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Stricter SOP helps curb spread of COVID-19 in Penang’s prisons

— The implementation of stricter standard operating procedures (SOPs) has succeeded in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in three of the state’s prisons, with two reporting zero cases so far.

Penang Prisons Department director Roslan Mohamed said the state’s remand prison only recorded five COVID-19 cases and all the inmates who tested positive had been isolated.

“Previously, there were 100 to 400 cases reported in the three prisons. However, with stricter SOPs in place, the Seberang Perai Prison in Jawi and Satellite Prison in Bukit Mertajam have not reported any new cases so far.

“We make sure all inmates are screened before they are sent to the prisons, where they are isolated from other inmates until the results are out,” he told reporters when met at the state police contingent headquarters today.

He represented the Prisons Department to receive food aid for frontliners from State Housing, Local Government and Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo.

Also present was Penang Police chief Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan.

Roslan also said that about 99 per cent of the 329 Penang Prisons Department staff had been vaccinated while the rest could not be vaccinated due to health reasons.

Meanwhile, Sahabudin said that about 86 per cent of the 6,022 police officers and personnel in the state had been vaccinated, and that they were all frontliners.

“The Health Ministry is committed to completing the vaccination for the force as we need to mobilise them for field duties,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

902 cases of domestic violence reported from Jan-April

A total of 902 cases of domestic violence was reported from January to April this year, with most of them caused by economic pressure due to affected income, says Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun.

She said statistics from the police showed that 5,260 investigation papers had been opened involving domestic violence last year.

During the same period, the ministry’s Talian Kasih had received 2,540 calls related to domestic violence cases.

“Probably many are affected in terms of income or lost their jobs. When they (have) to stay at home, movement restrictions might have caused them to take out their emotional stress on the family members,” she said after attending the launching of mosques as transit centres for victims of domestic violence programme at the Federal Territory Mosque here today.

Rina said the statistics proved that the issue of domestic violence required the intervention and cooperation of various parties, and as such, the ministry is collaborating with the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (JAWI) to turn mosques into domestic violence transit centres.

Rina explained that two mosques were selected as the pioneers of the programme, namely the Federal Territory Mosque and the Al Ghufran Mosque in Taman Tun Dr Ismail here.

The mosques will provide dormitory rooms, basic personal needs as well as food and drink during their stay there.

She said a total of 19 JAWI officers had also undergone the Women Anti-Crime (WAJA) Squad training developed by Women Development Department together with the Institut Sosial Malaysia.

Meanwhile, JAWI director Datuk Mohd Ajib Ismail said 12 mosques had been chosen as complaint and counselling service centres for domestic violence victims.

The mosques include Al Imam Al Ghazali Mosque in Bandar Menjalara Kepong and Al Qurtubi Mosque in Taman Sri Segambut.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

e-Wages system to monitor salary payments in real-time – Saravanan

The Human Resources Ministry (KSM) will develop an e-Wages system soon to monitor the payment of monthly salaries to workers in real-time.

Its minister, Datuk Seri M. Saravanan said this was to ensure that salary payments would be made before the seventh day of each month as stipulated under the Employment Act 1955.

“At present, there is no mechanism within the job market to monitor the payment of salaries to workers in the country.

“The implementation of e-Wages will ensure transparency and avoid any manipulation by employers in the payment of salaries to their employees,” he said in a statement here, today.

Saravanan said the implementation of this system would indirectly ensure the rights and welfare of workers are taken care of, besides protecting the image and credibility of the country, especially in the aspect of foreign workers employment.

Commenting on the recent suicide incident involving a foreign worker following allegations that he did not receive his salary for five months, Saravanan said such a tragedy should have never happened in the labour market, especially when the country is facing an economic and health crisis following the COVID-19 pandemic.

He stressed that the ministry through the Labour Department (JTK) would investigate the incident thoroughly and that appropriate action would be taken against the employer involved if the allegations were found to be true.

Yesterday, the media reported that the JTK was investigating the allegations that a company had not paid the salary of a Pakistani worker for five months, before he was found dead at a construction site on April 17.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

MCMC blocks 2,195 websites, 19,765 phone lines promoting online gambling

— The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has until last March, blocked 2,195 websites found to be promoting online gambling.

In a statement today, MCMC said action was taken based on an official application submitted by the police for offences under the Open Gambling House Act 1953 as well as information from the public.

“The MCMC had also worked in cooperation with foreign-based social networking platform providers such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to remove such contents in accordance with the terms of service and community standards set by them,” the statement read.

In terms of enforcement, MCMC has conducted data verification audits on prepaid phone card users to ensure all active numbers are properly verified.

According to MCMC, during the same period, a total of 19,765 telephone lines were terminated as they were linked to spam text messages promoting online gambling, unlicensed moneylending services and so forth.”

The move is important to ensure that the numbers are not misused by irresponsible parties for criminal purposes, cyber fraud and promotion of online gambling,” it added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Police ready to conduct house-to-house SOP checks during Aidilfitri

— The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) is prepared to conduct house-to-house inspections in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations to ensure there are no unapproved cases of interstate travel.

Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order Department director Datuk Seri Abd Rahim Jaafar said the same strategy is expected to be improved and used as the interstate travel ban is still enforced currently.

“We will conduct inspections on whether they have approval letters to travel. Inspections will be done according to several aspects, including the number of vehicles at a certain house,” he said.

He made the comments at a media conference after launching the book ‘69 Komando: Lahad Datu Mac 2013’ at the Ulu Kinta General Operations Force (GOF) North Brigade Camp today.

Last year, Senior Minister (Security cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob was reported to have said that police would conduct house-to-house inspections during Aidilfitri celebrations and if there were a lot of vehicles, the police would carry out checks.

Abd Rahim said the police did not rule out the possibility that individuals might travel between states without approval and take opportunity of situations such as heavy rain at roadblocks.

“They might get through. Sometimes it’s not because of their letters but because they’re lucky when there is a heavy rain and the relaxation could be exploited in that sense.

“Our personnel might not be on duty during heavy rain because it endangers them so they have to seek shelter. That is when they make their moves,” he explained.

In other developments, he announced that they are making preparations for an additional brigade in Sabah and a battalion in Sarawak, including personnel accommodation and office space before they are stationed at the new camps.

“We would also like to add personnel at the VAT69 Commando team camp here which is expected to be completed in June next year,” he said.

He said the plan to increase VAT69 commando strength from 692 personnel to almost 1,000 will be tabled before the police top management and the Home Ministry.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Family of three injured after car ploughs into roadside stall

— A mother and her two children were injured after their stall at the side of Jalan Limbongan here was rammed by a car yesterday.

Melaka Tengah district police chief ACP Afzanizar Ahmad said the victims, Norazizah Jenal, 57, Nurul Ayu Umairah Samsudin, 15, and Muhammad Aliff Hazimie, 13, were selling kuih and sugar cane juice at the stall when the incident occurred at 5.21 pm.

He said preliminary investigations revealed the Nissan Sentra driven by a 47-year-old man, heading to town from Klebang, went out of control and crashed into the woman’s stall.

“The woman and her son sustained injuries to their legs, while the daughter was injured in the right shoulder, abdomen and left leg.

“All the victims were brought to Melaka Hospital for treatment. The victim’s motorcycle was also damaged in the incident,” he said when contacted here today.

Afzanizar added that the driver, a technician, did not sustain any injuries but tested positive for methamphetamine and heroin. He also did not possess a driving licence.

“Further investigations revealed that the man has criminal records relating to drug offences, and a remand application will be made at the Ayer Keroh Magistrate’s Court,” he said.

The case will be investigated under Sections 43(1) and 45A of the Road Transport Act 1987 and Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Malaysia’s oldest woman shares experience of delivering over 700 babies during younger days

— A.Annamah, who is Malaysia’s oldest woman after turning 110 on March 31, came from India more than 90 years ago as a rubber tapper but, as fate would have it, ended up becoming a midwife who helped deliver more than 700 babies during her younger days, regardless of race and religion.

In sharing her life’s journey, the centenarian, who is well-versed in Indian traditional herbs, said she came to Malaysia at the age of 19 and worked as a rubber tapper in the Kinta Valley Estate, while also treating sick workers and acting as a midwife.

“I became a midwife at the age of 18 and learned how to deliver babies from my mother and grandmother in India. That’s why the Kinta Valley Estate women trusted me and sought my services in midwifery.

“From Batu Gajah to Tanjong Tualang, all estate workers know me, regardless of race,” she told Bernama in Tamil, which was translated by her 41-year-old grandson, Ezhilan.

She said that when she was a midwife, she was very close to the locals and missed the communal and harmonious environment that she was used to, regardless of race, thus she loved and cared for others as if they were her family.

“Those days, my Chinese and Malay neighbours could speak fluent Tamil and, during festive seasons, they would come to my house to borrow saree from me.

“I miss that era. My children enjoyed playing with our neighbour’s children. We were very close to each other,” she said.

Annamah also hoped that the spirit of goodwill and unity that she once felt would be continued by the current generation in creating a harmonious and peaceful country.

Last month, the Malaysia Book by Records recognised Annamah as the oldest woman in Malaysia.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency