SEPANG, July 21 — There are no cases of COVID-19 infection involving Malaysian athletes and contingent who are currently at the Olympic Village in Tokyo, Japan, says Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal.
He said the national contingent who arrived in Japan last Sunday was now in the phase of adjustment and the athletes had also started light training.
“Our athletes are all OK. We have officers there who monitor their condition and so far, there have been no COVID-19 cases involving our athletes,” he told the media after visiting the Movenpick KLIA mega vaccine administering centre (PPV), here, today.
There were reportedly 71 COVID-19 cases detected involving the prestigious sporting tournament.
The Malaysian contingent comprising 40 people including 18 athletes from swimming, diving, badminton, gymnastics and archery left for Tokyo last Saturday to compete at the world’s biggest sporting event from July 23 to Aug 8.
Four sailing athletes accompanied by three officials left for Tokyo on July 8 while the next group from track cycling, athletics and golf are expected to leave on July 25.
On the statement by the head of the Tokyo Olympic Games Organising Committee, Toshiro Muto, who did not rule out the possibility of the games being cancelled at the last minute if the COVID-19 cases continued to rise, Wan Ahmad Fayhsal said Malaysia was monitoring the situation.
On a separate development, Wan Ahmad Fayhsal said a total of 470 sports industry workers had registered as volunteers under the Malaysia Vaccine Support Volunteers (MyVac) programme.
“It’s just that they (volunteers) have not been assigned. They will be placed (at the PPV) according to the current need,” he said.
MyVac, launched last March, is a collaboration involving the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ministry of Youth and Sports and Ministry of Higher Education to help with managing vaccination for the community.
According to Wan Ahmad Fayhsal, 106 MyVac volunteers were stationed at the mega PPV, Movenpic KLIA.
Parliament: 13 PLKN Camps Converted Into Satellite Prisons
KUALA LUMPUR, 28 Sept — A total of 13 camps under the National Service Training Programme (PLKN) have been converted into satellite prisons in a bid to reduce congestion and COVID-19 infection in prisons nationwide.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Mohamed Said said the satellite prisons were to isolate new inmates before being transferred to main prisons.
“These temporary prisons are gazetted under Section 3 of the Prisons Act 1995 as admission prisons,” he said during the oral question-and-answer session in Dewan Rakyat here today.
He said this in his reply to a question from Wan Hassan Mohd Ramli (PAS-Dungun) who asked about the government’s plan to solve overcrowding in prisons following a rapid spread of infections among convicts, notably COVID-19 infection.
As of Aug 25, Ismail said based on data from the Malaysian Prisons Department, the total number of inmates in prisons nationwide was 69,507, exceeding the actual capacity of 61,242 people.
He said the cumulative figure for COVID-19 positive cases among convicts and prison staff was 51,123 including nine infants.
Ismail said among other steps taken by the Prisons Department was to transfer convicts to less crowded prisons.
He added that the department had set up transit centres at prisons to house convicts and those under remands who pose minimum security risks, by taking into account the need for isolation based on admission dates.
Responding to a supplementary question from RSN Rayer (PH-Jelutong) regarding COVID-19 vaccination for prisoners, Ismail gave a commitment that all prison staff and inmates will be inoculated.
Vaccine: Ongoing Efforts Needed To Raise Awareness Among School Students, Adolescents
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 28 — Explanation on the COVID-19 vaccine should be given on an ongoing basis to adolescents or school students so that they are more aware of disease prevention in curbing the spread of the pandemic among the group.
National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Wang Heng Suan said even though there was no law requiring students to take the vaccine, counsellors at State Education Departments, District Education Offices and schools should play their roles in raising awareness on the importance of vaccination to students.
“Vaccination is really important to curb the spread of COVID-19 infection, thus ensuring the education system works well. Administering vaccine to adolescents is the best way to prevent infection among them.
“Parents should understand the pandemic situation and cooperate by registering their children as vaccine recipients so that the country’s education ecosystem is not affected,” he said to Bernama recently.
Wang said the COVID-19 pandemic was a challenge to teachers and students in continuing the teaching and learning session as it not only involves the life of a patient but also a community or population.
He said NUTP believed that schools would adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOP) stipulated by the Education Ministry, including measures to curb COVID-19 transmission, when students begin to return to school in stages from Oct 3.
The National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme for Adolescents was officially launched on Sept 20 targeting some 3.2 million individuals aged between 12 and 17.
However, the programme started earlier in Sarawak on Sept 8 and Labuan on Sept 11 after the vaccination rate in the state and federal territory achieved 80 per cent while in Sabah, the programme started on Sept 16 because a majority of the teenagers lived in remote areas and needed more time to participate in outreach activities.
Meanwhile, Malaysian Headmasters Council president Sukimin Juki said inoculating school students was the best way to create a safe ecosystem at school.
“Not only teachers, management and support staff that need to be vaccinated, but also students in order to create a safe bubble among them.
“Maybe not 100 per cent, but this is among the best measure to create a safe ecosystem at school at the moment,” he said.
Malaysian School Principals Council vice president Mohd Ariffin Abdul Rahman said although school members and students have been vaccinated, the best course of action was to comply with all the SOP that had been outlined.
“We were informed that with vaccination, COVID-19 infection will not be too serious, but if we comply with the SOP, the infection will not occur at all.
“However, if you have been vaccinated but do not comply with the SOP, there is still a possibility of infection. We don’t want that to happen so the additional measure is by observing the SOP no matter where we are,” he said.
(Video) Did You Know? These Are 5 Malay Words Slowly Getting Forgotten In Time
If all the Malaysians are fully aware, there are actually a lot of Malay words that are usually being used in this country that are slowly being changed and familiarized with other words nowadays. These changes have unfortunately made some of the original Malay words being forgotten in time by a lot of people especially the millennials. Even though some of the words got changed to be more suitable with newer generations, it is really not wrong for them to at least know.
The Malay language is also known as Bahasa Malaysia, which means ‘Malaysian language’ or even Malaysia’s ‘national language’. Thanks to trade and also imperialism, it has been heavily influenced by Sanskrit, Arabic, and English over the centuries. That is why some Malays words are slowly getting forgotten over time. These are some.
@zulkifliismail01Perbendaharaan Kata. #bahasa #bahasamelayu #bahasajiwabangsa
5 Malay words slowly getting forgotten in time:
1) ‘Tetuang Udara’ – This is another Malay word for ‘Radio’.
2) ‘Mata-Mata’ – This is another Malay word for ‘Polis’.
3) ‘Rumah Pasung’ – This is another Malay word for ‘Balai Polis/Lokap’.
4) ‘Rumah Sakit’ – This is another Malay word for ‘Hospital’.
5) ‘Khutub Khanah’ – This is another Malay word for ‘Perpustakaan’.
Sources: TikTok zulkifliismail01.
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