June 2019 – Apa Pun Share

Everyone knows how easy it is to skip classes in Uni without jeopardizing your attendance. All you have to do is have at least one friend who has some signature forging skills who’s willing to attend.

But it looks like that era might be coming to an end soon as a UMM lecturer has developed a facial recognition software that can track a student’s attendance.

Dr. Noradila Nordin, a lecturer from Universiti Utara Malaysia’s (UUM) School of Computing (SOC) created the software which detects, records and tracks a student’s attendance everytime they walk into class, rendering attendance sheet papers no longer necessary.

Dr. Noradila, who spoke to Berita Harian, said that her Smart Attendance System is not only to stop students from cheating on their attendance but also to save paper.

Using an existing images from a given database to log a student’s presence in class, the system also allows students to track their whereabouts on campus in real time through their smart phones.

Currently the software is in it’s prototype stages but Dr. Noradila is certain that it can be developed to it’s full potential with the help of her students.

Dr. Noradila and her student, 25-year-old Nurul Husna Mohd Fauzi received the silver medal at the 2019 Innovative Research, Invention and Application Exhibition (I-RIA) recently for her compelling creation.

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BUKIT MERTAJAM: A 39–year–old man who tried to postpone his marriage by making up a story that he had been robbed of his money and jewellery ended up in more trouble when he was arrested by police yesterday for making a false report.

Seberang Perai Tengah district police chief ACP Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid (pix) said the man had lodged a police report on Tuesday claiming he was robbed when he stopped his car by the roadside at Jalan Besar Perai at 10.30am on Tuesday.

“The man claimed as he was walking to the shop, two men came on a motorcycle asking for his help, and as he was busy giving explanations the pillion rider grabbed his laptop bag before both fleeing the scene,” he said yesterday night.

The man, a counsellor, also claimed that RM39,000 cash for the wedding reception and jewellery set worth RM7,000 meant for his bride–to–be were kept in the laptop bag, he said.

Nik Ros Azhan said following the interrogation and inspection at the scene, it was found that the incident did not happen and the suspect admitted he was making false report as he was pressured by the bride’s family to expedite the wedding while he had yet to save enough money to do so.

The man also admitted that he lodged a false report with hope that he would be able to justify postponing his marriage, he said.

He added that the investigation papers had been referred to the deputy public prosecutor’s office and the man would be charged in the Bukit Mertajam Magistrate’s Court today under Section 182 of the Penal Code for making false police report.

-thesundaily

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PETALING JAYA – The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has started a proceeding over the “flying car” project announced by the Entrepreneur Develop­ment Ministry.

Since that announcement, there was confusion among the public on whether public funds were utilised or had been used for the project despite Entre­preneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Redzuan Md Yusof’s clarification in Parlia­ment that it was a private project, said PAC deputy chairman Wong Kah Woh.

“Therefore, we have decided to start a proceeding on it,” he said when contacted.

On Feb 26, Redzuan said Malay­sia’s first flying car was expected to be unveiled this year.

The model of the flying vehicle made its debut at this year’s Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition, which was attended by the Prime Minister.

Known as the Vector, which was touted to be the much-talked about flying car, the model appeared more like a drone.

In Parliament on March 29, Redzuan said the government’s endorsement of the privately funded “flying car” project was aimed at developing human capital.

“These Malaysian youths (behind the project) are already far ahead and they are in the same rank as those who invented and did research (on the concept) at an international level,” he said.

Malaysians have made fun of the “flying car” project on social media, with some asking if the model is made from KDK fans, while others expressed scepticism.

Wong noted that the Entrepreneur Deve­lopment Ministry informed the Parlia­ment earlier that no public money was involved in the project.

“So far we have conducted two proceedings on the matter; on June 14, where representatives from the Entrepreneur Development Ministry attended our proceedings; while on June 19, the deputy secretary-general of the International Trade and Industry Ministry attended the PAC’s proceedings,” he said.

He said representatives from the Interna­tional Trade and Industry Ministry were summoned because the PAC wanted to know if they were informed of the project.

“We will have more proceedings on the matter by calling other relevant agencies,” said Wong.

Attempts to get a response from the ministers of Entrepreneur Development and the International Trade and Industry were unsuccessful at press time.

AsiaOne

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The biggest pet exhibition in Malaysia is back and this time they brought something interesting with them – an alpaca. That’s right, you read it right the first time!

Pet World Malaysia 2019 Exhibition is bringing that fuzzy-forever-smiling, llama-like animal just for us, and we are excited AF.

We know that the thought of seeing an alpaca has already got you excited, so you should know that you can find this cute animal lounging in the Petting Zoo of the exhibition.

In addition to that, here are some other things you can see and do during the three-day-long exhibition:

  • Pet World Malaysia X Shopee Activity Zone. There will be amazing games, photo booth etc.
  • 1st SuperGroom Barkleigh Grooming Competition.
  • Pet World Malaysia 2019 Talent Competition. Animals Got Talent…too! 😛 
  • Pet Club Gatherings. 
  • Celebrity & Influencer Appearance. 
  • Petting Zoo. See the Alpaca here! 
  • Reptile & Small Animal Exhibition. 

If you didn’t know, this year’s (2019) pet exhibition will include exhibitors from the pet industry like pet food suppliers, NGOs (non-profitable organisations), pet associations, pet clubs, etc. In a statement which was shared with WORLD OF BUZZ, Jonathan Kan said,

“Our goal is to create greater awareness for pet adoption through our #ilovemypet campaign. With support from various local celebrities and influencers, we hope to highlight the benefits of pet adoption by encouraging them to share their own pet adoption stories using the hashtag #adoptdontshop and #noanimalcruelty.”

FYI, Jonathan Kan is the managing director of Fair & Events Management Sdn Bhd. They are the organiser of Pet World Malaysia 2019.

Here’s a video of last year’s (2018) exhibition:

Pet World Malaysia 2018-2019 | Malaysia's Largest Pet Exhibition returns~

Are you guys ready for the most anticipated pet event of the year?Pet World Malaysia is back! The country’s largest pet exhibition returns to celebrate 12 amazing years! Visit us this weekend from 28 to 30 June 2019 at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre to join in the fun filled activities with your pets, enjoy great bargains and freebies up for grab! See you there~#throwback #petworldmalaysia2018 #comingsoon #petworldmalaysia2019 #petworld #petworldmalaysia #ilovemypet #ilovemypets #adoptdontshop #notoanimalcruelty #dog #dogs #puppy #cat #cats #kitten #petwellbeing #pethealth #petcare #petlover

Posted by Pet World Malaysia on Selasa, 25 Jun 2019

Besides that, 2019 is the first year where Pet Malaysia will be joining hands with M-Cash and Shopee to “integrate the digitalisation of the expo”. In addition to that, they have decided that MCash E-Wallet will be the “Official E-Wallet” for Pet World Malaysia 2019. Nice! 

Like any other E-Wallet, MCash can be used for bill payments, airtime reload, e-parking and others. As of now, they have more than 200,000 community members. Wowda!

What’s even more exciting is that you can use the official e-wallet to donate to your favourite animal shelter. This is great news! 

We know that you can’t wait to go to the pet exhibition, but before you make your way there, here are some important deets that you should know:

  • Venue: Mid Valley Exhibition & Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur
  • Time & Date: 10am to 9pm; 28th to 30th June 2019

WOB

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All people are the same – this was the message that ex-Grab driver Fadhli Sahar was hoping to spread with his Facebook post that has since been shared over 3,400 times.

People have been praising him for his kindness after he told the story of the time he picked up three Bangladeshis who had been rejected by three drivers for being “smelly”.

In Fadhli’s June 25 post, he said when he first started driving as a private-hire driver for Grab, people told him to reject bookings from Bangladeshis as they were said to have body odour that would linger in his car.

One afternoon, he accepted a booking for a RM40 ride. When he arrived at the pick-up point, he saw three Bangladeshi workers who appeared to be security guards. Despite the negative stereotypes, he decided to pick them up.

Throughout the ride, Fadhli tried to adjust his air-conditioner settings and rolled down the window several times, attempting to get rid of his passengers’ body odour.

One of the passengers noticed Fadhli’s discomfort. He wrote, “He knew that something was wrong when he saw me. Sometimes, I covered my nose with my shirt, frequently lowered down the window and changed the (air-conditioner) mode… I think he knew that I was not comfortable with them.”

The Bangladeshi asked Fadhli repeatedly if he was comfortable with them in his car and shared that three other drivers had cancelled on them before he picked them up.

Believing that it would be rude and offensive to comment on body odour, Fadhli reassured them that he was okay and kept a positive attitude throughout the ride.

When they reached their destination, his passengers handed RM100 to him and refused to take the change.

Fadhli was stunned and immediately tried to return the amount to them. His customers at the time would normally tip him about one to two ringgit. To receive RM50 as a tip was unheard of.

The men told Fadhli to accept the tip as they were thankful for the ride. They also shared that it was a daily occurrence for drivers to reject them.

Fadhli summed up his post by advocating respect for everyone, saying “Even they are immigrants but they are still human. They have feelings, emotions and thoughts. Something that we must respect on all people.

“Until now, I don’t understand why some drivers are choosy about their passengers based on appearance. If it is your job, just get it done. All people (sic) are the same.”

Fadhli’s post garnered positive reactions and praise from Facebook users. Some private-hire drivers took the opportunity to share their own experiences.

Contrary to negative stereotypes that some may have of foreign workers, comments said that foreign workers were the most generous with tips.

Photo: Facebook/Fadhli Sahar
Photo: Facebook/Fadhli Sahar
“My contact who has driven for Grab says the biggest tip he got is RM40 from a Bangladeshi.”
Photo: Facebook/Fadhli Sahar

Others focused on spreading positivity and speaking out against xenophobic attitudes.

Photo: Facebook/Fadhli Sahar
Photo: Facebook/Fadhli Sahar
Photo: Facebook/Fadhli Sahar

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A tourist is reeling after his RM5million watch was swiped off his wrist by a pickpocket in Ibiza.

The unnamed victim, 22, from Azerbaijan, was walking along the seafront with a friend when he was mugged in broad daylight.

The thief nabbed the Formula One inspired wristwatch – considered one of the world’s most valuable watches – after shoving his victim several times.

The culprit then made off with his haul, which police say is worth 1.2 million euros.

Only 75 of the record-breaking ultralight watches exist in the world.

The tourist was left with injuries to his wrist and arm.

Police say he was staying in a hotel and immediately went to the police station to report the theft.

The watch is a Richard Mille (RM) 50-03 MCLaren F1 valued at approximately 1,150,000 euros (RM5million).

It is the lightest in the world, weighing only 40 grams with the strap included.

The watch is inspired by the McLaren F1 cars and is a tourbillon (a specific mechanism of watchmaking), that is, the entire mechanism inside the case rotates at a rate of one revolution per minute, thus nullifying the effects of gravity.

In addition to that, the RM 50-03 features chronograph function of fractions of a second to measure lap times, a power reserve of 70 hours, and a torsion sensor to avoid winding.

Mirror.co.uk

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A Hong Kong man has confessed to stabbing his ex-wife outside Family Court because he had not been allowed to see his daughter for more than two years.

The High Court heard on Thursday that Chong Hay-chik, 39, used a 23-cm (9-inch) knife to stab Pang Lin five times in her abdomen before he was subdued by security guards outside a courtroom in Wanchai Tower on May 8, 2017.

The case prompted the Family Court to enhance its security later that year, introducing mandatory screenings by handheld metal detectors.

For two years after the attack, Chong denied that he had tried to murder his ex-wife, pleading guilty instead to an alternative charge of wounding with intent. Both crimes are punishable by life imprisonment.

Prosecutor Juliana Chow Hoi-ling said Chong and Pang were scheduled to attend court on the afternoon of the attack to review Chong’s application to reduce child support.

When he saw Pang arriving about 12 minutes before the hearing, Chong pulled the knife from his pocket and attacked her.

Four guards rushed to capture Chong and he dropped the knife.

Under caution, Chong admitted to police that he had assaulted Pang because she did not allow him to see their daughter. He also confessed to preparing the knife by wrapping it with wire and bandages to improve his grip of the weapon.

Pang was sent to Queen Mary Hospital, where doctors found bleeding from her arm and lower back, and internal bleeding in her thorax, abdomen and pelvis. She also had lacerations to her right kidney and liver.

According to the court, she suffered a collapsed lung and intramuscular hematomas as well as a bone fracture and displacement. Emergency surgery was performed, during which her kidney was removed.

Pang was in intensive care for four days before she was discharged from hospital on May 20.

In mitigation, Chong’s defence counsel Memi Ng revealed that the pair met in Shenzhen in 2011. They were married in Hong Kong in 2012, and gave birth to a daughter in August 2013.

The relationship turned sour the next year, prompting Chong to move back with his parents while their daughter lived with Pang. The pair was legally separated in June 2015.

Ng said Chong felt his ex-wife had stolen his daughter because he had not seen her since December 2014.

“I haven’t seen my daughter for a long time,” Chong said, when asked to explain his attack. “Perhaps I was too tensed up, too tense.”

The defence appealed for a lenient sentence, arguing that Chong had committed the offence in a moment of impulse and that he genuinely regretted his actions.

Madam Justice Anthea Pang Po-kam will sentence Chong on July 30, pending reports on his psychological and psychiatric condition as well as the victim’s latest medical report and impact assessment.

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Wrappings of Happiness

June 28, 2019 | Entertainment | No Comments

HERE’S a fashionable treat for all dessert lovers out there: celebrating this joyous Raya season, the American chain of ice-cream Baskin-Robbins has teamed up with veteran local fashion designer Datuk Tom Abang Saufi’s brand – TAS to launch three limited-edition Baskin-Robbins fabric wraps.

The “Bungkus of Happiness” collaboration features three specially-designed wraps inspired by the designer’s fondest childhood memories, using vibrant colours to fuse the clashing of modern fashion and traditional cultures.

She reminisced: “The word ‘bungkus’ (wrap) brings back many images for me. My earliest memory was how clothes were ‘bungkus’ for the laundry lady and it all comes back in the same fabric, crisp and clean with the scent of freshly-ironed clothes.”

To her, “bungkus” denotes love and appreciation, just like how fabrics are being used to wrap items in most cultures to present as a gift.

Hence, “Bungkus of Happiness” allows Baskin-Robbins’ customers to unwrap their treats, revealing the delicious ice-creams inside and share their happiness with family and friends.

The wraps, namely the Gentle Ketupat wrap, Sweet Ice-cream wrap and Vibrant Waffle wrap are crafted in the highest silk mix fabric.

As perfect as they are for gifting, she also suggested that the fabric can be reused in many different ways, including using them as scarves or tudungs.

Choose between eight regular scoops for RM125, 10 junior scoops for RM115 or four pints of ice-cream for RM145, to get them packed tastefully with a “Bungkus of Happiness” wrap.

Available from now until July 31 at all Baskin-Robbins outlets nationwide.

-thesundaily

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MARVEL studios president, Kevin Feige explains in a YouTube clip that Spider-Man: Far From Home is the conclusion to the Infinity saga and what started with Iron Man finally comes to fruition in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

So if you have already watched Avengers: Endgame, just know you haven’t watched the entire Saga yet.

Spider-Man: Far From Home will swing into local cinemas on July 3 with sneak previews on July 2.

-thesundaily

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A senior citizen in Johor Baru has been hailed as a local hero after a post telling of how he would often mend potholes in the Taman Pelangi area went viral.

The images of an unidentified elderly Chinese man on a bicycle, complete with a bucket of tar and some rags was initially shared by a Facebook user aduka.pbj, along with a post detailing how he saw the man squatting in the middle of the road to patch a hole.

“I was on my motorcycle going through Jalan Kuning, Taman Pelangi JB. I saw someone squatting in the middle of the road.

“When I looked closer, I saw it was elderly Chinese uncle who was squatting, while covering a pothole. I don’t know where he got extra tar he carried in his bucket which he brings everywhere.”

The author praised the uncle and said he prayed the man would be blessed for his deeds.

Tadi masa aku jln naik moto melalui Jalan Kuning Taman Pelangi JB,, aku ternampak orang cangkong tengah jalan.. Bila aku…

Posted by Persatuan Bangsa Johor on Rabu, 26 Jun 2019

The comments section was flooded with praise for the senior citizen and many shared prayers for his continued good health, while several had additional remarks for the authorities to learn from the man’s dedication.

David Mahadus who said, “If I was the YB of the area, I’d resign,” while praising the man’s noble and selfless act.

Halmy Makmin shared how the uncle was a regular face in Taman Pelangi, and said many worshippers of the Jamek At Taqwa mosque nearby were aware of the man’s deeds.

Ridzwan MyJihad said the uncle’s selflessness extended beyond repairing potholes, but also serving as a traffic warden when the traffic lights were out during a thunderstorm despite being drenched.

-MalayMail

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