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08
October

The Malaysian Immigration Department has introduced a new system for applying for entry and exit permits for Malaysians and foreigners (WNA) known as MyTravelPass.

Director of the Malaysian Immigration Department, Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud in Putrajaya, on Thursday, said the new system could indirectly save the duration of applications compared to before.

Prior to this, the time required by his party to approve the application is between seven to 10 days.

"Previously, the application process using e-mail of 9,000 e-mails was received a day. For that reason we had to filter the accepted ones first because there are repeated applications, then only then can approve the related application," he said.

The official website is at www.imi.gov.my or https://mtp.imi.gov.my.

"This system is in line with the government's efforts to digitize and improve government services as announced by the Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali," he said.

Khairul Dzaimee said among the applications that can be submitted through this system include applications for entry through the Singapore Returning Green Line (RGL), applications for entry through Singapore Periodic Return Rules (PCA), and exit applications by Malaysians (which have considerable reasons).

In addition, applications for entry by foreigners or permanent residents (PR), applications for entry by employers for the category of foreign maids (PRA) and temporary work visit passes (PLKS) can also apply are foreigners in the category of citizen couple or resident couple permanent or children of citizens and permanent residents.

"In addition, foreigners in the category of expatriates and applications for entry by foreigners in the category of Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H)," he said. (Antaranews)

08
October

Deputy Minister of Environment and forestry Ministry - Alue Dohong                                                                          KLHK

The Indonesian Ministry of  Environment and Forestry ( KLHK)  holds a climate festival in Jakarta from  7 to 27 October  2020 virtually with the theme “Strengthening Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Actions during the Covid -19 pandemic. In the opening of the climate festival held virtually on Wednesday (07/10/20), Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry,  Alue Dohong stated that the climate festival is expected to accelerate the capability of people to adapt with  climate change in a bid to contribute to global temperature control.

“The Ministry hopes that this Climate Festival will provide a lot of  new innovations, either technologically or others in order to accelerate the government capability to adapt in mitigation of climate change in Indonesia  and to contribute in controlling global temperature in the world whose target is below 2 degrees” Deputy minister of environment and forestry said. 

Moreover, Deputy Minister Alue Dohong explained that the 2020 climate festival is held in a different situation that  makes the Ministry of Forestry Environment  adapt through technology by holding a virtual exhibition. At the festival, KLHK also launched a capacity building program for Indonesian negotiators in representing Indonesia in international environmental conventions such as the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) or Conference of Parties (COP)//(NK/ Trans:AF

08
October

 

President Joko Widodo recently signed a regulation specifying the procurement and immunization schedule for the COVID-19 vaccine for Indonesia, which has been battling the deadly disease since March 2 this year.


President Widodo signed the Presidential Regulation No. 99/2020 on COVID-19 Vaccine Procurement and Vaccination for Handling COVID-19 Pandemic on October 5, 2020.


According to a draft of the regulation, a copy of which was made available to ANTARA in Jakarta on Wednesday, Indonesia will carry out vaccine procurement and immunization in 2020, 2021, and 2022


The Committee for Handling the COVID-19 Pandemic and National Economic Recovery will be able to extend the immunization window by referring to the Health Ministry's request.


According to Article 2 Point 6 of the new regulation, the government will prioritize the procurement of the vaccine from Indonesia, while Article 5 Point 1 of the regulation states that state pharmaceutical holding company PT Bio Farma has been tasked with procuring the vaccine.


The Indonesian Health Ministry has assigned the task to PT Bio Farma, which is expected to rope in its sister companies -- PT Kimia Farma Tbk and PT Indonesia Farma Tbk — to carry it out.


Meanwhile, international agencies and bodies that can be invited to participate in bidding or research, production, or COVID-19 vaccine procurement include the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI), among others.


The newly-signed presidential regulation also stipulates that the Health Ministry would determine the selling prices of the COVID-19 vaccine by taking the emergency situation and limited stocks of the vaccine into account.


Coronavirus infections initially emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019. Since then, COVID-19 has spread to over 215 countries and territories, including 34 provinces of Indonesia, with a massive spurt in death toll.


To protect Indonesians from the deadly virus, the Indonesian government has been striving to obtain COVID-19 vaccine candidates through bilateral and multilateral mechanisms.

Indonesia, for instance, has collaborated with the Chinese government through Sinovac Biotech's candidate vaccine, but it is also leaving no stone unturned to develop its own vaccine to fight the virus.


Indonesian scientists are currently working on the vaccine, which has been named after the country's national flag, Merah Putih (Red and White). (ANTARA))

07
October

The Ministry of Youth and Sports, on Wednesday, echoed its preparedness to build Indonesia's own anti-doping laboratory whilst affirming the government's anti-doping enforcement commitment.

"The main rationale behind building the laboratory is that all this time we need to deliver samples for anti-doping tests overseas, and it was quite expensive, so it affects the test number across Indonesia," Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali told the press.

"I am optimistic of a significant improvement in the test numbers once we build the laboratory," Amali remarked after holding a virtual meeting with President of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Witold Banka.

Pursuing the targets of increasing test numbers and building the laboratory, the ministry’s budget plan for the Indonesian Anti-Doping Agency (LADI) "is up for about 500 percent in the next 2021". These also show the government's preparations on the bid for hosting the 2032 Olympic events.

Some 30 anti-doping laboratories are located across the globe, while only two are in Southeast Asia in Penang, Malaysia, and Bangkok, Thailand, Chairperson of LADI Zaini Khadafi Saragih pointed out.

"For the test, we have to send the samples to either India, Qatar, or Thailand," he revealed.

WADA's Banka lauded the plan as he called on all parties to play a role in the doping-free campaign during sports competitions.

"This discussion is important for WADA, and I would like to express my gratitude for the cooperation forged with us. The key ideas comprise encouraging more public sectors on the anti-doping campaign," Banka stated. (Antaranews)

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