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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Ismail Sabri fears #Lawan protest may cause further spread of Covid-19

 


Deputy Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob today expressed his concern that the 'Keluar dan #Lawan' rally at Dataran Merdeka could cause further spread of the Covid-19 infection.

“I am worried about their safety (assembly participants) when they gather in such large numbers. Even if one of them catches the infection on the street, it will eventually be brought home.

"Maybe the cases will spread further as a result of the rally," he said during a press conference after visiting the Axiata Arena Bukit Jalil vaccination centre (PPV) in Kuala Lumpur today.

According to Ismail Sabri, gatherings are not allowed during the Covid-19 pandemic and are deemed an offence under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).

Ismail Sabri also stressed that the government was willing to listen to the voices and views of all parties at any time, and not only when they were voiced out during street protests.

Earlier, some 400 people were believed to have participated in the 'Keluar dan #Lawan' rally near Dataran Merdeka here.

Ismail Sabri also urged all politicians to set aside their differences and work together to overcome the pandemic in the country.

He said political squabbles would not solve the people's problems and instead would affect the government’s efforts to help the people.

"Regardless of our party affiliation, we should focus on the issue of Covid-19, the issue of people who currently have no income. These problems are actually bigger than what is being voiced out today. Forget about the war in politics,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said that as of yesterday, 13,500,479 individuals (57.3 percent) had received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and 6,514,070 individuals (27.8 per cent) had got both doses.

Based on the current rate of vaccinations, he was confident that herd immunity could be achieved by October.

On the Axiata Arena PPV, Ismail Sabri said it was capable of providing 8,000 vaccinations a day, and the highest daily tally achieved by the PPV to date was 7,260 injections on July 27.

A total of 143,780 vaccine injections have been administered at the PPV since it opened on June 7. - Bernama

Aaron-Wooi Yik win bronze in badminton, Malaysia first medals at Tokyo games

 


The wait is finally over.

National men’s doubles shuttlers Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik bagged the bronze for Malaysia’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics after more than a week since the Games officially opened on July 23.

Aaron-Wooi Yik took 52 minutes to edge Indonesians Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan 17-21, 21-17, 21-14 in the bronze medal match at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza in Toyo today.

The first game was closely fought as both pairs battled neck-and-neck before Aaron-Wooi Yik took an 11-9 lead at the interval.

When the game resumed, the Indonesians produced a more aggressive display to regain the lead at 12-9 and maintained their domination to eventually seal a 21-17 win.

In the second game, Aaron-Wooi Yik started brightly to take a 5-3 lead before mistakes began creeping into their game to allow their opponents to take an 11-7 lead at the interval.

Aaron-Wooi Yik, to their credit, did not give up easily and managed to level the score at 12-12.

From that moment on, they never trailed the Indonesians as they continued their fine display to romp home 21-17 and drag the game into a winner-takes-all decider.

In the rubber game, the young Malaysian pair, with an extra spring in their steps, never trailed the Indonesians from the moment they went 1-0 up.

After leading 11-7 at the interval, they allowed the Indonesians just seven more points before sealing a 21-14 win courtesy of a smash by Aaron.

Aaron and Wooi Yik, overcome by emotions, sank to their knees screaming in delight before lying flat on the court trying to comprehend what they had just achieved.

The pair also shed tears of joy as they got off the court.

Surely they were not the only ones as all Malaysians too must be celebrating the country’s first medal of the Tokyo Olympics and praying that this is the beginning of more to come from the national contingent.

For the 2019 SEA Games gold medallists Aaron-Wooi Yik also, this win is sweet revenge for their 16-21, 19-21 loss to the Indonesians in a Group D match on July 26.

What's also remarkable is that this was only Aaron-Wooi Yik’s second victory over the Indonesians in nine matches since their first encounter in the Malaysia International Challenge in 2018.

Aaron-Wooi Yik, who stunned top seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, also of Indonesia, 21-14, 21-17 in the last eight Thursday (July 29), failed to make the final after losing 22-24, 13-21 to China’s third seeds Li Jun Hui-Liu Yu Chen in the semi-finals on Friday (July 30).

Mohammad-Hendra, the 2019 world champions, also missed out on the final after being outclassed 11-21, 10-21 by Taiwan’s world number three Lee Yang-Wang Chi-Lin in the other semi-final. - Bernama

Cops to question five #Lawan protest organisers

Five members of Sekretariat Solidariti Rakyat have been called up for police questioning in connection with their roles as organisers of the #Lawan protest in Kuala Lumpur earlier today.

The organisers in a statement issued several hours after hundreds of protesters peacefully dispersed, said all five individuals, accompanied by their lawyers, will be present at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters at 10am tomorrow.

Police figures capped the number of protesters at 400 people while organisers claimed a participation of some 2,000 people along a 3km stretch of road heading towards Dataran Merdeka from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall building.

SSR identified the five individuals as Mohamad Abdullah Alshatry, Mohammad Asraf Sharafi bin Mohammad Azhar, Tharmelinggem Pillai, Qyira Yusri and Sevan Doraisamy.

"We thank the thousands of youths who were physically present or showed their support online today," said the group, adding there were more than 272,000 tweets related to the protest and their demands.

The three main demands of the protest, respectively,  were calling for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's resignation, for Parliament to continue sitting and for an automatic loan moratorium for all Malaysians.

SSR expressed regret that they were prevented from gathering at Dataran Merdeka as originally planned, arguing it was a much larger space to facilitate a safe social distancing.

"We successfully managed to adhere to the standard operating procedures with all protesters wearing their masks and keeping a distance from one another," they said.

The organisers had appointed "marshalls" whose roles included enforcing crowd control.

One of them was seen breaking up a brief commotion sparked by a group of rowdy protesters who were believed to have flashed a crude sign at a passing police patrol car.

The individual was heard repeatedly telling the group to ensure they remain disciplined and keep to a safe distance at all times.

"Today, our participants have shown that we can and are capable of protesting on the streets safely to uphold our rights," said SSR, stressing that they would continue to speak up for those who were silenced or hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dang Wangi district police chief Zainal Abdullah earlier said actions would be taken as although the rally went on without any problems, it remains a violation of the current movement control order rules.

 - Mkini

List of Klang Valley vaccination centres open for walk-ins

 


The Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) has released a list of vaccination centres (PPVs) in the Klang Valley which will be open for walk-ins starting Aug 2.

Previously, it was announced that walk-in vaccinations for Malaysians aged 40 and above, as well as those with comorbidities, will start in Klang Valley on Aug 2.

The initiative was later expanded to include Malaysians aged 18 and above in the Klang Valley, to start on Aug 5 to 22.

In a statement today, CITF released a list of the nine PPVs which will be open for walk-in vaccinations for Malaysian citizens, which are:

  1. HCO F, KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur
  2. HCO G, KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur
  3. HCO H, KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur
  4. Bangi Avenue Convention Centre, Kajang
  5. Hotel Wyndham, Klang
  6. Dewan Tun Razak, Sabak Bernam
  7. Dewan Komuniti Serendah, Serendah
  8. Movenpick Hotel & Convention Centre KLIA, Sepang
  9. Ideal Convention Centre, Shah Alam

These PPVs will start accepting walk-in vaccinations starting 2pm every day, subject to each PPV's opening hours.

Those interested in walk-in vaccinations will have to bring documents that prove they reside in the Klang Valley, such as the address on their IC, driving license, any utility bills, credit card bills, and others.

Those with comorbidities are asked to bring documents that can prove their condition.

These walk-in vaccinations will be done on a first-come-first-served basis, depending on the supply of vaccines at the PPVs.

Meanwhile, for non-Malaysians in the Klang Valley, those 40 years old and above as well as those with comorbidities can walk-in for their vaccination starting Aug 9.

Walk-in vaccinations for non-Malaysians aged 18 and above in the Klang Valley will be opened between Aug 12 to 22.

The only PPV available to non-Malaysians for walk-in vaccinations is the Bukit Jalil National Stadium, which will start accepting walk-ins starting 2pm every day as well.

Similarly, non-Malaysians will also have to provide documents that can prove they are residents of the Klang Valley.

For those without valid visa documents, they will have to go through a process for vaccinating non-citizen individuals by the CITF. - Mkini

MCA, MIC info chiefs sign PN statement supporting PM, warn against 'fake news'

 


MCA and MIC have signed a joint Perikatan Nasional (PN) statement today pledging to support Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and party leaders to carry out their duties.

This includes disseminating "accurate information" to the public.

"As the information machinery for the parties in government, we pledge to continue helping Muhyiddin and the leadership of the parties carry out their duties and responsibilities, especially to disseminate accurate information to the people," they said.

The statement was signed by MCA and MIC information chiefs Chan Quin Er and V Gunalan. Umno information chief Shahril Hamdan, however, did not sign it.

Bersatu information chief Wan Saiful Wan Jan shared the statement which was also signed by the information chiefs of PAS, Star, Gerakan, PDP, PBS, SAPP, SUPP, PB, and PRS.

In it, the information chiefs warned the public against fake news regarding the political situation.

"We urge the public to go over the series of explainers by the government regarding the current situation.

"There are too many people taking advantage of the situation for personal gain and to save themselves, including by creating fake news to exploit the situation through social media," they added.

They also upheld the Yang di-Pertuan Agong's recent decree - without saying what it was.

The king on Thursday gave the government a royal rebuke, accusing de facto Law Minister Takiyuddin Hassan of misleading the Dewan Rakyat by saying that emergency ordinances had been revoked - despite not receiving royal consent.

The Prime Minister's Office in response defended its decisions saying they had acted within the Federal Constitution which also stated that the king must follow the cabinet's advice.

Following this row, a letter dated Thursday, purportedly from the king to Muhyiddin, was circulated widely on social media.

The purported letter included more details behind the king's royal rebuke. Malaysiakini is unable to determine the letter's authenticity.

PKR president Anwar Ibrahim and Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had cited the king's official statement on Thursday to call for Muhyiddin and the cabinet to resign, saying that the government had insulted the monarchy and violated the Federal Constitution. - Mkini

Govt mulls opening dedicated cemeteries for Covid-19 casualties

 


The government will look into the need to open cemeteries to accommodate burials of Muslims who died due to Covid-19.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri said discussions will be held with the National Fatwa Council and the state muftis to get their views on the matter.

“The focus will be in the Federal Territories (especially Kuala Lumpur).

“This is to ensure that we can properly manage the remains of those who died from Covid-19,” he told reporters after presenting donations to 200 canteen operators and cleaning workers via drive-through, organised by Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (Yadim) in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan today.

Zulkifli said to date, Yadim has spent more than RM1 million to help the needy throughout the country, especially in facing the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact.

The donation drive was also conducted with the cooperation of various NGOs, he added.

- Bernama 

HTAR field hospital ready for use on Aug 4

 


The field hospital that is being built at the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital (HTAR), in Klang, Selangor will be handed over to the hospital for use this Wednesday (Aug 4).

HTAR said on Facebook that the project is expected to achieve 40 percent completion by tonight.

"The project is ahead of schedule by five percent and will be handed over for use on Aug 4," it said.

On July 8, Deputy Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that a field hospital will be built by the Malaysian Armed Forces at HTAR to support health services in Selangor and to help the Health Ministry deal with the current Covid-19 situation in the state.

Bernama