‘Ghosts’ scare Indonesians indoors and away from Covid-19

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Posted by The Star on Monday, 13 April 2020

ইন্দোনেশিয়ার কেপু গ্রামে সম্প্রতি দেখা দিয়েছে ভূতের উৎপাত। রহস্যময় সাদা ভূতেরা রাতে বেলা পথচারীদের চমকে দিয়ে নিমিষেই চাঁদের আলোয় মিলিয়ে যাচ্ছে।

তবে এ ভূতগুলো আসলে মানুষ। করোনাভাইরাসের বিস্তার ঠেকাতে মানুষকে ভয় দেখিয়ে হলেও ঘরে রাখার এমন অভিনব পন্থা অবলম্বন করেছে জাভা দ্বীপের ছোট্ট এ গ্রামের কর্তৃপক্ষ। তাদের বিশ্বাস, পুরনো কুসংস্কার আশ্রিত গ্রামের বাসিন্দারা এতে ঘরে থাকবে।

গ্রামের তরুণদের একটি দলের প্রধান আনজার পানকানিংত্যাস বলেন, ‘আমরা আলাদা থাকতে চেয়ে এমন ভিন্ন উপায় বেঁছে নিয়েছি। কারণ ‘পোকং’ খুবই ভূতুড়ে এবং ভয়ংকর।’

সাউথ চায়না মর্নিং পোস্টের প্রতিবেদনে বলা হয়েছে, করোনাভাইরাস সতর্কতায় সামাজিক দূরত্ব বজায় রাখতে পুলিশের সহায়তার গ্রামের একদল তরুণ গোপনে এই ভূত সেজে ভয় দেখানোর কাজটি করছে।

ইন্দোনেশিয়ান মিথ অনুসারে ‘পোকং’ হলো সাদা কাপড়ে মোড়ানো ভূত। মরে গেলে মানুষের আত্মা এরকম ভূতের বেশ ধরে আসে। মানুষকে ভয় দেখায়। আবার চলে যায়।

এই রহস্যের সূত্র ধরেই তরুণরা মুখে পাউডার ও চোখে কালি মেখে ‘পোকং’ সেজে বিনা কাজে ঘরের বাইরে বের হওয়া মানুষদের ভয় দেখিয়ে বেড়াচ্ছে।

তবে এতে ঠিক কাজ হচ্ছে কী না জানা যায়নি। উল্টো নাকি ভূতকেই পাকড়াও করে প্রায় ধরে ফেলার ঘটনা ঘটেছিল। তারপরও এমন ভূতুড়ে টহল অব্যাহত রয়েছে গ্রামটিতে।

ইন্দোনেশিয়ায় এখন পর্যন্ত করোনায় আক্রান্তের সংখ্যা ৪ হাজার ২৪১ জন এবং মারা গেছেন ৩৭৩ জন।

দেশটির বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের গবেষকরা সতর্ক করে বলেছেন, জনগণের অবাধ চলাচল কঠোরভাবে নিয়ন্ত্রণ করতে না পারলে আগামী মে মাসের মধ্যেই করোনায় আক্রান্ত হবেন ১৫ লাখ মানুষ এবং তাদের মধ্যে মারা যাবেন ১ লাখ ৪০ হাজার জন।

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Are my testicles black?

A suspected Covid-19 male patient is lying in bed in the hospital, wearing an oxygen mask over his mouth and nose. A young student female nurse appears and gives him a partial sponge bath.

“Nurse,”‘ he mumbles from behind the mask, “are my testicles black?”
Embarrassed, the young nurse replies, “I don’t know, Sir. I’m only here to wash your upper body and feet.”


He struggles to ask again, “Nurse, please check for me. Are my testicles black?”
Concerned that he might elevate his blood pressure and heart rate from worrying about his testicles, she overcomes her embarrassment and
pulls back the covers.


She raises his gown, holds his manhood in one hand and his testicles gently in the other.
She looks very closely and says, “There’s nothing wrong with them, Sir. They look fine.”


The man slowly pulls off his oxygen mask, smiles at her, and says very slowly,
“Thank you very much. That was wonderful. Now listen very, very, closely:
“Are – my – test – results – back?”

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STATUS OF STAFF SITUATION IN TRAVEL AGENCIES

Dear Members,

We refer to the current situation of the COVID 19 Outbreak since January 2020, and the Movement Control Order (MCO), 18 March – 14 April 2020 which has affected our members business which has been reduced to zero. With no business, means no income. The situation is not clear when it will be over.

We have heard market talk that many many members have started to downsize their business and reducing their number of staff.

Herewith, we are conducting a simple survey amongst members to tabulate statistics of the number of staff been reduced. We seek your cooperation in providing the following details in this survey.


  Google Form link as below: https://forms.gle/WCpXJifYRwry6At78
 

Kindly note the above information will be kept confidential for the use by MATTA only, and when we engage with the government during this period of time.

We seek your kind cooperation for these information, and trust that you can submit your response via email  to MATTA office by Monday, 6 April 2020 to attn Pn Salbiah at [email protected].
 

Thank you.

NIGEL WONG

Honorary Secretary General MATTA                                                                   

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EMPLOYMENT RETENTION PROGRAM (ERP)

Dear Members,  

Kindly be informed of the Employment Retention Program (ERP), as implemented by the Government through PERKESO / SOSCO for companies that asked their staff to take unpaid leave during this period of time of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The ERP is an assistance of RM 600 per month for 6 months, starting from 1 March 2020. The main conditions are as follows:

  • The staff must be on unpaid leave from 1 March 2020.  
  • The staff concerned should be earning RM4000 or less per month.
  • The staff must be contributing to the EIS – Employment Insurance Scheme
  • The employer / company must apply for the staff
  • The assistance to be paid to the company who then to pay to the staff concerned.

Attached herewith, are further details and information on this ERP for your perusal and attention.

  1. Circular on ERP by PERKESO 
  2. Sample Application Form 
  3. FAQ on the ERP
  4. Info Graphics on the ERP
  5. Press Statement on ERP

Kindly be informed on the ERP as above.

Thank you.
NIGEL WONG

Honorary Secretary General MATTA    

MATTA News updated from www.matta.org.my

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Covid-19 Notice

The Malaysian government has imposed Movement Control Order from March 18th to April 14th 2020 nationwide to curb the spread of the Covid-19 infection in Malaysia.

Dear Visa Applicants,

In a drastic move to stem a surge in coronavirus infections, Malaysia government has declared that the entire country will be on a movement control order starting from March 18th to April 14th 2020. The Movement Control Order is imposed under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and well as the Police Act 1967, which cover a range of activities as below:

1. All places of worship and business premises must be closed except for supermarkets, public markets, grocery stores, and stores selling basic necessities. In addition, all religious activities in mosques and surau will be suspended in line with the Special Muzakarah Council’s decision on Sunday.

2. Malaysians will be barred from leaving the country and restrictions placed on the entry of all tourists and foreign visitors into Malaysia. Malaysians who have returned from overseas have to go for a health check- up and undergo self-quarantine for 14 days.

3. All foreign tourists will be banned from entering the country during this time.

4. All nurseries, government and private schools, including boarding schools, international schools, tahfiz centres as well as primary, secondary and pre-university education institutions will be shuttered.

5. All public and private universities as well as vocational training center will be closed.

6. Government and private premises would be closed except those providing essential services. These include water, electricity, energy, telecommunications, post, transportation, water services, oil, gas, fuel, broadcasting, financial, banking, health, pharmacy, the Fire and Rescue Department, prisons, ports, airports, security, defense, cleaning, retail and food supplies.

Hence, we will be closed until April 14th 2020.
In case of emergency, please contact us via Whatsapp messaging +60129966221 / +60122223800 or email at [email protected] / [email protected]

Regards,
IADVENTURE ESCAPE TOURS AND TRAVEL SDN. BHD.

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