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Govt expects all seniors in Klang Valley to get at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine very soon – PM Muhyiddin

— The government expects all senior citizens in the Klang Valley to be vaccinated with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the next few weeks.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said it was in line with the decision that this group be allowed to come and get their vaccine shots on a ‘walk in’ basis at all Vaccination Centres (PPV) and government health facilities in the Klang Valley from today.

“All PPVs and clinics and health facilities under the Ministry of Health (MOH) are ready to accept these senior citizens whether they are registered or unregistered,” he told reporters after visiting pharmaceutical company Pharmaniaga LifeScience Sdn Bhd here today.

Muhyiddin said that as of July 15, a total of 3,025,275 senior citizens had registered for vaccination and that 2,680,880 or 88.61 per cent of them had received at least one dose of vaccine.

Prior to this, National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had said that senior citizens who had not yet received an appointment could ‘walk in’ at any PPV in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor to get their first dose of vaccine shots from today

Touching on the supply of vaccines, Muhyiddin said that Pharmaniaga which manufactures the Sinovac vaccine is very close to fulfilling the 12.4 million doses of the vaccine ordered by the government.

The prime minister also expressed pride in the company’s success in completing pre-ordered vaccine orders, and said that the supply would help the government speed up the vaccination process.

“This is a decision I made earlier this year, that Pharmaniaga will assist the government in implementing the country’s COVID-19 vaccination process, and it turned out to be successful with the support of vaccines produced by others,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

MH17: Malaysia remains committed to seeking justice for victims

Malaysia remains steadfast in its position to see all evidence related to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine made public and the judicial process be conducted fairly and not affected by any political pressure in order for justice to prevail.

In a statement issued by Malaysia’s Transport Ministry (MOT) today in conjunction with the seventh anniversary of the downing of MH17, Malaysia said it is always committed to giving full support to efforts to bring those responsible for the shooting down of MH17 to justice.

“Malaysia reiterates its commitment to bring the perpetrators of this inhumane crime to justice, not only because everyone involved deserves to see justice, but it will also bring comfort and peace of mind to the next of kin of those who were lost in the tragedy,” it said.

The Boeing 777 plane was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014 when it was shot down as it flew over a part of eastern Ukraine. All 298 people aboard died.

The statement said Malaysia believed and hoped that the COVID-19 pandemic would not be an obstacle to the efforts to uphold justice for the victims of the MH17 tragedy.

“Our thoughts and prayers are always with the victims and their loved ones. We hope families and friends of the victims will have strength and resilience while we remain committed in our pursuit to seek justice,” it said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Better telecommunication coverage in store for Hulu Dungun – MCMC

— The problem of weak telecommunication coverage in several villages in Hulu Dungun will be resolved with the upgrading of 10 existing telecommunications towers under the National Digital Network Plan (JENDELA), the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said.

In a statement today, MCMC said it would cover the path from Kampung Minda to Pasir Raja, which involves Kampung Talong, Kampung Rantau Panjang, Kampung Kuala Jengai, Kampung Jongok Batu and Kampung Shukor.

“So far only one service provider has completed upgrading works of its existing tower and can offer 4G coverage in that area.

“Upgrading works for other towers are expected to be completed in stages from November to February 2022, and when completed, it will benefit more than 3,000 residents in these areas,” it added.

It said Terengganu MCMC director Mohd Fairus Muhamad and Terengganu Tengah Development Authority ICT manager Hazroll Eizwal Jasni had met the Village Development and Security Committee of Kampung Minda and Kampung Talong to discuss the problem.

“Checks along the route alignment from Kampung Minda to Pasir Raja showed that it is covered by a fibre optic network (UNIFI). As such, MCMC suggests that residents make use of this service by subscribing to a suitable package,” the statement said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Sarawak Energy, Pestech sign agreement to explore alternative renewable energy

Sarawak Energy Berhad (Sarawak Energy) has signed an agreement with Pestech International Bhd via its subsidiary Pestech Energy Sdn Bhd to work together on a research project to explore clean alternative energy solutions to replace diesel generators or other chemical-based energy storage solutions predominantly used in rural electrification.

The signing ceremony was held virtually on July 16 with Sarawak Energy Research and Development general manager Dr Ng Sing Muk signing on behalf of the state-owned utility company while Pestech Energy was represented by its chief executive officer Vind Sidhu.

The ceremony was also attended by Sarawak Energy Group chief executive officer Datuk Sharbini Suhaili, Pestech International Bhd managing director and group chief executive officer, Paul Lim Pay Chuan as well as senior management and staff from both corporations.

Sarawak Energy and Pestech International Bhd in a joint press statement said the outcome of this project is also expected to address the issue of battery disposal from solar powered systems as the Sarawak government progresses its ambition to provide full electricity coverage in the state by 2025.

Under the agreement, Sarawak Energy and Pestech Energy will conduct research, design, and develop a self-recharging autonomous hydrogen solution to be deployed at Rumah Bangau (Bangau Longhouse) in Song district, over the next 15 months as an initiative to explore the potential of hydrogen storage solutions for rural electrification.

Meanwhile, Paul in his opening remarks at the ceremony said Pestech will give full support and commitment to engage, deliver and adapt renewable energy initiatives for a sustainable energy future.

“Our goal goes beyond electrifying rural areas, but also to leave a significant impact on various aspects of the community’s lives, including providing long-term environmental and economic benefit,” he said.

Sharbini said the collaboration also supports Sarawak Energy’s desire to promote open innovation in their research and development works.

“By cultivating innovative ideas and partnering with industry experts, we believe we will be able to develop and offer new technologies that can replace conventional practices for greater and more sustainable production,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

ANIH Berhad expects drop in traffic volume during Aidiladha

— The concessionaire of the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway (KLK) and the East Coast Expressway Phase 1 (LPT1) ANIH Berhad expects a drop in traffic volume on both the expressways during the Aidiladha festive period due to the current ban on inter-state travel.

Its executive director, Datuk Nik Fauzi Nik Hussein said the company expected a drop of 81.3 per cent on KLK and 72.5 per cent for LPT1 compared to the daily average from July 16 until 25.

“Although inter-state travel is not allowed, ANIH Berhad continues to ensure that all highway facilities, including the rest and recreation (R&R) areas and toll services are in the best condition and ready for any eventuality,” he said in a statement here today.

The public can get the latest traffic information on both the expressways at ANIH Berhad website or via Twitter @LPTTrafik and Lebuhraya Pantai Timur Facebook,

For emergency assistance, they can the 24-hour LPT Line at 1-700-818-700 or 09-5479111 for emergency assistance.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Selangor allows Aidiladha prayer in selected mosques, limited to only 50 congregants – Exco

Selangor allows selected mosques in the state to conduct Aidiladha prayer, but the capacity is limited to only 50 congregants, including the mosque officials.

Aidiladha will be celebrated this Tuesday (July 20).

State Islamic Religious Affairs, Consumer Affairs and Halal Industry Committee chairman Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni, through a posting on his Facebook, said the permission is also given for suraus that are allowed to conduct Friday prayer, but with only 40 congregants allowed.

He said the mosques that are allowed to conduct the Aidiladha prayer comprise Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah; Masjid Tengku Ampuan Jemaah, Bukit Jelutong; Masjid Raja Fi Sabilillah Cyber Jaya, as well as those categorised as “masjid pengurusan”, “masjid institusi” and “masjid kariah”.

As for “surau kariah”, he said, they are not allowed to conducted the Aidiladha prayer.

Administrators of mosques and suraus that can conduct the Aidiladha prayer are only allowed to invite members of the parish who have completed both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination, he said.

Mohd Zawawi said with the limited number of congregants allowed to perform the Aidiladha prayer in mosques and surau, the people are advised to perform the prayer with their family members at home.

He said a guide on performing the prayer at home is available on the Selangor Islamic Religious Department’s (JAIS) official website, Facebook and Instagram.

Conducting “takbir raya” from house to house and visiting cemeteries are not allowed to curb the spre4ad of COVID-19, he added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Selangor allows Aidiladha prayer in selected mosques, limited to only 50 congregants – Exco

Selangor allows selected mosques in the state to conduct Aidiladha prayer, but the capacity is limited to only 50 congregants, including the mosque officials.

Aidiladha will be celebrated this Tuesday (July 20).

State Islamic Religious Affairs, Consumer Affairs and Halal Industry Committee chairman Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni, through a posting on his Facebook, said the permission is also given for suraus that are allowed to conduct Friday prayer, but with only 40 congregants allowed.

He said the mosques that are allowed to conduct the Aidiladha prayer comprise Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah; Masjid Tengku Ampuan Jemaah, Bukit Jelutong; Masjid Raja Fi Sabilillah Cyber Jaya, as well as those categorised as “masjid pengurusan”, “masjid institusi” and “masjid kariah”.

As for “surau kariah”, he said, they are not allowed to conducted the Aidiladha prayer.

Administrators of mosques and suraus that can conduct the Aidiladha prayer are only allowed to invite members of the parish who have completed both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination, he said.

Mohd Zawawi said with the limited number of congregants allowed to perform the Aidiladha prayer in mosques and surau, the people are advised to perform the prayer with their family members at home.

He said a guide on performing the prayer at home is available on the Selangor Islamic Religious Department’s (JAIS) official website, Facebook and Instagram.

Conducting “takbir raya” from house to house and visiting cemeteries are not allowed to curb the spre4ad of COVID-19, he added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency