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Covid-19: Anti-vaxxers will not enjoy same freedom as fully vaccinated, Dewan Negara told

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Thu, 21 Oct 2021, 7:27 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) has taken the approach of not allowing anti-vaccine groups to enjoy certain freedoms given to fully vaccinated individuals, the Dewan Negara was told today.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the restricted freedom was only aimed at those who refused to receive the Covid-19 vaccination.

He said there were two groups that should be differentiated, namely those who unable to receive vaccinations due to health problems and those who refused to get vaccinated.

“The government did not make it hard for them (anti-vaccine groups), but it was their choice that made it difficult for them, they refused to listen to scientific arguments and this has resulted in them not being able to enjoy the freedom like the people who have been vaccinated.

“We will continue with this approach. I encourage restrictions at sector level like the civil service, private sector and others before we look at a holistic approach like making it legally mandatory for the people to be vaccinated,” he said when winding up debate on the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP).

Therefore, Khairy hoped that with the restrictions, it would be more prudent than using laws to force the group to take vaccines.

“More than 95 per cent of the Malaysian adult population has at least received the first dose (of the vaccine), meaning the number who refuse to receive the vaccine is very small, however we will continue to persuade them to get vaccinated,” he said.

Meanwhile, on the proposal for a special vaccination card for the Orang Asli community, Khairy said there was no need for it because the existing vaccination card was a proof that they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. — Bernama



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PM: Committees set up to organise northern peninsular states’ development under 4th National Physical Plan

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Thu, 21 Oct 2021, 7:27 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the establishment of Regional Planning Committees for states in the north of Peninsular Malaysia, after approving the 4th National Physical Plan (RFN4) and the National Coastal Zone Physical Plan-2 (RFZPPN-2) today.

In a statement, Ismail said the National Physical Planning Council (MRFN) had discussed eight agendas under provisions of the Town and Country Planning Act 1976.

The PM was the chair of the council that included all the mentri besar and chief ministers of Malaysia.

“The National Physical Plan (RFN) is the highest-level document in the national land use planning system. In accordance with the requirements of the provisions under subsection 6B (4) of Act 172, the RFN shall be reviewed every five years, in accordance with the preparation of the Five-Year Malaysia Plan or if and when directed by the MRFN.

“This RFN4 is prepared to determine the direction of physical development including economic, environmental and social for all planning areas in Peninsular Malaysia and the Federal Territory of Labuan. 

“The implementation of the NPP4 requires the involvement of various parties at every stage of planning and development, whether at the Federal, state or local levels,” he said in a statement today.

Ismail added that RFN4 has outlined three development thrusts, 11 strategic directions, 39 strategies and 120 actions covering all areas of physical, economic, environmental and social planning.

He said that for the Regional Planning Committee (JPW) for the northern peninsular states (Penang, Kedah, Perak and Perlis), its main function is to coordinate planning issues that cross the borders of two or more states as well as to advise state governments and local authorities in the region on appropriate development plans for the region.

“This is the fourth JPW to be approved for its establishment by the MPFN, after the JPW for the Border Area Between Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor; JPW for Cameron Highlands, Kinta and Lojing; and JPW for the Pekan-Kuantan-Kemaman-Dungun-Jerantut Inter-District Boundary Area,” he said.

Meanwhile, the 2nd Coastal Zone Physical Plan (RFZPPN-2) is a strategic land use plan that outlines the direction of the use, conservation and management of coastal resources in Peninsular Malaysia and the Federal Territory of Labuan. 

“RFZPPN-2 was formulated taking into account aspects of geohazard threats such as coastal erosion and climate change factors that will affect the socio-economy and environment.  In addition, the Coastal Vulnerability Index or Coastal Vulnerability Index (CVI) is also an important instrument taken into account in RFZPPN-2,” he said.



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Pas sec-gen says there will be no clashes between PN and BN for Melaka seats

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Thu, 21 Oct 2021, 7:26 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: Pas is positive there will be no clashes between Perikatan Nasional (PN) and Barisan Nasional (BN) in the upcoming Melaka state election this November.

Pas secretary-general Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan said discussions between the two coalitions are currently on-going to ensure the country and people are prioritised.

"There will be no clashes, especially now. God willing, there won't be any conflict. We often hold discussions. We are in the same government: the federal government.

"We discuss things together all the time to find the best solution for the country and the people," Takiyuddin told reporters after launching the Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) Reskilling Malaysia Council and TNB Protégé event at the Abu Zarim Auditorium, Integrated Learning Solution Sdn Bhd (ILSAS) in Bangi near here, today. 

He said this in response to uncertainty over a possible cooperation between the two political coalitions in the Melaka state election to avoid multiple cornered fights.

Earlier today, PN chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced in Melaka that the coalition is ready for three-cornered fights if BN remains mum on collaboration for the upcoming state election.

Takiyuddin, who is energy and natural resources minister, also said that Pas has yet to decide on any possibility of contesting during the Melaka state election.

Recently, Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said any cooperation involving BN and Umno with other political parties will be announced latest by next month.

On Tuesday, the Election Commission announced that Nov 20 has been fixed as the polling day for the Melaka state election. The EC also announced that nomination day will fall on Nov 8 and early voting will be held on Nov 16.





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“Remember the Sheraton Move?”: PKR youth leader cautions Tian Chua

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Thu, 21 Oct 2021, 7:26 PM

PKR veteran Tian Chua continues to court brickbats for his calls for the party to work with anyone who can ensure Pakatan Harapan’s win; this time within its own youth movement.

“He said that PKR should work with anyone who can ensure our victory. Perhaps, it skipped Tian Chua’s mind on what will happen if the cooperation results in us getting betrayed again.

“And I’m perplexed on how Tian Chua could have forgotten the betrayals the party suffered over the years. Is he feeling sympathetic towards his friends who orchestrated the infamous Sheraton Move?” PKR youth wing secretary Syukri Razab queried in a statement.

Yesterday, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that his party has yet to make a decision on whether to allow the four independent state assemblypersons from Melaka to run under the Pakatan Harapan’s banner in the upcoming state polls.

“The four had expressed interest but have yet to make a formal request. We don’t want to rush. We will give them time to contact us,” Malaysiakini reported the Port Dickson MP as saying.

Concurring with Anwar, PKR vice president Tian Chua said that Pakatan should be open to working with anyone who will be able to help them win the state polls.

“Tactically, we must join with anyone that can give Pakatan victory. It is a tactic we must consider by any means to win the most seats,” the former Batu MP was reported saying.

It is to note that the two of them, Pengkalan Batu assemblyperson Norhizam Hassan Baktee (Independent) and Telok Mas assemblyperson Noor Effandi Ahmad (Bersatu) were instrumental in dislodging the Pakatan administration in Melaka back last year.

Value based politics a must

On that note, Syukri said that one should not take Tian Chua’s statement lightly as the latter was a veteran leader of the party but stressed it was his personal opinion, not PKR’s officials stand.

However, the youth leader cautioned against adopting Machiavellian politics as it could backfire on the party itself.

“Perhaps, Tian Chua is too engrossed with the ‘cartel’ type of politics that he could not understand the people’s sentiments.

“Attaining power alone should not be the primary aim of our struggle. Politics based on the right values also matter and the people will not forgive us if we continue putting ourselves at risk of getting stabbed in the back.

“With utmost humility, I urge our senior leader Tian Chua not to make such statements again which would only tarnish PKR’s image among the voters,” Syukri concluded.

On related matter, Otai Reformasi secretary Abdul Razak Ismail said that taking the quartet into Pakatan would undermine the memorandum of understating (MoU) signed with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

“How do we get rid off the ‘frog culture’ when our leaders keep embracing these characters? Have you not learnt anything from past mistakes? Never take in these dubious characters,” he told FocusM.

On Tian Chua’s statement, Razak reminisced the past when the former was one of the Pakatan leaders instrumental in bringing Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad into the coalition.

“Otai Reformasi was against it but no one heard us. Look at what happened last year. That’s why I strongly suggest our PKR leadership not take advise from Tian Chua.

“As far as the Melaka quartet in concerned, we don’t need them. Remember that Norhizam called his own former DAP colleagues ‘babi’ in the Melaka state assembly several times.

“If PKR allows him to contest under its ticket, the Chinese community will not accept it. Let Norhizam contest as an independent if he thinks greatly of himself,” Razak retorted. – Oct 21, 2021




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Melaka quartet: Pakatan says no to Norhizam, yet to decide on the rest

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Thu, 21 Oct 2021, 7:26 PM

THE Pakatan Harapan presidential council announced that Pengkalan Batu assemblyperson Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee will not be their candidate in the upcoming Melaka state election.

“As for the other three, the council has received feedback from many quarters and we stress that the people’s interest come above all else. Therefore, we have not decided anything on their candidacy in this meeting,” it said, in a statement.

Since yesterday, PKR has been criticised by various quarters for seemingly being warm towards the Melaka quartet, who overthrew the UMNO-led state leadership.

The four leaders who dislodged the state government are Sungai Udang state assemblyperson Datuk Seri Idris Haron (UMNO), Pantai Kundur assemblyperson Datuk Nor Azman Hassan (UMNO), Telok Mas assemblyperson Noor Effandi Ahmad (Bersatu) and Norhizam.

PKR vice president Tian Chua said yesterday that Pakatan should be open to working with anyone who will be able to help them win the state polls.

“Tactically, we must join with anyone that can give Pakatan victory. It is a tactic we must consider by any means to win the most seats,” the former Batu MP was reported saying.

 Adly Zahari to lead Melaka’s “team Pakatan”

However, Tian Chua’s comments received brickbats from PKR’s youth wing and Otai Reformasi, who urged the senior leader to adopt value-based political struggles rather than embracing “the end justify the means” concept.

On that note, Pakatan leaders decided that former Melaka chief minister Adly Zahari would be leading the coalition’s machinery in the upcoming state polls.

“We have also sent a representative to meet the Election Commission (EC) to get clear guidelines on the standard operating procedure (SOP) for polls, given that we are under Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan,” it remarked. – Oct 21, 2021.




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Kelantan praises federal govt for enhancing telco infrastructure

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Thu, 21 Oct 2021, 7:26 PM

KOTA BARU: The government's decision to increase total investments on improving telecommunications infrastructure in Kelantan to more than RM1 billion from an initial RM700 million, will help not only locals but also the Orang Asli community.

While thanking the government, prime minister and the Communications and Multimedia Minister, Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob said the new allocation would enhance telecommunication infrastructure facilities in the state.

"The Kelantan government would like to express our gratitude especially to the government for the latest announcement of the new allocation of RM1 billion from the original RM700 million.

"This will provide better Internet access and network for local people as well as the Orang Asli both in the towns and interiors. 

"Better Internet access is a need not only for our children's education but also for digital entrepreneurs and the state government administration works," he said.

Speaking to reporters after presenting two sets of ventilator machines worth about RM130,000 to Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital (HUSM) here today, Ahmad said the allocation was part of the government's initiatives under the National Digital Network Plan (Jendela) for the state.

He then welcomed the Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)'s plan to bring forward the construction of new communication towers from the original year 2025 to 2023.

On today's donation, Ahmad said it was aimed at helping HUSM in dealing with the rising number of Covid-19 patients.

"The donation is from my office and hopefully, more donors will do the same in helping the hospital authority, who have been facing some shortage on the supply of such machines due to the drastic increase of Covid-19 patients of late," he added.

Earlier today, Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa had said on Twitter that the government agreed to increase investments spent on improving telecommunications infrastructure in Kelantan to more than RM1 billion from an initial RM700 million.

He said various new initiatives have been added through Jendela in Kelantan. These include the construction of new towers, free broadband services to the Orang Asli community using satellite technology and the installation of high-speed fibre optics in several premises.

Annuar had also expressed his appreciation to the Kelantan Menteri Besar, who had received a delegation from the MCMC.

The government had previously announced an allocation of RM700 million through Jendela to enhance telecommunication infrastructure facilities in Kelantan for better Internet access and network. 



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