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DBKL Receives Over 38,000 Applications For PA, PPR Houses

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KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 — The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has received 38,145 applications for the People’s Housing Projects (PPR) and Public Housing (PA) up until last January.

Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah said applications involving the urban poor had been received since 2009.

“Of the total, 14,412 applications have been offered for the housing units until March.

“We took a long time to approve the applications because the number of vacant units for the housing is very limited,” he told Bernama.

Following that, he said, DBKL has identified several locations in the capital to build council homes to meet the needs of this group.

“We are completing the development project in Sungai Udang, Segambut, involving the construction of 1,251 units, which is expected to be completed next September. We will also build about 760 units in Jalan Semilang, Cheras, as well as await approval for the project in Taman Desa,” he said.

He said unlike PA and PPR housing unit, the council home is about 700 to 750 square feet and has three rooms and two bathrooms.

“The rental rate for council home may be higher than PA and PPR, but it is still lower than the market price.

“What is important is we want to give more comfort to the city folks, as well as to overcome the housing problem of the urban poor,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mahadi said DBKL had 61,806 PA and PPR units with 37,582 units being leased out at a rental rate of between RM94 and RM124 a month, while another 24,224 units have been sold.

“Some of the PPR and PA houses have been sold and the owners are allowed to rent them out to others.

“However, for DBKL tenants, they are not allowed to rent the houses to others and if found doing so, they can be disqualified from renting the house,” he added.

Sources: BERNAMA

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

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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

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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

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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.

Source: BERNAMA

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