CMCO in Selangor, KL, Putrajaya from Oct 14-27

The government has agreed to enforce Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya effective from 12.01am on Oct 14 to Oct 27, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. “Movements across districts, would not be allowed. However, workers who need to cross districts need to show work pass or letter of approval by the employer,” he said. All schools, institutions of higher learning, kindergartens, nurseries, tahfiz centres, public parks and recreational centres would be closed and only two persons would be allowed from one household to go out to purchase necessities. All houses of worship are also closed, while sport, recreational, social and cultural activities would also not be allowed. However, Ismail Sabri said all economic, industry and manufacturing activities in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya are still allowed to operate as usual. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said even though the new cases recorded were less than 100 daily, they were scattered and have started to spread in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya as well as all districts in Selangor except Sabak Bernam. (The Edge)

Finance Minister: Govt to adopt more sustainable ways to grow economy, build resilience

Budget 2021 is an opportune time for the government to consider and adopt more sustainable ways to grow the economy and build the country’s resilience, said Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz. He said as part of the government’s 6R Recovery Strategy, Budget 2021 focuses on revitalising the economy and aims to protect lives and livelihood, builds on the current recovery momentum, spurred by the RM305 billion economic stimulus packages under Prihatin, Penjana and KitaPrihatin. Budget 2021 will underline a combination of business-friendly policies, prudent fiscal management, and effective transformation tools to build the nation’s resilience against future economic shocks. “These stimulus packages have cushioned the impact for people and businesses by adding over 3% to this year’s GDP growth. By focusing on these areas, this will put us in a better position to ride on the growth trajectory ahead,” he added. He also emphasised that the government’s focus is clear, whereby, it will continue to support businesses, including small and medium enterprises, mid-tier companies in key sectors that are still reeling from the impact of the pandemic, and to ensure a stable and conducive environment for investments to come in and generate value-added returns. (Malay Mail)

Penang ratepayers to pay full assessment rates in 2021

Penang ratepayers will have to pay full assessment rates in 2021, state exco Jagdeep Singh Deo said during the Penang legislative assembly. He said both city councils were affected when it collected less revenue this year as ratepayers were given a rebate on assessment rates to alleviate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. “To ensure both city councils continue to provide services to ratepayers without disruption, the usual assessment rates approved by the state will be collected in 2021,” he said. The rates that we will be collecting for 2021 are yet to be decided, he added. He said both city councils had given rebates amounting to about RM47.3 million this year. However, MBPP only collected RM19.5 million and MBSP about RM27.8 million after the rebate. The assessment rate review, conducted in 2019, involved adjustments to annual value of properties to reflect the current values. The adjustment to annual value of properties, which had not be reviewed for 15 years, led to higher property values and this brought the assessment fees payable up by between 50% and 98% for some properties. (Malay Mail)

Malaysia envisions having sustainable, competitive and disaster-ready cities

Malaysia envisions having smart cities that integrate advanced technologies to improve the quality of life and public safety in a Cities 4.0 era, said Housing and Local Government Minister, Zuraida Kamaruddin. She said these integrated technologies include 5G connectivity, a cashless economy, autonomous public transport, drone delivery, energy-efficient buildings, smart water treatment and waste management, as well as an Internet of Things (IoT)-oriented tracking and tracing system. “The emphasis towards making Malaysian cities smart cities is a highlight of the 12th Malaysia Plan. Having cities that are sustainable and disaster-ready is important as we move towards Industry 4.0,” she said. Even though the smart city concept has existed for nearly 30 years, it is an ongoing process as the development of smart cities is constantly changing. She said that the new challenges being faced by cities around the world require a new set of solutions for every sector, including housing, health, infrastructure, transportation, land-usage and high-quality services that will boost the economy in the aftermath of COVID-19. (Bernama)

Unscheduled water supply disruption in six areas in Klang, Shah Alam

Six areas in Klang and Shah Alam will experience unscheduled water supply disruption starting tonight until tomorrow evening following a burst pipe at Jalan Persiaran Jubli Perak, Seksyen 24, Shah Alam. According to the Selangor Water Management Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) Corporate Communications head Elina Baseri, areas affected by the water disruption include Seksyen 18, 19, 20, 23, 24 and 25 in Shah Alam. She said the repair works on the broken pipe which started at 9pm last night is expected to be completed at 9am tomorrow and the water supply in the affected areas was expected to fully resume by 3pm tomorrow. “Consumers will receive water supply in stages based on the distance of their premises and water pressure, upon completion of the repair works,” she said. The progress of the repair works can be obtained from time to time via its official communication channels. (Bernama)