Yesterday, UKM players declared they never agreed to a pay cut. Asnan said: “We only agreed to discuss further on the suggestion by the (UKM) management to cut salaries. Their players earn high salaries and for them to take a pay cut is nothing. Their clubs are now pressuring them to take a pay cut as well. It is annoying that everyone is saying that footballers, regardless of how much they earn, should take a pay cut.
For former national women’s coach K. Dharmaraj, the Covid-19 pandemic is no deterrent. Dharmaraj accepted the offer to be the technical director in West Jawa after deciding not to re-apply for the national coaching job with the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC). “I had to leave Bandung after about a month coaching the men and women’s field and indoor hockey teams due to Covid-19. When he was the national women’s coach, he used to train players at 3am during the fasting month — to get the players acclimatised to different time zones in tournaments in Europe. Dharmaraj is well equipped with all the coaching skill in his apartment for the next six days — except for cooking skill.
NATIONAL bowler Sin Li Jane can’t help but feel it is going to be a long, difficult war against the Covid-19 plague. With the Movement Control Order (MCO) into its third week, Li Jane has to literally do a lot of homework. Last year, Li Jane won the Sarawak Open and European Bowling Tour Masters in Madrid but this year, she has yet to compete in any tournaments. Li Jane, who describes herself as an introvert, said she has not been too troubled staying at home. Earlier, MTBC said the national bowlers’ next possible tournament could be the Asian Championships in Hong Kong on July 4-14.
KUALA LUMPUR: The new Huawei MatePad Pro pre-order starts today until April10 via https://shop.huawei.com/my/april2020-new-launches.html at the price of RM2,399. To boost creativity, the MatePad Pro has compatible accessories--the Huawei M-Pencil, and the smart Magnetic Keyboard. INTERACTIVITY AND POWERHuawei is bringing in a new feature to the MatePad Pro. Under the hood of the MatePad Pro is the Kirin 990, which is supported by up to 8GB RAM and 256GB ROM to ensure smooth multitasking. FREE ACCESSORIESWith every pre-order purchase of the Huawei MatePad Pro, customers will receive a bundle gift of the Smart Magnetic Keyboard (worth RM499) and the Huawei M-Pencil (worth RM299), while stocks last.
April 03, 2020 00:45 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Employees Provident Fund (EPF) members have up to the end of this month to submit their applications for the i-Lestari Account 2 Withdrawal Scheme. From April 1, EPF members can apply for a RM500 monthlywithdrawal to boost private consumption due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For submission of i-Lestari withdrawal application form, they can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. For those who want to submit i-Akaun registration form, they can email it to email@example.com. For additional information on i-Lestari, members may refer to the recently updated frequently asked questions (FAQ) on https://www.kwsp.gov.my/en/faq-i-lestari.
April 02, 2020 20:48 UTC
The disease has made us more aware of each other, our mortality, how connected we are and the implications of our actions. Just check out this newspaper’s section on MCO Heroes — every day we feature Malaysians who have helped fellow citizens in one way or another. People the world over have shown how Covid-19 has made them more aware of humanity — scroll the Internet, countless stories are shared on Facebook and WhatsApp. There are lessons in humanity that can be gleaned from this pandemic. This Leader, therefore, would like to encourage more Malaysians to be “heroes” and look out for each other.
Compassion is one of the things that are you are taught from the time you are a child. And the final part of what compassion means is to give without any expectation, which is altruistic in its foundation. The image of a compassionate organisation or person, is that of social workers seeing clients all day, or case managers dealing with home visits, and helping people. The same study indicates that workplace empathy invites more loyalty, dedication, and employee engagement. When team members work with kind people, it balances out any trust deficiencies and they're able to use their emotional resources to combat potential work fatigue.
Amazingly, the research community that is always perceived as working in silos, quietly gathered and shifted their focus to helping the healthcare workers. For academics, it was panic online learning as some of us have very little idea of it. With 82 per cent of Malaysians connected to the Internet, online learning is the way forward. Students have to be more adept at online learning as different lecturers may use different techniques, mobile apps and online platforms. Other than online learning, working from home will become a new culture.
As someone whose work centers on teaching, I confess I’ve had to shake my head more than a few times in recent weeks — not in judgment, but out of concern and compassion for anyone who finds themselves suddenly thrown into the world of online teaching without preparation. One of the biggest needs I see right now is a greater understanding of how educators can be most effective when teaching remotely. Students need us to be in our game now. It will be important for institutions to carefully evaluate their remote teaching strategies across all courses after the Covid-19 crisis subsides. Institutions will need to use post-mortem feedback from both their students and faculty to improve their contingency plans to positively impact teaching and learning, in the event of a crisis in future.
April 02, 2020 12:45 UTC
As an adult rebelling against those childhood restrictions, I'd buy at least three Ben and Jerry's pints a week. Now, because I had to be in quarantine for two weeks after my arrival from America, my parents were in total control of my diet. I never pieced it together before living in quarantine, but my dad helped inspire my love of photography. Now, during the quarantine, I've inspired him to pick up his camera again. I'm afraid that without showing any symptoms, I've brought the disease with me from New York.
April 02, 2020 12:33 UTC
And the calls have been coming, especially in these times of the Movement Control Order (MCO). For the past 13 days, he visited people with all sorts of needs in the Johor Baru area. He simply jumps into his Perodua Myvi and darts to the place where the hungry or sick languish in lonely desperation. A Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) volunteer for the past few years, Tong has taken to the current times like a duck to water. He has helped paralysed victims, dialysis patients, mentally disabled, children with Down Syndrome, stroke victims, paralysis patients, cancer victims, orphans, diabetics and single parents.
April 02, 2020 11:48 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia finished trading today on a firm note, lifted by oil and gas-linked counters amid a crude oil prices rally. At 5 pm, key index FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) climbed 8.24 points, or 0.62 per cent to 1,330.90 from 1,322.66 at Wednesday’s close. Turnover was high with 5.14 billion shares worth RM2.43 billion traded compared with 4.74 billion shares worth RM2.77 billion yesterday. “Brent crude oil rose after US President Donald Trump was reported as saying that he expected Saudi Arabia and Russia to reach a deal soon to end their oil price war. “At the same time, Russian President Vladimir Putin also reportedly called for a solution to address the challenging crude oil markets,” he told Bernama.
April 02, 2020 11:48 UTC
SHAH ALAM: Selangor police have tightened the Movement Control Order (MCO) regulations, restricting all essential travel to within 10km radius from one's place of residence and asking for utility bills from drivers at roadblocks. Before this, in the first phase police were a bit more lenient but in this phase we have tightened enforcement," he said. He said between March 18 and April 1, Selangor police had received 600 MCO related reports. Of the total, 350 reports were investigated with 727 people arrested mainly for defying MCO regulations and for disruption of civil duties. On the Covid-19 quarantine centre preparedness, Ismail said a total of 48 quarantine centres had been identified in Selangor but only five had been used so far.
April 02, 2020 11:26 UTC
PUTRAJAYA: The decision to either end or extend the Movement Control Order (MCO) will depend on the performance of Covid-19 cases in the country, Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said. He said the ministry was expecting the Phase 2 of MCO to end on the scheduled date, April 14, but it is too early to make any confirmation at this point. “On the 10th (of April), a few days before (the MCO) ends, we will look at our performance. According to Dr Noor Hisham, the total number of Tabligh members who have been screened was 18,826, and out of this figure, 1,407 were tested positive, 10,000 negative while 3,173 cases are still pending. About 3,400 Tabligh members have yet to be tested.
April 02, 2020 11:26 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: British American Tobacco Group (BAT), which has operation in Malaysia, is developing a potential vaccine for COVID-19 with its US bio-tech subsidiary, Kentucky BioProcessing (KBP), and is now in pre-clinical testing. While KBP remains a commercial operation, the intention is that its work around the Covid-19 vaccine project will be carried out on a not for profit basis. The vaccine in development uses BAT’s proprietary, fast-growing tobacco plant technology which has several advantages over conventional vaccine production technology. "We are committed to contributing to the global effort to halt the spread of Covid-19 using this technology," David said. BAT is now exploring partnerships with government agencies to bring its vaccine to clinical studies as soon as possible.
April 02, 2020 09:45 UTC