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Malaysian Family needs to be translated into democracy practice, govt policy – Analyst

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 14 — ‘Family’ is a term that is easy to translate and has a meaning that is very close to each individual, as well as the most important foundation in building a society.

On the broader scope, especially when the country is struggling to recover from the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, the introduction of the Malaysian Family concept is seen as appropriate in the context of national well-being which highlights the noble family values such as tolerance, empathy, love and sacrifice.

The Malaysian Family, which is based on three main characteristics, namely inclusivity, common ground and contentment was introduced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in his maiden speech as Malaysia’s ninth Prime Minister on Aug 22.

Such a concept is not something out of the ordinary, in fact Malaysia has seen various administrative concepts with their own themes or slogans introduced by each prime minister and government, including ‘New Malaysia’ during the Pakatan Harapan government era, ‘1Malaysia’ concept (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) and ‘Islam Hadhari’ (Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi).

Citing Ismail Sabri’s speech at the soft launch of Malaysian Family on Oct 8, the Prime Minister said the idea was chosen because a family will always uphold religious principles, ensure safety, protect the dignity and care for the wellbeing of its member.

“In the context of a nation, we are the Malaysian Family made which comprises people of different faiths, races, ethnicities and age groups, but despite the different religious, racial and cultural backgrounds, we celebrate the inclusivity, upholding the spirit of Malaysia as a nation-state.

“The inclusivity that we celebrate is the seed that will grow in the heart of every one of us. It is a valuable asset that must be protected. Every value of this family is an important component that will determine the fate of this country,” said Ismail Sabri.

Translating the conceptual framework of the Malaysian Family, a professor at the Faculty of Administrative Science and Policy Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Prof Datuk Dr Nasrudin Mohammed opined that elements in the concept can also be considered as government efforts in addressing the question of democracy.

He said it was an effort to minimise political differences between various parties in the country which was expected to ease political pressure whether at the individual, party or government level and work collectively to prioritise harmony in all situations.

Therefore, for the Malaysian Family to succeed, the basic elements of life must be strengthened in the family institution itself and supported by the government through public policy (related to social development) as well as constantly improved practical and realistic fiscal policy for the people.

“Every expenditure (budget) and policy made by the government must take into account the needs of the community (Malaysian Family) and all relevant agencies.

“The policy must cross certain considerations such as ethnicity, the disabled, or any group that is seen as marginalised from economic, social or general development advantages.

“The process of translating the Malaysian Family by the people will take place when the question of inclusivity, connectivity, objectivity, subjectivity as well as the transformation and sustainability of values, including its practices, is given priority by the government as a whole,” he told Bernama.

The political analyst said the issue of Malaysian Family ‘plagiarising’ the idealism of the 1Malaysia concept should not arise because the philosophy of the two concepts prioritised humanity, well-being of the people and government accountability.

He said the two ideas could be well blended and harmonised to elevate the well-being of the community or the people.

Apart from that, Nasrudin said the proposal to create a Malaysian Family Day celebration was also seen as appropriate to show the government’s commitment in driving family values and encouraging the community to return to the core of society.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Perak, Lazada collaboration aims to empower e-commerce, raise sales revenue of MSMEs

IPOH, Oct 14 — The Perak state government’s collaboration with Southeast Asia’s leading e-commerce platform Lazada is set to intensify the use of e-commerce and increase the sales revenue of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the state.

Lazada said that the collaboration was carried out through the Lazada STeP Carnival, to be held from Oct 15 to Dec 31, to promote business and products from Perak through the special Shop Malaysia Online website on its application.

“Lazada will provide various exclusive offers, platform vouchers and free delivery vouchers with the aim of increasing visits and sales in their online stores.

“New traders in Perak are also eligible to participate in the Start it Up, Laz it Up initiative organised by Lazada and also stand a chance to win prizes worth US$10,000 if they launch a store (sales) in the Lazada market in active sales mode before Oct 30,” it said in a statement today.

Meanwhile, state Rural Development, Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Committee chairman Datuk Zainol Paharudin said in the statement that the COVID-19 pandemic had affected the economy and impacted many businesses.

“Through this effective collaboration between the public and private sectors, such as our (state government) cooperation with Lazada for the STeP Carnival, we hope to further intensify Perak’s digital transformation so that we will be ready to fulfil the government’s aspiration to make Malaysia the ASEAN Digital Centre.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Call for special task force to review one per cent PwD workers policy

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12 — A senator today called for the setting up of a special task force to carry out a review on the Policy of One Per cent Persons with Disabilities (PwD) Workers in the Public Sector.

Senator Datuk Ras Adiba Radzi, who represents the PwD in the Senate, said the review was vital as the policy had only seen 0.4 per cent PwD workers in the public sector even after over 30 years of being in force.

She said, without a doubt, the policy that was introduced in 1988 and implemented through Service Circular in 2008 and 2010 should be given serious attention in order to help the PwD.

“We, the PwD, do not need sympathy, but a sincere and strong commitment to ensuring inclusive and PwD-friendly ecosystem in the country,” she said when debating the 12th Malaysia Plan at the Dewan Negara today.

The senator said, at present, only four ministries had more than one per cent PwD workers namely the Defence Ministry; the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry; the Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives; and the National Unity Ministry.

Meanwhile, Ras Adiba also proposed for the government to introduce a National Disability Strategy for Malaysia, just like the Malaysian Education Blueprint, to be lead by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob himself to steer PwD development in Malaysia.

Right now, she said Malaysia has no strategic planning document for PwD, but only a PwD Action Plan 2016-2022 which emphasises matters relating to implementation and not strategic planning.

“Since the existing PwD Action Plan will expire next year, this will be the best opportunity for the government to introduce the National Disability Strategy for Malaysia in line with the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 that gives emphasis on inclusive society and that no one is left behind,” she said.

She said the National Disability Strategy for Malaysia should also be approved by all Menteri Besar and Chief Ministers so that it can be implemented in all states.

Ras Adiba also suggested that the government through Prasarana Malaysia Berhad reintroduce Rapid Mobility programme which provides door-to-door services to facilitate the movement of PwD to a location, especially in major cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, Pulau Penang, Johor Bahru and Kuantan.

She also hoped that the government would review and reinstate the Business Incentive Scheme initiative for the PwD to help them venture into business.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Malaysia Day celebration may be held in Peninsula next year – Zahidi

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11 – The Communications and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM) will consider holding the Malaysia Day celebration next year in one of the states in Peninsular Malaysia, the Dewan Negara was told today.

Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin said the Cabinet meeting on June 24, 2020 had agreed that the Malaysia Day celebration each Sept 16 be held alternately between states in the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak.

“This proposal can be considered for the Malaysia Day celebration in 2022 to be held in one of the states in the peninsula, subject to the decision of the Cabinet and the state government’s agreement for joint organisation,” he said during the winding up session on the motion of thanks for the Royal address. The proposal had come from a Senator during the debate session .

The Malaysia Day celebration has been organised alternately between Sarawak and Sabah since 2012.

On Internet and broadband services, Zahidi said 693 transmitting stations out of 5,394 had been upgraded to 4G technology as of Aug 31 while 362 new towers would be built by the end of 2022, which would increase 4G coverage in populated areas nationwide.

Apart from that, he said a total of 1,661 new towers would be built through open tender in rural and remote areas to further boost 4G coverage to 96.9 per cent in populated areas nationwide with construction work on the towers expected to begin in the first quarter of next year. .

“In rural areas in Sabah and Sarawak as well as Orang Asli settlements, the provision of broadband services will be implemented using satellite technology. For this purpose, 839 locations nationwide including 138 in Sabah and Sarawak have been identified to ensure broadband coverage in hard-to-access areas. with fibre optic and portable technology.

“This initiative is in the process of implementation and is expected to be completed in stages starting this November until early 2022,” he said.

In the meantime, Zahidi said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has launched the JENDELA (National Digital Network Plan) Map portal, https://jendela.my, which is used to check telecommunication coverage in the relevant areas as well as provide feedback to MCMC so that improvements in the coverage and quality of telecommunication services are implemented from time to time.

“The cooperation of state governments and all parties is important to ensure that all policy proposals that have been approved at the federal level, can be applied at the state level and PBT (local authorities) so that the provision of digital infrastructure can be facilitated and in accordance with certain standards to ensure National Aspirations can be achieved, “he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Sulaiman heads caretaker gov’t of Melaka – State Secretary

MELAKA, Oct 11 — Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali currently heads the caretaker government of Melaka and is assisted by the existing members of the State Executive Council (MMKN), says Melaka State Secretary Datuk Kamel Mohamad.

In a statement today, Kamel said all of them except those who had resigned would continue with their respective roles for the time being, following the dissolution of the 14th State Assembly (DUN) by the Yang Dipertua Negeri Melaka Tun Mohd Ali Rustam on Oct 4.

Kamel said although the Melaka State Constitution did not specifically provide for the functions and roles of the caretaker government, based on the conventions in the parliamentary democracy system in the Commonwealth, it only served to govern a country or state until a new government was formed.

“In that case, the caretaker government cannot make any binding decisions and policies or take any action that can have financial implications and burden the new government that will be formed, unless the action must be implemented in the public’s interest.

“To that end, the caretaker government can take actions such as carrying out routine official duties, including exercising the powers given under the law to ensure the functioning of the state government machinery; holding official meetings on the state government’s administrative matters.

“… Continuing the implementation of existing policies and programmes for which financial allocations have already been made; making any agreements, contracts and undertakings based on policies which have been approved by the state government or provisions approved by the state assembly, such as the current year’s budget,” he said.

Apart from that, he said the caretaker government could hold and attend official functions that had been scheduled for a state government project or programme.

In a separate statement, Kamel said the state government denied allegations by former Sungai Udang assemblyman Datuk Seri Idris Haron that there was third-party interference in matters and decisions made by MMKN, as it was a final and collective decision.

“On the specific allegation that there was interference by the Melaka State UMNO Liaison chairman (Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh) and the allegation that the MMKN’s decisions had to be referred to a third party before being implemented, the Melaka state administration denies such claims.

“It is not true that all decisions need to be referred to a third party either before, during or after the meeting,” he said.

Kamel said the Melaka state administration also took seriously Idris’ accusation that MMKN was selective and racially biased in making its decisions, adding that it always took into account the interests of all the people of Melaka, irrespective of race and religion.

He said the Melaka state administration would also like to inform that every MMKN member has taken an oath of secrecy ‘not to tell or disclose to anyone either directly or indirectly any matter brought for consideration with the MMKN’.

“In this regard, the Melaka state government is examining whether there has been a violation of the oath of secrecy, and if that is so, the state government will not hesitate to take legal action,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Interstate travel : Public transport operators must ensure passengers fully vaccinated

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 11 — All public transport operators in land, air and maritime sectors are required to ensure their passengers are fully vaccinated as required in the standard operating procedure (SOP) for interstate travel, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

“All operators must ensure that all passengers or public transport users show their vaccination certificate to prove that they have been fully vaccinated,” he said in a statement today.

Following the lifting of the interstate travel restriction as announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob yesterday (Oct 10), Wee said the operators were reminded to avoid complacency and always adhere to the SOP set by the government under the National Recovery Plan (PPN).

“Other SOP compliance such as wearing a face mask and frequent hand washing or using hand sanitizer must also be adhered to without compromise,” he said.

Wee said public transport users are also encouraged to take the COVID-19 self-screening test before embarking on an interstate journey to protect themselves, their families and those around them.

Ismail Sabri announced in a news conference yesterday that individuals who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are allowed to travel across states without getting the approval of police from today.

The decision was made as the vaccinated rate of Malaysia’s adult population had reached 90 per cent under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Gov’t fulfills promise to allow interstate, overseas travel for well-being of ‘Keluarga Malaysia’

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 — Allowing interstate and overseas travel from tomorrow is surely delighting everyone and proves that the government has fulfilled its promise once the vaccination rate of the country’s adult population has reached 90 per cent.

The implementation is indeed timely as the COVID-19 cases in Malaysia have been declining, with 7,373 recorded today.

Interstate travel means that there will be no more police roadblocks, no requirement to obtain a permit for it from the authorities or from the COVID-19 Intelligent Management System (CIMS) for those in the business sector.

However, the public is still bound by the standard operating procedures (SOP) such as wearing a face mask, ensuring physical distancing and undergoing compulsory quarantine upon returning to the country from abroad.

Meanwhile, the role of the police is still vital as they are to continue checking on usage of the MySejahtera application anywhere and at any time at premises and places suspected of having crowds.

However, cross-state travel is not allowed in areas placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).

As stated before by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin that interstate travel was not the cause of COVID-19 outbreaks but the gatherings of people and this should be avoided.

Malaysian Public Health Physicians Association president, Datuk Dr Zainal Ariffin Omar said since the government had fulfilled its promise of allowing interstate level, the people should play their role with better self-control, besides being more responsible towards the community.

Although there is no more travel restriction, Dr Zainal Ariffin has reminded the public to plan their travels and not to form crowds that can cause congestion.

“Congratulations to the government and people but no matter what, adherence to the SOP set has to continue such as ensuring physical distancing, wearing a face mask and not to form crowds, and do self-testing for the viral infection before travelling to any destination,” he said.

When announcing the go-ahead for interstate travel, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob reminded the people to have a self-test for COVID-19 done before going on their journey and those with symptoms like fever, cough, a cold and breathing difficulty were advised to postpone their trip.

He also advised those with the symptoms to report their confirmed test results soonest possible via MySejahtera.

They should also undergo self-quarantine immediately and be fully disciplined if found to be positive for the infection and to quickly inform their close contacts about it through the link in MySejahtera.

They are also to inform about their worsening health condition while undergoing self-quarantine at home and to get immediate treatment at the nearest medical centre if they have serious symptoms.

Occupational and General Health specialist at Hospital Kasih Cyberjaya, Dr Hanafiah Bashirun said public cooperation in strictly complying with the SOP was much required to prevent themselves and others from contracting COVID-19.

He also suggested that those on interstate travel to once again undergo a self-test for the virus before returning to work to ensure a safe work environment.

“I also suggest that those who return to their hometowns for a visit to also provide self-test kits for their parents. This is important as anyone could be infected and definitely we want to ensure that our family, especially our parents and the other elderly are protected against the disease,” he said.

All the relaxations announced by the government can be enjoyed by those who have been fully vaccinated and those who have not been vaccinated are advised to do so fast to reduce the risks of getting infected and of dying from the infection, as well as reducing the burden on the health system.

The latest data from the Health Ministry shows that vaccination has reduced the rates of admission of COVID-19 patients to the intensive care units by 83 per cent and death rate from the infection by 88 per cent.

Currently, the country’s transition from the pandemic to endemic phase has been smooth but the people have the big responsibility of making the effort a success.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency