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Kedah launches ‘Anakku Sejahtera’ programme to help poor, low-income earners

ALOR SETAR, Oct 10 – The Kedah government today launched the “Anakku Sejahtera” programme with an RM1 million fund allocation for children born in the state from Jan 1, 2021 to Dec 31, 2021.

Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor said the programme was an initiative by the state government in collaboration with the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) to help the poor and low-income earners in Kedah.

“This assistance will be given in the form of SSPN (National Education Savings Scheme) Prime Savings Fund, which was formerly known as SSPN-i, with RM100 to be given to each child.

“To ensure that this assistance reaches the target groups, the state government has set several conditions to apply, among them is that the baby must be a Malaysian citizen born in Kedah, and the parent must be born in Kedah or a resident in the state for more than 10 years.

“Besides that, applicants must also have a monthly household income of RM3,000 and below,” he said when launching the programme in Langkawi, today. The launch was broadcast online.

Muhammad Sanusi said the application form and more information on the programme could be obtained at the nearest district social welfare office, and RM100 would be deposited into the SSPN Prime Savings account after the application was approved.

“It is quite sad when the latest statistics show that there are still many parents who have not yet come forward to apply for this assistance. Perhaps, they are not aware that the state government is generously helping them through this programme.

“To enable this target group to receive benefits, the state government has agreed to abolish the condition of applying within three months of the date the birth is registered. This means that parents whose children are born between Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2021 can apply,” he said

He also said the state government was always concerned and proactive to assist the people in holistically eradicating poverty, and the goal was to ensure that children did not inherit family poverty.

“As stated by PTPTN chairman Datuk Wan Saiful Wan Jan, the SPPN Prime Savings scheme offers various privileges and advantages to depositors, such as enjoying highly competitive dividends, free takaful protection and matching grants of up to RM10,000 for eligible families,” he added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Interstate Travel : Malaysians thrilled, hotel operators anticipate surge in bookings

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 — The announcement on the lifting of the interstate travel restrictions from tomorrow was the happiest news for the Malaysian Family after the long wait to meet their loved ones in their hometowns and go for a family holiday.

Overall, Malaysians reacted positively to the good news announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today.

A private secondary school teacher in Kuala Lumpur, Mohammad Fakkrudin, 24, said he was thankful now that he has the opportunity to be together again with his family members in the village after being apart for such a long time.

“I just can’t wait to go home in Kedah as I have been missing and longing to meet my parents. The time has finally come because we have achieved the vaccination target but we must not let our guard down now that the restrictions have eased. The standard operating procedures (SOP) should remain a priority,” he told Bernama today.

In SELANGOR, private sector employee NurHabibah Abdul Halim, 26, who lives in Setia Alam, Shah Alam said, she was relieved and excited as she had not visited her hometown for almost 10 months, adding that all her family members had been fully vaccinated since August.

“I am thrilled and nervous at the same time. I miss my parents and siblings dearly because we could only stay in touch through video calls. Anyway I shouldn’t be afraid as all of us have been vaccinated, she said.

Another private sector worker, Norazwani Abdul Razak, 26, said she had been waiting for the long-awaited news as the last time she was back at her hometown in Machang, Kelantan was last April.

“My parents are definitely the first people I want to be with. For the first time this year I had to celebrate Hari Raya away from them, she said.

Meanwhile, Selangor Health director Datuk Dr Sha’ari Ngadiman advised the public to remain disciplined by adhering to the SOPs to curb the spread of COVID-19 infection.

State Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) assistant director (Operations) Hafisham Mohd Noor also advised those who wish to return to their hometowns to ensure that their homes were secured and safe before their departure.

In MELAKA, housewife Siti Hajar Mohtar, 28, who lives in Durian Tunggal, Alor Gajah, said she was glad to hear the Prime Minister’s announcement today, as she had been waiting for the chance to return to her village in Jeli, Kelantan.

“I have not been home in my village for more than a year after my husband was transferred here in September last year. In fact I had to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Aidiladha away from my family members this year,” she said.

Meanwhile, Malaysia Budget Hotel Association (MyBHA) Melaka chapter president Sazali Sabri said, hotel operators in the state were fully prepared for the surge in visitors next week, following the government’s announcement on the interstate travel starting from tomorrow.

“Most importantly, we need to maintain the SOPs as we do not want an increase in COVID cases and the approval to be revoked because if this happens it will definitely put a toll on industry players who are just about to breathe again,” he said, adding that all 176 budget hotels under the association have made the preliminary preparations including getting their workers vaccinated since last August.

In PERAK, civil servant Nur Amera Syazwana Rosli is excited to meet her parents and siblings in Alor Setar, Kedah.

“I was overcome with emotion when I heard the news because finally my family can be reunited again. God willing I will back in my hometown next week,” she said.

Perak police chief Datuk Mior Faridalatrash Wahid meanwhile said his department would focus on SOP compliance and monitoring of popular public spots.

State Housing, Local Government and Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi said the state government welcomed the decision on the interstate travel and the state tourism sector was prepared to receive domestic tourists.

In KELANTAN, state executive councillor Major (R) Datuk Md Anizam Ab Rahman said with the announcement, the state government would be expecting some 300,000 visitors to enter the state by the end of this month.

In NEGERI SEMBILAN, police chief Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop said the police would be monitoring the traffic flow with interstate travel activities expected to increase and hoped that the people would continue to comply with the SOPs.

In PENANG, Association of Tourism Attractions Penang (ATAP) chairman Ch’ng Huck Theng said the government’s move to allow interstate travel would help boost tourism activities in the state.

“Most of the tourist centres under the association have been preparing for this over the past few months,” he said.

In PAHANG, State Tourism, Culture, Environment, Plantation and Commodities Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin called on the public to support the domestic tourism industry in the spirit of the Malaysian Family.

In JOHOR, Malaysia Tourist Guides Council (MTGC) president Jimmy Leong Wie Kong said the announcement had been eagerly anticipated by the tourism sector and the move would help promote economic growth.

Meanwhile private sector employee Nur Shafatin Mohd Nor, 25, said she and her husband have been waiting to go on a holiday as this had to be postponed since their wedding was held during the Movement Control Order (MCO).

In KEDAH, Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor said with interstate travel allowed this would boost tourism activities in Langkawi and hopefully the target of 400,000 tourist arrivals by December would be achieved.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Over 2,700 fishermen set to benefit from ice factory to be built in Beluran by LKIM

BELURAN, 10 Okt — The Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM) will build an ice factory in Beluran that is set to benefit 2,783 fishermen in the district, said Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee.

He said the ice factory, to be built on a 0.5-hectare site in Kampung Keramat, near here, will provide storage and marketing facilities to the fishermen.

“The LKIM has allocated RM300,000 for the construction of the ice factory for the benefit of most of the coastal fishermen in Beluran.

“The LKIM is dealing with the Beluran District Office and the District Land and Survey Office to purchase the site,” he told reporters after surveying the houses and meeting the residents of the Fishermen’s Special Housing Project (PKPN) at Kampung Kolapis, near here, today.

Ronald, who is the Beluran Member of Parliament said the PKPN participants’ houses were part of the 200 residences being repaired by LKIM.

According to him, the ministry, through the LKIM, had allocated RM6.43 million this year to repair and construct new houses for fishermen nationwide under the PKPN.

At the event, he also handed over food baskets to 100 members of the Beluran Fishermen Association who were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID: Malaysia records 10,959 recovery cases, exceeding new infections Sunday

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 — Malaysia reported 10,959 cases of recovery from COVID-19, surpassing 7,373 new case logged today.

Health director-general, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement said from the 7,373 new cases of COVID-19, 98.2 per cent or 7,240 cases were in category one and two which do not have symptoms or with mild symptoms.

“Meanwhile, 133 cases or 1.8 per cent are in category three, four and five,” he said.

He said from the total COVID-19 cases today, two were imported involving a local and a foreigner while 7,371 were local transmissions involving 6,991 locals or 94.8 per cent while 380 or 5.2 per cent were foreigners.

Dr Noor Hisham said 762 cases required treatment in intensive care unit (ICU) and 410 cases need respiratory assistance.

He said eight new clusters were reported with five clusters involving the community and one each involving the work place, high-risk and religious groups.

Kelantan has the most new clusters with four community clusters.

Dr Noor Hisham said the infectivity or Rt rate nationwide wide today is 0.86 and the state with the highest Rt is Perlis at 1.0.

According to him, detailed information on the current COVID-19 infection situation in Malaysia will be uploaded on COVIDNOW website and it is updated at 12 midnight every day.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Welfare of those orphaned due to COVID will be protected – Siti Zailah

KUALA KRAI, Oct 10 — The Government has identified a total of 4,696 children who have been orphaned due to COVID-19 as of September, said Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Datuk Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff.

She said her ministry had taken the initiative and necessary measures to ensure their welfare, and that they are not left behind in terms of their education.

She said the ministry was also giving an opportunity to the next-of-kin of the orphans to take care of them.

“However, if no one comes forward to take care of them, the ministry has 36 children’s institutions, of which we have reserved seven for orphans who have lost their parents and do not have any kin,” she told reporters during a programme to monitor the delivery of welfare services in Dabong here, today.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Govt’s decision to allow interstate travel recognition of frontliners’ efforts – Khairy

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 — The government’s decision in lifting interstate travel restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals starting tomorrow is a recognition of the efforts put in by the frontliners, said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

The government had previously announced that interstate travel would be allowed when 90 per cent of the country’s adult population have completed their COVID-19 vaccination.

Khairy said the responsibility now lies in the hands of the people who must comply with all public health measures as well as standard operating procedures which are still in force to curb COVID-19 infections.

“If you really appreciate what the frontliners have been doing for the last one and a half years, you will be responsible, self-aware, (and) you will ensure that you will take care of your health.

“Alhamdulillah, today (the country) has reached the target threshold value that we have (previously) announced,” he said adding that the announcement on the lifting of the interstate travel ban could not be more apt as today (Oct 10) was World Mental Health Day and Malaysia’s Doctors Day.

He said this after officiating the virtual Free Medical Camp hosted by the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) in conjunction with Doctors Day 2021.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the lifting of the ban on interstate travel in a special media conference aired live on television and via social media platforms.

Ismail Sabri said the government agreed to lift the interstate travel ban after the COVID-19 vaccination rate of the adult population in Malaysia hit 90 per cent.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Gov’t fulfills promise to allow interstate, overseas travel for well-being of ‘Keluarga Malaysia’

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 — Allowing interstate and overseas travel from tomorrow is surely delighting everyone and proves that the government has fulfilled its promise once the vaccination rate of the country’s adult population has reached 90 per cent.

The implementation is indeed timely as the COVID-19 cases in Malaysia have been declining, with 7,373 recorded today.

Interstate travel means that there will be no more police roadblocks, no requirement to obtain a permit for it from the authorities or from the COVID-19 Intelligent Management System (CIMS) for those in the business sector.

However, the public is still bound by the standard operating procedures (SOP) such as wearing a face mask, ensuring physical distancing and undergoing compulsory quarantine upon returning to the country from abroad.

Meanwhile, the role of the police is still vital as they are to continue checking on usage of the MySejahtera application anywhere and at any time at premises and places suspected of having crowds.

However, cross-state travel is not allowed in areas placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).

As stated before by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin that interstate travel was not the cause of COVID-19 outbreaks but the gatherings of people and this should be avoided.

Malaysian Public Health Physicians Association president, Datuk Dr Zainal Ariffin Omar said since the government had fulfilled its promise of allowing interstate level, the people should play their role with better self-control, besides being more responsible towards the community.

Although there is no more travel restriction, Dr Zainal Ariffin has reminded the public to plan their travels and not to form crowds that can cause congestion.

“Congratulations to the government and people but no matter what, adherence to the SOP set has to continue such as ensuring physical distancing, wearing a face mask and not to form crowds, and do self-testing for the viral infection before travelling to any destination,” he said.

When announcing the go-ahead for interstate travel, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob reminded the people to have a self-test for COVID-19 done before going on their journey and those with symptoms like fever, cough, a cold and breathing difficulty were advised to postpone their trip.

He also advised those with the symptoms to report their confirmed test results soonest possible via MySejahtera.

They should also undergo self-quarantine immediately and be fully disciplined if found to be positive for the infection and to quickly inform their close contacts about it through the link in MySejahtera.

They are also to inform about their worsening health condition while undergoing self-quarantine at home and to get immediate treatment at the nearest medical centre if they have serious symptoms.

Occupational and General Health specialist at Hospital Kasih Cyberjaya, Dr Hanafiah Bashirun said public cooperation in strictly complying with the SOP was much required to prevent themselves and others from contracting COVID-19.

He also suggested that those on interstate travel to once again undergo a self-test for the virus before returning to work to ensure a safe work environment.

“I also suggest that those who return to their hometowns for a visit to also provide self-test kits for their parents. This is important as anyone could be infected and definitely we want to ensure that our family, especially our parents and the other elderly are protected against the disease,” he said.

All the relaxations announced by the government can be enjoyed by those who have been fully vaccinated and those who have not been vaccinated are advised to do so fast to reduce the risks of getting infected and of dying from the infection, as well as reducing the burden on the health system.

The latest data from the Health Ministry shows that vaccination has reduced the rates of admission of COVID-19 patients to the intensive care units by 83 per cent and death rate from the infection by 88 per cent.

Currently, the country’s transition from the pandemic to endemic phase has been smooth but the people have the big responsibility of making the effort a success.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency