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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Sabah allocates RM4m to upgrade road in Pitas

 


The Sabah government has approved an allocation of RM4 million to tar the road at Jalan Salimpodon Mantus in Pitas for the benefit of over 1,500 residents at villages nearby.

Chief Minister Hajiji Noor (above) said the project would help enhance communication networks and the villagers’ socio-economic status, including reducing travelling time from several villages to Pitas town.

“The road tarring project will benefit residents of Kampung Solimpodon Mantus, Solimpodon Darat and several other villages,” he told reporters after the project’s groundbreaking ceremony at Kampung Solimpodon Mantus, Pitas, today. 

Jalan Solimpodon Mantus, which is located 16 kilometres from Pitas town that links the villages to Jalan Utama Pitas, is still a gravel and laterite soil road.

Hajiji, who is also Sabah finance minister, also launched the “Connect Me Now” WiFi project at Kampung Mantus as part of the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) government’s efforts to help people in rural areas to enjoy the Internet facilities.

The programme under the state Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry, also comprises the VSAT (two-way satellite station) installation programme and, as of now, the “Connect Me Now” project at the village is the fourth implemented by the ministry.

The programme had also been implemented at Kampung Walahu, Ranau; Kampung Gana, Papar; and Kampung Kumawanan, Tambunan.

The state government plans to instal VSAT at 501 areas in Sabah in stages, starting this year.

Earlier, at an event, Hajiji said the government would build another 13 telecommunication towers in the district (Pitas), with one already completed and four under construction.

“We expect another eight towers to be completed by early next year. We want the people, especially school children, to enjoy the best of Internet facilities,” he said.

In his first working visit to Pitas as chief minister, Hajiji also announced an allocation to upgrade a road near the Pitas Community Hall to a tarred road and to build a bridge at Kampung Pondoi Kusilad in the Bengkoka state constituency. - Bernama

Be responsible when holding social events, Sabahans told

 Sabah Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said the increase in the coronavirus cases was worrying and that the state government hoped the community would cooperate by complying with the required standard operating procedures (SOPs). -NSTP File Pix

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government has recommended that social gatherings be held briefly or temporarily postponed in light of the spike in Covid-19 cases in the state.

Sabah Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said the increase in the coronavirus cases was worrying and that the state government hoped the community would cooperate by complying with the required standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Such gatherings and celebrations include weddings, engagement ceremonies, aqiqah, tahlil, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, and retreats, among others.

"Such events are not allowed in district or locality under Movement Control Order (MCO) and enhanced MCO.

"For others, the state government encourages event registration to be done via Sabah Trace to allow the authority to monitor SOP compliance," said Masidi.

He stressed that authority's would not hesitate to take stern action by slapping a RM10,000 compound on anyone found violating SOP.

Today, Sabah recorded 131 new infections, with Tawau having the highest cases (87) followed by Lahad Datu (7) and Putatan (5).

Other districts recorded new Covid-19 cases are Sandakan (5); Tuaran (5); Kota Kinabalu (4); Semporna (3); Papar (2); Penampang (2); Keningau (1); Kinabatangan (1); Beaufort (1); Kunak (1); Nabawan (1); and Ranau (1).

Earlier today, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said Lahad Datu would be placed under movement control order (MCO) for two weeks, effective tomorrow.

The decision was made after there was a sharp increase in daily positive cases with high infectious rate.

Enhanced MCO would also be imposed on Kampung Bukit Belacon, Mukim Segama in Lahad Datu beginning tomorrow.

Thus far, there were 26 positive cumulative cases reported from out of the 543 screenings carried out within the locality.

In Tawau, Kampung Muhibbah Raya will also be under enhanced MCO from April 11-24 after 30 positive cumulative cases were detected. - NST

Indonesia's Java hit by magnitude 5.9 quake, reports of one killed, damage

 

A damaged house affected by an earthquake of magnitude 5.9 struck in the ocean 91 km 57 miles south-southeast of Blitar is pictured in Malang East Java province Indonesia April 10 2021 in this photo taken by Antara Fotovia Reuters.

A damaged house affected by an earthquake of magnitude 5.9 struck in the ocean 91 km (57 miles) south-southeast of Blitar, is pictured in Malang, East Java province, Indonesia April 10, 2021, in this photo taken by Antara Foto/via Reuters.

JAKARTA (Reuters) -A magnitude 5.9 earthquake off Indonesia's Java island on Saturday killed one person and damaged buildings in several cities, media reports said.

The quake was felt in cities and towns across East Java, home to 40.7 million people, and nearby provinces, including the resort island of Bali, Indonesian media reported.

One person died in Lumajang after being hit by a falling boulder, news website Detik.com said, citing a town disaster official.

There had been aftershocks but there was no risk of tsunami, Indonesian geophysics agency BMKG said.

Reports of damage included parliamentary buildings, a school, a hospital and houses in several cities, while a large gorilla statue in an amusement park in the town of Batu lost its head.

The national disaster agency said authorities were still taking stock of the damage.

The quake struck in the Indian Ocean 91 km (57 miles) off the southern coast of East Java. It had a magnitude of 5.9 at a depth of 96 km, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said, after initially saying the magnitude was 6.8.

Video shared by social media users showed people running out of a shopping mall in Malang city amid the strong tremor.

"I felt the earthquake twice, the first time for two seconds and then it stopped, but then it shook again for five seconds," Edo Afizal, a receptionist at a hotel in Blitar, told Reuters by phone.

Indonesia was struck last week by tropical cyclone Seroja, which triggered landslides and flash floods killing more than 160 people on islands in East Nusa Tenggara province.

Straddling the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, Indonesia is regularly hit by earthquakes. A magnitude 6.2 quake that struck Sulawesi island in January killed more than 100 people. - Reuters

King sends condolence letter to Queen Elizabeth II over passing of Prince Philip

 

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah (pic) has sent a letter of condolence to Queen Elizabeth II on the passing of her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

In the letter on Saturday (April 10), which was shared on Istana Negara’s Facebook page, His Majesty described Prince Philip as a beacon of light known for his outstanding charisma and philanthropic endeavours.

As a nation, Malaysia had fond memories of Prince Philip’s many visits to the country, said Al-Sultan Abdullah.

Al-Sultan Abdullah recalled that he and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah had the pleasure of meeting Prince Philip on numerous occasions and the honour of hosting him in Taman Negara, Pahang in 1989.

"His Royal Highness will always remain in our hearts," he said in the letter.

The King said Prince Philip would be remembered for his steadfast support for Queen Elizabeth II, his unwavering commitment to the Commonwealth of which Malaysia is a proud member and his efforts to promote stronger ties between the United Kingdom and Malaysia.

"Our thoughts are with Your Majesty, the bereaved members of the Royal Family in this moment of sadness and sorrow . May God bless His Royal Highness's soul,” wrote Al-Sultan Abdullah.

Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Philip died at the age of 99 in Windsor Castle on Friday. - Bernama

Massive jam on Penang Bridge after car overturns in accident midspan

 

GEORGE TOWN: An accident involving an overturned car on Penang Bridge from the island heading towards the mainland has led to a major traffic jam in both directions.

All three lanes from the island to the mainland were temporarily blocked, as rescuers tried to extricate the victim and passers-by helped to turn the car over at about 7.10pm Saturday (April 10).

Traffic along the bridge from the mainland towards the island is also heavy following the accident.

Details of the victims involved have yet to be confirmed. - Star

Gemar ‘mengeteh’ punca Besut jadi zon merah

 

Besut menjadi zon merah susulan 24 kes positif lagi dikesan daripada Kluster Belaoh.

KUALA TERENGGANU: Daerah Besut bertukar menjadi zon merah hari ini apabila merekodkan pertambahan 24 kes positif Covid-19 bagi Kluster Belaoh menjadikan jumlah keseluruhan 49 kes direkodkan daripada kluster itu.

Pengarah Jabatan Kesihatan Negeri, Dr Nor Azimi Yunus berkata kluster yang bermula di Kampung Bela Oh di Besut itu berpunca daripada rutin penduduk yang suka ‘mengeteh’ di kedai-kedai kopi selepas selesai menunaikan solat di masjid dan surau tanpa mematuhi prosedur operasi standard (SOP) yang ditetapkan.

“Sekelip mata daerah Besut bertukar (status) merah. Bayangkan jika kita tidak laksanakan PKPD (Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Diperketatkan) di kawasan tersebut. Kemungkinan akan berlaku kluster yang besar di daerah Besut akibat pergerakan bebas kes positif yang ramai tu. Ramadan 2021 bakal menjelma tak lama lagi.

“Rakyat gembira nak sambut Ramadan nak berbuka bersama keluarga, sedangkan petugas kesihatan akan berbuka di lapangan bersama-sama kawan.

“Justeru tolong raikan pengorbanan mereka dengan cara patuhi SOP,” katanya dalam hantaran yang dimuat naik di laman Facebooknya hari ini.

Ketika ini terdapat 126 kes aktif Covid-19 di Terengganu dengan kes tertinggi di Besut (61) diikuti Kuala Nerus (27), Kuala Terengganu (17), Dungun (13), Marang (empat), Setiu (dua) dan Hulu Terengganu (dua).

Kluster Belaoh yang didaftarkan pada 6 April lepas adalah kluster komuniti yang melibatkan daerah Besut dan Marang di Terengganu serta daerah Bachok di Kelantan.

Kes indeks bagi kluster itu ialah seorang lelaki berusia 62 tahun yang dilaporkan positif COVID-19 pada 4 April hasil saringan individu bergejala.

Sehingga kini 945 individu sudah disaring termasuk penduduk di dua kampung bersebelahan iaitu Kampung PPRT Belaoh Baru dan Kampung Keruak. - FMT

Sarawak benarkan berbuka puasa di hotel, restoran, dewan

 

Hotel, restoran atau dewan yang menyediakan berbuka puasa mesti mematuhi syarat ditetapkan. (Gambar Bernama)

KUCHING: Jawatankuasa Pengurusan Bencana Negeri (JPBN) Sarawak membenarkan majlis berbuka puasa diadakan di hotel, restoran dan dewan sempena Ramadan kali ini berdasarkan syarat tertentu.

JPBN dalam satu kenyataan hari ini memaklumkan pengusaha hotel, restoran dan dewan yang ingin mengadakan perkhidmatan berbuka puasa wajib memaklumkan pihak berkuasa tempatan dan Jawatankuasa Pengurusan Bencana Bahagian masing-masing sebelum dibenarkan beroperasi.

“Tempahan berbuka berkumpulan daripada agensi kerajaan dan swasta tidak dibenarkan. Hanya kumpulan individu serta ahli keluarga terdekat dibenarkan dengan melakukan tempahan awal manakala ‘walk-in’ tidak dibenarkan,” kata JPBN.

Menurut JPBN semasa majlis berbuka puasa berlangsung, pelanggan juga tidak dibenarkan menunggu dalam barisan dan hanya boleh membuat pesanan melalui menu atau makan makanan yang dihidang di meja masing-masing.

“Bilangan pelanggan hanya 50% daripada kapasiti restoran atau maksimum 300 orang untuk dewan atau hotel. Garis panduan terperinci boleh didapati di laman web Kementerian Kerajaan Tempatan dan Perumahan Sarawak (https://mlgh.sarawak.gov.my),” kata kenyataan itu.

Sementara itu, pada hari ini terdapat 296 kes baharu jangkitan Covid-19 dikesan di Sarawak dengan empat kematian baharu. - FMT