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The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) recently issued a scam alert on their Facebook page, cautioning followers to beware of fake doctors.

According to New Straits Timesall medical and dental practitioners in Malaysia have to be registered with the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) or the Malaysian Dental Council (MDC).

The police urged the public to make sure their doctors are registered with the relevant authorities and warned that fake doctors can be fined up to RM300,000, jailed for not more than six years, or both.

Ministry of Health (MOH) director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has said fake doctors were categorised into three groups

According to Dr Noor Hisham, the categories of fake doctors include individuals who are:
– Not registered with the MMC or MDC,
– Practicing at unregistered health facilities without licence, or
– Entirely not accredited and using the title ‘doctor’ without a valid certificate.

He explained that there are individuals providing medical care in unregistered or unlicensed premises, and many more who are not qualified to provide healthcare but are working at private healthcare facilities.

“The third group are individuals who use the title ‘doctor’ to give the impression that they are medical doctors by profession with the intention to sell products or gain the customers’ trust,” he told Bernama.

Over the years, there have been reports of people posing as doctors and even offering low-cost dental services in hotels, which can endanger the lives of those who are being ‘treated’

Malay Mail reported that in 2018, according to MOH statistics, action was taken against 28 certified doctors or licence holders for hiring unregistered doctors, while the number of cases have dropped by half last year.

Although not many, the public should be aware that if they are not given the right medical treatment, it could cause harm and endanger their life.

It did not help that there was a general high demand for quick and cheap medical or dental care

Dr Noor Hisham said many factors were believed to drive uncertified individuals to open clinics or provide health care services, especially since it proved to be a lucrative business.

He mentioned other factors including expensive cost of treatment at private health care facilities, patients not being covered by insurance, lengthy waiting times at public healthcare centres, lack of awareness of the dangers and implications of receiving treatment from untrained individuals, and believing advertisements.

The public can check the registration status of medical doctors and dentists online

You can check if your medical practitioner is registered on the MMC website.


You can also check if your dentist is registered on the MDC portal by clicking on the ‘Search for Dental Practitioners’ icon.

Meanwhile, Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department’s Prosecution and Law Division principal assistant director SAC Mior Faridalathrash Wahid called on the public to report any individuals suspected of masquerading as medical doctors.

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KUALA LUMPUR – Badminton world No. 1 Kento Momota has been injured in a car accident in Malaysia, with the driver of the vehicle killed in the crash.

The pre-dawn vehicle collision took place along the Maju Expressway early Monday morning (Jan 13), just hours after he secured his first victory of the season at the Malaysia Masters. 

The Japanese shuttler was with three other players en route to Kuala Lumpur International Airport when the hired van they were in rammed into the rear of a 30-tonne truck, the local fire and rescue department said in a brief statement. Pictures showed the front of the van crushed against a lorry but the back section appeared intact.

The driver of the van, named as N. Bavan, was killed in the accident. The fire and rescue department said it was still working to extricate the driver’s body from the wreckage. 

Momota and the others – named as the Japanese player’s compatriots Yu Hirayama, Morimoto Arkifuki and Englishman William Thomas by official news agency Bernama – suffered slight injuries, the department said. 

Malaysian daily The Star said Hirayama, 35, and Morimoto, 42, are part of the Japanese coaching team while Thomas is a Badminton World Federation (BWF) court official.

The vehicle crashed into the back of a lorry, which was travelling slowly, Bernama reported.

“The victim’s body and all the injured” were sent to hospital in the administrative capital Putrajaya, fire and rescue department senior official Norazam Khamis was cited as saying.

The injured “were able to walk out of the van by themselves with some scratches”, he added. 

The survivors were reportedly in a stable condition, according to a statement from Serdang police.

This was confirmed by Malaysian Tan Kim Her, who is the men’s doubles coach for the Japanese national team. 

“They are in stable condition but are currently under observation for another six to seven hours to see if they are okay,” The Star quoted him as saying.

“It’s truly tragic, especially involving a badminton icon like Momota,” Malaysian sports minister Syed Saddiq told reporters after visiting the injured in hospital. But he added those hurt were “recovering well, (and) all four are also in stable condition”.

The others hurt suffered facial, leg, hand and head injuries, according to the police.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia said in a statement it was “saddened” by what happened.

The incident has cast a pall over Momota’s celebrations after he had captured the Malaysia Masters title with ease on Sunday, when he beat Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen 24-22, 21-11.

It remains to be seen if the accident will affect his preparations for the upcoming Olympics, where he is bidding to win a first gold at his home Games – the only major individual title to elude him so far.

The reigning world champion had told reporters that he was eyeing more success in 2020 after Sunday’s victory.

Momota, currently the best player on the planet, enjoyed a stellar 2019, winning a record 11 titles including the World Championships, Asia Championships and All England Open. 

“My condition was not perfect coming into this tournament, but I was focused on this week and was able to play calmly,” said the Japanese star, who pocketed US$30,000 (S$40,500).

“I do not think I am the strongest, but I am sharp and confident especially after winning the World Tour Finals last year. I know when to focus on attack and defence.” 

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The man didn’t stop driving when a woman blocked his way, so she hopped onto the bonnet of his Mercedes Benz.

The sight on Friday (Jan 10) afternoon surprised other motorists on the road who recorded the incident on their mobile phones and dashboard cameras.

In one of the clips circulating on social media, the woman was seen stepping in front of a car that had pulled to a stop on the leftmost lane along Rochor Road.

Despite his warning honk, the woman continued to stand in the driver’s way and banged on the bonnet to ask him to stop.

When she was pushed backwards as he drove on at a slow speed, she decided to hop onto the car’s bonnet.

The Mercedes drove off with the woman hanging on its front windscreen, surprising other motorists as it travelled further down the road to Bugis Junction, as shown in another clip shared on Reddit.

It is unclear how far the car had travelled that way.

The bizarre scene had netizens calling the driver out for driving recklessly. Some said that he should’ve called the police for assistance while others wondered if the woman was trying to scam the driver by faking an accident.

AsiaOne has contacted the police for comment.

Last year, a 34-year-old man was sentenced to 11 weeks’ jail and disqualified from driving for two years for a rash act that endangered life.

He had driven off at speeds up to 70kmh with his lover’s husband hanging onto his front windscreen for more than seven kilometres in Kovan.

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A Choa Chu Kang resident was touched when she saw her 3-year-old neighbour offering a bag of goodies to SembCorp workers at about 11am on Friday (Jan 10).

Stomp contributor Suri contributed a video of what she saw and said: “Every day without fail, I would see the boy go downstairs with his aunty to say ‘hi’ to these SembCorp workers.

“We’ve been neighbours here at Block 758 Choa Chu Kang North 5 for about eight years and I noticed them doing this about six months ago.”

Suri told Stomp: “On this particular day, before they went downstairs, I heard the boy crying.

“I went to ask his aunty what happened and found out that he was actually sick for the past one week, so he wasn’t able to go say ‘hi’ to the SembCorp workers.

“The boy also wanted to give some bread to the men.

“I feel so proud of this boy because not every kid would do this.

“He said that he sees the SembCorp men as heroes who drive around in their trucks and clean rubbish for people.

“Most kids might find the garbage men smelly but this boy is special because he’s so appreciative.”

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SINGAPORE – A woman was taken to hospital after she lost her balance and fell while collecting laundry at a fourth-floor flat in Whampoa Drive.

The police were alerted to a fall from height at Block 82 Whampoa Drive at 7.20pm on Saturday (Jan 11).

The woman, 27, was conscious when she was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

Investigations are ongoing.

Chinese-language evening newspaper Shin Min Daily News reported that the woman was a Vietnamese national who was staying at a friend’s home with three other friends. The four of them were on holiday here.

She was scheduled to return to Vietnam on Sunday, but the accident has resulted in a delay.

“Although her head was bleeding yesterday, her head injury is not serious. However, her leg is fractured,” the woman’s friend told Shin Min Daily News on Sunday.

A pole was seen dangling from a laundry rack outside a second-floor flat, two storeys below the flat which the woman was staying in, suggesting it might have broken her fall, reported the paper.

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SINGAPORE – A motorist who allegedly drove off after running over a woman in Cantonment Road was arrested five days after the fatal accident last Sunday (Jan 5).

The 44-year-old driver had left the scene before the police arrived and was arrested on Friday for failing to render assistance, the police said.

She is the second person arrested in relation to the accident which took 69-year-old Madam Ong Soh Boey’s life.

A 25-year-old Maserati driver, whose car was on the wrong side of the road, was arrested for dangerous driving causing death after the accident last Sunday.

A video clip of the accident soon circulated online showing that a second, yellow car was also involved. Madam Ong, who was lying on the road, was hit again and dragged several metres in the second collision involving the yellow car.

A 25-year-old Maserati driver, whose car was on the wrong side of the road, was arrested for dangerous driving causing death after the accident last Sunday.

A video clip of the accident soon circulated online showing that a second, yellow car was also involved. Madam Ong, who was lying on the road, was hit again and dragged several metres in the second collision involving the yellow car.

The police said they were alerted to the accident along Cantonment Road, towards Keppel Road, at about 5.50am last Sunday.

Madam Ong, a single mother of two daughters, was riding her e-bike near Pinnacle@ Duxton when she met with the accident.

Her family on Monday told The Straits Times that she was then on her way to the provision shop she runs in Chinatown.

Despite being financially stable, she had taken on several part-time jobs, including cleaning and washing laundry, to fill her time. Her family said Madam Ong, who reportedly split with her husband nearly 40 years ago, had been riding a bicycle between home and work almost every day for 30 years without incident.

“My aunt was a strong and independent woman. She was also kind and thrifty, but generous to others,” said Madam Ong’s niece, who declined to be named.

She said the family intends to pursue legal action against the two drivers.

The police said they were alerted to the accident along Cantonment Road, towards Keppel Road, at about 5.50am last Sunday.

Madam Ong, who was riding an electric bicycle, was pronounced dead at scene by a paramedic.

Investigations are ongoing.

Madam Ong, a single mother of two daughters, was riding her e-bike near Pinnacle@ Duxton when she met with the accident.

Her family on Monday told The Straits Times that she was then on her way to the provision shop she runs in Chinatown.

Despite being financially stable, she had taken on several part-time jobs, including cleaning and washing laundry, to fill her time. Her family said Madam Ong, who reportedly split with her husband nearly 40 years ago, had been riding a bicycle between home and work almost every day for 30 years without incident.

“My aunt was a strong and independent woman. She was also kind and thrifty, but generous to others,” said Madam Ong’s niece, who declined to be named.

She said the family intends to pursue legal action against the two drivers.

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One father in China had resigned himself to the fact that his son’s 20-day fever was not getting better. Then came the plot twist: it was the thermometer that was wrong all along.

The three-year-old boy has been warded at Zhejiang Mingzhou Rehabilitation Hospital with a persistent “fever” since Dec 8. His father, identified only as Jiang, finally discovered that the hospital’s thermometer was inaccurate on Dec 27, reported local media.

The child’s ordeal began in August, when he was diagnosed with a bacterial infection in his lungs.

After shuttling between different hospitals for months, he finally appeared to be in stable condition when he was transferred to the hospital in Zhejiang on Dec 5 — or so his family thought.

Just three days later, they were told that the boy was suffering from a fever.

This was particularly alarming as doctors had previously told them that a fever could prove fatal in the boy’s condition.

But Jiang grew suspicious when it became apparent that something was not adding up.

For one, the child’s temperature readings remained high over 20 days but computed tomography (CT) scans and blood tests indicated that everything else was normal.

His son also appeared to be lively and in good spirits despite the high temperature readings.

Furthermore, none of the treatments or medication prescribed had any effect on bringing down his son’s temperature.

“It was as if the injections he was receiving were going into someone else’s body. It did not help at all,” Jiang told reporters from Xiao Qiang Hotline.

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He also noticed that the high temperatures seemed to be recorded only on his son’s mercury thermometer.

At Zhejiang Mingzhou Rehabilitation Hospital, each patient is issued their own mercury thermometer.

“The nurse would occasionally use a digital thermometer on his forehead or ear when she was checking on him. The readings would be normal — slightly higher than 37 degrees Celsius,” he said.

However, according to Jiang, the nurses did not appear concerned by the inconsistency and continued to report that the boy had a fever based on his rectal temperature readings from the mercury thermometer.

On Dec 27, Jiang took matters into his own hands and asked the nurse for a new thermometer.

Testing his son’s temperature with both thermometers, he could not believe his eyes.

The thermometer that his son had been using for the past 20 days gave a reading of 39.3 degrees Celsius while the new thermometer read 37.8 degrees Celsius.

A fever is defined as a body temperature above 38 degrees Celsius, according to MedicineNet.

Measuring his son’s temperature again — this time in the presence of the hospital’s department head — the faulty thermometer gave a reading that was 1.1 degrees Celsius higher than the new one, Jiang said.

Not only had he been worried over nothing, his son had also run up a hospital bill of about 50,000 yuan (S$9,748), and had been given injections and various medications that he did not need.

The hospital initially denied Jiang’s accusations of a misdiagnosis, chalking up the inconsistencies in the boy’s temperature to the readings being taken from different parts of the body.

According to WebMD, a reading from the underarm may be one degree lower than one from the mouth. A reading from the rectum may also be one degree higher than one from the mouth.

The head nurse also claimed that she had personally taken the boy’s rectal temperature and stood by the diagnosis of a fever.

When Jiang asked for the records of his son’s temperature readings to verify if this was true, the hospital refused to comply.

The local health department has since stepped in to investigate the matter.

Initial investigations refuted the hospital’s claims and show that the thermometer in question was indeed inaccurate, a spokesperson for the health department told BJ news on Jan 8.

The hospital is discussing compensation with the boy’s family, they added.

The boy is currently still warded and recovering from his earlier lung infection.

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Young child dies in Bayan Lepas blaze

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BALIK PULAU: A family was overcome with grief when their six-year old daughter perished in a fire which engulfed their double-storey house in Taman Lip Sin in Bayan Lepas here.

Almost 60% of the property was destroyed in the blaze which started from the top floor.

The fire spread quickly, owing to the high humidity, to an extent that it took only minutes to reach the ground floor.

Firemen who arrived at the scene at around 4.20pm managed to contain the blaze but were unable to save the child who was believed to have been trapped on the top floor.

State Fire and Rescue Department operations officer Shamsol Alam Man confirmed the incident and said that a detailed investigation would be carried out.

State welfare committee chairman Phee Boon Poh expressed his condolences on the incident on social media.

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The monorail transport system in Putrajaya is expected to be complete before 2025, with the line extended to Cyberajaya, Bangi and Kajang, according to Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abd Samad.

He said the project was one of the main focuses of the government in upgrading the transportation system in Putrajaya and in attracting more visitors to the administrative centre.

“After 25 years, one of the unfinished development projects in Putrajaya is the monorail project so we are focusing on reviving the project as the infrastructure including the bridge and tunnel have been left hanging,“ he said.

Speaking at a press conference here today, he said following discussions with the Ministry of Transport it was decided that a new line would be included.

“In the Putrajaya area, we will stick to the original plan but the line will be connected to Kajang, Bangi, Cyberjaya and will be integrated with the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project, Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system and Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR),” he said.

Khalid said the monorail construction project including the request for proposal (RFP) process would be initiated by the Ministry of Transport as the project would extend to Cyberjaya, Kajang and Bangi areas, which are under the jurisdiction of the Selangor state government.

On the redevelopment plan for Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur, Khalid said there was no reason for the government to use the Land Acquisition Act 1960 to acquire the land as the government’s offer price was already good.

“We are now explaining our offer to everyone and as the offer is attractive, good and fair there is no reason for them to decline,“ he said.

According to him, almost 50% of the landowners have responded to the offer and of the total 97% have agreed to the offer.

The government has made a new offer of RM1,000 per square feet to Kampung Baru landowners as compared to RM850 previously, to facilitate redevelopment of the area.

For the new price, RM850 is in cash and RM150 is in the form of shares.

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I live for life hacks. If there’s an easier and smarter way out to do things, I wonder why do we still hustle?

From hotel room hacks to cheating my way to getting toned arms, I’ve been finding my way out of difficult everyday situations with these useful tips.

Hopefully with their help, 2020 will be a year where your time gets used more efficiently.

PEELING HARD-BOILED EGG

Peeling hard-boiled eggs shouldn’t have to be so hard, and recently, a video tweeted by @RaxChapman showed a smart and quick hack to remove eggshells.

The video showed a person placing the hard-boiled egg in a glass, filling it up with tap water, and shaking it vigorously it in a circular motion. The egg came off the shell whole simply by pinching the ends.

Alternatively, another video on YouTube posted in 2019, showed a man cracking and peeling the top and bottom of the shell of a hard-boiled egg, before blowing into one side of the egg, which caused the entire egg to “pop” out from its shell.

Considering how the egg has to be in close contact with the mouth for the latter hack, I suggest trying the first hack instead if you’re cooking for others. Either way, no more peeling off chunks of egg whites stuck to the shells! 

CUTTING TOENAILS THE RIGHT WAY

Ingrown toenails can be very painful and can cause the toe to swell, making it difficult to walk. 

According to a diagram seen on Eltham Foot Clinic‘s website, there’s a method of trimming your toenails to avoid getting an ingrown toenail.

Instead of cutting it in a curved fashion, like how we would with our fingernails, the correct way should be to cut it straight across so that the nail doesn’t grow into the skin.

You don’t want to cut the edges too short as well, thereby allowing the nails to grow past the flesh.

EASIER WAY TO CUTTING PINEAPPLES

Early last year, the pineapple hack went viral when people were seen doing away with knives and peeling pineapples in pieces using the nodes on the rind. 

Some who have tried the hack reported that smaller pineapples that are very ripe tend to tear apart more easily as compared to those that are still green, indicating they’re still slightly underripe. If the fibres aren’t coming out easily, you can try rolling the pineapple across the table to loosen them.  

It does look like it can get quite messy. If you don’t mind getting your hands, or kitchen tables covered in pineapple juice, try this hack and let us know if it works.

GARLIC PEELING HACK

The garlic peeling hack took the internet by storm when Valentia Lord tweeted a video showing a person removing 10 individual clean cloves of garlic without its skin in just under 25 seconds. 

If you’re Asian or love to incorporate garlic in dishes, this hack will surely save you some time in the kitchen. 

I tried the hack and it does work better with fresher garlic, but it requires skills too to stab the cloves without ruining them. 

WASHING HAIR HACK

If you’re still washing your hair with shampoo first, you’ve been living under a rock.

Last year, my hairstylist shared a hack that changed my life completely.

Instead of shampooing first, condition your hair from the midsection to the ends. Then, without rinsing it off, apply shampoo while the conditioner is still left on the hair.

I’ve been washing my hair this way and it still works, with my hair remaining soft and tame.

HAIR CUTTING HACK

Now, you don’t have to go to the salon for a haircut after a video on Douyin (China’s version of Tiktok) showed a lady chopping off her long locks with a giant pair of scissors.

All you need to do is tie your hair in front of your face before cutting off the tail in one straight snip. 

Our colleague tried the hack and said that her hair was perfectly layered and it also framed her face just right.


If you have other hacks, let us know!

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