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Current statistics of COVID-19 [29 February 2020]



Japan records another case of COVID19 death with a total mortality of 5. 

Due to escalating cases in South Korea, Iran, Italy, Japan including China, the MOH warned people to postpone travel to these countries if possible.

Nestlé Records RM5.5 Billion Turnover for 2019


Key Highlights

  • Strong local sales growth has compensated the subdued demand in some export markets. Growth was supported by strong sales execution, successful product innovations and effective marketing activities.
  • Profit After Tax for FY2019 up by 2.1% to RM673 million, despite economic headwinds and challenging external factors.
  • Proposed final dividend of RM1.40 per share, maintaining total dividends of RM2.80 per share.

Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad delivered a good performance for its fourth quarter ended 31 December 2019 on the back of robust domestic sales and continued focus on demand generation, funded by efficiencies and savings, overcoming expected external headwinds. 

Review of performance: Quarter 4, 2019 vs Quarter 4, 2018
Nestlé Malaysia recorded good Domestic sales growth of 2.8% (4.7% after adjustment for divestment of the Chilled Dairy business), on top of strong results in Q4 2018. Total Turnover for the quarter (-1.4% reported, 0.1% net of Chilled Dairy divestment) was still impacted by subdued export demand against the backdrop of global uncertainties.

Mr Juan Aranols, Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Malaysia Berhad said, “The growth in the quarter is noteworthy in light of tough market conditions during the quarter. I am proud of the efforts deployed by our teams to harness all opportunities in search of growth. We also introduced new products that have resonated well with consumers, such as MILO Nutri Pluz, MAGGI Pazzta, KIT KAT Mandarin Orange and KIT KAT Stick Ice Cream, to name a few”.
 
Review of performance: Full-Year 2019 vs Full-Year 2018
For the full financial year ended 31 December 2019, the Group recorded a Turnover of RM5.5 billion for the financial year, on par with the previous year. Adjusted for the Chilled Dairy business divestment, Turnover growth was 1.6%, driven by growth in local sales at 4.7%.

Profit Before Tax held firm at RM876 million, while Profit After Tax increased to RM673 million, up 2.1% vs previous year, in spite of price pressures from main commodities.

Mr Juan Aranols, Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad said, “These results reflect the solid foundations of Nestle Malaysia and the efforts deployed to continue delivering strong results in spite of a difficult environment. Our local sales growth at 4.7%, net of the Chilled Dairy divestment, is ahead of the market growth and confirms that our brands remain highly relevant and present in the life of Malaysians”.

“Our solid performance in Malaysia was supported by strong operational sales execution, leveraging market trends and a sustained stream of innovations throughout the year, many of which are resonating well with our consumers,” added Mr Aranols.

Successful launches in 2019 included the extension of the MAGGI Pedas Giler range, new Ready-To-Drink variants including NESCAFÉ Tarik Kurang Manis and MILO Protein Up, the launch of the STARBUCKS AT HOME range, NESTUM Brown Rice, as well as the renovation of our Ice Cream LA CREMERIA range, to mention a few.

The Board of Directors has proposed a final dividend of RM1.40 per share for the financial year ended 31 December 2019. This will bring total dividends for the year to RM2.80 per share, on par with the record-high dividends paid out in the previous year. Mr Aranols added, “With this dividend, we reconfirm our commitment to sustained value creation and to deliver good returns in the short term to our shareholders. We do this while continuously building capabilities for the future and delivering our relentless commitment to drive positive impact to the society, in many fronts”.

In this context, Nestlé Malaysia has scaled up significantly its efforts on environmental sustainability in 2019, and in particular the war against Plastic Waste. This included the introduction of paper straws in the MILO UHT 125 ml packs as the first step to fully replace plastic straws across its UHT brands and range and scaling up educational efforts in schools through the CARETon Project by MILO and Tetrapack. The reforestation efforts in its Nestlé Kinabatangan Rileaf project along the lower Kinabatangan river in Sabah continued and the Company is on track to achieve 1 million trees by mid 2020. An internal “Green Gladiators” task force has also enabled the mobilisation of energy and ideas of Nestlé Malaysia employees to accelerate the progress on environmental initiatives.
 
Prospects for 2020
“We are encouraged by our performance in 2019, particularly in the context of the volatile trading environment. Building on this in 2020, we will continue to be focused on driving strong growth momentum, nurturing our brands and building capabilities to continue delivering sustainable and profitable growth. This mindset will continue driving efficiencies and savings to fund the growth and protect financial performance.”

“There will be pressure from external factors, including commodity prices or any of the several crisis that the world is confronting in this early part of the year. But we remain optimistic that with our strong fundamentals and our focus on consumerdriven commercial activities, we are well-positioned to achieve continued growth in 2020.”

“As the largest food and beverage Company, we are also committed to leverage our size and presence to make effective and positive contributions to society and the environment. Sustainability is a prerequisite for Nestlé’s long-term growth, and we will continue to champion efforts towards creating a waste-free and environmentally sustainable future” concluded Mr Aranols.

Current statistics of COVID-19 [28 February 2020]



Two (2) new cases of COVID19 were recorded today, February 28, 2020 making the 25th case overall.

The case involved a Japanese citizen working in Malaysia and an Italian citizen marrying a local citizen and living in Malaysia.

22 out of 25 cases were fully recovered and allowed to return. Three more people are still receiving treatment at the ward.

Malaysia National Junior Culinary Team Triumphs on The World Stage

The Malaysia National Youth Culinary Team comprising Sunway University School of Hospitality students Alicia Tay (23), Pang Jin Yong (23), Amanda Cheah (20), Tsen Jun Yan (20), and Amirul Ashraf (20) and Ilya Dayana (25) from Kolej Yayasan Pahang, brought home a gold medal for the "Restaurant of the Nations" category and a silver medal for the "IKA Buffet" category yesterday. 

Chef Frank Widmann, Jury President and Chair of IKA Culinary Olympics 2020; Soon Pau Voon, Manager and Chief Coach, Malaysia National Youth Culinary Team; Amirul Ashraf, Tsen Jun Yan, Pang Jin Yong, Alicia Tay, Amanda Cheah and Ilya Dayana; with Chef Richard Beck President of the German Chef’s Association, Verband der Köche Deutschlands e. V. (VKD)

This is Malaysia's first participation in the Junior Team category and they won the inaugural gold medal. The Malaysia Senior Team won a gold medal in 1988. The Malaysia Junior National Team's wins also have them ranked 6th in the world by the IKA.

The IKA/Culinary Olympics which was held from February 14 to February 19, is the world's oldest and largest international culinary art exhibition. The event saw over 2,000 chefs from more than 60 nations participating in the culinary competitions. The IKA/Culinary Olympics is hosted by the German Chefs' Association, Verband der Köche Deutschlands e.V. (VKD).

Our national team clinched the medals with Malaysian cuisine, showcasing the best of Malaysian flavours with 'Rasa-Rasa Malaysia', or a taste of Malaysia for both categories. The team prepared a warm trout and seafood mousseline with 'laksa' sauce, lentil and trout fritters, and pickled salad with puffed tofu. The main course prepared was coriander and ginger-torch flower crusted chicken with tamarind sauce, five-spice roll, chicken ravioli, stuffed cabbage, squash puree and market vegetables. For dessert, the team presented chocolate mousse with honey madeleine, hazelnut cake, passion fruit - banana compote, yuzu sauce and whipped ganache.

Team Captain, Alicia Tay said, "We are exceptionally grateful for the support from Sunway University, the many individual sponsors and corporate partners who have supported our hopes and dreams for Malaysia by sponsoring raw materials, utensils as well as donated funds to make the team's dream to compete in the prestigious competition a reality. Our win is a win for Malaysia!"

Sunway University's School of Hospitality teaching fellow Chef Soon Pau Voon who is also the Team Coach said, "Competing in the IKA / Culinary Olympics gives an opportunity for the young chefs to enhance their learning experience beyond the doors of their kitchen. We are proud to present our dishes which highlights the tapestry of flavours of our Malaysian cuisine." Sunway Education Group CEO Dr Elizabeth Lee said that the win was a coup for Malaysia's culinary scene.

"The team's win, which follows Malaysia National Pastry team's win at the World Pastry Cup held in Lyon last year signals to the world that Malaysia is at the forefront of the culinary scene. It's a coup for all of us Malaysians who take immense pride in our unique culinary heritage. We are incredibly proud of our team and we hope to see all the young aspiring chef's be inspired by their win!"

The team was mentored and coached by Sunway University's School of Hospitality teaching fellows Chef Soon Pau Voon (Team Coach), Chef Lee Han Ying, Chef Chong Wei Tzeh and its Head Chef and Teaching Fellow Professor Chef Patrick Siau, who led the Malaysia National Pastry team as the Coach to win first place at World Pastry Cup (Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie) held in Lyon last year.

In addition, Malaysia Professional Culinaire Association (PCA) Vice President Chef Pele Kuah, and Head Chef of Read Bean Bag Chef Muhd Fhaizal Mustafa, and Sunway University Alumni Chef Queeny Cheong also mentored the team towards the achievement.

Special Parliament session on March 2 to determine who has majority, otherwise snap polls


Dewan Rakyat will meet on March 2 to determine who has the majority support to be next PM, says Dr M. If no one cannot be identified, then snap polls will be called.

Kenyataan Media dari Istana Johor


Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh dan Salam Sejahtera.

Ekoran daripada pengumuman Presiden Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (BERSATU), Tan Sri  Muhyiddin Yassin, pada 24 Februari 2020, yang parti tersebut telah keluar daripada Pakatan Harapan, maka kedudukan Kerajaan Pakatan Harapan di Negeri Johor turut terjejas dan hilang majoriti menjadikan kerajaan yang tergantung (hung government).

Yang Amat Berhormat Menteri Besar Johor, Dato' Dr. Saharuddin bin Jamal bersama Pengerusi UMNO Johor, Datuk Ir Hasni Mohammad, telah mengadap Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan Johor pada 26 Februari 2020, memaklumkan bahawa satu gabungan baharu telah diwujudkan bersama beberapa Ahli Dewan Negeri Johor (ADUN) dan berjaya memperolehi bilangan majoriti mudah untuk membentuk kerajaan baharu.

Bagi mengesahkan sokongan majoriti tersebut, Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku telah bertitah supaya diadakan satu sesi temu bual bersama setiap ADUN bagi mendengar sendiri sokongan yang diberikan.

Sehubungan itu, satu sesi temu bual bersama semua ADUN Johor telah diadakan pada 26 Februari 2020 jam 3.00 hingga 5.00 petang di Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim, Bukit Timbalan, Johor Bahru. Temu bual tersebut telah dibuat dihadapan DYMM Tuanku dan disaksikan oleh YB Setiausaha Kerajaan Johor dan YB Penasihat Undang-undang Negeri Johor.

Setiap ADUN juga dikehendaki menandatangani surat akuan bersumpah bagi mengesahkan pendirian mereka sama ada menyokong parti Pakatan Harapan atau Gabungan Baharu. Daripada 56 ADUN yang dipanggil, 2 orang tidak dapat menghadirkan diri, iaitu ADUN Simpang Jeram dan ADUN Puteri Wangsa. Presiden BERSATU, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, yang merupakan ADUN Gambir turut hadir dalam sesi temu bual tersebut.

Setelah selesai sesi temu bual tersebut, DYMM Tuanku telah berpuas hati bahawa Gabungan parti yang baharu telah memperolehi majoriti mudah untuk membentuk kerajaan, apabila 28 ADUN memilih Gabungan Baharu berbanding 26 ADUN memilih Pekatan Harapan.

Oleh yang demikian, Gabungan parti yang baharu berhak untuk memberikan cadangan nama calon Menteri Besar, sebelum susunan barisan Ahli Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri yang baharu dilantik.DYMM Tuanku berharap agar pentadbiran Kerajaan Negeri Johor segera dibentuk bagi memastikan pembangunan negeri berjalan dengan lancar demi kemajuan dan kesejahteraan hidup semua rakyat di Negeri Johor Darul Ta'zim.

Adalah saya dengan hormatnya yang menjunjung titah,

DATO' HAJI JABA MOHD NOAH
27 Februari 2020

Meeting of Conference of Rulers in Istana Negara tomorrow


Conference of Rulers is scheduled to hold a special meeting at Istana Negara after Friday prayers tomorrow. Citing the Astro Awani report, this was confirmed by an internal source from Istana Selangor.

The essence of tomorrow's meeting will be on the current political situation in the country, including the possibility under consideration of the Malay rulers, especially the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, which include continuing the new government, as well as the dissolution of Dewan Rakyat.

Huawei Mate Xs Will Be Available in Malaysia Starting March 20, 2020

Building on the critically acclaimed HUAWEI Mate X, the new foldable device is now improved with a more powerful SoC and unique mechanical hinge design

 
During a virtual press conference themed “TOGETHER, Connecting Possibilities,” Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) launched the HUAWEI Mate Xs, the next evolution of the revolutionary HUAWEI Mate X foldable handset. Packed full of Huawei’s newest technology, the HUAWEI Mate Xs is considered Huawei’s most high-end device featuring the Kirin 990 5G SoC and an improved Falcon Wing Design, delivering powerful performance and a seamless user experience across smartphone and tablet modes.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said “The HUAWEI Mate X was our first foray into the foldable category and it set the standard for the industry. The HUAWEI Mate Xs is raising the bar further with even more powerful connectivity and integrated user experiences. It’s the fastest 5G smartphone of its class. Prepare to meet the unprecedented – again.” 


Unfold limitless possibilities
The HUAWEI Mate Xs delivers a true FullView experience with an 8-inch outwards-folding display enabled by the new mechanical hinge design. First deployed on the HUAWEI Mate X, the Falcon Wing design features more than 100 interlocking parts working in perfect harmony to reinforce the display while delivering a seamless user experience across the two modes.

Made with a zirconium-based liquid metal, the upgraded hinge is much more durable, facilitating a satisfying full 180-degree fold.

The HUAWEI Mate Xs is equipped with a flexible display featuring an innovative two-layer polymer structure. The foldable display is manufactured using a Huawei-pioneered technique adhering two layers of aerospace-grade polyimide with an optically clear adhesive. This unique material allows the display to produce great image quality, colour saturation and brightness while retaining a high degree of durability.

Folded, the HUAWEI Mate Xs is a powerful dual-screen smartphone featuring a 6.6-inch main screen and a 6.38-inch secondary screen. Unfolded, the smartphone becomes an 8-inch tablet that delivers a viewing experience across a myriad of work and play scenarios unrivalled by that of any other smartphone.

The HUAWEI Mate Xs includes a Flying Fish Fin Cooling System that is designed for the foldable form factor. This unique cooling system utilises flexible graphene with microscopic crevices that allow it to fold along with the device and cover the full surface area for even, effective cooling.

Designed especially for the HUAWEI Mate Xs’ slim form factor, the bespoke 5G antenna system exemplifies Huawei’s expertise in telecommunications technology. A result of a lengthy R&D process, the antenna design ensures high speed, stable connectivity on the HUAWEI Mate Xs. 


Leading performance and 5G connectivity
Powered by the Kirin 990 5G, the HUAWEI Mate Xs benefits from the full force of Huawei’s most advanced chipset. The SoC includes an octa-core CPU comprising two super-sized custom Cortex-A76 cores, two large custom Cortex-A76 cores and four small Cortex-A55 cores, running at a base clock of 2.86GHz.

Graphics processing is handled by the 16-core Mali-G76 GPU, the most powerful GPU on Huawei handsets, while AI demands are supported by an NPU built on Huawei’s Da Vinci architecture.

The Kirin 990 5G SoC includes an integrated 5G modem, allowing it to simultaneously deliver powerful performance and 5G connectivity with better efficiency and lower heat output. It supports 2G, 3G, 4G, as well as 5G NSA and SA. The SoC supports the full 5G spectrum and 5G+4G Dual SIM Dual Standby, ensuring care-free travels.

Continuing Huawei’s heritage of curating best in class camera systems, the HUAWEI Mate Xs is bestowed with a true flagship camera system. Arranged into a vertical array along the sidebar, the SuperSensing Leica Quad Camera system features a 40MP main camera (wide-angle, f/1.8), 16MP ultra-wide angle camera (f/2.2), 8MP telephoto camera (f/2.4, OIS) and 3D Depth Sensing Camera. The camera system supports a combination of OIS and AI Image Stabilisation for super steady shots and up to 30X hybrid zoom. As an all-scenario camera system, it also supports up to ISO 204800 for capturing incredible photos in low light environments.

The HUAWEI Mate Xs revolutionises the selfie category, allowing the user to take full advantage of the quad-camera system that would traditionally only benefit images shot from the rear of a device. However, by simply reversing the HUAWEI Mate Xs, consumers can use the secondary screen for selfie shots. Furthermore, taking portraits is even more interactive, allowing the subject and photographer to work in unison to develop beautifully styled and captured shots. 


Multi-tasking re-invented
The HUAWEI Mate Xs has the ability to transform into a much larger digital canvas thanks to the fold being secured by a physical clasp that can be unfastened at will with an accessible button on the sidebar. This offers more space for users to customise the experience to suit their needs.

The foldable phone natively supports Multi-Window which allows for two apps to be displayed side by side and interact with each other. Text, images and documents can be transferred as easily as dragging and dropping the content from one app to the other.

A dock located at the bottom of the screen provides a space for users to assign apps for quick launch. When two apps are open concurrently, users may launch a third app using the Floating Window feature, which can be used to take care of small tasks such as responding to text messages without exiting the current apps.

The HUAWEI Mate Xs runs on EMUI10.0.1, an Android Open Source Project-based operating system. It not only combines enhanced performance with improved security, but also supports the Multi-screen Collaboration feature, which is developed with Huawei’s distributed technology at its foundation. This feature breaks down the boundaries between Windows and Android devices. With this revolutionary multi-device feature, users can easily transfer files between the HUAWEI Mate Xs and a HUAWEI MateBook, as well as control two systems from a single display. 


Launched with HUAWEI AppGallery
The HUAWEI Mate Xs will be one of the first Huawei devices to launch with a revamped HUAWEI AppGallery, Huawei’s official app distribution platform.

HUAWEI AppGallery opens the door to a world of quality global apps that tap into the unique capabilities Huawei devices have on offer – such as HiAI and unique connectivity, media, system and security capabilities – as well as apps that users have come to love.

Availability in Malaysia
"Wow!" was what Malaysian icons such as TV host Aznil Nawawi, actor and film producer Rosyam Nor, and actress and model Jojo Goh exclaimed, when they first laid eyes and hands on HUAWEI's latest foldable phone, the Mate Xs.

Watch the video as Aznil, Rosyam, Jojo and other renown Malaysian figures share their thoughts on HUAWEI's newest and most advanced flagship mobile phone...and don't forget to share it!

Don't miss out, the HUAWEI Mate Xs will be available in Malaysia starting March 20, 2020. Click on this link to watch the video or go to facebook.com/HuaweimobileMY.

Current statistics of COVID-19 [27 February 2020]



Worldwide current statistics of COVID-19 (updated at 8am, 27th Feb 2020). Seven (7) new countries were listed among the countries involved namely Pakistan, North Macedonia, Georgia, Romania, Brazil, Greece and Norway. 

Brazil became first country from South America to record its first case of COVID-19 infection. A 61 year old male was reported went to Lombardy, Italy before he was confirmed with the infection. 

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday that the coronavirus epidemic has "peaked" in China. In other development, the total cases in Malaysia remain at 22, including 20 cured.


Tun Dr Mahathir's full speech text during 26 February 2020 Special Address to the Nation


Firstly, I wish to apologise to all Malaysians over the country’s rather chaotic political situation, which may have caused consternation among you.

As we all know, I had submitted my resignation letter as the 7th Prime Minister to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Nevertheless, I was later summoned to meet the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, and after a more than an hour-long discussion, the King consented to my resignation and later, decreed that I should become the interim prime minister.

There are many reasons for my resignation but suffice to say, I felt that I had support from all sides to the extent that I was unable to choose a side.

In addition, there were also accusations that I never meant to let go of the position and was power-hungry.

As such, I resigned because I do not see power and position as the “be all and end all” to my goals. To me, power and position are a means to an end, or a tool to achieve an objective. And this objective is, of course, for the betterment of the country.

As a result, I resigned because I saw that to politicians, both the victors and the losers, what was most important to them was which party would rule.

In truth, I had promised to resign to allow the Dewan Rakyat to decide who would be my replacement. If it is true that I still have support, then I will return. If not, I will accept whoever is chosen.

So, the opportunity to change the leadership is there. I however feel that since I have the support of both sides, it is not yet time for me to resign.

I ask to be given time. But my party, Bersatu decided to leave Pakatan Harapan. There are also those from other component parties who are set to leave. With this, the Pakatan Harapan government would collapse.

The effect of Bersatu supporting Umno and Pas is that the parties which lost the election would go on to form the government. This government would be dominated by Umno, by virtue of it being the biggest party.

I can accept Umno members who leave the party and join another party. But Umno would be joining this unity government as Umno itself. This I could not accept. So I had to resign.

As a human being, I am not averse to making mistakes. I seek forgiveness if my act of resigning is wrong.

The Yang diPertuan Agong decreed that I should be appointed as the interim prime minister.

I know that what I am doing now is being opposed and rejected by many; some may be in support. I am not looking to become popular. I am only doing something which to me would be best for the country.

Politicians and political parties place too much emphasis on politics until they forget that the country is facing economic and health issues.

In my opinion, right or wrong, politics and political parties have to be cast aside for now. If I am permitted, I will try to establish an administration which does not favour any party. The only priority would be the interests of the country.

This is what I will try to do if given the opportunity.

I pray and ask Allah SWT for guidance in my endeavour.

Current statistics of COVID-19 [26 February 2020]



Worldwide current statistics of COVID-19 (updated at 6 pm, 26th Feb 2020).

Total cases increased in South Korea with 12 deaths.

The vast majority of the new infections were in Daegu, the country's fourth-largest city and the epicentre of the outbreak, and the neighbouring province of North Gyeongsang.

Scores of events have been cancelled or postponed as the outbreak has spread, from K-pop concerts to the start of the K-league football season.

Meanwhile, the total cases in Malaysia remain at 22, including 20 cured.

Travel Advisory: AirAsia extends period of credit account redemption and refund for flights to mainland China, Hong Kong & Macao


AirAsia is extending the period to obtain credit account or full refund for guests with flight bookings to/from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao until 31 March 2020.

AirAsia is making provisions for guests affected by flight cancellations and/or travel restrictions imposed by various governments for bookings to and from all destinations in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao as follows:
 
  • Credit account: Retain the value of your fare in your AirAsia BIG Loyalty account for future travel with AirAsia. The online credit account is to be redeemed for booking within 90 calendar days from the issuance date for your travel with us. The actual travel dates can be after the expiry date as long as our flight schedule is out. Applicable for affected flights to/from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao until 31 March 2020; OR
     
  • Full refund: Obtain a full refund to your original payment method for the amount equivalent to your booking. Applicable for affected flights to/from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao until 31 March 2020.

Guests whose flights fall into the above date range can obtain a full refund in the amount equivalent to that booking in the form of original payment. Refund requests can be made with AVA at support.airasia.com. From the main menu categories available, click on “Refund” then “New Refund Request” and finally “China Voluntary Refund”. From there, simply follow the instructions as directed by AVA.

The options above are applicable for direct online bookings made via airasia.com only. For other types of bookings, such as those made through travel agents, kindly refer to your respective booking channel for further assistance.

AirAsia assures that the safety and wellbeing of our guests and Allstars is our top priority. AirAsia is complying with advice and regulations from the local government, civil aviation authorities, global and local health agencies, including the World Health Organisation.

AirAsia is closely monitoring this situation and reserves the right to announce further policies according to the latest developments.

Second mission to evacuate Malaysians from Wuhan to go ahead as planned - NADMA


The second mission to bring back 75 Malaysian citizens and their families who have been stranded in Wuhan, China, following the COVID-19 outbreak in the republic will go ahead as planned, despite the current political situation in the country.

According to a National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) spokesman, the Malaysians would be flown from Wuhan via a special AirAsia flight which is expected to arrive tomorrow (Feb 26) at 6am.

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Azizah Wan Ismail was reported as saying that the Foreign Ministry and NADMA in collaboration with AirAsia were arranging for the second evacuation flight.

Wan Azizah said as per the first mission, upon arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), all passengers would undergo health screening at the Air Disaster Unit (ADU) before being sent to the Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT) where they would be monitored for 14 days.

In the first humanitarian aid mission carried out by the Malaysian government on Feb 4, 107 Malaysians stranded in Hubei province were flown home. They comprised 88 Malaysians and 19 non-citizens who are their spouses and children.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Ambassador to China, Raja Datuk Nushirwan Zainal Abidin when contacted by Bernama said the flight preparations were going on smoothly and the Chinese authorities have granted their permission for the second mission.

“We have obtained approval from the Chinese embassy …we still have a few issues with a small group of people but the advance team from the embassy are in discussions with the local authorities.

“ A few (vehicle) drivers have at the last minute refused to transport the passengers so they are now looking for replacement drivers,” he said in a WhatsApp message.

He said only two embassy personnel have come to Wuhan to assist with the second mission as the advance team from the earlier mission have laid the groundwork to facilitate process for this mission.

Elaborating he said the special flight is expected to depart from Wuhan Tianhe International Airport at 1am (Feb 26) and is scheduled to arrive at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) the same morning.

Meanwhile according to the Health Ministry (MOH) (group media), 21 officers from five agencies namely NADMA (1), the Foreign Ministry (1), MOH (6), Immigration Department (1) and AirAsia (12) are involved in the mission.

The MOH in a statement said the total cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases in Malaysia has remained at 22, and so far 20 patients have recovered.

Source: Bernama

Current statistics of COVID-19 [25 February 2020]



Worldwide current statistics of COVID-19 (updated at 8 am, 25th Feb 2020)

COVID-19 infection has spread to another five (5) new countries; Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Afghanistan and Oman.

In the meantime, six (6) provinces in China have changed their warning-level from three (Avoid Nonessential Travel) to two (Practice Enhanced Precautions) or one (Practice Usual Precautions).

Goodday Milk's Latest Product Range Comes with a Vitamin D Twist that will Aid Calcium Absorption

Goodday Milk, Malaysia’s favourite milk brand, has recently announced the launch of another Pasteurised Milk range – Goodday Balance Pasteurised Low Fat Milk. Fortified with the additional benefits of Vitamin D that aids calcium absorption, Goodday Milk’s latest product is available in two variants, namely Goodday Balance Pasteurised Low Fat Milk and Goodday Balance Pasteurised Low Fat Chocolate Milk. Delightfully creamy, the Goodday Balance range is both decadent and aromatic, making it a delicious and wholesome beverage choice anytime during the day.

Unlike other commercially available pasteurised milk that are often fortified with calcium, the Goodday Balance Pasteurised Low Fat Milk pays special attention to their Vitamin D content*. While it is one thing to consume calcium, emphasis also needs to be given to calcium absorption. According to an article published on Harvard Health Publishing, Vitamin D’s best-known role is to keep bones healthy by increasing the intestinal absorption of calcium. Without enough Vitamin D, the body can only absorb 10% to 15% of dietary calcium, but 30% to 40% absorption is the rule when vitamin reserves are normal. A diet therefore needs to contain optimal levels of vitamin D and calcium for adequate bone health.

The Goodday Balance range is also loaded with other essential nutrients including protein, Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12, making it a great beverage choice for consumers, from toddlers to young adults.

“With Goodday Milk, our focus has always been to offer consumers with beverages that are both healthy and nourishing. Our latest product, Goodday Balance range, is not only packed with a delicious and aromatic taste compared to regular milk but also fortified with Vitamin D, a nutrient composition not commonly seen with other pasteurised milk products. Goodday Milk has been providing Malaysians with top quality milk for over 50 years now and will continue to do so with our ever-expanding product range.” said Santharuban T. Sundaram, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Alternate Business at Etika Sdn. Bhd.

The pleasant aroma and taste of Goodday Balance products are sure to keep consumers coming back for more. The all new Goodday Balance Pasteurised Low Fat Milk range is now available in packet size of 1L at hypermarkets and supermarkets nationwide.

*higher content as compared to the Goodday Low Fat Milk

Dr Mahathir resigned as Prime Minister, Azmin and Zuraida sacks from PKR


Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was reported to have just handed in his resignation letter to His Majesty, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

The resignation is believed to be related to the political upheaval in Pakatan Harapan (PH) since last Friday's Presidential Council meeting.

Sinar Harian reported that Prime Minister's Department will be releasing a statement in the near future.

Meanwhile, PKR has sacked its deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali and Zuraida Kamarudin, the party’s secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution announced today.

Current statistics of COVID-19 [24 February 2020]


Worldwide current statistics of COVID-19 by WHO as at 8 am, on 24th Feb 2020, Monday.

Iran and South Korea have recorded three (3) new death cases each, while Diamond Princess Cruise has recorded one (1) more death.


In Malaysia, there are 22 cases of COVID-19 including 18 who have been cured and discharged. The remaining 4 cases are still being treated.

The Future Changes Shape: Express Yourself with Galaxy Z Flip

Samsung’s first foldable glass display, combined with a unique UX, offers a whole new mobile experience


Today, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. unveiled the Galaxy Z Flip, a new, statement-making foldable smartphone. Galaxy Z Flip is bold and stylish – designed for those who see cutting-edge technology as a way to express themselves. Engineered with first-of-its-kind foldable glass, Galaxy Z Flip bends the laws of physics, and features a 6.7-inch display that folds into a stylish and compact form factor that fits in the palm of your hand. Designed with an innovative Hideaway Hinge and custom-built UX, Galaxy Z Flip provides elegant new ways to capture, share and experience content. From its stylish design to its flexible camera experience, Galaxy Z Flip opens up a new decade of foldable mobile innovation.
 
“At Samsung, we were encouraged by the excitement for the Galaxy Fold. Galaxy Z Flip is an important next step as we look to build the foldable category by bringing to consumers a new form factor, new display and most importantly, a new kind of mobile experience,” said Dr. TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “With Galaxy Z Flip’s unique foldable design and user experience, we’re redefining what a mobile device can be, and what it enables consumers to do.”
 
Foldable Heritage
The category-defining Galaxy Fold began the foldable era. Now, Galaxy Z Flip is shaping it for a new decade. As the first device in the Z series, Galaxy Z Flip introduces a new device portfolio that reaffirms Samsung’s commitment to leading the category, and leveraging technologies and form factors to create foldable experiences that will surprise and delight in the years ahead.

Fashion Meets Technology
Galaxy Z Flip’s compact, stylish design is created for those who see technology as a way to express themselves. And all of the innovations that go into Galaxy Z Flip ensure they can do so.
 
 Style that Fits in Your Pocket – Designed for ultimate portability, Galaxy Z Flip folds into the size of a wallet, so you can easily fit it in your pocket or bag. When closed, it is a stylish, compact palm-sized device. When opened, its screen size nearly doubles to reveal a stunning 6.7-inch display. With its stylish color palette, sleek rounded corners and forward fold that closes with a satisfying snap, Galaxy Z Flip is sure to turn heads.
 
Samsung’s First Foldable Glass Display – Galaxy Z Flip features an Infinity Flex Display with Samsung’s proprietary bendable Ultra Thin Glass (UTG), making it slimmer with a sleek, premium look and feel that has never been seen with a foldable device before. The centered in-display camera cutout at the top also means there’s no notch and no distractions, with Samsung’s first-ever 21.9:9 ratio, so you can enjoy even more of your favorite content such as cinema-ratio 21:9 shows and movies.
 
New Hideaway Hinge – Galaxy Z Flip’s Hideaway Hinge is a work of engineering art. It’s backed by a dual CAM mechanism – small but sophisticatedly designed to ensure every flip and fold is smooth and stable. Galaxy Z Flip can stay open at a range of angles, like a laptop screen. The Hideaway Hinge system also integrates Samsung’s new sweeper technology, which uses nylon fibers crafted by micro-height-cutting technology to repel dirt and dust.

The Next Foldable Experience
Galaxy Z Flip is built for the modern, on-the-go lifestyle. Now you can do more, from multiple angles – hands-free. This unique foldable experience is unlike any other smartphone on the market today.
 
Do more – Hands-free – When Galaxy Z Flip unfolds, it can stay open at multiple angles, unlocking opportunities for selfies that show more of the world around you and expressive video chats with Google Duo – all hands-free.
 
Flex mode – Samsung worked closely with Google to design Flex mode – a custom-built user experience for Galaxy Z Flip’s unique forward folding form factor. When the device is free-standing, the display automatically splits into two 4-inch screens so you can easily view images, contents or videos on the top half of the display, and control them on the bottom half. Easily watch and navigate YouTube – stream on the top while searching for other videos, reading descriptions and writing comments on the bottom.
 
Game Changing Camera – Galaxy Z Flip literally stands on its own so that you can capture more, on-the-go – from timed group shots to vivid nighttime content. You can create content for your social media feeds from the best angle and enjoy video recording with a 16:9 ratio that’s perfect for uploads to social media platforms, hands-free – no tripod needed. Capture stunning Night Hyperlapse videos or vivid low light shots with Night mode – no flash needed. Just open your device and place it on a table. When closed, quickly capture one-handed high-quality selfies using the rear camera without unfolding.
 
Notifications on Your Terms – Whether Galaxy Z Flip is closed, standing upright or open, never miss a text, call or reminder. When closed, check the date, time and battery status at a glance on the cover display. Get real time notifications so you can easily answer a call without unfolding or respond to a text by simply tapping the notification and unfolding your Galaxy Z Flip.
 
Multi-Active Window – Seamlessly multi-task with Multi-Active Window – simply open the Multi-Window Tray to drag and drop the apps you want to use. Scroll through an article on the latest fashion looks on the top half while shopping for your favorite pieces on the bottom.

Galaxy Foundation and Ecosystem 
As a Galaxy device, Galaxy Z Flip brings the Galaxy ecosystem into its brand new foldable experience. It boasts flagship-level performance and features across camera, display, battery, security as well as services like Samsung Health, Samsung Pay, Samsung Knox and more. Enjoy a versatile camera experience with 4K video capture, Live Focus and Super Steady recording. Galaxy Z Flip features an optimized dual battery system that holds more power without taking up more space – wired or wirelessly quick charge, plus with Wireless PowerShare, you can wirelessly charge up your Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Watch or even a friend’s device. 

Samsung Knox protects users and their device from the chip to the software level and receives monthly and quarterly security updates. Users also get services that enable secure payment options with Samsung Pay, health and wellness tracking and monitoring with Samsung Health, and access to more than 5,000 Samsung and partner smart products through SmartThings.

Availability
The Galaxy Z Flip will be available in limited quantities in Mirror Purple and Mirror Black, starting in select markets including the U.S. and Korea on February 14, 2020, followed by Mirror Gold in select countries.

Current statistics of COVID-19 [23 February 2020]


Worldwide current statistics of COVID-19 by WHO as of 23rd Feb 2020, Sunday.


In Malaysia, there are 22 cases of COVID-19 including 18 who have been cured and discharged. The remaining 4 cases are still being treated.

Hard Rock Cafe® Debuts Its Latest Most Extensive Menu Headlined by Award-Winning Steak Burgers Globally

New Menu Offerings Also Include the World’s First 24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger™, Instagram-worthy Milkshakes, Sliders and Shareables

Hard Rock Cafes in Kuala Lumpur, Melaka and Kota Kinabalu today launched the brand’s most extensive menu in the company’s history with more than 20 new offerings. The Cafe’s new menu puts the spotlight on its lineup of all-new, award-winning Steak Burgers, headlined by the world’s first edible 24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger™ that will benefit the SUKA Society.

Steak Burgers aren’t the only items making their debut on Hard Rock Cafe’s new menu, which also includes Instagram-worthy Milkshakes, Sliders and Shareables that encourage adventure and exploration, allowing fans to curate their most flavourful playlist.

The star of the show, new and award-winning Steak Burgers, are created with a proprietary blend of fresh Black Angus Beef to produce the most flavourful burger possible. Just like the strings of a guitar must be perfectly tuned to play a great melody, every detail matters when building the best burger. From premium accompaniments like freshly baked, toasted buns to signature sauces and produce at its prime, Hard Rock Cafe’s new Steak Burgers lets everyone eat like a legend. The delicious lineup includes:



THE 24 KARAT GOLD LEAF STEAK BURGER™ – The shining star of the lineup is this first-of-its-kind burger with bling. A 227g fresh steak burger, topped with 24-Karat edible gold leaf, served with cheddar cheese, leaf lettuce, vine-ripened tomato and red onion. It's glitz, glamour and pure gold – a legendary bite only available at Hard Rock®! Through the Hard Rock Heals Foundation®, a portion of proceeds from the 24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger™ will benefit the Persatuan Kebajikan Suara Kanak-kanak Malaysia (SUKA Society), a registered Non-Governmental Organisation set up to protect and to preserve the best interests of children. Hard Rock’s ongoing philanthropic efforts support the brand’s “Love All - Serve All,” “Take Time to Be Kind,” and “Save the Planet” mottos, while honouring its commitment to giving back to the community and making the world a better place to be.



THE ORIGINAL LEGENDARY® BURGER – The burger that started it all! This fan-favourite is a 227g fresh certified Black Angus Steak Burger with smoked turkey bacon, cheddar cheese, crispy onion ring, leaf lettuce and vine-ripened tomato, served with Hard Rock’s signature steak sauce on the side.



COWBOY RIBEYE
– 454g grilled ribeye topped with herb butter, served with golden mash potatoes & fresh vegetables.



ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK SPICY SHRIMP – Crispy Shrimp, tossed in a spicy sauce, topped with Green Onions & Sesame Seeds, served on a bed of Coleslaw.

 
STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE MILKSHAKE – Haagen Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream blended with the flavours of Strawberry Cheesecake, topped with Whipped Cream and Frosted Cookies



COOKIES & CREAM MILKSHAKE – Haagen Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream blended with White Chocolate and Oreo Cookies, topped with Whipped Cream

“Our goal is to provide guests with the highest quality food, drink and entertainment during every visit. By bringing the brand’s menu innovation to these three cities (Kuala Lumpur, Melaka and Kota Kinabalu), Hard Rock is sharing its most significant brand initiative and long-term goals. We are excited to introduce our award-winning Steak Burgers, Instagram-worthy Milkshakes, Sliders and Shareables to guests as part of our world-class, immersive dining and entertainment experience.

While new to the menu, Hard Rock Cafe’s Steak Burgers are not new to the spotlight. The brand’s signature Steak Burger has collected awards including “Fan Favourite” at the 2019 Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale Burger Battle, “Best Burger” in the 2020 and 2019 Porthole Cruise Editor-in-Chief Awards and “Ultimate Winner/Best in Miami” at the 2018 Miami Times Burgerfest.

Shake It Up
Fans will be in the spirit to snap a picture of Hard Rock Cafe’s new Milkshakes before they sip, thanks to Instagram-worthy visuals such as enchanting garnishes and brightly colored toppings. With a twist on classic flavours like Cookies & Cream and Strawberry Cheesecake Milkshake, guests can enjoy these over-the-top milkshakes alongside a Steak Burger or on its own as a dessert. These milkshakes are also available in a mini-milk jug.

Create An Adventure and Customise Your Flavour Experience
Guests looking to create their own playlist of menu items will enjoy the new Sliders and Shareables that is served at the cafes. From the delicious One Night in Bangkok Spicy Shrimp™ to Buffalo Style Sliders, everyone at the table can indulge in their favourite menu items. Whether fans want to take a solo flavour adventure during their meal or gather with friends to mix and match slider and shareable plates, guests will enjoy curating their own dining and entertainment experience.

Those looking to dine at Hard Rock Cafe Kuala Lumpur, Melaka or even Kota Kinabalu can make a reservation by visiting www.hardrockcafe.com/location. To purchase Hard Rock Cafe merchandise, visit the online Rock Shop® at www.shop.hardrock.com.

Situasi Terkini Jangkitan Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) di Malaysia Kes Ke-22


Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (KKM) ingin memaklumkan bahawa kes ke-22 yang merupakan seorang wanita warganegara Amerika Syarikat berumur 83 tahun telah menunjukkan perkembangan status kesihatan yang sangat baik. Pesakit ini masih lagi dipantau di hospital kerana mengalami sedikit batuk.

Terdahulu seperti Kenyataan Akhbar Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan pada 15 Februari 2020, kes ke-22 ini telah dikesan bergejala melalui “thermal scanner” sebaik tiba di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) dan kemudiannya telah dirujuk ke Hospital Sungai Buloh.

Pemeriksaan klinikal dan ujian x-ray dada mengesahkan pesakit mempunyai penyakit radang paru-paru (pneumonia). Pesakit telah dimasukkan ke wad isolasi di Hospital Sungai Buloh. Sampel klinikal oropharyngeal dan nasopharyngeal telah diambil. Ujian pengesahan COVID-19 bagi kedua-dua sampel ini telah dijalankan sebanyak dua kali oleh Institut Penyelidikan Perubatan (IMR) dan kedua-dua ujian disahkan positif pada 15 Februari 2020. Kes telah diberikan rawatan antiviral (lopinavir/Ritonavir) dan bantuan oksigen bagi gejala yang dihadapinya.

Setelah lebih 72 jam diberikan rawatan, kes telah menunjukkan perubahan kesihatan yang baik. Oleh yang demikian ujian ulangan pengesahan COVID-19 telah dijalankan sebanyak 2 kali dengan jarak masa 24 jam bagi setiap satu ujian. Kedua-dua ujian ulangan ini menunjukkan keputusan negatif. Ujian pengesanan ulangan ini telah dijalankan bagi memastikan kes telah sembuh dan negatif COVID-19.

Untuk makluman, merujuk kepada dapatan terkini kajian berkaitan COVID-19, hampir 80% pesakit COVID-19 yang dilaporkan merupakan pesakit yang mengalami gejala yang ringan dan tiada rawatan spesifik atau antiviral diperlukan bagi penyakit ini.

Kebanyakan pesakit hanya memerlukan rawatan simptomatik (seperti demam, batuk dan selsema) dan isolasi kes perlu dijalankan bagi mengelakkan penularan penyakit ini kepada orang lain. Hal ini kerana, kebanyakan kes yang telah disahkan positif, sistem imun badan manusia akan menghasilkan antibodi spesifik bagi melawan virus ini.

Walaubagaimanapun, terdapat juga golongan yang tidak mempunyai sistem imun yang kuat, contohnya warga emas, di mana jangkitan virus COVID-19 ini menyebabkan komplikasi yang teruk dan memerlukan bantuan ubat-ubatan seperti antiviral.

Ujian makmal pengesahan COVID-19 ulangan akan dijalankan ke atas semua kes yang disahkan positif, setelah pesakit menunjukkan perkembangan yang baik bagi gejala klinikal yang dialaminya.

Hal ini adalah untuk memastikan bahawa kes telah sembuh sepenuhnya dan bebas daripada virus COVID-19. Ini adalah penting bagi memastikan kes selamat untuk dibenarkan pulang dan tidak menjangkiti orang lain.

Current statistics of COVID-19 [22 February 2020]


Worldwide current statistics of COVID-19 by WHO as at 10 am, on 22nd Feb 2020, Saturday.


There are two additional countries involved namely Lebanon and Israel.

In Malaysia, there are 22 cases of COVID-19 including 17 who have been cured and discharged. The remaining 5 cases are still being treated.

Feel at Home on Malaysia Airlines Business Class, now up to 40% off!



Malaysia Airlines is excited to offer its customers a chance to enjoy its amazing Business Class with up to 40% off fares to both domestic and international destinations. Running from now until 2 March 2020, this special promotion is valid for immediate travel up to 31 January 2021.

Malaysia Airlines’ Business Class offers an unsurpassed premium experience with exclusive priority check-in counters, priority baggage and access to the elegantly commissioned Golden Lounges, to the convenience of board-anytime. With passengers’ comfort in mind, the Business Class completes the premium experience with spacious lie-flat* seats, alongside a fine dining experience with gourmet cuisine available on order through our ‘Chef On Call’ service. We offer a wide variety of inflight entertainment equipped with noise cancelling headphones that guarantees the most pleasant flying experience on Malaysia Airlines.

Do not miss out this great opportunity to experience Malaysia Airlines’ Business Class and enjoy Malaysian Hospitality to its fullest. For domestic destinations, all-in one-way fares start from RM299, an unmatched affordability in Business Class travel while to Singapore from RM499, Phuket from RM549, Bangkok from RM599 and Surabaya from RM659. Meanwhile, the Business Class all-in return fares to international destinations are also available to Beijing from RM2,799, Delhi from RM3,199, Seoul from RM3,399, Auckland from RM10,299, and London from RM12,999.


Customers can also take advantage of an additional 5% off when they purchase tickets with Maybank cards using the promo code BIZ4MAYBANK. Those who wish to enjoy these amazing deals may also opt for Malaysia Airlines’ Fly Now, Pay Later plans with Maybank and Public Bank credit cards. The plans allow customers to pay the fare in instalments at 0% interest, over the course of 6 or 12 months of their choice, creating the opportunity for passengers to enjoy their travels in absolute comfort, guaranteed to create unforgettable pleasant memories and moments.

According to Malaysia Airlines Group Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer, Lau Yin May, “This offer reaffirms our steadfast commitment to provide our passengers with maximum value for their travels to all destinations, coupled with our signature Malaysian Hospitality throughout their journey with us. Passengers that choose to Fly Malaysia on Business Class will experience premium on ground and onboard services including access to our Golden Lounges, where they can enjoy peaceful and quiet time before boarding their flights. Be it for business or leisure travels, they can always expect the best service from us. Onboard, our guests will be pampered with fine dining options, coupled with spacious and comfortable seats, which will make them feel right at home at 30,000 feet above.

In time for Visit Malaysia 2020, this special promotion adds yet another reason for travelers to visit our of paradise, enjoying our pristine beaches, fascinating wildlife, breathtaking nature and our vast number of historical attractions dotted all across the nation. Additionally, the Fly Now, Pay Later option allows financially prudent travelers who have always wanted to Fly Malaysia on Business Class the opportunity to do so without breaking the bank, with 0% interest paid on their installments,” added Yin May.

Excited to enjoy Business Class service and be jumping for joy at 30,000 feet? Head on to malaysiaairlines.com to get more information and book your next Malaysian holiday! To make sure you never miss out on great deals like these, as well as the many more exciting promotions and exclusives we have in store, download the Malaysia Airlines app today!

Following customer feedback and understanding how our passengers travel, the Flex fare aims to provide unmatchable flexibility in their travels, with 30kg of check-in baggage, perfect for passengers with a long shopping list, without worry of exceeding the weight limit. Additionally, passengers may also enjoy the opportunity to travel earlier on the day of travel, subject to availability. This means passengers can have a fluid travel plan and feel unrestricted by the confines of their stipulated travel time. Flex fare passengers will also have flexibility in changing travel dates, refunds and rebooking entitlements, further enhancing the experience of the traveler, while giving them the chance to freely make all the changes they desire for their long-deserved travels.

The Basic fare provides the opportunity for the everyday traveler to enjoy the full-service carrier experience, with all the hallmarks and benefits that befit a premium travel service. With 20kg of free check-in baggage, passengers have plenty of space to travel comfortably. Passengers also have the chance to enjoy Enrich benefits, such as Enrich Miles upgrades, giving them opportunity to try our amazing Business Class experience, sure to create unforgettable memories of Malaysian Hospitality.

Alongside the Flex and Basic Fares, the Lite Fare caters specifically to day-trippers, business travelers and commuters. With time of the essence, passengers only need the essentials, rendering check-in baggage only more of a hassle than a boon. This Fare creates a fast and efficient experience to passengers who want to make the most of their travels and wish to get to their destination seamlessly and without inconvenience, while resting and enjoying the best Malaysia Airlines has to offer onboard.

Passengers on the existing shuttle-eligible routes, namely the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore-Kuala Lumpur route, will alternatively have three fare brands, which would be the Lite and Basic fares, in addition to the Shuttle fare. Launched in December 2019, the Shuttle fare is specially catered to seasoned and regular passengers who make multiple trips on the route and desire more flexibility in their travel plans. Passengers booked on this fare brand will receive all benefits of the Flex brand fare and more, with a larger check-in baggage allowance of 35kg as well as priority check in at dedicated counters.

The introduction of the flexible fare options will affect bookings for travels made from the 18th of February 2020 onwards, with bookings made before that time being unaffected by the changes made.

See a fare that fits your travel needs like a glove? Head on to malaysiaairlines.com to get more information and book your next Malaysian holiday! To make sure you never miss out on great deals like these, as well as the many more exciting promotions and exclusives we have in store, download the Malaysia Airlines app today!

*available on selected aircraft and routes

Family Brand
Lite
Basic
Flex
Benefits
Ancillary
✔ Cabin Baggage up to 7kg
✔ Complimentary Meal
✔ No Enrich Miles upgrade
✘ No checked baggage
✘ No seat selection
✔ Cabin Baggage up to 7kg
✔ Complimentary Meal
✔ Enrich Miles upgrade
✔ Checked baggage 20kg
✘ No seat selection
✔ Cabin Baggage up to 7kg
✔ Complimentary Meal
✔ Enrich Miles upgrade
✔ Checked baggage 30kg
✔ Standard seat selection
Fare Rules
✘ No child discounts
✘ Rebooking not allowed
✘ Refund not allowed
✘ No flexibility to travel earlier on day of travel

✔ 10% child discount
✔ Rebooking: Change fee + fare difference
✔ Refund not allowed
✘ No flexibility to travel earlier on day of travel
✔ 15% child discount
✔ Rebooking: Fare difference only
✔ Refund at fee
✔ Flexibility to travel earlier on day of travel (subject to availability)

ShopeePay Joins DuitNow Eco-System And Will Pilot Innovative DuitNow 2.0 Payment Solutions



Payments Network Malaysia (PayNet) and Shopee announced a landmark collaboration that will make ShopeePay the first eWallet of an e-commerce platform to join the DuitNow eco-system which PayNet operates.

With ShopeePay’s entry into the DuitNow eco-system, customers at Shopee will soon be able to transfer funds instantly and seamlessly between their ShopeePay eWallets and accounts with 40 banks and 5 participating eWallets.

Launched in December 2018, DuitNow initially allowed bank and eWallet customers to transfer money instantly and securely on a 24/7 basis through online banking channels and eWallet apps. DuitNow fund transfers can be directed using the recipients’ mobile numbers, MyKad or business registration numbers.

The second phase of DuitNow (DuitNow 2.0) which will be released on a pilot basis in the second half of 2020 will introduce innovative new payment and collection solutions such as Request-to-Pay, real-time debits, and consents on-file. Request-to-Pay will provide a secure, convenient and faster way to make payments at participating merchants’ e-commerce websites and mobile commerce applications. Consents on-file and real-time debits allow customers to set up a one-time mandate granting permission to merchants to debit their bank accounts or eWallets on a recurring basis. This is a cost-effective alternative to putting credit cards on file with a merchant for recurring purchases.

“We are excited to have Shopee as an early adopter of DuitNow 2.0 which will allow Shopee customers to shop and checkout seamlessly. The combination of real-time debits and consents on-file will significantly improve the payment process, and customers can enjoy a convenient and hassle-free transaction,” said Mr Peter Schiesser, Group Chief Executive Officer of PayNet.

Besides piloting DuitNow 2.0, ShopeePay will be adopting DuitNow QR, Malaysia’s National QR Standard. This will allow ShopeePay users to access a growing base of offline merchants that are accepting DuitNow QR payments.

“Shopee introduced ShopeePay to bring Malaysians greater convenience and security when making payments. We are delighted to build on that vision by partnering PayNet and joining the DuitNow eco-system. Now, ShopeePay users can manage funds and make payments more smoothly and securely on the go, improving the payment experience. We are excited to be working with PayNet and look forward to creating more innovative features in the near future”, said Ian Ho, Regional Managing Director of Shopee.

ShopeePay’s entry into the DuitNow eco-system will grow the eco-system for the benefit of consumers, merchants and participants.

FGV Diversifies into New Revenue Streams


FGV Holdings Berhad (FGV) has subscribed to new shares amounting to 60% equity interest in the enlarged share capital of RedAgri Farm Sdn. Bhd. (RedAgri), for RM10 million, marking the Group’s entry into the dairy farming business and fresh milk processing, the first step towards becoming an integrated agrifood company.

The acquisition of RedAgri, which owns the Bright Cow brand of dairy products, enables FGV to create more value from its existing resources and to tap into synergies within the palm-based circular economy.

“Dairy farming is one of the identified pillars of our integrated farming business,” Dato’ Haris Fadzilah Hassan, the FGV Group’s Chief Executive Officer said. The other key components are animal nutrition, paddy & rice, and cash crops, which includes MD2 Pineapples and Cavendish Bananas. FGV had announced in 2019 that it would enter the palm-based circular economy to tap into lucrative synergies presented by the Group’s extensive palm oil operations.

Meanwhile, FGV has already rammed up production of its palm-based animal feed operations, with 2019 sales showing a marked 113% increase to 21,600 MT, against sales of 10,200 MT the previous year. January 2020 sales have come in at 369% higher than January 2019, with a total of 3,600 MT of feed sold in the domestic market.

From left: General Manager of Red Agri Farm, Amir Khairul Taufiq Mohd Khay, Chairman of Red Agri Group, Dato’ Iszhar Ibrahim, Chief Executive Officer of FGV Holdings Berhad, Dato’ Haris Fadzilah Hassan, Chief Operating Officer of FGV Holdings Berhad’s Plantation Sector, Syed Mahdhar Syed Hussain, Legal and Corporate Manager of Red Agri Farm, Shaiful Omar Ahmad, Director of Red Agri Farm, Balakrishnan R. Nair.
“Once capacities are rammed up to 150,000 MT per annum, in the next five-year, we are looking at additional revenues of about RM120 million from this business,” Haris Fadzilah said. Currently, 60% to 70% of the cost of livestock rearing in Malaysia is from feed, most of which is imported.

The palm-based animal nutrition sector has tremendous potential for growth and has been identified as an important revenue stream in FGV’s integrated agribusiness sector. Derived principally from palm kernel expeller (PKE), which has traditionally been exported as a by-product with low income margins, palm-based animal feed has been tested and proven to produce excellent results in livestock production. FGV currently produces 400,000 MT of PKE annually.

To fully realise the value of 15,000 ha of intercropping land available during oil palm replanting each year, FGV has already established an MD2 pineapple seed garden in Johor, with a view to scaling up both for the local and domestic markets. The Group has also established contract farming agreements for the supply of cavendish bananas, besides other cash crops, which are being tested for demand and viability. In addition to PKE, the biomass produced from pineapple and banana production can potentially be processed for animal feed production.

“There are several benefits that will accrue to both FGV and our stakeholders, as we expand our footprint in the agri-food sector,” Haris Fadzilah said. “For instance, one of the key thrusts of our foray into integrated agribusinesses is contract farming. Thus, where possible, we will encourage our smallholders and farmers in the B40 segment, to venture into this new business with us, with our support and critical inputs. For the dairy business, this will have the twin impact of increasing the supply of milk for FGV’s processing facilities and also, offering a lucrative income source for farmers.”

RedAgri currently process 4,000 litres of fresh milk a day, which will be increased to 20,000 litres a day by 2022. Most of that increased production capacity is already committed to industrial and commercial customers. With the support of contract farmers, FGV will be able to increase production to meet more local demand.

Malaysia imports about RM3.9 billion worth of dairy products a year, as local production amounts for only 67.1 million litres annually, or 61% of current domestic demand. The remaining 40.0 million litres is imported. The same scenario also applies to several other key food products, presenting opportunities for organisations such as FGV to benefit from import substitution, while also supporting the Government’s vision for shared prosperity.

Haris Fadzilah noted that FGV’s success has always run parallel with the nation’s efforts to achieve greater social equity.

“Already, our smallholders produce two-thirds of the crops we process. Enabling them to grow with us and to enjoy the same successes in synergistic and adjacent businesses will help us to ensure that this important stakeholder is able to continue partnering FGV in the years ahead,” he added.

RMHC Malaysia and Lions Clubs International forges strategic partnership for Childhood Cancer Awareness

Childhood cancer patients at HCTM-UKM can now enjoy more comfortable facilities at Ronald McDonald House
(L-R) Dato 'Yeow Wah Chin, Past Council Chairman, Lions Clubs International Multiple District 308 Malaysia, who is also a Board Member, National University of Malaysia; Dato 'Javern Lim Chong Hee, District Governor, Lions Clubs International District 308B1 Malaysia; YB Mrs Hannah Yeoh, Deputy Minister of Women, Family & Community Development; Azmir Jaafar, President of the Ronald McDonald Malaysia Welfare Association and the Director of Local Operations & Partner, McDonald's Malaysia and Mr. Mohd Nasri Mohd Nordin, General Manager, Ronald McDonald Malaysia Welfare Association during a signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Ronald McDonald Malaysia Welfare Association Malaysia (RMHC (Malaysia) and the International Lions Club for the Children's Cancer Awareness initiative.
Ronald McDonald House Charities Malaysia (RMHC Malaysia) and Lions Clubs International signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Childhood Cancer Awareness today. The strategic partnership enables both organisations to work together to meet the needs of childhood cancer patients in Malaysia. This initiative between the two giant non-governmental bodies (NGOs) will directly benefit families of pediatric patients seeking treatment at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HCTM-UKM), Kuala Lumpur.

Through this partnership, Lions Clubs International will contribute more than RM150,000 to refurbish the Ronald McDonald House at HCTM-UKM. The funds were raised since October last year, specifically for this initiative. This will enable families of pediatric patients seeking treatment at HCTM-UKM, including childhood cancer patients, to enjoy more comfortable facilities while staying at the Ronald McDonald House, which is located on hospital grounds. Ronald McDonald House at HCTM-UKM is one of the core programmes of RMHC Malaysia in making available temporary accommodation for families of the hospital’s pediatric patients.



This strategic partnership will take place over the next three years, and starting today, Lions Clubs International will maintain the children’s playground at the home. The children’s playground will officially be adopted by Lions Clubs International, and will be known as Lions Wonderland.

According to Dato’ Javern Lim Chong Hee, District Governor of District 308B1, Lions Clubs International Malaysia, “Lions Clubs International is always looking for opportunities to collaborate with the right partners in order to improve the lives of childhood cancer patients and their families. We are aware of the difficulties faced and it is our hope that our partnership with RMHC Malaysia will be able to raise awareness among the public about childhood cancer.”

As a teaching hospital with one of its expertise being pediatric medicine, HCTM-UKM receives over 20,000 pediatric cases each year, which include inpatient and outpatient cases. For 2019 alone, HCTM-UKM received more than 900 cases involving childhood cancer. Ronald McDonald House at HCTM-UKM was established in 1999, and since then, it has benefitted over 1,500 families, especially underprivileged families who need long-term care for their children.


 
According to Azmir Jaafar, President of RMHC Malaysia, “RMHC Malaysia is committed to making a positive impact on children in need through various core programmes. The strategic partnership with Lions Clubs International would be able to provide a higher level of comfort to families staying at Ronald McDonald House at HCTM-UKM. We hope that this collaboration will also motivate Malaysians to continue to support the efforts of non-governmental organisations like us.”



Some of the upgrading works that have been carried out at the Ronald McDonald House at HCTM-UKM over the past two months include repairing and replacing some parts of the roofing and gutters of the building, as well as upgrading of the outdoor activity area. The upgrading of the outdoor activity area saw the beautification of the landscape in the children’s playground, as well as the refurbishment and increase in the number of playground equipment.

YB Hannah Yeoh, Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, who was the guest-of-honour at the event, commended the initiative by RMHC and Lions Clubs International. She also encouraged more people to come forward to implement initiatives that benefit the community.

The Ronald McDonald House at HCTM-UKM celebrated its 20th anniversary last year and was the first of its kind in the ASEAN region when it opened its doors to the public in 1999.

To date, there are two Ronald McDonald Houses in Malaysia. The other home is located at Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (Hospital USM) in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan. The third Ronald McDonald House is expected for completion later this year at Hospital Wanita dan Kanak-kanak Kuala Lumpur.