PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Malaysia’s annual National Day parade will not be held this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, said Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
However, other programmes related to the celebration on Aug 31 may be held with standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place, he added.
“For now, there will be no parade. We have not scheduled for it to be held because this event involves large crowds… by the thousands. Social distancing, especially among the public who attend the event, will be hard to put into practice.”
“So, for now, no permission has been given for big celebrations or parades for National Day, ” he said in his regular briefing here on Wednesday (July 8).
Datuk Seri Ismail added that the multimedia and communications minister will announce other programmes, aside from the parade, that will be held in conjunction with National Day.
“Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah will announce the details as well as SOPs that must be followed for programmes related to the National Day celebration, ” he said.
A male teacher named Norazizi rose to infamy after releasing a video promoting rape culture. In his now deleted video, he mentioned that women have to take care how they dress, otherwise they would attract potential rapists.
In a press release to WORLD OF BUZZ, The All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) states that they are appalled by the statement made by Mohd. Norazizi, a lecturer at MRSM, Baling during a video discussing rape where he blames survivors of rape, going so far as to paint them as errant children.
“While Norazizi has since deleted the video and issued an apology, the fact that he, in his capacity as teacher, influencer and opinion-maker felt comfortable victim blaming is indicative of the rape culture we live in,” AWAM shared.
What is rape culture?
Rape culture was first coined in the 1970’s and refers to the normalization of rape owing to social values and gender norms. Victim blaming which focuses on the survivor’s clothes, location, looks or makeup stems the the invisible social narratives that (1) only men have sexual desire, (2) men are unable to control their urges, and (3) they are provoked to rape.
AWAM further shares other instances which debunks the claims Norazizi has mentioned:
We know that these narratives are not based in fact because:
Men are also survivors of rape. This year, a security guard was charged with 23 counts of sex-related offences, including seven counts of physical sexual assault and six counts of using a 9 year-old boy in making child pornography. Another case in Kedah saw a boy being sodomised in a toilet in May
In 2019, an 85-year old woman was raped in Malaysia
In 2018, a nine-year-old baby died after being raped, sodomised and abused
Perpetrators of rape within the last year includes young children, gardeners, and family members. A few days ago, a man was arrested for raping his daughter and step-daughter
Most perpetrator of rape are known to the survivors. In November 2019, PDRM released statistics that showed that in cases of child incest, the biggest category of perpetrators is the father (including step-fathers)
Women who are covered head-to-toe are also raped. In March, a 17-year old received several rape threats online despite dressing conservatively simply for resembling a Korean celebrity
Rape is not about chastity. Rape is not about sex. Rape is certainly not about dress.
“Rape is the gross act of demeaning or commodifying a person by way of forced sexual intercourse without the other person’s explicit and enthusiastic consent. By perpetuating social ideas on victim-blaming, effectively, we are indirectly enabling rape.
“Rape culture is the main reason that survivors do not feel safe when reporting rape or getting support from family or friends. It prevents individuals from experiencing healthy romantic and sexual relationships and maintaining a healthy psyche.
“Survivors of rape have enough to deal with. The physical and psychological effects can translate into disgust of their physical body, self-harm, self-sabotage, self-hate, self-blame, and sometimes even deteriorating social and familial relationships . This does not include the effect on their personal and professional lives. Many often deal with the fear of intimacy, of contracting sexually transmitted infections, and getting pregnant.
“It is time that we stop normalizing rape culture and rape apologists – people who tend to trivialize the severity of rape by blaming it on the survivor, or by disputing the need for consent – by rejecting victim-blaming as a response to rape and holding perpetrators of rape accountable for their actions.”
So next time someone tries to victim-blame a person who is raped, school them.
MUNGKIN sebelum ini korang hanya mendengar dan melihat cerita dari negara seperti Korea Selatan tentang keseronokkan menonton wayang secara drive in cinema.
Tapi jangan tak percaya, di Malaysia pun bakal ada panggung wayang macam ni tau.
Pertama di Malaysia, akhirnya berita panggung wayang drive in ini diumumkan menerusi satu hantaran di akaun @mjjunction2020 yang merupakan program di bawah anjuran TwoSpicy Entertainment Live dan MD Events Asia.
Mendapat reaksi positif daripada rakyat Malaysia yang rata-ratanya menyatakan keterujaan, lokasi dan tarikh tayangan bagaimanapun masih belum diumumkan lagi.
Seperti yang korang sedia maklum, panggung wayang sudah mula dibuka bermula 1 Julai lalu selepas ditutup selama hampir empat bulan kerana pelaksanaan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP).
Namun, masih ada pihak yang berjaga-jaga enggan ke panggung wayang kerana risau akan keselamatan kesihatan mereka. SinarPlus percaya langkah perlaksanaan drive-in ini adalah salah satu usaha yang baik.
Dengan adanya wayang secara drive-in, maka bolehlah korang menonton tanpa rasa risau untuk menjaga jarak sosial. Untuk kaki wayang pula, selepas ini lebih bervariasilah pilihan tontonan korang.
Dengan menguna pakai konsep tonton dari dalam kereta, tayangan akan dilakukan di kawasan terbuka.
Sama macam korang tengok wayang dalam hall tapi ini versi drive-in cinema yang mana struktur panggung wayang yang terdiri daripada skrin putih yang besar, mesin projektor, dan kawasan meletak kenderaan yang luas.
Seperti apa yang pernah dilaporkan media, pada asalnya, bunyi filem dapat didengari daripada pembesar suara yang diletakkan berhampiran layar, tetapi ada juga yang meletakkan pembesar suara individu yang digantung dari tingkap setiap kereta dan disambung dengan wayar.
Populariti drive-in cinema kini semakin meningkat apabila beberapa kawasan dan negara di seluruh dunia menggunakan cara tersebut untuk menayangkan filem kepada orang ramai seperti di Korea, Dubai malahan negara jiran seperti Singapura dan Indonesia sudah pun melaksanakannya.
Wah bestnya, amacam korang? So, jom lah dapatkan tiket korang sekarang! Tak salah kita explore benda baharu kan?
PELABUHAN KLANG: Jabatan Alam Sekitar (JAS) dengan kerjasama Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia (JKDM) menahan satu unit kontena mengandungi buangan elektrik dan elektronik (e-waste) yang tiba di sini 7 Jun lalu dengan kapal IBN Al Abbar.
JAS dalam satu kenyataan hari ini berkata, penahanan itu berikutan notifikasi yang diperoleh daripada Basel Action Network (BAN) sehari sebelumnya.
“Pemeriksaan pada 18 Jun 2020 mengesahkan kontena itu mengandungi e-waste sebagaimana dilaporkan.
“Siasatan JAS juga mendapati syarikat pengimport sama mengimport tiga unit kontena e-waste dari Amerika Syarikat iaitu pada 16 April, 14 Mei dan 3 Jun lalu di mana semua kontena itu ditahan JKDM,” katanya.
Menurut JAS, pihaknya sudah mengarahkan semua kontena dihantar pulang ke negara asal dan sehingga 26 Jun, sebanyak dua daripada empat kontena berjaya dihantar pulang.
Katanya, notis dikeluarkan kepada pemilik syarikat serta dua syarikat perkapalan yang bertanggungjawab membawa masuk kontena itu.
“Pemeriksaan di alamat premis syarikat pengimport itu mendapati ia tidak menduduki alamat pejabat seperti dinyatakan.
“Namun pemilik syarikat terbabit berjaya dikesan berdasarkan maklumat dalam dokumen pengimportan sebelumnya.
“Pengimportan keempat-empat kontena ini didapati dilakukan tanpa mendapat kelulusan dari pihak berkuasa Konvensyen Basel di Malaysia iaitu JAS,” katanya.
Menurut JAS, pihak Competent Authority di Amerika Syarikat juga dimaklumkan mengenai pengimportan haram ini walaupun negara berkenaan bukan ahli kepada Konvensyen Basel.
“Kes ini salah satu dari 23 kes pengimportan haram buangan terjadual yang berjaya dikesan dan dipatahkan oleh JAS dengan kerjasama JKDM dan pihak berkuasa pelabuhan bagi tempoh 1 Januari hingga 26 Jun lalu,” katanya.
Sehubungan itu katanya, Kementerian Alam Sekitar dan Air (KASA) menegaskan pengimportan apa-apa buangan terjadual memerlukan kelulusan dari JAS.
“Jika sabit kesalahan, hukuman penjara mandatori maksimum lima tahun dan denda maksimum RM500,000 boleh dikenakan selaras peruntukan Seksyen 34B Akta Kualiti Alam Sekeliling 1974.
“Sebarang pergerakan merentasi sempadan buangan terjadual hendaklah juga memenuhi sepenuhnya prosedur yang ditetapkan di bawah Konvensyen Basel Mengenai Kawalan Pergerakan Merentasi Sempadan Buangan Berbahaya dan Pelupusannya.
“KASA tidak akan berkompromi terhadap mana-mana pihak yang menjadikan Malaysia sebagai lokasi pemprosesan dan pelupusan buangan terjadual dari negara luar tanpa sebarang kebenaran,” katanya.
Menurutnya, penguatkuasaan tegas akan diteruskan terhadap syarikat yang didapati menjalankan pengimportan buangan terjadual secara haram ke Malaysia termasuk mengenalpasti dalang dan premis yang digunakan bagi memproses bahan diimport itu.
Pelaksanaan beberapa fasa Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP) sejak Mac lalu untuk membendung penularan Covid-19 di negara ini semakin menampakkan hasilnya.
Menerusi data dipaparkan laman web Endcoronavirus.org dikendalikan American New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI), Malaysia kini tersenarai sebagai salah sebuah daripada 47 negara yang sedang memenangi ‘perang’ melawan Covid-19.
Selain Malaysia, tiga negara jiran iaitu Thailand, Kemboja dan Vietnam turut tersenarai.
Bagaimanapun, bagi beberapa lagi negara jiran seperti Indonesia, Singapura dan Filipina, masih bergelut untuk menurunkan kes jangkitan.
Laman Facebook Public Health Malaysia, yang turut mengemas kini perkembangan terbaharu itu, mengingatkan orang ramai agar tidak mengambil mudah situasi sekarang.
Sebaliknya, masyarakat diingatkan agar terus mengamalkan penjarakan sosial dan prosedur operasi standard (SOP) seperti yang diarahkan kerajaan.
Recently, a Facebook page known as ASEAN Skyline came under fire from Malaysian netizens after posting a photo of a beautiful sunset view of Kuching’s skyline with the outrageous caption, “The Amazing View of Kuching, Sarawak Indonesia.”
Malaysian netizens were understandably outraged and made sure that the admin knew his mistakes by letting it rip in the comment section:
While it seemed like a harmless mistake that one with no geographical knowledge of SouthEast Asian countries could make, this isn’t the first time this Facebook page has come under scrutiny for attributing the beautiful sights of Malaysia to a different ASEAN nation.
In the comments, a netizen posted a screenshot of a different post made by the same page, showcasing the magnificent view of Kota Kinabalu. But this time instead of Indonesia, the post was captioned, “Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Philippines.”
“Ah no wonder this page looks familiar”, said the netizen. But it doesn’t stop there.
Turns out, there’s a reason why this page keeps mistaking Malaysian states for different ASEAN countries. And it’s not bad geographical knowledge.
A few netizens did some investigating and discovered that the FB page deliberately made unacceptable mistakes like this on purpose to attract traffic for their page. The more users comment on these posts, the more visitors this page gets. In fact, it was even discovered that the page was a knockoff of the original ASEAN Skyline:
Once they were exposed, netizens wasted no time and immediately reported the page for their false claims.
MPH Group Sdn Bhd, owner of Malaysia’s well-loved MPH Bookstores chain, has finally cleared the air on why several of their bookstores were seen closing down recently.
In a statement provided to SAYS, MPH Group said they are pursuing a new venture and are transforming their bricks and mortar business model into an “e-commerce cum digitalized ecosystem”.
The century-old company said it is channelling much of its resources to scale up their e-commerce and digital business division, and part of the new approach was to consolidate all of its non-performing retail outlets.
Nonetheless, they are maintaining stores that are profitable in key locations as important touch points for their loyal customers.
MPH Group’s plan to focus on its e-commerce platform was already in the works last year, but it was accelerated due to the COVID-19 pandemic
With everyone staying at home, the bookstore’s website, MPHOnline.com, saw a significant increase in sales as a result of the quick change in consumer buying behaviour during the Movement Control Order (MCO).
MPH Group chief executive officer Donald Kee revealed that the company is in the midst of upgrading their online store and are expecting to relaunch it in the fourth quarter of 2020.
He said this new approach taken by the bookstore, both offline and online, will provide a more seamless shopping experience to the customers.
“We want to be able to connect with our customers through multiple touchpoints, be it online or offline by adopting an omnichannel approach,” said Kee.
The CEO also announced that the company is planning to deploy high-tech vending machines for the convenience of their customers
In addition to their physical stores, people will be able to place orders online and choose to pick their books up from the company’s vending machines that would be placed in strategic locations such as LRT and MRT stations, universities, and hospitals.
“[This is] so that we can reach out to customers beyond our physical stores as well as offer instant gratification to those who can’t wait for their books to be delivered to their homes or offices,” he explained.
Aside from that, the company also plans to launch the very first social interactive e-learning platform in Southeast Asia
The e-learning platform will offer a wide range of video-on-demand content and e-books, as well as live classrooms to cater to the increasing popularity of virtual learning. Aiming for release in the second half of the year, the company hopes that the application will serve to connect educators and students in a safe environment.
MPH Group also hopes that these digital transformation initiatives will allow their brand to continue to stay relevant to all Malaysians.
Calling all sweet tooths! If you’re a fan of American food, you definitely would’ve heard of the Cheesecake Factory, home of America’s finest cheesecake! While many of us have only ever salivated over these heavenly desserts through Insta pics or Youtube mukbangs, all that changes today.
Thanks to Legasea Bakery Malaysia, Malaysians living in the Klang Valley can have a slice of these legendary cheesecakes delivered right to their doorsteps! But wait, it gets even better. While the original cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory is to die for, you can choose from a variety of more than 10 flavours of whole cakes if your tastebuds are feeling a little more adventurous.
Some of the public’s favourite cheesecakes include: the Key Lime Pie, Dulce De Leche, Reese’s Peanut Butter, Godiva Double Chocolate and many more. And yes, before you ask, these cakes are 100% completely halal.
What are you waiting for? There is no better way to treat yourself for being a remarkable citizen and staying at home amidst this pandemic than by indulging in a slice of delicious cheesecake.
All you have to do to place an order is Whatsapp +60109069052 or check out their Facebook page for more information on how to purchase these mouth-watering treats. What’s more, because of the MCO, they’re even throwing in free delivery for orders made all over the Klang Valley for any whole cake or purchases that amount to over RM240!
It looks like us Malaysians won’t be visiting the land of the rising sun anytime soon.
There have been numerous reports in the past week claiming that the Japanese government is planning to cover 50% of foreign travel expenses in order to reboot their tourism industry. However, it seems that the reports were a classic case of a ‘lost in translation’ incident by news outlets and bloggers worldwide.
Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) clarified in a statement that the 50% travel expenses coverage campaign under consideration is only for domestic tourism and Japanese citizens.
“Please note that the Go to Travel Campaign under consideration by the Japanese government is to stimulate domestic travel demand within Japan after the Covid-19 pandemic and only cover a portion of domestic travel expenses.”
In the age where international tourism is put to a halt due to the spread of Covid-19, we should’ve known that the travel expenses subsidy report is too good to be true. In fact, it straight up makes no sense considering that Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has been tightening the borders of its country to deal with the pandemic.
One of the precautions being taken is to ban indefinitely, tourists from 111 countries into Japan and of course, that list includes Malaysia.
What’s more, according to Japan’s MOFA website, foreign travellers who have been in Malaysia for the past 14 days will also be denied entry into Japan. This also include international flights that have a layover in KLIA or KLIA2. Okay, that’s as strict as it gets!
Furthermore, the visa exemption given to us Malaysians by the Japanese government is also suspended for the time being. For now, the suspension is listed until the end of June but the possibility of it being renewed is quite high.
As for Japanese citizens who are returning home from Malaysia or any of the 111 countries listed, a mandatory 14 days quarantine must be served before going back to their homes.
Well, if you’re fantasizing about that epic road trip in the land of the rising sun soon, sorry to burst your bubble, yeah. What’s important now is that the whole world unite in our fight against this scathing pandemic! #KitaMestiMenang
Another good news to hear as a Malaysian! However, we must not be complacent and continue to adhere to strict social distancing practices.
As of yesterday, Malaysia has recorded an impressive recovery rate of 80.2% for Covid-19 patients which is currently one of the highest in the world!
This was announced by Malaysia’s favourite superhero, Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah in his daily press briefing yesterday. As reported by The Star, Saturday saw another 73 Covid-19 patients cured and discharged from hospital in Malaysia over the past day.
This makes the total recovered Covid-19 patients in our country stands at 5,512 as of yesterday with 1,247 active cases.
This achievement is a testament to the hardworking frontliners that have given their all for Malaysia to be free of Covid-19. Although it is virtually impossible to eradicate the virus without a vaccine, the relevant authorities has done a superb job in curbing the pandemic spread within our shores.
The high recovery rate is also testament to the recognition our health care system has received in the past for being one of the best in the world.
Covid-19 cases in our country has been on the decline ever since the government imposed a Movement Control Order (MCO) on March 18 and now that restrictions have been relaxed with the introduction of Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), we have to remain vigilant and adhere to the ‘new norm’ that the wrath of Covid-19 has brought forth.
Stay safe everyone and let’s hope that this pandemic will end sooner rather than later!