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Jan 22 4 tweets 2 min read
1. The UPM exit toll plaza in Serdang has reopened, hours after a tour bus carrying 44 passengers caught fire this morning, says PLUS Malaysia.

The Selangor Fire and Rescue Department says no victims were injured in the 6:20am incident. 2. The bus, which was on its way from JB to KL, caught fire while exiting the toll plaza. The fire was put out by JBPM about half an hour later.

PLUS says the exit toll plaza closure was to allow for cleaning works and further inspections, as well as to ensure motorists’ safety.
Jan 22 5 tweets 2 min read
1. Hartal Farmasi will stage a walkout if contract pharmacists are not given permanent positions, the spokesperson told The Star.

“We are requesting MOH to give us permanent jobs straight away rather than conducting interviews again and again.”

thestar.com.my/news/nation/20… 2. The group said contract pharmacists from the 2016/2017 batch had served 5 to 6 years, but were denied permanent positions.

“When they called us for the first time in Feb 2020, there were vacancies for 30 pharmacists and they called almost 600 of us,” the spokesman said.
Jan 21 4 tweets 2 min read
1. New data shows that the Greenland ice sheet, the second-largest ice cap on Earth, is experiencing its highest temperatures in 1,000 years.

A study found that temperatures have risen 1.5°C higher than the 20th-century average since 1995. 2. The study, published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, was conducted by researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research.

It highlights that Greenland had experienced a cooling trend until about 1800, but saw a steep warming trend ever since.
Jan 21 5 tweets 2 min read
1. Instagram is introducing a series of new features, aimed at providing users with more control over the content they see on the platform.

Users will now be able to list specific words, hashtags or emojis they do not want to be shown. 2. The app will also allow users to hide content in the ‘Explore’ tab they aren’t interested in.

“When you select “Not interested” on a post seen in Explore, we’ll aim to avoid showing you this kind of content in other places where we make recommendations,” Instagram says.
Jan 21 4 tweets 2 min read
1. Transport Minister Anthony Loke has gone viral on social media, following several posts highlighting that his grandfather, Loke Ching Fatt, popularised the famous Yee Sang dish.

Ching Fatt originally called the dish Sup Kum Yee Sang (十感鱼生, or “Ten Senses Yee Sang”). 2. According to SCMP, Ching Fatt left China and came to Malaya in the 1920s, where he settled down in Seremban.

He eventually opened a catering business and introduced yee sang to his menu in the 1940s.

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Jan 20 5 tweets 2 min read
1. The Skypark Link service between KL Sentral and Subang Skypark will be temporarily suspended beginning Feb 15, says Transport minister Anthony Loke.

He explains this is due to poor ridership, with the service seeing less than 100 passengers daily. 2. "Based on a study, we found that the service, which is subsidised by the government, was met with a lukewarm response with less than 100 passengers daily.

"At the same time, KTM service for the northern route and Klang Valley do not have enough trains," adds Anthony.
Jan 20 5 tweets 1 min read
1. The electronic gate (e-gate) facilities for Johor’s two land entry points were opened to Singaporeans today.

Home Minister Saifuddin Nasution said the move will benefit the up to 50,000 Singaporean visitors who visit Johor for social purposes. Image 2. Saifuddin also said the Immigration Department will expand the use of the e-gate facility to other countries categorised as low risk countries.

They include Brunei, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and Japan.
Jan 20 4 tweets 1 min read
1. PDRM has confirmed that a young child was found inside a shipping container at the Westport area in Port Klang on Tuesday.

The child, who is believed to be from Chittagong, Bangladesh, said he was playing in the container with his friends but then found himself locked inside. ImageImage 2. Klang Selatan district police chief Cha Hoong Fong said the vessel the container was in had left Chittagong in Bangladesh on Jan 12, and arrived at West Port on Tuesday.

The child was found in a weak state by a worker at the wharf at about 9pm who then informed the police.
Jan 20 5 tweets 2 min read
1. Diners are advised to be ready for the possibility of slow service during Chinese New Year reunion dinners.

"Most restaurants are facing a worker shortage.." Pan Malaysia Koo Soo Restaurants and Chefs Association president Wong Teu Hoon told The Star.

thestar.com.my/news/nation/20… 2. Wong said many Chinese restaurants are seeing more bookings than last year.

"We still need more staff. And we want to accommodate all customers as much as possible, but all sectors are facing a worker shortage, not just the food and beverage industry," he told The Star.
Jan 20 4 tweets 1 min read
1. The Natural Resources, Environment & Climate Change Ministry will study the role of water in energy production and climate change in developing the National Water Policy.

Minister Nik Nazmi says the new policy will also address flood management nationwide. Image 2. He explains, about 90% of natural disasters that happened globally were water-related, which caused millions in losses every year.

“Sekarang, tempat-tempat yang sebelum ini tak pernah mengalami banjir, mereka alami, dan ini merupakan kesan perubahan iklim.”
Jan 19 6 tweets 2 min read
🚨TW: child abuse, death

1. PDRM has arrested a woman and her boyfriend on suspicion of suffocating her 18-month-old son.

"From the initial examination the doctor found bleeding in both of the victim's eyes which was likely due to abuse," said the Sepang district police chief. Image 2. Assistant Commissioner Wan Kamarul Azran reveals the 20-year-old women initially said the toddler had fallen from the sofa before being sent to the Cyberjaya Hospital.

He adds the infant was unconscious when he arrived at the hospital, and was in critical condition.
Jan 19 5 tweets 1 min read
1. The operation at all immigration offices in UTC has been extended to 7pm on weekdays and 5pm on weekends, the Home Ministry says.

However, Minister Saifuddin Nasution adds, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu are exceptions as they will be open on Fri and Sat. Image 2. He adds that 20 passport issuing offices have also been selected to operate on weekends starting January 28th.

The offices will operate from 8am to 12.30pm.
Jan 19 4 tweets 1 min read
1. A Malaysian Airlines survey on whether changes should be made to its kebaya uniform has sparked debate among several parties.

In a now closed online survey, the national carrier asks if it should put "a more modest twist" to the kebaya uniform. Image 2. The survey also asked whether it should make changes to the kebaya design, to give female cabin crew members the option of donning a hijab when serving on board.

MAS noted its kebaya uniform was recognisable, but said it was open to moving away from it.
Jan 19 4 tweets 1 min read
1. An 8-year-old girl in India who stood to inherit a multimillion-dollar diamond fortune has been inducted as a nun to a religious order after renouncing worldly pleasures.

According to AFP, Devanshi Sanghvi was an heiress to the Sanghvi and Sons jewellery business. Image 2. Her family are also members of the Jain faith, a religion that preaches non-violence, strict vegetarianism and love for all creatures.

A witness to Devanshi's induction ceremony told AFP she was known among members of Surat’s Jain community for her piety.
Jan 14 5 tweets 2 min read
1. Khairy Jamaluddin has questioned why the additional motion at the UMNO general assembly, to keep the top two posts uncontested in the party election, was proposed by a delegate in the Rembau division.

“Cover lah sikit. What happened to you, Mat Hasan?”

📹: khairykj/TikTok 2. The motion was proposed by Mohd Shukri Shamsudin, during the debate on the president’s policy speech yesterday afternoon.

“Orang Rembau ini kenal siapa Shukri Samsudin ini, dan saya nampak agak pelik yang Rembau membawa usul ini,” Khairy says.
Jan 14 4 tweets 1 min read
1. Four people, including two children, sustained injuries after a fire broke out in an apartment in Kepong this morning.

The Selangor Fire and Rescue Department says the incident is believed to have happened at 3am and occurred on the first floor of a 12-storey building. 2. “When firemen arrived, the blaze had already been extinguished by members of the public,” explains department director Norazam Khamis.

“Preliminary investigations found that the fire involved a sofa in the living room before the blaze spread to other parts of the apartment.”
Jan 14 4 tweets 1 min read
1. Penang has declared the African Swine Fever outbreak in the state a "disaster" after cases were reported in five more commercial pig farms in Seberang Perai.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow says seven commercial pig farms have been affected, involving 25,000 pigs. 2. Chow has urged the public not to panic, saying that AFS does not infect humans.

He also called on all pig farm operators and the public to report any deaths relating to wild boars, commercial or village pigs so that testing can be carried out.
Jan 13 5 tweets 2 min read
1. A university student has built an application that helps detect if essays are written by AI chatbot ChatGPT.

Edward Tian, 22, says his motivation was to prevent students from plagiarising by using AI tools to write their essays. 2. Tian, who is from Princeton University, told CBS MoneyWatch that his application examines the “perplexity” of a text.

“Perplexity” refers to randomness in the style of writing. Human-written texts tend to be more unpredictable than work produced by a bot.
Jan 13 4 tweets 2 min read
1. PLUS Expressway has agreed to add 12 RFID lanes by mid-April, says Works Minister Alexander Nanta Linggi.

He explains that this is to ensure the comfort and safety of road users, adding that further details on the lanes and locations will be announced soon. 2. Alexander said this in a Facebook post after holding a meeting with Touch ‘n Go Malaysia, the Malaysian Highway Authority, and PLUS Malaysia to get clarification on issues surrounding the use of the RFID system at toll booths.
Jan 13 5 tweets 2 min read
1. The Selangor government and the Selangor Islamic Religious Council have succeeded in their appeal to reinstate a 37-year-old woman’s conversion to Islam.

The woman, who grew up practising Hinduism, was unilaterally converted to Islam by her mother when she was a child. 2. In a majority two-one verdict, the Court of Appeal reversed the KL High Court’s previous ruling that the woman’s unilateral conversion was invalid.

The two judges who allowed the state government’s and Mais’ bid were Justice Yaacob Md Sam and Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.
Jan 13 4 tweets 1 min read
1. Lisa Marie Presley, singer-songwriter and only child of rock ‘n’ roll legend Elvis Presley, has died at the age of 54.

Sources told TMZ, Lisa Marie had a cardiac arrest.

She was rushed to the hospital on Thursday after her housekeeper found her unresponsive at home. 2. “It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us,” her mother, Priscilla Presley, said in a statement.

“We ask for privacy as we try to deal with this profound loss.”