Ministers to undergo Covid-19 screening

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said all Cabinet members must undergo Covid-19 tests.

This comes after Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun and Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed tested positive for Covid-19.

Both ministers have been hospitalised.

“We have instructed all ministers to undergo swab tests as a precautionary and control measure,” Dr Adham told the media today.

It is uncertain if Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will still attend the inaugural Johor Perikatan Nasional (PN) state liaison committee meeting he is scheduled to chair in Putrajaya.

Separately, the Prime Minister’s Office said rumours of Muhyiddin receiving treatment for cancer are false and malicious.

Muhyiddin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer two years ago and underwent surgery in Singapore. He has since been given the all-clear.

The PMO also said there is no truth to claims a deputy prime minister would be appointed any time soon.

CMCO AFFECTS MALAYSIA’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

Chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said the Conditional Movement Control Order which was implemented in October contributed to a slight rise in the unemployment rate.

The Department of Statistics revealed Malaysia’s unemployment rate rose marginally by 0.1 percentage points from October to 4.8 per cent in November 2020, with 764,400 unemployed.

Uzir said the number of employed persons dropped to 15.2 million from 15.21 million in the previous month after recording an upward trend for five consecutive months.

YOUTUBER SUGU ESCAPES PRISON SENTENCE

M. Sugu, the other half of YouTube sensation S. Pavithra, pleaded guilty at the Ipoh Sessions Court for possession of an offensive weapon.

The couple became famous during the Movement Control Order (MCO) for their cooking videos.

Sugu was released on a good behaviour bond for three years. Judge Norashima Khalid, besides imposing RM8,000 bail with one surety, also ordered Sugu, 30, to pay costs of RM3,000.

CAN MALAYSIAN SPORTS INDUSTRY SURVIVE ANOTHER LOCKDOWN?

Gym operators and those who run futsal and badminton courts, private coaches like swimming instructors, football coaches and martial arts trainers have found it tough to break even because of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

As Covid-19 cases in Malaysia continue to surge, those in the sports industry fear another lockdown.