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Bernama news-in-brief

16/04/2021 09:53 PM

KUALA LUMPUR,  April 16 -- The following are Bernama’s news-in-brief for today:


Yayasan Pembangunan Ekonomi Islam Malaysia (YaPEIM) will be giving out donations to a target group involving 78,000 recipients nationwide, over 20 days through the Inspirasi Qaseh Ramadan programme, beginning on April 13. 

Its acting director-general Parihah Hasan in a statement said the programme would indirectly help ease the burden of the community especially those whose lives were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said YaPEIM would be distributing food aid such as rice porridge, cakes, rice with dishes and dates for breaking of fast, estimated to cost RM647,000.

She said YaPEIM welcomed donations and contribution from well-wishers in line with the pillars of Islam that promotes the sharing of wealth with the poor. Those interested to donate may do so via the website





The streets in Kota Bharu, Kelantan were deserted on the first day of the Movement Control Order (MCO) as only a few people were seen coming out to carry out their usual routine.

A check by Bernama at several main roads leading into the city centre found the areas quiet and peaceful, with very few vehicles roaming the deserted streets. Even the ever busy and noisy Pasar Siti Khadijah was unusually calm and tranquil.

Those who stopped to shop at the market came alone, instead of coming in big groups and they were seen adhering strictly to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) wearing their face mask and maintaining their physical distance while shopping.

A vegetable seller, Roslizawati Ghazali, from Kubang Kerian said sale has not been good today but she was thankful she could still carry on with her business throughout the MCO which was imposed starting today until April 29.

"The number of people visiting the market has dropped by over 50 per cent as compared to previous weeks. Sales has not been encouraging but it doesn’t matter as long as business goes on as usual,” said Roslizawati who has been in the trade for the past 10 years. .





University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) began its telemedicine service in October 2020 and the service was first introduced at the medical centre’s Diabetes and Primary Care Clinics. 

UMMC in a statement today said the service is extended for follow-up care and treatment of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and hyperlipidaemia.

According to UMMC, the service was very much needed when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country and the movement control order (MCO) was imposed by the government.

The UMMC Telemedicine Service was officiated by UM vice- chancellor Prof Datuk Ir Dr Mohd Hamdi Abd Shukor today.





To date, the Credit Counselling and Debt Management Agency (AKPK) has helped nearly 1.2 million individuals through financial advisory (FA), and of the number, over 330,000 have participated in the debt management programme (DMP).

AKPK in a statement today said, nearly 34,000 of those participating in the DMP have graduated, settling a total outstanding amount of more than RM1.5 billion, while on the preventive side, near seven million Malaysians had benefitted from AKPK’s various financial education interventions since its establishment.

Throughout its 15 years of existence, AKPK has provided peace of mind to countless Malaysians who had faced difficulties in managing their finances, according to the statement.

AKPK said they are in a unique position to help debt-ridden individuals get back on track comfortably in their repayments while providing clear guidance to control their financial situation and improve their financial well-being,



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