Pahang MB confirms state exco Nazri Ngah is Covid-19 negative in second test

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Pahang Chief Minister Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail speaks during a press conference in Kuantan January 30, 2019. — Bernama pic
Pahang Chief Minister Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail speaks during a press conference in Kuantan January 30, 2019. — Bernama pic

KUANTAN, Sept 30 — The second screening test using the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) method on State Felda Affairs, Co-operative, Entrepreneurship and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Nazri Ngah is confirmed negative Covid-19.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said this was personally imparted to him by the Pahang Health director Datuk Dr Bahari Awang Ngah this morning, after Nazri was require to undergo a second test to detect the virus yesterday.

“I was also informed that, from the result, all those who were involved Nazri prior to this, have no risk of infection,” he said through a statement, here, today.

Wan Rosdy was commenting on allegations that a Pahang executive councillor (exco) from Jerantut was confirmed Covid-19 positive yesterday, and had been instructed by the Health Department to undergo follow up treatment at a hospital.

Nazri is the Pulau Tawar State Assemblyman, in Jerantut, and of yesterday, the district of Jerantut had recorded four Covid-19 positive cases which were detected on Sept 25 and 27.

Since then, all Pahang excos had taken the initiative to carry out self-isolation while awaiting the result of the second screening test on the exco concerned as they had all met at a function in Kuala Lumpur.

Meanwhile, Wan Rosdy, when contacted by Bernama, said the state exco meeting today would be carried out online as a precautionary measure.

“This is only a precautionary measure as had been conducted from the beginning of the pandemic. In fact, we have also made it mandatory from the outset for those excos who had gone to Sabah to undergo screening tests at a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur upon their arrival in the peninsula,” he said.

Wan Rosdy also urged the people of Pahang to continue with the standard operating procedures (SOP) stipulated by the Ministry of Health and National Security Council because the Covid-19 pandemic was still not over. — Bernama

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Appointment of three deputy CMs doesn’t contravene Sabah Constitution, says law expert


(From left) Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin, Datuk Jeffrey Kitingan and Datuk Joachim Gunsalam were named Sabah deputy chief ministers yesterday. — Bernama pic
(From left) Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin, Datuk Jeffrey Kitingan and Datuk Joachim Gunsalam were named Sabah deputy chief ministers yesterday. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 — The appointment of three deputy chief ministers in Sabah does not contravene any provision of the state Constitution, constitutional law expert Associate Prof Dr Shamrahayu Abd Aziz said.

She said by convention, it is up to the Chief Minister to decide as to whether a deputy or deputies are required.

Shamrahayu said the state Constitution also does not mention any specific number for the deputy chief minister post.

“The Constitution only mentions the appointment of the Chief Minister. So, ministers or members of the state executive council, if according to party practice, are decided by the Chief Minister,” she said on the Ruang Bicara programme aired by Bernama TV last night that discussed the topic ‘The New Sabah Government 2020’.

Shamrahayu was responding to questions by programme host Sherkawi Jirim on whether the appointment of three deputy chief ministers was in accordance with the Sabah Constitution.

Elaborating further, Shamrahayu said when the Yang Dipertua Negeri appoints other ministers other than the Chief Minister, it is done on the advice of the Chief Minister.

“Perhaps, in legal aspects, there is nothing wrong, perhaps the political dynamics are such that it is more important in this context to name a few deputy chief Ministers to represent political parties.

“If we are to look at the current Federal Government, we do not have a deputy prime minister, but the Prime Minister has named senior minister from various political parties. I think the same applies and it does not contradict any provision of the Sabah Constitution,” she said.

Sabah Perikatan Nasional chairman and Sulaman assembyman Datuk Hajiji Noor was sworn in as Chief Minister before Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin at Istana Negeri here today.

Also taking their oath as deputy chief ministers were Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman and Lamag assemblyman Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin, STAR president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan (Tambunan assemblyman) and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) vice-president Datuk Dr Joachim Gunsalam (Kundasang assemblyman). — Bernama

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The movie will see British comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen reprise his cult favourite role as a bumbling and politically incorrect reporter from Kazakhstan, after nearly 15 years.

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CHINESE Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and her lawyers returned to a Canadian court yesterday to press for her release, arguing that the United States, by omitting key facts, blatantly misled Canada about her alleged crimes to secure her arrest.

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Anthony Loke admits DAP still can’t parry rivals’ claim that party is against Malays


Loke reiterated that DAP was not racist or hostile in any way towards the Malay community. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng
Loke reiterated that DAP was not racist or hostile in any way towards the Malay community. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 29 — DAP parliamentary leader Anthony Loke said his party remained vulnerable to rivals’ allegations that it was an enemy of the Malay community as it lacked the grassroots network to dispel such claims.

Loke told Utusan Malaysia in an interview that opponents continue to falsely portray DAP as being against the Malays, which he said was insidious in rural areas.

“This is very effective as we do not have grassroots members in rural areas to counter this perception.

“So, eventually, this becomes the Malay perception of DAP,” he was quoted as saying.

Loke reiterated that DAP was not racist or hostile in any way towards the Malay community, but this was how its rivals have successfully painted the party by using it as a “punching bag” for all their issues.

The former minister said it has been and remains difficult to reform his party’s image among the Malays as a result.

However, he said DAP would not stop trying to approach the Malay community.

“We will keep trying to prove that we are not a racist party, not a party that is hostile towards Malay community,” he said, adding that DAP stood for equality.

Rivals have successfully demonised DAP among significant sections of the country and the political rejection of it was also believed to be a key factor in bringing together competing parties to unseat the Pakatan Harapan government in March.

Malaysian duo among 15 new Covid-19-positive cases in Singapore


A view of a largely empty Changi Airport Terminal 2 a day before its 18-month closure due to the impact of the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Singapore April 30, 2020. —Reuters pic
A view of a largely empty Changi Airport Terminal 2 a day before its 18-month closure due to the impact of the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Singapore April 30, 2020. —Reuters pic

SINGAPORE, Sept 29 — One of two new Covid-19 cases in the community had gone to work at Changi Airport after the onset of his symptoms.

The 26-year-old work permit holder from Malaysia was tested as part of proactive screening of workers in essential services who are living outside the dormitories, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Monday (Sept 28).

He has no known sources of infection and investigations are ongoing to find the links.

Another work permit holder from Malaysia, also 26, who is a household contact of the first man, also tested positive.

“When contacted by MOH on Sept 27 after (the first case) was confirmed with Covid-19 infection, (the second case) reported having symptoms and was immediately (taken) to a hospital for a swab,” the ministry said.

“In the meantime, all the identified close contacts of the case have been isolated and placed on quarantine, and will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period so that we can detect asymptomatic cases.”

The two men were among the 15 new cases of Covid-19 announced by MOH on Monday. Six others were imported cases and the remaining seven were linked to migrant workers staying in dormitories.

A majority of the fresh cases have no symptoms.

The six imported cases are one permanent resident, two work pass holders, one work permit holder and two dependant’s pass holders.

The two dependant’s pass holders are children aged one and three, MOH said.

The six imported cases had arrived in Singapore from India, France, and the Philippines on Sept 15 and 16.

They were placed on 14-day stay-home notices and tested positive while serving their notices at dedicated facilities.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has remained stable at an average of fewer than one case a day in the past 14 days.

The number of cases in the community with no known sources of infection has also remained stable at an average of fewer than one a day in the past two weeks.

Of the seven new cases involving migrant workers in dormitories, four had been identified earlier as contacts of previous cases.

The remaining three were detected through surveillance testing, such as Rostered Routine Testing under MOH and the testing of those with acute respiratory infection symptoms.

Based on MOH’s monitoring of existing clusters at dormitories for any further transmission of the coronavirus, the ministry said that there have been no more cases linked to Changi Lodge II at 80 Tanah Merah Coast Road, as well as the dormitories at 35 Kian Teck Way and 66 Tech Park Crescent for the past two incubation periods.

The clusters are now closed.

Updates on remaining cases

The total number of infections in Singapore now stands at 57,715.

Of these, 57,393 people have fully recovered and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities, including 26 on Monday.

There are still 36 patients in hospitals and most are in stable condition or improving. No one is in intensive care.

Another 259 patients are isolated and being cared for at community facilities. They have mild symptoms or are clinically well but still tested positive for Covid-19.

Twenty-seven people have died from complications due to Covid-19. — TODAY

 

Yemen’s warring sides agree to swap 1,000 prisoners

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Yemen’s government, which is supported by a Saudi-led military coalition, and Iran-backed Huthi rebels resolved to swap some 15,000 detainees as part of a peace deal brokered by the UN in Stockholm back in 2018.

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