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Are Japan, Korea + China Going To Ban Microwave Ovens?!

Are Japan, Korea + China Going To Ban Microwave Ovens?!

Are Japan, South Korea and China going to ban microwave ovens because they emit unhealthy radiation?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Japan, Korea + China Are Going To Ban Microwave Ovens!

People are sharing this message on WhatsApp, which claims that Japan, South Korea and China are going to ban microwave ovens because they emit “unhealthy vibrations and radiation”!

End of Microwave industry!!!!! Japan govt has decided to high dispose of all the Microwave Ovens in the country before this year end.

Reason for this ban: University of Hiroshima’s scientists researched and found that “radio waves” from microwave ovens cause greater harm to health over the last 20 yrs, than the US atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Sep 1945.

Experts found that food heated in microwave ovens has very unhealthy vibrations and radiation.

All the factories of “microwave ovens” in Japan are being closed.

S Korea announced plans to close all “microwave ovens” factories by 2021, and China by 2023.

 

Truth : Japan, Korea + China Are Not Going To Ban Microwave Ovens!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : This Hoax Started As Satire

This fake story started as a “satirical article” by the Russian “satire” website IA Panorama, with the title “Япония окончательно откажется от СВЧ-печей к 2020 году“, which translates as “Japan will finally abandon microwave ovens by 2020

Like other “satire” websites, IA Panorama creates outlandish stories that are designed to go viral. To avoid the “fake news” label, they put a disclaimer at the bottom of their article :

All texts on this website are grotesque parodies of reality, and are not real news.

Fact #2 : It Gets Recycled Every Year

This fake story gets recycled and shared on Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, etc. every year, with the date and some minor details changed.

The original Russian story only said that Japan was going to ban microwave ovens. In the 2022 edition, that was expanded to include South Korea and China.

Fact #3 : Microwave Ovens Are Not Getting Banned

To be clear – microwave ovens are not getting banned. Not in Japan, not in South Korea, not in China, or anywhere else in the world.

In fact, China and Japan are the second and third biggest markets for microwave ovens in 2022!

Fact #4 : Microwave Ovens Do Not Make Food Radioactive

Microwave ovens work by generating electromagnetic radiation in the microwave frequency range, that excites polar molecules in the food.

This dielectric heating produces thermal energy in a quick and efficient manner, albeit limited to the outer 25-33 mm of the food item.

It does not turn the food radioactive, because the microwave energy is converted into heat as it is absorbed by the food.

Fact #5 : Microwave Radiation Does Not Cause Cancer

The radiation produced by microwave ovens is non-ionising, like radio waves and visible light. The only non-ionising radiation that causes cancer is UV light.

It is unlike ionising radiation like x-rays, alpha and beta particles, and gamma rays, which are high-energy radiation that can change atoms by knocking off their electrons, thereby “ionising” them.

Even if you are exposed to microwave radiation, you won’t develop cancer. However, the microwave radiation will convert into heat when absorbed by your skin.

Fact #6 : Microwave Ovens Are Shielded

The microwave oven is designed to be a partial Faraday cage on five of its six sides, with a Faraday shield (the wire mesh) on its transparent window.

This keeps the microwave energy it produces within the oven, and protects the user from getting “cooked” as well.

If you have seen a Faraday cage demonstration at science shows (like this example below), it’s literally the same thing, just in reverse.

Fact #7 : Microwaved Food Is Safe

Food cooked or heated by microwave ovens are safe to eat. In fact, using the microwave to cook is a healthier alternative to frying or barbecuing foods.

That said, you need to use “microwave safe” wares. If you use plastic containers that are not microwave safe, they could not only melt, they can leach dangerous chemicals into the food.

So the danger lies not in the “nuking” of your food, but in the container you use to “nuke” your food.

Fact #8 : Microwave Ovens Are Efficient

Microwave ovens are very efficient at cooking foods, saving both electricity and time. The fast cooking time also has the advantage of preserving the food’s nutrients.

Microwaving foods do require some preparation though, as the microwaves can only penetrate the outer 25-33 mm of the food item, and will be reflected by aluminium foil, metal utensils or containers, etc.

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Did Brooklyn Couple Steal This Palestinian Couple’s Home?!

Did a couple from Brooklyn occupy a home that used to be owned by an elderly Palestinian couple?

Take a look at the photo that Michael Moore made viral, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Brooklyn Couple Stole This Palestinian Couple’s Home!

People keep sharing this photo as “evidence” that Americans / Israelis are stealing Palestinian homes, every time there is a conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

It notably went super viral in May 2021, after Michael Moore posted it on his Facebook wall.

If someone took/stole your home right now, and moved you out because a theocracy ordered it — or what if this same theocracy bulldozed your home and tossed you out into a field and told you and your children to GTF outta here — what would YOUR response be?

What would you have the moral right to do about it? And to be perfectly clear, I don’t care if it was a Christian Fascist German soldier in 1941 forcibly removing you from your home, or an American bank in 2008 forcibly removing you and kicking you to the curb while taking your home — it’s gut-check time, folks (and yes, I mean you too, fellow pacifists):

What would you have the moral and human right and DUTY to do about it, to respond to it, to stop it? And would the rest of the world just stand by and let you suffer as it so often does?

When do we all just put a stop to this, to grind the gears of the machine to a complete halt and replace the plutocracy (we’re not a democracy), the theocracy (you’re not a democracy), and any racial, religious or corporate supremacy with TRUE democracy, FULL human rights, and love?

 

Truth : Brooklyn Couple Did NOT Steal This Palestinian Couple’s Home!

This is a rather iconic photo – a Palestinian couple looking at what used to be their ancestral home, now occupied by an Israeli couple.

We decided to investigate the photo, and here was what we found…

Fact #1 : The Photo Was Taken In Israel

This photo was taken in the village of Ijzim, about 30 minutes south of Haifa in Israel.

Just to be clear, Ijzim is not in the West Bank. Nor is it in the Gaza Strip.

Fact #2 : Ijzim Was Depopulated In 1948

Israel captured Ijzim during the 1948 War, and the majority of the villagers fled or were expelled during the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe).

The Israelis quickly demolished the Arab houses to make way for permanent Jewish settlements.

Photo credit : Fred Csasznik – Front cover of The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem by Benny Morris, Cambridge University Press 1989.

Fact #3 : The Photo Was Taken In 2020

Despite what people may say, this photo was not taken recently. It was taken and published in May 2020.

The last time the elderly Palestinian couple was in Ijzim was 72 years ago.

Fact #4 : The House Was Not The Original Home

The house in the picture was not the original home of the elderly Palestinian couple.

The original home, which belonged to the Palestinian man’s father, was demolished, and a new home built on the land.

Fact #5 : It Was Part Of An Al-Jazeera Project

In May 2020, Najwan Simri of Al Jazeera took an elderly Palestinian couple to visit their original homes and to meet their current Israeli residents.

Here is the Al Jazeera video clip, as well as an English translation.

Some towns and cities inside the Green Line will become the hope of those in the diaspora. But they will also become a station of refuge for others.

Here lives a family uprooted from a nearby village. We had an appointment with Hajjeh Im Samir to accompany her there. Her [ailing] husband insisted on coming with us because he said the air of Ijzim is the best cure.

Despite its beauty, the road there seems desolate as if it gets you to the place but doesn’t take you there. Eagerly, Im Samir organizes our tour for us and tells us the names of the [Palestinian] owners of the houses.

Our first stop is God’s house. Its stones have been preserved as they were. Alone, the colors of its locked doors change each time the dryness of the seasons intensifies.

Here, Abu Samir does not stay in the car because this stop [station] is the location for which he has most longed in order to banish the other stations of his life. “This was our house, my father’s house. After the ‘48 wars, the Jews occupied it.”

After a few minutes, the residents of the house come out to [the gate]. They ask us what we want. We say, this is the owner of the house; how do you feel living in a house built on the wreckage of his house? [The answer] Frankly, I don’t feel anything. I am very happy. Living here is very enjoyable.

How strange is the distance between the owner of the house and he who is occupying it. How strange is the irony between he who has to stand inside the gate and he who must stand outside the gate. How strong Abu Samir is! For other uprooted people have refused to accompany us [on our tour]. One of them told us that he cannot bear to glimpse through the window of his father’s house a foreigner living there.

And that [glimpse] could possibly be of a strange symbol, like [what is glimpsed through the window] of a stolen [Palestinian] school converted into a temple with an emblem [the flag of Israel] that is not as old as the memory of the stones of the school.

And so, an extreme picture! It is said that the passage of time helps in forgetting, but, in the Palestinian case, it seems that the equation of time is different and that the years are merely a number. Rather, the longer the banishment of the Palestinians is, the more they remember.

– This is Najwan Simri, reporting from the depopulated village of Ijzim for Al Jazeera.

Fact #6 : No Evidence The Couple Was From Brooklyn

The most direct source was Al Jazeera, and even they did not identify the Israeli couple, much less confirmed that they were from Brooklyn, New York City.

Despite my extensive searching, I could find no source of this claim. None of the earlier posts using this picture – in May to June 2020 – mentioned that the Israeli couple were from Brooklyn.

Therefore, it is highly likely that their Brooklyn origin was completely bogus.

 

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Scam Alert : Nespresso 2022 Mother’s Day Contest!

Please watch out for the Nespresso 2022 Mother’s Day contest scam!

Find out why it is just a SCAM, and WARN your family and friends!

 

Scam Alert : Nespresso 2022 Mother’s Day Contest!

People are now sharing the Nespresso 2022 Mother’s Day Contest scam on WhatsApp :

Nespresso 2022 Mother’s Day Contest

5,000 free coffee machines for your Mother!

 

Nespresso 2022 Mother’s Day Contest : Why This Is A Scam!

Many of us are in dire straits during this COVID-19 pandemic, having lost jobs, income or even loved ones.

Unfortunately, scammers are counting on our desperation to prey on us, using the same survey scam they have been using for years :

Unfortunately, this Nespresso contest is yet another SCAM that you should NEVER participate in!

  1. After you click on the link, you are taken to a page that looks like a genuine Nespresso contest page.
  2. You will be asked to answer three very simple questions.
    The answers are irrelevant – no matter what you answer, you are always allowed to proceed to the next step.
  3. You are then asked to share the promotion with 30 WhatsApp contacts, or 5 WhatsApp groups.
  4. Next, you will be asked to complete one of these tasks to receive the “free” Nespresso coffee machine :
    a) install an app, which is really a malware to send you advertisements, or
    b) enter your credit card details
    Needless to say – proceeding with this step will open you up to great risk of monetary loss. DO NOT PROCEED!
  5. If you install their malware, you will start receiving promotions, some of which will ask you to send an SMS to receive expensive free gifts like laptops and smartphones.
    If you proceed to send the confirmation SMS messages, you will be subscribed and billed for international premium SMS services.

So never click on such contest links, even if they were sent to you by a trusted relative or friend.

They would have certainly been fooled by the scam, so please warn them too!

 

How To Spot Scams Like The Nespresso Survey Contest!

Now, let me show you how to spot these scams next time!

If you spot any of these warning signs, DO NOT PROCEED and DO NOT SHARE!

Warning Sign #1 : Bad Grammar

Most of these scammers do not have a good command of the English language, so if you spot bad grammar, stay away.

Proper contests or events sponsored by major brands like Nespresso will have at least one PR or marketing person who will vet the text before allowing it to be posted.

Read more : Watch Out For Nestle 2022 Anniversary Phishing Scam!

Warning Sign #2 : Offering You Free Money Or Gifts

Please do NOT be naive. No one is going to give you money or free gifts just to participate in a survey!

Petronas isn’t going to give you FREE money, just because it’s their anniversary.

They are a corporation whose business is to make money, not a charity to give you free money.

Warning Sign #3 : Not Using The Real Jaya Grocer Domain

A genuine Petronas campaign would use their real domain – www.petronas.com.

Or they would run it off the official Petronas page on Facebook – www.facebook.com/petronas/.

If you see nonsensical domains like 0yjjg61.cn, 1eaf1rnbeef.top, ldxqw.bar, etc. that’s a sign of a SCAM!

Warning Sign #4 : Asking You To Forward The Offer

No brand will insist that you must share the offer with 5 groups or 20 friends on WhatsApp.

Do not click to forward their offer to your family and friends. They will not appreciate being scammed with your help!

Warning Sign #5 : Asking You To Download + Register An App

If you click through and joined the fake survey scam, you will eventually be asked to download and register for an app.

This is VERY DANGEROUS. Never agree to download and register for any unknown app from a website.

Always download your apps from an official App Store like Google Play Store (for Android smartphones) and Apple App Store (for iPhones).

Please help us fight scams like this and SHARE this article out!

And please WARN your family and friends!

 

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US Homeless Setting Up Tent + Robbing People In Subway?!

Are homeless people in the US setting up tents and robbing passengers on subway trains?!

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : US Homeless Are Setting Up Tent + Robbing People In Subway!

People are sharing a video of homeless people in the US setting up their tent in the middle of a subway train, and then a homeless man rob another subway passenger of his food.

It is being actively shared in pro-China groups, and by pro-China social media accounts, together with messages like these :

US homeless has moved into the subway. The US homeless has moved into the subway car, and is also robbing other passengers for food in the subway car. The US government should spend more time dealing with domestic problems, instead of going abroad to set fires everywhere. Really US have degenerated to such sad state very depressing 👇👇

PRC.Forces0 : #Homeless couple camp in #NYC subway, snatching food from other passengers.

Such shameful story in US.

 

Truth : US Homeless Are NOT Setting Up Tent + Robbing People In Subway!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and/or propagated by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : It Was A Staged Prank Video

The video was a staged comedy prank by American comedians Esteban Hashtag Tino Romero, and Smiley Hundo.

The video was originally posted by Tino Romero on his @Pundamoniums Instagram account on 12 January 2022.

Smiley Hundo also posted it on YouTube as a short video on 2 March 2022, calling it Homeless Couple Takes Man Food On NYC Train.

Fact #2 : Tino Romero Is Famous For Prank Videos

Tino Romero is famous for participating in pranks and stunts in New York City.

In July 2021, one of his videos went viral, showing him taking a dump into a NYC sanitation worker’s mop bucket!

Of course, that video was also staged – the MTA worker was Morris Cornbread, another New York City-based comedian.

That same video was also used by the Chinese 50 Cent Army as “evidence” of how far American society has fallen. It was a kind of payback for videos of Chinese citizens pooping in public that went viral years earlier.

Fact #3 : New York City Subway Is Patrolled By NYPD

The video appears to spread quickly amongst people who have never been to the United States, and are therefore unaware that the New York City subway is patrolled by the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

NYPD officers patrol the stations, and ride the trains to help prevent crime. They also make sure homeless people do not stay in the subway stations, or sleep on the train.

Therefore, it is impossible for homeless people to actually set up a tent in the middle of a subway train. NYPD officers on patrol would certainly evict them from the train.

Fact #4 : Homelessness Is A Problem Globally

While the video was staged, it is true that homelessness is a problem in the United States, and in particular, New York City which boasts some of the most expensive real estate and rental rates in the world.

But this is not an exclusively American problem. Homelessness is a global problem, affecting many countries around the world – rich and poor alike.

Ignoring wars and conflicts that displace people, here is the top 6 list of countries with the most homeless people:

  • Nigeria : 1.66%
  • Honduras : 1.24%
  • Egypt : 1.20%
  • Pakistan : 0.94%
  • Zimbabwe : 0.85%
  • Philippines : 0.42%

Instead of mocking the homeless, perhaps we should be grateful that we have a home to live in. Many people around the world don’t.

 

Why Create Fake Stories About Homeless People In US?!

With China’s aggressive foreign stance in recent years, it is not uncommon to see such fake stories being created and shared by the Chinese 50 Cent Army, and pro-China netizens.

These fake stories are being created to drown out the negative coverage of China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative, and its aggressive moves in the South China Sea.

The Wumao have also been actively creating fake stories to support Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Whatever the reasons may be, it is our duty as global citizens to stop the proliferation of such fake stories.

Please share this fact check with your friends, so they know the truth!

 

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Updated 2022 Chinese New Year SOP For Malaysia!

The government just updated the official SOP for 2022 Chinese New Year celebrations in Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know!

 

2022 Chinese New Year SOP For Malaysia!

On 19 January 2022, the Ministry of National Unity released the official SOP for 2022 Chinese New Year celebrations in Malaysia!

They also issued two other SOP documents + two infographics with additional SOP, so I compiled all their rules here for your convenience. I will keep updating this article, as and when they issue new “clarifications”.

Here is a video that summarises the key points of the 2022 Chinese New Year SOP for Malaysia.

 

2022 Chinese New Year SOP For Malaysia : 23 January Edition

  1. The Family Reunion Dinner is allowed on Monday, 31 January 2022.
  2. Prayers are allowed in non-Muslim houses of worship on 1 and 2 February 2022 (Tuesday and Wednesday), according to the existing SOP under PPN Phase 4.
  3. The special Hokkien clan prayers (Bai Tian Gong) are allowed on 8 and 9 February 2022 (Tuesday and Wednesday).
    a) Prayers are allowed in non-Muslim houses of worship, according to the existing SOP under PPN Phase 4.
    b) Prayers are allowed at individual house compounds at night, according to the Hokkien clan tradition.
  4. Chap Goh Meh prayers are allowed at non-Muslim houses of worship on Tuesday, 15 February 2022, according to the existing SOP under PPN Phase 4.
  5. You are allowed to visit family and friends from 31 January until 15 February 2022.
  6. Chinese New Year Receptions are allowed from 31 January until 15 February 2022
    a) only those who were explicitly invited are allowed to enter
    b) NOT ALLOWED to members of the public who were not invited
    c) continuous receptions like open houses are NOT ALLOWED
    d) allowed at up to 50% venue capacity, with physical distancing
  7. Chinese New Year receptions by companies or associations are allowed, subject to these restrictions :
    a) held in a hall or restaurant,
    b) limited invitations,
    c) not held in public places, and
    d) cannot be continuous, like an open house
  8. Lion / dragon / tiger dance are allowed from 31 January until 15 February 2022, subject to the Creative Industry (Live Performance) SOP.

The Ministry of National Unity calls on the public to always obey the SOP, and take COVID-19 precautions like wear a face mask, maintain good hygiene and ensure physical distancing.

 

2022 Chinese New Year SOP For Prayers In Malaysia!

Here is the additional SOP for prayer activities at non-Muslim houses of worship during Chinese New Year 2022 :

Non-Muslim Houses of Worship must :

  • Open a health screening counter at the entrance, conduct a body temperature scan and look for symptoms like fever, cough, breathing difficulties and flu.
  • Ensure that only fully-vaccinated people are allowed to enter, by checking their digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
  • Make sure everyone is recorded using the MySejahtera application, or registers manually using the logbook.
  • Provide hand sanitiser at the registration counter.
  • Ensure that face masks are worn.

Worshippers attending prayers must :

  • Scan the MySejahtera QR code, or register manually using the provided logbook.
  • Scan their body temperature
  • Use the provided hand sanitiser.
  • Only fully-vaccinated people are allowed to enter.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 1 metre.
  • Must wear a face mask.

The government of Malaysia will take action against those who flout these SOP requirements.

Fully Vaccinated Definition

Under this SOP, you are only considered fully-vaccinated if you meet these requirements :

  • For vaccines that require two doses (like the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines), the individual must exceed 14 days after receiving the second dose.
  • For vaccines that require only one dose (like the Johnson & Johnson and CanSino vaccines), the individual must exceed 28 days after receiving the second dose.

For individuals who cannot be vaccinated on medical reasons, they must produce a medical report that has been verified by a registered medical practitioner.

 

Latest 2022 Chinese New Year SOP Slides : 20 January Edition

Here are the latest 2022 Chinese New Year SOP slide, as of 20 January 2022.

 

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Power Out: TNB Shuts Hundreds Of Substations Due To Flood!

Power went out in many areas across Malaysia, after TNB shut hundreds of power substations due to flood waters!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Power Out: TNB Shuts Hundreds Of Substations Due To Flood!

On 19 December 2021, TNB announced that they shut down 333 power substations due to the dire flood situation, and the risk of further flash floods.

  • Pahang : 137 substations, 17251 homes affected
  • Selangor : 117 substations, 5062 homes affected
  • Kuala Lumpur : 45 substations, 4450 homes affected
  • Negeri Sembilan : 17 substations, 284 homes affected
  • Melaka : 10 substations, 634 homes affected
  • Kelantan : 7 substations, 470 homes affected

Some electricity supply through TNB mobile generators were provided to temporary evacuation centers (PPS) that were affected by the power disruption.

TNB had some advice for consumers in flooded areas :

  • Stay away from electricity poles, installations and cables that have been submerged in flood waters, even if they are insulated.
  • Be careful when using electrical appliances in flooded premises.
  • Avoid touching electrical appliances and switches with wet or damp hands.
  • Get a wiring contractor registered with the Energy Commission to inspect wiring in flooded premises, after waters recede

TNB also asked consumers to contact the TNB Careline at 15454 if TNB power installations or infrastructure had shifted or collapsed.

 

TNB Power Disruption : Current List Of Affected Areas

TNB has been gradually restoring power to areas where flood waters have receded. However, power may not be restored until TNB is certain that it is safe to reactivate the substation.

As of 5 PM, 20 December 2021, TNB power substations in these areas remained shut down :

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34. Taman Ibk
35. Taman Desa Melati
36. Padat Jalan Merak
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38. Taman Bentara 7
39. Padat Jln Balam 4/10
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6. Seri Ulu Langat
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25. Jalan Da
26. Salak Kasih Dh
27. Salak Lestari Sl 13/1
28. Indah Puteri
29. Jalan Indah Puteri 27
30. Jalan Salak Kasturi
31. Jalan Sp3 Salak Pekerti
32. Salak Sp 6
33. Jalan Sp 18
34. Sekolah Menegah Kebangsaan Salak Mahkota
35. Jalan Sp 20
36. BCHG
37. Taman Langat Utama
38. Taman Murni
39. Jalan Lg 33/1
40. Jalan Halia 6 Lg Utama
41. Jalan Kejora 2 Lg Utama
42. Sek Keb Rtb
43. Taman Langat Utama
44. Rtb No 1
45. Rtb No 2
46. Jalan Pudina 41 Lg
47. Jalan Lg2 2/11
48. Paya Rumput Hp
49. Taman Seri Ehsan
50. Bandar Seri Ehsan
51. Street Lighting
52. D-Menara 3
53. Black Top Industries
54. Jalan Lu 2/1
55. Masjid Bukit Changgang
56. Wtp Gs Worldwide
57. Kota Warisan
58. Putrajaya
59. Kip Mart
60. Pasaraya K-Mart
61. Rumah Pam Bchg
62. Horizon
63. Jasper Square No 1
64. Sps Warisan Megah
65. Cs Jalan Wb 1
66. Saujana Klia
67. Klia Avenue
68. Galeri Sunsuria
69. Jalan Ws 1
70. SSU Sunsuria City
71. Monet Lily
72. Jasper Square No 2
73. Giverny Walk
74. Monet Garden
75. Monet Springtime
76. Central Link
77. Tol Plaza

Shah Alam

1. Nippon Steel
2. Ikede
3. Johnson Control
4. Loji Najis Plot K & F
5. Rumah Pam Taman Mesra
6. Goudlene Fed Packaging
7. Oriental Summit
8. Align Reviera
9. Sri Muda
10. JPS Taman Sri Muda
11. Pangsapuri Damai
12. Timor Marine
13. Plot J Tadisma 1-2
14. Tong Yong
15. MHE Hicom A
16. Sangko Sankyo
17. Tech Park
18. Wako
19. Lai Sing
20. Kobe Precission
21. Bayer
22 Seri Muda
23. Pasar Seksyen 25
24. Fed Paper Product
25. Apartment Arte
26. Padat Rumah Pam Seksyen 13
27. Pump House PH 2E
28. Atlas Edible
29. Strong Crest
30. Napmax
31. Bukit Kemuning
32. Seksyen 23A
33. Seksyen 18
34. Nippon Exp Seksyen 21
35. JVC
36. SSU JEM
37. Zentraline
38. Pancuran Baiduri
39. Pangsapuri Damai Seksyen 25
40. Nanowater
41. Jaya Plastic 3
42. Pam Oksidasi 4A-2
43. Pantech
44. United Print Process
45. DCA Reality 1
46. Bakel Jalan 28/42
47. Kozato Kizai 1
48. Pasific Trustee
49. Taman Mesra
50. Bridgestone
51. Kolam Najis Sektor B
52. Shin Etsu Polymer
53. Sidel Distribution
54. Align Reviera 3
55. Atlas Edible
56. Strong Crest
57. Napmax
58. Bukit Kemuning
59. Hypermarket SAS
60. Hicom Telekom
61. Jalan 33/5
62. Jalan 33/7
63. Padat Teknik Murni
64. United Print Process
65. Malaysia Quartz
66. Pusat Latihan Eon
67. Melangkah Maju
68. Jaya Plastic
69. Super Oxygen
70. ASM Fico Semi Cond
71. MHE
72. Esso Kesas
73. David Warehouse
74. Hue Keat
75. Tiong Nam No 4
76. Lion No 7
77. F&N Jalan 26/35
78. Rumah Pangsa Kampung Baru Hicom
79. Gravitas
80. Kolam Oksidasi Sek 23
81. Seksyen 23A No 1 ,No 5, No 8, No 9
82. Carrefour Seksyen 23
83. Rumah Pan Saujana Indah
84. Saujana Indah
85. PHN Industry
86. Kampung Melayu Subang
87. Calcium Malaysia

Klang

1. Malgames Industries
2. Ching Shin
3. Aimwood
4. Soon Huat Rubber
5. Lee Chai Tiam
6. Poh & Chen L/I No 2
7. Sparkle Industries No 1
8. Cycle World
9. Good Performance
10. Lumi Glass
11. Li Hoe 2
12. Lim Chim Sim
13. Wangsa Kiliau
14. Shi Sei Auto Part
15. Chi Liung Complex
16. Karich
17. Chin Chin Teong
18. Bandar Putera
19. Lim Kien Hin
20. Bosta Industri
21. Eng Beng 3
22. Hoeken
23. Yong Sheng
24. Econmart Jalan Meru
25. Extron Manufacture
26. J&A 1
27. Amrich
28. Ng Tiong Seng 2
29. Thermo Form
30. Pelita Hebat
31. Taman Setia Restu
32. Taman Johan Setia Permai
33. Johon Setia Outdoor
34. Taman Wira Setia
35. Lancar Bersatu
36. Resolusi Hijau
37. Top Glove
38. Gp Autobat
39. Triplus
40. Ibex
41. Sukma Melati
42. Taman Meru Utama
43. Buditas
44. Ban Ngai
45. Yeoh Tiong Lay
46. Taman Meru Jaya
47. Taman Alam Indah
48. Taman Pesona Kemuning
49. Asrama Cipta Puri
50. Saujana Ikhlas
51. Taman Desa Kemuning 2
52. Len Brothers
53. Unitex Tyre
54. Taman Mutiara Kemuning
55. Jalan Padu 25/127 Bkmg
56. Bantin Properties
57. Taiko Metal-Klg
58. Milano Bakit Kemuning
59. Taman Desa Kemuning
60. Hup Lee
61. Arm Shield Klang
62. Eastern Lamp
63. Plastic Centre
64. Kemas Properties
65. Alpha Seiko Plastics
66. Nylex
67. Batu 8 Bkt Kemuning
68. Ng Teong Seng
69. Taman Sri Kemuning
70. Pdt Pekan Bkmg
71. Team Properties
72. P/P Nts
73. Lian Hup-Klg
74. Auto Industries
75. Jawa Plastik
76. Mtl Eng
77. Alpha Development
78. Asia Roofing
79. Pdt Nikmat Mujur
80. Secondary Fibre
81. Sin Len Metal
82. Trans Resources
83. Taman Sri Kapar No.2
84. Kampung Kenangan O/D
85. Khoo Say
86. Lim Chuey Hiong
87. Beauvic
88. Reban Ayam Perepat
89. Guan Chin Seng
90. Tee Chooi Ngoh
91. Padat Yap Timber
92. Horai
93. Kuan Seong
94. Pusat Ternakan Ayam Kampung Perepat
95. Tantex
96. Bandar Puteri

Rawang

1. Sri Aman

Kuala Selangor

1. Take Six
2. R. Khean
3. Jalan Harmoni 3
4. Agrotop
5. Kilang Papan Sekinchan
6. Polymix Plastic
7. Southdrop
8. Lph Brother
9. Reban Ayam Bahagia Kampung Parit Mahang
10. Reban Ayam 2 Jalan Bahagia
11. Reban Ayam Jalan Makmur
12. Parit Mahang 2

Subang Jaya

1. Kampung Tengah
2. Pangsapuri Lagoon
3. Kampung Kenanga
Puchong:
1. Lingkaran Dagang Mas
2. Taman Mas Sepang
3. Hup Lek Engineering
4. Rumah Kedai Mas Sepang
5. Jalan Dagang Mas 5
6. Pangsapuri Kalisa D Taman Mas
7. Apartment Kalisa M
8. Koi Prima
9. Jalan Industri Mas 5
10. Taman Mas Sepang No 2
11. Jalan Industri Mas 1 Mas Sepang
12. Loji Kumbahan Taman Putra Prima
13. Taman Putra Prima
14. Hee Kok Long
15. PDT Low Cost Flat
16. PDT KM Polishing
17. Kampung Sri Aman
18. Kampung Pulas No. 2-3
19. Kampung Bersatu

Bangi

1. Taman Jenderam Murni
2. Jenderam 2
3. Taman Jenderam Aman
4. Kampung Orang Asli Batu 28
5. Jalan JD
6. Kampung Asli Bukit Jenuk
7. Jenderam Harmoni
8. Shell Dengkil
9. Lestari Mewah
10. Semarang Mutiara
11. Jenderam Indah
12. Taman Semarang Sinar
13. Taman Semarang Indah
14. Jenderam Kolam A
15. Taman Intan
16. Jalan Delima
17. Taman Intan Compact
18. Taman Jed
19. Taman Bintang Mas
20. Taman Timah
21. Bandar Baru Dengkil
22. Pekan Dengkil
23. Taman Permata
24. Taman Baiduri
25. Kondo Putra Intan
26. Taman Baiduri
27. Fama Dengkil
28. Taman Crystal
29. Kompleks Kastam
30. Taman Dengkil Ria
31. Taman Kristal
32. Taman Mas
33. Pusat Perdagangan Deluxe ITC
34. Taman Emas 2
35. Khoo Swe Sem
36. Kabin Dengkil
37. Taman Semarang Intan
38. Jalan Aman Serenia
39. Persiaran Bandar Aman Serenia 8
40. Persiaran Bandar C/ Serenia 1
41. Persiaran Bandar Serenia
42. Batu 1 Dato Ahmad Razali
43.Ametis Jaya
44. Dengkil Central Point
45. Padat K. Siew Tiong
46. Taman Sri Dengkil
47. Padat Taman Putra Dengkil
48. Desa Dengkil
49. Khoo Swee Sem
50. Asrama Bestari
51. Taman Sri Delima
52. JPS Taman Permata
53. Padat Taman Dengkil
54. Kampung Ampang Tenang
55. P/SAM Batu 18/B20 3
56. Lampu Jalan Tol Serenia
57. Serenia

Cheras

1. PKNS Bukit Kundang
2. Kampung Darul Hidayah
3. Dusun Tua Seberang
4. Dusun Tua Masjid
5. Sungai Way Quarry
6. Richway
7. Orient Battery

 

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Why Xiaomi’s ROIDMI Eve Plus Is So 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 Is So 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

But on 11/11, the ROIDMI Eve Plus goes on sale at only RM1,458 for just TWO HOURS – from 12 AM until 2 AM!

So don’t miss this offer. Grab it during those two hours!

 

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Don’t Miss This Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus Offer On 11/11!

The awesome self-emptying, self-sterilising Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus robot vacuum is going on sale this 11/11!

Take a look at the 11/11 offer and find out why you should get it!

 

Why You Must Not Miss The Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus 11/11 Offer!

Robot vacuums are incredible little helpers, effortlessly keeping our homes clean. But we still need to manually empty them once in a while or they stop working.

That’s why many homeowners are now looking for self-emptying robot vacuums that automatically dispose of their waste, and keep cleaning without constant monitoring.

This is not a problem for the Xiaomi 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, thanks to its large 3L dust bag that can hold enough dust for 60 days.

The Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus robot vacuum also comes with a self-sanitising system that combines a HEPA filter with a pioneering Deodorizing Particle Generator with Active Oxygen technology.

This unique self-sanitising system eliminates not only dust mites, microbes and mold, but also toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene, as well as the smell of cigarettes and perfume.

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

The Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus is also smart and powerful. It uses its 4th generation laser distance sensor to precisely map and remember its surroundings, even across multiple levels!

Its built-in AI mapping and path planning algorithms then use that map to automatically clean your rooms, self-empty itself and return to its cleaning duties – without any input!

Its built-in digital brushless motor delivers 2,700 Pa of suction power, while its 5,200 mAh battery lets it clean for over 4 hours before it needs to return to its base station for charging.

If you want a robot vacuum cleaner that helps you keep your house clean without constant maintenance, you can’t go wrong with the ROIDMI Eve Plus!

For more information, you can check out the official ROIDMI Eve Plus page or our article on this awesome robot vacuum cleaner!

 

Don’t Miss This Xiaomi ROIDMI Eve Plus Offer On 11/11!

The ROIDMI Eve Plus + dust collector base station kit is really affordable. You can already 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)

But on 11/11, the ROIDMI Eve Plus goes on sale at only RM1,458 for just TWO HOURS – from 12 AM until 2 AM!

So don’t miss this offer. Grab it during those two hours!

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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MKN : CMCO + RMCO SOP Changes On 9 March 2021!

MKN just announced some updates and changes to the CMCO and RMCO SOP on 9 March 2021!

 

MKN : CMCO + RMCO SOP Changes On 9 March 2021!

The Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) has been announcing changes and updates to the CMCO and RMCO SOP very often.

Take a look at the four announcements from MKN on the CMCO and RMCO SOP, which will start on 10 March 2021.

Langkawi Switches To RMCO

Kedah has been under CMCO (Conditional MCO) since 19 February 2021.

But starting 10 March 2021, the entire island of Langkawi will switch to RMCO (Recovery MCO).

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Work From Home Directive Continues

MKN also announced that the Work From Home directive will continue to apply in the CMCO areas. It is only optional for RMCO areas.

Recommended : MKN Work From Home Directive Still Applies!

Live Shows With Audience Allowed

In a surprising turn of events, MKN announced that live shows with audience will be allowed in both CMCO and RMCO areas, starting 10 March 2021.

This includes official government programs, television programs, music and dance, theatre, musicals, comedy, cultural performances

RMCO Tourism Bubble

MKN will also allow tourism to restart in RMCO areas, starting 10 March 2021.

This is limited to holidays and trips managed by tour agencies registered with MOTAC, who will keep the police informed of their travel plans, including the hotels used.

Travel is limited to RMCO areas, and the tour vehicles cannot enter or cut through CMCO areas.

The public is NOT ALLOWED to travel by private cars, because it would make it difficult for the police to monitor and prevent them from entering CMCO areas.

 

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MKN : Work From Home Directive Still Applies!

MKN just confirmed that their Work From Home directive still applies!

Here is what you need to know about the Work From Home directive for RMCO and CMCO areas!

 

MKN : Work From Home Directive Still Applies!

On 11 December 2020, the Malaysia Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) confirmed that their Work From Home directive still applied for CMCO and TEMCO areas.

On 2 March 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) cancelled MCO 2.0 and later, lifted inter-district travel restrictions.

On 9 March 2021, MKN confirmed that the existing Work From Home directive would continue in CMCO areas, with 30% capacity for office / management staff.

Therefore, businesses are expected to continue implementing their work from home policies. This is only optional for RMCO areas.

 

MKN Work From Home Directive : What You Need To Know!

Here is a refresher course on the MITI Work From Home directive, based on the latest 23 October 2020 FAQ :

1. Is WFH Mandatory?

WFH is compulsory for management and supervisory staff in CMCO and TEMCO areas, including those involved in tasks like:

  • accounting
  • finance
  • administration
  • law
  • planning
  • ICT.

WFH is not compulsory for employees of these sectors, who are allowed to work as normal :

  • retail stores, grocery stores, convenience stores
  • food stalls, food courts, restaurants
  • plantation and agriculture
  • transportation – express bus, LRT, MRT, taxi, e-hailing
  • food delivery services

2. What If We Need To Be In The Office?

Up to 10 per cent of management and supervisory staff can be in the office, limited to 4 hours only – from 10 AM until 2 PM – for up to 3 days a week.

If the company has 10 people or fewer in the management and supervisory group, only one (1) person is allowed to come to the office at one time.

The company must issue an authorisation letter for each employee who is allowed to work.

3. Can We Rotate?

Companies can create a rotation system for their management and supervisory staff.

The company should maintain the rotation schedule, as well as a list of those who are working from home, and those who are allowed to work in the office.

4. Can We Change The Working Hours?

No, MITI requires companies to comply with these rules for management and supervisory staff :

  • maximum of 4 hours a day
  • from 10 AM until 2 PM
  • maximum of 3 days a week

5. Do We Need To Get Tested Before Working In The Office?

COVID-19 screening is not mandatory for staff who are working in the office. It is only mandatory for :

  • foreign workers in the construction sector
  • security guards
  • all workers from red zones who are symptomatic

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

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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 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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Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner : Top Questions Answered!

People are still very confused about what’s allowed and not allowed for the Chinese New Year reunion dinner.

Fortunately, MKN just released the answers to the top 5 questions people are asking!

 

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner : U-Turn After Correction

This year’s announcement on the Chinese New Year reunion dinner SOP was a masterpiece in incompetence.

The original Chinese New Year SOP was widely ridiculed, then corrected before being reversed – all in a matter of days.

Family Reunion Dinner

  • Allowed for one day only, on Thursday, 11 February 2021.
  • Up to 15 close family members may attend.
  • Those family members must live within a radius of 10 kilometres.
  • Cross-district or interstate travel is forbidden.

Even the recent announcement, which we summarised above, was so vague, many people had questions.

 

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner : Top Questions Answered!

On 8 February 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) finally released their answers to our top questions about the Chinese New Year reunion dinner :

Question #1 : Are family reunion dinners allowed?

Yes. Family reunion dinners are ALLOWED for not more than 15 close family members living within a radius of 10 km, without crossing district or state lines.

Question #2 : When are family reunion dinners allowed?

Only on Thursday, 11 February 2021.

Question #3 : If I live within 10 km but in a neighbouring district, can I still attend the family reunion dinner?

No, you are NOT allowed to cross district or state lines.

Question #4 : How many people are allowed to travel to the family reunion dinner in the same car on 11 February 2021?

According to the latest MCO SOP (updated on 4 February 2021), only TWO (2) persons may travel in the same car.

Question #5 : How do you define close family members?

Close family members allowed at the family reunion dinners :

  • husband and wife
  • parents
  • children
  • brothers and sisters

 

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner : More Changes Expected

This is yet another clarification that brooks more questions than it answers.

Why Two Persons Per Car?

What’s the point of restricting families to only two persons per car?

How does that help prevent the spread of COVID-19? After all, they are from the same family!

All this rule does is force families to drive multiple vehicles to attend the dinner.

Why Forbid Inter-District Travel?

The 10 km limit should be sufficient to restrict travel, even though this really isn’t even enforceable.

Forbidding inter-district travel for the Chinese New Year reunion dinner does not help to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.

Infected people spread COVID-19 – it doesn’t matter if they travel across districts, or within the district.

Either the government bans the reunion dinner completely, or allow it with inter-district travel. It really doesn’t make any difference.

Close Family Definition Too Vague

The close family definition is still too vague. MKN should have just made it simple and clear by just saying no friends allowed.

Right now, a strict reading of the FAQ means that brothers-in-law or sisters-in-law, cousins, nephews and nieces are not allowed.

We foresee them “clarifying” the definition later, to something simpler and yet more clear-cut like parents, brothers and sisters of the family, including their children.

 

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2021 Samsung TV First Look : What Could They Reveal?

Samsung is slated to reveal their 2021 range of TV models at CES, but ahead of that, they are going to give everyone a sneak peek of sorts!

Could it be MicroLED (again)? Or Quantum Dot OLED (QD-OLED)? Tell us what YOU think!

 

2021 Samsung TV First Look : What Could They Reveal?

Samsung is slated to launch their 2021 range of TV models at CES 2021, with a press conference at 9 AM on 11 January 2021.

However, it looks like they will give us all a sneak peek of their new VD (Visual Display) technology on 7 January 2021 at 12 AM (GMT+8) here in Malaysia.

The global unveiling will be streamed online at the official Samsung website.

 

2021 Samsung TV First Look : MicroLED or QD Display?

Although Samsung isn’t telling us what they will showcase in the 7 January 2021 First Look, we believe it will be their MicroLED TV technology.

It first debuted in the 2019 The Wall – which won the 2019 Display of the Year Award. But this is a freaking expensive TV that is virtually a technology demo with a very niche market.

We believe that Samsung will “unveil” MicroLED as the new mainstream display technology for home entertainment enthusiasts to aspire to.

Unlike current LED TVs, a MicroLED TV will have a panel that uses microscopic LEDs as display pixels. This would allow for phenomenally high brightness and infinite contrast, with very wide colour gamut.

Samsung also claims that their new MicroLED technology can last for up to 100,000 hours.

They actually launched a new 110-inch MicroLED TV in South Korean on 10 December 2020, which they plan to launch globally in Q1 2021.

Priced at KRW 170 million (about US$157,000 / £115,000 / RM629,000), it has a 4K resolution with a built-in Majestic Sound System and a 5.1-channel speaker system.

On the other hand, Samsung may be unveiling their QD-OLED display – a hybrid of OLED and Quantum Dots, which they plan to start producing this year.

Samsung Display will invest 13.1 trillion won by 2025 to build “Q1 Line,” the world’s first QD display mass production line at Asan Campus. The new line is scheduled to start production in 2021 with an initial 30,000 sheets (8.5 generations) and will produce a huge QD display of 65 inches or larger.

This QD-OLED hybrid display would deliver higher brightness and wider colour gamuts, with incredible contrast ratios.

Best of all – it will be easier to manufacture, which means lower production costs, and lower prices for consumers.

On the other hand, Samsung is only kicking off QD-OLED manufacturing this year… which means this may not be ready for primetime yet.

So what do YOU think? Will Samsung be unveiling MicroLED or QD-OLED on 7 January 2021?

 

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IDEA 2020 : Samsung Wins 48 Awards!

Samsung Electronics just announced that they won 48 awards at IDEA 2020 – the International Design Excellence Awards 2020!

Their sweep of awards includes one Gold award, four Silver awards, four Bronze awards and one Best-in-Show award!

 

IDEA 2020 : What Is It?

IDEA 2020 is the 40th iteration of one of the longest running and most prestigious design awards program in the world.

Originally founded to recognise exceptional achievement in industrial design, the program has since grown to highlight design in many connected disciplines including design strategy, branding, digital interaction and so much more.

Every year, design teams across the globe submit thousands of entries, making IDEA one of the largest and most widely anticipated annual awards programs in the world.

 

IDEA 2020 : Samsung Wins 48 Awards!

Samsung won their 48 IDEA 2020 awards across multiple categories, showcasing their design prowess across a wide swathe of consumer lifestyle products.

BESPOKE Family Hub UX won Gold for delivering user-centric experience using consumer-driven insight. The UX lets users share and create photos and recipes through the refrigerator screen, and remotely access it through mobile apps.

BESPOKE Refrigerator won Silver for its customisable modular design, that lets users choose colours, materials and type of refrigerator fit. This is the same refrigerator that won the Gold award at iF Design Award 2020.

The IDEA 2020 jury also honoured Samsung with Best-in-Show – a special award for BESPOKE Family Hub UX and BESPOKE Refrigerator, recognising their achievements in consumer-centric design excellence.

The Samsung Upcycling Solution for TV Packaging received a Silver award for its customisable packaging box that is being used for The Frame, The Serif and The Sero.

The product packaging was designed to encourage consumers to upcycle the boxes to create innovative pieces of small furniture, like a cat tower, or a TV stand. This packaging solution won the 2020 CES Innovation Awards for its innovative concept.

Awards Samsung Products
Gold BESPOKE Family Hub UX
Silver BESPOKE Refrigerator
Upcycling Solution for TV Packaging
Q950TS QLED 8K TV
The Serif Visual Identity System
Bronze Samsung Galaxy Fold
Infinite Line Oven
The Sero Visual Identity System
Inclusive IoT

 

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Did A Ringing Phone Cause This Gas Stove Explosion?

People are sharing a video that shows a gas stove explosion that allegedly happened when a phone rang.

Find out if it’s true that a ringing phone caused that gas stove explosion, and if that’s even possible!

 

Did A Ringing Phone Cause This Gas Stove Explosion?

This is the video that many sites and people have been sharing, together with warnings to stop using a phone in the kitchen.

The video may be shocking, but don’t worry – both ladies appear to escape the explosion unscathed.

In the video, the lady on the left appeared to turn on the stove a split second before the explosion happened.

A close examination of the video will reveal that the explosion started under the stove, blowing out the oven door and sending the stove grates flying up.

The fire then spread to the tank and caused what appears to be a secondary explosion from the gas tank, which sends the stove flying forwards.

So in all likelihood, this explosion was caused by a leaking gas tank.

The short and sweet summary is that – no, a ringing phone did NOT cause that gas stove explosion.

 

Why A Ringing Phone Will NOT Cause A Gas Stove Explosion

For those who want to know more, here are the reasons why a ringing phone did not, and will not, cause that gas stove explosion.

Reason #1 : It Won’t Happen Without A Gas Leak / Defective Gas Tank

A gas explosion cannot happen without a gas leak, or a defective gas tank.

If there is a gas leak, the gas explosion will happen as soon as someone turned on the stove.

If the gas tank was defective, it would spontaneously rupture and probably explode.

So whether there is a phone in the kitchen is immaterial.

Reason #2 : Ringing Phones Don’t Create Sparks

The electrodynamic speakers in your phone vibrate to produce sound waves. They do not generate sparks.

Think about it – how popular would mobile phones be if their speakers emitted sparks into our ears?

Without a source of sparks or an open flame, a gas leak wouldn’t catch fire and explode.

The US FCC, US NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and the Petroleum Equipment Institute have all confirmed that mobile phones do not pose a fire hazard.

Reason #3 : Static Is The Real Hidden Danger

Fire incidences blamed on mobile phones can often, if not always, be traced back to static electricity.

Our bodies can get “charged” with static electricity, if we wear rubber-soled shoes or slippers. Or when we walk on a rug.

Sparks are created when an electrostatic discharge occurs – this is what causes the petrol station fires that people blame on mobile phones.

 

Note : Don’t Get Distracted In The Kitchen!

While your phone will not spark fires, you should still avoid using your phone whenever you’re at the petrol station or in your kitchen.

Using your phone at the petrol station or kitchen is dangerous because it can distract you from dangers in an environment with flammable liquids.

It’s really the same reason why you are not allowed to use a phone while driving. Your phone may not cause your car to explode, but you could get distracted and cause an accident!

 

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The Serif (2020) by Samsung : What You Need To Know!

Samsung just unveiled the 2020 edition of The Serif QLED 4K TV with the iconic I profile!

Here is what you need to know about this new Samsung lifestyle television!

 

The Serif (2020) by Samsung : A Fashion Statement

The 2020 edition of The Serif is one of the three Samsung lifestyle televisions being introduced this year. The others being The Frame and The Sero.

The Serif is targeted at those who want more than just a Samsung QLED TV – a fashion statement that would enhance the decor of the room.

 

The Serif (2020) by Samsung : What You Need To Know!

The Serif is named for its iconic serifed capital I profile, which is not only stylish but lets you mount it on a stand or any flat surface.

Easy Connectivity

The Serif 2020 is designed to connect wirelessly with your smartphone, with WiFi 5 (WiFi-AC) and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity built-in.

Just tap your smartphone on the bezel. Its Tap View capability will have you watching the movie from your phone, or play your song playlist on The Sero in seconds!

On top of that, it also supports NFC – place your smartphone on top of The Serif to automatically connect and stream your music!

100% DCI-P3 Colour Volume

Thanks to Samsung Quantum Dot technology, The Serif 2020 delivers a full 100% DCI-P3 colour volume, as certified by Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker (VDE).

Floor Stand

Instead of being mounted, The Serif 2020 comes with a floor stand, which can be removed if you wish to place The Serif on a table or any flat surface.

Adaptive Voice Amplifier (AVA)

The Serif 2020 monitors ambient noise levels in real-time to detect when they may interfere with your enjoyment.

When it gets noisy, it will isolate, boost and clarify voices or dialogue playing on the TV, so you won’t miss a thing.

Adaptive Picture

The Serif 2020 senses changes in ambient lighting conditions, and automatically adjust its brightness and contrast settings to maintain the best possible viewing experience.

 

The Serif (2020) by Samsung : Price + Availability

The Serif (2020) by Samsung is available in one size :

  • 55-inch : RM 6,499 (about US$1,558 | £1,199 | A$2,142 | S$2,130)

 

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The Sero (2020) by Samsung : What You Need To Know!

Samsung just unveiled the 2020 edition of The Sero – a mobile-optimised TV with a unique rotating display!

Here is what you need to know about this new Samsung lifestyle television!

 

The Sero (2020) by Samsung : Mobile Optimised QLED 4K TV

The 2020 edition of The Sero is one of the three Samsung lifestyle televisions being introduced this year. The others being The Frame and The Serif.

The Sero is a mobile-optimised TV, designed to mirror your smartphone to display your content in the best possible orientation – whether portrait or landscape.

 

The Sero (2020) by Samsung : What You Need To Know!

Sero is vertical in Korean, and its KSP (key selling point) is very simply – a TV that moves to fit your content!

Rotating Display

The Sero 2020 has a display that rotates to fit your content – landscape for TV and movies, and portrait for your mobile content and apps.

It automatically adjusts to match your content – if you flip your smartphone, it rotates to match!

Easy Connectivity

The Sero 2020 is designed to connect wirelessly with your smartphone, with WiFi 5 (WiFi-AC) and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity built-in.

Just tap your smartphone on the bezel. Its Tap View capability will have you watching the movie from your phone, or play your song playlist on The Sero in seconds!

100% DCI-P3 Colour Volume

Thanks to Samsung Quantum Dot technology, The Sero 2020 delivers a full 100% DCI-P3 colour volume, as certified by Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker (VDE).

Floor Stand

Instead of being mounted, The Sero 2020 comes with an integrated floor stand, which can be made mobile by attaching mobility wheels.

The Sero can then be easily and simply wheeled to the room that needs it the most.

Premium 4.1 Channel Sound System

Integrated into its floor stand is a 4.1 channel sound system with 60-watt speakers that support Dolby Digital Plus.

This lets The Sero deliver premium sound, with plenty of bass.

Adaptive Voice Amplifier (AVA)

The Sero 2020 monitors ambient noise levels in real-time to detect when they may interfere with your enjoyment.

When it gets noisy, it will isolate, boost and clarify voices or dialogue playing on the TV, so you won’t miss a thing.

Adaptive Picture

The Sero 2020 senses changes in ambient lighting conditions, and automatically adjust its brightness and contrast settings to maintain the best possible viewing experience.

 

The Sero (2020) by Samsung : Price + Availability

The Sero (2020) by Samsung is available in two sizes, at these price points :

  • 43-inch : RM 6,999 (about US$1,678 | £1,296 | A$2,320 | S$2,299)

 

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2020 Samsung Gemilang Special Deals For Malaysia!

Samsung Malaysia just announced their 2020 Gemilang Special Deals for Malaysia’s upcoming National Day!

Find out what’s on offer in the 2020 Samsung Gemilang Special Deals, and grab them while they last!

 

2020 Samsung Gemilang Special Deals For Malaysia!

From now until 30 September 2020, you can get discounts and free gifts with the purchase of selected Samsung products, from smartphones to home appliances.

Here is a selection of their hottest products, and their 2020 Gemilang Special Deals!

Samsung Product RRP Promo Period Promotion
Galaxy Tab S6 RM 3,099 From now until
31 August 2020
One (1) FREE Galaxy Buds (RM 349)
Four months FREE YouTube Premium
Galaxy Tab S6 Lite RM 1,699 One (1) FREE Keyboard Book Cover (RM 409)
Four months FREE YouTube Premium
All IT and Mobile Products Spend RM 3,000 or more, and get
one (1) FREE Galaxy Fit e smartwatch
Galaxy Watch RM 1,299 RM 400 rebate off RRP
75-inch Q950TS
QLED 8K
RM 44,999 From now until
30 September 2020
Option 1 : FREE Soundbar HW-Q900T (RM 4,999)
Option 2 : Smart Air Purifier + Jet 90 (RM 5,398)
The Sero RM 6,999 Air Purifier (RM 999)
2.5 HP Wind-Free
Premium Plus
RM 4,399 USB Portable Blender (RM 69.90)
Front Load
Combo Washer
(QuickDrive)
RM 4,599 32L Solo Microwave Oven (RM 599)

 

2020 Samsung Gemilang Special Deals : How To Redeem Free Gifts

We should point out that the free gifts will not be automatically delivered together with your purchases. To get them, just follow these steps :

  1. Purchase your Samsung products from the official Samsung Online Store, or a participating authorised retailer.
  2. Go to the official Samsung Malaysia Redemption website.
  3. Log into your Samsung account, or create a new one (if you don’t have one yet).
  4. Fill in the online redemption form, with the following information :
    – Email Address
    – Store of Purchase
    – Date of Purchase
    – Invoice Number
    – Model Serial Number
    – Recipient Name
    – Delivery Address
    – Contact Number
    – Identity Number (MyKad / Passport)
    – Upload proof of purchase (receipt with model number)
  5. You must submit your online redemption form by 15 October 2020.
    If Samsung Malaysia requires clarification, you will receive an email within 10 business days.
    You must then provide the missing information by 20 October 2020.

After you submit, you will receive an email notification with the validation status and delivery tracking number.

Your free gifts will be delivered within 4 weeks, after they are validated.

 

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2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub Preview!

Join us for a video tour of the 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub, and find out what this new smart refrigerator offers!

 

2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub

The 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub (RS62T5F01B4/ME) is the baby of the family, offering 628 litres of refrigerator and freezer space with a 21.5-inch Family Hub display.

Designed to be the centre of your home, it helps you manage both kitchen and family, with smart home and entertainment features.

View Inside

The 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub refrigerator comes with a single View Inside camera, covering the second and third shelves of the right refrigerator section.

You can view inside directly using the Family Hub display, or remotely on your smartphone using the SmartThings app – letting you check your fridge while shopping.

Family Board

The Family Hub is designed to be centrepiece of your home, in more ways than one.

With Family Board, you can write notes for the family, or let the kids draw pictures. You can also put up the latest family photos and video clips.

Its built-in calendar helps you manage your family schedules, so you won’t miss an event. You can update them directly on the fridge or your smartphone, and synchronise them with Google and Microsoft 365.

Home Entertainment with SmartView

The built-in Family Hub display lets you watch TV programs or online content directly on the fridge. You can check popular video streaming content, or even social media apps.

You can use the SmartView app to mirror what’s being displayed on your Samsung TV. It also lets you view and control your smartphone apps.

And of course, you can enjoy music while you are cooking or eating using Spotify, or global radio stations, news and podcasts using TuneIn.

Smart Home Management

The 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub refrigerator is part of the Samsung SmartThings ecosystem, and also supports Ring.

It can serve as your smart home management hub, letting you control your smart appliances and IoT devices directly on the fridge.

You can turn them on or off, adjust settings, coordinate activities and monitor their power usage and conditions.

 

2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub : Specifications

Specifications 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub
Model RS62T5F04B4 / ME
Gross Capacity Total : 661 L
Refrigerator : 401 L
Freezer : 260 L
Net Capacity Total : 628 L
Refrigerator : 399 L
Freezer : 229 L
Cooling Technology Mono Cooling
Compressor Digital Inverter
Refrigerant R600a (87 g)
Energy Consumption NA
Noise Level 40 dBA
Door Material Steel
Family Hub Window : 27.5-inch Glass
Display : 21.5-inch (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Touch Type : Capacitive
Processor : Hawk-M (Quad-Core, 1.7 GHz)
GPU : ARM Mali-450
RAM : 2.5 GB LPDDR4
Storage : 8 GB eMMC
Connectivity : Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Operating System : Tizen 4.0
Camera : 2 MP camera
Audio : 25W speaker, 2 microphones

USB Port : 1 Type A
Dimensions 912 mm wide
1780 mm tall
716 mm deep
Weight 108 kg net
115 kg gross

 

2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub : Price + Availability

The 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub refrigerator is available with immediate effect, with these recommended retail prices :

  • Malaysia : RM8,999
  • Singapore : S$3,799

Here are online purchase options, with prices accurate as of 12 August 2020 :

The 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub refrigerator is backed by a 2-year warranty, with a 10-year warranty for the compressor.

 

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Fact Check : Does The LPG Gas Tank Pressure Test Work?

Can we determine which brands are cheating their customers using the LPG gas tank pressure test?

A viral video shows how LPG gas tanks from various brands have different pressures, suggesting gas fraud.

Take a look at the video for yourself, and find out if that LPG gas tank pressure test actually works!

 

LPG Gas Tank Pressure Test Proves Fraud?

In the viral video, a man lined up gas tanks from six different brands – MyGaz, Mira Gas, Petron, Petronas, BHP and Solar Gas.

He then tears off their cap seals and checks their pressure with a pressure gauge, noting how different LPG gas tanks have different tank pressures.

Although he does not directly claim there was gas fraud, it’s implied in the video.

 

The LPG Gas Tank Pressure Test : It Works But There’s No Fraud

While we do not believe the video is fraudulent, it is nevertheless MISLEADING.

The amount of LPG in each gas tank is determined by WEIGHT, not pressure. So the video itself, while interesting, is of no consequence.

The LPG gas tank pressure test may be accurate, but it’s NOT an indicator of how much gas is inside each tank.

And here are the reasons why…

Reason #1 : LPG Gas Is Sold By Weight, NOT Pressure

LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) all around the world is sold by weight, and not by pressure. That’s why the tanks are labelled and sold in different sizes based on WEIGHT :

Naturally, the weight listed above is the weight of the LPG , and not the tank itself which is considerably heavier.

For example, a 45 kg LPG gas tank weighs 78 kg fully loaded, while a 90 kg tank weighs 155 kg.

This infographic by The Hindu is useful in demonstrating how to determine how much LPG gas is in each tank.

Reason #2 : LPG Gas Pressure Varies A Lot

LPG gas pressure varies according to the gas mixture, temperature and even motion.

LPG is not one type of gas, but a mixture of mainly propane and butane. Here in Malaysia, it’s about 70% propane and 30% butane.

Propane vaporises much easier and at a lower temperature than butane, so the more propane in the LPG mix = the higher the pressure inside the tank.

A higher tank temperature (leaving it in the sun) or even shaking the tank will increase the pressure in the tank because more propane will vaporise.

Assuming they were not shaken or placed in the sun before the video was shot, the LPG gas tanks in the video have different pressures because they have different LPG gas mixes.

Reason #3 : LPG Gas Regulators Keep The Pressure Low

Irrespective of the pressure in the LPG gas tank, the gas regulator you hook up to it will maintain a constant, low pressure of just 2.75 kPA (0.4 psi or 0.0275 bar)

So it really doesn’t matter if the gas tank from your favourite LPG brand can deliver 100 psi or just a pitiful 55 psi. It’s going to get down-regulated to just 0.4 psi.

Reason #4 : High Pressure = Dangerous + Incomplete Combustion

The reason why gas regulators keep pressure so low is because stoves are designed to work properly and efficiently with such low pressures.

If you bypass the gas regulator, the 150X to 250X higher gas pressure will create extremely large flames that are dangerous, if not impossible, to cook with.

The high pressure will also prevent the gas from mixing properly with the air, resulting in complete combustion of the gas, wasting your money.

 

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