Indonesians in Malaysia remain calm as they prepare for lockdown

first_imgSimandjuntak Yosep Parulian, 46, an IT consultant based in Kuala Lumpur, is one of the many Indonesians who will be affected by the Malaysian government’s new policy to restrict the movement of people in order to stem the spread of coronavirus in the country.The Malaysian government announced on Monday that it would enforce a partial lockdown, which will be come into effect on Wednesday, after the country experienced a recent surge in confirmed cases.Malaysia reported 125 new cases on Monday, taking its total to 553, the highest number in Southeast Asia. Nearly two-thirds of the new cases are linked to an Islamic gathering attended by 16,000 people, including 1,500 from other countries, Reuters reported. Three Indonesians were also infected at the event.  In a televised speech on Monday evening, Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced the measures, which will remain in place from Wednesday until Mar. 31.Schools and universities will be shut, as will government and private business offices, except those that provide essential services, Muhyiddin said. Foreigners will not be allowed into the country and citizens will not be allowed to leave.“These actions must be taken by the government to stem the spread of the pandemic that may take the lives of our country’s people,” Muhyiddin said.In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Office of the Prime Minister explained that supermarkets and minimarts would remain open.However, mass events such as public weddings and small-scale funerals will not be allowed as well as religious activities including Friday prayers. “All religious activities are totally banned,” the statement read.According to the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Indonesian citizens are still allowed to leave the country.However, people like Yosep are reluctant to leave Malaysia as they will not be allowed to reenter as foreigners.Agung Cahaya Sumirat, the head of the information, social and culture department at the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, said on Tuesday that Indonesians in the country were prepared for the situation. “We have been communicating with a number of Indonesians here. They remain calm,” he said.However, the embassy has yet to announce any measures it will take to ensure Indonesian citizens receive adequate supplies during the lockdown.Currently, around 700,000 registered Indonesians live in Malaysia, but Agung said the number could be higher.“We cannot depend on the embassy. We should be proactive, too,” said Yosep, who said he had taken several steps to prepare ahead of the lockdown.Taking advantage of the supermarkets that remain open, Yosep has begun to stock up on supplies such as a two week supply of canned and dried foods that are enough for two weeks.However, he said it was still difficult to find face masks and hand sanitizer.“Other than that, it is just the same as usual.”Topics : Yosep said the situation in the city remained normal ahead of the lockdown, although people were still rushing to supermarkets to stock up on supplies.“It’s fine [here]. But we are just starting to work from home and our kids are starting to take their classes online,” Yosep told The Jakarta Post via instant messaging on Tuesday.“It’s different from the lockdown implemented in Wuhan. People in Kuala Lumpur, for instance, will still be able to travel to other cities in the country,” he said. “Behind my apartment, there is a construction site and the builders are still working as usual,” he added.“It [the partial lockdown] has not caused panic.”last_img read more

Dodgers’ Julio Urias will begin return from suspension Thursday with Rancho Cucamonga

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Urias is not expected to pitch in another minor league game before rejoining the Dodgers. Whether he returns as a starter or reliever has not been determined yet. The plan is to have Urias pitch on a more regular schedule in September regardless of the role with time in between appearances to throw bullpen sessions.Dodgers officials would not comment on whether they expect Urias’ return to prompt any protests. But the 23-year-old left-hander is expected to address his teammates and speak to the media about his suspension when he rejoins the team.Urias was arrested following the incident at the Beverly Center on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery. The Los Angeles city attorney conditionally deferred prosecution, citing three reasons – no physical injury was caused, the woman involved “at no point indicated to either the uniformed police officers or to civilian witnesses that she believed she was a victim” and Urias’ lack of prior criminal conduct.Urias is required to maintain a clean record for the next year, attend a hearing with the city attorney and complete a 52-week domestic violence counseling program. He indicated in a statement when the MLB suspension was announced that he has been complying with all of those requirements.Urias is 4-3 with a 2.43 ERA in 27 appearances this season (six starts). He will be eligible for the Dodgers’ postseason rosters.center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire HILL PROGRESSLeft-hander Rich Hill threw another bullpen session Tuesday afternoon. The session lasted 31 pitches and included curveballs for the first time. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called it “really encouraging.”“He threw his curveball, his mix, fastball-curveball and it was really, really good,” Roberts said.Related Articles Hill will repeat the bullpen session on Friday or Saturday when the team is in Arizona. It will be an “up-and-down” session – he will throw 15 pitches, sit down then warm up and throw 15 more to simulate game conditions.Hill has been sidelined since June 19 with a flexor tendon strain in his pitching arm.ALSOCatcher Russell Martin rejoined the team Tuesday and was activated from the bereavement list. Austin Barnes was returned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Martin was away from the team for three days due to the death of his grandmother. …Right-hander Dylan Floro is expected to make a rehab appearance with Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday. Floro is on the Injured List with a left intercostal muscle strain.UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Kenta Maeda, 8-8, 4.13 ERA) at Padres (TBA), Wednesday, 6:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM SAN DIEGO — Julio Urias’ return from a 20-game suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy will begin Thursday with an appearance for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.MLB concluded its investigation into a May 13 incident involving the Dodgers pitcher and his girlfriend and handed down the suspension on Aug. 17. It included five games Urias missed in May.Urias will be eligible to rejoin the Dodgers on Monday and is expected to be activated from the restricted list at that time. Players serving suspension are allowed to begin a minor league assignment six days before reinstatement to prepare for rejoining their teams. Urias has been working out at the Dodgers’ training complex in Glendale, Ariz. and threw to hitters Monday, delaying his appearance with Rancho Cucamonga until Thursday.The plan is for Urias to throw two or three innings. As Dodgers manager Dave Roberts explained it, Urias will throw the third inning in the game “if he’s efficient” in the first two. If not, he might throw a third inning in the bullpen just to increase his pitch count.last_img read more