PETALING JAYA: The option for travellers arriving in Malaysia to undergo home quarantine also applies to those with permanent resident status or under the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme. They must have a home or residence in the country, produce a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result and be fully vaccinated. This comes following the announcement by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (pic) that the “Jurassic process” of submitting email applications to undergo isolation at home would be replaced with a simplified Home Quarantine Application (HQA) portal from yesterday to ease the process. Submissions are to be made through the eCovid19 HQA portal, with each application allowing a maximum of 10 travellers under one quarantine address. Applications are also required to be submitted at least seven to 10 days prior to their arrival. The current application process on the portal requires applicants to fill up a form with information of their full name, ... » Learn More about Apply one week in advance
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HO CHI MINH CITY (Vietnam News/Asia News Network): Many businesses in HCM City’s ‘green zones’ (safe zones) that have been allowed to reopen since Sept 15 have adopted flexible models to meet the market’s new requirements. Tùng Minh, owner of a store that sells imported fruits in District 7, said the first thing he did on reopening his store was to start investing in online infrastructure and building a network of potential online customers. The store has started to receive orders via phone and website, he said. It connects closely with loyal customers, and through them introduces and markets its products to their relatives, friends and neighbours, he said. It also digitises product images, prices and origins to enable people to shop online, he added. Thanh Tâm, owner of a shop that sells processed and packaged foods in Củ Chi District, said he has switched to receiving orders by phone and customers could come to pick up their products or get delivery at home. "By receiving ... » Learn More about As Ho Chi Minh City reopens, businesses realise flexible is the way to go
Presidential aspirant Isko Moreno has been on the receiving end of criticism for what people call fence-sitting or a lack of categorical answers when it comes to issues like Leila de Lima and the Duterte war on drugs. He’s been called “Duterte Lite” or “Duterte 2.0” as people speculate that his lack of clarity is proof that he is a puppet being controlled by President Rodrigo Duterte or that he would adopt his controversial policies if elected into Malacañang. Then there’s the sneering at a man once invited by opposition coalition 1Sambayan and suspected of being impostor who does not represent the “true opposition.” Veteran journalist and Inquirer columnist John Nery wrote that there's no way Isko can now be considered an opposition candidate. Two political analysts say fence-sitting is nothing new and Moreno likely won’t be the only candidate to be accused of this in the months ahead. With President Duterte still enjoying fairly high ... » Learn More about Duterte Lite: Is fence-sitting a sin or strategy in 2022 elections?
I was on a bus riding back home when I read the breaking news on my phone: Duterte appoints Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chair of gov't committee vs illegal drugs . I almost choked on my coffee. This is a ludicrous move from the Palace and only meant to shame the Vice President and critics of the failing "war on drugs." Back in 2016, the then-presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte campaigned on an anti-crime and anti-drugs platform. For the first time in recent memory, a candidate running for a national post politicized such an issue to rouse the electorate's emotions and secure their votes. This is a bold move in a country where campaigns traditionally centered on corruption, economics, and poverty. The previous mayor of Davao City even went on to say that he would put an end to crime in "3-6 months" and annihilate everyone associated with the drug trade. Never mind that countless health and crime experts around the world, including the former ... » Learn More about [OPINION] Nothing but a honeytrap: Leni Robredo’s appointment as anti-drug co-chair
Yahya, an Afghan who identifies as gay and a non-conforming person, speaks during an interview at an undisclosed location on September 28, 2021. – Many LGBTQ Afghans are haunted by the Taliban’s brutally repressive reign from 1996 to 2001 when gay men were stoned to death or crushed by toppled walls as punishment. The militants have not officially commented on the subject since they overran Kabul on August 15, 2021, but former senior judge Gul Rahim told Germany’s Bild newspaper that the death penalty would return. (Photo by – / AFP) / TO GO WITH ‘Afghanistan-Taliban-LGBTQ’ Kabul, Afghanistan — As an Afghan transgender woman, Radwin has suffered brutal sexual violence on the streets and even rejection by her family. But with the Taliban back in power, she fears she will be killed because of her identity — and she is desperate to flee the country. Trans people like Radwin have long been among the most marginalized in Afghanistan, where discrimination against the LGBTQ community ... » Learn More about ‘No future’: Trans woman fears death under Taliban
TOKYO — Oil prices were lower on Friday in quiet trade due to the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, dropping amid concerns about oversupply and doubts about a vaccine to end the coronavirus pandemic. Brent crude was down by 31 cents, or 0.7%, at $47.49 by 0758 GMT, having fallen 1.7% overnight. West Texas Intermediate was down by $1.02, or 2.2%, at $44.69. U.S. crude prices did not settle on Thursday due to the holiday. Both benchmarks have risen about 6% this week after AstraZeneca said its COVID-19 vaccine could be up to 90% effective, adding to successful trial results of two others under development in the fight to end the pandemic. FILE PHOTO: The sun is seen behind a crude oil pump jack in the Permian Basin in Loving County, Texas, U.S., November 22, 2019. REUTERS/Angus Mordant But questions have been raised over the “vaccine for the world,” with several scientists sounding doubts over how robust the results of the trials were. “With much of oil’s rally in November built ... » Learn More about Oil drops as supply concerns, vaccine doubts sap rally