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Thursday, May 28, 2020

MySejahtera app to feature QR code reader for check-ins

Malaysiakini

The public can expect an easier process to enter public spaces soon as the Health Ministry will introduce QR code feature in its MySejahtera application.
According to Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, the feature will enable users of MySejahtera to use the app to check-in at places like shopping malls and restaurants without having to write down their details upon entering each location.
"Now we are encouraging more people to download the app so that they can get the latest information and tracking system (for Covid-19 hotspots).
"And starting June 1, we will start using a QR code (on the app) to scan," he told a press conference in Putrajaya today.
Currently, shopping malls and business operators either adopt the manual way to register visitors to their premises or have them scan their own companies' QR codes which lead to websites where users would have to fill in their details.
This has been the practice since Covid-19 pandemic hit the country as the government requires businesses to keep a record of their visitors so that authorities can track down close contacts in case a positive case is detected among visitors to the premises.
It is learned that the QR code system to be embedded in MySejahtera is being developed with the cooperation of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry.
For the record, MySejahtera was provided by the ministry as a platform to monitor the outbreak and for Malaysians to assess their health condition online.
Noor Hisham said that as of yesterday, a total of 752,711 individuals have downloaded the application.
Of the number, 4,565 persons under surveillance have been identified while 1,869 persons under investigation have registered themselves through the app.
Meanwhile, on a related matter, Noor Hisham said MOH's capacity to conduct Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests to detect Covid-19 has been increased to 29,789 samples a day. - Mkini

Transition of power should be done ‘as was promised’, says PKR reps

Malaysiakini

Amid speculation that Pakatan Harapan has rallied enough support from MPs to topple the Perikatan Nasional-led government, parliamentarians from PKR said the leadership transition should be done “as promised”.
Although they did not elaborate, this may allude to former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s promise to hand over the reins of power to PKR president Anwar Ibrahim this year.
In a joint statement signed by PKR whip Johari Abdul (above), the 39 MPs said they are aware of negotiations underway between various parties to “restore the people’s mandate to its rightful place as soon as possible” referring to Harapan’s victory at the 14th general election.
“This is not a competition between political elites to seize power but is instead to bring forth the true reformasi agenda that cares about the people.
“Any transition of power should take place in a manner that has been promised, peaceful and orderly, and in line with the law,” he said.
He said this was among the matters discussed between the 39 PKR parliamentarians during an online meeting today.
Earlier, it was rumoured that Harapan and Warisan has rallied 129 MPs on their side out of 222 MPs in the Dewan Rakyat thus challenging PN’s legitimacy to rule 
Senior Minister (Economic Cluster) Azmin Ali said he is in the dark on the matter, but warned against dragging the country into another round of political crisis.
For the record, during the Dewan Rakyat sitting on May 18, the house’s seating arrangement revealed that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has 114 MPs on his side – a majority of just two seats.
Meanwhile, the PKR lawmakers said they had also discussed boosting efforts to come up with policies that would benefit the people, as well as the need to strengthen reforms both within and outside Parliament.
They also highlighted the need to review efforts made thus far to ensure promises made in the past are delivered and mistakes not repeated.
“PKR parliamentarians are reminded to prioritise the people’s welfare, especially those affected by Covid-19 including those who lost their jobs and income where a comprehensive effort is required,” he said. - Mkini

Muhyiddin denies being in Singapore, says in quarantine at Bkt Damansara

Malaysiakini

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin today denied rumours that he was undergoing medical treatment in Singapore.
"I wish to say that this is not true at all. For your information, I am currently undergoing quarantine at my home in Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur," he said in a statement.
Muhyiddin had been placed under 14-day quarantine last Friday, after a post-cabinet meeting he was at was also attended by Auditor-General Nik Azman Nik Abdul Majid who later tested positive for Covid-19.
In 2018 he had undergone surgery in Singapore to treat pancreatic cancer.
In his statement, Muhyiddin said he will continue working on a strategy against Covid-19 despite being quarantined.
Muhyiddin had addressed speculation about his health last month during an interview with RTM and Astro Awani.
"Many people have reminded me to be extra careful as my immune system might not be as good as others.
"Alhamdulillah (thank God), I am still able to do my job and I'm not affected by that," he had said. - Mkini

PM orders faster deportation of undocumented migrants to mitigate Covid-19

Malaysiakini

CORONAVIRUS | Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has ordered for the deportation of undocumented migrants to be hastened, to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 infection at immigration depots.
"We discussed the deportation of undocumented migrants who tested negative for Covid-19. I have ordered for this process to be hastened," he said in a statement this evening.
Muhyiddin said this while commenting on a video call he had with Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Health Ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah regarding the current Covid-19 situation.
Over 380 undocumented migrants held at three immigration depots have tested positive for Covid-19.
The cluster was detected when the Health Ministry conducted tests after Myanmar nationals who were deported from Malaysia, had tested positive for the virus.
Those detained at the immigration depots had previously tested negative before being rounded up in raids during the pandemic.
[More to follow] - Mkini

Aide denies rumours of Dr M audience with Agong for new gov't

Malaysiakini

An aide to Dr Mahathir Mohamad has dismissed rumours of a purported audience today between the former premier and Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.
When contacted, the aide said Mahathir had spent the day at his office at the Perdana Leadership Foundation in Putrajaya.
"No, he is in office," the aide told Malaysiakini in a brief text message, adding that the former premier had taken part in a live Facebook interview just earlier this afternoon.
Speculation around the purported audience was partly fueled by various social media postings that had made their rounds since last night.
Pro-Harapan blogger Shahbudin Husin posted an article that indicated Pakatan Harapan had once again obtained enough support from members of parliament to take over the government from Perikatan Nasional.
His posting was later picked up by PN observers and Harapan critics who described the speculations as mere "psychological warfare".
Responding to blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, Shahbudin denied that he had cited an exact figure of 129 MPs in support of Mahathir to return as prime minister.
"At this point, I don't dare to confirm if the 129 figure is accurate or otherwise, but having enough numbers is correct [...]," said Shahbudin.
The PN government currently holds a slim two-seat majority in Parliament with 114 MPs to Harapan's 107 MPs and one independent.
In the immediate aftermath of the Sheraton Move which saw the downfall of Harapan, Mahathir had announced plans to mount a vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in Parliament.
He later conceded that he longer had the numbers needed to push for Muhyiddin's ouster.
The plan, however, appears to be on track with Dewan Rakyat Speaker Mohamad Ariff Mohd Yusof accepting a proposal for a motion of no-confidence against Muhyiddin ahead of Dewan Rakyat sitting on May 18.
The one-day sitting which then cut short to only feature the Yang di-Pertuan Agong's royal address.
In his address, the King had urged MPs not to drag the country into another round of political uncertainty at a time when the people are facing hardship as a result of the (Covid-19) pandemic. - Mkini

Reopening of schools possible if Covid-19 cases remain low - Health DG

Malaysiakini

CORONAVIRUS | Schools and other educational institutions in the country may be allowed to resume operation if Malaysia continues to record a low number of new Covid-19 cases until June 9, according to the Health Ministry.
Its director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said they would need to wait until the first week of June before making any decision on opening up more sectors so as to monitor the impact from the recent Hari Raya Aidilfitri festivity. 
"In terms of daily cases, if we can have (the number at) lower double digits, or a single digit, and sustain this until June 9, perhaps we can open up more social sector and the education sector," he said at a daily press conference on the pandemic in Putrajaya this evening.
Thus, Noor Hisham stressed, social discipline and compliance by the public of the standard operating procedures given by MOH are crucial in order to achieve this target.
"We believe that if we can do so, we can bring down the number of cases (further).
"Maybe by the first week of June, we will see if this festive season has any impact on Malaysians," he said.
The government had introduced a movement control order (MCO) since March 18 to break the chain of Covid-19 infection, a move which saw most activities including education were put to a halt due to the pandemic.
As the health situation continues to show improvements, Putrajaya has gradually loosened-up restrictions including allowing most economic sectors to resume full operations late last month.
However, schools and higher learning institutions, among others, have yet to be allowed to reopen. The same also goes for some economic sectors and social activities that are deemed as risky with regards to spreading the virus.
Today, the Health Ministry recorded its lowest number of daily cases since March 12 with only 10 positive cases detected in the past 24 hours as of noon. - Mkini

Azmin slams 'someone crazy for power' as talk of counter coup gathers steam

Malaysiakini

Speculation is rife that Pakatan Harapan has the numbers to challenge the legitimacy of the nascent Perikatan Nasional (PN) government, which came into power following a political coup.
However, Senior Minister Azmin Ali, who played a key role in the collapse of the previous government, claimed to be in the dark that Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Harapan and Warisan have 129 MPs on their side.
Speaking in Alor Star, Kedah, he said the focus should be on the rakyat as opposed to dragging the nation into another political crisis.
"We should not be dragged into another political crisis and made victims just because someone is crazy for power and wants to be prime minister," he told a press conference.
Although he did not mention names, it is believed that Azmin's remarks were aimed at his estranged former party boss, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.
The minister also claimed that PN should not be blamed for the change of government because Harapan's 22-month reign ended when Mahathir resigned as prime minister.
He said the Yang di- Pertuan Agong's decree was clear that the political crisis occurred due to Mahathir stepping down.
"Although the Agong asked Mahathir to remain as PM, Mahathir insisted on resigning," he added.
Since the resignation left the prime minister's post vacant, Azmin said the ruler exercised his responsibility in accordance with the Federal Constitution to appoint a replacement.
"His Majesty carried out his duty in an open, transparent and honest manner. The Agong has the power to appoint a PM who has the support of the majority in Parliament.
"His Majesty was satisfied that (Bersatu president) Muhyiddin (Yassin) had the majority," he said, adding that Agong's appointment of Muhyiddin was "final".
Based on the Dewan Rakyat sitting on May 18, it was established that Muhyiddin has a wafer-thin two-seat majority
Bersatu is also fractured with two factions – one aligned to Muhyiddin and the other loyal to Mahathir as well as Harapan – jostling for power.
Mahathir is the party's chairperson while his son Mukhriz is deputy president.
Harapan's demise was set in motion after Azmin and his allies quit PKR. Subsequently, Muhyiddin withdrew Bersatu from the coalition.
Muhyiddin, who was sworn in as prime minister on March 2, formed the PN alliance with BN, PAS and others. The alliance is also backed by the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS). - Mkini