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As the MCO sails along smoothly for many, with the exception of those that lack obedience and discipline, one group of people remain the most affected: the poor.

Soup kitchen gives our 100kg of their frozen food

According to a write up by the Star online, when the government announced that they could no longer cater to the needs of the poor during the MCO, an NGO was left with no choice but to give away about 100kg of their frozen foodstuff. Known as Kembara Kitchen, they gave away foodstuff with some from a few restaurants to their neighbours. Foods such as frozen udon, man tao (steamed buns) and chicken fillets were given to the residents of Kota Kemuning.

Previously they distributed a tonne of food to the needy, but still had seven to eight tonnes left in their chiller, according to the co-founder William Cheah. He also noted that despite the government’s efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19, he isn’t sure that the authorities have the logistics to help and provide aid to the poor during this MCO. Another kitchen known as Kechara Soup Kitchen expressed their hope for the government to allow NGOs to work with them.

“It would be a mammoth task for the government to do it by themselves. They need to work with the NGOs because we are already on the ground”, said operations director Justin Cheah.

Some feel there’s no need to restrict food distribution to the poor

In Georgetown though, the NGOs are still very much distributing food to the needy despite the state government’s ruling. In fact, Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) president said that there isn’t a need to restrict food distribution to the poor so long as they do not create problems.

Besides him, state welfare and caring society committee chairman  Phee Boon Poh, advises the NGO’s to carry out the distribution with discipline. He also noted that giving away free food in public would encourage more homeless people to come out, and those that intend to help should work with them to distribute the food.

Penang Consumers Protection Association president also highlighted how the poor can’t be waiting for proper planning by the government to distribute food, while Deputy Chief Minister ll Dr P. Ramasamy, said that stopping NGOs from giving out food is the wrong move. He even wrote on Facebook that NGOs are doing an amazing task during this trying time by transmitting help on behalf of the government.

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While everyone is home bound at the moment, stray animals are having a tough time in finding food and they are truly struggling.

Stray animals are having difficulties finding food because most food eateries are closed and shelters are running out of food. This shows that humans are not the only ones who are affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Animal shelters urgently need help

According to the Malay Mail, Malaysian animal shelters and community feeders are running out of food to feed strays in light of extended Covid-19 shutdown. Amidst the MCO extension, animal shelters and feeders are sending out urgent requests to animal lovers and the public for help.

Malaysian Animal Welfare Association’s Founder, Mukunnan Sugumaran said the food for animals at his shelters could only last him until the end of the month. With the announcement of MCO, many petshops have been closed and this has made it difficult for feeders and shelters to get food supplies.

Many are conflicted to abide by the MCO and feeding strays

Even though most community feeders have stopped feeding the strays, Mukunnan encouraged feeders from his association to continue doing so.

“I told my feeders to continue feeding but do not go in a group. In the event they are stopped by police, I asked my feeders to give police my contact number and I will explain,” he said via Malay Mail, adding that during the partial lockdown, eateries are closed and strays will have problems looking for food.

He stated that it’s better for feeders to continue feeding rather than the strays rummaging through dustbins and creating a mess. However, many are conflicted between the urge to feed the strays and the need to adhere to the MCO.

Public to help feed neighbourhood strays

Malaysia’s Animal Association (MAA) have also expressed their concern on Facebook and urged the public to prepare some food and water for strays nearby if they could.

This is a difficult situation to be in because the MCO demands for everyone to stay at home but the well-being of stray animals is a growing concern as well.

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If you’re living in the Subang area, do take note!

Yesterday (31st March), it was announced that PDRM will begin enforcing 24-hour roadblocks at five locations, as well as road closures in 10 areas within the Subang area. This is done to align with the second phase of the MCO that is set to take place today (1st April) till 14th April 2020.

24-hour roadblocks will be placed in populated areas such as:

  • Seafield
  • South Puchong
  • PJS7
  • Putra Heights toll plazas

Along with these locations, roadblocks will also be placed at Jalan Subang Utama heading towards the New Pantai Expressway.

Of the 10 roads that will be closed, Subang citizens should take note these will include roads from:

  • Kesas Highway heading towards Subang Jaya
  • Jalan Subang Kelana Link
  • LDP towards Persiaran Kewajipan
  • Persiaran Tujuan.

“The public is advised to give their cooperation and to obey the MCO currently in place,” added authorities who said road users will have to use alternative roads if they are planning to leave Subang.

These measures will take effect today so do take note if you’re passing through the surrounding areas, guys! Stay safe. 

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Do you know that our Malaysian prison inmates produce quite a lot of things that you see in the market these days? These products produced by them range from food to clothing and even furniture!

Now that our country is in need of PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment), the prison inmates in Penor prison, Kuantan have stepped up and took it upon themselves to produce PPEs for our frontliners!

Prison inmates worked every day to produce these suits

According to The Star, 18 prison inmates in the Penor prison have been working 9am – 5pm (Monday to Sunday) in the prison sewing workshop to produce PPEs. The sewing operations started on 27th March and till now, the inmates have been able to stably produce 20 sets of suits daily.

The completed suits will be checked by the prison staff and then they will be sent to the Pahang state secretary office to be distributed to the state health department.

Penor Prison director Datuk Abu Hasan Hussain said that in addition to that, the Prison Women Staff and Wives of Prison Staff Association (Persiap) has also pitched in and produced about 525 face shields for the frontliners!

One of the inmates, Man, 26 has said that by helping cut the PPE material, he feels that he contributed to the country in his own little way.

“I know it (Covid-19) is contagious, I am also proud to be able to help even in prison. My contribution is not great, but I hope it can help protect struggling medical personnel.”

This is so inspiring! Since we’re all going into the second phase of the MCO soon, we should all continue to stay at home and to keep ourselves hygienic so that we can help to break the chain!

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On 16th March 2020, our Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that there will be a Movement Control Order that will be enforced from 18th till 31st March. However, the MCO was later extended for another two weeks till 14th April 2020.

Brave frontliners are risking their lives every day

While we are home, our frontliners are out there, fighting this invisible army of viruses. Our doctors and nurses are constantly exposed to it while our police officers and army officials are making sure everyone stays home so that the chain can be broken.

Giving starter packs to our frontliners

As a symbol of gratefulness towards the frontliners, Akisama Group, the developer of RC Residences has launched a campaign named “Care for the Frontliners“. The aim of this campaign is to supply frontliners with a starter pack full of essentials so that they can continue to fight this battle against Covid-19 without any worries.

The starter packs include umbrellas and face masks among other things which are especially useful for the police officers and army officials as they are stationed outdoors no matter rain or shine.

Without these frontliners, who knows what state our country would be in now. So, fellow Malaysians, let’s all come together (figuratively) and stay at home! 

Other than that, RC Residences has also said that they will be giving us Malaysians vouchers worth RM8,000 during this MCO, find out more here!

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The compliance rate for the Movement Control Order (MCO) is currently at 95% and the government aspires to reach total compliance of 100%. Unfortunately, reaching a total compliance of 100% is not that easy as there are still people who are refusing to adhere to the MCO.

Frustrated by the errant residences in his neighbourhood, this man in Taman Anika Jaya, Terengganu had decided to take it upon himself and scare his neighbours into staying at home.

Muhammad Urabil Alias had dressed as a ghost in white sheets to spook his errant neighbours (who are mostly youngsters) into not stepping out of their house. Yikes! 

Urabil posted pictures of him in action and it has since gone viral, garnering over 3,500 shares on Facebook. Many found his approach humorous rather than scary.

According to the Malay Mail, Urabil said the authorities had been patrolling his housing area since the enforcement of MCO but there were still some who remained stubborn.

He hoped that by posting these pictures on Facebook, his neighbours would be frightened and would not come out of their house at night.

Just as he had hoped, his crazy idea had worked. Urabil added that his stunt actually worked as the number of people who came out at night had reduced after he posted the pictures, which were taken by his wife Norhayati Nayan.

“After I uploaded the photos on FB, they panicked and were scared to come out,” Urabil said via Harian Metro.

Following the viral post, many netizens have questioned the photo’s authenticity which at this point is obviously fake.

“From my status itself you can see I was not serious but they still think the photos are real.” Urabil stated. He had apologised on behalf of himself and his wife if they had gone overboard.

All jokes aside, we hope everyone practices social distancing and stays at home during the MCO. We can help the frontliners by exercising our social responsibility in this battle against Covid-19.

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Menara City One Condominium located on Jalan Masjid India, Kuala Lumpur has been placed under lockdown after 17 Covid-19 cases were recorded.

According to Malaysia Kini, this is third lockdown, or enhanced movement control order (MCO) that the government has announced. The first two were applied on two villages in Simpang Renggam, Kluang on 27 March and seven villages in Hulu Langat yesterday (29 March) after a spike in Covid-19 cases there.

The Menara City One lockdown involves 3,200 residents in 502 residential units and 49 shops at the condominium, and will take effect at midnight until 13 April.

“The purpose of the enhanced MCO is to prevent Covid-19 from spreading out of the area,” said Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who is also the coordinating senior minister for security matters.

This is the first specific building that an enhanced MCO has been applied to, and the first such order in an urban area.

However, even though the building is under lockdown, businesses selling essential goods at the complex will still be allowed to operate. Residents will also be allowed to order food online which will be delivered to the lobby.

Additionally, while residents are not allowed to leave the complex, they can still go out of their units.

Ismail said a medical base will be set up at the condominium and Covid-19 screening will be conducted from unit to unit. The complex will also be guarded by police, army, civil defense force and Rela personnel.

“All residents are asked to remain calm, give their full cooperation to Health Ministry officials and obey instructions by the authorities,” he said.

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Times of crisis can bring out the best in people, and that is what most certainly was the case with a group of Food Panda deliverymen, who took it upon themselves to take care for the well-being of the underprivileged in Ipoh, according to this Facebook post!

While we may complain about staying home for another two weeks, we often overlook the fact that we get to do so in the comfort of our homes, with food to eat.

In which case, we have to ask, what will happen to the homeless during this period? Who will provide for them? In order to help them through this difficult time, a group of Food Panda deliverymen decided to band together and deliver free meals to the homeless who live on Ipoh’s streets, with nowhere else to go.

In their cheerful pink uniforms, the deliverymen distributed a number of meals and drinks to those who have been sleeping rough on the streets, providing them with just a moment’s respite from hunger.

And as we can see, the meals were definitely warmly received by those who needed it the most! And what’s more incredible is that these Food Panda delivery men have been doing this for over four days now!

To these abang-abang Food Panda who have been working extra hard to ensure we get meals delivered to our doorstep while also donating to those who are less privileged, we salute you for being shining examples of what Malaysians are! 

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INISIATIF kerajaan China dalam membendung penularan wabak COVID-19 sehingga angka jangkitan virus berkenaan di negara itu berhasil ‘dikawal’ boleh dianggap suatu kejayaan.

Walaupun wabak itu masih mencatatkan peningkatan di seluruh dunia, China sebaliknya berjaya mengawal penularan itu.

Setakat ini, China merekodkan sejumlah 81, 029 kes, dengan peningkatan sebanyak 22 kes sejak Sabtu.

Berdasarkan statistik, ia jauh lebih kecil berbanding peningkatan dalam tempoh 24 jam di Britain dengan 208 kes baharu dalam tempoh 24 jam.

Penutupan seluruh bandar

China telah melakukan kerja-kerja pembendungan terbaik dengan mengisytiharkan darurat ketat pada 23 Januari lalu di Wuhan serta 15 bandar lain di wilayah Hubei bagi mengekang wabak itu daripada terus menular.

Seramai 56 juta penduduk terkesan dengan pengisytiharan itu di mana semua pintu pengangkutan awam (bas, keretapi, penerbangan dan feri), premis perniagaan, kilang-kilang, pejabat serta sekolah turut ditutup rapat.

Malah, petugas kesihatan turut dikerahkan dari seluruh China hanya untuk membantu merawat pesakit yang dijangkiti virus pembunuh itu.

Pembinaan dua hospital

Dua hospital juga dibina hanya dalam masa dua minggu bagi menampung jumlah pesakit yang semakin meningkat setiap hari. Bukan sahaja langkah pembendungan dilakukan di negara itu, malah usaha pengawalan dan pengawasan turut dipertingkat dari semasa ke semasa.

Makluman di media sosial

Pihak kerajaan turut menggunakan platform media sosial serta aplikasi mudah alih bagi mengawasi pergerakan di kawasan yang dikategorikan mengikut warna iaitu hijau, kuning dan merah.

Proses nyahkuman yang kerap

Setiap jalan dan bangunan turut dibersihkan dengan penyemburan cecair pembasmi kuman yang dilakukan dengan kekerapan yang maksimum.

Penggunaan cahaya UV

Firma pengangkutan awam Yanggao mengubah kebuk pembersihan bas henti-hentinya kepada kebuk cahaya UV untuk tujuan nyahkuman pada rangkaian basnya.

Proses yang sebelum ini mengambil masa 40 minit ditambah baik hingga hanya memerlukan tempoh 5 minit bagi setiap bas.

Topeng muka diwajibkan

Semua rakyat turut diwajibkan memakai topeng muka jika menaiki teksi atau ke pasar raya untuk mendapatkan bekalan makanan dengan kerja-kerja bacaan suhu turut menjadi kewajipan semasa memasuki sesebuah bangunan.

Pergerakan dipantau

Selain itu, seluruh kejiranan turut dikawal oleh penguat kuasa yang melakukan rondaan serta pemeriksaan keluar masuk terhadap pelawat yang berkunjung ke sesebuah kawasan perumahan.

Penguatkuasaan ketat

China juga turut memperketat sistem pengkuatkuasaan tentera dan polisnya dengan menahan serta mengurung individu yang melanggar kesalahan di kala penularan wabak tersebut.

Pesanan khidmat masyarakat

Bagi langkah pencegahan, pesanan khidmat masyarakat juga sering disebar luas kepada orang awam dengan mengalakkan mereka mencuci tangan dengan lebih kerap dan mengurangkan perjalanan agar tidak membebankan penguat kuasa kesihatan.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Hindu Sangam (MHS) menasihati penganut yang menghadiri sambutan keagamaan Masi Magam di Teluk Bahang, Pulau Pinang pada Jumaat lalu untuk menjalani pemeriksaan kesihatan bagi mencegah penularan wabak COVID-19.

Presidennya, Datuk RS Mohan Shan berkata, meskipun setakat ini belum ada penganut yang menghadiri upacara itu disahkan positif wabak itu, namun mereka dinasihati untuk berbuat demikian sebagai langkah pencegahan awal.

“Sesungguhnya tindakan itu bukan untuk mencetuskan panik, namun adalah baik untuk melakukan pemeriksaan secara sukarela terutamanya mereka yang mempunyai gejala-gejala jangkitan wabak tersebut,” katanya ketika dihubungi Astro AWANI.

Jumaat lalu, kira-kira 30,000 penganut India dilaporkan menghadiri perarakan tahunan membawa patung Dewi Sri Singamuga Kaliamman ke laut.

Penganut Hindu yang menyertai upacara itu kemudian akan melepaskan lampu pelita berwarna-warni ke laut sebagai pelengkap acara ritual tahunan itu.

Menurut kepercayaan agama Hindu, Maasi bermaksud bulan mengikut kalendar Tamil manakala Magam pula adalah salah satu bintang daripada 27 bintang dalam sistem astrologi Hindu.

Perayaan yang diadakan untuk mendapat restu daripada Dewi yang dipercayai menjaga kawasan laut itu selalunya jatuh di antara bulan Febuari dan Mac.

Mengulas lanjut, Mohan Shan berkata, sebagai langkah segera, MHS telah mengeluarkan notis pemberitahuan kepada kira-kira 2,000 kuil berdaftar di seluruh Malaysia supaya menghindari daripada mengadakan sebarang sambutan keagamaan secara besar-besaran, buat masa ini sehingga notis sususlan.

Pun begitu katanya, upacara sembahyang yang diadakan di kuil pada setiap hari masih boleh diteruskan.

“Cuma saya sarankan supaya pengurusan kuil dapat menyediakan cecair pembasmi kuman dan memeriksa suhu badan di pintu masuk.

“Perkara ini bukan untuk menyusahkan mana-mana pihak sebaliknya adalah untuk kesejahteraan semua orang,” jelasnya.

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