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Sarawak PKR criticises state government over work permits for non-native poll volunteers

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Tue, 20 Oct 2020, 10:13 AM

KUCHING, Oct 20 — Sarawak PKR vice-chairman Roland Engan today criticised the state government for its move to require non-Sarawakian Malaysians to apply for work permits before they are allowed to campaign for their respective parties in the upcoming Sarawak state election.

He said the move should be stopped as it will affect the smooth process of election and was against the healthy growth of democracy in Sarawak.

“Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah must give a justifiable explanation why work permit will be needed by any non-Sarawakian to campaign in the 12th state election,” he said in a statement posted on his Facebook to respond to Uggah’s recent announcement.

He questioned how political volunteers could be considered workers requiring permits in accordance with the state laws.

“If the decision to impose the work permit requirement is to be carried out on political volunteers, then there should be a justifiable explanation issued through a public notice or ministerial order or circular and then gazetted,” Engan said.

He said if there is none, then the state government would be seen as preventing the exercise of democracy and preventing national political parties such as Pakatan Harapan, Perikatan Nasional, Barisan Nasional and PAS from actively being involved in campaigning for the state election.

Engan said the state government should have an open mind and not prevent Sarawakians from receiving information from fellow Malaysians from Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia.

He said there is nothing for the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government to be afraid of, adding that the people have every right to receive information from political volunteers with their physical presence during the campaign period.

“If the excuse that campaigning can still be carried out online, then it will be a big problem, especially in the interior areas,” he said.

Speaking in Debak in Betong Division two days ago, Uggah announced all election workers and campaigners from outside the state must obtain a work permit from the state Immigration Department before they were allowed entry in the event of a state election.

He said they would be in Sarawak to work so the permit was required.

Uggah, who is the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman, also warned Sarawakians that campaign workers from the peninsula were known for their more aggressive or robust behaviour.



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Snap poll would be irresponsible, Abim tells BN sec-gen

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Tue, 20 Oct 2020, 10:12 AM

PETALING JAYA: The Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (Abim) has hit out at Barisan Nasional secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa for suggesting a snap election as an option to end the current political uncertainty.

Abim president Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz said that the rakyat and frontliners are struggling to stop the spread of Covid-19 and it would be irresponsible to hold a snap poll now.

“The current spike in cases and clusters following the recent Sabah state elections should serve as a lesson, with their disastrous effect on the rakyat that in turn has led to a backlash against political leaders," he said in a statement on Tuesday (Oct 20).

On Monday (Oct 19), Annuar said that a general election could be an answer if discussions between Umno and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) do not end well for either.

The Ketereh MP also said that if there was still a slim majority in Parliament, then the country should head for a general election.

Faisal, however, noted that on Oct 18 the country had almost a 50% spike in new Covid-19 cases, with the cumulative total breaching the 20,000 mark.

"The situation will be worse if a nationwide general election is held," he added.

He also praised political leaders who have refused to name any candidates for the upcoming Batu Sapi by-election after it fell vacant following the death of its incumbent Datuk Liew Vui Keong, the former law minister.

"However, the feeling of responsibility must be upheld consistently to ensure that there will be no snap poll, and that the welfare of the rakyat should always be protected.

"Those parties which want a snap poll must first fulfil their promises to the people and should not victimise the rakyat due to their failure to manage their political affairs properly," Faisal said.



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Umno Youth calls for temporary truce among warring political parties as Covid-19 fight takes precedence

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Tue, 20 Oct 2020, 10:12 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20 — Umno Youth chief Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki has urged all political parties to stop squabbling and focus on national reconciliation to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said the situation now is worrying because the recent rise in cases has affected people’s livelihoods and economic growth.

“I have met many people who have expressed their concern about this unprecedented phenomenon.

“I think this is the right time for politicians, regardless of their affiliations, to declare a ceasefire and think of the best solution for the well-being of the people.

“Perhaps, this is the best time for all parties to put their political differences aside and focus on the national reconciliation agenda,” he wrote in a Facebook posting.

Asyraf stressed that his suggested “national reconciliation” did not mean that each party should disregard its political identity or struggles; instead, this would be a temporary truce until the country overcomes the pandemic.

“Political will, commitment and sincerity is required to make this agenda a success.

“Efforts should be made to find the best method to help those who are affected by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

Asyraf also reminded political parties that Malaysians are getting sick and tired of politicians’ seemingly endless power tussle, which could lead to them being punished at the ballot box.

Last week, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to whom he submitted statutory declarations and letters detailing the more than 120 MPs who he claims to have pledged their support to him to form a new government.

The Palace, however, issued a statement saying that no such list was provided by Anwar.

Umno supreme council members were set to meet today to discuss its continued cooperation with the Perikatan Nasional government after announcing last week that it might withdraw its support for the coalition.

Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan had said the party would present its demands in the form of a letter to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin after the meeting.

However, the supreme council meeting was called off at the eleventh hour following the advice of the National Security Council to curb the spread of Covid-19.



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Calls grow for tighter safety rules

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Tue, 20 Oct 2020, 10:12 AM

PUTRAJAYA: There are calls for stricter standard operating procedure (SOP), including placing

Sabah, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya under an enhanced movement control order (MCO) to effectively stop Covid-19 infections, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

But he said this needed to be closely assessed as placing these areas on lockdown would affect not only the economy but also individuals, particularly the self-employed and those earning daily wages.

He said the Health Ministry had been asked to look into the matter and assess the existing SOP enforced in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, which some had deemed as “too relaxed”.

“We have asked the ministry to study the matter and give the National Security Council (MKN) an assessment on the situation, ” he said in his daily briefing.

He said while placing these areas under enhanced MCO would help reduce the number of Covid-19 cases, the economy would have to be shut down, movement would be completely restricted and food supplies would have to be sent over.

“Yes, the easiest thing to do is to close everything and not allow people to leave their houses, but there are other considerations that need to be looked at, ” he added.

Ismail Sabri was asked if the government deemed it necessary to put these areas under enhanced MCO, especially Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, where certain activities such as going to the gym and public parks are allowed.

Sabah, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya have been placed under conditional MCO from Oct 14 to 27.

As for Sabah, Ismail Sabri said MKN felt that enhanced MCO was not needed for the time being as localities with a high number of cases had been put on lockdown.

“The Health Ministry is monitoring the situation in the state daily and we will wait for the authorities’ assessment to see if it warrants a stricter order, ” he said.

On another matter, the minister has assured Malaysians working in Singapore that they are not prevented from returning and that they can do so anytime after making an application.

“We have received requests from Malaysians wanting to come home as they miss their families. It’s not that we don’t allow them to return.

“We have announced that our citizens in Singapore can come back anytime via land or air. They can apply for the Immigration Department’s MyTravelPass, ” he said.

He said those planning to return without using the periodic commuting arrangement (PCA) with Singapore could enter via the Sultan Iskandar and Sultan Abu Bakar customs, immigration and quarantine complexes, be screened for Covid-19 and placed under 14-day quarantine.

He said details could be obtained on the Immigration Department and Foreign Ministry’s websites.

He also reminded employers to send their foreign security guards for Covid-19 screening before allowing them to come to work as it was a mandatory SOP.

He noted the case of 1Utama shopping mall in Petaling Jaya having to be closed for several days after a security guard tested positive for Covid-19.

In May, the government ordered all foreign security guards working in Malaysia to undergo Covid-19 swab tests following the discovery of a cluster among guards at a mall in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.



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MB: Johor ready to carry out more tests daily

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Tue, 20 Oct 2020, 10:10 AM

JOHOR BARU: Johor has increased its capabilities to carry out between 10,000 and 30,000 Covid-19 tests per day, says Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad.

In a Facebook post, he said he attended the Economic Action Council (EAC) meeting chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin via video conference yesterday.

“For Johor, we are prepared to carry out between 10,000 and 30,000 Covid-19 tests per day involving nine private labs recognised by the Health Ministry.

“This meeting was specifically held to discuss the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the state’s economy, ” he added.

Hasni said the state government also took the opportunity to table its plan to open up the Johor-Singapore border, which will help restart the state economy.

At the last state assembly meeting held on Sept 19, Hasni said Johor could conduct over 2,000 Covid-19 tests daily for those going to and from Singapore under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA).

On July 26, both Malaysia and Singapore agreed to reopen the border on Aug 17 under the RGL and PCA.

The RGL enables cross-border travel for essential business and official purposes between Malaysia and Singapore for up to a maximum of 400 people a week, for stays up to two weeks.

The PCA, on the other hand, allows residents of both countries who hold long-term immigration passes for business and work purposes in the other country to enter that country for work with a maximum of 2,000 people a day.



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‘Water issue needs solution’

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Tue, 20 Oct 2020, 10:10 AM

KLANG: The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, is saddened by the plight of the people of the state who are struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the water disruption.

“His Highness has many times written to the federal and state governments with regard to the water issue since 2009 for the matter not to be politicised,” said a statement from the Selangor Palace.

It said that the Ruler had also requested the federal and state governments to resolve the problem immediately as water is a basic necessity.

“The latest letter from His Highness dated Sept 8, 2020 about the water disruption issue has been sent to the Mentri Besar,” said the statement signed by Sultan Sharafuddin’s private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani.

The statement said Sultan Sharafuddin had advised and given some recommendations as well as views on overcoming the water disruption.

However, Sultan Sharafuddin said the recommendations he had made to Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari on overcoming the water issue appeared to have had no effect at all as the problem still persisted and had inconvenienced his subjects.

On the Covid-19 pandemic, the statement said the Ruler was concerned with the increase in the number of new cases in Selangor and the country.

“Following the new developments, His Highness is urging the people to continue adhering to the standard operating procedure (SOP) and not disobey instructions issued by the Health Ministry and the National Security Council,” it said.

It said Sultan Sharafuddin also deeply appreciated the efforts of doctors and nurses as well as other frontliners who had been working hard to care for Covid-19 patients.

“In view of this, do not burden the frontliners because His Highness came to know that there are many people who are not complying with instructions and the SOP that has been set,” said the statement.

It added that Sultan Sharafuddin specifically advised the people to continue being at home, not go out if there was no urgent need to do so and to always wear a face mask in public places.

Sultan Sharafuddin also urged individuals who had been to high-risk locations or places categorised as red zones to report themselves immediately to the nearest health centre to undergo a test, instead of keeping their health status under wraps.

He emphasised the current focus on lowering the risk of infection and eventually stopping the pandemic.



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