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Yes, You Can Lodge A Police Report Against Noisy Neighbours

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Neighbours. We all have them, and most of us have surely wished at some point that they’d pipe the heck down.

Whether it’s the neighbour one door down from you or the one across the road, noisy neighbours can really disrupt tranquility in your own home, keep you up at night, or just make you miserable.

Well, you’ll be glad to know that you don’t actually have to suffer in silence (or lack thereof) because Polis DiRaja Malaysia (PDRM) recently reminded the public that they can lodge a complaint towards their noisy neighbours!

In the Facebook post, PDRM stated that creating excessive noise in a neighbourhood can be considered as causing a nuisance, which is in fact a criminal offence. PDRM outlined several examples of activities that could be considered as creating excessive noise:

  1. Playing with fireworks/firecrackers
  2. Revving the engine of a motorcycle
  3. Laughing loudly
  4. Playing loud music

High five if you know of many ‘culprits’ that fit these descriptions!

Referring to Section 13(1) of the Minor Offences Act 1955, PDRM said that these types of noises are considered a problem only if it disturbs the peace and harmony of a neighbourhood.

The act states that anyone who plays any instrument between midnight and 6am in such a manner that it causes annoyance to other people is committing an offence. Those convicted of this offence can be fined up to RM100.

But hold your horses, folks, ’cause there are several instances where you CAN’T lodge a complaint even if it’s disrupting your peace and quiet. They are:

  1. Noise created by the armed forces of Malaysia
  2. Prayer or other sounds produced for religious purposes
  3. Police whistles blown to call for assistance
  4. Horn/bell/whistle used to avoid an accident

PDRM also urged the public to refrain from taking matters into their own hands when faced with a dissatisfying neighbour—yes, we know all you’d like to do is strangle that annoying person—in case you end up being the one charged for a criminal offence instead.

They finished the post advising Malaysians to avoid being considered as a nuisance in their neighbourhood and advocated the practice of good neighbourliness instead.

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Don’t Kena Rakam on Your Trip! Here are Some Tips to Detect Spycams

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Ever get the weird feeling that you’re being watched or recorded, especially in an unfamiliar place like hotel rooms and public spaces during your vacation? The paranoia is warranted given such incidents of spycams and hidden cameras are not exactly few and far between.  

To ensure your safety and privacy, Senior Vice President of the Cyber Security Responsive Services Division in CyberSecurity Malaysia, Dr Aswami Fadillah Mohd Ariffin, has offered some tips on how to detect these spycams.

Pay Attention to Anything Out of the Ordinary

Dr Aswami Ariffin cautions the public to pay attention to anything that might seem a little off such as suspicious-looking objects and placements of such objects that might suggest a hidden camera. Some of the common objects used to hide the cameras, he adds, include pens, buttons, sunglasses, car keys and the like.

Scan Your Surroundings for the Cameras

There are 2 types of spycams: wireless and wired cameras. For wireless cameras, use your flashlight to look for any suspicious reflections – that might point you in the direction of a spycam. In addition, you can also check the Wi-Fi network for any suspicious devices as wireless cameras are usually connected through a wireless network.

As for wired cameras, it might be slightly more challenging to identify them as they might be hidden in clocks, air conditioners, fire extinguishers or other objects that may not raise any suspicion. Furthermore, they are especially dangerous as they work just as well in the dark. However, you can detect these hidden cameras using your smartphone or remote control as these cameras will usually generate LED blinks when in contact with your device.

We hope these tips help you to be more vigilant on your next trip.
Better to be safe than sorry!

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All You Need to Know About the “Sun Bear Trapped in A Condo” Incident

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News about the sun bear appearing at a condominium in Kuala Lumpur has been the talk of the town this week, and as the case develops, here’s a recap on what we know so far.  

Okay, jap. So what happened?

Here’s a timeline of what happened so far:

Thursday, 6 June: According to The Star, the incident first went viral on Facebook and WhatsApp when residents of the Sentrio Suites Condominium in Desa Pandan, Kuala Lumpur, heard a loud roar and spotted the sun bear cub from the windows of one of the units. The authorities arrived subsequently to investigate the case and took custody of the cub as the unit owner did not have the legal documents to keep the cub.

Friday, 7 June: The Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (Perhilitan) arrested the unit owner, who has now been identified as a 27-year-old singer, at 8pm under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 for keeping an endangered wild animal without permission.

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Sunday, 9 June: The singer, Zarith Sofia Yasin, told Kosmo! that she rescued the cub from the side of the road near Bukit Ampang, thinking it was a dog, and that she would send it to the zoo once it had regained its health. Meanwhile, Federal Territory Perhilitan director Muhamad Bokhari Fadzin confirmed that the cub is in good health and will remain quarantined as the case is still being investigated and the cub is still too young.   

Wednesday, 12 June: Zarith faces two charges under Section 69 (1), which carries a maximum fine of RM200,000 or imprisonment up to 10 years or both if convicted, and Section 86 (1C) of the Wildlife Protection Act, which carries a fine between RM5,000 to RM50,000 or jail time of up to one year or both if convicted. She pleaded not guilty to both charges and paid the RM10,000 bail.

Who is the singer?

Zarith Sofia Mohd Yasin, also known as Cik Pia, is a rock singer who first came into public attention via the reality competition, Rockanova, in 2017 where she made it to the finals and secured the second runner-up title.  

Why is this bad?

As of 2018, Perhilitan estimates that there are only around 300 to 500 sun bears living in Malaysia. Sun bears are protected under the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997 and an individual can be charge if he or she is found to possess them illegally under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010.

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According to Bornean Sun Bear Con­servation Centre founder Dr Wong Siew Te, young sun bear cubs need a special “carnivore formula” in the absence of their mothers as they belong in the wild where they will seek out wild fruits, honey or worms and beetles to feast on. They also grow in size rather quickly and would pose a threat in an unnatural environment.  

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Furthermore, sun bears are often targeted by poachers for their valuable body parts which can fetch up to thousands of ringgit in the illegal wildlife trade market, which is why Perhilitan only grants permits to zoos and places with proper facilities to keep the sun bears.

Now you’re all caught up on this story! 
We’re glad the cub is healthy and finally in good hands.

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You Can Now Get Brown Sugar Boba for only RM4.90 in FamilyMart!

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You’ve probably realized by now that there has been a bit of a boba craze recently. It’s not an entirely new phenomenon as we were first introduced to the bubble tea fanfare around 2012 through the likes of Chatime, Gong Cha, and Ochado (what a major throwback).

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Malaysians are braving long queues, once again, and flocking to bubble tea chains such as The Alley, Xing Fu Tang and Tiger Sugar to satisfy their sweet cravings. This wave of boba revival, however, focuses more on Taiwan-based brands and their cult favourite: fresh, warm brown sugar pearls set in ice cold milk.     

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Most recently, Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart has joined in the game by introducing their take on the trend with the Brown Sugar Bubble Milk, featuring brown sugar bubbles imported from Taiwan and 100% fresh creamy milk.

At a time where paying RM15 for a cuppa seems to be the norm, FamilyMart introduces their creation at a refreshing price of RM6.90. What’s more, for a limited time only (until June 25th), Facebook fans of FamilyMart Malaysia get to enjoy a RM2 discount, touting it as the “best deal in town”!

So, will you be trying FamilyMart’s Brown Sugar Bubble Milk or will you be sticking to your favourites?

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#DuitRayaMovement Spreads Festive Joy to Workers In Malaysia

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While many of us were enjoying the long break for Aidilfitri, there were others who, unfortunately, had to work during the festive season.

Twitter user @amin_jamean decided to spread the Raya cheer by handing out duit raya to baristas and cashiers. In his video that has since garnered 570k views, he encouraged others to join in the spirit of giving through the #DuitRayaMovement.   

Since then, other Twitter users have joined in the thread, sharing videos and stories of them doing their part in the #DuitRayaMovement.

This just warms our hearts! It’s wonderful to see how a simple act of kindness can make someone’s day that much brighter.

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Yuna Urges Visitors to Stop Trespassing “Forevermore” Music Video Locations

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Malaysian singer-songwriter, Yuna, has recently garnered a lot of praise for highlighting local Malaysian elements in a fresh, modern way through her music video for her single, Forevermore.

The opening scene, especially, caught the attention of her fans for sporting the nostalgic-inducing Proton Saga set against a rural petrol station in Perlis – something atypical of music videos today, which prefer to boast extravagant cars and luxuries.

However, this attention came as a double-edged sword for the owner of the petrol station who recently received a wave of unbecoming visitors climbing over the gate for a picture opportunity of the popularized petrol station.

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According to a report by Astro Awani, the owner of the petrol station tweeted Yuna for her help to urge the public to stay behind the gate if they want to take a picture as she fears that others might also trespass onto her property.

Yuna, of course, immediately responded by spreading the word, urging everyone to be mindful of the business owners while visiting the Forevermore locations in Perlis.

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As cool as it is to get pictures of these locations for the ‘gram, it is definitely uncool to trespass onto others’ private property and disrupt their peace.

Let’s be responsible visitors, people!

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This is What the Jalur Gemilang Looks Like as an Anime Character!

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is about a year away, and while we are definitely excited for this global event, someone has just taken this excitement to the next level.

In anticipation for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, World Flags put together a website to showcase the artwork of country flags personified as anime characters clad in outfits ready for battle. That’s a total of 180 anime characters inspired by flags from across the world coming together for some serious Avengers Assemble vibes!

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According to the statement on the website, the objective of this project is to educate the public on each of the different countries while showcasing traditional Japanese clothes in conjunction with the global event that will take center stage in Japan. Each country gets a dedicated page of the artwork with accompanying bite-sized information about the country.

Here’s what the Jalur Gemilang looks like as a badass samurai!    

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And here are some of our ASEAN neighbours’ flags as anime personae.

Singapore

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Thailand

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Indonesia

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Philippines

We just love how art & creativity can bring the world together, literally!
Now, can someone make this a full anime series, please?

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Someone Just Paid Close to RM200,000 for Sebiji Durian!

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We love a good durian and wouldn’t mind splurging on a quality Musang King once in awhile, but what’s the most you’re willing to spend on one durian?

According to The Star, a wealthy businessman in Thailand forked out 1.5 million baht (RM199,289) for one lone Kanyao durian at the King Of Durian 2019 Festival in Nonthaburi, central Thailand, where wealthy fruit lovers would bid to get their hands on one of nine handpicked durians from a nearby farm.

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This broke the record from the previous year of 800,000 baht (RM106,118) and exceeded the expectations of the farmer responsible for the most expensive durian yet.       

“I knew this was a very special durian but I was amazed at how much it sold for. I was expecting 1mil baht so for it to sell more is very good.”

– Maliwan Han Chai Thai

All proceeds from the auction, which amounted to 4.5mil baht (RM596,624), will be given to the farms and donated to local charities to purchase medical equipment for hospitals.

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If you, like us, don’t have RM200,000 to spare at the King of Durian 2019 festival, why not check out another durian festival happening closer to home that’s much easier on the wallet?

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From 10 June to 31 July, you can enjoy Durian-flavoured sweet treats, including tarts, puffs, cakes and frappes* (only available in Damansara and Cheras) from RM5.90 at any IKEA outlet in conjunction with IKEA’s Durian Dessert Festival.

Whew, all this durian talk is making us feel hungry (and poor)!

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Unclaimed DHL Parcels Were Lelong-ed for RM15 Each at a Ramadan Bazaar

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Have you ever wondered where missing parcels end up? Maybe they’re stuck in transit in a post office, or perhaps left with a neighbour, but the last place we would suspect is that it’ll be auctioned off at the pasar malam!

That is precisely what happened to several unclaimed DHL parcels that were sold as ‘mystery boxes’ going for RM15 each at a Ramadan bazaar.

The news first went viral when the Facebook page Viral Media Malaya shared a picture of the incident that allegedly took place in Sena Indah, Kangar.

According to the Malay Mail, DHL Express Malaysia is investigating the incident and assured the public in an e-mail statement that necessary action is underway to address the issue.

At DHL, the safety and security of our customers’ shipments are of paramount importance. We are currently conducting an internal investigation on this matter and will take the necessary actions as swiftly as possible.

While netizens question the ethics of buying these unclaimed parcels, we can’t help but wonder: what were in those boxes!?

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Would you have bought one?  

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Whoops, This Mother Tertinggal Her Daughter At The R&R During Their Balik Kampung Trip!

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During the busy festive season, we’re bound to forget something; with long to-do lists and items to pack, there’s surely something that will slip our minds. Eventually, panic and stress will ensue.

For this mother, however, the panic and stress of realizing that she left her daughter behind at the R&R must have been unbearable. We can’t even begin to imagine what she must have felt!

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According to Malay Mail, the incident happened some time around 2pm on Monday, June 3 when Twitter user @Sutungmenjerit tweeted for help to recover her daughter that she had accidentally left behind at the Temerloh R&R Shell station.

The Twitterverse immediately chimed in to help the mother by spreading the word and suggesting she sought help from PLUS and Shell. Some even gave creative advice to avoid this from happening again.

Many who related to this story even recounted the times they were left behind by their parents.   

Fortunately, a kind Shell staff flew in to the rescue by helping to send the child back to her worried mother.

Image via Twitter @Sutungmenjerit

We’re glad that everything turned out fine for the family!
Don’t forget to do a head count before making your way back home, folks!

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The Malaysian Pitcher Plant Could Become Extinct Cause Of Our Love For Pulut Periuk Kera!

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There’s no food like Raya food. Lemang, ketupat, rendang. Just thinking about all of it is making us salivate like crazy!

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However, it turns out there’s a Hari Raya delicacy that’s threatening the Malaysian biodiversity! Pulut periuk kera is a type of lemang that consists of glutinous rice steamed in periuk kera (pitcher plant). The dish is well-known for its soft and fluffy texture, and it’s considered one of the best things to have during Hari Raya and Ramadan.

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Based on a report by New Straits Times, A group of men in Segamat Johor, who are members of Kumpulan Pencari Periuk Kera have been spending the fasting month collecting pitcher plants in the forests. They have been aiming to collect 140,000 pitcher plants to meet the high demand from customers in Johor, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak and Terengganu for Ramadan and Hari Raya

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Local environmentalists caught wind of this practice and have expressed their concern. A Chairperson of the Malaysian Nature Society Pahang highlighted the issue through a post on Facebook, informing her followers that the periuk kera plant is currently listed as a critically endangered species of plant.

According to her, aside from its survival being threatened by the widespread practice of pulut periuk kera, the plant is also facing a survival challenge from the global warming crisis. The pitcher plant flourishes in cool air, and with temperatures increasing globally, the plant has been struggling to transition to higher altitudes to survive.

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Thus, by encouraging a large-scale harvesting of the plant to satisfy our kempunans, we’re not helping the survival of the plant at all. Instead, we could become the factor that pushes the plant to an early extinction if we carry on consuming pulut periuk kera.

This is terrible, you guys! Have you ever had pulut periuk kera? Is it worth risking a complete extinction of the species? Should someone start farming these plants to satisfy both our cravings and save the species at the same time? We’re just throwing out ideas here.

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