ALOR SETAR (Bernama): There is a need to tighten checks on the MySejahtera application status of individuals at all premises, especially supermarkets, to ensure those placed under the Home Supervision Order (HSO) do not gain entry. Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said his ministry had detected non-compliance of the HSO because there were still individuals found checking in at supermarkets despite being in the quarantine period. "In Kedah, in just one week, there were 523 MySejahtera check-ins (to premises) who were Covid-19 positive or high-risk individuals placed under home quarantine. "A total of 18% of the (523) check-ins occurred in supermarkets, so we ask that supervision at entrances be tightened because they (quarantined individuals) managed to check in, which means the security guards are not checking their MySejahtera properly... they are just letting them in,” he told a media conference in conjunction with his working visit to Kedah at Wisma Darul Aman here on Sunday ... » Learn More about Tighten checks on MySejahtera status at all premises, says Khairy
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MANILA, Philippines — We are updating this page as more reports and statements come in. February 22, 2018 explaining the decision to ban Pia Ranada from the Malacañang complex : This is the first known instance, after the Marcos regime, where the sitting president banned a news group and a journalist from setting foot in the Malacañang compound because of critical reporting. Rappler reporter Pia Ranada has been banned from entering the entire Malacañang complex , not just Malacañang Palace. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque's statement : Peke na nga ang balita ng Rappler, peke pa rin ang pagiging Pilipino nila. Ayusin muna nila ang dalawang bagay na ito bago sila sumigaw ng kalayaan sa pamamahayag. No, Mr Roque. This is about press freedom. It is not the government's role to say who can cover what, and when, and where. There is a clear line between a nation's officials, and the press whose job it is to hold them accountable by ... » Learn More about Everything you need to know about Rappler’s Malacañang coverage ban
The unprecedented cooperation pact between Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s government and the main opposition bloc is barely a week old, but analysts say there is good reason to be upbeat as the agreement shows early signs of promise. Nonetheless, whether Monday’s (Sept 20) signing of the so-called “Political Transformation and Stability” pact heralds an end to the country’s rollercoaster-style politics will depend on the actions of both sides beyond their initial peace gestures, according to the observers. Billed as a sort of political ceasefire agreement, the pact stipulates that the 88-MP Pakatan Harapan bloc will not actively seek to trigger fresh polls before July next year, and will offer in-principle support for key measures such as the upcoming 2022 budget. In exchange, Ismail Sabri has promised a slew of policy changes such as a prime ministerial term limit and a restructuring of parliament – moves that are central to the reform-minded Pakatan Harapan’s ... » Learn More about Malaysia’s political ceasefire shows early signs of promise. How long will it last?
Hong Kong’s first critical election under the Beijing-decreed electoral overhaul on Sunday (Sept 19) hit a major snag as a delay in vote counting overnight prompted candidates to demand answers on why it took over 10 hours for the full results when only 4,380 ballot papers had to be tallied. Electoral Affairs Commission chairman Barnabas Fung Wah apologised for the delay and admitted the process of delivering the ballot boxes and vote counting was “unsatisfactory”. “At this stage, I can say they were human errors or errors of judgement on whether the problem should be sort of raised to us or to be solved by the frontline staff,” Fung said at a press briefing at 6.15am on Monday. “We will look into the matter thoroughly. I think it may not be fair to pinpoint anyone in particular. I’ll ask you to wait for the election report.” At 6am on Monday, 12 hours after voting came to a close, results of only 10 out of 13 subsectors in the Election Committee which required competition had ... » Learn More about Hong Kong elections: Long delay in vote counting mars city’s first ‘patriots-only’ polls under Beijing overhaul