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You Can Now Go Check Out What Our PM’s Official Crib Is Like!

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Seri Perdana, Malaysia’s version of The White House, is now open to the public, six days a week! According to the official Seri Perdana website, since the building “belongs to the people”, it’s open to the public.

The official residence of the Prime Minister, located in Putrajaya, began construction in 1997 and was completed in 1999. Its architecture is similar to Perdana Putra—the building where our PM’s office is, featuring a mixture of Malay, Islamic and European designs. Tun Mahathir was the first Prime Minister to reside in this house.

On your visit, you can’t just roam around freely like it’s your own place lah. Visitors will only have access to the Protocol Block and Banquet Block. In these sections of the building, you can check out the Special Dining Hall where our PM holds official banquets, the Meeting Room, and the Gallery, where our PM keeps gifts that he has received from local and foreign dignitaries.

There are also guided tours that are held from Monday to Thursday. You need to book a tour at least seven days before the date of your planned visit though. Each tour will last for about one hour and a half.

Just like a museum, you’re not allowed to make any recordings while you’re inside the building, so put those phones away and just enjoy the place. Be sure to dress appropriately and bring along some form of identification, like an identity card or a passport.

Opening hours: 9am to 12.30pm; 2pm to 4pm
Opening days: Everyday except Friday and public holidays. Seri Perdana will also be closed to public whenever there are official events.

For more information, you can visit the Seri Perdana website, here!

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Malaysians Are Really Paying Hundreds To Ticket Resellers To Watch “Avengers: Endgame” This Week

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The latest instalment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe films is causing Malaysian fans and moviegoers to go above and beyond in order to secure their tickets for opening week.

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Local cinema websites revealed that the majority of gold class and normal tickets for the first few days of screening are already sold out. Due to this, people are resorting to paying online ticket touters extra just to secure a seat in the cinema.

Ticket touters, obviously ambil kesempatan of this desperation and have reportedly hiked ticket prices up to as high as RM500 for tickets on premiere night! Walao!

Meanwhile, a pair of tickets for an IMAX 3D screening of the film is being sold for RM450, and a 4DX showing in Paradigm Mall, Johor is going for RM200 per ticket. Mahal gile wehh!

FYI, just to put things into perspective, normal prices for cinema tickets range between RM15 and RM40 for regular showings, while 4DX and IMAX are priced at RM50 to RM80.

One day after the tickets went on sale most cinemas only had the first few rows of seats left available – Image via Lowyat

According to the Malaysian Reserve, a local fan paid online ticket touters RM300 for three tickets. Speaking to the publisher, she said she was forced to buy from ticket touters because she tak sempat buy her tickets from the cinema chains before they were sold out.

She also said that she wanted to watch the film during the opening week to avoid the film being ruined for her by seeing spoilers, and on top of that, she also wanted to be one of the first to find out which superheroes survive the film.

“I bought three tickets for RM300 from Mudah.my and even that is not for the first day,

I think it’s quite frustrating that some people just bought tickets earlier only to re-sell them. I don’t agree with this (re-selling) culture but it’s the norms now,”

Speaking of spoilers, widespread leaks of the film were reportedly circulating online last week. Social media users reported running into spoilers left in comment threads. There were also reports that the film’s final scene was filmed and had been shared online.

Infinity War and Endgame directors, the Russo brothers spoke to Box Office Pro, who asked them if they were paranoid about plot leaks for Endgame.

“Yeah, we do feel that way. At a certain point, I’m sure we’ll write another letter this year that asks everyone to stay off the internet.

“I think this one has even more spoilers than the last one. This is a culture that wants everything now, and it’s getting worse. The world is connected via social media, and information travels within seconds.

“If you’ve been following along with this narrative for 10 years, you’re going to want to protect yourself. It’s best to go in clean.

“I encourage people to go opening weekend because I’m sure everything is going to hit the internet the moment the movie hits the screen.”

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And write a letter they did..

We Malaysians have just a couple of hours before the first screening of the film on our shores. So, till then, tread carefully out there guys. And after you watch it, remember…Thanos demands your silence.

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Starting Oct 2019, Malaysians Kena Apply For An ETA To Visit New Zealand!

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Currently, Malaysia is one of the many countries whose citizens tak payah apply for a visa if they will be visiting New Zealand for less than 3 months. However, starting 1 October 2019, Malaysians will need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) and pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) before travelling to the country.

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The ETA and IVL is New Zealand’s effort to conserve the natural environment of the country, by requiring tourists to directly contribute to the tourism infrastructure they use and help protect and enhance the natural environment they will enjoy during their stay in New Zealand.

The ETA and IVL applies only to citizens from a visa waiver countries, such as the USA, UK Canada, Singapore, Germany, and also Malaysia.

Here’s what you need to know about the ETA.

1. ETA Requirement Tu Starting 1 October 2019

You will need to apply for the ETA and pay the IVL if you plan on visiting New Zealand any time after 30 September 2019.

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2. Even If You Pergi NZ On Transit Je, You Still Have To Apply.

You’ll need to apply for the ETA if you are a Malaysian visiting New Zealand, or if you are a Malaysian transiting in New Zealand, or, if you are a passenger of a cruise ship entering New Zealand.

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3. You Takpayah Apply If You Already Have A Valid Visa

You don’t need to apply for the ETA if you already have a valid New Zealand visa or if you are a permanent resident of New Zealand.

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4. Cost Of The ETA Varies Depending On Dekat Mana You Submit Your Request

The ETA costs:

  • RM 24.83 (NZD$ 9) for requests submitted via their mobile app
  • RM 33.10 (NZD$ 12) for requests using the website form

The IVL costs RM 96.55 (NZD$ 35) for each person and is charged together with the ETA. So, in total, you’ll be paying at most RM 129.65 (NZD$ 47) per person.

Yes, it’s quite mahal. But the good news is that the ETA and IVL are valid for multiple visits and for up to 2 years.

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5. You Should Apply 72 Hours Sebelum Your Travel Date

The ETA requires up to 72 hours of processing, so it’s a good idea to apply for it three days prior to the day you plan to travel, just to be safe.

Even though most ETA’s only take a couple of hours to be approved, airport security won’t allow you to board the plane without an approval.

Also, if you are travelling on an ETA, you’ll need to be able to show airport security that you will be leaving the country within 3 months of your arrival date with a departure ticket.

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BTW, if you plan on doing one of those working holidays or if your stay in New Zealand will exceed 3 months, you can’t do that on an ETA, instead, you’ll need to apply for a visa. You can get more information on that, here. Happy travelling, folks!

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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.

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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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