Sarawak to extend mandatory screening of Malaysians at main entry points until Aug 31


SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah speaks to reporters in Kuching July 24, 2020. — Picture courtesy of Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas)
SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah speaks to reporters in Kuching July 24, 2020. — Picture courtesy of Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas)

KUCHING, Aug 11 — The Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) today decided that compulsory screening at the state’s main entry points for all Malaysians from the peninsula, Sabah and Labuan be extended until Aug 31.

Its chairman, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said a quarantine exemption application could be made by those involved in official travel by filling in the information online at the enterSarawak link, https://sarawakdisastermc.com/.

“(Quarantine exemption will be given) if their trip is under an important service and for official business or they are to bring a letter of approval from their head of department or employer,” he said at the daily press conference on Covid-19, here.

Uggah, who is also Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister, said the decision to reduce the number of flights to Sarawak, which was announced on Aug 1, also remained until Aug 31.

He said Malaysians from the peninsula, Sabah and Labuan who entered Sarawak and their last destination being in the interior and far from health clinics with facilities to take Covid-19 samples were subjected to extended quarantine at a hotel until Aug 31.

“They will be allowed to return home if the test results are negative. All passengers returning from the Red Zone will be quarantined at a hotel first before being allowed to return to their respective homes,” he said.

Uggah also announced the reopening of primary and secondary schools in Kuching, Kota Samarahan and Padawan districts which had been postponed for two weeks, on Aug 17.

Today, Samarahan and Lundu districts changed status from yellow to green after both districts had not reported Covid-19 cases of local infection in the last 14 days.

Uggah said Kuching district remained in yellow status with one local case reported over 14 days until today.

Meanwhile, Serian district also remains yellow with one local case reported in the last 14 days. — Bernama

16 Alor Setar Bersatu committee members quit party


Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s logo is seen at its headquarters in Petaling Jaya on February 20, 2018. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s logo is seen at its headquarters in Petaling Jaya on February 20, 2018. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

ALOR SETAR, Aug 11 — Sixteen of the 23 committee members of the Alor Setar Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Division have announced their resignation from the party.

Division chief Datuk Mohamad Nuhairi Rahmat, who is among the 16 who quit, made the announcement at a press conference here today.

He claimed that 17 of the 22 branch leaders and 900 of the 3,000 members in the division had also decided to leave the party. — Bernama

Daily operations, raids on illegal gambling in Penang, say police


Penang police chief Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan said 462 raids involving gambling activities had been carried out from January till yesterday, and 137 cases had been taken to court. ― Picture by Sayuti Zainudin
Penang police chief Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan said 462 raids involving gambling activities had been carried out from January till yesterday, and 137 cases had been taken to court. ― Picture by Sayuti Zainudin

KEPALA BATAS, Aug 10 — Penang police have been conducting operations and raids against illegal gambling dens in the state on almost a daily basis this year.

Penang police chief Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan said 462 raids involving gambling activities had been carried out from January till yesterday, and 137 cases had been taken to court.

“During the same period, we have successfully crippled nine gambling syndicates involving online gambling, call centres and gaming houses.

“There is no denying that gambling is still present in Penang, but we have always taken firm action, including cutting off the electricity supply to the premises involved,” he told reporters after a ceremony to dispose of drug case exhibits here today.

He said a total of 20 individuals including syndicate leaders had been charged under the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (POCA) while nine others are being prosecuted under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 (AMLA).

Meanwhile, Sahabudin said the police would act decisively in ensuring all residents in Penang complied with standard operating procedures (SOPs) following the addition of new Covid-19 cases in the state.

He said a meeting chaired by State Secretary Datuk Abdul Razak Jaafar was held today to discuss the measures to be taken to break the chain of infection.

“We will not compromise with any party, and recently, we have also arrested an individual who violated the quarantine order, the police will hunt down those who are defiant,” he said.

Penang has so far recorded four positive Covid-19 cases linked to the Sivagangga Patient Under Investigation (PUI) and Kurau clusters. — Bernama

After illegal gambling exposed on social media, home minister tells Malaysians to ‘use proper channels’


Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin (right) meeting with Mohd Asri Hamid, founder of Hot Burger Malaysia at Parliament building August 10, 2020. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin (right) meeting with Mohd Asri Hamid, founder of Hot Burger Malaysia at Parliament building August 10, 2020. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

SUNGAI BULOH, Aug 10 — The public should use the proper channels to report any criminal cases, including illegal gambling, to avoid endangering their own safety, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin.

While expressing his gratitude to burger seller Mohd Asri Hamid, 42, for exposing gambling activities in Sungai Buloh, Hamzah said the act of disseminating information on social media could pose a threat to the whistleblower.

“We encourage these whistleblowers to provide information on criminal cases, but it should be done according to the laws and they must not act recklessly.

“Do not make any accusations to the extent of making them go viral on social media. Please lodge a report and the authorities will investigate,” he told reporters when met in Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh here today.

A live video broadcast via the Hot Burger Malaysia Facebook page had gone viral and also been shared on Mohd Asri’s account under the name of “Asri Janggut”, who claimed that the authorities did not take any action on gambling activities in Sungai Buloh, besides revealing the gambling locations. 

When asked whether the police would take action on Mohd Asri, Hamzah said the police would question him so that proper action could be taken on his allegations.

“It’s not that we want to punish him (Mohd Asri) but we want to investigate every claim and accusation made by him,” he said.

Hamzah said the police would also take action to ensure Mohd Asri’s safety, as he claimed that he might be in danger for exposing the video in social media.

At the same time, he said, stern action would be taken against police personnel if the allegations that they have been protecting illegal activities turned out to be true.

Meanwhile, Sungai Buloh District police chief Shafa’aton Abu Bakar denied Mohd Asri’s allegations, saying police have opened an investigation paper and would call the latter to record his statement.

Meanwhile, Selangor police chief Datuk Noor Azam Jamaludin, when contacted, confirmed that a team from the Sungai Buloh district police headquarters had raided the gambling dens in Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh, with the latest operation being conducted on Saturday.

Earlier today, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador had contacted Mohd Asri to thank him for his revelation.

Meanwhile, Mohd Asri said he was also contacted by an individual who expressed dissatisfaction over his move to expose the gambling activities.

“I was contacted by a person who claimed to be the ‘godfather’ of this area, saying what I did was wrong. But I did not receive any threat.

“I have conveyed this to the IGP, who informed me that the police will investigate the matter,” he said.

Bernama reported today that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) would investigate allegations that the authorities were protecting illegal premises, gambling dens and people selling contraband cigarettes around Sungai Buloh.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (Operation) Datuk Seri Ahmad Khusairi Yahaya said the MACC viewed seriously the issues brought up in two video clips which claimed the authorities had failed to monitor and enforce the law, besides taking bribes from those involved in illegal activities. — Bernama

Thai activist joins protest following sedition charges

A THAI activist took aim at the government for “threatening” the pro-democracy movement at a protest today – a day after his bail release on sedition charges for his role in a recent rally. 

The kingdom has seen near-daily demonstrations for weeks by mostly young students denouncing the military-aligned government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha. 

Slim by-election to seek similarities between BN, PAS, Bersatu, says Zahid


Bagan Datoh MP Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is pictured at Parliament in Kuala Lumpur August 3, 2020. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Bagan Datoh MP Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is pictured at Parliament in Kuala Lumpur August 3, 2020. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

TANJUNG MALIM, Aug 9 — The Slim State Assembly by-election (PRK) at the end of this month should be used as a platform to find common ground and agreement between Barisan Nasional (BN), PAS and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).

BN chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said BN’s consensus through Umno with PAS in Muafakat Nasional was proven through several previous by-elections, while co-operation with Bersatu as a coalition in the Perikatan Nasional was translated for the first time when in Chini, last month.

“Even if Bersatu has internal problems, there is Bersatu ‘black out’, leave them with their problems. We are confident that the Bersatu with us will continue to support us, set aside problems, there are no problems that cannot be solved.

“There is wisdom in this by-election. The point of similarity will be a priority or togetherness to determine the co-operation all these while,” he said when addressing the BN Machinery for the Slim by-election at Dewan Felda Jaya, Trolak here today.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also Umno president, said the Slim by-election could not be seen in a small scope, instead any decision on August 29 would be an indication if the 15th General Election (GE15) would be held soon.

In addition, Ahmad Zahid was optimistic that the BN candidate who would be announced on August 12 would be able to defend the Slim state seat with the support of PAS and Bersatu voters who previously supported their respective party representatives in GE-14.

Ahmad Zahid also asked the state and federal governments to overcome and solve any problem faced by the residents in Slim to ensure the satisfaction of the voters in the constituency.

He also reminded that no government facility was used during the by-election campaign to avoid being taken advantage of and used as an issue and that the campaign machinery respected the culture of the local community by not flaunting opulence.

Speaking to reporters later, Ahmad Zahid said BN should not be too comfortable with the GE-14 results in the state constituency but should strive to ensure that the Slim state seat could be retained apart from being open against any candidate either from the opposition parties or those independent tickets.

The Slim by-election would be held following the death of its incumbent Datuk Mohd Khusairi Abdul Talib, 59, on July 15, who during GE-14, won with a majority of 2,183 votes defeating Bersatu candidate contesting on a Parti Keadilan Rakyat ticket, Mohd Amran Ibrahim and PAS candidate, Muhammad Zulfadli Zainal.

Perak has 59 DUN seats and out of that number 32 form Perikatan Nasional consisting of 25 BN (all of which are Umno), Bersatu (four), PAS (three), DAP (16), Amanah (five), PKR (three), Independent (two) as well as Gerakan (one). — Bernama

Covid-19: Over 100 individuals in Penang undergo test


Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow speaks to the press on the closure of Pg Care Apps during the press conference at Komtar, Penang August 5, 2020. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow speaks to the press on the closure of Pg Care Apps during the press conference at Komtar, Penang August 5, 2020. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin

GEORGE TOWN, Aug 9 — More than 100 people in Penang have been called up through the contact tracing app to undergo the Covid-19 test, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said today.

Most of them were tested negative for the disease while others are still waiting for the results, Chow said.

“At this moment, contact tracing is very important and those who are suspected have to undergo testing, isolation and treatment, if necessary,” he said in a press conference here today.

Earlier, the Ministry of Health (MoH) announced that 13 new Covid-19 cases have been detected, three of which are in Penang.

According to the MoH, the three new Covid-19 cases in Penang are located in Seberang Perai Tengah District, specifically in Mukim 11 (two cases) and Mukim 1 (one case).

Currently, Penang has a total of four active Covid-19 cases.

Meanwhile, the Penang Democratic Action Party (DAP) today has launched a social media campaign themed ‘Solidarity with Lim Guan Eng’ to show support for the former Finance Minister, who was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

Penang DAP has urged the public to show their support either by contributing to the fund or follow their social media platforms for further updates on Lim’s court cases, which will be held tomorrow and Aug 11 respectively. — Bernama

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