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In the midst of everything that is happening this year, let’s not allow any positive things to fly under the radar. Local Malaysian, Dr Chan Yoke Fun, was announced as the winner of the ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women 2020!

Dr Chan, who is also the Head of the Department of Medical Microbiology at the University of Malaya’s Faculty of Medicine, received a US$20,000 cash award along with the prize.

Her research focused on developing a vaccine to combat a virus that causes hand, foot, and mouth disease and brain infection diseases in children. She has also worked alongside local experts to raise awareness regarding the dangers and prevention of the virus in her community and beyond.

“This award is timely in demonstrating the active role of women in preventive healthcare. It is a recognition for work well done and signifies an opportunity for her team to do more. It has also empowered all ASEAN women scientists.”

“Passion, perseverance and positive thinking help us to achieve greater heights,” she said as reported by BERNAMA.

Dr Chan presented her research to a panel of judges through a head-to-head pitch competition held in a virtual judging session on Aug 13. She was also competing against Dr Shefaly Shorey from the National University of Singapore (NUS) who received an honourable mention.

The panel who did the judging consisted of the ASEAN Committee on Science, Technology, and Innovation (COSTI) members, representatives from the ASEAN Secretariat, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and Underwriters Laboratories.

From a pool of ten national finalists, two of them were selected and they represented the brightest women scientists working in the field of Preventive Healthcare. This was the theme for the 2020 ASEAN-US Science Prize.

This award was created to recognise promising, early- to mid-career female scientists for their academic and professional achievements. We would like to congratulate Dr Chan Yoke Fun on her outstanding achievement that has certainly made Malaysians proud.


Do you ever get worried that your pet might forget their heritage (or as we call it in Malaysia’s national language: asal usul)? No?

Well, do you just want to get your pet an adorable passport just so you can show off your pampered fur baby to your friends?

If you said yes and you’re in Malaysia, you’re in luck because pet passports are a thing here.

Twitter use @ShazGhaF recently showed off their beautiful orange cat with a shiny blue passport.

According to the Twitter post, @ShazGhaF’s domestic long-hair floof Pablo received the pet passport after getting microchipped.

The process was quick and easy.”Make sure to go really early in the morning to beat the queue, you should be done by noon,” @ShazGhaF wrote in a reply on their Twitter thread.

Apparently, Malaysia has been assigning pet passports since 2010 under the Malaysian Animal Traceability System (MATs) Project!

The project organized by the Department of Vet Services Malaysia (DVS) aims to build a formal animal identification database system to help with animal disease control while promoting pet ownership responsibility among Malaysians.

Currently, four types of animals can be registered for a pet passport.

According to @ShazGhaF, all this cost just RM85 (US$20)!

If you’re interested in getting your pet a shiny new blue passport and a microchip, you can do so at Hospital Veterinar Kuala Lumpur at Cheras.

Now if you’d excuse me, I need to go get my cat a passport of her own so she doesn’t forget her heritage by accident.

Totally just for her benefit and not for me to also be able to post cute pictures on social media.


The corona virus, also known as COVID-19, has put a halt on many important events across the globe. This ranges from major sporting events like Formula One, to film and music festivals like South by Southwest (SXSW).

But perhaps nothing stings more than the unlikelihood of a proper graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020.

After spending years in university, we all look forward to stepping up on that stage and collecting our well-deserved scrolls. Unfortunately, the coronavirus doesn’t care about what you want.

But one university in Malaysia is proposing the use of robots as real-life student avatars in a pandemic-stricken world.

Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) is a public university located in the state of Terengganu, along the North-East coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

Like many educational institutions across the country, UniSZA has been forced to cancel all convocation ceremonies in order to abide by the government-imposed Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), which prohibits large gatherings.

Of course, it’s always important to remember that these measures are put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. But the pain still rings true for those who worked hard to finish their diplomas and degrees in 2020.

In an effort to lift spirits and inspire hope, the university posted a video on YouTube showcasing the use of robots as physical placeholders for graduating students who may never get to experience a graduation ceremony in real life.

In a corresponding post on their Facebook page, UniSZA lamented the fact that the corona virus has caused a wide disruption with important activities like convocation ceremonies. The majority of them have been postponed to 2021.

But they also demonstrated a sense of optimism for what the future of education may look like, in the face of the coronavirus and the ‘new normal’.

“Where UniSZA would like to say that, we are ready to implement a virtual convocation if necessary,” reads the Facebook post, adding that it can be used as a viable alternative to the traditional convocation ceremony, especially for students who live far away and don’t have easy access to transport.

“It’s no longer a fantasy, but it can be made a reality,” affirms the university.

How does it work exactly?

In their YouTube video, the robots, “Naseem” and “Seeba”, were draped in graduation gowns, complete with their own mortarboards.

Using the power of live-streaming, the graduates’ faces were displayed on screens located on the robots’ heads. Of course, this is just a cute way of emulating a “real” face. But because of the remote-controlled nature of the robots, students will still able to interact with their surroundings, vicariously of course.

Thanks to deployable arms, the robots can even collect the students’ hard-earned academic scrolls.

Reactions to the robots were mixed.

A lot of Facebook users who commented on the post placed heavy emphasis on the opportunity to physically collect their academic scrolls in person, seeing that the use of robots took the vital human element out of the picture.

A few users even stated that they’d be more than willing to wait for a delayed convocation, just so they can rejoice in the achievement in-person.

Others expressed excitement for what the future really holds, especially in the name of technological advancement.

UniSZA has also stressed that the video they posted was only a proof-of-concept, to be tabled for further discussions in the future, should more interest arise.


As we all know, Malaysians who return from overseas are mandated to be quarantined in quarantine centres for 14 days. Most quarantine centres are established hotels such as Hilton and even the Palace of Golden Horses. Unfortunately, despite all this comfort, there have been certain people who still managed to find something to complain about.

Amidst that, Abiramy Komaraswamy, an LLM student from the UK reached out to us to share her experience.

Abiramy shares with WORLD OF BUZZ her story of being quarantined at the Impiana KLCC for the past 14 days. She had nothing but praises towards the hotel staffs and frontliners who took care of them in the quarantine centre.

“Today I’m a proud lady of Malaysia. I would shout out loud and say I love Malaysia.”

“I’m extremely amazed with how Malaysia is handling, managing and protecting everyone in the country during this pandemic.”

Abiramy, whose quarantine ends today told that everything was extremely systematic and properly handled. She added that she has nothing to complain about and that she’s even amazed.

“Meals were always given on time and we had proper health screenings with so many essentials given, without us even requesting,” she said.

She also said that she would like to thank all out hardworking frontliners who’ve been battling this Covid-19 pandemic day and night. In the end, she simply said how proud she is to be Malaysian today and that Home means Malaysia!

We need more Malaysians like Abiramy who truly appreciate the effort by our Malaysian government. Let’s never forget what our frontliners did for us during this pandemic!


So this one is for all the stubborn Malaysians that claim you need to exercise, stretch, keep fit outside despite the deadly-killing disease just beyond the horizon. This man known as Yim Heng Fat did a 36-hour marathon INSIDE his house. I mean he exercised, stretched and kept fit all without attempting suicide and murder. Like can you imagine? 

According to a report by the Malay Mail, Yim, who is a runner took pictures and videos of his home run and showed it to the world, proving that you literally can do everything from home.

He began his indoor run, covering a 50 metre route inside his house with eating, showering and resting breaks, at 6am on April 4th. After almost two days, he reached the finish line on April 6th, after 36 hours, clocking in to 263 kilometres in total. He decided to stop once he reached 263 because he believed the number sounded like a lucky Cantonese phrase meaning “to live eternally”.

He then shared a video of the route he took inside his home which went through his living room, foyer, kitchen and dining room. He wanted to prove to people that it was possible for people to keep active during this MCO period from within the bounds of their homes. Noted, it may not be as efficient, liberating or effective as outdoors, but he understood that sometimes sacrifices have to be made.

On top of that, Yim also listed some of the advantages that came with marathon-ing at home. The first was his ‘water station’. He shared pictures of his ‘water station’ which was located in his kitchen, stocked with ‘energy drinks’ (cold drinks) and ‘supplements’ (bread), to help him refuel whilst running. As a matter of fact for every 50 kilometre that he did, he even opened a can of beer to celebrate.

The second was the weather.

“The good thing about running indoors is the ability to control the weather. Out come the fans and even the air-conditioning when it gets hot and muggy during the late afternoon”, he noted.

“Plus, you can virtually run naked,” added Yim as another benefit number three.

Since his peculiarly effective post, many users have been commending Yim on a job well done for his considerate cum healthy efforts.

So all in all, it seems to be like you can listen and not put everyone’s lives in jeopardy. Good on Yim for not being one of those people who further increases our chances at another MCO extension. May we all be like h(Y)im!


PETALING JAYA – It seemed an uphill task, but overweight musician Muhammad Helmi Shahuddin kept at overhauling his lifestyle and following a strict diet plan.

The result of his perseverance – losing over 50kg and bidding adieu to diabetes and high blood pressure.

Having struggled with his weight for most of his life, the 33-year-old revealed that it was not until two years ago that he decided to turn his life around and reduce his over 120kg frame.

He adopted the keto diet and the one meal a day (OMAD) plan, a form of intermittent fasting stretching 22 hours daily with just a small window to eat.

Also known as the ketogenic diet, it involves a low-carb, high fat eating plan that drives the body into a state of ketosis, whereby the body uses fat as a primary fuel source instead of carbohydrates.

“It started when I met a friend who lost a lot of weight and I asked what was his secret.”

“He told me about a weight loss expert called Dr Eric Berg who has these Youtube videos, which I started to look up, ” said Helmi.

After watching the videos, the guitarist was inspired to embark on his weight loss transformation.

“I started to diet during Ramadan in 2018. I would only drink plain water for sahur (pre-dawn meal) then break fast by eating two pieces of beef patties, three eggs and some salad.”

“Ever since then, I’ve been following the keto diet by eating high fats but no sugar and no carbs, ” said Helmi, who lives in Subang Jaya with his wife Yazrin Azrina Yunus, 33.

Following this, Helmi dropped to a much healthier weight, recording 71kg at his lowest.

When Helmi went to see his doctor, Dr Ng Siew Nee six months after his weight loss, she was impressed.

“Last month, I was cleared of diabetes, high blood pressure and dirty urine, ” said Helmi, who now weighs 77kg, with muscles to show.

“I go to the gym about three times a week and have started to take some carbs to build up muscles.”

These days, Helmi’s menu includes five eggs daily plus beef or chicken breast and some vegetables. He also regularly fasts for 22 hours a day.

“When I was trying to lose weight, I would fast for 16 to 17 hours only. But now I’m used to a 22-hour fast.”

“I eat only once a day at 2pm. My body is used to it,” he said.

Since losing weight, Helmi said he was now more confident and energetic when performing onstage.

“I’ve always been heavy. When I was 15, I weighed about 80kg.”

“People would make fun of me. People treat me differently now, ” said Helmi, who mostly performs in concerts and TV programmes.

He just finished a gig as a guitarist for Ramli Sarip and Ella at Istana Budaya and played in the house band for TV show Gegar Vaganza and Mentor Milenia.

Helmi, who has a music degree from UiTM Shah Alam, credited Dr Ng for motivating him to lose weight, saying: “She is a one-in-a million doctor who is an excellent motivator.

“My wife is also very proud of me that I managed to lose weight and become a healthier person.”

Dr Ng said after seeing Helmi’s successful weight loss, she too began fasting and taking on a low-carb diet and shared it with her patients.

“As it’s not yet very popular among mainstream medicine practitioners, I’m trying my best to share it. Hopefully, more people will benefit, ” she said.


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.


Malaysian doctor reaches out via WeChat group

February 18, 2020 | News | No Comments

BEIJING – Nothing could stop Dr Jerome Liew from reaching out to his audience, not even Covid-19.

When the Kuching-born general practitioner was asked to address the concerns of Malaysians in Sichuan province about the coronavirus, he relied on social networking to get his job done.

He gave a health talk last week to a WeChat group of over 150 Malaysians, mostly based in this southwest Chinese province well known for its spicy food and giant pandas.

Malaysian Embassy officials started the group chat to better communicate with Malaysians in Sichuan.

Dr Liew, who is based at a hospital in Sichuan’s capital city of Chengdu, was approached by a member of the group to give the talk. And he was more than happy to share his knowledge.

There was a minor setback though.

Dr Liew, 35, had given countless health talks previously and he had never doubted whether his audience could follow or understand what he said.

Last week’s WeChat talk was different for him as he was unsure whether the participants could grasp his message.

During the one-hour session, he sent out over 100 voice and text messages plus dozens of materials in image forms.

“I could not see their expressions, so I did not know if they understood me or whether I was going too fast or too slow, ” he added.

Dr Liew said that face-to-face sessions would allow him to interact better with his audience but the current situation did not permit him to do so to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.

Among the popular questions posed to him during the WeChat talk were those that concerned the travel advisory to China, the incubation period of the virus, its symptoms, personal healthcare and vaccine-related matters.

“If you are overseas and you can afford not to come back yet, I would advise you to stay there as long as you can, especially those with children, ” he said, adding that travelling and staying in crowds would carry the risk of getting infected.

He also corrected the misinformation that the audience gathered from the Internet.

One common fallacy is the way to wear a surgical mask.

Dr Liew explained that the side of the mask with a darker shade – whether green, blue, pink or white – should always face out regardless of a person being ill or healthy.

The medical doctor, who spent the past 17 years in Australia, came to Chengdu six months ago.

“I came here five years ago to visit a friend and I love the city, so when I got the opportunity to work here, I grabbed it, ” he added.

He said he enjoyed the tea culture in Chengdu and socialising with the people at the parks.

And he has started learning to play mahjong, the most popular past-time of the locals.


BEIJING – For Malaysians returning to China for work after the Lunar New Year break, festive cookies share space in their baggage with medical supply to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Unlike previous years when they would bring back their favourite Chinese New Year goodies in bulk, this time their bags were stuffed with face masks, gloves, hand sanitisers, alcohol swabs, antiseptic disinfectants and safety goggles.

Some even brought back sanitisers with high alcohol content, only to find this inflammable item forbidden on board the flight.

Most Chinese cities officially started work on Monday after a two-week respite, which included the week-long Spring Festival holiday.

Operations director Asthy Tan and her husband flew from Malaysia to the Chinese capital with four pieces of baggage.

“We have 10 boxes of disposable masks, three boxes each of N95 masks and gloves and 25 bottles of sanitisers in various sizes.

“Some of them are for our friends,” she said.

To prepare for her 14-day quarantine at home, Tan, 40, also brought back an assortment of biscuits, packets of cooking pastes, bee hoon and her favourite instant teh tarik.

Film director Michael Wong took an extra step in protecting his family from the disease.

As soon as they boarded the plane, they wiped their seats, arm rests and trays with disinfectant.

“Luckily, no one complained,” Wong, 48, said.

In preparation for the two-week quarantine, his house has now become a mini store and pharmacy with 500 sachets of Malaysian coffee, six containers of biscuits, a variety of pastries and 10 boxes of surgical masks, gloves, alcohol swabs and sanitisers.

“It’s a whole new experience for me this time even though I went through the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) epidemic in 2003.

“I had just got married then but now I have two children and three cats.

“The responsibility has grown so I have to be extra careful,” he said.

Scheduled to fly from Sabah on Feb 16, project manager Arthur Pang has decided to leave behind bulky and heavy clothing like jeans to make room for medical supplies and food stuff.

“I bought a lot without realising that my bags were already full,” said the 46-year-old.

Pang said he would be bringing over 100 pieces of masks, 500 pieces of alcohol swabs, 200 latex gloves, a thermometer, a few bottles of cod liver oil and Vitamin C.

“I am also going to stuff my luggage with instant noodles, beverages and canned food like sardines and curry chicken, ” he added.


In concerning times such as these, a little wholesome humour is appreciated — especially since the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak could soon be declared a pandemic

A viral outbreak ain’t stopping the Chinese New Year festivities from carrying on, and according to recently shared clips on Facebook, a lion dance troupe in Malaysia is still getting gigs to bless up a business. 

Precautionary measures need to be taken first, of course, and a video uploaded by a Low Choon Fui last Friday (Jan 31) showcased how troupe members had to get their temperature checked by an auxiliary police officer before getting the green light to perform. 

Low Choon Fui 发布于 2020年1月31日周五

They aren’t the only ones getting screened though. A second clip has the officer checking the temperature of the two lion dance heads (via their ears, no less) in jest. With the two lacking fever symptoms, the officer welcomed the troupe into the building. 

Low Choon Fui 发布于 2020年1月31日周五

According to Malay Mail, commenters were happy to play along, with one asking if the lions would be referred to a veterinarian if they failed the temperature screening. 

On a serious note though, Malaysia is facing 12 confirmed cases of coronavirus patients so far, with one suspected case reported at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre complex. A journalist accused of spreading fake news about the coronavirus was charged in court today with the intention to cause public fear. 

The situation in China is even more dire with 490 deaths from the viral outbreak. It’s gotten to the point where copies of an erotic video game are being given out for free to keep people indoors and avoid close contact.