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BPN 2.0 Phase 2 Payment Accelerated, Credited Starting January 21 – MOF

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Through a media statement, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) has decided to announce the second phase of Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN 2.0) and it will be taking place this 21st January.

There will be 11.06 million receivers, where 10.6 million have already received it once and another 460,000 new applicants.

Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said the new recipients were approved during the application period and the appeal was opened from October 15 to November 15.

“For B40 recipients, payment will be credited directly into the bank account on Jan 21, while for M40 recipients, it will also be credited into the bank account on Jan 25 next.

“For recipients without a bank account, withdrawal can be made at any branch of Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) with standard operating procedures (SOP) to be set.

“Meanwhile, for recipients without bank accounts in Sabah and Sarawak, payment will be made from early February until April 1 at the production locations which will be announced later this month,” he said in a statement today.

Meanwhile, the second phase payment of the BPN is channeled through several fractions according to the recipient status.

“For B40 recipients and households earning RM4,000 and below, a total of RM1.21 billion is allocated by the government to 3.81 million recipients.

“For single B40 recipients with an income of RM2,000 and below, a total of RM0.7 billion is allocated to 4.08 million recipients,” the statement added.

In addition, for M40 recipients and households earning RM4,001 to RM8,000, a total of RM0.29 billion is allocated to 1.43 million recipients.

Meanwhile, for single M40 recipients with an income of RM2,001 to RM4,000, a total of RM0.18 billion is allocated to 1.74 million recipients.

“Overall, the total number of BPN 2.0 recipients includes 11.06 million recipients, which is 5.82 million single individuals and 5.24 million household recipients with a total payment or allocation of RM7.18 billion so far,” he explained.

The approval check can be made on BPN’s official portal via link here starting January 15.

“The government is always committed to making sure that the people in need will receive the help they are entitled to so that the well-being of the citizens are preserved,” said MOF in the statement.

Source: MOF

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Malaysia Remembers MH370

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 — Today, March 8, marks the 7th anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines’ flight MH370 that went missing under mysterious circumstances while enroute from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

How and why a sophisticated Boeing 777 carrying 227 passengers of different nationalities and 12 crew vanished from the radar screen without a trace remains an enigma till today, with the extensive search never seen before in aviation history.

In remembering the ill-fated flight, Bernama revisited the incident and interviewed some of the next-of-kin in Malaysia who find the lack of closure on the episode to be disappointing.

“I feel exactly like how it had been seven years ago when I was 17, …things are pretty much the same but we are doing ok,” said the daughter Andrew Nari, the chief steward on the ill-fated flight, to Bernama.

The brother-in-law of Goh Sock Lay, chief stewardess on board, told Bernama that the family did not want to talk about the incident as they felt sad each time they recalled the tragedy.

Family members of passengers also have moved on and felt there is nothing more to talk about the tragedy.

Even the conspiracy theories have abated. The initial theories, such as hijacking and diversion of the plane to US Military base on the Diego Garcia atoll, seizure of control of the aircraft from the pilots via remote methods, and catastrophic systems or airframe failure – are all have yet to be proven.

However, the aircraft’s flaperon that washed up on the beach on Reunion Island a year later pointed to the fact that the Indian Ocean is the final resting place of flight MH370. However, there is no way to pinpoint the exact resting place of the aircraft in the vast ocean.

Australia, China, and Malaysia ended a fruitless US150 million search across a 120,000 square-kilometre area in the Indian Ocean in 2017. Subsequently, Houston-based group Ocean Infinity also failed to locate the aircraft and its search ended in 2018.

The Malaysian Transport Ministry had said that it has yet to receive any credible evidence to initiate a new search. Till the aircraft is found and the mystery surrounding its disappearance is deciphered, the MH370 call sign will remain an enduring mystery of aviation.

Source: BERNAMA

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JPJ Is On The Hunt For Vehicle Owners That Use Modified Horns With Rhythmic Tones

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Lately, the trend of using modified horns with rhythmic tones can be seen to be on the rise especially among bus and also lorry drivers and this irresponsible action has been disturbing other road users. Therefore, the Selangor State Road Transport Department (JPJ) has carried out the enforcement operation to hunt drivers that are still using this type of horn around Selangor. This operation is done so that this disturbing type of horn will never be used again.

Selangor State JPJ also has stressed that a fine of up to a total of RM2,000 and also imprisonment of up to 6 months awaits road users with vehicles that use modified horns. According to a statement, the enforcement operation against the use of these modified horns has been done within the state since 1 March after receiving complaints from the public.

According to the Selangor State JPJ, enforcement against vehicles that install these rhythmic horns as an accessory has been sued under Rule 24 (i) of the Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Rules 1959, namely installing horns more than one tone. Vehicles installing this kind of horn have also been taken action with the issuance of a Notice of Prohibition of the Use of Vehicles (PG1).

Vehicle owners who have been compounded must attend an inspection at any nearby JPJ Office to ensure that the vehicle has been taken corrective action by removing the installed rhythmic horns and a Vehicle Use Prohibition Withdrawal Notice (PG2) will be issued after the vehicle inspection is made. The compound also needs to be clarified or the case was taken to court for further action.

JPJ stated that continuous enforcement will be done against any offenses to make sure that road users obey the rules and regulations on the road.

Sources: Facebook JPJ Negeri Selangor.

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Malaysia Appointed As Member Of UNSC’s Advisory Group

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 — Malaysia has been appointed as a member of the United Nations Statistical Commission’s (UNSC) advisory group (AG).

The appointment was made at the 52nd UNSC session held virtually from March 1-5, 2021.

In a statement today, the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DoSM) said Malaysia as one of the AG members will modernise the management and organisation of the national statistical system, thus contributing valuably to the advancement of the global statistical community.

The UNSC is the highest decision-making body consisting of more than 190 UN member states and international organisations, and members of the committee meet annually with a mandate to promote official statistics.

During the 52nd UNSC session, Malaysia was also selected as one of the pilot countries under the 12 Tranche of the UN Development Account for 2020 – 2023 projects.

DoSM said Malaysia’s commitment and leadership role in developing the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) in the Asian region is being recognised by the UNSD.

“As a continuation, Malaysia has executed MySEEA extension for the year 2021 – 2025, prioritising the development of Land and Ocean Accounts,” it said.

It said the fully-funded project aimed to strengthen the capacity of National Office of Statistics (NSO) in building SEEA in measuring progress towards sustainable development and formulating integrated evidence-based policies.

Chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin led the Malaysian delegation for the 52nd UNSC session.

“DoSM, as the official government agency, will continue to be actively involved and supportive in the UNSC in order to improve coverage of many important statistical indicators, as well as to provide reliable official statistics that are relevant to policy that will benefit the whole National Statistical System and the well -being of society,” said Mohd Uzir.

Sources: BERNAMA

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