KUCHING, June 16 — The Sarawak Islamic Council has decided to postpone the implementation of this year’s Aidiladha sacrificial ritual, in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Assistant Minister in Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and Kuching North City Hall) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said the postponement was made based on the decision of the State Fatwa Board meeting, yesterday.
He said the State Fatwa Board in the meeting has decided that the concept of safeguarding human life (hifzun nafs) should be prioritised as the COVID-19 situation in Sarawak is still worrying.
“The Sarawak Islamic Council also calls on all Muslims to remain patient and continue to comply with the standard operating procedures set. Let us pray that the COVID-19 transmission can be fully contained,” he told a press conference here today.
Tokyo Paralympics: Different Fates For Two National Swimmers Despite Missing Finals
TOKYO, Aug 27 — Two national swimmers suffered different fates despite failing in the qualifying stage on the third day of the Tokyo Paralympic Games today.
Despite finishing in last position in the second qualifying heat of the S5 women’s 50 mm butterfly (physical disabilities) category, Brenda Annellia Larry put on a commendable performance by improving on her personal best in the competition held at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
The 16-year-old Sabahan clocked 1 minute 00.62 second (s) to finish seventh.
The country’s youngest athlete to the Tokyo Paralympics previously had recorded a personal best of 1: 09.72s in Singapore in 2019.
Chinese swimmer Dong Lu won the heat in a time of 40.74s followed by her compatriot Jiao Cheng who did 43.05s while third place went to Brazilian swimmer Joana Maria da Silva Neves Euzebio (46.32s).
Brenda finished 13th out of 14 swimmers from the two qualifying heats with only the top eight making the cut for the final.
Meanwhile, another national swimmer, Jamery Siga, was clearly frustrated when his dream to at least renew his personal best in the men’s category of the same did not materialise after clocking 40.32s.
His previous best personal best was 38.28s done at the World Swimming Championships in London in 2019.
The 36-year-old Sarawakian admitted that a poor start in today’s competition resulted in him finishing in last place in the third qualifying heat.
Jamery, for whom this is his third Paralympic appearance, finished sixth in the heat while Tao Zheng from China topped the competition and also broke the world record with a time of 32.34s, followed by Yaroslav Semenenko of Ukraine with 34.55s while host swimmer Kaede Hinata took third place with a time of 37.8s.
Meanwhile, Jamery, who was stricken by polio at the age of five, which caused his right arm to shrink, also revealed that his campaign at the Tokyo Paralympics is probably his last given his advanced age if he wants to compete in Paris in 2024.
“I apologise to all Malaysians for not being able to do my best, maybe this is my last Paralympics, age is also catching up,” he told Bernama in a tearful voice.
However, he is still interested in continuing to represent the country and will return to focus on his next missions in tournaments as well as other sporting events, including the Asian Para Games in Hangzhou, China next year.
List of New Malaysia’s Cabinet Ministers
Today would be such an important and another historical day for Malaysia because Malaysia’s Prime Minister that is Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob will be announcing the official new cabinet for Malaysia. Those cabinets are:
Minister of International Trade and Industry
1. Mohammed Azmin Ali
Minister Of Defense
1. Hishammuddin bin Hussein
2. Deputy Minister: Ikmal Hisham bin Abdul Aziz
Ministry of Finance
1. Tengku Zafrul bin Tengku Abdul Aziz
2. Deputy Minister I: Shar Abdullah
3. Deputy Minister II: Yamani Hafez bin Musa
Minister of Works
1. Dato’ Sri Haji Fadillah bin Yusof
2. Deputy Minister: Datuk Arthur Joseph Kurup
1. Datuk Dr. Mohd. Radzi bin Md. Jidin
2. Deputy Minister I: Senator Dato’ Dr. Mah Hang Soon
3. Deputy Minister II: Datuk Mohamad Bin Alamin
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economics)
1. Mustapa Mohamed
2. Deputy Minister: Dato’ Eddin Syazlee bin Shith
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Special Duties)
1. Datuk Dr. Haji Abdul Latiff Bin Ahmad
2. Deputy Minister: YB Datin Mastura Binti Yazid
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law)
1. Dato Sri Dr. Wan Junaidi bin Tuanku Jaafar
2. Deputy Minister: Datuk Wira Hajah Mas Ermieyati binti Haji Samsudin
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs)
1. Senator Tuan Idris Bin Hj Ahmad
2. Deputy Minister: YB Ahmad Marzuk Shaary
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs)
1. Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili
2. Deputy Minister: YB Datul Hajah Hanifah Hajar Taib
Minister of Transport
1. YB Datuk Seri Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong
2. Deputy Minister: Dato’ Henry Sum Agong
Minister of Environment
1. YB Dato’ Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man
2. Deputy Minister: Dato’ Dr. Mansor bin Othman
Minister of Human Resources
1. YB Datuk Seri Saravanan A / L Murugan
2. Deputy Minister: YB Haji Awang Bin Hashim
Minister of Federal Territories
1. YB Dato’ Seri Dr. Shahidan Bin Kassim
2. Deputy Minister: YB Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Bin Alias
Minister of Women and Family
1. YB Datuk Seri Rina Binti Mohd Harun
2. Deputy Minister: YB Dato ‘Hajah Siti Zailah Binti Mohd Yusoff
Minister of Higher Education
1. Datuk Dr. Noraini Binti Ahmad
2. Deputy Minister: Senator Ahmad Masrizal Muhammad
Minister of Energy and Natural Resources
1. YB Datuk Seri Takiyuddin bin Haji Hassan
2. Deputy Minister: YB Ali Anak Biju
1. YB Datuk Seri Hamzah Bin Zainuddin
2. Deputy Minister I: YB Dato’ Sri Dr. Haji Ismail Bin Haji
1. YB Tuan Khairy Jamaluddin
2. Deputy Minister I: YB Dato’ Dr. Noor Azmi bin Ghazali
3. Deputy Minister II: YB Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang
Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry
1. YB Datuk Seri Dr. Ronald Kiandee
2.Deputy Minister I: YB Datuk Seri Hj Ahmad Bin Hamzah
3.Deputy Minister II: YB Dr. Nik Muhammad Zawawi bin Salleh
Minister of Rural Development
1. YB Dato’ Seri Mahdzir bin Khalid
2. Deputy Minister I: YB Dato ‘Abdul Rahman Bin Mohamad
Minister of Foreign Affairs
1. Saifuddin Abdullah
Minister of Domestic Trade and Affairs User
1. Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi
2. Deputy Minister: YB Dato ‘Rosol Bin Wahid
Minister of Communications and Multimedia
1. YB Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Annuar bin Musa
2. Deputy Minister: YB Datuk Zahidi Bin Zainul Abidin
Minister of Housing and Local Government
1. YB Dato’ Reezal Merican bin Naina Merican
2. Deputy Minister: YB Dato ‘Sri Ismail Bin Abd Mutalib
Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation
1. YB Dato’ Sri Dr. Adham bin Baba
2. Deputy Minister: YB Ahmad Amzad Bin Hashim
Minister of Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development
1. YB Tan Sri Noh bin Omar
2. Deputy Minister: YB Tuan Muslimin bin Yahaya
Minister Of Plantation And Commodity Companies
1. YB Datuk Dr. Hajah Zuraida binti Kamaruddin
2. Deputy Minister I: YB Dato’ Sri Wee Jeck Seng
3. Deputy Minister II: YB Willie Anak Mongin
Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture
1. Datuk Sri Hajah Nancy Shukri
2. Deputy Minister: YB Datuk Seri Dr. Edmund Santhara Kumar Ramanaidu
Minister of National Unity
1. YB Datuk Halimah binti Mohamed Sadique
2. Senator Wan Ahmad Fayhsal bin Wan Ahmad Kamal
Minister Of Youth And Sports
1. YB Dato’ Seri Ahmad Faizal Bin Azumu
Perak Flood Situation Improves, SK Matang Relief Centre Closed
IPOH, Aug 27 — The flood situation in Perak continues to improve with one more relief centre was closed yesterday.
A spokesman for the Perak Disaster Management Committee said the flood relief centre at Sekolah Kebangsaan Matang in the Larut Matang and Selama district that housed 22 victims from seven families was closed at 5.30 pm after all the evacuees returned home.
Meanwhile, Perak Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) spokesman said the number of evacuees dropped to 160 victims from 43 families at two relief centres today, compared to 193 people from 50 families yesterday.
“As of 8 am today, the number of flood victims at the Sekolah Kebangsaan Changkat Lobak in Kerian district remains at 110 people from 26 families.
“Those housed at SK Alor Pongsu also remain at 50 from 17 families,” he said in a statement.
Meanwhile, according to the Malaysian Meteorological Department on its official website, fine weather is expected in Kerian district today.
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