Dr Noor Hisham: Malaysia’s new daily Covid-19 cases climb to 147, three deaths reported

September 23rd, 2020

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 23): Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today announced that the death toll from Covid-19 in Malaysia is now 133, after three fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours.

The country also confirmed 147 new Covid-19 infections today.

This marks the first time that daily cases have hit triple digits since September 8, when 100 new cases were reported.

In a statement, Dr Noor Hisham said that 143 cases were local transmissions while the balance of four were imported cases.

“Sabah recorded a total of 134 cases, which includes 24 foreigners. Kedah recorded five cases, Selangor two cases, while Kelantan and Kuala Lumpur reported one case each.

“The four imported cases were reported in Kuala Lumpur and involve three Malaysians and one foreigner,” he said.

With this, Dr Noor Hisham said the total number of Covid-19 positive cases in the country had increased to 10,505.

The number of active cases now stands at 770, he added.

“As of today, eight patients are being treated in the Intensive Care Unit, with two placed on ventilators,” he said.

The Health director-general added that 39 patients had recovered and were discharged from the hospital today.

“This brings the total number of recovered cases to 9,603 or 91.40 per cent of the total number of Covid-19 cases,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham also announced that another new cluster was detected in Sabah today.

“The Udin cluster currently has two cases involving foreigners,” he said.

by MalayMail.

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Appreciation for government’s BPN 2.0

September 23rd, 2020
Those eligible for the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) 2.0 today expressed their relief knowing that the government would be providing another round of monetary aid to ease their financial burden. - Photo by HAIRUL ANUAR RAHIM/NSTPThose eligible for the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) 2.0 today expressed their relief knowing that the government would be providing another round of monetary aid to ease their financial burden. – Photo by HAIRUL ANUAR RAHIM/NSTP

KUALA LUMPUR: Those eligible for the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) 2.0 today expressed their relief knowing that the government would be providing another round of monetary aid to ease their financial burden.

Freelance writer Halimatul Saadiaah Abd Hamid, 36, said the money would be used for her sons’ education.

The mother of two said she did not apply for the first round of BPN as she still had a full-time job.

“The last time, I just missed the deadline and then the company I worked for decided to close the department I was attached to.

“But I managed to apply for the RM50 e-wallet, which was easy to apply and widely advertised at most mobile applications that I was using.

“This time around, I will make sure to apply for it (BPN 2.0) as I can use the money for my sons’ education,” she told the New Straits Times.

Halimatul, who is categorised as M40 BPN 2.0 recipient, is set to benefit RM600.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin yassin said the BPN 2.0 payment would be carried out in two instalments, the first at the end of October 2020 and the second, in January 2021.

For the B40 households, the first instalment in October 2020 will be RM700 while the second payable in January 2021 will be the balance of RM300.

He said no application would be required as the Government would channel the BPN 2.0 to 10.6 million recipients who had been approved under BPN previously.

“For those who are eligible but have not received BPN, the government will allow for appeals and new

applications. I hope this additional assistance will be able to provide some relief and help those concerned with their daily expenses,” Muhyiddin.

By Teh Athira Yusof.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/09/626701/appreciation-governments-bpn-20

MEF welcomes latest wage subsidy programme

September 23rd, 2020
The RM2.4 billion Wage Subsidy Programme 2.0 announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will reduce the nation’s unemployment rate and help businesses to ride through the difficult times due to the Covid-19 pandemic. - Photo by ASYRAF HAMZAH/NSTPThe RM2.4 billion Wage Subsidy Programme 2.0 announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will reduce the nation’s unemployment rate and help businesses to ride through the difficult times due to the Covid-19 pandemic. – Photo by ASYRAF HAMZAH/NSTP

KUALA LUMPUR: The RM2.4 billion Wage Subsidy Programme 2.0 announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will reduce the nation’s unemployment rate and help businesses to ride through the difficult times due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) executive director Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan said the extension of the programme, which was the expansion of the Employment Retention Programme introduced during the Economic Stimulus Package in March this year, was timely.

“I believe many employers are still losing in terms of revenue where it is hovering under 30 per cent. Some companies are even staring at losses of up to 50 per cent and finding it hard for business to pick up.

“This is happening everywhere and sadly employers are still stuck in that position.

“I would say employers, who had benefitted from the earlier initiative and had survived the harsh period, will also apply for this new programme. This is a safety net at least up to the end of this year when the RMCO ends,” he told the New Straits Times today.

Shamsuddin said Muhyiddin’s announcement came as a welcomed relief as there were concerns by the MEF that the ERP programme, which was to end this month, would not be further extended leading to more unemployment.

This was because one of the conditions for the subsidy was to retain staff throughout the programme and three months afterwards.

“However, the good news now was that the 1.3 million people in the nation’s workforce would not be retrenched although it would cost the government a total RM2.4 billion for the initiative to safeguard the welfare of employers and retain employees.

“But I believe that RM2.4 billion is not a huge sum. Nevertheless, this is a subsidy that can give employers the space to breath during this challenging time.” he said.

By Dawn Chan.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/09/626703/mef-welcomes-latest-wage-subsidy-programme

PM: Reject those who want to disrupt M’sia’s political stability, economic recovery

September 23rd, 2020
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today urged the people not to fall for the scheme of certain politicians, whose actions could affect the nation’s economic recovery initiatives. - NSTP picPrime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today urged the people not to fall for the scheme of certain politicians, whose actions could affect the nation’s economic recovery initiatives. – NSTP pic

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today urged the people not to fall for the scheme of certain politicians, whose actions could affect the nation’s economic recovery initiatives.

In a special televised address, Muhyiddin said Malaysia needs a strong and stable government backed by its people to navigate the country during challenging economic conditions amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The undivided support from the people, he said, is imperative to enable the government to roll out more initiatives that could help to revive the economy of the country.

“I would like to appeal to all of you to reject the actions of unscrupulous politicians who purposely want to adversely disrupt our political stability and the country’s economic recovery plan.

“I call on you to remain together with me and my colleagues in the Perikatan Nasional to steer the country forward at a time when the country is dealing with economic and health crisis,” Muhyiddin said in his speech when unveiling the RM10 billion Kita Prihatin Programme.

Muhyiddin, however, did not identify who he was referring as unscrupulous politicians.

Earlier today, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had announced he had obtained “strong, formidable and convincing” support from members of parliament to form a new government.

The Port Dickson MP had claimed that he was supposed to have a meeting with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah yesterday morning, but the meeting had to be postponed as the king was being treated at the National Heart Institute (IJN).

He claimed that with the support he has, this meant the government currently being led Muhyiddin has collapsed.

Muhyiddin said the rolling out of special initiatives aimed at lessening the burden of micro entrepreneurs, the country’s workforce as well as those from the bottom 40 per cent (B40) and middle 40 per cent (M40) income segments is proof that the current administration is committed to resolve the woes beleaguering the people.

“This announcement today proves that the Perikatan Nasional government hears your plea. We will try our best to help the people through these difficult times.”

The country, he said, could not afford to rely on the assistance from other countries since they are also busy addressing problems beleaguering their respective nations.

“We can only depend on each other in our extended family of Malaysians.

“For six months, we have endured this difficult period. Alhamdulillah (Thankful God), we have prevailed.”

By Adib PoveraHana Naz Harun.

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Tongkang Yard flat closed; 222 residents screened for Covid-19

September 23rd, 2020
The Tongkang Yard flat in Jalan Seberang Perak here was sealed off today over suspected Covid-19 spreading among its residents. - NSTP/ AMRAN HAMIDThe Tongkang Yard flat in Jalan Seberang Perak here was sealed off today over suspected Covid-19 spreading among its residents. – NSTP/ AMRAN HAMID

ALOR STAR: The Tongkang Yard flat in Jalan Seberang Perak here was sealed off today over suspected Covid-19 spreading among its residents.

The entrance and exit to the flat were blocked off since 6am.

State health director Dr Mohd Fikri Ujang said this was to allow health personnel to screen all residents for the virus.

“A total of 222 residents had undergone the Covid-19 screening test starting from 9am until 1pm, after it was suspected that there was an increase of positive cases in the area.

“Four individuals have yet to undergo the screening because they were not home,” he told Bernama here, today.

Meanwhile, Kota Setar police chief Supt Mohd Redzuan Salleh said the move to close the low-cost housing area was decided by the National Security Council based on the advice from the Health Ministry.

“We advised the people in Alor Star to comply with the standard operating procedures and directives from the authorities regarding the closure of the area.” he said.

By Bernama.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/09/626681/tongkang-yard-flat-closed-222-residents-screened-covid-19

Sabah polls: Police can deal with any threat – Deputy IGP

September 23rd, 2020

Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani – Bernama file photo

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 23): Police are capable of tackling any threat in the Sabah state election, including the reported plan by foreign elements to disrupt polling on Saturday, said Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.

He said police do not take lightly information regarding the possible mass entry of elements from a neighbouring country to create trouble during the state election.

“We are always prepared to deal with any situation during the Sabah election, including by providing adequate assistance from Bukit Aman.

“We also have additional assistance from other security agencies such as the armed forces, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Rela and Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom), which are always prepared to maintain security before, during and after the Sabah polls,” he said in a press conference after a monthly assembly in Bukit Aman today.

Acryl Sani said the number of police personnel sent to Sabah for the polls was sufficient for the time being.

On Sunday, Sabah police commissioner Datuk Hazani Ghazali said they had received information that certain elements from a neighbouring country were planning to enter Sabah in large numbers to create trouble on polling day.

by Bernama.

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Muhyiddin: I am still the Prime Minister

September 23rd, 2020

PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Muhyiddin has proclaimed that he is still the legitimate Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Muhyiddin said Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s proclamation that he had the majority backing of MPs must be substantiated in accordance with the processes and methods determined by the Federal Constitution.

“Without going through the process, Anwar’s statement is merely an claim. Until proven otherwise, the Perikatan Nasional government is still standing strong and I am the legitimate Prime Minister,” he said in a statement on Wednesday (Sept 23).

“I urge the people to be calm. God willing, this issue will be dealt with in accordance with the legal process and the Federal Constitution,” he added.

Anwar had earlier proclaimed that he had the majority support of Parliament to become the prime minister and that the Perikatan Nasional government of Muhyiddin had fallen.

Pas, GPS say will back Muhyiddin

September 23rd, 2020
Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Pas will continue supporting the current Perikatan Nasional government and Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic). - NSTP pic

Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Pas will continue supporting the current Perikatan Nasional government and Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic). – NSTP pic

KUALA LUMPUR: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Pas will continue supporting the current Perikatan Nasional government and Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, secretaries-general of both parties said today.

Pas secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan told the New Straits Times that all Pas MPs would not be joining Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in forming a new government.

“What (Pas deputy president Datuk) Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said (in news report today) is 100 per cent true that all Pas MPs will not be joining (Anwar’s government).

“We are going to issue a joint statement by Pas, Barisan Nasional (BN) and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) secretaries-general soon.

“According to the (Federal) Constitution, (Anwar) must have an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong so he must do that first,” the Kota Baru MP said.

Earlier in the afternoon, Anwar said he had a solid majority in the Dewan Rakyat and claimed that as of this moment, Muhyididin had lost his position as the prime minister and that the PN government had collapsed.

However, Takiyuddin pointed out that Muhyiddin held the trump card as the prime minister could advise the Agong to dissolve the parliament.

“Muhyiddin has two alternatives. Either the current government steps down like what (former premier) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad did (in late Feb) or advise the Agong to dissolve the Parliament like what (Sabah chief minister Datuk Seri) Shafie Apdal did in Sabah.

“There is nothing to be worried about the changes in government. If it is true (there will be a change of government), we have the option to dissolve the government,” he said.

GPS secretary-general Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi also echoed similar view while telling Anwar to stop playing politics during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said GPS and Sarawak state government led by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg would not be joining Anwar, instead it would continue its support for Muhyiddin.

“As an experienced and mature politician, Anwar should stop creating instability in the country as it will only pose negative effects towards the economy and the people.

“The priority should be on fighting the Covid-19 outbreak because the country and the people are the important matters now,” he said.

According to Anwar, he was granted an audience with the King on Tuesday, but the meeting had to be postponed as the Agong was currently receiving treatment at the National Heart Institute (IJN).

Should Anwar’s claim come true, Malaysia will see the change of government for the second time and the appointment of a third prime minister this year alone.

In late February, the Pakatan Harapan government was overthrown when some of its MPs joined forces with BN and Pas to form the current loose Perikatan Nasional administration, led by Muhyiddin.

The change of government occurred while the country was battling the Covid-19 pandemic.

By Arfa YunusTeh Athira Yusof.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/politics/2020/09/626661/pas-gps-say-will-back-muhyiddin

Sabah 2020: Hoping to return to the August house as an independent

September 23rd, 2020
BERNAMA photoBERNAMA photo

KUALA LUMPUR: Whether they have an axe to grind with their former parties for dropping them, seeking to return to active politics or merely fighting for the people’s rights, several former and outgoing elected representatives are seeking to revive their political fortune by going solo.

This includes former Luyang elected representative of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Melanie Chia Chui Ket, although not contesting her former seat. She will still be in familiar grounds as she contests the Likas state assembly.

The former SAPP deputy president will be involved in a seven cornered contest in the Kota Kinabalu Parliamentary constituency as this time around she seeks to make a comeback as an independent lawmaker. In 2013 Chia lost to DAP’s Hiew King Cheu who is contesting for Parti Gagasan Rakyat Sabah (PGRS) this time. The duo will lock horns with DAP’s Phoon Jin Zhe

Former Banggi State Assemblyman and Marudu member of Parliament Datuk Amir Kahar Mustapha who had previously represented the Umno/BN will be back to his former stomping grounds.

The 70-year-old will be contesting the Banggi state seat he had previously held, come election day on Sept 26.

The son of USNO founder president Tun Datu Mustapha Datu Harun will be involved in a seven cornered fight. He will face Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Akram Ismail; incumbent Mohamad Mohamarin of Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan); Salbin Muksin (USNO); Kamri Kail of Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS); Abdul Aziz Amir Bangsah of Parti Perpaduan Rakyat

Amir is in good company as his wife Datin Aminah Ambrose will also contest the nearby Bengkoka state seat as an independent after being left out of the state polls by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).

Her fight will be the mother of all contest in the state polls as she will be involved in an 11 cornered fight.

She will face Jose Modsinupu (PCS); Dr Samuil Mopun (PBS); Sotijin Juhui (PGRS); Rita Cham (PPRS); Junsim Rumunzing (UPKO); Omar Jakun (USNO) as well as independents Pransol Tiying, Akian Ah Kiew and Maklin Masiau.

In the Tandek seat, which comes under the Kota Marudu Parliamentary Constituency, Datuk Anita Baranting, the former Parti Warisan Sabah state assemblywomen who were dropped by the from the ongoing state polls will take part as an independent. The former two-term former PBS loyalist jumped ship to the Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal led party in 2019, after winning the seat in the 2018 polls. As an independent, it would not be an easy task for the veteran politician who will be in a six cornered contest.

In the fray against her are Hendrus Anding (PBS); Padis Majingkin (UPKO); Yillson Yanggun (BN); Liensin @ Danny Leinsin Limpakan (LDP) and Andy Villson (PBS).

In Inanam former PKR state assemblyman Kenny Chua is looking at defending his seat by contesting as an independent. PKR fired him from the party after he jumped ship to join former Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman to unseat the Warisan-Upko-PH state government led by Shafie Apdal.

The failed bid in August also saw the state assembly being dissolved and the 16th State Assembly being held. Chua already faces a mountain in his bid as non-other than LDP honorary president Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat is before him.

The others in the 10-cornered fray are George Ngui (independent); Goh Fah Shun @ Francis Goh (PGRS); Peto Galim (PKR); Regina Lim @ How (PCS); William Majinbon (PBS); Mohd Hardy Abdullah @ Zoro Yukon (USNO); Achmad NoorAsyrul Noortaip (Independent); and Terence Tsen (Anak Negeri). In the 2018 polls, Chua won the seat by a 7,783 vote majority in a six cornered fight.

Former 2018 Tenom parliamentary candidate and outgoing Kemabong Umno-BN assemblyman Datuk Rubin Balang will also be seeking to defend his state seat as an independent this time around. He will be locked in a six cornered fight which will include his three-term parliamentary predecessor Datuk Raime Unggi on BN-Umno.

The duo, however, will not be alone as they will be accompanied by Lucas Umbul (UPKO); Tay Jin Kiong @ Alfred (PCS) Rainus Sagulau (USNO) and Juster Peter (LDP).

In the 2018 polls, the seat was won by the BN through Jamawi Jaafar, who had defected to Warisan but switched allegiance back to BN before the dissolution of the state assembly on July 30.

In the Labuk state seat, Abdul Rahman Kongkawang is seeking to defend his seat which he won in the 2018 polls under the PBS banner before jumping ship to join Warisan.

He will be involved in a five-cornered fight in the state seat which comes under the Beluran Parliamentary constituency. In the 2018 polls, he won by 2,600 votes but may find it tough fight. He will face a five cornered contest, which will see him face Dannis T Rantau (UPKO); Samad Jambri (PN); Sh. Suhaimi Sh Miasin (USNO); and Fidelis K. Michael (PCS).

A total of 447 candidates will contest in 73 state assembly seats in the state polls.

The number of independent candidates is 56, while the breakdown of nominees from parties is led by Perikatan Nasional at 29, Parti Gagasan Rakyat Sabah (28), Parti Perpaduan Rakyat Sabah (23), Parti Bersatu Sabah (22), Upko (12), PKR (seven), Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah (five), Parti Kerjasama Anak Negeri (two), Parti Amanah Negara (one), Parti Kebangsaan Sabah (one) and Pertubuhan Perpaduan Rakyat Kebangsaan Sabah (one).

The 16th State Election will not see any straight fights. The multi-cornered fights comprise three-cornered (three), four-cornered (five), five cornered (15), six-cornered (26), seven-cornered (13), eight-cornered (six), nine-cornered (three), and 10-cornered (one) and 11-cornered (one). An 11-cornered tussle is for the Bengkoka seat, which falls under the Kudat parliamentary seat, while the 10-cornered contest is for the Inanam seat under the Sepanggar parliamentary constituency.

The Election Commission has set polling day for Sept 26. Early voting on Tuesday saw a 76 per cent turnout.

A total of 1.12 million voters are eligible to vote in the election.

The previous Assembly was dissolved on 30 July 2020.

By B. Suresh Ram.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnists/2020/09/626649/sabah-2020-hoping-return-august-house-independent

98 per cent applications for targeted bank assistance approved, says PM

September 23rd, 2020

Nearly all applications for moratorium extensions and targeted bank assistance have been approved, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in a special televised address today. - NSTP picNearly all applications for moratorium extensions and targeted bank assistance have been approved, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in a special televised address today. – NSTP pic

KUALA LUMPUR: Nearly all applications for moratorium extensions and targeted bank assistance have been approved, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

In a special televised address today, Muhyiddin said the government would continue to monitor the latest developments and ensure that banking institutions played their part to help the people and businesses.

“Last July, I announced the extension of the moratorium and targeted bank assistance.

“Until Sept 11, banking institutions held discussions with more than 1.4 million borrowers and more than 380,000 borrowers had confirmed that they really need the assistance.

“I am happy to announce that 98 per cent of applications for moratorium extension and targeted bank assistance have been approved,” he said when unveiling the Kita Prihatin economic stimulus package today.

As the automatic moratorium is scheduled to end this month, he urged those who had not applied for the extension to contact their respective banks and make applications.

On March 25, Muhyiddin announced a six-month moratorium, conversion of credit card balance to term loans and restructuring of corporate loans in an initiative estimated to be worth at least RM100 billion.

In July, Muhyiddin announced an extension of the moratorium and targeted bank assistance, which benefited three million individuals and small and medium enterprises.

By Hana Naz Harun.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/09/626642/98-cent-applications-targeted-bank-assistance-approved-says-pm