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.

MCMC Bought Twitter Account from A 16-Year-Old, “Disappears” After Old Tweets Are Rediscovered

At a time when communication and curbing the spreading of misinformation is vital, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)’s Twitter account has abruptly gone private after netizens had discovered its tweets from 2014 belonging to a 16-year-old kid.

Viewers discretion is advised as for some of these tweets may be plain offensive or not safe for work; other than that, it’s a fun example of how the Twitter community can dig up history on literally anybody, MCMC included.

Netizens surely wasn’t going to let this information go by just like that as many were quick to quoting the tweets, which some were homophobic, racist or downright child’s play.

And of course, it didn’t take long for news outlets to reach out to the boy who is now already a 22-year-old man

Interviewed by the Malay Mail, Nazrul Hakim said that he was the original owner f the account @Nazrulllhakim which he had then sold to another person.

“The account had around 50,000 followers at that time. So somebody offered to buy that account from me,” Nazrul told Malay Mail over text message.

“I was then just 15 or 16 years old. As a schoolkid, of course, I wanted to feel what it’s like to have money.”

However, this couldn’t be verified by Malay Mail as no records of the transaction was kept by Nazrul. Before being exposed and going private, the now MCMC Twitter account had 70,000 followers.

Nazrul mentioned that he didn’t expect MCMC being the one that is buying his account and didn’t even thought about deleting his account as he was just a kid at that time, unaware of the consequences a bad tweet would bring.

F-bombs, homophobic tweets, racism, content that is downright NSFW, these are just one of the many that were being retweeted virally by Malaysian users who were digging up tweets from the now MCMC account.

Some however were used to match present day context, such as one that was hating on a bald man, which garnered the attention of Muar MP who had recently went bald for #1Keluarga1Laptop.

According to Twitter regulations, it is a violation when a person or entity wishes to acquire an account that has already amassed a huge number of followers straight away rather growing it organically over time.

Communications Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah is yet to comment on the issue while MCMC had claimed that their account was hacked by “irresponsible parties” and is “suspended” temporarily, despite the tweets being dated by to 2014.

Every Platform That Has Banned Trump So Far

While America tries to deal with the Trump-catastrophe happening, more so after the pro-Trump riots at the U.S Capitol, social media companies in the other hand have also been busy to help curb the spread of misinformation and also any that could incite more violence.

Most notably with Twitter who have long been flirting with the move of banning Trump’s personal Twitter account, a lot more have been joining hands to prevent the current U.S. president to spark more violence.

Here’s a list of social media platforms that Trump is currently banned from.

1) Twitter

The first of many, Twitter banned Trump’s personal account, followed by his campaign Twitter account and also deleted tweets from his official government account hours after the riots and look to have a near permanent ban moving forward.

2) Facebook

A video where Trump spoke to and “professed his love” for the rioters proved to be the last straw for Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg and co have deleted said video and have banned his accounts from posting for at least the next two weeks in a bid to allow a peaceful transition of power to president-elect Joe Biden.

3) Instagram

Being owned by Facebook, the same two week ban until the successful transition of power also applied to Instagram as well.

4) Snapchat

Being one of the first to take serious action on Trump’s content, Snapchat spokesperson Rachel Racusen told Axios “earlier today we locked President Trump’s Snapchat account,” because it believes the account promotes and spreads hate and incites violence.

5) TikTok

Following trending hashtags like #stormthecapitol, #stopthesteal #qandanon and #patriotparty, TikTok has and continues to remove said content and hashtags citing that “Hateful behavior and violence have no place on TikTok. Content or accounts that seek to incite, glorify, or promote violence violate our Community Guidelines and will be removed,”

In other words, TikTok banned Trump before Trump banned TikTok.

6) Apple

After reports of people using right-wing friendly social media app, Parler to spread riot information, Apple has pushed the app to lay out a plan to moderate its content with said email being sent to Parler.

“We have received numerous complaints regarding objectionable content in your Parler service, accusations that the Parler app was used to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021 that led (among other things) to loss of life, numerous injuries, and the destruction of property. The app also appears to continue to be used to plan and facilitate yet further illegal and dangerous activities.”

7) YouTube

YouTube has fast forwarded their efforts to reducing violent inducing content, which began with removing the video Trump posted Wednesday that addressed the Capitol violence without fully condemning it.

“Due to the extraordinary events that transpired yesterday, and given that the election results have been certified, any channel posting new videos with these false claims in violation of our policies will now receive a strike, a penalty which temporarily restricts uploading or live-streaming. Channels that receive three strikes in the same 90-day period will be permanently removed from YouTube,” Alex Joseph, a YouTube spokesperson, told Axios.

8) Reddit

The subreddit group “r/DonaldTrump,” has been banned, according to a spokesperson that confirmed to Axios on Friday. Although not an official group or page hosted by the president, it’s one of the company’s largest political communities dedicated to support for President Trump.

9) Google

Google has pulled “Parler” from its Playstore after its users had been accused of promoting violence. A spokesperson for Google added that it “require that apps displaying user-generated content have moderation policies and enforcement that removes egregious content like posts that incite violence,”

10) Shopify

Shopify took down two online stores affiliated with the President for violating its policies on supporting violence. Based on recent events, we have determined that the actions by President Donald J. Trump violate our acceptable Use Policy, which prohibits promotion or support of organizations, platforms or people that threaten or condone violence to further a cause. As a result, we have terminated stores affiliated with President Trump.” – a spokesperson told The Financial Times.

Drones Made Out of Pineapple Leaves?

“Is it a bird? Is it a plane?”, if you have a solid guess in your mind, you’d better hold your horses as it it’s drones instead of a red-caped flying man.

Somewhat a cultural phenomenon for gadget enthusiast, the creation drones undoubtedly enhance our lives as helping us reach places we couldn’t and also to see things we can’t. What is often made out of carbon fiber or plastic materials may have taken a turn for the better of Mother Earth, as researchers from Putra University has figured out a way to make drones from pineapple leaves.

Before we move to the specifications, it’s important to mention that the drone frames ar the ones made out of pineapple leaves. In an interview with Reuters, Professor Mohamed Thariq Hameed Sultan who had successfully found a way to turn fiber from pineapple leaves into material sturdy enough to make drone frames, said that drones built with the material had a higher strength-to-weight ratio than frames made with synthetic fibers. They’re cheaper and lighter, too, making it easier for them to fly greater distances and greater speed.

So how does a drone made out of pineapple leaves help nature? Drone flyers may be familiar with the dreaded feeling when your drone flies beyond your sight and connection, only to crash land somewhere untraceable. If remained uncovered for a long amount of time, one may give up the search to get a new drone instead while their lost plastic drone sits somewhere in the dirt, for almost eternity.

These new biodegradable drones help fix that problem, as the researchers say that A damaged frame can be buried and the bio-composite material will degrade within two weeks.

Prototypes made from the material have also flown to around 1,000 meters and can stay aloft for about 20 minutes, much like any other drone.

Started in 2017, the project helps finding sustainable uses for pineapple waste. Farmers are known to burn or discard these leaves after harvest, which can cause air pollution. Selling the waste to these research would help increase their income and may benefit the environment instead.

Trump Temporarily Banned from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

In an extraordinary step to curb the violence happening at the U.S. state capitol, social media giants Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have taken it upon themselves to temporarily silence Donald Trump.

Twitter being the first to lead, said that Trump’s account will be locked for 12 hours and warned for the first time that further violation of its rules would result in a permanent suspension of the president’s Twitter account.

“We have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity Policy,” Twitter said. “This means that the account of @realDonaldTrump will be locked for 12 hours following the removal of these Tweets. If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked.”

“Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account.”

Hours later, Facebook followed suit when it said that Trump’s Facebook will be blocked from posting content for 24 hours. This also comes after the company had removed a video of Trump professing “love” for a riotous mob that stormed the Capitol in protest of his electoral defeat that was liked more than 179,000 times on his Facebook profile.

“We’ve assessed two policy violations against President Trump’s Page which will result in a 24-hour feature block, meaning he will lose the ability to post on the platform during that time,” Facebook said in a tweet.

Being owned by Facebook, Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram confirmed that the “Trump ban” will also be in effect on Instagram for the same 24 hours.

Facebook is yet to respond to whether a permanent suspension could be looming if Trump is to violate its policies again.

Nonetheless, this still marks an important step for social media companies in curbing the spreading of misleading information on the social platforms especially from those seen during the 2020 U.S. election.

Malaysian Climate is A Perfect Recipe for Potholes, Here’s Why

A menace to both drivers and cyclists, the pothole issue isn’t a new one as road users in Malaysia know that manoeuvring the streets of Malaysia would require swerving around the ever-present potholes.

What started as a mere obstruction to many is slowly becoming one of the reasons to why road users are injured even killed, as seen recently with experiences from Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister Khary Jamaluddin who had been injured after falling due to a pothole and Ho Yan Fee who had died after skidding of another.

How are they formed?

Potholes are formed when water seeps into an existing small crack on the surface of the road and deteriorates further over time. Potholes varies in sizes and are caused by the expansion and contraction of water that has entered the ground under the pavement. 

This only adds on to the factors as road surfaces which develop cracks due to stress caused by traffic expands during daytime and contracts during the night. Roadway traffic only makes the matter worst as cracks are widen which allows more water to seep in and repeat the process. 

So why is Malaysia’s climate a recipe for potholes?

Unless you’ve been in doors all your life, you’d be quick to know that Malaysia has two kinds of weather, mainly hot and rainy. 

Throughout the year we see rainy days more than enough and scorching hot temperature on other days, higher number of potholes are developed when we experience the various flashfloods across the country and when the roads dry up later at extreme temperature causing cracks on the road surface which only worsens over time.

As the weight of cars and trucks pass over spots that have succumbed to way too much pressure, pieces of the road are quite literally shattered, creating what we know as the pothole we often see.

Irresponsible utility companies

Potholes are also mainly the work of irresponsible utility companies that dig up roads in order to lay down cables and pipes. After doing so, these roads are not properly patched up, eventually deconstructing the hard work done by those in the road maintenance industry. 

The lack of communication between agencies means that one would do the hard work of paving a road making it seemingly brand new, while the other digs a spot up for piping or other purposes. Unwanted cracks are created way before the weather comes into effect, which indefinitely speeds up the process of how a pothole is formed.

Elderly Man Dies After Falling Off Motorcycle Due to A Pothole

On Sunday morning, the 3rd of January, an elderly man was on the road when his motorcycle skidded off hitting a pothole and eventually causing him to fall and die on the spot.

The pothole was located at Jalan Tengah towards Mid Valley shopping mall, Berita Harian reports that the victim, Ho Yan Fee, 75, was confirmed dead on the scene due to the heavy injuries he had sustained from the fall.

The Kuala Lumpur Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) chief, ACP Zulfekly Yahya explained that the victim had slipped by himself after hitting the pothole.

“The victim’s motorcycle is believed to have skidded after colliding with a pothole in the middle lane of the road that has three lanes before falling. Members of the medical team confirmed that the victim died at the scene and his body was sent to the University of Malaya Medical Center (UMMC) for an autopsy,” he said.

The case is being investigated under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

All these also comes after news of how a pothole was patched up within 24 hours after Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had been injured after hitting a pothole as well.

The pothole that was located in Banting, Selangor was later patched up in merely six hours, the Kuala Langat Public Works Department (JKR) also responded to the incident with a tweet apologising to the minister for the incident.

Of course, this caused widespread controversy as many others such as Ho, went through worse and had no action taken, little yet, an apology from JKR for causing a death.

Twitter user @SyarifahAmin was also quick to mention on if “politicians’ lives matter more”.

5 Practices to Begin a Minimalist Year

Whatever the reason is, practicing a lifestyle of minimalism can in turn be challenging but also life changing at the same time. 

Gone will be the days of icky clutter and 2021 would be the year where less is in fact more. Like every other life changing decision, simplicity takes a few steps and patience to reel in while sometimes it takes a little boost to make that jump in order to see how happy the other steps would be.

Although you might not think of any, there are many things in your life that you can simplify, such as clutter, debt, home and schedule. These are a few ways to ensure that 2021 isnt going to be jammed pack out of the box.

1) Write stuff down

Visual aids are always a great way to begin if you want to take that first step towards making life simpler and more straightforward. What are the reasons that you want this change? Are you tired of looking at a messy cupboard or fed up of being stressed out at night? These are your whys, and they provide great motivation to keep you going, your reasons would help you remember when you need them too.

2) You really don’t need any duplicates

Grab a box, walk around your home, if you see something that you have two of, chuck it in the box. Two sets of the same hand-mixer, copies of the same book, two of the same mats for your bedroom, if you don’t see yourself using it for the next couple of weeks, chances are that you don’t need it.

3) Clutter-free zones

Clutter doesn’t only take up space, but it also causes unnecessary stress with many of this only adding on to what we’re facing right now in this whole pandemic. Declare clutter free zones in your home to ensure the utmost focus when needed. If you too enjoy that clean and clear environment, look towards expanding your zone each day in order to have that clutter-free home that you’ve been planning about.

4) Think less, do more

Whether it be eating, travelling or simply living, the time taken where you’re deciding on stuff is best spent doing it instead. Spend lesser time to decide on what to have for lunch, what to wear or what to make for your family dinner; try a healthy routine that you could use to rotate throughout the week where you’d have 2 or 3 dinner choices for example.

5) Travel light

Travelling on a holiday or simply travelling to work is best when you’re aren’t held down by baggage mainly in your pockets and your backpack. The next time you take a trip for the week, pack half of what you planned for initially; when commuting for work, take less cash if you don’t plan on using them all, especially with the amount of e-wallet choices we have these days.

Covid-19 Broke 2020, Will It Be Here to Stay in 2021?

Fast forward to June 2021, the Covid-19 pandemic has been happening for a year and a half now as the virus continues to spread slowly and very dangerously; half the world is still in lockdown as sights of healthcare workers in full body hazard suits just isn’t surprising anymore. At least 200 million are infected worldwide while 1.75 million are dead.

Before you start panicking, this is just one of the many scenarios that might play out in 2021. As we try to paint an early depiction of what to expect in 2021 in terms of the Covid-19 pandemic, this would definitely help as it works as a way to prepare for and even reduce infections for the upcoming year if possible.

Covid-19 is here to stay

Although their predictions vary with one another, modelers agree that Covid-19 would be here to stay, and the future depends on a lot of factors that are yet to be known, which also includes on whether a long-lasting immunity is developed, whether we can control the spread ad even down to the actions of governments and individuals.

According to Rosalind Eggo, an infectious disease modeller at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), we don’t really know what’s in store yet.

“A lot of places are unlocking, and a lot of places aren’t. We don’t really yet know what’s going to happen,” says Eggo.

Joseph Wu, a disease modeller at the University of Hong Kong, adds on that “the future will very much depend on how much social mixing resumes, and what kind of prevention we do,”.

According to nature.com, researchers have modelled how the pandemic has unfold and estimates up to 294 million infections globally by March 2021.

Working from home, again

The temptation to take a lunchbreak at your desk is strong when you work at home. But it’s worth taking a break where you move to a different space where work can’t reach you. Photo: Sebastian Gollnow/dpa/dpa

Whilst leaders such as Google has extended the work-from-home policy until June 2021, it’s all also dependent greatly on how fast a vaccine starts arriving. Working from home could even take a large part of the year as the World Economic Forum predicts the number of remote workers to double in 2021.

According to Enterprise Technology Research (ETR) who surveyed 1,200 chief information officers around the world, 72% of their workforce is currently working remotely; 48.6% reported that productivity has improved since workers began working remotely and only 28.7% of respondents indicated a decline in productivity.

“The productivity metric is proving that remote work is working,” Erik Bradley, chief engagement strategist at ETR, told Reuters in an interview.

“So we all thought that there would be some increase in permanent remote work, but we didn’t expect that to double from pre-pandemic levels. There would be huge ramifications of this in a lot of areas, whether that is real estate, retail, restaurant or transportation.

How soon can we expect normality to return?

Similar to the Australian bushfires in early 2020, this pandemic is like a bushfire, a worldwide one that is. A vaccine is the key towards a new beginning but we aren’t quite sure how many people are actually vaccinated and if it has helped reduce the infection rates.

As of now, Malaysia is set to receive its share of the vaccine in February while Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) has been extended well into January. Will we start seeing change then? Rest assured, it’s not going to take long for us to find out.

JAKIM: “Merry Christmas” Invalidates a Halal Certificate, Baker Ought To Use “Happy Holidays” Instead

While people from all backgrounds are used to celebrating Christmas on this festive day, because what’s not to love about presents and Christmas food, what is thought as a simple holiday greeting could now be the reason to why certain products could have their halal certificate invalidated.

According to a statement issued by the government’s halal authority, the use of the term “Merry Christmas” on products would now invalidate their halal certification; other than causing widespread controversy, this move is also likely to be seen as a egressive move that would threaten Malaysia’s multi-cultural identity.

With the spread of false news these days, one would wonder if this is in fact a piece of fake news. However, a spokesman for the Department of Islamic Development (JAKIM) has since confirmed with MalaysiaNow of the condition before a halal certification is awarded to a company, following a report that was made by a member of the public.

As reported by MalaysiaNow, a bakery could not fulfilled a customer’s request for having “Merry Christmas” written on a cake and has chosen to go with “Happy Holidays” instead. The bakery owner added that the reason of his actions were because he had to abide by the policies set by JAKIM as he was in the process of getting a halal certification.

“The bakery was not wrong as it is part of the regulations,” an officer from Jakim’s communications unit said.

The officer than cited the rule that was stated in Jakim’s manual.

“Labelling and advertising of products and services should not involve the use of any religious or spiritual passage, symbol or noun such as the names of Allah, sunnah, idols and the like,” according to the document sighted by MalaysiaNow.

The customer who had wished to remain anonymous said that this was the first time he had faced this issue and added that the management had apologized saying it was part of the conditions they had to follow.

Although, JAKIM is in fact in power to issue halal certifications, critics have mentioned several irregularities in the past, such as prohibiting certain names of phrases from being used in a product, most notably with A&W and pretzel chain Aunty Anne’s who had to remove “dog” and “beer” from their menus.

The Auntie Anne “pretzel dog” was renamed “pretzel sausage” while A&W renamed the coney dog to chicken or beef coney and root beer to “RB”.