Month: September 2020

It’s almost the beginning of the last quarter of 2020, and we’re no where close to getting a vaccine yet. Not until mid-2021 according to some sources.

While most countries have begun to open up their economies since COVID-19 was first declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

But the deadly virus is showing worrying signs of a comeback and potential uptick in new cases.

According to Malaysian Health Director-General Noor Hisham, the possibility of people becoming infected with H1N1, aka the common flu, and COVID-19 is much higher during the winter months.

This isn’t just Malaysia’s concern. Even the European Union and World Health Organization have shared the same worries as we approach Q4.

“They are expecting the number of cases to increase sharply, especially during the winter season, where there could an increase in cases of the common flu or common cold,” says Noor Hisham.

“If this year we see flu and COVID-19 infections together, then there could be a higher impact (health-wise) on patients.”

Noor Hisham used India and the United States as examples of how COVID-19 spikes could even occur before winter came.

Things were made even worse on September 28, 2020, when Malaysia finally breached the 1,000 mark in terms of active COVID-19 cases in the country.

This came after the Southeast Asian country dealt with a streak of triple-digit case numbers (the most recent being 115 cases), made up mainly of local transmissions.

And of those local transmissions, the state of Sabah on the island of Bornea accounted for most of the cases.

“Sabah recorded the highest local cases at 98, involving 46 locals from the Bangau-Bangau cluster. For the Benteng Lahad Datu cluster, 39 cases were recorded involving 25 locals and 14 foreigners,” said Noor Hisham.

And with many Sabah natives returning to West Malaysia after elections in their hometowns, health authorities are on standby at both the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, as well as the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 for health screenings.

According to Noor Hisham, swab tests for each returning passenger take roughly 15 minutes, but could take as long as 2 hours depending on the frequency of Sabah arrivals.

The next two weeks will show whether health screenings at main airports need to be intensified.

“If the result is positive, they will be taken straight to hospital,” Noor Hisham said, adding that “if it is negative, but they have been exposed to positive cases, then they will be isolated and quarantined.”

Only those who have neither tested positive for the virus and have not been exposed to other positive cases will be exempted from mandatory quarantine.

-mashable

The Malaysian police have recently caught a husband and wife duo behind a syndicate that targets and scams people into purchasing fake holiday “deals” and “packages”.

Although many were victims to the syndicate, Malaysian police were able to make the link when many victims came forward. Some of the victims even included medical frontliners.

According to the Selangor Commercial Crime Investigation Department, a total of 519 people had fallen prey to the scam just in the state of Selangor.

In The Star, Superintendent Shafa’aton Abu Bakar said that the police were on high alert when a nurse was scammed by purchasing one of the “special packages” on September 13, 2020.

The nurse saw an advert on WhatsApp via a group with her colleagues about a holiday package to Port Dickson for between RM88 and RM499 and she contacted the company.

The syndicate then offered her a place as an agent in the company and a 10% commission if she referred more customers to them.

The nurse then shared the information about the package with her colleagues and 26 of them made bookings amounting to RM7,778 to the company.

She lodged a police report when she checked with the hotel and discovered no bookings were made.

The investigation by the police revealed that the scammers received payment from customers and made up fake bookings and invoices. There were never any packages on offer.

Since then, the police has seized four mobile phones and a laptop and remanded the couple until Sept 29, 2020 to assist in the investigation/

The case is being investigated under the Malaysian Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.

It also gained traction on social media where users were spreading awareness to stay away from the couple.

-mashable

A 24-year-old woman in Pahang has been sentenced to two years in prison after she was found guilty of child abuse

According to Astro Awani, Khairunnisa Abdullah attended Kuantan Sessions Court today, 29 September.

Justice Siti Aminah Ghazali sentenced the woman to 24 months in prison as well as a good behaviour bond for three years.

She also has to fulfil 120 hours of community service on top of reporting herself at the Cenderawasih Police Station each month after carrying out her jail sentence.

Khairunnisa admitted that she physically hurt her stepson by pressing a hot knife against his arm

Bernama previously reported that the abuse took place at their family home in Perumahan Ladang Suburban Cenderawasih, Rompin, on 20 September, around 3pm.

Rompin police chief DSP Azari Miskon said that the woman, who works at a farm, used an 8cm knife on her nine-year-old stepson as punishment after he scolded his step-sibling.

He said, “As a punishment, the suspect heated the knife over a gas stove and placed it on the victim’s arm causing two scalding marks and bruises were found on the child’s chest and thighs.”

Her act was exposed when one of the child’s school teachers noticed the bruises on his chest and marks on his arm the next day.

The woman pleaded guilty according to Section 31(1)(a) Child Act 2001

The Act states that whoever is found guilty is liable to not more than 20 years of prison, a maximum fine of RM50,000, or both.

Sinar Harian reported that the lawyer representing the accused, Mohd Faizal Hiqram Azmi, requested the minimum prison sentence, citing that it was the woman’s first offence and she should be given a chance to change.

However, prosecutor Sharifah Nurul Syuhada Tuan Mamat said that the court should uphold public interests instead of personal interests.

Asking for help is not a sign of weakness.If you or anyone you know may be at risk of domestic violence, please call these Malaysian hotlines:

1. WOMEN’S AID ORGANISATION (WAO)
24-hour | Contact: +603-79563488 | SMS/WhatsApp: +6018-9888058 | Website | Facebook | Twitter

2. ALL WOMEN’S ACTION SOCIETY (AWAM)
Weekdays (9.30am – 4.30pm) | Contact: +603-78770224 | WhatsApp: +6016-2284221 | +6016-2374221 | Email: telenita@awam.org.my | Website | Facebook | Twitter

3. WOMEN’S CENTRE FOR CHANGE PENANG (WCC PENANG)
Weekdays (9am – 5pm) | Contact: +604-2280342 | +604-3988340 | WhatsApp: +6011-31084001 | +6016-4390698 | Email: wcc@wccpenang.org | Website | Facebook | Twitter

4. TALIAN KASIH
24-hour | Contact: 15999 | WhatsApp: +6019-2615999 | Email: taliannur@kpwkm.gov.my | Website | Facebook

5. TELENISA LEGAL AID CLINIC
Weekdays (8am – 10pm) | Contact: +6011-23701006 | WhatsApp: +6011-23701006 | Email: telenisa.sis@gmail.com | Facebook | Twitter

SAYS

In a report by New Straits Times, the woman spotted something on the ground and decided to unearth it, only to discover that it was an old bomb.

The unexploded bomb is believed to have originated from the World War II era and part of it was exposed after it rained.

The woman contacted her 30-year-old daughter who then lodged a police report.

The bomb had been buried at the compound for quite some time

Seberang Perai Utara police chief ACP Noorzainy Mohd Noor said investigations showed that the woman and her family have been living in the house for six years.

“Our team went to the site and confirmed that the bomb had actually been buried at the compound of the house for some time.”

The bomb was later confirmed to be a World War II shell bomb.

Noorzainy said, “The object appeared similar to a mortar bomb, however, our bomb disposal unit later confirmed it to be a shell bomb used during World War II.”

He said the police have safely extracted the bomb, which will be taken to Penang contingent police headquarters to be detonated.

SAYS

Covid-19 case at Sunway Nexis

September 30, 2020 | News | No Comments

A tenant in Sunway Nexis Biz Suites in Kota Damansara has been confirmed to be Covid-19 positive.

The man had returned from Sabah recently.

“It’s true, and we are closely adhering to all the SOPs to carry out disinfection and deep cleaning of the building,” a source from Sunway Nexis told FMT today.

“All owners and occupants have been alerted and (are) requested to be vigilant, observe SOPs and proper hygiene.”

A statement from the Sunway Nexis Management Corporation earlier today said the man was being treated at the Sungai Buloh Hospital.

The management also said it had reported the incident to the health ministry and advised those who are feeling ill to remain at home and refrain from leaving their premises to ensure that the spread of Covid-19 is contained.

FMT

A British zoo said five parrots were removed from public display after the birds spent their time in quarantine together teaching each other to shout profanities.

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Park said the five African grey parrots, named Eric, Jade, Elsie, Tyson and Billy, were given to the facility by five different owners in the same week, so the birds were put into quarantine together before going on display.

The time alone gave the parrots time to teach one another their favorite swear words, park officials said.

The birds were put on public display, but soon removed when zookeepers discovered the outcome of their time together.

“It just went ballistic, they were all swearing,” zoo chief executive Steve Nichols told CNN. “We were a little concerned about the children.”

Nichols said zoo officials are hoping keeping the birds separated will give them an opportunity to clean up their language before returning to public display.

-upi

An ambulance was travelling to send an injured victim to Melaka Hospital, when an accident occurred. The vehicle collided with a cow while it was crossing the road in Lebuh Alor Gajah- Melaka Tengah-Jasin (AMJ) in Kandang, Melaka.

According to Harian Metro, the ambulance was on its way to the hospital from Sungai Rambai Health Clinic when the unfortunate incident took place. Assistant Commissioner Afzanizar Ahmad, the Melaka Tengah District Police Chief, stated that the cow was crossing on the main road, while the ambulance drove on the left lane.

He further stated that the vehicle was carrying a 40-year-old patient and an Assistant Medical Officer (PPP). The accident caused the ambulance driver to sustain injuries on his left knee. Fortunately, both patient and the medical officer did not get injured, however, the cow died.

Furthermore, Rahmad Mariman, the state Exco for Health and Anti-Drugs reminded cattle breeders and owners that they shouldn’t neglect their animals as it could jeopardise the lives of the public. He continued that the authorities will impose a fine and confiscate their animals.

The Ministry Of Health (MOH) took to their Facebook page to shed a light on incidents such as this that could harm the lives of the citizens.

The post read: “Dear cow owners, please take care of your cows. Don’t let it roam around as it could threaten the lives of road users. Luckily, our staffs and patient are safe and only experienced minor injuries, but, our ambulance is completely damaged.”

Cow breeders should look after the cows as it could not only harm them but the general public as well.

W.O.B


Front-line healthcare workers, children and older adults should receive priority if or when a COVID-19 vaccine is available, according to the result of a survey of U.S. adults published Tuesday by JAMA Network Open.

Ninety-two percent of respondents indicated that front-line clinicians treating patients infected with the new coronavirus should be vaccinated first, while 81% said younger people and seniors need to be at or near the top of the list, the data showed.

Since the start of the pandemic, health workers and older adults have been at increased risk for infection compared to other demographic groups.

Although children generally have lower risk, youngsters who are infected face the possibility serious complications, including Kawasaki-like disease.

“Our findings demonstrate that Americans do perceive that high risk of death is an important criterion for vaccine allocation,” study co-author Sarah Gollust, an associate professor of health policy and management at the University of Minnesota, told UPI.

Several potential vaccines against COVID-19 are in clinical trials in the United States and around the world. Earlier this month, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, predicted that a viable vaccine would be available to “all Americans” by April.

For their research, Gollust and her colleagues surveyed 1,007 American adults between April 23 and 27, when the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States still was in its early stages.

Other groups identified by respondents as warranting priority for available vaccines included “middle-aged” adults at high risk, for 75% of respondents, and non-medical “essential” workers, for 72% of respondents. Sixty-four percent of respondents also said pregnant women should be considered a priority for the vaccine.

“Unfortunately, it’s hard to judge the public’s understanding of vaccine limitations from this study,” Gollust said.

“In the survey, we told all respondents that ‘at least at first, there may not be enough to go around,’ so all respondents who answered the survey would have read this, but we can’t assess from this study whether they were already aware of this idea, though.

-upi

With several positive Covid-19 cases surfacing in shopping malls all over the Klang Valley, it is easier to believe when there are messages circulating around about potential cases in other places. However, it is the responsibility of recipients to double-check if the information they have received is true or not.

1 Utama has come forward with a statement on their Facebook page to clarify that there have been NO confirmed cases in the mall to date after fake messages had circulated on WhatsApp.

Along with the post, 1 Utama attached several photos of the kind of messages that have been forwarded among WhatsApp users.

“With news of covid appearing around Klang Valley, we appreciate and understand that everyone is worried. So are we,” 1 Utama wrote.

“But it really doesn’t help things by making up imaginary brother-in-laws, yi ma ku cheh (aunties), this friend that friend, to cause misinformation and mass hysteria. Fear-mongering through drama mingguans (weekly drama) is not cool.”

“Early this year, Malaysians, businesses and retailers went through many hardships during the nationwide restricted movement order; most still struggling till now. We are all still on a fragile road to recovery and it is important that we stay united to help our country and economy stay safe and continue progressing.”

1 Utama then shares the steps they are taking in order to provide their visitors with a safe environment to shop and dine-in. Some of these include:

  • Convenient Health QR for contact tracing (the first mall in Malaysia to develop and launch)
  • Contactless AI Thermal Scanners
  • High-Efficiency Air Filters to trap 90% of airborne particles and purifying air via powerful UV Lights
  • Frequent building sanitization using hospital-grade disinfectants and UV misting and fogging
  • Screening checks for staff, tenants and vendors at points of entrances and delivery bays


  • Always keep your mask on (masks are compulsory for mall entry)
  • Wash hands regularly and practice good hygiene
  • Social distance when queuing, avoid crowding lifts and toilets
  • Lastly, please don’t yell or give frontliners like security guards or shop staff a hard time when they request temperature checks and contact tracing – they are just trying to keep you safe. Trust us, it happens a lot. 😔

Always cross-check the information you receive before forwarding it to someone else to prevent unnecessary panic. What you can do is to stay safe and keep clean, especially when you’re out in public areas. 

W.O.B

Suspek curi kereta di stesen minyak diberkas

September 30, 2020 | Crime | No Comments

TEMERLOH – Seorang lelaki diberkas polis kira-kira enam jam selepas melarikan kereta milik seorang pelajar di sebuah stesen minyak di Mentakab di sini pagi semalam.

Suspek berusia 27 tahun itu ditahan bersama kenderaan curi jenis Toyota Corolla yang dicuri kira-kira jam 1 petang di Subang Jaya, Selangor.

Ketua Polis Daerah Temerloh, Asisten Komisioner Mohd Yusri Othman berkata, suspek dikenal pasti berdasarkan rakaman kamera litar tertutup (CCTV) di lokasi kejadian dan tangkapan dibuat hasil bantuan pegawai dan anggota Bahagian Siasatan Jenayah Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah (IPD) Subang Jaya sebelum suspek berjaya ditahan.

“Suspek yang mempunyai rekod lampau membabitkan kes jenayah dan penyalahgunaan dadah itu dibawa ke IPD Temerloh untuk siasatan lanjut mengikut Seksyen 379A Kanun Keseksaan,” katanya ketika dihubungi hari ini.

Mengulas lanjut berhubung kejadian itu, Mohd Yusri berkata, kejadian berlaku kira-kira jam 7.55 pagi ketika mangsa berusia dalam lingkungan 20-an sedang mengisi minyak di pam tanpa mematikan enjin kenderaan.

Menurutnya, suspek masuk ke dalam kereta tersebut dan disedari mangsa selepas kenderaan itu bergerak.

“Mangsa cuba masuk ke dalam kereta itu untuk menghalang suspek namun gagal selepas terjatuh. Mangsa dilaporkan mengalami kecederaan ringan,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, suspek kemudian memecut kereta tersebut ke arah Jerantut.

“Berdasarkan semakan CCTV di tempat kejadian mendapati suspek datang ke lokasi itu menggunakan kenderaan pelbagai guna (MPV) jenis Toyota Avanza dan meletakkannya di tempat letak kenderaan di bahagian belakang stesen minyak berkenaan.

“Suspek kemudian keluar dan menuju ke arah kereta mangsa sebelum bertindak nekad melarikannya,”katanya.

Kejadian itu tular di media sosial sejak petang semalam selepas rakaman CCTV memaparkan aksi kejadian dikongsi netizen melalui Facebook.

-sinarharian

//luvaihoo.com/afu.php?zoneid=2458908