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Action Against Employers If They Stop Workers From Self-Quarantine: Health Minister

Employers can’t stop workers from self-isolation if their Covid test report is awaited, Health Minister Dr Adham Baba said today. If an employer is found stopping his employee from isolation, he will be liable to face action under Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342), the minister said. The workers who test positive must undergo quarantine and those who test negative must self-isolate, the minister said.

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Health Minister Dr Adham Baba today said that employers may face legal action if they stop employees from self-quarantine while waiting for their Covid results. Mr Bhaba said that such employers will be liable for action under Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).

The minister added that any worker who tests positive must go under compulsory quarantine for 10 days and those who test negative must go for self-isolation.

“If employers are found to have disallowed this quarantine, provisions of Act 342 can be used to impose penalties on them,” Mr Bhaba said.

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Man Racially Abuses Kicks Indian-Origin Woman For Not Wearing Mask

A man allegedly racially abused and kicked an Indian-origin woman for not wearing a mask in Singapore. Hindocha Nita Vishnubhai, 55, was hit while on her brisk walk. This is the second such incident in Singapore where people from the Indian community were targeted over Coronavirus stigma and fear in the country.

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In a reported hate crime, a 55-year-old Indian woman was abused and hit for not wearing masks while on a brisk walk in Singapore. Hindocha Nita Vishnubhai, a private tutor, a brisk walker was first racially abused and later kicked on the chest, an incident described as a hate crime by her daughter. This is the second such incident against Indian-origin people in the country in two weeks after a man was filmed shouting abuses at an Indian family and at a family of Indian expatriates and accusing them of spreading Covid-19. Then man asked the family to “go back” and said they were “spreading the virus here”.

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AstraZeneca Vaccine Jabs Postponed For 2,800 Recipients

AstraZeneca vaccine doses, scheduled for May 15 and 16, have been rescheduled for 2,800 people, minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today. The rescheduling has been done to avoid overcrowding. The vaccination was scheduled to be done at Kuala Lumpur’s World Trade Centre (WTCKL). A new date for these 2,800 people will be announced soon.

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The government has postponed the vaccination jabs for 2,800 recipients to avoid overcrowding at Kuala Lumpur’s World Trade Centre (WTCKL).

Minister-in-charge Khairy Jamaluddin said that the dates have been changed for those who had vaccination scheduled for May 15 and 16.

“The 2,800 appointments will be rescheduled to a later date from May 17 to 23. They will be informed through the MySejahtera application from tomorrow,” Khairy said.

A total of 19,000 people were scheduled to be vaccinated on May 15 and 16, but the number is now reduced to 16,200.

The minister further informed that 98 per cent of people are attending the vaccination programme, and around 60,000 are awaiting vaccination.

Khairy said the attendance rate for AstraZeneca appointments was currently at 98%, and there were some 60,000 on the waiting list.

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Covid 19, May 9 Update: 3,733 Cases, Record 26 Deaths

Malaysia saw a record high of 26 Covid-19 deaths today, the health ministry said. Apart from this, 3,733 Covid-19 cases were registered in the past 24 hours. Health DG Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah tweeted that the total number of infections now stands at 440,677.

Selangor topped the chart with most number of cases with 1,278. This was followed by Sarawak (454), Johor (365), Kuala Lumpur (338), Penang (280), Kelantan (254), Negeri Sembilan (205), Kedah (176), Pahang (100), Perak (80), Melaka (66), Sabah (61), Terengganu (49), Putrajaya (20), Labuan (6) and Perlis (1).

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Police Permission Not Needed For Crossing States, Districts For Work

No need for the workers who have to cross states and districts to go to offices, multiple senior cops have said today. A number of workers were stopped at the state and district borders yesterday after senior minister Ismail Sabri announced mandatory permission of police for such travel. However, the government has now clarified that the announcement is only for the people travelling for no-work purposes.

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Workers crossing state and districts do not require special police permission, the international trade and industry ministry said today. According to the Selangor police chief Arjunaidi Mohamed, a worker will only need his employer and his international trade and industry ministry (Miti) letter to pass the boundaries, news website FMT reported.

Brickfields police chief Anuar Omar also confirmed said that a special police permit was not needed. He also told FMT that workers have been informed about the same.

A number of workers were stopped at the state and district borders yesterday after senior minister Ismail Sabri announced mandatory permission of police for such travel.

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Cops Seize Zunar’s Phone In Thaipusam Holiday Cartoon Row – 5th Time So Far

Police today seized cartoonist Zunar’s phone during questioning in a case linked to a cartoon of Kedah Menteri Besar. Zulkiflee Anwar Alhaque, aka Zunar, allegedly mocked the menteri besar over the cancelling of the Thaipusam state holiday this year. Zunar claimed that this is the 5th time in six years that cops had seized his phone.

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The police today seized the mobile phone of cartoonist Zunar over a probe linked to a cartoon that allegedly mocked Menteri Besar of Kedah over cancelling of the Thaipusam state holiday this year.

Zulkiflee Anwar Alhaque, better known with his pen name Zunar, claimed that this was his fifth mobile phone that has been seized by police since 2015 over his artwork.

There are three police reports that have been filed against Zunar in Alor Setar, Pendang and Padang Terap.

“They took my phone to carry out forensic analysis on my activities on the internet with regard to the cartoon I drew,” he said.

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Sports, Recreational Acts Banned In MCO Areas

The government has banned sports and recreation activities in areas put under Movement Control Order. There will be complete ban of events in commercial facilities, public facilities and fields. A special permission from relevant authorities will be needed to carry out any such activity, the sports ministry said.

The Youth and Sports Ministry has banned all sports and recreational activities in the areas that have been put under Movement Control Order or MCO in wake of the surge in Covid-19 cases.

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There will be no sporting activities in areas like commercial facilities, public facilities, and fields, a decision taken by the national security council has said. Special permission will have to be taken in case a sporting or recreational event has to be taken place.

“The Youth and Sports Ministry made some proposals to NSC and they made the decision based on the risk evaluation done by Health Ministry, in line with the current Covid-19 situation.

“Our hope is to break the rise in new cases in the community, especially in the Klang Valley,” said the ministry in a statement.

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No Ramadan Bazaars In Selangor MCO Areas From Saturday

The Selangor government has decided to shut to Ramadan bazaars MCO areas. There are six such districts in the state. The places of worship and kindergartens will remain open for now. The Bazaars will be allowed to operate for two days during this period. Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari said that the decision has been taken to ensure the “interest of the traders” and keeping in mind surge in Covid cases.

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Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari today said that Ramadaan Bazaars will stay closed in the six districts of the state put under the MCO. Mr Shari added that the places of worship and kindergartens will be allowed to operate.

The Bazaars will be allowed to operate even during the MCO.

Mr Amirudin Shari said that bazaars were allowed to operate even during the MCO to keep into account the interests of traders.

“By Saturday, they would have been trading for 25 days. It won’t be too cruel if we close the bazaars then,” he said.

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Essential Businesses Can Now Operate Till 10pm

Kuala Lumpur: The government today decided to extend operating hours for the essential businesses until 10pm starting from tomorrow.

The essential businesses include – supermarkets, pharmacies, sundry shops, convenient stores, optometrists, laundrettes and pet shops, senior minister for security Ismail Sabri Yaakob said. The minister said that forestry and timber industry related businesses are also allowed to opearate till 10 pm. The move comes weeks after the government extended business hours for restaurants to 10pm.

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Kedah MB’s Office Closed After Staff Diagnosed With Coronavirus

Kuala Lumpur: The office of the Kedah Menteri Besar has been called shut after diagnosis of a staff with coronavirus. The premises will be closed for functioning between January 31 to February 2.  The Covid case was found in a state government department located in the building. The Kedah Integrity and Governance Department, located in the same building, will also be closed effective today until February 6.

Entire premises will be sanitised and all its staff to be self-quarantined in the during this period. 
Meanwhile, the Kedah State Water Resources Board said its operations were also closed from today until Feb 6.

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