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King Officiates Menara Kuantan 188, Jambatan Putra



KUANTAN, Feb 21-  The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah  today officiated the opening of Kuantan’s new landmark, Menara Kuantan 188, and Jambatan Putra, the second bridge linking Bandar Putra in Tanjung Lumpur and Kuantan city.

His Majesty performed the opening  through a video recording played on a giant screen in  a ceremony held at the grounds of Menara Kuantan 188, in  compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOP) of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in Pahang.

Al-Sultan Abdullah expressed gratitude for being able to witness the historic moment for  Pahang, and reminded the people to continue to adhere to the new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Allow me to advise the people to always adopt the new norms, and comply with the government’s recommendations as we face the COVID-19 pandemic that is currently plaguing the country. “The  Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah and I  always pray that the people are spared from misfortune and remain under the protection of Allah,” said His Majesty

Al-Sultan Abdullah was represented at the ceremony by his son, the Regent of Pahang Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah who also visited the observation deck which offers a 360-degree view of Kuantan city from a height of 92 meters.

Tengku Hassanal also witnessed the procession of 11 decorated boats by Federal and state government agencies, security forces and local authorities (PBT) along the Kuantan River, located next to Menara Kuantan 188.

Also present were Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, Senior Minister (Works) Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, who is also Indera Mahkota MP, East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) chief executive ocer Baidzawi Che Mat and the state government executive council members.

The tower, located by the Kuantan river is part of a series of developments to enhance the Kuantan Waterfront which is being developed as a tourist destination.

Among other components of the  project are the Kuantan Esplanade, Mercu Junjung Duli, Laman Teruntum and Serambi Teruntum, aimed to serve as a one-stop centre for small and medium enterprise products produced by Pahang entrepreneurs.

Meanwhile, Baidzawi in a media statement  said the Kuantan Waterfront project is part of ECERDC’s overall strategy in boosting the tourism sector in the state, besides attracting investments to create socio-economic spillovers for the benet of local people.

“ECERDC will continue to work closely with the state government and related parties in ensuring that the high-impact projects and activities implemented can bring about positive impact, as well as balanced and inclusive growth for the public,” he said.

Meanwhile, the construction of the 451-metre-long Jambatan Putra  is expected to help reduce congestion on the current bridge that connects Tanjung Lumpur to Kuantan city.



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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