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Govt Considering New Controlled Price For COVID-19 Self-Test Kits Before December – Rosol



KUALA TERENGGANU, Sept 27 — The government is considering a new controlled price on the COVID-19 self-test kits earlier than the expected date in December, said Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Datuk Rosol Wahid.

He said discussions on the matter involving various stakeholders were underway.

Rosol said the opening of the economic, tourism and education sectors in stages and relaxations of the standard operating procedures set under the National Recovery Plan (PPN) would make the COVID-19 self-test kits to become an essential item that would be part of the new normal.

“Therefore, the government is always concerned in ensuring that consumers can get the kit at a better price and business continuity of the industry players,” he said in a statement today.

On the enforcement of the COVID-19 self-test kit price controls which came into effect on Sept 5, Rosol said of the 3,106 premises checked, 348 of them were found selling the kits below RM19.90 per unit and RM16 each for wholesale, while 2,554 sold it at prices set by the government.

“The ministry welcomes the initiative taken by the industry players in helping to reduce the burden of the people by offering the kits at a lower price,” he said.

Rosol also said beginning October, the self-test kits would not only available at pharmacies and clinics, but also at other types of premises such as supermarkets and convenience shops.

“However, the ministry must first ensure that these premises have sufficient information on the conditions for the sale of the COVID-19 self-test kits, including complying with the product labelling requirements and handling methods to facilitate the public in getting the items,” he said.

Sources: BERNAMA


(Video) Seizures Happen To Babies, This Is What Parents Should Do



Baby seizures are actually normal and can happen when an abnormal extra burst of electrical activity occurs between neurons, or even brain cells, in a baby’s brain. According to several studies done, these happen for many different reasons. Causes may include brain injury, infection, and also underlying health conditions, such as cerebral palsy.

For parents, an incident like this may be something that they are so worried about because they might not know what to do to save their baby that got seizures. Worry and afraid not, because there is a video that went viral in the TikTok app that teaches parents what to do when baby seizures happen. A TikToker that goes by the name DrChampz posted it.

@drchampzReply to @qaqaseh1523 Cara hadapi sawan di rumah. #learnontiktok #tiktokguru #tiktokdoc_my #sawan #seizures

♬ original sound – DrChampz☆チェーミ

This is what you need to do when baby seizures happen:

  1. Parents should not get panic. Calm yourselves down.
  2. Look at the time. This is important as parents should know the period of the babies get seizures.
  3. Make sure the babies’ surroundings are clear from dangerous things.
  4. Change the babies’ position to be lying on their side. This is to avoid the babies’ saliva or vomit from entering their lungs.
  5. Look for anything that is not normal happening to the babies and does not force the seizures to stop as it will harm the babies.
  6. Do not insert any hard things on the baby’s mouth because it will cause wounds or even the babies breaking their own teeth.
  7. If the baby seizures because of fever, take off the baby’s cloth for better airing and give the babies medication for fever. Then, wipe the babies’ heads with a towel that is soaked with lukewarm water.
  8. This is actually the early treatment that you can do to the babies.
  9. Parents still need to bring the babies to the hospital if seizures do not stop after 5 minutes if it is their first time getting seizures or even the seizures happen more than one time in 24 hours period.

Sources: TikTok DrChampz.

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(Video) Throw Bag Can Saves Drowning Victim? This Is How To Use It!



A throw bag is actually a rescue device with a length of rope stuffed loosely into a bag so it can pay out through the top when the bag is thrown to a swimmer. A throw bag is the standard rescue equipment for a lot of outdoor river recreational activities. It is used to rescue someone who is swimming or even drowning down a river, but it is also can be used for gear retrieval and for climbing during portages. There is indeed so much usage of a throw bag.

In a posted TikTok video that went viral, this TikToker that goes by the name ‘Teacher Hadi‘ has generously shared with all the netizens the knowledge that he has on how to use the invention of throw bag to save drowning victims in a river. This throw bag is easy to use but you also have to know the correct way to use it so that it will not harm you.

@swimiss.academyAnswer to @fizayaacob_publicgold Selamatkan mangsa lemas. Teknik Throw Bag #swimissacademy #TeacherHadi #watersafety #tiktokguru #learnontiktok♬ original sound – Teacher Hadi

Simple steps on how to use throw bag:

  1. Make sure you step on the end of the rope that got connected to the throw bag. Do not tie a rope or wrap it around your hand because it might be dangerous. Make sure you are safe before you could save others.
  2. Throw the throw bag towards the drowning victim. If the victim manages to catch the throw bag, pull the throw bag with the victim quickly to safety. If the victim does not manage to catch it, pull the throw bag quickly and throw it again towards the victim. Usually, victims will manage to catch the throw bag because the drowning victim will try to grab anything that is near them so that they can be saved.

Sources: TikTok Teacher Hadi.

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Everyone Needs A Breath of Fresh Air



KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) — There is nothing like having a breath of fresh air going through your lungs. Nowadays that has become a luxury for city folks, in particular.

According to a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2018, nine out of 10 people breathe polluted air,  which kills 7 million people every year; and one third of deaths from stroke, lung cancer and heart disease are due to air pollution.

To raise awareness about the harm caused by carbon emissions, Zero Emissions Day is annually observed by people in many countries on Sept 21, with the main message, “Giving our planet a day off a year”.  Another event, Car-Free Day, which is celebrated in some cities and countries on Sept 22, encourages motorists to give up their cars for a day.

In Malaysia, several Car-Free Day programmes were held  over the years in a number of cities including Shah Alam, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Kuching and Penang. The Shah Alam Municipal Council (MBSA) organised the event in 2017 while the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) held its Car-Free Day in 2014.

Senior Fellow at the Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Assoc Prof Dr Ahmad Fariz Mohamed said, the MBSA’s programme, which was observed every second Sunday of the month, was part of efforts toward making Shah Alam a low carbon city by 2030.  However, the event was not held during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the DBKL programme, which was organised with the support of the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) and OCBC Bank, involved seven roads namely Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Dang Wangi, Jalan Ampang, Jalan P. Ramlee and Jalan Tun Perak, he added.

“There was a large turnout from the public with both programmes in Shah Alam and Lumpur given wide media coverage,” he told Bernama.

On the effectiveness of the programmes from the environmental aspect, Ahmad Fariz said, since both events were limited to only one day and within a specified time, as well as selected roads in Shah Alam and Kuala Lumpur, the overall impact on the respective cities was rather insignificant.

“Efforts by DBKL and MBSA in organising the Car-Free Day on certain days are commendable, but they could only be carried out on weekends, not on working days.

“As such the programmes had no significant impact in terms of pollutant emissions from vehicles given that there was free movement of traffic in other areas which were not involved in the events,” he noted.


On Zero Emissions Day, which is aimed at reducing air pollution, Ahmad Fariz said there has been no such programme held in Malaysia especially among government agencies.

Ahmad Fariz said, studies have shown that air pollution  in urban and industrial areas, caused by the burning of fossil fuels, is worse than other areas. The majority of industrial areas in Malaysia is administered by local authorities (PBT).

“As such the role of local authorities is crucial. Besides the car-free day programme, other aspects aimed at raising public awareness should also be given due emphasis, especially by local authorities with the support of other agencies such as the Department of Environment (DOE) and the Road Transport Department (JPJ).

“Efforts to raise public awareness should be undertaken more extensively. Face-to-face activities as well as community engagement should be initiated on a regular basis. Educational and awareness programmes should also be drawn up based on each community’s needs.

“Programmes for students including those from higher learning institutions, general public, industries and private sector as well as government agencies should be designed to create awareness and promote good practices among the target groups,” he said.


Available figures show that Malaysian vehicles on the road tend to have higher fuel consumption, contributing the bulk of the nation’s total  emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas.

Ahmad Fariz said according to JPJ statistics, total number of vehicles on Malaysian roads has swelled to 32,378,174 in 2020 from 9,141,357 in 1998.

“The 350 per cent growth has contributed to the surge in fuel consumption especially petrol and diesel in Malaysia. Quoting Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, in 2014, one litre of petrol is estimated to produce 2.31 kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) when burned.

“This means that the average Canadian vehicle, which burns 2,000 litres of petrol every year, releases about 4,600 kg of CO2.

“Using Canadian fuel consumption report as reference, CO2 emissions from vehicles in Malaysia are estimated to increase to 148,939,600.40 tonnes in 2020 from 42,050,242.20 tonnes in 1998. However, an indepth study should be carried out as these are only estimates,” he noted.

He said that the higher carbon emissions released from Malaysian vehicles were also highlighted in the National Transport Policy 2019-2030 by the Ministry of Transport which was released in 2019.

According to the report, the total CO2 emissions per capita in Malaysia was at 7.9 tonnes in 2011, exceeding middle income nations’ average emissions per capita of 5.4 tonnes. The carbon emitted from vehicles on the road was a major source of air pollution,  contributing 90 per cent  (48,200 tonnes) and of the total, 67 per cent were generated from cars.


Without a doubt, the pollution level amid the COVID-19 pandemic, was gradually reduced following the decline in the number of vehicles on highways due to the tough Movement Control Order (MCO) measures enforced since last year and during the National Recovery Plan (NRP) period.

Ahmad Fariz said based on a study conducted by several Malaysian researchers, the MCO’s implementation has had an impact on the carbon emissions released by vehicles on the road.

Ahmad Fariz also cited a 2021 study on “Air pollution impacts from COVID-19 pandemic control strategies in Malaysia, Journal of Cleaner Production” conducted by two UKM lecturers, Dr Murnira Othman from the university’s Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI) and Prof Dr Mohd Talib Latif from the Faculty of Science and Technology.

The study revealed that there was a difference in terms of particles released into the air  before and after the MCO namely, PMO (fine dust), PM2.5, SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide), NO2 (Nitrogen Dioxide), O3 (Ozone) and CO (Carbon Monoxide).

“The studies were conducted from Jan 1- March 2020 and from March 18-21 April, 2021 in nine towns in Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur, Seremban, Johor Bahru, Kuantan, Kota Bharu, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Ipoh and Alor Setar. Findings of the studies showed a significant drop in particles released into the air.

“The NO2 particles were reduced by an average 40 per cent with a significant drop of 62 per cent in Kota Kinabalu. For other pollutants such as PM10, PM2.5, SO2, 03 and CO, there was a significant reduction in Kota Kinabalu (17 per cent), Kuantan (9.5 per cent), Alor Setar (38 per cent), Kota Bharu (15 per cent) and Ipoh (27 per cent).

However, Ahmad Fariz said with the easing of restrictions after the MCO in April 2020, the improved air quality was not maintained, no thanks to more vehicles on the road contributing to the air pollution.

Hence, the best way to reduce the air pollution, he said, is through an efficient and integrated public transportation network that can cope with passenger demand, with easy connections across various modes of transport such as buses, taxis and trains.

“Parking provisions are also vital to reduce the number of private vehicles on the road especially in the cities. Other aspects include reliability and timeliness of the public transport system,” he said, noting that efforts to revolutionise the transportation system are gaining momentum in the Klang Valley, Penang and Johor Bahru.

With an improved infrastructure and upgraded public transportation system, more people would be encouraged to use the public transport, he said, noting that the number of vehicles in the cities, especially during working days and peak hours, would also be minimised.

In addition,  environmentally-friendly  vehicles such as Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEVs) as well as hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles, should also be easily accessible to the public, he said.

Meanwhile, Penang Sustainable Natural Heritage Association (LEKAS) chairman Zikrullah Ismail said it is crucial that a sustainable community be created to enable them to have a better understanding on matters and policies related to the greenhouse gas (GHG) mission.

“The people will be more aware of issues related to GHG emissions including carbon emissions as more engagement sessions and policies  related to air pollution are implemented at the state and national level as well as by the local authorities,” he told Bernama.

He said that LEKAS is of the view that a more holistic approach to dealing with traffic congestions would be through initiatives aimed at minimising smoke emissions from vehicles.

“In Penang for example, the state government has proposed the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) project with the objective of reducing the traffic congestion.

“Hence, we have sought for details on the traffic dispersal system to be implemented. We need to look at the processes and models used; if it boosts traffic volume and highway infrastructure growth that attracts more private vehicles to be on the road, hence the initiative would have more implications.

“However, we are agreeable to the PTMP if it promotes the use of public transport or car pooling,” he said, adding that the use of electric vehicles as public transport such as  the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) is the best approach to reduce the air pollution.

Johor Bahru and Kuching have advanced to the autonomous rapid transit (ART) or railless guided bus system, leaving Penang behind in terms of providing a fuel-efficient transport system for the people, he said.
He also said that highway expansion is not the best approach as it actually increases the traffic volume.

The state government’s PTMP project, costing an estimated RM46 billion, has envisaged more alternative transportation modes to combat the worsening traffic congestion across the state.

The PTMP consists of a 7.2 km long undersea tunnel linking George Town with Butterworth, highways and roads,  light rail transit (LRT), bus rapid transit (BRT), monorail lines and a cable car line.

Sources: BERNAMA

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