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Calm Down, Everyone. Nas Daily Said He Doesn’t Hate Malaysians

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Israeli-Palestinian Facebook Vlogger Nurseir Yassin, or more commonly known as Nas Daily, was recently accused of intentionally bashing Malaysia and having “hidden Israeli agendas”. The vlogger wrote a long Facebook post on his page to address these allegations.

The photoshopped picture Nas referred to is a screenshot that appears to show his page replying to someone’s comment on Facebook. The screenshot can be viewed below.

Recently, Nas Daily posted three videos that sparked outrage from several Malaysian netizens. The first one he posted was titled “The Forbidden Land”, which we covered a few weeks ago. In the video, Nas equated Malaysia to North Korea and Malaysians weren’t happy about it.

The second video was one Nas made about Hassan al-Kontar, a 36-year-old man, who has been trapped in the transit section of KLIA since March. Throughout the video, Nas doesn’t explicitly blame Malaysia or KLIA for Hassan’s predicament. However, some Malaysians still found the video offensive.

The third video was centred on car drivers in Singapore. In the video, Nas spoke about Singapore’s parking culture and how most of them reverse park their cars to save space. Nas went on to say that drivers who don’t practice this consideration are usually from another country. The video then panned to a not-properly-parked car, which surprise, surprise, had a Johor license plate. Many Malaysians, needless to say, really weren’t happy about this.

According to The Star, the post garnered over 7k likes and 2.3k shares after just one hour. Despite the hate, many Facebook users supported and encouraged him.

Some users pitied him for his apparent run in with some local Makcik Bawangs.

And then there were some who thanked him for his explanation.

But there were also those who reminded him that his videos are watched by many and that they do affect how people view the places he talks about. Hence, he should be more mindful about what he says in his videos.

We guess it’s almost impossible to please everybody these days, eh?

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All You Need to Know About the “Sun Bear Trapped in A Condo” Incident

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News about the sun bear appearing at a condominium in Kuala Lumpur has been the talk of the town this week, and as the case develops, here’s a recap on what we know so far.  

Okay, jap. So what happened?

Here’s a timeline of what happened so far:

Thursday, 6 June: According to The Star, the incident first went viral on Facebook and WhatsApp when residents of the Sentrio Suites Condominium in Desa Pandan, Kuala Lumpur, heard a loud roar and spotted the sun bear cub from the windows of one of the units. The authorities arrived subsequently to investigate the case and took custody of the cub as the unit owner did not have the legal documents to keep the cub.

Friday, 7 June: The Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (Perhilitan) arrested the unit owner, who has now been identified as a 27-year-old singer, at 8pm under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 for keeping an endangered wild animal without permission.

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Sunday, 9 June: The singer, Zarith Sofia Yasin, told Kosmo! that she rescued the cub from the side of the road near Bukit Ampang, thinking it was a dog, and that she would send it to the zoo once it had regained its health. Meanwhile, Federal Territory Perhilitan director Muhamad Bokhari Fadzin confirmed that the cub is in good health and will remain quarantined as the case is still being investigated and the cub is still too young.   

Wednesday, 12 June: Zarith faces two charges under Section 69 (1), which carries a maximum fine of RM200,000 or imprisonment up to 10 years or both if convicted, and Section 86 (1C) of the Wildlife Protection Act, which carries a fine between RM5,000 to RM50,000 or jail time of up to one year or both if convicted. She pleaded not guilty to both charges and paid the RM10,000 bail.

Who is the singer?

Zarith Sofia Mohd Yasin, also known as Cik Pia, is a rock singer who first came into public attention via the reality competition, Rockanova, in 2017 where she made it to the finals and secured the second runner-up title.  

Why is this bad?

As of 2018, Perhilitan estimates that there are only around 300 to 500 sun bears living in Malaysia. Sun bears are protected under the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997 and an individual can be charge if he or she is found to possess them illegally under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010.

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According to Bornean Sun Bear Con­servation Centre founder Dr Wong Siew Te, young sun bear cubs need a special “carnivore formula” in the absence of their mothers as they belong in the wild where they will seek out wild fruits, honey or worms and beetles to feast on. They also grow in size rather quickly and would pose a threat in an unnatural environment.  

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Furthermore, sun bears are often targeted by poachers for their valuable body parts which can fetch up to thousands of ringgit in the illegal wildlife trade market, which is why Perhilitan only grants permits to zoos and places with proper facilities to keep the sun bears.

Now you’re all caught up on this story! 
We’re glad the cub is healthy and finally in good hands.

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You Can Now Get Brown Sugar Boba for only RM4.90 in FamilyMart!

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You’ve probably realized by now that there has been a bit of a boba craze recently. It’s not an entirely new phenomenon as we were first introduced to the bubble tea fanfare around 2012 through the likes of Chatime, Gong Cha, and Ochado (what a major throwback).

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Malaysians are braving long queues, once again, and flocking to bubble tea chains such as The Alley, Xing Fu Tang and Tiger Sugar to satisfy their sweet cravings. This wave of boba revival, however, focuses more on Taiwan-based brands and their cult favourite: fresh, warm brown sugar pearls set in ice cold milk.     

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Most recently, Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart has joined in the game by introducing their take on the trend with the Brown Sugar Bubble Milk, featuring brown sugar bubbles imported from Taiwan and 100% fresh creamy milk.

At a time where paying RM15 for a cuppa seems to be the norm, FamilyMart introduces their creation at a refreshing price of RM6.90. What’s more, for a limited time only (until June 25th), Facebook fans of FamilyMart Malaysia get to enjoy a RM2 discount, touting it as the “best deal in town”!

So, will you be trying FamilyMart’s Brown Sugar Bubble Milk or will you be sticking to your favourites?

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#DuitRayaMovement Spreads Festive Joy to Workers In Malaysia

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While many of us were enjoying the long break for Aidilfitri, there were others who, unfortunately, had to work during the festive season.

Twitter user @amin_jamean decided to spread the Raya cheer by handing out duit raya to baristas and cashiers. In his video that has since garnered 570k views, he encouraged others to join in the spirit of giving through the #DuitRayaMovement.   

Since then, other Twitter users have joined in the thread, sharing videos and stories of them doing their part in the #DuitRayaMovement.

This just warms our hearts! It’s wonderful to see how a simple act of kindness can make someone’s day that much brighter.

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Yuna Urges Visitors to Stop Trespassing “Forevermore” Music Video Locations

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Malaysian singer-songwriter, Yuna, has recently garnered a lot of praise for highlighting local Malaysian elements in a fresh, modern way through her music video for her single, Forevermore.

The opening scene, especially, caught the attention of her fans for sporting the nostalgic-inducing Proton Saga set against a rural petrol station in Perlis – something atypical of music videos today, which prefer to boast extravagant cars and luxuries.

However, this attention came as a double-edged sword for the owner of the petrol station who recently received a wave of unbecoming visitors climbing over the gate for a picture opportunity of the popularized petrol station.

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According to a report by Astro Awani, the owner of the petrol station tweeted Yuna for her help to urge the public to stay behind the gate if they want to take a picture as she fears that others might also trespass onto her property.

Yuna, of course, immediately responded by spreading the word, urging everyone to be mindful of the business owners while visiting the Forevermore locations in Perlis.

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As cool as it is to get pictures of these locations for the ‘gram, it is definitely uncool to trespass onto others’ private property and disrupt their peace.

Let’s be responsible visitors, people!

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This is What the Jalur Gemilang Looks Like as an Anime Character!

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is about a year away, and while we are definitely excited for this global event, someone has just taken this excitement to the next level.

In anticipation for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, World Flags put together a website to showcase the artwork of country flags personified as anime characters clad in outfits ready for battle. That’s a total of 180 anime characters inspired by flags from across the world coming together for some serious Avengers Assemble vibes!

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According to the statement on the website, the objective of this project is to educate the public on each of the different countries while showcasing traditional Japanese clothes in conjunction with the global event that will take center stage in Japan. Each country gets a dedicated page of the artwork with accompanying bite-sized information about the country.

Here’s what the Jalur Gemilang looks like as a badass samurai!    

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And here are some of our ASEAN neighbours’ flags as anime personae.

Singapore

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Thailand

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Indonesia

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Philippines

We just love how art & creativity can bring the world together, literally!
Now, can someone make this a full anime series, please?

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Someone Just Paid Close to RM200,000 for Sebiji Durian!

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We love a good durian and wouldn’t mind splurging on a quality Musang King once in awhile, but what’s the most you’re willing to spend on one durian?

According to The Star, a wealthy businessman in Thailand forked out 1.5 million baht (RM199,289) for one lone Kanyao durian at the King Of Durian 2019 Festival in Nonthaburi, central Thailand, where wealthy fruit lovers would bid to get their hands on one of nine handpicked durians from a nearby farm.

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This broke the record from the previous year of 800,000 baht (RM106,118) and exceeded the expectations of the farmer responsible for the most expensive durian yet.       

“I knew this was a very special durian but I was amazed at how much it sold for. I was expecting 1mil baht so for it to sell more is very good.”

– Maliwan Han Chai Thai

All proceeds from the auction, which amounted to 4.5mil baht (RM596,624), will be given to the farms and donated to local charities to purchase medical equipment for hospitals.

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If you, like us, don’t have RM200,000 to spare at the King of Durian 2019 festival, why not check out another durian festival happening closer to home that’s much easier on the wallet?

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From 10 June to 31 July, you can enjoy Durian-flavoured sweet treats, including tarts, puffs, cakes and frappes* (only available in Damansara and Cheras) from RM5.90 at any IKEA outlet in conjunction with IKEA’s Durian Dessert Festival.

Whew, all this durian talk is making us feel hungry (and poor)!

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Potterheads Rejoice! The Vans X Harry Potter Collection is Now Available in Malaysia!

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Just a few weeks ago, Vans teased a first look into their collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products for an exclusive Harry Potter collection and Potterheads around the world went wild.

Today, the wait is finally over! Vans has finally unveiled the full collection on their website and they are available in stores starting today (yes, even in Malaysia!).

The collection includes footwear and apparel inspired by each house of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Whether you’re a Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff, there’s bound to be something for every Potterhead.

We love the attention to detail, especially on the Gryffindor high tops which features Harry Potter’s scar engraved on the side of the rubber soles! How cool is that?

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Will you be getting anything from the Vans X Harry Potter collection?

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Unclaimed DHL Parcels Were Lelong-ed for RM15 Each at a Ramadan Bazaar

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Have you ever wondered where missing parcels end up? Maybe they’re stuck in transit in a post office, or perhaps left with a neighbour, but the last place we would suspect is that it’ll be auctioned off at the pasar malam!

That is precisely what happened to several unclaimed DHL parcels that were sold as ‘mystery boxes’ going for RM15 each at a Ramadan bazaar.

The news first went viral when the Facebook page Viral Media Malaya shared a picture of the incident that allegedly took place in Sena Indah, Kangar.

According to the Malay Mail, DHL Express Malaysia is investigating the incident and assured the public in an e-mail statement that necessary action is underway to address the issue.

At DHL, the safety and security of our customers’ shipments are of paramount importance. We are currently conducting an internal investigation on this matter and will take the necessary actions as swiftly as possible.

While netizens question the ethics of buying these unclaimed parcels, we can’t help but wonder: what were in those boxes!?

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Would you have bought one?  

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Whoops, This Mother Tertinggal Her Daughter At The R&R During Their Balik Kampung Trip!

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During the busy festive season, we’re bound to forget something; with long to-do lists and items to pack, there’s surely something that will slip our minds. Eventually, panic and stress will ensue.

For this mother, however, the panic and stress of realizing that she left her daughter behind at the R&R must have been unbearable. We can’t even begin to imagine what she must have felt!

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According to Malay Mail, the incident happened some time around 2pm on Monday, June 3 when Twitter user @Sutungmenjerit tweeted for help to recover her daughter that she had accidentally left behind at the Temerloh R&R Shell station.

The Twitterverse immediately chimed in to help the mother by spreading the word and suggesting she sought help from PLUS and Shell. Some even gave creative advice to avoid this from happening again.

Many who related to this story even recounted the times they were left behind by their parents.   

Fortunately, a kind Shell staff flew in to the rescue by helping to send the child back to her worried mother.

Image via Twitter @Sutungmenjerit

We’re glad that everything turned out fine for the family!
Don’t forget to do a head count before making your way back home, folks!

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10 Raya Advertisements That Will Put You On An Emotional Raya-coaster

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Ramadan is coming to its end and Raya is now just around the corner. In Malaysia, that means it’s time for the festive period ads! We have watched all of them (for reals!) and have shortlisted the best of the best for you. Some of them will pull on your heartstrings, others will have you bursting with laughter. But, we assure you, all of them will make you excited for raya.

1. Tenaga Nasional Berhad

This one perfectly represents how chaotic raya can get when you have a big extended family, but that’s the best type of raya, isn’t it?

2. Malaysia Airlines

Sejuknya hati tengok this video. It’s a sweet reminder that no matter how far away from home you go, or for how long you’re away, family will always be there to welcome you back like nothing has changed.

3. RHB Group

Last year, the story of a Malay school teacher who did her very best to connect with and help a shy Chinese student went viral on Twitter. Meet Cikgu Orked, and her student Yip Kah Shzen. Their story teaches us that putting aside our differences and celebrating things we have in common is what brings us closer together. And isn’t that what Hari Raya is all about?

4. MR. DIY

An ode to a Malaysian classic, P. Ramlee’s ‘Labu Labi’, this advertisement tells the tale of a stingy Haji Bakhul who wants to organize a special open house for his VVVVIP guests, and teaches you that it isn’t how much you spend during Hari Raya that’s important, but instead, the intention behind your actions.

5. Lazada

At first, it seems like Lazada is encouraging people to embrace the culture of spending money during the Raya festivities in this comical short film that includes an aunty rapping like Cardi B. But then, they surprise you with a beautiful message.

6. Samsung

Inspired by a true story, this video takes us on a little walk down memory lane. Do you remember what raya was like when you were a kid? And isn’t it sad how as we get older, we tend to spend less and less time with our grandparents? However, even if our grandparents may have left us now, the lessons they taught us still live on within us.

7. Petronas

Petronas is out here making people cry again this year. Their raya advertisement will also make you miss your mum a whole lot.

8. Tune Talk

Local actresses and sisters Sharifah Shahirah and Sharifah Sakinah are hilarious in this fourth wall breaking short story that teaches us that the recipe for a perfect raya just needs a dash of affection and a spoonful of harmony, and a whole lotta love.

9. PLUS

Sure, people aren’t perfect. And family can sometimes hurt us. But no matter what, they will always want the best for you. An added message to this video is that even if we aren’t related by blood, that doesn’t mean we aren’t one family.

10. Watsons

Watsons’ Raya video kept us highly entertained with their comedic dance moves, LOL-exchanges, and of course, the sweet Hari Raya message after.

We hope you have your duit raya, baju raya and raya food ready for the big day! Eid Mubarak to all those celebrating!

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