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Maxis Fibre Broadband : Get WiFi 6 Router For FREE!

Maxis Fibre Warning : WiFi 6 Router NOT Exactly Free!

The free WiFi 6 router that Maxis is touting isn’t exactly FREE as claimed.

Here’s what I just found out, and what you should know about their “free” WiFi 6 router.

 

Maxis Fibre Broadband : What Free WiFi 6 Router?

On 18 February 2021, Maxis announced that they would make a new WiFi 6 router available for FREE to all new and existing Maxis Fibre Broadband customers!

The WiFi 6 router will be available for free from today, 18 February onwards for new customers who sign up for Maxis Fibre plans of 100Mbps and above. Existing Maxis Fibre customers will be contacted in phases for the router upgrade exercise. Maxis’ specialised Internet experts, Maxperts, will also provide free installation of the router to ensure that the WiFi is optimized for the best connectivity experience for the home.

When I wrote about it, I thought that was pretty generous of them, and a brilliant way to reduce churn and eat into Unifi’s business.

I quickly called up Maxis, eager to give it a try myself. But almost 7 months later, no one from the Maxis Fibre Broadband team called me up about this free WiFi 6 router upgrade.

Today, I found out that what Maxis announced in February was not exactly the truth. Here are the facts…

 

Maxis Fibre Warning : WiFi 6 Router NOT Exactly Free!

When Maxis first announced the availability of their free WiFi 6 router, they specifically stated that :

  • it would be made available for FREE for new customers who sign up for 100 Mbps or faster plans, and
  • existing customers would receive the upgrade in phases.

Neither are true… which is good news and bad news.

Based on my conversation with Amir from their Customer Service team, and Intan from their Fibre Broadband team on 17 September 2021, here are the facts :

  1. The WiFi 6 router is only available to new customers, and existing customers who are already (or almost) out-of-contract.

    This WiFi 6 router will not be made available to customers who are still under contract.

  2. Existing customers will not be upgraded in phases as claimed. Rather, you have to call up Maxis customer service to request for the upgrade.
  3. Existing customers MUST upgrade their existing plans to qualify for the WiFi 6 router upgrade.

    If you are on 30 Mbps, you must upgrade to 100 Mbps or higher
    If you are on 300 Mbps, you must upgrade to 500 Mbps or higher

    Existing customers MUST sign up for a 2-year contract, which introduces this penalty should you terminate the contract at any point in time :

    Early Termination Charge of RM500 or the remaining monthly subscription charges in the contract period, whichever is higher.

  4. For existing customers, the WiFi 6 router replaces your existing router, which will be taken back by Maxis.

    Since this occurs at the end of a contract, this implies that the routers are “leased” and do not belong to you even after you complete the contract.

None of the information I gleaned above were posted in the official Maxis WiFi 6 router page.

Their FAQ mentioned that the WiFi 6 router is only given free to “new installations for all plans of Maxis Fibre“, including their cheaper 30 Mbps plan.

There is NO MENTION in the Maxis website of any requirement to upgrade your plan, or sign up for a new 2-year contract, to receive this “free” WiFi 6 router upgrade.

The only reference to the Early Termination Charge is found in the Maxis Fibre Service Specific Terms & Conditions (SSTC) page, but that appears to refer to new installations.

 

Maxis Fibre WiFi 6 Router : Caveat Emptor!

As a long-time Maxis Mobile and Maxis Fibre customer, I’m very disappointed to see them quietly change the terms for what would have been a great upgrade for their loyal customers.

Forcing people to upgrade their plans when they don’t need the extra speed means you are essentially paying for the router.

That’s RM20 to RM80 extra per month, or between RM480 and RM1,920 for a 2-year contract!

Don’t be the fool who ends up paying RM80 extra per month for a “free” WiFi 6 router, unless it’s gold-plated!

I can understand if they wish to tack on a 2-year contract, but at least make it clear to customers in the website, including the early termination penalty!

There is one piece of good news though – even their cheapest 30 Mbps plan comes with the WiFi 6 router!

Pro Tip #1 : Call Maxis customer service and switch to the 30 Mbps plan, before asking for the WiFi 6 upgrade. This way, you don’t have to upgrade to a faster plan unnecessarily.

Pro Tip #2 : If you are currently on the 30 Mbps plan and don’t want to upgrade for the free router, call to CANCEL the service and migrate to Unifi or TIME (which always gives free upgrades!). Their Save team will call you up to try and salvage your business.

 

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Entertainment + Creative Industry Reopens For Vaccinated!

The government just announced that the entertainment and creative industry can reopen for fully-vaccinated people in Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Entertainment + Creative Industry Reopens For Fully-Vaccinated!

On 7 September 2021, the government announced that the entertainment and creative industry can reopen for fully-vaccinated people in Malaysia, from Thursday, 9 September 2021 onwards!

  • Development and broadcast of creative content through recording or live streaming
  • Live broadcast or live streaming of information or entertainment with fully-vaccinated viewers up to 30% of the studio’s capacity.
  • Indoor and outdoor filming by fully-vaccinated individuals of the creative industry.
  • Indoor busking by fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • Lounge hotel performances by fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • Cinema activities for fully-vaccinated individuals, up to 50% of the cinema hall capacity.
  • Live performances such as theatre, musical, music and comedy (through pre-registration) with fully-vaccinated attendees, up to 30% of the premise capacity.
  • Art gallery viewing in exhibition halls, museums, and art galleries (via appointments) with guests who are fully-vaccinated, up to 30% of the premise capacity.

Even though the entertainment and creative industry is reopening for fully-vaccinated people, everyone must continue to maintain COVID-19 precautions, as vaccine breakthroughs can still happen. Please continue to stay safe.

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

 

More Privileges For Fully-Vaccinated People In Malaysia

Here are some other privileges for fully-vaccinated people in Malaysia :

Dining-In

  • proprietors should provide more outdoor dining capacity for better ventilation.
  • proprietors must verify that customers are fully-vaccinated, by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card.
  • customers are allowed to bring children 17 years or younger to dine-in.

Sports + Recreation

  • Individual sports and recreation without physical touch, in the outdoors and semi-open spaces, are ALLOWED from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • Permitted sports include jogging, exercise, tai chi, cycling, skateboarding, fishing, equestrian sports, archery, hiking, tennis (singles), badminton (singles), golf, motorsports and so on.
  • Dine-in is allowed in sports / recreation club house restaurant and cafe.
  • Customers are FORBIDDEN to use the changing rooms and shower rooms.
  • Picnic and camping are ALLOWED, including children who are 17 years or younger, subject to strict SOP compliance.

Night + Weekend Markets

  • Customers must prove that they are fully-vaccinated by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card.

 

Fully-Vaccinated In Malaysia : Do YOU Qualify?

To qualify for the privileges above, you must be fully-vaccinated according to these requirements :

  • More than 14 days after receiving both doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccine.
  • More than 28 days after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson or Cansino vaccine.

In addition, these privileges apply to all states that have achieved adult vaccination of at least 50%.

For example, the Klang Valley achieved an adult vaccination rate of 64.7% on 14 August 2021, and therefore all fully-vaccinated adults in the Klang Valley can enjoy these privileges.

 

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Why Xiaomi’s ROIDMI Eve Plus Robot Vacuum Is Awesome!

The Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus robot vacuum is really, REALLY AWESOME!

Find out why every home should have a little ROIDMI Eve Plus running around!

 

Why Xiaomi’s ROIDMI Eve Plus Robot Vacuum Is Awesome!

One of the hottest gadgets for homeowners is a robot vacuum, which can be incredibly useful or a real pain in the ass.

What most homeowners in the market for a robot vacuum don’t understand is that many models don’t clean well, and are a hassle to maintain.

That’s why Xiaomi’s ROIDMI Eve Plus robot vacuum is so awesome – it is not only a cleaning powerhouse, it does away with almost all of the maintenance hassle!

Self-Emptying System

One of the biggest hassle in maintaining a robot vacuum is the constant need to empty the dust box.

This limitation prevents ordinary robot vacuums from automatically and continuously cleaning your house for days on end.

This is not a problem for the ROIDMI Eve Plus. When it returns to its base station to recharge its battery, its dust box is automatically emptied into the base station!

This allows the Eve Plus to continuously recharge and empty its dust box, and clean your house for weeks on end!

The base station’s large 3L dust bag can hold enough dust for 60 days, before you need to clear it.

Self-Sanitising System

The ROIDMI Eve Plus not only comes with a HEPA filter – a common feature in robot vacuums, it boasts a pioneering Deodorizing Particle Generator in the base station.

The Deodorizing Particle Generator uses Active Oxygen technology to sterilise the collected dust, eliminating dust mites as well as microbes and mold like E. coli, Candida albicans and Staphylococcus aureus.

It can also eliminate toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene and TVOC, as well as remove the smell of cigarettes and perfume.

4th Generation Super-Sensing LDS Sensor

The ROIDMI Eve Plus comes with their 4th generation laser distance sensor, which allows for highly-precise scanning of its environment.

It is constantly scanning for obstacles, so it will quickly detect people or pets nearby and avoid them.

AI Smart Room Mapping

The ROIDMI Eve Plus can precisely map and later remember every room in your house, across multiple levels!

Its built-in AI mapping and path planning algorithms allow it to better and faster clean the rooms, and resume its cleaning duties after charging or emptying its dust box.

The room maps it generates also allows you to demarcate forbidden areas, or schedule more frequent cleaning for certain rooms.

Separate maps can be saved for each floor, and the settings are automatically matched and switched, when switching floors.

4+ Hours Of Vacuum + Mopping!

The ROIDMI Eve Plus has a powerful digital brushless vacuum with 2,700 Pa of suction power, with side brushes and a flexible inlet that adjusts to the floor condition.

And thanks to its large 5,200 mAh battery, it can keep on cleaning for over 4 hours (250 minutes) before it needs to return to the base station!

If you like squeaky clean floors, the Eve Plus has a mopping module and a 250 ml water tank, to give you just that.

It simulates hand-mopping with its 3-stage Y-route (not available in the US) or U-route mopping

Obstacle Avoidance

The ROIDMI Eve Plus will never get stuck under your bed, sofa or cabinets, because it can automatically sense their height.

It is also smart enough to detect low obstacles like door strips or cables (up to 2 cm in height) and crawl over them.

It can also sense and climb up ramps with slopes of up to 20°, which lesser robot vacuums will balk at.

 

Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus : What’s Inside The Box?

The Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus comes in two separate boxes – one for the robot vacuum cleaner, and the other for its base station.

In this video, we take a look at what’s inside both boxes!

Once unboxed, you should find these items :

  • ROIDMI Eve Plus robot vacuum cleaner + mop module
  • ROIDMI Eve Plus dust collector base station
  • User guide + warranty card
  • Disposable mop wipes + filters + dust bags
  • Power cord

For more information, you can visit the official ROIDMI Eve Plus website.

 

Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus : Specifications

Specifications Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus
Type Robot vacuum
Voice Assistant Alexa, Google Assistant
Cleaning Modes Sweep + vacuum + mop
Suction Power 2700 Pa (maximum)
Recommended
Coverage
Area
250 m²
2690 square feet
Robot Container Dust : 300 ml
Water : 250 ml
Base Station
Container
Dust : 3 L
Robot Noise Level 60 dB (A)
Base Station
Noise Level
< 82 dB (A)
Hygiene Features HEPA Filter
Active Oxygen Technology
Navigation 4th Gen LDS SLAM
Automatic Partition Yes
Where To Clean Yes
Virtual Wall App-based Virtual Wall
Obstacle Clearance Slope : up to 20°
Height : up to 20 mm
Battery 5,200 mAh lithium-ion
Battery Life 250 minutes
Charging Time 250 minutes
Power Consumption 50 watt (robot)
850 watt (base station)
Robot Dimensions 350 x 350 x 98 mm
Robot Weight 3.6 kg
Base Station
Dimensions
358 x 350 x 175 mm
Base Station
Weight
2.7 kg

 

Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus : Price + Deals

The ROIDMI Eve Plus + dust collector base station kit is surprisingly affordable.

You can now purchase the full ROIDMI Eve Plus set in Malaysia at these incredible prices :

  • Standard 1 Year Warranty : RM1,588
  • 18 Month Warranty : RM1,688
  • 2 Year Warranty : RM1,788
  • Premium 1 Year Warranty : RM1,988 (1 to 1 Exchange)

In addition, you can save more by purchasing these Add-on Deals :

  • Replacement parts like dust bag, mop wipes, roller brush, side brush, filter, etc.
  • Extended 1 year warranty on the battery

 

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Swimming, Golf, Badminton Allowed For Fully-Vaccinated!

Fully-vaccinated people in Malaysia can now go swimming, play golf and badminton, amongst other things!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Swimming, Golf, Badminton Allowed For Fully-Vaccinated!

From 20 August 2021 onwards, fully-vaccinated people in Malaysia are given more sports and recreational privileges.

Who Qualifies For These Privileges?

Only those who are fully-vaccinated according to these requirements can participate in these sports and recreational privileges :

  • More than 14 days after receiving both doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccine.
  • More than 28 days after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson or Cansino vaccine.

Children are currently not being vaccinated. So parents who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 17 years or younger to participate in these activities as well.

Sports + Recreational Privileges

Sports and recreational premises and facilities are ALLOWED to open, subject to these restrictions :

  • only open from 6 AM until 8 PM,
  • RESTRICTED to only fully-vaccinated individuals, and their children who are 17 years or younger,
  • 60% capacity limit, under supervision,
  • workforce limited to 60%, including management and operations staff, and
  • subject to any rules and restrictions stipulated by local authorities.

New sports and recreational activities that are now open to fully-vaccinated people include :

  • all individual sports or recreational activities that do not require physical touch, with physical distance of 2-3 metres
  • swimming,
  • equestrian sports,
  • shooting,
  • tennis / badminton (single),
  • golf,
  • motorsports and so on.

In addition, fully-vaccinated people are ALLOWED to dine-in at the club house restaurant or cafe.

Sports + Recreational Restrictions

There are a few restrictions though :

  • It is FORBIDDEN to use the changing room, or shower room, at these sports and recreational facilities.
  • You are RESTRICTED to the same district.

 

Should You Go Swimming Or Play Golf / Badminton?

Frankly speaking, this isn’t a good time to be going out for a swim, or to play golf or badminton, as community spread of COVID-19 is rampant with over 20K new cases reported every day!

However, if you really must, here are some steps to mitigate your risks :

  • if possible, condos should not allow strangers to share the pool at the same time.
  • if possible, book the entire swimming pool for your family so there are no strangers present at the same time
  • try not to bring your unvaccinated children for a swim, unless you can book the entire pool
  • try to play golf alone or with family members who are already living with you, instead of with friends
  • try to play golf without a caddy to help you
  • try to play tennis or badminton with a family member who is already living with you, rather than a friend
  • never use the shower room or changing room

Read more : Delta Variant Can Infect In Seconds : How To Prevent That?

 

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Fact Check : Singer Joyce Leelyn Died From Pfizer Vaccine?

Did Malaysian singer Joyce Leelyn die from the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine?

Find out what is going viral on WhatsApp, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Singer Joyce Leelyn Died From Pfizer Vaccine!

A Filipino website is trying to go viral by sharing this message on WhatsApp :

She celebrated her 46th birthday on 17/07/2021. Her first Pfizer jab was on 27/07/2021. She wasn’t feeling well after her jab on the following night.

Admitted on 02/08/2021. PCR came back negative. Passed away on 03/08/2021.

Read the full story here.
https://viralarticlesph.xxxxx.xxx

 

Truth : Singer Joyce Leelyn Died From COVID-19

The viral message is FAKE NEWS, and is designed to drive traffic to the Filipino website. Here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : Article Was Copied From Hype.my

The article about Joyce Leelyn appears to be copied from Hype.my, word for word.

It looks like ViralArticlesPH is nothing more than a copy-and-paste website like The Coverage.

Fact #2 : Joyce Leelyn Died From COVID-19

Joyce Leelyn died from COVID-19.

The viral message intentionally highlighted the part that her PCR test came back negative to convey the perception that she died from the Pfizer vaccine. That’s completely FALSE.

It’s even stated in their plagiarised article :

Initially, Leelyn was tested negative for Covid-19 but the doctor noticed that her lungs had already been affected. Her condition suddenly became critical the following day.

Unfortunately, when the family received the call again yesterday, their worst fear came to pass. Leelyn had sadly lost her battle and was tested positive for Covid-19.

Fact #3 : Pfizer Vaccine Does Not Cause Breathing Difficulties

Both the Filipino website and Hype.my chose to highlight that Joyce Leelyn passed away after having breathing difficulties.

Both of them knew that she died from COVID-19, so it seems that they intentionally highlighted breathing difficulties for “dramatic effect”.

To avoid confusion, the Pfizer vaccine does not cause breathing difficulties.

In fact, Joyce Leelyn only started experiencing breathing difficulties on 2 August 2021 – one week after her vaccination.

So the Pfizer vaccine has nothing to do with her breathing difficulties.

Fact #4 : COVID-19 Vaccines Take Time To Impart Protection

COVID-19 vaccines are basically self-defence classes for your immune system, teaching it how to identify and create antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Just like how we need time to learn martial arts for self-defence in real life, our immune system needs time to learn from the COVID-19 vaccines.

It usually takes the immune system about two weeks after each dose to deliver maximum protection against COVID-19.

It appears that Joyce Leelyn was infected just days after her vaccination. Therefore, she had little to no protection from the vaccine.

It was also her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and if it was the Delta variant as suggested, it would require two doses to offer robust protection :

COVID-19
Variant
Pfizer
1 Dose 2 Doses
Alpha (UK) 50% 93%
Delta (India) 33% 88%

Read more : Why Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

 

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House Renovation Now Allowed In PPN Phase 1 Areas!

Houseowners will be glad to learn that house renovation is now permitted to continue in PPN Phase 1 areas!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Earlier : Construction Allowed, But Not Renovation In PPN Phase 1

On 16 July 2021, the government announced that G3 and G4 contractors (in addition to G1 and G2) would also be allowed to resume their construction works.

For those who are wondering – how are G1, G2, G3 and G4 contractors defined, it’s based on their CIDB (Construction Industry Development Board) licence.

The G rating of their CIDB licence is based on their tendering capacity – they cannot tender for work exceeding these amounts :

G1 : Up to RM 200,000

G2 : Up to RM 500,000

G3 : Up to RM 1 million

G4 : Up to RM 3 million

At that time, renovation projects were not explicitly allowed to continue. Only construction on new projects were allowed to proceed.

 

Now : House Renovation Allowed In PPN Phase 1 Areas!

On 3 August 2021, the government issued an updated PPN Phase 1 SOP.

This 3 August 2021 PPN Phase 1 SOP liberalised several more aspects of the construction business :

  1. Renovation of individual residential homes
  2. Land investigation work
  3. Professional or consultancy services for permitted construction work
  4. Supply chain services for permitted construction work

So it is officially confirmed that starting from 4 August 2021 onwards, you will be permitted to resume or start any renovation of your residential home.

But please note that this only applies to RESIDENTIAL buildings in Phase 1 areas, not commercial buildings.

Those in Phase 2 areas have earlier been permitted to renovate both residential and commercial buildings.

Interestingly, they maintained the limit on maintenance and repairs to only critical work. That is loosely-worded but I have to wonder – why bother when you are already allowing people to renovate their homes?

In the newly-updated Phase 2 SOP, the government actually removed that limitation, allowing all maintenance and repair work to proceed.

 

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Computer, Mobile, Book + Stationery Shops Can Reopen!

MKN just announced that they are allowing computer, mobile, book and stationery shops to reopen across the country!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Computer, Mobile, Book + Stationery Shops Can Reopen!

On 15 July 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that computer, mobile, book and stationery shops will be allowed to reopen.

This decision will apply across the country, to both Phase 1 and Phase 2 states, and apply from 16 July 2021 onwards.

They made this decision after taking into account feedback from students, parents as well as teachers, and to allow teachers and students to continue online learning (PdPR).

This news will be warmly welcomed by parents and teachers, who have been complaining about not being able to repair their computer or smartphone, or even purchase books and stationery.

They also allowed students to travel in and out of EMCO areas to take their exams, including professional exams, albeit with police permission.

 

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MKN Now Allows Busking In Vaccination Centres (PPV)!

MKN amended their SOP for Phase 1 and Phase 2 states to allow busking in vaccination centres!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Busking : What Is It?

Busking is the act of performing in public places for gratuities – public donations.

This can be performed outdoors, or indoors, and is a popular form of public entertainment all over the world.

For example, here is Crash Metal – a busker showing off his juggling skills outside of ICC Sydney.

 

MKN Now Allows Busking In Vaccination Centres (PPV)!

Since the pandemic started, buskers have been blocked from performing, and this has caused a complete loss of livelihood for these street performers.

After all, they need to perform publicly to make a living – literally live hand-to-mouth from each performance.

In a surprise move, the MKN released updated SOPs for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Recovery Plan, in which the only change was to ALLOW indoor and outdoor busking at COVID-19 vaccination centres.

This will allow buskers the opportunity to perform publicly again, for a captive crowd (literally!)

If you see buskers at your vaccination centre, please show them some support! Just make sure you keep your distance and wear a face mask!

Again, please note that the new SOP only allows busking at vaccination centres – they are still not allowed in other public places.

Also, this only applies to Phase 1 and Phase 2 states, and DO NOT APPLY to EMCO areas.

MKN likely limited busking activities to vaccination centres where there are police and RELA volunteers who can control their physical distancing.

Even so, this is a great opportunity for buskers, and I wish them all the best. I really miss the Blues Hat band. These guys are AWESOME!

 

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How To Register Children For COVID-19 Vaccine In Malaysia!

Find out how to register children 12 years and older for COVID-19 vaccine programme in Malaysia!

 

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Approved For Children In Malaysia!

On 15 June 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) approved the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in children 12 years and above.

You may recall that the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine was first approved for use in adults 18 years and above on 8 January 2021.

With this approval, children aged 12 years and above will be able to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

 

How To Register Children For COVID-19 Vaccine Using MySejahtera

MySejahtera has been updated to allow registration of children for the COVID-19 vaccine, so here is our video guide on how to do that!

For our step-by-step guide, please see How To Register Children For Vaccine In MySejahtera!

 

Registering Children For COVID-19 Vaccine In Vaksin COVID Website

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do that on the Vaksin COVID website.

  1. Go to the Vaksin COVID-19 website at www.vaksincovid.gov.my.
  2. Click on the green REGISTER NOW button.
    Or use these direct links – BM | English | Chinese | Tamil
  3. In the first part of the COVID-19 vaccine registration page, you will need to fill in :
    – Your child’s name
    – Your child’s age
    – Your child’s IC (MyKad) or Passport number
    – Phone number : this can be your child’s own number, or yours

  1. In the next part, you will be asked to fill in these details for your child :
    – State : where your child currently lives
    – Email (optional) : this will be an alternate means to contact you or your child
    – Address : where your child currently lives. This can be different from your address if your child is (for example) in a boarding school or living with a guardian
  2. You will also be asked three simple questions :
    – Is your child interested to take the COVID-19 vaccine :
    – Does your child have any comorbidities?
    – Is your child registered with the Department of Social Welfare Malaysia as a disabled person?

  1. If your child has comorbidities, you will be asked to select them from list :
    – Diabetes Mellitus
    – Hypertension
    – Heart Disease
    – Asthma
    – Cancer
    – Chronic Lung Disease
    – Kidney Disease
    – Liver Disease
    – Stroke
    – Immunocompromised
    – Obesity
    – Bleeding Tendency (INR ≥ 4)
    – History of Severe Allergic Reaction
    – Others : you will need to fill it in manually

Listing your child’s comorbidities will help the JKJAV team prioritise children at higher risk from COVID-19, and exclude those who cannot receive the vaccine.

  1. Once you are done, double check what you have entered and click or tap on the I’m not a robot checkbox.
  2. Then click > SUBMIT.

That’s it! You should see this Thank You message pop-up, confirming that you have successfully registered your child for the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Malaysia!

If you do not see this Thank You message, keep clicking on the Submit button every few minutes. You may need to redo the I’m not a robot test every now and then.

Now that you have just learned how to register your children for the COVID-19 vaccine programme in Malaysia, please SHARE this with your family and friends.

Encourage them to register their children for the COVID-19 vaccine programme in Malaysia too! Let’s get rid of COVID-19 together!

 

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ViewSonic M2e Portable Projector with ToF Technology!

ViewSonic just introduced their M2e portable LED projector, with ToF (Time of Flight) technology!

Here is what you need to know about the new ViewSonic M2e Instant Smart 1080p portable LED protector!

 

ViewSonic M2e Portable Projector with ToF Technology!

The ViewSonic M2e portable projector is a portable LED projector, with a 1080p resolution and built-in Harman Kardon stereo speakers.

It also boasts new ToF (Time-of-Flight) technology, which allow for instant auto-focus in an ultralight, portable design!

Full HD Audio Visual Experience

The ViewSonic M2e uses their 2nd generation LED technology, with a resolution of 1080p, with 125% Rec. 709 colour gamut!

It is capable of projecting up to an 80-inch display at up to 2.1 metres away; and comes with dual speakers customised by Harman Kardon!

ToF Technology For Instant Auto-Focus!

ToF (Time-of-Flight) is a form of LIDAR technology, which uses an emitter to bounce light off the target area to accurately determine the distance up to 3 metres away.

This allows the ViewSonic M2e to accurate instantly correct the focus, to ensure sharp images on the target surface.

Built-In G Sensor

When a projector is moved, it will need to be refocused either manually using a focus ring, or automatically using a button.

Thanks to its built-in G sensor, the ViewSonic M2e will detect movement, and automatically trigger its ToF instant auto-focus capability.

Easy Setup

Setting up the M2e is very easy, with instant power on/off, instant auto-focus and auto keystone capabilities. It also has a stemless stand for custom projection angles.

Connecting your mobile device to the M2e is also easy – you can cast or mirror the content from your smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or a USB Type C cable.

Light + Portable

The ViewSonic M2e is very light at just 1 kg, and is small enough to fit into a large handbag, or a backpack.

This allows you to bring it on trips, and quickly set it up for instant entertainment wherever you go!

 

ViewSonic M2e : Price + Availability

The ViewSonic M2e portable LED projector is available with immediate effect, with a launch price of RM 2,699 (about US$655 / £463 / A$846 / S$867).

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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YES PRIHATIN : FREE Phone, Data + Education For B40!

We compared all of the Prihatin plans, and discovered that the YES PRIHATIN initiative is the BEST there is!

ZERO upfront fee, ZERO monthly fees, and ZERO contract!

Find out how to get a FREE smartphone, FREE data and FREE access to educational content through the YES PRIHATIN initiative!

 

YES PRIHATIN : What Is it?

On 5 May 2021, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin launched the Jaringan PRIHATIN programme, which offers a one year subsidy to help B40 families and individuals pay for devices and data :

  • B40 families : RM300
  • B40 individuals : RM180

YES is stepping up to the challenge, by offering two free PRIHATIN plans.

 

YES PRIHATIN : FREE Phone, Data + Education For B40!

Great news! If you are in the B40 segment, you are entitled to a FREE smartphone, FREE data and FREE access to educational content from YES!

YES is offering not one, but two PRIHATIN plans for B40 rakyat :

  • YES PRIHATIN Learn-From-Home Families
  • YES PRIHATIN Learn-From-Home Individuals

Both plans give subscribers a free smartphone, free data and free access to YTL Foundation’s Learn-From-Home content. All for one year, with no deposit, contract or payment!

On top of all that, subscribers will receive a RM50 Shopee voucher! How awesome is that?

 

YTL Foundation’s Learn From Home Content : Absolutely FREE!

YES PRIHATIN subscribers will get access to Learn from Home content, either on the FrogAsia Mobile App or the YTL Foundation website.

There are 1,271 lessons across four core subjects – Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mathematics and Science – all mapped against the national curriculum for Primary 1 through Form 5.

There are also more than 13,000 quizzes covering all those core subjects, on the FrogAsia app that parents and students can use for revision.



 

How Does YES PRIHATIN Compare Against The Competition?

Will you look at that? The YES PRIHATIN plan definitely trumps the competition!

The most important thing B40 individuals and families should not – there is ZERO up front fee, and there is ZERO monthly fee.

On top of that, there is no contract. You are free to leave the plan whenever you want.

The YES PRIHATIN plan is definitely the best option, as our comparison table shows!

RM300 Subsidy Yes Maxis Hotlink Celcom UMobile Digi
Up Front Fee RM 0 RM 91 RM 295 RM 139 RM 100
Monthly Fee RM 0 RM 60 RM 28 RM 35 RM 35
Monthly Benefits 30 GB data
Unlimited calls
30 GB data
Unlimited calls
16 GB data
Unlimited calls,
YT, FB, IG,
WhatsApp, WeChat
Unlimited data
(4 Mbps)
30 GB data
Unlimited calls
Contract None 12 Months 24 Months None None
Free Device Altitude 3 vivo Y12s Samsung A02 Samsung A02
or
Realme Cii
Samsung A02
Total Entry Cost RM 0 RM 91 RM 200 RM 139 RM 100

 

YES PRIHATIN : How To Sign Up?

It is very easy to sign up for YES PRIHATIN, and claim your free smartphone, data, and access to educational content.

There are three ways to sign up for YES PRIHATIN :

WEBSITE : www.yes.my/kasiupB40

HOTLINE : 018-3333-303

SMARTPHONE

  1. Go to the YES PRIHATIN sign-up page.
  2. Click on the red Start button.
  3. Select the Free YES PRIHATIN SIM option.
  4. Choose your plan :
    a) Family with 30 GB of free data
    b) Individual with 15 GB of free data
  5. Fill in your personal information.
  6. Click the Verify button, once you’re done!

 

YES PRIHATIN : How To Register + Activate Your SIM?

After you receive your free YES SIM card, load it into your smartphone, and follow these steps :

  1. Open the MyYes app
  2. Click on the New User button.
  3. Click on the Activate SIM option.
  4. Click Face Recognition.
  5. Click the Start button.
  6. Click the record button, and follow these steps to verify your face.
    a) Look straight into your phone camera, ensure your eyes are wide open and smile.
    b) Turn your face to the left, and then to the right.
    c) Look straight into the camera again to capture your image.
  7. Once you see a green check mark, your Face Recognition Verification is complete!

Your free YES SIM card is now activated!

 

YES PRIHATIN : How To Claim Your Freebies?

To claim your free smartphone and data, follow these steps :

  1. Open the MyYes app
  2. Click on the YES PRIHATIN Learn From Home banner.
  3. Click on the Refer YES PRIHATIN button.
  4. Fill in the IC number of the B40 candidate.
  5. Fill in the information of the prospective B40 family, and click Next when you are done.
  6. Select your preferred plan – Family or Individual – and click Next.
  7. Fill in the delivery address and click Next.
  8. Verify your information, and click Next.

Your information will be processed, and you will be sent a notification if it’s successful!

 

YES PRIHATIN : How To Contact Them?

In case of any issues with the Yes Altitude smartphone, or their PRIHATIN plan, please contact YES directly at :

Email : learnfromhome.freephone@yes.my
Hotline : 018-333-3303

 

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Antara Dua Hati : Catch Mira Filzah With vivo V21 Series!

Mira Filzah is the ambassador for the upcoming vivo V21 series smartphones, and vivo just released their official Raya TVC, Antara Dua Hati!

 

Antara Dua Hati : Catch Mira Filzah With vivo V21 Series!

On 20 April 2021, vivo unveiled Mira Filzah as its ambassador for the vivo V21 and vivo V21e smartphones.

Kicking off the launch of the vivo V21 series on 27 April 2021 is the special Raya TVC – Antara Dua Hati, which shows Mira and her husband, Wan Emir Astar, spending their first Raya together as a married couple!

Here is the full version of Antara Dua Hit, featuring Mira Filzah and Wan Emir Astar, with the vivo V21 smartphone!

Raya is a time of reflection and spending time with loved ones and to rekindle relationships. The short teaser lets Mira show the true spirit of the V21 series, which is “Bring Me Closer”.

As she used the vivo V21 series smartphone as a way to spend quality time with the ones who matter most to her, one selfie at a time, Mira is able to bring herself closer to them by capturing lasting memories.

The vivo V21 series consists of the v21 and the v21e, both featuring a 44 MP OIS front camera that supports  Superior Night-time Selfie, which gives you shake-free selfies, even during a roller coaster ride!

Its AI Night Portrait algorithm also helps ensure that you only get bright and clear selfies, every time!

Recommended : vivo V21 + V21e Smartphones : What You Need To Know!

 

vivo V21 Series : Specifications

We created this table to make it easy for you to compare both models :

Specifications vivo V21 vivo V21e
Display Size 6.44-inch
Display Panel AMOLED
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Brightness 500 nits 430 nits
Refresh Rate 90 Hz 60 Hz
Operating System Funtouch OS 11.1 (Android 11)
Platform MediaTek
Dimensity 800U
Qualcomm
Snapdragon 720G
RAM 8 GB
Storage 128 GB
Front Camera 44 MP OIS (f/2.0) 44 MP (f/2.0)
Rear Cameras 64 MP (f/1.79)
8 MP wide-angle (f/2.2)
2 MP macro (f/2.4)
64 MP (f/1.89)
8 MP wide-angle (f/2.2)
2 MP macro (f/2.4)
Connectivity Network : 4G LTE
Wi-Fi : 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Bluetooth : BT 5.1USB : Type C
GPS GPS, Beidou, Galileo, GLONASS
Battery 4,000 mAh
Charging 33 W fast charging
Dimensions 73.90 mm wide
159.68 mm tall
7.29 mm thick
74.37 mm wide
161.24 mm tall
7.38 mm thick
Weight 176 g – 177 g 171 g

 

vivo V21 + V21e : Price + Deals

Both models are available for purchase with immediate effect, at these launch prices :

  • V21 (8 GB + 128 GB) : RM1,599 (about US$390 / £280 / A$502 / S$518)
  • V21e (8 GB + 128 GB) : RM1,299 (about US$317 / £228 / A$408 / S$421)

Here are online purchase options :

If you pre-order either smartphone from now until 4 May 2021, you wlll receive :

  • 1-year extended warranty
  • 1-year screen crack protection
  • RM 50 instant rebate
  • free gifts worth RM349 (V21) / RM209 (V21e)

 

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HUAWEI Vision S 4K Smart TV : What You Need To Know!

HUAWEI just officially launched their Vision S, powered by their own HarmonyOS operating system!

Here is what you need to know about the new HUAWEI Vision S 4K smart TV!

 

HUAWEI Vision S : HarmonyOS Smart TV

Powered by HarmonyOS, the HUAWEI Vision S comes in two sizes – 65-inch and 55-inch, both offering smart features like :

  • interconnectivity,
  • interactive capabilities,
  • multi-device collaboration, and
  • of course, multimedia prowess

Let’s take a quick look at what you need to know about this new smart TV!

 

HUAWEI Vision S : Specifications

To make it easy for you to compare the two models, here is a table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications HUAWEI
Vision S
65-inch
HUAWEI
Vision S
55-inch
Size 65-inches 55-inches
Resolution 4K UHD
3840 x 2160 pixels
Colour Gamut 92% DCI-P3
Refresh Rate 120 Hz
Brightness 350 nits
Contrast Ratio 5000:1
Backlight Type Direct LED
Operating System HUAWEI HarmonyOS
Memory 3 GB
Storage 32 GB
Camera 13 MP magnetic camera
Speakers 2 x 10 W full frequency
2 x 10 W tweeters
Voice Input 6 microphones
Far-field voice pickup
Remote Control Bluetooth voice remote control
OneHop Projection (NFC)
Connectivity Wi-Fi : 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz
3 x HDMI 2.0 ports
1 x AV-in port
1 x USB 3.0 port
1 x SPDIF (coaxial) port
Power Consumption 230 watts 190 watts
Display Only Size 1449.3 mm wide
837.2 mm high
72.1 mm thick
1230.1 mm wide
714.1 mm high
73.0 mm thick
Display + Base Size
1449.3 mm wide
876.4 mm high
336.7 mm thick
1449.3 mm wide
753.6 mm high
258.0 mm thick
Display Only Weight 19.5 kg 14.2 kg
Display + Base Weight 20 kg 14.7 kg

 

HUAWEI Vision S : Key Features

Double Refresh Rate, Double Speakers!

Its 120 Hz display, coupled with Advanced Motion Estimation and Motion Compensation (MEMC) promises to offer much more immersive and smoother visuals.

On top of that, it is fitted with twice as many speakers than other smart TVs – two Full Frequency Speakers and two High Frequency Speakers, with a 1 litre sound cavity!

1080p HUAWEI MeeTime Calls!

The HUAWEI Vision S supports MeeTime calls, letting you engage in high-definition video calls at up to 1080p resolution without being connected to a HUAWEI smartphone!

All you need to do is set the Vision S to use your HUAWEI ID during the installation process, and you can make 1080p MeeTime calls directly on it!

OneHop Projection!

The HUAWEI Vision S comes with OneHop Projection built-in, activate with a tap of your HUAWEI smartphone on the HUAWEI Share icon on its remote control!

You will be able to project your smartphone contents onto the display, and navigate by simply swiping left and right on your smartphone!

Mirror Control

The Mirror Control capability turns your smartphone into a touchpad for the Vision S.

This gives you handy touch controls for easier input, without worrying about the remote again.

 

HUAWEI Vision S : Price + Deals!

The HUAWEI Malaysia Vision S will be available in two sizes, at these price points :

  • 65-inch : RM 3,999 (about US$975 / €807 / A$1259 / S$1,294)
  • 55-inch : RM 2,999 (about US$731 / €605 / A$944 / S$970)

You can pre-order them right now :

If you pre-order one, you will receive these free gifts!

Vision S 65-inch
Pre-order period : Now until 2 May 2021
Free gifts : HUAWEI WiFi AX3 router + HUAWEI FreeLace Pro *
* only on the HUAWEI Lazada Store + HUAWEI Online Store

Vision S 55-inch
Pre-order period : Now until 12 May 2021
Free gifts : RM200 instant rebate **
** only on the HUAWEI Shopee Store + HUAWEI Online Store

 

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HUAWEI Vision S Smart TV : A Quick Preview!

The HUAWEI Vision S is coming soon, and here is a quick preview of their first-ever Smart TV to launch globally!

 

HUAWEI Vision S Smart TV : A Quick Preview!

The HUAWEI Vision S will come in two sizes – 65-inch and 55-inch, both offering smart features like :

  • interconnectivity,
  • interactive capabilities,
  • multi-device collaboration, and
  • of course, multimedia prowess

Here’s a quick look at the key features of the HUAWEI Vision S!

Double Refresh Rate, Double Speakers!

Thanks to its 120 Hz display, coupled with Advanced Motion Estimation and Motion Compensation (MEMC). the HUAWEI Vision S promises to offer much more immersive and smoother visuals.

On top of that, the HUAWEI Vision S is fitted with twice as many speakers than other smart TVs – two Full Frequency Speakers and two High Frequency Speakers, with a 1 litre sound cavity!

1080p HUAWEI MeeTime Calls!

The HUAWEI Vision S supports MeeTime calls, letting you engage in high-definition video calls at up to 1080p resolution without being connected to a HUAWEI smartphone!

All you need to do is set the Vision S to use your HUAWEI ID during the installation process, and you can make 1080p MeeTime calls directly on it!

OneHop Projection!

The HUAWEI Vision S comes with OneHop Projection built-in, activate with a tap of your HUAWEI smartphone on the HUAWEI Share icon on the Vision S’ remote control!

You will be able to project your smartphone contents onto the Vision S, and navigate by simply swiping left and right on your smartphone!

Mirror Control

The Mirror Control capability turns your smartphone into a touchpad for the Vision S.

This gives you handy touch controls for easier input, without worrying about the remote again.

 

HUAWEI Vision S : Watch Livestream + Win HUAWEI Mate40 Pro!

HUAWEI Malaysia will livestream the official launch of the Vision S on 27 April 2021, at 7:30 PM (MYT).

Watch it, and you could be in the running to win a HUAWEI Mate40 Pro smartphone!

 

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No More Dimsum : Why It Lasted Less Than 5 Years!

It’s the end for Dimsum, after Star Media Group management announced their decision to shut it down!

Find out what just happened, and why it lasted less than 5 years!

 

Dimsum Calls It Quits, After Less Than 5 years!

After less than 5 years, Star Media Group is calling it quits in the VOD (Video On Demand) subscription business.

On 6 April 2021, they announced that they would shut down Dimsum Entertainment by 30 September 2021.

This decision came after the media group appointed Alex Yeow Wai Saw as CEO on 1 March 2021, and Tan Sri Chor Chee Heung as independent and non-executive chairman on 15 March 2021.

 

Why Did Dimsum Fail?

Officially, a strategic review by its new key management team apparently identified new opportunities for the group to explore.

Chief marketing officer Lam Swee Kim said that while it was a difficult decision to end this chapter, “we are excited to explore promising new ventures in the near future”.

What’s left unsaid is that in the last 4+ years, Dimsum had very little mindshare, even though it offers free viewing, supported by ads.

It focused on Asian content, which is also the focus on iflix and iQIYI (both of which are more established) as well as Viu.

But people who wanted to watch Chinese shows would stick with iQIYI, while those who wanted Korean shows would use Viu. iflix had better luck with ASEAN content.

And with Disney+ coming to Malaysia very soon – the launch was slated for 31 March 2021, but got delayed at the last minute – the writing was on the wall.

Granted, Disney+ would be competing mainly with Netflix and Apple TV+, but most Malaysians can hardly afford multiple streaming services.

If given the option between paying for Disney+ and paying for Dimsum VIP, the choice seems obvious.

The new management team probably “understood” that they would see subscribers shifting to the free offering, and decided to cut losses.

Honestly, we doubt many people would notice them leaving… there are simply too many alternative options offering the same or similar Asian content.

 

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Plandemic 3 To Prove Satan’s Hand In COVID-19 Vaccines!

Plandemic 3 is here, and its producers promise that it will finally prove Satan’s hand in the nefarious COVID-19 vaccines!

Get a taste of what Plandemic 3 will reveal in our exclusive sneak preview!

 

Plandemic 3 To Prove Satan’s Hand In COVID-19 Vaccines!

Thanks to the hard work of renown coronavirus expert, Dr. Judy Mikovits and famous autism expert Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the new film will definitively reveal the nefarious Satanic plans behind the COVID-19 vaccines!

The Plandemic 3 team has kindly given us some tidbits to share with all of you. All they ask is that you SHARE and PRAY for Plandemic 3 to reach more people with the hashtag #Plandemic3!

Why Plandemic 3?

Plandemic was a hit, but the second movie – Plandemic: Indoctornation was a failure.

Many people didn’t even realise it was a new movie. President Donald Trump notably thought it was part of the original Plandemic movie.

Based on his feedback, the producers decided to go with Plandemic 3, so people like him understand that it’s a new movie.

5G Tracker In COVID-19 Vaccines

Renown coronavirus expert, Dr. Judy Mikovits, had been looking into how Big Pharma could possibly inject a 5G tracker through COVID-19 vaccines, and had her breakthrough when public vaccinations started.

Many people started reporting that they found 5G trackers implanted in their arms after they were vaccinated.

Some of these concerned citizens sent her their trackers, and after obtaining a vial of the Pfizer mRNA vaccine and the syringes they use, the intrepid Dr. Mikovits finally figured out how they did it!

Why other less eminent researchers failed to find the 5G trackers is because they looked at the vaccine. There’s no 5G tracker inside, just a special activation fluid.

The secret is inside the syringe needle, she explained. That’s why they switch the needles before injecting people!

Dr. Judy Mikovits hard at work with her microscope!

Hidden inside the needle is a super-compressed 5G tracker – deactivated so RF scanners cannot detect it.

Once injected into your arm, the activation fluid expands the tracker so it locks into your arm muscle, and activates its 5G signal.

Dr. Mikovits shared this picture of the 3 variants she found, held in length- and colour-coded microscope attachment screws to differentiate them.

They are apparently made by the Presta Corporation, based in Baltimore, but funded with research funding from Bill Gates and the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

In Plandemic 3, she will show you how the 5G tracker is cleverly hidden inside the needle, and how it gradually expands on contact with the activation fluid.

She will also show you have to cut it out of your arm, or block its signal with a copper-lined skin patch that her company will be releasing shortly.

And yes, Plandemic 3 will flash a special 50% discount code, so be sure to look out for it!

COVID-19 Is Satan’s Work

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has helped prevent autism for millions of innocent children by praying the vaccines out of them.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, he focused his considerable intellect into WHY it happened, and WHAT it really means.

In Plandemic 3, he will show you how he discovered that the coronavirus is Satan’s handiwork. Here is one example he shared with us.

After many sleepless nights calculating the different possibilities, he discovered that CORONA = 666. If this is not proof, he says, then you are blind!

Kennedy also shared how Social Distancing was Satan’s idea. He believes health authorities use this term, as a form of satanic worship.

Every time they say Social Distancing, they are praising Satan. That is also why they refuse to say Physical Distancing.

To check if your friend is a secret follower of Satan, he suggests you say physical distancing. If your friend insists on saying social distancing, he’s a Satanist!

 

Plandemic 3 : Where To Watch It?

Major corporations (Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter) have been paid off by Big Pharma and the New World Order to block Plandemic 3 by deleting the video.

To avoid this, the producers are planning to DIRECTLY PM / DM you a link to the video.

To obtain the secret link to the Plandemic 3 video, simply post on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp groups, Telegram groups) with the hashtag #Plandemic3.

For every share of this article, with the hashtag #Plandemic3 and #CLeeYu, the Plandemic 3 team promises to sponsor the removal of a 5G tracker!

 

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Foreign Maids : Applications Now Allowed With New Process!

The Malaysia National Security Council is allowing new applications for foreign maids, subject to a new process.

Find out what are the new requirements to apply for maids in Malaysia!

 

Foreign Maids : Applications Now Allowed With New Process!

On 30 March 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced new applications for foreign maids would be allowed, subject to a new process + requirements.

While they have not released details, here is a summary based on what they announced.

Foreign Maids With Existing Visas

  • Maids who already have visas, but were trapped in their hometowns due to the pandemic, can return to work in Malaysia.
  • Their employers must apply for them to return through My Travel Pass.
  • Upon successful approval, they must undergo a swab test before travelling to Malaysia, and a compulsory quarantine on arrival.
  • Their employers must pay for the full cost of the swab test and quarantine.

New Foreign Maids

  • The government agreed to allow foreign maid agencies to process new applications for foreign maids.
  • The new application process is expected to take 3-4 months.
  • Their entry into Malaysia is subject to the reopening of the national borders.

 

Foreign Maids With Existing Visas : My Travel Pass Requirements

According to the My Travel Pass page, here are the requirements for maids with existing work visas.

  • Must undergo a PCR COVID-19 screening test at least THREE (3) DAYS and and medically confirmed to be negative from COVID-19 before travelling to Malaysia.
  • Must download and install MySejahtera on their smartphones before departure
  • Can only enter Malaysia via :
    – KLIA or KLIA 2 in Selangor
    – Bayan Lepas International Airport in Penang
    – Sultan Ismail Senai International Airport in Johor
  • Must have valid Temporary Employment Visa Pass
  • Must undergo compulsory quarantine at quarantine facilities upon arrival in Malaysia.
  • Payment for COVID-19 test and compulsory quarantine must be paid before arrival in Malaysia.

 

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Fact Check : Nike Made Satan Shoes With Human Blood?

Did Nike make 666 pairs of Satan Shoes with human blood and a Satanic emblem?

Find out what’s the latest controversy, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Nike Made Satan Shoes With Human Blood?

Social media is rife with all sorts of claims about Lil Nas X’s controversial Satan Shoes.

While some are understandably upset about these shoes, others are making false claims about them.

Here is a great example of the kind of claims that are going viral over these Satan Shoes.

Nike made 666 pairs and named it Satan. Sold each pair for USD 1018 taken from Luke 10:18. Each has one drop of human blood and a Satanic emblem.

Nike pulls an American flag shoe because it was deemed offensive but is now releasing a Satan-inspired shoe.

 

Nike Satan Shoes Claims : The Facts!

Fact #1 : Satan Shoes Were Produced By MSCHF

Satan Shoes were produced by MSCHF Product Studio Inc. – a New York-based company – who created them in collaboration with “Old Town Road” rapper Lil Nas X.

Fact #2 : Satan Shoes Are Customised Nike Air Max 97 Sneakers

Satan Shoes are really customised Nike Air Max 97 sneakers. However, this does not mean Nike made them.

MSCHF bought regular Air Max 97 sneakers and customised them with what appears to be :

  • sole air bubble containing red link and a drop of human blood
  • bronze inverted pentagram lace emblem
  • embroidered Luke 10:18 and individual numbering on the side
  • embroidered MSCFH and Lil Nas X at the back
  • red inverted cross above Nike logo
  • new sock liner

Fact #3 : Does Satan Shoes Contain Human Blood?

Yes, but only a single drop in each sole, according to the Satan Shoes product description.

The clear air bubble under each sole contains 60 cc (60 ml) of red ink and one drop of human blood.

While some have suggested that Lil Nas X contributed said human blood, the blood was donated by members of MSCHF.

Fact #4 : Nike Sued MSCHF Over Satan Shoes

Probably due to the fake news circulating about their involvement with Satan Shoes, Nike sued MSCHF on 30 March 2021.

The Nike lawsuit, which was filed with the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York, stated that :

  • the Satan Shoes were produced “without Nike’s approval and authorization“,
  • Nike “do not have a relationship with Lil Nas X or MSCHF“, and
  • “Nike is in no way connected with this project”.

Their concern about being boycotted over false claims of involvement with Satan Shoes is apparent :

“There is already evidence of significant confusion and dilution occurring in the marketplace, including calls to boycott Nike in response to the launch of MSCHF’s Satan Shoes based on the mistaken belief that Nike has authorized or approved this product.”

Nike is asking the court to immediately stop MSCHF from fulfilling the orders for those shoes, and requested a jury trial to seek damages.

Notably, Nike did not include Lil Nas X in their lawsuit.

Fact #5 : Only 666 Pairs Were Produced

It is true that 666 pairs of Satan Shoes were produced. All but one were sold, allegedly in less than one minute.

The last – 666th pair – would be made available to a social media user, chosen by Lil Nas X from those who shared his tweet.

Fact #6 : They Were Sold For US$1,018

It is true that each pair of Satan Shoes were sold for US$1,018 – a reference to Luke 10:18 in the Bible :

KJV : And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

NIV : He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lighting from heaven.”

Fact #7 : They Were Featured In Montero (Call Me By Your Name)

These shoes were featured in Lil Nas X’s latest song – Montero (Call Me By Your Name).

In the music video, he can be seen sliding down a stripper pole from Heaven to Hell, wearing a pair of these Satan Shoes.

 

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Is It Wrong To Laminate Official Documents?

Should you laminate official documents? Or will that invalidate or destroy those documents?

We take a look at this sticky issue, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : It Is Illegal To Laminate Official Documents!

The availability of cheap heat lamination machines and plastic lamination film make it easy for many people to laminate their official documents against damage.

However, this viral message on social media is warning people that laminating your official documents could invalidate them!

Don’t laminate all official documents

Please inform your aunts, uncles, fathers and relatives or acquaintances …etc

All official documents including birth certificates must not be laminated because it is difficult to know the authenticity of the document, the act will lose its authenticity.

Please use a transparent file holder to store all official documents or certificates. Avoid lamination.

The guy who shared this info, had to apply for fresh title for his land all because he laminated it. Once laminated, considered spoiled or damaged by Government.

Beware! Avoid unnecessary hassle.

 

Is It Wrong To Laminate Official Documents? It Depends!

Many people laminate their official documents to protect them against damage, but generally, you should NEVER laminate your official documents.

You should only laminate them, when required under certain circumstances.

Here are the facts to help you determine when you should, or should not, laminate your official documents.

Fact #1 : Official Documents Should Not Be Altered In Any Way

You should never alter official documents like birth / death / divorce / marriage certificates, or vehicle / business / property registrations in any way.

This includes gluing them onto cardboard, punching holes in them for filing, or marking on them with a pen.

Fact #2 : Laminating Documents Could Invalidate Them!

Many official documents have embossed security seals and stamps to help prove their authenticity.

When you laminate such documents, the embossed seals and stamps are flattened by the heat and pressure of the lamination process.

This may invalidate those documents, effectively destroying their legal status.

In 2016, a Canadian man was denied a passport because he laminated his Certificate of Canadian Citizenship. He had to secure a new certificate.

Fact #3 : Laminated Documents Are Harder To Scan / Photocopy

Some official documents may come with a QR code, or bar code, imprinted as a security / validation measure.

Once laminated, the reflective plastic surface makes it harder to scan the QR or bar code, as well as to scan or make a photocopy.

Fact #4 : Lamination Films Adhesive May Damage Documents

Many plastic lamination films have an adhesive layer to ensure proper sticking to the paper.

This adhesive increases the risk of tearing if you attempt to delaminate the documents. It could also damage your documents, turning them yellow over time.

Fact #5 : You May Be Required To Laminate Certain Documents

The authorities may require you to laminate your official documents in certain cases. For example, the registration of the birth of a child to a Malaysian parent in Singapore requires a Singapore birth certificate that must be laminated.

To avoid damage to the official document that must be laminated, you can try placing it inside a clear, non-adhesive plastic sleeve, before laminating it.

This would prevent the adhesive from making contact with your document, and allow you to delaminate it without tearing.

 

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Fact Check : Parishioners Go Down On Pastor For Holy Milk?

Did female parishioners go down on an evangelical pastor in Brazil, for his holy milk?

Find out what’s this holy milk business all about, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Parishioners Go Down On Pastor For Holy Milk?

This viral news has been circulating in several forms over the years. And it keeps getting shared as something new.

Many people just share the pictures, with some comments about the pastor offering his female parishioners his holy milk.

This is the “full version” that some are sharing, and is being posted on various “viral websites”.

Pastor Makes Females Give Oral In Church, Says To Get Holy Milk

Sao Paulo: An evangelical pastor has been arrested for raping his faithful, after convincing them that his reproductive organs contained “holy milk” which they need for holy healing.

Sobrino Valdeci Picanto, an evangelical pastor from Brazil, persuaded his followers that he practiced his strange beliefs because it was the way he preached the word, saying that his ‘milk’ was sacred.

And this pastor said his reproductives was blessed and that “the Lord had consecrated with divine milk of the Holy Spirit” and of course, had to go around evangelizing.

“He convinced us that only God could come into our lives through the mouth”, a follower said,

“Often, after worship, Pastor Valdeci asked us to do perform oral acts on him until the Holy Spirit came through seed and delivered funds to the church.”

“He gave as an excuse that his reproductive organs had been consecrated with “divine seminal fluid of the Holy Spirit.”

Valdecir came to abuse some elderly, and defends himself by saying that ‘he had an encounter with Jesus in a brothel and gave him the mission of spreading the sacred semen throughout the state, beginning with the faithful Apore Assembly, of which he is responsible’.

Denise Pinheiro, delegate of the region, said, “Valdecir was caught red-handed while rubbing his reproductive units in the face of a local merchant, which promised to make more sales in her business due to the divine liquid.”

“When we acted Valdecir offered no resistance and even asked if I wanted to be part of the kingdom of heaven on the way to the police station.”

 

Pastor Valdeci’s Holy Milk : The Truth

The truth is this is just a fake story, created by a “satire” website, and reposted by many viral websites for the purpose of getting page views.

Here are the reasons why this is just another fake story…

Fact #1 : Sobrino Valdeci Picanto Does Not Exist

There is no Brazilian named Sobrino Valdeci Picanto as far as we can tell, much less an evangelical pastor called Sobrino Valdeci Picanto. For an evangelical priest, he seems to have an extremely focused and limited digital footprint.

There are over 4,300 references to “Sobrino Valdeci Picanto” in Google and every single one of them referred to the same fake story.

More importantly, none of them were from a credible source like O Globo, The Rio Times, or even tabloids like Super Notícia.

Fact #2 : That Lady Ate Grass, Not Holy Milk

The picture showing a lady about to puke her guts out, is actually a picture of a South African lady who just ate grass on the orders of her pastor.

In January 2014, Pastor Lesego Daniel ordered his congregation to get on their knees and eat grass to “be closer to God”.

God is at work and His people are testifying right now at the farm. TO GOD BE THE GLORY.”

After they ate the grass outside Rabboni Centre Ministries in Garankuwa (just north of Pretoria), he stomped on them until they vomited.

Fact #3 : The Lady In Screenshot Is A Porn Star

The “leaked video” does not exist, and the lady in the “screenshot” is actually a porn star called Tiffany Six.

The picture was a crop from a screenshot from one of her porn movies.

Fact #4 : It Was Created By Jesus Manero

This fake story was created by Victor Berriel, who posted it on the Brazilian satire blog, Jesus Manero on 11 January 2012.

The pastor in the original version was actually called “Valdecir Picanto Sobrinho“, not “Sobrino Valdeci Picanto”.

Here is a screenshot of the original Jesus Manero article, in Portuguese.

 

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HUAWEI MateStation S : Why It’s Perfect For WFH!

You may not know this, but HUAWEI just launched the MateStation S, which is just great for the new WFH normal!

Find out what the HUAWEI MateStation S offers, and why it is perfect for WFH!

 

HUAWEI MateStation S : Why It’s Perfect For WFH!

The HUAWEI MateStation S is their first-ever desktop PC, and is designed for the new WFH (Work From Home) normal.

What do we mean by that? Desktop computers are known for offering excellent performance, but are usually bulky, expensive and lack wireless connectivity.

The HUAWEI MateStation S changes that by offering desktop performance in a small package, with wireless connectivity and smart sharing capabilities.

In other words, you don’t have to worry about wires, space or battery life. Just plunk it anywhere at home, and you can start working!

Meanwhile, the HUAWEI AX3 Dual Core router with Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi Mesh capability is also coming soon, at just RM 199!

Super Compact!

The HUAWEI MateStation S is super compact. At 9 cm wide and 29 cm tall, with a cubic volume of just 8.6 litres, it is just a third of a standard PC case!

With a stylish star trail design, you can place it on your desk, under it, or even on a nearby bookshelf!

6-Core Powerful Performance!

The HUAWEI MateStation S is powered by the AMD Ryzen 5 4600G, a 7 nm processor with 6 cores for excellent multi-tasking performance.

It also comes with integrated 7-core Radeon Graphics, dual-channel memory, and a PCIe x4 NVMe SSD, which delivers ultra-quick start up and response times thanks to its 32 Gbps throughput.

Users have the option to add extra SSD / HDD and even RAM, if they wish to upgrade it after purchase. It comes with two M.2 2280 slots.

23.8-inch FullView Monitor!

It comes with a 23.8-inch FullView monitor, with ultra thin bezels that delivers a 90% screen-to-body ratio.

To ensure eye comfort during long hours of use, the monitor is flicker-free and TÜV Rheinland-certified for low blue light emissions.

Ultra-Quiet Cooling System

To ensure minimal noise impact on your home environment, the MateStation S comes with an ultra-quiet cooling system.

The fan features vertical blades, and works in tandem with a “high-density bionic heat sink” to deliver superior cooling performance at low noise levels.

The fan usually has a noise level of only 22 dB. Even at full throttle, it maxes out at 28 dB, so it won’t disturb anyone sleeping nearby.

Integrated Wireless Connectivity!

Unlike many desktops, the HUAWEI MateStation S offers the wireless connectivity of a laptop.

It comes with WiFi-AC – 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band with 2×2 MIMO – and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity built-in.

So you can easily connect to the Internet and other devices, without worrying about cables!

But in case you need LAN connectivity, it also comes with an RJ45 Ethernet port!

Smart Connectivity!

The HUAWEI MateStation S supports improved HUAWEI Share capability, allowing you to easily share files, images and even text between two devices using drag-and-drop or a simple tap.

You can also connect your smartphone and open three mobile app windows on the large display at once. This allows you to handle multiple tasks on one display, improving your productivity.

For instance, you can attend a video call on one mobile app screen, and take notes on a second screen, while chatting with colleagues on a third screen.

Loads Of Ports!

The HUAWEI MateStation S offers loads of ports – something laptops lack, and many users desperately need.

In The Front

  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type A) port
  • USB 2.0 (Type C) port

We should point out that this USB Type C port in the front supports 18 watt fast charging for your smartphone, so you can plug it in to charge while using the MateStation S!

In The Back

  • Audio input port
  • Audio output port
  • Microphone input port
  • HDMI port
  • VGA port
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type A) ports
  • 2 x USB 2.0 (Type A) ports
  • RJ45 Ethernet port
  • Serial port

The HDMI port connects to any monitor or TV, while the VGA and serial ports offer backward compatibility with many commercial and industrial devices, like projectors and bar code scanners.

Smart Keyboard!

The HUAWEI MateStation S comes with a HUAWEI Wired Keyboard with a built-in fingerprint sensor.

This makes it the world’s first desktop to feature a fingerprint power on and unlock capability! A single touch is all it needs to power on and log-in.

This is a full-sized keyboard with a numeric keypad, and a scissor key mechanism that offers 2.5 mm key travel.

Each key measures 16.05 x 6.05 mm, offering a comfortable touch type experience with tactile feedback.

 

HUAWEI MateStation S : Price + Availability

The HUAWEI MateStation S is available for sale with immediate effect at these launch prices :

  • Desktop + Keyboard : RM 2,488
  • Desktop + Monitor + Keyboard : RM 2,999

Every purchase of the full bundle (including monitor) will receive FREE GIFTS worth up to RM 855* upon purchase.

* Terms and conditions apply, while stocks last.

Shop now at the HUAWEI Online Store, or learn more about the HUAWEI MateStation S.

 

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How To Register Your Maid For COVID-19 Vaccine!

You can now register your maid / domestic helper for the free COVID-19 vaccine programme in Malaysia!

Find out how to register your maid / domestic helper for the free COVID-19 vaccine on MySejahtera!

 

You Can Now Register Your Maid For FREE COVID-19 Vaccine!

On 11 February 2021, the Malaysian government announced that the COVID-19 vaccine will be offered for FREE to all foreign residents in Malaysia.

This includes maids, domestic helpers, blue collar and white collar workers and even their spouses.

On 24 March 2021, the Malaysia Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, confirmed that you can start registering your maid as a dependent in MySejahtera :

 

How To Register Your Maid For COVID-19 Vaccine!

Your maid is considered as a dependent, for the purpose of registering for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Here is our video guide on how to register for COVID-19 vaccination for your dependents using MySejahtera.

It’s the same process, whether you are using an Apple iPhone, or an Android smartphone.

Don’t worry about making mistakes. You can redo the registration, to correct for mistakes.

For those who prefer pictures and text, here is our step-by-step pictorial guide :

  1. Make sure you update to MySejahtera 1.0.30 or later before you proceed.
  2. Open MySejahtera.
  3. Tap on the Close button on the upper right corner of the default Check-in screen.
  4. You should see the MySejahtera main screen, and it should show you a new COVID-19 Vaccination option.

  1. Tap on the COVID-19 Vaccination option and it will show you this information display.
  2. Tap on the second option – Add Vaccine Dependent.

  1. You will be shown a screen with your registered dependents.
  2. If you did not add any dependents yet, you can do so by tapping on the Add Vaccination Dependent option at the bottom.
    Otherwise, skip to Step 12.

  1. Key in your maid’s details – Full name, Relationship with you, NRIC / Passport number, Age, Gender, Current Address and Post Code, and State.
  2. Check the details and tap Save when you are done.

  1. Your newly-added dependent will now appear in the list of dependents.

  1. Tap on the Add as vaccine dependent option of the dependent you wish to register.
  2. You will be asked to confirm that you have the authority to manage the vaccination process for your maid.
    You are also asked to note that once this maid is registered to your MySejahtera account, she cannot be registered for the COVID-19 vaccine programme with a different MySejahtera account.
  3. Tap on Yes, Proceed to proceed with the registration.

  1. You will be asked to verify your maid’s name and Passport number; as well as confirm that she is over 18 years old.
    Technically, it should state 18 years old and older, because the COVID-19 vaccine programme is open to those who are 18 years of age too.
  2. If you notice any mistake, tap Edit to change the name and IC / Passport number.
  3. Otherwise, tap the I confirm that my dependent is over 18 years old check box, and tap Submit.

  1. You will be asked to answer four simple questions, to determine whether she should be classed under Phase 2 or Phase 3 of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program, as well as your location.
  2. The address search option may not work. If that happens, tap on the Location finder to let MySejahtera use your GPS location.

  1. Please BE HONEST in this assessment. It will, after all, be verified by the Ministry of Health.When it comes to Question no. 2 – Do you have any comorbities? – that refers to any medical condition you have that may put you at greater risk of dying from COVID-19.For your reference, this includes :
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
    • Heart disease
    • Asthma
    • Cancer
    • Chronic lung disease
    • Kidney disease
    • Liver disease
    • Stroke
    • Low Immunity (Immunocompromised)
    • Obesity
    • Others

  1. Once you are done, tap Submit, and your dependent will have a green checkmark next to it.
  2. If you made any mistake, you can tap on Remove vaccine dependent, and begin the process all over again, from Step 12.

Then all you have to do is wait for the Malaysia Ministry of Health to contact you when it is your maid’s turn to be vaccinated against COVID-19!

 

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Epson EpiqVision Mini EF-12 : Portable Laser Projection TV!

Epson just launched their EpiqVision Mini EF-12 portable laser projection TV!

Take a look at its key features, and find out if this is what you have been looking for!

 

Epson EpiqVision Mini EF-12 : Portable Laser Projection TV!

The Epson EpiqVision Mini EF-12 is a compact and lightweight laser projector that allows you to enjoy a cinema experience at home, at up to 150-inches in display!

Built around the Epson 3LCD Technology, the EpiqVision Mini EF-12 offers Full HD resolution at 1000 lumens of brightness!

Low Maintenance Cost

The Epson EpiqVision Mini EF-12 uses a laser light source with a rated lifespan of 20,000 hours.

Epson says that with 5 hours of daily use, that gives you more than 10 years of enjoyment, with little to no maintenance costs.

Epson Online Meetings (Powered By Zoom)

The EpiqVision Mini EF-12 is Zoom-ready, allowing you to quickly conduct online video conferencing without additional software.

Android TV + Chromecast Built-In

With Android TV built-in, this laser projector lets you stream movies, shows and games from Google Play, YouTube and other sources.

You can also cast your favourite entertainment app or game using Chromecast from any Android or iOS device, Windows or Mac computer!

Bluetooth Yamaha Speaker

The Epson EpiqVision Mini EF-12 has a Yamaha speaker built-in, which also works as a standalone Bluetooth speaker for your mobile devices!

Automatic Setup

Thanks to its built-in camera, it automatically adjusts the necessary horizontal and vertical keystone correction, screen distortion and focus level!

 

Epson EpiqVision Mini EF-12 : Price + Availability!

The Epson EpiqVision Mini EF-12 is available in mid-April 2021, with a retail price of RM 4,980 (about US$1,202 / £873 / A$1,576 / S$1,617).

Here are online purchase options in other countries :

 

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Scam Alert : Remote Control Electricity Saver!

Please WATCH OUT for this remote control electricity saver scam being promoted on Facebook and WhatsApp!

Find out why it is just a SCAM, and WARN YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

 

Remote Control Electricity Saver On Facebook / WhatsApp

After TNB started introducing expanding the installation of the new smart digital meter, people noticed that their electricity bills shot up significantly.

This led scammers to introduce “electricity saving devices”, and the latest one is this Remote Control Electricity Saver that is being promoted on Facebook and WhatsApp.

This Remote Control Electricity Saver (超省电) claims to let you cheat the new digital electricity meter by turning it on and off remotely.

  • Only applicable for digital meter
  • No tracking on adjusting the meter
  • No evidence left to show illegal action
  • Not required to remove the current meter

It is being advertised on Facebook (with our English translation).

Alat Kawalan Jauh Penjimatan Kuasa
(Remote Control Electricity Saving Device )
-Single Phase Rm450
-Three Phase Rm750
-Warranty 1 tahun
(-Warranty 1 year)
-Free Postage

如果每个月电费是你的负担救星来啦
完全不动TMB电表,不更改原本线路,安装后,完全看不出任何破绽,用遥控开关省电…
适合于,有地住家,店面,办公室,工厂
上门安装,做好直接看效果 当天安装,当天开始节省70%或以上电费,终生使用
适合所有电表,包括旧电表,digital meter,电子表,及最新的smart meter(single phase or 3 phase meter)
最重要是换了电表,我们的系统一样能使用

If every month electricity bill is your burden
doesn’t move the TMB meter at all, doesn’t change the original line, after installation, can’t see any break at all, use remote control switch to save electricity…
is suitable for, land home, storefront, office, factory
is installed at the door, and it’s done to see the direct effect installation on the day, start saving % or more electricity bills on the same day
Earn ($) in points! Details
The most important thing is to change the electrical meter, our system is just as usable!! !!

 

Remote Control Electricity Saver : Bullshit Scam!

Electricity saving devices DO NOT WORK, period.

So if you see anyone selling them, it’s a scam. You are better off just giving your money to a charity… or to me.

Feel free to ask for my bank account number. At least, you will be supporting my work!

Now, here are the reasons why this Remote Control Electricity Saver is a scam, like all other electricity saving devices!

Reason #1 : The Videos Are So Fake

The videos they use as “evidence” are so fake. They basically shows the scammer turning the electricity meter on and off using the Remote Control Electricity Saver.

In reality, one scammer just turns an electrical appliance on and off, whenever his/her partner turns the Remote Control Electricity Saver off and on.

What does it prove? Absolutely nothing!

Reason #2 : The Device Looks Like A Piece Of Shit

These scammers do not even bother to make their Remote Control Electricity Saver look decent.

It looks like a cheap toy from the bargain bin in the 1980s – a crude black plastic box with tiny buttons and two LED lights. Something kids might pretend is a remote detonator for a toy bomb.

Reason #3 : It Doesn’t Even Pretend To Use A Capacitor

Electricity saving devices use a capacitor to improve the Power Factor* for inefficient devices like fans, fluorescent light ballast and voltage transformers.

By claiming to control the digital meter remotely, it doesn’t even pretend to use a capacitor! What it really claims to do is MAGICALLY stop the digital meter from recording your electricity usage.

* Important Note : Capacitor-based electricity saving devices are still a scam because utility companies do NOT charge residential or small business users for “reactive power” – electricity loss due to Power Factor inefficiency. So it doesn’t matter whether you improve your Power Factor or not – you are only charged for the actual power that is used, and not power that is lost.

Reason #4 : The Man Has Nothing To Do With The Scam

The scammers misappropriated a picture of Liaw San, a retiree from Kajang, making it look like he endorsed their product.

Liaw Sam gained infamy in 2014 when he was slapped with a RM 11,656 (~US$2,914) electricity bill, instead of his usual electricity bill of RM 50~RM200.

 

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Maxis TV Is Here, But Is It Worth Subscribing?

Maxis TV promises to offer multiple OTT steaming services at a cheaper price.

Take a look at what Maxis TV actually offers, and find out if it’s really worth your money!

 

Maxis TV : Cheaper OTT Streaming Bundles?

What exactly is Maxis TV? Maxis calls it a “first of its kind video entertainment service”.

Let’s be clear – Maxis TV is not a video streaming service. In fact, Maxis doesn’t actually stream anything to anyone.

All Maxis TV really does is offer bundles of five existing OTT streaming services.

  • dimsum
  • iQIYI
  • MUBI
  • viu
  • WeTV iflix

While they call it “completely new in the market and cannot be found anywhere else”, that’s only true if you are too lazy to subscribe to those streaming services yourselves.

Their true value proposition is offering these OTT streaming services at cheaper prices, with a single payment point. That’s really it.

 

Maxis TV Bundles : Are They Worth It?

Maxis TV promises to offer flexible OTT bundle passes, which confusingly, are divided into three categories :

  • Single Pass (should really be called Limited Pass)
    – Daily with 3 GB data limit : RM 3
    – Weekly with 5 GB data limit : RM 5
    – Monthly with 10 GB data limit : RM 9.99
  • 2-OTT Bundle with Unlimited Data : RM 18 per month
  • Unlimited Bundle with Unlimited Data : RM 42 per month

We can quickly identify a few problems with the Maxis TV bundles…

Single Pass with Limited Data

Maxis should have kept things simple – charge by the day, week or month. But they had to complicate it by adding a data limit.

Their potential subscribers are going to have to figure out – how much data does this movie take up? Or that TV episode?

Why add this unnecessary limit? It seems intentionally designed to prevent binge-watching by people on a budget.

2-OTT Bundle

Maxis TV offers only five combinations for their 2-OTT Bundle.

You cannot, for example, choose dimsum and viu, or MUBI and dimsum, or MUBI and iQIYI.

This is partly because WeTV and iflix are much cheaper than viu.

Dimsum, WeTV, iflix Are FREE / Cheaper

You can actually watch dimsum, WeTV and iflix content for FREE.

You only need to pay for VIP access to certain “hot” content, or the ability to skip advertisements (WeTV and dimsum).

Only One Package Worth Considering

Unless you are looking to subscribe to multiple bundles, it is generally cheaper to subscribe directly :

  • dimsum VIP : RM 8.90 per month
  • MUBI : RM 15 per month, RM 120 per year
  • iQIYI Standard VIP : RM 8.90 per month
  • viu : RM 12.90 per month, RM 88 per year
  • WeTV VIP : RM 7.90 per month
  • iflix VIP : RM 3 per week

From our POV, the only Maxis TV bundle worth considering is the Unlimited Pass, which gives you access to all five OTT services. You will then save RM 13 per month.

Even that is assuming you plan to watch all five of them. If you only want to use 3-4 of those OTT services, it is cheaper to just subscribe directly.

 

Maxis TV : Free 1-Month Trial!

Maxis is now offering a free one-month trial for all new Maxis TV subscribers, even for non-Maxis customers.

So you can give it a try, or use it to get some free streaming for a month. Just make sure you discontinue it before the subscription kicks in automatically!

 

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Chinese Potty Sold As Decoration On Amazon!

Everyone’s laughing at Amazon for selling a Chinese potty as kitchen and dining table decoration, or as a “traditional fruit basket”.

You really cannot make this up! And yet, people have actually used it to chill wine and serve sauce!

 

Chinese Potty Sold As Decoration On Amazon!

This is the infamous post on Amazon, of a Chinese potty (also known as a Tam Pui). It not only serves as a chamber pot, it can also double as a spittoon.

But only on Amazon is it being marketed and sold as a “1960s Chinese Traditional Fruit Basket” or “Chinese Antique Kitchen & Dining Table Decoration” or “Traditional Fruit Basket”.

While it may seem like a joke, this is a real posting by a seller on Amazon.

The seller claims that it is an antique Chinese traditional fruit basket of the 1960s, that is suitable to be used as ice bucket for wine, or a housewarming gift, or a decorative item for your kitchen or dining table!

Even worse – the seller wanted a princely sum of CDN$68.45 (about US$54 / RM 219) for this Chinese potty that only costs about US$4 in China!

 

Tam Pui : Chinese Potty Explainer

To those who are unfamiliar with the Tam Pui – this is a chamber pot, a portable toilet, a potty. Some people also use it as a spittoon. But never for food or anything nice.

Those familiar with the Tam Pui have been laughing their asses off, because this is something many Chinese families used to potty train their children in the 1960s to maybe the 90s.

The child would sit on it and do his/her business into the Tam Pui, and the parents can clean them before disposing of the waste and toilet paper / waste water.

They are still used these days as portable urinals in hostels or rented rooms without ensuite toilets, for late night convenience.

And one may be purchased as a good luck gift for a newly-wed couple – to imply that they will soon have a baby.

 

Please Do NOT Use Chinese Potty Like This!

Unless you want to be thought as a complete moron by any person of Chinese ethnicity, as well as many other Asians, you should NOT use the Chinese potty to chill wine, as a bread basket, or to serve soup or sauce!

 

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Maxis Fibre Broadband : Get WiFi 6 Router For FREE!

Maxis Fibre Broadband : Get WiFi 6 Router For FREE!

Maxis just announced a new WiFi 6 router that will be made available FREE to all new and existing Maxis Fibre Broadband customers! Here are the details…

 

Maxis Fibre Broadband : Get WiFi 6 Router For FREE!

Maxis just announced the availability of a new WiFi 6 router which promises to deliver faster wireless connectivity with greater range, better signal and the capacity to support more devices.

WiFi 6, also known as Wi-Fi 6 or IEEE 802.11ax or WiFi-AX, is the next-generation Wi-Fi standard, which can deliver up to 1.2 Gb/s of wireless bandwidth.

In addition to higher bandwidth, Wi-Fi 6 boasts reduced interference, increased network efficiency, reduced latency, as well as expanded capacity to support more Wi-Fi devices concurrently.

The new Maxis WiFi 6 router also comes with built-in EasyMesh technology, allowing you to easily expand the WiFi coverage by adding more EasyMesh units.

 

Maxis WiFi 6 Router : FREE For All New + Existing Customers!

Starting 18 February 2021, Maxis will make this new WiFi 6 router available for FREE to all new customers who sign up for Maxis Fibre plans of 100 Mbps or faster.

Existing Maxis Fibre customers will be contacted in phases for the free router upgrade exercise, with free installation by their Maxperts team.

 

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Malaysia : All Schools To Reopen In March / April 2021!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that all schools will reopen in March and April 2021.

Here are the details of this shocking change in policy by the Ministry of Education!

 

Malaysia : All Schools To Reopen In March / April 2021!

On 19 February 2021, the Minister of Education, Datuk Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all schools will reopen in March 2021 :

  • Preschool / Standard 1 / Standard 2 : 1 March 2021
  • Standard 3 until Standard 6 : 8 March 2021
  • Group A Secondary Schools : 4 April 2021
  • Group B Secondary Schools : 5 April 2021
  • Vocational Colleges : 1 March 2021
  • Private Schools : Same dates as public schools
  • International Schools : 8 March 2021
  • Private Education Centres, Tuition Centres : 8 March 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories.

He explained that the younger children are being asked to return to school one week earlier, to prepare them on how to comply with the SOP.

He also explained that the reopening of secondary schools are being delayed to April 2021, to allow for SPM examinations to be carried out in safer conditions.

Even for schools that are not registered with the Malaysian Ministry of Education (KPM), they are recommended to follow the same dates.

All schools must comply with the SOP, to ensure the safety of both students and teachers.

The Minister also pointed out that one of the greatest risk that the Ministry will address with the schools is the time when parents drop off and pick up their children. The schools will be required to make sure there is adequate physical distancing.

 

Reopening Of Schools In Malaysia Before Vaccination?

We have to wonder why the Malaysia Ministry of Education decided to reopen schools in Malaysia, before the COVID-19 vaccination programme kicks off.

We would have expected them to at least wait until the teachers were vaccinated, before reopening the schools.

The third phase, which would include all public and private teachers, would have kicked off in May 2021.

Recommended : Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : 15 February 2021 Edition

 

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IKEA Cheras : Closed After Multiple COVID-19 Cases!

IKEA just closed their Cheras store after multiple employees and service partners there tested positive for COVID-19!

Find out what happened, and if you should be concerned!

 

IKEA Cheras : Multiple COVID-19 Cases!

On 25 January 2021, IKEA closed their Cheras store after several security guards there tested positive for COVID-19.

On 19 February, IKEA announced that multiple employees and service partners at their Cheras store tested positive for COVID-19.

The affected employees and service partners last worked between 8 and 14 February, and are now under self-quarantine until further notice from the authorities.

Their employees who were in close contact with the affected co-workers and service partners have already been placed under home quarantine, and have completed their COVID-19 swab tests.

IKEA closed their Cheras store on 19 February 2021 for cleaning and sanitisation, and for full contact tracing.

 

IKEA Cheras COVID-19 Exposure : Official Statement

Here is the official statement by IKEA on their Cheras Mall store COVID-19 exposure.

IKEA Malaysia, 19 Feb 2021: Following one of our scheduled routine tests at our Cheras store, we are sad to announce we have confirmed Covid-19 positive cases involving our co-workers and service partners. Their last working days were between 8 – 14 Feb 2021. All co-workers are now in self-quarantine until further notice from the authorities.

The health, safety and overall well-being of our co-workers, customers, partners, and community is our top priority. Therefore, we are taking precautionary measures to close our Cheras store on 19 Feb 2021 to undergo the necessary sanitisation and full contact tracing in accordance to the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) standards.

All our co-workers who were in close contact have already been placed on home quarantine and completed Covid-19 swab tests. Customers who have further enquiries or need more information, please call MOH’s Crisis Preparedness and Response Center’s (CPRC) hotline: 03-8881 0200/0600/0700.

We are working closely with the authorities and will act on their advice. We have and will continue to carry out all necessary safety measures including replacement of co-workers, contact tracing, swab tests, quarantine for all close contacts and sanitisation.

The fight against Covid-19 pandemic is a shared responsibility. Let’s do our part by supporting and following the Government’s directions to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Stay safe and take care

 

IKEA Cheras COVID-19 Cases : What’s The Risk?

Anyone who shopped at IKEA Cheras on or before 14 February 2021, should be wary and self-quarantine if possible.

The risk will be low if both the affected guards and all customers wore face masks, and maintained physical distance.

The Ministry of Health will be conducting contact tracing for all positive cases, and those identified as close contacts will be asked to self-quarantine and get tested.

Let this be a reminder why it is critical that you wear a face mask in public at all times – they greatly reduce the risk of infection.

You should also maintain good hand hygiene by cleaning with soap and water, or a hand sanitiser.

COVID-19 is easily destroyed by soap, so even a simple cleaning operation will definitely clean the store of any infectious particles, albeit only temporarily.

 

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Samsung Galaxy SmartTag : Hands-On Preview!

Together with the Galaxy S21 smartphones, Samsung also introduced their Galaxy SmartTag Bluetooth tracker!

Take a look at the new Samsung Galaxy SmartTag, and find out what exactly it does!

 

Samsung Galaxy SmartTag : Hands-On Preview!

Samsung Galaxy SmartTag is a Bluetooth tracker, which you can attach to keys, bags, or anything important you want to keep track of.

It emits a Bluetooth Low Energy signal, which lets your Galaxy devices locate the tracker, and thus the attached item.

Just tap the Ring button in the Samsung SmartThings app, and the SmartTag will emit a piercing tone, at up to 89 dB.

You can also find your Samsung Galaxy smartphone using the SmartTag. Press its button twice, and your smartphone will ring!

In case its tone is too soft or muffled, the SmartThings app will give you its signal strength, letting you pretend that you are tracking Aliens, albeit without direction.

And even if it’s out of range, nearby Galaxy devices will pick up its signal and transmit it to you through the Galaxy Find Network.

It can also act as a remote control for IoT routines. You can program its button to trigger different IoT devices like turning on the smart lights and the thermostat in your home.

However, the Galaxy SmartTag only works with Samsung Galaxy devices. So you can forget about using it with non-Samsung devices, or an iPhone.

The SmartTag is powered by a single CR2032 battery, and is IP53-rated, which means it is not waterproof but can withstand water splashes (like raindrops).

 

Samsung Galaxy SmartTag+ : UWB Coming Soon!

While there were rumours that it would support UWB (Ultra Wideband), that capability will only be introduced in a future Galaxy SmartTag+ tracker.

The UWB capability of SmartTag+ will allow you to see on a map the direction of the tracker, making it easier to locate than the Bluetooth version.

But it will only work with the Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy Note20 Ultra, which support UWB.

 

Samsung Galaxy SmartTag : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy SmartTag is available in two colour options – Black and Oatmeal.

It has an official price of US$29.99 / £29 / RM119, but here in Malaysia, it’s available at a discounted launch price of RM79.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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