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These Are The 13 Women Google Quoted In Their Doodle For International Women’s Day 2019

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Indeed, International Women’s Day 2019 is almost at an end. All day, women, all over the world, have been celebrated and recognized in all sorts of ways. To honour this wonderful day, Google has showcased inspirational quotes in various languages by 13 female trailblazers with an interactive slideshow type of Google Doodle – made by women.

The 13 women featured in the Doodle are from all over the world, and are famous for their work in different fields, anywhere from science, to arts, and to sports.

These are the 13 women being honoured by Google this International Women’s Day.

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1. Dr. Mae Jemison (1956 – now)

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Dr Jemison is an American astronaut and physician. She became the first African-American female astronaut and the first African-American female in space in 1992 when she flew onboard the Endeavour with six other astronauts

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2. Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954)

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Kahlo was a Mexican artist famous for her self-portrait paintings. Her career apparently started after she was punctuated by illnesses and accidents. She started painting after being injured in a bus accident and suffered from polio, gangrene, and general poor health. In her early 20’s, Kahlo became involved with the Mexican Communist Party.

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3. Emma Herwegh (1817 – 1904)

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Herwegh was a German writer and activist who took part in the 1848 uprisings at the start of the March Revolution

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4. Yoko Ono (1933 – now)

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Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, songwriter and peace activist. She was influential in the 1960’s for her conceptual and performance art. She also gained global recognition from her marriage to Beatles icon, John Lennon

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5. NL Beno Zephine (1990 – now)

Zephine is an Indian diplomat who is also the first blind Indian foreign service officer.

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6. Mary Kom (1983 – now)

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Kom is an Indian Boxer who is ranked number one in the International Boxing Association’s world rankings. She’s also the only boxer to win a medal in each of the six world championships and the only female Indian boxer to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics, where she finished with a bronze medal.

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7. Clarice Lispector (1920 – 1977)

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Lispector was a novelist born to a Jewish family in Ukraine. She and her family fled to Brazil when she was young due to the Jewish pogroms.

She eventually became one of Brazil’s elite authors, her first works were published when she was only 24 years old.

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8. Zaha Hadid (1950 – 2016)

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Hadid was a British-Iraqi architect and the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, in 2004. She’s known for her radical deconstrutivist designs, such as the MAXXI museum of contemporary art and architecture in Roma, and the London Aquatics Centre built for the 2012 Olympics.

She was made Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for her services to architecture in 2012. She is also the first and only woman to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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9. Millicent Fawcett (1847 – 1929)

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Fawcett was a British writer who helped found a group called the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies. They used non-violent tactics to persuade the British government for women’s right to vote. A statue of her was erected in London’s Parliament Square in April 2018. She’s the first woman to have such a statue there.

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10. Marina Tsvetaeva (1892 – 1941)

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Tsvetaeva was a Russian poet known for her portrayal of the female experience in 20th century Russia, which included the Russian Revolution and the Moscow famine that happened after it.

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11. George Sand (1804 – 1876)

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George Sand was the pseudonym of French novelist Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin known for her novels depicting country life. In her earlier work, she focused on themes of romantic idealism while including feminist themes like gender equality and the injustice of arranged marriage.

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12. Sanmao (1943 – 1991)

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Sanmao is the pseudonym for Chinese-born Taiwanese writer, Chen Mao Ping. Her pseudonym was adopted from the character created by caricaturist Zhang Leping. She published her first book at the young age of 19. Sanmao is also known for her wandering, bohemian lifestyle, travelling to more than 50 countries.

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13. Chimamanda Adichie (1977 – now)

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Adichie is a Nigerian writer and recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant project. She’s known for her novels, short stories as well as two TED talks. One of her TED talks titled “We should all be feminists” was later sampled in the Beyoncé song “Flawless.”

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You Can Borrow eBooks And Audio Books From The National Library ONLINE, AND FOR FREE!

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Unless you’re above 30, you probably never went to the National Library. It’s OK, we haven’t either. Nevertheless, it turns out that you don’t even have to go there to borrow books now!

Facebook user Jumie Mumie recently shared this news online and we are beyond amazed. According to her, the National Library has had a reading app this whole time, offering up to 14,000 book titles to borrow, all for free!

At first, we were a little sceptical. It cannot really be THAT easy, kan? OR, even if it was that easy, mesti their book selection will be boring. So we thought we’d check it out for ourselves.

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Turns out, they have a lot of books we’d actually like to read! This is a screenshot of just the first page and it doesn’t look too bad, guys. How did we not know about this sooner?!

If you’re interested in borrowing some books, here’s how you can do it.

1. Click here to go to the National Library website.

2. Browse through their book titles until you’ve decided on a book you’d like to borrow. Tip: Head over to “Collections” and choose from “Most Popular ebooks”. From there you can check out different genres too.

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3. Once you’ve decided on a book, click BORROW at the bottom of the title.

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4. You’ll then be redirected to this page:

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From the drop down menu on the left side, choose “Library card number”.

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The website will then ask you for a library card number. According to Jumie, you can type in anything between pnm001 to pnm999.

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We typed in pnm001 and managed to get through, no questions asked! Tip: We don’t recommend that you go with the “Sign in with Facebook” option. Only cause after signing in with Facebook, they still ask you for a library card number before you can borrow a book.

5. The website will then redirect you back to the book selection page and you’ll be prompted to confirm that you’d like to borrow the book. Click on “Borrow”.

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6. You then have the option to download the ebook or just read it directly from your browser.

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It might be important to note that this is the procedure for when you’re visiting the website via a desktop or laptop browser. We suppose it might be a bit different if you’re accessing the book through the National Library’s app. However, we’re sure it will be just as easy and just as free!

In case you’re wondering, yes, you will be sharing those pnm001 – pnm999 library card numbers with other people. A quick check under “history” for the library card number we used showed a tonne of books we’ve never clicked on to borrow.

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We hope the real owner of pnm001 doesn’t mind that we’ve just borrowed a bunch of titles under their card number!

Anyway, we still can’t believe this info isn’t widely known. Can you imagine all the books you could have been reading this whole time?! and for free pulak tu! Which book are you gonna borrow first?

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This Year Your Anak Bulus Can Pakai Matching Baju Raya With The Rest Of The Family Too!

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While you’re busy shopping for baju raya for yourself and the family this Ramadan, don’t forget to get an OOTD for your anak bulus. This year, your pet can join in looking fetch in the family photo cause local company Geli Geli Kuching (GGK) has recently launched their newest product – baju raya for cats!

The festive feline fashion collection includes limited edition songket design Baju Melayu (yes, songket! So vogue, kan!). The line includes several different coloured baju melayu, a peplum baju kurung, unisex kurtas and even a tiny songkok (tapi tudung tak ada ye. Jangan tanya kami kenapa, mungkin sebab kucing takda aurat) – all ranging between RM42 to RM60.

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Not wearing songket this year? No worries, they also have a batik line too!

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The bajus are available in a variety of sizes, measurements and colours, so confirm your cat can wear the same colour theme with the rest of the family.

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According to GGK’s Facebook page, they’re now open for orders. They also ship to Singapore and Brunei.

Ever since their promotional post went up on Facebook, peeps be going crazy y’all. The post already has 12K shares, 12K comments and 2.3K likes. Bila anak bulus pun ada raya #OOTD baru lah meriah raya tahun ni!

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Jangan Tamak! Bazaars Are The Main Cause Of Food Wastage During Ramadan

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You might think that the biggest contributors to food wastage during Ramadan might be those expensive hotel buffet meals kan? Well actually, it’s the Ramadan bazaars that contribute to most of the food waste during the fasting month.

Food Aid Foundation, a food bank NGO that salvages surplus food from producers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers for redistribution to the needy, spoke to New Straits Times, clarifying the actual food situation during Ramadan.

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Operations director Hayati Ismail explained that hotels have learned from experience and now implement wastage prevention measures by getting people to pre-book their meals and live-cooking food during the buffet.

This means that 25 – 35% of daily food waste actually come from bazaars. Ramadan vendors tend to rely on selling pre-cooked meals or cook everything they brought with them hoping that they can sell as much as possible.

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“Ramadan bazaar traders do not plan how much to cook. They do not do any estimation or business projection.

“When the food is unsold, the majority is thrown away, as opposed to hotels, which send surplus food to staff cafeterias,” 

Ms Hayati pointed out that there are a few bazaars that collaborate with the MY Save Food network to salvage leftovers in an effort to keep food wastage to a minimum, such as the bazaars in Putrajaya, Lembah Pantai, Pandan Indah and Kampung Baru. But bazaars elsewhere aren’t a part of this initiative.

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“There are thousands of bazaars in the Klang Valley alone. Getting volunteers during Ramadan to collect food is difficult.

“On top of that, some food turns bad as early as 9pm. Food safety is the biggest challenge when it comes to the bazaars.”


According to Hayati, surplus food given by hotels were fresh and had not been served. Food Aid Foundation does not take the leftovers from the buffet lines as they could pose health risks after being exposed to room temperature and people. This would be a bit difficult to achieve from food found at bazaars.

However, Hayati admits that there are some types of bazaar food that could be kept safely to be given to the needy, such as food items that are prepared on the spot like ayam percik or murtabak.

“We ‘rescue’ food from hotels that are still in the back still kept in the warmer at 63°C. After the end of the day, unsold food would be packed and kept frozen. Food Aid teams will collect it once or twice a week.

“We don’t collect the food on a daily basis because the amount is too little, merely 5kg to 10kg, so it is not viable from a logistics point of view and does not justify the cost. If we collect it by the end of the week, we’d get about 30kg to 100kg.”

This practice is based on requirements set by the Health Ministry and also follows the standard operating procedures implemented by hotels. FYI, hotels collaborating with Food Aid Foundation include Bangi Golf Resort and Pullman Hotel and Resorts.

“The hotels know us. We handle cooked food and we have the facilities. On top of that, we have signed indemnity agreements to protect our donors.”

There’s a really simple way to fix this problem, really. Even though after fasting one whole day makes us feel like eating everything we see at the bazaar, we need to be more realistic and have some self-control.

In the meantime, Ramadan vendors should also come up with an effective way to keep their food items fresh and reusable for donating in the event they have leftover food not sold.

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Local Actor’s Line of Baju Melayu Is Flying Off The Racks Due To Superman Design

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The superhero trend has not died down guys. Last week, we saw Infinity Stones baju melayu buttons and now it appears that you can take your superhero Raya cosplay to even greater heights with the help of local actor Erry Putra.

After going viral last year for his baju melayu design collection that was mocked for looking like breastfeeding apparel for new mothers, the man is back with a whole new idea and it seems that people are loving it.

Erry is jumping on the superhero bandwagon this time around with man of steel inspired baju melayu. The cekak musang baju melayu may appear traditional looking from the front, however from the side and back you’ll see that it actually features a detachable cape!

And the cape isn’t just for show OK! It can also be used as a makeshift prayer mat. Form AND function, people! Guys in this baju are gonna be like “Girl, I ain’t a player, I’m a prayer!”

You might find the whole thing amusing, but Erry is raking in the cash yo. According to his Instagram, each baju costs between RM149 to RM169 and they’re selling like hotcakes!

BRB while we check some of these out for our father. Abah’s gonna look hella cute this Raya!

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American Fast Food Chain Five Guys To Open In Malaysia?!

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Good news for lovers of hamburgers, French fries and milkshakes! The American fast casual restaurant, Five Guys, might be opening their first chain in Malaysia!

Singaporean 8 Days reported that they got some inside information from “a credible F&B industry source who requested to remain anonymous” who told them that Five Guys plan to open an outlet in Singapore and Malaysia at the end of 2019.

The chain opened their first outlet in Asia in November last year located in Hong Kong, then earlier this year they announced they would be also opening an outlet in Beijing. Now it appears that Malaysia and Singapore are set to be the brands third and fourth Asian locations.

If you’ve never tried Five Guys in your life (macam kiteorang) apparently they’re really famous in the US and the UK for their “hand-crafted”, wholesome, sloppy, customizable burgers.

Their signature beef burger comes with two “hand formed and griddled” patties and what’s so special about them is that you can customize your burger with one or all 15 toppings available FOR FREE. If you can’t decide what toppings you want, Five Guys suggest having their “all the way” toppings which consist of mayo, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, grilled onions, mushrooms, ketchup and mustard. Besides all those topping above, jalapeños and steak sauce toppings are also available.

Fun fact: Former President of the US, Barack Obama reportedly is a huge Five Guys fan and he actually made news when he popped by an outlet in Washington DC in 2009. According to the reports, the big guy likes his Five Guys cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, jalapeños and mustard.

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We’re pretty excited about this news because their burgers macam bukan beshe-beshe, but we gotta control our excitement until Five Guys confirm the news. 8 days has reportedly reached out to Five Guys PR representative for confirmation but are still waiting for a reply.

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Netizens Mad Cause They Tak Paham ‘KTHXBYE’ Signboard in Melaka

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A signboard bearing the words “KTHXBYE” installed on a pedestrian bridge in Melaka has been ordered to be taken down immediately by the city mayor.

The signboard was installed across the overhead bridge along Lebuh Alor Gajah – Melaka Tengah – Jasin near Al-Azim Mosque in Peringgit, Melaka and belonged to the Mamee Monster snack company.

Apparently, the signboard went viral online cause a bunch of netizens couldn’t figure out what it said.

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Netizens weren’t pleased with the phrase, calling it an improper use of language and only understood by ‘WeChat’ users.

Based on a report by New Straits Times, Melaka city mayor, Mansor Sudin said such signboards cannot be used. Tapi, apesal takleh pakai dia tak cakap la pulak.

“You cannot advertise like that. We have asked them to take it down immediately,”

According to some comments on Facebook, the process for getting a signboard up includes having the text referenced against Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, before the signboard application can be approved. So many people are questioning how ‘KTHXBYE’ was approved.

Since the kerfuffle, the signboard has finally been taken down and replaced with another advertisement bearing a much more boring basic statement.

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Kthxbye.

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Level Up Your Raya #OOTD This Year With Infinity Stone Baju Melayu Buttons

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It’s been a little over two weeks since Avengers: Endgame, and frankly, we are tired of reading and writing anything more about the film. However, no matter how much we try to be in denial, the truth of the matter is: the Endgame craze has not died out. Like at all.

In fact, the Avengers: Endgame buzz might last a little longer. Right through Ramadan and into the Hari Raya festivities, cause the latest fashion craze is Infinity Stones baju melayu buttons. For reals.

This raya, you can be like Thanos and collect all the five Infinity Stones and wear them on your baju melayu.

Not feeling the whole Infinity Stones thing? The shop also has Captain America, Spiderman and Iron Man buttons.

If you’re more of a DC fan, they also have Superman and Batman buttons too.

Interested? They cost about RM30 a set and you can purchase the buttons at this Facebook page. Don’t take our word for the quality though yeah, #kamitakjual.

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Malaysians Amazed By How Genting Looks Like A Floating Kingdom In KL Skyline Photo

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Immensely popular for its Vegas-style casino and indoor and outdoor theme parks, Genting Highlands is about an hour drive away from KL, perched approximately 1800 metres above sea level.

Although the drastically different weather in Genting makes you feel like you’re far away from the city centre, you’d be surprised at how close Genting actually is to the middle of KL.

This was highlighted on Reddit Malaysia recently when someone posted a photograph they took of the KL skyline with Genting clearly visible in the background.

A full view of KL and genting highlands in the background. (All credits goes to Junhong photography) from r/malaysia

Malaysians were amazed at how beautiful Genting Highland looked, likening it to a sparkling, floating kingdom in the night sky, or a creepy spaceship hovering over KL.

In fact, the photo looks so good that some swore it has to be edited. Genting can’t be that close to KL….this photograph isn’t to scale…or is it?

Well, we did some digging and actually, last week another Malaysian posted a similar photograph on Instagram. This photograph was taken from a further distance – Bukit Jalil to be exact (yes! Apparently you can see Genting from Bukit Jalil!) and really puts the location of Genting, relative to KL, into perspective.

Isn’t that insane? We’ve never noticed you could see Genting Highlands from KL. And we definitely had no idea you could see it all the way from Bukit Jalil! This really puts into perspective how massive Goh Tong projects actually are.

So did we.

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PDRM Tak Agree With Transport Ministry’s Decision To Allow Super Tinted Rear Windows

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Yesterday (7 May), Transport Minister Anthony Loke announced that car owners are now allowed to tint their rear windows and windshields as dark as they like.

As reported by The Star, these are the new regulations that will begin on today (8 May) and will only apply to private vehicles including those used for e-hailing services;

  • Front windshields have to let in 70 per cent of light 
  • Front passenger side windows have to let in 50 per cent of light
  • Full tint of rear windshields and rear passenger windows are now allowed

He said that the new rules were in response to demands from motorists who wanted darker windows due to the hot and sunny weather. Apparently, these guidelines also follow the United Nations Regulations on the matter.

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Obviously, everyone was super happy with the announcement (especially the dudes who were already driving around with super tinted rear windows). But it turns out that PDRM doesn’t share our joy.

According to a report by Harian Metro, Datuk Azisman Alias, Bukit Aman traffic chief, said that the Transport ministry forgot to ask the police for their input on the ruling and how it would affect law enforcement’s work during inspections.

“I felt slighted. Ideally, they should discuss it with us and perhaps consider our views. Before this, we could still see the passengers and the driver but there’s no limit (for the rear windows) under this new ruling. It’d hard for the police to conduct inspections, especially to check on rear passengers,”

Azisman also stated that whatever it is, he respects the government’s decision.

It’s worth noting that KL Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department chief Zulkefly Yahya said the revision to the regulations could help reduce the risk of car break-ins and that as long as the front windscreen isn’t too dark it shouldn’t kacau police work too much.

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“Thieves will not be able to easily spot items on the back seat and may think twice before breaking into vehicles. As long as the front is not too dark, we can still carry out our crime enforcement work.” 

Additionally, it’s been noted that dark tinting on rear windscreens will help with the glare that happens when the lights of the car behind you are too bright, cause we all know how bad that can get right.

Meanwhile, some people have pointed out that if your car windows are tinted too dark, it will make it harder for you to see during low-light conditions such as on cloudy and rainy days. Which is dangerous when you’re driving.

So, we suppose the new regulation, just like most things, has its pros and cons, kan?

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PAS Committee Member Warns M’sians Of Chinese Rulers, KL China Embassy Turns It Into Visit China Campaign

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PAS central committee member Mokhtar Senik recently told his Facebook followers to be careful of voting non-muslims into power. In the Facebook post, he warned Malaysians that our fate could end up like the Uyghur Muslim community in China if we allow non-muslims to run the country.

“I’m reminded of fellow Muslims in China. They are prohibited from fasting and exercising their religion. Hope my fellow Muslims in Malaysia will take heed.

That is the fate this country may face if political power is given to the kafir (infidels), no matter what kind of infidel they are,”

According to Free Malaysia Today, he was referring to the mass detention and strict surveillance of Muslim groups in Xinjiang, where many Uyghurs live.

Following the statement, Chinese Embassy spokesperson in Kuala Lumpur, Tang Tang, responded to Mohktar Senik, dismissing his claims that Muslims in China are not allowed to fast during the holy month. According to Tang, China upholds the freedom of religious belief.

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“We protect all normal religious activities in accordance with the law. Ramadan is the most auspicious and holy month of the year for Muslims.

The Chinese government fully respects the normal religious activities and customs of Muslims during Ramadan

Those groundless rumours indeed are part of the attempts of those anti-China forces to tarnish its image”

He also said that he has not seen any “irrefutable facts” to back Mohktar’s claims which according to him keep resurfacing every year for the past decade. He then urged Malaysians to visit China to see and learn of their cultural diversity first hand.

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“There is a Chinese old saying that rumours will only be stopped by the wise. We hope and believe that our Malaysian friends would not be misled by rumours or listen to any biased information.

We welcome more Malaysians to visit China to experience its rich and diversified culture, including the Muslim culture, and see with their own eyes the real life of Chinese Muslims,”

Amacam? Think China might be a good idea as the next destination for our #wanderlust posts?

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