The Rakyat Post https://www.therakyatpost.com Sat, 20 Jul 2019 04:57:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 https://media.therakyatpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/favicon.png The Rakyat Post https://www.therakyatpost.com 32 32 M’sian woman accidentally drives off with her cat stuck on car roof https://www.therakyatpost.com/2019/07/19/msian-woman-drives-off-with-cat-stuck-on-car-roof/ https://www.therakyatpost.com/2019/07/19/msian-woman-drives-off-with-cat-stuck-on-car-roof/#respond Fri, 19 Jul 2019 11:48:07 +0000 https://www.therakyatpost.com/?p=375666 We don’t know about you but we’ve accidentally left water bottles, thermoses, wallets, keys, and stacks of paper on our car roof, and driven away completely unaware. However, the one thing we have never accidentally left on our car roof though, is our pet cat. Unlike this Twitter user. Some forgot that they placed their […]

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We don’t know about you but we’ve accidentally left water bottles, thermoses, wallets, keys, and stacks of paper on our car roof, and driven away completely unaware.

However, the one thing we have never accidentally left on our car roof though, is our pet cat.

Unlike this Twitter user.

@senoreeta_, shared CCTV footage of the front of her house showing her slowly backing her car out of her home with her cat chilling on top of her car roof.

According to her tweet, she was completely unaware that her cat was fast asleep on her car.

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Senoreeta only realised her cat was stuck on top of her car when she stopped at a traffic light and noticed people were honking at her and pointing to her car roof. That was when she noticed a meowing sound coming from above her head.

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And it looks like the cat also didn’t quite realise what was happening until senoreeta’s car had completely reversed out of her house compound.

By the time the cat realised that he was a stowaway passenger, it was too late for him to hop off.

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Explaining what happened, senoreeta said that her cat usually sleeps on top of her mother’s car. It also tends to hop off when they start the car engine.

Her cat must’ve been really sleepy and groggy to not realise what was happening. Senoreeta suggests that he might’ve had a really late night.

Twitter was entertained by the whole ordeal.

“So funny hahahahah”

FYI, cats like sleeping underneath cars and between car tires for safety and shade during a hot day because it enables them to see what’s going on around them without being seen.

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Similarly, cats sometimes sleep on car roofs to nap in the sunshine without fear of people being able to reach them.

So, moral of the story: check both below, and on top of your car for cats before starting your journey!

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The M’sian First Aid kit guide: 11 MUST-HAVES for the office (but home also can) https://www.therakyatpost.com/2019/07/19/the-msian-first-aid-kit-guide-11-must-haves-for-the-office-but-home-also-can/ https://www.therakyatpost.com/2019/07/19/the-msian-first-aid-kit-guide-11-must-haves-for-the-office-but-home-also-can/#respond Fri, 19 Jul 2019 10:44:19 +0000 https://www.therakyatpost.com/?p=375555 Since we Malaysians are a bunch of workaholics who just enjoy going to work, we mustn’t forget we are humans who sometimes get sakit belakang also. We decided to compile a list of Malaysianised ‘medications’ each office should have to keep that pain away… Cough Cough GIF from Coughcough GIFs Besides the conventional first aid […]

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Since we Malaysians are a bunch of workaholics who just enjoy going to work, we mustn’t forget we are humans who sometimes get sakit belakang also.

We decided to compile a list of Malaysianised ‘medications’ each office should have to keep that pain away…

Besides the conventional first aid stuff like bandages, cotton wool, and plasters, here are 11 things your office must have!

1. Minyak Cap Kapak

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Minyak Cap Kapak has that recognisable smell from a mile away (OK maybe 1 metre); Smell it and you’ll instantly know someone somewhere has a headache or a tummy-ache.

2. Tiger Balm

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Tiger Balm to ease aching muscles, as you spend your day slouched in front of the computer.

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3. Yoko Yoko

If applying Tiger Balm didn’t help, maybe you need a muscle-relaxing rub, one of those Yoko Yoko plasters.

You know to relieve that nagging back pain when you just gotta finish that deck.

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4. Minyak Gamat

For those cuts and ‘bruises’ that you accidentally get when you cepat-cepat want to open those stapled claim forms you have to process.

Or to help heal that blister you are getting on your feet from putting on that new pair of heels.

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5. Panadol

Haiyah..It’s so Malaysian to take a panadol for EVERYTHING. Headache a bit, panadol…Feverish a bit, panadol…

No need picture also you can imagine those white pills in the aluminium strips right??

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Plus points if your office has the pink panadol for menses!

6. Pil Chi Kit Teck Aun

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Regardless of race, all Malaysians are familiar with these small black ‘pearls’ that has helped us relieve our diarrhea at some point or rather.

7. Cough meds

Be it cough drops or in syrup form, the office should always have some in stock for that nasty cough.

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Don’t want those germs to spread everywhere.

8. Gaviscon

We Malaysians just loveeee food! Potluck season all day every day!

Some more with us being so muhibbah, there’s always a festival we are celebrating; Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, Deepavali, Wesak, Vaisakhi, Gawai Dayak and everything la!

So having some milk of magnesia or Eno is good, to keep that heartburn away.

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9. Flu meds

To fight that non-stop sneezing frenzy, before you embarrass yourself with flying snot across the board room at that hot stunning crush you have from the international office.

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We recommend the non-sleepy ones, ’cause you don’t want to be dozing off at work either .

10. Toothache drops

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Most companies don’t have dental covered in their insurance, so at least having this simple remedy would help a lot!

Besides, who likes to visit the dentist anyway?😨😨

11. Dental Floss

Technically, floss is NOT a first aid thing, but it’s nice to have to minty fresh breath after lunch.

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The American Dental Association recommends flossing teeth about 5 times a week. So actually, you can do it at home if it grosses you out to share a roll of floss with your colleagues.

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We hope you find this list useful and share with your friends (and boss, wink wink).

Disclaimer: these are all traditional and self-remedies used for minor illnesses, please seek professional medical help if symptoms persist.

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Penang makes world top 10 list of great value beach destinations! https://www.therakyatpost.com/2019/07/19/penang-world-top-10-great-value-beach-destinations/ https://www.therakyatpost.com/2019/07/19/penang-world-top-10-great-value-beach-destinations/#respond Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:49:39 +0000 https://www.therakyatpost.com/?p=375556 Yay! Penang has made it as number 8 in the list of top 10 great value beach destinations in the WORLD! via GIPHY Penang was recently featured on a list compiled by a lifestyle website, International Living, which features 21 “pocket-friendly” beach destinations around the globe. The entry for Penang described our favourite staycation as […]

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Yay! Penang has made it as number 8 in the list of top 10 great value beach destinations in the WORLD!

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Penang was recently featured on a list compiled by a lifestyle website, International Living, which features 21 “pocket-friendly” beach destinations around the globe.

The entry for Penang described our favourite staycation as a small tropical island off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

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Assuring foreigners that English is widely spoken on the island, the article explains that Penang was formerly a British colony which has been one of the top expat destinations in Malaysia for years.

Playing on the different cultures as a selling point, the piece adds that this is the reason why our food is so awesome!

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“Penang is a multicultural island with about 60% of its inhabitants being Chinese, 32% Malays, and 7% Indian. Culturally it’s a mind-blowing place to live, and with a mix of these cultures, the food is touted to be the best in all of Southeast Asia.”

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It also said that besides being delicious, the local food is safe for foreigners, and that people can get a filling meal for less than US$5 (RM20.56).

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Additionally, living costs in Penang is considered cheap with the website saying a couple can rent and live well in Penang for just US$1,455 (RM5,982.23) a month.

International Living added that although Penang isn’t a busy bustling city like KL, it has all the comforts of home plus beautiful beaches to enjoy

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“There is everything from beaches and shopping to great food and a vibrant culture.”.

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Besides Penang, the other top destinations mentioned were:

  1. Salinas, Ecuador
  2. Pedasi, Panama
  3. Bocas Del Toro, Panama
  4. Sayulita, Mexico
  5. Cascais, Portugal
  6. Placencia, Belize
  7. Caye Caulker, Belize
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Penang also managed to beat Sorrento in Italy and Canggu, Bali, which came in at the 14th and 21st spots respectively.

BTW, Singapore, Philipines, and Thailand did not make this list.

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US-based International Liv­ing is a monthly magazine that focuses on global retirement and relocation options.

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Malaysia’s very own humanoid AI robot, ADAM https://www.therakyatpost.com/2019/07/19/malaysias-very-own-humanoid-ai-robot-adam/ https://www.therakyatpost.com/2019/07/19/malaysias-very-own-humanoid-ai-robot-adam/#respond Fri, 19 Jul 2019 07:51:03 +0000 https://www.therakyatpost.com/?p=375354 So if you didn’t know already, recently Sophia, the humanoid robot had a chance to mingle with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad the Beyond Paradigm Summit. While the Chinese made fem-bot had been making waves across the globe for the last couple of years… Little did we know that Malaysia too has its own […]

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So if you didn’t know already, recently Sophia, the humanoid robot had a chance to mingle with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad the Beyond Paradigm Summit.

While the Chinese made fem-bot had been making waves across the globe for the last couple of years…

Little did we know that Malaysia too has its own advanced artificial intelligence (AI) humanoid robot!

The Advanced Development Autonomous Machine or ADAM for short is said to be the nation’s first-ever android!

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The Daft Punk-looking robot which comes equipped with a space-age head visor for a face, standing at about 5 feet tall and weighing some 40 kilograms, was brought to life just this March 2019.

Developed by a local robotics company Robopreneur Sdn Bhd, ADAM is capable of communicating and interacting with humans by way of voice detection and recognition enabled by its high-tech AI brain.

The automaton is capable of a range of upper body movement and mobility and can even move its fingers.

ADAM was developed as part of a five-year project as a contributing initiative to the country’s IR4.0 vision – Industry 4.0 is part of Malaysia’s fourth industrial revolution plan to bring the country into the modern age through technological advancements.

The machine’s development is part of a three-step plan to create a fully functioning and multi-capable humanoid robot akin to Sophia.

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He’s still in phase one for now…

The second phase would be focused solely on developing and completing his robot body.

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But soon, in his third phase, ADAM’s development will include him with more advanced quirks like machine learning algorithms so that he could interact more naturally with human beings with features such as visual recognition and even some emotional intelligence.

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ADAM’s creators even envisioned the robot having a distinctive “Malaysian face”, turning it into an iconic symbol of Malaysia’s push towards the future.

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The company also has plans to mass-produce ADAM, possibly making it available in multiple fields and industries across the country and perhaps the world.

Who knows, maybe soon we would get to see a bunch of walking, talking ADAMs’ about in the streets of KL.

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Jakarta residents are suing Indonesian government for air pollution https://www.therakyatpost.com/2019/07/19/jakarta-residents-are-suing-indonesian-government-for-air-pollution/ https://www.therakyatpost.com/2019/07/19/jakarta-residents-are-suing-indonesian-government-for-air-pollution/#respond Fri, 19 Jul 2019 07:28:02 +0000 https://www.therakyatpost.com/?p=375357 Looks like it’s not only Malaysians who are sick of the haze that blankets our cities almost every year. Sick and tired of the coughing, wheezing and stinging eyes, residents of Jakarta are saying “ENOUGH” by suing the Indonesian government for air pollution. via GIPHY Channel News Asia (CNA) reported that 31 residents of the […]

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Looks like it’s not only Malaysians who are sick of the haze that blankets our cities almost every year.

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Sick and tired of the coughing, wheezing and stinging eyes, residents of Jakarta are saying “ENOUGH” by suing the Indonesian government for air pollution.

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Channel News Asia (CNA) reported that 31 residents of the Indonesian capital are suing President Joko Widodo, the environment and forestry ministry, health ministry, AND Jakarta’s governor over the toxic levels of air pollution in the city.

The group that’s suing the government include activists, university students, office workers and motorcycle taxi drivers.

“(The government) has neglected people’s rights to breathe healthy air.
They have not maintained air quality at a level that is healthy enough for the 10 million people living here.”

Nelson Nikodemus Simamora, Lawyer via Channel News Asia

How did they get here?

In 2016, a coalition of environmental groups and the Legal Aid Foundation began collecting data on the air pollution in the city.

They then spent two years trying to show their findings to various ministries and agencies. But no one did anything.

“They even ignored us when we gave them an ultimatum in December. We threatened them that we will take this to court if they do nothing within 60 days.” 

Ayu Eza Tiara, the lawyer in the case via Channel News Asia

As you may have guessed, they went ahead and sued them all.

Social media also played a huge role. When Jakarta was named the world’s top 10 most polluted city by air quality monitor IQAir AirVisual, it became a hot topic on Indonesian social media.

Jakartans started posting images of the smog-covered city with the hashtag #SetorFotoPolusi to illustrate how bad the situation really is.

So… How bad is the air pollution in Jakarta, really?

It’s bad. Like REAL bad.

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The IQAir AirVisual 2018 report showed that Jakarta is Southeast Asia’s most polluted city with an air quality index of 45.3.

This puts the city in the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” category, which means that general public and sensitive individuals are at risk to experience irritation and respiratory problems.

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The measure of pollution in the report focuses on the concentration of harmful microscopic particles known as PM2.5. Due to its small size, PM2.5 can penetrate deep into the human respiratory system and spread to the entire body, causing a wide range of short- and long-term health effects.

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What’s more concerning though, is that the report finds that Jakarta is at risk of overtaking China’s famously polluted capital, Beijing, where the air quality is actually getting better.

However, the Indonesian Environment and Forestry Ministry told CNA that the Jakarta air quality is at moderate levels based on their data and standards.

“As far as I know, they (Air Visual) based their assessment from satellite images and readings taken from several monitoring stations at the city centre. We have monitoring stations spread all across Jakarta, not just the city centre. So on average, the city’s air quality is not that bad.”

Andono Warih, Chief Jakarta provincial government’s environment office via Channel News Asia

What happens next?

Indonesian court will be hearing arguments from both sides on 1st August, but Ayu Eza Tiara suspects that they will be facing a long, tough battle in court.

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“I think the government will try to stall the proceedings by not showing up or ask for more time.
I predict it will take months, or possibly more than a year before a ruling is issued.”

Ayu Eza Tiara, the lawyer in the case via Channel News Asia

This news comes hot on the heels of the ongoing conversation on the global climate crisis, where members of the public are starting to take matters into their own hands instead of waiting for governments to implement green restorative policies.

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[Review] The Working Dead musical: we’re all zombies here https://www.therakyatpost.com/2019/07/19/review-the-working-dead-musical-were-all-zombies-here/ https://www.therakyatpost.com/2019/07/19/review-the-working-dead-musical-were-all-zombies-here/#respond Fri, 19 Jul 2019 06:42:43 +0000 https://www.therakyatpost.com/?p=375172 The Working Dead is a fully Malaysian musical comedy presented by KuLT Productions about overworked corporate zombies. That alone should pique your interest, but if you still need encouragement, go for the extremely funny, moving, and relevant musical experience. View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Working Dead (@workingdeadmusical) on Jun 7, […]

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The Working Dead is a fully Malaysian musical comedy presented by KuLT Productions about overworked corporate zombies. That alone should pique your interest, but if you still need encouragement, go for the extremely funny, moving, and relevant musical experience.

The Working Dead is set in a corporate office, with all the colourful corporate characters we know (and probably work with) in our lives.

In addition to our main sweetheart couple Edwin and Sarah, there’s the cut-throat boss Chan, the funny slacker with big dreams Joanne, the brown-noser (among other things) Derek, the sly corporate bomoh Aini, and the poor guy saddled with family responsibilities, Indran.

The characters are well fleshed-out and extremely likable, so much so that by the end of the first act you find yourself rooting for everyone and staying invested in their story until the end. (Yes, even Derek.)

The musical covers an incredibly wide genre of music, from catchy pop to powerful ballads to soulful jazz. Each cast member maintains fantastic energy throughout the whole show, which is more than impressive considering the almost non-stop singing.

Once the show starts, the audience is thrown into the story immediately with an electric performance, and by the second number there were already sniffles among the crowd. In fact, at the end of the show, most of the audience were dabbing at their eyes through their laughter.

The mini orchestra delivers beautifully, but as live music does, it can sometimes overpower the singing, making it hard to catch the song lyrics. That aside, the experience as a whole was thoroughly entertaining.

What The Working Dead does so well is relate to its audience. They paint a picture of the reality faced by today’s working-class Malaysians, everything from their craving for approval to their silent sacrifices.

The hard-hitting plot is poignant and truthful, accurately reflecting the modern millennial dreams- many of our dreams are just dreams, desperately craved for and unattainable.

Yet it also ends on a hopeful note: with acceptance, despite the odds. It reflects on how as a society we may know and see the inevitable struggles of our future, but still throw ourselves towards it, seeing the funny side and silver linings in a seemingly dark situation.

The Working Dead is aimed to make you reflect on how to best spend your life. There’s so much to life, why put off the best experiences and deprive yourself of present joy?

Fret not if you have little theater experience. The Working Dead is very easy to get into, and is the perfect show to watch for an enjoyable introduction to live performances.

Let us assure you that one of the best decisions you can make is to spend just a few hours to experience the show for yourself. To miss it would be a grave mistake.

Rating: 5/5 (definitely worth a rewatch with the boss)


The Working Dead is showing until August 4, so get your tickets here. Check out their promotions (discounts if you bring your boss!) on their Facebook page here.

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Sabah university lecturer shaves her head to show support for her student with cancer https://www.therakyatpost.com/2019/07/19/sabah-university-lecturer-shaves-her-head-to-show-support-for-her-student-with-cancer/ https://www.therakyatpost.com/2019/07/19/sabah-university-lecturer-shaves-her-head-to-show-support-for-her-student-with-cancer/#respond Fri, 19 Jul 2019 06:36:22 +0000 https://www.therakyatpost.com/?p=375299 Malaysians are known to have a high level of respect and appreciation towards the teaching profession, but this time, the tables have turned. A caring lecturer, Dr. Bamini KPD Balakrishnan took a bold step by shaving her head as a sign of support for her student with cancer. Bamini is the Head of the Marketing […]

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Malaysians are known to have a high level of respect and appreciation towards the teaching profession, but this time, the tables have turned.

A caring lecturer, Dr. Bamini KPD Balakrishnan took a bold step by shaving her head as a sign of support for her student with cancer.

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Bamini is the Head of the Marketing programme in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Accountancy, Universiti Malaysia Sabah.

In a statement by the university, she declared that she had no intentions of gaining popularity.

Instead, by shaving her head, she wants to remind her student, Richelle Hii Hua Yin, to continuously be brave through this tough time.

Richelle Hii Hua Yin, was first confirmed with bone cancer earlier this year in February.

The 20-year-old has now undergone 8 rounds of chemotherapy (with 2 more planned).

Unfortunately, her cancer has now spread to her lungs.

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Richelle expressed to Harian Metro, her shock and disbelief that her lecturer would go as far as shaving off all her hair to show her support.

Selepas menerima kiriman gambar di WhatsApp, saya terus menghubunginya dan menangis kerana sedih dengan sokongan diberikan.


After I received (her) picture through WhatsApp, I immediately contacted her and cried because I’m so touched by her support.

Richelle via Harian Metro

We pray for Richelle’s continuous strength as she braves through this trying time, and hope she recovers fully.

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Instagram wants to hide your likes! Currently testing in 7 countries https://www.therakyatpost.com/2019/07/19/instagram-wants-to-hide-your-likes-currently-testing-in-7-countries/ https://www.therakyatpost.com/2019/07/19/instagram-wants-to-hide-your-likes-currently-testing-in-7-countries/#respond Fri, 19 Jul 2019 06:30:04 +0000 https://www.therakyatpost.com/?p=375286 Instagram has announced that for users in seven countries, the number of likes displayed under their posts will no longer be visible. According to Instagram’s official Twitter account, they’re testing the change because they want users to focus on the photos and videos shared on the platform rather than how many likes the posts get. […]

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Instagram has announced that for users in seven countries, the number of likes displayed under their posts will no longer be visible.

According to Instagram’s official Twitter account, they’re testing the change because they want users to focus on the photos and videos shared on the platform rather than how many likes the posts get.

But Malaysians don’t need to panic!

Firstly, Malaysia is not among the countries included in the test…yet.

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Secondly, the move is merely a test at the moment.

Instagram first implemented “invisible likes” (this is a term we made up ourselves) in Canada last May. Now, they’re expanding the test to a number of countries so they can gauge how the change resonates with Instagram’s global community.

Which means that it’s still possible that they might just scrap the whole thing entirely.

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Thirdly, you will still be able to see the number of likes and views on your own posts, just not the number of likes on posts by other users.

Naturally, the internet is divided. There are those supporting the move, there are those against it. And then there are those who just want chronological order of the timeline back.

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This news comes at the heels of Instagram introducing a slew of new tools and policies to prevent online bullying taking place on the app.

Another new feature on Instagram is Restrict. It allows users to have better control over how other users contact them and interact with their accounts.

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Besides that, Instagram will also now alert users when their accounts are at risk of being disabled.

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Personally, we think this might be a positive change for the social media platform.

Although research has shown that social media platforms such as Instagram allows us the freedom of self-expression and an avenue to receive social support from our peers, it also shows that receiving likes on your Instagram posts sends a rush of dopamine to the brain.

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This is not good. In fact, the dopamine rush means social media affects the brain the same way gambling does, which is the reason why social media is so addictive.

Furthermore, scrolling through endless pictures of your friends constantly on holiday or enjoying nights out can promote a ‘compare and despair’ attitude, resulting in feelings of loneliness, depression and anxiety.

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The only people who might actually be negatively affected by “invisible likes” are social media influencers.

Since influencers typically use their number of likes and follower count as their marketing angle to clients, having their likes invisible MIGHT affect their clout with followers.

Malaysian influencers could especially be affected by this, considering they have it pretty tough already based on a recent survey revealing that they are not as influential as influencers from other countries.

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Fed up school builds DIY dam for more reliable water supply https://www.therakyatpost.com/2019/07/19/fed-up-school-builds-diy-dam-for-reliable-water-supply/ https://www.therakyatpost.com/2019/07/19/fed-up-school-builds-diy-dam-for-reliable-water-supply/#respond Fri, 19 Jul 2019 05:21:01 +0000 https://www.therakyatpost.com/?p=375164 Sometimes, if you want something done, you just have to done do it yourself… After being fed up of not having a reliable water supply, one school in Pahang decided to build their very own reservoir to provide them with an unlimited supply of fresh, clean H20. via GIPHY Sekolah Kebangsaan SK Betau is located […]

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Sometimes, if you want something done, you just have to done do it yourself…

After being fed up of not having a reliable water supply, one school in Pahang decided to build their very own reservoir to provide them with an unlimited supply of fresh, clean H20.

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Sekolah Kebangsaan SK Betau is located in the small but vibrant Orang Asli settlement of RPS Betau, situated on the outskirts of Raub and Kuala Lipis, Pahang.

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Speaking of vibrant, the settlement seems like a really friendly and tight-knit community.

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After some Googling, we found that the kampung even has its own Facebook page, and it appears to be quite active too.

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ANYWAY. According to reports, the school has been troubled with water shortages for quite some time, making class sessions very difficult for both students and teachers. (I mean school itself is already a chore, but not having running water makes it HELL…)

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This was especially so for students who lived at the school’s boarding hostels. The students reportedly had to bathe and wash their laundry in a nearby river! (now THAT’S an EDUCATION…)

So, with a makeshift construction crew made up of students, teachers and super responsible parents, the team set to work on the DIY dam with nothing but their bare hands, some tools and a whole lot of bamboo.

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The construction of the reservoir took the group just one week to build. (that’s pretty quick…  considering its taking Selangor FOREVER to get things done here… LOL JK…) 

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But building it wasn’t without its share of difficulties.

The group had to trek through the jungle and climb a hill carrying the materials needed with them, spending days wallowing in the muddy, humid, mosquito-biting rainforest in order to have access to the most basic of human necessities.

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However, in a statement issued by the Pahang Education Department, claims that the school had been suffering from continued and prolonged water problems were rather inaccurate, stating that a construction project nearby was the cause of the water interruptions at the school.

“The water pump is being shared with the developers and used in such intensity that technical problems occurred…”

“We have discussed with the contractors and they will get to work on fixing the problem today.”

“We also requested for a second water pump to be constructed.”

Pahang Education Directo Datuk Dr Tajuddin Mohd Yunus via Harian Metro

Living in the big city, it’s easy to forget that we are somewhat lucky to be able to look at such things as water, electricity, plumbing, and (thank the gods…) LTE connection, and assume that these vital essentials are and should be readily available and accessible to everyone in Malaysia Baru.

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When in truth, there are still areas and communities across the country that are lacking in infrastructure and public amenities.

Let’s together look in empathy at the example shown by the fine students, teachers, and parents of SK Betau and have a little kerja sama towards building a radically wholesome, all-inclusive and all-accessible modern nation and to not just rely on our pre-installed institutions.

If you’d like to check out what the peeps at SK B did, have a look at their Facebook page;


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On Wednesday (July 17), our eloquent Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad met Sophia, the first AI Robot (and non-human) to win the United Nations Development Programme’s Innovation.

Sophia, the woman-like robot adorned a red modern baju kurung had stunned Dr. Mahathir when he first saw her.

So much so that Sophia had to break the ice with Dr. Mahathir.

Good morning, Mahathir. I’m excited. I hope it is not too late to wish you congratulations on your re-election and happy 94th birthday.

Sophia via Bernama
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As the ball got rolling, Sophia continued to dazzle Dr. Mahathir with facts and figures of his tenure as Prime Minister.

When Dr. Mahathir asked her if she knew anything about his first term as prime minister, she instantly answered the number of days he since he was first sworn in as prime minister on July 16, 1981; which was 13,881 days ago.

Dr. Mahathir then asked what made Sophia special compared to other robots.

Well, for starters, most other robots don’t get to hang out with the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Sophia via Facebook

Well, come to think of it, how many of us Malaysians have even met Dr. Mahathir?

It is reported that whilst Sophia was chatting with Dr. Mahathir, she was sketching something.

Only at the end of the 8-minute conversation, it was discovered that Sophia was in fact sketching a black-and-white portrait of him!

(Pic Credit: Prime Ministers Office)

Dr. Mahathir said that Sophia doesn’t only amaze him but also terrifies him.

If I were to meet her in the middle of the night, I will surely flee

Dr. Mahathir to The Sun Daily

A creation of Hong Kong Company, Hanson Robotics, Sophia came to life on February 14, 2016.

Currently, Sophia can display more than 50 facial expressions and helps humans with artificial intelligence research.

Though in her spare time, she travels the world to meet people.

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If you are interested in meeting Sophia, she will be in Kuching this weekend (July 20 and 21) at the Beyond Paradigm Summit.

In the meantime, you can watch Dr. Mahathir interacting with Sophia in the short video by MITEC below.

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