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”.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
As many have saw Trump’s indefinite ban on Twitter coming, especially since the various misinformation violations during the U.S. elections last year, it finally happened after groups of pro-Trump supporters stormed up the Capitol and into the U.S. Capitol building drawing all eyes to the U.S. for all the wrong reasons.
Although unsure if the ban is going to keep Trump from being vocal until the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden, the internet couldn’t but help to start having some fun themselves as people were starting to create fake Trump profiles, depicting the now banned @realdonaldtrump account trying tweet.
The first of many “Johns”, a Twitter user called John Barron, who is “just here to make some friends and also America great again” surfaced on January 9th after the presidential ban where he/she mocked Trump’s desperate attempts to get back on Twitter.
“Hello I am brand new to Twitter. What are you guys up to?”, the account’s first tweet said, with a picture of Trump donning a mustache and glasses. The first of the many Barrons have now gathered up to 427,000 followers on Monday.
Soon after, John Barron started taking over Twitter as more came about pretending to be John Barron pretending to be Trump.
At this point we’ve seen @barronjohn1946, @JohnBarron1946, @barronjohn19461, @JohnBarron1946_, and they all use pictures of Trump with either a moustache, a pair of glasses or both; Barron who had been through multiple cases of stolen identities now had a few things to say about this.
Of course, somebody had to create an account with a twist depicting the first lady even though she wasn’t banned.
Amid all these, the real John Barron was finding it all too uneasy by now.
And it didn’t take long for a John Barron Jr. to jump aboard the Barron train.