Spouses need permits to visit each other across state lines

Inter-state travel remains banned except for work, emergencies, to attend funerals, or for couples who live apart.

PUTRAJAYA: Married couples who are staying apart need to get police permission if they wish to travel between Peninsular Malaysia, and Sabah and Sarawak, to meet each other while the conditional movement control order is in effect, senior minister for security, Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today.

He said there was no automatic approval for husbands and wives to meet each other across state lines. “They should get police permission first before buying their air tickets (for inter-state travel),” he told reporters after a special ministerial meeting here today.

Ismail said Sarawak imposed tighter travel restrictions than that enforced in the peninsula. “In Sarawak, even inter-district travel is not allowed except with police permission,” he added.

Inter-state travel remains banned under the movement order which is in effect until June 9, except for emergencies, to attend funerals, go to work, and for married couples who live far apart to meet.

All travel for these other reasons also need police approval, he said.

He also said police arrested 43 people yesterday and issued compound penalties on 356 others for various offences of violating the movement order.

A total of 134 compound notices were issued on inter-state travellers stopped at roadblocks: the highest numbers were in Perak (40), Selangor (29) and Penang (23).

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Swearing-in Friday for new Melaka Yang Dipertua Negeri


Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Melaka Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob poses for pictures with state executive councillors after their swearing-in ceremony in Melaka in this file picture taken on May 16, 2018. — Bernama pic
Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Melaka Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob poses for pictures with state executive councillors after their swearing-in ceremony in Melaka in this file picture taken on May 16, 2018. — Bernama pic

MELAKA, June 1 — The swearing-in of the new Yang Dipertua Negeri of Melaka will be held at Balai Istiadat, Seri Negeri Complex in Ayer Keroh here at 10am on Friday.

Melaka Chief Minister’s Department said in a statement to Bernama today that it would be followed by the handover of duties of Melaka Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Dr Mohd Khalil Yaakob to the new Yang Dipertua Negeri at the office of the Yang Dipertua Negeri at 11am.

The handover of duties ceremony will begin with the recital of prayers by state Mufti Datuk Abdul Halim Tawil and followed by a speech by Chief Minister Datuk Sulaiman Md Ali.

Mohd Khalil and the new Yang Dipertua Negeri are then scheduled to deliver their speech, according to the statement. — Bernama

MMEA: Nine divers detained for violating CMCO in Miri


Police personnel conduct a check during a roadblock at Jalan Loke Yew in Kuala Lumpur March 19, 2020. — Bernama pic
Police personnel conduct a check during a roadblock at Jalan Loke Yew in Kuala Lumpur March 19, 2020. — Bernama pic

MIRI, June 1 — Nine divers were detained by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in Miri waters after being suspected of engaging in unauthorised diving activities during the conditional movement control order (CMCO).

Miri Maritime Zone director Capt Md Fauzi Othman said the group was spotted about 12.7 nautical miles off the coast of Miri by the agency’s patrol boat at about 2.15 pm yesterday.

“They failed to submit a permit to carry out the recreational diving activity upon inspection, and all nine individuals were taken to the police station to be issued with compounds under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342),” he said in a statement today.

He reminded the public, especially recreational boat operators, to adhere to the directives under the CMCO and obtain written permission from the relevant departments before carrying out any recreational activities at sea. — Bernama

Man United extend loan of Odion Ighalo until January 2021

Ighalo’s current deal with Shanghai Shenghua runs out in December 2022. (Facebook pic/Manchester United)

LONDON: Manchester United have extended striker Odion Ighalo’s loan from Shanghai Shenhua until the end of January 2021, the Premier League club said on Monday.

The 30-year-old made an impressive start to life at United, scoring four times in eight games after signing an initial loan deal until May 31 from the Chinese Super League club.

Ighalo’s current deal with Shanghai runs out in December 2022 and he is expected to sign a new contract until the end of 2024, Sky reported.

The Nigerian, who has scored two goals apiece for Man United in the Europa League and FA Cup, will hope to open his account in the Premier League when the season, suspended since March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, resumes on June 17.

CMCO: Penang business premises not adhering to SOPs will be shut down, says state exco


A worker places a notice stating that only two customers are allowed per table at Khulafa Restaurant in Shah Alam May 2, 2020. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
A worker places a notice stating that only two customers are allowed per table at Khulafa Restaurant in Shah Alam May 2, 2020. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

GEORGE TOWN, May 31 — The Penang government will not compromise with any business premises that refuse to comply with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) during the conditional movement control order (CMCO) period.

State Local Government, Housing Development and Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said business premises in the state that do not adhere to prescribed procedures would be ordered to shut down.

He was speaking to reporters after conducting a surprise check at a nasi kandar restaurant in Jalan Burma, which was closed on May 28 and reopened after following the prescribed procedures.

Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has closed two premises, namely a nasi kandar outlet at Jalan Burma and a mini market at Jalan Gurdwara for violating numerous SOPs.

The State Health Department has also closed down one eatery at a food court at Lebuh Sungai Pinang on Monday.

He said the compliance rate based on checks at 155,379 premises on the island is 99.6 per cent, while on the mainland, out of 219,391 premises checked, 99.2 per cent adhered to SOPs. — Bernama

Changes to election procedures will take time, says EC

A by-election is to be held in Chini, Pahang, on July 4.

PUTRAJAYA: The Election Commission is reviewing a proposal not to limit acceptance of the nomination of election candidates to only one day, and for the process to be implemented online.

EC chairman Azhar Harun said the proposed changes would involve amendments to existing electoral laws and regulations.

“We want to do that but the problem is that the current legal framework for nomination is only one day and one hour from 9am to 10am, then the announcement is expected at 11am,” he said. “The nomination cannot be carried out via online because under the existing legal framework the candidate or proposer or seconder must bring a hard copy of the nomination form.

“Therefore, we are reviewing the proposal and taking some time as we have to amend these laws and regulations.”

Various parties have suggested that nomination procedures and schedules be changed because of new hygiene and safety protocols to stop the Covid-19 outbreak.

Azhar said that in several by-elections before, the EC had allowed candidates to obtain nomination forms in advance to facilitate the process.

“We encourage candidates to go to the state election office to fill out the forms and pay the deposit in advance and check the forms to ensure everything is correct. So, on nomination day it would be just for formality, the candidate would just come and submit the form to the returning officer for checking and the candidate would then be declared eligible for contest,” he said.

A by-election is to be held for the Chini state constituency in Pahang, the first since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Nomination day is June 20, with early voting on June 30 and polling on July 4.

The by-election was called following the death of assemblyman Abu Bakar Harun from a heart attack on May 6.

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Thailand approves US$58 bil economic package to ease virus impact

Policemen and volunteers measure body temperatures of visitors entering a market in Bangkok early this month. (AP pic)

BANGKOK: Thailand’s parliament passed a 1.9 trillion baht (US$58 billion) economic support package on Sunday to ease the impact of the coronavirus.

The legislation, comprising three bills, include a government plan to borrow 1 trillion baht and central bank measures worth another 900 billion baht in soft loans and support for corporate bonds.

Of the 1 trillion baht of borrowing, 600 billion baht will be for public health works and relief measures, and the rest for rebuilding the economy and job creation.

The bills must next be approved by the upper house Senate, which is expected to convene in early June, before they can become law.

The latest steps follow billions of dollars of stimulus measures introduced earlier this year to cope with the impact of the coronavirus on the Thai economy, which is heading into a recession.

Thailand began this month to gradually ease some restrictions introduced to contain the virus. More businesses classified as medium to high risks, including cinemas and gyms, will be allowed to reopen on Monday.

Thailand’s central bank has said it expects the economy to sharply contract this year as the pandemic hit businesses and households.

Thailand reported four new coronavirus cases on Sunday. The country has confirmed 3,081 cases and 57 deaths since the outbreak began in January.

1,800 Raya travellers to Kelantan tested Covid-19 negative, says state health chief


A medical worker takes a swab at a Covid-19 drive-through screening area at KPJ Ampang Puteri April 9, 2020. — Picture by Hari Anggara
A medical worker takes a swab at a Covid-19 drive-through screening area at KPJ Ampang Puteri April 9, 2020. — Picture by Hari Anggara

KOTA BARU, May 31 — A total of 1,800 travellers, permitted to enter Kelantan for Aidilfitri recently were tested negative for Covid-19.

Kelantan Health Department director Datuk Dr Zaini Hassan said the department conducted surveillance and screening tests on the travellers, three days before the celebration following the state government’s directive.

“The surveillance and tests were carried out at five entry points including at Sultan Ismail Petra Airport in Pengkalan Chepa here, throughout the three-day period.

“We are confident that there are no new infection involving travellers who were allowed to enter state recently,” he told reporters after attending a State Security Working Committee meeting, chaired by Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob at Kota Darul Naim Complex here, today.

In another development, Dr Zaini said the department has also conducted surveillance on illegal immigrants at Tanah Merah immigration detention depot and several prisons in the state.

“Sixteen samples were taken in Tanah Merah immigration detention depot and 30 samples from prisons, and they were all negative.

“It (surveillance) would be done from time to time depending on the number of detainees brought in in stages,” he said.

Meanwhile, on a pregnant woman who came back to give birth in Kuala Krai, he said the lady is healthy, despite being tested positive with the virus earlier.

He said a new test would be conducted on the patient on the 13th day to verify whether she is still carrying the virus. — Bernama

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