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Health Ministry should take over management of MySejahtera app, says PAC chairman

KUALA LUMPUR: The management and maintenance of the MySejahtera app should be taken over by the Health Ministry, says Wong Kah Who.

The Ipoh Timur MP said this after learning that the government would now have to pay for this MySejahtera app although it was developed for free.

"We were told that the MySejahtera app would be developed for free through corporate social responsibility (CSR) at no cost to the government when asked during a Dewan Rakyat meeting in March last year.

"But today (Sept 21), a written reply was given by the government saying that the CSR agreement expired on March 31, 2021.

"This means that the government had to pay the app's developers beginning April 1 this year," he said when debating the motion of thanks on the Roy

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Payment being finalised to MySejahtera app developers, says PM

KUALA LUMPUR: Putrajaya is finalising payment to developers of the MySejahtera app after its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) model expired on March 31 this year, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said this in a written reply dated Sept 21 to Alice Lau (PH-Lanang), who asked how much the MySejahtera app cost.

Ismail said no payments had been made to the developers yet.

"However, in line with the importance of MySejahtera as a national app in the Covid-19 pandemic management that can still be improved, the government decided to make payments beginning April 1,"he said.

Ismail said the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (Mampu), is currently finalising payment methods and details toget

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J-Kom spent RM14,500 on Covid-19 publicity efforts

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of RM14,500 was spent by the Community Communications Department (J-Kom) under the Communications and Multimedia Ministry to publicise efforts on fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

This was mentioned in a Parliamentary reply by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob dated Sept 21.

"The total allocation spent for publicising efforts in addressing Covid-19 cost RM14,500, for a programme involving frontliners and Covid-19 patients at the Malaysian Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS)," said Ismail Sabri.

He was responding to Isnaraissah Munirah (Warisan-Kota Belud), who asked how much was spent by J-Kom in its publicity of the government's efforts against Covid-19.

Ismail Sabri also said J-Kom had organised initiatives

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Undi18 could lead to unpredictable GE15 outcome, says Fadillah

KUALA LUMPUR: The implementation of Undi18 could lead to an unpredictable outcome in the 15th General Election, says Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

"With an expected increase in youth votes, the outcome of the coming general election is unpredictable," the GPS chief whip said on Tuesday (Sept 21).

He noted, however, that allowing youth to decide through the ballot box would help bridge the gap between politicians and policy makers in a more inclusive manner.

"It is youth empowerment that transcends political lines," he said

He added that Undi18 would also inspire more youth to participate in national development programmes at an earlier stage of their lives.

"GPS has been consistent in its stance to support the amendment to the Federal C

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Current Covid-19 stats disprove claims of Internet trolls, says Muhyiddin

PETALING JAYA: The government's success in managing the Covid-19 situation, with just 1% or 2% of severe cases in categories four and five, disproves claims made by those trying to discredit the previous govt administration says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The former prime minister, who is now the National Recovery Council (NRC) chairman, quipped that the #KerajaanGagal hashtag was a move by "trolls" but said that the Perikatan Nasional government was not a failed one as Malaysia is now seeing rapid vaccination rates and a drop in severe cases, although new cases remain high.

He also said that the government was now able to implement a Covid-19 vaccine booster dose programme for high-risk groups as well as a mass immunisation drive for adolescents because he

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Over RM1mil spent on renovations, new furniture for PM’s Department

KUALA LUMPUR: Putrajaya has spent more than RM1mil on the offices of ministers and deputy ministers at the Prime Minister's Department.

In a Parliamentary reply, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob stated that a total of RM1,073,580 was spent on renovations and also to replace old furniture using three contractors.

The total sum consists of renovations costing RM145,977 and new furniture coming up to RM254,733 at the offices of ministers and deputy ministers under the Prime Minister's Department (Sabah and Sarawak affairs), with contracts going to Sega Elektrik Sdn Bhd.

Another RM380,000 was spent on renovations and RM90,000 to replace old furniture at the de facto law minister's office, with contracts going to Puncak Interaktif Sdn Bhd. Read More »

Reveal data showing MM2H participants are security threats, says Hannah Yeoh

PETALING JAYA: There is no data to show that Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) scheme participants were "security threats" as claimed by the Home Minister, says Hannah Yeoh.

The Segambut MP said that the Home Ministry had not justified its review of the MM2H scheme and that it should not penalise all MM2H participants over claims that some were involved in crime.

"Out of all your applicants, how many in the last five years have been involved with crime in Malaysia and any charges made, because these are not secrets and are known to all ministries.

"So, take action on those cases but don't generalise the entire programme," she was quoted as saying by Malay Mail in a joint press conference with Malaysia My Second Home Consultants Association (MM2HCA) and

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Lack of quorum forces temporary halt to Dewan Rakyat proceedings

KUALA LUMPUR: Dewan Rakyat proceedings were temporarily halted due to a lack of quorum in the House.

The incident occurred just after lawmakers were supposed to continue with debates on the Royal Address after the lunch break on Tuesday (Sept 21).

Cha Kee Chin (PH-Rasah) stood up at the start of proceedings to inform Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon that there was a lack of quorum in the House.

Mohd Rashid ordered a head count where it was revealed that there were only 19 lawmakers present.

The Deputy Speaker then ordered the bell to be rung for two minutes to get more lawmakers into the August Hall.

"A count was carried out and there are now 27 lawmakers which is more than the 26 quorum needed to proceed," Mohd R

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Saifuddin: M’sia supports peace efforts in Afghanistan

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will support peace efforts in Afghanistan but has yet to recognise the interim government led by the Taliban, Parliament was told on Tuesday (Sept 21).

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah said Wisma Putra will continue to monitor the latest developments in Afghanistan after the Taliban took over Kabul on Aug 15, 2021.

"Touching on the specific question related to the issue of recognition, I would like to state that until today no country has recognised the interim Taliban government in Afghanistan, including its neighbours.

"As such, Malaysia is also observing the developments in Afghanistan,” he told Datuk Mohd Hatta Md Ramli (PH-Lumut) during Ministers' Question Time.

Hatta had asked Wisma Putra whether

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PAC should scrutinise national 5G rollout, says Syed Saddiq

KUALA LUMPUR: A lawmaker has called for Parliament's bi-partisan Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to scrutinise the nation's 5G rollout plan.

Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (Independent-Muar) made the proposal, saying this need to be done as a huge sum of money would be spent to develop the infrastructure.

"I suggest that the PAC looks into this," he said, questioning also why the project was given to a single body, National Digital Berhad (NDB) to handle.

He said that previously, the development of the 4G broadband was given to several companies to develop. He noted this resulted in revenue of between RM4bil to RM11bil for the government, which was later used to develop rural Internet infrastructure.

"Now, instead the government will have to

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