“Tak Suka, Tak Payah Apply”: Criticized for Enquiring About A Job’s Salary

The job market hasn’t been ideally a smooth ride for those in search for a job as while they’re working tirelessly to look for one, many with jobs are being laid off from their as well.

Like any other employer out there, a local TV host had a job opening and wanted it to be known to the public. She had gone on to social media to promote the opening for a full-time media executive or media officer earlier, some were quick to mention to her that the job responsibilities were inclusive of three different roles instead which is photography, videography and also video editing. 

After being called out, she made another video explaining her situation and mishap; she had then said that she wasn’t expecting high-level studio quality from the work as this is a junior role and won’t be forcing anyone to pick up the job as she already has people working on those roles.

However, she then took a quick jab at those who had enquire about the position’s salary as they were said to be allegedly provoking her instead of wanting to know more about the job.

She ended the video thread saying that those interested should apply instead to know more, but took another unusual turn with her stance saying “I’ve seen your name, tak tau la you dapat ke tak”.

Netizens were quick to jump in saying that it’s the right for people to know these details when applying for a job. Other than that, some were also questioning if the undisclosed amount is in fact lower than the basic of RM2,000.

American Tourist Who Moved to Bali Accused of Being Tone-Deaf with Her Twitter Thread

Bali is a top tourist destination spot for many, especially for those coming from the Western world who are in search of that white sand blue sea exotic experience, but a recent Twitter thread wrote by an American woman about her move to Bali had sparked accusations of her being tone-deaf.

A so called “digital nomad”, @kristentootie who has now went private on Twitter, intended the thread to be a guide to “how you can thrive in life”, but turned out to show the privilege she holds on to as it starts out with one simple step – book a one-way flight to Bali. She also boasts of the island she has been as she built her own graphic design business and live in a “treehouse”.

She then described this experience as the “perfect medicine” for her physical and emotional health and went on to list the benefits of living here such as, safety, low cost of living, luxury lifestyle, and the acceptance towards LGBT people.

She has since locked her account after backlash against her utilizing her privileges and also being guilty of gentrification.

Apart from that, the thread is also problematic for a number of reasons which includes the mis-labelling of Bali as LGBT-friendly when in reality, locals who are part of that community live in constant fear and are targeted by authorities and groups.

Her perception of a so called “low cost living” may be affordable for a foreigner as she talks of the US$400 rent, but little did she know that the provincial minimum wage is only about US$177.

What’s more disturbing is that she also encourages people to work their way around imposed travel restrictions during this whole pandemic to visit Bali, especially when Indonesia is trying to control the pandemic themselves.

Even though the pandemic is well present in Indonesia, she mentioned of staying there ever since the pandemic began there in March, as her plans “went out the window”.

While official policies may take sometime to take place especially during this pandemic, locals on Twitter sure weren’t waiting around to see privileged folk run their country dry of the resources.

MCO 2.0 As Seen Around Malaysia

The second round of the Movement Control Order (MCO) is again in place to curb the ever-dreadful daily new cases which are surging at a worrying state.

Selangor who is the state with the highest total along with Penang, Melaka, Johor, Sabah, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan are all to go through this until January 26th; nobody is ensured that this would all end at that time as we continue to see cases coming in by the thousands, even seeing 4,000 at one point.

While majority of us continue to stay apart and work from home, cities and streets  have been left empty; what was usually packed with cars and pedestrians are now similar to dead towns seen in movies. Here’s how those said states looked like during the first week of MCO 2.0.

Selangor

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Kuala Lumpur

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Putrajaya

Penang

Sabah

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Melaka

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Johor

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Labuan

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Navalny: Poisoned Opposition Leader Arrested Upon Returning to Moscow

A Russian opposition figure and anti-corruption activist, poisoned with a nerve agent earlier in 2020, has recently returned to Moscow five months after the incident and has been detained by authorities upon his return.

According to his spokeperson, Alexei Navalny was taken away alone and without explanation when flown in from Berlin.

Live footage also showed him talking with dark-uniformed and masked officers at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport before kissing his wife and walking away with them.

Russian denies involvement in Navalny’s poisoning and Putin himself said that if Russian security services had wanted to kill Navalny, they “would have finished” the job.

Return

The pair landed in Moscow just after 8pm and had stayed in Germany for five months prior in order to allow Navalny to recover from the Novichok poisoning.

“This is the best day in the past five months,” Navalny said to journalists upon arriving and before being arrested.

“Everyone is asking me if I’m scared. I am not afraid,” he said. “I feel completely fine walking towards the border control. I know that I will leave and go home because I’m right and all the criminal cases against me are fabricated.”

Before his return, Navalny was in the federal wanted list last month for violating terms of probation related to a year’s old fraud case, where he had dismissed as politically motivated. The Russian Federal Penitentiary Service confirmed on Sunday with a statement that Navalny had been detained and would remain in custody until a court hearing later this month.

He now remains held in custody at a police station in Khimki, north of central Moscow, and has now been allowed to his lawyer. He is likely to remain until a court hearing later this month.

Flight diversion

A large crowd of supporters and journalists were to welcome Navalny back at Vnukovo airport initially, but the flight was diverted in the last minute to Sheremetyevo in Moscow. A number of those supporters and journalists were arrested soon after.

Before the flight, he had thank the other passengers. “Thanks to you all, I hope we will get there fine,” he said.

“And I’m sure everything will be absolutely great.”

He also gave his gratitude to the German people for hosting him in an Instagram post on Saturday, citing them as “nice, sympathetic, friendly people”.

Next steps for Navalny

Navalny was found in guilty in 2014 of fraud after he and his brother Oleg were accused of embezzling 30 million rubles (1.6 billion ringgit) from a Russian subsidiary of French cosmetics company Yves Rocher; he was given a suspended sentence while his brother jailed. 

The Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) is requesting that his suspended sentence is replaced with a real prison term.

Navalny is now facing new accusations of violating his probation by failing to show up for scheduled inspections in Germany. Navalny’s hearing has been set for January 29th where if FSIN’s request is granted, he would be facing 3.5 years in jail.

If now convicted in January, Navalny will still face a newer fraud case of alleged misuse of donations form supporters.Last month, Navalny called the new criminal cases brought up against him in Russia “demonstratively fabricated” and an attempt to prevent him from coming back to Russia

Malaysian Lawyer Called Out for Accounts of Inappropriate Behaviour and Sexual Advances

In a recent thread of posts that have been circulating on Twitter, the Chairperson of the Kuala Lumpur Bar Practice Reform Committee has been called out for multiple accounts of alleged harassment and inappropriate behaviour.

It all started with Surendra Ananth, a lawyer and also known public speaker at events such as the Asian Law Students Association (ALSA) forum, who had been accused of violating a conditional consent and shaming his former acquaintance. 

“You violated my conditional consent. I assented to unprotected intimate relations with you on the STRICT condition that you tell me if you have relations with anyone else. You failed to do so, and I became ill as a direct consequence.” said the author of the tweets, @tashny.

You refused to reveal your own STI results to me, but claimed to others they were negative and alleged I had multiple other partners, slut-shaming me. You gaslit me saying you had told me about your other partners”.

“You rebuffed attempts to organise a community mediation so we could address matters. You said I was crazy for speaking to your boss and father in an attempt to keep other women safe.”

Tashny then also accused Surendra of falsely claiming an attempted suicide after she had simply taken Xanax after a streesful day.

The thread which has now gathered over 951 likes and 929 retweets sparked a row of other victims who had decided to come forward anonymously with their experiences as well.

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Questions regarding what they’re wearing, attempts to meet-up with at a hotel bar and more than one attempt of having sexual relations were just one of the many violations that Surendra had been accused of.

They had also revealed Surendra for having such intentions with several law students at Brickfields Asia College (BAC), and also to be pushy and downright abusive at times with his advances.

One of the victims had also came out to reveal her experience of a said “internship” offer that turned out to be ill-mannered instead.

Surendra has since came forward with a statement that tells his side of the story and to address said allegations. 

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He accused @Tashny for making comments that are untrue etc. and that his lawyers are “dealing with this matter”; he then mentioned of how he had been the victim of “harassment as well as cyber-stalking since July 2020”.

He then ended his statement by asking Tashny to “apologize, and retract her statements immediately”.

Surendra is yet to comment on the other allegations, along with the Kuala Lumpur Bar who is yet to address the accusations on one of its members.

Noor Hisham: Time to Take This MCO Seriously, Worst is Yet To Come

As the country records 4,029 daily news cases yesterday, health director general Noor Hisham has once again reached out to remind people on how “the worst is yet to come”.

“If we do not get this MCO right, the worst is yet to come. A daily reminder to all “please stay at home”. Stay home and stay safe” he said in a tweet yesterday upon news of the record breaking daily new cases.

He also mentioned of how red zones will be a common sight if this MCO is not taken seriously.

In an earlier Facebook post, he also mentioned of the challenges faced by healthcare workers who are barely managing the burial rites for victims who had from Covid-19.

“It is not an easy task for the health frontliners to manage the remains of patients who died from Covid-19.

“Under the hot sun, they (health and medical staff) would be drenched in sweat since they are required to don complete personal protective equipment (PPE) until the remains of Covid-19 patients are laid to rest and the burial rites concluded.

“I hope all of us understand the odds and challenges faced by all frontliners. Let us all help (to control the spread of Covid-19 in) the country by continuing to embrace the ‘Kita Jaga Kita’, ‘Kita Jaga Keluarga’ spirits.

“May all of us be protected from the fury of Covid-19,” he said.

UMNO Fined For Distributing Frozen Chicken in Unapproved Event, Sparking “Chicken Cluster” Concerns

Merely four days into MCO 2.0, the Putrajaya UMNO youth decided that they were to hand out free frozen chicken via a drive-through system.

However, the event which had also caused a standstill in Putrajaya from over 2,000 people who went nuts for the freebies, was later found out to be unapproved by proper authorities and had failed to comply with Covid-19 rules set in place.

According to Putrajaya Umno Youth vice-chief, Mohd Zushaidey Zulkifli, he claims to have had obtained the neccasary approvals from the National Security Council and the police. He also mentioned that Covid-19 protocols were followed when distributing the frozen chicken; however, officials said that checks by the police showed otherwise.

Putrajaya district police chief, Mohd Fadzli Ali said that the event should’ve not be held as the federal territory was currently under MCO since Wednesday and the event wasn’t even given the necessary approvals.

He also said it a statement that compound fines have been issued to the organizers under Section 22(B) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.

As reported by Sinar Harian, at least 2,000 birds were passed out outside an animal shelter in Presint 9.

While pictures of the said drive-through showing extremely long line of cars and crowds were trending on social media as it happened, netizens were quick to express their frustration towards this as it could lead to a surge in the already worsening Covid-19 daily cases; or in other words, a “chicken cluster”.

Top 10 Reactions to The Bald Syed Saddiq

Muar MP, Syed Saddiq, recently started a storm on social media after reaching his RM200,000 target for #1Keluarga1Laptop and going bald for it.

With RM383,000 raised in merely five days, he has since started distributing the laptops to those in the Muar area for a good cause, but the internet on the other still hasn’t gotten over the fact that Saddiq, a frequent on social media as well, had shaved bald.

Of course, Malaysian’s weren’t going to let by the chance to make a good laugh from the moment.

Here are the top 10 tweets about the now “Botak YB”.

1) Not sure what bread this is, but it’s definitely Syed Saddiq-approved

2) One thing’s for sure, the man’s certainly not worried about barbershops not being allowed to open during MCO 2.0

3) One of the many highlights from news of how the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had bought a Twitter account from a 16-year-old but forgotten to rid of the tweets.

4) Botaks Assemble

5) Of course, we couldn’t leave out this video of “Not Yet Botak YB” and Harry Kok Siew Yok

6) Glorious indeed

7) Well, at least it’s for a good cause

8) Botaks assemble, again?

9) With all the memes out there, there’s certainly an expression for everything we’re feeling now

10) Lastly, the video that started it all

Don’t Be a Peach, Report When You Are Uncomfortable with A Particular Comment

Whether it’s good or bad, we at Newswav love hearing feedback or any suggestions that you might have that would help make us better, but recent comments in stories containing slurs and profanities by some of our users are leaving a bad taste for other users who are just here to read the news.

Are you one of those users who came across an ugly comment and had no way to make it known to us? Well good news, because now you can report those comments and let us be aware of it by simply reporting it.

How do you do it? It’s simple.

Next to every comment by a user, you’ll be able to see a small flag icon. All you have to do is to tap on that icon and you’ll be able to report that particular comment to us for either using foul language, being disrespectful, spam, or others.

If you’re worried about your identity being known when reporting those comments, worry less as every report is anonymous and is unknown to the user that had posted the comment.

Don’t be a peach, say it if you have something on your mind. At the same time, be mindful of the consequences that might follow from what you’re saying; if you don’t like seeing it coming from others, there’s a chance that people don’t like seeing it coming from you either.

Large Pothole in Semenyih Sinks a Toyota Hilux

Potholes and accidents due to it have been one of the major issues highlighted in this couple of weeks, but this one in particular, may be the largest pothole we’ve seen yet.

You might have heard of the news of Khairy Jamaluddin falling down from his bicycle due to a pothole, and you might’ve also heard of the King braving through knee-level flood water in a four-wheel drive; but this time, both potholes and flood waters came together to make a recipe for disaster for this driver, whose vehicle is half-swallowed by the streets.

A set of photos trending on social media lately shows a Toyota Hilux having half of its whole submerge in a huge pothole that is flooded with water.

Taking place in Semenyih, Selangor, the pothole seems to be at least a meter deep and a meter wide, which is enough to down an average person or even vehicles the size of a Ford F-150 to say the least.

Khairy’s fall was just one of the many that are already happening under the government noses each day; although being one of the many, Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR) Kuala Langat were quick to apologize in a tweet and had fixed the issue in less than six hours. Unfortunately for many Malaysians, this was a first for them as they continue to go through the same pothole issues for years bow.

Even with talks of how JKR has double standard, potholes continue to plague road users around Malaysia and it even caused deaths to many. Weeks ago, an elderly fell and died after hitting a pothole in Mid Valley and the same goes for a food delivery driver in Kota Damansara. 

No statement of any kinds was issued regarding the incidents.

Some of us even decided to take it into our own hands, like how the biker gang “Brotherhood” decided to patch up potholes around KL all at their own time and expenses; one of its members helping with the issue is also a victim that lost his leg after a vehicle hit him when trying to avoid a pothole.

In the end, we all want just one thing – pothole-free and safer roads to drive on.