Malaysia ’s decision to exclude the AstraZeneca vaccine from its main Covid-19 inoculation drive is the latest vote of no-confidence in the jab, and complicates an already sluggish roll-out of vaccines across Asia. China on Thursday (April 29) beat the United States in terms of total doses administered but Thailand, the Philippines and India are scrambling for available doses while in Hong Kong, take-up of a vaccination programme open to anyone above the age of 16 has been lacklustre. On Wednesday, Malaysia’s coordinating minister for vaccinations Khairy Jamaluddin said the 268,000 doses of the British-Swedish vaccine it received last week would only be offered as part of a separate opt-in, given public hesitancy over the perceived risks of blood clots – a side effect for a tiny percentage of those who had taken the vaccine. “We do not want to waste this vaccine which is effective and safe, but at the same time, we understand that in this period, perhaps science and facts cannot … [Read more...] about Will Malaysia dropping AstraZeneca from main inoculation drive fuel?
Malaysia on Wednesday (May 5) imposed movement restrictions in the capital Kuala Lumpur due to a rising number of Covid-19 infections, adding to lockdowns that have been implemented across the country. The capital will be subjected to some lockdown measures from Friday for two weeks, including a ban on social activities, dining indoors, and inter-district travel, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in a statement. Several parts of the surrounding Selangor state, Malaysia's richest region, will also go into lockdown later this week. Malaysia has seen a resurgence in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, with the country reporting 3,744 new cases on Wednesday. It has now seen a total of 424,376 cases. The Southeast Asian nation began a Covid-19 vaccination drive in February with the Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac shots. On Wednesday, it launched a parallel inoculation programme for people who volunteered to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine amid public fears over its safety. … [Read more...] about Malaysia imposes restrictions in capital as Covid-19 cases rise
If you do not like it, change it - should be the mantra for students who wish to live in a better world and want to transform the world through their education. Malaysia is the education hub for several students from Southeast Asia and South Asia, who are aspiring to get advanced education and research opportunities. Every university must have a legion of academics working on various research areas and topics, intending to contribute to a better future. Partnerships with key research institutes around the world cement any academic institute’s strength as a leading research innovation and learning centre. Advantage for students Studying in an international university on campus helps the local students. Without moving away from home, the student can get a degree from a university ranking in the top position in various world rankings. Students will make up the future workforce, so we need to make sure that they are prepared for the coming time. We need to prepare them for … [Read more...] about Why Malaysia opens its doors to foreign universities
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) had on April 26 said it had detained four Vietnamese fishing vessels along with its crew members for allegedly fishing illegally in its waters and not possessing appropriate legal documents. "Right after receiving the info, the foreign ministry instructed the Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia to contact local authorities and request humane treatment for the fishermen, while verifying relevant information and taking other steps to protect Vietnam’s citizens if needed," Viet said at a press meet Thursday. "The embassy also requested Malaysia to provide evidence related to the fishing vessels on the basis of which Vietnamese authorities can investigate the incident and punish any violations found," he added. The four vessels, with 32 crew members on board, were seen flying Malaysian flags, with one ship possessing both Vietnamese and Malaysian vessel numbers. The crew members allegedly had no legal personal documents or fishing licenses. … [Read more...] about Malaysia asked for evidence after detainment of Vietnamese fishermen
KUALA LUMPUR: Coconut tree? Check. Attap roof? Check. Chicken? Check. With all these elements firmly behind her, Francisca Luhong James, 25, will be off to represent Malaysia at the upcoming Miss Universe pageant in Florida, USA, next month. Inspired by traditional Malay village homes, this contraption called Kampungku will be “worn” by Luhong as she vies for honours in the national dress category. Weighing 45kg, Kampungku features a 3D house complete with replica chickens and coconut trees. It is the brainchild of homegrown designer Carven Ong, who said Kampungku is a celebration of Malaysian architecture and its accompanying nostalgia. The “kampung house” is actually a dual-facade structure that can be flipped by the wearer to showcase all the design elements, each side displaying a different kaleidoscope of colours and theme. The first facade takes viewers to a monochrome setting, matching Luhong’s first black-and-white kaftan meant to evoke memories of old childhood … [Read more...] about Malaysia’s Miss Universe national costume is all about its rich heritage