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Tuanku Muhriz Calls On Government Leaders, Rakyat To Unite, Together Defend Country

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SEREMBAN, Jan 14  — The Yang Dipertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir today called on government leaders at all levels and the people to unite and always give their undivided loyalty, defend and protect  the country, especially in facing the challenges of COVID-19.

“In realising the impact of the pandemic on the economy, I also urged the state government to remain strong in steering the state administration and creatively devise a more dynamic strategy in  developing the state  towards economic recovery,” he said.

Tuanku Muhriz said this in a statement that was issued in conjunction with his 73rd birthday today.

Tuanku Muhriz said he was proud of the government’s success in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Compared with countries that are considered more advanced in terms of expertise and health system, the success of controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Malaysia is very impressive.

“I am proud and  appreciate very much the commitment and dedication shown by all health frontliners, the police and military personnel, as well as volunteers from private agencies and non-governmental organisations and also  individuals who have provided assistance in various ways,” he added.

He also called on the people to appreciate and be grateful for the swift action taken by health agencies in the country in laying the plans and strategies to ensure  the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic could be contained.

Meanwhile, Tuanku Mukhriz also reminded the people of various races, religions and from various cultures to always work together and set aside differences to maintain  harmony in the community.

“This spirit of unity should be  practiced by the community at all times and not just in crisis situations,” he added.

He also called on the people to make hygiene and cleanliness a culture.

“From my observation,  there are some people who took lightly the importance of cleanliness by disposing rubbish wherever they like.

“The quality of waste management system should be improved, but it is not a real solution because what is more important is the society’s attitude towards cleanliness.

“To ensure hygiene and cleanliness become a culture in the society, exposure should begin with children, as early as when they are in preschool and at home, and continued until they finish school, “ he said.

Tuanku Muhriz  also congratulated all the recipients of the state awards and medals, which, he said, should be safeguarded as they are closely linked to the dignity of the  Negeri Sembilan royal institution.

“Therefore, every recipient is entrusted to ascertain the nobility and recognition bestowed by safeguarding their image, manners, behaviour and personality ,” he added.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Penang MAQIS Seizes RM517,700 Worth of Arabica Green Coffee Beans

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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.

Source: BERNAMA

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COVID-19 Vaccine In Line With Means To Prevent Diseases, Avoid Harm – Jakim

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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.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Frozen Message In A Bottle Found In Norway, 16 Years After It Was Tossed Into The Sea

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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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