Noor Hisham: Time to Take This MCO Seriously, Worst is Yet To Come

As the country records 4,029 daily news cases yesterday, health director general Noor Hisham has once again reached out to remind people on how “the worst is yet to come”.

“If we do not get this MCO right, the worst is yet to come. A daily reminder to all “please stay at home”. Stay home and stay safe” he said in a tweet yesterday upon news of the record breaking daily new cases.

He also mentioned of how red zones will be a common sight if this MCO is not taken seriously.

In an earlier Facebook post, he also mentioned of the challenges faced by healthcare workers who are barely managing the burial rites for victims who had from Covid-19.

“It is not an easy task for the health frontliners to manage the remains of patients who died from Covid-19.

“Under the hot sun, they (health and medical staff) would be drenched in sweat since they are required to don complete personal protective equipment (PPE) until the remains of Covid-19 patients are laid to rest and the burial rites concluded.

“I hope all of us understand the odds and challenges faced by all frontliners. Let us all help (to control the spread of Covid-19 in) the country by continuing to embrace the ‘Kita Jaga Kita’, ‘Kita Jaga Keluarga’ spirits.

“May all of us be protected from the fury of Covid-19,” he said.

UMNO Fined For Distributing Frozen Chicken in Unapproved Event, Sparking “Chicken Cluster” Concerns

Merely four days into MCO 2.0, the Putrajaya UMNO youth decided that they were to hand out free frozen chicken via a drive-through system.

However, the event which had also caused a standstill in Putrajaya from over 2,000 people who went nuts for the freebies, was later found out to be unapproved by proper authorities and had failed to comply with Covid-19 rules set in place.

According to Putrajaya Umno Youth vice-chief, Mohd Zushaidey Zulkifli, he claims to have had obtained the neccasary approvals from the National Security Council and the police. He also mentioned that Covid-19 protocols were followed when distributing the frozen chicken; however, officials said that checks by the police showed otherwise.

Putrajaya district police chief, Mohd Fadzli Ali said that the event should’ve not be held as the federal territory was currently under MCO since Wednesday and the event wasn’t even given the necessary approvals.

He also said it a statement that compound fines have been issued to the organizers under Section 22(B) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.

As reported by Sinar Harian, at least 2,000 birds were passed out outside an animal shelter in Presint 9.

While pictures of the said drive-through showing extremely long line of cars and crowds were trending on social media as it happened, netizens were quick to express their frustration towards this as it could lead to a surge in the already worsening Covid-19 daily cases; or in other words, a “chicken cluster”.

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

Don’t Be a Peach, Report When You Are Uncomfortable with A Particular Comment

Whether it’s good or bad, we at Newswav love hearing feedback or any suggestions that you might have that would help make us better, but recent comments in stories containing slurs and profanities by some of our users are leaving a bad taste for other users who are just here to read the news.

Are you one of those users who came across an ugly comment and had no way to make it known to us? Well good news, because now you can report those comments and let us be aware of it by simply reporting it.

How do you do it? It’s simple.

Next to every comment by a user, you’ll be able to see a small flag icon. All you have to do is to tap on that icon and you’ll be able to report that particular comment to us for either using foul language, being disrespectful, spam, or others.

If you’re worried about your identity being known when reporting those comments, worry less as every report is anonymous and is unknown to the user that had posted the comment.

Don’t be a peach, say it if you have something on your mind. At the same time, be mindful of the consequences that might follow from what you’re saying; if you don’t like seeing it coming from others, there’s a chance that people don’t like seeing it coming from you either.

Large Pothole in Semenyih Sinks a Toyota Hilux

Potholes and accidents due to it have been one of the major issues highlighted in this couple of weeks, but this one in particular, may be the largest pothole we’ve seen yet.

You might have heard of the news of Khairy Jamaluddin falling down from his bicycle due to a pothole, and you might’ve also heard of the King braving through knee-level flood water in a four-wheel drive; but this time, both potholes and flood waters came together to make a recipe for disaster for this driver, whose vehicle is half-swallowed by the streets.

A set of photos trending on social media lately shows a Toyota Hilux having half of its whole submerge in a huge pothole that is flooded with water.

Taking place in Semenyih, Selangor, the pothole seems to be at least a meter deep and a meter wide, which is enough to down an average person or even vehicles the size of a Ford F-150 to say the least.

Khairy’s fall was just one of the many that are already happening under the government noses each day; although being one of the many, Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR) Kuala Langat were quick to apologize in a tweet and had fixed the issue in less than six hours. Unfortunately for many Malaysians, this was a first for them as they continue to go through the same pothole issues for years bow.

Even with talks of how JKR has double standard, potholes continue to plague road users around Malaysia and it even caused deaths to many. Weeks ago, an elderly fell and died after hitting a pothole in Mid Valley and the same goes for a food delivery driver in Kota Damansara. 

No statement of any kinds was issued regarding the incidents.

Some of us even decided to take it into our own hands, like how the biker gang “Brotherhood” decided to patch up potholes around KL all at their own time and expenses; one of its members helping with the issue is also a victim that lost his leg after a vehicle hit him when trying to avoid a pothole.

In the end, we all want just one thing – pothole-free and safer roads to drive on.

Trump: The First U.S. President To Be Impeached Twice

Fresh out of inciting a mob that ran rampant over the U.S. capitol building, Donald Trump, who is clearly making headlines for all the wrong reasons is currently facing an impeachment trial again and critics aren’t writing out the possibilities of him being impeached again after the U.S. House of Representatives had voted to do so.

Trump was always one to go out with a bang, this however, may not be the bang that he was hoping for as the final days of his presidency comes closer.

Incitement of Insurrection

Following hours of debating, the House of Representatives on Wednesday passed an article of impeachment that charges Trump with “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the deadly riot at the US Capitol. The mob had done so in a bid to overturn the “stolen” election but had failed as Joe Biden’ presidency was confirmed by the joint session of Congress.

On a 232 to 197 vote, the House’s impeachment article called on Vice President Mike Pence to remove the powers of presidency from Trump, but Pence later on wrote a letter to speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi that he would do so as it “would set a terrible precedent.”

With that option out of the window, the House has moved to impeach the president by holding him accountable for actions of sedition against the U.S. government.

Democrats and Republicans alike

Although the impeachment was a go to for most democrats, a number of republicans in the house were also vocal for Trump’s impeachment, such as Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. Adam Kitzinger, Sens. Pat Toomey and Lisa Murkowski on the Senate side.

According to the New York Times, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly leaning towards convicting Trump, believing the president offenses are impeachable.

“It’s ridiculous. It’s absolutely ridiculous,” Trump said, departing the White House for an event in Texas. 

“For Nancy Pelosi and [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer to continue on this path, I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country and it’s causing tremendous anger.”

Other than that, Trump also defended his now deleted speech to the January 6th mob, calling it “totally appropriate”.

Requirements for an impeachment

A total of 216 are required from the House of Representatives; a trial is then heard in the Senate where two-thirds of the 100 senators must vote to convict.

A process that often takes months, the house intends to sped up the process and bring the articles of impeachment to a floor vote.

In short, the house votes, the article of impeachment is passed and presented to the senate where a trial must be held, the House prosecutes while the Senate sits as jury and Supreme Court Chief Justice presides, Trump is given the opportunity to defend himself.

Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill Is Coming to Sunway in June 2021

Known widely as the hot head that he is, world renown chef, Gordon Ramsay, is soon to be opening his first restaurant in Malaysia.

Scheduled for June, the restaurant is rumored to be called “Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill” and will be located at Sunway Resort in Bandar Sunway, Selangor.’

“For the first time outside of the original Mayfair outlet, Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill will open with a varied all-day menu offering everything from snacks and light bites, to Gordon Ramsay’s signature dishes such as Beef Wellington and Sticky Toffee Pudding,” said Sunway Resort on its website.

The restaurant will offer all-day dining and will be located at the lobby level of Sunway Resort. Door to ceiling frames also allow views of Sunway Lagoon outside.

Also known for his hit television series such as “Kitchen Nightmares” and “Hell’s Kitchen”, Malaysians are excited for what is to come and were quick to let it be known on Twitter, with many of them referring back to Ramsay’s most infamous scenes such as the “idiot sandwich” scene and of course, “where’s the lamb sauce”.

Other than Malaysia, Ramsay has more restaurants that can be counted spanned across the globe.Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill is already accepting calls for reservations and bookings

MCMC Bought Twitter Account from A 16-Year-Old, “Disappears” After Old Tweets Are Rediscovered

At a time when communication and curbing the spreading of misinformation is vital, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)’s Twitter account has abruptly gone private after netizens had discovered its tweets from 2014 belonging to a 16-year-old kid.

Viewers discretion is advised as for some of these tweets may be plain offensive or not safe for work; other than that, it’s a fun example of how the Twitter community can dig up history on literally anybody, MCMC included.

Netizens surely wasn’t going to let this information go by just like that as many were quick to quoting the tweets, which some were homophobic, racist or downright child’s play.

And of course, it didn’t take long for news outlets to reach out to the boy who is now already a 22-year-old man

Interviewed by the Malay Mail, Nazrul Hakim said that he was the original owner f the account @Nazrulllhakim which he had then sold to another person.

“The account had around 50,000 followers at that time. So somebody offered to buy that account from me,” Nazrul told Malay Mail over text message.

“I was then just 15 or 16 years old. As a schoolkid, of course, I wanted to feel what it’s like to have money.”

However, this couldn’t be verified by Malay Mail as no records of the transaction was kept by Nazrul. Before being exposed and going private, the now MCMC Twitter account had 70,000 followers.

Nazrul mentioned that he didn’t expect MCMC being the one that is buying his account and didn’t even thought about deleting his account as he was just a kid at that time, unaware of the consequences a bad tweet would bring.

F-bombs, homophobic tweets, racism, content that is downright NSFW, these are just one of the many that were being retweeted virally by Malaysian users who were digging up tweets from the now MCMC account.

Some however were used to match present day context, such as one that was hating on a bald man, which garnered the attention of Muar MP who had recently went bald for #1Keluarga1Laptop.

According to Twitter regulations, it is a violation when a person or entity wishes to acquire an account that has already amassed a huge number of followers straight away rather growing it organically over time.

Communications Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah is yet to comment on the issue while MCMC had claimed that their account was hacked by “irresponsible parties” and is “suspended” temporarily, despite the tweets being dated by to 2014.

Top 10 Malaysian Reactions to MCO 2.0 & Emergency

As Malaysian take their first step in MCO 2.0, nay took to Twitter to share about how they feel about a second lockdown just days into the new year.

Here’s the top 10 reactions of Malaysians reacting to MCO 2.0.

To start off, someone certainly have their eyes and stonks.

For the rest of us, we were still trying to wrap our head around the fact that it all happened in -1 days.

Now, before we jump to conclusions…

In other things, MCMC’s Twitter disappeared after netizens uncovered tweets from a 16-year-old in which they had bought their Twitter account from in 2014.

Just when we thought 2021 would be a better year for all.

Focusing on the fact that this user had said “Mr Agong”

Darurat sisters indeed.

I mean, you’d never know when you might need a reminder

Clearly learning from last year’s experience

And to top it off, a literal picture of us in the past few days.

Malaysia and the U.S.: The Tale of Two Emergencies

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Fresh off the announcement of the second round of MCO, Malaysians were waking up to another surprise on Tuesday morning as the national palace released a statement on how we may be facing a dreaded national emergency until August 1st.

Among the many SOPs set in place includes the usual banning of interstate travel, inter-district travel, social gatherings and large gatherings such as weddings, wedding receptions, conferences, religious processions (including Thaipusam), meetings, seminars, courses, and group sport activities.

Other than that, we’ll see the usual roadblocks in place, only two people per household allowed to be in a vehicle and to purchases groceries all in a 10km radius. 

Coming to us as something that isn’t new, the second round of SOPs doesn’t even come as a surprise to us anymore as we’ve seen the same situation for almost six months now. An emergency though, does in fact comes as a surprise and Najib Razak has even went as far as saying that a push for a national emergency could mean one thing – politics.

“What else was not enough to fight Covid-19 then? As proven in the first MCO last year, the Prevention of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 is more than enough to contain Covid-19 without the need to declare an emergency or suspend Parliament.” he said in a Facebook post.

He added that such a move by the government would instead lay seeds to the thought that the government only wants to hold on to power.

A move declared by Sultan Abdullah to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, the emergency is effective from January 11th to August 1st but can be lifted earlier when the pandemic is under control. 

Much of civilian life will remain the same in accordance with MCO 2.0, while there will be no military rule or any curfew imposed.

In terms of governing bodies, no parliamentary and state assembly sittings or any elections will be taking place; but, much of the cabinet, state executives and public service is to continue functioning. 

Lastly, the King can also order the taking over of private healthcare facilities by the government, if deemed needed to lessen the burden on public hospitals.

At the other side of the globe, America’s version of a national emergency differs wildly as the nation continues to get hold of the law while working on a presidential transition from Donald Trump to Joe Biden.

On Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned of possible armed protests in all 50 U.S. states in the days building up to Biden’s inauguration day on January 20th.

Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington D.C. also wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security seeking tigher security ahead of d-day amid the “chaos, injury, and death” caused by the Capitol riots.

On Tuesday, Trump approve the state of emergency declaration in the U.S. Capital, after increasing amount of threats kept coming in. The order authorises federal assistance in D.C. up until the day of Biden’s inauguration and allows identification, mobilisation and provide for the impacts of the emergency.

Last Monday, mobs of pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building, looting as they stormed through and leaving five people dead.