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When it comes to interstate vacations, we all know Penang is where it’s at. With a great selection of mouthwatering food and cultural heritage spots, it’s one of the best states to go to for a long weekend of eating and relaxing. While we love the state, we dread the near 5-hour journey of driving there (sometimes longer if you’re stuck in a traffic jam). But when this newly-built expressway is completed, it looks like those trips are going to be much shorter and convenient!

While the West Coast Expressway (WEC) started being constructed back in 2014, multiple delays have postponed its expected year of completion from 2019 to 2022. While it may be a while before the whole 233km-long strip is completed, some parts of the Expressway are already available for use! Malaysians can visit opened sections like Teluk Intan and Beruas. According to the Star, here are the roads that have been completed so far:

The Expressway was said to connect from Banting, Selangor to Taiping, Perak, without the need of having to pass through Ipoh which saves quite a big chunk of time on the road. However, this may differ from where you choose to travel from as some netizens have pointed out that the journey times vary for those driving from the Klang Valley.

Aside from being a neat shortcut, the West Coast Expressway also provides a scenic alternative to the usually congested routes that many of us use to get to Penang. Just look at some of these shots from Facebook page, Info Sungai Petani! These aesthetic roads are sure to make the journey a smooth and easy drive.

Once the project is finally done, WCE is expected to connect most of the major Expressways (North-South Expressway, South Klang Valley Expressway, North Klang Valley Expressway and Shah Alam Expressway) to make it easier for all drivers planning to make the commute up north, say reports from NST.


Police raided an apartment at Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah in Georgetown, Penang where several birthday parties were being held. A total of 20 people, including a few under-aged kids, were detained.

In the first raid that took place at about 10.30pm on 1 June, eight male and three female students, aged between 13 and 17, were detained. Urine tests revealed that six were tested positive for drugs, reported China Press.

Police also discovered and seized about 2gm of ketamine at the apartment unit.

The teens are now being remanded for four days while the case is being investigated under Section 12(3) and 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act, according to northeast district police chief Assistant Commissioner Soffian Santong.

“They are also investigated under Rules 7 (1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 (Regulation),” he said today.

Several minutes later, the police conducted a second raid in the same premises and found seven men and two women, aged between 14 and 20, apparently attending a birthday party as well. Three of them were school students.

However, no drugs were found and they all tested negative for drugs, according to NST.

“We issued a compound to the nine under Rules 7 (1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 (Regulation),” Asst Comm Soffian Santong said.


Some Malaysians still choose to violate the NO interstate travel rule despite strict warnings from PDRM. Even after four whole days were given to travel, some of them travelled after those days and faced the consequences.

The same case today happened where 308 drivers were caught trying to sneak in Penang for Hari Raya and other unimportant reasons but were asked to turn back.

According to The Star, Penang Police Chief Commissioner Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan said that nine compound notices were also issued for those who violated the Conditional Movement Control Order. He simply said to those who wish to travel to Penang without a reason to not waste their time and money.

“We have set up 18 roadblocks at various entry points along the state border to intensify security into Penang which is now declared a Covid-19 green zone.”

If you think you’ve escaped without detection and managed to balik kampung, don’t be too happy as PDRM has also informed that they will be tracking down those who made unauthorised interstate trips to celebrate Hari Raya with their families.

This is not the time to be selfish, we need to plant it into our heads that the Covid-19 danger is NOT OVER! For our own safety, let’s just stay home and stay safe


Over 80 houses in the Teluk Bahang area fell victim to flash floods following a downpour which took place Sunday morning.

Residents of Taman Nelayan Kuala Sungai Pinang, Kampung Sungai Rusa, Taman Manggis, Bukit Kechil, Kampung Air Putih and Sungai Pinang were affected by flood waters rising up to 0.6m.

Flash floods have also hit Seberang Prai, with 0.1 to 0.3m high waters at Taman Lima Kongsi, Kampung Sungai Baong, Jalan Persekutuan Valdor, Kampung Valdor and Kampung Masjid Baru.

Netizens have taken to social media sharing how devastating things are, what more with the CMCO still in place.

Pictures have also made its way on social media, showcasing how overflowing gutters and rivers have caused houses to be devastated by the large body of water.

According to the Penang flood mitigation committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari, the floods occurred due to heavy rain within a short period of time.


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.