However, it involves a lot of single-use plastic packaging, which of course is damaging to the environment as most end up in rivers and oceans. That being said, some food delivery services have taken the initiative to reduce plastic by offering users the option to refuse plastic cutlery. “This may be a tiny effort on a larger scale, but it plays a vital role in reducing single-use plastic, ” she said. Countries such as the United States, Japan and Britain had been exporting plastic waste to Malaysia, while illegal plastic waste recycling factories mushroomed in the country. WWF had also reported in February that Malaysians are the biggest individual consumers of plastic packaging.
May 11, 2020 23:37 UTC
With the Covid-19 crisis, people might still be afraid or reluctant to travel via public transport, ” he told StarBiz. He is realistic in that he does not expect sales of the Malaysian used car market to surpass last year’s. Khor said between 40% and 50% of used car businesses have already begun operations, adding that transactions have been “aggressive.”“When the CMCO was announced, those used car dealers that were able to operate immediately cleaned their outlets and cars. “We also expect the demand for used cars to surge during the current crisis. This is on account of some customers being conservative and buying cheaper, used cars rather than new cars.”In terms of new car sales, Vivek expects 2020’s total industry volume (TIV) to be between 20% and 30% lower than last year’s.
May 11, 2020 23:37 UTC
Thanks to Florence Nightingale who elevated the standards of nursing and changed the way nurses were perceived during her time, modern nurses today play a key role in healthcare delivery. They do more than care for sick people, especially during this pandemic, when hospitalised Covid-19 patients – in the absence of family members – reach out to nurses to ease their anxiety. “For the ones who are not, we have handphones and tablets in each Covid-19 ward. Her calming and reassuring presence is sought by doctors, nurses and patients. You have to be committed.”After four decades of nursing, Abidah will hang up her uniform on Aug 11 (2020).
May 11, 2020 23:26 UTC
When asked about their wishes as the world celebrates International Nurses Day today, the nurses interviewed by The Star expressed hope that the Covid-19 pandemic would end soon. “This is a war – a huge war that silently kills people, ” she said. Sharif Mohd Iswan Mohd Idris, a nurse with Hospital Queen Elizabeth Kota Kinabalu, hopes no more healthcare workers would be infected with Covid-19. “I hope Malaysians will remain united in the war against Covid-19 by always adhering to preventive measures, ” she said. Meanwhile, hospital operator KPJ Healthcare Bhd said more nurses should be leaders because nursing was the backbone of the healthcare industry.
May 11, 2020 23:18 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Although International Nurses Day has been celebrated on May 12 for decades, it has rarely received the public attention it deserves. This year is bound to be different because the Covid-19 pandemic has led to greater appreciation for healthcare frontliners. Today is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, a pioneer of modern nursing, and it is a day to honour nurses around the world for their tireless and selfless dedication in the face of illnesses and disabilities. “My only hope for International Nurses Day is for the people to stay safe and stay home during the Hari Raya period. Malaysian Nurses Association president Sharipah Asiah Syed Junid Aljunid hopes that the courageous work of healthcare workers amid the pandemic is a form of honour to International Nurses Day.
May 11, 2020 23:03 UTC
That’s what health inspector Mastura Maznor and her colleagues would go through to find targeted people to screen for Covid-19. Mastura, who is with Pejabat Kesihatan Cheras, said that while most people knew nurses and doctors as frontliners, not many were aware that the front line starts with health inspectors. “Health inspectors face suspected Covid-19 positive patients even before they are sent for screening, so it is very high risk, ” said Mastura when contacted. “Earlier, I knocked on her door and walked with her to the screening tent, which around 400m from her house. Mastura also shared about having to face people who got upset when told they needed to be screened for Covid-19.
May 11, 2020 23:03 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Some national shuttlers have taken matters into their own hands while waiting to resume centralised training on June 1. As there is still another 20 days to go, top shuttlers Lai Pei Jing, Vivian Hoo and her brother Hoo Pang Ron just can’t afford to wait. Fortunately, playing outdoors is allowed under the conditional movement control order (CMCO) and the trio are making the most of it by sweating it out at home. For mixed doubles star Pei Jing, going back to basics rekindles the good times of playing with her family members. It also helps shake off the rustiness before I head back to national training, ” added Pei Jing, who is ranked the world’s No.
PETALING JAYA: There are currently four active Covid-19 clusters out of the 34 clusters identified in Malaysia so far, says the Health Ministry. In regards to Covid-19 cases linked to wet markets, he said 183 positive cases in total had been identified after screening 25,034 individuals linked to 137 markets. Dr Noor Hisham added that those wanting to go visiting could stagger their arrivals. Malaysia reported 70 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, bringing the total number of infections to 6,726. Dr Noor Hisham said 88 patients were discharged in the same 24-hour span, bringing the number of recovered patients to 5,113 since the outbreak began.
PUTRAJAYA: The reopening of court complexes from tomorrow will be done with a strict standard operating procedure (SOP) in place which includes the wearing of face masks at all times, says the Chief Registrar’s Office. In a statement yesterday, the Chief Registrar’s Office noted that face masks, though compulsory, would not be provided to those attending court. The Chief Registrar’s Office also said those attending court were required to download and complete the court visitor form from the judiciary’s website for contact tracing purposes. As there will be limited seating and space in open court, all parties are required to sit within theborders marked on the seats to maintain social distancing. Parties are encouraged to file documents through e-filing at courts which have the e-filing service, ” it said.
The Defence Minister has noticed that many parents are taking their children to shopping malls and public places during the conditional MCO period. If the trend continues, he warned that the government may make it illegal to bring out children to such places. The safety of your children is your responsibility, ” he said at the daily briefing on conditional MCO measures. “The police had also set up 128 roadblocks nationwide to monitor interstate travel, ” Ismail Sabri said, pointing out that everything went according to plan. The conditional MCO relaxed certain activities and most business operations, but with strict SOP such as registering names of customers and social distancing.
PETALING JAYA: The Antibody Rapid Test Kit (RTK) for Covid-19 or serological tests that use blood samples from a finger prick cannot be used to diagnose the disease, says the Health Ministry. “This is in line with the World Health Organisation's (WHO) recommendation that RTK antibodies can be used in epidemiological studies. Several parties had brought up the issue of the use of RTK antibodies at private clinics for the screening of those who were returning to work. Dr Noor Hisham said that the test to detect the Covid-19 is an antigen-based test through Real-Time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (rRT-PCR) or the RTK Antigen test. The rRT-PCR detects the presence of Covid-19 in an individual's body by looking at genetic material taken from swabs.
May 11, 2020 11:26 UTC
PETALING JAYA: More nurses need to hold leadership roles as nursing is the backbone of the healthcare industry, says KPJ Healthcare Bhd. Its chief nursing officer Maygala Arumugam said the personality and training of nurses, which is centred around caring and nurturing, translates well in leadership roles. This year's International Nurses Day, which is celebrated Tuesday (May 12), is themed "Nursing the World to Health". Maygala added that a registered nurse can design, implement and monitor progress of patients and measure nursing deliverables. She added that at KPJ, its nurses have a strong competitive advantage, as the management has always provided support and encouragement.
May 11, 2020 10:58 UTC
SEREMBAN: Negri Sembilan state executive committee member Ismail Ahmad has received flak on social media for allegedly failing to observe social distancing after a group picture with him in it went viral. Netizens criticised Ismail, who is state rural development committee chairman, for treating the matter lightly after he was photographed with 16 MPKK members in front of his service centre on Sunday (May 10). "We gathered at my service centre dressed in baju Melayu to take a photograph to be used to make a special banner for Hari Raya. Ismail said he never treated the matter lightly and always practised social distancing. He also made sure those who came to his office or service centre had their temperature taken as required.
May 11, 2020 09:56 UTC
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May 11, 2020 08:37 UTC
JOHOR BARU: Police would be requesting for an extension to the remand order for former radio announcer and actor Patrick Teoh, who is being investigated for allegedly insulting the Johor Crown Prince. “His remand will end on May 12, and we will request for the extension of remand from the Magistrate Court. Comm Ayob added that Teoh had told police that he has forgotten his email password and has lost his phone. “He lost his phone a day before he is called in for questioning and could not remember his email password, so we will request for an extension of remand. According to his lawyer Datuk Seri Rajan Navaratnam, Teoh allegedly reshared a video which Tunku Ismail posted last year that showed Tunku Ismail and other individuals dressed in military garb handling firearms.
May 11, 2020 08:26 UTC