Twenty-four new Tamhidi (Foundation) students of Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (Usim) for the 2020/2021 session, all of whom are from Sarawak and Kedah, are being placed under a two-week quarantine at the university’s residential colleges here following the latest development of Covid-19 in the two states.
Usim Student Housing Centre director Mohd Salehudin Syukor said of the total, five were from Kuching, Sarawak, and the rest were from Kubang Pasu, Kedah.
The popular seaside destination here has reopened to the public with many holidaymakers adhering to standard operating procedures under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). A survey by the New Straits Times revealed many had chosen Port Dickson as a weekend getaway spot. Trader, Diana Abd Manan, 37, said she recently resumed her business selling swimming trunks and floats after it was closed since the Movement Control Order was imposed on March 18.
A trial run to reopen eight mosques in the state for Friday prayers with congregations depending on the size of the mosques has been a success, says Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun (pic).
The Mentri Besar hoped it would pave the way for the reopening of more mosques and surau for Friday prayers in Negri Sembilan with a bigger number of worshippers.“This (the success) will now allow us to reopen more mosques for Friday prayers which had been restricted to 12 people, ” he said in a Facebook post.
The Negri Sembilan Islamic Affairs Council will allow Friday prayers to be held in certain mosques and surau from Friday (May 15) onwards.
However, the number of people allowed will be limited to between four and 12, and they must only be committee members and officials of the mosque or surau. Council chairman Datuk Mohamed Husein said the same rule would apply for Hari Raya Aidilfitri prayers.
"We have received the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan, Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir, the four Undang and the Tunku Besar of Tampin for this.
The office of the Negri Sembilan Social Welfare Department (JKM) in Seremban will be closed for two days starting today for disinfection works.
State Women, Family and Welfare Committee chairman Nicole Tan Lee Koon, in a statement here today, said this has to be carried out after an employee was tested positive for Covid-19.
“The department’s office will reopen on Wednesday. Thank you for those who are asking but I’m not affected as I am not in close contact with the employee.
The Negri Sembilan government has decided to adhere to the Federal Government's conditional movement control order (MCO) in total, says Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun.
He added that the decision takes effect immediately.
The Lukut and Teluk Kemang wet markets here will be closed for two days to allow authorities to screen traders for Covid-19 and sanitise the respective premises.
The Lukut market will be closed on Friday (May 8) and Saturday (May 9) while the one in Teluk Kemang will be closed for the weekend.
The Port Dickson Municipal Council had ordered the closure of the Port Dickson market for two days from Thursday (May 7).
Although the Movement Control Order (MCO) has been eased to make way for the Conditional MCO (CMCO) beginning yesterday, this is no excuse for business premises owners to disregard measures in preventing the spread of Covid-19 infection.
The Negeri Sembilan government has taken proactive action by allocating RM18.74 million into the state disaster relief account to fund various programmes of assistance to the people and frontliners in the face of the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Customers are still not allowed to dine-in at restaurants, eateries and licensed food premises in Negri Sembilan during the fourth phase of the movement control order (MCO), which runs from April 29 to May 12.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun said only takeaways, deliveries and drive-thrus are allowed and this condition also applies to all food truck operators.
The Seremban wet market has been closed indefinitely for cleaning and sanitising after it was learnt that two traders here tested positive for Covid-19.
Some traders at the market have been asked to undergo testing on Thursday (May 7) as they are believed to have come into contact with wholesalers from the Selayang wholesale market.
A sub-inspector found with four other men in an entertainment centre here was not charged in court with breaching the movement control order (MCO) as he was there on official duties, says the Negri Sembilan police chief.
DCP Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop (pic) said a police probe revealed that the officer from the state contingent had been instructed by his superior to carry out surveillance on gang activities.
Negri Sembilan public sector employees will receive a special one-off payment of RM1,000 each and RM500 each to those who retired this year.
The state government said the cash aid would be credited into their bank accounts on May 8.
Police have decided to temporarily close Jalan Bypass which links Lukut to its stretch of beautiful beaches from Wednesday (April 15)until the movement control order (MCO) is over.
OCPD Supt Aidi Sham Mohamed said motorists heading towards Jalan Pantai from Lukut and vice versa would now have to go through the town.
One death has been recorded from the new Covid-19 cluster detected by the Health Ministry involving a tahfiz centre in Sendayan, Negri Sembilan.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Ismail said 39 positive cases had been detected from the new cluster. “Integrated action is being carried out by health personnel on the ground. It is hoped that we can contain the spread of this infection,” said Dr Noor Hisham in a posting via his Twitter account.
The government needs to start bolstering its domestic sectors, particularly local food production, to reduce its import bill and ride out the economic turbulence caused by Covid-19, says Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
The Umno deputy president said the authorities should, among others, further develop the agriculture and agro-industry sector and aim for as much self-sufficiency as possible to preserve food security.
The Negri Sembilan government has requested the Ministry of Health (MOH) to come up with a standard operating procedure (SOP) for optometrists and barber shops respectively.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun said both the services were seen as directly dealing with the public without practising any social distancing issued by the ministry to curb the spread of the Covid-19.
Those who are still flouting the movement control order (MCO) will come up will 1,001 excuses to be out in the street and not staying home.
According to Nilai district police chief Mohd Nor Marzukee Besar, among the excuses were that they had to go to a petrol station to refuel their cars, had a restaurant to manage and were on their way home from work even though they were later found not among the essential services.
Negri Sembilan police have detained 286 individuals for violating the movement control order (MCO) since it was imposed on March 18, says Deputy Comm Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop.
The state police chief said despite the arrests, the compliance rate towards the MCO was almost 98%.
The Negri Sembilan government has allocated RM100,000 to the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) to use as capital to buy greens and fruits from growers in the state affected by the movement control order (MCO).
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun said through the initiative, Fama would be able to help market such produce as many retail outlets had been forced to shut down due to the MCO.
Three men pleaded guilty in a magistrate's court here to flouting conditions under the movement control order (MCO).
In the first case, friends R. Muralitharan, 20, and S. Thanesh 19, were ordered to pay a fine of RM1,000, or 14 days' jail in default by magistrate Siti Huzaifah Abdul Talib.
Police and army personnel manning round-the-clock roadblocks in several locations in the city now have one less worry whilst on duty, after Seremban MP Anthony Loke provided them with mobile toilets. The former Transport Minister in a Facebook post on Tuesday (April 7) said he decided to do his bit after being told there weren't enough mobile toilets in some places where roadblocks were set up.
Institut Aminudin Baki (IAB) in Bandar Pendidikan Enstek here is under strict supervision by the security forces especially the police as 310 Malaysian students are quarantined there.
These students are among those brought back from Indonesia via two chartered flights last Thursday due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
An observation done at IAB saw that nobody was allowed to enter the premises, even the students' family members.
The government's delivery system has to go completely digital post-Covid-19, says Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan (pic). He said the authorities would also need to set up an institute similar to the United States' Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to, among others, be better equipped to fight pandemics. Mohamad said these are among the pressing issues the government needs to quickly look into post-Covid-19 to ensure the country is not again caught off guard by such an outbreak.
Four friends who decided to take a leisurely motorcycle ride from Cheras in Kuala Lumpur to Titi near here while the movement control order was in force were each fined RM1,000 and ordered to spend seven days in jail.
Nilai Medical Centre (NMC) has become the second private hospital in Negri Sembilan to offer drive-through Covid-19 testing, as a measure to reduce the workload of government hospitals. The first to offer such a service was Mawar Medical Centre in Seremban. In a statement today, NMC said the service featured quick test results - in about 48 hours. It costs RM500 for senior citizens and health workers, and RM580 for others.
Nilai Medical Centre will provide drive-through Covid-19 testing with results ready within 48 hours starting today. Its ‘time-sensitive’ initiative is aimed at supporting the Ministry of Health’s efforts to scale up detection, isolation and treatment; all with the aim to flatten the curve and eliminate the virus.
Nilai Medical Centre’s drive-through Covid-19 testing is available from Wednesdays to Fridays, 2pm–5pm. The test is offered at RM580 for the general public and RM500 for senior citizens (aged 60 years and above) and healthcare workers.
The Mawar Medical Centre here is offering drive-through screening tests for Covid-19, said its chairman Datuk Lee Tian Hock today. He said the service is part of the hospital’s efforts to ease the burden of general hospitals in the light of the high demand from the public for the screenings. To date, 15 people have made appointments to undergo the screenings which cost RM550 at the centre.