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Here’s The Story Behind The Video Of The Dog Being Dragged By A Truck

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Animals are innocent beings and more often then not, helpless beings too. Which is why it’s not surprising that a video of a dog being dragged on the road behind a pick-up truck went viral online.

In the 42-second clip, a white-coloured dog can be seen being dragged from the back of the vehicle, apparently by its leash. The incident supposedly took place in Taiping, Perak.

After the video was shared online, netizens demanded justice for the poor animal.

The Malaysia Animal Association also condemned the act

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One responsible netizen lodged a police report over the matter.

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According to The Star, Acting Taiping OCPD Superintendent Razlan Abdul Hamid said they received a report on the incident on Monday (Feb 11) at about 3.35pm. Upon receiving the report, the police managed to track down the owner of the pick-up truck based on its number plate.

After further investigation, the police found that the pick up truck was being driven by the owner’s father at the time of the incident. The man was reportedly on the way to abandon the dog.

“We have also taken statements from the vehicle owner, who said that his 58-year-old father was the one behind the wheel during the incident.

The man had allegedly wanted to abandon the dog because it was always biting the wiring at his house.

The man claimed he was not aware that the dog, which had been placed in the back of the vehicle, had fallen off and was being dragged.”

Razlan added that the dog had been under the man’s care since it was a year old and that the case would be investigated under Section 44 (1)(a) of the Animals Act for animal cruelty.

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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.

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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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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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Local Exam Paper Corrects Student’s Answer For An Appropriate Lunch Dish, Netizens Appalled

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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. Malaysians love their food. And we like to eat whatever the heck we please, whenever the heck it pleases us.

So, when an image of a local English exam paper which showed that the teacher unexplainably corrected their student’s answer for their choice of lunch was shared on Facebook, Malaysian netizens were predictably annoyed.

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Many netizens tried to make sense of the question, while others urged everyone to husnuzon, and not accuse the teacher of ill intentions.

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But most netizens were just annoyed that their lunch options were being limited by the examiner.

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We Malaysians need an explanation! Why do we have to eat chicken rice for lunch?!

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A Malaysian Genius Created A Google Chrome Extension That Automatically Blurs Semua Endgame Spoilers

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Although Marvel has informed all Avengers fans that Thanos demands our collective silence for Avengers: Endgame, there’s sure to be a couple of jerks who love to do nothing else if not ruin the fun for everyone by posting spoilers online.

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While we have taken to un-friending these horrible people on Facebook (we honestly recommend this, it feels so good), it seems that now there’s a less passive aggressive way to deal with them.

Top dog Malaysian, Ng Khai Yong, has created a Google Chrome extension that will ensure you don’t see any Avengers: Endgame spoilers

The aptly called No Spoilers extension automatically blurs any post talking about the long-awaited film.

Mashable Asia tested the extension out by installing it and then visiting the Avengers Facebook page. Here’s what they saw: Nothing.

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Heck, it works so well that when Khai Yong shared the extension on his own Facebook profile, he couldn’t see his post. 🤣

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This basically means that the extension will automatically blur anything that mentions Avengers: Endgame. Which might include updates too. Personally, we don’t mind. Anything but spoilers, please.

Download No Spoilers 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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This Is Why The Notre-Dame Cathedral Fire Is Such A Devastating Loss

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A massive fire destroyed significant parts of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on the 16th of April.

While most of the main structure remain intact, the fire burned for several hours, destroying the cathedral’s iconic spire and roof before firefighters contained the blaze.

This shocked many Parisians, tourists and people all over the world, and it is still unclear as to what caused the fire.

But for those who are only familiar with the cathedral thanks to Disney animation ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’, let’s look at a few facts about the iconic Parisian structure to appreciate it a little more.

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THE SPIRE WAS A SPIRITUAL LIGHTNING ROD

In the aftermath of the fire, you might have seen videos of the long rod on the cathedral topple down amid a blaze.

That was the spire!

The spire also had an adorable little rooster on top of it (which you can see in the picture above!), which is said to be a piece with three relics secured in the metal bird’s body.

This includes a possible piece of the Crown of Thorns acquired by the church in 1239, and relics from Saint Denis and Saint Genevieve.

This rod is said to have been a ‘spiritual lightning rod’ to protect the parishioners within.

AN OLD TEMPLE LIKELY LIES BELOW THE CATHEDRAL

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There was once a Gallo-Roman city known as Lutetia underneath the current area of Notre Dame, Paris. The cathedral may have been built right over a temple, as during an excavation, pieces of a sculpted altar dedicated to Jupiter and other deities were found.

NAPOLEON WAS CORONATED AS EMPEROR THERE

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Napoléon Bonaparte decided to have his 1804 coronation as emperor in Notre-Dame, but the cathedral was in bad shape due to decay and vandalism.

The French statesman and military leader then declared its return to church use, returned it to its former glory, and hosted his grand ceremony within its walls.

This was also an event in which he famously crowned himself.

VICTOR HUGO ALSO HELPED SAVE THE BUILDING

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Author Victor Hugo used the cathedral as a personification of France itself in his 1831 novel ‘Notre-Dame de Paris’, the book that inspired the Disney film ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’.

In the book, the hunchbacked bell ringer Quasimodo is NOT the main character.

His published story was a success, and it led to a major restoration of the building overseen by architects Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Lassus and Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.

IT TOOK 100 YEARS TO COMPLETE

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The cathedral started construction in the 12th century when Maurice de Sully became bishop of Paris. It was also during the reign of King Louis VII.

100 years later, when it finally got completed, Henry VI of England was crowned as the King of France there.

IT IS HOME TO HISTORICAL AND BIBLICAL ARTEFACTS

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The cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris is home to various artifacts, artwork and relics collected over the centuries, including what is believed to be the Crown of Thorns itself (pictured above), the original Great Organ dating back to medieval times, and the Rose Windows which are stained-glass windows that date back to the 13th century.

There are also sculptures, statues and paintings inside the cathedral that depict Biblical scenes and saints.

Thankfully, it’s been reported that all of the artefacts and artwork inside the cathedral have been saved from the fire.

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Concerned About Missing Children? Here’s How You Can Have NUR Alerts Sent Straight To Your Phone

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NUR (National Urgent Response) Alert is a government initiative started by PDRM to ensure children aged 12 years and below receive protection from exploitation, violence and neglect.

To assist this initiative, Malaysian telco companies have decided to send out NUR Alerts to their users to help inform the public of any missing children.

However, your telco company will not send the alert to you without prior approval. If you subscribe to NUR Alerts, the announcements will be made via MMS sent free of charge to your mobile phone. The message will typically contain an image of the child and further information about their case.

Receiving NUR Alerts can prevent injury and save the lives of abducted and missing children. NUR Alerts can also serve as deterrents to those who would prey upon our children, as some perpetrators may release the abducted child once they find out the public is aware of the crime and the missing child.

Approving NUR Alerts to your phone is an easy single step procedure, here’s all you need to do:

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Yesterday, a NUR Alert for an eight-year-old boy was posted on the PDRM website. Muhammad Zahiruddin Putra left his house at Pangsapuri Seri Dahlia in Bandar Seri Putra Bangi at 8am on Monday (15 April) to play with his friend.

His mother, Sainih Sunding only realized that Zahiruddin was missing after coming home from work that evening.

“I asked my third eldest child about Zahir and he told me Zahir was playing with a friend nearby.

We tried looking for Zahir around the neighbourhood but to no avail. A neighbour said he saw Zahir going to a shop at noon yesterday and in the evening, another neighbour saw him playing in the neighbourhood. That was the last time he was seen.

He was wearing a black t-shirt and a pair of blue pants. I am worried for his safety because he has not done this before (not coming home).”

If you have seen Zahiruddin or have any information on his whereabouts, do contact the nearest police station. Let’s hope we find this child soon!

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Malaysia Is Being Used As Australia’s Tong Sampah?!

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Turns out, Malaysia has become a tong sampah for Australia.

An exposé by Australian current affairs program, 60 Minutes, revealed that 71 thousand tonnes of rubbish from Australia were shipped to Malaysia in the past year because Australia’s recycling factories can’t cope with the massive amount of plastic being thrown away by them on a daily basis.

In an interview with 60 Minutes reporter Liam Bartlett, Malaysian Minister Yeo Bee Yin from the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology and Climate Change Minister is clearly frustrated.

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“I really think every country should take care of their own waste. We have 400 containers at customs now, full of plastic waste. This is what I really want to do, I want to send them ALL back to their country of origin.”

She adds, the government has so far shut down 150 illegal recycling factories nationwide since last July, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg. These factories dump plastic waste that can’t be recycled, on farmland, harming the environment and locals.

60 Minutes says Malaysia fell victim after China stopped accepting plastic waste from Australia. China was a giant importer of waste, taking in 125 thousand tonnes a year before they closed their doors. The Aussies then had to find an alternative and found that operators from China had opened illegal recycling factories in Malaysia.

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Yeo has vowed to impose stricter restrictions on plastic waste imports and new permits.

“I do not blame ordinary Australians. I think most of the people do not know this is happening. But now we know that this is happening, we need the solution.”

For now, Malaysia is inundated by the sheer number of illegal recycling factories, with limited resources to monitor the trade.

While this news is making us pretty annoyed with Straya, we’re reminded of the pepatah that goes something like “kuman di seberang laut tampak gajah didepan mata tak nampak” and consider how often we use and buang single-use plastic bag/straw/bottle/tapau containers in our own country. 🧐

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Chinese Dad Threw Coins At A Plane For Good Luck Cause His Mother-In-Law Suruh, Gets Detained

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For those married men out there, we’re sure you all understand how difficult it is to say no to your mother-in-law. Right? Well, a young father in China got detained by police for following a suggestion given to him by his mother-in-law.

A 31-year-old father in China was recently detained by airport security after he threw three coins near a plane he was about to board, to wish for a safe journey. The flight got delayed by 30 minutes due to his actions.

The disrupted flight was a Hainan Airlines flight from Wuhan in Hubei province to Xinjiang’s capital Urumqi.

Security footage obtained by Yangtze River Daily showed the dad, clad in a red shirt with his wife behind him holding their baby daughter, about to board the plane. Just before stepping in, he pauses and makes a throwing motion next to the door before entering the plane.

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The dad, whose surname is Xia, is just one of the many stories of people throwing coins at planes in China for good luck. However, the practice is dangerous as the coins could end up in the plane’s engines, damage the spinning turbine and cause engine failure.

After being detained, Xia was questioned by police. He told them that his mother-in-law had suggested that he throw coins at the ground for a safe journey since this was his four-month-old daughter’s first flight.

Apparently, Xia and his wife considered throwing the coins in the airport lounge but thought it wouldn’t be very effective. So Xia took advantage when he had a moment on the boarding bridge right before entering the plane.

Airport staff found three one-yuan coins on the tarmac and the flight departed after a 30-minute delay.

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Apparently, Xia was detained by police in Wuhan for 10 days and did not end up making the flight with his wife and daughter. We wonder if jaga-ing his mother-in-law’s hati was worth it?

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