Month: November 2019

A Singaporean couple decided to move to Malaysia after they bought a 43,000 sqft plot of land in Johor to build their dream home

The expansive single-storey property was featured on the CNA series ‘Remarkable Living’.

According to CNA Luxury, the homeowners, only identified as Chris and his wife, designed the house to be a sanctuary where their kids could grow up well.

“I was attracted to the space. It’s a space I would never have gotten back in Singapore,” said Chris in the opening segment of the episode.

His three children were growing up fast, so Chris decided to uproot his family in search of a larger home to accommodate their needs, and escape from the hustle and bustle of city life

“I wanted somewhere where the kids could grow up, where they had places to run in a very safe and secure home,” he said.

He also told CNA that his family used to live in a house with a garden “the size of a carpet” in Singapore.

The home was designed by an award-winning architectural firm based in Singapore, Formwerkz Architects.

The architects, Seetoh Kum and Alan Tay, who were also friends of the couple, were tasked with designing a single-storey home that was private and conducive for family life.

“Something safe and with a sense of security; a place where they can socialise, a place where the kids can grow up in for a long time,” said Kum.

So, over a period of ten years, they transformed four adjoining bungalow houses into a single sprawling family home

Nine large courtyards separate different parts of the home while bringing in natural light and breeze throughout the residence.

“At different times of the day, the sunlight casts a different light, and brings a different ambience and a different mood to the house,” said Chris.

The home is complete with dramatic ceilings, an attic playroom, an entertainment room, a roof terrace, a football field, and a large swimming pool

The inverted pyramidal design of the ceiling, which took a craftsman 14 months to lay piece by piece, also functions as a channel for rain water to reach the gardens and ponds in the many courtyards.

“It’s my favourite part of the house as it gives character to the different pockets of spaces,” said one of the architects, Tay.

However, the owner’s favourite part of the house is outdoors, at the end of the pool.

“The glass enables you to look into the house. It gives you a sneak preview of what’s going on in the living space,” said Chris.

“Looking into it, you really start to appreciate the house coming together.”

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Perhiasan emas dan permata sering menjadi pilihan aksesori di hari perkahwinan namun seorang pengantin perempuan di Pakistan memilih untuk memadankan busana perkahwinannya dengan tomato.

Kedengaran pelik namun klip video sebuah saluran televisyen tempatan menemuramah pengantin tersebut kini tular di media sosial.

Klip temuramah terbabit dimuat naik ke laman Twitter oleh seorang wartawan bernama Naila Inayat dengan kapsyen berbunyi, ‘Barang kemas tomato. Sekiranya anda fikir anda telah melihat segalanya dalam kehidupan’.

Dalam klip tersebut, pengantin perempuan dilihat menggayakan tomato yang harganya kini mencecah kira-kira 300 rupee (RM8) sekilo sebagai perhiasan kepala, rantai leher dan juga rantai tangan.

“Seperti yang anda tahu, harga emas amat tinggi begitu juga dengan harga tomato dan kacang pain.Oleh itu saya memutuskan untuk menggunakan tomato dan bukannya emas,” kata pengantin itu dalam video terbabit.

Ditonton lebih 24,000 kali, muat naik tersebut menerima pelbagai reaksi daripada netizen, ada yang menganggap ia sebagai idea inovatif malahan ada yang menggelar pengantin berkenaan ‘wanita terkaya’ di Pakistan.

Kenaikan tinggi harga tomato adalah disebabkan tindakan Pakistan melarang import buah berkenaan dari Iran, Afghanistan dan India.

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The All Singapore Stuff Facebook page took to their account to showcase a reader’s submission by someone named Sarah, who may possibly the food delivery person who experienced a customer who decided to add a very unreasonable additional note in their order. The customer decided to add that if their food doesn’t arrive within 20 minutes, the delivery person would have to pay for their meal.

All Singapore Stuff wrote, “Self-entitled customer expects their GrabFood delivery to arrive within 20 minutes or else the rider has to pay for it. Got money to buy a condo in Yishun but no money to buy class.”

The request is very much outrageous considering Personal Mobility Devices (PMD) have been banned on footpaths in Singapore, which makes food deliveries at their previous speeds very much impossible.

Many netizens have since voiced out their dissatisfaction the customer. Some reasoned as to why delivery timings can sometimes end up being extended.

Other netizens spoke about why it’s important to be nice to your delivery person.

One netizen even commented about what they would do if they were in the delivery person’s shoes.

We’re not entirely sure of the outcome of the situation, but we genuinely hope that the delivery person didn’t have to pay for the ridiculous customer’s meal.

In fact, we hope that food delivery services will blacklist or suspend customers who are unreasonable and cruel to delivery people who work hard in order to ensure food and beverages are delivered in a pristine state.

WOB

UNILAD reported that a man was left to drown while onlookers did nothing to help the guy, even as a man continued to videotape the incident. On 15th November 2019, Jaffer Ayub, 19, and two of his friends decided to take a dip at the quarry in Kalburgi, Karnataka. The boy took a dive confidently without testing the waters, and he swam a few metres away from the riverbank after diving in.

But, as he started to move towards the riverbank, he looked like he was very tired and lost his grip of the shore. Ayub submerged momentarily as he tried to grasp for air to survive. The report further revealed that one of his friends, who was standing at the riverbank, reached out his hand to help Ayub, but he pulled it back for God knows why.

As Ayub desperately tried to stay afloat, onlookers just remained silent as they watched him drown; and his friend who was recording the whole ordeal didn’t even give a hand. Sometime later, Ayub seemed to have completely submerged into the water as he was missing from the surface.

Only after Ayub had completely disappeared, the group of onlookers was suddenly alarmed by the incident. They tried to pull Ayub to the riverbank, but it was too late because he had passed away by then.

As of now, police are investigating the incident and they reckoned that the onlookers were probably “too terrified to help” before they even tried to understand what was happening right before their eyes. 

WOB

Did you know there is such a thing as being “allergic to water”? Apparently there is, and it is quite a bizarre condition that we’re not sure if we can wrap our head around.

One of the people with this rare condition is Tessa Hansen-Smith from California, who is literally allergic to water. The condition is called aquagenic urticaria, which affects about 100 people worldwide. Google it! It’s real.

According to Daily Mail, the 21-year-old would break out in a painful rash whenever her skin comes into contact with water, which means that she cannot cry or sweat or take showers.

The university student will also suffer migraines and develop a fever within a few minutes of touching water.

Because of this, she cannot play sports and needs to be transported around her university campus just in case she sweats while moving, which will cause an allergic reaction.

“It’s a really difficult condition to have as I’m even allergic to my own tears, saliva and sweat,” she said.

“I’m really prone to heat exhaustion and have to avoid physical activity. I even have to be shuttled around my campus at college because otherwise I show up to my class with a fever, migraine and rashes making it really difficult to concentrate.”

“I suffer with a lot of muscle fatigue and nausea too; the sickness is usually caused by me eating something with a lot of water in foods like some fruits and vegetables. Even drinking water can cause cuts on my tongue.”

At eight years old, Tessa started breaking out in a rash whenever she showered. Her parents thought she was only allergic to certain shampoos or soaps, but her condition did not become better even after taking allergy tablets.

The condition becomes worse with age, so even though the tablets worked for a while, it became less efficient the older she got. Tessa was then diagnosed with aquagenic urticaria at the age of 10.

Tessa and her mother, who is a doctor, realised it was a rare condition after researching her symptoms online. But because this condition is so rare, there is very limited data on the kinds of treatment for it.

Tessa now has to take nine antihistamine tablets a day in order to keep her symptoms under control.

“Having aquagenic urticaria can be a mental game at times – it’s hard to take so many tablets everyday knowing that it’s not actually ever going to stop,” she said.

“At one point I was taking 12 tablets a day – currently I’m taking nine.”

“I’m frequently reminded that there’s no cure to aquagenic urticaria and that I’ll never really be fully better which is definitely a difficult thing to hear sometimes.”

But despite the challenges she faces daily, Tessa is not going to let her condition completely control her life.

“I have always been very determined to be independent and leave my home town for college. I try my best to take things one day at a time because some days are better than others,” she said.

“If I’m able to see my friends and loved ones without having to leave early due to feeling sick, or make it to all my classes in one day, I see that as a win in my book.”

Currently, Tessa has set up an Instagram page called @livingwaterless to raise awareness of her condition.

WOB

The future of computing

November 29, 2019 | Tech | No Comments

Intel’s Chief Technology Officer speaks to Balqis Lim on how data and artificial intelligence will drive the digital economy

DATA has become one of the most vital resources of the century. To help consumers prosper in this new digital economy, the world’s largest manufacturer of computer chips, Intel has shifted its focus from being a PC-centric company to a data-centric company.

Its Chief Technology Officer Dr Michael Mayberry says in today’s world, cameras and road sensors are collecting data, and this data has to go somewhere for things to be done computationally.

“How do you make sense of the data? How do you turn it into useful information, whether it’s a map of traffic congestion or of smog in some cities around the world?

“All these are examples of things where you start with raw data. You then turn the data into information, and that information is then used to make decisions. It’s important that we consume the information as quickly as possible to make sense of it. It’s no longer a person-centric thing, it is a data-centric thing,” he says.

INTEL’S SHIFT
Mayberry says when he started working at Intel 35 years ago, it was primarily a memory company, although the company had already started manufacturing central processing units (CPU) at some point.

In the 1980s, Intel made a transition, going from memory centre to a CPU centre. In the ‘90s, the transition was from CPU-centric to PC-centric. Today, the company is in the midst of a transition from PC-centric to data centre.

“What we mean by that last transition is that PCs are an example of something that’s optimised for humans to interact with. It’s a personal computing device. Data-centric means increasing the amount of data that we collect and we need to make sense of it. We then use the data to make decisions, sometimes in real-time,” he says.

Mayberry says the data collected comes in multiple forms, for example, from a video that was shared as a memo to the staff.

“It could be a video camera at a corner intersection. It could also be a sensor collecting information about smog, or the tides, or any of those things. What we want to be able to do is to make sense of all that by combining a lot of pieces of information together. So it’s not simply one piece of information, it’s making sense of all the data we collect all the time throughout the day.”

And as more data is collected, he says there is a need to store it or move it somewhere and a need to do computation around it.

“For example, when your phone’s storage becomes full, you have to offload those pictures to the cloud. That requires network, so that’s the movement of it. The network then may say, ‘hey, I’m going to tag the faces in those pictures’ and that’s compute. All three of those things work together to make sense of the world,” explains Mayberry.

ADVANCING TECHNOLOGY
Depending on which piece of product Intel is working on, the company also plays multiple roles. Having driven the PC ecosystem for a couple of decades, Intel is also into standardisation so that the machines can talk to one another.

“We work on that standardisation around how people use technology. We also work on standardisation around how to compute with technology. For example, on artificial intelligence, we have an initiative that’s called OpenVINO that allows people to write programs that make sense of data and do a control of the systems.

“It’s intended to make it more accessible for people to get into artificial intelligence without having to go to school and get a degree and train for years. We do things like that to make our technology easy to use.

“At the same time, we’re making technology more complicated. We’ll build a faster computer, a larger memory device, a faster network, and those, in turn, will require more choices and so we have to work on making those easier to use as well.”

Intel has also embarked on Project Athena, an innovation programme to aid laptop makers meet modern-day computing needs and build revolutionary laptops for the future.

“A decade ago laptops were typically between 1.3kg and 1.8kg, which was considered very light. We are trying to enhance the features to make it convenient to carry around, as well as preserve the things that make a PC useful to people.

“So we’re going to have longer battery life, ease of connectivity, and standards around the display, as well as around the responsiveness. Ultimately, we would like devices that are still as useful as the PCs were, but far more attractive where portability is concerned. So we work with the ecosystem to essentially certify those designs,” says Mayberry, adding that the first batch of these premium products have begun to enter the market.

FUTURE OF COMPUTING
Mayberry says one of the directions going forward is AI, to handle a large variety of different kinds of data, computing tasks, and sharing of information. “For example, artificial intelligence is one example of things where if we put a particular kind of compute capability in our chips, then it becomes much more useful for that kind of data.

“So as we have been modifying and refining the performance of our computer chips on traditional tasks, we’re also adding instructions. We’re adding compute units, we’re adding software layers to get ready for that future of computing.”

Another direction is increasingly rapid communications, or as Mayberry calls it, 5G. However, he says it is a collection of technologies. There are increasing ways for machines to become autonomous like automating the factory floor.

He says it can be automated to handle more variations such as the orientation of parts or doing adjustment processes in real-time because humans don’t necessarily want to do tedious, unsafe, repetitive tasks. “We think the robots will be able to do better going forward.”

Mayberry says Intel is also working on its 5G protocols to handle a combination of data types, with shorter latency and faster response.

Rather than using cell towers that are far apart, it is using micro cells to have higher bandwidth and ultimately a more rapid exchange of information that will become one of the enablers for machine to machine communication.

TECH PREDICTIONS
As technology becomes more sophisticated, we will see more generational changes where one generation was raised doing one thing, while the next generation will see it as obsolete.

Mayberry says 2020 will not be the era of automated driving, meaning it won’t be broad enough to happen soon. “But my children’s children may never learn to drive because the world will have advanced so much.

“My predictions for next year will be like this year, only better. We’ll have smaller laptops that are lighter and with longer battery life because the electronics are already being developed right now and being shipped.”

As for Intel, he says the company is bringing a lot of 10-nanometre products, promising better performance and lower power, to the market.

“Some of those go into laptops, some into servers, and some into networking. We will have a much wider range of products this time next year than we have today.”

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Miss World Malaysia 2019 will showcase a heritage costume at the international pageant, writes Meera Murugesan.

INSPIRED by the beauty and elegance of Langkawi’s famous maiden — the legendary Mahsuri — a classic kebaya labuh will be making its debut during the finals of the Miss World pageant in London on Dec 14.

Malaysia’s representative to the pageant, Miss World Malaysia 2019 Alexis Sueann Seow, will be wearing the outfit during the national costume segment of the finals.

The “Legend of Langkawi” as the kebaya labuh is called, has been crafted by established batik designer Kartini Illias and pays tribute to Malaysia’s roots and draws from the designer’s love of local flora and fauna and the traditional fabrics which form our cultural heritage.

Kartini, who resides in Langkawi, was drawn to the classic elegance of the kebaya labuh which originated from Kedah and is now popularly worn throughout Malaysia. She felt it would be the most appropriate representation of Malaysia at the international pageant.

The two-piece traditional outfit has a kebaya made from shimmering gold organza fabric with maroon lining and a matching sarong crafted from songket Terengganu which boasts the traditional tampok manggis motif, the distinctive pattern at the base of the mangosteen fruit which has inspired local craftswomen for ages.

The outfit is complemented by a hand printed silk batik shawl with striking gold motifs which Seow will be holding while wearing the kebaya.

Songket is a highly prized traditional fabric woven on a hand loom. Songket weaving has, over the centuries, remained the domain of women, mainly in the east coast states of Terengganu and Kelantan while batik, an ancient wax resist technique of dyeing fabric, continues to be synonymous with the Malaysian identity.

Kartini believes local fabrics and traditional crafts deserve more attention and we need to look at what we, as a nation, have to offer the world.

“We don’t need to be like everyone else. People will appreciate us for who we are and we cannot pretend to be anything else.”

Katini, started her label, iKARRTiNi in 1990 which has since established itself as a fashion forward name in batik designs.

She has always believed that in order to stay relevant in the fashion industry, especially when working with traditional fabrics, one must design to suit the market.

To craft Malaysia’s national costume for the Miss World pageant, she reconnected with an old acquaintance, Datin Majean Majid who started Needlewoman in 1974. The two women first met in 1977 in, at that time, Institute Technology Mara, where Kartini was a student and Majean a part-time lecturer. The process of working on the costume proved to be a delightful experience for both.

Kartini says given that Malaysia is a melting pot of different cultures, she wanted this diversity translated into Seow’s outfit as well. As a result, the accessories to match the Mahsuri inspired kebaya labuh, have been drawn from Chinese and Indian influences, particularly the elaborate, gold coloured headdress that Seow will be wearing.

The headdress is typically worn by brides even today. The influence of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures is clearly apparent and in East Malaysia, this kind of headdress is further adorned to reflect the identities of the different tribes.

Seow will also be donning a “kerongsang Tok” or traditional brooch which comes in a set of three. The ibu or mother brooch is the main brooch followed by two anak (or children). It used to be worn by aristocrats in the olden days, both of Malay and Chinese descent.

The traditional bangles with ornate motifs which will adorn the hands and feet of Miss World Malaysia 2019 also clearly reflect the different cultures in the country.

Seow, who is thrilled and proud to represent Malaysia, says unlike other beauty pageants, Miss World encourages and embraces the cultural diversity of its contestants and what each woman can bring from her country.

“That is why traditional designs and fabrics like batik and songket are so important at the pageant because they reflect our identity,” says Seow, an actress and TV and radio host who was crowned last month after beating 19 other contestants.

During the finals in London, she will also be performing the zapin while wearing the outfit designed by Kartini. She has taken lessons from a professional dancer from Istana Budaya to hone her skills in the traditional dance form. Seow will also be wearing several other batik-inspired ensembles created by Kartini during the duration of the pageant.

Seow will also auction off an autographed copy of A Doctor In The House: The Memoirs of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at a charity auction for the pageant. Sponsors for her trip include Tourism Malaysia (Visit Malaysia Year 2020 is only a month away), Dorsett Grand Subang and Malaysia Airlines.

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One in 10 children in Malaysia – about 750,000 – are sexually abused, according to community studies.

In 95 per cent of the cases, their sexual abusers are people known to them. Mostly, the abusers are their fathers or stepfathers.

“In Malaysia, the primary abuser is the father. The second primary abuser is the father and the third primary abuser is also the father, ” says Datuk Dr Amar Singh, a consultant pediatrician who has worked with sexually abused children for over three decades.

Citing three local community studies (Amar, 1996; Kamaruddin, 2000; and Choo, 2011) on the incidence of child sexual abuse in Malaysia, Dr Amar says that sexual abuse affects from 8 per cent to 26 per cent of children. The accepted average is 10 per cent.

Police statistics on victims and the number of cases reported to the Welfare Department, however, are lower.

In 2017, out of the 1,582 rape cases reported to the police, almost 80 per cent (1,257) involved victims (all women and girls) below the age of 18.

A total of 1,290 molest cases was recorded involving children under the age of 18, of which about 3 per cent were boys.

A total of 269 incest cases were reported, of which 66 per cent involved children under the age of 15.

Meanwhile, a booklet published by the Penang state government’s Women, Family Development Committee found that one in three girls and one in six boys experience sexual abuse before they reach the age of 18.

Globally, it is estimated that only about 10 per cent of cases are reported.Child sexual abuse is a grossly under-reported crime; in fact, the most under-reported of crimes.

A child is sexually abused when he or she is forced or tricked into sexual acts.

Sexual abuse isn’t just using a body part or object to rape or penetrate a child but also includes touching any part of a child’s body inappropriately, whether they are clothed or not, making a child undress or touch someone else, lying on top of a child and rubbing against him or her, kissing or making a child perform oral sex or performing oral sex on a child.

Sexual abuse, says Dr Amar, is the most heinous of crimes – even more traumatic than rape.

“Mostly, children are sexually abused, some are raped. Sexual abuse is almost always by someone whom the child knows and trusts, and it is repetitive and can happen 100 or 500 or 1,000 times over months or years.

“Rape, though horrific too, often happens once and is perpetrated by a stranger.

“Sexual abuse is far worse because, often, it happens in the child’s own home by people they love and who say love them.

“I have worked with someone who was sexually abused for 15 years before she had the courage to run away, ” says Dr Amar.

PROTECT OUR CHILDREN

On paper, Malaysia has laws that safeguard children from sexual violence but the laws are not enforced enough.

“The Child Act 2001 and the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 should be the primary legislation used when dealing with children as they have been designed to protect children. Unfortunately, they are not being made use of, ” says Dr Amar.

Under Section 31 of the Child Act, sexual abuse of a child and even causing or permitting a child to be abused is a crime.

Offenders stand to be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years imprisonment or fined up to RM50,000 (S$16,300) or both.

In the Sexual Offences Against Children Act, crimes include sexually communicating with a child (section 11, maximum three years imprisonment), child grooming (section 12, maximum five years imprisonment and whipping), meeting, following child grooming (section 13, maximum 10 years imprisonment and whipping), physical sexual assault on a child (section 14, maximum 20 years imprisonment, whipping) and non-physical sexual assault of a child (section 15, maximum 20 years imprisonment, maximum RM20,000 fine or both).

“Let me give an example. The Child Act requires mandatory reporting if a child is suspected of being abused.

“If a parent or guardian, a welfare, medical or police officer fails to act, they can be fined up to RM50,000 or imprisoned. That’s how much protection the Act provides our children, ” says Dr Amar.

The Child Act also treats girls and boys the same, whereas in the Penal Code, boys tend to get a harsher treatment (in cases where both the offender and the victim are underaged).

“The Child Act also does not allow parents to withdraw police reports but this is something that happens all the time. Why? Because we believe that parents have more rights than the child?” questions Dr Amar.

Instead, he says, both the police and the courts seem to prefer to use the Penal Code when they prosecute child sexual abuse cases, a law that is more suitable for adult victims.

A big issue, he says, is the lackadaisical attitude when it comes to safeguarding the welfare of children as well as a woeful shortage of manpower.

“The custodians of our children, which are our police and welfare officers, don’t really know the Child Act well enough or at all. Welfare officers and the police have the power, by law, to remove a child from their homes or wherever they are if there is even a suspicion of violence. But we are not doing this.

“Of course, the welfare department is terribly understaffed and many officers do not have a social work qualification.

“Perhaps we need to enforce the law and put the people who fail to protect our children behind bars for this to be taken this seriously, ” says Dr Amar.

Women, Family and Community Development deputy minister Hannah Yeoh says that protecting children from abuse is among the ministry’s top priorities and one measure is to increase the number and quality of child protectors under the Welfare Department.

“We now have more than 200 child protectors nationwide but for nine million children, we need at least 1,500 child protectors and we hope we will be there soon.

“We have also developed a sex education syllabus for boys to teach them, first of all, about their bodies, and also to respect girls and women.

“They also need to know about consent and they must know about the law. Many boys don’t know there is such a thing as statutory rape. For them, if the girl is ok that’s all that matters, ” said Yeoh recently.

HIDDEN IN SHAME

When Sally (not her real name), 10, told her mother that her father was doing “funny things” to her, she was asked not to share “such stories” with anyone. Her mother told her that her father wanted to comfort her, which is why he held her close.

The abuse went on for years and Sally didn’t tell anyone because she “didn’t see the point”.

“My mother tried to make sure I was not alone with him but she could not be with me all the time and whenever we were alone, he would come to me, ” says Sally, who is now 35 and undergoing therapy to overcome the trauma from the abuse.

Like Sally, children who are sexually abused are often told to “be quiet” and “tolerate” the abuse, or worse, they are asked to believe that the sexual abuse is a demonstration of how much “they are loved”.

In our culture, unfortunately, we don’t talk about these things. The saying ‘biar mati anak, jangan mati adat’ (better your children die than your traditions) really holds true in many families, regardless of race.

Unfortunately, this just revictimises the child who feels betrayed by first their abuser and then by their family too, ” says senior case worker, Shaney Cheng, at PS the Children, a rights-based NGO that works with children who are sexually abused and exploited.

Incest, says Women’s Centre for Change’s programme director Karen Lai, has particularly severe repercussions on victims.

“Apart from immediate feelings of trauma, guilt and shame that victims experience, experts have noted a strong correlation between incest and long-term damage such as severe anxiety and depression, sexual dysfunction, other abusive relationships and self-destructive behaviour that include self-mutilation, prostitution, and drug and alcohol addiction.

“It is very important that victims receive strong support from their family members and close social circle without being judged, blamed, or shamed in any way.

“They also need counselling and emotional support that takes into account the specific psychological damage that is a result of their abuse, ” says Lai.

PHOTO: The Star/Asia News Network

Changing the way we respond to child sexual abuse has to start with education and awareness, not just with children but also parents and the community, says Cheng.

“We treat our children as our ‘possessions’ rather than human beings with individual rights. If we knew of a peer who has been sexually abused, we wouldn’t tell them to keep quiet. We would urge them to report it.

“But we silence our children because of our adat (customs). But, what about the child? Or, the consequences of this violation and betrayal to them?

“We are only now beginning to see the consequences of child sexual abuse on adult survivors and it isn’t pretty. Many are depressed and suicidal. They are unable to move on. They get into toxic adult relationships because they think that to be loved is to be violated, ” Cheng says.

Dr Amar agrees. “These are not isolated cases. They are all too common and they happen to boys as well as girls – boys are even less likely to report sexual abuse than girls. Sexual abuse of children happens across all social classes and races, and in both urban and rural populations,” he says.

Children experience abuse and violence mostly because of the failure of adults, primarily their parents or guardians, to protect them.

“So, the question now is, how do we support our children? We have to empower them to speak out if they are being abused or if they are uncomfortable with someone touching them.

“And we have to believe them. It’s not enough to acknowledge children’s rights; we have to make sure that they can access their rights, ” says Cheng.

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Stuck in traffic? Feeling frustrated ? Well, so are we! According to a study, KL-ites spend 53 minutes stuck in traffic every day! That’s almost an hour! That’s two whole episodes of my favourite show. But yeah, it’s all spent stuck in traffic. Don’t you wish there’s some magical way that would allow you to escape the traffic? This Indonesian man decided he had enough of traffic and decided to build his own escape method.

Jujun Junaedi started building his own helicopter because he was sick of the traffic. He said that not only is it incredibly frustrating but it’s also a waste of petrol and time!

How is he building it you ask? Well, he bought parts and scraps from his auto repair shop at a total of 30 million rupiah (RM8,885.41) from when he started building it 18 months ago. Even his young son and neighbour were recruited to help him build his helicopter.

“As long as my helicopter takes off then I’ll be satisfied,”

But there also seems to be a problem, as in case y’all haven’t noticed, building a helicopter COSTS MONEY! According to his wife, Yeti, the money spent on the engines and blades was extremely high.

“If everything is spent on this helicopter we’d have nothing left to buy food.”

Well, whether or not his helicopter takes off, you can’t deny Jujun is dedicated. We can just hope his family isn’t starving to support his dream. To rest of y’all who are stuck in traffic, just remember you’re not stuck in traffic.

WOB

‘Merempit, buat kacau rai habis SPM’

November 29, 2019 | Viral | No Comments

MELAKA – Sekumpulan pelajar sekolah yang tamat peperiksaan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), semalam ‘berpesta’ di jalan raya dengan aksi yang membahayakan diri sendiri dan orang lain apabila menunggang motosikal secara melulu di beberapa kawasan tumpuan pelancong di Melaka.

Antara kawasan terlibat termasuk di sekitar laluan utama pesisir Pantai Klebang, Pantai Puteri dan Bandar Hilir.

Tindakan tersebut bukan sahaja mengganggu ketenteraman awam dengan bunyi bising, malah kumpulan terbabit termasuk pelajar perempuan juga turut menunjukkan lagak ‘samseng’ dengan membuat pelbagai aksi di atas jalan raya sehingga menyebabkan pengguna lain terpaksa ‘beralah’ memberi laluan kepada mereka.

Selain merakam aksi-aksi ngeri kumpulan pelajar berkenaan, aktiviti-aktiviti tidak sihat seperti merokok secara terang-terangan di kawasan awam turut dirakam hingga tular di laman sosial.

Video berdurasi 35 saat dimuat naik di Twitter @HermyRahim itu jelas memaparkan tindak-tanduk sekumpulan pelajar tanpa menghiraukan keselamatan diri sendiri termasuk pengguna lain.

Bagaimanapun aksi mereka itu dapat dihidu pihak berkuasa dan video itu jelas menunjukkan sekumpulan pelajar ditahan anggota polis trafik.

Memetik laporan Astro Awani, Ketua Jabatan Siasatan Penguatkuasaan Trafik (JSPT) negeri, Hassan Basri Yahya berkata, bertindak atas aduan, pihaknya mengeluarkan 17 saman kepada 17 pelajar lepasan SPM itu atas pelbagai kesalahan.

Antaranya termasuk tiada lesen memandu, cukai perjalanan yang tamat tempoh dan ubah suai kenderaan.

Jelasnya, kesemua kesalahan itu masing-masing 15 di Klebang dan dua di Bandaraya Melaka.

-sinarharian

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