Archive for September, 2020

New Sabah govt to focus on reviving economy — Hajiji

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
KOTA KINABALU: Reviving the state economy which has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic will be the focus of the new Sabah government.

Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor said the state government would give its full commitment to face the challenges to contain the spread of the pandemic and address its implications.

“We took over the (state) government in an unusual situation. We are facing economic issues due to
Covid-19.

State Perikatan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor takes oath of office as the 16th Sabah Chief Minister before the Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin at the Sabah Chief Minister swearing-in ceremony at the Istana Negeri. — Bernama photo

Therefore, our aim now is to revive the economy,” he said in a press conference after meeting the State Secretary Datuk Safar Untong at the Sabah State Administrative Centre here yesterday.

Also present were the three newly-appointed Sabah Deputy Chief Ministers namely Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin, Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan and Datuk Dr Joachim Gunsalam.

Yesterday morning, Hajiji and the three deputy chief ministers, as well as two new Sabah Cabinet ministers, took their oath of office before Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin at Istana Negeri.

The two ministers are Finance Minister II who is also State Minister of Local Government and Housing, Datuk Masidi Manjun, and State Rural Development Minister, Datuk Jahid Jahim.

Hajiji said he was confident that the newly appointed ministers would be able to carry out their duties and responsibilities well because each of them has the administrative experience.

He added that the new state government would be a government that could champion the plight of its people and govern the state well.

Meanwhile, Hajiji said he was the chief minister to an inclusive state government which would give its full service to all Sabah people regardless of background and political views.

“The trust and responsibility are enormous and challenging. I beg all quarters including the Sabah people to unite for the sake of our state. My aim is to lead the people towards a prosperous Sabah.

“Come, fellow Sabahans, let’s unite and work together in realising the dream to create a developed and prosperous state,” he said.

Meanwhile, Hajiji also thanked Tun Juhar for his consent and trust in appointing him as the Sabah Chief Minister and said that the appointment would complete the people’s mandate to create a state government.

“Thank you, the people of Sabah who have fulfilled their rights and responsibilities in the democratic process which enable the formation of the new government in an orderly manner by showing a clear mandate.

“I also thank all state assemblymen who have supported me to lead the state government especially from Perikatan Nasional (PN), Barisan Nasional (BN), Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) as well as the independent representatives,” said Hajiji.

Gabungan Rakyat Sabah, a coalition comprising PN, BN and PBS, won a simple majority with 38 out of 73 seats in the 16th Sabah state election to take over the state leadership from Parti Warisan Sabah.

by Bernama.

Read more @ https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/09/30/new-sabah-govt-to-focus-on-reviving-economy-hajiji/

MOH specialists leaving for Sabah today

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Staff from other states have been mobilised in Sabah to help strengthen services, enhance Covid-19 detection in the field and improve public health management at hospitals. Bernama File Photo

PUTRAJAYA: Specialists in different fields from the Health Ministry (MOH) will leave for Sabah today to observe and provide assistance in enhancing Covid-19 control measures in the state.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said currently MOH front line workers from various states including Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Perak have been sent to assist the Sabah state health offices.

“Staff from other states have been mobilised in Sabah to help strengthen services, enhance Covid-19 detection in the field and improve public health management at hospitals, especially at Tawau and Semporna Hospitals,” he told a Covid-19 press conference at the MOH here yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham said the MOH had also sent personal protective equipment (PPE) and respirators to Sabah.

He thanked the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) for their help in delivering the shipment to Tawau.

by Bernama.

Read more @ https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/09/30/moh-specialists-leaving-for-sabah-today/

New Sabah CM Hajiji gets cracking

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

The new Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor officially started his duties at his office at the Sabah Chief Minister’s Department, Sabah State Administrative Centre today. – Bernama photo

KOTA KINABALU (Sept 30): Sabah’s new Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor began his official duties from his office at the Chief Minister’s Department (JKM), Sabah State Administration Centre, here, this morning.

Hajiji, who wore a light brown bush jacket, scanned his fingers at the electronic clock-in machine while smiling at the media personnel present before entering his office and holding a discussion with JKM officers.

He is scheduled to attend several meetings today including with Sabah Deputy Chief Minister and State Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan other than some gatherings and discussions.

Yesterday, Hajiji, 65, took his oath of office as the 16th Chief Minister of Sabah before the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin at Istana Negeri here.

His opposition coalition Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) secured a simple majority to take over the state government from Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) and its allies in the 16th Sabah State Election on Saturday (Sept 26) after winning 38 of the 73 seats at stake.

by Bernama.

Read more @ https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/09/30/new-sabah-cm-hajiji-gets-cracking/

Malaysia records 89 new Covid-19 cases, two new deaths

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
Malaysia recorded 89 new Covid-19 cases today, raising the infection tally to 11,224. - NSTP/File picMalaysia recorded 89 new Covid-19 cases today, raising the infection tally to 11,224. – NSTP/File pic

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia recorded 89 new Covid-19 cases today, raising the infection tally to 11,224.

According to the Health Ministry, three of the new cases are imported (all involving foreigners); while 86 are local infections comprising 84 Malaysians and two non-citizens.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also revealed that a new Covid-19 cluster has been detected in Kedah.

Meanwhile, the country registered two new Covid-19 fatalities (one each in Sabah and Kedah) over the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 136.

In a Twitter post, Dr Noor Hisham said 1,124 active cases are currently receiving treatment in hospital, 16 of whom are in intensive care – with three receiving respiratory assistance.

A total of 28 patients were declared cured and discharged from hospitals nationwide today.

By New Straits Times.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/09/628554/malaysia-records-89-new-covid-19-cases-two-new-deaths

Covid-19 infectivity rate still within control at 1.39 — Health DG

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

PUTRAJAYA: The Covid-19 infectivity rate in Malaysia currently stands at 1.39 and is still within control, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said the R0 (R-naught) for Covid-19 in the country currently was less than 1.6 which is the crucial level.

“R0 (is) 1.39 (and is) still within control.

“Our crucial level is 1.6 and in Sabah probably 1.42.

“We are still able to contain the infection provided we continue to do what we do best that is to use public health intervention in the respective areas,” he told a press conference on Covid-19 development here yesterday.

Citing Sabah as an example, Dr Noor Hisham said public health measures have been taken even before the state election, including border control and roadblocks. However, they (action) were not made official.

“A targeted enhanced movement control order was officially announced on Monday and implemented yesterday until Oct 12 on four districts – Lahad Datu, Tawau, Kunak and Semporna.

“We hope we can tighten security in that region as well as our activity. We hope that we will continue to detect positive cases and contain them,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said the Health Ministry’s actions have been proven to be able to contain and break the infection chain in localities, communities and districts.

He hoped the public will continue to cooperate with the ministry in complying with precautionary measures taken, for example, screening upon arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and KLIA2.

Commenting further on the Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order, Dr Noor Hisham said although it was imposed in the districts, the focus was still on villages such as Sri Tanjung in Tawau, towns or localities that had been assessed.

On the standard operating procedures (SOPs) compliance level by those involved in the just-concluded Sabah election, Dr Noor Hisham said so far, there were no complaints.

by Bernama.

Read more @ https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/09/30/covid-19-infectivity-rate-still-within-control-at-1-39-health-dg/

Malaysia records 101 new Covid-19 cases today

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020
Pic Courtesy of MKN
Courtesy of MKN

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia registered 101 new Covid-19 cases today, raising its tally of infections to 11,135.

According to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, 61 of the cases are in Sabah, with 51 linked to the Bangau-Bangau cluster.

He said just four of the cases are imported, while 97 are local transmissions.

Meanwhile, 17 cases detected in Peninsular Malaysia over the last 24 hours have a history of travel to Sabah. Selangor registered the highest number of cases at nine.

In his daily Covid-19 press conference in Putrajaya, Dr Noor added that 50 patients were declared cured and discharged from hospitals nationwide today; while no new fatality was reported, keeping the death toll at 134.

He added that 13 patients are in intensive care, with five having been intubated.

By New Straits Times.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/09/628299/malaysia-records-101-new-covid-19-cases-today

PBB has no intention to join BN – Fadillah

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

Senior Minister of Works Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof delivers his speech during Public Works Department (JKR) Strategic Plan Launching Ceremony 2021-2025 today. – Bernama photo

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 29): Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Sarawak, has no intention to rejoin Barisan Nasional (BN) for the time being as it prepares for the 12th Sarawak state election.

PBB senior vice-president, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said to date, the party is maintaining its stand to stay with Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

“Now we are in the Federal government and have strong cooperation with Perikatan Nasional (PN) which is a coalition of MPs from Bersatu and PAS, as well as Umno and BN components.

“For us, what is important is to focus on Sarawak itself in the contexts of development and the rights of Sarawak under the 1963 Malaysia Agreement…we will stay with GPS but will cooperate wer launching the 2021-2025 Works Department (JKR) Strategic Plan here today.

PBB left Barisan Nasional after the 14th general election.ith all parties,” said Fadillah who is Senior Minister of Works.

He was speaking to reporters aft

Apart from PBB, three other parties in GPS are Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Parti Demokratik Progresif (PDP).

Read more @ https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/09/29/pbb-has-no-intention-to-join-bn-fadillah/

Sabah CM announces portfolio swap to better tackle economic situation [NSTTV]

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor announced the swapping of two portfolios hours after he was sworn in at Istana Negeri.

Masidi will be taking charge of the Local Government and Housing ministry, as well as be the second Finance Minister.During his inaugural speech at the Sabah Administrative Centre here, Hajiji said his deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin will be the state Public Works minister which the latter switched with Sabah PPBM deputy chief Datuk Masidi Manjun.

When asked on the decision, Hajiji said the cabinet ministers made the changes after considering certain additional work.

“There was no problem. Masidi is experienced in finance and I need him to assist in the state’s economic recovery, which is not so good for now.

“The main challenge for this government is to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic and its implications,” he told a press conference.

Present were Bung, Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, Masidi and several assemblymen.

Apart from Bung, another two made as deputy Chief Ministers are Jeffrey and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) vice president Datuk Dr Joachim Gunsalam.

Jeffrey will also be the Agriculture and Fisheries Minister while Joachim will look after the Trade and Industry Ministry.

PBS secretary-general Datuk Jahid Jahim has been appointed as the Rural Development minister.

On the issue of appointing Chinese representatives in the cabinet and possibly among six nominated assemblymen, Hajiji said Gabungan Rakyat Sabah will be consulted about it.

As for the remaining five ministers and assistant ministers in the cabinet, the Sulaman assemblyman said they would be announced and sworn in soon.

Earlier, Hajiji thanked the Yang Dipertua Negeri Sabah Tun Juhar Mahiruddin for appointing him to execute the duties as the Chief Minister.

“This appointment is to fulfil the mandate given to the people to form a new government.

“I would like to extend my highest gratitude to all who exercised their rights and responsibilities in the democratic process to enable the formation of a new government with a clear mandate,” he said.

Hajiji also pledged to give his full service to the people of Sabah regardless of their backgrounds and political affiliations.

By Olivia Miwi.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/politics/2020/09/628246/sabah-cm-announces-portfolio-swap-better-tackle-economic-situation

PSC: Govt hires more people in time of pandemic

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

Public Services Commission (PSC) chairman Tan Sri Zainal Rahim Seman officiating at the opening of the PSC's interview centre at the Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) Penang in Komtar. - Photo by DANIAL SAAD/NSTPPublic Services Commission (PSC) chairman Tan Sri Zainal Rahim Seman officiating at the opening of the PSC’s interview centre at the Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) Penang in Komtar. – Photo by DANIAL SAAD/NSTP

GEORGE TOWN: The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is not stopping the federal government from hiring people to fill vacancies in the various ministries and departments.

Public Services Commission (PSC) chairman Tan Sri Zainal Rahim Seman said, instead, the pandemic had created opportunities for more people to be hired.

He cited an example where the Health Ministry announced 2,000 new appointments especially nurses on contractual basis in the fight against Covid-19 at the height of the pandemic in March this year.

“The pandemic has got nothing to do with whether there is vacancy or not. It all depends on the yearly requirement of each ministries and departments.

“The public services hired thousands of people to go into their services because of Covid-19. It is not stopping them. (In fact, Covid-19) is creating more hiring,” he said here today.

He was asked if there were many vacancies to be filled despite the Covid-19 pandemic this year, and the fact that the government might be short of money, as a result of the slew of assistance given to all Malaysians.

He was met after officiating at the opening of the PSC’s interview centre at the Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) Penang in Komtar.

Present were state secretary Datuk Abdul Razak Jaafar, PSC deputy chairman Datuk Seri Zoal Azha Yusof and Penang Development Corporation general manager Datuk Mohd Bazid Kahar.

Elaborating, Zainal said between 13,000 and 15,000 people were hired into the public services yearly.

“Including contract workers, we hire roughly 22,000 people annually.

“We are not only talking about the PSC, there are many more (civil service) commissions such as the police, education, state authority and local authority.

“So, people have choices on where they want to go,” he said, adding that some 250,000 people graduated from the institutions of higher learning annually.

Zainal said those interested in applying for government jobs could also apply through PSC’s portal.

The PSC’s interview centre began operations on Aug 24 in its own premises, after not having its own centre for the past one decade.

It has four interview rooms, including one virtual interview room.

The UTC Penang is the second UTC in the country to have the SPC’s interview centre.

Following the Covid-19 pandemic, virtual interviews have been carried out with those from Putrajaya, Sabah and Sarawak.

By Audrey Dermawan.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/09/628281/psc-govt-hires-more-people-time-pandemic

Domestic violence: Safe Community Initiative launched in Kajang

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020
Selangor Health, Welfare, Women Empowerment and Family executive councillor Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (third from left) said the public and various agencies must play their roles to address the problem of domestic violence. -  NSTP/KHAIRUL AZHAR AHMAD.Selangor Health, Welfare, Women Empowerment and Family executive councillor Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (third from left) said the public and various agencies must play their roles to address the problem of domestic violence. – NSTP/KHAIRUL AZHAR AHMAD.

KAJANG: The Integrated Safe Community Initiative, a project spearheaded by the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), has added Kajang to its list of districts to tackle the problem of domestic violence.

The initiative, launched in Oct 2019, had previously covered four districts, namely Kuala Selangor, Klang, Hulu Selangor and Petaling.

The project, which is supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Malaysia, aims to create an integrated approach involving various agencies towards building safe communities that are free from gender-based violence.

The efforts include establishing One Stop Crisis Centres (OSCC), handled by various agencies, to help survivors of domestic and child abuse.

WAO executive director Sumitra Visvanathan said more than 800,000 women who are with their partners in Malaysia have or are currently experiencing domestic violence.

She said the number of police reports on gender-based violence such as abuse, domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and more have reached worrying rates.

“During the Movement Control Order (MCO) period, WAO recorded a 138 per cent increase in calls to its hotline.

“Because of this, there is a need to protect women and children from becoming victims of violence. WAO is aware of this situation and will take proactive measures to tackle this problem,” she said at the launch today.

Meanwhile, Selangor Health, Welfare, Women Empowerment and Family executive councillor Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud, who launched the event, said the public and various agencies must play their roles to address the problem of domestic violence.

She said WAO’s and Institut Wanita Berdaya’s (IWB) Aug 2019 research showed that there is a lack of suitable shelters provided for survivors of domestic abuse in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

“On Nov 21, 2019, the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry (KPWKM) said Selangor has the highest reported cases of domestic violence nationwide.

“Selangor comprised 27 per cent of the overall domestic violence cases reported to the Social Welfare Department from January until June 2019.

“The main focus of the state government is to ensure the safety and needs of women and children in all districts,” she said.

By Safwah Abdul Razak.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/09/628289/domestic-violence-safe-community-initiative-launched-kajang