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Istana Negara Staff Congratulate King On Birthday

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 6 — The staff of Istana Negara extended their heartfelt congratulations and warmest wishes to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, on His Majesty’s official birthday tomorrow.

In a Facebook post tonight, Istana Negara said its staff prayed that Al-Sultan Abdullah will be given the strength and blessings to continue to remain on the throne with great dignity, sovereignty and prosperity.

The staff also prayed that His Majesty and the Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, their children and the royal family will continue to be under Allah’s protection and blessing, and be given longevity and good health.

“Dirgahayu Tuanku, Daulat Tuanku,” it said.

It was reported recently that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had consented to the postponement of all events planned for His Majesty’s official birthday celebration to a date to be announced later due to the COVID-19 pandemic, after taking into account safety and public health factors, as well as to protect the lives of the people and avoid a worse health crisis.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also congratulated Al-Sultan Abdullah on His Majesty’s birthday through a post on his Facebook page.

Source: BERNAMA

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Impersonation Scams Involving Losses of RM57 Mln Reported From Jan-Sept 15 This Year

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 27 — The police have recorded 1,421 impersonation scam cases through telephone calls nationwide, from January to September 15 this year, involving losses of  RM57,372,102.

Commercial CID (CCID) director, Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din said, based on investigations, the syndicates would contact the victims by impersonating as officers from the police force, Inland Revenue Board, courts, Customs or the Ministry of Health and inform them of their involvements in investigations on crime cases.

“The victims who are duped by the claims would be directed to surrender their banking information such as user passwords, ATM card numbers and transaction authorisation code (TAC) numbers to the syndicates on the pretext of investigations by the authorities.

“The syndicates will also direct the victims to transfer money to the bank accounts of third parties (mule accounts) which they claim belong to Bank Negara officials for investigative purposes,” he said in a statement today.

He said the syndicates would promise the return of the money after several days but the victims only realised they have cheated when they fail to get back their money.

Mohd Kamarudin said that the authorities, especially the police, would not deal through telephone calls especially involving matters related to government departments.

The police only communicate via telephones to make appointments and conduct further businesses at the government offices concerned and would not ask for any personal information such as banking passwords or amount of money in the bank via telephone calls, he said.

He said in efforts to prevent such cases from recurring, the public is urged to be more careful when dealing through telephone calls.

“The public is also reminded against sharing financial or banking information with anyone to avoid from becoming victims of such scams. For inquiries, contact the CCID response centre at 03-2610559/1599,” he said.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Education, Socioeconomic Development of Orang Asli Among Focus of 12MP

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 27 — The government aims to strengthen the education and socioeconomic development of Orang Asli in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) 2021-2025.

According to the five-year development plan document released by the Economic Planning Unit today, access to Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) for the Orang Asli community will be improved to prepare them in acquiring the basic skills of reading, writing and counting.

Enrolment in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes and tertiary education will be increased, and the Jom Belajar Programme will be further expanded within the community to improve students attendance through innovative teaching and suitable learning methods in reducing illiteracy.

“School leavers and graduates from local communities will be encouraged to assist in teaching Orang Asli students. As such, a special programme, Bringing School to Community, will be introduced through collaboration between government, universities and CSOs (Civil Society Organisation),” the document said.

Meanwhile, it said the government will also formulate a development plan encompassing education and training, increasing income, provision of basic infrastructure, land development, healthcare services and housing.

The government will also focus on income-generating activities to eradicate poverty among Orang Asli community including providing microfinancing facilities and skills training for Orang Asli to become entrepreneurs.

At the end of 2020, a total of 1,448 participants benefitted from the Orang Asli Entrepreneurship Development Programme, while 324 entrepreneurs received grants for various businesses.

The government will also expand the basic infrastructure, amenities and services including the construction of roads and provision of treated water, electricity and housing other than the access to telecommunications and healthcare services to be improved in the effort to enhance the well-being of the Orang Asli Community.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Vaccination For Homeless Begins In Kuala Terengganu

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KUALA TERENGGANU, Sept 27  — After the prisoner and Orang Asli groups, the Terengganu government began extending the vaccination programme to the homeless in the state last night.

State Local Government, Housing, Health and Environment Committee deputy chairman Ahmad Shah Mohamed said 18 homeless people from around Kuala Terengganu received the single-dose CanSino vaccine.

“The response received from the group was very encouraging as they had been briefed on the importance of getting the vaccine by several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that had been in close contact with them.

“The vaccine administration went smoothly, except for the few who fled, probably because they were not comfortable seeing so many strangers. We will track them down so that they will not be left behind in the vaccine roll out,” he told reporters after checking on the vaccination process for the homeless last night.

Also present were personnel from the Terengganu State Health Department, Social Welfare Department, National Registration Department, Community Social Association and the police.

To date, it is estimated that there are 50 homeless people in the Kuala Terengganu district.

Meanwhile, Mohd Zulkifli Mohd Rani, 50, from Kerteh, Kemaman said he was thankful that the government has not sidelined the group in the vaccination programme.

“I am aware about the vaccine after watching television at the restaurants near this bus stop … I was not afraid because the NGO members who had been helping us have reminded us to cooperate with the doctors.

“Anyway, the process did not take long, it was painless and over within minutes. The doctor too was kind to us just like the NGOs who have been providing us with food and other needs,” he said.

Sources: BERNAMA

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