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Interstate Travel Not Part of Trimmed SOP – Hishammuddin

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 — The permission for interstate travel is not part of the trimmed standard operating procedures (SOP) of the National Recovery Plan (PPN), said Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

He said the decision on matters related to interstate travel needed to be scrutinised by the Special Committee on Pandemic Management chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

“Interstate travel is related to the phases of the PPN. However, recommendations will come from ministers responsible for specific sectors which will then be considered at various levels including the Special Committee on Pandemic Management as well as the COVID-19 Ministerial Quartet Meeting.”

He said this in a news conference after observing the Back To School Vaccination Programme at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Desa Tun Hussein Onn here today, with Senior Education Minister Datuk Radzi Jidin also present.

On Sept 14, Hishammuddin announced that the government was in the midst of reducing the PPN SOP from 181 to only 10 so that it is easily understood by the public.

Meanwhile, Hishammuddin said the second COVID-19 Ministerial Quartet Meeting involving Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz and himself, will be held tomorrow.

“The meeting will focus on efforts to simplify 181 SOPs to only 10 as well as the narrative in gearing towards the endemic phase which will begin at the end of October,” he said.

He added that Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri has been invited to attend tomorrow’s meeting to give a briefing on the status of the Langkawi tourism bubble pilot project and the potential of other travel bubbles.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu will brief on the possible relaxations in the sports sector, he said.

Hishammuddin said next week, Radzi was scheduled to give a briefing on the vaccination among students and the latest development in the reopening of schools in stages beginning Oct 3.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Bali To Provide Travel Guidebook To Foreign Tourists

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BALI, Oct 20  — The Bali provincial government has created a guidebook for foreign tourists,  which among others contain travel rules in the province including arrival protocols at the airport.

The guidebook, is part of the international tourist spot’s preparations in welcoming foreign tourists in the wake of COVID-19.

“As the government reopened tourism in Bali on October 14 (2021), we compiled a travel guide to be used by foreign tourists,” Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office Putu Astawa said.

 “Furthermore, foreign tourists must conduct a five-day self-quarantine at one of the 35 hotels designated by the government once they arrive in Bali, “ he was quoted as saying by Antara news agency.               The guidebook which will be handed to tourists during the self-isolation period, comprises of rules on traveling in Bali including the arrival protocols at the Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport and the health protocols, which must be implemented when traveling.

“In addition, tourists are required to have health insurance, visas, and complete COVID-19 vaccination certificates. If they fulfill the conditions, they can enter Bali,” he reiterated.

He said the government is only allowing tourists from countries with Level 1 and 2 confirmed cases and a positivity rate of below five percent, adding tourists need to submit negative results of RT-PCR tests taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure and accommodation proof.

“In addition, the tourists will have to undergo two additional RT-PCR tests – once they arrive at the airport and on the fourth day of the quarantine,” he said.

According to Astawa, an increase will be seen in the number of tourists in November or December.

“Currently, Balinese tourism actors are not the only ones who are making preparations, but also the travelers and the airlines,” he added.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Budget 2022 To Set The Tone For Ringgit

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20 — Investors will keep a close tab on Budget 2022 which will be tabled in Parliament on Oct 29 by Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz, as it could be a decisive factor in determining their confidence with regards to the ringgit’s performance.

In early January 2021, the domestic unit breached the 4.00-level against the US dollar, depreciating to a year-to-date low of 4.24 mid-August before regaining its grounds to trade at the current level of between 4.14 and 4.19.

Bank Islam chief economist Dr Mohd Afzanizam Abdul Rashid said the strong commodities performance has helped to boost the ringgit.

He noted that three commodities, namely crude oil, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and crude palm oil (CPO) have remained at elevated levels.

“This should help to some degree, providing fiscal space for the government while being a catalyst for an improved capital expenditure plan among the oil and gas players,” he said.

“Perhaps the upcoming budget announcement would shed more light on how the government plans to reduce the budget gap, given that the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) has indicated a fiscal shorfall of 3.0 per cent – 3.5 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025 as opposed to the 2022 estimates of 6.5 per cent – 7.0 per cent,” he told Bernama.

The 12MP is a five-year roadmap for the country’s development, with an annual GDP growth target of between 4.5 per cent and 5.5 per cent from 2021-2025.

Meanwhile, ActivTrades forex analyst Dyogenes Rodrigues Diniz believes the ringgit could hit the 4.10 level against the US dollar for the rest of the year.

He said the 12MP is aligned with the global goals of sustainable economic development and greater social equity — positive pull factors for foreign investors to invest in Malaysia.

“As a currency pair, we also need to understand the US dollar situation. The recent announcement by the Federal Reserve (Fed) that it will not raise the interest rate for the US dollar until 2023 could weaken the currency.

“So, in general, we are talking about a simultaneous ringgit appreciation and a possible greenback depreciation, which could be good for Malaysia,” said Diniz.

He also noted that the local unit has been appreciating against major counterparts in the past few months.

“However, the uptrend is not quite significant, given the uncertainties due to the onslaught of the Delta variant of COVID-19 in the region.

“Still, I see that the recovery is positive and the speed of this appreciation is also important as greater exchange rate stability provides more predictability for international trade,” he said, adding that an excessively rapid appreciation of the ringgit could affect the trade balance.

Sources: BERNAMA

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(Video) Fauzi Nawawi And Khir Rahman Apologize Amid Viral Issue

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Recently, a particular video of a talk show session has gone viral all over social media platforms in Malaysia. The video that went viral has made certain Malaysian celebrities that are Fauzi Nawawi and also Khir Rahman be the center of discussion among netizens. Both of them are definitely some hot topics that are still being discussed by all.

Not long after the video went viral, the particular celebrities have issued an apology. Fauzi Nawawi appeared to make a public apology to Raja Farah regarding the video that went viral on social media yesterday. As can be seen through a video sharing on his Instagram, Fauzi Nawawi has also apologized for being slow to respond on a serious matter.

 

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He has explained that the particular program was recorded after the first Movement Control Order (MCO) last year and it has been aired for a long time already. Other than that, he has also asked the production to cut any sensitive scenes after the completion of the recording because there is indeed a bad conversation in the recorded video.

In the meantime, the other celebrity in the video that is Khir Rahman who is responsible to be the host of the particular show also expressed regret and apologized for the mistakes and inconsistencies that have been made.

Sources: Instagram Fauzi Nawawi, TwitterKhir Rahman.

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