Actor Warns of MCO For The Whole Year, Criticises Covid-19 Patient That Didn’t Go Through Quarantine

After recent news of a Covid-19 patient that admitted not going through the quarantine process, actor Jasmin Hamid had gone to call them out to stress on the severity of the issue.

Jasmin, 47, criticized the actions of said patients and called them out for being not only irresponsible but also endangering the lives of others.

She then mentioned on how this movement control order might go on if there’s more individuals as such that break the guidelines set in place by the government.

“Why are there irresponsible individuals? If you know you’re positive, please quarantine yourself befreohand because the Ministry of Health (MoH) is already not winning this battle.” she said.

“He is proud to upload his status on soclal media to let the world know that he is free to roam and spread the virus because MoH had ignored him.

“Isn’t that the end game for us that are living by the movement control order? When do we want to start being stricter at home?”

Rumor has it that the patient had done it out of protest against the Ministry of Health for not reaching out to him for further actions.

Jasmin then advised all to follow the guidelines set in place so that the government will be able to control the increasingly worrying Covid-19 pandemic. This would not only save the lives of the public but also lives of family members close to you.

“We need to work together and pray.” she said.

“Bravo to those that put themselves ahead of others, we just might be going through MCO for the rest of the year because of them”. 

A Year Later, Malaysia is Still Struggling With Covid-19

It’s been a whole year since Covid-19 first touched down on Malaysia soil, the first of many that started with three members of a family from China, a woman and her two grandchildren from Wuhan that had made the short trip to Malaysia from Singapore.

Fast forward 365 days later, it seems that we’ve seen ups and downs of various severities while we’re currently in one of the many downs – the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) itself yet once more.

The Covid-19 pandemic had spiralled out of control; back in October 2020, the record total daily new cases was 1,240 and a conditional movement control order (CMCO) imposed in Sabah and parts of Klang Valley.

It wasn’t until February and March when local clusters began to surface and breached the 2,000 mark with active cases.

Today the record high daily new cases is four times that amount, 4,275 that was recorded on the 23rd of January and of course MCO 2.0 as well.

March: Movement Control Order (MCO)

PERAK 20-03-2020. Police performed road block at Jalan Kuala Kangsar here following the movement control order tu curb the spread of Covid-19 infection.MALAY MAIL/Farhan Najib

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced a nationwide movement control order on March 13th with it intended to curb the spread and enforce social distancing guidelines. By the 16 , it

was made known to the public that MCO would be in effect from the 18th until the 31st of March, it was then extended for an additional two weeks until April 14thfollowing a still constant number of high cases between the 100 and 200 mark. It was later further pushed until the April 28th and to May 12th consequently.

Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO)

After a majority of days with cases staying below the 100 mark, a conditional movement control order (CMCO) was implemented which allowed business to re-open under strict standard operating procedures (SOP).

June: An all-time low of cases leading to RMCO

MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

After recording an all-time low of 2 new cases at that time on June 10th , it was decided that it was time that the nation move into recovery mode, a recovery movement control order (RMCO) that was to expire on August 31 . It was then extended until December 31st with selected sectors remained closed and travel restrictions from external countries.

July, August: A stagnantly reassuring and quiet time

SAM THAM/The Star Reporter

The first of July saw just 1 new case, yes you read that right. Cases largely remained single digits and well below the 20, 30 and 40 mark, signs were that the public were starting to regain the much needed trust in the government as they have done what they’re promised so far and days were seemingly going to be that less worrying.

September: Sabah elections

Even though many weren’t in favor to have it happen at times like this, the Sabah state election carried on as planned on September 26th . Experts are saying this is where the advantage was given back to the virus.

While many politicians and more members of the public in Sabah were out for the political campaigns, numbers were rising steadily as seen with 6 new cases on the 6th of September going up to 101 on the 29th of September even with strict SOPs in place.

On top of that, several high level-ministers and government personnel were questioned for not being in quarantine after travelling throughout states for election and governmental affairs. There was also the case of Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali flouting a 2-week quarantine upon returning from Turkey, which sparked the talk of how the government is practicing a double-standard with the strict SOPs in place.

October: Post-Sabah elections

(STAND ALONE) Party worker putting up party flag and poster party flag during Sabah Election. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

The country’s fight against the pandemic took a turn for the worst as clusters in Sabah began emerging after the state election, positive daily cases in Sabah took off with 118 at the beginning of October to having 957 at the turn of November and bringing the total cases in Sabah itself to 15,692, more than half of the total positive cases in the country.

Another surge was also taking place in Selangor with the current total number going up as high as 5,000 positive cases in the state itself.

November: Back to square one: CMCO and EMCO

Total positive cases in the country have gone past the 30,000 mark and the CMCO is already implemented in Sabah, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya; this also has been extended by another two weeks until Nov 9th.

EMCO has been declared in three villages in Kudat, Sabah, namely Kampung Pengaraban, Kampung Tanjung Kapur and Kampung and Landong Ayang, starting on Oct 30 to Nov 12.

December: A different Christmas and New Year

As Malaysia overtook China in the number of total reported cases, one of the most festive times of the year was abruptly cancelled and rightfully so. A record high on New Year’s Eve itself of 2,525 new cases, near half of it was in the state of Selangor which had now leapfrogged Sabah into the state with most reported cases.

January 2021: MCO 2.0 and Breaking Records for All The Wrong Reasons

The nation went from a second implementation of MCO in certain states at first to now all of Malaysia, except for Sarawak.

Due to end on February 4th, none are even sure anymore if it’ll actually end there as daily new cases have been in the 3,000 and 4,000 margin since the turn of the year with a new record set every few weeks.

Did we also mention that the King had called a national emergency? Hence, the full circle of Covid-19 in Malaysia has now been completed.

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.

@tashny

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. 

Surendra Ananth/Twitter

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.

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”.