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Kelantan govt to give monetary aid to families of drowned anglers

BACHOK The Kelantan government has come forward to provide monetary aid  to the families of those involved in a boat tragedy where the vessel capsized after it was caught in a storm  about 10 nautical miles from the Kuala Kemasin Base Jetty here, last night.


Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob said the donation would be made through the Tabung Serambi Mekah to the families of the victims after detailed information was collected by the state government.


“We are currently organising the financial aid (to the victims’ families),” he told reporters after checking on the search and rescue (SAR) operation at the fishing jetty in Kuala Kemasin here, today.




Also present were State Welfare, Family and Women Development Committee chairman Mumtaz Md Nawi, Pasir Mas member of Parliament Ahmad Fadhli Shaari and Kelantan police chief Datuk Hasanuddin Hassan


It is learned that a RM1,000 emergency fund will be provided to the families of the deceased and RM500 to the families of the survivors.


In the meantime, Ahmad also advised recreational water sports enthusiasts to comply with all standard operating procedures (SOPs) for water activities, especially using safety jackets.



Meanwhile, Ahmad Fadhli said a donation of RM1,000 would be given to each family of the deceased from Pasir Mas.


He said the donation would be channelled through the Pasir Mas Service Centre.


Yesterday, a boat carrying 20 anglers including the skipper and crew, aged between 18 and 60 years, capsized following a storm about 10 nautical miles from the Kuala Kemasin Base Jetty.


In the 8 pm incident, four men drowned, four are missing and another 12 were confirmed to be safe.


The dead were identified as Mohd Syahrizan Daud, in his 40s, Muhamad Zaki Muhamad Nordin, 19, Wan Aminudin Wan Hussin, in his 60s and a Thai citizen known only as Pokta, in his 50s.




Source: BERNAMA News Agency


KBS, KKMM launch myGIG programme to support youths


The Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (MOH) today launched the myGIG Programme as a strategic approach to support youths in the post-COVID-19 gig economy ecosystem.


Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said the programme was the first cross-ministerial collaborative effort offered to youth using the ‘eRezeki’ and ‘GLOW’ platforms under the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), which would be known as ‘myGIG Servis’ and ‘myGIG Digital Freelance’.


“The programme is a synergy of the cross-ministerial collaboration undertaken by KBS in an effort to help youths improve their self-esteem and optimise the growth of the gig economy.




“The implementation of this programme has also received strong cooperation from MDEC and the Malaysian Youth Council (MYC) in terms of the provision of systems and platforms as well as promote the initiative to the youth up to the grassroots level,” he said in his speech during the launch of the MyGIG Programme which was broadcast live on KBS’ official Facebook page today.


The programme was co-launched by Reezal Merican and Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, and the online event was moderated by MYC president Jufitri Joha.


Reezal Merican said that KBS was also in tune with the pulse of the youth, especially the group categorised as ‘restless youth’, including those in the gig economy.



“The myGIG programme will add value to youths with the provision of appropriate training and support equipment. Registered youths will be provided guidance by KBS and MDEC to enable them to maximize the opportunities available to increase their income,” he said.


Meanwhile, Saifuddin said his ministry would remain committed to assist the development of country’s gig economy.


“Previously, we might have been worried about those who were self-employed, but the gig economy is a new form of work and we cannot take a hands-off approach with it.


“The gig economy is here to stay and it will grow faster, so what matters now is how we look at it and consider things such as welfare, legislation, taxation and other issues affecting gig economy workers. All of this is the Government’s responsibility,” he said.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency


Penang allows congregational, Friday prayers to be held based on mosque capacity

GEORGE TOWN The Penang government has allowed obligatory congregational and Friday prayers, Hari Raya Aidiladha prayers and funeral prayers for non-COVID-19 patients, as well as lecturing activities to be held, with the number of participants based on the size of the mosque or prayer room, taking into account the one-meter social distancing measure.


Penang Islamic Religious Council (MAINPP) president Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abd Rahman said the congregational and funeral prayers, as well as lecturing activities, could be held beginning tomorrow, while the Friday prayers will be held from June 26, and Hari Raya Aidiladha prayers on July 31.


He said the decision was made after due deliberation among all relevant parties including the Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Department (JHEAPP), the Penang Mufti Department and the state Health Department.




“The congregational, Friday and Hari Raya Aidiladha prayers can be attended by members of the ‘qariah’ (area around the mosque) and the general public aged 15 to 70, while those under 15 are not allowed. Those above 71 who are healthy may attend prayers, but are not encouraged to do so,” he said in a statement today.


Ahmad Zakiyuddin, who is also Penang Deputy Chief Minister I, said the permission was granted to congregants who did not have any COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough and cold, while those at high risk and susceptible to diseases such as the elderly, people with asthma and chronic illnesses were not allowed to attend the prayers.


-“For funeral prayers of those who are not COVID-19 patients, only family members of the deceased and members of the qariah (are allowed to attend), while for Friday prayers, there must be at least 40 congregants to fulfill the obligatory criteria (to carry out the prayer), while they must be Malaysian citizens,” he said.



He said lectures were allowed to be held between the Magrib and Isyak prayers daily, while those after the dawn and Asar prayers were only allowed every Saturday and Sunday, and limited to 20 minutes per session.


In addition, a special prayer space for travelling Muslims will be allowed at mosques or surau from 6 am to 9.30 pm.


Ahmad Zakiyuddin said the ‘ibadah korban’ or animal sacrifice was also allowed, subject to adherence with the standard operating procedure (SOP).



Source: BERNAMA News Agency

More than 90 pct SOP compliance at hair salons – Nanta


BUKIT MERTAJAM, Compliance with the standard operating procedure (SOP) at barbershops and hairdressing salons has reached more than 90 per cent since they resumed operations on June 10, said Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi.


He said that 551 inspections had been conducted at these outlets and none was ordered to close their operations.


“The ministry’s enforcement officers will continue with their inspection and monitoring,” he told reporters after visiting the Prai branch of the Prifaria Distribution Haulage here today.




He said that so far 788 notices had been issued under Section 21 of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011, along with 12 warning notices.


Nanta said enforcement officers would be on the ground to ensure that all barbershop and hairdressing salon operators adhere to the SOP issued by the government as this sector was vulnerable to COVID-19 because their operations involve physical contact.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency


TNB summoned to clarify increase in electricity bills


TEMERLOH The Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (KeTSA) has called  Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) to clarify the increase in electricity bills since the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) which has caused public outcry.


Minister Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah said KeTSA and the Energy Commission had summoned TNB’s top management led by its chief executive officer Datuk Seri Amir Hamzah Azizan today, which will be followed by another meeting tomorrow.


“TNB’s top management is required to present what they have done during this period so that we can see the issues raised as a whole. We will also provide an opportunity for them after listening to complaints and criticism of the people.




“I understand at this point that they (TNB) are fine tuning all the discussions that took place this morning before we go into further detail at tomorrow’s meeting to make the best decision,” he said.


Shamsul Anuar said this at a press conference after visiting the National Elephant Conservation Centre, Kuala Gandah, Lanchang, here which was also attended by Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN) director-general Datuk Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim.


Asked if TNB would be held liable for making a mistake in the calculation, Shamsul Anuar said: “TNB cannot calculate bills arbitrarily. Whatever it does, it must obtain approval from the Energy Commission as a supervisory body and regulator for the energy industry.



“Hence, we are confident that the Energy Commission can ensure that this matter is resolved and we will respond to all the issues raised. I understand the public want instant results, but this is an important matter and has to be fully inspected.”


In a separate development, Shamsul Anuar said nine eco-tourism locations under the supervision of PERHILITAN have been reopened to tourists in compliance with standard operating procedures (SOP) starting today, after being closed to the public since the MCO came into force on March 18.


In addition to the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre, among the other locations are the Taman Negara Kuala Tahan and Sungai Relau in Pahang, Taman Negara Kuala Koh, Kelantan; Taman Negara Tanjong Mentong, Terengganu and Paya Indah Wetlands ini Dengkil, Selangor.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency



COVID-19: Youths affected by COVID-19 can pursue high-value agriculture at IKLBS

KUALA LUMPUR The Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) plans to expand opportunities for youths affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to pursue high-value agriculture at selected Skills Training Institute of Youth and Sports (ILKBS).


In a statement today, its Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said KBS is also ready to assist the youths to utilise the northern zone food processing hub facilities located at the National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN) in Naka, Kedah.


“This is among the KBS initiatives through cross-ministry collaboration which would benefit over 10 million youths or 68 per cent of the manpower affected by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.




“Previously, KBS has visited the Human Resources Ministry, Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Ministry and the Federal Territories Ministry. This afternoon, the cross-ministry collaboration series has been extended with a visit to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) to boost youth aspirations and synergies through KBS-MAFI strategic cooperation,” he said.


He said the discussion held with MAFI minister, Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee, focused on initiatives that will cater the interests and needs of the youth as well as adapting new technologies in the economic supply chain in the agriculture and food industry sectors.


“Existing programmes such as the Young Agropreneur programme which has been a hot-selling product among youths will be given a facelift with the active involvement of KBS… the future of agriculture will be based on technology and we collectively agreed that this is the way forward.



“Also, KBS and MAFI are collaborating on refining several ‘quick win’ programmes at the officer level which will be announced soon for the benefit of the youths. This will include those which have been announced in PENJANA which will be re-packaged as a more fashionable way to maximise youth involvement,” the statement said.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency



RMCO: Malaysians can now enter Sabah without undergoing COVID-19 test

KOTA KINABALU The Sabah government has decided to allow Malaysians wishing to enter the state to do so without having to undergo COVID-19 swab tests during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period.


Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said in a statement today that Malaysians in the Peninsular, Sarawak and Labuan only had to fill up the Health Declaration Form and adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the Sabah Health Department (JKNS).


“The permission is also subject to existing regulations of the Immigration Department and other authorities. At the same time, JKNS will continue to monitor and assess health risks of those who enter Sabah,” he said.




Previously, the state government only exempted civil servants, private sector workers, residents of the Federal Territory of Labuan and Sabahans from undergoing COVID-19 swab tests upon entering the state.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency