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Excited To Be First Voter Under Election New Normal



PEKAN, June 30 — Corporal Muhamad Muhaidin Haripen today created history when he became the first person to vote under the new normal for elections in the country.

The 36-year-old who was the first early voter to cast his vote in the Chini state seat by-election said the voting process was different from the three general elections he had previously participated in.

The acting chief of the Chini police station said this time, he had to abide by the special standard operating procedure (SOP) drawn up by the Election Commission (EC).

“We first have to register for polling at the entrance and observe social distancing. When we got to the first point, our body temperature was screened and we have to use the hand sanitizer, then when we enter (the premises), we use the hand sanitizer again, before the EC officer marks us with permanent ink, and then we put on the gloves and mask before voting,” he said.

The polling center in the Chini Police Station Information Room was opened at 8 a.m. today until noon to allow 18 early voters comprising police personnel to vote.

Preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19 are enforced during the early voting process, such as social distancing, using hand sanitizer, wearing masks and gloves as well as a screening of body temperature.

Muhamad Muhaidin said while previously voters would dip their index finger into the election ink, this time they would just offer it to be brushed with ink. The brush would then be discarded to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

After that, the third polling clerk put plastic gloves on him, and only then would he mark the ballot paper.

Another police officer Corporal Wan Nur Eza Ilmi Wan Zahari, 31, said he was excited about voting during the Recovery MCO (RMCO) as this was the first time this is happening in the history of the country’s election process.

“Not everybody gets to vote in these conditions, this is a precious moment for me,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry had set up a special tent in the compounds of the police station for voters with body temperature readings higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius.

Also present at the polling center were Chini by-election managing officer Datuk Zaliza Zulkifli, and the three candidates – Barisan Nasional’s Mohd Sharim Md Zain, 41, and Independent candidates Tengku Datuk Zainul Hisham Tengku Hussin, 64, and Mohd Shukri Mohd Ramli, 49.

The early voting process is being observed by agents of the candidates as well as the election observers appointed by the EC, while the polling process is also telecast via live streaming on the SPR Facebook account.

All the ballot boxes for early voting will be kept at the police station lock-up and counting will be done on polling day this Saturday (July 4) at the counting center in the Information Room in the Paloh Hinai Police Station.

The Chini state seat by-election sees a three-cornered fight between Mohd Sharim and two Independent candidates, Tengku Datuk Zainul Hisham Tengku Hussin, 64, and Mohd Shukri Mohd Ramli, 49.

There are 20,990 registered voters for the Chini by-election comprising 20,972 ordinary voters and 18 early voters. The voters comprise 10,269 men and 10,721 women.

The Chini state seat is one of four under the Pekan parliamentary constituency. This is the first by-election to be held after the Movement Control Order (MCO) was enforced on March 18.

Sources: BERNAMA


Petronas Uplifts Festive Spirit Through Cheeky ‘Seloka’ In Latest Raya Webfilm



KUALA LUMPUR, 6 May 2021 – PETRONAS celebrates Syawal this year with a fully animated Hari Raya Aidilfitri Webfilm titled “Syukur Raya”, a story presented in a fun and cheeky ‘seloka’ that explores themes of compassion and kindness.

Syukur Raya” is narrated by a spotted dove named Syuk-kur – a wordplay of ‘syukur’ (thankfulness) and ‘tekukur’ (the Malay term for dove). The charismatic bird acts as a witness to everything that goes on in ‘Taman Bawang’, a neighbourhood the Webfilm portrays.

The story begins with its main character Poji feeling homesick. The hardworking and jovial youth is missing his hometown so much that he begins to envision his fierce next-door neighbour, Mak Jah, as his own mother. Giving up hope on family celebrations due to work commitments, Poji and his friends are resolved for a subdued occasion until Mak Jah shares her ‘rendang’ in a surprise gesture, thus reviving their festive spirit and belief in community togetherness.

Syukur Raya” is inspired by the Malaysians’ signature warmth and friendliness – values that are deeply rooted in the nation’s culture. Through this Webfilm, PETRONAS is encouraging all Malaysians to embrace the joy of festivities despite the movement restrictions brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic. It reminds everyone that Hari Raya can still be a joyful affair without the big celebrations that people are accustomed to.

PETRONAS Senior General Manager of Group Strategic Communications, Datin Anita Azrina Abdul Aziz said: “PETRONAS is continuing with its 2020 festive theme, ‘our unique family’, taking it one step further by expanding from the family we know to the family we discover. The fully animated film, set in a familiar neighbourhood with relatable characters, focuses on going beyond our differences to give, and forgive each other in celebrating Hari Raya.

“Despite the current challenges, if we are to open our hearts and minds, the people around us can be our source of joy this Aidilfitri, ultimately reflecting the true spirit of togetherness and generosity of the celebration.”

The Webfilm is now live and available for viewing on PETRONAS’ official YouTube channel and Facebook page. Our ‘Raya Joy Pack’ comprising “Syukur Raya” stickers and backdrop scenes to be used via WhatsApp and social media can also be downloaded via PETRONAS’ Facebook page.

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Kind Malaysian Helps Promote This Uncle’s Beautifully Handmade Rattan Goods



Living in this current pandemic life of COVID-19 situation, many people in this whole wide world would be struggling to make ends meet for themselves and also their beloved family. This particular situation also happens here in our country, Malaysia. As other fortunate people, we should help these people so that they can rise again and survive during this trying time.

This is what has been done by this Twitter user named Melati who helped an uncle then she met by the side of the road. According to her, this specific uncle sells a bunch of beautifully handmade rattan goods that he made himself. She has been using her own Twitter platform to do a small business shoutout to help this uncle’s small business.

According to the tweet which she stated, “I went to get gas yesterday and I saw an uncle with a bunch of beautifully handmade rattan goods by the side of the road. He said he’s a mobile seller and goes from neighborhood to neighborhood. He asked whether I could take pix and put them on social media”. That is why she kind-heartedly decided to promote this uncle’s small business on her Twitter page.

She also said that all of these rattan goods are by the uncle himself. There are so many types of rattan goods sold by this uncle such as laundry baskets, trash baskets, baskets for whatever you want, picnic baskets, trays, coasters, some bags, and many others that you ever find all these while. Because he made all these rattan goods himself, the uncle can tell the customers how long each piece took him to make.

Melati ended the tweet by saying, “Follow Uncle here on IG to see which location he’s at next! I’m sure MCO has been tough for him, so if you’re looking for a new rattan piece for your house, do consider buying it from Uncle”.

Sources: Twitter Melati, Instagram Aranyaunkee Rattan Craft.

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China’s CoronaVac Vaccine Safe: Azerbaijani Acting Health Minister



BAKU, May – Azerbaijan’s acting health minister Teymur Musayev on Thursday said the CoronaVac vaccine made by China’s biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech is fully safe.

Speaking at a press briefing of the operational headquarters for COVID-19 prevention and control, Musayev said that 1.6 million people in the country have got their first dose of the Chinese-made vaccine so far, while 600,000 people have received both.

According to Xinhua news agency, Musayev said Azerbaijan enrolled the CoronaVac vaccine for mass vaccination, describing it as “completely safe.”

Infection cases among those who received both doses were minor, he said.

“We embark on a new phase of vaccination against COVID-19 in Azerbaijan from May 10 that will enable citizens above 18 to be vaccinated. This means we now have sufficient quantities of the jab,” Musayev said.

Azerbaijan launched the mass vaccination in January.


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