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COVID: RIM SETS UP EMERGENCY FUND TO HELP MUSIC INDUSTRY PRACTITIONERS
KUALA LUMPUR, July 22 (Bernama) -- The Recording Industry Association of Malaysia (RIM) has taken the initiative to set up an emergency fund to help music industry practitioners whose incomes have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Its chairman, Rosmin Hashim, in a statement today, said that the fund was a major initiative that needed immediate implementation due to the difficulties that have befallen music industry practitioners following the pandemic.
“We are actually planning a large-scale fundraising activity, in collaboration with the Malaysian Publishers Association, which involves a songwriting competition and a song bidding process that will help us raise more funds to provide more assistance to those in need.
“RIM will continue to explore other collaboration opportunities with other groups or relevant bodies to raise funds for our next charitable initiatives in the future,” he said.
‘MALAM PUISI GETARAN JIWA’ PAYS HOMAGE TO P. RAMLEE
KUALA LUMPUR, July 22 (Bernama) -- The ‘Malam Puisi Getaran Jiwa P. Ramlee', which will be held on July 25, will pay homage to the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee as a legendary national poet, through poetic dialogues in his films and lyrical verses in his songs.
National Poets Association (Pemuisi) president, Datuk Dr Radzuan Ibrahim, said that the programme, organised by Pemuisi, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC), Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) and the Film Directors Association of Malaysia (FDAM), will be broadcast live on the DBP, PEMUISI BERKARYA and FDAM’s Facebook accounts, from 9 pm. The event will be officiated by MOTAC secretary-general Datuk Dr Noor Zari Hamat.
“We can say that P. Ramlee is a figure who had paved the way in creating poetic songs, written by famous lyricists such as Datuk Jamil Sulong, H.M. Rohaizad, S. Sudarmaji and Ainol Jamal. In fact, his first composition, titled Azizah, where he was the lyricist, contains poetic verses in praise of a woman,” he said in a statement today.
He hoped that the event would serve as Pemuisi's new brand, and would be an annual event in years to come to popularise P. Ramlee's arts and work, so that they will continue to be enjoyed as a valuable national asset and treasure.
AIDILADHA CONTRIBUTIONS FOR 200 UMK STUDENTS
KOTA BHARU, July 22 (Bernama) -- Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) took the initiative to provide 200 packs of food items to its students who did not return to their hometowns for the Aidiladha celebrations on July 20.
UMK deputy vice-chancellor (Student and Alumni Affairs) Prof Dr Razli Che Razak, in a statement, said that the food packs were distributed twice a day for three days, from July 20 to today.
He said that the distribution of the Raya food packs was a sign of UMK's concern for students on three campuses, namely, Bachok, Pengkalan Chepa and Jeli. It was a collaborative effort between the Malaysian Relief Agency (MRA) and the university’s Office of Student and Alumni Affairs (HEPA), Student Representative Council (MPP) and the Department of Student and Alumni Affairs.
KELANTAN POLICE ISSUE 12 COMPOUNDS FOR AIDILADHA SOP VIOLATIONS
KOTA BHARU, July 22 (Bernama) -- Kelantan police issued 12 compounds for violating standard operating procedures (SOPs), including holding a feast and performing sacrificial rites in conjunction with Aidiladha celebrations, in private, on July 20 and yesterday.
State deputy police chief SAC Abdullah Muhammad Piah today said that two of the offences committed were performing sacrificial rites without the consent of the Kelantan Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIK), which took place in the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) area in Kampung Lepah, Pasir Puteh on July 20.
“A total of eight compounds were issued on July 20, involving two offences, while one offence for holding a feast and five compounds were issued for interstate travel without permission. Meanwhile, four more compounds were issued yesterday, involving interdistrict travel,” he told Bernama.
KOTA BHARU BERSATU DISTRIBUTES 1,500 PACKS OF AIDILADHA ‘KORBAN’ MEAT
KOTA BHARU, July 22 (Bernama) -- A total of 1,500 packs of fresh meat were distributed by the Kota Bharu Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) to low-income groups today, in conjunction with the Aidiladha celebrations.
Its chief Datuk Mohamed Farid Mohamed Zawawi said the donation of sacrificial meat was to bring cheer to low-income families whose livelihoods have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The meat is a donation from Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin himself. We also made a contribution, and in the end, we slaughtered eight cows before the meat was distributed to recipients in three state constituencies, namely, Kota Lama, Bunut Payong and Tanjong Mas,” he said today.
KULIM HOSPITAL COVID-19 PATIENT BEDS REACH FULL CAPACITY
ALOR SETAR, July 22 (Bernama) -- The increase in COVID-19 positive cases in Kedah over the past week, including in Kulim district, has resulted in the number of beds for COVID-19 patients at Kulim Hospital reaching full capacity, with the majority of the patients in categories four and five.
State Health director Dr Othman Warijo said that the 50 beds allocated for COVID-19 patients at Kulim Hospital were fully occupied at present, while the maximum number of (total) hospital beds was only 320 beds, and non-COVID-19 emergency patients also needed beds for admission to the hospital concerned.
Speaking to Bernama, he said that patients who needed specialist follow-up treatment would be postponed or given a new appointment date with the clinic's management, while his team was planning to add tents or beds at the hospital to accommodate the patients.
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