Sabah weekly news: Feb 22-28

The arrival of the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines for Sabah is definitely this week’s highlight. A historical moment that gives hope to many to live a normal life before the pandemic hit the world in 2019.

Sabah Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun and State Community Development and People Wellbeing Minister Shahelmy Yahya, representing the government to receive the first arrival of vaccines at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport on Feb 25.

Despite Sabah being the latest state in the country to kickstart the vaccination next Thursay (March 4), Masidi assured everyone will eventually get their two doses of vaccines.

The first three key persons to receive vaccines during the state-level vaccination programme on March 4 would be Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor, Sabah Health director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi and Sabah Police Commissioner.

Sabah Covid-19 daily cases yo-yo between 100 and 90 ; Asian Swine Fever struck Pitas pigs

This week, Sabah daily cases went to as low as 94 and the state capital had only “4” cases once.

While it looked like the situation was improving, several clusters emerged such as the Mawar cluster associated with Chinese New Year’s gathering in Sandakan and in the interior district of Nabawan also chalked up its first cluster dubbed as Sinsingon due to funeral event.

Tongod turned into a green zone as all of its cases have recovered.

Starting March 11, those found flouting SOP on Covid19 prevention would be fined RM10,000 instead of RM1,000.

Meanwhile, Sabah Veterinary Services Department had to cull more than 2,000 pigs in Pitas and nearby areas following detection of causative virus Asian Swine Fever in dead pig samples at the district. It is to prevent the spread of the deadly disease to other animals.

More sectors being relaxed; Kaamatan festival, however, will still be held online

Sabah authority relaxed more business sectors and longer hours of operations. Tourism, spa and more leisure activities are allowed in the public.

Kota Kinabalu City Hall also reopens the weekly Sunday Tamu Gaya Street starting Feb 28.

However, May’s annual Kaamatan festival, which the culmination is usually held at Hongkod Koisaan in Penampang, will be held virtually.

Picture from KDCA page

36,000 students begin their SPM/vocational examination tests; schools to reopen

SPM students began sitting for their examinations on Monday, there were no information given by the authority whether there are any of the candidates affected with Covid-19.

The Education Ministry had also announced Primary 1 and 2 students would begin their schooling session on March 1. For those without school uniforms, the Ministry had said that students can attend school using casual clothings until March 26. It is definitely a financial relief for parents, especially thos who are affected by Covid-19.

Universiti Malaysia Sabah is also welcoming back its students on Monday by stages. Apart from using MySejahtera App, it will also enforced the usage of its in-house tracking system to better manage the people’s movement in the campuses here, Sandakan and Labuan.

On a side note, SSPN announced 4 per cent dividends and 1 per cent loyalty reward for account depositors.

Sebatik YB quit Warisan to support Hajiji
Sebatik assemblyman quit Warisan to support GRS

Sebatik assemblyman Hassan A Gani Pg Amir of Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) quit from Parti Warisan Sabah party to be an independent.

He had voiced out his support towards Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) government as he found Warisan giving priority to politics over the well-being of the people.

GRS, the coalition of component parties comprising Perikatan Nasional, Barisan Nasional and Parti Bersatu Sabah currently has the support of 48 assemblymen out of a total of 79.

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