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Buru individu sebar berita palsu

February 21, 2020 | News | No Comments

KERAJAAN bertegas memburu individu yang menyebarkan berita tidak benar sekali gus mengheret mereka ke mahkamah.

Timbalan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri (JPM), Mohamed Hanipa Maidin berkata, kerajaan sudah lama berdiam diri dalam hal berkenaan namun kini sudah tiba masanya untuk mengambil tindakan terhadap individu terbabit.

“Kerajaan bersedia untuk dikritik, kritik lah sepedas mana pun kami akan terima dan tiada tindakan akan diambil kerana kami mengamalkan demokrasi. Kita hanya ambil tindakan terhadap mereka yang menyebarkan berita palsu.

“Malangnya, sejak kebelakangan ini ada individu yang menggunakan kebebasan diberikan dengan menyebarkan berita palsu, fitnah, berita yang boleh timbulkan isu perkauman, agama serta keresahan pada rakyat. Selama ini kami berdiam kerana merasakan masyarakat tidak akan menyebarkan berita palsu lagi.

“Namun, masih ada individu yang menyebarkan fitnah sehingga mengganggu gugat keamanan negara contohnya dalam isu penularan wabak Covid-19, dan itu adalah titik permulaan mengapa kerajaan bertegas untuk memburu individu ini dari terus menyebarkan fitnah terhadap kerajaan,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian dalam sidang media khas isu penyebaran berita palsu dan fitnah yang diadakan di Bahagian Hal Ehwal Undang-Undang Jabatan Perdana Menteri, di Putrajaya, hari ini.

Turut hadir dalam sidang media berkenaan Timbalan Menteri Komunikasi dan Multimedia, Eddin Syazlee Shith.

Ketika ditanya sama ada kerajaan akan mengembalikan Akta Antiberita Tidak Benar 2018, Hanipa berkata, kerajaan komited tidak akan mengkaji semula akta berkenaan kerana undang-undang sedia ada sudah mencukupi bagi membendung berita palsu.

Sementara itu, Eddin Syazlee berkata, individu yang didapati melakukan kesalahan itu boleh dikenakan tindakan mengikut Seksyen 233 Akta Komunikasi dan Multimedia 1998 dan dan Seksyen 505 Kanun Keseksaan.

“Dari Januari tahun lalu sehingga 20 Februari ini, sebanyak 62 kes sudah disiasat, daripada jumlah itu lapan kes sudah didakwa dengan sembilan pertuduhan.

“Kita akan terus mendidik masyarakat dalam hal penyebaran berita palsu ini, selain itu pihak kementerian turut menyediakan platform dikenali sebagai sebenarnya.my yang boleh menyemak sesuatu berita yang dibaca oleh mereka.

“Melalui portal berkenaan, ia secara tidak langsung akan mendidik masyarakat supaya berhati hati dengan isu yang disampaikan bagi menyemak risalah yang tidak benar,” katanya.

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The Marang Civil Defense District Office (APM) has warned the public not to go near the beaches at Pulau Kekabu, Terengganu for now, as it can be really dangerous. This is because they have collected over 30 Portuguese man o’ war jellyfishes on the beaches and these animals are very venomous.

According to Berita Harian, APM collected the jellyfishes today (Feb 20th) and said that people should stay away from the beaches until the animals are gone. Captain of Apm, Mohd Zabri Abd Razak, said that the team did a routine observation at the beach around 11.46am and were surprised to find so many of the jellyfishes washed up on the sand.

“We thought that it would only be a few jellyfishes but we were wrong as we found more than 30 live jellyfishes that were still alive lying on the beach. It’s fortunate that at that time, there were no visitors on the beach. We would like to warn the public to always be careful when they are visiting that beach,” he explained.

APM thought that the Portuguese man o’ war jellyfishes had gone from the beach because when they inspected the area yesterday and the day before that, they could not find any. However, they said that it was possible that many of the jellyfishes might still be floating in the middle of the sea, and they could be slowly making their way to the beach.

Mohd Zabri also cautions the public not to touch the jellyfishes as they are very venomous and if they see one, they should immediately leave the area. APM says that they have already informed the Terengganu Department of Fisheries for further action.

APM said that they will carry out routine inspections as necessary as they want to make sure that public safety is assured. Before this, the APM team had informed that they found 11 dead Portuguese man o’ war jellyfishes at Pulau Kekabu beach on Feb 11th. Another 10 live jellyfishes were found floating in the sea. The dead jellyfishes were sent to the Oceanography Centre at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) for further investigation.

Previously, these venomous creatures were also recently spotted at the waters in Pahang and Johor. They are easy enough to recognise as they are translucent, and they are usually tinged blue, purple, pink, or mauve. In some places, they are known as “Bluebottles.”

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Suspek tikam leher muazin ditahan

February 21, 2020 | Crime, News | No Comments

London: Polis berjaya menahan seorang lelaki berusia 29 tahun yang disyaki menikam muazin di sebuah masjid di tengah London, semalam.

Daily Mail melaporkan, pihak berkuasa mengesahkan kejadian berkenaan tiada kaitan dengan serangan pengganas.

Mangsa dikenali sebagai Rafat Maqlas,69, ditikam pada lehernya ketika mahu menunaikan solat Asar, semalam.

Selepas kejadian, warga emas itu dibawa ke hospital dan masih tersenyum ketika dirawat.

Ketua Unit Penguasa Daerah Pentadbiran London tengah Superintendan Helen Harper berkata, siasatan dilakukan untuk menyiasat motif kejadian.

“Kita percaya ia cuma insiden terpencil. Rondaan ditingkatkan di sekitar kawasan masjid untuk keselamatan orang ramai. Saya juga ingin berterima kasih kepada setiap orang dalam masjid yang membantu mengesan suspek sebelum ditahan dan tidak putus-putus memberikan maklumat dalam membantu siasatan pegawai saya.

“Kecederaan dialami mangsa juga tidak serius,” katanya.

Seorang saksi memberitahu, suspek biasa dilihat di masjid itu dan kali terakhir dilihat enam bulan lalu.

Suspek yang menikam muazin berkenaan. FOTO Agensi

Abi Watik, 59, berkata, mangsa menikam sekali di bahu kanan mangsa ketika solat baru dimulakan.

“Suspek pada mulanya dilihat solat di belakang mangsa sebelum menikamnya.

“Saya percaya suspek itu memang menunggu detik itu untuk menyerang.

Perdana Menteri Boris Johnson menzahirkan kedukaan di atas kejadian berkenaan.

“Saya sangat sedih mendengar serangan berlaku di masjid tengah London. Ia sungguh mengerikan dan tidak patut berlaku lebih-lebih lagi dalam tempat ibadat.

“Ingatan tulus ikhlas saya untuk mangsa dan mereka yang terkesan,” katanya menerusi ciapan dalam Twitter.

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SERDANG – A 47-year-old man has been arrested over the murder of a woman in a parking lot in Puchong.

Serdang OCPD Asst Comm Ismadi Borhan said the suspect, who is the woman’s ex-husband, was arrested in Genting Highlands at about 2am yesterday (Feb 20).

“The woman was a Chinese national with a Permanent Resident status. Her family members – her daughter and younger sister – have identified the body at Serdang Hospital,” he said when contacted.

Post-mortem on the body, added ACP Ismadi, showed the cause of death to be multiple wounds from a sharp object.

“There were wounds on her neck and head, and on the front as well the back of her body. We believe the murder weapon to be a knife,” he said, adding that the suspect had been put on remand until Feb 26.

“We are ruling out theft as a motive as the victim’s belongings were not missing,” he said. ACP Ismadi also urged anyone with information to contact the Serdang district police headquarters at 03-8074 2222 or the nearest police station.

The body of the woman, in her 50s, was found in a pool of blood in a parking lot in Pusat Bandar Puchong Jaya at about 10.20pm on Wednesday.

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Yarraka Bayles from Brisbane took a video of her son, Quaden, who suffers from dwarfism, crying his eyes out and asking his mom to just kill him because he can’t stand the bullies anymore.

In the heartbreaking video, Quaden can be seen saying how he did nothing yet the bully called him the dumbest kid in class.

I just wanna die right now! I want someone to kill me!”

Just imagine what kind of torment this boy would have gone through everyday for him to be talking like this.  Yarraka explained how this happens almost every day, and this not only hurts her son but also hurts them as a family. Her sadness can clearly be felt through the video as she relates that she has to keep a constant eye on him due to multiple suicide attempts.

Comments of support and love poured in immediately after his mom posted the video and it’s uplifting to see some people still care and have some love in their heart.

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Be it in the form of a small bolster, a pillow, a blanket or a stuffed toy, having a chou chou (smelly pillow) seemed to be a perfectly normal thing to me — or so I thought. Imagine my shock when I found out (at age 24, no less), that not everyone has a chou chou.

Traditionally, the pillows are hand-made by grandmothers and filled with dried bean sprout husks as a gift to their newborn grandchildren so they don’t get startled while sleeping.

Most may call it chou chou, which translates to “smelly” in Mandarin, and others might know it as bantal busuk (Malay for “smelly pillow”). It is something personal which they would have had since they were young — a comfort object if you will.

Those who don’t have a chou chou may gasp in horror at the thought of keeping a smelly pillow and not washing it for days or months — sometimes even years, on end. While those who are camp chou chou just can’t sleep without it.

All my life, I’ve had my chou chou by my side in bed, because there’s just something about the smell that helps me to fall into slumber. I never knew how I developed this habit, until I asked my mother where I got my chou chou from in the first place.

Apparently, my grandmother hand-made my chou chou and gave it to me when I was about three years old. She filled the bolster with cotton wool before sewing it up and she also made a bolster sheet to protect my chou chou.

PHOTO: AsiaOne/Trini Ng

I was told that I needed to smell it before going to sleep every night, or else I would cry and kick up a fuss. That might explain why up till now, I find it hard to fall asleep without my chou chou. And it seems I’m not alone.

In a poll conducted in the office, at least two other colleagues admitted to being attached to their chou chous (I choose to believe the rest are just shy).

One colleague, Le En, 30, had her chou chou named ‘Doggy’ given to her when she was only a month-old. She shared that she would sleep with the stuffed toy every night until the age of 12.

Le En took offence when our editor called it creepy.
PHOTO: AsiaOne/Loo Le En

Said Le En: “I was 100,000 per cent convinced that if I never had my chou chou, I would never fall asleep ever again”.

She mentioned that her family felt that it was embarrassing for a grown kid to hold on to a ratty old stuffed toy, so in the middle of the night, her mother would take it away while she slept. Just like me, she would wake up crying. Even though Le En doesn’t sleep with Doggy anymore, she still keeps him close, sitting on a shelf in her room.

PHOTO: AsiaOne/Loo Le En

Thankfully, my mother is much more accepting towards my chou chou and I’m allowed to bring it overseas if I travel with my family, because I don’t know what I’ll do without it.

But I definitely won’t bring it on trips with friends who don’t know me well enough, because I do feel slightly embarrassed no matter how much I love my chou chou. But there’s nothing to hide now, since everyone will know about my chou chou after reading this.

WASHING YOUR CHOU CHOU

While some people don’t wash their chou chou for so long that when they finally steel themselves to do it, they find that the water has turned into the shade of boba milk tea. Now that’s just unsanitary.

I wash my chou chou at least once a month. And I know what you are thinking, it seems gross, but I like the smell on my chou chou (don’t judge!).

Contrary to popular belief, it only takes a few days for the familiar smell to return after washing your chou chou. So please wash it, because there are still hygiene issues to be addressed.

If someone asks me to throw away my chou chou, I’d sooner throw them out of my house. Just kidding, or am I?

Yes, I may be overly attached to my chou chou, but who isn’t? People have different reasons why they love their beloved chou chou.

Shared Tanya*, 36, who washes her pillow once a week: “I’ve kept my pillow for about 16 to 17 years. I bought it as a replacement for my old one, which disintegrated after a wash.

PHOTO: Tanya

Said Tanya fondly of her pillow: “It’s so comfortable, and it will take a long time for a new pillow to be ‘seasoned’ before it becomes this comfortable.”

Interestingly enough, her male cousin, Ashvin, 25, also has a similar pillow which his mother bought.

After having had it with him for at least 12 years, he said: “I’ve had it for too long already, I don’t have the heart to throw it away.”

PHOTO: Ashvin

Jayne* too, had to replace her old chou chou. The one she has now is about 10 years old, “but it is not the same one I had when I was younger”.

The 31-year-old shared: “I need to touch the corners of my chou chou to sleep well and it has my smell too… I would touch it until the corners are torn and have to be sewn back again.”

Said another colleague, Rainer Cheung, 22: “The corners are one of the most important parts of it. After I stopped chewing it up, the corners have this nice ticklish feel to it.

PHOTO: AsiaOne/Rainer Cheung

“Once, a new helper saw that it was torn at the corner and mended it, I was so upset about it.”

Until today, Rainer brings her chou chou along with her even on work trips as she feels “it’s something that grounds me in the moment”.

Not all chou chous are the same. To some of us, there’s a deeper sentimental value attached to it.

For another one of our colleagues, Jude Lim, her chou chou was the first gift from her then-boyfriend (now husband) when she was 17. It is precious to Jude because it resembled her beloved pet pooch which died a year ago.

Jude’s first pet dog.
PHOTO: AsiaOne/Jude Lim

The 31-year-old revealed: “The toy dog wears a piece of clothing that I’d stitched for my old dog with a print of his paw on it, so in a way my dog is always by my side”. This explains why she brings it along with her wherever she goes.

Jude on a trip overseas with her chou chou in tow.
PHOTO: AsiaOne/Jude Lim

As for me, after recently learning that my chou chou was made by my grandmother, it had added sentimental value, especially so when my grandmother passed away two years ago.

While you may or may not have a touching story behind your chou chou, there’s nothing wrong in loving it for what it is, if it gives you comfort and peace. Or just as a huggable sleeping aid.

So to all chou chou lovers out there, don’t be ashamed when other people thumb their noses and say that it’s gross or childish.

I, for one, will be keeping mine close even till I’m grey and old, and I’m sure I won’t be the only one. 

*Not their real names

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TAMPIN – A mother’s decision to leave her 10-month-old baby alone at home while she made a quick stop at the post office came back to haunt her, after the infant was killed in a fire.

Tampin deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Ahmad Pilus Zainal said the 31-year-old mother had put her baby to sleep in an electric cradle at their home in Kampung Bangkahulu and told a neighbour to keep an eye on her while she went to the Gemas post office.

“The mum left her baby at home around 10.30am and told a neighbour to keep watch in case the baby wakes up.

“However, the mother later received a call from the neighbour and was told that her house was ablaze,” he said, adding that a policeman on duty at the Gemas police station also received a call of the fire from a member of the public around 11.50am.

DSP Ahmad Pilus said the mother immediately rushed to their rented home and saw that the house was ablaze.

“Her baby had also died in the incident,” he said adding that her husband was on duty at the Syed Sirajuddin Army camp when the fire broke out.

He said the Fire and Rescue Department was investigating the cause of the blaze.

“For now, we have classified the baby’s death as Sudden Death.

“We are still probing if the fire was an act of arson or caused by other factors,” he added.

The victim’s remains have been sent to the Tampin Hospital for a post-mortem.

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People who have visited Nara Park in Japan would know how much the deer there love their rice crackers

Tourists from all around the world love to visit the park because the deer would bow before they are fed with rice crackers, called shika senbei. A stack of the crackers is sold for 150 yen (about RM5.60).

Due to the overwhelming number of tourists visiting the park all year round, the deer have never gone hungry until of late.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, which has deterred tourists from travelling overseas, the nibblers are now deprived of the crispy snacks

According to a viral Weibo post which has been liked over 560,000 times and shared 26,000 times, a Japanese news segment reported that the deer have become so hungry to the extent that they have started to eat grass.

“Starting to eat grass again? Don’t deer eat grass anyway?” questioned the Weibo user in the post published on 9 February.

Over on Facebook, photos of the deer in the seemingly empty park have also been widely circulated

“This is Nara park in Japan. Due to a sharp drop in tourists, there are less people to feed them. So they are going to the seller themselves,” wrote the caption accompanying the photos.

The deer are seen surrounding the rice cracker vendor as if begging to be fed.

It was reported that in January alone, over 10,000 Chinese tourists cancelled their trips to Nara Prefecture, Japan

The staff who usually work in the park until 4pm every day have recently been told to go home by 12pm, reported China-based newspaper Ta Kung Pao.

A local businessperson told the daily that if the situation continues, it will force industry players to close down.

A journalist from SoraNews24 reported a rice cracker vendor there as saying that they are suffering a dramatic dip in sales.

After learning of the predicament, netizens started to pour in their sympathies for the starving creatures

“Yes, [I went] there last week and the deer are veryyy hungry (sic). I feel bad for them,” commented a Facebook user.

“OMG! Someone please get the deers (sic) out of there,” wrote a sobbing netizen.


“Noooooo, we have to go now to feed them,” said a netizen while tagging a friend.

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The aeroplane is a hotbed for viruses as thousands of passengers are being ferried to and from different cities. What with the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s high time we learn how to be responsible for keeping good personal hygiene to keep ourselves and others safe. 

Recently, a Singapore doctor shared how to prevent transmission of viruses if you need to travel during this critical period — you should wear a mask and wipe down the table and armrest with alcohol wipes, then throw it away in a bag to prevent germs from spreading. 

Besides the tray table, which I try not to touch unless I’m on a long-haul flight and have to eat, I’ll avoid going to the toilet too, even if it means holding it in over a five-hour-long plane ride. But sometimes if you have to go, you have to go.

What may greet you, however, is a toilet with the countertop wet and paper towels overflowing from the bins. What’s worse are the urine stains on the floor, making the toilet extremely off-putting. 

An AirAsia flight attendant, Amir, who goes by the Instagram handle of @amirchewill, took to Instagram Stories to educate people on aeroplane toilet etiquette and how to use it the proper way, along with some handy tips.

He started out by introducing the basic facilities in the lavatory, including the paper towel tray where passengers can use to wipe their hands dry. He also highlighted the call button in case of an emergency and the rubbish bin.

PHOTO: Instagram/Amirchewill

TIP 1: USE PAPER TOWELS TO WIPE DOWN THE RUBBISH BIN FLAP

In his next Instagram Story, the rubbish bin is seen cluttered with paper towels on the bin flap. Shame on you if you’ve done that before, because like what Amir pointed out, passengers after you will follow suit and used paper towels will start to pile up on the countertop.

PHOTO: Instagram/Amirchewill

He started out by introducing the basic facilities in the lavatory, including the paper towel tray where passengers can use to wipe their hands dry. He also highlighted the call button in case of an emergency and the rubbish bin.

PHOTO: Instagram/Amirchewill

TIP 1: USE PAPER TOWELS TO WIPE DOWN THE RUBBISH BIN FLAP

In his next Instagram Story, the rubbish bin is seen cluttered with paper towels on the bin flap. Shame on you if you’ve done that before, because like what Amir pointed out, passengers after you will follow suit and used paper towels will start to pile up on the countertop.

PHOTO: Instagram/Amirchewill

He shared a handy tip on how to dispose your rubbish without touching the flap — using a few pieces of paper towel, wipe down the bin flap before pushing everything down into the rubbish bin. Bring along a hand sanitiser for added hygiene after using the lavatory. 

PHOTO: Instagram/Amirchewill

TIP 2: USE PAPER TOWELS TO PRESS THE FLUSH BUTTON

As for the toilet bowl, Amir suggested using it for both “small or big” businesses and for vomiting as well, and not in the sink or on the floor. Geez, people! The sink is for washing your hands.

PHOTO: Instagram/Amirchewill

Another tip if you don’t want to dirty your hands when flushing is to use the toilet paper to cover your fingers to push the flush button and not wait for the next passenger to do it for you.

PHOTO: Instagram/Amirchewill

Parents, if you haven’t already known, the aeroplane toilet comes with a changing table just above the toilet bowl. Amir spoke against using the tray tables as those are for eating — here’s another reason to convince you to wipe down your tray table, you don’t want to eat on tables with traces of babies’ pee and poop.

PHOTO: Instagram/Amirchewill

To prevent stinking up the toilet with the soiled diapers, parents can also ask flight attendants for a plastic bag to wrap it up before disposing of it in the rubbish bin. 

TIP 3: ASK FOR A CUP OF WATER TO WASH YOUR BUM & REQUEST AIRCREW TO SPRAY AIR FRESHENER 

Amir ended his Instagram Stories with yet another interesting tip, which I’ve never thought of before. If you require a bidet, just request for a cup of water from the flight attendant. Or what I’ll usually do is wet the toilet paper since the sink is within arm’s length. 

PHOTO: Instagram/Amirchewill

And if the toilet is too smelly, don’t be afraid to ask the flight attendants to refresh the toilet with a quick spritz of air freshener. Or if you can wait it out, Amir suggested: “It’s better to get it done at an airport toilet”. 

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An accident occurred near 327 Jalan Besar yesterday morning, which left a car overturned in the middle of the road.

An eyewitness, Mr Mike Ho, said he was on his way to work at Sing Huat Hardware & Machinery, which is located in the area, when he saw the car flip over after colliding with another vehicle that was travelling alongside a double-decker bus.

Mr Ho, a sales manager in his 50s, immediately called for an ambulance.

His colleague opened the door of the overturned vehicle to assist the driver out of the car. The driver was wearing a sarong and looked to be in his 30s, Mr Ho said. He crawled out and walked to the side, looking stunned, Mr Ho added.

Another eyewitness, Mr Jay Lim, 48, told TNP he was awoken by the crash, despite being 15 storeys up at home.

Out of his window, Mr Lim saw the accident and the traffic congestion it caused.

He said: “All the cars had to filter to the right side of the road. The jam lasted around one hour.”

When Mr Ho realised the congestion the accident had caused, he and his colleagues gathered LED-equipped safety vests and traffic light batons from their hardware store and helped direct traffic past the accident while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

Mr Ho said: “We were afraid other people will get into an accident. We had the equipment to help so we wanted to make it easier for other cars while the authorities were coming.”

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they were alerted to the incident at 8am yesterday.

A spokesman said a person was assessed by SCDF paramedics but refused to be taken to hospital.

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