PM: No more roadblocks, travel within Klang Valley allowed in Phase Two from Sept 10

Selangor, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur, which have been categorised as one infection zone, will transition into Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) beginning this Friday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced. In announcing the transition of effectively the entire Klang Valley, Ismail also included how travel between these three states will be allowed, with police roadblocks instructed to be removed. It was later confirmed that travelling interdistrict within areas under Klang Valley is only allowed for fully vaccinated individuals. Ismail said among the economic activities that would be allowed to operate under Phase 2 include dining in at eateries, local tourism within the respective states involving accommodation at hotels and homestays, and for long-distance couples to cross state borders to meet their partners. Additionally, hair salons, hairdressers, and beauty salons will also be allowed to operate under Phase 2 of the NRP. Indoor commercial sporting and recreational facilities will also be allowed to operate under strict standard operating procedures (SOP), and can operate based on appointments. “Detailed explanations on the latest SOPs will be issued by the National Security Council and the respective ministries,” he added. (Malay Mail)

PM: Malaysia’s recovery from pandemic will be all-encompassing

The government has and will continue to provide all forms of necessary assistance to rebuild the country’s labour market which is not spared by the health and economic crises brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob pledged that it is his commitment that the country’s recovery from the pandemic-induced crises will be all-encompassing and inclusive. This, he said, is in line with the “Keluarga Malaysia” (Malaysian family) spirit as espoused by the federal government under his leadership. “I also believe that several short- and long-term measures need to be taken to accelerate the transformation in the labour market,” he said. Ismail Sabri added that expansion of an inclusive and active labour market should include a reintegration strategy, which forms an important part of any initiative that seeks to protect social security. He said it was crucial for activities like job search assistance, disability management, entrepreneurship programmes, vocational education and training be expanded and extended to every layer of the targeted population. (NST Online)

Walk-in vaccinations in Klang Valley to end after Sept 15

The Covid-19 walk-in vaccination programme in the Klang Valley will end after Sept 15, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba. He said the decision was made after taking into account the small percentage of eligible vaccine recipients who have yet to get the Covid-19 jabs as well as the low presence reported at vaccination centres. He said starting Sept 16, Klang Valley residents who have yet to get vaccinated can get their Covid-19 vaccines at selected health clinics which would be announced later. “The walk-in vaccination programme will still continue in other states. The public is advised to follow the latest updates from their state Health Departments regarding the walk-in programme,” he said. (The Edge)

New apps to help public with land title search in Pahang

A land title search module has been developed for the PahangGo app, allowing the public to buy official or private searches for land titles online. Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said the collaboration between the Pahang Land and Mines Director’s Office (PTG) and PahangGo Sdn Bhd was among the first of its kind in the land administration system in Malaysia. “For now, this service is still limited to official or private search purchases involving PTG titles. It will be expanded to include District Land Administrator titles before the end of 2021. This service is not only among the transformation of public service delivery in land administration, but also an alternative approach in offering services without customers having to be physically present at the office,” he said. “The payment rate is still the same as provided under the Pahang Land Rules 1992 which is RM100 for official search and RM50 for private search,” he added. (The Star)

Selangor announces halt to development plans, will regazette Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve

The Selangor state government has today announced that it will stop proposed development plans for a portion of the Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve (KLNFR). Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said this would include cancelling the ownership of the land which was previously transferred to a private company for a mixed-development project. “Only 104 acres out of a total of 1,326 acres (of the KLNFR) will be degazetted to complete the land ownership to Busut Baru Orang Asli village to resolve issues that have been pending since 2006. They were relocated from their original settlement in 1994 for the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) construction,” he said. This decision comes after a recent halt order the state government issued on plans to degazette 536.7 hectares of the KLNFR which received public objection from both non-governmental organisations and several Selangor assemblymen. The KLNFR — made up of reportedly 8,000-year-old forests — was gazetted as a permanent forest reserve covering 7,246.96 hectares back in 1927. (Malay Mail)