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In 2016, Starbucks opened its first store dedicated to providing employment opportunities for members of the deaf community.Today, Starbucks is celebrating yet another milestone with the opening of its second Signing Store in Penang.

On Tuesday, 19 November, Starbucks announced the grand opening of the Penang Signing Store on its Facebook page.

The post read, “Our second Signing store in Penang is officially in motion and brewing! Penangites, share the good news and enjoy a unique experience of our Starbucks Signing Store.”

To make sure this project is a success, the famous coffeehouse chain partnered with the Penang Deaf Association.

According to the Starbucks website, the partnership is meant to support the professional training and development of the store’s staff.

The president of the Penang Deaf Association Razman Tan Abdullah said that they’re excited to provide richer career opportunities and sense of belonging to the local deaf community.

They will also be providing sign language classes for the outlet’s seven hearing employees.

This outlet is the fourth of its kind in the world

Standing tall at three storeys, the store was designed specifically to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals. 

The outlet is completed with visual alarms, digital trays, and point-of-sale systems with an attached customer display.

Local deaf artist Lim Anuar brought some life into the space with a vibrant mural that is meant to showcase deaf culture in an art form

Make sure to give this outlet a visit and support their cause!

Well done, Starbucks!

403, Jalan Burma,
Pulau Tikus,
10350 George Town,

Opening hours:
Sunday to Thursday (8.00am – 10.00pm)
Friday, Saturday, and public holidays (8.00am – 12.00am)

For more information, check out the Starbucks Facebook page:

Our second Signing store in Penang is officially in motion and brewing! Penangites share the good news and enjoy a…

Posted by Starbucks Malaysia on Selasa, 19 November 2019


SUNGAI PETANI: A 19-year-old medical student at a private university here died after falling from the fourth floor of the institution’s library, today.

The Penang youth’s remains were found on the ground floor by students who had heard a loud thump in the area at about 3.30pm.

The teen had died from severe injuries to the head.

It is learnt that the student was a bright scholar with no problems with regard to school fee payment.

“However, the student had been contacted by his father one hour before the incident. The teen’s family had wanted to hand over some of his clothes and a necklace.

“They had agreed to meet (at the university) today,” said Kuala Muda police chief Assistant Commissioner Adzli Abu Shah.

Further investigation revealed that the student was to sit for an examination tomorrow, and police are trying to determine if he was experiencing undue stress, he added.

According to Adzli, the case, as of now, is classified as “sudden death”.


Penang man dies after setting himself on fire

October 7, 2019 | News | No Comments

BUKIT MERTAJAM, Penang – A 44-year-old man died outside his house in Taman Impian Ria after dousing himself with petrol and setting himself on fire.

Central Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said Khor Kau Gheor died of severe burns in the incident at 12.55am yesterday.

“Neighbours who saw Khor on fire alerted his 66-year-old father who was in the house.

“Khor’s father rushed out only to find his son dead with burns all over his body.

He did not reveal what illness the victim had. The case has been classified as sudden death after a post-mortem was conducted at Seberang Jaya Hospital.


Flash floods hit Penang, causing flight delays

September 4, 2019 | News | No Comments

GEORGE TOWN – Heavy rain on Tuesday (Sept 3) inundated several roads in the Penang capital of George Town and prompted flights to be delayed briefly.

Roads in the towns of Bayan Baru and Bayan Lepas as well as low-lying areas like Jalan Mahsuri, Jalan Mayang Pasir, Lebuh Mayang Pasir and Jalan Kampung Relau were affected by the floods.

The flood waters, however, receded by 1pm.

The Penang International Airport (PIA) experienced flight delays for around half an hour due to the downpour.

PIA senior manager Mohd Nadzim Hashim said the flight delays happened between 10.30am and until slightly after 11am.

Penang Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the floods were not caused by drainage issues but the intensity of the downpour.

“These weather conditions are expected and we have to be mentally prepared for this kind of weather due to climate change,” Phee said.

“There are currently 14 tropical storms including three hurricanes in the South China Sea and Pacific Ocean. We expect weather like this from now until the end of the year,” he added.

Phee said precautionary measures had already been taken to ensure that should there be an emergency, there were teams for evacuation and rescue on standby.


Posted by Patrick Ooi on Selasa, 3 September 2019


On 21 August, a pharmacist from Penang took to Facebook to warn netizens about counterfeit Panadols circulating around

In his Facebook post, part-time blogger and pharmacist Zeff Tan shared that he had heard about fake Panadols in the country but only managed to get hold of the product recently.

At the time of writing, the post had gone viral with over 3,300 shares.

The pharmacist shared a visual comparison of the paracetamol to distinguish between the genuine and counterfeit Panadol

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Posted by 型男药剂师 on Rabu, 21 Ogos 2019

At first, while the packaging of both Panadol pills looks similar, the pharmacist added that they can be distinguished through a series of methods.

Here’s how you can identify them:

Cross-check the MAL number printed on the back of the Panadol tablets strip.

According to Ministry of Health Malaysia, all pharmaceutical products including health supplements must be registered with the Drug Control Authority (DCA) of Malaysia before being marketed to the public. 

To ensure the products are registered with DCA, netizens can look up on the registered figure that begins with ‘MAL’ followed by eight numbers behind it and then ending with T, A, X, or N. 

To determine whether the drugs are registered supplements, visit the link here to enter the details of the product.

Inspect the packaging quality and look out for spelling errors

Zeff shared that fake Panadol tablets will have a rough packaging material unlike the genuine product.

Besides that, in the picture above, Zeff revealed that one of the packaging had a spelling error in which ‘Glaxosmithkline’ is the company that manufactures Panadol tablets and not ‘ClaxoSmithKline’.

Mothership also pointed out that genuine paracetamol pills would include the ® symbol in which fake products do not. 

Last but not least, check for rough edges on the Panadol tablets.

Tablets with rough edges would mean that the product was not properly manufactured unlike genuine paracetamol drugs. 

Zeff advised the public to only consume drugs purchased from reputable pharmaceutical stores and to buy the whole packaging instead of tablet strips.


Wonderful treat for nature lovers

August 21, 2019 | Event, Living, News | No Comments

LUCKY participants of Penang Starwalk 2019 stand to enjoy a wondrous time getting close to nature at Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm.

The award-winning attraction in Teluk Bahang has generously sponsored 100 sets of entry tickets worth RM15,600 for the event’s prize pool.

Its chief of sales and marketing May Ang said each set comprises two adult and two children’s passes worth RM156, with a validity period of six months.

“Entopia is a magical place for adults and children to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

“Come experience the wonders of nature in exciting ways.

“Leave your electronic gadgets behind when you visit us. Rejuvenate and de-stress at Entopia,” Ang said after handing over the tickets to Star Media Group client brand marketing senior representative Sandy Kow recently.

Entopia and its predecessor the Penang Butterfly Farm has a long-standing partnership with Starwalk.

Entopia’s lush 100,000sq ft space is home to around 150 species of butterflies, insects, reptiles and amphibians.

At any one time, there can be up to 15,000 beautiful butterflies from 60 different species fluttering about its cavernous enclosure.

Around 1,000 newly hatched butterflies are released each day.

Penang Starwalk 2019 will be held at Gurney Drive on Sept 22. It is organised by Star Media Group Bhd.

The official venue provider is Gurney Paragon Mall while F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd is the official beverage.

The event’s platinum sponsor is YTL Communications Sdn Bhd.

Indofood (M) Food Industries Sdn Bhd, Wiitrac Elevator Sdn Bhd, Health4U Solutions Sdn Bhd, Penang Turf Club and Ewein Zenith Sdn Bhd are the silver sponsors.

The 7km non-competitive walk is expected to be flagged off by Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas from Gurney Paragon Mall.


A 36-year-old woman attempted suicide by jumping off the Penang bridge yesterday (2 August). This incident occurred around 5pm when she drove to the bridge and climbed over the guardrails, according to Guang Ming Daily. She then jumped into the sea.

Since it was rush hour on the road, many people witnessed the incident and called for rescue. The marine police, fire department, as well as fishermen, were notified, and they immediately set out to search for the lady.

It was reported that the location that she took the leap was around 6.8km off Butterworth.

Fortunately, the rescue team managed to find her four hours after she jumped off. At 9pm, she was rescued and rushed to the hospital in Penang. The lady was identified to have come from Permatang Pauh, Penang.

We’re glad that the capable rescue team saved her, but we also hope that she’ll get the help she needs for her emotional and mental state.

You may wonder how it’s possible for one to just climb over the guardrails. Based on this video taken at the scene, the guardrails are pretty low and accessible.

If you’re feeling suicidal or need help now, please call Befrienders KL’s helpline at 03-7956 8145. It’s free and confidential, do not hesitate to call, especially when you’re feeling low and helpless.


BUTTERWORTH, Malaysia – A hawker here has demonstrated a marketing strategy called loss leader with dramatic success.

His stall sells prawn fritters, spring rolls and other snacks, but every morning, it is his nasi lemak that triggers a buying frenzy.

The reason? It is only 50 sen a packet.

When Wong Kum Soon, 48, opens his hawker stall at 7am, a barrage of customers almost immediately crowds his stall for his nasi lemak.

The Star visited his stall in Taman Tanjung Aman near Jalan Raja Uda and watched his clients grab five to 10 packets in one go.

It happened so fast that assistant chief photographer Mustafa Ahmad hardly had time to capture the rush after recording video clips of the scene for TheStarTV.com.

In less than 30 minutes, the horde cleaned out the nasi lemak and Wong would carry on selling the rest of his offerings until 3pm.

Loss leaders are products sold at cost or even at a loss to draw customers and stimulate the sale of other products sold at normal prices.This retail marketing strategy has existed since the 1950s and is practised by hypermarkets, too.

Wong used to be the regional sales manager for a company in Kuala Lumpur but moved here, which is his wife’s hometown, eight years ago when he felt life in the federal capital was too stressful.

He became a hawker and started his loss leader strategy two weeks ago. The condiments in his little packets of nasi lemak are either eggs, salted fish, prawns or anchovies.

Wong prepares about 500 packets daily.

“Many workers and students come to buy them. I am happy to offer breakfast at such a price.

“Each packet gives me a profit of about 10 sen,” he said.


Penang, the little island will soon be known worldwide as it will be home to the world’s longest water slide! How cool is that?

Currently, the slide at the Escape Theme Park in Teluk Bahang is still in the works, but excitement is building up as the ride is expected to be completed in August, and will last at least four minutes from start to end!

According to The Star, its starting point begins at a height of 780m above sea level and the slide itself measures 1,140m long – meaning riders will be taken across Jalan Teluk Bahang to the suspension bridge before plunging into the park’s swimming pool.

According to Escape Theme Park chief escape officer Sim Choo Kheng, the slide’s construction work progress has now reached a 705m height. Once completed, it will officially beat the current record holder of the world’s longest water slide, the 602m-long water slide in Water Park, New Jersey.

Many of you might ask; if the slide in Penang is going to be 780m high, are people expected to climb all the way up before descending?

Well, officer Sim explains that part of the Phase 3 development will include the installation of a cable car that will be customers’ means of transport from the foot of the hill to the top.

“It will also serve as a transport vessel for Hill Rider and Tubby Racer, two new attractions that will open together with the water slide,” he said, adding that the construction of the slide was challenging as there were topographical factors and a lack of machinery, reported NST.

“Most of the materials were transported manually to the hilltop as we wanted to preserve the surrounding natural habitat,” he said.

The slide is now being built using carbon-fibre reinforced polymer that will be supported by permanent steel structures.

Officer Sim says that in order to build a slide this long, a tower about the height of a 20-storey apartment is needed. However, this isn’t cost-effective and would be a “disaster aesthetically”.

“So we decided to use the highest point of our forested land with an elevation of 70m as the launch tower,” he said.

Meanwhile, State Tourism, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin, said that the slide would “put Penang on the map and set the theme park apart from the rest”.

“With this world record attraction, it will attract more tourists and visitors all over the world to Penang,” he said.

“We need more world-class tourism products to put Penang on the map, especially as we usher in Experience Penang Year 2020.”


A Penang-area snatch thief seriously injured a woman and her step-daughter, after attacking the two when they were riding a motorbike, forcing both along with vehicle, into a drain. The suspect had his sights set on a waist pouch that the 40-year-old woman had on her.

Yesterday afternoon, the victim, who is Indonesian, and her six-year-old Malaysian step-daughter were returning home when the attack occurred. Police report that the suspect was driving a blue Yamaha 125z, and had given chase to the two before lunging and grabbing the pouch that the woman had slung over her shoulder. He then kicked her bike, sending it, and its passengers into a nearby drain to the left of the road.

While the woman sustained injuries to her face, her young step-daughter suffered head injuries, and was rushed by members of the public who witnessed the attack to a nearby hospital.

Officers are now asking for anyone with any relevant information to come forward, to help locate the suspect.