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Bad News, Party People. Entertainment Outlets Will Close By 1am Starting January 2019

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Fellow party people, you might need to rethink your current New Year’s Eve party plans ’cause Federal Territories Minister, Khalid Samad, plans to ring in 2019 with a new ruling.

He wants clubbing locals to go home at 1am!

Speaking at a press conference at the Parliament lobby today, Khalid announced that entertainment outlets in the city centre will no longer be allowed to operate past 1am beginning January 2019.

He said the new regulation will be strictly enforced, though exceptions will be made to outlets that cater to foreign tourists. These outlets will be allowed to operate until 5am with special permission. How “outlets that cater to foreign tourists” will be defined however, is a mystery to us.

👆 (actual footage of all the ang moh’s partying past 1am in KL in 2019)

He hasn’t mentioned which outlets in particular will be affected, so if you plan on celebrating NYE in KL, you should wait to lock-down your party venue.

We don’t know about you, but TBH, being in bed before 3am sounds pretty good to us. Yes, we’re old and boring. 🤷🏻‍♂️🤷🏻‍♀️ 

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Looking For Scholarships But Taktau Where To Start? Here’s A List From The Education Minister Himself

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While we may have many friends who are have-have enough that their parents can support them go fancy college all. Not all of us have the same kind of financial opportunities.

So, if you’re looking to continue your studies, but don’t have any funding, then your next option would be to search for a study loan or a scholarship. And thanks to the education minister himself, you don’t need to do a deep dive into the internet to look for them.

On Monday (22 April), Education Minister, Dr Maszlee Malik, shared a list of available scholarships for Malaysian students on his Facebook page.

“I have received many e-mails and PMs from people asking me about available scholarships for them to further their studies this year. To make things easier, I have listed all the available scholarships that are currently open.

I hope this important information can be shared widely so that all Malaysians are aware of this.”

All of the scholarship options listed are currently open for applications. Though, a quick run through revealed that the application dates for some are so close to being over that you might not have time to apply. If that’s the case for you, don’t panic k! You can apply next year too! Just use this time to research and prepare from now.

Ramai yang hantar emel dan PM bertanya tentang biasiswa yang boleh mereka mohon untuk melanjutkan pengajian bagi tahun…

Posted by Dr Maszlee Malik on Monday, 22 April 2019

We wrote his list out with some links to make it easy for you to check em out. The list of 23 scholarships are below:

1. Sabah State Govt Scholarship

“The Ministry of Higher Education is inviting Malaysian citizens who are from Sabah and the Federal Territory of Labuan to apply for the Sabah State Government Scholarship. Applicants parents who were either born in or originate from Sabah and the Federal Territory of Labuan are invited to apply.”

Level of study: Diploma and Bachelor Degree

Closing date: 25 April 2019

More info here.

2. MREPC Scholarship Award

“MREPC’s scholarship is awarded to students who have obtained excellent results in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) examinations, as well as undergraduate studies at established universities in Malaysia.”

Level of study: Bachelor Degree

Closing date: 26 April 2019

More info here.

3. Genting Malaysia Scholarship

“The Genting Malaysia Scholarship is aimed to help ambitious students across Malaysia reach their fullest potential. The scholarship provides qualified young Malaysians with the golden opportunity to further their studies locally or overseas. We offer financial assistance for students who have excelled academically and demonstrated active leadership to undergo their undergraduate studies.”

Level of study: Bachelor Degree

Closing date: 26 April 2019

More info here.

4. Gamuda Scholarship

“The Gamuda Scholarship 2019 covers tuition fees, living expenses, a Scholars’ Development Programme and internship opportunities within the Gamuda Group of Companies.”

Level of study: Bachelor Degree

Closing date: 28 April 2019

More info here.

5. Tunku Abd Rahman Scholarship (BTAR)

“This prestigious and exclusive scholarship is offered to excellent students with high leadership talent. It provides financial support to potential graduates who are pursuing studies at Bachelor’s Degree level at any IPTA or IPTS in the country. Recipients of this scholarship are named Tunku Scholars.”

Level of study: Bachelor Degree

Closing date: 30 April 2019

More info here.

6. Fair and Lovely scholarship

“In an initiative to empower women to pursue a bright future, Fair & Lovely is offering scholarships totalling RM200,000 to be divided among 40 eligible female Malaysian students among 7 public universities with the highest score points.”

Level of study: Diploma and Bachelor Degree

Closing date: 30 April 2019

More info here.

7. Yayasan Wah Seong Scholarship Award

“As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility, Wah Seong Corporation Berhad (WSCB), an international oil and gas and industrial services conglomerate, is offering scholarships for full-time diploma/first degree courses in Malaysian public universities/colleges through its Foundation, Yayasan Wah Seong (YWS).

Scholarships are offered to financially needy and academically deserving students. Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are invited to apply.”

Level of study: Diploma and Bachelor Degree

Closing date: 17 May 2019

More info here.

8. Hong Leong Foundation Scholarship

“The Hong Leong Foundation offers scholarships to Malaysians intending to pursue further studies in Diploma or Undergraduate Degree programme. The scholarship is offered annually and the call for applications starts on 1st April and ends 31st of May each year.

The scholarship is awarded to those pursuing in Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Undergraduate Studies (1st-degree course in ANY course or field of studies on a full-time basis at recognised public and private universities and colleges in Malaysia.”

Level of studies: Diploma and Bachelor Degree

Closing Date: 31 May 2019

More info here.

9. Seng Heng Edu Assistant Programme

“The SENHENG EDUCATION ASSISTANCE (SEA) PROGRAMME is founded to support and benefit talented students facing financial hardship from Malaysia to fulfil their dreams of pursuing higher education. The SEA programme applies to Bachelor Degree and Masters Degree courses only.”

Level of study: Bachelor Degree and Masters

Closing date: 31 May 2019

More info here.

10. Great Scholarship British Council

“In order to support more Malaysian students to study in the UK, the British Council, together with five UK universities, has launched the GREAT Scholarships 2019 – Malaysia campaign. With ten taught postgraduate scholarships on offer, the total value of the scholarship scheme up to £100,000. This new scholarship scheme will offer an exciting opportunity for Malaysian students wishing to get financial support to pursue postgraduate study in the UK. Students can apply for taught postgraduate courses in subjects including law, business, art and design, biosciences, IT and more at five institutions across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.”

Level of study: Master

Closing date: 31 May 2019

More info here.

11. Jeffrey Cheah Foundation – Monash Foundation

“For all undergraduate courses except Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine and Bachelor of Pharmacy.”

Level of study: Bachelor Degree

Closing date: 7 June 2019

More info here.

12. Penang Future Foundation Scholarship

“Made possible by donations from private sectors and individuals, is a scholarship program awarded by the Penang State Government to outstanding and deserving Malaysians to pursue their undergraduate studies in Malaysia. This is one of the State’s initiatives to stem the tide of brain drain and nurture Penang as a talent hub. While the scholarships are open to all eligible Malaysians regardless of race, religion and gender, preference will be given to outstanding and deserving youths from single, low to middle-income families. Upon successful completion of studies, the sponsored scholars are required to work in Penang in organizations of their choice, be it in the private or public sector.”

Level of study: Bachelor Degree

Closing date: 20 June 2019

More info here.

13. Cagamas Scholarship Award

“The Cagamas Scholarship Award is intended to reach out to deserving Malaysians who are in need of financial aid to pursue their education.”

Level of study: Bachelor Degree

Closing date: 28 June 2019

More info here.

14. JPA Scholarship (Program Penajaan 9A+)

“The JPA Scholarship (Program Penajaan 9A+) is a sponsorship programme for SPM 2018 students who have achieved the A+ grade in at least nine (9) subjects, without considering grades of other subjects (if applicable), to pursue their higher education in selected universities within the country. Candidates selected will be offered the sponsorship in the form of a convertible loan to pursue a preparatory course geared towards a First Degree, subject to the conditions set and courses recognised by the organisation.”

Level of study: Pre-university and Bachelor Degree

Closing date: 30 June 2019

More info here.

15. OCBC Scholarship

“The scholarship is open to students who have gained admission or are eligible for admission into first year full-time undergraduate studies at selected Malaysian universities. We also welcome first year students of these universities to apply.”

Level of study: Bachelor Degree

Closing date: 30 June 2019

More info here.

16. Yayasan Tan Sri Lee Shin Cheng Scholarship

“The Yayasan Tan Sri Lee Shin Cheng (YTSLSC) scholarship presents the perfect opportunity to build the foundations for your career. Pursue your ambitions at the university level for a headstart in an exciting career with IOI Group. Chase your dream with us and we will groom you into future leaders.”

Level of study: Bachelor Degree and Master

Closing date: 31 July 2019

More info here.

17. AIMST Scholarship 

“AIMST University is offering a FULL SCHOLARSHIP to students who meet the entry requirements for a Foundation in Business or Science leading to a degree at AIMST.”

Level of study: Pre-university

Closing date: 31 December 2019

More info here.

“AIMST University is offering scholarships to students who wish to pursue a Diploma in Nursing”

Level of study: Diploma

Closing date: 31 December 2019

More info here.

18. IUKL Scholarship

“IUKL scholarships are made available to Malaysian students who do well in their academic pursuits at the elementary levels, including SPM, STPM, O-Level, A-Level, UEC, Foundation Studies and Diploma.

This scholarship is awarded for the 1st semester ONLY.”

Level of study: Pre-university, Diploma and Bachelor Degree

Closing date: 31 December 2019

More info here.

19. Top Glove Scholarship 

“The Top Glove Scholarship Fund was established with objective of offering scholarship to qualified students who are pursuing full time degree courses (undergraduate) & (postgraduate ie. Master & PHD studies) at local public universities.”

Level of study: Bachelor Degree, Master and PhD

Closing date: 31 December 2019

More info here.

20. Karangkraf Scholarship 

“The Karangkraf Scholarship is an Education Fund established by MEDIA GROUP KARANGKRAF to help the SPM, STPM & DIPLOMA who intend to pursue a Foundation, Diploma and Degree in a private university.”

Level of study: Pre-university, Diploma and Bachelor Degree

Closing date: 31 December 2019

More info here.

21. Amcorp Study Grant

“The Amcorp Study Grant was set up to offer a scholarship cum loan, to excellent students to pursue the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification in Malaysia on a full time basis. Through Amcorp Study Grant, we hope to help young ambitious scholars to become future successful leaders in our society.Apart from the scholarship, recipients will also benefit from employment opportunities with Amcorp Group of companies, which are recognized with the prestigious status of ACCA Approved Employer –Platinum Level.”

Level of study: ACCA only

Closing date: There is no application submission closing date. Applications will be processed on submission basis.

More info here.

22. Sunway Medical Centre Nursing Scholarship

“Sunway Medical Centre is rapidly expanding and you could be part of their future Nursing task force. They are currently offering Scholarships for Diploma in Nursing.”

Level of study: Diploma

Closing date: 31 December 2019

More info here.

23. Yayasan Universiti Malaysia Scholarship

“Applications are now open for the Yayasan Universiti Malaysia Scholarship. Future foundation and undergraduate students are welcomed to apply.”

Level of study: Pre-university, Diploma and Bachelor Degree

Closing date: 31 December 2019

More info here.

Happy scholarship hunting and best of luck, students!

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Malaysian Avengers Fans Were Awake Awal Gila For The First Screening Today!

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Hardcore fans flocked to cinemas as early as 6.30am this morning to be the first in Malaysia (and the world!) to watch the much anticipated Marvel superhero movie, Avengers: Endgame!

A few selected cinemas had 7am screenings today, but if you missed it, don’t worry, you can check the rest of the timings here.

Meanwhile, netizens have urged the early birds not to share spoilers, while the rest of us wait to watch the movie at a sane hour.

Netizens have also shared their thoughts on Malaysians showing such punctuality when it comes to waking up for a movie, but not being able to do the same for work.

First reactions to Avengers: Endgame are positive, with movie critics saying it definitely lives up to the hype.

This Malaysian agrees:

A group of college students who were at the 7am screening at a cinema in the Klang Valley told us they were skipping their 9am class, while an office worker said he told his boss he’s coming in after lunch, as he had ‘personal matters to attend to’.

Were you one of the early birds?

We’re sure you want to share your joy… but please be kind to your fellow Malaysians who haven’t watched it yet!

Spread joy, not spoilers!

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Malaysians Are Really Paying Hundreds To Ticket Resellers To Watch “Avengers: Endgame” This Week

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The latest instalment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe films is causing Malaysian fans and moviegoers to go above and beyond in order to secure their tickets for opening week.

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Local cinema websites revealed that the majority of gold class and normal tickets for the first few days of screening are already sold out. Due to this, people are resorting to paying online ticket touters extra just to secure a seat in the cinema.

Ticket touters, obviously ambil kesempatan of this desperation and have reportedly hiked ticket prices up to as high as RM500 for tickets on premiere night! Walao!

Meanwhile, a pair of tickets for an IMAX 3D screening of the film is being sold for RM450, and a 4DX showing in Paradigm Mall, Johor is going for RM200 per ticket. Mahal gile wehh!

FYI, just to put things into perspective, normal prices for cinema tickets range between RM15 and RM40 for regular showings, while 4DX and IMAX are priced at RM50 to RM80.

One day after the tickets went on sale most cinemas only had the first few rows of seats left available – Image via Lowyat

According to the Malaysian Reserve, a local fan paid online ticket touters RM300 for three tickets. Speaking to the publisher, she said she was forced to buy from ticket touters because she tak sempat buy her tickets from the cinema chains before they were sold out.

She also said that she wanted to watch the film during the opening week to avoid the film being ruined for her by seeing spoilers, and on top of that, she also wanted to be one of the first to find out which superheroes survive the film.

“I bought three tickets for RM300 from Mudah.my and even that is not for the first day,

I think it’s quite frustrating that some people just bought tickets earlier only to re-sell them. I don’t agree with this (re-selling) culture but it’s the norms now,”

Speaking of spoilers, widespread leaks of the film were reportedly circulating online last week. Social media users reported running into spoilers left in comment threads. There were also reports that the film’s final scene was filmed and had been shared online.

Infinity War and Endgame directors, the Russo brothers spoke to Box Office Pro, who asked them if they were paranoid about plot leaks for Endgame.

“Yeah, we do feel that way. At a certain point, I’m sure we’ll write another letter this year that asks everyone to stay off the internet.

“I think this one has even more spoilers than the last one. This is a culture that wants everything now, and it’s getting worse. The world is connected via social media, and information travels within seconds.

“If you’ve been following along with this narrative for 10 years, you’re going to want to protect yourself. It’s best to go in clean.

“I encourage people to go opening weekend because I’m sure everything is going to hit the internet the moment the movie hits the screen.”

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And write a letter they did..

We Malaysians have just a couple of hours before the first screening of the film on our shores. So, till then, tread carefully out there guys. And after you watch it, remember…Thanos demands your silence.

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Survey: One In Four Girls In Malaysia Are Sexually Assaulted Before Their 18th Birthday

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Is your child being groomed right in front of you?

Research has shown that in Malaysia, one in every four girls will experience some form of sexual assault before their 18th birthday. While for boys, the number is one in every six.

Director of the Department of Family Development in the Health Ministry, Dr Faridah Abu Bakar said the statistics include the following numbers of reported cases:

Child rape: 13,272

Child molestation: 6,014

Incest with a child: 1,796

Unnatural sexual acts with a child: 1,152

“If you take a good look at the cases, you’ll find that the sexual predators are very friendly with children, this is because they are grooming the children, making the child trust them and become influenced by them.

That is why, in these type of cases, we as parents need to teach our children boundaries. If an adult is very close with our children, such as an uncle for example, teach them what boundaries need to be maintained for that kind of relationship.”

While there’s no “typical sexual predator”, listed below are things we as parents can do to recognize predatorial behavior.

7 Signs of Grooming.

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1. Paying special attention to a child and making him or her feel special.

They will get to know the child’s likes and dislikes very well and will try to win over the affection of their victim by sharing these likes.

2. Isolating your child by involving him or her in activities that require them to be alone together.

Part of the manipulation process is breaking down the child’s barriers. An adult who invites your child to sleep over at his or her house alone should raise a red-flag warning to you.

3. Touching your child in your presence so that your child thinks that you are comfortable with the touching.

The act might be as simple as putting their arm around your child’s shoulder or asking them for a hug goodbye. Be aware of your child’s reactions. Does your child seem uncomfortable? Never force your children to show affection to anyone they are uncomfortable with. This teaches them that forced physical contact is okay.

4. Taking advantage of a child’s natural curiosity about sex by telling them “dirty” jokes, showing them pornography or by playing sexual games.

If your child starts to suddenly talk about sex and things related to it, this may be a sign that he or she is being groomed. Be aware of physical signs as well, if your toddler is touching themselves or others inappropriately, this may be a sign that there is a problem.

5. Offering to play games or buy treats for young children

After a while, the predator may ask for “something” in return. This “something” may be a sexual act or forcing the child to watch pornographic material.

6. Becoming “close friends” or “a listening ear” to your child when your child has a fight with you or with their friends.

Predators often target kids who feel isolated from their friends. Children of single parent homes are frequently victimized because they are seen as being vulnerable. Male predators have been known to seek out single mothers to gain access to their children.

7. Eventually treating the child victim as being involved and at fault for their “relationship”

The predator may threaten your child saying you would be angry at “both of them” if you found out what happened. This aims to reduce the likelihood that someone might find out about the sexual abuse.

The statistics and signs can be overwhelming. But parents are the ones most likely to spot abuse if they pay close attention to their children and the people close to them.

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Here’s How World Leaders Reacted To The Deadly Blasts In Sri Lanka

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Three churches and four hotels in Sri Lanka were attacked on Easter Sunday, leaving an estimated 290 people dead and 450 wounded.

The eight explosions, some of which were reportedly suicide bomb attacks, is one of the only major attacks to hit Sri Lanka since the end of the civil war 10 years ago.

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Since the attack, the Sri Lankan government has declared a curfew and blocked major social media networks in the country, including Facebook and Whatsapp, to prevent misinformation and rumours from circulating.

Politicians and religious leaders stand united in their shock and condemnation of the attacks. Here are some of their reactions.

Pope Francis

“I learned with sadness and pain of the news of the grave attacks, that precisely today, Easter, brought mourning and pain to churches and other places where people were gathered in Sri Lanka,” he told tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square to hear his Easter Sunday message.

I wish to express my affectionate closeness to the Christian community, hit while it was gathered in prayer, and to all the victims of such cruel violence.”

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder

Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Dr Yousef Al-Othaimeen

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

US President Donald Trump

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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French President Emmanuel Macron

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British Prime Minister Theresa May

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

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“New Zealand condemns all acts of terrorism, and our resolve has only been strengthened by the attack on our soil on the 15th of March. To see an attack in Sri Lanka while people were in churches and at hotels is devastating,” she said in a written statement.

“New Zealand rejects all forms of extremism and stands for freedom of religion and the right to worship safely. Collectively we must find the will and the answers to end such violence.” 

Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al- Mustafa Billah Shah

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His Majesty strongly condemns the perpetrators involved in the blasts and is profoundly saddened by the devastating loss of life and injuries,” said a statement from Istana Negara issued by the Comptroller of the Royal Household, Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin.

“His Majesty also expresses his condolences and utmost sympathy for the victims of the “senseless and barbaric crime” and is saddened that innocent people were targeted during a time of prayer and celebration.”

“His Majesty The Yang di-Pertuan Agong conveys Malaysia’s support and solidarity to the victims, their families and the people of Sri Lanka.”

Seven people have reportedly been arrested in a raid on a house in Colombo in relation to the attacks, during which three police officers were killed. Further details on the raid have not yet been made available.

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Starting Oct 2019, Malaysians Kena Apply For An ETA To Visit New Zealand!

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Currently, Malaysia is one of the many countries whose citizens tak payah apply for a visa if they will be visiting New Zealand for less than 3 months. However, starting 1 October 2019, Malaysians will need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) and pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) before travelling to the country.

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The ETA and IVL is New Zealand’s effort to conserve the natural environment of the country, by requiring tourists to directly contribute to the tourism infrastructure they use and help protect and enhance the natural environment they will enjoy during their stay in New Zealand.

The ETA and IVL applies only to citizens from a visa waiver countries, such as the USA, UK Canada, Singapore, Germany, and also Malaysia.

Here’s what you need to know about the ETA.

1. ETA Requirement Tu Starting 1 October 2019

You will need to apply for the ETA and pay the IVL if you plan on visiting New Zealand any time after 30 September 2019.

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2. Even If You Pergi NZ On Transit Je, You Still Have To Apply.

You’ll need to apply for the ETA if you are a Malaysian visiting New Zealand, or if you are a Malaysian transiting in New Zealand, or, if you are a passenger of a cruise ship entering New Zealand.

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3. You Takpayah Apply If You Already Have A Valid Visa

You don’t need to apply for the ETA if you already have a valid New Zealand visa or if you are a permanent resident of New Zealand.

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4. Cost Of The ETA Varies Depending On Dekat Mana You Submit Your Request

The ETA costs:

  • RM 24.83 (NZD$ 9) for requests submitted via their mobile app
  • RM 33.10 (NZD$ 12) for requests using the website form

The IVL costs RM 96.55 (NZD$ 35) for each person and is charged together with the ETA. So, in total, you’ll be paying at most RM 129.65 (NZD$ 47) per person.

Yes, it’s quite mahal. But the good news is that the ETA and IVL are valid for multiple visits and for up to 2 years.

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5. You Should Apply 72 Hours Sebelum Your Travel Date

The ETA requires up to 72 hours of processing, so it’s a good idea to apply for it three days prior to the day you plan to travel, just to be safe.

Even though most ETA’s only take a couple of hours to be approved, airport security won’t allow you to board the plane without an approval.

Also, if you are travelling on an ETA, you’ll need to be able to show airport security that you will be leaving the country within 3 months of your arrival date with a departure ticket.

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BTW, if you plan on doing one of those working holidays or if your stay in New Zealand will exceed 3 months, you can’t do that on an ETA, instead, you’ll need to apply for a visa. You can get more information on that, here. Happy travelling, folks!

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Here Are All The Klang Valley Areas Affected By Water Disruptions Next Week!

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Get your kolahs ready! There will be water disruptions all over Klang Valley starting Wednesday (24 April) and the disruption is expected to last for almost 4 days (86 hours)!

The disruption is because the Selangor River Phase 2 Water Treatment Plant (LRA SSP2) is being upgraded by Pengurusan Air Selangor. Districts affected include Klang, Shah Alam, Petaling, Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Langat and Kuala Selangor.

Here are all the areas affected, according to district and date of disruption. Be sure to check it so you’ll know how long the disruption is expected to be in your area!

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If you tak sempat simpan water for you and your family before Wednesday, or your kolah tak cukup besar, there will be water tankers, static tanks, public taps, water refilling stations and distribution of bottled water at the affected areas.

Here are the locations where water aid can be found:

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Air Selangor is expecting around 50% of the affected areas to start receiving piped water supply again 24 hours after the upgrading works have completed.

For more information, or to request emergency water supply, visit Syabas website or contact Air Selangor via their Facebook page.

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Extinct! There Are No Sumatran Rhinos Left In Sabah’s Wilderness

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A study has confirmed that the Sumatran rhinoceros is effectively extinct in the Sabahan wilderness.

The study was conducted in Ulu Segama Forest Reserve, Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Lahad Datu as well as in Ulu Malua Forest Reserve as these locations were previously identified to have a population of Sumatran rhinos.

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According to The Star, State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Datuk Christina Liew, said during the Sabah state assembly sitting that the ongoing study started in 1978 and is being carried out by the ministry in collaboration with Borneo Rhino Alliance and the World Wide Fund Nature (WWF) Malaysia.

Methods used to detect the animals was forest explorations and camera traps.

“However, these studies did not find any footprints of the Sumatran rhinoceros or record any photographs of them.

This means that these areas no longer have a population of the Sumatran rhinoceros,”

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Previously, it was reported that only three Sumatran rhinos were left in captivity in Sabah, with none left in the wild. The three rhinos were made up of two females called Puntung and Iman, and a male named Tam.

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However, Puntung was put to sleep in 2017 after she was found to be dying from skin cancer. Iman was reported to be receiving treatment last year for bleeding in her uterus. There have been attempts to encourage breeding between her and Tam in the past, though the attempts have so far been unsuccessful. And it is feared that if her condition does not improve, then hopes of saving this species will be lost forever.

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Tun M Made TIME’s List Of 100 Most Influential People In The World!

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We have a huge influencer among us! Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been listed as one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2019. The list highlights influential people from all over the globe, filing them into five categories; pioneers, artists, leaders, icons and titans.

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Tun M’s profile was written by Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown, who sang praises for the Malaysian premier.

“You don’t have to be young to fight the power.”

Speaking of his impressive campaign, Clare wrote how the 93-year-old had come out of retirement to lambaste Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the 1MDB scandal, sweeping back into power with a landslide victory during the Malaysian general election last year.

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“Formidable old warhorse”

She noted how his age inspired trust in the rakyat, and his reliance on core values saw him gather vast crowds of support during his election campaign.

“For Malaysia, the episode has re-established democracy in a country that almost teetered into totalitarianism,”

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Tun M was listed under the “leaders” category. Besides him, also listed are US president Donald Trump, Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, Pope Francis and several other big names.

You can take a look at Tun M’s full profile here, and the rest of the list here.

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First It Was Bomba’s “Fireproof” Suits, Now Their Fire Trucks Are Breaking Down

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Facing life-threatening situations is part and parcel of being a firefighter. These are the people who keep us and our property safe from fires, assist us during natural disasters, save us from unwanted reptilian visitors in our homes and hold search and rescue operations when we are missing. The least we can do is make sure their equipment is in good working order for them to do their job.

However, a recent Harian Metro exclusive revealed that almost 40 per cent of Bomba’s fire trucks, aka Fire Rescue Tenders (FRT) dah rosak and takboleh pakai. According to the source who spoke to Harian Metro, the vehicles drive shafts or power take off (PTO) keep breaking down leaving almost half of their nationwide fleet completely unusable.

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The faulty vehicles were part of 242 FRTs purchased in 2007, 2010 and 2014 for RM420 million from a local supply company who was contracted by the government via a closed tender process.

“Unfortunately, for the last three years, the vehicles have started to break down, with the main damage happening at the drive shaft or PTO resulting in the vehicle being abandoned”

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The Selangor based company reportedly failed to provide adequate design and installation of required parts for the vehicles according to specifications. And this is believed to be the main reason why the FRTs keep breaking down. FYI, the unusable FRTs are worth a total of RM165 million.

The source noted that a basic FRT in good condition costs only about RM1.5 million per unit. Yet, the FRTs purchased were bought for up to RM1.86 million per unit from the local supplier. The source pointed out that although the government paid a high price for the vehicles, they still broke down frequently and he is sure it’s only a matter of time until the rest become unusable too.

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Currently, the unusable FRTs have been left to rot at the several Bomba garages nationwide, including in Section 15, Shah Alam, Serdang and Salak Tinggi.

 Based on the report, the process for purchasing vehicles for Bomba was done via open tender prior to 2007. And so, the vehicles received then were in good condition.  FRTs should be operative for at least 15 years, yet the ones currently being used by Bomba barely made it through 10 years of use.

This news comes after MACC’s investigation into the materials used for Bomba’s “fire-proof” suits worth RM13.5 million which were reported to be made of flammable materials.

MACC sent a sample of the suit to the Department of Chemistry who confirmed that the materials used to make the suits did not adhere to the standard set by Bomba. According to a statement by MACC, the investigation into the “fire-proof” suits is in its final stages.

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