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YAAS! Malaysia Is The World’s Best Healthcare Provider! Here’s Why!

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No one plans to get sick or hurt, but most people need medical care at some point in their lives – which is why a good healthcare system is so important. Thankfully for us, healthcare has always been easy in Malaysia. Sure, our private healthcare facilities can be pretty expensive, but most of the time they’re affordable. Meanwhile, the cost of going to government healthcare facilities is dirt cheap, and the service is still tip-top.

Apparently, we’re a lot luckier than we’ve realised because Malaysia has actually just been ranked as the World’s Best Healthcare Provider! For reals, you guys!

According to International Living’s 2019 Global Retiree Index, Malaysia scored 95 out of 100 points as the ‘Best Healthcare’ under the ‘World’ category of the 2019 International Living Global Retirement Index. Pretty neat huh?

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After Malaysia, France ranked as second place. Followed by Thailand at third place and Ecuador at fourth. Costa Rica and Mexico tied with each other at the fifth spot. Read on to find out why Malaysia managed to beat all these countries for the World Best spot!

#1 We provide world-class healthcare services!

The Joint Commission International is considered the gold standard in healthcare assessment around the globe, and it certifies 13 hospitals nationwide including four hospitals in Kuala Lumpur, and two in Penang. Our medical service is also considered to be world class with up-to-date and sophisticated infrastructure. The pharmacists, like the rest of Malaysia’s medical staff, are also well trained and informed.

#2 Majority of our doctors are trained in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia!

Because of this, communication between patients and doctors are flawless in Malaysia.

#3 Both private and public hospitals provide specialist services.

Our patients can choose whichever hospital suits their needs without compromising over quality. Moreover, you don’t need an appointment or a referral from a General Practitioner (GP) to see a specialist. All you need to do is register at a hospital of your choice and be in line to see a specialist.

#4 The prescription costs are affordable!

The private hospitals tend to be a bit more expensive but are more up to Western standards than the public hospitals. Even at the private hospitals, the treatment is so affordable that for minor visits some people pay out of pocket.

#5 Medical staff are genuinely interested in their patients!

Last but not least, the article mentioned that while Malaysians are generally friendly people, it’s the genuine interest that the medical staff take which impresses.

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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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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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Lonely Malaysian Kids Have Been Calling Helplines During Cuti Sekolah

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Kids, have you ever called the government’s helpline, Talian Kasih, to talk to them about abuse?

Hannah Yeoh, Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development reported a spike in calls received by local helplines during the cuti sekolah period.

According to Hannah, the kids are calling the helplines due to boredom and loneliness faced during the school holidays. So, the government has urged that schools, NGOs and parents come up with a healthy cuti sekolah programme to keep the children occupied during the school break.

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Speaking of kids and helplines, Hannah also reported that over 26,000 cases of child abuse had been reported since 2013, with 17% of the cases caused by family disputes.

She advised couples yang baru kahwin not to feel pressured by relatives yang suka menyibuk nak tanyabila nak ada anak?”, adding that raising a kid properly is a huge responsibility.

“Becoming a parent is not just about making babies but it is a lifetime of commitment and hard work. Never succumb to peer pressure and don’t be a parent if you’re not fit or if you’re not ready.”

Citing a study conducted by Universiti Sains Malaysia, she says 9% of partnered women in the country have experienced domestic violence, with more than 70% saying their kid had seen or heard the violence being committed in their homes.

If you are a kid in a similar situation or know anyone who might be facing this, do not be afraid to speak to someone or seek help! You can contact the organisations listed below:

TALIAN KASIH: 15999
Women’s Aid Organisation HOTLINE: 03-7956 3488 
WHATSAPP/SMS TINA: 018-988 8058 (24 hours)

BTW kids, jangan nak jadi macam dj dekat HITZ and gotcha call these people okay, nanti your friends who really need help won’t get the assistance they need.

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Perodua Myvi Was Recently Launched In Singapore And You’ll Be Terkejut By The Price Tag

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The latest Perodua Myvi model was officially launched in Singapore over the weekend (13 April) by the sole authorized Singaporean distributor, Perocom Auto. The third-gen Myvi model was launched locally in November 2017, and to date, has since sold over 110,000 units in Malaysia.

Some 250 potential buyers attended the launch of the Myvi at Perocom Auto’s outlet in Ubi. Perocom Auto has been the sole authorized Perodua distributor in Singapore since 1997, and they have previously sold the Kancil, Kembara, Kelisa, original Myvi, Viva, Axia and Bezza there.

Singapore is the first country the Myvi has been exported to under the Perodua brand. According to Paul Tan, the Myvi was exported to Indonesia last year, but it was rebadged as a Daihatsu Sirion.

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Both variants of the third-gen Myvi are being offered in Singapore, the Myvi 1.3 AT and the Myvi 1.5 AT. And their prices are mahal gila OK!

The 1.3 AT is priced at S$ 64, 800 (RM197, 093) while the 1.5 AT is S$ 69, 600 (RM212, 301). To put the price tag into perspective, here are the prices for the same models in Malaysia:

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Although the prices in Singapore are inclusive of GST and Singapore’s mandatory Certificate of Entitlement (COE), the Myvi is still being sold at about empat kali ganda the price offered in Malaysia!

Kalau you nak compare dollar for dollar without converting pun, the price is still pretty high since the 1.3 AT is only RM46,300 here but S$ 64,800 in Singapore.

Do you think the price is of the Myvi in Singapore is reasonable? Would you pay almost RM200,000 for a Myvi? Let us know in the comments below!

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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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