Schools closed in Lahad Datu to contain Covid-19

September 23rd, 2020
A total of 30 schools will be closed in Silam and Silabukan in Lahad Datu starting Sept 23. - NSTP/File picA total of 30 schools will be closed in Silam and Silabukan in Lahad Datu starting Sept 23. – NSTP/File pic

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Education department will be closing 30 schools in Silam and Silabukan in Lahad Datu from Wednesday.

Its director Dr Mistirine Radin said the move was to help the district disaster council to contain the spread of Covid-19 infection.

“Those schools will be closed until further notice.

“However, face-to-face teaching and learning process is still ongoing for Form 5 and Form 6 students at those affected schools,” she said in a statement.

Mistirine said during the closure, teaching and learning process for preschoolers and students up to Form 4 will be held either online or offline.

“Project based learning method is also welcomed during the period.

“I am hoping that all teachers and students will follow the standard operating procedures to prevent Covid-19 infections,” she said, adding few schools in the east coast were closed as of today for sanitisation purposes.

Among them are Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Ladang Tiger in Tawau; Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Kunak, SK Kunak Jaya and SK Kunak 2 in Kunak; as well as 10 schools in Lahad Datu.

Today, Sabah recorded 60 new Covid-19 cases, with a new cluster called Bangau Bangau cluster, in Semporna.

Other clusters from Sabah East Coast are Benteng LD cluster with 624 cases; Pulau cluster (35); and Selamat (25).

By Olivia Miwil.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/09/626463/schools-closed-lahad-datu-contain-covid-19

Government acknowledges requests to improve existing measures – MoF

September 23rd, 2020
Early proactive measures through Prihatin and Penjana, channeling assistance to the people and businesses, have helped Malaysia rise from the decline due to Covid-19. - Photo by HAZREEN MOHAMAD/NSTPEarly proactive measures through Prihatin and Penjana, channeling assistance to the people and businesses, have helped Malaysia rise from the decline due to Covid-19. – Photo by HAZREEN MOHAMAD/NSTP

KUALA LUMPUR: During the Jelajah Belanjawan tour to several states and with various industrial sectors over the past two months, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) said the government will study and consider suggestions and feedback received as it continues to care and are ready to help those who really need support.

The government also acknowledged requests to add, extend and improve some measures for the benefit of the people and businesses, according to MoF.

“Economic recovery efforts affected by the spread of Covid-19 will be enhanced through a series of 2021 Budget engagements that have been and are being actively carried out by the MOF team to obtain feedback and input from all walks of life,” said Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz in a statement today.

In its 22nd Laksana Report on the implementation of the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package (Prihatin) and the National Economic Recovery Plan (Penjana), the ministry said the feedback received will then be used to draft the 2021 Budget which will be tabled in Parliament in early November.

By Ayisy Yusof.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/business/2020/09/626387/government-acknowledges-requests-improve-existing-measures-mof

Subang students’ Covid-19 herbal mask, oil win big at innovation awards

September 23rd, 2020
The Gold and Diamond winning team. (L-R): Senior Assistant (Student Affairs) Selvam Myandy; Deputy Headmaster Sathiavani Govindasamy; Gautam Reddy Chandran; Prathees Selvam; Keertikaa Jega Jeevan; Janany Vikneswaran; Headmaster Malaraven Malayandy; and PTA president Jega Jeevan Elumalai. Pict courtesy of SJKT Ladang Ebor.The Gold and Diamond winning team. (L-R): Senior Assistant (Student Affairs) Selvam Myandy; Deputy Headmaster Sathiavani Govindasamy; Gautam Reddy Chandran; Prathees Selvam; Keertikaa Jega Jeevan; Janany Vikneswaran; Headmaster Malaraven Malayandy; and PTA president Jega Jeevan Elumalai. Pict courtesy of SJKT Ladang Ebor.

KUALA LUMPUR: Nine students from SJKT Ladang Ebor, Subang Jaya, Selangor have come up with creative ways to help the public stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Twelve-year-olds Keertikaa Jega Jeevan, Janany Vikneswaran, Gautam Reddy Chandran and Prathees Selvam have designed a washable three-ply mask which conforms with the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards.

Their “Super Shield Face Mask” comes with changeable filters of herbal patches, derived from natural ingredients including ginger and turmeric.

The creative bid won the students both the Diamond and Gold awards at the Virtual Invention, Innovation and Design Pharm-IIDEx 2020 which was organised by Universiti Teknologi Mara’s pharmacy faculty recently.

Meanwhile, their schoolmates, Anusha Muthaiyan, Kaalishwaridewi Vadivelan, Tarmesh Mohan, Marthiny Poobalan and Madan Vicram Jayaghanes, all 12, bagged the Bronze award for their “Herbal Air Purifying Oil”.

The oil, which is produced from six herbal ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties, can be used to scent living areas and workspaces.

SJKT Ladang Ebor Parent Teacher Association (PTA) president Jega Jeevan Elumalai said the students invented the products to help Malaysians cope with the new norms.

Jega Jeevan said the students’ achievements were a result of their hard work and perseverance as guided by their science teachers.

“This is the second time our students have participated in this competition. Previously, we managed to win only one award. But this year, we are so proud to see our students bring home three awards,” he said.

He also said the PTA was mulling to improvise the students’ inventions and eventually commercialise the products.

“For instance, we are planning to offer more choices of herbal patches, such as basil and curry leaves, for the face mask.

“If we can commercialise these products, we can provide more cost-effective solutions for Malaysian households to make their living environment safer.”

By Dhesegaan Bala Krishnan.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/09/626468/subang-students-covid-19-herbal-mask-oil-win-big-innovation-awards

Sabah 2020: Intriguing contests shaping up in some seats

September 22nd, 2020
The 16th Sabah election is shaping up into a challenging contest despite the new norms brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.  - NSTP/ASWADI ALIAS.The 16th Sabah election is shaping up into a challenging contest despite the new norms brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. – NSTP/ASWADI ALIAS.

KUALA LUMPUR: The 16th Sabah election is shaping up into a challenging contest despite the new norms brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

One seat which is fast capturing observers’ attention is the Kiulu state seat which will see two prominent local sons going head to head against each other.Coronavirus or not, the political temperature is steadily increasing at all 73 seats.

UPKO President Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau threw his hat into the ring and the former federal minister is taking on incumbent and PBS Information chief Datuk Joniston Bangkuai in the traditional Kadazan-Dusun-Murut seat.

With more than 80 per cent of the voters comprising members of the Sabah ethnic community, the two political heavyweights will also have to face four others in a six-cornered fight comprising two independent candidates and one each from the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS).

In the 2018 polls, Joniston retained the seat in a four-cornered fight with a 1,443-vote majority, a marked improvement from the 2013 outcome, which saw him scrape through with a mere 44-vote majority.

Apart from Madius, Joniston will also have to deal with independents Dominic Yasun and Jolianis Lampog as well as Andau Yasun @ Bruni (PCS); and Rozylyn @ Rosalyn Gelunu (LDP).

In the northernmost state constituency of Banggi, its former state assemblyman and former Marudu member of Parliament Datuk Amir Kahar Mustapha who previously represented Barisan Nasional (BN) is seeking to return to his former stomping grounds.

The move by the 70-year-old son of the late USNO founder and president Tun Datu Mustapha Datu Harun, is likely to stir things up in the usually quiet seat.

The political scion’s calculated move to contest may be based on the fact that the incumbent, Mohammad Mohamarin from Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan), won the seat in 2018 by a mere 379 votes, wresting the Umno seat from BN.

The mother of all fights however is taking place right in the heart of the state capital.

In one of the smallest state constituencies, the Api-Api state seat which only measures six-kilometre square metres will see one of the toughest fights with as many as three party leaders in the fray.

The seats incumbent and Sabah PKR Chief Datuk Christina Liew will face LDP President Chin Su Phin and will clash yet again with Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Deputy President Dr Yee Moh Chai.

Despite winning the seat with a 2,954-vote majority in the 2018 polls, Liew can ill afford to take it easy in the seat as her opponents, especially Dr Yee is well known in the state capital, having represented Api-Api for three terms as well as being a former representative of the Tanjung Aru seat and the Kota Kinabalu Parliamentary seat and as such is expected to provide a stiff fight against Liew as he did in the last two elections.

Liew is also involved in a nine-cornered fight for the seat which will include Lo Yau Foh (PPRS); Chong Tze Kiun (PGRS) as well as independents Marcel Jude, Ng Chun Sua and Sim Sie Hong.

In the nearby Tanjung Aru seat, it will be a re-match between Warisan incumbent Datuk Junz Wong and former assemblyman Datuk Edward Yong Oui Fah of PBS.

Though the incumbent won the seat with a comfortable 4,610-vote majority in 2018, Wong will not find it easy to retain it as local issues especially that involving redevelopment have captured voters’ attention.

The duo will not be alone in the fray as they will be joined in a nine-cornered fight by Mohd Reduan Aklee (BN), Noran Addy Sukiran (PCS); Shaffic Risaib Shah (USNO); Rizawani Fiona Heng (PGRS); Datuk Ibrahim Mohd Laiman Diki (LDP); and independent Jan Chow Yee Fah.

Meanwhile, Kemabong which comes under the Tenom Parliamentary seat is seeing a clash of former elected representatives. In the fray is former Tenom member of Parliament Datuk Raime Unggi (BN-Umno) who will face-off former assemblyman Datuk Rubin Balang who is contesting as an independent candidate this time around under the mangosteen logo.

The clash of the former Umno elected representatives is likely to ignite the contest in this Murut heartland. 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 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.

The fact that the seat was won by 895 votes would add fuel to the fire on how close the fight is going to be especially among two former party colleagues.

Another intriguing fight is shaping up in Melalap, which will see a re-match between Warisan Vice-President Datuk Peter Anthony against PBS deputy president Datuk Seri Radin Malleh.

In the 2018 polls, the duo fought tooth and nail, only for the Warisan leader to eventually prevail by a whisker of 219 votes.

This time around the duo’s continued ongoing rivalry will be accompanied by Aoiang Sausun (PCS); Sazali Justi (USNO), Masdin Tumas (LDP) and Jamawi Jaafar (BN_Umno) in a six cornered contest. It looks like the contest will likely go down to the wire.

The highlands of Kundasang which comes within the Ranau Parliamentary seat is also looking at a good fight shaping up, as PBS Vice-president and incumbent Datuk Dr Joachim Gunalam will have to face former Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Dr Ewon Ebin.

The former Kundasang state assemblyman for three terms since 1985 is contesting under the PCS banner this time around.

In the 2018 polls, Dr Joachim was on thin ice when he scraped through in defending his seat by a mere 255 votes compared to 2013 when he won with a comfortable 1,975-vote majority in the Non-Muslim Bumiputra majority.

The clash between the incumbent and a former magistrate is going to be quite intriguing. Despite the battle for the seat boiling down to the duo, they nevertheless have company from Jeafry Goh Kautah (LDP); Siriman Basir (Warisan) and Osman Marajin (PGRS).

The other seat likely to see an interesting contest with the possibility of it swinging to the opposite direction is the Inanam seat.

The seat sees a veteran politician seeking to make a comeback, while a partyless incumbent is defending his seat as an independent candidate.

LDP founder and honourary party president Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat, former Kudat and Tanjong Kapor state assemblyman, is returning after a gap of 13-years.

It will also see Kenny Chua defending his seat as an independent which he won in the 2018 polls as a PKR candidate. PKR sacked Chua after he backed former Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman in a bid to topple the Warisan-Upko-PH state government led by Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

The other candidates 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.

Other seats likely to see interesting contests are Bongawan where PCS President Datuk Seri Musa Aman is looking at transitioning to the state from national-level politics. The former Foreign Minister will be involved in a three-cornered fight for the seat which comes under the Kimanis Parliamentary seat which he represented previously.

In the Bingkor seat, Star’s Robert Tawik @ Nordin is seeking to do better than in 2018 when he scraped through with a 165-vote majority. He will be involved in a six-cornered fight for the seat which at one time was represented by Star president Datuk Seri Jeffrey Kitingan.

A combination of factors including the flare-up of Covid-19 is likely to see the 1.12 million voters be discerning in their choice of elected representatives.

By B. Suresh Ram.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnists/2020/09/626349/sabah-2020-intriguing-contests-shaping-some-seats

Covid-19 vaccine: Malaysia and Russia collaborating

September 22nd, 2020
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) through the National Institutes of Biotechnology Malaysia (NIBM) has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Russian Embassy here to obtain further information on the Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V. - AFP photo

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) through the National Institutes of Biotechnology Malaysia (NIBM) has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Russian Embassy here to obtain further information on the Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V. – AFP photo

KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) through the National Institutes of Biotechnology Malaysia (NIBM) has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Russian Embassy here to obtain further information on the Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V.

Its Deputy Minister Ahmad Amzad Hashim said the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) had acquired the exclusive rights to supply Sputnik V vaccine to the world.

“Sputnik V is developed by the Gamaleya National Research Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology, the agency that developed the vaccine for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

“Phase 3 of the Sputnik V clinical test is expected to involve participants across the world. Further discussion will be held with the Russian Embassy here on the vaccine soon.”

Ahmad Amzad said this in the Dewan Negara today in reply to a question from Senator Datuk Razali Idris on the latest achievement of the ministry’s special task force in exploring opportunities to produce Covid-19 vaccines with other countries.

The NIBM, he said, had signed an LOI with the Cuban Embassy here on cooperation with the Finlay Vaccine Institute (BioCubaFarma) and Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Cuba, to gain access to the Covid-19 vaccine developed there.

He said MOSTI had also taken the initiative to be involved with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to enable Malaysia to gain access to the development of vaccines, technology transfer and new expertise for local researchers.

“Among the benefits for Malaysia by joining CEPI is the priority given to participate in the pre-clinical and clinical tests of new vaccines whenever a pandemic occurs.

“Malaysia will also have access to research data and developments on vaccine production sponsored by CEPI, including the vaccine research conducted by a group of researchers at Oxford University,” he added.

by Bernama.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/09/626433/covid-19-vaccine-malaysia-and-russia-collaborating

Sabah polls: Sabahans want solution to lack of employment opportunities

September 22nd, 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Any party wishing to form the new Sabah state government needs to offer a solution to the lack of employment opportunities that has prompted many young Sabahans to move to the peninsula to look for jobs that match their qualifications.

Apart from focusing on the development of basic infrastructure and economic recovery post-COVID-19, the solution to the lack of employment opportunities that cause these young Sabahans to leave the state should be on every potential leader’s priority list.

Political analyst, Assoc Prof Dr Jeniri Amir, for one, described the issue as one of Sabah’s great losses especially in the aspect of manpower, expertise and human capital development needed to boost state economic growth.

“I think the voters will choose a candidate or a party based on their capability and initiative to find the best solution to the issue apart from their efforts towards the development of the state and the wellbeing of the people,” he told Bernama here recently.

Furthermore, he said only political stability can ensure that the next state government would be able to create a proper economic plan based on the aspirations of the people of Sabah.

Jeniri said political stability and leaders with high integrity could lure foreign investors to the state, hence enliven the economic activities and open up more employment opportunities to the locals.

It was reported that the unemployment rate in Sabah was the second highest in the country, with a total of 112,000 unemployed people last year.

Meanwhile, Prof Dr Mohd Azizuddin Mohd Sani of Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) said the issues of state development and employment opportunities had been repeatedly voiced out by the people and it had become more critical after the world was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said he believed the people would continue raising the issues when approached by candidates contesting in the state election.

A total of 1.12 million Sabah people will go to the polls this Saturday to choose the new state government. The election is seeing 447 candidates including 56 Independents contesting for 73 state seats, including 13 new seats gazetted last year.

by Bernama.

Read more @ http://www.newsabahtimes.com.my/nstweb/fullstory/40327

Those returning from Sabah not required to undergo quarantine

September 22nd, 2020
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said individuals returning from Sabah would not be required to undergo the 14-day mandatory quarantine. - Photo by ASWADI ALIAS/NSTPSenior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said individuals returning from Sabah would not be required to undergo the 14-day mandatory quarantine. – Photo by ASWADI ALIAS/NSTP

KUALA LUMPUR: Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said individuals returning from Sabah would not be required to undergo the 14-day mandatory quarantine.

“However, it is compulsory for those with symptoms to take the swab test upon arrival at entry points. Those without symptoms are also encouraged to undergo the Covid-19 test, but it’s not mandatory,” he told a press conference today.

Asked if the government would consider making Covid-19 tests mandatory for those returning from Lahad Datu and Tawau districts, he answered in the negative.

Both areas have been classified as red zones recently following an increase in the number of those who tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“These districts are huge, and maybe those returning from Sabah are not in the locality identified by the Health Department or they may not have any close contact with people from high-risk villages.

“Kinabatangan is as big as Pahang state and I have visited a constituency that is as big as Negri Sembilan, so in general, no mandatory quarantine is required, but we may have a different set of rules for those who have visited high-risk localities,” he said.

On the election campaign for the upcoming Sabah polls, Ismail Sabri said house-to-house visits should be avoided.

“Although it is allowed to conduct house-to-house campaign, I advise against it. If needed, only one or two individuals can enter the house for campaigning, but physical distancing must be enforced.

“For campaign activities, only 30 people are allowed at any one time,” he said.

Today is early voting for the Sabah state polls, with the remaining voters expected to cast their ballots this Saturday.

By Teoh Pei Ying.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/09/626395/those-returning-sabah-not-required-undergo-quarantine

Malaysia records 82 new Covid-19 cases today

September 22nd, 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia today registered 82 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, raising the infection tally to 10,358.

According to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, 72 of the cases are local transmissions, while 10 are imported.

Sixty of the cases are in Sabah, with 41 linked to the Benteng LD cluster, six to the Pulau cluster and six to the Selamat cluster.

Elsewhere, 10 cases were detected in Kedah, nine in Kuala Lumpur and one in Selangor.

Meanwhile, 168 cases have been declared cured and were discharged from hospitals nationwide.

At a press conference in Putrajaya today, Dr Noor Hisham added that nine cases are in intensive care, with two requiring breathing assistance.

No new fatality was recorded today, and the death toll stands at 130.

By New Straits Times.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/09/626421/malaysia-records-82-new-covid-19-cases-today

Ismail Sabri: EMCO in Semporna is fake news

September 22nd, 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob rubbished a viral message claiming that three villages in Semporna, Sabah, had been placed under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) for four days.

The message claimed that Kampung Air, Kampung Bangau-Bangau and Kampung Simunul, were placed under EMCO from Sept 21 to 24, following a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases there.

“The implementation of EMCO will normally be announced by me during the weekly press conference, if it didn’t come from me then it is fake news.

“Also, normally EMCO is implemented for 14 days, but the viral message said it is a four-day lockdown; so from there we know it is not correct,” he said at the weekly MCO press conference today.

Ismail Sabri also said the special cabinet meeting today (Tuesday) agreed that premises that hold sports activities are now allowed to operate till 2am.

“After the announcement that eateries and convenience stores were allowed to operate till 2am, we have received numerous complaints from operators of premises that organise sports activities.

“They include futsal operators who informed us that many of the customers come after Maghrib or Isya’ prayers and if the premises can only operate until midnight they feel it is too short, so we now allow them to extend operating hour till 2am along with restaurants and convenience stores,” he said.

The senior defence minister also said a total of 136 individuals were arrested yesterday for breaching the MCO standard operating procedures.

He said of the total 100 were issued compounds and the remaining 36 were remanded.

Among the offences were failure to maintain physical distancing (43), not wearing face mask (26), indulging in activities at pubs and night clubs (19), failure to keep visitors’ log (11), and operating without permission (4). A total of 22 illegal immigrants were also nabbed.

On Ops Benteng, he said 64 illegal immigrants and one boat skipper were arrested, and five land vehicles were confiscated from 91 roadblocks held nationwide.

“The arrest including 10 illegal immigrants – eight men and two women – who were held at Bandar Penawar, Johor, by the Malaysian Royal Armoured Corps Regiment 1.”

On mandatory quarantine, Ismail Sabri said between July 24 and Sept 21, 32,464 individuals returned from 32 countries had entered Malaysia via various entry points.

“Out of the total, 8,214 individuals are undergoing mandatory quarantine at 68 hotels and eight other premises including public training institutes (ILA) and private educational institutions in various states.

“Meanwhile, 71 individuals have been taken to hospital for treatment and 24,179 individuals were discharged and allowed to return home,” he said.

By Teoh Pei Ying.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/09/626427/ismail-sabri-emco-semporna-fake-news

Malaysia calls for UN to be reformed to end conflicts

September 22nd, 2020

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin delivering Malaysia’s national statement at the high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN). – Bernama photo

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 22): Malaysia wants the United Nations (UN) to be improved and reformed as many people are still suffering due to conflicts, which remain unresolved in various parts of the world.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the UN has somewhat failed to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”.

“The United Nations remains the only global institution that all of us can claim ownership.

“While we acknowledge that the organisation has done quite well in many areas in its 75 years of existence, especially in promoting social and economic development, we need to be honest and recognise that the UN has somewhat failed to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”,” he said.

Muhyiddin was delivering Malaysia’s national statement at the high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the UN.

This is Muhyiddin’s maiden address to a high-level meeting of the UN since taking over as Prime Minister of Malaysia in March this year. The meeting was held virtually because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the statement was pre-recorded  at his office in Putrajaya.

The Prime Minister said the UN is needed now more than ever, and should be better equipped – not just with political latitude, but with the continued support of its Member States to respond to some of the most glaring problems the world is facing.

Muhyiddin said the time is right for the UN to take stock of its achievements; improve on its weaknesses and remove all obstacles that prevent its continued progress.

He said Malaysia welcomes the adoption of the Declaration for the Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the UN today.

“We sincerely believe that today’s commemoration presents a golden opportunity for the international community to do better. Let us not miss this opportunity. Let us move forward together in building the future we want and the United Nations we need,” he said.

Muhyiddin also expressed his concern that in recent years, certain countries have disregarded UN agreements.

He said the Paris Agreement, for example, was a milestone achieved by nations in combating climate change – a culmination of international efforts that began at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992.

“We also have a host of instruments and conventions on human rights most of which took many years to formulate. Such instruments govern and regulate our actions in order to allow all of us to progress.

“Unfortunately, in recent years we have seen certain countries disregard such agreements. We hope that this stops. We must take heed of what our people want and hope for,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said earlier this year, the UN launched the UN75 initiative, inviting people around the world to share their aspirations, hopes and priorities for the future with nearly 40,000 people responding to the UN75 survey within the first three months of its launching.

“While the interpretation of the findings may differ according to respective national circumstances, the message and direction that our people have shared are clear.

“This is not to say that the international community has not paid attention to those issues. On the contrary, we have worked especially hard on them over the years,” he said.

In his speech, Muhyiddin also congratulated Volkan Bozkir of Turkey on his election as the President of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly themed ‘The Future We Want, the United Nations We Need: Reaffirming Our Collective Commitment To Multilateralism – Confronting COVID-19 Through Effective Multilateral Action’.

The prime minister also extended Malaysia’s appreciation to Bozkir’s predecessor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande of Nigeria for his commitment and able leadership during a challenging 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly due to Covid-19.

by Bernama.

Read more @ https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/09/22/malaysia-calls-for-un-to-be-reformed-to-end-conflicts/