KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 — With the new standard operating procedures for businesses and eateries set by the government, Grab has reduced its commission ceiling further by up to five per cent for all food and mart merchants nationwide for four weeks from Jan 13 until Feb 10.
The homegrown company will also continue to support its restaurant partners by absorbing all costs for self-pick up orders made via the Grab App and temporarily reduce commission to zero per cent if customers choose to pick up their orders themselves.
Grab Malaysia managing director Sean Goh said the measures were introduced to help merchant partners cope especially with the loss of dine-in customers, while ensuring the community still could access their daily needs safely, conveniently and affordably.
“Since the Movement Control Order (MCO) last year, we have permanently reduced the maximum commissions charged to any merchant partner. As our platform’s efficiency improves, we aim to continue to help merchants earn more,” he said in statement today.
Meanwhile, Grab is also bringing back the Local Heroes campaign to provide free visibility, awareness and promotions across various marketing and digital channels in order to support neighbourhood businesses, including local food courts, markets and small business owners.
“Last year, participating merchants in ‘Grab Loves Local Heroes’ (initiative) saw an increase in sales of up to 43 per cent. We hope that, once again, this will help generate awareness for our local heroes in this difficult time,” Goh said.
He said that as more customers would be reliant on delivery services, the company had made various efforts to provide greater and convenient access to their daily needs while helping them save on expenses.
These include low delivery fees, mix and match food court favourites with only one delivery fee, unlimited free delivery for signature favourites, and exclusive MCO-edition GrabRewards MCO points-back discounts.
Penang MAQIS Seizes RM517,700 Worth of Arabica Green Coffee Beans
BUTTERWORTH, Jan 19 — The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (MAQIS) seized 19.2 tonnes of Arabica green coffee beans worth RM517,700 which did not meet import permit conditions at the North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT).
Penang MAQIS director Zarina Ramli said the department found 640 gunny sacks of coffee beans when its officer inspected a container from Kenya at 4.45 pm last Sunday.
“All the coffee beans are being investigated for not complying with 3P certificate (grading, packaging and labelling),” she said in a statement here today.
The case is being investigated under Section 15(1) of the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Act 2011 (Act 728), and those found guilty will be fined not more than RM100,000 or jailed for up to six years, or both,
Zarina said MAQIS will continue to take serious steps on issues related to food safety, disease control and risk of pest entry, which can affect the country’s agriculture industry.
She added MAQIS is committed to ensure every agricultural product entering the country meets the terms and conditions set by the government.
COVID-19 Vaccine In Line With Means To Prevent Diseases, Avoid Harm – Jakim
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19 — The use of the COVID-19 vaccine is in line with Islamic law as a means to prevent diseases as well as to protect others from harm.
A research officer in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Fahmi Rusli said the vaccination is necessary for those who have been identified by the government, among them the frontline workers and high risk groups including the elderly.
“The COVID-19 vaccination is similar to the administration of injected vaccines on babies to prevent the spread of various diseases such as polio and so forth,” he said when appearing as guest in the Tanya Jakim segment titled `What’s With the COVID-19 Vaccine’ which was live-streamed on the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) Facebook page today.
Fahmi said, Islam promotes disease prevention as according to a hadith from Prophet Muhammad SAW it was mentioned that “He who eats seven ajwa dates every morning, will not be affected by poison or magic on the day he eats them.”
He said, Islam encourages its followers to prevent diseases or seek treatment early before a disease is spread to others, adding that refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine can cause a person to infect others and this is contrary to Islamic teachings.
Earlier, Bernama reported that the Special Muzakarah Committee of the National Council for Islamic Religious Affairs had agreed that the use of COVID-19 vaccine is compulsory for groups that have been identified by the government and permissible for others.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs), Senator Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri was quoted as saying that the ruling had been communicated to the Conference of Rulers.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin when announcing the Malaysian Economic and Rakyat’s Protection Assistance Package (PERMAI) on Monday said the government expects to receive the first batch of vaccines by the end of February with the first group to be vaccinated by early March.
The COVID-19 vaccination programme will run in stages over a 12-month period and almost 27 million or over 80 per cent of the population are expected to receive the vaccine by the first quarter of next year.
Frozen Message In A Bottle Found In Norway, 16 Years After It Was Tossed Into The Sea
A frozen message in a bottle was washed off the coast in Norway 16 years after a couple from Shetland threw it into the sea while sailing.
When Helene Hundeide, from Måløy, found the frozen bottle, the 24-year-old was searching for a place to set her hammock up and make a fire.
Inside, she noticed a message posted by Peter and Susan Henry from Noonsbrough on August 7, 2004.
The message said that the couple were on the Vega yacht, returning home after 10 days sailing around Unst – and asked anyone who noticed the note to contact them.
“It was very exciting,” said Ms. Hundeide. “I have never found a bottle mail before, and that it would be as old as 16 years – wow!
“That was absolutely incredible.”
Ms. Hundeide, who manages power lines, attempted to contact the couple via the email address on the note but discovered that it was out of use.
She then posted the photo on a local Facebook group and shared it on the page Stories n Photos o Maritime Shetland, where its senders were recognized by several people. The story was also picked up in Måløy by the Fjordenes Tidende newspaper.
Ms. Hundeide was able to reach Mr. Henry within an hour with the help of Facebook users.
“He was surprised that the bottle post had been found after so many years,” said Ms. Hundeide.
Ms. Hundeide has also talked to Mrs. Henry and says that when the pandemic is over, they are both “very nice people” whom she wants to meet in Noonsbrough.
“It looks like a beautiful place,” she said. “I love to travel, so that’s the next destination I will visit.”
In the meantime, Ms. Hundeide says she plans to frame the message.
“It is in good condition, so this is a memory for life,” she added.
Source: Daily Mail
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