Juhar to name new Sabah CM today

Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin is expected to make his decision on who will be the next Sabah Chief Minister today. This was despite the top Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) leaders being holed up in a hotel since early yesterday morning, followed by a meeting between them and Juhar at Istana Negeri later in the day. Sources said Sabah Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman Datuk Hajiji Noor and Sabah Barisan Nasional chief Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin had provided statutory declarations and made a common stand on their decision during the meeting with Juhar yesterday. It is understood that the leaders would leave it to the Yang di-Pertua Negeri to decide on the choice of Chief Minister, although some sources claimed that the GRS leaders and assemblymen had decided on one candidate. It is learnt that Istana Negeri is expected to be furnished with more documents from GRS before making a decision. GRS comprises Sabah Barisan (Sabah Umno, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah or PBRS and Sabah MCA), Sabah Perikatan (Sabah Bersatu, Sabah Progressive Party or SAPP, Sabah STAR and PAS) and PBS. (The Star Online)

Individuals arriving from Sabah must undergo screening until Oct 10

Individuals who have just arrived from Sabah must undergo screening at the international entry points (PMA) starting Sept 27 until Oct 10, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said. He said it was necessary to implement infection prevention and control measures on individuals with travel history to Sabah in efforts to monitor and reduce risk of COVID-19 infection transmission among them. “All of them must download and register with the MySejahtera application, check-in using this application upon arrival at the country’s PMA and undergo the respiratory symptomatic screening and COVID-19 detection test. They are also required to abide by the home surveillance order (HSO) as all individuals arriving at the PMA will be given the HSO letter and a quarantine bracelet,” he said. The HSO date will start from the date of arrival at the PMA until the laboratory results are obtained, and the HSO release will be issued if the laboratory test results come back negative. “Citizens and non-citizens who return from Sabah are given exemption on the COVID-19 screening fee,” he added. (Bernama)

12th Malaysian Plan to be ready in November, says minister

The formulation of the 12th Malaysian Plan (12MP) is at the final level and is expected to be ready in November, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed. He said the 12MP would be tabled in Parliament early next year after it has been finalised. Elaborating, Mustapa said the 12MP also outlined 10 targets in line with the Shared Prosperity Vision but the ministry would revise some of it following the Covid-19 pandemic. Among the targets were those relating to long-term economic growth, income, small and medium enterprises and the poverty line. Mustapa said that the government also took into account people’s high hopes for assistance under the 12MP but it would be subject to the country’s financial capability. (Malay Mail)

MCCC seeks green channel for business travel

The Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) is seeking the government’s consideration to establish a green channel special access that allow local companies, expatriates and foreign investors from green countries to travel into and from Malaysia. Its president Datuk Tan Yew Sing said this is because not all agreements and decision making can be solved virtually as some still require actual interactions and observations such as investment in development, property and manufacturing. “Businessmen are willing to be quarantined for 28 days or more and bear all the related costs just to have a peace of mind that their multi-million investment is worth it,” he said. The MCCC also urged the government to provide additional financial aid that could spur digital transformation among SMEs and reduce the personal and company taxes to ease the burden on the people so as to boost economic growth. (NST Online)

Jalan Raja Laut 1 renamed as Jalan Palestin

Jalan Raja Laut 1 will now be known as Jalan Palestin. Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said the idea to change the road name was mooted from the World Quds Day peaceful assembly last year. “The Federal Territories Ministry had requested to name one road in Kuala Lumpur as Jalan Palestin. Renaming the road symbolises Malaysia’s support for the Palestinian people‘s struggle against the oppression and ultimately, forming a Palestine country,” he said. Nor Hisham said the process to identify the most suitable road to be renamed as Jalan Palestin took quite some time because it had to go through proper procedure. (Bernama)

(Source: Malaysiakini)