The Penang government has given the green light for several businesses to operate twice weekly during the Movement Control Order (MCO) beginning this Monday.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said this was decided at the Penang Security Council Committee (JKKN) which he chaired this morning.
He said among outlets that would be allowed to operate every Monday and Thursday, from 8am to 2pm, include those selling agricultural inputs such as fertilizers and pesticides, hardware shops, pet shops and spare parts shops.
Penang has decided to cancel all Ramadan bazaars in the state in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow announced.
He said this decision was made today after taking into consideration the safety of Penang residents.
Twenty four seminarians, including a priest, pleaded guilty at George Town Magistrate Court for flouting the movement control order (MCO).
All the suspects made the plea when the charges were read separately before Magistrate Rosnee Mohd Radzuan.
Tenants of all Penang Development Corporation (PDC) projects in the state will be given a one-month rental exemption, said Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
The Penang lawmaker said all tenants in Bukit Tengah stalls, Komtar, Batu Kawan Stadium, Lorong Kulit and Bukit Bendera car park will be exempted from April’s rental fees.
This is one of the initiatives the state’s development arm decided to implement due to the impact of the movement control order (MCO) and Covid-19 pandemic, he said.
Those who leave their homes without good reasons will risk being arrested by police with immediate effect. This is part of the stricter measures put in place by Penang police as the country moves into the second phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO). “Before this, we give advice first. And if the people are stubborn, then we arrest them.
The tourism industry has appealed to the government for a subsidy and incentive scheme to keep the industry afloat for the next six months to help overcome the financial impact from the Covid-19 outbreak. Association of Tourist Attractions in Penang (ATAP) chairman Ch’ng Huck Theng said the industry has taken a brutal beating over the last six months with tourist arrivals coming to a halt since movement control order (MCO) was implemented.
Police were alerted when groups of people gathered at the courthouse here on Tuesday (March 31), and they quickly went to see what was happening. It turned out that these were family members of more than 200 people who were being brought to court on Monday (March 31) to be charged with defying the movement control order (MCO).
A total of 185 people are expected to be brought to three different courts in Penang today to be charged with flouting the movement control order (MCO). A total of 25 people will be charged at the George Town court, while 98 will be charged at the Butterworth court. The remaining 62 will be charged at the Bukit Mertajam court.
The state government’s one-off RM300 payment to frontliners will be paid out to all 4,991 city council frontline workers tomorrow, state exco Jagdeep Singh Deo said. The housing, local government and town and country planning committee chairman said the one-off incentive will be banked into each worker’s account without any delay.
All branches of the largest nasi kandar restaurant chain in the country, Pelita Nasi Kandar, will be closed from April 1 to 14. In a statement, its management said only its main branch at Taman Chai Leng will operate but only to offer free packed Nasi Kandar to frontliners involved in enforcing the Movement Control Order (MCO).
The Penang Fire and Rescue Department is starting sanitisation works at the two Covid-19 yellow zones in the state, said director Saadon Mokhtar. The department began with sanitising a hawker complex in Tanjung Tokong this morning. He said Penang has two yellow zones: Central Seberang Perai on the mainland and the northeast district on the island.
The people and traders in the state are urged not to take lightly the movement control order (MCO) which is in force until April 14.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the authorities including the police (PDRM) and local councils (PBT) would not hesitate to take more stringent actions against those who were still stubborn.
The Ayer Itam market will be closed to traffic starting at 6am Monday (March 30), says George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong. He said police would put up two barricades - one outside the Ayer Itam police station and another at the Jalan Kampung Pisang-Jalan Paya Terubong junction - to prevent private vehicles from entering the vicinity.
If you’ve run out of fresh ingredients here, you can now avoid going shopping altogether as vendors and even farms have started delivering vegetables, poultry, meats and other groceries directly to your doorstep.
Setting politics aside, the Penang opposition leader has now joined the Penang Security Council Committee headed by Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow to manage the Covid-19 pandemic in the state. Chow said that he had contacted the Sungai Dua assemblyman Datuk Muhamad Yusoff Mohd to become a high-level member of the committee which would coordinate with all federal and state agencies to enforce the Movement Control Order (MCO).
THE Penang government has announced a RM75mil Covid-19 economic stimulus package which will benefit 410,000 people from ‘the most vulnerable groups’ in the state. The 17-point stimulus package was announced by Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow who said the incentive was for the working class and small businesses to ensure business continuity and the development of the state post Covid-19.
Penang has set up a special fund to channel contributions from the private sector to help other sectors that needed financial assistance during the movement control order (MCO). Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state decided to set up the Penang Covid-19 Fund, as it had received offers for funding contributions by the private sector. Following his appeal yesterday, Chow said the private sector in Penang had committed to contribute close to RM2 million.
Thousands of people driving to the island for work or to deliver goods got stuck in a traffic gridlock due to a roadblock set up near the Penang Bridge toll plaza. Cars and trucks from various entry point in Prai and Seberang Jaya are making a beeline towards five lanes, before bottlenecking into one lane near the toll plaza on Thursday (March 26).
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow on Tuesday announced that all businesses in Penang can only operate between 6 am and 8 pm beginning the following day, an additional step to enforce the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow today announced a RM75 million aid package for hawkers, traders, taxi drivers, trishaw riders, the disabled and B40 groups. The Penang lawmaker said the state had initially announced a RM20 million aid package but due to the impact of the movement control order (MCO) following the Covid-19 outbreak, the state government has decided to increase it.
The movement control order (MCO) has impacted the lives of Malaysians in many, many ways but it is much worse for the poor, the elderly who live alone, the disabled and even the daily wage earner. Even in the best of times, some of them survive on hand-outs and help from relatives and friends but with the MCO, this means they have to fend for themselves.
None of the 30,000 devotees who attended the Masi Magam Theppa Thirunal (Floating Chariot Festival) at the Sri Singamuga Kaliamman Temple in Teluk Bahang on March 8 is reported to have contracted Covid-19. Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the news was conveyed to him by the state Health Department.
Penang police will track down more than 100 individuals, related to the Ijtimak Tabligh assembly at the Sri Petaling Mosque recently, who have yet to be screened for Covid-19. State police chief Datuk Sahabudin Abdul Manan said police would help the state Health Department to find those who have yet to do proper screening to come forward to get their swab samples taken.
The Penang state government has ordered six million face masks to be distributed to frontline personnel and the needy. Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the masks will arrive in batches. “The face masks will be distributed once we receive it in stages and priority will be given to frontliners and those who need it,” he said during his daily message on his Facebook today.
Taking further action to ensure the safety of Penangites in light of the Covid-19 outbreak, businesses in the state will now only be allowed to operate from 6am to 8pm daily, says Chow Kon Yeow. The Chief Minister said he had come up with the idea which was discussed by the relevant agencies during the daily "Fight Against Covid-19" meeting on Tuesday (March 24).