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The recently-concluded Star Search 2019, held in Singapore, has picked a Malaysian as its champion.

Teoh Ze Tong, 26, emerged the winner of the talent competition organised by Mediacorp, according to a recent news report.

An assistant manager with Carousell, a classifieds marketplace, Teoh was among the favourites in the competition.

“It was actually a lot of pressure on me. I felt so stressed by those predictions and it was only through the help of my mentor and staff that I was able to let go of those stresses and do well,” he said.

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HONG KONG – Hong Kong police said on Monday (Nov 11) they are investigating reports that a man was set alight following a heated argument on a day of widespread protests across the city, as videos of the purported attack surfaced online.

Three videos were posted on messaging channels used by protesters showing a man in a green t-shirt arguing with people on a footbridge, reportedly in the northern district of Ma On Shan.

A masked man dressed in black then throws a liquid over the man and sets him ablaze as crowds scatter and the victim frantically tries to remove his t-shirt.

A spokeswoman for the Hospital Authority said a man with burns had been admitted to Prince Wales Hospital, the closest facility to Ma On Shan.

“He’s in critical condition,” the spokeswoman said.

A police spokeswoman told AFP that they had received a report on the incident and were investigating.

The videos have not been verified by AFP, but the footage was picked up by Chinese state media.

The Global Times tabloid uploaded one of the videos to Twitter, a social media platform banned on the mainland, with the caption: “Black-clad rioters in #HongKong set a resident on fire in Ma On Shan on Monday, Hong Kong police confirmed with the Global Times.”

“Black-clad rioters” is a phrase commonly used by Chinese media to describe pro-democracy protesters.

What sparked the argument is unclear, but the expletive-laden conversation shows the man in green criticising people sympathetic to Hong Kong’s democracy movement, and his opponents berating him.

At one point, the man in green can be heard saying, “none of you are Chinese”.

One of his opponents shouts, “Go back to the Greater Bay Area”, the name for a nearby region of the Chinese mainland across the border from Hong Kong.

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Wajah terkini penipuan siber

November 12, 2019 | News | No Comments

MENCURI data peribadi pengguna banyak membabitkan maklumat perbankan dan kad kredit. Itu tujuan utama penipuan menerusi e-mel yang sering diterima pengguna.

Walaupun pelbagai pendedahan dilaksanakan sama ada daripada kerajaan mahupun badan bukan kerajaan (NGO), masih wujud mangsa penipuan dalam talian seperti ini.

Menerusi bahasa siber, penipuan jenis ini lebih dikenali sebagai penipuan ‘Phishing’ memandangkan kebanyakan pengguna mengetahui sesuatu e-mel yang diterima adalah bentuk penipuan.

Menjelaskan taktik penipuan baharu berkenaan, Pakar Keselamatan Siber Sophos, John Shier berkata, wajah terkini penipuan dalam talian adalah pihak tidak bertanggungjawab yang mengirim e-mel mirip bank kononnya mahu mengemas kini maklumat peribadi pengguna.

Beliau berkata, kebanyakan pengguna tertipu kerana berasakan e-mel yang diterima adalah sah daripada bank sedangkan ia ditiru pihak tertentu untuk mengelirukan mangsa.

PENIPUAN jenis ini tidak menyasarkan segelintir kumpulan saja sebaliknya e-mel berkenaan dihantar kepada pengguna dalam jumlah yang banyak

“Kebiasaannya, maklumat yang akan diminta adalah nombor kad kredit, nombor keselamatan kad, maklumat perbankan dan beberapa lagi data sensitif yang seharusnya menjadi rahsia pengguna.

“Wujud juga kes mangsa kehilangan beberapa akaun e-mel, akaun Facebook dan beberapa lagi akaun milik peribadi serta pihak terbabit akan memanipulasi maklumat yang ada untuk mengambil keuntungan mudah.

“Contoh, anda mempunyai akaun tertentu dengan mata ganjaran di dalamnya, pihak tertentu boleh mengambil akaun berkenaan dan menggunakan mata ganjaran itu untuk dijual kepada pihak ketiga atau keempat asalkan bermotifkan keuntungan,” katanya.

Menurutnya, penipuan jenis ini tidak menyasarkan segelintir kumpulan saja sebaliknya e-mel dikirim kepada pengguna dalam jumlah besar.

“Ia umpama memancing, kita berikan umpan terlebih dulu dan letakkan umpan pada hujung mata kail. Lalu, kita akan tarik perlahan-lahan untuk menarik perhatian ikan. Malangnya, masih ada ikan yang akan tertipu dengan umpan seperti itu.

PAKAR Keselamatan Siber Sophos, John Shier.

“Begitulah analogi kepada kes penipuan Phishing ini. Ia mirip kepada memancing pengguna untuk menyerahkan maklumat peribadi mereka walaupun dalam keadaan mereka sedar,” katanya.

Katanya, pengguna perlu lebih berhati-hati pada setiap masa terutama apabila menerima e-mel berkaitan maklumat peribadi.

Beliau berkata, kaedah terbaik adalah melakukan semakan terperinci sama ada e-mel berkenaan benar-benar daripada pihak yang sah atau sekadar penipuan.

“Tidak adil kalau kita katakan jangan terpedaya kerana wujud kes penipuan ini yang menerima e-mel hampir sempurna sehingga pengguna tidak dapat membezakan sama ada ia palsu atau sah.

“Jadi, langkah paling berkesan adalah sentiasa berhati-hati dan menyemak dengan pihak yang sah supaya kerugian dalam bentuk wang, akaun serta data peribadi dapat dielakkan,” katanya.

Menurutnya, penipuan dalam talian ini sering berubah-ubah mengikut kesesuaian masa dan pihak tidak bertanggungjawab ini bijak menggunakan setiap peluang yang ada untuk memperdayakan pengguna.

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Isteri sempat rakam ‘pegawai’

November 12, 2019 | News | No Comments

SEORANG pegawai teknologi syarikat swasta nyaris kehilangan kereta selepas cuba ditarik lelaki yang menyamar pegawai Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna (KPDNHEP) kononnya menggunakan kenderaan klon.

Kejadian berlaku kira-kira jam 5 petang Khamis lalu ketika Hasnan Hasim, 41, berhenti di kawasan Rehat dan Rawat (R&R) Seremban Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan arah utara.

Menurut Hasnan, dia singgah di R&R berkenaan ketika dalam perjalanan dari Alor Gajah ke Putrajaya bersama isteri serta anaknya.

“Sebaik tiba dan meletakkan Proton Exora saya di kawasan parkir, saya keluar dari kenderaan dan berjalan ke premis di R&R itu manakala isteri dan anak berada di dalam kereta.

“Tiba-tiba seorang lelaki mendekati kereta saya dan cuba membuka pintu namun isteri sempat menguncinya dan membunyikan hon menyebabkan saya bergegas ke kereta,” katanya ketika dihubungi, semalam.

Hasnan berkata, dia mendekati lelaki berkenaan dan bertanyakan tujuan dia cuba membuka pintu kereta namun lelaki itu mendakwa mahu menarik kereta kerana mempunyai tunggakan ansuran bulanan.

“Saya beritahu pinjaman kereta habis dijelaskan. Lelaki itu berkeras sebelum menukar kenyataannya mendakwa dia dari KPDNHEP dan mahu menarik kereta saya kerana dipercayai kenderaan klon.

“Curiga dengan dakwaan lelaki itu, saya kemudian menghubungi talian kecemasan dan cuba mendapatkan bantuan, namun lelaki cuba merampas telefon saya. Dia berkeras tindakannya betul dan menghalang saya daripada menghubungi pihak berkuasa.

“Apabila melihat isteri saya yang berada di dalam kenderaan cuba merakamkan tindakanhya, lelaki itu beredar. Sebelum itu, kejadian sempat dirakam dashcam kereta saya,” katanya.

Menurut Hasnan, dia curiga dengan kelakuan lelaki itu dan mengesyaki cuba melakukan jenayah dengan menyamar kerana dia tidak pernah mendengar pegawai KPDNHEP menarik kenderaan klon.

Sementara itu, Ketua Polis Daerah Nilai, Superintendan Marzuke Besar berkata, pihaknya menerima laporan daripada mangsa dan siasatan sedang dilakukan.

“Kami sudah mengambil keterangan mangsa dan saksi selain meneliti rakaman dashcam. Kes disiasat mengikut Seksyen 170 Kanun Keseksaan kerana menyamar sebagai penjawat awam,” katanya.

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Man admits having sex with underage stepdaughter

November 12, 2019 | News | No Comments

SINGAPORE – A man picked up his 15-year-old stepdaughter from school and drove the girl to a multistorey carpark, where he had sex with her.

The 41-year-old Singaporean pleaded guilty in court on Monday (Nov 11) to one count of having sex with the minor.

Court documents stated that he committed the offence “with her consent”.

A second similar charge will be considered during sentencing.

He cannot be named as a gag order has been imposed to protect the girl’s identity.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Derek Ee said that the girl had referred to the man as “uncle”.

It was not stated if he is still married to her mother.

The DPP told District Judge Teo Guan Kee: “The accused stated that he initially treated the victim as his stepdaughter.

“However, as time went by, they gradually became closer and often texted each other. This eventually led to the accused having sex with the victim.”

The man picked up the Secondary 4 girl from school at around 12.30pm on Jan 25 this year. But instead of going home, he drove to the carpark in Admiralty Drive.

They moved to the rear passenger seat and the man had unprotected sex with the teenager.

A police officer was in the vicinity at around 2pm when he spotted them. They also saw him and quickly dressed themselves.

The man initially denied having sex in the car when questioned, the court heard.

He was offered bail of $15,000 on Monday.

His mitigation and sentencing will take place on Dec 23.

For having sex with the minor, he can be jailed for up to 10 years and fined.

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DBS and OCBC account holders who do not have credit cards will still be able to make instant payments to around 80,000 merchants here next year by using Google Pay.

The tie-up, which involves integrating Google Pay with the funds transfer service PayNow, was announced at the Singapore FinTech Festival (SFF) on Monday (Nov 11).

PayNow is a digital funds transfer service provided by nine banks – including DBS and OCBC – that allows customers here to send and receive money from their bank accounts by using their mobile or NRIC numbers. It was introduced in 2017.

The new service will allow DBS and OCBC customers to transfer funds via Google Pay. The banks said the service will be tested in trials early next year with the aim of rolling it out in full later in the year.

It works by linking a user’s bank account to the Google Pay smartphone app so payments will be directly debited without needing a card.

Payment via Google Pay is usually made in two ways. In physical stores, customers hold their smartphone above a contactless reader that interacts with the Google Pay app.

Paying for an online purchase is made simply by pressing the Google Pay button when checking out on websites or apps that offer the option as a payment method.

Google Pay users here had previously only been able to use the tech giant’s e-wallet to pay merchants with their credit cards. The same is true for users of other prominent e-wallets such as Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.

OCBC chief operating officer Ching Wei Hong said the new tie-up reduces the hassle for customers in accessing funds in their bank accounts.

“In today’s digital world, building ecosystems of partnerships and going beyond traditional banking products is critical,” he added.

OCBC customers can sign up at the bank’s booth at the SFF in Singapore Expo to join the wait-list for trials that begin in January. The festival ends on Friday.

The move is the latest in a national effort to make going cashless more convenient by addressing the fragmented e-payments landscape, where consumers and merchants can end up bogged down by the large variety of payment options available.

The Land Transport Authority said earlier this month that commuters will be able to pay for public transport rides with their Nets contactless bank cards from Nov 16.

Mastercard and Visa users can pay for train and bus trips by tapping their credit cards or mobile phones.

The first phase of a push to bring cashless payments to Singapore’s 12,000 hawker stalls under a unified system was completed in June.

The system, provided by Nets, unifies payments from 23 providers so customers can use different cashless payment options at a single payment terminal at a food outlet.

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Wanita, teman lelaki ditahan buang janin

November 8, 2019 | News | No Comments

POLIS menahan wanita dan teman lelakinya semalam kerana disyaki menyembunyikan kelahiran dengan membuang janin bayi dalam mangkuk tandas yang ditemukan di loji rawatan kumbahan di Taman Mahkota Impian, Jalan Bukit Timbalai, Labuan, Isnin lalu.

Ketua Polis Labuan Superintendan Muhamad Farid Ahmad berkata, teman lelaki wanita itu yang sedang menunggu ketibaannya di Lapangan Terbang Labuan ditahan pada 11.55 pagi sebaik ketibaan wanita berkenaan.

Kedua-dua suspek berumur 26 tahun.

“Suspek didapati menyewa sebuah bilik di kawasan perumahan itu bersendirian selama tiga bulan,” kata Muhamad Farid dalam sidang akhbar di Labuan, hari ini.

Beliau berkata, berdasarkan siasatan awal, wanita itu mengadu kepada teman lelakinya bahawa dia sakit perut pada malam kejadian.

“Suspek wanita kemudian ke tandas dan pengsan. Teman lelakinya terus menghantar wanita itu ke Hospital Nukleus Labuan,” katanya.

Muhamad Farid berkata, bedah siasat yang dilakukan pakar patologi dari Hospital Queen Elizabeth, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah pada Rabu lalu mendapati janin itu mengalami lebam yang mungkin disebabkan proses kelahiran.

“Oleh kerana siasatan lanjut sedang dijalankan, kami tidak dapat menolak sama ada kejadian ini akibat keguguran atau perbuatan pengguguran,” katanya.

Wanita terbabit yang bekerja dengan syarikat minyak, gas dan logistik ditahan reman selama tujuh hari serta disiasat di bawah Seksyen 318 Kanun Keseksaan yang memperuntukkan hukuman penjara maksimum dua tahun atau denda atau kedua-duanya jika sabit kesalahan.

Teman lelakinya yang juga penjawat awam dilepaskan dengan jaminan polis pada hari sama ditahan selepas disoal siasat polis, katanya.

Dalam kejadian 4 November lalu, kakitangan penyelenggaraan Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK) menjumpai janin berusia enam ke tujuh bulan di loji rawatan kumbahan itu ketika melakukan kerja-kerja penyelenggaraan pada 8 pagi.

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Everyone looks forward to the school breaks because it’ll mean some time spent with the family or simply just getting some fresh air in the great outdoors. 

Much to the dismay of most parents these days, it too signals more time for their children to be playing video games. Such was the case for this 17-year-old Thai teenager by the name of Piyawat Harikun who apparently pushed his leisure time a bit too far.

Daily Mail reported that at that point of time, Piyawat had just started his school break at the end of October and had spent every second of it playing multiplayer games on his PC rig.

His parents mentioned to the publication that he would stay up all night and then draw his curtains during the day to continue his fixation at their family home in the northeastern Thai city of Udon Thani.

They would constantly bring him food and implored him to stop. He would continue playing despite his parent’s attempts. 

In a post shared on Facebook, Piyawat was said to have been found dead in his room on Monday (Nov 4) by his father, Jaranwit, whilst slumped on the floor against his table. 

#สลด ‼️เด็ก 17 เรียนดีแต่ติดเกมหนัก ช็อกเสียชีวิตข้างโต๊ะคอมฯ พ่อเผย เคยเตือนให้เล่นน้อยลง…

Posted by Khaodeb – ข่าวดิบ on Isnin, 4 November 2019

By the time he was found, doctors declared that he had passed away for about 8-10 hours. He seemed to have suffered a heart failure and had fallen off his computer chair.

According to The Sun, Jaranwit stated that he had attempted to revive his son, but “it was too late.” He recounted that he had called the teen’s name and called him to wake up, to no response. It was then he realised that Piyawat had died.

He revealed that Piyawat was his eldest child and had always been doing very well in school, earning an average GPA of 3.7. Even so, he had a habit of playing video games excessively.

In the Facebook post, Jaranwit took the opportunity to advise parents to prevent their kids from getting addicted to video games and cherish time together as a family.

Likewise, a 32-year-old Taiwanese gamer, passed away in an Internet cafe in 2015 after undergoing a three-day gaming session. He was rushed to hospital before he was pronounced dead from cardiac failure.

That same year, a 17-year-old Russian teen thought to pass the time recovering from a broken leg by playing Defence of the Ancients (DOTA). Little did he know that playing DOTA for 22 days straight would be the death of him. According to a medical expert, the boy presumably died from thrombosis, in which blood is prevented from flowing normally through the circulatory system after sitting for too long. 

Back in 2012, another Thai gamer was found dead in his room after a string of all-night sessions playing games on his computer.

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Being a parent is difficult. Not to mention being an Asian mum whose son can’t do math.

In fact, the frustration was enough to send one mum in Hubei, China to the hospital with a heart attack that almost claimed her life.

Wang, 36, had been helping her son with his homework on Nov 1 when she began to get angry with the Primary 3 student after repeatedly explaining a math problem to him, reported Sin Chew Daily.

“I explained it to him many times but he still couldn’t get it. I was so angry that I could explode,” she told reporters in Mandarin. “Suddenly, my heart was palpitating and I couldn’t breathe properly.”

Wang immediately called her husband, who drove her to the hospital.

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Yang Xiaoxue, a doctor at Xinhua Hospital’s internal medicine department, diagnosed Wang with myocardial infarction, or a heart attack.

“She caught it in time. If there had been any delay, she could have suffered from heart failure,” Yang told reporters.

The doctor also listed an unhealthy diet and stress as the biggest causes of the increasing incidence of heart disease among younger patients such as Wang.

After her brush with death, Wang, who helps her son with his homework every night, admitted to reporters that she would often get exasperated with him but never expected that it would have such serious consequences.

While stress may be unavoidable, Florence Huang, a Hong Kong-based psychologist, says that parents should learn to manage their emotions.

Not only do negative emotions like stress and anger affect parents’ health, they also have adverse effects on kids.

“When this state of experiencing anger and aggression at home is prolonged, the children’s self-esteem may be affected, leading to self-blame and feelings of shame, humiliation and helplessness,” said Huang.

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On Monday, 4 November, a father in Thailand found his son had died at his personal computer (PC) after having all-night gaming sessions during his school holidays

According to Daily Mail, the 17-year-old had broken up from classes towards the end of October and was using the free time to stay in his room on multiplayer battle games on his PC.

He reportedly spent hours on the computer at the home in Udon Thani, northern Thailand.

Medics who examined the body said the teenager died from a stroke

Prior to the medics, the father had tried to revive his son.

“I called his name and said ‘wake up, wake up’ but he did not respond. I could see he was dead,” the devastated father was quoted as saying.

According to the report, the medics believed that the teenager suffered the stroke due to playing the computer constantly through the night.

The boy’s body was taken from the hospital to a nearby Buddhist temple for the funeral.

His parents said that he would stay up all night in his room and then draw the curtains during the day to continue his fixation with gaming

According to his parents, Piyawat Harikun had refused to cut down the hours he spent on his computer despite their continuous urging.

On Monday, when Piyawat’s father went into the bedroom, he found his son collapsed from the computer chair and was slumped against a PC tower on the floor.


There was a pile of takeaway boxes on the desk and a bottle of fizzy pop at his feet, while his headphones were resting on top of another computer tower, reported Daily Mail.

The father, who is an air force officer, has urged other parents not to allow their children to become hooked on the games

“My son was smart and always did great at school but he had a major problem with gaming addiction. He had already died before he had a chance to change,” the father said.

“I want my son’s death to be an example”

He said that he wants it to be a warning “for parents whose children are game addicts”, urging them to be more strict on their children’s playing hours, “otherwise, they could end up like my son”.

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