Month: May 2019

Micromanagers. We know them, we’ve worked with them, and some of us are them.

If you have been working for some time now, you’ve probably had your fair share of experiences with different types of employers.

Though there are a few great ones out there, there are also a handful of those we’d like to say “shaped our characters”.

Regardless, one employer has recently gone viral for his open letter to employees.This is Ian Sohn, president of a global digital agency in Chicago.

In a LinkedIn post last week, Sohn wrote how employees should never feel the need to apologise for “having lives” outside of work

“I never need to know you’ll be back online after dinner. I never need to know why you chose to watch season 1 of ‘Arrested Development’ (for the 4th time) on your flight to LA instead of answering emails,” he wrote.

“I never need to know you’ll be in late because of a dentist appointment. Or that you’re leaving early for your kid’s soccer game.” 

“I never need to know why you can’t travel on a Sunday. I never need to know why you don’t want to have dinner with me when I’m in your town on a Tuesday night.”

“I never need to know that you’re working from home today because you simply need the silence,” he continued.

The CEO shared that as leaders, there needs to be trust that employees will make the right decisions

“I deeply resent how we’ve infantile the workplace. How we feel we have to apologize for having lives. That we don’t trust adults to make the right decisions,”he wrote.

“How constant connectivity/availability (or even the perception of it) has become a valued skill.”

Sohn went on to say that he is truly grateful for the trust and respect he has received everyday from his peers, bosses, and teams.However, he shared one experience where he felt otherwise:

“Years ago a very senior colleague reacted with incredulity that I couldn’t fly on 12 hours notice because I had my kids that night (and I’m a single dad. edit: divorced). 

“I didn’t feel the least bit guilty, which I could tell really bothered said colleague. But it still felt horrible,” Sohn admitted.He ended his post by saying: “I never want you to feel horrible for being a human being.”

His open letter has since received over 39,600 likes, as netizens resonated with his views.

However, others commented that applying such a principle is not that simple.

You can read the full post here:

What do you think of the CEO’s views? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!


‘Abang Botak’ to spend Raya in jail

May 31, 2019 | Viral | No Comments

PETALING JAYA: ‘Abang Botak’, the motorcyclist who smashed the windscreen of a car, will spend Hari Raya Aidilfitri behind bars after he was sentenced to 12 months’ jail today.

Magistrate Nurshahira Abdul Salim meted out the sentence against Danial Abdullah Tan after he pleaded guilty to the offence of causing mischief.

The 31-year-old store assistant was charged with causing mischief to a Perodua Alza belonging to Siew Chean Voon, 58, by smashing the windscreen with a crash helmet at Jalan Kasturi, Seksyen 12, Taman Bukit Serdang at 5.30pm on Tuesday.

The offence falls under Section 427 of the Penal Code which carries a jail term of maximum five years or a fine, or both, upon conviction.

When asked by the court of his action, Danial claimed that the car had nearly hit him twice which led him to confront the driver.

“However, he flipped his finger,” he said, adding that he was remorseful of his action.

A two-minute clip recorded by the vehicle’s dashcam saw the suspect and a friend having a conversation while still riding their motorcycles on the road.

The clip went viral since it was shared on Twitter by @999Malaysia.

The post, captioned “Borak macam dekat kedai kopi atas jalanraya…bila kena hon, marah dan pecahkan cermin kereta pengguna jalanraya yg lain..harap PDRM tangkap pembuli/samseng jalanraya.” (Chatting on the road like they are at the coffee shop… when you get honked at, you get angry and breaks other people’s windscreen… hope the police will catch this bully/road gangster)


A school for underprivileged students in India has found a creative way to solve waste disposal issues in its village and encourage more students to join the school.It began accepting dry plastic waste as school fees.

Akshar Forum, a school located in the Indian village of Pamohi in Guwahati, recently implemented the new policy in accordance with a recycling programme in January.

The programme involved students collecting plastic waste from nearby houses, segregating them, and repurposing the plastics in different ways

The school that had started with only 20 kids now has over 100 kids between the ages of four years old to 15 years old.

Each child brings in at least 25 items of plastic waste per week as their contribution to their community and the environment

Recycling household plastic waste in lieu of school fees has cultivated a sense of environmental awareness among the students

“We wanted to start a free school for all, but stumbled upon this idea after we realized a larger social and ecological problem brewing in this area,”co-founder Parmita Sarma told The Better India.
“Here it was a norm to burn waste plastic to keep warm. We wanted to change that and so we started to encourage our students to bring their plastic waste as school fees,” she added.

“The idea is to train students in recognising how to live an eco-friendly life,” Borthakur said, adding that the entire recycling program is carried out by the students from start to finish.

Unlike traditional schools, Akshar does not have age-specific standards or grades, but is based entirely on the knowledge level of students

Without restricting students to a fixed curriculum, Akshar Forum allows students to hone their personal skills and talents in their own capacities.

“The idea behind this is to break open the conventional ideas of education,” Parmita said.

“One of the biggest problems with the sector is the relevance of education. These kids needed the right blend of theory and practical knowledge that could enable them enough skills for various job opportunities,” Mazin explained.

The free school is also referred to as a “haven for at-risk teens”

“Boys with unsafe home situations and bad influences in the neighbourhood stay in school for several days a week, sleeping in the boys hostel,” an Instagram caption by the Akshar Foundation read.


Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) vows to take action against employees who allegedly issued threats against customers recently

According to China Press, a TNB representative stressed that the company will not tolerate employees who are found to have threatened consumers with charges of electricity theft. 

“We hope the public will lodge reports with TNB so we can launch internal investigations,” the representative was quoted as saying by China Press. 

A local think tank claimed that TNB employees had been cautioning consumers against filing complaints over unusually high electricity bills, according to a China Press report on 29 May

In an interview with China Press, Association of Water and Energy Research Malaysia (AWER) senior manager Lin Su Fang alleged that consumers have been threatened with charges of power theft while lodging complaints for high electricity bills with the utility company. 

Lin also chided TNB for not explaining the increased charges and noted that consumers cannot be charged for power theft without evidence.

TNB has been receiving complaints of unusually high electricity bills across the country in recent weeks

Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, and Climatic Change (MESTECC) Yeo Bee Yin revealed that she had received over 300 complaints across Malaysia regarding the incident within this month, reported Malay Mail on 28 May. 

“This is an anomaly. Something is happening and must be looked into,” Yeo was quoted as saying by New Straits Times on Tuesday. 

She added that she has instructed the EC to investigate the unusual electricity charges by TNB, despite an explanation from the company that the extra charges were due to a technical error.

The minister also noted that TNB could be fined a maximum of RM25,000 for each complaint lodged if the company is found guilty of violating Section 9C of the Electricity Supply Act 1990. 

Nonetheless, TNB has reassured consumers that excess payment will be refunded after investigations

Malay Mail reported on 29 May that the company pledged to refund consumers if it is proven that extra charges were incurred on their electricity bills.

“A thorough effort is being implemented by TNB to address this issue in detail, including helping customers who received the high electricity bills to meet in person at the nearest Kedai Tenaga or contact TNB CareLine at 1300-88-5454,” TNB said yesterday, according to Malay Mail. 

The company also claimed that the affected customers have been apologized to.


KUCHING: Police are on the hunt for a man who caused injuries to a Grab driver with a hammer and an air gun in an incident along Matang highway.

Sarawak CID Chief Denis Leong said the 40-year-old victim suffered injuries to his head after he was hit with a hammer and a red mark on his chest caused by the air gun in the incident about 2.30pm today.

“The victim was sent to Sarawak General Hospital for treatment,” he said in a statement here today.

Leong said the victim had picked up a passenger, believed to be a foreigner, from Kuching Sentral and headed to the Jentayu strawberry farm.

He said the suspect requested the driver to stop at the side of the road along Matang highway.

“The passenger suddenly hit the victim on his head with a hammer and shot him with a BB gun before escaping into the jungle nearby,” he said.

On Wednesday, Mohd Hanafiee Jaafar, a 27-year-old Grab driver who had been missing since last Friday, was found murdered after a robbery in Sabah.

His body was found dumped near the bushes in Sabandar, Tuaran. He had been stabbed multiple times in the chest.

Sabah police have arrested two men in connection with the killing.


Buat kerjalah, bukan nak bunuh diri…

May 31, 2019 | Viral | No Comments

DISANGKA cuba membunuh diri, dia terpaksa berbuka puasa di balai polis, semalam.

Itu yang berlaku kepada Asyraf Azlin, 24, yang bekerja sebagai juruteknik di sebuah hotel di Kuala Lumpur.

Semalam, tular di media sosial video dan gambar Asyraf dikatakan cuba membunuh diri dari tingkat atas sebuah hotel.

Menurut Asyraf, pada jam 3 petang dia berada di bumbung hotel tempat dia bekerja untuk melakukan penyelenggaraan.

“Ketika itu saya berada di tingkat atas untuk menjalankan rutin bulanan menyelenggara sistem air panas.

“Saya ada berlegar-legar di kawasan lapang tingkat atas itu menjawab panggilan telefon.

“Bagaimanapun, kira-kira 15 minit kemudian pengurus hotel datang kepada saya dan bertanya sama ada saya dalam keadaan baik,” katanya.

Asyraf berkata, dia hairan apabila ditanya dengan soalan itu.

“Pengurus memberitahu ada menerima laporan bahawa ada individu yang cuba membunuh diri dan mereka menyangka saya adalah orangnya.

“Ketika itu, pihak bomba dan polis sudah bersiap sedia di bahagian bawah dan sedang mencari mayat,” katanya.

Menurutnya, dia dibawa ke balai polis berhampiran untuk memberi keterangan.

“Setiba saya di balai polis, polis menunjukkan video individu yang cuba membunuh diri dari atas bumbung hotel dan individu itu adalah saya.

“Saya jelaskan, saya berada di situ bukan untuk membunuh diri tetapi buat kerja penyelenggaraan. Saya berlegar-legar di kawasan lapang atas bumbung tu sebab jawab panggilan telefon, ” katanya.

Asyraf berkata, selepas lebih empat jam memberi keterangan bagi membantu siasatan baru dia dibenarkan pulang.

“Saya terpaksa berbuka di balai polis. Kejadian ini agak lucu tetapi memberi pengajaran kepada saya.

“Ramai yang mesej memberi kata semangat untuk tidak melakukan perkara yang tidak sepatutnya terutama rakan sekerja dan ahli keluarga. Mana ada saya nak bunuh diri, ” katanya.

Harian Metro

DHAKA – Bangladesh police were set to file charges on Wednesday (May 29) against 16 people, including the headmaster of an Islamic seminary, over the shocking murder of a 19-year-old girl burned to death.

The killing of Ms Nusrat Jahan Rafi last month sparked protests across the South Asian nation, with the Prime Minister promising to prosecute all those involved.

Ms Rafi was lured to the rooftop of the Islamic seminary she attended, where her attackers asked her to withdraw a sexual harassment complaint filed with police against the head teacher.

When she refused, she was doused in kerosene and set on fire. She died five days later, triggering outrage. Her death highlighted the alarming rise in sexual harassment cases in the country.

Bangladesh’s Police Bureau of Investigation said they would file the charge sheet in a court in the country’s south later on Wednesday against the 16 people, who include two girls who were classmates of Ms Rafi.

“They are charged under the women and children repression law and we’ll recommend death penalty for all 16 accused,” PBI lead investigator Mohammad Iqbal told AFP.

Investigator Iqbal said the principal of the Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa Siraj Ud Doula, where Ms Rafi was a student, ordered the murder from jail.

Ms Rafi had gone to police in late March to report the alleged sexual harassment against the teacher, and a leaked video shows the local police station chief registering her complaint but dismissing it as “not a big deal”.

Investigator Iqbal said at least five people, including three of Ms Rafi’s classmates, had tied her up with a scarf before setting her on fire. The plan was to pass the incident off as a case of suicide.

Ms Rafi suffered burns to 80 per cent of her body and died in hospital on April 10. But she recorded a video before her death, repeating her allegations against the principal.

Ms Rafi’s brother, Mr Mahmudul Hasan Noman, said they want a fast-track trial.

“We want all the culprits to be hanged to death,” he told AFP.

The head of Mahila Parishad, a women’s rights group, gave a “guarded welcome” at the quick investigation of the case, but said more needed to be done to end a “culture of impunity” over sexual harassment and rape cases.

“Very few rape cases end in convictions,” she said.

According to the group, about 950 women were raped in Bangladesh last year.


The Philippines apparently has tradition where students who just graduated plant trees.

However, a law has been passed formalizing the practice. In other words, it’s now mandatory for those graduating from high school and college to plant trees.

Dubbed the House Bill 8728, or the “Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act,” it was formulated by MAGDALO Party-list Representative Gary Alejano and Cavite 2nd District Representative Strike Revilla.

“With over 12 million students graduating from elementary and nearly five million students graduating from high school and almost 500,000 graduating from college each year, this initiative, if properly implemented, will ensure that at least 175 million new trees would be planted each year. In the course of one generation, no less than 525 billion can be planted under this initiative,” Alejano explains.

“Even with a survival rate of only 10 percent, this would mean an additional 525 million trees would be available for the youth to enjoy, when they assume the mantle of leadership in the future.”

Mangroves, existing forests, several protected areas, military ranges, abandoned mining sites and handpicked urban areas will be some of the locations where the trees will be planted.

The Philippines government has also made it compulsory that the trees planted must be appropriate to the location with weather and topography to be taken into consideration.

The Southeast Asian nation has been severely deforested over the years with only 20% of forests left due to illegal logging activities.

However with the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education ensuring that people comply to the bill, here’s keeping the fingers crossed that this initiative works.

It’s pretty cool saving the world while getting a degree at the same time, if you ask me.


If you woke up on the wrong side of bed this morning and need a quick cheer-me-up, you need to watch this! 

It was just an ordinary day for this Singaporean man when he took the MRT with his daughter some time this week. Shortly after, a little girl, about two years old, and her mother boarded the train.

The little girl was placed in her own seat next to the man, but seemed a bit restless, according to the man’s daughter. So, he whipped out his phone and started playing Tom & Jerry clips to calm the little girl down.

It was a precious moment to witness as the girl could be seen enjoying herself, breaking out in giggles as she watched the cartoon with the man. Grinning from ear to ear at the man, she seemed wildly entertained and even turned to her mother next to her and said “No”, probably because her mother did not want her to disturb the man.

The man’s daughter managed to capture this adorable sight on video and posted it on her Twitter account. The video immediately went viral, getting more than 35,000 retweets and over 102,000 likes at the time of writing.

“The little baby girl and her mother boarded the train and took a seat next to my dad. The baby was very energetic and she seemed restless. So then my dad decided to play some cartoons on his phone for her to watch. He figured she’d calm down if she was entertained by something. The baby’s mother was also very nice. She seemed really glad that we were playing with her baby,” the man’s daughter told

Watch the overload of cuteness here:

Aiyo, so cute, I kenot!

Hope this made your day better! Don’t forget to share it with your friends if you know they’re feeling down.


Facebook has erupted with another scandal that is causing some major tension.

Netizen Auni Ameera posted a series of videos showcasing what looks like a riot somewhere in Kelantan.

Apparently 2 girls had mistakenly driven into a closed road, where a Ramadan bazaar was being held. From Auni’s posting, it seems like the crowd was not happy about the girls driving in and started attacking the car. Metal bars were used to smash their windows, while others shouted death threats and some apparently molested the girls.

Further probing into the Kelantan State Facebook page added that the girls not only had driven in to the closed road, but also almost hit someone’s mother that was in their way. The lady had managed to pull her mother out of the way, while the crowd surrounded the car.

The driver and passanger had gotten down to address the crowd. The lady and her mother, along with the crowd were clearly awaiting an apology but instead was met with disdained looks.

“Natey mu nok gapo”, the driver had apparently said rudely, which can be translated to “What do you animals want?” causing all hell to break lose.

The women can be seen trying to defend themselves against a few assailants while other seemed to be trying to mediate the situation. It is unsure how the incident ended while many are questioning the crowd’s actions. Violence is never the answer guys!

Many have voiced out that even if the girls were rude, the crowd should not have acted the way that they did. On the other hand some said that, the girls could have sincerely apologised (considering they almost hurt someone) which could have very much defused the situation.

What would you have done if you were the girls? What would you have done if you were part of the crowd? Sound off in the comments section!