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?

10 Tips to Prepare You for a Water Outage

The last major water outage left many stranded, and those who were affected had to resort to buying bottles of water out of desperation to provide for their daily routines that involved the use of water.

When disaster such as this strike, it doesn’t mean that you should be left with a dried-up tap. Here are 10 tips to prepare you for the next water outage so you’ll never have to repeat what millions had to go through before this.

1) Plan & Manage

There are many alternative actions to take in order to ensure your daily routines can be carried out as usual; plan out your actions, manage them as the day goes by and be prepared to adapt to any problems that eventually arise.

2) Clean laundry

If you know that you’ll be without water for the rest of the day, do your laundry ahead of the crisis in order to have enough clean clothes to get you through the day.

3) Sealed containers for drinking water

Refrain from storing water in a container that can’t be sealed as contaminants can enter if there isn’t a tight seal.

4) Store water in a tub

Spend on a water bladder to put in your tub as average ones could easily hold up to 100 gallons of water.

5) Rainwater collection system

Invest to install in a rainwater collection system as it’s a good way to take advantage of a never-ending natural resource.

6) Hand sanitizer/hand wipes

Prepare hand sanitizers in advance as by replacing your soap and water supply with it, you can stretch your water supply that much further during an outage.

7) Utilise the empty sinks

Extra water comes in handy at times like this and even if you can’t drink them, you can use them for washing and flushing

8) Flush using buckets of water

Pour the water into the tank instead of bowl as it uses less water than pouring it directly into the bowl. Use unpurified water such as those stored in the tub as it is perfect for toilet flushing.

9) Disposable utensils

Stock up on disposable plates and utensils to minimize the number of dishes you have to wash.

10) Avoid unnecessary physical activities

Decrease unessential activities and keep cool to minimize the water you need to stay hydrated.

Uncle Roger Finally Approves of a Chef’s Egg Fried Rice!

Malaysian comedian Nigel Ng recently returned with his out-of-the-box cooking reaction videos, this time of famed hot headed and Michelin-starred chef, Gordon Ramsay.

Suggested by one of his users, the video showcases Ramsay trying his hand at a staple Indonesian Fried Rice dish.

“He said leftover rice? Oh, first step correct!”. A good sign at the start, Uncle Roger seemed hopeful and was looking forward to the rest of the video.

According to Uncle Roger, Ramsay got the staples spot on, which includes eggs (obviously), apparently the “fry” and leftover rice.

Ramsay started with the aromatics such as chillies, and surprisingly an authentic Indonesian ingredient: Galangal.

“Not many white people know about Galangal. A bad chef would just use ginger.” he said.

He then took a shot at Jamie Oliver who he did a video on earlier.

“Or even worst, chilli jam.” Referring to when Oliver added a spoonful of chilli jam into his version of fried rice.

To make things better, Ramsay has a wok! 

In the midst of cooking, Ramsay switched woks, which greatly impressed Uncle Roger.

“Oh my god, even Uncle Roger at home I only got one wok” he added while the wok hay filled up Ramsay’s fried rice.

Ramsay then added sambal and rendang into his fried rice before finishing it up with a toss up to stop the rice from sticking together.

“Fuiyoh, that is good tossing”. Uncle Roger then explained on how “fuiyoh” is the opposite of “haiya”, giving his viewers in insight on Malaysian slangs.

“Uncle Roger like, this is how you know egg fried rice good. After cooking the fried rice, the chef look like he got Covid” joking about Ramsay’s short of breath after the whole cooking process.

“Good job, I like this guy”. Uncle Roger then ended the video with a short compilation of Ramsay’s usual ways of those we see in episodes of “Hell’s Kitchen”.

As Covid-19 Numbers Go Up, Shopping Mall Visitors Go Down

An eerie sight to all, malls across the country have been more empty and had fewer visitors than usual amid news of infected staff and visitors.

A lunchtime surge unlike any other days, NU Sentral was left with many empty shop lots after news of one of its staff being infected came out.

Similar with Sunway Pyramid and KL Gateway Mall, there wasn’t any visible crowds going out for their usual lunch routines and the ones that are hit the hardest by it are the food vendors and shop lot owners.

A food vendor at Nu Sentral, who wanted to be known as Noor Faezahtun, 19, told the New Straits Times that the mall was usually packed with people buying food from 7.30am until lunchtime.

People have seemed to stop going since Monday, when a case was reported there he said.

“Weekdays are usually busy for us, with crowds lining up to buy our nasi lemak from morning till afternoon.”But it’s now very quiet. I think since Monday we’ve seen a drop of 70 to 80 per cent in customers,” she said yesterday.

Izati Ahmad Fauzi, a worker at a clothing and hijab accessory kiosk at the mall, said that even though operation times were to be usual and following the standard operating procedures (SOP), the numbers has seen a significant drop from the start of the week.

“Usually, about 5pm to 7pm, there would be a lot of people in this area. But since Monday, fewer people are shopping here.

“Even the popular clothing shop near my kiosk looked deserted.”

She added that her customers were usually those working int the area and those transiting between train journeys.

Eric Koh, a shopper said that despite their following of the SOP guidelines, new infections had turned people away nonetheless.

“It is understandable that people are getting more anxious these days. Here, I can see that people maintain physical distancing.

“As long as a vaccine is not available yet, people will continue to exercise caution in public spaces. I think we need a year or two to really get rid of the virus and get things back to normal.”

In the last 10 days, there have been a number of cases involving at least five malls in the Klang Valley.

How are Shopping Malls Curbing the Covid-19 Pandemic

After a recent surge in cases, shopping malls have easily been one of the hardest hit sectors as infected staff and employees have caused foot traffic to heavily decrease in at least six malls in under two weeks.

Four of these affected malls were in Kuala Lumpur and one in Selangor, recent happenings have led to malls countrywide emphasizing on the protection and well-being of its shoppers, as Malaysia Shopping Mall Association (PPK) said in a statement.

“Safety for all staff, tenants, patrons, visitors and shoppers is of primary concern and shopping malls are all following the accepted SOPs.  

“These include contact tracing, monitoring temperature, wearing of masks, providing hand sanitizers at mall entrances & other strategic spots for shoppers and also for staff,” it said.

PPK said that when shoppers pass through mall entrances, retailers would conduct the same procedure with contact tracing and hand sanitisation at their outlet entrances. 

“So there is double screening for public confidence and safety. We are confident that this unprecedented pandemic will be overcome in the near future with the stringent and co-ordinated attention of our government, the public and the business community,” it said.

Here is a list of malls that has reported Covid-19 cases so far:

  • The Linc KL
  • Suria KLCC
  • KL Gateway Mall
  • Sunway Pyramid
  • NU Sentral

“Cuti-Cuti Malaysia” during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Malaysia had hoped to bring in 30 million international tourist arrivals and add RM100 billion to the national economy for 2020, but that was all before the Covid-19 pandemic 

had its say as it has now very literally cancelled out those plans when it forced the country into a lockdown on March 18.

Ever since Malaysia had gotten the outbreak “successfully under control”, a three-month hiatus was resumed as the very crippled tourism sector moved to revive operations from June 10. 

According to Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, the ideal focus at the moment is to not only revive the shaken-up tourism industry but also to market the country as a safe holiday destination in a time where tourism can be deemed as life threatening.

Even though the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign has been cancelled, she adds that this could all be revived with domestic tourism and could start again with locals modelling safe travelling methods while adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOP) guidelines. This would attract future travelers to choose Malaysia when this is all over and the borders reopen to foreign travelers or visitors.

Nancy also emphasized on local travelers adhering to safety and cleanliness as well; starting locally, it’ll send out the message of safe travel methods out in waves towards the rest of the public, ensuring they feel safe when choosing to explore the country.

A recovery plan initiated by the tourism ministry includes a public relations campaign to instil confidence among consumers to travel again, and also utilising digital tools such as e-marketing and social media for promotion. 

However, it is important to know to aoid red zones such as Sabah at the moment and be diligent while choosing a local destination.

Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) president Datuk Tan Kok Liang has advised travellers to defer their holiday plans to Sabah.

“My advice is for travellers to defer their travel plans to Sabah until the middle of October due to the MCO.

“It is a setback for the tourism industry, which has been badly affected, but we hope this MCO will curtail the spread of Covid-19.

“There will be no Cuti-Cuti Malaysia in Sabah for the time being, ” he said

Sabah Election Introduces Malaysians To Various Uncommon Names

With the Sabah election happening in a week from today, the public has found something particularly fascinating about the recent release of candidates; not Musa Aman being left out, but more towards the list as a whole as Malaysia was once again introduced to the odd world of names in Sabah.

Those who aren’t from Sabah have often been astonished by the unusual name in a multi-ethnic state, but for individuals like retired Sabah Archives director Datuk Datu Tigabelas Datu Zainal Abidin, it has been something that they have grew to get used to.

“It has been difficult carrying this name. In school, I was teased and it was hard for me to make friends but I’ve learned to live with it,” he said in an interview with The Star.

On the other hand, the unusualness of the candidate’s names makes the candidates themselves easy to keep track off as each has their own unique aura.

Among the 400 candidates, one of the memorable names that has caught netizen’s attention so far is Warisan’s candidate for the Bugaya seat, Datin Manis Muka Mohd Darah.

The Semporna Warisan Wanita Chief’s appellation is certainly evocative: “Manis muka” means “sweet face”, and “Darah” means blood in Malay.

Twitter user Hermy Rahim said: “If the opposition pits me against her, I’m definitely not contesting.”

Manis Muka, who is also the incumbent assemblywoman of Bugaya, is set for a six-cornered battle to defend her seat.

Other than that, voters will also be seeing a lot more such as, Undang Tumpong from Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS), Jainudin Berahim from the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Riduan Sampai from Parti Perpaduan Rakyat Sabah (PPRS) at the polls.

The Sabah election is set for September 26th and sees up to 447 candidates, including 56 independents who will eventually fight for a spot in the 73 state assembly seat.

8 Slangs that Malaysians Use Everyday

If there’s one thing that we Malaysians do best, it’s creating our own language’s version any given subject.

On top of showing our own unique ways of conversing in everyday subjects, it’s also a great way to lighten up a conversation by turning it in a humorous direction during those ever classic “lepak” or “yumcha” sessions.

As one sentence could contain not one, but a multitude of slang words and abbreviations, non-locals may might find it hard to interpret us or even understand what language we are actually using. 

To put it into perspective, the longest sentence of slang words can be put as “Woi, you want to makan here or tapau back home leh?”; a sentence as such contains three to four slang words and uses up to three different languages.

There are plenty of other slangs used by Malaysians and we’ve compiled a few of them to showcase just how unique language in Malaysia can be.

1) GG/Mampus/Si liao

When facing something bad or when you smell trouble arising, use any of these to express your expectations of bad things in the making.

Example: GG, I haven’t pick up my sister from the airport.

2) Lah/ah

The most uniquely Malaysian slang yet, this can be used at any part of a sentence in literally any way or structure you want to.

Example: Can la, just trust me and be here and 9am tomorrow ah.

3) Abuden

Our own term for “No sh*t Sherlock”, it points out to the obvious when someone asks pointless questions.

Example: Are you thirsty? (When you are obviously drinking)

You: Abuden?

4) Walao eh

Used by Malaysians of all cultures, this term is used to express amazement in both good and bad ways.

Example: Walao, how did you manage to eat 12 nasi lemaks in one go?

5) Wei/Dei/Macha/Eh

That’s how we call our friends instead of using their actual names!

Example: Dei, did you watch the game last night?

6) Syok

Enjoying something? This slang expresses your excitement and love for something that you are experiencing.

Example: Syok wei tonight’s dinner!

7) Nah

This basically means “here you go”; use when passing something to someone.

Example: Nah, you left your bottle in my car yesterday.

8) Wordplay

The best thing about all these slang words is that it’s like a Subway sandwich where you can mix and match any of it to create your own unique sentence.

*Insert own unique example here*

Gender Reveal Parties in an Attention Seeking Community

Life itself is always something worth celebrating, especially if it’s celebrating the birth of a new one.

However, as wholesome as it is, gender reveal parties are, they play a rather dark role in society and also lately, the environment, as the explosion of colors and release of pounds of confetti in the air has finally taken its toll on our planet.

Over the U.S. Labor Day weekend, two expectant parents didn’t get the party they exactly hoped for as they sparked a wildlife that scorched more than 10,000 acres of land in Southern California.

What was a family event used to navigate gender, identity and life transitions, gender reveal parties has become their own mini-industry over the past few years.

Fueled by a never-ending quest of trying to out-do one another as couples, it also presents a bizarre culture of what is considered an attention seeking culture that we live in.

It can all be traced back to 2008, when blogger Jenna Karvunidis cut into a cake at a party, revealing the pink frosting inside it which symbolizes her having a baby girl. Just like that, the modern gender reveal was born.

In a wild bid to please the world of social media, users may go beyond the extremes such as wrestling alligators or even setting off explosions. So, how did it go from as simple family celebration to these? The reason is an attention economy, which uses the currency of views and likes to make the most out of their time online.

It all aligns with the values of an always-on digital consumer, always scrolling for the next best thing to appear on their feed.

The slightest choice to not having a gender reveal also serves purpose towards social media currency as social media influencer Iskra Lawrence announced on Instagram that she would not have a gender reveal – and included sponsored links to a clothing brand in the post.

Parents sometimes choose to ignore the culture and economics that play to these gender reveal decisions; instead of fuelling and celebrating the mystery behind a baby’s gender, perhaps they should also keep in mind to not fuel a forest fire while at it.

History of Sabah Elections in 1200 Words

Sabah, one of the two states we have across the waters from Peninsular Malaysia. Malaysians not familiar with the state think they can drive there from East Malaysia and even think that we are required to have passports to get there; it’s undeniable that some of us at the West don’t know as much as we should about “the land below the wind”.

The nation’s second largest state after Sarawak, Sabah is home to over 1.2 million people consisting of Chinese, Kadazandusuns, Bajaus, Bruneis and Muruts. The Sabah Chinese population is half Christian and half Buddhist while Kadazandusuns are a quarter Muslim and three quarters Christian, like the Muruts population.

With the dissolvement of the Sabah State Assembly on July 30th, the position of Chairman/Chief Minister, who has seen 15 changes since 1963, is again up for grabs. The tables for the 2020 Sabah state elections have shown three individuals, Shafie Apdal of Pakatan Harapan/WARISAN while Barisan Nasional/UMNO are still to decide between Musa Aman and Bung Moktar Radin.

To help prepare for the occasion, here’s a history of what we know about the Sabah elections:

Sabah was led to independence by three political parties, the United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Organisation (UPKO) led by Tun Muhammad Fuad Donald Stephens, the United Sabah National Organisation (USNO) led by Datu Mustapha and the Sabah Chinese Association led by Tan Sri Peter Lo Su Yin and Tan Sri Khoo Siak Chew.

Muhammad Fuad Stephens, Sabah’s first ever Chief Minister (1963 – 1964) 

Stephens was Sabah’s first Chief Minister while Datu Mustapha was the first State Governor. Both however, shared different views on how self-governed Sabah should be; Stephens wanted a stronger degree of autonomy for Sabah while Mustapha opt for a watered-down autonomy. The Federal Government at that time, headed by the United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) leaned towards Datu Mustapha but Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra maintain a strong relationship with both the Sabahan leaders.

Peter Lo picking up on turbulent times (1964 – 1967)

Stephens was eventually made a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Sabah and Peter Lo of the SCA took up the post of Sabah’s new Chief Minister. As the first Chinese to take the post, he was in charge during one the most turbulent times in Malaysian history as on top of ensuring harmony in a multi-racial state, he had to juggle conflict between the Federal, British and Sabah governments.

Datu Mustapha gets his turn, UPKO is troubled (1967 – 1975)

A few years after discovering oil in Sabah, Mustapha began to demand greater autonomy for Sabah, in which angered Tun Abdul Razak, the prime minister at that time. Stephens who dissolved UPKO to join USNO shortly before, was appointed as State Governor in 1973 and was unhappy with Mustapha for favoring the Bajaus over the majority Kadazandusuns in the political system of Sabah. Now with an agenda, Stephen left his post in 1975 to revived UPKO, but as a multi-racial party, the Sabah United People’s Party (Berjaya).

His list of notable supporters included:

  • Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan
  • Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan
  • Datuk Dr James Ongkili
  • Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili
  • Datuk Ayub Aman
  • Datuk Seri Musa Aman
  • Datuk Anifah Aman

Two prominent leaders also helped formed Berjaya:

  • Datuk Seri Harris Salleh
  • Datuk Ghapur Salleh

Mustapha steps down, Tun Said Keruak steps into the fire (1975 – 1976)

Keruak was the most known Bajau chieftain of Kota Belud and was USNO’s deputy chief. A year after taking the position, Berjaya routed USNO in the Sabah State election and received full support from Kuala Lumpur. Mustapha and Said later crossed over to the opposition, allowing Stephens a return to the hot seat with Harris and Pairin as his deputies. 

However, this was short lived, Stephens, who was just chief minister for a month, and a majority of his State Cabinet perished in an air crash while travelling from Labuan to Kota Kinabalu on June 6th 1976. Survivors included Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Pairin and Harris.

Datuk Seri Harris Salleh outsourcing labor (1976 – 1985)

Dubbed the Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad of Sabah, Harris single-handedly modernised the economy of Sabah; during his time, Sabah developed profoundly and was the second richest State in Malaysia in 1985. Harris was also influential in bringing in migrants from Phillipines and Indonesia as he saw them as a good and cheap source of labor.

Berjaya eventually joined a BN coalition while USNO did not, both remained component parties at Federal level. USNO failed to unseat Berjaya in the 1981 which resulted in the return of Mustapha as USNO chief when Said resigned and began supporting the Kitingans at Berjaya. 

The Kitingans eventually left to form their own Sabah United Party (PBS) with Pairin serving as the president. PBS went on to trounce Berjaya in the 1985 state election.

Pairin Kitingan and the defectors (1985 – 1994)

Harris and Mustapha decided to merge and form the Sabah Chapter of UMNO, the country’s main political party, to unseat Pairin. UMNO Sabah was materialised in 1990.

In 1990, Koding and Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, quit PBS to from the People’s Justice Movement (AKAR) which later also became part of UMNO Sabah. More top leaders from PBS quit the party in 1994 to create their very own parties, which in the end became BN members. 

This among other defectors such as Datuk Yong Teck Lee, Tan Sri Bernard Tompok and Tan Sri Joseph Kurup formed Sabah People’s united Party (PBRS) and led to the eventual downfall of PBS. Pairin vacated his post in 1994 after serving the longest term as Sabah Chief Minister

Tun Sakaran Dandai slides into the hot seat, courtesy of familiar faces (1994)

Datu Mustapha’s long time assistant, Sakaran was a Murut-Bajau chieftain from Semporna. It was later revealed that Datu Mustapha, the Keruaks, the Amans, Harris and Sakaran co-engineered the defections and downfall of PBS.

Harries joined UMNO Labuan instead but still remained an important advisor for UMNO Sabah. Sakaran spent a mere few months as Chief Minister before stepping down to pick up the position of state governor, the following chief minister’s past role. 

Sakaran spent just a few months in the role of chief minister before his son took over in the same year.

Salleh Keruak, the first of many in a new system (1994)

At this time, BN had introduced a new rotation system for the Chief Minister’s post. An indigenous Muslim [either Kadazandusun, Bajau, Brunei or Murut] would be Chief Minister for two years, followed by a Chinese Sabahan and finally, an indigenous Non- Muslim [either Kadazandusun or Murut].

Salleh became the first of many rotations that was followed by members of PBRS, Yong Dompok, Datuk Seri Osu Sukam, Tan Sri Datuk Chong Kah Kiat and eventually Musa Aman in 2003.

A new beginning with Musa Aman (2004 – 2018)

With Musa at the post, BN decided to scrap the rotation system as they realised it did not give the Chief Minister enough time to carry out his projects. PBS went on to rejoin BN in 2001; Jeffrey quit PBRS in 2004 and went on to be the chief of the Sabah Chapter of the People’s Justice Party (PKR). The Sabah chapter of Gerakan was formed by PBS opposers led by Datuk Kong Hong Ming.