The government has plans to further lower the ceiling price of face masks. File Photo
KUCHING: The ceiling price of three-ply face masks, which has been fixed at RM1.20 each will be reduced further soon, said Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi.
Nanta said this was to enable the B40 and M40 income groups to buy such masks in line with the mandatory wearing of face masks in public places.
Stressing that the ministry has taken measures to ensure that the price of goods – especially face masks – will remain affordable, he also said a decision to lower the ceiling price of face masks will be made in the near future.
“The ceiling price for one unit of three-ply face masks has been reduced from RM1.50 a unit to RM1.20 per unit.
“Following public feedback, we have discussed the matter and are looking at the price to be brought down further from RM1.20.
“We are caring and we are sensitive to the needs of the people. We have no problem lowering the ceiling price of face masks.
“(Therefore) we are going to reduce it from RM1.20 a piece to another price which is lower. We will make the decision within the next two or three days,” he said at the Dewan Rakyat sitting in Kuala Lumpur today.
Nanta mentioned this in reply to questions from Khoo Poay Tiong (DAP – Kota Melaka) during the sitting’s question and answer session.
Khoo had asked Nanta whether the ministry had any measures to assist the B40 and M40 income groups to purchase face masks since it is mandatory to wear face masks in public to prevent Covid-19 infection.
KUCHING: A total of 115,450 recipients, who are now listed under the Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) B40 single list, are no longer eligible for the Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) monthly assistance, effective last month.
State Economic Planning Unit (EPU) announced this in a statement today following complaints received from a small number of B40 household recipients, who said they no longer received the BKSS aid last month even though they received the aid from April to June.
“This is because, based on the updated BSH 2020 list from LHDN (Inland Revenue Board) Malaysia, there were 115,450 recipients who were previously under the BHS 2019 B40 household list, are now listed under the BSH 2020 B40 single list.
“These B40 singles which were earlier listed as recipients for B40 household of the BKSS assistance in April to June this year, will therefore no longer eligible to receive the same monthly assistance under B40 household BKSS assistance as they are now already listed as B40 single recipients,” explained the state EPU.
The state EPU said a total of 43,481 out of the 78,123 B40 households with a bank account had been paid RM250 through their respective banks.
Such payment was done on July 29 with an estimated expenditure of RM10.87 million, it added.
The remaining 34,642 household recipients who do not have bank accounts can claim their cash payments from Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) from Aug 7, pointed out the state EPU.
The BKSS aid is meant for eligible B40 household earning below RM4,000 per month.
A total of 218,489 out of 270,863 eligible B40 single Sarawakians aged above 21 with a monthly income below RM2,000 and a bank account also received the one-off assistance of RM500 through their respective banks on July 29, it said.
“Likewise, the remaining 52,374 B40 single who do not have a bank account, cash payments can be claimed from BSN from Aug 7.”
According to the state EPU, a total of 30,319 frontline personnel involved in combating Covid-19 have received their incentives of RM200 per month for the period of April to July.
It said such BKSS assistance for frontline personnel between April and July recorded a total expenditure of RM13.5 million.
“While the assistance for hawkers and petty traders, as of July 29, a total of 28,091 hawkers have been paid through Sarawak Pay in two tranches with total payment amounting to RM21,068,250.
“Meanwhile, 16,867 hawkers have been paid through BSN in two tranches with total payment amounting to RM12,650,250,” added the unit.
Recipients who wish to check their BKSS payment can visit https://www.sarawak.gov.my/web/home/article_view/233/326/.
KUCHING: All international mail, parcel and Express Mail Service (EMS) will be suspended to all destinations except Singapore, effective Aug 3, announced Pos Malaysia today.
The country’s largest network courier said the temporary service suspension was due to the restrictions and inconvenience as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Pos Malaysias international mail, parcel and Express Mail Service (EMS) will be suspended to all international destinations except Singapore beginning 3 August 2020 until further notice.
“The temporary service suspension is due to service impacts related to Covid-19, which include varying levels of restrictions across destination countries on flights, airport closures and cross border services,” said the Pos Malaysia statement.
The postal delivery service firm said updates will be available from time to time on its website and official social media platforms.
In another statement, Pos Malaysia announced that its business operations would be taking a break for Hari Raya Aidiladha from today until Aug 2 for all states across the nation.
It said only post offices and Pos Laju kiosks operating inside shopping malls will reopen on Aug 2 (Sunday).
The state government has just applied for a ban on movement between Zone 1 and Zone 2 and is awaiting instruction from the Ministry of Health. File Photo
KUCHING: Procedures to apply for travel between zones are expected to remain the same as during the Movement Control Order (MCO) once the state government has been granted permission to enforce a ban on movement between Zone 1 and Zone 2, said Sarawak Deputy Police Commissioner Dato Dev Kumar.
Zone 1 refers to red and yellow zones, while Zone 2 refers to green zones.
However, he said this was simply an estimation as no official instructions have been received yet regarding this.
“The state government has just applied for a ban on movement between Zone 1 and Zone 2 and is awaiting instruction from the Ministry of Health.
“Once we have received the green light from the Director-General of Health allowing Sarawak to enforce that restriction, we will start on midnight Aug 1,” he told reporters when met at the launch of National Month and Fly the Jalur Gemilang Campaign today,
Dev said that there would be exceptions for certain situations, which will be announced later.
“These exceptions do not require permission from the police.
“Only ordinary movement would require a police permit, and the forms can be obtained from police stations,” he added.
Dev revealed that the ban will only apply to the two zones, where Zone 1 covers Kuching, Samarahan and Serian divisions.
“People cannot move outside of Zone 1 to Zone 2 (and vice versa). That means people from Samarahan cannot go to Simunjan, people from Serian cannot go to Sri Aman, people from Kuching cannot go to Lundu, and people from Padawan cannot go to Bau.
“Expect police to conduct five to six road blocks covering those areas,” he said.
On Monday, Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail had said that the police have identified five locations to conduct road blocks to curb Covid-19 in Sarawak, following a directive on travel restrictions as announced by Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
The restriction is expected to be enforced from Aug 1 to Aug 14.
As more sectors have been opened and more restrictions have been lifted under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) is now ready to move into the next phase of its Return to the Workplace (RTW) arrangement for Warga TM nationwide.
Taking a staggered approach, starting 1 July 2020, about 50% Warga Telekom Malaysia (TM) across all functions are allowed to come to their respective offices to resume their normal daily operations. TM’s Line of Businesses (LOBs) and divisions are to adopt a Split Team Working (STW) arrangement where the team members may be divided into two (2) teams, with one (1) team working from the office while the other works from home. The teams can then swap work locations on alternate weeks or alternate days. Warga TM is also advised to adopt a Flexihours arrangement to avoid overcrowding at the common areas and elevators particularly during clock-in, lunch hour, and clock-out.
Commenting on the latest development, Group Chief Executive Officer of TM, Dato’ Noor Kamarul Anuar Nuruddin said: “We are happy and excited to progressively allow Warga TM to come to the office, as the situation of the Covid-19 outbreak in Malaysia has improved after several phases of Movement Control Order (MCO) enforced by the Government. This decision is also guided by the feedback received from our internal surveys conducted on special working arrangements and productivity during the MCO period. Nevertheless, the war has not been won yet, so we are still taking precautionary measures where only about 50% or slightly more of the total team members of each division are allowed to come to the office at a particular time. As such, STW or other suitable working arrangements depending on the division’s function will be implemented. Nevertheless, the health and wellbeing of our employees remain our utmost priority, so Warga TM with any critical illness and above the age of 55, as well as those with childcare issues, are highly encouraged to continue to work from home.”
Besides that, all Warga Telekom Malaysia (TM) who are coming to the office are urged to continue observing the guidelines set by the National Security Council (NSC) and Ministry of Health (MoH). This includes the mandatory submission of their daily Health Declaration via an internally developed mobile app – Covid-19 Alert @ TM, exercising the social distancing rule and practicing good hygiene while in the office.
“We hope with this next phase of our RTW arrangement, TM will be able to quickly settle into the new normal and with the support from all our Warga TM, the Company will #ReturnStronger. As a national provider of essential services, we will continue to adapt our operations to ensure the safety of our employees within the guidelines and restrictions guided by the Government. We remain committed to enabling Malaysia to rebuild its economy via connectivity and digital solutions, and to deliver smooth continuity of our services for Malaysians nationwide,” he added.
With regard to its service operations, Telekom Malaysia (TM) had earlier resumed unifi service installation and restoration activities; including those at customers’ premises in all areas, except for those in the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) areas. All TMpoint outlets nationwide have also reopened, in adherence to the necessary safety protocols as per the guidelines set by the MoH, NSC and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
In ensuring that all its customers stay served, unifi contact centers as well as other contact centers servicing multiple key enterprises and public sectors have also resumed its normal operating hours.
TM’s support team is readily available and, as always, customers can reach out to TM for inquiries and assistance via its multiple customer service channels. TM will continually monitor for developments on the ongoing situation and adapt its services to help customers, whenever needed.
The newest member of the nova family, HUAWEI nova 7 SE is finally here! Priced at only RM1,499, the Super Nova, Super Camera smartphone is now available on HUAWEI Store and HUAWEI Experience Stores (HES) nationwide starting from 19 June onwards.
It’s been said that the HUAWEI nova 7 SE is the most affordable 5G smartphone supporting the following 5G network bands: N1, N3, N41, N78, N79 (NSA/SA).
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In these exclusive videos, the young and bold nova series Brand Manager talks about the new nova 7 Series.
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Nokia announced that it has joined the Open RAN Policy Coalition to help enable a comprehensive and secure approach to 5G and future network generations. Alongside its customers and other industry stakeholders, Nokia will help shape policy choices that will impact how wireless networks are built, including support for research and development in open networks.
By disaggregating hardware and software components and leveraging open interfaces, Open RAN (O-RAN) technology has the potential to enrich the mobile ecosystem with new solutions and business models, and an expanded multi-vendor ecosystem. Nokia has been working within the O-RAN Alliance to help develop the open reference architectures and open interfaces that will be critical to the delivery of interoperable O-RAN solutions.
Nokia was the first major vendor to join the O-RAN Alliance and it is co-chairing the workgroups that are defining the Open Fronthaul Interface and the Near Real-time RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC), which will help automate and optimize the network. In addition to the O-RAN Alliance, Nokia has championed open standards in 3GPP, the Linux Foundation’s ONAP initiative, ETSI’s Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) initiative, and more.
In addition to technical contributions, Nokia supports the continued development and execution of a comprehensive strategy for open and secure RAN policy for 5G and beyond.
Brian Hendricks, Vice President of Government Relations Americas, Nokia said: “Nokia believes that policymakers, operators and equipment providers should work together to support research and development of emerging network technologies that include open systems, advanced 5G technologies, and foundational 6G research, with policies that support a robust ecosystem of trusted suppliers that will create a strong U.S. position in secure wireless technology. We believe this coalition strongly supports this approach and we are pleased to join and the industry moves forward on this important effort.”
Blogs are becoming more popular nowadays. You will see that the figures of blogging sites are increasing. In addition, you’ll notice innovations already making its way into blogging.
For instance, instead of pure text content, there is now photo blogging where you can now share your pictures with other bloggers. Aside from the usual call and text features of cellular phones, now you can use it if you want to post your blog. It just manifests that blogging is really becoming popular to people.
If you are not reached yet by the popularity of blogs, continue reading and see for yourself why blogging is just popular to almost every Internet users.
What is Blog?
Before anything else, what is a blog? Generally, it is a web page that has brief and distinct information also known as posts. These posts are arranged reverse chronological order (which can be, the most recent comes first) and every post entry is recognized by an anchor tag which can be marked by a permanent link that can be referred to by others who wish to link to it.
Blogs are thought to be a way of communication and you will find numerous forms of messages carried by blogs. Some you will find are just vacuums that point to other websites, others display their greatest essay, some are personal diaries, and others promote the newest technology. In other words, bloggers can write anything they want.
There are hundreds of thousands of blogs posted on the Internet daily. With these numbers, one question will just pop-up in your mind: Why do people blog?
The reason behind is through blogs, people can express themselves freely. Yes, there are other mediums you can use to show to the world what you have got. You can write articles and columns for a local newspaper. But the question is, are you sure all that you have written can be printed? Writing blogs gives you the power to get what you have written printed immediately. No questions asked nothing more to be asked.
Another reason why many people are blogging is the freedom of design, layout, and its structure. You do not need to have navigation architecture designs of a website nor a structured menu. You can write anything about what you want regardless of what it looks like. Your point is to attract readers in the way that you think is the best. That is the power of blogging-giving you the freedom of what you want your blog to look like.
Before you start your blogging hobby, you need to know first the blogging tools. These tools enable you to post your blogs either on your own website or to a certain blogging community. One popular blogging tool is Blogger software, a web-based tool that does not require you to install software on your personal computer or on your server in case you have your own website. You can access the tool through the Blogger website and your blog pages can be posted to your own site or to a community blog server.
These are simply some of the basic things you would like to know about blogging. Keep in mind that blogs give you the ability to publish anything you want. However, you need to keep in mind that it can be successful if you will be discussing interesting things on it. And do not forget to place a link directing to your own website. It can help you generate the traffic you needed.
Recruitment of first-class youthful talent who are able to enter your projects pressure and supply that sort of long-term growth potential and may only originate from good and productive employees are always challenging. Among the big reasons any company actively works to keep its public image high and also to project the notion that they’re a company of preference would be to recruit the very best and also the brightest in the youth ranks.
Youthful employees bring a great deal to a company that may compliment a mature work pressure making the company a lot more vital. More youthful workers are savvy towards the needs and want of the peers. So rather of attempting to guess how you can market to the present generation of 18-28-year-olds who’re age segment with disposable earnings, by continuing to keep such employees within the company, you will find the inside track towards the priorities of the present generation. Further youthful workers are frequently positive and to alter the world. Their feeling of mission and belief within the system as a way to help make the world a much better place results not just in a much better morale internally however in business philosophy that shares individuals values.
The inclination to mention the approaching generations could be a bit trite however it works well for knowing who the prospective group for recruitment are. Which number of youthful future employees that’ll be striking the employment market within the next couple of years continues to be dubbed “the millennials”. And regardless of the traumatizing occasions of world terrorism, war and also the decay from the atmosphere, the millennials come your way with this youthful enthusiasm and want to make an impact on the planet that sets them aside from previous generations.
To lure the brightest minds from the nation’s colleges, some rethinking of the items we put before these youthful people are needed. They aren’t departing academia strictly with the aim of creating lots of money. To turn the mind of youth workers who can produce a change for that better inside your business…
# Don’t simply make the possibility job about money or perhaps your recognizable company name. The status of the organization is often as much an adverse as possible an optimistic. The millennial recruitee will appear beyond the sign up your building at what the organization is actually about.
# The millennial is much more internet savvy and wishes to use today’s technology to complete business goals. It’s within our welfare to facilitate that goal since it could keep us in contact with industry.
# Corporate culture is a vital factor in recruiting and retaining good employees out of this generation. Millenials are searching for any business climate that’s creative, in a position to change when something totally new becomes available, highly accessible upper management and responsive.
# Corporate values mean a great deal to the millennial crowd. This means that individuals high minded values printed on posters and plastered all around the Hr department need to really mean something. By demonstrating the business meets its ethics and values, which will appeal the idealistic side of youthful workers.
# The values the business supports must reflect a contemporary attitude toward diversity and “be going green”. Should you walk a millennial round the office during their interview, they’ll spot the recycling bins scattered about. They’ll spot the diversity of culture and race within the worker mix.
# Be ready to recruit from various disciplines. Even if you’re recruiting for any financial services function as well as other specialization, keep an open mind to recruiting students having a concentrate on liberal arts or teaching. These millennials could be educated to the particular job plus they bring a brand new method of the task description which comes using their college section of focus.
They are stuff that might make time to change when the corporate culture is on the occasions. But it’s well worth the effort to begin how to attract the sorts of workers which means that long-term growth for the organization. By doing a bit of serious analysis about how to the date the company is, you can start to affect change now so by now the coming year, you’ll be in better contour around the court the millennials.