5 Haunted Places in KL That Will Give You The Creeps

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s only fitting that some of us may want to feed the hunger for adventure in us, especially if that adventure involves the paranormal or “otherworldly entities”.

Whether you’re a believer in those kinds of things or not, it is undoubtedly fascinating as nothing captures the thrills like things that go beyond our senses. 

Like any city around the world, Kuala Lumpur has its own stories of horror that promises to give you the chills and goosebumps; amid the spooky season, it’s only fitting that a list about the top 5 places in Kuala Lumpur be made.

1) Bukit Tunku

Known to be a neighborhood of the upper and exclusive class in KL, there have been reports of motorcyclists mysteriously disappearing in the dark and also rumors of pontianaks roaming the area as well along with creepy noises heard in the dark.

An abandoned colonial mansion also attracts ghost hunters to the area due to an alleged suicide by one of its residents, who infamously still roams the building today. Visitors have also reported sudden drops in temperature, a perfume scent that fills the air and also bright orbs floating about the place.

2) Victoria Institution

The oldest secondary school in Malaysia has its roots traced back to the late 1800’s, hence, it definitely has its fair share of spooks. 

Used by the Japanese to imprison enemy combatants during World War 2, rumor has it that captives from the Allied forces were tortured and even killed on the historic grounds of the school. Students have claimed to have seen ghostly apparitions during the day and night, but the most compelling one would be about a possession of a student.

The student was alone in the school late one evening when he found himself on top of the water tank with no recollection of how he got there. He also said that the last thing he remembered was asking a girl he saw where she was going before waking up on the rooftop.

3) Mona Fandey’s House

Before her death, Mona Fandey had infamously predicted that she will never die. Mona who fell from her celebrity status by murdering politician Mazlan Idris in 1993, had dabbled in black magic and was a self-professed bomoh.

Even after her execution at age 41, her house still stands today in Section 12, Shah Alam, abandoned and rumored to be haunted by spirits as a result of the black magic she practiced there. Those who have ventured in had all agreed that the house carries an eerily dark energy, the closets anybody can get to the house is the road that runs alongside as it sits in the Selangor Royal Family Estate.

4) Highland Towers

Those who have been around long enough would know about the tragic story that led to the the death of 48 people and the eventual abandonment of the Highland Towers. Subject to vandalism and illegal activities in the present day, ghost hunters have ventured in to explore the remains and came across ghostly sightings that is accompanied by the crumbling towers.

Among them are sightings of an old lady’s apparition with a baby, sounds of crying, wailing, and screaming being heard in the compound. Some have also claimed to have been possessed by spirits while ghost-hunting, and also to have seen creepy figures lurking around at night.

5) Mimaland, Gombak

A water theme park that was operating way back in 1975, it was a popular spot among locals at that time but a series of unfortunate events such as a tragic death of a Singaporean had led to the closure of the park in 1994.

The pre-historic themed funland is now closed off from the public but still stands today covered in graffiti and taken by by nature. It is rumored to have a spooky atmosphere for its all too quiet surrounding and also intense darkness at nightfall.

Meet Rob Hawke: Australia’s Former PM and Beer-Drinking Record Holder

Robert Hawke is the Australian labor leader, Labor Party politician and was prime minister of Australia from 1983 to 1991, but he may as well be remembered for how fast he could chug a can of beer.

Hawke may have changed Australia’s political landscape forever, but history and most notably the media frequently shows him “necking the froth” or recorded downing the “liquid amber” in one swift and fluid movement, according to news.com.au.

To make it more intriguing, the Rhodes scholar at Oxford between 1953 and 1956. In 1954 had once “skolled” a yard of ale – two-and-a-half pints, or 1.4 litres – in 11 seconds, then a world record. One couldn’t help but wonder, how did a beer chugging politician maintained a the lifestyle while balancing a political career?

Bob Hawke garnered his own following of fans since he joined the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) in the 1950s, and helped to cement his image as a man of the people, an ally of the working class, someone that the public could widely relate to. 

But after downing a beer at the amusement of the media and hundreds of fans at the Sydeney Cricket Ground in 2012 and 2014, his image was thrown into question and he was accused of setting a bad example for young Australians.

Australian journalist, businesswoman, television personality and author, Ita Buttrose, came to Mr Hawke’s defense on TV show Studio 10, saying, “I think you’re all getting your knickers in a knot over nothing. … He downed a beer. He’s one of the guys. Good on Bob Hawke for still being a man of the people. It’s got nothing to do with the issue of teenage drinking.”

This did not stop Hawke as he was at it again at the 2017-18 Ashes Cricket Series.

“Doesn’t sip it. He gets it down,” said the cricket commentator as the camera captured Mr Hawke in the VIP box downing a pint. “Go on Bobby, show us your technique. Look how quick he is!”

Far into his 80s, he is still well known to visit his local pub to participate in beer sculling competitions, which only reinforced his image as a man of the people as one Youtube video comment says, “Bob Hawke is a legend and a representative of the working Aussie who did well.” Another added, “Should be part of the Citizenship ceremony imo … Scull a beer like Bob!”.

Throughout his marriage to his first wife, Hazel, Hawke had drank heavily and suffered from alcohol poisoning after grief-drinking over the death of their infant son.

Only in his post-parliament days did he take up the beer mug again, but never to excess as a career in parliamentary politics would’ve needed him to hang up the beer mugs.

All in all, who wouldn’t love an old timer, politician and former prime minister who could do the job perfectly and also chug a pint every now and then?

So A Friend Owes You Money, What Do You Do Now?

Growing up, we’ve heard it countless times before to not borrow out money to friends, but anyone who tells you so may have yet tried going on a vacation with 10 people or split a bill six ways.

At some point in life, you or your friend may start owing each other money; in a perfect world, it would be resolved quickly, but this clearly doesn’t always happen. Undercertain circumstances, things may go out of hand, here’s how you should handle it.

Follow up, with good intentions

It may be easy to get fired up on how a bad a friend is when they’ve owed you money for up to months. In most cases, they’ve just forgotten about it and would be even more stressed out to know that you are stressed out too about bringing up to them.

Approach with an open and neutral tone. Utilize e-wallet platforms to send a request and if a few days go by without response, you could approach or contact them by saying “Hey, I’m not sure if you saw my request from Monday for the hotel stay in Penang, but would you mind accepting that?”

Be firm with your requests

If you’ve done so a few times and you get the message that they are clearly avoiding the payment, it would be totally reasonable to ask the following:

“I hate to keep bugging you about this, but I really need to be paid back for the drinks from last month. I’m not sure what’s going on, but can you just  me right now?” (A good option if the conversation is happening in person.)

“Hey, when we talked the other day, you said you’d pay me back on Friday. We’ve been going back and forth about this for weeks now… what’s going on?”

If it doesn’t play put the way you want it to be, it’s justified in continuing to bug them for it because it’s perfectly logical for you to want your money back!

If someone tries to dodge your request with a shameful, “It’s just RM20, chill,” you can say something like, “If it’s just RM20, then why won’t you give it back?” You don’t have to drop the subject to keep the peace (or ever loan them money ever again).

If things do in fact turn sour, learn from the experience

Meaningful friendships in our current society means the occasional pushing of our boundaries and feelings. If friends do in fact react badly or you discover that you’re both on different pages when it comes to dealing with money, that’s valuable information to hold on to. 

You may realize that as much as you want to recognize this friend for the fun and loving personality he or she has, you may never want to go on a vacation or go out for a group meal together with them ever again.

A Guide on How to Spot Fake Money

When businesses big or small unknowingly accept fake money, they single handedly handle the full burden or loss; although counterfeit techniques are getting more and more complex, there are more than enough ways for them to recognize fake money from the real ones.

Fake money is a major problem is business as if accepted they’ll lose both the face value of the bill with any goods or services they provided to the customers who paid with the fake money bill.

Apparently, one in a million notes we see every day is counterfeit. So, how do we spot these counterfeits?

Simple, according to Bank Negara Malaysia, all we have to do is feel, look, tilt and check.

Feel

Feel the quality of paper as genuine banknotes are usually printed on very high-quality paper and manufactured from cotton. It has a unique feel, crisp sound and slightly rough in heavily printed areas. Fake ones would have poor paper quality and would feel similar to commercial type of paper.

Feel the intaglio (design that is engraved into the material) as counterfeit banknotes don’t have the feeling of the printing.

Look

Look at the banknote against a light. Genuine banknotes carry a watermark portrait, security thread and perfect see through features. A watermark portrait of Yang DiPertuan Agong has three-dimensional effect and appears soft and shady without sharp outlines portrait. At the base of watermark, a denomination number is clearly visible.

The security thread will always look embedded in the paper. The hibiscus flower on the obverse will register perfectly with the same flower on the reverse of the banknote.

Fake bills will look like a drawing and the features would be simulated and rather blur. 

Look under a magnifying glass to see the micro lettering on both sides f the bank notes, it should be sharp and not blurred. Use an ultra-violet light to see the Invisible fluorescent elements will be on both sides as well such as invisible fibers and phosphorescence squares.

Tilt

With the RM10, RM50 and RM100 bills, iridescent stripe shines under a bright light and showing the banknote denomination and the name of BNM when the view angle is shifted. When changing the angle of view by shifting the banknote, a hidden image of denomination number i.e. 50 will be revealed in the centre of the PEAK square.

The lead feature is very difficult to counterfeit and counterfeiters may try replicating it by using a plain shiny foil. There is also not latent image of the denomination in the PEAK feature on the fake bills.

In short, the public inly have their senses to depend on when examining a possible fake bill, which is at the first level of security features. Level 2 is where the cash handler comes in using both their senses and also special equipment.

It is also important to mention that involvement of an individual in the counterfeit banknote market may result in prison time of up to 20 years.

China’s Economy Continues Its Rise Post Covid-19

As Covid-19 spreads its wings to other countries around the world, China’s economy is slowly gaining momentum while countries like the U.S and Europe struggle with containing the virus.

The world’s second largest economy grew to 4.9% between July and September when compared to the same timeframe last year. However, economist expected a figure lower than 5.2%

“I don’t think the headline number is bad,” said Iris Pang, chief China economist for ING in Hong Kong. “Job creation in China is quite stable which creates more consumption.”

Its trade numbers also show exports growing by 9.9% and imports by 13.2% when compared to September last year.

While the pandemic has hurt this year’s growth targets, China remains in a trade war with the US which has hurt the economy.

According to Robin Brant, a BBC China correspondent, lockdown measures in China and its measures to control the virus and some government stimulus have appeared to do its job.

While 4.9% is slightly lower than forecasted, industrial output have come in above expectations.

Cash Injections

For the second quarter of this year, economic growth in China reached 3.2% as it started its rebound.

“China’s economy remains on the recovery path, driven by a rebound in exports,” said Yoshikiyo Shimamine, chief economist at the Dai-Ichi Life Research Institute in Tokyo.

“But we cannot say it has completely shaken off the drag caused by the coronavirus.”

Tourism

The boost should also come from this month’s “Golden Week” – an annual holiday in October that sees millions of Chinese travel.

With majority of international borders shut off at the moment, millions of Chinese have been doing their travelling domestically instead. 

According to its Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 637 million trips in China over the eight-day holiday which generated revenue of 466.6bn RMB ($69.6bn, £53.8bn). The tropical island province of Hainan also saw a double in their duty-free sales , up to nearly 150% according to local customs data.

Drunken Driver Dies after Plunging into A 5-Metre Drain

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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.

Food Stall With 19 Years of History in Kwai Chai Hong, Chinatown Burned Down

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A long-time running Chee Cheong Fun stall at the historical Kwai Chai Hong in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown was found to be burned down on Monday.

Shared by a Facebook user, the news was shared to her in a messaging group and city-dwellers and netizens have started coming to the support of the stall owner ever since.

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Upon visiting the stall, the user who shared the news on Facebook immediately asked about the now burned down stall. Disheartened, the uncle answered about how he doesn’t know and maybe he just made too many enemies along the way and years.

The stall was solely run by the uncle for more than 19 years and had previously took a four month break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he just recently came back to running the stall. There were also worries among netizens about how the owner will still be worried even if the stall is rebuilt later on.

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The user added on how the uncle was rummaging through the burnt up leftovers of his stall and seemed lost while pondering through the 19 years he has ran the stall.

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Nearby construction workers have since helped to clean out the junk and also offered building materials and also some of the workers to help rebuild the stall.

CCTV footage shows an individual throwing a fire at the stall late in the night and leaving the scene immediately; however, the identity of the perpetrator remains unknown

“This pandemic has already been hard enough on all of us” said one netizen. “Now it’s just salt on the wound for this stall owner”.

“I’ve been here for almost 10 years” said another. “It’s just now because of work that I’ve rarely been there”.

Many students at the nearby Advance Tertiary College (ATC) are frequent go-ers of the stall; the college has since started a donation drive for the stall owner which has summed up to RM5,000 as of Monday morning. 

Donations will be accepted up until the 21st of October and be passed to the uncle on the 23rd of October. 

Thousands of Thais Rally on Despite Government Ban and Water Cannons

Since 2014, the military in Thailand seized power over the nation; however, that changed following the elections in Thailand last year, as many of the youth and first-time voters saw this as an opportunity for a change from military rule.

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Prayuth Chan-ocha had the all-important military backing and was re-installed as prime minister. The Future Forward Party (FFP) who was pro-democratic and lead by Thanthorn Juangroongruangkit was popular among young voters and garnered the third largest share of seats.

The party was fored to disband after a court ruled that FFP had received a loan that was deemed an illegal donation from Mr Thanarton, thousands of young Thais were unhappy with the decision and eventually took to the streets to show their disapproval.

Wanchalearm Satsaksit

Covid-19 had initially put the demonstrations to a halt but then resumed in June when Wanchalearm Satsaksit, a prominent pro-democracy activist, went missing. 

The activist who had been living in Cambodia since his exile in 2014, was allegedly grabbed off a street and force into a vehicle; protestors accused foul play and the Thai state for masterminding the kidnapping in which the police and government have denied.

Protestors have also called on the King’s decision to declare Crown wealth as his personal property, which would result in him being the wealthiest person in Thailand. There was also enquiries over the King’s decision to take personal command of all military units based in Bangkok.

Thousands of Thais have rallied on for days, despite a ban on gatherings and authorities’ use of water cannons on demonstrators.

“We had no armour, just umbrellas,” a 25-year-old public servant told the AFP news service amid claims that the water contained a chemical that stung the eyes.

Another protester, Min, was carrying a helmet and gas mask, 18, said: “I’m concerned for my safety but if I don’t come out, I have no future.”

Protesters who gave the three-fingered salute of resistance, inspired by the Hunger Games film, also carried signs saying “You can’t kill us, we’re everywhere” and “stop hurting people”. 

According to the Bangkok Post, at least 20,000 had turned out to protest at Lat Phrao, Wongwian Yai and Udomsuk.

Police spokesman Yingyos Thepjamnong says that they will “primarily negotiate” and “Enforcing the law will be step by step, using methods that follow international standards.”

As of now, dozens of activists have since been  arrested including a human rights lawyer Anon Nampa, student activist Parit Chiwarak – widely known by his nickname “Penguin” – and Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul.

Chicken Rice Seller Fined RM3000 While Travelling For Work During CMCO

A chicken rice seller in USJ4 was given a hefty fine under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) as only two individuals are allowed to be in a vehicle at once.

Malaysians have since have mixed reviews regarding the CMCO SOPs, with many questioning the reasoning behind this incident and saying that it doesn’t make sense.

A viral post by the SJ Echo Facebook page claims that the SOPs are unfairly implemented and this may force the famous chicken rice seller in USJ4, Subang Jaya to close his stall after being slapped with a fine of RM3000 in total, merely for travelling from home to work and back.

SJ Echo said that the small business owner, Seow Boon Keong was travelling with his two sisters and one nephew in the car, all of whom work with him at the Chuan Kee chicken rice stall.

“We travel from Jenjarom daily to USJ 4 to operate our chicken rice stall. It’s 30km one way from Jenjarom. Because of the distance and also because the other three cannot drive, we travel in the same car,” he said.

“All we do as a routine is [to] head to work from Jenjarom in the morning and go home by around 3.30pm when we finish work. We don’t go anywhere else,” SJ Echo reported the man as saying.

They were heading home from work when stopped along the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) by a policeman near the USJ toll plaza.

Despite having a letter to prove that he runs a chicken rice stall in USJ4, he was still issued a RM1,000 fine for each of the passengers in the vehicle.

“The two-passengers a vehicle SOP is not fair for people like us who run a business,” Seow said. 

He also added on how he may have to close down each time a guideline/SOP of such was imposed ,which would result in him losing his only source of income for the family.

“Because of the distance from Jenjarom to USJ 4, it would cost RM40 one way for two persons to travel that distance by Grab,” he said, adding that they do not go anywhere else except home to work and back.

The Subang Member of Parliament (MP), Wong Chen has since listed down the grounds for the chicken rice stall owner can file an appeal.

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“First is the fact that all three passengers are a family and living together, therefore being in the car together does not increase the risk of spreading the pandemic. Second, they were not on a joyride but on their way to work, which is not a prohibited activity under the CMCO,” he wrote on his official Facebook page.

“Based on these two mitigating points the police should consider dropping the total of RM3,000 of compounds and just issue a warning,” he said, adding, “it’s also wrong for the government to implement strict enforcement when it is also equally guilty of constantly updating and changing the CMCO SOPs”.

Chen has also said that the government should issue more warnings instead of compounds during this period as it is more or so an adjustment period for the public.

“This particular case also highlights the need to tweak the CMCO two passenger rule, to provide exemptions for family members travelling for work purposes. The economy is not doing well, therefore the CMCO SOPs should not add on further challenges to the overall sluggish economic activities,” he said.

Woman Dies After Falling into Coma During Unlicensed Liposuction Surgery

A bride-to-be who wanted to look perfect on her wedding day, has recently died as she put her trust in the hands of an unlicensed beauty parlor to perform a liposuction procedure on her.

The victim who was also a model passed out during the procedure and was rushed to the hospital immediately, she was unfortunately pronounced dead not soon after.

According to her friend, the victim was going to tie the knot with her boyfriend next year and wanted to look perfect.

Liposuction surgery is a technique in cosmetic surgery for removing excess fat from under the skin by suction, hence, she paid RM2,500 for a liposuction procedure to make her arms look slimmer.

A background check revealed that the beauty parlor located in Sunway Velocity Mall was registered under SSM to be only selling beauty products and not licensed to perform any plastic surgeries. The two beauty practitioners also don’t possess any legitimate certificates to perform plastic surgeries.

A friend who was present during the procedure said that the practitioner had looked anxious at one point and that’s where she realized that something wasn’t right. When things turned sour, an ambulance was called for; the paramedic tried to resuscitate her, but she was pronounced dead after reaching the hospital. 

The deceased 23-year-old, Coco Siew, started her modelling career aged 16 and won the Asia New Star Model Contest in 2014.

Siew’s family was informed about her death around noon on October 17th. Her brother soon lodged a police report.

The brother said that his sister lived a very healthy lifestyle and he was proud of her sister’s achievements.

” Hopefully my sister’s experience will serve as a warning to others, and tragedy like this won’t happen again,” he said.

The 23-year-old beauty practitioner who was the person in charge of the procedure, is currently investigate by the police; the beauty parlor has since deleted its Instagram account upon the incident and is yet to comment on the tragedy.