Home-based learning for all pupils from January 20

ALL primary school pupils and students from Form 1 to 5 will undertake home-based learning according to the suitability of teachers and students from January 20, said the Education Ministry.

It said the face-to-face school sessions, commencing January 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.

MKN denies Terengganu under MCO until Jan 26


The MKN advised the public to stop shariing unverified news . — Bernama pic
The MKN advised the public to stop shariing unverified news . — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16 —The National Security Council (MKN) has denied the authenticity of a poster, which has gone viral on social media, regarding the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Terengganu from today until Jan 26.

The announcement on the fake news was issued by the Communications and Multimedia Ministry’s (KKMM) Quick Response Team at 10 pm today.

Following this, the MKN advised the public to stop sharing unverified news which could cause confusion and anxiety among the people. — Bernama

Pesakit Covid-19 boleh guna MySejahtera lapor status, kata kementerian kesihatan

Pengarah Kesihatan Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah berkata pengguna MySejahtera boleh guna aplikasi laporkan status positif.

KUALA LUMPUR: Pesakit Covid-19 yang sedang menunggu panggilan daripada Kementerian Kesihatan (KKM) kini boleh membuat pelaporan kendiri menerusi aplikasi MySejahtera, kata Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Beliau berkata, aplikasi itu diperkasakan untuk melancarkan pengurusan wabak selain memenuhi keperluan pengguna dalam memutuskan rantaian jangkitan dalam kalangan komuniti dengan lebih berkesan, lapor Bernama.

Kenyataannya itu susulan laporan mengenai kelewatan dihadapi pesakit yang disahkan positif Covid-19 tetapi tidak dibawa ke hospital, dan belum menerima arahan apa patut dilakukan seterusnya.

Semalam, FMT melaporkan sebuah keluarga di Petaling Jaya yang mendakwa belum mendapat maklum balas pihak kementerian walaupun telah disahkan positif jangkitan. Hari ini pula, pengguna Facebook bernama Norbani Rezani dari Shah Alam yang dikatakan berada dalam keadaan sama turut merayu bantuan kementerian berkenaan.

FMT cuba menghubungi pihak terbabit dan kementerian untuk pengesahan.

Sementara itu, Noor Hisham berkata, mereka yang disahkan positif Covid-19 boleh menggunakan HelpDesk di halaman utama MySejahtera seterusnya mengikut arahan di ruang G.

Menurutnya, pengguna yang didaftarkan sebagai kes positif di Pusat Kesiapsiagaan dan Tindak Cepat Krisis (CPRC) KKM juga akan diberi notifikasi menerusi khidmat pesanan ringkas (SMS) dan Push Notification melalui MySejahtera mulai hari ini.

Susulan itu, mereka akan mendapat nasihat dan pelan susulan penilaian kendiri serta peringatan untuk melakukan penilaian pemantauan gejala pandemik itu di bahagian ‘Perlu dilakukan’ bagi tempoh 10 hari berturut-turut.

“Sekiranya pengguna bergejala, maklumat tersebut akan terus disalurkan ke Pusat Penilaian Covid-19 (CAC) dan pengguna akan dihubungi oleh petugas kesihatan untuk penilaian lanjut,” katanya.

Justeru katanya, orang ramai dinasihati untuk mengemas kini aplikasi MySejahtera dan menggunakan sepenuhnya semua fungsi dalam aplikasi tersebut.

Underdogs Man Utd targeting ‘upset’ win at Liverpool, says Solskjaer

Solskjaer believes Liverpool remain the favourites despite his side’s lofty position. (AP pic)

LONDON: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists his Manchester United side are underdogs as the Premier League leaders target an “upset” against champions Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

The Red Devils moved three points clear of Jurgen Klopp’s men after their 1-0 win at Burnley on Tuesday.

It is the first time United have been top of the English top flight so far into the season since the 2012/13 campaign, when they were crowned champions.

But Solskjaer believes this side are the underdogs despite their lofty position.

“The next one is always the biggest, it’s always the most important,” said the United manager.

“Being, of course, where we’re in the league, that just gives us more confidence and it’s an indication of where we’re at.

“But the game against the champions, they’ve got an amazing record at Anfield in the league. They haven’t lost for many, many years so of course it’s a great test for us. Can we go there and cause an upset?”

Asked if United beating Liverpool would really be an upset, the Norwegian said: “If you look at the last few seasons, I think it would be an upset and it would be a shock.

“Our position at the moment is a product of all the hard work that we’ve done in the training ground and what the players are putting down every single day.

“We probably deserve to be where we are at the moment but I don’t think many would have thought another word for it than an ‘upset’ if you go six weeks back (and asked) if we beat Liverpool at Anfield.

“But we’re looking forward to the game and hopefully we can cause that upset.”

Ex-president Sarkozy in influence-peddling probe

FRENCH prosecutors today said they have opened a probe into alleged influence-peddling against former president Nicolas Sarkozy, adding a new legal woe for an ex-leader already mired in judicial troubles.

The probe opened by France’s PNF financial prosecutors concerns advisory activities undertaken by Sarkozy in Russia, the PNF told AFP, confirming a report by the Mediapart news site.

Education Ministry: Educational institutions in Kelantan, Sibu must follow regulations in MCO areas


Referring to the regulations issued by the ministry previously, face-to-face learning for educational institutions under the ministry in MCO areas only involve students who will be taking major exams for the years 2020 and 2021, as well as other equivalent international exams. ― Bernama pic
Referring to the regulations issued by the ministry previously, face-to-face learning for educational institutions under the ministry in MCO areas only involve students who will be taking major exams for the years 2020 and 2021, as well as other equivalent international exams. ― Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 ― All educational institutions under the Education Ministry (MOE) in Kelantan and Sibu in Sarawak are required to follow the educational institution operational regulations in movement control order (MCO) areas as announced previously.

The ministry informed of the move in a statement today following Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s announcement that Kelantan and Sibu would be placed under the MCO from today.

Referring to the regulations issued by the ministry previously, face-to-face learning for educational institutions under the ministry in MCO areas only involve students who will be taking major exams for the years 2020 and 2021, as well as other equivalent international exams.

The exams include Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM), Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM), Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) and Diploma Vokasional Malaysia (DVM).

For areas under the conditional movement control order (CMCO) or the recovery movement control order (RMCO),  all categories of private education institutes and international schools registered under the ministry can continue operating based on their respective school calendars. ― Bernama

Malaysian man drowns in New Zealand

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 ―  A Malaysian man drowned while out with friends at Pinders Pond, near Roxburgh, in New Zealand at 7.30pm local time today.

The Malaysian High Commission in Wellington, in a statement today, said the body of Muhammad Ehsan Zakaria, 24, a former student sponsored by Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) in Auckland, had been transferred to Dunedin Hospital for an autopsy.

“The victim’s family is already aware of the incident and the High Commission will provide appropriate consular assistance to the family.

“The Malaysian High Commission in Wellington expresses its condolences and sympathies to the victim’s family members and acquaintances on his passing,” according to the statement. ― Bernama

Enam kes Covid-19 dalam satu rumah

Gambar Bernama.

PETALING JAYA: Cik Yong, 49, disahkan positif Covid-19 pada 6 Jan selepas menjalani ujian saringan pandu lalu.

Sejak didiagnos, lima anggota keluarga yang tinggal serumah dengannya turut disahkan positif, termasuk ibu bapa mentua yang kedua-duanya berusia 77 tahun.

Malangnya beliau mendakwa mereka tertunggu-tunggu panggilan daripada kementerian kesihatan untuk nasihat mengenai apa yang patut dilakukan.

Keluarga Yong antara ramai rakyat Malaysia yang dibelenggu masalah ini – mereka tidak sihat namun tidak dibawa ke hospital untuk dikuarantin atau rawatan perubatan.

Bulan lalu, ketua pengarah kesihatan Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah menceritakan masalah dihadapi sistem kesihatan awam dalam menghantar pesakit ke hospital, terutama di Lembah Klang.

Mengulas aduan mengenai waktu menunggu ambulans yang lama, beliau menggesa mereka yang sah positif supaya mengasingkan diri di rumah sementara menantikan arahan selanjutnya daripada kementerian.

“Saya faham kementerian kesihatan terbelenggu dengan jumlah kes yang tinggi, namun mereka perlu melakukan sesuatu,” kata Yong kepada FMT.

“Mereka perlu mengemas kini prosedur kerana ini sangat tidak adil.”

Kesnya diketengahkan ahli Parlimen Selangor Rajiv Rishyakaran, yang berkata seorang pengundi di Bukit Gasing menghubungi pejabatnya pada 8 Jan.

“Kami dimaklumkan seorang pegawai akan menghubungi keluarga itu tidak lama kemudian. Malangnya, sehingga Sabtu mereka masih tidak menerima sebarang panggilan,” katanya.

Yong berkata, selain anak perempuannya yang asimtomatik, semua orang lain di rumah itu menunjukkan gejala termasuk batuk, sakit badan dan demam panas.

Ibu dan bapa mentuanya lebih teruk lagi apabila turut mengalami cirit-birit serta darah tinggi.

“Keadaan bapa mentua saya betul-betul teruk, malah sampai satu peringkat beliau tidak mampu fokus langsung dan tidak dapat menjawab soalan,” katanya.

Menurutnya, beliau akhirnya membawa ibu bapa mentuanya ke hospital Sungai Buloh pada Ahad.

“Hospital swasta enggan menerima mereka dan hospital kerajaan pula penuh. Akhirnya saya bertanya siapa yang patut disaman jika sesuatu berlaku kepada mereka. Barulah hospital berkata ada dua katil yang boleh disediakan untuk mereka.”

Susulan itu, Rajiv menggesa tindakan serius.

“Jika pusat kuarantin penuh, sekurang-kurangnya hubungi pesakit Covid mengenai apa yang perlu dilakukan,” katanya.

FMT cuba menghubungi kementerian kesihatan berhubung isu ini.

Siegfried Fischbacher of Siegfried & Roy fame dies at 81

German illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher of Siegfried & Roy holds aloft their World Entertainment Award trophies in Hamburg in 2003. (AP pic)

NEW YORK: Siegfried Fischbacher, who worked with Roy Horn to create the famous animal training and magic duo of Siegfried & Roy, has died, according to the Associated Press and German outlets.

He was 81.

Fischbacher died after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

His death comes eight months after Horn died due to Covid-19 on May 8, 2020. Horn was 75.

Siegfried & Roy were among Las Vegas’ most famous performers, incorporating more than 55 white lions, white tigers, leopards, jaguars and an elephant in their astounding acts.

They started performing in Las Vegas in 1967 at revues like Hallelujah Hollywood and Lido de Paris.

The pair started performing at the Mirage Hotel in 1989, selling out almost nightly in what was formerly the largest hotel in Las Vegas.

Fischbacher and Horn first met on a cruise ship, where Horn was working as a steward and Fischbacher as an entertainer.

Horn smuggled his pet cheetah aboard the ship and asked Fischbacher if he knew how to make one disappear.

Fischbacher replied, “In magic, anything is possible”, though they were then reportedly fired from the ship.

Siegfried & Roy’s big cat performances continued until a 2003 accident at the Mirage in which a white tiger attacked Horn during a show.

Horn’s spine was severed and he sustained severe injuries.

He later said he thought the tiger was trying to save him after he suffered a stroke onstage, and he had to relearn how to talk and walk.

Horn eventually recovered and the pair was able to continue traveling and appearing at events. They retired in 2010.

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