Drunken Driver Dies after Plunging into A 5-Metre Drain


A man believed to have been driving under the influence was killed after losing control of his vehicle and plummeting down a five-metre-deep drain.

The deceased, 20-year-old Chan Yang Wai, was at the wheel of the Toyota Vios when the incident happened at 11pm; alongside him was 18-year-old Chia Kah Lok who fortunately escaped injured. 

According to Chia, the crash occurred when they were driving towards the Kepong roundabout from Jalan Kepong; that’s where Chan lost control of the car, causing it to skid and eventually landing upside down in a drain.

“The driver died at the scene while the front passenger was rescued by passers-by. The body was sent to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for post-mortem,” he told Bernama.

Police believed the two men were drunk and the case is investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

20 firemen and two fire engines from the Jinjang and Sentul stations were rushed to the scene for the rescue operation; the two victims were then removed from the wreck at 11:58pm.

Police also believed that both the men were drunk, and the case is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

MBO Cinemas Faces Liquidation and A Possible Shut Down

MBO Cinemas, who is also the third largest cinema operator chain in Malaysia, will be closing its doors for good due to Covid-19 causing a decline in its financial state.

Two days before the conditional movement control order (CMCO) was put in place, MBO Cinemas had announced on its website saying that 17 locations across the country are closed until further notice, most of these cinemas are locate outside of areas affected by CMCO.

Of all the cinemas that have been closed, only four are open, those located in Kluang Mall, KSL City Mall, Kuantan City Mall and The Spring Kuching.

The longtime cinema pioneer, who has over 169 locations throughout the country, also posted the following message on its Facebook.also posted the following message on its Facebook.

 “… as we venture further into 2020 with the number of rescheduled blockbuster titles and fluctuating number of local cases, we have decided to close these cinemas temporarily until further notice.”

Reported by The Edge Markets and trending around social media soon after, it says that “MBO Cinemas is facing liquidation following cash flow problems since the implementation of the government-imposed movement control order (MCO) to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

It is also estimated that revenue for Malaysian cinemas has declined by 80% compared to last year at the same period.

The process of liquidation would involve the closing down of the business as the company’s assets will be sold off to repay its creditors.

On August 7th, Bernama had quoted MBO Cinemas CEO Cheah Chun Wai saying that the industry had suffered a 55 per cent drop in sales during the first three months of the Covid-19 pandemic and no sales at all during the subsequent three months due to the MCO.

MBO Cinemas are yet to comment on the matter.

Taking a Nap in Your Car Could Kill You!

Earlier this month, it was reported that a group of friends passed away while on vacation as they had decided to take a break by sleeping in their parked car at a petrol station.

We hate to be the ones breaking it to you, but no, taking a nap in your idling car isn’t an option even if you’re feeling tired from hours of driving. If you have the habit of doing so, it is time you kick the old habit or you might find yourself not waking up from your “nap” at all.

As much as it seems like the perfect environment to have a shut-eye in, people die from sleeping in their cars with the engine; here’s why and how it happens.

1) How does it kill?

The main cause of deaths due to falling asleep in cars is carbon monoxide poisoning. 

With it being colorless and odorless, the chemical is usually released when burning fuels such as coal, wood, charcoal, natural gas and fuel oil.

It is extremely harmful to humans when accumulated in enclosed areas, such as an idling vehicle that has all its windows closed.

It kills all those who inhales it by binding to body’s red blood cells and displacing oxygen; the victims are usually suffocated and dies due to an insufficient amount of oxygen supply.

2) How to identify symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

According to the Ministry of Health, early warnings and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning includes:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Chest pain
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Coma

3) Does that mean we might die if we sit for too long in an idling car during a traffic jam?

The possibility is there, but it will take time. Carbon monoxide takes time to build up inside a driver’s cabin to affect the human system and getting stuck in traffic involves a moving car, almost once every few minutes.

Try to avoid sitting in a standstill though as it will expose you to high levels of carbon monoxide, especially for 

  • Elderly
  • Children
  • Poepl with breathing and heart problems
  • People with anaemia 
  • People susceptible to seizures

4) How to stop carbon monoxide from happening?

Your best defense against carbon monoxide poisoning is to prevent it from ever arising in the first place.

  • Regularly inspect your car exhaust system from leaks as it can allow carbon monoxide to enter your vehicle
  • Don’t leave minor fixes go unfixed as any damages or holes in your vehicle may allow that much more fumes to enter
  • No, even leaving your windows down does not help, never leave your engine running in an enclosed area
  • Invest in a carbon monoxide detector as a safety precaution

In conclusion, do not sleep in your car with the engine running, ever.

What’s All The Fuss About This “460 Ringgit Burger”?

A recent trending topic on social media involves a man, a woman, and surprisingly, a 460-ringgit burger, which saw netizens and also brands jumping on the wave of comments and marketing ideas.

A classic case of how one person’s efforts were blatantly exploited for another’s benefits, it all started when a man by the name of Chia was invited to a girl, Carmay’s birthday dinner.

According to Sin Chew Daily, Chia was not close with the Carmay’s friends, but promised to show up anyway for the sake of it.

Screenshots of their chat history was also circling around social media and showed that alhoigh the status of their relationship is unclear, they often flirted with one another; Carmay even went as far as saying that Chia is her type.

The day of the birthday dinner arrived; Chia ordered himself an Angus beef burger that was supposed to cost him just RM88. His “friends” however, were having a feast as they were ordering multiple bottles of alcohol and a number of extravagant dishes.

The table of eight ended up with a bill of RM3,679.

As seen in a photo of the receipt, the group ordered two bottles of Italian wine – Barbera d’Alba that cost RM404 each, as well as two premium Japanese steaks costing RM396 and RM456 each, among others.

The group then decided to split the bill 8 ways, resulting in RM460 per person. Chia reportedly paid his share anyway and had thought that’s the end of that. Apparently not, because Lily, a friend of Carmay’s, had come back to the topic and requested him to fork out for Carmay’s share as well’ and this was because he was “interested in her”.

Chia rightfully refused and Liddy eventually took to social media in an attempt to ridicule him; it backfired though, as netizens were quick to spot who was in the wrong and who was in the right.

Netizens pointed out on how Chia had to pay an absurdly unfair amount and also argued on how the girls were being unreasonable to ask that much of Chia. On top of that, an Instagram Story by one of the Carmay’s friends was calling Chia a “stranger who joined us at our table”.

Chia eventually broke his silence though and ask netizens to refrain from attacking Carmay and her friends. He also said that they had apologised to him over a phone call.

“After some pondering, as a man, I feel like we should not blow small matters out of proportion,” he said.

“I heard that the person’s voice on the phone sounds very sad.”

“After all, they are women. They did nothing wrong. The problem with the money has also been resolved as everyone has come to share the bill. Thank you for everyone’s help and I love you all.”

Carmay has since pleaded netizens on Facebook to leave her and her friends alone. 

“I just want a normal life. I hope everyone can forgive me. Please don’t hurt or attack me anymore. It was just a birthday party. No need to make it such a big deal.”

It doesn’t matter if the guy doesn’t pay, I can pay for myself. I never intended to share this and let the whole world know. It doesn’t benefit me in any way.”

She also added on how the viral screenshots of conversations she had with her friends were fake. 

“I didn’t reply yesterday as I wasn’t even in this group. I only knew about it when my friend told me about it. I just want to tell everyone that I’m sorry and I wish this is this means that the subject has come to an end. I also like to add that the conversations in the screenshots below is not from me.”

What do you think of the apology? Do you think that the man is rightfully requited with it?

How Dolce & Gabbana Lost 98% of Their Chinese Market With One Video

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Dolce & Gabbana is one of the most famous fashion brands in the world. Their clothes have been worn by some of the most recognisable stars on the planet such as Beyoncé, Kylie Minogue, and Madonna.

Firmly established as a top fashion house in the west, their gaze soon turned to lucrative markets in the east, in particular, China. With a population of over one billion, it’s no wonder Dolce & Gabbana were eager to entrench themselves into this market. Especially when it’s reported that 30% of their $1.3 billion earnings in 2017 came from the Asia-Pacific region.

To gain a foothold in foreign markets, companies will usually come up with an ad campaign that introduces them to the local market. One of the most memorable that springs to my mind is when Enterprise rent-a-car entered the UK market.

Their adverts played on the cultural differences between the U.S. and the UK, which helped endear them to the UK public. They were well-thought, funny, and played on stereotypes, but with their tongues firmly in their cheek.

This is a great way to expand your brand into another country, as long as you do it right. Dolce & Gabbana was already well-known in China when they released a series of videos on social media in November 2018.

But what happened next had the opposite effect of Enterprise’s campaign. Instead of bringing the local market on board, they alienated them.

The reason?

Instead of poking lighthearted fun at cultural stereotypes, Dolce & Gabbana overstepped the mark and insulted a whole nation through a poorly conceived ad campaign.

The ad shows a Chinese woman sitting at a table attempting to eat a variety of popular Italian dishes such as pizza and spaghetti. This sounds innocent enough but when you watch the video you can see why it caused an uproar.

The video shows the woman attempting to eat pizza with a pair of chopsticks. She looks confused, prods the pizza to no effect, and then tears a bit of it off and grasps it with the chopsticks.

The second ad is no better, with the woman confronted with a big bowl of spaghetti. Again, she looks at the bowl in a confused manner wondering how to eat it with her trusty chopsticks. Eventually, she twists the chopsticks around the spaghetti and takes a bite.

While the woman is attempting to eat pizza and spaghetti, a narrator speaks in the background. Unfortunately, my Mandarin is limited to two words, so I had to turn to Wikipedia to get a gist of what he was saying.

Yes, this ad campaign is listed on Dolce & Gabbana’s Wikipedia page, that’s how bad it turned out! The narrator is said to speak “with a hubristic and lecturing tone while having sexually suggestive lines.”

Once you’ve watched the video it’s not hard to see why these ads caused such outrage and why it was a marketing disaster. From the Chinese perspective, the videos are patronising and trivialise their culture. After watching it, I felt like it was implying that Chinese people eat everything with chopsticks regardless of how impractical it might be.

From a marketing perspective, I don’t know what Dolce & Gabbana were trying to achieve with these videos. Watching them, you’d have no idea they were a fashion company, you’d assume they were a restaurant or a takeaway company.

I understand what their strategy was. They wanted to show how Chinese and Italian cultures can come together. It was similar to the one that Enterprise employed in the UK. The problem was that Enterprise’s campaign endeared the company to their intended audience, while Dolce & Gabbana alienated it. It also helped Enterprise that British and American culture are a lot closer aligned than Chinese and Italian cultures.

The social media outcry in China was swift, with users accusing Dolce & Gabbana of racism and playing up to stereotypes about Chinese people. To make matters worse, a few days after the company had removed the videos from its social media channels in China, a screen capture of racist comments made by D&G co-founder, Stefano Gabbana, came to light.

In a direct message to an American fashion blog on Instagram, he complained about the removal of the videos and referred to China as the “Ignorant Dirty Smelling Mafia.” He also said China was a “country of shit,” in his ill-thought-out message.

Dolce & Gabbana released a statement claiming that their account and that of their designers had been hacked, but by then it was too late. A string of Chinese celebrities severed their ties with the company and others withdrew from “The Great Show” event, which the ads had been promoting.

Instead of entrenching its brand in China, the campaign did the opposite. A report found that sales for Dolce & Gabbana were down 98% in the country from the same period last year. The figures are shocking, but when you consider Chinese shoppers are the biggest buyers of luxury goods, it becomes clear how big of a mistake their ad campaign was.

China has a powerful online cancel culture and Dolce & Gabbana felt the full wrath of it. Whether the company can reclaim its position in the country remains to be seen. What the debacle does show is the importance of understanding your target market and the necessity of navigating cultural barriers.

Dolce & Gabbana fell flat on their face in this regard. Had they constructed their ad with a bit more tact, they may have succeeded. However, the ad had all the subtlety of a bull in a china shop.

If you want your brand to go global, the message is clear: put out an ad campaign that doesn’t play up to stereotypes and alienate your target market. Otherwise, you could get cancelled, like Dolce & Gabbana.

By Tom Stevenson

The Man Who Refused to Die for 133 Days

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In 1941, the British Navy was struggling. They were desperate for more sailors. But with german u-boats sinking ships left and right, men were hard to come by.

They began an initiative to bring in sailors from China.

Five thousand miles away, Poon Lim had just finished a contract as a cabin boy with a British vessel near China. He’d been treated like dirt and sworn off ever boarding a vessel again. He was preparing to get his engineering degree.

Unfortunately, the Japanese Army was advancing on China, in what would become a notorious reign in blood. China was desperately scraping together forces to counter their attack. Lim’s father read of the British sailor program and begged his son to go. He assured Poon he’d be safer than he would be in China. They were words his father would later regret.

Reluctantly, Poon Lim decided to go. Lim began his tour on the Ben Lomond. It was a huge merchant ship:

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Actual photo of the Ben Lomond. Surce: Pic via uboat.net

It was outside traditional military zones in Europe, doing supply runs from Africa to South America. But the illusion of safety would soon dissipate.

On November 23, 1944, as the vessel trekked across the Atlantic, it lurched to the side as it was rocked by an explosion. A u-boat had opened fire on the ship, despite it being full of non-military personnel.

The huge ship sank in just over two minutes. It tilted sideways, trapping many of the crew inside. Only 10 people made it out of the boat. The ship was underwater by the time Lim escaped. His vest helped get him to the surface.¹

Poon Lim hung onto wreckage as the main ship barreled for the bottom of the sea. He found his way to an eight-by-eight foot wooden plank. He then gathered as many supplies around him as he could.

The other men who escaped were later rescued by passing boats, all of which failed to see Lim on his raft.

He was left stranded in the middle of the Atlantic.

His supplies included:

  • A four-liter jug of water
  • a small box of biscuits
  • A big tarp
  • a small bag of sugar
  • some flares
  • rope
  • two smoke pots
  • And a flashlight

In the coming days, his supplies dwindled. The sun began taking a toll on his body. He built a roof with the plastic tarp. He also used that tarp to funnel water into his jug.

Two weeks later, he was completely out of food and starving. Using the spring from his flashlight, a rope, and a nail from a wooden board, he created a fishing line. He scraped out an existence with the fish he caught. But he still went days without eating.

Complicating matters, Lim didn’t know how to swim. He spent most of his days tied to his raft by one ankle.

During a three day stretch without water, his body began flirting with death. A bird landed on his raft. In supreme desperation, he jumped and snatched it, killing it, and then drank its blood. He continued to do this with a number of birds, getting just enough liquid sustenance.

Unfortunately, the sinking bird scraps drew the attention of sharks, which caused all the fish to stay away from his ship.

With no other options, he was forced to fish out a shark. He pulled up his first small shark. This led to a huge struggle that got him injured. The shark eventually succumbed and he had food, for the moment.

For months, Lim sat in the middle of the ocean, dehydrated, near the brink of starvation, sun poisoning, and drowning. Multiple storms hit his raft, causing him to lose supplies. Frequently, he saw boats pass by in the distance without seeing him. At one point, he saw a german ship go by and intentionally ignore him.

On another occasion, a large recon plane flew over and saw him. It then did another pass and dropped a large red buoy to mark his location for his rescue plane. But, right away, a massive storm came and washed the buoy and Lim far away from each other.

Eventually, he drifted close enough to Brazil and was found by a local fisherman.

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He spent the next two weeks in the hospital recovering.

He still has the world record for the longest time survived while stranded at sea at 133 days.²

He would go on to receive a heroes welcome in Britain, becoming an international sensation. He claimed his upbringing in a poverty-stricken area of south china helped him get through it. Around him, people had grown up just getting by his entire life. He was accustomed to it.

He eventually moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he had four children and lived out a fruitful, content life.

He lived until 1991 which was very good, considering 1943 was very nearly his final year.

By Sean Kernan

Deteriorating U.S.-China Relations Doesn’t Bode Well for the Pandemic

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his was not a good week for U.S.-China relations. On Tuesday, the White House ordered China to close its consulate in Houston. By Friday, China had retaliated by ordering the closure of the American consulate in Chengdu. The U.S. Justice Department also recently accused Chinese hackers of trying to steal data on a coronavirus vaccine, the latest in a long line of allegations of Chinese espionage.

Meanwhile, the number of cases in the United States passed a grim milestone: 4 million. A bright spot on the horizon is that four of the 165 vaccines currently in development are in Phase 3 trials, according to New York Times data. Two of them are made by Chinese companies, state-owned Sinopharm and the private company Sinovac Biotech. There’s only one vaccine already approved for limited use, and it’s been developed by China’s CanSino Biologics. The Chinese military approved it on June 25 as a “specially needed drug.”

When President Donald Trump was asked on Tuesday whether his administration would collaborate with China on a vaccine for Americans, he said: “We’re willing to work with anybody that is going to get us a good result.”

But the deteriorating relationship between the two superpowers doesn’t bode well for the potential of the U.S. to do so. And it generally doesn’t look good for vaccine development, or for either country’s response to Covid-19. “People’s health on both sides could become collateral damage,” Yanzhong Huang, PhD, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, tells the Medium Coronavirus Blog. Trump says he will work with China, he notes, “but there’s no plan, or I don’t think there’s any conversation happening with the Chinese.”

Acknowledging that relations between the two superpowers were already straining in recent months, Huang says that “Covid-19 only accelerated that process” on multiple fronts. Including, he notes, “this issue of vaccine development and distribution.” China not only has vaccines in development but plays a critical role in the global pharmaceutical industry.

“It’s not just the way vaccines become available,” he says. “You need to consider the parallel support, including bottles, not to mention those ingredients used to make those vaccines. China traditionally has played an important role in supplying those things.”

Between China and the U.S., he says, “there’s no state-level cooperation, information sharing — there is no talking between the two.”

This isn’t, of course, the first time this relationship has soured. What happened in the past can inform what to expect as the current situation plays out, says Zuoyue Wang, PhD, professor of history at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Historically, he says, “bilateral scientific exchanges would often be negatively affected, especially in terms of the movements of scientists and technological transfers.” This happened, for example, during the Korean War. Chinese scientists working or studying in the U.S. weren’t allowed to return home, and the U.S. led a broad Western technological embargo against China. Exchanges started up again during the Cold War for a number of reasons; the U.S. wanted to counter the Soviet Union and capitalize on the huge Chinese market, for example, and China wanted to catch up to “American-led world standards in science and technology.” Now, as the prioritization and urgency of those motivations has faded away, the U.S. has tightened the scope of bilateral scientific exchange and collaboration: Chinese scientists are being denied visas; Huawei phones won’t run Google apps.

The present-day tension has already shaped public health exchanges during the pandemic. In March and April, the U.S. struggled to get personal protective equipment from China. Wang says this demonstrates how a “usually mundane technology,” like mask-making, “could suddenly become essential in certain circumstances and play a prominent part in geopolitical dynamics.”

Though there doesn’t seem to be much conversation at the state level between President Trump and President Xi at the moment, there’s still hope for cooperation at the industry or individual level, says Huang. He points to the moment, in the 1990s, when the American pharmaceutical company Merck supplied China with the technology for making a hepatitis B vaccine shortly after the Tiananmen crackdown. This, he says, is an example of how public health collaboration between the two countries can “sustain its own dynamic.”

“I think this actually highlights the importance of nonstate level collaboration and cooperation,” he says. This could happen between firms, like U.S. and Chinese pharmaceutical companies or the researchers themselves, or between U.S. NGOs and Chinese individuals. Chinese billionaire and Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma, he notes, sent a million masks to the U.S., and Bill Gates donated millions to the international effort against Covid-19.

None of the vaccines being produced around the world are likely to be a “magic bullet” that single-handedly solves Covid-19, says Wang. That’s why it’s important not to forget that “global problems such as pandemics and climate change require international collaboration.” When political tensions limit that collaboration, “the U.S. along with the rest of the world suffers from the consequences.”

“No one is truly safe until the world community can work together in dealing with these threats,” says Wang.

By Yasmin Tayag

Taco Bell’s terrible, yet brilliant idea that actually worked

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Since Taco Bell is opening its first outlet in Malaysia, I thought it’d be interesting to take a look at their marketing prowess. It’s rare that I come across a hugely successful campaign that I have such a strong personal aversion to. But one must give respect where respect is due. They’ve had the balls do to some very ambitious campaigns, including this one.

In 2019, they opened a Taco Bell Hotel, dubbed “The Bell.” They said it’d only be open for a very limited time which, for starters, was total B.S. because it’s still open today with no plans of closing.

The entire premise is gross. When I think of a weekend getaway, I imagine those beautiful magazines, with people playing in pools and happy, smiling couples walking on a beautiful beach together.

But fast food? Fast food is like porn. People enjoy it. Then they feel guilty and hide the evidence.

So imagine waking up totally surrounded, by Taco bell.

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Some beds have giant pictures of tacos (with wet meat) hanging near them. There is Taco Bell memorabilia everywhere in the place, Taco bell wallpaper, Taco Bell paintings, furniture, ceilings, buttons. Even your room card has a Taco Bell theme.

There’s an unlimited menu of Taco Bell made by their resident “chef.”

The Lobby is literally a Taco Bell.

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Pic by Press Enterprise

If I were stranded on an island, I don’t know that my body could sustain itself on that food. I might need to snort some sand.

Taco Bell isn’t exactly a paragon of exquisite hygiene either — it’s not the sort of place I’d want to sleep at. It brings to mind that perpetually wet gas station bathroom floor with neon lights, cockroaches, and that rusty vending machine full of $1.25 glowing condoms.

Hungry yet?

The Bell also has one of the most overpriced guest stores I’ve ever seen.

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I guess I understand their “no returns” policy. Buyers’ remorse would be real for a $30 charger (they are $5 at Walmart).

Perhaps the most redeeming quality of the hotel from my view is the nice swimming pool.

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But don’t expect to maintain a pool bod if you eat at the hotel for more than half a day.

I certainly wouldn’t plan a trip to The Bell with a significant other. I tested the idea out with my girlfriend, who is a super healthy eater.

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“Sign me up” is our code sarcasm.

But here’s the thing — the campaign wasn’t targeting us. Yes, I think the hotel is stupid, desperate, and unappetizing. But — it’s brilliant too. They’ve won several awards with the idea.

One could see how staying there would be a funny and interesting novelty. Today, people are constantly posting pictures on social media from the hotel. It’s near impossible to take a selfie in that building without some sort of Taco Bell symbol being captured, and I suspect that is by design.

I got nauseous when I read Chief Marketing Officer Marisa Thalberg’s press statement, “The Bell stands to be the biggest expression of the Taco Bell lifestyle to date.”

Because I realized Taco Bell is a lifestyle. It’s a testament to their brand. But I still have to swallow the fact that that’s a thing.

In a country with a growing obesity rate, the last thing we need is a “<insert fast food name> lifestyle.”

But, hey, she knows her audience. There are indeed many Taco Bell Enthusiasts who stay at this hotel. There’s even a Taco Bell Reddit group with 70,000+ members.

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Source: Author via Reddit

I suppose there are worse hobbies one could have.

When they did the grand opening for The Bell, they invited a bunch of social media influencers to stay for free.

Sure enough, those influencers began doing video logs of their stay. The numbers they put up were quite impressive.

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Experiential marketing is one of those advertising fads that goes in and out of favor with time. If one big brand does it and has even a whiff of success, you can expect a slew of campaigns to copycat

With The Bell, that was certainly the case. So if tacos aren’t your thing…

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…go enjoy a stay at Hotella Nutella.

Taco Bell — I hate your hotel. But just because I don’t like something doesn’t mean it isn’t brilliant. And for that, I salute you.

By Sean Kernan

5 of Malaysia’s Most Notorious Criminals

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Here’s a list of 5 of Malaysia’s most notorious criminals throughout history, these people were monsters who used violence to their benefit, it should be noted that all of them were either caught and tried, or riddled with bullets in the end.

5. Mat Komando

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Ahmad Mohd Arshad, who was better known as Mat Komando, had spent 2 years as a member of an elite commando unit in the Malaysian Army before dropping out for reasons unknown. After dropping out, Mat Komando got into a series of low skill jobs. He became a lorry driver and also tried driving taxis and buses for awhile, but it seems like that wasn’t the life he was interested in.

Mat Komando’s Gang 13 burst onto the Malaysian crime scene in the early 2000s. They started by robbing palm oil plantations for the cash stashes they had. Mat Komando then started looking at other areas to expand into, he then went on to mastermind 52 armed robberies throughout the country. The gang’s military style operations helped them make off with RM2.5 million in cash between 2001 and 2002.

Pic taken from penaminang.com

In response to the crimes, the police launched “Ops Api Sawit” (Operation Palm Fire), who’s sole objective was to put an end to Gang 13. The identities of Mat Komando and his gang were released to the media, which triggered a nationwide manhunt for the gang. This was made easier thanks to the fact that the gang often operated without masks, which made identifying them that much easier.

Faced with so much “heat”, Mat Komando decided to lay low and took his family and close friends to a popular resort at Pedu Lake, Kedah. However, they were quickly identified by the resort management via their ICs. The resort management then contacted the authorities, the police then secretly assembled an ambush at the resort. The police stormed in and a firefight broke out between them, however, Mat Komando somehow evaded the police and managed to escape towards a jungle.

He managed to keep this up for 255 days, constantly evading the authorities as his gang starting shrinking in numbers. A man by the name of Shukri Husain finally tipped the police off about Mat’s whereabouts, after he was brutally beaten by him, on suspicions that Shukri was working with the police, when in fact, he wasn’t.

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In the early hours of 12 September 2002, in Baling Kedah, 10 officers from the VAT69 anti-terror unit, supported by the paramilitary police, stormed a hut in the village where Mat Komando was hiding. Mat was confident that he’d rather die than surrendering, and with 2 pistols in hand John Wick-style, he faced the police, and thus, his reign of terror came to an end.

4. Bentong Kali

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Born in Bentong, Pahang, Kalimuthu, also known as Bentong Kali, terrorized people with his maniacal rages. In those fits of anger, he would pull out his Sig Sauer and would randomly fire whenever, and at whoever he wanted.

He started his career by joining the infamous “Gang 04” when he was only 14, their crimes often involved extortion, robberies, and drugs. Between 1985-1991, he was already in and out of the prison system, at the age of 19.

By 1991, he decided to move to KL and join a different gang, which happened to be another notorious gang by the name of “Gang 08”. After only a few months, he decided to form his own gang instead, going by the name of “Gang 08 Jalan Klang Lama”.

Bentong Kali rise to infamy happened in KL between 1991 and 1993. Besides being involved crimes such as drugs, extortion and robbery, he killed at least 16 people in this time, most of them being just for his own entertainment.

Some examples includes shooting a mamak stall worker for no apparent reason, gunning down a guy who was upset that Kali had peed in front of his house. He gate-crashed a birthday party, and randomly shot at guests, killing 4 people. Bentong Kali’s murderous rampage quickly made him Malaysia’s most wanted criminal. A special task force comprising over 200 cops from Kuala Lumpur, Pahang and Selangor was formed in 1993 to bring a stop to him.

In the early hours of 29 Jun 1993, in Medan Damansara, an elite team of police officers and the Special Forces Unit surrounded the house. Not taking any chances, the police also had snipers and a bomb squad on standby. As the cops burst into the house, a short gun battle erupted. Two of Bentong Kali’s gang members were quickly disposed of.

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Bentong Kali himself tried to escape from the second floor balcony but snipers were ready for him. The most notorious killer in Malaysian history was put down with a bullet to the head.

3. Sunny Chai

In the early 2000’s, a group began robbing goldsmith shops, they had a style that was similar to precision military-style operations, and they left no clues behind. As more and more goldsmiths were hit, the police were left scratching their heads. They knew it was the same gang because their signature weapon was an M16 machine gun, but the cops could not identify who the members were.

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Unbeknownst to them, they actually knew the gang’s leader very well. Sum Wing Chang (Sunny Chai) was a well-known businessman who regularly mingled with society’s elite, including community leaders, politicians and even senior police officers. When the police finally busted the gang, they revealed that at 6pm, Sunny could be robbing a goldsmith shop with his M16. But by 8pm, he would be attending a dinner function with dignitaries.

Sunny Chai’s partner in crime was Elvis Keh, a decorated Singaporean sharpshooter and explosives expert. Together, they recruited seven other members and the gang pulled off 16 armed robberies throughout the country. Elvis trained the gang in weapons and military tactics, giving them the skills to steal more than RM21 million in loot between 2000 and 2002.

Hooked on the wealthy lifestyle and getting cocky with success, Sunny started to get a little reckless. He wanted to diversify into kidnapping and extorting his tycoon buddies to make even more money. This rubbed other gang members the wrong way, who didn’t want to risk attracting attention and exposing themselves. With the success of their robberies, the gang also started arguing over how the millions in loot was being shared.

The gang’s breakdown caused them to start making mistakes, dropping clues that gave the police all they needed to track them down. Armed with new information, cops started moving in on the gang members.

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In December 2002, the law finally caught up with Sunny Chai. Trying to escape from the cops, Sunny Chai rammed his Proton Waja into a police car chasing him. But he lost control and crashed. A short gun battle later, Sunny Chai and another gang member were killed by police. A third member of the gang was killed in another fire fight with police at his Johor house. Two others were nabbed in the Klang Valley. Elvis and a few other members left the gang before this ordeal, and is still out there to this day.

2. Mona Fandey

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All Maznah Ismail wanted was to be a famous pop star. She tried everything to boost her image, she wore flashy clothes and even adopted the stage name “Mona Fandey”. When nobody wanted to give her a contract, she decided to produce and release her own album entitled “Diana”. She even got herself a few TV appearances but ultimately, her career never took off.

After her music career ended, Mona Fandey and her husband, Affandi, felt they needed a career change. So they turned to the black arts and made their living as bomohs. Somehow, they were able to attract an elite upper-class clientele. They were so successful in this venture that they could afford to buy a mansion and several luxury cars.

What made Mona Fandey infamous was the horrifying murder of a rising UMNO politician, Mazlan Idris. The ambitious Mazlan was eyeing the Pahang MB post and wanted some supernatural help to boost his political career.

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Mazlan had asked Mona and her husband for help, and they had convinced Mazlan to buy a magic tongkat and songkok that would make him “invincible”. All that for RM2.5 million. Mazlan agreed to pay the couple RM500,000 cash as deposit. He also gave them 10 land titles as a guarantee for the remaining RM2 million.

On July 2, 1993, Mazlan withdrew RM300,000 from a bank in KL. Returning to Pahang that same day, he met with Mona and her husband at the Raub UMNO division office at about 10pm and was never seen again. 2 weeks after his disappearance, the police decided to launch a search for Mazlan.

Luckily, the police had earlier arrested the couple’s assistant, Juraimi, on an unrelated drug offence. After questioning, Juraimi led the police to an unfinished house in the middle of a plantation, about 45km from Raub. There they found Mazlan’s body buried in a store room. As they fished piece after piece of what used to be Mazlan out of the hole, the full horror of the crime hit home. Mona and Affandi was quickly arrested and charged for the murder.

Mona and her husband had convinced Mazlan to undergo a ritual to multiply his money. He had been taken to the house and told to lie on the floor face up. They told Mazlan to wait for the money to “fall from above”. Instead, what fell was the heavy blade of an axe.

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Autopsy chart of Mazlan’s body

In three strokes, Juraimi had completely chopped off Mazlan’s head. He then cut up the rest of the body into 18 pieces, before burying them. Pieces of skin and flesh were also removed from the arms and legs. Those pieces were never recovered and to this day no one knows what happened to them. Some think that they were eaten.

The trio was led to the execution chambers at Kajang Prison on November 2, 2001. It was reported that during her execution, Mona Fandey was still calm and smiling, telling the wardens, “Aku takkan mati” (“I won’t die”)

1. Botak Chin

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Wong Swee Chin, aka Botak Chin, was one of the most dangerous criminals in Malaysia during the 1970s, leading his gang to commit a string of violent armed robberies that netted them close to a million ringgit in cash.

Botak Chin was most famous for his love of guns, building up a personal collection of 19 firearms, 5 grenades and 1000 bullets. Once during a robbery, he even challenged his victims to a bizarre cowboy-style shootout.

Despite his violent streak, Botak Chin likened himself to Robin Hood. There’s a story of Botak Chin handing an old ice-cream seller a few thousand ringgit in cash on the street and basically telling him to “go home and chillax la, so old already still want to work meh?” But his Robin Hood reputation could not make up for his “shoot anything that moves” reputation.

At the age of 18, Botak Chin committed his first armed robbery with his gang. Amazed at the respect that guns got him, Botak Chin quickly bought his own revolver. Soon, he abandoned his old gang to form his own. Within a month, the new Botak Chin crew had committed 8 armed robberies.

Botak Chin was quickly caught and sentenced to 7 years in jail. But he was released early for good behaviour. Following his release Botak Chin immediately formed a new gang, now operating with experienced robbers, Botak Chin hit the big time. Within a year, the gang had hit several banks, clubs, illegal gambling dens, armored trucks and even temples, leaving a trail of bullet-riddled bodies behind.

The cops nearly caught Botak Chin once, after a high-speed car chase / gun battle through the streets of Segambut, KL. Botak Chin’s beloved Datsun was shot to pieces by the cops, but Botak Chin somehow managed to escaped.

In early 1976, Botak Chin’s gang began to fall apart. 7 of his gang members had been killed in gang wars and gun battles with the police. Several others had been arrested. Police had also managed to snag 15 of the gang’s guns. But that didn’t stop Botak Chin, he continued his robberies, gang wars and gang recruitment drives.

Finally, the police got a tip that Botak Chin was hiding out in a sawmill in Jalan Ipoh, KL. After days of staking out the place, dozens of police moved in and an epic gunfight erupted. An estimated 500 shots were fired in the battle. Cops lobbed smoke grenades into the sawmill. The gangsters replied with hand grenades. Eventually, Botak Chin’s lieutenants were killed in the shootout and the man himself took six shots in his body before surrendering.

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In 1980, Botak Chin was charged for firearms possession and sentenced to death. But he wasn’t going to go quietly. While in jail, he attacked two prison wardens, seriously injuring one of them. On New Year’s Day 1981, he tried to escape from Pudu Jail. He stabbed three wardens in the process and only surrendered after being seriously injured himself.

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Botak Chin was finally executed in June 1981. When the prison guards came to take Botak Chin to the gallows, he was finally calm, saying to them, “Sudah sampai, ah? Saya rasa macam lari 100m, sudah sampai garisan penamat.” (Here already? I feel like I ran 100m and am now at the finish line.)

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Like a lot of people, I have a long track record of sucking at rejection. Whenever someone said no to me, it was always THEIR fault that they didn’t see the best in me. I was great. They were foolish.

Back in the late ’90s, I spent a couple of months as a table runner at a restaurant to make money for college. I was, charitably speaking, an underwhelming employee. I took a lot of bathroom breaks to avoid the dish pile. I was too loud in the kitchen. I wore the same black pants and white shirt every day to fit the dress code for staff, and both garments grew filthier and more ragged as the months crept along. I say all this with the benefit of hindsight. Live on for another couple of decades and you become much more objective in evaluating your younger self. But at the time, of course, I thought I was the BEST table runner who ever lived. I thought I deserved to be promoted to waiter. To OWNER, even.

I was not. The following year, I called the actual owner to see if my old job would be waiting for me once finals were over. She said to me, in a disturbingly cheery voice, “No!”

“Really?” I asked. I was floored.

“Really!” Again, she sounded pleased to deliver this news to me, but didn’t bother to say why.

“Oh, okay. Well then, see ya.”

And I hung up. I got a table running job at a different restaurant that summer, but I still stewed over the rejection from my old boss. I told my mom I got turned down for a return gig and SHE stewed about it, to the point where she didn’t patronize that restaurant again until roughly two years ago. Even now, whenever I think about that lady (like right now!), I’m like man, she really sucked.

But she didn’t suck, of course. She was running a business, needed capable staff, and already had ample evidence that I was not capable at my job. I was the one who sucked.

I’m better at rejection now. Experience tends to thicken your hide. I shouldn’t have needed 43 years to take this in stride, but I’m glad I at least made it out of that gauntlet without doing any lasting harm to myself or to others (I hope). I don’t think the same can be said for a lot of other people out there.

The damage these people have done to the world has been staggering. You’re familiar with incels by now. They’re but one horrible manifestation of this phenomenon. It turns out that being terrible at handling rejection doesn’t stop people from becoming extremely powerful leaders and bosses. On the contrary: Harvey Weinstein obliterated the careers of any actress who dared to politely decline his advances. And Donald Trump’s entire reason for being is to exact vengeance upon anyone who has rejected him (it’s a long list). His presidency, and the culture surrounding it, is the culmination of Americans’ collective inability to handle being dismissed.

Rejection is an inevitable and NECESSARY part of human existence. This isn’t heaven. It’s Earth. Not everyone here wants what you have to offer. And if you can’t learn to accept that fact, not only will you be rejected more often, but you’ll handle it worse every successive time. So here’s a guide to understanding rejection more fully so that you can handle it in the moment, learn from it, and move on quickly.

Every rejection is a learning experience

Instead of blaming the other person for rejecting you, ask yourself WHY they did. You don’t have to venture into the land of self-hatred to do this. Just try to step outside of yourself for a second and put yourself in the shoes of someone who’s ever had to deal with you. Take a clinical look at what they see, and CORRECT what they found lacking.

I fumed when that lady didn’t give me another few months of paid work. But at the next job I scored, you better believe I kept my uniform cleaner, took fewer bathroom breaks, and stopped singing out loud while running the dishwasher. I fixed my shit. Grudgingly, but I did it all the same.

Validation is usually not helpful

This is so, so easy to do online, to the point where Asshole Validation has become its own pandemic. Bad people see friends as yes-men rather than valued sounding boards. I used to cry to my friends all the time, quite literally, about getting the consolation trophy from this girl or that. And they lent me a sympathetic ear, but that sympathy only does you so much good.

When a stranger rejects you, they have no obligation to let you down easy or to say yes to you for pity’s sake. In certain ways, their assessment is more accurate than anything your buddy John is gonna offer. So please, do not use your friends’ encouragement as an excuse to miss the point.

You’re in charge of how difficult the moment is

I’m a freelance writer, so I’ve had my fair share of pitches and job asks turned down. When that happens, I’m not like YOU WILL RUE THE DAY YOU WRONGED ME, BUDDY. I say, “All right, thanks for getting back to me on this,” and then I get on with my life.

There’s no sense in leaving a bad taste in anyone’s mouth after you hear a no. All you’re doing is validating their rejection of you. You’re closing every door and burning every bridge. People will talk. They’ll know you’re a defensive prick. And where will you be then? Still alone, and still unwilling to understand rejection as an opportunity to sort out where you belong, where your talents lie, and where you fit in the world.

It’s probably not about you

“It’s not you, it’s me” has been around for so long that it’s become stale even as a parody of rejection. But when people reject you, it IS of course about them. They’re looking for certain things in an employee or an actor or a MacArthur Grant recipient, and you don’t happen to possess those qualities at the moment. You are, innocently, superfluous to the enterprise. I’ve been turned down for work because I’ve been told, point blank, “We have no money.”

Sometimes that’s a lie, but you’ve met the 2020 economy. It’s not YOUR fault some places have no money. Rejection is often the result of forces far, far beyond your control. There is a good time to rebel against those forces, especially in terms of politics. But on a personal level, you do need to accept certain outside forces as fact.

Everyone’s a misfit

Ever talk to an actor? A singer? An unemployed person? A divorcée? You’re not the only one who’s been stung. The whole of modern pop culture now is rife with stories of rejects made good. Your ultimate comfort lies not in eventual success but in understanding that you’re experiencing a universal part of the human condition. It’s THAT knowledge that will not only help you feel better (if you feel like you need therapy to glean this knowledge, by all means, get it), but it’ll make you into a more assured person who is LESS likely to be turned away by the rest of society. Your status as a misfit isn’t unique, nor is it what makes you charming. It’s what you do with that time lost that will make you you. Swear off rejection and you won’t be human at all. Look at Trump. I’m not even sure Trump bleeds.

Rejecting people isn’t easy.

You think it’s fun making other people feel like shit? I feel bad shooting down TELEMARKETERS. One time I got laid off by my boss and he felt so terrible about it that I had to console him.

One day you may be on the other side. You may find yourself desired, personally and/or professionally. People are gonna want what you have, and you’ll have to learn not only who doesn’t deserve your consideration, but how to deliver that news to them. Think of all the people who rejected you. Did they do it politely? Did they give you a chance to listen to their rejection?

Courtesy works both ways. So remember that. Otherwise, you’ll just be passing on a strain of resentment.