Penjelasan KWSP Pengeluaran i-Sinar Akaun 1 Bagi Individu Layak



KUALA LUMPUR, 2 DIS: Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) hari ini mengumumkan bahawa pencarum yang layak membuat permohonan kemudahan i-Sinar terbahagi kepada dua kategori.

Menurut KWSP dalam kenyataan hari ini, kategori 1 adalah pencarum  yang bekerja dalam sektor formal, bekerja sendiri, bekerja dalam sektor ekonomi gig, ahli yang sudah lama tidak mencarum, hilang pekerjaan, suri rumah atau ahli yang diberi notis cuti tanpa gaji.

“Kriteria bagi kategori 1 adalah ahli yang tiada  caruman  dengan  KWSP  sekurang-kurangnya  selama  dua bulan berturut-turut semasa permohonan; atau ahli yang masih bekerja tetapi telah mengalami pengurangan gaji pokok sebanyak 30 peratus dan ke atas selepas Mac 2020.

“Bagi kategori ini, tiada dokumen sokongan diperlukan; kelulusan secara automatik berdasarkan data dalaman KWSP dan ahli hanya perlu memohon secara dalam talian melalui isinar.kwsp.gov.my mulai 21 Disember 2020,” katanya. 

Katanya pembayaran untuk ahli yang layak akan bermula pada pertengahan Januari 2021.

Bagi kategori 2, KWSP berkata ia untuk ahli yang masih bekerja tetapi mengalami pengurangan pendapatan keseluruhan sebanyak 30 peratus dan ke atas (termasuk pengurangan gaji dan elaun, atau  pemotongan tuntutan  kerja  lebih  masa)  selepas  Mac  2020, dan pengurangan tersebut hanya boleh dikenal pasti melalui dokumen yang diberikan.

“Bagi melancarkan proses pengesahan, KWSP memerlukan dokumen sokongan daripada ahli iaitu slip gaji sebelum dan selepas pengurangan pendapatan; dan notis pemberhentian atau pemotongan elaun dan/atau tuntutan kerja lebih masa," katanya. 

Menurut KWSP, jika dokumen di atas tidak  boleh dikemukakan, sebarang  dokumen sokongan lain seperti penyata bank atau surat pengesahan majikan akan diberi pertimbangan.

“Bagi kategori ini, ahli boleh memohon secara dalam talian melalui isinar.kwsp.gov.my mulai 11 Januari 2021,” katanya. 

KWSP berkata untuk memastikan permohonan dipertimbangkan dengan terperinci, status permohonan akan dimaklumkan kepada ahli dalam masa dua hingga tiga minggu selepas permohonan dibuat.

Pembayaran pula akan dilaksanakan sebelum akhir bulan berikutnya, selepas diberi kelulusan.

Bagi jumlah kelayakan i-Sinar pula, KWSP menjelaskan ia tertakluk kepada baki simpanan Akaun 1 ahli berdasarkan butiran terkini. 

"Ahli  yang  mempunyai  baki  RM100,000  dan  ke  bawah  dalam  Akaun 1 boleh membuat  pengeluaran  sehingga  jumlah  maksimum  RM10,000.  Pembayaran  akan dibuat secara berperingkat dalam tempoh maksimum enam  bulan dengan bayaran pertama sehingga jumlah maksimum RM5,000.

“Ahli yang mempunyai baki lebih daripada RM100,000 dalam Akaun 1 boleh membuat  pengeluaran  maksimum 10 peratus atau RM60,000 (yang mana lebih rendah) daripada  Akaun 1.


“Pembayaran akan dibuat secara berperingkat dalam tempoh maksimum enam bulan dengan bayaran pertama sehingga RM10,000," katanya. 

KWSP turut menggalakkan ahli mendaftar i-Akaun bagi memastikan kelancaran proses permohonan dan mengemaskini nombor telefon bimbit mereka untuk menerima Kod Pengesahan Transaksi (TAC) di kiosk atau kaunter KWSP serta memastikan akaun bank mereka aktif.

SUMBER: BERNAMA/ 2 DIS 2020


Permohonan dalam talian bermula 21 Disember 2020

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 Disember 2020: Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) ingin mengumumkan kriteria dan butiran kemudahan i-Sinar yang kini dibuka kepada sehingga 8 juta ahli yang layak.

Kriteria kelayakan adalah seperti berikut:

Kategori 1

Mereka yang layak termasuk ahli yang bekerja di sektor formal, yang bekerja sendiri, yang bekerja di dalam sektor ekonomi gig, yang sudah lama tidak mencarum, yang hilang pekerjaan, suri rumah atau yang diberi notis cuti tanpa gaji.

Kriteria bagi Kategori 1 adalah seperti berikut:

1, Ahli yang tiada caruman dengan KWSP sekurang-kurangnya selama 2 bulan berturut-turut semasa permohonan; ATAU

2. Ahli yang masih bekerja tetapi telah mengalami pengurangan gaji pokok sebanyak 30% dan ke atas selepas 1 Mac 2020.

Bagi kategori ini:

Tiada dokumen sokongan diperlukan;

Kelulusan secara automatik berdasarkan data dalaman KWSP;

Ahli hanya perlu memohon secara dalam talian melalui isinar.kwsp.gov.my mulai 21 Disember 2020.

Pembayaran untuk ahli yang layak akan bermula dari pertengahan Januari 2021.

Kategori 2

Kategori ini adalah untuk ahli yang masih bekerja tetapi mengalami pengurangan pendapatan keseluruhan sebanyak 30% dan ke atas (termasuk pengurangan gaji dan elaun, atau pemotongan tuntutan kerja lebih masa) selepas 1 Mac 2020, yang mana pengurangan tersebut hanya boleh dikenalpasti melalui dokumen yang diberikan.

Untuk melancarkan proses pengesahan, KWSP memerlukan dokumen sokongan daripada ahli iaitu:

Slip gaji sebelum dan selepas pengurangan pendapatan; dan

Notis pemberhentian atau pemotongan elaun dan / atau tuntutan kerja lebih masa.

Jika dokumen di atas tidak boleh dikemukakan, sebarang dokumen sokongan lain seperti penyata bank atau surat pengesahan majikan akan diberi pertimbangan.

Bagi kategori ini, ahli boleh memohon secara dalam talian melalui isinar.kwsp.gov.my mulai 11 Januari 2021.

Untuk memastikan permohonan dipertimbangkan dengan terperinci, status permohonan akan dimaklumkan kepada ahli dalam masa dua hingga tiga minggu selepas permohonan dibuat. Pembayaran akan dilaksanakan sebelum akhir bulan berikutnya, selepas kelulusan diberi.

Jumlah kelayakan i-Sinar

Ini tertakluk kepada baki simpanan Akaun 1 ahli berdasarkan butiran terkini seperti berikut:

Ahli yang mempunyai baki RM100,000 dan ke bawah dalam Akaun 1 boleh membuat pengeluaran sehingga jumlah maksimum RM10,000. Pembayaran akan dibuat secara berperingkat dalam tempoh maksimum enam (6) bulan dengan bayaran pertama sehingga jumlah maksimum RM5,000.

Ahli yang mempunyai baki lebih daripada RM100,000 dalam Akaun 1 boleh membuat pengeluaran maksimum 10% atau RM60,000 (yang mana lebih rendah) daripada Akaun 1. Pembayaran akan dibuat secara berperingkat dalam tempoh maksimum enam (6) bulan dengan bayaran pertama sehingga RM10,000.

Bagi memastikan kelancaran proses permohonan, ahli digalakkan untuk mendaftar i-Akaun, mengemas kini nombor telefon bimbit untuk menerima Transaction Authorisation Code (TAC) di kios atau kaunter KWSP, dan memastikan nombor akaun bank mereka adalah aktif.


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2 Disember 2020




President-elect Biden pledges unity in victory speech


US President-elect Joe Biden officially declared victory Saturday, pledging to be a president who will work to mend the nation's divisions and "make America respected around the world again."

"The people of this nation have spoken, they delivered us a clear victory, a convincing victory, a victory for we, the people," Biden told a crowd of supporters at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware. "I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide, but unify, who doesn't see red states and blue states, only sees the United States."

Directly addressing outgoing US President Donald Trump's supporters, Biden said he understands their disappointment, but indicated now is the time to give each other a chance to move forward together.

"It's time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperate, see each other again, and listen to each other again. And to make progress we have to stop treating our opponents as our enemies. They are not our enemies. They are Americans," he said in his first speech since winning the White House.

Earlier Saturday, Biden was projected to win the crucial state of Pennsylvania, and with a victory there surpassed the necessary 270 Electoral College votes needed to claim the White House, according to The Associated Press and other news organizations.

Biden now holds a commanding 290 delegates after the AP also called the state of Nevada for the president-elect.

The states of Georgia, North Carolina, and Alaska remain outstanding several days after Tuesday’s election, but it is now mathematically impossible for Trump to win re-election without a major change in vote counts.

Biden's victory makes Trump the first single-term president in nearly three decades. Trump has, however, vowed to pursue legal challenges to vote totals in several states.

The outgoing president refused to concede shortly after every major news outlet in the US called the race for his opponent, instead lashing out defiantly in a statement distributed by his campaign that claimed the election "is far from over."

"Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges," Trump said. "Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media."

Trump is set to leave office amid a worsening COVID-19 pandemic with the US reporting more than 100,000 daily cases since Wednesday.

More than 236,000 people have died during the pandemic, and Biden sought during his campaign to cast the grim fact as disqualifying Trump from receiving a second term in office.

In addition to the stark health crisis, Biden will now have to contend with uniting an American public that has been sharply divided during the White House race, and could further sink into partisan trenches, particularly with the president's refusal to concede.

The president-elect said his first task in office will be to bring the spiraling pandemic under control, saying without doing so the US cannot make progress on rebuilding its economy and returning the country to normalcy. Biden will take the first step Monday when he will name a group of leading scientists and experts as transition advisors.

Biden turns 78 two months to the day before Inauguration Day, making him the oldest incoming president in US history.

SOURCE: Anadolu Agency 

Profile: Who is US President-elect Joe Biden?


After serving eight years as vice president under Barack Obama, next Jan. 20 Joseph R. Biden, Jr. is set to return to the White House, but this time to serve in his boss’ old job, as the US’ 46th president


The victory of Joe Biden, 77, over incumbent Donald Trump makes him first former vice president to win the Oval Office since George H. W. Bush, who won in 1988 after eight years under Ronald Reagan.


Unlike Bush, however, Biden spent four years outside of government office before winning the White House.


Bush lost his re-election bid four years later, making him a one-term president, and Biden himself has indicated he may voluntarily serve just a single term, describing himself as a "transition candidate."


Biden is also the oldest person in American history to lay claim to the mantle of president-elect, as he will turn 78 on Nov. 20, two months to the day before his Jan. 20 inauguration.


The oldest president to date was the late Reagan, who was 77 when he left office in 1989.


Biden's eight years as “veep” was highlighted by Obama awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the two highest civilian awards in the US, in the final days of the administration.


At a Jan. 12, 2017 White House ceremony, Obama hailed Biden as "the best vice president America's ever had" and a "lion of American history."


"To know Joe Biden is to know love without pretense, service without self-regard, and to live life fully," he said.


Biden was Obama's point man in Ukraine in the face of Russia's illegal 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and support for separatist rebels in the east. Biden sought to improve bilateral relations and help Kiev root out corruption.


Re-elected to Senate six times


Biden was born in 1942 in the blue-collar city of Scranton, Pennsylvania, but was largely raised in the state of Delaware, where he attended university before earning his law degree in 1968 from New York’s Syracuse University.


In an incident which left deep scars, on Dec. 18, 1972, Biden's first wife, Neilia, and the couple’s one-year-old daughter Amy were killed in a car accident in Delaware, while his sons Beau and Hunter both suffered injuries.


More than a month earlier, on Nov. 7, he had been elected to become the sixth-youngest senator in US history, and went on to serve 36 years in the chamber, including being a longtime member of its powerful Foreign Relations Committee, eventually becoming its chairman in 2001.


In another key post, he was also chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1987 to 1995.


Biden won re-election to the Senate six times before becoming vice president in 2009.


His triumphant campaign with Obama followed two unsuccessful runs for the Democratic presidential nomination, in 1988 and 2008.


As part of Obama’s team, Biden was responsible for overseeing infrastructure spending to jump-start the economy after the 2007 financial crisis, and also led negotiations with congressional Republicans that produced the 2010 Tax Relief Act.


On the military front, he helped pass the new START Treaty between the US and Russia, supported NATO-led efforts to depose Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, as aided with the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq in 2011.


Iran nuclear deal


During Biden's tenure as vice president, the US along with several key negotiating partners sought to establish curbs on Iran’s nuclear program, as well as an unprecedented inspections regime to ensure the country's compliance with a prospective accord.


Negotiations lasted until July 2015, when a final agreement was made to limit and monitor Tehran’s nuclear activities in exchange for relief from harsh international sanctions.


The deal was one of the most prominent foreign policy achievements of the Obama administration until President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the deal in May 2018.


As incoming president, Biden said he wants to return the US to compliance with the agreement. But that depends on not only what Iran will seek in return after Trump unilaterally imposed sanctions that have sent Iran's economy into a nosedive, but also on Israel, which has long criticized the deal while praising Trump's efforts.


Ukraine


When Ukraine’s then-President Petro Poroshenko took office in June 2014, Obama made Biden his point man to help improve relations between the two countries and help Kiev fight domestic corruption.


Years later, in 2019, however, the activities of Biden and his son, Hunter, made headlines as Republicans spread unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, partially in an effort to blunt Democratic efforts to impeach President Trump.


In a July 25, 2019 telephone call that figured in the impeachment drive, Trump pressed Poroshenko’s successor Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden and his son, saying that their activities in Ukraine sound "horrible to me."


The younger Biden, who is now 50, had joined the Board of Directors of Ukraine's largest private natural gas producer Burisma Holdings, in May 2014 – almost one month before Poroshenko took office – according to a press release by the company.


He reportedly received a salary of $50,000 a month until stepping down from the board in April 2019.


Allegations of withholding loan


Trump argued that the elder Biden had improperly used his influence during his time in the White House to oust Ukraine's top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, to help his son avoid corruption investigations in the country.


For weeks, thousands of Ukrainian protestors called for Shokin to resign for failing to fight corruption, but it was Biden's threat to withhold a $1 billion loan from Ukraine if Shokin was not fired that led to his dismissal. Biden acknowledged the fact in 2018.


"I had gotten a commitment from Poroshenko and from [then Prime Minister] Yatsenyuk that they would take action against the state prosecutor. And they didn’t," Biden told the Council on Foreign Relations think-tank in January 2018.


"I said, you’re not getting the billion. I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money," he said, according to a transcript posted on the group's website.


Critics claimed that it was a conflict of interest for Hunter Biden to work for a Ukrainian company while his father was actively working with that government; however, there has been no evidence of wrongdoing.


SOURCE: Anadolu Agency 

Kamala Harris: First US woman vice president-elect


With Joe Biden the projected winner of the 2020 White House race, his running mate, Kamala Harris, is set to mark several firsts in Americas' political history despite being the first woman vice president-elect.


Harris, 56, also makes history as the first Black person and the first person of Asian descent who will serve as number two in the US.


The child of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, she has been a taboo-breaker her entire career, starting from 2010 when she was elected the first Black and first woman to serve as the state of California's Attorney General.


After completing nearly two terms, she was sworn in as California senator -- the second Black woman and first South Asian-American senator in history. Harris is currently the only Black woman in the chamber.


She holds seats on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on the Budget.


Growing up in Oakland, California gave Harris a "stroller-eye view" of the civil rights movement which led her to the law field. After earning an undergraduate degree from Howard University and a law degree from the University of California, she began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.


In 2003, Harris became the San Francisco District Attorney where she started a program to reintegrate drug offenders by giving them a chance to earn a high school diploma and find employment. She held that post for two terms.


During the 2020 White House race, Biden defeated incumbent Republican President Donald Trump with 290 Electoral College votes, according to projections.

SOURCE: ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY

Erdogan: Dicemburui Lawan, Digeruni Lawan



DISUSUN OLEH: MOHD EZLI MASHUT

Penganalisis Isu Antarabangsa

Merintis pembaharuan dan kegemilangan. Kepimpinan Presiden Turki Recep Tayyip Erdogan seumpama mengembalikan imbauan sejarah pembukaan Kota Konstantinapol oleh Sultan Muhammad Al-Fatih 500 tahun dahulu. 

Pada 2010, Turki meningkatkan Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar (KDNK) Turki dari US614.55 billion pada tahun 2010 kepada US823.24 billion pada tahun 2013 yang juga merekodkan KDNK tertinggi dalam sejarah Republik Turki.

TRT News dalam laporannya menyatakan Organisasi untuk Kerjasama dan Pembangunan Ekonomi (OECD), mengumumkan bahawa walaupun wabak Covid-19, di antara negara-negara G20, pada suku pertama tahun ini Turki berjaya meningkatkan Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar (KDNK)

OECD menerbitkan laporan yang mengandungi data-data pertumbuhan sementara negara-negara G20 untuk suku pertama.

Menurutnya, Turki pada suku pertama tumbuh 0.6 peratus berbanding suku terakhir 2019, sedangkan India tumbuh 0.7 peratus.

Di samping itu, Turki juga ditentukan sebagai negara yang mencapai pertumbuhan ekonomi tertinggi di antara negara-negara G20 disesuaikan mengikut musim, dengan 4.4 peratus pada suku pertama setiap tahun.


Perkembangan Ekonomi Turki Menakjubkan

Ekonomi Turki berkembang lebih pantas berbanding China dan India pada 2017 didorong oleh perbelanjaan isi rumah dan kerajaan.

Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar (KDNK) tumbuh 7.4 peratus tahun lepas dengan output suku keempat meningkat 7.3 peratus, demikian menurut Turkstat.

Turki berjaya pulih daripada kelembapan ekonomi selepas cubaan rampasan kuasa tentera pada Julai 2016 gagal dan seterusnya menjadi salah sebuah negara paling pantas berkembang dalam kelompok G20.

Trend tersebut dilihat berterusan pada 2018, kata Ketua Pakar Ekonomi Ozlem Yetkin, Aktif Yatirim Bankasi, isi rumah terus berbelanja untuk membeli peralatan, makanan sehinggalah penjagaan kesihatan.

Sebagai perbandingan, ekonomi China berkembang sebanyak 6.9 peratus manakala India 7.1 peratus pada 2017.

Keampuhan Ketenteraan Turki

Turki ada kekuatan tentera terbesar dalam kalangan dunia Islam. Menurut Global Firepower (GFP) Index, Turki adalah negara kesembilan dunia dalam kekuatan tentera. Maka, dalam kalangan negara Islam mengikut OIC, Turki adalah negara pertama terkuat tenteranya dalam dunia Islam.

Kekuatan pengaruh Turki melalui kekuatan “softpower” dan “smart power” sangat penting dalam membentuk landskap politik timur tengah dan negara Islam malah Barat sangat memerlukan pengaruh Turki di Timur Tengah.

Turki telah melancarkan pelbagai operasi ketenteraan dan keamanan di seluruh dunia seperti di Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Cyprus, Perang Korea dan operasi menentang pengganas Parti Pekerja Kurdish (PKK) dan Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Terbaharu Turki memainkan peranan penting dalam perkembangan di Syria, Libya dan pertembungan antara Azerbaijan dan Armenia.

Dalam hal pertahanan Turki, ia sering membuat kejutan kepada dunia. Pada Julai 2019, Turki dah membeli dan menerima peluru berpandu canggih S-400 buatan Rusia. 

Ini menimbulkan rasa sangsi Amerika Syarikat kerana peluru berpandu yang menggunakan sistem buatan Rusia tu berada dalam kawasan Pertubuhan Perjanjian Atlantik Utara (NATO).

Presiden Recep Tayyip Erdogan, dalam satu kenyataan pada 27 Oktober 2020, bereaksi terhadap kenyataan Amerika Syarikat (AS) yang berkaitan dengan pengujian sistem peluru berpandu S-400 Turki.

''Kami tak akan menanyakan ini kepada AS.'' Katanya.

"Benar, memang ujian ini dilakukan, ia sedang dilakukan, dan pendekatan Amerika ini sama sekali tidak akan mengikat kami. Jika kami tidak akan melakukan ujian kemungkinan seperti ini, apa yang mesti kami lakukan? Kami tidak akan mungkin menanyakan hal ini kepada AS.'' Kata Presiden Erdogan.

Berbalik kepada GFP Index, Turki dilaporkan mempunyai kakitangan tentera seramai lebih kurang 735,000. Ini adalah 0.9% dari jumlah rakyat Turki yang berjumlah 81,257,239. 

Bawah ni pula adalah senarai lainnya:

Jumlah kekuatan kapal terbang: 1,067 unit termasuk jet, helikopter, pengangkutan dan lain-lain

Jumlah kekuatan darat: 3,200 kereta kebal tempur, 9,500 kenderaan perang berperisai, 1,120 artileri yang digerakkan sendiri, 1,272 artileri menunda, 350 projektor roket

Jumlah aset tentera laut: 194 termasuk kapal, kapal selam dan lain-lain

Bajet ketenteraan: USD 8,600,000,000


Erdogan Gesa Boikot Perancis, 'Jangan Beli Barangan Perancis'

Ketika Program Pembukaan Minggu Maulid Nabi di Pusat Kongres dan Kebudayaan Nasional Bestepe di Ankara, Recep Tayyip Erdogan menggesa boikot Perancis.

Erdogan menambah kritikan pedas terhadap Emmanuel Macron dengan menyatakan Presiden Perancis itu perlu melakukan 'pemeriksaan mental' susulan kenyataan mengkritik Islam.

”Jangan beli barang-barang buatan Perancis,” kata Erdogan.

Malah, Erdogan menegaskan ‘pemimpin-pemimpin Eropah perlu memberitahu Presiden Perancis supaya menghentikan kempen kebenciannya”.

Perancis adalah sumber import ke-10 terbesar ke Turki dan pasaran ketujuh terbesar untuk eksport Turki, menurut institusi statistik.


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KLIA Among World's Top 10 Airports


KL International Airport (KLIA) is ranked as top 10 airports in the latest global airport survey, Airport Service Quality (ASQ) which benchmarks the world's best airports. 

ASQ is a programme by the Airports Council International that sets service standards, protocols and operational guidelines for airports worldwide. 

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) said despite challenging times, KLIA had risen to the ninth ranking for the first half of 2020 from 17th in 2019 among airports of similar capacity.  

MAHB said KLIA had achieved an improved overall score of 4.94 out of 5.00 from 4.69 previously.

Among the highlights of its performance were scoring a perfect 5.00 for the overall satisfaction by both business and leisure passengers, 4.99 for cleanliness of airport terminal and 4.97 for the availability of washrooms.

MAHB group chief executive office Datuk Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh said the huge improvements in both ranking and score were made possible through the steadfast commitment and continuous efforts by the KLIA team to elevate service level for a safe and joyful airport experience. 

"Despite challenges arising from new normal requirements in airport operations, the whole airport community displayed a strong spirit of collaboration and came together as one to elevate KLIA's service performance in the eyes of the world.

"As part of the company's high-performance culture, we have also formed an operational excellence (OE) division to specifically look at the pain-points of the passenger journey in the new normal and improve on them swiftly. 

MAHB said the OE team at KLIA was looking at both quick-wins and long-term solutions in the passenger flow to avoid bottlenecks at various terminal checkpoints. 

It said due to new procedures and standard operating procedures (SOPs), processing time at various checkpoints especially during peak periods had increased. 

So far, the team has identified more than 60 improvement ideas at KLIA with 50 of them immediately implemented as quick-win solutions. 

These improvement ideas were identified by conducting "empathy walks" i.e. shadowing actual passengers during their journey through the airport.


SOURCE: NST/11 OCT 2020

Saudi Arabia’s ‘natural sculptures’ with a 15,000-year-old secret

BY: ARAB NEWS

JEDDAH: Alongside the hills and mountains of Saudi Arabia are little-known archaeological treasures, such as Al-Naslah Rock in Tabuk and Camel Rock of Al-Wajh in the northwest — eye-catching “landmarks that document the land’s heritage,” according to one expert.

Eight-meter-long Al-Naslah Rock appears to have been sliced in half. Historians and geologists have been unable to identify the cause of the split, though centuries of erosion caused by sand and strong wind are believed to be responsible.

Speculation dates the splitting of the rock back to the time of the Thamud, an Arabian tribe that inhabited the region almost 2,800 years ago.

“These rocks are made up of sand residue that has built up over the past 488 million to 542 million years,” geologist consultant Abdul Aziz bin Labon told Arab News.

He said that the rock split a long time ago, and the proof of that is that each rock’s drawings are completely disconnected from the other, leaving no trace of a connection between them.

“From left to right, the two rocks have completely and cleanly parted. Each side’s drawings are different and dissimilar, meaning it has existed in this split-up state long before man was able to draw upon it,” he added.

Bin Labon believes the drawings date back 15,000 years, meaning the split existed before then.

He said the rock’s name “Al-Naslah” is intriguing. Normally, the name is given to a smaller part of a mountain, but it is reversed in this case. This rock is independent, and so the mountain nearby is named Al-Naslah after this rock.

“Al-Naslah is a useful landmark — it can help people identify the road, and they can mark entrances to valleys and landmarks to pinpoint certain mountains,” he said.

Inhabitants down through the ages have been aware of the importance of these rocks, using their surface to capture tales of their lives, beliefs and the living things they have encountered.

“What makes this rock stand out to people is the clean cut that split it in half and the small platform it stands on. The left-side platform is visibly weaker (smaller) than the right, making it visually appealing,” said Bin Labon.

“The difference in these platforms has made them budge slightly, without one of them falling or crumbling. In my opinion, that is what caused them to split.”

Aside from their beauty, these landmarks document the land’s heritage and culture, and its historic depth, he said.

Najlaa Al-Saeer, an archaeology expert working with the Heritage Commission, said that Al-Naslah rock is made of white sand.

“What distinguishes this rock and gives it an archaeological spark is that it carries drawings and carvings of Thamudic inscriptions, as well as late Islamic writings,” she said.

Another notable structure is an 8-meter-high limestone rock, just south of Al-Wajh in northwest Saudi Arabia.

“Camel Rock resembles a seated camel and is a striking landmark,” said Al-Saeer.

The archaeologist highlighted other natural sculptures across the Kingdom, such as Elephant Rock in Al-Ula governorate in Madinah region, as well as the other Naslah, known as Antarah Rock — a reference to Antarah ibn Shaddad Al-Absi, the pre-Islamic Arab knight and poet.

“These artistic sculptures have been formed by erosion factors over the years, giving the viewer a magical sight,” she said. “They act as wonderful tourist attractions where visitors can marvel at the beauty.”

Al-Saeer believes in the importance of sustaining and cultivating natural heritage.

“These landmarks embody entire civilizations and carry the history of the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia has a large number of archaeological sites and beautiful monuments that deserve the attention and dedication of researchers.”

SOURCE: ARAB NEWS/12 SEPT 2020

Kali ke-3 Pesawat Perisik AS 'Menyamar' Pesawat Malaysia Intip Ujian Peluru Berpandu China



Dalam kejadian ketiga seperti itu dalam seminggu, sebuah pesawat pengintip AS dilihat menukar kod transpondernya menjadi pesawat awam untuk menyamar dan mengintip China - kali ini, mengintip ujian peluru berpandu China di Laut Kuning.

Sputnik News melaporkan pada awal hari Rabu pagi/ 9 September 2020, sebuah pesawat Cobra Ball milik Tentera Udara AS RC-135S berlepas dari Pangkalan Tentera Udara Kadena di pulau Okinawa di Jepun, menuju Laut Kuning.

Walau bagaimanapun, para penyelidik di sebuah kumpulan pemikir China tidak lama kemudian menyedari bahawa pesawat AS telah diganti di laman pengesanan pesawat oleh pesawat Malaysia yang kemudian terbang mengorbit selama enam jam di atas Laut Kuning sebelum terbang ke Okinawa.

Menurut South China Sea Probing Initiative (SCSPI), sebuah kumpulan pemikir yang berkaitan dengan Universiti Peking China, tingkah laku pesawat itu sama dengan yang dilakukan oleh RC-135S Cobra Ball yang dihantar AS untuk menyaksikan ujian peluru berpandu People’s Liberation Army di Laut Bohai pada hari itu. 





The Cobra Ball adalah pesawat perisik khusus dengan peralatan untuk mengumpulkan data mengenai ujian peluru berpandu balistik.


SUMBER: Sputnik News/ 9 September 2020

Tambang Serendah RM39 Sempena Hari Malaysia


INFO PENERBANGAN | Sempena sambutan Hari Malaysia, AirAsia menawarkan tambang rendah istimewa bermula RM39.

Tawaran ini hanya untuk kepada rakyat Malaysia.

”Nikmati tambang serendah RM39 sehala dari Kuala Lumpur ke Terengganu atau RM99 sehala dari Johor Bahru ke Sibu di laman airasia.com atau di aplikasi mudah alih AirAsia sehingga 16 September 2020 untuk tempoh perjalanan antara 15 September 2020 dan 28 April 2021,” kata AirAsia dalam kenyataan media pada 7 September 2020.

 Ketua Komersial AirAsia, Amanda Woo berkata, syarikat penerbangan itu juga akan mengendalikan penerbangan antara Kota Kinabalu dan Sibu dari 15 hingga 17 September sempena sambutan Hari Malaysia yang akan diadakan di Sibu, selain daripada 25 penerbangan mingguan ke Sibu dari Kuala Lumpur, 35 penerbangan mingguan ke Kuching dan tujuh penerbangan mingguan ke Johor Bahru. 

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