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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kthxbye.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So did we.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Get Free Ice Cream and McNuggets By Taking A Selfie At McDonald’s!

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Hotlink and McDonald’s wants to give you free ice-cream, McNuggets and a chance to win flight tickets!

The two have partnered to bring more happiness to Malaysians through free food. Cause obviously, there’s nothing that Malaysians love more than free food, right?

Here’s all you gotta do to get your hands on some free ice-cream and nuggets:

1. Go to one of the McD outlets with a “happiness machine” between 19 April and 18 May 2019.

These are the participating ones:

  • McDonald’s Bandar Baru Bangi Drive-Thru (Selangor)
  • McDonald’s Section 3 Shah Alam Drive-Thru (Selangor)
  • McDonald’s Jalan Gopeng Drive-Thru (Perak)
  • McDonald’s Jalan Tebrau Drive-Thru (Johor)
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2. Snap a selfie using the happiness machine. Don’t forget to smileeeee!

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3. Grab the redemption voucher that gets printed by the machine and send that selfie to yourself for keeps

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4. Redeem your free chocolate sundae at the counter with any purchase.

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If you pakai Hotlink, then you can get an extra 4pcs Chicken McNuggets by showing them your Hotlink RED app. Liddat only lorh!

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5. Extra step: If you wanna milk this chance even more, share your selfie on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtags #HotlinkXMcD and #Smile4Sundae to win a pair of flight tickets to any destination in Southeast Asia!

BTW, if none of these outlets are near you, you can still enjoy awesome perks from the Hotlink Rewards Deals using the Hotlink RED app. Just download the app, okay!

YAASSS! Now go out and get that free food, guys!

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LITE Asked The Public How They Feel About Pakatan Harapan, Here’s What They Said

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In a few more days, it will be one year since the historic GE14 elections.

Last May, in an unprecedented victory, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition, which had been the federal Opposition prior to the election, won a simple majority in the Dewan Rakyat. The election heralded the first regime change in Malaysian history, which previously saw the Barisan Nasional coalition enjoying uninterrupted reign since Merdeka in 1957.

And with this anniversary, many are thinking about whether or not the people made the right decision voting PH into power and if PH has been successful in keeping their manifesto promises.

A local radio station, LITE, launched an interesting poll, asking their viewers how they felt about PH’s rule so far. A total of 2,140 people nationwide took part in the survey and the results are in.

Out of the 10 questions, several piqued our interest. The survey found that most of the respondents said that generally, they feel better living under the rule of the PH government. However, they do feel that PH needs to focus on the rising cost of living and the country’s economic growth rather than crime and corruption.

Then, even though 66% of respondents feel that PH has delivered on at least some of their manifesto promises, one year after being voted in, most respondents only feel somewhat satisfied with what PH has done so far.

Meanwhile, when asked on whether they prefer Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim over Tun Dr. Mahathir as Prime Minister, results almost tied with 36% preferring the former and 37% preferring the latter.

And issues aside, the public still generally has hope for Malaysia and believes in the idea of “A New Malaysia”.

LITE also collaborated with Astro Awani to speak to some of Malaysia’s prominent journalists who shared their opinions on how the government has been doing so far. You can watch the first episode of the short forum in the video below.

Do you agree with what the panelists had to say? Do you feel differently to the results from the poll? Let us know how you feel about the state of our government in the comments!

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