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Prasarana denies ‘overcrowding’ on monorail train

— Prasarana Malaysia Berhad has denied a news report published on a portal that showed congestion on a monorail train during the Movement Control Order (MCO). It described the news as misleading.

In a statement today, the company also invited the media to conduct its own survey at the monorail station to see the real situation.

“Prasarana is doubtful whether the photograph was (actually) taken during the MCO, which began on Jan 13.

“We are constantly monitoring the situation on all our rail services — MRT, LRT and Monorail — and, to the best of our knowledge, there has never been congestion or ‘overcrowding’ as stated in the report,” the company said.

Prasarana stressed that all Rapid KL rail services operate in strict compliance with the standard operating procedure requirements, set by the National Security Council, Transport Ministry and Health Ministry.

Prasarana also issues warnings on trains and at stations (for commuters) to always practice the principles of the 3Cs (crowded places, confined spaces and close conversation) and 3Ws (wash, wear and warn) as recommended by the government, the statement said.

A news portal had published an article accompanied by an undated photograph showing passengers on a monorail train coach with the headline ‘KL under MCO, but monorail packed to the brim during rush hour’.

The article mentioned that the photograph was sent by an unnamed passenger, who questioned why such a situation happened in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor during the MCO.

Meanwhile, Prasarana said the number of monorail passengers fell sharply to about 10,000 a day on average since the MCO began this year compared to 46,000 a day in 2019 before the country faced the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

SSB food baskets distributed in Kalabakan

Sabah government-linked company, Sabah Softwoods Bhd (SSB), gave out 820 food baskets to people living in Kampung Kalabakan, Kampung Brantian and Kampung Sungai Udin who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The food baskets were delivered in phases since last Thursday (Jan 14), and since Kampung Kalabakan has many inhabitants, we started there with 600 baskets,” said SSB corporate communications manager, Sahruddin Paidi, in a statement today.

Next was Kampung Brantian with 90 baskets and then Kampung Sungai Udin with 130 baskets, he said.

Sahruddin said he hopes the corporate social responsibility (CSR) contribution will help them cope with the pandemic.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

SSB food baskets distributed in Kalabakan

Sabah government-linked company, Sabah Softwoods Bhd (SSB), gave out 820 food baskets to people living in Kampung Kalabakan, Kampung Brantian and Kampung Sungai Udin who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The food baskets were delivered in phases since last Thursday (Jan 14), and since Kampung Kalabakan has many inhabitants, we started there with 600 baskets,” said SSB corporate communications manager, Sahruddin Paidi, in a statement today.

Next was Kampung Brantian with 90 baskets and then Kampung Sungai Udin with 130 baskets, he said.

Sahruddin said he hopes the corporate social responsibility (CSR) contribution will help them cope with the pandemic.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Prasarana denies ‘overcrowding’ on monorail train

— Prasarana Malaysia Berhad has denied a news report published on a portal that showed congestion on a monorail train during the Movement Control Order (MCO). It described the news as misleading.

In a statement today, the company also invited the media to conduct its own survey at the monorail station to see the real situation.

“Prasarana is doubtful whether the photograph was (actually) taken during the MCO, which began on Jan 13.

“We are constantly monitoring the situation on all our rail services — MRT, LRT and Monorail — and, to the best of our knowledge, there has never been congestion or ‘overcrowding’ as stated in the report,” the company said.

Prasarana stressed that all Rapid KL rail services operate in strict compliance with the standard operating procedure requirements, set by the National Security Council, Transport Ministry and Health Ministry.

Prasarana also issues warnings on trains and at stations (for commuters) to always practice the principles of the 3Cs (crowded places, confined spaces and close conversation) and 3Ws (wash, wear and warn) as recommended by the government, the statement said.

A news portal had published an article accompanied by an undated photograph showing passengers on a monorail train coach with the headline ‘KL under MCO, but monorail packed to the brim during rush hour’.

The article mentioned that the photograph was sent by an unnamed passenger, who questioned why such a situation happened in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor during the MCO.

Meanwhile, Prasarana said the number of monorail passengers fell sharply to about 10,000 a day on average since the MCO began this year compared to 46,000 a day in 2019 before the country faced the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Govt have enough resources for public health system – Dr Adham

— The government is putting the people’s health as the top priority and has enough resources to ensure the public health system continues to serve the people to curb the spread of COVID-19, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.

This was reflected in the announcement by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on PERMAI assistance package today, which clearly showed that the government gave the people’s health the highest priority, he added.

According to him, a total of RM800 million was allocated for the Health Ministry (MOH) to focus on supplies, including additional reagents, screening kits, sanitisers, consumables as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) specifically for healthcare frontliners.

The government is also deeply concerned with the higher workloads of frontliners and an additional 3,500 contract personnel including nurses and paramedics will be recruited at the end of this month, he said.

To integrate the country’s health service, Dr Adham said a total of RM100 million was allocated for cooperation with private hospitals to receive and treat both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients to help alleviate the strain on the public healthcare system.

Dr Adham said MOH was also allocated RM3 billion for the preparation of the procurement of COVID-19 vaccine with the vaccination plan being scheduled to start by March this year at the latest.

“With the announcement of these measures, MOH calls on for all to fight the spread of the COVID-19 in an integrated manner,” he added.

Muhyiddin today unveiled the RM15 billion PERMAI assistance package with 22 initiatives to combat the pandemic, safeguard the welfare of the people and support business continuity.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

RM48.6 mln needed to repair damaged roads in 6 districts in Johor

The Johor government requires an allocation of RM48.6 million from the federal government to repair or upgrade damaged roads that pose a risk to users in six districts in the state.

State Works, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman, Mohd Solihan Badri said the amount was based on the extent and types of damage to 55 federal roads and 23 state roads in Kluang, Kota Tinggi, Johor Bahru, Segamat, Mersing and Kulai districts.

He said the damages included sunken road surfaces, damaged bridge links, culverts and roadside drains, as well as landslides by the roadsides.

“To obtain the allocation, the state government had forwarded the application to the Works Ministry last week.

“The damage was due to the floods and water overflowing from the agriculture areas to the roads following incessant heavy rain,” he said after visiting the location of a landslip in Taman Sri Impian, here, today.

On the landslip, Solihan said the Works Department would close the road for a week for cleaning-up work and monitoring for soil movement at the location and near it.

“Therefore, road users going to Kota Tinggi or travelling from there are advised to use the alternative road in Taman Sri Impian,” he added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Penang police set up team to monitor ‘rat trails’ at state border

— Penang police have tightened surveillance at ‘rat trails’ along the state’s border area to ensure that the inter-state travel ban is fully complied with during the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Its chief Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan said police had set up a special team that also involved non-uniformed personnel to carry out monitoring on a rotational basis at each rat trail identified.

“For rat trails at the state border, we also carried out mobile roadblocks after the relaxation of the inter-state travel ban which ends at midnight tonight. Stern action will be taken against those who try to do so illegally during the MCO’s enforcement.’

“Members of the public, including those living in state border areas, are advised not to cross the state border illegally. If there is an emergency and a great need, I ask them to apply for a letter of permission at any nearby police station,” he said when contacted by Bernama today.

He said there were at least 15 rat trails identified by the police in three districts in the state, namely, in the Seberang Perai Utara, Seberang Perai Tengah and Seberang Perai Selatan districts.

Sahabudin said police had increased inspection at Butterworth Railway Station, here, to ensure public compliance with inter-state travel restrictions by obtaining a letter of permission from a nearby police station before travelling to another state or entering Penang.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency