How to Take Measurements With an iPhone

Are you moving into a new place and need to take measurements of your new furniture in order to know that they fit? Or perhaps you might just want to measure you kid’s or friend’s height for the sake of doing it? 

Long gone are the days where you’ll be searching for a measuring tape for that as you can now use you iPhone to perform those tasks! Applicable to those iPhones that run on iOS 12 and above, the Measure app allows you to use augmented reality (AR) to measure lines or subject merely with the back camera of your phone.

However, it is important to know that the Measure app only works on iPhone models that support the ARKit; in short, it only works with the iPhone SE, iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S plus and after to utilize the new software.

Once upgraded to iOS 12, all you have to do is to download it from the app store free of charge if you don’t have it pre-installed. 

So how do you measure an object in the Measure app? Since it uses the back camera to measure, the more light the better.

1) Launch the app (obviously)

2) You’ll be prompted to move your phone around so that your camera recognizes its surroundings.

3) Move the white dot to the starting point of object you want measure, it will likely snap itself to place as it recognizes corners on its own.

4) Tap the + button to select a starting point of measurement.

5) Tap the + again to select your end point of measurement

6) Take a step back to look at your final measurements, repeat when necessary!

6 Weird Halloween Facts That You Didn’t Know About

Halloween, although not officially recognized in Malaysia, the idea of it is still picked up by locals as they’ll still utilize the day to dress up in the one-of-a-kind costumes and even go trick-or-treating if applicable. 

For Malaysians, we may think of Halloween as a secondary ghost festival month, because that literally what it is in the culture here. Apart from not having jack-o-lanterns outside our homes, it is unlikely that we’d be decorating our whole house with the theme of the undead as well.

What may come as weird to us is just differences that we aren’t succumbed to, so what other weird facts are other about this “day of the dead” type holiday anyway?

1) Dance or treat?

In some earlier versions of trick-or-treating, men would practice choreographed dances while going door-to-door to perform them, and not far behind were often boys who would follow them and beg for coins. What started as a bid to beg for money has now made its way among the wealthy; although banned in the 1930s, it resurfaced later to stop kids from pulling Halloween pranks instead. 

2) More Irish than American

The origins of Halloween came from a Celtic festival of the dead called “Samhain”. Belief is that ghosts of the dead will roam the Earth on this day and people dressed up as ghost and leave “treats” out on the doorsteps to please the “passers”. Irish Celtics were believed to invented jack-o-lanterns, and all this were then adopted by Christian missionaries as to what we celebrate today. Experts say that the holiday was basically invented by Irish-Americans, similar to the invention of St. Patrick’s Day.

3) Animal Skin and Heads

Ancient Romans record tribes in present day Germany and France that traditionally wear animal heads and skin to connect with the dead, this continued on to today’s Samhain celebrations. Those celebrating would also dress as evil spirits by blackening their faces while the leader of the parades would wear a white sheet and carried either a wooden horse head or decorated horse skull.

4) Jack-o-lanterns made of turnips, beetroots and potatoes

Contrary to the jack-o-lantern pumpkin we often see today in modern culture, the tale behind the idea actually use turnips, beets and potatoes instead. Dubbed Stingy Jack in folklore, Jack would place coal in the root vegetables and roam the Earth, never being able to claim his soul for hell.

5) Halloween and romance

Some people in Ireland often celebrated Halloween with a romantic twist, they would play fortune-telling games that allegedly predicted who they would marry and when. Similar to Valentine’s Day, people would see this as a day to mingle with the opposite sex and perhaps even scoop out a potential lover.

6) Black Cats

Although unclear if black cats are really that significant during Halloween, there are still superstitious people out there who believe in the whole “black cats are an omen of evil” thingamajig and would take it upon themselves to perform ritual sacrifices of the cats. In this case, some animal shelters would refuse to letting people adopt them, fearful of what people may misuse the term adopting for during the holidays.

Twitter Deletes Mahathir’s “Muslims Have Right to Kill French” Tweet

Dr Mahathir Mohammad recently tweeted a thread in regard to the deadly attack in Nice that left three people dead, Twitter has now deleted one of the tweets for violating its guidelines.

He said that “Muslims have the right to kill millions of French people” which has now sparked widespread anger and criticism towards his remarks that have been deemed extraordinary by some.

Tweeted out in a series of outburst, all 13 tweets did not mention of the attacks in Nice, but instead began with his disapproval of the murder of a French teacher whose throat was slit by a student after the teacher had showed a caricature of Prophet Muhammad.

After giving his thought on the ways of the West and how Malaysia needs to sustain its own belief and values when compared to the European women’s dress-code when at the beaches, he moved on to the Muslims having said rights after the Nice attacks that “…angry people kill. The French in the course of their history has killed millions of people. Many were Muslims”.

Mahathir also took a dig at French president, Emmanuel Macron; he called on Macron for “not showing that he is civilised” and “is very primitive in blaming the religion of Islam and Muslims for the killing of the insulting school teacher” and “is not in keeping with the teachings of Islam”.

He ended the thread by stating that Muslims have the right to “punish the French” since “you have blamed all Muslims and the Muslims’ religion for what was done by one angry person”.

After speaking with the MD of TwitterFrance, Cédric O, the French Minister of State for Digital and Telecommunication, has since stated that Mahathir’s account should be immediately suspended.

In his tweet, he said “The account of @chedetofficial must be immediately suspended. If not, @twitter would be an accomplice to a formal call for murder.”

Mahathir’s tweet regarding “killing the French” was initially flagged but was eventually deleted entirely after it violated Twitter’s policies regarding glorification of violence.

Apart from Mahathir himself, protests and boycotts have also erupted in other Muslim countries while French Muslims continue to express their anger and sadness after the attacks.

4 Haunted Properties That You Can Visit If You Dare

When purchasing properties in Malaysia, a norm for those who believe in those things is to find out if the property has a bad reputation, such as if someone died there by suicide or murder.

Chances are if something unfortunate happened on the property, it is unlikely that a buyer would take the initiative to purchase it.

Ranging from KL to Johor Bahru, Malaysia has its own fair share of haunted houses that attracts ghost hunters all around. 

1) Taman Tenaga, Puchong

This bungalow that is isolated on a hill was allegedly abandoned when the owner at that time experienced otherworldly disturbances; other stories tell of previous occupants committing suicide amid loan sharks hunting them.

Urban life is muted around here as nature has slowly taken back land; visitors have claimed to see spots of red candle wax on the steps, a sign of occult practices, while delinquents and vagrants still periodically seek shelter at this bungalow.

2) Shih Chung Branch School

The five-storey Anglo-Chinese building was sold to a wealthy merchant at the start of the twentieth century, was once a Chinese Consulate and consequently five different hotels. Following a short stint of commercial use, the building became the Pi Joo Girls’ School for a brief period before finally becoming the Shih Chung Branch School in 1938.

Once owned by the Imperial Japanese during World War 2, it was also rumored that the basement was a site of imprisonment, torture and executions at that time. Locals tend to avoid the place at night as it takes on a dreadful and foreboding atmosphere at night.

3) Villa Nabila, Johor Bahru

Allegedly named after one of its young victims, Villa Nabila went from being a local legend to a film adaptation in 2013; children were also known to have went missing during that time.

Listed as one of the most haunted places in Asia, legend has it that Nabila’s father faced bankruptcy and had murdered some members family before taking his own life. Nabila then inherited a great fortune and was killed by a live-in maid who then cemented in one of the walls of the villa. Other tales describe Nabila being raped when the house had robbers before being murdered and subsequently cemented in the walls of the house.

For a place that looks glommy all around, it has now transformed to being a stray dog shelter managed by the Johor Animal Rescue Association with it housing more than 200 dogs.

4) 99 Door Mansion, Penang

Known initially as Caledonia Estate, it was built in the 1840s by one of Britain’s wealthiest families at that time – the Ramsdens. In June 1948, grandson of the family John Saint Maur Ramsden was shot twice in the back of the head while walking up the mansion stairs. The murderer was never found, but the common rumor is that a business competitor gone and done it. Another locally sparked rumor is that John was allegedly a homosexual that employed only “young and handsome Malay houseboys”

In addition to all that, some also believed that the Japanese killed all of the Ramsden family before taking over the property during the war; but this doesn’t really line up with the fact that the grandson was shot 3 years after the Japanese surrender. Another story is that a local Bomoh had utilised the abandoned house at that time to build his little workshop.

Visitors had reported “growling noises” and the sound of drums, some also wVisitors had reported “growling noises” and the sound of ritualistic drums, some also were allegedly possessed by demons. Legend also has it that at 12am every night, the mystical 100th door in the 99 Door Mansion opens up to allow passing spirits or demons from the Bomoh’s antics to return and haunt the living.

Yes, You Can Still Go To Prison for Insulting the Royals

As the political scene in Malaysia becomes increasingly worrying, the King has become more influential than ever such as seen with the decision to brush off Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s proposal for a state of emergency.

As police are currently investigating four Twitter and Facebook account owners for allegedly insulting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on social media, it only adds on to the ever-increasing number of people who have been punished with jail time or a fine for doing so.

These all came amid the political turmoil that is plundering the nation right now, and the latest person to be arrested for doing so is Sungai Pelek assemblyman Ronnie Liu after he allegedly posted remarks on social media that were seen as instigating hatred towards the Royal family.

The tweet who has now been deleted, seemed to have referenced the ongoing protests that are going on in Thailand instead; nonetheless, Liu was still brought in by the police for up to 4 hours of questioning.

While the previous governments had promised to repeal the Sedition Act in 2012 and then 2018, it all led to the attorney general’s office considering higher penalties instead in 2019 regarding sedition cases, raising concerns about the country’s commitment to reform.

In 2015 alone, at least 91 individuals were arrested, charged or investigated for sedition – almost five times as many as during the law’s first 50 years of existence; at least hundreds more have been charged ever since.

The act currently bans any act, speech, or publication that criticizes the government or the rulers of Malaysia’s nine states. It carries a maximum punishment of three years in prison for first offenders.

3 Haunted Hotels that Promises More than Just a Comfortable Stay

Whether you’re passionate about ghost-hunting or you’re simply intrigued by history and tall tales of the past, you’d be glad to know that Malaysia has its fair share of spooky tales spanning from Pahang and Penang all the way to KL itself.

1) First World Hotel

Situated at Genting Highlands in Pahang, the First World Hotel is considered the largest, most popular in the Genting Resort and also one of the most haunted in the world. Since most go-ers are casino fanatics, urban legend says that it’s a hotspot for gamblers to commit suicide over the years.

Ghosts are seen jumping off and disappearing in mid-air, loitering in corridors and floating outside windows. Stories also say that the entire 21st floor is haunted and that the elevator never stops at that particular floor; the smell of incense also surrounds the whole hotel and weird noises, crying and wailing can be heard by visitors too.

Some rooms are not available for guest as they are some have succumb to falling ill during or after their stay in those particular rooms.

2) Mandarin Pacific Hotel 

Located in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur, this hotel quite literally experienced a death in one of its rooms.

An old man allegedly passed away in one of the rooms and was found when he was already decomposing. Ever since, guests have complained about furniture moving on its own and doors creaking on their own at night. They would also hear marbles bouncing off the floor.

A guest who stayed at the room where the man had died immediately checked out after a few minutes of spending time inside. The management has since decided not to allow visitors to check in into that room.

3) Tambun Inn

The Tambun Inn hotel in Ipoh is only 3-stories high and situated near a Chinese cemetery in a residential area, which eventually led to a heap of stories from guests who have stayed there.

Among light s flickering for no reason at all, guest are said to have heard whispering in their ears, crying noises in the corridor and the apparition of an old woman within the premises. There is also said to be a ghost of a little girl in a blue dress.

Guests also recalled sleeping in their own room and waking up in a completely different room. Urban legend also tells of a green goblin wandering the 3rd floor.

MPs To Support Budget 2021 Only If It’s Beneficial to the People

Amid the political crisis involving Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, the King has encouraged the MPs to support the upcoming Budget 2021.

Citing the welfare of the people, Comptroller of the Royal Household Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the King stressed that the Budget will be crucial for the government and authorities to continue combating the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, several opposition MPs have widely indicated that they would only back Budget 2021 on November 6th only if it’s beneficial to the rakyat. 

Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad together with Wangsa Maju MP Datin Paduka Tan Yee Kew during a press conference on Tapak Uptown Danau Kota. FAIHAN GHANI/The Star.

Shah Alam MP Khalid Abdul Samad said he wants to see a budget that would, among others, prioritize on protecting the people from the coronavirus and give a much-needed boost their livelihoods.

“Of course, I will surely back any motion or bill if it is advantageous to Malaysians, especially in this current situation. I hope priority will be given to the health sector, given this challenging period in tackling this on-going health crisis.

“If you remember in the previous budget, approved by former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, the sector which received the highest allocation was education, followed by health. So we hope this will be adjusted based on the priorities we see now for the next year.

“We also have to ensure that we have sufficient (financial) injection for the economy and businesses. We do not want everybody to close down (their businesses) because it would be costly to restart all over again. Therefore, the injection of economic packages is also equally important,” the Parti Amanah Negara MP told the New Straits Times.

The Perikatan Nasional (PN) government did not hold a pre-consultative session for Budget 2021 with opposition MPs, but Khalid said that it won’t be a problem as long as main points are discussed; although, this puts the government’s willingness to be open to fresh ideas into question as well.

“If they already have a budget that is prepared and ready to be tabled, they can always engage us immediately thereafter.

“We can always have discussions and form parliamentary committees to sit down and study the details, while the budget itself is being debated.

“We have about two weeks, so we can really do the ‘finger counting’ and reformulate the whole budget, if necessary, in order to achieve something you can have consensus on,” added Khalid.

PERAK 17-08-2017. Deputy Health minister Dr Lee Boon Chye talk to press at the 2018 Neonatal Cardio Respiratory Conference, which was held in the KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital today.MALAY MAIL/Farhan Najib

Gopeng MP Lee Boon Chye also added on how he would put a vote for motions and bills that would benefit both the country and the people.

“I think they should have a substantial increase in budget for the Health Ministry, which includes a special allocation to combat Covid-19. I do hope there would be considerable amount for public health.

“We need to prevent Covid-19 transmission, instead of (focusing on) putting out the fire (of infections). Prevention is better and we need to tighten up efforts to reduce the spread of the virus,” said the former deputy health minister.

Lee said that if the opposition was to support the PN government, they should’ve had talks prior to the Budget 2021 being tabled.

“There have been no consultations at all so far. So, it is premature to say whether we can support or otherwise. I believe there is still room to negotiate, as we have about 11 days before the tabling of Budget 2021.

“Certainly, we can work together based on the framework of the PN budget, as it will only come to a vote in about four weeks from now. So there is still ample time to have bipartisan input,” he said.

112 out of 222 Malaysia’s MPs are parliamentarians while 108 are of the opposition.

5 Haunted Places in KL That Will Give You The Creeps

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s only fitting that some of us may want to feed the hunger for adventure in us, especially if that adventure involves the paranormal or “otherworldly entities”.

Whether you’re a believer in those kinds of things or not, it is undoubtedly fascinating as nothing captures the thrills like things that go beyond our senses. 

Like any city around the world, Kuala Lumpur has its own stories of horror that promises to give you the chills and goosebumps; amid the spooky season, it’s only fitting that a list about the top 5 places in Kuala Lumpur be made.

1) Bukit Tunku

Known to be a neighborhood of the upper and exclusive class in KL, there have been reports of motorcyclists mysteriously disappearing in the dark and also rumors of pontianaks roaming the area as well along with creepy noises heard in the dark.

An abandoned colonial mansion also attracts ghost hunters to the area due to an alleged suicide by one of its residents, who infamously still roams the building today. Visitors have also reported sudden drops in temperature, a perfume scent that fills the air and also bright orbs floating about the place.

2) Victoria Institution

The oldest secondary school in Malaysia has its roots traced back to the late 1800’s, hence, it definitely has its fair share of spooks. 

Used by the Japanese to imprison enemy combatants during World War 2, rumor has it that captives from the Allied forces were tortured and even killed on the historic grounds of the school. Students have claimed to have seen ghostly apparitions during the day and night, but the most compelling one would be about a possession of a student.

The student was alone in the school late one evening when he found himself on top of the water tank with no recollection of how he got there. He also said that the last thing he remembered was asking a girl he saw where she was going before waking up on the rooftop.

3) Mona Fandey’s House

Before her death, Mona Fandey had infamously predicted that she will never die. Mona who fell from her celebrity status by murdering politician Mazlan Idris in 1993, had dabbled in black magic and was a self-professed bomoh.

Even after her execution at age 41, her house still stands today in Section 12, Shah Alam, abandoned and rumored to be haunted by spirits as a result of the black magic she practiced there. Those who have ventured in had all agreed that the house carries an eerily dark energy, the closets anybody can get to the house is the road that runs alongside as it sits in the Selangor Royal Family Estate.

4) Highland Towers

Those who have been around long enough would know about the tragic story that led to the the death of 48 people and the eventual abandonment of the Highland Towers. Subject to vandalism and illegal activities in the present day, ghost hunters have ventured in to explore the remains and came across ghostly sightings that is accompanied by the crumbling towers.

Among them are sightings of an old lady’s apparition with a baby, sounds of crying, wailing, and screaming being heard in the compound. Some have also claimed to have been possessed by spirits while ghost-hunting, and also to have seen creepy figures lurking around at night.

5) Mimaland, Gombak

A water theme park that was operating way back in 1975, it was a popular spot among locals at that time but a series of unfortunate events such as a tragic death of a Singaporean had led to the closure of the park in 1994.

The pre-historic themed funland is now closed off from the public but still stands today covered in graffiti and taken by by nature. It is rumored to have a spooky atmosphere for its all too quiet surrounding and also intense darkness at nightfall.

Lockdown Measures are Ineffective Against Covid-19 Spread, Says Experts

The number of daily positive cases in Malaysia have obviously been rising rapidly and that’s not even the most worrying part as it is that it is doubling almost every five days on an average since early September.

Things took a turn for the worst in September 7th onwards as positive cases stated doubling within four to 11 days. According to a study by CodeBlue, this rate sped up at the concurrence of the Sabah state election, with daily infection doubled almost every three days. 

A conditional movement control order (CMCO) has since been implemented in a number of significant areas, but experts are saying that such moves or a lockdown may just function as a temporary measure to reduce the cases and not completely annihilate transmission of the virus.

A mindful lockdown

Dzulkefly Ahmad

According to Dzulkefly Ahmad, who is also head of Selangor’s Covid-19 task force (STFC) and a former health minister, movement restriction measures are important to control the coronavirus but must be implemented mindfully and must be adhered to fully by the public.

“l need to stress that lockdowns do not end the pandemic. We do not exit a pandemic with lockdowns.” he said in an interview with CodeBlue.

“Theoretically, lockdowns are a last resort and must be resorted to, tactfully and judiciously, with unambiguous guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOP),” 

Covid-19 vaccine

Although a lockdown couldn’t do what a vaccine could, that may be the only option we have for now.

According to Joseph T Wu from the University of Hong Kong, lockdowns are merely a temporary fix without a vaccine.

“While these control measures appear to have reduced the number of infections to very low levels, without herd immunity against Covid-19, cases could easily resurge as businesses, factory operations, and schools gradually resume and increase social mixing, particularly given the increasing risk of imported cases from overseas as Covid-19 continues to spread globally,” he told The Guardian.

Compliance with SOPs

Dr Mustapha Kamal from the Covid-19 response unit in Sungai Buloh Hospital, Malaysia’s main Covid-19 hospital located in Selangor says that even with all the SOP guidelines set in place, it will still all lead to nothing if Malaysians don’t comply with it. 

“It has been said and proven during the second wave where we have seen the curve flattening, as per number of cases decreases. We are hoping with the MCO, the number of cases decreases again. Though, it must be remembered that MCO in the long run might jeopardise our country,” Dr Mustapha told CodeBlue.

Damages both mentally and economically

If not announced with the details of it fully enclosed to the public, a lockdown may cause more harm than good. Not only will there be confusion but there will also be the fear factor in place on the consequences that may follow if one is not clear about it. 

Low-income and vulnerable groups may find it much more difficult to survive during lockdowns as situations may just go from bad to worse. Those groups who are likely to even recover from the first MCO will be facing the difficulties and hardships head on, this is bound to take a toll on those groups not only financially but also mentally as well.

“But we must remember that it has a concomitant damaging effect on both lives — mental health, foregone preventive care, missed educational opportunities and livelihoods, especially of the lower income groups and small businesses in the informal sector, because they are ‘crude or blunt’ instruments,” Dzulkefly stated.

“Needless to say that businesses are under severe strain. A simple way to help businesses is to give predictable and clear, evidence-based guidance, so that they can anticipate what measures will be used and in what situation.”

Agong Plays a Vital Role in a Political/Public Health Crisis

The decision from Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah to deny Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s call for an emergency came as a relief to Malaysians who had doubted the reasoning behind the move right from the start.

According to Articles 40 and 150 of the Federal Constitution, a power exists to stabilize the administration of the government in its battle against the Covid-19 pandemic; the King’s intervention in these crisis, both health and political, proved that the office of the King is anything but symbolic in terms of ruling the country.

Democracy during Covid-19

Malaysia practices a parliamentary democracy with the Agong as the paramount ruler above all, this not only gives saying rights to the King but also ruling rights whenever deemed needed.

For the King to not intervene, he must be confident that the government is in line with his expectations of ruling a country. 

According to Constitutional law expert Associate Prof Dr Shamrahayu Abdul Aziz, the significance of the King’s role has now been forced out of the curtains as the ongoing political and health crisis granted the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to exercise his role of a much-needed mediator.

“Certain difficulties have surfaced during this political crisis, especially when dealing with some sensitive matters and legal questions not clearly stated in the Constitution.

“However, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has demonstrated his wisdom and the people are now more confident than ever that the political crisis will be resolved smoothly.” Shamrahayu told Bernama in an interview.

Agong during a public health crisis

When rumors of a state of emergency loomed, it was clear that the King had a decision to make as he solely holds the power to implement an emergency.

The decision by the Agong to deny PM Muhyiddin’s proposal for emergency were music to the public’s ears as most agree that an emergency would do little to no good to the current situation that the country is in right now. 

According to Opposition Leader and PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, this decision has further strengthen the country’s democratic system.

“The Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s historic decision in rejecting the prime minister and Cabinet’s motion for the declaration of emergency clearly strengthens the Constitutional Monarchy and parliamentary democracy system,” he said in a statement tonight, referring to the system of governance practised in Malaysia.

Agong during a political crisis

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The Agong too has the power to dissolve or prorogue (discontinue a session of Parliament without dissolving it) Parliament; the decision to not do so may be a turning point in what is today’s political crisis and also when the PM’s majority coming into question by Anwar’s claim of majority.

In a bid to establish a conventional and constitutional practice for the country, the Agong is merely seeking one thing – for political leaders including MPs to not engage in excessive politicking. According to opposition leader Anwar, this proves that the decision conforms with the need to lessen the public’s anxiety and to let their voice be known by political leaders , civil society, academic figures and the media