Looking for a place to recharge and rejuvenate the mind and body? Perhaps you’re craving for a traditional Siamese Thai massage?
The health and wellness centres in Malaysia which have gone into “hibernation” since the national lockdown in March 2020, will be re-opening its doors for business come Oct 1.
Founder and director of Noi Siamese Traditional Massage Sdn Bhd, Tan Aun Gim says only local masseuses who have been trained by qualified Thai trainers will be serving customers at its outlet in Midlands Park (1-Stop) Centre in Penang.
The masseuses have certification from a reflexology/massage training school approved by the Ministry of Education in Thailand.
The services range from reflexology to full body oil massage, traditional whole body massage and ear candling, among others. The price range is from RM25 to RM97.50. Senior citizens age 60 and above will get to enjoy a 10 per cent discount for all the services.
Noi first started operations on Christmas Day in 2015 comprising of local and Thai masseuses. But all the foreign masseuses returned home during the first Movement Control Order.
The masseuses will be using techniques such as energy line work, pressing, stretching, among others, to rejuvenate, revitalise and recharge the mind and body of the customers.
Opening hours: 10.30am to 7pm (daily)
Address: 488G-43, One Stop Midlands Park Centre, Jalan Burma, 10350 George Town, Penang.
For more information, you may also check out their FB
The newly-appointed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob is faced with three main challenges, which includes fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kluang Umno Division Chief Datuk Hj Md Jais Hj Sarday, who is also the state party’s treasurer, in a statement today said Ismail Sabri made history as the first non-party president to hold the post of Prime Minister, thus opening a new chapter in Malaysian politics. It also meant a return to power for Umno, which was ousted in GE14.
Md Jais congratulated Ismail Sabri as the country’s 9th Prime Minister and stated the 3 challenges.
The first challenge is for the Prime Minister to remove netizens’ connotation of BN, PN and GPS being a “failed government”, and he should refrain from using the name “Perikatan Nasional (PN) government”, as PN is a coalition of the government.
The second challenge is for the government to win the Covid-19 war which currently has a daily infection rate of over 20,000. The rakyat’s concern is not solely the pandemic but how to survive with unemployment, managing household expenses, paying debts, among others.
“The economic sector has to reopen following stringent SOPs so that the people can go back to work and earn a living. The government should organise awareness campaigns on Covid-19 and carry out enforcement that is not excessive so that the people can adapt to the new normal.
“The education sector has endured 2 years of study from home. Based on feedback from teachers, it is said that more than 50 per cent of students have dropped out of the education system. This is due to the unavailability of WiFi and mobile data, especially in the rural areas, B40 families or students who lack discipline and those who have to work to help with household expenses.”
The third challenge is to maintain the stability of the coalition government. He must not repeat the mistake of the previous administration, especially those related to appointments and the formalations of new policies. Ismail should form a joint special committee comprising of representatives of the 3 coalition parties (BN, PN and GPS) to steer the ship until the next general election. This will also restore the MPs’ integrity toward their respective parties in accordance with the agreement of the coalition parties to form the government.
What the people want is for the government to be truly transparent in resolving the 3 major crisis — national politics, economy and welfare (including people’s health). Of course the cabinet that will be appointed is not just to fulfill the party quota but must have integrity and their own credibility.
By Michael Tay, Johor MCA Government Coordinating Affairs chairman.
Kudos to Malaysia for agreeing to buy 12.8 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from a US pharmaceutical company for 6.4 million people which is 20% of its population.
But the US, which has a population of close to 330 million where each person is going to need two jabs of the vaccine, may not have the production capacity to meet the market demand.
Hence, any country that can supply the vaccines or provide a stimulus package to revive an ailing economy will be hailed as a World Power. It will be looked upon as a benefactor and regarded with adoration and deep respect.
People around the globe are divided in their opinions of China but developing friendly ties with China has been proven to be beneficial.
Look at Tesla CEO Elon Musk who is a huge success in Shanghai. The charismatic leader invested in Shanghai as he holds the Chinese in high regard, and they in turn, love Elon Musk. Today Musk has a net worth of more than USD144 billion.
If the US remains adamant about imposing a ban on Huawei and other Chinese companies due to allegations of espionage and military ties, China can retaliate by doing the same to US companies.
Imagine how wonderful it would be if visionaries like Musk, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan would invest in Malaysia, which also has a highly-skilled and capable workforce.
Malaysia is embracing the digital technology trend, and especially during this pandemic, digital readiness is acutely relevant.
Asia would gladly welcome Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, as she is Asian, a Harvard graduate and the co-founder of Facebook. The couple is also gifted and well-known philanthropists.
In fact Zuckerberg and Chan should be sitting on the advisory board of the World Health Organisation. Zuckerberg’s expertise in IT and technology can further strengthen and reinforce contact tracing strategies and Chan’s expertise as a pediatrician will help WHO in curbing the spread of Covid-19.
The Old World Order is on its way out, and we’re now ushering in a New World Order which will see Asia and Europe take the centre stage.
By Michael Tay, Johor MCA Government Coordinating Affairs chairman.
Having travelled to China and the United States countless times over the years, I am saddened by the current state of affairs, especially the ongoing US-China trade war at a time when the world is combating Covid-19.
Firstly, I think China should ease up on its totalitarian and dictatorial ways of doing things. Take the South China Sea dispute, for instance, China should hold talks to appease the countries concerned over the issue.
Being a strong world economic power, it should be magnanimous and try to have more countries on its side as allies. Not wanting to do this will give the US more leverage. After all, the other nations know the US longer than they know China. They’ve worked with the US since the 2nd World War.
If China wants to continue to be a global super power, it needs to improve its diplomatic relations with other nations.
The world is already disagreeing with China with the way it has treated Hong Kong. In my humble opinion, China should continue to let Hong Kong go on with its 1 country 2 system policy, and continue to enjoy the tax collection instead of resorting to force which has led to the current economic situation.
Even Macau, touted as the world’s biggest gambling hub, is currently facing uncertainty with Covid-19 coupled with the US-China trade war and the Hong Kong turmoil.
China should also seek legal help to fight the call to delist Chinese companies from the New York Stock Exchange. On the other hand, China should also reflect why its own billionaires’ net worth can’t match that of their US counterparts like Jack Bezos, Elon Musk and Mark Zukerberg.
For China to become a strong world economic power, it has to be more open and transparent. It should help other countries and make them its allies. They should also not be at loggerheads with India, an emerging superpower. As for the US, I feel that they should resolve its own racial issue first before criticising and demonising China.
“Not every jobseeker that came to us for assistance was a blue-collar worker. We have professionals who were earning as high as SGD7,000 before they were laid off during the MCO,” said Johor MCA Government Coordinating Affairs Chairman, Michael Tay, when asked about the response of the public to the MCA Pandemic Task Force programme, a job matching campaign to pair the job with the right job applicant.
The programme was started nearly a fortnight ago to help Malaysians who were working in Singapore but lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Some were white-collar workers who lost their jobs and were contemplating being forklift operators, renovation contractors, lorry drivers, crane operators, painters, container workers and landscape workers, among others.
“We’ve successfully found jobs for accountants who were laid off in Singapore — even Singapore permanent residents have found jobs in Johor — and we are proud of our success in this respect,” Tay said.
“We would love to work with other NGOs and government bodies who share our goal, which is to find jobs for displaced Malaysian workers formerly employed in Singapore.
“The surprising thing is that our team of volunteers are receiving calls from jobseekers who are desperate to cling onto any jobs that they can find in Malaysia, and many were formerly paid huge salaries but they were prepared to accept lower wages in Malaysia, much lower than what they were getting in Singapore.
“We laud the work done by SOCSO Chief Executive Officer Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Azman who has come up with various programmes to assist all Malaysians to look for jobs.
“Johor MCA is collaborating with Johor Indian Business Association and Johor Consumers Movement helmed by Mohd Salleh Sadijo, which have jointly formulated a system that matches jobseekers with jobs,” Tay said.
China Press reported that since the beginning of the year till August 18, 15,324 jobseekers nationwide have found new employment with the help of SOCSO and 1,310 of the jobseekers found new employment in Johor Bahru.
Meanwhile, Star reported that until August 12, the Socso Employment Insurance System (EIS) received 71,805 unemployment benefit claims due to the economic impact of Covid-19.
Johor MCA in collaboration with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has set up the MCA Pandemic Task Force to help the local community, especially those who have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic, find new employment.
Johor MCA Government Coordinating Affairs chairman Michael Tay said the programme is a joint initiative between MCA and Johor Indian Business Association (JIBA) and the Johor Consumers Movement Association, which have received a total of 1,030 complaints related to job loss due to the pandemic since March.
Tay said being dependent on only one job, namely those working in Singapore, and the loss of income would lead to psychological and social problems.
“The MCA Pandemic Task Force initiative aims to provide a platform to coordinate and monitor the provision of job matching opportunities, as well as assist the target group.
“We expect to receive more than 1,000 applications through this platform for the first three to six months, and we encourage employers to come to us if they’re looking for workers.
“Training opportunities are also offered for those who want to explore new fields such as services, health, small and medium-sized industries and Information Technology,” Tay said when met at his office in Johor Bahru here today.
For more information, visit the Pandemic Task Force Facebook page or visit the JIBA office. The job matching form can be downloaded from FB and the completed forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp (017-201 8982)
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We’ve seen videos and read stories about turtles and seabirds eating these plastic straws and other kinds of plastic wastes. We may not have the intention to indirectly cause their death and some people may not even care. We all have a choice in life. We can choose to be the problem. We can can choose to be the solution.
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