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SPPP assures Pangkalan Raja Tun Uda traders’ future

The Penang Port Commission (SPPP) will ensure the welfare of all traders at Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal is protected after the transfer of ferry operations to the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal (SPCT).

SPPP chairman Datuk Tan Teik Cheng said SPPP had met all the traders affected by the relocation of ferry operations for pedestrians and guarantees had been given to them.

“I have assured them (traders) that we are planning to temporarily transfer them to SPCT so that they can continue their business.

“We need about two weeks for the renovation process at SPCT before they are allowed to do business there,” he told reporters after conducting a survey of the first day of the Penang fast boat operation here, today.

He said SPPP also intended to provide free rent for a while to those who would move from the Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal to SPCT.

So far, Tan said almost 10 stalls at the Tun Uda Ferry Terminal would be affected by the transfer of ferry operations for pedestrians to SPCT.

Previously, traders at the Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal had expressed concern about the future of their business after ferry operations for pedestrians had moved to SPCT which is about 1 kilometre from where they now trade.

Meanwhile, Tan said the fast boat operation which started operating at 6.30 this morning had run smoothly.

He said the two fast boats operating to carry the pedestrian passengers were expected to be able to reach 10,000 people until 11 pm later.

“The maximum capacity of a fast boat is 200 passengers and we provide one boat every 30 minutes,” he said.

Starting today, the fast boat services would be used to carry pedestrian passengers to replace the iconic ferry, which already been operating for 126 years.

The existing ferry would only be used for cyclists and motorcyclists until July 2022, while the ferry service for cars was terminated from today.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

SPPP assures Pangkalan Raja Tun Uda traders’ future

The Penang Port Commission (SPPP) will ensure the welfare of all traders at Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal is protected after the transfer of ferry operations to the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal (SPCT).

SPPP chairman Datuk Tan Teik Cheng said SPPP had met all the traders affected by the relocation of ferry operations for pedestrians and guarantees had been given to them.

“I have assured them (traders) that we are planning to temporarily transfer them to SPCT so that they can continue their business.

“We need about two weeks for the renovation process at SPCT before they are allowed to do business there,” he told reporters after conducting a survey of the first day of the Penang fast boat operation here, today.

He said SPPP also intended to provide free rent for a while to those who would move from the Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal to SPCT.

So far, Tan said almost 10 stalls at the Tun Uda Ferry Terminal would be affected by the transfer of ferry operations for pedestrians to SPCT.

Previously, traders at the Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal had expressed concern about the future of their business after ferry operations for pedestrians had moved to SPCT which is about 1 kilometre from where they now trade.

Meanwhile, Tan said the fast boat operation which started operating at 6.30 this morning had run smoothly.

He said the two fast boats operating to carry the pedestrian passengers were expected to be able to reach 10,000 people until 11 pm later.

“The maximum capacity of a fast boat is 200 passengers and we provide one boat every 30 minutes,” he said.

Starting today, the fast boat services would be used to carry pedestrian passengers to replace the iconic ferry, which already been operating for 126 years.

The existing ferry would only be used for cyclists and motorcyclists until July 2022, while the ferry service for cars was terminated from today.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID-19: Stop stigma, marginalising former patient – Sabah CM

— The public is asked to do away with the stigma or the marginalising of former COVID-19 patients in order to help the former patients fully recover, especially in terms of their mental health.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor said, as a former COVID-19 patient, he himself understood the situation experienced by the former patients of the virus who needed a supportive attitude towards them.

“When this happens, some in our society have the idea that when infected with this virus, the person is very dangerous, so some friends are scared and stay away.

“Actually, those who have recovered will not infect others with COVID-19, I myself have recovered from COVID-19, thank God for giving me another chance,” he said in an interview with Bernama and RTM here, today.

At the same time, he also reminded the public to adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOP) set to prevent the spread of the epidemic.

According to him, the practise of maintaining discipline in the new norms must be followed such as always maintaining physical distancing, wearing face mask, washing hands and always maintaining personal hygiene.

“I urge the people to adhere to good discipline, but it is not necessary to the point of staying away from friends or former COVID-19 patients.

“We can interact with them as long as we observe the SOP. If we do, this God willing, we are free from COVID-19, in fact I always hope and pray that COVID-19 will end in Sabah shortly,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID-19: Stop stigma, marginalising former patient – Sabah CM

— The public is asked to do away with the stigma or the marginalising of former COVID-19 patients in order to help the former patients fully recover, especially in terms of their mental health.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor said, as a former COVID-19 patient, he himself understood the situation experienced by the former patients of the virus who needed a supportive attitude towards them.

“When this happens, some in our society have the idea that when infected with this virus, the person is very dangerous, so some friends are scared and stay away.

“Actually, those who have recovered will not infect others with COVID-19, I myself have recovered from COVID-19, thank God for giving me another chance,” he said in an interview with Bernama and RTM here, today.

At the same time, he also reminded the public to adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOP) set to prevent the spread of the epidemic.

According to him, the practise of maintaining discipline in the new norms must be followed such as always maintaining physical distancing, wearing face mask, washing hands and always maintaining personal hygiene.

“I urge the people to adhere to good discipline, but it is not necessary to the point of staying away from friends or former COVID-19 patients.

“We can interact with them as long as we observe the SOP. If we do, this God willing, we are free from COVID-19, in fact I always hope and pray that COVID-19 will end in Sabah shortly,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID-19: Stricter requirement to enter Labuan beginning today

The Labuan Health Department beginning today made it compulsory for all travellers to present negative Antigen Rapid Test Kit (RTK-Ag) or Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 results before being allowed to enter the duty-free-island.

Its director Dr Ismuni Bohari said the additional condition applied to all visitors and travellers across Malaysia being entering the island via Labuan ferry terminals and Labuan Airport.

“We have to enforce the stricter ruling following the increase in COVID-19 cases lately.

“Yesterday, a dozen passengers who arrived at the Labuan Airport tested positive for the virus, and we cannot afford to have more cases coming in from those outside Labuan, ” he told Bernama.

Prior to this requirement, travellers (from other parts in the country) could have the test done either at the Labuan Airport of Labuan Ro-Ro Ferry Terminal for a minimal fee of RM61.

Dr Ismuni said the condition is similar to what is being enforced by Sabah and Sarawak governments.

Labuan has so far recorded a total of 1, 701 COVID-19 cases and currently has four active clusters, namely Hujung Pasir, J Bandar, Titian and Saguking.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID-19: Stricter requirement to enter Labuan beginning today

The Labuan Health Department beginning today made it compulsory for all travellers to present negative Antigen Rapid Test Kit (RTK-Ag) or Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 results before being allowed to enter the duty-free-island.

Its director Dr Ismuni Bohari said the additional condition applied to all visitors and travellers across Malaysia being entering the island via Labuan ferry terminals and Labuan Airport.

“We have to enforce the stricter ruling following the increase in COVID-19 cases lately.

“Yesterday, a dozen passengers who arrived at the Labuan Airport tested positive for the virus, and we cannot afford to have more cases coming in from those outside Labuan, ” he told Bernama.

Prior to this requirement, travellers (from other parts in the country) could have the test done either at the Labuan Airport of Labuan Ro-Ro Ferry Terminal for a minimal fee of RM61.

Dr Ismuni said the condition is similar to what is being enforced by Sabah and Sarawak governments.

Labuan has so far recorded a total of 1, 701 COVID-19 cases and currently has four active clusters, namely Hujung Pasir, J Bandar, Titian and Saguking.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

2020: PPZ-MAIWP collects RM756 million zakat

— The total zakat (Islamic tax, one of the pillars of Islam) collected by the Zakat Collection Centre of the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council (PPZ-MAIWP) last year went up by 11 per cent to RM756 million compared to RM682 million previously.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri said the total was the best since PPZ-MAIWP was set up 30 years ago.

“I am thankful to Allah because the collection of zakat has shown an extraordinary increase even when the country is facing the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As the minister in charge of MAIWP, I have seen the seriousness shown by all PPZ-MAIWP staff in mobilising zakat dakwah efforts and courting various sections of society through the corporate social responsibility initiative, Khaira PPZ especially in these difficult times,” he said in a media statement here today.

He also congratulated the PPZ-MAIWP board members led by Datuk Seri Syed Ali Al-Habshee, the management team led by chief executive officer Ahmad Shukri Yusoff and all PPZ-MAIWP staff for this achievement.

Zulkifli said he and the religious agencies under the Prime Minister’s Department were determined to continue to treat the zakat recipients well.

“Every cent earned will be distributed fairly to those in need. The confidence and trust of Muslims in the Federal Territory to the credibility of MAIWP as an institution that manages zakat will continue to be defended with full integrity.

“God willing, every recipient will continue to be championed so that all of them can get out of the shackles of poverty and hardship,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency