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If You Like Horror Stories, You’ll Wanna Follow #KLEncounters on Twitter

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There’s something about local horror stories that just affect us way more than hantus from foreign films. Like, what is a poltergeist even? A spirit who closes doors for you? No problem. Tell us about a pocong on malam raya though, and you’ll make any Malaysian think twice about glancing behind them.

#KLEncounters is a hashtag people have been using to share short local spooky narratives on Twitter. It has been trending on Twitterjaya for the past couple of days, and people are loving it for the bite-sized little stories that send chills down your spine.

The hashtag originally started on 27 February by Twitter user @SwordsnFlowers. Then somehow, the hashtag picked up as more Malaysians tried their hand at writing their own blood-curdling tales.

Here are some of the creepiest stories we’ve read.

Tip: Some are true, others are fictional. Can you tell which one is which?

Are you scared yet?

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Search the #KLEncounters hashtag on Twitter for more spooky stories!

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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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Instagram ‘Heartbroken’ Over Girl Who Posted An IG Poll And Then Took Her Own Life

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Instagram executives are heartbroken over the report of a 16-year-old girl Sarawakian girl who had posted a poll on the platform’s stories feature and died by suicide.

According to reports, the poll she posted had asked her followers if she should continue living or if she should die and more than half of respondents voted in favour of her dying.

At the moment, Instagram’s executives said it’s too soon to say if they would take any action against account holders who took part in the poll. The app’s Head of Product, Vishal Shah, told UK Parliament’s MPs that the social media company will be looking into whether they might need to make some changes to their policies.

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“The news is certainly very shocking and deeply saddening,

There are cases… where our responsibility around keeping our community safe and supportive is tested and we are constantly looking at our policies.

We are deeply looking at whether the products, on balance, are matching the expectations that we created them with.”

Meanwhile, the company’s Head of Public Policy, Karina Newton added that the poll posted by the 16-year-old would have violated the company’s guidelines.

Instagram has measures to detect “self-harm thoughts” and will remove certain posts while offering support where appropriate. For example, if a user of the app were to do a search on the word “suicide”, a pop-up would appear offering to put them in touch with organisations that would be able to help.

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However, Vishal Shah said that the way people express mental-health issues is constantly evolving, making it difficult for them to detect it on the platform.

They had been questioned about the matter in Westminster where they were appearing as part of an inquiry by UK’s Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee into immersive and addictive technologies.

Under Malaysian law, suicide is considered as a criminal offence, and those found guilty of encouraging or assisting in the suicide of a minor could be sentenced to death or jailed for up to 20 years.

If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide, please reach out to these hotlines:

1. BEFRIENDERS 
Address: 95 Jalan Templer, 46000, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Contact: +603-7956 8144 | +603-7956 8145 | sam@befrienders.org.my | Website

2. TALIAN NUR
Contact: 15999 | taliannur@kpwkm.gov.my

3. ALL WOMEN’S ACTION SOCIETY (AWAM) – TELENITA 
Address: 85, Jalan 21/1, Sea Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Contact: +603-7877 0224 | Website

4. WOMEN’S AID ORGANISATION (WAO)
Contact: +03-7956 3488 |womensaidorg@gmail.com | Website

5.DBKL TELECOUNSELLING
Address: Tingkat 1, Menara DBKL, Jalan Raja Laut 50350 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: 1800-88-2600 | 03-26179905

And remember, you may not believe it now, but the way you’re feeling will change.

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Local Teenager Dies After 69% Voted For Her To Take Her Life On An IG Story Poll

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Depression and suicide isn’t a joke.

After posting a poll up on her Instagram Stories, a 16-year-old decided to take her own life after 69% of her followers encouraged her to.

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According to Astro Awani, the teenager died after falling off the third floor of a shop lot in Bandar Baru Batu Kawah in Kuching, Sarawak. She was found around 8pm on Monday night (13 May) by a passerby who reported the incident to the Balai Polis Batu Kawa. After that, her brother and mother also reportedly found her body on their way home from dinner.

The girl had exhibited warning signs through a posted Instagram story poll which wrote “Really Important, Help Me Choose D/L” at 3pm that same day. It appears that D likely meant “die” while L meant “live”. This might have been her last attempt to reach out for support. Sadly, insensitive social media users encouraged her to take her life rather than offering her some help.

Besides that, she also posted a status update on Facebook which wrote “WANNA QUIT (MY) F*CKING LIFE I’M TIRED” and updated her WeChat status telling all her friends how much she loved them before she died.

Suicide is complex and there are usually multiple factors that lead to someone taking their life. The Padawan District Police Chief believes the girl was highly stressed and it was reported that she might have been affected by the fact that her stepfather had married a Vietnamese woman in Singapore and rarely came home. Besides that, other difficulties that she might have been facing are unclear.

Sarawak police had classified the girls passing as sudden death with no criminal motive detected. However, today, Free Malaysia Today reports that Bukit Gelugor MP, Ramkarpal Singh, has encouraged MCMC (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission) to look into the case.

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“How some netizens could have actually condoned this is beyond me,”

“Would the girl still be alive today if the majority of netizens on her Instagram account discouraged her from taking her own life?

“Would she have heeded the advice of netizens to seek professional help had they done so?”

Ramkarpal also cited a case in the US that happened two years ago, where a woman was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide.

“Since attempted suicide is an offence in this country, it follows that abetting one to attempt suicide may be, too,”

Last year, the New Straits Times reported that between 2014 and 2018, over 500 suicide cases were reported in Malaysia every year. Out of that number, a total of 1,696 people died while 625 survived suicide attempts. Of the fatal cases, 1,282 were male while 414 were female.

Most people who die from suicide exhibit several warning signs before taking their lives.

  1. Talking about wanting to die
  2. Looking for a way to kill themselves
  3. Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  4. Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  5. Talking about being a burden to others
  6. Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  7. Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
  8. Sleeping too little or too much
  9. Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  10. Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  11. Displaying extreme mood swings

If you know someone who is exhibiting these warning signs, you should avoid leaving them alone. You can also help by removing any drugs, alcohol or sharp objects that they could use in a suicide attempt. Then, take them to the emergency room at a hospital or call a medical or mental health professional.

If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide, these hotlines are here to help you:

1. BEFRIENDERS 
Address: 95 Jalan Templer, 46000, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Contact: +603-7956 8144 | +603-7956 8145 | sam@befrienders.org.my | Website

2. TALIAN NUR
Contact: 15999 | taliannur@kpwkm.gov.my

3. ALL WOMEN’S ACTION SOCIETY (AWAM) – TELENITA 
Address: 85, Jalan 21/1, Sea Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Contact: +603-7877 0224 | Website

4. WOMEN’S AID ORGANISATION (WAO)
Contact: +03-7956 3488 |womensaidorg@gmail.com | Website

5.DBKL TELECOUNSELLING
Address: Tingkat 1, Menara DBKL, Jalan Raja Laut 50350 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: 1800-88-2600 | 03-26179905

And remember, you may not believe it now, but the way you’re feeling will change.

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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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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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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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Malaysia Has Appointed Our First Female Chief Justice!

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Malaysia has appointed our first female chief justice!

Last Thursday (2 May) Federal court Judge Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat was appointed as the top judge of the country, replacing retiring chief justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum.

Malanjum was the first east Malaysian and first Sabah Bumiputera to be appointed as chief justice. He retired last month after reaching 66 years old, aka the retirement age for judges. He then served an additional six-month extension allowed under the Federal Constitution.

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Tengku Maimun’s appointment comes just a few days shy of PH’s one-year anniversary of being in government. At 59 years old, she will be able to serve for some years before she too reaches the retirement age for judges. Based on the judiciary’s website, Tengku Maimun started her legal career in October 2006 as a judicial commissioner at the High Court in KL.

Since Malaysia was founded in 1963, all 15 judges that held Malaysia’s top judicial post have been men. Tengku Maimun is the first woman to hold the post and joins several other powerful women who have made history in Malaysia.

An obvious example would be Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who became the first female Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia when PH came into power.

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Besides Wan Azizah, another inspiring Malaysian woman is Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus. She is the second woman to be appointed as the Governor of Bank Negara, after Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz. A couple of months after being promoted to the position, she was named Central Banker of the Year 2019 for Asia-Pacific by UK finance magazine, The Banker.

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“Nor Shamsiah came into the central bank after being integral to the 1MDB investigations that shook Malaysia in 2017. 

With this background, she has been urging greater transparency in banking, and is seen as being a solid choice in pushing for stronger regulations and accountability in the country’s banking system,”

Nenney Shushaidah Shamsuddin is one of the first female Syariah High Court judges in Malaysia and she was also listed in BBC’s 100 Inspirational Women of 2018. Nenney was the only Malaysian to be named on the list.

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“Nenney fights for the protection of Muslim women in her courts and wants to change the negative perceptions of Sharia law,”

We’re so proud of all these women for their achievements! Higher, faster, further!

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Yes, Even During Ramadhan Also Waze Got Your Back With Traffic Jams

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Sure, traffic is bad during festive seasons, be it CNY, Christmas, Hari Raya, Deepavali or Thaipusam. But have you ever endured Ramadhan traffic?

Despite Ramadhan being the month of patience and generosity, getting stuck in traffic after a full day of fasting is gonna be tough on anyone. And the last thing anyone wants is to be stuck in traffic while you’re trying to get home to buka puasa together with your family.

So, as usual, Waze has got you covered! Be it commuting to and from work, or just running errands throughout the day. Here are all the best and worse times to be on the road during the fasting month!

The Ramadhan Balik Kerja Rush Hour

According to Waze, the drive to work will have heavier traffic compared to the drive home. Traffic is expected to be the worst between 8am and 11am and should only subside around 3pm on weekdays.

Best and Worst Time To Get Fast Food

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Mengidam some burger and fries? Well, based on Waze, anytime after 9pm and especially between 12am and 5am is a good time to get some fast food grub. In contrast, the worst time to get that cheeseburger is between 4pm and 7pm cause people are most likely gonna be having their buka puasa there during this time period.

Best and Worst Times To Go Jalan Jalan At The Mall

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Shopping centers are gonna be consistently crowded between 12pm and 4pm. Ye la, tengah puasa-puasa ni mesti nak sit in the aircond kan. Malls will be absolutely packed from 5pm to 6pm. If you need to get some shopping done, the best time to go would be after 7pm.

Best and Worst Times To Pergi Bank

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Based on Waze, the traffic on roads going towards banks in Malaysia will fluctuate throughout the day during Ramadhan. From 7am to 9am, there will be a steady increase of people going to withdraw cash at ATMs. However, traffic will start to get worse after the bank officially opens at 9.30am and will become jam packed between 12pm and 3pm. If you’re planning to head to the bank just to cucuk duit, the best time to go would be after 4pm.

Best and Worse Times To Isi Minyak

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If you visit petrol stations before 8am, you’ll likely see little to no queues at any of the pumps. Then, petrol stations will steadily get more and more packed from 9am onwards. You’ll definitely want to avoid petrol stations between 3pm and 6pm cause that’s when most people are gonna go isi minyak on their way home from work. If you really need fuel in the evening, best time to go would be after 7pm after semua orang dah balik rumah bukak puasa.

Happy fasting to those who will be and happy driving to everyone else!

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Malaysian Doctor In Australia Kantoi For Being Sexist and Offensive, Kena Gantung

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A Malaysian man working in Australia is famous! But for the worse reasons…

Dr Christopher Lee Kwan Chen is in a lot of trouble with the Australian Medical Board and the police there due to his keyboard warrior antics.

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The emergency doctor is very active on a forum in Singapore, regularly giving out medical advice and his opinions on Ask Me Anything (a.k.a AMA) threads. However, it was found out that some of his comments on the forum include statements like “some women deserve to be raped” and “she needs to be abandoned in India and repeatedly raped in order for her to wake up her idea.” He has also hinted at sharing the nude photos of a woman who criticized him!

Besides that, Dr Christopher talked smack about Chinese and Singaporean women, as well as Indonesians and Filipinos. Generally, he seems to dislike everyone. Including his wife. (Yes, he’s married.)

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Christopher has posted photos of his wife on the forum, boasted about their sex life and said the only way they will separate is if it ends in murder. Oh, and BTW, he also threatened to kick her down the stairs to force an abortion if she ever gets pregnant. How charming. #EyeRoll

He has always bragged that he will not get into trouble with Malaysian or Australian authorities because, according to him, he’s only posting these things on a Singaporean forum. But man, was he wrong!

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Dr Lee has been suspended from work for 6 weeks and the Australian police are now investigating him. Not that he minds. Shortly after he was banned, he went back to the forum to say “We’ll see who has the last laugh”.

While he seems to be unremorseful, Malaysians are livid. Many of them are angry at the doctor for soiling Malaysia’s name in Australia. While others are worried he’ll return and practice here instead.

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At this point, it’s still unclear what charges he’ll be facing exactly, but he’s not allowed to work anywhere in Australia until June. On top of that, there’s an online petition calling for his medical license to be revoked, especially since he posted photographs of medical procedures he performed and patient x-rays online.

Regardless of how this whole mess ends, we really hope the doctor will learn his lesson. And dear Malaysians, always remember that we have a responsibility to uphold our country’s image. So jangan buat benda bodoh kat rumah orang lain. K?

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M’sian Muslims Visited A Church And Temples To Show Solidarity With Victims Of The Sri Lanka Bombings

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The tragic Easter Sunday suicide bombings that took place at churches and hotels in Colombo, Sri Lanka killed 253 people and injured at least 500. The terrible act of terror came after 50 people were shot dead in several mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Following the devastating incident, several Malaysian Muslims came to together in an act of solidarity with all non-Muslims and the victims of the suicide bombings by visiting a church, a Hindu temple and a Buddhist temple in Malaysia.

The 22 Muslims were members of the non-governmental organization, Global Unity Network and visited the non-Muslim places of worship to prove a point.

“In Christchurch, when Muslims were killed, non-Muslims showed their solidarity with us.

Following the Colombo incident, when Chris­tians were killed, we as Muslims must also show solidarity with all. It doesn’t mean that only we show compassion and solidarity when Muslims are killed.

Even if only one non-Muslim is killed, we must show concern. We must be fair to everyone,”

President of the NGO, Shah Kirit Kakulal Govindji said that they visited the Sri Maha Kaliamman Temple in Kg Kasipillay, the St Joseph’s Church in Sentul and Sri Jayanti Buddhist Temple, also in Sentul.

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During their visit, the members were served a halal breakfast at the church and lunch at the Buddhist temple. At the church, the team also held a dialogue session with parish priest Rev George Packiasamy

Shah Kirit said many problems in the world today stemmed from prejudice, presumptions and misconceptions about other religions and race and said that this is why the NGO aims to educate Muslims about other religions. Global Unity Network has been involved in interfaith work for almost 20 years.

“Malaysia is a multi-racial and multi-religious country, so it is very important that we understand one another well,”

Shah Kirit added that the NGO has a good relationship with the church and that this was actually his fourth visit there.

How inspiring! We commend this act of unity and solidarity! Terrorism is a global menace with no religion.  Their acts of terror aim to influence the way we think of people from other religions. And if you allow them to tear us apart, then they have achieved their objective. So, stand in solidarity and reject them totally and completely!

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