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Batu Pahat: Pensyarah Fakulti Kejuruteraan Mekanikal dan Pembuatan (FKMP) Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Siti Juita Mastura Mohd Saleh mencatat sejarah menjadi wanita pertama Malaysia memiliki lesen juruterbang kawalan dron profesional.

Siti Juita Mastura, 39, memiliki lesen itu atau ‘Remote Pilot License’ (RePL) yang diiktiraf oleh Lembaga Keselamatan Penerbangan Awam (CASA), Australia.

Beliau yang juga pensyarah dan penyelidik di Jabatan Kejuruteraan Aeronautik di universiti berkenaan mempunyai kepakaran dalam bidang struktur dan reka bentuk pesawat, khususnya berkaitan struktur komposit.

“Saya bersyukur kerana diberi peluang berbakti kepada universiti yang menggalakkan kakitangannya untuk terbabit dalam aktiviti komuniti.

“Saya juga berpeluang untuk menyumbang khidmat bakti dan berkongsi ilmu berkaitan dron kepada komuniti setempat mahupun masyarakat Orang Asli menerusi program diatur UTHM,” katanya dihubungi hari ini.

Menurut beliau, dia bukan sahaja aktif dalam bidang penyelidikan malah menjadi penggerak kepada pembangunan pensijilan aeroangkasa, khususnya berkaitan program teknologi dron yang kini ditawarkan di UTHM.

“Melalui kerjasama dengan pihak industri, saya diberi geran penyelidikan oleh UTHM untuk membangunkan prototaip pesawat terbang rendah yang dikenali sebagai ‘wing-in-ground effect craft’.

“Dengan pemilikan lesen ini, saya berhasrat untuk meneruskan aktiviti penyelidikan dan pembangunan produk aeroangkasa selaras dengan hasrat negara untuk memperkasa industri aeroangkasa menjelang 2030,” katanya.

Menurut beliau, dia juga adalah lembaga pengarah dalam satu syarikat terbitan UTHM, Avitex Solution yang menjalankan aktiviti komersil produk berasaskan dron serta kursus asas pengendalian dron.

“Saya berharap, dengan tertubuhnya syarikat berkenaan, ia akan memberi peluang kepada UTHM untuk terbabit dengan lebih aktif dalam aktiviti konsultansi membabitkan aplikasi dron dalam pelbagai industri,” katanya.

-hmetro

It was no doubt that 2020 was the most difficult year the world witnessed in recent decades.

Pandemic, economic contraction, political uncertainty and social issues were the major topics that dominated the minds of Malaysians in the past Lunar year that is coming to an end soon.

With no end in sight for the Covid-19 situation, many Malaysians have remained sceptical and foresee 2021 to be as tough as 2020, if not tougher.

But, Chinese geomancy experts seem to have a more positive outlook this year as the world adapts to a new normal with signs of recovery.

As we head into the new Lunar year, Malay Mail asked feng shui masters Kenny Hoo and Yap Boh Chu to give us some perspective of the year of the Metal Ox based on the Bazi chart, Chinese astrology prediction.

Feng shui master Kenny Hoo has named 2021 the ‘turnaround year’ as the world heads into recovery after a challenging year. ― Picture by Choo Choy May
Feng shui master Kenny Hoo has named 2021 the ‘turnaround year’ as the world heads into recovery after a challenging year. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

Kenny Hoo ― The ‘turnaround year’

Hoo said 2021 was the Golden Bull year and predicted that will be more positive with better opportunities.

“The combination of the elements make this year more auspicious with better harmony when compared to last year.”

According to him, June, August and December 2021 and January 2022 are deemed to be challenging months.

In contrast, he noted that February, May, July, September and October are positive months and offer good energy for business and the stock market.

Hoo said the keyword for this year is “turnaround” as people are expected to come together to expand their business.

“In this year, we have to proactively look into new avenues and expedite the recovery process by leveraging on technology and joining forces with strategic partners.

“Those who help each other with ‘shared prosperity’ in mind potentially have a higher chance to grow their career, wealth and success this year.”

Hoo, however, cautioned that the world can’t expect to go back to the pre-pandemic life as the “new world order” kicks in during the so-called “new normal”.

“The pandemic has changed many things in terms of economy, technology and the way people live. Hence, the new normal is no longer new as people have already altered their lifestyle.”

Hoo noted that the current feng shui period, dubbed Period Eight, is coming to an end in 2023, which can be the cause of instability. 

“Often, the crossover between two periods – which happens every 20 years – causes uncertainties.”

Hoo, however, said Period Nine is deemed to be prosperous with more positive energy.

Despite the political turmoil in the country, Hoo said Malaysia is deemed to be doing well this year because of its positioning.

But, he predicted that Vietnam and Indonesia will perform incredibly well in the region. 

According to him, industries with the element of Wood and Fire will have greater business opportunities.

Those with the element of Wood include, agriculture, healthcare and education.

“Industries with the elements of Fire, which include electronics, telecommunications, energy as well as innovative technologies will gain huge traction.”

Hoo said those who were born in the year of the Rat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Tiger will have many opportunities in 2021.

“The Snake and the Pig can anticipate many changes and uncertainties this year, hence it’s advisable to proactively meet with friends from far away to attract supporters.

“Similarly, the Goat, Ox, Horse and Rabbit will have a challenging year.”

Feng shui master Yap Boh Chu has predicted 2021 to be another challenging year but with some light at the end of the tunnel. ― Picture courtesy of Yap Boh Chu
Feng shui master Yap Boh Chu has predicted 2021 to be another challenging year but with some light at the end of the tunnel. ― Picture courtesy of Yap Boh Chu

Yap Boh Chu ― A challenging year with some light at the end of the tunnel

According to Yap, the year is expected to be challenging but he was convinced that there will be some light at the end of the tunnel.

“The year will be challenging but it won’t be as bad as last year.

“Last year was gloomy all the way with no end to it, but we can see some light at the end of the tunnel this year.”

Yap said he foresees good things to happen from the fourth quarter of the Chinese year, which would be in November, December and January.

Yap also noted that generally, those who were born in the year of Ox, Dragon, Goat and Dog must be more careful as they may face more challenges than other zodiac animal signs.

In contrast, he said the Snake and the Rooster may have more luck this year.

Yap said he doesn’t foresee most countries in Southeast Asia, especially Malaysia, to be doing well this year.

He, however, noted that Vietnam and the Philippine would be doing very well in the region.

For China, Yap predicted that they will continue to prosper leading to 2024 as we head into the Ninth Period.

“Interestingly, this year will be a good year for the US too but they are expected to face some challenges during the 20-year Period Ninth cycle ― eventually giving way to China to continue its rise.”

Yap said promising sectors for 2021 would be technology, renewable energy, personal health and beauty.

“Property, financial services and tourism sectors are expected to experience another difficult year.”

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Lebih 600 rakyat Malaysia di Myanmar

February 3, 2021 | News | No Comments

Lebih 600 rakyat Malaysia berdaftar dengan Kedutaan Malaysia di Yangon, Myanmar dan kebanyakan terdiri ahli perniagaan, pekerja profesional serta anggota keluarga mereka.

Kedutaan menasihati semua rakyat Malaysia di Myanmar supaya bertenang, berwaspada dan terus mematuhi nasihat keselamatan pihak berkuasa tempatan di negara itu.

“Sejak pagi tadi (semalam) sebilangan rakyat Malaysia menghubungi kedutaan untuk mendapatkan nasihat mengenai situasi keselamatan di Myanmar dan kedutaan telah mengambil tindakan sewajarnya,” kata kedutaan dalam satu kenyataan kepada Bernama.

Keadaan di Yangon, Myanmar tenang setakat ini, dengan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Yangon ditutup untuk operasi antarabangsa dan domestik sehingga diberitahu kelak.

“Kedutaan masih mengumpulkan maklumat mengenai kawasan lain di negara ini,” kata kedutaan.

Media antarabangsa melaporkan tentera telah melancarkan kudeta di Myanmar dan mengisytiharkan darurat selama setahun, diikuti dengan penahanan pemimpin politik serta pegawai kanan kerajaan lain atas dakwaan penyelewengan undi dalam pilihan raya negara itu pada November 2020.

Dalam kenyataan sama kedutaan berkata perkhidmatan internet mudah alih turut terjejas sejak 5.30 pagi semalam tetapi kembali pulih pada tengah hari, manakala sektor perbankan menghentikan operasi berikutan aktiviti Internet yang terhad.

“Bagaimanapun, pada tengah hari, orang ramai dilihat beratur di Mesin Juruwang Automatik (ATM),” tambah kenyataan itu.

Untuk bantuan kedutaan dan masalah kecemasan, Kedutaan Besar Malaysia di Yangon boleh dihubungi di talian +95 9 772 220 230 atau e-mel embygn2021@gmail.com.

HM

There’s nothing quite like a generous smear of fig jam to go with your cheese and crackers. The touch of sweetness elevates every bite.

But fresh figs? Fresh figs can be an entirely different proposition, especially if you’ve encountered imported ones that are mushy and tasteless. You reckon this is why folks make fig jam, no?

Lawrence Yew and Cheah Zhao Yan would beg to differ. The two long-time friends turned business partners are counting on Malaysian palates craving something new, specifically fresh figs grown on local soil. Figs that are ripened on the branch and taste right.

But Yew and Cheah are not farmers, but auditors by training. Surely starting a fruit farm — much less growing a fruit many of their fellow Malaysians still find unfamiliar, at least in its fresh form — is a huge risk?

Yew shares, “Born and bred in KL, we met in high school as we were in the same classes then. During that time, both of us were studious. I was from the school band and Cheah was a Scout. Entrepreneurship was never something I thought I would be doing, as I was more academically inclined and always thought that I will be climbing the corporate ladder.”

The pair both later became auditors but the desire to start their own business was never far away, especially for Yew who was always interested in agriculture. However, farming is capital intensive so it wasn’t until 2019 when Cheah left his job that the two friends decided to pool their savings to start a fig farm.

Yew first chanced upon figs during a meeting with one of his clients: “I discovered that figs were viable in our tropical climate. Previously, the only figs that I knew were dried figs that were used to boil soup or those chewy seedy ones eaten as snacks.”

For Cheah, his first impression of figs was hardly encouraging — “imported figs from Turkey during my job assignment in Dubai; they tasted bland” — and it was only later, when he tasted fully ripe locally farmed fresh figs in Malaysia, that he saw an opportunity.

He recalls, “I then realised that fresh figs could be sweet and with a special distinct taste for each different variety, and with great potential to be the next Malaysian home-grown superfruit.”

And thus Figara11 was born.

With their fortuitous change in career circumstances and renewed appreciation for the fruit, Yew and Cheah got cracking on their fig farm. Their mission? To bring fresh figs ripened on the tree to Malaysians, one household at a time.

“Most Malaysians do not know what figs should look or taste like,” says Yew. “Those who are fortunate enough to try them overseas get very disappointed with the ones found at the premium supermarkets. You see, imported figs have to be picked at semi-ripe state to last longer on shelves. The main trade-off will be the lack of flavour and sweetness.”

Figs, unlike some other fruits, do not ripen off the tree. They may become softer but not sweeter, according to Yew.

He says, “Once it is picked semi-ripe, it stays that way throughout. With that knowledge, we believe Malaysians deserve better. As figs are less well known, we need to educate customers of what to expect; what is ripe, semi-ripe and over-ripe; and what should be the right taste and texture.”

Thus, to distinguish their figs from that of other fig producers, Figara11 focuses on fresh figs that are ripened on the tree. Using a business-to-consumer (B2C) model, the fruit are picked and sent to customers within 24 hours, ensuring freshness , what the duo terms as #FarmToPalm.

Customers place a pre-order with Figara11 via their website (figara11.com/pre-order). Harvesting of figs is done daily to ensure the optimal freshness and ripeness, but the duo admits it can be a struggle to ensure every single fig bought by customers lasts more than five days. Zero waste is a constant goal.

Yew shares, “Customer satisfaction is our mantra, so we have a money back guarantee or replacing figs that are not satisfactory. Our pre-order model is very important to ensure figs are delivered fresh and routes to customers are optimised, as we want to keep delivery costs for customers low, to the extent we have our own delivery team instead of using delivery partners.”

Figs are fragile and proper handling is critical. Cheah explains that above a certain purchase — currently set at RM100 — Figara11 will absorb the delivery fees.

He says, “This is something other players are unable to do. Every decision that we make, it is to ensure customers get the best experience.”

Moving forward, Yew notes that their goal is to produce the highest quality figs all year round and to send fresh figs from the farm directly to customers.

He adds, “After a few months of selling the figs, we found that our market is of the more affluent consumers. We are sold out almost every day, and our lower grade figs are well received for business use.”

Figara11 also transforms their fresh figs into products such as fig jam, fig leaf tea and prebiotic beverages. They are also exploring dried figs and other products.

Yew explains, “For our fresh figs, some customers request a specific level of ripeness. With our fig jam, we slowly developed other variations based on customer feedback. As we do not wish to compete with overseas fig producers, we are trying to avoid going into dried figs but who knows, one day we might because there are requests for them.”

The latest result of their painstaking development process is Gugu Guts — a prebiotic drink created with the notion that the fig itself is a prebiotic as it is rich in pectin, a soluble fibre. The name is partly derived from ichijiku, which is Japanese for figs.

Other “super fruits” such as pomegranates, goji berries, cranberries and mixed berries are added, as well as prebiotic extracts from chicory roots.

Yew says, “Gugu Guts help people with constipation or digestion issues, and improve conditions that arise from leaky guts. These are all due to the imbalance of the gut microbiome, where bad bacteria thrives over the good bacteria. Introducing prebiotics is essential due to the lack of a balanced diet nowadays, allowing the fuel to be given to good bacteria to flourish.”

As they are mainly an online outfit, expanding Figara11’s business-to-business (B2B) base would allow for a greater diversity of fig products in the market. Cheah says, “We are very keen on collaborating with brands that are looking for the same outreach, and believe that farm produce should be as fresh as they can be to be delivered to customers.”

The duo is also looking to gradually expand their farm, due to the delicate nature of figs and their short shelf life. Yew says, “Consumer education is crucial. As much as we like to have it done faster, we are likely only able to do that once the customer base is solid to ensure zero waste.”

With figs this fresh and this sweet, one wouldn’t be surprised if a clean plate is all that is left.

-malaymail

Ikea Malaysia turned a mistake into an opportunity after a batch of its reusable bags sported a glaring printing error.

The home furnishing store’s Klamby reusable bags were meant to feature the URL ‘www.ikea.com.my’ but what got through the printers was ‘www.ikea.co.my’ instead.

The missing ‘m’ could have spelled disaster for online shoppers.

Following the typo, Ikea Malaysia has rebranded the bags as the ‘alamak’ bag which have earned them single batch status thanks to the slip-up.

Alamak is a reference to the Malay phrase typically used to express shock or dismay, similar to ‘oops’ or ‘uh-oh’ in the English language.

Malay Mail found the erroneous bags were being sold on Ikea Malaysia’s website after the same mistake that befell Ikea Singapore made headlines.

Just like Malaysia, Ikea Singapore’s URL was incorrectly printed ‘www.ikea.co.sg’.

The URL typo across the Causeway was spotted by Facebook user Alicia Cho at an Ikea Singapore store.

“I wonder who approve the design before printing…how can make such a mistake (sic),” she wrote.

Taking the boo-boo in their stride, the Swedish brand got creative and decided to sell the bags as a limited edition item with the description “limited, unique, alamak”.

Ikea made up for the oversight with a witty sales pitch that will no doubt amuse many.

“At Ikea, it’s OK to make a mistake,” the message to customers read.

“We printed the wrong website address on the Klamby reusable bag but because it’s reusable we won’t scrap them.

“They’re limited edition and they won’t be back!”

Cho’s Facebook post came with a snapshot of the clever copywriting in-store while the same disclaimer is spotted above the product page on the Malaysian website.

In Malaysia, the Klamby reusable bag is priced at RM4.90 while Ikea Singapore is selling it for SG$1.90 (RM5.77)

-malaymail

PEMANGKIN kesalinghubungan negara, unifi baru-baru ini menerima pengiktirafan berprestij daripada pakar jenama global, World Branding Forum dan portal teknologi terkemuka di Malaysia, PC.com melalui anugerah terbaik di bawah kategori jalur lebar.

Ketua Pegawai Komersial TM, Anand Vijayan berkata, dua pengiktirafan yang diterima adalah Anugerah Jenama Terbaik Tahunan di bawah kategori Penyedia Perkhidmatan Jalur Lebar dan Internet oleh World Branding Forum serta kategori Pembekal Perkhidmatan Jalur Lebar Tetap Rumah Terbaik dan Penyedia Jalur Lebar Tetap Perniagaan Terbaik dalam Best Product Awards 2020 PC.com 2020.

Menurutnya, anugerah peringkat nasional dan antarabangsa itu mengiktiraf usaha inovatif unifi dalam memangkin gaya hidup digital melalui kesalinghubungan yang lancar untuk pengguna dan perniagaan melalui pelbagai tawaran penyelesaian jalur lebar, mudah alih serta kandungan.

“World Brand Awards merupakan program anugerah utama World Branding Forum, sebuah organisasi global bukan berasaskan keuntungan yang berpusat di London.

“Anugerah Jenama Terbaik Tahunan 2020/21 berada di bawah kategori Anugerah Nasional, di mana jenama terulung di setiap negara peserta diiktiraf; unifi adalah satu-satunya pemenang dalam kategori Penyedia Perkhidmatan Jalur Lebar dan Internet dari Malaysia,” katanya menerusi satu kenyataan pada Rabu.

Beliau berkata, Anugerah Produk Terbaik PC.com 2020/21 pula merupakan anugerah teknologi utama yang mengiktiraf tawaran teknologi terbaik di seluruh negara yang turut merangkumi pengundian 23,000 pembaca PC.com.

“Kami berbangga kerana diiktiraf di peringkat global dan juga domestik sebagai penyedia perkhidmatan internet terbaik. Tawaran perkhidmatan jalur lebar kami kini boleh diakses secara meluas di kebanyakan kediaman di seluruh Malaysia yang membolehkan pelanggan kami menikmati pengalaman digital secara lancar.

“Dalam pada usaha kami untuk terus memberikan tawaran internet, kandungan dan mudah alih terbaik kami juga akan kekal komited untuk meningkatkan kesalinghubungan untuk lebih ramai rakyat Malaysia, sejajar dengan aspirasi Jalinan Digital Negara (JENDELA). Lagipun, setiap pencapaian kami merupakan kejayaan bagi semua rakyat Malaysia,” katanya.

Anand berkata, sebagai jenama perintis penyedia perkhidmatan internet di Malaysia, unifi selaku rakan pembangunan Malaysia untuk lebih 20 tahun terus menerajui pendigitalan negara.

Katanya, pengiktirafan yang baru diterima ini sememangnya meningkatkan motivasi unifi untuk terus menjadi pilihan orang ramai bagi penyelesaian kesalinghubungan untuk kediaman dan perniagaan selain memberikan perkhidmatan internet dan mudah alih yang pantas serta boleh dipercayai untuk pengguna dan perniagaan masa kini dan masa akan datang.

-sinarharian

Rakyat kita pengotor

January 11, 2021 | News, People | No Comments

RAKYAT Malaysia perlu mengikis sikap pengotor dan tiada sivik dalam diri masing-masing. Sampah dibuang merata-rata sedangkan tong sampah telah disediakan.

Lihat sahaja di kawasan pelancongan jeti Langkawi yang menjadi tumpuan baru-baru ini, misalnya, lampin pakai buang dicampak sesuka hati sehingga menyakitkan mata yang memandang.

Minggu ini tular satu video di media sosial yang merakamkan tabiat buruk orang kita membuang sampah daripada tingkap kenderaan ke dalam sungai, menjadi bukti bahawa segelintir rakyat Malaysia memang pengotor.

Tanpa rasa bersalah dan segan, dua beranak itu dilihat mencampakkan bungkusan berisi sampah ke dalam sungai. Selamba sahaja!

Insiden itu adalah sebahagian daripada ribuan lagi contoh yang mungkin tidak sempat dirakam atau menjadi tular. Tapi, hakikatnya masih ada segelintir orang kita yang tidak berdisiplin atau tidak pernah pun ambil peduli isu sampah.

Kadangkala ada perkara yang kita tidak nampak impaknya secara individu, namun menjadi masalah besar apabila dilihat secara kolektif.

Kita ambil contoh isu buang sampah merata-rata. Katakanlah, seorang membuang sampah kecil seperti pembungkus gula-gula. Secara individu, ia dilihat remeh sahaja kerana pembungkus gula-gula tak adalah besar mana pun.

Cuba kita bayangkan jika sejuta orang membuang pembungkus gula-gula, mesti impaknya menjadi lebih besar.

Di Malaysia, ia adalah antara masalah darjah pemikiran yang kita kena hadapi iaitu mentaliti kelas ketiga. Ramai yang fikir jika mereka buat sesuatu secara individu, ia tidak akan beri kesan besar. Apabila semakin ramai berfikir sebegitu, maka ia akan menjadi satu malapetaka.

Bagi golongan keras kepala, minda kelas ketiga mereka hanya satu – ‘campak sahaja ke mana pun sampah asalkan dalam rumah, kereta atau halaman aku bersih.’

Sikap mementingkan diri sendiri itulah yang mencemarkan imej negara, merosakkan alam sekitar dan mengundang bencana.

Jika kita boleh ambil iktibar mudah, cuba kita imbas kembali video-video tentang kejadian ombak besar di Seberang Takir, Kuala Nerus, Terengganu minggu lalu.

Selain menginsafi kehebatan kuasa ALLAH SWT, kita juga patut terkejut dengan banyaknya sampah yang dibawa air laut kembali ke daratan.

Ia seolah-olah satu gambaran bahawa laut mengembalikan semula semua sisa sampah sarap yang dibuang ke laut ke daratan.

Ingatlah, alam sekitar juga mempunyai hak untuk menjalani kehidupan yang selesa tanpa dicemari oleh perbuatan tidak bertamadun manusia. Bumi adalah hak bersama, bukan milik mutlak manusia sahaja.

Kerajaan kita telah berbelanja jutaan ringgit untuk menangani sikap rakyat yang gemar membuang sampah tanpa mempedulikan kesannya kepada kualiti kehidupan, selain memperuntukkan RM200,000 sebulan bagi kerja pengurusan sampah di kawasan tidak dibenarkan di sekitar Kuala Lumpur.

Sama ada sedar atau tidak, negara akan menjadi longgokan sampah jika sikap rakyat tidak segera dibetulkan. Justeru, semua pihak perlu bekerjasama untuk merealisasikan agenda ‘Malaysia Negara Bersih’.

Berdasarkan statistik oleh Perbadanan Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal dan Pembersihan Awam (SWCorp), seorang rakyat dianggar menghasilkan sebanyak 1.17 kilogram (kg) sampah sehari pada tahun 2018 berbanding 0.8kg (2005).

Penghasilan sampah harian dalam kalangan rakyat Malaysia mencatat peningkatan sebanyak 100.75 peratus kepada 38,142 tan pada tahun 2018, berbanding 19,000 tan pada tahun 2005.

Menurut laporan itu juga, peratusan sisa plastik direkodkan meningkat 20 peratus pada tahun 2018 berbanding 44.5 peratus daripada keseluruhan sampah adalah sisa makanan, manakala sisa plastik (13.2 peratus) dan lampin pakai buang (12.1 peratus) pada 2005.

Sementara itu, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Alam Flora, Datuk Mohd Zain Hassan, memaklumkan empat tan sampah dikutip di sekitar Pusat Konvensyen Kuala Lumpur (KLCC), manakala 2.5 tan di Bukit Bintang dan Dataran Merdeka (2.5 tan), selepas sambutan Tahun Baharu 2020.

Sampah akan membebankan masyarakat, termasuk kos kesihatan. Barangkali pemikiran rakyat masih belum hadam untuk melihat isu sampah sebagai sesuatu yang sangat serius, selain tidak mengendahkan untuk mengasingkan sisa buangan.

-sinarharian

After reporting 1,295 new COVID-19 cases in a single day on 16 December, Malaysia has officially surpassed mainland China’s cumulative cases

As of Wednesday, Malaysia’s COVID-19 cases tally stood at 87,913, which is 1,143 cases more than mainland China.

Mainland China currently has 86,770 cumulative cases.

CodeBlue reported that Malaysia is now the 79th country with the highest total COVID-19 cases in the world.

The three ASEAN countries with more cases than Malaysia are:
– Indonesia at 19th place: 636,154 cases
– the Philippines at 28th place: 452,988 cases
– Myanmar at 69th place: 110,667 cases

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s total COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population is 44.8 times higher than mainland China

According to data gathered from Worldometer, CodeBlue reported that 270 out of 100,000 people in Malaysia are infected with the virus, while only six out of 100,000 people in mainland China are infected with the virus.

Malaysia’s estimated population of 32.7 million is 45 times smaller than mainland China’s 1.4 billion population.

Additionally, 1.32 people in Malaysia have died from COVID-19 per 100,000 population, as compared to 0.32 in China.

SAYS

If you’ve been waiting for the latest Apple Watch models, your wait is almost over. Malaysians can pre-order the recently announced Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE starting this Thursday, October 15, 2020.

The Series 6 and SE are already listed on LazMall’s Apple store with pre-order staring from 9am on the 15th of October. Both GPS and GPS + Cellular models are listed and you can get it in either 40mm and 44mm sizes.

Apart from Lazada, retailer Machines and Switch have also confirmed that pre-order for both Apple Watches will begin on 15th October at 9am on their respective websites.

To recap, below are the official retail prices for the Series 6 and SE in Malaysia:

Apple Watch SE — Aluminium + Sport Loop / Solo Loop
40mm GPS — RM1,199
40mm GPS + Cellular — RM1,449
44mm GPS — RM1,349
44mm GPS + Cellular — RM1,599

Apple Watch Series 6 — Aluminium + Sport Loop
40mm GPS — RM1,749
40mm GPS + Cellular — RM2,199
44mm GPS — RM1,899
44mm GPS + Cellular — RM2,349

Apple Watch Series 6 — Stainless Steel + Sport Loop
40mm GPS + Cellular — RM2,999
44mm GPS + Cellular — RM3,249

So far there’s no availability dates yet and we still don’t know how long you’ll need to wait for the stock arrives. The new models are also listed on Apple’s official website but without any availability info.

The Watch Series 6 is their latest top of the line smartwatch that comes with an always-on Retina display and a more powerful Apple dual-core S6 chip. It features a new heart rate sensor which now measures blood oxygen levels. For the first time, the Series 6 will be available in (Product)Red.

Meanwhile, the Watch SE is currently a mid-range offering which is essentially a watered-down Series 5. While it has a better display than the current entry-level Series 3, it lacks an always-on display function and it doesn’t offer ECG and blood oxygen level tracking. However, it does come with an always-on altimetre which is also offered on the Series 6. You can learn more in our Apple Watch SE announcement post.

-malaymail

China has given Malaysia priority recipient status for its COVID-19 vaccine once it completes development

According to New Straits Times, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said this was one of the things his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, had agreed to in a meeting during the latter’s official visit to the country today, 13 October.

CNN reported that, as of October, China has four out of 10 COVID-19 vaccine candidates worldwide that have successfully entered Phase Three clinical trials – the last step of testing before regulatory approval.

Hishammuddin said the country appreciated China’s commitment to prioritise Malaysia for their COVID-19 vaccine

“We also welcomed China’s agreement to encourage Chinese enterprises to establish all-round cooperation with Malaysian partners in vaccine research and development, and distribution,” said Hishammuddin during the press conference today.

Both Foreign Ministers also discussed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for cooperation between both countries in the post COVID-19 era

“This MOU provides the broad framework of pragmatic cooperation between the two countries in the post COVID-19 era,” said Hishammuddin.

“I hope to sign this MOU personally in my return visit to Beijing when the situation permits.”

The bilateral meeting also discussed, among other topics, the Belt and Road Initiative, South China Sea, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) deal, and the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) initiative.

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