Rakyat has no money, MPs have run out of cash. Who is going to help?

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected Malaysians financially and mentally.

Batu Kawan MP  Kasthuri Patto, revealed that suicides and attempted suicides have spiked during the lockdown in the country.

Her comment comes after a picture of a man, who took his life recently, was widely circulated in WhatsApp groups and other social media platforms.

“Many MPs’ offices, including mine, are stretched financially in providing aid to the rakyat in the form of dry food, sanitary pads, adult diapers, milk formulas and other daily necessities,” she said.

“With only RM100,000 a year per constituency, it has been a challenge. Many of us are using our salaries to help our constituents.”

In his special announcement this evening, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that MPs will now receive RM300,000 as part of their food basket programme to help the people.

“However, the crux of the matter still lies in how the government, with all its resources and a huge budget, helps and sustains small businesses from collapsing further,” said Patto.

She added small businesses contribute to the economy too, and they make Malaysia what it truly is – “resilient and tough, yet compassionate and helpful.”

Kasthuri added many have been driven to the point of no return by taking their own lives. The onus is on the government to offer solutions.

“The rakyat want to end their pain and suffering; not their lives. Inaction on the part of the government will eventually drive them to do so.”

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow last week revealed that 53 suicide reports were received, and 19 attempted suicide cases were reported in Penang between January and May this year.

Befrienders Malaysia received 4,142 calls between March 18 and May 16 during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period. Over a third of the calls on Covid-19 were suicidal in nature.

These are Twentytwo13’s news highlights.

CYBERSECURITY AN IMPORTANT TOOL, SAYS MUHYIDDIN

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said nations should pay more attention to cybersecurity, particularly as we are spending more time online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said this during the virtual launch of the biennial international Cyber Defence and Security Exhibition and Conference (Cydes), today.

Thirty countries are participating in the three-day event, which includes programmes such as the Asean Cybersecurity Forum, 12 MCSS Track Sessions, policy dialogues, as well as memoranda, and letters of understanding signing ceremonies.

Muhyiddin said Malaysia recorded 3,787 cyber incidents in 2019, while there were 4,194 incidents last year. In the first quarter of this year, there were 1,300 cyber incidents.

He added that 11,875 cyber crimes resulted in losses of RM498 million two years ago, while in 2020, there were 14,229 cases, with total losses worth RM413 million.

“In the first quarter of this year, there have been 4,327 cases with losses amounting to RM77 million,” he said.

Separately, Muhyiddin announced that Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob would be responsible for the nation’s cybersecurity affairs.

COPS WARN AGAINST GATHERING ON JUNE 30

Police are aware of a two-minute 40-second video, urging people to gather at several locations on June 30, which has been posted and shared via social media.

In a statement today, police reminded members of the public to observe the standard operating procedures set by the National Security Council, in which all social activities are banned during the on-going Movement Control Order.

Police will take stern action against those who organise or participate in such gatherings during Phase One of the National Recovery Plan.

TAMAN PUNCAK JALIL RESIDENTS SHARE PLAN TO SPEED UP COVID-19 IMMUNISATION WITH SELANGOR MB

PUJ2 Taman Puncak Jalil residents’ association (RA) chairman Harnarain Singh Gill had sent a letter to Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari on June 24, detailing the residents’ plan in working with doctors living and operating clinics in the neighbourhood to administer the shots to the 10,000-odd people living there.

According to the RA, only an estimated four per cent of the residents have been vaccinated.

Harnarain said the state government only had to assist by providing the vaccines at their proposed venue, SMK Taman Puncak Jalil hall.

POLICE RECORD STATEMENT OF CAFE OWNER AFTER TOK PA’S VISIT

Police have recorded the statement of a cafe owner in Kalai, Jeli, Kelantan, after pictures of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed dining at the cafe were posted on social media.

Jeli district police chief DSP Ahmad Arifin said the owner gave his statement at the Jeli district police headquarters yesterday.

Ahmad said three other individuals, including Mustapa, will be called up to help in investigations.

Mustapa, who is also Jeli MP, had apologised yesterday, for violating the standard operating procedures. Patrons are not allowed to dine in at eateries during the Movement Control Order.

NO ONE HURT IN NAVY HELICOPTER INCIDENT

A Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) helicopter performed an emergency landing at its base in Lumut earlier today.

A spokesman did not reveal the cause but confirmed the incident happened around noon.

He said no one was injured, but the crew were sent to the Armed Forces Hospital in Lumut for further check-ups.

He added an investigation board had been set up to determine the cause of the incident.

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