Khairy: No charges for Covid-19 vaccination at private facilities

Individuals who get an appointment for Covid-19 vaccine injection at private hospitals or clinics involved in the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme will not have to pay any charges, said National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. “The charges are borne by the government,” he said. Elaborating, Khairy, who is Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, said Covid-19 vaccination centres (PPV) are set based on the address registered by the individual through the MySejahtera application. On developments regarding the Covid-19 vaccination protection scheme, Khairy said the National Vaccination Exigencies Fund for the payment of compensation to those facing side effects after the Covid-19 vaccine injection would be discussed at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday and that the decision was expected to be announced on Monday. (Malay Mail)

Govt to spell out RM10k compound offences’

The government will spell out the offences which are subject to a RM10,000 compound under the Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 to clear any confusion on its implementation, says Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan. The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) said the matter would be discussed at the Covid-19 Emergency Management Technical Committee meeting today. “We will maintain the ordinance on RM10,000 compound for individuals and RM50,000 for companies. The government will resolve the issue of its implementation, including on the issuance of summonses to violators,” he said. Takiyuddin said if it involved minor violations such as not wearing a face mask, it was not appropriate to compound offenders RM10,000. He stressed that the main aim of issuing compound notices was not to punish but to educate people and help prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the country. (The Star)

Strata Ownership Special Fund to help resolve ownership issue of stratified housing

The government has set up the Strata Ownership Special Fund to resolve the ownership issue of old stratified buildings known as special building schemes in Peninsular Malaysia. Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah said the fund would also assist owners of special buildings particularly from the B40 segment who face complications while applying for strata titles. The Strata Ownership Special Fund would help buyers of special buildings especially low-cost homes to obtain a strata title, he said, adding that the settlement of strata title registration would facilitate special building property transactions and inheritance distribution process by the heirs of deceased homeowners. Strata title registration would lead to the establishment of management corporations to better manage these special buildings. He said special buildings refer to buildings with no Certificate of Completion and Compliance (CCC) / Certificate of Fitness (CF) and were occupied before June 1996 (automatic classification), or from June 1996 until April 11, 2007 (classified by the state authority). (The Malaysian Reserve)

Sime Darby Property teams with Microsoft for system modernisation

Sime Darby Property Bhd (SDP) has embarked on a digital transformation journey with Microsoft as part of the organization’s efforts to modernize its systems and offer a more enhanced experience to customers. The collaboration sees SDP partnering with Microsoft to adopt its trusted cloud platform, Microsoft Azure for cloud solutions. SDP group managing director Datuk Azmir Merican said it is crucial to remain digitally mature as the company grow within a rapidly changing technological landscape. By moving its servers and applications onto Microsoft Azure, the company aims to fulfil its ambitions to become a data-driven organization and enable a more secure and reliable infrastructure for rapid innovation. In January 2021, SDP became the first property developer in Malaysia to fully migrate its existing core applications and servers to Microsoft Azure cloud. (NST Online)

Xin Hwa disposes 2 pieces of land, properties in Johor for RM75mil

Integrated logistics services provider, Xin Hwa Holdings Bhd’s wholly-owned subsidiary Xin Hwa Trading & Transport Sdn Bhd (XHTT) has entered into a conditional SPA with RHB Trustees Bhd to dispose two pieces of land in Johor for RM75 million. The two pieces of adjoining leasehold industrial land measuring 6.56ha together with all the buildings is located in Pasir Gudang Industrial Area. The properties at the said land comprise two pieces of adjoining leasehold industrial land with warehouses and ancillary buildings such as office space, pump room, and guardhouse, which are currently occupied by XHH. Looking ahead, operationally, the company expect the logistics and warehousing activities to improve in 2021, underpinned by the recovery of the global and local economies following the gradual rollout of Covid-19 vaccines, said XHH managing director Ng Aik Chuan. (NST Online)

Malaysia to press ahead with purchase of AstraZeneca vaccine, says Khairy

Malaysia will proceed with the purchase and acquisition of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines as there has been no evidence that the vaccine causes blood clots, said National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. He said AstraZeneca had informed Malaysia on the side effects of the vaccine and so far, there has been no data to indicate any direct link between the vaccine and reports of blood clots in people, which had resulted in deaths in a few countries. Several countries such as Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Thailand have reportedly paused rollout of AstraZeneca’s vaccine following reports of blood clots occurring in several individuals after being vaccinated. Khairy, who is also Science, Technology and Innovation Minister said the the ministry would study the clinical data on incidents that have occurred abroad to enable experts to draw conclusions on the vaccine use. The Drug Control Authority (DCA) on March 2 approved the conditional registration of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. (Malay Mail)

Vials labelled ‘Astra Zeneca Covid-19 Coronavirus Vaccine’ and a syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo, in this illustration photo taken March 14, 2021. — Reuters pic
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