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Thailand to inoculate frontliners along northern border

Thailand will allocate 800,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the frontliners including the border security officers along the northern border as preparation for the possible influx of Myanmar refugees and to halt the spread of COVID-19.

Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) assistant spokesperson Dr Apisamai Srirangsan said the Public Health Ministry would distribute the vaccine to risk areas including the northern provinces following reports of Myanmar refugees crossing the borders.

“The frontliners are routinely in close contact with people crossing the borders. Therefore, they will be receiving the COVID-19 vaccine soon,” she said at the COVID-19 daily briefing here today.

Myanmar local media had reported that the military had launched air strikes in Karen state on Sunday causing up to 3,000 villagers to flee into the forest and cross into Thailand.

On Tuesday, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan o-cha said the country was ready to shelter those who fled Myanmar based on humanitarian principles.

Meanwhile, Apisamai said 100,000 residents in Phuket would be vaccinated before the resort island welcome tourists starting July 1.

Phuket plans to waive mandatory quarantine for vaccinated foreign tourists arriving starting July 1 to help revive the tourism industry that has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is to ensure the safety of the locals and incoming travellers,” she said.

Tourism Authority of Thailand expects at least 100,000 visitors to Phuket in the third quarter of this year.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Damage to Matsoorat cave: Perak to take stern action

–The Perak government will take stern action and seek compensation from the production company that did filming at Gua Matsoorat for the damage to the walls and fossils that are millions of years old in the cave.

State Housing, Local Government and Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi said there was evidence that the damage was done by the production company’s crew.

“However, on the compensation, it is still under discussion whether to impose a penalty or for the production company to pay the cost of restoring the place.

“We have called experts to see and assess the damage,” she told reporters here today.

The state government, she said, regretted the incident as Gua Matsoorat has been identified as is one of new geosites in the Kinta Valley Geopark.

Nolee Ashilin said the incident should be a lesson for all quarters and for the authorities concerned to be more firm in safeguarding the country’s heritage.

According to her, the Ipoh City Council (MBI) had given Syarikat Juita Viden Sdn Bhd permission to carry out filming around Ipoh from February 20 to April 30 and upon checking with the company, it was found that the shooting was done outside the cave.

However, it went viral on social media when netizens claimed that there was damage in the cave after the filming of a popular drama series.

They also alleged that the production crew had littered the place and shared several photographs showing the damage as well as a carving of the title of the drama on the cave’s wall.

Director Michael Ang said on Instagram that he regretted the incident and that they were trying to find the culprits.

Earlier, Nolee Ashilin witnessed the exchange of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between MBI and three companies, namely Uni-Technologies Sdn Bhd, Urban Scale Studio Sdn Bhd and Pavilion Agro Farm, for among others, to carry out a study on the action plan and branding of the ‘Greater Ipoh’ as a tourism region and ‘walkable city’ of Pekan Ipoh as a heritage and tourism city.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Consumers can also turn to civil court – Rosol

— Apart from the Tribunal for Consumer Claims (TTPM), consumers can take their cases to civil courts to claim redress in respect of any goods and services purchased.

Deputy Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Rosol Wahid said that TTPM served as an alternative platform to civil courts.

“TTPM’s job is only to ensure consumers are protected,” he said at a discussion entitled ‘Price Hike Ahead of Ramadan’ organised by the Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association (PPIM) on its Facebook page tonight.

In another development, Rosol denied allegations that the mobile application, ‘Price Catcher’ developed by the ministry failed to achieve its objectives.

“It’s just lack of promotion. Consumers can actually compare prices and save time to make comparisons,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

RTM makes history as it celebrates 75th anniversary, 60 years of RTM Orchestra

Today marks a historic day for the Malaysian Broadcasting Department (RTM) as it celebrates its 75th anniversary and the 60th anniversary of RTM Orchestra.

RTM in a statement today said the department is also set to create four new records in the Malaysia Book of Records, namely, the Longest Running Broadcasting – 75 years; Most Number of Forums Live Simultaneously Through RTM Radio and TV; Most Number of Official Ceremonies Live Simultaneously Through RTM Radio and TV and the Longest Running Orchestra.

The highlight will be the ‘Konsert Kita RTM Gemilang Selamanya’ to be broadcast live in the new norm on April 3 at 9pm at Auditorium Perdana, Angkasapuri.

“This concert to set the momentum to celebrate the double anniversary celebration will feature artistes produced by RTM over the past seven decades,” read the statement.

For the first time too, the RTM 75 Theme Song will be played and it will also see the launch of RTM Sports Channel, which is the first sports channel wholly owned by RTM that will bring local and international sports news via my Freeview Channel 111.

According to the statement, in conjunction with RTM Orchestra 60th anniversary celebration themed ‘Gemilang Selamanya’, the orchestra established since 1961, has come up with a new theme song Teman Setia Anda composed by Raja Sham and lyrics by Zaira.

The Perdana Ehwal Islam Special Forum will also be broadcast live on April 1 at 9.00 pm on TV1.

In line with the 75th anniversary celebration, the special forum themed “Evolution of Da’wah” will be broadcast for 75 minutes simultaneously in 15 locations and 75 production personnel have been tasked with the smooth running of the programme, it added.

RTM has also collaborated with Pos Malaysia to release the 75 Years of RTM set of stamps.

“As the voice between the government and the public through six TV channels and 34 radio stations, RTM with its slogan ‘Teman Setia Anda’ will always move with the times to cater to people of all ages,” it said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Community Internet Centres to serve as help centres for COVID-19 vaccination registration

The Community Internet Centres (PIKs) nationwide have been turned into help centres to help the public, especially senior citizens,having problems to register for the COVID-19 vaccination through the MySejahtera application.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), in a statement today, said by doing so, it is hoped to raise awareness among the people on the importance of the vaccination to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

To this effect, the full-time PIK staff will assist those having problems to register for the vaccination through the MySejahtera application, it said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Civil servants advised against involvement in anti-vaccine movement

— Civil servants are reminded not to be involved with anti -vaccine groups or movement.

Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali said this included making, publishing or distributing any statement, rumours or news on anti-vaccine with intention to cause fear among the public.

He said action could be taken under the existing law against those caught doing so, where those found guilty could be jailed for up to two years, or fine, or both.

Speaking at the Prime Minister’s Department’s Excellent Service Award (APC) 2020 presentation today, Mohd Zuki called on civil servants to register for the COVID-19 vaccination through the MySejahtera application.

“I hope that the COVID-19 vaccination programme can help eliminate this epidemic, hence allowing us all to return to a more conducive and prosperous living,” he said.

Mohd Zuki is among those who have completed the COVID-19 vaccination process. He received the first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Feb 25 and the second dose on March 18.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Wanyoo eSports centre offers seamless gaming experience to global players

— In the past 23 years, Wanyoo devoted itself to make offline internet entertainment space more enjoyable for global game players, so it evolved from an internet café to eSports centre.

Rather than simply provide internet services in a café, the idea of eSports centre is to provide e-sports players a complex of video games, food and beverage, games related events and a social space.

According to a statement, by 2020-end, Wanyoo eSports centres serviced more than 40 million players globally.

Through Wanyoo’s global partners and players, it continues to exert its international influence by actively cooperating with eSports teams, international and domestic tournaments and video game publishers.

The two well-known esports teams IG and 4AM have been endorsing Wanyoo for years. It also achieved partnership with PGI.S.2021.

In 2019, Wanyoo held the first international Wanyoo eSports centre league covering Wanyoo players from New York, London, Singapore, among others.

In addition to where Wanyoo comes from, there are 12 Wanyoo eSports centres in America, Britain, Canada, Australia and Singapore. These stores endeavour to provide local game lovers the most enjoyable playing space.

In the next three years, Wanyoo is going to develop its eSports centre franchise business including in Italy, Germany and Japan and plans to run 50 stores outside of China in total.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency