During the 2pm incident on Wednesday in Taman Silibin Indah, Ipoh, the area behind the eight houses collapsed, resulting in cracks appearing on the walls and damaging the kitchen area. Mohammad Rosli, 57, an electrical engineer who had been staying there for 13 years, said he suspected it was caused by trapped water underground, as the Tambun River flowed behind the houses. “My wife woke me up and when we went outside to look, the whole stretch behind the houses had collapsed. “We will also ask the Perak Water Board to carry out a chlorine test, as there seems to be underground water movement. “From my observation, the incident is more of a slope failure,” she added.
I assume that when Parliament meets again in July, MPs would still be required to wear masks. I am raising this issue because of the disturbing report on the death of three teenagers in China while doing physical exercise with masks on. There is also the report of a 26-year-old jogger in Wuhan who suffered a punctured lung while jogging for 5km. Will this not be a serious concern for our MPs who engage in strenuous verbal exchanges and making extended speeches in Parliament? Many civil societies have called for a virtual Parliament to be in session and to continue for two weeks instead of the one-day physical meeting.
The German football league starts this weekend but with Covid-19 still a threat, many are questioning the timing of its recommencement. It was from Astro indicating that “live” telecast of football matches would resume this weekend. This resumption will not involve my favourite league – the English Premier League (EPL) – but I was overjoyed nonetheless. Astro will be showing Bundesliga (German football league) matches this weekend and the Germans will become the first European league to restart matches this season. Ultimately, the resumption of European football will boil down to a question of whether economic considerations will triumph over health matters.
BEIJING/SHANGHAI: Chinese shares closed lower on Thursday as investors worried about a prolonged recovery in the economy, while awaiting more active stimulus policies to cushion the blow from the Covid-19. The Shanghai Composite index ended 0.96% lower at 2,870.34. The smaller Shenzhen index ended down 0.94% and the start-up board ChiNext Composite index was weaker by 1.076%. ** Around the region, MSCI's Asia ex-Japan stock index was weaker by 1.35%, while Japan's Nikkei index closed down 1.74%. So far this year, the Shanghai stock index is down 5.9% and the CSI300 has fallen 4.2%, while China's H-share index listed in Hong Kong is down 13.4%.
May 14, 2020 07:41 UTC
KAJANG: A 44-year-old businessman claimed trial at a Sessions Court here to a charge of drink driving and causing the death of a policeman at a roadblock two weeks ago. K. Kalaichelvan was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and causing the death of 31-year-old Kpl Safwan Mohamad Ismail, who was manning the roadblock at Lekas Highway at 2.10am on May 3. For this offence, he faces imprisonment of up to 12 months or fine up to RM1,000 or both, if convicted. At a separate court, Kalaichelvan claimed trial to moving within an infected area at the same highway at 2am on the same day. Kpl Safwan died due to severe injuries after a four-wheel-drive vehicle driven by Kalaichelvan ran over him at the roadblock.
May 13, 2020 23:09 UTC
PETALING JAYA: While restaurant owners in Selangor are relieved to welcome diners again after close to two months, the public are still rather apprehensive about eating out under the new normal brought about by the Covid-19 threat. Syed Khalid Alwee Aljunid was glad to be able to dine out again as the food certainly tasted better when served hot. Client brand marketing executive Wong Pui Koon, 27, said she would limit eating out to avoid the risk of infection. For Heshwinder Oon, 27, he has been coping well by ordering in and eating home-cooked fare. “I am very concerned about safety and would like to take time to reopen my business,” said the 57-year-old.
May 13, 2020 22:52 UTC
All four later died.“That is why, please limit the number of people in the house at one time. “Although 20 is the maximum number allowed, there is no need for that many people to be in the house, especially if you have senior citizens living with you,” he said in his daily briefing. Ismail Sabri said if possible, Hari Raya should be celebrated with only those who stay in the same house to avoid infection. Ismail Sabri said there must be no house visits, even among family, after the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri. “This means that 5% of our population were not complying and I see this (number) as high,” he said.
May 13, 2020 22:18 UTC
PUTRAJAYA: Strict adherence to the Health Ministry’s standard operating procedure (SOP) during conditional movement control order (MCO) is crucial to prevent Covid-19 infection rates from increasing. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the success of the earlier phases of the MCO resulted in the Covid-19 “R0” value going down from 3.5 to 0.3. The R0 value will also help the government to decide whether or not to open up more economic sectors, including barber shops. On the reopening of borders, Dr Noor Hisham said such a move will be the “last option and resort” as many factors need to be considered. He said the country has recorded 360 Covid-19 cases from Malaysians after they returned from abroad, and from that, 88 tested negative in the first swab.
May 13, 2020 20:37 UTC
Android users are being asked to grant permission for location data, even though the app claims not to use it. Ministers want to see the current app rolled out across the country by the middle of May, as a crucial part of the effort to track and trace the spread of the virus. An app will only help if enough people to download it, which privacy rules say must be a voluntary process. The UK has already faced pressure over potential flaws to the current app. If the current app is rolled out nationwide, it will have some cheerleaders.
May 13, 2020 07:41 UTC
KFC Malaysia has denied an unverified report claiming that the company’s poultry supply comes from a chicken processing plant in Pedas, Negeri Sembilan, where staff have allegedly tested positive for Covid-19. “We would like to assure our customers that KFC Malaysia is not associated with the plant and that it does not supply any poultry to KFC Malaysia,” the company said in a statement posted on its official Facebook page. However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) in a report stated that it is “highly unlikely that people can contract Covid-19 from food or food packaging”. There is no evidence to date of viruses that cause respiratory illnesses being transmitted via food or food packaging. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has also stated that there is no indication that Covid-19 can spread through food.
May 13, 2020 04:52 UTC
SERVICES BHD will start offering a one-stop portal for employers in Malaysia to help them in the screening of their workers for the Covid-19 virus. Presently, employees who are registered contributors to the Social Security Organisation (Socso), including foreign workers, can have the costs of testing covered by Socso’s Prihatin Screening Programme. MY EG said when the screening is completed, individuals will be issued with a digital certificate by MYEG. Employers, whose workers who have been screened, were encouraged to voluntarily declare their status on MYEG’s portal. The self-declaration would enable MYEG to better assist the Ministry of Human Resources in updating the testing status of workers in the country.
May 12, 2020 05:48 UTC
PHNOM PENH (Xinhua): The exports of renowned Kampot pepper, one of Cambodia's only two products to be registered as a Geographical Indication in the European Union (EU), have now been stymied because of the Covid-19 pandemic, local media reported on Monday (May 11). Chan Rith, director of Kampot provincial agriculture department, said that currently, more than 130 tonnes of Kampot pepper remain in stock which cannot be exported especially to the EU and South Korea because those countries are being hit hard by the Covid-19. "Although the exports of Kampot pepper are stuck, the price has not dropped," Rith was quoted as saying by the Khmer Times. Ngoun Lay, president of the Kampot Pepper Promotion Association, said the harvest season runs from March to late June. Kampot pepper comes in three varieties-black, red and white-selling for about US$15, $25 and $28 per kilogram, respectively.
May 12, 2020 05:26 UTC
Claudia Mondragón Miranda, a mother of four, leaves her house early each day to begin work in the apple orchards. Mondragón Miranda coaches her son to keep his distance when she returns home. When Covid-19 began spreading through Washington, Mondragón Miranda first heard about it on TV. A decade ago, Mondragón Miranda had tuberculosis, she said. While the pandemic has change the way we lead our lives, it is crucial to check in on one another.
May 12, 2020 01:52 UTC
Some are stuck in abusive relationships, some people are simply stuck alone, getting a taste of what solitary confinement is like. Seeing your loved ones go off to war for years at a time, the economy reworked to serve the military, doing your part to ration food and supplies. World War I was supposed to be finished by Christmas the year it began in 1914. During this Covid-19 pandemic, all we have to do is stay home to keep ourselves and, most importantly, others safe. Because now we have the ability to stop this virus, and even when the lockdowns end, the social distancing and mask wearing must continue because these are small hardships to prevent much bigger ones.
May 12, 2020 01:52 UTC
JOHOR BARU: Despite being able to operate online, Ramadan Bazaar traders here continue to suffer huge losses during the fasting month. Bazaar Ramadan organiser Syed Mohd Ghazafi Syed Abu Bakar, 49, said some traders might stop operating completely as the online business was not viable for them. Syed Mohd Ghazafi said the conditional movement control order (MCO) had not made much difference for Ramadan Bazaar traders as they still could not operate physically. Another trader, Mohd Zalani Mohd Top, 55, who sells chicken cooked in claypot, said business was slow this Ramadan. “I had been running my stall at the Ramadan Bazaar at a mall in Johor Baru for a few years now and business was brisk.
May 11, 2020 23:37 UTC