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13 Jan, 6 tweets, 2 min read
1. Malaysia may see food shortages after the recent floods destroyed farms, according to a report by The Straits Times (ST).

“We will be facing a shortage of vegetables until Chinese New Year and Hari Raya,” said the Malaysia Federation of Vegetable Farmers Association. ImageImage
2. The federation said farmers will not be able to replant in time for Hari Raya, adding that there is a shortage of foreign labour.

“It will take at least one to two months to rebuild, and some farmers are not strong anymore. Prices of raw materials have also gone up.”
3. Meanwhile, duck farmer Azim Omar told ST, he had to throw out about 1,200 duck eggs as they may have been contaminated in the floodwaters in Segamat.

He also said he will not be able to supply salted eggs for Ramadan, when they are usually high in demand.
4. Azim said he lost at least RM15,000, and has no income this month.

Out of his 800 ducks, only 90 survived the floods. He said the ducks are traumatised and will have to be fed with vitamins and anti-stress supplements.
5. Chilli grower Ahmad Irham said he lost RM100,000 after his farm in Dengkil was destroyed in floods.

“The demand for chillies during CNY is quite high. My crops were due to be harvested at the end of Jan but they’re all gone,” he said, adding he has yet to receive govt aid.
6. Report by The Straits Times:…

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1. Malaysiakini reports that Johor may dissolve its state assembly not long after Chinese New Year.

Pulai MP Salahuddin Ayub reportedly received credible information that Johor Menteri Besar Hasni Mohammad will be ordered by his party UMNO to call for elections. Image
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"We are just waiting for the 'green light' to dissolve the state assembly," the source told Malaysiakini.
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1. The mosque committee which washed a teenager like a corpse will not issue a public apology over the punishment, which has been likened to torture by netizens.

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However, one of the mosque's committee members told FMT otherwise, claiming they have met Daniel's father and that he has no problem with them.
3. The committee member also did not believe the punishment was a form of abuse as they wanted to teach the boy a lesson.

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1. Online court hearings will be the way forward for the judicial system, even as Malaysia gradually returns to normalcy.

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