Top 10 Reactions to The Bald Syed Saddiq

Muar MP, Syed Saddiq, recently started a storm on social media after reaching his RM200,000 target for #1Keluarga1Laptop and going bald for it.

With RM383,000 raised in merely five days, he has since started distributing the laptops to those in the Muar area for a good cause, but the internet on the other still hasn’t gotten over the fact that Saddiq, a frequent on social media as well, had shaved bald.

Of course, Malaysian’s weren’t going to let by the chance to make a good laugh from the moment.

Here are the top 10 tweets about the now “Botak YB”.

1) Not sure what bread this is, but it’s definitely Syed Saddiq-approved

2) One thing’s for sure, the man’s certainly not worried about barbershops not being allowed to open during MCO 2.0

3) One of the many highlights from news of how the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had bought a Twitter account from a 16-year-old but forgotten to rid of the tweets.

4) Botaks Assemble

5) Of course, we couldn’t leave out this video of “Not Yet Botak YB” and Harry Kok Siew Yok

6) Glorious indeed

7) Well, at least it’s for a good cause

8) Botaks assemble, again?

9) With all the memes out there, there’s certainly an expression for everything we’re feeling now

10) Lastly, the video that started it all

MCO 2.0: Surprised? Not Really

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As Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced the second round of Movement Control Order (MCO), the public have responded with mixed reactions as some of them already saw it coming from far away.

According to an interview by The Star with retail marketing executive from Kuala Lumpur, Effendi Elias, he had expected MCO to be reinstated and says that it’s inevitable that it happens in the fight against Covid-19.

He had also mentioned that he had to scrap plans of wanting to ‘balik kamoug and also “I’ve been going back to see them almost every other weekend since the recovery MCO, ” he says. “Both of them are elderly so I’d like to spend as much time with them as possible, and of course see my nephew and niece (sister’s children) too, ” says Effendi.

“But understandably, with so many cases –more than 2,000 daily – we need to curb the spread of the infection so it’s necessary to implement the MCO again and I feel that the Prime Minister made the right decision, although it may be an unpopular one and some people may object, ” he says.

Effendi is just one of many that will be affected by the second round of MCO, but Malaysians had earlier already stated that they wouldn’t be surprised if MCO was reimplemented, as netizens who had took to Twitter earlier to express this.

Shannon Teoh, the Malaysia Bureau Chief for The Straits Time said that the increasing number of daily cases was a clear sign that this was going to happen and it wasn’t a matter of “if” but instead a matter of “when”.

“I think many Malaysians saw this coming, the numbers from a few hundred to a thousand to two thousand. Last week, we went past three thousand.” Teoh said in an interview with The Straits Times.

“A lot of people started talking about if further restrictions was going to be imposed. There were also word leaking out from of official sources that the health ministry had recommended returning to MCO. 

“It didn’t really come as a surprise, in fact, many people were waiting for the announcement”. 

Although the news doesn’t come as a shock, netizens were quick to point out that instead of surprising the public with the news on a fine Monday evening, the government should’ve planned for the announcement earlier as most people and especially the vulnerable would have just a day to start preparing for the lockdown-like situation.

One in particular mentioned on how MCO was announced as if it’s a birthday party.

Wong Shu Qi, the MP for Kluang, Johor also led in voicing out the timely decision made by the government’s announcement.

Some on the other hand already expect MCO to be longer than the said two weeks and are questioning the proposed two-week period instead of a longer one.

Meet the Biker Group That Is Fixing Potholes Around KL Themselves

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Potholes are such a common sight in Malaysia that when we drive on the streets, we are used to avoiding them with the occasional driving on them, resulting in various damages to our vehicles.

With all the news regarding casualties and injuries due to potholes lately, such as Khairy Jamaluddin’s incident, a story from the past about how a group of people are taking it upon themselves to fix these potholes.

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Led by actor Azlan Sani Zawawi, also known as Lando Zawawi, “Ikatan Silaturrahim Brotherhood” is doing what DBKL were lacking in at times.

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According to Lando, the Brotherhood bikers would act when complaints were made to DBKL and if their response were either delayed or lacking. Using their own funds, they would purchase their own equipment and materials and start fixing potholes themselves, leaving a “calling card” on their repair work when it’s finished.

In an interview with The Star, they shared that they have been doing this since 2007 and does this for other people to be safe. The work is done mostly by volunteers almost every night in several states using a cold mix of asphalt and bitumen membranes.

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Other than that, one of the crew members himself was also a victim of a pothole back in 2012, when a car hit had him after hitting a pothole, resulting in him losing one of his legs. 

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With this act, many netizens are thankful and are offering donations; however, the group is reluctant to receive any and instead would be more than welcome to have them buy Brotherhood merchandise instead.

To learn more about Brotherhood and their work, click here.

How to Survive A Flood, 3 Things That Could Save Your Life

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As thousands are evacuated while rain continues to pour down on already flooded areas in peninsular Malaysia, casualties continue to rise along with the roads we don’t get to drive on anymore.

There are many things that you should and shouldn’t do whenever caught in a flood. Here are 3 things that you absolutely should do to ensure that you’ll survive.

1) Stay informed

If you know of bad weather that is going to take place soon and of the areas that are going to be flooded, have a plan on where to evacuate to and prepare yourself. Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor.

It’ll also be best if you disconnect electrical appliances and turn off your gas as this will all help prevent fires and explosions. In the event of a flood, know the basics of moving to higher ground and to avoid walking through flood waters as just 30 centimeters of water is enough to sweep your vehicle away.

2) Prepare for the worst

A disaster kit prepared well in advance could be a life-saver for when majority of what you need is underwater or swept away. Put together supplies made up of basic items and necessities as you may need to survive on your on after flooding happens. A few of those items would be water, food, emergency supplies and also communication devices.

Other supplies would be basic services such as electricity, or even gas as you might be cut off for days or even a week. Your supplies should be enough for you to survive this period.

3) Turn around, don’t drown

It’s that simple. If you see a flood and want to survive, turn around and don’t drown. Don’t attempt to walk or drive through flood waters as 15 centimeters of moving water can knock you down while 30 centimeters of water is enough to sweep your vehicle away. 

Only return when the authorities say it’s safe; even with that, you have to be aware of debris and any harmful objects on the ground brought by the floods.

5 Ways Music Can Help Making A Pandemic That Less Stressful

As we continue to distance ourselves from one another, 2021 is beginning to not look any different as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage throughout the world.

While entertainment and literally anything in general is being canceled abruptly, people are starting to find more sources of entertainment mainly from devices such as using movie streaming services and also music streaming services among the many.

Times like these we need reassurance, we need the connection, and most importantly, we need to connect and share. We are all in this together and we are going to get better together no matter how long it takes. Here are five reasons to why music helps during a pandemic.

1) Music connects lives and stories

With streaming services such Spotify and Apple Music, music and playlist sharing are a thing and is easier than ever! Wondering what your friends are listening to? You can now visit their profile and check out some new artists. Want to share a playlist with your friend while he or she works out? You could easily do that now as well.

2) Sparks creativity and curiosity

Stuck at a seemingly impossible project and need new ideas? There are tons of music out there to help spark the mind into imagining and creating new content. Thinking about learning a new instrument? Well we don’t need to remind you that now is a better time than any to begin, especially with all the time spent at home,

3) Opportunity to try something new

Little did you know, that you don’t need to have prior music learning experience to begin mangling in music making. There are tons of beginner level music making tools out there such as GarageBand, Acapella, Djay and Beat Maker to name a few. Other than that, small instruments such as the ukulele and the Marimba are perfect to have around the house during this time.

4) Socializing and relaxing

Although tons of concerts and live events aren’t happening this year, a lot of them have been moved online. Take this opportunity to experience the new form of concerts virtually. In the meantime, the internet is full of recordings of concerts from the past that are perfect for any given time of any given day.

5) Stress reliever

During exceptionally stressful times, my is helps with decreasing our stress levels and also make our days that less depressing. Other than that, music therapy is something that’s y being picked up by many during these times and are proving to be essential when everyone’s locked up at home.

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

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

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

How are they formed?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Irresponsible utility companies

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

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

Elderly Man Dies After Falling Off Motorcycle Due to A Pothole

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5 Ways To Improve from 2020

1) Detox and declutter

Treat a year as if going to be your body, whatever you take in reflects as a whole. Take a look around the house or your room, if you notice stuff you don’t need or stuff that has simply been there collecting dust for way too long, get it out. This doesn’t only work with stuff in the house but also works with your lifestyle, still holding on to that membership for the gym you don’t go to anymore or still have certain unhealthy practices? Well guess what? Now is a better time to detox than any.

2) Organize

Your schedule, your desk, your office or even your kitchen, 2020 was indeed messy and it’s easily noticeable with all the mess around you. Take the time to organize the mess that was 2020 in order to make 2020 a spacious and healthy one to look at.

3) Start small

You don’t have to start running every morning before work or quit your unhealthy snacking immediately, start small by taking one step at a time, such as taking a 10 minute walk after lunch or limit your sweet snacking to a bare minimum for the meantime; you could then move along from there.

4) Get out

We may have a pandemic going on now, but that doesn’t give you a reason to live off your work desk or sofa. An evening walk around the neighborhood would do wonders when thinking about the amount of time you’ve spent at home.

5) Meet someone new

This does not necessarily mean a romantic relationship as you have more friend-material around you than you think. The person that serves you coffee and the local coffeehouse or the group that plays badminton at your nearby sports center, relationships and communication are important during these times; all it takes is a simple hello to start something new.

World Introvert Day: 5 Ways to Live With An Introvert

Yes, the spotlight now is clearly on New Years Day and how it’s going to be the start of new beginnings, but a little known day comes just after the first of January which is in fact World Introvert Day.

A day to celebrate our friends and family who are the quiet ones and rarely the life of the party; World Introvert Day started when psychologist and author Felicitas Heyne published a blog post calling for a day for us quiet ones that are comfortable being out of the spotlight.

In a noisy world, those who are quiet are often overlooked, hence, a day to celebrate their uniqueness seems only fitting. In a bid to understand those who are less vocal and outgoing, here are five ways to live with introverts.

1) Accept

Even when you don’t understand their whys and whats, understand that people are different from you and that you can’t expect everyone to be out and about as you are. Nonetheless, introverts still want to feel welcome and you should do so in a way that isn’t too overwhelming.

2) Observe

Introverts pay extra attention to verbal and non-verbal cues around them, you should too. When coming on an introvert in a conversation, observe if they are too overwhelmed by you or if they are in anyway uncomfortable with the attention by noticing the various verbal and non-verbal cues they are sending out.

3) Space

Introverts love their space and have personal boundaries to wherever they go. Respect this by not pursuing or pushing them into a conversation or event that they don’t want to be at.

4) Spend time together wisely

Introverts aren’t the ones for pointless get togethers where the music is so loud that talking is almost impossible. When gathering with an introvert, keep things small and simple while avoiding places that could be too overwhelming for their sense; instead, opt for settings that allows conversation and space for introverts to simply be themselves.

5) Solitude time is essential

Every now and then, introverts would have to crawl up into their cave to recharge for the next big function. When your initiatives to gather together happen to get rejected more than usual, don’t insist and just give it time as you’d see them once more, whenever they’re easy to step out into the world again.

New Year’s Resolution? Here Are 5 Ways to Make Sure You Stick To It

How does one welcome new year? One of the ways is too create a simple New Year’s resolution to begin with, sticking to that resolution however would be the challenge as finding motivation became as hard as any especially since the downfall of 2020.

Fear that you might end the year forgetting what you had in store for the your schedule? Fear not though as here are a five simple ways you can create and stick to a New Year’s resolution.

1) Aim high but stay specific

Instead of wanting to “exercise more” or “eat more healthy”, consider options such as “taking a 30 minute walk before dinner on every weekday”, “avoid eating when it’s past 11pm” or “eating fruits before bed”. It’s important that these resolutions aren’t too vague as a little flaw in it could see you breaking that resolution even before the first month’s end.

2) Small steps are significant

Instead of jumping right to the finish line, take time to have those small steps. Sleeping early for an example isn’t a one step process as you have to organize your daily schedule for that first and also to consider cellphone usage at utmost. Break down your resolution and start small each day, this would help making your end goal that more reachable and reduce the chances of it being too overwhelming.

3) Follow a timeline and monitor progress

Very much like a school timetable, a timeline of your resolution would help keep you in place and also stop you from straying from it. Monitor it as you go while making sure that you hit your daily, weekly or monthly goals.

4) Accountability

When creating a resolution for yourself, you owe nobody a promise other than yourself. If that isn’t enough, consider a subscription that would aid your in your resolution such as a gym membership or audiobook streaming service; this way, the effort you gave to start this journey would help you see the end of it.

5) Acknowledge the process

If you think you’d make it in just days, you’re wrong. Whatever you set out to do, make it known to yourself that it takes time, just like anything else. Be patient and embrace the journey, you make it to the finish line in one piece either way.