Month: December 2020

Cemas anak terperangkap dalam kereta

December 31, 2020 | News | No Comments

Muar: Budak lelaki berusia dua tahun terperangkap di dalam kenderaan pelbagai guna (MPV) ketika ibunya membeli barang di kedai serbaneka di stesen minyak di Jalan Sulaiman, Kampung Parit Baru, di sini, hari ini.

Pusat Gerakan Operasi (PGO) Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia (JBPM) Johor dalam kenyataannya berkata, dalam kejadian 4.33 petang itu, anak wanita itu ditinggalkan tidur bersendirian di dalam MPV Nissan X-Trail itu.

Katanya, selepas ibunya kembali ke MPV itu mendapati kenderaan berkenaan sudah terkunci.

“Dipercayai anak lelaki wanita itu tersedar daripada tidurnya sebelum tertekan tombol kunci pintu menyebabkan kenderaan berkenaan terkunci daripada dalam,” katanya, hari ini.

Menurut kenyataan itu, bomba terpaksa menggunakan peralatan khas untuk membuka pintu kereta berkenaan selama lima minit.

“Mangsa dipercayai ditinggalkan dan terperangkap dalam tempoh lebih kurang 10 minit dalam kenderaan berkenaan.

“Mangsa kemudiannya diserahkan kepada ibunya dan operasi ditamatkan pada 4.49 petang,” katanya.

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Putrajaya: Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (MAIWP) merancang kaedah baharu pembayaran tanpa tunai (cashless) untuk penerima bantuan bulanan bagi mendapatkan barangan keperluan harian di kedai dan pasar raya terpilih.


Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri (Hal Ehwal Agama), Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri berkata, ia bakal memberi manfaat kepada lebih 26,000 asnaf dengan peruntukan RM 93.6 juta selama dua tahun.

Menurutnya, beliau juga sentiasa memastikan agensi-agensi di bawah tanggungjawabnya akan menambahbaik usaha untuk dimanfaatkan seluruh umat Islam.

Menurutnya, beliau juga sentiasa memastikan agensi-agensi di bawah tanggungjawabnya akan menambahbaik usaha untuk dimanfaatkan seluruh umat Islam.

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Pekerja binaan maut tertimbus tanah runtuh

December 31, 2020 | News | No Comments

Kota Kinabalu: Seorang pekerja binaan warga Indonesia maut selepas tertimbus tanah di Jalan Lama Tuaran, Bandar Sierra, di sini, petang tadi.

Dalam kejadian kira-kira 4 petang itu, Sukirman Rappe, 43, dikatakan menjalankan kerja pengambilan tanah menggunakan jengkaut di lokasi berkenaan.

Bagaimanapun, tanah di kawasan berkenaan tiba-tiba runtuh sehingga menyebabkan mangsa tersepit di celah runtuhan.

Jurucakap Pusat Gerakan Operasi (PGO) Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia (JBPM) Sabah dalam kenyataannya berkata, pihaknya menerima panggilan kecemasan pada jam 4.09 petang.

Katanya, sepasukan lapan anggota bomba dikerah ke lokasi kejadian bersama sebuah jentera dan Unit Bantuan Perkhidmatan Kecemasan (ERMS).

“Sebaik tiba di lokasi kejadian, mangsa didapati tersepit di dalam runtuhan tanah dan operasi menyelamatkan mangsa segera dijalankan.

“Mangsa akhirnya berjaya dikeluarkan pada 5.12 petang oleh pasukan bomba namun disahkan meninggal dunia oleh pegawai perubatan Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (KKM) di lokasi kejadian,” katanya.

Menurut kenyataan itu, mayat mangsa diserahkan kepada polis untuk tindakan susulan.

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Suri rumah dari Kampung Kemahang, Benta di sini yang sebelum ini tular kerana sanggup menunggang motosikal sejauh 200 kilometer seorang diri untuk melawat suaminya di hospital kecewa apabila ada pihak mengambil kesempatan atas kesusahan dihadapinya.

Rohaizan Rozama, 41, menjadi mangsa penipuan scammer pada Sabtu lalu menyebabkan dia kerugian RM1,725.

Sebelum ini, Sinar Harian menyiarkan kegigihan wanita berkenaan yang sanggup menunggang motosikal dari rumahnya di Kampung Kemahang ke Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan (HTAA), Kuantan untuk melawat suaminya, Razali Ismail, 45, yang terlantar kerana menghidap penyakit kanser perut dan otak.

Rohaizan berkata, kejadian berlaku ketika dia menerima mesej menerusi aplikasi WhatsApp daripada seorang lelaki yang memperkenalkan dirinya sebagai ‘Ustaz Haji Shaiful’ daripada sebuah pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO).

“Lelaki itu bertanyakan mengenai kos rawatan suami saya. Dia memberitahu saya boleh membuat permohonan kos rawatan dengan pihaknya.

“Lelaki itu juga memberitahu saya perlu mengisi borang permohonan bantuan dan meminta memberikan dokumen seperti kad pengenalan serta maklumat akaun Maybank dan Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) saya.

“Saya didesak supaya segera memberikan maklumat termasuk kata laluan dan TAC. Dalam keadaan kelam-kabut, saya memberikannya tanpa menyedari saya sudah ditipu,” katanya kepada Sinar Harian pada Selasa.

Ibu kepada dua anak itu kemudian menyedari baki akaun di banknya berkurangan pada Ahad lalu ketika mahu mengeluarkan wang di mesin pengeluaran wang (ATM).

“Saya terkejut melihat bakinya telah berkurangan. Saya terus menghubungi nombor telefon lelaki itu tetapi dijawab oleh seorang wanita yang meminta saya menunggu pada hari esok (Isnin).

“Saya buat semakan di bank dan mendapati terdapat tiga transaksi pemindahan wang bernilai keseluruhan RM1,525 pada akaun Maybank pada Ahad lalu dan BSN sebanyak RM200,” katanya.

Mengakui silapnya kerana mudah percaya, Rohaizan berkata, dia memberikan maklumat tersebut kerana amat memerlukan bantuan untuk suami yang terlantar di hospital.

Berikutan itu, katanya, dia membuat laporan di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah (IPD) Kuantan pada Ahad.

“Memang saya sedih kerana ada juga orang nak ambil kesempatan dalam keadaan saya yang sudah. Tidak sangka ia berlaku dalam keadaan saya memerlukan duit.

“Saya akan lebih berhati-hati selepas ini dan menjadikan ia satu pengajaran,” katanya.

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Kes perceraian di Malaysia merekodkan peningkatan yang luar biasa sejak Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP) dilaksanakan.

Malah, trend peningkatan itu juga dijangka berterusan apabila Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Bersyarat (PKPB) dilaksanakan di beberapa negeri.

Menurut laporan UUM Online, Pegawai Psikologi Kanan Pusat Kaunseling, Faezah Nayan berkata, masalah kewangan menjadi antara penyebab utama berlakunya perceraian kerana ramai suami hilang punca pendapatan kerana diberhentikan kerja akibat Covid-19.

“Kehilangan pekerjaan mencetuskan masalah kewangan dalam keluarga, lebih parah apabila suami sebagai ketua keluarga diberhentikan kerja menyebabkan tiada duit untuk beli makanan, susu anak, lampin dan sebagainya, lantas menyebabkan konflik dalam rumahtangga apabila suami isteri bergaduh.

“Masalah kewangan akan mencetuskan konflik dan pergaduhan antara suami dengan isteri disebabkan tekanan dan akhirnya menyebabkan wujudnya ketidaksefahaman di antara satu sama lain,” katanya pada program dalam talian bertajuk Kesejahteraan Psikologi Dalam Normal Baharu anjuran Persatuan Pegawai Tadbir dan Ikhtisas (Perpati) UUM baru-baru ini.

Faezah berkata, kebanyakan kes yang berlaku melibatkan kumpulan B40 seperti peniaga kecil-kecilan, pembantu kedai makan, pekerja kilang dan ada juga yang bekerja sendiri.

“Apabila ada masalah kewangan mereka terpaksa menjual apa yang ada seperti telefon bimbit, beg tangan mahal, kasut sukan berjenama demi meneruskan kelangsungan hidup. Jadi apabila tiada telefon bimbit bukan sahaja akan menyukarkan komunikasi dengan orang lain, bahkan juga menyebabkan anak-anak tidak dapat mengikuti pembelajaran secara dalam talian.

“Jadi masalah ini saling berkait dan rentetan daripada masalah kewangan boleh menyebabkan konflik hubungan suami isteri yang tidak berkesudahan, akhirnya mencetuskan perceraian atau meruntuhkan institusi kekeluargaan,” katanya.

Menurut beliau, kesejahteraan psikologi merujuk kepada individu mempunyai mood dan emosi yang positif seperti gembira, bahagia, bersemangat, rendah emosi negatif dengan kualiti kehidupan yang merangkumi kualiti pekerjaan dan kekeluargaan serta berfungsi secara positif iaitu memiliki autonomi serta makna serta tujuan untuk hidup.

Mengulas lanjut, beliau berkata, kesejahteraan psikologi bermaksud tiada penyakit mental di mana keadaan seseorang yang berfungsi pada tahap penyesuaian emosi dan tingkah laku yang memuaskan atau keupayaan individu untuk menikmati kehidupan selain mewujudkan keseimbangan antara aktiviti kehidupan serta usaha untuk mencapai daya tahan psikologi.

Tambahnya, berdasarkan Teori Hierarki Maslow, faktor yang menyumbang kepada kesejahteraan psikologi membabitkan lima keperluan manusia iaitu keperluan asas, keperluan keselamatan, keperluan kasih sayang, keperluan pengharapan dan keperluan sempurna kendiri.

“Apabila kelima-lima keperluan tersebut tidak dipenuhi maka wujudlah psikologi yang tidak sejahtera iaitu rasa sedih, kecewa, tertekan, murung, bercelaru, bimbang dan trauma,” katanya.

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Another major water cut closes out 2020

December 31, 2020 | News | No Comments

A total of 43 areas in Petaling will experience water supply disruption following a landslide in Damansara Utama, said Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor).

Air Selangor corporate communications head Elina Baseri said the landslide, which occurred this afternoon, caused a pipe to burst.

“Estimation of the repair works’ completion, however, is uncertain, but we will provide updates from time to time.

“For more information on the unscheduled water supply disruption, visit the Air Selangor website at www.airselangor.com.

“The public can also refer to all our official communication channels, such as the Air Selangor application; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts; or call our contact centre at 15300,” the statement read.

The areas affected are:

Eastin Hotel

Icon City Kampung Padang Tembak

Kampung Bukit Lanjan

Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara

Kampung Sungai Penchala

Kelab Menembak Subang

Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam (KGPA)

Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC)

Paradigm Mall

Phileo Damansara, KL

Pinggiran TTDI

PJU 1A, Ara Damansara

PJU 3, Kota Damansara

PJU 6, Pelangi Damansara

PJU 7, Mutiara Damansara

PJU 8, Damansara Perdana

Seksyen 11- 14, Petaling Jaya (PJ)

Seksyen 16- 17, PJ

Seksyen 19- 22, PJ

SS1- SS8 (FTZ)

SS9A

SS20- SS22

Taman Suria

Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI)

Tropicana Golf & Country Club

Universiti Malaya

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A ‘vaccine’ for climate change

December 31, 2020 | Health, Info | No Comments

As societies make sacrifices to combat the coronavirus and now that there are vaccines for Covid-19, many feel that political will of the same magnitude is missing in the fight against climate change. With all the world’s attention on the pandemic, we have paid considerably less attention on global warming.

Like the virus, greenhouse gases are invisible and remain ever present in our surroundings. Economists attribute the lack of progress to both the loss of a sense of urgency and to the decades of talk that produced little headway.

The Paris Agreement, which aimed to pave the way for a carbon neutral world, remains in stalemate.

The pandemic shows how vulnerable the world is to a global catastrophe. But we’re still lagging far behind in efforts to address it.

While Covid-19 has demonstrated that humanity has the capacity to respond to a global crisis, many may not appreciate that climate change is an even more significant challenge, threatening our long-term survival.

Indeed, the impact of global warming is already killing people and devastating livelihoods. One report noted that more than 100 climate change-related disasters occurred in just the first six months of the pandemic, affecting more than 50 million people.

And the world’s poorest and most at-risk people are being hit the hardest. Experts have stressed that climate-driven disasters will only get worse.

In the past 10 years, 83 per cent of all disasters triggered by natural hazards were caused by extreme weather and climate-related events, such as floods, storms and heatwaves.

The proportion of all disasters attributable to climate and extreme weather events has also increased significantly during this time.

These extreme weather and climate-related disasters have killed more than 410,000 people in the past 10 years. Heatwaves followed by storms have been the biggest killers.

A further 1.7 billion people around the world have been affected by climate- and weather-related disasters in the past decade.

The good news is the US$10 trillion spent on the global response to the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis is far more than the amount of money the Red Cross said is necessary to adapt to current and imminent climate-driven disaster risks.

According to a report, “it would take an estimated US$50 billion annually to meet the adaptation requirements set out by 50 developing countries for the coming decade”.

The Red Cross pointed out that “funding for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction does not seem to consistently prioritise the countries at highest risk and with the lowest ability to adapt and cope with these risks”.

None of the 20 countries most vulnerable to climate change and to climate and weather-related disasters were among the 20 highest per person recipients of climate change adaptation funding.

Though not as bad as some countries, Malaysia also has a fair share of climate-related disasters. The most frequent are floods and landslides during the monsoon months. It is therefore equally incumbent upon us to do our bit to support the global push for carbon neutrality.

It is good that under the Smart City Framework of the government, many of the nation’s urban centres are embarking on initiatives to reduce carbon footprints and be carbon neutral. Kuala Lumpur is one which has declared such a noble commitment.

It is now time to act. We need a vaccine for climate change too.

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Kudos to NGOs for helping the needy

December 31, 2020 | News | No Comments

It is good to see more welfare foundations and organisations actively helping the needy during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Those in need include single mothers, who are schoolbus, van and taxi operators.

These bodies appeal to the government to provide incentives such as financial aid to single mothers, following the closure of schools until the end of the year and the implementation of the Movement Control Order to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.

Recently, the AEON Foundation, together with non-profit organisation Solidarity Unity Welfare Organisation, helped the single mothers affected by the pandemic in Penang, Shah Alam and Klang in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

More organisations should come forward to ease this group’s burden.Non-governmental organisations must pay attention to those who are facing financial hardship due to the pandemic.

Aware of the problems faced by the single mothers, the Solidarity Unity Welfare Organisation recently distributed essential items, which were prepared by corporations, including the AEON Foundation.

As the school session does not start until early next year, 80 per cent of schoolbus and van operators have ceased operations.

As they no longer have any source of income, most have difficulty paying their monthly hire purchase instalments as the loan moratorium provided by banks has ended. The situation is compounded by late payment interest.

These school bus and van operators also have difficulty in paying their employees’ salaries, telephone and Internet bills, as well as office rental, due to a loss of income.

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Malaysian scientist Dr Ng Kwan Hoong can add another feather to his cap after winning the prestigious Merdeka Award 2020 for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement.

Dr Ng, a senior professor at the University of Malaya’s (UM) Faculty of Medicine, is best known for his research in predicting breast cancer risk by measuring breast density in patients.

He told Malay Mail that he was humbled to join the list of eminent names that previously won the Merdeka Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement.

The list includes the late historian Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim, economics professor Rajah Rasiah, and engineering professor Masjuki Haji Hassan.

“It was definitely a pleasant surprise and a humbling experience when you look at the calibre of the past recipients (as they are) excellent scientists, engineers, and more who have contributed so much to Malaysia and are experts of their respective fields.

“I’m also grateful to the board of trustees and the various nomination committees of the Merdeka Award who selected me.

“It was a brief respite to the very challenging year we have had and the win capped my year off on a positive note,” said Dr Ng.

The prominent academic has had a long and illustrious career, having penned and co-authored over 250 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

He’s also an accomplished speaker and has presented over 550 scientific papers with over 350 of them being invited lectures.

Despite his many achievements, Dr Ng believes there is still much for him to learn when it comes to advancing his work in medical physics.

The 66-year-old strongly advocates the philosophy of lifelong learning and often encourages his students to challenge themselves by stepping out of their comfort zones.

“When one stops learning, one stops living. The phrase ‘I am too old to learn’ is just a myth. In today’s world, learning is even easier.

“We can now learn almost anything with access to online courses and YouTube.

“I always encourage my students and the younger generation to learn something new and challenging.”

Dr Ng previously brought global acclaim to Malaysia when he received the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award in 2018 for his research in breast cancer risk assessment and radiation medicine.

Named after the famed Nobel Prize laureate and French-Polish scientist Marie Curie, the award is given out by the UK-based International Organisation for Medical Physics (IOMP), which represents 25,000 medical physicists worldwide.

Since then, Dr Ng has continued to immerse himself in his work and recently led a multidisciplinary team to create an online resource for new and emerging Covid-19 research.

Dr Ng said he was motivated to start the project to combat misinformation and the need for accurate, timely, and reliable data on the pandemic.

He added that scientists have a crucial part to play in the war against the virus and he hopes that the online resource can make key research materials succinct and accessible to those who need it.

“Scientists and technicians at their bench-tops and computers in their research laboratories are racing to find solutions, create new protective equipment, and ideally develop a vaccine.

“The project aims to provide reliable and timely web updates on the relevant published literature so the information is trusted, up-to-date, of sound science, and focused on what health professionals and scientists need.”

Dr Ng cites his love for humanity as the driving force in his work and he finds fulfilment in seeing his research improving the lives of those with cancer.

“Whatever that I have done and can still do to improve a diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of various diseases, I will be on board.

“It is very satisfying, rewarding, and joyful to see some of the research findings and techniques contributing to the healing process of the patients as well as the prevention and early diagnosis of diseases.”

The Merdeka Award was established by Petronas, ExxonMobil and Shell in 2007 to recognise individuals and organisations whose achievements have not only contributed to the nation’s growth but have also inspired greatness in the people of Malaysia.

The award is divided into five categories: Education and Community, Environment, Health, Science and Technology, Outstanding Scholastic Achievement, and Outstanding Contribution to the People of Malaysia.

This year, the National Cancer Council (Makna) won in the category of Education and Community while the South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership (SEARRP) and The Lost Food Project founder Suzanne Mooney were named as recipients of the Environment and Outstanding Contribution to the People of Malaysia awards respectively.

A winner for the Health, Science, and Technology category was not named this year.

For more information on the Merdeka Award 2020, visit its official website.

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Banting public market ordered to close

December 30, 2020 | News | No Comments

The Banting public market was ordered to close for 10 days from today to allow for sanitation operations and Covid-19 screenings to be conducted.

State health director Datuk Dr Sha’ari Ngadiman said the order was issued due to several non-compliance of the standard operating procedures (SOP) detected at the premises such as failure to implement physical distancing, failure to present record on the thrice-daily sanitation operations as well the record on employee screenings.

“A total of 25 positive cases of Covid-19 have been detected related to this market and 43 close contacts, namely the patients’ family members have also been screened,” he said when contacted by Bernama today.

Dr Sha’ari said with the closure, the Kuala Langat district health office would conduct Covid-19 screening tests on all 101 traders on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Kuala Langat Municipal Council president Datuk Amirul Azizan Abdul Rahim in a statement said the public sanitation would be conducted throughout the market closure.

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