Saturday, June 19, 2021

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Monthly assistance via e-wallet can help boost economy

KUALA LUMPUR: The government should consider channelling monthly assistance in the form of e-wallet credit to the targeted group throughout the National Recovery Plan period in an effort to stimulate the economy, according to an economist. Universiti Putra Malaysia School...

Efforts to maintain a ‘green bubble’ in Unimas continue

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) continues to keep tight control over the movement of students who are still on campus to ensure the students’ safety and welfare. Unimas deputy vice-chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) Prof Dr Kamarudin Kana said that among the measures taken was ensuring that students adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) such as social distancing, as well as prohibiting group activities and tightening the limits on students’ exit times.  He said the university had also held discussions with the owners of internal cafes to open their respective cares, including during weekends to make it easier for students to purchase cooked meals.  He explained that Unimas’ firm stance of not permitting students to return to their respective hometowns, especially during the festive season, was to curb the spread of Covid-19 which could put other students and campus residents at risk.  He said the matter had been conveyed earlier to the students in March, that is, when they were planning to return to Unimas to continue their studies.  Kamarudin said Unimas was concerned with the problems faced by students that cause them to have to remain on campus. Among them, he said, were the use of laboratories, the research needs of final year students, and the need for faster internet connections for online studies which are currently being implemented. 

Govt agrees to grant exemption to LPG distributors in Sarawak

KUCHING: Starting June 1, distributors of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Sarawak are exempted from applying for permission and licence from the federal government for LPG distribution in the state. Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta...

Taman Harmoni Community Hall to serve as PKRC

SIMANGGANG: The Taman Harmoni Community Hall has been proposed to serve as the second Covid-19 Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) here. Sri Aman Division Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) advisor Datuk Francis Harden Hollis said there is a need to...

Report teachers violating SOPs

SIBU: When they are in school, students and pupils are advised to report any teacher found violating the Covid-19 standard operating procedure (SOP) guidelines. Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee in urging this, said he had...

Free virtual brown bag talk for public

KUCHING: Sarawak Development Institute (SDI) will be organising a virtual brown bag talk on the ‘Sarawak Covid-19 Vaccination Campaign’ on Tuesday (Apr 20), from 2.30pm to 4.30pm via Zoom. The talk will be delivered by Prof Datuk Dr Andrew Kiyu...

Council begins erosion mitigation projects

KUCHING: The Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) is looking into 37 maintenance projects, mostly involving soil erosion, in its jurisdiction. “There are quite a few problems involving soil erosion, including at Kampung Semeba, in February due to heavy rain and flooding,”...

Couple dies in bike-car collision

LUNDU: A couple died when their motorcycle collided with a car at Jalan Bokah here on Wednesday (Mar 31). The two victims were heading to Lundu from Kampung Raso at around 1.15pm before the accident happened. Sarawak Traffic Investigation and Enforcement...

Repeat offender detained for theft

MIRI:  Police on Monday afternoon detained a local man with at least five criminal records, for allegedly involved in stealing items inside a car worth around RM500. The alleged incident reportedly occurred in Jalan Cahaya on February 27 this year. It...

Call to support PBB candidate

KUCHING: Voters in the Pakan district have been urged to give their undivided support to the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) candidate representing Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) in the coming state election (PRN). PBB Pakan deputy chairman, Gasan Empera said...

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300 get to experience ‘jab first, register later’

KUCHING: Three hundred rural folk at the Sarikei district mobile vaccination centre (PPV) here learned what the ‘jab first,...