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MKN denies ‘health emergency continues’ viralled message

The National Security Council (MKN) today denied claims of a message titled ‘Jawatankuasa Khas Bebas Darurat 2021 Syor Darurat Kesihatan disambung” (Independent Special Committee on Emergency 2021 Recommends Health Emergency to be continued) as viraled on social media.

The MKN stressed that the information related to the Independent Special Committee on Emergency 2021 meeting was false, a statement from the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia’s Rapid Response Team said.

“Members of the public are urged not to distribute, circulate or disseminate unverified news received through social media and to delete it immediately.

“Failure to do so is an offence and action can be taken under the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance (No. 2) 2021,” the statement said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

National Recovery Plan best approach to take nation out of COVID-19 pandemic

Senior Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof has described the National Recovery Plan strategy as the best approach to take the country out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said protecting the lives and ensuring the people’s livelihoods were the government’s priority in implementing the strategy, as emphasised by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin in that it was formulated based on data and science as well as certain indicators.

“Therefore, it is important for the public to give it their full backing to ensure the success of the plan, which was announced by the Prime Minster to ensure victory can be achieved in taking the country out of the pandemic, which has hit the nation for more than a year,” he said via a post on his Facebook page today.

He urged those who have yet to register for vaccination to do so immediately so as to expedite the process of achieving herd immunity and, thus, make the recovery plan a success.

Yesterday, Muhyiddin announced the National Recovery Plan which is believed to be capable of bringing life back to normal by the end of this year, including reconvening Parliament in September or October, and it also comprised four phases that would involve transition of the Movement Control Order (MCO) phases in stages.

Meanwhile, Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said it was important that the National Recovery Plan was implemented according to the strategy drawn up to ensure its success.

He explained that various efforts were being carried out by the government, including launching the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme, awareness campaigns and the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0, although these were not easy decisions.

“Therefore, I urge all Malaysians to jointly fight this pandemic. Let us together strive to get 60 per cent of the country’s population to receive both doses of the vaccine jabs so as to create a herd immunity and the transition phase can be implemented by end of October at the earliest,” he said on his Facebook page.

Perikatan Nasional Women’s wing leader Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun is confident that the four phases under the National Recovery Plan that are centred on data, facts and figures would guide policy makers in determining actions to be taken as well as what was needed to be achieved for the country to overcome the COVID-19 threat.

She also described it as giving the people the confidence that the PN government actually has a proper plan to revive the country, which has been affected by the COVID-19 scourge, both in terms of the people’s lives and the economy.

The Women, Family and Community Development Minister also said that the plan, which comprises four phases, provided a clear direction as to how the government wanted to tackle the pandemic.

On the reconvening of the Parliament, Rina said it proved that Muhyiddin and the government were always committed to ensuring the Parliamentary Democracy System could function again at an appropriate time, namely after the COVID-19 cases are under control and the country has nearly achieved herd immunity.

“The PN Women’s wing hopes that the Prime Minister’s assertion will put a stop to all the various speculations, allegations and baseless assumption that the Prime Minister is afraid to reconvene the Parliament,” she said in a statement.

She also hoped that all the Members of Parliament would stop politicising the Parliament issue and instead focus their attention to increasing registrations for vaccinations, especially in their respective constituencies to enable the country to achieve herd immunity and, thus, reconvene Parliament.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Agriculture sector allowed to operate including at EMCO areas – Ronald

The Cabinet meeting today agreed to allow the agriculture sector and its chain to continue operating at all times, including in areas placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO), said Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee.

He said this was in line with the government’s decision to place the agriculture, fisheries and livestock sector and their supply chain as essential services which were allowed to operate at all times, subject to the standard operating procedures stipulated by the National Security Council (MKN).

“The MKN Special Meeting on COVID-19 Management on June 14 also agreed to allow the agriculture sector throughout the country to continue to operate, including the floriculture sector.

“It is hoped that the decision can address the issue of movement of vegetable supplies and bring relief to all farmers and industry players in EMCO areas, especially Cameron Highlands,” he said in a statement today.

The media had previously reported that vegetable prices in the market have gone up by 40 per cent following the implementation of the EMCO in Cameron Highlands from June 14 till 27.

According to Ronald, the marketing and delivery of vegetable supplies to the market were disrupted due to the implementation of the EMCO at Kampung Raja, which covers Kampung Sungai Ikan up to Kampung Blue Valley, which is an agricultural area totalling 607 hectares.

“This resulted in 500 metric tonnes of agricultural produce cannot be distributed out to the market as the workers in the area were unable to go to the farms and the lorries transporting the products also cannot leave the EMCO area,” he said.

It is estimated that around 580 vegetable and flower farmers are carrying out agricultural activities in the area, producing some 560 metric tonnes of products daily, he added.

Ronald said the enforcement authorities had been informed to allow the movement of lorries transporting agricultural produce from the EMCO areas in Cameron Highlands.

“This is important to ensure that the country’s food supply chain is not disrupted in any kind of situation,” he said.

Meanwhile, as of yesterday, the ministry through its departments and agencies had issued a total of 1,456 permission letters for involvement in informal agricultural sectors activities including in Cameron Highlands.

Ronald said the agriculture sector would also be allowed to operate in Phase 2, 3 and 4 of the National Recovery Plan in line with the country’s preparation to transition out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The ministry will continue its efforts to ensure the country’s food supply remains stable and adequate in any situation, especially when the country is still facing the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Malay Rulers support Parliament reconvening as soon as possible

The Malay Rulers who attended a special meeting at the Istana Negara today expressed support and shared the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Al-Abdullah Al-Mustafa Ri’ayatuddin Billah Shah’s view that Parliament should reconvene as soon as possible.

Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, said at the state level, the Malay rulers were also of the view that the state legislative assemblies in their respective states should be allowed to reconvene as soon as possible.

“Conference methods and procedures, such as those being practised in several countries that have been proven to be able to control the COVID-19 virus infection, should be introduced and adopted in this country,” he said in a statement tonight.

Syed Danial said the Rulers were of the view that it was important to respect the check and balance mechanism between the executive, legislative and judicial branches to ensure transparent governance, integrity and accountability to the people, especially in financial matters and national expenditure.

In a special meeting with the Malay rulers this afternoon, Al-Sultan Abdullah expressed his view that Parliament should reconvene as soon as possible.

Present were Sultan Nazrin Shah of Perak, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar of Johor, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu, Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz Almarhum Tuanku Munawir and Al Aminul Karim Sultan Sallehuddin Almarhum Sultan Badlishah of Kedah.

Also in attendance were Regent of Pahang Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah and Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail.

Meanwhile, Syed Danial said the Rulers also expressed their appreciation to the King for practising the culture of consultation, for his readiness to listen to the views of the institution representing the people and holding the meeting today to get the advice of the Malay Rulers.

“Such a spirit is in line with culture of syura (consultation) that was practised by Islam when the ummah faced something big that needed a solution,” he said.

He said that during the discussion, the Rulers also gave additional views and expressed their opinions openly and frankly in the spirit of mutual respect so that they could be used as a guide and reference material for His Majesty to make a decision.

Syed Danial explained that the Malay Rulers also said that various parties had informed them of their concerns regarding the country’s current situation, apart from presenting various proposals for the Rulers to help formulate a solution to ease the burden faced by a majority of the people.

“It is the duty of His Majesty and the Malay Rulers in the states to balance the various demands so as to ensure justice and prevent the real or perceived possibility of abuse of power,” he said.

In the statement, Syed Danial also said that the Malay Rulers agreed on the following matters:

(i) The lives and livelihoods of the people must be given priority over everything else;

(ii) The vaccination programme must be stepped up by reducing bureaucracy so that the target of 80 per cent herd immunity could be achieved as soon as possible;

(iii) The programme to combat COVID-19 must be understood as well as supported by the people without raising any suspicion and without being seen as having any hidden political agenda;

(iv) The approach to combat COVID-19 must be inclusive, involve various interested parties in a spirit of listening and learning, as well as prepared to make any modifications, improvements and new explorations to successfully convince and obtain the full cooperation of the people at various levels;

(v) The rising political temperature must be cooled down;

(vi) The importance of a government that is stable and capable of gaining the confidence as well as support of the majority of the people; and

(vii) There is no need to place the country under the Emergency rule after Aug 1, 2021.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Reconvene Parliament as soon as possible, says King

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah is of the view that Parliament should reconvene as soon as possible and that the government must act firmly to accelerate the COVID-19 vaccination process to achieve herd immunity quickly.

Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara, Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said Al-Sultan Abdullah expressed this after weighing the views of all political party leaders, the Independent Special Committee on Emergency 2021 as well as briefings by experts and government agencies.

“His Majesty expressed the view that Parliament must sit as soon as possible to allow the Emergency Ordinances and the National Recovery Plan to be debated by members of the Dewan Rakyat,” he said in a statement today.

This view was expressed after Al-Sultan Abdullah chaired a Special Discussion of the Malay Rulers at Istana Negara today.

Ahmad Fadil said His Majesty is well aware of Parliament’s role as an important platform for elected representatives to discuss various issues, in particular the COVID-19 pandemic.

“His Majesty is of the view that Dewan Rakyat members will be able to discuss matters concerning government expenditure to help people in need and to revive the country’s economy,” he said.

Ahmad Fadil said His Majesty also expressed the hope that COVID-19 infection curve can be flattened quickly, and viewed that vaccination was the only exit strategy to contain the pandemic.

“His Majesty was of the view that the government must act firmly in reducing bureaucracy and to accelerate the vaccination process to the public so that 80 per cent herd immunity can be achieved earliest as possible,” he said.

Al-Sultan Abdullah also expressed the view that a stable and strong government that is able to function efficiently was needed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and revive the nation’s economy.

Al-Sultan Abdullah also expressed his highest appreciation for the continued support of the Malay Rulers, which reflects their concern towards national issues and the people’s survival.

Ahmad Fadil added that His Majesty also expressed his gratitude and appreciation to frontliners and all Malaysians who had sacrificed their time and worked hard to combat the pandemic.

He said Al-Sultan Abdullah also urged Malaysians to pray that the country and the people will always be protected by Allah SWT from calamities and for the COVID-19 pandemic to end swiftly.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

UTP to host ESTCON2020 virtually from July 13-15

— Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) will host the sixth edition of the World Engineering, Science and Technology Congress (ESTCON2020) virtually from July 13 to 15.

In a statement today, UTP said the three-day congress will see the participation of more than 1,000 experts of diverse fields of research, innovation and commercialisation from 30 countries.

“The congress provides a platform for industry, academia, government and the public to take part in a global discussion that covers a wide range of topics from simulation, big data and analytics, augmented reality, autonomous robots and the industrial internet of thing to non-technical topics of leadership and values, economy, communication and community.

“Another highlight of ESTCON2020 is the virtual exhibition also will run concurrently with the conference, whereas industry players from corporations and various industries will showcase their products and services and latest innovations,” it said.

Meanwhile, UTP Vice-Chancellor cum ESTCON2020 chairman, Prof Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib when speaking at the virtual soft-launch of the congress today, said more than 700 paper presenters from all over the world, including Malaysia, will be presenting their papers at the congress.

“There will be nine simultaneously held conferences dedicated to providing collaborative opportunities between the private sector, government and researchers to leverage their combined expertise to realise higher quality research, industry desired solutions and strategic national objectives,” he said.

Among the nine conferences are International Conference on Oil and Gas Engineering and Technology (ICOGET 2020), International Conference on Civil, Offshore and Environmental Engineering (ICCOEE 2020), International Conference on Computer and Information Sciences (ICCOINS 2020) and International Conference for Management, Social Sciences and Humanities (ICMeSH2020).

Themed “Science, Technology and Humanities: Reinventing the Future”, the Congress is supported by the Ministry of Higher Education and Academy of Science Malaysia.

UTP welcomes local and international non-presenter delegates to register for this event at http://estcon.utp.edu.my/.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

National Recovery Plan able to revive domestic trade ecosystem – Nanta

The four-phased National Recovery Plan strategy will be able to revitalise the domestic trade ecosystem under the supervision of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP), especially to retail, wholesale and distributors through economic activities that will be opened in stages.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said KPDNHEP would continue to discuss with all the stakeholders, including the government, as well as support and assist in the implementation of the National Recovery Plan so that the outlined objective could be achieved as soon as possible.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced the National Recovery Plan which is believed to be capable of bringing life back to normal by the end of this year, including reconvening Parliament in September or October.

Muhyiddin said the plan, which is a strategy to transition out of the COVID-19 crisis, comprised four phases that would involve transition of the Movement Control Order (MCO) phases in stages.

Nanta said the ministry had also started vaccination programmes for economic frontliners with cooperation from COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) committee.

“This is important as preparation for the opening of economic activities that will be carried out. All industry players fully support and have agreed to take part in the programme, which is now at the registration stage,” he said.

He added that the data would be handed over to the CITF to devise an implementation plan, including vaccination centres (PPV) and logistic requirements.

According to Nanta, the economic sector was expected to achieve herd immunity around September, whereby the KPDNHEP was also planning several economic activities starting from the said period, such as the Buy Malaysian Products Campaign, Mega Sales and Domestic Franchise Programmes.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency