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RM5.8 mln to build, upgrade public facilities in Segamat

— The government has approved an allocation of about RM5.8 million to the Segamat Municipal Council (MPS) to build and upgrade public facilities to help boost economic and tourism activities as well as income of the locals.

Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin said the construction and upgrading projects involved six locations with five of them in the Segamat parliamentary constituency while another one in Pemanis state constituency under the Sekijang parliamentary constituency.

“Segamat has the potential, this area is a little bit far from the main highway, so, in terms of development, it is still a little bit behind. It is time for the state and federal governments to focus on Segamat,” she told a press conference after visiting the Jementah market here today.

Of the total, she said RM2 million was allocated to build a recreation centre on the banks of Sungai Segamat, Jalan Sultan and RM1 million to upgrade the Jementah market and the bus terminal in Jementah town.

She added that a total of RM1.5 million was also allocated for the development of the MPS food court in Jabi town and convenience stalls in Jalan Aji while the remaining RM1.3 million was for the construction of Dataran Yayasan and food court in Taman Yayasan.

Zuraida said all the construction and upgrading projects were expected to start this year and will take between two and three years to complete.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

PDRM to further improve MyBayar Saman app – Azisman

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), through Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT), will improve the e-payment platform and MyBayar Saman application to further increase the collection of summonses.

As at yesterday, 814,622 users had registered with the MyBayar Saman since its inception on March 25, said JSPT director Datuk Azisman Alias.

“We are in the process of updating the system, among others, by introducing collections of summonses such as registration for companies and foreigners, and individual payment limits,” he told Bernama.

Thus far, MyBayar Saman is the sole provider of online payment systems for the public to pay summonses issued by PDRM.

Azisman said that police have collected more than RM89 million, involving 803,739 summonses, from the public via MyBayar Saman, following discounts of up to 50 per cent for traffic summonses, which ended yesterday.

On March 25, the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador, said that members of the public with traffic summonses can enjoy discounts of up to 50 per cent via the MyBayar Saman online portal and smartphone application from March 25 to April 11.

The offer was then extended to April 15 due to encouraging public response.

However, discounts were not offered for selected road offences such as beating traffic lights, overspeeding, overtaking on double lines, using a mobile phone while driving and driving in the emergency lane.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID-19: Labuan all set for phase two vaccination

With just three days to go before phase two of the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme begins, the Labuan vaccination committee has gone full swing in its preparations for the exercise.

The three vaccination centres for the exercise are all set to receive the 27,000 people targeted to be vaccinated under phase two, which is for people aged 60 and above, vulnerable groups with comorbidities as well as persons with disabilities (PwD).

Labuan COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) chairman Rithuan Ismail said the vaccination centres are Labuan Corporation’s Multipurpose Hall, Membedai Health Clinic and Malaysian Armed Forces Hospital at the Royal Malaysian Air Force base in Membedai.

He said Labuan Corporation’s Multipurpose Hall is expected to be fully utilised, with at least five channels to be opened for the exercise.

“One channel in the multipurpose hall has the capacity to inoculate 90 individuals per day, and we expect 450 people to receive the vaccine every day.

“If there is an urgent need, we will open five more channels in the hall to expedite the vaccination process, which is to commence simultaneously with the national-level exercise,” he told Bernama today.

Rithuan said the vaccination exercise in Labuan has been well received.

“We hope we can expedite the vaccination exercise as currently the number of people registered (via MySejahtera) for vaccination stands at 40 per cent of Labuan’s population of 103,000,” he said.

“Our committee members are working non-stop in their bid to get as many as possible to receive the vaccine through various campaigns,” he said.

Rithuan said the vaccination campaign has been expanded to all the five Ramadan bazaar sites and tithe (zakat) collection counters.

He said five mobile healthcare personnel would soon be going house to house to vaccinate senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Labuan has vaccinated all its 2,340 frontliners as of today, with the remaining second layer to receive the vaccine in stages.

The Labuan-level National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme was launched on Feb 27, a day after the arrival of 4,680 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the Labuan Ferry Terminal from Kota Kinabalu.

Labuan Health Department director Dr Ismuni Bohari said Labuan is expected to complete the three-phase vaccination exercise in October, ahead of the schedule of February 2022.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Assault of bodyguards for fasting an isolated case – Klang PN

The Klang Perikatan Nasional (PN) is of the view that the assault of two bodyguards for fasting was an isolated case and not a racial issue.

Klang Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Armada (Youth wing) information chief Muhammad Firdaus Khan Mohd Osman said they lodged a report to enable the police to investigate the case and punish the culprits accordingly.

“I call on the public not to view the case as a racial issue. Klang PN also strongly condemns the employer’s act of beating the bodyguards.

“We urge all to respect Article 11 of the Federal Constitution as everyone has the right to practise his or her religion freely,” he told a press conference here today.

On Wednesday, South Klang district police chief ACP Shamsul Amar Ramli said police had arrested four individuals for allegedly assaulting two men for fasting.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Abang Sado’s RM1 drinks popular at Pesta Ramadan Bazaar

It is a well-nigh impossible task to find drinks being sold at RM1 currently, but customers at the Pesta Ramadan Bazaar, here, are a fortunate lot because the Abang Sado stall prepares various types of drinks at that price each.

Abang Sado stall owner, Norazli Ahmad, 36, said he sold drinks at the price as he wanted to help ease the burden of his customers who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said he had never increased the price and the size of his drink package since starting his business at the bazaar in 2011 as his intention was to give alms while conducting business.

‘’Usually, eight to 10 types of drinks are sold here including ‘katira’ (tragacanth gum), green tea, corn, ‘limau kasturi’ (calamansi) and barley with sales up to 600 packets a day.

‘’I try to create a difference this year by selling a guava drink mixed with apple and assam boi (salted dried plum),’’ he said when met by Bernama at the bazaar today.

Norazli said his bitter childhood experience, when he did not have enough money to buy a drink for breaking fast although it was only sold at RM1 at that time, was his inspiration to sell at a much lower price compared to other traders.

He admitted that some traders requested that he raised the prices of his drinks but he stood his ground to maintain the price.

‘’Alhamdulillah…I still make a bit of profit selling the drinks but my desire is more towards helping those low income earners who need to be thrifty during this current uncertain economic situation.

Norazli, who was stuck with the moniker ‘sado’ since small due to his large size, hoped he could maintain the price in the future.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Media platform providers told to remove advertisements on gambling

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has communicated with media platform providers such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to remove advertisements that invite Muslims to gamble to get funds for the “balik kampung” trip in conjunction with the Aidilfitri celebration.

In a statement today, MCMC said the content would be removed in accordance with the terms of service, as well as the community standards set by the overseas- based media platform providers.

The statement was issued following a two-minute video advertisement by a gambling company, which went viral on social media sites, inviting netizens to earn extra money for the Aidilfitri celebration by using the company service.

The commission said parties involved, such as the production team, should be more sensitive to not complicit in activities that promote online gambling, which is clearly against the law.

“Production of the content production is subject to the Communications and Multimedia Content Code which should be complied with by those involved in the production and distribution of content,” it said.

MCMC said in the freedom to provide content, providers should follow a content code that is in line with the norms of a pluralistic Malaysian society.

It said the act of disseminating the content would only directly help those involved in spreading messages that promote gambling which could be detrimental to the Malaysian community.

“Social media users should also be more responsible by reporting such matters directly to the authorities for action instead of disseminating the content,” it said.

According to MCMC, online gambling activities and promotions are subject to the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953, which is under the jurisdiction of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).

Since March 12, MCMC has been operating fast-track restrictions by enabling the PDRM to order Internet service providers to block access to websites that violate the provisions of the law under the act.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Kraftangan Malaysia sets RM1.8 mln sales goal for WWA 2021

The Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation (Kraftangan Malaysia) hopes to achieve RM1.8 mln in sales through the Warna-Warni Hari Raya Aidilfitri (WWA) 2021 promotion currently taking place at Kompleks Kraf Kuala Lumpur till May 2.

Its director-general, Ibrahim Ismail, said he is confident that the shopping festival themed “Kraf Di Hati, Hari Raya Aidilfitri Di Nanti” and with the participation of 120 entrepreneurs will be a success.

“This is our first opportunity to hold a physical event after the movement control order was imposed because of COVID-19,” he said, while adding that the timing is right for handicraft entrepreneurs to conduct physical business.

He said Kraftangan Malaysia aims to promote handicraft for festival use – like Hari Raya – and not just as souvenirs, hence the products include batik clothes, as well as wood and rattan home accessories.

WWA 2021 — which is being held simultaneously in East Coast Mall (Pahang), Kuala Terengganu City Centre Mall (Terengganu), Aeon Mall Kuching (Sarawak), Aeon Mall Kinta City (Perak), Aeon Mall Nilai (Negeri Sembilan), Mydin Mall Bertam (Penang) and Freeport A’Famosa Outlet (Melaka) — will include contests and demonstrations like the most creative Hari Raya card, sampin tying and tanjak making.

He said the event will adhere to the standard operating procedure such as requiring a MySejahtera check-in, physical distancing, taking temperature and providing hand sanitiser.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency