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ETS, KTM Intercity tickets for Chinese New Year go on sale tomorrow

Tickets for KTM Intercity trains and the Electric Train Service (ETS) for journeys between Jan 1 to March 31, next year will be on sale beginning 10 am tomorrow.

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) in a statement today said the opening of ticket sales was to enable the passengers to make early travel plans, especially for those celebrating Chinese New Year, to return to their hometowns and to plan for the holidays.

“The ETS train service would offer 24 trips daily while KTM Intercity still maintains the 18 daily trips. KTMB also offers two additional services for the ETS Business Class train for the KL Sentral-Butterworth round trip using the new schedule.

“The public are advised to get tickets in advance to enjoy lower fares and double savings,” the statement read.

KTMB said the people can purchase their tickets through KTMB Mobile (KITS) mobile application or via its official website.

More information on train service schedules can be found at www.ktmb.com.my or call KTMB call centre at 03-22671200.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

LKIM seeks RM100 mln special allocation for fishermen housing projects

— The Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM) is seeking a special allocation of RM100 million from the government for fishermen housing projects next year.

Its director-general, Othman Abdul Latiff said this was an addition to the existing allocation of RM450 million for LKIM since 2012, to ensure the welfare of fishermen was being taken care of and their houses always in good condition.

“We are in the process of applying as we project the existing allocation will be used up entirely by the end of this year and we need this special allocation to help repair their houses or build new ones.”

He said this to reporters today at the handing-out of commission to participants of the marketing, group insurance and disaster assistance projects of the Kuantan area fishermen’s association, here, with Pahang LKIM director, Farah Shahada Zakaria also present.

Othman said: “Through the housing projects, fishermen who own a plot of land could apply to build a new house at a cost of RM56,000 while for repairs, LKIM provides funding of up to RM13,000 for one house.

“Since 2012, we have built almost 5,000 houses and repaired about 100,000, using the existing allocation. If the special allocation is granted, more fishermen will benefit from it.”

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

LKIM seeks RM100 mln special allocation for fishermen housing projects

— The Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM) is seeking a special allocation of RM100 million from the government for fishermen housing projects next year.

Its director-general, Othman Abdul Latiff said this was an addition to the existing allocation of RM450 million for LKIM since 2012, to ensure the welfare of fishermen was being taken care of and their houses always in good condition.

“We are in the process of applying as we project the existing allocation will be used up entirely by the end of this year and we need this special allocation to help repair their houses or build new ones.”

He said this to reporters today at the handing-out of commission to participants of the marketing, group insurance and disaster assistance projects of the Kuantan area fishermen’s association, here, with Pahang LKIM director, Farah Shahada Zakaria also present.

Othman said: “Through the housing projects, fishermen who own a plot of land could apply to build a new house at a cost of RM56,000 while for repairs, LKIM provides funding of up to RM13,000 for one house.

“Since 2012, we have built almost 5,000 houses and repaired about 100,000, using the existing allocation. If the special allocation is granted, more fishermen will benefit from it.”

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

LKIM seeks RM100 mln special allocation for fishermen housing projects

— The Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM) is seeking a special allocation of RM100 million from the government for fishermen housing projects next year.

Its director-general, Othman Abdul Latiff said this was an addition to the existing allocation of RM450 million for LKIM since 2012, to ensure the welfare of fishermen was being taken care of and their houses always in good condition.

“We are in the process of applying as we project the existing allocation will be used up entirely by the end of this year and we need this special allocation to help repair their houses or build new ones.”

He said this to reporters today at the handing-out of commission to participants of the marketing, group insurance and disaster assistance projects of the Kuantan area fishermen’s association, here, with Pahang LKIM director, Farah Shahada Zakaria also present.

Othman said: “Through the housing projects, fishermen who own a plot of land could apply to build a new house at a cost of RM56,000 while for repairs, LKIM provides funding of up to RM13,000 for one house.

“Since 2012, we have built almost 5,000 houses and repaired about 100,000, using the existing allocation. If the special allocation is granted, more fishermen will benefit from it.”

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

GM Klang joins TikTok, launches #MarilahChallenge Campaign

Wholesale mall, GM Klang, has joined TikTok and launched the #MarilahChallenge campaign at the same time to optimise promotions.

 

Its advertising and promotions manager, Norsuhaida Othman, said the #MarilahChallenge from Nov 30 – Dec 31 is GM Klang’s first TikTok campaign and aimed at revitalising business for its tenants.

 

However, it isn’t the only focus as followers can also watch other types of creative and informative videos, she said

 

 

 

“We want to get closer to everybody on TikTok and deliver our message in an entertaining and informal way,” Norsuhaida added in a statement today.

 

She said the #MarilahChallenge is open to all TikTok users and one merely has to follow the GM Klang TikTok account, upload a creative video using the GM Klang theme song and add #gmklang and #MarilahChallenge to the post.

 

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

 

Thailand to open its doors to more tourists to boost industry

Thailand is set to open its doors to more foreign tourists in a bid to boost the tourism industry, which has been battered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Deputy government spokesperson Ratchada Thanadirek said the cabinet today approved a plan to offer long-stay special tourist visa (STV) to visitors from all countries.

 

 

 

Previously, under STV, only visitors from low-risk COVID-19 countries were allowed to enter the kingdom, she said.

 

However, she said the number of foreigners entering the kingdom was relatively low.

 

“It is lower than our expectation. About 825 tourists from 29 countries visited the kingdom. Only six yachts docked in Thailand,“ she said at a press conference here today.

 

 

Ratchada said all foreign visitors must comply with the rules and regulations under STV, including undergoing 14-day compulsory quarantine upon arrival.

 

Under STV, which kicked off in late October, foreign tourists can stay up to nine months in the kingdom.

 

They must undergo a 14-day quarantine at the state’s alternative quarantine facilities (hotel) upon arrival and obtain health insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment for the amount of US$100,000.

 

Thailand, the first country outside China to report COVID-19 cases in January this year, halted commercial flights and banned foreign visitors in an effort to keep infections at bay.

 

To date, Thailand has recorded 4,126 COVID-19 cases and 60 fatalities.

 

 

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

1st National Digital Economy & 4IR Council identifies 6 clusters to drive digital economy, 4IR

The first meeting of the National Digital Economy and Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Council has identified six clusters as the driving components in the digital economy and 4IR agenda.

According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office today, the six clusters are economy, digital talent, community, data and digital infrastructure, emerging technology, and government.

“Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin chaired the council’s first meeting today via a video conference.

“The council is the highest administrative body in establishing policies, implementation and monitoring of the nation’s strategies and initiatives for the digital economy and 4IR,” it said.

The economy cluster will be chaired by Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, digital talent (Minister of Human Resources Datuk Seri M Saravanan) and community (Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun).

Meanwhile, the data and digital infrastructure cluster will be chaired by the Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, emerging technology (Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar and government (Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali).

“A steering committee chaired by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed was also created to drive collaboration between various ministries and agencies as well as the private sector in realising the digital economy and 4IR agenda guided by the council.

“All the secretary general/director general involved with the six clusters are appointed as members of the steering committee representing their respective cluster chairman,” it said.

The National Digital Economy and 4IR Council would take over the role of almost all digital and technology related committees chaired by the prime minister previously, it added.

Besides that, it said all councils, committees and digital and technology task force chaired by ministers, senior ministry and agency officers would be streamlined or merged under the six newly created clusters.

The establishment of this council with an integrated governance structure will enhance the country’s ability in optimising the development of 4IR technology and ensuring that the growth of the digital economy is in line with the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency