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Govt To Open Walk-In Covid Vaccination Centres: Minister

The government is planning to open national vaccination centres for walk-in jabs in order to speed up the Covid-19 immunization programme. The coordinating minister for the National Vaccination Programme Khairy Jamaluddin said that government will start accepting walk-in requests from September.

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Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has said that government will open walk-in jabs Covid-19 vaccination centres. He said that this move could play a significant role in the country’s vaccination programme, hoping that with this approach, 80 per cent of people can be vaccinated.

To speed up the vaccination campaign, he said that the government is also planning to open more vaccination centres in the coming days.

Over the past two days, Malaysia’s daily Covid vaccination rate has crossed 200,000.

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Malaysia Covid-19 Update: Over 5,000 Cases In 24 Hours, Selangor, N. Sembilan, KL Worst Hit

Malaysia reported 5,738 Covid-19 infections today, taking the total number of cases to 673,026. According to data released by Health DG Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur and Johor are the worst affected states. As of now, more than 600, 935 people have been recovered while at least 4,142 Covid patients have died.


Selangor recorded most Covid infections again with 1,858 cases. The state was followed by Negeri Sembilan (1,086 Covid cases), Kuala Lumpur (641 Covid cases), Sarawak (559 Covid cases), Johor (449 Covid cases), Sabah (248), Kedah (197), Melaka (184), Kelantan (154), Penang (97), Labuan (97), Terengganu (77), Pahang (54), Perak (30) and Putrajaya (7).

Perlis did not record any new cases today.

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“Nonsensical, Arrogant”: Saddiq Slams Perak MB For His Remark On Free Smartphones

Malaysia United Democratic Alliance (Muda) chief Syed Saddiq has slammed Perak MB Saarani Mohamad for his remark on the free smartphone for students distributed by YTL Foundation. Syed termed Perak MB’s statement as completely nonsensical and arrogant. Yesterday, Saarani had said that whatever the smartphones were given to students were “good enough” and “better than having nothing”.

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Muar Member of Parliament Syed Saddiq has asked Perak MB that why indeed it was so difficult to give a quality phone to students.

His statement came hours after Saarani said that the state government has done a good job in terms of distributing smartphones to students for teaching and learning at home amid the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.

“Do not belittle students if there is no effort to help their education. What is so difficult about a good quality phone?” the 28-year-old asked.

His party Muda also tweeted, and asked Saarani to apologize and seek redress for students for bad quality smartphones.

The party said that government has money for students and it must be used for their well being and future.

Yesterday, reacting on bad quality of smartphone and criticism on social media, Saarani Mohammad had said, “When we are in trouble, we accept any alms.”

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200,000 Get Jabs In Malaysia As Vaccination Picks Pace

With more than 200,000 jabs for the second consecutive day, Malaysia has proved that the Covid-19 vaccination programme in the country has gained tremendous momentum.

According to health ministry, 204,839 people were vaccinated yesterday. Earlier on Tuesday (15 June), the vaccination rate crossed record 200,000 for the first time.

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The Covid-19 vaccination rate in the country has crossed the 200,000-mark for the second consecutive day in a row. According to Health Ministry, the total administration of the COVID-19 vaccine as of 16 June 2021 was 5,108,948 doses.
The ministry further said in a tweet that 204,839 doses on 16 June were done. The number who received the first dose was 3,632,195 people. Of that number,1,476,753 people also received a second dose.
Meanwhile, the government has launched the vaccination programme at the workplace to reduce the Covid-19 clusters.

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Reopening Parliament In Sept-Oct Not Too Late: Speaker

Speaker Azhar Azizan Harun has said that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s plan to resume parliament in September or October was acceptable. His statement comes a day after Agong advice to reconvene Dewan Rakyat as soon as possible. He said that resuming Parliament in September was not too late amid the Covid-19 crisis.

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 Dewan Rakyat speaker Azhar Azizan Harun said that PM Muhyiddin Yassin has the right to set a perfect date to resume parliament. According to the speaker, the decision on reopening parliament should be based on the Covid-19 situation.

Speaking with Utusan Malaysia he stated that crisis can be addressed within two or three months and it’s not too late to reopen the parliament.

Parliament has been suspended since the Muhyiddin Yassin led government imposed emergency in order to contain Covid-19 pandemic in February0.

After discussing with Malay rulers, Yang di-Pertuan Agong yesterday (16 June) told the government to resume parliament immediately.   

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Experts: “Rulers Believe PN Failed To Tackle Covid”

Muhyiddin Yassin-led PN government must obey the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s order to resume the parliament that has been suspended since the emergency began early this year. The monarch on Wednesday has categorically said that Parliament must reopen as soon as possible to conduct the debate on the ongoing Covid-19 situation in parliament. Agong reached the conclusion after discussing with opposition leaders, Special Emergency Committee and Malay rulers.

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According to political experts, the statement clearly indicates that Malay rulers have lost faith in the PN government. They believe that the government has failed to tackle the pandemic. Speaking with FMT, Awang Azman Awang Pawi, associate professor at the University of Malaya, said that Malay rulers have concerned about the democratic function of the country.

Experts believe that Parliament has always played a significant role especially when country saw a crisis.

Earlier, Special Emergency Committee said that parliament must reopen as there is no threat of Covid among the MPs. The committee further said that most of the MPs have already been vaccinated.

Most of the opposition MP have welcomed that the King’s move. PKR chairman Anwar Ibrahim tweeted “Respect for the authority of His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Malay Rulers HRH through the results disclosed.”   

“The Conference of Rulers special meeting yesterday has set a good example which must be followed in word and spirit by all Malaysians”, DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang said in his blog.

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Reopen Parliament As Soon As Possible: Agong

The Agong has asked the MPs to restart parliament as soon as possible to debate on the ongoing Covid-19 situation in the country and Emergency laws. The move comes hours after Agong’s meeting with Malay rulers at Istana Nagara in the national capital, Kuala Lumpur.

In a statement, the palace said that the Agong has taken the decision after meeting with political parties that was held last week and yesterday’s Special Independent Committee on the Emergency 2021 and briefings by government experts.

The Agong also said that country needs a strong and stable government, especially in the time Covid-19, that has killed more than 4,000 people.

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Power Picture: Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin Shake Hands

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Geneva on Wednesday for a summit. The picture of the two leaders, shaking hands, is going viral on social media. The meeting comes amid brewing tensions between Moscow and Washington at their highest in years.

The Presidents — of the world’s two most powerful nations — shook hands after standing with their host, Swiss President Guy Parmelin outside the La Grange villa in Geneva.

The meeting between the two leaders is set to last five hours, with cyberattacks, election meddling and rights abuses among the many contentious issues on the agenda.

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For Media, People: PM’s Name Remains Muhyiddin Yassin

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s name will remain as it is for the media and people, a government clarified the confusion today. According to the statement, the PM’s name has only changed on the government’s document and it will be addressed by government officials. On Wednesday, Attorney General (AG) directed to change the name of Muhyiddin Yassin as Mahiaddin Md Yasin as per the official document of the PM.

The media and the people can address PM Muhyiddin Yassin with his same old name. According to the PM office, PM’s name changed on office documents and asked government official to make it change.

“The memo does not change anything. To the media and public it is still Muhyiddin. There is no change on that score whatsoever,” said the statement.

According to the court order, the circular dated June 3 by AG has stated that PM must use his official name as per the documents. He must be known as Mahiaddin Md Yasin or Tan Sri Dato Haji Mahiaddin Md Yasin, the circular said.

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Special Committee Has Not Decided On Lifting Up Emergency

The special emergency committee, that was set up to take decisions on the ongoing Covid-19 emergency, has failed to decide anything even after having an audience with Agong. The committee said on Wednesday that it is yet to decide regarding the extension of Covid-19 emergency that was imposed early this year in order to control Covid-19 pandemic.

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It’s been more than four months since the special committee on emergency, set up to take decisions on emergency and further advice to Agong, has failed to reach any conclusion as of now.

The statement signed by three opposition MPs, who are a part of the emergency committee, said that the emergency was not needed as MCO is more than enough to tackle deadly Coronavirus. The statement comes a day after committee’s chairman Arifin Zakaria met Agong.

The committee also urged in a statement that parliament should be resumed as soon as possible.

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