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Say Bye to Spam and Rumours!

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Are you one of THESE people? 

Seasons greetings! Forward. Good Morning photo! Forward. Funny video! Forward.

If you are, bad news for you – WhatsApp is restricting the number of times you can forward a message to just 5! 

Back in the day, you can forward the same message to 20 people or groups, but ever since viral rumours triggered killings and attempted lynchings in India, WhatsApp decided it needed to do more to crack down on rumour-sharers. 

The move was first introduced in India last July, and now it’s worldwide. 

If this upsets you, look on the bright side! The restriction means less spam and more thoughtful messages that are crafted just for you. 

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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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These Environmentally Friendly Things You’ve Been Doing Are Actually A Waste Of Your Time

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Since there’s a lot of money to be made by marketing items as “environmentally-friendly”, regardless of whether or not they really are, it’s hard to make sense of what products or services you use that are truly good for our planet tersayang. To help you sort through all this greenwashing mess, VICE spoke to a bunch of experts to find out what which environmentally-friendly alternatives yang baik tak payah buat.

1. Using reusable shopping bags instead of plastic bags

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Don’t get us wrong. You should definitely stop using single use plastic bags.

But those reusable cotton shopping bags are only helping the environment if you use the same bag for at least 11.5 years. This is due to the fact that they leave a bigger carbon footprint during production and distribution than normal plastic bags.

So, the REAL best bag to use is a brown paper bag for lighter items (and re-use and recycle them afterwards), or ditch the notion that plastic bags can only be used once and reuse those flimsy but remarkably-strong bags as many times as possible.

2. Using “flushable” or “biodegradable” makeup wipes and baby wipes

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Yes, we know they’re super convenient. And we know it says “biodegradable” on the packaging. But IT’S ALL A LIE! Wet wipes contain synthetic fibres and plastic!

Researchers at Ryerson University tested 101 single-use wipes (23 of which were labelled as “flushable”) and found that none of the wipes was “able to fall apart or disperse safely through the sewer system test”. Instead, these wet wipes just clog your drains, collect at the Indah Water treatment plants and merosakkan our environment.

The best option is to just use a piece of kain that you can wash and reuse, or..kita kan Asian. Pakai tangan and air je la cebok anak tu.

3. Flattening your tin cans

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The vast majority of tin cans are made of aluminium and they can be re-processed and re-used again and again and again times infinity, as long as they’re not contaminated and not flattened.

Even though crushing them flat in front of your crush can make you look macho, environmentally woke, and enables you to fit more tins into your bag, most recycling facilities use an automated process. These machines categorise items by shape and size – that crushed tin ends up being tossed to the wrong section cause the machine terconfused it as paper.

So, resist the urge of making your tin can into a budak flat. Instead, just rinse it out and toss it into the recycling bin.

4. Using ride-hailing apps

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While ride-hailing services like Grab and MyCar feels like it’s basically carpooling and that should be an obvious environmentally friendlier option, they aren’t actually that great for the environment.

Research suggests that ride-hailing apps are increasingly being used as an alternative to public transit, rather than as an alternative to cabs, car rentals, and vehicle ownership.

There hasn’t been a study done locally yet, but in the US, data from several studies showed that the arrival of ride-hailing apps resulted in a decrease in bus ridership and train ridership.  

Ride-hailing apps also result in more cars being on the road, and increased vehicle emissions from “deadhead kilometres” (deadhead kilometres are created when Grab and MyCar drivers drive around without any passengers such as when they are between dropping off and picking up passengers). This results in more emissions from lagi banyak distance travelled, and lagi banyak traffic jams which in turn also result in lagi banyak emissions.

The paling responsible approach to ride-hailing apps is to choose a carpooling option, avoid making the driver wait around for you – creating more emissions and membazir masa semua orang (this is a general rule for life too), and make Grab and MyCar your last choice if other transit options are available, rather than having them as your convenient go-to.

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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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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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Tinder Has Surpassed Netflix As The Highest Money-Making App For 2019

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It’s the first time since forever that Netflix is no longer the top grossing, non-game mobile app. The crown now belongs to Tinder.

Several reports are saying that the change in position is due to Netflix’s decision to stop paying “Apple tax”, which means it no longer allows users to sign up and subscribe to Netflix through its iOS mobile app.

Yeah, rather than give Apple a 15-30 percent cut of subscription revenue, they made it a requirement for users to sign up through Netflix’s website before they can use the app on mobile devices, on both iOS and Android. That small change caused Apple to lose millions in revenue per year, due to Netflix being the world’s top earning non game app since 2016.

Guess now Netflix is feeling the pinch as well.

Tinder on the other hand has surged ahead, riding on growth from emerging markets like India, where it is the top grossing app on the Play Store.

Tinder is doing well specifically thanks to their subscription service, Tinder Gold. For those who aren’t avid Tinder users, Tinder Gold has all the perks of Tinder Plus with the added ability of seeing all the people who have already swiped right on you (so you don’t have to aimlessly swipe right and wait for a match).

Currently, Tinder Gold has more than 3 million subscribers globally, with just 1.7 million subscribers joining in 2018 alone.

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Guess people would rather spend their Friday nights on a Tinder date than watching Netflix at home, huh? We can’t relate.

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Get A Free RFID Sticker For Your Car By Just Walking Into Any Of These 9 Centres!

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If you’ve been considering getting a Touch ‘n Go RFID sticker for your car, we have good news for you! There’s a super senang way to get one now!

Previously, those who would like to get an RFID sticker for their car would have to register on the Touch ‘n Go webpage and then wait to receive an invitation from them before getting the sticker.

However, The Star reported that Touch ‘n Go no longer requires users to register online, instead you can just walk into nine selected fitment centres where RFID can be fitted on your vehicle for free!

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Even though it’s free, you can’t just show up empty-handed. You have to bring them some buah tangan. Don’t worry, most of this buah tangan you can bring back home with you.

Here’s the buah tangan you have to bring:

  1. Original version and one photocopy of your IC (or passport if you ain’t Malaysian)
  2. Original version and one photocopy of your driver’s license
  3. One photocopy of your vehicle ownership certificate or a valid insurance cover note
  4. Authorisation letter from vehicle owner (if the touch n go account holder is not the vehicle owner)
  5. And….your vehicle.

These fitment centres will paste the RFID sticker, embedded with a radio frequency chip, directly onto your vehicle’s windscreen or headlamp. Then you can use the RFID toll lanes at selected highways in and around the Klang Valley.

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The sticker will be connected to your Touch ‘n Go eWallet app, where you can monitor your RFID balance and top up credit via online banking, debit cards or credit cards. FYI, RFID users get a 20% rebate on your first 10 toll trips until 30 June 2019, tau!

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So, if you’re interested, these are the nine fitment centre locations.

  • Aeon Big Bukit Rimau, Shah Alam
  • Aeon Big, Kepong
  • Berjaya Times Square, KL
  • Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang Jaya
  • Sunway Velocity Mall, Cheras
  • Tesco, Pusat Bandar Puchong
  • Tesco Extra, Cheras
  • Tesco, Setia Alam
  • Tesco Bukit Tinggi, Klang

They’ll be happy to receive you anytime between 10am and 10pm and the offer is only available while stocks last, so don’t procrastinate okay! Later finish how? No free RFID for you lah!

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Sunway Pyramid App’s Newest Feature Is For People Who Always Get Lost In Malls!

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If you’re anything like us and tend to end up spending lots of time and energy endlessly walking through malls because you asyik sesat je kerja, then you’ll be overjoyed to hear this!

Sunway Pyramid has just launched a navigation feature in its app that offers real-time directions using an indoor version of Google Maps!

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According to the company, they figured that trying to navigate through their four-story, 1.8 million square feet mall could get quite challenging and that’s why they’ve decided to add this feature to their app.

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Sunway Pyramid is working closely with Google Indoor Maps team to build this feature and it will use Google Maps’ indoor technology and WiFi signals to accurately determine your position inside the building in real-time. Which means that soon, you dah tak payah use those touchscreen physical directories to find their way around the mall anymore either.

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Hold on, can we be real for a second? Are we the only ones who apart from getting lost in the mall, can never seem to find those darn directories either? ANYWAY, back to the app..

Besides this GPS feature, their app also offers a quiz to determine your shopping persona, categorizing you as Trendsetters, Digital Geniuses, Family Heros, Smart Spenders or Golden Groovers.

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Information from the quiz, along with your navigation patterns, redemption and browsing behavior, will be used to personalize content for Sunway Pyramid to provide relevant targeted promos to you.

Upon downloading the app and registering, shoppers can scan their Member ID to enjoy rewards and gifts such as samples from Laneige, L’occitane, Clinique, Sulwhasoo, cash vouchers from Genki Sushi, complimentary milkshakes from NY Steak Shack and shopping vouchers amongst many others. Other activities include multiple photo op areas with a photo booth and even a relaxation lounge with massage chairs too. Best giler!

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The navigation feature will be available in Sunway Pyramid’s mobile app in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store starting 12 April.

Can we just say that this is a really great idea? Props to Sunway Pyramid for coming up with this. We really hope other malls will follow suit soon! Then, the days of getting lost in malls will be gone forever!

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Brand New Sabah State Library Badly Vandalised, Just One Week After Opening

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Last week, we were amazed at how hundreds of eager Sabahans flocked to the new Sabah state library to sign up for a membership. After being temporarily housed in a shopping mall for seven years, the state library was moved to its brand new RM49.5 million home in Tanjung Aru.

The new library went viral not only for its opening offer of lifetime memberships, but also for its facilities and unique design. The beautiful library, with its local motifs that celebrated the Sabahan culture and its people, also had an e-source centre installed on every floor.

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Arguably, the most impressive feature of the library was its children’s section. Decorated in an underwater theme, the section included custom-built shelves, sound absorption panels, an infinity mirror room, swings and netting ropes for resting and a storytelling corner complete with beanbags and pillows.

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Unfortunately, just one week after its launch, the library announced that it is closing the children’s section as of today, to repair extensive vandalism to its property.

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According to Malay Mail, library director, Wong Vui Yun expressed hurt and dismay over the vandalism, describing it as disrespectful and the result of inconsiderate parents.

“I was notified by my staff on Sunday afternoon that the children’s area was damaged. There were drawings everywhere, the books were lying on the ground being stepped on, the toilet seat was broken and the trash bins as well,”

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Pictures of the vandalized facilities have been circulating on social media, with users criticizing the parents who failed to supervise their children. The adults were said to be on their phones and eating in the reading areas while their children ran around screaming, tearing pages out of books and drawing on walls.

i received this photo from friends of mine and it was jst yesterday we pay a vsiit to this wonderful library and also…

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Wong explained that his staff had tried to tegur the parents but instead of scolding their children, the parents scolded the staff.

“We are a service department so we are taught not to argue with customers even if we are in the right.”

Some have pointed the blame to the library for not having enough staff on site, while others also accused them of inviting vandalism by providing crayons and coloured pens to the children.

However, Wong disagreed.

“We do not have crayons. We only have chalk, that’s because we have a big green board where people can draw and doodle as much as they want,”

Following the incident, the library has decided to close the section for several days to clean and repair the damage. The library also plans to take some measures to avoid similar events from recurring in the future, including adding more staff on duty, tightening security and limiting the number of people in the children’s section at a time.

“We are still assessing but when we open, likely on Thursday, we will check bags to ensure there is no one carrying in crayons or colouring pens or watercolours.


We will also limit the number of children who get to go into the children’s area. Those above 12 years’ old who are not accompanying children will not be allowed in,”

This is why we can’t have nice things, you guys.

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This Malaysian Bought A Life-Sized Iron Man Replica From Royal Selangor For RM77,000!

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There’s a rich Malaysian Marvel superfan right here in KL who just forked out RM77,000 for a life-sized Iron Man statue!

This superfan recently made jaws drop when he posted photos of him unboxing the statue on his Facebook page.

The statue is a limited-edition two-meter-tall replica of Iron Man’s Mark 43 armour featured in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Commissioned by Taiwanese collectables brand Beast Kingdom in association with Marvel, the replica was produced by Royal Selangor and released last year in honour of the 10th anniversary of Iron Man’s first movie.

It appears that after the super fan bought it, the replica was transported in three separate parts (including its base platform) to his home. Four Royal Selangor personnel were deployed with the replica to help with assembling.

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The replica is complete with lit up eyes, arc reactor and repulsors.

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There are only 30 units of this replica available in the whole wide world, and we think this dude bought the last available one based on the replica’s numbering on its base. Walao!

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Besides this replica, the collector also owns an impressive collection of Marvel memorabilia including infinity gauntlets, a couple of Mjölnirs, a Captain America shield and several headpieces.

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Okay, we’re officially jelly.

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Dah Putus Cinta. Now, What About His Junk?

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So, you broke up with your man and his junk is still all over your house – his ratty jeans, his PlayStation, the pair of shoes he wore to your brother’s wedding and oh, that gold promise ring he got you for your 5th anniversary.

What are you going to do? Give them back to him? Chuck them in the trash? Gift them to the homeless guy down the street? Apparently, 1 out of 4 Malaysians dump their ex’s gifts like the garbage their pledges of eternal love were.

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Carousell recently ran a survey and found there were also a lot of people who would just give the items back.

But most respondents – 74% of them – would sell the items and use the money to buy something else or treat themselves to a nice meal (Which is what we would do. But then, we eat our feelings.)

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1 out of 5 Malaysians said they would pass the objects on to someone else. (Personally, we highly advise against recycling rings and lingerie because oh boy you’re going to get into the doghouse quick, otherwise!)

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The whole point of the Carousell survey was to encourage people to declutter and sell off their ex’s leftovers, in line with their #MakeSpaceForLove campaign. Yes, we completely agree, there’s no better way to move on than to sell his PlayStation and use that money to gorge on ice-cream. (Fine, we know, we don’t give the best advice.)

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