Malaysians, if you have the need to shop, there’s some excellent news for you.
The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) announced a new initiative to boost the country’s economy.
It’s called the Shop Malaysia Online campaign, and it started on August 1, 2020, and it will run until the end of September 2020.
The campaign is under the National Economy Recovery Plan or better known to Malaysians as PENJANA. It’s the same program that allows Malaysians to claim US$11.93 (RM50) which is credited into the ewallet of their choice.
22 ecommerce partners will be involved in this campaign. Some of these partners are big-name players in the Malaysian ecommerce scene like Lazada, Shopee, Zalora, Foodpanda, Grab, and more.
MDEC stated that the Malaysian government would be allocating US$16 million (RM70 million) to get this campaign running. It also added that all participating partners have collectively matched the government’s funds bringing that total to US$52 million (RM140 million) for sales promotions.
MDEC CEO Surina Shukri said, “By helping Malaysian sellers make the digital leap and evolve into digitally powered businesses, we hope to bolster Malaysians’ confidence to participate in the digital economy and overcome the challenges brought by the pandemic.
“Through Shop Malaysia Online, consumers choosing to shop local are also showing support to local businesses, helping them and their families in these challenging times.”
There are a large number of promo codes that are already available for you to use.
If you like tech, somewhere along the line, you’ve probably owned a Xiaomi Mi Band.
For those of you who don’t know what the heck that is, it’s a smart band that connects to your phone via Bluetooth.
You can check your phone’s notification, track your fitness, and heart rate all without pulling out your phone.
And if you live in Malaysia, we have some good news. The latest Mi Band 5 has arrived on your shores. If you’re thinking of getting an upgrade from the Mi Band 4 or previous models, this might be a worthy upgrade.
The new Mi Band 5 comes with a 1.1-inch AMOLED display, which is larger than its predecessor’s 0.95-inch display. It also has an improved magnetic charging port at the back, and unlike the Mi Band 4, you won’t have to remove it from the strap to get it charged.
Sadly, the battery lasts far shorter than the Mi Band 4, which can give you about 20 days of usage on a single charge. However, the Mi Band 5 can only last up to 14 days or 20 days in low powered mode. But it does support the same 5 ATM water resistance, which means it can be submerged underwater for up to 50 meters.
As for the watch face, you’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of faces, which allows you to control the type of information that’s being displayed. It’s also made to cater to women, as it now comes with a menstrual cycle tracking feature.
However, the global version of the Mi Band 5 doesn’t come with an NFC chip. Which means you won’t be able to make payments using the band. If you want that feature, you’ll need to get your hands on the Chinese version.
Lastly, it comes with most of the other features on the Mi Band 4, such as GPS tracking for your runs, 24-hour heartbeat and sleep monitor, and six workout modes.
While the Mi Band 5 has already been selling in the market, this official announcement means that it will come under the Xiaomi Malaysia warranty, so you don’t need to be extra careful with the band anymore.
The Mi Band 5 retails for US$40 (RM169) and can be purchased on Xiaomi’s official Shopee or Lazada stores.
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The Malaysian government is considering whether to go with a fine or jail time for those refusing to “mask up” once the use of face masks is made mandatory in public places, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
He said the growing number of infections was worrying, as the number of new Covid-19 cases hit double digits for the third straight day on Tuesday (July 21).
There were 15 cases on Tuesday with 11 of them being local transmissions.
If the wearing of a face mask is made mandatory in public places under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act, Dr Noor Hisham said that those flouting the law could either be fined RM1,000 (S$324) or put in jail.
“The Health Ministry is encouraging the use of face masks, especially in public places, high-risk places or places where social distancing of one metre apart is hard to enforce.
“We have currently not made it mandatory because once we make it mandatory under the Act, we would have to consider the punishment.
“We are still looking at the punishment – whether to fine or give jail time for those not wearing face masks – once its use is made compulsory, ” he said during a briefing on Tuesday.
He reiterated the ministry’s recommendation on the use of face masks, which could reduce the risk of infection by 65 per cent as well as social distancing, which could reduce transmission by up to 70 per cent.
Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysia recorded seven recoveries on Tuesday.
As for the 15 new infections, he said four were from imported cases involving three Malaysians and one foreigner.
Nine of the 11 local cases were from Sarawak.
Out of those, one was a foreigner who tested positive during new arrival screening at the Semuja Immigration depot in Sarawak. “Five of the cases are from a new cluster – the Sentosa Hospital cluster. There are currently six cases in this cluster; the first was detected on July 19, ” he said.
Those affected in this cluster were five medical workers and another one from a cleaning company.
All six of them are being treated at the Sarawak General Hospital.
There were no new deaths on Tuesday. The number of fatalities remained at 123.
As much as Malaysians love to party, staying safe and Covid-19-free seems like a pretty good reason to stay in for now
A whopping 328 individuals were arrested yesterday (19th July), for attending pubs and nightclubs, a restriction that has yet to be lifted under the RMCO. Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, said a total of 383 people were caught by a joint special task force for taking part in prohibited activities.
“Of the total 383 individuals arrested for violating the MCO, 328 of them were detained for going to nightclubs and pubs. 32 have been remanded, while 351 were issued compounds (of RM1,000 each),” said the minister in a statement recorded by the Sun Daily. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first instance of people violating MCO rules to go clubbing. Previously, 96 individuals were detained by authorities when they were discovered violating SOPs at pubs and nightclubs.
The RMCO task force that was set up by the police conducted 61,907 inspections nationwide on Sunday.
Ismail Sabri added that, in total, 2,809 enforcement teams involving 11,996 personnel were deployed to conduct checks on 3,681 supermarkets, 5,535 restaurants, 1,882 hawkers, 2,086 factories, 3,458 banks and 754 government offices.
“Checks were also done on 1,166 land transportation terminals, 214 water transport terminals, and 96 air transport terminals,” said the minister.
Party animals and club-goers can resume their eventful night lives once the virus no longer poses a threat to society. But until then, there’s no harm in following the SOPs to prevent another outbreak from happening.
Over the past couple of weeks, multiple announcements were made by the government concerning the re-opening of sectors and industries as part of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). But with so many changes being made, it can be hard to keep track of what’s allowed to re-open and what’s not, especially with all the SOPs we still have to abide to.
But we’ve made things easier for you guys by summarizing everything that’s opening up again starting 1st July! Here’s a roundup of everything that’s opening:
1. Pre-schools and kindergartens allowed to open
Parents can finally breathe a sigh of relief as it was announced that pre-schools and kindergartens would be allowed to operate again this month after all ministers were briefed on the SOPs of how this would take place. Under this category, daycare centres and nurseries are also allowed to resume operations.
2. Swimming pools can resume operations but permission is needed
Ready for a dip in the pool? Swimming pools including public pools, condominium and apartment pools as well as pools in sports complexes are now allowed to open within the guided SOPs and under the conditions set by governing authorities. These include obtaining permission from local governing authorities, limiting the number of people in the pool at a time and regular daily cleanings after each visit.
3. Cinemas and Live Events allowed to resume operations
Movie buffs will be thrilled at this one! Cinemas and live events will commence operations today. However, Defence Minister, Ismail Sabri, stressed that these can only take place in closed environments and halls. There will also be tightly implemented SOPs including social distancing and the limiting of attendees according to the size of the event space. GSCinemas and TGV cinemas are also having a pretty sweet deal for movie reruns in conjunction with opening-up. You can check those out here!
4. Spa, Wellness and Reflexology Centres allowed to operate
Stressed about going back to work after months of working from home? Sounds like you could use a spa day. And now that it’s July, that’s finally allowed! Spa, wellness and reflexology centres are allowed to open up today so you can book that well-deserved massage. However, this only extends to local Malaysians and SOPs such as taking temperature, registration and wearing face masks at all times will still apply.
5. All social events, including birthdays, engagement parties and weddings now allowed to be held
If you’re one of those unlucky individuals who had to postpone your birthday bash or tying the knot no thanks to the pandemic, this is good news for you! You can now throw the party of your dreams…within the guidelines of the SOPs, of coures. There will still be a 250-person limit to the number of attendees allowed which will vary according to the size of the event space. These social gatherings will also only be allowed to run for a maximum of three to five hours, and all guests will have to register their presence on the MySejahtera app.
6. Theme Parks & Water Parks allowed to open
Calling all adrenaline junkies and kids! All dry and wet theme parks are now allowed to operate again. Operators will still strictly enforce social distancing among the park-goers and SOPs will have to be followed accordingly. All guests will need to have their temperatures checked before they enter the premises and hand sanitisers should be stationed at different locations.
7. Tourism sub-sectors will begin opening up in stages
MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Exhibitions) for travel and trade fair will now be allowed to take place. As with all other events, SOPs will be in place to ensure that not more than 250 people are allowed to attend, with consideration placed on the size of the event space.
And in conjunction with the domestic tourism sector opening up again, the KL tower is hosting a campaign called “We Are Free Campaign 2020” so visitors can enjoy a free pass to the KL Tower observation deck from today till the end of 31st July 2020!
Did someone say FREE? Yes, you saw that correctly. You’ll be able to enjoy the breathtaking city view from spectacular heights for the cost of nothing. However, all visitors are required to abide by the SOP’s specified by MKN and KKM and the number of guests will be limited by the tower’s capacity.
It was recently reported that many Malaysians are taking to social media to complain about their weight gain during the Movement Control Order
Bernama reported that it was not surprising as people homebound were less active physically and could easily order their meals online.
Unfortunately, this recent occurrence is only the surface of a much bigger problem in Malaysia.
Released last month, the 2019 National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS 2019) found that half of the Malaysian population was too fat
With a study sample of almost 15,000 people from across all states, the NHMS 2019 found that a concerning 50.1%of adults in Malaysia were either overweight (30.4%) or obese (19.7%).
These four-yearly surveys run by the Institute for Public Health show that the prevalence of being overweight and obesity in Malaysia has been steadily increasing over the years. Compared to 2015, the prevalence was 48.6%.
Children are also not spared from the issue. Almost one-third (29.8%) of Malaysian children between the ages of five and 17 are overweight (15.0%) or obese (14.8%).
The NHMS 2019 also revealed that overweight and obesity levels were particularly high among women (54.7%), ethnic Indians (63.9%), and those aged 55 to 59 (60.9%).
Worryingly, the survey also found that one in five Malaysian adults, or 3.9 million people, suffer from diabetes
According to Malay Mail, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, who presented the NHMS 2019 findings, said that the prevalence of diabetes has increased to 18.3%, compared to only 13.4% recorded in 2015.
“The rise in the number of diabetes cases in Malaysia is among the worrying findings in the NHMS 2019. About 49% of diabetics in Malaysia have never been screened or diagnosed with the disease,” he said.
It was also clear that Malaysians generally did not lead healthy lifestyles.
Dr Adham added that based on the survey, one in four adults aged 16 and above in Malaysia were not physically active.
Furthermore, it was found that 95% of adults in Malaysia did not consume the recommended daily amount of vegetables and fruits.
These are the main reasons why Malaysia’s life expectancy has been stuck at 75 years for the past one decade
Obesity and the chronic diseases that it can lead to such as diabetes, kidney failure, and heart disease have been contributing to premature deaths in the country.
However, obesity can be prevented with some simple lifestyle changes.
In an interview with Bernama, Universiti Putra Malaysia public health expert Dr Norliza Ahmad said that factors contributing to obesity can be classified into four categories, namely food, physical activity, environment, and genetics.
“The two main factors are food and physical activity,” she said.
“Basically, if food intake is not accompanied by energy expenditure through physical activities, the excess energy is stored as fat in the body,” she explained.
The other factors that contribute to obesity are diseases, stress, and medicines, she said. However, these factors are usually not within a person’s control.
Malaysia has eased travel restrictions under the recovery MCO phase which started from June 10 until Aug 31.
“Initially, I wanted to follow my husband back to Indonesia, but our Immigration Department did not allow Malaysians to travel overseas. I am worried about our situation and my three-year-old daughter keeps asking about her father. I could only say that he is at work, ” said the 29-year-old.
The government yesterday announced that foreign spouses of Malaysians and their children would be allowed to return to Malaysia after they obtain permission from the Immigration Department.
Newly married Nurul Shafikah Eting, 20, and her Bangladeshi husband are stranded in his home country.
“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and without the spouse visa, my husband had been unable to return home, ” said Nurul Shafikah, who is from Sabah.
The entrepreneur, who is pregnant, said they hoped to return to Malaysia soon.
Ruby Yeo, 35, said she had been frustrated at not being able to get a long-term social visit pass (LTSVP) for her Polish husband, Arthur, 45, who will have to leave Malaysia in August.
“We don’t even know if there will be flights for him to leave or for him to return,” the business owner said said.
She said they wanted to apply for LTSVP or spouse visa earlier but was told by the Immigration Department that her husband would not be eligible.
Ever since the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) was implemented starting 4th May, there has been an increase in road accidents resulting in a rise in injuries and deaths as well.
In his daily press conference, Health director general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this was based on the statistics provided by the federal police traffic investigation and enforcement department.
He said that 5,498 road accidents and 58 deaths were recorded in the first phase of MCO between 18 and 31 March, with an average of 392.7 road accidents daily. However, the number has increased drastically with an average of 738 road accidents per day during the CMCO.
“Police data have shown that there was a total of 5,904 cases with 68 deaths reported between May 5 and 12 (eight days),” Dr Noor Hisham said.
“From May 13 until June 9, a total of 25,251 road accidents were recorded, with 231 deaths reported (average of 738 road crashes daily).”
The ministry’s hospitals had initially recorded a 65 to 75 percent decrease in road accident cases involving injuries during the MCO period compared to pre-MCO, according to NST.
However, as movement restrictions began to lift resulting in an increase in the number of vehicles on the road, the number of injuries from road accidents has shown a 30 percent increase during CMCO.
“The increase in accident rates is worrying and expected to further increase as there would be more vehicles on the road,” Dr Noor Hisham said.
“The Health Ministry is concerned with the safety of the public, especially those commuting daily for work, following the reopening of economy, social and other sectors.”
“Apart from injuries and deaths, road accidents also contributed to the increase in usage of health facilities at hospitals, leading to an increase in the number of patients treated at the emergency ward.”
“There will also be an increase in blood transfusion needed normally done for victims with severe injuries.”
Dr Noor Hisham then urged the public to drive carefully and avoid driving when tired.
AIA recently ran a poll on how healthy Malaysians have been during the MCO
Previously, according to the Malaysia’s Healthiest Workplace by AIA Vitality survey, up to 66% of Malaysians did not exercise on a regular basis. Besides that, a whopping 90% of Malaysians were found to have an unhealthy diet.
With the recent Movement Control Order (MCO), AIA wanted to see how working from home has actually affected the health of Malaysians. That’s why they came up with a poll across multiple platforms, and the results have been surprising.
Over 41,000 Malaysians took part in the poll. Here are some of the interesting results they found:
1. Nearly 5 in 10 Malaysians have been getting better sleep since they started working from home
In the poll, around 25,000 Malaysians said they’ve had more restful sleep compared to before the MCO. For those working from home, you not only get to skip the commute, you don’t even need to get dressed or put on makeup! You can literally roll out of bed at 8.55am and start work at 9am in your PJs.
2. Almost half of Malaysians have also been exercising more at home
The poll showed that 45% of respondents have actually been working out more since the start of the MCO. Perhaps all the viral TikTok fitness challenges like the #PlankChallenge had a part to play!
3. It’s good to know that more Malaysians are eating healthier compared to before
According to the poll, up to 43% of Malaysians have been eating healthier since the MCO started. It’s most probably because we can no longer go out to eat and instead took to our kitchens (some of us even started growing our own taugeh)!
The great thing about homecooked food is that it tends to be much lower in sodium, and you can throw in all kinds of vegetables to make sure each meal is nutritious.
4. Around 42% of Malaysians have been keeping in touch with each other during the MCO
If there is one thing the MCO has done, it’s brought us together and helped us reconnect with family and friends. Video call apps like Zoom have become second nature to us, while online games like Animal Crossing, Houseparty, and Skribbl have become popular Malaysian hangout spots.
5. However, one thing that most Malaysians found hard was to be productive when working from home
Even with the healthier eating, sleeping, and fitness habits, 62% of Malaysians said they were less productive when working from home. Many employees have to prepare their own meals and take care of kids at home, making it easier to get distracted during working hours.
Besides that, although video call apps and productivity tools like Google Docs make working remotely possible, nothing beats face-to-face communication at work.
Despite the circumstances, Malaysians took the opportunity of staying at home to pick up healthier habits
As we learnt to rethink the way we work, we also learnt how important it is to stay healthy, whether it’s physically, mentally, or emotionally. Nevertheless, as people start to go back to work and we adjust to the new normal, it’s not always easy to keep up a healthy lifestyle.
Long queues were seen outside Malaysia’s UNIQLO stores after their latest collection, ‘Billie Eilish x Takashi Murakami’, sold out online
The collection, which launched online on 25 May, was so popular that many Malaysians were seen lining up for the products when it dropped in stores on 29 May.
However, not everyone was able to get their hands on the limited edition shirts.
One user shared an image of the queue outside UNIQLO at 11am that Friday. They expressed that they were unable to get anything because the “resellers bought so many that they ran out of stock”.
Several people replied to the tweet saying that they shouldn’t have expected to be able to buy anything that late in the morning.
The commenter continued, telling the user to not be so “bitter” as “people really don’t care if you’re ‘true fans’ or not”, suggesting instead that money was a huge motivator for many.
One person tweeted a video of all the purchases they intended to resell
The reseller first boasted their purchases on 29 May, the day the collection launched in stores.
Their tweet, which explicitly said “You ain’t know nothing about dat reselling level” in reference to the ‘effort’ it took to line up outside UNIQLO at five in the morning, was met with backlash.
Many Twitter users called the reseller inconsiderate for buying so many items, preventing others from getting their hands on the collection
This user blamed the buyers’ greed as part of the reason why they were unable to purchase the limited edition tees in time.
They appeared frustrated at the fact that not only were the shirts being sold at a ridiculous price increase, but that the reseller brought along another person in order to be able to buy as many pieces as they possibly could within the two piece per pattern limit.
However, others saw it differently
One netizen attempted to lighten the mood, saying everyone should relax as soon enough items from this collection would be sold for even cheaper, at RM15 per piece.
There were quite a number of people attempting to justify the reseller’s actions. In this tweet, one commenter tries to rally sympathy for the man pointing out he had risked his life standing in a public crowd when the coronavirus is still present.
He continued, saying that no matter how expensive the markup, it was “cheap compared to one’s life”.
It wasn’t long before UNIQLO’s policies were brought into the conversation
As was highlighted by this person, UNIQLO’s online product descriptions note that “[They] reserve the right to refuse a purchase if [they] suspect it is for resales purposes.”
Multiple users responded to this tweet debating if they should report the original buyer based on this regulation, particularly as they had evidence.
No action has been taken against them yet.
Even then, there were people who bought each of the RM59.90 shirts for RM120!
The following day, on 30 May, the reseller posted a tweet revealing that he was able to sell 20 shirts to one customer who was planning to do a giveaway. Each shirt was priced at RM120 each.
In a separate tweet featuring an almost identical set of images, the reseller further expressed how thankful he was for his customer who agreed to buy all of their ‘Billie Eilish x Takashi Murakami’ products despite the pushback seen on Twitter.