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Rotation system for schools in Sibu beginning Monday

— All primary and secondary schools in Sibu District will start a class rotation system starting Monday to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Sarawak Assistant Minister of Education and Technological Research, Dr Annuar Rapaee said the decision was made after taking into account the safety factors and congestion at schools.

“We want to reduce the number of students to be in school at one time. Last week, when the school session re-opened, all the students went and there was congestion,” he said in a statement posted on his social media site Saturday.

Annuar said under the rotation system, Year 4, 5 and 6 students will go to school on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while the pre-schoolers and those in Year 1, 2 and 3 will go to school on Tuesday and Thursday.

For secondary school students, those in Form 4 to 6 will attend school as usual every day, he said, adding that those in Remove Class and in Form 3 will go to school on the first and third week of the month.

He said the second and fourth week will be for Form 1 and 2 students to go to school.

On days the students are not required to go to school, Home-based Teaching and Learning session (PdPR) session will be conducted, he added.

Meanwhile, Annuar said a total of 223 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) candidates in Sibu town who could not sit for the examination recently due to COVID-19 will sit for the examination from April 6 to 23.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Dr Noor Hisham awarded Honorary Doctorate in Leadership in Public Health by UKM

— Health director-genera Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah was conferred the honorary doctorate in Leadership in Public Health in conjunction with the 48th convocation of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

The scroll was presented to him by UKM chancellor Tuanku Muhriz Almarhum Tuanku Munawir yesterday.

In a posting on his Twitter yesterday, Dr Noor Hisham thanked the Yang Dipertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir for presenting him the award,

He regarded the award as a recognition of the commitment and dedication of educators at UKM and all the health workers.

“My appreciation and gratitude to UKM and its Faculty of Medicine for this award. As an alumnus of the UKM Faculty of Medicine in 1988 and 1994, I am also proud to see the success achieved by graduates who received their degrees at this convocation ceremony, which is held under the new normal circumstances,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham also expressed his appreciation to his mentor Prof Emeritus Dr Freda Andrea Meah, who is an endocrinologist, for her congratulatory speech.

“I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for the guidance and supervision of Professor Freda Meah. Thank you very much and I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity and the lifetime journey to do what is right for the people. InsyaAllah,” said Dr Noor Hisham.

The video of the speech was uploaded by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, UKM, Prof Dr Raja Affendi Raja Ali on his twitter page yesterday.

In the 45 -second video, Dr Freda Andrea said Dr Noor Hisham was his first trainee for endocrine surgery and that he was the best endocrine surgeon.

“I am extremely proud of him, I congratulate him from the bottom of my heart in receiving the doctorate degree which he deserved 100 per cent,” she said.

Last year, Dr Noor Hisham was awarded the 2019 Distinguished Alumni by the UKM Faculty of Medicine for his great contribution in the field of medicine.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

279,023 individuals complete both doses of COVID-19 vaccination – Dr Adham

— A total of 279, 023 individuals in the first phase of the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme have completed receiving both doses of their vaccine shots as of yesterday.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said 508,481 individuals were given the first dose during the same period, bringing the total number of doses administered so far to 787,504.

Based on an infographic shared on his official Twitter page today, Selangor recorded the state with the highest recipients of the first dose, at 71,403 , followed by Sarawak (52,157), Perak (50,334), Sabah (46,459) and Kuala Lumpur (44,925).

Selangor also recorded the highest number of recipients who had completed both doses, totalling 34,716 individuals, followed by Perak (29,412), Kuala Lumpur (26,637), Sarawak (26,600) dan Sabah (24,737).

On the number of registrations for the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme, Dr Adham said, it was 7,808,785 or 32.20 per cent with Selangor recording the highest number with 2,123, 502 registrations.

According to the immunisation programme, the implementation period of the first phase of vaccination is from February to April, involving 500,000 frontliners, including health workers.

The programme will continue for the second phase which is expected from April to August this year involving 9.4 million senior citizens, aged 60 and above, as well as the vulnerable groups with morbidity problems, in addition to persons with disabilities.

The third phase scheduled from May to February 2022 is for individuals aged 18 and above, targetting about 13.7 million people.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

SRC: Court to hear Najib’s appeal tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Court of Appeal is scheduled to hear Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s appeal against his conviction and jail sentence for misappropriation of RM42 million of SRC International Sdn Bhd funds.

It is Najib’s first appeal after the Kuala Lumpur High Court, on July 28, last year, sentenced the former premier to 12 years’ jail and fined him RM210 million after finding him guilty on seven charges of criminal breach of trust (CBT), money laundering and abuse of position, involving RM42 million of SRC funds.

Apart from April 5, the court also fixed April 6 to 8, 12 to 15 and April 19 to 22 to hear the appeal.

Najib has submitted 307 grounds in his petition of appeal on why he should be cleared of the charges.

Among the grounds mentioned in the petition is that he had failed to get a fair and just trial in the case.

On July 28, last year High Court Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali sentenced Najib to 10 years’ jail on each of the three counts of CBT and each of the three counts of money laundering, and 12 years’ jail and a RM210 million fine, in default five years’ jail, in the case of abuse of position.

However, he will only serve 12 years in jail as the judge ordered all the jail sentences to run concurrently.

Najib, 67, is currently out on bail of RM2 million in two sureties pending appeal.

Tomorrow, a total of 21 reporters from local and international media, will given passes to follow the proceedings via a video link in a room.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Moderate earthquake in Banda Sea, Indonesia

A moderate earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale was detected in Banda Sea, Indonesia, at 2.42 am today.

According to the Malaysian Meteorology Department (MetMalaysia), the location of the quake was 166 kilometres south of Ambon, Indonesia, and at a depth of 340 kilometres.

However, it posed no tsunami threat to Malaysia.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency