Armed Forces post at the Biawak Operation Planning Committee Camp in Lundu, Sarawak.


The MAF headquarters, in a statement, said Affendi’s visit was to study the preparedness of the army which was involved in the guarding of the land border between between Sarawak and Kalimantan, Indonesia, which is also part of the implementation of Op Benteng by the National Task Force (NTF).


“It aims to tighten the national borders in close co-ordination with other enforcement and security agencies to tackle cross-border crime activities, especially to prevent the encroachment of illegal immigrants as well as prevent the possible outbreaks of COVID-19 they may be carrying.


“MAF, the Royal Malaysian Police (RMN), the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and other security enforcement agencies will continue to be committed in implementing Op Benteng,” it said.


During the visit, Affendi was also taken to one of the rat trails in Biawak, which was tightly guarded to prevent any intrusion or cross-border criminal activity, and was briefed on operations by the Fourth Regiment  Royal Armoured Corp chief, Lt Col Shamzaini Misran.


Also with Affendi on the visit were Army chief Gen Datuk Zamrose Mohd Zain, Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail, Sarawak Immigration Department director Datu Ken Leben and Sarawak Customs director Datuk Sharifah Halimah Tuanku Taha.



The COVID-19 Op Benteng was launched on May 12 with the co-operation of the RMP, MAF, MMEA and all the country’s land and maritime enforcement agencies.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency




Private care centres urged to help staff undergo COVID-19 screening – Fatimah


KUCHING, The private elderly care centres are encouraged to assist all of their staff to undergo COVID-19 screening test even though it is not required for them to do so, said Sarawak Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.


She said the test was important as elderly people were at higher risk of exposure to COVID-19.


“It is compulsory for the staff of government institutions to undergo the screening and for the private institutions, although the staff have to pay for it, but we encourage them to do so,” she told reporters after visiting Rumah Seri Kenangan here today.




She added that strict actions including immediate closure could be imposed if private care centres failed follow the standard operating procedures (SOP) during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period.


Monitoring would continue to ensure that senior care centres, nurseries and kindergartens in the state fully complied with the SOP, she said.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency


Bachok to get new RM40 mln court building

KOTA BHARU The Bachok district will have a new court building to replace the old one which is over 40 years old.


Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said in Bachok there was increased backlog of court cases as the existing building was unable to accommodate  the trials.


He said the Bachok Court building was also located in a small area and not many vehicles could be parked there. Even for police use there was not enough place.




“From our visit there we could see the building needs to be refurbished as it is over 40 years old.


“In this regard, we have also identified three acres of land in Bachok for the construction of a new building,” he told reporters after a formal working visit to the Kota Baru Court Complex here, today.


Elaborating, Takiyuddin said that the Bachok court construction project was already stated in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) and, if approved, it would be completed within two years from now at a cost of about RM40 million.



Commenting further, Takiyuddin said his visit to the Kota Baru Court Complex found that some improvements needed to be made and these were in the final stages and that there should be no problem in opening the building complex as planned soon.


Meanwhile, Takiyuddin said the amendment to the Road Transport Act 1987 to provide for heavier punishment against reckless drivers and those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs was now at the final stage and would be finalised before being brought to the Cabinet in two weeks’ time.


Even though the act was under the Ministry of Transport, he said the department was also involved in making recommendations.


“This is a safety or protection measure as well as a precautionary measure,” he said.


Under Section 45A (1) of the Road Transport Act, anyone caught drink-driving can be fined between RM1,000 and RM6,000 or jailed up to 12 months.


For fatal accidents caused by drink-driving, offenders can be charged under Section 44 of the Act, which provides for a maximum fine of RM10,000 and jail term of up to 12 months.




Source: BERNAMA News Agency

More than 90 pct SOP compliance at hair salons – Nanta


BUKIT MERTAJAM, Compliance with the standard operating procedure (SOP) at barbershops and hairdressing salons has reached more than 90 per cent since they resumed operations on June 10, said Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi.


He said that 551 inspections had been conducted at these outlets and none was ordered to close their operations.


“The ministry’s enforcement officers will continue with their inspection and monitoring,” he told reporters after visiting the Prai branch of the Prifaria Distribution Haulage here today.




He said that so far 788 notices had been issued under Section 21 of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011, along with 12 warning notices.


Nanta said enforcement officers would be on the ground to ensure that all barbershop and hairdressing salon operators adhere to the SOP issued by the government as this sector was vulnerable to COVID-19 because their operations involve physical contact.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency