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Struggling to stay afloat, bus operators nationwide hope the government will extend its Employee Retention Program (ERP) so they don’t have to let go more of their staff during the latest Covid-19 lockdown.

Malaysian Bus Operators Association president Datuk Mohd Asfar Ali told Utusan Malaysia that many of its members have suffered drastic drops to their earnings over the past year, adding that 99 per cent of bookings have been cancelled following the new movement control order (MCO) that starts today.

He also hopes credit companies will suspend payments on loans taken.

“We are really hoping that these credit companies will be able to extend the moratoriums to us bus operators who are feeling the pinch even more, just as our businesses were slowly picking up.

“Besides that, with the ERP assistance, at least we will be able to maintain our bus drivers, more so after our trips dipped by 99 per cent after the MCO was announced,” he told the Malay daily.

The government reintroduced travel restrictions after Covid-19 cases breached the 3,000-mark nationwide.

The Health Ministry recorded the highest number of new infections in 24 hours yesterday at 3,309.

Mutations of the coronavirus, including the more infection strain from the UK, have also been detected in Malaysia.

Penang, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Labuan, and Sabah are all subject to the MCO.

Six other states: Pahang, Perak, Negri Sembilan, Kedah, Terengganu, and Kelantan have been placed under a slightly eased up version, the conditional MCO. Only Sarawak and Perlis are spared much of the restraints as they are categorised as under recovery phase of the MCO, though they too are subject to an interstate travel ban.

Tourism is allowed for in states under the CMCO and RMCO, albeit being subject to strict SOPs, with no such leeway afforded to those under the MCO.


Former job recruiter Abdul Khaliq Putra Abdul Rahman Putra, 32, was laid off from his talent recruitment agency in March this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 32-year-old, who has eight years of experience in the recruitment field, decided to start his own agency after consulting his friend.

“My friend who is a lawyer advised me that I could still contribute my interview technique skills and resume writing skills to many who are unemployed amid the pandemic.

“I thought about it and it dawned on me that I could help many graduates get jobs although many companies and businesses were hiring in small numbers, especially in the conditional movement control order (CMCO) phase.

“Initially, I started taking donations of any amount from my students, but then many started joining and that was when I needed to collect commitment fees to avoid last minute cancellations for my online classes.”

He said that about 500 students have signed up for his classes since May this year and over 200 students have already been called up for job interviews.

Asked as to what modules he focuses, Abdul Khaliq Putra said he specialises on making personalised resumes to increase their visibility in the eyes of recruiters.

He also conducts online sessions on career advice lessons and interview preparation modules for graduates.

“Sometimes graduates add in a lot of technical terms to their resume and that makes it difficult for hiring managers to understand their learning experience.

“And terms and descriptions written on their resume may not fit the designated job requirements, which is why I conduct lessons on resume writing so that graduates can amend and take note of these aspects.”

He said that while many businesses are cutting down on hiring new recruits especially amid the pandemic, many are also selective in choosing the right people into their company.

“That is why unemployed graduates need to tailor their resumes accordingly to fit the job description and I’m able to assist them with choosing the right words for their resume because of my experience in recruitment.

“This is because many graduates assume that recruitment officers know what they mean when they incorporate certain words and jargons relating to their field of study which many hiring officers don’t understand.”

Abdul Khaliq Putra told Malay Mail that 66 of his students have received offer letters to selected companies and that many graduates have been joining his group online sessions.

Abdul Khaliq Putra also said that since many unemployed graduates have been participating in his online coaching sessions, he has also roped in a few of his friends who have had experience in the recruitment field to help him with my online classes.

“My only goal is for my students — unemployed graduates, to get jobs amid such trying times. And I want to help them using my own experiences and to impart relevant knowledge using these experiences.

“Apart from resume writing modules, I’ve also been conducting interview preparation classes and career advice sessions with a minimum commitment fee to avoid last minute cancellations.”


PUTRAJAYA: The targeted enhanced movement control order (MCO) for the Tongkang Yard flats in the Kota Setar district in Kedah will be lifted at midnight Thursday (Oct 8).

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this was after no new Covid-19 positive cases were recorded over the past seven days.

“We will lift the targeted enhanced MCO at midnight and would like to thank residents for the assistance and cooperation given to health authorities,” the Defence Minister said in his regular briefing here Wednesday (Oct 7).

The targeted enhanced MCO was enforced on the Tongkang Yard flats on Sept 25.

A total of 249 second samples were taken and the number of positive cases remained at 12 as recorded on Sept 28.


PUTRAJAYA: The targeted enhanced movement control order (MCO) for the Tongkang Yard flats in the Kota Setar district in Kedah will be lifted at midnight Thursday (Oct 8).

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this was after no new Covid-19 positive cases were recorded over the past seven days.

“We will lift the targeted enhanced MCO at midnight and would like to thank residents for the assistance and cooperation given to health authorities,” the Defence Minister said in his regular briefing here Wednesday (Oct 7).

The targeted enhanced MCO was enforced on the Tongkang Yard flats on Sept 25.

A total of 249 second samples were taken and the number of positive cases remained at 12 as recorded on Sept 28.


The prime minister has taken to live broadcast to give an update on the current Covid-19 situation in Malaysia.

With the rising number of cases (we hit 432 on 5 October and 691 on 6 October), Malaysians have been getting increasingly anxious. A huge part of the cases come from the Kedah and Sabah clusters. However, due to the Sabah elections, many voters who went back to vote and came back to Semenanjung for work/ study have contracted the virus.

In the said live broadcast on 6 October, PM Muhyiddin admits that the election in Sabah was among the reasons behind the spike in cases. He said that it was unavoidable after the state assembly was dissolved.

PM Muhyiddin has said that the government did not consider implementing another MCO. Rather, they will implement TEMCOs which are Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order at areas where a high number of cases were reported. He elaborated that by having another MCO, there will be effects on the nation.


Did the MCO just create a pet dumping crisis?

July 13, 2020 | News | No Comments

KUALA LUMPUR: Sometime in April, Fatimah (not her real name) contacted her friends to find out if they had any cat to spare.

The private-sector clerk, who is in her late 30s and has a young child, even “advertised” for a cat on Facebook.

Fatimah, who has never kept a pet prior to that, was apparently in search of a feline companion to keep her and her family occupied during the Movement Control Order (MCO).

“We can’t go out anywhere… it will be nice to have a cat to keep us company,” she said.

Incidentally, during the MCO – enforced since March 18 – many social media users have been making requests to adopt puppies and kittens. Explaining why they wanted a pet, some said they had a lot of time on their hands while others said their children were bored and wanted a cat or dog to play with.

And, when queried by animal rescuers in the comments section, most of them said they have either never owned a pet before or it has been a long time since they had one.

So, what will happen to their newly-adopted pets once life gets back to normal post-MCO when they return to the office and children to school?

Like the Malay idiom Habis madu sepah dibuang (After the honey is drained, the remnants are discarded) will the poor animals be dumped onto the streets after they have outlived their usefulness?


​This is exactly what seasoned animal rescuer and Malaysia Animal Society president Arie Dwi Andika is worried about. Describing it as an unhealthy culture, he said abandoning pets when they are no longer useful should not be happening in this country as Malaysians are in general educated and compassionate towards animals.

“To legitimise their actions, they would say they have no time (to look after their pets) or have too many commitments or the neighbours are complaining,” he said.

He said abandoned pets usually fare very poorly on the streets as they have no survival skills. As such, these animals would normally starve to death or become ill or get killed by predators or meet with an accident.

“Even more worrying is the fact that the number of animals adopted was far lower than the number of pets abandoned during the MCO period,” he told Bernama.

In April, media reports had quoted Arie as saying that the dumping of pet animals such as cats and dogs had tripled in and around the federal capital during the MCO.

He did not rule out the possibility that the pet owners were acting out of fear that their pets may transmit the COVID-19 virus to them or they may not be able to look after them after losing their source of income due to the MCO.

Arie said taking home a pet, whether it is a stray or an expensive purebred cat or dog, is a long-term commitment for the owner who must be ready and willing to look after it forever.

“Caring for an animal includes taking it to a veterinary doctor for regular vaccinations to keep it disease-free and neutering it so that it doesn’t reproduce,” he said.


Expecting animal shelters to become more congested when more people start dumping their pets there, Arie said over-congestion is the reason why rescuers are not able to run their shelters well.

“The real function of a shelter is to temporarily house injured rescued animals that are treated and then (put up for adoption or) released again,” he said, adding that animals by nature like to be free and would not want to be left in a cage.

Commenting on the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) 2015 which, among others, protects the well-being of pets, Arie said enforcement of the law has been ineffective due to weaknesses in producing proof of ownership.

“For example, if an abandoned pet has no collar or microchip embedded in its body, how can we find out who the owner is? The Act does not provide for a microchip identification system which we think is necessary to help detect owners who abandon their animals,” he explained.

He also said that in Malaysia, animal rescue groups are at odds with the local authorities over the management of strays.

​Pointing to their Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) programme – whereby street cats and dogs are trapped, neutered and then released again – Arie said while their humane initiative kept the stray populations in check, the local authorities, on the other hand, prefer to trap and kill animals that pose a nuisance to the public.

“Our TNR efforts are wasted when animals that have been neutered (the tip of their ears are clipped to indicate this) are caught and killed,” he said.


Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) patron Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, meanwhile, urged those who have adopted pets during the MCO to make the necessary arrangements to ensure the animals are cared for when they are at work.

Dumping them on the streets or in markets is the most irresponsible thing to do, he said, adding that when a person decides to take a pet, they should be willing to look after it until it dies.

“Pets are not playthings that can be discarded when one gets bored with them. Animals reared at home depend entirely on their owners, not only for food, water and shelter but also tender loving care,” he said.

Stressing the importance of AWA 2015, which was enforced in 2017, Lee said animal abuse cases had increased by 30 percent in 2018.

Urging the authorities to act immediately each time an animal cruelty case is reported to them, he said in their efforts to apprehend and punish the perpetrators concerned, they should also create a special line for people to call and report animal abuse. Did you like this article?


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.


Recently you might’ve seen photos of leather shoes and bags at a Malaysian mall covered in mould after being left alone for the past few months during the movement control order (MCO).

With the humid atmosphere and no proper air circulation, mould has started to grow on other surfaces as well. One of them is cinema seats!

Several photos posted on social media shows the horrifying sight of white and fuzzy mould covering all the seats in a cinema theatre somewhere in Malaysia.

It wasn’t specified where the exact location is, but netizens are saying it happened in Ipoh, Perak, reported China Press. Needless to say, this could be the case for other cinema theatres in Malaysia as well since all cinema businesses were not in operation for the past few months.

Mould grows in moist environments and fabrics such as upholstery can absorb the moisture from the air and provide an ideal place for mould to grow, according to Home Guides.

This poses a serious risk to the health of anyone who goes to these places if they were to reopen without proper deep cleansing as mould can cause respiratory problems. According to WebMD, exposure to mould can irritate your eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs.

Some people who are more sensitive to mould could experience allergic reactions like sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, skin rash and asthma attacks for those with asthma.

Now that businesses are starting to open again, we hope that the owners will look into this serious problem and get rid of all signs of mould before letting customers back into their shops. If you spot mould on surfaces, do alert the shop owners about it.


Today (4th of May, 2020) marks the beginning of the Covid-19 Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) and we’re just not prepared for the chaos that may ensue.

For example, the Bayan Baru Wet Market in Penang is already experiencing a surge of customers with no regard for social distancing last weekend.

The Penang Kini Facebook page took to their profile to share an explanation from an authoritative figure who is stationed that the market to enforce social distancing.

The caption said, “The lively scene, which was recorded at the Bayan Baru Wet Market at 6:30am this morning (3rd May).”

They then shared an explanation by one of the officers in charge at the market who chose to remain anonymous.

“I am one of the officers in charge at the Bayan Baru Wet Market. We were given orders to guard the market from 7am up until 12pm. Only two doors are opened, the front door for entry and the back door for exit, and all the entry ways have been closed and watched over by officers to make sure that we can control the amount of people that go in.”

He also added that there is a special lane dedicated to the elderly people, pregnant women and the disabled.

The officer then went on to explain that many people caught wind that all the doors will be closed from 7am onwards and people will then have to queue up to enter the market. To avoid the long queues, they’re willing to head to the market before 7am.

“They have found out that we close the doors at 7am and only allow 15-20 people to enter at a time, only when some have gone out through the back door will we allow more to enter, depending on how many people have exited. Many have complained that they are forced to wait for a long time in the long queue to enter. Often times we were scolded and insulted for not letting them enter faster.

“We, as officers, are just doing the job we were ordered to do. Whatever is happening in this image is out of our control as these customers enter before 7am, at their own will,” the officer explained.

We reached out to the market to verify if this indeed happened, and we received confirmation. However, this only occurred during the weekend and the market has since implemented stricter safe distancing protocols.

They lamented to us saying that, “This is happening because people don’t want to line up. Authorities only allow 50 people inside, and they do not want to wait so long.”

Either way, people should understand the important of safe distancing and not be worried about having to wait in long lines, thus jeopardising their own health.

After all, we don’t want a repeat of the Covid-19 cases at Petaling Jaya’s markets.


The 4th of May, 2020 marks the 48th day of Movement Control Order (MCO) that the Malaysian government has implemented since 18th March. It also marks the first day of Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) where most businesses are allowed to reopen in order to ease pressure on the economy.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin made the announcement on Labour Day (1st May) to ease restrictions on the MCO as Malaysia has incurred an estimated RM63 billion loss since the MCO was implemented, reported NST.

He said that if the MCO were to be extended for another month, the country will incur another RM35 billion loss, bringing the total losses to an estimated RM98 billion.

However, while there is an ease of restrictions to save the economy, there is also the concern that there could be a resurgence of Covid-19 infections in the community if Malaysians are allowed to go back into the ‘outside world’.

Health experts have voiced their concerns that there could be a third wave of infections due to the CMCO and that a “lack of preparation will result in the unsuccessful implementation of the SOP, increased risks, frustration, conflict, public tension, and most importantly, increased infection and spread of the disease.”

3-digit increases of Covid-19 cases in the past two days

Well, their concerns may be warranted as Malaysia recorded three-digit increases in cases in the past two days with 105 new cases recorded on 2nd May and 122 new cases recorded on 3rd May. This comes just two days before the start of the CMCO after almost two weeks of just two-digit increases.

But the question goes back to the people – are Malaysians happy with the decisions made by the government?

We interviewed a few Malaysians about what they think of the ease of restrictions and here’s what they have to say:

  • “A step forward for the MCO only to take two steps backward with this CMCO. Not only does it make our government look bad with fickle decision making (announcing CMCO just days after MCO extension to 12th May), it erases all progress that we have made by staying at home for the past two months. Businesses understandably should be allowed to open to keep the economy running but why should sports be allowed? Does the government think the virus is blind to groups of nine but not 10? If you know what’s good for you, stay at home.” – Liew, 22. 
  • “I think the government should stick to completing the 4th MCO till 12 May before suddenly introducing the CMCO which I feel is premature. We had people disobeying MCO, what makes you think they will comply to CMCO? Government should know our people better before implementing a new SOP.” – Mr Tan, 54.
  • “Malaysians have not understood the risks of contact infections and still think that wearing masks will suffice. Masks give people a sense of false security. If people must come out in droves, they should wear a three-foot-diameter tyre around them to ensure that only tyres bump into tyres. This will give business to our rubber industry. WFH is the new normal. But if people must go to the office, the use of bathrooms and pantries will pose a big problem. So stay home.” – Ms Mok, 55.
  • “I feel like the CMCO is not that great of a move as it feels like we stayed at home during the MCO for nothing. On another hand, we can’t always live in fear of the virus and the economy is already not that good. It’s a chicken and egg thing and I believe that maybe it was implemented a little too hastily (with only 3 days to prepare!).” – Paris, 24. 
  • “The CMCO situation is 50-50 in my opinion. It is rather unnecessary to loosen the rules right in the beginning of the MCO phase 4, because cases are already seeing a resurgence, and Malaysians are already crowding places. However, I also think the government is just doing the best they can to run the country, and losing more money isn’t going to help us in any way either so re-opening economic sectors is the smart move to help the country run again.” – Uni student, 24.
  • “I genuinely think it’s a bad idea to ease the MCO, especially since humans are known to take advantage of and underestimate certain situations. Keep the MCO going until the authorities can confirm there are no more Covid-19 cases in Malaysia, then maybe the CMCO can come into play.” – Hara, 26. 

However, some think that easing restrictions is no big deal.

  • “In some ways, the implementation of the CMCO seems like the ending of a monster movie. Just when you thought the monster has been killed, oop, an egg with its spawn will crack. Some of the moves does seem a little… unnecessary? Because let’s be honest, no one died from going alone to get groceries. But at the same time, we have to realise that not all of us are in the same boat. It’s easier to say STAY HOME when your home is a mansion instead of a low-cost flat. While the MCO can be relaxed, it probably should’ve been done in stages instead of just Crash Landing On Us!” – Thermesh, 24. 

Well, it seems like most Malaysians don’t agree with the CMCO, but we also have to consider how much of an impact the MCO has made on the economy. Nevertheless, we need to have hope that things will get better soon!

In the meantime, you know what to do – practise social distancing, wear a mask, regularly wash your hands and stay home if you have no reason to go out.