Water cut to affect 420,000 account holders in Selangor

A total of 420,000 account holders in 290 areas in Petaling, Klang, Gombak, Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Langat will experience scheduled water supply disruption from July 14 to 17. Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) operations head Abas Abdullah said the disruption is due to upgrading works at the Sungai Selangor Phase 3 water treatment plant (LRA), which will cause operations to be shut down. Air Selangor will mobilise 91 water tankers to the affected areas, with priority given to critical premises such as hospitals and dialysis centres. The complete list of affected areas and their recovery times and location of PKS, public water pipes and local water filling stations can be accessed on the Air Selangor website or its smartphone application. (Bernama)

Announcement on Malaysia-S’pore border opening expected early August

Malaysia and Singapore are expected to reach a firm decision early next month on the reopening of its borders under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) categories, following fruitful discussions on the matter. Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the RGL is to facilitate cross-border travel for essential business and official purposes between both countries while the PCA is to allow residents from both nations who hold long-term immigration passes (for business and work purposes) to periodically return to their home countries for short-term home leave. Both nations also held discussions on cross-border travel for daily work commuters from both sides and the possible full opening of the borders, he said. Meanwhile, Wisma Putra also stated that besides Singapore, the government’s cross-border travel discussions with countries categorised as Covid-19 green zones, involving Brunei, New Zealand, Japan, Australia and South Korea, were ongoing. (The Star Online)

Malaysia recognised as one of most successful in handling Covid-19

Malaysia has been recognised as one of the most successful countries in the world in handling and controlling the Covid-19 pandemic, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Muhyiddin said the success was due to the hard work and cooperation from the government and the entire Malaysian society. He said the government has never underestimated any issue concerning the well-being of the people even though Malaysia had no experience of dealing with such pandemic for more than 60 years. He also expressed his gratitude to civil servants and frontliners, including doctors, nurses, armed forces, police, the National Security Council, the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) and the Social Welfare Department, for their effort in tackling Covid-19. “Even though (the problem of) Covid-19 is not resolved until a vaccine has been found, we have to move forward, maybe faster than other countries which are affected by the pandemic,” he said. (The Edge)

RM7bil seafront venture planned for Sabah

Sabah is poised to benefit hugely from an upcoming mega mixed development worth RM7 billion in Meruntum, Lok Kawi, that will take 12 to 15 years to complete on land belonging to Yayasan Sabah. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said it is one of the biggest positive property developments in Sabah under his Warisan-led State Government and would include hotels and a theme park. The joint venture development is between YS and Tegas Bangsa Sdn Bhd, a special purpose vehicle company of Pavilion Real Estate Investment Trust (Pavilion REIT) to develop the land based on a mixed touristic and commercial development. Shafie believed the project would attract people to invest as its design reflects a different kind of life in Kota Kinabalu, which he likened to i-London City, and that the project will put up many physical developments to benefit many sectors. (Daily Express)

Artist impression of the RM7 billion Mega Project at Meruntum, Lok Kawi in Putatan. (Source: Daily Express)

Pakatan sticks to decision to back Anwar as PM candidate

Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as its prime minister candidate. The council is giving its full mandate to Anwar to continue talks with all parties, including Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, to work on regaining the people’s mandate and for PH to take over as the Federal Government. At the same time, the council said it had also discussed the nomination of Shafie, who is Warisan president, as prime minister candidate. “We are of the opinion that should snap elections be called before the current five-year term ends, then state governments under PH administration should continue and not be dissolved,” the statement read. PH now rules Penang, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan. (Bernama)