More than two persons can dine-in, travel in same vehicle in MCO areas

Starting today, more than two customers in all areas under the Movement Control Order (MCO) will be allowed to dine-in, subject to table size and the one-metre physical distancing rule. And, more than two persons will also be allowed to travel in one vehicle, depending on the passenger capacity. These are among the relaxation of the MCO rules decided by the government yesterday. Based on the previous MCO rules, only two persons were allowed to sit together during dine-in and travel in one vehicle. Ismail Sabri said marriage solemnisation ceremony is now allowed in mosques or religious offices MCO areas with a maximum of 20 guests, not including the marriage official and witnesses. Tourism and cultural activities are allowed to resume in CMCO and RMCO areas at 50 per cent capacity, such as at zoos, aquariums and recreational parks, but remain disallowed in all MCO and Enhanced MCO (EMCO) areas. (Bernama)

Company to inject RM2bil to acquire land for Kulim airport project

A company has pledged to spend RM2 billion to acquire close to 10,000 acres of land in Sidam Kiri near Sungai Petani to build the Kulim international airport (KXP) and other related development. Kedah menteri besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor said the new company has entered into a joint venture with KXP Airportcity Holdings Sdn Bhd, a state government-linked company (GLC) and would develop the entire project. He said the company was given six months from today to raise the RM2 billion to acquire 9,841 acres of land, which had already been approved for land acquisition earlier on. The airport and other related developments announced earlier, would cost a total of RM6.8 billion. Sanusi said the state government had also approved an additional 14,000 acres of land to be acquired by the government. He said besides the airport construction, the new SPV would also build the Sidam Logistics, Aerospace, and Manufacturing Hub, located adjacent to the airport, so as to allow factories and logistical infrastructure to be built. The proposed airport is to be located on a 1,700ha site near Sungai Petani and will handle 15 million passengers per year once complete. The state had earlier expected its first flights to be carried out as early as 2024. (Free Malaysia Today)

MGB to start building 7,000 Rumah Selangorku Idaman units by June

MGB Bhd, a subsidiary of LBS Bina Group Bhd, is collaborating with the Selangor state government to develop and build more than 7,000 units of Rumah Selangorku Idaman by the first half of 2021. MGB said the affordable houses would be located inShah Alam, Bandar Saujana Putra, Dengkil, Puncak Alam and Puchong and would use in-house Industrialised Building System (IBS) pre-cast technology. MGB said Rumah Selangorku Idaman would be high rise residential homes, starting from RM250,000, with a minimum built-up size of 1,000 sq ft per unit which includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two car park bays. It said demand for affordable houses had been rising in recent years especially in the urban area. (NST Online)

Health Minister: J&J vaccine more attractive due to one dose

Malaysia finds the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine more attractive as recipients need to take only one dose, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba. On Wednesday, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Khairy Jamaluddin had announced that the government will sign a Covid-19 vaccine procurement contract with Johnson & Johnson from the United States soon. He said that so far, the clinical information on this vaccine has been positive and based on the recommendation of the Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee (JKJAV), the Cabinet decided to purchase the vaccine. Dr Adham and Khairy are the co-chairmen of the JKJAV. Malaysia will receive its first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine this Sunday (Feb 21) while the roll out of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme would begin in phases from Feb 26. (The Sun Daily)

Tioman Harbour renamed Teluk Gading Passenger Ferry Terminal

Tioman Harbor in Teluk Gading, Kuala Rompin, Pahang has been renamed Teluk Gading Passenger Ferry Terminal starting Feb 11. The Marine Department (JLM) said the name change was to reflect the actual location of the passenger ferry terminal just like the Kuah Passenger Terminal in Langkawi and Lumut Passenger Terminal in Perak. (Bernama)

Tioman Harbour renamed Teluk Gading Passenger Ferry Terminal
(Source: Bernama)