TV Kanada tunjuk rakaman kamera tersembunyi dari kilang Top Glove

Gambar yang disiarkan CBC News daripada rakaman kamera tersembunyi menunjukkan talian pengeluaran sempit dan tidak mematuhi penjarakan fizikal. (Gambar CBC)

PETALING JAYA: Rakaman kamera tersembunyi daripada pemeriksaan samaran di sebuah kilang Top Glove disiarkan dalam satu laporan televisyen Kanada yang berkata, ia menunjukkan keadaan kerja tidak selamat dan teruk yang disifatkannya “mengejutkan”.

CBC berkata, program Marketplace menyeludup sebuah kamera ke kilang itu dengan bantuan pekerja Top Glove.

Rakaman itu menyokong dakwaan pekerja berhubung keadaan kerja tidak selamat serta tempat tinggal yang sesak dan panas.

Di asrama, menurut stesen televisyen itu, sehingga 25 pekerja tidur di sebuah bilik, selalunya di lantai. Mereka berkongsi sebuah bilik mandi yang digunakan untuk semunya, daripada mandi sehingga membersihkan sayur.

Ia turut menunjukkan talian pengeluaran, kebanyakannya terdiri daripada pekerja asing, yang sempit dan gagal mematuhi peraturan pencegahan Covid-19.

Terdapat juga video pekerja melakukan kerja pembaikan elektrik atau mengendalikan bahan kimia tanpa sebarang peralatan keselamatan.

CBC berkata, sejurus video itu disiarkan, syarikat sarung tangan itu terpaksa menghentikan pengeluarannya susulan penularan Covid-19 yang mencatatkan lebih 6,000 kes.

Menurut laporan itu, satu video yang diberikan kepada CBC menunjukkan pekerja bersesak dengan sedikit penjarakan fizikal ketika disaring.

Pekerja di asrama dilihat mandi bersebelahan timbunan sampah.

CBC turut menemubual 23 pekerja asing dan bekas pekerja asing yang memberitahu pelbagai dakwaan eksploitasi seperti perhambaan hutang, amalan rekruit menipu, penahanan pasport, kerja lebih masa melampau, tempat kerja menindas dan keadaan tempat tinggal menyedihkan.

“Syarikat tidak peduli (mengenai pekerjanya). Jika kami mengadu kepada pihak berkuasa lebih tinggi, syarikat akan dipaksa menjaga kami,” kata seorang pekerja.

Sesetengah pekerja berkata, mereka tidak boleh meninggalkan pekerjaan itu walaupun berdepan risiko kesihatan.

Katanya, mereka mempunyai banyak hutang – sering pinjam dengan peminjam tidak bertanggungjawab – perlu membayar sejumlah besar yuran kepada agensi pekerjaan untuk mendapatkan kerja.

“Saya tiada pilihan, saya perlu kerja (untuk melangsaikan hutang saya),” seorang pekerja Bangladesh memberitahu program Marketplace.

PM pelawa doktor buat aduan sertai kumpulan penasihat Covid-19

Muhyiddin Yassin bertindak balas terhadap surat terbuka daripada 46 pakar perubatan.

PETALING JAYA: Perdana Menteri, Muhyiddin Yassin memutuskan untuk menubuhkan sebuah kumpulan penasihat kesihatan dan saintifik yang akan menasihatkan kerajaan mengenai perkara berkaitan pandemik Covid-19.

Dalam respons terhadap surat sekumpulan pakar kesihatan yang memberikan cadangan, idea dan pandangan berkaitan pengurusan pandemik Covid-19 di Malaysia, Muhyiddin berkata, kerajaan sudah mempertimbangkan kebimbangan mereka dan mahu memasukkan mereka dalam perkara berkaitan pnademik itu.

“Saya ingin mengalu-alukan pencalonan wakil yang menandatangani surat anda untuk menemui menteri kesihatan, penasihat khas saya mengenai kesihatan awam serta saya, bersama pegawai kanan berkaitan.

“Saya akan terbuka untuk mendengar nasihat dan idea anda supaya kita semua dapat bersama mengurangkan jumlah jangkitan dan kesan selanjutnya ke atas kehidupan rakyat.

“Saya setuju membentuk Kumpulan Penasihat Kesihatan dan Saintifik Covid-19 yang akan menasihatkan kerajaan mengenai perkara berkaitan pengurusan pandemik Covid-19, dan saya menyeru anda mencalonkan wakil sesuai untuk menjadi anggota kumpulan penasihat ini,” katanya dalam kenyataan.

Surat itu disahkan 46 pakar dalam bidang masing-masing, yang bimbang dengan status terkini penularan Covid-19 di negara ini.

Surat itu mencadangkan 10 tindakan segera dan doktor menggesa kerajaan segera mempertimbangkannya dengan serius bagi mengurangkan kesan buruk pandemik itu, melindungi nyawa dan pendapatan rakyat serta memulihkan ekonomi negara.

Muhyiddin berkata, ketua pengarah kesihatan memberi respons terhadap sejumlah tindakan yang dibangkitkan dalam surat itu dan “mengesahkan banyak kebimbangan dibangkitkan dan cadangan yang dibuat sudah atau dalam proses ditangani”.

Beliau turut memberi reaksi terhadap perkara terakhir dalam surat itu yang menggesa beliau tidak mempolitikkan pandemik itu.

“Saya akan terus mengetepikan politik, fokus berusaha mengakhiri pandemik ini dan memimpin negara melalui pemulihan sukar yang akan menyusul. Saya menghargai hasrat anda untuk menyokong kerajaan dalam perkara ini dan menanti untuk berhubung dengan wakil anda.”

25 more players in Australian Open quarantine

AN additional 25 players will have to spend two weeks in quarantine before the Australian Open, organisers said today, as Covid-19 continued to disrupt preparations for the Grand Slam tournament.

The players were on a flight from Doha to Melbourne on which one passenger, who is not one of the players, tested positive for coronavirus, having tested negative before the flight.

Health Ministry denies viral poster showing 5,122 new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia today


A man undergoes a swab test during a Covid-19 screening exercise in Taman Langat Utama June 3, 2020. — Picture by Hari Anggara
A man undergoes a swab test during a Covid-19 screening exercise in Taman Langat Utama June 3, 2020. — Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 — The following is the 10pm update from the Communications and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM) Quick Response Team on countering fake news that has gone viral on social media.

The Health Ministry (MOH) has denied the authenticity of the poster showing 5,122 new Covid-19 cases today that went viral on social media.

Instead, only 3,339 new Covid-19 cases were recorded based on the daily media conference by Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The MOH urged all irresponsible parties to stop spreading fake news from unverified sources that can cause confusion and concern among Malaysians. — Bernama

In response to open letter, PM Muhyiddin assures govt has taken all necessary measures to combat Covid-19, welcomes health experts’ advice on the matter


A man watches a live telecast of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's speech in Kuala Lumpur January 12, 2020. — Picture by Miera Zulyana
A man watches a live telecast of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s speech in Kuala Lumpur January 12, 2020. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 — Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has assured health experts that the government has taken every necessary measure to combat the spread of Covid-19 while still welcoming any expert advice on the matter.

In an official statement today, Muhyiddin was responding to an open letter issued on January 7, which was co-signed by 46 health experts, that listed 10 critical avenues for the government to focus in order to effectively combat the spread of Covid-19.

Among the critical actions recommended were the ramping up of testing through inexpensive antigen rapid test kits (RTK), automatic contact tracing through digital apps, home quarantine for stage 1 and 2 Covid-19 patients with set guidelines as well as the adoption of a whole-of-government, whole-of-society approach through the Preventing and early detection of Outbreaks at Ignition Sites (POIS) initiative, among others.

“Thank you for laying out in your letter the importance of an all-of-the-society approach. Indeed, we have been pursuing this since the onset of the pandemic almost a year ago. I agree that we must continue and, where possible, enhance our efforts to engage with the communities, the industries, the private sector and other key components of our Malaysian society.

Seeking ways to improve compliance with regulations in force for the greater good of our people remains the key priority of my administration, as does continue efforts to improve prevention,” said Muhyiddin.

In the statement, Muhyiddin reiterated that poor compliance starting from the Sabah elections had prompted the third wave of Covid-19 infections in Malaysia and that the government has taken drastic measures such as implementing the movement control order (MCO) and calling for a state of Emergency to allow the government to focus on combating Covid-19.

He also signalled a willingness for possible meetings between the signatories of the letter and representatives of the Ministry of Health, his special adviser on health and even himself to discuss any ideas or advice.

“I would be open to listen to your advice and ideas so that we can all collectively contribute to reduce the number of infections and subsequent impact on the lives of the rakyat.

“I agree to form a Health and Scientific Covid-19 Advisory Group which will advise the government on matters related to Covid-19 pandemic management, and I urge you to nominate suitable candidates to be members of this advisory group,” he said.

Muhyiddin also assured that his administration’s priority at the moment is to contain the spread of the virus and will continue to call for a collective endeavour in facing the crisis.

“Let me also address the final point in your letter and assure you that my administration’s primary focus is on managing the nation’s response to this pandemic and on mitigating the stark social and economic consequences. I have called for, and will continue to call for, a collective endeavour.

“I will continue to put aside politics, focus on working across society to end this pandemic and shepherding the country through the difficult recovery that must follow. I appreciate your desire to support the government on this and look forward to engaging with your representatives accordingly,” he said.

Hospital Covid-19 akan dibuka di pusat kuarantin Serdang

Dr Adham Baba (dua dari kanan) meninjau bilik yang akan menempatkan pesakit baru ketika melawat Pusat Kuarantin dan Rawatan Covid-19 Berisiko Rendah di Taman Ekspo Pertanian Malaysia di Serdang pada Sabtu.

KUALA LUMPUR: Hospital bersepadu Taman Ekspo Pertanian Malaysia (MAEPS) di Serdang akan mula beroperasi 24 Jan ini bagi merawat pesakit Covid-19 kategori tiga, empat dan lima untuk distabilkan sebelum dihantar ke hospital ditetapkan bagi mendapatkan rawatan rapi.

Menteri Kesihatan, Dr Adham Baba berkata, strategi itu bertujuan merawat kes pesakit Covid-19 dari Pusat Kuarantin dan Rawatan Covid-19 Berisiko Rendah (PKRC) MAEPS 2.0 kategori satu dan dua yang tiba-tiba menjadi kategori tiga atau empat dan lima.

Beliau berkata, hospital yang terletak di Dewan B itu akan menyediakan fasiliti sama dengan hospital lain seperti peralatan tekanan darah dan “negative pressure tent” yang menempatkan 30 katil bagi kategori tiga dan empat, serta sebuah khemah untuk transit unit rawatan rapi (ICU) dengan 10 katil di luar dewan.

“Kementerian Kesihatan (KKM) juga akan meningkatkan jumlah petugas di sini, termasuk pakar penyakit berjangkit dan intensivis yang boleh mengendalikan kes Covid lebih kompleks dan melibatkan rawatan rapi,” katanya selepas melawat PKRC MAEPS 2.0 pada Sabtu.

Adham berkata, PKRC MAEPS 2.0 yang beroperasi sejak 9 Dis lalu akan mula menempatkan 10,000 pesakit Covid-19 kategori satu dan dua bermula 18 Jan ini.

“Saya telah meninjau tempat baru yang hendak diisi dan tempatnya kondusif kerana persiapan begitu teliti dan rapi, termasuk juga tempat khas untuk keluarga yang positif Covid-19.

“PKRC MAEPS 2.0 juga akan menerima pesakit Covid-19 kategori satu dan dua yang sembuh daripada kategori tiga, empat dan lima yang dirawat di hospital Covid-19, selain pesakit dari Johor, Melaka dan Negeri Sembilan dan Lembah Klang.”

Mengenai rawatan di rumah jika ada yang positif Covid-19, Adham berkata, Pusat Penilaian Covid-19 (CAC) akan ditubuhkan di setiap daerah di seluruh negeri dengan kebenaran dan penilaian daripada pegawai kesihatan daerah.

“Mereka yang asimptomatik dan mempunyai tempat untuk diasingkan di dalam rumah akan dipertimbangkan. Sekiranya datang dari rumah sempit dan sesak serta mempunyai penyakit sampingan, kami tidak benarkan dan perlu ke hospital.”

Mengenai perkembangan vaksin, katanya, KKM menerima senarai nama 500,000 petugas barisan hadapan yang akan divaksinkan bagi fasa pertama bulan depan.

Menjawab dakwaan Skim Perlindungan MySalam dimansuhkan, beliau berkata, skim itu masih diteruskan, termasuk kaunter MySalam masih beroperasi di setiap hospital bagi membantu pesakit yang layak mendapatkan bantuan skim tersebut.

Opening of schools on Jan 20 applies to SPM, STPM, SVM 2020 students


Students will now have to switch to home-based learning except for those taking important exams. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
Students will now have to switch to home-based learning except for those taking important exams. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 16 — All primary pupils and students from Form 1 to Form 5 will follow home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) according to the suitability of teachers and students from Jan 20, said the Ministry of Education (MOE).

It said the face-to-face school sessions, commencing Jan 20, for the whole country would only involve students sitting for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM), Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM), Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM), and Malaysian Vocational Diploma (DVM) as well as equivalent international examinations last year.

The decision follows discussions with the Health Ministry and the National Security Council (MKN) as well as in reference to the recent Covid-19 case trend, the MOE said in a statement here today.

The MOE recommends that schools that are not registered with the MOE, including those under state governments, follow these regulations as well.

As some students have already started checking into hostels from today (Jan 16), the MOE has made several rulings, including allowing students who have registered for full-time boarding schools in Form 4 and Form 5 to remain in the hostels and follow their lessons online or return home and follow the PdPR.

“Parents or guardians are allowed to take their children or foster children home at any convenient time in accordance with the set guidelines,” he said.

Form 5 (2020) and Form 6 students will need to follow the physical classes in school until the completion of their examinations.

For normal boarding schools, the MOE said Form 1, Form 4 and Form 5 students could stay in their hostels and follow the online classes at their schools or go home and follow the PdPR.

“For students in boarding schools, food and drinks will be provided by the school,” he said.

The MOE said that for operational purposes, all teachers must return to their respective work stations before Jan 20.

Teachers involved in SPM/SVM/SKM/STPM/STAM/DVM examination classes last year need to be present in schools to start physical classes.

Meanwhile, other teachers will implement the PdPR and their presence in schools will be based on the requirements set by the heads of department.

The MOE said matriculation college students would need to remain at their respective colleges to continue to follow hybrid learning.

Meanwhile, the MOE said all students of the Institute of Teachers’ Training Institute (IPG), who are at the hostels, should remain on their campuses.

“Students who have not yet registered at the hostel can choose to stay at the hostels or in their respective homes.

“Classes for all IPG students will be carried out online from tomorrow (Jan 17). Details on their practical and internships will be informed later,” it said.

The MOE also said that all private kindergartens registered with the MOE can continue to have physical classes. — Bernama

Philippines says China to donate half a million Covid-19 vaccines

BEIJING’S top diplomat pledged today to donate half a million coronavirus vaccine shots to the Philippines, Manila officials said – despite growing resistance there to Chinese-made jabs over concerns about their efficacy.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration is scrambling to lock in supplies of Covid-19 vaccines for the country’s 110 million people, after being criticised for being too slow off the mark in the global race to procure the drugs.

Pemikiran Salleh Abas setajam pisau cukur, kata bekas rakan kongsi

Tunku Sofiah Jewa berkata, ada pelanggan dari Sabah dan Singapura sering datang untuk mendapatkan nasihat perundangan Salleh Abas. (Gambar Bernama)

KUALA LUMPUR: Bekas rakan kongsi firma guaman Mohamed Salleh Abas menyifatkan Allahyarham mempunyai pemikiran setajam pisau cukur.

Tunku Sofiah Jewa, pengasas dan pemegang amanah Yayasan Tun Suffian, menyamakan “otak prolifik” bekas ketua hakim negara itu dengan “penghasilan prolifik” sepohon limau kasturi berbuah lebat yang disemai Salleh di perkarangan rumahnya di Kampung Tunku, Petaling Jaya.

“Tun gemar berkebun. Pokok itu kini berusia 28 tahun, berbunga dan berbuah lebat seperti otak beliau yang prolifik serta tajam seperti pisau cukur.

“Bagaimanapun, seperti Tun, pokok yang cantik itu kekal rendang,” katanya sambil merujuk saiz badan Salleh yang kecil molek. Tumbuhan itu kini menjadi kenangan abadi yang manis antara beliau dan Allahyarham.

Salleh meninggal dunia akibat pneumonia di Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah, Kuala Terengganu pada 3.20 pagi tadi pada usia 91 tahun.

“Al- Fatihah. Semoga rohnya bersemadi dengan tenang dan ditempatkan dalam kalangan orang-orang yang beriman di Jannah. Amin,” katanya.

Mengimbas kenangan lalu, Tunku Sofiah berkata, tokoh perundangan itu menjadi rakan kongsi beliau dan suaminya, Yaacob Hussain Merican, dalam penubuhan firma guaman Tetuan Salleh Abas, Yaacob & Sofiah pada 1993 di Bangunan Dato Zainal, Jalan Melaka, Kuala Lumpur sebelum berpindah ke Kelana Jaya.

Katanya, berbekalkan pemikirannya yang tajam, Salleh mampu mengendalikan banyak kes perundangan kompleks dengan mudah.

“Salleh sudah biasa mengendalikan banyak kes sukar berkaitan pilihan raya pada peringkat awal penubuhan firma guaman itu dan pelanggan ada yang dari Sabah, malah Singapura sering datang untuk mendapatkan nasihat perundangan beliau.

“Beliau begitu tekun dengan tugasannya dan tidak mempunyai masa untuk berlibur siang atau malam. Beliau bekerja tanpa mengenal lelah bersama kami sebagai konsultan di firma guaman itu,” katanya kepada Bernama.

Tunku Sofiah, yang kini menguruskan firma guaman itu menyifakan “Allahyarham seorang yang amat warak dan akan ke Makkah setiap tahun untuk mengerjakan umrah”.

“Saya menjaga beliau bak adik perempuannya dan sering menghidangkan teh kepada Allahyarham pada hari panas.”

Salleh diterima sebagai peguam dan dilantik menjadi peguam cara Mahkamah Tinggi Malaya pada 1974 serta antara 300 ahli paling kanan Majlis Peguam sejak beberapa tahun lepas.

Beliau dilantik sebagai ketua hakim negara dari 1984 hingga 1988.

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